McDowell Elementary News

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5/1/14 - 3rd to 4th Grade Orientation Mtg. @ EW Media Center 7:00-8:00PM
5/6/14 – OAA Reading Testing (AM)
5/8/14 – OAA Math Testing (AM)

5/12/14 - OAA Make-up Tests will be this week   
5/21/14 - Spring Musical 7PM @ HHS Auditorium - McGown, Nivert, Richardson, Saluan, Standley, Wilkins, Wilson

5/22/14 - Spring Musical 7PM @ HHS Auditorium - Caine, Miller, Orwig, Bradley, Kallstrom/Chadsey, Matchinga, Montgomery
5/23/14 - Mile Run at Lavelli Field 2:00PM
5/29/14 - 2nd to 3rd Grade Orientation Meeting @ McD Gym 6:30-7:30PM

Ohio Achievement Assessment Tests
will be administered to third graders the week of May 5, 2014. 
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - Reading
Thursday, May 8. 2014 - Math

Make-up tests will be administered the week of May 12, 2014.

Effective 1/6/14, McDowell will be offering healthy snack options for our students.  The healthy snacks will be at an addtiontional cost to the lunch service provided.  Examples include fresh fruit, 100% fruit juice, water and a variety of portioned snack bags. 
WHEN:  These snacks will be offered twice weekly on Monday and Wednesday during your child's regular lunch time.

HOW:  Snacks cost $.50 and will be available in the lunch line.  There is a limit of two snacks per day.  The students will use their prefunded lunch accounts to debit these snacks.  Your lunch account must have a positive balance to purchase snacks.
Healthy snacks will be made available to both students who buy or pack lunch.  Parents can choose to block any ala carte or extra purchasing by contacting Andra Meyer at or 330-653-1203. 
QUESTIONS?  Please contact Nutrition Services Office at 330-653-1203.

If you have not paid your child's classroom fee, please do so ASAP.  You can easily pay on line at  If you have quesions, please call the office at 330-653-1246.
The Hudson City School District is offering on-line fee payment for student lunches. Registration is open and information is easily accessible on the District's web site at and on each building web page. Look for the "Manage Meal Payments and so Much More!" button. Click to register and manage your student(s) account(s). If you need assistance with registration, please call MyPaymentsPlus Customer Service at 1-877-237-0946.

Uninterrupted instruction time is very important for your child and his/her classroom.  When dropping off your child and signing him/her in at the office, we encourage the child to walk to his/her classroom alone.  When picking up your child, after signing them out, please wait in the office or front hallway for your child to meet you.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Please note:  In the event of a 2-hour delay, lunch options will be limited to Bread Sticks as the hot lunch, and Peanut Butter and Jelly for the bag lunch. 

McDowell's start time:  10:55 AM; End time:  3:40PM
Hudson Schools has the option of delaying the start of school by two hours rather than lose an entire instructional day due to bad weather and road conditions. The District will use multiple resources to announce the day, including the Alert Now phone system. If a two-hour delay is called, school start times and bus pick up times begin two hours later than normal. If a two-hour delay is called, it is important to have alternative plans in place for childcare, particularly, since there is always the possibility that school may be canceled for the rest of the day if weather or road conditions do not improve. A second Alert Now call may take place within 60-90 minutes after the initial announcement for a two-hour delay should school be can celled for the day.  HCER before school childcare, AM Kindergarten and Preschool are canceled if there is a two-hour delay.
About the 2-hour delay option: the school day starts 2 hours later than normal but ends at the regular time. Bus pick up times are adjusted accordingly. (Example: If your child is normally picked up at 7:20 a.m. for a school start of 8:00 a.m., the bus will arrive at 9:20 a.m. and school will start at 10:00 a.m.)

  •  Elementary students, Full Day K-3, will be served a no-choice lunch due to limited preparation and delivery times. Typical lunches will be served at East Woods, the Middle School and High School.
  • There will be no school for Evamere AM Kindergarten and Ellsworth AM Preschool.
  •  Explorer Zone, HCER before school childcare, will not be held on a 2-hour delay start day
  • The Hudson Middle School will follow its eight period per day schedule, with no block periods or FOCUS periods.
  • Please check the High School website for schedule details.

The HCSD announces school closings on its website (, Twitter feed (Hudson City Schools, Ohio) and Facebook page, along with local TV and radio stations, and local news websites. The District uses many additional resources to announce cancellations such as TV: HCTV Channel 17, News Networks 3,5,8,19,43, WVIZ, PBS, Weatherplus – Time Warner Digital, and WOW & Comcast 208; Websites:,,,,,,,, and; Radio Stations: News radio – WTAM, WMVX-Mix, WMJI – Magic, WGAR – My Country, WAKS-Kiss, WMMS, WHLO, WKDD, Radio Free Ohio, WCPN-Ideastream, WCRF, WCLV, FOX 8, WJW Cleveland, WHBC – Mix, WNIR FM, WAKR – AM, WONE FM and WQMX FM.


