Celebrating National School Lunch Week

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Hudson schools Joins National Celebration Highlighting the Importance of School Lunch in Fueling Students for Success

For today’s students, the cafeteria serves as a place to connect with friends and fuel up for a day of learning and extracurricular activities, and school lunch provides a healthy, delicious and affordable way to nourish kids and build relationships. During National School Lunch Week from October 9-13, our cafeterias are celebrating school lunch with a variety of events and special menus.

Chartwells and the Hudson School district  is committed to promoting healthy eating habits among our students,” said Bonnie Stegmann, Finance Director for the Hudson School District. “National School Lunch Week provides an excellent platform for our school community to celebrate the role nutritious meals play in fostering academic success and the overall well-being of our students and their families.”

In partnership with foodservice partner Chartwells K12, students will enjoy classroom activities a variety of hands-on experiences and flavorful menu offerings, including:  Fresh Fruit Friday!

“Providing healthy, delicious meals to students is the core of what we do to serve up happy and healthy each day,” said Kimberly Lindstrom Dining Service Director with Chartwells K12 at Hudson. “By offering unique menu items like Chicken Tikka Masala and offering fun-filled nutrition education, we hope students will realize the positive impact school lunch can have on their focus, energy and success in school.”

First launched in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy, National School Lunch Week was created to raise awareness of the availability of the National School Lunch Program and to promote the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life and the impact it has inside and outside of the classroom. This year’s theme is “Level Up with School Lunch,” reminding students and families of the healthy lunch options available at school.

About Chartwells K12 

Chartwells K12’s goal is to make sure students leave the cafeteria happier and healthier than they came in, by serving food kids love to eat and creating custom dining programs. With more than 16,000 associates in 4,500 schools, ranging from large public institutions to small charter and private schools, Chartwells K12 is built on decades of food, education and operational experience driven by top culinary, nutrition, wellness, and sustainability talent. For more information, visit www.ChartwellsK12.com.

Les Miserables

Les Misérables (School Edition) is the world’s longest running musical — a true modern classic based on Victor Hugo’s novel and featuring one of the most memorable scores of all time. The multi-award-winning Les Misérables is as groundbreaking today as it was when it first premiered in London in 1985.

In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter.

Winner of over 100 international awards and seen by over 70 million, this musical phenomenon is an epic tale of passion and redemption in the throes of revolution.


Friday, November 17 – 7 pm

Saturday, November 18 – 7 pm

Sunday, November 19 – 2 pm (Less than 10 tickets remain)

Excellent Availability      Good Availability
Limited Availability        SOLD OUT


  • Adults – $15 (Ages 18+)
  • Youth – $10 (Ages 6-17) No admittance for those under Age 6.

Les Miserables (School Edition) contains adult themes and language.  May not be suitable for younger viewers.  This production also uses atmospheric haze, fog and strobe lighting.  

Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
Box Office Hours are 45 minutes before each performance.

Estimated Run Time (with 15 minute Intermission) – 2 hours and 40 minutes

Board Vacancy

School Board Vacancy Announcement

At the September 11th Board of Education meeting, Board Member Heather Logelin announced her resignation from the Board effective November 30, 2023.

The link provides the proposed timeline and process for filling the vacant seat.

We thank Board Member Logelin for her service to the Hudson School District students, staff and community.


New School Meals for 2023-2024

New meal menus.

As students head back to school this fall, there will be new meal menus and a new school lunch provider. The Hudson School District will be contracting with Chartwells K12 for providing school meals. Chartwells K12 is dedicated to making sure students leave the cafeteria happy and healthy. Click here to view the meal menus for each school. 

Throughout the upcoming year, Chartwells will be introducing new menu options, gathering student feedback, and making other changes to enhance your child’s mealtime experience. Students can look forward to new menus and recipes with a focus on foods kids love to eat!

New menu concepts include:

  • Global Eats: Invites kids on a food exploration celebrating the heritage of cultures from around the globe. Kids will take a food tour through China, India, Italy, and Mexico.
  • Mac & Cheesyology: Custom macaroni and cheese with a variety of flavors, toppings, and proteins to choose from.
  • Veg Out: Whether kids are vegetarian, vegan, flexitarian, or plant-centric, Veg Out features great-tasting recipes and highlights a wide variety of plant-based options.

