River Crest students are working their 21st Century creative problem solving and teamwork skills with STEAM and coding challenges in Library Media class! In our media center, our students focus for learning is our library standards, expanding our love for literature and visiting our STEAM/MakerSpace centers.
S.T.E.A.M. is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. During some of their weekly visits to the River Crest Media Center, students will be working in the S.T.E.A.M. content areas learning stations. Our 21st century learners will have access to MakerSpace centers that include: ipads, math manipulatives, markers, colored pencils, coding on Chrome Books, and many other hands on learning tools that will allow them to create, invent and learn collaboratively.
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 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.
This past school year the River Crest Parent Group and the school’s Environmental Leadership Team worked together to make plans for an Outdoor Classroom at River Crest! With financial help from our Parent Group and other donors, we secured funding for the construction of an outdoor pavilion on the south east side of the property. We are very excited to have this covered outdoor learning space for all the students at River Crest. The pavilion is currently being built and we are planning to celebrate the completion of the project on September 20th at 5:30 PM.
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.
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.
We hope you can join the conversation on Tuesday.
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The Elementary Attendance Boundary Committee had their first meeting on Tuesday, May 8th at River Crest Elementary School. The committee work was led by RSP and Associates. The first half of the meeting included an overview of the committee process, the role of the School Board, administration, the committee, and the community, and a look at the current elementary school attendance boundaries. (Click here to view the powerpoint presentation provided by RSP)
RSP also provided data on projected enrollments.
Committee Members agreed to the following guiding principles:
The School Board considers this work as part of the district plan. It’s one part of a whole.
The boundary should reflect providing better educational opportunities at each school for there to be an equitable student experience at each school.
The committee recognizes the power of an elementary school to create community.
The boundary can anticipate future growth of the neighborhood.
The boundary proposed should utilize all the available District resources.
Consider boundary lines that follow natural/manmade boundaries.
Grandfathering/transfers/student options are determined by Administration.
Decisions are not limited, but the School Board would prefer to not close a school.
New elementary could be an option starting after the 2019-2020 school year.
Elementary additions could be an option starting after the 2019-2020 school year.
Conversation must remain on elementary boundaries only.
Committee members spent the final portion of the meeting defining what “neighborhood” means. The following definitions were identified:
Neighborhoods are defined by natural and manmade boundaries. These need to be considered for transportation.
Geographic boundaries that include walkability between homes and roads that connect an area.
There are subdivisions that share amenities like parks.
There are some neighborhoods defined by housing styles and lot sizes.
Neighborhoods can be defined by their proximity to a school.
Community Forum – Tuesday, May 15, 6:00 PM at River Crest Elementary School
Join the Elementary Boundary Committee at the first of two Community Forums on Tuesday, May 15 at 6:00 PM. The group will be meeting in the River Crest Elementary cafeteria/multipurpose room. There will be a presentation on the elementary boundary resetting process and elementary enrollment projection data. Community members will be asked to provide feedback on how they would define neighborhoods.
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.