Danz Named School of Merit

Danz Merit AwardDanz Elementary School was selected by the Wisconsin PBIS Network as a School of Merit for their work accomplished through the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). The Wisconsin PBIS Network is a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) funded initiative.

PBIS applies evidence-based practices and strategies for all students to increase academic performance, decrease problem behavior, improve safety, and establish a positive school culture and learning environment. Danz Elementary has been a PBIS school for seven years and has established clear expectations for students by taking proactive steps to teaching, modeling, and reinforcing appropriate behaviors school-wide.Behavior data is consistently monitored to improve the behavioral outcomes of students and maximize student learning opportunities. Staff also use tools to self-assess and modify current practices in an effort to enhance student success.

Danz Elementary School was one of 195 schools statewide to be recognized as a School of Merit for the 2013-14 school year. Schools were recognized as Schools of Merit based on an application process that included team and meeting information, implementation and outcome data, and a narrative that described the data, systems, and practices of PBIS implementation. As a School of Merit, Danz Elementary School received a banner and recognition at the Annual PBIS Leadership Conference in August.

Congratulations and a job well done to the students and staff of Danz Elementary School!

(Danz Elementary PBIS Universal Leadership Team pictured in photo.)

Green Bay Area Public School District Meets Expectations: Increased Scores in Three Priority Areas

For the third year in a row, the Department of Public Instruction has released the state report cards, which measure four priority areas: student achievement, student growth, closing gaps and on-track and postsecondary readiness.

The Green Bay Area Public School District’s (GBAPS) report card finds that the school district meets expectations for the second year in a row, with the overall score increasing from 63.8 to 64.5.

Out of the four priority areas, GBAPS’s district scores increased in student growth, closing gaps and on-track and postsecondary readiness from the 2012-13 report card.

“The District’s report card reflects our focus on continuous school improvement,” stated Assistant Superintendent Mark Smith.  “What is most important to note in the report is our student’s improved growth. The District had a significant 5.3 point increase (57.9 vs. 52.6), with growth in both reading and math.”

The report card also shows the school district is making gains in closing the achievement gap, with an overall score of 63.5 vs. 62.7 in 2012-13.

Finally, the District’s on-track and postsecondary readiness score increased to 80.7 vs. 80.3 in 2012-13. The two areas where the District demonstrated improvements were in attendance and graduation scores.

“While we are happy to see that the trajectory for our district continues to move in the right direction, we recognize that we are not yet where we need or want to be,” stated Superintendent of Schools and Learning Michelle Langenfeld.  “We are confident that we will continue to see improvement as we collaborate with community partners, focus on education customization pathways, and partner with our staff, who work diligently on behalf of our students.”

School Accountability Scores

Each school within the district receives a report card.  The following chart shows how 35 schools within the school district were scored.  Bay View, Leonardo da Vinci and the John Dewey Academy of Learning did not receive scores this year. To view the report cards, visit https://apps2.dpi.wi.gov/reportcards/.
Report Card Table

Southwest High School Ranked by Newsweek as one of America’s Top High Schools

trojan logo 08-09According to Newsweek, Southwest High School has been named one of America’s top high schools. From more than 14,000 schools that were considered, Southwest ranked #495 in the country. Out of the Wisconsin public schools included in the ranking, Southwest ranked #13.

In creating the list, Newsweek aims to identify the public high schools in the U.S. that do the best job of preparing students for college. Enrollment rates, graduation rates, test scores and more are factored into the ranking system. For additional information, visit http://www.newsweek.com/topic/high-schools.

September is Attendance Awareness Month

Did you know that children can suffer academically if they miss just 10 percent of the school year? That’s just 18 days or 2 to 3 days per month. This September, the Green Bay Area Public School District is celebrating Attendance Awareness Month with a renewed push to get all kids to school – on time, every day. We know there will be days when your child will miss school, especially when he or she is sick. But missing school adds up to missed opportunities, and can cause students to fall behind academically.

Attending school is a child’s first and most important job. Students who attend school regularly starting in kindergarten are more likely to graduate and find good jobs. This September and throughout the school year, let’s work together as a school community to get all our kids to school, on time, every day. For more information on why attending school is important, please visit www.attendanceworks.org. Thank you for your support!

What’s New in 2014-15?

The 2014-15 school year is upon us, and there are so many things to celebrate. Here are a few new and exciting initiatives this year:

New Grading Policy

GradeA task force was convened during the 2013-14 school year that included teachers, principals, students, parents, school board members and administrators. The task force determined that a new grading scale for the secondary level was a key component in providing meaningful instruction to all students to accurately communicate a student’s performance.

The new grading scale does the following:

  • Aligns with surrounding school districts, which enables Green Bay students to compete on a level playing field for college admission and scholarships.
  • Provides a more accurate and clear representation of student performance.
  • Incentivizes students to enroll in more academically challenging classes, such as advanced placement courses.
  • Reflects most college and university grading scales.

The new grading scale is just the first part of the overall work the task force is addressing in regard to the grading policy,” stated Assistant Superintendent Mark Smith. “It should be noted that the new grading scale does not reflect a change in academic rigor, which is connected to academic expectations and practices within the classroom. In 2014-15 the task forces will be working to align grading practices with high quality instruction.”

 

Ribbon Cutting & Dedication for the Dr. Rosa Minoka-Hill School

IMG_4414On August 27, the Green Bay Area Public School District, descendants of Oneida physician Dr. Rosa Minoka-Hill, and members of the Green Bay community participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication for the new Dr. Rosa Minoka-Hill School. Occupying the former Job Center Building, the school is located at 325 N. Roosevelt and welcomed its first students on September 2, 2014.

