January 13: New Year and reflecting on 2016

Spotlight on Schools: New Year and Reflecting on 2016

92222693 January 13, 2017 — Hello Black River Falls Community, this is Dr. Shelly Severson with the School District of Black River Falls here to share this week’s’ installment of our Spotlight on Schools! As the calendar pages turn, or a whole new calendar is hung for the year, it seems appropriate to take a little time to reflect on some of the highlights of the previous year and to forecast hopes and dreams for the year ahead.

As we look back on the 2016 year there is much to celebrate. The state School Report Cards show that we are moving the needle when it comes to the achievement of all of our students. We are closing achievement gaps faster than the state average and moving kids forward! We can easily remember some huge community celebrations as we moved into the Lunda Community Center, the naming of, and grand opening of Red Creek Elementary, the graduating class of 2016 having the highest number of honor students we’ve had in over twenty years, and so many inpidual and group accomplishments by both students and staff the list would be impossible to put together. There are great things happening all around us!

We look forward to expanding our College and Career readiness at the high school as we continue to work with the Chamber of Commerce to provide real life job experiences for our students while they are still in high school. We continue to work diligently on our curriculum alignment and increasing the efficacy of our teacher teams. Above all, we are excited to watch our students continue to grow at all levels!

As we reflect and project forward, it is also very appropriate to share gratitude and appreciation. We offer our appreciation to the many wonderful employees who serve the children, families, and communities included in our school district. We have an incredible team of dedicated staff that work to “Inspire Excellence” in all that they do! In sharing gratitude, we must also include you, the residents of our communities. You have shared kind words, constructive feedback, volunteerism, outreach, referendum support, participation at our many events, and school board service. As you’ve heard me repeatedly say, public education exists to serve the communities that support them. Thank you Black River Falls Communities for the great work you assist us in accomplishing!

As we dig into the new year and with the beginning of the second semester right around the corner, we are excited for all the opportunities that will exist for our students, staff and greater community. We continuously strive to increase your trust and appreciation in the work that we do. In partnership with this great community, we are very confident that great things are in store all those connected to the School District of Black River Falls!

As always, if you have any questions about this, or anything else within the District, don’t hesitate to contact me. Also, I have another quote for you from American Education Week. This one is from Candis Spindler, a second grade teacher at Red Creek Elementary. She says: I love teaching here because my colleagues are like my family. We laugh, cry, plan, & dream together, and I wouldn’t want to spend my days with anybody else!

Thank you so much for your support of the School District of Black River Falls! Go, Tigers!


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