Administrator's Monthly Update

Peggy Larson

A message from Peggy Larson
District Administrator

How about Winneconne Middle School and being nominated for The Blue Ribbon Award! Only eight schools in the State of Wisconsin are eligible for this award and WMS is one of them! Kudos to all! Our next step is to complete the application and then secure the award.

Another step forward with our Journey to the Future/Chapter 2. The Board of Education has decided to use Plunkett Raysich Architects (PRA) assistance with phase II of our facility use plan. The goal is use their expertise to help ensure we maintain our buildings in the most cost effective manner along with creating a vision for the future.

What’s coming up in February? We hope warmer weather! February can often become a long month. Why don’t you make a commitment to get out of your house/apartment and attend our high school play. Our students, under the direction of Mr. Phillips, are performing The Drowsy Chaperone. It is a musical within a comedy. It is being performed February 14, 15, and 16 at 7PM along with a 2PM showing on February 16. See our website for ticket info or call Mr. Phillips at (920) 582-5810 ext. 1120.

In August I shared 10 tips to make your children’s learning more visible. I took the tips from the work of Ron Ritchhart. Hopefully these tips will help make you feel more part of what your child(ren) is/are learning at school.

Each month, I intend to go just a bit deeper into each of the tips. We are already are on Tip #5 of 10!

5. Focus on the learning, rather than the work.
The completion of work is never the goal of an assignment. Learning is the goal. It’s easy for parents to focus on the work their child has to do and to monitor the completion of that work. However, another way to engage with your child’s learning is to take a moment and ask your child:
What is the purpose of each assignment?
What do they think the teacher wants them to learn and get better at as a result of the work (assignment)?

In this way, you are monitoring what your child is learning, rather than the work he/she is doing to achieve that learning.

Shifting our thinking, and that of our students, to the learning versus the completion of the work is a difficult task. As families, we often ask our children, “Do you have your reading/homework done?” If they say, “Yes,” we usually move on or maybe ask to see it. Why not consider asking them what their reading or homework is about? What is the purpose or the reading/homework? In other words, attempt to position the reading/homework as an opportunity to discuss knowledge and skills.

By making a few changes with how we think about reading/homework, can go a long way in changing our students’ perceptions of the importance of learning.

The school board and I remain committed to keeping the community informed about the District’s progress. If you ever have questions about our school district, feel free to contact me at (920) 582-5802 ext. 3141.

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