The other day I was walking in the elementary end of the building here in Park Falls and as I was walking by Mr. Oswald's open door I noticed how engaged all his fourth grade students were in the work at hand and how they were all utilizing their Google Chromebooks in accomplishing that work. It is great to see that they are being used as another tool to accomplish the learning taking place in 4th grade, and every grade for that matter. Because computers will be a part of all these students' future work lives, we believe it is important they be comfortable using them on a regular basis in most subjects. After watching for a few minutes I was so impressed with what I saw I decided to share it with you! Kudos to Mr. Oswald and his students!
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released the new report cards for all schools in the state on Monday. These report cards are part of the state's new Educational Accountability Plan approved earlier this year. State Superintendent Tony Evers stated, "The 2011-12 preliminary school report cards are a starting point for using multiple measures to evaluate our schools." The school report cards provide an accountability score on a scale of 0-100. The score ranges place a school in one of five categories. I am happy to report that the three Chequamegon schools rated placed solidly in the "Meets Expectations" category. To see the report card go to this site: http://dpi.state.wi.us/oea/acct/accountability.html