Inviting Environments & Happy Cafeterias

Students need a place to eat where they can connect with friends and recharge. Chartwells will be kicking off the year with a fresh look in our cafeterias. 

Programs that Encourage Fun and Discovery

Chartwells works to inspire healthy eating habits and spark culinary curiosity.  Through their Discovery Kitchen, Chartwells staff have created a curriculum that connects the classroom and kids to cooking, trying new foods, and learning about what they’re eating. Each month has a different theme and activities.

Free and reduced applications are available on the Hudson School District website (click here). Applications can be dropped off at the District Office for processing.

Meal pricing, menus, and forms are available by clicking here.

Questions? Send us an email at nutrition@hudsonraiders.org or call 715.377.3717

River Crest Classroom Placement

Classroom Placement

Dear River Crest Families,

We are happy to connect with you as we begin the process of welcoming you to the 2023-2024 School Year at River Crest Elementary! The first step of our Welcome Back is connecting you with your child’s homeroom teacher for the school year which will be available to view in Skyward Family Access on Thursday, July 27th starting at 9:00 am. Please be reminded that a great deal of thought goes into the design of an effective learning community. Input from parents, classroom teachers, specialists, our school counselor and principal are all taken into consideration when making this decision as well as the following criteria:

  • Gender balance
  • Range of abilities
  • Special needs
  • Flexible grouping options
  • Student learning styles
  • Separation of students with behavior conflicts
  • Balancing class sizes to fall within School District guideline recommendations

Here are our grade level teams for 2023-2024. You will be getting an introductory letter from your child(ren)’s teacher in the next few weeks to get to know a little more about them.

To view teacher assignments in Skyward Family Access:

  1. Go to hudsonraiders.org and log in to Skyward (upper left corner).
  2. Click on the Schedule button on the left side of your screen halfway down.
  3. Your child’s homeroom teacher for the 2023-2024 school year will be shown under Period 1 of the schedule. (Please note: this won’t be viewable if you have not completed the annual registration process).

Online Registration and Transportation Requests

Bussing information will be mailed out 2 weeks prior to the first day of school for those families that have requested transportation when completing the Annual Registration. If you need transportation from an address other than your primary residence you need to complete a 23-24 HSD Alternative Address transportation request form. These requests should be submitted by August 4th.

Student Directory

The PTO will be compiling a Student Directory of parent email addresses that can be used as a means of contacting other families. To be included in the directory, you will need to grant the district permission to share your contact information with the PTO. This can be done in Step 4 of the Returning Student Registration 23-24 in Skyward Family Access. If you have already completed the registration, you can change your permissions by marking the registration as not completed and making the desired changes. Only families who share their email addresses with the PTO will receive the directory. The directory is compiled in early fall and not updated throughout the school year.

School Supply Lists

School Supply Lists can be found here.  The Sharing Tree provides free school supplies and backpacks to families in the Hudson School District.  The online registration form can be found here; please note, registration needs to be completed by July 31st.  Please contact Cindy Leonard at 715-781-9723 for assistance.

Student Fees

Information regarding Student Fees will be sent to families in the upcoming weeks. Student Fees should be paid prior to the first day of school, Tuesday, August 29th. If you need financial assistance, please contact the River Crest Office at 715-377-3890.

Important Information:

  • Meet the Teacher is Monday, August 28th from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.
  • First Day of School for students 1st grade and up will be Tuesday, August 29th.
  • K-Start meetings will be held Tuesday, August 29th; Wednesday, August 30th; and Thursday, August 31st. Incoming Kindergarten families will be receiving information on this in the upcoming weeks.
  • First Day of School for Kindergarten will be Friday, September 1st.
  • There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 4th (Labor Day).
  • School Hours for K-5 are 9:00 AM – 3:53 PM. Students should not be dropped off prior to 8:45 AM.
  • Before and After School Care (School Age Care) is available starting at 6:05 AM and ending at 6:00 PM. School Age Care information can be found here.

Thanks for sharing your child with us! We are sincerely looking forward to the upcoming year and further building our home-school relationship with all of our families.

We packed this letter full of key information but always feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at 715.377.3890.


