June 15, 2016 - The 7th grade student orientation will take place during school hours on the last day of school, Wednesday, June 22nd. Click here for more info.
There will also be an informal 7th grade orientation for both parents and children on Thursday, August 25that 9:00 AM. Students will receive their schedules, access their lockers, and see where their classrooms are. High school student council members will be on hand to help guide the 7th graders.
National Technical Honor Society
June 14, 2016 - Several Hoosic Valley students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society on June 1st. Congratulations to Hunter Gavin, Conor Patenaude, Chris Salvati, David Toma, and Jake Soucy. Click here for a complete program from the Rensselaer Educational Center Awards Night. Click here for photos downloaded from the Questar facebook page, visit their facebook page for a complete set of photos from the ceremony.
Jr. Sr. High Yearbooks
June 13, 2016 - There are still High School Yearbooks available - cost is $40. Please see Mrs. Pallozzi in room 33 to purchase one.
Jr. Sr. High Academic Awards
June 9, 2016 - Congratulations to all our academic award winners. We'd like to acknowledge our High Honor Seniors. This group of Seniors have had an average of 90+ for the last 30 marking periods: Justin Akin, Matthew Espey, Mackenzie Akin, Kate Kennelly, Nicholas Ames, Blaine Neary, Almy Bartis, Emily Norman, Colleen Beamish, Isaac Rezey, Alexander Carlo, Gabrielle Serafin, Autumn Childs, Kolbie Snyder, Katrina Dean, Danielle Stannard and Erin Dugrenier. Click here for a complete list of academic awards.
June 6, 2016 - The month of May has been BUSY for the music department! Fifty students from 5th grade through 12th grade marched in the Annual Memorial Day parade in Valley Falls. Trumpeters Luke Legace (12) and Patrick McLaughlin (10) played TAPS for the ceremony at both the Library (parade start) and the VFW (parade end). The band accompanied a community chorus singing America the Beautiful in a touching memorial to those we've lost who have served our country. During the parade, the band played the hymns of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force during the parade. At the closing ceremony, the instrumentalists played the National Anthem.
On Tuesday, May 31st, more than 100 students were recognized for their efforts this year at the 2nd Annual Performing Arts Awards. Students received awards for participating in All County, Area All State, All State, and ESYO, and performing at NYSSMA's solo and ensemble festival. The Showcase Awards recognize one or two individuals in Junior Band, Junior Chorus, Senior Band, and Senior Chorus who best represent the following awards: Most Improved, Above & Beyond, Rookie of the Year, Most Versatile, Best Spirit, Outstanding Service, and Outstanding Musicianship. Students were then recognized for their performances on stage or behind the scenes for the Hoosic Valley Repertory Theatre Company. Finally, Mrs. P and Ms. Allen presented their senior awards to the outstanding members of the senior class in music. For a full list of awards and winners, click here.
Look for our students performing at the following events: Baccalaureate & Graduation
Fall Sports Physicals
June 3, 2016 - Dr. Nightingale will be here THURSDAY, 6/9, for physicals. Take advantage of this great opportunity to get your physical before Fall sports begin in August. Sign up ahead with Mrs. Barton.
Section II All-Stars
May 28, 2016 - Cierra Casale and Camille Coyne were both named to the Section II All-Star team. Cierra also received the top honor for the Section being named player of the year. The team lost a heart-breaker in the sectional finals to defending state champions Ichabod Crane in a 13 inning pitching/bunting duel. Click for the details and photos.
May 26, 2016 - Congratulations to our newest National Junior Honor Society members.
Sixth Grade: Delaney Baker, Thomas Field, McKenna McLaren, Colin O’Brien, Thomas Rice & Katherine Rose
Seventh Grade: Oliver Eckler, Emily Jacques, Raylynn Roberts & Greg Thompson
May 26, 2016 - Eric Devine, young adult author of “fearless fiction", visited Hoosic Valley on May 6th. He presented to Ms. Lanoues’s ninth grade classes, and some of Mr. Driver’s seniors. He has written: Press Play, Dare Me, Tap Out, and This Side of Normal, all powerful, realistic reads.
Patricia McCormick visited with Mrs. LaBombard’s and Mrs. Risco’s tenth grade classes on May 9th. Patricia is a two-time National Book Award finalist and has written mostly histroical fiction: Sold, Never Fall Down, Cut, Purple Heart, and I Am Malala (co-authored). Having a journalistic background, Patricia is accustomed to going to parts of the world to get first-hand information on some difficult periods in our history.
May 25, 2016 - Click here to take a Walk Through the Rainforest with Paul Hurteau and our second graders.
Valley Falls – Pittstown Summer Program
May 25, 2016 - Registration for the Valley Falls – Pittstown Summer Program will be held on June 1st and 2nd from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Valley Falls Community Hall. Any child entering kindergarten through the age of 15 may participate. The program runs from June 27th until August 5th from 9-11 am. The first Swim Session begins July 11th, the second sessions begins July 25th.
To register by mail download forms or pick up forms at the Valley Falls Library.
***All participants must have immunization records.
*** Any questions, contact Mary McNeice at 753-6679
NYSSMA Weekend Recap
May 23, 2016 - About 40 students from Hoosic Valley participated in the NYSSMA Solo & Ensemble festival at Columbia High School. Ms. Allen, Mr. Boccio, Ms. Cosey, and Mrs. Paglialonga are so proud of the students who took the risk to work hard on a solo or chamber piece to play for expert judges and get a score. All students received at least a rating of Excellent (B-) or higher. Greg Wolosen was particularly impressive with his perfect score in both his instrumental and vocal performances.
May 24, 2016 - Both the baseball and softball teams will be playing for the Class B Sectional title this week. The boys play Coxsackie-Athens on Wednesday @ 4pm @ Joe Bruno Stadium. The girls will take on Ichabod Crane Friday @ Moreau Park @ 3pm. (time change)
May 23, 2016 - The National Junior Honor Society Induction on Tuesday will begin at 7:00 pm in the District Auditorium. New inductees should arrive by 6:45.
Spring Chorus Concert Grades 5-12
May 20, 2016 - Click here for photos from the spring chorus concert. Don't forget the 5th & 6th grade band concert will be on June 7th and the marching band will be perfroming in the Memorial Day Parade on Thursday, May 26th.
Mrs. Town Brings Science Alive @ Hoosic Valley
May 20, 2016 - This year’s Science Club (5th & 6th graders) studied aviation and ended the year with a trip to the Schenectady County Airport. Special thanks goes out to Mike Schadewald, air traffic controller, who showed the science club around the tower. It was a busy day for him so students got to hear his communications with planes taking off and landing. It was especially nice to get an almost bird’s eye view of the field and see the taxiway and runway markings. Next students went with Dave Bono, manager of Richmore Aviation, to see a small 4-seater training plane. He talked about flight school, ailerons, rudders, lift and so much more that students learned throughout the year of science club. A special treat was the view inside one of the hangers that holds a 14 passenger private jet owned by someone from NYC. It is huge and impressive! Their last stop was at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum where Kevin Millington and his helpers showed off the museum and airpark. Students got to climb into an F-5 fighter jet and also a UH-1 gunner helicopter, both used in the Viet Nam War. We thank all the people that made this such terrific fieldtrip! Click here for more photos
May 20, 2016 - Mrs. Town visited 4th Grade on Monday to share her chemical and physical changes experiment. Our students will make great scientist someday! Click here for more photos
May 18, 2016 - We'd like to thank the community for the overwhelming support. The 2016-2017 school budget along with the three proposition all were approved by voters. Also, congratulations to David Paul and Michael Reilly on their re-election to the Board of Education.
May 18, 2016 - The Elementary Learning Fair was as impressive and popular as ever. Great job students and parents on creating informative, creative and diverse presentations. Click here for photos
May 17, 2016 - All 6th grade parents are invited to a presentation on the 7th grade program on Tuesday, June 14th at 6:30 in the HS LGIA. This program is for parents only. The Student Council will provide an informal orientation for both parents and students on Thursday, August 25th at 9:00 a.m. Click here for more info.
