November 12, 2015 - Congratulations to this year's fall all-stars
Volleyball: First Team - Camille Coyne; Second Team - Gabby Serafin; Honorable Mentions - Katrina Dean, Kiersten Czuwala
Girls Soccer: Second Team - Erin Dugrenier; Honorable Mentions - Danielle Stannard, Colleen Beamish, Alicia Clum & Bridget Ryan
Boys Soccer: First Team - Justin Akin & Jared Whitford; Second Team - Alex Carlo
Cross Country: Bobby Brenenstuhl, Carrie Burnell and Derick Cipolla
Golf:First Team - Matt Espey; Second Team - Brett Norman
The football all-star list has not yet been released yet, but Seniors Todd Cox and Jeff Carrozza will be representing Hoosic Valley in the 2015 Exceptional Senior Game tonight at Shen, 6pm.
November 12, 2015 - We will once again be having our Elementary and High School Ski club at Willard Mountain. The program runs for six weeks ,
every Wednesday starting January 6th. Transportation to and from the mountain is available. Click below for more information and registration packets.
November 5, 2015 - Our second graders explored different types of communities today. They visited Fogerty Farms where staff from the Rensselaer CCE and our Rensselaer County Dairy Princess had some cool agricultural activities for kids to explore. Next they took a tour of Troy with the Rensselaer Historical Society to get a feel for the Urban Community. And then they headed to the Capitol for a glimpse at how our state government runs. Click here to see more photos from their awesome field trip
Go Home Early Drill - November 10
November 4, 2015 - 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 Tuesday, November 10. You should expect your children home a few minutes earlier than usual on that day.
We would like to remind you that November has a number of important events that impact our school calendar.
November 10 - Go Home Early Drill
November 11 - Veteran's Day - No School
November 12 - Parent Conferences - Students K-6 11:15 dismissal
November 17 - Parent Conferences - Students K-6 11:15 dismissal
November 19 - Parent Conferences 3-6 pm NO early dismissal
November 25 - Students K-12 11:15 dismissal
November 26-27 - Thanksgiving Recess
November, 4, 2015 - On Sunday, November 1st, 55 Hoosic Valley Jr. Sr. High School students performed at the Albany Devils Hockey Game. The Band performed the National Anthem and O Canada at the start of the game, and the Chorus performed God Bless America during intermission. We are very proud of these students! We would like to thank all of the students for attending and the fans that came out to support them!
Rensselaer Youth Summit
November 2, 2015 - Hoosic Valley was well represented at this year's Rensselaer County Fall Youth Summit. The summit focuses on many of the dangers our teens face and how to make choices that lead to a positive environment.
1st Grade Reading Night
October 31, 2015 - Our first grade teachers held a family reading night on Thursday. They emphasized the importance of reading to academic success and the role parents play in that success. Click here for a copy of their presentation.
October 30, 2015 - Our second and sixth graders took a journey through the universe when Planetarium Adventures visited with their portable planetarium. Click here if your students are interested in learning more about our solar system.
Calling All Hoosic Valley Alumni Basketball Players & Cheerleaders!
HV Booster Club Alumni Basketball Game to raise money for new equipment in the newly renovated fitness center
When is it?
December 26, 2015-- Games start at 4:00 pm
Where is it?
Dear old Hoosic Valley High School gymnasium
Schaghticoke, NY (in case you forgot)
How much will it cost me?
A little bit of your ego and $20 per player or cheerleader. T-shirts provided. Free to come and laugh er…cheer on the players!
“You can rock the tall socks, but leave the short shorts at home!”
Cross Country All-Stars
October 28, 2015 - Congratulations to Bobby Brenenstuhl, Carrie Burnell and Derick Cipolla on making the Wasaren League all-star team. In order to qualify for the all-stars, runners have to finish in the top twelve at the league meet.
October 28, 2015 - The Hoosic Valley Volleyball team will begin their postseason play today. They will travel to Albany Academy for the first round, match starts at 5 pm.
Powder Puff Football
October 26, 2015 - The National Honor Society is sponsoring a Powder Puff Football Game to benefit the American Cancer Society. The game is on Saturday, November 7th @ 2:30. Admission is $3, there will be a 50/50 raffle and the concession stand will be open. Interested juniors and seniors should see Ms. LaBombard to sign up.
