Among the educators and program partners earning grants from the Education Foundation of Hudson were, from left, Dan Bell (St. Patrick School principal), Amanda Fedor (St. Patrick School), Tracy Metz (Willow River Elementary School), Stephanie Chuckel (Willow River Elementary School), Traci Wolfe (River Crest Elementary School), and Samantha Thrane (River Crest Elementary School).
The Education Foundation of Hudson awarded Star Grants in November for innovative classroom projects and curriculum training. The grants totaled $12,622.77 for five 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 November 30, 2023. Krueger 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 communication iPads submitted by Samantha Thrane from River Crest Elementary School. The program will impact all non-English speaking students at Hudson elementary schools. English language learners (ELL) will have access to iPads that are able to translate both speech and printed words from their native language to English, or vice versa. Hudson elementary schools currently have 71 ELL students at various English speaking levels. The books assist both students and parents as they learn English. The foundation awarded $3,989.85.
- One School, One Book submitted by Traci Wolfe from River Crest Elementary School. The proposal will provide every student and classroom with one book to help build a sense of community amongst their peers and provide a connection of home and school communication. The foundation awarded $2,634.
- Hudson High School tech education equipment submitted by Dan Weiland. The program is designed to provide updated equipment for the STEM lab. It will be geared toward electronic engineering testing equipment and 3D design materials. The foundation awarded $2,616.
- Building peer communication via Augmentative Alternative Communication submitted by Stephanie Chukel and Tracy Metz from Willow River Elementary School. The equipment will be used by students with complex communication needs. The equipment will help students with AAC to increase social and academic interactions. The foundation awarded $2201.92.
- Sensory room materials written by Amanda Fedor from St. Patrick’s School. The materials will be added to an already existing sensory room at the school where students with certain needs can deal with stress or other issues. The room has become useful in assisting the counseling department at the school. The foundation awarded $1,181.
The foundation, founded in 1990, is a private organization established to strengthen community participation in local schools and inspire both teachers and students. With November’s grants ($12, 622.77), the foundation has funded just over $2,100,00 in local education projects and awards since the organization’s inception.
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. Thompson recently announced that she will be retiring from the board at the end of this year (2023). Steven Keller is the organization’s volunteer executive director.
Learn more about the Education Foundation at: https://hudsonraiders.org/educationfoundation/
Hudson School District Ranks in Top 10% of All Wisconsin K-12 Schools
The Hudson School District received good news on the Wisconsin School State Report Card and from the US News & World Report school rankings. The District attained the “Exceeds Expectations” rating from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). The District’s overall report card rating places Hudson in the top 10% of all K-12 districts in Wisconsin. Additionally, this is the highest school district rating in CESA 11 and in the Big Rivers athletic conference.
Hudson had the highest School Report Card score in comparison to neighboring school districts.
- Hudson – 75.9
- St. Croix Central – 73.5
- Somerset – 72.4
- River Falls – 70.8
- New Richmond – 66.1
The Hudson School District also learned two Hudson elementary schools rank in the top 20 elementary schools in Wisconsin on the US News and World Report’s annual school ranking. Houlton Elementary School ranked 7th and North Hudson Elementary School ranked 20th. There are over 1,200 public elementary schools in the state.
Hudson High School ranked 44th out of 514 Wisconsin high schools. In a review of neighboring high school district rankings, Hudson is the only area high school ranked in the top fifty. Hudson also performed well in comparison to Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area high schools with a #25 ranking.
- Hudson – 44
- St. Croix Central – 63
- River Falls – 78
- New Richmond – 90
- Somerset – 209
The US News and World Report’s ranking is widely regarded as a benchmark for assessing the quality of education across the nation. The Hudson School District rankings are a testament to its continuous dedication to providing a high-quality learning environment for its students.
Key highlights contributing to the Hudson School District’s success include:
- Academic Excellence: The District has consistently demonstrated high academic standards, with students achieving notable success in standardized testing and advanced placement courses.Recently, Hudson High School received Advanced Placement Honor Roll recognition for delivering successful results while expanding access for students. Based on the 2023 test score data, Hudson High School earned Gold Level recognition. This is the second highest accomplishment for schools nationwide and puts Hudson in the top 1,700 schools in the nation.
- Academic and Extra-Curricular Opportunities: Hudson High School offers a wide variety of college level courses during the school day – over 20 Advanced Placement courses, 11 Project Lead the Way courses, and 27 dual credit courses in partnership with University of Wisconsin – River Falls, and Northwood Technical College. Outside the school day, Hudson students can participate in 18 athletic teams, over 10 competitive extracurricular activities, and over 10 non-competitive extracurricular activities.
- Instructional Excellence: District instruction is data driven. School teaching teams review standardized test scores and other measures to guide instruction for improved student learning outcomes. Emphasis has been placed on teacher support with veteran teachers mentoring and supporting new teachers. The District fosters a culture of high expectations with high levels of support.
- Student Achievement: Hudson School District’s students consistently excel in various academic, extracurricular, and leadership activities, showcasing the District’s commitment to nurturing individuals with a wide range of skills and abilities. The District recognizes the importance of family engagement in the academic success of students. Teachers and staff work hard to partner with families to maximize the learning potential of all students.
- Community Engagement: The strong partnership between the District and the local community plays a crucial role in supporting student success. Collaborative efforts ensure students receive a well-rounded education and support beyond the classroom.
Superintendent Nick Ouellette expressed gratitude for the hard work and dedication of the District’s educators, staff, students, and the entire community. “Our School Report Card and the US News & World Report recognition is a result of the collective efforts of our exceptional staff, supportive families, and engaged students. We are very proud of this achievement and remain committed to providing the best education in the region and the state.”
At the December Senior Tech Club meeting, members wore their favorite festive attire and brought some holiday treats. Time was spent learning how to set up emergency and medical information on their cell phones. The Senior Tech Club members were joined by 15 National Honor Society students who provided individualized support for senior members!
If you would like to learn more about Senior Tech Club, contact the School District’s IT Department at 715.377.3709
On Halloween, High School DECA students hit the streets during trick or treating to collect non-perishable food items to be donated to the local food pantry. In total, over 500 items were collected. Thank you to those who were able to donate, supporting both Hudson DECA and the local food pantry!
Hudson High School is hosting 20 students and 2 teachers from German through November 9, 2023. The students are here as part of the German American Partnership Program GAPP.
The GAPP program is designed to inspire global understanding, promote German language instruction, and foster new and lasting relationships between the U.S. and Germany.
This past summer, HHS students visited Germany as part of the this exchange program.
Excellent representation of our Hudson Middle and High School band and orchestra students who participated in the All State Honor Band/Orchestra. Hudson had eight students invited to participate. Having one student participate is quite rare, but 8 is amazing! Congratulations HHS students Ben B (featured Orchestra clarinet soloist), Graham C. (featured in WI State Percussion Ensemble), Dylan S., James Q., Ben W., and HMS students Carly M., Kyra Reierson, and Tyler S. #WeAreRaiderProud
Project Lead the Way POE Electric Car Races were held this week. We have new winners and new record holders of the 50 ft. race at 6.16 seconds!
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.
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