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
A 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
On 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 email@example.com.
•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/.