Mental Health Community Conversation

Please join the Hudson School District’s Mental Health Advisory Council for a Community Conversation

  • Tuesday, April 23 from 6:00-7:30 PM.
  • Resource gallery will be available before and after the conversation
    • 5:30-6:00 PM Gallery of Resources
    • 7:30-8:00 PM Gallery of Resources

The Hudson School District believes that building a community-wide response to mental health awareness and services is critical in supporting our children. The School District has created the Mental Health Advisory Council consisting of staff, students, parents, and community members. The purpose of the Advisory is to discuss issues and barriers but most importantly, to develop goals to increase collaboration to better meet the needs of all our community members.

The Mental Health Advisory Council will seek different view points, gather meaningful input, and encourage solutions to address identified mental health issues within the Hudson School District.

For more information, contact:

 

 

Bread Baking Gives Rise to Community Service

A group of Middle School students prepare rolls in food science class.

This past February, Hudson Middle School students in Deb Gangnon’s 8th grade Food Science/Snack Shop classes baked and donated bread to HOME (Hudson Outreach Meal for Everyone) Program. Students also served a meal at Bethel Lutheran Church.  Brian Ullom, one of the coordinators of the meals at Bethel Lutheran Church said guests were very appreciative and the student baked breads were a hit.

As part of this class, students learn the science behind baking bread. Once they learn the basics of bread baking, they explore recipe writing and the science involved to create their own original versions of whole wheat bread. Along the way, students learn how ingredients interact with each other, about food photography, and nutrition analysis. This project was sponsored in part by the King Arthur Flour Company, not only to encourage students to learn how to bake and the science behind it, but also give students the opportunity to serve their community.  As part of the program called “Bake for Good”, King Arthur Flour Company donates the flour and yeast used for the donations.

A group of students are adding toppings to their dinner rolls.  Two students making crescents in food science class.

Three cheesie buns on a wooden cutting board.

A student shapes bread dough into pretzel shapes  Two students work with bread dough creating flat bread.

Bagels arranged on a plate and cooling rack.

Two students are working together with their bread dough ingredients.  A student is rolling her bread dough with a rolling pin.

Two crescents with chocolate and powdered sugar on top.

A group of students decorate their crescents in food science class. Three boys show off their braided bread.

A large group of students are gathered around a table with their completed baked breads.

A large group of students are gathered around a table with their completed baked breads.

A large group of students are gathered around a table with their completed baked breads.

Three boys sitting with the braided bread they baked.

A group of students shape bread dough for bagels.

Three boys are cutting bread dough for rolls.

Middle School Teacher Aaron Harker Wins WREA Challenge Award

Middle school educators pose with their WREA Challenge award check.
Hudson Middle School computer science teacher Aaron Harker is the recipient of a 2nd place Wisconsin Retired Educators Association 2019 Challenge Award. He was awarded $250 in recognition of the HMS Computer Science Program. The Wisconsin Retired Educators’ Association (WREA) Foundation Challenge Award Program recognizes and supports ongoing innovative projects that improve students’ environment, school, or community. This year, WREA provided awards to help fund existing innovative programs at the middle school level. Pictured are Aaron Harker and associate principal, Diane Schofield, who oversees the HMS Technology Education Program.

Spring Forward with Jazz

HMS middle school jazz ensemble practicing in the band room.

Hudson Middle School Jazz Ensemble students have been busy learning and showcasing their work. This week, the students hosted a donuts and jazz event in the morning to raise money for the Middle School’s Angel Fund. It was a double early morning treat with donuts and some lively music to start the day!

Additionally, the 45 member Jazz Ensemble participated in the annual UWRF Jazz Festival. The ensemble performed three pieces for a master educator. As part of the festival, students received constructive feedback on their performance and progress as young jazz musicians. The festival clinician this year was Phil Ostrander. He is the professor of trombone and bands at UW-Eau Claire. Hudson students performed with greatness and received very positive feedback from Dr. Ostrander.

