Firebird Flash

May 6, 2016

Proud to Be Your Principal

Parents and students will see some exciting changes in the 2016-2017 school year, beginning with a re-design of the Middle School schedule for grades 6, 7, and 8. Content-specific teachers will rotate on the block schedule, with extended time in core classes to dive deeper into the material. Because we are passionate about our students exploring a variety of subjects and interests, we're expanding our middle school electives to three blocks (on the existing A Day / B Day alternating schedule), providing the MHLT Middle Schoolers with six choices per semester (this year's students had four choices per semester). The Woodland students' schedule will continue to look like it does this year. Some (but not all!) of the new and exciting courses introduced for next year include Morning News Team, Jazz Band, Paper Crafting, Ambassadors of Reading, Future Problem Solvers Team, Coding, and Odyssey of the Mind. Electives are an opportunity for our students to explore their individual talents, and we are committed to providing experiences to heighten creativity. Without adding staff, we were able to reduce every core academic class in the building to fewer than 20 students, while increasing our efficiency in room usage to the fullest potential.

Students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade will have one day each week of Spanish, Library, Art, STEM Lab, and Music. Once they get into grades 3 through 5, they will gain an additional day each week of Spanish and Music. We have expanded our lunch/recess period to 45 minutes for our K-2 students, and 40 minutes for students in 3rd-5th. There's also an extra afternoon recess for our K-2 students, to burn off that extra energy!

The new curriculum additions of Wonders and StudySync provide out students with the highest quality resources for their English, Language Arts, Writing, Reading Comprehension, Spelling, and Grammar. We are raising the bar, and you will see an increased rigor in our classes across the board. Our teachers are excited to implement this material in their classrooms, as it will allow them to focus on what is most important: educating your children, and meeting each of their needs. You will see increased differentiation int eh classroom for both accelerated and emerging students. We are offering advanced coursework in both math and English-Language Arts for our 4-8 graders. This will be taught by the foremost experts in these subjects - the teachers in those grades. This provides us a more advanced curriculum, and a greater efficiency in our staffing.

An electronic registration package will be going home late next week for students currently in grades 5-7, so students and parents can decide which elective courses they would like. Registration will begin at the end of the month.

Minocqua J1 is an amazing district, and we thank you for partnering with us! We provide many expanded offerings - electives, charter schools, accelerated classes, athletics, field trips, community education, summer school - that many schools do not or are cutting. We refuse to do that, and that sets us apart! Our missions statement is: Promoting the success of each learner through the highest-quality education. We are cultivating a passion for learning! The communities of Minocqua, Hazelhurst, and Lake Tomahawk truly are special places to raise children; our hope is to be the hub of these communities, and to truly be a Firebird Family.

Proud to be your principal,
Brent Johnson

Heartfelt Thanks

A big thank you to the school board, administration, parents, counselors, and secretaries for all the wonderful lunches and treats you've provided for us this week! We are so grateful for the support, and feel truly appreciated. Thank you!

- the MJ1 teachers
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It's not too late to join the fun!!

It's not too late to join in on the fun! You can still register - click here! You can also register the day of the event. Please be aware that t-shirts can no longer be guaranteed. Come out for a fun, colorful day!!
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REGISTRATION FOR STEM CLASS ENDS FRIDAY, MAY 27.

Second Step

K-2 students are starting the Child Protection Unit from Second Step. Second Step is an evidence-based program, and the Child Protection Unit is designed to help students understand ways to stay safe. The students will be learning important lessons like never touching guns, wearing a helmet while bike riding, and wearing safety vests in the water. They will also be learning how to ask the adult in charge how to stay safe when they are unsure if their decisions will put them in potentially dangerous situations. The students should be bringing home work to complete with an adult.

If you have any questions or concerns, please stop in, call, or email me - Katie Wells, (715) 356-5206 ext. 2122, or kwells@mhlt.org.

"Counseling Corner"

Has your teen ever given you a hard time when you opted out of a family tradition because you were too tired or busy?


Maintaining or establishing family, cultural or religious rituals and traditions is one key to building strong families. One teen “lost it” when her mother decided not to host the annual family holiday cookie baking day. Of course, it wasn’t about the cookies, but the time she got to spend laughing and bantering with her mom and siblings.


To learn more contact UW-Extension Family Living Programs or like Family Living on Facebook.

Upcoming Field Trips

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2015-2016 Minocqua J1 Calendar

NEW! Next year's 2016-2017 Minocqua J1 Calendar

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Girls Volleyball Open Gym

Girls in grades 6-8 are welcome to come to Faith Evangelical Free Church on Saturdays from 4:00-5:30 pm. Parents are welcome to watch and help out, but only middle school girls will be eligible to play. Pickup is at 5:30 sharp - hope to see you there!

Faith E-Free Church is located behind Trig's, at 9035 Blumenstein Rd. in Woodruff.
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Girls on the Run Celebratory 5K!

Join the girls of Northwoods Girls on the Run at their celebratory 5K Fun Run/Walk! On Saturday, May 21, at Torpy Park in Minocqua. Registration begins at 8:00 am, and the run begins at 9:30.


Come and celebrate the girls and all their fun and learning this season! Click to register for the 5K.