April 10, 2017 - Join Broadway Juniors on Wednesday, April 19 at 16 Handles in Clifton Park to help raise money for the elementary play. For every frozen yogurt purchase made between the hours of 4pm-8pm, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Hoosic Valley Broadway Juniors!
March 31, 2017 - The Elementary School conducted two lockdown drills today. First, the students practiced procedures for a lockdown that occurs during a lunch period. During their regular lunch period, every student was able to practice moving from their seats in the cafeteria to a secure spot in the kitchen. This drill was announced and planned in advance, and was conducted by units from the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office, along with myself and cafeteria staff.
At about 1:15 pm we practiced an unannounced lockdown drill building wide. This allowed us to practice lockdown procedures with all faculty and staff throughout the building.
Safety is always a priority here at Hoosic Valley and these drills are crucial to emergency readiness. Multiple unannounced drills are a new requirement this school year. The Elementary School is required to conduct one more unannounced drill this year. We will let you know about that drill at it’s conclusion as well.
March 31, 2017 - Our first graders recently visited the new VIA Aquarium to expand upon their classroom discovery of the aquatic habitat. Thanks to our PTO for supporting this great field trip, click here if you'd like more info about the Aquarium.
March 30, 2017 - Cornell Cooperative Extension along with Toyota of Clifton Park is holding a Teen Driver Safety event on April 12 & 13. Any Junior or Senior that attends and participates in the activities will be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 scholarship. Three scholarships will be given away. Click here for more info.
Helping the Karner Blue
March 28, 2017 - The Albany Pine Bush came to visit 1st grade last week! With a little help from the environmental educators from the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center our first graders planted wild blue lupines, which is the habitat for the Karner Blue Butterfly. The seeds will start to grow in the first grade classrooms and then the students will visit the Albany Pine Bush to plant their seedlings.
Author Visit from Ryan Smithson
March 28, 2017 - Local Author Ryan Smithson visited with our 11th and 12th graders last week. Mr. Smithson has a fascinating journey to share with readers in his memoir "Ghost of War". Click here to learn more about Mr. Smithson.
Odyssey of the Mind
March 27, 2017 - The five Hoosic Valley Odyssey of the Mind teams joined 91 other Odyssey teams to compete at the regional competition yesterday at Coxsackie Athens Central School District. After practicing since October, the teams were excited for the event. Mr. Foti and Mr. O'Brien attended the event to cheer on the students. Each team has to create an 8 minute solution to a long term problem and complete spontaneous problems. The solutions are scored by a panel of highly trained and experienced judges. At yesterday's award ceremony the winners for each of the problems were:
For Problem 1 the teams had to create small vehicles to complete certain challenges. The Hoosic Valley High school team members placed first and will move on to compete at the NY State level in two weeks.
For Problem 2 the teams had to create a robot to complete technical challenges along with their skit. The Hoosic Valley High School team also placed in first and will move onto States.
For Problem 3, the teams had to perform a skit based on classical artists and time travel to help save the World. The Elementary/ Junior High Hoosic Valley team also placed in first and will move into to State competition.
For Problem 5, the teams had to perform a skit with a superhero who needed to save creativity. The Hoosic Valley High School team came in Third place and also received the Ranatra Fusca Award which is the highest honor that recognizes extreme creativity when solving a problem. The elementary team who also participated in Problem 5 made great improvements on their spontaneous scores which is a difficult area for our teams.
Congratulations to all the teams from Hoosic Valley. Great job! And good luck to the 20 students who will move on to the NY state competition on April 8, 2017.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment. Participants build self-confidence, develop life skills, create new friendships, and are able to recognize and explore their true potential. OotM proves that students can have fun while they learn.
English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests Translated versions of these assessment resources for parents are now available in 10 languages, including Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), French, Haitian Creole, Karen, Nepali, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu. Click here to access translated versions.
March 24, 2017 - The Jr. Sr. High School conducted an unannounced lock down drill today. The drill was conducted by multiple units from the Rensselaer County Sherriff’s Office and the Troy Police Department. The drill started at 9:40 with classes resuming their normal schedule at 10:10.
Safety is always a priority here at Hoosic Valley and these drills are crucial to emergency readiness. Multiple unannounced drills are a new requirements this school year, the Jr. Sr. High School is required to conduct one more unannounced drill this year. The Elementary school has two more unannounced drills to complete by the end of the school year.
Mentors in Violence Prevention
March 20, 2017 - This week our 10th, 11th and 12th graders will be taking part in a Violence Prevention program hosted by St. Peter's Health Partners. This program is a leadership and education program specifically for teens focused on preventing gender violence. As a school we are continually striving to educate our students beyond the required academics. Click here for more information.
HS Report Cards Rescheduled
March 20, 2017 - The fourth marking period report cards have been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 28th.
Thanks For Your Support
March 17, 2017 - Thanks everyone that came out and cheered on our dodgeball champions. It was tons of fun and you all helped the Teacher's Association raise money for senior scholarships. Click here for photos.
Easter Bunny Breakfast
March 16, 2017 - It's almost time for the Annual Easter Bunny Breakfast, Saturday, April 1st from 9-11:30. Tons of fun for the elementary kids and a great fundraiser for the Class of 2019. Pre-registration is requested by March 24 - click here for more info and the registration form
Class of 2017 Top Ten
March 13, 2017 - We are proud to announce our Class of 2017 Top Ten, in order: Rosella Hren (Valedictorian), Camilla Hren (Salutatorian), Greg Wolosen, Paige Nightingale, William Morris, Alexis Parry, Alicia Clum, Bridget Ryan, James Burnell, Helena Leece. Please join us in congratulating them on this incredible achievement!
1st Grade's Reading Rainbow
March 13, 2017 - Miss Dennis and Miss O’Connor’s 1st grade class has been studying opinion writing during their Writer's Workshop. Each student in the class wrote a book review about their favorite book. The children's goal was to come up with strong enough reasons to persuade someone to take the book out of the library. As a culminating activity, the children watched book reviews from the television series, "Reading Rainbow". Seeing children their own age on the show reading book reviews like the ones that they wrote got the class inspired to try it out for themselves! In the process, the children also learned about being a fluent reader and strong speaker. Hopefully you will be persuaded to go to the library and read some of the book the students recommended! Miss Dennis and Miss O’Connor are so proud of the students that participated. Great job, first graders! Click here for videos.
Basketball Scholar Athlete
March 13, 2017 - Jimmy Burnell joined other Scholar Athletes on Sunday as Section II hosted their annual scholar recognition ceremony at the Troy Hilton. Congratulations Jimmy on a great season and impressive academic record.
NYS Testing Update
March 13, 2017 - The administration of the New York State English Language Arts and Math assessments for grades 3-8, will be March 28-30 and May 2-4, 2017. It is against our recommendation to opt out of the NYS assessments. Click here for further information from Mrs. Goodell. Click here for FAQ's about NYS annual testing.
Class of '87 30th Year Reunion
March 13, 2017 - Save the date for the Class of 1987's 30th class reunion. It will be held Saturday, August 5th at Brown's Malt Room in Troy, NY. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Contact Heidi (Palmer) Todd for details: (315)714-2303 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Help spread the word.
Parent's Night Out
March 13, 2017 - Enjoy a night out while the Class of 2019 entertains the kids! Click here for the sign-up form.
March 9, 2017 - Jack Byrne Ford has for the past 20+ years made sure our students have a safe, affordable vehicle for Drivers Ed. The Jack Byrne Family sees the value in this program and is willing to help our community offer Driver Education at a reasonable cost to the students. Thanks to Jack Byrne Ford, many students from Mechanicville, Stillwater, Greenwich, and Cambridge, as well as Hoosic Valley, are able to take advantage of the benefits offered by a Driver Education program.
Football Scholar Athlete
March 9, 2017 - Congratulations to Tom Madigan on being the Hoosic Valley Scholar Athlete representative at the Capital District National Football Foundation Awards Dinner held this past Monday. Tom is pictured with Coach Porcelli and Coach Madigan.
Don't forget, Dodgeball is Tonight!
March 16, 2017 - Come on out and cheer your favorite or not so favorite teachers on as they raise money for senior scholarships. It's the elementary vs. the high school in a "friendly" game of dodgeball. Admission is $3 for students and $5 for Adults. The concession stand will be open AND don't forget the Silent Auction - they have some great basket donations. Starts at 7 pm in the HS gym.
