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by Jack Snow

A brand new text-messaging system called SchedU is now being offered to the students of HHS; it provides notifications about a student’s class schedule every morning.

The system sends out a text with the student’s schedule between 6:00 and 6:30 every morning, even adjusting to snow days. SchedU is not an app and works on all types of cellular devices. The program comes in two forms; a free version which offers standard texts notifying users with their schedule at the start of each day, and a premium version which allows a variety of other features (such as the ability to see schedules for future days and an end-of-the-year countdown); the premium version, however, costs $5.

The service was created by four students at Nashoba High, Adam Vigneaux (the designer and manager who maintains the efficiency of the system), Eric Watterson (creator of the SchedU logo and most promotional content), Tristan Taylor (in charge of communicating with advertisers) and Katie Agretelis (writer of special communications to be sent out to users).

“The idea for SchedU came up at the beginning of the school year,” says Adam. “ I came up with the idea for an automatic text every morning with your class schedule. The problem was forgetting my schedule and the solution was SchedU.”

“I had to learn how to do everything before I could actually do it. If I wanted to add a new feature, I would have to spend double or triple the amount of time on it that an experienced programmer would.”

Despite the rough beginnings, Adam and his team have adapted and learned how to organize the system with ease. “Over the five months I’ve been developing SchedU, I went from clueless to experienced in a new programming language. It has been a great learning experience and a very rewarding extracurricular activity.”

The immediate response to SchedU was not strong.

“It isn’t easy to get people to sign up for SchedU,” says Adam. “The first 40 users were my close friends. The next 60 were mostly people in my grade. After that, we had to expand our horizons: we went to freshman study skills every day and signed a bunch of freshmen up; we talked to total strangers in the cafeteria; and we used a number of other strategies to convince people to sign up.”

In the end, their hard work paid off. As of January 2014, there were a total of 347 members at Nashoba High consisting of students and even teachers.

With such a strong reaction from their own school, the SchedU creators looked to expand. Presently, SchedU is now offered to students at HHS, Tahanto and Bromfield, as well as Nashoba High.

After hearing about SchedU from a friend, freshman Lindsey Dalrymple decided to sign up. “I’m constantly forgetting my schedule every day, so it seemed like a great way to get organized. It also seemed really convenient,” says Dalrymple.

“[The website] was very clear and easy to follow. I didn’t have any trouble finding my way through it. I was surprised at how quick and easy [signing up] was. It took very little time, and I had no issues with it at all.”

Dalrymple has been using SchedU ever since then and completely loves it. “Every day it has been consistent and on time, making my days much easier and making me a lot more organized. I really like the program,” says Dalrymple. “I told many of my friends about it, and they decided to get it, too. They really like it a lot, and we all agree it takes a lot of stress out of mornings.”

As SchedU continues to grow in size and popularity, Vigneaux is unsure about its future.

“I will be graduating at the end of this year, and it will be more challenging to run SchedU from college,” says Vigneaux. “I hope to keep it going at least at Nashoba. We have some ideas about getting an investment and launching SchedU as an actual business, but those ideas are very tentative.”

All things aside, the SchedU creators could not be more thrilled with their experience in making this program.

“I couldn’t do it without the support of my business adviser Tristan Taylor and my marketing officer Eric Watterson,” says Vigneaux. “In the end, I have to thank God for giving me the idea for SchedU because so many good things have come from it.”

For more information about signing up for SchedU, visit www.getschedu.com

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by McKenzie Roy

Junior Ashley Johnson will be participating in the Miss Teen USA Pageant . The picture on the left is her evening gown and the one on the right is her interview outfit. Listen to what she has to say about the process in this interview.

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mole dayby Lindsey Dalrymple

Mole Day, October 23, is an important day in the science world because it celebrates the number 6.02 x 10^23.

