Schodack Central School District

1477 South Schodack Road, Castleton-on-Hudson, New York 12033
T: (518) 732-2297 • F: (518) 732-7710
Lee Bordick, Interim 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
732-4982
(You may leave a message anytime.)

 

Fall 2016 Classes

(Printable schedule available here)

 

Computer & Technology

Desktop Computing & Applications - NEW!
Dates: Sept. 20 and runs for 10 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Middle School Computer Lab
Fee: $50

Did you know that there is a free alternative to Windows and OS X, as well as many other common software applications like Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word and even Adobe Photoshop?  This course will introduce you to the Linux operating system and a wide-range of no cost, “open source software” options for office productivity, LibreOffice, image processing, GIMP, web browsing, email, etc.  In addition, those who complete the course will receive a FREE refurbished computer loaded with the latest open source software.  Course will be instructed by Patrick Masson, General Manager of the Open Source Initiative and faculty at UAlbany's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Course is limited to Schodack Central District residents only.

 

Driving Classes

Defensive Driving Course with the Mackay Driving School
Classes: Nov. 3 & 10
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: High SchoolDistance 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: Oct. 13 & 20
Time: 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: High School 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

Debiís Aerobic Dance & Energy Activating Class
Instructor: Debi Filkins
Class begins: Sept. 20 (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Time: 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.
Location: Middle School Gym
Fee: $75

Enjoy dance and energy activating techniques for your heart, health and happiness. On Tuesdays, this class overlaps with Debi’s Stretch class. Register directly with instructor Debi Filkins at 708-9238.

 

Debiís Stretch Class for All Ages
Instructor: Debi Filkins
Class begins: Sept. 20 (Tuesdays)
Time: 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.
Location: Middle School Gym
Fee: $40

Stretch and tone muscles with ease.   Learn daily energy activating techniques. Integration of energy medicine with muscle movement to strengthen your back, shoulders, wrist and more. This class will overlap with the Aerobic Dance class. Register directly with instructor Debi Filkins at 708-9238.

 

Co-Ed Volleyball
Coordinator: Anthony Moak
Class begins: Sept. 18, 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: Begins Sept. 19, ongoing every school night through the 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
Instructor: Kathleen Johnson
Class begins: Sept. 21, 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: Sept. 19, 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: Sept. 20, runs for 10 Tuesdays
Time: 6:15 to 7:15 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 HIIT
Instructor: Certified YMCA instructor
Class begins: Sept. 19, runs for 10 Mondays
Time: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Castleton Elementary School Auditorium
Fee: $75

HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is an enhanced form of interval training, an exercise strategy alternating periods of short intense anaerobic exercise with less-intense recovery periods. This class will condition your entire body, utilizing your own bodyweight as resistance, blending traditional calisthenics with upper/lower body exercises. The class concludes with core exercises and stretching.

 

Spin Bike RoomYMCA Spin Bike - Monday Nights
Instructor: Kim Doran, certified YMCA instructor
Class begins: Sept. 19, 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: Sept. 21, 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: Sept. 20, 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: Sept. 22, 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

Introduction to Hiking, Map & Compass - NEW!
Instructor: Fred McCagg, NYS Licensed Guide
Classes: Oct. 18 & 25
Time: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: High School Library
Fee: $40

Hiking is a wonderful hobby and great exercise as well as a great way to get in touch with nature! Let us teach you how to do it right! The art of “staying found” requires little more than a good map and compass, and the know how to use them properly. Today’s topographic maps are the best available, and magnetic compass models are well designed for the modern navigator. Learning to use a compass and map together are fundamental skills each outdoorsman and woman should have. This contributes to your safety afield, and also your success. This class offers an introduction to learning these skills,with classroom and in the filed hands on learning. All classroom materials are provided.

 

Wilderness Survival - NEW!
Instructor: Fred McCagg, NYS Licensed Guide
Classes: Nov. 3 & 10
Time: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Middle School Library
Fee: $40

This course is designed to be an introduction to the fundamentals of survival geared  towards participants of varying skill, experience levels, and back grounds. It is a great way for people who are not yet comfortable with the idea of an overnight to begin learning about the backcountry and how to deal with wilderness emergencies. It is also a great way for even experienced outdoors people to learn or refresh important fundamental skills. The focus of this program is a ‘modern” one with an emphasis on basic skills, equipment, and preparedness with the expectation of rescue within 72 hours. You will learn about the Seven Priorities of Survival (survival psychology, wilderness first aid, shelter, fire, signal, water, food), the Rules of Three, the Five W’s, and more. 

 

Wilderness Ways for Kids
Instructor: Fred McCagg, NYS Licensed Guide
Classes: Nov. 4
Time: 9:00 am. to noon
Location: Grades 4 & 5
Fee: $40

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 basic map and compass skills, and the basic principles of Leave No Trace. This course is specifically geared towards Grade 4 & 5 students.

 

Safety

Child & Babysitting Safety Training
Instructor: Jennifer Speenburgh
Classes: Oct. 21
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Middle School Library
Ages: 11-15 years old
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 11-15 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.

 

R.A.D. Womenís Self Defense
Instructor: University at Albany Public Safety
Classes: Oct. 17, 24 & Nov. 14 & 21
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: High School Auditorium
Ages: 12 and up
Fee: free, enrollment is limited to first 20 people to register

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a Self-Defense program for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on self- defense training. This four-night course culminates with a dynamic simulation. Dynamic Simulation gives the participants the opportunity to use what they have learned in realistic training scenarios against “aggressors” wearing special safety equipment. Participants need to attend all four sessions to complete this course.

 

Please wear sneakers and comfortable clothing that allows good freedom of movement, i.e. exercise attire. No jewelry, please. If you have jewelry that cannot be removed, please try to tape it with medical tape if possible. Bring water or other hydrating beverage and a snack if you'd like. We will supply training manuals, which are yours to keep. In addition to physical self-defense techniques the first day will include classroom style discussion. The remainder of the course will be almost entirely physical defense techniques. The course culminates with a dynamic simulation on the final day. Dynamic simulation gives the participant the opportunity to perform the techniques they have learned against "aggressors" wearing special protective equipment in realistic training scenarios. Simulation is not mandatory to complete the course but it is strongly encouraged. If you want to read more about R.A.D. please visit www.rad-systems.com.

 

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
1477 South Schodack Road
Castleton-on-Hudson, NY 12033

 

Register In Person

Complete the registration form and bring it to the District Office at 1477 South Schodack 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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment or the class is filled to maximum capacity.

 

Each class must meet a minimum enrollment. If a course is canceled 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
732-4982 for more information.