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Andy Thibodeau Visits Hudson

Andy Thibodeau Visits Hudson

Our student leaders had the opportunity to listen to Andy Thibodeau, a guest speaker who has visited Hudson before, about Reliability and Trustworthiness. He spoke to our students about the importance of following through on commitments, and how even things that might seem small, like responding to an email, can contribute to the building of trusting relationships. Our student leaders will take what they learned from Andy and apply it in their various roles at Hudson!  Later that afternoon, the Grade Nines were also lucky to listen to Andy speak about developing and maintaining helpful habits that can help them achieve success both in and out of school.  Andy talked about the importance of raising your hand, whether it is to ask for help or to volunteer to help, and how that single habit can help them realize their full potential academically and socially.  We look forward to inviting Andy to come back next year!

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TorQ Performing Group Wows Hudson College!

TorQ Performing Group Wows Hudson College!

Hudson elementary students had the pleasure of watching the percussion performers of TorQ yesterday. The Toronto based percussion quartet brought a sample of their 400 instruments from around the world including rare water instruments and box drums, to old rusty parts of a car. They even played a cactus! Not only did the artists share some of their insight into music and how they got started in their craft, but they also shared their instruments and had several Hudson students partaking in a musical number with the quartet! After the main performance, our Grade 8 Students were treated to a workshop with the performers, getting a more in-depth look into the world of percussion instruments.

Hudson students in the audience were wowed by this performance, and we thank TorQ for taking the time to visit our school! We hope the Huskies Toques keep you warm this winter!

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Hudson College Remembers

Hudson College Remembers

On Friday November 10th, our entire school assembled in the gym to commemorate Remembrance Day. Our Elementary students created original works that honour different themes and thoughts of Remembrance. The entire school listened intently throughout the ceremony as they reflected upon the many men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict, and peace. After the playing of the Last Post and the moment of silence at 11:00 a.m., the high school portion of the ceremony began, and included our Upper School Dance Club performing an interpretive dance in commemoration of our fallen Canadian service men and women. The performance poignantly brought to life the raw emotion and anguish felt by the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve in the face of ultimate sacrifice. As well, a Grade 10 History class shared various pieces of Canadian literature with the audience, including poetry and short stories. Thank you to all of our students who volunteered to make our ceremony special. Lest We Forget.

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Hudson Welcomes Dr. Karyn Gordon

Hudson Welcomes Dr. Karyn Gordon

On November 2nd, the high school students had the opportunity to listen to a presentation by Dr. Karyn Gordon. Dr. Karyn is one of North America's leading authorities on understanding youth. She is a regular contributor for “Good Morning America”, “Cityline” and “Breakfast Television”. Her overall mission is to help students understand themselves better, so that they can reach their greatest potential.

Her presentation was well-received by the students, and her message definitely resonated with everyone in attendance. She focused on 3 important ways to overcome failure and achieve success: Do not blame others, set realistic goals, and finally, ask for help. We know our students will take this message to heart as they continue on their journeys to realize their own success!

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Upper School Celebrates Halloween

Upper School Celebrates Halloween

On Tuesday October 31st,  the Upper School Student Council hosted Hudson’s annual Pumpkin Carving and Costume Contests.  Great fun was had by all participants and as a result, the judging committee had a very difficult task choosing the winners for this year. For the costume contest, two winners were chosen for 3rd place and two winners for 2nd place. Our first place winner had a very elaborate “Day of the Dead” inspired costume with great attention to detail in every aspect from makeup to accessories.

In our pumpkin carving contest we had outstanding creations and the final decision for Most Creative, Funniest, and Scariest pumpkins was a tough one to make. The scariest had a skeleton carved into it, the most creative was based on Pennywise the clown and the funniest was an “eye-popping” creation.

We congratulate all the winners and the Student Council thanks all students for their enthusiasm in our annual Halloween celebration.

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Happy Halloween Hudson College!

Happy Halloween Hudson College!

Our Lower School had a fun-filled Halloween themed day on Tuesday filled with treats and a few tricks...

As per tradition, the Lower School had a creative pumpkin-carving competition, costume parade and contest with multiple winners in various categories, plus a scary dance-off as part of our Halloween Dance. Each year, it's gets harder for the judges to decide the winners in all of the competitions and categories due to the creativity, efforts, and enthusiasm of our students. We elected two winners this year of the pumpkin-carving contest: our JK class won in our Junior category for their Haunted House creation; and our Grade 6 class won in our Senior category, with their creation of The Deluxe Burger. Special thanks to our 7 & 8 Classes who designed and operated a Spooky Science Lab, which was a big hit amongst students and staff alike!

Halloween at Hudson once again demonstrated our amazing Husky spirit!

We hope that our students had a fun and safe Halloween.

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High School Spirit Week!

High School Spirit Week!

From October 23rd to the 30th, Hudson College Upper School celebrated its annual Spirit Week. We had a perfect start to the week with Pajama Day on Monday. On Tuesday everyone showed their wacky side on Crazy Day. Wednesday brought the opportunity to show our love for our favourite sport teams as we celebrated Sports Day. On Thursday we had our Formal Day; a day were everyone dress to impress, looking their best. On Friday we had our annual Halloween Dance and it was very fun!  The students really enjoyed the great music and atmosphere at the dance. Spirit Week this year culminated on Monday, October 30th with Pink Day; a day where we gave our support to breast cancer awareness.  The purpose of Spirit Week was to get the students enthused and supportive of the school. The students showed excellent school spirit while at the same time working toward a common goal, which was to raise funds for the different school-wide activities that will be organized by the Student Council throughout the school year. Also, this year the students decided to raise funds for a worthy cause. As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month the Student Council hosted a bake sale during pink day. Thank you Huskies for demonstrating outstanding school spirit!

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Wittamore's Farm Trip

Wittamore's Farm Trip

On Thursday, October 26th, Hudson’s Junior Kindergarten through Grade 3 students had a fun-filled and educational day at Whittamore’s Farm. Our students had the opportunity to meet some farm animals, explore the huge corn maze, zoom down the 50 foot tube slide, climb on a spider web, go on a wagon ride through a spooky forest and much more. They also learned about pumpkins and how they grow. Did you know that pumpkins are technically fruit? We learned that they are in the same family as melons. At the end of our exciting day, each student got to take home their very own pumpkin. Thank you very much to all of our Hudson parent volunteers who joined us for the day!

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Art Club Guest Speakers

Art Club Guest Speakers

Yesterday afternoon, Hudson College Upper School had the honour of hosting guest mural-artists Caitlin Taguibao and Melissa Luk who spoke to the Art Club over the lunch hour. The artists had prepared a visual timeline of their own works, as well as images of their collaborative, large-scale murals. Their individual and collective works can be found across the globe including Canada, the US and Indonesia.

They spoke about their creative process, as well as the challenges and triumphs of being mural artists. Caitlin and Melissa also shared their collaborative process, as covering a huge wall often needs many hands and minds.

As the Hudson Art Club moves into creating their own collaborative mural, they were reminded of the incredible value of working with others to create a work of art that the school community will love and cherish for years to come.

We appreciate that Melissa and Caitlin were able to share their insight and experience with the Art Club. Their words of wisdom have inspired the club to move forward in the collaborative, creative process with their own project; stay tuned!

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Tokens4Change PSA

Tokens4Change PSA

Once again our Upper School volunteer group “Hudson Heroes” were honoured to be chosen for the third year in a row to film a Public Service Announcement video for the local charity, Tokens4Change.  The announcement was in support of Youth Without Shelter, a charity dedicated to helping homeless youth get back on their feet by providing them with shelter, food, and the tools necessary to further their education and careers.

The Hudson Heroes were excited to be able to help draw attention to youth homelessness in Toronto, and to raise awareness for Youth Without Shelter. We can’t wait to share the completed PSA in the new year!

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Upper School Cross Country

Upper School Cross Country

Upper School students from Hudson College participated in the annual SSAF Cross-Country Championships on Friday, October 20th at Sunnybrook Park in Toronto. The event attracted over 500 participants from over 15 schools. Special shout out to Gurpreet S., Jack P., and Alena I. for finishing top ten in their respective races. Go Huskies!

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Camp Muskoka 2017!

Camp Muskoka 2017!

As part of an annual tradition, all of our Grade 4-6 students attended an exciting 4-day/3-night outdoor education field trip to Camp Muskoka near Bracebridge, Ontario last week. Hudson students participated in a variety of team building and leadership activities and outdoor games / challenges, including the aerial park, low ropes, fire building, zip line, and more! As usual, staff and students can’t wait to go back again!

