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September 1, 2015

Two school site plans presented

The site plans for two schools were presented to School Board members.

Willow Springs Learning Center Principal Erin Steiner described the annual update of the school’s site plan conducted Aug. 18 with a nine-member planning team. Tactics identified that students would develop social-emotional skills, an understanding of their individual role as a learner and pre-academic literacy skills. Among the progress at Willow Springs in 2014-15 was two classrooms pilots for a personalized learning model in which students set goals and were aware of their own learning, implementation of Benchmark Literacy and vertical teaming with 5K teachers. The site plan will focus on the same tactics in 2015-16. In addition to continuing work started previously, the staff will explore, develop and implement teaching practices that promote student ownership of learning, develop and implement an electronic report card and explore current practices in student writing skills.

Marcy Elementary School Principal Michele Trawicki reported on the school’s site plan. Eight Marcy staff members met Aug. 20 to review progress on two tactics that focus on literacy and mathematics and determining next steps for 2015-16. The literacy tactics calls for specific differentiation for all levels optimizing intervention block parameters. Progress in this area included intervention blocks operational at all grade levels, monitoring of student progress and adjustment of instruction as necessary, reinforcement of vocabulary at all levels and the piloting of student goal-setting in several classrooms. The second tactic aims to make mathematics visible with a high bar for mathematics literacy. Mathematics computational fluency assessments were consistently administered at each grade level and shared with parents twice each quarter, mathematics vocabulary was reinforced and a mathematics intervention block occurred each Friday. Moving ahead, Marcy staff will use flexible grouping and a variety of resources to maximize grammar and vocabulary learning opportunities, and maximize learning opportunities with a focus on vocabulary, computational fluency and problem solving.

One student admitted into kindergarten early

One student was admitted early into kindergarten for 5-year-olds last year, according to a report presented by Special Services Supervisor John Peterson. Three students participated in the early admission 5K screening process. No parents requested early admissions for first grade. District policy indicates children must be four, five or six years old by Sept. 1 to enter four-year-old kindergarten, regular kindergarten or first grade, respectively. While procedures exist for early admission to regular kindergarten and first grade, no early admission is granted for four-year-old kindergarten.

Assessment program presented

Instructional Services Supervisor Katie Little, Ph.D., provided a written report summarizing standardized testing in the district. Her report provided the Wisconsin State Assessment schedule for 2015-16 which includes:

  • Sept. 14 – Oct. 9 – PALS 1-2;
  • Oct. 12 – Nov. 6 – PALS 4K-K;
  • Dec. 7 – Feb. 5 – ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs;
  • Jan. 25 – March 11 – The National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) for selected schools only;
  • March 1-16 – various ACT Plus and WorkKeys for students in grade 11;
  • March 28-May 20 tentative – New state assessment in English-language arts and mathematics in grades 3-8 and science and social studies in grades 4, 8 and 10 and Dynamic Learning Maps in English-language arts and mathematics in grades 3-11 and science in grades 4 and 8-11.
  • April 25-May 27 – ACT Aspire for grades 9-10 and PALS 4K-grade 2.

Personnel action

In personnel action, the School Board:

  • Accepted resignations of Marcy special services paraprofessional Lisa Bennett, Templeton special services paraprofessional Melissa Pungarcher, Templeton Title I paraprofessional Jennifer Zarwell, Hamilton physical education teacher James Jacobsen, Maple art teacher Guy Holling, Lannon special services paraprofessional Amanda Damien.
  • Appointed Jelena Kapetanovic as a Hamilton English as a Second Language teacher, Sara Lunde as a Marcy special services paraprofessional, Lori Konshak as a Willow replacement 4K teacher, Kimberly Zabel as assistant comptroller effective Sept. 21, Elisabeth Leach as a Marcy special services paraprofessional, Terri Weissbach as a Lannon paraprofessional, Shelli Reilly as district comptroller effective Sept. 28, Devon Hauser as a Hamilton replacement physical education teacher and Melissa Harbort as a Lannon special services paraprofessional.