Congratulations to middle school art teacher, Lee Amborn, shown here receiving recognition from Troops to Teachers (TT) representative Kris Logacki at the middle school. TT is a Department of Defense program designed to assist former soldiers become teachers through tuition assistance. Lee served over 20 years active duty in the Army and upon retirement in 2002 became a teacher using, in part, the TT program. Congrats, Lee, and thanks for serving…again!
The Black River Falls School District is participating in the Speak Up National Research Project. The online surveys are open now through December 20.
The Speak Up National Research project annually polls K-12 students, parents and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school. Survey access is available to participating schools and districts free of charge. All information is 100% confidential and there is no limit to the number of surveys you can submit. Every participating school and district receives free online access to your own participant data in February 2014 including the national and state data for comparison.
In general, the Speak Up survey has three primary objectives:
1. To provide a means for local schools and districts to easily and effectively listen to and act upon the ideas of their stakeholders.
2. To provide a conduit for the voices of education stakeholders, most notably students, to inform national and/or state/provincial policies and programs.
3. To stimulate new local discussions around the use of technology within education.We would like to encourage all staff, students, parents, and community member s to take the survey to help provide us with information as we continue to assess our current technology and our future technology needs.
To complete the survey:
- Go to this link: www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013
- Click on the appropriate survey (Student, Educator, Parent).
- Follow the given instructions to access the survey. Begin by clicking on the drop down button and select your state, then go to the next line and type in your school name to find your school.
- Choose a State – Wisconsin – from the drop down list
- School Name – Forrest, Gebhardt, Third, Black Riv for the high school, middle school, and BRAGS. Then choose the correct school from the resulting list.
- Students will choose their grade level and enter the password: black
- Parents and educators will choose and click the appropriate survey (no password needed)
- Complete the survey
To learn more about Speak Up, please visit www.tomorrow.org/speakup
All seven board members took turns making pancake breakfasts for the staff at each of the school buildings in celebration of American Education Week November 18-22. The week also included a breakfast honoring retirees, a community forum celebrating those who support our schools all year around and a school board meeting at the Ho Chunk Nation Executive Building.
American Education Week—November 18-22, 2013—presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education.
Black River Falls elementary students designed posters with the theme “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility”.
Five designs were chosen as the local contest winners. The following winners received a $10 check courtesy of the Black River Falls Education Association:
- Hannah Tubbs, Kindergarten, Forrest Street Early Learning Center; Daughter of Scott and Heidi Tubbs
- Ari Rukavina, First Grade, Forrest Street Early Learning Center; Son of Marc and Jenny Rukavina
- Kaylee Youngthunder, Second Grade, Third Street Elementary School; Daughter of Tara Theiler and Mike Youngthunder
- Trey Cowley, Third Grade, Third Street Elementary School; Son of David and Tracey Cowley
- Amira Louise Greengrass, Fourth Grade, Gebhardt Elementary School; Daughter of Airana Youngthunder Salvador Casarez
- Genesis Cernik, Fifth Grade, Gebhardt Elementary School; Daughter of Jason and Elizabeth Cernik
The posters will be displayed in Black River Falls schools for American Education Week.
Trey, 3 Amira, 4 Ari, 1 Genesis, 5 Kaylee, 2 Hannah, K
There are some significant changes to special education law in the state of Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s rule for identifying students with specific learning disabilities (SLD) has changed. Read more. Read more…