About Jahna Balk

Director of Development and Communications for The Hudson School.

College Counselor’s Corner: Hot Colleges

College Counselor's Corner It’s National Writing Day, the best day for posting a blog! Besides, in the world of college counseling, there’s no shortage of information to write about. Hot Colleges Another computer science building is slated to open at the University of Washington, alma mater of star Hudson counselor Chris Baker. The building, named for Bill [...]

2017-10-20T12:39:33+00:00 October 20th, 2017|

Spirit Week is October 23-27, 2017

October 23-27 is Spirit Week at The Hudson School! The categories are as follows: Monday: Pajama Day Tuesday: Fancy Day Wednesday: Pink Day (bake sale to raise money for breast cancer research) Thursday: TBT (throwback Thursday, dress from another decade) Friday: Halloween Costume Day On Friday, the Parents Association is also hosting a Haunted Hudson event. [...]

2017-10-17T12:34:32+00:00 October 17th, 2017|

Parents’ Association Update 10-16-2017: Reminders and Updates

Parents, Hope you enjoyed a relaxing weekend and are getting ready for Halloween! Thus far, the potlucks planned have been so great! Lia and I want to thank all Class parents and Hosts/Hostesses for planning such wonderful events that are bringing us together as a community. What is really great to hear  is that parents [...]

2017-10-16T12:53:18+00:00 October 16th, 2017|

College Counselor’s Corner: Uncertainty is Part of the Process

Is it Early Decision time—or indecision time? As we approach mid-October, it’s not unusual to hear that seniors are changing their minds. It could be about the Common App Personal Essay, drafted last spring but now a real upload. Maybe a “better qualified” friend is applying to the same college, and that top choice has somehow [...]

2017-10-13T12:17:01+00:00 October 13th, 2017|

College Counselor’s Corner: Full Plates, Early Deadlines, Standardized Tests… Stay Informed

Think the holidays are the busiest time of year? Those of us in the business of college disagree. Our plates, along with those of your wonderful students, are very full. Between Early deadlines, standardized tests, financial aid, interviews and Naviance, we are experiencing somewhat of an adrenaline rush. For parents, the best solution is to [...]

2017-10-06T19:29:56+00:00 October 6th, 2017|

Parents’ Association Update 2017-10-06 – Haunted Hudson

 A FEW UPDATES Thanks again to all parents who attended the first PA meeting. Next Parents Association Meeting is Thursday, 10/26 at 6:30 PM If you want to help the Spring Soiree Silent Auction committee- start thinking about gift cards/products you can donate for gift baskets, or any experiences you might be able to donate  (ie: English [...]

2017-10-06T19:19:01+00:00 October 6th, 2017|

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is cybersecurity awareness month. This will be the first of a series of posts to help you secure your digital presence as well as the school's. Many best practices can be found at the Stop, Think, Connect website at: https://www.stopthinkconnect.org/ Passwords: Virtually everything you do online today (pun intended) involves a password. Think of [...]

2017-10-06T14:50:28+00:00 October 6th, 2017|

College Counselor’s Corner: 2017 College Financial Aid Seminar

Every fall, Hudson arranges with the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) for a speaker on financial aid. This year, we will welcome Woodrow Lewis on October 25. Mr. Lewis has worked with professional organizations, universities and student leadership programs around the country. He presents on various topics including financial aid, student retention, financial literacy and first-generation [...]

2017-10-03T14:15:12+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|

College Counselor’s Corner: College is Becoming a Reality to Seniors

College is becoming a reality to our seniors. As we near the end of the first month of school, some applicants are questioning their course choices, wondering if they should redo their essays, and adding some interesting choices to their college lists. The uncertainty is to be expected, but please set up a meeting with me if you [...]

2017-09-29T16:58:11+00:00 September 29th, 2017|

First Parents’ Association Meeting of 2017-18 Wednesday 9-27

Parents' Association Meeting ••• To All Hudson School Parents, We welcome you to the 1st Parents Association Meeting of 17-18 at The Hudson School. When: Wed., 9/27 6:30 PM Where: Arrive at The Hudson School cafeteria (6:30-6:45 PM) to sign in and enjoy light snacks from our new School Lunch provider -- Simply Gourmet. (6:45-7:30 [...]

2017-09-22T20:24:58+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|