Parent Tiger Talk

February 23, 2018

Greetings!

At the February Board meeting, each building principal shared an update on the Board goals for this year. It was very exciting to see and hear about the work being done with students. I have every confidence the District will see our continuous quality improvement (CQI) work reflected in our district report card achievement and gap closure scores.


Ripon is building a system of CQI from the Board to the student level. The work is based on requirements from the State of Wisconsin and the Department of Public Instruction:

· Board approved 4K-12 literacy goals;

· Building level student learning objectives;

· Educator Effectiveness Teacher Evaluation system; and

· Response to Intervention or RtI.


By using the CQI framework, we are able to incorporate these required elements into one system while empowering students to monitor their own progress and provide us with feedback on how to improve learning opportunities and respond to their needs for more support. CQI allows us to work smarter and not always just harder.

I had one teacher tell me at one of my early morning Donuts with Doc Staff meetings she had 100% turn out for parent teacher conferences. She attributed the high level of participation to her shift to student led conferences. Now, five or six students and their parents are in her room all at once and she was able to complete her conferences within the allotted time and the students were doing the presentation work.

One person shared it is most impressive how all of this work is being done while schools respond to bullying, safety/threats and budget reductions. The reason it is happening is because parents and staff are partnering to ensure no students fall through the cracks. The data processes shared at the February Board meeting demonstrate this commitment.

Thank you for your support of the process. This point in time is potentially the hardest part of our district CQI journey as we wait for our public report card data to reflect all of our efforts.

Have a wonderful week!

Mary

February Board Brief

The Board of Education met on February 21, 2018. Please see the attached Board Brief for a summary of actions taken at the meeting.

Supporting your Child

The school shooting in Florida may leave students feeling hopeless and scared about the world. Please know our counseling staff is available by student or parent request to assist your child in processing this or any other situation. As a parent, you can check in with your children and remind them of the positive things individuals do every day to make the world a better place. In Oshkosh, one store owner hangs coats, hats and mittens with the message “Patty’s warming wall for the homeless to keep warm, for the needy.” This is a reminder of Aesop’s quote “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

Wake up Call

WAKE UP CALL is a FREE event open to the entire community on April 25 from 6:00-8: 00 pm. It features a life-size exhibit of a teen's bedroom with more than 20 "red flags" that can signal drug or alcohol use. The bedroom identifies spots where teens may hide drugs, household items that can be used as drug paraphernalia and ways teens try to cover up drug and alcohol use. Our goal is to educate parents and other adults who are influential in the lives of youth so they know what seemingly innocent items can actually be an indication of substance abuse. A Resource Fair will be available from 6:00 - 6:30 pm with the Wake Up Call Tour presented from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. This presentation is for adults only (21 years of age and over). FREE CHILD CARE will be provided by the BRAVE program.


Please register for the event at:

https://wakeupcallripon.eventbrite.com

Virtual School

Following the Board of Education's approval in December, the Virtual School Team has been working to submit a charter application to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). The completed application will be submitted in March. The team anticipates that it will receive notice from DPI sometime in June on whether the application is approved.


If approved, the 2018-19 academic your would be a planning year with the Virtual Charter School to be fully implemented in the 2019-2020 school year.

Call for Host Families

Have you been interested in hosting an international high school student? The Ripon International program is currently looking for host families. The program has two ways to host.


Option One: Host an international student on the weekends during July 13- July 27. Families will create a global friendship through providing activities with the student on the weekend. Activities could include a trip to a waterpark, hiking, a baseball game, and much more.


Option Two: Host an international student during the 2018-19 school year. Families will create a global friendship and learn about a new culture by seeing your own home and city through the wondrous eyes of an international student. Families will receive a monthly stipend to help assist with the costs of hosting a student for the full year.


Please visit the Ripon International website for additional information on the programs and what it’s like to host an international student. A host information night will be held on April 11, 2018 at 6:00 for families to learn even more about hosting international students. If you are interested or have additional questions please contact Britnie Meyer at meyerb@ripon.k12.wi.us or (920) 748-4600.

Facebook Posting

We know that many of our parents rely on our district Facebook page for the latest news, events, pictures, and videos related to their student(s). Significant changes by Facebook have recently taken place which could impact the information that is showing up in the Facebook newsfeeds of our families.


There are two simple steps our Facebook followers can take to make sure they never miss an update:


  1. From the school's Facebook page, find the "Following" tab under the cover image and click on the small arrow next to it.
  2. Under the "IN YOUR NEWS FEED" section, select "See First"



It's that easy! This will keep parents up to date with the latest news from RASD. For a simple video walk-through, check out this short 38 second tutorial.

Kid Concoctions

Mark your calendar's for next week's Family Outreach Program: Kid Concoctions which will be held on Thursday, March 1 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm in the BPES/Journey Cafetorium but is open to ALL AGES. This hands-on, interactive event is back by popular demand and features fun for the whole family. All supplies are provided and a snack too. Come, relax, and spend some quality time with your kids! To assure that there are supplies for all we are requesting that families register by calling (920) 748-1550 and leave a message, or email Carrie Naparalla at naparallac@ripon.k12.wi.us. Don't miss out on the fun!

Upcoming Events

February 26- Lumen Showcase Night, 5:15 pm

February 26- RHS Jazz Concert, 7:00 pm

March 1- MP/Q Science Fair, 2:00 pm

March 6- RHS Choir Cabaret, 7:00 pm

March 8- End of Second Trimester

March 8- MP/Q Family Night, 5:30 pm

March 9- No School

March 12- Journey Lottery, 5:00 pm

March 13- Music in our Schools, 7:00 pm

March 15- MP/Q Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 19- School Board Meeting, 6:00 pm

March 22- End of BRAVE Session

Ripon Area School District

RASD Mission Statement

Inspiring learners, engaging community, enriching the world