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

    Week of April 2, 2024
    These incredible students earned a place or honorable mention in the Akron-Summit Holocaust Arts & Writing Contest! They will be celebrated at a ceremony in May! Congratulations!
    In American History, students compose a short-answer response to a prompt about the Embargo Act of 1807...and then the Battle Royale begins! Students assess their peers' work anonymously, in a bracket challenge, to determine the most thorough and clear response, supported by evidence!
    8th grade students are introduced to an upcoming opportunity regarding Artificial Intelligence in our society - they can opt to apply to participate in our second annual AI Exploration Day this May! 
    Great day exploring the Cleveland Art Museum as a 7th grade Voyager Team!
    A fun morning in 7th grade band class, with Mrs. Reed - they sound amazing!
    Special thanks to Mr. Ganz and Mrs. Fitzgerald, during this National Assistant Principals' Appreciation Week! They are incredible educators who care deeply for students - THANK YOU for making our school a better place! And thanks to these sweet students for celebrating their efforts!
    Welcome to our incoming 6th grade families!! We enjoyed meeting you and sharing about middle school life! Can’t wait to welcome your students next week at the HMS Showcase! ⁦
    LOVE the enthusiasm of our staff, as we look forward to the Total Eclipse! A rare event that hasn't happened here since 1806, and won't occur again until 2099! Thank you to our amazing district for providing glasses for every student!

    Important Notes:

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


    Reminder: School is not in session on Monday, April 8, due to the Solar Eclipse.


    Middle School Scheduling Information for 2024-25:

    • Next week, our current 6th and 7th grade students will begin the scheduling process for next year!
    • On Thursday, April 11, an email with detailed information will be sent by Mr. Ganz or Mrs. Fitzgerald (depending on the grade level) to parents/guardians and students. 
    • On Friday, April 12, a Scheduling Google Form will be shared with your child in Google Classroom. 
    • By Friday, April 19, completed Scheduling Google Forms are due.


    Upcoming ELA OSTs (Ohio State Tests):

    On Tuesday and Wednesday, April 16 and 17, 2024, HMS will be participating in Ohio’s Statewide Tests (OST’s) in English Language Arts for students in grades 6, 7 and 8.  

    All students should bring: 

    • Charged iPad (updated to iPadOS 17.3.1)* 
    • iPad charger 
    • A pencil
    • A book to read silently after testing
    • *No additional electronic devices other than iPads are permitted per testing rules.

    As with every day, students will perform their best with plenty of rest the night before, a well-balanced breakfast that morning, and prompt arrival to school each day of the test. As a reminder, testing begins at 8:00am each day.


    Math and Science OST Information:

    • Math OSTs will take place 4/23 and 4/24
    • 8th Grade Science OSTs will take place 4/25
    • More information will be shared as these dates near


    BusZone App:

    • As you may have seen in a district email, Hudson’s bus transportation provider, Petermann, is changing the app it uses for parents to track their student’s bus.  BusZone is replacing Bus Tracker. This week, you may download the BusZone app from the App Store or Google Play and complete a few easy steps.
      • 1) After downloading the app, enter our school access code: 6400HCSD
      • 2) In the search field, enter the bus number you need to follow and your child’s unique student ID
      • 3) Lastly, create alert zones around drop-off and pick-up points
    • There is no cost to download and use BusZone. It also is completely voluntary.
    • The two mobile apps will overlap this week with the necessary bus tracking information while the switch is being made. However, beginning Monday, April 8th, BusZone will be the only option available to monitor your child’s bus.
    • If you have questions, please reach out to Kim Lane at Petermann, klane@durhamschoolservices.com or 330-653-3355.


    Hands of Gratitude Sponsorship:

    • Each year, we seek sponsorship in order to continue the life-changing Hands of Gratitude program that is part of our Service Learning & Careers Course at Hudson Middle School!

    • If you know of a person or organization who may be interested in supporting this program at our school, please feel free to pass this on. We've made the sponsorship even easier, through our simplified PaySchools link: https://www.locallevelevents.com/events/details/32397 

    • Our students are making a difference and are so appreciative of your support!  

    • See our Hands of Gratitude Sponsorship flier for more details about this incredible program and how you can help!


    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