Hudson Area Schools proudly announces the 2018 Retirees and Years of Service Award Recipients. These staff members will be honored at the annual End of Year Luncheon.
Retirees: Jeanne Doyel, Elementary Special Education Teacher
Pam Smoke, Elementary Secretary
Years of Service Recognition:
10 years: Robin Carpenter, Rachel Reuter, Cori Siegel and Mindy Valdez
15 years: Matt Carpenter, Missy Darr, Terri Kelley, Cazzie Mansfield,
Beth McCaulley, Michael Osborne, Jean Roys, Cindy Taylor
and Barb Williams
20 years: Kathy Anderson, David Conklin, Drew Gambill, Amy Hill,
Elaine Lautenschlager and Luke Miller
30+ years: Ted Adams, Gregg Durling, Denise Handy and Cal McLouth
Please join us in congratulating these employees for all of their hard work and dedication!
The Hudson Area Schools Hall of Fame Committee would like to congratulate the 2018 Hall of Fame recipients. Nominations were collected for outstanding alumni, teams, former employees or contributors to the school district. Several extremely deserving nominations were received. Two recipients were selected this year: Brian Evenson, former Hudson Area School teacher and coach; and Mollie Gamble Wolf, Hudson Area School alumnus, former community business owner and community volunteer.
"Throughout the tradition of excellence at Hudson Area Schools, numerous individuals have made a significant and lasting impact on our district," said Superintendent of Schools Mike Osborne. "Recognizing the accomplishments of past graduates, employees, coaches and contributors inspires the present and future members of the school and community to strive for even higher achievements and positive involvement within our school district and community."
The induction of the 2018 Hall of Fame recipients will occur during the annual alumni banquet on July 28, 2018. Social time begins at 4:00 p.m., the Hall of Fame awards presentation begins at 5:00 p.m., and is followed by dinner and the alumni program which this year honors the classes of 1968, 1993 and 2018. Reservations of $20 per person are due by July 16th to Jan Fisher at 517-260-2570.
If you would like to submit a nomination for next year’s Hall of Fame induction go to the Hudson Area School web site and click on “Hall of Fame Program” (http://www.hudson.k12.mi.us/). Nomination forms are also available at the Board office, 781 N. Maple Grove Ave., Hudson, MI 49247.
Hudson Area Schools’ Hall of Fame nominations are being accepted through April 1st to recognize and honor alumni, employees, and major contributors to Hudson Area Schools.
Superintendent Dr. Michael Osborne stated, "The Hall of Fame Awards program is designed to acknowledge those people that have distinguished themselves for their contributions in scholarships, athletics, activities, careers and community service. We feel very fortunate that Hudson Area Schools and the surrounding communities have many individuals that have made an impact on not only on their school, but on the communities they serve."
Past recipients of the Hall of Fame Award are Francis Freeborn, Hazel Monahan, Don Murdock, Bill Thompson, Cindy Corner, Claude Rowley, Winning Streak Football Teams and Coaches, John Ashley, Gerald Blackburn, Phil Eberhard, Tedroe Minton, Jim Reamsnyder, Jim Topps, Mary Enerson, Jan Fisher, Bob Duncan, John Enerson, Ray Curran and Bob Patrick.
Recipients are honored at the annual Alumni Banquet. Nomination forms are available on the Hudson Hall of Fame Facebook page, on the school website (click here) and at the Board office. The deadline for nominations is April 1st. Donations for the program are also being accepted. If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Hudson Area Schools’ Board Office at 517-448-8912 ext. 227.
Dallas Pibbles and Caden Natale 103, CJ Berro 119, Scotty Torres 125, Jordan Hamdan and Tyler Curtis 130, Carson Price 140, Jorge Sereno 145, John Betz 152, Spencer Blanco 189 and Kyle Moll 215 competed at Ford Field on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1 and 2. Two wrestlers won State Titles. Scotty Torres got revenge as he defeated top ranked Noah Comar 6-4 in the finals. Scotty showed toughness throughout the weekend and proved toughness wins over talent. Jordan Hamdan won his 3rd title in the 3 years he has wrestled in high school. Jordan destroyed his competition the whole weekend and defeated a two-time state champion in finals 10-0. Jordan finished the season undefeated after leading his team to a team state title and an individual title. Also placing this weekend was Caden Natale 3rd at 103, Carson Price 3rd at 140, Tyler Curtis 7th at 130, Jorge Sereno 7th at 145, and Spencer Blanco 5th at 189. Congrats to all the wrestlers this season, looking back at how far the team has improved and overcame tremendous challenges. Coach Marry would also like to congratulate the cheer team on winning Hudson 's first Lady 's State Tittle! You ladies made Hudson proud!
