The Falcon Report
Friday, April 7, 2018
Flambeau Photo Feature
As we continue on our curriculum work we are focusing on our Power Standards because that will allow us to teach in sufficient intellectual dept, with adequate time for deep reading, writing, talking, and practice on the skill needed to master the standard. Staff members have been collaborating during these days to insure that the students have the correct standards covered to be successful at the next grade level by creating units that
For the March Curriculum Day along with working on BYOC, some staff members were able to have additional training in Odyssey. We have some students that use this program and we want our staff to be up to date with ways that we can best use Odyssey to meet the needs of our students. Another use of the day was making sure that we had the correct supports entered for our students for the Forward State Testing for students in grades 3rd through 8th. As we completed this task I again was reminded how well our teachers know their students and want to make sure that they are set up for success.
We wrapped up the day by completing our book study of the book Unshakeable by Angela Watson. One of the final questions we discussed was how do you as a teacher connect with students that you have. The most common answer that I heard was to listen to the students, use humor, and greet them as they came into the classroom. As we spend time on creating a curriculum for our students we don’t want to overlook the importance of making connections with our students daily.
This month’s focus is on preventing summer slide. Even though we still have a couple of months left in our school year it might be beneficial for you to collaborate with your child’s teacher(s) on what materials will help them maintain over the summer.
Scholastic gives “Three Ways to Prevent Summer Slide” in this article the author suggests to;
- Choose six books for your child to read over the summer.
- Encourage your child to read as often as they have time. Not just novels, but newspapers, magazines, or anything else that spikes their interest.
- Read aloud to them.
The article goes into more depth for each strategy check it out at: http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/developing-reading-skills/three-ways-to-prevent-summer-slide
Little Scholars offers “10 Ways to Prevent Summer Slide” in their article and even though more isn’t always better they do have some more in depth ideas for maintaining your child’s academics over the summer months.
- Read every day.
- Cook with your children. This can incorporate reading, math, and science skills as well.
- Plant a garden.
- Take field trips and keep a journal.
- Learn a new word each week.
- Enroll in a quality summer program. Reminder Flambeau’s Summer School starts the week after school is out and runs for five weeks.
- Play quick games with flashcards.
- Listen to audiobooks while traveling
- Take pictures and make a scrapbook.
- Last but not least, Read!
To find out more go to: https://littlescholarsllc.wordpress.com/10-ways-to-prevent-summer-slide/
Edutopia at https://www.edutopia.org/blog/resources-prevent-summer-slide-matt-davis offers tips and links for virtual field trips and Do-It-Yourself projects that help keep children intelectually active.
If you’re looking for something else try an internet search on “ways to prevent summer slide”, you will be amazed at how many tips, articles, and ideas are out there.
This month I'd like to recognize the numerous things that Mrs. Bernecker does to provide a great education to our students and to prepare them for what lies ahead!
Each year, our district celebrates FFA week, which is a great way to show farmer pride! FFA week will soon be upon us beginning on April 23rd. This special week will be made complete with muffin deliveries to local farmers, drive your tractor to school day, the petting zoo and much more!
Also, exciting in Mrs. Bernecker’s classes has been cheese tasting in middle school, and a visit and tour of the Animal Hospital of Chetek. The students were even able to observe a surgery done by the veterinarians. In addition, students learned the ins and outs of operating a pet store by visiting Pet Supplies Plus in Rice Lake, who also donated mice to Mrs. Bernecker’s classes. Interestingly, her students will be training the mice to go through mazes.
Mrs. Bernecker certainly goes above and beyond to provide real-life experiences to our students. The activities they participate in are fun, educational, and really are something that makes our school special. Thank you Mrs. Bernecker for all you do!
Congratulations to Flambeau’s Badger Boy, Zach Kopacz, and Badger Girl, Alyssa Baselt. When students are selected for the Badger Boy and Badger Girl programs they are considered great students that display qualities of leadership within their community and school. As selected attendees, Zach and Alyssa will act as a “citizen” of the fictitious Badger state. They will be assigned to a city and county of the state, and citizens will run for and elect their peers to positions within each level of the state government. These officials will act out the roles and responsibilities that they’ve been elected for the entire duration of the program, serving for the betterment of their community. This opportunity will give Zach and Alyssa a hands-on approach towards building a community, they will learn from and with their peers, develop friendships, and be given a very unique educational experience. Both Zach and Alyssa will represent our community well!
