Friday, August 31, 2012

Handbook Focus Group Discussion

Here is a portion of the transcripts from the handbook focus groups last spring.  I met with  6 different groups for  1-2 hours.  The information I gathered was very informative and I appreciated the time people spent telling me what was most important to them as we considered the Handbook.  I will post more transcript information to this site in future Blogs.  Since our first meeting on the Handbook is on Health Insurance benefits, I posted comments on this topic.
This represents information from two  focus  groups:
·         I think people are willing to pay a little more for the ability to have options.
·         People want a choice, not all employees live in Janesville, having the opportunity to go anywhere is beneficial.
·         Retirees need to be considered.
·         Offering a 1 + 1 plan instead of or in addition to a family plan.
·         A list of providers would be a good idea.  Open enrollment once a year and if you didn’t like your choice you can choose a different one next year.
·         Having part time employees get insurance would be huge.  Or at least make it affordable for the part time employees.
·         Stipend for staff who do not take insurance.
·         Insurance here is a huge draw for employees, and our family looked at it very carefully even though we don’t take it.
·         Also the option to opt out.
·         The point system is a good way to do it, lower premium, get a benefit from it.
·         Options to choose – vision, dental, “a la carte”.
·         Reward people who are in good health and stay in good health.
·         Keep insurance flexible so those who don’t live in Janesville can utilize health care in their own city.  Another component to retain employees.
·         Married couples within the district.  How is it working if they both get a family plan?
·         HRS’s, why can’t we use an annual physical?  Teachers don’t use the 100 pt scale.
·         You need to give the people the choice of where they want to doctor….It is a big concern for a lot of people.
·         It would be great if we could renew yearly, with the option to change between plans if needs change.
·         Choice is good.
·         This is a big component to attract and retain the best teachers.
·         Health insurance should be the same across the board for all employees.
·         There should be an incentive for not taking insurance.
·         Health Savings Account gives more options on the type of insurance you choose to use or purchase, would this help reduce costs?
·         We need to avoid discrimination.
·         I like the opportunity to have the choice of where I can go for health care.  If I make that choice and it means more money out of pocket then it should be the choice of the employee.
·         It is probably obvious to state, we don’t want to lose what we currently have for coverage.  We understand the cost of insurance and the new laws.  Can dental be looked at?  Not enough coverage.  We have an option for eye insurance.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Immunizations Not Covered for Members Over the Age of Six


By Tonya Williams
Employee Relations Specialist


Staff members who carry our health insurance call frequently to inquire if certain immunizations are covered under our plan.  The District’s health insurance plan does not cover any immunizations for any insured members over the age of six.

The District provides flu shots for staff each fall due to this circumstance.  Flu shots are scheduled in four different buildings on four different dates to allow staff to receive a flu shot in the District.  Staff, spouses, District retirees, and children over the age of 18 can get a flu shot.  The schedule and pricing is emailed to staff in early fall.

I frequently refer staff to the Rock County Health Department to receive immunizations for them and their family members over the age of six.  To see their schedule of immunization clinics scheduled throughout the year visit their website at http://www.co.rock.wi.us/calendarimmunizations.  You may want to consider using Rock County to immunize your dependents under the age of six as well.  You will not be responsible for an insurance deductible or a co-pay for an office visit.

Coverage for the Shingles vaccine is a frequent question I receive as well.  Currently the Rock County Health Department offers the Shingles vaccine for $170 by appointment only.  Their phone number is 608-757-5440.  You will see that area pharmacies offer the Shingles vaccine as well.  Keep in mind, if you are Medicare eligible, your Med D coverage will cover the cost of a Shingles vaccine if you receive the vaccine at a walk-in pharmacy such as Walgreens, Schnucks or CVS. 