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Grade 7 & 8 Wanakita Camping Trip

Grade 7 & 8 Wanakita Camping Trip

In late September, Hudson’s grade 7 and 8 classes took part in our annual sojourn up to the Haliburton area for a wonderful four-day camping adventure at Camp Wanakita. This trip is a chance for students to build relationships with their classmates while learning new skills and challenging themselves. During the first day, students demonstrated a complete lack of fear as they climbed the high ropes course. The classes then honed their canoeing skills, which help to prepare them for their journey the following day across Lake Koshlong. After a paddle across the lake, the grade 7 classes set up camp, while the grade 8’s took part in leadership initiatives back at the main base camp. The next two days were packed full of adventure and fun! There were campfires, swimming, hikes, team-based games in the forest, and quality time spent with their peers. The students demonstrated leadership and perseverance during the trip and they should be very proud of their accomplishments. Hopefully, with good memories that will last a lifetime!

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Pride – Energy – Participation!

Pride – Energy – Participation!

Hudson Upper School kicked off another year with our traditional House Pep Rally on October 5th.  Houses planned their secret chants, rehearsed them, and then in friendly competition, each house tried to out-cheer the other!

Staff and students enjoyed a pizza and ice cream lunch, followed up with outdoor activities at the park.  Each House demonstrated great spirit at the rally; by the end of the day, school spirit was evident as all our Hudson Huskies gave a great Husky Cheer!

Check out the video recap below.

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Hudson Celebrates Thanksgiving!

Hudson Celebrates Thanksgiving!

We had a fabulous Pot Luck lunch at Hudson on Friday! There was lots of great food for everyone to enjoy. Many thanks to our parents and students who brought in food to help make our Thanksgiving tradition a wonderful success! Thanks also to our parent volunteers who helped to serve lunch. We will continue to take food donations for the Daily Bread Food Book until Tuesday morning. On behalf of everyone here at Hudson, we hope that all our students and families have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Duke of Ed. Lunch & Learn

Duke of Ed. Lunch & Learn

Hudson College hosted another successful Lunch and Learn for all students who were interested in the Duke of Edinburgh International Award program. A representative from Duke of Ed came in to go through the specifics of the program, and explained the requirements for the Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels. The purpose of the program is to give students an awareness of how to take charge of their own learning outside of the classroom. Hudson students have participated in the program for the last several years, and due to the positive impact, this is the second year that all of our Hudson Grade Nines have registered! We are confident that by spending time focusing on service, physical recreation, improving a skill, and going on an adventure, our students will become more well-rounded and prepared to contribute to their community. By getting started in Grade Nine, the positive impact that this program has will see our students through their entire Hudson careers and beyond. The Duke of Ed is recognized internationally, and is a great opportunity for our students!

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Hudson Supports POGO

Hudson Supports POGO

Hudson elementary students continued our annual tradition of supporting Paediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO), whose mission it is to improve the circumstances of all children who are afflicted with cancer, those of their families living with cancer, and the caregivers who help these families. Hudson currently has a couple of students receiving treatment for their cancers and both are doing very well! Our messages of hope will be passed along to POGO centres in Ontario. Well done, students!

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Terry Fox Run 2017!

Terry Fox Run 2017!

On a sunny, seasonably warm Thursday morning, we held our annual Terry Fox run for both the Lower and Upper Schools. All of our students showed their amazing Huskies enthusiasm, as students, particularly our Primary and Junior ones, asked to keep going, lap after lap! A special thank you to our guest speaker from the Terry Fox Foundation, Kristina, who gave an inspiring presentation into the life of Terry. We knew we had the best bunch of students and families at Hudson and it has been proven emphatically true these last couple of weeks. We are more than 80% of the way to our goal of $8,000 to raise for the Terry Fox Foundation. With a week to go, our total is now over $6,500! Way to go, Huskies!!

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Annual Camp Wenonah Trip

Annual Camp Wenonah Trip

From Tuesday, September 26 to Friday, September 29, thirty-three Hudson high school students participated in the annual Hudson Camp at Camp Wenonah in Bracebridge, Ontario. The students enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities such as canoeing, kayaking, archery, rock climbing, lake swimming, and the highlight of the trip - an overnight camping trip in tents, which brought students closer to nature and each other. The students also took part in cooperative and team-building games such as the simulated Camp Wenonah Stock Market and the Stones Challenge. We would like to thank the Camp Wenonah staff for a well-developed program, which focused on leadership development and confidence building.

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Hudson Heroes Attend WE Day

Hudson Heroes Attend WE Day

Some of the Hudson Heroes were given the opportunity to attend WE Day at the Air Canada Center on September 28th. WE Day celebrates youth empowerment and involvement in community outreach. Throughout the day, attendees saw live performances by musicians, famous speakers, and other Canadian students who are making an impact in their communities. Some highlights were Kelly Clarkson, Andre DeGrasse, Penny Oleksiak, Lily Singh, and Prince Harry! Each presenter highlighted the importance of thinking beyond ourselves, and how essential it is to give back to our communities, both locally and globally. We hope our students felt inspired to discover the causes that they feel passionate about, and get involved.

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High School Ultimate Frisbee

High School Ultimate Frisbee

On September 27th, Hudson’s high school co-ed Ultimate Frisbee team competed in a day long tournament. While two schools cancelled due to “hot weather”, Hudson and ten other schools played on!

In reality, the only hot factor was the competition! The frisbee action was great with Hudson claiming two shut-out victories: 3-0 and 7-0. A fun time was had by all! While they did not win the tournament, it is worthy to note that one of the opposing coaches took the time to remark that of all the teams they played in the tournament, Hudson was the one that showed the best positive spirit.

Go Huskies!

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Annual Terry Fox Breakfast

Annual Terry Fox Breakfast

On Monday, September 25, our Student Council held its annual Terry Fox Breakfast. It was a busy morning from the beginning; however, with the help of everyone involved we were able to serve more than 130 breakfasts. It was great to see so much enthusiasm from JK up to senior students participating in this great and worthy cause. The students enjoyed pancakes, waffles, scrambled eggs, toast, bacon and juice. Thanks to the generous purchases of breakfast, the Student Council raised over $650! This amount will greatly contribute to our school's fundraising goal that will directly benefit the Terry Fox Foundation; way to go Huskies! A special thank you goes out to all the students and staff members who helped in the preparation and serving of the food!

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Grade 9 Leadership Day

Grade 9 Leadership Day

The Grade Nines spent a beautiful, sunny day at the Adventure Valley Outdoor Center last week! The students spent the day doing activities such as the Whale Watch and the Tarzan Swing. These activities fostered a sense of creativity, teamwork, and of course, lots of fun! The students used the opportunity to learn about the importance of working together, as well as how to be an impactful leader. It was a very positive way to start the school year, and the students had a great time! Check out the video recap, also posted on our YouTube channel, here: https://youtu.be/GgZSAYdugPo

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Hudson Students Tackle "Big Tobacco Lies"

Hudson Students Tackle "Big Tobacco Lies"

Two of Hudson's Upper School students have volunteered to be ambassadors for the Canadian Cancer Society’s new campaign, "Big Tobacco Lies". This campaign works to promote awareness of tobacco products and how they are marketed to youth. Our students worked to collect petitions to help push the implementation of plain packaging in tobacco products. For more information on this cause, visit the Canadian Cancer Society's website. Way to go girls!

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Grade 9 Laptop Unboxing

Grade 9 Laptop Unboxing

Our Grade Nines received their MacBook Air computers on September 11th, 2017! The computers have been pre-configured with all of the software necessary for the Grade Nine program. The laptops are an excellent resource tool intended to bring our Grade Nines success this year and throughout their time at Hudson College. The students were very excited to get started with their new computers!

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Hudson Annual Welcome Back BBQ!

Hudson Annual Welcome Back BBQ!

On Thursday September 7th, we held our annual Lower School Welcome Back BBQ for all new and returning students and their families. Inclement weather had us change our plans to a great big pizza party in the Gym, which worked out quite well. Some of our High Schoolers ventured downstairs for some free food, too! We thank everyone who could make it out to the event and we are looking forward to another great year!

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Welcome New & Returning Students 2017-2018

Welcome New & Returning Students 2017-2018

Our JK and SK classes at Hudson survived their very first day of school with smiles, happy faces, and almost no tears - hooray!

Another school year begins! Welcome to our new students and welcome back to our returning students in all grades!

