MHS End of Summer 2017 Staff Update

I welcomed Mr. Hasapopoulos to the high school administrative team this week in his new position as Assistant Principal replacing Mrs. Hoyt and I’m happy to report he’s hit the ground running already emailing teachers he’ll be working with this year.  Mr. Boettcher has accepted the interim Middle School Principal position effective in a matter of a few days.  I can say without reservation that Bart is the very best Athletic Director that I have ever seen or heard of in my 17 years in high school administration.  He and his wonderful family have become close friends of Deanna, I and our family.  I look forward to continuing to work with Mr. Boettcher in his new role as he returns to his middle school teaching roots where before 10 years at MHS he was an award winning social studies teacher at Menomonie Middle School.  Bart will be dearly missed by staff, students, teachers, and coaches.  I will be working with ASC on a transition plan and will communicate with staff via email later in this week the next steps for the new Athletic Director at MHS.

MHS students and parents completed registration and orientation with school counselors and administration earlier in the month.  This coincided with the kick off of football practice in early August followed by the remaining sports this week.  MHS is full of student/athletes and the end of summer school Super Hero camp.  Chromebook pick up for the upper grades will occur on Thursday with our district technology team providing a streamlined, efficient process for this roll out. The High School custodial team led by Mr. Vandeberg deserves special praise with summer school students often all-around as they prepared the high school so very well for the start of the 17/18 school year.

 

MHS final update – 16/17 school year

Graduation for the Class of 2017 was a great experience for all!  I’m thankful for a great team of educators to make such a substantial event happen.  The student graduation committee also deserves a great deal of credit for all of their hard work.  Senior Parents stayed up all night with me as we celebrated the Class of 2017 at the Graduation Lock In party.  The parents added laser tag this year which was a big hit and handed out thousands and thousands of dollars of cash and prizes donated by community partners.  We qualified 2 to the state tennis meet and 3 individual event participants and one running team to the state track meetThe baseball team upset Hudson in the WIAA playoffs before losing in the Regional Final on Thursday evening.  Project Search at the Walmart Distribution Center graduated several students one from Menomonie High School which is always a great experience.  Project Search is a special education outreach transition program where students intern for a year learning job skills before moving into the workforce.

 

Final Thoughts and one post from George Couros – Mr. Couros visited us earlier in the year and I thought this post was relevant especially considering the 1:1 environment we’re headed into …..

 

Thank you for being a great staff committed to students above all else.  I appreciate every single one of you and look forward to the 17/18 school year….AFTER a nice long and restful summer.

 

Updates from

The Principal of Change

Stories of learning and leading

In the 06/04/2017 edition:

5 Videos That Show How Technology Can Deepen Face-To-Face Relationships

By George on Jun 04, 2017 07:20 am

Get the tissues out.

These videos are powerful stories of how social media can be just as a powerful positive force as it can be negative.

Below I share five awesome videos on how you can use technology to deepen relationships, not disconnect.

Ths is a great video on how one teacher gives students another way to share their voice that didn’t exist when I went to school.  It is a simple yet powerful example of a teacher using technology to deepen face-to-face connections.

You may have heard the warnings of “don’t talk to strangers online”, but some of my best friends in the world are people that I have connected with through social media first.  This video reminded me that sometimes you might not have opportunities to connect with like-minded people in your vicinity, but if you look, you may find them.  Although this relationship was mostly developed online, you can see that when the two finally meet, it is quite powerful.

We talk about “bringing experts into our classroom”, but are we willing to share our expertise with the world? This is a powerful example of how schools can create authentic learning experiences while making a remarkable human connection with others from around the world.

This video is one of my favourites and is something that I currently do for my daughter Kallea. The process of taking the time to reflect on her life through my eyes and sending her messages and media is a nice time to reflect on how lucky I am to be her father.

If you can use social media to be mean to people, why can’t you use it to be kind? This video has inspired my thinking in so many ways how students can be leaders in our world today not just the future.  We need more of this video in our world, more often.  Can we the adults follow this student’s lead?

