Hudson CSD eNewsletter: Fall 2016

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Hudson CSD eNewsletter: October/November 2016

District Insights: The good and bad of Every Student Succeeds Act

For nearly 50 years, the United States has exerted recurring efforts to design and implement an educational paradigm shift to raise the bar, close the achievement gaps and finally address the need to appropriately prepare all students for both college and career in the highly competitive 21st century. Most recently, in December, new legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act, was passed to replace No Child Left Behind and it will affect every public school in the country. The act is set to take full effect in the 2017-18 school year.

Since the act is fairly new, it may take some time before the impact on our schools and students becomes clear. The most significant change we can expect is that states will have a larger role in holding schools accountable, thereby allowing for greater flexibility in school evaluations and setting goals for student achievement.

An initial review of the Every Student Succeeds Act reveals some good news and not so good news for schools across the country.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's November 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?

Click here to read the most recent news, published on October 14 and October 28, 2016.

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Drinking fountain
Water testing
In September 2016, Governor Cuomo signed into law new legislation that requires school districts to test water for lead contamination.

Our district has proudly been committed to the safety of drinking water in our school buildings even before the practice became state-mandated.  HCSD has been voluntarily testing drinking water in each of its school buildings as far back as 2007.  Click here to read more about recent water testing at HCSD >>
Mr. Thomas speaks to students in the library
Program Profile: Creative Career Exploration

Hudson High School's first Lunchtime Creative Career Exploration meeting happened in October. Jackie Thomas, a local welder and lighting designer, talked to students about the path that led him to his current career. Mr. Thomas discovered his passion only four years ago, and he encouraged students to do what makes them happy, do what inspires them, and that “nobody can make you happier than you can make yourself!”

Thank you to John Friedmann for organizing this series of events, Mr. Thomas for speaking to our students and Bruno's for supplying lunch. More sessions are scheduled throughout the year. 

Young girls casts a ballot
Snack Election at JLE
On Election Day (November 8th), Mrs. Ohl's kindergarten class held a special election. The children voted on which special snack they would have in the afternoon: pudding or cookies.

They marked their choices on ballots and placed them in a ballot box. Students also made "I voted" stickers and headbands. After they counted the ballots, the class enjoyed the winning snack: cookies!
A boy pets Hudson the Railroad Puppy
Hudson the Railroad Puppy

Hudson in Hudson! Local celebrity Hudson the Railroad Puppy and his dad, Richard Nash, came to M.C. Smith Intermediate School today. The students learned about Hudson and his "magic paw" before his visit. Mr. Nash answered any questions the students asked. They got so many pets and licks from Hudson! Even students that were uneasy about dogs ended up petting him by the end of his visit!

Thank you so much to Mr. Nash and Hudson for visiting Mrs. Ordway and Mrs. VanSlyke's classes.

Click here to learn more about Hudson the Railroad Puppy and his "magic paw."

Boys paddle a cardboard boat in the high school swimming pool
Great Cardboard Boat Race
Students in the Transportation Systems classes at Hudson High School and Ichabod Crane High School participated in a fun competition called The Great Cardboard Boat Race. Cole Moon, a Technology teacher at ICC, reached out to HHS Technology teacher, Jack Beyer, to organize the event. 

The classes were tasked with building boats using only cardboard, duct tape, Elmer’s glue and plastic bottles. The boats had to hold two people who then had to paddle the length of the HHS pool. Spectators joined to cheer on both teams. Achieving the fastest time of 34.06 seconds, Hudson was declared the winner and received a trophy. 

“This was a great learning experience for the students and a lot of fun,” said Mr. Beyer. 
A principal, teacher and student wear wacky outfits for Spirit Week
Spirit Week at Hudson Jr. High

Hudson Junior High School recently had a Spirit Week, with a different theme each day. 

Monday - Hat Day
Tuesday - Culture Day
Wednesday - Wacky Wednesday
Thursday - Red, White & Blue Day
Friday - Blue & Gold Day

See photos here >>

Kids quietly listen to the principal and firefighters

Fire Prevention Assembly at JLE

The Little Hawks at JLE received a visit from the Hudson and Stottville Fire Departments to talk about fire safety and prevention during National Fire Prevention Week.

