The following students were recipients of scholarships from the Hudson Educational Fund. Thanks to the generosity of numerous donors and friends to HEF, we were fortunate to award a total of 41 scholarships, for a total of $21,600 on May [...]
The Pirate Press won 22 awards from the Iowa High School Press Association. In journalistic writing, Journalism I student Alex Fouts, a sophomore, won 2nd place for his profile over a student with a sleep disorder. Newcomer junior Olivia Griffith won [...]
The 7th and 8th grade participated in the National History Day program’s district competition at Grout Museum on March 28th. It was another fantastic day for our students. Not only did the students represent Hudson as history researching gurus, but [...]
The Hudson Community School District is honored to be selected as a grant recipient of over $200,000 to begin teacher leadership next school year. Our district was one of 39 school districts out of 146 who submitted applications to develop [...]
Congratulations are in order for several of our students who have been chosen for the Mayor’s Top Teen Award, which occurred on April 22nd at the Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo. Olivia Griffith was additionally awarded the Mother Moon Service [...]
Vintage Tech, a certified electronics recycler from Chicago, is shown picking up a load of computers, televisions, and other miscellaneous equipment Friday, March 28. Received material gets dismantled and/or recycled, and all data and software is erased and destroyed following [...]
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Educational Issues in Iowa Public Schools.
The maintenance department is another division of our enterprise that is sometimes not noticed--unless of course there is a problem. With a staff of only 5; this group has the responsibility of ensuring that our facilities are clean and safe every day. Summertime is among the busiest for this division. Every piece of furniture is touched, cleaned, and moved into the hallways so all the floors can be waxed and prepared for the new school year. Equipment repairs that they didn't have time to complete during the school year are completed, and other projects are completed that can only be done while students are out of the buildings.
Food service practically serves as an enterprise in it's own right. During the 2013-2014 school year, this division served approximately 77,441 meals! With a staff of 10, they are responsible for ensuring that our student body has nutritious and healthy meals. Without this division, it would be nearly impossible to fulfill our educational mission. Hungry students do not learn well!
When you think of administration, I am sure that you automatically think of the building principals and superintendent--but the folks that really make the school run smoothly are the clerical staff. Once again, a small staff of 6; this group knows where everyone is, how to answer the multitude of questions that come their way, and do their best to make sure that everyone is well taken care of! Like the transportation department, this group often times has the greatest contact with the public and serve as Ambassadors to the school district.
Then I think about how long we have been engaged in combat operations. The first casualty on that database is Sgt. Bradley Korthaus from Davenport, Iowa. He died in service to our country on March 24, 2003 at age 28. Our country has been engaged in conflict for so long now that stories from the Theater of Operations rarely lead the evening news, and often times don't even get so much as a mention. It is important that we do not forget about those who are currently serving our country to protect those freedoms we are preparing to celebrate.
You can't look through that database without taking special notice of the ages of those listed. There are many on that list who were only 19 years old when they died. Barely out of high school, they made the decision to serve their country. In my time here at Hudson, we have had a number of graduates volunteer for the Armed Forces. I am very proud of them and proud of their service. It is no doubt difficult to keep track of our alumni, but I am certain many of them have been deployed--and some have probably seen multiple deployments. I pray for their safety and hope for a quick return home.
And to all my Shipmates out there--past and present, I wish you Fair Winds and Following Seas.