Kimberly Osterhues

River Crest Elementary Principal

Congratulations to our Hudson Music Departments!

Best Communities for Music Education Award

Congratulations to our Hudson School District Music Departments for being recognized as a NAMM 2023 Best Communities for Music Education District. This the 13th consecutive year that Hudson has received this award! #WeAreRaiderProud

Middle School music staff standing with their awards.

Board of Education and music faculty with their awards.

Education Foundation Star Grants Awarded

Education Foundation Star Grant Recipients

Pictured above from left, Caroline Wolf, Katy Cook, Samantha Thrane, Melissa Miller, Susan Erickson, and Anita Horne.

The Education Foundation of Hudson awarded Star Grants in May for innovative classroom projects and curriculum training. The foundation awarded grants totaling over $21,000 for seven projects involving several educators and touching many schools in Hudson.

Foundation Board President Lynn Krueger, and other board members, presented the awards during ceremonies at Hudson High School on May 11. He told recipients that the foundation and community are proud of the educators’ efforts to bring innovative ideas to the classrooms of local schools.

Grant recipients are listed below.

  • ELL Traveling Library submitted by Samantha Thrane, with help from Melissa Miller, from River Crest Elementary School. The program will impact all Hudson elementary schools. English Language Learners (ELL) will have access to books that feature both their native language and English side-by-side. Hudson currently has students with 14 different native languages. The books assist both students and parents as they learn English. The foundation awarded $3,048.37.
  • Flex Farm Hydroponic System submitted by Leslie Bleskachek from Hudson High School. The proposal would expose students to emerging technology in agriculture, food science and plant science. The technology allows the growth of greens indoors without the use of soil. The foundation awarded $1,820.
  • Empty Bowls Service Learning Project submitted by Katy Cook, Melissa Johnson, Teri Hagar and Jodi Youngman from Hudson Prairie Elementary School. The program will combine math, art and community service. Students will create ceramic bowls, learn about hunger in the community and raise funds to help those in need. The foundation awarded $5,914.21.
  • Digital Storytelling submitted by Caroline Wolf from River Crest Elementary School. The goal of the project is to promote and listen to reading and still involve technology among kindergarten students. Storytelling will be done with electronics combined with kid-friendly buttons, figurines and different voices. The foundation awarded $2,039.55.
  • Inclusive outdoor classroom submitted by Anita Horne with help from Susan Erickson at River Crest Elementary School. The program involves providing improved inclusivity of the early childhood outdoor classroom. Plans call for a shelter and rubberized surface. The foundation awarded $3,000. The plan calls for additional funding from other sources before construction begins.
  • Digital Mixer submitted by Tricia Piper from St. Patrick’s School. The program involves purchasing equipment for a sensory room at the school. It will give the school the opportunity to deal with students who have certain needs. The foundation awarded $1,860.

In addition to Krueger, current Foundation board members are Dr. Ron Berth, Jodell Krause, Doug Stohlberg, Joan Thompson, John Kramer, Heidi Gilbert, and Scott Snyder. Steven Keller is the organization’s volunteer executive director.

Star Grants offer financial support for innovative classroom projects and also projects furthering the education of teachers — all items that would not typically be funded in the normal budgeting process. The foundation awards Star Grants twice each year. Application deadlines are November 1 and April 1. The foundation also selects winners of the Star Excellence Award each year. The award is presented to outstanding educators in the spring. Those individuals are nominated by the public and nominations are due April 1 of each year.

The foundation, founded in 1990, is a private organization established to strengthen community participation in local schools and inspire both teachers and students. With the May grants, the foundation has funded just under $2,000,000 in local education projects and awards since the organization’s inception.

The foundation is funded by private donations, mostly coming from local and area businesses, individuals, and foundations.

April 4th Referendum Facts

Vote April 4

The Hudson School District has a long history of being fiscally responsible and committed to maximizing the community’s investment. This referendum reflects the compromises made based on community feedback. We believe this plan is good for our kids, staff, and community. 

The Hudson School District has two questions on the ballot.

Question #1 would allow the Board of Education to exceed the annual revenue limit by $8 million. This question is in response to increased operational costs and expenses related to retaining an exceptional workforce. At the same time, the School District has experienced lower student enrollment and stagnant state funding. 

