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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Students enjoy STEM Day Students present research Dr. Susan Nye speaks to students HS Drama Club Castleton Public Library Local Historian JJ Jennings teaches students about Civil War Students with wind turbine they built Teacher Nate Porter works with students Students have work published Hoops Against Hunger Fifth graders and Superintendent Horan on field trip in Troy Tim Ryan works with students Story Place Preschool employee reads with student

Students Enjoy Day of Engaged Learning at STEM Day

The 3rd Annual STEM Day at Maple Hill Middle School was a hit once again with students in grades 5-8 enjoying a day of hands-on learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Read more and view dozens of photos...

3rd Graders Present Research Project on Trombone Shorty

Third graders presented a program about Troy Andrews, a talented trombone player from New Orleans known as "Trombone Shorty" at the Jan. 26 Monthly Morning Assembly. Students shared their research about Mr. Andrews including his journey as a musician, interviewed MHHS student and musician Nathaniel Coleda who demonstrated a trombone, displayed artwork created to Mr. Andrews' music, and performed the song "76 Trombones." "Collaboration with Ms. Rattner, Mrs. Gibney and Mrs. Pazienza helped make this a memorable learning experience for our third graders," said teacher Christina Yager. "The students all did a wonderful job!"

Science Seminar Series Brings Researcher to MHHS

As part of a Science Seminar Series that brings researchers into the classroom, Maple Hill High School welcomed Dr. Susan Nye on Jan. 13. "Dr. Nye spoke with students about her time as a chemist for General Electric and Momentive," explained teacher Kaitlin McGann. "The students learned about her experience developing silicone based products."

High School Drama Club Production Packs Auditorium

Congratulations to the High School Drama Club for their performance of "Cut Loose!" on Jan. 16 which drew a packed house and rave reviews from our community! And a special thanks to Maple Hill alumna Emma Myers '14 who helped lead rehearsals over her college break. Ms. Myers is currently studying theatre at Purchase College.

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...

Local Historian Teaches Students About Civil War

Maple Hill High School students learned about the Civil War from a local historian and Civil War lecturer when JJ Jennings visited a Social Studies class in December. "This is as close to a college lecture as you're going to get as far as content and knowledge," teacher Rico Frese told his students. Read more...

Students Learn About Wind Power by Building Turbines

MHMS students learned about forms of alternative energy, including building their own wind turbines. "Students needed to take into account the amount of blades, weight, pitch (angle of the blades), materials and overall shape of their blades," explained Teacher Kristopher Navratil. "Each team then tested in real time, using a voltmeter, how much electricity could be produced using a fan in the classroom." Great job!

Working Side by Side With Scientists Helps MHHS Teachers

Last summer, Maple Hill High School teachers Kaitlin McGann and Nate Porter took part in Questar III's Summer Research Program for Science Teachers. The program provided them opportunities to work side-by-side with scientists on real life research that helped them improve how they teach students in the classroom. Hear what Ms. McGann and Mr. Porter said about the program...

CES Students Published in Magazine

Congratulations to CES students Ben Marra, Ayla Morse, Karsen Randall, Abbi Rossman, Peyton Taylor, and Kyla Vincent who had their work included in the winter edition of Skribblers, a publication that features children’s stories and artwork. Thank you also to the CES PTO which purchases subscriptions for the school.

Hoops Against Hunger Raises Record Amount for The Anchor

The 6th Annual Hoops Against Hunger event was the best ever, raising a record $2,288 and 500 food donations. The money will purchase over three months of food for The Anchor food pantry. "Pat Wood and myself wanted to thank the countless number of people who made Friday night's event possible," said Pat Austin. "Our amazing small community rallied together and did a great thing for those that really need it during a tough time of year. What a great way to lead into the Holiday Break!"

Field Trip Teaches Fifth Grade About Local Civil Rights History

A class research project about civil rights brought fifth graders to downtown Troy on Dec. 16, where the interpretive staff from the Rensselaer County Historical Society taught students about local history. "The best part was it was local history. You don’t have to go to Boston or New York City. It’s right here," said Superintendent Bob Horan, who joined students on the field trip. Read more...