Trills and Thrills Recap
May 17, 2016 - Despite the rain, there were smiles and cheers on Friday!! Trills & Thrills Music Mini Fest is a non-competitive, motivational, one-day music festivals for students which just happens to be held near Six Flags! Here's how our performers did:
Senior Band- Rating: Excellent
Good individual sound, work more on sounding as an ensemble
Well articulated, but need to work more on defining the difference between articulation styles
Work more on phrase shaping and a larger dynamic spectrum
Senior Chorus- Rating: Superior
Tone is very well matched, good individual sound production and rich ensemble sonority
Good clarity with diction, could improve on performing stronger, defined consonants, singing could be more passionate
Could use more breath support to improve the sound
Good intervallic accuracy, group listens very well
Sectional Seedings Announced
May 16, 2016 - The Section II committee met today to create the playoff brackets for this year's sectional titles. The girls softball team was seeded 4th and will play home against Holy Names at 4:30 on Wednesday, 5/18 . The boys baseball team was seeded 1st and will play home on Thursday, 5/19, at 4pm against Fonda.
May 16, 2016 - Now that the weather has gotten warmer, the Elementary School has resumed outside recess for the last 10 minutes of lunch. Click here for more info.
A Night of One Acts
May 16, 2016 - Hoosic Valley Rep Co had its second performance of the season with A Night of One Acts featuring two plays by Don Zolidis. The first play, "The Monologue Show" was directed by Ellie Carlson-McNally, a freshman at Hoosic Valley. Actors played disgruntled students in a theatre class who had to read and perform autobiographical monologues. The second play, "Nooses Off" was directed by Matt Rose, a sophomore at Hoosic Valley. The inspiration for this play came from Agatha Christie's popular novel, And Then There Were None, and Michael Frayn's play "Noises Off!" which is currently running on Broadway. Will Morris and Rory Morgan, both juniors, led an All-Star cast in this performance.
Students: Have you voted for next year's musical? Don't forget to do so, see Mrs Paglilonga or Miss Allen for the link, voting ends on May 31st.
Anatomy and Physiology Returns to Albany Med
May 16,2016 - Mr. Ryan's A&P students return to Albany Med but this time they focused on brains and spinal cords. They also toured the Histology Pathology and ED.
Class of 2017 Junior Prom
May 15, 2016 - Introducing the 2016 Prom Court:
2016 Prom Queen - Rosie Hren, King - Isaac Sanchez
Jr. Attendents: Frank Adams, Victoria Calhoun, Hunter Galvin, Ashley Madigan, Nick Martin, Daniella Requate, Bryce Stoddard and August Smith
Freshman Attendants: Matt Fusco & Carrie Burnell
Sophmore Attendants: Abe Sanchez & Julianna Bink
Senior Attendants: Dan Joslin & Mackenzie Akin
2015 Prom Queen- Kate Kennelly, King
- Tim Rossi
May 11, 2016 - There was a printing error on page two of the budget brochure that was mailed to district residents. The page contained 2015-2016 budget expenditure information when it should have contained the expenditure summary for the 2016-2017 school year. The electronic version posted to the district’s budget news webpage is correct. Click here for a copy or visit the budget news page.
Dr. Field's Visits 6th Grade
May 10, 2016 - Dr. Greg Field, General Surgeon at Samaritan and St. Mary's hospitals visited Mrs. McKernon's 6th grade classes on Friday, May 6th to discuss surgeries relating to the Digestive System. He discussed causes and symptoms relating to the appendix, gall bladder and ulcers. He showed the students videos of an appendix and gall bladder surgeries.
Save the Date
Family Fun Paint Night Monday, June 20th
May 10, 2016 - Join your Hoosic Valley friends for a fun night of painting and creativity all while raising money for the Zillah Herrington Literacy Program. Janelle Johnson will be our instructor as we try our hand at a literary tree design. Cost is $15 per artist and RSVP's are required (email Mrs. Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Come on out for one last fun night before heading off for the summer!
Tickets for the Prom will be on sale through Friday, May 6th for the price of $50 per person. Stop in at Mr. Spooner's before or after the school day with your ticket money. Cash or check made out to HVECF will be accepted.
After Prom Party
The Hoosic Valley Community Partners will once again be holding an After Prom Blow-out at the high school. Check-in is between 11:30 and midnight - party ends at 3:30. There's quite a list of prizes to be won - click here for all the details on what they are and how to win. After Prom is open to all Hoosic Valley students grades 9-12 (even if they did not attend the prom).
Permission slips are required and available in the main office or click here. New this year, anyone handing in their permission slip by Friday, May 6th will be in the first wave of door prizes (meaning you get to pick first from the doorprizes), permission slips handed in by next Friday, 5/13, will be in the second wave and those handed in at the door will be in the third wave. Don't worry we have plenty of good stuff to choose from but the earlier you hand your permission slip in the more choice you will have.
May 6, 2016 - Thanks to all our band students for putting on a great performance last night. Your hard work and dedication was apparent in your performance and smiles. We wish our senior band members all the best as they go north, south, east and west in their persuit of fame and fortune. Senior band members are: Cierra Casale, Sarah Carlson-McNally, Erin Dugrenier, Luke Legace, Colleen Beamish, Gabrielle Serafin, Nick Strock, and Almy Bartis. Don't miss our next spring performaces:
Thursday May 19th, 7pm - Chorus Concert Grades 5-12
Tuesday, June 7th, 7pm - Band Concert Grades 5 & 6
We tend to pack a lot of activities in the the last month and a half of school - keep an eye on the website for updates and additions.
SAT Exams at Hoosic Valley This Saturday
May 6, 2016 - The SAT Exams will be given this Saturday at the Hoosic Valley High School. Students should arrive at 7:45, the exam starts at 8:00. Students must have their admission ticket and a photo id, they will also need pencils and calculators. It is a long exam - short breaks will be provided between sessions. Students can bring drinks and snacks for breaks but must remain in the building. Cell phones are not permitted during the exams. Click here for more info on test day. Any questions should be directed to the guidance office.
May 6, 2016 - Our seventh graders took a trip over to Saratoga Battlefield this week as part of their American Revolution studies. Click here for more photos.
May 6, 2016 - On April 20th SADD attended the Youth Summit Meeting at Troy HS where several schools were represented. Our SADD members have worked diligently this year to incorporate meaningful activities throughout the school year. Under the direction of Mr. Viggiano and Mr. Payne students presented some examples of what they've accomplished: Student Focus Interviews, SADD Newsletters, Prom Cards, Display Cases and hosting guest speakers. It was a terrific day!
May 6, 2016 - The Varsity Softball team celebrated Coach Bochette's 100th win the other night with their win over Greenwich. Both our Softball and Baseball teams are in the running for the league titles - if you haven't caught a game yet come on out. Thursday, 5/14, is the last regular season home game - come cheer them on as we say goodbye to our seniors.
May 3, 2016 - Make sure to set some time aside for the 2016 Art Show, it's June 5th from noon till 4 in the HS Gym. The Art Awards will be held on June 6th - 6pm in the HS Gym.
April Character Counts
May 3, 2016 - Just before spring break, our Elementary School took a Stand Against Racism as part of the focus on diversity, racism and tolerance at the April Character Counts Assemblies. Stand against Racism is a movement of the YWCA that aims to eliminate racism by raising awareness through this annual event. Our goal is to remind all of us that our country is made up of many different races, cultures and skin colors. These differences should be celebrated. Each of us is a unique individual and each of us should be treated with kindness and respect.
The March virtue of the month was Responsibility. Our teachers are working very hard to teach students to make good decisions about what they do and say. Students recognized for responsibility were Zane Briggs, Christian Jerome, Payge Simmons, Jimmy Johnson, Margaret Campbell, Breanna McDonald, Grace Thurber, Logan Seror, Braden Scofield, Jennifer Brayman, Reilly Reiser, Jillian Johnson, Riley Caiazza, McKenna Warrington, Zackary Miclette, Katie Rose, Colton Schram, Max DeLaMater, Andrew Rowinski, Elizabeth Powers, Reese Faden, Jude Jerome, Marissa Godsill, Tyler Lee, Kaden McAffrey, Keegan Antolick and LeeAnna Harris.
