• The Week in Review at HMS: Notes from Dr. Cockley

    Week of October 2, 2023
     
     
     
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    Celebrating Hudson Middle School! On our most recent state report card, we are thrilled to share that our school ranks in the top 2% of all middle schools in Ohio (#12 out of 603) based on our Performance Index!!! This is calculated based on how well our students score on their OST's, with higher points earned as students score at levels of Accomplished, Advanced, and Advanced Plus. We are all so proud of our students and staff and families!!!
     
     
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    Kind, Inclusive, Positive, Thoughtful … Congratulations to our September Students Making a Difference! You make our school (and community) a better place! 

     
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    There’s no better way to start World Smile Day than with the smooth sound of our 8th graders playing a classic Earth, Wind & Fire tune - September! Huge shout-out to Hudson Community First for making the day extra special with balloons, bookmarks, and cake! We appreciate you!
     
     
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    We are so honored to host these Fulbright Scholars through Kent State University - incredible educators representing their home countries and learning about American education. In turn, they are sharing their experience with us, and we get to learn alongside of them!  After visiting classrooms throughout our district, we are humbled to share their perspective of our students as such well-behaved, kind, thoughtful students. They noted the incredible support in our district, the respectful communication among students and staff, and the consistency of our districtwide expectations: Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Ready. 
     
     
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    Sculpture students create artwork centered on their artist study and Citizens of the World project! Love these inspirational pieces!
     
     
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    Students self-select an article under the Geography theme Human Environment Interaction, in 6th grade Social Studies. They then share the article details with their peers in rotation groups!  
     
     
     
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    One more photo from last week’s Portrait of an Explorer Day! One of our 6th grade communities visited EWIS - they had such a great day making connections and gardening with East Woods students!
     
     

    Important Notes:

    HMS Announcements - Please feel free to visit this site daily for up-to-date announcements for our students and school!

     

    HMS Team Spirit Wear - order by 10/6:

    • We LOVE our middle school communities!! You will see an email communication soon from one of your child’s team teachers, sharing that we are offering HMS Team shirts again this year - designed by the team! Throughout the year, teams will hold spirit days to bring our students and staff together and to celebrate our team spirit! The purchase of team spirit wear is encouraged, but optional.

    • This link will take you to our Hudson Middle School sale, where you can then click on your child’s specific grade level team to view the selections and/or make a purchase. (The email from your child's team will have the DIRECT link to their team's shirt). Orders are due by Friday, October 6, and shirts will be delivered to your child at school. 

    • If you have any questions or need support purchasing a t-shirt, please contact your child’s team teacher named in the team email, or your child’s school counselor; they can help.

    • Profits from this sale will benefit your child’s team directly, providing for team activities throughout the school year.

     

    HMS Winter Athletics Information

    • For details, and an informational slideshow, please visit our HMS website, under For Families or For Students, click on Athletic Information for HMS

     

    Parent/Teacher Conferences 10/11 and 10/12: 

    • HMS Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday, October 11, from 5:00pm – 9:00pm and Thursday, October 12, from 12:00pm - 9:00pm.

    • As a reminder, there will be no school on Thursday, October 12 or Friday, October 13 for Kindergarten through 8th grade. 

    • If your child’s teaching team requested a conference, you were already contacted directly to schedule a time.

    • If you were not contacted by your child's teachers, please know that a conference is not required at this time. If you would still like to schedule a conference, however, we absolutely welcome you in to meet with your child’s team of teachers. You may visit this link to sign up: https://ptcfast.com/schools/Hudson_Middle_School_2

    • The teams listed below are piloting Google calendars for conference scheduling.  Please use their team links below (instead of the PTC Fast link above) to schedule your student’s conference.

    • Families have the option of meeting in-person or via Zoom. If you choose the Zoom option, you will select a time first using the link above and then contact the lead teacher listed, to be provided the Zoom link and password.


    HMS Special Education Aide Position Opening:

    • We have a special education aide opening at Hudson Middle School, due to a retirement of one of our outstanding staff members. The role of a special education aide is both fun and fulfilling each day, in addition to working with an incredible team of teachers, aides, and students.

    • If you know of anyone who might consider this role, please reach out to them to share about this opportunity. You may know a retired friend, a recent graduate, or someone thinking about re-entering the workforce. Thank you so much for helping to spread the news.  

    • Anyone interested can apply via our district website under Job ID 2495 (Educational Aide/Special Education). The role is full-time, daily from 7:20am - 2:50pm. 

     

    HMS Staff Shout Outs: 

    • Has an HMS staff member made a difference for your child? We love to show appreciation for our amazing staff at HMS! Here’s an opportunity to share more personally if a staff member has made a difference, no matter how big or small. I will be sure to recognize their efforts individually and quietly. HMS Staff Shout Out Google Form