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Information Regarding Enterovirus D68

September 19, 2014 - The New York State Department of Health is advising parents and health care providers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of enterovirus EV-D68, a serious respiratory illness which has now been confirmed in more than a dozen children in New York State. Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is causing cases of severe respiratory (breathing) illness among children and other individuals. Such illness has sometimes resulted in hospitalization, especially among children with asthma.

Symptoms to Look For: Fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and body aches. Since EV-D68 has not been commonly reported, other symptoms may also be seen.

How It Is Spread: Enteroviruses are transmitted through close contact with a person who has the virus, or by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

What You Can Do Protect Yourself: There is no medicine to treat for EV-D68 infections other than management of symptoms, which is why it is important to  protect yourself and others reminding your children to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if
    someone is sick.
  • Use the same precautions you would use to prevent the spread of influenza.

These prevention steps are especially important for individuals or persons with family members who are infants, or who have chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems.

What to Do If Your Child Feels Ill: If your child is sick with a runny nose, cough, fever, or aches which are signs of an upper respiratory infection, do not send your child to school. Allow them to rest and recover at home. Contact your medical provider immediately if your child becomes seriously ill.

For more information about EV-D68, visit: www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68, or contact the School Nurse.

Source Document: http://www.health.ny.gov/press/releases/2014/2014-09-12_ev-d68_confirmed.htm NYS Department of Health - Preventing the Spread of EV-D68 ALBANY, NY (September 12, 2014)

Working Together - Thanksgiving Food Baskets

September 19, 2014 - Unity House, CEO and Community Gardens have teamed up to provide Thanksgiving Food Basket for $5. Registration is available now. Click here for more info.

New York State Testing Score Reports

September 18, 2014 - Each spring, students in Grades 3-8 take part in the New York State Testing Program in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, as required under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Scores from these tests were recently mailed home to parents.  The reports provide one way for parents and educators to understand student performance. However, scores from these tests do not tell the whole story about what a child knows and can do. The results from the Grade 3-8 ELA and Mathematics Tests are being provided for diagnostic purposes and will not be included in your child's official transcript or permanent student record.

The reports mailed home explain your child's scores and lists resources available to support your child's education. If you have questions or would like more information about your child's performance on last year's test, please contact your student’s teacher or building principal.

Click here for more information about the NYS Testing Results

Active Parenting Now

September 18, 2014 - Active Parenting Now is a FREE parenting program to the parents of children in grades K-5. This program is provided by Rensselaer County. Active Parenting Now supports parents by offering skills to:

  • Redirect misbehavior and sidestep power struggles
  • Discipline while teaching responsibility
  • Prevent young people from experimenting with alcohol & other drugs
  • Communicate effectively with children
  • Explore and encourage nonviolent conflict resolution inside the home and out

Click here for more information.

PSAT Exams

September 17, 2014 - The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) will be given on Wednesday, October 15th. The test will begin after homeroom and last approximately three hours. Seating is limited and open first to Juniors. Interested Juniors should signup in the guidance office between October 3rd and October 8th. If additional seats are available Sophomores may signup beginning October 9th. There is a registration fee of $15 due at signup. Contact our Guidance Office for additional information, 753-4458 x2507.

School Garden

September 17, 2014 - The school garden was a busy place this morning. Mrs. Messier's morning class came out to harvest Swiss Chard as part of their 4H Price Chopper Marketing program. Through this program, Price Chopper provides seeds & plants for youth to grow which is then sold back to the grocery store. The crop chosen by Mrs. Messier's class last spring was Swiss chard, due to it's long harvesting season & because it had grown well in our garden in the past. The Swiss chard is cut, washed, bundled & delivered to the Brunswick Price Chopper where it is available for purchase in the produce section. Look for the Hoosic Valley School Garden sign!


Shortly after the chard was harvested, Ms. Lovell's class came out on a mission to pick tomatoes for the cafeteria. Today was Nacho day on the lunch menu & the elementary school cafeteria staff wanted to be able to add fresh tomatoes to this favorite meal. Fortunately the woodchucks do not seem to like tomatoes and Ms. Lovell's class was able to fill their baskets, as well as harvesting some kale for their classroom to try. It was a beautiful day to be out in the garden!