The April Virtue of the month was Tolerance. Learning to accept, respect and appreciate people who are different than you is important in today’s global society. Our students showing tolerance throughout April were Ameliah Franz, Adia Austin, Fiona Coffin, Madalynn Butler, Everett Wickham, Ryan Morrissey, Jordan Godsill, Andrew McLaren, Seth Mosley, NJ Farley, William Cottrell, Noah Maleady, Matthew Hayes, Cameron Field, Delaney Baker, Brooke Matala, John Merrifield, Gianna Cachioli, Annamay Masterson, Kayleigh Knickerbocker, Dillon Speanburg, Ethan Meeks, Andrew Roberts, Tyler Beaudoin, Lindsey Serritella, Kiera Rasmussen, Nathan Hayes and David Nitto.
Summer Counselors Needed
May 3, 2016 - The Valley Falls – Pittstown Youth Commission is looking for Counselors for their 2016 Summer Program. Applications are available at the Hoosic Valley High School Office, the Valley Falls Library and the Pittstown Town Hall. All applications must be mailed no later than May 16. If you have any questions, please contact Mary McNeice at 753-6679.
Concert Schedule Update
May 3, 2016 - We've had to make some last minute adjustments to our band concert schedule, sorry for the confusion.
Thursday May 5th, 7 pm- Band Concert Grades 7-12
Thursday May 19th, 7pm - Chorus Concert Grades 5-12
Tuesday, June 7th, 7pm - Band Concert Grades 5 & 6
Ninth Annual Boy’s Basketball Skills Camp
May 3, 2016 - Coach Dorman will be holding the Boy's Basketball Skills Camp the last week in June. Sign up by May 25th to avoid the late registration fee. Click here for all the details.
Baseball Summer Camp
May 3, 2016 - Coach Brooks will be holding baseball camp August 2nd thru the 5th. June 23rd is the registration deadline. Click here for all the details.
Attention 4th Grade Parents
May 3, 2016 - Is your 4th Grader interested in joining Elementary Band next year? If so, come out to the informational meeting on Thursday, May 5th at 5:30 in the Elementary Library to learn more about the program! Contact Kristina Allen (email) or Alex Boccio (email) with questions or if you can’t attend?
1st Grade Tackles Persuasive Writing
April 27, 2016 - Miss Dennis and Mrs. Foley's 1st grade class has been studying opinion writing during their Writer's Workshop. Each student in the class wrote a book review about their favorite book. The children's goal was to come up with strong enough reasons to persuade someone to take the book out of the library. As a culminating activity, the children watched book reviews from the television series, "Reading Rainbow". Seeing children their own age on the show reading book reviews like the ones that they wrote got the class inspired to try it out for themselves! In the process, the children also learned about being a fluent reader and strong speaker. Click on the links below to see our own first grade "Reading Rainbow":
Hopefully, you will be persuaded to go to the library and read some of the book the students recommended! Miss Dennis and Mrs. Foley are so proud of the students that participated. Great job, first graders!
April 26, 2016 - On April 21st members of the senior class fulfilled some of their service hours by sprucing up the neighborhood. You could see our seniors working at the Village of Schaghticoke, The Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, High School Courtyard and the Elmwood Cemetery. Thanks guys for helping out.
April 20, 2016 - The National Honor Society hosted a reception today for fellow honor society member William Morris. Will has been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program for his academic achievements at Hoosic Valley. Congratulations to Will and good luck with the rest of the scholarship process.
Schaghticoke Summer Camp
April 20, 2016 - The Schaghticoke Youth Commission will once again be holding it's summer camp from July 5th thru August 4th. Registration is required and must be done on either May 12th or May 19th. Click here for all the details and registration requirements.
April 19, 2016 -This Thursday, April 21st, from 5-9pm @ the Recovery Room Sports Grill on Hoosick St in Troy, there will be a fundraiser supporting our up and coming football team. Looking forward to seeing a lot of family and friends there! Click on this link for the coupon to be presented to your server. (coupoun is required)
Writing Olympics - Authors Night - Book Fair
April 19, 2016 - Wednesday night the Elementary School will be celebrating all our young Authors that took part in this year's Writing Olympics. The celebration begins in the auditorium at 6:30. Also, the PTO will be holding it's spring Buy One, Get One Free book fair. This is a great time to stock up your home library for summer reading. The bookfair is open from 6 till 8:30 in the elementary library.
16 Handles Fundraiser
April 18, 2016 - Broadway Juniors will be holding a fundraiser at 16 Handles in Clifton Park on Wednesday, April 27th. Click here for more info.
April 18, 2016 - The Pittstown Area Food Pantry received it's largest donation every on April 13. Our Elementary Student Council held it's spring food drive and collected a wide assortment of food, cosmetics and paper products. We'd like to thank our community once again for their overwhelming generosity.
College Fair - Wednesday 4/20
April 15, 2016 - Hoosic Valley will hold it's annual college fair on Wednesday, April 20th. It will be in the HS Gym from 6:30 till 8:00. This is a great time for Sophomores and Juniors to begin their college search. Students should stop by guidance if they have any questions.
Learning Financial Responsibility
April 12, 2016 - Our second graders get a lesson in financial responsibility from the Scotia Glenville Traveling Museum through the use of Moon Jars. The Moon Jar is a visual tool that helps children to understand how to use and think about money. The objective is to help children learn three basic principles of money management: saving, spending and sharing. Topics covered include wants versus needs, cost of goods, and adding money. Click here for more info on this program.
Jr. Prom Ticket Sales
April 8, 2016 - Tickets for the Prom will be on sale from Monday, April 11th through Friday, May 6th for the price of $50 per person. Stop in at Mr. Spooner's before or after the school day with your ticket money. Cash or check made out to HVECF will be accepted.
The Prom is Saturday, May 14th at Franklin Terrace in Troy from 7-11. Guest forms are available from Mrs. Lewis in the Main Office and are due by Friday, April 29th.
SAT Registration – Due Today
Reminder, April 8, 2016 - The SAT Exam will be given at Hoosic Valley in May, registration for the exam is done online at the College Board Website. The deadline for registration is April 8th, additional fees will be added after the 8th. The SAT Exam has undergone changes that are more reflective of today’s college expectations. The essay is now optional, it is an added cost and is not something that colleges are currently requiring. Students should speak to their guidance counselor if they have questions on the new optional essay. Click here for more information on the change in format.
An SAT Prep class is being offered at Stillwater beginning April 12. There will be six review sessions and the cost is $160. Stop by Guidance for more information on the SAT Prep Class.
Jr. Sr. Chorus Performs with Ethan Bortnick
April 6, 2016 - Members from the Jr. Sr. Chorus joined 15-year-old Singing, Songwriting and Performing Sensation Ethan Bortnick at Proctors for a special April 1st performance. Hoosic Valley was lucky to be selected as the school choral group for the Schenectady performance. During the show, Ethan performed several hit songs and for the finale, members of the Jr. Sr. Chorus performed “Lean on Me” and “We Are the World” with Ethan! It was an amazing experience for our student musicians! Click here for more photos (Thanks to Mrs. Read for the pics)
McGreevy's Chicken BBQ
April 6, 2016 - The Class of 2018 is holding the first Chicken BBQ of the spring - make sure to get your orders in by April 21st. Click here for the order form.
Morning Drop Off – Safety First
April 6, 2016 - We’re not sure if it’s spring fever or the winter blues but concerns have been raised regarding the morning drop-off rush. Please follow our drop off guidelines – your shortcut may save you a few seconds but they are disrupting the flow of traffic and causing safety concerns for both students and staff.
We have a designated route for student drop offs 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. Do not use the faculty parking lot to drop off students.
High School students should be dropped off in the front loop off Route 67. Do not stop in the road between the buildings to drop off students. This interrupts the flow of traffic and at peak times creates a backup onto route 67 and gridlock with the buses.
Thank you for your help with this matter. Remember student safety is always our first concern.
Jeff Carrozza and Todd Cox at the Section 2 Senior Bowl this past November.
April 4, 2016 - We have two seniors that plan to continue their football careers in college. Jeff Carrozza was Class D North Division Player of the Year and was 3rd Team All State this past season. Jeff will be continuing his football career at Morrisville State College in the fall. Todd Cox, was a 2nd team Class C All Star defensive tackle. Todd will be continuing his football career at Buffalo State. Both student athletes were instrumental in leading Hoosic Valley to their first Super Bowl title game. Coach Porcelli would like to wish them well as they embark on their college football careers and thank them for all of their hard work , perseverance, and leadership.
