As part of our monthly reading incentives, students were asked to read 350 minutes in the month of March. From all those students, we selected 2 students randomly to be “Student Readers” at the public library during their Friday Story Hour. Grady Meek, 2nd grader, and Asuka Cusick, 3rd grader, were our lucky students! Each story hour has a theme. This Friday’s happened to be REPTILES! There was a visit from some real-life reptiles, including a snake, lizard and turtle! The fabulous Rhonda Groth at the public library led the story hour students through some additional learning, songs and finger plays.
Our students were honored to take on this leadership role. They practiced reading their selected books related to reptiles many times, so as to put their best foot forward in reading for our future Black River Falls students that were present. They did an outstanding job and were so excited! They even had parents and family members who joined the event to support them. What an wonderful partnership between the community and our schools highlighting the important skills of reading!
Staff gathered April 27 to celebrate the careers of six school district staff members planning to retire at the end of the 2015-16 school year and to recognize other staff members for their years of service.
Lee returned to his hometown to teach here for 14 years following his “retirement” after 27 years in the military. He has earned degrees from UW-La Crosse, the University of Arkansas and Naval War College. Lee is a member of Wisconsin Art Education Association and the middle school art club.
Bob attended both Cashton and Sparta schools. He has been employed as a custodian since April 2008. From 1969 to 2006, he worked at Burnstad’s; for 30 of those years he was a meat cutter. He also worked at Elco Janitorial Services from 2006 to 2007 where he continued to do floor care at Burnstads. He has lived in BRF for approximately 46 years.
All of Tom’s 32 years of teaching have been in Black River Falls. He arrived from Rio, Wisconsin, after earning a degree from Oshkosh. Later he earned a master’s degree from La Crosse. Tom has coached every year. Past sports include basketball, cross country, and football. “I have had the pleasure of coaching with very dedicated coaches. They are genuinely concerned about doing what is right for the student athletes.” He also umpired softball.
Joy has taught 18 years in the Black River Falls School District—27 total. She graduated from Owen-Withee High School and currently lives near Strum. She has earned a BA in English and history from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and completed her EBD certification from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Sarah Strandberg Staff
For 15 years Sarah has been teaching in our district (31 in all). Alma Center was home from 1970-77, but she has lived in many places Sarah earned degrees from UWEC and Viterbo. At Blair-Taylor she was a drama adviser, basketball coach and PTO officer. She has been part of the BLAST program, the District Leadership Team, and an Educator Effectiveness Coach in Black River Falls.
Kris graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (his hometown) before coming to Black River Falls. He has been here 27 years and earned a master’s degree from UWEC. He is most proud of advising the Tiger Investment Club, which has provided more than $50,000 to students over the years.
Summer school explorations in the Black River Falls School District are an excellent opportunity for elementary students to explore a new theme each week. More importantly, though, it will be a chance for students to strengthen their reading, writing, math and science skills while having fun.
Summer School Flyer 2016