teachers wearing Math Rules t-shirts two students fry eggs on a griddle Kids wearing orange clothing a student and teacher build a pencil catapult aerial view of new driveway and traffic pattern solar panels students sit on the stage in auditorium

Sixth grade teachers showed their love for math to help encourage students during the New York State exams.

Students wear orange for Unity Day, a national anti-bullying event in October.

On Fridays, the Life Skills class runs the "Egg Shack" and cooks made-to-order breakfast sandwiches for staff.

Students applied STEM concepts when they built working pencil catapults.

Students participate in "The Power of Peace," a grant-funded program that promotes tolerance, acceptance, and positive school climate and culture.

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

A solar array was built behind Hudson Jr./Sr. High School in partnership with the state-sponsored K-Solar Program and NY Power Authority.

CALENDAR

HUDSON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

Student Drop Off & Pick Up

As a reminder, student drop off and afternoon pick up should take place in the south parking lot ONLY (next to the Elks Lodge). The main entrance/bus loop is for school staff, visitors and school buses ONLY. If you have a student to be dropped off/picked up at the Senior High School, please use the north entrance next to the electronic sign (intersection of Harry Howard Ave & Joslen Blvd).

Please follow the traffic pattern below to help minimize vehicle hazards in the bus loop. Parent drop off/pick-up will not be permitted to come down the main bus loop. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this important safety matter.

aerial image of student drop off areas


2019-2020 School Calendar

Click here to view the calendar-at-a-glance for the 2019-2020 school year (PDF). Please review and save this calendar as it includes holidays, half days, testing dates and more.


Summer Academy 2019A sun wearing sunglasses and reading a book

There is still time to register for the Summer Academy at Hudson Junior High School!

Incoming 6th grade students are invited and encouraged to attend the JHS Summer Academy, which will help students have an easy transition from 5th to 6th grade. Although this academy is not mandatory it is strongly recommended that your child attend.

Students can get a head start on organization, study skills, Math, English/Language Arts and other subjects. They can also meet some JHS staff before the school year begins.

Dates: Monday, August 19-Thursday, August 22, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Space is limited and slots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Transportation it not provided, but there will be snacks!

If you are interested in taking advantage of this amazing opportunity, please return this permission slip to the JHS main office by August 15th (518-828-4360, ext. 8100).


Moving Up Ceremony

The 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony is on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Hudson Junior/Senior High School auditorium.


Letter from principal regarding student threat deemed non-credible by police

June 17, 2019 -- Over the weekend, the school was notified of a video in which a Hudson Junior High School student allegedly made threatening statements aimed at another junior high student. We immediately responded by contacting the Hudson Police Department to investigate. Law enforcement determined this threat to be non-credible and there is no current danger to Hudson Junior/Senior High School.

This incident is a prime example of people taking seriously our request that "if you see or hear something, say something." We thank the student and parent who came forward and alerted us to this situation so that we could quickly address it in the safest manner possible. Please reinforce with your children the importance of reporting any suspicious activity to an adult as soon as possible.

The safety of our students is one of our primary concerns and all threats, no matter how vague, will be taken very seriously and investigated. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at reardond@hudsoncsd.org

Sincerely,
Derek Reardon, HJHS Principal


Hands-on STEM Field Trip

junior high student holds his hand over a wind power exhibit7th and 8th grade Science classes recently visited the Museum of Innovation and Science in Schenectady where they applied classroom learning to the interactive exhibits. The students explored solar and wind energy, a land topography table, an electric car and they powered a light bulb with pedaling. They also explored human use of energy and human impact on the Earth.

But the best part was the star show in the planetarium! They asked so many thoughtful questions that the presenter stayed after the show to continue speaking with our students and demonstrate how seasonal changes affect how we see the constellations.

This trip was supported by a grant from the Hudson Arts and Humanities Fund, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.


Spring Concerts

Grades 6-8 bands and choirs will have their spring concerts on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Hudson Junior/Senior High School auditorium.


Hand-crafted Bookcasespecial education students next to a bookcase they helped build

Sixth and seventh grade students in the Life Skills class helped construct this bookcase with JHS Technology teacher, Mr. Buhler.

They were so excited to deliver the finished bookcase to Mrs. Ostrander to use in her Family & Consumer Sciences classroom!

 

 


3rd & 4th Quarter Positive Referrals

More than 100 junior high students received positive referrals from staff during the spring months. Click here to see the list and find out what they did to receive positive recognition from their teachers!


New York State Assessments for ELA and Math (Grades 3-8)

The dates for state exams for students in Grades 3-8 are as follows:

  • English Language Arts (ELA) exam scheduled for April 2 & 3, 2019
  • Math exam scheduled for May 1 & 2, 2019

Click here to learn more about recent changes to the state assessments and how we use the results to improve our educational practices.


Hudson Children's Book Festival (May 4, 2019)

The annual Hudson Children's Book Festival is on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Huson Junior/Senior High School.

Need a ride? There will be free bus transportation around Hudson and Greenport from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Click here to download the bus route map (PDF).


