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.


Spring/Summer 2014 Offerings


Maple Hill Sports Academy

This summer, Schodack CSD will again offer its popular Maple Hill Sports Academy camps. The camps are open to boys and girls entering grades 3-9. The goal of the camps is to teach fundamental skills in baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis and wrestling in an atmosphere that is fun and safe. Click here for a brochure with more information...


Hoops at the HillHoops at the Hill
Dates: June 30 - July 3 (no camp July 4)
Cost: $120

Instruction will be led by Coach Scott Hanrahan and Coach Kolby Flach. Between the two of them, they have over 30 years of experience in running and working at basketball camps. They will be joined by other area coaches and players. We are confident that your experience will be both fun and rewarding.


Camp Canonica
Dates: July 7 - 11
Camp CanonicaCost: $150

Camp Canonica is named after long time Maple Hill Varsity Baseball Coach and current Assistant Coach Jim Canonica. The Camp will be under the direction of current Varsity Coach Rico Frese, the Maple Hill Baseball staff as well as current and former Maple Hill players. Coach Frese has worked various sports camps for close to 30 years. It is our goal that each camper is a better baseball player by the end of the week.


Raising a Racquet Tennis Camp
Dates: July 14 - 17 (half-day camp)
Cost: $75

Raising a Racquet Tennis Camp will provide all participants with a foundation of tennis knowledge and skills to promote a lifelong enthusiasm for the game. Campers will have the opportunity to acquire, develop and enhance their skills through age appropriate activities taught by Maple Hill tennis coaches as well as current and former players. Tennis camp will allow players of all skill levels to have fun, gain confidence and enjoy the game of tennis. Some equipment will be available for our newest learners to use.


King of the Hill Wrestling Camp
Dates: July 14 - 17 (half-day camp)
Cost: $75

King of the Hill Wrestling Camp will be led by Maple Hill Varsity wrestling coach, Mr. Tom Gibbons. Coach Gibbons has been coaching wrestling for 15 years and will be accompanied by former wrestlers as well other guest coaches. This camp is designed to promote a positive atmosphere that will expose athletes of every level to wrestling techniques, conditioning methods, and proper diet and nutrition that have proven successful for beginner to advanced wrestlers.


Over the Hill Soccer Camp
Dates: August 11 - 15
Over the Hill SoccerCost: $150

Under the guidance and leadership of Coach Dan Gillespie and Coach Kolby Flach, Over The Hill Youth Soccer Campwill emphasize enjoyment of the game of soccer through skill acquisition, strategical awareness and team play. Mr. Gillespie and Mr. Flach have close to 50 years of combined experience coaching soccer. This experience includes Maple Hill soccer and NYS Empire State Games. The rest of the staff will consist of local professionals and student athletes.


Driving Classes

National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course
Classes: May 6 & 8
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: HS Distance Learning Room
Fee: $45

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

Maple Hill Milers Youth Running Club - Parent Meeting and Registration for 2014

The Maple Hill Milers Youth Running Club is designed to train girls and boys in grades 4-8 to successfully complete a 5K road race. The Kinderhook OK-5K Road Race takes place Saturday, June 7, 2015. Last year, the Maple Hill Milers successfully trained more than 40 young runners for this race.


Running provides young athletes with many benefits that they can carry with them throughout life. This program will coach first-time and beginning runners in a nurturing, supportive atmosphere while focusing on building self-esteem, setting realistic goals and learning strategies to achieve those goals. Coaches Hilary Lamishaw and Mary Mosher will help runners learn skill development, stretching, pacing, basic nutrition and team-building all while focusing on having fun. The Maple Hill Milers Youth Running Club will meet Tuesday and Thursdays from 6:45 to 7:30 a.m. at the Maple Hill High School track from Tuesday, April 22 through early June.


