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

Continuing Education Program

Schodack CSD’s Continuing Education program offers a variety of life-long learning opportunities for Schodack residents. Continuing Education is self-supporting, with no bearing on the District's tax rate.

 

For further information, please contact Continuing Education Coordinator Lisa Smith-Auer at 732-2124 ext. 1318. You may leave a message anytime.

 

Winter 2015 Offerings

 

Driving Classes

National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course
Classes: Feb. 24 & 26
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: HS Distance Learning Room
Fee: $55

This six- hour, two-night course qualifies as a DMV class to help participants reduce the number of points on their license. Fee includes six hours of instruction, participant's manual and point /insurance reduction benefits. A certificate of completion is mailed to each individual at their home address after four weeks.

 

Health & Fitness

Aerobic Dance and Floor Work
Instructor: Debi Filkins
Class begins: Jan. 13 (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Time: 6:45 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: MS Gym

Tone, strengthen and flex your body as you dance your way to better health. Also floor work with optional pilates and miniball movements. Learn daily stress reducing and energy lifting techniques. Register directly with instructor, Debi Filkins at 708-9238.

 

Co-Ed Volleyball
Coordinator: Sue Brewer
Dates: Jan. 11 and runs for 10 Sundays
Time: 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.
Location: HS Gym
Fee: Walk In $5

Join other intermediate players for an evening of fun and competitive volleyball play. This 10-week program offers no instruction, coaching or officiating - warm-ups and games will be self-monitored. Players should play at an intermediate to advanced-intermediate level to participate and must wear kneepads. Class size for this group is extremely limited and early registration is required.

 

Hall Walkers
Dates: Ongoing, every school night through the school year
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: MS Hallways
Fee: Free, must pre register
Walk in a safe, warm place - Maple Hill Middle School! You can walk when you wish, at a pace that is comfortable for you. Walkers will be issued a special visitor’s badge to wear while in the building.

 

INSANITY® Workout
Coordinator: Kathleen Johnson
Class begins: Jan. 14 and runs for 10 weeks on Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: CES Auditorium
Fee: $75; HS and College Students: $50; Walk-In: $7.50

INSANITY® is a cardio class, based on high intensity interval training. This class will make the most of your time with athletic/plyometric drills, mixed with intervals of strength, power and resistance and core training. All levels welcome. Modifications will be provided, including low impact versions. Kathleen Johnson is a district resident and mother of two boys. As a Beachbody coach and her love of fitness, she provides motivation to people looking to achieve their fitness goals. A yoga mat is recommended for exercises done on the floor.

 

Over 30 Basketball
Coordinator: Scott Stockman
Dates: Jan. 12 and runs every Monday and Wednesday that the district is open
Time: 7:00 to 8:45 p.m.
Location: MS Gym
Fee: call for amount

Enjoy full court basketball league for fun and exercise. Class size for this group is extremely limited and early registration is encouraged.

 

Pilates
Pilates classInstructor: Patricia McCarthy
Dates: Jan. 13 and runs for 10 Tuesdays
Time: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Location: MS Library
Fee: $75

Pilates is a system of abdominal core strengthening. Pilates has both a yoga aspect and core conditioning to target your fitness experience as well as shape and tone. The instructor, Patricia McCarthy, is a Licensed Massage Therapist who has taught yoga, Pilates and other active adult fitness movement courses.

 

Yoga I
YogaInstructor: Ellen Sadowski
Dates: Jan. 13 and runs for 10 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 to 8:15 p.m.
Location: CES Auditorium
Fee: $75

Yoga I is for beginners who are looking for an introduction to yoga or people with experience who prefer a slower, gentler class. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat. Ellen Sadowski is a White Lotus-certified Hatha yoga teacher.

 

Yoga II
Instructor: Ellen Sadowski
Dates: Jan. 15 and runs for 10 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 to 8:15 p.m.
Location: CES Auditorium
Fee: $75

Yoga II combines a range of postures from gentle to challenging. This class is designed to help you create a practice of stretches that strengthen the body and calm the mind. Students who want to further develop the style and pace that Ellen uses in her yoga classes should sign up for this class. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat. Ellen Sadowski is a White Lotus-certified Hatha yoga teacher.

 

YMCA Spin Bike - NEW!
Instructor: Sondra Tucker, certified YMCA instructor
Dates: Jan. 12 and runs for 10 Mondays
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: MS Spin Bike Room
Fee: $75

Spinning is an indoor group exercise cycling class. You will Spin to motivating music as the instructor takes you on the ride of your life. It will challenge and strengthen your cardiovascular system to the fullest extent. Be prepared to work up a sweat in this class!

 

Hobbies

Castleton Cornhole League - NEW!
Coordinator: Jason Chevrier
Dates: Jan. 11 and run for 10 weeks of league games
Times: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: MS Gym
Fee: $20 fee per team

Cornhole is similar to horseshoes, except you use wooden boxes called cornhole platforms and corn bags instead of horseshoes and metal stakes. Contestants take turns pitching their corn bags at the cornhole platform until a contestant reaches the score of 21 points. This league will be for a maximum of 20 teams. A schedule will be created and sent out; teams should expect to play each week. Stats will be kept and prizes will be awarded for the top three teams. Adults only.

