Wishing you a bright holiday season
I am happy to share with you the winter edition of the Hudson City School District's quarterly eNewsletter. This service is sent out once each quarter to anyone who provided their email addresses to their Guidance Department to be put into our eSchoolData system, and anyone who subscribed on the web. You can unsubscribe by clicking the link at the bottom of this email. To share this eNewsletter, please link to it as a webpage. It may be necessary to unblock content in your browser to view these images. I hope that you enjoy reading about the wonderful accomplishments of our staff and students. I wish you a very happy holiday season. —Maria Suttmeier, Superintendent
Laptops enhance learning at HCSD
The Hudson High School and Intermediate School have each begun pilot programs to provide Google Chromebooks to students. Chromebooks are efficient laptops that sync with Google Apps for Education. With these computers at their fingertips, students can collaborate easily on documents, communicate more effectively with their teachers, and conduct research in and out of the classroom. The Hudson High School was very privileged to receive a $10,000 donation from the Richard & Perez Abatecola Foundation, Inc. to expand funding for these Chromebooks. Read more...
Thank you for taking our survey
Thank you to all who took our 2014-15 Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness Survey. Your feedback will help us see what is working well in the district, and what we can improve upon. We hope that this survey will mark the beginning of an ongoing, open conversation that will contribute to student and parent satisfaction, and ultimately drive the development of our programs and practices. The final survey results will be published to the district website at the beginning of February. We encourage you to continue offering feedback to our faculty and administration, as your input is essential for our growth and development.
Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Miller
This month's alumni spotlight is Sarah Miller. Sarah is a producer and writer with NBC's Weekend Today show. She enjoys being able to share people's stories at the national level. Her education at Hudson City School District taught her how to communicate well with a diverse group of people. It also taught her that she could do anything she put her mind to. She encourages current Hudson students to always go for what they want. She believes that if you put in the hard work, you will surely be rewarded. Read more here...
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Program Profile: Hudson Reads
The Hudson Reads program at the Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School connects community volunteers with students. Started by literacy coach Lisa Dolan, the program features a "Hudson Reads Power Lunch," in which volunteers pair with students to read with them for one lunch period per week. This lunch period is more than just reading time; it is time for students to bond with an adult and share their interests and stories. In addition to the Power Lunch program, the Hudson Reads program uses the expertise of community volunteers to lead various clubs. Read more here...
How to identify and report incidents of bullying
The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) is a New York State policy that seeks to protect students from discrimination, harassment, and bullying in school situations. Under DASA, pervasive or persistent hurtful acts should be reported, as well as acts that cause physical injury, academic impediment, or reasonable severe emotional distress. It can be tough to distinguish between peer-to-peer conflict and bullying or harassment. If you have questions about DASA, or if you think your child is bullying or being bullied, please contact your Dignity Act Coordinator. Check out this Powerpoint and read about the policy for more information. Together, we can help keep our schools peaceful.
Therapy dog visits Life Skills class
A trained therapy dog visited the Hudson High School’s Life Skills class on Dec. 4. Buddy the therapy dog will visit occasionally throughout the year to help teach students the value of responsibility and communication, and to provide a positive and calming presence. Buddy belongs to Life Skills teacher Lisa Foronda Schmitt. Foronda Schmitt has had Buddy since he was just a puppy, but the pair received their therapy dog certification together in the summer of 2013. Research has shown that therapy dogs can have a very positive effect on students' learning. Read more in the Register-Star.
Adopt-a-Family gifts due this week
The John L. Edwards Primary School and the Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School are hosting their annual Holiday Adopt-a-Family gift drives. Families in our community are in need of particular items. If you have committed to donating a gift to this drive, please turn in your gift this week. If you would like to make a last-minute donation, please contact Deirdre Lupoli at the Primary School (extension 4321) or Jason Hanley at the Intermediate School (extension 1191) as soon as possible. Mr. Hanley and Mrs. Lupoli can give you an idea for a gift to donate, but money donations are also happily accepted. Thank you for your generosity during this holiday season!
Spicer and Rice attend Commissioner meeting
On November 15, Hudson CSD Board President Peter Rice and JLE Principal Steven Spicer traveled to Castleton to attend “A Dialogue With the Commissioner,” which is part of Questar III’s “Saturday Morning Workshop Series.” At this meeting, Commissioner John King discussed plans to create multiple graduation pathways for students, expanded funding plan for Pre-K programs, and funding for course expansion. The meeting concluded with a question and answer session. Mr. Spicer and Mr. Rice thanked the commissioner personally for his in-depth presentation.
Junior High offers extended learning time
Hudson Junior High is pleased to be able to offer our students an opportunity for additional academic instruction in ELA and Math through the Extended Learning Time program. The program is designed to help prepare your son/daughter for the New York State ELA and Math exams. The ELA exams are April 14-16 and Math April 22-24. The program is offered as follows: ELA beginning January 12, 2015 every Monday and Thursday from 2:45-3:45 pm. Math
beginning January 19, 2015 every day from 7:30-8:00 am or Tuesday and Friday from 2:45-3:45 pm. Read more...
P.E. teachers present at conference
Physical education teachers Jeanine Millar and Nancy Graziano presented at the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NYSAHPERD) conference on November 19. Their presentation, “When Common Core Meets P.E.,” demonstrated ways to align physical education curriculum with the Common Core State Standards.
Millar, Graziano, and teacher Kevin Bowes have been finding innovative ways to align their lessons with these standards over the last few years. Read more...
Family Literacy cooks up Thanksgiving feast
On Wednesday, November 19, the Hudson Family Literacy Program, with generous support from Sawyer Chevrolet, baked 8 turkeys with dressing, mashed potatoes, salad, rolls and apple cobbler. They prepared quite a delicious feast for the Hudson City School District’s families. The families laughed, talked, and enjoyed the evening of fun and food. This has been a John L. Edwards Primary School tradition for well over five years. At evening’s end the crowd applauded Mrs. Becker and her team for their hard work.
Don't miss our winter concerts
The John L. Edwards Primary School and the Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School both held their winter concerts this season. The Junior High Choir and Band will be holding their winter concert tonight, December 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The High School Jazz Band, Minstrelaires, Concert Choir, and Concert Band will be holding their winter concert this Thursday, December 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Please attend these wonderful events and support our young musicians as they play a variety of holiday favorites and other tunes.