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Wrapping up 2017 in the Upper School

Wrapping up 2017 in the Upper School

The end of June brought forth many reasons for our high school to reflect on and celebrate the wonderful achievements we have earned this year. The 2016-2017 school year was an exciting one, with record participation in extracurricular activities and Hudson’s high school sports teams bringing home more banners than ever before!  The competition between the Husky houses were fierce, with points be submitted right up until the eleventh hour the day before the June Fest.

Congrats to the House Champions of the 2016-2017 School Year!

Teresa C as our Junior House Champion, Nicole E as our Intermediate House Champion, and Henry L as our Senior House Champion.

Throughout the year the four houses worked to outdo one another, from the pep rally to the house hosted events the rivalry was clear.  In the end, the Prairies house were the runners-up earning an impressive 9078 points and taking the top prize was the Maritimes house with 12797 points.  Congratulations!

The Huskies had an amazing athletic year, as this marks the first time that Hudson has won four high school banners in the SSAF!  Congratulations to all athletes for their participation, sportsmanship and athletic achievements this year.  Special recognition goes to the following students:

Marcus P for Character in Sport, Claudia B for Leadership in Sport, Joana X for Female Athlete of the Year, and Henry L for Male Athlete of the Year.

With respect to academics, twenty-six Hudson students participated in the prestigious Waterloo Math International Mathematics and Computer Competitions this year.   Eight students received a certificate of distinction for scoring in the top 25% of their category and four received a medal for being the school champions.  We are very proud of their hard work and their efforts!

We hosted our annual graduation ceremony on June 28th at the Columbus Centre. This year’s graduates demonstrated an impressive amount of focus, determination and passion as they worked towards earning a place in their desired programs. We are happy to announce that 100% of our graduates have been accepted by fantastic programs in both Canadian and international post-secondary institutions. We are proud of each and every one of our graduates’ successes and we wish them both luck and happiness in the future. You will always have a home at Hudson.

It was wonderful to celebrate the culmination of a fantastic and unforgettable year. We hope that our students enjoy a well deserved summer break.

Go Huskies!

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Grade 9 Butterfly Garden

Grade 9 Butterfly Garden

Our final two Grade 9 workshops in our “Inspiring Learners to Become Leaders” program culminated this year with our Grade 9s learning about the importance of pollination and how it can help our local community with agriculture and plant diversity. In an effort to support this important cause, we got our hands dirty and created a butterfly garden in Hudson’s front yard. We had a lot of fun in the sun and worked together to make something that is both beautiful and useful for our community. We hope you have a chance to visit our garden and learn about the different plants that attract butterflies.

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Screenagers

Screenagers

On Tuesday afternoon, Hudson’s high school staff and students had an opportunity view Screenagers, a documentary about ‘growing up in the digital age.’ The film highlighted important concerns about the use of technology and its impact on the developing adolescent mind. We hope that the statistics and stories presented in the movie help our students to become more reflective and careful about their screen time and focus on the development of healthy tech habits. For more information, check out the following link: https://www.screenagersmovie.com

SCREENAGERS Movie Trailer from lisa tabb on Vimeo.

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Food & Nutrition Excursion

Food & Nutrition Excursion

Our Food & Nutrition students embarked on a culinary adventure to ‘The Edible Story’ located in downtown Toronto. While there, students engaged in a unique opportunity to be part of their own creations amid professional chefs and culinary experts. Together, they rolled up their sleeves and jumped right into the mix learning how to prepare Herb and Zataar Salad with Pecorino Charred Corn and Little Gem with Feta, Smashed Chickpeas and Harissa Dressing, Pangrattato Gnocchi with Trapanese Pesto, Seasoned Braised double Broiled Cornish Hen, and a Strawberry Shortcake Delight Dessert - a spectacular display of passion, creativity, and know-how!

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Hudson College Cultural Day

Hudson College Cultural Day

On June 6th, the Great Lakes and Rockies Houses brought diversity at Hudson College to life! During our Cultural Day, students travelled from classroom to classroom to learn about different cultures from around the world. In each room, students participated in trivia games, flag creations, taste testing, hockey games, a BBQ, and more. The taste and flair of European, Asian, African, Latin American, North American, and Australian cultures quickly filled the air, with the help and participation of our wonderful High School students. To end the day, the students took part in a Latin American party filled with dancing, smiles, laughter, and fun! The day was truly successful and we are already looking forward to our next Cultural Day here at Hudson College!

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Mark Black Inspires Hudson

Mark Black Inspires Hudson

Hudson College had the pleasure of having inspirational youth speaker Mark Black come in to speak with our high school students. As the recipient of a heart and double-lung transplant surgery, Mark shared his inspirational message on how to overcome adversity with the right attitude. After successfully participating in 4 marathons, Mark is an example of what an individual can accomplish with determination and dreams. Mark instilled the importance of approaching adversity with a positive attitude, stretching yourself beyond what you think you are capable of, and to be willing to take chances. We hope that our students feel empowered by Mark's speech and are inspired to set clear goals!

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Hudson Does 30 Hour Famine

Hudson Does 30 Hour Famine

Over twenty high school students participated in Hudson's annual 30 Hour Famine on Thursday and Friday of last week. Through playing community-building games, and sleeping over in Hudson's gym, these students fasted for 30 hours, all while raising awareness about world hunger. In total, the students raised $613 for World Vision and collected over 50 canned food items to be donated to the local food bank. Congratulations, Huskies!

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First Annual Public Speaking Contest

First Annual Public Speaking Contest

The first annual Hudson College Public Speaking Contest was a great success, with 18 students from Grades 4 to 8 competing across the Junior and Middle school categories. Topics ranged from Bullying to The Placebo Affect to Mac 'n' Cheese: Kraft Dinner vs. Homemade. With a wide array of interesting topics, all speakers did an excellent job engaging the audience and proving why they were chosen as the top speakers from their respective grades. Special congratulations for our winners! In Junior, Grace M. (Gr. 4) won for her speech Canada, and runner-up was awarded to Hebah N. (Gr. 6) for her speech Having a Twin. In Middle School, Amaan T. (Gr. 7) won for his impassioned speech Change, and runner-ups were awarded to Maya C. (Gr. 8) and Alexa K. (Gr. 7) for their speeches Should Grade 8 Students Write Exams? And, Equal Rights in Education. A big thank you to Mr. Minty and our judges Mrs. Mallin, Ms. Feder and special guest judge (and parent) Lindsay McMurray for running this successful event.

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Upper School Prom 2017

Upper School Prom 2017

On Thursday, May 25th, Hudson College hosted its annual Prom at the Vue Event Centre. As always, the students were looking their best as they arrived at the venue and were ready to strike a pose for our professional photographer. After the initial greetings, we sat down to enjoy a delicious four-course dinner, which consisted of salad, pasta, beef with roasted vegetables, and toffee pudding for dessert! The party really got going after dinner, when the DJ started playing songs requested by the students, and everyone got on their feet for non-stop dancing throughout the night! There was a photo booth available for everyone to take a souvenir picture, and at 10pm we were all ready to enjoy delicious funnel cakes. As the evening drew to a close, the ballots for Prom Queen, Prom King, Prom Princess, Prom Prince, Best Dressed Male & Female, and Cutest Couple were collected and the votes were counted. Congratulations again to all the winners! The evening was a rounding success and Hudson College thanks everyone who participated in this annual event!

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Hudson College Presents: Beauty & the Beast

Hudson College Presents: Beauty & the Beast

Since returning from the winter break in January, students from JK all the way up to Grade 6 have been preparing for Hudson’s annual junior production. This year’s performance was the classic tale, Beauty and the Beast. From rehearsals and practicing lines, to memorizing dance steps and song lyrics, it has been a fun-filled and very busy five month process! At 88 student participants, it is the largest show Hudson has ever put on! Backdrops, music, costumes, lighting, sound, program cover, choreography, props and set pieces all came together with a dedicated cast of performers to make this year’s musical one of Hudson’s best! Our play Director, Mrs. McCartney, is so very proud of everyone’s hard work and dedication.

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Quantum Atomic Models in Grade 12 Chemistry

Quantum Atomic Models in Grade 12 Chemistry

Grade 12 chemistry students recently used the 3-D printing technology from the Hudson iHub to gain a deeper understanding of quantum atom models, orbital hybridization, and chemical bonding. Designing and printing the models of the various atoms and molecules provided the students with a deeper understanding of structure - more than what could be gleaned from a textbook picture!

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Media Arts Class TIFF Debut

Media Arts Class TIFF Debut

Congratulations to Anton P, whose Media Arts documentary, "Sh*t Where's My Phone" was selected to be presented at TIFF's Next Wave Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase. The film was shown last Saturday with great success! Congratulations again, Anton.

