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The School Committee candidates answer questions at a forum before the election. | Submitted photo

by John Houle

The School Committee elections on May 11 resulted in the reelection of chairperson Glenn Maston, the end of Michele Tousignant Dufour’s tenure, and the election of Matthew McDowell and Nina Ryan.

Both McDowell and Ryan have education experience. McDowell is an assistant principal in Acton while Ryan worked in a Sudbury child care facility.

All of the newly elected candidates as well as the voters emphasized the need for communication between the School Committee and the public.

Elizabeth Cautela was one student who voted.

“I based my vote on the budget forum,” Cautela said, “which made me angry due to people saying that students didn’t matter.”

McDowell also had a reaction to the budget forum.

“When I saw the budget forum, I was surprised,” McDowell said. “The district should have had a clearer, more transparent plan.”

Maston felt differently.

“We don’t want to harm student’s experiences,” Maston said, “so the cuts made were unfortunate yet necessary.”

The cuts resulted in the public being unhappy with the School Committee. While Maston still stands by his opinion on the cuts, he does believe School Committee can learn from the cuts and repair the relationship between the public and School Committee.

“I think School Committee has learned from last time,” Maston said, “and needs to work on building a relationship with the community.”

McDowell agrees with Maston.

”We need to focus on listening and learning,” McDowell said, “so that we can find out what the public wants.”

Ryan felt that people elected her because “they wanted change. They wanted a new voice.”

She believes that “the community has a strong voice, but no one shows up to the meetings.”

While Cautela does not go to the meetings, she says that there is another place where people’s voices can be heard.

“School elections are vital,” Cautela said, “as voting lets you voice your desire for change.”

“Voting is a civic duty,” Cautela said, “so you can’t complain if you don’t vote.”  

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Terry Herring and colleague Julie Snyder | Submitted photo

by Juliana Freeman

Paraprofessional Terry Herring helps a student understand how to do a math problem. | by Juliana Freeman

After 37 years of teaching, Terry Herring is retiring this year. Herring has found great joy working with the students and staff at the school.

 “It has been a pleasure coming to work every day and being in the company of professional, caring teachers and staff,” Herring said. 

Melissa Leisure has been working with Herring for 8 years. “She is such a hard worker and loves working with the kids,” Leisure said.

Herring loves spending time with her colleagues both inside and outside of the classroom. “When I first came here, the department had a Yankee swap before Christmas and had a Boxing Day. I also love being able to sit with the teachers and talk to them about the curriculum here,” Herring said.

She uses many techniques to engage students.

“I remember one time I had to do a math class with a small group of boys, and I told them that we were having a math opera and they were only allowed to sing the answers,” Herring said.

At the beginning of her career, she taught religious education from 1981-2004 at St. Bridget’s religious education program in Maynard, and from there she started working as a paraprofessional in 2004. She then went to Maynard High School for 5 years (2004-2009), which led her to teaching at Hudson High. 

“I left Maynard High School when my youngest, Thomas, entered high school. I felt the last thing a high school boy would want was his mom in the building with him,” Herring said.

She wanted teaching to be her career because she really wanted to help students enjoy, learn, and love math.

 ”I only teach math, but I’ve worked with science teachers, too. I love working with DNA, punnett squares, Mendel, etc. I chose to teach math because in my capacity here at HHS, I can break down, step by step, how to successfully do a math problem!” Herring said. 

“She will go to the end of the earth, getting scrap paper, folding stuff just to show kids how things work in geometry. She will do anything to help the kids out,” Leisure said.

Her proudest moments here are when her students show confidence in their work and when she has had a hand in the success (graduation) of a student.

She looks forward to retirement, but she is also sad to go.

“Oh my goodness. I will miss the teachers, staff, students, hallways. Everything. I get so happy when I walk down the halls and kids yell out, ‘Hi.’ I love the school spirit, too!” Herring said. 

“I will miss how sincere she is, how she asks how I’m doing, and how she asks what she can do to help,” Leisure said.

After she retires, she will continue to write a book for her grandkids, “The Grandma Diaries,” and to be the grandmother helper at her grandkids’ schools, as well as skiing, skating, and bike riding!

 

 

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Jordan Bushey gives Principal Reagan a hug instead of a handshake. |by Ally Jensen

by Bianca Chaves

Dr. Brian Reagan is leaving Hudson High School after seven years as principal to become the assistant superintendent at Wilmington High School.

Assistant Principal Dan McAnespie has been working closely with Reagan since he was hired. “He’s one of those people who knows what’s going to happen before it happens,” McAnespie says.

McAnespie also thinks Reagan’s best quality is how he works with the people of the school. “He has a good vision of what our staff wants,” McAnespie says, “and what the culture of the building is supposed to be.”

English teacher Susan Menanson has enjoyed working with him. “The teachers always knew that he would support you,” Menanson said. “He would always have our backs.”

McAnespie also comments on his communication skills. “His communication is excellent,” McAnespie explains. “If it’s with parents, students, or staff, it’s just one of his strengths.”

