Thursday, December 10, 2015

Dear Families in the Middle,

What a lovely time of year! Did you see the beautiful sunrise Tuesday morning? Temperatures in the 40's?! It's the little (and big) things that add joy to our lives...warm and dry feet, the smell of coffee, a visit with a friend, and oncoming traffic on Carmichael stopping to let you make a left turn into the middle school at 7:16 AM.

Our first trimester Progress Reports are available for your review through Family Access. Please DO call us with questions - whether it's about accessing your child's Progress Report OR what the information means. For questions about accessing and navigating Family Access or to request a printed copy, please contact Cheryl in our office:; 715-377-3820, ext. 4022. For questions about your child's learning and grades, please contact your child's Advisor and/or individual teachers.

It's Computer Science Education Week! What better way to celebrate than to announce the addition of Introduction to Computer Science, a new 8th grade elective at Hudson Middle School, beginning with the 2016-17 school year? From a national perspective, the imperative to increase the U.S. talent pool in computer science and software engineering is clear. The projected number of job openings in 2018 for STEM fields will reach 2.8 million, with half of them being for computer specialists. Like many other STEM fields, the current demand and supply are mismatched, as computer science career openings outpace students’ skills and interest. Also, like many other fields, interest starts long before a student decides on a major or even applies to college. Introduction to Computer Science is a PLTW (Project Lead The Way) course designed to be the first computer science course for students interested in learning to write code. Students create apps for mobile devices, explore the impact of computing in society, and learn how computing applies in various career fields.

Our Student News Club just finished their first show! We're aiming for at least one news show monthly, thanks to the able advising of Ms. Liz Stolte! Here's a youtube link to our first news show!

Hudson Middle School is gearing up for Green & Healthy Schools recognition! Thanks to Mrs. Conklin and our Sustainability Group, an application has been initiated. Recognition is provided for schools taking action to reduce environmental impact and costs, improve health and wellness, increase environmental and sustainability literacy, and empower students. To complete the process, we will be assessing our practices in NINE focus areas: community involvement, energy, environmental and sustainability education, environmental health, health and wellness, recycling and waste management, school site, transportation, and water. We welcome parent and community support in this initiative! Please contact Ann: or Gwen: to offer assistance!


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