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By Joe Block
Contributing Writer 

Wisconsin Heights District plans for Future Search


January 4, 2018

At the Dec. 18 meeting of the Wisconsin Heights School District Board, attention was focused on the upcoming Future Search. The board approved a Future Search with Howick and Associates on Nov. 13, with a target date of April.

A Future Search is a two-and-a-half-day collaboration with administration, teachers, and stakeholders from the community. An executive committee will meet sometime in January to formalize the three-day Future Search in April. In mid-April, participants will then meet over the course of two and half days to brainstorm, connect, and determine the needs of the district and plan for the future. The idea is to get the entire community involved in a discussion of the district’s plan for the future.

At the 3.5 hour-long meeting Dec. 18, District Administrator Jordan Sinz outlined a few key takeaways: Identify issues and trends that are impacting the Wisconsin Heights community; identify what students need to be successful; provide opportunities for individuals to participate in creating dynamic community learners; strengthen the connection between the communities and the district; and identify ways to foster communication with the greater community.

“The Board of Education and Administrative Team engaged in a very positive and productive meeting,” said Sinz. “Great ideas were shared, and there was a great deal of dialogue around our goals for the upcoming Future Search process.”

In a follow up interview, Deb Winkler, Principal of Black Earth Elementary, provided some additional comments on her Dec. 11 presentation of the district report card.

“The staff of Wisconsin Heights School District examines the School Report Card information in an effort to continue to meet the needs of our students and further their growth academically. The district was ranked third out of the six schools in the Capital Conference South, behind New Glarus and Belleville. The report cards for Mazomanie Elementary and the Middle School are based on the Forward Exam results, and the High School Report Card is based on the junior class ACT results. The staff looks at the results of each of these assessments specifically, and then determines if changes in instructional practices are needed. For example, a goal of the district this school year is to close the achievement gap in the area of literacy of our vulnerable student groups (special education, socioeconomic status, and ethnicity).”


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