The assembly covered what a home smoke alarm sounds like, when and how to call for help, and how to help firefighters locate them if they were stuck somewhere inside a house.

Because firefighters can look a little scary when they wear full fire gear, a few firefighters came dressed in full gear so our youngest students could get used to what they look like and not be afraid when they come to help! More photos here >>

Students scoop seeds from acorn squashes
Local farm donates squash to HHS

The Foods classes at Hudson High School had an "emergency lab day" thanks to a generous donation of acorn squash from Holmquest Farms and Greenhouse in Hudson, NY.

They donated 6 cases of acorn squash, also known as winter squash, that weighed over 100 pounds! The students learned about food preservation as they prepared the squashes for cooking and freezing (to be used throughout the year).  Thank you, Holmquest Farms!

Two girls in 3rd grade study a blue mystery substance
Third grade scientists
Science 21 kits are a big hit at M.C. Smith Intermediate School!

Mrs. McDonald's third grade class love their first experiment, in which students prepared a mystery substance. They recorded their observtions, using their senses of touch, smell, sight and hearing. 

Mrs. McDonald's focus is "We are all scientists!"
A high school girl holds a bucket of water from the Hudson River
"A Day in the Life of the Hudson River"
Students in Mr. McDarby's Marine Science and AP Biology classes, as well as members of the Environmental Club and Envirothon team, participated in “A Day in the Life of the Hudson River,” an event that allows students throughout the Hudson Valley to act as "citizen scientists" and gain a better understanding of the health of the Hudson River.

Forty-two HHS students went to Lasher Memorial Park in Germantown where they collected a variety of data, including an analysis of water chemistry (dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity, temperature, etc.), soil samples and analysis, notable physical features of the site, and the identification and cataloging of local macroinvertebrate and fish populations through seine netting. This data can then be used by any organization interested in studying the natural history of the Hudson River.

Thank you to the Columbia Land Conservancy for supporting HCSD and helping our students participate in this unique event!
A group of high school students in the hallway
HHS seniors attend college fair
More than 40 Hudson High School students attended the CASDA College Fair at Hudson Valley Community College on September 21st. Students gained valuable information and insight from over 160 college and military representatives.

The trip was coordinated and chaperoned by Gail Wheeler, HHS Community Schools Writing Center Coordinator, and Elizabeth Novine, High School Guidance Counselor. Brian McSween, Parent Coordinator for Community Schools, also chaperoned.
Students stand outside with a tower of recycling bins
Hudson Jr. High recycles!
Students in Mrs. Howard's science class wanted to make Hudson Junior High School more green, so they asked if they could start a recycling initiative in the building. 

Once the students got approval, representatives from County Waste & Recycling visited the school to donate more than 20 blue recycling bins.
A girl is held by her dad while she holds a "Dad's Breakfast 2016" sign
Annual Dad's Breakfast at MCSIS

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, we invited fathers (and stepfathers, grandfathers, brothers, uncles, etc.!) to our annual "Dads Take Your Child to School" breakfast event.

There was a great turnout, and the students and their guests loved Ms. Fisher's creative "photo booth" backdrop! Check out the photos here >>

Thank you to all the male caregivers and family members  for being involved!
The Spanish 4 class at a Mexican restaurant
Spanish 4 class explored cultural foods
(Written by HHS student, Gatina In-stinfil)

The beginning of 2016 was full of new activities and journeys in some of our new classes just like Spanish 4, a college course.  We had many projects and fun outings but the best and most interesting of all is when our Spanish teacher, Gazzerra Amparo, decided it would be a great idea to go out and explore Spanish foods. We went to a Mexican restaurant called Destino (in Chatham, NY) where you can get almost anything from empanadas, arroz con pollo (rice with chicken), enchiladas, even en saladas (salads)! This restaurant included many other Spanish dishes, too. The experience bonded us with our teacher. We shared jokes, laughs and conversations amongst each other, which was truly an amazing thing to do (especially being with our teacher!
A poster that reads "honest, attend, work, kind, safe"
Junior High PBIS Students of the Month
Congratulations to the Hudson Junior High School PBIS Students of the Month!

The list was long, so click here to check it out!
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