Speak Up Speak Out
The State of Wisconsin’s Office of School Safety provides a 24/7 tip line for reporting potential harm or criminal activities directed at schools, students, and or staff. The Speak Up, Speak Out (SUSO) School Resource Center is set up to respond confidentially and quickly. The tip line is not just for threats to do harm to schools. Tips are also made regarding daily concerns students encounter such as bullying, drug use, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and more. The Hudson School District is part of the SUSO network.
Most tips fall into one of three categories:
- A classmate is being bullied or bullying someone else.
- A classmate might hurt themselves.
- A classmate might hurt others.
We all play a vital role in creating safe schools and communities. Anyone can submit a tip. Tips are received by a trained resource center staff who pass appropriate information on to local law enforcement and schools. We want people who see something to say something. SUSO allows us as a school community to keep each other safe, address concerns about someone’s safety, and help get the support needed to resolve concerns.
We encourage student and families to contact their building administrator or SUSO of any threats to do harm to a school.
At the September 11th Board of Education meeting, Board Member Heather Logelin announced her resignation from the Board effective November 30, 2023.
The link provides the proposed timeline and process for filling the vacant seat.
We thank Board Member Logelin for her service to the Hudson School District students, staff and community.
So many excited faces as our 6th grade students participated in their WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) orientation led by our amazing 8th Grade WEB leaders! Welcome 6th graders! We’re glad you’re here!
HMS WEB transition programming is based on a national model that welcomes 6th graders and helps to make them feel comfortable throughout the first year of middle school.
Wishing all of HMS students an awesome 2023-2024 school year!
Hudson Raider Girls Tennis team is having a fantastic season! The team has won 15 matches up against only three losses so far this year.
The teams most recent tournament was the Menomonie Invite. The team won all 5 matches they played defeating conference rivals River Falls 7-0, New Richmond 4-3 Menomonie 5-2 and two other teams.
Coach Steve Grosz said the following: “The team has really rallied around the motto of Respect All, Fear None. With only two of the top 10 players returning from last years varsity team, many new players have had the opportunity to step into the starting lineup and are representing Hudson with honor and pride. We hope to see you at a future Raider tennis match.” #WeAreRaiderProud
As students head back to school this fall, there will be new meal menus and a new school lunch provider. The Hudson School District will be contracting with Chartwells K12 for providing school meals. Chartwells K12 is dedicated to making sure students leave the cafeteria happy and healthy. Click here to view the meal menus for each school.
Throughout the upcoming year, Chartwells will be introducing new menu options, gathering student feedback, and making other changes to enhance your child’s mealtime experience. Students can look forward to new menus and recipes with a focus on foods kids love to eat!
New menu concepts include:
- Global Eats: Invites kids on a food exploration celebrating the heritage of cultures from around the globe. Kids will take a food tour through China, India, Italy, and Mexico.
- Mac & Cheesyology: Custom macaroni and cheese with a variety of flavors, toppings, and proteins to choose from.
- Veg Out: Whether kids are vegetarian, vegan, flexitarian, or plant-centric, Veg Out features great-tasting recipes and highlights a wide variety of plant-based options.
Inviting Environments & Happy Cafeterias
Students need a place to eat where they can connect with friends and recharge. Chartwells will be kicking off the year with a fresh look in our cafeterias.
Programs that Encourage Fun and Discovery
Chartwells works to inspire healthy eating habits and spark culinary curiosity. Through their Discovery Kitchen, Chartwells staff have created a curriculum that connects the classroom and kids to cooking, trying new foods, and learning about what they’re eating. Each month has a different theme and activities.
Free and reduced applications are available on the Hudson School District website (click here). Applications can be dropped off at the District Office for processing.
Meal pricing, menus, and forms are available by clicking here.
Questions? Send us an email at email@example.com or call 715.377.3717
Dear River Crest Families,
We are happy to connect with you as we begin the process of welcoming you to the 2023-2024 School Year at River Crest Elementary! The first step of our Welcome Back is connecting you with your child’s homeroom teacher for the school year which will be available to view in Skyward Family Access on Thursday, July 27th starting at 9:00 am. Please be reminded that a great deal of thought goes into the design of an effective learning community. Input from parents, classroom teachers, specialists, our school counselor and principal are all taken into consideration when making this decision as well as the following criteria:
- Gender balance
- Range of abilities
- Special needs
- Flexible grouping options
- Student learning styles
- Separation of students with behavior conflicts
- Balancing class sizes to fall within School District guideline recommendations
Here are our grade level teams for 2023-2024. You will be getting an introductory letter from your child(ren)’s teacher in the next few weeks to get to know a little more about them.
To view teacher assignments in Skyward Family Access:
- Go to hudsonraiders.org and log in to Skyward (upper left corner).
- Click on the Schedule button on the left side of your screen halfway down.
- Your child’s homeroom teacher for the 2023-2024 school year will be shown under Period 1 of the schedule. (Please note: this won’t be viewable if you have not completed the annual registration process).
Online Registration and Transportation Requests
Bussing information will be mailed out 2 weeks prior to the first day of school for those families that have requested transportation when completing the Annual Registration. If you need transportation from an address other than your primary residence you need to complete a 23-24 HSD Alternative Address transportation request form. These requests should be submitted by August 4th.
The PTO will be compiling a Student Directory of parent email addresses that can be used as a means of contacting other families. To be included in the directory, you will need to grant the district permission to share your contact information with the PTO. This can be done in Step 4 of the Returning Student Registration 23-24 in Skyward Family Access. If you have already completed the registration, you can change your permissions by marking the registration as not completed and making the desired changes. Only families who share their email addresses with the PTO will receive the directory. The directory is compiled in early fall and not updated throughout the school year.