Football Advances to Sectional Semifinals
October 24, 2015 - Our football team defeated Fonda 42-19 to advance to the sectional semifinals. They will play Mechanicville at Mechanicville on Friday at 7. Click for photos from the Fonda Game
October 23, 2015 - The Class of 2017 is having a HV Apparel Fundraiser. Get the latest tees, sweats, bags and hats and help out the Junior Class at the same time. Orders due by Monday, 11/16. Click here to preview items and order form
October 22, 2015 - Midwest Author SA Bodeen visited our 8th graders this week. Ms. Bodeen is a popular young adult author, her latest release is Lost: Book Two of The Shipwreck Island Series and she has another new release, THE DETOUR, due out this month. Click here for more information about our latest visiting author.
Common Core Survey
October 22, 2015 - The New York State Education Department has launched an online survey for New Yorkers to provide detailed feedback on the state’s Common Core standards in English Language Arts and math. The results of the survey will be used to inform changes to the standards as the department undergoes a review of the Common Core (a Gov. Cuomo-appointed committee is conducting a separate, concurrent review of the program). The survey will be open until November 30. An advisory group will review the results and then make recommendations to the State Education Department.
In a letter to teachers, Commissioner MaryEllen Elia encouraged teachers, administrators, school board members, parents, the business community and “anyone with an interest in the future of our schools” to participate in the survey. “It’s time for us to step back and assess where we are and where we should be going,” she wrote. “You work with students every day. You know what’s working and what’s not. Your classrooms are the front line in our struggle to help our students aim higher.”
October 20, 2015 - Soccer sectional pairings have been released for both Boys and Girls. The Girls first game is Wednesday, October 21 at Holy Names at 3 pm. The Boys first game is Thursday, October 22 at Schuylerville at 6 pm.
Ticket prices for sectional soccer matches are $3.00, for the sectional semi-finals and finals all tickets will be $6.00.
Check back for full brackets (We are class B this year)
Updated - Congratulations to Coach Porcelli and the Hoosic Valley Football team on advancing to to the sectional playoffs. The Indians will play Fonda at Fonda on Saturday at 1 pm.
Update: The game is against Fonda-Fultonville. However the game location will be Knox Field in Johnstown.
October 19th - Friday night Hoosic Valley held their annual talent show. Our student once again amazed the crowd with their talent and stage presence. There was a wide variety of acts from singing and dancing to horseback riding! We like to thank all the volunteers that make this one of the great traditions at Hoosic Valley.
This year emcees were Chris Smith, Jay Derocher and Walt. Our performers were Jillian Johnson, Kayla Carknard, Delaney Baker Mikayla Dickinson & Brianna Rohloff, Jennifer Acker, Melanie Natter, Cailin Miller, Jenna Capasso, Jonathan Wilson, Mikayla Burdick, Kylin Hemmings, Jeneca & Reilly Reiser, Katelyn & Destiny Chamberlain, Sofie Roy & Katelyn Turriglio, Sarah Sheldon & Samantha Smith, Eva Robert & Amanda Salisbury, Braden Jarosz, Julia, Emma, & Jacquelyn Carlo & Kat, Maria, Thomas & Megan Rice, Amanda Tilley, Devon Bieg & Briana Gifford, Morgan Pailley, Katie Rose, Clare Madigan, Carrie Burnell, Kyle Norton & Greg Wolosen, Sydney Valcik, Casey Roberts & Emily Bowman, Kaylynn Ryan & Emily Turriglio, Logan Seymour, Taylor Hansen & Paige Spiess
October 19, 2015 – Broadway Juniors supports our elementary play that takes place at the end of the school year. Students in grades 3-6 work with Mrs. LaCourse, Mrs. Delano, Mrs. Marks and an incredible group of parent volunteers to put on a first rate performance. This year's show is the Wizard of Oz!
There will be an organization meeting on Thursday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary School Library. All are welcome!
Parent Portal Reminder
October 19, 2015 - The High School first marking period just ended, therefore, the eSchool Portal will now default to the second marking period. You can still view the prior marking period gradebook, just selected Marking Period 1 from the drop down box under Gradebook Assignments. Report cards will be sent home with students on Friday.
