Hudson City Schools 2017 Quality Report

Soaring Into Our Third Century

Our students are entering our classrooms smart, tech savvy, experienced in active learning, and ready to advance their skills in solving complex and real-world problems. It is our instructional vision that will provide the advanced academics and hands-on skills that they need to connect today's classroom content to tomorrow's work force. Our goal is to be at the forefront of teaching and learning. To reach that goal, we must adapt to changing circumstances and opportunities. If our fourth graders are building rocket cars already, imagine what they will be doing in the future.

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Student-centered, project-based learning includes participation, collaboration, innovation and creativity. For example, Hudson Schools and Swagelok Corporation formed a partnership to teach our students about the science and engineering behind the United Kingdom's Bloodhound Project, and its goal of breaking the world's supersonic land speed record.

School districts throughout Ohio release comprehensive information that is community oriented. This information is in addition to the State's District Report Card. This Quality Profile includes additional accountability measures that define a high quality education that are not in the Report Card. The Quality Report Card helps community members evaluate a school district beyond its test scores.

Our mission is to provide an educational program that maximizes the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of each child in a safe, nurturing, and diverse environment. We often call this a mission to educate the whole child.

List of Contents

  • Academics, Accolades and Awards
  • Performing and Visual Arts
  • Athletics and Activities
  • Local and Global Partnerships
  • Student Leadership and Service
  • Student Services
  • Parent and Community Engagement
  • Staff development, recognition and publications
  • District Initiatives
  • Fiscal Stewardship
  • Preparing for our Future

Academics, Awards & Accolades

Hudson High School is a dynamic place to learn, invent, imagine, perform, serve others, excel in athletics and arts, and in all other aspects of the high school experience.

The Hudson City School District is ranked in the top three districts in Ohio. Hudson High School is ranked 216th in the nation by the Washington Post and US News & World Report, and 94th in the nation, 3rd in State and 1st in Northeast Ohio by Newsweek Magazine. Hudson Middle School has also achieved national recognition by the AMLA for its work with student enrichment and assistance during its "Focus Period" for all students.

Hudson High School Honors and Accolades

Hudson High School has approximately 1,600 students, grades 9-12. Ninety five percent of Hudson High School graduates are college bound. Five percent of these graduates chose a career right after high school, including enlistment in the military.
  • One of the most prestigious honors a students can earn is that of National Merit Scholar. The Class of 2017 had 5 students earn the distinction of National Merit Finalist, and 13 students earn recognition as Commended Scholars.
  • 182 students were inducted into National Honor Society, and another 112 earned cords in recognition of other Honor Society inductions: 30 for Spanish Honor Society, 13 for the National Art Society, 11 for French Honor Society, 17 for National Thespian Honor Society, 8 for Chinese Honor Society, 17 for Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society and 15 for Tri-M Music Honorary.
  • 212 seniors, more than half of the Class of 409, earned the State of Ohio Honors Diploma. Students earning this diploma must earn a 3.5 GPA and a 27 or higher on the ACT.
  • 192 seniors graduated with designated honors: 70 earned Cum Laude (3.67-3.99 GPA); 77 Magna Cum Laude (4.0-4.33 GPA); and 45 Summa Cum Laude (above a 4.33 GPA).
Hudson High School relies on academic talent and resiliency as students embrace rigor synonymous with Advanced Placement courses. Hudson High School has 24 Advance Placement offerings. In 2016, 684 students took 1578 exams with 80.6% scoring a three or above.

Hudson High School Students Perform well above the national norm on the ACT, SAT and PSAT

  • 2016 Hudson National Mean SAT Scores: Reading, 614; Math, 629; and Writing, 581
  • 2016 Hudson National Mean ACT Scores: English, 26.0; Mathematics, 25.5. The Composite Score was 26.3
  • 2016 Hudson National Mean PSAT Scores: Reading and Writing, 561, and Math, 555

Athletics, Performing and Fine Arts

Participation in athletics, performing and visual arts inspires students' innovation, imagination and collaboration, team-building and student leadership skills.

Athletics - The Class of 2017 Sets the Bar High

Hudson High School boasts 26 sports and 56 teams. Nearly 60% of our Middle School and High School students participate in a sport.

