News Archive

AMCP, NSPRA honor Hudson CSD

Hudson CSD recently earned awards from the National School Public Relations (NSPRA) and the Association of Marketing & Communications Professionals (AMCP) for the district’s new website. Hudson CSD earned an honorable mention in NSPRA’s annual publications/websites contest and an honorable mention in the AMCP’s Hermes Creative awards, an international competition. The two contests are judged by industry professionals who look for work that exceeds a high standard of excellence and serves as a benchmark for the industry. “We are pleased to learn that our new website was recognized by these two organizations. Thank you to Questar III’s Communications Service for working with the district to create an award-winning website,” said Hudson CSD Superintendent Maria Suttmeier.

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New York State Senator Kathy Marchione is pictured during her recent "Teacher of Excellence" award ceremony held at Columbia High School in East Greenbush.

During the June 5, 2014 ceremony, Senator Marchione congratulated 25 terrific teachers and thanked them for their service. Band educator Scott Vorwald was recognized from the Intermediate School and Science Teacher Jim McDarby was recognized from the High School.

The HCSD is honored to have these fine teachers recognized for their distinct talents.

School budget and proposition pass, three BOE members elected

Thank you to everyone who came out to vote. The 2014-15 school budget was passed by a vote of 560 to 298. Read more...

Hudson CSD 2014-15 Budget

The Board of Education approved the 2014-15 spending plan at the April 7th meeting. The tax levy of 2.17% is the lowest since the 2008-09 school year with no staff cuts. The PowerPoint prepared by Superintendent Maria Suttmeier and Business Executive Robert Yusko is available for your review. The budget vote is Tuesday, May 20th. The public will vote on the proposed budget, three open board seats and a proposition to approve the sale of the Greenport school. Budget Summary PowerPoint

Parent Notification of Teacher/Principal Evaluation Scores

In accordance with Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) regulations, parents and legal guardians of students may request the final quality rating and composite effectiveness score for each of the teachers and/or principal of the school building your child is attending for the current school year. Read more...

Hudson CSD develops three year goals and targets

The Board of Education, in collaboration with the Superintendent and administrators, has developed three year goals spanning 2013-2015 and targets for the 2013-2014 school year. These goals and targets were designed to map out the steps toward Destination Graduation. You may access these documents by clicking on the Destination Graduation logo on any page.

Additionally, individual School Comprehensive Education Plans (SCEPs) and the District Comprehensive Improvement Plan (DCIP) are located on the “Curriculum” page under the “Academics” tab. These documents are required by the NYS Education Department as evidence of the corrective actions steps we are taking to improve our Focus status.

Hudson High School seniors honor teachers with video

Hudson High School seniors present video to HHS faculty in honor of Teacher Appreciation Month as a gift from the Class of 2014.

If you are unable to watch the video, view it on YouTube

Posted May 22, 2014

District Insights: A busy, exciting May

Those of us working inside the Hudson City School District join our students and parents in welcoming the month of May with a big sigh of relief that the New York state exams are behind us. Whether or not we agree with the state’s testing procedures, discouraging students from taking the test is not the solution. Read more...

Posted May 15, 2014

District Insights: State of the budget

The Hudson City School District’s adopted 2014-15 budget is within the calculated tax levy limit of 2.17 percent and for the first time New York state is offering a tax rebate program to its taxpayers. The 2014-2015 New York state budget contains a property tax freeze program in which all taxpayers who are STAR eligible and live within a municipality that abides by the New York state tax levy cap calculation will receive a tax rebate from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. Read more...

Posted April 28, 2014

NYS Gr. 3-8 Assessments

On April 1, 2, and 3 our elementary and junior high school students will be taking the grades 3-8 New York State (NYS) Assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and on April 30, May 1 and 2, grades 3-8 will take the NYS Math exam. Read a parent letter from Superintendent Suttmeier.

Posted March 28, 2014

Hudson Jr./ Sr. High School presents DISNEY'S "BEAUTY AND THE BEAST"

Beauty and the Beast at Hudson Jr. Sr. Auditorium March 28 - 30.

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast", the award-winning, worldwide, smash hit, Broadway musical, is this year's Hudson Junior/ Senior High School spring season special engagement- just in time for the change of the season. Produced by Hudson City School District, this elaborate theatrical production will come to life on stage at the Hudson High School for three performances. More information...

Posted March 25, 2014

District e-Newsletter

Dear HCSD Community: Providing a safe learning environment for students is our number one priority. We are always asking ourselves if we are doing everything we can do to keep our children safe...View March 2014 e-Newsletter

Posted March 7, 2014

Bridge School program opens

Superintendents Suttmeier, Potter and Farrell recognized for their courage to do something new and for daring to be innovative. Read the full article on Register-Star’s website.

