3rd Graders Read to Preschoolers
Third graders are participating in a Buddy Reading program this year where they read to Story Place preschoolers. “The students love it, both the third graders and preschoolers!” said teacher Chris Yager. Great job!
Newbery Award Winning Author Visits CES
Castleton Elementary School gave an ear-splitting welcome to author/poet Kwame Alexander on May 13, screaming and high-fiving the Newbery Medal winner as he arrived for his day at the school. "To have the Newbery Award winning author is like having the Super Bowl winning team here," said Principal Jason Chevrier. "For our students to meet the person who put the words to the page it shows them that they can do anything if they put their mind to it." Read more...
Solar Powered Boat Built in Bus Garage Launches on Hudson River
Solar Sal, the 40-foot solar-powered boat built by one of the district’s business incubators, left the bus garage on May 13 to take its maiden voyage on the Hudson River. The boat will travel the Hudson River and Erie Canal to help show the practicality of solar-powered boats. David Borton, a retired RPI professor who led the project, hopes to use the boat as a prototype to market and build more boats. Schodack students in all three buildings were involved in the project, from helping to work on the boat to learning about renewable energy and how photovoltaics work.
Senior Citizens Enjoy Music and Food at Annual Event
Senior citizens enjoyed an afternoon of music and food at the MHHS Senior Citizens Lunch on May 8. The Jazz Band performed for guests with music teacher Scott Hanrahan noting students come in at 6:30 a.m. on Thursdays to practice. "We have a lot of fun. We end up playing a lot of funk music for some reason. We're thinking about changing our name to the Maple Hill Funk Band," joked Mr. Hanrahan. Guests then enjoyed a lunch where students served refreshments. View more photos...
Principal Chevrier and Librarian Rattner Honored With Awards
CES Principal Jason Chevrier and Library Media Specialist Stacey Rattner were honored with awards from the New York Library Association for their efforts to improve the school's library program. Congratulations! Read more...
Lacrosse Team Volunteers at South Schodack Fire House
The varsity lacrosse team volunteered on Sunday, Apr. 19 to help the South Schodack Fire Department prepare its buildings and grounds for an open house. "The Maple Hill lacrosse team raked, swept, floor washed and helped us tremendously in our preparations," said Fire Chief Gary Roberts. "I'd like to thank Coach Randall and his varsity players for helping us out and for performing some community service at our station. It was greatly appreciated by my firefighters."
Students Support Research Done by NASA Scientists
Maple Hill High School students are collecting data to support research done by NASA scientists on the International Space Station as it orbits earth. “This gives the students the opportunity to be engaged in real space-based research and work in support of NASA’s Human Space Exploration program,” said teacher Len Bacon. Read more...
HS Student Creates Artwork for Solar-Powered Boat
When Solar Sal, the 40-foot solar-powered boat under construction in the bus garage, launches on the Hudson River this spring passersby will be able to identify it thanks to Maple Hill High School senior Bella Nelson. Bella created a painting for the boat as part of art class. “It looks wonderful!” said Joanne Coons, who is involved with the business incubator building the boat.
Middle School Students Share Stories with Pre-K
Story Place Preschoolers listened to a special presentation on Apr. 29 when Middle School students told them stories. As part of their English Language Arts class, 7th graders complete a unit on storytelling which helps develop their writing and public speaking skills. “The students did a fabulous job telling their stories,” said Story Place Preschool Director Michele Rose. “We really appreciate how they included us in their storytelling.”
Softball Team Participates in ALS Walk
The softball team participated in the Cherry Blossom Run for ALS in Schenectady for the second straight year on Apr. 26, joining Schodack resident Mike Britt. Great job!
Baseball Team Members Participate in Sean's Run
Members of the baseball team participated in Sean's Run on Apr. 26, an event that raises awareness about the problem of underage drinking and impaired driving. Great job!
Middle School Students Present at University at Albany
Six Maple Hill Middle School students spent the afternoon of Apr. 15 at the University at Albany, explaining to professors and graduate students how their computer club repairs old computers. "For these students to be invited to something like this on a college campus is awesome and wouldn't have happened without our business incubator," said Superintendent Bob Horan. Read more and see more photos...