children recycling paper while wearing superhero masks Congressman Antonio Delgado with children holding books girls on chair reading togetheraerial parking map School leaders and community members hold a red ribbon at the opening ceremony of new primary wing woman reading with elementary girl in library Students work on individual laptops

5th grade "Reading Buddies" visit pre-kindergarten classes.

The Hudson Reads program invites community members to help students practice reading skills during lunch.

Kindergarteners turned into recycling superheros with a mission to take care of Planet Earth.

The community was invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new primary wing at M.C. Smith Elementary School.

Congressman Antonio Deglado visited MCSES to donate books and read to 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.

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Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School

New Dates for Nature's Classroom 2019

Nature's Classroom dates have been changed from September 16-20, 2019 to October 7-11, 2019. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Pratt at

Free Backpacks for PK-5 Students!

Free backpacks for Hudson students, Pre-K through Grade 5! The PK-5 backpack giveaway will take place on Tuesday, August 13th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the new gym at MCSES.

Many thanks to United Stationers for their generous donation and supporting our students!

2019-2020 School Calendar

Click here to view the calendar-at-a-glance for the 2019-2020 school year (PDF). Please review and save this calendar as it includes holidays, half days, testing dates and more.

Family Math Game Nights (June 13th & 20th)

Join us to get materials to play a variety of math games to keep your child’s math skills fresh over the summer! There will be two nights for different grade bands:

  • K-2: Thursday, June 13th from 6-8 p.m.
  • Grades 3-5: Thursday, June 20th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served. There will also be door prizes and giveaways! Each event will be in the MCSES cafeteria.

Families that have children in both the K-2 and 3-5 grade bands, please join us with your entire family at the K-2 night on June 20th.

Mothers' Tea (June 11th)

To celebrate our students' wonderful mothers and mother figures, we're hosting a Mothers' Tea on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Here are the times for each grade:

  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. - Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten
  • 9:45-10:45 a.m. - 1st & 3rd Grades
  • 1:15-2:15 p.m. - 2nd, 4th & 5th Grades

Invitations and return forms were sent home with all students. If you have children in different grades, please choose one time to attend with all of your children. Lastly, please enter and sign in at the front of the building.

Band Information Night (June 6th)

Parents/guardians of incoming 4th grade students who are interested in playing an instrument in the MCSES Band Program are encouraged to attend an informational night on Thursday, June 6th. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the MCSES band room.

Click here to learn more about the band program, how to sign up and and how to get instruments.

Spring Concerts

Here is the elementary spring concert schedule (all performances are in the MCSES auditorium):

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

  • 9:30 a.m. - 5th Grade Band, 2nd Grade Music Classes, 5th Grade Music Classes (Trimester 3)
  • 1 p.m. - 4th Grade Band, 3rd and 4th Grade Music Classes (Trimester 3)

Friday, May 31, 2019

  • 9 a.m. - Kindergarten (Cartwright, Dodig, Muller, Pitts, Zito)
  • 9:45 a.m. - Kindergarten (Below, Merwin, Ohl, Rutkey)
  • 12 p.m. - Pre-K (Mrs. Root’s & Mrs. McDonald’s classes)

Friday, June 7, 2019

  • 10 a.m. - 1st Grade (Brown, Merwin, Moore, Muller, Shumway)
  • 10:45 a.m. - 1st Grade (Duryea, Laporto, Monsell)

Morning Drop-Off

safety firstIn an effort to maintain a safe environment for our students, we would like to remind you of the protocol for morning drop-off. Since the start of the school year, we've had several situations where student safety has been a concern. Many of these incidents occurred during morning drop-off in the front parking lot.

When dropping students off in the morning, it is important that you are using only the first lane, closest to the school. The other lanes are meant for staff and visitor parking, resulting in much heavier morning traffic. It is for the safety of our students that we request they not cross these lanes. Our School Safety Officer will be monitoring the front lot over the next couple of weeks to ensure that proper drop-off protocol is being followed. Your attention to these matters is appreciated as we strive to provide the best and safest learning environment possible.

Camp Invention Registration NOW OPEN

girl smiles with cardboard project It's back! This exciting, week-long STEM summer camp program offers children the opportunity to explore robots, design inventions, take apart machines, make new friends while solving challenges and more!

The camp is open to students entering Grades 1-6 and runs from Monday, July 8, through Friday, July 12, 2019.

Registration is limited to the first 80 students, so click here to learn more about the "supercharged" Camp Invention 2019 program and how to register your child!


Hudson Children's Book Festival (May 4, 2019)

The annual Hudson Children's Book Festival is on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Huson Junior/Senior High School.

Need a ride? There will be free bus transportation around Hudson and Greenport from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Click here to download the bus route map (PDF).

New Kindergarten Offering

(April 9, 2019) -- We are excited to announce that we will have two programs to offer incoming Kindergarten children this September. Based on their immediate academic and social needs, incoming Kindergarten students will be placed into one of the following programs: a traditional 1-Year Kindergarten (1YK) for students testing ready for Kindergarten, or the new 2-Year Kindergarten (2YK) for students who may benefit from extra time to master the traditional curriculum.

Click here to read more about the new 2-Year Kindergarten program.

