Dargatz shares success of learning in nature
Woodside Elementary School kindergarten teacher Peter Dargatz gave School Board members a glimpse of the outdoor education programming started more than three years ago. Initially, Dargartz started with a Nature Kindergarten program that incorporated the Woodside Timberwolf Trail, a natural play area and several outdoor learning spaces. It was created in a previously unused parcel of oak savanna prairie land behind the school building.
Since then students from throughout Woodside have had opportunities to learn while outdoors on the trail and through a partnership with the Retzer Nature Center.
The Hamilton Education Foundation has supported the outdoor education initiatives. This year Dargatz was encouraged to apply for additional funding through the Waukesha County Community Foundation which provided a grant that will make it possible for students from throughout the district to experience Woodside’s nature trail.
The Timberwolf Trail and outdoor classroom were featured this summer at the World of Wonder, an international nature-based early learning conference held in Chicago. Some 50 educators from throughout the country including 11 states and four countries visited Woodside as part of the conference’s Wisconsin Field Trip option. Former Woodside kindergartners led guests around the trail.
No space to take Open Enrollment students
School administrators calculated that the district will not have enough classroom space to take additional Open Enrollment students for the 2019-20 school year due to projected resident enrollment. Open Enrollment is a statewide program that allows students to attend public schools outside of their districts if space is available.
School Board election calendar released
The schedule for the 2019 spring election was released. Terms are up for School Board members Gabe Kolesari, who holds the Sussex seat, Jennifer Waltz, who is in the at-large seat, and Rebecca Zingsheim, who holds the Butler seat.
The election schedule includes:
- Jan. 2 – deadline for candidacy declaration and nominations papers;
- Feb. 19 – primary election if needed;
- April 2 – spring election; and
- April 22 – taking of office.
Personnel action from Nov. 6
In personnel action, the School Board:
- approved hiring of a 69 percent special education paraprofessional at Lannon for the current school year;
- accepted the resignations of Hamilton cook Jessica Samz, effective Oct. 25 and Hamilton administrative assistant Elizabeth Aho, effective Oct. 26;
- appointed Patricia Messina as Maple Avenue special service paraprofessional, Julie Karnthaler, as Marcy special service paraprofessional, Aida Kozic as Woodside media center paraprofessional, Carrie Goodman as Woodside special service paraprofessional, and JaKoby Morrell as Hamilton custodian.