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Ski Club Canceled

February 2, 2016 - Due to the recent warm weather there will be NO Ski Club this week.


Parking Request

February 2, 2016 - The Masonic Lodge (across the street from the High School) has requested that when using their parking lot to remain on the blacktop. With the mild winter we've had the ground is not frozen; they are concerned about cars getting stuck and digging up the lawn. Lets be good neighbors and honor their request - it's ok to park over there - just stay off the grass. There's also plenty of parking at the elementary school.


Spring Sports Physicals

February 2, 2016 - Dr. Nightingale will be in the district on February 11th to do physicals for anyone in need of one.  This is the perfect opportunity for student athletes that need a physical for spring sports. Sign up with Mrs. Barton before hand to schedule an appointment.


January 29, 2016 - Fourth graders enjoy a visit from explorers Giovanni da Verrazano, Jacques Cartier and Henry Hudson as part of their study of New York State history.


Carnation Fundraiser

January 29, 2016 - Broadway Juniors is selling carnations for Valentine’s Day. Broadway Juniors is an organization that helps to fund our elementary school play. This year our students in grades 3-6 will be performing “The Wizard of Oz.”

Flowers can be ordered through Wednesday, February 3rd and cost $1.00 each. They will be delivered on February 12th. Click here for the order form.


National Wear Red Day
Friday, February 5th

January 29, 2016 - The Hoosic Valley Student Council members are supporting the American Red Cross and picking up the fight against Women's Heart Disease. You can join in and show your support through a donation. Student council members will have hearts & wristband on sale during lunch periods.  AND don’t forget to wear red on FRIDAY, FEB. 5th!


Elementary Yearbooks On-sale

January 29, 2016 - Elementary school yearbooks (Pre-K - 6th grade) are on sale online for $20 with an estimated delivery at the beginning of June. Order forms will be sent home with students in a few weeks for those that prefer to pay with cash or check. Click here to order - orders are due by March 31st.


19th Annual D.A.R.E. Graduation

January 25, 2016 - Our Fifth graders celebrated their D.A.R.E. Graduation with Sheriff Russo, parents, grandparents, and a number of distinguished guest. The essay winners were Riley Caiazza, Tyler Derocher and Isabelle Jarvis. Students of the Session were Evelyn Bunk, Anthony Palladino and Megan Rice. Deputy Russo was very impressed with all our fifth graders, their effort and enthusiasm for the D.A.R.E was contagious.

We'd like to thank County Executive Kathleen Jimino and the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office for their dedication to this program. Our students learn many important things about decision making and setting goals which they will continue to use as they succeed in school.

Click here for more photos


January 24, 2016 - The Theatre Institute at Sage will perform "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales" on Sunday, January 31 at 2:00 p.m. in the Elementary Auditorium.  Based on the Caldecott Honored book, this production includes such favorites as Chicken Licken, the Really Ugly Duckling, Little Red Running Shorts and, of course, the Stinky Cheese Man.  This is a 50 minute interactive production that is perfect for elementary students. The performance is sponsored by the HV Friends of Performing Arts; tickets are available at the door for $5.00.


Attention College Bound Seniors

January 19, 2016 - A friendly reminder to seniors who haven’t finished their college applications:

  1. Complete your applications!!!!!!!
  2. If using the Common App - make sure to complete the FERPA wavier
  3. Link your Common App and Naviance accounts
  4. Make sure ALL teacher recommendations are done and submitted.
  5. Let Guidance know what college documents need to be sent.
  6. If you add another college to your list after your initial list is completed, make sure to tell Guidance to ensure transcripts and recommendation letters are sent.
  7. Let Guidance know where you have been accepted.

If you have any questions on any of the steps above contact Guidance or click here for more info. Mr. Beecroft can help students resolve any questions with the Common App and Naviance. Don't delay - it only takes a few minutes to get everything linked up and sent out.


Wasaren League
Player of the Week

January 19, 2016 - Congratulations to Danielle Stannard and the Girls Basketball Team on their latest win. Danielle beat the buzzer on Friday, handing HF their first league loss and moving the girls into second place. Click here to read more.

More on the game: A Valley Victory at the Buzzer


Alumni Return to Advise Seniors

January 15, 2016 - Today, the Guidance Office hosted a panel discussion between our current seniors and former students. Who better to relate and give advice on preparing and adjusting to college life than our own Alumni. We'd like to thank Lucas Sestito, Valerie Dessingue, JT Sawyer, Samantha Carlo, Cole Carner and Rachel Moore for taking the time to meet with our seniors. They had some great tips about selecting schools, dealing with roommates, meal-plans, transferring and living on your own!


Yearbook Ordering Deadline

January 13, 2016 - The deadline to order Yearbooks with engraved name and marks is this Friday, January 15.  Pricing remains the same as last year:  Yearbook - $40.  One-line name plate - $4.  One-line name plate with one mark - $8.  One-line name plate with two marks - $10.  Plastic dust jacket - $2. 

New this year...books can be ordered online using  a credit card or E-check, simply click here to place your order.  Yearbook orders can also be placed in room 33 using cash or checks (made payable to HVECF). Please see Mrs. Pallozzi in room 33 if you have any questions.


Writing Olympics

January 12, 2016 - The time for Writing Olympics is here once again!  Students in Kindergarten through Sixth grade are eligible to participate by writing a story or poem and submitting it to their teacher by the deadline of Thursday, January 21, 2016, NOON. The Writing Olympics Author’s Celebration will be on April 20 at 6:30 pm. Click here for all the Writing Olympics details.

Writing Olympics - Help Needed

PTO is seeking volunteers to help make this year's Writing Olympics a success! Please contact Karin L. Gagnon at kgagnonwo@gmail.com if you are available to type stories in the coming weeks, and/or host a room during Young Author's Night on April 20, 2016. Thank you!


