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Hoosic Valley Class of 2014

Congratulations to the Classof 2014! You've had a year to remember. We wish you all the best as you go out and conquer the world!

Click here for photos from graduation

Click here for the 2014 Gradution Program & Awards

13 years in the blink of an eye by Clancy Morgan


Let the Graduations Begin!

June 24, 2014 - Our kindergarten stars kicked off the graduations at Hoosic Valley as only kindergartners can. We'd also like to congratulate our sixth graders on a great final year in the elementary building, we wish you all the best as you move across the street and start your high school years. Click here for a list of sixth grade awards.

More Kindergarten Photos

More 6th Grade Photos


Fall Sports Info

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

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

ATHLETIC BLUE CARDS

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

Summer Review & August Regents

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

Middle Skills Review Sessions: Monday - Thursday, starting July 7th through July 24th

  • 8th Grade Math - 8 - 9 am
  • 8th Grade ELA - 9:15 - 10:15 am
  • 7th Grade ELA - 10:30 - 11:30 am
  • 7th Grade Math - 11:45 - 12:45 pm

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

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

August Regents Schedule

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


Summer Reading Programs

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

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


Summer Lunch Services

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


Award Winning Stop Bullying Poster

June 19, 2014 - Katya Cyrulik, grade 7, is the middle school 1st place winner for the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office County Wide Student Poster Contest to Stop Bullying. Katya, along with her mom, Miss Simpson, and Mrs. Das, were invited to visit the Sheriff’s Offices and meet with Sheriff Mahar.  Katya was presented with a First Place Certificate of Achievement and won her school $750.  Katya’s poster will be printed and displayed on CDTA busses throughout the area as part of a cooperative campaign to end bullying.  The Character Education Committee would like to give a special thanks to Mrs. Das, who always encourages her English students to read about, discuss and take action against bullying.  Mrs. Das used her classroom as an opportunity for our 7th grade students to participate in this contest.  Congratulations and Thanks to Katya and Mrs. Das!


Pierre signs with Georgian Court

June 19, 2014 - On Monday, June 16th, Mike Pierre signed his “Letter of Intent” with Georgian Court University. Mike will be studying business along with playing basketball. Georgian Court is a Sister of Mercy College located in Lakewood, NJ. Mike will be playing DII ball for the Lions who are very happy to be adding Mike to their roster, in fact he's already made it on their website! Click here for the article. We wish Mike all the best with both his academic and athletic endeavors.


State Champions, Again!

Troy Record: Hoosic Valley wins Class C baseball state championship

Times Union: Indians get win to complete rare double - Hoosic Valley captures Class C baseball crown after winning hoop title

Adirondack Sports Net: Hoosic Valley Does It Again

Timesunion: Anderson's state title repeat

Click here for State Championship Photos

Click here for Semi-Final Photos


Valley Falls - Pittstown Summer Program

June 16, 2014 - If you have not signed your child up for the Valley Falls - Pittstown Summer Program, please fill out the registration form and mail in ASAP.  The Program runs daily from 9 - 12  beginning June 30 and ending August 7th.  Field Trips include bowling, movies, FunPlex and Dyken Pond. 

Click here for the registration forms, additional forms will be available at the Valley Falls Library after June 1st . Contact Mary McNeice at 753-6679 for additional info.


17th Annual Academic Awards

June 12, 2014 - The High School held the 17th Annual Academic Awards Ceremony this evening. Students were recognized for their academic achievements and perseverance in all subject areas. Pictured above are our Seniors that have been on the high honor roll every marking period since they started seventh grade! And they are: Mac Anderson, Kayla Bowen, Samantha Carlo, Marissa Charlebois, Taylor Cox, Sabrina Fitzgerald, Hunter Johnson, Amanda Kocienski, Lauren Madigan, Nicole McGreevy, Leah O'Donnell, JT Sawyer and Erica Shudt. That's quite an achievement; we are very proud of our academic all-stars. We'd like to thank Mrs. Lewis, Mrs. Somnitz and the Academic Booster Club for their support of the academic awards and our students.

Click here for a listing of all the 2014 Academic Awards.


International Fair

June 12, 2014 - The Third Grade hosted their International Fair today. They held a multimedia presentation in the auditorium followed by the review of their research posters in the Gym. You could tell our third graders put a tremendous amount of work into their research and they did a great job with their speeches, songs and dances. Thanks to Mrs. Soden, Mrs. Mastromarchi, Mrs. Silverman and all the volunteers that helped make the International Fair such a successful and educational event. Click here for more photos.


Raffle Winner

June 12, 2014 - Congratulations to Nikki Peterson on winning the Friends of the Arts gift basket. The Friends of the Arts supports the drama productions at Hoosic Valley.


2014 D.A.R.E Graduation

June 10, 2014 - Congratulations to our fifth graders on their completion of the D.A.R.E. program. We were very honored to have County Executive, Mrs. Kathy Jimino, and "Stop DWI" Coordinator, Mr. Jim Gordon, at the ceremony along with Mrs. Goodell and BOE President, Mr. Ryan. This was very special graduation in that it was Deputy Phelps last DARE class at Hoosic Valley. Deputy Phelps has been in the district for the past 17 years teaching our students about making choices and being accountable for their actions. We wish Deputy Phelps all the best as he goes back on patrol and welcome Deputy Russo as our new D.A.R.E. officer.

Congratulations to Emaleigh Peckham on being named the 2014 DARE Student of the Year. Enjoy the limo and trip to the Great Escape. Our essay winners, Danielle Greenwood, Kaylynn Ryan and Paige Spiess, did a great job reading their essays - very inspiring! Click here for photos from the 2014 Hoosic Valley D.A.R.E. Graduation.


Summer Driver's Ed Signup

April 28, 2014 - Students interested in taking driver's ed in the summer may sign up now. The goal of this program is to equip your son/daughter with the fundamental knowledge, correct operational habits, essential skills, and the proper attitude for survival on our highways.  From successful completion of this program, your son/daughter will be issued a Student Certificate of Completion (MV-285).

Students must be 16 years of age by the start of the course to be eligible for the Summer Session. If offered, the program will run from July 9th  through August 31st.  The classroom sessions will be held from 10:40 am - 12:10 pm on Wednesdays and some Saturdays and Sundays, with car sessions offered before and after classes. Click here for more information.


2014 June Jr. Sr High Finals Schedule

The last day of classes for students in grades 7-12 is June 16. Regents Exams and finals are scheduled for June 17-June 25. Many teachers will give final exams next week during the last week of classes.


2014 D.A.R.E Graduation

June 10, 2014 - Congratulations to our fifth graders on their completion of the D.A.R.E. program. We were very honored to have County Executive, Mrs. Kathy Jimino, and "Stop DWI" Coordinator, Mr. Jim Gordon, at the ceremony along with Mrs. Goodell and BOE President, Mr. Ryan. This was very special graduation in that it was Deputy Phelps last DARE class at Hoosic Valley. Deputy Phelps has been in the district for the past 17 years teaching our students about making choices and being accountable for their actions. We wish Deputy Phelps all the best as he goes back on patrol and welcome Deputy Russo as our new D.A.R.E. officer.

Congratulations to Emaleigh Peckham on being named the 2014 DARE Student of the Year. Enjoy the limo and trip to the Great Escape. Our essay winners, Danielle Greenwood, Kaylynn Ryan and Paige Spiess, did a great job reading their essays - very inspiring! Click here for photos from the 2014 Hoosic Valley D.A.R.E. Graduation.


Regional Champions

June 7, 2014 - Congratulations to the Hoosic Valley Baseball team on their Regional Championship. Hoosic Valley defeated Brushton-Moria 5-0 to advance to the state playoffs. The Indians will take on Seton Catholic on Saturday, June 14th at 1 pm.

Click here for photos from the game

Post Star: Hoosic Valley advances to state final four

Regional Playoff Bracket

Directions to Conlon Field at MacArthur Park, 1123 Vestal Ave. Binghamton: Take  I-88 W  towards  Binghamton. At Exit 1, merge onto NY-7 W / Brandywine Hwy S   toward Binghamton. NY-7 W / Brandywine Hwy S becomes NY-363 S / Brandywine Hwy S, Turn slight right onto N Shore Dr. Merge onto NY-434 W toward Vestal, Merge onto Pennsylvania Ave toward Hospital. Turn right onto Vestal Ave,  MacArthur Park will be on your right.


National Honor Society Induction

June 7, 2014- Congratulations to our newest National Honor Society members.

  • Seniors: Hunter Johnson and Laura McGreevy
  • Juniors: Kaitlyn Smith, Nhen Hunter, Colin Claus, Emily Campisi, and Halle Nightingale.
  • Sophomore: Mackenzie Akin, Nick Ames, Almy Bartis, Colleen Beamish, Erin Dugrenier, Kate Kennelly, Blaine Neary, Danielle Stannard, and Kolbie Snyder.

Click here for photos from the Induction Ceremony.


Baseball Advances to Regional Finals

June 7, 2014 - Our baseball team defeated Ticonderoga 3-0 to advance to the regional finals. The team had a total of eight hits with Alex Carlo, Conway Gillespie, and Don Espey driving in the runs. John Rooney pitched the entire game striking out ten.

The regional finals are today, Saturday, June 7th at 2pm in Amsterdam. Hoosic Valley will play Brushton-Moira. Click here for photos from the Regional Semi-Finals

 Post Star:  Hoosic Valley tops Ticonderoga in regional semifinal

Directions: From the Thruway: Take NYS Thruway to Exit 27 (Amsterdam). Pay toll. Take a right onto Rte 30 North into Amsterdam. Cross bridge into Amsterdam and then climb the hill. Bear left at top of hill, staying on Rte 30N. Stay on Rte 30 for a few miles (go past McDonalds, a hospital, and Price Chopper). Turn right onto Miami Avenue (immediately past Wal-Mart). Go to end of Miami Avenue. Turn left onto Midline Rd. Make your first right onto Harrower Lane and go to bottom of hill. Take a right onto Pioneer Street. Take your first left and cross bridge into Shuttleworth Park.

From Rt. 67: Take rt 67 to Amsterday. As you are just entering Amsterdam turn right on Widow Susan Rd/County Hwy-8. Widow Susan Rd becomes Clizbe Ave. Turn right to stay on Clizbe Ave. Turn right on Citizen Ave.


June 6, 2014 - The Pleasant House Players have done a wonderful job with this year's production of Guys & Dolls Jr. If you weren't able to catch last night's performance you have one more chance to see Sky, Nathan, Adelaide, Nicely, Benny, Rusty, Sarah and the whole gang. The curtain goes up at seven tonight and you're in luck because tickets are still available. Odds are you'll love it!

Click here for photos from Thursday Night's performance


Parent Meeting for
4th graders planning to join the Hoosic Valley Band

June 5, 2014 - Each year at this time a new group of students are invited to join the instrumental music program at Hoosic Valley Elementary School. The study of music could be one of the most valuable steps in your child’s development. Some benefits of studying music include increased responsibility, developing mental discipline, learning the importance of teamwork,building self-esteem, and above all developing an enjoyment and lifelong appreciation of music.

There will be a Parent Meeting for any 4th graders who are planning to participate in band for the 2014- 2015 school year.  At this meeting you will receive information about the program, student expectations, and rental information. It is very important that you attend this meeting. A representative from John Keal Music will also be present to discuss the rental program and to answer any questions.

The date of the meeting is June 10th at 6:00pm in the elementary school auditorium. 

It is important to know that each family is responsible for obtaining an instrument.  Many options are available, however renting is the most popular and the best for the beginning student. The Hoosic Valley School District contracts with the John Keal Music Company for rentals and other business.  A representative visits the school on a weekly basis to deliver instruments, supply orders, take repairs, etc.


Updated June 5, 2014 - The Hoosic Valley Baseball Team won the Class C Sectional Title with a 3-1 win over Maple Hill. JT Sawyer had a single, double and an awesome catch to keep Maple Hill off the bases. John Lucas had a rbi triple and a shoe string catch out in center. John Rooney pitched the entire game striking out 8 and hitting a pair of singles. Solid pitching, defense and hitting makes for a good game but the greatest play was the fake pickoff at second. Oscar nod's for sure on the acting job selling the overthrow, everyone was fooled most of all the runner on second.  Click here for photos from the game

Hoosic Valley baseball wins its first Section II Championship (Record)

Hoosic Valley wins clash of mound aces (TU)

Regional playoffs are Friday & Saturday. Hoosic Valley will take on Sectional 7 - Ticonderoga on Friday, June 6th, at 4pm. The game will be played at Chip Cummings Field, Plattsburgh State. Admission will be between $6 - $8.

Directions: Take the Northway to exit 37. At the end of the ramp, turn left at the traffic light and proceed west on Route 3 (Cornelia Street within Plattsburgh city limits). Then take a left turn (at a traffic light) onto Hammond Lane until the T-intersection. Turn left onto Rugar Street (you'll cross back over I-87), where the Field House is located on the right-hand side. Note: If you passed Cogan Avenue, then you've gone too far. Chip Cummings Field is located between the Field House and softball field. Follow the unpaved road that's between the softball field and the main parking lot through Rugar Woods. Baseball parking is available at the head of a dirt road leading to "The Chipper."

Regional Playoff Bracket    


Sports Physicals

June 4, 2014 - Dr. Nightingale will be here June 12th to do physicals for anyone who is in need of one. If you are thinking about participating in a Fall sport and you need a physical, this is a great opportunity to get it done before practices start in August. . Remember, you need a current physical to be able to obtain a blue card for sports participation. Please see Mrs. Barton before June 12th to get put on the list.

ATHLETIC BLUE CARDS

  • A current physical is required (a physical is current to the last day of the month that it expires; If your child had a physical in June of 2014, it will be current for a Blue Card until June 31, 2015)
  • Interval Health History OR Athletic Health History (for 1st time participants) must be completed (dated no earlier than 30 days prior to the start of the sport season) and presented to the school nurse with a current physical for a Blue Card.
  • Current physicals and health history forms can be mailed or faxed to the High School (fax # 659-3900).
  • The nurse will issue blue cards directly to coaches after all paper work has been received.

5th & 6th Grade Spring Concert

June 3, 2014 - Our 5th and 6th graders put on a wonderful spring concert on Tuesday evening. Mr. Sudano and Mrs. Cosey have done a great job preparing the students for the stage. Click here for photos from the spring concert.


Senior Athlete Dinner Rescheduled

June 3, 2014 - The Senior Athlete Dinner has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - same time/place - 6:30 at Fairways of Halfmoon. If you are still able to attend, no action is required. However, if you are unable to make this new date, (or if you had previously declined and are now able to attend), please contact Trish Pallozzi via email at ppallozzi@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us as soon as possible so the reservations can be updated.


Students wow the judges once again at NYSSMA

June 3, 2014 - This past weekend, the NYSSMA Festival was held at the Cohoes City School district, and the over 30 students that represented Hoosic Valley once again, showed off their hard work and talents as they performed for the judges.  All of the students should be very proud of their accomplishments - you know we couldn't be prouder of our musicians here in the Valley!  Superb job!


Non-Public School Textbook Collection

June 3, 2014 - Parent and guardian with students attending private schools are responsible for returning their student’s loaned textbooks by the end of June.  QUESTAR III will be collecting these textbooks from the NON-PUBLIC students on Tuesday June 24th, 2014 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Textbooks may be returned during this time only at the Hoosic Valley District Offices located at 2 Pleasant Ave. Schaghticoke, NY  12154. If you are unable to return your textbooks during this time, you may return them directly to Questar III at 1070 Route 9, Castleton, NY  12033 prior to June 23rd any day Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. and June 23rd through June 27th from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Textbooks returned after July 1st, will incur a $10.00 late fee per book up to $50.00.

Click here for additional information from Questar III’s website


Wasaren League All-Stars

June 3, 2014 - Wasaren League has selected the 2014 baseball all-star team. John Rooney tops the list as the League MVP with JT Sawyer and Mac Anderson both named 1st Team All-stars. Jared Morello was selected to the second-team all-stars and Alex Carlo, Matt Espey, John Lucas, and Conway Gillespie were honorable mentions. Congratulations boys and good luck in the regional tournament. Click here for a complete list from the PostStar.


Senior Dinner Dance

June 2, 2014 - Attention Seniors, Moms, and Dads ....two weeks ago information was mailed home on the first ever Senior Dinner Dance and ordering a graduation DVD. Both were due Friday, May 30th. Due to an epic case of senioritis which appears only curable by graduating!...the deadline has been extending to this Friday, June 6th!

The Dinner/Dance will be held on Friday, June 13 at Sterup Square. Dress is casual with Dinner, DJ and yearbook signing for a night of senior enjoyment. A $10.00 cash deposit is required but it will be refunded at the door ---- so the dinner is completely FREE! Seniors should see Mrs. Phillips or Mrs. O'Donnell for RSVP and the Graduation DVD order forms.


Art Show Sunday, June 1st

May 30, 2014 - This Sunday our High School will hold it's annual Art show. If you've never attended in the past this is definitely the year to make a visit. New this year, will be the silent auction. Students have selected pieces they would like to auction off - the proceeds are split between the artist and MAC. Pretty cool! You never know - the painting you buy on Sunday may some day be worth millions! Coffee, lemonade and dessert will be available, come and enjoy an afternoon of art, auctioning and appreciation of student talent. The Art Awards and Fashion Show will be Monday at 6pm in the HS Gym.

Click here for Photos


Farewell Shakhnoza

May 30, 2014 - Hoosic Valley was very fortunate to have with us for the 2013-2014 school year Shakhnoza Khalimzhanova. Shakhnoza is from Kazakhstan and has been participating in the FLEX (Future Leaders Exchange ) Program. Hoosic Valley students along with "Shak's" host family the Cipolla's have welcomed Shakhnoza and were thrilled to show her how things are done in Schaghticoke! Shakhnoza has plans to be become a doctor someday and would like to continue to travel the world. Her smile has certainly brighten the hallways at Hoosic Valley, we wish her all the best as she returns home.


2014 Teachers of Excellence Awards

May 30, 2014 - Hoosic Valley Teachers Janet Stark and Cathy McNulty have been chosen to receive a 2014 Teachers of Excellence Award. They will be honored at a ceremony hosted by Senator Kathleen Marchoine on Thursday, June 5th at Columbia High School at 7pm. Congratulations and thank you to Mrs. McNulty and Mrs. Stark for all your hard work and dedication to our students.


May 29, 2014 - The Hoosic Valley Baseball Team won the Class C sectional title tonight with a 3-1 win over Maple Hill.


Coach Calhoun Named BCANY High School Coach of the Year

May 29, 2014 - The Basketball Coaches Association of New York, Inc. is an organization that is made up of basketball coaches of all scholastic and collegiate levels throughout the entire State of New York.  The organization selected Dan Calhoun as their Class C State-wide High School Coach of the Year. The BCANY Coach of the Year Awards will be presented at the 33rd Annual BCANY Fall Clinic held at SUNY Cortland in October. Click here for the entire list of award wining coaches.


Valley Falls - Pittstown Summer Program

May 29, 2014 - The Valley Falls - Pittstown Youth Commission will be having registration for the Summer Program on Wednesday, June 4th and Thursday, June 5th at the Valley Falls Community Hall from 5:30 - 7 pm. The suggested donations is $30 per child for the Arts and Crafts and Recreation Program. There will NOT be a swim program this year due to the Hoosick Falls Pool being closed for renovations.

The program will run from June 30th - August 7th from 9-12, Monday - Fridays. Click here for the registration forms, additional forms will be available at the Valley Falls Library after June 1st . Contact Mary McNeice at 753-6679 for additional info.


Senior Athlete Dinner Postponed

May 28, 2014 - The Booster Club has postponed the Senior Athlete Dinner scheduled for Thursday night. They realize everyone would rather be at Joe Bruno Stadium rooting on the baseball team in the sectional finals. Check back for the new date and time.


Sectional Updates

May 24, 2014 - Both team advanced to the next level. The boys defeated Lake George16-3 and Rensselaer 12-1 to advance to the sectional finals. They will play Maple Hill on Thursday, May 29th, at 7pm at Joe Bruno Stadium. JT Sawyer went 4-4 including two singles, a double and an over the fence homerun. John Rooney pitched 5 2/3 allowing just one hit & JT Sawyer closed out the game. Click here for more photos from the semi-final game.

The girls defeated Rensselaer 18-0 on Friday. They will play Greenwich in the semifinals on Wednesday, May 28th at Moreau Recretional Park @ 4pm.

Directions to Moreau Recretional Park, 19 Jan Ave, South Glens Falls. Take Exit 17 N off the Northway on to Rt 9 North. Turn right onto Bluebird Rd, County HWy 27. Turn right on Jan Ave. Admission: $6.

Class C Baseball Bracket           Class C Softball Bracket


Memorial Day Parade

May 23, 2014 - Our High School Marching Band livened up the annual Memorial Day Parade. We'd like to wish everyone a happy and safe long weekend. Remember, there is no school on Monday or Tuesday.

Click here for more photos


National Junior Honor Society

May 22, 2014 - National Junior Honor Society inducted fifteen new members into the Hoosic Valley NJHS Chapter last night. Students are chosen based on their academic success, leadership abilities, character, school and community service involvement and citizenship. Our newest members are:

  • 6th Grade: Ethan Caizza, Rory Field, Rileigh Ham, Sam Salvati, Olivia Smith and Ben Thompson
  • 7th Grade: Chantz Boleski, Carolyn Burnell, Taylor Hansen, Zoe Neary and Marlee Peterson
  • 8th Grade; Savannah Champagne, Dylan Clarkson, Joseph Connors and Sara Pipino

Mr. O'Brien presented his Officers with medallions as a thank-you for their service and leadership this year. The 2013-2014 NJHS Officers are President: Jared Martin, Vice-President: Emily O'Brien, Treasurer: Lauren Paul; Attendance Officer: Matthew Rowe and Secretary: Katherine Rice. Katherine Rice also received the Knights of Pythias Achievement Award for her outstanding community service throughout the 2013-2014 school year.


Pleasant House Players Presents:
Guys & Dolls Jr.

May 22,2014 - The Pleasant House Players have been hard at work preparing for this year performance of Guys & Dolls Jr. Show times are June 5th & 6th at 7pm in the elementary auditorium.

