Hudson High School opened its doors to students in 1992. Twenty-five years later, it affirms the foresight of our community to plan and build a facility for the future education of our students that would last for years to come. However, much like any facility, the utilities have shorter life spans. The Master Facility Plan included new heating and cooling for the High School. To enhance student learning, collaborative, flexible, and hands-on spaces the media center was renovated.
Gerald M. Reeves Media Center
We believe the media center is the heart of the school, where learning can come to life in an open and experiential space. Students come to the media center to research, collaborate, study, create, and share ideas. It has on average over 800 student entries each day. Students see the media center as a quiet place to study, a place for lively collaboration, a place to relax in thoughts, and a place to dive into passions. Students truly live in the High School Media Center.
When the planning started for the renovations, the team identified main priorities for the media center. There was a strong consensus to have areas for students to find different ways to engage in their high school life. After talking with students, they needed a place to better collaborate in a group setting, and they wanted space where they can work on homework and projects on their Chromebooks.
The Media Center Project created four new learning spaces to house 3D zSpace technology, Spark video conferencing technology, and a small mac lab. The area encompasses a large group instructional space and two small collaboration spaces where students can have a more quiet area for independent or group study. The technology in these instructional spaces is designed to extend students’ thinking and increase their accessibility to communicate and collaborate with others remotely.
The project also included all new carpets, LED lighting, painting, and some new furniture. Many of the walls in the instructional spaces were painted with writable paint for dynamic learning, collaboration, and reflection opportunities. The versatile furniture creates choices for students based on their learning needs. New furniture will continue to be phased in and added with thoughtful care and flexibility in mind.
The Digital Den was designed to bring virtual learning to the high school. This space can be used for student independent exploration or for classes to incorporate virtual learning into their curriculum. As the landscape for virtual learning continues to grow, this space will be flexible to evolve with their learning.
The maker space is the hub of creativity and innovation, and embodies the Field of Dreams anthem, “If you build it they will come.” This space is designed to embrace student-driven projects, provide a means for students to collaborate with the greater Hudson community via entrepreneurship and business design, as well as, for students to create capstone pieces to their learning in the high school classrooms. The Makerspace Club at the high school has taken the lead for the vision for the space. Accompanied by generous grants from the Quagliata Family Foundation, GPD and PPG, we are bringing the student-driven vision to life.