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Williams College Museum of Art

May 13, 2015 - Mrs. McCauliffe recently took a group of High School art students to visit the Williams College Museum of Art.


Music Students visit Troy Music Hall

May 13, 2015 - Yesterday the Junior Band & Chorus students visited Troy Savings Bank Music Hall as part of the Music at Noon concert series. Since 1988, on the second Tuesday of each month from October to May, the free Music at Noon concert series has presented exceptional musicians with a diverse mix of musical styles. Yesterday's performance featured pianist Findlay Cockrell.

Afterwards, our students toured the facilities and 8th grader Braden Jarosz got a chance to be the featured pianist on stage! Today Troy Music Hall.......Tomorrow Carnegie Hall!


Fall Sports Physicals

May 13, 2015 - Dr.Nightingale will be here Thursday, May 21 to do physicals.  Please remember if you are planning on participating in a fall sport, this is a great opportunity to get your physical done and out of the way before summer.  Please see Mrs.Barton to get put on the list.


May 13, 2015 - If you've ever been interested in the solar power industry here's a great opportunity from Hudson Valley Community College.


Music Students Continue to Impress

Click here for more Spring Jr. Sr. High Band Concert Photos

May 11, 2015 - Our students did an amazing job at last week's band concert and the NYSSMA festival held at Colonie Central High School this past weekend. Congratulations to 5th grade trumpeter Thomas Rice for achieving a perfect score of 28/28! The music department and students would also like to thank Mrs. Cosey for accompanying the chorus students.

NYSSMA participants:

Mr. Sudano’s Students: Sam Baker, Hailey-Ann Bradley, Brianna Cail, Emma Carlo, Emily Cumo, James Czub, Thomas Field, Jeffrey Gregg, Victoria Jarosz, Alexis Kyea, Logan Maleady, Zackary Miclette, Thomas Rice, Brianna Rohloff, Matthew Rowe, Amanda Salisbury, Alex Salisbury, Julia Stevens, Greg Thompson.

Miss Allen’s Students: Dakota Atchinson, Kayla Carknard, Madeline Coons, Kiersten Czuwala, Emily Durkee, Kylin Hemmings, William Hunter, Braden Jarosz, William Morris, Melanie Natter, Kyle Norton, Morgan Pailley, Emma Palladino, Christopher Salvati, Olivia Smith, Emily Turriglio, Alexandria Wolfersheim.

Mrs. Paglialonga's Students: Matt Rose, Kat Rice,  Ellie Carlson-McNally, Renee Serafin, Alexis Parry, Gabby Serafin, Renee Parry, Braden Jarosz, Paige, Greg Wolosen, Sarah CarlsonMcNally, Savannah Champagne, Taylor Champagne, Molly Coons, Ashlyn Chartier,  Rory Field, Emily O’Brien, Hunter Tobin

Our music students are keeping very busy this spring. We have spring concerts, NYSMAA, thrills and trills, field trips, parades, awards and skits! Check out the Music Notes page for weekly updates.


Summer Driver's Ed

May 12, 2015 - The Driver Education course at Hoosic Valley Central High school will be offered again this summer.  The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, June 23rd.  If interested in the program see Mr. Ryan in room 211 for more details or click here.


High School Graduation
Friday, June 26th, 6:00 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs City Center

May 11, 2015 - The school year has once again flown by, it's hard to believe we have just about a month left before finals begin. The end of year is jammed packed with award ceremonies and programs. Seniors and senior parents please take a moment to review all the important graduation dates and guidelines now. You've worked very hard over the last 13 years trying to get to this moment. We encourage everyone to make the most of graduation by reviewing all the dates and making sure they are prepared ahead of time.

Click here for the Graduation Letter from Mr. Apostol including important graduation dates, activities and the parking map


May 10, 2015 - Presenting the 2015 Junior Prom Court: Freshman – Blake Wiegert & Sarah Kennelly, Sophomores – Isaac Sanchez & Madison Eddy, Seniors – Cole Carner & Whitney Burke, ,Juniors – Ala Mohammed-Ali Kayla, Carknard, Kolbie Snyder, Cierra Casale, Rusty Herrington, Demaris Houlihan, Nick Ames, Kierstan Czuwala. Prom King – Tim Rossi and Prom Queen – Kate Kennelly.

Click here for Coronation Photos

Click here for Mr. Myotts Prom Photos

Click here for After Prom Party Photos

May 11, 2014 - The After Prom was a HUGE success with over 280 kids attending. Click here for info including a list of prize winners.


Elks Student Scholarship and Recognition

May 8, 2015 - The Mechanicville-Stillwater Elks held their annual dinner to recognize student leaders from Hoosic Valley, Mechanicville and Stillwater. Hoosic Valley students recognized were Juniors Danielle Stannard, Gabrielle Serafin, Isaac Rezey and Seniors Alison LaPointe, Valarie Dessingue, John Rooney, Gabriella Beamish, Taylor Roberts and Nhen Hunter. Gabrielle Serafin was selected as the Hoosic Valley Student of the Year and Emily Gillespie is the Elks Scholarship Recipient for Hoosic Valley.


Business Students Honored

May 7, 2015 - Hoosic Valley Seniors, John Rooney and Nicole Casale, were recognized as Outstanding Business Students of the Capital Region. Both were nominated by their business teacher, Nicole Martyn, Nicole Casale was named as one of the top business students in the area and awarded a $500 scholarship. Congratulations to both John and Nicole on their great achievements! 


Music Educators Scholarship

May 7, 2015 - Congratulations to Kayla Carknard who was the winner of the Rensselaer County Music Educators Scholarship for 11th and 12th graders! Kayla received a $350 prize to put towards further music study. There was a very talented pool of applicants so we are very proud of Kayla!


Parent Meeting - 7th Grade Orientation

May 7, 2015 -On Thursday, June 11th, all 6th grade parents are invited to an overview of the 7th grade program. The presentation will be in the High School LGIA at 6:30 p.m.  We will also describe the 7th grade student orientation, which will take place during the last week of school.

The program on June 11th is for parents only.  A student and parent orientation is done on Thursday, August 27th at  9:00 a.m.by the Student Council and building administrators.


Blaine Neary featured as one of the Kids Who Care

May 4, 2015 - Hoosic Valley Junior, Blaine Neary, was recently featured on the Channel 13 news segment, 13 Kids Who Care. Click here to view the video featuring Blaine


Jam Band

May 4, 2015 - Thanks to our Jam Band for leading the Opening Day Parade for HVAA Softball and Baseball this past Saturday.


Character Counts at Hoosic Valley

May 3, 2015 - Students at the Elementary School took a Stand Against Racism at the May Character Counts on Friday. Our Impact students re-enacted the book "Sit-In" and showed how four friends stood up by sitting down. After learning throughout the month about what they shouldn't stand for our students made a video of all the things that they DO stand for. Click her to watch their video

The virtue of the month for April was Tolerance. Students learned that people have more in common than different. Students recognized by their teachers for their tolerance in the classroom were:

Grades PK - 1: Reid Ricciardone, Everett Wickham, Xavier Ryan, Sara Upton, Carly Weddington, NJ Farley, Sam Powers, Grace DelVecchio, Travis Mysliwiec and Cordelia Lauber

Grades 2-4: Allison Palladino, Zoe Faden, Isaiah Ring, Nathan Hayes, David Nitto, Sydney Valick. Connor Fredericks, Skyler Doty-Snay-  Skyler, Rachael DeMars, Isabelle Jarvis,  Sydney Valcik and Aisa Lawson, Joshua Trembly

Grades 5-6: Jack Wiley, Elise Bell, Arianna Jarvis, Sierra Jesmain, Emily Jacques and Julia Stevens


Hoosic Valley HAS Talent!

May 1, 2015 - Tonight’s Talent time……6:30 sharp @ Auditorium!  Admission is a food item for our local food pantry.  See you all there!


National Letter of Intent Day

May 1, 2015 - We would like to congratulate all of our seniors on National Letter of Intent Day. Above are just some of the examples of the various colleges, institutions and branches of the military our seniors will be attending in the fall. We are very proud of what they have accomplished and wish them the best of luck in their next adventure!


Baseball Parking

May 1, 2015 - Our baseball teams are having another awesome year! We are so happy to see so many spectators at the games cheering them on. Please remember to park in the lot at the ball field by the Wanko Building or across the street in the pull off by the fair grounds. Afternoons are busy time at Stewart's and they need their parking for customers, please do not park in their lot while attending the ball game.


Schaghticoke Summer Program

April 30, 2015 - The Schaghticoke Summer program will hold registration on May 14 and May 21 from 6-7:30 pm at the Town Hall. Click here for additional info and the registration packet.


Calendar Update

April 29, 2015 - School for all students K-12 will be closed two additional days around Memorial Day weekend. BOE approval was given at the March meeting to close school on Friday, May 22 and Tuesday, May 26th as long as no further emergency closings are needed before then.


Title I Parent Information Night
May 4 - 6:15 pm, Elementary School Art Room

April 29, 2015 - Our Elementary Reading Specialists will be holding an information session to discuss the Federal Grant Funds provided to Hoosic Valley, the services that we offer with these funds, and how they are used to address our student needs. Mr. Foti and the Title I teachers will be available for any questions you may have. We hope to see you there!



NYSSSA
Award Winner

April 29, 2015 - Congratulations to Emily Norman who was recently accepted into the New York State Summer School of the Arts.  Emily applied for NYSSSA using her art portfolio.  Interested art students across New York state apply for the program and about 90 are excepted.  This is a wonderful opportunity for Emily ---- she will be spending a month of her summer at SUNY Fredonia immersed in art.  Congrats Emily and enjoy...you deserve it!


Summer Camp Counselor Jobs

April 28, 2015 - The Schaghticoke Youth Commission is looking for Summer Camp Counselor for the 2015 Summer Youth Program. Applicants must be:

  • at least 16 years old by July 6th
  • available from 8:30 - 2:30 Monday - Thursday
  • starting July 6th through August 6th
  • enjoy working with children outside

If interested, please contact Susan Varone @ 368-4458 or varone5@aol.com by May 4th.


BOGO PTO Book Fair

April 27, 2015 - It's time for the Spring Book fair at the Elementary School. Each Class will have a chance to look through the book fair during their normal library day and time. Students can make a wish list and then purchase books on Wednesday, May 6th. The HS Book fair is running at the same time. Kids in grades 7-12 can stop by the library to preview books.

There is a Family Buying Night on Wednesday May 6th, during the Writing Olympics from 6 to 9pm.

Remember, it's buy one, get one free.

Volunteers are always needed. Contact Melissa Rowe, Book Fair Chairperson, if you can help out.


Change for Autism

April 27, 2015 - This is the last week the Elementary School is collecting spare change to help raise Autism Awareness in the Greater Capital Region. Click here for more information.


Got Talent Dress Rehearsal

April 27, 2015 - Dress rehearsal is this Wednesday, April 29th from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, at the auditorium - attendance is mandatory. All stars using CD accompaniment please give your CD to Miss Allen or Mrs P. by Tuesday. Come prepared to wow us yet again with your talent!


HV Students Perform @ Coffee House

April 27, 2015 - Students from Hoosic Valley performed at the Schaghticoke Community Builders first coffeehouse event. The coffee house was held on Saturday, April 25th.


Heading to Nationals

April 27, 2015 - Congratulations to George Lamb! George competed Saturday, April 25th @ Cornell University in the 2015 New York State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest.  As the captain of the Capital Region’s 4-H Team, George led his team to 1st place and he was the 1st place individual.  Next, George will be the Captain of the NYS 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Team and will be competing at the North American Invitational 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest in National competition in Louisville, Kentucky. Good Luck George as you head south to represent NYS and Hoosic Valley!