April 4, 2016 - Members of the senior class are required to participate in 10 hours of community service as part of their Government Class. We are going to provide them the opportunity to perform 5 of those hours on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 8:00 ‐ 1:00, followed by a picnic at the Schaghticoke Fair Grounds. Click here for more info and the registration form.
There will be a Senior Class Trip to the Great Escape. Permission slips are due April 15! Click here for more info and the permission form.
State Odyssey of the Mind Winners
April 4, 2016 - We would like to congratulate our two Division III Odyssey of the Mind Teams that competed in the New York State Tournament this past weekend at Binghamton University. Both teams should be recognized and commended for the many hours of preparation, dedication and teamwork over the past 6 months.
Problem #1- No Cycle Recycle- Division III
Members: Taylor and Savannah Champagne, Julia Carlo, Emily O’Brien, Katherine Rice, and Madison Jones -
Coach: Margaret Rice .
This team placed 8th in their problem for all of New York State. All members of this team have been to the State Competition multiple times, something to be very proud of.
Problem #2- Something Fishy- Division III
Members: Alexandra Rifenburg, Marlee Peterson, Zoe Neary, Jessica Espey, Renee Serafin, Maria Rice and Eloise Carlson-McNally -
Coaches: Margaret Rice and Nicole Neary.
Most of this team has been competing together in the Odyssey Tournament since 2nd grade. They have all put in countless hours of hard work and dedication. This is the FIRST EVER Hoosic Valley team to place in the State Tournament. They earned 3rd place in New York State for their fishy solution.
This challenge was to design and operate a technical solution that simulates multiple styles of fishing. A Fisher Character will work from a designated area to "catch" three different objects that are outside of that area. The catch will be on the move and will include something expected, something unexpected, and a new discovery. The performance will also include a change of weather and a humorous character that portrays a potential catch and avoids being caught by the Fisher. Click here and you be the judge - see of our team solved Something Fishy.
We are very proud of both teams and thankful to all the volunteer coaches that promote the Odyssey of the Mind Program.
March 30, 2016 - HV Alumni Kyle Pallozzi returned to 3rd grade today but this time as the teacher. Kyle, a 2010 graduate, is finishing up his masters focused on meteorology at UAlbany. Kyle talked to our third graders about clouds, storms and all the components that go into forecasting the weather. Click here for more photos.
The Hyde Collection
March 30, 2016 - A group of high school art students visited The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls. They had the opportunity to view paintings by Rockwell, Picasso, Renoir, Eakins, Crockwell, and Childs just to name a few. Sixty photograph's from the 60's which is a selection from the George Eastman Museum featuring Mary Ellen Mark, Garry Winogrand, Harry Callahan and others. They also had the chance to tour the beautiful historic Hyde house which is full of collectibles and loaded with art. Click here for more information on the Hyde Collection.
March 29, 2016 - SUNY Albany's School of Public Health Student Poster Day is April 22 from 10-1:30 at the SUNYA east campus in Rensselaer. This is an great opportunity for any students interested in learning more about a career in public health. Click here for more info.
March 29, 2016 - The gym was a sea of pink as our Music Department wrapped up Music in our School Month with their 5-12 Pops Concert. Click here for photos
NYSSMA Music in Our Schools Month
March 29, 2016 - Our students performed at the Empire State Plaza as part of the NYSSMA Music in our Schools Month. Performances were by our 6th grade band, 7th-8th grade band and 7th-8th grade chorus. Click here for more pictures
New York State Testing Grades 3-8
Reminder, NYS ELA testing will begin next week. Changes have been made to the assessment based on parent and teacher feedback. While we respect the wishes of parents who request their child not take the state assessments, we believe participation helps us to assess and improve our instructional programs. It is against our recommendation but if parents wish to opt out of the NYS assessments, they should send a letter in writing to their child’s classroom teacher, please don't wait till the day of the exam to send in the request. Click here for more information from Mrs. Goodell on changes to the test and student participation.
HS Dismissed Early Wednesday
Update: Repairs have been completed, we will have school on Thursday.
March 30, 2016 - The High School building (Grades 7-12) will be dismissed at 1:20 on Wednesday, 3/30. The Elementary School will dismiss at 2:20 as regularly scheduled. There will be no late buses today for all students, K-12.
There is a water drainage issue in one wing of the High School that is causing certain classrooms to be unavailable. Repairs are being made at this time, we expect to return to our regular schedule tomorrow.
Update: Only Varsity Softball and Baseball will be holding practice today, 2:30 @ Chapko.
Calendar Updates Approved by the BOE
March 28, 2016 - The extremely mild winter has left us with some unused snow days. Provided no additional emergencies or unplanned school closings are required, school will be closed on the following Fridays - April 22, May 20, and May 27.
March 28, 2016 - The Easter Bunny and all his helpers did a great job with the Breakfast and Egg Hunt on Saturday. Click here for photos (thanks to the Hallam's for sharing their pics!)
Run by Dogs
March 28, 2016 - Instead of visiting the North Pole our third graders finished up their Iditarod Unit with a visit from a local musher and her lead dogs. Students got to learn about the equipment used while racing and even had a chance to try being a musher or a sled dog! Click here for more photos
March 21, 2016 - How do you find the words to describe how incredible this year's musical was? The set, the costumes, the sound, and of course the talented performers all came together to put on a marvelous show. Click here for photos.
Class of 2016 Top Scholars Announced
March 18, 2016 - The Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2016 at the High School have been announced by Mr. Apostol.
The Valedictorian is Isaac Rezey, son of Sarah Rezey and Barrett Thibeau of Schaghticoke. Isaac has consistently challenged himself with academics and has won many awards, including the RPI Medal, AP Scholar, and Alfred University, RIT, and Clarkson University presidential scholarships.
Isaac is active in the National Honor Society, participates in Varsity Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor track, was a representative at American Legion Boys State, and enjoys snowboarding and game design. In addition he assists fellow students by tutoring them in math. Isaac plans to major in engineering.
The Salutatorian is Mackenzie L. Akin, daughter of Joyce and Todd Akin of Johnsonville.
Mackenzie is a member of the Varsity Soccer team, Treasurer for the National Honor Society as well as for the senior class, and is an editor for the Yearbook. She has been on the High Honor roll for her entire career at Hoosic Valley and has won academic awards for Spanish, English and mathematics; the Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony Humanities and Social Sciences award, and scholar athlete awards.
Mackenzie plans to attend SUNY Cortland and major in English with a minor in Professional Writing. She would like to eventually work for a publishing company as an editor and write books of her own.
HVTA Dodgeball Ends in a Tie
March 18, 2016 - Thanks to everyone that attended and participated in the HVTA Dodgeball Fundraiser. Proceeds go to the senior scholarships given out at graduation. It's great to have such a fun way to help our college bound students. Click here for photos.
POPS Concert Moved to 3/29
March - 17, 2016 - The Hoosic Valley’s Pops Concert has been moved from Thursday, March 24th to the following Tuesday, March 29th. The time and place will remain the same.
The concert will start at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 29th in the High School Gym.
March 16, 2016 - The SAT Exam will be given at Hoosic Valley in May, registration for the exam is done online at the College Board Website. The deadline for registration is April 8th, additional fees will be added after the 8th. The SAT Exam has undergone changes that are more reflective of today’s college expectations. The essay is now optional, it is an added cost and is not something that colleges are currently requiring. Students should speak to their guidance counselor if they have questions on the new optional essay. Click here for more information on the change in format.
An SAT Prep class is being offered at Hoosic Valley beginning April 12. There will be six review sessions and the cost is $160. Stop by Guidance for more information on the SAT Prep Class.
Pre-Kindergarten Registration Sign up between March 1 – May 13
Please call Amy Vautrin at 753-4458 ext. 3507 or email email@example.com to register for the Pre-K lottery. The lottery drawing will be held June 1, 2016. Parents will be notified via email.
Screen Free Week - March 21
March 15, 2016 - Screen-Free Week is an annual celebration when schools, families, and community groups pledge to spend the week without digital entertainment. Instead of watching TV, surfing the web, or playing video games, they read, play, think, create, get physically active, and spend more time with friends and family. We planned a few activties at the Elementary School to help families avoid the temptations of the screen:
March 14, 2016 - Skills assessment for Pony, Minor, and Major league baseball will be on Saturday, March 19th in the High School Gymnasium. Skills assessment will enable coaches to draft teams with comparable skill level. Please try to attend.
