December 2, 2013 - December’s virtue of the month is EMPATHY. Empathy is “relating to, or understanding what someone else is feeling.” Compassion is “Empathy in Action”. We are taking action and holding our fifth annual COMPASSIONATE GIVING PROJECT from December 2nd to December 18th.
This year we plan to donate to the Unity House Domestic Violence Shelter, YWCA Of Troy-Women And Children Program and Military Moms In Action. The first two programs provide assistance to families throughout Rensselaer County. Services include counseling and assistance for families including food and shelter. Military Moms in Action sends support packages to soldiers overseas and they are located in Melrose.
We are asking every student in grades pre-K through 12 to bring in an item that will be donated to these programs. If you prefer to bring in one hand made card for a child who is served by one of the programs, then please do so, or you can bring in an item and make a card! Our families and our entire school community are filled with compassion so let’s join together to share that compassion with others. We are hoping for 100% participation from all students, staff and teachers this year!
We will be collecting items through December 18th.
Compassionate Giving Project Donation List:
Pre-K/ Kindergarten: Kleenex, Chap Stick 1st Grade: Shampoo, Conditioner or Chap Stick 2nd Grade: Hand Towels, Wash Cloths or Chap Stick 3rd Grade: Toothbrushes, Toothpaste or Chap Stick 4th Grade: Mittens, Gloves or Hats (Adult) or Chap Stick 5th Grade: Baby Wipes or Chap Stick 6th Grade: Bar Soap or Body Wash or Chap Stick 7-12th Grade: Slipper-Socks (Adult & Children), Scarves, Mittens or Gloves, Deodorant, Body Lotion, Kleenex, Shampoo/Conditioner, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Baby Wipes, Bar Soap or Body Wash, Chap Stick, Diapers (All Sizes) Teachers & Staff: Scarves/Gloves/Hats ( Adult & Children), Slipper-socks (Adult & Children), Chap Stick, Sweatpants & Sweatshirts (L, XL), Pajamas (L , XL), Diapers (All Sizes)
Parent & Student Portal Updated
November 27, 2013 - eSchoolData has released a user interface refresh to the Parent and Student Portals. The portals have been updated with a modernized look and feel, streamlined navigation menus, and simplified interior page details, resulting in an improved user experience for parents and students. The Gradebook view has been enhanced to provide parents and students with a summary of student performance across all classes. The updated assignment Description field now allows teachers to format text and create links to assignments and other documents stored on the web.
Please contact Kathy Yavaniski (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or problems with the newly released portals. Monday, December 2nd, is the start of the 3rd marking period for students in grades 7-12. When using the portal to check grades you'll probably want to switch back to 2nd marking period to see the marking that has just been completed.
Senior Yearbook Information
November 26, 2013 - Attention Parents of Seniors:
Please have your senior select the senior portrait they would like to appear in the yearbook by Monday, December 2.
Go to their gallery on the iSmile website and follow the prompts. Please contact Trish Pallozzi (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
It's not too late...please submit your message from home and your son's/daughter's baby pictures for the yearbook by Monday, December 2. Messages from home are $12 each and baby pics are $5 each.
Report Cards Issued for Grades 1-6
November 22, 2013 - Today, all students in Grades 1-6 were issued report cards for the first marking period. You will no doubt see some differences between the report card you receive today, and previous ones that your child has received. Click here for more information from Mr. Foti regarding elementary report cards.
Music - Rocks the Soul Throughout the Area
November 22,2013 - The Music Department has been spreading their talents all over the Capital District during the past two weeks - and we wish to congratulate the students who represented Hoosic Valley in the Fall All County Festival held at Maple Hill. Their hard work once again paid off, and the students did a tremendous job!!!
The senior chorus students were: Kayla Carknard, Kiersten Czuala, Rachel Mau, Halle Nightingale, Alyx Balkwell, Gabi Beamish, Brian Gitman and Woody Miller. Maddie Coons represented for the Jazz Ensemble, and the following students did a wonderful job playing in the Junior Band:Taylor Champagne, Alexis Parry, Katherine Rice, Caitlyn O'Neill, Lauren Paul, Greg Wolosen, Dylan Clarkson, Renee Pary and Savannah Champagne. Bravo!!
