Thursday, October 17, 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.

Janesville Craig Art Teacher Receives a $500 Grant

Art Teacher Maria Kane wrote a grant through Wal-Mart’s Local Facility Giving Program and received $500 which will be used to purchase Scholastic Magazines. The magazines will assist Craig’s Art Department in meeting their Department Improvement Goal in reading achievement.

Janesville Craig Receives Generous Donation

Craig High School is the recipient of a generous donation of money to be used to install a water feature in the center of our Sculpture Garden and to support students in need through Craig Closet from the Graduating Class of 1963. Dr. Bjoin was invited to attend their 50th class reunion to receive the gift.

Janesville Craig Teacher Featured in LEAD IT Magazine

Brad Troeger’s work flipping his classroom has earned him quite a bit of positive press. He was featured in a Lead IT Magazine article, had one of his lessons highlighted on TEDEd, and was interviewed to be included in a digital book (not yet published) entitled 101 Flippin’ Teachers. Follow the links below to see some of his work!

Parker “Green Squad” Cleans Up!

Parker Green Squad is once again cleaning up Monterey Stadium after home football games.  Green Squad’s mission is to support efforts to have cleaner living and taking steps to have a greener Earth!

Adams Elementary Arboretum Gets a Facelift!

Michael Beecher, current Craig student and former Adams student, redid our arboretum space. He removed all the weeds and pea gravel. Then he planted grass and redesigned the space, so students, families, and staff can enjoy it safely. This was a tremendous amount of work. The staff is working on an appreciation booklet for him.

Harrison Elementary School Goes “Techie”

The 5th grade at Harrison is piloting a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) project, with the support of Dr. Smiley. One aspect of the project is the formation of a “Tech Squad”, which is a group of students who will be trained by Brent Williams (IT) to troubleshoot any technology issues that may arise with the devices within the classroom. 20 students applied and interviewed for a spot on the Tech Squad, and 6 were chosen. The Tech Squad can be seen here with IT Specialist Brent Williams. 

Lincoln Elementary Students Participate in Pilot Program!

Lincoln 3rd grade students received the 1:1 Google Chromebooks to use in the classroom as they pilot the Blended Classroom technology initiative. Teachers are being challenged to think of technology not as an isolated subject of study but a tool to be integrated into their regular curriculum to engage and equip students in completing academic objectives. The SAMR model which is the framework they are following with their use of technology, identifies 4 applications for technology: Substitution, Augmentation, Modification or Redefinition. Staff has already spent time together exploring this approach and will continue to collaborate and accept the challenge to take risks and lead the way in technology.

Washington Elementary School Students Express Themselves!

Chalk Artist, Lee Jones visited us on September 13 to teach the kids about perspective and individual expression.  

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