Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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. Each week, between now and the end of the school year, SDJ will focus on positive achievements from a specific school.

Washington PTA Collects for FRC Program!
The Washington PTA held an annual Family Fun Night and collected 3 large boxes of toiletry items to support the FRC program to provide these items to needy families. 

Washington Singers Perform at JPAC!
The Washington Singers and Director Brian Knutson performed during the intermission of a professional performance at JPAC on February 9th. This is a very big honor and the students did so well that they were asked to perform in Whitewater later this year!

Washington Staff Attends CREATE Classes!
The Washington PBIS team is researching culturally responsible classroom management strategies to add to their tool kits, using information they learned at a CREATE class they attended in Sun Prairie.

Students Learning in Fun and Interactive Ways!
Washington teachers are reinforcing learning through interactive, fun lessons. Two recent examples: Mrs. Stengel’s students used fishing poles to “fish for words,” and Mrs. Hintz’s students performed “heart surgery” in physical education classes. 

Donation Allows Harrison Principal to Attend Conference!
A donation was made to sponsor Jessica Grandt’s attendance at the National Chinese Language Conference in April. She had given up her spot so that a teacher could attend in her place. The donor felt it was critical for Jessica to attend as well, so they paid to allow that to happen. 

Fifth Grade Students Reach Impressive Milestones!
100% of fifth grade students increased reading stamina during the second trimester based on reading conferences.

100% of fifth grade students engaged in meaningful discussions relating to stories, art, and history at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Harrison PTO Sponsors Fifth Grade Trip to Chicago
The Harrison PTO sponsored Tamie Burke’s and Eric Wahl’s fifth grade class trip to Chicago on February 5thThe students went on a docent-guided tour of the Chicago Art Institute and then saw a production of Peter Pan at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.

Harrison Celebrates the Chinese New Year!
On February 12, Harrison School celebrated the Chinese New Year with a school-wide parade. This is the year of the snake, but students carried signs with all twelve symbols of the Zodiac. There was a dragon and students played traditional Chinese instruments. The students also handed out red envelopes and candy to those watching the parade. In China, it is customary that these envelopes contain money from the older generation.

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