Honoring Our Employees

Staff members pose at the annual Staff Recognition Banquet.

The Hudson School District recently honored retirees and milestone years of service at our annual Staff Recognition Banquet.

Above are pictured our retirees who have served the Hudson School District for a combined 380 years. Our retirees include: David Stene, Deb Heinisch, Connie Root, Sandra Perron, Marcia Scheruman, Pam Barthman, Susan Kouba, Sylvia Strom, Tess Rizzardi, Georgia Krusell, Wendy Haesemeyer, Susan Anderson, Peggy Eller, John Kurkowski. Not picture: Cindy Anderson, Matthew Friedl, Diane Olson, Daniel Steel

Staff members pose at the annual Staff Recognition Banquet.

Above: Constance Root (35 years of service) and Karen Halvorson (30 years of service)

Additional staff with 30 years of service: Vicki Aulert, Isabel Barr

Staff members pose at the annual Staff Recognition Banquet.

Above: Megan Gornick, Candice Miller, Mary Wicker, and Kathy Heth (25 years of service)

Additional staff with 25 years of service: Leonard Boesel, Chloe Brine, David Dahl, Gail Gerdts

Staff members pose at the annual Staff Recognition Banquet.

Above: Molly Dado, Kimberly Larson, Craig Jilek, Linda Jacobs, Beth Gallagher, Julie Weinberg, Mary Gerzmehle, Bridget Schuett, Susan Kouba, Linda Wagner, Julie Solfest, Stacey Tiedemann, Lori Rossini, Sandra Burke (20 years of service)

Additional staff with 20 years of service: Elsa Brettigen, Veronica Ellingson, Thomas Klatt, Christine Paulson Strop, Lisa Persinger, Tamara Schullo, Jim Stejskal, Debbie Taylor, Tara Zinck

Staff members pose at the annual Staff Recognition Banquet.

Above: Patricia Griffith, Joann Augustin, Elizabeth Smith, Sue Hellmers, Susan Bopray, Julie Fenner, Nancy Bowers, Deb Heinisch, Michele Yuengst, Cynthia Millin, Wendy Haesemeyer (15 years of service)

Additional staff with 15 years of service: Linda Blair, Jeffrey Busby, Sara Ellstrom, Matthew Friedl, Andrew Haase, Thomas Hellmers, Ryan Huppert, Nicholas Koss, Dana Krahenbuhl, Kyle Krumrei, Nichole Lagerstrom, Lezlee Lawrence, Mary McConaughey, Donna Nelson, Terri Ostertag, Suzanne Robole, Tammy Zacharias

Staff members pose at the annual Staff Recognition Banquet.

Above: (Front Row) Megan Martin, Lacy Ament, Brooke Wert, Sara Filarsky, Jessica McQuade, Amanda McCarthy; (Middle Row) Jayme Eberlin, Lynn Doucette, Teale Giedd, Jessica Slaikeu, Jamie Strapon, Caroline Wolf, Melissa Burkart, Rachel Knipfer; (Back Row) Timothy Miner, Kelly Hackbarth-Miller, Tracy Metz, Shari Pearson, Sarah Johnson, Erika Estrella, Michele DeLong, Elizabeth Halama, Marcia Krier (10 years of service)

Additional staff with 10 years of service: Brielle Anfinson, Jeffrey Dabruzzi, Larry DeVos, Stephanie DeVos, Tracy Habisch-Ahlin, Kris Karlson, Jesse Lam, Lori Mara, Heather Mathews, Lisa Nagel, Ann Truhler, Julie Warren, Adam Wert, Cody Williquett

 

Join 6th Grade Choir

2017 Best Communities for Music Education award logo.

Hey 5th Graders -We Invite you to Join Middle School Choir!

During the 5th grade tours of the Middle School on May 7-9, students will have an opportunity to sign up for choir in 6th grade. If you miss this sign up, you can still join by:

  • Calling the Middle School Office at 715.377.3820
  • Sign up with Ms. Maher in the fall when school begins.

Welcoming the Class of 2031

A young elementary student poses in a Class of 2031 picture frame.

This week, our Hudson elementary schools are welcoming incoming Kindergarten students who represent Hudson’s Class of 2031!

A young elementary student poses in a Class of 2031 picture frame. A young elementary student poses in a Class of 2031 picture frame.

If you have a child who will be turning age 5 on or before September 1, 2018 and you have not yet registered, please contact one of our elementary schools below:

  • EP Rock – 715.377.3840
  • Houlton – 715.377.3850
  • Hudson Prairie – 715.377.3860
  • North Hudson – 715.377.3870
  • River Crest – 715.377.3890
  • Willow River – 715.377.3880

Community Ed Hosts Daddy Daughter Dance

Three small girls do a conga line dance.