To celebrate Mole Day, chemistry teacher Erin Cothran’s class exploded pumpkins. “In chemistry we write balanced equations which can create molar ratios. The equation used to explode the pumpkins is gone over in class, balanced and discussed, then we go outside to see it in action.” In total, six pumpkins were exploded that spelled out M O L E 2 3.

In addition to exploding pumpkins, Cothran’s class goes over a handout that relates the entire day to the curriculum standards and listens to the “Mole Day song.”

Mole Day is the science department equivalent to “Pi day” that the math department celebrates. “This number allows scientists to quantify numbers of atoms, molecules and even ions in substances. It is a way for us to work with amounts of elements and molecules that we can actually see, so it is really important,” Cothran said.

Students seemed to be excited about exploding the pumpkins and look forward to doing it again next year.

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by David Ferguson

Halloween arrived earlier on Wednesday night as Hudson High School students kicked off the season of costumes, candy, and trickery, with the annual Haunted Physics Lab.

Honors and advanced placement physics students, dressed as ghouls, presented a variety of interactive physics projects to the hundreds of local families, students, and teachers in attendance.

This year, the Haunted Physics lab enters its seventh year, but it wasn’t always such a big event. “When I first started here, they already had the [Haunted Physics Lab],” said Robert Van Buren, the event organizer and Hudson High School teacher. “What I wanted to do is make it bigger and bigger each year, building off the year before.”

The Haunted Physics Lab is centered around one theme – Halloween. “We have taken the idea of Halloween and applied it to a variety of projects,” said senior Johnny Petrovick. “ There is liquid nitrogen ice cream, fake blood, a pumpkin man that interacts with the kids, all projects that appeal to kids and fit the Halloween theme.”

Students from Van Buren’s advanced placement and honors physics classes create the multitude of fun, kid-friendly projects each year; providing a great opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge of physics in a fun and challenging setting.

The Haunted Physics Lab has been in the making for the past several weeks. “Planning is a difficult process,” said senior physics student Connor Roberts. “We are using a lot of projects from previous years, so we have to make repairs and add on to those projects so they work properly. We also build new machines, so there is a lot of work involved there. It has been a long run getting to this point.”

Each year the students design and create a new project that will be incorporated into the event in future years. Van Buren, a former engineer, pushes his students to create an original project. Students research a particular aspect of physics, and then they build a test, and go through the testing process, until they create a whole new project.

This year’s projects ranged from a Van de Graaff generator to a concert, performed on a theremin and guitar. “Each project is different and shows a different element of physics,” said Van Buren. “Every station is managed by students, so it allows students to master knowledge on a specific aspect of physics.”

Above all, the Haunted Physics Lab aims to create an interest in science for younger kids, by highlighting the interesting and fun projects and illusions involving science. “The event is a really great way to bring the more obscure parts of physics to the public, in an interactive and interesting way,” said Roberts.

“The lab allows an application of science to the public. Physics usually happens in these far off places, but this event allows us to bring the science to the public,” said Van Buren. The fun, kid-friendly projects are a great way to start an interest in kids from a young age, so they will possibly pursue science in school or even for a career path.

This year’s Haunted Physics Lab was an overwhelming success. A young boy leaving the Lab may have put it best: “That was the coolest science lab ever.”

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This was the poll given to 150 students to help spirit committee determine if they should bring back the Mr. HHS competition.
This was the poll given to 150 students to help spirit committee determine if they should bring back the  Mr. HHS competition.
This was the poll given to 150 students to help Spirit Committee determine if they should bring back the Mr. HHS competition.

by Kaylie Blais

I recently surveyed 150 students in grades 8-12 to see how students would feel if Mr. HHS returned this year. Spirit Committee has considered hosting this competition again, depending on how many students would pay to see the show and how many kids would sign up for the competition. Hopefully these results will help Spirit Committee decide what their next step will be in regards to the competition.

Would you attend the Mr. HHS competition? 

