Monday, April 30, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Percent Proficient in WKCE Reading and Math by Grade
The main purpose of rounding for outcomes on students is to develop relationships with them. When teachers round on their students, they gain an opportunity to learn what is occurring in their students’ lives.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Julie's dedication to helping one of her students in a time of need “demonstrates her caring, compassion and friendship and can serve as an example for us all,” according to the sheriff’s office.
Julie has a Bachelor of Science degree in English and Bilingual Education. She is an English Language Learner (ELL) Support Teacher at Parker High School. She has been working in that capacity since she began with the School District of Janesville in 2001. She has worked as the department's instructional manager for the past three years.
Jose Carrillo, a School District of Janesville student advocate, states that Julie has helped students during tragic family losses on at least two occasions, and "She sees the needs of all her students and caringly works with families in the community to ensure that their children have the best educational experiences."
Title Programs, ELL and World Language Coordinator Julie DeCook believes that "Julie is a trusted voice of experience and wisdom in meeting the needs of high school ELLs and is active in providing leadership among high school ELL teachers in examining how the School District of Janesville provides services to ELLs at the high school level."
According to Parker High School Assistant Principal Quiana Polk, "Julie is a superb model of hard work, ability and diligence, which her students are inspired to emulate. She has been a transformational force in the lives of her students, resulting in their ability to see themselves as achievers."
Congratulations Julie on receiving this well deserved award!
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Full Academic Year
There is also a focus at Madison on building relationships—guaranteeing students know they are cared for and parents feel welcomed. The teachers truly value and care for their students, and the top question on their minds when making decisions is “What is best for the students?”
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Joe moved to Janesville in the Summer of 1980 and worked as an assistant coach at Janesville Parker from 1980 through 1992.In 1993, Joe accepted the head football coaching position at Janesville Parker and led the Vikings to their first Big 8 conference championship in school history in 2000. The Vikings have won 5 Big 8 championships under the leadership of Joe and his staff. Janesville Parker has qualified for the state football playoffs 15 of his 19 seasons. He was selected as the Big 8 Coach of the Year in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2006. Joe was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2007
Joe has also served as the head boys track coach at Janesville Parker from 1981 till present.Throughout his time at Parker High School, Joe has served as the mathematics chair and was selected as the Janesville Secondary Teacher of the Year in 1995. He was also recognized by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995 as a Distinguished Teacher of Teachers and in 2003 as a Rockwell Award Winner.
He will continue to work as a teacher, athletic director and boys track coach at Janesville Parker High School.
Joe Dye has been a dedicated, high performing football coach for many years in the School District of Janesville. It is now time for him to focus more on himself and the family he is devoted to. Joe has been a role model for many students at Janesville Parker. He is a strong leader in our district and a beloved employee. I wish Joe the best and stand by him in his decision. I am happy that he will continue with us as a teacher, athletic director and track and field coach. Thank you for your service to the Janesville community and the School District of Janesville.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Deb Mundth, AV Technician for the School District of Janesville
E-Mail from Shelley Gard, Innovation Specialist, Wilson/Lincoln Elementary to Bob Smiley, CIO
“I just wanted to share some food for thought from the user end of our world. Deb Mundth, as you're well aware, is such a key player in helping us make sure that the AV end of the instructional technology is working well in classrooms. As we make this exciting transition to more and more of our teaching practice relying on higher end technology equipment, I've seen just how critical it is that she's been able to drop everything and come change a SMART Board bulb, talk me through SMART and other AV/IT troubleshooting on the phone, advise me as I work to figure out the best way to implement management practices for new equipment, make recommendations as I consider purchases, etc.
Gone are the days when we could simply swap an old school overhead projector or even a new school LCD projector for that matter. True, teachers should always have a 'plan B' in case things go wrong and it's not possible to help them right away. Still, our world of education is so rapidly increasing its reliance on technology. I see that as a great thing! Being that it's my role to help encourage this increased use, I have a whole different level of appreciation for Deb's knowledge and services.”
Student Leadership Council (SLC) (Parker High School)
The following was shared by Kristin Hampton, Spanish Teacher and Kathy Kislia, Language Arts Teacher
“Nineteen SLC students attended the Ignite Leadership Conference at UW Madison. At the conference, they met with students from various schools in Wisconsin. As advisor, I had the opportunity to sit in on some of their groups and hear our Parker students share how great their teachers are, how their teachers work hard to help them succeed, and they were even giving a brief lesson on Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and the Viking Values! Our students see staff working and said they feel safer at school because of our expectations! They take pride in their school! It was so encouraging to hear them share with the other schools.”
