The Falcon Report
School District of Flambeau
Friday, February 5, 2016
From the District Administrator's Office
Have you ever wondered why the windshield of your car is so much bigger than the rearview mirror? When you stop to think about it, it’s very simple. There are more opportunities in front of us that need our undivided attention. The rearview mirror, on the other hand, shows us where we’ve been. By looking in the rearview mirror, we see what we have passed. Even though we need to take a look in our rearview mirror periodically, it is critical for us to focus on looking to the future.
One such windshield I looked through recently was in the video, Shift Happens, 2015. It can be found on YouTube. It’s a unique perspective of the changes happening in our complex world. From an education perspective, we need to prepare our students for jobs that have not been created, to use technology that has not been invented and to solve problems that aren’t yet keeping us awake at nights. This is significant evidence of why we need to continue to employ 21st Century learning skills that emphasize inquiry-based learning and problem solving.
A study from the United States Department of Labor estimates today’s learners will have 10 –14 different jobs by the time they are 38 years old. This is much different from the average 50-year-old who is expected to have seven or eight different jobs in their career. Now look at a person currently facing retirement age. That individual started a career in their early to mid-twenties and has likely remained in that same position. A big reason for this constant change in jobs is due to the continual creation of new types of jobs. Did you know the top ten jobs in 2014 did not exist in 2008?A big reason for the rapid changes is the rate at which our world communicates. We all know how much we use the Internet. Did you know the United States ranks 28th in Internet usage?
What does this all mean? It means shift happens - whether we want it to or not. More importantly, we need to continuously look out the windshield toward the future as we prepare our youth of today for the future of tomorrow.
-- Mr. Hanson
From the Elementary Principal's Office
The date for our Child Development Day at Flambeau has been set for March 30, 2016. If you have a child who will be turning four years old before September 1, 2016 we encourage you to join us for this fun-filled day! Appointments are appreciated, however not required—we will welcome walk-ins. You may call Sharalyn Overhagen at 715-532-4722 to schedule your child’s appointment.
Parents of young children may ask, “Is My Child Ready?” Not everything your child needs to know for school has to do with academics. Social and personal developments are good predictors of success in the classroom. As a parent of a young child, please help foster and build a love of learning. Spark your child’s passion for discovery—eager learners make eager students. In order to boost your child’s love of learning:
· Play board games together.
· Play thinking games such as “I Spy.”
· Celebrate your child’s efforts. Sure, the tower may have fallen, but not before all six blocks were stacked!
· Explore new places.
· Put puzzles together.
· Get excited about something you may have learned today. “Mommy learned the coolest thing today!”
We can’t wait to see you on Child Development Day!
From the Middle School/High School Principal's Office
The Middle and High School Teaching Staff is currently working on developing a trimester schedule for the 2016-2017 school year. The schedule will be presented, for review, to the School Board during the February Board Meeting. After the presentation to the Board, an evening informational meeting will be held for parents, students, and community members. Please watch for updates, as we would love to have as much input from our community as possible.
From The Athletic Director's Office
I'm always amazed by all of the local talent we have here. You'll see below that aside from poet Von Baughman and illustrator Jessie Burch, we have Jerry Gillis who is now a published writer. This just goes to show that even in our rural area, we have so much potential and so much talent. Every day at school it is exciting to see what new skills and interests are blooming with our students. Please help us to encourage your student to try new things, and to think outside the box. They just might find that interest that they never knew they had.
Mr. Gillis Donates Book To Flambeau's Library
Jerry Gillis was asked to contribute some of his writings, along with other local authors, to be published in a book called, “TALL TALES, POEMS, AND LIFE STORIES.” He has long supported the Teachers, Support Staff, and the Students of Flambeau. He is always pushing the students to write their own types of stories. He has donated a copy of the book to the Flambeau library in hopes that students will see that even a bus driver can get published.