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Hudson City School District eNewsletter: March 2017

District Insights: Moving On Up

The first step in the capital project was to move the sixth grade from the M.C. Smith Intermediate School into the Junior High School, which was completed prior to the start of the 2016-2017 school year. Other components of Phase 1 that are moving forward are plans for the new track and athletic field facility, under roof improvements, traffic flow upgrades and renovations at the intermediate school in preparation for moving the second grade to the intermediate school this September. We are happy to report Phase 1 is on schedule and running at or below budget.

As we prepare for the second-grade transition, scheduled for September 2017, there are several points of consideration to ensure a smooth process. We have spoken with administrators and staff extensively so we are better able to address aspects of staffing, planning, safety and the logistics of moving an entire grade to another building.

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

Gravel track and old scoreboard

The financing for the Capital Project was approved by voters on February 9, 2016... what's next?

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Drinking fountain
HHS Program Featured by NYS School Boards Association
The Community Schools Writing Center at Hudson High School was featured by the New York State School Boards Association in a video installment of NYSSBA News.

In the video, Mrs. Wheeler demonstrates how the Community Schools program is helping our students express themselves through poetry and collaborative projects, which in turn helps them develop written communication and critical thinking skills. Click here to watch the video >> 
Did somebody say “pancakes?”

Come to the M.C. Smith Intermediate School cafeteria on Wednesday, March 8 for the “Pajama Jam” concert fundraiser! The pancake dinner event will feature musical performances by students in grades K-12. It starts at 6 p.m. in the MCSIS cafeteria. Students, parents and faculty are encouraged to wear their pajamas.

Tickets to the pancake dinner are $5 and will be sold at the door. Money raised will directly support the Hudson City School District Music Department. ($5 a plate - Includes: Pancakes, Sausage, Eggs, Coffee and Juice)
The Hudson Junior/Senior High School springtime tradition continues with “Footloose: The Musical.” The classic story as it comes to the stage will have your feet tapping from start to finish!

Tickets for the highly anticipated musical stage production will go on sale on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. This momentous occasion will be celebrated with special events and exclusive giveaways. Check the Hudson City School District website or Facebook page for updates and details.
Young girls casts a ballot
Counting with Paper Snowballs
Mrs. Rutkey and her student teacher had a paper snowball fight with their kindergarten class to help students learn the numbers in the teens.

The students had a partner and had to compare their snowball numbers, write them down, fill in the ten-frame and see who had the greater number. Then they threw their snowballs across the room and found two new snowballs. Everyone had a blast! See more photos >>
Students scoop seeds from acorn squashes
Nowak is First NYS Master Teacher from HHS

Mrs. Nowak, a science teacher at Hudson Senior High School, was recently chosen to participate in the highly selective New York State Master Teacher Program (NYSMTP). Mrs. Nowak is the first Master Teacher from the Hudson City School District and she hopes more HCSD teachers will apply to the program in the future.

The purpose of the NYSMTP is for regional Master Teachers to collaborate and develop STEM content, which they can bring back to their home school districts and use to strengthen their science programs. Read more on our website.

Senior helps team win a state competition

Jared Scali (right), a senior at Hudson High School who attends the Capital Region BOCES New Visions Law & Government program, helped his civics team win a state championship on February 11. For the third consecutive year, the high honors team won the state-level "We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution" competition.

The team now advances to the national "We the People" competition held in Washington, D.C. on April 21-24, 2017. Click here to read more about how the team won the state championship.

Third Grade Students Become Globally Aware
In February, 3rd graders at MCSIS participated in active and engaging learning centers in ELA, Science and Social Studies. They learned about children in various communities around the world. After reading a variety of books on children’s rights, sustainability, water accessibility and educational differences, our students decided they wanted to be involved in a civic-minded project called “Chores for Change.”

The students agreed that they would persuade their parents to allow them to earn money for doing various household chores over their April break! To date, they have earned almost $100 to put toward a clean well water project or purchase a goat for families in Africa.  
Mr. Thomas speaks to students in the library
Students Give Feedback to Teacher

JHS teacher Ms. Zucker had her Health class fill out an "End of Semester" survey. After completing the survey, they had a class discussion to share their thoughts and ideas. Then, the JHS students wrote one “Take Away,” or valuable thing they learned, from the course to display on a poster in the classroom.

Ms. Zucker finds the feedback incredibly helpful in tweaking lessons and activities for the next semester. More importantly, she thinks it is encouraging, even empowering, to give students the opportunity to provide their teacher with feedback.

Snowshoeing Nature Walk Adventures

Students in third and fourth grade got to go on a snowshoeing trek around M.C. Smith Intermediate School in February. 

On their nature walk adventure, they saw several different animal tracks, nests, scat and even a confused caterpillar!

Ummuy (pictured) is a new student from Bangladesh and has only been here for a few weeks!  We wonder what she thought of the snow?

See more photos on our Facebook page. 

Hudson High's Newest Club

Game Club is the newest student club at Hudson Senior High School. It started as a small informal group of students but it grew so popular that Mr. Renner sought approval from administration to make it an official student club.

The club meets every Friday after school and they have tournament days every few weeks.

The most popular games are Magic the Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons and Chess. Many games were donated by Kirwan's Game Store in Catskill, NY.

Students have made this club a resounding success with 25 to 30 attending members, including gamers and athletes! It is open to all high school students.
Flower Power Fundraiser
Support student activities at Hudson Junior High School with the JHS PTO "Flower Power" fundraiser! 

From March 6-24, 2017, you can purchase flower seeds and bulbs to plant at home this spring. 

Submit orders to: Mrs. Cousens in Rm. W207A (6th grade), Ms. Hart in Rm. W201B (7th grade), and Mrs. Dwyer in Rm. E207A (8th grade). Please make checks payable to Hudson Junior High PTO. Orders are due no later than March 24.

Questions? Email Ms. Hart at harts@hudsoncsd.org 
Pennies for Patients
M.C. Smith Intermediate School held its annual “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Ms. Malin’s third grade class had the most donations for the third year in a row, raising $204.03. 

Over the last three years MCSIS has raised close to $4,000, and this year they raised almost $1,500!
A poster that reads "honest, attend, work, kind, safe"
Senior High PBIS Students of the Quarter
Congratulations to the Hudson Senior High School PBIS Students of the Quarter for Quarter 2!

The list was long, so click here to check it out!
Udells Receive 2017 Friends of Education Award

Dan and Mary Udell of Hudson were honored with the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Friends of Education Award on February 16. This award recognizes the selfless contributions of individuals who dedicate themselves to serving students and the school community.

Not only do the Udells help produce videos for the Hudson City School District, but they have been reading mentors in the Hudson Reads program at M.C. Smith Intermediate School for more than a decade. From all of us at HCSD, thank you Mr. and Mrs. Udell for your dedicated service to our students!

6th Graders Review Book Festival Authors

Sixth grade students at Hudson Junior High School are participating in the Hudson Readers' Thumbs Up Award program. They are reading and reviewing books written by authors participating in this year's Hudson Children's Book Festival. Students are getting exposure to many new authors as well as great literature.

Thank you to all that support the book festival effort!

Alumni Spotlight: Kathy Voigt (1975)

This edition of Alumni Spotlight features Kathy Voigt, who graduated from Hudson Senior High School in 1975.

Since graduation Kathy has raised a family (her children are Hudson alumni, too) and returned to the school district as a teacher.

Read more to find out the most valuable things Kathy learned as a student in the Hudson City School District and how growing up in Hudson shaped who she is today.

Get more info and this year's author line up at the Hudson Children's Book Festival website
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