Hudson Middle School Jazz Ensemble students have been busy learning and showcasing their work. This week, the students hosted a donuts and jazz event in the morning to raise money for the Middle School’s Angel Fund. It was a double early morning treat with donuts and some lively music to start the day!
Additionally, the 45 member Jazz Ensemble participated in the annual UWRF Jazz Festival. The ensemble performed three pieces for a master educator. As part of the festival, students received constructive feedback on their performance and progress as young jazz musicians. The festival clinician this year was Phil Ostrander. He is the professor of trombone and bands at UW-Eau Claire. Hudson students performed with greatness and received very positive feedback from Dr. Ostrander.
After their performance, students were able to watch two other schools perform and receive feedback from the clinicians. There were approximately 15 other bands in attendance from around the state and metro area.
Following this experience, the Jazz Ensemble listened to Ingrid Jensen, a very famous Canadian trumpet player, offer a clinic on jazz improvisation. All schools were able to watch Ingrid perform with the UWRF Jazz Ensemble. This festival was an exciting and inspiring event for all!
At the conclusion of this day, HMS student, Isabel Laurel, was awarded a Jazz Scholarship to attend a jazz band camp at Shell Lake Arts Center this summer. Isabel was nominated for this scholarship by Dr. Ostrander. Isabel performed multiple improvised solos during the morning of the festival.
Each year the Wisconsin Technology Education Association honors education and industry professionals who have demonstrated outstanding service and commitment to Technology Education. This year Hudson Middle School’s Project Lead the Way Technology Education Program was selected to receive the WTEA Middle School Program of the Year Award.
On March 6th, Hudson Middle School Technology and Engineering teachers attended the WTEA awards banquet and were presented with this prestigious award. The WTEA awards committee was particularly impressed with the student centered approach this group of teachers has, that not only provides students with the opportunity to learn so much about Technology and Engineering, but to also demonstrate this learning in real world settings. The committee particularly noted the accomplishments of Hudson Middle School students in STEM competitions and the annual Women in STEM Night.
Presenting the award was WTEA President Phil Bickelhaupt and sponsor representative, Kathy Moehle of Goodheart-Willcox.
Pictured from left to right: Aaron Harker, Christopher Deleon, Kathy Moehle and Jodie Bray.
Several Hudson Middle School students who are members of the HMS Sustainability Club participated in the St. Croix River Youth Summit at UW-River Falls on February 28th. It was a day of learning how the river can help in so many ways including helping people with mental health issues. The students had an opportunity to interact with federal, state, and county environmental employees; learning about what they do and opportunities for students who may be interested in environmental careers. Over 100 students who participated in the event from schools in the St. Croix River watershed.
Students above work together playing a watershed game.
HMS students and teacher/advisor Mrs. Conklin, created a food web using biotic and abiotic components of an ecosystem.
Hudson Middle School hosted an award breakfast for January’s Raider of the Month honorees. January’s theme was Caring – displaying kindness and concern for others. Each grade level house, Tech. Ed., Spanish and PE nominated two students to be honored with the award. The Middle School hosts this special breakfast on the third Friday of each month to acknowledge students who show outstanding qualities that embody the monthly theme. Great job Raiders!
On Monday, February 11th, 2019, the Board of Education approved a plan for making up the lost minutes of instruction caused by inclement weather. The plan will begin Monday, February 18, 2019. The plan includes the following:
Students will be released from school 15 minutes later than their usual end time. Students who ride the bus can expect to arrive home 15 minutes later than their usual drop-off time. School start and end times are:
Hudson High School: 7:28 AM – 3:06 PM
Hudson Middle School: 7:42 AM – 3:12 PM
EP Rock Elementary School: 8:55 AM – 4:03 PM
Houlton Elementary School: 9:00 AM – 4:08 PM
Hudson Prairie Elementary School: 8:55 AM – 4:03 PM
North Hudson Elementary School: 8:55 AM – 4:03 PM
River Crest Elementary School: 9:00 AM – 4:08 PM
Willow River Elementary School: 8:55 AM – 4:03 PM
The following two (2) late starts and one (1) early release day will be changed to full days:
February 28 will be a full day of school.
