Hudson Senior High School Archive

June 2016 edition of The Owl

The June 2016edition of The Owl is here! Check it out to read about Senior Awards Night, Mr. Antonelli's award, the spring concert, Travon Alert's track accomplishments, and find out where our seniors are heading after graduation! Read it here...

Congratulations on Senior Awards

Congratulations to all our seniors who won awards! We will certainly miss all of our graduates next year! See the list of award winners here...

HHS Robotics Team advances to championship

robotics team holding championship flagThe 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 here >>

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!

Italy Trip 2016

students on stairs in ItalyOver 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, 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!

spanish students and hot families at airport

Senior Trip 2016

senior boy on zip lineStudents 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.

Students teach others as part of Google Help Desk course

students with Google presentationHigh 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

psychology students with child

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!

class watching virtual autopsy in library

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!

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...

Congrats Rotary participants!

Rotary Club Awards

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

Class of 2016

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...

Check out The Owl

Check out the latest edition of the student newspaper The Owl! Read about The National Honor Society Induction, Senior Prom, the Environmental Club's adoption of endangered animals, the Husdon: Art Works program, the Hudson Children's Book Festival, the Multicultural Festival, Field Day, spring sports, and the Lincoln Funeral Train event. Read it here!

Congrats to NHS inductees

National Honor Society 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.

Begh and Varriale chosen for scholarshipBerkshire winners

Congratulations to Atia Begh and Brittany Varriale, winners of the Berkshire Bank scholarship! Begh and Varriale earned $1,500 scholarships to college.

HHS students featured on album

Students from the Hudson High School played horn instruments for a new album. The album, presented by Tuff Gong Worldwide, features singers from 1World Chorus, a non-profit that unites and empowers kids through music. The singers are children from the U.S., Kenya, Colombia, and Jamaica. The album is a series of covers of Bob Marley songs. Hudson students can be heard playing on "Smile Jamaica" and "Wake up and Live." They played the tuba, clarinet, tenor sax, alto sax, french horn, trombone, and trumpet. Check out the album here!

Envirothon team goes to statesEnvirothon Champions

The Hudson High School's Envirothon team finished first in the county and third overall in the region in the regional competition. They will now be going on to compete at the statewide level. Twenty-three teams from five counties participated in the contest, which tests students' knowledge of aquatics, forestry, problem-solving, current issues, soils, and wildlife. The team has been training twice a week since September. Led by teacher Jim McDarby, HHS has a history of success at this event, having gone to the statewide event four times in the last 6 years. The final showdown will be held on May 27 and 28.

Jacqueline Woodson visits HHS

Jacqueline Woodson

Renowned children's author Jacqueline Woodson visited the Hudson Junior and Senior High Schools to talk about writing and to enjoy some lunch with students. She answered questions about the writing profession and gave advice to students who might want to become writers. Woodson placed emphasis on the value of slow reading, because she said slow readers might just be learning how to write by studying others' work. Woodson is the author of the children's bestseller Brown Girl Dreaming. Read more about her visit in the Register-Star.

P.E. Dept. holds badminton tournamentBadminton Tournament

The Hudson High School P.E. department held a Badminton Tournament! Over 35 teams participated. The event was so successful that they went on to hold a staff/student competition. Congratulations to our winners, and thanks to everyone who played! Wednesday winners: Joey Rivette and Fahim Hussain; Runners Up: Tulona Zumona and MD Islam; Thursday winners: Fardin Nabid and Amjad Murshad, Runners Up: Alif Anwar and Shoheb Khan; Staff/Student Winners: MD Islam & Dan Hernandez; Runners Up: Fahim Hussain & Nancy Graziano

Rosete-Garcia wins science awardRosete Garcia

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...

Leccese and Tampasis named valedictorian and salutatorianValedictorian and Salutatorian

Principal Antonio Abitabile is very pleased to announce that Gina Leccese and Adriana Tampasis have been named Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Graduating Class of 2015. Gina will be attending Siena College in the fall to major in business. Adriana plans to study science and art at Bard College in the fall. Both young women are members of the National Honor Society, and are very involved in school activities, community service, athletics, and the arts. Read more about them here...

