March 27 Update from Superintendent Goewey

Dear Hudson Falls families,

I want to thank you for your continued patience and support as we work through these challenging times. We can all be proud of the work our school community and staff have done to keep our students learning and our families fed. Together, we are Tiger Strong!

As we round out the end of week two of our extended closing, we wanted to share a few updates with you.

Meal updates

Our Nutrition Services and Transportation staff are helping to serve our entire community. Each weekday any student can get a to-go breakfast and lunch from our Primary School. In just one day, we cook and deliver hundreds of meals! Starting, last week we extended this commitment to include weekends as well. Additionally, our Friday Backpack Program will be able to continue as well. This will let us put a weekend’s worth of food into the hands of another 50 or so families across the district.

Childcare reminder

Any families of essential health care and other occupations that need help finding childcare can fill out a quick form on our website hfcsd.org to be connected with resources to find a place for your children.

Prom

The Junior Prom scheduled for Saturday, May 1st has been postponed until Saturday, October 3rd. We have the updated schedule for students and parents on our website hfcsd.org. Class advisor Mrs. Korot also reached out to students via email.

State testing suspended

The New York State Board of Regents and state Education Department announced Friday, March 20, that state assessments for grades 3-8 have been suspended for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. 

This suspension applies to the following New York State testing programs:

  • NYS Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Test
  • NYS Grades 3-8 Mathematics Test
  • NYS Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test
  • NYS Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test
  • NYS English as a Second Language Achievement Testing Grades K-12
  • NYS Alternate Assessment for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school

The state has not issued any guidance on end-of-June Regents exams.

AP exams will take place online

The College Board, which administers Advanced Placement (AP) exams nationwide, has announced that it will conduct online exams for the 2019-20 school year. The exam content will only cover material taught through early March. 

This will ensure that students currently enrolled in an AP course and who pass the course will still receive college credit. 

Beginning Wednesday, March 25, students and teachers can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These mobile-friendly classes are:

  • Designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools
  • It will be recorded and available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time.
  • Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course

Students in need of mobile tools or connectivity can contact The College Board.

WMHT supports at-home learning with on-air and online educational programming

Starting this week, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, WMHT WORLD will offer programming for students in grades 4-12. Each full-day line-up will cover a range of subjects including science, math, social students, history and literature. WMHT will also continue to offer educational programming for pre-k through grade 3 students during the day on WMHT-TV and all-day on WMHT’s 24/7 PBS Kids channel and streaming service. For the complete programming schedule, related resources, and additional home learning opportunities, visit wmht.org/homeclassroom.

Again, thank you for your flexibility during these uncertain times. Please know you have HFCSD’s commitment to continue to serve and support your children and our families in every way we can.

Sincerely,

Linda J. Goewey

Superintendent of Schools