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 libraryStudents with a bloodhound in front of a police cruiser 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.

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

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.

New traffic pattern

CALENDAR

Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School

Heavy Hudson Hearts

Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our dear Fardush Sultana this evening. Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers as this is a very difficult time for them. Our team of counselors is ready to support students and staff during through this most difficult time. Rest in peace sweet girl.

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!"


Upcoming Spring Recess

All Hudson schools will be closed for spring recess starting on Friday, April 19, 2019. We'll be back in session on Monday, April 26th.

spring break april 19 through april 26 2019


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!

 


New York State Assessments for ELA and Math (Grades 3-8)

The dates for state exams for students in Grades 3-8 are as follows:

  • English Language Arts (ELA) exam scheduled for April 2 & 3, 2019
  • Math exam scheduled for May 1 & 2, 2019

Click here to learn more about recent changes to the state assessments and how we use the results to improve our educational practices.


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.

book festival poster


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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CONTACT INFORMATION


Elementary School 518-828-4360
Main Office ext. 1112
Principal Mark Brenneman ext. 1111
Nurse’s Office ext. 1118
Guidance Office ext. 1117
Attendance ext. 4300
Dignity Act Coordinator Christine Cranna ext. 1127

Fax Number: 518-697-8434

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