Middle School Hosts 4th Grade Book Buddies

Three students gathered around a desk working on their snowflake project.

Hudson Middle School 6th graders from Raider Blue have begun hosting 4th graders from Hudson Prairie Elementary for monthly community building. Time together is focused on practicing character traits or themes using books/video clips, chanting quotes, and creating projects. Not only are 4th grade students able to enjoy activities with a partner from the Middle School, they are also becoming more aware of the building and teachers they will experience when they transition to 6th grade. Our 6th grade students also gain important leadership skills.

The recent group read the book, “Snowflake Bentley,” by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. The story highlights how each snowflake is unique. Activities and discussions centered around ideas like:

  • “Every avalanche starts with just one snowflake.
  • “Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.” ~ Vesta M. Kelly

Middle School Hosts Academic and Career Planning Nights

Middle School students and their parents working together at desks.

The Middle School Counseling Department is hosting Academic and Career Planning (ACP) nights for 8th grade students and their families. The evening includes a large group presentation on Hudson High School graduation requirements and elective course options. The presentation will help students and families prepare for selecting High School classes. There is also a small group session that covers extracurricular activities and time to discuss student strengths, interests, goals, and wishes for the future. Time is also spent learning about the electronic academic and career planning resources.

Upcoming Academic and Career Planning Nights are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, December 17th from 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Monday, January 6th from 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Thursday, January 16th from 6:00-8:00 PM

Space is limited so please sign up using the ACP Night Sign-Up Form (click here). 

Students are encouraged to bring their charged Chromebooks to the presentations.

Hudson Schools Exceed or Significantly Exceed Expectations

State of Wisconsin with the number 83.9 Significantly Exceeds Expectations

The Hudson School District is excited to report that the School District is ranked in the top 8% of Wisconsin school districts according to the recently released Wisconsin School Report Cards. All of the Hudson Schools scored an Exceeds or Significantly Exceeds Expectations on their report cards. The School District is particularly proud of progress made on closing learning gaps and making academic progress for all children.

Individual 2018-2019 School Report Cards can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

Click on the following link to learn more about Wisconsin School Report Cards: https://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards

Raider Spirit Across the District

High school football players and Pep Band at elementary playground

Raider homecoming spirit spread across the district today, as the Spirit Bus along with the football team, marching band and the Raidaires visited our elementary schools; promoting Raider Pride, sportsmanship and having some homecoming fun. Go Raiders!

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Calling All Creative Kids!

Destination Imagination Maker Day Announcement with watch gears in the background

It’s that time of the year to get signed up for Destination Imagination!

We are hosting a DI Maker Day so you can find out what DI is all about. on

Drop in any time, stay for the fun. We will provide:

  • A room full of crazy, creative things for you to create with!
  • All the information you need to join a DI team or start your own team (between 2 and 7 kids, any grade, K through 12)
  • Copies of the New Challenges!

Questions? Contact: Liz Malanaphy at [email protected] or Anita Stilwell at [email protected] 

Annual Meeting Highlights

Dr. Ouellette and Board members seated on the stage for Annual Meeting.

Monday’s Annual Meeting of the Board of Education opened with Dr. Ouellette presenting highlights of the District’s achievements and the Board’s focus areas. Click here to view Dr. Ouellette’s presentation.

Presentations were also provided by Board Treasurer Heather Logelin and Tim Erickson, Chief Financial and Operations Officer. Together, they covered the 2019-2020 proposed budget and levy, budget challenges and assumptions, and the impact on property taxes.

Budget Challenges:

  • Address reduced state funding levels.
  • Address instructional needs for all learners including: staff professional development, curriculum adoption, resource materials, and services to meet student needs.
  • Maintain student to teacher ratios within class size guidelines.
  • Sustainable funding for long-term maintenance and capital improvement plan for all facilities.

Budget Assumptions:

  • State equalization aid is projected to be $836,000 less or 3.8% lower than last year and per pupil categorical aid has been increased by $88 per student under the first year of the biennial state budget or a $496,000 increase over last year.
  • The estimated mill rate of $10.35 is down 1.54% from last year’s $10.51. Overall property valuation is estimated to increase 10.09% compared to 3.7% last year. The state average is 6.0%
  • Total under levy stands at approximately $3,300,000, which is direct tax relief for property owners in the Hudson School District.
  • Salaries and benefits are budgeted to increase $1,830,000 or 4.0% over last and include new staffing, staffing reductions, Teacher Salary Structure, Support Staff Compensation System, Hudson Lead Salary Structure, and Board approved increase of 2.5%

Below is the Annual Meeting Booklet

WEB – Where Everybody Belongs

A group of kids work to keep a balloon in the air.

Hudson Middle School incoming Class of 2026 participated in the second year of WEB. WEB, which stands for “Where Everybody Belongs” is a middle school orientation and transition program that welcomes 6th graders and helps to make them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their middle school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, the program trains mentors from the 8th grade class to be WEB leaders. As positive role models, WEB leaders are mentors and student leaders who guide the 6th graders to discover what it takes to be successful at Hudson Middle School.

The WEB leaders are gathered on the bleachers.

WEB provides 6th graders with support and guidance from 8th graders who have been through the challenges of middle school including attending a larger school.

  • This year we have forty-five (45) 8th grade WEB leaders along with five (5) Freshman who returned to help as former WEB leaders.
  • We had about 350 6th grader students attend the WEB orientation activities.
  • Five Middle School staff trained the WEB leaders.
  • Other Middle School staff joined the actual orientation day.
  • Large group activities were held in the gym for the first two hours of the day. These activities included a variety of group activities that got people moving and excited.
  • Small group activities were also held and led by the WEB leaders and school staff. These activities included cooperative games and other fun ways to get to know each other.
  • Additionally, the 6th graders had time to practice opening their lockers and toured the building.

Thanks to our WEB leaders and staff for helping our 6th graders feel welcome and connected to Hudson Middle School!