Fidelis Care Coloring Contest

child holding trophy standing with dinosaur mascotTrinity W., a first grade student in Ms. LaPorto's class, won a coloring contest sponsored by Fidelis Care!

The Fidelisaurus stopped by MCSES to present a trophy to Trinity and give stuffed animals to the entire class.

Trinity's picture also earned them a giant box of markers to bring back to Ms. LaPorto's classroom.

$3,400 Raised During "Pennies for Patients"

adults and elementary students holding a big checkDuring the annual Pennies for Patients event, MCSES raised $3,400 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! They presented a "big check" to Miss Jacqueline (left) from the Upstate New York/Vermont Chapter, who said MCSES was among the top 10 fundraising schools in the region (out of 122 schools)!

3rd grader Mason (center) was a top fundraiser, receiving more than $200 in online donations.

Thanks to all in our schools and community who helped prove that "every penny counts!"

Virtual Tour of New Primary Wing

Go on a "virtual tour" and see the inside of the new primary wing at MCSES! The new wing, which houses pre-kindergarten through first grade, includes a brand new gymnasium and age-appropriate playground equipment. Also, there are modern features such as climate control and water filters in every classroom, allowing the district to be more environmentally conscious.

Watch the video below:

Important Attendance Information

(January 25, 2019) – Based on our recent attendance data, we would like to remind you of the importance of regular attendance—even on days when we have delays due to weather. We understand that some situations require absence (such as illness), however a weather delay should not prevent a child from attending school. Missing too much school, especially during the elementary years, can significantly hurt academic performance and growth.

Please read this letter from the MCSES principals, and find out how you can support your child's attendance.

Updates About Student Drop-Offcrosswalk road sign

December 2018 – As part of our continuous efforts to increase the safety and ease of student drop-off, we have some updates about the morning drop-off procedure and safety additions that will be made over the next few months.

First, we will be adding extra crosswalks and a new sidewalk at the front of the building (closest to Harry Howard Avenue). This will allow easier access for parents who are dropping off their children in the morning.

Second, the traffic gates in the parking lot will be closed at 8 a.m. when the school day begins (effective January 2, 2019). Any families arriving after 8 a.m. will need to park their vehicles and bring their child inside to sign-in their student at the attendance window. This policy is in place for safety reasons, as there are no staff outside after 8 a.m. to receive children being dropped off.

Click here to read the letter from the MCSES principals.

New Visitor Management System photo identification card clipart

New safety measures are coming to the Hudson City School District. Effective November 19, 2018, all school buildings will begin using School Gate Guardian, a computerized visitor management system.

Any visitor entering one of our district facilities will be required to provide photo identification (such as a driver’s license or state-issued photo ID). Click here to learn more about School Gate Guardian.

Dismissal and Afternoon Pick Up Procedures

Please review our guidelines for dismissal and afternoon pick up to help us ensure a safe and smooth dismissal each day.

Ways to Help Your Child Attend School Every Day

Every day counts!

Did you know that missing just two school days per month can have negative impacts on academic performance, starting as early as kindergarten? New York State 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.

Winter Concerts

Monday, November 19, 2018

  • Kindergarten Music Concert at 9 a.m.
  • First Grade Music Concert at 10:15 a.m.
  • Pre-K Music Concert at 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

  • 9:30 a.m. - 2nd Grade Music Classes, 5th Grade Band, and 5th Grade Trimester 1 Music Classes
  • 1 p.m. - 3rd Grade Trimester 1 Music Classes, 4th Grade Band, and 4th Grade Trimester 1 Music Classes

All performances will take place in the MCSES auditorium.

Fall Festival (Friday, November 30th)

The annual MCSES Fall Festival for Grades 3-5 is rescheduled for Friday, November 30, 2018 from 6-7:30 p.m. The festival will include activities, crafts, music and games, as well as snacks and beverages for sale.

Permission slips need to be returned to the school by Wednesday, November 28th, along with a $5 entry fee.

"Dads Take Your Child to School" Day on September 18, 2018

Fathers (and stepfathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, brothers, uncles, godfathers, and father figures) are invited to bring their student to school and enjoy breakfast together for the annual "Dads Take Your Child to School" Day at MCSES on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

The breakfast for Grades 3-5 will be served from 7:15-8 a.m. in the MCSES cafeteria. The breakfast for Pre-K through Grade 2 will be served from 8:10-8:45 a.m. in the MCSES cafeteria.

Clip art father holding child's hand

Information from Open House (K-5)

MCSES held an early open house on August 29th to allow parents a chance to see the new primary wing before school opens. Construction and cleaning are finishing up, and we will be ready to welcome our students to the new M.C. Smith Elementary School on Wednesday, September 5th.

If you missed the open house, click here for important information about parent drop off/pick up, school breakfast, new visitor procedures and more.

There will be another opportunity for parents to tour the building at our Meet the Teacher Night on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

aerial view of school parking lot and traffic pattern

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

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).

Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, students in Grades K-1 will attend school at the Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School in the newly constructed primary wing (102 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson). Children entering pre-kindergarten in September 2018 will also attend school in the new primary wing at M.C. Smith Elementary.

*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!

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.


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 MCSES Links sidebar.

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