Welcome to The First Edition Parent Newsletter

The Hudson City School District is pleased to announce the launch of an e-newsletter for parents. As we move forward with this e-newsletter, we will be interested in hearing from you about future content. The goal is to provide you with current updates about items of interest, student learning, and program updates.

Facility Update
GPD and Hammond Construction updated the Board of Education about the Middle School Design and budget on December 10, 2018. The images above reflect the updated renderings of the Middle School. The PowerPoint presentation is available here .

In addition to the Powerpoint, the full presentation is recorded by HCTV and is available for viewing .
Dedication of Hudson High School Media Center
The Hudson City School District is proud to dedicate its newly renovated High School Media Center to former and long-time Superintendent Gerald M. Reeves. Nearly 125 people attended the Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Monday, August 20, 2018.

The Media Center provides students with different areas to engage in their high school life. The Media Center project created four new learning spaces to house 3D zSpace technology, videoconferencing technology, and a small mac lab. The area encompasses a large group instructional space and two small collaboration spaces where students can have a quiet area for independent or group study. The Media Center also features a Digital Den for virtual learning and a makerspace that provides students with a means to create capstone pieces for student-driven projects.

The project also included new carpet, LED lighting, painting, and some new furniture. Many of the walls were also painted with writable paint for dynamic learning, collaboration, and reflection.
It is the first project to be completed as part of the District's Master Facility Plan.
(Video) After the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, our community came together with our schools
to determine a future course of action for improved safety, security and mental wellness programs.  
Safety Committee Update
Last spring, following the Hudson School District Safety Symposium, the school district launched the Parent and Staff Safety Advisory Committee. The purpose of the committee is to:
  • Understand the Hudson City School District’s current safety procedures.
  • Research potential improvements to the District Safety Plan in the areas of mental wellness, physical improvements, practices, communication, and training.
  • Advise and make recommendations to the Superintendent for modification or revision of the district safety plan and procedures.

New Secure Entrance Updates to Schools
Over the holiday break, our maintenance staff installed an additional layer of security at the front entrances of each building with 2-way video/audio communication modules that allow office personnel to view and communicate with those wishing to enter the security vestibules before unlocking the exterior doors. From there, visitors can then request entry in to our main offices. All other normal procedures are still in effect (e.g., visitors will continue to sign in and wear a visitor sticker before entering the building beyond the main office). Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. As always, the goal of the Hudson City School District is to keep our students and staff safe at all times.  
A Semester in Review
In this video, see how TAB (Teaching Artistic Behavior) -- a nationally recognized choice-based approach to teaching art -- has been implemented in art classrooms, and hear from some of our students on what they love about art class.
Hudson City School District honors our Veterans! On Veterans Day, Hudson Community Television visited Evamere Elementary to capture their Veterans Day Assembly. Watch the performance!
The Herman Show!

If you spend time with Superintendent Phil Herman, you will hear him talk extensively about educating the whole child. Join Phil as he celebrates the interests, passions, talents, skills, and abilities of the amazing students and staff who are the Hudson City Schools. The Herman Show is a talk show created and produced by the students of the Hudson High School Advanced Digital Video Production Class and is broadcast on HCTV.
Hands of Gratitude
As part of the Hudson Middle School’s Service Learning Literacy program, 8th-grade students participated in “Hands of Gratitude,” a program dedicated to helping people in need. Using a 3D printed design, students assembled prosthetic hands that are gifted to people in need around the world. Through this experiential learning environment, students engaged with aspects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) while solving real-world problems. See more photos from this project.
H2BE, or Honors Biology and Honors English, participated in a low ropes course at Camp Ashbury in Hiram, Ohio. See more photos fro m the trip. H2BE is a co-taught, research and project-based learning course, including outdoor components while learning relationship and decision-making skills.
The Holiday Sharing Program was a success, thank you to all that donated! We were able to help 60 families and 25 senior citizens in need. Each family received a collection of food and household supplies, along with gift cards for food and gas.
Drama Director Bob Russell adapted William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream to take place in 1989 at Athens High School. Congratulations to the cast and crew at Hudson High School for putting on an amazing performance.
Hudson Middle School students put on a wonderful musical performance of The Wizard of Oz.
The Hudson High School History Club put together a display in honor of the 100th Anniversary of World War I, and those who served our country.
Catch up on the Fall Athletics Season here , and for more up-to-date details visit the Athletic Department website .
Smart Watches and Wearable Tech
As the “Internet of Things” continues to evolve and revolutionize, wearable technology is becoming increasingly popular. Smart watches that incorporate activity trackers and have the ability to make phone calls and send messages are perhaps the most notable among wearables. Gizmos watches, popular among younger students, help them stay connected to their parents in a safe, more controlled way. Hudson City Schools permits students to wear Gizmos watches and other wearables as long as they do not cause a distraction and are used appropriately. We recommend that parents turn off all games during the school day. Also, students should not use a wearable during school hours to call home. If a student is ill or has a concern, he or she should go to his or her teacher or trusted adult, and the adult will take care of the student. Our goal remains to support student use of technology responsibly.  
The Hudson City School District uses an electronic flyer distribution tool called “Peachjar.” View school-approved
e-flyers for community events or school-related activities happening outside of the classroom.