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.

Raider Spirit Across the District

High school football players and Pep Band at elementary playground

Raider homecoming spirit spread across the district today, as the Spirit Bus along with the football team, marching band and the Raidaires visited our elementary schools; promoting Raider Pride, sportsmanship and having some homecoming fun. Go Raiders!

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Calling All Creative Kids!

Destination Imagination Maker Day Announcement with watch gears in the background

It’s that time of the year to get signed up for Destination Imagination!

We are hosting a DI Maker Day so you can find out what DI is all about. on

Drop in any time, stay for the fun. We will provide:

  • A room full of crazy, creative things for you to create with!
  • All the information you need to join a DI team or start your own team (between 2 and 7 kids, any grade, K through 12)
  • Copies of the New Challenges!

Questions? Contact: Liz Malanaphy at malanaea@hudsonraiders.org or Anita Stilwell at stilwea@hudsonraiders.org 

EP Rock Students Develop Tree Trek

Students seated in classroom listening to a presentation in the front of the class.

EP Rock 5th graders are partnering with the Hudson Urban Forestry Board to create a Tree Trek. The Tree Trek will be a self guided tree identification trail around the school. Students in Mrs. Shimon’s class began by learning how to identify tree types based on their leaf type, leaf shape, and a variety of other attributes. Students will work with a publisher to create a Trek Post with the description of the tree, its benefits to wildlife and humans along with other unique facts. Each post will have a QR code so people can read more information if they choose.

We hope to launch our trail this spring.

Annual Meeting Highlights

Dr. Ouellette and Board members seated on the stage for Annual Meeting.

Monday’s Annual Meeting of the Board of Education opened with Dr. Ouellette presenting highlights of the District’s achievements and the Board’s focus areas. Click here to view Dr. Ouellette’s presentation.

Presentations were also provided by Board Treasurer Heather Logelin and Tim Erickson, Chief Financial and Operations Officer. Together, they covered the 2019-2020 proposed budget and levy, budget challenges and assumptions, and the impact on property taxes.

Budget Challenges:

  • Address reduced state funding levels.
  • Address instructional needs for all learners including: staff professional development, curriculum adoption, resource materials, and services to meet student needs.
  • Maintain student to teacher ratios within class size guidelines.
  • Sustainable funding for long-term maintenance and capital improvement plan for all facilities.

Budget Assumptions:

  • State equalization aid is projected to be $836,000 less or 3.8% lower than last year and per pupil categorical aid has been increased by $88 per student under the first year of the biennial state budget or a $496,000 increase over last year.
  • The estimated mill rate of $10.35 is down 1.54% from last year’s $10.51. Overall property valuation is estimated to increase 10.09% compared to 3.7% last year. The state average is 6.0%
  • Total under levy stands at approximately $3,300,000, which is direct tax relief for property owners in the Hudson School District.
  • Salaries and benefits are budgeted to increase $1,830,000 or 4.0% over last and include new staffing, staffing reductions, Teacher Salary Structure, Support Staff Compensation System, Hudson Lead Salary Structure, and Board approved increase of 2.5%

Below is the Annual Meeting Booklet

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.

Celebrating our Staff

A large group of Kindergarten students stand with their teacher outside giving a "thumbs up"

This week is Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week. Each our schools, with the support of our Parent Groups, have been celebrating the amazing contributions our staff make to student learning each day!

 

A group of students making heart shapes with their hands for their teacher.

Students at River Crest Elementary School are sharing their enthusiasm for their teachers!

North Hudson staff gathered at tables for Parent Group luncheon. North Hudson staff gathered at tables for Parent Group luncheon.

North Hudson staff were treated to a luncheon provided by their Parent Group.

Houlton custodian smiling for the camera. Teacher getting a hug from student. A group of students standing while playing their violins. Two staff members stand for a picture. Two staff smiling with their coffee.A group of students rehearsing their school concert. A group of students seated with their teacher with thumbs up.

Our Houlton Staff are full of smiles! What a great group of people serving our kids!

Rock 5th graders help with Special Olympics

A group of 5th graders pose in the Special Olympics track helper t-shirts.

EP Rock 5th grade student helpers have joined Special Olympics track training. The group of 5th graders help to support track practice on Mondays from 5:00-6:00 PM. Rock students join training in a variety of events like softball throw, running long jump, shot put, javelin, 100 meter and 200 meter dash and relays.  The group consists of 21 athletes, 10 student volunteers, 4 teacher volunteers and 6 coaches.

A group of students and coaches working out in the gym.

Staff Banquet – A Night to Say Thank You!

The School District held its Annual Staff Banquet to recognize retirees and years of service. It was an evening of fond stories and genuine thanks for the dedication and passion each honoree has brought to the Hudson learning community. We are Raider Proud! Thank you!

The group of retirees honored at the Staff Recognition banquet.

Retirees include: Diane Claycomb (30 years), Lucindy DePratter (6 years), Brenda Foust (25 years), Karen Halvorson (31 years), Amy Hamborg (15 years), David Hammond (19 years), Kathy Heth (26 years), Jonathan Hilding (28 years), Brian Huser (27 years), Deborah Larson (15 years), Wendy Langer (15 years), Sandra Long (7 years), Susan Randall (22 years), Rita Robey (22 years), Linda Schwertel (19 years), Patricia Steely (35 years), Michael Stoskopf (30 years), Therese Swinney (20 years), Mary Wicker (26 years)

Patricia Steely and Art Forester banquet honorees.

Thirty-five Years of Service: Patricia Steely – Forty-five Years of Service: Art Forester

Thirty years of service staff honorees

Thirty Years of Service: Diane Claycomb, Mary Glasbrenner, Elizabeth Hovland, Steven Sollom, Michael Stoskopf, Michael Yell

Twenty-five Years of Service: Brenda Foust, Stephanie Heerdt, Julie Johnson, Amy Petermeier, Brian Petermeier, Timothy Scharfenberg, William Schaub

Twenty years of service honorees.

Twenty Years of Service: Laurel Anfinson, Yvette Alesso, Heidi Aschenbrenner, Lisa Bartlein, Elizabeth Bevers, Cynthia Brinsko, Margaret Derrick, Jaime Fall, Kathleen Hanner, Jennifer Heier, Jamison Holum, Gail Jung, Mark Klanderman, Kevin Knoke, Terri Lammo, Linda Morning, Daniel Murray, Laurel Nelson-Lundell, Lisa Plackner, Mark Rivard, Maija Stubbendick, Therese Swinney, Sean Thompson, Kristen Ziebol

Fifteen year honorees

Fifteen Years of Service: Sonja Baumgartner, Kathleen Bartch, Nichole Benson, Barbara Cook, Jodi Dalluhn, Patrice Denning, Christina Dobberstein, Patricia Donahue, Kristie Faust, Michael Griffith, Joy Hage, Amy Hamborg, Kari Heisler, Ryan Jamieson, Brian Johnson, Laura Johnson, Lisa Kein, Alleyne Knudson, Wendy Langer, Deborah Larson, Kara Lindstrom, Timothy Olson

10 years of service honorees.

Ten Years of Service: Julie Andracek, Cory Eller, Lori Head, Melissa Hines, Annette Kelley, Paul Krasin, Maren Luedtke, Kristen Mathison, Kristin Runk, Deanne Swanson, Jennifer Toll, David Tostrud, Jodi Youngman.

Board of Education members handed out recognition awards to each of the honoree groups. Short speeches were given by the administrators who worked with each of the retirees.