School Supply Lists
School Supply Lists can be found here. The Sharing Tree provides free school supplies and backpacks to families in the Hudson School District. The online registration form can be found here; please note, registration needs to be completed by July 31st. Please contact Cindy Leonard at 715-781-9723 for assistance.
Information regarding Student Fees will be sent to families in the upcoming weeks. Student Fees should be paid prior to the first day of school, Tuesday, August 29th. If you need financial assistance, please contact the River Crest Office at 715-377-3890.
- Meet the Teacher is Monday, August 28th from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.
- First Day of School for students 1st grade and up will be Tuesday, August 29th.
- K-Start meetings will be held Tuesday, August 29th; Wednesday, August 30th; and Thursday, August 31st. Incoming Kindergarten families will be receiving information on this in the upcoming weeks.
- First Day of School for Kindergarten will be Friday, September 1st.
- There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 4th (Labor Day).
- School Hours for K-5 are 9:00 AM – 3:53 PM. Students should not be dropped off prior to 8:45 AM.
- Before and After School Care (School Age Care) is available starting at 6:05 AM and ending at 6:00 PM. School Age Care information can be found here.
Thanks for sharing your child with us! We are sincerely looking forward to the upcoming year and further building our home-school relationship with all of our families.
We packed this letter full of key information but always feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at 715.377.3890.
River Crest Elementary Principal
Congratulations to our Hudson School District Music Departments for being recognized as a NAMM 2023 Best Communities for Music Education District. This the 13th consecutive year that Hudson has received this award! #WeAreRaiderProud
Pictured above from left, Caroline Wolf, Katy Cook, Samantha Thrane, Melissa Miller, Susan Erickson, and Anita Horne.
The Education Foundation of Hudson awarded Star Grants in May for innovative classroom projects and curriculum training. The foundation awarded grants totaling over $21,000 for seven projects involving several educators and touching many schools in Hudson.
Foundation Board President Lynn Krueger, and other board members, presented the awards during ceremonies at Hudson High School on May 11. He told recipients that the foundation and community are proud of the educators’ efforts to bring innovative ideas to the classrooms of local schools.
Grant recipients are listed below.
- ELL Traveling Library submitted by Samantha Thrane, with help from Melissa Miller, from River Crest Elementary School. The program will impact all Hudson elementary schools. English Language Learners (ELL) will have access to books that feature both their native language and English side-by-side. Hudson currently has students with 14 different native languages. The books assist both students and parents as they learn English. The foundation awarded $3,048.37.
- Flex Farm Hydroponic System submitted by Leslie Bleskachek from Hudson High School. The proposal would expose students to emerging technology in agriculture, food science and plant science. The technology allows the growth of greens indoors without the use of soil. The foundation awarded $1,820.
- Empty Bowls Service Learning Project submitted by Katy Cook, Melissa Johnson, Teri Hagar and Jodi Youngman from Hudson Prairie Elementary School. The program will combine math, art and community service. Students will create ceramic bowls, learn about hunger in the community and raise funds to help those in need. The foundation awarded $5,914.21.
- Digital Storytelling submitted by Caroline Wolf from River Crest Elementary School. The goal of the project is to promote and listen to reading and still involve technology among kindergarten students. Storytelling will be done with electronics combined with kid-friendly buttons, figurines and different voices. The foundation awarded $2,039.55.
- Inclusive outdoor classroom submitted by Anita Horne with help from Susan Erickson at River Crest Elementary School. The program involves providing improved inclusivity of the early childhood outdoor classroom. Plans call for a shelter and rubberized surface. The foundation awarded $3,000. The plan calls for additional funding from other sources before construction begins.
- Digital Mixer submitted by Tricia Piper from St. Patrick’s School. The program involves purchasing equipment for a sensory room at the school. It will give the school the opportunity to deal with students who have certain needs. The foundation awarded $1,860.
In addition to Krueger, current Foundation board members are Dr. Ron Berth, Jodell Krause, Doug Stohlberg, Joan Thompson, John Kramer, Heidi Gilbert, and Scott Snyder. Steven Keller is the organization’s volunteer executive director.
Star Grants offer financial support for innovative classroom projects and also projects furthering the education of teachers — all items that would not typically be funded in the normal budgeting process. The foundation awards Star Grants twice each year. Application deadlines are November 1 and April 1. The foundation also selects winners of the Star Excellence Award each year. The award is presented to outstanding educators in the spring. Those individuals are nominated by the public and nominations are due April 1 of each year.
The foundation, founded in 1990, is a private organization established to strengthen community participation in local schools and inspire both teachers and students. With the May grants, the foundation has funded just under $2,000,000 in local education projects and awards since the organization’s inception.
The foundation is funded by private donations, mostly coming from local and area businesses, individuals, and foundations.
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Hudson High School Peer Helpers are students committed to helping others in need of a listener, a friend, encouragement or support. These dedicated individuals provide a confidential resource to help their peers cope with concerns and challenges they face throughout high school. Any student is able to reach out to them or connect with them through the counseling office.
This April, we had the Peer Helper Retreat at Camp Icaghowan. Our Peer Helpers learned new tools, resources, and strategies to help peers with day-to-day concerns. They received training on substance abuse and learned the warning signs of use. They also learned about various aspects of mental health and how to help peers going through difficult times.