The Bridge the Gap event scheduled for September 6th has been postponed until March. Please stay tuned for more information!
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From Tremont Grade School
THIRD GRADE PIONEER DAY
During the last few weeks of the 2013-2014 school year, third graders engaged in many activities associated with the book Little House in the Big Woods. In addition, they participated in a one-room schoolhouse simulation entitled Apple Valley School. To celebrate all things pioneer, third graders gathered for an outdoor Pioneer Day on Wednesday, May 28th. Festivities included butter making, tin punching, embroidering, storytelling, and food tasting! Students interacted with antique toys and played pioneer games. Tremont High School's, Tucker Runyon, discussed the basics of beekeeping. Local mandolin and banjo players also shared their talents through music. A highlight of the day was having a square dance caller lead us through popular square dance formations. This meaningful day of learning was enjoyed by all!
From the Superintendent's Desk
A few May Updates...
1. Congratulations to our HS Roboteers for taking first place at the Milwaukee Regional and a Top Four Finish at the International competition in St. Louis!!! Amazing!! These students and their sponsors have done a great job all season and we're so excited to see their hard work pay off!
2. Regarding the funding mess in Springfield, it's hard to know where to actually begin. The Governor's Budget Address called for an extension of the state income tax that was raised to 5% in 2011 and is set to expire on January 1, 2015 -- halfway through the fiscal year. The expiration of the income tax would result in $1.6 billion less in state revenue. As you might imagine, school funding is caught in the political crossfire. We're already dealing with an 89% reduction in general state aid that is threatened to be reduced even further if the income tax is not extended. Some figures that have been tossed out include a 65% reduction in state funding that would be devastating to District #702. We're hopeful that this talk is just political grandstanding, but during an election year all bets are off about the direction this thing goes. Meanwhile, we're attempting to build a budget for next year and I'm leaning toward an 85% proration (down 4% from last year) as the number we'll probably use in regard to anticipated state revenue. The development of a budget is always a bit of an educated guess... Unfortunately, the political conditions in our state make this task even more challenging. There have been some plans promoted that include a "millionaire's tax" and property tax relief, but we need to look at the fine print on many of these ideas because they don't usually do as advertised (see lottery money going to education as exhibit A...). We remain hopeful that educational funding becomes a priority again in our state and these conversations don't have to become the focal point of educational discussions.
3. After a few glitches, our pilot testing for the new asssessments went relatively well, although we are a bit surprised at the complexities of some of the questions. We will provide feedback on our observations and experiences with the new exams with the State Board and continue to monitor the implementation process. Our belief is that we control the local curriculum. The Standards are nothing more than a target -- the curriculum (what and how taught) is still the responsibility of the local District. As always, we plan on implementing the Common Core with Common Sense.
4. A committee of teachers has been formed to seek out a new website for the District. Our current structure is challenging to keep current and not as user friendly as we'd like. We're hopeful to have a new website by August.
5. Work on the Grade School Air Conditioning Project will begin this summer. As a result, the building and playground will be inaccessible all summer. With a significant El Nino being forecasted for late summer and fall, we're extremely excited about the improved learning conditions that will result! We couldn't be more thankful for the community support on this initiative.
6. With state funding in a complete disarray (please see #2), we're planning our last Bridge the Gap event tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 6th. Details will be forthcoming, but we're excited about another great event to kick off the school year and the continued opportunity to illustrate the impact of diminished state funding. Our goal is simple, we'd like to go over the top of the $200,000 goal set last year and we're approximately $65,000 shy of that lofty target.
7. Finally, the 2014-15 school calendar has been announced. A few highlights: * Mon, August 18 First Day of School 8:00-11:30 * August 19-22 Heat/Transitional Schedule 8:00-2:00 * Dec. 22-Jan. 2 Christmas Break - No School * Mar.30-Apr.6 Spring Break - No School * With no emergency days, the last day of school would be Thursday, May 21st. Please note we have built 7 emergency days into next year's calendar so the last possible day of student attendance would be Tuesday, June 2nd. A more detailed calendar will be posted on the website soon.
Thanks for reading! Each Spring, numerous events are scheduled at each of the buildings and we know this can be a very busy time of the year. * Wednesday, May 14 Baccalaureate 7:30 * Sunday, May 18 HS Graduation 2:30 * Thursday, May 29 8th Grade Promotion 7:00 * Monday, June 2 Last Day for Students 8:00-1:50/2:00
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