District Update As We Begin 2nd Semester

Message From The Superintendent
Posted on 03/13/2018

It’s hard to believe it’s March already.  The school year seems to go by more and more quickly. It does so because each year one year becomes a lower percentage of our lifetimes.

There is always a lot going on in the district and you can now see that on website with our expanded district calendar.  Here are a few items we want you to know about as we move toward the end of the school year.

  • Thank you to the over 2,100 people who took part in our facility survey at the end of the first semester.  Data from the survey was presented to the Board of Education on February 8.  I will be visiting PTO meetings throughout 2018 to share building level results.  Not surprisingly, HVAC and parking remain high on the list.  A new theme of restroom upgrades/renovations came forward across the district.
  • We have quite a bit of facility work planned this summer.  Projects include:  asphalt maintenance across the district; stair tread replacements in several buildings; classroom ceiling work at MHS; new turf and track spray at OHS; HVAC work at MHS and OHS;  roof work at OHS, Trautwein, Wohlwend, and Washington; and replacing the Gym A floor at MHS.  There will be additional smaller projects across the district, but these are the large expenditures.
  • Part of our strategic plan is around curriculum support materials.  Our teams work on curriculum in one school year and then we select and purchase materials to support the curriculum the following year.  For next fall we will purchase resources for elementary mathematics, middle school science, and high school language arts.
  • Summer school registration is open.  You can register your student online.  The program runs from June 4 through June 29.  Elementary and middle schools go from 8am to 3pm.  There is an important change this year - students will be assigned to the grade they are entering in August instead of the grade they just completed.  This means students in 5th grade this year will be in middle school summer school.  Students in 8th grade this year will be able to begin earning high school credit in the high school summer program.  More and more high school students across the region, and country, are taking summer classes to free up their schedules during the regular year.

Enjoy the spring.  It will be the end of the school year before we know it.  



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