Here is what I can guarantee all of you reading this post…if you look for the negative, you will find it. If you look for the good though, you will also find it.  What do you choose to seek out?

MHS Graduation 2017 Update

The Class of 2017 has been busy all week preparing for Graduation.  Special thanks to the student graduation committee and to Mr Ramirez to name a few that are putting a lot of extra time and effort into this week to make this a special event for all.  The Seniors last day was Thursday with Graduation Practice Friday and Graduation Saturday.  All Spring Sporting events are wrapping up for the year with several teams sending competitors to State including in Tennis and Track which alone has multiple state bound student-athletes. Band and Choir held end of year concerts on Wednesday and Thursday night respectfully with wonderful performances and tributes by both groups.  We are thankful to have an adhesive patch prepared and ready for distribution to Seniors and all students before Senior Graduation.  Special thanks to the Tech Ed and Business Department for their technical assistance.  I encourage you to watch the high school twitter feed through weekend to catch graduation pictures @mhsmustang1 also linked on the high school website.

MHS Graduation 2017 Update

The Class of 2017 has been busy all week preparing for Graduation.  Special thanks to the student graduation committee and to Mr Ramirez to name a few that are putting a lot of extra time and effort into this week to make this a special event for all.  The Seniors last day was Thursday with Graduation Practice Friday and Graduation Saturday.  All Spring Sporting events are wrapping up for the year with several teams sending competitors to State including in Tennis and Track which alone has multiple state bound student-athletes. Band and Choir held end of year concerts on Wednesday and Thursday night respectfully with wonderful performances and tributes by both groups.  We are thankful to have an adhesive patch prepared and ready for distribution to Seniors and all students before Senior Graduation.  Special thanks to the Tech Ed and Business Department for their technical assistance.  I encourage you to watch the high school twitter feed through weekend to catch graduation pictures @mhsmustang1 also linked on the high school website.

MHS 5/19/17 Staff Update

Spring Swing kicked off the start of 2nd last week for Seniors with outstanding performances from all of the Jazz Ensembles with the addition of an alumni jazz band and dance contest.  Families, Parents, and students danced the night away past 10 pm Saturday evening. The MHS Orchestra completed their performance year Monday with a spirited concert led by new staff member Mr. James Anderson.  Extremely wet weather early in the week led to many cancellations and rescheduled events later in the week including a move of the BRC conference meet to our track on Thursday.  The move seemed to help out as the Boys won the BRC Conference Championship on their home track in the first year of it’s existence and the Girls Track Team took 4th place!  We look forward to the Senior Picnic Friday and the final preparation for graduation next week.  A few seniors constructed the new podium to be first used at graduation!

 

Building Leadership Team Notes 5/17/17

MHS 5/12/17 Staff Update

Several MHS Seniors reported that Friday 5/12/17 would be 9 days until graduation which is Saturday 5/27/17.  Many MHS parents have been working long hours to prepare for the Senior Lock In Graduation Party with a final walk through scheduled for next Wednesday.  We held a sports recognition assembly Thursday to honor all conference and all state performers throughout the year.  Coach La Buda was also honored with a standing ovation as he is set for his last day teaching on 5/12/17.  Tuesday marked one of the busiest days of the year after school with Baseball, Soccer, Tennis, and Golf all home with many of our student athletes competing at a high level.  We interviewed Counselors all day on Wednesday to replace Mr Fern.  We should have an offer out to a candidate by Friday evening.  Friday all day World Language students will be competing in their World Cup event where all of the language classes play soccer while using their language skills throughout the event.  I look forward to the FFA banquet on Friday evening and Spring Swing on Saturday with the Jazz Band where I will be judging the Dance Competition which should be interesting since I dance as well as I play basketball:)