HV Football Club’s Annual Basketball Tournament
March 14, 2016 - Please join the HV Football Club for their Annual Basketball Tournament on April 2nd, at 5:00 in the HS gym. This year's fundraiser will be donated to the McGreevy-Quackenbush family to help with medical expenses. You can also help in the following ways:
March 9, 2016 - There will be a meeting Tuesday, March 15th in the high school cafeteria at 6:30 pm to discuss upgrades to the high school courtyard. The goals will be to:
make the space easier to maintain for the custodial staff
making it more aesthetically appealing
facilitate student use during the day and during the after prom activities.
Students, parents, staff and other community members are welcome to attend. Once a general plan has been decided, a weekend date in April will be selected to complete the work with volunteers.
Sixth Annual After Prom Party Sponsored by Hoosic Valley Community Partners
March 9, 2016 - Historically, the timeframe between prom season and graduation sees a dramatic increase in student incidents. Did you know that on a typical prom weekend, nationwide 48 teenagers are killed in vehicles, 5,202 are injured and 40% of the deaths are alcohol related. With this in mind, the HV Community Partners saw the need to offer our students a safe, fun alternative for after prom.
The Hoosic Valley After Prom has had great success but is at a crossroads. As students have graduated, the organizing committee has gotten smaller and smaller. It’s time to put out the call for re-enforcements so our students can continue to have this fun filled night.
Collecting donations, many hands make for light work.
Chairperson for the Courtyard/Lounge (setup and manage)
Chairperson for the Tie Dye Room (setup and manage)
While planning and working the After Prom Party is time consuming, it is also very rewarding. Please consider joining the Community Partners at their next planning meeting on Monday, March 21 at 7:00 in HS Room 33. If you can’t make the meeting but are interested in helping contact Trish Pallozzi @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 9, 2016 - Hoosic Valley was well represented at this week’s Exceptional Senior Game between the Wasaren and Patron Basketball Leagues. Both Wasaren League teams won by ten or more. Our exceptional seniors and Wasaren League All-Stars were Kate Kennelly, first team, Danielle Stannard, second team, Gabby Serafin, honorable mention and Matt Espey, second team. Congratulations to Kate, Danielle, Gabby, Matt and all our senior winter athletes on a great season. Your fans have enjoyed watching you over the years!
Putting the Environment First
March 8, 2016 - First and Fourth grade invited some special speakers in today related to their study of habitats and ecosystems. Our first graders were visited by environmental educators from the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center. Our students learned about the Karner Blue’s habitat and their sole dependence on the wild blue lupine. Students started wild blue lupine seeds that they will transplant in the Pine Bush when they visit in April.
Trish Marki, an Owler from the Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York, brought some of her friends to Hoosic Valley for our fourth graders to see. The goal of Silent Wings Educational Program is to increase environmental awareness by an up close view of some of the most exotic species of animals indigenous to our ecosystem...particularly, raptors or "birds of prey". Our students are always fascinated to see and learn about these incredible animals.
March 8, 2016 - Captain Von Trapp and the Baroness would like to personally invite you to next week's performance of the Sound of Music. The crew has been hard at work perfecting the set, sound, lighting and costumes as the cast continues to practice their lines and choreography. Performances are March 18-20, don't forget to get your tickets! Click here for more photos
March 8, 2016 - Congratulations to Kate Kennelly, Matt Espey and Jeffrey Carrozza on their recent Scholar Athlete Awards. Kate and Matt represented Hoosic Valley and the Wasaren League at the Section II Scholar Basketball Athlete Banquets held this past weekend. Jeffrey represented Hoosic Valley High School at the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Awards on March 7th. Great job by our senior scholar athletes, your commitment to excellence, dedication and focus has led to success both in the classroom and the game.
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Saturday, March 26th
March 7, 2016 - The Hoosic Valley powerlifting team took home first place at the Section 2 Football Liftoff competition on Saturday, March 5th. The Hoosic Valley team totaled exactly 6,000lbs! Hoosic Valley brought 45 lifters ranging in grades 7-12. Congratulations to all who participated!
Jeffrey Carrozza was awarded the silver medal highlighted by his 500 lb deadlift. Nick Napoli also deadlifted 500 lbs while Andrew Turriglio won the gold medal with a 500 lb squat! Other medal winners were: Frank Adams, Nick Broderick-MIller, Jylen Burden, Branden Haughney, Tom Madigan, Mike Schoonmaker, William Scofield and Blake Wiegert.
March 7, 2016 - There will be an informational meeting on Tuesday, March 8 at 6pm in the LGIA for students and parents involved in our geometry transitions.
March 4, 2016 - Our fourth graders have had a very busy week. At the beginning of the week they were reconstructing skeletons from their owl pellets and at the end of the week they all made baskets with visiting artist Bliss McIntosh.
March 4, 2016 - Our Rensselaer County 4-H Office is working with Kaplan to offer a FREE Practice ACT Test to all area students on Saturday, March 26th. It is available to both 4-Hers and non-members. Click here for more info.
Senior T's back on Sale
March 3, 2016 - Attention Seniors, here's your second chance to order your Senior T's and sweats. Orders must be in by March 17 - don't wait, send in today!
March 2, 2016 - Pursuant to State Law and School Board Policy of Hoosic Valley Central School, all requests for transportation to non public schools must be submitted to the Board of Education no later than April 1, 2016. Families that move into the district after April 1 must file a request within 30 days after establishing residency. No requests will be granted for Kindergarten children unless they are five (5) years of age as of December 1, 2016.
To be eligible for transportation, the distance from the resident’s driveway to the non- public school drive must not be more than 15 miles, or, if there is current transportation to the selected non public school, that non public school must be within 15 miles of a central pick up point (Hoosic Valley High School). Parents will bear all responsibility for transporting children to and from the central pick-up point.
March 1, 2016 - It's time for the annual Teachers Dodgeball Tournament - Thursday, March 17, 7pm in the HS Gym. Along with the teachers battling it out on the court, the concession stand will be open and a variety of raffles will be available. Admission is $3/student, $5/adult. All proceeds go to the HVTA Scholarship Fund. Come and root for your favorite teacher!
March 1, 2016 - Congratulations to Cami Hren (second from left) on her selection to the Section 2 Class B All-Star Team.
Odyssey of the Mind
Update: Our two High School teams won their division. They will travel to SUNY Binghamton on April 4th to compete at the state tournament. Click here for all the results
February 26, 2016 - The Hoosic Valley Odyssey of the Mind Teams will be competing at this weekend regional competition at Coxsacki-Athens. The Odyssey of the Mind competition is designed to give students an opportunity to develop creative problem solving and team building skills. Teams compete first at the regional level with the winning teams advancing to state and then world competitions. Good luck to all our students and thanks to our coaches for their time and commitment to this program.
Elementary: Dem Neary, Jillian Johnson, Jenna Peterson, Brett Pruso, Sydney Valcik, Katelynn Turriglio and Jaquelyn Carlos. Coached by Tina Turriglio and Nicole Peterson, solving problem 5: Furs, Fins, Feathers & Friends
Elementary: Megan Rice, Thomas Rice, Brook Matala, Katherine Rose, Colin O’Brien, Lillian Czub and Evelyn Bunk. Coached by Margaret Rice and Jennifer O’Brien, solving problem 2: Something Fishy.
7/8 Team: Ben Thompson, Sarah Corey, Emily Durkee, Emma Carlo, Emily Turriglio, Sam Salvati and Greg Thompson. Coached by Tina Turriglio and Lisa Bruns, solving problem 5: Furs, Fins, Feathers & Friends.
HS: Maria Rice, Zoe Neary, Eloise Carlson-McNally, Jessica Espey, Renee Serafin, Alexandra Rifenburg, Marlee Peterson. Coached by Maraget Rice and Nicole Neary, solving problem 2: Something Fishy.
HS: Katherine Rice, Julia Carlo, Emily O’Brien, Savannah Champagne, Taylor Champagne and Madison Jones. Coached by Margaret Rice and Reena Jones, solving problem 1: No-Cycle Recycle.
Click here to learn more about this year's problems our groups will be solving and the OotM Competition.
