Call to Order
Steve called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. in the Kohler Public Library. John called roll. The following board members were present: Steve Cassady, Sharon Reilly, and John Horneck. Jane Bishop was absent. Chad Hamilton entered at 5:33 p.m.
Statement of Public Notice
December 8, 2017
Approval of Agenda
Sharon moved to approve the agenda. John seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Persons Requesting to Address Members of the Board
Board President’s Report
Steve recognized the significant achievements of the Kohler School District as reflected in the school report card. Kohler high school is ranked number one in the state and the district is ranked third overall in the state of Wisconsin. “Shoot for the Cure” will be held in December at the Kohler v Sheboygan County Christian basketball game. The open enrollment discussion will focus on the community and the vitality of the district.
Superintendent’s Report (Quynh Trueblood)
Wishes & Presents
I offer 4 wishes to all through the holiday season and new year:
May the children continue to learn, grow, and have fun.
May the parents get extra sleep and joy.
May the faculty and staff continue to inspire and innovate.
May the community continue to place children as the centerpiece of its society.
For a present: Sharon Blackadder, Phy Ed teacher in 1959, mailed a box of original polaroid photos she took of 4th, 5th, and 6th graders and cheerleaders. Today, the Kohler students would be in their 60’s and no doubt painting the world full of colors.
State Report Card Scores – One of many measures of success
The district and each school are 5-star rated by the Department of Public Instruction. I personally thank each student, their teachers and parent, for working hard everyday.
The high school earned the highest score on the state report card with a score of 97.7 out of 100.
The district earned the third highest score at 90.7.
The elementary school came in 9th at 93.2
The middle school ranked 13 at 86.9
‘Tis the season for singing in the Wisconsin wonderland. The children have practiced all year, will dress up for the occasion, and the theater will fill to brim with family, friends, and community to marvel at hearing the sounds of angels on Earth. We thank the music teachers Ms. Kukla and Ms. Stokes for making possible magical memories.
Elementary Principal Report (Lisa Greene)
We have chosen Kindness to be our PBIS focus this month and will continue into January with this same theme. We are working on the gift of kindness and how it is a gift to both the giver and the receiver. We will have a Kindness motivational Assembly to be held on January 11th. Thinkkindness.org has sparked kindness movements in schools across the United States with their “15 Days of Kindness” school tour of which we will be a part. They will challenge the students to perform and document 5,000 acts of kindness in 15 days. I am going to challenge the students to double it to 10,000 acts of kindness.
Thinkkindness.org will also be providing us with a Kindness Crew program where our students can serve as leaders to keep our kindness movement active and growing.
We are very pleased to have Mrs. Deb LaDuke be the recipient of a $500 Exxon Mobile Educational Alliance grant. Thanks to the efforts of Mobile, Lori Gregoire and Kristin Guske of Petro Center #5 on Superior Ave in Sheboygan , Mrs. LaDuke will be able to purchase STEM supplies to enrich science and math education in her classroom.
We are looking forward to our Holiday concert this Friday! If you want to see some cuteness, you need to come this Friday @ 2:00! (Doors open at 1:00)
The 1998 Science standards have been updated and Wisconsin DPI released the newly adopted standards in November 2017. At first glance it looks like our curriculum and teaching practices meet the new DPI standards and we will have a fairly seamless transition.
The 1998 Social Standards are in writing committee at this time and are expected to be released sometime in late 2018 or early 2019.
District and School Accountability Report Cards were released Tuesday, Nov. 21st @ 8:00 a.m. The data embargoes are lifted and we have full access to state data to see how we did compared to the state averages and norms. We are very pleased that we continue to be a 5 star district.
I will pull our data together and do a full data presentation to the school board in January.
MS-HS Principal Report (Timothy Brown)
High School/Middle School
With twenty-two days left until the end of semester one, our staff and students are fully engaged in a successful end their semester. That being said, the administration has one eye in the future to ensure ongoing success. One of these measures of success is a state mandate to fully integrate Academic and Career Plans for the school district, and is also a focus for our Strategic Action Plan.
