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.
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.
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%
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.
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!
Throughout the school year, over thirty (30) Hudson students in grades 5-10 competed in the Scenario Writing Competition for Future Problem Solving. Of those students, twelve (12) qualified to attend the state Future Problem Solving competition this past April. The Wisconsin State winners were invited to advance to the international conference. Hudson’s four state winners included, Ben Weaver – 1st place WI Scenario Writer, Junior Division; George Cook – 2nd place WI Scenario Writer, Junior Division; Ainsley Kennedy – 1st place WI Scenario Writer, Senior Division; and Julia Ginsbach – 2nd place WI Scenario Writer, Senior Division.
Pictured above: Benjamin Weaver (Hudson Middle School); George Cook (Hudson Prairie Elementary School); Ainsley Kennedy (Hudson High School); Julia Ginsbach (Hudson High School)
At the Future Problem Solving International Conference, the students were matched up with writers from around the United States and the world for the team scenario writing competition. During the competition, teams wrote a new, collaborative story in two hours based on a future scene and topic. This year’s topic was “De-Extinction.” There were 85 competitors who qualified for the International Scenario Writing competition. Hudson came home with two awards. Benjamin Weaver’s team scenario earned 2nd place in the Junior Division and Julia Ginsbach’s team scenario earned 1st place in the Senior Division.
Picture above: Benjamin Weaver with his teammates from Kentucky, Michigan and France.
Pictured above: Julia Ginsbach with her teammates from California, Washington and Kentucky.
The Future Problem Solving International Conference provides participants with the opportunity to experience a high-level of competition and gain valuable feedback from a wider audience on their writing. Additionally, participants learn about and interact with students from diverse cultures, gaining a global perspective on topics and issues that affect our whole world and collective future. It is a motivating and enriching experience for all who attend!
Flags and flag bearers at the Opening Ceremony of at the Future Problem Solvers International Conference at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Congratulations to the Hudson Middle School 8th grade DI team who recently competed at the Global Finals Kansas City. The team was one of four teams from Hudson, the other teams were from the High School teams. The Middle School team was chosen to walk in the international parade of affiliates representing Wisconsin. The team worked very hard all year and in the end they placed 12th out of 81 teams and 5th in their Instant Challenge. Team manager Katie Thoreson stated, “I’ve been their team manager all through Middle School and I couldn’t be prouder.”
The Team – Paint, It’s Not a Phase, included: Owen Olson, Jackson O’Brien, Meghan Hillman, Beni Kemp, and Evey Thoreson.
Congratulations to Hudson Middle School students in Raider White who read a total of 2,085 books and 438,780 pages this year. Each of the students is holding a sign with the number of books he/she read. Way to go Raider White!
Middle School students in Ms. Hackbarth Miller’s 6th grade Language Arts class wrote reviews of local restaurants to practice their persuasive writing skills, editing skills, and to create a stronger community connection. After students completed their final essays, they wrote thank you notes to restaurant managers, and sent them to their respective restaurants. Much to their surprise, some restaurants wrote back and even sent gift cards! The students appreciated this writing opportunity and to be part of such a caring community!
Much thanks to this great group of kids representing the Hudson Middle School Student Council who spent time cleaning along Highway 12. The Student Council adopted this section of the highway.
Pictured above in the back row from left to right is, Preston Jensen, Ryleigh White, Bennett Hatfield, Addie Aune, Kellen Grossenbacher, Nathan Kromrey, Frankie Franta, and Brin Swenke. In the front row from left to right is, Abby Obermueller, Olivia Huber, and Francis Foster.
The Middle School Sustainability Club sponsored a “Milk Carton Challenge” for all Hudson schools on America Recycles Day. Willow River was the district winner and received a Red Blaze Maple to plant at their school. Chris Reckinger’s 5th grade class hosted the contest. The tree was presented by Timothy Frank, a club representative and Willow River Alumni. Students planted the tree on Arbor Day.
Last week, Hudson Middle School promoted walk or ride your bike to school day. About 70 students rode a bike or scooter to school for the event. Another 150 students walked. Students who live too far from school to bike or walk could choose to walk the track before school as participants.
Students who participated in the day had a chance to wing a bike helmet or frisbees provided by Healthier Together – Pierce and St. Croix Counties Coalition. All participants received bike reflectors.