The goal for Digital Citizenship Week is to educate students and parents about social media and the issues that can arise with its use. As part of our plan, we will guide our students on how to navigate social media outlets in the safest ways possible. The lessons we hope to impart on our students are:
How to establish a digital footprint online you can be proud of
Treating others with respect using social media
Protecting yourself online from predators
For parents and community members we will host a social media workshop Thursday, September 24th at 7:00PM in the high school LGIA. This workshop will inform parents of current websites and applications that are popular and how they are being used, discuss the signs of cyber bullying and myths and truths about the media and applications we are using.
September 22, 2015 - Clear your calendars - Hoosic Valley students will entertain us at the Annual Hoosic Valley's Got Talent show on Friday, October 16th, at 6:30!
Students that wish to tryout for the talent show should have their permission slips back by Friday, October 2nd. Auditions are scheduled for Tuesday, October 10th and Thursday October8th. Dress Rehearsal will be Tuesday, October 13 from 2:30 till 4. Permissions slips are available from Mrs. P, Miss Allen or Mrs. O'Donnell
PTO Meeting – President Needed
September 22, 2015 – PTO will be holding its first meeting of the school year on Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30 in the Elementary Library. PTO is looking for a new President and will not be able to operate without their top officer.
Here’s a recap of the programs PTO supports annually:
Arts –In- Education Program (Catskill Puppets, Basket Weaving, Pottery with John Visser, HS & EL author visits, Walk Through the Rain Forest with Paul Hurteau, Motoko and many more)
Field Trips K-12
Family Halloween Night & Family Bingo
Sr. Class Scholarships
HS Yearbook Advertising
DARE Graduation (ice cream party for graduates)
Teacher Appreciation Day
After Prom Party
Elementary Book Fairs
The Hoosic Valley community has been so fortunate over the years with all the great activities and support PTO has given to our district. PTO is run by parent volunteers and they have had some great ones! But now it’s time for a set of new volunteers to take over the leadership and continue all the good work PTO does.
Community Appreciation Award
September 21, 2015 - Hoosic Valley Elementary School was given the Community Appreciation Award at the 12th Annual Walk & 5K Run for Autism at Central Park in Schenectady. HVES students raised money last spring by donating their spare change. Mrs. Soden’s 3rd grade class raised the most of any class in the building and won a pizza party to celebrate last spring.
12th Annual Race/Walk for Autism Sunday, 9/20 - Central Park, Schenectady
September 18, 2015 - This Sunday the Autism Society will hold their annual Race/Walk to benefit autism families in the Greater Capital Region. The race starts at 9 am and the walk starts at 11.
Last April, during the Change for Autism fundraiser, our school raised close to six hundreds dollars by collecting change throughout the elementary school. This money helped support families and children affected by autism. The Autism Society would like to show their appreciation by presenting our district with a community service award at the Annual Walk. The award will be presented before the walk at about 10:45. Click here for race/walk registration info.
Please join us for the community award ceremony and support this event!
School Tax Information
Click Here for information on 2015-16 School Taxes.
Tax information is also now available online through the Info Tax Online Service. You can obtain a copy of your bill or check the status of a payment. Go to http://www.infotaxonline.com and scroll down to Hoosic Valley.
Elementary School Pictures
September 17, 2015 - Elementary school pictures are scheduled for next week, Wednesday and Thursday. The schedule is as follows:
Wednesday September 23: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Ms. Blanchard's class.
Thursday September 24: Pre-k, 4th, 5th, 6th and Ms. Lovell's class.
WANTED: Used Books! Donate your gently used books to the
Broadway Juniors Secondhand Book Sale!
Books for all ages accepted, but please, no magazines, textbooks, encyclopedias or badly damaged books. The book sale will be held at The Hoosic Valley Harvest Festival,
Saturday, September 26 from 12-4 p.m. at the Schaghticoke Town Hall.
All proceeds from the sale will benefit Broadway Juniors and the Hoosic Valley Elementary School Musical
A donation bin will be located in the Elementary School office and collection will run through Thursday, September 24.
New Staff for the 2015-2016 School Year
September 15, 2015 - Every year we have a few new faces throughout the district. While we are sad to say goodbye to those that retired, relocated or changed jobs over the summer, we are very proud of our newest employees and have great expectations for their success. Click here to meet our newest Teachers and Assistants.
Open House for both schools this week
Jr. Sr. High School - Wednesday - September 16 - 6:30 p.m. - The HS open house is an opportunity for parents/guardians to meet their child’s teachers, acquire information about the courses and hear suggestions how parents/guardians can help their child succeed throughout the school year.
