Hudson student scholars and their teachers honored

HUDSON–Student awards and inter-district transportation received attention at the Hudson City School District (HCSD) Board of Education meeting Monday, June 23.

District Superintendent Maria L. Suttmeier announced that two seniors and a teacher from Hudson High School have been recognized by the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA). The CASDA website says schools choose the student scholars and each student “then identifies the teacher who has had the most significant influence on him or her. Students Sheila DeJesus and Jahed Miah received the organization’s award this year. For the faculty member who had positively influenced him, Jahed chose social studies teacher Meghan Abitabile.

The school district’s Facebook page says that Shiela plans to attend the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, and she chose Chef Peter Desmond as the teacher who had influenced her significantly.

Dr. Suttmeier attended the scholars recognition dinner with them.

Dr. Suttmeier also reported that she was “so proud when I saw 35 of our seniors inducted into the National Honor Society. I’m glad to be superintendent in Hudson, where the seniors called up on stage represent every nation. And these students have after-graduation plans.” Most, indicated Dr. Suttmeier, said on stage that they intended to become medical doctors or at least work in a medical field, a few expressed interest in other occupations such as engineering.

On another topic the school board heard that Superintendent Susan Brown of the Germantown Central School District wrote to the Questar III BOCES suggesting that all Columbia County school districts share transportation for students who have to travel to the Capital District for special education, Dr. Suttmeier announced. Possibilities include having one bus take all students from the county bound for the same or neighboring destinations together. Dr. Suttmeier expressed interest in serving on a subcommittee to study the financial and other implications of the proposal.

Also at the meeting:

• Architects presented their vision for the District’s Capital Construction Project

• The Board and Dr. Suttmeier discussed making available for students the ASVAB aptitude test ASVAB aptitude test and profile—which helps determine what careers to suggest a student consider and what the student needs to do to pursue them. The test would be voluntary. And though ASVAB is affiliated with the military,–the initials stand for Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery–test-takers have the option of blocking their information from military recruiters. Students could take the test multiple times, between 7th and 12th grades.

The next School Board meeting is Monday, June 6 at the Hudson Junior High School Cafeteria. It will start at 6 p.m., with a presentation on the Capital Construction Project’s vision for athletic fields. The regular meeting will start at 7 p.m.

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