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The Engage Assessment is produced by the ACT College and Career Readiness System. Specifically, the Engage is designed to help predict academic performance and timely graduation from high school. It also provides a profile of students’ strengths and needs in ten areas, including family involvement, school safety climate and optimism. In addition, the Engage will provide schools with valuable insight about students’ academic self-confidence, social connection and ability to set meaningful goals.
Finally, the Engage will help to identify those students who are most at-risk of running into academic difficulty or even dropping out of college during their first year. Early intervention with these students (at the high school level) will focus on study skills, social activity, and academic self-confidence. Data from the Engage will also be an important tool for how the high schools reinvigorate the current ninth grade advisory program helping to make Advisory more student-centered and focused on the transition to high school. I believe the Engage Assessment will be another tool that will assist and support students in our district with one of the final steps in their journey with us—the high school years.
Monday, April 16, 2012
The week of April 16-20, 2012 is Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Emergency Management team and the five National Weather Service Forecast Offices that service Wisconsin are asking that everyone take time to go over their safety plans so that they will be ready when severe weather strikes.
On Thursday, April 19, 2012, a mock tornado drill will be conducted, with a mock tornado watch and warning issued for all of Wisconsin. This is a great opportunity for everyone to practice your tornado emergency plan with family, friends and co-workers. The School District of Janesville will be participating in the drill.
Every precaution has been taken to protect students and staff members during periods of severe weather. School District of Janesville students and staff are made aware of predetermined areas of shelter to which they move during severe weather warnings. During times of weather warnings, students will be kept in their shelter areas beyond normal dismissal times and staff will remain with them. For safety reasons students will not be released until either the National Weather Service or local police or fire officials issue an “all clear” signal. Children will not be released to families during the time of a weather warning as student safety is a top priority for The School District of Janesville.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Lincoln Elementary School is a Wisconsin School of Promise for the fourth straight year in a row.
Lincoln Elementary School has maintained a history of strong performance, having won the School of Promise award for the last three years. Despite the changing demographics and rise of socio-economically disadvantaged students, Lincoln has been able to maintain gains, good scores and grow academically. What is Lincoln doing right?
The Lincoln Elementary School Formula for Success.
Lincoln is staffed by highly qualified, seasoned/veteran, and dedicated teachers and staff—staff who are not only experienced, but are passionate about their students and seeing those students succeed.
Special Area Teachers:
Special Area Teachers (Physical Education, Art, and Music) have been an asset to Lincoln’s success as well. They have worked both Reading and Math standards into their lessons throughout the year and intentionally teach key vocabulary for academic subjects in their classes. This solidifies the wrap-around effect, which is designed to detail the importance of all skills in all curriculum areas.
Lincoln boasts a strong character program, which has been in place for 12 years and is partnered with Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is a systemic approach to proactive, school-wide behavior based on a Response to Intervention (RtI) model. PBIS applies evidence-based programs, practices and strategies for all students to increase academic performance, improve safety, decrease problem behavior, and establish a positive school culture. This has led to fewer classroom interruptions. With fewer disruptions, fewer students are being distracted from learning and being taken from the classroom for behavioral intervention. Truancy has also dropped, which means more students in the classroom, and they’re on time. The principal, teachers and staff work to develop a sense of pride and ownership among the students and parents, which results in increased involvement. Getting the students into the classroom and keeping them there has had a profound impact on student achievement.
Data Driven Decisions:
Through the use of data driven decision-making, Lincoln teachers have been able to do what is best for students. Translated, student assessment data is carefully monitored each week resulting in the development of either specific intervention or enrichment groups. This focus on the detail and teaching for mastery has been a key ingredient associated with their success.
Despite a shift in demographics, Lincoln had 100% parent contact during conferences. Teachers and staff have been able to engage parents, build stronger relationships and encourage a deep involvement of the parents in their child’s education. According to Lincoln Principal Shawn Galvin, “Parent involvement is key to the school’s success.”
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Once considered an innovation, professional learning communities in schools are commonplace today. Although their structure varies widely, their use as a powerful staff development strategy to promote school change and improvement is consistent. To be effective, professional learning communities must be part of the culture of the school – respected, supported, and nurtured.
When afforded that status, professional learning communities
· Decrease educators’ isolation
· Increase their commitment to the mission of the school
· Foster a sense of shared responsibility that leads to more effective change.
Lest the concept of professional learning communities evokes an image of teachers and administrators sitting in a circle sharing instructional strategies, think again. The configuration can be as varied as the schools in which it is used.
Professional learning communities have at their foundation, five specific factors as outlined by Peter Senge:
1. Supportive and shared leadership;
2. Collective creativity;
3. Shared values and vision;
4. Supportive culture;
5. Shared personal practice;
With these elements, schools – and individual educators – can craft their own brand of professional learning community. Administrators can empower teachers through professional learning communities, allowing them to take the lead in improving classroom instruction and, indeed, the school climate.
