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New testing explained to Boyceville School Board

BOYCEVILLE — The school board listened to a report from Middle/High School Principal Steve Glocke about the new student testing called “ACT Aspire.” He presented a slide show of how students in the high school compare to the National Average in five different classes.

The new testing will allow the school to see where students are, either at or above the benchmark and those who are close to it and those who need support.

Glocke told the board that freshmen will have to take the test twice in their first year of high school, once in the fall and then again in the spring. Sophomores will be required to take the test in the spring. He noted that on March 3rd every junior in the state will be taking the test, and on March 4th they will take a “Work Key test.”

Glocke also informed the board that the WIAA Regional Wrestling Tournament will be held in Boyceville on February 14.

Elementary Principal Nick Kaiser told the board that they have started on the 2015-16 school calendar. He also noted that the students have started a school store. “Mostly, with school supply items,” he said.

Kaiser said that the band “Reverse Order” would perform at the school on Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. with a theme addressing the issue of bullying. He invited anyone interested to attend.

Kaiser also noted that the past week was National Crossing Guard Week and that the guards were invited into the school for coffee last week. His report indicated that the crossing guards are: Ray Cherney, Dennis Minter, Vicki Johnson, Alicia and Bruce Skinner, and Doug and Shari Hellendrung.

District Superintendent Kevin Sipple addressed the board about the two days that there was no school because of bad weather. He noted that school policy states that the school will have make-up days on the second and fourth and beyond. Sipple told the board that the first make up day would be Friday, June 5th.

Sipple noted to the board that the Dunn-St. Croix Conference Superintendents met and approved allowing St. Croix Central to leave the conference and have Durand come in. WIAA will need to approve the change, he said.

Sipple also addressed the work of lawmakers in Madison. In his report, Sipple said, “State Superintendent Dr. Tony Evers and Dr. Michael Thompson provided updates on Federal and State initiatives at our CESA 11 meeting last week. They encouraged anyone who is supportive of public education to be very aware of legislative work.”  Sipple continued, “We need to keep an eye on what is going on down there at Madison.”

Bonnie Baker, Director of Special Education/School Psychologist reported to the school board saying, “that C. Kristen Henningfeld, Suzanne Carlson and Nancy Anderson completed training so that they could administer the Dynamic Learning Maps to several of our cognitively impaired students.”

She also touched on the Civil Rights Data Collection survey noting that the survey is a federal data survey, which is mandatory for all public school/local education agencies in the United States. Baker noted that the survey was done once every ten years but now it will be annually. “We are doing a term approach with our students,” she told the board.

In other action the board approved the retirement request from Science Teacher Steward Skrove. Board President Gail Stark praised him for his 29 years with the Boyceville School District.

The board also accepted three grants. One from the Ann Marie Foundation for $1,900 for the Wright Group Reading Intervention program at the Elementary school, and other from Ann Marie for $838 to be used for noise blocking headphones and a Carl Perkins Mini-Grant for $1,905 for Virtual Business Management Software for the accounting class.