Immunizations are the best way to prevent disease; therefore, understanding your coverage will help you determine the best way to vaccinate you and your family.  If you have any questions regarding the District’s coverage on immunizations, please contact Coordinated Health Care at 877-550-3455.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What’s Right in the School District of Janesville

What’s Right in the School District of Janesville (SDJ) is a forum to recognize outstanding performances and achievements by SDJ employees, students and schools.
Lincoln Elementary is a “Cool School!”
Kathy White was included in a national publication for her work at Lincoln Elementary.  “Thanks to this school’s unique emphasis on assistive technology, disabled children who might otherwise be unable to express themselves are revealing a wealth of hidden potential. Teacher Kathy White will use any tool to aid students’ individual needs including off-the-shelf toys that she rejiggers as individualized vehicles and communication devices. The kids do the rest.”
Edison’s PBIS Team is Hard at Work!
Edison’s PBIS team has been hard at work this summer.  The team updated videos, PBIS materials getting ready for the upcoming school year.  The team created an incredible video that was viewed by staff at a recent meeting.
Franklin Middle School Thanks Informational Technology (IT) Department
Thanks to the IT Department, Franklin Middle School is ready to implement our MFPs (Multi-Function Printers). Staff members will print to MFPs whenever possible to reduce costs (a 90% reduction compared to laser and inkjet printers).

Monday, August 27, 2012

Quotes to Quote

As we begin the 2012-2013 school year, I would like to share a few “Quotes to Quote.”  Welcome back staff!
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie
“Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life.  When it comes, hold your head high.  Look it squarely in the eye and say, “I will be bigger than you.  You cannot defeat me.” – Ann Landers
“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” – Jose Addison
“Everything that is worthwhile in life is scary.  Choosing a school, choosing a career, getting married, having kids – all those things are scary.  If it is not fearful, it is not worthwhile.” – Paul Tornier
“Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – St. Francis

Friday, August 24, 2012

Leadership Development Institute

To achieve results based on a clear vision and mission, leaders must be constantly and consistently trained through Leadership Development Institutes (LDI).  LDI develops the skills needed to drive student achievement and improve leadership performance.  This is accomplished through four to five LDI sessions per year which allows for “Hardwiring” of our mission and vision in the district.  It also provides the necessary professional development for change and sustainability for a healthy culture in the district that enables employees, students, parents and community members to be well informed, cared for and satisfied with positive outcomes.
Who attends LDI sessions? Participants include; District Superintendent, Directors, Principals, Assistant Principals, Managers, Coordinators and Program Support Teachers. School Board members are also invited to attend LDI sessions as this keeps them informed with district professional development throughout the year.
Each LDI session follows a prescribed agenda format that includes: District Pillars, time allotted for agenda items, content area to be presented and name of presenter. Agendas are aligned to the School District’s approved Board of Education goals.
Session agendas are designed, developed and implemented by the Superintendent and Directors and all sessions must be relevant, practical and focused on outcomes.
In summary, Leadership Development Institute (LDI) provides the tools and training school leaders need to accomplish the district goals (established by the Board of Education).  It provides leaders with a sense that they do have a purpose, their work is worthwhile and they are really making a difference as they serve in their respective roles.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Thank You to the Insurance Learning Committee for Your Years of Service!

Guest Blogger: Tonya Williams, Employee Relations Specialist

There are many staff members and Board members from our district that need to be recognized for their service on the Insurance Learning Committee:  Tom Buckman, James Dulin, Terri Kanack, Jayne Schauer, David Parr, Lisa Peterson, Sharon Henning, Stacy Nemetz, Pete Grender, Keith Pennington, Kevin Murray, Karl Dommershausen, Donna Stenner, James Millard, Carol Brunner, Stephen Sperry and Karen Schulte.

This summer Boyd Consulting Group (BCG) worked with the district to evaluate our health insurance plan.  BCG recruited Professional Benefit Services (PBA) to take the place of UMR (previously known as Midwest Security before they merged with United Healthcare to become UMR) effective September 1, 2012.  This change does not affect the coverage of our insured members, and the district will realize an administrative fee savings of at least $438,000 due to the change in our third party administrator.

On September 6, 2012, a new health insurance structure will be proposed to staff and the Board to take effect July 1, 2013.  There will be a follow up meeting for the Board to consider approval of the Healthcare plan.

District Administration has been very cautious when making decisions regarding your healthcare.  The goal is to provide excellent healthcare coverage for you and your families while paying the high cost of healthcare.  Dr. Schulte and district administration reviewed feedback from the Employee Handbook Focus Groups that were organized in the spring of 2012, the Benefits Survey from January 2012, and feedback/suggestions generated from the Insurance Learning Committee.