January Exams and Midterms - Grades 7-12

January 11, 2016 - It's hard to believe we are just about half way through the 2015-2016 school year and even harder to believe it's time for exams! Exams that will be given between Tuesday, January 26th and Thursday January 28th are listed below.

Exams that aren't listed on the schedule above will be given in class during the week of January 19th. The PE midterm is given in class on 1/13 and 1/14.


Kindergarten Registration

January 11, 2016 - The Elementary School is registering students for the fall kindergarten class. Children who will be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2016 are eligible to enter kindergarten this fall (birth date prior to 12/1/2011). Please register by contacting Amy Vautrin at 753-4458 x3507 or via e-mail at avautrin@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us.


January 10, 2016 - Congratulations to Coach Zeger and the JV boys on winning the Maple Hills Hoopfest Holiday Tournament.


School Physicals

January 6, 2016 - Dr. Nightingale will be in the district on Thursday, January 14th for school physicals. Any spring athletes that will need a physical should schedule an appointment with Mrs. Barton.


High School Yearbooks On-sale

January 5, 2016 - The 2016 Yearbook will go on sale starting Thursday, January 7 with delivery expected in early June.    Pricing remains the same as last year:  Yearbook - $40.  One-line name plate - $4.  One-line name plate with one mark - $8.  One-line name plate with two marks - $10.  Plastic dust jacket - $2. 

New this year...books can be ordered online using  a credit card or E-check, simply click here to place your order.  Yearbook orders can also be placed in room 33 using cash or checks (made payable to HVECF). Please see Mrs. Pallozzi in room 33 if you have any questions.


January 5, 2016 - Congratulations to Coach Chapko, Coach Anderson and the Girls Basketball Team on winning the Maple Hill Holiday Tournament. The girls defeated Bishop Maginn and Mckeel Christian Academy to capture the trophy.


Soccer All-Stars

January 5, 2016 - Senior, Erin Dugrenier, was chosen as  the recipient of the 2015 Wasaren League All-Star Second Team award  for Varsity Girls Soccer.  She recently attended the awards banquet at the Albany Marriott. Congratulations Erin on your all-star defensive play.


Ski Club Delayed One Week

January 5, 2016 - Due to the warm weather, Ski Club will begin next Wednesday, January 13th. If Willard Mountain is open this Wednesday, ski club members can go on their own and ski for free (make sure you have your pass), rentals will be an additional $8. Check the mountain status by calling 692-7337 or click here.


Alumni Game - 12/26

December 21, 2015 - With all the holiday hustle and bustle make sure you don't forget about the Alumni Game scheduled for Saturday! The girls game will begin at 4 pm with the boys game following and a pickup game at 7. There will be a 50/50 raffle, gift baskets and of course the concession stand will be open. All proceeds will go to the purchase of equipment for the newly renovated fitness center.


December 17, 2015 - The Jr. Sr. High Chorus groups finished up the winter concert series in style. Once again our students did a fabulous job . We'd like to thank all our music teachers for their dedication and commitment, their love of music shines bright through every student performance.


Football All-Stars Announced

December 15, 2015 - The small-school football all-star team has been announced for the 2015 season.  Tom Madigan was named to the offensive team as a running back. On the defensive side, Jeff Carrozza was selected as a linebacker and Isaac Sanchez as a defensive back.  Saeed Mohamed-Ali was selected for the second team all stars for his outstanding play at offensive guard.  Jeff Carrozza was also named the Class C North Defensive Player of the Year and Isaac Sanchez proved to be the Ironman of the North Division. Congratulations again to our all-stars and the entire team on an incredible season.

Click here for the complete offensive team

Click here for the complete defensive team


December 10, 2015 - Our Jr. Sr Band put on a great concert, in fact they were so impressive they knocked the lights out! Click here for more photos.

Tuesday, 12/15 - 5&6 Chorus and 6th Grade Band
Thursday, 12/17 - Jr. Sr. High Chorus Concert


Compassionate Giving Project
last week to participate

December’s virtue of the month is EMPATHY.  Empathy is “feeling or understanding what someone else is feeling.” Compassion is “Empathy in action”.  Hoosic Valley is taking action and holding our seventh annual Compassionate Giving Project from December 1-18. We are asking every student in grades pre-K through 12 to bring in an item or card that will be donated to these programs. Click here for more information and the list of grade level donations.


196,410 Hour of Code Events Around the World!

December 10, 2015 - Our elementary students joined students all over the world in learning an hour of code this week during computer lab.  An Hour of Code is a global movement that is designed to spark interest in technology and computer programming. Instead of just playing a video game, students get to experience what it’s like to create the video game. Students in K-2 started off with puzzles and moved up to Angry Birds while students in grades 3-6 got to program their own Minecraft game. Click here to access the code.org website and try your own hour of code!

“Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity.” ~ code.org

Albany Med Provides Hands-On Opportunities

December 10, 2015 - Mr. Ryan's Anatomy and Physiology class and Mrs Kausch's SUPA Bio class visited Albany Med for a hands on heart workshop. This was also a chance for Mr. Ryan's distance learning students to meet face to face. Mr. Ryan teaches students from Duanesburg and Schoharie along with Hoosic Valley students through the NERIC distance learning network. Click here for more photos

HVCC Instant Admit - December 17

December 4, 2015 - Our guidance office has scheduled a second Instant Admit day with Hudson Valley Community College for December 17th. Seniors that are thinking about attending HVCC next fall should take advantage of this service. A HVCC admissions counselor will be on-site to meet with perspective students. Students will need to complete the instant admit application beforehand, they should stop by guidance for info and to schedule an appointment.

Get accepted in person & save the $30 application fee


Author Patrice Kindl Visits 7th Grade

December 4, 2015 - Author Patrice Kindl paid a visit to our seventh graders today. Mrs. Kindl shared some of her secrets for successful writing and had our students try a few different activities to tap into their creativity.