Going to States......again!
October 15, 2015 - Congratulations to Matt Espey on making the Section 2 New York State golf team. Matt will be playing in the State Championship in Cornell on Saturday, June 4th, 5th, and 6th. On Tuesday Matt shot a 77 and on Thursday Matt shot a 78 at Orchard Creek Golf Course finishing in 6th place out of 54 golfers. This will be Matt's fourth trip to state playoffs in three different sports. Great job!
October 14, 2015 - Student Council will hold it's fall Blood Drive on Tuesday, October 20th from 8:00 am till 1:30 pm. See a Student Council Representative to schedule an appointment.
Career Expo 2015
October 13, 2015 - Questar III and Troy City School will be hosting an interactive and innovative exploration of careers for students interested in improving the world through Science and Technology. The Expo will be held on Thursday, October 22 from 4:30 - 7:30. They will have panel discussions on Careers in Technology and Healthcare. Click here for the schedule and more info.
Power of Pink
October 13, 2015 - Congratulations to the Varsity Volleyball Team for taking 1st place in their bracket at the Power of Pink Tournament in Queensbury, on Saturday October, 10th. Prior to attending the tournament the Varsity Volleyball Team, with the help of the JV and Modified teams, were able to raise approximately $700 to bring to the tournament as a donation to the American Cancer Society. The Power of Pink Tournament is the 2nd largest fund raiser in the area that benefits the American Cancer Society, compared to Relay for Life. There were 20 teams at the tournament raising a grand total of over $40,000. Thank you to all who donated to a great cause!
October 13, 2015 - Our National Junior Honor Society members took part of the Breast Cancer Walk held in Mechanicville.
S.A. Bodeen to Visit
October 7, 2015 - Author S.A. Bodeen will join our 8th graders on Monday, October 19th. Ms. Bodeen is a popular young adult author, her latest release is Lost: Book Two of The Shipwreck Island Series and she has another new release, THE DETOUR, due out this month. Click here for more information about our latest visiting author.
WGNA High School Hunger Games
October 2, 2015 - Attention students 7-12, WGNA is holding a contest and the participating school with the most donated food items wins a party at FLIGHT TRAMPOLINE PARK. Just bring your non-perishable food items to the main office and we are in the games.
The goal for Digital Citizenship Week is to educate students and parents about social media and the issues that can arise with its use. As part of our plan, we will guide our students on how to navigate social media outlets in the safest ways possible. The lessons we hope to impart on our students are:
How to establish a digital footprint online you can be proud of
Treating others with respect using social media
Protecting yourself online from predators
For parents and community members we will host a social media workshop Thursday, September 24th at 7:00PM in the high school LGIA. This workshop will inform parents of current websites and applications that are popular and how they are being used, discuss the signs of cyber bullying and myths and truths about the media and applications we are using.
September 28, 2015 - Attention Juniors and Seniors, Hoosic Valley will be administering the SAT Exams on Saturday, November 7th at the High School . Registration is due October 9th, all registration is done online at https://sat.collegeboard.org. Students registering after October 9th will incur additional fees.
Grief Services for Children and Teens
September 28, 2015 - The Community Hospice group will be starting their fall Wave Riders program in October. Click here for information.
September 22, 2015 - Clear your calendars - Hoosic Valley students will entertain us at the Annual Hoosic Valley's Got Talent show on Friday, October 16th, at 6:30!
Students that wish to tryout for the talent show should have their permission slips back by Friday, October 2nd. Auditions are scheduled for Tuesday, October 10th and Thursday October8th. Dress Rehearsal will be Tuesday, October 13 from 2:30 till 4. Permissions slips are available from Mrs. P, Miss Allen or Mrs. O'Donnell
PTO Meeting – President Needed
September 22, 2015 – PTO will be holding its first meeting of the school year on Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30 in the Elementary Library. PTO is looking for a new President and will not be able to operate without their top officer.