College Fair @ Hoosic Valley

April 24, 2015 - Our guidance counselors have once again done a great job with this year's College Fair. Over fifty colleges will be in the High School Gymnasium with representatives available to answer questions on academics, athletics, social activities and for parents - financial info. This year's College Fair is on May 5th from 6:30 - 8:00 in the HS Gym. Please contact Guidance if you have any questions.


Prom and Coronation Information

April 23, 2015 - This year’s Junior Prom is on Saturday, May 9th at the Troy Country Club.  Tickets are on sale through April 29th.  Tickets are $45 and can be purchased in Rm.#214 either before Pd. 1 or Pd. 13 (cash or check made payable to HVECF). 

All students attending prom are required to also attend coronation. Coronation starts at 5:30 in the HS Gym, prom attendees must arrive at 5. Click here for all the details for coronation and directions to the Troy Country Club.


New Discus Record Set

April 23, 2015 - Mackenzie O'Neill set a new high for the Girl's Discus of 96'11"1/2 at Tuesday's track meet. She shatter the old record of 93' held by Megan Wendall. Congratualtions Mackenzie - hard work pays off!


2015 Summer Program @ Valley Falls - Pittstown

April 23, 2015 - The Valley Falls - Pittstown Youth Commission is looking for Junior and Senior Counselors for the 2015 Summer Program.  Applications are available in the High School Main Office, the Valley Falls Library and the Pittstown Town Hall (or click here).  All applicants must be at least 15 years old.


2015 After Prom Party

April 21, 2015 - The Hoosic Valley Community Partners will once again be holding an After Prom Party on May 9th from 11:30 - 3:30 at the High School. All students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to attend (regardless of prom attendance). After Prom Party permission slips are available in Main Office, turn in by May 1st for 10 extra tickets! Check out the After Prom Page for updates on activities, prizes and sponsors.

The Community Partners need a lot of help to to make the After Prom the place to be. Luckily there's plenty of different way our community can help.

  • help with setup or cleanup (Saturday or Sunday Morning)
  • help the night of the event (Saturday from 9 pm - 3:30 am)
  • donations (either cash or prizes, click here for more info)

Please contact Trish Pallozzi (ppallozzi@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us) if you'd like to join in making the After Prom Party a success.


Learning Fair

April 21, 2015 - The Learning Fair is another great event sponsored by our PTO. This year's fair will be held on May 19th, permission slips are due by April 30th. Click here for all the details.


Broadway Juniors to Perform
Thoroughly Modern Millie

April 21, 2015 - You’ve seen our high school students’ fantastic presentation of Shrek, but did you know there is another production in the works on Pleasant Avenue?

A group of budding, talented elementary students and their dedicated mentors and parents are rehearsing and working hard to bring you another spectacular show in June…Thoroughly Modern Millie!  Two shows will be held in the elementary school auditorium on Thursday, June 4 and Friday June, 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Work on these productions begins in the fall when an information meeting is held for parents.  Work on the show begins in earnest after the holiday break with the distribution of lyrics and cast lists so students can begin practicing for auditions.  Depending on the show and the story line, students’ outside interests such as dance, martial arts or gymnastics can be helpful.  All students can participate! 

While the students are busy learning lyrics and scripts, and attending practices each week, there are lots of behind-the-scenes preparations underway as well.  Sound, lighting and technical coordination is being choreographed.  Planning for ticket and t-shirt sales (Thoughly Modern Millie T-Shirt Order), program design and advertising is in progress.  Sets need to be constructed, props and costumes need to be made, purchased or gathered…and this is just the short list! 

Numerous committees of parents, teachers, staff and other community volunteers, as well as students, are diligently planning and working to bring this production to fruition.  One of those support activities includes fundraising.  The proceeds from these fundraising efforts benefit Broadway Juniors and are used to defray the cost of staging such a professionally done student production.

Our inaugural Valentine Carnation Sale was a huge success and we were thrilled to see so many smiling faces enjoying frozen yogurt at our 16 Handles fundraiser!  Several other fundraisers are planned for the months ahead, including a bake sale at Shop ‘n Save on Saturday, April 25th. 

Broadway Juniors is very grateful for the generous support from the school community for this theatrical program!

Don’t forget to mark your calendar…
Thoroughly Modern Millie is not to be missed!


PTO McDonald's Night

April 20, 2015 - The Hoosic Valley PTO will be holding a fundraiser at the Mechanciville McDonald's on Tuesday, April 28 from 4:30 - 7 pm. Come and eat dinner while your teachers and principal wait on you! Portions of the nights sales are donated to our PTO to help all support all the wonderful programs here at Hoosic Valley.


April 20, 2015 - The softball team would like to thank everyone who supported their spring training trip. They had a GREAT time and beautiful weather.


CLASS OF 2018 Chicken BBQ

April 17, 2015 - The Freshman class is having a McGreevey's Chicken BBQ on May 5th. Preorders are due by April 24. Click here for details and order form.


Change for Autism

April 17, 2015 - The Elementary School is collecting spare change through the month of April to help raise Autism Awareness in the Greater Capital Region. Click here for more information.


6th Annual Hoosic Valley's Got Talent Show

April 15, 2015 - If you loved 'Shrek the Musical'...wait until you see this year's Hoosic Valley's Got Talent Show! Make sure and mark your calendar for Friday, May 1st, curtain rises at 6:30. The hidden talent here at HV will just continue to amaze you!

Admission as always is a non perishable food donation for our food drive. Come on out, enjoy the show and help us for the 6th year pack our pickup truck with delectable delights for our area food pantry.


Prom Tickets On Sale Now

April 13, 2015 - This year’s prom is on Saturday, May 9th at the Troy Country Club.  Tickets will be on sale starting TODAY through April 29th.  Tickets are $45 and can be purchased in Rm.#214 either before Pd. 1 or during Pd. 13,  cash or check made payable to HVECF. 

Students that plan to bring a guest who does not attend Hoosic Valley must stop in Main office to pick up a Guest Authorization form. The last day to pick up the form is WEDNESDAY, April 15th and all guest authorization forms must be completed and returned to the main office no later than Friday, April 17th. 


NYS ELA and Math Testing

April 9, 2015 - All students in grades 3-8 will be taking the New York State ELA and MATH Assessments in April.  The ELA test will be administered on Tuesday, April 14th, Wednesday, April 15th and Thursday, April 16th .  The MATH test will be administered on Wednesday, April 22nd, Thursday, April 23rd and Friday, April 24th . Please make every effort to have your child present on these days.

Students have been preparing for this assessment all year and do not need to study for the test.  It is important that students eat a healthy breakfast the day of testing and get a good nights sleep the evening before.  Remind your child to work to the best of their ability but at the same time be careful as to not add stress regarding the testing.

Your support is appreciated.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact either Mr. Foti or Mr. Apostol with questions.


April 1, 2015 - Our Music Department has had an incredible week! Between three performance of Shrek the Musical this past weekend and last night's Pops Concert they have filled the community with music and laughter. Click here for photos from last night's performance, photos courtesy of Annie Delano.


Science in the Classrooms

March 30, 2015 - Kandis Freer and Marilou Town, volunteer instructors for 4-H, visited first graders with a hands-on science activity studying magnets. The students tested materials to determine what things are attracted to magnets and what can block the forces of attraction. Using horseshoe and bar magnets students then traced magnetic fields using iron filings. Are there magnets on the refrigerator at home? We hope our young scientists explore some more on their own.

Mrs. Town also made elephant’s toothpaste! A favorite experiment for students and adults; it is made from dish detergent, peroxide and a salt.


Great Job Everyone!

T-Shirts and DVD's are available, see Miss Allen for info. Click here for more photos

Shrek Cast and Crew: Please take a minute to complete the post production survery. Thanks from Miss Allen and Mrs. P!


Shrek the Musical Opens this Weekend

Don't miss Shrek, Donkey, Princess Fiona and the whole gang when they take the stage this weekend in 'Shrek the Musical'. Performances are Friday, March 27th and Saturday March 28th at 7:00 pm. Sunday, March 29th matinee begins at 3:00 pm.

Friday's show is sold out but there is still room to see Saturday or Sunday's performance.

Click here for more photos


School Calendar Revision

There will be no school on Thursday, April 2nd for all students K-12.


Hoosic Valley Seniors Actively Engaged in Community!

March 26, 2014 - The students in Mr. Zajesky and Mr. Willamson's 12th grade Government class proudly donated over 50 pounds of food and toiletries to Hoosic Valley Community Church.  The donations were part of a comprehensive curriculum designed to not only educate the students about the format of the United States Government, but also actively engage them in their community and the requirements of being a contributing citizen.  The students had several options to accrue "Citizenship Points" and many chose to combine donations with volunteer hours, blood donations, and even writing letters to government officials. 

In all, the students surpassed expectations with their generosity and were proud to make such a sizeable donation.  The first year social studies teacher Bryan Zajesky said, "This is an ongoing assignment that will be in place for the entire semester.  We wanted something that enhanced the schools already great foundation of volunteerism in which the school expects all seniors to serve a minimum of 10 community service hours before graduating."

"This curriculum shows the students that being a good citizen isn't a one time thing.  It is important to not only be a caring member of a community, but also an active contributor" said Evan Williamson, the first year special education co-teacher.

In addition to canned food and toiletries, one student also thought it would be a good idea to donate dog food to the Rottie Empire Rescue of Saratoga Springs.  "People often think about food shelters which is terrific, but I wanted to support animals and organizations who are also in need" said the Hoosic Valley senior who wished to remain anonymous.

The Hoosic Valley Community Church is located at 2024 State Rte 40, Schaghticoke, NY 12154 and operates its' food pantry each month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 5pm-6:30pm. The Rottie Empire Rescue is a registered non-profit located in Saratoga Springs, NY, whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home companion domestic animals, specifically Rottweilers and other breeds based on need and space.


Elks Americanism Essay Winners

March 26, 2015 - Every year the Elk's Organization holds an essay writing competition for students in grade five through eight to promote patriotism. This year's theme was "What the Pledge of Allegiance Means to Me". We are proud to announce that two of our students were recognized for their writing: McKenna McLaren, 5th grade - 2nd Place Lodge Winner and
Paige Speiss, 6th grade- 1st Place Lodge Winner.

Our local Elks (Mechanicville-Stillwater) holds a celebratory dinner for all students writers from the Mechanicville, Stillwater, and Hoosic Valley School Districts. Great job to everyone that contributed to this annual patriotic event.


Author Suzanne Bloom Visits

March 25, 2015 - Visiting author, Suzanne Bloom, met with some of our Elementary Students on Tuesday. She read some of her favorite books to the kindergarten classes and everyone made special wishing stars to bring home!

She also met with the first grades, read some more stories, and talked about the craft of writing and illustrating her books.  The grand finale was when she created a large drawing using input from students that she donated to the Hoosic Valley Library.

We so look forward to her next visit! Click here to learn more about Suzanne Bloom.


SAT Registration

March 25, 2015 - The deadline to register for the SATs given at Hoosic Valley is April 6th. SATs will be at Hoosic Valley on May 2nd, registration is online at www.collegeboard.com, Hoosic Valley's CEEB # is 335095. Additional fees apply if registering after April 6th.

There's no reason to wait, sign up today before you leave for vacation!

Reminder: If you're interested in SAT Prep Review, there's ten seats left. Classes start April 14th, registration is required. Click here for Registration Info.