Menanson was very pleased when Reagan got the job. “He was young, and I figured that he would come in with new ideas and would be flexible,” Menanson said.

She also like how invested he was in the school “because he had children that soon would be coming into the high school.”

Reagan will deal with a wider variety of students at his new school. “I’m going to learn more about elementary schools and middle schools,” Reagan said. “I have some experience there but certainly nothing compared to my experience at the secondary level.”

Reagan hopes for a great future for Hudson High School. “I’m very committed to the school. I really want to see Hudson High continue to be successful,” Reagan says, “and I want to see it grow with new programs and new opportunity for kids.”

Leaving Hudson High School is bittersweet for Reagan. “What I will miss most here is the students,” Reagan says. “I think our student body here is the most genuine and good to be around. They always look happy to be here.”

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Kayla Popovich created a dress made out of newspaper. She wanted a colorful background, so she took purple and blue and painted the background. | by Lily Clardy
Natalie Peterson mimicked an image from her camera roll, a landscape. | by Lily Clardy

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Hatch sits in his car posing for a picture. | by Ariana Jordan MacArthur

by Bianca Chaves

Senior Josh Hatch was never really interested in cars unlike most of the men in his family who started and ran auto shops. He is the son of David Hatch, who works at Hatch and Sons auto shop in Hudson. They specialize in restoring Mercedes Benz.

The Hatch and Sons auto shop started in Hudson with Bob Hatch, Josh’s grandfather. Once the business grew, it moved to a bigger garage in Wayland. Years later Bob Hatch retired. After being retired for a few years, he opened his shop again in Hudson.

Hatch did not share that love. “Before I got my first car, I didn’t really care about cars,” Hatch said. “But when I got my permit and looked for a car, I started to get interested.”

Like his father Hatch developed an interest in cars later. “I started getting into cars when I turned 15,” Hatch said.  “While my eldest brother Chris was into them his whole life, my middle brother Andrew was never into cars.”

Hatch’s first car was a 2003 BMW M3. He bought it because it was cheaper. The engine was ticking. “We bought it and thought it could be a really easy valve adjustment,” Hatch said, “but it wasn’t that. One of the rocker arms was worn, causing the tick.” Hatch and his dad took the whole engine apart.

Hatch spent a lot of time fixing his car. “Fixing it was really hard because I had never worked on a car before,” Hatch said. “We started it in November, and just on the weekends we would go in the garage and work on it. That work went until when it started getting nice out, like around April.”

At first, he was unable to help a lot because he was still learning. “At the beginning I did nothing because I didn’t know what I was doing, so my dad mostly worked on it,” Hatch explains. “By about halfway through, I was helping significantly.”

Once the car was finally finished, Hatch took it out for the first drive. “The first drive in my car was awesome,” Hatch said. “It felt awesome that everything worked out. Driving it for the first time on my own was also very cool but scary as it was my first driving experience.”

Since then, Hatch has completed some big jobs. “Last summer I completely tore apart a BMW M3 motor,” he said. “I took out the cylinder head, oil pan, subframe and eventually the entire motor came out all on my own. It was very fun.”

This work has impacted his relationship with his family. “I bonded so much with my brother Chris and my dad,” Hatch explains. “We always had something to talk about, and we would hang out nearly every weekend doing something to a car.”

Hatch is entering college this fall to pursue a degree in finance, but he will keep “cars as just a hobby.”

“I am still learning to this day,” Hatch says. “There is nothing specifically that is really hard to learn; it just all takes experience and time to figure out how things work.”

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Kathy Murphy attends Friday Night Out with Joan Marchese and Paul D'Alessandro. I Submitted Photo

by John Houle

After 30 years, speech pathologist Kathy Murphy is retiring at the end of the school year. Despite leaving the district, Murphy will still be continuing her work at a different place.

“Over the summer,” Murphy said, “I plan on working at the Ely Center, where I will continue to work with students in the same way I do here.”

One benefit the Ely Center has to offer is more free time because Murphy will only work one day a week.

“I plan on using my free time to train for marathons,” Murphy said. “My goal is the Iron Man triathlon.”

Despite her love for her work, Murphy had different plans in the beginning.

“I initially wanted to be a math teacher,” Murphy said, “but the difficulties in getting a teaching job in the 80s caused my advisor to advise me to go into speech pathology.”

Murphy took the advice, and her teacher for those classes, Anna Cohen, solidified her opinion.

“I loved what Anna was doing with disabled students,” Murphy said. “She knew how to give students with limitations a fulfilling life.”

Murphy then began working in Hudson Public Schools. Murphy ultimately worked at every school except for Farley.

“My favorite school is the high school,” Murphy said, “because it was the school I spent the most time at.”

One of Murphy’s accomplishments at the high school was the establishment of the Friday Night Out program. Murphy got the idea in 2013 while meeting with students.

“One thing I noticed during my meetings with students,” Murphy said, “was that students didn’t do much during weekends, so I set out to rectify that.”

