#10 November, 15 2019

10. November 15, 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 I’d like to highlight a few of my favorite things! The first is the outstanding Veteran’s Day Programs that happen throughout the District.  If you are looking for an emotional and heart warming activity on Veteran’s Day, look no further! There is something so emotional and patriotic about listening to five hundred young voices singing their hearts out to honor the many Veterans that attend the ceremony.  Perhaps the most touching part is when they make the archway for all of the Veterans to walk through and receive high fives, handshakes, and words of appreciation from all of the students gathered there.


The high school and middle school join together for a program that is always a highlight!  The high school band and choir do an outstanding job, however, one of the most significant contributors to the Veteran’s Day programs in our community is still Mr. Ken Schoolcraft.  Year after year he assists in finding powerful speakers to share messages of bravery, honor, and service, with our students, staff, and to be honest, the entire community.  


All of this being said, the piece of the Veterans Day Programs that is perhaps the most significant and deeply moving, is seeing how many within our community have served, and continue to serve, and then come to share in this program with us.  Their presence brings meaning and a realness to it for our students, for this, and so much more, we are grateful.


The second thing I want to highlight is that this coming week is American Education Week, this is a time when we ask everyone to think back to their educational experiences and perhaps reach out to someone and share some gratitude with them to recognize the positive experience they created for you!  It’s also a time to reflect on the many opportunities that become available to you through an education. There are very few career opportunities that are still open to someone without a minimum of a high school diploma. One of my favorite quotes is from Nelson Mandela; “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”  Truly consider this; ignorance leads to more ignorance. Our world continues to change and new learning is an absolute must. We have some amazing thinkers and problem solvers in our community. I am so proud to have a hand in raising the next generation of community leaders!


This week we will celebrate all those that work within the District and serve as role models for our youth.  It doesn’t necessarily matter what your job title is, if you are an adult and you are interacting with children, you are teaching them through your actions and role modeling.  Our community has so many positive role models for our kids to aspire to! If you are someone that interacts with youth, in any capacity, thank you for your role in teaching our youth; it truly does take a village!


This week, instead of highlighting the feedback from one of our families, I want to share with you one of the stats from that last survey; we ask families if they feel welcome in their child’s school and 96% of them agreed that they do!  Additionally, we ask them if their concerns are addressed promptly and 90% responded positively. Finally, we ask if they would recommend the SDBRF to another family that was looking, and 89% said, YES! Knowing that state funding is directly tied to the number of students we have, that is good news all around!  


As always, please let me know if you have any questions about any of the work that we do within the schools.  Our schools exist to serve the community that supports it. It is exciting to get to share with our staff that our community is excited about the work we are doing!  Thank you for all you do to support our students, and let’s show our Tiger Pride in all that we do!


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