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
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150 years ago on November 19 Abraham Lincoln delivered what is considered by many to be the most famous speech in American History — the Gettysburg Address. For more on that event, take the time to watch the short video that high school senior Zane Dukes and social studies teacher Paul Rykken prepared to commemorate this event today.
Brad Lobenstein and Rebecca Simpson were selected as recipients of the Teacher Technology Award for November. Brad has been a leader in technology integration at the high school. He was one of the first teachers to use Google Drive and Documents in his curriculum to improve students’ writing. Brad also introduced Socrative (an online assessment tool) to his colleagues. He was a presenter at the SLATE (School Leaders Advancing Technology in Education) Conference last year and assists with technology integration training.
Rebecca Simpson was chosen for her outstanding work using video in her classroom. She uses video to help her students retain information, understand concepts, and to engage students in what they are learning. Video helps her students make connections between the curriculum and the world outside her classroom. Rebecca is able to bring history into her classroom through video to meet the variety of her students’ learning styles.
Congratulations, Brad and Rebecca!