Community Ed Hosts Daddy Daughter Dance

Three small girls do a conga line dance.

Hudson Community Education welcomed over 650 dads and their daughters to the 3rd Annual Daddy Daughter Dance held at Hudson Middle School. It was a fun filled evening of dancing, crafts, and quality time between the girls and their dads or other significant adults. The dance is open to pre-K through 5th grade girls. Participants were also asked to bring in a non-perishable food donation for the Hudson Area Food Shelf.

This successful event was created by parent Katie Elwood. Much thanks to Katie for putting together this fabulous community event.

Below are some of our dance participants.

A dad poses with his three daughter. A dad poses with his daughter at the selfie station.

A dad poses with his daughter. A dad poses with his daughter.

A dad poses with his daughter. A dad poses with his daughter.

A dad poses with his daughter. A dad poses with his daughter.

There was time for decorating a picture frame, taking a break for refreshments, and of course lots of dancing.

Dads and daughters seated at tables for punch and cookies. Dads and daughters dancing in the gym. A dad and daughter work together on gluing gems on her picture frame. Two elementary girls sit at a table gluing gems on their picture frames.

Congratulations DI Global Team Competitors

Destination Imagination logo in purple and orange

Congratulations to the six Hudson School District Destination Imagination Teams who will be competing at the DI Global Finals. Click here to learn more about Destination Imagination and the Global Finals.

A group of 6 high school Destination Imagination students stand and pose for the camera.

High School Team: Nathan L., Kirsten A., Page G., Kinsey N., Dani G., Jake S.

A group of 5 high school Destination Imagination students stand and pose for the camera.

High School Team: Paulette (team manager), Ethan S., Cal M., Nels B., Noah M.

A group of 7 middle school Destination Imagination students stand and pose for the camera.

Middle School Team: Jasper H., Owen M., Cecelia M., Elizabeth Y., Abby K., Brayden O., Jakub K.

A group of 7 middle school Destination Imagination students stand and pose for the camera.

Middle School Team: Jacob E., Taylor V., Esme M., Maya T., Lizzie V., Ella S., Liam T.

A group of 5 middle school Destination Imagination students stand and pose for the camera.

Middle School Team: Meghan H., Evey T., Evy J., Jackson O., Owen O., Beni K.

A group of 6 elementary school Destination Imagination students stand and pose for the camera.

Willow River Elementary Team: Nora K., Freya F., Sophie T., Norah S., Riley G., Katie O.

6th Annual Celebrate Difference 5K Walk/Run

April is Autism Awareness Month and the 6th Annual Willow River Elementary Celebrate Difference 5K Fun Run/Walk and Silent Auction being held to help raise awareness and education about autism.

  • When: Saturday, April 28
  • Time: Activities begin and 8:00 AM and the race begins at 9:00 AM
  • Where: Willow River Elementary School
  • Cost: $25.00 (fee includes a t-shirt)
  • The run is open to people of all ages

Click here to access more information and Race Registration form. 

The race will begin at 9:00 AM at Willow River Elementary School and will take runners on a very beautiful route through downtown along the St. Croix River. The route will end back at school. New this year, all participants will receive a finisher’s medal. The first place male and female finishers in both adult and child categories will receive free registration in next year’s event.

Other activities that will be going on during the race include: bounce house/carnival, silent auction, resource fair, and bake sale. Activities will be open from 8:00 – 11:00 AM.

Proceeds from the 5K Fun Run/Walk will go toward Willow River Elementary School’s music therapy program that serves students with autism.

Hello Cupcakes

Six students stand in a row posing with a cupcake they decorated.

Hudson Community Education recently offered a cupcake decorating class for students in Grade 1-6. Instructor Renee Reinardy, introduced students to a variety of spring inspired decorating techniques. Each child left the class with six delicious cupcakes.

Students posing with their decorated cupcakes. Students posing with their decorated cupcakes. Boy with cap on his head smiling with his decorated cupcakes. Students posing with their decorated cupcakes. Students posing with their decorated cupcakes. Students posing with their decorated cupcakes.

 

Community Education offers a variety of classes for young learners this spring and summer. Check out the full list of classes by clicking on the FeePay shopping cart in the top left corner of the website and click on Community Education. You can select the Explore All Programs search bar to open both Community Education and Summer School Programs.

Community Education blue box of class categories: adult & family classes, youth classes, summer school, and school age care

Welcome Hösbach Friends!

A large group of HHS students stand with posters welcoming German exchange students.

Hudson High School welcomes students from Hösbach, Germany. The students are here for three weeks as part of the German American Partnership Program (GAPP). Hudson High School students spent three weeks last summer attending classes in Hösbach. This exchange program provides students with the opportunity to live and learn with their German peers.

Below is the presentation made to the Hudson Board of Education by Hudson High School students and staff.

Screenagers

Screenagers promo poster with two students standing back to back on their cell phones.

Orange and black Screen Agers logo

The producers of Screenagers provide the following Parent Guide for setting rules and discussing screen time with kids.

“Having weekly, short, calm conversations with your family about tech is so important. Tech Talk Tuesday (TTT), our weekly blog, offers you tools and tips for discussions. Families tell us it’s making a huge difference. Visit our website: www.screenagersmovie.com/tech-talk-tuesdays/ to try one. It’s never too late to start a conversation about technology but often doing it in baby steps is more effective.” ~ Delaney Ruston, MD, filmmaker of Screenagers

4 Basic Rules to Consider

  • No screens in bedrooms when kids and teens go to sleep (for younger kids keep screens out completely). Fact: 75% of teens get inadequate sleep. The presence of devices disrupts sleep cycles.
  • Set time goals for studying without multitasking and then, also, take tech breaks. Fact: Multitasking is linked to less retention and poorer academic outcomes.
  • Eat family meals without devices. Fact: Face-to-face conversations improve mood and empathy.
  • Put phones and devices away in the car. Fact: More than half of kids report seeing their parents text while driving.
  • Go to www.screenagersmovie.com to find ways to enforce rules.

3 Tips to Help Your Child Build Self-control

  • Science shows that positive rewards work better than punishment. For example, if you observe your child focused while doing his/her homework without a device, praise him/her.
  • Build times when tech is out of sight. Self-control is hard, so decrease temptations.
  • Use Tech Talk Tuesday to let your kids share with you about the reasons they like tech in their lives – the  more they feel understood, the more they’ll work with you on tech limits.

 

STEM+ Maker Night

Hey students in grades 3-5! Do you enjoy science and building things? Come join Hudson High School STEM+ Academy students as they host a night of science and engineering fun.

Activities for the evening include:

  • Creating an office grabber
  • Conductive dough and circuits
  • Designing a spacecraft for a mission to planet Oobleck

Register online by click here or send in your registration by clicking here to complete the registration form.

Questions? Contact Hudson Community Education at 715.377.3722