Scholar Athlete Awarded to Alyssa Paul

March 25, 2015 - Alyssa Paul was selected as the 2015 top scholar athlete for the Wasaren League Girls Basketball season. Alyssa plans on studying Biomedical Engineering and continuing her basketball career at either Worcester Polytechnic Institute or Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Alyssa has a current average of 96 and is ranked fourth in a very competitive class of senior scholars.


Wasaren League Exceptional Senior Game

March 25, 2015 - The Wasaren League seniors took on the Patroon Conference for the final bragging rights of the season. The Wasaren League came out on top for both games.

League All-Stars were also recognized, John Rooney received the MVP award for the boys and Alyssa Paul and L'Rae Brundige were selected to the Girls All-Star teams.


Odyssey of the Mind

March 24, 2014 - We are so proud of our Odyssey of the Mind teams, they all did a wonderful job at this year's competition. There was a total of 104 teams from Rensselaer, Greene and Columbia Counties. Hoosic Valley sent six teams, of which, four won medals!!!!

Division 1 - Runaway ‘Train’ - Second Place (Thomas Rice, Megan Rice, Lily Czub, Evelyn Bunk, Colin O'Brien, Brooke Matala and Katie Rose)

Division 1 - Experiencing Technical Difficulties - Second Place (Kaitlyn Turrigulo, Jillian Johnson, Brett Prusso, Sydney Valcek, Jenna Peterson and Jaquelyn Carlo)

Division 2 - Classics.....Pandora's Box - Third Place (Maria Rice, Zoe Neary, Renee Serafin, Jessica Espey, Eloise Carlson-McNally, Alexandra Rifenburg, and Marlee Peterson)

Division 3 - Lose Your Marbles - First Place (Katherine Rice, Emily O'Brien, Andrew Turrigulo, Julia Carlo, Savannah Champagne, Charles VanVorst and Taylor Champagne)

The first place finishers will advance to the State Tournament on April 11th at Binghamton University. Click here for more informaton on the 2014-2015 OOTM Challenges.


Student Council Blood Drive

March 24, 2015 - Student Council will be holding their spring blood drive next Monday, March 30th. The blood drive will be in the HS Gym, 8:00 till 1:30, contact Mrs. Martyn for an appointment - nmartyn@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us


Hope you didn't miss all the fun at PTO's Bingo Night

March 20, 2015 - As if Bingo was enough excitement for one night, the cast of Shrek made a surprise appearance! The next PTO event will be Hoosic Valley night at McDonald's, April 28th - 4:30 till 7 pm.


March 18, 2015 - Local artist Bliss McIntosh made her annual visit to the Hoosic Valley fourth grade to share her knowledge of basket weaving with our students.


March 17, 2015 - Congratulations to John Rooney on his most recent award, Hoosic Valley's Scholar Athlete for the basketball season. This is a great accomplishment to go along with the state titles, MVP's and scoring records!


Author Visit

March 17, 2015 - NYC author Mark Shulman visited the High School this week. He spoke to our 7th, 8th and 9th graders about writing and the importance of becoming good writers. Being able to communicate your ideas in clear and interesting manner is a valuable skill in any field.

Click here to learn more about Mr. Shulman's novel Scrawl.


High School claims the Dodgeball Title for 2015!

Click here for more photos


Congratulations to the Lady Indians and Coach Chapko on their sectional title, making it five straight for Hoosic Valley! The girls defeated Lake George 34-33, it was a very hard fought game with both teams giving it their all. Kate Kennelly was selected to the All-Star Team and L'Rae Brundige earned the MVP title. The girls travel to Plattsburgh for the Regional Semi's on Wednesday; tip off is at 6 pm.

Click here for the full 2015 NYSPHSAA Girls Basketball Championships schedule.

Hoosic Valley rallied to beat Lake George to win fifth consecutive Section II title

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PTO Bingo Tonight

March 19, 2015 - PTO will be holding it's annual Family Fun Bingo Night in the Elementary Cafeteria from 6:30 - 8. It's open to all families with students in the elementary school. PTO request that those attending bring a bottle of juice to help defray cost. There's plenty of great prizes and give aways, come on out and enjoy in the fun.


Tribe Shirts On-Sale

March 11, 2015 - Student Council has Tribe shirts and sweatshirts for sale online. Visit their store for photos, pricing and purchasing at http://www.wickedsmartapparel.com/collections/hoosic-valley-tribe-apparel-store

The sale ends at March 23rd at 5:00PM. Make sure to get your orders in before the store goes offline.


Hoosic Valley Football Club Basketball Fundraiser

March 9, 2015 - The Hoosic Valley Football Club will be sponsoring a Basketball Fundraiser on Saturday March 21, 2015 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, at the High School Gym. The purpose of this fundraiser is to raise money for a local Fighting Irish football player, Jahmel Tarver “Flip”. In January 2014, Jahmel underwent surgery for an Achilles tendon, due to complications during the surgery he was left in a comatose state which he continues to remain in today. As a result, Jahmel, requires 24/7 care.

The game will feature the Troy Fighting Irish offensive players vs. the defensive players. There will be a chinese raffle, music, food and drink. Please contact Mary Barkamain at 518 316-3271 or mbmar411@aol.com, if you have any questions or wish to make a donation. Click here for information on this fundraiser.


NYSSMA Piano Festival

March 8, 2015 - Braden Jarosz received a perfect score on his piano adjudication at the NYSSMA Piano Festival held at St. Rose on Saturday. Braden played a level 4 piece. He was the last student to play at the festive and one judge commented to our High School Music Teacher,Mrs. Paglialonga, "thank you for bringing him- it made my day".


Gym Practice Schedule for Monday

March 8 - 2015 - Spring sports will be starting practices on Monday.

HS Gym: 3:15-5:15 Girls Basketball, 5:15-7:15 JV and Varsity Softball

Elementary School (Old Gym): 3:15-5:15 Varsity Baseball, 5:15-7:15 JV baseball

Modified Softball and Baseball will begin March 23rd.

Coaches will have the schedule for the rest of the month at tomorrow's practices.


SAT Prep

March 6, 2015 - Capital District Consulting’s SAT Prep offers overall test strategy, math and English review. They utilize neurologically based, well researched concentration and stress reduction techniques. Signup now, space is limited!. Classes begin in April and are being given at Stillwater High School.

Click here for Registration Info

SAT's will be given at Hoosic Valley on Saturday, May 2nd. Students should be registering for the exam now. The deadline for registration is April 2nd. After April 2nd additional fees apply.


Odyssey of the Mind to Compete this Saturday

March 6, 2015 - We are very proud of our Odyssey of the Mind Teams that will be competing at the Regional Tournament this Saturday. This year's competition is being held at Algonquin Middle School (Averill Park CSD).

GR 4 Team: Jenna Peterson, Sydney Valcik, Katelynn Turriglio, Jillian Johnson, Jaquelyn Carlo, Brett Pruso

GR 4/5 Team: Megan Rice, Lillian Czub, Evelyn Bunk, Thomas Rice, Brooke Matala, Katherine Rose, Colin O’Brien

GR 6/7 Team: Emma Carlo, Emily Cumo, Emily Durkee, Emily Turriglio, Sarah Corey, Sam Salvati, Ben Thompson

GR 8 Team: Maria Rice, Zoe Neary, Eloise Carlson McNally, Renee Serafin, Jessica Espey, Alex Rifenburg, Marlee Peterson

GR 9/10 Team: Katherine Rice, Julia Carlo, Andrew Turriglio, Emily O’Brien, Savannah Champagne, Taylor Champagne, Charlie VanWorst

GR 10/11 Team: Chris Salvati, Nathan Maynard, Luke Lagace, Isaac Rezey, Dan Fennelly, William Morris

Sorry we're missing a number of students from our group photos, some were on field trips and some taking test and some out sleigh riding! Check back next week for photos from the competition.


Hoosic Valley Educational Foundation

March 6, 2015 - The Hoosic Valley Educational Foundation will be having a Trustee meeting Tuesday March 10th at 3 pm in the district office conference room.

The Foundation was created by Paul and Barbara Wiley in December of 2000 as a non-profit educational endowment fund.  The income from this fund has been used for innovative programs that would not normally be eligible for funding through the school budget process. The Foundation is an independent entity, separate from the school district.  Grants have been awarded to teachers, students, administrators, or community members who have an idea for a program that may enrich the educational experience of students in the Hoosic Valley district.  The Foundation has been inactive for several years now and is actively looking for community participation to help plan fundraising events and restart the grant awards process.  All community members are encouraged to attend.  For more information, attend our next meeting or call Eric O’Brien at 753-4458.


The Many Layers of Shrek!

Poster Designed by Renee ParryMarch 6, 2015 - As we get closer to our Spring Musical we thought it would be fun to share some little known facts about good ole’ Shrek…

The movie and ultimately ‘Shrek the Musical’ are based on William Steig’s children’s book  ‘Shrek’ which he wrote in 1990 at the age of 83. Steig was not only a children’s author but also the illustrator for his stories and a cartoonist whose art has appeared in The New Yorker magazine since 1930. 

“Shrek’ hit the theatres in May of 2001, earning an Oscar for Best Animated Feature and Best Adapted Screenplay in 2002.

On December 14, 2008, ‘Shrek the Musical’ opened at the Broadway Theatre, closing on January 3, 2010 after 441 performances and an average ticket price of $75.00. Later in 2010, Shrek was honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

If you missed the Broadway production, you’re in luck because 'Shrek the Musical' is coming to Hoosic Valley! Evening performances are March 27 and 28, at 7:00 pm with a matinee on Sunday, March 29 at 3:00 pm. Tickets are now available through the Box Office, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 5:00 to 7:00pm and Saturday, March 21st from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Tickets are only $6…

Here at Hoosic Valley…Spring "marches" in like a lion and out like a Shrek!


March 6, 2015 - Congratulations to the Hoosic Valley CYO 6th grade Boys and Girls Basketball Teams. They had a great year and finished their season with a pizza party and a girls vs boys pickup game that included parents. Everyone had a great time, we wish them the best of luck next year in modified sports.

Missing from photo: Boys coaches: Bub Rowe and Greg White,
Girls Coach: Tim Keasby.


Tough Teens, Real Solutions

March 6, 2015 - The Samaritan Counseling Center will be holding a parenting class focused on parenting adolescents. It consists of nine Saturday sessions starting April 11 at the Shenendehowa United Methodist Church. Call 374-3278 for cost and registration info.

Benefits of this session:

  • Identify the negative patterns and obstacles that prevent positive relationships with teens
  • develop strategies for positive change in parenting style
  • learn & practice implementing the "3c's"of effective parenting - Clear, Concise & Consistent

Rockets to the Rescue

March 5, 2015 - Mrs. McKernon and her sixth graders have been using the 4-H National Youth Science Experiment, Rockets to the Rescue – Food Delivery Takes Flight - to learn about aerospace engineering, problem solving and team work.  Combining what they have learned in science and math they designed Food Transportation Devices that could deliver a payload to a target using different trajectories. 

Their challenge: design a rocket propulsion system to launch and deliver food to an island that has just been hit by a catastrophic storm such as a tsunami. Students used card stock to build their rockets, pvc pipe and an empty soda bottle as their rocket launcher and raisin packets as their food payload.  The goal was to launch their rockets from one end of the gym and land in the small hula hoop in the middle of the gym.  After the first launch, students recorded their data, made adjustments and tried again to get their rocket to land on the “small island”.  

This was a great activity that got kids excited to talk about things like acceleration, payload, potential energy, trajectory, momentum and engineering.

3-2-1- liftoff, HV aerospace engineers to the rescue!


Financial Aid Workshop - Rescheduled

March 3, 2015 - The Financial Aid Workshop scheduled for tonight has been cancelled. The Workshop has been rescheduled for March 12th from 6 - 8 pm in the HS Computer Lab. Anyone interested in attending should register by calling the HS Guidance Office at 753-4458 x2507.

