Nearly 130 schools across the state of Iowa, in class 1A, were in preparation for setting the stage to what would be the final step of the season. According to Executive Director of […]
On Friday, February 23rd, the first ever Mini Dance Marathon was held at the high school. Approximately 80 Hudson students attended the event along with three staff chaperones and members of the UNI Dance Marathon team! Dance Marathon is a […]
Joining forces: HHS soccer teams host camp by sophomore Jenna Twait The boys and girls high school soccer teams are planning to pass their skills to the next generations on Feb. 28. This camp, which will run from 2-3:30 p.m. […]
The Hudson chapter of National Honor Society is hosting a high school mini dance marathon sponsored by the UNI organization. This event will be held on Friday, February 23 from 6pm-10pm in the high school commons and high school gym. […]
Des Moines —Dr. Voss represented the Hudson Community School District at the Iowa Association of School Board’s (IASB) annual Day on the Hill on Jan. 30, 2018. This is the first year that IASB has collaborated with Parents for Great […]
Hudson National Honor Society has been recognized by the American Red Cross as one of its Premier Blood Partners for 2018, a prestigious honor, for its support of the community and national blood supply. Last year, the National Honor Society […]
Voss Blog Log
- Volleyball 3.63
- Cross Country 3.67
- Football 3.49
- Football Cheerleaders 3.72
- Girls Basketball 3.80
- Boys Basketball 3.47
- Basketball Cheerleaders 3.91
- Wrestling 3.44
- Wrestling Cheerleaders 3.47
Education in Iowa Public Schools
Dr. Anthony D. Voss, Superintendent of Schools
To see what our attendance actually looks like, I took a look at the Iowa Report Card. I'll remind you that our Iowa Report Card Rankings are very high. The high school continues to be ranked as one of the highest performing high schools in the state, whereas the elementary school is ranked 'Commendable' the second year in a row, with our overall score increasing three years running. But, digging into the rankings, I do notice attendance is an area where we can do better. While both scores are well above 90%, I recognize this is certainly something that should be celebrated. In the elementary school, attendance is 96.5% compared to 95.5% at the state. In the high school, attendance is 93.5% compared once again to 95.5%.
At first blush, this is perhaps not something to get too worked up about. I mean after all it has been a pretty rough flu season. However, the trouble occurs in instances where the 5-7% absenteeism rate represents those who are chronically absent from school. Students cannot progress academically if they are chronically absent from school.
We are very appreciative of parents who call and ask us for help and advice from time to time in dealing with chronic absenteeism in their own home. If there is anything we can do as a district to help you, please don't hesitate to reach out to us! We want all our children to thrive at Hudson! It starts with good attendance!
On this last day in February, the finality of our winter sports season has come and gone. Ironically this week is also the girls state basketball tournament. While our girls are in Des Moines today, they find themselves cheering on their friends and neighbors from the NICL. I am pretty certain they would have preferred to be playing in the tournament rather than watching it, but the growth and improvement of our team this year was out of this world! I am so very proud of the work our girls put in this year and enjoyed watching them play. I would be remiss if not to mention the great season our boys basketball team had as well. I am quite certain they too would prefer their season hadn't ended prematurely; with the boys state basketball tournament scheduled for next week they undoubtedly would like to be there as competitors. To me, it seemed like they were peeking at just the right time. I was really impressed with the play and athleticism of our boys, and was really happy for Parker Ingamells when he scored his 1,000 point! Yet, perhaps the most thrilling event of our winter sports season was Cam Fulcher winning the state individual wrestling title! I was so excited to see this come from behind win late in the third period! Nonetheless, without trying to sound too cliche, the lessons learned in our athletic programs can very rarely be boiled down to a win/loss record. I believe that perseverance, commitment, and teamwork are among the most important attributes learned in our athletic program. For certain, the success of a season should never be measured on an championship or appearance at a state tournament.
Student athletes, I can assure you the job you apply for or the college you attend will likely find little value in the athletic prowess exhibited in competition. Those accomplishments, those feats, that thrill of victory is undoubtedly a sense of pride for the athletes, community, and school. It adds to our school spirit and to the stories we will tell decades from now.
Future employers or educational institutions are going to be much more interested in our students' performance between the hours of 8:05 and 3:15 Monday through Friday. That is what makes what our students have done here at Hudson so exciting! Thinks about this: Every single one of our athletic teams so far this school year has been awarded the highest academic achievement award, which requires an accumulative grade point average between 3.25 and 4.0!