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.
The Owl (June 2016)
The June edition of the student newspaper, "The Owl," is now available. Read it 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. Click here to read more about Sheila >>
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.
Read more here >>
Italy Trip 2016
Over spring break, about two dozen HHS students traveled to Italy with Signora Barletta and other adult chaperones.
On their way to Venice, the group visited Verona (the setting for Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet," where they stood beneath Juliet's balcony). They also traveled to Florence, the cradle of the Rennaisance. Students climbed the hundreds of steps up to the Cupola of the Duomo or up the bell tower for a breathtaking view of the red tile roof-topped, medieval city.
Another stop was Assisi, the small medieval town where Saint Francis was born.
Did we mention the food, the gelato, the pastry shops? Students had to try at least one gelato per day! The last city was Rome. Rome, Rome...by far the favorite. The travelers said that the center of the Roman Empire was impressive.
There is too much to mention here, so check out more photos on our Facebook page or come find out for yourself on our next trip in 2017. Ciao!
Spanish Exchange Program 2016
Students in the Spanish Exchange Program traveled to Europe and saw many historical sights. In Paris, they visited the Eiffel Tower, Napoleon's Tomb and museums with European weapons and armor from the medieval era to modern times. They also went to the Louvre, where they saw many types of beautiful and historical paintings, including the Mona Lisa.
Then the students went to Madrid, Spain to spend time with their exchange families and they learned about the Spanish culture in the home. They attended the local school and found the educational system to be very different from ours in the States. Their school layout and the way they operate was different. The host families also helped the students improve on their understanding of the Spanish language.
After returning to the States, the Spanish students visited our students in America and were shown how the American culture operates and how it is different from Spain. Our students enjoyed every moment of Spain, and the Spanish students enjoyed everything about our country as well!
Senior Trip 2016
Students from the Class of 2016 took a Senior Trip to the Frost Valley YMCA campground. Right in the middle of the Catskills, the seniors and chaperones participated in indoor and outdoor activities, including games, hiking, ziplining, and team-building exercises.
Click here to see more photos from the trip.
HHS Robotics Team advances to championship
The Hudson High School Robotics Team won the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Regional Robotics Competition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. This win qualifies them to compete in the FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis, Missouri on April 27-30, 2016.
The Robotics Team at HHS began about 12 years ago but this is the first time the team has won the chance to compete in the championship, which is attended by hundreds of high school teams from across the world. Read more >>
Update: The team was able to raise enough funds to travel to the championship in St. Louis, Missouri! They faced some extremely tough competition, consisting of teams from across the nation and nearly 40 countries. Although they did not win, the HHS Robotics Team performed very well against their international competitors!
Students teach others as part of Google Help Desk course
High school students had the opportunity to take a semester-long hybrid class/independent study in which they earned their Google Help Desk Certification. As part of Mrs. Bender's course, the students wrote blogs and reveiwed apps and tutorials. The course also required students to run a Google Help Desk, so not only did they learn hands-on skills but they also gained customer service experience.
For their final projects the students gave presentations to other students and faculty about various Google apps such as Google Calendar, Google Sheets, Google Drive, and Google Classroom. These informative sessions provided the students with additional experience in training others to use these technologies.
Psychology class learns concepts through real-world experience
Mrs. Abitable used real-world examples to illustrate psychology concepts known as Piaget's cognitive development theory. She brought her children, Ellis and Gavin, to the Psychology 101 class to help students learn about the cognitive stages of development, such as "self-concept."
The students conducted a series of tests with Ellis (age 19 months) and Gavin (age 4 years 9 months) to determine in which stage of Piaget's cognitive development theory the children currently are. In this photo, seniors Lauren Bowes and Ali Bartolotta are testing Gavin's conservation of number with graham crackers.
Visit our Facebook page for more photos of the experiments.
Science and Health classes view virtual autopsy
Students at Hudson High got to view real autopsies! Science teachers Mrs. Flint and Mrs. Nowak and Health teacher Mrs. Zincio took their classes on a virtual field trip to see science in action. They had the unique opportunity to witness a general autopsy and a forensic autopsy, all while meeting national science education content standards for Grades 9-12 as well as standards for health and physical education!
The general autopsy discussed characteristics of living organisms, the structure and function of different systems, disease prevention/treatment, and kinesiology (or body movement). The forensic autopsy expanded the topics and focused on vocabulary, collecting and analyzing evidence, establishing a timeline and time of death, considering environmental factors and assessing the scene, and how to determine cause of death.
The group of students consisted of biology, health, and forensic science classes as well as members of the Scrub Club. A special thank you to Ray Vollmerr and the Adventures in Medicine and Science program at St. Louis University Medical Center!
HS teacher featured in national publication
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.
Meet the Teacher Night Survey
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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...
Congrats Rotary participants!
Every month, the Hudson Rotary Club hosts two students from Hudson Senior High School at their weekly meeting. The students have an opportunity to learn about the local, national and international workings of the Rotary Club and to broaden their civic involvement. This year’s Class of 2016 participants were Jenna Gregory, Farzana Akhter, Ramisa Tasnim, Jenifer Rosete-Garcia, Victoria Younes, Olivia Waldron, Shane McNally, Lauren Bowes, Alexandra Bartolotta, Shervanessa Baker, Kody Pinkowski, Shamar Daniels, Little Isaiah Johnson, and Joshua Moon.
Class of 2016 Awards
Students in the Class of 2016 have been presented with recognitions from
their guidance counselors Rocky Payne and Liz Novine recently at Hudson Senior High
School. See who won the awards here...