Monday, January 19, 2015

Dr. King








Today, we pause to recognize a great a man who fought for Justice, Peace, and Equality for everyone. Many school districts were out today in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The School District of Janesville (SDJ) observes this day with a “Day On.”  During this day, each of our schools teaches students about the life and legacy of Dr. King. Students will be able to reflect and discuss what the dream meant to them and what they can do to carry out the dream of equality.

The School District of Janesville understands the importance of a quality education and how important it is for students to achieve. Having a “Day On” will allow us to continue to strive for excellence in the district. We believe in our mission statement: To serve our community by educating every child. The SDJ realizes that all students are not the same, so we work hard developing programs and policies to make sure all students succeed. This is how we are making sure we are keeping the dream alive.

Educational Excellence is our goal, one that we take seriously. Dr. King believed, valued, and fought for education. He wanted to make sure that all students were treated equally and had the same opportunities. The SDJ shares this sentiment and will continue to push for quality education for all students.

The SDJ applauds the effort, struggle, and fight for equality that Dr. King led. As your Superintendent, I thank each of you for your dedication to our students. You are making a difference in the lives of our future.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Don't Forget Your Rock the School House Tickets



The School District of Janesville will present “Rock the School House” on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at the Janesville Performing Arts Center (JPAC) from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for adults. This event is a fundraiser for several district organizations including: Washington Seminar, Global Youth Summit, Junior Achievement, Nuclear Non-Proliferation, Bridges International Conference, Wisconsin Honors Project, Badger Boys/Girls State and others. Tickets are still available. You can purchase them from JPAC or the Educational Services Center (ESC). 

The blogs for the next few days will highlight various performers. Our next featured artists are:

The Frank & Company Band featuring four longtime veterans of the Janesville music scene with a combined 165 years of musical experience. The members include: Duane Millard (Keyboard/Vocals), Larry Bergdoll (Guitar/Vocals), Jim Millard (Drums/Vocals), and Debbie Millard (Bass Guitar/Driver of the Winnebago). Jim Millard states, “We not only play 60's and 70's music, we actually lived it.”

Swing Fish is a quintet with a varied song list, including Jazz, Blues, Country, and Classic Rock.  Their music includes original compositions as well as covers from artists such as the Doobie Brothers, John Mellenchamp, Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh, Frank Sinatra, and Nora Jones.  Their motto? " Great music from fairly nice people."

The group has decades of experience and a sense of humor. Members include:
Steve Pease - vocals, piano, guitar, trumpet
Jerry Lehr - vocals, bass
Dave Viemeister - vocals, drums
Julie Sewell - vocals, percussion
John Schultz - vocals, trombone, percussion

Brian and Jan Knutson are music teachers for the School District of Janesville.  Jan is at Parker High School and Brian is at Washington and Jackson Elementary Schools.  Together they direct the summer school musical theatre program.  They have been soloists with the Beloit Janesville Symphony and appeared in musical theatre productions in the area.  They are happy to be a part of Rock the School House.

The Conway Family Band has been performing steadily for the last ten years both here and in Japan.  All members are multi-instrumentalists so the line-up changes often.  They play on average once a month.  Many of their shows are for charitable causes but the band also plays the local circuit here and the festival scene in Japan during summer break.  Dad is the guitarist and vocalist by default.  Yo (22) plays bass, Banjo, drums, guitar, and whatever is needed.  Richie (20) is lead guitarist, back-up bassist and back-up Drummer, Lee (16) is the band's primary Drummer and Henry (14) the main bass guitar player, keyboardist.





Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Chris Kohn



The School District of Janesville will present “Rock the School House” on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at the Janesville Performing Arts Center (JPAC) from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. This event is a fundraiser for several district organizations including: Washington Seminar, Global Youth Summit, Junior Achievement, Nuclear Non-Proliferation, Bridges International Conference, Wisconsin Honors Project, Badger Boys/Girls State and others. Tickets are still available. You can purchase them from JPAC or the Educational Services Center (ESC). 

The blogs for the next few days will highlight various performers. Our first featured artist is Mr. Chris Kohn, 4th grade teacher at Harrison Elementary School.

Chris Kohn is an established singer-songwriter who writes original music that is acoustic, organic, powerful and full of emotion.  It's something new and captivating.  A blend of acoustic rock, funk, jazz and soul all served up on a single platter.  Songs can be deeply moving and emotional, while others are laid back jams with some mellow vocals laid on top.  At shows, there is something for everyone - whether it is a new take on a cover song, or an original that draws you in - people leave happy at the end of the night.

Growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a child of the 90's, Chris was heavily influenced by Pearl Jam in his youth and continues to pull from that today.  "Eddie Vedder is easily my biggest influence as far as writing from the heart goes, and for inspiration."  Milwaukee is a regular stop for mostly anyone touring the US, which was a blessing for a music lover.  Live music was a huge part of growing up for Chris and he saw shows by all of the big acts that came through, plus tons of smaller shows.  Finally, in late high school, he picked up a guitar himself, but it didn't really take until the latter part of college.  Joining the band Remedy, Chris got his first taste of writing original music.  "I was the so-called lead guitarist, but I had no right to be a lead.  I'm rhythm all the way."  Once Remedy broke up, Chris was forced to come up with his own sound and write his own way.  After a few years of playing live shows and writing, Chris finally released his debut CD "Hidden Pearl" on June 11, 2013.  He continues to have a full schedule of shows and is working on new material.  For all updated information, please visit www.chriskohnmusic.com or find chriskohnmusic on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.




Friday, January 9, 2015

School Closings







The month of January did not only bring in a New Year, it also brought cold temperatures. The School District of Janesville (SDJ) takes the safety of our students seriously. For this reason we cancelled school for two days (January 7th and 8th). The SDJ works with a meteorologist and a team of District staff before the decision is made.

Per the district calendar as published on the website, “If two or more snow days are used, May 22, 2015, will be a day of school.”  The school year will still end on June 11, 2015, and graduation will not change.

I am attaching a link to Board Policy 5462-Closing of Schools Due to Inclement Weather Conditions.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

School District of Janesville Says, Thanks!







Saturday, December 13, 2014, marked the sixth year for the Bags of Hope Fundraiser. The School District of Janesville would like to thank everyone for your help and donations.

With your help, we met our goal of raising over $40,000. This allowed us to provide over 300 families and 50 senior citizens with two weeks’ worth of groceries for the holidays. What a great way to pay it forward.

The dedication and sacrifice each of you made in making this event a success was truly amazing. Continue to pay it forward; it truly makes a difference in the lives of individuals.


Special thanks to our sponsors:

  • Landair
  • Woodman’s Markets (Dan Wright)
  • Seneca
  • QPS Employment Group
  • Control Solutions, Inc.
  • School District of Janesville
  • Nowlan and Mouat LLP
  • Amp Electric, Inc.
  • Bandt Communications
  • City of Janesville
  • Blackhawk Community Credit Union
  • LP Tree Service
       
It Doesn’t Seem Enough

I want to tell you "Thank you,"
But it doesn’t seem enough.
Words don’t seem sufficient--
"Blah, blah" and all that stuff.


Please know I have deep feelings
About your generous act.
I really appreciate you;
You’re special, and that’s a fact!

By Joanna Fuchs

Once again, thank you to each of you for a job well done!