The Falcon Report
Friday, May 4, 2018
Flambeau Photo Feature
For our April Curriculum Day we used our time to go over this year’s data from the ACT test with the high school Math, Science, and English teachers, working on accommodations for the 9th and 10th grade students for the Aspire test, and work on inputting courses into BYOC.
For the data meeting with the high school teachers we were able to meet as a subject level team to look at how each student did individually. We looked at what courses the students had prior to taking the test along with how they are doing currently in that subject area. With this data we discussed class choices that we would like to see for the majority of our juniors. We also looked at the students that took part in the extra ACT practice after school. The last item that we covered was how the test prep was used during resource hour for juniors. We are going to share our data with the high school teachers next year.
Our 9th and 10th grade students took the ACT Aspire test on April 25th so we wanted to make sure that we had all the accommodations ready for our students. We needed to make sure that we had the correct accommodations and room placement for each of our students.
Most of the time was used to input our curriculum into BYOC for the staff. I was able to stop by a few classrooms to check in with the staff and was very impressed on how comfortable they were with the program. The staff members shared what that were inputting and that is when I could see the real value of this program. The teachers shared how they have moved units around in their courses to make the learning more relevant and impactful for our students. With the teachers creating the curriculum they know what we have for resources, understand the community the students live in, and the values we have here. If we would buy a pre-built curriculum I don’t think I would have had heard the same conversations that we have been having doing our curriculum work. The staff has taken ownership for what is being taught here and we will see the impact in the years to come as we move from the initiation phase into the implementation phase.
Our curriculum will always be a work in progress to insure that we are meeting the needs of our students so they will have the skills to be successful for their future.
With summer break on the way this month's focus is on home safety. According to https://www.asecurelife.com/home-accident-statistics/ “More than 3.4 million children experience an unintentional household injury every year and 2,300 children under 15 die from these unintentional injuries. The leading causes of childhood injury in the home are choking, suffocation, drowning, submersion, falls, fires and burns, guns and poisoning.” With this in mind, it makes sense to try and be proactive. One of the most dangerous “toys” that most children have played with is a balloon. If a balloon pops and gets lodged in the throat it is almost impossible to dislodge. The reason is that it will expand and contract with compressions rather than be forced out of the airway.
The Safe Kids Worldwide website at https://www.safekids.org/safetytips/field_venues/home offers fourteen risk areas that are linked individually. They also have links via age levels and resources that include checklists for the various risk areas.
The National Safety Council list their seven top concerns in order according to their statistics, on their website at https://www.nsc.org/home-safety . This website also is linked to more in depth information about the top causes of accidents in the home. At the very bottom of the page is a chart that lets you search safety tips by activities like: Summer, Winter, Back to School, In Your Home, and Child Safety.
Other sites that offer child safety tips are:
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/safechild/index.html
MedlinePlus https://medlineplus.gov/childsafety.html (in Spanish also)
Parents https://www.parents.com/kids/safety/ is a collection of individual articles.
Healthy Children https://www.healthychildren.org/english/safety-prevention/Pages/default.aspx also is a collection of articles neatly arranged by topic and available in Spanish.
These sites include a huge amount of information, but in reality are just a sample of what is available online. By changing your web search just slightly you will find different pages available to help you prevent an accident in your home. I searched for “home safety” first and then “child safety”. You can easily adjust your search for specific concerns such as “bike safety”, “car seat safety”, or even “poisonous plants”.
Health & Safety Alert: Juul
This month I found it difficult to choose just one teacher and one student to highlight as there have been so many exciting events and programs happening in our district. Therefore, I will highlight several!
Mrs. Jodi Zimmer continues to show her dedication to the success of our students by not only helping them with their schedules, guiding our Seniors through scholarships, finding opportunities to visit colleges and tech school campuses, holding a parents’ night for Juniors, and so much more, she has also supported a group of students in the RCYC program called Teen Leadership Academy (TLA). Throughout the school year, Mrs. Zimmer has worked with this small group of students alongside RCYC Directors to help guide these students into becoming teen leaders in our school and community. Thank you for all you do Mrs. Zimmer!
The first annual PTA Cribbage Tournament was very well received by our Flambeau families and community. I would like to recognize Mr. Dan Solberg for his involvement in this fun-filled gathering. Mr. Solberg brought this idea to our PTA and the idea took off from there, thanks to him. Mr. Solberg put a lot of thought into organizing this event and volunteering his time. He created a night that was definitely fun for adults and children. Children had a blast in the bouncy houses, everybody enjoyed the games that were created and of course the actual cribbage tournament. I loved seeing our kids playing cribbage and many of them learning that night. Mr. Solberg, you probably didn’t take into consideration that this event will go beyond helping our Flambeau PTA and district. This is a game that families can bring back to their homes, come together, and enjoy with their families forever! We cannot thank you enough, Mr. Solberg!
