Family Skate Night at Hudson Prairie

Students and parents in roller skates and gear in the Hudson Prairie gym for family skate night.

Students at Hudson Prairie Elementary celebrated the PowerUp kick off with a free family skate night.  PowerUp is a HealthPartners sponsored campaign that strives to improve the health of communities. The event also celebrated student efforts in their PE unit on skating.  Families were invited to attend one of 3 skate sessions offered.  51 families participated in the healthy family activity sponsored by the Hudson Prairie Student Wellness Committee.

In a World Where You Can Be Anything – Be Kind!

Group of elementary students sitting in a circle playing a connection game with yarn.

Hudson Prairie Elementary School started the school year out with the motto, “In a World Where You Can Be Anything. BE KIND.”  To teach this motto, students are divided into “TEAM Time”  groups with the purpose of getting to know each other throughout the school. Groups come together to do activities, help others through acts of kindness, and have fun!

In the first TEAM Time, the book “What Does it Mean to Be Kind?” was read and students talked about what kindness means.  The TEAM chant is “Be Responsible-Be Respectful-Be Safe-BE KIND!”

Pictured above the group is learning the names of each other through a yarn activity.  This was lead by Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Brettingen.

The next TEAM Time will focus on Grace Place, the needs they have, and WHY we give for the Giving Tree.  Hudson Prairie students and staff emphasize the Gift of Giving and find ways we can show kindness to others. Students are collecting donations for the school’s Giving Tree.  Items being collected include toys, cleaning supplies, baby items, hats & mittens, socks, backpacks and gift cards. All of the items collected will be donated to St. Croix families in need. 

Hudson Prairie Wellness

Students and teachers running on the track.
Students at Hudson Prairie began running daily during recess in October as part of their fall student wellness actions. Students ran laps around a 1/4 marked course and logged laps on a personal punch card.
To celebrate the outstanding work by all students, the entire school participated in a Pumpkin Run at the end of October. Grade levels wore various themes. For each lap completed, students earned a healthy treat provided by the Hudson Prairie Parent Group and Hudson Prairie Wellness committee.

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

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.

 

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.

Boundary Committee Gives Feedback on Options

A group of adults stand around a table with a map discussing attendance boundary areas.

On Tuesday, June 12th, the Elementary Attendance Boundary Committee reviewed two draft options for new attendance boundaries. Both draft options will be revised further based on the input from the Boundary Committee members. It is important to note that these draft options will change.

Draft Option #1

Draft Option #2

  1. Click here to read the powerpoint presentation associated with the above options and the committee’s feedback.
  2. The Boundary Committee is scheduled to meet on September 18th to work on the revised draft options developed by RSP and Associates.
    1. Community members are welcome to observe Boundary Committee meetings.
  3. Draft options #1 and #2 were developed by RSP and Associates based on the feedback gathered at the Community Forum on May 15th.
  4. Click here to view the Elementary Attendance Boundaries webpage with all documents.

If you have questions or comments related to the work of the Elementary Attendance Boundary Committee or attendance boundaries in general, please contact: connections@hudsonraiders.org

 

Elementary Attendance Boundary – Community Input

Elementary Attendance Boundary committee members gather around a table and map of the school's boundaries.

A Community Forum on Elementary Attendance Boundaries is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15 at 6:00 PM. The public forum will be held at River Crest Elementary School in their cafeteria/multipurpose room.

There will be a brief presentation by the consulting firm, RSP and Associates. The presentation will be followed by a community input activity to assist the committee in understanding the community’s thinking about how neighborhoods should be considered when assigning elementary attendance areas. Click here to view the presentation power point.
Work stations will be set up with committee members at each work station. Large maps, like the one below will used to collect information on neighborhood boundaries. Community members will be asked to reflect on the following statement, “My vision of a neighborhood as it would relate to a school attendance area is a place that has the following components…” Community members will also be asked to complete a survey worksheet. The map below identifies some of the areas the community will be asked to provide recommendations on neighborhood areas.
A map of the school district boundaries and areas of potential growth.
We hope you can join the conversation on Tuesday.
Questions or comments may be directed to: connections@hudsonraiders.org