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Upper School Drama Class Play

Upper School Drama Class Play

On Tuesday, students of Hudson's Upper School drama class proudly presented their play, "The Nonsense Squad: A Pantocrime," a comedy about escaped convicts who, despite dim-witted guards, attempt failed heists while running from an over-diligent detective. The play was a collaborative creation, written by all members of the drama class. The class also built sets and props to stage this full-length production. Congratulations to all cast and crew members: this play wouldn't have existed without everyone's contributions!

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Hudson's Daffodil Donation

Hudson's Daffodil Donation

We are proud to announce that as a school we raised $1,445 in donations for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) as part of our Daffodil Month campaign. Anika from the CCS visited Hudson today to present us with an Appreciation Certificate to recognize Hudson students’ donations. There to accept the Certificate on behalf of the student body were a number of Grade 8 students and Mr. Bavington.

Thank you to all those who donated. A special thank you to one of our parents, Mrs. Thawer, herself a cancer survivor, for helping to organize our event, including getting the Daffodil pins and cupcakes. Also, a big thank you to our student volunteers in grades 7 and 8 who stationed themselves in the main lobby each day – you did a great job collecting donations!

Way to go, Huskies!

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U16 and U20 Track & Field

U16 and U20 Track & Field

On Friday May 5th, the Hudson College U16 and U20 Track and Field team put their best foot forward at the regional competition. Despite illness and injury, everyone pushed themselves to the limit. The Huskies 4 x 200 relay teams both medalled, with the U16 girls earning a bronze and the U20 boys racing into second place. Special mentions go to Raymond, Kuzey, and Joana who earned medals in every event they competed in. Finally, congratulations go out to our U16 girls who won their age category bringing home a banner from the meet! Go Huskies!

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Hudson Cooking Club with Chef Lynn Crawford

Hudson Cooking Club with Chef Lynn Crawford

The participants of the Hudson Cooking Club reconvened on May 11th to test their cooking mettle in front of a panel including their peers, Hudson administration, and world-renowned, executive Chef Lynn Crawford. 

Student judges Fletcher Malone and Tien Nguyen earned their places at the front table with thoughtful responses to the question: What is your favourite dish to make, and why? (When you next see Fletcher and Tien in the Hudson hallways, be sure to ask them about their responses!)

Chef Lynn Crawford, Mr. Bavington, Mrs. Bastien, and our student judges had a difficult task: they assessed three groups’ versions of the potato salad from Lynn Crawford’s At Home with Lynn Crawford.

The first group to present their dish was The Couch Potatoes. The group’s student ambassador, Grade 5 student Lauren Capern, spoke eloquently about her group’s choices. During judging, Lauren mentioned how much Chef Lynn’s feedback meant to her, a sentiment surely felt by all of the other participants! The Couch Potatoes’ bold choice to add grated apple to their dish was popular amongst the judges; the sweetness and crunch of the fruit was hailed as a success! 

Next, The Carrot-E-Choppers served their dish. The judges commended this team for their plating, the inclusion of dill, and for their perfectly prepared hard-boiled eggs. Ms. McCarthy was the Carrot-E-Chopper’s judge for technical criteria, assessing this team on their team-work, communication, kitchen skills, and time management. Ms. McCarthy was very impressed with the Carrot-E-Chopper’s co-operation and with their pre-event practice – she noted that the team members prepared diligently for the jobs that they assigned themselves. This preparatory work paid off well with their delicious potato salad. 

Finally, The Spicy Spatulas shared their beautifully plated dish. This team’s foresight in requesting a ring mold was keen, and the judges also commended them for the appetizingly colourful ingredients that they chose. Chef Lynn underscored the importance of plating visually appealing dishes, and she praised The Spicy Spatulas for their careful and vibrant presentation including bright roasted tomatoes, cilantro, and cucumbers.

After the judges’ difficult work of “Chopping” two teams, the winning group celebrated their victory. Congratulations to The Carrot-E-Choppers!

Many thanks to Chef Lynn Crawford for sharing her insight and her time, to Hudson parent James Hyslop for facilitating Chef Lynn’s visit, to the judges, and to all of the Hudson Cooking Club participants!

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Hudson’s Innovation Hub explores Virtual Reality

Hudson’s Innovation Hub explores Virtual Reality

HTC Vive is a virtual reality device that can transform whole rooms into a canvas for artistic exploration. Powered by an extremely high-end computer, Hudson’s Innovation Hub allows students to explore this new technology; it opens their eyes to the possibilities of the future.

One student from Hudson’s Upper School Media Arts class, using this technology, had an opportunity to “paint” something he was familiar with, his room. Afterwards, students in his class were able to go into his painting and experience the creation from a first-person perspective. This device, featuring dozens of paintbrushes including the Google-developed app Tilt Brush, allows students to express their creative nature and to take traditional two-dimensional panting techniques to the third dimension. When in Hudson’s Innovation Hub, our Huskies can truly be able to shoot for the stars.

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Everybody cut Footloose!

Everybody cut Footloose!

On Wednesday evening our senior Elementary cast and crew put on a terrific production of ‘Footloose’. From the curtain-raising, self-titled number, ‘Footloose’, followed by Bonnie Tyler’s, ‘Holding out for a Hero’, and the sing-along, chart-topper ‘Let’s Hear it for the Boy’, right through the entire production to an encore performance of the self-titled finale, all of the performers did an absolutely amazing job, bringing to life eighties classics along with big hair, small town costumes, lots of bold makeup and the story of a small town still trying to cope with a great loss and the town’s youth hopeful to revitalize the spirit of the town once again! Our Co-Directors, Mr. Veleno and Ms. Jahaan T, would like to thank all of the cast and crew for their dedication and commitment over the last two months. It truly was a wonderful experience. Well done, students! Everybody cut, Everybody cut Footloose!

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A.I.R. "Artists-in-Residence" 2017

A.I.R. "Artists-in-Residence" 2017

Hudson's annual Artists In Residence (AIR) was a massive hit! Students from the Media Arts classes and Art Club prepared experiences for art viewing and art making for the entire high school to enjoy. Activities included an Escape Room, drawing games, a Free Store, and a group mural.

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Hudson Grade 9 Workshop Series; Yoga!

Hudson Grade 9 Workshop Series; Yoga!

On Friday, April 21st, our grade 9 students visited Mindful Bodyworks to receive professional instruction in a beginner’s yoga class. We learned about the importance of breathing through difficult exercises (both physical and mental), awareness of one’s self and the improvement of one’s physical health. Students were taught various poses that can help to reduce stress, insomnia and improve healthy oxygen and blood flow in the body. We hope that students will learn from this experience and use a variety of breathing/physical exercises to maintain a healthy state of mind, especially when studying for upcoming exams! Namaste.

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Entomologists in Training; Hudson's SK class learns about insects!

Entomologists in Training; Hudson's SK class learns about insects!

The Senior Kindies are Entomologists in Training! They are learning all about insects. The SK’s can tell you that insects have three body parts: head, thorax and abdomen. They have 6 legs and two antennae. The SK’s have compared and contrasted different insects, understanding how insects communicate, what habitat they live in and what their predators and prey are. Through Reggio inquiry, the SK’s understand concepts of camouflage, migration and life cycles. After discussing different facts about an insect, the teacher sits with each student and has a one on one conversation about what they have learned. Through modelled writing, they write their ideas in their booklets. The SK’s have finished their Entomologist Investigation booklets where they are proudly on display in class! The SK’s are making daily observations this month, as we have live caterpillar larvae in the classroom. We can’t wait to see the larvae get bigger and then change into a chrysalis. We’ll transfer the chrysalis to a butterfly enclosure and watch as they hatch into adult butterflies. The SK’s furthered their Entomologist Studies by going with the JK’s to the Kortright Centre. They observed some real insects in their habitats and learned more about them. As the SK’s learn more, they inquire further, driving the class forward with excitement for knowledge!

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Women in Capital Markets' Annual Job Shadow Day

Women in Capital Markets' Annual Job Shadow Day

Two of our 12th grade students, Julia and Rena were nominated to participate in Women in Capital Markets’ Annual Job Shadow Day. The girls had an opportunity to spend a day in Toronto’s Financial District and shadow influential women who work in the field of business and commerce. WCM provided workshops, keynote speakers and one-on-one guidance in an effort to mentor aspiring businesswomen. The girls were able to visit major Canadian banks, such as RBC and visit the trading room at the stock exchange. This invaluable experience shed light on the possibilities young women have to excel in capital markets and we hope that future Hudson students will benefit from such an opportunity.