Tickets on Sale at the elementary box office at the following times:

  • Wednesday  5/28 & Thursday 5/29  from 3pm to 5 pm
  • Monday 6/2, Tuesday 6/3, Wednesday 6/4 3pm to 5 pm.
  • Thursday 6/5 and Friday 6/6 starting at 5 pm

Learning Fair

May 22, 2014 - The elementary students held their annual Learning Fair on Tuesday, May 20th. Our students once again displayed how creative and interested they are in learning. The projects ranged from DIY projects, creative artwork, energy conservation and local wildlife. A special thanks to PTO for their support of the Hoosic Valley Learning Fair. This is just one of the many PTO activities that takes learning outside of the classroom and provides our students with additional avenues to pursue their own interest.

Click here for photos from the 2013-2014 Learning Fair


Certificate of Merit  for achievements in Math and science

May 22, 2014 - Hoosic Valley Juniors, Kaitlyn Smith and Grace Hren, were both honored at The Edison Club this past Thursday by the New York State Capital District  Society of Women Engineers.   Kaitlyn and Grace received a Certificate of Merit  for achievements in Math and science. Congratulations girls, your hardwork and academic achievements have not gone unnoticed, keep it up!


Budget Vote Results

May 21, 2014 - Hoosic Valley's 2014-2015 budget was approved by our community yesterday. Along with the budget, voters approved the creation of the bus reserve fund and the purchase of new buses. We welcome returning Board Member Tim Salisbury and new Board Member Rebecca Van Vorst to new four year terms.

  • 2014-2015 Buget -----Passed 274 to 57
  • Bus Purchase Reserve Fund  ----- Passed 273 to 65
  • Purchase of Four School Buses -----Passed 261 to 71

19th Annual "Bucky" Thompson Science Research Symposium

May 20, 2014 - The Science Research Class is once again preparing to amaze the community with the effort and learning resulting from their research projects. This year's symposium is on Wednesday, May 28th at 7pm in the HS LGIA. The keynote speaker will be Namita Chatterjee, PhD Candidate from the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Cancer Research Center, University at Albany. Our Senior research students making presentations are Amanda Kocienski, Olivia Logue, Marissa Charlebois and Tracy Anderson. After the presentations, refreshments will be available in the cafeteria along with poster updates from all of our research students. This event is open to the community, our students would love to share their knowledge and welcome your questions.


Prom 2014

May 19, 2014 - Hoosic Valley's Prom was held on May 17 and what an incredible night it was! Full of well-dressed and beautiful young adults, great food, and plenty of dancing.  We would like to thank all who attended for making it such a magical night. Due to such a phenomenal turn out, 249 meals were donated to the regional food bank through the Century House’s “Enjoy One, Share One” program. At the request of the Junior Class, coronation photos are available for viewing and downloads.

Congratulations to the 2014 Prom Queeen, L'Rae Brundige and Prom King, Jimmy Acker. The 2014 prom court members are: Daniella Requate, Kiersten Czuwala, Taylor Cox, Nhen Hunter, Nicole Casale, Katie Sanderson, L'Rae Brundige, Jimmy Acker, Hasson Mohamed Ali, Connor Ryan, Woodrow Miller, Anthony Wasiyo, Nick Ames, and Jimmy Burnell

Click here for Coronation Photos

Click here for Prom Photos

The 2014 AfterProm continued the fun into the wee hours of the morning. Prize winners were:

  • iPad - Kiersten Klein
  • Ray Ban Sunglasses - Colleen Beamish
  • Kindle Fire - Richard Madigan
  • Bike - Darwin Honsinger
  • Gift Baskets - Marissa Davis & Aaron Roberts
  • Printer - Ashley Madigan
  • Laptop - Nhen Hunter
  • GoPro - Jordon Hansel
  • Marucci Baseball Bat - Connor Ryan
  • Beats Headphones - Brianna Smith & Katie Rafferty
  • Beats Pill Speaker - Kyle Norton & Jonathon Colligan
  • Michael Kors Bag - Adrianna Grieco
  • iPad Mini - Emily Campsi
  • 32" TV - Isaac Sanchez
  • 48" TV - Woody Miller
  • $500 Gas Card - Amanda Kocienski

The Hoosic Valley Community Partners would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers who came early to setup, stayed late to cleanup and remained smiling through it all. And a special thanks to all the sponsors that support this event, without your generosity, none of this would be possible.

Click here for After Prom Photos

Click here for more information on the After Prom Party


May 14, 2014 -This year's Prom is being held at the Century House in Latham. The Prom begins at 7:00 pm, students will check in with Mr. Spooner. Tickets are not needed; we have a list of all prom goers! Prom will end at 11:00 pm. All students attending the prom must attend Coronation.

Coronation Information:

  • Students must attend coronation
  • Coronation begins at 5:00 pm, students arrive by 4:30 pm
  • Parents may drop students off at the flag pole circle entrance.
  • Traffic should proceed through the circle and park either in the HS or ES parking lots
  • Limos and hired cars must park in the bus port where busses load/unload HS students for school
  • Circle parking near Flagpole is reserved for handicap parking only
  • Students will line up according to grade in the hallway going up the ramp. (those students attending prom with a student from a different grade will be announced by the older grade)

Click here for more info

AfterProm Information:

  • Check in starts at 11:30
  • Students must arrive by Midnight and stay until 3:30 am
  • It's never too late to signup, students may even signup at the door - they only need a signed permission slip
  • AfterProm is open to all students grades 9-12, students do not have to attend the prom
  • There will be tons of great prizes and things to do
  • There is no cost to attend, all events, food and prizes are sponsored by the Hoosic Valley and neighboring communities

Click here for more info on the 2014 After Prom Party --- the Prizes --- Permission Slip


Wasaren League Champs

May 15, 2014 - The girls 4x800 relay team won first place at the Wasaren League meet on Wednesday. Jamison Jarosz finished first in the boys pentathlon and Clancy Morgan finished 3rd in the 400m hurdles. The track team will compete again on Friday at the Schuylerville Classic and then Sectionals at UAlbany on May 23rd.

Wednesday's win over Hoosick Falls guaranteed our Baseball team a piece of the League Title. Coach Books and his boys should be very proud of their 3-peat. The varsity team finished the season with a league record of 12-2, 17-3 overall. The sectional seeding's will be announced on Monday, May 19th.


Spring Concerts

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May 15, 2014 - The Sr. and Jr. High Spring concerts were held May 7th and 8th, and once again, our music students did an excellent job!  Well done HV musicians!  There is still a lot to work on however as they are busy preparing for upcoming events:

  • The Memorial Day parade, and the NYSSMA solo festival, both held in May. 
  • Then, we will wind down the year at the Baccalaureate Mass, and of course, Graduation. 

Enjoy the warmer weather - and be proud of your accomplishments thus far! The 5th & 6th grade concert will be held on Tuesday, June 3rd at 7 pm.


Prom Information

May 14, 2014 -This year's Prom is being held at the Century House in Latham. The Prom begins at 7:00 pm, students will check in with Mr. Spooner. Tickets are not needed; we have a list of all prom goers! Prom will end at 11:00 pm. All students attending the prom must attend Coronation.

Coronation Information:

  • Students must attend coronation
  • Coronation begins at 5:00 pm, students arrive by 4:30 pm
  • Parents may drop students off at the flag pole circle entrance.
  • Traffic should proceed through the circle and park either in the HS or ES parking lots
  • Limos and hired cars must park in the bus port where busses load/unload HS students for school
  • Circle parking near Flagpole is reserved for handicap parking only
  • Students will line up according to grade in the hallway going up the ramp. (those students attending prom with a student from a different grade will be announced by the older grade)

Click here for more info

AfterProm Information:

  • Check in starts at 11:30
  • Students must arrive by Midnight and stay until 3:30 am
  • It's never too late to signup, students may even signup at the door - they only need a signed permission slip
  • AfterProm is open to all students grades 9-12, students do not have to attend the prom
  • There will be tons of great prizes and things to do
  • There is no cost to attend, all events, food and prizes are sponsored by the Hoosic Valley and neighboring communities

Click here for more info on the 2014 After Prom Party & the Prizes


Meet the Candidates Night

May 13, 2014 - This Wednesday at 6:30 pm PTO will host their annual Meet the Candidates night. This is the time to ask questions of the candidates running for school board prior to the election. Candidates Timothy Salisbury and Rebecca Van Vorst are running for the open two four-year terms.

The vote will take place on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 12:00 Noon-9:00 p.m. in the Hoosic Valley Elementary gymnasium. In addition to the two board members, the community will be voting on the proposed budget, there will be a proposition to establish a Bus Purchase Reserve Fund and a proposition to purchase four new school buses. The proposed 2014-15 budget would result in a zer0 percent tax levy increase and maintains all current programs.


Fall Sports Physicals

May 12, 2014 - Dr. Nightingale will be here on Thursday, May 22nd to do physicals for any student who is in need of one.  If you are thinking about participating in a fall sport and you need a physical, this is a great opportunity to get it done before the start of the next school year.  Remember, you need a current physical to be able to obtain a blue card for sports participation.  Please see Mrs .Barton before May 22nd to sign up for a physical with Dr. Nightingale..


Bullying Poster Finalists

May 12, 2014 - The Hoosic Valley finalists for the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office County Wide Student Poster Contest to Stop Bullying are Katya Cyrulik (Grade 7) and Jade Yando (Grade 9).  Katya and Jade’s posters have been submitted to the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office for a chance to win their school $750.00 (first place), $500.00 (second place) or $250 (third place).  Congratulations Katya and Jade!


State Champions Visit the Capitol

Click to enlarge May 12, 2014 - Our Hoosic Valley State Champions recently visited the Capitol in honor of their historic season.

Click here to see Senator Kathy Marchione speaking with members of the Hoosic Valley State Championship Basketball Team – and their Coach – about what makes a champion, the value of hard work and the importance of the will to win.


Time Change for Website Community Ed Class

May 12, 2014 - Creating a Website Saturday May 17  (10AM- 12:30PM) and May 24 (3:30PM - 6:00 PM) Two Consecutive Classes. This two part class will focus on setting up your website, explore the many ways to design a webpage, working with text - formatting and styling text, adding images, documents, maps, and textboxes, how to edit and save a webpage, creating hyper-links, HTML basics, how to delete a webpage, changing themes, and publishing and maintaining a website. Click here for a registration form or contact community ed at 753-4458 x5001


Elks Honor Local Students of the Month

May 9, 2014- Our High School students of the month were honored at the Annual Elks Student Dinner. Our students of the month for the 2013-2014 school year were Sydney Fitzpatrick, Lauren Madigan, Samantha Carlo, Amanda Kocienski, Mac Anderson, Jeff Simmons, Dan McLaughlin, Sabrina Fitzgerald, Theresa Wederman and Alyssa Paul. Sydney Fitzpatrick received a $500 academic scholarship and Amanda Kocienski was choosen as the Hoosic Valley Student of the Year. Congratulations to all our Students of the Month, you do us proud!


Outstanding Business Student

May 9, 2014 - Congratulations to Sabrina Fitzgerald who was chosen as one of the Capital Region’s Most Outstanding Business Students.  Sabrina was awarded a $500 scholarship from Capital Communications Federal Credit Union and the Business and Marketing Educators Association.  Sabrina, along with 26 Outstanding Business Students from area high schools were honored on Thursday, May 1, at the Holiday Inn Turf in Albany.  Sabrina was nominated by her business teacher, Nicole Martyn, for her outstanding academic achievements within Hoosic Valley’s business program.  Of the 26 students recognized, Sabrina was one of two that was awarded a scholarship based on her achievements.    Congratulations Sabrina!

Senior Moment

May 8, 2014 - Seniors Listen UP! Its finally your turn...your big day is just about here and we are looking for two baby pictures from each of you for the traditional slide show shown during graduation. This is a different slide show than the one Clancy is creating...this time we want two of your most adorable baby pictures, we will add your senior picture to show how you have grown into such fine, young adults and then just sit back and listen for the ooohs and ahhhhs when the show begins!

Please label your pictures with your name, put them in an envelope and drop them off in room 210 no later than May 22nd. Mrs. O'Donnell promises they will returned. To those of you that miss the deadline, Mrs. O'Donnell plans to go directly to your moms and instead of the two cutest, she's going to ask for the two most embarrassing photos!


Hoosic Valley Heroes

May 7, 2014 - For the month of May, Hoosic Valley is encouraging staff and facilitating students to become Heroes of Hope.  It’s very simple to be a Hero of Hope, just look for all the good things our students are doing and then tell them!  We take the time to write up bad behavior, now we are looking for the opposite! There will be boxes in our cafeterias where faculty, staff, students and administrators can write a positive message or esteem-building comment to someone. Lets make sure our "good" referrals out weigh the bad ones! 

Comments will be posted for students to read.  At the end of the month, the messages will be linked together to form a chain of hope.  We are interested to see how far our hope can reach and how many people we can encourage.

You can be a Hero of Hope

A Hero of Hope is a caring adult who provides a child or youth with the kind of positive support and influence that can help a young person develop or enhance resilience.  You may not think one person can make a difference, but the data shows otherwise.

If you only have a minute, be a Hero for a minute: Offer a word of encouragement or praise to a child or youth, especially one who has been bullied or feels alone.

If you have an hour or two, be a Hero for a few hours: Coach a youth sports team, especially one that involves youth who may have a parent who is deployed in the military. Volunteer at an organization that provides activities or mentoring for children or youth, especially youth whose families are on hard times.

If you have longer, be someone’s lifetime Hero: Be a continuing positive influence in the life of a child or youth, and touch base regularly just so they know you are there.

For more information go to http://www.samhsa.gov/children/cc_howto_hero.asp


Spending Plan Maintains all Programs and Services with 0% Increase to Tax Levy
Residents to Vote May 20 on 2014-15 Proposed Budget

May 5, 2014 - At the April 22nd Board of Education meeting, the Hoosic Valley Board of Education unanimously adopted a budget of $20,250,551. The proposed 2014-2015 budget would result in a zero percent tax levy increase and maintains all current programs.

Included in the budget proposal is the reinstatement of student clubs, field trips and clerical assistance. In addition, one elementary teacher, an interim assistant principal position, and a head custodian position have been added to the budget. Click here for the full 2014-15 Budget Brochure.

Click here for the line item details of the 2014-2015 proposed budget.



Class C State All Stars

May 3, 2014 - The New York State Sportswriters Association has selected John Rooney as the Class C Player of the Year. Mike Pierre was named to the first team all-star. We always knew John and Mike were all-stars, now the whole State agrees! Click here for more information from the Post Star on all the local state all-stars.


Summer Counselors Needed

May 3, 2014 - The Valley Falls - Pittstown Youth Commission is looking for Senior Counselors, Junior Counselors and CIT's for the 2014 Summer Program.  Applications are available in the High School Main Office, the Valley Falls Library or the Pittstown Town Hall.  If you have any questions, please contact Mary McNeice at 753-6679.


Artist in Residency

May 1, 2014 - A visit from John Visser is something everyone in the elementary school looks forward to each spring. Mr. Visser is an expert extraordinare when it comes to the pottery wheel. The fact that he can create such beautiful works of art while talking to a group of five-year olds is truly incredible. We'd like to thank Mr. Visser and our Elementary Art Teacher, Mrs. McNulty, for doing a such great job with our young artist every year.


Author Visit by Terry Trueman

May 1, 2014 - Author Terry Trueman stopped by the Hoosic Valley High School today to talk to our seventh and eight graders about his novels.Mrs. Fillipone has several of Mr. Trueman's books available for purchase, click here for the order forms.

Click here to learn more about Mr. Trueman


Reading Rainbow Style Book Reviews

May 1, 2014 - Miss Dennis and Mrs. Foley's 1st grade class has been studying opinion writing during their Writer's Workshop. Each child in the class wrote a book review about his/her 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.

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!

Click here to watch our first graders and their book reviews


Schaghticoke Summer Program

April 30, 2014 - The Schaghticoke Summer Program is sponsored by the Town and Village of Schaghticoke. There is a $30 non-refundable fee for children of the town or village to attend. The $30 fee must be paid at pre-registration -cash, or checks payable to the Schaghticoke Youth Commission. Again this year we are requiring a pre-registration. Dates for registration are May 8th and May 15th, from 6:00 -7:30 PM at the Town Hall. Proof is needed that the camper is a full-time resident of the town. Acceptable proof will be either a Town of Schaghticoke tax bill or a Hoosic Valley report card.

Click here for more info and the registration forms.


Spring Breakfast - One Hour Delay on May 16

April 30, 2014 - School will be delayed by one hour on Friday, May 16th. Student Council be host their annual Spring Breakfast.  The students prepare breakfast for all faculty and staff in the district as a thank you for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. 


Syracuse University Project Advance
May 15, 6pm, HS LGIA

April 29, 2014 - Hoosic Valley is very excited to announce their new partnership with Syracuse University.  Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) gives Hoosic Valley students the opportunity to take college classes and earn Syracuse University credit.  SUPA courses use the same curriculum as those taught to Syracuse freshman and sophomores.  Our teachers will become certified SU adjunct professors by attending summer workshops and seminars throughout the year.  This is truly a win-win situation offering advanced courses to our students and providing professional development to our faculty.

Starting with the 2014-2015 school year we will be offering three classes with additional classes planned in the future.  Course planned for 2014-2015:

  • Forensic Science (4 credits): This course is intended to provide an introduction to understanding the science behind crime detection. The course will emphasize the techniques used in evaluating physical evidence; laboratory exercises will include techniques commonly employed in forensic investigations.
  • College Learning Strategies (3 credits): This is the study and application of strategic approaches to learning. Strategies are presented and practiced in order for students to maximize their learning in the context of college lectures, readings, recitations, and independent learning situations.
  • Economic Ideas and Issues (3 credits): This course provides an introduction to modern economic thought, taking students from the microeconomic to the macroeconomic level. 

We invite parents and students in grades 10 & 11 to join us on May 15 for an information night on this exciting new program.  Syracuse University staff will be on hand to present information and answer questions.  We will begin at 6pm in the HS LGIA.  Please contact the guidance office for additional information and questions.


Sophomore Interview Month at Siena College

April 29, 2014 - This May, Siena College is inviting high school sophomores to campus for their first college interview. A wonderful way to become acquainted with the college search in a welcoming and relaxed setting, this is an opportunity for your students to:

  • Meet an admissions counselor
  • Become comfortable with the interview format
  • Ask questions about the college search process
  • Begin thinking about the college “fit”
  • Understand the importance of their current academic choices

Sophomore interviews will be conducted Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout the month of May. Appointments can be made online at www.siena.edu/visit or by phone at 1-888-AT-SIENA.


2014 After Prom Party

April 29, 2014 - Over the past few months the Hoosic Valley Community Partners have been busy planning the 2014 After Prom Party.  It’s going to be a great night with lots of new events and some favorites from the past.  It will be held at the High School on May 17th from 11:30 pm to 3:30 am. All Hoosic Valley students in grades 9 through 12, including those who choose not to attend the prom, are invited to attend this FREE event.

Activities for this year will feature a comedian, arcade games, courtyard lounge, bungee run, wrecking ball, tie dye room, photo booth, minute to win it, casino room, two WII rooms, toilet bowl races, Kan Jam and laser tag.  They’re still brainstorming on the prizes.  There will be the usual:  TV’s, Laptops, Beats, Jumbo Gift Baskets and then a few new ones just to keep it interesting. This will be a night everyone will enjoy and remember for years to come. The Community Partners are asking for parents to support their efforts by encouraging your child to attend.  Click here for the permission slip.

Volunteers and donations are still needed.  Click here to see how you can help.


What is Remarkable?

April 28, 2014 - It’s not hard to say what was most remarkable about this past weekend’s Alzheimer’s walk; the fact that our community raised $20,000 to search for a cure for Alzheimer’s certainly is remarkable.  The students, staff and community members that participated in the walk, despite the cold and rain, was truly remarkable.  However, what could have been most remarkable was the leadership and courage displayed by Leah O’Donnell, a senior at Hoosic Valley.  Inspired by a quote from a passage she read earlier this year, “What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable.”  Leah took all the emotions felt when faced with caring for a loved one and channeled it into action.  She rallied her classmates, family, and the whole community behind the search for a cure.  She wasn’t afraid to show how much she loves her grandfather, who is her inspiration, which teaches us all that one person CAN make a difference. The remarkable actions taken by Leah and her classmates will not show up on our “school report card” or in any testing data, but this is the type of student we all strive for, one with true CHARACTER!

Make no mistake Leah had plenty of help with the walk, but this would have never happened without her leadership and courage to make a difference.  It’s easy to find things wrong with the world today but to stand up and take action like Leah and our community did this past weekend is truly REMARKABLE!  Thank you Leah and all your helpers, you have made a difference in the world.  We can’t wait to see all you accomplish after graduation!

Click here for photos from the Hoosic Valley Walk to End Alzheimer's


Stand Against Racism

April 28, 2014 - The April Character Counts Assembly took a Stand Against Racism on Friday, April 25th. The YWCA sponsors this event annually to show that racism, which is alive and present today, will not be ignored or tolerated. The elementary school joined many other organizations across the United States to host their own "stand" locally.   In all, hundreds of thousands of people will take a Stand Against Racism across the country. 

Our goal is to remind all of us that our country is made up of many different races, religions, 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. Responsibility is making good decisions about what you do and say, while taking care of yourself and fulfilling your obligations. Our students recognized for being responsible learners were: Carly Weddington, Alex Cipolla, Spencer Rifenburgh, Scott Adams, Alexis Kyer, Heslin Brust, Jack Vickery-Perez, Tia Rose Brown, Sophia Northup, Mackenzie Serritella, Joseph McBain, Kiera Rasmussen, Thomas Tilly, Jennifer Brayman, Austin Barton, Thomas Nichols, Jeneca Reiser, John Brown-Burdick, Connor Sabourin and Gavin Giordano.

The April Virtue of the Month is Tolerance. Tolerance is “To accept, respect and appreciate people who are different from you.” Students displaying tolerance throughout the school day are: Warren Reynolds, Carter Wickham-, Dominick Masters, Helen Okerman, Annamay Masterson, Arrhianna Franz, Maya Ryan, Olivia LaRoe, Aurora Jones, Hunter  Sharpe, Kate Ricciardone, Katelym Jewett, Logan Seror, Skyler Doty-Snay, Jordyn Burdick, Jaylin Rifenburg, Katelin Fusco, Nick Marpe, Ryley Houle, Thomas Rice.

Click here for more information on our Responsible and Tolerant learners.


