Honoring Our Employees

Staff members pose at the annual Staff Recognition Banquet.

The Hudson School District recently honored retirees and milestone years of service at our annual Staff Recognition Banquet.

Above are pictured our retirees who have served the Hudson School District for a combined 380 years. Our retirees include: David Stene, Deb Heinisch, Connie Root, Sandra Perron, Marcia Scheruman, Pam Barthman, Susan Kouba, Sylvia Strom, Tess Rizzardi, Georgia Krusell, Wendy Haesemeyer, Susan Anderson, Peggy Eller, John Kurkowski. Not picture: Cindy Anderson, Matthew Friedl, Diane Olson, Daniel Steel

Staff members pose at the annual Staff Recognition Banquet.

Above: Constance Root (35 years of service) and Karen Halvorson (30 years of service)

Additional staff with 30 years of service: Vicki Aulert, Isabel Barr

Staff members pose at the annual Staff Recognition Banquet.

Above: Megan Gornick, Candice Miller, Mary Wicker, and Kathy Heth (25 years of service)

Additional staff with 25 years of service: Leonard Boesel, Chloe Brine, David Dahl, Gail Gerdts

Staff members pose at the annual Staff Recognition Banquet.

Above: Molly Dado, Kimberly Larson, Craig Jilek, Linda Jacobs, Beth Gallagher, Julie Weinberg, Mary Gerzmehle, Bridget Schuett, Susan Kouba, Linda Wagner, Julie Solfest, Stacey Tiedemann, Lori Rossini, Sandra Burke (20 years of service)

Additional staff with 20 years of service: Elsa Brettigen, Veronica Ellingson, Thomas Klatt, Christine Paulson Strop, Lisa Persinger, Tamara Schullo, Jim Stejskal, Debbie Taylor, Tara Zinck

Staff members pose at the annual Staff Recognition Banquet.

Above: Patricia Griffith, Joann Augustin, Elizabeth Smith, Sue Hellmers, Susan Bopray, Julie Fenner, Nancy Bowers, Deb Heinisch, Michele Yuengst, Cynthia Millin, Wendy Haesemeyer (15 years of service)

Additional staff with 15 years of service: Linda Blair, Jeffrey Busby, Sara Ellstrom, Matthew Friedl, Andrew Haase, Thomas Hellmers, Ryan Huppert, Nicholas Koss, Dana Krahenbuhl, Kyle Krumrei, Nichole Lagerstrom, Lezlee Lawrence, Mary McConaughey, Donna Nelson, Terri Ostertag, Suzanne Robole, Tammy Zacharias

Staff members pose at the annual Staff Recognition Banquet.

Above: (Front Row) Megan Martin, Lacy Ament, Brooke Wert, Sara Filarsky, Jessica McQuade, Amanda McCarthy; (Middle Row) Jayme Eberlin, Lynn Doucette, Teale Giedd, Jessica Slaikeu, Jamie Strapon, Caroline Wolf, Melissa Burkart, Rachel Knipfer; (Back Row) Timothy Miner, Kelly Hackbarth-Miller, Tracy Metz, Shari Pearson, Sarah Johnson, Erika Estrella, Michele DeLong, Elizabeth Halama, Marcia Krier (10 years of service)

Additional staff with 10 years of service: Brielle Anfinson, Jeffrey Dabruzzi, Larry DeVos, Stephanie DeVos, Tracy Habisch-Ahlin, Kris Karlson, Jesse Lam, Lori Mara, Heather Mathews, Lisa Nagel, Ann Truhler, Julie Warren, Adam Wert, Cody Williquett

 

Anna Wilgren Finalist for Scholar-Athlete Award

High School athlete Anna Wilgren portrait.

Congratulations to Anna Wilgren who has been selected as a state finalist for the Scholar-Athlete Award. Anna joins the ranks of only six other Hudson High School recipients over the past 35 years. This year, 861 seniors from more than 446 Wisconsin high schools were nominated. Anna’s selection is a testimony to the excellence she has displayed in the classroom and as an athlete.

