Get Outside and Play!

A group of children gathered on a snow pile.

Here’s something really simple that families can do to improve their children’s chance of future health and success: make sure they spend plenty of time playing outside!  In the Hudson Elementary Schools, our students have daily recess built into their days, to provide opportunities to develop important life skills.

According to Harvard Health Publishing, there are several benefits found in being outdoors:

1.  Exercise. While children can be active indoors, playing outside with a ball, bike or sled encourages kids to get exercise and fresh air!

2.  Creativity and Problem Solving. The unstructured feel of playing outside encourages creativity, with children making up their own games, figuring things out, and finding things to keep themselves busy.

3.  Socialization. While structured settings, such as school or sports teams, have benefits, children need to learn how to work and play together on their own. Playing outside with friends provides plenty of opportunities for interaction.

Whether it’s sunny or snowy, there are lots of things for children to do outside.  Find time for your kids to play in the snow – make a snowman, have a snowball fight, or go sledding.  There are many adventures waiting for you when you just get outside and play!!

Two girls playing in a snow pile.

Get Outside and Play!

Two boys in the snow by the edge of the school forest.

Here’s something really simple that families can do to improve their children’s chance of future health and success: make sure they spend plenty of time playing outside!  In the Hudson Elementary Schools, our students have daily recess built into their days, to provide opportunities to develop important life skills.

According to Harvard Health Publishing, there are several benefits found in being outdoors:

1.  Exercise. While children can be active indoors, playing outside with a ball, bike or sled encourages kids to get exercise and fresh air!

2.  Creativity and Problem Solving. The unstructured feel of playing outside encourages creativity, with children making up their own games, figuring things out, and finding things to keep themselves busy.

3.  Socialization. While structured settings, such as school or sports teams, have benefits, children need to learn how to work and play together on their own. Playing outside with friends provides plenty of opportunities for interaction.

Whether it’s sunny or snowy, there are lots of things for children to do outside.  Find time for your kids to play in the snow – make a snowman, have a snowball fight, or go sledding.  There are many adventures waiting for you when you just get outside and play!!

A group of boys playing in the snow. A group of children in their snow gear by the swing set. Two students on swings. A group of children sliding down the hill. A group of students building snowballs. A group of students building snowballs.

Houlton Innovation Day

A group of students working together at desks.

Houlton Elementary School used the November Early Release Day to try something new – Innovation Day! Staff and students brainstormed a list of topics they wanted to teach or learn about. Students voted for their top ten choices and then signed up for two classes of their choice. The Innovation Day classes included stomp rockets, clay bead making, STEM, mystery science, fitness fun, slime, arts and crafts, origami, mindfulness, jewelry making, animals, drawing, and cooking. Staff enjoyed the change of pace and the students loved learning about something new!

Student working a geometric problem solving. A group of students working together at a table. A group of students show of the slime they made in class. Two students mixing slime. Three students working together at a table.

Hudson Schools Exceed or Significantly Exceed Expecations

State of Wisconsin with the number 83.9 Significantly Exceeds Expectations

The Hudson School District is excited to report that the School District is ranked in the top 8% of Wisconsin school districts according to the recently released Wisconsin School Report Cards. All of the Hudson Schools scored an Exceeds or Significantly Exceeds Expectations on their report cards. The School District is particularly proud of progress made on closing learning gaps and making academic progress for all children.

Individual 2018-2019 School Report Cards can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

Click on the following link to learn more about Wisconsin School Report Cards: https://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards

All Night Senior Party News

All night senior party news with seated graduation image in the background.
Hudson High School Seniors/Parents – register now for the Senior All Night Graduation Party!
The All Night Party is a lock-in celebration held the night of the graduation ceremony for all graduating seniors. For 30 years, the Hudson community, schools, and parents have teamed together to help our graduates celebrate their big night in a safe, chemical-free environment. Students can expect dozens of fun activities and games, music, fabulous food, and BIG PRIZES, PRIZES, PRIZES! The event has been highly successful, with about 85% of the graduating class in attendance in a typical year.
Register your senior now at HudsonSAFE.org by clicking on the following link: https://www.hudsonsafe.org/2020-senior-party/senior-party-registration. The cost is $50 and includes a class T-Shirt. Questions? Contact hhssrparty@gmail.com.

Learning About St. Croix River

A group of students at a table with an animal pelt.

EP Rock Elementary School 4th grade students used their observation skills to learn about the animals that live near and around the St. Croix River. Students discovered the interconnectedness of a river ecosystem, which humans are a part of, and they created an ecosystem model. Community resources, National Park Ranger Jamie Kern and St. Croix River Association Naturalist, Laura Istel taught the lesson.

A group of students at a table with an animal pelt.

A group of students making observations about turkey feathers.