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

Registration FormContinuing Education Program

The 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 questions, please contact:
Lisa Smith-Auer, Continuing Education Coordinator
732-2124, ext. 1318
(You may leave a message anytime.)

 

Winter 2016 Classes

(Printable .pdf available here...)

 

Driving Classes

Defensive Driving Course with the Mackay Driving School
Classes: Apr. 7 and 14
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: HS Distance Learning Room
Fee: $50

This six-hour/ two-night course is a comprehensive driver safety course which provides knowledge and techniques for safe and lawful driving. When you complete this course, your driving knowledge will be refreshed and you will receive a 10% reduction of the base rate of your auto and motorcycle insurance premiums each year for three years. Additionally, you can reduce up to four points from your NYS DMV driving record. This course is certified with the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Driver Training Associates, Inc. By law, individuals must arrive promptly and attend both nights to receive the certificate.

 

Five Hour Pre-Licensing with the Mackay Driving School
Classes: Mar. 24 & 31
Time: 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: HS Room 257
Fee: $50

This course is required by New York State Department of Motor Vehicles for any individual seeking to take a New York State Road Test. The course covers the state required curriculum. Students must possess a NYS Learner’s Permit in order to take this course. Registered individuals will receive a MV-278 certificate at the end to sign up for your road test (valid for one year).

 

Health & Fitness

Aerobic Dance for the Mind, Body & Soul
Instructor: Debi Filkins
Class begins: Jan. 12 (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Time: 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.
Location: Middle School Gym
Fee: $70

Dance and floor work for elevated mood, health, strength and energy. Floor work overlaps with the stretch class. Register directly with instructor Debi Filkins at 708-9238.

 

Stretch for Mature Bodies and Computer Users
Instructor: Debi Filkins
Class begins: Jan. 12 (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Time: 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.
Location: Middle School Gym
Fee: $70

Stretch all muscle groups for improved posture, balance and strength. Class includes energy activating techniques. Register directly with instructor Debi Filkins at 708-9238.

 

Co-Ed Volleyball
Coordinator: Anthony Moak
Class begins: Jan. 10, runs for 10 Sundays
Time: 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.
Location: High School 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: Middle School 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. 13, runs for 10 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Castleton Elementary School Auditorium
Fee: $75; High School and College Students: $50; Walk-In: $10

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
Class begins: Jan. 11, runs every Monday and Wednesday that the district is open
Time: 7:00 to 8:45 p.m.
Location: Middle School 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
Class begins: Jan. 12, runs for 10 Tuesdays
Time: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Middle School 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.

 

YMCA Cardio Pump - CANCELED DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST
Instructor: Aubrie Baker, certified YMCA instructor
Class begins: Jan. 11, runs for 10 Mondays
Time: 7:00 to 7:45 p.m.
Location: Castleton Elementary School Auditorium
Fee: $75

This class will offer a great cardiovascular workout while improving strength utilizing dumbbells, resistance bands and your own bodyweight. Bring a mat, light dumbbells (3 to 5 lbs.) and medium dumbbells (8 to 12 lbs.), water and a towel.

 

Spin Bike RoomYMCA Spin Bike - Monday Nights
Instructor: Kim Doran, certified YMCA instructor
Class begins: Jan. 11, runs for 10 Mondays
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Middle School 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!

 

YMCA Spin Bike - Wednesday Nights
Instructor: Kim Doran, certified YMCA instructor
Class begins: Jan. 13, runs for 10 Wednesdays
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Middle School 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!

 

Yoga I
YogaInstructor: Ellen Sadowski
Class begins: Jan. 12, runs for 10 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 to 8:15 p.m.
Location: Castleton Elementary School 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
Class begins: Jan. 14, runs for 10 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 to 8:15 p.m.
Location: Castleton Elementary School 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.

 

Hobbies & Interests

Castleton Cornhole League
Instructor: Jason Chevrier
Date: Jan. 31, Feb. 21 & 28, Mar. 6, 13 & 20
Time: 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.

 

Introduction to Snowshoeing (for Adults and Kids) - CANCELED (Due to Lack of Snow)
Instructor: Fred McCagg, NYS Licensed Guide, owner of Dynamic Sports Adventures
Date: Feb. 6
Time: 10:00 a.m. to noon
Location: HS Distance Learning Room
Fee: $20 without rental; $35 with snowshoe rental

Snowshoeing has become one of the fastest growing winter sports in the country. Simply strap on a pair of snowshoes and go on a winter hike or backpack! Class will start with an indoor clinic and focus on the gear selection and the initial skills needed to get you on the trails. This is a great introduction to the sport. Then we will hit the outdoors for some fun in the snow. Discover the joy of winter and the freedom of snowshoeing! On the field outing, you will learn snowshoeing techniques, ascending and descending hills and winter preparedness. Prior to class we will communicate proper clothing and gear for this great adventure.

 

Just Once Guitar for Adults & Teens
Instructor: David Ciucevich
Date: Mar. 28
Time: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: MS Music Room
Fee: $54

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
Date: Mar. 21
Time: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: MS Music Room
Fee: $54

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.

 

Wilderness Ways - NEW for Kids!
Instructor: Fred McCagg, NYS Licensed Guide, owner of Dynamic Sports Adventures
Date: Feb. 17
Time: 10:00 a.m. to noon
Location: HS Library
Fee: $25
Grades: 4 & 5

This is a three hour class that will introduce students to finding adventure in the woods of Northeastern America. Discussion will focus on local animals and their tracks, an introduction to map and compass skills, and the basic principles of Leave No Trace. This course is specifically geared towards Grade 4 & 5 students.

 

YMCA Kids in the Kitchen - NEW for Kids!
Instructor: YMCA Certified Instructor
Date: Jan. 28, Feb. 4 & 11
Time: 6:00 to 6:45 p.m..
Location: MS Home Ec Room
Fee: $50
Ages: 4 to 6

In a world filled with vending machines and drive-thrus, it's never too early to learn to cook. In this program, your little ones will learn about how to make healthy food choices, kitchen safety, and following directions all while preparing simple, healthy snacks to enjoy. Ages 4-6

 

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-on-Hudson, NY 12033

 

Register In Person

Complete the registration form and bring it to the District Office (on the right side of the High School) 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 canceled due to weather or other emergencies. If the district closes the school, Continuing Education classes are also canceled. 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 Lisa Smith-Auer, Continuing Education Coordinator, at
732-2124 ext. 1318 for more information.