Elementary School Building Referendum
Roof And Energy Management System Replacement

September 17, 2014 - The proposition for the roof and energy management system passed 100 – 59. Click here for more info....

Fall Community Ed Class Announced

September 16, 2014 - Our Community Ed instructors are gearing up to begin classes in October. Make sure you check out all the great offerings, remember all classes are open to residents as well as non-residents on a first come, first served basis. Register early to prevent a class you are interested in from being either filled or cancelled due to lack of participants. Click here to see the full list of Fall Classes.

School Pictures - September 17 & 18

September 15, 2014 - School Pictures will be taken this Wednesday and Thursday for all students in grades 7-12. Pictures are taken during student's regularly scheduled gym class. While seniors will have their picture taken at this time for their school id, they should also see Mrs. Pallozzi to schedule an appointment for their formal senior portrait (separate times available). iSmileStudio Photo Order forms have been handed out in homeroom, please remember to return the completed order form with payment on picture day.

Students in grades PK-6 will have their pictures taken on September 29th and 30th.

Softball Chicken BBQ

September 15, 2014 - The softball team will be holding a Chicken BBQ on September 27th to support their Florida Tournament Trip planned for 2015. The Chicken BBQ will be held in conjunction with the Harvest Fest at the Schaghticoke Town Hall. Dinners will be available between 3:00 & 4:30 pm. Click here for pricing and order info.

School Banking with the PTO

September 15, 2014 - School banking (sponsored by PTO) will begin this Friday in the Hoosic Valley Elementary School. The bank will be open every Friday from 8:15 – 8:45 am in the library. PTO partners with CapCom Federal Credit Union to offer school banking to our students in grades K-6. Besides saving, CapCom offers rewards to students with their Great Grades and Reading Program. Check out the CapCom website for more info on account creation, transfers and promotions.

CapCom School Banking

NEWSIES Tickets Available

September 12, 2014 - MAC has discounted tickets available for the Broadway Show "Newsies" at Proctors Theatre. The show is on Wednesday, October 15th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $45 for downstairs seating or $33 for balcony seats. Click here for order information.

Harvest Fest & Melrose Mile
September 27, Noon - 4

September 12, 2014 - The Hoosic Valley Community Partners will be holding their annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 27th from noon till 4pm at the Schaghticoke Town Hall. This year's Harvest Fest will have all that you would expect plus a little more! There will be farm stands with fall produce along with crafters, local interest groups, activities for the kids and plenty to eat as you browse through the exhibits.   And if that’s not enough, a band will be performing at 1 and 3 from the gazebo.  Feel free to bring lawn chairs to relax and enjoy the show.  You can check out the festival in between performances.

And don't forget to bring your running shoes. Once again there will be the running for the Melrose mile. Race registration begins at 11:30 (no fee) with the race starting at 12:30.  The course is 2 laps around the town hall property, if you want to stop after one that’s OK.  If you want to run 3 or 4 that is ok too! Registration is at noon or email registration form to melrosemile@gmail.com . Open to ALL ages, prizes will be awarded to top performers.

It's not too late for vendors to sign up - click here for a registration form. There's no charge to vendors, the more the merrier!

School Garden

September 11, 2014 - The Hoosic Valley School Garden was once again a blue ribbon winner in the 2014 Schaghticoke Fair. Entrees included green beans, carrots, sunflowers, basil from the herb garden, winter squash, Swiss chard and an information display called “Composting in the School Garden”. In all seven blue ribbons were won for first place and one red ribbon for second place, with an additional prize of Most Blue Ribbons in the Youth category. The biggest surprise was the winter squash, an heirloom variety named Black Futsu, that won Best of Show for the Vegetable Division!

Vegetables were planted by several classes from pre-K through high school, with some vegetables being used as Fair entrees, summer harvests being donated to the local food pantries and vegetables currently being used in the cafeterias and classrooms. Despite the efforts of some tenacious wood chucks and rabbits, the garden has had a bountiful summer. Congratulations, gardeners!