  • 14 National Conference Championships
  • 14 Suburban League Championships
  • 32 District Runner-ups
  • 19 District Championships
  • 16 Regional Appearances
  • 15 State Qualifying teams, many individual State Qualifiers
  • Final Four teams, including one team State Runner-up: D-1 Boys Cross Country, and 2 individual State Champions: Boys' Golf and Girls' Tennis
  • Earned the NOC All-Sports Trophy, second consecutive year
  • 2017 Girls' Swimming sets 200 Free Relay National Record

Bands, Choirs, Orchestra, and Visual Arts

  • Marching Band garnered Superior Ratings, and have performed at some of the most prestigious and significant venues in the region and beyond - including the Cleveland Convention Center, Ohio State Stadium, Severance Hall, Carnegie Hall in NYC, and Walt Disney World in Orlando.
  • Members of the Wind Ensemble, Concert Bands, Orchestras, and vocal ensembles have competed in Ohio Music Educators Association adjudicated events earning multiple Superior ratings.
  • The cast and crew of the 2017 musical, Les Miserables, provided one of the best productions on stage at Hudson High School.
  • Our Time to Shine presented a drama-related activity where peer mentors paired with students with special needs to perform on stage.
  • Forty-nine students earned 200 Scholastic Art, Photography and Writing Awards. 23 students earned Gold Awards in the Regional Scholastic Arts Competition. Seven outstanding works of art and photography were placed in the Top 25 in the Governor's Art Awards. Over $100,000 in scholarships were accepted by seniors in our arts programs.

Hudson High Students Put Others First

Students and representatives from various local and regional agencies celebrate 20,208 volunteer hours completed by Hudson High School seniors.

Hudson High School students have a history of putting others first. The state-recognized Service Learning Program was increased in 2016 to involve nearly 100 seniors in this curricular community service program. Students work with local and regional agencies providing a collective 20,208 service hours, while earning credits in English and Social Studies.

Hudson High School has more than 90 clubs initiated and led by students and/or with teacher advisers. Many of the clubs are service oriented and work countless hours to raise funds and donations for worthwhile causes that support local, regional and national charities.

Scholarships

The Class of 2017 earned a staggering $9.4 million in scholarships ACCEPTED. $270,750 in scholarships were provided by local organizations.

District-wide Global Awareness

Hudson High Schools' exchange program with students from Costa Rica provides cultural opportunity, language immersion and friendship.

Hudson High School hosts a variety of opportunities for cultural exchange. The District partners with schools in Costa Rica and Landsberg, Germany. Students from other countries attend Hudson High School through various internationally approved exchange programs. In addition to these programs, the Cultural Awareness Club at the High School sponsors an International Day each year.

The Hudson School District encourages exchange programs for teachers and students. These programs focus on diversity awareness, culture, leadership, human rights and world affairs.

Hudson Middle School has formed a partnership with the Orkeeswa School in Tanzania that is both inspiring and important. Students exchange cultural similarities and differences through Partnership Stories. The stories start in Hudson and are finished by the students attending the Orkeeswa School. Teacher Beth Killeen spent three weeks visiting the school in 2017 to learn more about their programs. In addition, Hudson Middle School participates in a teacher exchange program.

Evamere Elementary hosts a spring International Festival. Local community members share their rich history and culture with students in Kindergarten and First Grade.

Elementary school students are introduced to different cultures through integrated programming that includes classroom speakers, literature, social studies, music and special events, such as the International Culture Day at Evamere (K-1), and the International Celebration Assembly at Ellsworth Hill (Preschool and Grade 2).

Student-Centered Learning

Project-based learning provides a mindset for students that empowers them to ask questions while learning, which leads to a culture of innovation and creativity. Our students are encouraged to ask questions, explore, and become leaders.
Chromebooks connect students to their work any place, at anytime. Teachers and students collaborate on many aspects of the curriculum using Google Classroom and other cloud-based resources.

The Hudson School District implemented the student use of Chromebooks for all students in grades 3-12. This 2016 initiative expanded educational opportunities for students and encourages the integration of 21st century technology skills in the classroom and at home. Students have access to information anytime, anywhere by harnessing cloud-based applications to extend learning time beyond the school day.

Serving Our Students

Response To Intervention (RTI) programs in Reading, Math, and behavior are implemented throughout the District for all students. RTI provides purposeful information that helps teachers know and understand how each student is learning. In addition, Academic Resource Center, a general education initiative to support students, is available at the Middle School and High School.