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University of Toronto Science Fair 2017

University of Toronto Science Fair 2017

We are excited to announce that one of our grade eight students, Mark S., won gold at the annual University of Toronto Science Fair this past weekend! His project, ‘Searching for the Most Polluted Intersection in Toronto’, investigated air pollution and air quality affected by vehicular emissions and various industrial processes that release hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and other oxides into the air, and which has a direct impact on human health. Mark S. has extended Hudson College’s streak to eight consecutive years of medalling at University of Toronto Science Fair. His project placed in the top 15 of the more than 540 projects entered into the Fair, from the Grade 7 to Grade 12 level. We are very proud of your accomplishment, Mark!

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Italian Cultural Trip 2017

Italian Cultural Trip 2017

This year our Italian Cultural Trip took us to 5 amazing cities: Rome, Naples, Venice, Turin and Florence. Our adventure started in Rome on March 10th and as soon as we arrived we got to experience what this great city has to offer: Vatican City, the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain and all the wonderful piazzas where one can get lost in the crowd of tourists that each year visit Rome. Our next stop was Naples and this city did not disappoint. With its breathtaking views of Mt. Vesuvius from its harbour to its thriving shopping district, Naples was very charming. We had the opportunity to go up Mt. Vesuvius where we got as close to the crater as one can get and an awe inspiring view of Naples and its surroundings. We also got to tour Pompeii and Herculenuem, which should be on everyone’s bucket list; both offer so much history. We won’t soon forget our unscheduled day-trip to the island of Capri; which offered us some of the most breathtaking views we’d ever seen. Our third stop was Venice and with its narrow streets and shops for all tastes and budgets, this city was a favourite amongst students. The gondola ride and the tour of Murano, Burano and Torcello were the highlights of this stop. Next, we visited Turin; one of my favourites in this trip. This city is a very modern and clean metropolis. Its Mole Antonelliana should be a definite stop for everyone. We also got to tour Juventus Stadium and Museum, which was a highlight for all the boys on the trip. Our last and final stop was Florence and this city definitely charmed everyone with its outstanding works of art in the Accademia and the Uffizi Galleries. From Florence we went to Pisa to visit its famous Leaning Tower. Our Italian Cultural Trip was an amazing experience for all participants and we can’t forget to mention the wonderful pasta, pizza and gelato we enjoyed throughout these last 16. Thank you Italy for an unforgettable and amazing trip!

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Hudson's iHub in action

Hudson's iHub in action

On Tuesday March 7 and Wednesday March 8, Hudson's Grade 9 students participated in a four hour 3D printing and Virtual Reality workshop. The workshop was presented by Ms. Susan Bsat, a Biomedical and Mechanical Engineer with extensive experience in current industry applications of 3D printing.

In the workshop our students examined samples of 3D prints with advanced materials like metals soft rubber and reflective material. They examined medical, automotive and fashion applications of 3D printing and explored other innovative applications. Our students also learned to design their own shapes and ideas for 3D printing and had a chance to see their own creations printed in our 3D printing lab. Lastly, our students had the opportunity to explore the latest 3D virtual reality design application and concluded their workshop with a fun and engaging game of 3D virtual pictionary.

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U20 Boys Basketball Championship

U20 Boys Basketball Championship

On Monday afternoon our U20 boys basketball team continued their torrent playoff run by winning an overtime thriller against Royal Crown Academy to claim the SSAF Division 2 Championship! Down by a point with seconds to go in the 4th quarter, Jamal Herbert stepped up and sank a critical foul shot to tie the game and send it into overtime. In the extra frame the boys made several key defensive stops and once again Jamal dropped a three pointer to push our Huskies into the lead for good. Special mention to Henry Le, who all game and all season long, controlled the offense with his poise and leadership under pressure. A collective effort and true character testament of this team, congratulations boys, you are SSAF Champions!

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U20 Table Tennis

U20 Table Tennis

Congratulations to the U20 Table Tennis team for capturing the SSAF Table Tennis Banner on Monday afternoon. The team finished with one first place finish, three second place finishes and a third place finish for a total of 16 points. This marks the first time Hudson has won the table tennis championship, in only their second year competing. Well done to all players for their efforts!

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Eva's Walk

Eva's Walk

On Tuesday, March 7th, as part of the Middle School Program, the grade 6, 7 and 8 classes participated in Eva's Walk For Homeless Youth. Eva's offers shelter and programming for youth experiencing homelessness in Toronto to empower them to reach their goals. Together with 10 different schools from across the GTA, Hudson students walked over 7km through the city to support this important cause. The were treated to lunch and speakers at the end of the walk, where they were able to hear, first hand, the circumstances that may lead a young person to be homeless. The school raised over $4,000 for Eva's - our students should be very proud of themselves.

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Science Fair 2017

Science Fair 2017

On March 6th, we held our 11th Annual Science Fair in the Gym. With our Primary grades completing class projects, our Grade 4’s and up completed and presented projects in different categories. A big congratulations to all of our participants – you should be very proud of the wonderful projects that you submitted and displayed! Many thanks to our judges, including highly qualified guest judges from our parent ranks! Some of our individual grade winners will now move onto to represent Hudson in April at U of T’s Science Fair.

Once again, all students are recognized as having done a great job. The result were the closest we’ve ever had and the decisions were not easy!

Here are the individual grade-level winners:

 

Grade 4:

  • 1st place: Mika and Sasha, “Robotic Movement”
  • 2nd place: Mohammed, “Oil and Water”
  • 3rd place: Grace, “Rubber Egg”

 

Grade 5:

  • 1st place: Kate, “Food Rot”
  • 2nd place: Emma, “Bottled Water pH”
  • 3rd place: Lexie, “Paper Airplane Wingspan”

 

Grade 6:

  • 1st place: Aryan, “Great Globs of Gluten”
  • 2nd place: Zainab, “Candle Carousel”
  • 3rd place: Rachel, “Can you really trust your eyes?”

 

Grade 7:

  • 1st place: Alexa and Kayle, “Water Pollution in Toronto”
  • 2nd place: Amaan, “The Science of Time”
  • 3rd place: Bryanna, “How does colour affect eyesight?”

 

Grade 8:

  • 1st place: Mark, “Carbon Monoxide Concentration”
  • 2nd place: Alex and Gabriel, “Conductivity of Graphene”
  • 3rd place: Nico, “Antacid Potency”

 

Grade 10

  • 1st Place: Khalil, “Efficiency of Linux Systems”
  • 2nd place: Sarah and Alzy, “Movement of Water in Plants”
  • 3rd Place: Ethan and Claudia, “Terraforming Models for Mars”

 

Great job EVERYONE!

 

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Hudson Heroes February Tokens4Change event

Hudson Heroes February Tokens4Change event

This year, our Hudson Heroes exercised their creativity by collaborating with Youth Without Shelter in creating a public service announcement. The goal of the project was to raise awareness for February’s Tokens4Change event. This day was dedicated towards collecting donations to cover transportations costs for the shelter. Our students demonstrated empathy by imagining the reality that many homeless youth face on a day to day basis. In hopes of spreading awareness, activism and support for their peers, the Hudson Heroes filmed a heartwarming and informative commercial. We are pleased to share the video with you. Enjoy!

For more information, please visit the Tokens4Change website.

 

“Build a future.”

PSA 2017 by Hudson College Tanya Relitzki. Directed by Paul Davis.

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Upper School Valentine's Day Bake Sale Success!

Upper School Valentine's Day Bake Sale Success!

This Valentine’s Day, The Hudson Heroes were ‘baking a difference’ by selling baked goods in an effort to raise money for Habitat for Humanity’s Indigenous Housing Project. The charity helps to build quality homes for First Nations families across Canada. The high school students couldn’t resist the delicious brownies, cookies and cupcakes and we collected a total of $130. We are thankful for the generous donations and will continue raising money and awareness for this important cause!

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Maritime Olympic Games at Hudson Upper School

Maritime Olympic Games at Hudson Upper School

On Friday of last week, Hudson College students and staff took a well-deserved break from the classroom in order to exercise and reaffirm that culture and spirit are alive and well in our high school division. Our Maritimes house hosted their second annual Maritimes Olympic Games, aptly known around here as “MOGs” and did so with great passion and excitement. Our Rockies, Prairies, Great Lakes and host Maritimes houses competed in a variety of events including a pop-culture scavenger hunt, karaoke, various board games, and dodgeball.

