group holds banner in front of solar panelsstudents hold blue ribbonsaerial view of new driveway and traffic pattern The drumline stands on a platform Psychology students learn about child psychology A view of the Catskill Mountains The Hudson High Robotics Team holds a championship flag High school students hold Spanish signs in front of Intermediate School

Students in the new Alternative Energy course helped unveil a solar array behind Hudson Jr./Sr. High School, built in partnership with the state-sponsored K-Solar Program and NY Power Authority. (Photo: NYPA)

An HHS Envirothon team won 1st place in Columbia County and will compete against other county champs at the the New York State Envirothon on May 23 & 24.

A drum line performs before the annual Homecoming Bonfire at Barrett Field.

Students earning college credit in Psychology learn about Piaget’s cognitive development theory.

A view of the beautiful Catskill Mountains behind Hudson Jr./Sr. High School

The Hudson High School Robotics Team competed in a national robotics championship (the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Championship in St. Louis) on April 27-30, 2016.

Congratulations to both the Boys' and Girls' Varsity Basketball teams on earning their second straight Patroon Conference Championship titles in the 2016-17 season!

Students taking the college credit Spanish V class taught a Spanish lesson, which they created themselves, to kids at MCSIS.

Please be advised of traffic pattern changes at the intersection of Harry Howard Avenue & Joslen Boulevard. Click here for more details.



Class of 2022 Freshman Orientation

The Class of 2022 Orientation at Hudson High School is being held on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at 6 p.m. The agenda includes:

  • Student schedules
  • Chromebook distribution
  • Lockers
  • Parent orientation
  • Meet the teachers

Don’t miss the ice cream social at 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria!

Summer School Registration (Grades 6-12)

The dates of summer school are July 9-August 15, 2018 (Monday through Thursday, no classes on Friday):

  • Session 1 classes are from 8-10:15 a.m.
  • Session 2 classes are from 10:20 a.m.-12:35 p.m.

This year, all summer school classes and exams for Grades 6-12 will be held on the High School side of campus. All students must enter the building using the high school entrance.

If you are unsure if your child needs to attend summer school this year, please call the High School Guidance Office at 518-828-4360 (ext. 3111) or the Junior High Guidance Office (ext. 8308).

Seniors Complete Bard Early College Hudson Programhigh school students hold certificates

Six Hudson seniors, along with a few others from neighboring districts, were recently recognized for their scholastic achievements in the Bard Early College Hudson program. Congrats to Bluehawks Angel Canarte, Jimmy Canarte, Michael Dolan, Dominic Domkoski, Connor McCagg and Alicia Salvatore!

These seniors and others from Germantown, Taconic Hills and Coxsackie-Athens completed five college courses this year and received 13 credits from Bard College. Courses were in Humanities, U.S. History, Psychology, Creative Writing and Theatre. Colleges they're planning to attend include Bard College, Pace University, Marist College, Dutchess Community College, Hartwick College, SUNY New Paltz, Cazenovia College, American International College and Tufts University.

In addition to the seniors, seven juniors from school districts in and around Hudson participated in Bard Early College Hudson this year. Next year, participation will grow to 23 students, inclduing 16 Hudson students and seven others who will participate through Questar III BOCES.

The early college program, which began in 2016 and is located at a special satellite campus on Warren Street, is made possible through a partnership of Bard College, the Hudson City School District, Questar III and the Galvan Foundation.

National Honor Society Inductees

Twenty-nine Bluehawks were inducted into the National Honor Society on May 30, 2018:

Jasmin Ahmed, Lili Barglowska, Hailey Beaumont, Monalissa Carius, Tori Colarusso, Emma Eaton, Olivia Elliott, Victoria Gardner, Osman Gofran, Spencer Goldstein, Lauren Gower, Jahid Hasan, Miftahul Huq, Ian Hutchings, Katherine Jepsen, Byonte Jones, Aaron Li, Sarah Li, Sanjida Lopa, Joshua Meicht, Majed Murshed, Emilia Ortiz, Caleigh Parmentier, Ravid Rahmen, Hailey Rolon, Hannah Romano, Emily Sullivan, Fariah Sultana, Autumn Tampasis.

Congratulations to all!

Alvarez and McCagg Named Class of 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Antonio W. Abitabile, Principal of Hudson Senior High School, is pleased to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2018. Maya Rose Alvarez and Kayleigh Elizabeth McCagg, both of Hudson, have been named Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively.

Maya Alvarez - Valedictorian

Maya AlvarezMaya Alvarez is the President of the National Honor Society, Yearbook, SADD, BrainBee, Environmental Club, Prison Public Memory Project, Underground Railroad Project, Scrub Club, Math Club, and Mentor Foundation USA. She played volleyball, basketball and softball. Maya was also a Power of Peace graduate.

Maya achieved the Lawrence Tech Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics and CGCC Certificate of Excellence. During high school, she raised over $500 for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico and volunteered as a math tutor to assist students with passing the Algebra Regents. Ms. Alvarez will attend college to study Biology and prepare for medical school in the field of Cardiology.

