Weekly Update 1-29-16
Wright City R-II School District
Happy End Of January Wildcats!
- How many people were in the car in which Diana, Princess of Wales died in 1997?
- What is Murano in Italy most famous for?
- A virus is gaining American's attention this past week...Zika. To date, which country has seen the most cases of infection with the Zika virus?
School Board Appreciation Week!
As you know, we are adding an assistant bookkeeper position this next month. The 4 person search committee reviewed the more than 2 dozen applicants and are in the process of selecting 6 people to interview in the next week.
Lynn Gmeiner will be moving her office to the MS where Officer Catron was last year. The new assistant bookkeeper will be in what is now Lynn's office.
New Special Education Director
East Elementary celebrated 100 days of school on Tuesday. For those that are counting, we are attending school 171 days. That means we have a mere 68 days left. So many great things to accomplish in those 68 days!
The Easterners celebrated 100 days in a variety of ways...including counting out snacks by the 100 and decorating themselves with 100 balloons.
Kudos to Jill Smoot
EPC is moving into town and had a ground breaking this week. (photo below) Exciting to have the company build a 104,000 square foot building and bring 60 to 70 jobs to our community. They seem like community oriented group of people!
As some of their employees relocate from Earth City to Wright City, they sent 2 brand new employees out to interview various folks in town to 'report back' about the great things in Wright City. They stopped in to talk with me, but I didn't have to say much, as one of them was a 2001 graduate and new the stats from the past 7 years! She was so proud, and asked that I thank all of you for making Wright City the Right Place! She has family in our district now, and she said she and her family talk often of how proud that this great place is now seen by the region as a great place it has always been.
Kudos to all of you and our students!
Enjoy the picture below. It was fun to be there as the 2 guys in the middle of this picture went to Rolla's Engineering program with Jack Sanford. Old home week!
Thank you to the Masonic Home and Pauldingville Masonic Lodge No.11 in Wright City
Have you taken a 'tour' yet? Thank you to Andrea Schremp, Dawn Hickman and Jennifer Hecktor for such great work!
Remember, we polled our parents in September. They use our website and Facebook heavily, as well as prefer to receive emails. Our new website has been 7 months in the making to help our parents interface with our district in their preferred manner. We researched award winning sites, did our research on products, and started building our site that will adapt to your device, is very picture oriented, and intuitive. Each building principal and I have a blog section on the website that we hope to update once a month. There are also news stories that we would love to update on a regular basis. If you have something of note, please let your building administrators know so we can add it to the website! If taking pictures with your phone, please send landscape oriented photos that have not been from zoom. This works best when scaled up to the big computer screen.
Again, thank you to Andrea, Dawn and Jen for the great work! Kudos to the buildings and directors as well. This site already has more information than our previous site.
Early Out Wednesdays
The CAT met this week. The group heard the news of the district, took a tour of the new website, were brought up to speed on the timing of the levy campaign, and heard about the budget as it stands so far. We then asked them to give us 3 things they are proud of, 2 things they would change if $ was not an issue, and 1 question they still have. Here are their responses:
3 Things you are most proud of at Wright City R-II School District:
Sense of family – working together
Ownership of success that continues to happen
Direction we are headed
Our dedication to students.
Involving the community in schools
The data driven teams to make large and small district decisions
The dedication to student success by teachers and admin.
Positive family environment
Teachers that work hard
Some trainings available
Teacher support in the district
Involvement of students in band and sports
Wanting to grow in academics
Test score improvement
Increased achievement scores
High quality staff
Students needs are addressed socially as well as academically
Academic improvement – slowly local attitudes are changing and becoming more positive about WCRII
Small district = better intimacy plus one on one with students and families
Test Scores (standardized tests)
District changes thus far
Willingness of each school to accept volunteers in the classroom
The direction the district is trying to go
2 Things you would change at Wright City R-II School District if $ was not an issue…
Building needs (fixing)
More Money for teacher salaries
More technology for students and training for teachers with technology
New high school
Additional resources for teachers / students (tech, books, training)
More books for students
Those that go home hungry each weekend
Staff to be one of the highest paid in the state so as to attract highest quality applicants
Supplies for everyone as needed including STEM materials
Add more advanced courses
Build the library – add to it
Higher salaries for teachers to retain them
Addition of better programs at the high school
Upgrades needed at buildings
Separate bus service for all HS / MS
Amount of clubs and/or activities available for the kids @ all levels
Add an aide to each grade level to help teachers work more with kids at lower levels
More resources for the kids to help with curriculum questions / tutoring
1 Question I have is…
How to get others passionate to help get more involved?
How do parents and churches get more information on students and abuse issues such as drug and alcohol? How can parents and churches help with these issues?
What can be done to help get the tax passed in November?
What is WCII biggest asset?
Are there plans to add AP courses in upcoming years at the high school level?
Is the district considering switching start times for HS and elementary (i.e. West starts @ 7:10 and HS starts @ 8:14)?
Why is communication such an issue between the schools and the parents?
Throw Back Thursday
Articles (and other things) of the Week
- http://www.edutopia.org/blog/the-curse-of-knowledge-chris-reddy - empathy for how hard it was to learn once and what our students may be wrestling with now. Good reminder in this Edutopia article.
- http://www.gapminder.org/videos/dont-panic-end-poverty/ - o.k., not an article. 1 hour film by Hans Rosling on ending poverty. Us data people always enjoy watching Hans.
- https://listencurrent.com - this is a radio site with science, social studies, ELA and current event stories.
- http://www.lettersofnote.com - notable letters from famous people.
- http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speechbank.htm - a bank of notable speeches.
The Hermann Basketball Tournament wraps up Friday and Saturday.
Monday, February 1st:
- Kindergarten Registration begins (Central Office)
- JV/V Girls Basketball vs. Mark Twain
Tuesday, February 2nd:
- JV/V Boys Basketball vs. Mark Twain
- 6th Grade Boys Basketball Game
- Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Montgomery County
Wednesday, February 3rd:
- JV/V Boys Basketball vs. Valley Park
Thursday, February 4th:
- JV Girls and Boys Basketball vs. Silex
Friday, February 5th:
- Varsity Girls and Boys Basketball vs. Silex
30 years ago yesterday
No Update Next Week
- How many people were in the car in which Diana, Princess of Wales died in 1997? 4
- What is Murano in Italy most famous for? Glass
- A virus is gaining American's attention this past week...Zika. To date, which country has seen the most cases of infection with the Zika virus? Brazil