50th Anniversary of Earth Day

It's Earth Month poster with green leaves.

This year we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. Did you know Earth Day was founded by a Wisconsin Senator, Gaylord Nelson from Clear Lake, WI?

Thank you Mrs. Conklin for putting together the calendar of activities to enjoy throughout the month of April. Enjoy!

Click here to view a PDF version of the calendar of activities.

 

International Technology & Engineering Educators Program of Excellence

MS Tech Ed teachers pose with their award.

Outstanding technology and engineering programs from around the world, including the program from Hudson Middle School were honored by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) at its 82nd Annual Conference held in March.

Thirty-one technology and engineering education programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels received ITEEA’s Program Excellence Award. The Program Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to technology and engineering education programs is presented in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the profession and students. The Program Excellence Award provides public recognition at the local/state through international levels.

The Program Excellence Award program is designed to recognize superior K-12 technology and engineering education programs from around the world. These award-winning programs serve as a standard for comparison and models for the development of other programs. Therefore, it is essential that each program selected and recognized reflects contemporary technology engineering education.

Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in their region, province, or state as proponents of advancing technological literacy for all.

ITEEA President, Dr. Philip A. Reed, DTE, shared, “The award winners exhibit so many high-quality programs and activities occurring globally in technology and engineering education! It is inspiring to learn from these leaders, and we should all feel proud to be connected with these colleagues.”

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

coronavirus update

COVID-19 Resources

Learning ResourcesNutrition Services & Backpack ProgramMental Health Support

 


March 24, 2020

Governor Extends “Safer at Home” Order

Governor Evers announced today that he is extending his “safer at home” order for the next 30 days. This order goes into effect at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, March 25th and will remain in effect until 8:00 AM April 24th.

The Hudson School District will continue to offer remote learning for our students during this extended period. There will be additional information coming from the School District regarding our continued remote learning and expectations for students. 

During his press conference yesterday, the Governor stated, “I know the COVID-19 outbreak has been difficult and has disrupted the lives of people across our state. Issuing a Safer at Home order isn’t something I thought we’d have to do and it’s not something I take lightly, but here’s the bottom line: folks need to start taking this seriously. Each and every one of us has to do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 so we can flatten the curve to ensure our doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers have the opportunity to do their important work. Let’s all do our part and work together.”

Wisconsin residents must comply with the Governor’s order when they leave their homes. The Governor’s order allows residents to:

  • Perform tasks essential to maintain health and safety, such as obtaining medicine or seeing a doctor.
  • Get necessary services or supplies for themselves or their family or household members, such as getting food and supplies, pet food, supplies necessary for staying at home, and gas.
  • Care for a family member in another household.
  • Care for older adults, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or other vulnerable persons.

The public should follow simple steps to prevent illness and avoid exposure to this virus including:

  • Avoid social gatherings with people of all ages (including playdates and sleepovers, parties, large family dinners, visitors in your home, non-essential workers in your house).
  • Stay at least six feet away from other people – use social distancing when at the grocery store or other essential businesses.
  • Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Stay home.

We know this extension will cause additional stress for families and staff. There are resources available for people who may need additional support during this time. 

The following agencies are offering TeleMentalHealth Services. This means that they are able to meet virtually online. Assistance is available if families do not have insurance to cover this expense.

Staff may also choose to reach out to the School District’s Employee Assistance Program Counseling & Therapy provided by Family Means – 651.789.4054

The School District greatly appreciates the efforts made by our families to enforce the Governor’s orders. I  also extended an enormous thank you to our Raider School community for continuing to provide instruction and services to our families; including our teachers and other certified staff, paraprofessionals, IT, Nutrition Services, Facilities and Grounds, School Age Care, support staff, and leadership team – we are stronger together! 

Nick Ouellette, PhD.

Superintendent


March 23, 2020

Hudson Fields, Tennis Courts, Playgrounds, and Parking Lots CLOSED

Governor Evers ordered all schools closed effective March 18, 2020. This closure included all school properties. As Governor Evers calls for all of us to do our part and stay home, we are asking all of you to stay off School District property. This means all School District fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, and parking lots are CLOSED. 