Only sixteen senior girls and sixteen senior boys are selected in the state for this prestigious WIAA Scholar-Athlete Award. To determine the 32 award recipients, four boys and four girls were selected, based on both athletic and academic achievement, from each of the four WIAA divisions. There have been 1,052 student athletes who have been recognized as WIAA Scholar-Athletes since the program began in 1984.

“These extraordinary student-athletes excel in both academics and athletics,” said Tom Shafranski, Assistant Director of the WIAA. “Seventeen of this year’s 32 WIAA Scholar-Athlete finalists have a grade point average of 4.0 to date, while the average GPA is an amazing 3.93.

Thank You Board Member Gehrke

Board President Jamie Johnson stands next to outgoing Board member Sandy Gehrke and Superintendent Ouellette in honor of her last Board meeting.

Hudson School Board member Sandy Gehrke was honored for her six years of service to the Hudson School District. Board members took some time during their April 11th meeting to thank Mrs. Gehrke for her contributions to the Board. This was Mrs. Gehrke’s last Board meeting. Her seat will be filled newly by elected Board member Bob Baumann. Board members Sue Kattas and Rob Brown were re-elected to their seats.

Above Board President Jamie Johnson and Superintendent Dr. Ouellette present Mrs. Gehrke with a plaque and a Raider blanket for her service.

 

Welcoming the Class of 2031

A young elementary student poses in a Class of 2031 picture frame.

This week, our Hudson elementary schools are welcoming incoming Kindergarten students who represent Hudson’s Class of 2031!

A young elementary student poses in a Class of 2031 picture frame. A young elementary student poses in a Class of 2031 picture frame.

If you have a child who will be turning age 5 on or before September 1, 2018 and you have not yet registered, please contact one of our elementary schools below:

  • EP Rock – 715.377.3840
  • Houlton – 715.377.3850
  • Hudson Prairie – 715.377.3860
  • North Hudson – 715.377.3870
  • River Crest – 715.377.3890
  • Willow River – 715.377.3880

Science Olympiad Team Has Top Season

A middle school student competing in his tower building event as part of Science Olympiad, two adults stand by observing.

The Hudson Middle School Science Olympiad team just completed its best season to date. The Wisconsin State Science Olympiad competition was held at UW-Milwaukee April 6-7th. Hudson Middle School sent twenty-nine future scientists and engineers to represent the school in twenty-three different events.

The team competed valiantly against forty-two other teams from around the state. When the dust settled, Hudson placed 6th in the State, the school’s best finish to date. The team was proud to bring home a trophy for the first time at the state level. The team also received twenty-six medals in events ranging from Ecology to Tower Building. Top honors went to 8th grader Ayush Bhakta, who achieved top six honors in all four of his events.

Congratulations to the HMS Science Olympiad team and head coach Mr. Anderson  on a great season!

2018 Wisconsin State Event Medalists:

  • 2nd in Optics – Ella Schienle (8) and Esme Mergendahl (8)
  • 3rd in Mystery Architecture – Nixon Franta (8) and Grady Neer (8)
  • 3rd in Ecology – Isabel Isaac (7) and Gabby Cesena (6)
  • 4th in Tower – Nixon Franta (8) and Channing Miller (7)
  • 4th in Solar System – Ayush Bhakta (8) and Liam Thoreson (8)
  • 4th in Dynamic Planet – Ayush Bhakta (8) and Shloke Jani (7)
  • 5th in Fast Facts – Abby Olson (8) and Ayush Bhakta (8)
  • 5th in Disease Detectives – Shloke Jani (7) and Gus Richter (8)
  • 5th in Microbe Mission – Grace Jones (7) and Gus Richter (8)
  • 5th in Density – Braden DuCharme (8) and Brett Hauser (8)
  • 5th in Thermodynamics – Kaitlyn Wright (6) and Nolan Gerads (8)
  • 6th in Tower – Braden DuCharme (8) and Brett Hauser (8)
  • 6th in Ecology – Esme Mergendahl (8) and Ayush Bhakta (8)

Four middle school students pose with their Science Olympiad medals. Four middle school students pose with their Science Olympiad medals. Two middle school girls pose with their Science Olympiad medals. Two middle school boys pose with their Science Olympiad medals. Two Science Olympiad competitors get ready to launch their car.

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

A pair of running shoes that have the Autism branded puzzle pieces.

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