Monday, September 18th was a day of transition for the Hudson Community School District Board of Directors. The final meeting of the retiring board truly was a memorable evening as longtime Board Member and past President of the Board Jerry […]
by senior Grace Jorgensen The first week of August typically serves as a kick-start to various fall activities for Hudson students. But this year, a new camp, hosted by Hudson’s High School Band Director, Nicole Davis, was added. From Aug. […]
PARENT CANVAS OBSERVER: We are excited to give you the chance to use Canvas, our online portal to your students’ classes, so that you can see grades, assignment dues dates, announcements, and other course content. This will allow you to […]
Parents, Students have had their computers for about a week and most are bringing them home at night. We hope you have continued to talk to your child about your expectations for the computer and its use at home and […]
School started in the Hudson Community School District on Wednesday, August 23rd. Enrollment for the first day of schools is recorded with 722 students in grades K-12 and does not include preschool which is scheduled to begin after Labor Day. […]
The new school year is just around the corner! Brand new teachers to the profession had their first day on August 11th, while those teachers who are joining Hudson for the first time started on August 17th. As has been […]
Voss Blog Log
- Greenhouse for Vo-Ag and Science curriculum
- Parking lot and lighting improvements: East of Elementary/Middle School, North of Middle School, and High School
- Weight Room, Concession and Restroom enlargement
- Baseball/Softball Lights, new Concessions Building, and Dugouts
- Acquisition and Development of adjacent hotel property for additional green space and future campus expansion flexibility if needed.
- High School Auditorium upgrades for Fine Arts
- Recurring budget committed for band instrument needs
- Carpet and flooring replacement throughout campus
- All locker rooms refurbished
- Wrestling practice room refurbished
- Middle School Commons and restrooms refurbished
- High School Commons refurbished
- High School Gymnasium bleacher seating and enhancements
- Elementary restrooms refurbished
- Building entrance security improvements
- Bus, van, and automobile fleet upgrades
Education in Iowa Public Schools
Dr. Anthony D. Voss, Superintendent of Schools
Education is meant to prepare our students for the day they will be members of a global community, not students in a classroom. And indeed, we often tell our students that in many cases we are preparing them for jobs that haven't yet been invented. One of my favorite stories comes from a business internship I participated in during my preparation to become a superintendent. At that time, (about a decade ago), I sat with young college graduates who had majored in 'Global Supply Chain Management'. While commonplace now, at that time it was an unheard of field of work. These young professionals were working to ensure the supply of a raw material from China made it to the manufacturing plant in the southern United States. There was great concern of a disruption (I can't remember exactly what the problem was anymore) that would have cost thousands of dollars for every hour the line was down. I think that major or occupation probably isn't all that fascinating or unique anymore. But how about this?
What about those careers that are considered 'traditional' occupations, that are just done differently now? Or high skilled jobs that may not require a BA, but the training and knowledge one must have to be successful in these careers is just, well....fascinating!
My wife Ann and I have a son Nathan who farms South of Cascade. After graduating, he attended NICC in Peosta and completed a welding program. By the way, Nathan's welding skills were discovered and honed by his agriculture teacher at Cascade High School. In addition to welding, Nate enjoys working outdoors, in particular agriculture and farming, so he also completed a beef production program at Kirkwood. These days, Nate operates a custom feeding operation on his farm, has some row crops and has carved out a nice career for himself. I am often amazed when he explains to me the complexity of the work he does in the cattle business, the calculations that go into the feed mixtures that are used, how much corn to feed, grass, etc. With his calculations, he can tell me how much weight a particular steer is going gain each day. His cattle barns are very pretty high tech, giving him the ability to change the air flow to maintain the temperature and comfort of his stock.
But what is really interesting is how Nate has built his welding business. Now, for starters let's understand that he is very good at what he does. I'm not bragging here or anything, but the evidence can be seen in the amount of business that comes his way. Recently he has begun to see an increase in custom fabrication, and one project he completed not too long ago included installing a cab on a piece of farm machinery that wasn't originally designed to have one. The engineering that went into this was complex for sure. But what happened in the last two weeks is what really blew my mind and brings us back to this idea of a 'Flat World'.
Nate was contacted by a guy who lives in Dubuque and works for a company in San Francisco. Interestingly enough, he got Nate's number from a competitor! Anyway, the guy wanted to know if Nate would be able to design and fabricate some parts that were going to be installed on skyscrapers in Pittsburgh. Well, during the planning process he needed a little more information in order to determine what material would be best suited for the parts. He found out that the company was piloting an autonomous car project in Pittsburg and needed these parts to affix GPS locators that would be used by the cars. I'd show you a picture of the part he designed, but I think it's proprietary so better not. I'm sure you've even heard of the company: it's called Uber.
Make no mistake. It's 2017 and the jobs that we are preparing our students for are changing. Whether it is a job in the high tech field of agriculture, designing for Uber, or working as a chemist on a cure for cancer; the ability to collaborate across the country, or globally is a pre-requisite for success.
Thankfully we are making those type of learning experiences commonplace in our school district. From the connected learning environment to the inquiry space: our students have the tools and the teachers to prepare them for this future and these type of careers!
Oh, and the revitalization of our business program and the 'Entrepreneurialship' class has come at just the right time,don't you think?