Our hearts mourn with the families and friends who are experiencing the impact of the fatal shootings in Parkland, Florida. Incidents such as this may make us question our own safety and, in particular, the safety of our children. At Hudson Area Schools we have gone to great lengths to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
Throughout each school year every building conducts mandatory safety drills which includes active shooter and lock down drills. Staff and students have received extensive training in ALICE which is an active shooter response training. The district has an emergency response plan in place and a crisis manual that provides procedures to use in various crisis situations.
We work very hard to ensure that every building is secure. Visitors may only enter through our main entrances and must verify their identities prior to entering the buildings. Electronic buzzer systems are in place at each building to secure our entrances. Security cameras are also in place throughout the district in and around the buildings. We have staff monitoring these cameras during the school day.
We are very thankful for the Hudson Police Department as well as the county and State Police. Hudson Police in particular are always available and respond to our needs within minutes. They often make themselves available to provide training and advice in regards to building security.
Most importantly, Hudson Area Schools has a staff and community that care deeply for our students and our families. Our staff makes safety and the welfare of our students and staff a top priority. We have and will continue to take any threat to our students, staff and district seriously and commit to always responding thoroughly.
As we mourn with the community of Parkland, Florida may we also be reminded to stay vigilant in our own community and be ready to report any suspicious or threatening behavior. May we also stay in close communication with our children. In times like these it is important that we listen to one another and are aware of the stress that can be caused in these stressful situations. Please contact any of our Hudson Area School teachers, administrators or counselors if we can be of any help.
December 2017 Students of the Month were presented with a plaque and a certificate at the January 8, 2018 Board meeting. Parker Seeger, 5th grade, Lincoln Elementary, Ellie Schutte, 7th grade, Hudson Middle School, Liberty Mohr, 10th grade, Hudson High School and Gabrielle Daniels, 9th grade, CSI. Congratulations!
From the desk of: Superintendent Dr. Michael Osborne
RE: School Board Recognition Month - January 2018
As citizen leaders, individual school board members face complex and demanding challenges. They are alternately described as having the most important volunteer jobs in the country and facing the toughest challenge in elected American government. Yet school board members are just ordinary citizens with extraordinary dedication to our nation’s public schools. All Michigan citizens should recognize the vital contributions of these men and women and the crucial role they play in the education of our children.
Public education is the backbone of American society, and local school boards are deeply rooted in U.S. tradition. It’s the foundation on which our democracy was built. Today local school boards continue to do the most important work of their communities—that of educating our youth.
Their job is to establish a vision for the education program, design a structure to achieve that vision, ensure schools are accountable to the community and strongly advocate for continuous improvement in student learning. The job of a school board member is tough, the hours long and the thanks few and far between. Too often we’re quick to criticize school board members without really understanding the complex nature of their decisions. Now’s the time to thank them for their untiring efforts.
School board members come from a variety of backgrounds, yet they share a common goal—helping students achieve in school and life. As a state, Michigan has faced many challenges, but the key to a brighter future is a strong public education system.
We often forget about the personal sacrifices school board members make. Board members contribute hundreds and hundreds of hours each year leading their districts. The time spent in board meetings represents just a small fraction of the hours school board members spend leading their districts. Collectively, they spend more than 7,500 hours on professional development to keep abreast of the latest trends in educational leadership, are deeply involved in community activities and spend many hours at extracurricular events. They continually advocate for the children of our state, and in the past year school board members made more than 1,100 passionate pleas to legislators, speaking out against budget cuts and pushing for smart reforms.
The month of January marks the annual observance of School Board Recognition Month. This is a time to show our appreciation and begin to better understand how local trustees work together to prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders. In January, join with others from throughout our district and state to salute the men and women who provide grassroots governance of public schools.
Thank you to the Hudson Area Schools Board of Education for all that you do for our students, our staff and our community!
November 2017 Students of the Month were presented with a plaque and a certificate at the December 11, 2017 Board meeting. Annalyse Ames, 7th grade, Hudson Middle School, Jacob Pickford, 5th grade, Lincoln Elementary, and Chase Edmonson, 9th grade, Hudson High School.
Congratulations to Varsity Football Head Coach Chris Luma! He has been informed that he will be inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Congratulations Coach Luma, this is a well deserved honor!
HEF awards financial scholarships to graduating Seniors at Hudson High School at the annual Kiwanis Scholastic Honors Banquet in May. The application is open through December 15, 2017. Last year, over $70,000 was awarded to students. Check out the website for more information.