Category Archives: Kingston City School District

Hudson Valley Pathways Academy

P-tech is just one of the interesting educational options for students in Ulster County. If you have a student in the middle school in the Kingston City School District, be sure to check out the Hudson Valley Pathways Academy. 12 students from Kingston are enrolled in the freshman class each year.

The mission of the Hudson Valley Pathways Academy (HVPA), a small publicly funded secondary school on Mary’s Avenue in Kingston, is to graduate students with both technical knowledge and real-world skills. In a world as rapidly changing as ours, that’s no small ambition.

KHS Regents Exams

The KHS Parents Association will sponsor an informational session for both parents and students to access and trade review materials for  upcoming Regents exams tomorrow Saturday May 6, 2017 from 9am to Noon in the Carnegie building.

The session allow students to swap used study tools for new, needed material and learn about helpful websites, review books or teacher review materials to help prepare for June exams.

Regents exams begin on June 13, 2017 and KHS students will not attend school from June 13 – June 23 unless they have a Regents exam scheduled.  Click here to see which Regents exams are scheduled on the various dates.

Remember that, unlike the NYS Standardized Tests in grades 3-8, the Regents exams must be passed in order for students to graduate from high school.

Vote on May 16, 2017

Polls will be open from 7am to 9pm on May 16, 2017 for the Kingston City School District Board of Education and School Budget Election.  Voting takes place in the local elementary schools.  If you can not remember where you vote for the school elections, click here.

Read details about the proposed school budget for 2017-2018 and the proposition to use capital reserve funds to renovate Meagher here.

Five candidates are running for three seats on the KCSD Board of Education.  Hear from each candidate and pose your questions to them at Meet the Candidates Night on Tuesday May 9, 2017 6:30pm at Kingston High School.

Your voice matters

KCSD students win NASA HUNCH Challenge

Two juniors from the Kingston City School District won the national NASA HUNCH Culinary Challenge last week.

Lauren Hoetger and Sara Freer, students in the Culinary Arts program at Ulster BOCES, competed against nine other teams from around the country last week in Houston Texas.  Their winning dessert Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp will now be served to the astronauts on the International Space Station.  Way to go Lauren and Sara!  Also congratulations to Lauren and Sara’s third team member junior Angelina Violente from the Wallkill Central School District.

For the NASA HUNCH Culinary Challenge,  part of the NASA HUNCH program, the Ulster BOCES team researched what can and can’t be used in food to be eaten in space.  Did you know that bread can not be eaten in space because bread dries out in a vacuum and the crumbs can get everywhere plus it burns easily?  Also all water in space is hot (water boils in a vacuum) unless it is refrigerated.  Nutritional requirements are also different for astronauts in space.  It was truly a challenge for the culinary teams to develop a recipe that works in space.  Now a recipe created by students from the Kingston City School District will be eaten by astronauts from around the world.

Culinary Students Win NASA Hunch Challenge

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KCSD BOE Resolution to withdraw recognition and support of District Wide Parents’ Council

The KCSD Board of Education presented resolution BOE34 at the September 7, 2016 meeting and the resolution also appears on the agenda for tonight’s meeting September 21, 2016.

BOE34 – DWPC

WHEREAS, in 2002, the Board of Education approved a resolution recognizing and supporting the PTAs, PTOs and the District-Wide Parents’ Council; and

WHEREAS, the Board desires to modify its position with respect to such recognition and support;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education hereby withdraws it recognition and support of the District-Wide Parents’ Council and will no longer consider such organization to be a school-related organization.

If you believe in the mission of the District Wide Parents’ Council or have benefited from the organization, please attend the meeting to speak during public comment this evening.  Public comment will begin at 7pm.  If you can not attend, please email your comment to the KCSD BOE members.

Please share the value/benefit of District Wide Parents’ Council and any suggestions you have for increasing the value to parents and/or making it easier for parents to participate as part of the District Wide Parents’ Council.

Mission of District Wide Parents’ Council:
  • To provide an opportunity for the parents of the district to share ideas and mutual concerns.
  • To provide on-going communication among the parents of the Kingston City School District, Central Administration, and Board of Education, and further, to provide support for parents as effective communicators with clarification of proper channels when needed.
  • To keep all parents informed of school districts policies and issues.
  • To endorse, recommend, and collaborate upon initiatives which have been agreed upon by a majority present and voting at school parent group meetings.

Resolution BOE34 was discussed on Sept 7 and then the second was withdraw so a vote was not taken.  Two Board of Education members have indicated they will pull BOE34 from the consent agenda for discussion tonight.

Here is the September 7, 2016 BOE meeting video.   Discussion of BOE34 begins at 41:20 in the video and concludes at 1:03:31.

