Celebrating Our Raiders of the Month

MS students pose with their Raider of the Month awards.

Hudson Middle School recently held a special breakfast to recognize students at each grade level as Raiders of the Month. The students were recognized for “Thinking with Clarity and Precision.” Specifically, students displayed taking time to think through questions, fully answer problems and tasks. Also, taking the time to get it right and clearly sharing their thoughts and opinions.

 

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

8th WEB Leaders Welcome New 6th Grade Students

A large group of 6th graders are crowded into the gym for orientation.

The first day of school is just one week away, but a group of ninety 8th graders came back early to train as WEB leaders. WEB stands for “Where Everyone Belongs.” WEB is a middle school orientation and transition program that welcomes 6th graders and makes feel comfortable throughout the first year of the middle school experience.

8th grade WEB leaders are lined up outside for a picture.

Built on the belief that student can help students succeed, WEB trains mentors from 8th grade as leaders. As positive role models, WEB leaders are mentors and student leaders who guide the 6th graders to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to middle school.

WEB provides the structure fro 6th graders to receive support and guidance from 8th grader who have gone through middle school challenges and understand that the transition to a larger school can sometimes be overwhelming.

The 90 WEB leaders were introduced to over 300 6th graders who attended the WEB Orientation. With the help of staff, the WEB leaders worked with the 6th graders in large and small group activities. In addition to the group activities, 6th graders were helped with practical items like opening lockers and touring the building.

Thanks to our WEB staff, Kjurstin Langer, Dan Buckle, Angela Goebel, and Drew Baillargeon for kicking off a successful start to the school year!

Hudson Prairie and Middle School Parking Lot Closed

Up close image of yellow stripes on the pavement of a parking lot.

Beginning Monday, August 27th, the Middle School and Hudson Prairie Elementary combined parking lots will be closed for seal coating and painting stripes. The School District will close portions of the lot each day. Below are the specific areas being worked on with the available areas to park.

  • Monday, August 27 – Tuesday, August 28 – Hudson Prairie’s north portion of the lot will be closed.
    • Please park on the Middle School side.
  • Wednesday, August 29 – Thursday, August 30 – The Middle School’s portion of the lot will be closed.
    • Please park on Hudson Prairie’s side.

 

6th Grade WEB Orientation Day

Front entrance to Hudson Middle School

Hey 6th Grade Students!

We want your transition to Hudson Middle School to be positive, so we hope you will join us for WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) Orientation event!

  • Thursday, August 30th
  • 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Hudson Middle School Gym
    • Please use the North Entrance – Door 7M by the multi-purpose room

This fun morning will include large and small group activities that are planned to help you better understand what it’s like to be at Hudson Middle School. This event is open to all incoming 6th graders at Hudson Middle School. Wear comfortable clothes and don’t bring all your stuff…travel light!

If you have any questions, please contact the Middle School Office or one of the WEB Coordinators:

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.