The Falcon Report
Friday, December 1st, 2017
Upcoming: Christmas Programs
12/18 at 2 p.m.: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Program
12/19 at 2 p.m.: 4YK Program
12/20 at 2 p.m.: Grades 3 - 5 Program
12/21 at 7 p.m.: Grades 6 - 12 Band and Choir Program
Flambeau Photo Feature
During our November curriculum day we focused on four topics. The first topic was setting the bar for all students at Flambeau. Staff members went to CESA 10 and heard Ken Williams’ program on building a school culture that supports student engagement for equity and learning. The theme from Ken ties into the Power Standards that we worked to create for subject areas last year so it was a good reminder of the main concepts that all students will learn for each class. Next, we went over a checklist of what needed to be completed for each class to be published to the public side of Build Your Own Curriculum (BYOC). We are close to having a few classes completed and plan to open it up to the public portal in March to show you the curriculum work we have completed. The third topic was Smartboard training with Neil Johnson from CESA 10. We were able to have Neil work with small groups of teams for training on new features of the program along with a basic training for our new staff members. The majority of time was used to upload information into the BYOC. The day was very productive and we were able to set goals for the December curriculum day as we move forward.
The Waunakee Tribune had an article on how they have improved their state report card to become one of the top 16 districts in the state. District Administrator Randy Guttenberg cited the curriculum’s alignment to research-based standards and an emphasis on shoring up areas that needed improvement as a main reason for the district’s success. Through our curriculum work, this is what we hope to accomplish!
This month's focus is on parenting resources. Having two adult children of our own, whom are as different as night and day, my wife and I have been through the full gamut as parents. Although I learned a lot as I went through my undergraduate courses to become a teacher, I do not claim to be an expert as we seemed to be reacting as much as we were preventing. As parents we would rather have been doing the latter.
Throughout the years I have passed on the same advice that was given to me by a wise educator years before some of our familiy’s more stressful times. He told me, “Sometimes it’s just perseverance, you just have to show them you can hold out longer than they can.” This proved to be the case with our youngest, but in all fairness, he has grown to be a successful member of society. All of the hard work paid off and we have made it to the light at the end of the tunnel.
The reason I shared this was not to scare or discourage you, but rather to point out that every child is different and therefore your approach on raising them must be different also. Remember equal isn’t always fair. The resources listed this month contain a lot of information on everything from education and discipline to technology. Look, learn, and apply all that you can.
The PBS site has parenting tips along with everything from child development activities and articles to food and fitness including recipes:
A little closer to home is the Parent Resource Center located in Medford. Many of the resources are free to residents of Taylor County, but even if you don’t live in Taylor County there are many online resources available on this site. Be sure to check out their resources which link you to a wide variety of topics that range from prenatal care on:
The Parenting Resource site is somewhat commercial but does still offer many free resources on its web page:
Northwest Connection is located in Hayward, WI but services Rusk County also. They do offer some classes at LCO for a shorter commute from our area. One of the classes I found interesting is called “Parenting Forever” and helps parents who are divorced, separated, or in a co-parenting situation understand what their children are going through:
Last but not least is the Rusk County Youth Council’s Facebook page. Stay up to date on local programs and activities geared toward developing our youth right here in Rusk County:
You have probably heard much about Academic and Career Planning (ACP) in schools over the past few years. One of the initiatives that we have put into place here at Flambeau is a new class called Health Occupations taught by Mrs. Frafjord. This year, Mrs. Frafjord has reached out to many resources in our surrounding area and invited guest speakers into her classroom. Guests speakers have included:
Linda Health, Dental Center Manager, Marshfield Clinic Ladysmith Dental Center
Kia Moore, DMD, MPH, Dentist, Marshfield Clinic Ladysmith Dental Center
Chris Soltis, Behavior Health Coordinator/Adult Services Manager, Rusk County Department of Health & Human Services
Becca Soltis, Certified Ophthalmic Assistant, St. Paul Eye Clinic
Jena Donohue, Chiropractor, Donohue Chiropractic
Julie vanDoorn, Radiology/Imaging Rusk County Memorial Hospital
Deyette Helminski, MT, Lab Manager, Rusk County Memorial Hospital
Alyssa Schelinske, Lead Tech, Lab, Rusk County Memorial Hospital
Annette Ludvigsen, Physical Therapy Assistant, Orthopedic Spine Therapy
Morgan Ebner, Physical Therapist, Orthopedic Spine Therapy
Dana Stewart, Rusk County EMT
William Zimmer, Chiropractic Student, Northwestern Health Sciences University
This has proven to be a great way for students to hear from real people in the workforce, which in turn help them make important decisions about their future.
