Hudson CSDHudson CSD eNewsletter: October 2014 | View as Webpage | Archive

Maria SuttmeierIntroducing Hudson Highlights
I am happy to share with you the Hudson City School District's new quarterly eNewsletter. This service will be sent out once each quarter with the latest news on events, achievements, and changes in the district. I hope that you find this service to be useful and informative. This eNewsletter is sent to anyone who provided their email addresses to their Guidance Department to be put into our eSchoolData system. 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. Thank you for reading. —Maria Suttmeier, Superintendent


Free Meals Offered at Hudson CSDFree meals offered at Hudson CSD
The Hudson City School District has received a Community Eligibility Provision for the 2014-15 school year. All students now receive breakfast and lunch at no charge. Individual student accounts will be maintained to allow for the purchase of additional items such as fruit, yogurt parfaits, and ice cream. Prepayments can be sent on a weekly or monthly basis. Checks can be made payable to HCSD Food Service. Also new this year is the Smart Snacks in Schools program, which sets standards for stronger nutrition in our schools. Read more on our Food Services page...


Follow Hudson High School and MCS Intermediate on Twitter!
The Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School has followed the lead of the Hudson Senior High School and launched a Twitter page. Your principals will regularly be updating these Twitter pages with announcements about events, achievements, school closings, and other helpful tips for school. Find them here: @HHSBluehawks and @MCSBluehawks



Dads Take Your Child to School DayDads Take Your Child to School Day
The Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School held its second annual Dads Take Your Child to School Day on Tuesday, September 16. About 250 fathers, grandfathers, other relatives, and friends were present to eat bagels and pastries with their young loved ones, and to get to know one another. After breakfast, the male caregivers were invited to participate in activities with their children. Also present at the event were Assemblywoman Didi Barrett and Senator Kathy Marchione, who spoke to the crowd about the importance of male figures in their children's lives. Read more about the event...


New Assistant PrincipalsMeet the new assistant principals
The Hudson City School District has two new assistant principals. Ian MacCormack serves at the MCS Intermediate School and the Hudson Junior High School. He previously taught in the Prince William County School District, and is originally from Catskill. Robert LaCasse serves at the Hudson Senior High School. He has worked in the Hudson City School District for 15 years, and was previously the high school's dean of students. Read more about all of our new faculty here...



Grandparents Day at John L. Edwards
On September 18, the John L. Edwards Primary School held its Grandparents Day event. Over 300 grandparents were present to eat breakfast together and to see their grandchildren learn. After mingling together over a meal of pastries, fruit, and bagels, the grandparents went to their grandchildren's classrooms to meet their teachers and see what they do in school. Grandparents were reading, dancing, and talking with their grandchildren. Principal Steven Spicer applauded the grandparents, and thanked them for their involvement in their grandchildren's education. Read more about the event...


Destination GraduationOn our way to Destination Graduation
The Hudson City School District has made significant progress since the inception of its three-year plan. Recently released test scores reveal significant academic increases, and the primary school has had a 21 percent increase in reading scores over just one year. Our graduation rate has already increased by 10 percent. Read more...


Program Profile: The Kindness Club
The Kindness Club has big plans for the 2014-15 school year. As usual, they'll be going around school with their Kindness Cart on Mondays and Fridays with snacks, beverages, and even their own coffee blend. Be sure to catch them on Fried Dough Fridays when you get some of their homemade fried dough. If you have bottles and cans laying around, bring them in for the club's recycling drive. The club has been hard at work training for the Special Olympics, but they still find time to volunteer at the Goodwill and the animal rescue shelter every week. Read more...



Alumni Spotlight: Nick Zapp
Nick Zapp is the Hudson City School District's first Alumni Spotlight this year. Zapp graduated in 2009, and is currently a second-year law student at Albany Law School. He says that his AP U.S. History teacher, Mrs. Naramore, inspired him to study law when she suggested he look into it, and took him on a field trip to Albany Law School. Then at Hobart College, he learned about the challenges our country faces with a growing population and finite resources, and decided to focus on environmental law. He learned a great deal from the diverse group of students that he attended school with in the Hudson City School District, and encourages current students to ask their teachers more questions. Read more about Nick here...


MCS Students learn in Nature's Classroom
Students from the Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School attended a field trip at Nature's Classroom in Silver Bay from September 22 through 26. Nature's Classroom is a residential environmental education program. The program has been recognized nationally as an academically enriching hands-on learning program. It places emphasis on scientific inquiry and critical thinking. During the trip, Mr. Pratt posted on a WordPress blog to let parents know what their children were up to while they were away. Access the blog here.



The Power of Peace comes to HHS
The Power of Peace training workshops were held at the Hudson Senior High School again this year. These workshops, offered by Youth Voices Inc. and led by executive director Michael Arterberry, aim to help young people understand each other and themselves through excercises that promote unity and harmony. The workshops began on September 17 and extend for three and a half weeks. 150 students are participating in the workshops this year. After the trainings, students say they feel more aware of the challenges that their classmates might be facing. Check out the Youth Voices website for more information...


Junior High holds weekly PBIS contest
The Hudson Junior High School will be holding weekly contests for demonstrating positive behaviors in school, as part of its Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. Students are given Hawk Notes for their good behavior, and at the end of each week, the Hawk Notes are collected, and a winner is drawn. Each weekly winner gets a choice of a $5 gift card. All of the accumulated Hawk Notes are then used to draw monthly winners, who are treated to a Principal's Lunch. Read more about PBIS from New York State's PBIS Technical Assistance Center.