The Governor is urging people to stop planning sleepovers, play dates, and dinner parties with friends and neighbors. Please refrain from gathering groups of kids together or sharing physical materials between families, including books, notebooks, or any other instructional materials. The longer it takes people to comply with social distancing, the longer we are going to have to do this. Social distancing is critical to reducing the spread of this virus. 

Let’s all do our part and work together to keep everyone safe.


March 19, 2020 – 3:30 PM

The Hudson School District has been notified that the confirmed St. Croix County case of COVID-19 is an individual at Hudson High School. The individual was not in the school for over one week prior to the school closing. 

Per St. Croix County Public Health, the individual is isolated at home and doing well. Public Health is identifying and contacting anyone that has been in close contact with this individual.

Due to data privacy laws, the School District is not able to provide any additional information that is potentially identifiable.

Sincerely,

Nick Ouellette, PhD.

Superintendent


March 19, 2020

The Hudson School District received the following message from St. Croix County Public Health.

COVID-19 Confirmed Case in St. Croix County

Public Health announced today that St. Croix County has its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. This individual is isolated at home and doing well. Public Health is identifying and contacting anyone that has been in close contact with the positive case.

“It is important that St. Croix County residents do not panic but continue to follow recommendations to protect themselves, others, and slow the spread of COVID-19.” said Kelli Engen, St. Croix County Health Officer.

With no medicine or vaccines to treat or prevent COVID-19, SCC-Public Health wants everyone to follow these simple steps:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Frequent handwashing with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid touching you face
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces
  • Practice social distancing – 6 feet from others
  • Avoid public gatherings of more than 10 persons, “Public Health and Emergency Management are working together with local, state, and federal partners to implement response plans; but it is important to understand that everyone has a role in reducing the spread of COVID-19.” said Natasha Cardinal, St. Croix County Emergency Manager.

The COVID-19 pandemic is quickly changing. SCC-Public Health recommends the following information sources:

We will notify you with additional information as it becomes available.



March 16, 2020 – 3:30 PM

Dear Hudson Families and Staff,

We understand that Governor Evers held a briefing earlier today that has created some confusion regarding restricting gatherings of 50 or more people. We have connected with our state and local public health agencies and have been told this directive does NOT include schools at this time.

Hudson School District will continue to be open for students on Tuesday, March 17th.

We apologize for the repeated messages. We are working hard to keep everyone up to date as information and guidance changes. As we said earlier, announcements made earlier in the day may change as our information changes. Your patience is appreciated. 

Sincerely,

Nick Ouellette, PhD.

Superintendent


March 16, 2020 – 12:00 PM

Dear Hudson Families and Staff,

The Hudson School District continues to review our plan in response to COVID-19. In order to provide families with planning time to set up childcare and protect students, staff and the community, Hudson School District will be closing our schools at the close of Tuesday, March 17th. 

The School District has additional information and changes to assist families and staff during this closure. Please read through all of these points.

 

  1. Remote Learning: Students have received or will be receiving information from their classroom teachers on how to continue learning during this closing. Families should expect to be contacted by classroom teachers in grades K-5 and from their advisors in grades 6-12 weekly during the closure. 
  2. Free Meals: Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all children who are in need of meals during the closure. We are setting up meal distribution at the High School. Meals will be available for pick-up between 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Families should drive to the back parking lot where a tent will be set up outside of the loading dock. You do not need to get out of your car. 
    1. If you plan to pick-up meals, please respond to this quick survey so we can plan an accurate number of meals.
  3. Child care for Medical Professionals and First Responders: School Age Care will be open to Hudson School District residents who are medical professionals or first responders. Care will be located at EP Rock Elementary School from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 
    1. Please complete this quick survey to let us know if you are a medical professional in need of child care.
  4. Student medications. If your child has medication at school that he/she may need during the closure, please plan on picking it up before the close of the day Tuesday, March 17th. Medications will NOT be sent home with children.

During this time, we want to emphasize the need for social distancing and good hygiene. Unlike “snow days,” we encourage families to avoid gatherings. These are unprecedented times, and we will get through this together. Please understand this closure is not only to keep students and staff safe, but also to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as seen in other countries around the world. 

You can expect regular communication from the School District as we make decisions related to this closure and ongoing instruction and services.

Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate this difficult time. We appreciate your support and understanding.