Programs and initiatives are offered to students who need enrichment and for those who are struggling. Hudson High School offers College Credit Plus. This initiative replaces Post-Secondary Education Options for high school students. Students in grades 7-12 may now enroll in college level courses. Often students seek additional help during the school year. Math and Writing labs are available to students grades 9-12 during the school day. In addition, the High School offers an "Explorer Period" every Tuesday. this is analogous to "office hours" in a collegiate setting - all teachers are available to students during their study periods.

Middle School literacy focuses on teaching students the joy of reading by interacting with student-choice texts.
Hudson Middle School's state and nationally recognized "Focus Period" is held everyday for all students. Students who do not require intervention participate in literacy enrichment, focused on a wide variety of literacy activities. Time spent reading and interacting with student-choice texts has been shown to not only encourage students’ enthusiasm for reading but also to help them become better students. In November 2016, Middle School Principal, Dr. Kimberly Cockley, was published in Association of Middle Level Educators, AMLE Magazine. Her article was titled: Joy in Reading: A Middle School Literacy Enrichment Program.

Parent and Community Involvement

Parents of students of all ages volunteer thousands of hours in classrooms and for building activities.

The Vitally Interested Person (VIP) was founded in the Hudson City School District by school officials who recognized that schools could not stand alone in their mission. Organizations, such as the Hudson PTO and Community First, help the District build youth assets, and assist the District with grants for teachers. In addition, they provide funds for student activities that would not be available through District's general fund monies. Hudson Booster organizations raise thousands of dollars to support student music and athletic programs.

Community -based organizations have joined forces with the schools to provide many student opportunities. Unique to the District is a partnership with the 737th Forward Support Company of the Army National Guard. The Hudson City Schools Foundation, the Hudson Endowment Fund, Rotary and Kiwanis provide thousands of dollars to support enrichment programs, scholarships, teacher grants and students.

New teachers to the District are assigned teacher mentors to ensure professional growth in the classroom.

Staff Development, Publications and Grants

Our focus is to hire quality staff. Professional development is primary to the success of our students. Experienced teachers mentor all new teachers to the District. Project-based learning professional development is on-going, and the use of technology in the classroom is emphasized. Teachers receive professional development throughout the year in instructional leadership workshops. Many Hudson teachers are recognized throughout Ohio and beyond as published authors and are sought-out as presenters:

Recognition

Martha Holden Jennings Master Teacher of the Year - Martha Halemba, High School Mentor Teacher, and High School Spanish Department Head.

2017 Leona Glenn Award of Outstanding World Language Education in the State of Ohio - Dr. Rebecca Wiehe.

Top 100 Overall Scores in Ohio on the Residential Educator Summative Assessment, 2016, Diandra Adams, Danielle Wenclewicz, and Laurie Wilkins.

Top 100 Overall Scores in Ohio on the Residential Educator Summative Assessment, 2017, Mary Kate Chadsey.

