Wednesday, July 2, 2025

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.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Interested in serving on the HISP steering committee?

September 13, 2016

Dear HCS Parents/Guardians:

         Last spring the Board of Education approved a proposal to bring in academically able tuition paying students to the HCS community.  To read the full proposal, click HERE or go to our website and click the “International Students at HCS” tab under the header “District” on the main page.

         The next step in this process is to convene a steering committee to further explore the viability, modification and/or execution of this proposal.  If you have an interest in serving on this committee, please fill out the form located HERE or on the main page of the website under “District Announcements.”

         Thank you, in advance, for your consideration.

                                                         Your Partner in Education,

                                                         Dr. Anael Alston

                                                         Superintendent of Schools

Monday, September 12, 2016

Three Important Letters: Y.O.U. (6-8 workshop)

Dear HCS Middle School Parents/Guardians:

This morning Mr. Dowsland and I facilitated a 1.5 hour workshop entitled “Three Important Letters:  Y. O. U.” with students in grades 6 – 8.  The purpose of this workshop was three fold.

1.      To show students how attitude impacts altitude
2.      To inspire self -belief
3.      To motivate students to identify and share their gifts

Each workshop participant was given a homework assignment that requires them to explain the wristband that we gave them, and the worksheet that we went over with them.  We surveyed each student at the end of the workshop and the results were extremely positive. 

Please be sure to have a conversation about overcoming obstacles with your child this evening.  I look forward to further workshops with myself, Mr. Dowsland and our HCS students.


Dr. Anael Alston

Superintendent of Schools

Thursday, August 25, 2016

A Strategic Plan for HCS?

Dear HCS Community,

A gifted speaker once said "the cost of progress is change."  As you may know, there are many changes in the world, our society, the nation, and at the state level in public education.  HCS is not immune to the implications of these changes.  At the July BOE meeting, I informed the BOE that HCS might be best served by creating a strategic plan to help us best clarify our mission, vision, core values, targets and the plan to get there.  At the August meeting I shared the below video so that members of the community who have not been part of a strategic planning process would be more informed.  Enjoy.

Your Partner in Education,
Dr. A

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

What do Globally Competent Students Look Like?

by David Young, CEO, VIF International Education

All of our futures are increasingly linked to the challenges of the global community. The world’s population is predicted to grow from our current 7.3 billion to 8.5 billion in 2030 and to nearly 10 billion by 2050. Such population growth will affect a host of global issues including pollution, disease management, and depletion of energy, food and water resources. 

Click below for the entire article.

Monday, August 8, 2016

August 8, 2016 Fire Alarm

Good morning,
The fire alarm went off at today at HCS because of burnt toast. We did a full evacuation as per regulation and all is well. 

Your Partner in Education,

Dr. A

Friday, June 3, 2016

Water Testing Update 6.3.16


     Dear HCS Community,

     A&P Water Testing was here on May 25th to collect water samples to test for lead. We expect the results within a month. 

     Your Partner in Education,
     Dr. A