Willow River Elementary Helps Stuff-A-Truck!

Willow River Elementary's student council members load boxes of non-perishable items into the County Market truck for Stuff-A-Truck.
This year, students at Willow River Elementary helped “Stuff-A-Truck” by collecting non-perishable food items as well as specific non-food items.
“Stuff-A-Truck” is a voluntary, community-wide effort to collect items for individuals and families in need who live in the Hudson area.  For 19 years, the Hudson School District has worked with County Market and the Hudson Area Food Cupboard for the “Stuff-A-Truck” food drive. Last year, the students and community collected more than 15,000 pounds of donations. This year’s goal is to “stuff” another truck with 15,000 pounds of donations. Items are distributed in and around the Hudson area.

2nd Annual S.T.E.M. Night

Two students collaborate to solve a problem at S.T.E.M. Night, hosted by Willow River Elementary.
Willow River Elementary School hosted its 2nd Annual S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Night for all K-5 students and their families on Thursday, November 15, from 6-7 p.m. Students and families rotated through a variety of stations, each one focused on an area of S.T.E.M., including robotics, coding, building, and math games.
Students used creativity to work through challenges and solve problems. They were also able to show parents projects they have been working on in their classrooms, such as EM4 games and media tools.
Students work together to solve a problem at S.T.E.M. Night, hosted by Willow River Elementary.
A student is on the floor, using his imagination to solve a problem at S.T.E.M. Night.

HS Gymnastics Team Takes First at Chippewa Falls Snowflake Invite

HS gymnastics team posing with trophy at Chippewa Falls Invite.
The HHS Gymnastics team competed in the Chippewa Falls Snowflake Invite on Saturday in Chippewa and took first place for both the JV and Varsity teams.
Varsity scored a 135.45. River Falls was second with a 132.975 and Holem finished third with a 124.70. There were ten teams at the meet. Individually Paige Hillman won the all around with a 36.250. Caroline Erickson placed fourth with a 33.60. Amber Robey took second place on beam with an 8.7 and Paige Hillman took third with a 8.625. Paige also won the uneven bars with a score of 9.4 and Caroline took third with a 8.725. Paige took first place on vault with a 9.275 and Caroline took fourth with a 8.65.
The JV team won with a score of 111.70. In second place was Holmon with a 105.85 and Onalaska in third with a 102.80. Freshman, Maddi Fish took second on floor with a 7.8 and Megan Michaels finished fourth with a 7.75. Jocelyn Hagaman took second place on bars with a 6.9. Jocelyn Hagaman also took second place in the JV all around with a score of 28.1.
Congratulations Raider Girls!

STEAM and MakerSpace Centers at River Crest

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.



Raidaires Have Successful Start to Season

A group of Raidaires pose with the medals they earned in competition.
The Raidaires had a successful start to their competition season. The varsity team earned four first place trophies in Large Varsity Pom, Kick, Jazz, and Hip Hop (with special judge’s choice award for choreography) at the Menomonie Holiday Classic on Saturday, December 1, 2018. The JV Raidaires received three first place trophies in Menomonie. They placed first in JV Pom, Kick, and Jazz!
Chloe Hoff placed first in the solo division and  Hailey Burgraff placed third in the solo division.
The Raidaires also had several medal winners in the ensemble division.  Hailey Wilson and Ashton Randolph, Alivia Tennant and Ella Blomker, Sophi Johnson and Hunter Sivek, Elliana Hurtgen and Madi Dulon, Maddi Congdon and Natalia Gamboa (3rd place and special Judge’s Award for “Most Sass”), Kassie Ehrman and Elle Fallon (2nd place), and Emily Waldschmidt and Mikaela Bolopue (1st place).

E.P. Rock Peer Helper Program Empowers Students

A peer help and student pair sitting together in the hallway at E.P. Rock.

At E.P. Rock, students contribute to the school community in a thoughtful and meaningful way. For the past several years, fourth and fifth grade peer helpers have assisted younger students daily with academic and social skills, while increasing school engagement.  Since starting the program informally with just a few students in 2015, participation has grown, with 42 students helping in 2017-18, and already 38 paired up with younger students this school year. That was approximately 900 volunteer hours last year alone.

Teachers nominate responsible fourth and fifth graders to become peer helpers, while kindergarten, first and second-grade teachers make requests for individual student needs or general classroom assistance. Peer helpers are paired with these students or classrooms and generally volunteer daily for 10-15 minutes. They may read books with students, practice flash cards, read social stories that encourage positive behaviors, or play games in more of a mentor role.

Fifth grade peer helper Jace Buchholz said, “I think it makes Kerry really happy when I come, and that makes me happy that I’m helping out.” The program works for everyone involved – both the peer mentors, and the students needing support, benefit from the substantial contributions made to the school climate – an empowering combination!



First Meet for HHS Gymnastics

Girl's gymnastics team holding first place trophy at Simley Invite.
The Hudson High School gymnastics team had their first meet of the season this past weekend. On Saturday the girls took 1st place at the Simley Invite with a team score of 134.350. Paige Hillman took first place on vault, bars, beam and all-around. She scored an incredible score of 9.4 on the bars. Her all-around total was a 36.50. Caroline Erickson took third in the all-around with a 33.55 and Amber Robey took 4th with a 30.90.
The gymnastics team has their first home meet against Eau Claire on Thursday, December 6th at 6:30 PM at Hudson High School in the main gym.

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.