E.P. Rock Peer Helper Program Empowers Students

A peer help and student pair sitting together in the hallway at E.P. Rock.

At E.P. Rock, students contribute to the school community in a thoughtful and meaningful way. For the past several years, fourth and fifth grade peer helpers have assisted younger students daily with academic and social skills, while increasing school engagement.  Since starting the program informally with just a few students in 2015, participation has grown, with 42 students helping in 2017-18, and already 38 paired up with younger students this school year. That was approximately 900 volunteer hours last year alone.

Teachers nominate responsible fourth and fifth graders to become peer helpers, while kindergarten, first and second-grade teachers make requests for individual student needs or general classroom assistance. Peer helpers are paired with these students or classrooms and generally volunteer daily for 10-15 minutes. They may read books with students, practice flash cards, read social stories that encourage positive behaviors, or play games in more of a mentor role.

Fifth grade peer helper Jace Buchholz said, “I think it makes Kerry really happy when I come, and that makes me happy that I’m helping out.” The program works for everyone involved – both the peer mentors, and the students needing support, benefit from the substantial contributions made to the school climate – an empowering combination!

   

 

EP Rock Completes Media Center Mural

Student designed mural above the media center entry.
EP Rock was excited to unveil their Media Center mural created by local artist Liz Malanaphy with students. Ms. Malanaphy is a Reading and Math assistant at the school. Last spring she worked with every EP Rock student to design and create the mural. Some classes contributed individual art pieces, others help paint the back ground, and every student helped to make it possible. The mural was funded through an Education Foundation of Hudson Star Grant.

Willow River Open House – 100 Years of Education

Willow River Open House brochure cover with old and new school.

Willow River Elementary School invites you to their 100 Years of Education Open House on Saturday, October 6th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. The Willow River Parent Group will be hosting an ice cream social from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The school will also be open for self-guided tours with volunteers placed throughout the building sharing stories of our history.

Hudson High School Dedication & Open House

Main entrance of High School with flags in the foreground.

Hudson High School invites you to their Dedication & Open House on Tuesday, October 2nd from 6:00- 8:00 PM

Dedication Open House program featuring the HS faculty.

HHS Open House Facts

Statistical Information Then & Now

  • 1975 building area: 115,530 sq. ft.
    • 2018 building area: 425,000 sq. ft.
  • 1975 student population: 850
    • 2018 student population: 1,800
  • 1975 High School employees: 57
    • 2018 High School employees: 216

Bond Question 1: Transforming and Reinvesting in Hudson High School for Our Next Generation of Learners.

  • Design classrooms that are flexible and adaptable to changing instructional and curricular needs.
  • Increase and improve special education learning spaces.
  • Create space to support the High School’s growing academy programs.
  • Improve building function, including safe and efficient movement of students.
  • $74,300,000

Bond Question 3: Transforming Our Performing Arts, Physical Education, and Outdoor Athletics Venues to Enhance Opportunities for Student and Community Use.

  • Expand student and community athletic opportunities with new multi-purpose stadium.
  • Enhance student and audience performance experience with auditorium renovations.
  • $8,200,000

Hudson Schools Awarded $188,385 School Safety Grant

Representatives from the school district and law enforcement join Attorney General Brad Schimel on stage for school safety grant award.

Hudson School District has been awarded a WI Department of Justice School Safety Grant in the amount of $188,385. The School District will use these funds to build on existing safety and security infrastructure and crisis preparedness practices. Board of Education President, Jamie Johnson, commented on the grant award, “This grant is about our kids. It’s about having a safe place to learn and work. We want everyone who comes into our schools to feel welcomed and be confident knowing safety is a priority.”

Primary dollars within the grant will be used to cover entry glass doors and windows with a shatter-resistant film. This film is a barrier to individuals who try to gain access to locked entries through force. Hudson Schools started the process of designing hard locked entrances ten years ago. This is the first step in providing a safe school environment. The addition of the shatter-resistant film at all entries will further harden school entrances.

On a day to day basis, having large windows looking into hallways and classrooms are important in the supervision of students throughout school buildings. The increased supervision provided by large windows is beneficial to reducing bullying behaviors and other activities that do not support a safe and secure environment. The School District recognizes the vulnerability interior glass may create in the event of a violent incident. The School Safety grant dollars will also be used to cover the “storefront” type classroom windows with a shatter-resistant film.

In addition to these infrastructure improvements, the School District will be training all teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, and school age care staff in the early recognition of students who may be in need of additional supports or at risk of violent behavior. This level of training and added support for Hudson students is critical to a comprehensive approach to violence prevention and crisis preparedness in school.

As an additional safety measure, the School District is partnering with Hudson-based Hedge Tactical Solutions security to install software that integrates with law enforcement communications. This software provides law enforcement with real-time information through school security cameras in the event of a violent incident, medical emergency, or another school incident that requires an emergency response.

