Hoosic Valley's 1st Annual Pumpkin Fun Run & Walk Students K-6, November 1st, 9 am
October 1, 2014 - We are very excited about Hoosic Valley's 1st Annual Pumpkin Fun Run & Walk on Saturday, November 1st! The race is a great way to promote fitness for our elementary students and help them run off some of that Halloween candy! Students will receive an awesome jack-o-lantern pumpkin t-shirt and a free pumpkin for participating (generously donated by Sheldon's Pumpkins). Ribbons will be awarded to the fastest three girls and boys. Advanced registration is due to Coach Rogers by October 16th. All proceeds from the race will benefit the Hoosic Valley Booster Club. Click here for the registration form and race details.
Community Harvest Fest & Melrose Mile
September 27, 2014 - What a great community day! This year's Harvest Fest was bigger and better than ever. The weather was perfect, the runners were swift , the turn out was awesome and there were smiles everywhere. The Community Partners hold the Harvest Fest every year as a way to thank the community for their support of the After Prom Party. Our local business are so generous when we ask, the Fest is an opportunity to show our appreciation. And the Fest gives everyone a chance to catch up with their neighbors and enjoy the day. Click here for more photos from this year's Harvest Fest.
College Caravan Visits Hoosic Valley
September 25, 2014 - The College Caravan visited Hoosic Valley today. It's a quick visit meant to spark the interest of our Juniors and Seniors to help them along with their college search. The following colleges were part of the Caravan: Adirondack Community College, Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Fulton Montgomery Community College, Hartwick College, Hudson Valley Community College, ITT Tech, Ithaca College, Johnson & Wales University, Johnson State College, Long Island University/Post, Maria College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Schenectady County Community College, Siena College, SUNY Albany, The College of St. Rose, and The Sage Colleges.
Our Guidance Office has plenty of additional college visits planned this fall. Students should be listening to the morning announcements (or checking the HS webpage) and using the guidance newsletter for updates. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these visits, it's an opportunity to speak with the college representative, ask questions and find out about the application process. Here are the upcoming scheduled visits:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . Open to ALL ages, prizes will be awarded to top performers.
The Girls softball team will be having PBJ (Jeff McGreevy) BBQ to help support their Florida spring training, Dinners will be available between 3:00 & 4:30 pm. Click here for pricing and order info.
Collecting Evidence at the High School
September 23, 2014 - Don't be alarmed, no real crime was committed! These are Mrs. Givney's College Forensic Science students learning how to collect evidence. Students split into two groups to "process the scene" as part of a classroom exercise.
This class is one of the new SUPA courses we are offering at the high school. Mrs. Givney spent a week at Syracuse University this summer learning the SU curriculum and the expectations of the class. Students can earn 4 college science credits in this class. Forensic Science is one of the three new SUPA class being offered at the High School this year. Mr. Papandrea is teaching a SUPA economics class and Mrs. Abraham is teaching a SUPA College Learning Strategies class. Next year we will be adding Biology and a Government Class through SUPA. Along with the summer training there is continuing support from Syracuse University through on-site visits from SU Professors and professional development for our teachers involved with the SUPA Program.
September 23, 2014 - PTO will be using iSmile Studios this year for school photos. Students in grades K-3 (including Miss Blanchard's Class) will have their pictures taken on Monday, September 29th. Students in PreK and grades 4-6 including Miss Lovell's class will be taken on Tuesday, September 30th. Ordering envelopes should arrive home with students in the very near future.
Visit to the Knickerbocker
September 23, 2014 - Our fourth graders got in touch with their Dutch heritage with a trip to the Knickerbocker Mansion. The Kinickerbocker Historical Society is dedicated to sharing our local history and culture during the colonial and revolutionary period. This is a great local field trip that ties into the New York State History curriculum of 4th grade. The Knickerbocker Mansion is located on Knickerbocker Road, just off Route 67 between Schaghticoke and Mechanicville. Click here for more information on the Knickerbocker Mansion.
September 22, 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.