Windsor students “dunk” principal after successful WE Run fundraiser

Windsor Elementary School sponsored their first annual WE (Windsor Elementary) Run fundraiser in September. The WE Run was an opportunity for every student to show their school spirit and work on their physical fitness. Each student ran or walked for 20 minutes, maneuvering through a circuit designed by physical education teachers Donna Meske and Kyle Rogness.

According to Meske and Rogness, the event was held to promote physical fitness, encourage students to set personal goals, and to raise funds for school programs. Students collected pledges for each lap they walked or ran, or they collected individual donations.

Thanks to some outside sponsors, all students received a free t-shirt on the day of the event. WES parent Chris Truitt also donated his time to DJ during the run/walk.
Students raised $20,368.26 during the event.

To help celebrate the successful fundraiser, each student who raised $200 or more was given a chance to “dunk” the school’s principal, Roy Bernards, on Monday, October 20 in a dunk tank outside the school.

Nearly 120 Windsor Elementary 3rd graders receive donated dictionaries to help further education

Part of AT&T Pioneers 9th Annual ‘Dictionaries for Success’ Project 

WINDSOR, Tuesday, October 21, 2014 — written by Jessica Erickson, AT&T Wisconsin

Nearly 120 third graders from Windsor Elementary School received their own personal dictionaries from the AT&T Wisconsin Pioneers today as part of a statewide project designed to improve childhood literacy and student reading scores.

Photo by Jake Kurtz, Editor, DeForest Times-Tribune

Photo by Jake Kurtz, Editor, DeForest Times-Tribune

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Photo by Jake Kurtz, Editor, DeForest Times-Tribune

“Today’s event was a great way to introduce our third graders to the dictionary, a wonderful educational tool they will find useful throughout their academic careers,” said Roy Bernards, Principal of Windsor Elementary School.  “Partnerships with volunteers like the AT&T Pioneers really make a positive impact on education and a positive difference for children.”

During the event, local AT&T Pioneers showed the students what information they can find in the dictionary.  They also demonstrated how the books can be used to learn vocabulary development, word pronunciation, the different meanings of words, and how to compare and contrast words.

The AT&T Wisconsin Pioneers are donating 6,500 dictionaries to students at 130 schools statewide as part of its 9th annual “Dictionaries for Success” program.  The Pioneers are a local organization of AT&T employees and retirees who are dedicated to volunteering their time to various community causes.

Schools in Windsor, Waterloo, Watertown, Waukesha, Muskego, Oconomowoc, Cudahy, Green Bay and Eau Claire are among the schools that are receiving donated dictionaries from the Pioneers this year.

“At AT&T, we are committed to helping advance the education of our young people,” said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin.  “We are proud to partner with Windsor Elementary School to provide our students with the tools they need to become our future leaders.”

For more information, contact:
Jessica Erickson, AT&T Wisconsin
608-282-7870 (work)
608-692-5340 (cell)
jessica.erickson@att.com

Capitol ceremony celebrates 2014-15 Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition

State Superintendent Tony Evers offered congratulations to Eagle Point Elementary School for being among 173 schools in the state that received Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition honors for the 2014-15 school year. “These schools are examples of the success we need in all of our schools to close the achievement gap,” Evers said.

The schools were recognized during a special Oct. 13 ceremony at the State Capitol in Madison hosted by Deputy State Superintendent Mike Thompson. Pictured with Thompson, from left: Principal Ann Schoenberger and Reading Specialist Sharon Ganster. During the program, special recognition went to seven High-Achieving schools and 29 High-Progress Schools. Eight schools earned both High-Achieving and High-Progress honors. Three schools earned the award for a 10th consecutive year, while 10 schools earned the award for a fifth consecutive year.

According to Eagle Point Principal Ann Schoenberger, Eagle Point earned the rating of Exceeds Expectations on the state report card for the past three years, and placed in the top ten percentile of schools that showed growth in their WKCE scores last year. “While we do have some achievement gaps, we have also made progress toward closing those gaps. This progress is the main reason we were acknowledged as a School of High Progress – something that was awarded to only 45 schools across the state of Wisconsin,” said Schoenberger.

