Ixonia News

Weekly Update 4/4 to 4/8

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Monday, April 4

  • Back to School!

  • Dee is back!

  • Running Club begins - Kayla

  • No Tina today

Tuesday, April 5

  • Staff Meeting 7:30-8:15 am

  • PBIS Kickoff in gym -

  • Falcon Flyer is published

  • Forward Exam 4th grade 10:00-11:15

Wednesday, April 6

  • WISN 12 School Shout Outs taped - 10:15 am

  • Forward Exam - 4th grade 1:00-2:00

Thursday, April 7

  • Forward Exam - 4th grade 9:00-11:20

Friday, April 8

  • 7:45 PBIS Tier 1 meeting (Misty's room)

TIME CHANGE! Staff Meeting - Tuesday 7:45-8:15 (LIBRARY)

Meeting starts at 7:45!

  • April Environmental activities
  • April PBIS theme: Am I In Check?
  • Clarify behavior teams

Spring MAP testing sign-up

Based on feedback during BLT, we are going to try scheduling spring MAP testing a bit differently. Here's what is different:

  • Rather than trying to cram testing into one week, we are going to have testing span over 8 days.
  • We are also going use the laptop cart and privacy dividers if any classes would like to try testing in their natural learning environment, rather than going to the lab. This would be best for older students (grades 3-4). Those using the laptops will not have someone set up the computers before hand. Your students will login on their own. Directions will be provided to teachers ahead of time.
  • Each teacher is going to sign up for their own time slot by FRIDAY APRIL 8th. This way, you can choose the time and location that works best for your learners. (SEE SIGN-UP DOCUMENT DIRECTLY BELOW - Tabs for computer lab vs. laptop cart in classroom)
  • Please make sure to add the names of students who need a small group.
  • After April 8th, our student support team will sign up for each session so that students who might need a small group setting can still access that.

PBIS: April kick-off and theme

Data is showing the most behaviors, to continue occurring in the classrooms. Therefore, we are launching a 4, 3, 2, 1 system to be used in all the classrooms. (Thank you to Mrs. Ciesieski's classroom system!) Having a visual plus a check-in at least twice per day with your students will help them self-monitor their behaviors.

Because of all the Forward testing these first couple weeks, we not going to have a PBIS kick-off in the gym. Rather, we ask that all classroom teachers show this video on Monday or Tuesday. Thanks to 4th grade to help launch our April theme: "Am I In Check?"


More details will be briefly shared at our staff meeting on Tuesday morning.

April - Environmental Month

Dare to be a force of Nature. Everyone has the POWER to make a difference.

Some details of the month are still to be determined and will be discussed at our staff meeting on Tuesday.

Announcements: Environmental Facts - allow kids to drop facts in my mailbox

April 11 through April 15 - Weather Safety week

  • Understand the real forces in nature!

  • We are hoping for a weather visit from Channel 12 -- details to follow

  • Tornado Drill

  • Fire Drill

  • Evacuation Drill (possible)

April 18 through April 22 - Earth week

  • Wednesday, April 20th at 3:00 p.m. - Recycling presentation by Sharon Ehrhardt, Solid Waste Clean Sweep Specialist from Jefferson County

April 25 through April 29th - Tree week/Arbor Day

  • Thursday, April 28 @ 8:45 Assembly - Arbor Day celebration and tree planting

  • Hoping for Prairie/tree tours by Lou Millevolte, former Ixonia teacher who planted the prairie and many trees while a teachere here.

****Students document pictures with iPad minis and identify different trees on our property

****News Club - make documentary video of the trees on our property to be shown at Arbor Day celebration

Common Planning After Spring Break

5k-4th grade teachers:

We are going to have 3 consecutive weeks of common planning surrounding the unpacking of the units of study so that you are set come September. I understand this seems a bit early to do this work but this is a perfect opportunity to work as grade level teams as we need to dive into teaching the first week of school!

We are hoping that in mid-April you will receive your own reading units of study kits plus the tradebooks that accompany the lessons (woo-hoo!). For our first meeting, however, you will just need to have read the “Orientation” to the first unit of your grade (about 5 pages back to back). I will put paper copies of this in your mailboxes before we leave tomorrow in case you needed a little spring break reading J

Meeting dates are as follows:

5K: April 8, 15, 22

1st: April 12, 19, 26

2nd: April 8, 15, 22

3rd: April 8, 15, 22 (I would like Sally to join these dates from 10-11 if this works out).

4th: April 11, 18, 25

Please read the “An Orientation to the Unit” before your first meeting date as this is necessary for the work we will do that day

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Field Day Planning Team

DATE CHANGE: Field Day will now be on Tuesday, June 7th!

Next planning meeting will be Tuesday, April 5th from 11:15-12:00 in Kayla's room.

Forward Testing Schedule

Please help keep hallways at a level zero during these two weeks of testing. Below are the core testing times, but due to extended time and make-ups, testing could be taking place anytime throughout these two weeks.

4th grade (Theisen=lab, Burton=room, Losinske=room)
    • ⅘ Tuesday, 10-11:00

      • MATH Session 1 (55 minutes)

    • 4/6 Wednesday, 1:00-2:00

      • MATH Session 2 (55 minutes)

    • 4/11 Monday, 10:15-11:15

      • SCIENCE Session 1 (50 minutes)

    • 4/12 Tuesday, 10:15-11:15

      • SCIENCE Session 2 (50 minutes)­­

    • 4/12 Tuesday, 12:30-3:00

      • LISTENING (25 minutes)

      • SOCIAL STUDIES (40 minutes)

      • BREAK

      • SOCIAL STUDIES (40 minutes)

3rd grade (Turner=lab, Meschler=room)
    • 4/11 Monday, 8:45-10:00

      • Math Session 1 (50 minutes)

    • 4/11 Monday, 1:45-3:30

      • Reading Session 1 (90 minutes)

  • 4/12 Tuesday, 8:45-10

    • Math Session 2 (50 minutes)

  • 4/13 Wednesday, 1:45-3:30

    • Writing (25 minutes)

    • Listening (20 minutes)

School Perceptions Survey coming out this week!

Immediately following spring break, the district will be launching a school perceptions survey regarding the community's feeling about the possible referendum questions. They are asking all district employees to please submit your feedback, even if you are not a district resident.

Here's a link to frequently asked questions regarding our facilities: http://www.oasd.k12.wi.us/page.cfm?p=6584

The following documents are included to help understand the process:

· “Staff Flyer” simplifies the survey process and timeline

· “Survey Options” is an overview of what’s being tested in the survey.

PALS testing changes GRADES 1 & 2

Great news from the state & district regarding changes PALS minimum requirements for grades 1-2 for this year (see link):


As you can see, the Entry Level Summed Score tasks they describe are the only tasks that are required this year. They make up the Summed Score with is the data that we use when analyzing our school and students.

Because the reading passages in the PALS testing is duplicated with our F and P and MAP assessments, the district has determined that teachers will only do the entry level tasks this spring. This will reduce testing time and increase instructional time! :-)