Wednesday is National School Principal's Day, next week Teacher Appreciation Week, and May 17th is District 95's Annual Staff Recognition Program. And as the year ends our schools hold student recognition events and the high school and middle schools hold their graduation and promotion ceremonies, respectively. So it is an exciting time as we celebrate our community of learners.
In that vein, last week included my very favorite day of the year, when I visit classrooms across the District to recognize staff members nominated by parents, students, and colleagues and who have won one of our annual recognitions - Teacher Appreciation, Distinguished Staff Member, or Meritorious Service. Below are pics of this year's winners.
|Chuck Vozas at LZHS|
|Annette LaVine at May Whitney|
|Brian Denesha at MSS|
|Emily Coaklan at LZHS|
|Jeff Bivin at District Admin|
|Jill Kragseth at MSN|
|Justina Doll at LZHS|
|Dana Petraglia and Kim Davis at LZHS|
|Liz Delzell at Spencer Loomis|
|Nick Juknelis at LZHS|
Student excellence couldn't be better exemplified than by our high school robotics team. The team acquired an invite to the First Robotics World Championships in Detroit and from a field of 68, went 9-1 and placed 5th in their division. Congrats to Coach Keyzer, our mentor coaches, and our student competitors on Bearbotics.
Strategic Plan Highlights (4 C19A - Mobile Learning Initiative in Grades 6-12)
At its April 25 meeting, a team of staff members presented the Mobile Learning Initiative (MLI) Review (for grades 6-12) for the Board of Education. MLI is our name for the 1:1 iPAD program in grades 6-12. The presentation was prefaced by the Board receiving a 70 page iBook two weeks earlier. That comprehensive document outlined the review by a committee of more than 25 stakeholders, including parents and a high school student. The review focused on academic, financial, and social-emotional considerations of MLI and made recommendations to the Board for the future of the initiative in grades 6-12. More detail is available in the iBook, but the focus of those recommendations are:
- Continue with the District commitment to iPADS
- Develop authentic performance assessments that integrate instructional technology
- Integrate SEL competencies into our students' digital lives
For the comprehensive report, please click here
Welcome to District 95's Newest Board Member
And congratulations to Marty Cupples, our newest Board of Education member. Marty was elected in April and took his seat at the April 25 meeting. Marty is a District 95 parent who has two students currently enrolled in our schools. He replaces Tony Schneider, who retired after serving one term. I would like to personally thank Tony for his service. He was always a consummate professional and citizen leader who believed in good schools and good governance.
Board Review / Preview (please click here for Board Docs)
- Report on Mobile Learning Initiative
- Review of Bond Issuance Parameters - Discussion
- Report on High School Assessment Practices
- Support Staff Wages - Discussion
- District Handbook - Discussion
- Bond Issuance Parameters - Action
Thanks for catching up with me on all the amazing things going on in District 95.
Have a great week,