First, I would like to take the opportunity to wish a belated Happy Father’s Day to all. I hope you were able to spend the day enjoying family and friends. Hopefully, everyone has found some time to relax since the end of the school year. Before long, the 16-17 school year will be upon us. As we move into July, I will do my best to keep you abreast of legislative activity we will be facing as the next budget cycle starts. For now, try to get your feet back under you and decompress.
Congratulations to the WiRSA Schools that qualified for the State Baseball and Girls Soccer Championships:
Baseball – Lodi, Ithaca, Markesan, Pepin/Alma, Rib Lake and Unity
Soccer – Belleville/New Glarus
A special shout out to the Team Champions:
Girls Track – Cuba City
Boys Track – Three-way tie – Colman, Marathon and Wild Rose
Softball – Laconia and Thorp
Baseball – Ithaca
The theme for this year’s conference is Rural Schools – Creative Best Practice. Please join us and the many great rural educators and educational leaders from across Wisconsin in Stevens Point on November 9-10. We’re looking for dynamic presenters to share their Rural best practice with our membership. If you have a great program, course or school district story you would like to share, please submit your proposal by completing the Google form and submitting to Kim Kaukl by July 8.
Each year at our Annual Conference, WiRSA recognizes rural leaders through our awards program. Nominations can be made for Administrator of the Year, School Board Member of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Support Staff Person of the Year, Rural Advocacy and Rural Community Partner of the Year. To make a nomination please complete the appropriate form found on the WiRSA website and return to Kim Kaukl by October 7.
Free Webinar Reminder, Tuesday, June 21:
I want to remind everyone of the previous email I sent regarding an upcoming free webinar on Teacher Recruitment and Retention in rural schools tomorrow (June 21st). One of the presenters Dr. John Ulferts presented on this subject at the WiRSA Conference last November. Please be sure to share with your other administrators. Click here for more information and to register.
Director Events from the Past Week:
– June 6, Ed Issue Conference Call
– June 8, NREAC – Battelle for Kids Conference Call
– June 13, CESA 3 to discuss Alternative Educator Effectiveness Model
– June 14, Conference call with the Northwest Coalition and the Technical College Board.
– June 15, FFA State Convention
– June 15, Brad Carl (Wisconsin Center for Educational Research)
– June 16, Meeting with CESA 3 Superintendents –Referendum Impacts
Director Events for the Upcoming Two Weeks:
– June 20 Educational Issues Conference Call
– June 21 Nonpartisan Redistricting Group
– June 21 Midwest REL Webinar on Teacher Recruitment and Retention
– June 23 WPEB in Lake Mills
– June 28 DPI ESSA Listening Session in Madison
Getting a student’s name right is the first step in welcoming him or her to school. For students whose home language is not English, properly recording their information can be more difficult for school personnel who are not familiar with different naming conventions.
A new set of reference guides from Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northwest can help. The Getting It Right guides provide districts with guidance for entering students’ names in school, district, and state databases.
Incorrectly entering student names can mean that the same student is listed in different ways in various databases and can lead to incomplete records. Students who are eligible for services (for example, English learner support) can end up being unidentified or overlooked.
The printer-friendly guides include easy-to-follow tips and guidelines for registering students with home languages of Cantonese, Punjabi-Muslim, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. For each home language, the guides provide information on the typical number of given names or family names, the order of the names, and where the names might fit into common database fields.
In addition to facilitating accurate data entry, these guides can help front office staff and registrars greet and address parents and other family members in a culturally responsive and respectful way.
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 more here.
– ESSA Overview Video – Narrated PowerPoint – This information is also available off the ESEA web page on the DPI site.
– Into the Outdoors – Free Classroom Resources
– Meemic Teacher Back to School Grants
– Meemic Foundation Grants for Teachers
Have a great week.