The Alps in the Valley
February 26, 2016 - Hoosic Valley art students and community volunteers have been busily transforming the auditorium into the Austrian Alps in preparation for this year's High School Musical - The Sound of Music. Click here to see set construction photos. Performances are March 18-20, don't forget to get your tickets!
6th Grade Blast Off!
February 26, 2016 -
In Mrs. McKernon’s 6th grade class it is a hard as Rocket Science! Her students took on the challenge of building a rocket that could fly and land in a targeted area (in this case the cycle in the gym floor!). Students built their rockets from construction paper, the launcher consisted of PVC piping and an empty soda bottle and the fuel was student powered! Students have a great time working together to solve the challenge through trial and error. Click here for more photos
February 24, 2016 - We have begun to use Google Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education in our classrooms. Mrs. Soden 3rd graders use the new google chromebooks to research their arctic animals. Mrs. Bochette's 5th grade is using the chromebooks and Google Classroom to create writing assignments and turn them in electronically. Right now we only have one cart in each building but through the smart schools funding we will be adding more technology in the classrooms over the next few years.
Sound of Music Tickets on Sale
February 24, 2016 - Ticket sales have started for this year's high school Musical, Sound of Music. Show dates are March 18th, 19th and 20th. Click here for all the ticket ordering details and options.
Yoga in the High school
February 23, 2016 - Jilly Sansone our Occupational Therapist joined forces with Kelly Rogers, HS Girls PE Teacher, and brought the Kripalu Yoga in the Schools (KYIS) program to our HS girl’s gym classes before the winter break. Ms. Sansone (RYT 200), a certified Yoga teacher, introduced students to breathing exercises, yoga poses and relaxation. Our students were very enthusiastic to try something new. Special thanks to the PTO for providing the yoga mats and Mrs. Fillipone for providing a relaxing environment.
Indoor Track Sectionals
February 21, 2016 - Here's just a few of the patches our Indoor Track team won on Saturday at Sectionals.
Update February 21, 2016 - The Girls beat Tamarac 59-46 advancing to the sectional semifinals at Averill Park on Wednesday at 6 pm. They play Glens Falls. Click here for photos
February 18, 2016 - The Girls defeated Catskill 61-27 to advance to the next round of sectionals. They will play Tamarac at Glens Falls High School on Saturday at 6 pm. We won one and lost one to Tamarac in the regular season. It's bound to be a good game, come on out and cheer the girls on. Click here for more photos
The Boys lost out on their bid to upset the number three seed Broadalbin-Perth on Tuesday night. The boys played hard and gave BP a bit of a scare, it's a tough loss to end a season. Click here for photos
Boys Advance to Next Round
February 13, 2016 - The boys advanced to the next round of sectionals with their 60-57 win over Cario-Durham. The boys will travel to Broadalbin-Perth on Tuesday, 2/16, for their next game. Tip off is at 7 pm. Click here for photos.
February Character Counts
February 12, 2016 - The Elementary School held their February character counts assembly today. The focus was on the virtues of the month for January and February. January's virtue was integrity - doing the right thing, even when no one is watching. February's celebrates friendship - how to be a good friend; as different as we all are, there's always common ground to build a friendship on.
February 12, 2016 - Thanks to efforts from our S.A.D.D. students and advisors Mr, Viggiano and Mr. Payne, students in grades 10-12 were paid a visit by Jacy Good and Steve Johnson, nationally renowned speakers on distracted driving. In an instant Jacy went from a magna cum laude grad ready to take on the world to a critically injured patient with a 10% chance of survival. It's hard to believe a cell phone could cause the death of her parents and traumatic injuries that still challenge her today.
Jacy was known as person of action before her accident and luckily that has not changed. Jacy and Steve travel throughout the U.S. speaking to students in high schools and colleges on the dangers of distracted driving. It’s a message we 've heard and we know and yet it still happens. Hopefully Jacy and Steve’s first-hand account will click with our students and they will hang up when they drive.
February 12, 2016 - Children who will be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2016 are eligible to enter kindergarten this fall (birth date prior to 12/1/2011). All incoming students must be screened, by appointment.
Kindergarten Screening will take place on May 10th and 11th, a registration packet with appointment details will be mailed out next week. Please contact Amy Vautrin at 753-4458 x3507 or via e-mail at email@example.com if you have not yet notified us your child will be attending kindergarten this fall.
Parent Orientation Night:
This program is for parents and guardians. We will explain the screening process, expectations for incoming children, answer questions, and meet our Kindergarten Teachers. Parent Orientation will be on May 9th at 7 pm in the Auditorium.
Harlem Quartet Visits Hoosic Valley
February 11, 2016 - Founded in 2006, the Harlem Quartet has become an international sensation in the classical world. The group was in Troy on Thursday, February, 4th to perform a concert at the renowned Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Thanks to the hard work of Mrs. Fillipone, HV students were able to have a private concert and discussion with the musicians. Click here to read more about their visit and other news from our music department.
Both the quartet and the representative from Troy Savings Bank Music Hall praised our students at Hoosic Valley as being the best behaved audience of young people they’ve ever seen!
Sectional Seeding Announced
February 10, 2016 - The seedings have been announced for basketball sectional games. The boys first game is Friday at Cario-Durham, 7 pm. The girls first game is next Wednesday, 2/17, home at 6 pm.
February 9, 2016 - A representative from the Financial Aid office at Hudson Valley Community College will be here March 1st at 6PM in the High School Computer Lab to help seniors and their parents file the FAFSA forms(Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Generally all college bound students fill-out the FAFSA every year - most colleges use the FAFSA to determine overall aid packages.
Parents should bring W-2’s and other pertinent financial records. Computers will be available to complete the form at the workshop. Please register in Guidance so we may plan accordingly, 753-4458 x2507.
New Immunization Requirements for
2016-2017 School Year
February 9, 2016 - This fall Governor Cumo signed into law a new immunization requirement. This law requires children entering or attending seventh and twelfth grades on or after September 1, 2016 to receive an adequate dose or doses of vaccine against meningococcal disease as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Meningococcal meningitis is a serious disease which can lead to death within hours. Survivors may be left with severe disabilities, including the loss of limbs, cognitive deficits, paralysis deafness or seizures. In the coming year, the New York State Department of Health will work with the New York State Education Department and other partners to draft regulations and establish updated immunization requirement charts and other materials to help implement this new requirement.
All County Winter Festival
February 5, 2016 - The All County Winter festival took place at Averill Park High School this year. Twenty-two students from Hoosic Valley were chosen to participate in four different ensembles. In addition to the students chosen, our High School Band Director, Mrs. Paglialonga, served as the manager for the Senior Band alongside Dan Byron from Berlin CSD. Mrs. Paglialonga brought in guest conductor, Mr. Christopher Vitale, one of Mrs. Paglialonga's college classmates. The students absolutely loved working with him!
The students who represented Hoosic Valley at the All County Winter Festival were:
Elementary Band: Thomas Field – Clarinet; Thomas Rice – Trumpet; Katie Rose – Percussion; Brianna Rohloff - Percussion
Junior Chorus: Alysa Barton – Soprano; Victoria Jarosz – Soprano; Ellie Carlson-McNally – Alto; Emily Cumo – Alto; Braden Jarosz – Baritone; Christopher Smith - Baritone - Braden Jarosz auditioned for and was selected to perform a trio in one of the pieces!
Jazz Choir: Kayla Carknard – Soprano; Emily O'Brien – Alto; Christopher Salvati – Tenor; Kyle Norton - Bass. Kayla Carknard was selected to perform a solo for the second year in a row in one of the Jazz Choir pieces!
4th Annual Prom Dress Boutique Hoosic Valley Community Church
Saturday, February 6th
9:00am to noon
February 5, 2016 - Come try on and take home an absolutely free, 'next to never worn' prom gown this Saturday, 9 to noon. at the Hoosic Valley Community Church.
Gown donations are very much appreciated and can be dropped off at the church Friday, February 5th, between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 pm. Donation is not required to come and take home the gown of your dreams.
February 3, 2016 - Seniors should have received packets in homeroom today containing graduation announcement packages from Jostens. Orders can be turned in on Thursday, February 11th during lunch periods. This is also when seniors will be measured for their caps and gowns. Contact Matthew Oberkrieser from Jostens with any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, only measurements are taken on the 11th, caps and gowns will be handed out in June.
