Staff Banquet – A Night to Say Thank You!

The School District held its Annual Staff Banquet to recognize retirees and years of service. It was an evening of fond stories and genuine thanks for the dedication and passion each honoree has brought to the Hudson learning community. We are Raider Proud! Thank you!

The group of retirees honored at the Staff Recognition banquet.

Retirees include: Diane Claycomb (30 years), Lucindy DePratter (6 years), Brenda Foust (25 years), Karen Halvorson (31 years), Amy Hamborg (15 years), David Hammond (19 years), Kathy Heth (26 years), Jonathan Hilding (28 years), Brian Huser (27 years), Deborah Larson (15 years), Wendy Langer (15 years), Sandra Long (7 years), Susan Randall (22 years), Rita Robey (22 years), Linda Schwertel (19 years), Patricia Steely (35 years), Michael Stoskopf (30 years), Therese Swinney (20 years), Mary Wicker (26 years)

Patricia Steely and Art Forester banquet honorees.

Thirty-five Years of Service: Patricia Steely – Forty-five Years of Service: Art Forester

Thirty years of service staff honorees

Thirty Years of Service: Diane Claycomb, Mary Glasbrenner, Elizabeth Hovland, Steven Sollom, Michael Stoskopf, Michael Yell

Twenty-five Years of Service: Brenda Foust, Stephanie Heerdt, Julie Johnson, Amy Petermeier, Brian Petermeier, Timothy Scharfenberg, William Schaub

Twenty years of service honorees.

Twenty Years of Service: Laurel Anfinson, Yvette Alesso, Heidi Aschenbrenner, Lisa Bartlein, Elizabeth Bevers, Cynthia Brinsko, Margaret Derrick, Jaime Fall, Kathleen Hanner, Jennifer Heier, Jamison Holum, Gail Jung, Mark Klanderman, Kevin Knoke, Terri Lammo, Linda Morning, Daniel Murray, Laurel Nelson-Lundell, Lisa Plackner, Mark Rivard, Maija Stubbendick, Therese Swinney, Sean Thompson, Kristen Ziebol

Fifteen year honorees

Fifteen Years of Service: Sonja Baumgartner, Kathleen Bartch, Nichole Benson, Barbara Cook, Jodi Dalluhn, Patrice Denning, Christina Dobberstein, Patricia Donahue, Kristie Faust, Michael Griffith, Joy Hage, Amy Hamborg, Kari Heisler, Ryan Jamieson, Brian Johnson, Laura Johnson, Lisa Kein, Alleyne Knudson, Wendy Langer, Deborah Larson, Kara Lindstrom, Timothy Olson

10 years of service honorees.

Ten Years of Service: Julie Andracek, Cory Eller, Lori Head, Melissa Hines, Annette Kelley, Paul Krasin, Maren Luedtke, Kristen Mathison, Kristin Runk, Deanne Swanson, Jennifer Toll, David Tostrud, Jodi Youngman.

Board of Education members handed out recognition awards to each of the honoree groups. Short speeches were given by the administrators who worked with each of the retirees.


6th Graders Creating New Things and Mending Old

Middle schoolers posing with their sewing projects.
Hudson Middle School 6th grade Family & Consumer Science students learned basic hand sewing and machine sewing techniques while creating a stuffed creature. Students used their new sewing skills while mending classroom pillows throughout the middle school. What a great way to use those skills!

Back Row: Micah Rambo, Brennen Wagner, Grayden Anderson, Kendra Huppert, Tyler Hay, Easton Sonnentag
Front Row: Piper Jensen, Chloe, Hartlep, Lauren Kromrey, Nevaeh Tillman, Carter Caruso

Eat Your Vegetables

A group of elementary students putting on a play for class dressed as vegetables.

Hudson Hospital generously funded a Hudson Action Book Club Little Free Library for each elementary school. Hudson School District Destination Imagination leader, Liz Malanaphy, started a book club at each building to dig into a health issue of the club’s choice.  At Houlton Elementary School, the club of 5 chose to read about healthy eating choices, and as their end project, decided to create a play to share with younger students at the school.  After 5 weeks of reading, meeting after school, planning, and practicing, the group of 3rd and 4th graders shared their play called “Eat Your Vegetables” with 3 grade classes .  This club provided a great opportunity to bring together kids from different grades and different classrooms to work on a common project. This was a great way for students to learn about a health topic of their choice, and for them to take action and share their learning with others.

A group of elementary students presenting to their class.

Houlton Gets a Visit from Alumni Athletes

High school athletes posing next to Houlton Elementary sign.

Houlton alumni students came back to read to classes, as part of the Athletes Making Progress (AMP) club.  The HHS students spent a half hour in each classroom, introducing themselves, sharing their involvement in sports and speaking about the lessons in leadership and teamwork they’ve learned through sports.  Each of the athletes read a book to a classroom of students and answered questions afterward.

  High school students leading a discussion with elementary students sitting on the floor.High school student reading to elementary students as the sit on a classroom floor.
High school student sitting in a chair reading to elementary students sitting on a classroom floor.

Board Members Take Oath of Office

Board members, Jamie Johnson and Bruce Hanson, signing their oath of office while member Logelin looks on.

Board members, Jamie Johnson and Bruce Hanson, took the oath of office at the April 22nd Board of Education work session. Both were recently re-elected and will serve for another three years.  Thank you to both gentlemen for their service to our Hudson students, staff, and community.

Board members Jamie Johnson and Bruce Hanson

Houlton Sewing Club Has Had a Busy Year

A group of elementary students show off the book bags they made during Sewing Club.

The Houlton Sewing Club has been busy all year sewing cloth bags for the Books in Bags for Babies program. The students make the bags which are filled with a children’s book, information on the importance of reading, School District contact information, and an application for a Hudson Public Library card.

Great work by this service-minded crew!

Thank You School Age Care Staff!

A group of children gathered at a table in the library.

It is National School Age Care Recognition Week, take a moment and say thanks to this great group of people who welcome children to school every morning and keep them engaged in the afternoon! The Hudson School District appreciates the time and attention you give to children everyday!

School age care staff dressed in M&M t-shirts. School age care staff building Thor hammers.

A group of children are gathered at the table mixing items in a bowl. EP Rock school age care staff pose for the picture.

Student jumping rope. School Age Care staff pose with a giant Thanksgiving Turkey.

A group of children dressed as super heros posing



Okello Kelo Sam Shares His Music With Hudson Prairie Students

A drummer and musician from Uganda teaching Hudson Prairie students about drumming.

Okello Kelo Sam, a renowned drummer and musician from Uganda, visited Hudson Prairie to teach students drumming patterns, songs, singing games, and dances in Mrs. Gallick’s music classes.  Okello leads workshops throughout Europe and the U.S. on Ugandan dance and music. A big thank you to the Hudson Prairie PTO for sponsoring this very special guest.

Pictured: Ava Johnson, Aaron Egger, Blake Serpico, Okello Kelo Sam, Lauren Gates, and A.J. McKeown.

Earth Day at North Hudson

North Hudson students post with decorated grocery bags for Earth Day.

Second graders in Mrs. Lewis and Mrs. Filarsky’s classes at North Hudson Elementary partnered with Family Fresh for the “Earth Day Bags” project. The project is done by students all over the United States to share and learn about Earth Day. Students decorated grocery bags for customers to use with environmental facts and suggestions to help us appreciate and take care of our Earth.


Three North Hudson Elementary students pose with their Earth Day decorated grocery bags.