As part of this workshop, Hudson Valley Community College Financial Advisors will assist with the competition of the FASFA forms required for college financial aid. In order to complete these forms, please make sure to bring all 2014 income information (taxes if done, W-2's, untaxed income, child support, retirement, etc), SS#s, asset information for parents and students.  If your 2014 taxes are not complete, then you may file with your completed 2013 tax forms . When using 2013 tax information you will be required at a later date to finalize the FASFA form with 2014 tax information. 


Character Education at Hoosic Valley

March 3, 2015 - The Virtue of the Month for March is Responsibility.  Act responsibly is also one of our school wide expectations!  It’s something we expect from all of our adults, children and teenagers! As part of the morning announcements in the elementary building, IMPACT students will be reminding students how they can act responsibly by following all of the character virtue's they have learned throughout the year. You can follow along with the responsibility announcements too! Each mornings announcement will be posted under the Virtue of the Month logo to the right.


HV Takes 2nd at 2015 Top Form Lift Off

March 3, 2015 - The Hoosic Valley Power Team finished in 2nd place at the 2015 Top Form Lift Off competition at Catholic Central High School this past Friday. The team missed first place by just 30lbs. Hoosic Valley finished ahead of Lansingburgh, Cambridge, Green tech, CBA, Salem, and Holy Trinity.

The student athletes were tested in the squat, bench press, and dead lift. Six Hoosic Valley lifters finished with a total of 1,000 lbs or above:

  • Freshman Charles Purcell and Andrew Turriglio topped 1,000 lbs.
  • Sophomore Frank Adams finished with a 1,020lb total and Nick Napoli finished with 1,100lb total including an amazing 475 lb dead lift!
  • Junior Jeff Carrozza finished with a 1,035lb total
  • Senior Raffi Barkamian had the highest squat for the Valley at 400lbs plus he finished with an 1,100lb total.

Plenty of players returned home with medals and trophies. The power team traveled with 38 lifters ranging from grades 7-12 . Coach Porcelli would like to thank the parents and the administration for all of their support. And a special thanks goes out to the lifters who believe that getting bigger, faster, and stronger makes us a consistently competitive program for years to come.


Spring Sports Beginning Soon

March 2, 2015 - Attention Jr. Sr. High Students, if you are thinking about participating in a spring sport you must have a current physical and an updated interval health history form completed by parents. Forms can be turned in to the School Nurse, Mrs. Barton, starting now. The Nurse will then issue an updated blue card. For student safety, health records are reviewed and blue cards issued prior to each season.

All student athletes must have a new blue card before they can start practicing for spring sports.  Please contact the nurse if you have any questions HSNurse@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us.

Click here for the Interval Health History Form


Zero the Hero Visits for 100th Day Celebrations

March 2, 2015 - Our Prekindergarten, Kindergarten and First Grade classes were visited by two very special super heroes today! Zero the Hero and his archenemies Minus Man were on hand to remind our young mathematicians about the power of 10 and the difference between adding and subtraction.


Hoosic Valley to Perform Shrek the Musical!

February 27, 2015 - What do you get when you take a lovable green ogre, his donkey sidekick, a swamp, of course a princess, king, castle and flying dragon then mix in a smattering of fairy tale legends? You get…Hoosic Valley’s Repertory Theater presenting… Shrek the Musical!

Mark your calendar so the dates won’t pass you by, evening performances are Friday, March 27 and Saturday March 28 at 7:00pm. Sunday, March 29th matinee at 3:00pm. Tickets are $6.00 each and will go on sale at the Box Office in the Elementary School, beginning March 10th. Box Office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays; 5:00 to 7:00pm and on Saturday, march 21st from 9:00am to 1:00pm. See you at the swamp!


Softball Fundraiser Tonight!

February 26, 2015 - The Hoosic Valley Varsity Softball Team is hosting a fundraiser at the End Zone Restaurant in Mechanicville--Tonight, Thursday, February 26 from 4-10pm. The team will receive 15% of all food sales for the night. This is a great reason to check out a new place if you've never been all while helping the softball team out. Bring your family and friends and spread the word. All are welcome! Contact Coach Bochette with questions at bbochette@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us


NJHS School Dance

February 26, 2014 - The National Junior Honor Society is having a 7th and 8th school dance on Friday, March 6th to support Autism Awareness. The dance is from 6:30-8:30 in the high school cafeteria. Admission is $5 at the door, pizza and soda included.


After Prom Planning to Begin

February 25, 2015 - There will be a meeting on Monday, March 2nd at 6:30 in HS Room 33 to begin the After Prom Party Planning. Volunteers and new ideas are always needed. Anyone interested, parent or student, in helping out with planning the events or helping with the events is welcome to attend. If you have ideas or would to help out but can't attend the meeting, please contact Mrs. Pallozzi at ppallozzi@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us.


Indoor Track Sectional Winners

February 25, 2015 - Congratulations to Jamison Jarosz and Rosie Hren on their first places finishes at the 2015 Indoor Track and Field Sectional Meet. Jamison placed first in the high jump with a jump of 5-10 and Rosie placed first in the 1500 race walk. Also, congrats to Jade Yando and Diana Mohamed-Ali on their 3rd place patches for the high jump and weight throw.


Financial Aid Workshop - March 3

Reminder - Our guidance department along with HVCC financial aid specialists will be holding a Financial Aid Workshop on March 3rd from 6-8pm in the HS Computer Lab. Anyone interested in attending should register by call the HS Guidance Office at 753-4458 x2507.

As part of this workshop, staff will assist with the competition of the FASFA forms required for college financial aid. In order to complete these forms, please make sure to bring all 2014 income information (taxes if done, W-2's, untaxed income, child support, retirement, etc), SS#s, asset information for parents and students.  If your 2014 taxes are not complete, then you may file with your completed 2013 tax forms . When using 2013 tax information you will be required at a later date to finalize the FASFA form with 2014 tax information. 


February 20, 2015 - The cast and crew have been very busy during vacation week designing and creating the set for this year's musical, Shrek! Musical performances will be March 27-29th, make sure to save the date and watch the website for ticket info.


Sectional Basketball Brackets Announced

February 18, 2015 - The Basketball sectional seedings were released today. Both the girls and boys will play home on Tuesday night. The girls game will start at 6 pm and the boys at 7:30.

Girls Class C Sectional Bracket

Boys Class C Sectional Bracket


League Champions

February 17, 2015 - Congratulations to Coach Forbes and the Boys Indoor Track Team on two first place finishes at the Wasaren League Meet this past Saturday. The 4x800 relay team made up of Isaac Rezey, Matt Rose, Derek Cipolla and Will Rowe took home the first place medal along with Jamison Jarosz for the high jump. There were a number of Hoosic Valley runners and throwers taking home medals from the league meet, click here for the full results.


State Scholar Athlete Awarded to Colin Claus

February 13, 2015 - Colin Claus was selected as the Top State Scholar Athlete for Class D Football this year. Being recognized as the number one scholar athlete throughout the state is a very prestigious award and we are honored to be so well represented by Colin Claus's achievements on the field and in the classroom. As the Hoosic Valley Indians quarterback, Colin lead his team to a winning season, in fact their best record ever! Colin played almost every down of the season, both offense and defense, all while maintaining an impressive course study loaded with college level classes and earning straight A's. Colin plans to study Mechanical Engineering next year at either WPI or RPI.


February Character Counts

February 13, 2015 - Hoosic Valley Elementary held their February Character Counts Assembly on Friday. The focus was on diversity and celebrating all the things that makes us different and alike at the same time. Taking the time to learn more about our classmates, friends and neighbors is one way we can recognize ways we are different and ways we are similar. The next time you visit the Elementary School look for our student's posters that tell us more about their likes, dislikes, wishes and favorites.

Our January Virtue of the Month was Integrity. Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching. Our students recognized for showing integrity in and around the classroom were Elizabeth Powers, Emil Schmidt, Ren Gradoia, Amara Retel, Estelle Hurley, Peyton Rogin, Daniel Gregg, Abigail Salisbury, Julianna Spiek, Alex Ruepp, Seth Mosely, Landon Reilly, Ava Ratelle, Adryanna Ryan, Izzy Finkle, Katrine LeStage, Grace Thurber, Thomas Tilley, Cameron Field, Logan Reilly, Jeneca Reiser and John Joslin.

Our February Virtue of the Month is Friendship. Our students recognized for their "good friend" qualities are: Madalyn Nichlos, Brielle Chapko, Isabella Jones, Jayden Dawsen, Warren Reynolds, Alexis Brundige, Jacob Cail, Tyler Jones, Henry Madigan, Henry Brown, Chloee Edson, Olivia LaRoe, Kate Ricciardone, Isaiah Ring, Evan Maloney, Christopher Jones, Tyler Beaudoin, Terrie-Anne Cotrell, Kiera Matala, Jillian Johnson, Cailin Miller, and Jennifer Brayman.

We'd like to thank all our visitors who came out in the cold to be a part of our Character Counts Assembly. Your presence and support helps reinforce the message that character counts both in the classroom and out. Click here to learn more about our Virtue of the Month Students.


Valentines for Veterans

February 11, 2014 - It's a tradition at our Elementary School for students to make Valentine's cards for our Veterans. This year, Mrs. Fancher was so impressed by one of her second graders, she wished to share the poem they created. We know our Veteran's will appreciated all the cards they receive and we'd like to thank our teachers for supporting such a great cause. Click here for more information on the Valentines for Veterans Program.

A Valentine for a Veteran
By Jenna, 2nd Grade

You wore camo,
from jacket to shoe.
You protected our country,
red, white and blue.

You fought off the bad guys,
for me and you,
And that's why
I love you.


'The Fairest One of All'

February 11, 2015 - Calling all budding High School artists! The Great Schaghticoke Fair has announced its 2015 Fair Theme and Design Contest.... 'The Fairest One of All". The winning design will be used on the cover of the 2015 fair brochure, the annual fair t-shirt and for other marketing purposes. Each entry will be judged on creativity, content and incorporating the agricultural and horticultural components of the Schaghticoke Fair into the design.

The winner receives a 1-day fair pass with an unlimited ride ticket, a t-shirt with your design on it, a certificate of achievement award and bragging rights for a whole year. This is a great opportunity to add to your art portfolio AND what a great theme! Let it go - your imagination that is! Don't wait, the deadline for submission is April 1st and that's no joke! For a complete list of rules and design specifications, stop by HS room 210 (Mrs. O'Donnell) or contact Mary Haynes at the fair office 753-4411 ext 13.


Author's Night rescheduled for May 6th

February 11, 2014 - The 2015 Writing Olympics Young Author’s Night Celebration will now take place on WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2015 at 6:30 PM in the Elementary Auditorium.

Be sure to SAVE THE DATE!


Annual Career Fair
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

February 10, 2015 - The Jr. Sr. High will once again be holding a Career Fair for students in grades 7-12. Our Career Fair will included presenters from various career fields and trades, including, law enforcement, the arts, technology and much, much more. 

If you are interested in being a presenter at this year’s Career Fair please contact Mrs. Martyn via email, nmartyn@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us or telephone 753-4432 ext. 5069. This is a great opportunity for members of our community to visit the school and share their professional knowledge and interest with our students.


Elementary Science
Club

February 9, 2015 - Zack Miclette and his father brought a High Voltage Jacob's Ladder display to the last Elementary Science Club Meeting. Zack and his father built this unit at home. As Zack explained, when turned on, 9,000 volts of electricity produce an arc of bright light that travels up a space between two copper wires. Amazing!