Title I Ceremony Photo

Schoenberger attributes the school’s achievements to a couple of things. First, Eagle Point began implementing RtI (Response to Intervention) strategies in kindergarten and first grade back in 2007. This allowed for extra help to young students when they started to struggle in reading. RtI is now school wide and staff provide literacy and math support depending on the grade level and what the greatest need is.

“Having Title I specialists work on math skills has been a great help as well,” Schoenberger said. “Sharon Ganster, our Reading Specialist, has played a large role in supporting our teachers and students and matching our interventions with our students’ needs. Our teachers, staff, and volunteers work incredibly hard to provide extra support to our students and move them forward – from those who are struggling to those who need more challenges. And, of course, our parents/guardians are our students’ most important teachers! It truly takes a team working together to provide the best learning opportunities possible!”

VFW donates flag to Windsor Elementary School Student Council

Representatives from the local VFW presented Windsor Elementary School Student Council members with an American flag on Thursday, Oct. 9. The five VFW members also taught students about flag etiquette, including how to properly fold the flag.

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Annual Trick or Treat Night at the high school Oct. 30

Halloween 2On Thursday, October 30th, DeForest Area High School will be hosting its annual Trick-or-Treat Night.

On this night the high school will be transformed into a Halloween paradise. Classrooms will be decorated by student clubs and organizations, offering games, activities, and, of course, treats.

All community members and their children are invited to attend.  The event will run from 5 – 7 pm.

The event is hosted by students in the high school’s National Honor Society.  Several school and community clubs will be participating.

DeForest student advances to Special Olympics sectional bowling tournament

photo 2Special-Olympics-RegionalDASD student Kelsey Wendt placed third in the Special Olympics Region 6 Regional Bowling tournament held on Saturday, October 18th in Sun Prairie.  Kelsey now advances to the Western Sectional Tournament on November 1st, also held at Prairie Lanes in Sun Prairie.

Pictured at right are Ethan Bauer, 5th grader at the middle school, who placed 4th in the 8-15 division; high school student Kamriq White, who earned a 5th place ribbon in his division (16-21 year olds); and Kelsey Wendt.

More information about Special Olympics Wisconsin sports

Eagle Point Elementary earns Title I School of Recognition Award

State Superintendent Tony Evers announced in September that Eagle Point Elementary School has earned a Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition award.Title-I_recognition

The Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition awards highlight schools that have demonstrated success in educating students from low-income families. To be eligible, schools must receive federal Title I funding to provide services to large numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged children and meet other achievement criteria. (more below)

“The Eagle Point family is very excited and humbled by this honor. We are so very proud of our students, staff, and parents who have worked incredibly hard to provide the best learning opportunities possible. We continue to be committed to giving our very best and are looking forward to celebrating this honor with the entire DASD family as we all support each other and work together as a team,” said Eagle Point Principal Ann Schoenberger.

Superintendent, Dr. Sue Borden, also praised the EPES team, “As a district, this confirms that the hard work around curriculum and enhanced professional development is paying off for students. Thank you to the Eagle Point team for being representative of the outstanding work we do each day in DASD!”

The awards recognize schools as High-Achieving, High-Progress, and/or Beating the Odds. Eagle Point qualified as High-Progress.

Schools meeting the recognition award criteria received a plaque at an Oct. 13 ceremony at the State Capitol and $500 for use by the school.  This year’s 173 Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Award recipients include 133 elementary schools, 29 middle or junior high schools, and 11 high schools. One of 173 Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition awards.20141013_122305

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Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition Criteria
All schools receive federal Title I aid because they have significant numbers of students from low-income families based on federal free and reduced-price school meal income guidelines. Also, all schools meet the state’s test-participation, attendance, and dropout goals.  Additional award criteria:

High-Achieving Schools

  • meet all Annual Measurable Objectives for achievement and graduation
  • have achievement gaps that are less than 3 points between student groups or show evidence of reducing gaps
  • demonstrate high achievement at the school level

High-Progress Schools

  • fall within the top 10 percent of schools experiencing growth in reading and mathematics for elementary and middle school students or the top 10 percent of schools with the greatest improvement in high school graduation rates
  • have achievement gaps that are less than 3 points between student groups or show evidence of reducing gaps

Beating the Odds Schools

  • are in the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state
  • have above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations, and poverty levels
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