Friday Folder

March 1, 2024

Welcome to the Friday Folder, a weekly feature designed to highlight activities & events in the district.

Titan Strong Certificate Winners

Congratulations to this week's Titan Strong Certificate winners!

The CASEL’S SEL framework was used as the inspiration for the Titan Strong Certificates. The focus is on Self- Awareness, Self- Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision Making. Students and staff who exhibit behaviors from this framework receive a Titan Strong Certificate.

There are new winners every week!

THES Grades 4-6 News

February 26 - March 1, 2024

Powered by Mrs. Rowe's 6th Grade ELA class!

Grades 4, 5, and 6

  • In fourth grade, the students are reviewing how to answer multiple choice questions and do close reading during ELA. They are also writing five paragraph essays. In Social Studies, we are wrapping up colonization and moving into the American Revolution. In Science, the fourth graders are learning about conductors and insulators that goes with our electricity unit. Thursday, they made simple circuits to test what various items are considered insulator or a conductor. During math, they have ventured into geometry and have learned about acute, obtuse, straight, and right angles along with lines - perpendicular lines, points, lines, line segments, and parallel lines

  • In ELA, the students are finishing their writing on a rainforest informational writing piece. In science this week, students learned about the role of decomposers. They completed a lab to collect data on how yeast affects the decomposition of a banana. During Social Studies, the students are learning about nonfiction text structures.

  • This week, the sixth grade classes started their new unit on China in Social Studies. In English, the students just started new books in class. They continue to work on writing good short and long response questions. This week in math, the classes are learning about unit prices. Also, during Science, the sixth graders are reviewing.

Upcoming Events

  • March 4: Spring Pictures

  • March 15: School Closed, Superintendent Conference Day

  • March 19: 4th Grade Concert & Art Show

  • ELA State Test 4th Grade: April 11-12

  • ELA State Test 5th&6th Grade: April 16-17

  • Math State Test 4th Grade: April 23-24

  • Math State Test 5th&6th Grade: April 25-26

Library Events

  • Make sure your child brings back their books each week in order to get new ones.

Important Information

  • On March 4, 5, and 6, the Taconic Hills Elementary PE Department will transform the elementary gymnasium into a cosmic bowling event. The PE Department will be turning the gym into a cosmic bowling alley - decked out with decorations, glow tape, and blacklights. During your student's PE class, they will have the opportunity to glow and bowl! On the day(s) your child has PE, make sure they wear something white or neon, in order to make their bowling game a glowing one! Thank you from the ES PE Dept

After School Activities

  • Homework Club: Monday-Thursday

  • Drama Club every Monday

  • 4th Grade Art Club: 3/25

  • 5th & 6th Grade Student Council: 3/11

  • 4th Grade Student Council: 3/18

  • Animal Club: 3/14

  • Harvest Club: 3/11

  • AV Club: every 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month

Students of the Month for 5th & 6th Grade

  • Tanner Johnson, Lilah Hutson, Genesis Fiallos, Madison Lilley, Gabe Pavlovich, Justin Dalton, Tanner Preusser, and Scarlette Coffey


March Lunch Menu

The March Lunch Menu is here!

Click here to view the PDF

Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month! This month highlights the strength, resilience, and achievements of women all around the world. Take time this month to celebrate the important women in your life! 🩷💜

"Know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world." - Oprah Winfrey

Pre-K & Kindergarten Screening

Calling all Parents of incoming Pre-K & Kindergarten Titans!

Join us on Wednesday, March 27 at 5:30 in the Elementary School for an informative event tailored just for you!

We are thrilled to walk alongside you on this exciting journey, diving into important topics such as screenings, school expectations, and wonderful ways to prepare your soon to be Titan at home.

Please note: This special gathering is limited to parents & guardians, in order to create welcoming space for the District to connect with our incoming families.

Say YES to the Prom Dress!

Kinderhook Memorial Library is hosting a "Say Yes to the Prom Dress" event on Sunday, March 10 from 12PM-4PM.

All that is needed to "shop" for your free dress is a valid high school ID!

This event is available to all students in Columbia County.

Oklahoma!

The High School Drama Club Presents Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!

You can see this amazing musical in the Performing Arts Center on March 14, 15, or 16 at 7pm for only $5 a ticket!

You do not want to miss this incredible production, directed and choreographed by Rebecca Miller, and assistant directed by Logan Savage.

Elementary Spring Picture Day

Attention Elementary Parents/Guardians:

Spring Picture day is next Monday, March 4, 2024.

Your student has been sent home with an order form.

Please either complete the form and send back in with your student, or place your order online by going to mylifetouch.com and enter the picture day ID: EVTNVBFCC

Safe Sitter Course at Columbia Memorial

Columbia Memorial Health is hosting a Safe Sitter Course on Saturday, April 13 from 9am-1pm at CMH Pediatric office on 813 Warren Street, Hudson NY 12534

Safe Sitter is designed to prepare students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they're home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting.

$60 Registration Fee.

Email AWalch@cmh-net.org to register, or for any additional information.

Spring Swim Stroke Clinic

We will be hosting a Spring Swim Stroke Clinic in the upcoming months. There is an option to do Monday or Wednesday courses.

