Raider Spirit Across the District

High school football players and Pep Band at elementary playground

Raider homecoming spirit spread across the district today, as the Spirit Bus along with the football team, marching band and the Raidaires visited our elementary schools; promoting Raider Pride, sportsmanship and having some homecoming fun. Go Raiders!


Girls Golf Places 2nd in Conference

Girls golf team standing with Coach Holland.

Congratulations to the Girls Golf team in their 2nd place finish in the Big Rivers Conference! Congratulations is also extended to team member, Paige Hillman who was again medalist at this tournament and awarded the BRC Conference Player of the Year along with being named to the All Conference 1st Team.

365体育滚球Next up will be the State Regional Tournament at Superior on Wednesday, October 2nd.

Calling All Creative Kids!

Destination Imagination Maker Day Announcement with watch gears in the background

365体育滚球It’s that time of the year to get signed up for Destination Imagination!

365体育滚球We are hosting a DI Maker Day so you can find out what DI is all about. on

  • Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019
  • 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Willow River Elementary School.
  • All children are welcome.

Drop in any time, stay for the fun. We will provide:

  • A room full of crazy, creative things for you to create with!
  • All the information you need to join a DI team or start your own team (between 2 and 7 kids, any grade, K through 12)
  • Copies of the New Challenges!

Questions? Contact: Liz Malanaphy at or Anita Stilwell at 

Learning Civics with Gummy Bears

Two high school students working at their table with cups and gummy bears.

Earlier this week, students in the Senior Civics classes demonstrated their knowledge of the seven forms of government by making models of the various governments using Gummy Bears. The students photographed their models, uploaded them to a slide show and added an explanation of how their models represented each form of government. Added bonus – when they finished they were able to eat their Gummy Bears! Creative and fun learning!

Girls Golf Tournament at Turtleback

Members of the girls golf team standing together in a line.

The Girls Varsity Golf team travels to Rice Lake for the Varsity BRC Tournament at Turtleback Golf Course.

Last week the team scored a team total of 196 placing them second behind River Falls. Along with Paige Hillman, who placed second overall with a score of 41, Molly Nelson scored a 45 which placed her third overall.

365体育滚球The current conference standings by team are:

  • River Falls – 1st Place
  • Hudson – 2nd Place
  • Eau Claire Memorial – 3rd Place
  • Menomonie – 4th Place
  • Rice Lake – 5th Place
  • Eau Claire North – 6th Place
  • Chippewa Falls – 7th Place

Volleyball Plays Hard to Win Two In a Row

Volleyball player jumping high to block ball.

365体育滚球Hudson Volleyball had two matches this past week. Last Tuesday, the team hosted Baldwin-Woodville for their senior/parent night. Hudson won the match 3-1, with scores of 24-26, 25-21, 25-15, and 25-20. This wasn’t the team’s sharpest match of the year, starting off with 9 service errors in the first set and finishing with 20 errors compared to 14 aces for the entire match. However, the team did not give up and they found ways to score points when they needed to in the last three sets.

Sara Hoffman led the team with 11 kills. Jenna Hallen and Shay Wassman each had 7, Noelle Kiltie, Maddie Matuke, Abbie Matuk, and Abby Richardson filled in the rest of the team’s 38 total kills for the match. Kaitlyn Zignego had 18 assists, Liz Collinson 10, and Carolyn McMahon, Belle Blakey, Ariana Zins, and Kiltie produced the rest of the 36 assists. Merrie Thao, Zins, Blakey, and Richardson all made it through the match with no service receptions errors. Wassman, Hallen, and Kiltie also combined for 8 block winners compared to Baldwin recording 1.

On Thursday evening, the team traveled to Eau Claire North. Eau Claire North has produced some very tough and really fun matches. Hudson persevered a first set loss to come back and win 3-1 with scores of 19-25, 25-22, 25-15, and 25-18. Hudson had a slow start to the first set, quickly falling behind by 7 points. Hudson did come back to tie the score at 10 and it was close the rest of the way. Eau Claire North really owned the net in the first set, blocking our hitters and using our blockers. Hudson made some great adjustments between sets one and two, adjusting our rotation and positioning of our blockers and we also started pounding our attack on the outside lines. As a result, the team became much more efficient at scoring points. The play at the net was definitely in Hudson’s favor for the last three sets. The Hudson defense adjusted well to where the Eau Claire hitters were placing the ball. This was the best Hudson has played so far this year.