Hoosic Valley PTO's First Annual Vendor Fair
March 8, 2017 - PTO is looking for direct sales vendors for their first annual vendor fair. The fair will be held on Sunday, April 30 from 1-4 in the elementary gym. Click here for the signup and details.
March 8, 2017 - Congratulations go out to Jamison Jarosz on his fourth place finish in the high jump with a jump of 6'4". The State Indoor Championship was held at the Ocean Breeze Track & Field Athletic Complex on Staten Island this past weekend. Jamison placed sixth in the Federation rankings.
New for the 2016-2017 School Year
March 7, 2017 - On March 1, 2017, students and advisers from Questar III - Rensselaer Ed Center joined hundreds of other teachers from around the state to advocate for the BOCES CTE programs. Hoosic Valley students Chelise Dessingue (Cosmetology Program) and Robert Passineau (Construction Tech Program) shared their experience at Votec with State Assemblyman, Steve McLaughlin.
Spring SAT Exams
March 7, 2017 - The 2017 May SAT exams will be given at Hoosic Valley. Important details related to the SAT exam:
SAT Registration Deadline: April 7, 2017
Late Registration: April 18, 2017 (Additional Fee)
March 6, 2017 - Congratulations to Alicia Clum. Alicia was the Wasaren league scholar athlete representing Hoosic Valley. Alicia along with her family, Coach Chapko and Coach Anderson attended the Scholar Athlete Awards Breakfast at the Albany Marriott.
HV defends Lift Off Title
March 6, 2017 - The Hoosic Valley football power team traveled to Catholic Central High school and won the team championship at the Section 2 Top Form Lift Off Competition. Hoosic Valley's top 5 lifters were Nick Napoli, Branden Haughney, Charles Purcell, Andrew Turriglio, and Nick Broderick-Miller. This is the 2nd year in a row that Hoosic Valley took first place! Congratulations!
And they lived happily ever after
March 6, 2017 - Thank you one and all for coming out this weekend and 'being our guest'! Its beyond amazing the talent that winds through the halls at HV and out into our community. From our actors to musicians to set design to costumes, make-up, props, choreography, refreshments, tickets, programs, ushers, lights, sound, directors, chaperones, photography, flowers and stage technicians, it all came together spectacularly! Thank you! Thank you! Click here for photos
Next on stage will be the Elementary School's production of Peter Pan - June 1st and 2nd. Save the date!
March 3, 2017 - Congratulations to Mckeel Christian on their Class C Sectional Win. We are very proud of our Girls Basketball program and their continued success in post season play. Congrats to Becky Keasbey and Alex Rifenburg on their nomination to the Section II Class C All Star team. Click here for more photos
Reminder - On Wednesday, March 1st the Elementary School students will be dismissed at 2:00. The Junior/Senior High students will be dismissed at 2:15. The Rensselaer County Department of Health will be using our campus to conduct a county-wide drill on this date. The Sheriff’s Department, employees of the Health Department and several volunteers will be on campus beginning at 2:30.
The Elementary School will be accessible, via Pleasant Avenue, which will remain open, however there will be no late buses. The Aftercare program in the Elementary School will run as usual on that day.
Hoosic Valley Teachers Dodgeball Tournament
February 28, 2017 - It's amost time for the Teacher's Dodgeball Tournamet! Save the date- Thursday, March 16 at 7 pm in the HS Gym. Proceeds to benefit the HVTA Scholarship Fund.
Its Musical Week at Hoosic Valley!
February 24, 2017 - Opening night is getting near for the tale of Beauty and the Beast. After months of long rehearsals by our very talented Hoosic Valley Repertory Theatre performers and of course a great deal of fun along the way, we are entering the final week of rehearsals! Click here for photos, while a picture may be worth a thousand words, this time you really need to hear the words and see the perfromances. This very popular, family friendly entertainment for all ages makes a perfect mid-winter evening out, don't miss it!
The curtain rises, Friday March 3rd and Saturday, March 4th promptly at 7pm with a matinee performance Sunday at 2 pm. There are still good seats available. The box office will be open one hour before each performance. Tickets are just $6.00. The box office will also be open on Wednesday, 3/1 from 4:30pm-6pm.
In addition, back by popular request, thank you very much, shop our little flower market in the lobby for that fragrant bouquet of blooms for your special star. No need to rush to the florist before the show, we've got you covered. Pre-order form (not required by helpful)
HV Wins Men's Indoor Track & Field Sectionals
February 21, 2017 - Congratulations to the Boys Indoor Track Team - they won first place at yesterday's Sectional Indoor Meet held at SUNY Albany. First place individual finishers were:
Katie Rose - Race Walk
Jade Yando - High Jump
Jamison Jarosz - High Jump & Triple Jump
The meet took place over three days in three different venues. There were some great races run, things thrown and jumps made over the course of all the events - congratulations to all our track athletes on a great season. Hoosic Valley won a number of patches for both the girls and boys, click here for all the results. Click here for photos.
Seventh Annual After Prom Party *Sponsored by Hoosic Valley Community Partners*
February 18, 2017 - Historically, the timeframe between prom season and graduation sees a dramatic increase in student incidents. Seven years ago, the Community Partners acknowledged that students who didn’t want their prom night to end at 11:00 had limited choices. Did you Know that on a typical Prom Weekend 48 American teenagers are killed in vehicles and 5,202 are injured - 40% of the deaths are alcohol related. With this in mind, the Community Partners saw the need to offer our students a safe, fun alternative to traditional after prom activities. Please consider joining in the planning, fundraising and chaperoning of the 2017 After Prom Party.
The Community Partners will be meeting most Wednesday evenings at 7:00 in room 33 of the high school, starting on February 15, 2017. Updates will be e-mailed and posted on the school website. Their immediate need is help with fundraising. They have a long list of past donors to approach. The more volunteers, the shorter the list of stops/calls each person will need to make. Click here if you'd like to make a donation.
As students graduate the members of the committee tend to change. Active members that no longer have students in school become less involved, which means, every year we need new volunteers from the younger grade levels - this also helps to bring in new ideas that keep the After Prom fun and exciting for the students. While planning and working this event is very time consuming, it is also very rewarding. Please help provide this safe, fun event for our kids. You can contact the CommunityPartners at email@example.com.
February 17, 2017 - Want to hear a few of the songs from "Beauty and the Beast" before the big performance on March 3rd, 4th & 5th? Come to the Diver Library on Wednesday, 2/22 from 4:30pm-5:15pm! We will also have pre-sale ticket forms available if you'd like to secure your tickets.
In addition, we have added more box office hours! The box office will be open on Wednesday, 2/22 from 9am-11am and again on Wednesday, 3/1 from 4:30pm-6pm. We hope that you will "Be Our Guest" on March 3rd & 4th at 7pm & March 5th at 2pm. Tickets are only $6! Click here for more photos.
February 15, 2017 - Both the girls and boys basketball teams will begin their sectional run on Tuesday, February 21st at their home court. Girls begin at 6pm with the boys to follow.
February 11, 2017 - The Varsity Volleyball Team would like to thank the Booster Club for their generosity and support as they have recently received their customized varsity jackets. The Booster Club gifted the jackets to the team in recognition of winning the league title during the 2016 season. We are very grateful for all that the Booster Club does for the athletic program here at Hoosic Valley.
March 1st Early Dismissal
February 10, 2017 - On Wednesday, March 1st the Elementary School students will be dismissed at 2:00. The Junior/Senior High students will be dismissed at 2:15. The Rensselaer County Department of Health will be using our campus to conduct a county-wide drill on this date. The Sheriff’s Department, employees of the Health Department and several volunteers will be on campus beginning at 2:30.
The Elementary School will be accessible, via Pleasant Avenue, which will remain open, however there will be no late buses. The Aftercare program in the Elementary School will run as usual on that day.
Friday, March 3 @ 7pm Saturday, March 4th @ 7pm Sunday, March 5th @ 2pm
Be Our Guest
February 10, 2016 - The Hoosic Valley Repertory Theatre presents: "Beauty and the Beast".
If you would like to purchase pre-sale tickets, click here for the ticket order form or visit the box office on Saturday, 2/11 from 9am-12pm or Wednesday, 2/15 from 5-6:30pm. Tickets are also available at the door beginning one hour prior to the show.
February 8, 2017 - Attention seniors, if you missed the sweatshirt order the first time around here's your chance. Mrs. Anderson and Mr. Spooner are excepting orders up to February 17. Click here for the order form.