April 11 will be a full day of school.
May 24 will be a full day of school.
The April 19th Non-School Day will be changed to a full day of school.
All High School Thursday morning late starts will be removed. Students will begin their day at 7:28 AM.
This plan provides students with an extra day in the event of an additional closure due to inclement weather. The last day of instruction will continue to be June 11, 2019.
24 students from Hudson Middle School participated in the annual Hudson Spelling Bee on February 5. The students are (from left to right): Sixth graders in front row: Piper Burke, Freya Fenstermacher, Beth Piehl, Ellie Bower, Mary Jane Jacobs, Brayden Kline, Sharv Jani Seventh graders in second row: Gabby Delisi, Allie Dzioba, Logan Willems, Liam Getchel, Graham Close, Jimmy Quiney, Grace Jones, Kiera Strong Eighth graders in back row: Shloke Jani, Channing Miller, Addyson Wolfe, Katie Moos, Xander Johnson, Ben Healy, Cooper Fallon, Lucas Kamke, Brandon Kost, Mary Jane Jacobs, Brayden Kline, Sharv Jani Seventh graders in second row: Gabby Delisi, Allie Dzioba, Logan Willems, Liam Getchel, Graham Close, Jimmy Quiney, Grace Jones, Kiera Strong Eighth graders in back row: Shloke Jani, Channing Miller, Addyson Wolfe, Katie Moos, Xander Johnson, Ben Healy, Cooper Fallon, Lucas Kamke, Brandon Kost
The 2019 Hudson Spelling Champion, eighth grader Shloke Jani (left), will compete next at the Southern Regional Spelling Bee on February 20 in Baldwin. Jani correctly spelled Babylon and fascist to win in the 22nd round. This is Jani’s third consecutive yearwinning the Hudson Spelling Bee, the only student in Hudson history to advance to the Regional Spelling Bee three times. In both sixth and seventh grades, Jani won regionals and advanced to the Badger Spelling Bee in Madison. Seventh grader Grace Jones (right) was the runner-up for the second year in a row.
This year, 21 Hudson Middle School students celebrated the month of November, not by growing beards or moustaches, but by participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Starting in October, they met once a week before school to review resources, plan their novels, and share ideas. Club advisors Kristy Bjerk and Ashley Hammer-Paakkonen, both eighth grade language arts teachers at HMS, provided the necessary information, a little encouragement, cups of hot chocolate, and the space to meet with fellow writers. NaNoWriMo’s goal for young writers is 10,000 words (50,000 for adult writers). This year, four writers surpassed that goal: Leah Jacobson (nonfiction adventure-10,028 words), Sam Tougas (fantasy-12,233 words), Ella Swarbrick (action-10,451 words) and Taylor Yardley (realistic fiction-31,000 words).
Congratulations to River Crest 3rd grader, Maddie M., on winning an autographed Mark Wood Sting Ray Violin at the recent Orchestra Electrify Your Strings Concert. Maddie won the violin by correctly guessing the number of tuning pegs in a jar. The correct number was 116. Three other people guessed correctly and Maddie’s name was then randomly drawn from a box containing the names of all of the correct answers.
The Hudson Orchestra Program would like to thank Mark Wood and Coda Bows for their donation of the violin. This made an already spectacular concert even more special. The Hudson Orchestra Program was able to raise over $1,000 for scholarships and future guest artist experiences.
Hudson Middle School Student Council members volunteered their time at Feed My Starving Children in Eagen on Tuesday, January 22nd. Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization that sends nutritious meals to starving children and their families in underdeveloped countries throughout the world. Middle schoolers helped pack 156 boxes of food, 33,676 meals, and fed 92 kids for a year!
Electrify Your Strings is a music education program created by electric violinist and recording artist Mark Wood. Wood came to Hudson High School for an intensive and energizing 2 day visit with the Middle and High School orchestras, that culminated in an exciting rock orchestra concert. The joint orchestras gave an exhilarating performance that included classic rock arrangements and Wood’s own compositions.