Hudson CSD eNewsletter: November 2015

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Hudson CSD eNewsletter: November 2015

District Insights: HCSD thankful for momentum and support

Historically, the month of November is a time for expressing thanks for all we have been given. With the help and support of our families, friends and community partners, the Hudson City School District has many things to be thankful for this year.

We have been taking great strides toward our Destination Graduation goals for the past three years. The evidence is shown in our increased graduation rate (over 15 percent in three years*), reading levels, community involvement, event success and in our students’ Bluehawk pride. We have much more work ahead to raise student achievement to a level we can all be proud of, but we are thankful for the momentum we are gaining and the support we receive from the community.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's monthly column in the Register-Star >>

Common Core Survey from NYSED

The New York State Education Department, under the leadership of Commissioner Elia, is undergoing a statewide request for the public to examine each standard within the Common Core Framework.

Take this opportunity to provide input to NYSED as they take on an unprecedented review of Common Core learning standards, with the goal of making recommendations to better serve our students. According to Commissioner Elia, "The results of the survey will directly inform any changes that we make to the standards as a result of the review."

Click here to take the survey, which is available until November 30, 2015.

Parent Education Workshops
In the month of November, HCSD teachers began facilitating Parent Education Workshops. These sessions are opportunities for parents to learn more about the K-8 English Language Arts and Math educational standards, as well as ways to support academic growth outside of school. Round 1 for K-8 will take place through Dec. 10th, and Round 2 will begin in March 2016.

Click here for the full schedule (grades K-8).
ICYMI: Parent Ed. Workshops, K-1

The first Parent Education Workshops covered grades K-1 and took place on Nov. 17th. In a feedback survey, most attendees indicated the session was very helpful and they left with strategies on how to help their children at home.

And a special thanks to our teacher facilitators! For Kindergarten, Kirstin Rutkey (with support from Terry Ohl) and for 1st grade, Beth Barnes (with support from Deb Sweet). Thank you!
HHS students in Area All State Chorus

Three students from Hudson High School were selected to sing in the Area All State Chorus. Choir director Andrea Mastrianni shared that senior Daniel Folds (Tenor) and juniors Emily Spateholts (Soprano 1) and Kristen Ward (Soprano 2) were selected to perform in the Area All State Chorus on Saturday, November 21st at Dover High School in Dover Plains, NY.

Bluehawks aren't just athletes--they're singers, too!
November celebrates young readers
There are many national observances during November. It is a month in which we celebrate aviation history, historic bridges, military families, and most importantly, our veterans. November is a month for giving thanks, and it is also a month for reading. Along with the previously mentioned observances, November claims National Family Literacy Day (Nov. 1) and National Young Readers Week (Nov. 9-13).

Read more about some of the fantastic reading and early literacy programs taking place throughout our district. 
Gearing up for Holiday Concerts

Students at JLE and MCSIS have been busy preparing for their holiday concerts!

MCSIS winter concerts will take place on
Thursday, Dec. 3rd. The Grade 4 band performance will begin at 9:30 AM and Grades 5-6 band will take place at 7:00 PM. Both concerts will be in the MCSIS auditorium.

JLE concerts begin Dec. 7th (full
schedule here).
Hudson Boys Basketball fundraiser

Coach Briscoe is excited to announce that the Hudson Boys Basketball program is participating in the Hoffman Car Wash Helping Hands fundraiser (this includes Varsity, JV, and Modified). The money raised will help the players participate in summer and fall basketball leagues, allowing the student players to not only practice their skills on the court year-round but also strengthen their teamwork skills during the off-seasons. Learn more and buy tickets here.
New student clubs at HCSD

Interest in student clubs and student groups continues to grow as new clubs and groups crop up all across the district.

Jazz Band Club recently started for grades 5 & 6 band students. The club meets on Wednesdays during lunch and/or recess (shared by MCSIS music teacher Leah Phllips). 