Mrs. Zimmer and TLA 2018
Mr. Solberg Giving Cribbage Instructions
Teen Leadership Academy students include Patrick Groothousen, Tori Kenealy, Jayda Moore, Alyssa vanDoorn and Katie Zimmer. Teen Leadership Academy is designed to give high school students the opportunity to learn more about their home communities and further develop leadership skills necessary to become motivated and active community members. Flambeau students focused their project on defining the most important issues in our school that stemmed towards their project goal of improving self-respect and self-esteem of the Flambeau student body, in the hopes of improving all forms of respect. They identified the following problems getting in the way of their goal: drama, rumors, apathy, bullying, and disrespect. With that information they created an action plan of having students take a survey that would tell them how our student body felt about respect, our school and themselves. After receiving feedback from the survey they decided that putting out inspirational sticky notes to every student in the high school and making “take a compliment” flyers would help boost morale of students. Their desired outcomes with these positive projects were better grades, less self-harm, less bullying and few risky behaviors. They reported that they were successful because they heard back from the student body that they enjoyed the sticky notes on their lockers and many of them kept them up for many days and positive comments were taken rom the “take a compliment” flyers. One of my favorite comments during the TLA Symposium came from Katie Zimmer when she said, “Kindness doesn’t cost anything.” Thank you TLA for taking this meaningful project under your wings and I look forward to seeing more projects like these in the future! You represented Flambeau well at your symposium—you have much to be proud of!
TLA Symposium Presentations
Thank You To Our School Lunch Super Heroes!
From Carrie's Kitchen
It’s officially time to fire up that barbecue grill! Here are a couple recipes for just that occasion.
The first one is from the Scharenbrock Family:
1 whole chicken cut up
1 c. maple syrup
¾ c. ketchup
¼ c. mustard
¼ c. Worcestershire Sauce
2 tsp. ginger
1 T. parsley
Wash chicken and remove fat. Mix barbecue sauce. Place chicken on grill that is covered with tin foil. Spread barbecue sauce each time you flip. Grill 1 to 1 ½ hours or until chicken is tender.
The next recipe is from Sarah Cegler:
4 lb. country style ribs
1 c. chopped onion
1 c. ketchup
¾ c. water
2 tsp. salt
2 T. Worcestershire Sauce
¼ apple cider vinegar
¼ c. brown sugar
2 tsp. mustard
Brown ribs. While ribs are browning, in a mixing bowl, add chopped onion, ketchup, water, salt, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, and mustard; stir well. Put ribs in baking dish or roaster; pour sauce over ribs. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 ¾ hours, then remove cover and continue baking for 15 minutes.
I am looking forward to doing a lot of grilling this year. I think these recipes would make a great meal together or separate. There is nothing like the smell of something cooking on the grill along with some fresh cut grass.
I would like to note that Friday May 4th is School Lunch Hero Day and that is the kick off for School Nutrition Employee Week. We love our nutrition staff here at Flambeau and we are very proud of the hard work they do each and every day to feed our hungry students. Cindy Schultz, Nancy Lazar, Donna Mahun and Jim Downes do their best to make sure things run smoothly and that the students at Flambeau enjoy their meals.
Here is a cute Ted Talks video about a fellow who really appreciates school foodservice staff and created a children’s book about lunch lady superheroes.
Thank you to our food service staff! Have a great May!
Food Service Director
Project Graduation - Final Planning Meeting!
From The Nurse's Office
Save These Dates!
- 5/5: State Solo & Ensemble @ UWEC - Good Luck Flambeau Band & Choir Members!
- 5/6: Junior Prom @ 7 p.m.
- 5/7: Plant Science Class Trip to Colonial Nursery @ 9:30 a.m.
- 5/8: 3rd Grade Class Trip to Chippewa Valley Museum & Paul Bunyan Camp
- 5/9: In-Service/Curriculum Day
- 5/9: Drama Class Trip to Chanhassen Dinner Theatre
- 5/9: Senior Scholarship Banquet @ J & S Supper Club 6:30 p.m.
- 5/10: Environmental Day
- 5/10: 4th Grade Trip to Madison
- 5/11: Special Kids Day @ WI State Fairgrounds
- 5/11: Sheldon Fire Department Visit in Elementary
- 5/11: Welding Competition
- 5/13: Mother's Day!
- 5/14: Flambeau Art Show @ 5:30 p.m.
- 5/15: 4YK-8 Dental Days
- 5/16: 4th Grade Trip to Rusk County Historical Museum
- 5/16: Middle School Legacy Project Final Celebration @ Ladysmith Care Community
- 5/18: Staff/Senior Basketball Game
- 5/21 - 5/23: Elementary Bowler Bear
- 5/21: High School Choir Performance @ Ladysmith Care Community 12:15 p.m.
- 5/21: PTA Meeting 5 p.m.
- 5/23: 4YK Open House (Incoming 4YK Students)
- 5/23: Junior Class Trip to Rusk County Historical Museum @ 12:30 p.m.
- 5/24: 4YK-2 Picnic at Memorial Park @ 11:45 a.m.
- 5/24: 5th Grade Play @ 1:30 p.m.
- 5/25: 3-5 Picnic at Memorial Park @ 11:45 a.m.
- 5/25: Last Day for Seniors
- 5/26: Senior Graduation @ 1p.m.
- 5/28: Memorial Day - No School
- 5/29: 2nd Grade Trip to Chippewa Moraine Park
- 5/31: 2nd Grade Poem Program
- 5/31: Grades 6-12 Band & Choir Spring Concert 6:30 p.m.
- 6/1: 1st Grade Trip to Irvine Park & Eau Claire Children's Museum
- 6/1: Kindergarten Trip to Wilderness Walk