Raider Tennis Wins Big Rivers Conference Home Opener

In what has become a trend for this year’s Raiders, Hudson swept the singles matches in dominating fashion going 4-0. The doubles, while contested with two of the three matches going to third sets to determine the winners, all went the way of the Mustangs from Menomonie as they swept the doubles.  Luckily for the Raiders, the final tally was 4-3 with the Hudson Raiders edging out the Menomonie Mustangs.  The four wins in singles for the Raiders went as follows:  Senior Captain Tyler Grosz at #1 won easily in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.  His younger brother, Sophomore Captain Jacob Grosz, won at #2 singles by the same straight set win score.  At #3 Singles, Senior Captain Luke Johnson gave up one game in his two set victory winning 6-0, 6-1.  And with what turned out to be the game winning match putting Hudson on top with the fourth win was Junior Kade Nickerson who won a closer match in straight sets 6-1, 7-5.

With the win, the Raiders are now 1-0 in the Big Rivers Conference and 8-3 overall.  Next up for the Raider netters will be a rescheduled match in Eau Claire on Tuesday, April 23 vs. the Old Abes.

River Crest Wins Area Spelling Test Competition

River Crest Elementary is the proud winner of the Agave Kitchen Spelling Test Contest! River Crest also won the classroom competition with Mrs. Gornick’s class taking the 1st place award.

Students from Hudson and neighboring school districts brought their perfect (100%) spelling tests into the restaurant on Wednesdays for a free kid’s meal. The school with the most tests turned in would receive $500 and the classroom with the most would receive $100. Yay to River Crest for winning both this year! (North Hudson was a close 2nd, finishing just 20 points behind).

Top Raider Tennis Players Undefeated in Madison Tennis Tournament

Hudson High School boys tennis team in front of the Nielsen Center at the Madison tennis tournament

After only four days of tennis practice, of which three comprised tryouts for team selections this season, the Hudson Raider tennis team is off and running for 2019 in a Madison Tournament.  Because of the Raiders terrific season a year ago, where all 10 players on the varsity team moved on from Sub-sectional to Sectional play, the Raiders were invited to two elite invitational tournaments, the first of which was this first weekend of the new season in Madison for the I-94 Challenge Tournament.  Four teams from West Central Wisconsin were invited, including Hudson, Eau Claire Memorial, Madison Memorial and Madison West.  Those four schools faced four of the best teams from the Milwaukee area, including Marquette, Nicolet, Homestead and Brookfield Central.

Two shining spots for the Raiders were at the top with senior Captain, Tyler Grosz, at #1 Singles, along with his younger brother, sophomore Jacob Grosz both going undefeated at 4-0 each over the two days.  Knutson said of the Grosz brothers, “These guys exemplify the axiom that ‘you get out of it, what you put into it’.  Ty and Jacob both work year round on fitness and tennis with lessons, and numerous USTA tournament opportunities outside the High School season.  As good as they both were last year, they have both made tremendous gains in their play and abilities and it showed this weekend.”

Other bright spots for Hudson in their first action of the season came from Kade Nickerson, who at the #4 Singles spot won 3 of his 4 matches. And Luke Johnson went 2-2 for Hudson playing in one doubles match and three singles matches in the #3 position for the Raiders.

Houlton Battle of the Books Team Takes 4th Place

Houlton Elementary Battle of the Books team.

The Houlton Elementary “Battle of the Books” team beat out 199 teams to take 4th place in the recent state competition.  The students, coached by teacher, Anissa Young, spent months reading and studying a wide variety of literature, and then demonstrated their knowledge in an online event. Congratulations to 5th graders  (left to right) Skylar Mattson, Dylan Petersen, Christian Sandorff and Joey Repphun.

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.

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.