8th Grade: 44% yes and 56% no

9th Grade: 53% yes  and 47% no

10th Grade: 58%  yes and 42% no

11th Grade: 53% yes and 47% n

12 Grade: 58% yes    3% maybe and 39% no

 

Would you sign up for Mr. HHS? 

8th Grade: 17% yes and 83% no

9th Grade: 100% no

10th Grade: 100% no

11th Grade: 100% no

12th Grade: 24% yes and 76% no

 

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The Career Pathway Center is located in the cafeteria right outside the main office. Darlington has decorated the booth and offers handouts with tons of information to guide student to make the best decision for their future.

by Alex Schley

The new part time Career Pathway Specialist Scott Darlington has developed a new resource for juniors and seniors, which he refers to as the Career Pathway Center. There students can get guidance and resources that will better prepare them for life after high school.

Darlington is at all lunches, every day. He walks around telling students about what his program offers, and his new stand, located outside the main office, has additional information.

Darlington is also in the process of establishing H block, a paid internship with local businesses.

“We don’t educate students about careers, but expect them to choose a career after high school,” Darlington explained.

Although, the development of H block is still in the beginning stage and many of the specifics have not yet been finalized, such as the businesses involved, Darlington has confirmed, the internship will take place during February and April break, and students will be paid minimum wage.

Statistics show that under fifty percent of students that graduate from Hudson High get a college degree. Darlington’s goal is to target these students that don’t get a degree at a four-year school and to help them explore alternative careers or schooling options.

Darlington’s philosophy is you don’t need a college degree to succeed. He believes, “Everyone has something they love, but making a career of it doesn’t always require a college degree.”

Darlington believes the Career Pathway can benefit all students, even those who are planning to go to a four-year school. Seventy percent of students that start college never get a degree. Oftentimes financial situations change, or students decide that college isn’t for them.

Darlington want to help those students whose post graduation plans deviate from the traditional route of a four-year college or university.

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by Jack Snow

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The Seniors cheer triumphantly after winning the “Most Spirited Class” award last week at the Homecoming pep rally.

   Many students felt unsatisfied after the Homecoming pep rally.

Eighth grader Vicky Tuttle had much to say on the issue; from the start, she had very high expectations. “I loved participating all week in Spirit Week and couldn’t wait for this rally,” Tuttle says. “Once we got into the gym it really felt like our official start to high school, dressed up all in red and white, sitting with my friends, feeling like we’re a part of it.”

 But Tuttle felt there were drawbacks to being in the youngest grade. “It seemed like it was all about the seniors,” Tuttle said. “They won every award, they were the loudest, and nobody else really got into it.”

Tuttle says that she was confused by her grade’s “Most Spirited” picks. She felt that those students had not really gone over the top for Spirit Week.

She also has some suggestions for possible changes. “There needs to be more entertainment involved in future pep rallies, like a cheer routine. There needs to be something to get the crowd involved and pumped up,” Tuttle says. “I really hope we can make them better.”

The cheerleading squad could not participate this year to the same extent that they did in the past because they did not have all the members they needed to perform their competition piece. One member was absent for a college visit.

Senior Andrew Hatch also felt disappointed. “Most rallies before have had more music, dancing, and entertainment, but this one was lacking.”

Energy level was not an issue in Hatch’s mind, as he felt almost everyone in the school was on their feet and screaming to win “Most Spirited,” for example. The problem, Hatch believes, was the fact that there was not a whole lot going on. “I was bored for much of the rally,” Hatch says. “We were kept in the gym for about an hour, but it seemed like there was only about a half hour’s worth of activities planned.”

Hatch, however, does credit the cast of Godspell for trying to liven the crowd. “The Godspell performance could have helped make up for [the lack of energy and entertainment], but many of the instruments were nearly impossible to hear.”

He also had some suggestions for upcoming rallies. “To improve future pep rallies, there needs to be more engaging and entertaining activities performed. The dance team, gymnastics team, or cheerleaders could create a routine for the rally. Local bands could play. We could also play games like we do during field day, or a creative skit like Turkey Day.”