Hudson CSD shares survey results

Hudson City School District is sharing the results of a recent survey that asked teachers, students and parents to give their thoughts about how well their schools are performing in important areas such as district leadership and capacity, school leader practices and decisions, and curriculum development and support, among others. According to Superintendent Maria Suttmeier, “The survey showed that our district has made a number of advancements, particularly in school safety. And looking toward a bright future, we will keep building on our accomplishments, while striving to improve areas of concern.” The district reviewed these results with site-level administrators and shared their findings with the Board of Education on Monday, March 23, 2015. See the results…

Kindness Club donates to Class of 2016Kindness Club donates to class of 2016

The Hudson High School's Kindness Club sold their famous Kindness Cotton Candy at the Harlem Wizards game on November 5. They chose to donate half of their profits to the class of 2016! This donation totals $165.


The Owl releases latest edition

The Hudson High School's school newspaper The Owl has released its September/October edition. Read all about the Kindness Club, Envirothon, the new teachers at Hudson High, Homecoming, Varsity Club, and even issues of national and international concern. Don't miss the interview with Mrs. Novine, and the book reviews by Devon Sweatt and Jenna Gregory. Check it out here!

Kindness Club takes silver in bocceKindness Club takes silver

The Kindness Club Bocce Team advanced to the Special Olympics State Games after competing in Rome, New York back in September at the Regional Games where they took Silver in the 4-person team event and gold in the 2-person team event. Over this past weekend, the team took silver in the 4-person bocce team out of 36 teams across the state. The Kindness Club Bocce Team is partnered with Sons and Daughters of Italy of Columbia County, who donate the use of their training facility. The team has been training since August.

Student builds cabinet in furniture classStudent builds cabinet

Student Frankie O'Neil has completed the large cabinet he was building in his furniture class. The Hudson Senior High School holds a variety of hands-on classes in which students can learn practical skills and produce usable finished products.

Kindness Table is up and runningKindness Table

The Kindness Club will be hosting a Kindness Table during lunch periods at the Hudson Senior High School. The Kindness Table will be next to the garbage receptacle in the cafeteria. Here, students can place their unused, unopened lunch items instead of throwing them in the trash, so as to minimize waste during lunch. Students can then take the unused items for their own use. If items are left on the Kindness Table at the end of the lunch period, they will be sent to the Nurse's Office. Please use this table instead of throwing away unused items, and help keep our cafeteria efficient and free of waste.

Students named AP Scholars

Amanda Chaplin, Patricia VanValkenburgh, S.M. Huq and Adriana Tampasis named AP ScholarsHudson Senior High School students, (L to R) Amanda Chaplin, Patricia VanValkenburgh, S.M. Huq and Adriana Tampasis have been named AP Scholars by the College Board for their excellent academic performance by scoring 3 on at least three of their Advanced Placement Exams – AP Biology, AP World History and AP United States History.  Standing behind the students (L to R) Associate Principal, Robert LaCasse, AP World History Teacher, Justin Cukerstein, AP Biology Teacher, James McDarby, AP US History Teacher, Sally Naramore and Principal, Antonio W. Abitabile.

Alexis Doto wins Columbia County Schoolgirl Queen

Alexis Doto wins Columbia County Schoolgirl Queen

Hudson High School senior Alexis Doto was crowned the 2014 Columbia County Schoolgirl Queen on August 29 at the Columbia County Fair.

Alexis is an active member of the school community, having participated in dance, Student Council, advertising, and the multicultural festival.

Girls' soccer team does Ice Bucket Challenge

The Hudson City High School girls' varsity soccer team has taken on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The girls participated in the nationwide viral sensation in order to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). They have donated $250 to the St. Peter's Hospital ALS Regional Center, and have encouraged the school community to join in raising awareness of this neurodegenerative disease. Check out their video here, and make an online donation to St. Peter's ALS Center.

YES program continues to grow

The Hudson High School Youth Employment Service (YES) program graduated a record number of students Wednesday at Club Helsinki Hudson. The program, which just concluded its seventh year, partners students with local businesses to learn real world skills. Students undergo hours of classroom instruction before take part in paid internships. Read more...

Barksdale gives scholarships

High school students honored

Redwan Akter and Kaitlyn Krein meet Rashad Barksdale, sponsor of the "It’s Okay to Dream Scholarship”. Each student is the recipient of a $500 award.






High school student wins award

High school student honored

Jordan Corrigan (second from right) won the Friends of Lindenwald Award presented by Peter Bujanow, President and HHS 1976 graduate (third from right).