Our policy regarding party invitations is that they must be distributed outside of the classroom and outside of school. Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

*SCHOOL START TIME:  School starts at 8:55AM.  Children cannot be dropped off before 8:40AM, as there is no supervision before that time. 

Parents:  If your child is going to go home with a friend  on the friend's bus, TWO NOTES ARE NEEDED....ONE FOR THE TEACHER AND ONE FOR THE BUS DRIVER.  OR, you can go to the McDowell main web page and click on "Forms" and download the TRANSPORTATION CHANGE  form.  For additional bus/transportation  information, call  330-653-3355.

Please do NOT rely on email or voice mail to get messages to your child's teacher or the office regarding change of plans for dismissal, pick-up times, or any other after-school activities.  Often , teachers/staff are unable to check their email, could be absent, or the network could be down.  THANK YOU!

TO REPORT ABSENCES:  330-653-1300
If your child is not going to be in school for ANY reason (dr. appt., overslept, ill, etc.) by 8:55AM, you MUST call the attendance line to report the absence.  This phone call is NECESSARY for every day of your child's absence.  If we are unable to account for your child, we will call the Safety Center to have someone check the residence.  This is done in the best interest of your child.  Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

When picking up your child at the end of the day, please remain in the Parent-Pick-up line and pull up as appropriate.  The supervisor on duty will release the children to your car as you pull up, and will not allow the children to run and meet you if you are not in front of the line.  Please do not park in the school parking lot and call to your child to come to the parking lot.  This procedure needs to be followed for the safety of your child.  There are many cars going in and out at the end of the day and we need to insure no one gets hurt.  Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. 

3:38 PM  Children riding the first wave of buses are dismissed to East Woods;  Parent Pick-UP dismissed;  children going to after-school activities, walkers and bike-riders dismissed.
3:45 PM  All remaining students are dismissed to East Woods




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Last Updated April 17th, 2014
Parents be sure to check the HCER website for new classes beginning right after spring break.  Spring sessions include after school sports, arts and STEM classes.  Summer programs are being announced soon. Visit for more information or to register!

Diamonds Fast Pitch Softball Association is now registering girls in Grades K-8  for the upcoming softball season.  Registration is online through HCER.  Visit to register.
HCER counselors escort students attending HCER After-School Programs from their home school to the HCER program location.  All students registered for an HCER after-school program must bring a note from their parent stating they will be attending the HCER after-school class on each day of that class.   This note should be given to their homeroom teacher, and should include the name of the activity and the location.  Students will then be released to the gym at dismissal time to meet the HCER counselor and be escorted to the location of their particular class. This may be in their home school or one of the other elementary buildings.  It is very important to notify HCER if your child will not be attending their scheduled class that day.  This can be done by phone at 330-653-1210 or email:

The Hudson City Schools Parent Mentor Program provides resources, information and support to families of children receiving special education services. For up-to-date information please visit the website
at click on parent mentorship.


When:  April 22, 23, 24, 2014
Where:  McDowell Stage
Recycle your used books and purchase new ones to read!  Proceeds from this sale are used to furnish new books for McDowell classroom libraries.  Bring your books any day between now and April 18th and drop them off at the table by the gym.  The more books, the better the sale!!

Hudson PTO invites you to commemorate your child’s birthday by buying a book for their school library.  The cost is $15.  Children in grades K-5  are eligible.
As a participant, your child will:

  • Choose a new book from their school library’s Birthday Bookshelf
  •  Have a permanent bookplate with their name placed in the book
  •   Receive a certificate and bookmark
  •  Have the first opportunity to check out the new book

 Click here to order online.  Orders due by May 2.  For more information or to download the form, visit or contact Stephanie Bielecki.


The Hudson PTO Rewards Program has 3 easy ways for you to support our schools:EASY - Clip, Collect and Send to school all Box Tops for Education Labels (monthly) and Acme Fresh Market Receipts.  EASIER - Register your grocery store rewards cards ASAP. Next, choose Hudson City Schools under 'My Profile' for both Heinen's Tasteful RewardsABC Program and Giant Eagle®Apples for the Schools. EASIEST - Become a member of Box Tops Marketplace and shop online.  Select your school under 'My Profile', and bookmark for future shopping. Visit for more details. 


Do you know someone who has made a positive difference in the lives of Hudson children and actively promotes and supports their well-being? If so, please nominate them for the Hudson PTA Annual Outstanding Child Advocate Award. Nominations are now being accepted through April 1, 2014. To make a nomination, please submit a written statement (250-350 words) of recommendation of a current resident, employee or volunteer in the Hudson City School District.  Please send your nomination or questions to the Hudson PTA at

















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