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Wausaukee Adds 5 Minutes Daily for Snow Make-Up

Issue Date: February 28, 2019

Wausaukee-The Wausaukee Board of Education met Wednesday, Feb. 13 in the District's media center at 6 p.m. and was called to order by Board President Sandy Wojcik.

Junior High/High School Principal, Jared Deschane reported ACT testing was Feb. 20th and 21st with a prep day on Feb. 19th. The average score in 2018 was 19.4 and projected average score for the 2019 school year is 19.9. Deschane thanked parents, staff, community members and businesses for their continued support of the School District.

Recently, the Wausaukee Area Watch Group donated $1,000 to students that are in need. Performing arts presented "Why'd They Switch", a play written by senior Quentin Unferth on Feb. 14th at 1:10 PM. Deschance also gave an update on Wausaukee's snow days. As of Feb. 13th the District had five full snow days, one two-hour delay and one three-hour delay. Beginning on Feb. 18th, the District adjusted the start of school by 5 minutes to help alleviate the missed instruction time with students. A teacher inservice day was also canceled due to weather and has been rescheduled to June 4th. Board member Sherri Schlies commended Deschane for his time and dedication to the safety of the students and the district as a whole.

Elementary Principal, Katey Ambrose reviewed the Achievement Gap Reduction Report (AGR). AGR replaced Student Achievement Guarantee in Education program (SAGE). The AGR program requires participating schools to create performance objectives, including reducing the achievement gap between low’income students in that school and students in the same grade and subject statewide. On Feb. 6th the entire elementary participated in "Global Play Day", which is an event of promoting the importance of unstructured play in schools. Then on Feb. 14th was a day full of activities for students begining with a Ranger Rally in the elementary gym to honor School Bus Driver Appreciation Week. From there students partook in a sledding party to celebrate the 100th day of school and classes hosted Valentine's Day parties. In addition, plans are in the works for Read Across America Week to celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday March 1st.

District Administrator, Bob Berndt reported the 2nd Friday student enrollment count was 416 which is slightly down from the count reported in September. About the State Education Convention. Berndt said, "The convention is a great wealth of information dealing with community engagement, leadership, school finance, school law and student achievement".

Board President, Wojcik and Board Clerk, Greg Schroeder updated the Board on the Meet and Confer meeting that took place Jan. 16th. Meet and Confer meetings gives the opportunity for school staff and Board members to have open discussion on any topic. Wojcik reported that staff gave positive feedback on committee work and on the school operated daycare, the Wausaukee Little Learners Center. The daycare was said to be a draw for younger families in the community to have more opportunities to be in the building.

Under grade level reports, Kaitlynn Pasdo and Mandy Allman told about activities taking place in their second grade classrooms. Students are currently working on a thematic unit all about snow including math, science and art.

A collaborated presentation was provided by 3rd grade teacher Megan Graetz and 4th grade teacher Sarah Wallace. The 3rd and 4th grade joined together to collaborate to share ideas and lessons for reading, writing, science and social studies. Multi-age science and social studies classes have been established so students have opportunities to serve as mentors, develop leadership skills, and grow together as a Ranger Family.

Becky Dunlap, Technology Committee Chair updated the Board on committee work that took place. The committee is currently focusing on professional development. Wausaukee has been fortunate to have teachers attend the Google Summit, the state conference and Google Level I training. The committee planned a Digital Day of Learning for Feb. 28th.

Pat Edlbeck, Wellness/Climate Committee Chair talked about how the committee has helped establish before, during lunch and after school activities for both students and staff. Health information has been published in the school newsletter along with a bulletin board outside the nurses office. Edlbeck announced a donation from NWTC along with the help of Misty Betts, a reusable water bottle will be provided to every student in the building to help promote hydration.

Under new business, the Board approved the 2019/2020 CESA 8 Contract and the CESA 8 Consortium contract with no modifications. The 2019/2020 school calendar was also approved including 7.5 inservice days for staff. The 2019 summer dates of June 10th-28th, totaling 15 half-day instruction days were approved along with pay rate for summer school teachers. The Board approved the resignations of Sarah Wagner, the early childhood special education teacher and Kim Carmody, high school special education teacher.

Paula Gruzynski, Executive Director of the M & M Community Foundation presented checks totaling $750 to Donna Pintarelli's 5th grade class, Sue Zahorik's 6th grade class and Carrie Truby's junior high class for their participation in the "Cool Choices" game inside their classroom from the energy education workshop. Students Keaghan Stumbris, Gavin Geller and Rachel Schlies presented to the Board what they learned from the "Cool Choices" game.


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