Hudson CSDHudson CSD eNewsletter: March 2015 | View as Webpage

Maria SuttmeierMarching together to Destination Graduation
I am happy to share with you the March edition of the Hudson City School District's eNewsletter. This service is sent out every other month to anyone in our eSchool Data system, and anyone who subscribed on the web. You can unsubscribe by clicking the link at the bottom of this email. It may be necessary to unblock content in your browser to view these images. As you will see, our wonderful staff and students are continuing to make strides toward Destination Graduation. We are approaching these last few months of the school year with confidence, enthusiasm, and determination. Thank you for reading about their efforts and accomplishments. --Superintendent Maria Suttmeier

Hudson ReadsMCSIS Read-a-thon is another success
The M.C. Smith Intermediate School held its annual Read-a-thon on Friday, February 13. The theme for this year’s event was “100 days of school.” Students had plenty of individual and group reading time. Teachers invited guest readers to come in and share stories with students. Students got a fun surprise when their teachers broke out into a “flash mob” during the closing assembly and danced to “Uptown Funk.” The Read-a-thon also serves as a fundraiser for the HOPE Organization. Students raise funds leading up to the event. This year, the school raised over $6,000. Read more here...

HCSD raises $1,200 for Cancer Society
A number of varsity basketball teams in the area participated in the annual Coaches vs. Cancer game, which raises money for the American Cancer Society. Basketball Coach Shawn Briscoe led Hudson's participation in the event, and the boys' varsity team sold T-shirts to students and staff to raise money. Through T-shirt sales and donations, the district raised a whopping $1,200 for the society. Thank you to all who bought T-shirts, donated, participated in, and attended the Coaches vs. Cancer game. Read about it in the Register-Star here.

Program Profile: Bluehawk Nation ASP
The Bluehawk Nation Afterschool Program provides extensive educational programming for hundreds of students in the Hudson City School District. The program, led by Program Director Kathy Clark, has been serving the community for 15 years, and is entirely grant-funded. The program employs over 75 people, and partners with 14 organizations in the community. Students choose two clubs per day that they would like to attend; choices include such fields as journalism, homework help, science, sculpture, and more. In the high school, students can take SAT prep and credit recovery. Read more...

High School holds Art Works: Hudson
For the first year ever, the Hudson High School is participating in a new partnership called Hudson: Art Works. In this program, 15 students are paired up with local professional artists to make self-portraits of themselves. Students were randomly paired with their partners so as to promote new perspectives. Portraits can be made using any medium--paint, drawing, photography, sculpture, etc. From now through April, students will meet with their artist partners on their own time to work on their portraits. The portraits will be presented at the Hudson Opera House in May.

Alumni Spotlight: Justin Brantley
This month's Alumni Spotlight is Justin Brantley, Hudson High School class of 2009. Justin plays professional baseball as a pitcher in the Cleveland Indians organization. He graduated from Siena College with a degree in business management. Justin says that the most important thing he learned in high school was about building relationships with his classmates and teachers. He encourages current Hudson City School District students to take advantage of all the resources that are available to them now, because it's that extra mile that's really going to matter down the line! See our Alumni Spotlight here...

Volleyball tournament March 6
Don't miss the volleyball tournament to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on Friday, March 6 from 5-9 p.m. in the High School Gym! Teams will consist of students, faculty, and community members. Those interested in signing up a team should see Mrs. Flint or a Varsity Club member. Each team can sign up 6-8 players and must have an equal number of males and females. We are asking that each team make a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. A $1 entry fee will also be collected for the society.

Adopt a Family bannerScarf represents diversity at HCSD
Mrs. Ostrander's 7th and 8th grade Home and Careers classes are making a very, very long scarf! The colorful, unique scarf is intended to represent diversity and warm feelings in the district. The scarf can be found hanging in the Tech wing of the Junior High School. Each student who chose to participate could crochet or knit a 12-inch section of the scarf. Faculty and community members participated as well. Students learned how to crochet and knit with the help of teachers, parents, and grandparents. Mrs. Ostrander says that the scarf has also been a great way for students to learn a valuable and relaxing hobby.

Noor and Qurat Ain win art awards
Congratulations to Noor and Qurat Ain who placed in the regional eSchoolData Art Contest! Art teacher Liz Albino submitted her students' artwork to the contest in November. Noor's artwork was selected to appear on the eSchool Data login page, and she won the first-place award in the amount of $500. Now, upon opening eSchool Data, everyone in the region can see Noor's beautiful work of art. Qurat won the honorable mention award in the amount of $50. Noor and Qurat are sisters in the tenth grade at the high school.

Sill and Khan published in anthology
Congratulations to freshmen students Will Sill and Khadija Khan, whose poems were chosen to be published in The Anthology of Poetry By Young Americans! This annual anthology contains selections from students all across the United States.The anthology strives to engage students to express themselves through verse. Students from Hudson High School have appeared throughout the years in various editions of this anthology. For more information, go to

School in session April 10
The Hudson City School District will now be holding school on April 10. Previously, the district calendar only allotted for four snow days, but due to an unexpected number of hazardous weather conditions, the district has used five snow days this school year. As indicated on the district calendar, the district's "Designated Emergency Make-Up Days" are April 10, April 9, and April 8. In the case that we have another snow day, the district would then use our April 9 make-up day, and so on. Please see this letter for more details.

JLE students enjoy the snow
Students at the John L. Edwards Primary School took full advantage of this year's snowfalls with a number of snow-related activities! The first-graders ventured out into the snow with snowshoes on in search of animal tracks. They bundled up to stay warm, and got some great exercise trekking through the snow. After their adventure, many of the students learned more about animal tracks through art. They printed rubber animal hoof stamps onto paper, and examined the different sizes and shapes of the hooves.

Chromebooks come to HudsonJHS holds Power of Peace trainings
The Hudson Junior High School held Power of Peace trainings in February. Students trained with Youth Voices Inc. executive director Michael Arterberry. The program is intended to promote a respectful and supportive school environment by developing leadership, conflict resolution, team work, collaboration, and effective decision-making skills. Similar trainings had been held in the high school earlier in the year. Students have reported that after these trainings they feel much more connected to their peers, and make better personal and social choices. To read more about the Power of Peace trainings, click here.

petitionsNominating Petitions for School Board
Nominating petitions for the Hudson City School District Board Election, which will be held on May 19, will be available beginning March 11 at the Clerk of the Board's office. The Hudson CSD has two Board vacancies, one for a 5-year term and one for a one-year unexpired term. The completed petitions must be returned to Frieda Van Deusen, Clerk of the Board's office by 5 p.m. on April 29. Read more information here...

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