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

Beauty and the Beast Auditions Now Open

Disney's Beauty and the Beast playbill cover with outline of the beast with a rose.

Hudson High School auditions for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast are now open. To sign up, click here to access SignUpGenius and view available audition spots.

Performances are November 9-18, 2018

Audition dates include:

  • Monday, September 10 from 3:00-6:00 PM (vocal audition)
  • Tuesday, September 11 from 3:00-6:00 PM ( vocal audition)
  • Wednesday, September 12 from 3:00-6:00 PM (dance audition)

Students need to sign up for one vocal audition and one dance audition time slot.

Call backs will be held on Thursday, September 13th from 2:45-5:00 PM.

If you have a sport practice that prevents you from attending the available auditions times, please see Mr. Haase to arrange an alternate audition time.

Bleacher Creature Applications Now Open!

Colorguard lined up on the stadium football field for the National Anthem.

Hudson High School’s Activities Department is in search of student leaders to be this year’s Bleacher Creatures.

If you have a question about Bleacher Creatures, please contact Athletic Director – Ms. DeVos at devossm@hudsonraiders.org or Assistant Activities Director – Mr. Moen (moenap@hudsonraiders.org) or call the Athletics/Activities Office at 715.377.3714.

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.

Staff vs. Senior Football Game Supports Senior Scholarship

Hudson High School seniors posing for their winning lineup after Teachers vs. Seniors football game.

The first Staff vs. Senior – Class of 2018 football game was a great success; raising over $1,600 for the Senior Scholarship Award. The evening event included the football game, staff pep band,  and staff cheerleaders. The game was followed by a concert by Yam Haus, a Twin Cities band with HHS alumni. All proceeds from ticket sales and concession profits were contributed to the Senior Scholarship Award.

Congressman Duffy Tours HHS Construction & Talks About School Safety

Principal Peg Shoemaker stands with Congressman Duffy and Superintendent Ouellette in the High School's new classroom.

Congressman Duffy and Representative Shannon Zimmerman toured Hudson High School’s construction project on Tuesday, May 1st. Their visit centered around school safety and learning about the safety features that have been included in the High School’s addition and renovations. Joining the tour of the building and adding to the conversation regarding school safety were, St. Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudson, Hudson Police Chief Geoff Willems, School Resource Officer Brent Ellwanger, School Board President Jamie Johnson, along with Superintendent Dr. Ouellette and Principal Peg Shoemaker.

Dr. Ouellette walks down one of the new hallways with Congressman Duffy.

Congressman Duffy stands with SRO Ellwanger and Principal Shoemaker

HHS Seniors vs. Staff Football Game

A group of high school faculty pose in football pads and jerseys.

Hudson High School will be hosting a Seniors vs. Staff football game on Wednesday, May 9th at 6:oo PM in the new Hudson High School Raider Stadium. Seniors from the class of 2018 are invited to play against the faculty. We invite you to join the festivities!

Activities include:

  • Contests for prizes.
  • Staff pep band and cheer team.
  • Live concert by the band Yam Haus following the football game.
  • Concessions, food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Cost is $5.00 per person with proceeds from admission and the concessions funding a scholarship for a senior student. The scholarship recipient will be chosen by the Hudson High School faculty.

Pictured above and ready to represent the HHS faculty are: (Back row, left to right) Neil Hatfield, Steve Sollom, Trevor Peck, Adam Kowles; (Front row, left to right) Suzi Robole and Jami Holum.


Yam Haus is a band that was formed after years of making music in high school. The Minneapolis-based pop band will release their debut album this summer. Produced by Mark Heimermann at Sevens-Gate Studio in Hudson, WI. The band’s love for punch pop, old school rock and roll, sensitive folk, and the beat of hip-hop inspire their first album. Hudson High School alumni, lead vocalist, Lars Pruitt, and Zach Beinlich, collaborate with Heimermann to write songs that reflect on the frontman’s past and tell the story of finding meaning in the midst of pain.

The musicians from the band Yam Haus are seated outside.

Yam Haus, Photo by Michael Becker