Here’s a recap of the programs PTO supports annually:
Arts –In- Education Program (Catskill Puppets, Basket Weaving, Pottery with John Visser, HS & EL author visits, Walk Through the Rain Forest with Paul Hurteau, Motoko and many more)
Field Trips K-12
Family Halloween Night & Family Bingo
Sr. Class Scholarships
HS Yearbook Advertising
DARE Graduation (ice cream party for graduates)
Teacher Appreciation Day
After Prom Party
Elementary Book Fairs
The Hoosic Valley community has been so fortunate over the years with all the great activities and support PTO has given to our district. PTO is run by parent volunteers and they have had some great ones! But now it’s time for a set of new volunteers to take over the leadership and continue all the good work PTO does.
Community Appreciation Award
September 21, 2015 - Hoosic Valley Elementary School was given the Community Appreciation Award at the 12th Annual Walk & 5K Run for Autism at Central Park in Schenectady. HVES students raised money last spring by donating their spare change. Mrs. Soden’s 3rd grade class raised the most of any class in the building and won a pizza party to celebrate last spring.
12th Annual Race/Walk for Autism Sunday, 9/20 - Central Park, Schenectady
September 18, 2015 - This Sunday the Autism Society will hold their annual Race/Walk to benefit autism families in the Greater Capital Region. The race starts at 9 am and the walk starts at 11.
Last April, during the Change for Autism fundraiser, our school raised close to six hundreds dollars by collecting change throughout the elementary school. This money helped support families and children affected by autism. The Autism Society would like to show their appreciation by presenting our district with a community service award at the Annual Walk. The award will be presented before the walk at about 10:45. Click here for race/walk registration info.
Please join us for the community award ceremony and support this event!
School Tax Information
Click Here for information on 2015-16 School Taxes.
Tax information is also now available online through the Info Tax Online Service. You can obtain a copy of your bill or check the status of a payment. Go to http://www.infotaxonline.com and scroll down to Hoosic Valley.
Elementary School Pictures
September 17, 2015 - Elementary school pictures are scheduled for next week, Wednesday and Thursday. The schedule is as follows:
Wednesday September 23: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Ms. Blanchard's class.
Thursday September 24: Pre-k, 4th, 5th, 6th and Ms. Lovell's class.
WANTED: Used Books! Donate your gently used books to the
Broadway Juniors Secondhand Book Sale!
Books for all ages accepted, but please, no magazines, textbooks, encyclopedias or badly damaged books. The book sale will be held at The Hoosic Valley Harvest Festival,
Saturday, September 26 from 12-4 p.m. at the Schaghticoke Town Hall.
All proceeds from the sale will benefit Broadway Juniors and the Hoosic Valley Elementary School Musical
A donation bin will be located in the Elementary School office and collection will run through Thursday, September 24.
New Staff for the 2015-2016 School Year
September 15, 2015 - Every year we have a few new faces throughout the district. While we are sad to say goodbye to those that retired, relocated or changed jobs over the summer, we are very proud of our newest employees and have great expectations for their success. Click here to meet our newest Teachers and Assistants.
Open House for both schools this week
Jr. Sr. High School - Wednesday - September 16 - 6:30 p.m. - The HS open house is an opportunity for parents/guardians to meet their child’s teachers, acquire information about the courses and hear suggestions how parents/guardians can help their child succeed throughout the school year.
Upon arriving to school, you can pick up your child’s schedule in their homeroom. Click here for more info
Elementary - Thursday - September 17 - 6:30 - The elementary will start the open house with a brief assembly in the auditorium. This will be followed by teacher presentations in classes. This is a great opportunity for parents to hear about their children’s school activities and experiences. Click here for more info
Welcome back from SED Commissioner Elia
September 10, 2015 - Click here for a welcome back message from State Ed Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.
EVERY KID IN A PARK Free Access to Federal Lands and Waters for 4th Graders and Their Guests
September 10, 2015 - As part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them, the Every Kid in a Park initiative allows fourth graders nationwide to go to www.everykidinapark.gov and obtain a pass for free entry for them and their families to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for an entire year starting September 1, 2015. Click here for more info.
Fall Driver's Ed
September 9, 2015 - Students interested in Driver Education for the Fall, please see Mr. Ryan in Room 211 to pick up an application form or click here. The deadline is Wednesday, September 30th.
