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Departing Staff Members

I would be remiss if I didn’t first recognize the contributions that the following staff members have provided to North Crawford over the years. These staff members decided to make a change, to take on a new challenge, and have left North Crawford for other opportunities. We will greatly miss Mitch Briesemeister, Kurt Meyer, Stacey Nutter, Lori Hines, and Hannah Gauthier. Collectively this group of educators has nearly 40 years of experience in the North Crawford School District, and has undoubtedly impacted hundreds of children. We wish them the best in their new endeavors, and thank them for the imprint they have left on our school district.

Welcome New Staff Members!!

I am ecstatic to welcome several new staff members into our North Crawford Family. As the needs of our children and families continues to grow, it was imperative that we create a second school counselor position on staff. I’m happy to welcome Ms. Zoe Ellerbusch to the position of PK-5th grade School Counselor. Ms. Ellerbusch is bringing several years of counseling experience from the Madison Metropolitan School District, and is a graduate of North Crawford Schools.


We also welcome Mr. Aaron Keenlance to North Crawford as our new Tech. Ed. teacher. Mr. Keenlance will be integrating many years of private business experience into our Tech Ed program to best prepare our students for an ever-changing world. Mr. Keenlance is a Viroqua native, and he and his family reside in Westby.


We welcome two new staff members to our Special Education Department. Ms. Trisha Felix will be joining our team from the Baraboo School District, and prior to that from the state of New York. Ms. Felix is bringing years of special education teaching experience to our department, and I look forward to her having an immediate impact on our staff and students. At the time of this newsletter, we are working on finalizing the second open special education position. I’m confident that Mrs. Kruizenga will have a highly qualified individual ready to fill Mrs. Nutter’s shoes. We are also excited to welcome the experience and expertise of Ms. Kim Littel, retired Special Education Director from the Viroqua School District. Ms. Littel will be providing support one day a week to our special education staff and students. Additionally at this time, we are searching for a new part-time School Nurse to fill this important support position for staff and students.


Our Food Service Department will look a little different this coming year, as Director Hannah Gauthier will not be returning. Angie Boland will provide her leadership to the department, and we will also contract the services of Ms. Jane Henkel, retired Food Service Director from the Fennimore School District, for one day a week of support.


Finally, we welcome a new member to our middle school teaching team. Ms. Erika Wilson will be driving a few short miles to North Crawford Schools to assume our 6th grade ELA/Science position that was vacated with Mr. Pedretti transferring to 5th grade. Ms. Wilson has owned and operated her own childcare center for the past 10 years out of her home in Gays Mills. Prior to relocating to Gays Mills, she was an elementary teacher in southeastern Wisconsin. Her passion and experience with kids will serve the staff and students of the middle school, and North Crawford, very well. Again, we welcome all of our new staff into our North Crawford family.

Facility Changes

Upon your return to school, you will notice several physical changes to the school facilities. We have remodeled our two main entryways to create two secured entries. Safety and security of students and staff is our ultimate priority, and these new entryways will help in ensuring the safety of all.


The high school student lockers have been refurbished and repainted, and appear to be brand new. We also installed new lockers in a portion of our middle school boys' locker room, and replaced the lockers in our high school boys' locker room.


We have also knocked down the walls in the existing conference room/office areas, to create one Large Group Room. The new room will undoubtedly bring back old memories for Mr. Hubatch, as this was his business education classroom back in the early days of the new school. This room will be used for a multitude of purposes, including staff/committee meetings, School Board meetings, and can serve as an educational space during the school day.


Finally, you will notice new flooring has been laid in the main entryways, the two main offices, the new Large Group Room, and the front hallway. Not only does the new flooring spruce up the most visible parts of our building, but we also hope to realize savings in maintenance and cleaning costs with the new flooring.


There are several additional changes that are not noticeable, but will assist with the efficiency of our building. Thank you to Mr. Heisz and the maintenance crew for their hard work this summer preparing our building for the opening of the new school year.

Curricular Changes

There are several curricular changes that I am excited for this coming school year. We have modified Ms. Holly Jones' Band Director teaching position to include a part-time Instructional Services Coordinator position. Ms. Jones will be working as a member of the administrative team to provide support in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Ms. Jones has a wealth of knowledge, energy, and passion for curriculum and instruction, and I'm confident you will notice immediate differences.


Our elementary teachers will be returning to school with a new Reading Series to support reading instruction in the classroom. The "Journeys" program has been purchased, and plans are underway to kickoff that reading series in the elementary classrooms. There will also be a variety of professional development opportunities and support built in throughout the school year.


Additionally, Mr. McKittrick will be using a new math series to support the middle school math curriculum. We have purchased the "Big Ideas" math series, which we feel will be a good transition from the elementary Math Expressions series, and will prepare our middle school students to take on the rigorous math courses offered in the high school.


One of Ms. Jones' primary goals and responsibilities will be to continue to evaluate and assess our current curricular needs in the district, and we will continue to purchase curricular materials as needed to support our staff and students in the classroom.

Other District Changes

There are several other changes coming to North Crawford that I feel will positively impact our staff and students.


As you may recall, we have changed our school calendar to build in Early Release days on the first and third Fridays of each month. The administrative team has worked hard this summer to plan and schedule that time to best maximize everyone's time. We feel we have some excellent professional development time planned during those inservice days.


Most of you know we have a committee of teachers, administrators, and Board members who have been working on an Alternative Compensation Model for teachers. Our tentative plan is to introduce the model to our teaching staff in January to attain feedback and to make any minor changes, with the official rollout happening in the 2018-19 school year. I'm confident that the new model will assist with rewarding teachers for the excellent work you do through the promotion of professional development and growth.


Finally, we have several new course offerings and structured supports in place for this coming school year that will be beneficial to kids. At the elementary, students will be scheduled into flexible reading groups each morning to support and enhance reading instruction in the elementary. This time will supplement regular classroom instruction, as well as the tiered intervention time during FLEX. With the addition of a school counselor, we look forward to increased developmental guidance classes for our elementary and middle school students. Finally, there are a few tweaks and additions to our high school schedule. Homeroom has moved from the end of the day to before lunch. Mrs. Dworschack will be assisting with a new Plant Science class offered to students. We will continue to encourage students to take courses through the SRTNC Distance Network, as well as through our online APEX program.

Upcoming Dates and Events

NEW STAFF ORIENTATION

Monday, August 28th - 8:00 a.m.


BACK TO SCHOOL INSERVICE

Tuesday, August 29th - Thursday, August 31st


OPEN HOUSE

Wednesday, August 30th - 3:30-7:30 p.m.


FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 5th