Hour of Code Teaches Students of All Ages Computer Science

Students at all grade levels learned about computer science as part of the Hour of Code, a worldwide effort to introduce students to computer programming and show how anyone can learn the basics of computer coding. “Problem solving is a huge part of this. Students write the code to solve the problem,” said Tim Ryan. Read more...

Story Place Preschool at Home in Schodack Schools

When Story Place Preschool had the opportunity to move its entire program into unused classrooms in Schodack schools this year, it was an easy decision. “We really enjoy being here,” said Preschool Director Michele Rose. “Schodack is so positive and welcoming, from the administrators to the faculty and staff. It really is just a giving district. We feel 100% like a part of the school community.” Read more...

No Out of District Transportation Due to Weather - Friday, Jan. 30

Due to the snow forecast for the morning, there will be no out of district transportation on Friday, Jan. 30. No delay is expected for faculty and staff reporting for the Superintendent's Conference Day. Posted 1/29/15.

Sports Announcements - Friday, Jan. 30

Here are several announcements for Friday, Jan. 30: Posted 1/30/15.

  • Ski Club will continue as scheduled today.
  • Modified boys at Taconic Hills will continue as scheduled today
  • Bowling practice is canceled.
  • Varsity wrestling practices has been moved to 3:00 p.m. at MHHS.
  • All other athletic activities this afternoon are on as scheduled.

Pee Wee Wrestling Begins - Tuesday, Feb. 3

The Town of Schodack Pee Wee Wrestling will run from Tuesday, Feb. 3 through Thursday, Mar. 12. The program runs every Tuesday and Thursday (except for Feb. 17 and 19 when school is in recess) in the High School Multi-Use Facility. Cost is $25 per child or $50 for three or more children. An application with more information is available here... Posted 1/29/15.

Rescheduled Local Exams

Due to the snow storm on Jan. 27, all local exams at Maple Hill High School have been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 2, which will be an exam day instead of a regular day of school; 2nd semester will start on Tuesday, Feb. 3 with a "C" Day. Posted 1/27/15.

Budget Presentation Available

As part of the 2015-16 school budget process, the Board of Education heard presentations on transportation, operations and maintenance, and information technology on Jan. 22. Below are some facts from the presentations. The entire PowerPoint presentation is also available… Posted 1/23/15.

  • Energy costs for the entire district are down 50% from 2008
  • Energy usage for the entire district is down 10% from 2008
  • The buildings and grounds superintendent is shared with New Lebanon Central School District
  • The transportation supervisor and dispatcher are shared 50/50 with Rensselaer City School District
  • As part of a shared service agreement, the transportation department does all mechanical work for Rensselaer City School District buses
  • Bus runs have decreased from 25 to 17
  • The district has two propane buses that are fuel efficient and significantly reduce carbon emissions
  • Over the past five years, revenue from renting space has increased from $17,552 to $189,500

Reminder from School Nurses About Preventing Cold and Flu

School nurses would like to remind parents to please reinforce the importance of hand washing and getting a good night’s rest with their children. School nurses have seen an increased number of student illnesses recently; while this is normal for this time of year, nurses would like to help parents with prevention. Parents are also asked to keep their children home if they are sick until they are fever free without medication and no longer have vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours. More information is available here… Posted 1/16/15.

Notification Information for Emergency Closings

To help ensure parents are informed as soon as possible when school is closed or delayed due to inclement weather, the district posts information on the district website, Facebook, Twitter, eNews and local media. Learn more... Posted 12/10/14.

Registration Open for Maple Hill Youth Lacrosse

Registration is now open for Maple Hill Youth Lacrosse. A flyer with more information is available here… Posted 12/29/14.

Join the International Club Trip to London, Paris and Barcelona

The Maple Hill International Club will visit London, Paris and Barcelona in April 2015. Anyone interested in joining them on the trip can read more here… If interested, please email teacher Mark Hoyt for more information. Posted 11/24/14.