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High School Graduation Dates and Activities

May 30, 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: 9 am -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). 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 5:30 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:Will be handed out during lunch periods on June 16th.

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.

Syracuse University Project Advance

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. 

Please contact the guidance office for additional information and questions.

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.

Hoosic Valley Guidance Update

The High School Guidance Department would like to remind everyone of some upcoming programs they are offering.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


If you share housing with relatives, friends or others because you lost your housing or have nowhere else to go, you may be covered under the McKinney-Vento Act. Students covered under the Act have the right to stay in the same school and get transportation to school, or immediately enroll in the local school.

Click here for more info or contact our district liaison, Lisa Waldron, @ lwaldron@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us or x3505.

High School Librarian, Mrs. Fillipone, is excited to report that Hoosic Valley Students in grades 7-12 now have access to the Questar Digital Library. Through their computer or electronic devices (Nook, Kindle, IPad, phone) students can “check-out” e-books.  Students should use their student id as their user id (listed on either report cards or schedules) and remember to capitalize their last name. Please see Mrs. Fillipone with any questions.

Click here to access the Questar Digital Library

Homework Assignments:
You can locate these homework assignments by putting your mouse on Our Schools -> High School -> and click on homework assignments. You can also access this page by clicking on the department link in the blue bar at the top of this and any HS page.

Once you are on the department page you will see a number of subject icons. To view homework assignments for the week click on the subject icon. On the individual subject pages click on the tab for the specific course. Homework will be below course overview information. Additional handouts and textbooks will be available (if needed) in the attendance office. Please call the HS to arrange pickup/delivery.

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Schaghticoke, NY 12154


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Class Officers for the 2013-2014 School Year:

Senior Class of 2014:      

Pres - Amanda Kocienski
VP - Theresa Wederman
Secretary - Leah O'Donnell
Treasurer - McKean Zaremski
Att. Officer - Erica Shudt

Junior Class of 2015:    

President: Connor Ryan
VP: Nicole Casale
Secretary: Emily Campisi
Treasurer: Don Espey
Att. Officer – Jimmy Acker

Sophomore Class of 2016: 

President – Kolbie Snyder
Vice President – Todd Cox
Secretary – Danielle Stannard
Treasurer – Mackenzie Akin
Att. Officer – Molly Jensen

Freshman Class of 2017:

President – Aleyah Proper
Vice President – Alicia Clum
Secretary – Camilla Hren
Treasurer – Gregory Wolosen
Att. Officer – Katie Norton


Last Updated on June 17, 2014