HMS jazz ensemble performing on UW River Falls stage.
After their performance, students were able to watch two other schools perform and receive feedback from the clinicians. There were approximately 15 other bands in attendance from around the state and metro area.
Following this experience, the Jazz Ensemble listened to Ingrid Jensen, a very famous Canadian trumpet player, offer a clinic on jazz improvisation. All schools were able to watch Ingrid perform with the UWRF Jazz Ensemble. This festival was an exciting and inspiring event for all!
At the conclusion of this day, HMS student, Isabel Laurel, was awarded a Jazz Scholarship to attend a jazz band camp at Shell Lake Arts Center this summer. Isabel was nominated for this scholarship by Dr. Ostrander. Isabel performed multiple improvised solos during the morning of the festival.

Middle School PLTW Engineering and Technology Department Named WTEA’s Middle School Program of the Year

Each year the Wisconsin Technology Education Association honors education and industry professionals who have demonstrated outstanding service and commitment to Technology Education. This year Hudson Middle School’s Project Lead the Way Technology  Education Program was selected to receive the WTEA Middle School Program of the Year Award.

On March 6th, Hudson Middle School Technology and Engineering teachers attended the WTEA awards banquet and were presented with this prestigious award.  The WTEA awards committee was particularly impressed with the student centered approach this group of teachers has, that not only provides students with the opportunity to learn so much about Technology and Engineering, but to also demonstrate this learning in real world settings.  The committee particularly noted the accomplishments of Hudson Middle School students in STEM competitions and the annual Women in STEM Night.

Presenting the award was WTEA President Phil Bickelhaupt and sponsor representative, Kathy Moehle of  Goodheart-Willcox.

Pictured from left to right:  Aaron Harker, Christopher Deleon, Kathy Moehle and Jodie Bray.

HMS Student Participate in St. Croix River Youth Summit

Three Middle School students stand together in front of UW-River Falls.

Several Hudson Middle School students who are members of the HMS Sustainability Club participated in the St. Croix River Youth Summit at UW-River Falls on February 28th. It was a day of learning how the river can help in so many ways including helping people with mental health issues. The students had an opportunity to interact with federal, state, and county environmental employees; learning about what they do and opportunities for students who may be interested in environmental careers. Over 100 students who participated in the event from schools in the St. Croix River watershed.

A group of students work on watershed game.

Students above work together playing a watershed game.

A group of students surround their work table that is covered with paper and yarn that represent an ecosystem.

HMS students and teacher/advisor Mrs. Conklin, created a food web using biotic and abiotic components of an ecosystem.

Middle School January Raider of the Month Breakfast

Middle school students with the Raider of the Month certificates.
Hudson Middle School hosted an award breakfast for January’s Raider of the Month honorees. January’s theme was Caring –  displaying kindness and concern for others. Each grade level house, Tech. Ed., Spanish and PE nominated two students to be honored with the award. The Middle School hosts this special breakfast on the third Friday of each month to acknowledge students who show outstanding qualities that embody the monthly theme. Great job Raiders!
  Hudson Middle School Raiders of the Month students pose with their certificates.
Hudson Middle School Raiders of the Month students pose with their certificates.  Hudson Middle School Raiders of the Month students pose with their certificates.

Inclement Weather Make Up Plan Begins Monday, Feb. 18

Students making a snow fort at E.P. Rock playground.

