The district is a central hub of activity in the Cohoes community, particularly as it relates to educational and recreational opportunities available to children. We have a number of programs offered in collaboration with community agencies throughout the city.
- Building Use
- CDTA for middle and high school students
- Cohoes Holiday Hope
- Future-Ready Pathways and HOPE Mentoring
- High School Equivalency (GED) classes
- Indoor Walking Track
- Parent Groups (PTOs)
- School-based Behavioral Health Center
- Tax Collection
- Walk-in Sick Clinic at Harmony Mills Pediatrics
Since 2014, the district has collaborated with the city and other community partners to offer ‘Cohoes Holiday Hope’ for families in need during the holiday season. The program offers families the opportunity to earn “holiday bucks” which they can use at the Holiday Hope store to purchase gifts. The store offers a discount of 75 percent off the regular retail price of items.
Parents and guardians can earn “holiday bucks” by attending community events, workshops, and/or volunteering. Attending the Cohoes Fall Festival or Halloween parade, participating in Cohoes Bridges out of Poverty classes, and even attending their school open house or PTO meetings are just some of the ways parents can earn Holiday Bucks.
Families must first apply to be a part of the program. Cohoes families with children eligible for free or reduced lunch are automatically eligible for the program, as are families with an annual income of $50,000 or less. Once an application is reviewed and accepted, the family receives a passport to track the “holiday bucks” they earn.
Parents and guardians are encouraged to get started by filling out an application for the “holiday bucks” program at their child’s open house in September. Shopping at the Cohoes Holiday Hope store, located at the Open Door Community Center, 115 Mohawk St., begins on Dec. 1 every year.
Applications can be found at your child’s school, or at any of the participating agencies listed below.
- Albany Community Action Partnership – Cohoes outreach office
- Albany Community Action Partnership – Head Start: Ogden Mills
- Church of the Holy Trinity
- City of Cohoes – Dept. of Human Services/Youth Bureau
- Cohoes Bridges Out of Poverty
- Cohoes City School District
- Cohoes Family Care (Dr. Sam’s office)
- Cohoes Housing Authority
- Good Ground Family Church
- Healthy Families/Parsons
- Mary’s Corner
- St. Ambrose Church
- United Church of Cohoes
- United Healthcare – Agent: Suzanne Carter
- Vineyard Community Church
The Cohoes City School District is in search of positive role models for students in grades 6-12. Whether you’re interested in career mentoring for the district’s new Future-Ready Pathways program or you’d like to make an impact in the life of one of our adolescent students, you can make a difference by enrolling in one of the district’s mentoring programs.
Become a Future-Ready Pathways career mentor
The Future-Ready Pathways career mentors are encouraged to make a four-year commitment to working with students in the program for a few hours each month. Professionals from industries represented in one of the four pathways: Computers, Engineering and Technology; Health Science and Human Services; Early Childhood and Adolescent Education; and Business and Communications are needed. In-person, e-mail and phone conversations are expected in the contact time requirements.
Become an urban youth mentor in the Helping Others Prosper Everyday (HOPE) program
Local adult mentors will be charged with providing life guidance to middle and high school students who have had challenging life experiences that impact their learning in school.
Mentors are expected to commit a few hours per month connecting with their mentee. All mentors must agree to a full background check including fingerprinting and a 10 hour training on best practices for mentoring urban youth through a partnership with the New York State Mentoring Program.
The indoor walking track at Cohoes High School provides an safe, quarter-mile loop for residents to exercise in winter months, from November to April. The track runs along the top of the new gymnasium, just inside the entry to Cohoes High School.
Residents must first obtain a badge for entry to the track by visiting the middle school attendance office. The one-time cost for a badge is $10. Hours for the walking track are 6:40-7:40 a.m. and 7-9 p.m. The track is closed during athletic events.
A fee-for-service licensed clinician provides counseling to students and families at our school-based behavioral health center, located at Cohoes Middle School.
The center opened in September, 2017, and is offered in partnership with Northern Rivers, to effectively support our students with behavioral health challenges.
Who is the clinic for?
The clinic is for any student K-12 in need of behavioral health counseling. Students must be referred by their doctor, and the clinic accepts insurance and medicare. A clinical psychologist licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health will be available to see students during and after the school day, during school vacations and over the summer. Please call 518-431-1650 to speak with an intake specialist.
What are “behavioral health disorders”?
Some examples of behavioral health disorders are: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, mood disorders, addiction, problems with controlling impulses, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), personality disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and thoughts of suicide, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).
How do I sign my child up to see the counselor?
First, talk to your child’s doctor and ask for a referral. If you’re having trouble or don’t know where to start, please reach out to your child’s school social worker. Please call 518-431-1650 to speak with an intake specialist.
Evelyn Smith at Abram Lansing – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristie Calderon at Van Schaick – email@example.com
Raychel Marcil at Harmony Hill – firstname.lastname@example.org
Elaine Flatow at Cohoes Middle School – email@example.com
Becky Leach at Cohoes High School firstname.lastname@example.org
Why is the clinic at Cohoes Middle School?
Research proves that students with access to behavioral health services in school-based health centers are 10 times more likely to seek care for mental health or substance abuse than those who do not.
The middle school provides a central location for students and their families within Cohoes to access supports much more easily than traveling to Troy or Albany, preventing them from missing more school time.
Harmony Mills Pediatrics is open from 7-8:30 a.m. on weekdays as a walk-in sick clinic for Cohoes children, ages 3-18.
Dr. DiTursi, who also serves as the district’s pediatrician for medical expertise, introduced the service for Cohoes families to increase access to medical treatment during hours that are more convenient for working parents and caregivers. The before-school hours also help parents determine whether their child is too sick to go to school.
Children do not need to be patients at Harmony Mills. The office suggests patients bring the completed forms prior to arrival (if possible). Most insurances are accepted.
Harmony Mills Pediatrics is located at 55 Mohawk Street, Cohoes. For more information, call (518) 233-9500.