Begins online or in-person Tuesday, January 22, 2019
At Hudson Prairie Elementary School (1400 Carmichael Road)
Families with children who will be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2019 are encouraged to register their child.
Hudson Community 4K Registration
In-person Tuesday, January 22, 2019
At Hudson Prairie Elementary School (1400 Carmichael Road
Families with children who will be 4 years of age on or before September 1, 2019 may register. If you are planning to enroll in a community partner program, you must complete their registration process in addition to the Hudson School District’s registration.
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.
Houlton families enjoyed the St. Croix Valley Art Bench Kick-Off event with a walk on the new bridge, information about the upcoming project, and a family picnic. Houlton students will be designing the “gathering space” for the bench area during the year. Students will also be part of the construction of the bench area spring of 2019. The St. Croix River Valley Art Bench Trail offers a unique opportunity to explore works of art created by local youth and community partners with a local artist. The Art Bench Trail extends from St. Croix Falls to Prescott.
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.
Houlton Elementary School and its partnership with area Master Gardeners, were highlighted in the May, 2018 edition of the Wisconsin Master Gardeners Association newsletter. Thank you to St. Croix Master Gardener, Sandy Madsen, for sharing our story!
Growing Young Learners by Sandy Madsen
Houlton Elementary, a rural school of 226 K-5 children, in the Hudson School District sought out Master Gardeners to lead a student-based gardening program. The principal emailed the St. Croix Valley MasterGardener Association in search of a willing volunteer, and I responded. The school was already very conscious of environmental concerns and encouraged many sustainable activities. They were ready, willing and able to add more health and nutrition to their curriculum through gardening.
The program began in 2009 and grew slowly over the last 10 years. By creating additional learning experiences every year, the gardens now include a perennial flower garden, a 1-acre restored prairie, an 80’ x 12’ bed for corn, beans, squash, raspberries and asparagus, a 700sq ft rain garden, a butterfly garden and 5 raised beds for vegetables, fruits and seed trials. Just last year their dysfunctional, glass sun room was replaced through generous grants. We now have a beautiful 12’ x 20’ greenhouse!
This program thrives because of unwavering support from every person in the school as well as the St Croix Valley Master Gardeners Association (SCVMGA). The Principal and her Administrative Assistant are on the front lines fighting for many things that promote our program, such as applying for grants and recruiting families to volunteer during the summer. There is unlimited support from the custodians, who among many other activities, take a leadership role by assisting composting. The cafeteria cooks inspire us by preparing and serving whatever we grow and harvest, for example, kale chips, roasted brussel sprouts and pizza sauce, which are devoured by the students. The enthusiasm of the teachers and students often amazes each of the Master Gardener volunteers, as every student in every classroom is involved. The gardening curriculum often embellishes the academic curriculum. An example of this is the enrichment of the Native American Unit through planting a Three Sisters bed full of corn, beans and squash.
The SCVMGA supports the program both financially and physically. The Houlton gardening program has received a SCVMGA grant every year since its inception. Also, many Master Gardener Volunteers come when needed. Like the day the Rain Garden was planted, when 10 Master Gardener Volunteers helped 40 fifth (5th) graders plant over 400 plants. There are a few dedicated Master Gardener Volunteers that lead the students each and every week during the growing season. The school’s gardening program has 5 components that all work together: 1)
Composting- cafeteria scraps as well as garden refuse enhance composting.
Classroom planting projects- each of the 11 classrooms has two planting projects, one starting in the greenhouse and one outside.
Garden Club- each classroom sends three different students each week during noon recess for garden maintenance.
After School program- takes responsibility for the flower gardens.
Summer Family Volunteers- each week, one or two families assist with harvesting and maintenance.
Houlton Elementary School was designated as a 2017 US Department of Education Green Ribbon School. The school has a superior level of accomplishment in all of the required qualities for this recognition. The award is given to schools that reduce environmental impact, improve health and wellness and provide effective environmental and sustainability education. The entire school is committed to all of these behaviors, which are also used as the foundation of their gardening program.
It is truly a delightful and rewarding Master Gardener project.
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.