Career Fair - Presenters Needed
February 3, 2017 - We are looking for volunteers to help with our High School Career Fair on Wednesday, April 12. The Fair begins at 8:00 a.m. and will end about 11:00 a.m. The students, (approximately 10-30 per session), will rotate among the presenters for each of the five sessions, approximately 25 minutes/session. Any insight you can provide our young people about your career will be helpful. Students generally want to know about the required tasks for a specific job, the training/education needed, necessary personality traits, work conditions, opportunities for advancement, salary, etc. Of course, any type of demonstration or “show and tell” activity always peaks their interest.
If you willing to help us out and spark the interest of the future leaders in your field, contact Mrs. Martyn - email or 753-4432 ext. 5060 (Voice Mail) by Wednesday, March 15.
2nd Grade - Non-Fiction Reading & Writing
February 1, 2017 - Our second graders recently had a celebration of their Nonfiction reading and writing unit of study. The students researched individual topics using books and ipads, collected notes and wrote nonfiction books on their topic. Our students became experts and were able to talk the lingo of their topic! Each of the of the second grade classes shared their projects with a museum like presentation. Students looked for nonfiction features in their peers projects. Click here for more pictures and videos.
HV Apparel Fundraiser
February 1, 2017 - Support the Class of 2020 and update your HV wear at the same time. Orders should be placed online through Val's Webstore - click here to visit the store. Orders will be taken through February 19th. Contact Class Advisors with questions, Kim Howard or Shiloh Akin. Sale Extended.
HV Conquers the Ragnar Relays
February 1, 2017 - Have you ever felt like going to Lake Placid? How about running to Lake Placid? That’s what a group of our Cross Country members did in their free time last fall. It was all part of the Ragnar Relays. This race consists of twelve brave souls who as team run from Saratoga to Lake Placid, 193.1 miles (don’t forget the .1!) It’s pretty incredible when you think about it and from looks of the photos they had a blast doing it. Click here if you’d like to learn more about the Ragnar Relays. Here’s a few facts from the fall relay:
There were 292 total teams from all over the country competing and only one High School Team, GO HV!
Start was at 6:30 Friday morning and HV runners finished at 11:30 Saturday morning
Reminder - PTO will be holding their Annual Bingo Family Night on Friday, February 10 @ 6:30 in the Elementary Cafeteria. Admission is free but PTO requests each family bring a donation of juice to share or a non-perishable food item to donate to the local food pantry.
Report Card Update
February 3, 2017 - Students in grades K-6 will get their reports cards today. Students in grades 7-12 will not get their report cards until next Tuesday. The snow day during exam week threw us off a few days.
PTO Family B I N G O
February 2, 2017 - PTO will be holding their Annual Bingo Family Night on Friday, February 10 @ 6:30 in the Elementary Cafeteria. Admission is free but PTO requests each family bring a donation of juice to share or a non-perishable food item to donate to the local food pantry.
Attention Students Grades 7-12
Reminder: due to the snow day last Tuesday during exam week, the Jr. Sr. High school will be running a modified schedule Monday so that we can complete midterm testing.
On Monday, January 30, the Junior Senior High School will run on a 1/2 day schedule. All students grades 7 through 12 who do not have a makeup midterm exam or attend PM VOTEC will be dismissed at 11:11 am.
Students who have makeup midterm exams will not be dismissed and will begin makeup exams after lunch. PM VOTEC will run on its regular schedule. There will be afternoon buses as normally scheduled. If you have questions regarding this schedule, please call the main office on Monday.
Spring Driver's Ed
Reminder - The Driver Education course at Hoosic Valley Central High school will be offered again this spring. The deadline to sign up is Monday, Jan. 30th. Click here for info & application or call Mr. Ryan at 753-4432 Ext 5053 for more details.
Attention Spring Athletes
February 1, 2017 - Dr. Nightingale will be here Feb. 16 th for students needing physicals. Please be aware this is the last time he will be here before Spring sports begin. If you need a physical or are unsure if you need a physical to participate in a Spring sport, please stop by and see Mrs. Barton.
January 27, 2017 - It's been a great school year so far at the Elementary School and They've been capturing fun memories for the yearbook. Don't miss out on all the events that happened in 2016-2017- pre-order your yearbook today at ybpay.lifetouch.com using our school's Yearbook ID code (13033517) and your student's name.
Not sure if you've already pre-ordered the Hoosic Valley Elementary School yearbook? Click here to receive an email containing your online order history for the 2016-2017 school year.
January 23, 2017 - Congratulations to all our 5th graders on today's D.A.R.E Graduation. The DARE essay winners were Emily Fuller, Madeline Ohl and Matthew Wager. Student Awards went to Terri-Ann Cottrell, Christopher Jones and Brennen Bogue. We'd like to thank Sheriff Russo, Deputy Russo, and Mr. Ryan for attending our graduation ceremony and the many D.A.R.E sponsors: the County Executive's Office, Deputy Sheriff PBA, HV Booster Club, Officer Todd Breen, Rensselaer County Legislators, Sheriff Pat Russo, Stewart's and T-Shirt Graphics. Click here for more photos.
Birds of Prey Visit 4th Grade
Trish Marki from the Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York paid her annual visit to the Hoosic Valley 4th graders today. She brought along four of her feather friends and shared some great tips to help our students become better eco-citizens. If you have a 4th grader, ask them what she gave them for homework! This is part of the 4th grade science unit on ecosystems; animals and their habitats.
January 25, 2017 - Attention girls in grades 4-8: SUNY Albany is inviting students to meet Nathalia Holt, author of the best-selling book, The Rise of the Rocket Girls, on March 4th. Click here for details and registration info.
Broadway Juniors Carnations
January 23, 2017 - Broadway Juniors is selling carnations for Valentine’s Day. Broadway Juniors helps to fund our elementary school play, this year our kids will be performing “Peter Pan.” Orders must be in by this Friday, click here for the details and order form.
Midterm Exam Schedule
Click on the links below for information on the upcoming midterms and January Regents Exams.
Update - Due to the winter weather forecast for Tuesday, we have developed a plan in the event of a school closing or delay. Click here for the letter that was sent home with 7-12 students.
D.A.R.E Graduation - Monday 1/23
January 20, 2017 - Please join us at our 5th grade D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony in the elementary school auditorium, Monday, January 23rd at 1:00pm. All 5th grade students will be recognized for completion of the program!Doors will open to the Auditorium at 12:45pm and the program will begin at 1:00pm
Basketball Games Rescheduled
January 18, 2017 - The games canceled yesterday have been rescheduled for today. JV/Var Girls game has been moved to Wednesday The modified girls will play at 4 today, the modified boys will play at 4 here before the JV/Var Boy's games.
After School Activities Canceled for Today
January 17, 2017 (1:23 pm) - All after school activities and games have been canceled for today, Tuesday, 1/17/17. There will be no late bus runs.
The after care program in the elementary school will still be available.
Financial Aid Seminar by Siena College
January 13, 2017 - Ideal for students and parents with financial aid questions, the 90-minute event will cover an array of affordability topics, including the FAFSA, financial aid packets, scholarships and loans. Click here for info and registration.
Albany Med Visit
January 11, 2017 - Mr. Ryan's Anatomy & Physiology recently visited Albany Med. Students were able to use the Albany Med Facilities to learn more about the human hear.
January 11, 2017 - We want to thank everyone who donated to the compassionate giving project. We received so many donations!
The donations were divided between the Unity House Domestic Violence Shelter and the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region Inc. with the Chap Stick going to Military Mom in Action. We are told each year how thankful the families and soldiers are when they receive these donations. We are proud to be a part of such a generous, compassionate community.
Each of the classes at each grade level who brought in the most donations has a ribbon above their classroom door.
Pre-K - Mrs. Gerwin’s class
K - Mrs. Lee’s class
1st - Mrs. Moss’ class
2nd - Mrs. Cruz’ class
3rd - Mrs. Silverman’s class
4th - Mrs. Pruiksma’s class
5th - Mrs. Bochette’s class
6th - Mrs. Baranowski’s class
Each student in these classes received a coupon for a free breakfast in the cafeteria (on a specified day). One student from each class has also been randomly chosen to read one announcement during the morning announcements in January and February. (Click here for class photos)
Midterm Exam Schedule
January 11, 2017 - Click on the links below for information on the upcoming midterms and January Regents Exams.