Click here to complete the registration form.

Registration form and payment MUST be received by the business office prior to the start of the session.

Please contact Robin Semp at rsemp@taconichills.k12.ny.us with any additional questions.

TH Little League

Taconic Hills Little League Registration is now open! The deadline to register is Saturday, March 16.

The Divisions with recommended ages:

  • TBall - 5/6 year old (COED)

  • Coach Pitch (Baseball and Softball) - 7/8 year old

  • Minors (Baseball and Softball) - 9/10 year old

  • Majors (Baseball and Softball) - 11/12 year old

Click here for more information or to register

Please contact TaconicHillsLL@gmail.com with any additional questions.

Hudson Area Library: BLACC Collection

The Hudson Area Library invites you to "A Dialogue Across Generations: the BLACC collection" opening on Thursday, March 7, 6pm in the Community Room. This exhibition of a black history collection gathered in the 1980s and curated by Tanya Jackson is an opportunity to learn about our local history through the voices and experiences of local black folks in the county. Articles from local papers dating back to the mid 1800s, images from family collections, oral histories, and more give us a picture of life in the past especially for people whose history has not been central in our area.

Here are all the events involving this exhibition:

  • Opening Reception and Panel Discussion: Thursday, March 7, 6-7:30pm, Hudson Area Library

  • Youth Workshop: Saturday, March 9, 12-2pm, Hudson Area Library

  • Educator Event: Saturday, March 23, 11am-1pm, Hudson Area Library

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Spring Athletics Registration

Attention Jr./Sr. High Parents/Guardians:

Registration is now open for the 2024 Spring Athletics Season.

Registrations must be completed by a parent/guardian. Please read all information provided below.

For this season, we offer Girls and Boys Track & Field ( Varsity & Modified), Softball (Varsity, JV, and Modified), Baseball (Varsity, JV, and Modified), Tennis(Varsity only), and Clay Shooting(Varsity/JV).

Due to NYSED regulations, registrations can only open 30 days prior to start dates and therefore, you will not be able to register your son/daughter until the date listed below.

VARSITY/JV opened 2/11/24
MODIFIED opens 2/25/24

Clay Shooting: Registration will be open from February 11th- March 1st. Limit to 35 participants. Returning players have a spot on the team. New members will need to tryout on a date TBD at the Philmont Rod n Gun Club. All need a current physical and the Hunters Safety Certification.

Student-athletes are required to have a current health physical on file (dated 3/1/2023 or later) prior to the start of the season in order to be approved by our school nurse to participate. Student-athletes in need of an updated physical will need to provide the nurse with a copy of a physical completed by their primary care provider. Appointments can also be made at WellNow in Hudson. Students will not be approved to participate without a current physical. Please use the NYS health examination form (https://5il.co/uvqt ) and give to your primary. The box indicating approval for participation in athletics and cardiac history reviewed must be checked. Our school nurse's fax number is 518.325.2858.

Students in grades 7 & 8 are eligible to participate at the modified level and students in grades 9 - 12 are eligible to participate at the JV or Varsity level. Any 7th or 8th grade student, interested in playing at the JV or Varsity level, must go through the Athletic Placement Process. Please contact the Athletic Director asap for the necessary forms as this process takes time. Fitness test will be given Monday March 4th to those that have submitted the required paperwork.

Information on specific tryout locations and times for each sport will be posted online, announced at school, listed in Schedule Galaxy or provided to you by coach prior to the first day.

The majority of practices will be held 3 to 5pm but times will change due to gym or field availability/weather/etc. Students may take the 5:15 bus home. Please note that the 5:15 bus does not drop off at your door but at various drop off points throughout the district. https://www.taconichills.k12.ny.us/page/5-15-bus-routes

On our athletic webpage, you can find the answers to many of your questions. You will find links access our athletic handbook, schedules, registration information, coaches contact info and more. It is your responsibility to review the athletic handbook with your child. Please visit: https://www.taconichills.k12.ny.us/page/thsports

REGISTRATION LINK:https://students.arbitersports.com/.../taconic-hills...

Sincerely,

Angela Webster
Athletic Director

Winter Athletics Awards Night

Attention JV & Varsity Athletes and their families:

You are cordially invited to attend the 2023-2024 Winter Athletic Awards Night on Thursday, March 7, 2024 (snow date of 3/12) at 6:30PM to honor our JV and Varsity athletes for their hard work and dedication to their respective sport. Desserts and beverages will be served after the awards ceremony by our Titans Booster Club outside the PAC. Lifetouch pictures ordered will be handed out at this time.

We hope that you will be able to attend.

Sincerely,

Angela Webster

Athletic Director

Candidates for the Board of Education

Are you interested in helping shape the future of Taconic Hills? Become a candidate to join the TH Board of Education!

This year, we have two five year terms commencing on July 1, 2024 and expiring on June 30, 2029 to succeed Board Members Joseph Costa and Alicia O'Rourke, whose terms will expire on June 30, 2024.

