Tuesday, February 14, 2017 will be a Day 7 for students (Blocks C, D, E, F, & G).
HPS will show Screenagers on January 11, 2017, for all parents/guardians. Thank you to the HHS and QMS Home and School Associations for sponsoring this event. The showing will be held at Hudson High School's Auditorium from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm. The movie will be shown from 6:30-7:30 pm with parent/guardian breakout discussion sessions from 7:45-9:00 pm. This event is open to all parents of all students Grades PreK-12. Please RSVP by visiting the following site: http://bit.ly/HPS-Screenagers
Dakota Antelman, a junior at Hudson High School, placed as a finalist in the Multimedia Sports Story of the Year category of the National Scholastic Press Association's Individual Awards contest. Winners will be announced at the Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Indianapolis on Nov. 12. Dakota's story focused on Juan Zabalu and the wrestling team. You can see it here: http://www.bigredhawks.com/2015/12/14/juan-zabalu-seeks-state-championship-after-wrestling-rebirth/
Denise Reid provided an update of the outstanding work that she has done since assuming the role of Communication and Development Coordinator at the beginning of the year. You can see the slides from her presentation here.
Mr. Luoto, school committee member, identified a must read article at the school committee's May 24th meeting. That article can be found below for all that are interested in reading it.
On Tuesday evening, May 24th, the Walker Partnerships will be providing their findings from the program evaluation that they completed this past winter. This presentation will take place at the School Committee Meeting at 7:00 PM. A full copy of the report is attached below for interested members of the public. The next step that the District will take will be to develop a comprehensive and strategic improvement plan using recommendations from the evaluation report. The District will provide updates on our progress in improving programs for all of our students.
April 6th's school committee meeting was historically significant to the community of Hudson. For the first time in our history the Hudson Public Schools will provide full-day kindergarten free of charge to all of our students. We will no longer be offering a half-day program which fails to meet the developmental and educational needs of our students despite the best efforts of our incredibly talented teachers. Hudson Public Schools will provide equal access to an outstanding public school education for EVERY child. This is a victory for ALL children in Hudson regardless of their financial status, language learner status, or special education status because all children will have the developmental, social, and educational benefits that access to full-day kindergarten program and talented early childhood educators provides. This would not have been possible without the commitment of the school committee, the support and partnership with the CHAPS early childhood programs, and the amazing administrators and teachers of the Hudson Public Schools. This is another significant step on our journey of providing an excellent education to EVERY child so that he or she can realize his/her full potential and be able to take advantage of any option he/she chooses after graduation. Our students can choose college, career, military service, or a path we cannot yet conceive of because we prepared them well.
The District has received the lab results from the Mulready water tests completed by Microbac Labs. Our first draw samples were taken early on March 25th after the units had been still since the day before for the required 6 to 8 hours. The units had most likely been still for 9.5 to 10 hours at the time of the sample collection.
All lead readings were significantly below the EPA/LCCA limits for lead which is 0.015 mg/L. The letters ND on the reports indicate that there was no substance detectable in the sample. As you can see most of our samples tested around 0.0015 mg/L.
There was one first draw sample that tested at .0052 mg/L for lead. This result had the highest concentration of lead obtained and was a clear outlier from the remaining data. Though an outlier, the result is well below the acceptable threshold of 0.015mg/L established by the Environmental Protection Agency when water is tested after being still. The same drinking fountain did not have any detectable lead after being flushed per the testing protocol.
The results of the second test, which are flushed samples, yield results for lead and copper that remain significantly below the EPA/LCCA thresholds of 0.015 mg/L Lead and 1.3mg/L Copper.
The District’s next action steps are:
• Notifying all Mulready families on Friday afternoon
• Reopening of all water fountains at the Mulready School
• Starting a testing routine for all schools in conjunction with the water department. Posting result reports on the District’s Announcement webpage
I would like to once again extend my appreciation to Sam Tipps and Josh Teixeira for their thoughtful and professional research for the State science fair that led us to where we are in this process.
As some members of the community may be aware, a concern about the air quality in one particular classroom at QMS was raised after a staff member reported the symptoms of an allergic reaction when in the room. The District contracted with a professional lab to test the air so that we could be certain that all students and staff assigned to the classroom were protected. The results of the professional testing has been received and the air quality in the classroom is well within healthy limits. Any interested parties can find the full report below.
Tonight's kindergarten lottery will only be for the Mulready School. The District is able to accommodate the full day request of all Farley and Forest Ave. families. The lottery begins at 6:30 and will be broadcast live on HudTV.