Music in the Parks

April 28th - The weekend was filled with music once again as the Hoosic Valley High School Band and Chorus traveled to the Music in the Parks Festival, held at Holyoke High School in Holyoke, Massachusetts.  Both the band and chorus did a wonderful job with their performances, got to hear other schools perform, then headed off to Six Flags New England for an afternoon of sunny (thankfully) fun!  We ended the day with an awards ceremony, and both the band and chorus received trophies and pins for their outstanding efforts - BRAVO to all the musicians, and 'thank you' to all the faculty, staff and parent chaperones who came along to enjoy our day.  We also want to thank MAC, Booster Club, PTO as well as a Holiday Grant we received from Stewarts, all which helped us fund this trip - we are already looking forward to next year for sure! Click here for more photos.


High School Graduation Dates and Activities

April 28, 2014 - Before you know it, June 27th will be here and our seniors will be donning their caps and gowns. We have a few important events that go along with graduation that we'd like to make sure everyone is aware of.

Baccalaureate, Tuesday, June 24th @ 7pm. This year our baccalaureate service will be held at the Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church in Schaghticoke. Father George would like to invite the graduates, their parents and the entire Hoosic Valley Community to join in the celebration of the baccalaureate service. Mass will be followed by a reception in the church hall. Graduates should wear their caps and gowns (pressed please!) and arrive at 6:30.

Graduation Practice & Class Photo: Thursday, June 26th. All graduates are required to attend practice on Thursday in the school gym. Graduates should bring the caps and gowns (pressed please!) for the photo. Boys should have a dress shirt, tie, pants and dress shoes on as well ( needed for the photo). Please check back for times. The photo is taken first so make sure to arrive on time!

Graduation, Friday, June 27th. Our graduation ceremony is held at the Saratoga City Center. It is open to entire community, tickets are not required. The ceremony will begin at 6pm, with the doors opening for parents and community members at 5 pm. Click here for directions, scroll to the bottom of the directions page to map quest directly from your location. Graduates will be required to arrive early to practice at the city center.

Caps & Gowns: We don't have a delivery date yet but are expecting confirmation any day now. Check back for updates.


Summer Driver's Ed Signup

April 28, 2014 - Students interested in taking driver's ed in the summer may sign up now. The goal of this program is to equip your son/daughter with the fundamental knowledge, correct operational habits, essential skills, and the proper attitude for survival on our highways.  From successful completion of this program, your son/daughter will be issued a Student Certificate of Completion (MV-285).

Students must be 16 years of age by the start of the course to be eligible for the Summer Session. If offered, the program will run from July 9th  through August 31st.  The classroom sessions will be held from 10:40 am - 12:10 pm on Wednesdays and some Saturdays and Sundays, with car sessions offered before and after classes. Click here for more information.


Walk to End Alzheimer's - Saturday, April 26

Join the Hoosic Valley Student Council as they host the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer's this Saturday, April 26, at the HV Track. Registration and family activities begin at 9 with the walk taking place at 11. Click here to donate or join a team.

Thanks to many of our local business we will have some great raffle items. Our donations were from: Fred the Butcher; Backyard Birds ; Delmonicos Steak House ; Rusty Nail & Ravenswood; Guptills; Faddgons; Pirates Hideout; Devoes Orchard; Schaghticoke Fair; Zim Farms; The Edge; Tastefully Simple; ValleyCats; Bensen's Pets; Lewis' Tavern; Tupperware; and Wertman Farms Greenhouses


Author Terry Trueman to Visit Hoosic Valley

April 24, 2014 - Niki Fillipone our HS Librarian has arranged for Author Terry Trueman to visit our 7th & 8th graders. Mr. Trueman is a Printz Honor recipient for his novel Stuck in Neutral, a novel that introduced the world to Shawn McDaniel, a fourteen-year-old kid with cerebral palsy who struggles to connect with others when he can't talk, walk, or even wave hello? Mrs. Fillipone will have several of Mr. Trueman's books available for purchase, click here for the order forms.

Click here to learn more bout Mr. Trueman


Congratulations to Sarah Lovell

April 24, 2014 - Congratulations to Sarah Lovell for receiving a Champions of Character Award. This award honors individuals, schools and organizations throughout New York State for their leadership and dedication to the vision and mission of fostering positive character development. Ms. Lovell is a teacher in our elementary school. Click here for more info on this award.


Spring Plant Sale - May 10

April 23, 2014 - The Hoosic Valley School Garden is holding a Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, May 10th from 8:30 - Noon. Now that the snow has melted and our gardens are coming back to life, it is time to take a look and see what plants have become overgrown or have overstayed their welcome, and to replacing those that didn’t survive the Polar Vortex. Click here for details on donations, sales, and our School Garden Program.


Walk to End Alzheimer's - Saturday, April 26

April 21, 2014 - Join the Hoosic Valley Student Council as they host the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer's this Saturday, April 26, at the HV Track. Registration and family activities begin at 9 with the walk taking place at 11. A silent auction featuring donations like bicycles, white water rafting, fair passes, gift baskets and many, many more incredible items will be held all morning long. And the Chicken Bar-B-Que will ready at noon (orders due).

Click here if you have an item you'd like to donate to the silent auction.

Click here to donate or join a team.


Writing Olympics - Volunteers Needed

April 15, 2014 - This year's Writing Olympics Author's Night is on Wednesday, April 23. This is a great chance to celebrate student creativity and success. PTO is looking for bakers and a volunteer or two in the Cafeteria for the night of the Writing Olympics. Please contact Jacki Kinnicutt-Sawyer @ jacki23@nycap.rr.com if you are able to help.


Family Night Book Fair - BOGO
Wednesday, April 23 - 6-9 pm

April 15, 2014 - The spring book fair is the place to stock up on books. Buy one, get one free is a great deal and there's plenty of titles on a variety of topics. Make sure to stop by on Wednesday, April 23 between 6-9 pm at the elementary library to check out all the new titles and restock your home library.


Alzheimer’s…did you know?

April 15, 2014 - Every Monday, until the ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ is held here at HV on April 26th we will be featuring an ‘Alzheimer’s… did you know?’ segment.

Impact on Caregivers…
A study in 2012 showed that 15.4 million family members and friends donated 17.5 billion hours of their personal time to care for victims of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. When asked, caregivers rated the emotional stress of providing care as high or very high, and more than one-third reported symptoms of depression. All caregivers have a thread in common; it’s absolutely heartbreaking to watch the person you love slowly slip away from life as they knew it and be unable to do anything to stop it.

For more information on the ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ being held here at HV click here.


Senior Class Trip

April 10, 2014 - The Class of 2014 had a blast shooting the rapids through the Hudson Gorge. Click here for more photos.

From the Beaver Brook Outfitters Website: Rated as one of the top 10 whitewater rafting trips in the U.S., the Hudson River Gorge is the pinnacle of Eastern Whitewater. Seventeen miles of great class III-IV+ whitewater combined with spectacular scenery, will take you through the heart of the six million acre Adirondack Park, via rapids such as the Gooley Steps, Blue Ledges, The Narrows, Givney's Rifts, and the Bus Stop, just to name a few. Click here for more info on the trip.

Coach of the Year

April 11, 2013 - The Times Union recently released their basketball all-stars and we very honored to have received both the Girls and Boys Coach of Year nominations. Along with Coach Dorman and Calhoun, Mike Pierre, John Rooney and Lauren Madigan were selected to the area all-star teams. Coach Dorman also received the Coach of the Year award from Channel 13 News. Congrats to all on an incredible season.

Click here for the Times Union Boys All Stars

Click here for the Times Union Girls All Stars


College & Career Readiness at Hoosic Valley

April 9, 2014 - Students had plenty of opportunity this week for career and college exploration. Monday night our Guidance Department did an excellent job bringing over 30 colleges into our gymnasium. It was a chance for our students and parents to talk to college representatives and get an idea of what the expectations and requirements are for college acceptance and entrance.

Today, students in grades 7-12 spent the morning visiting different classrooms, learning about different careers. Mrs. Martyn along with our Guidance Department recruited industry experts in close to 30 different fields to give our students a glimpse into the requirements and expectations of a wide variety of careers. Students were able to pick from law enforcement, health industry, engineering, mechanical and renewable energies, and many, many more fields. Many of the presenters were local folks that live in the district - what a great opportunity for our students to go beyond the classroom without even leaving school grounds.

These two events go hand in hand as we prepare our students for college and careers. High school students need to be aware of the importance of the courses they take and grades they earn. It matters for college acceptance as well as career readiness and it all begins by getting off on the right track your freshman year. We are very fortunate to be able to offer these activities in-house and we appreciate all the time and effort our staff and visitors have put in to the recent college and career readiness activities at Hoosic Valley.


School Calendar Revision

April 8, 2014 - The Board of Education approved a calendar revision for the 2013-2014 year at last night's board meeting. The school calendar will be amended to reflect school closed on Monday, April 21, 2014, Friday, May 23, 2014 and Tuesday, May 27, 2014, if no further emergency/unscheduled school closings are required.


Guys & Dolls

April 8, 2014 - The Pleasant House Players have been hard at work preparing for this year June Performance. You can show your support by purchasing a Guys & Dolls T-Shirt. Click here for order form, make sure checks are made out to HV PTO. Order forms are due May 9th.


Hoosic Valley College Fair
Monday, April 7th, 6-8 pm

April 6, 2014 - Make sure you stop by the College Fair being held in the high school gym on Monday night. This is a great place for Hoosic Valley students and parents to begin their college search. Our counselors have done a great job recruiting colleges from throughout the northeast for this year's fair. We hope to see all you there!


State Championship Tee's

April 7, 2014 - Don't forget to order your state championship t-shirt! Orders are due by April 25th. Click here to view Tee's and order form.


Little Shop of Incredibly Talented Actors

click here for photos

April 6, 2014 - This weekend the Hoosic Valley Auditorium was transformed into Muchnik's Flower Shop as the Valley Repertory Theater brought to life the Little Shop of Horrors. Directors Myott, Manuel and Brenensthul did a great job with this weekend's performance. The students lit up the stage and filled the air with music and laughter. And lets not forget all that goes on behind the scenes - students and parents joined forces to make this years spring musical a reality. We thank you all for your time and talents that made the Little Shop of Horrors a performance to remember.


Peter Cotton Hops to End Alzheimer!

April 6, 2014 - The Class of 2014 would like to thank everyone that came to the Easter Community Breakfast. Over 200 people stopped by for breakfast and the festivities. This fun filled morning raised over $1,000 for the Walk to End Alzheimer being held on April 26th at the Hoosic Valley Track. Click here for more information on how you can help this year's Walk.


Little Shop of Horrors - Friday, Saturday & Sunday

April 1, 2014 - The curtain goes up this Friday for the first performance of our spring musical - Little Shop of Horrors. Here's your chance to see Seymour, Audrey, Mr. Mushnik and the whole gang brought to life on the Hoosic Valley Stage.

You can catch this year's show on either April 4th or 5th at 7pm or the 3 pm matinee on April 6th. Tickets are just $6 and they're going fast. Tickets will be on sale at the door or you can pre-purchase at the box office by the auditorium on Thursday from 5:30-7:30.


Alzheimer’s…did you know?

April 1, 2014 - Every Monday, until the ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ is held here at HV on April 26th we will be featuring an ‘Alzheimer’s… did you know?’ segment.

Mortality rate…
Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the 5th leading cause of death in folks over 65. Nearly one out of every three seniors who die this year will have Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. While deaths from breast and prostate cancers, HIV, strokes and heart disease have declined, deaths from Alzheimer’s has increased 68% from 2000 to 2010. For those suffering or affected by a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s there is no cure, no prevention and no way as of yet to even slow down the progression. For more information on the ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ being held here at HV click here. For more information on the ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ being held here at HV click here.


Easter Bunny Community Breakfast
Registration Extended

April 1, 2014- Join the Class of 2014 for breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 5th from 9:00 to 11:30 am in the elementary cafeteria. HV seniors will be cooking up a delicious pancake and sausage breakfast, making crafts with the wee ones, playing loads of games with them and to wrap up the morning taking the kidlets outdoors for an ‘eggtastic’ Easter egg hunt!

Pre-registration has been extended please send in your forms, click here if you need a copy.  Everyone is invited!

A portion of the proceeds from this event are being donated by the Class of 2014 to the upcoming ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ here at HV on April 26th…so not only do the kids get a fun morning with the Easter Bunny, you get to help support our Student Council walk!


SAT Exams Given at Hoosic Valley
registration due April 4th

SAT's will be given at Hoosic Valley on May 3rd. Students must register by April 4th to avoid additional late fees.

Registration for SAT's is done online at www.collegeboard.org. This is not something that can be done at the guidance office - it must be done through the college board website. Make sure when registering to identify your test site as Hoosic Valley High School, id # 33845 and that you return your test scores to our guidance office at CEEB # 335095. Click here for frequently asked questions related to SAT registration.

You can always find SAT dates and information in the Guidance Newsletter. Hoosic Valley is again offering a SAT Review class that begins on April 8th. Click here for more info about the SAT Prep Class


Pop goes the Hoosic Valley Band

March 26, 2014 - This year Pops Concert was an incredible testament to all the hard work our teachers and students have put into their music. To hear students ranging from age 10 to 18 playing together is truly a wonder. Mrs. Mancini and Mr. Sudano have done a great job turning our students into performing artist. We'd also like to thank Mrs. Cosey and Mrs. Manuel for assisting with tonight's concert and all our MAC members that continue to support and expand musical and artistic opportunities for our students.

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Real Live Super Heroes Visit Hoosic Valley

March 26, 2014 - Zero the Hero and his archenemies Minus Man visited the Hoosic Valley Kindergarten and Pre-K classrooms at Hoosic Valley.  The dynamic duo had the students rocking as they counted from zero to one-hundred again and again. Any guesses as to who the masked mathematical marvels were? 


Community Celebration for State Champions

March 26, 2014 - The Hoosic Valley Booster Club is hosting a community celebration for our NYS Boys Basketball Champs. The dinner will be on Sunday, April 6th at Sterup Square in Raymertown. Festivities kick off at 6 pm. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased by contacting: hoosicvalleyboosterclub@gmail.com or Doreen Dean (753-7669) or Trish Pallozzi (708-3534). Click here for more info.


SAT Exams Given at Hoosic Valley
registration due April 4th

March 26, 2014 - SAT's will be given at Hoosic Valley on May 3rd. Students must register by April 4th to avoid additional late fees.

Registration for SAT's is done online at www.collegeboard.org. This is not something that can be done at the guidance office - it must be done through the college board website. Make sure when registering to identify your test site as Hoosic Valley High School, id # 33845 and that you return your test scores to our guidance office at CEEB # 335095. Click here for frequently asked questions related to SAT registration.

You can always find SAT dates and information in the Guidance Newsletter. Hoosic Valley is again offering a SAT Review class that begins on April 8th. Click here for more info about the SAT Prep Class


PTO Bingo Night
Friday, March 28 6:30 pm

March 26, 2014 - The PTO would like to invite all Pk-6 students and their families to their annual Bingo Night. It's this Friday Night, March 28th from 6:30 - 8 in the Elementary School Cafeteria. Come on out for some family fun, cool prizes, refreshments and most of all BINGO!


Mandated Announcement

March 26, 2014 - The Hoosic Valley Central School District recently received approval from the New York State Education Department to employ Terrence A. Blanchfield as Interim School Business Administrator effective January 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014 at a per diem salary of $450 per day.  Per the New York State Education Department, it is the district’s obligation to inform taxpayers whenever an employee is hired while receiving a pension through the New York State Retirement System.


HS Musical Tickets on Sale Now

March 24, 2014 - The cast and crew of this year's musical "Little Shop of Horrors" have been hard at work memorizing their lines and perfecting their performances. You can catch this year's show on either April 4th or 5th at 7pm or the 3 pm matinee on April 6th. Tickets are just $6 each and will be on sale at the box office by the auditorium on Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - noon. Make sure to get your tickets early so you don't miss out!


Hoosic Valley College Fair
April 7th, 6-8 pm

March 24, 2014 - The Hoosic Valley Guidance Office will be hosting a College Fair on Monday, April 7th from 6 – 8 pm in the High School.  Our counselors, Mr. Beecroft and Mrs. Kellerhouse, have done a great job contacting colleges from throughout the northeast.  There will be close to forty college representatives, from both two and four year programs, available for information and questions. There’s so much that goes into the college search and it all begins here.  We encourage all our 10th & 11th graders and their parents to take advantage of this local event.  We even welcome 9th graders to attend; after all it’s never too early to begin the college exploration journey.  Please contact the guidance office at 753-4458 x2507 with additional questions.


School Reconfiguration

March 24, 2014 - Following the February 3rd Board meeting, Hoosic Valley filed the paperwork necessary with the New York State Education Department to revert back to two schools.  The Elementary School will serve students PK-6 and the Jr. Sr. High School will serve students in grades 7-12 resulting in the elimination of the Middle School.  The district has been moving back to this configuration administratively over the past five years as we have eliminated positions and consolidated staff due to the fiscal constraints facing the district.  Given the fact that there is only two buildings; we are naturally suited for the K-6 and 7-12 configuration making this a relatively easy migration with minimal impact on students, staff and community.  We have requested this “reconfiguration” take effect for the 2014-2015 school year.  Any questions or concerns should be directed to Superintendent Goodell.


Americanism Essay Award Goes to Matthew Rowe

March 24, 2014 - Congratulations to Matthew Rowe, 5th grade, for his second place essay on “What Veterans Day Means to Me”.  This essay contest is sponsored annually by the Elks Organization to promote patriotism among young people. The competition has two divisions and is open to all students in grades 5-8.  Out of the 195 entries, Matthew and five other students from neighboring schools were selected to read their essays at a dinner hosted by the Elks on March 19th. We are very proud of Matthew and his accomplishment.  We’d like to encourage Matthew and all his classmates to continue their writing as we look forward towards next-year’s competition.  


Alzheimer’s…did you know?

March 24, 2014 - Every Monday, until the ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ is held here at HV on April 26th we will be featuring an ‘Alzheimer’s… did you know?’ segment.

How prevalent is Alzheimer’s Disease?
In 2013 it was estimated that 5.2 million people over the age of 65 suffered from Alzheimer’s, this number is projected to rise to 7.1 million by 2025 and 13.8 million come 2050. As of today, roughly every 68 seconds an American develops this disease and by the year 2050 sadly the seconds drop to someone every 33 seconds. Remember it can develop a good decade before symptoms appear. Let us keep trying and hoping for a cure. For more information on the ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ being held here at HV click here.


"Wrapping Up" Pennies for Patients

March 24, 2014 - It's the last week for the Pennies for Patients fundraiser in the elementary school. Our elementary school nurse, Deb Ellett, and the elementary students are collecting spare change throughout March to help raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Contributions through the first three weeks have totaled $1,648 - as always the Hoosic Valley community rises up to the challenge and amazes us with their generosity and support.

Donations can be sent to the elementary main office, attn: Deb Ellett. Click here for more info on the program.


Community Ed - Registraion Clarification

March 24, 2014 - For clarification, if you are registering for a computer class such as Excel Level 1, Excel Level 2, Excel Level 3, Microsoft Outlook, Publisher 2010 or Microsoft Powerpoint, the cost PER CLASS is $25. If you are registering for a class that has the designation TWO CONSECUTIVE CLASSES, the cost for that class is $40.

Also, the fee to register is stated either UNDER each description, or at the beginning of the list for a certain instructor. If a class has a materials fee to be paid to the instructor, please do not include it in your registration fee, but bring it with you to the class.

Click here for the Spring Brochure


Dodgeball Champs

March 21, 2014 - The High School has another championship to celebrate! They defeated the elementary in the 2014 Dodgeball Championships. It's was a great night for all and raised $1,800 for the Teacher's Scholarship Fund. Thanks to our teachers for arranging the event and as always thanks to the community for your incredible support.

Click here for photos


N.E. Institute Visits Fourth Grade

March 21, 2014 - Hoosic Valley fourth graders enjoyed a visit from Trish Marki of the N.E. Wildlife Institute. Ms. Marki brought along several birds of prey to "bring to life" the ecosystem lessons fourth graders are currently studying. As you can tell by the photos our students were fascinated by the presentation. We'd like thank PTO for sponsoring this event, all the extra programs you provide to our students throughout the year are greatly appreciated by all.


Music Department has new Ts!

March 21, 2014 - Show your support and appreciation for Hoosic Valley Music Education with the newly designed Tees. We can thank Kiersten Czuwala (front) and Candas Schoonmaker (back) for their awesome designs. The shirts are available in royal blue or blue/white tye dye. Long and short sleeve is also an option. Orders are due by April 4th. Click here for more info and the order form.


Easter Bunny Community Breakfast
Hosted by the HV Class of 2014

March 19, 2014 - Spring really, really is just around the corner and so is the annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny hosted by the HV Class of 2014 on Saturday, April 5th from 9:00 to 11:30 am in the elementary cafeteria. HV seniors will be cooking up a delicious pancake and sausage breakfast, making crafts with the wee ones, playing loads of games with them and to wrap up the morning taking the kidlets outdoors for an ‘eggtastic’ Easter egg hunt!

Pre-registration is a must so please send in your forms, click here if you need a copy.  Everyone is invited! This fun-filled event is not limited to Hoosic Valley Students…bring your kids, your grand kids, your neighbor’s kids, nieces, nephews or just come alone and enjoy having a homemade breakfast made for you!

A portion of the proceeds from this event are being donated by the Class of 2014 to the upcoming ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ here at HV on April 26th…so not only do the kids get a fun morning with the Easter Bunny, you get to help support our Student Council walk!


Girls Scouts Take a Stand Against Bullying

March 19, 2014 - On March 11th, Girl Scouts from Troop 1250 spoke to our 2nd and 3rd grade students about ways to stand up to bullying.  They also showed the students pink bands they had made for students who agreed to stand up to bullying. The 2nd and 3rd grade students all promised to wear the pink bands again on April 4th to show that they all stand united against bullying.


Troop 1250 includes Katelin Fusco, Jillian Johnson, Harley Bradley, Kiera Matala, Megan Rice, Riley Seymour, Kiera Rasmussen, Rachael DeMars , Jenna Peterson, Emilee Valade and Katie Darrow.


Last Ski Club is Wednesday

March 18, 2014 - Ski Club will be heading off to Willard one last time on Wednesday for their "6th week" of skiing. And then spring can official start on Thursday!


