Targeted Pre-KindergartenProfessional DevelopmentGraduationPrincipal Abitabile

Learning doesn't stop for the summer at HCSD! Teachers participated in a Summer Institute for a variety of professional development opportunities.

Congratulations Class of 2015! Check out photos in the Register-Star here. Credit: Art Cusano

Principal Abitabile was selected as Principal of the Year for the Capital Region! Thank you for your service to our school and our district!

2014-2015 CALENDAR


School Board Meeting

The Board of Education Regular Meeting on Monday, August 10, 2015 will begin at 7:00 PM in the JHS Library.

Policy Committee Meeting

The Board of Education policy committee will meet Thursday, July 16, at 4:00 p.m. in the district office.

Hudson CSD Board of Education seeking candidates

The Hudson City School District Board of Education is seeking candidates to fill a vacant seat on its Board of Education. The candidates will be asked to attend the July 27, 2015 Board meeting to speak to the Board. They will also be asked to respond to a list of questions provided to the candidates prior to the meeting. The Board will make their decision at the July 27 meeting. If a candidate is selected to fill the seat on July 27, his/her term will run from July 27, 2015 through May 17, 2016. Anyone interested in filling this position should send a letter of interest to Frieda Van Deusen, Clerk of the Board, Hudson City School District, 215 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, NY 12534 by July 20.

HCSD receives Targeted Pre-K grant

CALLING ALL 4-YEAR-OLDS!! The Hudson City School District has received a grant for a Targeted Pre-Kindergarten (TPK) program that will have up to 18 full day (9:00-3:00) spaces available. While this particular program is only available to income-eligible 4-year-olds, our universal pre-kindergarten (UPK) ½ day (a.m./p.m.) program is still open in addition to the full day Head Start program housed at our JLE Primary School. Even if you already applied for next year's UPK ½ day program, we encourage you to find out if you are eligible for the full day Targeted Pre-Kindergarten program. To ask about eligibility requirements, call Nikki DeDominicis at (518) 828-4360, ext. 2103.

Principal Abitabile chosen as Administrator of the Year

Principal Abitabile

Hudson High School Principal Antonio Abitabile was chosen as Administrator of the Year for the Capital Region. Chuck Smith, president of the Empire State School Administrators Association (ESSAA), Capital Area chapter, presented Principal Abitabile with his award at the June 8 Board of Education meeting. The award was formally announced at the ESSAA’s awards ceremony on May 29.Smith’s award speech discussed Principal Abitabile’s incredible success as a teacher, associate principal, and now as a principal, but most importantly, always as a “lifelong learner.” Thank you, Principal Abitabile, for your service to our district, and congratulations on your achievement! Read more...

District Insights: End of the year marks a new beginning

I recently had the honor of being the guest speaker at the Hudson High School’s baccalaureate ceremony. As I took to writing my speech, I thought about the significance of graduation, often referred to as “commencement.” To “commence” is to begin. So often we think of summer as an end. We say good-bye to our graduates, students and teachers and we congratulate them on a year well done. All the while, the people that we bid farewell are already busy getting ready for a new beginning. Read more...

Student Council extracurriculuars video

The Student Council presented to the Board of Education on Monday, June 8 about the importance of extracurriculur activities at the Hudson City School District. "The main message was to present that education entails more than just lecturing and reading a textbook," says Student Council president Atia Begh. "It is during the outside of the classroom activities that skills such as leadership, teamwork, and responsibility are obtained. The Student Council wishes that the current extracurriculars will be continued in the future and hopefully enhanced." Thanks to Atia Begh and James Chaplin for presenting! See the video here!

Thank you to our Teaching & Learning Coaches!TLC

The Hudson City School District has benefited from the work of five Teaching and Learning Coaches, supported through the Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE) grant from the New York State Education Department. These teachers were chosen to coach their peers in particular areas of curriculum and instruction. Teachers Beth Barnes (mathematics), Julie Coryell (English as a Second Language), Kim Del Principe (technology instruction), Marlena Peduzzi (data), and Lucy Rees (technology integration) served as TLCs for the 2014-15 school year. Read more...

