• 2019-2020


    Activities Director/Student Government – Michael Witkowich

    As once stated by President John F. Kennedy, "Ask not what your school can do for you, but what you can for your school." While his words might have been a little different, Student Government is focused on giving YOU (the students) a voice in the school. Helping to instill civic virtues to promote citizenship, Student Government also allows for our student body to continue to foster and build a relationship with the community around the school.

    Within the school, Student Government has it's fingers on the pulse of the school, allowing our members to act as representatives for others on various matters. An advisory council will be created allowing representatives from all four grades a chance to talk with Principal Mackin about the important issues that fellow students have in school. Want to have a say about which days should be part of Spirit Week? Or if you have an idea on how to improve the morale or the infrastructure of the school? This is the club for you!

    All grades are welcome to join, meetings are every other Thursday in Mr. Witkowich's room (224).


    Advisor - Freshman Class – Andrew Lupien

    Events for the freshman class include the High School Haunted House and Spirit Week, in addition to a variety of student planned fundraisers and events throughout the year. Freshman class collaborates with other clubs on fundraisers and events to help develop the school community. Freshman Class meetings will be Thursdays opposite student government.


    Advisor - Sophomore Class – Mariel Pipchinski

    Meets every other Thursday with events throughout the year. The sophomore class is involved in organizing its class for Spirit Week participation.  The class will be participating in events throughout the year such as the Haunted High School. Class rings will be ordered towards the end of this year.  Also, the sophomore class will host and participate in various fund raising activities throughout the year.


    Advisor - Junior Class – Christine Lupien

    The Junior Class meets every other Thursday and holds events throughout the year. The junior class participates in Spirit Weeks. A “Ring Day” with breakfast will be held for the junior class. The junior class will conduct several fundraisers throughout the year to support the class, school, and community, as well as prepare for senior events. 


    Advisor - Senior Class – Asher Zink

    The Senior Class welcomes any senior to attend meetings the first and third Thursday of the month.  The senior class is involved in Spirit Week and Haunted High School. Throughout the year, members will establish fundraising activities while planning for prom and graduation.  Fundraising activities include working at the concession stand at home varsity football games, selling chocolate and many others.


    Art Honor Society - National Art Honor Society – Jessica Nash/Kristen Dini

    The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) chapter strives to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The program supports members in their efforts to attain the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community. Being a member of NAHS allows students to graduate with honors, earn community service hours, take art field trips, practice drawing & painting skills, and meet other art students. Past events have included face painting at the Haunted HS, a scavenger hunt at the Modern Museum of Art, the NAHS Induction Ceremony and Art auction, Hand-made club t-shirt workshop, the Memory Portrait project for orphans in Bolivia, Veteran’s Valentine’s Card making, and mural painting in the HS hallways. 


    Baking Club – Ashley Ryan

    Baking Club seeks to gather students who love to be in the kitchen making treats, where friendships grow from having fun together.  We strive to bring scope to our repertoire of recipes, relying on tried and true favorites. Family recipes and cultural icons round out our goals to be the diverse and global community we cherish.  Holiday time we host an “Open Baking” day, inviting friends and teachers to bake with us. As always, we focus on friendship, health and fun in this flexible membership initiative.


    BAM  - Bradley Fredman

    BAM or the “Band of Ambitious Musicians,” was created to harness the inner musician in any and all students.  The objective of the club is to write original music and provide live performances throughout the year at varying school functions.  We are looking for people interested in forming bands as well as solo artists in search of fellow musicians in our school community. Please contact Mr. Fredman if you’re interested and we’ll set up a time to get together and get things going.  The club meets every week on varying days (depending on the tennis schedule), and every Thursday in between seasons. If you have an interest in any genre of music, please consider joining BAM!

    Bookstore – Meg Jandrasits/Maura Koch

    The Hendrick Hudson Dock otherwise known as the Bookstore, is located next to the cafeteria.  We are open during all lunch periods. The bookstore needs people to run the bookstore during these lunch periods and potentially before and after school.  You would gain management and retail experience while receiving community service hours for the time you work. We sell workbooks, school supplies, birthday cards and an assortment of Hen Hud athletic wear.


    Chamber Winds – Ben Acrish

    Chamber Winds is comprised of three separate units: Pep band, marching band and chamber groups, including guitar ensemble

    Pep Band: pep band will be made up of any instrumental winds. Performances will be at all home football games. All music will be reviewed prior to the games.

    Marching Band: Preparation of marching formations and music, distribution of music and uniforms, training of student drum major, participation in Memorial Day parade. *Additional performances at the discretion of band director.