For 2012-13 and thereafter, there will be Benefit Orientations scheduled throughout the year for staff that takes the place of the Insurance Learning Committee.  In previous years, the Insurance Learning Committee was used as an educational tool to teach staff about our benefit structure.  Committee members represented the teachers union, clerical union, custodial union, non-represented staff, Board members and members of administration.  Historically, the goal of the committee was to educate these respective groups about the benefits structure to help with negotiating union contracts, conveying changes to the health insurance plan to their respective groups, and addressing questions and concerns regarding our plan.

The district and the employee benefits department wants to extend our gratitude to the members of the Insurance Learning Committee.  Their knowledge surrounding our current benefit structure provided our staff a great resource, and their feedback and suggestions throughout the years helped shape our new healthcare plan structure.  In the meantime, I look forward to meeting staff throughout the year at my benefit orientation meetings.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

What’s Right in the School District of Janesville

What’s Right in the School District of Janesville (SDJ) is a forum to recognize outstanding performances and achievements by SDJ employees, students and schools.
The School District of Janesville Welcomes New Teachers
The School District of Janesville welcomed 64 teachers today at our New Teacher Orientation! Congratulations!




Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Flipped Classrooms

Across the nation, and here in Janesville, teachers are beginning to experiment with “flipped classrooms.”  This is a reversed instructional model where instruction is delivered at home through the Internet today, using short (7-10 minute) teacher-created videos and movies of what will be taught tomorrow. 
Moving lectures and direct instruction outside the classroom through Internet videos and movies allows for more direct 1:1 instruction time.   By “flipping” the classroom, students learn tonight what will be presented tomorrow in class.  It directly supports the best of the art and science of problem-based learning. 
Some benefits of using a “flipped classroom:”
1.       Gives teachers more time to work with each student one on one.
2.       Fosters independent learning on behalf of students.
3.       Allows students to watch and re-watch lessons until they are comfortable with the material.
When asked, “What has been the biggest benefit for you as a student in a flipped classroom?”  Student "S" in a recent blog posting said:
The flipped classroom has helped me enormously. Last year, it was really hard because I didn't get how to do the problems. This year, I know how to do them.  I get to interact with others who help me on the problems that I get stuck on.
It gave me a chance to learn in a different way that i wouldn't assume I would enjoy, but I did. The flipped classroom has benefited me by giving me a different perspective towards teachers and the way they teach and giving me a greater respect for them and what they do.
As a person I feel that it has helped me because I learn how to work on my time better.
Being able to learn at my own pace and being able to handle integrity and responsibility for my own work and most importantly learning how to manage my time.
It has benefited me as a person because I became a little more independent because I am responsible for learning my own material. If I choose not to, then I am missing out on a whole lesson.
If you’re interested in learning more, TechSmith published a recent article showing how one instructor flipped her classroom with AP Statistics. You can read or watch a video about her work with flipping her classroom. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Next Steps in the Handbook Development Part II

As the 2012-2013 school year begins, there are many questions regarding the development of a School District of Janesville Employee Handbook which is targeted to go into effect on July 1, 2013.  Though far from addressing everyone’s specific questions, I have identified five key concerns that seem to be on everyone’s mind.  In my efforts to keep everyone informed and up to date on the Handbook process, I would like to share my responses with you to these common concerns. 
What method will be used for stakeholder’s input? 
As you may recall, last May I held several focus group sessions throughout the district as a way to seek input on issues that were important to school employees and community members.   Topics included transfers and vacancies, evaluations, staff reductions/layoffs, seniority, non-renewals, discharge, suspensions, general working conditions, professional staff development, grievance procedures, school calendar, class size, salary schedules, insurance, leaves and early retirement.  In addition,  a survey was sent out in January to all district employees seeking input on employee benefits. 
The data gathered from the focus groups and the employee benefit survey will become an essential part of the research phase for each section of the employee handbook. 
In addition to this data, invited representatives from the school community will sit at the table with the Board of Education during three special meetings convened exclusively for discussion of sections of the employee handbook. 
Finally, remember that at any time during the upcoming school year any employee or other interested party may make comments regarding the issues relevant to working conditions and other terms of employment to me through email, postal mail, text or by requesting a scheduled meeting time. 
How will employee handbook updates be communicated to stakeholders?
During this academic year it is critical that communication with regard to handbook updates be frequent, accurate, and accessible.   With that in mind you can expect to read monthly updates on my blog and also monthly updates will be printed in each building Principal’s Newsletter.   There will also be a link on the Janesville School District website announcing the special meetings along with the agenda.  Finally, following each of the special Board of Education meetings, the minutes will be available for public viewing. 
Are there sections that take precedent over others for completion?
Reviewing and adopting the employee health benefit plan is a priority for the beginning of the upcoming school year.  The urgency to address this issue first rests with the facts that 1)  all employees of the district regardless of pay, position, or other status are required to be offered the same health benefits and 2) renewal for administrators’ contracts are scheduled for January and the uniform  health benefit plan must be decided prior to that date. 
The discussion and approval of the health benefit plan in September will be followed with discussion and approval of the Early Retirement Benefit Plan in November. 
Closing Thoughts
As we move through the process of drafting and adopting an employee handbook we know that we will face some challenges, experience some tension, and develop more questions.  More than ever, we need to keep building a positive relationship with one another.  We can do this through mutual respect and effective communication.  I am committed to living these values.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Next Steps in the Handbook Development

