Portrait of a Graduate

The Hudson School District started the journey in 2017 asking focus groups the question:

“What skills do students need to be successful after graduation?”

By March 2018, the focus group grew to the entire district with input from K-12 educators defining those skills. In 2019, the community stakeholders were asked the same essential question with the result going back to the educators. This Portrait of a Graduate has been the cornerstone of this strategic plan. The community of Hudson believes that our graduates should have the following skills:


I am a self-directed and responsible learner who is driven to achieve success for my education and future by:

  • Using resources effectively to complete assigned tasks in a timely manner and according to classroom procedures.
  • Taking ownership for my next steps for learning and challenge myself even when learning may be difficult.
  • Reflecting on and adapting my approach to learning by identifying my strengths.
  • Developing solutions to problems that I encounter and identifying misunderstandings.
  • Accessing multiple appropriate resources to answer my questions.
  • Understanding that my educational responsibilities extend outside of school.


I use various media and tools (personally and digitally) to connect and engage effectively with others to share and develop ideas by:

  • Reading and comprehending instructional level literary and informational text and expressing my understandings appropriately to a target audience. 
  • Writing coherent sentences and paragraphs consistent with instructional level expectations and expressing my understanding to a target audience.
  • Communicate clearly respective of the audience and purpose. 
  • Respectfully listen to, with eye contact, and provide various points of view.
  • Working with others to find solutions to problems.
  • Identifying misunderstandings in order to clarify thinking or communication. 
  • Using technology appropriately.


I demonstrate the traits that ethical, responsible, contributing citizens exhibit in a healthy community environment by:

  • Conducting myself as a socially and civically responsible citizen in person and online. 
  • Adhering to rules and laws to ensure safety and security in the community in person and online. 
  • Using expected behavior in both familiar and unfamiliar settings. 
  • Presenting myself appropriately in appearance, attitude, and conduct in person and electronically both at home and at school.
  • Taking pride in work, school, and community.
  • Respecting school materials and property.
  • Accepting consequences for my actions. 
  • Acknowledging that my individual actions can impact either positively or negatively to self and others.
  • Increasing my exposure with others’ diversity of thought and being.
  • Pursuing a healthy lifestyle that includes physical activity and healthy eating.


I solve problems through critical thinking, curiosity and perseverance by:

  • Identifying the root cause of an issue and developing an action plan. 
  • Setting goals to develop skills and knowledge needed to solve problems.
  • Taking reasonable risks with my thinking and solutions.
  • Asking open ended questions and exploring alternative solutions to problems.
  • Demonstrating flexibility by evaluating and altering goals as needed
  • Exploring, engaging, and pursuing my interests and passions. 
  • Using a process to come up with ideas or provide justification that is backed up with evidence with reliable resources.


I understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions by:

  • Being self-aware: Knowing my strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.”
  • Using self-management: Effectively manage stress, control impulses, and motivate myself to set and achieve goals.
  • Being socially aware: Understand the perspectives of others and empathize with them, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Using relationship skills: Communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed (self-advocacy).
  • Using responsible decision-making: Make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety, and social norm