January 12, 2017 - PTO will be offering school bank through CapCom starting on Wednesday, January 18th. Click here for more info.
Writing Olympics Update
Reminder - We'd like to remind all our young authors that the Writing Olympics deadline is Friday, January 20th at noontime. We can't wait to read your stories! Click here if you need more info about the writing Olympics Program.
Volunteers Needed: Please email Karin Gagnon at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help out with this year's Writing Olympics. Typist and Room hosts are needed. Author's Night will be held on April 26th.
VOTEC Open House - 1/18/2017
January 11, 2017 - Attention Sophomores and Juniors, QUESTAR will ebe holding an open house at their Questar III Rensselaer Educational Center for those of you interested in any of their CTE programs. Click here for all the details.
Beauty and the Beast Parent Meeting
January 9, 2017 - There will be a mandatory parent meeting for parents of students in the cast of "Beauty and the Beast" on Tuesday, January 10th at 5:30pm in the Auditorium. If you cannot attend, please contact Kristina Koonz at Krallen@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us.
Karen Torres to Visit
January 9, 2017 - Distracted Driving Advocate Karen Torres will be in the district on Wednesday speaking to our juniors and seniors about what it means to be a distracted driver. Click here for more info on Karen Torres.
Alumni Game on Saturday
January 6, 2017 - Make sure you catch the action on the basketball court this Saturday. Your favorite Alumni will be back on the floor - the competition is intense and it's all to support Hoosic Valley athletics. The girls tip off is at 4:30 with the boys to follow. The Booster Club will have plenty of great raffles and don't forget the concession stand. Hope to see you there!
Ski Club Update
January 3, 2017 - Ski Club has been cancelled for tomorrow, 1/4. Willard Mt. is closing today and tomorrow. Our six-week program will begin next Wednesday, 1/11.
Maple Hill Holiday Tournament Postponed
December 29, 2016 (9:45 am) - The basketball games scheduled for today at Maple Hill have been postponed until tomorrow with the championship games tentatively scheduled for Monday . We don't have an updated schedule yet, check the Schodack School Site for updates.
Track Meet Canceled
December 29, 2016 - The track meet scheduled for today has been canceled.
Winter Chorus Concert
December 21, 2016 - Monday night Grades 5-12 filled the auditorium with the sounds of Christmas. We are lucky to have so many talented singers in our district. Along with the singing we have many gifted artist, our program design contest winner was Rebecca Viall with Jin Hee Hinman and Emily Jacques receiving honorable mention. Great job everyone!
For those of you that attended the concert, the answer to the Christmas Challenge: How many songs are there in Christmas... In About Three Minutes? The correct answer is 23. Believe it or not there were 23 correct answers, what attentive listeners we have! Of the 23 correct responses one lucky name was drawn for the gift basket - Sue Adhemar, congratulations and enjoy! Click here for photos from the concert.
December 19, 2016 - Mrs. Abraham's eighth graders visited with author James Preller this past Friday. He discussed the writing process and several of his books including his latest, "The Fall", which deals with the issue of cyberbullying:
"Sam journals to cope with the "holes in [the] leaky ship" that his friend Morgan's suicide left behind: Did Sam's participation in a schoolwide cyberbullying "game" cause Morgan's death? How can those affected move on? Simultaneously snarky and sincere, Sam's narration offers an approachable, sensitive look at the aftermath of bullying and suicide, with only rare moves toward easy answers."~Horn Book guide
December 16, 2016 - Thanks to all our students in grades K-4 for putting on a great Holiday Concert! Click here for photos.
December 13, 2016 - Friday morning the Elementary School held their first Character Counts assembly of the school year. Showing good character is very important, that’s why we say “Character Counts!” Click here to read more about our Virtue of the month award winners and the December Character Counts program.
December 13, 2016 - We want to thank everyone that's donated to our compassionate giving project. And remind those that haven't --- there's one more week. Please have your donations in by Friday, December 16th. Click here for more information on the program and donations requested.
Report Cards - Grades 7-12
December 12, 2016 - Second marking period report cards were sent home with students in Grades 7-12 on Friday. They have been posted to the parent portal as well. Please contact guidance with any questions.
Winter Band Concert
December 9, 2016 - Hoosic Valley musicians once again put on a great concert to kick off the holiday concert series. Make sure you don't miss the Winter Chorus Concert on Monday, December 19th at 7 pm. Click here for more Band Concert Photos.
December 8, 2016 - High School yearbooks are on sale now. Orders can be placed in Rm. #33 or online from the link on the HS webpage. Contact Mrs. Pallozzi (email@example.com) with questions.
Your Order's on it's Way!!!
December 8, 2016 - Pickup for the Mixed-Bag PTO fund raiser will be on Thursday, December 15th from 5:30 - 7. Orders can be picked up in the Elementary main entrance hallway (by the Office, Art Room, Library area).
December 1, 2016 - Hoosic Valley students join together with area schools to make wishes come true by writing letters to Santa. If the goal of 25,000 letters is delivered on "Believe Day", Macy's will donate $50,000 to Make-A-Wish. Students in the Elementary and High School at Hoosic Valley have been busy getting on Santa's "nice" list by writing their very own letters. Our National Honor Society members visited the elementary cafeteria to help our young students write and decorate their letters. Thanks go out to a very special little boy in Hoosick Falls for organizing this fundraiser and reaching out to area school districts to join in the fun. Click here for photos.
Friday is Family Movie Night
December 8, 2016 - Join PTO for a free movie night at the Elementary Auditorium. Toy Story will be on the big screen starting at 6:30. Popcorn and drinks provided free of charge, children must be accompanied by an adult for the show's entirety.
HS Water Testing Results
December 7, 2016 - The results for the High School building was received this morning and showed that of the 127 samples, only one hallway water fountain or drinking source was found with elevated levels of lead. The High School Science Labs, however, had sixteen sinks with higher than acceptable levels. The water supply was immediately shut off to the hallway water fountain, and signs were posted at the Science Lab sink faucets. Click here for more info.
December 6, 2016 - Hoosic Valley seniors and juniors had the opportunity to attend Albany County Sheriff’s "Choices", a high impact program designed to increase student awareness of alcohol and drug use, addiction, and the consequences of risky behaviors. “Choices” combines education, visuals, and personal experiences for an empowering message. Click here for photos, click here for more info.
December 2, 2016 - There's been two corrections to our calendar recently.
The Semiformal on Saturday ends at 10:00 pm. The calendar incorrectly had the ending time of 10:30
The Winter Band Concert on December 8th is for grades 5-12.
Students Sing from the Heart at Tree Lighting
December 1, 2016 - On a cold Saturday during Thanksgiving recess, eight students gave their time and voices to honor those who have gone before at the fourth annual Radiant Peace Tree Lighting Ceremony in Schaghticoke. More than 75 trees were decorated to remember those whom the community has lost over the years. The gathering is commemorated with a ceremony at dusk on the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year.
This is the third year Hoosic Valley music students have participated in the event. Students in Mrs. P’s 12th period music lab sang renditions of “The Sound of Silence” and “O Holy Night.” Two of Mrs. Koonz’s 11th grade vocalists sang “See You Again.” This Year’s Performers were Melanie Natter- 11th Grade, Emily O’Brien- 11th Grade, Sonia Cyrulik- 12th Grade, Clare Madigan- 12th Grade, Will Morris- 12th Grade, Paige Nightingale- 12th Grade, Emma Palladino- 12th Grade and Greg Wolosen- 12th Grade.
Mrs. P and Mrs. Koonz would like to thank the students who prepared for this event and took the time out of the weekend to be a part of this community event. Click here for more photos.
Alumni Game - January 7
November 29, 2016 - Mark your calendars! The Booster Club is holding their Alumni Basketball game on Saturday, January 7th. The games begin at 4. Players needed, sign up by December 23 - Click here to register.
Compassionate Giving Project
November 29, 2016 - December’s virtue of the month is EMPATHY. Empathy is “feeling or understanding what someone else is feeling.” Compassion is “Empathy in action”. We are once again taking action and holding our seventh annual COMPASSIONATE GIVING PROJECT from November 28th to December 16th. Click here for more info and a list of requested donations by grade level.
Our families and our entire school community is filled with compassion so let’s join together to share that compassion with others.
Christmas Wreath Fundraiser
November 29, 2016 - Decorate your home for Christmas with a beautiful, 22” locally-made Balsam fir wreath and help support our cheerleaders at the same time. Click here for more info and order form.
