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Wausaukee Board Approves 2021 Spanish Club Trip

Issue Date: November 21, 2019

The Wausaukee Board of Education prior to their Wednesday, Nov. 13th meeting convened in a work session to meet with Roberta Davis, Director of Marketing and Community Development from InVenture North, a community-based economic development company. The District is looking for new, fresh ideas to market the school district and grow the community. The current focus is highlighting why people love Wausaukee School and sharing the good news. This will help with developing an even stronger relationship with the surrounding communities, with the hopes to attract new families to the area. The regular meeting began with a correspondence from the Wausaukee Community Association thanking the students for decorating the main street for Fall Fest with corn stalks and hay bales. To show their appreciation, the Association also provided a donation to the school.

Katey Ambrose, Elementary/Middle School Principal reported on Family Movie Night that took place on Friday, Nov. 8th. Fifth grader Bella Barker, proposed an idea to Building and Grounds Director, Rollie Benzow along with Ambrose to install an outside water fountain on the playground. In efforts to raise funds for the project, Barker, along with her classmates, came up with the Family Movie Night. For a fee of $3 per person, families could come and enjoy a meal and a choice between two movies, "The Nightmare Before Christmas" or "Casper". An estimated 72 people attended raising $360.

Ambrose continued her report talking about the attendance at parent/teacher conferences which took place on Wednesday, Oct. 16th. She was happy to report that conference participation continues to increase which a 89% participation rate for 2019. Inservice took place on Friday, Oct. 25th, where staff did committee work the first part of the day and breakout sessions the second half of the day. Ambrose concluded with upcoming events including, "Supper with Santa" on Wednesday, Dec. 4th, offering a free meal with a very special guest . Holiday Concerts as follows: 5th - 8th grades will take place Dec. 11th at 7 p.m., KG - 4th grades will be Dec. 16th at 6 p.m. and 9th - 12th grades will take place on Dec. 18th at 7 p.m.

Jared Deschane, High School Principal/District Administrator, reported the high school also saw an increase in participation during conferences at 83%. The Veterans Day presentation took place on Monday, Nov. 11th and he thanked Mary Meaney, Program Coordinator, Misty Betts, all the presenters along with the Wausaukee band and choir. A special thanks was extended to all the men and women of the armed forces who currently serve or have served. The football and volleyball programs held a combined award presentation on Nov. 5th with the cross country team program held on Nov. 7th. Deschane provided the Class One Election Notice to the Board Members. Seats up for election this April are Greg Schroeder and Eric Van Laanen. Deschane then concluded the performing arts department presented, "Rivershare, Overshare" on Nov. 12th and 14th. Teachers Jane Kanestrom and Rosalie Widstrand and students gae a wonderful performance, he said.

Under the Taste of Wausaukee, Zach Pate, founder of Little Hearts, Big Minds presented on the Huddle Program along with 6th grader Alannah Yarberry and 8th grade student ambassador, Alexis Werner. The Huddle takes place every Monday and Friday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The program helps students develop relationships with a positive and uplifting tone. Topics covered in the program are: Being Me, Self Esteem, Discovering Your Why?, Confidence - What are you good at? Then becoming better at it. The powerful presentation shows that being part of the greater good starts at any age.

Under grade level reports, the Middle School team presented a Powerpoint Presentation highlighting each team members subjects: Becky Dunlap - Math, Carrie Truby - Science, Beth Meyers - Social Studies and Kelsey Adams - English. Kim Marsolek presented as well for the lower elementary special education program where the Board was proved with a tour of the early childhood classroom along with the Wausaukee Little Learners Center and Mrs. Marsolek's elementary classroom. Marsolek shared her teaching strategies including a play based structure.

Under new business, the Board approved all the applications for Start College Now and Alternative Open Enrollment and accepted the resignation of Georgi Kapalczynski as the yearbook advisor and hired Margie Popp to fill the vacancy. Popp served as the yearbook advisor in previous year. The Board approved to provide the Village of Wausaukee a letter of intent in regards to the School District's participation with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation grant to be used to construct a trail connecting the Village to the School District within reason. The Board also approved the 2021 Spanish trip to Ecuador. A detailed itinerary from Educational Tours was provided along with student rules and regulations. In order for students to be eligible for the trip, they need to have completed two years of Spanish. The maximum number of students allowed to participate is 12. Spanish teacher, Senoria Bargland was present to answer any questions.


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