Question #2 is for capital maintenance not to exceed $29 million to pay for the costs of facility improvements at EP Rock and North Hudson Elementary Schools and Hudson Middle School. 

The decision to go to referendum for the three schools identified in Question #2 resulted from a three-year planning process that included research and feedback from a Facility Task Force, a community-wide feedback survey, and facility planning interviews with school principals, facility and grounds staff, and other administrators. The Board of Education has communicated that maintenance needs exist at other schools, some of which can be completed through the District’s annual maintenance budget of approximately $2 million and others are dependent on enrollment trends over the next three years. The Board is committed to addressing any emergency maintenance needs or unsafe conditions should they arise at any of the District’s facilities. Safety of students and staff is always a priority. 

The referendum addresses needs at multiple buildings. In addition to replacing aging infrastructure, the District would invest in safety and security in both elementary buildings with secured entrances, fire sprinkler systems, and updated fire alarm systems. The changes to flooring will reduce ongoing operating costs as we move away from products that require waxing and stripping every summer. 

Our classrooms do not resemble 1950’s era learning spaces. They have been updated with technology and furniture to help meet the needs of our kids. We currently do project-based and collaborative learning in all of our elementary schools.The amenities in the EP Rock and North Hudson classrooms are similar to River Crest. However, the ancillary spaces adjacent to classrooms as seen at River Crest and Hudson Prairie will not be added to this project. 

The updated electrical services are not just for chilled water plants but are also necessary to bring our older buildings up to today’s standards. We do not have final calculations on the savings because this is part of the building design process. We will evaluate multiple options to find the most cost-effective and efficient solution for our buildings. Without a complete design and modeling of the systems, it would be very difficult to provide information about the costs or savings of the cooling systems. We do know switching to LED lighting in our buildings will save on energy costs. Again, we cannot make any definitive statements about overall energy consumption until the new systems have been designed. 

The School District and Board of Education have worked to be transparent in this process. Information and documents from the three years of planning are posted on the School District website under the “April 4th Operations & Facilities Referendum.” Documents include a 10-year facility plan developed by Wold Architects, Facility Task Force Final Report, an Enrollment Projection Study completed by the UW-Madison Applied Population Laboratory, and the progression of options that led to the final referendum questions. 

Our community engagement process began three years ago. There have been regular updates at the Board of Education meetings throughout this time. Families and staff have received regular email updates. Parent meetings and building forums were held, and opportunities were provided for questions and answers. Quarterly community newsletters have been sent to all residents and included information on the Board’s progress in developing their 10-year facility plan and decisions on establishing priorities. Following the community-wide feedback survey, the Board of Education did additional research, held more community meetings, confirmed enrollment trends, and only then used all the feedback and information gathered to develop their referendum questions. Most recently, the School District hosted three in-person and virtual community meetings to answer questions about the referendum. 

Again, this referendum reflects the compromises made based on community feedback. We believe this plan is good for our kids, staff, and community. 

To learn more about the April 4th referendum and the planning process click here.

Please vote and don’t forget to look at both sides of your ballot.

Voting information can be found at myvote.wi.gov

April 4th Referendum Community Meetings

Hudson Schools Referendum Information Sessions

Learn more about the April 4th referendum questions by joining one of the upcoming Community Information Presentations:

  • March 21 Virtual presentation via Zoom; 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (click here)
  • March 23 at North Hudson Elementary School Media Center; 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (510 Lemon St. N.)

Questions #1 — Resolution to exceed the revenue cap commencing with the 2023-2024 school year in an amount of $8 million each year on a recurring basis for the purpose of paying District operations, maintenance, and staffing costs.

Questions #2 — Resolution authorizing issuance of general obligation bonds in the amount not to exceed $29,000,000 for the facility and grounds improvements to the EP Rock and North Hudson Elementary Schools and the Hudson Middle School, and equipment acquisition related to said projects.

Additional information is available by click here.


Meet the School Board Candidates

School Board Candidates Forum

On Tuesday evening (March 7, 2023), the Willow River and Houlton Parent Groups hosted a School Board Candidates Forum. Take a moment to watch the video and get to know the candidates. The School Board election is April 4th. There are two positions up for election this spring. Click here to view the forum.