Upon arriving to school, you can pick up your child’s schedule in their homeroom. Click here for more info
Elementary - Thursday - September 17 - 6:30 - The elementary will start the open house with a brief assembly in the auditorium. This will be followed by teacher presentations in classes. This is a great opportunity for parents to hear about their children’s school activities and experiences. Click here for more info
Welcome back from SED Commissioner Elia
September 10, 2015 - Click here for a welcome back message from State Ed Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.
EVERY KID IN A PARK Free Access to Federal Lands and Waters for 4th Graders and Their Guests
September 10, 2015 - As part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them, the Every Kid in a Park initiative allows fourth graders nationwide to go to www.everykidinapark.gov and obtain a pass for free entry for them and their families to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for an entire year starting September 1, 2015. Click here for more info.
Fall Driver's Ed
September 9, 2015 - Students interested in Driver Education for the Fall, please see Mr. Ryan in Room 211 to pick up an application form or click here. The deadline is Wednesday, September 30th.
The goal of this program is to equip students with the fundamental knowledge, correct operational habits, essential skills, and the proper attitude for survival on our highways. From successful completion of this program, students will be issued a Student Certificate of Completion (MV-285). This certificate will allow them to drive at night after they convert their class DJ license to a class D license, at age 17. The certificate also makes possible a reduction in the cost of insurance premium.
Votec Classes Begin Tuesday, September 8
September 3, 2015 - Votec classes will be held on Tuesday, September 8th. There will be busing available from the High School to the Votec Center. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the High School. The morning Votec bus will leave at 8:00 and the afternoon Votec bus will leave at 11:15. Contact Guidance with any questions.
Electronic Music Composition Winner
September 2, 2015 - Hunter Galvin, a Junior, has been selected as a winner of the annual New York State School Music Association's Electronic Music Composition Showcase. Only 10 compositions are selected for recognition! Hunter's piece, Bassline, is entirely composed on the computer and then features the vocals of Kayla Carknard, a senior at Hoosic Valley! Click here to access Hunter's Bassline.
The NYSSMA Electronic Music Composition Showcase is a program held each year at the NYSSMA Winter Conference featuring original electronic music compositions composed by New York State students. The showcase compositions are selected from a large pool of works submitted by students of all ages from NYSSMA participating schools. All submitted compositions are evaluated by a panel of adjudicators and the most outstanding are selected for performance at the showcase.
Schedules for students Grades 7-12
August 28, 2015 - High School draft schedules will be mailed out today along with a number of important forms that need to be completed and returned the first week of school. All students will receive an updated schedule in homeroom on the first day. Students that need to make any changes to that schedule should plan on doing so during their lunch period the first week of classes.
Hoosic Valley CSD’s Standard & Poor’s Rating Upgrade
August 24, 2015 - Standard & Poor’s Rating Service has upgraded Hoosic Valley Central School District’s credit rating to ‘AA-‘ from ‘A+’ with a stable outlook. The upgrade to ‘AA-‘ is a reflection of the district’s maintenance of strong finances through good financial management practices, very strong reserves, and moderate per capita debt. The credit rating upgrade is a result of conservative financial budgeting and planning by the Board of Education and district administration. The upgraded rating will allow the district when necessary to borrow funds at competitively low interest rates.
Hudson Valley DL Classes
August 24, 2015 - Hudson Valley DL Classes will begin the week of August 31 in Room 33 (Mrs. Pallozzi's Room).
Psychology - Mon/Wed/Fri from 9-9:50
Business Law - Tue/Wed/Fri from 10-10:50
Sociology - Mon/Wed/Fri from 12-12:50
These three classes follow the Hudson Valley academic calendar rather than our school calendar. Attendance is taken and student are expect to makeup any missed work.
Modified Boys soccer will start the first day of school - students will meet after school in the gym and then go to Chapko Field. Parents should pick their kids up at Chapko Field at 4:15.
Girls Modified Soccer first day of practice will be September 9th from 3:15-4:45. Parents should pick their child up at Chapko Field.
Modified Volleyball try-outs for 7th and 8th grade girls will be the first two days of school from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm in the Elementary Gym.
Modified football will start Wednesday 8/26. Practice will be from 6-8pm
Story Hour in the Garden
July 23, 2015 - Join the staff from Diver Library at the HVCS school garden Monday, July 27th at 11 a.m. for story hour. Children & their caregivers are invited to enjoy an hour of story time, garden exploration and learning about composting & recycling.The school garden is located beside the Hoosic Valley bus garage/business administration building, first driveway on the left upon entering the school campus. We hope to see you for a great story in the sunshine!!