Ski Club Canceled
February 2, 2016 - Due to the recent warm weather there will be NO Ski Club this week.
February 2, 2016 - The Masonic Lodge (across the street from the High School) has requested that when using their parking lot to remain on the blacktop. With the mild winter we've had the ground is not frozen; they are concerned about cars getting stuck and digging up the lawn. Lets be good neighbors and honor their request - it's ok to park over there - just stay off the grass. There's also plenty of parking at the elementary school.
Spring Sports Physicals
February 2, 2016 - Dr. Nightingale will be in the district on February 11th to do physicals for anyone in need of one. This is the perfect opportunity for student athletes that need a physical for spring sports. Sign up with Mrs. Barton before hand to schedule an appointment.
January 29, 2016 - Fourth graders enjoy a visit from explorers Giovanni da Verrazano, Jacques Cartier and Henry Hudson as part of their study of New York State history.
January 29, 2016 - Broadway Juniors is selling carnations for Valentine’s Day. Broadway Juniors is an organization that helps to fund our elementary school play. This year our students in grades 3-6 will be performing “The Wizard of Oz.”
Flowers can be ordered through Wednesday, February 3rd and cost $1.00 each. They will be delivered on February 12th. Click here for the order form.
National Wear Red Day Friday, February 5th
January 29, 2016 - The Hoosic Valley Student Council members are supporting the American Red Cross and picking up the fight against Women's Heart Disease. You can join in and show your support through a donation. Student council members will have hearts & wristband on sale during lunch periods. AND don’t forget to wear red on FRIDAY, FEB. 5th!
January 29, 2016 - Elementary school yearbooks (Pre-K - 6th grade) are on sale online for $20 with an estimated delivery at the beginning of June. Order forms will be sent home with students in a few weeks for those that prefer to pay with cash or check. Click here to order - orders are due by March 31st.
19th Annual D.A.R.E. Graduation
January 25, 2016 - Our Fifth graders celebrated their D.A.R.E. Graduation with Sheriff Russo, parents, grandparents, and a number of distinguished guest. The essay winners were Riley Caiazza, Tyler Derocher and Isabelle Jarvis. Students of the Session were Evelyn Bunk, Anthony Palladino and Megan Rice. Deputy Russo was very impressed with all our fifth graders, their effort and enthusiasm for the D.A.R.E was contagious.
We'd like to thank County Executive Kathleen Jimino and the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office for their dedication to this program. Our students learn many important things about decision making and setting goals which they will continue to use as they succeed in school.
January 24, 2016 - The Theatre Institute at Sage will perform "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales" on Sunday, January 31 at 2:00 p.m. in the Elementary Auditorium. Based on the Caldecott Honored book, this production includes such favorites as Chicken Licken, the Really Ugly Duckling, Little Red Running Shorts and, of course, the Stinky Cheese Man. This is a 50 minute interactive production that is perfect for elementary students. The performance is sponsored by the HV Friends of Performing Arts; tickets are available at the door for $5.00.
Attention College Bound Seniors
January 19, 2016 - A friendly reminder to seniors who haven’t finished their college applications:
Complete your applications!!!!!!!
If using the Common App - make sure to complete the FERPA wavier
Link your Common App and Naviance accounts
Make sure ALL teacher recommendations are done and submitted.
Let Guidance know what college documents need to be sent.
If you add another college to your list after your initial list is completed, make sure to tell Guidance to ensure transcripts and recommendation letters are sent.
Let Guidance know where you have been accepted.
If you have any questions on any of the steps above contact Guidance or click here for more info. Mr. Beecroft can help students resolve any questions with the Common App and Naviance. Don't delay - it only takes a few minutes to get everything linked up and sent out.
Player of the Week
January 19, 2016 - Congratulations to Danielle Stannard and the Girls Basketball Team on their latest win. Danielle beat the buzzer on Friday, handing HF their first league loss and moving the girls into second place. Click here to read more.
January 15, 2016 - Today, the Guidance Office hosted a panel discussion between our current seniors and former students. Who better to relate and give advice on preparing and adjusting to college life than our own Alumni. We'd like to thank Lucas Sestito, Valerie Dessingue, JT Sawyer, Samantha Carlo, Cole Carner and Rachel Moore for taking the time to meet with our seniors. They had some great tips about selecting schools, dealing with roommates, meal-plans, transferring and living on your own!
Yearbook Ordering Deadline
January 13, 2016 - The deadline to order Yearbooks with engraved name and marks is this Friday, January 15. Pricing remains the same as last year: Yearbook - $40. One-line name plate - $4. One-line name plate with one mark - $8. One-line name plate with two marks - $10. Plastic dust jacket - $2.
New this year...books can be ordered online using a credit card or E-check, simply click here to place your order. Yearbook orders can also be placed in room 33 using cash or checks (made payable to HVECF). Please see Mrs. Pallozzi in room 33 if you have any questions.
January 12, 2016 - 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 the deadline of Thursday, January 21, 2016, NOON. The Writing Olympics Author’s Celebration will be on April 20 at 6:30 pm. Click here for all the Writing Olympics details.
Writing Olympics - Help Needed
PTO is seeking volunteers to help make this year's Writing Olympics a success! Please contact Karin L. Gagnon at email@example.com if you are available to type stories in the coming weeks, and/or host a room during Young Author's Night on April 20, 2016. Thank you!
January Exams and Midterms - Grades 7-12
January 11, 2016 - It's hard to believe we are just about half way through the 2015-2016 school year and even harder to believe it's time for exams! Exams that will be given between Tuesday, January 26th and Thursday January 28th are listed below.
Exams that aren't listed on the schedule above will be given in class during the week of January 19th. The PE midterm is given in class on 1/13 and 1/14.
January 11, 2016 - The Elementary School is registering students for the fall kindergarten class. Children who will be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2016 are eligible to enter kindergarten this fall (birth date prior to 12/1/2011). Please register by contacting Amy Vautrin at 753-4458 x3507 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 10, 2016 - Congratulations to Coach Zeger and the JV boys on winning the Maple Hills Hoopfest Holiday Tournament.
January 6, 2016 - Dr. Nightingale will be in the district on Thursday, January 14th for school physicals. Any spring athletes that will need a physical should schedule an appointment with Mrs. Barton.
High School Yearbooks On-sale
January 5, 2016 - The 2016 Yearbook will go on sale starting Thursday, January 7 with delivery expected in early June. Pricing remains the same as last year: Yearbook - $40. One-line name plate - $4. One-line name plate with one mark - $8. One-line name plate with two marks - $10. Plastic dust jacket - $2.
New this year...books can be ordered online using a credit card or E-check, simply click here to place your order. Yearbook orders can also be placed in room 33 using cash or checks (made payable to HVECF). Please see Mrs. Pallozzi in room 33 if you have any questions.
January 5, 2016 - Congratulations to Coach Chapko, Coach Anderson and the Girls Basketball Team on winning the Maple Hill Holiday Tournament. The girls defeated Bishop Maginn and Mckeel Christian Academy to capture the trophy.
January 5, 2016 - Senior, Erin Dugrenier, was chosen as the recipient of the 2015 Wasaren League All-Star Second Team award for Varsity Girls Soccer. She recently attended the awards banquet at the Albany Marriott. Congratulations Erin on your all-star defensive play.
Ski Club Delayed One Week
January 5, 2016 - Due to the warm weather, Ski Club will begin next Wednesday, January 13th. If Willard Mountain is open this Wednesday, ski club members can go on their own and ski for free (make sure you have your pass), rentals will be an additional $8. Check the mountain status by calling 692-7337 or click here.
Alumni Game - 12/26
December 21, 2015 - With all the holiday hustle and bustle make sure you don't forget about the Alumni Game scheduled for Saturday! The girls game will begin at 4 pm with the boys game following and a pickup game at 7. There will be a 50/50 raffle, gift baskets and of course the concession stand will be open. All proceeds will go to the purchase of equipment for the newly renovated fitness center.
December 17, 2015 - The Jr. Sr. High Chorus groups finished up the winter concert series in style. Once again our students did a fabulous job . We'd like to thank all our music teachers for their dedication and commitment, their love of music shines bright through every student performance.