A parent meeting and registration will be held Wednesday, April 2 from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Middle School library. The $25 registration fee includes race registration and T-shirt; please do not hesitate to contact one of the coaches if this cost presents a hardship. Attendance at the parents’ meeting is not mandatory but it is encouraged. Interested students can pick up a form from Mrs. Mosher at the Middle School. Forms and tuition (checks made payable to Schodack Central Schools) must be returned to Mrs. Mosher before the first practice on Tuesday, April 22.


Parent Volunteers are encouraged to attend club trainings on Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings. With the help of our parents, we have had 10 tremendously successful seasons. For more information or to volunteer, please contact either Hilary at 527-1474 (, or Mary at 573-0614 (


Aerobic Dance and Floor Work
Instructor: Debi Filkins
Class begins: March 25 (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Time: 6:45 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: MS Cafeteria
Fee: $60

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: Play resumes on April 6 and runs for six 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 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.


Coordinator: Kathleen Johnson
Class begins: April 9 and runs for six weeks on Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: CES Auditorium
Fee: $45

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.


NYS Diabetes Prevention Program
Coordinator: Cori Rowe
Dates: April 22
Time: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: MS Library
Fee: Free, must pre-register

The NYS Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) program has been launched by the Division of Diabetes Translation of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. The DPP is based on ground-breaking research which demonstrated that millions of people in the U.S. who are at high risk for Type 2 diabetes can prevent or delay the disease by making modest lifestyle changes throughout a structured program.


This presentation will introduce the Castleton / Schodack community to the Diabetes Prevention Program that will be offered through the Schodack CSD during the fall of 2014. Cori Rowe will explain the proven benefits of the DPP program and how it will be organized over 16 weeks beginning in September.


Over 30 Basketball
Coordinator: Scott Stockman
Dates: Ongoing, each Monday & Wednesday that the district is open until June 4
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 classInstructor: Patricia McCarthy
Dates: April 8 and runs for six Tuesdays
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: MS Gym
Fee: $45

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: April 8 and runs for six Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 to 8:15 p.m.
Location: CES Auditorium
Fee: $45

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: April 10 and runs for six Thursdays
Time: 7:00 to 8:15 p.m.
Location: CES Auditorium
Fee: $45

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.


Instructor: Diane Nardacci
Dates: April 10 and runs for six Thursdays
Time: 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.
Location: MS Gym
Fee: $45

When participants see a Zumba class in action they can’t wait to give it a try. Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before participants know it, they’re getting fit and their energy levels are soaring! There’s no other fitness class like a Zumba Fitness-Party. It’s easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating, often building a deep-rooted community among returning students.


Zumba Toning
Instructor: Diane Nardacci
Dates: April 7 and runs for six weeks on Mondays
Time: 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.
Location: CES Auditorium
Fee: $45

When it comes to body sculpting, Zumba Toning raises the bar (or rather, the toning stick). It combines targeted body-sculpting exercises and high-energy cardio work with Latin-infused Zumba moves to create a calorie-torching, strength-training dance fitness-party. Students learn how to use lightweight, maraca-like Toning Sticks to enhance rhythm and tone all their target zones, including arms, abs, glutes and thighs. Zumba Toning is the perfect way for enthusiasts to sculpt their bodies naturally while having a total blast. So come and join us for some Serious Body Sculpting and Latin-infused Zumba moves using 1-3 lbs. weights (which of course are optional).



Guided Meditation - NEW!
Instructor: Zelda Hotaling
Dates: April 3 & 10, May 15, 22 & 29
Times: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: HS Library
Fee: $10 per class

Zelda Hotaling will guide a series of meditations using sound vibration and the breath with crystal singing bowls, drums, rattles and rain sticks. This encourages you to journey within yourself to take responsibility of your own self-healing. By allowing the body to take note on where your stress is in your life and releasing the energy, this will generate a state of peaceful bliss. Light discussion after. If you choose to lay on the floor, please bring a blanket and pillow with you. 



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.



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.



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 the Continuing Education Coordinator for more information.