Following the demonstration, students took calculators apart to see how they work. They were able to see how the keys complete a circuit when pressed and the current follows along a printed circuit board. This was a great hands on unit on electricity!


Sixth Grade Camp Chingachgook Fundraiser

February 6, 2015 - Hoosic Valley sixth graders have start their cookie fundraiser for their annual trip to Camp Chingachgook. They will be accepting orders through February 24th. Click here for more information, contact Mrs. McKernon at wmckernon@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us with questions.


Sixth Grade Creates an Egyptian Museum

February 4, 2015 - Mrs. McKernon's 6th grade students created an Egyptian Museum as part of their ancient history curriculum. Students worked in groups to create exhibits on clothing, art, games, written language, inventions, gods & mummies, architecture, agriculture and 3-D maps. They "opened" their museum last night for parents to visit and today shared their knowledge with the younger grades. Along with creating the displays, our 6th graders had to give presentations to each group of visitors.


Change in Report Card Dates

February 4, 2015 - Due to the mid terms being rescheduled twice report cards for students in Grades 7-12 will not be handed out till Tuesday, February 10th. Students in grades K-6 will still receive their report cards as scheduled on Friday, February 6th.


February 3, 2015 - Congratulations to the thirty-two Hoosic Valley students who performed in the All-County Winter Music Festival this weekend at Troy Middle School! Eight students performed in Elementary Band, Eight in Junior Chorus, two in Jazz Choir and fourteen in Senior Band. We are very proud of you! The music department would also like to give a special shout out to Kayla Carknard who was selected to perform a lengthy solo in the piece "Bridge Over Troubled Water" with the Jazz Choir!

Click here for more Music News


Softball Clinic during Winter Break.

February 3, 2015 - Members of the Varsity Softball team along with their coaches will be holding a Softball clinic for students in grades 3-6 during the February break. Click here for dates and details.


HVCC Prom Dress Boutique

February 3, 2015 - The tradition continues...the Annual HVCC Prom Dress Boutique is coming! Mark your calendar and come to Hoosic Valley Community Church on Saturday, February 28th at 10:00 am and choose your prom dress for FREE!

Every young lady going to prom is invited, you do not need to be a member of HV school district to attend! Previously 'prommed' dresses and gently 'danced in' shoes are greatly appreciated. If you would like to donate to the Boutique, please drop your donation off at the Hoosic Valley Community Church, Route 40 north of the fairgrounds on Friday evening, February 27th or bring with you on Saturday.

You do not need to donate a dress to go home with one free.!!! So mark your calendar, bring mom, your girlfriends but most of all bring you!


Hoosic Valley Crowns a New Scoring Leader

January 26, 2015 - Congratulations to John Rooney as he claims the title of All-Time Scoring Leader for Hoosic Valley. John surpassed the record of 1,516 points set by Pat Lanoue in 2008. John broke the record in the win over Cambridge last week, with plenty of games left in the season there's no telling how high the new scoring title will be.


Financial Aid Workshop - March 3

January 23, 2015 - Our guidance department along with HVCC financial aid specialists will be holding a Financial Aid Workshop on March 3rd from 6-8pm in the HS Computer Lab. Anyone interested in attending should register by call the HS Guidance Office at 753-4458 x2507.

As part of this workshop, staff will assist with the competition of the FASFA forms required for college financial aid. In order to complete these forms, please make sure to bring all 2014 income information (taxes if done, W-2's, untaxed income, child support, retirement, etc), SS#s, asset information for parents and students.  If your 2014 taxes are not complete, then you may file with your completed 2013 tax forms . When using 2013 tax information you will be required at a later date to finalize the FASFA form with 2014 tax information. 


Midterm and January Regents Exams

We are quickly coming to the half way point of the school year which means --- it's time for exams! Student taking full year courses will be taking midterms and those taking half year course will be taking final exams. These exams count the same as a marking period grade when computing the final average. Many exams are given in class before "Regents Week" with the gym midterms starting this Thursday and Friday. If you do not see your student's class listed on the exam schedule then the exam is most likely given the during regular class time the week of January 19th.

Correction to the parent letter sent home for 7 & 8 graders, Advanced eighth grade Earth Science students DO NOT take the Lab Practical on Monday, January 26th, this lab practical is for student taking the January Regents Exam. Eighth grade Earth Science only need to take the Earth Science Midterm on Wednesday, January 28th, 8:00 am (they will take their their lab practical during their regularly scheduled lab period).

Reminder: School is closed on Monday, January 19th in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and Friday, January 30th for a Superintendent's Conference Day. Students in grades 7-12 only attend school the week of January 26th when they have a scheduled exam.


Graduation Announcements

January 23, 2015 - A Josten representative will be available during lunch periods on February 12th to assist any seniors interested in ordering Graduation Announcements. A fifty dollar deposit is required when ordering. Information packets were given to all seniors during homeroom. Additional packets are available in the main office.


Cancelled - NHS Spaghetti Dinner

January 21, 2015 - The NHS Spaghetti Dinner has been put on hold till this spring. Check back for our rescheduled date.


Writing Olympics Due 1/22

January 14, 2015 – REMINDER! The Writing Olympics deadline is rapidly approaching! Students in Kindergarten through Sixth grade are eligible to participate by writing a story or poem and submitting it to their teacher by Thursday, January 22, 2015. All authors will be recognized at the Writing Olympics Author’s Celebration Night on April 29, 2015 at 6:30 pm. Authors will receive a gift card for a free ice cream cone! Click here for more information on this great program.

Volunteers Needed: Typist and Room Chaperones are needed, please contact Karin Gagnon at 928-8553, or Jacki Kinnicutt-Sawyer at 753-0413 to signup.


Incoming Kindergarten Students

January 14, 2015 - 2015-2016 Kindergarten Screening will be held May 12 & 13 by appointment. Children who will be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2015 are eligible for Kindergarten.  Please call 753-4458 x 3507 or e-mail avautrin@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us to be added to the list of incoming kindergartners; Registration packets will be mailed in April.   Parent Orientation Night is May 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Elementary Auditorium.


Digital Resources for Parents

January 14, 2015 - The Internet is a great tool that we use more and more everyday. Just like we teach our kids to cross the street safely we need to teach best practices for navigating the world wide web. Stay Safe Online has valuable information for parents related to teaching their children to become responsible digital citizens along with handling cyber bullying and keeping your identity safe.


Morning Drop Off for Elementary Students

January 13, 2015 - We have a designated route for student drop off at the elementary school. Parents should drive around the short loop between the tennis courts and the front playground and drop students off at the end of the sidewalk. There are signs indicating student drop off. We ask that all parents who are dropping off students use this route.  We have a faculty member assigned to that area assuring the safety off your child along with the smooth flow of traffic as you exit and buses enter.

Recently, there have been a number of people who have driven into the staff parking lot and dropped off their children at a spot which requires students to cross in front of buses entering the parking lot.  This is a less safe route where we do not have anyone assigned at the crosswalk.

For your child’s safety, and to assure the most orderly and safe passage of everyone, we ask that when you are dropping off your child, please follow the signs to drop off your child at the end of the sidewalk, where they will not have to cross traffic to enter the school.


Trig Review Class for Midterms

January 8, 2014 - Mrs. Phillips, will be conducting Trig/Algebra 2 review classes according to the following schedule:

Period 13

January 12 – 15

Chapters 1-4

 

January 20 – 22

Chapters 5-7

Night (6 P.M – 8 P.M.)  

January 20

Chapters 1-3

 

January 21

Chapters 4, 5

 

January 22

Chapters 6, 7

Students may choose to go to either review sessions or go to both.  We encourage all regents trig students to attend these review sessions so that they can be successful on the midterm examinations.


Talent Show to Hit the Stage May 1st

January 8, 2015 - Sorry for another date change but due to all our busy schedules we need to change the date to Friday, May 1st. If you have already dropped off your permission slip, we will hold it for you, not a problem at all! For those talented HV young folks who have yet to submit your slip...you'll have plenty of time when the show gets closer. More information will be coming in March...until then...stay warm!


Ski Club postponed till next week

January 6, 2015 - Ski Club will NOT start this week as originally planned. It will begin next week on the 14th. The program will run for the entire six weeks. Please contact the ski club advisors if you have any questions, Jamie Schiller (7-12) jschiller@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us or Wendy McKernon (3-6) wmckernon@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us.


Lockdown Drill Planned for Wednesday

January 5, 2015 - Hoosic Valley will be conducting consecutive lockdown drills on Wednesday morning, January 7, 2015 in both the PK-6 building and the 7-12 building.  We are coordinating with members of the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department, New York State Police and with members of the Questar III Health and Safety division to conduct the drills, and for post-drill analysis. 

Schools are required to conduct lockdown drills in addition to other safety drills every year.  This drill helps us to practice our ability to secure the classrooms in case of emergency inside the building.  Emergencies come in various forms and our ability to be familiar with many different kinds of procedures ensures that we will be prepared for any emergencies that might come our way.


CapCom Sponsored FAFSA Workshop

January 5, 2015 - Capcom will be holding a college financial aid workshop in the capital district on Wednesday, January 13. Parents of college bound students can learn valuable tips on filling out the FAFSA financial aid forms. Click here for more info.


Calling all HV talents

December 23, 2014 - It's the 7th Annual Hoosic Valley's Got Talent Show! We have moved the Talent Show date to Friday, January 23rd! Audition slips are now due on Friday, January 9th with auditions being held the following week. The audition schedule will be posted on the school website and outside the music and band rooms in each school after all slips are collected. Lots more info to come......dates have been changed but the tradition continues!


Melodies of Christmas

December 23, 2014 - Congratulations in Kayla Carknard & Greg Wolosen who participated in the annual Melodies of Christmas performance this past weekend!

Kayla was selected as a member of the prestigious Empire State Youth Chorale, and Greg is a member of the Empire State Youth Orchestra, where is is the principal trombonist.

We are so proud of these two fantastic musicians!


December Character Counts

December 21, 2014 - The Elementary School held the December Character Counts Assembly on Friday. The auditorium was filled sounds of the season and messages about the December Virtue of the Month - Empathy. We'd like to thank everyone that donated to our Compassionate Giving Project. Your donations will be appreciated throughout the Capital Region this Christmas.

     

Our students recognized for showing compassion in the classroom were: Peyton Gela, Makenna Luskin, Hailey Burdick, Ryan Guynup, Evan Godsill, Molly Seymour, Emanuel Sanchez, Brooke Kehn, Kaylee Smith, Caleb Cail, Gavin Rogin, Riley Kinnicutt, Paige Gela, Derek Reiter, Sophie Svec, Hailee Rose, Alex Greenwood, Jon Chetwynd, Megan Rice, Tyler Cavert and John Joslin. Click here to read more about our award winners.

Click here for more photos from our December Character Counts


High School Pep Rally

December 22, 2014 - It's an annual tradition at Hoosic Valley to wrap up spirit week with a pep rally 12th period. Once again the Cheerleaders and Ms. Blanchard did a great job organizing the activities, tug of war, musical chairs and a frozen t-shirt competition all within 40 minutes. This year event proves that fun never goes out of style and Hoosic Valley has plenty of competitive spirit! It's hard to say who had more fun, those competing in the games or those watching and cheering on their favorites. Click here for photos.


Holiday Concerts Brighten the Season

December 18, 2014 - Our music students did a great job getting us in the holiday spirit with this year's Winter Concerts. If you're not quite ready for the holidays listen to Holiday Lights by the Jr. High Chorus and you'll be sure to be smiling and singing along.

