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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.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

HCS Class of 2016 had 100% Graduation Rate

Dear HCS Community,

I am so proud to share the wonderful news that as a community we continue to achieve at the highest levels. Thank you to the entire HCS community for supporting our students, faculty, staff, BOE, and leadership team. Your support matters!

Click HERE to read the full story as published in the Oneida Dispatch on October 24, 2016. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

School Lockdown DRILL 10/25/16

Good Morning HCS Families-

The Hamilton Central School District is proud to serve your family, as we will continually strive to provide a safe learning environment for your child. The safety of your child in our school as well as the safety of the faculty and staff is very important to us.  In order to maintain a safe environment for our students to study and learn, it is necessary that we continue to focus on preventative strategies that help us assess district safety procedures.

This morning we conducted the first of four required lock-down drills.  I would like to applaud our faculty, staff and students for doing an outstanding job throughout the drill.

Have a great day!

Dr. A, Mr. Dowsland, and Mr. Ellis

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Community Book Talk on October 27th and December 1st

Dear HCS Parents/Guardians,

Public education continues to be a hot button issue and it does not seem to be dying down any time soon. Be it a presidential debate or a congressional run, we just cannot seem to escape the topic. 

At HCS, we are always trying to explore ways to engage our community and model for our children. With that in mind, I invite you to participate in our Community Book Talk Sessions on Thursday, October 27th and Thursday December 1st at 7pm. 

We will be discussing the first five (5) chapters (just 81 pages) of the book, The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley on October 27th and the last five chapters on December 1st. 
For your convenience, you can purchase the book at the Colgate Bookstore BUT the first 15 parents who register will get the book for FREE. For planning purposes, please click on THIS LINK to register for our conversation. I look forward to our first book journey! 

Your Partner in Education,

Dr. A

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