Kayleigh McCagg - Salutatorian

Kayleigh McCaggKayleigh McCagg is a member of National Honor Society, SADD, Varsity Club, Tri-Music Honor Society, Drama Club, Yearbook and BrainBee. She participated in the Youth Employment Services (YES) program, JV and Varsity softball, Varsity soccer, Varsity Cross-Country, Varsity Track and JV Basketball.

Kayleigh received the Advanced Placement Scholar Award, Rotary Student of the Month, Gellert Cornell Admissions Invitation, winner of the regional BrainBee competition (Rensselaer Chapter), participated in the national Brain Bee, received a scholar athlete award in soccer, participated in All-County Choir, All-County Band, All-County-Jazz Band. Additionally, she has received the CASDA Scholars Recognition.

Ms. McCagg organized a fundraiser through Centro Civico Foundation for the families affected by Hurricane Maria and has been a Salvation Army bell ringer and volunteer. She is also a member of Stottville Volunteer Fire Company, Post 42 American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary member, International Youth Neuroscience Association (IYNA) and an assistant at St. Mary’s Church Religious Education.

Kayleigh plans to attend college to study Biology and minor in Neuroscience, with her sights set on becoming a Pediatric Neurologist.

Ways to Help Your Child Attend School Every Day

Every day counts!

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.

You can also read our Quarter 3 Attendance Newsletter (PDF) for other ways you can support your students.

Model UN Students Win Awards at First Summitstudents hold certificates

Hudson High School’s very first Model UN team participated in a summit at SUNY New Paltz in April. It was the first time the team of six and advisor Mrs. Factor participated in such an event. They did a great job at their first showing, with two students winning awards. Congratulations to Devon Sweatt (left) and Pierre Jeune (right), who were awarded certificates for Outstanding Delegate and Best Delegate, respectively, at the SUNY New Paltz Model UN Conference.

Thank you to the Highland Model UN team for helping our students navigate the process and successfully participate in their first Model UN conference. The team is already looking forward to next year!

Envirothon Team Heading to State Competitionstudents holding blue ribbons

Congrats to the Hudson High School Envirothon teams for finishing in first and second place in Columbia County during the Hudson Valley Regional Envirothon competition on April 25! Twenty-three teams from six counties participated in the contest, which tests students' knowledge of aquatics, forestry, problem-solving, current issues, soils, and wildlife.

The first-place team (pictured) will advance to the New York State Envirothon to compete against other county champions. Under the guidance of Mr. McDarby, HHS has a history of success at Envirothon events, having gone to the statewide event five times in the last nine years! The final competition will be held at the Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY on May 23rd and 24th. Good luck, Bluehawks!

Student Art Show at Columbia-Greene Community College

pencil drawing of carThe Hudson City School District Student Art Show will be on display at Columbia-Greene Community College beginning on Monday, April 9, 2018. Students in grades K-12 will exhibit 2D and 3D artwork in two galleries at the college: the Kaaterskill Gallery and the Blue Hill Gallery.

An Opening Reception is planned for Tuesday, April 10, from 5-7 p.m. The show runs until the end of April.

(Pictured: pencil drawing by Hudson High School senior, Tanzil Sami)

Student Work Featured in National Symposium

A national symposium will be featuring original work from some of our students! Students who participated in the Community Writing Center at Hudson High School worked with the Public Prison Memory Project on a project titled “Letters from Some Distant Place.”

Their work will be on exhibit during the “Incarcerating Girls and Women: Research, Public Memory, and Narratives” national symposium at SUNY Albany on Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7, 2018. The symposium is free and open to the public, so check it out if you can! Click here fore more information about the symposium.

Congrats to the following Bluehawks on this accomplishment: Maya Alvarez (’18), Ingrid Kildiss and Kristian Tampasis (’17), Omer Mufti, Jenna Gregory, Danny Gelles, Olivia Waldron, James Chaplin, Ramisa Tasnim, Farzana Akhter, Sheila DeJesus, and Alif Anwar (’16)

Mrs. Bender Named WNYT Top Teacher

Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Bender on being named a WNYT NewsChannel 13 Top Teacher! Click here to watch her segment, which aired on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

In addition to teaching Social Studies and Economics, Mrs. Bender is the facilitator of the student-run Google Help Desk. She also facilitates the H&R Block Budget Challenge, which is a personal finance simulation that allows seniors to compete with students across the country for $20,000 in scholarships. Mrs. Bender is the second HHS teacher in less than one year to be recognized as a Top Teacher (Mr. McDarby, a Science teacher, received the honor in April 2017).

Mrs. Bender (smiling in pink!) gave us this photo of her and many of the members of the HHS Student Council who wrote the nomination letters.

