Schodack Central School District

1477 South Schodack Road, Castleton-on-Hudson, New York 12033
T: (518) 732-2297 • F: (518) 732-7710
Lee Bordick, Interim Superintendent

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Students welcome police after lockdown drill Musicians perform for students Eighth graders learn about Earth Science Senior Dylan Rossiter speaks to MHMS Newspaper Club Donations for The Anchor Students listen to presenter Students listen to author Student sing a song Students learn about fruits and vegetables

Schools Practice Lockdown Drills to Help Keep Students Safe

To help ensure the safety of our students and staff, Schodack CSD held lockdown drills in all three school buildings on Oct. 19. We would like to thank the Schodack Police Department and New York State Police for their help with the drills. Schools are required to hold four lockdown drills during the school year starting this year. For more information, please see this parent letter that was sent home last month.

Musicians Help Inspire 3rd Graders

Third graders got some inspiration on Oct. 13 as they start to learn how to play recorders when a local group of musicians who use the instruments performed for them. "If kids can learn to read and play music, they can learn to have great fun and wonderful experiences playing music," said Carrie Larson. Read more.

Hands-On Science Lesson for 8th Graders

Eighth graders recently had an opportunity for a hands-on Earth Science lesson. "We conducted some field work at Buttermilk Falls," explained teacher Maureen Carreau. "Students were busy collecting rock samples, observing the outcroppings of rock, and analyzing sedimentation rates."

Senior Dylan Rossiter Speaks to MS Newspaper Club

The Maple Hill Middle School Newspaper Club had a guest speaker on Oct. 11 when senior Dylan Rossiter explained his work for his website 518Sports and as a blogger for the Times Union through the New Visions program. "He was an excellent guest speaker, making his former 7th grade teacher proud!" said Teacher Christine Fowler.

Student Allison Felts Organizes Donation Drive for The Anchor

Maple Hill High School junior Allison Felts is collecting personal hygiene and toiletry items for The Anchor to help those in need. Allison's efforts stem from her participation in the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) conference last June. "My experience changed my life, along with sparking an incentive to make a positive impact in my community," she explained. "It is my goal to help the less fortunate in our community by collecting toiletry and personal care items." Donations of new items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, lotion and soap can be dropped off in boxes located in the lobbies of all three school buildings. Great job, Allison!

HS Students Learn About STEM Careers

Maple Hill High School has begun their third year of the Science Seminar Series, aimed at exposing students to careers in STEM fields. "This year's first speaker was Keith Algozzine, Co-Founder and CEO of Upstate Concierge Medicine and Management, a telemedical services firm," explained teacher Kaitlin McGann.

Students Welcome Author to CES

Students welcomed author Jewell Parker Rhodes to Castleton Elementary School on Sept. 29 whose novel "Towers Falling" 5th graders are currently reading. Read more about her visit. More photos.

Video of CES Students Singing Song

Here is a short video of Castleton Elementary students singing a song at the Monthly Morning Assembly on Sept. 29.

Food Services Make Fruits and Vegetables Fun for CES Students

CES students learned about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables during an event organized by Director of Dining Services Tom McNay on Sept. 21. "Tom did a nice job and we thank him for being a part of the educational process here at CES," said Principal James Derby. "Getting these kids hooked on fruits and vegetables at an early age is essential."

Dispose of Unused Medications at Local Police Agencies - Saturday, Oct. 22

Police agencies will collect unused prescription and over-the-counter medication on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. as part of a national effort to safely dispose of unused medications. More info and locations. Posted 10/12/16.

Parents Can Sign Up for State Education Department eNewsletter

The State Education Department is offering a monthly eNewsletter, news and notes for parents. You can subscribe by sending an email to with the message SUBSCRIBE PARENTS [your name]. Posted 10/12/16.

District Tests Water to Help Ensure Safe Schools

Water fixtures in CES and MHMS were tested this past weekend as part of a new state regulation requiring all school districts test for lead. Fixtures in MHHS will be tested in the next month. The tests were conducted independently by Needham Risk Management and sent to a certified environmental laboratory. As soon as we receive the results, we will share them with our community. "We tested our schools back in 2007, well before the state mandated it because we thought it was the right thing to do and found no issues," explained Director of Facilities Matt LaClair. "We could have applied for a waiver but we felt it was safer to test the fixtures again." More info. Posted 9/26/16.

Help WantedSubstitute Teacher and Substitute Teaching Assistants Needed

The district is need of substitute teachers and substitute teaching assistants. If interested, please see our Employment webpage. Posted 11/12/15.