Sunday, September 17, 2017



On Tuesday's staff meeting, I will review the SLO process for your late start work on Thursday. Here is the planning document for working through your Professional Goal Setting Plan

You'll complete the first three steps referenced in this document on Thursday. To prepare for our staff meeting, please read the two blog posts below from Fountas and Pinnell giving guidance on expected yearly growth and on how far teachers should go with instructional reading levels for above grade level readers. Both of these articles are helpful when thinking about your SLO goal setting for your students.

F+P Growth Guidance

Grade Level Cut-Off

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Patriot Day and Staff Meeting


I have some reminders regarding Patriot Day tomorrow. Thank you to all the staff who helped plan the Patriot Day program. Here's the schedule of events for tomorrow.

  • On Husky Headline News a video slide show will recognize service men and women related to our students and staff at North Hudson Elementary. 
  • By 2:45pm classes should be out by on the driveway facing the flagpole so we can begin the Patriot Day program promptly at 2:50pm.

 Program Agenda

 Raising of the Flag – St. Joseph Fire Fighters
  Star Spangle Banner
  Pledge of Allegiance – All School
  Welcome – Mr. Schmidt
  5th Grade Reflection – Student
  Song – This Land is Your Land – All School
          5th Grade Reflection – Student
  Thank you to local heroes – Team
  5th Grade Reflection – Student
  Closing Remarks – Mr. Schmidt

At our Tuesday staff meeting, agenda items include technology and Everyday Math 4. Kelli will begin the meeting with a class links overview. Then Lisa Skoyan has the following EDM4 agenda topics based on your feedback:  what's go well, some quick tips with the new curriculum, differentiation and recommendations from you regarding our next steps at the October 10th EDM4 staff meeting. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Research/Production Studio


This fall our computer lab 118 will be undergoing a renovation. It will be transformed from a traditional computer lab into a research and production studio. The news studio will be broadcasting from here via live streaming with new updated equipment. This production studio can also be used for class video projects and other go public type presentations. Other items in the studio include the Smartboard for whole group presentations, admin 03 copier, individual research and recording stations, as well as six computers for printing and researching needs. The computer lab 153 will continue to be utilized for media lessons and available to classroom teachers. Below is a rough sketch of what the space may look like, and we are hoping to have the renovation completed by the end of September.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Raider Portal and PLC


Last week our office got the North Hudson Raider Portal up and running for the 17-18 school year. Our weekly newsletter will be posted on this site, as well as social media updates from the District's twitter and facebook accounts:  North Hudson Elementary Raider Portal.

Tomorrow our PBIS Tier I team will meet to reflect on the kickoff for the year and our plans during the first six weeks. Please pass on any input you have to this team regarding the initial PBIS stations and the acknowledgements with the paws.

During Thursday's common planning time. Teams will begin deciding upon and creating plans around their first essential learning within ELA. Here's the spreadsheet Amanda McCarthy created for teams this year. Instead of a tab for each round, grade level teams have their own tab to use while working through essential learning planning:  NH 17-18 PLC Products.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

More Eclipse Information


Here's some additional information from NASA on safety measures using the eclipse glasses tomorrow with your students.

  • Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
  • Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun. 
  • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them

We will have indoor recess for both recesses tomorrow to minimize the chance of students looking up at the eclipse without eye protection. Kelli Hedlund is going to live stream the solar eclipse from the news studio. Please have this up on your Smartboards during both lunch and afternoon recess. Students who are opting out of viewing the solar eclipse with their class can come down to the office and watch the NASA streaming there. 

Also on starting on Tuesday through the rest of the week, I can use as many staff as possible in the front and back of the building, to assist 4K and Kindergarten students transitioning to and from school. Wishing you all a great first FULL week of school with your students. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Welcome Back!


I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow to kick off our 17-18 school year! At 8:15am, a continental breakfast will be provided in the media center followed by our beginning of the year staff meeting starting at 8:45am. After the staff meeting, you'll be on your own for lunch, and will have time to meet with your team and prepare your classroom for the new year.

Tuesday is our district day starting at the high school stadium at 8:00am and walking to the middle school. District messages start at 8:45am in the gymnasium at Hudson Prairie followed by elementary common messages at 9:30am (also in the Hudson Prairie gymnasium). A reminder that student pictures also happen on Tuesday from 4:00-8:00pm at North Hudson Elementary with Meet the Teacher Night occurring from 5:00-6:30pm.

Finally to prepare for the staff meeting, I want you all to think about what inspires you? What's that "thing" that you are passionate about and gets you up every morning? I will be asking for you to share your thoughts early on in the staff meeting.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Last Week Reminders


I wish you a wonderful last week with your students. Below are reminders for our last five days together for the 16-17 school year.

  • Monday, June 5th: 4th Grade at Fort Snelling, North Hudson Title One Meeting at 2:15pm and grades due into Skyward by 11:59pm.
  • Tuesday, June 6th: 5th Grade at Eau Claire Waterpark, 2nd Grade MN Zoo, All School Picnic, Report Cards will be printed, class pictures due in the T drive for All School Meeting Slide Show and NH PTO Meeting at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, June 7th: Revise any individual report cards in Skyward by 11:59pm
  • Thursday, June 8th (Last Day of School): 9:10am All School Meeting, 10:30am Yearbooks, 2:45pm Kickball, send report cards home and staff get together in River Falls after work
  • Friday, June 9th (Teacher Check Out Day) compete cumulative files, clean room and assist colleagues who are moving to new spaces (OT/PT, Mrs. Domeier and Ms. Strop)