Minoka-Hill School will serve students with a continuum of learning needs. The school will provide numerous supports for students with a wide-range of issues that inhibit their ability to be successful at a traditional school. Minoka-Hill will be structured so as to address root causes enabling students to transition back to their regular school setting and be successful.

The school’s namesake, Dr. Rosa Minoka-Hill, was born in 1876 in northern New Jersey to a Mohican mother and was raised by a Quaker physician. Minoka-Hill earned her M.D. at the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1899, and moved to Wisconsin in 1905 with her husband Charles Hill, a farmer. For decades she operated a “kitchen clinic” at her house, providing care for Oneida on the reservation. In 1947 she was adopted by the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. They gave her the name Yo-da-gent, meaning “she who serves.” Minoka-Hill spent her life tending to the needs of the poor and underserved in her Wisconsin community.

 

Opening of the Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners

???????????????????????????????On September 2, 2014, the first students of the Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners walked through the doors of their new K-8 school. The school’s mission is to use all school and community resources to provide the appropriate level of challenge for academically gifted students in a rigorous and student-centered, diverse learning environment that prepares them to be world leaders. The school is located at 139 S. Monroe in Green Bay.

 

New 4K Bussing Policy

New this school year, the Green Bay Area Public School District will be providing bussing for 4K students who live .5 mile or further from their home school site.

Currently the district provides bussing only for students who live more than two miles from their home school or live in an area deemed a hazardous walking area. By identifying 4K programs with low bus ridership, the school district was able to modify the bussing schedules for some school sites to an AM or PM only schedule. This enabled the district to offer bussing for 4K students that live .5 mile or more from school and remain budget neutral. All students attending Wequiock Elementary School and Friedrich Froebel Garden of Early Learning will be eligible for bussing due to their rural location.

 

District to use Infinite Campus Parent Portal for Food Service Payments

The Green Bay Area Public School District Food Service Department is happy to announce a new cashier system in Infinite Campus. Included in this update, we are proud to offer real-time breakfast and lunch information through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. The Parent Portal allows you to view meal purchases, make payments, and submit a confidential free & reduced meals application, all in one convenient location! This is the same Portal you may use for classroom activities, grades, and attendance. Payments will no longer be accepted through MyLunchMoney.com.

Contact the Department of Technology Help Desk for questions on Parent Portal at 920-448-2148, or email help_ic@gbaps.org.

Additional Information:

•Cash and check payments at the cafeteria are always welcome.

•Convenience Fee still applies to online payments.

•Payments will no longer be accepted through MyLunchMoney.com.

•Lunch account balances from My Lunch Money will be transferred to Infinite Campus food service accounts.

•For additional information, visit the Food Service website.

For directions on how to complete an online payment for your child’s meal account:

 

Program will allow seniors from East, West and Preble to apply for free at UW – Green Bay

A new University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (UWGB) program will allow seniors from East, West and Preble high schools to apply to the University at no cost, and will also provide trained application assistance for students during October and November.

Private donors will cover application costs for seniors from Phuture Phoenix partner schools (East, West, Preble) now that the fall 2015 application period has opened. The UWGB application fee is $44.

The application pilot program is the latest initiative from UW-Green Bay’s award-winning Phuture Phoenix program, which since 2002 has been increasing the odds that disadvantaged students will graduate from high school and pursue higher education. The program’s fall tour days bring fifth-graders from Title I schools throughout Northeastern Wisconsin to campus, connecting them with UW-Green Bay student mentors who help boost their college aspirations. The mentors work closely with students in grades 6-12, and once they are admitted to UW-Green Bay, these students are eligible for scholarships if they participated in the program’s tour day or tutoring/mentoring components. The Phuture Phoenix Primary Program at Green Bay’s Jefferson and Eisenhower elementary schools starts reinforcing the go-to-college message even sooner, with special programming and other elements beginning in kindergarten.

Visit www.uwgb.edu/admissions/ or call (920) 465-2111 for more information about visiting or applying to UW-Green Bay. More information about the Phuture Phoenix program is available at www.uwgb.edu/phuturephoenix/.

District to use Infinite Campus Parent Portal for Food Service Payments

It’s now easier to pay for Breakfast & Lunch!

The Green Bay Area Public School District Food Service Department is happy to announce a new cashier system in Infinite Campus. Included in this update, we are proud to offer real-time breakfast and lunch information through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. The Parent Portal allows you to view meal purchases, make payments, and submit a confidential free & reduced meals application, all in one convenient location! This is the same Portal you may use for classroom activities, grades, and attendance. Payments will no longer be accepted through MyLunchMoney.com.

Contact the Department of Technology Help Desk for questions on Parent Portal at 920-448-2148, or email help_ic@gbaps.org.

Additional Information:
•Cash and check payments at the cafeteria are always welcome.
•Convenience Fee still applies to online payments.
•Payments will no longer be accepted through MyLunchMoney.com.
•Lunch account balances from My Lunch Money will be transferred to Infinite Campus food service accounts.
•For additional information, visit the Food Service website.
 

For directions on how to complete an online payment for your child’s meal account:

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Southwest’s Max Scharping Named an NFF High School Scholar-Athlete Award Finalist

ScharpingThe National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) recently announced the names of 36 finalists for the 2014 NFF High School National Scholar-Athlete Awards – and Max Scharping, a 2013 graduate of Southwest High School, made the cut. The awards honor one young man from each of the country’s five regions as the best and brightest for their accomplishments as athletes, scholars and citizens at the high school level. The five winners who are now playing college football will be announced the week of October 9.

Scharping was selected as one of 36 finalists from a pool of more than 3,500 scholar-athletes across the nation. If chosen as one of five winners, he will travel to New York City to be honored during the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon on December 9, 2014. First granted in 1991, the NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards have become one of the most prestigious high school honors in the country. Scharping currently plays football at Northern Illinois University. Congratulations Max!

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