Celebrating National School Lunch Week

Three elementary students seated in the cafeteria biting into apples.

In celebration of National School Lunch Week (October 9-13), North Hudson Elementary students enjoyed apples as part of the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch. The Great Apple Crunch recognizes our local and regional farmers who supply us with healthy and delicious apples!

A group of elementary students smiling as they eat lunch.

Four students smile and show their lunch trays to the photographer.

A group of elementary students at lunch biting into apples.

A group of elementary students smiling as they eat lunch.

Congratulations to our coloring contest winners!

Four elementary students and nutrition service staff show off student coloring contest.

Thank you to our amazing Nutrition Services staff who serve us each day!

Elementary students pass through the school lunch serving line.

Three of our nutrition services staff stand next to the lunch serving line.

Influenza Season is Here

Blue and green microscopic image of influenza virus.

The start of this year’s influenza season appears to be earlier than in past years. Flu seasons are unpredictable when it comes to determining when the season will start, the severity, and the actual type of influenza virus. The following is a guide for families based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

4 main ways you and your family may keep from getting sick with the flu at school and at home:

  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow; not into your hands.
  • Stay home if you or your child is sick for at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever or signs of a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine).
  • Get your family vaccinated for influenza. Flu shots are still available.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

Symptoms of flu may include: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. Some people with the flu will not have a fever. People with the flu may infect others from 1 day before getting sick to 5-7 days or while they still have symptoms.

What should you do if your child gets sick with flu-like symptoms?

  • Let your child’s school know if he/she is home sick due to flu-like symptoms.
  • Students with flu-like symptoms should stay home for at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever (temperature of 100° or higher) or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine. Children may continue to be sick for 5 or more days.
  • Monitor the health of other school-aged children for fever and other symptoms of the flu.
  • Consult your health care provider if you have additional questions or concerns. Antiviral medications can treat flu illness. These medications are prescribed by a doctor and work best when started during the first 2 days of illness.
  • If your child seems very sick call your health care provider right away. Warning or emergency signs include: fast breathing or trouble breathing, bluish or gray skin color, not drinking enough fluids, severe or persistent vomiting, not waking up or not interacting, being so irritable that the child does not want to be held, flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and/or cough, has other health conditions (like heart or lung disease, diabetes, or asthma).

Additional information is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

Please watch for any signs and symptoms listed above and notify your child’s school health office in the event of a confirmed case of influenza.

 

High School Construction Update

Steel beam structure of new classroom addition at Hudson High School.

A new High School construction timeline was reviewed by the Board of Education at the end of September. The construction management firm, Kraus-Anderson, has made progress on the school’s interior renovations and additions and developed the new construction timeline based on the scope of work. The new construction timeline or phasing plan is available to view by clicking here.

Auditorium Progress

  • Renovations to the auditorium continue to progress. It is anticipated this space will be completed in December. As part of the auditorium renovations, square footage is being added to the scene shop.
  • This year’s Home for the Holiday choir concert has been tentatively scheduled at St. Patrick’s Church depending on the opening of the renovated auditorium. Details regarding the event will be posted on the School District’s website.

Auditorium scene shop wall construction.

Classroom Addition and Interior Renovations

  • Steel structure for the classroom addition is progressing with exterior stone likely to begin in November.
  • The new cafeteria multi-purpose area, which is located in the deconstructed media center, will be completed and open for use by the end of December.
  • Beginning in December, the west side science wing will begin renovations. As a result of these classrooms not being available for instruction, six temporary portable classrooms will be brought to the site in late November and used throughout the remainder of the school year. The portable classrooms will be placed in the northwest staff parking area. A temporary staff parking area will be constructed on the northeast side of the site. Student parking will remain the same. Once the portable classrooms are open, the High School will increase student passing time between classes as a result of the added distance students will need to walk to get to these classrooms.
  • Beginning in December, the choir, band, and dance classrooms will begin renovation.
  • The east gymnasium is scheduled for renovations and additional space in March or April 2018 depending on weather.

Steel structure near the west side of the High School.  Crane placing steel beams for classroom addition.

Stadium Completion

  • The new stadium track has been completed to meet the specifications that called for a dark blue color.
  • The stadium plaza area that is currently gravel will be completed after the east gym addition and indoor running track are in place.

Middle School Open House

The Middle School held their community Open House on September 28, 2017. Presenters included Middle School Principal Jim Dalluhn, student council members Blake Buchholz and Mallory Arndt, Board member Rob Brown, and Superintendent Nick Ouellette. The presenters thanked the community for their support and investment in this new space. The student presenters talked about how the new classroom space is being used and how proud they are of their new space. Community members were able to tour the addition and renovated classroom areas.

Information on the original Middle School construction and additions was handed out to visitors. The original Middle School was opened in September 1994. The building served 785 students in 152,000 sq. ft. at a cost of $11,355,000. More space was added to the Middle School in 1997 and 2010. The current addition and renovations expand the building by 30,000 sq. ft. at a cost of $8.7 million. The school serves over 1,300 students.

River Crest Celebrates Harvest Day

Two 5th grade boys dig in the garden with shovels.

River Crest Elementary fifth graders harvested their garden at the Camp St. Croix Day Camp property.  The students started the garden plants last spring and took care of them as they grew from seeds to strong young plants ready for transplanting.  The students planted their young plants in the gardens at Camp St. Croix Day Camp in June and then the Day Campers cared for them and harvested from them through the summer months. The harvest day was fantastic and the students were able to bring back delicious produce!

Adult talks with elementary students in class garden. A group of students pick tomatoes.

A group of elementary students are gathered together to listen to presentation on gardening and harvest. A group of students pick pumpkins from their classroom garden. Student holds a plastic bag of tomatoes harvested from the garden.  Elementary boy looks at the drying garden and compost bin.Adult gardener assists students to put garden produce in bags.5th grade girl holds up the potato she just harvested.

Students also enjoyed the climbing wall and gaga pit at Camp St. Croix.

Students climb on the climbing wall at Camp St. Croix. A group of elementary students play ball in the gaga pit at Camp St. Croix.

Middle School Open House – Sept. 28th

The south facing view of the completed Middle School addition.

Join us in celebrating our new and renovated spaces at Hudson Middle School on Thursday, September 28th from 5:00-7:00 PM. There will be a brief presentation and refreshments in the multi-purpose room at 6:00 PM.

An Evening of Music – October 9th

Fall leaves

Join Hudson High School Choral Department as the perform their Fall Festival of Choirs. The concert is scheduled for Monday, October 9th and begins at 7:30 PM. The concert will be held at St. Patrick’s Church (1500 Vine Street, Hudson, WI) due to the High School auditorium construction.

This concert is free and open to the public.