From Carrie's Kitchen
April showers bring May Flowers. Hmmm, doesn’t quite seem like spring right now, but it is coming… eventually. So, I figured a spring-like recipe was in order. Here is a recipe that was contributed by our high school guidance counselor Jodi Zimmer. This looks like a unique combination of fruits and vegetables.
Strawberry Orange Salad with Glazed Almonds
2 T. butter
1 egg white
¼ c. sugar
1 c. almonds, sliced
Preheat oven to 325°. To prepare almonds, pour butter in a 9-inch square pan. Combine egg white and sugar in a small bowl and beat with a whisk until frothy. Stir in almonds and coat well. Pour into pan. Bake 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Remove to wax paper to cool. When cool, break almonds apart.
¾ c. sugar
1 ½ T. poppy seeds
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. salt
1/3 c. cider vinegar
1 ½ tsp. onion juice or 2 tsp. grated onion
1 c. canola oil
Blend sugar, poppy seeds, mustard and salt with a mixer at low speed. Add vinegar and onion and beat at medium speed 3 minutes. Gradually add oil in a steady stream until mixture is thick. Pour in a jar with a lid and refrigerate 30 minutes before serving.
1 (9 oz.) pkg. romaine, torn into bite size pieces
3 c. baby spinach leaves
1 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
20 strawberries, halved
6 green onions, chopped
Combine romaine, spinach, oranges, strawberries and green onion in a large bowl. Add almonds. Shake dressing to blend, pour half the dressing over salad. Toss gently. Serve immediately. Refrigerate remaining dressing. Serves 12.
I am looking forward to making this dish for my next pot luck gathering. It sounds so healthy and delicious.
We are getting closer to the end of the school year. We have been working on a new cycle menu for the 2018-2019 school year. I hope the students enjoy the variety. We continue to look for products that are healthy and have good flavor. It is difficult to please so many students on any given day. That is why we are always welcoming any suggestions from parents and students. The cooks in the kitchen truly aim to please and work very hard to prepare meals for the students on a daily basis. Many people do not realize the work the staff here puts into the school lunch program. It is an ever changing and complicated process. We hope the students enjoy their meals and continue to come see us in the lunch line.
Have a great April even though it feels like January!
Food Service Director
Senior Graduation 2019
Save These Dates!
- 4/7: Solo & Ensemble Make-Up in Rice Lake
- 4/9: Plant Science Greenhouse Tour & Planting
- 4/9: Election Canvass at 4 p.m.
- 4/9: 4YK Parent Meeting 5 p.m.
- 4/10: Career Tour @ CVTC for the Health Occupations Class
- 4/10: Large Group Festival @ Bruce School
- 4/11: In-Service, No School
- 4/11 - 4/16: Band & Choir New Orleans Trip
- 4/15 - 4/17: HOSA State Leadership Conference
- 4/16: PTA Meeting at 5 p.m.
- 4/16: Family Reading Night at 6 p.m.
- 4/18: WITC Classroom Shadow & Tour
- 4/18: Middle School Legacy Project Interviews 12 Noon
- 4/19: Board of Education Meeting 6:30 p.m.
- 4/20: Teach Children To Save Presentations at 12:45 p.m.
- 4/20 - 4/21: Forensics State Competition
- 4/23 - 4/27: FFA Week
- 4/23: FFA Muffin Making After School
- 4/24: FFA Muffin Delivery to Farmers
- 4/25: Junior College Visits
- 4/25: FFA Banquet (Potluck) 6:30 p.m.
- 4/26: FFA Petting Zoo & Drive Your Tractor To School Day
- 4/27: Ag Olympics
- 4/30: School Safety Parent Meeting with Jeff Wallace 5 p.m.
- 5/2: TLA Symposium Work Time 9 a.m.
- 5/2: TLA Symposium Presentations 11 a.m.
- 5/4: Festival of Nations & Middle School Trip to Minnesota Science Museum