Last school year, due to the budget reduction of some 110 staff members, it became apparent that we needed to devise a new way of doing business in the district. The absolutes that were critical to the new plan involved raising achievement and creating more opportunities for collaboration among and between the staff. In response, The School District of Janesville developed the regional PLC model where the district was divided into three regions—West, East and South. In this model, resource staff—academic learning coaches, counselors, library-media specialists, social workers, and school psychologists are shared among and between schools based on the immediate needs identified at the building. PLC’s meet monthly to process and management the work of the PLC as well as collaborate on the various activities and events surrounding student learning and achievement. Flexibility is the key to effectiveness of the model. Later this month we will begin the process of evaluating the progress of our regional PLC experiment and consider the future evolution of our regional PLC’s.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Harrison Elementary School
Harrison students collected 11, 568 Box Tops for Education. This translates into $1,156.80 raised for Harrison School. Nice job!
The Harrison student council coordinated a school-wide book drive. Students collected almost 1,000 books which then were donated to children in need in Zambia. This effort was coordinated through one of the community churches.
Adams Elementary School
On March 2nd, 71 Adams School third graders attended a performance of Miss Nelson is Missing. Adams had several students participate in the show. In a recent “View of the Week” from the Janesville Gazette an usher wrote the following about students who attended the performance:
“During the hour-long show, the children sat in their seats, attentively, focused on the stage. Upon entering and exiting they were polite and quiet, showing real theater etiquette. Parents, you would have been proud of your children. But what I saw was literally busloads of amazing potential streaming through JPAC’s doors. If this is the future of Janesville, I am optimistic. Keep up the good work, teachers and parents!”
Our public and school libraries are fun places for adults and children alike. They provide for free expression of thought, intellectual growth and knowledge, and access to ideas and technology. The libraries’ programs play an essential role in our lives and our children’s’ futures. Both our public and school libraries are vibrant places for learning, reading, and gaining research and technology skills.
The libraries’ collections provide materials which reflect a broad range of ideas and beliefs of religious, social, political, historical and ethnic groups. We learn of their many contributions, who we are as Americans, along with our place in the world. We learn how our many rich cultures add to our appreciation of diversity and varied points of view. The wide variety of resources meets individual needs, varied interests, and reading levels.
Hedberg Public Library and the School District of Janesville’s library programs collaborate to keep literacy in the forefront. Visit them this month if you have not been there recently. See why libraries are our cultural and literary gems for you and your children.
Monday, April 9, 2012
April/May 2012: Focus groups will be set up and will occur over these two months. Employees will sign up if they are interested in participating and information will be gathered from all employee groups.
May 2012: Boyd Consultants have been directed to bring the Handbook Design Committee information on HMOs (Health Maintenance Organizations) and POS (Point of Service) plans. It will take approximately two months for them to gather data and information. We will meet with them again in May.
Summer of 2012: A collaborative group would be formed with at least one representative from each employee group to work with the Design Committee.
End of Summer 2012: Working Conditions Section of the Handbook would tentatively be completed by the end of summer 2012.
Attorney Review: Ongoing Attorney review prior to presentation of each topic/section to the Board for approval.
November 2012: Insurance & Benefit Section would be presented to the Board for approval no later than November 2012 in preparation for Administrative contracts in January 2013.
2nd Board Meeting in March 2013: Final approval by the Board of all sections.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Opening Day is the day on which professional baseball leagues begin their regular season. For Major League Baseball and most of the minor leagues, this day falls during the first week of April. For baseball fans, Opening Day serves as a symbol of rebirth; writer Thomas Boswell once penned a book titled, Why Time Begins on Opening Day. Many feel that the occasion represents a newness or a chance to forget last season, in that the 30 major league clubs and their millions of fans begin with 0-0 records.
Each new school year also represents newness for our students. The beginning of the school year represents a new challenge and is an exciting time for teachers and staff as well as students. However, we (staff, students, parents and community members) still have work to finish for the 2011-2012 school year. Although the end of the third quarter is upon us, the School District of Janesville will continue the march towards excellence we began seven months ago.
Some of the greatest inspirational quotes of all time revolve around baseball. I have listed a few of them below. With work left to accomplish, let’s finish the 2011-2012 school year strong!
“In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport. You must also be prepared to work hard and be willing to accept destructive criticism. Without 100 percent dedication, you won't be able to do this.”
“You always get a special kick on opening day, no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when you're a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen.”
“There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens.”
“The game isn't over until it's over.”
“All I have is natural ability.”
The School District of Janesville will be rooting for the Blue Wahoos this evening, as this is also their opening night in Pensacola.
Some of the information in the first paragraph was obtained from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opening_Day