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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.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

HCS Budget and BOE Elections - Thank You for Your Support!

Dear HCS Community:

            It appears that spring has decided to stick around after the long winter and I am thankful!  I am also thankful for your support of the Hamilton School District budget.

            On behalf of the Board of Education, administration, faculty, staff and students of HCS, thank you for your overwhelming support of our school budget.  This year the nearly 85% of the community voted “yes” for the budget to meet ALL of our students’ educational needs.  Yes, everyone matters and everyone is important at HCS and because of your support, we get to show them how much they matter and how important they are by providing a fine, well-rounded education in a safe, caring environment.

            Also, I would like to congratulate incumbent school board member, Dr. Ellen Larson and incoming school board member, Mr. Harold Jarcho for being elected to the Board.  We also owe a debt of gratitude to Ms. Terry Monty for serving three years in this voluntary position and to Mr. Travis Ames for running for this position of service to our community.

                                                            Your Partner in Education,

                                                            Dr. Anael Alston

                                                            Superintendent of Schools

Friday, May 5, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Week-A Message from Dr. A to the HCS Faculty

May 5, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

            As you know, next week is Teacher Appreciation Week.  On behalf of the leadership team, we would like to thank you for all that you do throughout the year for
our students by serving you lunch on Tuesday, May 9th in the Secondary Faculty Room from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

This is not “the best of times” to be a public school educator as there seems to be constant attacks on what we do, how we do it, and how best to do it.   Our work is often misunderstood or intentionally mischaracterized by those who claim to love children and value education.  Thankfully, not in this community and not at HCS!

            I know firsthand that some of you give up your lunch time to work with students or “eat on the run” to meet with a colleague or make parent phone calls.  My mother, who turns 75 in June, still teaches a few days a week in New York City and like you, she does what she loves sometimes with an “in spite of mindset.”  I empathize with her as much as I empathize with you.

Again, on behalf of the HCS leadership team, thank you and we invite you to DROP EVERYTHING and come and eat lunch on Super Tuesday, May 9th. 

Dr. A              

Friday, March 31, 2017

Regarding April 14th and Snow Days

March 31, 2017

Dear HCS School Community,

In my letter dated March 13th, I informed you that we would have a half-day of instruction on Friday, April 14th in order to meet the required school days as outlined by the State Education Department.  Since then, I have been working with our BOCES and have been informed that we will be able to meet our minimum attendance days WITHOUT teacher/student attendance on Friday, April 14th.  Therefore, no attendance is necessary and school will be closed.

However, if we have to close school again due to weather conditions before April 14th, students will have a half-day of school on April 14th.

In the unlikely event that we have to close school after April 23rd, we will have a Superintendent’s Conference Day (no students) on Monday, June 26th to make up the mandated school days required by the New York State Education Department.

Dr. Anael Alston
Superintendent of Schools

Monday, March 27, 2017

Data Breach at HCS

Dear Parents:

            It has come to our attention that an individual has unlawfully accessed, and may have downloaded or otherwise copied, sensitive information belonging to approximately 10 district students, including their names, identification numbers, class schedules and grades. The District learned of this security breach on or about September 30, 2016.  I immediately contacted the Board of Education, our attorney and local law enforcement to confirm the requirements and obligations the District has.  The District commenced an investigation which included Northeast Cyber Security and Forensic Center, law enforcement, M-O BOCES Regional Information Center and our student management system in which the breach occurred.

            Together with these authorities, the District has been actively working to assess and identify the precise nature and scope of the compromised information. A suspect has already been identified and the District will continue to work closely with law enforcement.  Additionally, the District has taken steps to prevent further unlawful access to our student management system.

            Based upon what we know so far, we believe that the security systems and firewalls that we already have in place have not also been compromised. Nevertheless, we plan a full review of those systems with the assistance of experts in the field of cyber security. Please also be aware that the District has begun the process of making direct notifications to any individual who it knows or reasonably believes was subject to this breach of security.

            The safety and security of our student population is of paramount concern to the District. We will update you as information becomes available.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at (315) 824-6310 or

                                                            Dr. Anael Alston
                                                            Superintendent of Schools