Middle School Music Programming

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For over 10 years, the Hudson School District and community have been recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants as a “Best Communities for Music Education.”

Be a part of the excitement! Being part of band, choir, and or orchestra is a great way to learn new skills and meet new people! Your child does not need previous music experience to be part of our music programs.

Registration is now beginning for Middle School Band and Choir, click on the links below for details:

Many students have already connected to the Middle School music program through Orchestra – we look forward to seeing you in 6th grade as well!!

If you have questions about the Middle School Music Program, please contact one of the teachers below:

  • Kaylynn Brown (Band) brownkl@hudsonraiders.org or 715.377.3820; ext. 4330
  • Angela Kroska (Band) kroskaangela@hudsonraiders.org or 715.377.3820; ext. 4321
  • Jared Schulz (Band) schulzjared@hudsonraiders.org or 715.377.3820; ext. 4329
  • Erin Maher (Choir) maheree@hudsonraiders.org or 715.377.3820; ext. 4323
  • Leann Stein (General Music) steinlm@hudsonraiders.org or 715.377.3820; ext. 4319
  • Rachel Knipfer (Orchestra) knipferl@hudsonraiders.org or 715.377.3820; ext. 4338

HMS Raider of the Month – February

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This month we recognize those students who demonstrate “empathy”.

HMS Raider of the Month – January

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School Closure Metric Modification – December 16, 2020

School Closure Metric Modifications – December 16, 2020

The Board of Education held a special meeting on Wednesday, December 16th to review the School District’s COVID-19 response; parent, staff, and student responses to a recent COVID-19 survey; and discuss modifications to the existing School Closure Metric. 

Based on the information and experience gained over the past nine months of the pandemic and the COVID-19 survey responses, the following matrix changes were approved by the Board of Education. 

Elementary School Modifications

  • Will operate face-to-face or virtual. There will be no hybrid instructional model at this level. Based on survey responses and the instructional challenges with hybrid at the elementary level, it was determined that hybrid instruction at this level would be more problematic than virtual instruction.
  • Moving to virtual learning will be dependent on the percent of confirmed positive cases in an individual classroom. Only classrooms that meet this threshold will be moved to virtual learning, not the entire school building. Virtual learning will end approximately 2 weeks from the date of the announcement.
    • Approximately 15% of a class, based on class size guidelines, would need to test positive over a two week period in order to be moved to virtual learning. That means 3 positive cases for grades K-2 and 4 positive cases for grades 3-5.
    • If a classroom needs to move to virtual learning there will be a two day transition period to allow families and teachers to prepare. First, the announcement will be made and the class will stay in face-to-face learning the following day to allow parents to make childcare plans. Then the class will have no school for one day to allow the teacher an opportunity to prepare for the virtual learning and for the district to provide the resources needed for students to participate virtually. 

Secondary Modifications – Grades 6-12

  • Continue to make instructional decisions on a two week schedule.
  • Use new Hudson School District resident data from the Department of Health Services (DHS) for community spread calculation. The following link will take you to the DHS site, you must scroll to the bottom to find school district resident data titled COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by County and Census Tract, Municipality, School District and Zip Code : https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/data.htm
  • The left hand column calculation reflects the cumulative number of positive cases in the school building. 
  • The next data collection date and report on the instructional model is Wednesday, December 23, 2020. This data collection date will determine which instructional model the High School and Middle School will return to after Winter Break. 
    • Regardless of the December 23 data, the Board of Education determined the High School and Middle School would be hybrid or virtual after Winter Break. Out of an abundance of caution, students would not return face-to-face even if the numbers are low. 
  • There are no changes to activities/athletics.

An additional modification for grades K-12 was made regarding students who are out of school in Individual Distance Learning (IDL). Students who are not in school or activities during a reporting period because they are IDL will no longer be included in the decision making calculation as they were in the past. 

HMS Raider of the Month

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Our October Raider of the Month focus was Accountability. Congratulations to this group of young leaders!

HMS celebrated their September Raider of the Month students who demonstrate an “Attitude of Gratitude”.

School Closure Metric – October 28, 2020

The School District posts this data bi-weekly at https://hudsonraiders.org/covid-19/ 

The School District recognizes that it may need to adjust its plan based on staff and or substitute teacher shortages. We may need to accelerate a school closure due to a significant unanticipated outbreak. It is the School District’s intent to address center-based programs separately with the goal to maintain face-to-face instruction.

COVID-19 School Closure Metric Data 

  • The red circles indicate each school’s level of instruction based on positive cases. 
  • The blue box indicates the daily average of positive cases in each school.
  • The 14 day COVID-19 positive count per 10,000 in St. Croix County is 62.7.
  • Click here to view the metric as a PDF.
  • Next reporting date will be 11/11/2020.

