The Raider Way

A group of students are gathered around their desks with donuts.

Middle School students spent advisory learning about what it means to be a Raider and “The Raider Way.”  Each day, as advisories got to know one another through greetings and games, components of The Raider Way–reflective, accountable, inspired, driven, empathetic, ready, and service-focused–were highlighted.  Friday culminated in the viewing of a video in which some members of Hudson High School’s class of 2022 spoke about how The Raider Way plays out in their lives and what impact the Hudson community has had on their lives.  This whole week will form the framework and direction for a year of mindful learning, community connections, and character building, with 7 Mindsets being the anchor that holds it all together.

Above, students in Ms. Kowalchyk’s advisory enjoy Donut Friday!

Have a great 2021-2022 school year!

A group of students posing with the EP Rock sign in front of the school.

Love the energy the first week of school brings to our staff and school community! Above, Mrs. Shimon’s class spent their first day learning all about the Fifth Grade opportunities at EP Rock Elementary and how they get to be the role models of the school.

Students lined up ringing the bell at Houlton Elementary.

Houlton Elementary School has the tradition of ringing the school bell on the first day.

Teachers greeting students as they get off the bus.

Staff at River Crest Elementary School line up to greet students as they arrive.

A group of students lined up on the playground bridge.

North Hudson friends are excited to see each other!

Mr. Bahnke and school counselor Aria Krieser welcome students on the first day.

Principal Behnke and school counselor Mrs. Kreiser welcome students on their first day.

HMS Schedule Release

Hudson Middle School Shield Logo

Parents – you can see your child’s schedule after 4:00 PM as they have in the past and see your child’s schedule on the left side column in Skyward.

Skyward navigation bar

Student schedules will be available to view through Skyward Family Access Friday (8/13) afternoon around 4:00pm. Please read through the following helpful information about your schedule.

Student schedules will only be available if Online Registration has been completed. Online Registration is required each year of enrollment. You can complete registration in Skyward Family Access.  If you need assistance, please contact Hudson Middle School by calling (715) 377-3820 or emailing Kelly Paul.

Students must log in through Classlink to get to their Skyward account. Please make sure your child is logging into Classlink with this link here . If your child doesn’t remember his/her password to log into Classlink, please call 715-377-3709. We are not able to send password resets via email communication. We are receiving many requests for student resets so please note that if you have to leave a voicemail, you may not receive a call back right away as we are responding in the order of the requests received. Parents as a reminder, families will continue to access the Skyward Family Access with the same username and password that has been used in the past. If you have any issues signing in to Skyward Family Access, please call the middle school office at 715-377-3820.

Directions for logging into Classlink:

  1. Log into Classlink using your username and password.
  2. Look for the Skyward Student Access icon like the one below.
  3. Click on the link and it will take your child straight to Skyward Student Access.

Skyward icon

If your child sees a window that looks like the one below, click on the green Google button. Do not enter anything in the username/password boxes.

Skyward sign in page

Your Grade Level House is connected to your Advisor assignment.  Below is a list of each House Team and the connected Advisors.

  1. Not all Advisors are core subject teachers.
  2. Advisory time is at the beginning of the day (7:42-8:03) for ALL students.  Your Advisory will be in your Advisor’s room or a House area and the location is listed on your schedule as a room # for your 0 hour.
  3. A hard copy final schedule will be provided to all students on the first day of school in their 0 hour Advisory (7:42-8:03).
  4. Lockers are listed in Family Access along with combinations.  This is found under the Student Info tab.
  5. New students transferring to HMS from outside districts may have full schedules and may be updated after a records review and consultation with a school counselor.
  6. Each year students register for their 8th grade electives and a world language during their 7th grade year. We use these student requests to examine staffing and to build a master schedule with a focus on balanced and equitable class sizes. All students are scheduled for at least 2 of the 3 electives they requested. If they do not get all three of their primary requests, the third elective is selected from their alternate elective request list. Schedule change requests are not accepted for trimester 1, 2 or 3 unless there is a unique circumstance.  If you have a unique circumstance, please reach out to Dan Buckle (, the 8th grade school counselor to facilitate this request.

