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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100th day of school Students with cards MHHS Science Teacher Leonard Bacon Student Hannah Brewer Students enjoy STEM Day Students present research Dr. Susan Nye speaks to students HS Drama Club Castleton Public Library Students with wind turbine they built Hoops Against Hunger Story Place Preschool employee reads with student

CES Students Celebrate 100th Day of School

Students in K-2 celebrated the 100th day of school on Feb. 27 with a series of activities that involved math and art. Students created posters displaying 10 groups of 10 objects, crowns made of 10 strips of paper with 10 stickers each, gumball machines with 100 dots and structures built out of 100 cups. View more photos...

4th Graders Share Kind Words With Classmates

Instead of a traditional Valentine Day's party, fourth graders wrote kind words about classmates. "What we do is important. Math, Reading, Science and History are a part of life and giving them the skills they need to function in our society is essential. But creating a kind person who can help others and give of themselves? It is something to be proud of. This is something we have been working on with the entire grade. Today, we were very, very proud of them!" wrote 4th grade teachers.

Leonard Bacon Named Master Teacher

MHHS science teacher Leonard Bacon was recently named a Master Teacher by NYS and SUNY. Master Teachers are considered the highest-performing STEM teachers in the state. There are only 66 master teachers in the Capital Region. "We are very proud of Mr. Bacon. He is an outstanding teacher in the classroom and has a great vision for where we should be heading in the education of students in the future," said Principal Ron Agostinoni. "He will be a perfect fit for the NYS Master Teacher Program." Mr. Bacon joins MHHS teacher Janice Balogh, who was selected as a Master Teacher last year.

7th Grader Finishes First in Patriot's Pen Essay Competition

Congratulations to 7th grader Hannah Brewer who finished first in the Patriot’s Pen Youth Essay Competition at the East Greenbush Post 7338, Council and District levels. She also finished 4th at the State level. This year’s topic was "Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans". Hannah will attend the Hudson Mohawk Counties Council meeting in Queensbury on March 15, the Rip Van Winkle County Council Award Ceremony in April, and the Post 7338 meeting in May to share her essay and receive recognition.

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...

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!

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!"

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...

Red Cross Blood Drive at MHHS - Thursday, Mar. 5 from 8:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Maple Hill High School's National Honor Society will hold a Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, Mar. 5 from 8:30 to 1:30 p.m. Walkins are welcome. Posted 2/27/15.

Ski Club Make Up Day - Friday, Mar. 6

The Ski Club will use this Friday, March 6 as a make up day. All students will depart from the High School at 2:30 p.m. Posted 3/04/15.

No Half-Day of School - Friday, Mar. 20

Parents please note that Friday, March 20 will be a full-day of school. An error in the district’s original 2014-15 calendar stated it would be a half-day. There will be no early dismissal. Posted 3/02/15.

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.