Info for Current 8th Grade Parents

If you missed our informational session for parents/guardians of incoming ninth grade students, click here to download the presentation from March 13, 2019 (PDF, 614 KB). Topics include graduation requirements, Regents exams, course schedules, electives and more.


"FAME: The Musical" (March 29-31, 2019)

fame the musicalThe Hudson Junior/Senior High School Drama Club presents "Fame: The Musical" this spring. It is a stage adaptation of the 1980 movie about students of the famous New York High School of the Performing Arts.

Opening night is Friday, March 29, 2019, at 7:30 p.m., with additional shows at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 30th, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 31st. All performances are in the Hudson Jr./Sr. High School auditorium. Click here for show details and ticket information.


Sign Up for Extended Learning Time

We are pleased to offer our students an opportunity for additional academic instruction before and after school. The Extended Learning Time program is designed to help your child succeed in Math, Science, and English/Language Arts (ELA). Teachers will work with your child on specific skills he/she needs to be better prepared for the next grade level.

If you are interested in having your child attend Extended Learning Time to receive extra support in these subjects, complete this sign-up form (PDF) and return it to the Guidance Office by March 3, 2019.


2nd Quarter Honor Rolls

Congratulations to the Bluehawks who earned spots on the honor rolls for the second quarter!


2nd Quarter Positive Referrals

More than 85 junior high students received positive referrals from staff during the second quarter. Click here to see the list and find out what they did to receive positive recognition from their teachers.


New Visitor Management System photo identification card clipart

New safety measures are coming to the Hudson City School District. Effective November 19, 2018, all school buildings will begin using School Gate Guardian, a computerized visitor management system.

Any visitor entering one of our district facilities will be required to provide photo identification (such as a driver’s license or state-issued photo ID). Click here to learn more about School Gate Guardian.


1st Quarter Honor Rolls

Congratulations to the HJHS Bluehawsks who made high honor and honor rolls for the first quarter!


Dismissal and Bus Change Procedures

Please help us ensure a safe and smooth dismissal each day by following the guidelines for changing your child's afternoon dismissal/transportation plans.


Power of Peace Returns to JHS

students and staff seated in chairs in a circleThe first Power of Peace at Hudson Junior High School was held on September 17, 2018. This program, which helps to cultivate self-awareness, acceptance and tolerance, is experienced by almost all Hudson students (staff, too!) by the time they enter high school. Our aim is to promote a positive school climate and culture that students can also apply to other aspects of life.

We are grateful to have this grant-funded program return for another year!



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.


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.


Help Hudson JHS 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 Junior High School earn free classroom equipment and supplies, all donated by the Price Chopper "Tools for Schools" program! Click here to read a letter about enrolling your Price Chopper AdvantEdge card to earn equipment and supplies for Hudson JHS.

Enroll your card at the Price Chopper Tools for Schools site. The school code for HJHS is: 16141



Supply Lists (2018-19)

Get the 2018-2018 school supplies lists for Grades 6-8 here.


Students Learn to Create Computer Games

students creating computer gamesSixth graders learned how to create computer games during an Hour of Code event in Mr. Millar’s Library Skills class. For this event, a one-hour tutorial showed students how to follow code steps, problem solve and create interactive computer games. As they advanced through the programs they relied on previous knowledge to complete more complex STEM tasks using coding. Not only did the students enjoy creating new interactive games, but also modifying them using different functions to build or change the characters. Mr. Millar said the students seemed proud of what they accomplished because they kept calling him over to show off their creations!


Exploring Careers with "Chip & Sip" art student uses colored pencils to design cookie package

Junior high students are exploring different careers as part of the curriculum in Family & Consumer Sciences with Mrs. Ostrander.

Along with Mr. Peters’ Art students, they collaborated on a “Chip & Sip” project, which is a fun take on the popular Paint & Sip trend. FACS students baked delicious double chocolate chip cookies while Art students created unique package designs (based on a template designed by Aiesha Gaffor).

While enjoying cookies and juice, they talked about different career possibilities such as baker, pastry chef, graphic designer and marketing careers.

 



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.


After School Tutoring for Grades 6-8

After school tutoring is now available through our partnership with the Hudson Area Library and the Bluehawk Nation After School Program. The tutoring program is open to students in Grades 6-8 and will take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at the Hudson Area Library (51 N. 5th Street, Hudson).

If you would like your student to participate, please contact the Jr. High Guidance Department at 518-828-4360 ext. 8308 to let us know you are planning to send your child. There is limited space available so please contact us as soon as possible.   


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CONTACT INFORMATION


Junior High School  518-828-4360
Main Office Courtney McDonald - ext. 8100
Principal Derek Reardon - ext. 8302
Associate Principal Alyssa Sabbatino - ext. 8318
Dignity Act Coordinator Eric Clark - ext. 8305
Nurse – ext. 8311
Guidance - ext. 8308
Attendance - ext. 3108

Fax Numbers:

JHS Main Office - 518-697-8522
JHS Guidance Office - 518-697-8791

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