As the 2012-2013 school year begins, there are many questions regarding the development of a School District of Janesville Employee Handbook which is targeted to go into effect on July 1, 2013.  Though far from addressing everyone’s specific questions, I have identified five key concerns that seem to be on everyone’s mind.  In my efforts to keep everyone informed and up to date on the Handbook process, I would like to share my responses with you to these common concerns. 
Why do we need an employee handbook?
As of June 30, 2013 the School District of Janesville’s collective bargaining agreements with AFSCME Local 938 Secretary/Clerk/Aid Unit, Custodial/Maintenance/Food Service Unit, and the Janesville Education Association will expire.  It is anticipated that an employee handbook will be in place by that time to communicate employment related information which was previously addressed in those agreements.
As a reminder, Wisconsin Act 10 has changed the rules and obligations for municipal employers, including school boards, to collectively bargain with represented employees and their unions.  Other than base pay rates, which continue to be negotiable, all other terms and conditions of employment will be covered by compensation plans, applicable statutes or administrative code, or School Board policy. 

Many employers, including most school districts, are using employee handbooks to communicate policies, procedures, ethics, expectations, and standards of the District for all employees.  Though there is no legal requirement to adopt a handbook of any kind, the Janesville School Board has made the decision to proceed with the process of providing a handbook for employees.

What is the process that will be used to complete the handbook?
The first step of the process in writing an employee handbook is collecting data and information regarding specific areas relevant to working conditions and terms of employment.  This includes review of any input from stakeholders, local district policies, current union agreements, legal references, and other school district handbooks.  In some cases consulting with external experts will be part of the information gathering procedures.
The second step of the process takes the information gathered and uses it to draft language that reflect the standards, needs, vision and mission of the School District of Janesville.  This language is then presented to the Janesville Board of Education to be reviewed and discussed in an open meeting during special sessions or regular Board meeting.
Monday’s blog will include more information regarding the handbook process.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

BOYD Consultants Save the District Money by Recommending a New Third Party Administrator

By:  Tonya Williams, Employee Relations Specialist
School District of Janesville



During the week of August 20, District staff will receive new health insurance cards arriving at their home addresses.  Boyd Consulting Group, Inc. (BCG), our insurance consulting firm, has been working with the School District of Janesville in evaluating its health insurance plan.  This summer BCG requested formal proposals from other third party administrators (TPAs) because our current third party administrator, UMR, had a 21 percent increase in total cost that included administrative fees and stop-loss reinsurance premiums.

For those of you new to the “language” of health care, a third party administrator is a firm hired by an employer to handle claims processing, pay providers, and manage other functions related to the operation of health insurance.  The TPA, however, is not the policyholder or the insurer.  Stop-loss is also known as reinsurance.  Stop-loss reinsurance is used by self-insured employers and limits the amount the employer will have to pay for each person’s healthcare (individual limit) or for the total expenses of the employer (group limit).  For example, if a person’s health care expenses exceed $375,000 our stop-loss carrier will then reimburse the District.