Compassionate Giving Project

December’s virtue of the month is EMPATHY.  Empathy is “feeling or understanding what someone else is feeling.” Compassion is “Empathy in action”.  Hoosic Valley is taking action and holding our seventh annual Compassionate Giving Project from December 1-18. We are asking every student in grades pre-K through 12 to bring in an item or card that will be donated to these programs. Click here for more information and the list of grade level donations.


Alumni Needed

December 3, 2015 - The Booster Club is on the lookout for HV Alumni to take part in their fund raiser game. All proceeds will go toward the purchase of equipment for the newly renovated fitness center. Click here for the signup form.

Spread the word!


November 29, 2015 - Congratulations to Coach Chapko and the girls basketball team on winning the Cohoes Thanksgiving Tournament. They defeated Lake George, 45-42, and Hudson Falls 31-29.


Bringing the Past to the Classroom

November 24, 2015 – The Brookside Museum brought the world of the Iroquois into our fourth grade classrooms on Friday.  The fourth grade social studies curriculum focuses on New York history, the people that lived here and how our government was formed and continues to work today.  

Click here for more photos.


Lock Down Drill - December 2nd

November 23, 2015 - Both the elementary building and the Jr. Sr. High building will be conducting consecutive lock down drills on Wednesday morning, December 2, 2015.  We are coordinating with members of the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department, New York State Police and with members of the Questar III Health and Safety division to conduct the drills, and for post-drill analysis. 

Our safety drills help us practice our responses for a number of different scenarios. If you have any questions please contact the building principals.  

Parent Letter from Mr. Foti (Pk-6)
Parent Letter from Mr. Apostol (7-12)


Valley Represents at Area All State!

November 23, 2015 - Ms. Allen and Mrs. Paglialonga were delighted to send five students to NYSSMA Zone 7 Area All-State music festival! Chorus: Kayla Carknard (12), Chris Salvati (12), Kyle Norton (11); Band: Braden Jarosz (9); Orchestra: Greg Wolosen (11).

Fifty schools from zone 7 sent representatives to the festival; from Rensselaer County the school districts represented were: Averill Park, Berlin, East Greenbush, Hoosic Valley, Hoosick Falls, Tamarac & Troy.

Check out this week's edition of Music Notes for photos from All-State, the cast of The Sound of Music and more exciting news from the Music Department!


Character Counts @ Hoosic Valley

November 20, 2015 - Today, our Elementary School held their first Character Counts Assembly of the year. Students did a great job singing and were excellent listeners throughout the program. The focus of the program was on Pink Shirt Day and how serious our students are about stopping bullying on our schools.

Along with Pink Shirt Day the program highlighted November's Virtue of the Month - Citizenship. When we are good citizens we take care of our responsibilities in our group. We think about what our group needs to be the best it can be and we do what we can to get those things done. Click here to see the list of students recognized as being good citizens and photos from the assembly.


Understanding the Elementary Report Card
(Grades K-4)

November 20, 2015 - New York State has adopted new, more rigorous learning standards in ELA and Math.  Since that time, we at Hoosic Valley have been involved in an ongoing process to review our curriculum, our teaching, how we assess your children's learning, and more recently our grade reporting. Click here to view our report card rubric.

You may have seen in recent years that our Elementary grade reports have changed.  Some of these changes have been the result of our transition to software based grade reporting.  More importantly, many of the changes have been the result of our wish to communicate to parents how our students are progressing relative to the grade level expectations of the Common Core curriculum.


5th Grade Band Concert

November 19, 2015 - Our newest band members held their first concert last night. After just six weeks they were ready to perform in front of an audience and they did a great job! Click here for photos - Click here to see the program and all the students who participated.


November 17, 2015 - This year's Senior Class Trip was to Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course. Our seniors had a great day navigating their way through the tree tops and getting a chance to hang out with their classmates.


November 17, 2015 - Mrs. Messier's class celebrated Thanksgiving in style! They had a several volunteers visit last week to help with the prepartion of their feast. The entire meal was home made and cooked in the classroom. The halls smelled wonderful!


November 17, 2015 - The 7th grade ELA classes this year held a Book signing Celebration in the library. The 7th graders enjoyed writing a suspense-filled story and made copies to share and sign with students and guests. These young authors worked hard on this Lucy Calkin’s inspired unit. Their work was exceptional: excellent job young authors!



Casale Commits to Sacred Heart

November 16, 2015 - Congratulations go out to Cierra Casale and the Hoosic Valley Softball Team as Cierra commits to play softball for Division 1 Sacred Heart. Cierra will be very busy between the softball diamond and bio labs as she pursues her goals of becoming a PA.


Hoosic Valley Has Strong Representation at All-County Fall Festival

November 16, 2015 - Spanning three ensembles, Hoosic Valley had more than twenty students represent the school at the Fall All-County festival sponsored by Rensselaer County School Music Association. In addition to these honors, Ms. Allen served as the manager of the Senior Chorus, with Ms. Cosey accompanying the prestigious choir. Guest conducting was Mrs. Marjorie Pipes, who worked with Hoosic Valley students this past Friday.

Click here to read more about All-County participants and other Musical Notes.


November 16, 2015 - Last weekend our National Honor Society held a powder puff football game to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. They raised over $400 dollars and had a great time doing it.


Matt Espey - Fidelis Care Athlete of the Week

November 13, 2015 - Congratulations to Matt Espey on being name this week's Channel 13 Athlete of the Week. Click if you missed the original broadcast.


Semi- Formal

November 5, 2015 - This year's Semi-Formal will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5th in the Elementary Cafeteria. It is open to all students 9-12, cost is $15 each. Tickets can be purchased in Ms. Tiernan's class (room 19B) during homeroom or period 11. Cash or check will be accepted, please make checks payable to "HVECF" and write "Class of 2018 - Semi-Formal" in the memo.