Spirit Committee member Shay Waldsmith believes that a crunch on time and a lack of involvement were to blame for any issues with this year’s rally. “I think the rally went okay considering the amount of time we had to prepare,” Waldsmith says. “The preparation process was not as successful as we hoped. For this rally, many students contributed in the making of the banners.” However, the spirit committee definitely needs more members, according to Waldsmith. “The same people attend the meetings and the majority of them are females,” she says.

Waldsmith agreed with what Tuttle and Hatch had to say about students’ reactions to the rally.

“At times I got a little frustrated with getting ready for the rally,” she says. “I think everyone was thrown off when we heard the rally was going to be almost a month earlier. We were rushing to get the banner done. We did not have time to add words to the bottom of our banner. The seniors were also really disappointed that they did not have time to organize a skit. ”

For the future, Waldsmith believes that specific changes need to be made with these rallies. “I think the big thing to do in the future pep rallies is to give everyone more time to prepare,” Waldsmith says. “I do not want the only reason why we didn’t include traditions is because we didn’t have time. I also think more kids will catch wind of what is going on and join in on the planning. Kids need time to plan their outfits for spirit week so they can go full out. Overall, I think time is crucial in having a successful pep rally.”

Like Waldsmith, Spirit Committee adviser Pam Porter believes the fact that the rally was a month earlier had a lot to do with it not meeting the expectations students set. “With the new schedule, change in advising, and 5C it was difficult to meet with students and get the planning under way.”

In addition to that, there were a lot of things taken out as a result of the time crunch, like the senior skit and cheerleaders’ routine.

Porter also commented on student involvement. “Participation in planning has been down the last two years, especially boys,” she says. “My first year as an adviser we had our best numbers. I think students know that their will be a rally either way so they don’t care to help. However, if it was canceled I am sure tons of them would complain. ” It is this that Porter believes must be changed in order to improve pep rallies.

“I hate seeing students complain about the rally, the letters, or the t-shirt designs when they did nothing to help. I would like to see students make it better on their own. All of the events put on by Spirit Committee are supposed to be student run. In the past the only thing that has gotten students’ attention is the cancellation of event (like field day a few years ago). ” Porter believes that we, the students, must take charge of this issue and work together. “The student body has to take ownership over the events not just Spirit Committee. If that doesn’t change then I don’t think the rallies will.”

There are still a couple more rallies left to get ready for, such as the Thanksgiving pep rally and Field Day. With participation low, only time will tell if the students of Hudson High will be able to change the face of our school’s spirit.

 

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by McKenzie Roy

The yearbook committee needs your help. With 25 signed up for the committee, only four editors and three to four committee members attend these meetings.

“The new schedule limits when people can stay after,” senior Erin Farquharson says. There are only so many extra help days with teachers. Since many students stay after on those extra help days, they are not able to attend committee meetings.

With yearbook lacking committee members, it could affect when the seniors receive their yearbook. “The book could be delayed. They might not get the book till after graduation,”  Yearbook Adviser Sherry Arsenault says. Students could possibly have to come back to the school to pick up their yearbook.

This delay is not the only problem with this situation. “It’s stressful for the few students there. It seems like the memories of our whole senior class are up to us four to put together,” Farquharson says. They have all the work placed on their shoulders.

Students can gain so much from the experience. “Being in the yearbook committee has many benefits like learning journalism skills, being creative, managing time, online design,” Arsenault says. “And colleges love it!”

Meetings are Tuesdays and Thursdays right after school and Wednesday 6-8 in T102. Most importantly Mrs. Arsenault brings food!

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otlinby Kaylie Blais

National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society will be getting a new adviser this year. Assistant Principal Joshua Otlin has decided to advise both clubs. Everyone involved in these clubs either as a member or as an adviser feels it’s an important club to students.

