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.
Congratulations to River Crest 3rd grader, Maddie M., on winning an autographed Mark Wood Sting Ray Violin at the recent Orchestra Electrify Your Strings Concert. Maddie won the violin by correctly guessing the number of tuning pegs in a jar. The correct number was 116. Three other people guessed correctly and Maddie’s name was then randomly drawn from a box containing the names of all of the correct answers.
The Hudson Orchestra Program would like to thank Mark Wood and Coda Bows for their donation of the violin. This made an already spectacular concert even more special. The Hudson Orchestra Program was able to raise over $1,000 for scholarships and future guest artist experiences.
Mr. Mick of Space St. Croix visited River Crest 3rd graders on December 21st, to share exciting information about the New Horizons Kuiper Belt Extended Mission! On New Year’s Day 2019, 12:33am EST, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will fly by Kuiper Belt, nicknamed Ultima Thule. The students were excited to learn about the mission and received a paper model of the spacecraft.
Begins online or in-person Tuesday, January 22, 2019
At Hudson Prairie Elementary School (1400 Carmichael Road)
Families with children who will be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2019 are encouraged to register their child.
Hudson Community 4K Registration
In-person Tuesday, January 22, 2019
At Hudson Prairie Elementary School (1400 Carmichael Road
Families with children who will be 4 years of age on or before September 1, 2019 may register. If you are planning to enroll in a community partner program, you must complete their registration process in addition to the Hudson School District’s registration.
River Crest students made gratitude bead counters in their Kindness Crews this past week! They were encouraged to use the beads to help them remember to think of 10 things each day for which they are grateful!
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.