It's Dodgeball Season

March 18, 2014 - With basketball done and baseball yet to start we have time for one awesome Dodgeball Tournament. The elementary faculty and staff vs. High School faculty and staff. Come on out and cheer on your favorite teacher on Thursday, March 20th, 7 pm in the HS Gym. Admission is $5 for adults and students are $3. All proceeds go to the HVTA Scholarship Fund.


Calling all MAC Members

March 18 - 2014 - MAC (Music and Arts in our Community) needs some help for the upcoming POPS Concerts. First up they need volunteers to help sell t-shirts. The shirts were designed by a high school student and will support both MAC and the music department's trip to SIX FLAGS music festival on April 26th. Next, is the baked goods for the bake sale. And last but not least, please spread the word for all to attend the concert - it's incredible to see the gym filled with musicians ranging from 5th grade to 12th grade. The teachers and students do a great job putting on their concerts and they love to perform for a packed house.

This year's Pops Concert is on Wednesday, March 26 at 7 pm in the HS Gym. If you can help, please contact Margaret Norton at hoosicvalleymac@gmail.com. Thanks to all of you who continually offer your support to Hoosic Valley's music and art departments!!


PTO Meeting Time Change

March 18, 2013 - PTO will meet as scheduled on Wednesday, March 19, in the elementary library and will begin at 6:15 rather than 6:30. Please try to attend, the more input we have from our parents and teachers the better support we can provide to our students. If you cannot attend but would like to weigh in on some of the items on our agenda please send your thoughts via email to hoosicvalleypto@gmail.com!

Items for this month:

  • upcoming BINGO night - March 28
  • upcoming McDONALDS night
  • Writing Olympics
  • Retiring Teachers
  • Next Year's School Budget
  • creation of a PTO scholarship

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March 15, 2014 - Congratulations to Coach Calhoun and the entire boys basketball team on their State Championship! Click here to Relive the Dream


Alzheimer’s…did you know?

March 17, 2014 - Every Monday, until the ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ is held here at HV on April 26th we will be featuring an ‘Alzheimer’s… did you know?’ segment.

Disease progression…
Although still not known for sure, it’s believed toxic changes to the brain begin a decade or more before the ‘loss of memory’ symptoms outwardly manifest. These toxic changes cause abnormal deposits of proteins that form amyloid plaques and tau tangles throughout the brain. In addition once healthy neurons begin to lose their ability to communicate with each other and eventually die, causing the brain to shrink in size. Eventually the damage spreads to the hippocampus which is responsible for memory and by the end stage of the disease the entire brain has shrunk significantly. For more information on the ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ being held here at HV click here.


Anthony Wasiyo Receives a Full Scholarship

March 14, 2014 - Congratualtions to Anthony Wasiyo on his recent signing with Divison I Tabor College. Click here for the full story from the Troy Record.


Wasaren League All-Stars

March 13, 2014 - Wasaren League has just released this season's list of All-Stars. Mike Pierre is the Boys League MVP and John Rooney was selected to the 1st team all-stars. JT Sawyer, Mac Anderson and Conway Gillespie received honorable mention.

Lauren Madigan and Alyssa Paul were named to the girls all-star, 1st team. Sam Carlo, Tracy Anderson and Laura McGreevey received honorable mention. In a league as tough as the Wasaren, it's quite an achievement to have all of our starting players acknowledged.

Click here for a complete list of Wasaren League All-Stars


Broadway, Here we Come!!!!

March 13, 2014 - Seven Hoosic Valley students were nominated by Ms. LaCourse, director of the elementary musical, to audition for iTheatrics in New York City. The students ranged from grade 5 through grade 11. Ms. LaCourse held an audition workshop to prepare our young actors for their first Broadway audition. iTheatrics planned to choose 250 out of the 600 actors auditioning. We are Soooooo.. proud to announce that all our actors "got the part!" They will appear this summer in West Side Story, Anything Goes, Peter Pan, and Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens.

Congratulations to our aspiring actors. Not only is this a great opportunity for you but our own musicals will benefit as well when you returned to Hoosic Valley as "seasoned" actors.


Senior Class Trip

March 13, 2014 - Reminder to all seniors if you are going on the White Water Rafting Senior Trip, April 10th - your signed permission slips and $20 payment need to be returned to either Mrs. Phillips or Mrs. O'Donnell by Friday, March 14th. If you misplaced yours stop by either classroom and grab one.


Lunch Menu Change

March 13, 2014 - There will be a menu change for tomorrow and Monday.  Tomorrow's lunch will be Mozzarella Sticks. Popcorn Chicken has been moved to MONDAY.  (if looking at the menu Friday and Monday have been swapped) Thank you for your understanding.


Grades 3-8 NYS testing begins in April

March 12, 2014 - Starting next month, Hoosic Valley will begin New York State English Language Arts and Math testing for students in grades 3-8.  In an effort to help ease anxieties that you or your child may feel about these test, we are providing information about the tests and how our school district uses the results to improved education for your child.

We view these annual state tests more as a measure of our performance.  As soon as we receive the results of any test, we analyze them and look at ways we can improve the program for all students.  Test results are used as one measure to assess need and delivery methods for support services.  This could mean revising our curriculum at a particular grade level or acquiring new resources to enhance instruction in an area in which our students experience difficulty.  Individual, group, class and grade-level data all give us meaningful feedback that can be used to improve our curriculum and instruction for everyone.

2014 New York State Test Schedule

Assessment

Grades

Dates

ELA

3 through 8

April 1, 2, and 3

Math

3 through 8

April 30, May 1 and 2

Click here for more information from Mrs. Goodell, District Superintendent, on the upcoming NYS testing.


Class of 2014 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

March 10, 2014 - The Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2014 at Hoosic Valley High School in Schaghticoke, New York, have been announced by Mr. G. Michael Apostol, High School Principal.

The Valedictorian is Lauren Madigan, daughter of JoAnn and Dan Madigan of Valley Falls. 

Lauren has consistently challenged herself with academics and is the Hoosic Valley Female Scholar Athlete.  She was accepted to NYSSSA during the summer of 2013, won the Schaghticoke Fair design competition in 2012 and 2013 and received a Silver Key and Honorable mention at the Scholastic Art and Writing awards.  In addition she is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, the Transfiguration Parish Youth Group, and assists the art classes in the elementary school.

She not only excells in academics, but in athletics as well.  Lauren plays varsity soccer, basketball and softball.  She is the section 2 Class C, MVP in Basketball and was elected to the first team, WASAREN League basketball all-stars.

Lauren has been accepted at several colleges but has not made yet made her final decision.  She plans to major in art with a concentration in either illustration or animation.

The Salutatorian, is John T. Sawyer, son of Jacki Kinnicut-Sawyer and Tom Sawyer, Jr. of Johnsonville.

JT is a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council.  He plays varsity basketball and baseball. 

He has been awarded the Rensselaer Medal and has been on the High Honor Roll every marking period.  In addition he is the WASAREN league scholar athlete for basketball and a member of the section 2, Class C champion basketball team.  He is also the small school baseball player of the year for 2013.

JT plans to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School of Business in the fall of 2014.  He plans to earn a master’s degree in business analytics and finance along with continuing his baseball career.


Writing Olympics Receives National Attention

March 10, 2014 - the PTO Today March edition featured an article on Hoosic Valley's Writing Olympics program. Just another example of the great things small schools can accomplish with a supportive school community. We are very thankful to PTO for their dedication and support of the Writing Olympics over the many years that it has been a Hoosic Valley tradition. Click here to see a copy of the article.


Alzheimer’s…did you know?

March 10, 2014 - Every Monday, until the ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ is held here at HV on April 26th we will be featuring an ‘Alzheimer’s… did you know?’ segment.

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer who in 1906 treated a patient who suffered from an unusual mental illness that included symptoms of memory loss, language problems, and unpredictable behavior. After her death, he examined her brain and found many abnormal clumps (amyloid plaques) and tangled bundles of fibers (neurofibrillary tangles). These abnormalities and a loss of connections between nerve cells (neurons) in the brain are the three main occurrences found in the brain of the Alzheimer patient. For more information on the ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ being held here at HV click here.


HV March Madness marches on to the Final Four

March 9, 2014 - Congrats to both the Girls and Boys Basketball teams on their recent Regional & Section 2 Championships.

Final Four: The boys will play on Friday at the Civic Center at 5pm. The girls play Saturday at 2:15 at Hudson Valley Community College.

Girls Regional & State Playoff Bracket

Girls Class C Bracket

Sectional Championship Photos

Boys Regional & State Playoff Bracket

Boys Class C Bracket

Sectional Championship Photos


2014 Odyssey of the Mind

March 10, 2014 - Congratulations to all our Odyssey of Mind teams, you all did a great job at the regional tournament. Four of our teams received medals, one second place and three third place medals.

March 7, 2014 - Hoosic Valley Odyssey of the Mind teams will be competing at Rensselaer High School this Saturday in the regional tournament. Our teams have gotten bigger and better every year. This year we are very proud to support three elementary teams, two middle school teams and one high school team. This is a great enrichment activity that challenges kids to find creative solutions that they present in variety of formats.

3rd Grade Team: Logan Reilly, Katelynn Turriglio, Jaquelyn Carlo, Jenna Peterson, Sydney Valcik, Jillian Johnson, Brett Pruso, Coach: Tina Turriglio & Nicole Peterson.

3rd & 4th Grade Team: Lily Czub, Evelyn Bunk, Megan Rice, Brooke Matala, Colin O'Brien, Katherine Rose, Thomas Rice, Coach: Margaret Rice & Jen O'Brien.

6th Grade Team: Sam Salvati, Emily Durkee, Emily Turriglio, Emma Carlo, Ben Thompson, Sarah Corey, Coach: Tina Turriglio.

7th Grade Team: Jessica Espey, Renee Serafin, Maria Rice, Alexandra Rifenburg, Zoe Neary, Marlee Peterson, Eloise Carlson-McNally, Coach: Margaret Rice & Nicole Neary.

8th Grade Team: Julia Carlo, Emily O'Brien, Katherine Rice, Sophie Jensen, Savannah Champagne, Frank Abel, Andrew Turriglio, Coach: Margaret Rice.

HS Team: Luke Lagace, Nathan Maynard, Will Morris, Isaac Rezey, Tim Rossi, Chris Salvati, Dan Fennelly, Coach: Laura Salvati & Lisa Maynard.

We owe a huge thank-you to our volunteer coaches! Many of you have been helping out for the past six years, without your support this program wouldn't exist and because of your support this program has grown and had tremendous success over the years.

Good luck to all our teams competing on Saturday!


WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!

March 1, 2014 - Congrats to both the Girls and Boys Basketball teams on their recent Section 2 Championships.

The Girls defeated Greenwich 51-40. Lauren Madigan was the tournament MVP and Laura McGreevy was selected to the all-star team. The Boys defeated Spa Catholic 57-54. Mike Pierre was the tournament MVP and John Rooney was selected to the all-star team.

Both teams will play on Saturday, March 8th at Hudson Valley Community College. The girls play at noon and the boys tip-off is at 4:30. Admission will be $8. Your admission's fee to the girls game should also cover the boy's admission. Normally this is not the case but NYSPHAA is making an allowance for Hoosic Valley fans, please check back for the details on how to avoid paying twice.

Girls Regional & State Playoff Bracket

Girls Class C Bracket

Championship Photos

Boys Regional & State Playoff Bracket

Boys Class C Bracket

Championship Photos


Student Council Blood Drive

March 3, 2014 - The Hoosic Valley Student Council Blood Drive will be held on March 12 in the HS gym from 7:30 -1:30.  The need is very high right now, if you haven't donated in the past, please consider giving this year. Walk-ins are welcome or you may contact Mrs. Martyn at nmartyn@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us to schedule an appointment.


Pennies for Patients

March 3, 2014 - Our elementary school nurse, Deb Ellett, and the elementary students are collecting spare change throughout March to help raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Spare change could be hiding anywhere. Under the couch cushions. In the pockets of pants and jackets hanging in the closets. And don't forget to look in the car! With your help the elementary school is looking to raise over $500 in loose change to help the battle against cancer. Donations can be sent to the elementary main office, attn: Deb Ellett. Click here for more info on the program.


February Character Counts

February 28, 2014 - Our Elementary School held their snowed out February Character Counts assembly today. Students did a great job sharing songs, posters and projects from Diversity Week. Special thanks to our kindergartners for their 100-day song, that's a great milestone every year for our youngest students. Our fifth and sixth graders reminded the audience of the character traits for January and February and Mr. Foti presented awards for each trait.

The Virtue of the Month for January was Integrity. Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching. People who show integrity tell the truth, even when it’s not easy. They keep their promises and do the things they say they will do.

Integrity Awards went to: Keegan Antolick, Aubrey Guynup, Anna Grace Macica, Alex Ruepp, Ella Waldron, Anthony Golinski, Cliff Carey, Cadence Coughlin, Felicia Mysliwiec, Jennifer Tracey, Connor Fredricks, Olivia Cappellano, Myah Lenkiewicz, Tyler Eddy, Jacob Mysleweic, Shane Medick, Dylan Svec, Zackery Miclette, McKenna McLaren and Katie Jacques. Click here for more on our award winners.

The Virtue of the Month for February is Friendship.  Friendship is support, honesty, trust, consideration, and loyalty  given back and forth. Friends are people who like spending time together.  They share things with each other, care about each other, and have fun together! You can become friends with someone by talking to them, and by listening to what they have to say.  You can share things like your toys and your snacks.  You can be friendly by smiling and using manners, like saying “Please” and “Thank You.”

Friends help make each other happy.  If you have a friend who is sad or angry, you can help make them feel better by telling them a joke, giving them a hug, or saying something kind. You can be friends with all kinds of people – even kids who are different from you.  People who look different than you or talk different than you or like to do different things than you like to do.  That means your friends are diverse.

Friendship Awards went to: Kennedy Hampson, Isabella Jones, Chloee Edson, Julianna Spiak, Rozlynn Wert, Madigan Stevens, Tristen Boleski, Chris Tracy, Daniel Barton, Tyler Jones, Jacob Watkins, Lindsey Serritella, Josie Schmidt, Amelia Cachioli, Evelyn Bunk, Sofie Roy, Ben Morris, Jack Wiley, Katie Rose, Elise Bell and Brianna Derocher. Click here for more on our award winners.

Before the snow days and vacations at Hoosic Valley, our students had been celebrating diversity.  Diversity has to do with all the things that make us unique, like our race, language, gender, nationality, and age. Other things that make us unique are our personalities, what our family is like,  what we like to do – our interests, what we look like, what we are good at - our strengths -  and what we might not be so good at – our weaknesses.   Students learned about diversity from the morning announcements, reading books about diversity in the library, eating foods from different countries in the cafeteria, and trying to learn more about each other. Former graduate Annie Delano got together with a few students and staff members for a short video on Diversity. Click here to view HV Diversity; produced by Annie Delano. 

Click here for more photos from our February Character Counts Assembly.


Pre-Kindergarten Registration

February 28, 2014 - Hoosic Valley is currently accepting names of children eligible for the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program for the 2014-2015 school year.  Eligible students must reside in the district and be four-years-old on or before December 1, 2014.  The number of students allowed into the program is dependent on federal and state funding. Once the district receives final funding information, student names will be drawn at random.  Parents will choose between the integrated all day program or the half day program.  Click here for more information on the programs and selection process.

Please call Amy Vautrin at 753-4458 ext. 3507 or email avautrin@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us to register for the Pre-K lottery.  Similar to Kindergarten screening, there will be Pre-K screening on May 14, 15, 16.  The district will contact all families that have register for appointments.


PTO Fundraiser

February 28, 2014 - PTO is asking for your support of their spring fundraiser. Students in grades 1 - 4 have the Cherrydale sales catalogs and will be taking orders through March 10th. These funds will go towards the enrichment activities supported by PTO like; Arts –In- Education, writing olympics, field trips, After Prom Party, college scholarships, graduation ceremonies  and many more. While only student in primary grades are selling, PTO programs benefit all our students PK-12. Contact Michele Read at michele.read821@yahoo.com if you have questions.


Spring Brochure

February 18, 2014 - We can thank the Hoosic Valley Community Ed program for the first signs of Spring! The Spring Brochure is out with classes starting in March and April. Once again the Community Ed program will be offering a range of classes including health, technology, crafts and informational topics. Click here to view the spring brochure.


Sectional Brackets Released

February 12, 2014 - Congratulations to the Hoosic Valley Basketball teams. Both the Girls and Boys received the #1 seed in Class C. The Boys will play Whitehall on February 18th and the Girls will play the winner of Canajoharie/BKW on February 21st.

Girls Class C Bracket Boys Class C Bracket

Kindergarten Registration - Class of 2027

February 12, 2014 - Hoosic Valley Elementary is starting the registration process of the fall Kindergarten Class. All children turning 5 years old on or before December 1, 2014 are eligible for Kindergarten in the fall.

Parents may register with Amy Vautrin at 753-4458 x3507 or avautrin@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us. Information packets will be sent to registered kindergartners in April with the Parent Information meeting and screening taking place in May. It's very important that parents take the time to signup now so that the district can adequately prepare for the incoming Class of 2027!


February 12, 2014 - Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help. Often these opportunities are missed, dismissed or avoided – leaving people more alone and at greater risk. safeTALK training prepares you to help by using TALK (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSAFE) to identify and engage people with thoughts of suicide and to connect them with further help and care. There will be a local safeTalk training session at the Valley Falls United Methodist Church on March 1st from 9-noon. This informative training prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Click here for details including registration information.


Purple Pinkie's Return on Monday

Purple Pinkie Day is coming to the Elementary School again. Monday, 2/10/2014, members of the Mechanicville Rotary will be at Hoosic Valley for our help in stopping Polio worldwide! Every student will have a chance to donate one dollar to Rotary International. Our dollars help vaccinate children in a developing country and assure that they will not contract Polio, a debilitating and often deadly disease. Additional details will be sent home with students.

Every dollar counts so remember a dollar on Monday and we can continue to show Hoosic Valley’s commitment to stopping Polio worldwide! … and keep an eye out for students with Purple Pinkies.


Keys Found at Hoosick Falls Gym

February 9, 2014 - There was a a single house key on a key ring found after the Hoosic Valley Boys Game at Hoosick Falls. The key was found where the Hoosic Valley fans sat. If you are missing a key contact Hoosick Falls A.D., Tom Husser at the Hoosick Falls main office.


Report Cards Issued

February 7, 2014 - It's report card time for all our students at Hoosic Valley. Students in grades 7-12 received report cards yesterday, 2/6, and students in grades K-6 will receive report cards today, 2/7. Only report cards for grades 5-12 are posted on the eSchoolData Parent Portal.


Hoosic Valley’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Saturday, April 26, 2014 @ HV Track

February 7, 2014 - Hoosic Valley’s Student Council is working in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association to organize an awareness walk here in our community. One hundred percent of the donations from this event will go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association for their efforts in developing a cure, as well as for assisting the caregivers of those diagnosed.  Student Council is going to need everyone's support to reach their goal of $5,000 so mark you calendars now and use the link below to register.

Alzheimer’s Disease is a condition in which the brain slowly and irreversibly loses the thinking and memory skills of a person. This walk is in honor of Art Crowe, an incredible man and member of our community that has been battling this disease for a few years now. The walk is family friendly, kids will have several activities to enjoy, such as a bounce house and lawn games.

Registration will begin at 9am followed by opening ceremonies at 10. Reregister and donations accepted at http://act.alz.org/hoosicvalley The walk ends at noon, with a barbeque picnic to follow sponsored by McGreevy’s (chicken dinners will need to be ordered in advance - click here for the order form). Contact Leah O’Donnell for more info - leahodonnell@nycap.rr.com


Class of 2015 - Class Ring Order Day

February 7, 2014 - Juniors will have the opportunity to order class rings during lunch periods on Wednesday, February 12th. Order information packets have already been handed out, extra packets are available in the main office. A $50 deposit is due at the time of ordering, balances are due on delivery.


Carnations for your Valentine!

February 7, 2014 - The Class of 2014 is holding their annual Carnation sale for Valentines Day! HS students may order carnations during lunch or in room 210 through Thursday, February 13th for delivery to their Valentine's homeroom on the 14th. It will be cash and carry on Friday until supply runs out. All HV staff and faculty are invited to order their Valentine carnations too either during lunch or by sending your order to the senior class advisors; D. Phillips and N. O'Donnell...we will absolutely deliver across the parking lot!

All proceeds from this sale are being donated by the our seniors to the Student Council 'Walk to End Alzheimer's' here at HV on Saturday, April 26th. Help our seniors help put an end to this horrible disease... Cost is $1 each or 6 for $5.00, note card included.


Students make beautiful music at All County

February 6, 2014 - We here at Hoosic Valley are so proud of our musicians, they always do a spectacular job representing our school in so many ways!  Students from HV were able to showcase their talents this past weekend at the area All County Festival, held at Lansingburgh Central Schools. 

There were more than 30 students from HV total, and their performances were wonderful in the Elementary Band, The Senior Band, String Orchestra, Junior Chorus and Swing Jazz Choir for this festival - and we are super proud of them, as usual!


Sixth Grade Cookie Fundraiser

February 6, 2014 - Our sixth graders have just kicked of their cookie fundraiser to support their annual trip to Camp Chingachgook. It's a tasty way to help send sixth graders to camp. Click here for the sales flyer and order form.

Orders are due by February 25th, if you'd don't know any sixth graders, you may send orders (with payment) to the Elementary Main Office, Attn: Wendy McKernon. Orders are delivered on March 13th.


What do Plastic Eggs and Empty Toilet Paper Rolls have in Common?

February 4, 2014 - They're both something the Class of 2014 is looking for! No...It's not a typo, this year in addition to plastic Easter eggs the Class of 2014 is also putting a call out for empty cardboard toilet paper rolls for a craft project with the kids.  They could also use bags of individually wrapped candy to fill the eggs for their famous 'Bunny-gantic' Egg hunt! Hopefully this year there won't be any snow to traipse through! 

If you missed last year's event make sure to mark your calendar for this year's  Community Easter Bunny Breakfast. It is on Saturday, April 5th  from 9 to 11:30 am in the Elementary Cafeteria. Our Seniors were pleasantly surprised with how popular this event was last year, so they are requesting families to register by March 28th. No one wants any sad chicks going home without an easter egg! Click here for more info and the registration form.

