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Welcome to Education Matters

Welcome to Education Matters the official blog of  Dr. Anael Alston, Superintendent of Schools for the Hamilton Central School DistrictIn this area of the website, I discuss a variety of educational matters and concerns and provide information that I hope will be helpful to the Hamilton staff, parents, students, and community members. To suggest topics, please email me at

 I look forward to hearing from you!

Anael Alston, Ed.D.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

School Performance Scan (for faculty and staff) on December 5th

Dear Colleagues,

Please take some time to fill out the School Performance Scan on Monday, December 5, 2016. Thank you in advance. 


Dr. A

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Strategic Planning Update: 11/29/16

Dear HCS Community,

Please take a moment to watch this brief video on where we are in the strategic planning process.

Dr. A

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Prepare for School Closings

Prepare for School Closings

Dear HCS Friends and Family,

As a school district, we know of the many plans for childcare that come with snow and other inclement weather conditions. I want to take a few moments to outline our district’s procedures for closings and delays and request your understanding as we begin the winter months.

From early November through early April, district, county, and town transportation personnel cover district roads beginning around 4:45 each morning. This coverage includes roads in all towns in our school district. In some weather conditions, district personnel speak with Department of Transportation personnel as well. If there is a safety concern, I am notified and will speak with the transportation director. Sometimes I will drive the roads myself to get a better feel for conditions.

In the vast majority of circumstances, the decision to close or delay is made by 6 AM and called into local television and radio stations. Decisions to delay are made for one of two reasons: 1) when the weather bureau has indicated that the conditions present between 6:45 - 8:0– a.m. will be temporary and improving weather is expected, or 2) the weather bureau has expressed uncertainty and I feel we may need more time to make a decision on whether school should be closed. I encourage everyone to listen to more than one local station since these stations are barraged with calls and many make inadvertent mistakes as to what district is delayed or closed. Finally, please see below for our communication procedure.

Communication – The school district will also communicate delays and cancellations through the media listed below:
  • Channel 3 & 5 Syracuse
  • Channel 9 Syracuse
  • Channel 2 Utica WKTV
  • Local radio stations
  • HCS website:
  • HCS All Call (this is the last step in our process

Early Dismissal – An early dismissal will be called only in the event of an extreme emergency. On these occasions, the Parent Alert System will be used to notify parents. Students will be dismissed only after we know that the parents are aware of the event and have made plans to meet or pick up their children. If children are taken to another building in the District, the information will be communicated through the Parent Alert System.

Thank you, in advance, for your understanding and cooperation.


Anael Alston, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Sunday, November 13, 2016

HISP Steering Committee: 11/3/16 Meeting Update

Dear HCS Community,

I hope these video updates help keep you up to date. It is important that you are aware and are involved.

Your Partner in Education,
Dr. A

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Strategic Planning: We Need You!

Dear HCS Community,

As a result of our October Board of Education meeting, I am pleased to share that we are moving forward with a strategic plan. Through this comprehensive and dynamic process, we will be creating a blueprint for the direction of our district.

PLC Associates, Inc., well-known for their successful work in strategic planning, will be providing guidance and facilitation support. To assist us in this comprehensive undertaking, we will need to identify a Core Team of community stakeholders to work with two Associates from PLC to complete this historic undertaking. Personally and professionally, I am excited that we will convene the entire school community to prioritize and plan our future. 

The purpose of this letter is to share the role of the HCS Core Team and the potential HCS Task Forces, as well as identify the meeting dates, times, and location of the Core Team meeting. We invite you to participate.

Click on the link below to and enter your information if you would like to be considered to be on the Core Team.

Below are the roles of the HCS Core Team and HCS Task Forces:

HCS Core Team - The Core Team is a representative group who convenes and examines issues related to the future success of the district/school. The Core Team develops Strategic Intents, Vision, Mission, Beliefs, and Parameters. Additionally, they endorse the Task Force work and present the Strategic Plan.

HCS Task Forces – The Task Force is a representative group with specific expertise/interests. Task Forces will be identified as a result of the Core Team work. Following, we will be announcing the name and focus of each of the Task Forces and inviting those who are interested to participate.

The meeting dates, times and locations for the HCS Core Team meetings are as follows:

DATE                               TIME                             LOCATION
January 4, 2017             6pm – 8:30pm                Elementary Library
February 6, 2017           6pm – 8:30pm                Elementary Library
March 6, 2017               6pm – 8:30pm                Elementary Library
April 3, 2017                 6pm – 8:30pm                Elementary Library
May 8, 2017                  6pm – 8:30pm                Elementary Library
June 8, 2017                          6pm                         BOE Presentation

If you would like to be considered for the Core Team and can make the time commitment of attending the above meetings, please fill out the form below or go to the main page of the HCS website and click on the HCS Core Team Submission Form. Our first step is to seat our Core Team. Opportunities for joining Task Forces will be forthcoming. (This link is case-sensitive)

I am so excited to be on this journey with you. I look forward to creating our future with you.

Your Partner in Education,

Dr. A