“Anything that allows us to recognize academic achievement and displays of leadership is important to have at school. National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society allow us to showcase the work that students do. The idea of citizenship and community service is important for students to have as an option when in school,” said Principal Brian Reagan.

There was question as to whether these clubs would be able to continue this year.

“I was having a hard time finding advisers for both clubs, and if no advisers had stepped in, it is certainly possible that NHS and NJHS would have been cancelled for this year,” said Reagan. “Unfortunately being principal of the school I am unable to be the adviser for these clubs, but Mr. Otlin really helped me out by agreeing to be the adviser.”

Otlin also felt that these clubs were important.

“Well I wanted to be the adviser when I saw that no one else was,” said Otlin. “It’s important to have a formal way to honor their achievements. I think it’d be really disappointing if we, as leaders of the school, weren’t able to provide the honor society to students. When no one stepped up, I decided instead of crying about it I was going to do it.”

Advisers in previous years have planned inductions, helped members earn their community service time, and helped pick candidates to apply for the honor societies.

“As of right now the induction ceremony is still unknown, and we have normally done it in May, but we may do the event earlier this year because May is a busy month for both students and teachers,” said Otlin. “Also the earlier students are inducted the more time they have to be an official member of the honor society. If they are inducted in October of their junior year, they would have a total of 16 months as a member before they graduated.”

Members of these clubs were happy to hear that both of these clubs would continue this year.

“I really enjoyed being part of Honor Society,” said junior Hannah Carroll. “It was a really great feeling to be recognized. I remember my favorite moment in Honor Society was when we were planning the “Crush for a Crush” fundraiser, where we sold sodas at lunch for Valentine’s Day; it was tons of fun.”

Students were worried about the possible loss of the honor societies.

“If there had been no advisers for Honor Society, these next few years I wouldn’t be able to become a member of National Honor Society, which would affect my college applications because I feel I wouldn’t have many volunteer opportunities without the help that the advisers provide,” said sophomore Sam Johnson.

Even though there will be a change of advisers, Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society will run same as always.

“I don’t have any plans to re-invent the wheel. I’m just looking to sustain it,” said Otlin. “I want to work with students and encourage and help them with achieving their goals and their community service hours just like in past years. Also even though I will be the adviser of both clubs, I have no intention of combining meetings or shortening the meeting times. Students can expect the clubs to be run just as they have in the past years.”

Honor Society members can expect their first meeting to be held in late October, and from there all meetings will be held regularly. Members can start working on their community service hours.

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by Brigitta Shepard and Aphoto (3)bby Appel

At any high school, anywhere in the country the tradition of homecoming is one of the most important events of the school year, but has homecoming lost its value at Hudson High School?  With a frantic search for a hawk and a senior skit in jeopardy, Hudson High’s spirit is slowly dying.

The school year started with an inconvenience when Spirit Committee found that they only had a month to organize Spirit Week and the pep rally. Less than 20 people made the effort to show up making planning even more stressful.

“Pajama day was just stupid; practically everyone comes to school in pajamas or sweats anyway,”said freshman Jack Snow.

“We can’t do what they like unless they tell us what they like,” said sophomore Kaylie Blais.

Finding a volunteer for the Hawk has proved to be more difficult than Spirit Committee had anticipated. Students just don’t have the motivation to do it.

“It’s depressing because the hawk is such a big part of Spirit Week and Homecoming,” said senior Emily Metivier.

If students have school spirit, what is stopping them from being the hawk?

Adding on to the chaos of the search for a hawk, the seniors skit is gone. After the students failed to turn in a draft of the script on time, no skit was performed at the pep rally. “I feel like we failed as a grade,” said senior Alison Eadie.

What has changed about homecoming? We asked Spirit Committee advisor Pam Porter what homecoming was like when she went to Hudson High School. “We always did a lot as a class and a school together…We had more events too…It helped build school unity and made it a great place to come to school every day.”

“If nobody has school spirit, it’s just not a good time,” said senior Alex Sleeper

 

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