Good luck to Halle Nightingale and Greg Wolosen as they travel to All State this weekend in Saratoga!! Mark your calendars as our students get ready to bring you sounds of joy and good cheer for the upcoming Holiday Concert!
December 10th - 6th grade band, 5-6 grade chorus
December 11th - Jr High (7-8) Winter Concert
December 12th - Sr High (9-12) Winter Concert
All three concerts begin at 7pm and will be held in the auditorium.
Kindergarten Bring Stories to Life
November 22, 2013 - Hoosic Valley Kindergarteners spent time this week with Susan Griss getting their “Minds in Motion”. This program is a kinesthetic approach to teaching and learning academic curriculum (reading, math, science, history) using creative movement, dance, and simple movement activities. Ms. Griss came to Kindergarten as a classroom residency that was based on her book Minds in Motion: A Kinesthetic Approach to Teaching Elementary Curriculum. She presents a true integration of literacy, science, and creative movement. This program was provided to us through funds from Stewart’s and our own PTO Arts in Education fund. We are very appreciative of their support for this fun learning experience.
The books that Ms. Griss and our students brought to life were The Tiny Seed; Waiting for Wings; and Where the Wild Things Are. Ms. Griss did an incredible job bringing words like mischievous, gnash, vines, and rumpus to life. Kindergarten parents ask you children what these means and better yet what they “look” like. Warning: if you are not familiar with a rumpus you may want to look that up before asking for a demonstration! Click here to see some of our students in action.
Booster Club Rewards Their Top Sellers
November 22, 2013 - The Booster Club Magazine Fundraiser includes great rewards. Every year the top sellers take part in the Annual Limo to Pizza Hut Luncheon. The kids had a great time, enjoyed a terrific lunch and as always were complimented on how well they behaved. Click here for more photos. (Thanks to Mrs. Read for the pics.)
The Booster Club also sponsors a dance for ALL students in 5th & 6th Grade. This year's dance will be on Friday, December 6th in the elementary cafeteria. The get together will start at 6:30 PM and end at 8:30 PM. This is a chance for the students to enjoy a fun night of dancing and socializing with their friends. Admission is free and pizza, soda and cookies will be served. Click here for the permission slip and more information.
We'd like to thank all our students who helped raise money for the Booster Club and all the parents who pitched in with sales and chaperoning the above activities.
Debut of the 5th Grade Band
November 21, 2013 - Congratulations to all our talented fifth grade musicians and Band Director, Mr. Sudano, on a great first concert. After only about ten lessons and five group practices our fifth grade students performed their first of many concerts. It was very evident that our youngest musicians have been practicing very hard and paying attention to everything Mr. Sudano has taught them so far. They entertained the captive audience with many of our favorites such as, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, London Bridge is Falling Down and Jingle Bells. It’s great to see so many kids back in the band --- you all sounded great! We look forward to your next performance. Click here to see additional photos.
Special Education Quality Assurance Review
November 20, 2013 - Every year the New York State Education Department P-12: Office of Special Education conducts Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA) Reviews in a variety of schools throughout New York State. Hoosic Valley has been selected to take part of this comprehensive audit for the 2013-2014 school year. The purpose of this review is to assess the District’s compliance with selected Federal and State laws and regulations governing the education of students with disabilities.
This review will be conducted by the SEQA Eastern Regional Office and will include representatives from the school district. The quality assurance process will involve a review of school records of a representative sample of students with disabilities, classroom visitations and interviews. In addition, meetings of the Committee on Special Education will be observed. Further, information may be obtained by contacting the SEQA Eastern Regional Office at 486-6366 and/or by contacting Hoosic Valley Central School District at 753-4458, please direct questions Patti Sawyer, Special Education Director.
Common Core Staff Training Planned for 12/11
November 18, 2013 - Wednesday, December 11th, K-12 students will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m. The afternoon will be dedicated to professional staff development. With all of the current initiatives and mandates of APPR and Common Core, it is necessary to provide staff with professional development opportunities. As a district, we are working to fulfill requirements and to provide students with the best education possible.
Thank you for your understanding of this calendar change. December 11th is the only calendar change that we anticipate. As always, thank you for supporting your child’s education.