After an extensive review of the proposals received, BCG recommended that the District move our TPA services to Professional Benefit Administrators (PBA), move our stop-loss reinsurance to Zurich Life Insurance, and increase the stop-loss deductible to $375,000.  These simple changes will not affect the coverage that our staff currently receives, and it will benefit the District in the amount of $438,193. 

Effective September 1, 2012, staff will need to use the new health insurance cards when going to a medical provider or picking up a prescription.  Your dental cards will remain the same.  You will continue to contact Coordinated Healthcare (CHC) at 1-877-550-3455 for questions or concerns relating to your health care claims as well as finding a network provider.  Please keep in mind that Coordinated Healthcare can assist you in many different services, and you should always contact them first. 

THANK YOU BOYD CONSULTANTS FOR YOUR SERVICE TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF JANESVILLE.

If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback relating to these changes, please contact Tonya Williams at 743-5021.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

What’s Right in the School District of Janesville

What’s Right in the School District of Janesville (SDJ) is a forum to recognize outstanding performances and achievements by SDJ employees, students and schools.
National History Day- From Janesville Parker Teacher Andy Holmes

“As part of the research unit in English 10, my classes participate in the National History Day competition.  Delaney Evans progressed to the National Competition which was held near Washington D.C. on June 10-14.  This is a HUGE accomplishment!  Parker should really be proud!”

Monroe Elementary School Thanks Volunteers
On Sunday, July 29, Principal Lori Burns presented at Turning Point Church's two services (Monroe's adopted church).  She thanked them for their assistance throughout the past year and presented ideas for support for the upcoming school year.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Digital Natives vs. Digital Immigrants

If you’re younger than 30 years old, you represent a group of young men and women who are identified as a digital native, or someone who grew up with technology from an early age.  You understand its concepts and applications far differently than someone older, who didn’t grow up with technology and who is identified as a digital immigrant. 
This is not to infer that everyone younger than 30 years old has an advantage, but that as a group they use technology in their lives differently, and have different expectations of it, than those in older generations who would not have begun using it as early in their lives.
Marc Prensky coined the term digital native in his work Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants published in 2001.  “Today’s students have spent their entire lives surrounded by and using computers, videogames, digital music players, video cams, cell phones, and all the other toys and tools of the digital age. Computer games, email, the Internet, cell phones and instant messaging are integral parts of their lives.” This sometimes creates conflicts among older supervisors and managers with the increasingly younger workforce. Similarly, parents clash with their children at home over gaming, texting, YouTube, Facebook and other Internet technology issues.
How we educate our children today cannot be separated from technology.  Technology and Education are inseparable.  We frequently struggle as an older generation of immigrant instructors to connect with students who understand the digital environment differently, in part because it is "native" to them. The use of technology in education permeates all fields of education: Doctors are learning to operate using remote-control instruments; military personnel are learning to pilot unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) using hand-held controllers (which resembles Xbox 360 game consoles); high school students are using graphing calculators; and everyone is interested in using SmartBoards at all grade levels.  
Whether you are a student or an adult in the workplace, technology is critical to your daily activities.  Even the stop-and-go lights on the morning commute are controlled by technology to maximize traffic patterns while maintaining a safe environment.  The challenge is how to keep our individual personal technology skills sharp – and how to make sure our children have an advantage when they reach adulthood because they are well prepared with a strong technology foundation.
As we move into the second decade of the new millennium, we must keep our personal technology skills sharp, and we must maintain strong schools with robust and relevant educational technology programs. There are complex changes taking place in our societies, our homes, and our schools. There are rapid technological advances occurring every day, and some more than others challenge our way of thinking and our way of interacting with one another.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Stay in Touch When They Go to College

“Sending your almost-grown kid off to college is like being fired from a job you never wanted to lose and were very good at” says Sandy F. Wasserman, co-author of 133 Ways to Avoid Going Cuckoo When the Kids Fly the Nest. 
If your child is leaving home, you should know that you are still essential to his or her emotional (and financial) well-being.  You can still play a vital role and have a strong influence if you stay in touch.  Find times during the week when your son or daughter will be available for your telephone call.  Maybe it’s 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.  E-mail or texting is also a great way to stay connected.
As you get your student talking about school and his or her free-time activities, be careful not to say that he or she shouldn’t be doing whatever doesn’t sound good to you.  Wasserman reminds us that we should relate to our college-aged children as emerging adults.
The amount of connection parents have with their college kids also depends on the level of involvement they had in high school.  If parents weren’t involved in their children’s lives then, they can’t look forward to being involved with their kids now.