Brookside Museum Visits Fourth Grade
November 22, 2016 - Fourth grade students had an enjoyable visit from the Brookside Museum on Monday. Each class learned about Native American life in the 1500s from an extensive collection of artifacts and replicas. The students were also able to investigate the collection first hand playing games, potato stamping art, using authentic tools and wearing animal skins to get the feel for how people lived in days gone by. Many thanks go to our PTO for funding this investigative program. Click here for more photos.
Three Selected to Area All State from Hoosic Valley Band, Braden Jarosz (Clarinet), 10th Grade
Chorus, Kyle Norton (Bass), 12th Grade
Orchestra, Greg Wolosen (Trombone), 12th Grade
November 21, 2016 - Congratulations to Kyle, Braden and Greg on their selection to the Area All State Performance. New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) hosts its annual Area All State at Saratoga Springs High School on November 18th and 19th. Students in the Band, Chorus, Jazz Band, and Orchestra represent all the schools in Zone 7 of NYSSMA. The counties in Zone 7 are: Albany County, Fulton County, Hamilton County, Montgomery County, Rensselaer County, Saratoga County, Schenectady County, Warren County, and Washington County.
For Kyle and Braden, this is their second appearance, and this is Greg’s fourth appearance at the Festival. Greg will also represent Hoosic Valley at NYSSMA’s All State festival in Rochester December 1-4. In addition to their work in the Hoosic Valley music department, these three young men are heavily involved with music in the greater Capital Region as well! Braden is representing Hoosic Valley at the Magic of Christmas concert at the Palace Theatre in Albany on December 4th (featuring the Albany Symphony Orchestra). Kyle sings with the Capital Region Youth Chorale for Melodies of Christmas at Proctors Theatre December 17th-20th. Greg will play with ESYO at the Melodies of Christmas as well. Greg is also a frequent performer in pit orchestras with Not So Common Players and SLOC.
VOTEC Schedule Update
November 21, 2016 - On Wednesday, November 23, the Rensselaer Education Center (VOTEC) will be closed. Hoosic Valley will be operating on a ½ day schedule (periods 1-6) with dismissal at 11:15. As a result, students who attend the vocational programs at the Rensselaer Education Center (VOTEC) are required to attend on Wednesday only if they have morning classes (periods 1-6) at Hoosic Valley. If you have any questions about your child’s schedule and whether or not they should be in attendance on the morning of November 23, please contact the Guidance Office at 753-4458, x2507.
Wasaren League Soccer Senior Game
November 18, 2016 - Brad McGreevy, Tanner Tompkins and William Rowe represented Hoosic Valley in the Wasaren League Senior All Star Game held in Guilderland.
Lock Down Drills Conducted Today
November 16, 2016 - Both the Elementary and Jr. Sr. High Schools conducted unannounced lock down drills today. The Elementary drill ran from approximately 12:30 - 1:00 and the Jr. Sr. High School from 1:10 - 1:40.
Updates to the Elementary Water Testing
November 12, 2016 - The district has received the results of the remaining water samples taken at the Elementary School.
November 16, 2016 - Congratulations to Tom Madigan on being named the Class C North Division Player of the Year and Class C Section 2 Player of the Year!! Tom competed in the senior bowl North-South all star senior game on Nov. 9th representing the north team.
Teammate Isaac Sanchez was named as the division’s Ironman of the Year. Nick Napoli, Kyle Norton, Jonathon Colligan, Frank Adams, Mike Schoonmaker and Abe Sanchez were also named to the 1st Team All-Stars. Click here for the complete list.
November 10, 2016 - Mr. Milo Jose visited the Elementary School today to present the district with a flag display donated by the Mechanicville-Stillwater Elks. Mr. Jose is a Vietnam veteran who has volunteered for the Elks club for 13 years. He has organized the Americanism Essay Contest, which our students participate in annually. The display, which will be mounted in the School’s entryway, near the auditorium shows the history of the US flag in its many forms over our country’s history. Mr. Jose shared with students in grades 3-6 his experience with service to our country through the Navy as well as to our local community through his volunteer work with the Elks club. Thank you to Mr. Jose and the Mechanicville-Stillwater Elks club for your service to our school and community.
November 8, 2016 -The Rensselaer County School Music Association's Fall All-County Festival featuring Junior Band (grades 7-9), Elementary Chorus (grades 5-6), Jazz Band (grades 10-12) and Senior Chorus (grades 10-12) was held at Hoosic Valley this past weekend. There were musicians from Averill Park, Berlin, Brittonkill, Catholic Central, East Greenbush, Hoosick Falls, Hoosic Valley, Lansingburgh, Rensselaer, Schodack, Troy and Wynantskill. We had a total of 242 students participating and four guest conductors from all over the Capital Region.
After only 6 hours of rehearsing as a full ensemble, each group put on a 30 minute concert. The talent level was incredible!
This is a great program that allows students to experience music at a different level with a group of peers that have a similar interest and enthusiasm for music. We'd like to thank our Music Department for coordinating a successful and entertaining program and all the many, many, many parents and students that volunteered their time over the three days. Click here for photos from the All County Concerts.
November 8, 2016 - Our Second graders wanted to remind everyone to get out and vote. They have been learning all about our government and the importance of election day.
November 8, 2016 - November is a busy month, we wanted to remind you of some key dates that impact the school schedule.
K-6 Parent-Teacher Conferences, 11:15 am dismissal (K-6 Only)
Go Home Early Drill
School & Offices Closed – Veteran’s Day
K-6 Parent-Teacher Conferences, 11:15 am dismissal (K-6 Only)
Parent-Teacher Conferences, evening hours
Staff Development Afternoon, 11:15 am dismissal
Thanksgiving Recess - School and Offices Closed
Go Home Early Drill
November 8, 2016 - Each school year we are required to conduct an “Evacuation Drill” / “Go Home - Early Dismissal” drill. This year the drill will be held on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2016. The purpose is to simulate an evacuation of our buildings in the event of a real emergency. We hope to make this as realistic as possible and, therefore, ask your cooperation in carrying out the drill.
November 5, 2016 - Congratulations to the Hoosic Valley Girls Cross Country team - They placed third at the sectional meet held on Friday at Spa Park.
Hoosic Valley Elementary Water Test Results
November 3, 2016 - As you may be aware, this fall New York State passed a regulation requiring School Districts to test all potable water outlets for lead contamination, and take responsive actions. Questar III BOCES Health & Safety conducted the water sampling at the Hoosic Valley Elementary School and High School buildings during the months of September and October. The district requested the laboratory also test the samples for copper contaminations as well.
The majority of the results for the elementary schools were received this morning and showed that of the 117 samples, only one classroom water bubbler fountain or drinking source was found with elevated levels of lead. The Elementary, however, had six sinks with higher than acceptable levels as outlined below. The water supply was immediately shut off to all these fixtures and steps are being taken to replace the fixtures. The site will be re-tested before the sinks and fountain are put back into use. All of the 117 samples tested below the acceptable levels of copper.
Elementary Elevated Lead Level Results- Effected Fixtures:
Location- Elementary School
Type - Action to be taken
Room 65- Classroom
Room Bubbler - Water Supply shut off
Room 52- Classroom
Room Sink Faucet - Water Supply shut off
Room 50- Classroom
Room Sink Faucet - Water Supply shut off
Room 11- Classroom
Room Sink Faucet - Water Supply shut off
Girls Bathroom- Upper Wing
#18-Sink Faucet- Water Supply shut off
Auditorium Wing Women's Restroom
#62-Sink Faucet - Water Supply shut off
Auditorium Wing Women’s Restroom
#63-Sink Faucet – Water Supply shut off
The district is still waiting for the laboratory results on 12 additional outlets at the Elementary school. The district will report the result as soon as they are available. Tests were also conducted at the High School building, but results have not been received. We will release the reports as soon as they are available, and follow the recommended guidelines to remediate any affected areas.
November 1, 2016 - Hoosic Valley 5th-7th grade Soccer All-Stars took first place at the 2016 Dry Town shootout in Argyle this past Saturday. The team scored 21 goals by 10 different players in 3 games. A great day for Hoosic Valley way to go! Thanks go out to Jason Coffin and Theresa Reiser for coordinating this fun even. Click here for more photo.