On Monday, February 11th, 2019, the Board of Education approved a plan for making up the lost minutes of instruction caused by inclement weather. The plan will begin Monday, February 18, 2019. The plan includes the following:

  • Students will be released from school 15 minutes later than their usual end time. Students who ride the bus can expect to arrive home 15 minutes later than their usual drop-off time. School start and end times are:
    • Hudson High School:  7:28 AM – 3:06 PM
    • Hudson Middle School: 7:42 AM – 3:12 PM
    • EP Rock Elementary School: 8:55 AM – 4:03 PM
    • Houlton Elementary School: 9:00 AM – 4:08 PM
    • Hudson Prairie Elementary School: 8:55 AM – 4:03 PM
    • North Hudson Elementary School: 8:55 AM – 4:03 PM
    • River Crest Elementary School: 9:00 AM – 4:08 PM
    • Willow River Elementary School: 8:55 AM – 4:03 PM
  • The following two (2) late starts and one (1) early release day will be changed to full days:
    • February 28 will be a full day of school.
    • April 11 will be a full day of school.
    • May 24 will be a full day of school.
  • The April 19th Non-School Day will be changed to a full day of school.
  • All High School Thursday morning late starts will be removed. Students will begin their day at 7:28 AM.

This plan provides students with an extra day in the event of an additional closure due to inclement weather. The last day of instruction will continue to be June 11, 2019.

If you have questions or comments, please contact connections@hudsonraiders.org

 

Champion’s 3rd Win Makes Hudson Spelling Bee History

Hudson Middle School student spelling bee participants. in a group photo.

24 students from Hudson Middle School participated in the annual Hudson Spelling Bee on February 5.  The students are (from left to right): 
Sixth graders in front row:  Piper Burke, Freya Fenstermacher, Beth Piehl, Ellie Bower, Mary Jane Jacobs, Brayden Kline, Sharv Jani
Seventh graders in second row: Gabby Delisi, Allie Dzioba, Logan Willems, Liam Getchel, Graham Close, Jimmy Quiney, Grace Jones, Kiera Strong
Eighth graders in back row: Shloke Jani, Channing Miller, Addyson Wolfe, Katie Moos, Xander Johnson, Ben Healy, Cooper Fallon, Lucas Kamke, Brandon Kost, Mary Jane Jacobs, Brayden Kline, Sharv Jani
Seventh graders in second row: Gabby Delisi, Allie Dzioba, Logan Willems, Liam Getchel, Graham Close, Jimmy Quiney, Grace Jones, Kiera Strong
Eighth graders in back row: Shloke Jani, Channing Miller, Addyson Wolfe, Katie Moos, Xander Johnson, Ben Healy, Cooper Fallon, Lucas Kamke, Brandon Kost

Hudson Middle School spelling bee winners posing with their trophies.

The 2019 Hudson Spelling Champion, eighth grader Shloke Jani (left), will compete next at the Southern Regional Spelling Bee on February 20 in Baldwin.  Jani correctly spelled Babylon and fascist to win in the 22nd round. This is Jani’s third consecutive year winning the Hudson Spelling Bee, the only student in Hudson history to advance to the Regional Spelling Bee three times. In both sixth and seventh grades, Jani won regionals and advanced to the Badger Spelling Bee in Madison.  Seventh grader Grace Jones (right) was the runner-up for the second year in a row.

 

Hudson Middle Schoolers Participate in National Novel Writing Month

Hudson Middle School NaNoWriMo Club participants pose with their award certificates.

This year, 21 Hudson Middle School students celebrated the month of November, not by growing beards or moustaches, but by participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Starting in October, they met once a week before school to review resources, plan their novels, and share ideas. Club advisors Kristy Bjerk and Ashley Hammer-Paakkonen, both eighth grade language arts teachers at HMS, provided the necessary information, a little encouragement, cups of hot chocolate, and the space to meet with fellow writers. NaNoWriMo’s goal for young writers is 10,000 words (50,000 for adult writers). This year, four writers surpassed that goal: Leah Jacobson (nonfiction adventure-10,028 words), Sam Tougas (fantasy-12,233 words), Ella Swarbrick (action-10,451 words) and Taylor Yardley (realistic fiction-31,000 words).

Four Hudson Middle School NaNoWriMo Club participants pose with their award certificates.

HMS NaNoWriMo club member with laptop and snacks. NaNoWriMo club members sitting with their laptops and writing.