Click here to see Advisors by Grade Level and House


We’re Hiring!

We're Hiring

Are you looking for rewarding work? The Hudson School District has multiple full and part-time positions open. Whether you enjoy working directly with children or working behind the scenes – we have something for you! Click here to learn more about the the opportunities that are waiting for you!

Questions? Our Human Resources Department is here to help – 715.377.3706 or text RaiderProud to 833.222.1216

Celebrating Our Staff

The group of retirees standing together.

At the close of each school year, we take a moment to celebrate the contributions of our retirees and congratulate those who have achieved years of service milestones. The Hudson School District is proud to honor the impact these individuals have made throughout their careers. They have touched the lives of thousands of learners, young and old. Their collective service exemplifies the School District’s vision to empower all students to cultivate their talents, embrace their passions, and leverage their learning to impact the world around them.

Those honored on June 2, 2021 included:


Ernest Beachy (6 years); Lori Bieging (19 years); Diane Blihovde (24 years); Cynthia Brinsko (22 years); Cynthia Burak-Gresmer (16 years); Gwendolyn Conklin (20 years); Deborah Gangnon (15 years); Mary Gerzmehle (23 years); Dawn Grund (8 years); Laura Kiesler (24 years); Kris Larson (16 years); Christine Mattis (19 years); Cynthia Mitchell (35 years); Terri Ostertag (18 years); Brian Petermeier (27 years); Sandra Peterson (3 years); James Stejskal (23 years); Donna Stohlman (7 years); Julie Tangen (30 years); Natalie Thorson (24 years).

35 Years of Service

Cynthia Mitchell, Lois Zezza

30 Years of Service

John Dornfeld, Rachel Mueller, Julie Tangen

25 Years of Service

Heather Bohl, Timothy Chukel, Sheila Mullally, Celeste Nelson, Dolf Schmidt

20 Years of Service

John Aide, Susan Anderson, Rhonda Austin, Renee Bonse, Amy Briggs, Becky Brooks, Gwendolyn Conklin, Lori Finnegan, Jill Germain, Laurie Harmon, Phyllis Harper, Shelly Johannsen, Michele Johnson, Susan Johnson, Jay Kluz, Jason Lund, Ryan McCarthy, Erin Meier-Williamson, Cathy Schewe, Lisa Skoyen, Robert Smith, Jessica Stein, Leann Stein, Anita Stilwell

15 Years of Service

Kim Behnke, Kristine Bjerk, Charles Bublitz, Luke Chaffee, Tim Erickson, Lisa Faletti-Watkins, Karen Frye, Deborah Gangnon, Elizabeth Ganz, Crystal Geigle, Angela Goebel, Lisa Hayes, Adam Kaufman, Julie King-Hildreth, Blake Kotajarvi, Shane Magee, John McGinley, Vickie McLaughlin, Katie Murphy, Britt Peterson, Holly Quinn-Marrs, Angela Rehmus, Dan Weiland

10 Years of Service

Melissa Briese, Kalynn Brown, Cindy Clark, Lindi Everson, Jessica Flanagan, Nicole Gunderson, Megan Halvorson, Jody Kreibich, Greta Lewis, Christine Lila, Jessica Maalis, Lauren Mattson, Anthony Meincke, Julie Michaels, Aaron Moen, Steven Schoenecker, Nicholas Syman, Katie Vanasse


Hudson Named 2020 Best Communities for Music Education

Best Communities for Music Education poster

Congratulations to the Hudson School District for receiving the 2020 Best Communities for Music Education award. The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education. Designations are made to school districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.

Awards are determined based on annual survey information. Survey questions are aligned with goals for equity and access to music education for all students, and also with national standards for music education.  This survey seeks to support communities everywhere that are working to assure music education opportunities for all students. Criteria selection gauges funding, participation, opportunity, standards, community, facilities, and other factors that affect access to comprehensive music education.

Thank you to our Hudson School District music teachers and the many community partners who support music as an essential component of learning in the lives of children!


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.”


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.