Superintendent Nick Ouellette stated, “The Hudson School District is fortunate to have the support of our three law enforcement agencies; St. Croix County Sheriff, City of Hudson Police Department, and Village of North Hudson Police Department. Law enforcement has been an integral part of our school crisis teams. We look forward to working together to assess each of our school buildings to determine areas of vulnerability and opportunities to mitigate risk. We are all committed to schools where kids want to come and learn, staff want to work, and families are confident we are doing everything we can to keep their children safe.

Boundary Committee Gives Feedback on Options

A group of adults stand around a table with a map discussing attendance boundary areas.

On Tuesday, June 12th, the Elementary Attendance Boundary Committee reviewed two draft options for new attendance boundaries. Both draft options will be revised further based on the input from the Boundary Committee members. It is important to note that these draft options will change.

Draft Option #1

Draft Option #2

  1. Click here to read the powerpoint presentation associated with the above options and the committee’s feedback.
  2. The Boundary Committee is scheduled to meet on September 18th to work on the revised draft options developed by RSP and Associates.
    1. Community members are welcome to observe Boundary Committee meetings.
  3. Draft options #1 and #2 were developed by RSP and Associates based on the feedback gathered at the Community Forum on May 15th.
  4. Click here to view the Elementary Attendance Boundaries webpage with all documents.

If you have questions or comments related to the work of the Elementary Attendance Boundary Committee or attendance boundaries in general, please contact: connections@hudsonraiders.org

 

Elementary Attendance Boundary – Community Input

Elementary Attendance Boundary committee members gather around a table and map of the school's boundaries.

A Community Forum on Elementary Attendance Boundaries is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15 at 6:00 PM. The public forum will be held at River Crest Elementary School in their cafeteria/multipurpose room.

There will be a brief presentation by the consulting firm, RSP and Associates. The presentation will be followed by a community input activity to assist the committee in understanding the community’s thinking about how neighborhoods should be considered when assigning elementary attendance areas. Click here to view the presentation power point.
Work stations will be set up with committee members at each work station. Large maps, like the one below will used to collect information on neighborhood boundaries. Community members will be asked to reflect on the following statement, “My vision of a neighborhood as it would relate to a school attendance area is a place that has the following components…” Community members will also be asked to complete a survey worksheet. The map below identifies some of the areas the community will be asked to provide recommendations on neighborhood areas.
A map of the school district boundaries and areas of potential growth.
We hope you can join the conversation on Tuesday.
Questions or comments may be directed to: connections@hudsonraiders.org

Elementary Attendance Boundary Committee Update

A group of committee members discuss the boundaries on a large map on their table.

The Elementary Attendance Boundary Committee had their first meeting on Tuesday, May 8th at River Crest Elementary School. The committee work was led by RSP and Associates. The first half of the meeting included an overview of the committee process, the role of the School Board, administration, the committee, and the community, and a look at the current elementary school attendance boundaries. (Click here to view the powerpoint presentation provided by RSP)

RSP also provided data on projected enrollments.

Committee Members agreed to the following guiding principles:

  • The School Board considers this work as part of the district plan. It’s one part of a whole.
  • The boundary should reflect providing better educational opportunities at each school for there to be an equitable student experience at each school.
  • The committee recognizes the power of an elementary school to create community.
  • The boundary can anticipate future growth of the neighborhood.
  • The boundary proposed should utilize all the available District resources.
  • Consider boundary lines that follow natural/manmade boundaries.
  • Grandfathering/transfers/student options are determined by Administration.
  • Decisions are not limited, but the School Board would prefer to not close a school.
  • New elementary could be an option starting after the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Elementary additions could be an option starting after the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Conversation must remain on elementary boundaries only.

Committee members spent the final portion of the meeting defining what “neighborhood” means. The following definitions were identified:

  • Neighborhoods are defined by natural and manmade boundaries. These need to be considered for transportation.
  • Geographic boundaries that include walkability between homes and roads that connect an area.
  • There are subdivisions that share amenities like parks.
  • There are some neighborhoods defined by housing styles and lot sizes.
  • Neighborhoods can be defined by their proximity to a school.

Community Forum – Tuesday, May 15, 6:00 PM at River Crest Elementary School

Join the Elementary Boundary Committee at the first of two Community Forums on Tuesday, May 15 at 6:00 PM. The group will be meeting in the River Crest Elementary cafeteria/multipurpose room. There will be a presentation on the elementary boundary resetting process and elementary enrollment projection data. Community members will be asked to provide feedback on how they would define neighborhoods.

If you have questions or feedback please email: connections@hudsonraiders.org

Elementary Attendance Boundary committee members are seated and table groups.

Elementary Attendance Boundary committee members gather around a table and map of the school's boundaries.

Elementary Attendance Boundary committee members gather around a table and map of the school's boundaries.

Elementary Attendance Boundary committee members gather around a table and map of the school's boundaries.

 

East Gym Demo

An image of the new gym space looking at the old gym wall.

This week, the East Gym’s west wall was demolished. The video clip below shows the demo robot at work on the wall. Above you are looking at the wall prior to it’s removal from inside the new gym extension.

Below is the demo robot on the east side where the new fitness center will be.

The video clip below is on the running track. Missing in this clip are the windows that have now been installed.