Please drop donations off during school hours at either the ES or HS office c/o the Class of 2014 or send in with your student marked Class of 2014...thank you very much! We 'hop' to see you there!!!

Troy Record Athlete of the Week

January 31, 2014 - John Rooney is the Troy Record Athlete of the Week. Click here for the full story

1,000+ Points

January 24, 2013 - Congratulations to John Rooney on joining the 1,000 point club. John started his scoring drive for Coach Calhoun as a freshman and has reached the 1,000 mark in his third season. Congratulations to John and his fans! This is quite an accomplishment.


MORP Tickets on Sale

MORP is this Saturday, February 1 from 7 pm - 10 pm in the elementary cafeteria. This year's them is "The Movies". Tickets are available this week through Friday for $12 and will be sold at the door for $13. As always, any guests must be approved by Administration. This event is open to students in grades 9 - 12.


2nd Annual Prom Dress Boutique
Saturday, Feb 1st, 10 am-1 pm, Hoosic Valley Community Church

If you came last year, you know this is an event you can't afford to miss! New and gently worn gowns for free! As if the dresses are not enough of a reason, there will be raffles for flowers, hair, nail salons, jewelry...all for free! All school districts are invited...so if you have a friend in another school, invite her along too. Come early for the best selection and to make it a fun day trying on gowns of all styles.

So many dresses are bought and only worn once, what a shame when someone else could get all fancied up and have a night to remember! We are still accepting gowns and raffle items so please give us a call at 753-6984 if you have something you'd like to donate. Volunteers are always welcome and needed!


Attention Talented Artists K-6
Writing Olympics Needs Your Help!

January 31, 2014 - We are extending the deadline for front and back cover designs to: Monday, February 10, 2014. All cover designs should be turned into your art teacher Mrs. McNulty:

  • Pre-cut paper is available in the art room.
  • Entries must be drawn in pencil, or black or blue pen or marker. No color please!
  • Each entry must include the words “Hoosic Valley Writing Olympics 2014.”
  • Be sure to include your name, grade and teacher (spelled correctly) on the back of each entry.
  • All artwork submissions will be displayed at school on April 23, 2014. 

Gradebook Portal Reminder

January 31, 2014 - It's almost time for report cards and that means we are starting a new marking period. Remember as we begin a new marking period that you may need to change the marking period selection in the eSchool Portal when viewing the gradebook. The tip off is: if there's no grades for any subject, you're probably in the new marking period. Use the Marking Period drop down to select the marking period that just ended. The High School, grades 7-12, is starting the 4th marking period (total of six marking periods). The Elementary School, grades K-6, is starting the 3rd marking period (total of four marking periods).

Parents may contact Kathy Yavaniski @ kyavaniski@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us if assistance is needed with their accounts. Students should stop by the computer lab for assistance.


Hoosic Valley Guidance Update

January 30, 2014 - The Guidance Department in the High School would like to remind everyone of some upcoming programs they will be offering.

FAFSA Training - There will be a hands-on Financial Aid meeting on February 3rd at 6:30, in the computer lab,  to help families fill out the FAFSA. We will have a representative from HVCC on hand to offer advise and guidance on how to successfully complete the online financial aid process. The FAFSA is the first step required by almost all colleges for scholarships and assistance. Attendees should bring their financial information (tax returns, W2's, etc.) so they may begin the application process during the meeting .Seating is limited, Students should register in Guidance.

Guidance Newsletter - The guidance newsletter contains a number of scholarship opportunities, both national and locally sponsored. Seniors should be checking this regularly for updates. The guidance newsletter is handed out monthly in senior homerooms, posted on the website and available in the guidance office.

SAT Exams - SAT Prep classes given by Capital District Consulting are again being offered at Hoosic Valley.  Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (starting April 8th)  from 7 to 9 in the LGIA.  Cost is $150 at registration.  Checks should be made out to Capital District Consulting.  Registration can be done online at the Capital District Consulting website (Click HERE to register online) or in the High School Guidance office.

Click here for more info about the SAT Prep Classes

SAT's will be given at Hoosic Valley on May 3rd. Students must be registered by April 4th to avoid late fees. Registration for SAT's is done online at www.collegeboard.com, Hoosic Valley's CEEB # is 335095. You can always find SAT dates and information in the Guidance Newsletter.


Early Bird Registration

January 30,2014 - HVAA and Stampede will be holding their early bird registration the first two Saturdays in February, the 1st and the 8th. HVAA registration is for Baseball, Softball, T-Ball, and Fall House Soccer. Stampede will having registration for Youth Football and Cheerleading. Both registrations are in the Elementary School from 9-Noon.

Visit the HVAA Website for the registration form and information on registering by mail.


Congratulations to Our Indoor Track Team

January 27, 2014 - Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Indoor Track and Field Teams on their performances and effort at the Wasaren Championship Meet this past weekend.  Both teams finished in fourth place with contributions by all team members.  Individual league championships were won by Meaghan Foley in the Shot Put and Dianna Mohomed Ali in the Weight Throw. Full results are available at The Section II website, Section2Harrier.com


2nd Annual Prom Dress Boutique
Saturday, Feb 1st, 10 am-1 pm, Hoosic Valley Community Church

January 27, 2014 - If you came last year, you know this is an event you can't afford to miss! New and gently worn gowns for free! As if the dresses are not enough of a reason, there will be raffles for flowers, hair, nail salons, jewelry...all for free! All school districts are invited...so if you have a friend in another school, invite her along too. Come early for the best selection and to make it a fun day trying on gowns of all styles.

So many dresses are bought and only worn once, what a shame when someone else could get all fancied up and have a night to remember! We are still accepting gowns and raffle items so please give us a call at 753-6984 if you have something you'd like to donate. Volunteers are always welcome and needed!


1,000+ Points

January 24, 2013 - Congratulations to John Rooney on joining the 1,000 point club. John started his scoring drive for Coach Calhoun as a freshman and has reached the 1,000 mark in his third season. Congratulations to John and his fans! This is quite an accomplishment.

 


January Exams Given 27th - 30th

Monday, January 27th through Thursday, January 30th students in grades 7-12 will be taking midterm and regents exams.  During this testing time, students in 7-12 will only attend school on days they have scheduled exams.  There will be an extra bus run at 11:20 am for students that only have morning exams. Sandwiches and salads will be made available to students who wish to purchase lunch from the cafeteria.   Students will resume their regular scheduled classes on Friday, January 31st.  

New York State has a number of strict guidelines regarding testing, test security and snow day policies.  It is very important parents and students review this information and understand the rules in place.  Students are not permitted to have backpacks or electronic devices in their testing sites.  Therefore, when students enter the building all backpacks will be left at a table near the bus entrance.  Students should not bring any valuables in their backpack.  Students who bring cell phones to school will need to label their phone with their name and leave in a designated area with a staff member.   

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During the scheduled exam days, you will have an opportunity to conference with your child’s teacher(s). If you would like to schedule a meeting, please contact the Guidance Office at 753-4432, extension 2507.  If you have any questions regarding the testing schedule, please do not hesitate to contact the High School Office at 753-4432 ext. 2506 or your child’s Guidance Counselor at 753-4432 ext. 2507.


Stampede the Dome!
Saturday, Jan 25 6 -8pm

January 24, 2014 - The Hoosic Valley Stampede would like to invite all Hoosic Valley students (Pre-K to 6th) and parents to attend our open dome night. This event is absolutely FREE for all kids and will be a chance for anyone who may be interested in playing football or being a cheerleader to come try it out and see what it is all about. Click here for more info.


After Prom Party Planning to Begin

January 24, 2014 - Next Thursday, January 30th, Hoosic Valley Community Partners will hold the kick-off planning meeting for the After Prom Party. This is a great activity for our students and they'd like to get as many people involved as possible, it is a fun, rewarding, community-building experience.

The meeting will begin at 7 pm in the High School Room 33.


Writing Olympics Typist Needed

January 24, 2014 - PTO is looking for volunteers to type all the stories. If you can give a few hours, it would be a huge help. Contact Jacki Kinnicutt-Sawyer at jacki23@nycap.rr.com or Karin Gagnon @ kgagnon50@gmail.com


Ski Club During Exam Week

January 24, 2014 - There will be ski club Wednesday (January 29th) during midterm week.  Students that don’t have exams on Wednesday must get a ride to school before 2:30 to catch the ski club bus.  They may wait in the cafeteria if needed. Parents can also bring students directly to Willard anytime after 3 pm. Students taking exams on Wednesday should make sure they finish their exams, they may catch the elementary ski bus at 3:10 if needed.


NY Schools Still in Fiscal Peril

January 22, 2014 - Schools will again gather to to discuss the challenges districts are facing. The purpose of this events is to:

  • Draw regional attention to the ongoing fiscal crisis confronting our public schools
  • Inform and energize influential stakeholder teams from the 47 school districts represented
  • Help our elected state representatives understand their responsibility to act with urgency to adequately and equitably fund public schools

This year's forum will take place at Colonie Central High School on January 30 at 6:30 pm. Click here for more information


Music in the Parks Parent Meeting

Reminder - Attention All Senior High Band and Chorus Parents: There will be a parent meeting regarding the Music in the Parks Field Trip, in the High School Chorus Room on Thursday, January 23, at 6pm. Click here for more information.


MORP Tickets on Sale

January 21, 2014 - MORP will be on Saturday, February 1st from 7 - 10 p.m. in the elementary cafeteria. Tickets are $12 and are available for purchase in the Cafeteria during lunch periods. This year's theme is "The Movies".


January Exams Given 27th - 30th

January 17, 2014 - Monday, January 27th through Thursday, January 30th students in grades 7-12 will be taking midterm and regents exams.  During this testing time, students in 7-12 will only attend school on days they have scheduled exams.  There will be an extra bus run at 11:20 am for students that only have morning exams. Sandwiches and salads will be made available to students who wish to purchase lunch from the cafeteria.   Students will resume their regular scheduled classes on Friday, January 31st.  

New York State has a number of strict guidelines regarding testing, test security and snow day policies.  It is very important parents and students review this information and understand the rules in place.  Students are not permitted to have backpacks or electronic devices in their testing sites.  Therefore, when students enter the building all backpacks will be left at a table near the bus entrance.  Students should not bring any valuables in their backpack.  Students who bring cell phones to school will need to label their phone with their name and leave in a designated area with a staff member.   

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During the scheduled exam days, you will have an opportunity to conference with your child’s teacher(s). If you would like to schedule a meeting, please contact the Guidance Office at 753-4432, extension 2507.  If you have any questions regarding the testing schedule, please do not hesitate to contact the High School Office at 753-4432 ext. 2506 or your child’s Guidance Counselor at 753-4432 ext. 2507.


HV Formally Welcomes Mrs. Goodell as Superintendent
By Christine Barton

January 17, 2014 - On December 16th the Board of Education approved a resolution that appointed Amy Goodell as Superintendent of Schools. Mrs. Goodell has been serving as the Interim Superintendent since the spring of 2013. She began her formal appointment to this position on January 1st of 2014 for the period through December 31, 2018.

Mrs. Goodell brings to her position as superintendent an array of past experience as both an educator and administrator. Beginning her career as a Spanish teacher, she taught for seven years at Lyndonville Center School near Lake Ontario in Western New York. There she taught grades 7,8,9 and 12. Additionally, she served as a class advisor, advisor of American Foreign Students and instructed a class at Genese Community College. During her time teaching Mrs. Goodell completed her Master’s degree as well as her administrative certifications at SUNY Brockport.

Mrs. Goodell held a variety of administrative position in the Jamestown Public School District before joining us at Hoosic Valley in 2000.  In the last fourteen years as the district has consolidated administrative positions, Mrs. Goodell has gone from Middle School Principal to Jr./Sr. High School Principal to Superintendent. Mrs. Goodell has proven to be and will continue for many years to be a great asset to the Hoosic Valley Community.


Register Now for Spring SAT Prep Classes

January 16, 2014 - SAT Prep classes given by Capital District Consulting are again being offered at Hoosic Valley.  Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (starting April 8th)  from 7 to 9 in the LGIA.  Cost is $150 at registration.  Checks should be made out to Capital District Consulting.  Registration can be done online at the Capital District Consulting website (Click HERE to register online) or in the Guidance office.

Click here for more info about the SAT Prep Classes

SAT's will be given at Hoosic Valley on May 3rd. Students must be registered by April 4th to avoid late fees. Registration for SAT's is done online at www.collegeboard.com, Hoosic Valley's CEEB # is 335095. You can always find SAT dates and information in the Guidance Newsletter.


Reminder: Writing Olympics Stories due Jan 23rd

January 16, 2014 - - It's time to get ready for the Hoosic Valley Writing Olympics. This is a great opportunity for all our young writers in grades K-6 to have their stories heard and published. Click here for all the rules, deadlines and important dates.


Ski Club Canceled

January 14, 2014 - Ski Club is canceled this week due to our recent warm spell. Another week will be added on at the end (after Feb. break) to complete the six week program.


5th & 6th Grade Science Club

January 14, 2014 - Science Club for 5th and 6th graders has begun for the 2014 season. Under the direction of Mrs. McKernon (6th grades science teacher), Mrs. Freer (4-H Community Educator) and Mrs. Town (volunteer science teacher) club members will be studying foods over the next 6 weeks. The advisers were so excited about the topic they got carried away and included more information than can be reviewed in the short time the club meets. Advisers ask students and parents to help us out by reading over the material together, especially the introductory pages and summations to each activity. 

At the first meeting students received their lab books and dove straight into testing various foods for composition, specifically proteins, fats, carbohydrates and simple sugars. Time ran short before the final summation up so the advisers ask students to share their findings with their families at home. Parents and Students, read over your Data Table and compare your findings with a completed chart shown on the link below. Page 9 of the lab includes a few questions to help organize this information and put it together. Do this and you will be ready for our next meeting, Testing Foods for Vitamin C!

To see the completed chart, click on the link and open the tab for Hoosic Valley Science Club: 
http://www.ccerensselaer.org/4H-Youth-Development/School-and-After-School-Programs.aspx


Keep up to Date with the School Musical

January 10, 2014 - Practices will be starting soon, make sure you don't miss out! Keep up to date by checking the School Musical Calendar.

Updated Link: Click here for their calendar of practices, meetings and performances.


PTO Food Co-Op Back on a Trial Basis
A great, inexpensive way to feed your family and support PTO too! 

January 9, 2014 - The Hoosic Valley Parent Teacher Organization has partnered with Tri-City Foods to bring back the monthly Food Co-Op. For those of you not familiar with the program, Tri-City Foods provides a monthly list of foods they sell in bulk.  Order forms are sent home with elementary students to be filled out.  Anyone wishing to participate only need return the completed order by the turn-in date.   Approximately one month later, the orders are delivered to the school for pick up; payment is due at the time of pick up.  The turn-in and pick-up date are both located at the top of the order form.

If you miss the order deadline, you can either call Tri-City Foods directly or stop by their store. Tri-City Foods is located at 618 Third Avenue, Watervliet.  They accept cash, checks and money orders.  They also accept Food Stamps for payment; however, payment with food stamps needs to be made 24 hours before the scheduled delivery by calling Tri-City Foods at 518-272-0898.

This program started in December and is running on a trial basis; continuance is based on participation.  A percentage of each order is donated back to PTO, so take a look over the order form and hopefully you will find something to your families liking. Click here for the January Order From.


Music in the Parks Parent Meeting

January 9, 2014 - Attention All Senior High Band and Chorus Parents: There will be a parent meeting regarding the Music in the Parks Field Trip, in the High School Chorus Room on Thursday, January 23, at 6pm. Click here for more information.


HS Yearbooks - Orders due by Jan 16

January 9, 2014 - The 2014 Yearbooks are on sale now - the deadline to order will be Thursday, January 16, 2014.  The Yearbook sales staff will be available during lunch periods in the cafeteria to take orders.  Orders can also be placed through Mrs. Pallozzi in room 33.  The cost of this year's book is $40.  The option to have a name engraved on the cover is an additional $4.00.  Protective covers are also available for $2.00.  Please make checks payable to Hoosic Valley Extracurricular Fund (or HVECF).


Rescheduled - Wednesday, Jan 8th
High School Spring Musical Parent Meeting

January 6, 2014 - The will be an informational meeting for all parents of students participating in the spring musical including all those involved behind the scenes. The meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 8th at  6:00pm in the auditorium. It will be approximately 45 minutes. There will be time at the end for Q&A along with sign ups for different committees.

Any questions can be directed to hvdrama@gmail.com. (e-mail address corrected)


Lunch Menu Change

January 6, 2014 - Friday's lunch menu will be changed from Pizza to “Brunch for Lunch” (French toast with turkey sausage).


Ski Club Info - Grades 7-12

January 6, 2014 - Ski Club will start on Wednesday, January 8th.Click here for all the details about ski club including pass photos, rental fittings, lessons and volunteering.

Click here for the Registration Packet


2013-14 ARCHIVED NEWS

HV Pep Rally

December 20, 2013 - HV has plenty of pep and tons of school spirit, that's for sure! And it was all on display at the annual Hoosic Valley Pep Rally. Once again the Cheerleaders did a great job arranging the event, there was plenty packed into that 42 minutes! Jesse and Anthony are the relay champs, the 11th graders won the hula challenge and Mr. Keller remains the musical chair champion. Click here for more Pep Rally Photos

Our Secret Santa's Drive Big Yellow Sleighs!

December 20, 2013 - Shhhhhhhh….but did you know this year marks the 17th Annual Hoosic Valley Bus Driver ‘Christmas for Kids’ program? It’s true, thanks to its founding mothers, long time community residents and retired bus drivers Sherry Malo and Charlene Strope who saw a need and did something positive to fix it, the program can merrily say it has helped 456 community children over the years!

Preparations begin in early October when the head elf, who for the past few years has been Mary Ann Jones, begins making her list and checking it twice with the help of the school nurses, co-drivers, bus mechanics and aides. Secretly the elves gather the children’s wish lists from home and begin planning their shopping trips.   

Santa’s jolly red bag gets filled every year by volunteers from the bus garage who tackle those black Friday crowds while so many of us only watch in awe on the evening news. The gifts are purchased through the generous donations of area businesses, clubs and individual families, this year a total of $3000.00 was donated!

Some years such as this year, a real secret Santa appears and adopts an entire wish list, buying and wrapping every gift for that child. To this very, very special someone, we thank you!

In addition to all the presents and stuffed stockings, the fixins for a complete Christmas dinner is also provided for each family. This year the Class of 2014 seniors spearheaded by their president Amanda Kocienski donated class funds and filled 2 decorated boxes to overflowing with dinner delights...just when you thought your kids couldn’t make you more proud…they do!

So know that, as in the past 16 years, yet again sugar plums will indeed be dancing in the heads of our children thanks to the hearts of our community members and the elves of HV!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!


Planned Power Outage over Vaccation

December 20, 2013 -All power to the Elementary School and the District Office will be shut off on Saturday December 21st.  Please be advised that from Saturday 12/21 until Monday morning 12/23, our e-mail and voice mail systems will be down.  We expect the systems to be fully up and running by mid-day Monday.


Viva Las Vegas!

December 19, 2013 - The Class of 2016 sponsored the Semi Formal on Saturday, December 14, 2013.  Over 225 students attended the “Viva Las Vegas” themed night.   Fifteen  members of the Class of 2016 spent Saturday morning decorating the elementary entry way and cafeteria – it was an amazing transformation the only thing lacking was the Vegas weather!    The Class would like to thank our district Superintendent, Mrs. Goodell, and our Interim High School Principal, Mr. Apostle for their support and joining us for the evening.   A BIG thank you to our chaperones Mrs. O’Donnell, Mr. Viggiano, and our last minute substitutes Mrs. Beamish and Mrs. Vautrin. We would also like to thank the Yearbook Staff for sending Mr. Myott to capture many wonderful memories on film.   Click here for Mr. Myott's fabulous photos.

Refreshments were donated by many of the class members and punch & water were provided by the class.   Thank you to Mrs. Pegeen Jensen, Mrs. Bonnie Snyder, and Mrs. Judy Stannard for keeping the refreshment table full of goodies.  Thank you to the custodial staff – Lou Salway & Dave Weir for keeping the sidewalks clear and for all your help cleaning up afterwards.  Finally thank you to the class members and their parents that helped with the teardown  on Sunday morning.  “Everyone had a great time and all the hard work paid off!!”


Holiday Character Counts

December 19, 2013 - Thanks to Mrs. Cosey and all our students for a great Character Counts program today.  The singing was so festive it really made the holiday spirit come alive.  We also took the time to talk about our character traits for November and December.  In November we focused on Citizenship.  Good citizens think about their behavior and how it affects others.  They are responsible members of their families, school and community.  Our Good Citizens for November were Henry Akin, Jackson Schram, Dylan Cuzdey, Logan Beaudoin, Thomas Chetwynd, James Johnson, Charlie Valade, Rhiley Saur, Richard Corbeil, Branden Scofield, Dayton Houle, Logan Reilly, Lane Carner, Chase Ramsey, Jake MacNary, Jake Kinnicut, Colin O’Brien, and John Joslin.

Our character trait for December is Empathy. Empathy is relating to what someone else is feeling.  Empathic people listen when others are talking; they show kindness and courtesy, even in tough situations. Our teachers read us a story called “A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree” by Colleen Monroe.  This story helped remind us that if we all treat each other with empathy, we can make our school, community and world a better place.  Students recognized for showing empathy were: Molly Seymour, Christopher Fusco, Julianna Spiack, Amelia Stannard, Cordelia Lauber, Gianna Cachioli, Owen Simpson, Derek Reiter, Madison Templeton, Isaish Ring, Sara Brundige, Skyler Doty-Snay, Sydney Valick, Lily Czub, Brianna Fitzgerald, Amanda Salisbury, Brianna Rohloff, Brook Matala and Katy Story. 

Click here for photos from our December Character Counts Program


Sign up for Spring Drivers Ed

December 18, 2013 - The Driver Education course at Hoosic Valley Central High School will be offered again this spring.  The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, Jan. 29th.  If interested in the program see Mr. Ryan in room 211 or call at 753-4432 x5053 for more details. Click here for the registration packet.