    Chamber & Guitar Ensemble: The chamber & guitar ensembles performs at both the winter and spring concert as well as additional playing opportunities during the school year in district and at outside community events. 


    Chess Club – Bernard Small

    Chess Club is for all students who want to learn about chess for the first time or practice their past knowledge in a positive fun environment. Tournaments will be scheduled within the club and hopefully a full school tournament in the spring. Meeting schedule will be placed on my website and announcements during home room which is the beginning of second period.


    Community Chorus – Erica Denler

    Community Chorus is comprised of: Concert Choir, Harmonizers, Treble Makers,  and Night concerts /NYSSMA preparation, Fundraisers and Competitions.

    Participating students are provided with a range of learning opportunities appropriate to student needs and abilities outside the school classroom

    • Participating students are encouraged to pursue excellence in music performances 
    • Participating students are encouraged to develop an awareness of their responsibility as a member of a team.

    There are many performance opportunities for individuals and ensembles including but not limited to the following: 

    • Performances at school, school assemblies and special events, i.e. - Stay Awake A-thon, Back to School Night, PTA events, etc. 
    • NYSSMA Solo Festival, ACDA Honor Choir - regional, divisional and national, Area All State, All State, NAfME Eastern Division, NAfME Nationals, etc. 
    • Community performances (by invitation) - Paramount in Peekskill, Cold Spring Holiday Event, Tree Lighting in Montrose, Copland House, Springvale, Competitions, NYSSMA Majors, exchange concerts, etc.
    • Recordings


    Digital Editing/Film Club – Kyle Cina

    The Film Club is an extracurricular organization dedicated to providing film enthusiasts, filmmakers and curious minds the opportunity to explore the world of film. Club members participate in a variety of activities focused on expanding their grasp and passion for this popular and ever-expanding entertainment medium. During our meetings, club members learn editing and filmmaking techniques, view and analyze classic and current films, and plan our annual film festival which takes place in early May. The festival, founded by award winning filmmaker and Hen Hud graduate Andrew Jenks, has grown to be one of the largest high school film festivals in the world and a must see event for the Hen Hud community. Film Club members plan and execute the entire event; organizing the evening’s events, booths and artistic direction, viewing and judging submissions, and even running the actual show. Film Club meets every Tuesday at 2:15 room 002A. If you have a passion for film, this club is for you!


    Drama - Hendrick Hudson Theatre Program – Clare Carey

    The Theatre Program at the HS is open to all students.   An audition process is employed when casting our shows. The casting is done by a committee of adults. Casting is based on talent and the needs of the show.  When selecting shows we must consider many factors, cost, set construction,audience appeal,and learning experience for the students. It is important to note that not everyone who auditions will be selected for the show.

    We would encourage students to join in all areas of the production, as well, we have a very active Audio/Visual team, responsible for not only the sound and lights for the shows but also for the needs of the theatre throughout the school year. During the productions we will need students for backstage, stage management, costumes, makeup, props, and sets.  Ultimately the objective is to create a, professional experience, while learning all aspects of the Theatre.

    “ Totus mundus agit histrionem” (The Whole World is a Playhouse).


    Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) – Meg Jandrasits

    Hendrick Hudson’s FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) is a national business and leadership association preparing students for careers in business and becoming better public speakers and leaders. This club is open to any student who would like to learn more about the business, leadership opportunities, and enjoys community service activities.  Come to one of our meetings and see that FBLA is for you!

    Some activities include: developing business leadership skills, facilitating the transition from school to career, working with money, helping create a business with proceeds going to charity, and competing in NY State and National competitions recognizing and rewarding excellence in business and career-related areas.

    Gay Straight Alliance – Dina Bertoline 

    The goal of the Gay-Straight Alliance is to provide a safe zone where students of all sexual orientations can come together to discuss issues relating to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.  The GSA is a support group where members share their experiences and perspectives about LGBT issues within the school and beyond. In addition to discussions, we hold and attend several events, among which are PrideWeek, the Day of Silence, and PrideWorks.  The GSA holds weekly meetings every Thursday throughout the year. We encourage everyone to come and join! Meeting are the 1st Monday of every month.

    Girl Up Club – Paula Sarles/Kristine Zulla

    The Girl Up Club at Hendrick Hudson HS is our local chapter of a nationally recognized female empower movement created by the United Nations Foundation founded in 2010. Our parent organization is actively involved in national and international politics. Recently, with the support from Girl Up chapters across the nation, a bill was passed by Congress and set into law by President Trump that advocates for the education of displaced children with a focus on the education of young girls. Additionally, to maintain our status, we must follow certain commitments. As our club grows, we look forward to taking on more challenges posed by the Girl Up parent organization to increase our participation, club size, and fundraising efforts.  