Halloween is more than just candy
November 1, 2016 - If you've been through the halls of the elementary school you'll see that Halloween is more than just candy and parties. Our teachers do a great job of incorporating the holidays into their lessons to generate enthusiasm and creativity from our students. From the door monsters to learning about other cultures like dia de los muertos and all the fun Halloween facts..... Did you know the first jack-o-lanterns were carved out of turnips!
October 31, 2016 - Report cards were handed out in homeroom on Friday for all students in grades 7-12. Report cards can also be viewed online through the parent portal. Contact Kathy Yavaniski at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions related to accessing the parent portal.
October 31, 2016 - Congratulations to all our fall senior athletes and their families. We had 40 seniors competing in five diffents sports this fall. We've enjoyed watching them grow and excel throughout their years at Hoosic Valley. Click here for photos from the fall season.
Pictured from left to right: Colleen Moss-1st grade teacher, Kerri Greco-2nd grade teacher, Carlee Chapko-Reading, Bridget Chapko-2nd grade teacher and Janice Lee-Kindergarten teacher
Life Long Learners
October 29, 2016 - For one Saturday in both the spring and the fall, the Teacher’s College of Columbia University opens its doors to thousands of educators from all over the country. They offer keynotes and closings by renowned authors and leaders in the field of education, senior Project staff, including Lucy Calkins and all Reading and Writing staff developers. On this day, over 125 workshops are presented on topics such as: developing state of the art classroom libraries, supporting units of study, managing workshop instruction, teaching kids to write persuasive speeches and reviews, argument reading and writing, the best new fiction books, guided reading, phonics, writing about reading, using learning progressions to ratchet up the level of teaching, and more. On Saturday, October 22nd, five Hoosic Valley Elementary teachers attended this incredible biannual event. Over the past few years, Hoosic Valley has had many of their teachers from various grade levels volunteer their time to attend this conference and return to the district ready to share and grow as professionals.
October 27, 2016 - We got a great group of musicans at Hoosic Valley who put on a thrilling spooky pops concert!
October 27, 2016 - Our SADD members attended the annual fall youth summit at Rensselaer High School to meet with other school leaders to discuss the problems that need to be addressed in their communities. The focus was on drug abuse and ways students can become role models in their schools to influence others in positive ways.
October 26, 2016 - It's time to get your senior tee's and sweats. Remember orders are due to Mr. Spooner or Mrs. Anderson by 11/18. Click here for the order form.
November 3, 2016 - It's Hoosic Valley's turn to host the Fall All-County Music Festival this weekend. The top musicians from Rensselaer County Schools will take part, including 20 of our own musicians. Students will practice this afternoon and Saturday morning and then perform in the afternoon. Tickets are $5.00 and go on sale around 1:00 on Saturday. Concert Schedule:
November 2, 2016 - The Elementary School and the Jr./Sr. High School practiced lockdown drills this morning. There will be an unannounced lockdown drill within two weeks.
Elementary Picture Re-Take Day
October 27, 2016 - Reminder: Picture re-takes for the elementary school will be on Friday, 10/28. Students that are having pictures retaken need to bring back their old photo packet before a new set of pictures will be taken. Remember to bring in an order form and payment if absent for the initial picture day. Orders can also be placed online at mylifetouch.com, picture day ID: AD086270Q1.
October 27, 2016 - Rensselaer county Historical Society took students on a treasure hunt through the city to look for places that make up any community and those unique to urban life. Second graders also took a unique look into the past as they spotted boot scrapers, old warehouses with unique fire escapes , carriage houses down alleys, and cobblestone and horse hitching posts. Click here for more photos.
Pure Poe: Three Stories from America's Master
October 26, 2016 - Proctor's Storyteller ON-THE-GO! SCHOOL TOUR PROGRAMS visited the Jr. Sr. High Library on Tuesday with their Pure Poe performance - a fitting production to see this "spooky" time of the year.
Pure Poe is a production of lost loves, mad murders and a prosperous prince attempting to defy death and doom. The ghost of Poe returns to recite his famous poem, The Raven, and much loved stories The Tell-Tale Heart and Masque of the Red Death. Wynn Harmon reprises his role as the beloved author in this tour that is sure to spook as well as delight.
Emergencies Drills Planned
October 26, 2016 - On Wednesday, November 2nd, the Elementary School and the Jr. /Sr. High School will conduct a lockdown drill.
There will be one additional unannounced lockdown drill within the two weeks following the November 2nd drill. Click here for more info.
On Thursday, November 10th, the District will conduct the annual Emergency Evacuation Drill. As part of the drill, students will go home 15 minutes early.
Girls Soccer Advance to the Next Round
October 24, 2016 - The girls won 1-0 over Greenville to advance to the next round in sectional playoffs. They will play Mechanicville next on Wednesday at 3 pm. Click here for the complete bracket.
Monsters are in the Hallways at the Elementary School
October 24, 2016 - Teachers help set the mood for Halloween by decorating their doors as monsters and reading their favorite scary books.
Halloween Family Fun Night
October 24, 2016 - This Friday PTO will hold it's annual Halloween Family Fun Night from 6:30 - 8:00. So dress the kids up in their Halloween costume and come check out the activities - parade is at 7 pm.
Please note: All children must be accompanied by and adult and a $1.00 donation is requested at the door.
And don't forget to stop at the book fair.
Family Paint Night no painting experience necessary
October 24, 2016 - Want to have a fun and creative time raising money for the Zillah Herrington Literacy Program? Join in on the Family Painting Night on November 2nd at 6:30 in the elementary cafeteria. Cost is $15 and rsvp's required with Janelle Johnson at 588-8795 or email@example.com.
Football Advances to Sectional Semi's
October 23, 2016 - Despite the downpour it was a packed house at Saturday's quarterfinal sectional win over Holy Trinity, 46-12. Next for the Indians is the sectional semi's on Saturday, 10/29 against Greenwich. The game will be played at Hoosic Valley with a 1:30 kick off. Click here for photos.
Girls Soccer Sectional Game Rescheduled
October 23, 2016 - Due to the weather and field conditions yesterday girl's sectional soccer game has been rescheduled to Monday at 3 pm in Greenville.
HV Class of 1987's 30th reunion
October 23, 2016 - Help spread the word....... the Class of 1987 is planning their 30th year reunion and would like help contacting their classmates. Check out their facebook page or contact Heidi Toddat firstname.lastname@example.org with updates.
October 20, 2016 - PTO is running a "mixed bag" fundraiser through November 1st. It's a great time to pick up a few Christmas gifts or things for the house while supporting PTO. Our PTO provides so many opportunities to all our students K-12 but they need your help to keep these programs running. You can check out the fundraiser on line at http://www.mixedbagdesigns.com/?fundraiserid-593685 - the PTO Fundraiser ID is 593685.
October 21, 2016: An early-morning fire on Friday, Oct. 21 destroyed the Holy Trinity football equipment at the Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons Field House just one day before the team's first-ever playoff game (against us!) If you'd like to help Holy Trinity out, you can make a donation at their Go-Fund-Me page https://www.gofundme.com/ndbgfire?ssid=778124683&pos=1
Section II Class C North Division Champions
Update: Saturday's game starts at 1:30
October 15, 2016 - Congratulations to the Hoosic Valley Football Team, they defeated Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne by a score of 49-18 to capture the League title. Click here for more photos.
October 20, 2016 - Congratulations to the Girls Volleyball team, they are the Wasaren League Co-Champions with a final league record of 11-1. Check back on Tuesday for the sectional seedings and playoff schedule.
1976 +/- Catch Up Class Reunion
October 18, 2016 - Attn Class of 1976: It’s time for a get together. Join your classmates for a relaxing afternoon-evening at the VFW in Valley Falls. The event will get started around 3:00 pm on October 22 with food and fixings. Perhaps live music later that evening. Please share with others who would be interested. For more info and to stay up to date join the class reunion facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HVCSclassof1976/
Power of Pink
October 17, 2016 - Congratulations to the JV and Varsity Volleyball Teams for attending this year's Power of Pink Tournament at Queensbury on Saturday October 8th and 15th. Prior to attending the tournaments the Hoosic Valley Volleyball program was able to raise $1,450 to bring as a donation to the American Cancer Society, more than doubling their total donation from last year. The Power of Pink Tournament is the 2nd largest fundraiser in the area that benefits the American Cancer Society, compared to Relay for Life. Their were 26 teams at the tournament raising a grand total of over $40,000. Hoosic Valley raised the 7th highest amount of money out of all the teams that attended!! Thanks to all who donated to a great cause! Also, a huge thank you Saratoga Honda for their generous donation and for sponsoring our jerseys!!!
