Friday, September 23rd we headed to Garwin to face the 2-2 GMG Wolverines in our third district game of the 2016 season. After a week full of rain we knew we would be on a wet field on Friday, but we […]
The Hudson cross country teams continue to improve as the season progresses. Last week they competed at the Starmont Invitational with 28 other schools. The girls continued building on their team bond with another team win in Class 1A. In […]
Second grade students participated in Program Discovery at the National Cattle Congress on Friday, September 16th. The program associated with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Black Hawk County gives elementary students an in depth look at farm life. […]
The operation of the weight room and hours of service is scheduled to change on November 1. Over the summer our old weight room was retired and replaced with a series of free weights. Beginning November 1, the weight room […]
The Hudson volleyball team suffered their first loss of the year last Tuesday at LaPorte City. The #4 ranked team in 3A Union Knights swept Hudson in 3 sets. Led by a strong group of seniors, Madison Sallee, Annie Klenk, […]
Submitted by Mr. Paulson On Thursday, September 8th, the Hudson High School Biology class traveled out to Hartman Reserve in Cedar Falls. There they met 2 field biologist who took them on a canoeing experience and a forest walk through. […]
Voss Blog Log
- What is is we want our students to know and be able to do?
- How will we know if we are successful?
- What will we do if students met our target?
- What will we do for those who haven't?
Education in Iowa Public Schools
Dr. Anthony D. Voss, Superintendent of Schools
|Third Grade team discussing an upcoming assessment,|
Principal Schlatter asking about alignment.
|Third Grade team discussing assessment questions while |
Principal Schlatter looks on.
Usually when we talk about extra-curricular activities we immediately think about our athletic programs. There is no doubt they get the most attention and tend to draw the largest groups of students. This year it is especially true in light of the success our athletic teams are having! But to draw a line directly (and only) to athletic programs would mean missing a whole host of other programming options we have for our young people.
|Middle school students participating in Lego League, an|
extra-curricular activity designed to introduce students to
robotics and engineering.
The idea of programming extra curricular activities for students outside the school day has long been woven into the fabric of the American school system. The fact is this is a uniquely American educational experience. European and Asian countries don't typically have extra curricular activities in schools. If students want to learn to play a musical instrument or play a sport, those events are reserved for time outside of school. It is interesting and somewhat ironic then, as American schools try to conform to other schools around the world (i.e. Finland or China), some of these same systems are trying to emulate what we are doing in our schools. Don't take my word for it, this has been well documented by the educational researcher Dr. Young Zhao @YongZhaoEd (who went through the Chinese education system) who suggests in his book, 'Catching Up or Leading the Way' that we may, quite frankly, have had this right all along.
But, why? Although the entertainment value at a concert on Thursday night or volleyball match on Tuesday night would make a great argument, this is more of a secondary or even tertiary benefit. The same can be said about community pride: great secondary or tertiary benefits but not the primary benefits for school sponsored extra-curricular activities.
We do know that there is a great deal that we can teach our students through our extra-curricular programs that cannot be replicated in a classroom. We can run simulations or experiments in a classroom, but the observations gained here are far inferior to the wisdom and understanding that can be gained from actually doing it. Sure, one can talk about problem solving and teamwork. But it is not the same as actually being on the team!
Perhaps the primary reason for extra-curricular activities in school is about forming a connection and bond between the student and school. There are reams of scholarly research that suggest students who feel a connection to their school do better academically, have a larger social network, and are less likely to drop out. So therein lies at least part of the solution to a vexing problem in schools. The more we can encourage youngsters to participate in activities, the more likely they are to have school success. They learn about being on a team, a member of an organization, or an integral part of the band. They begin to develop pride in themselves, the team, and the school. A connection is developed and a bond is formed.
As our students are all different and have different interests, so must our extra and co-curricular program. After all, we can only have one quarterback on the football team, and we can only have one lead in the musical. For these reasons we try to diversify our programming and provide enough unique experiences, or menu of options to meet the needs and interests of our entire student body. So yes, we have a football team, a band, and basketball. But we also have a student council, a show choir, robotics, and model UN! This is part of the American educational experience and what forms a comprehensive and rich school experience. It is also part of what makes it 'Great to be a Pirate!'
We are quite proud of the progress we have made in our #ConnectedLearning environment while acknowledging that much work remains to be done. Our goal this year is to help our teachers find more ways to completely redefine learning. To do things with technology that are beyond a modification or augmentation of a lesson. Things that two years from now we couldn't have even imagined right now. And...its still not about the device.@artgove: "Have you used one of these before?" S: "No, I just like figuring it out." @makeymakey #hudsonschools pic.twitter.com/Veo16HrsTk— Mike Lewis (@HudLewis) September 12, 2016