Science Seminar Series Brings Researcher to MHHS
As part of a Science Seminar Series that brings researchers into the classroom, Maple Hill High School welcomed Dr. Susan Nye on Jan. 13. "Dr. Nye spoke with students about her time as a chemist for General Electric and Momentive," explained teacher Kaitlin McGann. "The students learned about her experience developing silicone based products."
High School Drama Club Production Packs Auditorium
Congratulations to the High School Drama Club for their performance of "Cut Loose!" on Jan. 16 which drew a packed house and rave reviews from our community! And a special thanks to Maple Hill alumna Emma Myers '14 who helped lead rehearsals over her college break. Ms. Myers is currently studying theatre at Purchase College.
Renovations Transform Castleton Public Library
Visitors to Castleton Public Library will find a brighter, more comfortable space after six weeks of renovations transformed the village fixture into a state-of-the-art facility that will better meet the library needs of the community. "The extensive renovation at the Castleton Public Library has given new life to a long-beloved focal point for our community," said Doreen Truesdell, Board of Trustees vice president. Read more and see more photos...
Local Historian Teaches Students About Civil War
Maple Hill High School students learned about the Civil War from a local historian and Civil War lecturer when JJ Jennings visited a Social Studies class in December. "This is as close to a college lecture as you're going to get as far as content and knowledge," teacher Rico Frese told his students. Read more...
Students Learn About Wind Power by Building Turbines
MHMS students learned about forms of alternative energy, including building their own wind turbines. "Students needed to take into account the amount of blades, weight, pitch (angle of the blades), materials and overall shape of their blades," explained Teacher Kristopher Navratil. "Each team then tested in real time, using a voltmeter, how much electricity could be produced using a fan in the classroom." Great job!
Working Side by Side With Scientists Helps MHHS Teachers
Last summer, Maple Hill High School teachers Kaitlin McGann and Nate Porter took part in Questar III's Summer Research Program for Science Teachers. The program provided them opportunities to work side-by-side with scientists on real life research that helped them improve how they teach students in the classroom. Hear what Ms. McGann and Mr. Porter said about the program...
CES Students Published in Magazine
Congratulations to CES students Ben Marra, Ayla Morse, Karsen Randall, Abbi Rossman, Peyton Taylor, and Kyla Vincent who had their work included in the winter edition of Skribblers, a publication that features children’s stories and artwork. Thank you also to the CES PTO which purchases subscriptions for the school.
Hoops Against Hunger Raises Record Amount for The Anchor
The 6th Annual Hoops Against Hunger event was the best ever, raising a record $2,288 and 500 food donations. The money will purchase over three months of food for The Anchor food pantry. "Pat Wood and myself wanted to thank the countless number of people who made Friday night's event possible," said Pat Austin. "Our amazing small community rallied together and did a great thing for those that really need it during a tough time of year. What a great way to lead into the Holiday Break!"
Field Trip Teaches Fifth Grade About Local Civil Rights History
A class research project about civil rights brought fifth graders to downtown Troy on Dec. 16, where the interpretive staff from the Rensselaer County Historical Society taught students about local history. "The best part was it was local history. You don’t have to go to Boston or New York City. It’s right here," said Superintendent Bob Horan, who joined students on the field trip. Read more...
Hour of Code Teaches Students of All Ages Computer Science
Students at all grade levels learned about computer science as part of the Hour of Code, a worldwide effort to introduce students to computer programming and show how anyone can learn the basics of computer coding. “Problem solving is a huge part of this. Students write the code to solve the problem,” said Tim Ryan. Read more...
Story Place Preschool at Home in Schodack Schools
When Story Place Preschool had the opportunity to move its entire program into unused classrooms in Schodack schools this year, it was an easy decision. “We really enjoy being here,” said Preschool Director Michele Rose. “Schodack is so positive and welcoming, from the administrators to the faculty and staff. It really is just a giving district. We feel 100% like a part of the school community.” Read more...