With overflowing enthusiasm, houses collided in some energetic and fair play competitions all in pursuit of the Discovery Award come June. Students hustled in small teams around the school looking for memes, built human pyramids, and frantically tossed water bottles for most flips in a minute while others took a more calm and calculated approach to their next strategic board game manoeuver. From dodgeballs flying amid the chaos in the gymnasium, to singing gleefully upstairs to an eclectic array of 80's oldies, way back playback 90's, and more contemporary hits of today, a brave group of impassioned prospects took the mic and shared their vocal talents to their many adoring fans.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2017 MOG's event. Your collective energies made this day a huge success! A massive thank you to the Maritimes house for incredible opening and closing ceremony presentations, and for their collaborative activities to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul!

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Hudson Heroes and the Tokens4Change

Hudson Heroes and the Tokens4Change

On Friday November 3rd, our Hudson Heroes woke up bright and early to volunteer for a campaign called Tokens4Change, which is a fundraising initiative in support of Youth Without Shelter. Our students’ enthusiasm and passion raised awareness at the Bloor-Yonge station, where many generous commuters stopped to listen and donate to the the important cause. After 4 hours of volunteering, the Hudson Heroes’ energy and dedication never wavered, as they felt it was important to help other students have a safe and secure home and pathway to education.

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Upper School Drama Trip

Upper School Drama Trip

On Thursday, Hudson College Upper School Drama students went to two plays at the Next Stage Theatre Festival. "Songbuster" was an entirely improvised musical based on an audience suggestion from one of our students: "a coffee shop." Immediately, the actors launched into a catchy ensemble piece, followed by moving solos, dramatic duets, and much hilarity. "Two Truths and a Lie" was the second show - an exercise in storytelling where the audience had to judge which actor's story was untrue. Overall it was an excellent night at the Factory Theatre.

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Holiday Door Decorating and Holiday Sweater Day!

Holiday Door Decorating and Holiday Sweater Day!

Another fun annual tradition today as we announce our Door Decoration winners. Congratulations to all our creative door decorating entries; it gets harder every year to decide upon the winners. We decided it was only fair to award two category winners; one from our JK-2 entries as the Junior winner; and, one from our Grade 3-8 entries as the Senior winner. The JK's are the Junior winners with their theme of the "Holiday Sweater Outfit". In the Senior category – we had a virtual tie. Congratulations to our TWO Senior winners, the Grade 8 class, with their door theme of the "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch" and the Grade 6 class, with their door theme, "Happy Holidays Locker". The holiday spirit has certainly arrived at Hudson as evidenced by the wonderful Christmas sweaters many students wore today, too!

We encourage all of our Hudson families to go on a ‘door walk’ around the halls to see each awesome door in person for the balance of this week.

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Hudson Heroes helping out!

Hudson Heroes helping out!

The Hudson Heroes’ annual chocolate sales raised over $1300 this year! As a result, we were able to purchase holiday gifts for the children at SickKids hospital. This would not have been possible without the hard work and generosity of our Hudson students and families!

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Holiday Spirit at Hudson

Holiday Spirit at Hudson

On Friday, Hudson College continued with two holiday traditions at the school, the Secret Sprite Gift Exchange and our Holiday Potluck Lunch. Our ESL students also crafted traditional Mexican pinatas to start the celebrations for the Holiday Potluck. They used paper mache and lots of festive candy to start the holiday celebration off with a BANG! Many high school students participated in this year's Secret Sprite. As the time for our gift exchange approached everyone was excited to know what the Secret Sprite would bring them. Fun was had by all and everyone was happy with their gift. At around 1 p.m. we were all ready to enjoy a succulent holiday buffet that included traditional dishes from many different parts of the world brought by all high school students and of course the main course, three roasted turkeys provided by the school. The lunch was really delicious and a great way to end the regular classes before final exams.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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Hudson Spelling Bee 2016

Hudson Spelling Bee 2016

Congratulations to all of our participants in Hudson's annual Elementary Spelling Bee competition. You should be proud of your efforts! After thirty-eight rounds, and with words any scholar would find difficulty spelling correctly, we had a winner! Special congratulations to our winner Nour A. Our runner-up was Sarah N. Sarah and Nour went back and forth for eighteen rounds like two prize fighters before Nour was able to spell a championship word correctly – it was tremendously exciting! In third place was Emma G. In speaking with Scripps Spelling Bee, we have the opportunity to send two participants onto the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee in February at the University of Toronto! Nour and Sarah will be Hudson’s representatives and represent us proudly! Congratulations to everyone, again!

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Volleyball Champions!

Volleyball Champions!

The U20 Boys' Volleyball team were crowned 2016 SSAF Champions yesterday. After sweeping through their three round robin games, Hudson defeated PACE to advance to the final. Hudson overcame a raucous home crowd and defeated number one seed Toronto Waldorf School, who had not lost a set all season, 2-0 in the final. Despite tired legs and some injuries, the team showed great team spirit and perseverance.

This is Hudson’s first U20 SSAF Volleyball championship- Well Done Boys!

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Canadian Music Class Challenge: Ahead by a Century by the students from Toronto’s Hudson College

Canadian Music Class Challenge: Ahead by a Century by the students from Toronto’s Hudson College

Please enjoy this performance of Ahead by a Century by the students from Toronto’s Hudson College. As a school with smaller class sizes, we like to combine musical groups whenever possible especially when preparing for a choir performance. For Ahead by a Century, we have 3 singing groups: a small choir, a large choir, and 2 harmony singers consisting of grades 2,3,4,5,6, and 8. We also threw in a xylophone, an electric guitar, and we had the high-school music class help out with playing guitar chords.

(Courtesy of CBC Music)

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Hudson Remembers

Hudson Remembers

On Friday November 11, our entire school assembled in the gym to commemorate Remembrance Day. Our Elementary students created original works that honour different themes and thoughts of Remembrance. Hudson's high school students also took part in the Remembrance Day ceremony in the gym. Beginning with the playing of the Last Post and the moment of silence at 11:00 a.m., students and staff reflected together on the importance and meaning of Remembrance Day. We were honoured as a school to have a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, Corporal Frank D’Amico, visit us and speak with our students about his years of service, Canada’s veterans, and the importance of remembrance. Our Grade 10 History students did a 20-minute live performance during today’s Remembrance Day ceremony. The student created script featured the many personal family challenges experienced by Canadians as they participated in the First World War. The morning's ceremony was an important moment of reflection for both students and staff, on the history of Remembrance Day, and on the importance of honouring our veterans and those still serving Canada today.

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An in-depth Our Kids review of Hudson College

An in-depth Our Kids review of Hudson College

There are many reasons parents choose to enroll their children at a private school, from family tradition to elite sports. Parents who choose Hudson College, however, are less interested in the extremes at the edges of the private education market, and more interested in the foundational elements of a strong academic program and a positive learning experience: consistent social support, a sense of community, the flexibility to address student interests, and a consistent approach to curricular development. Jeff Bavington founded the school “to be a place where students with all different interests can come and feel part of a larger community, feel at home, and where students themselves can help create" the school environment. And it is.

Read our in-depth feature article from Our Kids and learn how Hudson helps turn young learners into leaders.

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Spirit Week 2016

Spirit Week 2016

From the week of October 24 - 31, Hudson College hosted its annual Spirit Week. We started the week with Pyjama Day and it was a perfect way to get the week started. It was really comfortable to be wearing our pyjamas throughout the day. On Tuesday we all looked our best as we had Formal Day; the perfect day to be dressed to impress. On Wednesday students and staff showed their crazy side on Crazy Day, a really fun day. Thursday was the day to showcase all the famous people or characters we admire as it was Fandom Day. On Friday we payed homage to our favourite sports and athletes on Sports Day. On Friday evening we also had our annual Halloween Dance and our terrifying Haunted House. We really scared up some students. On Monday, October 31, our Spirit Week culminated with two fun activities: our annual costume and pumpkin carving contests. As always it was very difficult to choose winners among such great costumes and pumpkins. The purpose of Spirit Week was to give the students the opportunity to show their school pride and boost their morale and for sure the Student Council achieved these goals as great fun was had by all. It was agreed by the Student Council that all proceeds from Spirit Week will go to our annual prom and the Italian Cultural Trip. Thank you to everyone who helped organizing a successful week and also to all those who participated.

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Our Lower School had a fun-filled Halloween themed day on Friday filled with treats and a few tricks...

As per tradition, the Lower School had a creative pumpkin-carving competition, costume parade and contest with multiple winners in various categories, plus a scary dance-off as part of our Halloween Dance. Each year, it's gets harder for the judges to decide the winners in all of the competitions and categories due to the creativity, efforts, and enthusiasm of our students. The winner this year of the pumpkin-carving contest is Class 7H, with their creation of The Donald and Hillary.

