New Grading Scale Approved July 21, 2014

GradeDuring the 2013-14 school year, a task force was established 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. On July 21, 2014, the Board of Education voted to approve the new grading scale.

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 grading scale is just the first part of the committee’s work. During the 2014-15 school year the task force will be working on recommendations to align grading practices with high quality instruction. The grading scale will be implemented for the 2014-15 school year and is not retroactive.

It is important to note that the grading scale does not reflect the academic rigor expected in our district. Rather, academic rigor should be supported through academic expectations and practices within the classroom.

The new grading scale is pictured at the top of the post.

East High School Recognized with Top Honors at FBLA National Leadership Conference in Nashville

FBLA Nationals Nick & JacobMore than 10,000 of America’s best and brightest youth traveled to the historic city of Nashville to make some history of their own as they showcased their talents as future business leaders and vied for the opportunity to win over $165,000 in cash awards.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), the largest and oldest student business organization, held its National Leadership Conference in Nashville on June 29–July 2. Participants from across the United States and two countries were in attendance for this exciting conference to sharpen their core business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 60 business related competitive events.

Jacob Thomas and Nick VanMatre from East High School received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence on July 2. VanMatre and Thomas competed in Mobile App Development and brought home the fifth place trophy as well as a cash award from Microsoft. The Mobile App Development event requires students to build a fully functional mobile app based on the criteria given in the event description. For the 2014 event VanMatre and Thomas built a training app to engage students and help them prepare for an FBLA test.

“I couldn’t be more proud of Jacob and Nick,” said East High School FBLA advisor Scott Christy. “Mobile App Development was a new event this year and it ended up being considerably more difficult than we originally expected. They worked incredibly hard for the last five months on this and to finish in the top five in the entire nation is a very impressive accomplishment.”
The award was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. In order to make it to FBLA nationals, competitors must first finish in the top three for their event at regionals to advance to state competition. Students then must finish in the top three at the FBLA State Leadership Conference to be selected to represent Wisconsin at FBLA nationals. Green Bay East FBLA qualified five students for nationals this year in three different events, the most for a single year in the history of the FBLA program at East. East High School has had eight top ten national finishers over the past six years including a top two finisher in 2013.

In addition to the competitions, students at FBLA Nationals immersed themselves in educational workshops, attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics, and enjoyed sightseeing tours in Nashville.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. For more information, visit http://www.fbla-pbl.org.

Job Center Building to be Named After Dr. Rosa Minoka-Hill

On July 21, the Green Bay Area Public School District Board of Education approved that the former Job Center Building located at 325 N. Roosevelt in Green Bay will be named the Dr. Rosa Minoka-Hill School.

The school’s namesake, Dr. Rosa Minoka-Hill, was born in 1876 in northern New Jersey to a mother who was a Mohawk and a father who was 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.

The Minoka-Hill School will serve students with a continuum of unique learning needs. At Minoka-Hill these students are provided additional supports to assist them in overcoming personal challenges with the goal of transitioning back to their neighborhood or choice school, and ultimately graduating college, career and community ready.

“The naming committee was very excited about its selection of Dr. Rosa Minoka-Hill as the namesake for a school which will serve the district’s most unique learners,” said Executive Director of Special Education Services Claudia Hendrickson. “Dr. Rosa Minoka-Hill was one of the first Native American women to become a medical doctor in the United States. Not only did she overcome personal challenges in her life, she is recognized for her achievements and the service she provided to underserved communities.”

The District is also pleased to announce that the Minoka-Hill will be a Thrive School. This partnership with Bellin Health is an important element of the District’s efforts to educate the whole child, with a focus on wellness educational opportunities for students, families and community.

Minoka-Hill will open its doors for the 2014-15 school year on September 2, 2014. Relocation of programs to the school is expected to be completed by September 2015. When completed the school will provide a wide-range of supports for students with emotional/health, attendance and behavioral issues to address root causes enabling students to transition back to their regular school setting and be successful.

Fort Howard School Year Ends June 30th

Summer break is starting a little later this year, and the next two years, for Fort Howard students. Fort Howard Elementary is one of four schools in Wisconsin that was designated a Priority School by the Department of Public Instruction.

Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Fort Howard failed to demonstrate Annual Yearly Progress three years in a row. While a racially diverse school, the majority of students (95%) are eligible for free and reduced lunch.

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In an effort to raise student achievement, Fort Howard has an extended learning day and year. For the 2013-14 school year, the school day was extended by 30 minutes, with 13 additional days added to the school year. Next year, Fort Howard will add another half-hour to the day in addition to the extra time added this year, resulting in an additional 50 days of instruction for the school year.

In addition to more time, Fort Howard incorporates parent learning sessions for the purpose of engaging parents around the curriculum so that they can support their child’s learning.

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According to Principal DeAnn Lehman, the most critical change the school has made is changing the focus of the teachers and the students. For teachers it is to place less focus on meeting proficiency targets (although that is the final goal), but rather are students showing growth. For students it is about adopting a “can do” mindset. Lehman pointed out that for her students taking risks and accepting mistakes is not a given.

A plan is already in place to keep momentum going after the last day of school on June 30. Students attended a book fair where they chose books based on their reading levels. During July and August, each student will receive, either by mail or hand-delivered, three books and one or two math activities every two weeks.

