Hudson Middle Schoolers Participate in National Novel Writing Month

Hudson Middle School NaNoWriMo Club participants pose with their award certificates.

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).

Four Hudson Middle School NaNoWriMo Club participants pose with their award certificates.

HMS NaNoWriMo club member with laptop and snacks. NaNoWriMo club members sitting with their laptops and writing.

Orchestra Announces Sting Ray Violin Winner

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.

 

 

HMS Student Council Students Volunteer at Feed My Starving Children

Hudson Middle School students in group photo at Feed My Starving Children facility.

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!

Three Hudson Middle School students packing meals at Feed My Starving Children.              Three Hudson Middle School students packing meals at Feed My Starving Children.

High School & Middle School Orchestras Join Mark Wood for Electrify Your Strings Concert

High School and Middle School orchestra students performing on stage with Mark Wood for Electrify Your Strings concert.

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.

Hudson Middle School Honors December’s Raiders of the Month

Hudson Middle School December Raider of the Month honorees post with their certificates.

Hudson Middle School hosted an award breakfast for December’s Raider of the Month honorees. December’s theme was Service – The action of helping or doing work for someone for no personal tangible benefit. 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!

Middle School Geography Bee Winners

Last week, Hudson Middle School conducted their annual GeoBee for the National Geographic Bee, an annual geography competition sponsored by the National Geographic Society. This year’s HMS winner was Shloke J., with second place going to Graeme P., and third place going to Sawyer R.

Shloke will have the chance to compete in Madison at the state-level competition in March. Great job and good luck in Madison!

Hudson High School Open House – January 7, 2019

The front entrance of the high school with flags centered.

Hudson High School is holding an Open House on Monday, January 7, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 PM.

A view of the High School STEM commons classroom space.

A view of the High School locker bay from the second floor.

Aerial view of the high school building, stadium and parking lot.

The high school forum during lunch hour.

Students working in the High School art classroom.

The Hudson High School construction project is complete and we inviting the public in to tour. Board of Education members and staff will be available throughout the building to answer questions.

Statistical Information Then & Now

  • 1975 HHS Building Area = 115,530 sq. ft. – 2018 HHS Building Area = 425,000 sq. ft.
  • 1975 HHS Student Population = 850 – 2018 HHS Student Population = 1,800
  • 1975 HHS Employees = 57 – 2018 HHS Employees = 216

 

 

Middle School Raiders of the Month – Responsible Risk Takers

A group of Middle School students pose with their Raider of the Month certificates.

Congratulations to October’s Raiders of the Month! Middle School students were recognized for their taking “responsible risks.” This group of student role models, demonstrated responsible risk taking by participating in class, joining clubs in school and participating in activities outside of school. They also took the initiative to talk a teacher when needing answers or assistance. We are particularly proud of them for standing up against bullying along with supporting and encouraging others.

A group of Middle School students pose with their Raider of the Month certificates.

A group of Middle School students pose with their Raider of the Month certificates.

A group of Middle School students pose with their Raider of the Month certificates.

A group of Middle School students pose with their Raider of the Month certificates.