Communications Update

December 17, 2013 - The Enews service that Hoosic Valley used in the past to send email broadcast messages is no longer available.  Instead we will be using our calling system to send out emergency broadcast messages.  Our calling system has the ability to send e-mails as well as make phone calls.  It also has the ability to call additional numbers besides the home phone.  In the case of emergencies we will be calling cell phones in addition to home phone numbers. 

Updated contact information including home phone, cell phone and email address from our student management system will be sent regularly to our calling service.  Over the next few weeks we will be sending home letters to verify and collect email and cell phone numbers.  Those of you using the parent portal can check the contact info we currently have on file by clicking on the MY INFO icon and then select the Personal Information tab.  

You may update contact info at any time by sending a note in with your student, please make sure to include your full name, students full name, grade and homeroom. While our student management system can handle more than one e-mail address per guardian we will only be sending one e-mail address to the calling system.  In the case of a parent having two e-mail addresses please indicate which address is the main contact.  


High School Spring Musical Parent Meeting

December 17, 2013 - There will be an informational meeting for all parents of students participating in the spring musical including all those involved behind the scenes. The meeting will take place  Monday, January 6th at  6:00pm in the auditorium. It will be approximately 45 minutes. There will be time at the end for Q&A along with sign ups for different committees.

Any questions can be directed to HVvalleydrama@gmail.com.


HS Yearbook Sales Begin

December 17, 2013 - The 2014 Yearbook sale will begin Wednesday, December 18.  The Yearbook sales staff will be available during lunch periods in the cafeteria to take orders.  Orders can also be placed through Mrs. Pallozzi in room 33. 

The cost of this year's book is $40.  The option to have a name engraved on the cover is an additional $4.00.  Protective covers are also available for $2.00.  Please make checks payable to Hoosic Valley Extracurricular Fund (or HVECF).


Writing Olympics

December 17, 2013 - It's time to get ready for the Hoosic Valley Writing Olympics. This is a great opportunity for all our young writers in grades K-6 to have their stories heard and published. Click here for all the rules, deadlines and important dates.

Use the upcoming break to get a ideas and a head start on your writing. Stories are due January 23rd.


Sounds of the Season!

December 13, 2013 - Wow! Is about the only word that can even come close to describing this year’s band and chorus Christmas concert week here at Hoosic Valley. With three evenings beginning with our 5th and 6th graders, to the Junior High and rounding out with our Senior High students, we hope you were able to make at least one concert to get you into the holly, jolly spirit!

Thank you to our music educators who not only taught and directed, but saw all the individual talents that make HV students so special! From soloists to piano accompanists to a design contest for the covers of the Junior and Senior High programs, our teachers know how to make the evening all about the kids!

To all our incredibly gifted musicians and vocalists, you never cease to amaze us with your talents. Every single year you set a beautiful example for the music students following in your footsteps to strive for. You don’t know it but you are teachers too!

If you missed the Winter Concert there's plenty more to come; All County in January, the Pops Concert in March, the Musical in April, Music in the Parks Festival in April, and the Spring Concerts in May - and Graduation will be here before we know it!!!  Thank you to EVERYONE who supports the Arts in the Valley!

Click here for more photos from the Jr. & Sr. High Concerts. If you'd like to download any photos make sure to click on the photo first to expand to full size and then save. Pictures will end up blurry when trying to save from the thumbnails.


HS Spirit Week

December 13, 2013 - Its tradition, the week before Christmas break…our JV and Varsity Cheerleaders rally ‘The Tribe’ for HV spirit week!  Every day brings a different theme then come Friday afternoon it’s the zany pep rally in the gym…where our teachers and students square off against each other for some great belly laughs!

Don’t miss the fun! Show your HOOSIC VALLEY Spirit and come dressed in the day’s theme…who knows you may win the coveted ‘Most HV Spirit Award’ at the pep rally!

Monday – Flannel Day; ah the comfort of flannel!
Tuesday – Twin Day; grab a friend and dress alike!
Wednesday – ‘Tis the Season’ Day; it’s all about tinsel, lights, green, red and white!
Thursday – Hollywood Day; which movie star will you be?
Friday - Spirit Day; how much blue and white spirit do you have??!!

Go Tribe!


Elem Holiday Spirit

December 13, 2013 - Not one to be left out, the Elementary is starting their own traditions. In the hopes of spreading holiday cheer and ending 2013 with smiles and happy memories the elementary school has plenty of fun planned before the holiday break.

Monday - winter accessory day: wear a fun winter accessory to school
Tuesday - opposite Day
Wednesday - Twas' The Night Before Christmas
Thursday -wear holiday colors! And Character Counts Assemblies
Friday - caroling


Ski Club Info - Grades 7-12

December 13, 2013 - If you haven't signed up for ski club yet, it's not too late! Mr. O'Brien will be accepting registrations until December 20th. Ski Club will start on Wednesday, January 8th, a parent chaperone is needed. Click here for all the details about ski club including pass photos, rental fittings, lessons and volunteering. Don’t forget to put “snow” on your list to Santa!

Click here for the Registration Packet


Health Alert

December 11, 2013 - Over the last few weeks, we have had students with mono in the High School. Given the 4-6 week incubation period and contagious nature of the illness, we would like to remind parents of the signs and symptoms. Click here for the letter from Mrs. Barton, HS Nurse.

Booster Club Meeting, Time Change

December 2, 2013 - Due to the Basketball game, tonight's Booster Club Meeting will begin at 5:30 instead of the usual time.


BOE Presentation on the Common Core

Reminder - At the December 2nd Board of Education meeting, Dr. Baldwin, District Superintendent, will present to the Board of Education.   The topic will be The Common Core:  What Instruction Looks Like Teaching to the Common Core and What Local Decisions School Districts Hold.  This will not be a question and answer session but rather an informational report to the Board of Education.  As always, the public is welcome to attend the board meeting to hear Dr. Baldwin’s presentation.


Compassionate Giving Project

December 2, 2013 - December’s virtue of the month is EMPATHY.  Empathy is “relating to, or understanding what someone else is feeling.” Compassion is “Empathy in Action”.  We are taking action and holding our fifth annual COMPASSIONATE GIVING PROJECT from December 2nd to December 18th.

This year we plan to donate to the Unity House Domestic Violence Shelter, YWCA Of Troy-Women And Children Program and Military Moms In Action. The first two programs provide assistance to families throughout Rensselaer County. Services include counseling and assistance for families including food and shelter.  Military Moms in Action sends support packages to soldiers overseas and they are located in Melrose.

We are asking every student in grades pre-K through 12 to bring in an item that will be donated to these programs. If you prefer to bring in one hand made card for a child who is served by one of the programs, then please do so, or you can bring in an item and make a card! Our families and our entire school community are filled with compassion so let’s join together to share that compassion with others.   We are hoping for 100% participation from all students, staff and teachers this year!

We will be collecting items through December 18th.

Compassionate Giving Project Donation List:

Pre-K/ Kindergarten: Kleenex, Chap Stick
1st Grade: Shampoo, Conditioner or Chap Stick
2nd Grade: Hand Towels, Wash Cloths or Chap Stick
3rd Grade: Toothbrushes, Toothpaste orChap Stick
4th Grade: Mittens, Gloves or Hats (Adult) or Chap Stick
5th Grade: Baby Wipes or Chap Stick
6th Grade: Bar Soap or Body Wash or Chap Stick
7-12th Grade: Slipper-Socks (Adult & Children), Scarves, Mittens or Gloves, Deodorant, Body Lotion, Kleenex, Shampoo/Conditioner, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Baby Wipes, Bar Soap or Body Wash, Chap Stick, Diapers (All Sizes)
Teachers & Staff: Scarves/Gloves/Hats ( Adult & Children), Slipper-socks (Adult & Children), Chap Stick, Sweatpants & Sweatshirts (L, XL), Pajamas (L , XL), Diapers (All Sizes)


Parent & Student Portal Updated

November 27, 2013 - eSchoolData has released a user interface refresh to the Parent and Student Portals. The portals have been updated with a modernized look and feel, streamlined navigation menus, and simplified interior page details, resulting in an improved user experience for parents and students. The Gradebook view has been enhanced to provide parents and students with a summary of student performance across all classes. The updated assignment Description field now allows teachers to format text and create links to assignments and other documents stored on the web.

Please contact Kathy Yavaniski (kyavaniski@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us) if you have any questions or problems with the newly released portals. Monday, December 2nd, is the start of the 3rd marking period for students in grades 7-12. When using the portal to check grades you'll probably want to switch back to 2nd marking period to see the marking that has just been completed.


Senior Yearbook Information

November 26, 2013 - Attention Parents of Seniors: Please have  your senior select the senior portrait they would like to appear in the yearbook by Monday, December 2.  Go to their gallery on the iSmile website and follow the prompts.  Please contact Trish Pallozzi (ppallozzi@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us) if you have any questions.

It's not too late...please submit your message from  home and your son's/daughter's baby pictures for the yearbook by Monday, December 2. Messages from home are $12 each and baby pics are $5 each.


Radiant Peace Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 25, 2013 - Hoosic Valley Community Partners and the Schaghticoke Entertainment Committee would like to invite everyone in our community to the first Radiant Peace Tree Lighting Memorial. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 30th at 5:00 pm at the Schaghticoke Town Hall. Refreshments will be served by our local Cub Scout and Girls Scout Troops.

There will be a “field of trees” on the lawn of the Schaghticoke Town Offices dedicated to those that are no longer with us. The ceremony will consist of songs, readings and reflections. The ceremony will conclude with the lighting of the trees. These trees will shine bright throughout the holidays and remind us that those we've lost will remain forever in our hearts and memories. If you were unable to purchase a tree we invite you to bring an ornament to the ceremony and place on our "Community Tree". Our wish is the radiance of these trees will help our community find peace during the holidays. On behalf of the Hoosic Valley Community Partners and the Schaghticoke Entertainment Committee we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


BOE Presentation on the Common Core

Reminder - At the December 2nd Board of Education meeting, Dr. Baldwin, District Superintendent, will present to the Board of Education.   The topic will be The Common Core:  What Instruction Looks Like Teaching to the Common Core and What Local Decisions School Districts Hold.  This will not be a question and answer session but rather an informational report to the Board of Education.  As always, the public is welcome to attend the board meeting to hear Dr. Baldwin’s presentation.


Report Cards Issued for Grades 1-6

November 22, 2013 - Today, all students in Grades 1-6 were issued report cards for the first marking period.  You will no doubt see some differences between the report card you receive today, and previous ones that your child has received. Click here for more information from Mr. Foti regarding elementary report cards. 


Music - Rocks the Soul Throughout the Area

November 22,2013 - The Music Department has been spreading their talents all over the Capital District during the past two weeks - and we wish to congratulate the students who represented Hoosic Valley in the Fall All County Festival held at Maple Hill.  Their hard work once again paid off, and the students did a tremendous job!!! 

The senior chorus students were: Kayla Carknard, Kiersten Czuala, Rachel Mau, Halle Nightingale, Alyx Balkwell, Gabi Beamish, Brian Gitman and Woody Miller.  Maddie Coons represented for the Jazz Ensemble, and the following students did a wonderful job playing in the Junior Band:Taylor Champagne, Alexis Parry, Katherine Rice, Caitlyn O'Neill, Lauren Paul, Greg Wolosen, Dylan Clarkson, Renee Pary and Savannah Champagne.  Bravo!!

Good luck to Halle Nightingale and Greg Wolosen as they travel to All State this weekend in Saratoga!! Mark your calendars as our students get ready to bring you sounds of joy and good cheer for the upcoming Holiday Concert!

  • December 10th - 6th grade band, 5-6 grade chorus
  • December 11th - Jr High (7-8) Winter Concert
  • December 12th - Sr High (9-12) Winter Concert

All three concerts begin at 7pm and will be held in the auditorium.


Kindergarten Bring Stories to Life

November 22, 2013 - Hoosic Valley Kindergarteners spent time this week with Susan Griss getting their “Minds in Motion”. This program is a kinesthetic approach to teaching and learning academic curriculum (reading, math, science, history) using creative movement, dance, and simple movement activities. Ms. Griss came to Kindergarten as a classroom residency that was based on her book Minds in Motion: A Kinesthetic Approach to Teaching Elementary Curriculum. She presents a true integration of literacy, science, and creative movement. This program was provided to us through funds from Stewart’s and our own PTO Arts in Education fund.  We are very appreciative of their support for this fun learning experience.

The books that Ms. Griss and our students brought to life were The Tiny Seed; Waiting for Wings; and Where the Wild Things Are.   Ms. Griss did an incredible job bringing words like mischievous, gnash, vines, and rumpus to life.  Kindergarten parents ask you children what these means and better yet what they “look” like.  Warning: if you are not familiar with a rumpus you may want to look that up before asking for a demonstration!  Click here to see some of our students in action.


Booster Club Rewards Their Top Sellers

November 22, 2013 - The Booster Club Magazine Fundraiser includes great rewards. Every year the top sellers take part in the Annual Limo to Pizza Hut Luncheon. The kids had a great time, enjoyed a terrific lunch and as always were complimented on how well they behaved. Click here for more photos. (Thanks to Mrs. Read for the pics.)

The Booster Club also sponsors a dance for ALL students in 5th & 6th Grade. This year's dance will be on Friday, December 6th in the elementary cafeteria. The get together will start at 6:30 PM and end at 8:30 PM. This is a chance for the students to enjoy a fun night of dancing and socializing with their friends. Admission is free and pizza, soda and cookies will be served. Click here for the permission slip and more information.

We'd like to thank all our students who helped raise money for the Booster Club and all the parents who pitched in with sales and chaperoning the above activities.


Debut of the 5th Grade Band

November 21, 2013 - Congratulations to all our talented fifth grade musicians and Band Director, Mr. Sudano, on a great first concert.  After only about ten lessons and five group practices our fifth grade students performed their first of many concerts. It was very evident that our youngest musicians have been practicing very hard and paying attention to everything Mr. Sudano has taught them so far.  They entertained the captive audience with many of our favorites such as, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, London Bridge is Falling Down and Jingle Bells.  It’s great to see so many kids back in the band --- you all sounded great!  We look forward to your next performance. Click here to see additional photos.


Lockdown Drill in the Elementary School

November 21, 2013 - School districts have to perform many drills throughout the school year and they have proven to be very effective and important when needed. Given that information, Hoosic Valley tries to have drills outside of the standard classroom setting. It's very important that students know how to handle a situation during our lunch times. Click here for more information from Mr. Foti on today's drill.


Special Education Quality Assurance Review

November 20, 2013 - Every year the New York State Education Department P-12: Office of Special Education conducts Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA) Reviews in a variety of schools throughout New York State.  Hoosic Valley has been selected to take part of this comprehensive audit for the 2013-2014 school year.  The purpose of this review is to assess the District’s compliance with selected Federal and State laws and regulations governing the education of students with disabilities.

This review will be conducted by the SEQA Eastern Regional Office and will include representatives from the school district.  The quality assurance process will involve a review of school records of a representative sample of students with disabilities, classroom visitations and interviews.   In addition, meetings of the Committee on Special Education will be observed.  Further, information may be obtained by contacting the SEQA Eastern Regional Office at 486-6366 and/or by contacting Hoosic Valley Central School District at 753-4458, please direct questions Patti Sawyer, Special Education Director.


Daily Communications from the Jr./Sr. High

November 20, 2013 - Attention parents of students in grades 7-12: The HS web page includes the morning announcements. This is a great way for parents to keep track of different student events and due dates that don't show on our district web calendar. It's updated every day (or so). As students get older and more independent the notes home get fewer and fewer, we hope this information helps parents keep up to date with all the "happenings" in the Jr. Sr. High. Use the Our Schools drop down menu above to navigate to the High School Web Page, there is also a link at the bottom of the page if using a device not capable of drop down menus.


Common Core Staff Training Planned for 12/11

November 18, 2013 - Wednesday, December 11th, K-12 students will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m.  The afternoon will be dedicated to professional staff development.  With all of the current initiatives and mandates of APPR and Common Core, it is necessary to provide staff with professional development opportunities.  As a district, we are working to fulfill requirements and to provide students with the best education possible. 

 Thank you for your understanding of this calendar change.  December 11th is the only calendar change that we anticipate.  As always, thank you for supporting your child’s education.

Thank you for Cheering Us On!
at our 6th Annual Hoosic Valley’s Got Talent Show!

November 18, 2013 - You filled the auditorium to capacity and when our young performers took the stage all they could see was a sea of smiles and not one empty chair! You helped us raise over $500 and fill the cupboards at our local food pantry. Our community is just plain awesome and we can’t thank you enough for taking the time to come and see for yourself what incredible talent Hoosic Valley students truly have!

The money raised will help offset costs for our Senior Band and Chorus to take part in the ‘Music in the Parks Festival’ at Six Flags New England this spring. This festival is unique in that it brings together students from schools all over the eastern United States and professional adjudicators with over 30 years of musical experience. Our students perform for these adjudicators who in turn evaluate their performance. Students leave the festival inspired from the direction they received from these professionals and return home with even more musical gifts! Many of those you cheered at the Talent Show will be attending…so just imagine next year’s show!

The eight large boxes overflowing with food donations went to our local community through the Hoosic Valley Community Church Food Pantry and just in time for the holidays!

Click here for photos of our talented performers.


Hoosic Valley Talent Show Friday, November 15th

November 13, 2013 - Lights, camera…action! Hoosic Valley’s 6th Annual Talent Show hits the stage this Friday, November 15th. Curtain goes up at 6:00 pm sharp so arrive early to get a seat because it’s always a full house event!

Look for an evening packed with new performers and returning favorites - vocalists, pianists, comedians, dancers and even our perennial ventriloquist just to give you a hint of the talent appearing on stage this year. Guaranteed you will be wowed at the talent that walks the halls of HV and wait until you meet this year’s emcee!

Admission:
Students - non-perishable food item for our annual “Fill That Truck’ food drive hosted by the Class of 2014.
Adults - $3.00 per person with all proceeds donated by MAC to help offset transportation costs to the ‘Music in the Parks Festival’ being held on Saturday April 26th at Six Flags New England.  This year both our Senior High Band and Chorus will attend the festival and represent Hoosic Valley! And yes adults, you are absolutely welcome to still bring a food drive donation because its all about filling that truck for our local food pantry!

Mark your calendar for this Friday and we’ll see you at the show!


Senior Portraits and School Pictures 7-12

November 12, 2013 - Senior portrait retakes will be on Thursday, November 14 in room 19A. Seniors that made appointments should see Mrs. Pallozzi, Room 33 for a pass. The photographer will be here from 7:45 a.m. until noon.

Reminder to all students in grades 7-12: If you did not have your student photo taken in gym class when the photographer was here last month, please stop in to room 19A on Thursday, November 14 between 7:45 and noon. This photo will be used for your student ID as well as your yearbook photo (for underclassmen).


Solar Power comes to Hoosic Valley

November 8, 2013 - In case you were wondering what those workers are doing on the roof, they are installing solar panels. Click here for more info.


Understanding the Possibilities for Scholarship Opportunities

November 8, 2013 - Part of the college search also involves the college scholarship search. Our guidance department put together some useful tips and tricks that will help seniors as they search, apply and receive scholarships. Remember, the one thing that all scholarship recipients have in common is............They all applied!

Click here for more information on Scholarship Opportunities


Character Counts at Hoosic Valley

November 8, 2013 - Our Elementary School took the time out of their busy schedules to acknowledge that Character Counts!  People who show good character are: kind to others, help those in need, behave well……in short they are just the sort of students we strive to have here at Hoosic Valley.  Each month we highlight a different virtue, students learn about our Virtue of the Month through morning announcements and lessons with Mrs. McQueeney. 

We started the school year with “Ready to Learn”.  This is a great trait to start the year, reminding our students to keep their eyes, ears, bodies and brains focused on the teacher and ignore distractions.  They should sit up straight and tall and keep their voices quiet. Student’s recognized for being Ready to Learn were: Arlene Coughlin, Gabriella Furia, Helen Okerman, Cayce Miller, Lainey brochette, Abbigale Salisbury, Paige Gela, Allison Palladino, Jillian Johnson, Adryanna Ryan, Ava Ratell, Hailee Rose, Matthew Adams, Matthew Wager, Anthony Palladino, Camerson Field, Sarah White, Chaylee Clarkson, Tyler Godsill and Katie Jacques.

October was all about Self Control, controlling your thoughts, feelings, words and actions.  It means being in charge of your actions and reactions, making good choices and being accountable for your decisions. Students showing good Self Control for the month of October were Kane Morgan, Tyler Lee, Anna Grace Macica, Helen Lestage, Hannah Coffin, Henry Brown, Evan Maloney, Landon Reilly Evan Antolick, Dillon Speanburgh, Joshua Ham, Sophie Svec, Katrine LeStage, Faith McBain, Kiera Matala, Logan Maleady, McKenna Warrington, Arianna Jarvis, Brianna Derocher, Katelynn Turrigleio and Terry Ann Cottrell.

Special thanks to all our impact students and performers for making the November Character Counts Assembly such a success.

Click here to see more photos from the November Character Counts Assembly.


Friday, Nov 8 - Stand Up to Bullying

November 7, 2013 - STAND UP to Bullying Day is being held at Hoosic Valley on Friday, November 8th. At Hoosic Valley our pink shirts:

  • Send a loud, non-confrontational message of resistance to bullies
  •  Identify ourselves to victims as a source of support willing to help
  • Draw attention to the effects of bullying, and stimulate passive bystanders into action

We ask all students, staff and visitors to wear pink on Friday as a reminder to Stand Up against bullying all year long.


BOE Presentation on the Common Core

November 7, 2013 - At the December 2nd Board of Education meeting, Dr. Baldwin, District Superintendent, will present to the Board of Education.   The topic will be The Common Core:  What Instruction Looks Like Teaching to the Common Core and What Local Decisions School Districts Hold.  This will not be a question and answer session but rather an informational report to the Board of Education.  As always, the public is welcome to attend the board meeting to hear Dr. Baldwin’s presentation.


Hoosic Valley Announces Spring Musical

November 7, 2013 - Coming this April to the Hoosic Valley stage the third longest running musical in off-Broadway history, opening in July of 1982 and closing five years later after 2209 performances…the musical hit, Little Shop of Horrors.

Auditions will be held during the month of December with rehearsals beginning in early February. After a year’s musical hiatus here at HV we are really excited to get back under the lights. Little Shop of Horrors will hit the HV stage on April 4th, 5th and 6th - save the dates!