Lehman shared that school attendance remains the same and there were few questions and concerns from parents. The Green Bay Area Public School District and Fort Howard view the extended learning year as an opportunity. As for the students, they continue to enjoy coming to school and will be sad to see the school year end.

Aldo Leopold 8th Graders Give a Gift that Inspires a Legacy

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During the 2013-14 school year, eighth graders at Aldo Leopold raised money for their annual “legacy” gift to be given in their honor to the Aldo school community. After a school visit from the creators of the Word Winder game, the students decided they wanted to buy a giant Word Winder game as their gift.

After the students’ diligent efforts to raise money, enough funds were raised to not only purchase a copy of the game for Aldo, but to also send one to a school of high need in the Chicago area. The gift was delivered to St. Agatha’s Academy on June 10, and the staff and students were so moved by Aldo’s generosity, that they committed to “paying it forward” by purchasing a game for another high need school next year.

Congratulations to the Aldo Leopold eighth graders and their teachers for inspiring others with their kindness and generosity! This is the true meaning of legacy.

Preble FHS Team Attends Event at Briggs & Stratton

B-S Employee Event 1On June 5, the Preble Formula High School (FHS) team attended the Briggs & Stratton employee event held at the B&S Corporate offices. The Wisconsin Formula High School project was created to allow students who are interested in motorsports, engineering, and technology areas a realistic outlet to showcase their skills and talents. Students who are involved in athletic competitions have regular meets or games in which they compete to see how their abilities compare with other schools.

The event on June 5 allowed the B&S employees a chance to see their company’s product in use. There were multiple examples of lawn & garden equipment, construction equipment, generators, snow blowers, etc., along with examples of their engines currently being used in racing. Preble’s prototype race vehicle was tested in front of B&S staff, much to their enjoyment.

Students involved in FHS will now have the opportunity to compete against other schools in a controlled racing time-trial event. Each team is responsible for constructing a vehicle to a strict set of guidelines. Although the competition vehicles may appear cosmetically similar, the differences in the drivetrains, alignment, and steering geometry make for spirited competition. Despite the FHS event being held at a prominent motorsports facility, the focus of the project is to help the students develop the engineering and technical skills that are vital to our nation’s manufacturers.

Thanks to Briggs & Stratton for making this event possible for our students!

District Summer Food Program Offers Free Nutritious Meals throughout Summer Break

Stressing the importance of offering nutritious meals to children during the summer months, the Green Bay Area Public School District announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, provides nutritious meals to children during the summer, when free and reduced-price school meals are typically unavailable. Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under. Persons over 18 years of age who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who also participate in a public or private non-profit school program during the regular school year may receive free meals as well.

The following locations will be serving free meals this summer (refer to site list for locations and times below). Meals are provided to eligible children regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service.

“This program fills a void created when school lunches are not available,” said Kathy Walker, Director of Food Services. “Helping parents meet the nutritional needs of their children is the strength of this program.”

The daily food service schedule for each day beginning June 16 – August 15 (no July 4th meals), Monday through Friday, is as follows:
Astor Park, 12:40 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.
Baird Park, 11:40 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Bayview, 12:05 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Beaumont, 11:45 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Beaver Dam Park, 12:30 p.m. – 12:35 p.m.
Boys and Girls Club East, 12:00 p.m.
Boys and Girls Club West, 12:00 p.m.
Central Library, 11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Colburn Park, 11:55 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Danz Park, 1:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Eastman Park, 11:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
East River (John Street), 12:10 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Edison Park, 11:20 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Eisenhower, 11:10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
Farlin Park, 12:20 p.m. – 12:35 p.m.
Fireman’s Park, 12:45 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.
Fisk Park, 1:10 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
Fort Howard, 12:40 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Joannes Park, 11:55 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
John Muir Park, 12:15 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Kennedy, 12:40 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.
Marquette Park, 11:30 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Mather Park, 11:35 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Murphy Park, 11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Nicolet School Park, 11:35 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Perkins Park, 11:15 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
Seymour Park, 12:25 p.m. – 12:35 p.m.
Southwest Library, 11:10 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
St. James Park, 12:25 p.m. – 12:35 p.m.
St. Phillips, 1:05 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Tank, 12:10 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.
VT Pride, 1:05 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.
Whitney Park, 11:20 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Wilder Park, 11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
8th Street, 11:00 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.

In addition to the daily schedule, free lunch will be provided at the following events:
City Track & Field at West High School – Thursday, June 19, lunch at Fisk Park.
Go Skateboarding Day at Joannes Skate Park –Friday, June 20, pizza meal at 2:00 p.m.
Kid’s Day at Leicht Park – Wednesday, June 25.
Wildlife Sanctuary Day at the Wildlife Sanctuary – Tuesday, July 1, lunch at 12:00 p.m. (Program for children from 1:00 p.m. – 300 p.m.)
Games Day at Fisk Park – Wednesday, July 9.
City-wide Sports Tournament Day at Colburn Park – Thursday, July 17
Kiddie Parade at Leicht Park – Parade at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29. Serving lunch in parks this day as well.
Kiddie Karnival at Leicht Park – Karnival & Supper at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29.
Geography Bowl at Preble Park – Tuesday, August 5.
Bay Beach Day at Bay Beach – Tuesday, August 12 with lunch.

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