Junior Achievement Board Gives Presentation to Junior Class

On December 11th, the Junior Achievement board was at Hudson High School to speak to the entire Junior class.  The hour-long Personal Finance presentation, was given by Junior Achievement board members, below from left to right:  Deborah Smith (First American Bank), Burt Witthuhn (Provost Emeritus), Sachin Gore (Mathnasium), and standing, Bruce Hanson (RR Donnelley) and Joanne Kocik (First American Bank).  The overview covered the basics of Personal Finance and highlighted the plan and topics for the upcoming meetings with all Junior students.
Junior Achievement board members sitting on stage at the Hudson High School auditorium.
Volunteers will be assigned to Junior Advisory classrooms, and will present the materials on February 5 and March 5,  from 7:28 to 9:20 a.m.  Financial Literacy is such an important topic for students who are about to enter their post-high school years and begin their adult lives.  Topics covered will include earning, employment, income, budgeting, savings, credit and debt, consumer protection, and smart shopping.
If you are interested in volunteering or have questions regarding volunteering for this or any other Junior Achievement class, please contact Annette Kelley at 715-377-3705 or kelleyak@hudsonraiders.org.

Healthcare Careers Class Takes Part in Healthcare Discovery Day

High school Healthcare Careers class students pose in front of Christmas tree at Western Wisconsin Health.
On Friday, December 7th, around 35 Introduction to Healthcare Careers class students participated in Healthcare Discovery Day. The purpose of the day is to provide students with  knowledge about the careers available within the healthcare field through conversations with healthcare professionals, demonstrations, and facilities tours.  They toured Christian Community Home and Presbyterian Homes & Service’s Woodland Hill in Hudson, to learn about long term and geriatric care. The group proceeded to Western Wisconsin Health in Baldwin where they were able to meet the therapy dog , Edgrrr the Dogtor, and learn about the services provided there. Students also had the opportunity to see the ER and hear from ER and OB nurses, phlebotomists, a social worker as well as other healthcare professionals.  The day concluded with a visit to St. Croix Therapy and Catalyst Sports medicine in Hudson to hear about PT, OT, and sports medicine.

Raidaires Dance Team Has a Fantastic Showing at Little Chute Holiday Invite

The Varsity and JV Raidaires Dance Team had an amazing day in Little Chute, WI at the Little Chute Holiday Invite. They faced fierce competition against some of the most talented teams in the state.  The Varsity team placed fourth in D1 Pom, third place in both D1 Jazz and D1 Kick, and first place in D1 Hip Hop; with a special Judges’ award for Best Choreography of the day!  JV also won first place in all three of their routines; jazz, pom, and kick!
In addition, many of the Varsity dancers won medals in the solo, duet and small group divisions.
Great job, Raidaires!

Home for the Holidays Concert – a Beautiful Beginning to the Christmas Season

The 13th Annual Home for the Holidays Concert took place December 9th and 10th.  They performed for a full house for every one of their four fantastic shows. The Hudson High School choirs were joined by a youth choir, the River City Symphony Orchestra and the Hudson United Methodist Wiegand Ringers Bell Choir.

Hudson High School Swing Choir Performing at Home for the Holidays in the auditorium lobby.


Family Skate Night at Hudson Prairie

Students and parents in roller skates and gear in the Hudson Prairie gym for family skate night.

Students at Hudson Prairie Elementary celebrated the PowerUp kick off with a free family skate night.  PowerUp is a HealthPartners sponsored campaign that strives to improve the health of communities. The event also celebrated student efforts in their PE unit on skating.  Families were invited to attend one of 3 skate sessions offered.  51 families participated in the healthy family activity sponsored by the Hudson Prairie Student Wellness Committee.

HS Gymnastics Team Takes First at Chippewa Falls Snowflake Invite

HS gymnastics team posing with trophy at Chippewa Falls Invite.
The HHS Gymnastics team competed in the Chippewa Falls Snowflake Invite on Saturday in Chippewa and took first place for both the JV and Varsity teams.
Varsity scored a 135.45. River Falls was second with a 132.975 and Holem finished third with a 124.70. There were ten teams at the meet. Individually Paige Hillman won the all around with a 36.250. Caroline Erickson placed fourth with a 33.60. Amber Robey took second place on beam with an 8.7 and Paige Hillman took third with a 8.625. Paige also won the uneven bars with a score of 9.4 and Caroline took third with a 8.725. Paige took first place on vault with a 9.275 and Caroline took fourth with a 8.65.
The JV team won with a score of 111.70. In second place was Holmon with a 105.85 and Onalaska in third with a 102.80. Freshman, Maddi Fish took second on floor with a 7.8 and Megan Michaels finished fourth with a 7.75. Jocelyn Hagaman took second place on bars with a 6.9. Jocelyn Hagaman also took second place in the JV all around with a score of 28.1.
Congratulations Raider Girls!

STEAM and MakerSpace Centers at River Crest

River Crest students are working their 21st Century creative problem solving and teamwork skills with STEAM and coding challenges in Library Media class! In our media center, our students focus for learning is our library standards, expanding our love for literature and visiting our STEAM/MakerSpace centers.

S.T.E.A.M. is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.  During some of their weekly visits to the River Crest Media Center, students will be working in the S.T.E.A.M. content areas learning stations. Our 21st century learners will have access to MakerSpace centers that include: ipads, math manipulatives, markers, colored pencils, coding on Chrome Books, and many other hands on learning tools that will allow them to create, invent and learn collaboratively.



E.P. Rock Peer Helper Program Empowers Students

A peer help and student pair sitting together in the hallway at E.P. Rock.

At E.P. Rock, students contribute to the school community in a thoughtful and meaningful way. For the past several years, fourth and fifth grade peer helpers have assisted younger students daily with academic and social skills, while increasing school engagement.  Since starting the program informally with just a few students in 2015, participation has grown, with 42 students helping in 2017-18, and already 38 paired up with younger students this school year. That was approximately 900 volunteer hours last year alone.

Teachers nominate responsible fourth and fifth graders to become peer helpers, while kindergarten, first and second-grade teachers make requests for individual student needs or general classroom assistance. Peer helpers are paired with these students or classrooms and generally volunteer daily for 10-15 minutes. They may read books with students, practice flash cards, read social stories that encourage positive behaviors, or play games in more of a mentor role.

Fifth grade peer helper Jace Buchholz said, “I think it makes Kerry really happy when I come, and that makes me happy that I’m helping out.” The program works for everyone involved – both the peer mentors, and the students needing support, benefit from the substantial contributions made to the school climate – an empowering combination!