Upcoming PTO Events

November 7, 2013 - PTO would like everyone to know about two events they are hosting next week. Tuesday, November 12th is McDonald's Night. Plan on going to the Mechanicville McDonald's on Tuesday night for dinner between 4:30 and 7 - our elementary teachers will on hand to serve up all your favorites. This is a fun night that raises the funds needed for all the great PTO activities.

On Wednesday, November 13th PTO will be sponsoring a Math Workshop previewing the Khan Academy Website. Hoosic Valley teachers Nina Halebsky and Shawn Rossetti will be on hand to demonstrate what's available on this website and how parents can take advantage of this free resource. While this presentation is aimed towards grades 3-6, parents of high school students may find this presentation useful as well. Khan Academy has all levels of math assistance including algebra, geometry, trigonometry and even more. This workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 13 from 6-7pm in Elementary Room 66.


Elementary Picture Re-Takes on 11/12

November 6, 2013 - Lifetouch will be back in the elementary building on November 12 for school pictures. Students that missed school pictures can have them taken at this time. Students wishing to have their photo retaken should make sure they bring in their original photo packet at the time of the retakes.


All-Star Time

Updated November 6, 2013 - Congratulations to Anthony Wasiyo for making the South All-Star Team for the Section 2 football senior bowl game.

Wasaren Girls Soccer All Stars

November 1, 2013 - Congrats to our fall athletes that have been recognized for their talents and contributions. Not all sports have been released yet so check back for updates (or send me the links if you find them first).

Wasaren Boys Soccer All Stars

Wasaren League Volleyball All-Stars


Booster Club Magazine Fundraiser

November 5, 2013 - The final turn in date for the 5th and 6th grade Magazine Sale is Wednesday, November 6th!  Students, please return any orders and the accompanying payments to your teachers!  Support the Booster Club and the many activities they plan for HV students by purchasing or renewing a magazine subscription. Catch a 5th or 6th grader to renew any subscription and support the booster club at the same time - don't worry if you don't know a 5th or 6th grader, you can still order online and support the booster club, click here for directions


Evacuation Drill - Nov. 8th

November 4, 2013 - Each school year we are required to conduct an “Evacuation Drill” / “Go Home - Early Dismissal” drill.  This year the drill will be held on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2013.  The purpose is to simulate an evacuation of our buildings in the event of a real emergency.  We hope to make this as realistic as possible and, therefore, ask your cooperation in carrying out the drill.

We conduct these drills as a practice measure should an emergency occur where the entire building needs to be evacuated.  As the safety of our students is our first and foremost consideration, it is important to take some time to run through safety drills such as these. Please take a moment to review the dismissal schedule and evacuation plan.


Rensselaer County Youth Summit

November 1, 2013 - A group of our students recently attended the Rensselaer County Youth Summit held at Rensselaer High School. This event focuses on the tough decisions teenagers are faced with everyday. Giving our students the tools they need to understand that all choices have consequences and how to go about making the choice that best leads to the goals they've set. Even more important, this summit challenges our students to take what they've learned back to our schools and become role models in our community. There will be another Youth Summit in the spring, interested students should join SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) or IMPACT to be included in the next event.


Happy Halloween

November 1, 2013 - If you've never visited school on Halloween, you're missing a real treat! And if you did visit and parked in the way of the buses, guess that's a trick you'll learn to avoid! It's a great day filled with costumes, games, laughter and parties. Our teachers did a great job decorating their hallways and creating fun classrooms activities to prepare for the special day. We appreciate all the hard work that goes into making this such a memorable day for our students. Click here to see some of our youngest trick or treaters.


College Financial Aid Seminars Planned

October 31, 2013 - On November 12th a representative from Siena College’s financial aid department will make a presentation at Hoosic Valley at 7:00 pm in the LGIA to explain the ins and outs of financial aid.

On February 3rd Hudson Valley will be doing a “hands on” FAFSA workshop in the HS computer lab from 6:30 to 8:00pm..  Participants must bring their W-2 so accurate information can be submitted.  Please sign up for this presentation by calling 753-4432 ext. 2507 as there are a limited number of computers.  The FAFSA online submission is the first step to obtain financial aid at any college.


Parent Communications Form

October 29, 2013 - Parents, it is so important that we have written notices about bus changes, absences, early dismissals and other situation that will change how or when you student gets to school or delivered back home. It may be easier to use our Parent Communication Form to send in these important messages. You can either print out the blank form and complete or fill out online, print, sign and send in to school. Remember, we need absence notes within five days of the students return for the absence to count as a legal absence.


Radiant Peace Tree Lighting Memorial
Remembering those that can’t be with us this holiday season

October 29, 2013 - Hoosic Valley Community Partners and the Schaghticoke Entertainment Committee are planning the Radiant Peace Project, a lit Christmas Tree memorial display. There will be a “field of trees” available on the lawn of the Schaghticoke Town Offices dedicated to those that are no longer with us. Our wish is the radiance of these trees will help our community find peace during the holidays.

Purchase a Christmas Tree and decorate it in memory of a loved one.  The cost of the tree is $50.00. There are 40 trees available, reservation is not complete until payment is received. All Trees will be lit simultaneously upon the conclusion of the 5:00 PM ceremony on Saturday November 30th at the Schaghticoke Town Hall.  Trees will remain lit thru Sunday, January 5th, 2014. 

Contact Sherry Malo, Radiant Peace Chairperson at 753-6061 for questions and  info. Click here to download a registration and additional details.


Class of 2017 Fundraiser

October 28, 2013 - Here's your chance to update your Hoosic Valley wardrobe! The class of 2017 is having an apparel sale including hoodies, tie-dyes, sweat pants, and duffle bags.  Order forms will be distributed in homerooms or available in the main office, Mr. Spooner's room, or HERE.  Orders must be in before Friday November 22nd and will be delivered before Christmas. Check out all the cool stuff and place your order today.


Ski Club SignUp

October 23, 2013 - You may not be thinking snow just yet, but it's coming and that means it's time to sign up for Ski Club! Ski Club is open to students in grades 3-12. This is a great program that gets kids active and outside during the cold winter months. It's the best way for kids to learn, great instructors and it's so much easier when learning with a bunch of friends. Use the links below for more information and the registration packets.

Save ten dollars by signing up before November 15th!


Attention Seniors (and their MOMS!)

October 23, 2013 - Class Graduation CD update: Don't leave all those adorable pictures you have from years gone by at HV in a box in a closet! Clancy Morgan is producing the 2014 graduation CD and is looking for any and all pictures from kindergarten to today.

Don't delay, we need them by November 8th as this is a HUGE project. Bring in any photos clearly labeled with your name or a flash drive to either Mrs. Phillips or Mrs. O'Donnell, all submissions will be returned...we promise!


District-Wide Lockdown Drill Planned
Monday, October 28th

October 25, 2013 - On Monday, October 28th, both the elementary and high school buildings at Hoosic Valley will be holding a lockdown drill. Members of law enforcement and the Rensselaer County School Safety Team will be on campus in both buildings to assist us in our drill, and to give feedback to faculty/staff and administration on our procedures. Our safety committee has previously met with members of these law enforcement agencies to strengthen our coordination and enhance our communication.

Please be aware that your child’s safety is of the utmost importance to us, and we continue to work to assure that we create and maintain the safest school environment possible. We thank you for your support.

Click here for a copy of the letter that went home to parents of students in grades PK-6


Efforts Towards Teen Driving Education Results in Rewards for Hoosic Valley

October 25, 2013 - You may have noticed the police and news crews out in front of the high school today. No worries, they were here for a great cause. State Farm Insurance Agency has granted the NYS State Trooper Foundation $5,000 towards their Auto Safety Efforts.  The NYS Troopers in turn designated that money to our district.  As a result we have been able to purchase needed materials for our Drivers Education Program, send student leaders to informative summits to facilitate ongoing education and advocacy regarding driving safety within our district, and allow students the opportunity to participate in Drivers Education. 

We were honored to have such a prestigious turnout for this event. Along with our own staff, students and board members there were a number of local and state officials: Naomi Johnson -State Farm, Assemblyman McLaughlin, Senator Marchione, James Gordon - Director of Special Traffic Operations -Rensselaer County Stop DWI and New York State Police Officers, Major James, Sergeant Larkin, Trooper Kritz and Trooper Montesano.

The NYS Troopers also brought along their texting simulator and rollover vehicle to educate students on the dangers of texting while driving and the importance of always buckling up.

Click here for photos


HS Students Selected for the All State Festival

October 25, 2013 - The high school music department would like to recognize Greg Wolosen and Halle Nightingale for being selected to represent Hoosic Valley at the Area All State Festival which will be held at Saratoga Springs High School on November 23, 2013.  Greg Wolosen will be performing on Trombone in the Area All State Band, and Halle Nightingale will be performing in the Area All State Chorus.  It was a very competitive year for All-State, and we are proud of their efforts!  It is sure to be a great day filled with beautiful music.  Congratulations to Greg and Halle!


Modified X-C Finishes Undefeated Season

October 24, 2013 - The girls modified Cross Country team went undefeated in the Wasaren League for the 2013 season culminating in winning the team title over Waldorf at the League Championship.  The team members include Carrie Burnell, Sarah Magee, Rebecca Viall, Marie Rice, Emily O'Brien, Lexi White, and Donna Cook.  Individually, Carrie Burnell went undefeated in the league and won the League Championship race with a time of 11:59 over the 1.7 mile course. The boys modified cross country team finished third in the League Championship race.

Congrats also to Halle Nightingale for her top ten finish at the league meet.  The Varisty Girls team captured third in the Wasaren League Championships.


Brittany Whitford: Troy Record's Athlete of the Week

October 24, 2013 - Congratulations to Brittany Whitford on being selected as the Troy Record's Athlete of the week. Click here for the article. Brittany and her teammates earned the #2 seat for the Class C Sectional Payoffs, they will take on the winner of the Middleburgh, Whitehall game on Tuesday 10/29 at Hoosic Valley. Click here for the Troy Record article.


Helpful Information for a Creepy Situation!

October 24, 2013 - As with every year, we have had report cases of head lice at school. It is recommended that parents periodically examine their children for head lice.  It is identified by finding the louse or nits (eggs) in hair, body, clothing or bedding.  An infected individual may have persistent itching of the scalp. Nits are tiny, white colored, opaque eggs, which are firmly attached to the hair shaft. They are usually found behind the ears and at the nape of the neck, but can be anywhere close to the scalp. The louse is more difficult to find.  They are grayish in color and move very quickly, clinging to hair shafts. They are transmitted by direct contact with the infected individual or belongings.  The do not fly or jump.

Head lice is definitely a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.  While it is uncomfortable to admit to having head lice, notifying school and day care providers does help to stop the problem from spreading.  Treating your child without notifying others will only lead to a reoccurrence.  Please notify our school nurse if your child has or is being treated for head lice.

According to the CDC website, the following are steps that can be taken to help prevent and control the spread of head lice:

  • Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, slumber parties, camp).
  • Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair ribbons, or barrettes.
  • Do not share combs, brushes, or towels. Disinfest combs and brushes used by an infested person by soaking them in hot water (at least 130°F) for 5–10 minutes.
  • Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with an infested person.
  • Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that an infested person wore or used during the 2 days before treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned OR sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.
  • Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the infested person sat or lay. However, spending much time and money on housecleaning activities is not necessary to avoid reinfestation by lice or nits that may have fallen off the head or crawled onto furniture or clothing.
  • Do not use fumigant sprays or fogs; they are not necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

For more information check out the FAQ web page at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention,


Ski Club SignUp

October 23, 2013 - You may not be thinking snow just yet, but it's coming and that means it's time to sign up for Ski Club! Ski Club is open to students in grades 3-12. This is a great program that gets kids active and outside during the cold winter months. It's the best way for kids to learn, great instructors and it's so much easier when learning with a bunch of friends. Use the links below for more information and the registration packets.

Save ten dollars by signing up before November 15th!

Hoosic Valley's Got Talent
Permission Slips due October 30th

October 23, 2013 - We know we have plenty of talented students at Hoosic Valley and we want to make sure they don't miss the sign up deadline. It's fast approaching......October 30th. Students, don't be left in the wings come show time, the lights much brighter on stage! The talent show is open to students in grades 5-12.

Interested students should see their chorus or band teacher today for a permission slip...all slips are due back October 30th (or click here). Students (grades 7-12) interest in trying out for emcee should see Mrs. Mancini or Mrs. O'Donnell by October 31st to schedule an audition. Auditions will be November 6th & 7th by appointment only.


Attention Seniors (and their MOMS!)

October 23, 2013 - Class Graduation CD update: Don't leave all those adorable pictures you have from years gone by at HV in a box in a closet! Clancy Morgan is producing the 2014 graduation CD and is looking for any and all pictures from kindergarten to today.

Don't delay, we need them by November 8th as this is a HUGE project. Bring in any photos clearly labeled with your name or a flash drive to either Mrs. Phillips or Mrs. O'Donnell, all submissions will be returned...we promise!


Sectional Schedules

Sectional brackets have released for fall sports.

Upcoming Games:

  • Football, Monday (10/28) @ Lake George - 6 pm
  • Girls Soccer, Tuesday (10/29) @ HV - 3 pm
  • Boys Soccer, Wednesday - 7pm @ Johnstown

Brackets:


El Cafeteria Lockdown Drill Rescheduled

October 22, 2013 - The lockdown drills planned for today in the Elementary School Cafeteria have been rescheduled to Thursday November 21st. This drill was to only be done during lunch periods. The district wide lockdown drills planned for Monday, October 28th will still take place as originally scheduled.


Teen Driver Safety Week

October 21, 2013 - It is the start of the National Teen Driver Safety Week. Did you know that in 2011, 58% of teens killed in automobile crashes were not wearing their seatbelts? “Cross your heart, not your fingers”. Buckle up in the front and back seat.


Report Cards Issued for Grades 7-12

October 18, 2013 - Students in grades 7-12 were issued reports cards today. We do not mail report cards, they are given out in homeroom. Copies are also published on the Parent Portal.

Grades 1-6 receive report cards on a quarterly basis. They are scheduled to go home on November 22.


Halloween Family Fun Night
Friday, October 25th from 6:30 - 8

October 18, 2013 - Start celebrating Halloween early at PTO's Halloween Family Fun Night. There will be food, crafts, games and the famous super spooky 6th grade "Haunted House" (or in this case gym). Costumes put the "fun" in our fun night but are not required. Suggested donations is $1/child or $3/family.

And don't forget to stop by the PTO book fair. There's tons of great books to choose from for students and adults. A portion of all sales are returned to PTO and used to purchase new books for the school library.


Graduation Cap and Gown

October 17, 2013 - Attention Seniors:  A representative will be here to measure for graduation Caps & Gowns next Tuesday, Oct. 22nd.  Seniors will be measured during their scheduled lunch period. Souvenir tassels will be available to purchase at this time. Memory tassels are $6.00 and iced tassels are available for $12.00. Orders will not be taken for the tassels, students must pay for memory tassels at the time of their measurement.


Fire Safety Training

October 17, 2013 - We'd like to thank all our local and county volunteers that visited the Elementary School on Wednesday and Thursday. Our elementary students learn life saving tips in the Fire Safety House and were amazed by the trucks and all the equipment. Our local fire fighters also visit the classrooms to continue the discussion about fire safety and how to react in an emergency.


Fall Blood Drive

October 17, 2013 - Our High School Student Council will be hosting their fall blood drive on Tuesday, October. 22 in the gym from 8-1:30. Please contact Mrs. Martyn or Nick Lewis to book an appointment.


Hoosic Valley XC Runner Crosses The Finish Line At Her Personal Best

October 16, 2013 - Capital Region Orthopaedics and CBS 6 News is proud to recognize Hoosic Valley’s  student-athlete, Halle Nightingale, a student that refuses to cross the finish line with anything other than her “Personal Best.”  

Halle, now a junior, participates in cross country at Hoosic Valley High School. She loves to run and she has a passion for the overall atmosphere of the sport.  “Everyone is supportive in the sport of cross country,” says Halle.

Halle’s work ethic does not go unnoticed. Her coach, Jim Forbes, says “ Halle is very coachable and bright.” She is described as a leader and role model among her peers. 

Outside of practice, Halle's talents extend beyond the track. Halle is musically inclined, and has the opportunity to represent Hoosic Valley chorus at All State. After she graduates high school, Halle plans to attend college to become a  neonatal nurse. “I just want to help people and would love to work with babies,” says Halle.  Halle’s determination and willingness to help others will inspire her peers to also perform at their Personal Best.  

Click here to view the CBS 6 "Personal Best" interview with Halle. Unfortunately we can't link directly to the video, scroll to the bottom of the video list to view Halle's story.


Hoosic Valley's Got Talent

October 16, 2013 - Back by popular demand for its 6th year in a row...the Hoosic Valley's Got Talent Show is hitting the stage Friday, November 15th.

Calling all vocalists, musicians, dancers, actors, mimes, ventriloquists, comedians...any and all talent. We are also auditioning again this year for the evening's Emcee! So if entertaining and announcing is your talent...step right up! Audition slips are available for 5th and 6th graders from Mrs. Cosey and Mr. Sudano. In the High School for an audition slip or Emcee information stop by and see Mrs. Mancini, Mrs. Manuel or Mrs. O'Donnell or download one here.

Don't delay, its only a few weeks away! Signed audition slips must be returned by Wednesday, October 30th.


PSAT's Given at Hoosic Valley

October 15, 2013 - There are 15 seats open for the  PSAT Exam that is being given Wednesday, October 16th at 8:15.  Any Junior or Sophomore who wishes to take the PSAT that has not already signed up can still take the exam. Students should report to the LGIA with a #2 pencils, a calculator and the exam fee of $14.50.


Fall Students of the Month

October 15, 2013 - Hoosic Valley Students of the Month for September, October, and November are Theresa Wederman, Sabrina Fitzgerald, and Daniel McLaughlin.   These students were nominated by the members of the faculty and will receive a gift and be honored at a dinner in May by the Mechanicville-Stillwater Elks club.  Congratulations to Theresa, Sabrina, and Dan.


Want to make an IMPACT?

Do you want to help prevent bullying? 

Do you want to help promote good character in our school?

Do you want to make a difference?

Then join IMPACT!

The first IMPACT meeting for grades 7-12 will be held Monday Oct 7th in the computer lab during 13th period.  Come check it out.

ALL STUDENTS WELCOME!


Pink Wednesday

October 4, 2013 - In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Hoosic Valley's College in the High School Marketing class is sponsoring a Breast Cancer Awareness Day in the High School. On Wednesday, October 9th a prize will be given to the girl and boy that show the most "passion through their fashion". Be creative, be cleaver, be inventive, be cute, be informative, be sensitive but most of all be PINK!

Join the marketing class in the fight and show your support by wearing pink on Wednesday.


Guess Whoooooo Visited First Grade!

October 3, 2013 - Our first graders were amazed by the things they heard and saw from Biologist and Environmental Educator, Beth Bidwell. Mrs Bidwell has been visiting Hoosic Valley for several years, sharing her beautiful animals and incredible knowledge about our local wildlife. First graders are learning all about nocturnal animals so they were extra excited to have these animals stop by; click here to see more photos from their visit.


School Pictures - Grades 7-12

October 3, 2013 - School pictures will be taken for students in grades 7-12 on Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18. Pictures will be taken during the regularly scheduled PE class. Picture forms will given out in homeroom on Friday, October 4.

Senior portraits will be taken by appointment from Wednesday, October 16 through Saturday, October 19. Seniors should stop by Room 33 (Mrs. Pallozzi) to schedule an appointment. Click here for more info and pricing on senior portraits


School Wide Reading Contest

October 2, 2013 - New to the elementary school, will be a school wide reading contest. The classes with the most minuters or books read per month will win the coveted STAR READERS sign to hang on their door. Encourage your student to read for at least twenty minutes each night, either independently or to a brother, sister, parent, friend or even their pet! Be sure check back in November to see what classes are our October Star Readers.

"The more that your read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." ~ Dr. Seuss


Melrose Mile Winners!

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September 28, 2013 - The Melrose Mile was a great success and what a beautiful day it was for the Community Partners Harvest Festival. It's was a tremendous success on an incredible fall day, definitely and unlimited SMILE event! Click here to see all the fun activities and cool exhibits.


District Automated Calling System

September 25, 2013 - Households of students in grades 7-12 will receive a phone call reminding them of the Jr. Sr. High School Open House tomorrow (Thursday, 9/26) at 6:30. It will be a computer generated voice and may include the corporate name, Synrevoice. Our district administrators have just received training on this system and what a great opportunity to test it out.

But we need you to tell us if it didn’t work! We’ll take the optimistic approach and assume everything worked as promised, please only send Kathy Yavaniski a message if you didn’t receive a call or you have a suggestion. (kyavaniski@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us) Remember, for this test only households with students in grades 7-12 will receive a call. We will be adding mobile phone numbers and out of household guardian capabilities in the near future.


Planned Lockdown Drills

September 25, 2013 - On Thursday, September 26th, the High School will be practicing lockdown safety procedures within the cafeteria.  Cafeteria lockdown procedures will be practiced in the Elementary School on Tuesday, October 22nd. Click here for more information and dates for additional drills.


Concussions: The Invisible Injury

September 25, 2013 - We are learning more and more about concussions and the long term effects they can have on a person. We take student safety at Hoosic Valley very seriously and will continue to inform and educate our staff and coaches on the signs and recommended actions need when a concussion related injury is suspected. Click here for more information from NYSPHSAA including facts, signs and treatment.


High School Receives State Recognition

September 20, 2013 - The Hoosic Valley High School has earned recognition from New York State as a 2013-2014 Reward School.  New York State has a total of eight different requirements a school must meet to earn this distinguished title.  Our improvements in performance and outstanding graduation rate is what makes Hoosic Valley rank in the top ten percent across the state for High Progress Schools.   This designation is a great honor for Hoosic Valley and something we are very proud of. You can find out more information about Reward Schools at the New York State Accountability Website.


Knickerbocker Mansion Field Trip!

September 24, 2013 - Fourth grade visited the Knickerbocker Mansion this week. The fourth grade social studies curriculum focuses on the history of New York and it's government. The Knickerbocker has great volunteers in colonial dress giving tours of the Mansion and relaying what it was like to live and work in the mansion during the Dutch settlement of the "New World". We are very fortunate to have so many local historical sites offering our students another way to relate to the lessons taught in the classroom.


