2009-10 News

Students Receive Rotary Club's High Five Award for Academic Improvement

Students at BOE meeting

Students Amar Branton and Samantha Young were honored by the Hudson Rotary Club at the June 28 Board of Education meeting. Rotary members Bob Weinman and Charles Hudson presented each student with the Rotary Club’s High Five Award for Academic Improvement.

Twenty-four Students Graduate from Y.E.S

Group photo of graduates

On June 10, a total of twenty-four students were recognized for their completion of the Youth Employment Services Program (Y.E.S). Y.E.S. is a community-based student internship program that prepares students for employment and helps them develop the skills needed to be successful and productive in the workforce.

Letter to Hudson Residents

The Hudson Police Department is investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Fifth and State Streets. Read the full letter here.

Hudson High School Announces 2010 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Mohammed Ariful Ghani Christine Hilliard

Congratulations to Valedictorian Mohammed Ariful Ghani and Salutatorian Christine Hilliard!

National Junior Honor Society Induction

7th grade inductees

The National Junior Honor Society Induction was held on May 27 and recognized fifty new National Junior Honor Society members for their commitment to character, leadership, scholarship, service and citizenship. Read more here.

Hudson JHS Afterschool Program Visits Bard College

ASP Group Picture at Bard

Students in the Hudson Jr. High Afterschool Program (ASP) recently traveled to Bard College to spend a day with the Bard College Men’s Basketball team, take a tour of the campus and eat in the student dining hall.

Yonah Greenstein, a sophomore and member of the basketball team at Bard College, has been volunteering his time with the Jr. High ASP since the beginning of the school year. Read more here.

Students Attend 1st New York Children’s Water Festival

Student at water festival

Fourth and fifth grade students from MCSIS spent May 18 at the 1st New York Children's Water Festival held at Columbia-Greene Community College learning about the fascinating world of water.

Garland Recognized as Outstanding Business Education Student

Ahmad Garland with award plaque

Hudson High School senior Ahmad Garland was recently recognized as the 2009-10 Outstanding Business Education student at the 17th Annual Outstanding Business Education Student Award dinner. Ahmad is a student in the Questar III Business Information Systems class.

Thank You to Everyone Who Voted; Budget Passes 781 to 668

On Tuesday, May 18, residents of the Hudson City School District approved the 2010-11 school budget by a vote of 781 to 668. Voters elected Peter D. Merante, Sr. to a 5 year term on the Board of Education and Mary Keeler Daly to a partial 1 year term. Voters also approved the Capital Improvement proposition to finance the district-wide roof replacement project by a vote of 790 to 616. We would like to thank everyone in our community who came out to vote.

Class of 2008 and Rhinebeck Architecture Donate New Sign

New electronic sign in front of High School

If you’ve driven past Hudson Jr./Sr. High School recently you may have seen the newest communications tool in the Hudson City School District. The school district now has an electronic sign located near the main entrance of the High School.

Envirothon Team Takes First Place at Regional Competition!

Envirothon team with Mr. McDarby and awards

Congratulations to the HHS Envirothon team for taking first place at the 2010 Hudson Valley Regional Envirothon! The team finished as the top scoring team in Columbia County and with the highest overall score in the entire competition!

You Are Invited to Visit The Henry Hudson Discovery Garden!

Students in garden

Parents, students and community members are invited to participate in the care and maintenance of the JHS Discovery Garden during the summer months while students are not in school. Contact Ms. Doto, Ms. MacGowan or the Main Office to volunteer. Visit our garden blog!

Computer Technology in the HCSD

computer technology image

Please visit our new Computer Technology page to learn about the computers, promethean boards and other modern technology used in our schools. You can also access links to learn about Internet safety and cyber-bullying. View the page any time by clicking the Computer Technology link in the Menu bar.

2nd Annual Hudson Children’s Book Festival a Success!

Students at book festival

Thousands of people attended the 2nd Annual Hudson Children’s Book Festival on May 1 to browse hundreds of books written by one of the more than 100 authors and illustrators in attendance.

Music Students Perform at Annual NYSSMA Festival

Students at entrance to NYSSMA festival

Sixteen students in grades 7 through 12 particpated in the New York State School Music Association's annual Solo and Ensemble Music Festival on April 23.

