Schodack Central School District

1216 Maple Hill Road, Castleton-on-Hudson, New York 12033
T: (518) 732-2297 • F: (518) 732-7710
Robert Horan, Superintendent

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Student conducts research Solar Sal Students read to Pre-K Wind Turbine Team Softball team volunteers Baseball team members volunteer Students make sunshine smoothies Red-Kap Sales Vice President Jon Kaplan gives donation to MHHS Principal Ron Agostinoni Peter Aitken and Mary VanVliet Students work on solar powered boat Students create art for Solar Sal project

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.”

Middle School Students Participate in GE Wind Turbine Competition

Maple Hill Middle School students attended a GE competition on Apr. 18 to determine which school could create the most efficient wind turbine. Students were introduced to wind turbine blade design, use of a drive train to increase power output, and how we produce electricity from alternative energy sources. "This was our first year competing at the event but the wind turbine team says they are ready to compete again next year," said teacher Kristopher Navratil.

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!

Students Learn How to Make Sunshine Smoothies

First graders learned how to make a Sunshine Smoothie on Apr. 24 with the help of guest Jodie Fitz from Price Chopper’s Kids Cooking Club.

District Receives Donation for Equipment to Enhance STEM Learning

Schodack CSD would like to sincerely thank Red-Kap Vice President Jon Kaplan who hand-delivered a $500 check as part of the Educational Alliance Program. "This is the third year we have received the donation," said Superintendent Bob Horan. "The money is used to purchase equipment that can be used to enhance learning in Math, Science and Technology. We are very appreciative of this award."

Peter Aitken and Mary VanVliet Honored for Leadership

High School senior Peter Aitken and teacher Mary VanVliet were honored with volunteer awards on Apr. 15 at the Champions of Character Banquet held at Franklin Plaza. The event, sponsored by Russell Sage College and the Academy for Character Education, honors individuals who show outstanding leadership in their schools and communities. Congratulations!

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...

Congratulations to National Honor Society Inductees

Maple Hill High School held its National Honor Society Induction Ceremony on Apr. 15. Congratulations to our new inductees!

Solar Boat Business Incubator Helps Teach Students

In the back of the bus garage, the district’s latest business incubator is building a 40-foot boat to show solar powered boats are a practical option. At the same time, the business is helping teach students about solar energy, history and more. "This project has everything educationally," said David Borton, a retired RPI engineering professor who is building the boat. Read more...

Students Create Art for Solar Boat Project

Eighth grade students created flags in art class for the Solar Sal boat that is under construction in the bus garage as part of the district’s business incubator program. Great job! See more photos...

Budget Newsletter Available as PDF

The budget newsletter is available as a pdf here… The newsletter is currently being printed and will be mailed to all community members on May 8. The proposed budget requires no cuts to programs or staffing. It increases the tax levy by an estimated 2.5%, which is below what New York’s Property Tax Cap allows. There are also two propositions, one to create a Capital Reserve Fund and one to purchase two school buses. The community vote will be held Tuesday, May 19 from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the High School gym. Posted 5/05/15.

Meet the BOE Candidates Night/Budget Hearing - Thursday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m.

The Board of Education meeting on Thursday, May 7 will feature a Meet the Candidates followed by a public hearing on the adopted budget. There are four candidates running for the Board of Education on the May 19 ballot: Michael Tuttle, George Warner, Michael Charsky and Michael Hiser. The budget statement, required by NYS, is available here... It is also available in all district buildings and Castleton Library. Posted 4/30/15.

10th Annual Senior Citizen Prom - Saturday, May 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Maple Hill High School will host the 10th Annual Senior Citizen Prom on Saturday, May 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All senior citizens in our community are invited to this free event. Light refreshments, music and games will be provided. The event is put on by the Maple Hill High School Key Club. To make a reservation, please call 732-7701 and leave a message for Mrs. VanVliet. Posted 5/05/15.

Boys Tennis Team Earns #3 Seed in Tournament - Monday, May 11 at 4:00 p.m.

The boys’ tennis team has earned the #3 seed in the Class C/D Tennis Tournament.  They will host #6 Middleburgh on Monday, May 11 at 4:00 p.m. Good luck! Posted 5/06/15.

Half-Day of School on Friday, May 22 Due to Number of Snow Days Used

Due to the number of snow days the district has had to use this year, Friday, May 22 will be a half-day of school. This will allow the district to fulfill its state-mandated 180 days of student attendance while providing families flexibility for planning their Memorial Day holiday. Posted 4/16/15.

Community Invited to Participate in 2nd Annual Wildcats Marathon

The 2nd Annual Wildcats Marathon will be held this spring starting on Friday, Apr. 17. Everyone in our community is encouraged to participate. Participants run or walk at least 25 miles between Apr. 17 and May 18. On Thursday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m. everyone will run the last 1.2 miles together at the High School track. For more information, see this flyer, running log and permission form… Posted 4/14/15.

Substitute Teachers Needed; No Prior Teaching Experience Needed

Interested in being a substitute teacher at Schodack schools? Please call the district office at 732-2297, option 1. You do not need to be a certified teacher to be a substitute teacher. If you are a college student pursuing an education degree you can gain classroom experience. If you’re just looking to make a difference in a young person’s life, you can do it just one day. Applications and more information are available on our employment webpage… Posted 3/019/15.

Register Kindergartners Now for 2015-16 School Year

Parents of children who will attend kindergarten at Castleton Elementary School in the fall are encouraged to register them now. Orientations will be held in April and May; parents need to have registered their kindergarteners prior to attend the orientations. Registration information and forms are available here... Posted 3/05/15.