Mrs. Bender and the Hudson Senior High School Student Council

New Traffic Pattern at Jr./Sr. High School Begins on November 20, 2017

On Monday, November 20, 2017, the new driveway on the north side of the junior/senior high school campus will open. Effective 11/20, the new entrance/exit should be used for:

  • High school student and district office staff parking
  • Drivers dropping off or picking up students who go to the high school (arrival and dismissal)

Changes to the traffic pattern affect student/district office staff parking and high school parent drop off/pick-up only (until further notice). High school staff, visitors and school buses should continue to enter the parking lot through the main entrance. Parent drop off/pick-up will not be permitted to come down the main driveway. If you have a student to be dropped off/picked up at the Junior High School, please use the entrance next to the Elks Lodge (201 Harry Howard Avenue).

Visit the Capital Project webpage for more details, including an aerial image of the new driveway with arrows to indicate the traffic pattern changes.

Creative Career Luncheon Series

High school students heard about tech career possibilities from Jake Perry, a Program Manager at Etsy, during the most recent installment of HHS’ Creative Career Luncheon series. Mr. Perry is also a consultant for a law firm, helping to develop media and business strategies. His ultimate message was that there are many jobs in the tech industry that are not based in coding or computer programming. Thank you to Mr. Perry for taking the time to speak with our students, Scali’s for supplying the lunch, and John Friedmann’s office for helping to coordinate the entire series!

3rd Annual Great Cardboard Boat Race

Students in pool paddling boats made of cardboard and duct tapeHudson Senior High School hosted its third annual Great Cardboard Boat Race on December 1, 2017. Students in the Transportation Systems class at HHS competed against Ichabod Crane’s Transportation Systems class as well as a Principles of Engineering class from Germantown. The technology students had to build boats using only cardboard, duct tape, Elmer’s glue and plastic bottles. Students then raced across the HHS pool in their homemade two-person boats.

They were hard-fought races and Germantown ultimately won, defeating the two-time defending champion Bluehawks. Congrats to all the participants on their creative designs and determination. We’re already looking forward to next year!

NYSSMA Area All State Festival

Congratulations to Brianna Tsitsera (Grade 12) for being selected to attend the NYSSMA Area All State Festival November 17-18 at Taconic Hills High School in Craryville, N.Y.!

In order to be selected to participate in the festival, students were required to prepare and perform a solo for a NYSSMA judge, as well as sight read a short melody. The highest scoring music students in Dutchess, Putnam & Columbia Counties were selected to participate in this event.

Students will participate in intense rehearsals on Friday afternoon (Nov. 17) and Saturday morning (Nov. 18). The concert will be on Saturday afternoon under the direction of conductors from around the Capital District and beyond.

AP Scholars 2017

It is with great honor that Antonio W. Abitabile, Principal of Hudson Senior High School, announces that 2017 graduate, Jared Scali is the recipient of the AP Scholar with Honor. To achieve the Honor status, Jared achieved grades of 3.0 or higher on at least four full-year AP Exams with an average of at least 3.25.

It is with further pride that Mr. Abitabile states that Brianna Tsitsera and Kayleigh McCagg have received the honor of AP Scholars for 2017. Miss Tsitsera and Miss McCagg receive this award for achieving grades of 3.0 or higher on at least three full-year AP Exams.

Principals Present Class of 2018 Awards

Principals present awards to eight seniorsStudents in the Class of 2018 were presented with recognitions from Hudson Senior High School Principal Antonio Abitabile and Associate Principal Bob LaCasse. Click here to see what awards each student received.

Pictured (L to R): Mr. LaCasse, Karissa Garbarini, Jessica Sherman, Emily Clark, Maya Alvarez, Siddique Ahmed, Saima Hannan, Brianna Tsitsera, Alicia Salvatore and Principal Abitabile

Coming Soon to a Classroom Near You!

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 >>

Help HHS by Enrolling Your Price Chopper AdvantEdge Card!

Price Chopper Tools for SchoolsHave you linked your Price Chopper AdvantEdge Card to our school? Simply sign up and shop to help Hudson Senior High School earn free classroom equipment and supplies, all donated by the Price Chopper "Tools for Schools" program! Earn double points for our school when you purchase store brand products.

Enroll your card at the Price Chopper Tools for Schools site. The school code for HHS is: 16142


Students Collect Data for Cornell Lab of Ornithology

students looking at paper in a fieldA few of Mr. McDarby’s students at Hudson Senior High School are monitoring nest boxes in the Greenport Conservation Area as part of an ongoing “nest watch” program with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

With the assistance of John Horton from the Columbia Land Conservancy, the students enter the conservation area every three to four days to check on the status of 10 nest boxes. The data collected by students will be used to track the reproductive biology of birds, including when nesting occurs, the number of eggs laid, how many eggs hatch, and how many hatchlings survive.

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.


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.)

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 >>

Principal Abitabile Chosen as Administrator of the Year

Principal Abitabile

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

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

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High School: 518-828-4360
Main Office: 3100
Principal: Antonio W. Abitabile -– 3114: Ellen Miller
Associate Principal: Robert LaCasse – 3118:  Jodi Keyser
Guidance Office: 3111 – Shannon Hoose
Nurse's Office: 3107
Attendance: 3108
Pool Coordinator: 3115

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