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The Board of Directors of the Hudson Community School District has passed a resolution in support of “The Promise of Iowa” campaign. The goal of the statewide campaign is to focus attention on the future of Iowa public school students […]
Hudson Students Testing in February/March In the next few weeks, your child will be taking the Iowa Assessments. The Iowa Assessments provide detailed information about your child in a variety of important content areas including Reading, English Language Arts, Mathematics, […]
Second grade students and staff teamed up with the middle school girls basketball team and coaches this holiday season. In the spirit of giving, there were more than 600 articles of gently used and new clothing collected. Kadens Kloset is […]
Each second grade classroom held a North Pole Breakfast. It provided an opportunity to explore properties of matter and how they can be changed. Students contributed items that made this day a huge success! Submitted by Mrs. Hottle
Congratulations to Siri Olsen and Brinkley Simmer! Both second grade students were chosen from a field of over 500 applicants to have their artwork featured in the 2017 Dordt College Center for Economic Education Calendar. The calendar features original drawings […]
Voss Blog Log
Education in Iowa Public Schools
Dr. Anthony D. Voss, Superintendent of Schools
For starters, we continue to make plans to introduce the statewide voluntary preschool to Hudson in time for the 2017-2018 school year. As I shared in October, Hudson is one of only a handful of districts in Iowa that currently does not offer the statewide voluntary preschool and it appears that our window of opportunity may be closing. We have been meeting regularly with representatives from the AEA who are offering technical assistance and guidance during planning. Official planning and application material was made available right before the holidays, so we will really begin to see this develop and take shape in the coming months. For those of you with youngsters who will be four years old for the next school year, please stay tuned for an upcoming family meeting where we will be able to share some of the details of what we are planning.
Another exciting item to look forward to this year is in direct relation to our strategic plan titled, 'Hudson 2020'. Adopted by the Board of Directors on July 22, 2013 with input from our parents, community members, and other stakeholders, this plan laid out in broad terms items and issues the district set to address by 2020. Item number four of the plan spoke specifically of building projects and pointed to the elementary school as an area of priority for the district. Over the course of the last several months, we have been working with an architectural firm on an elementary renovation project. Scheduled to be completed in several phases spanning multiple years, we are very close to having the first phase of this project ready for bid. If all goes as expected, it will be our intention to have the first phase of this project completed in time for the 2017-2018 school year.
|Students hard at work in Geometry class right before break.|
I have to continually remind myself that these things take time! I am sure there will be setbacks and obstacles along the way as these projects and others like them develop, mature, and ultimately come to fruition. But to expect immediate results just isn't the way life works. So Happy New Year, and Be Patient!
The last couple of weeks I have shared with you some of the outstanding work of our teaching faculty. You now know that not only can we state this based on our observations, but we have been able to begin to quantify these results. A little teaser here: the Iowa School Report Card will be released sometime in early January. I have had an opportunity to have a sneak peak and can't wait to show you the results for our schools!
You have probably also noticed in the last couple of years that I haven't spent much time visiting with you about the status of our budget. That is because we have a healthy budget and are financially stable. I will always advocate for greater funding for our schools, and based on the rhetoric that we are hearing as legislators are gearing up for the legislative session it sounds like we are going to be in for a rough session. The good news is that we currently have reserves that should enable us to weather low state aid. (State aid has been inadequate for years now, but we'll save that for another column after the new year! 😊)
|Parents join their first graders to build gingerbread houses|
prior to break. An annual tradition at #hudsonschools!
Obviously the biggest driver of our school budget is enrollment, and I reported in October that enrollment was down this year, but it is not something that should be all that concerning. If you read the enrollment report, I shared that based on our projections we should have reached the 'low water mark' in terms of student enrollment. With our smallest class in the district graduating in May, that is good news moving forward. Using what we call the 'cohort methodology' based on a five year rolling average, it appears that our enrollment is set to begin to rise.
Part of that enrollment increase should be attributed to some wise decisions by our city council that will bring more families into our community. As you are already aware, construction in the second addition of Upper Ridges is well underway and the Meadowbrook Condominium project is slated to break ground shortly after the new year.
In all, a pretty good year if you ask me! Fact is, I am pretty excited and stoked to see what comes next! I would like to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I'll see you when school resumes on January 4th.