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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Students with cards MHHS Science Teacher Leonard Bacon Student Hannah Brewer Students enjoy STEM Day Students present research Dr. Susan Nye speaks to students HS Drama Club Castleton Public Library Students with wind turbine they built Hoops Against Hunger Story Place Preschool employee reads with student

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...

3rd Graders Present Research Project on Trombone Shorty

Third graders presented a program about Troy Andrews, a talented trombone player from New Orleans known as "Trombone Shorty" at the Jan. 26 Monthly Morning Assembly. Students shared their research about Mr. Andrews including his journey as a musician, interviewed MHHS student and musician Nathaniel Coleda who demonstrated a trombone, displayed artwork created to Mr. Andrews' music, and performed the song "76 Trombones." "Collaboration with Ms. Rattner, Mrs. Gibney and Mrs. Pazienza helped make this a memorable learning experience for our third graders," said teacher Christina Yager. "The students all did a wonderful job!"

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...

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!

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!"

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...

Girls Basketball to Play Lake George - Friday, Feb. 27 at 6:00 p.m.

The #3 Maple Hill girls' basketball team has advanced to the Class C Quarterfinals. They will play #6 Lake George on Friday, Feb. 27 at 6:00 p.m. at Greenwich High School. Admission is $3 (charged by Section 2). Posted 2/25/15.

Spin Bike RoomNew 5-Week Spin Bike Class Starts as MHMS - Monday, Mar. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Due to popular demand, the YMCA will offer a new five-week spin bike class through Schodack CSD’s Continuing Education program. Classes start March 2 and run on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Middle School Spin Bike Room. Cost is $38. A registration form is available here… For questions, please call Lisa Smith-Auer at 732-2124 ext. 1318. Posted 2/25/15.


First Aid/CPR Class for High School Students - Friday, Mar. 6

A First Aid/CPR class for High School students will be offered on Friday, Mar. 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the High School Distance Learning Room and Multi-Use Facility. The class is offered in partnership with the district and Castleton Kiwanis. Cost is $30. A registration form with more info is available… Posted 2/18/15.

Thanks to Maintenance Staff for Hard Work Keeping Up with Snow and Ice

With cold temperatures and high winds continuing this week, the district would like to let our community know that our maintenance staff is doing their best to keep parking lots and walkways clear. “Safety is our first priority. Our staff does an outstanding job but unfortunately the winds keep blowing the snow and cold temperatures make salt less effective,” said Superintendent Bob Horan. “But our employees are dedicated. They are out there as early as 5:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day and at night to make our parking lots and walkways as safe as we can make them.” If you have a question or concern, please call Matt LaClair at 732-4982. Thank you. Posted 2/24/15.

Budget Presentation Available

As part of the 2015-16 school budget process, the Board of Education heard presentations on transportation, operations and maintenance, and information technology on Jan. 22. Below are some facts from the presentations. The entire PowerPoint presentation is also available… Posted 1/23/15.

  • Energy costs for the entire district are down 50% from 2008
  • Energy usage for the entire district is down 10% from 2008
  • The buildings and grounds superintendent is shared with New Lebanon Central School District
  • The transportation supervisor and dispatcher are shared 50/50 with Rensselaer City School District
  • As part of a shared service agreement, the transportation department does all mechanical work for Rensselaer City School District buses
  • Bus runs have decreased from 25 to 17
  • The district has two propane buses that are fuel efficient and significantly reduce carbon emissions
  • Over the past five years, revenue from renting space has increased from $17,552 to $189,500

Reminder from School Nurses About Preventing Cold and Flu

School nurses would like to remind parents to please reinforce the importance of hand washing and getting a good night’s rest with their children. School nurses have seen an increased number of student illnesses recently; while this is normal for this time of year, nurses would like to help parents with prevention. Parents are also asked to keep their children home if they are sick until they are fever free without medication and no longer have vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours. More information is available here… Posted 1/16/15.

Notification Information for Emergency Closings

To help ensure parents are informed as soon as possible when school is closed or delayed due to inclement weather, the district posts information on the district website, Facebook, Twitter, eNews and local media. Learn more... Posted 12/10/14.

Registration Open for Maple Hill Youth Lacrosse

Registration is now open for Maple Hill Youth Lacrosse. A flyer with more information is available here… Posted 12/29/14.

Join the International Club Trip to London, Paris and Barcelona

The Maple Hill International Club will visit London, Paris and Barcelona in April 2015. Anyone interested in joining them on the trip can read more here… If interested, please email teacher Mark Hoyt for more information. Posted 11/24/14.