Respectful Responsible Safe March 7, 2022
John Marshall Elementary
To create and maintain an environment that ensures all students reach their highest level of achievement in academics, fine arts, physical fitness and social behavior as determined by the common core standards. We commit to a comprehensive system of support to ensure these outcomes.
Principal: Ms. Patterson
Secretary: Mrs. Seliger
Hello John Marshall Families,
Attendance is incredibly important to a child’s educational journey, even in elementary school. A child who misses even 2 days a month throughout the school year misses at least 18 days total or more than 10% of the school year. Students who miss this often will have struggles with reading and math. It is important to set the routine of attending school from an early age as it helps students attain grade level academic benchmarks such as reaching grade level reading by 3rd grade. This is considered an indicator of future school success. Many of the interventions we do at John Marshall require students to be in attendance regularly to build skills and accurately measure progress.
Our school is also ranked on our School Report Card from the state based on student attendance. We understand the need for some absences for illness or family emergencies, especially considering the current challenges as we come out of a pandemic, however, by ensuring your child is at school as often as possible, you are helping your child and our school to put their best foot forward and be more successful.
If you have questions about your child’s attendance or need assistance in helping your child be at school more often, please reach out to Jen Graf, School Social Worker, Kari Drewek, School Counselor, or myself. We’d be happy to partner with you to ensure your child(ren) are at school as often as possible.
Ms. Amanda Patterson, Principal
Important Dates to Remember
March 10-11: Hearing Testing
March 13: Daylight Saving--Spring ahead
March 18: 1/2 day of school --11:30 Dismissal
March 21-27: Spring Break
March 31: Family Book Study
April 5: Bridging Brighter Smiles
April 6: 2nd Grade to the School Forest
April 12: Kindergarten to the School Forest
April 14: Family Book Study
April 28: Spring Art Show
May 5: Spring Concert at East
REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER LEARNING 2022 IS NOW OPEN
Hello, Wausau School District Families,
We are pleased to share with you that Summer Learning registration for students in 4K - 5th grade is now open. Information regarding middle and high school programming will be shared with families soon. Our 4K - 5th grade programs will offer a wide variety of morning and afternoon activities. A brief summary of the options for each grade level are below. Please click HERE for details on all the programming that is offered as well as directions for the registration process (Elementary Tutorial)
There will be transportation provided from
every WSD school to Summer Learning sites.
Detailed busing information will be available at a later date on the
district website and will also be sent with student registration
confirmation packets the week prior to Summer Learning.
Overview of Summer Learning by Current Grade Level
Wednesday, June 8 - Thursday, July 21, 2022
Monday through Thursday, No Programs on July 4 or 5, 2022
Free Breakfast 7:45 a.m.- 8:00 a.m.
Class Time 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Free Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (staggered lunches)
If you have questions or need additional details, please contact:
Elementary (Current PK - Current 5th grade)
Community Connections (G2M)
On Tuesday, April 5, 2022, residents of the Wausau School District will vote on a referendum question.
If approved by voters, the $119,800,000 million referendum would lower the tax levy, while at the same time allow the district to address its most pressing facility needs. The district would move forward with safety & security improvements at all elementary schools, as well as, adding additional classroom space at Stettin, South Mountain, and Riverview elementary schools to address increasing enrollment and alleviate capacity concerns. The district is also moving forward with all work at its middle and high schools; addressing deferred maintenance and safety and security needs there. It will also make facility improvements at the Wausau School Forest, including a new Environmental Learning Center.
An approved referendum would have an estimated property tax impact of negative $0.43 on every $1,000 of property value in the school district. The owner of a home valued at $150,000 would see an annual tax reduction of about $64.50.
The solution the Board of Education is presenting on April 5 was created based on the input and feedback of our community. This effort included online surveys for community and staff members, three community engagement sessions, staff listening sessions at all schools, and engagement on social media. We have also communicated and gathered feedback through a facility needs webpage and via the local media.
We invite you to learn more about our district’s needs, how the board developed the proposed solution, and the question that will appear on the April 5 ballot at wausauschools.org.
Safety is of utmost concern for us at John Marshall. A number of years ago, we improved our traffic flow to create safer locations for bus loading and unloading as well as removed the boulevard on Broadway to improve parent vehicle drop off and pick up.
During pick up and drop off times, there is no parent/guardian stopping or parking in the bus lane in front of the school. This is for the safety of our bus riders as well as for the safety of families in vehicles. If you need to walk your child to the door, please park in the parking lot or on the street and walk them from there. If you plan to drop your child off on the street, the safest location to do so in the winter is along Broadway where there are no boulevards and snow piles for students to climb over. The bus loading zone along Lamont St. is painted yellow as a no parking zone and is enforced by the police department.
In addition, our parking lot is not set up to be a drive through drop off either and if you are coming to the parking lot for pick up and drop off, you will need to walk your child to and from the sidewalk in front of the building to your vehicle. It is also important not to do U-turns or park in unauthorized areas during drop off and pick-up for the safety of all students. You can drop your child off on the opposite side of the street if they walk to a corner with a Safety Patrol member to help them cross at one of the corners.
Please see the visual below to identify safe locations for pick-up and drop-off. If you have any questions or special circumstances you’d like to discuss for pick-up and drop-off, please contact Ms. Patterson at 715-261-0060.
Thank you for joining us in being diligent to promote safety for all.
Pupil Services Team:
School Psychologist: Mr. Susa
School Counselor: Mrs. Drewek
Social Worker: Mrs. Graf
Regular Education Teachers:Kindergarten: Mrs. Ekiss & Ms. Bober
Art: Ms. Anderson
Music: Mr. Delonay
Physical Education: Mr. Whalen
Gifted & Talented: Ms. Hahner
Library: Mrs. Strandberg-Bauer
Science: Mrs. Selby
Special Education Teachers:
English Learner/Bilingual Teacher:
Mrs. Felver- Title 1 Para
Ms. Leffin - Special Education
Mrs. Melville - Special Education
Mrs. Petit - Special Education
Mrs. Schumacher -Building Para
Mrs. Vang - English Learners
Ms. Wawrzaszek - Title 1 & Building Para
Mrs. Wawrzaszek - G2M & Family Enrichment Coordinator
Mrs. Wolff - BRIDGE Room Coordinator
Click on any teacher name above to send an email to that teacher.