Spring Is Here!

A group of children work in the school's greenhouse planting spring seedlings.

Houlton Elementary School’s Garden Club is ready for spring! The club held its first meeting on March 28th. They were busy planting and enjoying our warmer weather.

A group of children work in the school's greenhouse planting spring seedlings. A group of children work in the school's greenhouse planting spring seedlings.

A group of children work in the school's greenhouse planting spring seedlings.

A group of children work in the school's greenhouse planting spring seedlings.

Children in a line as they hike to the school's greenhouse. A group of the Garden Club children pose in front of the greenhouse.

The two Master Gardeners pose in the greenhouse at the planting table.

Thank you to our Master Gardeners for all the support you provide our Houlton school community!

North Hudson 2nd Graders Present Wax Museum

2nd graders at North Hudson Elementary have been researching influential people and finished their unit by presenting a “Wax Museum.” Each student chose an influential person to research who has made an impact on the world.  Students created posters and shared their learning with their classmates and teachers and posed as the influential people they’d studied.


HHS Girls’ Hockey Team Members Visit Houlton

Four members of Hudson High School girls' hockey at Houlton Elementary.
Four seniors from the HHS girls hockey team visited their alma mater, Houlton Elementary, to share stories about their hard work and perseverance throughout this past hockey season.  They talked about not giving up, regardless of what activities the students are involved in. Pictured left to right: Dani Robson, Sydney Hendricks, Hana Hellmers and Kennedy Hendricks.

Middle School Teacher Aaron Harker Wins WREA Challenge Award

Middle school educators pose with their WREA Challenge award check.
Hudson Middle School computer science teacher Aaron Harker is the recipient of a 2nd place Wisconsin Retired Educators Association 2019 Challenge Award. He was awarded $250 in recognition of the HMS Computer Science Program. The Wisconsin Retired Educators’ Association (WREA) Foundation Challenge Award Program recognizes and supports ongoing innovative projects that improve students’ environment, school, or community. This year, WREA provided awards to help fund existing innovative programs at the middle school level. Pictured are Aaron Harker and associate principal, Diane Schofield, who oversees the HMS Technology Education Program.

Spring Forward with Jazz

HMS middle school jazz ensemble practicing in the band room.

Hudson Middle School Jazz Ensemble students have been busy learning and showcasing their work. This week, the students hosted a donuts and jazz event in the morning to raise money for the Middle School’s Angel Fund. It was a double early morning treat with donuts and some lively music to start the day!

Additionally, the 45 member Jazz Ensemble participated in the annual UWRF Jazz Festival. The ensemble performed three pieces for a master educator. As part of the festival, students received constructive feedback on their performance and progress as young jazz musicians. The festival clinician this year was Phil Ostrander. He is the professor of trombone and bands at UW-Eau Claire. Hudson students performed with greatness and received very positive feedback from Dr. Ostrander.

HMS jazz ensemble performing on UW River Falls stage.
After their performance, students were able to watch two other schools perform and receive feedback from the clinicians. There were approximately 15 other bands in attendance from around the state and metro area.
Following this experience, the Jazz Ensemble listened to Ingrid Jensen, a very famous Canadian trumpet player, offer a clinic on jazz improvisation. All schools were able to watch Ingrid perform with the UWRF Jazz Ensemble. This festival was an exciting and inspiring event for all!
At the conclusion of this day, HMS student, Isabel Laurel, was awarded a Jazz Scholarship to attend a jazz band camp at Shell Lake Arts Center this summer. Isabel was nominated for this scholarship by Dr. Ostrander. Isabel performed multiple improvised solos during the morning of the festival.

Houlton Hosts Feed Your Mind, Body and Soul Event

HHS Capstone Project team members at Houlton Elementary gym.
Houlton Elementary hosted the Feed Your Mind, Body and Soul event on Thursday, March 7th, organized by a High School Senior Capstone Project team.
Four seniors (Ryan Moothedan, George Bond, Eli Seath, and Carter Maack) planned and ran a Family Event that included gym activities, brain teasers, families preparing freezer meals, and kids making a healthy snack.  Over 30 families attended, and had a great time at the event –  a great way to burn off some energy on a winter night!

Hudson 3rd Graders Visit Orchestra Hall

Hudson 3rd grades at Orchestra Hall.

Hudson School District 3rd graders had the opportunity to visit Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis as part of their orchestra unit in music. The performance of Carnival of the Animals was part of the Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts series.

Middle School PLTW Engineering and Technology Department Named WTEA’s Middle School Program of the Year

Each year the Wisconsin Technology Education Association honors education and industry professionals who have demonstrated outstanding service and commitment to Technology Education. This year Hudson Middle School’s Project Lead the Way Technology  Education Program was selected to receive the WTEA Middle School Program of the Year Award.

On March 6th, Hudson Middle School Technology and Engineering teachers attended the WTEA awards banquet and were presented with this prestigious award.  The WTEA awards committee was particularly impressed with the student centered approach this group of teachers has, that not only provides students with the opportunity to learn so much about Technology and Engineering, but to also demonstrate this learning in real world settings.  The committee particularly noted the accomplishments of Hudson Middle School students in STEM competitions and the annual Women in STEM Night.

Presenting the award was WTEA President Phil Bickelhaupt and sponsor representative, Kathy Moehle of  Goodheart-Willcox.

Pictured from left to right:  Aaron Harker, Christopher Deleon, Kathy Moehle and Jodie Bray.

Lifeguard and WSI Training Offered Through Community Ed.

Child swimming underwater in a pool.

Hudson Community Education is offering American Red Cross Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor Training. The American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is being held March 23, 24, 30 and 31 from 10am – 6pm. You will learn the latest safety and rescue techniques, and learn to deliver critical care like CPR, first aid and AED administration. There is a pre-test for this course. Participants must be able to tread water for 2 minutes using legs only with their arms across their chest; swim 500 yards continuously using each of the following strokes for at least 100 yards: crawl, breaststroke, and side stroke; submerge to minimum depth of seven feet and retrieve a ten pound object and return it to the surface.  To become certified, participants must attend all days of instruction. You must be 15 before March 31st and must attend all days of instruction to receive your certification. Please register by Monday, March 18, 2019.


Through the American Red Cross WSI Training class you will earn a 2 year certification to teach American Red Cross swimming and water safety, and gain the skills needed to teach courses and make presentations to swimmers of every age and ability. Participants must be able to swim 500 yards continuously using the front crawl and perform all Level IV strokes. To become certified, participants must attend all days of instruction and be 16 years old by April 14, 2019.  Class will be held Saturdays and Sundays, April 6, 7 and 14th, 9am – 6pm. Please register by Wednesday, March 20, 2019.


Both of theses classes are posted on the Community Education page, found by clicking on the Community tab on the School District’s home page at hudsonraiders.org. You can also click on the FeePay shopping cart in the top left corner to access class registration and payment information. Checks and cash will still be accepted in the mail or in person at the Community Education Office, 1501 Vine Street (Hudson High School door #4). If you have questions or want more information, please call Michelle at 715.377.3722 or email saifullahmichelle@hudsonraiders.org.