Teaching Is the Core team develops Action Plan

Hudson City School District is part of a consortium of districts led by Questar III that has received a grant to review and improve assessment practices. The "Teaching Is Core" grant, which will serve multiple districts in the area, allows for teams of teachers and administrators to review local assessment practices and implement changes to ensure that tests advance teaching and learning to their fullest potential. The grant also establishes a parent engagement program so that families are provided with the information they need to support their students' learning at home. The team has developed an action plan in order to guide the district assessment policy, practices, and instructional goals. Read more about Teaching is the Core here and access the Action Plan here.

Hudson CSD approves budget

Hudson City School District residents have approved a $45,477,121 budget for the 2015-16 school year by a vote of 397 (yes) to 192 (no). This budget represents a 0.46 percent increase over the current year’s budget and will result in a 1.75 percent tax levy increase, which meets the district’s maximum allowable tax levy.

Residents also elected two members to the Board of Education—Sage Carter for a five-year term that commences July 1 (408 votes), and William J. Kappel III for a one-year term that also finishes out an unexpired term that ends on June 30 (316 votes). Kappel assumed his seat on May 19 and holds the seat until June 30, 2016.

Meet the recently elected BOE members

BOE Candidates

Sage Carter and William J. Kappel III were recently elected to the Hudson City School District Board of Education. Read their biographies here to learn more about the candidates.

District Insights: Celebrating our shared vision

On May 2, the seventh annual Hudson Children’s Book Festival was held at our junior/senior high school campus. This event is the largest children’s book festival in the state, welcoming over 75 authors, hundreds of children and families and 25 organizations for a day of fun, learning and imagination. The gleeful looks on our students’ faces as they met their favorite authors and dove into their storybook worlds left me in awe of the incredible success this event has achieved. It is more than just a festival — it is a celebration of literacy, of books and most importantly, of our children. Read more...

Fiscal stress condition improving, according to state

The Hudson City School District’s financial condition improved from June 2013 to June 2014, according to the New York State Fiscal Stress Monitoring System. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, HCSD was rated at 43.3% or “susceptible to fiscal stress” however the rating for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014 improved to 11.7%, or “no designation” as determined by a variety of financial indicators. The New York State Fiscal Stress Monitoring System focuses on four main categories; 1. Year-End Fund Balance; 2. Operating Deficits; 3. Cash Position; 4. Use of Short-Term Debt. Each category has specific financial indicators used to determine the fiscal stress of school districts and municipalities throughout New York State. According to the June 30, 2014 results, the HCSD had the 5th best decrease or improvement in Fiscal Stress Scoring. For more information on the New York State Fiscal Stress Monitoring System please click here. For a complete listing of all school districts in New York State and their fiscal stress scores please click here.

Leccese and Tampasis named valedictorian and salutatorianValedictorian and Salutatorian

Principal Antonio Abitabile is very pleased to announce that Gina Leccese and Adriana Tampasis have been named Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Graduating Class of 2015. Gina will be attending Siena College in the fall to major in business. Adriana plans to study science and art at Bard College in the fall. Both young women are members of the National Honor Society, and are very involved in school activities, community service, athletics, and the arts. Read more about them here...

District Insights: Nurturing the whole student, no matter what

In the past several years, the topic of education has become increasingly politicized across the country and our kids know it. When I was asked to present to our Youth Employment Services (YES) program about interview skills several weeks ago, students took a brief divergence from the lesson to ask me some insightful questions about my beliefs. “Do you support the Common Core?” one student asked. She knew that the changes she has seen in her classroom are steeped in national controversy. In short, I told them that I support the educational values contained in the Common Core Learning Standards, but that I believe the state implemented them too hastily. Read more...

Hudson CSD shares survey results

Hudson City School District is sharing the results of a recent survey that asked teachers, students and parents to give their thoughts about how well their schools are performing in important areas such as district leadership and capacity, school leader practices and decisions, and curriculum development and support, among others. According to Superintendent Maria Suttmeier, “The survey showed that our district has made a number of advancements, particularly in school safety. And looking toward a bright future, we will keep building on our accomplishments, while striving to improve areas of concern.” The district reviewed these results with site-level administrators and shared their findings with the Board of Education on Monday, March 23, 2015. See the results…

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