River Crest Honors Veterans

An elementary student stands at a microphone reading his story with a group of veterans seated behind him.

River Crest Elementary School honored community and family veterans on Thursday, November 2nd. The event included presentations and songs by students and veterans. River Falls American Legion Post 121 made a brief presentation on flag etiquette. A reception was also held for the honored guests.

Military personnel demonstrate the proper way to fold the American flag.   A group of elementary students sing a song as part of the school's Veteran's Day celebration.

An elementary girl presents her story at a microphone.   An elementary girl presents her speech honoring veterans.

An elementary girl presents her speech honoring veterans.   An elementary boy presents his speech honoring veterans.

A group of veterans in uniform salute the flag.   A close up image of the cake served at veterans reception.

A special thank you is extended to all who contributed to this special program:

  • The River Crest Parent Group for helping plan this event and sponsoring the reception.
  • The River Crest staff for planning and preparing students for their role in the program and creating patriotic artwork to decorate our school.
  • Officer James Wildman for graciously sharing his experiences as a veteran with our school community.
  • River Falls American Legion Post #121 for sharing their expertise with our students during this event.
  • Nichole Kroening for taking photos of our veterans and their guests.
  • River Crest students who took time to write a poem or speech to read at the program or have displayed at the reception.


High School Addition and Auditorium

Red steel structure of the new high school addition.

The High School addition is taking shape as the second floor is placed and the forum/media center steel structure is completed.

Steel structure for the high school rotunda.

Classroom addition steel structure and second floor deck.

A view under the deck of the new classroom structure.

The old temporary hallway has been removed and replaced with a larger hallway that will eventually open into the forum area. You see the auditorium entrance on the left in this image.

A view of the temporary hallway and auditorium entrance.

In the auditorium, work has been completed on the support systems above the ceiling of the “house.” New acoustical ceiling panels and lighting have been hung. Work is progressing on the new wood panel walls as well as cutting through the concrete floor for electrical prior to the installation of seating.

A view of the auditorium ceiling with acoustical panels.

A view of the auditorium ceiling with acoustical panels.

A view of the auditorium ceiling with acoustical panels.

A view of the stage proscenium.

The front of the stage is being redesigned with a curved apron.

Close up image of the extended apron on the auditorium stage.

Influenza Season is Here

Blue and green microscopic image of influenza virus.

The start of this year’s influenza season appears to be earlier than in past years. Flu seasons are unpredictable when it comes to determining when the season will start, the severity, and the actual type of influenza virus. The following is a guide for families based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

4 main ways you and your family may keep from getting sick with the flu at school and at home:

  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow; not into your hands.
  • Stay home if you or your child is sick for at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever or signs of a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine).
  • Get your family vaccinated for influenza. Flu shots are still available.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

Symptoms of flu may include: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. Some people with the flu will not have a fever. People with the flu may infect others from 1 day before getting sick to 5-7 days or while they still have symptoms.

What should you do if your child gets sick with flu-like symptoms?

  • Let your child’s school know if he/she is home sick due to flu-like symptoms.
  • Students with flu-like symptoms should stay home for at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever (temperature of 100° or higher) or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine. Children may continue to be sick for 5 or more days.
  • Monitor the health of other school-aged children for fever and other symptoms of the flu.
  • Consult your health care provider if you have additional questions or concerns. Antiviral medications can treat flu illness. These medications are prescribed by a doctor and work best when started during the first 2 days of illness.
  • If your child seems very sick call your health care provider right away. Warning or emergency signs include: fast breathing or trouble breathing, bluish or gray skin color, not drinking enough fluids, severe or persistent vomiting, not waking up or not interacting, being so irritable that the child does not want to be held, flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and/or cough, has other health conditions (like heart or lung disease, diabetes, or asthma).

Additional information is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

Please watch for any signs and symptoms listed above and notify your child’s school health office in the event of a confirmed case of influenza.


High School Construction Update

Steel beam structure of new classroom addition at Hudson High School.

A new High School construction timeline was reviewed by the Board of Education at the end of September. The construction management firm, Kraus-Anderson, has made progress on the school’s interior renovations and additions and developed the new construction timeline based on the scope of work. The new construction timeline or phasing plan is available to view by clicking here.

Auditorium Progress

  • Renovations to the auditorium continue to progress. It is anticipated this space will be completed in December. As part of the auditorium renovations, square footage is being added to the scene shop.
  • This year’s Home for the Holiday choir concert has been tentatively scheduled at St. Patrick’s Church depending on the opening of the renovated auditorium. Details regarding the event will be posted on the School District’s website.

Auditorium scene shop wall construction.