Curriculum Inventory, Analysis and Process Report

At their April 27 meeting Maria Suttmeier, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, presented the Curriculum Inventory, Analysis and Process Report to the Board of Education as set forth in the 2009-2010 BOE goals adopted on September 14, 2009.

Feedback from Superintendent’s Conference Day on March 26

clip art of a checklist

BOE Adopts Proposed 2010-11 School Budget: $208,946 Decrease in Spending and 3.85% Increase in Tax Levy

At their meeting on April 12, the Hudson CSD Board of Education adopted a proposed budget of $40,932,878 for the 2010-11 school year. The proposal includes a budget to budget decrease in spending of $208,946, a tax levy increase of 3.85 percent and the use of $500,000 in reserve funds as projected revenues.

Annual Budget Survey Completed

The Hudson CSD would like to thank those community members who participated in the online budget survey. This was an effort to obtain feedback from the school community about how they feel the district should allocate funding for next school year.

Henry Hudson Discovery Gardens
Coming soon to the Hudson Jr. High School Campus!

24th Annual District Art Show Opens at C-GCC

Two students viewing artwork

On the evening of April 13 students, family and friends gathered to pay tribute to the artists of the Hudson City School District. Students were enthusiastic as they entered the gallery to locate their artwork. Teachers, administrators and community members viewed the art work as the young artists proudly discussed their projects.


WAMC Promotes Upcoming Children's Book Festival!

pile of books

"I don’t know how to say this except for . . .You should go. YOU should go. You SHOULD go. Really, you should go."

Sarah LaDuke from WAMC recently promoted the 2nd Annual Hudson Children's Book Festival on her show. Listen to her discussion with Literary Coach Lisa Dolan and author James Preller here!

Operation Safe Stop Awareness Day

Operation Safe Stop Logo

Mark your calendars! Thursday, April 15 is Operation Safe Stop Awareness Day. On this day the dangers of passing a school bus while it is stopped will be highlighted and additional law enforcement will be at and around school bus stops across the state.

April Academic Academy

As part of the M. C. Smith’s Comprehensive Educational Plan, we will be utilizing a portion of the school improvement allocation to conduct April Academic Academy the week of April 5, 2010. The academy will specifically target the area identified for improvement. Read more.

Students Learn about the 2010 Census

High school students learning about the Census

On Census Day, April 1, a representative from the 2010 Census presented to small groups of students at each school in the Hudson CSD. Students learned that the Census is conducted every 10 years and that it counts the entire population.

They also learned that it is important to complete the Census so that federal funding is properly distributed to local communities for hospitals, schools, emergency services, senior services, roads and public transportation.

Hudson Dollars for Scholars Now Accepting Applications

Mr. Spicer and Mr. Payne

The Hudson Dollars for Scholars program, established in November 2009, is a volunteer-led, community non-profit organization established to provide local scholarships in assisting high school students within the Hudson City School District. Any student graduating in June 2010, who is a resident within the Hudson City School District , is invited to apply. To learn more and print an application click here.


Hudson High School Presents “Oklahoma!”

Oklahoma scene

Hudson High School students will present a production of “Oklahoma!” on March 26th, 27th and 28th in the High School auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at the door, $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Show times:
Friday, March 26th @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 27th @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 28th @ 2:00 PM


Students Participate in Twin County Science Expo

Kelsey and Brittany

A total of ten Junior High School students participated in the Twin County Science Expo, held at Columbia Greene Community College on March 20. Students presented their projects as individuals or in small groups and competed based on grade level. Read more here.


Information on March 26 Staff Development Day

The Staff Development Day scheduled for Friday, March 26, will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the HS auditorium. Please take the time to read through the agenda. It is broken down into categories for faculty, aides and other staff. A glimpse of April trainings provided by Model Schools is included on the last page.

PIP Open House a Success!

Group at Open House

PIP PIP HOORAY! Members and friends of Parents In Partnership(PiP) had a great time at their March 16 Open House at the Junior High School. Parents, administrators, community members, kids and even members of the Board of Education came to celebrate PiP's 6th anniversary advocating for students and parents. If you would like to learn more about PiP or want to join, contact Ellen Henderson at hem304@mhcable.com.

Do you think you can identify the people in this picture? If so enter the PiP 'Name That Important Person Contest'. A surprise prize awaits the person with the most correct answers! Send entries to Superintendent Jack Howe at HoweJ@hudsoncityschooldistrict.com.