Posted February 13, 2014

District Insights: New promotion policy at JHS

Amid the commotion and controversy swirling around the implementation of the new Common Core standards and the related testing, seventh and eighth grade students at Hudson Jr. High School are quietly experiencing an engaging, innovative and game-changing approach to grade level promotion. Read more...

Posted February 11, 2014

Columbia-Greene Partnership Academy opens in Hudson

The Hudson City, Berkshire Union Free and Catskill Central School Districts are pleased to announce the grand opening of the Columbia-Greene Partnership Academy (also known as “The Bridge”) on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 364 Warren Street in Hudson. The Bridge is an alternative learning environment where students learn in small, supportive communities. Click on the quick link entitled “Alternative Learning Program” on the left-hand side of this page to learn more.

Posted February 3, 2014

Letter to the editor from Superintendent Maria Suttmeier

The story published in the Dec. 19 edition of the Register-Star added insult to injury for students of the Hudson City School District. On behalf of our Hudson students, I would like to make it clear that upon review of all social media communications, at no time was any Hudson student involved in banter of any kind about possible violence at the Taconic Hills basketball game. Read more...

Posted December 30, 2013

NYS Education Department approves Columbia-Greene Partnership Academy

The Columbia-Greene Partnership Academy, a collaboration between three area school districts—Berkshire Union Free, Hudson City, and Catskill Central—has received approval from the state to operate a special program to help 16-year-olds stay in school. Read more...

Posted December 19, 2013

District Insights: Youth experience the power of peace

December rings in the holiday season for many cultures around the world, extending greetings of Peace on Earth. Last week’s news about the loss of South Africa’s revered leader, Nelson Mandela, was broadcast just as I began writing this month’s article about a peace program founded on the principles of Mandela and other iconic leaders. Read more...

Posted December 11, 2013

Destination Graduation Survey

Please take a moment to fill out the short Destination Graduation survey at

Your feedback is appreciated!

Posted December 10, 2013

Workshop for parents on January 30, 2014

The Department of Student Services is holding a workshop on Thursday, January 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the John L. Edwards Primary School, 360 State Street, Hudson. The topic is Understanding the Impact of Early Childhood Trauma on Brain Development and Learning and the Use of Academic Intervention Services to Support Learning. Adene Karhan, Resources Specialist at Parent Network of the Capital Region, is the event speaker.

This workshop will provide parents with the following information:

  • Overview of the impact on the brain, body and learning process
  • Physical and emotional signs of distress that might be seen in children who have experienced trauma
  • Supports and accommodations that can be provided in the classroom setting
  • Tips for providing a sense of safety at school to children who have been traumatized
  • How to access Academic Intervention Services in English language arts and math at HCSD

A light dinner will be served. Please RSVP to Kim Lybolt, Director of Student Services, at (518) 828-4360, ext. 2112.

Posted January 15, 2014

Still in fiscal peril, a forum on school funding crisis

Our Kids Can't Wait Another Year...Advocacy logo

The Hudson City School District is seeking parents, students and community members interested in attending a regional event on public education at South Colonie High School on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. titled “NY Schools Still in Fiscal Peril: Our Kids Can’t Wait Another Year”.

If interested, please contact the Superintendent’s Office by e-mailing or calling 518-828-4360 Ext. 2101.  We hope to organize a sizable group to represent our community. Read more...

Posted January 8, 2014

Student Services offers informational session for OPWDD Services

The Office of Student Services is holding an informational session for Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) Services. OPWDD offers individualized, person-centered supports to children and young adults aged birth to 21 who are qualifying diagnosis of a developmental disability. The session will be on Thursday, December 5, 2013, 10:00 a.m. in the Hudson High School Auditorium. More information...

Posted November 13, 2013

District e-Newsletter

Dear HCSD Community: Now available is the first District e-Newsletter of the 2013-14 school year. I chose to use an excerpt of the Destination Graduation opening day message that also appeared in the Register Star and Columbia Paper as there are always new readers with each publication. I hope you enjoy reading about our district. View e-Newsletter

Posted October 15, 2013

An important message for taxpayers

New legislations requires all homeowners receiving the Basic STAR exemption need to register with the New York State Tax Department by December 31, 2013 to receive the exemption in 2014 and beyond.

If you have questions regarding the STAR exemption, a Fact Sheet is available. Register online for the STAR exemption at:

Commissioner King's Back to School video

2013 Back to School Message from Commissioner King from EngageNY on Vimeo.

District Insights: The goal — Destination Graduation

Perhaps you had a chance to do some traveling over the summer months. Whether you took a trip out of the country, across the nation or just a day outing to a local lake or resort, before you set out, you first had to know where you were going before you planned on how you would get there. Read more... Posted September 10, 2013

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