Bluehawk Eye (March 2017)
Welcome to the first edition of the new student newspaper, The Bluehawk Eye. Members of the student newspaper and student council are working very hard together to improve the
school environment and improve communication among students.
Download the March 2017 edition(PDF) for important spring dates and school news.
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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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Coming soon to a classroom near you!
This year, some HCSD teachers are piloting a communication platform called LivingTree in order to share important information with the parents of their students. Parents will be able to receive messages, photos, event notifications and more directly from their child's teacher. LivingTree even has instant translation for more than 40 languages!
So if you see an email in your inbox from LivingTree it is not junk, it is from your child's teacher!
Get more information and quick start guides here >>
Chores for Change
Third 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.
Hudson Children's Book Festival 2017
Mark your calendars for this year's Hudson Children's Book Festival on Saturday, May 6, 2017! Get more info and this year's author line up at the Hudson Children's Book Festival website.
Annual Turkey Trot
The annual Turkey Trot at MCSIS was on November 18th and more than 20 frozen turkeys were awarded to students in grades 3-5. Each turkey weighed more than 22 pounds!
Students who had collected enough PBIS tickets were allowed to participate in a fun race competition to win Thanksgiving turkeys. The boys and girls who finished in the top two spots in each grade level won a frozen turkey, and random names were drawn for additional prizes in between races. The MCSIS Glee Club kicked off the event with the “Star Spangled Banner.” Students who chose not to run still participated in the Turkey Trot by cheering on their classmates with chants such as, “One more lap!”
A BIG thank you to ShopRite on Fairview Avenue and Hudson Community Schools for donating the turkeys!! See more photos on our Facebook page >>
A visit from Hudson the Railroad Puppy
Hudson in Hudson! Local celebrity Hudson the Railroad Puppy and his dad, Richard Nash, came to M.C. Smith Intermediate School.
The students learned about Hudson and his "magic paw" before his visit. Mr. Nash answered any questions the students asked. They got so many pets and licks from Hudson! Even students that were uneasy about dogs ended up petting him by the end of his visit!
See more photos on our Facebook page >>
"Dads Take Your Child to School" Day on September 20th
On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, we invited fathers (and stepfathers, grandfathers, brothers, uncles, etc.!) to our annual "Dads Take Your Child to School" breakfast event. Thank you to all the male caregivers for being involved!
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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.
Afterschool Instructional Services available
The Hudson Intermediate School, through the Community Schools Grant, is able to offer After School Instructional Services to all of our students. The program will be offered after school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday until 3:45 p.m., beginning immediately and running through the end of the school year in June.
Please let us know if your son/daughter will be able to attend by returning this form to MCSIS. If you respond yes, we will contact you with a starting date and the name of the teacher they will be working with. Students will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis. Please call if you have any questions (518-828-4360, Ext. 1112).
Hudson's "Lights On Afterschool" Featured in ASW:NYSAN Newsletter
The recent newsletter from AfterSchool Works: New York State Afterschool Network contains a blurb about MCSIS' afterschool program. Check it out here, and then head to their Facebook page for photos!
Grades 3-5 supply lists (2016-17)
(July 27, 2016) -- The supply lists for Grades 3 through 5 are now available. Two third grade teachers are still to be determined (parents/guardians of children in these classes should be receiving information directly from the main office).
Grade 3 (Kipp, Hungerford, Parmentier, Pratt, Wheeler)
Grade 4 (Pierro, Lent, Huemmer, Quinion,
Grade 5 (Acevedo/VanAlphen, Curry, Clark, Keeler, Landry, Semanick)
Grade 3/4 (Carson)
Grade 3/4 (Ordway)
Ms. Van Slyke (Special Education)
Bus routes (2016-17)
Get the bus routes for the 2016-17 school year here >>
Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate 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.
MCSIS news archive >>
Intermediate School 828-4360
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