Tour the Construction Site

Workers are on the roof between the old office roof and new gym space.

Now that winter is finally on its way out, the High School construction project is nearing completion of the classroom addition, forum area, media center, and administrative offices. Renovations have moved into the old choir and orchestra rooms, the east gym is undergoing its big transformation as it expands into a Varsity competition gym with 3 full courts, and the east side classrooms will be gutted once school is out for summer.

Recently Board President, Jamie Johnson, toured the construction site with Superintendent Dr. Ouellette as River Channel followed along. Check out their highlights below:

Additional images of areas under construction are below.

A railing of icicles is in the foreground of the new addition.

Hard to believe so much snow and ice in April! Above is a view of the new classroom addition from the soon to be enclosed running track. We’re excited to have this space available for students and the community next winter and spring.

Renovated choir classroom filled with chairs.

Above is a view of the new choir room. The space is more than double and the practice rooms are a significant improvement from what we had previously. Check out the old choir room below. This space is under construction and will eventual open up into Project Lead the Way space for engineering classes.

The old choir room with the risers demolished.

Orchestra no longer has tiered seating but rather a large single level classroom space for more flexible use.

Floor in the locker area is being finished.

The terrazzo flooring is being poured and polished prior to the lockers being installed in the new main corridor. Gone is the “outdoor hallway”!

A view from above the grand stairway looking toward the cafeteria.

Here you can see a view looking down the main stairway from the media center. The wall straight ahead covered in plastic will eventually be demolished and open to the auditorium and forum areas. The area to the left, where the pink insulation is, will eventually become the secondary servery to add to the main cafeteria. This will provide substantially more seating for students and faster lunch service.

A view of the demolished roof over the former gym commons hallway.

This photo might be hard to guess. Imagine you were walking into the old main entrance (Door 1) and the gym and restrooms are to your right and the commons to your left. What you are seeing is that hallway without a roof. You can see the tiles to the old restrooms on the right.

Congratulations Middle School Raiders of the Month

A large group of Middle School students stand together displaying their Raider of the Month certificates.

During the month of March, Middle School students focused their attention on respect. The following students were recognized from each house for showing and modeling respect. The students attended the Raider of the Month breakfast.

Seven 8th grade students stand together displaying their Raider of the Month certificates.

Eighth grade students recognized include:

  • Norman: Danny C. & Sophie J.
  • Windsor: Andon H. & Makenzie J
  • Nobles: Ethan P. & Emma M.
  • Lancaster: Logan S. & Sophia C.

Six 7th grade students stand together displaying their Raider of the Month certificates.

Seventh grade students recognized included:

  • Avalon: Brady H. & Delaney R.
  • Camelot: Sam R. & Addie A.
  • Knights: Brennan C. & Nicole H.
  • Hastings: Oliver S. & Grace L.

Seven 6th grade students stand together displaying their Raider of the Month certificates.

Sixth grade students recognized include:

  • Raider White: Jett S. & Harmony M.
  • Raider Blue: Ethan E. & Savannah S.
  • Excalibur: Chase G. & Riley S.
  • Merlin: Carter S. & Catt D.

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, Lori Williquett, 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

 

Join 6th Grade Choir

2017 Best Communities for Music Education award logo.

Hey 5th Graders -We Invite you to Join Middle School Choir!

During the 5th grade tours of the Middle School on May 7-9, students will have an opportunity to sign up for choir in 6th grade. If you miss this sign up, you can still join by:

  • Calling the Middle School Office at 715.377.3820
  • Sign up with Ms. Maher in the fall when school begins.

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.

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.

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

Screenagers

Screenagers event poster shows a group of teenagers seated on the steps all viewing their cell phones.

Screenagers promo poster with two students standing back to back on their cell phones.

Orange and black Screen Agers logo

The producers of Screenagers provide the following Parent Guide for setting rules and discussing screen time with kids.

“Having weekly, short, calm conversations with your family about tech is so important. Tech Talk Tuesday (TTT), our weekly blog, offers you tools and tips for discussions. Families tell us it’s making a huge difference. Visit our website: www.screenagersmovie.com/tech-talk-tuesdays/ to try one. It’s never too late to start a conversation about technology but often doing it in baby steps is more effective.” ~ Delaney Ruston, MD, filmmaker of Screenagers

4 Basic Rules to Consider

  • No screens in bedrooms when kids and teens go to sleep (for younger kids keep screens out completely). Fact: 75% of teens get inadequate sleep. The presence of devices disrupts sleep cycles.
  • Set time goals for studying without multitasking and then, also, take tech breaks. Fact: Multitasking is linked to less retention and poorer academic outcomes.
  • Eat family meals without devices. Fact: Face-to-face conversations improve mood and empathy.
  • Put phones and devices away in the car. Fact: More than half of kids report seeing their parents text while driving.
  • Go to www.screenagersmovie.com to find ways to enforce rules.

3 Tips to Help Your Child Build Self-control

  • Science shows that positive rewards work better than punishment. For example, if you observe your child focused while doing his/her homework without a device, praise him/her.
  • Build times when tech is out of sight. Self-control is hard, so decrease temptations.
  • Use Tech Talk Tuesday to let your kids share with you about the reasons they like tech in their lives – the  more they feel understood, the more they’ll work with you on tech limits.

 

Congratulations HMS Spelling Bee Participants

A large group of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students hold up their spelling bee participant awards.

Thirty-five students from Hudson Middle School and St. Pat’s participated in the annual Hudson Spelling Bee at the end of January, 2018. The Hudson Champion was seventh grader Shloke Jani, who advanced to the February regional competition. Jani correctly spelled cabaret and nebulosity for the win in the 16th round. Last year, Jani won both the Hudson and Regional Spelling Bees. Fellow seventh grader Grace Jones was the runner up.

Participants above included: Sixth grade in the front row – Andy E., Ethan E., Graham C., Annabel S., Zach D., Andrew S., Jimmy Q., Ian R., Nolan G., Sammy B., Gabrielle D. Seventh grade in the middle row – Karin C., Carter C., Frankie F., Shloke J., Nene X., Storm K., Addyson W., Grace J., Betsy A., Grace L., Isabel P., Lauren G., Victoria B. Eighth grade in the back row – Landon B., Megan M., Ethan P., Parker T., Tristen B., Travis H., Natalie S., Kayla K.

Not pictured: Mallory A., Meghan F., Gus R.

Parent Seminar – Understanding Your Adolescent Brain

Sketch of the human brain with multi-colored words that suggest the things that are in the teenage brain

Hudson Middle School is hosting a Parent Seminar on Monday, March 12 from 5:30-6:30 PM.

The seminar topic is, Understanding Your Adolecent Brain, presented by Brian Crim, LMFT

Brian will be presenting an abbreviated version of his Understanding Your Adolescent seminar. He will discuss how the teenage brain works, the changes it is going through during these years, and how to encourage a healthy and positive relational dynamic with teens. Time permitting, Brian hopes to touch on a couple of areas he is frequently asked about at these seminars…media/technology and depression/anxiety in teens.

For additional information contact Ms. Bellville, HMS School Social Worker at 715.377.3820 or bellvicn@hudson.k12.wi.us.