Senior Portraits

September 10, 2014 - Attention Seniors: Formal Senior Portraits will be taken September 17-19. Students should see Mrs. Pallozzi to schedule an appointment for their Senior Photos (this is different than the yearly school photos). Click here for more infomation.

School Physicals

September 8, 2014 - Students entering 2nd, 4th, 7th or 10th grade or any students new to the district are required to have a physical within 30 days of the start of the school year. Dr. Nightingale will be in both the High School and Elementary buildings on September 25th for any student in need of a physical. Please contact the school nurse ahead of time if you would like your child seen by Dr. Nightingale.

We are off to a Great Start!

September 5, 2014 - The Elementary School ended their first week on a great note with their school spirit pep rally. Everyone was full of pep and displaying their school spirit! Our pep rally ended with Mr. Foti accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge from the teachers and challenged Mr. O'Brien in return - we look forward to that chilling scene.

Click here for Photos from this year's Pep Rally

Continuous Recruitment
Per Diem Substitutes (All Areas)

September 5, 2014 - Hoosic Valley uses substitute personnel on a daily basis in a number of different position. Anyone interested in substituting must first submit an application and be board approved. Upon approval names are added to the "Sub List" and then Substitute personnel are called upon on an as needed basis.  Employment applications can be obtained from the school offices or by calling 753-4458 or click here to download an application packet.

  • Teacher – Substitute - (Certified $80/day; Uncertified $65/day)
  • Teaching Assistant, Teacher Aide, Food Service Helper, Clerical – Substitute - ($8.00/hour)
  • Custodian - Substitute - ($8.60/hour)
  • Bus Driver - Substitute - ($15.51/hour)
  • Bus Aide – Substitute - ($8.82/hour)
  • Nurse – Substitute - (LPN $65/day; RN $80/day)
  • Home Tutor – ($15/hour)

CASDA College Fair

September 5, 2014 - Wednesday, September 24th Hudson Valley Community College will host it's Fall College Fair. The Fair will be held at the Edward F. McDonough Recreation Center from 9-11:30 am and 6-8 pm. Hoosic Valley will be providing transportation to any senior that would like to attend the morning session (permission slips needed). Students and Parents may also attend the evening session. Check the CASDA website www.casdany.org for more info, a listing of participating colleges will be available by September 18th.

Fall Driver's Ed

September 5, 2014 - Any student interested in Driver Education for the Fall, please see Mr. Ryan in Room 211 to pick up an application form or click here to download a form

Students must be 16 years of age by the start of the course (10/1). The program will run from October  1st  through January 28th.  The classroom session will be held from 3:05 pm - 4:35 pm on Wednesdays (Hoosic Valley) or 10:40 am – 12:10 am on Weekends (Cambridge) with car sessions offered the other days after school and before and after class on Weekends. 

2014-2015 Meal Prices

High School Lunch - $2.30
Elementary School Lunch - $2.05
Breakfast (Elementary & High School) - $1.25

Children from households that meet federal income guidelines are eligible for free meals or reduced priced meals. Reduced priced meals cost each eligible student $.25 for lunch and $.25 for breakfast. To apply for free or reduced priced meals, submit a Direct Certification letter from the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance OR complete an application, sign and return to Anthony Cammarata, Business Administrator, as soon as possible.

Applications are available at the main office, district offic, nurses office, cafeteria or you may download the application and instructions below.

Free/Reduced Meal Application

Welcome to our New Staff

August 28, 2014 - We will be all ready to start the 2014-2015 school year next wednesday and what an exciting year it will be! Schedules have been mailed and new student and staff orientations have been held. Everyone should enjoy their last weekend off, visit the Great Schaghticoke Fair over the weekend and then be ready for classes to begin on Wednesday!

We have quite a talented group of new teachers and employees joining Hoosic Valley this year. With close to fifteen new employees we thought you might like to get to know them before school starts. Click here for a sneak peak and quick introduction. We are still finializing a few positions so check back for updates.


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Virtue of the Month

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Anti-Bullying Rules

1. We will not bully others.
2. We will try to help students who are bullied.
3. We will try to include students who are left out.
4. If we know someone is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and at home.

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Last updated on September 19, 2014