The Falcon Report
Friday, September 8th, 2017
Welcome Back To School!
Flambeau Photo Feature
Bus Driver Breakfast
Bus drivers celebrated a great start to the school year with a breakfast homemade by Mrs. Schley!
Free breakfast is back! Also, smoothie Friday is in session as well. Smoothies are only $2.50 and are made in lots of awesome flavors!
First Week Excitement!
This has been a thrilling first week! Thank you to everyone for supporting your students and patience as we settle into another great year!
Bus Driver Breakfast
I would like to update you on what we have been working on during our curriculum days each month. Last year we started to input the curriculum into a web-based program called “Build Your Own Curriculum”. We have been finding power standards for each subject area, linking other standards that are also covered in each class, making learning targets for each topic, creating course descriptions, and creating the units along with the number of days the unit will take to cover. We have also been placing topics that will be covered in the units, making lists of academic vocabulary that will be used in the units so the students will have a clear definition of these key words, linking formative assessments to check for understanding (quizzes, test, projects), and activities that the teachers use to teach each unit. The main focus for the elementary was to get the math curriculum entered. The middle and high schools were focused on their individual subject area. Moving forward this year we would like to get math and science finished up and then move onto English and Social Studies. When we are finished, we will have the online curriculum linked to our school’s web page so you can take a look.
This process will take some time to complete, but will be something that we can be proud of when it is published.
If you are curious about what this looks like, please feel free to stop by and see me. I would be happy to give you a sneak peek at what we’ve been working on before it is published.
This month we are focusing on math resources. If you are unable to access the internet or are in need of different resources please feel free to contact your child’s teacher. We will make every effort to supply you with the materials and knowledge needed for our child to succeed.
Some GREAT websites for mathematics:
Khan Academy: (K-12) Use this site to learn new concepts or review. It is a free website that allows students to create their own account and monitor progress. Start with a quiz to identify strengths, weaknesses, and monitor growth.
Cool Math Games: (K-8) This site has an array of games that range from basic math skills to problem solving. My eighth graders played a game called cargo bridge as a prerequisite for building a balsa wood bridge during an enrichment class. It helped them develop their skills prior to designing and building their real bridge.
Flashcards/FactMonster: (Elementary) If you choose to be more of a traditionalist this site is the electronic equivalent of old fashioned flash cards. It features flashcards for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and addition & subtraction.
Welcome all new employees to the School District of Flambeau! It has been stated that teaching is the profession that makes all other professions possible. Flambeau appreciates your dedication to the education profession and we are excited to have you as a new addition to our team and wish you the very best this upcoming school year and years to come.
The new staff members include:
- Brianna Edington, School Psychologist and Pupil Services Director, will be a familiar face as she was Flambeau’s part-time School Psychologist last school year.
- Gaylynn Johnson is one of our new first grade teachers.
- Rachel Gilles comes to us as a fifth grade teacher.
- Kurt Hoesly, another familiar face, will be teaching Spanish.
- Lisa Ross will be a paraprofessional in both the middle and elementary schools.
- Dana Stewart is also a paraprofessional in the middle school.
- Cindy Wolbert will join us as our other new first grade teacher.
- Kay Radlinger begins her time at Flambeau as our High School Alternative Education teacher.
- Stephanie Boehnlein joins our team as our High School chemistry and physics teacher.
- Michael Pechmanis our new 6-12 Choral Director.
- Craig Cahoon, you already know, is our new Middle and High School Principal.
We are off to a great start to the 2017-2018 school year!
This month I wanted to recognize our Foreign Exchange Student, Sasima Kallapapong. She is coming to us from Thailand and is hosted by the Giwojna Family. Sasima’s interests include sports, playing musical instruments, drawing, robots and watching cartoons and movies. Sasima has studied English for 12 years and her favorite classes are music, physical education and English. Her family owns a business in Thailand and she has one brother.
Sasima says, “I wanted to become an exchange student because I want to get more experience, increase my confidence, and learn the culture of America.” Her future plans are to become a musician because she loves music!
Welcome to Flambeau, Sasima! I hope that you will enjoy your time with us. We are certainly excited to have you join us as a Flambeau Falcon!
From Carrie's Kitchen
We are so happy to see all the smiling faces in the lunch line again! Welcome to school year 2017-2018. We have a few new ideas for lunch menu items this year. Hopefully the students like them. Stay tuned to the lunch menu to see what’s new.
With fall looming and football season on the run, I figured I would share a great recipe from the Flambeau Family Favorites cookbook that was made for a fundraiser a few years’ back. This recipe is from our district's Bookkeeper, Lori Applebee. This would be a great recipe to snack on during a football game or any fall get-together. I hope you all enjoy it.
1 box (12 oz.) Crispix
2 lbs. brown sugar
1 box (12 oz.) Rice Chex
1 lb. butter
1 box (12 oz.) Corn Chex
1 c. corn syrup
1 lb. pecans
1 Tbs. vanilla
Mix cereal and pecans together into two 14 x 17 inch cookie sheets or pans. Place butter, corn syrup, and brown sugar in a saucepan. Boil for 5 minutes. Take off stove and add vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal. Bake for 1 hour at 200° F.
If you haven’t already applied for free or reduced lunch, now is a great time to do so. Please remember that you can apply for free or reduced lunch at any time during the school year. If there is a change in your income you can re-apply. However, you do not have to re-apply if your wages/income increases. Lastly, if you were on free or reduced lunch last year you must re-apply to continue on the program this school year. This must be done by October 17th, 2017 or there will be a lapse in your free or reduced status.
Have a great school year!
Food Service Director
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Save These Dates!
- Prior to tonight's football game, the Flambeau Forever Foundation will be holding a tailgate party to raise funds for the band/choir New Orleans trip. Please stop out for something to eat before it starts!
- September 12th is picture retake day. Bring your smiles! Also this evening is the senior parents' night with Mrs. Zimmer and Mrs. Griesbach.
- Also, on September 15th, a tailgate party will be held prior to that football game to raise funds for the family of Hannah Riel. Hannah was diagnosed with leukemia and her family could really use your support!
- September 18th will be our first family reading night. Stop on out at 6 p.m., they are always a lot of fun and a chance to spend time helping your child learn!
- September 22nd marks another year of the 6th grade Trail's End trip. It should be a great time!
- On September 26th, the high school volleyball team will be holding parent's night.
- Homecoming is September 29th. This is a change in the date, so please mark your calendars with the updated information. Homecoming will kick off on the Saturday prior with the powder puff football game and bon fire.