Photos from our Winter Concert Series:

New this year for Hoosic Music is our Chamber Music Group - they recently held a Informance at the Diver Library. Click here for photos


Mobile Portal Access

December 18, 2014 - eSchoolData has mobile versions of the parent and student portal.  The mobile version does not offer all the details of the full internet version but it is quick and easy to use from mobile devices.  It’s not truly an app but rather a different web address that has been designed for mobile devices.  Once you visit the mobile url you can add the site to your home screen for quick access.  

Mobile Parent App - https://esd-connect.neric.org/Mobile/Parent

Mobile Student App - https://esd-connect.neric.org/Mobile/Student/HoosicValleyCSD


Signup Now for Spring Driver's Ed

December 17, 2014 - The Driver Education course at Hoosic Valley Central High school will be offered again this spring.  The deadline to sign up is Friday, Jan. 30th.  If interested in the program see Mr. Ryan in room 211 or call at 753-4432 Ext 5053 for more details.

Click here for registration packet

Planned Lockdown Drill

Reminders - On Tuesday, December 16th the high school building at Hoosic Valley will be holding a lockdown drill. Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance to us, and we continue to work to assure that we create and maintain the safest school environment possible. Click here for more information.


School Physician On-Site Thursday

December 15, 2014 - Dr. Nightingale, our school physician, will be available in the Nurse's Office for physical on Thursday, December 18th. Students needing a physical should contact the school nurse ahead of time to setup and appointment and obtain the necessary paperwork. Please contact Mrs. Barton at the High School (x 2511) or Mrs. Ellett at the Elementary (x 3509) with questions.


Writing Olympics to Begin

December 15, 2014 - The time for Writing Olympics is here once again! Students in Kindergarten through Sixth grade are eligible to participate by writing a story or poem and submitting it to their teacher by Thursday, January 22, 2015. All authors will be recognized at the Writing Olympics Author’s Celebration Night on April 29, 2015 at 6:30 pm. New this year, authors will receive a gift card for a free ice cream cone! Click here for more information on this great program.


Financial Aid Information

December 8, 2014 - Robin Wojcik, Director of Financial Aid at Siena College, is hosting a live chat on financial aid Wednesday, December 10, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for students and parents to ask questions, or just listen in, Ms Wojcik will be covering a number of important financial aid topics, including:

  • Completing the FAFSA
  • Types of aid available
  • Financial aid packages

Students do not need to be applying to Siena to take advantage of this free webinar. Registration is at videochat.siena.edu.


Winter Wonderland Semi Formal

December 8, 2014 - The Class of 2017 sponsored the Semi Formal on Saturday. Over 190 students dressed to impress at the “Winter Wonderland” themed night. Ten members of the Class of 2017 spent Saturday morning decorating the entry way and cafeteria of the Elementary School – it was an amazing transformation inside with mother nature providing the outside winter wonderland!

The Class would like to thank the chaperones for the evening: Mr. Apostol, Mr. O'Brien, Mrs. Stark, Ms. Das, Ms. Tiernan, and Ms. Holbritter. Cookies and brownies were donated by many of the class members. Punch, water and fruit platters were provided by the class. Thank you to Mrs. Margaret Norton, Mrs. Melissa Sanchez, and Mrs. Kathy Yavaniski for keeping the refreshment table full of goodies. Thank you to the custodial staff – Denise Paulo & Jeff Spiers for keeping the sidewalks clear and for all your help cleaning up afterwards. The biggest thanks of all go to class advisors Mrs. Anderson and Mr. Spooner for all their work behind the scenes and making it all happen as if by magic.

Click here for photos


Original Works Available

December 4, 2014 - Mrs. McCauliffe's high school art students have hand painted tiles that will be available for purchase at the Jr. and Sr. Winter Concerts. The fundraiser will benefit MAC (Music and Art in the Community). MAC provides funding for filed trips, framing and supplies for our Music and Art Departments.

Winter Concert Schedule, all concerts will be held in the auditorium start at 7 pm:

  • Tuesday, 12/9 - Elementary Chorus (grades 5-6) and 6th Grade Band. The 5th grade band will NOT perform at this concert since they had their demonstration concert last month.
  • Wednesday, 12/10 - Jr. High
  • Thursday, 12/11 - Sr. High

The weather forecast is looking rather iffy this week, we will post any cancellations on the school website. In the event of a cancellation, the concert will be held on the same day and time one week later.


Algebra Tutoring Continues

December 2, 2014 - Mr. Sheeran will continue the after school algebra tutoring sessions throughout December. Tutoring sessions will be held from 3-4 on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Mr. Sheeran's room.


Fall Sports Photos

December 2, 2014 - All fall sports photos will taken offline at the end of December. We have limited space and need to make room for the winter sports teams. Photos are free to download, simply click on the photo to view full screen and then use the drop down under more for the download option. For high quality printing make sure you save the full size photo not the smaller thumbnails. Click here to access the sports photo page.


Yearbook Ordering Begins

December 2, 2014 - The yearbook staff will be taking orders for the 2014-2015 yearbook during lunch periods. Yearbooks are $40 with options for engraving and covers. Payment is required when ordering, checks should be made out to Hoosic Valley Extracurricular Fund or HVECF. Click here for ordering options and pricing.


Portal Reminder

December 2, 2014 - Reminder to parents of students in the Jr. Sr. High School, the second marking period ended last week. If you are looking for grades in the parent portal, the grade book will default to Marking Period 3. Use the making period drop down box to view grades for the second marking period. Report Cards for students in grades 7-12 will be sent home on Friday, 12/5.


Lucy Calkins Story Sharing

December 2, 2014 - Our first and second graders have published their first writing piece. They joined together to share their stories with one another. Click here for more photos.


Students Perform at Radiant Peace Tree Lighting

December 2, 2014 - Hoosic Valley music students performed at this year’s Radiant Peace Tree Lighting. The HV Jam Band started the ceremony off with “Somewhere over the Rainbow”; Maddie Coons and Kayla Carknard teamed up beautifully to sing “Give me Wings”. After the Radiant Peace poem written by Trista Bugbee, Kayla Carknard sang “Fly”. Marlee Peterson, Will Hunter, Sarah Corey, Halle Nightingale and Ms. Allen closed out the ceremony with the Christmas Peace Canon as everyone enjoyed the radiance of the beautiful trees.  The Hoosic Valley Community Partners would like to thank our Music Department and everyone that made this year’s tree lighting so special. Click here for more photos from the tree lighting ceremony

Click here for more news about Hoosic Music


December 2, 2014 - The Language Club took a trip to the Clark Institute recently.  The students learned a great deal about  impressionistic French and Spanish art.


December Menu Changes

November 24, 2014 - We've made a few changes to the December Lunch Menus. Use the links below for the most up to date menu.

Breakfast Lunch

New Career and College Tools
for High School Students

November 24, 2014 -This year our district has begun using a web based software program called Naviance.  Naviance is designed to help students in three key areas:

  • Interest Surveys - a series of tools designed to help students identify their strengths and talents. Students can use the results to set goals and align coursework to ensure they are prepared for any direction they choose.
  • College and Career Research - using the information from the interest surveys, students are able to search on a wide of variety of options helping them select the best fit for their unique interest and talents.
  • College Application Processing - students will have the opportunity to apply to colleges online. Our guidance office has access to a series of tools that enable them to monitor student applications and ensure that all the necessary paperwork is completed an updated in a timely manner.

Currently we have given Juniors and Seniors access to Naviance. Seniors should be completing college applications and checking the scholarship information in Naviance frequently. Juniors should be taking advantage of the interest surveys to help guide them throughout their college search. Our counselors plan on expanding access to include the sophomore class in January.

Students should stop by the guidance office if they have any questions or trouble accessing Naviance Family Connection.


Compassionate Giving Project

November 24, 2014 - December’s virtue of the month is EMPATHY.  Empathy is “feeling or understanding what someone else is feeling.” Compassion is “empathy in action”.  We are again taking action and holding our sixth annual COMPASSIONATE GIVING PROJECT throughout December.

We are asking every student in grades pre-K through 12 to participate by either bringing in a donation or a card. All our families and our entire school community are filled with compassion so let’s join together to share that compassion with others. Click here for more information and the grade level list of items.


An Early Thanksgiving in Mrs. Messier's Room

November 21, 2014 - Mrs. Messier's class started the Thanksgiving Holiday a little early by having a real Thanksgiving feast for their family and friends. Student's had to cook the meal along with everything else that goes into the Thanksgiving dinner, from the shopping to setting the table and everything in between.

This is a great opportunity for students to combine everything they've been learning in math, social studies and ELA into one tasty project.


A&P visits
Albany Med

November 21, 2014 - Mr. Ryan took his Anatomy & Physiology DL class to Albany Med for a little hands on learning. We are very fortunate that Albany Med opens its facilities to our students and allows them to experiment with the medical tools they may use some day. This field trip also gave our students a chance to meet face to face with their remote classmates. A&P is a class Hoosic Valley host through the NERIC Distance Learning network. Along with Hoosic Valley students, Mr. Ryan teaches students from Moriah and Catskill School Districts.


HVCC Instant Admit Day
December 3rd

November 20, 2014 - Hudson Valley Community College is a great option for many of our seniors, it’s close, affordable and nationally recognized for it’s excellence. HVCC has 75 degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of subjects. And for those looking to continue their education, Hudson Valley has more than 350 transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities.

A representative from HVCC will be in the High School for “Instant Admit Day” on December 3rd. Students will meet with a college admissions counselor to review their application and transcript. There is no cost for this service saving students the $30 regular admissions fee. Interested seniors must sign up in guidance to schedule an appointment and get the necessary paperwork. Click here for more information on HVCC.


Visiting Author Patrice Kindl

November 20, 2014 –Author Patrice Kindl visited our High School to work with our 7th, 8th and 9th graders on creativity, writing and developing ideas.  Ms. Kindl stressed the importance of creativity and how important it is to all careers not just writers.  Every new invention, cure or product comes from a different approach to an old problem. Being a creative thinker is what makes a lasting impact and will be how our students solve the challenges that will face their generation. 

Some ways to develop creativity are by writing down your ideas – all your ideas no matter how farfetched. Pursue your interest by reading everything you can find on that topic. And most of all, work at it! Things that are important to you will require effort but will also return the effort that has been invested.  

Mrs. Fillipone, our School Librarian, highly recommends Ms. Kindl's YA books. They are very funny and extremely interesting. Stop by the library to "check out" a Kindl book or signed copies can be purchase in the HS library. You can learn more about Patrice Kindl and all her books at www.patricekindl.com.


5th Grade Demonstration Concert

November 19, 2014 - Just two months after first picking up their instruments our 5th graders were ready for their debut concert. We are very proud of our youngest musicians, they did a great job! Click here for photos.


Hoosic Valley Ski Club

Reminder - Signup before November 25 to save $20! Ski club runs on Wednesdays - January 7th thru February 11th. Ski Club is open to students in grades 3-12; busing is provided from school to the mountain and back to school.

Click here for the HS Ski Club Info and Registration Papers

Click here for the Elementary Forms


Nineteen at All County Fall Festival

November 17, 2014 - Nineteen Hoosic Valley music students participated in the Fall All County Festival held this past weekend at Berlin CSD. Eight students participated in Senior Chorus; eight participated in Junior Band; three represented Hoosic Valley in the Jazz Band. After hard work in a Thursday night rehearsal, students rehearsed all day Saturday and performed a concert that afternoon. We’d like to give a special shout out to Katherine Rice for being selected as a soloist in the Junior Band! Congratulations to all Hoosic Valley students for representing our district so well!

