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

    Week of February 5, 2024

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    Spirit Week continues through February 14! Thanks to our HMS Student Council for sponsoring some fun spirit days as we head into Valentine's Day and our long weekend! 




    Congratulations to HMS Champion Speller, Rithi Hegde, and our Runner-Up, Emma Liu, for their accomplishments in this morning's HMS Spelling Bee! All of our spellers did an incredible job at the competition, and we are so proud of them! Rithi correctly spelled SUBSUMED in Round 13, followed by PECULIAR in Round 14, to earn the Champion title. She will compete in an online competition at the end of February in an attempt to earn a spot at the Regional Bee in Akron in March!



    It's National School Counseling Week! We are so grateful for our three AMAZING school counselors, Mrs. Wood, Mrs. Streby, and Mrs. Wallack...and to our entire guidance office staff! You are true advocates for our students, and an incredible support for our staff and families! We appreciate you!



    7th grade Science students model different types of eclipses, using a globe, the "sun," and a moon! Hands-on makes things so much more real! And, of course, it's always fun listening to "Total Eclipse of the Heart" as they do so...and making connections with the upcoming April 8 total eclipse! 



    We love our team learning areas, and the flexible seating options! Here, students work in pairs to learn about vikings for 7th grade Social Studies!



    Our ⁦HMS PTO is just THE BEST!!! Thank you for hosting social events this week for our sixth and seventh graders! So many smiles, and so much fun! ⁦



    8th grade students spent time learning with Mrs. Wallack, school counselor, about planning for high school and about mental wellness! Such incredible strategies to support our students.


    Important Notes:

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


    Presidents' Day Weekend:

    • Just a reminder that school is not in session for students on Thursday, February 15, due to Staff Professional Development (grades 6-12) and Records Day (PreK-5).
    • In addition, there is no school in HCSD on Friday, February 16, or Monday, February 19, for Presidents' Day.


    You're Invited to the HMS Talent Show ... TONIGHT! February 9, at 7:00pm!!

    • The Hudson Middle School Talent Show will take place tonight at 7:00pm (Friday, February 9). Tickets are available online for $8 via Payschools Events until the start of the show.
    • Click here to secure your tickets! Students and families are welcome!!  
    • We can't wait to see our students SHINE!!
    • HMS Talent Show Flyer


    HMS Yearbook Orders, Due 2/14!

    • Each year, our HMS Yearbook (hard-cover) is created and designed to commemorate the school year and showcase our HMS family! We are thrilled to offer the 2023-2024 HMS Yearbook to students/families through Jostens for $35.

    • The order window is open through 2/14/24. Please visit the Jostens Yearbook link (jostens.com/ybk) to place your order of this middle school keepsake!

    • Yearbooks are delivered to HMS, and our goal is to distribute them at the end of this school year, for students to autograph and celebrate their year together!

    • If you have any yearbook questions, please contact secretary Penny Tschantz at tschantp@hudson.k12.oh.us


    Right to Read Week at HMS - Author Visit!

    We are THRILLED to announce our annual PTO Right to Read Week happening March 18 through March 22, 2024, featuring award-winning author Jerry Craft!!! Mr. Craft will be visiting Hudson Middle School on Tuesday, March 19, 2024.

    • Author Visit
      • Special thanks to our AMAZING Hudson PTO and Kiwanis of Hudson for providing the funding to bring this author to HMS for our middle school students! How fortunate are our students to be surrounded by this community of support!  HMS Author Visit Flyer
      • Jerry Craft is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the New Kid series. New Kid is the only graphic novel in history to win the John Newbery Medal for the Most Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Literature (2020)! Additional awards include (among many others) the 2019 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature and the 2020 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Author Award! And, recently, “Universal Pictures has acquired film rights to New Kid, with LeBron James’ The Spring Hill Company on board to develop and produce. Craft will be an executive producer” (www.jerrycraft.com, 2024). 
    • One Book One School,  Day of Reading: New Kid
      • We are so grateful to share even more amazing news! This year, each student will receive a complimentary copy of New Kid (Book 1 in the series), for our March 15 One Book One School Day of Reading!! This is thanks to GENEROUS grant-funding from Hudson PTO, Kiwanis of Hudson, Hudson League for Service, and the Maltz Museum!!
      • Students will have the option to donate their book back to HMS for use by future students, if they’d like to at the end of the day.
    • Book Sale: March 13 - 19
      • In conjunction with the author visit, Hudson PTO is offering the two additional books in Craft’s New Kid series: Class Act (Book 2) and School Trip (Book 3) for student purchase.
      • This in-person sale will occur at HMS before school in the Commons between March 13 - March 19 and during lunches those same days at our PTO Bookstore. 
      • No pre-sale orders will take place. 
      • Students who purchase Book 2 and/or Book 3 from the PTO Book Sale will be able to have their books signed by Mr. Craft! 

    Please watch for Right to Read daily happenings and activities coming soon, in connection with our HMS March Kindness Month efforts. To learn more about the author and Right to Read Week, please contact Leah Anglin-Walsh at anglinwalsh@gmail.com or Marra Teti at marrateti@gmail.com 


    Fall 2023 Panorama Review and Celebrations!

    • We’ll be sharing these highlights and celebrations with our students about what we learned from them, through the Fall 2023 Panorama Survey. 

    • Please take a moment to check out these highlights through either the slideshow or the 6 ½ minute video of those same slides (same information, just different format choices):

    • We have so much to celebrate! A HUGE thank you to our students, staff, and families!


    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