 

Just Once Guitar for Adults & Teens
Instructor: David Ciucevich
Dates: Mar. 23
Times: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: MS Music Room
Fee: $55

Have you ever wanted to learn the guitar but simply find it difficult to find the time? In just a few hours you can learn enough about playing the guitar to give you years of musical enjoyment, and you won't have to take private lessons to do it. This crash course will teach you some basic chords and get you playing along with your favorite songs right away. Bring your acoustic guitar. Class limited to 15 students. For ages 13+.

Topics include:

  • How chords work in a song
  • How to form the three main types of chords
  • How to tune your guitar
  • Basic strumming patterns
  • How to buy a good guitar (things to avoid)
  • How to play along with simple tunes

Just Once Piano for Adults & Teens
Instructor: David Ciucevich
Dates: Mar. 16
Times: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: MS Music Room
Fee: $55

Some music teachers may not want you to know this, but you don't need years of weekly lessons to learn piano. In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. How do we do it? While regular piano teachers teach note reading, piano professionals use chords. And you can learn all the chords you'll need to play any song in this one session. Any song. Any style. Any key. If you can find middle C and know the meaning of Every Good Boy Does Fine, you already know enough to enroll in this workshop.

 

Child & Babysitting Safety Training - NEW!
Instructor: Jennifer Spreenburgh
Dates: Feb. 8
Times: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: HS Library
Fee: $35

Babysitting is not just “watching” the children, but it is being responsible for their safety and well-being. The American Safety & Health Institute “Child and Babysitting Safety” course is geared to provide 11- to 15-year-olds with the knowledge and skills needed to be effective babysitters. Topics covered include: decision-making and leadership principles, basic care techniques, discipline, safety and safe play. Participants will learn and practice basic first aid skills including how to respond when someone is choking, how to perform CPR and how to help someone with a sudden illness or injury. Please bring a lunch with beverage.

 

Staying Safe Home Alone - NEW!
Instructor: Jennifer Spreenburgh
Dates: Mar. 7
Times: 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: HS Library
Fee: $30

When children reach an age and maturity level that parents feel comfortable leaving them at home alone, there are some basic guidelines that will teach them responsibility and keep them safe. This course is geared to provide 10- to 12-year-olds with the knowledge and skills needed to assume personal responsibility and stay safe while at home alone. Participants will learn about following family ground rules such as how to handle phone calls and what to do if a stranger knocks at the door, as well as preparedness tips, recognizing emergency situations and how to handle them.

 

Financial Planning

Understanding Stocks, Bonds & Mutual Funds
Instructor: Halliday Financial Services
Dates: Jan. 22
Times: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: HS Distance Learning Room
Fee: free, must pre-register

Halliday’s flagship course has been heard by thousands of people since its launch in 2003. Learn the basics from our investment professionals of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, the staples of the modern portfolio. This course will help you understand the differences between various types of investments in order to help choose which are right for you. Learn how proper asset allocation can lower your overall risk and increase your return. Track and monitor your investments with confidence as you plan your financial future.

 

Pre-Retirement Planning for Baby-Boomers
Instructor: Halliday Financial Services
Dates: Jan. 29
Times: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: HS Distance Learning Room
Fee: free, must pre-register

This educational seminar is geared to answering important pre-retirement questions for the baby-boomer generation and also to making sure they are asking the right questions. This course will discuss the primary shift in investment strategy from accumulation to preservation and distribution. Additional topics include asset protection and control, required minimum distributions (RMDs), health care, and tax management of distributions and estate. Most are mentally prepared for retirement but are you financially ready as well?

 

Registration

Registration must be made in advance for all courses, even those that are free. Registrations will only be accepted with full payment of all course fees.

 

Registration is open to all residents of the Schodack Central School District. Nonresidents may enroll in courses only if space is available. All materials fees are the responsibility of the participant.

 

Register By Mail

Complete the registration form and a check made out to Schodack Central School District and mail both to:

Continuing Education Coordinator
Schodack Central School District
1216 Maple Hill Road
Castleton, NY 12033

 

Register In Person

Complete the registration form and bring it to the District Office at 1216 Maple Hill Road weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Registrations will also be accepted in person at the first class of each course. In person payments maybe either be in check or exact-amount cash.

 

Refunds

Registration in a class represents a commitment and instructors are hired on the basis of the number of people registered, therefore, we are sorry, but no refunds will be made unless the class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment or the class is filled to maximum capacity.

 

Each class must meet a minimum enrollment. If a course is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, or over-enrolled, you will be notified by phone and/or mail and receive a full refund. The refund will be mailed to you in check form and may take several weeks to process.

 

School Closings

Continuing Education classes do not meet when school is closed.

 

Weather/Emergencies

Classes may be cancelled due to weather or other emergencies. If the District closes the school, Continuing Education classes are also cancelled. Every effort will be made by the class instructors and the Continuing Education Coordinator to contact all registered participants.

 

Suggest a Continuing Education Course or Become a Continuing Education Instructor

Do you have a talent, interest or skill that you could share with the community? We are always looking for new course ideas and instructors! If you are interested, please contact Continuing Education Coordinator Lisa Smith-Auer at 732-2124 ext. 1318 for more information.