2011-12 News


2010-11 Hudson CSD Report Card

Hudson City School District students showed some progress in grades 5, 6,and 7 on the 2012 state ELA exam and in grades 3, 5, and 6 on the 2012 math exam, but the results indicate that significant work remains to be done to raise achievement for all students, said Superintendent Maria Suttmeier at the July 23 Board of Education meeting. The district has also moved in an incremental positive direction on most Regents exams and towards the graduation rate set by the State.  However, one of the areas in need of attention is the number of graduating Seniors attending a 2 or 4-year college.

District-wide, an average of 41 percent of the district’s students in grades 3-8 achieved Level 3 or Level 4 in ELA and math. The district’s results in both areas mirrored the statewide trend especially compared to demographically similar districts. The district has been taking deliberate steps to improve the number of students reaching the proficient level of achievement and will continue to do so.

While the district’s overall accountability status is currently regarded in “good standing” in Math, Science, and Graduation Rate, there is a need to remain diligent about the need to improve the outcomes for our students in all areas. The State will be changing the designations of schools which could place the district into a different category of accountability for the upcoming 2012-13 school year. The district will share this information as soon as it becomes public.

“Two facts are clear in our district’s state test results again this year – we are making some progress and seeing evidence that our efforts are making a difference for our students, yet we also see that we have a long way to go,” said Suttmeier.

The PowerPoint presented to the Board of Education is attached here for your review.

Joint Intervention Team review

Commissioner’s Regulations Part 100.2 requires a Joint Intervention Team (JIT) review for schools identified as Restructuring. The Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School was consequently reviewed in January of this year by a team of eight specialists from the State Education Department and Capital Area School Development Association led by Outside Educational Expert, Dr. James Butterworth.

Dr. Butterworth gave a presentation of the JIT’s findings and recommendations at the April 24, 2012 board of education meeting. A copy of the final report is available for your information. The findings and recommendations must be addressed by the school in the implementation of the Restructuring Plan for 2012-13.

Although the report uncovers many areas in need of improvement, Dr. Butterworth emphasized that there are many great things happening at the MCSIS as well as across the district. We are one district and whenever any one of our schools are under review, we are all affected. We must work together to be supportive of the challenges that lie ahead and look for ways to become part of the solution. Read the final report...

Frank and Kusewich named as Valedictorian and Salutatorian at HSHS

Thomas W. Gavin, Principal of Hudson Senior High School, is pleased to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2012. Read more...

Hudson CSD Wins Federal Study Grant

Catholic Charities of Columbia and Greene Counties partners with the Hudson City School District to win The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood (GHPN) Planning Grant worth over $400,000. View the video

Parent/Guardian Notification Letter – District In Need of Improvement

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 requires all school districts to meet high academic standards as set by each state. Each school, in each district, must improve every year until all students meet these standards. This yearly improvement is called Annual yearly Progress (AYP). The status of schools and districts which receive Title I funds are reviewed in this manner every year.

The Hudson City School District was formally notified that it is a District In Need of Improvement (DINI) as a result of insufficient improvement (failure to make AYP) on New York State exams for English language arts (ELA) at both the elementary/middle and secondary instructional levels. Read more…

Discover Breakfast at School!

Breakfast is available at school! Take advantage of this option to ensure your child eats a nutritious breakfast. Learn more…

Bluehawk Newsletter

The December 2011 edition of the Bluehawk Newsletter is available for you to enjoy! The newsletter includes activities and events from all schools and district level departments. The articles were submitted by administrators and supervisors with input from faculty and staff. Read the newsletter...

Message from the Superintendent: National Bullying Prevention Month

Parents of children who are bullied at school feel an immediate need to take action that will make the behavior stop. A phone call to school is one of the first steps parents take to seek a resolution that will end the bullying behavior. The prevalence of bullying in our schools and society make it an issue that most families, communities and schools must eventually confront. Schools and communities must find ways to resolve issues, change behavior patterns and increase education and awareness of bullying and bullying prevention strategies. Read more...

APPR Plans Adopted

The Board of Education adopted Annual Professional Performance Review plans at their August 22, 2011 meeting for classroom teachers who teach English language arts and/or mathematics to students in grades 4 through 8, and the building principals of the schools in which those teachers are employed. Principal APPR Plan Teacher APPR Plan