MCSIS Celebrates Music in Our Schools Month

Students performing on stage

March is Music in Our Schools month and to celebrate music students in grades 4 through 6 spent a day singing, dancing and skating at the Skate Factory. More than 170 students and family members attended the event that also served as a fundraiser to support school music programs. Read more here.


National Read Across America Day at HCSD

Ms. Ordway and Ms. Allie

Students celebrated National Read Across America Day (NRAA), also the birthday of Dr. Seuss, on March 2. NRAA is an annual reading awareness and motivational program that calls for every child in a community to celebrate reading. This was the district’s first year participating and the event was a huge success!


Hudson Junior High School Odyssey of the Mind Team Takes 3rd Place!

Group at Event

Congratulations to the Hudson Junior High School Odyssey of the Mind team for taking 3rd place in their division at this year’s Odyssey of the Mind Competition! This is the first time Hudson has won a medal at an Odyssey of the Mind competition. Click here for more.


District Seeks Parent Participation in Shared Decision Making Plan

At the February 22, 2010 BOE meeting, the Shared Decision Making Plan (SDM) originally written in 1994 (and recertified in 1996 and 2002) was recertified to bring us into compliance with the Commissioner’s Regulation Section 100.11 (CR 100.11) which includes the requirement of biennial reviews.

The SDM Plan was recertified with the understanding that it must be revised and updated. Each building will work with (or establish) a School Leadership Team (SLT) that has the participation of parents (including those not employed by the district), teachers and administrators in school-based planning and shared decision making. The SLT will meet regularly with a District Leadership Team (DLT) comprised of members from each SLT.

The time and place of School and District Leadership Team meetings will be announced. If you are interested in participating, please contact the Office of the Assistant Superintendent at 828-4360 Ext. 2134.

NYU College of Dentistry Returns to HCSD

Student with Dentist

During the week of February 8th the New York University Dental Program returned to the HCSD spending time at John L. Edwards Primary School.

The program focuses primarily on providing dental care to children who have no dental insurance. The program also provides more than just preventive dental care. At each appointment students can receive services such as fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays, restorations, fillings, root canals and extractions. Students also receive education on how to properly clean their teeth and gums.

The NYU dental team will return in June to examine and work on teeth of MCSIS students. The program is funded by the New York Health Foundation.

Student with DentistStudent with Dentist

Sophomore at Hudson High School Chosen to Participate in Rotary Student Youth Exchange Program

Krystov Fout

Krystov Fout, a sophomore at Hudson High School, received a $500 scholarship from Director of Investments in Youth, Pat Maloy, at a gathering held in his honor.

Krystov has been selected to participate in the Rotary Student Youth Exchange Program for the Class of 2010-2011. This program is a tremendous adventure allowing thousands of young people to travel to distant parts of the world to live and attend school. The prime purpose of the program is to promote an international understanding by granting young people a unique opportunity to broaden their knowledge and widen their horizons.

Krystov will learn of the country he will be traveling to in March. The district is proud of this fine young man and wishes him the best as he embarks on this educational journey.

New Director of Student Services

Kim Lybolt

The Hudson City School District welcomes Kim Lybolt as the new Director of Student Services. We are pleased to have Mrs. Lybolt as a member of our Bluehawk team!

New Upcoming Events Calendar

A new district-wide calendar that will be continually updated is now available on this Web site. To access it, go to “UPCOMING EVENTS” on your left and directly under that click “District Calendar.” The current month's calendar will appear. Under “Category” at the top center of the page, scroll to which event dates you want to view, Board of Education, District, Faculty or any one of the district’s five schools, or “All” to view district events as a whole. To move to the next month, click on the highlighted name of the month in the upper right-hand corner.

Get Yourself Ready for the Job Market

Are you an HCSD student 14 or older and thinking about entering the working world sometime in the future? Then the YES Program may be for you. YES stands for Youth Employment Services Program, it's free, it will prepare you for employment and it could lead to a paid internship.

Hudson's 'Culture of Literacy' Focus of SUNY Newsletter

The University at Albany's Center on English Learning and Achievement devotes most of its September 2009 newsletter, "Partnership for Literacy," to the Hudson Children's Book Festival and developments in literacy in the classroom and community. See newsletter.