Academic and Career Plans is an adult supported process whereby students create and cultivate their own unique and information-based vision to create college and career-ready students. This involves self-exploration, career information as well as the development of career management and planning skills. This past month, the high school hosted a representative from Career Cruising Training to teach our staff how to best use this online platform to better manage caseloads for advisory Friday activities as well as assist students.
I am pleased to share that for the fourth consecutive year the Kohler School District is one of 447 districts across the United States and Canada that have been selected for the 8th Annual AP Honor Roll. 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2015 to 2017. Districts must increase participation/access to AP by at least 11% in small districts; increased or maintained the percentage of minority students scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2017 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2015 percentage. This is an extremely high bar to achieve not only for one year but it is almost unheard of to achieve this distinction 4 consecutive years.
Certificates of Honor
The following middle school students received certificates of honor: Kyle Cech, Hailey Cole, Kate Coppersmith, Grant Cunliffe-Owen, Sofia Cunliffe-Owen, Sophia DePagter, Francisco Espinoza,
Grace Martin, Jake Marventano, Molly Melowski, Roderic Moore, James Neist, Katelyn Roblee, Brock Romanoski, Jonathan Simons, Sophia Sokhi, Sarah VanDerVaart, and Madeline Wohlgemuth.
The following high school students received certificates of honor: Michelle Barczynski, Evie Brohn,
Noelle Candler, Jack Cassady, Samantha Cassady, Sarah Cassidy, Ashlyn Finney, Kara Friske, Fiona Hidri, Alex Holland, Michael Janssen, Brigita Kant, Andrew Kraus, Rachel Marventano, Clara Montes, Owen Multer, Shannon O’Leary, Erin Pellegrino, Grace Pellegrino, Kaleigh Roeder, Cander Rosenthal, Khloe Rustan, Zoe Scheuren, Michael Schnur, Marcella Senti, Ben Tengowski, Greg Tengowski, Tanner Thyes, Johnny Vallo, Nadia Wandschneider, Madeleine Wandschneider, Alexandra Willadsen, and Tilydia Xiong.
Review of District Finances
Matt Kautzer reported that the 2017 tax rate for the Kohler School District is increasing 6.2% vs. 2016. The net tax rate for the Village of Kohler (which includes all components of the Village real estate tax rate) is increasing 2.0%.
Approval of November 13, 2017 minutes
- Approval of Invoices
- Reports of the policy committee
- Recommendation to approve changes to policy 5112-Entrance Age and corresponding guidelines
- Recommendation to approve language for early retirement benefit for full time teachers
- Discussion of policy 2464—Programs for Gifted & Talented Students
- Discussion of policy 7510—Use of District Facilities
- Reports of the Committee of the Whole
- Discussion of open enrollment for 2018-2019
- Discussion of Ebben Field security
Chad moved to approve the consent agenda. John seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Board Clerk resignation/election
John Horneck will remain board clerk until after the April election.
Approve new courses: Robotics 1 & 2 at the high school level as recommended by the Curriculum & Instruction Committee
Chad moved to approve Robotics 1 & 2 at the high school level. Sharon seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Approve new courses: Computer Aided Design and Fabrication 1 & 2 at the high school level as recommended by the Curriculum & Instruction Committee
Sharon moved to approved Computer Aided Design and Fabrication 1 & 2 at the high school level. Chad seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Approve new courses: Computer Science at the high school level as recommended by the Curriculum & Instruction Committee
Sharon moved to approved Computer Science at the high school level. Chad seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried
Accept the generous $500 donation from Exxon Mobile to Debra LaDuke, 2nd grade teacher
Sharon moved to accept the $500 Exxon Mobile donation. John seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Accept the generous $17,250 donation from the Frederic C Kohler Trust to broaden course selections at the Kohler Public Schools
Chad moved to accept the generous donation from the Frederic C Kohler Trust in the amount of $17,250. John seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried
Sharon moved to adjourn. Steve adjourned the meeting at 6:13 p.m.