Hudson Middle Schoolers Participate in National Novel Writing Month

Hudson Middle School NaNoWriMo Club participants pose with their award certificates.

This year, 21 Hudson Middle School students celebrated the month of November, not by growing beards or moustaches, but by participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Starting in October, they met once a week before school to review resources, plan their novels, and share ideas. Club advisors Kristy Bjerk and Ashley Hammer-Paakkonen, both eighth grade language arts teachers at HMS, provided the necessary information, a little encouragement, cups of hot chocolate, and the space to meet with fellow writers. NaNoWriMo’s goal for young writers is 10,000 words (50,000 for adult writers). This year, four writers surpassed that goal: Leah Jacobson (nonfiction adventure-10,028 words), Sam Tougas (fantasy-12,233 words), Ella Swarbrick (action-10,451 words) and Taylor Yardley (realistic fiction-31,000 words).

Four Hudson Middle School NaNoWriMo Club participants pose with their award certificates.

HMS NaNoWriMo club member with laptop and snacks. NaNoWriMo club members sitting with their laptops and writing.

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.