Halloween at Hudson once again demonstrated Hudson's amazing Husky spirit!

Have a fun, safe Halloween students!

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WE Day 2016

WE Day 2016

On Wednesday October 19th, some of Hudson’s student leaders were lucky to attend WE Day at the Air Canada Centre. We Day is a day-long celebration of youth empowerment and leadership. Many famous faces graced the stage-ranging from gold medal Olympians to astronauts and singers. Our students heard inspirational speeches from Margaret Trudeau, Chris Hadfield, Gord Downie, Penny Oleksiak, Jacob Tremblay and Paula Abdul, to name a few. Each artist and speaker took the opportunity to explain the importance of giving back to your community. Whether your cause is close to home or overseas, it is vital to discover your passion and use your voice. We hope to use this newfound positivity and inspiration to help both local and international causes!

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IMPACT Speaker Andy Thibodeau to Hudson Students: ANSWER, ASK and TRY YOUR BEST

IMPACT Speaker Andy Thibodeau to Hudson Students: ANSWER, ASK and TRY YOUR BEST

On Friday October 14th, Andy Thibodeau visited the upper school students to deliver an inspirational message at the beginning of the school year.  Andy engaged our students with his enthusiasm, humour and most importantly, his wise words. Based out of London, Ontario, Andy has traveled across North America to inspire students to become active participants in their education and to become involved in extracurricular activities.

Some key messages Andy wanted students to understand were to:

  • “GET YOUR HAND UP!”

  • “ANSWER, ASK and TRY YOUR BEST”

  • “VOLUNTEER!”

and to ask two very important questions:

  • “Can I get some help?”

  • “How can I do better?”

He had a great impact on our students and we hope that his message will be a lasting one.

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Camp Muskoka 2016

Camp Muskoka 2016

As part of an annual tradition, all of our Grade 4-6 students attended an exciting 4-day/3-night outdoor education field trip to Camp Muskoka near Bracebridge, Ontario last week. Hudson students participated in a variety of team building and leadership activities and outdoor games / challenges, including the aerial park, low ropes, fire building, zip line, and more! As usual, staff and students can’t wait to go back again!

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Hudson College Pep Rally 2016

Hudson Huskies from grades 8 to 12 gathered on October 4th to participate in the Pep Rally to kick off the House System for the 2016-2017 school year. The rally was an amazing display of school spirit and teamwork by each of the four houses. The rally opened with the unveiling of house flags and slogans designed during the grade 9 leadership seminar series last year. The flags were carried by representatives from our current grade 10 class who contributed to the flag’s design.

The Rockies, reigning champions and current holder of the Discovery Trophy, were the first to show off their cheers, with the usual dramatic flare and strains from “We Will Rock You”. Next up the Prairies House shouted and stomped to show their pride, determination, and enthusiasm for the up coming school year, accompanied by a hip-hop dance crew. The Great Lakes house harnessed the sounds of the great lakes in their cheers, with a routine that had them flowing through the gym from end-to-end. Finally, the Maritimes House brought “the fury of the maritime sea” with echoing shouts, the banging of drums, and waving flags.

Pizza and games rounded off the afternoon in Earlscourt Park, as students made new friends, and shared Hudson College traditions with new comers.

Go Huskies!

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Thanksgiving Potluck 2016

Thanksgiving Potluck 2016

We had a fabulous Pot Luck lunch at Hudson last Friday! There was lots of great food for everyone to enjoy. Many thanks to our parents and students who brought in food to help make our Thanksgiving tradition a wonderful success! On behalf of everyone here at Hudson, we hope that all our students and families had a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Hudson College Open House Event 2016 - October 22

We invite you to attend our Open House to see what Hudson has to offer: Saturday, October 22nd from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. To confirm your attendance please contact Jody at 416-631-0082 x 106.

For more information, please visit the Our Kids website.

Hudson College is a non-denominational, co-educational school offering superior academic programs from JK to university entrance. 

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Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards

Today, a representative from the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards visited the grade nines to give a short presentation on the benefits of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Program. This program is designed to give students ownership of their learning, personal development and experience outside of school by encouraging them to volunteer, become physically active and explore the environment. The Duke of Edinburgh is an internationally renowned award and an excellent opportunity for our students.

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Terry Fox Run 2016

On a soggy, overcast Thursday morning, we held our annual Terry Fox run for both the Lower and Upper Schools. The weather couldn’t dampen our Huskies enthusiasm, however, as students, particularly our Primary and Junior ones, asked to keep going, lap after lap!

We knew we had the best bunch of students and families at Hudson and it has been proven emphatically true these last couple of weeks.
We are two-thirds of the way to our aggressive goal of $10,000 to raise for the Terry Fox Foundation.

With a week to go, our total is now over $6,500! Way to go, Huskies!!

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Hudson College Open House Event 2016 - October 6

We invite you to attend our October 6th Open House to see what Hudson has to offer: Thursday, October 6th from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. To confirm your attendance please contact Jody at 416-631-0082 x 106.

For more information, please visit the Our Kids website.

Hudson College is a non-denominational, co-educational school offering superior academic programs from JK to university entrance. 

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Terry Fox Breakfast 2016

On Tuesday morning, our Hudson upper school Student Council whipped up a delicious breakfast to raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation. We were able to raise $801.25 this year, which is a new record total! Students in all grades from JK to 12 were able enjoy a scrumptious meal and share some laughs. Thanks to everyone who participated!

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2016 Camp Wenonah Trip

Twenty-two students braved the personal and cooperative challenges of outdoor adventures at Camp Wenonah in Bracebridge last week. Canoeing, kayaking, archery, rock climbing, lake swimming, and overnight camping brought students closer to nature and each other. Thanks to the Camp Wenonah staff for their program focused on leadership development and confidence building.

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Promoting Balanced Leadership

Hudson College: Promoting Balanced Leadership

By Diana Trull, Guidance

The world is filled with intelligent, hard-working young leaders who aspire to find success in their prospective fields. However, there has been a shift in the hiring wish lists of employers. More and more workplaces are looking to hire actively engaged citizens with humanitarian characteristics such as compassion and empathy for others. Participating in charitable activities is a great step toward gaining skills in leadership, perseverance, resilience, and imaginative, collaborative thinking to overcome challenges. Here at Hudson College, we encourage students to participate in a variety of altruistic activities that reach beyond average expectations. Here are some examples:

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How to choose the best High School experience for your child

The next stage in your child’s education – high school – is an important one.

Deciding where to attend high school can be a challenging decision for a family to make. It is essential to have as much information as possible before finalizing your choice. The number one way to research this information is through open house visits and experiencing the school’s culture as a student visitor.

To aid with your decision we have talked to our parents and students and asked them why they chose Hudson College as their High School.

Included in their feedback is that Hudson College provides all the elements of a large high school experience whilst maintaining the connectedness of a small school. Through this we are able to individualize your child’s experience to ensure they receive a balanced education, in a safe and supportive environment, that allows them to pursue their interests and grow as an individual. This is why we believe Hudson College offers the best independent High School experience in Toronto. 

We are consistently ranked the number one co-ed school experience in Toronto by the readers of City Parent newsmagazine and here is why we believe we can offer this experience to your child:

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Europe Trip 2015 - Hudson College High School

Written by Hudson teacher and Europe trip coordinator Mr. Yovanny Munoz

Our 2015 Europe trip started on Wednesday, March 4th, when staff and students set off on an Air Canada flight to Frankfurt, Germany.  We arrived in Frankfurt the next day and, after a short layover took a flight to Lisbon, Portugal. From there we had the opportunity to visit Madrid, Nice, Monaco, Milan and Rome.  

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The impact of valuing a balanced curriculum

by the Hudson Admissions Department

There are many aspects to consider when talking about a “balanced” curriculum.  Today, let’s talk about one area – providing balance within a broad range of subject courses and the impact of doing so. 

We believe that when a school has an academic environment that values a balanced curriculum, students will feel more encouraged to explore their passions and talents in new areas.  Students’ intellectual curiosity can also be explored on a bigger and more rich platform.  

Most high school students are uncertain as to their future career path and they may come to school with more singular interests.  Our academic environment with a balanced approach encourages them to explore possibilities, and challenges them to think more broad-based. 

In order to help achieve this academic environment, a skills-based, cross-curricular program has been implemented throughout a wide range of compulsory and optional courses.   

