What an incredible week we have had here at Hudson! It began with a celebration of our Gold Star Teacher of the Year for 2017 on Tuesday night at the Gallagher Bluedorn and that was just the beginning of the week! On Wednesday I learned that Mr. Schlatter has been named the elementary principal of the year by School Administrators of Iowa for the Central Rivers region. Congratulations to both of these outstanding employees on their accomplishments!
The only wrinkle in the week has been that my secretary, Anne Miller announced her retirement yesterday. As you may be aware, her mother recently passed away and she would like more time to spend with her father and enjoy spending time with her grandkids! The search to replace Anne has begun and I expect this to be a very sought after position. While on the subject of searches, I am in the process of searching for a daytime custodian to replace Mr. Dufel and hope to have that filled by the end of next week. Since our board meeting, Mr. Schlatter has filled the open first grade position. And after one of our third grade teachers submitted her resignation, he has subsequently filled that position as well. At this point we are closely monitoring kindergarten and I believe we are at 53 students right now. We will need to make a decision about kindergarten very soon. Interviews for the open high school positions will hopefully begin to gain some steam after school dismisses. Right now the search for FCS is elusive! Mr. Dieken and I will be meeting with our counterparts at North Tama at the end of next week to consider our strategy moving forward.
Of course I have to address the fact we are rapidly closing in on the end of the school year, and that of course means Pirate Term. This is an incredible learning experience for our students and is a unit of study that is unique to Hudson. As you know, each of our instructors designs a competency based unit of instruction and works with a group of students all day long for the final six days of school on a hands on project, diving deep into a content and topic area of their choosing.