HCSD administrators and Board members on Opening Day.
During their 50th high school reunion, members of the HHS Class of 1966 visited the Olana State Historic Site.
Many community members share their time to participate in Hudson Reads, a weekly reading mentor program that aims to strengthen the reading skills and confidence of students at Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School.
One of HCSD's many student murals. The "We Are One" mural, painted by Class of 2013 students, perfectly illustrates the cultural diversity of our district.
The Board of Education Regular Meeting on Monday, March 27, 2017 will begin at 7:00 PM in the HHS Library. There will be a Community Budget Workshop at 6:30 in HHS Library. Agenda
Board of Education Agenda and Public Meeting Documents
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NY State Assessments Letter from Dr. Suttmeier (March 20, 2017)
We are quickly approaching the time for New York State exams for Grade 3-8 students. The English/Language Arts (ELA) exam will be administered March 28-30 and Math will be administered May 2-4. We understand and respect the concerns that some parents/guardians had about these exams in past years.
However, much has changed about the state testing program that you should be aware of. I would also like to explain our approach and how we use the results so that you have all of the information needed to make educational decisions on behalf of your child.
Click here to continue reading about the recent changes to NYS testing (available in other languages).
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Community members are encouraged to join school leaders and the Board of Education in discussing the 2017-18 budget at the second Community Budget Workshop hosted by the BOE Budget Committee.
It will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017 in the Hudson Senior High School Library, prior to the regularly scheduled BOE meeting. During the workshop, the Board will review and modify the proposed budget.
Hudson Jr./Sr. High School presents "Footloose: The Musical"
The Hudson Junior/Senior High School springtime tradition continues with “Footloose: The Musical.” The classic story as it comes to the stage will have your feet tapping from start to finish.
Opening night is Friday, March 31, with additional shows on Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2. Show times are as follows:
Tickets for the highly anticipated musical stage production are on sale now at Hudson Jr./Sr. High School during school hours (also available for purchase at the door). $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors (read about the HCSD Courtesy Card for Senior Citizens).
The Hudson City School District is accepting applications for Substitute Teachers (K-12)*. Fingerprints through NYS Education Department are required (the district will reimburse fingerprinting fees for non-certified substitute teachers after working in the district five times). Candidates are required to have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Visit the Employment page for more details.
*Pay rate is $90/day for non-certified teachers, $105/day for certified teachers, $110/day for retired teachers
Dan & Mary Udell Receive the 2017 Friends of Education Award
Dan and Mary Udell of Hudson were honored with the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Friends of Education Award on February 16. This award recognizes the selfless contributions of individuals who dedicate themselves to serving students and the school community. Read the full press release here
Not only do the Udells help produce videos for the Hudson City School District, but they have been reading mentors in the Hudson Reads program at M.C. Smith Intermediate School for more than a decade. From all of us at HCSD, thank you Mr. and Mrs. Udell for your dedicated service to our students!
Capital Project Updates
Stay up-to-date on the status and progress of the project with our Capital Project eNews!
The Hudson City School District is committed to providing your child with a high-quality, well-rounded education that advances their intellectual, social and emotional development in preparation for college and/or career. This mission includes the use of formative and summative assessments that provide us with detailed, targeted information that identifies your child’s strengths and areas of growth. With this valuable information at our fingertips, we are able to modify or enhance your child’s instruction to ensure they reach their full growth potential each school year.
Be a part of the new athletic facility by purchasing a brick from the Hudson High School Class of 2019!
Immortalize yourself or show your appreciation for someone else with a personalized brick that will be used to build the walkway to and around the entrance of the new athletic field behind Hudson Junior/Senior High School.
Get more information about the cost and how to order here.
Thank you for supporting the Class of 2019!
District Insights: Multiple Pathways to College & Career Readiness
(March 14, 2017) -- High school graduation is an event that marks a significant stage in a student’s life and it is often a primary focus of educators.
Although the Hudson City School District’s slogan is “Destination Graduation,” there is another measure beside graduation rate we use to determine if we are providing a successful education: College and career readiness.
At the Hudson City School District, we offer a variety of opportunities and programs to help students develop the skills they need to succeed as college students, working professionals and active citizens. This is our overall mission in partnership with our families and our community.
(February 14, 2017) -- The first step in the capital project was to move the sixth grade from the M.C. Smith Intermediate School into the Junior High School, which was completed prior to the start of the 2016-2017 school year. Other components of phase 1 that are moving forward are plans for the new track and athletic field facility, under roof improvements, traffic flow upgrades and renovations at the intermediate school in preparation for moving the second grade to the intermediate school this September.