Hudson Valley Distance Learning Classes
July 20, 2015 - Attention all students interested in taking any of the following Hudson Valley Distance Learning classes: General Psych, Business Law or Sociology. Letters were mailed home to students that were able to be scheduled into these classes. Students must fill out paperwork in the guidance office by August 4th if they intend to take the class in the fall. The guidance office is open M-F from 8:00 am till noon.
Letters were also sent to those student that were not able to get into the course. Theses three courses are available to take on-line rather than through ITV. This would allow the student to still take the class even thought it does not fit into their schedule at the ITV time slot. The cost would remain the same at $50/credit. Taking an on-line course has the benefits of allowing the student to complete the course work as their schedule permits. Students signing up for the online option should remember this is a College Level course and they must keep up with the reading and online assignments.
Football Parent Meeting
July 14, 2015 - On Monday, July 27th, from 6:30 – 7:00 pm, their will be a mandatory PARENT meeting for the modified, jv, and varsity football players.
Story Hour in the School Garden
July 10, 2015 - Join Diver Library staff at the school garden for story hour on Monday July 13th at 11:00 am. Children & their caregivers are invited to enjoy an hour of story time, a garden tour and a hands-on activity in the sunshine. The school garden is located beside the Hoosic Valley bus garage/business administration building, first driveway on the left upon entering the school campus. Please join us for some great summer reading!!
July 1, 2015 - Dr. Nightingale will at the High School on August 13th from 11:30 to 12:30 for physicals at no charge for any students needing one for either fall sports or the 2015-2016 school year. Please contact Mrs. Barton, HS Nurse, either by email (HSNurse@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us) or phone (753-4458 x2511) to get your child on the list for a physical.
Also, Mrs. Barton will be in the health office on August 12th and 13th only to process paperwork for blue cards. Please make sure to send in any paperwork (physicals, interval health history/athletic health history forms) before then if your child plans on participating in a fall sport. Remember: interval health history and athletic health history forms can be sent in no earlier than 30 days before the start of the sport. JV and Varsity fall sports start on August 17th, modified sports start on the first day of school. Forms may either be dropped off at the HS Main office or faxed to Mrs. Barton at 753-4151.
Community Movie Night
July 1, 2015 - The first Outdoor Movie Night sponsored by Hoosic Valley Community Partners will be Friday, July 10 at Schaghticoke Town Hall beginning at dusk. Big Hero 6 will be on the big screen. Admission is FREE - there will be snacks and drinks available for purchase at a nominal fee. Rain date is Friday, July 17.
July 1, 2015 - The School Garden has been planted & is growing beautifully with the help of our many student gardeners. With winter outstaying its welcome, students hurried to get seeds and seedlings into the rich soil of the raised beds. Mrs. Messier’s students have planted herbs, peas, onions, lettuce, potatoes and sweet potato ‘slips’. Late in the winter Mrs. Messier’s class began rooting sweet potatoes by sprouting a whole potato in a glass of water, and these sprouts, called slips when rooted, were later transplanted to the garden. The sweet potatoes, herbs and onions will be a great addition to the Thanksgiving dinner the students prepare in November. The students have also come up with some inventive ideas to combat the persistent wood chucks that also enjoy the garden. Radishes planted by Mrs. Tiernan’s students were a huge success and the first crop harvested from the garden this spring. Very colorful & spicy!
Mr. Dorman’s 7th Grade class started tomatoes plants in the classroom, studying germination, plant anatomy and classification, and growing requirements, then transplanted a great variety of tomato plants to the garden. The plants are already flowering and growing small tomatoes, possible blue-ribbon winners at the fair!
Ms. Lovell’s students have been loyal gardeners planting popcorn, carrots and pole beans, while keeping the beds weeded. This is their second year growing popcorn after a very successful crop last fall. In the past the students have also been very helpful by harvesting veggies for the cafeteria and the food pantries, taste testing new vegetables, and using garden vegetables to make delicious soup in the classroom.
Mrs. Pruiksma’s 3rd Grade class has once again planted a Three Sisters Garden with corn, squash and beans for enriching the 4th Grade’s study of Native American agriculture in the fall. What a nice addition to the school garden!
First Grade student’s in Mrs. Moss’s class enjoyed a couple of planting lessons, learning about different types of crops while planting beans, sunflowers and carrots in the garden, and peppers, tomatoes and marigolds in the classroom. The students also talked about root vegetables while harvesting radishes and tasting them in the classroom. Mrs. Moss will continue with some exciting projects in the upcoming school year…stay tuned!!
The garden will be tended over the summer by volunteers, with produce donated to the local food pantries and entered into the Schaghticoke Fair. Once school begins again the students will be back at work learning about how their food grows, trying new vegetables and enjoying the outdoor classroom in the school garden.