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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Middle School Performs "Shrek Jr." - Thursday, Mar. 26 and Friday, Mar 27 at 7 p.m.

CES students enjoyed a sneak preview of the Middle School musical on Mar. 26 as students performed a portion of "Shrek Jr." Don't miss the full production Thursday, Mar. 26 and Friday, Mar. 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School cafeteria! Admission is $3 for children and students and $9 for adults. See more photos...

Author Kicks Off Book Tour at CES

Author Chris Grabenstein kicked off his book tour for his new book with a visit to Castleton Elementary School on Mar. 23. Mr. Grabenstein met with students throughout the day during his visit. Read more and see more photos...

Students Participate in Science Bowl

Nick Morris, Audra Colliton, Helena Mueller and Michaela Mueller competed at the Capital District Region Science Bowl held at GE Global Research in Niskayuna. National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. The Department of Energy created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. Congratulations!

Science Seminar Series Brings Speaker to High School

As part of Maple Hill High School's Science Seminar Series, where researchers speak with students about their field, Nicole Oliver of Momentive Performance Materials recently visited. "Ms. Oliver spoke to students about her background in chemical engineering and her position as production manager," explained teacher Kaitlin McGann. "The students were able to learn about her work in silicone manufacturing."

Superintendent Horan Leads Group to Advocate in Albany

Superintendent Bob Horan led a group of seven area school superintendents to Albany on Mar. 10 to advocate for education, including the need to end the Gap Elimination Adjustment cuts to school funding in next year’s state budget. “This is a positive group. We want to work with you and help you in any way that we can,” said Mr. Horan, who chairs Questar III’s Legislative Committee. Read more...

Guest Author/Illustrator Visits CES Readover/Sleepover

The annual Gr. 2/3 Readover/Sleepover at CES was a big hit on Mar. 6 with special guest author and illustrator Sara Varon visiting with students. Thanks to the PTO for sponsoring the event!

CES Students Celebrate 100th Day of School

Students in K-2 celebrated the 100th day of school on Feb. 27 with a series of activities that involved math and art. Students created posters displaying 10 groups of 10 objects, crowns made of 10 strips of paper with 10 stickers each, gumball machines with 100 dots and structures built out of 100 cups. View more photos...

MHMS Holds Annual Volleyball Tournament

Ten teams of students in grades 6-8 participated in the annual Middle School Volleyball Tournament on Feb. 26. The Knickerbockers were crowned champions in the Gr. 6 division; The Lads were champions of the Gr. 7/8 division. “It was a great day of fun and volleyball,” said Athletic Director Dave Austin. “We thank everyone for their help and support and look forward to next year's tournament.”

4th Graders Share Kind Words With Classmates

Instead of a traditional Valentine Day's party, fourth graders wrote kind words about classmates. "What we do is important. Math, Reading, Science and History are a part of life and giving them the skills they need to function in our society is essential. But creating a kind person who can help others and give of themselves? It is something to be proud of. This is something we have been working on with the entire grade. Today, we were very, very proud of them!" wrote 4th grade teachers.

Leonard Bacon Named Master Teacher

MHHS science teacher Leonard Bacon was recently named a Master Teacher by NYS and SUNY. Master Teachers are considered the highest-performing STEM teachers in the state. There are only 66 master teachers in the Capital Region. "We are very proud of Mr. Bacon. He is an outstanding teacher in the classroom and has a great vision for where we should be heading in the education of students in the future," said Principal Ron Agostinoni. "He will be a perfect fit for the NYS Master Teacher Program." Mr. Bacon joins MHHS teacher Janice Balogh, who was selected as a Master Teacher last year.

7th Grader Finishes First in Patriot's Pen Essay Competition

Congratulations to 7th grader Hannah Brewer who finished first in the Patriot’s Pen Youth Essay Competition at the East Greenbush Post 7338, Council and District levels. She also finished 4th at the State level. This year’s topic was "Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans". Hannah will attend the Hudson Mohawk Counties Council meeting in Queensbury on March 15, the Rip Van Winkle County Council Award Ceremony in April, and the Post 7338 meeting in May to share her essay and receive recognition.

Students Enjoy Day of Engaged Learning at STEM Day

The 3rd Annual STEM Day at Maple Hill Middle School was a hit once again with students in grades 5-8 enjoying a day of hands-on learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Read more and view dozens of photos...

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...

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.

Running for BOE brochurePetitions to Run for Board of Education Available - Deadline: Monday, Apr. 20

Interested in running for the Board of Education? A petition and a brochure are available here... Petitions must be submitted to the district office with at least 25 signatures by Monday, Apr. 20 at 5:00 p.m. Three Board of Education seats will be on the ballot for the May 19 community vote. Posted 3/17/15.

 

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.

Update on District's Budget Process for Next School Year

The district would like to provide our community with an update on the budget process. “We don’t have as many details as previous years because New York State is withholding state aid estimates for school districts until a state budget is passed,” explained Superintendent Bob Horan. “But we would like to share some overall budget parameters with our community. We will have more details as we get into March and April and we’ll make sure to keep our community informed.” Mr. Horan mentioned the following points about the 2015-16 school budget: Posted 2/27/15.

  • The budget will require no cuts to student programs.
  • The budget will require no employee layoffs.
  • The district expects to stay within New York State’s property tax cap.
  • The district expects to again meet the criteria for New York State’s efficiency grant program. That would mean any increase in school taxes for 2015-16 would be reimbursed by New York State.