For more information, please visit our School Board Member Election Information webpage here: https://www.taconichills.k12.ny.us/page/school-board-election-information

Zoom Workshops & Classes for Refugees & Immigrants

The Office for New Americans Opportunity Center will be hosting Zoom Classes and workshops to all refugees and immigrants, regardless of status or time in the U.S.

The workshops do NOT require registration in advance.

Workshops/Classes include:

  • All About Taxes

  • Citizenship Class

  • Getting a High School Diploma and Work Certificates

Visit https://dos.ny.gov/ona-events for more information.


2024-25 Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration

NOW OPEN

We are now accepting student registrations for Pre-K & Kindergarten for the 2024-2025 School Year!

Students residing in the District and are turning 4 on or before December 1, 2024 are eligible for Pre-Kindergarten beginning in September 2024. As Pre-Kindergarten spots are limited, you must complete a form to enter the Pre-K Lottery by Friday, March 8. Click here to complete the lottery form.

Students residing in the District and are turning 5 on or before December 1, 2024 are eligible for Kindergarten beginning in September 2024.

Please contact the registrar at 518-325-2806 with any questions.

Bus Safety Reminders

Please remind your student of the following bus rules:

  • Go directly to your seat and remain seated facing forward

  • No swearing, loud noises, rude gestures, teasing, or put-downs

  • Keep your hands, feet, and items to yourself

  • Follow directions given by the driver and aides

  • Be safe and respectful at bus stops

Thank you for working with us to ensure your student's safety.


Join the Elementary PTO!

The Elementary School PTO is back!

Meetings are the first Thursday of every month at 2:50PM in the Elementary Library.

Click here to follow their Facebook page for more updates.


Help Wanted: Before & After School

Our Before & After School Program is looking for additional helping hands!

Pay Rate

  • $18/hr AM (7AM-8AM)

  • $16/hr PM (2:30PM-6PM)

Complete the TH Employment application and send to Eileen Olson, Human Resources Coordinator, if interested.


Winter Concerts

Tis the Season for Winter Concerts & Art Shows!

  • Grades 3-4 Chorus Concert and Art Show: Tuesday, March 19 at 6PM (snow date 3/20)

  • Grades 1-2 Chorus Concert and Art Show: Tuesday, March 26 at 6PM (snow date 3/27)

High School Yearbook Advertisements

Attention Local Businesses!

Advertise your business and support the school community by purchasing an advertisement in the Taconic Hills High School (Grades 9-12) Yearbook!

  • Full Page Ad (8"x10"): $250 (limited quantity available)

  • 1/2 Page Ad (8"x5"): $150

  • 1/4 Page Ad (4"x5"): $100

  • 1/8 Page Ad (4"x2 1/2"): $50

Digital files should be emailed to eolson@taconichills.k12.ny.us

Cash or checks made payable to "THHS Yearbook" should be sent to:

Taconic Hills CSD
Attn: Eileen Olson
73 County Route 11A
Craryville, NY 12521

Join Cub Scouts!

Come and Join Cub Scout Pack 2130!

Adventure is Calling
- Our 2023-24 plans include camping, hiking, Pinewood Derby, marching in parades, community service, and so much more! These are activities that develop skills and create friendships for a lifetime!

Who Can Join?
- Boys & Girls Grades Kindergarten through 5th

Don't Miss the Fun!
- For more information, please contact bsapack2130@gmail.com

Join Girl Scouts!

Girl Scouts Troop 1038 is looking for 7th-10th Graders to join their troop!

Learn more at girlscoutsneny.org

We are Hiring Substitutes!

We are seeking the following:
- Substitute Food Service Worker ($15.80/hr)
- Substitute Bus Drivers ($22/hr)
- Substitute Bus Attendants ($15.80/hr)
- Substitute Teachers ($135-$145/day)

Click here to complete the application, and send to Eileen Olson at eolson@taconichills.k12.ny.us

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More Information

Community & Parent Resources

Visit our Community & Parent Resources page for information regarding mental health, local food pantries, Columbia Opportunities' Headstart Program, and more.

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Mobile Crisis Assessment Team (MCAT)

Emergency Mental Health Service
8 a.m. - 10 p.m. 7 days a week
518-943-5555
- On-site face-to face mental health assessments
- Referrals to available services
- Follow-up from psychiatric hospitalizations
- Wellness calls when someone is concerned
- Phone assessments
- Consultations

https://www.mhacg.org/mcat-team

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Taconic Hills Elementary PTO
The Taconic Hills Elementary PTO is back up and running, plus we have a new Facebook page. Please follow this new page to see all of the ideas and fun activities we have planned for your children. We would also love for you to join us. We meet the 1st Thursday of every month at 2:50pm in the Elementary Library, and would love to see you there and hear any ideas that you might have. Zoom links will be posted closer to meeting times. Contact us at taconichillspto@gmail.com

SchoolTool App

Download and set up the SchoolTool App on your phone or tablet

SchoolTool App

Athletic Calendar

Check out the schedule for upcoming sporting events.

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If you have something you would like to add, send an email to webmaster@taconichills.k12.ny.us and we will share it with the school community. You can also send comments/feedback by email.
Make sure you check the District Calendar for up to date events coming to school. 

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