Think Before You Speak

November 12, 2015 - Next week the elementary school is celebrating Think Before You Speak Week. The planned character education events for the PK – 6 building are:

  • Mix Match Monday:  wear a mix match of clothing, styles and colors to show that we are all diverse and our differences make life interesting!
  • Loyal Blue Tuesday: Wear BLUE to promote loyalty, kindness, and being a “true blue” friend
  • Red Wednesday Madness: Wear RED to show that it’s okay to be angry but….words are not for hurting and hands are not for hitting
  • Peaceable White Thursday: Wear WHITE for peaceful friendships and problem solving
  • Friday:  Pink Shirt Day: Wear PINK to show that you want to end bullying in our school
  • November 20th:  Character Counts Programs      

Click here for more information about Pink Shirt Day and Think Before You Speak Week.


Wasaren League All-Stars

November 12, 2015 - Congratulations to this year's fall all-stars

Volleyball: First Team - Camille Coyne; Second Team - Gabby Serafin; Honorable Mentions - Katrina Dean, Kiersten Czuwala

Girls Soccer: Second Team - Erin Dugrenier; Honorable Mentions - Danielle Stannard, Colleen Beamish, Alicia Clum & Bridget Ryan

Boys Soccer: First Team - Justin Akin & Jared Whitford; Second Team - Alex Carlo

Cross Country: Bobby Brenenstuhl, Carrie Burnell and Derick Cipolla

Golf:First Team - Matt Espey; Second Team - Brett Norman

The football all-star list has not yet been released yet, but Seniors Todd Cox and Jeff Carrozza will be representing Hoosic Valley in the 2015 Exceptional Senior Game tonight at Shen, 6pm.


Ski Club

November 12, 2015 - We will once again be having our Elementary and High School Ski club at Willard Mountain. The program runs for six weeks , every Wednesday starting January 6th. Transportation to and from the mountain is available. Click below for more information and registration packets.

Sign up before November 25 to save $20!

Second Grade Studies Communities

November 5, 2015 - Our second graders explored different types of communities today. They visited Fogerty Farms where staff from the Rensselaer CCE and our Rensselaer County Dairy Princess had some cool agricultural activities for kids to explore. Next they took a tour of Troy with the Rensselaer Historical Society to get a feel for the Urban Community. And then they headed to the Capitol for a glimpse at how our state government runs. Click here to see more photos from their awesome field trip


Go Home Early Drill - November 10

November 4, 2015 - New York State Education Department requires that all school districts conduct annual drills to prepare for the evacuation of students and staff in case of an emergency. As part of our district-wide safety plan, The Hoosic Valley Central School will be conducting the Emergency Go Home drill on Tuesday, November 10.  You should expect your children home a few minutes earlier than usual on that day. 

Click here for details for the Elementary School

Click here for details for the High School

We would like to remind you that November has a number of important events that impact our school calendar.

  • November 10 - Go Home Early Drill
  • November 11 - Veteran's Day - No School
  • November 12 - Parent Conferences - Students K-6 11:15 dismissal
  • November 17 - Parent Conferences - Students K-6 11:15 dismissal
  • November 19 - Parent Conferences 3-6 pm NO early dismissal
  • November 25 - Students K-12 11:15 dismissal
  • November 26-27 - Thanksgiving Recess

November, 4, 2015 - On Sunday, November 1st, 55 Hoosic Valley Jr. Sr. High School students performed at the Albany Devils Hockey Game. The Band performed the National Anthem and O Canada at the start of the game, and the Chorus performed God Bless America during intermission. We are very proud of these students! We would like to thank all of the students for attending and the fans that came out to support them!


Rensselaer Youth Summit

November 2, 2015 - Hoosic Valley was well represented at this year's Rensselaer County Fall Youth Summit. The summit focuses on many of the dangers our teens face and how to make choices that lead to a positive environment.


1st Grade Reading Night

October 31, 2015 - Our first grade teachers held a family reading night on Thursday. They emphasized the importance of reading to academic success and the role parents play in that success. Click here for a copy of their presentation.


October 30, 2015 - We'd like to wish everyone a very Happy and SAFE Halloween. Click here for more photos from Kindergarten and Pre-K.


Planetarium Adventures

October 30, 2015 - Our second and sixth graders took a journey through the universe when Planetarium Adventures visited with their portable planetarium. Click here if your students are interested in learning more about our solar system.

Calling All Hoosic Valley Alumni
 Basketball Players & Cheerleaders!

For what? HV Booster Club Alumni Basketball Game to raise money for new equipment in the newly renovated fitness center
When is it? December 26, 2015-- Games start at 4:00 pm
Where is it? Dear old Hoosic Valley High School gymnasium       
Schaghticoke, NY (in case you forgot)
How much will it cost me? A little bit of your ego and $20 per player or cheerleader. T-shirts provided.  Free to come and laugh er…cheer on the players!
How do I sign-up? Click here for signup and info. (signup due by 12/1)
Email Bonnie Speanburg with questions

Basket Raffles

50/50 Raffle

Concession

Laughs

Old friends


Cross Country All-Stars

October 28, 2015 - Congratulations to Bobby Brenenstuhl, Carrie Burnell and Derick Cipolla on making the Wasaren League all-star team. In order to qualify for the all-stars, runners have to finish in the top twelve at the league meet.

Click here to see the results from yesterday's meet.

Click here for Photos for the Wasaren League Meet


Volleyball Sectionals

October 28, 2015 - The Hoosic Valley Volleyball team will begin their postseason play today. They will travel to Albany Academy for the first round, match starts at 5 pm.


Powder Puff Football

October 26, 2015 - The National Honor Society is sponsoring a Powder Puff Football Game to benefit the American Cancer Society. The game is on Saturday, November 7th @ 2:30. Admission is $3, there will be a 50/50 raffle and the concession stand will be open. Interested juniors and seniors should see Ms. LaBombard to sign up.


