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First Lady Jessica Doyle visits Templeton

Wisconsin’s First Lady Jessica Doyle visited Templeton Middle School Sept. 8 to learn about the initiatives the school has implemented to support student achievement.

The governor’s wife, a middle school teacher from Madison, expressed admiration to the staff and students at Templeton after dropping in on two classes and meeting students in the school library. Principal Patricia Polczynski provided information about how the school’s sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders are supported through intervention and enrichment programs. She described school services and programs including Reading Resource, STAR Math, Content Mastery, Study Center, Spectrum Math and Reading, Enriched Communication Arts and Science, High School Math Acceleration, the afterschool Success Club and summer support programs.

Doyle was provided with encouraging Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam achievement data that shows:

  • 90 percent of Templeton students scored proficient and advanced in reading and 88 percent in
    mathematics on the 2002-03 exam;
  • Templeton’s distance above the state average is increasing each year; and
  • Templeton’s reading and mathematics results are in the upper half among Waukesha County
    middle schools.

Doyle discussed teaching strategies with reading teacher Ann Meyers and mathematics teacher Nicole Strachota after observing and interacting with students in their classes.