The Varsity Volleyball team is currently in 1st place in the Wasaren League with an undefeated league record of 10-0 and two more games to play before sectionals.
October 17, 2016 - Our local fire fighters returned this week to educate our 2nd and 3rd graders on fire safety. The highlight was the Fire Safety Bus from the Greenwich Volunteer Fire Department. This bus is equipped with a number of rooms to teach children how to handle different types of emergencies. Click here for photos from Mrs. Fancher's class.
Salem Art Works
October 17, 2016 - A group of high school students from Mrs. McCauliffe's art classes went to Salem Art Works (SAW) and had the opportunity to work in the disciplines of blacksmithing, stone carving, glass and cuttle bone casting. These mediums opened up the eyes of the student artist and expanded their horizons of art! Pictures courtesy of Andy Hill, click here for more photos.
October 16, 2016 - Pharmacist Ryan Coughlin from CVS Omnicare presented to Mr. Viggiano's health classes about the dangers of prescription opiate abuse. He also discussed how prescription opiates can be helpful and how they should be used with caution when given to a patient.
Summer ACDA Honor Choir
October 15, 2016 - Congratulations to Alysa Barton, Victoria Jarosz, William Hunter and Christopher Smith who were chosen to participate in the American Choral Director’s Association Middle School Honor Choir! This is a very prestigious choir that featured middle school students from all over New York State. Alysa, Victoria, Will and Chris performed with the Honor Choir in August at the Hilton Albany. Their conductor was Dr. Judy Bowers, Professor of Choral Music Education at Florida State University. Dr. Bowers was Mrs. Koonz’s professor when she attended FSU!
Hoosic Valley’s Drama Club has a Playwright Extraordinaire!
October 14, 2016 - Capital Repertory Theatre’s NEXT ACT! New Play Summit 5 has picked as one of its winners to be one of HV’s own…11th grader Emily O’Brien! The guidelines for submission were precise, the play could only be one act, 15 minutes in length and must showcase 7 characters, of which Emily did in Tony Award winning style.
The setting Emily penned ‘The End of a Chapter’ was the last 8 hours of school, senior year. The characters were fictitious but the inspiration was real. Year-end emotions, life changes, goodbyes, friendships, the roller coaster of being a young adult closing one chapter and opening another. Moments captured in words by a budding young playwright and acclaimed by one of our area’s premier live theaters.
Capital Rep’s NEXT ACT! New Play Summit 5 will be held throughout the weekend from Friday, October 21 to Monday, October 24th. Emily’s play will be professionally read on the Capital Rep Stage, Saturday, October 22nd at 2pm. Get her autograph now because when she reaches her aspiration of writing a Broadway musical, you’ll have to wait in line!
October 14, 2016 - The English 12 Mythology and AP classes took a field trip to Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, New York. The seniors watched a performance of the Irish play, Outside Mullingar written by John Patrick Shanley. After the performance, the students had the opportunity to participate in a question and answer discussion involving the actors and set designer.
Sign Up for Ski Club
October 12, 2016 - Students in grades 3-12 may participate in our after school Ski Club. This program meets every Wednesday beginning January 4, 2017 and runs for six weeks at Willard Mountain. Students will be bused to Willard Mt. after school and return to the Elementary school around 8:00pm.
October 12, 2016 - Thanks to all our local volunteer firemen that visited our students in grades K-2 to educate them on fire safety and prevention. Click here for more photos.
Elementary Book Fair
October 11, 2016 - The Scholastic Book Fair will be in the Elementary Library starting on Wednesday, October 18th. Students will preview during their regular library time. Students may purchase books on Friday, October 28th during school hours. The book fair will also be open during the Halloween Family Fun Night on Friday October 28th from 6 - 8:30 pm. Books may also be purchased online, click here to access the online book fair.
District Water Testing
October 11, 2016 - Hoosic Valley CSD will be conducting water testing in accordance with the regulations set by New York State. Questar BOCES Health & Safety will conduct the sampling of the building’s water outlets to be tested for lead and copper. Water sampling for testing will occur at the High School on the morning of October 14th.
Questar BOCES previously conducted water sampling for testing at the Elementary on September 27th. The district will provide information on the results of the lead and copper water test as soon as the results are received from the testing laboratory.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday October 22nd - 10 am to 2 pm
October 5, 2016 - The Community Hospice group, affiliated with St. Peter's Health Partners, offers free support services to anyone grieving the death of a family member or friend. They organize children's grief services - WAVE RIDERS and CAMP ERIN. Click here for more info.
Academic Help is Available
September 30, 2016 -
Extra help is available to students on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2:20-3:00. The computer lab and library are also available during these times. If you feel your child could benefit from extra help, please contact your child's teacher or principal.
Junior-Senior High School:
Extra help is also available at the high school, 2:29-3:02. Teachers will frequently request students to stay for extra help. Students may also request to stay for extra help. If you have any academic concerns or would like your child to stay for extra help, please contact the teacher or guidance department.
There is a late bus Monday through Thursday.
And What a Talent Show it Was!
September 30, 2016 - To all our performers, be proud, be very proud! You gave your audience a great show, the applause said it all. Here are some pics from last night's performances so you can take a stroll down memory lane. Thank you performers, thank you organizers!
September 27, 2016 - The College Caravan made a quick stop at the high school library today. There were over 20 college representative available to answer questions for our seniors and juniors. Click here for more photos
CSI at HVCS
September 27, 2016 - Did you notice the crime scene in front of the High School yesterday? Not to worry, it was Mrs. Givney's SUPA Forensics class processing a mock crime scene as part of the college level forensics class. Click here for more photos
2nd Grade Visits Fogarty Farms
September 26, 2016 - Second grade takes a trip to Fogarty Farms as part of their study of different types of communities.
September 27, 2016 - Congratulations to all our "Melrose Mile" winners from this past weekend's Harvest Fest. Click here for more photos.
November SAT Exams Registration due 10/7
September 22, 2016 - Hoosic Valley High School will be holding the SAT exams on Saturday, November 5th. Registration is due online by October 7th, additional fees apply after 10/7. Click here for registration and details.
FASFA Changes - College Aid & Scholarships
September 22, 2016 - There have been changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process. Students and parents can now submit their applications for the 17-18 school year in October 2016 rather than waiting till January 2017. Another key difference FASA will use the prior year tax return to determine financial aid.
September 21, 2016 - Hoosic Valley CSD will be conducting water testing in accordance with the regulations set by New York State. Questar BOCES Health & Safety will conduct the sampling of the building’s water outlets for lead and copper. Water sampling for testing will be conducted at the Elementary School on the morning of September 27th . Questar will be scheduling a date in October to conduct water sampling for testing at the High School as well. The district will provide information on the results of the lead and copper water test as soon as the results are received from the testing laboratory.
8th Annual Talent Show Thursday, September 29th 6:30 pm
Valley's down with talent
Talent you've got to see
From an impressionist to singing
From dance to comedy
Ever hear of a ripstick?
Or maybe rubes of cubes?
A unicycle's a tricky bike
Come Thursday night and see!!!
September 23, 2016 - Congratulations to the performers who have been selected for this year’s talent show! You must attend rehearsal on Wednesday from 4:30 – 6:00. The show is on Thursday at 6:30 – performers arrive at 6:00!
September 21, 2016 - We have been notified that a neighboring school, Brunswick Elementary, recently reported a suspicious man and woman taking photographs of school buses. The Rensselaer County Sheriff and the New York State Police are involved in the investigation. Faculty and staff have been notified and will continue to be on alert for any suspicious activity on our campus. Rensselaer County Sheriff Department has increased patrols to school sites as a precaution. If you see any suspicious activity please contact the school and law enforcement.
Hoosic Valley’s Got Talent Audition Schedule
September 21, 2016 - Auditions are today and tomorrow. All auditions will take place in the auditorium at the Elementary School.
Please make arrangements for a ride home if your time is after 3:15.
Attention Seniors: Senior Portrait appointments are scheduled for next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (September 21, 22, & 23). Please schedule your appointment online at iSmile.appointy.com
The Senior Group Photo for Yearbook will be taken next Wednesday, September 21. Please meet at the bleachers at 7:40 a.m. We will be done in time for students to make the Votec bus.
