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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Middle School musical Students donate slipper socks Students Skype with author and historian Author visits CES Students participate in Science Bowl Nicole Oliver speaks with students Supt. Horan leads advocacy visit Readover/Sleepover Castleton Public Library

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...

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...

Students Participate in Science Bowl

Nick Morris, Audra Colliton, Helena Mueller and Michaela Mueller competed at the Capital District Region Science Bowl held at GE Global Research in Niskayuna. National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. The Department of Energy created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. Congratulations!

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...

Guest Author/Illustrator Visits CES Readover/Sleepover

The annual Gr. 2/3 Readover/Sleepover at CES was a big hit on Mar. 6 with special guest author and illustrator Sara Varon visiting with students. Thanks to the PTO for sponsoring the event!

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...

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.

Running for BOE brochurePetitions to Run for Board of Education Available - Deadline: Monday, Apr. 20

Interested in running for the Board of Education? A petition and a brochure are available here... Petitions must be submitted to the district office with at least 25 signatures by Monday, Apr. 20 at 5:00 p.m. Three Board of Education seats will be on the ballot for the May 19 community vote. Posted 3/17/15.

 

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.

Update on District's Budget Process for Next School Year

The district would like to provide our community with an update on the budget process. “We don’t have as many details as previous years because New York State is withholding state aid estimates for school districts until a state budget is passed,” explained Superintendent Bob Horan. “But we would like to share some overall budget parameters with our community. We will have more details as we get into March and April and we’ll make sure to keep our community informed.” Mr. Horan mentioned the following points about the 2015-16 school budget: Posted 2/27/15.

  • The budget will require no cuts to student programs.
  • The budget will require no employee layoffs.
  • The district expects to stay within New York State’s property tax cap.
  • The district expects to again meet the criteria for New York State’s efficiency grant program. That would mean any increase in school taxes for 2015-16 would be reimbursed by New York State.