Houlton National Elementary Honor Society Holds Blood Drive

Houlton National Elementary Honor Society students pose next to sign for blood drive.
Houlton Elementary School’s National Elementary Honor Society held a Blood Drive on January 17th.  Students took leadership in calling and recruiting people to give blood, checking people in, organizing the canteen for snacks and writing thank yous. Through their hard work and organization, they were able to get 43 units of blood!

Orchestra Announces Sting Ray Violin Winner

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.



HMS Student Council Students Volunteer at Feed My Starving Children

Hudson Middle School students in group photo at Feed My Starving Children facility.

Hudson Middle School Student Council members volunteered their time at Feed My Starving Children in Eagen on Tuesday, January 22nd. Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization that sends nutritious meals to starving children and their families in underdeveloped countries throughout the world. Middle schoolers helped pack 156 boxes of food, 33,676 meals, and fed 92 kids for a year!

Three Hudson Middle School students packing meals at Feed My Starving Children.              Three Hudson Middle School students packing meals at Feed My Starving Children.

Hudson Heroes at Hudson Prairie Fight World Hunger

Four 5th grade students from Hudson Prairie Elementary recruited nineteen volunteers to package meals at the Feed My Starving Children facility in Eagan, MN on January 19th.  These nutritious meals are sent to starving children and their families to fight world hunger in underdeveloped countries throughout the world.
Hudson Heroes is a program sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Hudson in cooperation with the school.  Kiwanis members work with the students on service projects that they feel passionate about.  World Hunger was the cause that drove  Josh Spors, Austin Sprague, Grant Slavsky and Everett Huth.  They recruited fellow students and their families to help with the packing at FMSC.  “What a great job they did, and they learned a lot about world hunger,” explained Dick Hagen, their Hudson Heroes coach. In all, Hudson Prairie volunteers packed 8,208 meals!

Gymnastics Wins Again at Henry-Sibley Warrior Invite

Hudson High School Gymnastics won another meet this Saturday at Henry-Sibley High School. They took first place out of seven teams at the Warrior Invite. The team scored a season high of 140.25.
Freshman, Ava Jensen lead the team on Saturday taking first in the all-around competition with a 36.0. She also took first on vault with a 9.4, second on balance beam with a 9.25 and fourth place on floor with a 8.95. Caroline Erickson had a first place finish on the floor exercise with a 9.2. She also placed third on vault with a 9.05, third on bars with a 8.75 and third in the all-around with a score of 35.0. Amber Robey took third place on the beam with a 9.15. Ava Wilbur took third on floor with a 9.0. Paige Hillman had a season high on her bar routine taking first place in the event and scoring a 9.55. Our next meet is this Tuesday, January 22nd at Rice Lake High School. Way to go Raiders Gymnastics!

High School & Middle School Orchestras Join Mark Wood for Electrify Your Strings Concert

High School and Middle School orchestra students performing on stage with Mark Wood for Electrify Your Strings concert.

Electrify Your Strings is a music education program created by electric violinist and recording artist Mark Wood. Wood came to Hudson High School for an intensive and energizing 2 day visit with the Middle and High School orchestras, that culminated in an exciting rock orchestra concert. The joint orchestras gave an exhilarating performance that included classic rock arrangements and Wood’s own compositions.

Hudson Middle School Honors December’s Raiders of the Month

Hudson Middle School December Raider of the Month honorees post with their certificates.

Hudson Middle School hosted an award breakfast for December’s Raider of the Month honorees. December’s theme was Service – The action of helping or doing work for someone for no personal tangible benefit. Each grade level house, Tech. Ed., Spanish and PE nominated two students to be honored with the award. The Middle School hosts this special breakfast on the third Friday of each month to acknowledge students who show outstanding qualities that embody the monthly theme. Great job Raiders!

Hudson Hosts Western Wisconsin Conference Dance Competition

Hudson Varsity Raidaires team photo at Western Wisconsin Conference Dance Competition at Hudson High School.

On Saturday, Hudson High hosted the 25th annual Western Wisconsin Conference Dance Competition, where schools from three different athletic conferences – Big Rivers, Dunn-St. Croix and Middle Border – competed for the title of Conference Champions.

The Varsity Raidaires held on to their title of Big Rivers Conference Champs, with their award-winning performances in Jazz and Hip Hop. Back Row: Brooke J., Jordan T., Maddie C., Anna N., Mikaela B., Kassie E., Avery S., Julia B., Macey H., Elianna H., Gabby M., Hunter S., Natalia G., Olivia H., Sophia H., Ashton R. (captain). Row 2: Manager Maria A., Emily W., Natalia R., Lexie S., Elle F., Kylie S., Alivia T.(captain), Ella B., Sophi J., Hailey B., Madi D., Manager Owen G. Front: Hailey W. (captain) and Chloe H. (captain).

The Varsity Raidaires will head to the Western Regionals on January 26 in Wausau to compete for Regional Champion and qualify for the State Dance Competition, Feb. 2.  The Varsity team is coached by Kim Hoff, Monica Servi and Kristin Van Den Broeke.

Hudson Varsity Raidaires solo ensemble division medal winners at Western Wisconsin Conference Dance Competition at HHS gym.

In the solo and ensemble division, soloist Chloe H. and Hailey B. were named First-Team All-Conference for Big Rivers, with Hailey B. placing third overall, and Chloe H. placing first.  In the ensemble division, several Hudson duets took home Second-Team All-Conference honors, as well as placing in the top three including: Alivia T. and Ella B. (1st), Brooke J. and Lexie S. (2nd), Elle F. and Kassie E. (3rd) and Mikaela B. and Emily W. (4th).

Hudson JV Raidaires pose with championship trophy at Western Wisconsin Conference Dance Competition at HHS gym.

For the JV division the Hudson JV team came away victorious and was awarded JV Conference Champions for their performances in Pom and Jazz.  Next up, the JV Team travels to DC Everest High School to compete at JAM Saturday to retain their JV State Champions title. The JV team is coached by Carynn Arend and Ashley Herink.

Middle School Geography Bee Winners

Last week, Hudson Middle School conducted their annual GeoBee for the National Geographic Bee, an annual geography competition sponsored by the National Geographic Society. This year’s HMS winner was Shloke J., with second place going to Graeme P., and third place going to Sawyer R.

Shloke will have the chance to compete in Madison at the state-level competition in March. Great job and good luck in Madison!