September 15, 2016 - September 26 thru the 30th is Digital Citizenship Week at Hoosic Valley. The goal for the week is to educate students and parents about social media and the issues that can arise with its use. We will have a number of presentations throughout the week instructing our students on navigating the internet safely and responsibly.
And for the parents,will give a social media presentation Tuesday, September 27th at 7:00PM in the high school LGIA. This workshop will inform parents of current websites and applications that are popular and how they are being used.
September 15, 2016 - Calling all HV talents it's time for our annual show! So without further adieu follow our link to the audition slip that gives all the dates and times for auditions, rehearsals and the big night which is.... drum roll please!Thursday, September 29th, curtain rises at 6:30. Admission as always is a non-perishable food item for our food drive.
Performers: click here for more info and to sign up for auditions - https://goo.gl/forms/ETKq6ssvvV4PyAAK2
September 15, 2016 - Attention Seniors: The annual CASDA College Fair held at Hudson Valley Community College is a wonderful opportunity for parents & students to speak with representatives from over 160 colleges and universities. There will be public and private, four year and two year, large and small, liberal arts and vocational colleges represented. Click here for more info.
Greg Wolosen selected for NYSSMA All-State
September 12, 2016 - Congratulations to Greg Wolosen on his selection to the NYSSMA All-State Ensemble. Greg was selected out of the thousands that auditioned last spring. He will travel to Rochester in the beginning of December to perform in the trombone section along with other top student musicians in the state.
Fall Driver's Ed Signup
September 8, 2016 - The Driver Education course at Hoosic Valley Central High school will be offered again this Fall. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, September 28th. If interested in the program see Mr. Ryan in room 211 or call at 753-4432 for more details. Click here for the registration packet
Active Parenting Workshop
September 1, 2016 - The Rensselaer County Mental Health Prevention office is sponsoring The Active Parenting Now workshop series. This workshop series will provide parents effective ways to:
use nonviolent discipline that really works
open up lines of communication
teach responsibility, courage, and other important character traits
encourage school success in 7 steps
prevent future problems with drugs, alcohol, and sex
defuse power struggles with their children
stimulate independence as their child grows older
stop scolding and start smiling with their kids again!
This series is intended for parents with children ages 5-12. Starting Tuesdays September 27th for 5 weeks from 10am-12pm, click here for more info,
September 15, 2016 - Dr. Nightingale will be in the district on Thursday September 22nd to do physicals. Students/Parents should contact the school nurse to arrange an appointment.
Join us in welcoming Mrs. Adams
August 3, 2016 - We are very excited to have to a new principal in the Jr. Sr. High School. We’d like to invite our parents and community to a reception to welcome Mrs. Adams to our district. The reception will be held prior to the Jr. Sr. High Open house on Tuesday, September 13th. The reception will begin at 6:00 in the Library with Open House kicking off at 6:30.
HS Open House
September 12, 2016 - The annual Open House for grades 7-12 will be held on Tuesday, September 13th from 6:30 - 8:30. The open house schedule provides a brief glimpse into the academic objectives and expectations for all your child's classes . Plan on reporting to your child's homeroom by 6:30 and following their daily schedule. If needed, a more in depth parent/teacher conference can be scheduled through the guidance office.
September 1, 2016 - Boys modified soccer practice will start 9/7 at 3:15 at Chapko field.
HVCC Distance Learning Courses
August 22, 2016 - The Hudson Valley Community College Distance Learning classes will be begin on Monday, August 29th in room 33 with Mrs. Pallozzi. Attendance will be taken and count towards your overall class requirements. there will be days when HVCC has classes and we do not (and vice versa), click here to view the HVCC academic calendar.
General Psych - MWF @ 8 am
Sociology - MWTh @ noon
Free Fair Passes!
August 5, 2016 - The HV Booster Club is offering a FREE one day admission pass to The Great Schaghticoke Fair from August 31 - September 5, 2016 in exchange for your help at the Milk Shake or Fried Dough Booth. The shifts are 4 hours: 11-3, 3-7, & 7-11. All parents and athletes are needed to make it another successful year at the Fair! Remember this is the main fundraiser for all the programs we support at HV.
If you would like to donate your time and talents please call Peter Simmons at 753-7753 to schedule your shift. Thank you for your continued support of the HV Booster Club.
New for the 2016-2017 School Year
June 23, 2016 - All kids entering 7th and 12th grade must have the meningococcal vaccine. Without it, they can’t start schoolin September.
August 12, 2016 - On Thursday, August 25 th , Student Council will hold an informal orientation for 7 th grade students and their parents in the LGIA at 9:00 a.m. The purpose of this orientation will be to familiarize the students with the physical layout of the building and the location of their classrooms and locker. Students will receive their schedule and locker combination on this day.
Students had an orientation in June with the 7 th grade teachers, guidance counselor and principal. There was also an orientation for parents in June. During the second week of school, there will be one more orientation for students during the normal school day. Therefore, if your child is unable to attend on August 25 th , please don’t worry. The first few days of seventh grade are a transition and the faculty will be helping the students adjust to a new building and schedule.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Mrs. Adams or Mr. O'Brien at 753-4432 ext. 2506.
Hoosic Valley will once again offer regents review class free of charge through the distance learning network. Class will run Monday through Thursday August 1 - August 16th (no classes on Friday). Class will be held in the HS Distance Learning Room, No. 113. Contact Guidance to register.
August 12, 2016 - Fall Sports begin Monday, August 15 for Varsity and JV sports. Most Modified sports practices will begin in September. Practice times are:
Girls Varsity Soccer: 6:30 to 7:30 am, 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Girls JV Soccer: 8-10am
Boys JV and Varsity Soccer: 6-8pm
Golf 10-11:30 -elementary field
JV and V Volleyball: 9-11:30
JV and Varsity football: 9-12
Crosscountry 6-7:30 *** 8/16 start date
In order to be eligible to try-out for a particular sport a student must have a Blue Card. To receive a Blue Card, a current physical exam done by a physician is required (within 1 year), and also an Athletic Health History Form completed and signed by parents. The forms will be reviewed and a Blue Card will be and given to the coach by the School Nurse before the first day of try-outs. A new Blue Card must be given prior to the start of each sports season.
Community Movie Night
August 12, 2016 - The community movie scheduled for tonight is canceled due to the weather. The forecast for tomorrow calls for rain also - there will not be a make up date.
Attention Fall Athletes
August 3, 2016 - Tuesday, August 9 at 6pm is Fall Sports Night in the elementary auditorium. Parents and students will have an opportunity to meet their coaches for the upcoming season. Important information about the revised Code of Conduct, the new sports website, practice and game schedules will all be discussed. If there are any questions please email Eric Papandrea, Athletic Director, at email@example.com.
Fall Sports Info and Required Physicals
July 26, 2016 - Dr. Nightingale will be at the school on August 11th from 10-12 to do student physicals. Either email or leave a message for the school nurse, 753-4458 x 2511, if your student needs a physical to participate in fall sports. Include your student's name, grade and sport.
July 28, 2016 - Hoosic Valley offers students a wide variety of athletic opportunities in the Junior and Senior High School. Our athletes are usually our most dedicated students and some of the best representatives of our school community.
Fall Sports begin August 15 for Varsity and JV sports. Most Modified sports practices will begin in September. In order to be eligible to try-out for a particular sport a student must have a Blue Card. To receive a Blue Card, a current physical exam done by a physician is required (within 1 year), and also an Athletic Health History Form completed and signed by parents. Both forms are then handed into the School Nurse. The forms will be reviewed and a Blue Card will be made out and given to the coach by the School Nurse before the first day of try-outs. A new Blue Card must be given prior to the start of each sports season; they will not cover a student for an entire school year.
Components of the sports physical:
Athletic Health History: for the student wishing to participate for the first time in the school’s interscholastic athletic program
Interval Health History: for student wishing to participate in athletics who has previously participated in the school’s interscholastic athletic program
Our high school nurse Mrs. Barton will be available in the high school health office to complete Blue Card paperwork on the following dates: Monday August 8th through Thursday August 11th from 8am-12pm. These are the only dates that Mrs. Barton will be available to issue Blue Cards before the start of school. Dr. Nightingale, the school Medical Director, will be here to do physicals on August 11th from 10-12.
Check back over the summer for updates on times and locations of practices. If there are any questions please email Eric Papandrea, Athletic Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.