HV Community Partners Harvest Fest
Saturday, September 28th

September 23, 2013 - The Hoosic Valley Community Partners will once again be hosting a Fall Harvest Festival at the Schaghticoke Town Hall.  This year’s fest will be on Saturday, September 28th from noon till four.  There will be a wide selection of vendors attending this year’s festival.  Of course there will be farm stands with fall produce, pumpkins galore, apples, maple syrup, garlic, mums, Indian corn and more.  Along with our local farmers will be area crafters, local interest groups, activities for the kids and plenty to eat as you browse through the exhibits.   And if that’s not enough, Elvis will be performing at 1 and 3 from the gazebo.  Feel free to bring lawn chairs to relax and enjoy the show.  You can check out the festival in-between performances. 

1st Annual Melrose Mile

New to this year’s Harvest Fest will be the first ever running of the Melrose Mile!  Race registration begins at 11:30 (no fee) with the race starting at 12:30.  The race course consists of two laps around the perimeter of the town hall property.  Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers.  The race is open to the all ages, come on out and take a family run! 

The Schaghticoke Town Hall is located just off Route 40 between Schaghticoke and Melrose, 290 Northline Drive, Melrose, New York.


Hoosic Valley Wins the Schoharie 24th Annual Kyle Sharpe Memorial Soccer Tournament

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September 23, 2013 - After a Wasaren League match the “Villa Thrilla” Hoosic Valley Indians played a tough Stillwater team to a 0-0 draw after 110 Minutes of play. Coach Villa’s team traveled the next day to Schoharie to play in the final match of the 24th Annual Kyle Sharpe Memorial Soccer Tournament. Once again faced with a tough Schoharie Indians team after two forty minute halves of play, both teams found themselves in a overtime situation. Two minutes into the second overtime John Lucas got a through pass and on fast break scored the game winning Goal making Hoosic Valley the tournament winner 2-1. That game winning goal earned Johnny the MVP of the tournament for Hoosic Valley. Congratulations Coach Villa and the HV Indians Boys Soccer team 2013. (Photo by John Geritz, click on the photo to enlarge)


Transportation - Behavior and Safety Matter

September 19, 2013 - Help protect your children by teaching them about bus safety and expected behavior. It's important for kids to understand that the bus ride to and from school is not another recess period. In fact, many of the same classroom rules apply on the bus - stay in your seat, keep your hands and feet to yourself, treat others as you wish to be treated and don't disrupt the class or in this case distract the driver. The transportation department provides all incoming kindergartner students with a packet of basic safety information.

Click here to see this important safety information. Please take time to go over this with your child and stress safety first. They've heard it from their driver and it's always helpful to have the message repeated at home. We're sure you expect the same of your kids when they're riding in your vehicle.

Thank you Parents for helping us to transport the most precious cargo in the world -Your Children!


Sydney Fitzpatrick, always looking to send one to the back of the net!

Troy Record's Athlete of the Week

September 19, 2013 - Congratulations to Sydney Fitzpatrick on her recent selection as the Troy Record's Female Athlete of the Week. Sydney is one of the leading scorers on the Hoosic Valley Varsity Soccer Team. You can see Sydney's interview with The Records Laura Amato by visiting the Troy Record online and viewing their recent videos (right hand side, half way down the page). Click here to jump to the Troy Record Online.


School Tax Information

September 19, 2012 - Hoosic Valley is currently collecting payment for the 2013-2014 school taxes. Taxes are due, paid in full, by October 2nd. Click here for more information on payment collection and general information.


eSchool Portal - Online Access for Parents and Students

September 18, 2013 - Hoosic Valley offers parents and guardians the ability to access student information through the eSchoolData Parent Portal.  This portal allows parents to view attendance, transcript, and report cards online.  The most useful feature is the ability to monitor grades throughout the marking period.  Hopefully, this eliminates any report card surprises and helps parents and students to take corrective action before report cards are issued.  The portal is used for students in grades 5-12.

eSchoolData offers an online registration process for parents.  We have chosen not to use this feature for security purposes.  There’s no way over the internet to ensure the person requesting the account is truly the parent who should be viewing this information.  Instead, we will assign usernames and default passwords to all parents and guardians.  This allows control and in turn protection over who gets access to student information.  Parents of fifth and sixth graders will be given their initial portal usernames and passwords at the Elementary Open House. Parents of students in 7-12 should already have access to the portal, we sent this info home last year and it is effective until graduation! Please contact Kathy Yavaniski at kyavaniski@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us for help accessing the parent portal. Please include a contact phone number for follow-up.

There is also portal access offered to students. The primary difference between the two is a parent will have access to all children in the household, students will only see their own data, not any sibling information. Students in grades 7-12 should know how to access the system. The user id is their student number, located on their schedule. Students having trouble accessing the student portal should stop by the guidance office and leave their name with Mrs. Somnitz. We will be teaching 5th and 6th graders how to access the student portal in the near future.


Fall College Fair

September 18, 2013 - Hudson Valley Community College will be hosting a college fair on Wednesday, September 25th with over 180 colleges and universities attending. We have planned for our Seniors to attend this event during the school day. A permission slip is required to attend with the school. At this point seniors should be narrowing down their selections and working on applications. Please see your guidance counselor for any questions about college and the application process.

This event is also open to the general community from 6-8 PM. It is a great opportunity for juniors along with their parents to kick off the college search. The Fall College Fair is being held at the Edward F. McDonough Recreation Center, 80 Vandenburgh Ave, Troy. Admission is free.


Elementary School Pictures
Wednesday, September 25

September 18, 2013 - School pictures will be taken next week in the Elementary School. Order forms will be sent home soon. Lifetouch also offers on online ordering option with a 10% discount. It's easy to order online and choose your portrait options.

Picture Day ID: AD083116Y0
Coupon Code: SAVE10
Click Here for the Online Lifetouch Hoosic Valley Order page


Community Ed - New Fall Courses

September 17, 2013 - Just like our students return to the classroom in the fall, we are inviting our community back to take advantage of all the wonderful programs Mrs. Akin has put together for us. There's relaxing craft activities, financial planning, technology classes and more. Check out the fall brochure and join your kids in going back to school!

Click here for the Fall Brochure


Open House

Open House provides parents the opportunity to meet their student's teachers, learn about classroom expectations and how they can help ensure student success and growth. Involvement and support from home is critical to student success, no matter the grade or age. Please take the time to attend our open houses, even if you've been before, it sends a message to your child that school is important and you are a key supporter to their education.

The Jr/Sr High School Open House (Grades 7-12) is on September 26 at 6:30. This truly offers parents the opportunity to "walk in the footsteps" of their child. Parents need to be in homeroom at 6:30 and will follow the entire schedule in the course of the two hour open house. Click here for more info on the Jr. Sr. High Open House.


School Lunch Program

September 16, 2013 - The Hoosic Valley School District offers healthy meals to students every full day school is in session. Lunches cost $ 2.25 at the High School and $ 2.00 at the Elementary School. Breakfast is available for $ 1.25 at both buildings. Free and reduced (25 cents/meal) lunches and breakfast are also available for any student that qualifies.

Eligibility for the free and reduced lunch program is not solely based on income. Please take a look at our application form which includes information on many different ways students may be covered under this federal program. Remember this application has to be submitted every year for approval.

Click here for the 2013-2014 Free and Reduced Meal Application


Hear Ye Class of 2014! (and their parents)

September 16, 2013 - Although graduation is many moons from today, your resident film maker extraordinaire Clancy 'Spielberg' Morgan has begun working on your class CD that plays before graduation ceremonies begin. What Clancy needs are any school related photos from as far back as kindergarten that you might have. Think field trips, kindergarten and 6th grade graduation, first day getting on the bus, dances, sports games, PTO events like Roller-skating, Talent Show and Family Halloween Night...this CD is all about your years at HV!

Please email photos to nodonnell@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us or bring them in and leave with either Mrs. Phillips or Mrs. O'Donnell, clearly tagged with your name on the back so they can be returned after they are scanned. We want to make this the best class CD in Hoosic Valley history!

HV School Garden Goes to the Fair

September 11, 2013 - The Hoosic Valley Garden Project was a blue ribbon winner at the Schaghticoke Fair this year, bringing in a total of 7 first place prizes for submissions in the vegetable and flower categories! The Garden Project is a group of students in grades 7-12 who meet after school to tend the garden. These students started seedlings, transplanted, weeded, watered and cared for the garden, and in the process have become award-winning gardeners! The student-grown entries were green beans, carrots, parsley, basil, sunflowers and Swiss chard. An informational display detailing the benefits of a school garden also was also awarded a first prize.

The Garden Project will once again begin meeting after school on Monday, September 16th at 2:30 p.m. Any student in grades 7-12 who is interested is welcome to join! Volunteer opportunities in the garden are available as well; please contact garden@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us for more information or look for the garden display at the Open Houses.


Elementary School - End of Day Sign out

September 10, 2013 - The Elementary School is implementing a new process for signing students out at the end of the day. We have moved the parent sign out process out into the foyer, the area outside the main office between the glass doors and wooden doors.  Ms. Wiley will still be available in this area requiring parents to sign their students out. Students will exit through the office into the foyer for pickup. The wooden doors will remain locked.

This allows us to keep the building secure and complete the last classes of the day in the environment needed. As always, we continue to look for ways to provide a safe education for all our students. 


HV Community Partners Harvest Fest
Saturday, September 28th

September 6, 2013 - The Hoosic Valley Community Partners will once again be hosting a Fall Harvest Festival at the Schaghticoke Town Hall on September 28th from noon till 4pm. Plan on stopping by to check out our local vendors and visit with your neighbors.

Vendors: The more the merrier! Registration is free and there is plenty of space for everyone. Click here for more information and the registration form.


Elementary School Pep Rally

September 6, 2013 - Hoosic Valley Elementary kicked off the school year in a positive and fun way with a Pep Rally on Friday afternoon. Thanks to all our students and teachers for having such incredible school spirit. Keep it up all year long!

Click here for the entire Pep Rally Album.


Sports Photo Albums

September 6, 2013 - Sports photos will be available for viewing, printing and downloading through the Internet Google Photo Service. There is no charge to download and the only charge for printing is the cost to print and ship, no additional overhead. These photos are offered to the public as a curtsey and thank you for all your support of the Hoosic Valley Athletics Program. Space is limited so photos may only be available during the current season.

The link for the sports photo albums will be available on the right margin and in the drop down menus under Athletics.


Open House

September 5, 2013 - Open House provides parents the opportunity to meet their student's teachers, learn about classroom expectations and how they can help ensure student success and growth. Involvement and support from home is critical to student success, no matter the grade or age. Please take the time to attend our open houses, even if you've been before, it sends a message to your child that school is important and you are a key supporter to their education.

The Elementary Open House (Grades 1-6) is on September 12th and will start at 6:30 in the auditorium. Click here for more info on the Elementary Open House

The HS Open House (Grades 7-12) is on September 26 at 6:30. The HS Open House truly offers parents the opportunity to "walk in the footsteps" of their child. Parents need to be in homeroom at 6:30 and will follow the entire schedule in the course of the two hour open house. Wear comfortable shoes and be ready to learn!


Elementary School Pep Rally

September 5, 2013 - Hoosic Valley Elementary is going to kick off the school year in a positive and fun way with a Pep Rally on Friday afternoon. Students should dress in Hoosic Valley Shirts or blue and white and bring plenty of school spirit to start another great school year!


Fall Driver's Ed

Spetember 5, 2013 - Students interested in taking the Fall Driver's Ed course from Mr. Ryan should fill out the registration form and return it no later than Oct. 1st (the earlier the better). Click here for more information and the registration form.

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. Upon successful completion of this program, students will be issued a Student Certificate of Completion.  This certificate will allow them to drive at night after they convert their class DJ license to a class D license, at age 17. 


Bus Drivers Needed

September 5, 2013 - Hoosic Valley Central School District is seeking qualified individuals to fill two (2) full-time, 10-month positions of School Bus Driver beginning immediately. Click here for more information


Social Worker Needed

September 5, 2013 - The Hoosic Valley Central School District is seeking a qualified individual to fill a per diem Social Worker position.  The successful candidate will offer instructional and behavioral support for students in grades K-12 and their families during the 2013-14 school year.  NYS License required. Click here for more information


High School Nurse Needed

September 5, 2013 - The Board of Education of the Hoosic Valley Central School District is seeking a qualified individual to fill a full-time, 10-month Registered Nurse position in the Jr. Sr. High School commencing September 3, 2013.  Valid NYS nursing license required. Click here for more information


Hudson Valley Distance Learning Classes
Early Start Date

August 20, 2013 - The Hudson Valley fall semester starts on Monday, August 26th. High school students enrolled in the following distance learning classes are expected to begin the week of the 26th:

  • General Psychology - M, W, F - 9 am
  • Business Law - T, W, Th - 10 am
  • Sociology - T, Th, F - Noon

Attendance is very important for these classes, students should make arrangements so as not to miss any of the first week. All classes will be held in Room 33 with Mrs. Pallozzi. Contact the guidance office for additional information and questions.


Parent Boot Camp 2013
September 7, 9-Noon, HS LGIA

August 15, 2013 - The Hoosic Valley Community Education Program would like to remind everyone about their upcoming class - Parent Boot Camp 2013. "Boot Camp" covers the challenges that parents face everyday, from building your child's self-esteem to setting boundaries and limits. You will learn how to communicate with your child and to enhance, rebuild or evaluate your relationship. Both mom and dad are encouraged to attend, as well as grandparents and caregivers. Discussions will cover all age groups. For questions please e-mail instructor Mike Sgambelluri at sgambellurim@yahoo.com or call 421-0958. The class is free but registration is requested. Click here for the registration form.


Football Meeting

August 10, 2013 - There will be a meeting Tuesday night August 13th at 6:00 in the bleachers by the football field for everyone interested in playing JV and V football.


Book Sale to Benefit HVTA Scholarship Fund
Donations Needed

August 9, 2013 - The Hoosic Valley Teachers Association will be holding a book sale on August 31st with all proceeds going towards the scholarship fund. If you have any children's or adult books you'd like to donate, please drop them off to the elementary school . Have books in boxes labeled book donation and leave between the double doors at the elementary main entrance between 6 am - 10 pm. Contact Kathy Keyes at 753-4056 for additional information.


Garden Story Hour
Monday, August 19th

August 9, 2013 - The Hoosic Valley school garden will be the place to "Dig into Reading" & hear a great story on Monday, August 19th at 10 a.m. Jessica Stevens, Diver librarian, will be hosting a story hour for children and their caregivers, followed by a craft, snack and fun in the garden. Bring a blanket for relaxing on the grass, a sunhat or sunscreen if desired ... anything for comfort for about an hour of reading fun at the garden. The garden is located next to the HVCS Business administrative Office/Bus Garage. Plan to join the fun Monday, August 19th!


2012-2013 Testing for Grades 3-8

August 8, 2013 - The New York State Education Department recently released the 2013 test results for grade 3-8 in ELA and Math. You will notice that more students struggled on this year's test than in previous years. This is due to changes in expectations related to the migration to the Common Core State Standards.

Proficiency rates – the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the standards – on the new Common Core assessments cannot be compared with last year’s proficiency results. This is a new beginning and starting point that will provide better, clearer information to parents, teachers, and principals about what our children know and are able to do. Click here to read the full press release from SED Commissioner King.

Click here to access scores and additional information about the 2013 3-8 testing


Schaghticoke Fair Update

August 7, 2013 - Just a reminder to any students planning to exhibit at the fair...entry registration is due by August 15th...don't miss the fun! Pick a flower bouquet, bake some cookies, enter an art project you did last year, maybe some cucumbers from your garden! For all the info and more entry ideas check out the fair's website at: www.schaghticokefair.org

Hoosic Valley once again takes top honors in the annual Schaghticoke Fair theme design contest. Congratulations to Lauren Madigan on her award winning design! Lauren's artwork will be featured on this year's fair t-shirt and in all Schaghticoke Fair advertising. Click here to see Lauren's winning design.

When you see Lauren, make sure you give her a high five! Lauren is currently a senior at Hoosic Valley who plans to have a career in Illustration or Animation. With her talent, the world is at her doorstep...your community and school are so proud of you!


Volleyball Camp

August 7, 2013 - Next week's volleyball camp will be held in the elementary gym due to the construction in the high school gym. Click here for more info on the camp.


Seventh Grade Orientation

July 31, 2013 - On Tuesday, August 27th, Student Council will hold an informal orientation for 7th grade students and their parents in the LGIA at 9:00 a.m.  The purpose of this orientation will be to familiarize the students with the physical layout of the building and the location of their classrooms and locker.  Students will receive their schedule and locker combination on this day. Click here for more info


Summer Hoops in the Valley

July 30, 2013 - HVAA will be holding a girls summer outdoor basketball program on Tuesday evenings, starting August 6th.  This is for girls entering grades 3-6.  Click here for more info and the registration form.


School Garden Story Hour
Monday, August 5 @ 10 am (Date Correction)

Updated July 30, 2013 - As part of the "Dig into Reading" summer program, Diver Librarian, Jessica Davis, is hosting a School Garden Story Hour this Monday, August 5th at the Hoosic Valley School Garden starting at 10:00 a.m. A story followed by a craft project & snack will be held in the school garden. with a short tour and a chance to check out what is growing in the garden. Children are invited to attend with a parent, caregiver or older sibling. Please bring along a blanket to relax on the grass to enjoy the story, a sunhat or sunscreen, bug spray if desired....anything for comfort for about an hour of outdoor reading & crafting fun!

The school garden is located next to the Business Administrative Offices/Bus Garage. Plan to join in the fun on Monday, August 5th!


Community Movie Night - August 2

July 24, 2013 - The Hoosic Valley Community Partners would like to invite everyone to the Schaghticoke Town Hall on August 2nd to enjoy an outdoor movie. The featured movie will be "Wreck it Ralph" and will begin around 8:45. It's an outdoor event so make sure to bring chairs and blankets to sit on. There's no charge to see the movie but refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase. In the event of rain, the movie will be shown on August 3rd.


Fall Sports Info

July 22, 2013 - JV and Varsity practices will begin August 19th. Practices times will be posted on the web-site as they become available. Modified Football practice starts August 28th and all other modified sports will begin the first day of school. All students must see the nurse to obtain a BLUE-CARD prior to participation and hand in to their coach the first day of practice.

No BLUE-CARD = NO PRACTICE!

Girls JV Soccer: try-outs will begin on Monday, August 19th from 8-10 am.  Cuts, if necessary, will be made by Friday, August 23rd.

Varsity XC: practice will start Monday, August 19 at 6pm at the high school.  Please remember to bring blue card to first practice


ATHLETIC BLUE CARDS

The High School Health Office (753-4458, extension #2511) will be open to complete Blue Cards for Fall sports participation AUGUST 12 – 16, 2013 - 8:30AM to 11:30AM each day.

NO STUDENT IS ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN TRYOUTS OR PRACTICE WITHOUT A CURRENT BLUE CARD

  • Dr. Nightingale will be here on August 15, 2013, from 9am to 11am to provide physicals.  If you would like to have the school physician perform your child’s physical, it is imperative to have the preliminary data collection (height, weight, vision, hearing and blood pressure screenings) done on August 12, 13 or 14th, because it is too busy to collect that information on the day the doctor is here.
  • A current physical is required (a physical is current to the last day of the month that it expires; If your child had a physical in August of 2012, it will be current for a Blue Card until August 31, 2013)
  • Interval Health History OR Athletic Health History (for 1st time participants) must be completed (dated no earlier than August 1, 2013) and presented with a current physical for a Blue Card.
  • No appointments necessary – first come, first serve. Hours as above; you may have to wait.
  • Current physicals and history forms can be mailed or faxed to the High School (fax # 659-3900) and then picked up during office hours.

August Regents Schedule

Students interested in retaking a regents exam in August must contact the guidance office to register for exams. Review classes will be offered, Monday - Thursday from July 29- August 12, please sign up in advance.

Tuesday - August 13

Wednesday - August 14
8:00 AM 8:00 AM
Comprehensive English
Integrated Algebra
Geometry
RCT in Writing
US History and Government
RCT in Global Studies
RCT in Math
12:00 PM

12:00 PM

Global History and Geography
RCT in Science
RCT in US History
Living Environment
Earth Science
RCT in Reading

School Supplies for 2013-2014

June 26, 2013 - School supplies needed for courses in grades 7-12 are listed on the individual subject pages. Click here for the department pages and then use subject buttons to navigate to specific courses.

School Supplies for Grades K-6:

Kindergarten First Second
Third Fourth Fifth
Sixth  

Hoosic Valley Class of 2013

Hats off to the Class of 2013! Good luck to our recent graduates, we wish you the best and are so proud of your accomplishments so far. As you go out to conquer the world make sure you make time for outrageous happiness!


Hoosic Valley School Garden

June 28, 2013 - The Hoosic Valley School Garden has had a successful spring growing season, thanks to some very dedicated student gardeners! The high school gardeners began meeting in late winter to plan for the spring planting with input from Cafeteria Manager, Ms. Megan Beck, who made suggestions of herbs & vegetables. The students added their preferences for fun and tasty vegetables and flowers.  Planting began indoors in March, and Earth Day found the group planting lettuces & snow peas out in the garden’s raised beds. The students, with the help of Mrs. Sherry Messier and garden volunteer Mrs. Angela Ross-Hixson, began composting garden debris and cafeteria vegetable scraps in the new composting bins build by Mr. Steve Struwing’s Production Technology class.  The compost will be used to enrich the soil in the raised beds to retain moisture, to add organic nutrients and for teaching important lessons on how to recycle our vegetable scraps and yard debris.

Mrs. Sherry Pruiskma’s 4th Grade class has planted a Three Sisters garden to enrich the Native American unit the 4th Grade will be studying in the fall. Other 3rd graders planted sunflowers and pumpkins during their recess.

Vegetables from the School Garden will be used for classroom tastings, and herbs & vegetables will compliment the school cafeteria menus when students return in September. Over the summer vegetables will be donated to the local food pantries and also entered in the Schaghticoke Fair.

Anyone interested in volunteering in the garden over the summer may contact Garden@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us or call Angela at 753-6664. Weeding, harvesting, and watering will continue to ensure the garden is ready in September for students to continue learning about where & how their food grows. Please stop by the garden (beside the bus garage & business administration building) to see how our garden grows!

 

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Last updated on July 16, 2014