The goal of this program is to equip students with the fundamental knowledge, correct operational habits, essential skills, and the proper attitude for survival on our highways. From successful completion of this program, students will be issued a Student Certificate of Completion (MV-285). This certificate will allow them to drive at night after they convert their class DJ license to a class D license, at age 17. The certificate also makes possible a reduction in the cost of insurance premium.
Votec Classes Begin Tuesday, September 8
September 3, 2015 - Votec classes will be held on Tuesday, September 8th. There will be busing available from the High School to the Votec Center. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the High School. The morning Votec bus will leave at 8:00 and the afternoon Votec bus will leave at 11:15. Contact Guidance with any questions.
Electronic Music Composition Winner
September 2, 2015 - Hunter Galvin, a Junior, has been selected as a winner of the annual New York State School Music Association's Electronic Music Composition Showcase. Only 10 compositions are selected for recognition! Hunter's piece, Bassline, is entirely composed on the computer and then features the vocals of Kayla Carknard, a senior at Hoosic Valley! Click here to access Hunter's Bassline.
The NYSSMA Electronic Music Composition Showcase is a program held each year at the NYSSMA Winter Conference featuring original electronic music compositions composed by New York State students. The showcase compositions are selected from a large pool of works submitted by students of all ages from NYSSMA participating schools. All submitted compositions are evaluated by a panel of adjudicators and the most outstanding are selected for performance at the showcase.
Schedules for students Grades 7-12
August 28, 2015 - High School draft schedules will be mailed out today along with a number of important forms that need to be completed and returned the first week of school. All students will receive an updated schedule in homeroom on the first day. Students that need to make any changes to that schedule should plan on doing so during their lunch period the first week of classes.
Hoosic Valley CSD’s Standard & Poor’s Rating Upgrade
August 24, 2015 - Standard & Poor’s Rating Service has upgraded Hoosic Valley Central School District’s credit rating to ‘AA-‘ from ‘A+’ with a stable outlook. The upgrade to ‘AA-‘ is a reflection of the district’s maintenance of strong finances through good financial management practices, very strong reserves, and moderate per capita debt. The credit rating upgrade is a result of conservative financial budgeting and planning by the Board of Education and district administration. The upgraded rating will allow the district when necessary to borrow funds at competitively low interest rates.
Hudson Valley DL Classes
August 24, 2015 - Hudson Valley DL Classes will begin the week of August 31 in Room 33 (Mrs. Pallozzi's Room).
Psychology - Mon/Wed/Fri from 9-9:50
Business Law - Tue/Wed/Fri from 10-10:50
Sociology - Mon/Wed/Fri from 12-12:50
These three classes follow the Hudson Valley academic calendar rather than our school calendar. Attendance is taken and student are expect to makeup any missed work.
Modified Boys soccer will start the first day of school - students will meet after school in the gym and then go to Chapko Field. Parents should pick their kids up at Chapko Field at 4:15.
Girls Modified Soccer first day of practice will be September 9th from 3:15-4:45. Parents should pick their child up at Chapko Field.
Modified Volleyball try-outs for 7th and 8th grade girls will be the first two days of school from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm in the Elementary Gym.
Modified football will start Wednesday 8/26. Practice will be from 6-8pm
Story Hour in the Garden
July 23, 2015 - Join the staff from Diver Library at the HVCS school garden Monday, July 27th at 11 a.m. for story hour. Children & their caregivers are invited to enjoy an hour of story time, garden exploration and learning about composting & recycling.The school garden is located beside the Hoosic Valley bus garage/business administration building, first driveway on the left upon entering the school campus. We hope to see you for a great story in the sunshine!!
Hudson Valley Distance Learning Classes
July 20, 2015 - Attention all students interested in taking any of the following Hudson Valley Distance Learning classes: General Psych, Business Law or Sociology. Letters were mailed home to students that were able to be scheduled into these classes. Students must fill out paperwork in the guidance office by August 4th if they intend to take the class in the fall. The guidance office is open M-F from 8:00 am till noon.
Letters were also sent to those student that were not able to get into the course. Theses three courses are available to take on-line rather than through ITV. This would allow the student to still take the class even thought it does not fit into their schedule at the ITV time slot. The cost would remain the same at $50/credit. Taking an on-line course has the benefits of allowing the student to complete the course work as their schedule permits. Students signing up for the online option should remember this is a College Level course and they must keep up with the reading and online assignments.