For anyone not familiar with how the consent agenda works, all resolutions on the consent agenda are voted on together.  If a board member wishes to discuss a resolution on the consent agenda, they must ask for the resolution to be ‘pulled’ from the consent agenda.  If BOE34 was not removed from the consent agenda, there would have been no discussion by the board and the resolution would have been passed along with all the other resolutions on the consent agenda.  To my knowledge, the only announcement of resolution BOE34 that was made was an article in the Daily Freeman on September 8, 2016.

In the interest of full disclosure, please be aware that I served for five years as co-chairwoman of District Wide Parents’ Council and have served as the DWPC representative for Edson Elementary School, Bailey Middle School and Kingston High School.  I believe very strongly in the value of District Wide Parents’ Council and want to see the organization continue as a part of the Kingston City School District.  I will be sharing further personal comments at the BOE meeting tonight.

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KCSD 2016-2017 Calendar

Hard to believe that school starts next Tuesday September 6, 2016.

Note that the KCSD BOE posted a change to the school calendar being considered for November 8, 2016 (Superintendent’s Conference Day due to the elections on Nov 8).  Check it out and watch for a final decision after the September 7 Board of Education meeting.  The link also has a copy of the updated school calendar so you can check out other days off school.

Here is the link if you still need to find out bus schedule information or school start/end times.

Ulster County Community Forum on the Opioid and Heroin Crisis

From the Kingston City School District website:

Parents and educators are encouraged to attend a countywide community event focused on the local opioid and heroin crisis. The event will be held at the Ulster BOCES Conference Center in New Paltz on Thursday, April 28 from 6-8 PM.

The event will introduce parents and educators to the realities of the local epidemic and provide tools necessary to help prevent abuse, recognize its signs, understand the consequences (from both the health and legal perspectives), get help, and find support to cope with an abuse problem or loss of a loved one.

Why Parents Need to Attend:
Deaths caused by opioid drugs, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and heroin, are on a rapid rise across the nation. Locally, the epidemic is hitting hard in Ulster County, leaving families and communities devastated by the loss of loved ones and questioning, “How can this happen here?”
It’s important to understand that most addictions begin in the home. Those sleeping pills and pain killers that were prescribed for legitimate reasons and those over-the-counter cold drugs that seem to be sitting harmlessly on medicine cabinet shelves often open the gates to a heroin addiction.
And the abuse can start early, at age 12 or 13 for some children, as reported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, although locally the data suggests highest risk is between ages 18-23.
“The more parents know, the more they can protect their children,” advises Wallkill Central School District Superintendent Kevin Castle. “We want to be proactive and make parents aware of the dangers and signs now so they can discuss this with their children and equip them with the tools needed to make appropriate decisions as young adults.”
About the Event:
A panel of experts from across the county will share information and answer questions. Representatives from various community organizations and agencies will be set up at tables throughout the room with additional resources.
The event is being coordinated by the Ulster County Interagency Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention, which includes representatives from the Ulster County School Superintendents Council; the Ulster County Police Chiefs Association; the Ulster County Department of Health and Mental Health; the Ulster County Prevention Council; the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office; and the Greater New Paltz Community Partnership.
Ulster BOCES is located at 175 Route 32 North, New Paltz, New York.

 

Note to members of the KHS PA:  the monthly meeting scheduled for Thursday April 28, 2016 is canceled so that parents may attend the Opioid and Heroin Crisis forum.

Input on the KCSD Budget for 2016-2017

The Kingston City School District draft budget for 2016-2017 was presented to the Board of Education last Wednesday.  At the next Board of Education meeting on April 20, the board will be voting to approve the budget that will be presented to the voters on May 17, 2016.

You have between now and April 20 to examine the budget and ask questions and/or voice your opinion to the school board members regarding spending priorities and the key ingredients in a KCSD education.

The District Wide Parents Council (DWPC) is having an additional meeting next Friday 4/15, at the Cioni Building, 61 Crown Street 9:30am -11am to discuss questions and concerns about the draft budget.  A representative from the District Business Office has been invited to answer questions.  If you have specific questions about the budget, get them to me (Jolyn) by Tuesday April 12 and I will forward them to the DWPC corresponding secretary for inclusion with other questions being compiled in advance of the 4/15 meeting.

All are welcome to attend the DWPC meeting on April 15. UPDATE Meeting canceled.

Resources and events related to the KCSD budget:

  • Budget presentation/highlights on the KCSD web site including the draft version of the KCSD 2016-2017 budget, a summary and several presentations about the draft budget and video of the various community budget forums as well as the April 6 Board of Education meeting
  • Rescheduled digital budget forum – Tuesday April 12, 2016 11:15am -11:45am  Visit this page to learn how to participate in the digital budget forum
  • Coffee and Conversation with Board of Education members – Tuesday April 12, 2016 6pm New Progressive Baptist Church
  • Coffee and Conversation with Board of Education members – Thursday April 14, 2016 8:30am Uptown Coffee
  • DWPC questions/answer meeting about the 2016-17 draft budget – Friday April 15, 2016 9:30am – 11:00am
  • District wide Budget Vote – Tuesday May 17, 2016

Your voice matters