The Falcon Report
Friday, October 6th, 2017
Flambeau Photo Feature
If you haven't already seen it, Mrs. Torres' class created a backdrop of falcon feathers! It is colorful, creative, and a great representation of our school pride!
School Board Appreciation Week
The week of October 1 through the 7th is Wisconsin School Board Appreciation Week! If you haven't already, give a shout out to these amazing people who work tirelessly to keep Flambeau great!
The Middle School Science Class spent some time testing hypotheses in the commons with marbles!
School Board Appreciation Week
Flambeau Forever Foundation Fund - Now Taking Applications!
As we prepare for our curriculum day on October 11th, I would like to share the many roles and responsibilities the teachers have in the curriculum development. Teachers want to enjoy teaching and watching their students develop interests and skills in their interest area. The teacher may need to create lesson plans and syllabi within the framework of the given curriculum since the teacher's responsibilities are to implement the curriculum to meet student needs.
Many studies support empowerment of teachers through participation of curriculum development. For example, Fullan (1991) found that the level of teacher involvement as a center of curriculum development leads to effective achievement of educational reform. Therefore, the teacher is an important factor in the success of curriculum development including the steps of implication and evaluation. Handler (2010) also found that there is a need for teacher involvement in the development of curriculum. Teachers can contribute by collaboratively and effectively working with curriculum development teams and specialists to arrange and compose martial, aligning standards, and content. Teacher involvement in the process of curriculum development is important to align content of curriculum with students needs in the classroom.
As we work to create our most up to date curriculum in Build Your Own Curriculum I am grateful to be working with teachers that care so much for the future of the students here at Flambeau.
If you'd like to read more, here are the references I made above. Feel free to check them out to learn more about what we're striving here at Flambeau.
Fullan, M. (1991). The meaning of educational change. New York: Teacher College Press.
Handler, B. (2010). Teacher as curriculum leader: A consideration of the appropriateness of that role assignment to classroom-based practitioners. International Journal of Teacher Leadership. Volume 3. ISSN: 1934-9726.
This month we are focusing on English/ Language Arts 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 your child to succeed.
Some GREAT websites for English/Language Arts:
Primary Resources: (K-8) this site has a huge variety of multimedia resources that cover everything from phonics to tips for writing in specific genre.
Logic of English: (K-8) This site has an array of resources that include writing paper downloads for younger students to wordlists and spelling rules for older students.
Son of Citation Machine: (Grades 5-12) Is a website that will help students with bibliographies. It writes citations in APA, MLA, Chicago formats and more. (Be sure to check with your teacher before using on an assignment.)
There are many websites available to help you and/or your child find appropriate reading materials by their age, grade, or reading level. I would suggest you contact your child’s teacher directly to at least get an accurate account of your child’s reading ability. The reason I say this is that our staff should have student’s latest test results, and also have knowledge of reading material that will be challenging to their ability level without being overwhelming. The problem with using simply ages or grade levels is that the materials may not be challenging to your child.
In this edition of the Falcon Report I'd like to recognize one of our Special Education Teachers, Eileen Dean. Eileen has been with Flambeau since 2014. In her time here, she has really done some amazing work by collaborating with other Special Education and Regular Education Teachers. This has allowed her students to grow and achieve great things.
Currently, Mrs. Dean is utilizing connections with local businesses to give one of her classes the opportunity to get some real-life experience and life skills. This is just one of the ways that Eileen is using alternative methods to provide a well-rounded education.
Also, I recently received some excellent feedback from a parent regarding Eileen's work with her students. The parent shared with us that Eileen has been really helping her students strive for the best and has been an outstanding communicator with families.
I am so proud to have Eileen on our team, and I thank her for her diligence and work with our kids. Great job Eileen!!
This week I'd like to recognize Flambeau's Cheerleaders. The Cheerleaders put a lot of time and effort into ensuring that our Homecoming events are fun, well-organized, and full of school spirit. Last week's Homecoming events were another great year of Flambeau pride.
Watching the heightened school spirit during Homecoming week gave me one more reason as to why I am so proud to be a Falcon! I would like to extend a huge thank you to our cheerleaders for organizing such a fantastic week. Students had a great time kicking off Homecoming by participating in the powder puff football game and ending the night at our second annual Homecoming bonfire. Throughout the week dress-up days were organized in the theme of “decades” to support all of our Flambeau teams. Friday was a fun-filled day for all with an assembly full of activities and games to gear our football team up for that night’s game. Congratulations Ben Schaefer and Jordan Ludescher on being crowned Homecoming King and Queen!
From Carrie's Kitchen
It’s October, and continuing on the theme of finding recipes from our Flambeau Family Cookbook, I went searching for a pumpkin recipe. I happened to find one of my favorite recipes which I contributed to the book. This is a simple, very yummy dump cake.
1 box yellow cake mix
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 can (16 oz.) solid pack pumpkin
½ tsp. salt
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
½ c. pecans, chopped
½ c. butter, melted
¾ c. sugar
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. Combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl and mix. Pour into pan. Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over pumpkin mixture. Top with pecans and drizzle melted butter over pecans. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and serve with whipped topping.
Here is also a website I found that give you some ideas on what to do with those pumpkin guts after you carve them for Halloween:
And of course you can always roast the seeds with a little melted butter and salt for about 45 minutes at 300°.
We are off to a great start this year in the kitchen. The Middle and High school students are again enjoying the Second Chance Breakfast. We are also continuing with our Smoothie Day every Friday morning. Those are $2.50 for a 12 ounce freshly made smoothie. These are made with yogurt, fruit and ice. What a great way to celebrate Fridays!
Have a safe and fun Halloween everyone!
Food Service Director
5th Grade Newsletter - The Falcon Pride
Flambeau Communication Survey
Save These Dates!
- The High School Band will be taking a trip to ChiHi to observe some other marching bands on Saturday!
- Sophomores meet with Jostens during lunch on Tuesday, October 10th.
- Middle School Volleyball Parents Night is Tuesday, October 10th.
- No school for in-service on Wednesday, October 11th.
- The Junior Class travels to the Wisconsin Education Fair on Thursday, October 12th.
- FFA takes a trip to UW-River Falls on Saturday, October 14th.
- Family Reading Night is at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 16th!
- Parent/Teacher Conferences are on October 17th and 19th.
- The Photography class will go to Copper Falls on Wednesday, October 18th.
- The Sophomore Class places class ring orders with Jostens over lunch on Wednesday, October 18th.
- FFA travels to North Country Shrimp on Wednesday, October 18th.
- FFA is on their National Convention trip in Indianapolis starting on October 24th.
- The Annual Choir Haunted House is October 27th and 28th.
- FFA participates in a volleyball tournament on Thursday, November 2nd.