Football Parent Meeting
July 14, 2015 - On Monday, July 27th, from 6:30 – 7:00 pm, their will be a mandatory PARENT meeting for the modified, jv, and varsity football players.
Story Hour in the School Garden
July 10, 2015 - Join Diver Library staff at the school garden for story hour on Monday July 13th at 11:00 am. Children & their caregivers are invited to enjoy an hour of story time, a garden tour and a hands-on activity in the sunshine. The school garden is located beside the Hoosic Valley bus garage/business administration building, first driveway on the left upon entering the school campus. Please join us for some great summer reading!!
July 1, 2015 - Dr. Nightingale will at the High School on August 13th from 11:30 to 12:30 for physicals at no charge for any students needing one for either fall sports or the 2015-2016 school year. Please contact Mrs. Barton, HS Nurse, either by email (HSNurse@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us) or phone (753-4458 x2511) to get your child on the list for a physical.
Also, Mrs. Barton will be in the health office on August 12th and 13th only to process paperwork for blue cards. Please make sure to send in any paperwork (physicals, interval health history/athletic health history forms) before then if your child plans on participating in a fall sport. Remember: interval health history and athletic health history forms can be sent in no earlier than 30 days before the start of the sport. JV and Varsity fall sports start on August 17th, modified sports start on the first day of school. Forms may either be dropped off at the HS Main office or faxed to Mrs. Barton at 753-4151.
Community Movie Night
July 1, 2015 - The first Outdoor Movie Night sponsored by Hoosic Valley Community Partners will be Friday, July 10 at Schaghticoke Town Hall beginning at dusk. Big Hero 6 will be on the big screen. Admission is FREE - there will be snacks and drinks available for purchase at a nominal fee. Rain date is Friday, July 17.
July 1, 2015 - The School Garden has been planted & is growing beautifully with the help of our many student gardeners. With winter outstaying its welcome, students hurried to get seeds and seedlings into the rich soil of the raised beds. Mrs. Messier’s students have planted herbs, peas, onions, lettuce, potatoes and sweet potato ‘slips’. Late in the winter Mrs. Messier’s class began rooting sweet potatoes by sprouting a whole potato in a glass of water, and these sprouts, called slips when rooted, were later transplanted to the garden. The sweet potatoes, herbs and onions will be a great addition to the Thanksgiving dinner the students prepare in November. The students have also come up with some inventive ideas to combat the persistent wood chucks that also enjoy the garden. Radishes planted by Mrs. Tiernan’s students were a huge success and the first crop harvested from the garden this spring. Very colorful & spicy!
Mr. Dorman’s 7th Grade class started tomatoes plants in the classroom, studying germination, plant anatomy and classification, and growing requirements, then transplanted a great variety of tomato plants to the garden. The plants are already flowering and growing small tomatoes, possible blue-ribbon winners at the fair!
Ms. Lovell’s students have been loyal gardeners planting popcorn, carrots and pole beans, while keeping the beds weeded. This is their second year growing popcorn after a very successful crop last fall. In the past the students have also been very helpful by harvesting veggies for the cafeteria and the food pantries, taste testing new vegetables, and using garden vegetables to make delicious soup in the classroom.
Mrs. Pruiksma’s 3rd Grade class has once again planted a Three Sisters Garden with corn, squash and beans for enriching the 4th Grade’s study of Native American agriculture in the fall. What a nice addition to the school garden!
First Grade student’s in Mrs. Moss’s class enjoyed a couple of planting lessons, learning about different types of crops while planting beans, sunflowers and carrots in the garden, and peppers, tomatoes and marigolds in the classroom. The students also talked about root vegetables while harvesting radishes and tasting them in the classroom. Mrs. Moss will continue with some exciting projects in the upcoming school year…stay tuned!!
The garden will be tended over the summer by volunteers, with produce donated to the local food pantries and entered into the Schaghticoke Fair. Once school begins again the students will be back at work learning about how their food grows, trying new vegetables and enjoying the outdoor classroom in the school garden.