Football Advances to Sectional Semifinals

October 24, 2015 - Our football team defeated Fonda 42-19 to advance to the sectional semifinals. They will play Mechanicville at Mechanicville on Friday at 7. Click for photos from the Fonda Game

Read all about the game at the TU: Hoosic Valley football wins playoff debut


Hoosic Valley Apparel

October 23, 2015 - The Class of 2017 is having a HV Apparel Fundraiser. Get the latest tees, sweats, bags and hats and help out the Junior Class at the same time. Orders due by Monday, 11/16. Click here to preview items and order form


October 22, 2015 - Midwest Author SA Bodeen visited our 8th graders this week. Ms. Bodeen is a popular young adult author, her latest release is Lost: Book Two of The Shipwreck Island Series and she has another new release, THE DETOUR, due out this month. Click here for more information about our latest visiting author.


Common Core Survey

October 22, 2015 - The New York State Education Department has launched an online survey for New Yorkers to provide detailed feedback on the state’s Common Core standards in English Language Arts and math. The results of the survey will be used to inform changes to the standards as the department undergoes a review of the Common Core (a Gov. Cuomo-appointed committee is conducting a separate, concurrent review of the program).  The survey will be open until November 30.  An advisory group will review the results and then make recommendations to the State Education Department.

In a letter to teachers, Commissioner MaryEllen Elia encouraged teachers, administrators, school board members, parents, the business community and “anyone with an interest in the future of our schools” to participate in the survey. “It’s time for us to step back and assess where we are and where we should be going,” she wrote. “You work with students every day. You know what’s working and what’s not. Your classrooms are the front line in our struggle to help our students aim higher.”

The department also launched a new website — AIMHighNY http://www.nysed.gov/aimhighny — with information about and a link to the survey.


Soccer Sectionals

October 20, 2015 - Soccer sectional pairings have been released for both Boys and Girls. The Girls first game is Wednesday, October 21 at Holy Names at 3 pm. The Boys first game is Thursday, October 22 at Schuylerville at 6 pm.

Ticket prices for sectional soccer matches are $3.00, for the sectional semi-finals and finals all tickets will be $6.00.

Check back for full brackets (We are class B this year)


Sectional Bound

Updated - Congratulations to Coach Porcelli and the Hoosic Valley Football team on advancing to to the sectional playoffs. The Indians will play Fonda at Fonda on Saturday at 1 pm.

Update: The game is against Fonda-Fultonville. However the game location will be Knox Field in Johnstown.

Click here for more photos from Saturday's Senior Game vs Granville

Click here to see all the sectional parings.


Hoosic Valley Definitely Has Talent


October 19th - Friday night Hoosic Valley held their annual talent show.  Our student once again amazed the crowd with their talent and stage presence.  There was a wide variety of acts from singing and dancing to horseback riding!  We like to thank all the volunteers that make this one of the great traditions at Hoosic Valley.

This year emcees were Chris Smith, Jay Derocher and Walt.  Our performers were Jillian Johnson, Kayla Carknard, Delaney Baker Mikayla Dickinson & Brianna Rohloff, Jennifer Acker, Melanie Natter, Cailin Miller, Jenna Capasso, Jonathan Wilson, Mikayla Burdick, Kylin Hemmings, Jeneca & Reilly Reiser, Katelyn & Destiny Chamberlain, Sofie Roy & Katelyn Turriglio, Sarah Sheldon & Samantha Smith, Eva Robert & Amanda Salisbury, Braden Jarosz, Julia, Emma, & Jacquelyn Carlo & Kat, Maria, Thomas & Megan Rice, Amanda Tilley, Devon Bieg & Briana Gifford, Morgan Pailley, Katie Rose, Clare Madigan, Carrie Burnell, Kyle Norton & Greg Wolosen, Sydney Valcik, Casey Roberts & Emily Bowman, Kaylynn Ryan & Emily Turriglio, Logan Seymour, Taylor Hansen & Paige Spiess

Click here for more photos (many of our gymnast were too fast for the camera!)


Broadway Juniors Organization Meeting

October 19, 2015 – Broadway Juniors supports our elementary play that takes place at the end of the school year.  Students in grades 3-6 work with Mrs. LaCourse, Mrs. Delano, Mrs. Marks and an incredible group of parent volunteers to put on a first rate performance. This year's show is the Wizard of Oz!

There will be an organization meeting on Thursday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary School Library. All are welcome!


Parent Portal Reminder

October 19, 2015 - The High School first marking period just ended, therefore, the eSchool Portal will now default to the second marking period. You can still view the prior marking period gradebook, just selected Marking Period 1 from the drop down box under Gradebook Assignments. Report cards will be sent home with students on Friday.


Going to States......again!

October 15, 2015 - Congratulations to Matt Espey on making the Section 2 New York State golf team. Matt will be playing in the State Championship in Cornell on Saturday, June 4th, 5th, and 6th.  On Tuesday Matt shot a 77 and on Thursday Matt shot a 78 at Orchard Creek Golf Course finishing in 6th place out of 54 golfers. This will be Matt's fourth trip to state playoffs in three different sports. Great job!

Hoosic Valley Golfer This Week’s 104.5 The Team Athlete of the Week Read More: ESPN Radio 104.5 Athlete of the Week


Elementary Fall Book Fair

Student Preview - October 14 - October 20
Student Buying - Friday, October 23
Family Buying Night - Friday, 10/23 6-8:30 pm

If you are out of town or can't make it to our Book Fair, you can also help support our school by shopping online. Click here to visit PTO's on-line Book Fair


Student Council Fall Blood Drive

October 14, 2015 - Student Council will hold it's fall Blood Drive on Tuesday, October 20th from 8:00 am till 1:30 pm. See a Student Council Representative to schedule an appointment.