I tried to get around to everyone with a gift for Teacher Appreciation Week but I ended up about 3 staff members short.  Sorry about that. I’ll be around first things Monday to those I missed.
Major Events Next Week:
Tuesday – Half Hour Assembly Schedule to recognize clubs and activities
Friday – Senior Picnic at Wakanda Park 

MHS 5/5/17 Staff Update

Grease opened last friday running the whole weekend with a huge cast led by Mr Buhr.  The performance recognized many long nights and months of preparation by the cast and crew.  Congratulations to Erica Kinnard, Mackenzie Brooks, Elli Kerg, and SaLeya Yukel for their success at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California.  Out of 367 other school store entries from across the Nation, SaLeya and Elli received TOP 20 RECOGNITION!  SaLeya and Elli have also been recognized at the National Level earning the Emerging Leader Honor Award for their service activities, GPA, and participation in DECA.  Several staff members and I attended the funeral of one of our students over the weekend which is a difficult thing but important in the healing process.  Monday Night we honored our Seniors at their annual awards night where over $123,000 in scholarships and awards were handed out to the Class of 2017.  We honored the GEAC award winners before the senior awards which highlighted DPI recognition for a variety of diverse activities and learning opportunities achieved by this group.  The baseball team lost to Hudson Tuesday as did the girl’s soccer team to memorial.  The new track was packed until late in the evening on Tuesday.  The following students competed in the State Career Development Events for the FFA in Madison last Friday: Livestock Evaluation Team-Placed 4th as a Team!  Dani Zukowski, Andrew Zukowski, Rachel Gray, and Ben Styer who also WON STATE AS AN INDIVIDUAL!!!  The students in the horticulture class have been busy since January preparing for the annual MHS Greenhouse Plant Sale.  They would greatly appreciate your support.  We will be open for sales starting on May 15th from 3:15 to 4:30 PM with sales continuing the rest of the week until all plants are sold.

 

My Learning Plan TO DOs before the end of the year: [from Director of Instruction]

Hello SDMA Teachers and Educational Specialists,
This message is intended for all staff who are currently observed/evaluated using Frontline Education Professional Growth Formerly MLP OASYS.  If you are observed/evaluated using a different process, you can disregard this communication.
 
For a list of suggested dates associated with Educator Effectiveness in the SDMA, please refer to the SDMA Educator Effectiveness Calendar.  Please verify specific due dates with your immediate supervisor. 
 
Upcoming Dates
End of Year SLO and self scoring should be completed submitted by May 15th, or upon the completion and review of end of year assessment measures being used to measure your identified SLO.
 
Summative Evaluation and Conferencing (for staff on year three of the evaluation cycle) is to occur prior to end of year checkout
 
Acknowledgement of all submitted components is to occur prior to end of year checkout.
 
SDMA Self-Directed Professional Development Requirement
All teachers/educational specialists are required to compleate 7.5 hours of self directed professional development during the 2016-2017 school year.  Please document this in theSDMA Self-Directed Professional Development Log contained within Frontline Education Professional Growth Formerly MLP OASYS.
Performance Points for 2016-2017
Required performance points for staff for the 2016-2017 school year are as follow:
0 Points – Cycle A and B:
50 Points – Cycle C-1 Level 1 through Cycle C-3 Level 9
100 Points – Cycle D1 Level 1 and beyond.
 
Please document your points on the Performance Points Tracking Form contained within Frontline Education Professional Growth Formerly MLP OASYS.
If you have questions related to how many points you are required to earn, please see your immediate supervisor.

New Staff Members 17/18 School Year:

Ben Edelburg – SPED replacing Laurence Charlier
Raymond Paul – PE replacing Joe La Buda
Stephanie Taylor – Spanish increased to full Spanish no ELL
Amelia Spielman – Social Studies increased to full from MMS transfer
new this week:
Amy Wamboldt – SPED ID position transfer from MMS – Amy Returns to MHS as she was here a few years ago.  Welcome Back!
interviews next week:
Guidance to replace Mr. Fern who has jumped ship to Baldwin but we still think very highly of him.