Poetry Group at the HS was established in the spring, but it was so popular that Gail Wheeler, Writing Center Director, is bringing it back this month. "We usually have a homemade halal lunch and we discuss poems that students bring in, which can be anything they love or have written," said Mrs Wheeler. "Some really great conversations go on here. Some students performed original poems at Club Helsinki open mic and did readings at the Stair Gallery as part of the Book Fair fundraiser."
Math? In gym class?

That's right! Kevin Bowes, a Physical Education teacher at Hudson High, shared one of the creative ways other subjects are being incorporated into P.E. class.  

High school students had a great start to the P.E. bowling unit in November. "The kids are learning the fundamentals of bowling and how to keep score," said Coach Bowes. Without computers, of course!
Students visit Museum of Firefighting

Following Fire Prevention Week, Mrs. LaPorto’s and Mrs. Duryea’s classes at JLE, and Mrs. Huemmer’s class at MCSIS, took walking field trips to FASNY’s Museum of Firefighting in November. At the museum, students learned how firefighters used to put out fires many years ago, and how difficult it was for them to do so. They also had the chance to participate in a fire brigade. Most importantly, students learned about what is considered an "emergency" and what to do if there ever is an emergency. The students were even allowed to dress up as firefighters and go in a few of the firetrucks!
SADD raises money for AFSP

Congrats to the Junior girls for defeating the Seniors, 35-28, in this year's Powderpuff charity football game! Thanks to all who attended and donated. SADD was able to raise over $200 in donations for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It is disheartening that an organization like AFSP exists, but we are thankful for it and for everyone who participated in this fundraising event.

And to the players who ran up and down the field: Way to go, ladies!
Jr. High PBIS Students of the Month

Over 30 junior high students received PBIS Student of the Month awards in October. Congrats to Aaron Li, Abdur Rahman, Amber Smith, Amirah Forbes, Asia Walker, Austin Guldenstern, Autumn Tampasis, Daniella Cozzolino, Davonte Smith, Dewan Tamika, Dimitrios Dounis, Elijah Kudlak, Emma Bernockie, Emma Johnson, Emma Krien-Hart, Hayden Rubino, Jackson Newcomer, Jahid Hasan, John Wolfersteig, Jordan Muntz, Josh Wallace, Kiara Dandridge, Kiarra Trow, Levon Fernandez, Luke Miller, Martha Santos, Michael Young, Miguel Perez, Myaijah Williams, Osman Gofran, Rafy (Tasnim) Ferdous, Trevion DeJesus, Victoria Gardner, Widny Joseph, & Willie Jones. More photos of the winners here.
"A Day in the Life of the Hudson River"

Mr. McDarby's Marine Science and AP Environmental classes participated in "A Day in the Life of the Hudson River" on Tuesday, October 20th. Their group went to Lasher Park in Germantown and was aided (and funded) by educators from the Columbia Land Conservancy.
In this event, school groups all along the Hudson River go to the river to collect scientific data that can be used to create a picture of “A Day in the Life of the Hudson River.”  They use numerous hands-on field techniques to describe their site, monitor the river, seine for fish, collect water and invertebrate samples, and examine water chemistry. Mr. McDarby says the best part about this trip is that "the students engage in REAL science research, not just a prefabricated laboratory in which the outcome is already known."
Program Profile: College Tuesdays

Researching and applying to colleges is no easy task, and a lot rides on the college essay. Luckily, juniors and seniors at HHS have College Tuesdays, an after school program with the Writing Center and Guidance Office. Students receive guidance navigating the Common Application, an online undergraduate college application, and assistance with admission essays.

The program extends beyond applications and includes the exploration of financial aid opportunities. College visits are also a possibility as part of this program. Read more...
Alumni Spotlight: Morgan Libruk

This edition of Alumni Spotlight features Morgan Libruk, who graduated from Hudson Senior High School in 2009. She also participated in Questar III's New Visions: Scientific Research & World Health program, which allowed her to explore science and earn transferable college credits during her senior year of high school. Since graduation, Morgan has been busy furthering both her education and her career in the expanding field of medicine. Read more...
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