Career Expo 2015

October 13, 2015 - Questar III and Troy City School will be hosting an interactive and innovative exploration of careers for students interested in improving the world through Science and Technology. The Expo will be held on Thursday, October 22 from 4:30 - 7:30. They will have panel discussions on Careers in Technology and Healthcare. Click here for the schedule and more info.


Power of Pink

October 13, 2015 - Congratulations to the Varsity Volleyball Team for taking 1st place in their bracket at the Power of Pink Tournament in Queensbury, on Saturday October, 10th. Prior to attending the tournament the Varsity Volleyball Team, with the help of the JV and Modified teams, were able to raise approximately $700 to bring to the tournament as a donation to the American Cancer Society. The Power of Pink Tournament is the 2nd largest fund raiser in the area that benefits the American Cancer Society, compared to Relay for Life. There were 20 teams at the tournament raising a grand total of over $40,000. Thank you to all who donated to a great cause!


October 13, 2015 - Our National Junior Honor Society members took part of the Breast Cancer Walk held in Mechanicville.


S.A. Bodeen to Visit

October 7, 2015 - Author S.A. Bodeen will join our 8th graders on Monday, October 19th. Ms. Bodeen is a popular young adult author, her latest release is Lost: Book Two of The Shipwreck Island Series and she has another new release, THE DETOUR, due out this month. Click here for more information about our latest visiting author.


WGNA High School Hunger Games

October 2, 2015 - Attention students 7-12, WGNA is holding a contest and the participating school with the most donated food items wins a party at FLIGHT TRAMPOLINE PARK. Just bring your non-perishable food items to the main office and we are in the games.

The grade that brings in the most items (by weight) wins a PIZZA PARTY sponsored by PTO! For more information go to www.wgna.com/capital-district-high-school-hunger-games/ Contest ends November 2nd so start bringing those items in TODAY! Contact PTO with questions hoosicvalleypto@gmail.com


Digital Citizenship Week
September 21-25

The goal for Digital Citizenship Week is to educate students and parents about social media and the issues that can arise with its use.  As part of our plan, we will guide our students on how to navigate social media outlets in the safest ways possible.  The lessons we hope to impart on our students are:

  • How to establish a digital footprint online you can be proud of
  • Treating others with respect using social media
  • Protecting yourself online from predators

For parents and community members we will host a social media workshop Thursday, September 24th at 7:00PM in the high school LGIA. This workshop will inform parents of current websites and applications that are popular and how they are being used, discuss the signs of cyber bullying and myths and truths about the media and applications we are using.

Click here for more information


Fall SAT Exams Given at Hoosic Valley

September 28, 2015 - Attention Juniors and Seniors, Hoosic Valley will be administering the SAT Exams on Saturday, November 7th at the High School .  Registration is due October 9th, all registration is done online at https://sat.collegeboard.org.  Students registering after October 9th will incur additional fees.


Grief Services for Children and Teens

September 28, 2015 - The Community Hospice group will be starting their fall Wave Riders program in October. Click here for information.


Colleen Beamish, Fidelis Care Athlete of the Week

September 23, 2015 - Congratulations to Colleen Beamish on her selection as this week's Fidelis Care Athlete of the Week. Click here to see the News 13 feature.


7th Annual Hoosic Valley's Got Talent Show

September 22, 2015 - Clear your calendars - Hoosic Valley students will entertain us at the Annual Hoosic Valley's Got Talent show on Friday, October 16th, at 6:30!

Students that wish to tryout for the talent show should have their permission slips back by Friday, October 2nd. Auditions are scheduled for Tuesday, October 10th and Thursday October8th. Dress Rehearsal will be Tuesday, October 13 from 2:30 till 4. Permissions slips are available from Mrs. P, Miss Allen or Mrs. O'Donnell


PTO Meeting – President Needed

September 22, 2015 – PTO will be holding its first meeting of the school year on Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30 in the Elementary Library.   PTO is looking for a new President and will not be able to operate without their top officer.

Here’s a recap of the programs PTO supports annually:

  • Arts –In- Education Program (Catskill Puppets, Basket Weaving, Pottery with John Visser, HS & EL author visits, Walk Through the Rain Forest with Paul Hurteau, Motoko and many more)
  • Writing Olympics
  • Field Trips K-12
  • Family Halloween Night & Family Bingo
  • Sr. Class Scholarships
  • HS Yearbook Advertising
  • Gardening Project
  • DARE Graduation (ice cream party for graduates)
  • Teacher Appreciation Day
  • After Prom Party
  • Elementary Book Fairs
  • School Banking
  • Elementary Yearbook
  • Learning Fair
  • Movie Night

The Hoosic Valley community has been so fortunate over the years with all the great activities and support PTO has given to our district.  PTO is run by parent volunteers and they have had some great ones! But now it’s time for a set of new volunteers to take over the leadership and continue all the good work PTO does.


Community Appreciation Award

September 21, 2015 - Hoosic Valley Elementary School was given the Community Appreciation Award at the 12th Annual Walk & 5K Run for Autism at Central Park in Schenectady. HVES students raised money last spring by donating their spare change.  Mrs. Soden’s 3rd grade class raised the most of any class in the building and won a pizza party to celebrate last spring.


12th Annual Race/Walk for Autism
Sunday, 9/20 - Central Park, Schenectady

September 18, 2015 - This Sunday the Autism Society will hold their annual Race/Walk to benefit autism families in the Greater Capital Region. The race starts at 9 am and the walk starts at 11.

Last April, during the Change for Autism fundraiser, our school raised close to six hundreds dollars by collecting change throughout the elementary school. This money  helped support families and children affected by autism.   The Autism Society would like to show their appreciation by presenting our district with a community service award at the Annual Walk. The award will be presented before the walk at about 10:45. Click here for race/walk registration info.

Please join us for the community award ceremony and support this event!