We are happy to report phase 1 is on schedule and running at or below budget.
As we prepare for the second-grade transition, scheduled for September 2017, there are several points of consideration to ensure a smooth process. We have spoken with administrators and staff extensively so we are better able to address aspects of staffing, planning, safety and the logistics of moving an entire grade to another building.
(December 13, 2016) -- As another calendar year comes to an end, we find ourselves naturally reflecting on the events of 2016, not only in the Hudson City School District and local community, but nationally and worldwide.
Many of us — not just educators — are heartbroken to see recent media reports of increased bullying and insensitive comments in schools across the nation. The frequency of these reports seems to be on the rise, even as many schools finished activities for National Bullying Prevention Month in October.
In light of these reports arising from other schools and communities, please be assured that the Hudson City School District and Board of Education are committed to providing an educational environment that promotes respect, dignity and equality that is free from all forms of harassment. These are important values in at HCSD.
District Insights: The good and bad of Every Student Succeeds Act
(November 8, 2016) -- For nearly 50 years, the United States has exerted recurring efforts to design and implement an educational paradigm shift to raise the bar, close the achievement gaps and finally address the need to appropriately prepare all students for both college and career in the highly competitive 21st century. Most recently, in December, new legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act, was passed to replace No Child Left Behind and it will affect every public school in the country. The act is set to take full effect in the 2017-18 school year.
Since the act is fairly new, it may take some time before the impact on our schools and students becomes clear. The most significant change we can expect is that states will have a larger role in holding schools accountable, thereby allowing for greater flexibility in school evaluations and setting goals for student achievement.
An initial review of the Every Student Succeeds Act reveals some good news and not so good news for schools across the country.
District Insights: Maintaining historic appearance, maximizing possibilities at MCSIS
(October 11, 2016) -- When planning began for our Capital Project earlier this year, we expected the typical design challenges. Our goal was to explore all options to be sure we selected the best design for our students. This was particularly true for the new primary wing addition to the historic M.C. Smith Intermediate School. Many in the community rightfully spoke out about the importance of maintaining the new addition’s architectural compatibility with the existing intermediate school.
Over the last several months, district administrators and the Board of Education have worked tirelessly with the architects to ensure the best possible building design that compliments the existing building and our academic programs while fitting within our financial means. One of our goals was to design an addition with a nearly seamless look next to the historic exterior of the intermediate school. However, soil samplings on the south side of the building revealed evidence of unstable soil. These results challenged the district and architects to formulate a more creative solution that would fit the district’s needs, both academically and financially.
After much deliberation, we were able to develop a design that offers a good compromise between structural and architectural integrity while providing a favorable academic program flow between the existing and new instructional spaces.
(September 13, 2016) -- There is always a great sense of excitement and opportunity as we embark on a new school year. Thankfully, teaching is one of the rare professions where we get a clean slate every year and that brings hope and possibility. That is especially true this year. This is the first time in many years that we are opening our doors not designated by the state for anything. This year, we are truly beginning with a clean slate and for the first time in a long time we face the future unencumbered by negative labels.
Just as our championship athletic teams achieved their success through teamwork, this accomplishment was also a cooperative effort. It took a great deal of planning, determination and most of all, teamwork in every building at every level, as well as coordination with our community partners. We don’t want to talk only about the past or just about this school year, we want to focus on the next four years and beyond. We want to focus on our future as a district on the rise.
Destination Graduation! Hudson CSD's graduation rate has been on a steady incline, up nearly 20 percentage points since 2012, and Superintendent Suttmeier said the credit goes to our teachers.
“For the first time in a long time, our high school report card has green checks instead of red Xs,” she said. “We should celebrate and recognize the good things that are happening, while there’s still more work to be done...There will be additional challenges, but we’re on the right track.” Using data to track individual student progress and "tell the story," the district has been able to identify key areas and put programs into place to address them.
"The credit lies with the teachers,” Dr. Suttmeier said. “They take the special interest. Once they had that data, they had something they could look at, they could draw a line to each student. All hands were on deck, looking to see how they could help students succeed.” Read the full article >>
District Insights: The Board of Education
As a whole, the board of education of the Hudson City School District welcomes this opportunity to reach out to everyone in the community and provide a little insight into our purpose and function.
We have been given this opportunity, in our superintendent’s regular monthly column, to share what the board does and how we conduct the business of the Hudson City School District. Please take this opportunity to understand our roles and let us know your thoughts on how we can better work together to achieve the goals of the district. Continue reading in the Register-Star >>
2016-2017 Bus Routes
Get the bus routes for the 2016-17 school year here >>