#6 October 17, 2019

6.  October 17, 2019

Hello Black River Falls community!  This is Dr. Shelly Severson, Superintendent of the SDBRF, and I’m here to share this weeks’ Spotlight on Schools.  This week is Homecoming week, as you’ve likely noticed if you have driven down mainstreet! The Tiger cheerleaders always do a  great job with some clever sayings on the downtown business windows. It’s also very gracious of the business owners to allow us to “decorate” their windows for the week!  In addition to the painting, you may have also seen some toilet paper hanging from the trees. While some people are offended by the toilet paper and believe it should be stopped or else the festivities cancelled, we have struck a compromise and are pleased that the students have answered the call to bring back SOME level of civility in their Homecoming festivities.  Unfortunately, at times, a small group of students take things too far and resort to offensive and completely inappropriate behaviors. The past two years we have really encouraged the students to rise to the challenge and hold each other accountable, and have been pleasantly surprised that they have respected the boundaries that have been put in place.  

While toilet papering may be a tradition, I’m excited for one of the best Homecoming traditions...the parade will be heading down Main Street at 2:00 this afternoon - hope to see you there!

Tonight, before the Tiger football game, there will be a LaCrosse game going on up on the practice field along with Double-Ball.  Be sure to come early to check it out! Remember that we are playing the Wisconsin Dells Chiefs and are recognizing the significant contributions of the Ho-Chunk Nation in both Black River Falls and Wisconsin Dells.  The Athletic Booster Club will be serving their delicious steak sandwiches before the game as well. Mother Nature is shining down on us, so we are hoping for a fantastic Homecoming experience!  

I also want to ask you to mark your calendars...Tuesday, November 5, we are going to take a deep dive into the feedback that we have gotten through our last community wide strategic plan survey.  I shared with you some of the numbers from that survey in a previous Spotlight, but there is a great deal of narrative feedback and additional information that will hopefully help us identify some areas that we are extremely proud of, right along with giving us some things we identify for some immediate improvement efforts.  After looking at all of this feedback, we will take a look at the four pillars of our strategic plan and see what adjustments need to be made in our goals and action plans. Vision 20/20, our previous strategic plan, contains action plans through 2020, which is already this spring. We are excited to dig into setting our goal posts for the next five years!  Please call the District Office if you are interested in being a part of this group. We welcome ALL community members, as our schools are here to serve the entire community!

Each week, I end the Spotlight by highlighting some feedback that we have received from a parent during our spring feedback survey.  This time Kayla Knight and Heather Wyss, the two secretaries at the Middle School were recognized. We asked if there was anyone that deserved recognition and this parent said, “The office ladies for sure!! Sometimes they don’t get the recognition that is deserved! They are the first people we talk to in order to get in touch with a teacher or even just the well being of our children. It is nice knowing they truly care.”  As a District over 96% of survey respondents said that they feel welcome at their child’s school. That is due to the exceptional efforts of our secretaries in each of our buildings!

If you have any questions about any of this information, or anything else for that matter, please reach out and let me know!  Thank you for all you do to support our students and let’s continue showing our Tiger Pride in all that we do!

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