February 4, 2014

Board gets report about district strategic tactics

Human Resources and Organizational Development Director John Roubik gave an update to the School Board about the work of the Strategic Visioning Committee which met Oct. 22-23 to validate and review the district’s mission, vision, beliefs and high-leverage strategies to support engagement and achievement. At a previous meeting, he provided information about the revised vision statement.

Board members on Tuesday learned about the tactical plans that support objectives of high levels of student engagement and achievement in every classroom. The tactics are short-term action steps that are updated several times a year. Other components of the plan, such as the vision statement and objectives, will remain unchanged for the three years of the plan. The tactics reflect work that the district will focus on including:

  • implementing personalized learning, differentiated instructional practices;
  • implementing Response to Intervention (RtI) readiness;
  • investigating and purchasing a student information system;
  • designing and constructing an athletic classroom, training, practice space;
  • utilizing effective communication practices;
  • gathering data for effective two-way communications;
  • focusing professional development on knowledge and skills staff need to promote increased achievement;
  • training staff to implement the new Educator Effectiveness Model; and
  • exploring and communicate with staff regarding compensation.

Summer Opportunities planning underway

Lannon Principal and Summer Opportunities Coordinator Dick Ladd reported on plans for the upcoming summer school. Construction of an athletic training facility behind the high school and the possibility of road construction on Town Line Road will alter the normal flow of traffic at the high school where the majority of classes are held. To ease the amount of traffic at the high school, the district will offer free shuttle bus service from Woodside and Marcy elementary schools for parents who would like to drop their children off there to be bussed to summer school.

New this year will be e-mail distribution of the Summer Opportunities brochure along with the convenience of online registration which was offered in the past. Computers in all district buildings will be available for parents to use in case they do not have them at home.

The School Board previously approved 2014 Summer Opportunities dates. Enrichment courses are set for June 23 – July 18. Templeton Middle School promotional classes will begin June 23 and end Aug. 1. Students will have a day off for the July 4 holiday.

High school credit recovery classes will be handled as it has for the past two years with credit recovery opportunities. Classes vary in time of day and number of meeting days scheduled.

Lannon site plan approved

Lannon Elementary School Principal Dick Ladd presented his school’s site plan update. New this year was the collaboration of the district’s four elementary schools around a common district literacy goal which states, “Using the 2013 MAP scores, each elementary school will increase the percentage of students who meet or exceed their projected growth targets by 5 percent.” Lannon used this shared tactic and added another. The second tactic states, “Students will develop positive social skills and pride in their school.”

Four students approved for early graduation

Hamilton High School Principal Candis Mongan presented the applications of four juniors – Delany Meloy, James Slavik, Marcus Velazquez and Ashleigh Xiong – who applied to graduate early. The students met School Board policy requirements and will be eligible to graduate in January 2015.

Status report given on curriculum revisions

Instructional Services Supervisor Katherine Little, Ph.D., reported on the curricular areas that are under revision. They include:

  • Applied Engineering & Technology – Digital Electronics, transcripted with WCTC, will be added to high school course offerings in the 2014-15 school year.
  • Art – Revisions will begin later this spring with the bulk of the work being completed in the summer of 2014-15.
  • Communication Arts – Creative writing learning targets have been modified from the original Creative Communication Arts course. The revised Creative Writing elective course will be offered at high school every other year beginning with the 2014-15 school year.
  • Fitness Education/Health – Revision progress to date is sufficient to meet completion date of August, 2014. Revisions will focus on disciplinary literacy and ensuring that the district is meeting the requirements of the state statutes. Updated media resources are recommended for middle school health.
  • Music – Vocal and Performance (Show Choir) learning targets and “I can…” statements have been added to the district curriculum. Show choir will be offered during zero hour at high school beginning in the 2014-15 school year.
  • Reading K-5 – Learning targets and associated “I can…” statements have been completed. Revised curriculum will be presented to the Board in late spring, 2014. Through a pilot study, appropriate resources have been identified and will be recommended to the Board in the upcoming weeks.
  • Science 6-12 – Progress to date is sufficient to meet completion date of August, 2014. Revisions will focus on disciplinary literacy and scientific processes.
  • Spelling K-5 – Learning targets and associated “I can…” statements have been completed. Revised curriculum will be presented to the board in late spring, 2014. Through a pilot study, appropriate resources have been identified and will be recommended to the board in the upcoming weeks.
  • Social Studies – Revision progress to date is sufficient to meet completion date of August, 2014. High school actions include shifting U.S. History to Grade 9. In 2014-15, grades 9 and 10 will participate in 20th Century US History. A more rigorous course for grade 10 is being designed to address modern civilization standards. Implementation will occur in 2015-16. AP Macroeconomics is a semester elective added to align with the district’s financial literacy initiative. An application to the UW-Oshkosh CAPP program for the psychology elective has been submitted. Acceptance will allow high school students to earn college credit for successful completion of the course. Implementation of the WCTC transcripted credit for sociology began in the 2013-14 school year.
  • Resources for TMS are being investigated and piloted. Anticipate a recommendation for the 2015-16 school year. Additional resources may be needed at the elementary level to support standard attainment. A recommendation will follow an analysis of current resources.
  • World Languages – Due to the vast number of curricular areas that are currently in process, it is recommended that World Languages revisions be moved to the 2014-15 school year.
  • Writing K-5 – Learning targets and associated “I can…” statements have been completed. Revised curriculum will be presented to the Board in late spring, 2014. Resources investigated during the pilot study were not deemed strong enough for adoption. The committee will continue to investigate options.

Personnel business

In personnel matters, School Board members:

  • ratified an agreement for AFSCME Custodial Maintenance Local 3086 for the 2013-14 school year including a 2 percent base compensation increase retroactive to the beginning of the school year;
  • approved the retirement request of Marcy custodian Michael Hart effective July 11;
  • accepted the resignation of Marcy second grade teacher Amanda Lindstedt at the end of the 2013-14 school year; and
  • appointed David Schiffer as a district maintenance staff member and Candy Goetz as a Marcy special services paraprofessional.