School Tax Information

Click Here for information on 2015-16 School Taxes.

Tax information is also now available online through the Info Tax Online Service. You can obtain a copy of your bill or check the status of a payment. Go to http://www.infotaxonline.com and scroll down to Hoosic Valley.


Elementary School Pictures

September 17, 2015 - Elementary school pictures are scheduled for next week, Wednesday and Thursday. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday September 23: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Ms. Blanchard's class.

Thursday September 24: Pre-k, 4th, 5th, 6th and Ms. Lovell's class.


http://images.clipartpanda.com/manual-clipart-books_BW.pngWANTED:  Used Books!
Donate your gently used books to the
Broadway Juniors Secondhand Book Sale!

Books for all ages accepted, but please, no magazines, textbooks, encyclopedias or badly damaged books. The book sale will be held at The Hoosic Valley Harvest Festival, Saturday, September 26 from 12-4 p.m. at the Schaghticoke Town Hall. All proceeds from the sale will benefit Broadway Juniors and the Hoosic Valley Elementary School Musical

A donation bin will be located in the Elementary School office and collection will run through Thursday, September 24.


New Staff for the 2015-2016 School Year

September 15, 2015 - Every year we have a few new faces throughout the district. While we are sad to say goodbye to those that retired, relocated or changed jobs over the summer, we are very proud of our newest employees and have great expectations for their success. Click here to meet our newest Teachers and Assistants.


Open House for both schools this week

Jr. Sr. High School - Wednesday - September 16 - 6:30 p.m. - The HS open house is an opportunity for parents/guardians to meet their child’s teachers, acquire information about the courses and hear suggestions how parents/guardians can help their child succeed throughout the school year. Upon arriving to school, you can pick up your child’s schedule in their homeroom. Click here for more info

Elementary - Thursday - September 17 - 6:30 - The elementary will start the open house with a brief assembly in the auditorium. This will be followed by teacher presentations in classes. This is a great opportunity for parents to hear about their children’s school activities and experiences. Click here for more info


Welcome back from SED Commissioner Elia

September 10, 2015 - Click here for a welcome back message from State Ed Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.


EVERY KID IN A PARK
Free Access to Federal Lands and Waters for 4th Graders and Their Guests

September 10, 2015 - As part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them, the Every Kid in a Park initiative allows fourth graders nationwide to go to www.everykidinapark.gov and obtain a pass for free entry for them and their families to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for an entire year starting September 1, 2015. Click here for more info.


Fall Driver's Ed

September 9, 2015 - Students interested in Driver Education for the Fall, please see Mr. Ryan in Room 211 to pick up an application form or click here.  The deadline is Wednesday, September 30th.

The goal of this program is to equip students with the fundamental knowledge, correct operational habits, essential skills, and the proper attitude for survival on our highways.  From successful completion of this program, students will be issued a Student Certificate of Completion (MV-285).  This certificate will allow them to drive at night after they convert their class DJ license to a class D license, at age 17. The certificate also makes possible a reduction in the cost of insurance premium.


Votec Classes Begin Tuesday, September 8

September 3, 2015 - Votec classes will be held on Tuesday, September 8th. There will be busing available from the High School to the Votec Center. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the High School. The morning Votec bus will leave at 8:00 and the afternoon Votec bus will leave at 11:15. Contact Guidance with any questions.


Electronic Music Composition Winner

September 2, 2015 - Hunter Galvin, a Junior, has been selected as a winner of the annual New York State School Music Association's Electronic Music Composition Showcase. Only 10 compositions are selected for recognition! Hunter's piece, Bassline, is entirely composed on the computer and then features the vocals of Kayla Carknard, a senior at Hoosic Valley! Click here to access Hunter's Bassline.

The NYSSMA Electronic Music Composition Showcase is a program held each year at the NYSSMA Winter Conference featuring original electronic music compositions composed by New York State students. The showcase compositions are selected from a large pool of works submitted by students of all ages from NYSSMA participating schools. All submitted compositions are evaluated by a panel of adjudicators and the most outstanding are selected for performance at the showcase.


Schedules for students Grades 7-12

August 28, 2015 - High School draft schedules will be mailed out today along with a number of important forms that need to be completed and returned the first week of school.  All students will receive an updated schedule in homeroom on the first day.  Students that need to make any changes to that schedule should plan on doing so during their lunch period the first week of classes.


Hoosic Valley CSD’s  Standard & Poor’s Rating Upgrade

August 24, 2015 - Standard & Poor’s Rating Service has upgraded Hoosic Valley Central School District’s credit rating to ‘AA-‘ from ‘A+’ with a stable outlook.  The upgrade to ‘AA-‘ is a reflection of the district’s maintenance of strong finances through good financial management practices, very strong reserves, and moderate per capita debt.  The credit rating upgrade is a result of conservative financial budgeting and planning by the Board of Education and district administration.  The upgraded rating will allow the district when necessary to borrow funds at competitively low interest rates.


Hudson Valley DL Classes

August 24, 2015 - Hudson Valley DL Classes will begin the week of August 31 in Room 33 (Mrs. Pallozzi's Room).

  • Psychology - Mon/Wed/Fri from 9-9:50
  • Business Law - Tue/Wed/Fri from 10-10:50
  • Sociology - Mon/Wed/Fri from 12-12:50

These three classes follow the Hudson Valley academic calendar rather than our school calendar. Attendance is taken and student are expect to makeup any missed work.

Click here for the Hudson Valley Academic Calendar.


Modified Fall Sports Info

Modified Boys soccer will start the first day of school - students will meet after school in the gym and then go to Chapko Field.  Parents should pick their kids up at Chapko Field at 4:15.

Girls Modified Soccer first day of practice will be September 9th from 3:15-4:45.  Parents should pick their child up at Chapko Field.

Modified Volleyball try-outs for 7th and 8th grade girls will be the first two days of school from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm in the Elementary Gym.

