As we head into mid-winter break, let’s celebrate yet another round of accomplishments from our HF Tigers’ students. From having a Times Union Athlete of the Week to our VEX Robotics teams preparing for their first competition, what all these successes and notable accomplishments have in common is – you. Our families and community. Your support, encouragement, and ongoing effort to ensure our students participate and try new experiences should be applauded. So please, go into this break knowing the valuable role you play and that you have our gratitude.
Jesse Mullis Honored: Times Union Athlete of the Week
It’s official! Junior Jesse Mullis was named Times Union Boys Athlete of the Week. Thank you to everyone who voted for Jesse on this very deserving honor. Jesse will be competing with his brother, Justin at the NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championship. Read the article.
Ellis Island Re-Enactments
Eighth grade students fulfilled their project-based learning assignment this week with a trip through Ellis Island via the middle school library. Students unloaded from the ships with their manifests in hand, having researched information on the characters they portrayed. “Inspectors” – BOE members, administrators, and teachers – volunteered to put students to the test, asking questions about their research.. Special thanks to Mr. Kissane and Mr. Vanderzyden for restarting this 8th grade highlight after a two-year hiatus.
Let’s Cheer Them On! Students Attending First Vex Robotics IQ Competition
We have several teams participating in their first VEX Robotics IQ Competition Feb. 25 at Queensbury Middle School. “This will be a fantastic day for our engineers and programmers who have been working hard on their designs,” said HF VEX Coach Cami Samuelson.
VEX competitions prepare students to become future innovators with 95 percent of participants reporting an increased interest in STEM subject areas and pursuing STEM-related careers. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels and culminate at the VEX Robotics World Championship each May.
We wish our teams the best of luck!
Neighbors Get Ready to Dance Their Way to Supporting Two HFCCSD Students
The annual South High School Marathon Dance has named two HF students, and a HF family as recipients of proceeds raised by this time-honored event. Last year, the dance raised $515,440.74 for 28 beneficiaries, bringing the 45-year total to more than $9.9 million raised for 619 beneficiaries.
This year, our own art teacher Ms. Pease has put together a fundraiser with all proceeds going to SHMD and its recipients. Stickers are $5 and magnets are $6. Money and orders are being collected at each school, if you are looking to purchase just contact your school office.
SHMD is returning to its two-day format and is being held March 3 and 4.
Mid-Winter Break Fun and Activities
Among many of the local options to keep your student productive and having fun are the events already scheduled at the Hudson Falls Free Library – check out the calendar!
The Crandall Public Library and the GF Chapter of the NAACP are running their 24th annual Film Forum Tuesday nights in February at 6:30 p.m. in the community room. The following film showings are available over break:
- 2/21 – Thirst for Justice
- 2/28 – On These Grounds
Unique opportunities in our backyard exist for those that are staying local and looking for something to do over break. Check out the Washington County tourism site to discover your next local adventure.
Postseason contests are happening for our girls ice hockey, girls basketball, boys basketball, boys ice hockey and wrestling over the break. Visit the athletics page to see schedules of where and when to see your Tigers in action.
Mark Your Calendars
Fri., Feb. 17: Competitive Cheer senior night at the MS 5-6p.m. All are welcome to come and see the routine and celebrate the seniors.
Mon., Feb. 20 – Fri., Feb. 24: Mid-Winter Recess.
Wed., Mar. 1: NHS Dodgeball tournament. Coed teams, spectators are welcome to raise money for the NHS.
Fri., Mar. 3: HS Neon Dance, $10 tickets available during lunches and at the door.
Have a great mid-winter break, Tigers!
Dan Ward, Superintendent