To provide more opportunities for community engagement and more time for educators to create a detailed plan for student programs, the Board of Education has decided to postpone a Capital Project vote until October. “We originally considered a March vote because we have a few critical infrastructure projects we need to address as soon as possible,” said Superintendent Bob Horan. “But we found another solution to address those issues first, which allows us to plan a more thorough Capital Project to present to our community.” Click here to read more… Posted 1/24/14.
Over the next few weeks, elected officials in Albany will determine how much state aid Schodack CSD and other schools across New York will receive next school year as they finalize the state budget. Please help us continue the momentum to end the GEA cuts to school aid by contacting Gov. Cuomo and your state representatives. Eliminating the GEA cuts to state aid would not only mean preserving opportunities for students but would ease the district’s reliance on local property taxes to fund education. Click here for information on how to advocate for your schools… Posted 3/07/14.
Superintendent Bob Horan spoke to more than 100 investors and entrepreneurs March 7 at the monthly Startup Tech Valley meeting, connecting with potential start-up companies for unused space in MHMS. “Schodack School District is one of the only districts in the state that is working with start-up companies to provide them space to grow their business while providing our students with real-world opportunities,” said Mr. Horan. Click here to read more... Posted 3/07/14.
Maple Hill Students to Compete in Swim Championships at RPI
Good luck to the following Maple Hill students who will participate in the Adirondack Swim Championships at RPI over the next two weekends: Tari Civerolo, Zackary Civerolo, Derek Rossetti, Jeremy Rossetti, Shay Rossetti, Adam Salerno and Kylie Salerno. Congratulations for all your hard work this season! Posted 3/07/14.
MHMS's STEM Day was a huge hit with students as they spent Feb. 27 building speakers from plastic cups, using tablets to learn about computer coding and enjoying dozens of other engaging activities as they explored Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Click here to read more and see photos… Posted 2/27/14.
Maple Hill High School is using computer tablets this year to teach science, social studies, math and English to two groups of students as part of a new program that is engaging both students and teachers. “I don’t know of another school that is using tablets in such creative ways,” said Principal Ron Agostinoni. “It is a credit to our teachers who have embraced the technology because they see how they can engage students in ways that help them learn.” Click here to read more... Posted 3/03/14.
Fifth graders asked 10 authors and illustrators from around the country about their work this year without ever leaving their library by using Skype. “This really gets them excited about reading and books. All the authors they spoke with are contenders for the Newbery Medal for best children’s book,” said Library Media Specialist Stacey Rattner. “Some students also wrote authors and received letters back.” Click here to read more... Posted 3/03/14.
Seniors Adrian Barber and Sarah Plitnick are gaining valuable real-world experience by taking over a fuel cell educational kit business for MICROrganic Technologies, a start-up business located in the MS basement. “Working with students is really important to us and this provides them with a real world learning experience,” explained Claire McGrath, chief administrator for MICROrganic Technologies. Click here to read more… Posted 3/03/14.
When students visit MHMS library, they can find summaries of books by scanning a QR code with a tablet or cell phone to watch video book trailers created by classmates. “Students did an amazing job,” said Library Media Specialist Kim Nemeth. “They were really driven because they’re producing videos for a real audience. To them the grade is secondary. They know classmates will see them. It’s very engaging for them.” Click here to read more... Posted 3/03/14.
A district newsletter will be mailed to residents in our community on Thursday, Feb. 27. Click here to download a .pdf version... Posted 2/26/14.
Schodack CSD’s efforts to collaborate with neighboring school districts was featured in a WAMC story about school districts moving on after mergers are unsuccessful. "As we receive less and less aid from the state and we have to remove programs, we have to look at how we can come together to enhance programs without a cost," said Superintendent Bob Horan. Click here to read or listen to the story... Posted 2/03/14.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo continued the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) cuts to school aid funding for a fifth straight year in his executive budget he presented on Jan. 21. For Schodack CSD, the GEA cut to school aid funding totals $913,139 for next school year. While Gov. Cuomo claims he increases school aid funding each year, he continues the GEA cuts which were started five years ago by Gov. David Paterson. The GEA was intended as a one-year cut to school aid to end the state’s deficit. While Gov. Cuomo projects a surplus next year, he continues the GEA cuts to school funding. Schodack CSD would receive $1.7 million less in state aid than it did five years ago under Gov. Cuomo’s proposed budget. To learn how you can continue the momentum to end the GEA, click here for advocacy info... Posted 1/22/14.
Music Parents Association Indoor Garage Sale - Saturday, March 15
The Maple Hill Music Parents Association will hold its annual Indoor Garage Sale on Saturday, March 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Posted 3/07/14.
34th Annual Rotary Run - Sunday, May 18
The Southern Rensselaer County Rotary will hold its 34th Annual Rotary Run on Sunday, May 18. Click here for a flyer with more information and a registration form... Posted 3/07/14.