Modified football will start Wednesday 8/26. Practice will be from 6-8pm


Story Hour in the Garden

July 23, 2015 - Join the staff from Diver Library at the HVCS school garden Monday, July 27th at 11 a.m. for story hour. Children & their caregivers are invited to enjoy an hour of story time, garden exploration and learning about composting & recycling.The school garden is located beside the Hoosic Valley bus garage/business administration building, first driveway on the left upon entering the school campus. We hope to see you for a great story in the sunshine!!


Hudson Valley Distance Learning Classes

July 20, 2015 - Attention all students interested in taking any of the following Hudson Valley Distance Learning classes: General Psych, Business Law or Sociology. Letters were mailed home to students that were able to be scheduled into these classes. Students must fill out paperwork in the guidance office by August 4th if they intend to take the class in the fall. The guidance office is open M-F from 8:00 am till noon.

Letters were also sent to those student that were not able to get into the course. Theses three courses are available to take on-line rather than through ITV. This would allow the student to still take the class even thought it does not fit into their schedule at the ITV time slot. The cost would remain the same at $50/credit. Taking an on-line course has the benefits of allowing the student to complete the course work as their schedule permits. Students signing up for the online option should remember this is a College Level course and they must keep up with the reading and online assignments.


Football Parent Meeting

July 14, 2015 - On Monday, July 27th, from 6:30 – 7:00 pm, their will be a mandatory PARENT meeting for the modified, jv, and varsity football players.


Story Hour in the School Garden

July 10, 2015 - Join Diver Library staff at the school garden for story hour on Monday July 13th at 11:00 am. Children & their caregivers are invited to enjoy an hour of story time, a garden tour and a hands-on activity in the sunshine. The school garden is located beside the Hoosic Valley bus garage/business administration building, first driveway on the left upon entering the school campus. Please join us for some great summer reading!!


NYS Softball All-State All-Stars Named

July 5, 2015 - Congratulations to Cierra Casale, Alyssa Paul, Camille Coyne and Coach Bochette on being named to the 2015 NYSSCOGS All-State Softball list. Click here for the complete list of state all-stars.


Summer Sports Physicals

July 1, 2015 - Dr. Nightingale will at the High School on August 13th from 11:30 to 12:30 for physicals at no charge for any students needing one for either fall sports or the 2015-2016 school year. Please contact Mrs. Barton, HS Nurse, either by email (HSNurse@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us) or phone (753-4458 x2511) to get your child on the list for a physical. 

Also, Mrs. Barton will be in the health office on August 12th and 13th  only to process paperwork for blue cards.  Please make sure to send in any paperwork (physicals, interval health history/athletic health history forms) before then if your child plans on participating in a fall sport.  Remember: interval health history and athletic health history forms can be sent in no earlier than 30 days before the start of the sport. JV and Varsity fall sports start on August 17th, modified sports start on the first day of school. Forms may either be dropped off at the HS Main office or faxed to Mrs. Barton at 753-4151.


Community Movie Night

July 1, 2015 - The first Outdoor Movie Night sponsored by Hoosic Valley Community Partners will be Friday, July 10 at Schaghticoke Town Hall beginning at dusk. Big Hero 6 will be on the big screen. Admission is FREE - there will be snacks and drinks available for purchase at a nominal fee. Rain date is Friday, July 17.


Summer Fun and Fitness @ Grafton Lake

July 1, 2015 - Physical activity keeps our kids fit, healthy, and happy. So bring them to Grafton Lake for a fun obstacle course, Zumba, nature hikes, and more. Click here for more info and registration form.


School Garden

July 1, 2015 - The School Garden has been planted & is growing beautifully with the help of our many student gardeners. With winter outstaying its welcome, students hurried to get seeds and seedlings into the rich soil of the raised beds. Mrs. Messier’s students have planted herbs, peas, onions, lettuce, potatoes and sweet potato ‘slips’. Late in the winter Mrs. Messier’s class began rooting sweet potatoes by sprouting a whole potato in a glass of water, and these sprouts, called slips when rooted, were later transplanted to the garden. The sweet potatoes, herbs and onions will be a great addition to the Thanksgiving dinner the students prepare in November. The students have also come up with some inventive ideas to combat the persistent wood chucks that also enjoy the garden. Radishes planted by Mrs. Tiernan’s students were a huge success and the first crop harvested from the garden this spring. Very colorful & spicy!

Mr. Dorman’s 7th Grade class started tomatoes plants in the classroom, studying germination, plant anatomy and classification, and growing requirements, then transplanted a great variety of tomato plants to the garden. The plants are already flowering and growing small tomatoes, possible blue-ribbon winners at the fair!

Ms. Lovell’s students have been loyal gardeners planting popcorn, carrots and pole beans, while keeping the beds weeded. This is their second year growing popcorn after a very successful crop last fall. In the past the students have also been very helpful by harvesting veggies for the cafeteria and the food pantries, taste testing new vegetables, and using garden vegetables to make delicious soup in the classroom.

Mrs. Pruiksma’s 3rd Grade class has once again planted a Three Sisters Garden with corn, squash and beans for enriching the 4th Grade’s study of Native American agriculture in the fall. What a nice addition to the school garden!

First Grade student’s in Mrs. Moss’s class enjoyed a couple of planting lessons, learning about different types of crops while planting beans, sunflowers and carrots in the garden, and peppers, tomatoes and marigolds in the classroom. The students also talked about root vegetables while harvesting radishes and tasting them in the classroom. Mrs. Moss will continue with some exciting projects in the upcoming school year…stay tuned!!

The garden will be tended over the summer by volunteers, with produce donated to the local food pantries and entered into the Schaghticoke Fair. Once school begins again the students will be back at work learning about how their food grows, trying new vegetables and enjoying the outdoor classroom in the school garden.


 

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