    Green Team – Stephanie Geiger

    The Hendrick Hudson High School Green Team is an environmental after-school student-led club.   We work to raise awareness within our high school community of the importance of being good environmental stewards. The green team increases awareness to the importance of recycling by helping with the school’s recycling program.  We have also brought a garden to the High School’s campus. Green Team members work with the Sailor Program to plan, plant and harvest this community garden. We would like our student body to understand how to create a clean, sustainable environment for years to come.  We meet twice a month all school year on Thursdays in room 221 at 2:15 before heading down to the garden. See Mrs. Geiger for more details, or join the google classroom to receive updates. Classroom code: cnzeyvr


    Hispanic Honor Society – Samantha McKay

    The Hispanic Honor Society (HHS) is an honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish and is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Our Chapter is named after the famous writer Esmeralda Santiago. The Society will promote cross-cultural acceptance and understanding among our students and encourage service to school and community.

    The purpose of the society is to recognize high achievement of high school students in the Spanish language and to promote a continuing interest in Hispanic studies. Any secondary school student who has maintained an honor average of 90 and above for 6 consecutive quarters (3 semesters) in the study of Spanish can be inducted. Character, leadership, seriousness of purpose, cooperation, honesty, service and commitment to others are included in the criteria for selection into the Society. Meets in Rm. 130.

    Activities: Culture Night, After school tutoring, Walkathon, Decorate Bulletin Boards during the Foreign Language Week, Soccer tournament, Register and administer the National Spanish Exam (Level 1-AP) sponsored by the AATSP, Induction Ceremony.


    HOSA – Jeanine Hall

    HOSA, Health Occupations Students of America - Future Health Professionals, is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). HOSA's two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the healthcare industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA's goal is to encourage all health science instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership.

    HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition for students enrolled in health science education and biomedical science programs or have interests in pursuing careers in health professions. HOSA is 100% health care! HOSA is a powerful instructional tool that is committed to the development of the total person. Those who join the HSE-HOSA Partnership recognize the importance of providing students with training far beyond the basic technical skills needed for entry into the healthcare field. The rapidly changing health care system needs dedicated workers who, in addition to their technical skills, are people-oriented and capable of playing a leadership or followership role as a member of a healthcare team.

    HOSA's mission is especially critical when considering the acute shortage of qualified workers for the healthcare industry.   We offer career development, community service opportunities, and speakers all related to health care occupations.


    Instrumental Music: Orchestra – Lauren Morabito

     The orchestral program at Hendrick Hudson High School consists of string orchestra, multiple chamber groups, pit orchestra, and symphonic collaborations with our band students. As a part of this program, students will advance their individual musicianship and technical skills as well as be a contributing ensemble member. Students will learn important instrumental skills such as scale performance and techniques, bowing techniques, vibrato, and standard orchestral repertoire. Students will have the opportunity to participate in scheduled school concerts, community concerts, Area All-State/ All-State auditions and rehearsals, NYSSMA and Music in the Parks competitions.


    Instrumental Winds – Ben Acrish

    Instrumental Winds is comprised of: Concert Band and Wind Ensemble  Night concerts /NYSSMA preparation, Fundraisers and Competitions.

    Participating students are provided with a range of learning opportunities appropriate to student needs and abilities outside the school classroom

    • Participating students are encouraged to pursue excellence in music performances 
    • Participating students are encouraged to develop an awareness of their responsibility as a member of a team.

    There are many performance opportunities for individuals and ensembles including but not limited to the following: 

    • Performances at school, school assemblies and special events, i.e. - Stay Awake A-thon, Back to School Night, PTA events, etc. 
    • NYSSMA Solo Festival, Area All State, All State, NAfME Eastern Division, NAfME Nationals, etc. 
    • Community performances (by invitation) - Paramount in Peekskill, Cold Spring Holiday Event, Tree Lighting in Montrose, Copland House, Springvale, Competitions, NYSSMA Majors, exchange concerts, etc.
    • Recordings


    Literary Magazine – Juliana Maye

    The Hendrick Hudson High School Literary Magazine Club is a group of creative individuals who come together with the common goal of creating and publishing the annual issue of our school’s lit mag, The North Star, which is the culmination of a year’s worth of literary and artistic student work.  The mission of the club is to solicit creative content from as many Hen Hud high school students as possible and to produce a student-run magazine, with content selected and arranged by an editorial staff of students.  The advisor of the club, Mrs. Maye, is there to guide and facilitate the process, but the creative direction of the magazine is entirely student-driven and student- oriented. The whole club meets twice a month in the first semester, and then solely the editors meet (a bit more frequently) in the second semester, for content selection and layout, as the club nears publication of the magazine.