Friday, August 10, 2012

"McBuddies" School Supply Program

From now through August 23, 2012 you can help out Janesville kids in need by donating school supplies to the "McBuddies" School Supply Program. Donations are given to families through ECHO, an organization that is a non-profit, faith-community sponsored charity organization, serving low-income individuals and families in the city of Janesville.

Donations needed include 8-, 16- and 24-packs of crayons, colored and #2 pencils, rulers, wide and college ruled notebooks and notebook paper and pocket folders.   Donations can be dropped off in Janesville at any McDonald's, Big Lots! store, Commercial Bank, Heartland Credit Union, K-Mart, Johnson Bank, Rock-Green Realtors® offices, Walgreens, or at ECHO. 

There are students at every school that will benefit from this program, but the need is especially great at schools such as Jackson Elementary, Madison Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, Washington Elementary and Wilson Elementary. Many students at the middle and high schools will be beneficiaries of your donations as well.

The school supply distribution will take place on August 24, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the ECHO office, 65 S. High St. Volunteers are needed at the ECHO office for set up for the distribution Monday, August 20, 2012 through Thursday, August 23, 2012.

Thank you to this year's sponsors in the McBuddies School Supply Program!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

What Your Survey Results Told Us—Part II


By:  Tonya Williams, Employee Relations Specialist
School District of Janesville


In January 2012, the Employee Benefits Department designed a survey to explore the opinions of our staff on the District’s current health insurance plan as well as attitudes regarding our current plan.

Our Department received 603 responses, and this is what you told us.  When asked what individual annual deductible amount you would be willing to pay under your health plan, 21 percent of you responded that you are willing to pay under $100; 61 percent are willing to pay between $100-$300; 11 percent are willing to pay $301-$500; and 3 percent are willing to pay $501-$750.  Four percent surveyed did not specify an amount.  For those of you becoming familiar with the “language” surrounding health insurance, a deductible refers to the amount of money that the insured will need to pay before any benefits from the health insurance policy can be used.

It is not uncommon for other school districts and other employers to raise deductibles in order to contain the costs of premiums for the health insurance plan.  In fact, a common trend with area school districts is where they offer two or three plans with different deductibles for staff to choose from as well as different coverage levels.  A staff member can choose a plan that fits his or her family’s healthcare needs.  The ability to choose will be especially important to members as they pay a higher premium share for their health costs.

As Districts look at viable options to save money in healthcare, the common trend is increasing the deductible.  A higher deductible results in a lower premium, which can be a win-win for the employee and the employer.

The Employee Benefits Department extends its gratitude to our staff who responded to the January 2012 Benefits Survey.  Your feedback is helping the District to a great extent as our healthcare plan is reviewed!    

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

What’s Right in the School District of Janesville

What’s Right in the School District of Janesville (SDJ) is a forum to recognize outstanding performances and achievements by SDJ employees, students and schools.
Summer Strings are “Rocking”

The following was submitted by Ruth Banwell, Director of The Summer Strings Program
“Summer string camp was an awesome week.  We studied Rock music and worked on pieces such as: "Iron Man", "Don't Stop Believing" and "Party Rock".  Through Finale Notepad we learned how to compose our own pieces of music.  Composer, Matthew Hollingsworth who now produces music for TV commercials and film was our featured guest.  Mr. Hollingsworth is an alumnus of the SDJ.  He attended Roosevelt Elementary, Marshall Middle School and Craig High School. Mr. Hollingsworth spent time teaching students how to compose music and assisted with a class project.  Students ended the week with a concert for parents.  Performing and composing was an enriching experience for all students who participated.”
Harrison Elementary Students Just Keep on Learning
152 students attended summer school at Harrison. In addition to the traditional enrichment courses, Harrison provided several courses in the core academic areas of math and reading. Students were invited to attend these courses as an extension of the Response to Intervention (RtI) work that they were doing during the school year.