“I am happy to see Friday Night Out grow and become successful,” Murphy said, “culminating in the Party Bus trip in May.”

Murphy has also worked in the preschool located in the high school. Murphy admits to feeling more at home at the preschool level.

“While working at the preschool, I got the ability to co-teach,” Murphy said, “which allowed me to see the kids more and know the students better.”

One of the challenges she faced when she worked in the preschool was getting accreditation.  

“Accreditation was a stressful time,” Murphy said, “as we had to fill out paperwork and have frequent visits from the Office of Children’s Services.”

The visits introduced new techniques to Murphy.

“The Office of Children’s Services allowed children to make more choices in playtime,” Murphy said. “It made them them better decision makers in the future.”

Murphy also learned new techniques at the high school.

“Over time, my strategies integrated more with the curriculum,” Murphy said, “which made more sense than playing games, which was what I did before.”

Murphy also implemented social thinking and social mapping, learning styles that help students establish relationships, an essential skill.

While Murphy’s experience at the district wasn’t perfect, she sees her experience as overall positive.

“There’s a lot I’m going to miss,” Murphy said. “I’ll miss the people I met and the routine I established.”

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On March 9, 2017 Dakota Antelman and Siobhan Richards attended the awards ceremony at Suffolk University for the Greater Boston High School Newspaper competition, where they received an Honorable Mention. | by Amy Vessels

by Lily Clardy

Few students fight to take a class for a fourth time, but editors Siobhan Richards and Dakota Antelman did just that at the end of their junior year. Journalism had become more than an class to them. They realized that communications was a career they wanted to pursue.

The Program of Studies included only three years of journalism classes, so they met with Principal Reagan to argue for a fourth year of the class. They convinced the principal to add a fourth year, which was called Advanced Journalism IV. 

But, when they first joined the class in 9th grade, Richards and Antelman had different mindsets.

Richards considered Journalism to be a study hall until she was able to voice her opinions and inform people about what was going on in the community. Because of that, she kept taking the class.

Richards also loved photography, but she never thought she was great at it.

Journalism gave her the opportunity to improve upon the quality of her pictures, and because of that, during junior year, Richards finally saw the beauty in her pictures.

She had no idea what she wanted to do with her life until she took this class.

“Everyone has a thing that makes them special and unique, and I think that Journalism helped me find that special thing. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life before this class.”

Because of this class, Antelman was able to gain confidence in himself and in talking to new people.

“I was the new kid,“ Antelman says, “and I’m gay so that doesn’t help. I had a lot to be self-conscious about.”

When Antleman first took this class, he was only interested in sports writing, but by end he became more interested in investigative stories.

When Antelman worked on an investigative story, he mainly focused on mental health and drug addiction. He could see a clear impact on others because of his articles.

Antelman appreciates the fact that journalism helped him to know his community and to make himself known even when he did not have much power.

For four months during his sophomore year, Antelman wrote his first investigative piece on academic stress. Just after a few hours of submitting his article online, it hit 1,000 views, and it kept climbing.

At 16 Antelman already saw his content being taught in classes. Hudson High School health teacher Jeannie Graffeo printed out copies of Antelman’s article and devoted a whole class to talk about the issues that he addressed and how they have a huge effect on the community.

“High school was not an overwhelmingly positive experience for me,” Antelman says, “but I think for the most part Vessels’s class was often the haven for that, where I was able to be curious and able to have room to fail.”

 

 

 

 

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Nicholas Bassetti receives his diploma. |by Ally Jensen

by Ally Jensen

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by Maggie O’Brien

On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, the senior class had their Baccalaureate ceremony. Seniors performed, and they remembered the past 5 years at Hudson High School.

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Guidance displays a variety of college options for students.

by Maggie O’Brien

Name: Dakota Antelman

Where did you apply? University of Massachusetts Amherst, Emerson, Boston University, American, University of Rhode Island, Hofstra

Where are you going? Emerson, but I will be taking a gap year.

Why? I am going to work full time.

What are your post-graduation plans? I am going to work part-time at a newspaper and part-time at Hud TV.

Name: Owen Anketell 

Where did you apply? University of Arizona, Providence College, Bryant University, Merrimack, University of New Hampshire, University of Colorado, Nichols College

Where are you going? University of Arizona

Why? There are opportunities that are available and that are once in a lifetime, and it is the best option for me.

What are your post-graduation plans?  I want to come back home and get a job somewhere and get involved in more sports.

Name: Olivia Tomyl

Where did you apply? Westfield State University, Framingham State University, Bridgewater State University, Worcester State University, Assumption College

Where are you going? Westfield State University 

Why? Because they have a good education program, and it was originally an education school. Also when I visited I thought the campus was a really good fit for me.

What are your post-graduation plans? I want to do some student teaching and then become a special education teacher.

 

Name: Olivia Bruneau

Where did you apply? Mass Bay Community College

Where are you going? Mass Bay Community College

Why? I want to bring my GPA and grades up and then transfer to UMass Amherst.

What are your post-graduation plans? I hope to work in a hospital doing radiology.