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Hudson Senior Named AP Scholar

High School Senior Alex Ebel has been honored as an AP Scholar for his outstanding performance on the Advanced Placement tests administered in the spring semester of 2009. The award is granted to a student who achieves grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. Alex scored 4's in Biology and World History, and 3 in U.S. History. Currently, he's taking the New Visions course in Law and Government as well as AP courses in English and Criminal Justice. He is looking into various colleges as he considers life after HHS.

MCSIS Students Receive Needed Dental Care

More than 1,000 children in the Hudson City School District received dental care last week and more will in February thanks to an innovative program of the New York University College of Dentistry. The college offered its service in a public school for the first time when it was in Montgomery C. Smith from Dec. 7-11. Read more.

Missed the Community Budget Meetings? See the Power Point

mr barrett, mr howe and mr fingar

Business Manager Dan Barrett, Superintendent Jack Howe and Rotary Club President Greg Fingar, in Mr. Howe's office, brainstorm how to get people out to the sessions. Photo: Robert Ragaini/Hudson-Catskill Newspapers

Two public information sessions on the HCSD budget process were conducted Nov. 30 and Dec. 7. The meetings were developed in response to a survey conducted last year on the district Web site, with an eye toward increasing public participation in the process. Superintendent Jack Howe's power point presentation from those meetings lays out parameters of the budget considerations, such as timetable, expenditures and revenues. View the presentation.

What's Happening at M. C. Smith Intermediate School

packing a box

Fourth grade students in Mrs. Curry and Ms. Merwin's classes collected items, boxed them up and sent care packages to local soldiers in Iran and Afghanistan.

bark houseStudents in Mrs. Palmentier's and Mrs. Risch's classes concluded their unit on Native Americans by building longhouses.

MCSIS students have been participating in the "six-word memoir" project, summing up an important time in their lives in six words.

Read More at the MCSIS homepage.


What's Happening at John L. Edwards Primary School

3 students paint igloo

Mrs. Zito's first grade students helped the Hudson Police Department get ready for Winter Walk by decorating their storefront window. The event is a 20-year-old tradition. Read more at the JLE home page.

High School teacher Mrs. Howe and first grade teacher Ms. Brown are helping their students bridge the generation gap. Once a week they "buddy up" to read together or do special projects, like making holiday cards for U.S. military personnel and veterans.

two buddies collaborateRead more at the JLE home page.

District's New Arts and Humanities Fund Gets a Big Start

An anonymous donor has made a gift of $200,000 to launch the Hudson City School District’s new Arts and Humanities Fund, established by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Of that amount, $l00,000 is a challenge to the community to match the gift for a permanent endowment by 2014. The other $100,000 will come in five annual installments of $20,000 for five years for immediate grantmaking. The purpose of the fund is to enhance and enrich the educational experience of students and teachers in the district through access to programs in the arts and humanities that emphasize excellence, innovation and creativity. Read story from the Register-Star.

HHS Food Drive Helps Local Food Pantries

elyse reinckens

More than 450 canned and boxed food items were donated to local food pantries by HHS home rooms the week of Thanksgiving as the result of a food drive conducted by the National Honor Society. Read more.


Committee Forming to Assess and Improve Curriculum

Members are being sought for a new committee of the Board of Education that has been formed to oversee the development, assessment and improvement of the schools' educational programs. Learn more.

Updates on H1N1 Flu

Read updates from the NY State Department of Health about the H1N1 Flu in New York, and learn what the symptoms are and what to do if you or your child gets the flu, by clicking on the following links:

  • - Click here to read the Nov. 12 update regarding H1N1 influenza

HHS Grads Making Waves

kathy clark & jill cozza-turner

Several Hudson High School alumni have been recognized for their achievements post-graduation. First, Jill Cozza-Turner, class of 1995, won a daytime Emmy Award for her writing on the PBS children's series, WordWorld.


gary sheffer

Gary Sheffer, class of 1978, head of communications at General Electric Co., addressed the Columbia County Economic Development Corporation CEO Roundtable on the topic of how Columbia County fits into the larger economic picture. Read more.


biggest seller

Intermediate School Parent Group Raises $5,500

In its first fundraiser of the year, the MC Smith organization of parents and educators, HOPE, raised $5,500 by selling candles. Top selling classes were rewarded with pizza parties. Read more.