COVID-19 School Closure Metric – Moving to Level 2 Hybrid Beginning Monday, October 5th

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COVID-19 School Closure Metric Data – September 30, 2020

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in our schools remain low. We currently have one (1) active case at the Middle School and five (5) active cases at the High School. The School District’s COVID-19 School Closure Metric takes into consideration active cases in our schools and in St. Croix County. Due to the rise in county cases over the 14 day reporting period, the School District will be moving to Level 2. 

Moving to Level 2 Beginning Monday, October 5

Level 2 Face-to-Face – Early Childhood, Grades 4K – 6 & Grade 9
Hybrid – Grades 7-8 & Grades 10-12

The School District’s hybrid model divides our student population into two cohort groups. 

  • Students with a last name beginning with A-K will be in cohort A. 
  • Students with a last name beginning with L-Z will be in cohort B. 
  • Cohort A will attend school face-to-face on Monday, Tuesday and every other Wednesday. Beginning on Monday, October 5, Cohort A will be attending class face-to-face. They will be face-to-face on Tuesday, October 6 and Wednesday, October 7. They will attend class virtually, on Thursday, October 8 and Friday, October 9. 
  • Cohort B will attend school face-to-face on Thursday, Friday and every other Wednesday. Beginning on Monday, October 5 they will be attending classes virtually and continue attending virtually on Tuesday, October 6 and Wednesday, October 7. They will attend class face-to-face on Thursday, October 8 and Friday, October 9.
  • All students will participate in class 5 days per week. Instruction will be synchronous, meaning students attend face-to-face on their scheduled cohort days and are also expected to attend class virtually on the days they are not face-to-face.  
  • The Wednesday early dismissal schedule will continue to be followed. 

Change to Activities and Athletics

  • Activities and Athletics will continue to proceed with competitions. We will not be limiting athletics to practices only as was previously decided in the Back to School Blueprint.

The Board of Education and School District Administration will be reviewing the School Closure Metric to determine if a change is needed in the metric. For example, should more weight be given to the percentage of cases in our schools and less weight given to the number of county cases given the low number of positive cases in our schools. This change, if determined, would not go into effect until the next reporting period.

The School District posts this data bi-weekly at https://hudsonraiders.org/covid-19/ 

The School District recognizes that it may need to adjust its plan based on staff and or substitute teacher shortages. We may need to accelerate a school closure due to a significant unanticipated outbreak. It is the School District’s intent to address center-based programs separately with the goal to maintain face-to-face instruction.

COVID-19 School Closure Metric Data 

  • The red circles indicate each school’s level of instruction based on positive cases. 
  • The blue box indicates the percent of the daily running average of positive cases in each school.
  • The 14 day COVID-19 positive count per 10,000 in St. Croix County is 24.7.
  • Click here to view the metric as a PDF.
  • Next reporting date will be 10/14/2020.

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions & Resources

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Frequently Used Resources

IT Support for Families & Help Desk for Students and Families Individual Distance Learner Resources

Individual Distance Learning (IDL) Meals

Nutrition Services meals are available to all students enrolled as Individual Distance Learners. These meals include both breakfast and lunch.

Families interested in participating in this meal program may order meals each week between Friday and Monday (before 11:59 AM) for delivery on the following Thursday.

Steps for ordering meals:

  1. Create an account in MySchoolBucks or login to your existing account (click here)
  2. Go to the My Store tab and look for Meal Order-View Details
  3. Select your child
  4. Order meals for the week (you will get both breakfast and lunch with your order)
  5. Add to the Basket
  6. Repeat for additional children if needed
  7. Continue to Confirm Purchase
  8. Order Accepted, will display when you have completed.

Meal pickup is scheduled for Thursdays from 3:00-4:00 PM at Hudson High School, Door 12 on the north side of the school (back side). There will be signs indicating “Meal Pickup” area. You will receive 5 days of meals including milk.

If you have questions, please contact the Nutrition Services Office at 715.377.3717 or email cardoss@hudsonraiders.org.


Families and staff are reminded to screen for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to school.  

Please note: If you choose to get a COVID-19 test for yourself or your child, you must not return to school until you have your test results. 

Students who have been identified as close contacts should contact their school principal to continue classroom instruction through Individual Distance Learning (IDL).

COVID-19 Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough (new onset or worsening of chronic cough)
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell

OR at least two (2) of the following symptoms:

  • Fever over 100
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Congestion/runny nose
  • Muscle pain/aches
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting

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