School Safety Plan update and retirements on the December School Board agenda

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The December School Board meeting, held Monday, December 17th, started with a report from Student Council President, Teagan Benson on the activities at the High School over the past month. The Choir and Band holiday concerts were a big success, and the kids were having fun jumping on the  Chris Kroeze fan train with two days dressing up as The Voice contestant with flannel shirts, backwards caps and some even wearing “beards!”
The Board also heard a report from Dwight Griffith and Natalie Vicich from the Island City Academy Charter School about  their projects and activities.  The students also invited the Board to attend their annual holiday luncheon, this year’s theme is “Christmas Around the World.” They also announced the next Gallery Walk will be on Thursday, January 17th.
Also reporting to the Board that night was Director of Learning, Jamie Shaffer.  She shared the results of the Districts annual “Report Card” from the State of Wisconsin.
Using standardized testing data, the State compares each of our schools performance in various scholastic areas with similar schools in the state, factors in the District’s socio-economic demographics and gives a “grade” to each school as well as the District as a whole.
Each school in the District received art least a grade of “Meets Expectations,” with the Elementary School receiving a grade of “Exceeds Expectations.”  The District’s overall grade came in at “Exceeds Expectations.” Superintendant Dr. Barry Rose had this to say about the report cards: “We are pleased with the gains that we have made in the areas of Student Achievement, District Growth, Closing Achievement Gaps, and On-track and Postsecondary Readiness.  We believe that these gains come from analyzing data and focusing our instructional efforts in areas that we have identified that need improvement.”
He went on to ad that “The report card is one of many methods of measurement and communication that help inform our practices, guide instructional strategies and contribute to our development of future educational goals.  The District Report Card offers a snapshot of important educational context, which ultimately is defined by our amazing students, dedicated staff, and a supportive community of parents, families and citizens.”
In action items, the Board reluctantly approved the retirements of two long-time and valued staff members.  Debra Hyland, who has been with the district for 32 years will be retiring as Custodian, and Michael Dietrich will be leaving his post as Middle School Math Teacher after 26 years in the district.
Lastly, the Board approved updates to the School District’s Safety Plan.  The Plan is required by the Department of Justice and must be updated every three years.  This year’s updates include all the improvements implemented because of the School Safety Grants that the district has received.
Members of the Board will be attending the State School Board Convention January 23-25 in Madison.  The next regular meeting of the School Board will be on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the District Offices.

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