'Hudson Reads' Moves from Tea to Spiders

mr brenneman & nazim wali

The HCSD community reading program "Hudson Reads" began its discussion of "Charlotte's Web," by E.B. White, Monday, Nov. 9. The group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every Monday at the Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson. "Hudson Reads" completed its journey through Greg Mortenson's "Three Cups of Tea" with a group reading by local political, educational and cultural leaders Nov. 2.


Board of Education Seeks New Member

The Board of Education is accepting letters of interest through Dec. 14 to fill a vacancy on the board. If the vacancy is filled by appointment, the new board member serves only until the next regular school district election, which this year is May 18, 2010. A person appointed to fill a vacancy takes office immediately upon filing the oath of office. A candidate must be at least 18 years of age with a high school education, a resident of the district for at least one year, and a qualified voter of the district with the ability to read and write. Letters of interest should be sent to Frieda Van Deusen, Clerk of the Board of Education, Hudson City School District, 50 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, NY 12534.

Superintendents Attend Harlem Children's Zone Conference

HCSD Superintendent Jack Howe and Assistant Superintendent Maria Suttmeier attended a national conference entitled, "Changing the Odds: Learning from the Harlem Children's Zone," Nov. 9 and 10, along with other community leaders and representatives from the City of Hudson Youth Center. The Youth Center obtained grant funding to send community leaders focused on Hudson's youth to the conference, which will bring together more than 1,000 leaders from non-profit, community, government and philanthropic organizations to learn how to replicate the Harlem Children's Zone's successful models for breaking the cycle of generational poverty.

Elks Donate Reference Works to 3rd and 5th Graders

student distributes dictionaries

Members of the Hudson Elks Lodge brought gifts of dictionaries to all third-grade students and thesauruses to all fifth-graders on Friday, Oct. 30 at M.C. Smith Intermediate School. A toal of two-hundred-seventy-five books were distributed. Read more.


Faculty and Staff Spend Half-Day Boosting Skills & Knowledge

co-teaching workshop

HCSD faculty participate in a co-teaching workshop led by Trish Ross at Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Faculty and staff members at all five HCSD educational sites spent Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 21, getting pointers and brushing up on skills to enhance their ability to do their jobs. Students were dismissed at 11:15 and 11:30 a.m. for Staff Development Day.

Teachers were trained in use of the new Promethean Boards, also known as "smart boards," which can be seen by the public at Saturday's open house. Other workshops they could elect to choose included curriculum development, using Rubicon Atlas; Response to Intervention/DIBELS, which is focused on assisting children who are having difficulty learning; transitional math; integrating performing arts into reading instruction; co-teaching; and data analysis.

There were also workshops for professional staff in computer programs such as EXCEL, WORD and SASI; proctoring state exams; positive guidance and reinforcement; child safety and playground supervision; and diversity in the classroom. "I had the pleasure of visiting all campuses yesterday and was impressed with the level of professionalism and hard work that was taking place on behalf of our students," said Superintendent Jack Howe. "Everyone was involved in meaningful sessions that will enrich and enhance our working and learning environments.  I am grateful to be working with a staff that keeps our students as their number 1 priority!"

John L. Edwards PTA Honors School Board Members

pta members address board

elizabeth fout presents books to jle

The Oct. 27 Board of Education meeting took place at John L. Edwards Primary School, where officers of the school's PTA thanked board members for their service and made a presentation of 11 books in the board members' names to the school library.

The books were among those chosen by 1,200 children nationwide as their favorite books out of a list of 500, PTA President Karen Krager told the board. PTA members also provided refreshments following the meeting. The PTA was not alone in honoring the board members that night. The district presented each member with a folio and a pen.


And the newest board member, Elizabeth Fout, presented books and a monetary donation to the library in honor of her mother, a high school librarian who died five years ago.


Grand Opening Held at New Junior High, New Primary Wing

students and banner

The Hudson City School District celebrated the completion of a brand-new junior high school in the southern wing of the junior-senior high school complex and a new wing on John L. Edwards Primary School Saturday, Oct. 24 with an open house, complete with live music, slides, refreshments and freedom for attendees to wander and explore the new hallways and classrooms. Simultaneous celebrations took place at the junior high and, on a quieter scale, at the primary school.

Ichabod Crane Principal Checks Out HCSD Technology

schneider tries out board

Ichabod Crane High School Principal Bill Schneider and Technology Coordinator Jonathan Franks took a tour of some of Hudson High School's latest technology Friday, Oct. 30. Read more.