December 15, 2015 - The small-school football all-star team has been announced for the 2015 season. Tom Madigan was named to the offensive team as a running back. On the defensive side, Jeff Carrozza was selected as a linebacker and Isaac Sanchez as a defensive back. Saeed Mohamed-Ali was selected for the second team all stars for his outstanding play at offensive guard. Jeff Carrozza was also named the Class C North Defensive Player of the Year and Isaac Sanchez proved to be the Ironman of the North Division. Congratulations again to our all-stars and the entire team on an incredible season.
December 10, 2015 - Our Jr. Sr Band put on a great concert, in fact they were so impressive they knocked the lights out! Click here for more photos.
Tuesday, 12/15 - 5&6 Chorus and 6th Grade Band
Thursday, 12/17 -
Jr. Sr. High Chorus Concert
Compassionate Giving Project last week to participate
December’s virtue of the month is EMPATHY. Empathy is “feeling or understanding what someone else is feeling.” Compassion is “Empathy in action”. Hoosic Valley is taking action and holding our seventh annual Compassionate Giving Project from December 1-18. We are asking every student in grades pre-K through 12 to bring in an item or card that will be donated to these programs. Click here for more information and the list of grade level donations.
196,410 Hour of Code Events Around the World!
December 10, 2015 - Our elementary students joined students all over the world in learning an hour of code this week during computer lab. An Hour of Code is a global movement that is designed to spark interest in technology and computer programming. Instead of just playing a video game, students get to experience what it’s like to create the video game. Students in K-2 started off with puzzles and moved up to Angry Birds while students in grades 3-6 got to program their own Minecraft game. Click here to access the code.org website and try your own hour of code!
“Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity.” ~ code.org
Albany Med Provides Hands-On Opportunities
December 10, 2015 - Mr. Ryan's Anatomy and Physiology class and Mrs Kausch's SUPA Bio class visited Albany Med for a hands on heart workshop. This was also a chance for Mr. Ryan's distance learning students to meet face to face. Mr. Ryan teaches students from Duanesburg and Schoharie along with Hoosic Valley students through the NERIC distance learning network. Click here for more photos
HVCC Instant Admit - December 17
December 4, 2015 - Our guidance office has scheduled a second Instant Admit day with Hudson Valley Community College for December 17th. Seniors that are thinking about attending HVCC next fall should take advantage of this service. A HVCC admissions counselor will be on-site to meet with perspective students. Students will need to complete the instant admit application beforehand, they should stop by guidance for info and to schedule an appointment.
Get accepted in person & save the $30 application fee
Author Patrice Kindl Visits 7th Grade
December 4, 2015 - Author Patrice Kindl paid a visit to our seventh graders today. Mrs. Kindl shared some of her secrets for successful writing and had our students try a few different activities to tap into their creativity.
"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." ~ Joseph Pearce
Compassionate Giving Project
December’s virtue of the month is EMPATHY. Empathy is “feeling or understanding what someone else is feeling.” Compassion is “Empathy in action”. Hoosic Valley is taking action and holding our seventh annual Compassionate Giving Project from December 1-18. We are asking every student in grades pre-K through 12 to bring in an item or card that will be donated to these programs. Click here for more information and the list of grade level donations.
December 3, 2015 - The Booster Club is on the lookout for HV Alumni to take part in their fund raiser game. All proceeds will go toward the purchase of equipment for the newly renovated fitness center. Click here for the signup form.
Spread the word!
November 29, 2015 - Congratulations to Coach Chapko and the girls basketball team on winning the Cohoes Thanksgiving Tournament. They defeated Lake George, 45-42, and Hudson Falls 31-29.
Bringing the Past to the Classroom
November 24, 2015 – The Brookside Museum brought the world of the Iroquois into our fourth grade classrooms on Friday. The fourth grade social studies curriculum focuses on New York history, the people that lived here and how our government was formed and continues to work today.
November 23, 2015 - Both the elementary building and the Jr. Sr. High building will be conducting consecutive lock down drills on Wednesday morning, December 2, 2015. 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.
Our safety drills help us practice our responses for a number of different scenarios. If you have any questions please contact the building principals.
November 23, 2015 - Ms. Allen and Mrs. Paglialonga were delighted to send five students to NYSSMA Zone 7 Area All-State music festival! Chorus: Kayla Carknard (12), Chris Salvati (12), Kyle Norton (11); Band: Braden Jarosz (9); Orchestra: Greg Wolosen (11).
Fifty schools from zone 7 sent representatives to the festival; from Rensselaer County the school districts represented were: Averill Park, Berlin, East Greenbush, Hoosic Valley, Hoosick Falls, Tamarac & Troy.
November 20, 2015 - Today, our Elementary School held their first Character Counts Assembly of the year. Students did a great job singing and were excellent listeners throughout the program. The focus of the program was on Pink Shirt Day and how serious our students are about stopping bullying on our schools.
Along with Pink Shirt Day the program highlighted November's Virtue of the Month - Citizenship. When we are good citizens we take care of our responsibilities in our group. We think about what our group needs to be the best it can be and we do what we can to get those things done. Click here to see the list of students recognized as being good citizens and photos from the assembly.
Understanding the Elementary Report Card (Grades K-4)
November 20, 2015 - New York State has adopted new, more rigorous learning standards in ELA and Math. Since that time, we at Hoosic Valley have been involved in an ongoing process to review our curriculum, our teaching, how we assess your children's learning, and more recently our grade reporting. Click here to view our report card rubric.
You may have seen in recent years that our Elementary grade reports have changed. Some of these changes have been the result of our transition to software based grade reporting. More importantly, many of the changes have been the result of our wish to communicate to parents how our students are progressing relative to the grade level expectations of the Common Core curriculum.
5th Grade Band Concert
November 19, 2015 - Our newest band members held their first concert last night. After just six weeks they were ready to perform in front of an audience and they did a great job! Click here for photos - Click here to see the program and all the students who participated.
November 17, 2015 - This year's Senior Class Trip was to Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course. Our seniors had a great day navigating their way through the tree tops and getting a chance to hang out with their classmates.
November 17, 2015 - Mrs. Messier's class celebrated Thanksgiving in style! They had a several volunteers visit last week to help with the prepartion of their feast. The entire meal was home made and cooked in the classroom. The halls smelled wonderful!
November 17, 2015 - The 7th grade ELA classes this year held a Book signing Celebration in the library. The 7th graders enjoyed writing a suspense-filled story and made copies to share and sign with students and guests. These young authors worked hard on this Lucy Calkin’s inspired unit. Their work was exceptional: excellent job young authors!
Casale Commits to Sacred Heart
November 16, 2015 - Congratulations go out to Cierra Casale and the Hoosic Valley Softball Team as Cierra commits to play softball for Division 1 Sacred Heart. Cierra will be very busy between the softball diamond and bio labs as she pursues her goals of becoming a PA.
Hoosic Valley Has Strong Representation at All-County Fall Festival
November 16, 2015 - Spanning three ensembles, Hoosic Valley had more than twenty students represent the school at the Fall All-County festival sponsored by Rensselaer County School Music Association. In addition to these honors, Ms. Allen served as the manager of the Senior Chorus, with Ms. Cosey accompanying the prestigious choir. Guest conducting was Mrs. Marjorie Pipes, who worked with Hoosic Valley students this past Friday.
November 16, 2015 - Last weekend our National Honor Society held a powder puff football game to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. They raised over $400 dollars and had a great time doing it.
November 5, 2015 - This year's Semi-Formal will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5th in the Elementary Cafeteria.
It is open to all students 9-12, cost is $15 each. Tickets can be purchased in Ms. Tiernan's class (room 19B) during homeroom or period 11. Cash or check will be accepted, please make checks payable to "HVECF" and write "Class of 2018 - Semi-Formal" in the memo.
Think Before You Speak
November 12, 2015 - Next week the elementary school is celebrating Think Before You Speak Week. The planned character education events for the PK – 6 building are:
Mix Match Monday: wear a mix match of clothing, styles and colors to show that we are all diverse and our differences make life interesting!
Loyal Blue Tuesday: Wear BLUE to promote loyalty, kindness, and being a “true blue” friend
Red Wednesday Madness: Wear RED to show that it’s okay to be angry but….words are not for hurting and hands are not for hitting
Peaceable White Thursday: Wear WHITE for peaceful friendships and problem solving
Friday: Pink Shirt Day: Wear PINK to show that you want to end bullying in our school
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.