Publications
  • Renewing our Mindset through Redos and Retakes, Ohio Middle School Conference, 2016: Middle School, Kim Cockley, Kara Gilanyi, Shaun Gaskin, and Lauren Gutschmidt.
  • Hands Across the Waters: Writer's Workshop and Global Education, Ohio Middle School Conference, 2016: Middle School, Beth Killeen and Carla Sweitzer.
  • Developing Mathematical Mindsets In a Workshop Model, Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference, 2016: Elementary, John Brockway, Stacy Koneval, and Rebecca Ulrich.
  • Every Moment Counts: Promoting Mental Health Throughout the Day for Children and Youth with Autism, American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, 2016: Elementary, Lauri Doxsey.
  • Moving Away from the Textbook to Develop a Comprehensive AP Aligned Spanish Curriculum, Central States Conference, 2017, High School: Maria Schiele and Maria Sramek.
  • Project Based Learning: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity, Educators Connect for Success Conference, 2017: Elementary, Beth Trivelli, Lauren Fenimore, and Jonathan Shaw.
  • Assessment in the Orchestra Classroom, 8th Grade Orchestra Performance, 2017 Ohio Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference: Middle School, Roberto Iriarte.
  • Promoting Creativity, Innovation and Problem-Solving Skills using Scratch, LEAD 2017 Curriculum and Technology Conference, and selection as a Believe in Ohio STEM EXEMPLAR, 2016: High School, Valarie Moga.
  • Teaching Tips - Ethnomusicology; World Music Drumming: Bringing the World Closer Together, TRIAD, the Official Publication of the Ohio Music Education Association, 2017: Elementary, Hong Le.
  • Joy of Reading: A Middle School Literacy Enrichment Program, Association of Middle Level Educators Magazine, 2016: Middle School, Dr. Kimberly Cockley.
  • The Evolving Custodial Role: Training is Critical, Ohio Association of School Business Officials, 2017: Business Manager Derek Cluse.
Large Grant Recipients
  • Large Grant - GAR Grant of $9,880 for the project Creating the Superhuman, 2017: High School, Michael Schmidt, Susan Conroy, Nicholas Chiorian, Sean Carmichael, Christina Wooley, and Brian Wilch.
  • Large Grant: GAR Grant of $9,010 for the project STEAM, 2017: High School, Jay Hill, Susan Conroy, Scott Stonestreet, Laura Hester, Christina Wooley, and Brian Wilch.
  • Large Grant: GAR Grant of $6,200 for the project Pathways to Learning, 2017: Elementary, Kelly Thrane, Denise Lukingbeal, Lorri Kingan, Amanda Mercer, Young-Ji Park, Rose Smoral, Danielle Wenclewicz, Kathleen Arther, Tara Kieser, andJen Filomena.
  • Large Grant: GAR Grant of $9,970 for the project Invasive Species and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park PBL, 2017: Middle School, Kara Gilanyi, Barbara Gayheart, Shaun Gaskin, KC Nemec, Robin Weber, Kristin Dages, Christina Wooley, and Dr. Kimberly Cockley.
  • Large Grant: GAR Grant of $13,170 for the project Creating a Makerspace at Hudson Middle School, 2017: Middle School, Kristin Dages, Lorri Kingan, Christina Wooley, and Dr. Kimberly Cockley.

Fiscal Stewardship

Our commitment to the entire community is to be transparent and to provide accurate and timely information about our school finances.

The Hudson City School District involves citizens in the review of the annual forecasting assumptions made by the treasurer. They study the financial projections and, if necessary, examine related documents concerning the district's finances. Committee members also share business and financial best practices for the private and public sector and perform the functions of an audit committee as it relates to the annual single audit conducted by the Auditor of State.

Financial Facts:

  • Expenditure Per Pupil: $10, 712 (2015-2016 State Report Card Financials)
  • Where does the money per dollar come from to educate a child: $.67 is locally generated revenue, $.33 is generated from State and other revenue.
  • Percent spent on instruction: Hudson, 70.5%, State, 67.2%.

The Hudson City School District produces a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) that is recognized by state, national and international auditing organizations for excellence in reporting.

Preparing For Our Future

Concept Design for the proposed new Hudson Middle School

The Hudson City School District has proposed a Master Facility Plan that meets our students' learning needs and helps maintain Hudson as a destination district and community. In July 2017, the Board of Education placed a 4.97 mills Bond levy on the ballot to raise $81.55 million to finance the plan.

The Master Facility Plan

  • Constructing a new Middle School on the Central Campus while looking to repurpose the 1927 building.
  • Realigning grades and renovating McDowell for Preschool and Kindergarten. Air conditioning is an important component of the renovation.
  • Realigning grades and renovating East Woods for grades three, four, and five.
  • Constructing an addition at Ellsworth Hill so the building can accommodate grades one and two.
  • Renovating the High School Media Center and replacing the HVAC system.
  • Renovating the Ada Cooper Miller Natatorium for school and community use.
  • Improving the Central Campus by changing the traffic patterns, separating cars and buses, and designing safe routes for walking and biking. In addition, the plan addresses a long-standing need to reduce traffic build-up on neighboring streets during peak pick-up and drop-off times.
  • Repurposing Evamere's 2007 addition and common facilities while downsizing the building for District offices, Hudson Community Education and Recreation (HCER), and community use.

For more information about the Master Facility Plan, visit www.hudson.k12.oh.us/MFP

For more information about the Hudson City School District, visit www.hudson.k12.oh.us, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Hudson City School District is located at 2400 Hudson-Aurora Road, Hudson, Ohio 44236. Phone: 330-653-1200, or email Superintendent Phillip Herman: hermanp@hudson.edu. The Hudson Board of Education includes: President David Zuro, Vice President Steve DiMauro; members, James Field, Patricia Engelman, and Tom Tobin.

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