Glendale-River Hills

December: School District Update

Dear Parents & Guardians-

Communication is the heart of school culture. The positive impact of a visible school leader who communicates well and relates well with others circulates throughout the entire system. We look forward to continuing our communication process throughout the year. Thank you for taking the time to read this monthly communication tool!

School Calendar 2020-2021

The school district is thrilled to share the 2020-2021 school year calendar. Click on this link to get access to the calendar for next school year.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1C2ko8wshPeCfwovUgtD0m8xIjbLETDhE/view?usp=sharing

AMAZON SMILE!

The Glendale River Hills School District Foundation is now listed as a charity in the Amazon Smile program. Please consider helping our district foundation earn additional revenue by logging into Amazon using the Smile link https://smile.amazon.com/. Select the Foundation as the charity in the search box, and begin shopping. That's all you need to do.


SEARCH: Glendale River Hills School District Foundation Inc


Our foundation returns donations to the district in many ways, and your support is appreciated!

We are THANKFUL!

Over 125+ family members joined us for a Thanksgiving Luncheon on Tuesday, November 26th at Glen Hills. We are grateful for all the visitors that came to school to have lunch with kids. A special thanks to the staff at Glen Hills & the food service company for a great family event!

"If You're Not READING it, You're Not LEADING it"

Have you ever wondered what we do as a learning community? Here is some information about what we are reading and learning about to best serve our students and community.

Lost at School

In the summer of 2018, a large group of staff members attended a conference in Appleton, Wisconsin by Dr. Ross Greene on Collaborative & Proactive Solutions: Understanding and Helping Students with Social, Emotional, and Behavior Challenges. Along with the conference, we also received one of Dr. Greene's recent books, Lost at School.


Dr. Ross Greene's work is grounded in two main philosophies:


  • Behavior is Communication
  • Kids do well if they can!



Through his years of experience and research, he believes that students that struggle with behaviors in school are simply lacking the skills to behave and we, as educators need to be willing to teach these skills to students. For example, students that struggle in reading or math in school, are given extra instruction in those areas to teach them the skills they need to be successful in reading and math. Dr. Greene believes that educators need to have the same mindset and philosophy about teaching social skills and behavior strategies to students that struggle with behavior.


As a result of our learning, the district hired a behavior intervention specialist with knowledge and experience in this model to help us make sure all kids will be successful in school, even the ones with difficult or challenging behaviors. Over the past two years, Parkway has been reading and learning more about the Ross Greene Model and has been implementing some of these practices into their daily work with children. In addition, we are using the Social Thinking Curriculum for students that need it along with Zones of Regulation school-wide at Parkway to help students with self-regulation.


If this topic interests you, check out the attached resources for more information.


New York Times Article:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/24/opinion/collaborative-problem-solving-children.html


Walking Tour for Parents/Families from Ross Greene's website: https://www.livesinthebalance.org/walking-tour-parents


FAQ from Ross Greene:

https://www.livesinthebalance.org/sites/default/files/FAQ%20020816_0.pdf

Looking for school information?

Each school has a facebook page that is managed by school personnel. Updates, messages, and school highlights are posted on these pages. Please consider following the school facebook pages for accurate information and school celebrations!


Parkway- http://bit.ly/ParkwayFacebook

Glen Hills- http://bit.ly/GlenHillsMiddleSchoolFB

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Each year the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction gives each school and district a report card based on the following criteria:


  • Student Achievement
  • Growth
  • Closing Gaps
  • On Track Postsecondary Readiness


The overall scores for the schools and the district as a whole are shown below. Please know that the overall number doesn't show the full story.


Here are a few highlights that were presented at the school board meeting in November:


Significant improvements for:
  • English/Language Arts in grades 3, 5 and 7
  • Math in grades 4, 5 and 7


All student race groups scored higher than their corresponding groups at the state level.


Glen Hills went from meeting expectations in 2017-2018 to exceeding expectations in 2018-2019.


In the priority area of District Growth, we went up 13.2 points which is a significant gain. We went up in both Math and English/Language Arts.


For more detailed information- CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW

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MORE on FOOD SERVICE!

We are aware of a long conversation on the PARENT facebook page about some confusion with student lunch accounts. Please know that the new food service company (SFE) is NOT overcharging students and families. The discrepancies in the charges are related to the school district's student information system, Infinite Campus. We are in NONSTOP contact with Infinite Campus to fix this issue. Many comments on the PARENT facebook page are blaming the food service company, which is completely inaccurate. Please continue to keep an eye on your accounts, as we are also doing in the district office each day. Any errors in accounting will be fixed and reimbursed while we continue to work on a solution to end this problem long term.


We apologize for this ongoing inconvenience.

WINTER BREAK!

Enjoy the extra-long holiday break from school!


No School December 23-January 3.


School resumes Monday, January 6, 2020.

WE ARE RESPONSIBLE!

As a district, we are committed to providing a quality education for ALL students.


Our commitment is to EVERY kid, EVERY day, Whatever it takes!