    Math Honor Society – Kimberly Weltman

    Hendrick Hudson Math Honor Society members are students who have demonstrated exceptional character, leadership, and service, as well as impressive mathematical prowess.  Math Honor Society serves to promote mathematical leadership and encourage members to foster student collegiality and enhance student knowledge and understanding through various tutoring opportunities.  Such opportunities include peer tutoring during or after school, helping with math assignments during assigned study halls or learning centers, or going to the elementary and middle schools to aid younger students during after school homework help.  Members are required to perform at least 20 hours of approved mathematics tutoring throughout the school year. The club meets on the 2nd Monday of every month, but members are in constant contact with the advisor via e-mail and private conversations throughout the school year to ensure that all students’ needs are met in a timely fashion.


    Mathletes – Kimberly Weltman

    Mathletes is a club designed to enhance the math skills of students by participation in 6-8 mathlete competitions throughout the year at neighboring Westchester schools. The competitions occur one Monday per month (dates to be determined at the Westchester Math League organizational meeting to be held in September) and run approximately 2 hours.

    In addition to the monthly competitions, at least one practice session will be held each month. The dates for these practice sessions will be determined during the initial Hen Hud Mathlete meeting which will be held in September. The club and practice sessions are open to all Hen Hud students. Prior year attendance at meets/practice sessions has averaged 12-20 students.  


    Mountain Biking – James Berkowitz

    The Hen Hud Mountain Biking Club will meet on Wednesdays from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Blue Mountain Reservation (Peekskill entrance) where we are fortunate to have some of the best mountain biking trails in the country.  All members must have a parent / guardian sign a permission slip to participate. We plan on running this club during the fall (Sept – Nov) and spring (April – June) seasons due to optimal riding conditions. Some of the benefits of mountain biking include:

    INCLUSIVE - All student - athletes are encouraged to participate, no one is "benched".  

    EQUAL - All student - athletes are treated equally.  

    STRONG BODY -Improving fitness and wellness is a direct result of mountain biking.  

    STRONG MIND -  Mountain biking improves mental fortitude.

    STRONG CHARACTER - Students will learn leadership skills, teamwork, improved work ethic, respect for others, as well as, respect for the environment.

    It is important to understand there is inherent risk of injury when mountain biking, all students must wear a helmet when on the trail rides.  

    I look forward to an exciting and rewarding season with the Hen Hud Mountain Biking Club!  


    National Honor Society – Mariel Pipchinski

    The National Honor Society chapter is made up of students who have a consistent record of outstanding performance in the areas of academics, leadership, character, and service.  The National Honor Society provides a peer tutoring service throughout the year. The Society also participates in service projects include participating in the “Haunted High School” for Halloween and assisting in Open House for parents in September.  The National Honor Society also holds functions for the student body.


    Newspaper Club – Pam Puttre

    The newspaper club is responsible for the publication of Hen Hud’s school newspaper, The Anchor. We are a student-run club, with a hierarchy of student editors responsible for the content, photography, and layout of the paper.  We have four or more issues a year and club members, or “staff” perform the duties of journalists by finding news stories of importance to our high school audience, conducting interviews and other research, writing and editing articles, taking photographs, and designing layout.  

    Our club meets at least two times per issue, with occasional extra meetings scheduled as needed, but each writer must also communicate with a student editor outside of meetings to improve his or her work before submitting for publication. All meetings take place after school in Room 207, the classroom of advisor is Ms. Puttre. Although our club may meet fewer times than other clubs, much of the work for The Anchor is done individually and outside of the club meetings. Students thinking about joining the newspaper should have a strong interest in writing or photography and, of course, newsgathering.


    SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) – Andrew Lupien

    SEED meets every other Wednesday in room 126.  Our annual goal is to fundraise for our chosen charity/charities.  

    The Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity Club seeks to collectively explore pop culture in order to achieve a greater sense of equality while maintaining our diversity.  By investigating relevant literature, art, poetry, holidays, music, and film, we hope to educate ourselves and the school community about the great breadth of culture found in the United States.  SEED's outreach efforts include raising awareness of such issues as abuse, poverty, and diversity through sharing of individual work, charity events, guest speakers, and hosting cultural events that educate and involve students and members of the community. In essence, we are a charity based group which puts the fun back in fundraising.  SEED always welcomes new members.

