"Emergency closing" return days
Due to not using all emergency closing days allotted for the 2015-16 school year, there will be two emergency closing return days in May. This means there will be no school on Friday, May 13 and Friday, May 27, 2016.
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.
“It’s important to look at the environment around us, consider environmental problems, educate others about the issues and what we can do about them,” said Brianna.
Brianna is also a member of HHS’ Environmental Club and participant in the annual Envirothon competition. Coincidentally, the theme of this year’s Envirothon competition is invasive species.
Read this Register Star article to learn more about Brianna's training and what she will do as an ISAT ambassador.
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.
Poetry Group visits Emily Dickinson Museum
To celebrate National Poetry Month, the Poetry Group at Hudson High School went to the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts. Students who attended were given an anthology of Dickinson poetry and Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass."
The Owl (March 2016)
The March edition of the student newspaper, "The Owl," is now available. Download it here.
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 >>
Since the championship is in St. Louis, Missouri, the HHS Robotics Team is currently raising money in order to fund their championship quest. There are 12 kids on the team, grades 9-12, so it's a big ticket. They have set up a GoFundMe page to help raise the $25,000 needed to travel to and compete in the FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis on April 27-30, 2016.
Special Olympics bowling team competes in tournament
The Hudson Bluehawks Special Olympics bowling team traveled to Schenectady last weekend to compete in the New York State Special Olympics Capital District local tournament.
They competed against over 100 athletes from across the region. They were first and second in their divisions!
Jared Busta- 175
Azizul Tusar- 82
Alina Parvin- 91
Jacob Liebenau- 55
Kentavis Newkirk- 92
Nuzat Yesmin- 71
20th Annual Juried Art Show at CGCC
The Fine Arts Department at Columbia-Greene Community College supported fourteen area high schools by exhibiting twenty-eight student artworks at the 20th Annual Juried Art Show. This Juried Art Show is displayed in the Foundation Gallery located at Columbia-Greene Community College.
The Foundation Gallery Director Yura Adams selected Michaela Gomula’s acrylic painting “Cross Roads” (top) for the Director’s Choice Award. This prestigious award recognizes Michaela’s artistic talents with a monetary prize of $150.00. Omer Mufti’s colored pencil drawing “A Rivalry Beyond the Realm of Gods” (bottom) is also on exhibit.
Michaela Gomula and Omer Mufti will have their artwork on exhibit through February 26, 2016. Ms. Albino, art teacher, submitted the art pieces created by Michaela and Omer to the Juried Art Show.
The Foundation Gallery hours at Columbia-Greene Community College are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on weekends by appointment.
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
Thank you to all that attended Meet the Teacher Night. Please take a brief moment to complete the survey.
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...
Congrats to NHS inductees
Congratulations to the National Honor Society inductees: Clair-Djinie Bazar, Logan Cozzolino, Eoghan Deforest, Tyler Dellavechia, Thao Doan, Sophie Filli, Anthony Guzzi, Julie Klugo, Justine Marotta, Christopher Meano, Omer Mufti, Ellis Richardson Jr., Cecille Ruiz, Jonathan Simmons, Emily Spateholts, Esrat Sumayya. The induction ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 5.
Rosete-Garcia wins science award
Hudson High School junior Jenifer Rosete-Garcia has received the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, which is sponsored by the University of Rochester. She received a framed medallion and a certificate for her achievement. Additionally, if she chooses to apply to the University of Rochester, her application fee will be waived and she will be eligible to be considered for merit scholarships worth at least $10,000 per year. Every year, participating high schools each nominate one student for the award. Read more...