Classroom Addition and Interior Renovations

  • Steel structure for the classroom addition is progressing with exterior stone likely to begin in November.
  • The new cafeteria multi-purpose area, which is located in the deconstructed media center, will be completed and open for use by the end of December.
  • Beginning in December, the west side science wing will begin renovations. As a result of these classrooms not being available for instruction, six temporary portable classrooms will be brought to the site in late November and used throughout the remainder of the school year. The portable classrooms will be placed in the northwest staff parking area. A temporary staff parking area will be constructed on the northeast side of the site. Student parking will remain the same. Once the portable classrooms are open, the High School will increase student passing time between classes as a result of the added distance students will need to walk to get to these classrooms.
  • Beginning in December, the choir, band, and dance classrooms will begin renovation.
  • The east gymnasium is scheduled for renovations and additional space in March or April 2018 depending on weather.

Steel structure near the west side of the High School.  Crane placing steel beams for classroom addition.

Stadium Completion

  • The new stadium track has been completed to meet the specifications that called for a dark blue color.
  • The stadium plaza area that is currently gravel will be completed after the east gym addition and indoor running track are in place.

Middle School Open House

The Middle School held their community Open House on September 28, 2017. Presenters included Middle School Principal Jim Dalluhn, student council members Blake Buchholz and Mallory Arndt, Board member Rob Brown, and Superintendent Nick Ouellette. The presenters thanked the community for their support and investment in this new space. The student presenters talked about how the new classroom space is being used and how proud they are of their new space. Community members were able to tour the addition and renovated classroom areas.

Information on the original Middle School construction and additions was handed out to visitors. The original Middle School was opened in September 1994. The building served 785 students in 152,000 sq. ft. at a cost of $11,355,000. More space was added to the Middle School in 1997 and 2010. The current addition and renovations expand the building by 30,000 sq. ft. at a cost of $8.7 million. The school serves over 1,300 students.

River Crest Celebrates Harvest Day

Two 5th grade boys dig in the garden with shovels.

River Crest Elementary fifth graders harvested their garden at the Camp St. Croix Day Camp property.  The students started the garden plants last spring and took care of them as they grew from seeds to strong young plants ready for transplanting.  The students planted their young plants in the gardens at Camp St. Croix Day Camp in June and then the Day Campers cared for them and harvested from them through the summer months. The harvest day was fantastic and the students were able to bring back delicious produce!

Adult talks with elementary students in class garden. A group of students pick tomatoes.

A group of elementary students are gathered together to listen to presentation on gardening and harvest. A group of students pick pumpkins from their classroom garden. Student holds a plastic bag of tomatoes harvested from the garden.  Elementary boy looks at the drying garden and compost bin.Adult gardener assists students to put garden produce in bags.5th grade girl holds up the potato she just harvested.

Students also enjoyed the climbing wall and gaga pit at Camp St. Croix.

Students climb on the climbing wall at Camp St. Croix. A group of elementary students play ball in the gaga pit at Camp St. Croix.

Middle School Open House – Sept. 28th

The south facing view of the completed Middle School addition.

Join us in celebrating our new and renovated spaces at Hudson Middle School on Thursday, September 28th from 5:00-7:00 PM. There will be a brief presentation and refreshments in the multi-purpose room at 6:00 PM.

Homecoming Spirit Bus and Parade – Sept. 20

Football team and bleacher creatures line up on the stadium field for national anthem.

On Wednesday, September 20th the High School Homecoming Spirit bus will be visiting the elementary schools to share excitement about this Friday’s game (Sept. 22) against Rice Lake starting at 7:00 PM at our new Hudson Raider Stadium.

Our Homecoming Celebration continues with the Homecoming Parade Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 PM. The parade will begin at 2nd and Myrtle Streets and end at 2nd and Coulee/Buckeye Streets.

Go Raiders!

Middle School Open House – September 28

Middle School Students sitting in newly constructed commons area.

Hudson Middle School invites families and community members to our Open House on Thursday, September 28 from 5:00-7:00 PM. During our Open House you will be able to tour the newly constructed areas of the school and learn from students and staff how this new space is being used.

At 6:00 PM there will be a brief presentation in the multi-purpose room. Speakers include, Middle School Principal Jim Dalluhn, Hudson Middle School students, and Superintendent Nick Ouellette. Refreshments will be served.

We hope you can join our celebration!

3rd & 4th Graders – Piano Requirement for Band

Close up image of a piano keyboard.

In the spring of 5th grade, all elementary school students will have the opportunity to become a member of the Hudson Band Program! For those students who may be interested in percussion, the Hudson instrumental music department requires two years of piano lessons prior to testing for percussion in the beginning band.

Although a student has completed the required years of piano lessons, this does not guarantee his or her placement as a percussionist. Each year 10 students will be selected from those who are evaluated. The evaluation is based on individual written examples, rhythmic coordination, and a possible phone conference with the student’s piano teacher.

Students who are not selected to be a percussionist are eligible and highly encouraged to play one of many other wind instruments that are offered. A list of area piano teacher can be provided to you by emailing Hudson Band director Connie Root at rootca@hudson.k12.wi.us.

We look forward to working with your child in the Middle School Band program!

Kaylynn Brown, Paul Krasin, and Connie Root

Middle School Band Directors