Defensively, Ariana Zins led the team with 19 digs, Kaitlyn Zignego had 13, Sara Hoffman 12, and Abby Richardson had 8. Shay Wassman and Noelle Kiltie had 8 of the teams’ 11 block winners. On the offensive side, Hoffman again led the hitters with 14 kills. She was closely followed by Jenna Hallen with 13 kills and Jade Sharretts with 12. Sharretts turned in the best hitting efficiency of the year, scoring at a .474 pace. Zins led from the service line with 4 aces, with Richardson and Liz Collinson each adding 3. Our bench players were also inspiring, cheering loud enough to offset the large Eau Claire North student body.



National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists

Group of National Merit semi-finalist pose with their school counselors.

Congratulations to our Hudson High School students who have been named National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists! #WeAreRaiderProud

  • Pictured front row left to right: Aspen Richter, MacKenzie Korent, Elizabeth Collinson
  • Pictured back row left to right: Elizabeth Smith (School Counselor), Maya Neuenschwander, Lewis Holmberg, Amanda Ichel, Alexander Weaver, Jessica Sile (School Counselor)

Annual Meeting Highlights

Dr. Ouellette and Board members seated on the stage for Annual Meeting.

Monday’s Annual Meeting of the Board of Education opened with Dr. Ouellette presenting highlights of the District’s achievements and the Board’s focus areas.

Presentations were also provided by Board Treasurer Heather Logelin and Tim Erickson, Chief Financial and Operations Officer. Together, they covered the 2019-2020 proposed budget and levy, budget challenges and assumptions, and the impact on property taxes.

Budget Challenges:

  • Address reduced state funding levels.
  • Address instructional needs for all learners including: staff professional development, curriculum adoption, resource materials, and services to meet student needs.
  • Maintain student to teacher ratios within class size guidelines.
  • Sustainable funding for long-term maintenance and capital improvement plan for all facilities.

Budget Assumptions:

  • State equalization aid is projected to be $836,000 less or 3.8% lower than last year and per pupil categorical aid has been increased by $88 per student under the first year of the biennial state budget or a $496,000 increase over last year.
  • The estimated mill rate of $10.35 is down 1.54% from last year’s $10.51. Overall property valuation is estimated to increase 10.09% compared to 3.7% last year. The state average is 6.0%
  • Total under levy stands at approximately $3,300,000, which is direct tax relief for property owners in the Hudson School District.
  • Salaries and benefits are budgeted to increase $1,830,000 or 4.0% over last and include new staffing, staffing reductions, Teacher Salary Structure, Support Staff Compensation System, Hudson Lead Salary Structure, and Board approved increase of 2.5%

Below is the Annual Meeting Booklet

Volleyball Takes First Place in Quad

Girls volleyball team members in a huddle.

Last week the Raider Volleyball team traveled to Marshfield for a quad tournament. The team took first place. The Raiders defeated Wausau’s Newman Catholic 2-1, Marshfield 2-0, and Pulaski 2-0.

The team was led by returning seniors. Sara Hoffman had 15 kills, Shay Wassman had 14, Noelle Kiltie and Abby Richardson had 10 kills each, Jenna Hallen had 7, and Maddie Matuke had 5. Kaitlyn Zignego and Liz Collinson had 30 & 22 set assists respectively. Ariana Zins led the team defensively with 27 digs. It was a good start to the season and satisfying to the see the girls play well in their first competition of the year. This is the first year Hudson defeated Wausau Newman in this quad tournament. It was a fun and tough match with each team trading the lead with Hudson finally winning the third set 15-13.

Over the weekend, the team competed in the two day UW-Stout sponsored Sprawl tournament in which Hudson placed 18th out of 40 teams. On Friday, the Raiders went 2-2 in match play, defeating Eau Claire Regis and Prairie Farm both 2-0. The team lost to Stevens Point and Osceola both 0-2. On Saturday, the team went 2-1 in match play, defeating Rice Lake 2-0. Then up against Wausau Newman for the second time in a week, the team again won in three sets 2-1 with the first set going to 32-30 in Hudson’s favor. The second set was 23-25 to Newman, and then Hudson ran with some real momentum to take the third set 15-6. The Raiders finished the day with another super fun match against Mosinee, losing 22-25 and 24-26.

According to Coach Saathoff, “This was a really fund weekend, especially the last two matches on Saturday with the scores being so close and all the girls really played with a lot of heart and emotion. They gave it their all right to the last point. It was very satisfying to me as the coach and for all the parents there watching the team have so much fun and playing so well.”

365体育滚球For the weekend, Hoffman, Wassman, Kiltie, Richardson and Hallen again led the way offensively. Abbie Matuke followed next with 9 kills, Jade Sharretts added 6, and Carly Tersteeg had 1 and a couple of blocks. Zignego and Collinson again led the setters with Carolyn McMahon adding to the mix. Zins led the defense and Belle Blakey alos played well defensively with 16 digs and a service ace.

Next the team is on the road playing Chippewa Falls.