Student do a science experiment with college students from Bard College kids sitting on stage kids wearing chef costumes at Odyssey of the Mind competition students with hands in the air School leaders hold a shovel at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new primary wing Students with a bloodhound in front of a police cruiser Students work on individual laptops Two boys with blue and gold facepaint

The MCSIS Drama Club and CCYT present, “The Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon Kids” on Friday, May 11, 2018.

These second graders are the first Odyssey of the Mind team from Hudson to participate in the regional competition in almost a decade.

Wiltsie the Bloodhound, a NYS Police K-9, visited MCSIS with Troopers Fran Torhan and Kristi Wilson to teach students about her job.

Construction of the new primary wing at MCSIS began in October 2017. Read more about the capital improvement project >>

Undergraduates in the Citizen Science program at Bard College visited the Intermediate School to conduct science experiments with students.

These Chromebook laptops provide students with the means to conduct research in the classroom, remotely work together on projects, and easily connect with teachers and peers outside of the classroom.

Students show their Bluehawk Pride during a football facepainting event.

Students put on an amazing performance during the annual winter concert!


Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School

Open House (K-5)

Parents/guardians of Hudson students in Grades K-5 are invited to an Open House at Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. We will have a short presentation about our school, followed by building tours. We hope to see you there!

School Name Change

On July 2, 2018, the Hudson City School District Board of Education passed a resolution to change the school name from Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School (MCSIS) to Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School (MCSES).* This change reflects the addition of a primary wing, which will bring our entire elementary community under one roof (Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5).

*Effective July 1, 2018, as approved by the New York State Education Department

Camp Invention 2018 Recap

girl smiles with cardboard projectOur first year of Camp Invention was a huge success! Students had a blast during the week-long STEM summer camp, developing their problem-solving skills and creating innovative designs. Activities included designing mansions with environmentally friendly features and working in teams in teams to create inventions that solve everyday problems.

Big thanks to Ms. Smith and her team of teachers (including Ms. Backlund, Ms. Ordway and Ms. Sullivan) and the honor society students who joined Camp Invention as Leadership Interns. Check out the activity descriptions below and follow this link to see a photo slideshow.

If you missed out on Camp Invention this year, don’t worry! We’re excited to announce that Camp Invention will be back again in July 2019. We also plan to expand the program to include more students and a wider age range of participants next summer. Click here to read about the program, and stayed tuned for details about next year’s Camp Invention!

Help MCSES by Enrolling Your Price Chopper AdvantEdge Card!

Price Chopper Tools for SchoolsHave you linked your Price Chopper AdvantEdge Card to our school? Simply sign up and shop to help Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School earn free classroom equipment and supplies, all donated by the Price Chopper "Tools for Schools" program! Earn double points for our school when you purchase store brand products.

Enroll your card at the Price Chopper Tools for Schools site. The school code for MCSES is: 16140

Ways to Help Your Child Attend School Every Day

Every day counts!

The New York State government has launched an initiative to help parents improve their children's attendance. This website offers tips for encouraging your student to attend school every day. It can help you boost your child's confidence, keep your child on track with school work, keep your child healthy, and protect your child from bullies.

Band Program Sign Upselementary students holding instruments

Any Grade 3 student has the opportunity to join the band program for the upcoming school year! Students entering Grade 4 in September 2018 can request to join the band program by handing in a completed form to Mrs. Phillips.

Click here to get more information and to download the band form.


Stuff the Bus Food Drive Helps Donate 1,000 Pounds of Pet Food

elementary students at a pet shelterStudents and staff at the Hudson City School District donated more than 1,000 pounds of pet food to local organizations during the holiday season. M.C. Smith Intermediate School added pet food to its annual Stuff the Bus event this year, and students who collected the most donations got to deliver the items in person to Out of the Pits and Animal Kind. The human food donations were brought to the Catholic Charities food pantry. The HCSD Transportation Department also contributed mass quantities of pet food and monetary donations for Animal Kind and the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.

See more photos of the kids delivering donations on our Facebook page.

Chores for Change

Children watch a screenThird grade students decided to participate in a civic-minded project called “Chores for Change” after reading books on children’s rights, sustainability, water accessibility and educational differences of children in various communities around the world. The students persuaded their parents to allow them to earn money for doing household chores. To date, they have earned more than $100 to put toward a clean water well project or purchase a goat for families in Africa. The project will continue through the spring.

Changes to 2016 New York State Assessments

The New York State Department of Education has recently issued changes to the Grades 3-8 English/Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics tests, which will be in effect for the 2016 tests. The changes include fewer test questions, untimed testing and greater teacher involvement in creating and reviewing tests.

Here is a letter sent home to parents about the NYS assessments in math and ELA that will take place in April. The letter explains how the district uses the test results to improve education for students and the changes to help address concerns of parents and educators.

If you have any questions about the assessments, please do not hesitate to contact your child's principal.

More information:
Grade 3-8 Test Changes Flyer for Parents - English
Grade 3-8 Test Changes Flyer for Parents - Arabic
Grade 3-8 Test Changes Flyer for Parents - Bengali
Grade 3-8 Test Changes Flyer for Parents - Spanish

Mission Statement

Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School has a new page for its Mission Statement. Check it out here, and you can always find it on the left MCSIS Links sidebar.

MCSES news archive >>


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Main Office ext. 1112
Principal Mark Brenneman ext. 1111
Nurse’s Office ext. 1118
Guidance Office ext. 1117
Attendance ext. 1117 
Dignity Act Coordinator Christine Cranna ext. 1127

Fax Number: 518-697-8434

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