Update from the Board of Education

Dear Johnson Creek School District Residents,

Annually the Johnson Creek Board of Education (BOE) and the School District administration meet to set goals for the upcoming year regarding curriculum and instruction, facilities, personnel, community engagement, culture, and boardsmanship. We do this with the District’s mission in mind. The mission states, “We, the members of the School District of Johnson Creek, believe in the potential of all and are committed to developing life-long learners who value themselves, contribute to their community, and succeed in a changing world.”

We are proud of the many accomplishments of our students and staff in 2016-2017, which are simply too many to mention here. We cannot thank the teachers, staff, and administration enough for their dedication to the development of our students. Both the Elementary and Middle School continue to be Schools of Distinction in Math and Science. Efforts to continue our progress into the high school are well underway.

In the summer of 2016 the school community kicked off a very significant fundraising endeavor to raise $2.5 million dollars to complete the school athletic fields. To date, just over $1 million dollars has been raised. We are so appreciative of the way our community has pulled together to raise this money. Without the dedication of the many community members who volunteer their time and talents, we could not be as far as we are today towards this ambitious goal. Thank you! That being said, we are looking for more people to help the district reach its goal. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rick Wrensch at wrenschr@johnsoncreekschools.org.

We look toward the 2017-18 school year with great excitement. You will see from our goals below that the BOE is committed to students, teachers and the community. The many ways we plan to show our commitment are highlighted below.

Curriculum and Instruction

  • Continue to provide staff development to the high school staff to prepare and implement personalized learning in the high school
  • Increase the number of courses to address student needs
  • Encourage exploration of all post-secondary options, including 2 and 4 year universities, technical college, and work.

Sites and Facilities

  • Improve acoustics in the domes’ open spaces
  • Create a more welcoming environment by adding color and artwork to walls to maximize student learning
  • Design flexible learning spaces, and purchase furniture and equipment to facilitate personalized learning
  • Begin site work on gardens and an orchard at the middle school/high school site
  • Complete the track and football field project, and begin on the concessions stand.

Personnel

  • Continue to provide high quality professional development for our staff members
  • Investigate ways to address staff well-being in times of high stress
  • Examine the retention and recognition of staff

Community Engagement

  • Continue to open our facilities to recreation groups and community clubs.
  • Expand this engagement through increasing the use of the fitness center.
  • Communicate in a timely manner with community using the printed Jay five times per year, our school blog (go to johnsoncreekschools.info – you can subscribe to the blog to get the latest news in your inbox if you wish), and improved district website, the Johnson Creek School District Facebook page, and Twitter
  • Engage new fundraising committee members for the athletic fields

School Culture

  • Improve student empowerment as well as well-being.
  • Review our anti-bullying, trauma, mindfulness, and stress reduction programs to be sure they are effective for our students

Boardsmanship

  • Ensure that the mission of the district is at the forefront when making decisions
  • Provide resources to ensure quality staff is maintained, useful instructional resources are available, and instructional spaces are productive, all while being fiscally responsible.
  • Increase the board’s engagement with the Wisconsin Association of School Boards to keep informed of current issues in public education and to enhance board governance

A school is not just the BOE, administration, staff and students; it is the entire community.  With collaboration among us all,  the students, staff, and facilities can reach their potential. If you would like further information or have any questions, please feel free to contact any one of our board members. A school is not just the BOE, administration, staff and students; it is the entire community.  With collaboration among us all,  the students, staff, and facilities can reach their potential. If you would like further information or have any questions, please feel free to contact any one of our board members.

With Bluejay Pride,
The Johnson Creek Board of Education

Rick Wrensch, President,  wrenschr@johnsoncreekschools.org

Kellie Loeb, Vice President, loebk@johnsoncreekschools.org

June Kolaske, Treasurer, kolaskej@johnsoncreekschools.org

Carol O’Neil, Clerk, oneilc@johnsoncreekschools.org

Duane Draeger, Member, draegerd@johnsoncreekschools.org

Mark Seiwert, Member, siewertm@johnsoncreekschools.org

Jennifer Malueg, Member, maluegj@johnsoncreekschools.org

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