Future Problem Solving International Conference

Hudson students taking a rest on a bench in the Hudson t-shirts.

Throughout the school year, over thirty (30) Hudson students in grades 5-10 competed in the Scenario Writing Competition for Future Problem Solving. Of those students, twelve (12) qualified to attend the state Future Problem Solving competition this past April. The Wisconsin State winners were invited to advance to the international conference. Hudson’s four state winners included, Ben Weaver – 1st place WI Scenario Writer, Junior Division; George Cook – 2nd place WI Scenario Writer, Junior Division; Ainsley Kennedy – 1st place WI Scenario Writer, Senior Division; and Julia Ginsbach – 2nd place WI Scenario Writer, Senior Division.

Hudson students taking a rest on a bench in the Hudson t-shirts.

Pictured above: Benjamin Weaver (Hudson Middle School); George Cook (Hudson Prairie Elementary School); Ainsley Kennedy (Hudson High School); Julia Ginsbach (Hudson High School)

At the Future Problem Solving International Conference, the students were matched up with writers from around the United States and the world for the team scenario writing competition. During the competition, teams wrote a new, collaborative story in two hours based on a future scene and topic. This year’s topic was “De-Extinction.” There were 85 competitors who qualified for the International Scenario Writing competition. Hudson came home with two awards. Benjamin Weaver’s team scenario earned 2nd place in the Junior Division and Julia Ginsbach’s team scenario earned 1st place in the Senior Division.

A group of four students stand with their trophies

Picture above: Benjamin Weaver with his teammates from Kentucky, Michigan and France.

A group of four students stand with their trophies

Pictured above: Julia Ginsbach with her teammates from California, Washington and Kentucky.

The Future Problem Solving International Conference provides participants with the opportunity to experience a high-level of competition and gain valuable feedback from a wider audience on their writing. Additionally, participants learn about and interact with students from diverse cultures, gaining a global perspective on topics and issues that affect our whole world and collective future. It is a motivating and enriching experience for all who attend!

Celebration of flags on the stage.

Flags and flag bearers at the Opening Ceremony of at the Future Problem Solvers International Conference at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Hudson Takes 4 Teams to DI Global Finals

DI students carrying their Wisconsin flag and DI poster.

Congratulations to the Hudson Middle School 8th grade DI team who recently competed at the Global Finals Kansas City. The team was one of four teams from Hudson, the other teams were from the High School teams. The Middle School team was chosen to walk in the international parade of affiliates representing Wisconsin. The team worked very hard all year and in the end they placed 12th out of 81 teams and 5th in their Instant Challenge. Team manager Katie Thoreson stated, “I’ve been their team manager all through Middle School and I couldn’t be prouder.”

The Team –  Paint, It’s Not a Phase, included: Owen Olson, Jackson O’Brien, Meghan Hillman, Beni Kemp, and Evey Thoreson.

A group of Destination Imagination students stand in their costumes.

Middle School Students Practice Persuasive Writing

Student holds up thank you letter and gift cards.

Middle School students in Ms. Hackbarth Miller’s 6th grade Language Arts class wrote reviews of local restaurants to practice their persuasive writing skills, editing skills, and to create a stronger community connection. After students completed their final essays, they wrote thank you notes to restaurant managers, and sent them to their respective restaurants. Much to their surprise, some restaurants wrote back and even sent gift cards! The students appreciated this writing opportunity and to be part of such a caring community!

Student holds up thank you letter and gift cards.

Student holds up thank you letter and gift cards.

HMS Student Council Community Service

A group of students stand by their school's adopt-a-highway sign in their safety vests.

Much thanks to this great group of kids representing the Hudson Middle School Student Council who spent time cleaning along Highway 12. The Student Council adopted this section of the highway.

Pictured above in the back row from left to right is, Preston Jensen, Ryleigh White, Bennett Hatfield, Addie Aune, Kellen Grossenbacher, Nathan Kromrey, Frankie Franta, and Brin Swenke. In the front row from left to right is, Abby Obermueller, Olivia Huber, and Francis Foster.

Middle School Sustainability Club Issues Milk Carton Challenge

Students from Willow River Elementary posing outside with their newly planted maple tree.

The Middle School Sustainability Club sponsored a “Milk Carton Challenge” for all Hudson schools on America Recycles Day. Willow River was the district winner and received a Red Blaze Maple to plant at their school.  Chris Reckinger’s 5th grade class hosted the contest. The tree was presented by Timothy Frank, a club representative and Willow River Alumni. Students planted the tree on Arbor Day.

Middle School Promotes Walk/Bike to School Day

Three boys stop for their picture on the track.

Last week, Hudson Middle School promoted walk or ride your bike to school day. About 70 students rode a bike or scooter to school for the event. Another 150 students walked. Students who live too far from school to bike or walk could choose to walk the track before school as participants.

Students who participated in the day had a chance to wing a bike helmet or frisbees provided by Healthier Together – Pierce and St. Croix Counties Coalition. All participants received bike reflectors.

Two students pose for the camera as the walk the Middle School track in the early morning.Two boys stop for their picture on the track. A group of students smile for the camera.