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.
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!
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.
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 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.
Middle School students were encouraged to bike or walk to school on May 10th as part of Walk or Ride Your Bike to School Day. We had an estimated 100 walkers, bikers, and skaters travel from their homes to school. Another 200 students walked the track when they arrived at school! We had beautiful weather for the occasion and was a great way for kids to exercise early in the morning.
Kudos to our students who put in the extra time to exercise and thank you to the staff who helped support this special event.
This week, the East Gym’s west wall was demolished. The video clip below shows the demo robot at work on the wall. Above you are looking at the wall prior to it’s removal from inside the new gym extension.
Below is the demo robot on the east side where the new fitness center will be.
The video clip below is on the running track. Missing in this clip are the windows that have now been installed.
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.
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.
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.
Orchestra no longer has tiered seating but rather a large single level classroom space for more flexible use.
The terrazzo flooring is being poured and polished prior to the lockers being installed in the new main corridor. Gone is the “outdoor hallway”!
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.
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.