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December 17, 2018

4/13/2018 10:16:00 AM
Dodgeville school board gives honors and thanks
The April meeting of the Dodgeville school board began with recognition of one of Dodgeville's teachers, Monica Kmak, who won $6,000 in fellowship funds.
The board also saluted the entire music staff who recently took 100 music students to Florida for spring break. A big thanks also goes to members of the community who helped chaperone the spring break trip.
The middle school math team, led by teachers Heather Trumpy and Deanna Konop thanked the board for supporting their summer curriculum work. Last summer, after receiving the PLC Leadership grant from the state, the team's goals included: reviewing and updating focus standards, narrowing down the focus standards, updating the pacing guide for the curriculum, developing a system to record Common Formative Assessments (CFA) results, compiling intervention strategies, and determining progress.
As of now, the goal is to figure out how to implement the best practice in the intervention group, use the CFA results to guide instruction resources, review the best practices in middle school intervention, schedule for progress monitoring, and create an implementation plan.
When it comes to post-secondary learning options, early college credit will apply to universities, colleges, and private school; whereas Start College Now will apply to technical colleges. Deadlines are identical, and languages are similar. Student won't have to pay for the course, unless it is a credit that isn't accepted at the high school as well.
Regarding the football conference realignment the board learned that no permanent decisions have been made. Football programs and the WIAA are working on making a different conference for 2020, based on size of schools.
The Seeing Forward program is looking to brand its program. The leaders of the program are trying to explain the program from the perspective that it's an "alternative to get to the destination of graduation."
Staffing is the biggest concern, because the necessary staff needs to find the time to get there to oversee the program. The need for this program continues to grow within the elementary and middle school. The program is trying to improve on everything that they already have, and to get the website to reflect the changes.
Staff brought up the possibility of personalized learning. There are "learning pockets" happening around district, that have not been fully developed yet. This occurs when students go to a teacher, and they express the desire to create an individualized project. These students are ones who demonstrate proficiency in a topic that is being taught. If approved, the student creates their project. They are given assessments once they feel they are ready to test out of a skill being taught through that project.
During the summer, teachers are looking to offer a variety of learning options. The goal is to create more opportunities and accessibility for students. In the future, the school would like to create coordination within the community. Three sessions will be offered to all grade levels.
Currently, teachers are in the stage of identifying transportation needs, and are trying to come up with four locations where students could be picked up. They have sent out interest surveys to students and families to determine if enough people are interested, and are creating sessions to match interests.
The athletic field renovation is underway for the football and soccer facility. The plan will provide major and substantial improvement to the facility.
Also, the batting cage has been installed, a curtain has been placed in the freezer to help reduce ice buildup, security cameras for middle school have been ordered, and the school has received a third quote for elementary gym floor.
The board accepted the resignation of Jessica Brooke, high school English teacher, and thank her for her time spent at Dodgeville High School.

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