What an amazing opportunity for our students! I look forward to digging into the aspects of ACP and hearing from staff as they continue to provide these rich opportunities for our youth.
I applaud Mrs. Frafjord for working to make these connections and experiences available to our students. Her efforts to provide a quality education to our students have been amazing and she's a great addition to the Flambeau team. Thank you Mrs. Frafjord for your work!
This week our freshman class participated in the annual respect retreat in conjunction with Bruce, New Auburn and Winter School Districts. The retreat was a day for students to experience what school would be like if everyone is respected, and to challenge them to respect themselves and others. It was a fun-filled day meant to empower students to respect themselves more, and engage the bystanders to stand up for the value of respect in their school and community. Our freshman class did an outstanding job participating in the day’s activities and were noticeably engaged in creating an upbeat atmosphere and climate in our school.
I would like to recognize those upperclassmen who took the time to help engage and energize our students during this retreat. Students who volunteered their day were Ken Montonya, Ben Schaefer, Mercedes Stewart, Alex Brost, Mackenzie Jones, and Chloe Skogstad. Also, thank you Mrs. Zimmer and Mrs. Hoefs for chaperoning! As soon as you stepped foot into the retreat you could see that everybody was enjoying themselves.
From Carrie's Kitchen
Who doesn’t think of cookies in December? I figured this would be a good month to share some cookie recipes from the Flambeau Family Cookbook. The first recipe is from our very talented high school math teacher Mr. Zenny Mahun.
Cut Out Cookie Recipe
1 c. softened butter
2 tsp. baking powder
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 ¾ c. flour
Cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add baking powder and flour, mixing after each cup. Divide dough in half and roll out on floured surface or wax paper. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Bake at 400° for 6-7 minutes or light brown. Frost and decorate.
The next recipe I am sharing is a recipe entered by Cole Schley, who is currently in 4th grade. This looks like a delicious recipe that I may have to make myself because it has my favorite candy bar in the recipe.
Cole’s Peanut Butter Temptations
½ c. peanut butter
40 miniature Reese’s peanut butter cups
½ c. butter
1 ¼ c. flour
½ c. sugar
¾ c. baking soda
½ c. brown sugar
½ tsp salt
1 tsp. vanilla
Cream together peanut butter, butter, and sugars. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Mix in flour, baking soda, and salt. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place in ungreased, small (mini) muffin pans. Bake 8-10 minutes at 375° and remove from oven. Press one miniature peanut butter cup into each cookie until just the top shows. Let set a while before removing from pans.
Well, this puts me in a mood to get some baking done before the holidays. We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and happy New Year!
Also, please remember that it is never too late to turn in that free or reduced lunch application. If your family has had a change in circumstances and you feel you may qualify now even if you did not qualify earlier in the school year, you may re-apply.
Food Service Director
Flambeau's Cancer Benefit - Coming Soon!
Hour Of Code - December 4, 2017
Save These Dates!
- 12/4 at 5:30 p.m.: 4YK Family Meeting & Activity Night
- 12/4 at 6:30 p.m.: Special Board of Education meeting
- 12/6 at 9 a.m.: Kindergarten Santa Visit
- 12/6 at 12:30 p.m.: 1st Grade Santa Visit
- 12/6 at 6 p.m.: Open Gym
- 12/12 at 7:30 a.m.: Cancer Benefit Meeting
- 12/13: No School, In-Service
- 12/13 at 6 p.m.: Open Gym
- 12/15 at 2 p.m.: Kindergarten Gingerbread House Building
- 12/18 at 6 p.m.: Family Reading Night
- 12/19 at 7:30 a.m.: Cancer Benefit Meeting
- 12/19 at 3:35 p.m.: Archery Club Practice
- 12/20 at 6 p.m.: Open Gym
- 12/20 at 6:30 p.m.: Board of Education Meeting
- 12/21 at 9 a.m.: 2nd Grade Pennies For Presents
- 12/25 - 1/1: No School - Christmas Break
- 1/2 at 7:30 a.m.: Cancer Benefit Meeting
- 1/3 at 6 p.m.: Open Gym
- 1/4 at 2 p.m.: Club Group Photos