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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Peter Aitken and Mary VanVliet Students work on solar powered boat Students create art for Solar Sal project Middle School students produce TV show Middle School musical Students with artwork Students donate slipper socks Students Skype with author and historian Author visits CES Nicole Oliver speaks with students Supt. Horan leads advocacy visit Castleton Public Library

Peter Aitken and Mary VanVliet Honored for Leadership

High School senior Peter Aitken and teacher Mary VanVliet were honored with volunteer awards on Apr. 15 at the Champions of Character Banquet held at Franklin Plaza. The event, sponsored by Russell Sage College and the Academy for Character Education, honors individuals who show outstanding leadership in their schools and communities. Congratulations!

Middle School Students Present at University at Albany

Six Maple Hill Middle School students spent the afternoon of Apr. 15 at the University at Albany, explaining to professors and graduate students how their computer club repairs old computers. "For these students to be invited to something like this on a college campus is awesome and wouldn't have happened without our business incubator," said Superintendent Bob Horan. Read more and see more photos...

Congratulations to National Honor Society Inductees

Maple Hill High School held its National Honor Society Induction Ceremony on Apr. 15. Congratulations to our new inductees!

Solar Boat Business Incubator Helps Teach Students

In the back of the bus garage, the district’s latest business incubator is building a 40-foot boat to show solar powered boats are a practical option. At the same time, the business is helping teach students about solar energy, history and more. "This project has everything educationally," said David Borton, a retired RPI engineering professor who is building the boat. Read more...

Students Create Art for Solar Boat Project

Eighth grade students created flags in art class for the Solar Sal boat that is under construction in the bus garage as part of the district’s business incubator program. Great job! See more photos...

Middle School Students Produce TV Morning Show

Every morning, a group of Middle School students put together the Morning Show for classmates, sharing announcements and news for their classes. "It's a great way to give students ownership in their school," said Principal James Derby. Read more...

Middle School Performs "Shrek Jr. The Musical"

The Middle School musical was once again a hit this year as the performances of "Shrek Jr. The Musical" on Mar. 26 & 27 drew packed houses. See photos from the performance for CES students...

HS Students Have Artwork Selected for Juried Art Exhibition

Congratulations to Lauryn Krupa, Patrick Lewis and Christina Malthouse whose digital photographs were selected for the 16th Annual High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition! The work was on display in the Esther Massry Gallery at The College of Saint Rose. “It is an honor to have our Maple Hill students represented in this show," said art teachers Janel Gregoire and Suzanne Pazienza. "We are very proud of their hard work, applied skills and artistic creativity!”

CES Students Donate Slipper Socks to Riverside Center

The CES K-Kids club recently made slipper socks to donate to residents of the Riverside Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Castleton. Students Eliza Cerrone, Alyssa Martin and Emma Perez-Schrader delivered the socks with Kiwanis advisor Doe Warland. “It was so precious!” said Mrs. Warland. “The residents were so happy to be getting the socks. They loved the way they were decorated and loved the girls. They were so appreciative.” Great job!

Middle School Students Skype with Author and Historian

By using Skype in their classroom, students in grades 7 and 8 talked with NY Times best-selling author and historian Kenneth C. Davis. "I think the most important thing you can do as students is ask questions," Mr. Davis told students. "Keep asking questions and be curious." Read more...

Author Kicks Off Book Tour at CES

Author Chris Grabenstein kicked off his book tour for his new book with a visit to Castleton Elementary School on Mar. 23. Mr. Grabenstein met with students throughout the day during his visit. Read more and see more photos...

Science Seminar Series Brings Speaker to High School

As part of Maple Hill High School's Science Seminar Series, where researchers speak with students about their field, Nicole Oliver of Momentive Performance Materials recently visited. "Ms. Oliver spoke to students about her background in chemical engineering and her position as production manager," explained teacher Kaitlin McGann. "The students were able to learn about her work in silicone manufacturing."

Superintendent Horan Leads Group to Advocate in Albany

Superintendent Bob Horan led a group of seven area school superintendents to Albany on Mar. 10 to advocate for education, including the need to end the Gap Elimination Adjustment cuts to school funding in next year’s state budget. “This is a positive group. We want to work with you and help you in any way that we can,” said Mr. Horan, who chairs Questar III’s Legislative Committee. Read more...

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...

Board of Education Adopts 2015-16 School Budget

The Board of Education adopted the 2015-16 school budget on April 16, a $21,724,754 budget that requires no cuts to student programs or staffing. The budget requires an estimated 2.5% increase in the tax levy. The community budget vote will be held on Tuesday, May 19. A budget newsletter will be mailed to all homeowners in early May. A PowerPoint presentation from the Apr. 16 BOE meeting is available here... Posted 4/20/15.

Volunteer Fire Department to Hold Family Fun and Recruitment Day - Saturday, Apr. 25

The Town of Schodack volunteer fire departments will hold a Family Fun Day and Recruitment Day on Saturday, Apr. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A flyer with details is available here… Posted 4/17/15.

Half-Day of School on Friday, May 22 Due to Number of Snow Days Used

Due to the number of snow days the district has had to use this year, Friday, May 22 will be a half-day of school. This will allow the district to fulfill its state-mandated 180 days of student attendance while providing families flexibility for planning their Memorial Day holiday. Posted 4/16/15.

Community Invited to Participate in 2nd Annual Wildcats Marathon

The 2nd Annual Wildcats Marathon will be held this spring starting on Friday, Apr. 17. Everyone in our community is encouraged to participate. Participants run or walk at least 25 miles between Apr. 17 and May 18. On Thursday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m. everyone will run the last 1.2 miles together at the High School track. For more information, see this flyer, running log and permission form… Posted 4/14/15.

District Newsletter Available as PDF

The district is mailing a newsletter to our community this week, which is available here as a .pdf... The newsletter highlights innovative programs in Schodack schools that provide opportunities for students. Posted 4/01/15.

Substitute Teachers Needed; No Prior Teaching Experience Needed

Interested in being a substitute teacher at Schodack schools? Please call the district office at 732-2297, option 1. You do not need to be a certified teacher to be a substitute teacher. If you are a college student pursuing an education degree you can gain classroom experience. If you’re just looking to make a difference in a young person’s life, you can do it just one day. Applications and more information are available on our employment webpage… Posted 3/019/15.

Register Kindergartners Now for 2015-16 School Year

Parents of children who will attend kindergarten at Castleton Elementary School in the fall are encouraged to register them now. Orientations will be held in April and May; parents need to have registered their kindergarteners prior to attend the orientations. Registration information and forms are available here... Posted 3/05/15.