Hudson Community Education welcomed over 650 dads and their daughters to the 3rd Annual Daddy Daughter Dance held at Hudson Middle School. It was a fun filled evening of dancing, crafts, and quality time between the girls and their dads or other significant adults. The dance is open to pre-K through 5th grade girls. Participants were also asked to bring in a non-perishable food donation for the Hudson Area Food Shelf.

This successful event was created by parent Katie Elwood. Much thanks to Katie for putting together this fabulous community event.

Below are some of our dance participants.

A dad poses with his three daughter. A dad poses with his daughter at the selfie station.

A dad poses with his daughter. A dad poses with his daughter.

A dad poses with his daughter. A dad poses with his daughter.

A dad poses with his daughter. A dad poses with his daughter.

There was time for decorating a picture frame, taking a break for refreshments, and of course lots of dancing.

Dads and daughters seated at tables for punch and cookies. Dads and daughters dancing in the gym. A dad and daughter work together on gluing gems on her picture frame. Two elementary girls sit at a table gluing gems on their picture frames.

Hello Cupcakes

Six students stand in a row posing with a cupcake they decorated.

Hudson Community Education recently offered a cupcake decorating class for students in Grade 1-6. Instructor Renee Reinardy, introduced students to a variety of spring inspired decorating techniques. Each child left the class with six delicious cupcakes.

Students posing with their decorated cupcakes. Students posing with their decorated cupcakes. Boy with cap on his head smiling with his decorated cupcakes. Students posing with their decorated cupcakes. Students posing with their decorated cupcakes. Students posing with their decorated cupcakes.

 

Community Education offers a variety of classes for young learners this spring and summer. Check out the full list of classes by clicking on the FeePay shopping cart in the top left corner of the website and click on Community Education. You can select the Explore All Programs search bar to open both Community Education and Summer School Programs.

Community Education blue box of class categories: adult & family classes, youth classes, summer school, and school age care

Screenagers

Screenagers event poster shows a group of teenagers seated on the steps all viewing their cell phones.

Screenagers promo poster with two students standing back to back on their cell phones.

Orange and black Screen Agers logo

The producers of Screenagers provide the following Parent Guide for setting rules and discussing screen time with kids.

“Having weekly, short, calm conversations with your family about tech is so important. Tech Talk Tuesday (TTT), our weekly blog, offers you tools and tips for discussions. Families tell us it’s making a huge difference. Visit our website: www.screenagersmovie.com/tech-talk-tuesdays/ to try one. It’s never too late to start a conversation about technology but often doing it in baby steps is more effective.” ~ Delaney Ruston, MD, filmmaker of Screenagers

4 Basic Rules to Consider

  • No screens in bedrooms when kids and teens go to sleep (for younger kids keep screens out completely). Fact: 75% of teens get inadequate sleep. The presence of devices disrupts sleep cycles.
  • Set time goals for studying without multitasking and then, also, take tech breaks. Fact: Multitasking is linked to less retention and poorer academic outcomes.
  • Eat family meals without devices. Fact: Face-to-face conversations improve mood and empathy.
  • Put phones and devices away in the car. Fact: More than half of kids report seeing their parents text while driving.
  • Go to www.screenagersmovie.com to find ways to enforce rules.

3 Tips to Help Your Child Build Self-control

  • Science shows that positive rewards work better than punishment. For example, if you observe your child focused while doing his/her homework without a device, praise him/her.
  • Build times when tech is out of sight. Self-control is hard, so decrease temptations.
  • Use Tech Talk Tuesday to let your kids share with you about the reasons they like tech in their lives – the  more they feel understood, the more they’ll work with you on tech limits.

 

STEM+ Maker Night

STEM+ Maker Night promotion poster including a head in profile with multi-colored gears floating above it.

Hey students in grades 3-5! Do you enjoy science and building things? Come join Hudson High School STEM+ Academy students as they host a night of science and engineering fun.

Activities for the evening include:

  • Creating an office grabber
  • Conductive dough and circuits
  • Designing a spacecraft for a mission to planet Oobleck

Register online by click here or send in your registration by clicking here to complete the registration form.

Questions? Contact Hudson Community Education at 715.377.3722

 

Pennies for Patients Fundraiser Big Success

A group of Hudson Prairie students hold up a Pennies for Patients banner along with the three staff who shaved their hair and beards for meeting fundraising goals.

