Proposed budget strives for efficiency and enrichment
On Tuesday, May 19, the Hudson City School District community will vote on a school
budget for the 2015-16 school year, as well as two open seats for the Board of Education. The district has two Board vacancies, one for a five-year term and one for a one-year unexpired term. The $45,477,121 budget would increase the tax levy by 1.75 percent. This increase meets the maximum allowable tax levy, meaning that it is within New York State’s Property Tax Cap. Read more about the budget here, and read more about BOE candidates here. Please note the following budget adjustment that was made after the publication of the newsletter: The hiring of a secondary math teacher is being postponed.
Book Festival has great turnout
The Hudson Children's Book Festival was held at the Middle/High School building on Saturday, May 2. This event is the largest children’s book festival in the state, welcoming over 75 authors, hundreds of children and families, and 25 organizations for a day of fun and learning. In the week before the Book Festival, authors visited the schools to talk to students about their work and about the writing profession. Children of all ages were excited to meet their favorite authors. Thank you to everyone who attended or helped out at the festival! Check out Kara Keeler's photos of the event!
Gina Leccese and Adriana Tampasis named valedictorian and salutatorian
Gina Leccese and Adriana Tampasis have been named Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Graduating Class of 2015. Gina will be attending Siena College in the fall to major in business. Adriana plans to study science and art at Bard College in the fall. Both young women are members of the National Honor Society, and are very involved in school activities, community service, athletics, and the arts. Read more about them here...
Alumni Spotlight: Martha Layman Westgate
This month's Alumni Spotlight is Martha Layman Westgate, United States Marine Corps Retired Master Gunnery Sergeant, who graduated from the Hudson Senior High School in the Class of 1988. She joined the Marine Corps in February 1991; her speciality was Intelligence. For 24 years she briefed and prepared Intelligence Reports to support Marine Corps Mission Planning. The best thing that she learned at Hudson CSD was to work through tasks and find solutions. She advises students in the district to build a plan for themselves, 1-3 years, 5 years, and 10 years down the road. She says that all students can change the world; they just need a plan. Read more...
MLB donates Mets tickets to MCSIS
Major League Baseball has donated 250 Mets tickets to the Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School! Students who won the Principal’s Award in the first and second trimesters, as well as members of the Hatch Afterschool Program, will be heading to Citi Field on Wednesday, May 27 to see the Mets play against the Phillies. “We are very thankful to Commissioner Manfred and to Major League Baseball for giving this opportunity to our students who do their best every day. Many of them have never seen a professional sporting event before, so this is a very special way to show them our appreciation,” says Principal Mark Brenneman.
HHS students featured on album
Students from the Hudson High School played horn instruments for a new album. The album, presented by Tuff Gong Worldwide, features singers from 1World Chorus, a non-profit that unites and empowers kids through music. The singers are children from the U.S., Kenya, Colombia, and Jamaica. The album is a series of covers of Bob Marley songs. Hudson students can be heard playing on "Smile Jamaica" and "Wake up and Live." They played the tuba, clarinet, tenor sax, alto sax, french horn, trombone, and trumpet. Check out the album here!
Junior High holds Career Day
The Hudson Junior High School held Career Day on Tuesday, May 5. The school invited people from around the community to visit classes and discuss their careers with eighth-graders. Led by former teacher and current substitute teacher Carolyn West and afterschool director Kathy Clark, this special day brought in 28 guests from all different jobs. The day began with a breakfast for the school’s special visitors. Members of the Junior Honor Society took Career Day speakers on a tour of the school. Then each speaker went into a different classroom to present to students. The event lasted for four school periods, with some speakers staying for as long as two periods to talk with two separate groups of students.
Art show for Autism Awareness
On Saturday, April 4, the Hudson Chamber of Commerce hosted the John L. Edwards’ Autism Awareness Art Show. The show, organized by Mr. Almstead and supported by Mrs. Bennett, Mrs. Cincotti, Mrs. Chalavoutis, Mrs. Hayles, Mrs. Muller, and Mrs. Rolfe, gave students in JLE's special education program the chance to show off their artistic talents. Proceeds from art prints and baked goods went toward field trips for the program. The event was well-attended. Thank you to our organizers and congratulations to our young artists!
Rosete-Garcia wins science award
Hudson High School junior Jenifer Rosete-Garcia has received the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, which is sponsored by the University of Rochester. She received a framed medallion and a certificate for her achievement. Additionally, if she chooses to apply to the University of Rochester, her application fee will be waived and she will be eligible to be considered for merit scholarships worth at least $10,000 per year. Every year, participating high schools each nominate one student for the award. Read more...
Envirothon team goes to States
The Hudson High School's Envirothon team finished first in the county and third overall in the region in the regional competition. They will now be going on to compete at the statewide level. Twenty-three teams from five counties participated in the contest, which tests students' knowledge of aquatics, forestry, problem-solving, current issues, soils, and wildlife. The team has been training twice a week since September. Led by teacher Jim McDarby, HHS has a history of success at this event, having gone to the statewide event four times in the last 6 years. The final showdown will be held on May 27 and 28.
Congratulations Honor Society inductees!
Congratulations to the National Honor Society inductees: Clair-Djinie Bazar, Logan Cozzolino, Eoghan Deforest, Tyler Dellavechia, Thao Doan, Sophie Filli, Anthony Guzzi, Julie Klugo, Justine Marotta, Christopher Meano, Omer Mufti, Ellis Richardson Jr., Cecille Ruiz, Jonathan Simmons, Emily Spateholts, Esrat Sumayya. The induction ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 5.