    Events include:  Bake-Off Competitions, Hepcat Café, Movie Screenings, Battle of the Bands, Haunted High School  and a variety of others.


    Speech/Debate – Kathryn Sponseller/Kyle Cina

    If you are interested in learning presentation skills for competitive acting and/or persuasive argument, join Speech and Debate.  The Speech and Debate teams compete in local HS tournaments, such as Lakeland, Regis, Scarsdale, and Bronx HS of Science, college tournaments such as Columbia University and UPenn, and state and national tournaments.  Annually, the teams also host the Malcolm A. Bump Memorial Debate Tournament at Hendrick Hudson HS. Each year, over 200 students participate in this event which continues to be one of the most popular debate tournaments in New York State.  Team meetings are held weekly on Mondays and Thursdays (debate), and Wednesdays (speech). Being a Speech and Debate member offers you the opportunity to meet and share a unique experience with students from other schools and to gain skills you will use for the rest of your life.   Each member individually controls the amount of time committed to participating, and new members are welcome to join throughout the fall.


    STAR (Students Talking About Relationships) – Megan Brenner

    STAR is a program which meets monthly on Monday with a counselor from Hope's Door to educate students about dating abuse, as well as healthy relationships and how to plan and implement awareness activities in their schools and in their communities.  The mission of STAR is to pledge to speak out against interpersonal and societal violence and to promote healthy relationships based on equality, respect and trust. Students in this club attend the annual Teen Symposium conference for a full day of learning from various presentations, activities and breakout groups. New students are always welcome.


    Stars and Stripes – Mariel Pipchinski

    Stars and Stripes club is for students in support of our servicemen and women. We are dedicated to making the lives of actively enlisted military men and women a little happier, and to supporting their families here at home. Activities involve sending care packages to deployed soldiers, working with local military organizations to support their efforts, and raising student awareness of our past and present military.


    Stockbroker’s Club – Dan Hallock

    The stockbroker’s club is a yearlong competition with other Westchester school districts run through the direction of the SIMFA foundation for Investor Education.

    Each school is given $100,000 of start-up “money” to invest over the course of the year. This club teaches students how to invest in the stock market. Our goal is to get students to do their own research on stocks they feel are worth purchasing by using various internet sites, business programs and the print media for their information.

    Each week (Thursdays), the group decides which stocks to buy and sell by convincing the other members of the group. The club meets in Mr. Hallock’s (228) room. All grade levels are welcome. Even if you cannot attend every meeting, you can still join because most of the work is done at home. Enrollment in the club is open throughout the competition.


    Varsity Club – Marcia Bailey

    The Varsity Club promotes all athletic teams at HHHS, emphasizes school spirit and sportsmanship, and provides school and community service.  The club hosts the Varsity Basketball and Baseball Tournaments, sells food at home Sectional Games, and hosts the 3 v 3 Basketball Tournament and other tournaments depending on student interest.  The club also co-sponsors the Senior Awards Ceremony, paying for every member of the senior class and providing scholarships to exceptional student-athlete-leaders. The club sponsors a community-wide fundraiser each year, and maintains the garden by the main field. Their largest activity is overseeing each varsity team’s sponsorship of a clinic for 4-6th graders during their season.


    World Language – Melissa Golia/Antonietta Gliubizzi

    The World Language Club includes members of the French and Italian Honor Societies.  These honor societies are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French and the American Association of Teachers of Italian.  

    The purpose of these societies is to recognize the achievement of high school students in the study of French or Italian and to promote a continuing interest in French or Italian studies. Any secondary school student who has maintained an honor average of 90 and above for 6 consecutive quarters (3 semesters) in the study of French or Italian can be inducted. Character, leadership, seriousness of purpose, cooperation, honesty, service and commitment to others are included in the criteria for selection into the Societies. Meets in Rm. 133/134.

    Activities: Culture Night, After school tutoring, Induction Ceremony, fundraising events, scholarships.

    Yearbook – Maura Koch/MaryBeth DeGennaro

    Yearbook is an annual student publication that captures the personality and memories of the High School community each year.  The graduating class is celebrated in their commencement year as well as all students in the school. The club meets to organize the book in both student pictures and journal writings.  Each year a student editorial committee decides a theme for the current yearbook and then trains and works with other student staff to create this publication. Yearbook meets frequently in both small and larger groups.  New staff is always welcome!

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