Good Morning,

I hope the new year has started out well for everyone. On my end, things are already starting to pick up at the Capital and preparing for upcoming meetings and the WASB Convention.

WiRSA Board of Directors Meeting Rescheduled:

Due to a family emergency, the WiRSA Board of Directors has been rescheduled for January 26th in Stevens Point at 10:00 am at the Amber Grill.

Great Job: Thank you to WiRSA members, Rick Waski and the Adams Friendship staff, along with Dani Scott and the Baraboo School District team for providing great testimony regarding mental health issues in our schools. Both groups gave excellent testimony on how serious this issue is and how schools are the first line of defense in many cases. They shared the great programs that they are providing for their students, how they are presently funding the programs and the need for funding from the state to provide our students with these needed services.

Morgridge Discovery Summer Science Camps: The Morgridge Institute for Research, a private interdisciplinary biomedical research organization affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is excited to announce the ninth annual Summer Science Camp for students and teachers from rural Wisconsin high schools.

We will host two offerings of the Summer Science Camp in the Discovery Building, located on UW Madison’s campus, on July 11-14 and July 25-28, 2016. One teacher will select and accompany five students for the camp, and each camp will host five schools. This experience includes lectures and lab activities from leading researchers in the interdisciplinary field of regenerative biology. The four-day camp will include overnight stays in the dormitories of UW-Madison and evening activities. Thanks to the generosity of the Madison Community Foundation, the Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation, Melita Grunow, and Fritz Fischer, we are pleased to offer this camp at no cost to participants. Teachers are responsible for facilitating transport to and from Madison as well as accompanying the students in the dorms and through the activities during the four-day camp.

This camp allows high school students in rural Wisconsin communities to experience the academic excellence and cultural richness of UW-Madison. We hope this unique experience will excite rural high school students to consider higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Teachers who would like to participate in the camp and bring students are invited to complete the following sign up at click hereThe deadline for signups is Monday, March 2.

Fab Lab Grant Deadline is Jan. 22, 2016

Events from this Past Week:

January 4: Weekly Ed. Issues Conference Call

  • January 6: Ronnie and I met with Margaret Brill and Stephanie Sleeter from UW-O to finalize the new website.
  • January 6: Attended the Senate Education hearing on SB 412 and Mental Health. WiRSA provided written testimony on SB 412. (attached)
  • January 6: Met with Representative Tranel on rural education issues.
  • January 7: Met with Jerry to finalize the July-December Financial Report.

Events for the Upcoming Week:

  • January 11: Weekly Ed. Issues call.
  • January 14: Meeting to discuss changing the language in the present law that limits retired teachers on the number of hours they can sub and the 75-day waiting period.
  • January 14: SB 355 Hearing (referendum)
  • January 14:

Assembly Education Hearing:

AB 488 (Absence/Disability)

AB 664 (Mental Health)

AB 665 (Robotics Grant)

Executive Session Hearing:

AB 581 (Alt. Lic)

AB 517 (Reporting Crimes)

AB 602 (Parental Choice Accrediting)

Grant/Scholarship Reminders:

  • 2016 Conference Save the Date: November 9-10 in Stevens Point. 
  • 5 Share Reminder – Be sure to check 5 Share for updates.

Have a great week.