Student Accepted to National Juilliard Dance Program
Orlando Harbutt, a sophomore at Hudson High School, is a talented dancer who has received scholarships to Manhattan Youth Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre School. Harbutt worked out a plan with Hudson High School that allows him to leave early on Fridays in order to travel to New York City and participate in the Manhattan Youth Ballet.
Recently, Harbutt became one of only 44 students in the nation to be accepted into the Juilliard Summer Dance Intensive, which is a three-week program in classical ballet and modern dance.
“Dancing allows me to express myself in a way that can’t be done with any other activity,” said Harbutt. “It portrays emotion. I love it.”
The exclusive Juilliard summer program begins in July.
Dellavechia and Sumayya Named Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Antonio W. Abitabile, Principal of Hudson Senior High School, is pleased to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2017.
Tyler Dellavechia, son of Lorraine and Lance Dellavechia of Claverack, and Esrat Sumayya, daughter of MD Elias and Shirin Akhtar of Hudson, have been named Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively.
Tyler is a member of the National Honor Society, the Class of 2017 President, a member of Yearbook Committee, Band, Jazz Band and Choir, and active in Varsity Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf and Tennis.
He received the Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award in recognition of outstanding contributions as a student and a leader. Tyler will attend college to study Business.
Esrat was a Rotary Student of the Month, attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference (RYLA), was active on the Robotics team, National Honor Society, Art Club and Yearbook Committee.
She was awarded the Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology in recognition of outstanding achievement in the pursuit of innovative approaches and an appreciation for the possibilities of technology. She also received the Elmira College Key in recognition of high scholastic achievement, leadership, citizenship and participation in extracurricular activities.
Esrat plans to attend Pace University to study Nursing.
New York State has launched an initiative to help parents improve their children's attendance. This website offers tips for encouraging your student to attend school every day. It can help you boost your child's confidence, keep your child on track with school work, keep your child healthy, and protect your child from bullies.
Mrs. Nowak selected for NYS Master Teacher Program
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). 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 >>
Student artwork on display in annual Juried Art Show
Sophia Rice (senior) and Daniela Rivera (junior) were selected to participate in the annual Juried Art Show at Columbia-Greene Community College. Mrs. Albino, high school art teacher, and Sophie Rice (pictured) attended the opening reception of the Columbia-Greene Community College 2017 Juried Art Show on Thursday, January 26.
NYS School Boards Association features Community Schools Writing Center
The Community Schools Writing Center at Hudson High School was featured by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) in a video installment of NYSSBA News:
(February 7, 2017: A writing center provides students the opportunity to express themselves through poetry and collaborative projects, which in turn helps them develop written communication and critical thinking skills.)
Government and citizenship summer educational program
The Columbia County American Legion Committee is looking for local high school juniors interested in attending a unique summertime educational program that offers hands-on experience in government and citizenship.
Boys’ State is an educational program that focuses on participation and personal experience in a model state, complete with government bodies and elected officials. It is designed to mirror the structure of local city, county and state government, providing training in practical citizenship, leadership and character development. Learn more about the program and how to apply here.
This year, some HCSD teachers are piloting a communication platform called LivingTree in order to share important information with the parents of their students. Parents will be able to receive messages, photos, event notifications and more directly from their child's teacher. LivingTree even has instant translation for more than 40 languages!
So if you see an email in your inbox from LivingTree it is not junk, it is from your child's teacher!
Get more information and quick start guides here >>
The 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. See more photos on our Facebook page >>
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.
Holmquest Farms donated six 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!
Important vaccine information
Beginning September 1, 2016, students entering 7th and 12th grades must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease in order to attend school in New York State. Learn more about the meningococcal vaccine school requirement on the NYS Department of Health website, or download this one-page fact sheet
Bard in Hudson Civic Academy
In a partnership with Bard College, the Hudson City School District offers a new dual enrollment program, Bard in Hudson Civic Academy. The pilot year will begin in September 2016.
At Bard in Hudson Civic Academy, high school students will be able to earn Bard College credits, which are transferable upon acceptance to Bard, most CUNY and SUNY programs, and many other colleges and universities across the United States. A pilot program will begin this fall, with an inaugural class of seniors from Hudson CSD and Germantown CSD. The future of the program may also include high school juniors. Read more here >>
Students help with Cornell University research
Students in Mr. McDarby's Advanced Placement Environmental Science class collected water samples to be analyzed by Cornell University as part of the institution's Invasive Species Program. Researchers are going to look for microscopic traces of DNA (what they call eDNA) from three invasive species - sea lampreys, Asian carp and round goby.
The students' findings will be added to Cornell's state map of invasive species and a tag will be added giving credit to the class and Hudson High School.
HHS senior receives Giddings Scholarship
Sheila DeJesus is a 2016 recipient of the Giddings Scholarship, provided by the Alice & Murray Giddings Foundation. Sheila is about to graduate from HHS as well as Questar III's Culinary Arts program. Read more about Sheila on Questar III's website >>
HHS sophomore selected as environmental ambassador
Brianna Tsitsera, a sophomore at Hudson High School, was recently selected to join the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s new 4-H Invasive Species Action Team (ISAT). Tsitsera is one of 16 teenagers from across New York State, and the only one from Columbia County, to be chosen for the team.
The brand new program, made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, aims to educate youth about the impact of invasive plant species on “both the ecology and economy of New York State,” according to the website. The ISAT ambassadors will also share information about the ways in which other youth can become involved in the monitoring and eradication of local invasive species.
In the recent edition of Nefe Digest, a publication of the National Endowment for Financial Education, one of our very own teachers was featured.
Laura Bender, a Social Studies teacher at Hudson High School, discusses the ways in which her students explore personal financial literacy. "Students create a unique picture of what their lives will be like in the future," says Mrs.Bender. Read it here >>
Principal Abitabile chosen as Administrator of the Year
Hudson High School Principal Antonio Abitabile was chosen as Administrator of the Year for the Capital Region. Chuck Smith, president of the Empire State School Administrators Association (ESSAA), Capital Area chapter, presented Principal Abitabile with his award at the June 8 Board of Education meeting. The award was formally announced at the ESSAA’s awards ceremony on May 29.Smith’s award speech discussed Principal Abitabile’s incredible success as a teacher, associate principal, and now as a principal, but most importantly, always as a “lifelong learner.” Thank you, Principal Abitabile, for your service to our district, and congratulations on your achievement! Read more here
Bus routes (2016-17)
Get the bus routes for the 2016-17 school year here >>
High School: 828-4360
Main Office: 3100
Principal: Antonio W. Abitabile -– 3114: Ellen Miller
Robert LaCasse – 3118: Jodi Keyser
Guidance Office: 3111 – Shannon Hoose
Nurse's Office: 3107
Pool Coordinator: 3115