Sincerely,

Nick Ouellette, PhD.

Superintendent


March 13, 2020 – 6:00 PM


March 13, 2020


March 10, 2020

Click here to read “Talking to Children About COVID-19 (coronavirus) A Parent Guide” from the National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses.

Students or staff who participated in the DI event are generally considered to be at low-risk for being exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Attendees are being notified out of an abundance of caution. The recommendations for low-risk individuals are to self-monitor for fever and respiratory illness symptoms, and to self-isolate and contact their local health department or provider if symptoms appear.  There is no recommendation for asymptomatic people who had a low risk exposure to quarantine themselves. Anyone considered to be more than low-risk would be contacted individually by their health department for further assessment.  Please contact your provider or your local public health department if you have questions or concerns.


March 9, 2020

The Hudson School District has learned a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in Pierce County. It is our understanding that the individual with the confirmed case was present at the recent Destination Imagination(DI) competition this past weekend at Osceola High School. There were Hudson School District students in grades 3-12 at the DI event. Out of an overabundance of caution we are communicating this to you today. 

We are unaware of any confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Hudson School District. According to guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), spending time in the same indoor environment as persons known to have COVID-19 is considered to represent a low risk of exposure to the virus.  While the risk to others is considered low, we cannot know for sure that there is absolutely no risk.

The Hudson School District has a plan in place to address COVID-19 if it spreads to our staff and students (click here to view Hudson’s plan). As part of this plan, the School District will be following the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Wisconsin Department of Health Services, St. Croix County Public Health, and WI Department of Public Instruction. 

As confirmed cases are identified closer to our Hudson community, the Hudson School District will closely monitor the health and attendance of our students and staff.

We recognize this may cause anxiety among our families and we will do our best to address your concerns. We are committed to ensuring students are supported with love, compassion, and care.

The CDC provides the following:

While the immediate risk of this new virus is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help respond to this emerging public health threat:

  • It is currently influenza and respiratory disease season. The CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing – throw the tissue away immediately after you use it. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your inside elbow area.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol-based (60-95%) hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick.
  • If you get flu-like symptoms, stay home from school, work, and social gatherings to prevent others from getting ill.
    • If you have a fever of 100 degrees or above, you should stay home.
    • Your fever should be gone for a full 24 hours, without using fever-reducing medication, before returning to work.

You can get additional information about coronavirus from the following websites:

 

Healthy Use of Screen Time

Multiple images of children using different screen time devices.

The Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health offers the following information as a guide for families on the topic of screen time (click here to read Supporting Child Well-being Through Healthy Use of Screen Time).

“In Wisconsin, adolescents who experience episodes of major depression have steadily increased. At the same time, there has been a growing body of evidence to suggest the amount of screen time usage may initiate or worsen symptoms of anxiety and depression, reduce social connectedness, and contribute to poor social and emotional wellness.”

 

BizTown + Financial Literacy = Fun

A group of students pose in the Biz Town center.

Each year, Hudson Middle School sixth graders participate in “BizTown”, a learning lab simulation in St. Paul sponsored by Junior Achievement. Leading up to the lab simulation, students study economics and finance in their World Studies and Math classes. Students complete resumes, job applications, and participate in job interviews in their Language Arts classes. During their time in the lab, students work to operate a profitable business, manage their finances, gain an understanding of local government, and experience being an “adult” for the day. 

This year’s “Mayor” Lily Welle, from the Raider White House had this to say about her BizTown experience, “This experience will be very hard to forget. During the day my job was to run the whole town, answer questions or concerns, and spot out who was being a good worker and citizen. As mayor in others’ eyes, it seems that all you do is walk around and talk to people, when that is not it. As mayor, you have many responsibilities like making sure all of the citizens get paid the right amount, do all of the bank loans, give speeches about what’s going on in the town, set up the voting station, encourage others to have fun and get their work done, and more. Being mayor of BizTown was an amazing opportunity, and the staff and volunteers were so nice and encouraging. I hope that someday I can have a role or job just like this.”

Students seated at a table. A group of girls working at computers. Large group of students seated on the floor listening to presenter. Two students standing in the BizTown center. A group of students working together in an office. Two students working together on reviewing financial documents.

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