Click here for photos and more Music Notes


School Physicals

November 10, 2014 - Our school physician, Dr. Nightingale, will be in the district on November 20th for students needing physicals. Students should stop by the school nurses office ahead of time to schedule an appointment and arrange for passes. If you have any questions please contact Missy Barton, HS Nurse, at 753-4458 x 2511 or Deb Ellott, Elementary Nurse, at 753-4458 x3509.


Booster Club Magazine Drive

November 11,2014 - Don't forget to support the Booster Club Magazine Drive. This is a great time to renew any subscriptions and help out all our teams at the same time. You can also go online to order:

www.apmags.com
to shop from American Publisher’s Internet catalog!
Use Account # HVINDIANS

But don't wait, orders need to placed by the 13th.


PTO Fundraiser Pickup

November 7, 2014 - A great big thanks to all the parents and students that support the PTO fall fundraiser. PTO would like to remind parents that pickup is Wednesday, November 12th from 2:30 -6:30 in the Elementary School Auditorium Entrance. Please contact Michele Read @ 321-8323 with questions.


Nocturnal Animals Visit 1st Grade

November 6, 2014 – Wildlife Biologist and Educator Beth Bidwell visited our first graders today with five very special friends.  She brought along a snapping turtle, black rat snake, screech owl, bard owl and a red tailed hawk. First graders are currently studying nocturnal animals. It was amazing how much they already knew and how they could point out the adaptations and special traits each animal had that helped them hunt and move through the night.  Ms. Bidwell brought along the Red-tailed hawk because it isn’t a nocturnal animal. She wanted the students to observe the differences in the physical characteristics of this day time predator.  All in all it was a great presentation that brought the night time forest into our cafeteria for just a short while.   Click here for more photos.


Community Ed Update

November 6, 2014 - The Allie, Allie, Allium! class is full, and we are not accepting any more registrations. One of the more unique continuing education classes we offer is “Getting Paid to Talk,” a single-evening introduction to Voice Acting class that’s presented by a company called Voice Coaches. We’re presenting the class again in a couple of weeks, Tuesday, November 18th at 6:30PM-9:00 PM. It will be held in the HS Library and has a $30 fee.

This class is especially appealing to educators and instructors who use their voices professionally already. It’s a fun and enlightening evening that offers up a lot of great information about the field of Voice Acting. Learn more at http://www.voicecoaches.com/gptt.

Voice Coaches has been featured in articles in the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, Tampa Tribune, Newsday, and dozens of other newspapers around the country. They are a member of the Better Business Bureau, the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, and the American Society for Training and Development.

To register for the upcoming class, please complete the registration form and send it with your payment to Kelly Akin in the Elementary School. Click here for the registration form.


Pumpkin Fun Run

November 3, 2014 - On Saturday, November 1st, Hoosic Valley Elementary School hosted the First Annual Pumpkin Fun Run and Walk to benefit the Booster Club.  Participants braved the chilly weather as they ran and walked the 1-mile trail marked by pumpkins and the familiar faces of teacher and community volunteers.  Each participant received a pumpkin t-shirt and a pumpkin.  All the participants had fun and did a great job completing the event!! We'd like to thank Coach Rogers for organizing such a cool event for our students and all the teachers and staff that volunteered their time to make the "Pumpkin Fun Run" a new traditional at Hoosic Valley. A special thank you to Sheldon Farm’s for donating all of the pumpkins, Kennelly's the apples and Shop-n-Save the water and snacks. Click here for Pumpkin Run Photos

Top Finishers: Medals were awarded to the top three finishers in each group. 
Grades K-2 - Boys - Charlie Valade, Demarest Neary, Harper Houser
Grades K-2 -Girls - Ella Waldron, Riley Kinnicutt, Page Gela
Grades 3-6 - Boys - Cameron Field, Aden Kownack, James Czub
Grades 3-6 - Girls - Lilly Czub, Anna Jensen, Madison Sushinski


November 3, 2014 - The newly formed Hoosic Valley Jam Band and the Select Chorus recently performed at the Times Union Center at a Albany Devils Hockey game. Click here for more photos.


Algebra Tutoring to Start November 4th

October 31, 2014 - Mr. Frederick will be providing tutoring for all Integrated Algebra students starting Tuesday, November 4th .  Classes will take place in room 15 from 3pm – 4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. At this point we have arranged for the tutoring to last three weeks, additional sessions will be scheduled if Mr. Frederick and Mrs. Gutenmann determine more time is needed.


Pumpkin Run

October 31, 2014 - The 1st Annual Pumpkin Fun Run and Walk will take place, rain or shine, this Saturday at 9:00am on the High school track and surrounding fields.  Registered participants should plan to arrive by 8:45 to check in and get ready for the start of the race.  Parents and family members are also welcome to run or walk the course with their children.  The weather may be a little chilly with a slight chance of rain on Saturday so dress warm and bring your rain gear just in case.   See you on Saturday!!


High School Students Join the Devils!

Reminder: - The Hoosic Valley Select Chorus and Jam Band have been selected to perform at the Albany Devils Hockey Game on Sunday, November 2nd at 3pm! Come out and support our students and enjoy a game!


Faculty Basketball Game

October 30, 2014 - Thanks to all the teachers, students and parents that came out to the Student Council Faculty Basketball Game. It's was a lot of fun, congrats to the Elementary Teachers on the win, Colin Jesmain claimed the half court shoot out with Anna Hunter in a close second, Dem Neary won the costume contest and it was a great fundraiser. Student Council plans on using the money raised for the Spring Breakfast and towards starting a Student Council Scholarship. Click here for more photos.


Emergency Go Home Drill - 11/10

October 30, 2014 - New York State Education Department requires that all school districts conduct annual drills to prepare for the evacuation of students and staff in case of an emergency. As part of our district-wide safety plan, The Hoosic Valley Central School will be conducting the Emergency Go Home drill on Monday, November 10th

Parents who wish to pick up their children at dismissal may do so, but they must be at school by 1:40 pm.   The SACC program will run as usual on this day.  Students who attend the SACC program will evacuate with the rest of the students and then return to the elementary school after the drill is over.

Click here for the Elementary Parent Letter


Post Season Games and Meets

October 30, 2014 - There's still a few games left to be played before we head inside for the Winter sports season.

  • Cross Country - Friday, October 31 @ Spa Park. Girls @ 12:30, Boys @ 2:30
  • Football - Saturday, November 1st @ Hoosic Valley vs Ichabod Crane, 1pm kickoff.

Booster Club Magazine Drive

October 30, 2014 - Over the next two weeks the 5th and 6th grades will once again be selling magazines to support the Booster Club and Hoosic Valley Athletics. This is a great to renew any subscriptions and help out all our teams at the same time. You can go online to order also:

www.apmags.com
to shop from American Publisher’s Internet catalog!
Use Account # HVINDIANS

But don't wait, orders need to placed by the 13th.


2014 Super Bowl Champions

October 28, 2014 - Congratulations to the Stampede Sr. Tackle Football Team. They became the 2014 Super Bowl Champions on Sunday after a tough game against the Vermont Vipers, final score  14-13. Our fifth and sixth graders have worked so hard throughout the season and should be very proud of their championship title.


Hoosic Valley Ski Club

October 16, 2014 - Despite the nice weather, it's time to start thinking about ski club. Signup before November 25 to save $20! Ski club runs on Wednesdays - January 7th thru February 11th. Ski Club is open to students in grades 3-12; busing is provided from school to the mountain and back to school.

Click here for the HS Ski Club Info and Registration Papers

Click here for the Elementary Forms


Graduation Cap & Gowns

October 20, 2014 - Attention Seniors: You will be measured for your graduation Cap & Gown Tuesday, 10/21, during your lunch periods.  There is no cost for the cap & gown.  Additional tassles will be available for purchase if you so choose.


Student Council Blood Drive - Tuesday

October 17, 2014 - It's almost time for the fall blood drive! Make sure to stop in Tuesday, October 21st, from 8:00AM to 12:45PM and donate blood to save a life with the America Red Cross! If you have any questions, please email Mr. Myott at amyott@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us


October Character Counts

October 20, 2014 - The Elementary School held it's first Character Counts assembly of the school year. Showing good character is very important; our Character Counts Assemblies reinforce our virtues of the month along with giving our students a chance to show what they have learned.

The virtue of the month for September was "Ready to Learn." Our students showing that they were "Ready to Learn" during September were Keira Houlihan, Jimmy Johnson, Cliff Carey, Olivia Cappellano, Matthew Wager, Matthew Adams, Tyler Eddy, Riley Ciazza, Brayden Senecal, Jennifer Brayman, Helen LeStage, Logan Beaudoin, Hannah Coffin, Daniel Gregg, Jackson Schram, Andrew McLaren, Ava Wiley, Christopher Fusco, Leia Elbaz, Laura Rice, Ryley Houle, McKenna McLaren, McKenna Warrington, Brandon Watkins, Matthew Jesmain and Logan Seymour

The virtue of the for October is “Self Control”.  Self control teches our students to Be patient and behave appropriately in class. Set goals for your life and work towards them. Take care of your body, eat healthy and be safe. Say “No” to activities that can get you in trouble and think about the consequences of your actions before you act. Control your emotions, do not listen or react to people who put you down and stay calm under pressure. Our students showing “Self Control” for the month of October are Colin O’Brien, JinHee Hinman, Tyler Godsill, Emma Carlo, Brianna Gifford, Lainey Bohcette, Jack Perez-Vickery, Anna Grace Macica, LeeAnna Harris, Marina Cappelano, Hunter Matala, Ryan Guynup, Payton Gela, Matthew Fitzgerald, Joseph McBain, Charlie Valade, Breanna Mconald, Joei Godsill, Tyler Beaudoin, Brennen Bogue, Kiera Rasmussen, Evie Bunk, Reilly Reiser, Emilee Valade, Katie Jacques and Alex Salisbury.


October 17, 2014 - Wave Riders is a six week support group for grieving children and teens. Through art and dialogue, Wave Riders provides a safe, supportive environment to help children and teens learn: they are not alone, their feelings are perfectly normal, and how to express those feelings in safe and healthy ways.

Any child or teen, 3-17 years old, who has experienced any type of death-related loss in their lifetime, regardless if the loved one was on Hospice, is welcome to apply. Their next series of programs begins soon, click here for the application.


Friday is Pink Shirt Day

October 16, 2014 - Our fifth annual “Pink Shirt Day” is on Friday, October 17th.  We are asking all students, staff and visitors to wear a pink shirt to show that they want to stop bullying in our schools.   In order to be respectful of the message and seriousness of the day we ask that students participate by wearing a pink shirt, not costumes or head-to-toe pink.  Visit this link for an interview with the two students who “took a stand against bullying” and motivated us to begin pink shirt day,  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21156298.


Hoosic Valley's 1st Annual Pumpkin Fun Run & Walk
Students K-6, November 1st, 9 am

October 16, 2014 - Registration is extended till tomorrow! (10/17)

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 17th. All proceeds from the race will benefit the Hoosic Valley Booster Club. Click here for the registration form and race details.


Congratulations to Our League Champions

Coach Kardash and her volleyball team have tied Tamarac for the first league title of the 2014-2015 school year. This makes for the 7th title for our Volleyball Program. The girls finished with a 8-2 league record, 12-5 overall. We wish Coach Kardash and the girls luck as they head into sectionals. Check back for info on post season play.


High School Students Join the Devils!

October 16, 2014 - The Hoosic Valley Select Chorus and Jam Band have been selected to perform at the Albany Devils Hockey Game on Sunday, November 2nd at 3pm! Come out and support our students and enjoy a game! We have a reserved section for seating, and discounts of $13 a ticket. Tickets can be purchased by filling out the order form and either returning the form and payment to Miss Allen in the Jr. Sr. High School by October 20th or directly mailing your form to Meg at the Albany Devils by October 24th. Please contact Miss Allen with any questions regarding this event at KrAllen@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us. We look forward to seeing you there!