We are proud to say the impact of doing so is great.  It is reflected in our graduates’ university program destinations. 

According to our records, in the past ten years, 41% of Hudson female students went to university programs in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field, including Physical Science, Life Science, Health Science, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics, and Computer Science and Technology.   59% went to study Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, Business, Finance and Fine Arts.  This ratio is quite balanced, considering that most female students in some schools leave to study Liberal Arts and Social Sciences in university. 

Our male students’ university program choices have also reflected a balance during these same years, with 56% choosing the STEM field, and 44% selecting Arts and Business related fields.

On a school wide basis, 45% of Hudson graduates have chosen to study in the STEM field in the past ten years, and 55% of our grads went on to Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, Business, Finance and Fine Arts fields.  

Learning in a school that values a balanced curriculum will undoubtedly play a key role in helping our students succeed as they move forward.  The future skills they will need will be developed and enhanced through a “melding” of disciplines – from STEM skills and Arts skills leading to creativity and teamwork. These are the types of dynamic skill-sets employers seek.  This is the balance that the future requires.  

How does teamwork factor into all of this?  See our next Hudson blog for a viewpoint. 

 

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Democracy in the Classroom

By Rose Bastien, Grade 6 teacher and Head of Curriculum for Lower School, Hudson College

Most teachers would agree that authoritative classrooms (where teachers exert power over student behaviour and how much students participate) are not very effective at managing student behaviour and engaging students in learning.  

Many teachers are now opting for a democratic approach to teaching. In such classrooms, teachers are finding that student behaviour and student engagement is much easier to accomplish. 

However, I am often asked, “What is it about democratically run classrooms that create such positive learning experiences for both students and teachers?”

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A couple of important questions for grade 8’s transitioning to Hudson grade 9

By Hudson's Admissions Department

1. How do teachers help students stay on top of their progress?

First, we track daily attendance.  If a student misses one class (period) without a parental reason, parents will be notified for mutual follow-up / actions. 

Next, teachers monitor homework completion.  They will notify parents if homework is not being regularly completed. 

Next, student progress relating to assignments and tests is monitored / tracked.  Where this is not being completed satisfactorily, parents will be involved / notified. 

Throughout the year and courses, we (continue) to work with students in class, and individually as needed, to develop time management and study skills. It is important to remember that students have four years of high school.  We want students to be or become independent learners by graduation, in order to prepare them for university study.  Accordingly, we have a plan! It is implemented in a progressive manner beginning in grade 9. 

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Cooking Club starts again at Hudson Lower School

The Hudson Cooking Club has started again with two groups of enthusiastic junior chefs. Hudson’s various cooking clubs are amongst the most popular extra-curricular activities that we offer each year. The cooking clubs provide an excellent opportunity for our young chefs to learn simple-to-prepare yet delicious recipes, to gain valuable nutritional information, and to start to hone their culinary skills so that they can help both themselves and their families around the kitchen! Our current session will see students make harvest-inspired appetizers, soups, an entrée, and dessert. 

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Junior Science Club Starts at Hudson College

Science is a much loved subject at Hudson College. The Junior Science Club (grades 3 and 4) had its first session on Wednesday, September 10th. Students were introduced to polymers when they made slime by combining cornstarch and water. They were fascinated with the idea that a substance could have the properties of both a liquid ("it flows like water") and a solid ("it’s really hard when I squeeze it").

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Annual Year End Trip - Quebec 2014

Annual Year End Trip - Quebec 2014

On May 20, the grade 7 and 8 classes embarked on our annual year end trip. This year we went to Quebec City and Montreal. The trip was four days packed with fun activities and learning opportunities as we toured these two amazing cities.

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Hudson's Elementary School Cooking Club: Salsa Edition

Hudson College started our weekly Cooking Club with a large group of junior chefs from Grades 5 to 8 who came to learn kitchen skills, food preparation techniques, and to have fun making food together. For our cooking session on May 17th, the enthusiastic group made a huge batch of Pico de Gallo, a fresh tomato salsa.

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Alice in Wonderland; The Mad Hatter Tea Party in Kindergarten

"Alice and Wonderland was read to the Kindergartens last week. Students enjoyed the book because of the wonderful characters and intricate story line. In our walks through the playground I hope to catch more than a couple of children searching for rabbit holes!" (said Mrs. Mollard, Hudson's Kindergarten teacher)

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Exploring Geometry in Grade One

The grade ones are currently studying 3-dimensional and 2-dimensional geometry in Mathematics. One of the topics in this unit is to sort geometric figures according to common attributes or characteristics. Hula hoops were used to create a sorting template, (a Venn Diagram). In order to enrich the grade one students, they were asked to work in collaborative groups to create a secret sorting rule. Students then observed the finished sorted objects of other teams and were asked to determine the secret sorting rule used. The team whose work was being observed then revealed their sorting rule using mathematical vocabulary relevant to the unit. Great work!b2ap3_thumbnail_for-blog.jpg

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March 2014 – Hudson High School – Europe Trip

Our adventures began in London, England early Sunday morning. After checking into our hotel we set out to explore the area. Our first stop was Trafalgar Square where we enjoyed performances by the local artists, the many shops and a tour of The National Gallery. The next day, we enjoyed a full English breakfast and went for a stroll along the Thames River. We walked along the famous Tower Bridge and had lunch near London City Hall. In the afternoon we enjoyed a cruise on the Thames and a great view of London from one of the capsules on London Eye. On day two, our tour bus took us to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Oxford University.

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Reggio Emilia Program Comes to Hudson College

A Reggio Emilia Inspired Approach to Teaching

A large section of snowy ice has begun to melt in a sunny corner of Hudson College, creating an island that appears to float on a puddle of water. Our youngest students saw this island of ice as an invitation to jump on top of it, breaking its mass into dozens of pieces. The pieces of ice then became bricks to build walls and dominos to topple…creations of children’s inventive play. Hudson’s Kindergarten students and their teacher decided to take a large piece of ice into their classroom. This piece of ice – a natural element of the children’s physical environment – became an object of wonder and inquiry in the classroom. As the students examined the ice they were inspired to use descriptive words, to ask questions and propose theories about its texture and coldness. As a collaborative group, they decided to find out how long “the big piece of ice” would take to melt. Predictions and theories were made by the students and documented by their teacher. Through out the day many of the students returned to the ice to re-examine it, to alter their original predictions and to revise their theories about it. 

The melting ice will engage students in measurement, they will learn about properties of matter and temperature. They will be inspired to write about the ice, using the descriptive words their teacher documented. 

And so, the kindergarten students became immersed in the Reggio Emilia inspired teaching practices that is formally being introduced into the Hudson College elementary program. Within the next couple of years, we hope to enrich all of our elementary grades with Reggio inspired pedagogy. 

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Hudson College Grades 9 to 12 English Program

By Hudson's Admissions Department

The Hudson College Grades 9 to 12 English program is an enriched, incremental and unique curriculum designed to empower students with superior literacy, critical thinking, writing, reading and study skills essential for achieving academic and personal success in both university and in daily life.

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Hudson College Upper School Curriculum - Part One – Mathematics

By Hudson's Admissions Department

At Hudson College our SMART SKILLS PROGRAM™ helps students develop in five critical areas: Speech Arts, Mathematics, Analytical Writing, Research, and Team Building. The development of Mathematical skills is done through an enriched and superior curriculum combined with academic support programs that include after school support, counselling, workshops, remedial programs and individualized one-on-one help.

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Student Project Touches Hearts of Local Artists and Activists

Akeem has been a student at Hudson College since Grade 6.  Over the years, he has picked up various interests – including guitar, drama, and basketball – but he never thought that social activism might be one of them.  Last month, however, Akeem gave a presentation at Ellington’s Café that moved a room full of poets, activists, and artists to create change.

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The Academic Benefits of Character Education

By Rose Bastien, Grade 6 teacher and Head of Curriculum for Lower School, Hudson College

Trustworthiness, integrity, self-discipline, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, citizenship, compassion, honesty and perseverance are characteristics that we want our leaders, our life partners and our friends to posses. More importantly, we want our children to develop these characteristics so that they will be good friends, leaders and partners.

Making “good people” is not the only benefit of character education. Research demonstrates that students who attend schools that practice character education programs have higher academic achievements. There appears to be a strong correlation between the virtues of good character and being a good academic student. Rutgers University, Professor of Clinical Psychology Maurice Elias, has researched the effects of character education extensively. His research concludes that successful academic schools are those that have a focus on the moral character of its students. 

How does an emphasis on character education in the classroom, and the school as whole, help students succeed academically?

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