Students at Hudson Prairie Elementary School recently participated in their annual Pennies for Patients fundraising campaign. Pennies for Patients supports children with leukemia and lymphoma. As an incentive to reach their goal, teachers and staff volunteered to have the hair shaved off their heads depending on the amounts of money raised. Mr. Schaub, Mr DeMoulin, and Hudson Principal, Mr. Behnke, shaved off their beards and hair as a result of students exceeding their goal. The students and staff raised over $2,600 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Pictured in the front row are, Kearnery S., Rich H., Deandra C., Ella L., Emily W., Molly P., Kathryn S.; in the middle row, Victoria T., Annabelle J., Josh S., Brenna N., Mark S., Parker R., Nikolai B., Sydney V., Peyton M.; in the back row, Libby B., Abi U., Principal Behnke, 4th Gr. teacher Mr. DeMoulin, and Physical Education teacher Mr. Schaub.

Elementary Orchestra Sign Up

River Crest Elementary orchestra students.

Orchestra Sign Up Night is Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the Hudson Middle School Multi-purpose Room

All 3rd grade students are invited to attend.

We have two meeting times to help make the registration process more convenient. Please attend the meeting scheduled for your student’s school.

The Orchestra Sign Up Night will start with a brief informational meeting and a questions and answer session. Please bring your child with you to the meeting!

The Hudson Orchestra program is a great way for students to participate in a music ensemble!

What instruments can my child play?

Student can play violin, viola, cello, or bass. Elementary orchestra teachers will be visiting your child’s classroom to demonstrate the differences between these awesome string instruments!

When are lessons?

Lessons will begin in September of next school year. Students will need to bring their instrument to school one day per week. They have large group lesson before school at 8:00 AM and a small group during the school day.

How much does it cost?

The rental costs vary by instrument. We work with area music store representatives who will be at the meeting to explain how the rental program works. The initial rental cost for the four-month trial period is $45 for violin and viola, $65 for cello, and $95 for bass.

Following the Orchestra Sign Up Night, we will help you pick the right size instrument for your child and you will have the opportunity to set up an instrument rental.

Questions may be directed to: Britt Peterson at petersbri@hudsonraiders.org or 715.377.3890; ext. 2759.

Elementary Summer School & Swim News

Reads summer school with graphic of sunglasses and a book.

We are excited to offer two elementary summer school sessions this year!

Summer School Enrichment

Session Dates:

  • June 4-15, 2018 from 8:00 – 11:55 AM
    • River Crest Elementary and North Hudson Elementary Schools
  • August 6-17, 2018 8:00 – 11:55 AM
    • Hudson Prairie Elementary School (this location has not yet been confirmed)

Summer school classes are open to children entering 1st-6th grades in the fall of 2018. Sixth graders may attend summer school at either an elementary school or the Middle School.

The Summer School day will begin at 8:00 AM and end at 11:55 AM. You can sign your child up for any part of the summer school day (1-4 hours). June classes will be either one or two hours in length. August classes will be set up a “camps” that will be two hours in length. The camps will provide children with more in-depth exploration and engaging experiences related to the camp theme.

Registration information is below.

Math and Reading Camps

Math and Reading Camps will be held in August for students who are recommended to attend by their teacher. This support camp will be scheduled with the August 6-17 enrichment classes.

Introduction to Kindergarten

Introduction to Kindergarten will be offered in June and August. This class is designed for children who would benefit from spending time preparing for Kindergarten. Factors to consider include, maturity of the child, previous experience in preschool/4K, need for support with transitions or need of support with separation.

  • Classes will be offered at all six elementary schools. If there are not enough students registered at a particular building, parents will be asked to attend an alternative school.
  • Registration will open online Thursday, March 1, 2018 through FeePay (see registration information below).

Summer Swim

Session Dates:

  • Session A: June 4-15
  • Session B: June 18-29
  • Session C: July 9-20
  • Session D: July 23-August 3

Registration information is located below.


Registration

Registration will begin, March 1, 2018. You may view the Summer School and Summer Swim class descriptions on the website beginning Friday, February 23rd (click here to view the class descriptions).

Registration Steps:

  1. Click on the FeePay shopping cart in the top left corner of the website or click here to access FeePay directly.
  2. Click on the Summer School box to see a full list of the summer school classes and to register online.
  3. If you are unable to register online, you may register at the School District’s Administrative Services Office at 644 Brakke Drive beginning Thursday, March 1st from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
    1. Please register with the Teaching and Learning Office.
    2. Staff will help you fill out the registration information.
    3. You will be asked to select a first and second choice for classes.

 

If you have questions, please contact Teaching and Learning Services at 715.377.3705.