Ticket Order From


Hoosic Valley Ski Club

October 16, 2014 - Despite the nice weather, it's time to start thinking about ski club. Signup before November 25 to save $20! Ski club runs on Wednesdays - January 7th thru February 11th. Ski Club is open to students in grades 3-12; busing is provided from school to the mountain and back to school.

Click here for the HS Ski Club Info and Registration Papers

Click here for the Elementary Forms

Please don't blame us if it snows tomorrow!


Algebra 2/Trig Support Classes

October 14, 2014 - The Algebra 2/Trig support classes will begin this week for regents students. After school sessions will run from 3-4 Tuesday-Thursday with Mrs. Roberts in room 13. Evening sessions will be on Wednesday & Thursday from 7-8:30 in room 220 with Mrs. Phillips. Students should use the flag pole entrance. The topic for the first week will be factoring.


Students off Friday & Monday

October 6, 2014 - Students will have a four day weekend due to Friday's Superintendent's Conference Day and Columbus Day on Monday. Enjoy!


PSAT Exams

October 2, 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.


Community Education Program
Encourages District Participation

Reprinted from the Express, Written by Christine Barton

October 2, 2014 - Hoosic Valley Community Education Program is once again being offered during the 2014 fall season. Angela Ross-Hixon originally spearheaded the program in 2004 and led it until the fall of 2010 when Kelly Akin assumed this responsibility as the Community Education Director. Mrs. Akin has been leading this program since 2010 and actively works with local talent to develop a course listing that offers unique learning and skill building opportunities for the district and the larger community.  The program is open to residents and non-residents of the school district on first come first served basis. 

In years past the fall brochure announcing the Community Education Program was printed and mailed to district residents. This season the school will not be mailing the brochure but wants the community to know that the program is still up and running with fresh new sessions offered throughout the fall season.  Mrs. Akin is hoping that interest and attendance will pick up so the programs may continue in the spring. Popular classes proved to be babysitting training, rubber-stamping, quilting and a few of the free informational seminars did draw a crowd.

The program has many diverse and interesting class offerings for the fallThis season offers an array of various topics. Health sessions offer topics such as meditation classes; natural based health remedies and the various uses of essential oils. General learning topics include classes on retirement planning, information about navigating the Medicare system and the basics of solar power, among others. Skill based classes offer quilting, knitting, and rubber-stamping and unique cooking classes. The instructors for the sessions are primarily made up of local residents who have either expressed an interest in developing a session or offer a special skill that may be of interest to the larger community. The cost for these sessions is very low offering an opportunity for learning that is very affordable for residents. Prices per course for the fall sessions range anywhere from $5.00 to $35.00. Most sessions are on the lower end of that price spectrum.  . Classes will be cancelled if not enough people register in advance so those interested are encouraged to mail their registration for and payment ahead of time to ensure that the class will run as scheduled.

For addition information contact  Community Ed Directory,  Kelly Akin at 753-0458 extension 5001. A pickup in attendance and a sparked interest in the community education program at will largely determine the future of the program.

Click here for the full brochure

Click here for the registratin form


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:

  • Bay Path Univ.   Oct. 1  8:30
  • North Country CC  Oct. 2  1:30
  • Western New England  Oct. 6 10:30
  • SUNY ESF    Oct. 7  9:00
  • Clarkson University  Oct. 8  9:00
  • Manhattan College  Oct. 9  9:30
  • Keuka College   Oct. 9 11:30
  • SUNY Canton   Oct. 9 10:30
  • Univ. of New Hampshire Oct. 9  1:00
  • Albany Coll. of Pharmacy  Oct. 14 11:30
  • SUNY Potsdam   Oct. 16 10:30
  • Maria College Oct. 23 9:00

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.


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.


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


Open House

September 5, 2014 - We hope all parents and guardians can join us for our open houses this year. The Elementary Open House will be on Wednesday, September 10th and the High School Open House will be on Thursday, September 11th. This is a great opportunity for parents to hear about their children’s school activities and expectations.

Click here for more information on the Elementary Open House

Click here for more information on the Jr. Sr. High School Open House


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.


Fall Sports Parent Night

August 25, 2014 - Hoosic Valley Athletic Director, Eric Papandrea, and our fall coaches will be holding a Parent Night on Tuesday, August 26th at 6pm in the High School Gym.  The meeting will address the upcoming season, the new scheduling website and the code of conduct.  Parents and players of all fall sports and levels are encouraged to attend.


Hudson Valley Distance Learning Classes

Reminder - Hudson Valley Community College classes through Interactive TV begin on Monday, August 25 in Room 33 of the High School. Attendance is required, please contact guidance with any questions.  Following is the class schedule for the 2014 fall semester:

  • General Psychology - Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:00 - 9:50
  • Business Law I - Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday - 10:00 - 10:50
  • Sociology - Monday/Wednesday/Friday - 12:00 - 12:50

7th Grade Orientation

Reminder - On Tuesday, August 26th, Student Council will hold an informal orientation for 7th grade students and their parents in the LGIA at 9:00 a.m.  The purpose of this orientation will be to familiarize the students with the physical layout of the building and the location of their classrooms and locker.  Students will receive their schedule and locker combination on this day. Click here for more info


2014-2015 School Supplies

Click below for a list of school supplies needed for September.


Elementary School Building Referendum
Roof And Energy Management System Replacement

August 22, 2014 - On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 district residents will go to the polls to vote on a $2,200,000 bond referendum. The plan calls for upgrades to the aging infrastructure at the elementary school. The project consists of replacing the failing elementary school roof and obsolete energy management controls system, which operates the heat and ventilation throughout the building. Click here for more info....


Athletic Pages have a New Look for Better Communications

August 19, 2014 - The Wasaren League will be using a new scheduling system this year.  This new software has the capability to send immediate schedule cancellations and changes through text or email messaging.

Click here for the Sports Calendar

Click here for the user guide and directions for automatic updates


Volunteers Needed for the Booster Club Fair Booths

August 17, 2014 - The HV Booster Club is offering a FREE one day admission pass to The Great Schaghticoke Fair from August 27-September 1, 2014 in exchange for your help at the Milk Shake or Fried Dough Booth. The shifts are 4 hours: 11-3, 3-7, & 7-11. The Booster Club is very short on volunteers this year, all parents and athletes are needed to make it another great year at the fair! Remember this is the main fundraiser for the year for all our sports teams.

If you would like to donate your time and talents please call Peter Simmons at 753-7753 to schedule your shift. Thank you for your continued support of the HV Booster Club.


Fall Sports' Startup
(check back for updates)

Football: practice starts Monday, August 18th at 9am for all students grades 9-12. Have cleats, t shirt, and wear shorts. Football practice starts for grades 7th and 8th (modified) Monday, August 25th from 6-8pm. Contact Coach Porcelli at esggold@aol.com with questions. See below for Blue Card requirements.

JV and Varsity Boys Soccer - Soccer practice for boys in grades 9-12 will start August 18 from 5-7.

JV and Varsity Volleyball: tryouts begin Monday August 18th at 9:00 am in the high school gym.  Be stretched and ready to go at starting time.  Bring your running shoes and we will be running a timed mile every practice.  See below for Blue Card requirements. 

Modified Volleyball
: tryouts will begin Wednesday September 3rd at 3:15 in the elementary gyms. See below for Blue Card requirements. 

X-Country: Varsity Cross Country practice will start Monday, August 18th at 6pm at the high school. Please come ready to run. Any questions email Coach Forbes at jforbes@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us. See below for Blue Card requirements.

Modified X-Country: practice will begin after school on Spetember 3rd. If you have any questions contact Mr. Pagano, rpagano@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us. See below for Blue Card requirements.

Girls Varsity Soccer: Girls Varsity Soccer will start on Monday, August 18th at 6 am.

Girls JV Soccer: Girls JV Soccer Tryouts/Practice will begin on Monday, August 18th at the JV field next to the track.  Practice will run from 8-10 am. Girls should come dressed appropriately--t-shirt, shorts, shin guards, cleats and lots of water.  Players must also bring sneakers in order to run the track.  If any cuts need to be made, they will be done at the end of the first week of practices.

Girls Modified Soccer: practice will begin on Wednesday Sept. 3.  Meet at the Concession Area changed and ready to go at 3:15.
Bus transportation to Chapko Field for practices is provided daily ... you are responsible for a ride home at 4:45 when practice ends.
See below for Blue Card requirements.


Fall Sports Info

The Interval Health History or Athletic Health History forms should be sent in starting July 21st. Please do not send in earlier than the 21st, they can only be accepted 30 days before the start of practices.

Forms can be dropped off at the main office, mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to the School Nurse. Please send them in by August 11th so Mrs. Barton may process the Blue Cards to give to the coaches before the start of practice. Also remember a current physical (within the last year) is also needed for sports participation.

ATHLETIC BLUE CARDS

  • A current physical is required - If the 12-month period for the physical expires during a sports season, participants may complete the season as long as an interval health history was conducted prior to the season.  For example, a physical conducted August 1 would be valid through August 31 of the following year.  If a student plays beyond August (ex. Football), the student may complete that sport season as long as an interval health history was conducted before the start of the season. Immediately following the last sanctioned tournament competition for that season, a new physical is required if the student is going to play another sport.
  • Interval Health History OR Athletic Health History (for 1st time participants) must be completed (dated no earlier than 30 days prior to the start of the sport season) and presented to the school nurse with a current physical for a Blue Card.
  • Current physicals and health history forms can be mailed or faxed to the High School (fax # 659-3900).
  • The nurse will issue blue cards directly to coaches after all paper work has been received.

HV Boys Athletics receives top honors

July 30, 2014 - 2013-2014 was indeed a record breaking year for the Hoosic Valley Boys Sports teams. Hoosic Valley was selected as the top Boys NYSSWA Kerr Cup All-Sport Championship and placed second in the combined All-Sport category.

The Kerr Cup is named in honor Neil Kerr, the retired Post-Standard sportswriter who has been the driving force behind the NYSSWA for more than four decades. It includes all NYSPHSAA members in a competition in 28 sports.

Click here for the boy's complete list

Click here for the combined All-Sport List


Baseball State All Stars Announced

July 28, 2014 - The 2014 New York State Sports Writers Associations NYSSWA Baseball all-star team has been selected. Congratulations to Coach Brooks, John Rooney and JT Sawyer for making the list. John Rooney was selected as the Class C Player of the Year; JT Sawyer was selected for the 3rd team State All stars and Coach Brooks was selected as the Class C Coach of the Year. Click here for the complete list.


2014-2015 School Supplies

July 16, 2014 - Click below for a list of school supplies needed for September.


Summer Review & August Regents

July 2, 2014 - The district will once again hold summer review sessions through the distance learning service. Please contact guidance ASAP to signup.

Regents Review - Monday - Thursday, starting July 28th through August 12th

  • Integrated Algebra - 8 - 10 am
  • Earth Science - 10 - Noon
  • Global History - Noon - 2 pm
  • US History - 2 - 4 pm

August Regents Schedule

Students retaking the Earth Science Regents must also re-take the lab practical. The lab practical will be held on August 12 @ 9 am.


Summer Reading Programs

June 24, 2014 - It so important for all our students to continue reading over the summer vacation. We are extra lucky because we have two community libraries offering great summer reading programs and activities.

And don't forget math! Here's a few of the kids favorites math websites:


Summer Lunch Services

June 23, 2014 - If your child was eligible for free or reduced meals during the school year they may also be eligible for free or reduced meals this summer. Click here to find a site that is convenient for you. 

 

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