Hudson High School seniors honor teachers with video

Hudson High School seniors present video to HHS faculty in honor of Teacher Appreciation Month as a gift from the Class of 2014.

If you are unable to watch the video, view it on YouTube

Hudson HS student surprised with scholarship

Jake Topple, Billy Glasser, Vinny Drahushuk, Joe Rivette and Chris Merante
Pictured L to R:  Denise Cioni of Berkshire Bank, Gazi Sakib, scholarship recipient and Bob LaCasse, Dean of Students 

A Hudson Senior High School senior received an unexpected surprise Tuesday, courtesy of Berkshire Bank. Senior Gazi Sakib was greeted by The Berkshire Bank, Hudson branch Assistant Vice President Denise Cioni, as he returned to the school from the advanced student program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he takes classes with freshman as part of the Questar III New Visons program. Read the full article on the Register Star's website.

Ghani and Ganey named as Valedictorian and Salutatorian at HSHS

Jake Topple, Billy Glasser, Vinny Drahushuk, Joe Rivette and Chris Merante

Hudson Senior High School, is pleased to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2014. Read more...

Student athletes raise money for cancer research

Jake Topple, Billy Glasser, Vinny Drahushuk, Joe Rivette and Chris Merante

Jake Topple, Billy Glasser, Vinny Drahushuk, Joe Rivette and Chris Merante raised the most money as a team for the Fourth Annual St. Baldrick's Event in Chatham, NY. Not only did these Hudson High School baseball players raise the most money as a team, but they also shaved their heads for the cause. The event is a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which funds childhood cancer research.

Students travel to Spain

Participating are:  Jennifer Graziano, chaperone, Jesus Melendez, Olivia Otty, Shannon LaChance, Dan Gelles, Conner Graziano, Jacob Rivette, Mrs. Gazzera, Ricardo Wise, Shonette Yarde and in front Jayre Reynoso-Alcantara.
Participating are: Jennifer Graziano, chaperone, Jesus Melendez, Olivia Otty, Shannon LaChance, Dan Gelles, Conner Graziano, Jacob Rivette, Mrs. Gazzera, Ricardo Wise, Shonette Yarde and in front Jayre Reynoso-Alcantara.

Mrs. Amparo Gazzera’s Spanish students left Tuesday for an exchange with Gredos San Diego School in Spain. In early May students from Spain will be visiting Hudson.

Students teaching students

Shelby Rideout, Shannon LaChance, Jessica Hoffman, Samantha Kilburn, Jose Melendez, and Abigail Weinman.
Shelby Rideout, Shannon LaChance, Jessica Hoffman, Samantha Kilburn, Jose Melendez, and Abigail Weinman

Students from Mrs. Gazzera’s Spanish class taught classes at the Intermediate School as a part of the Spanish V curriculum.

Kindness Spreads Kindness

Front row L to R: Jahlisa Adams, Kentavis Newkirk, Rebecca Decker, Jared Busta. Back row: Christina Johnson, class aide Sumayyah Shabazz, Terez Abatecola, Alina Parvin, Richard Abatecola, Tristin Roberts, class volunteer Scott DiMonda, Life Skills Teacher Lisa Foronda
Front row L to R: Jahlisa Adams, Kentavis Newkirk, Rebecca Decker, Jared Busta. Back row: Christina Johnson, class aide Sumayyah Shabazz, Terez Abatecola, Alina Parvin, Richard Abatecola, Tristin Roberts, class volunteer Scott DiMonda, Life Skills Teacher Lisa Foronda

Thanks to an extremely generous donation from the Terez and Richard Abatecola Foundation to the HHS Kindness Club, Mrs. Foronda’s Life Skills Class will be able to fund a class field trip to New York City. The Kindness Club applied for funds from a local Arts and Humanities grant, but only received a partial amount. Upon hearing of the news, the Abatecola’s reached out to the Kindness Club and surprised them with the remaining funds.


The Power of Peace comes to HHS

Students participated with Power of Peace

Over the course of six days, from November 5th to the 13th, 65 Hudson High School students and 6 teachers participated in the Youth Voice Center's Power of Peace Workshop. The Youth Voice Center was founded by Executive Director and Creator of the Power of Peace Workshop Michael Arterberry, who has a long and successful working with youth in the area.