Thank you to our Sponsors: UW-Oshkosh, National Insurance Services, Culver’s VIP Foundation, Farmers Union, CESA Foundation, Forecast5, PMA, Meemic, Ehlers, Jostens and WEA Members Benefits.

Good Morning,
It was exciting to see all the excellent tributes and recognition given to all of the great teachers in our rural schools during Teacher Appreciation Week. We need to continue beyond this one week to constantly recognize and thank the great staffs that we have in our schools and the impact they have on our students and communities – Thank you Teachers for all that you do, you are true professionals.

Welcome:
Welcome to the newest WiRSA members – Kelly Hook and the Family and Schools Together organization and to Len Lueck and the Brodhead School District. We look forward to working with both of you.

Free Social Media Webinar Offering:

You are invited to a FREE WiRSA Webinar Event!

5 Ways to Improve your Social Media This Summer

Thursday, May 19th 11:30 am

Register at this link

Hosted by WiRSA Member Andrea Gribble, founder of #SocialSchool4EDU

Andrea helps schools celebrate their students and connect their communities with social media. Are you fully utilizing social media to celebrate your students & staff? Have you had social media on your “to do” list for the past several years, but don’t know where to start? This free webinar event is for you!

We’ll share 5 steps you can take this summer that will improve your social media presence next year. You’ll also get plenty of time to ask questions – all topics are fair game in regards to social media and schools.

Wisconsin’s Waning Commitment to Educational Opportunity Regardless of Economic Status: In this article from the Wisconsin Budget, Wisconsin is committing a shrinking share of its resources for education to making sure that students have access to an excellent education regardless of whether they live in a poor community or a wealthy one. –

May REL Events Cover a Variety of Educational Topics:
REL is offering a number of great Webinars this month

Money and Academic Success: Comparing School Districts in Wisconsin:
This article from the Wisconsin Budget Project shows a large gap between student achievement in wealthy districts in comparison to poorer districts. This also mirrors the national trend.

2016 WiRSA Conference Save the Date:
The 2016 WiRSA Conference will be held Nov. 9-10 at the Holiday Inn is Stevens Point. This year’s Conference Theme is “Rural Schools – Creative Best Practice.”  In the next couple of weeks, a call for presenters will be sent out. The Conference Committee will be looking for member districts to share great programs and policy that are happening in the classrooms, administratively or at the School Board level. This year’s goal is to provide sessions that are appealing to all sections of our membership.

Events from this Past Week:
– May 5, Met with Dave Rausch Smart Choice MRI – Possible Sponsorship

Events for the Upcoming Week:
– May 9, Phone interview on Rural Schools with UW Journalism Student
– May 9, Educational Issues Conference Call
– May 10, Meeting with Stephanie Laudon and Jeff Carew on possible Product Fair at this year’s conference.
– May 11, Presenting to the District 1 Retired Teachers in Rice Lake

Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders:
School Funding Reform for Wisconsin
– WiRSA 2016 Conference Save the Date: “Rural Schools – Creative Best Practice,” November 9-10 in Stevens Point
ESEA Information and youtube.
ESSA Overview Video – Narrated PowerPoint – This information is also available off the ESSA web page on the DPI site.
Into the Outdoors – Free Classroom Resources
Meemic Foundation Grants for Teachers

Have a great week.