Middle School Students Practice Persuasive Writing

Student holds up thank you letter and gift cards.

Middle School students in Ms. Hackbarth Miller’s 6th grade Language Arts class wrote reviews of local restaurants to practice their persuasive writing skills, editing skills, and to create a stronger community connection. After students completed their final essays, they wrote thank you notes to restaurant managers, and sent them to their respective restaurants. Much to their surprise, some restaurants wrote back and even sent gift cards! The students appreciated this writing opportunity and to be part of such a caring community!

Student holds up thank you letter and gift cards.

Student holds up thank you letter and gift cards.

EP Rock’s Marvelous Mentors

A group of students and adults enjoying muffins at a table.

On Wednesday, May 22nd the E.P. Rock Stand By Me Mentor Program held its 21st annual Mentors and Muffins event with over 120 people in attendance.  This year 48 students were fortunate enough to have a mentor!  The program was started 21 years ago by a group of teachers and has been going strong ever since.  If you are interested in being a part of this wonderful program or would like more information, please contact Holly Quinn-Marrs, Stand-By-Me Mentor Coordinator at quinnha@hudsonraiders.org. A student and his mentor smile for the camera. A group of students and adults enjoying muffins at a table.

Students are lined up for muffins. A group of students and adults enjoying muffins at a table. A group of students and adults enjoying muffins at a table. A group of students and adults enjoying muffins at a table.

A student and her mentor smile for the camera. A student and his mentor smile for the camera.

A student and her mentor are reading a book. A student and his mentor are playing a board game. A student and his mentor are working on the computer.

A student and his mentor are playing with Legos. A student and his mentor are eating lunch together.

Two mentors and their two students standing together. A student and his mentor smile for the camera.

A student and her mentor smile for the camera. A student and his mentor are playing chess. A student and his mentor are playing a board game.

A student and his mentor smile for the camera. A student and his mentor smile for the camera.

A student and his mentor smile for the camera. A student and his mentor smile for the camera. A student and her mentor playing UNO. A student stands with his mentor.

Hudson Prairie Participate In Pollinator Planting

Students standing in the garden listening to the adult presenter.

Hudson Prairie Elementary School 5th grade students participated in a Pollinator Habitat planting event sponsored by Pheasants for Forever. This program aims to increase awareness about declining pollinator populations, educate the general public on the importance of habitat for pollinators, and establish quality pollinator habitats across the country. Volunteers from Trout Unlimited and the St. Croix Valley Beekeepers Association also participated in the event to share with students the importance of native plants to healthy river systems and the important role bees play in our ecosystem. Students planted native prairie plants in order to help establish a healthy pollinator habitat.

What an ideal place – at Hudson Prairie Elementary!

Students gather around a demonstration on land erosion. A group of students planting the garden. Students trying honeycomb from hives. Students planting seeds. Students planting seeds. Students working with adult demonstrating planting. Students listening to the bee presentation. Students looking at erosion diorama.

Raider Works in Action

Raider Works students stand in front of the carts they built.

Some of the Raider Works crew are pictured in front of one of the new Marching Band uniform carts they built for the Hudson Marching Band. The carts were custom designed to hold the uniforms and hats.  The carts were built incredibly fast, well constructed, and are amazing! The Marching Band sends a big thank you to Technical Education teachers Tom Klatt, Aaron Haskins and all members of the Raider Works crew!!!

The Marching Band carts filled with hats and uniforms.

Bench Buddies

A group of students gather on a rainbow painted bench.

A beautiful rainbow-colored Buddy Bench was delivered to Willow River Elementary School’s playground last week to replace the old bench on the school grounds. The idea of Buddy Benches began in the spring of 2013 when a young boy named Christian noticed a bench at a school he was going to be attending after his family moved and liked what he saw. He knew that there were some kids who felt lonely at recess and he thought this would put an end to that!  He asked his principal if his school could get a bench and the idea of Buddy Benches was born and they can be found all over the country.  

The bench is a tool for students to use when they are unable to find a friend to play with at recess.  Students are taught to first “have a plan” and if the plan doesn’t work out, they try asking at least one person to play.  If that doesn’t work, then they can go sit on the bench, making sure to look around. Friends who are playing can notice if there is someone on the bench and can go over and ask that individual to play.  If they are asked to play and are sitting on the bench, they have to say yes!!

Willow River school counselor, Sarah Flier, stated “that we all need a Buddy Bench from time to time.  Noticing someone sitting there and asking them to play shows empathy and demonstrates the importance of noticing when someone is lonely – and that you have the power to be kind and be a friend to someone in need.  Who knows? You might become life-long friends!”

Kindergarten students enjoying the new Buddy Bench. From left to right, front: Alexis Hays, Mallory Johnson, Ava Wagner. Back: Mason Ehlenz, Grayden Young, Asher Soldan, and Zennah Gabranski.