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Highlights from the Board of Education Meeting - 3/10/14


MARCH 10, 2014

Link to Meeting Packet        Link to LifeSize Video of Meeting

Recognitions: Elementary students were recognized for advancing to the Regional Spelling Bee:

Ashwin Sankrithi, Eisenhower, grade 7; Brynn Flanders, Poplar Creek, grade 6; Melisa Erman, Elmwood, grade 6; Suzanne Bian, Elmwood, grade 6; Joshua Lucchesi, West, grade 7; Kyra Levandoski, Ronald Reagan, grade 5.

Ashwin Sankrithi will advance to the Badger State Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 29, 2014, his second trip to state!

Moving New Berlin Forward Update: Superintendent Joe Garza urged Board and community members to attend the Discover New Berlin Expo on March 21-22, 10 – 5 p.m. at Ronald Reagan Elementary School. The event will feature New Berlin businesses and civic organizations, student performances, school district showcases, a job fair and more.  

Strategic Goals Update – Personalized Learning Department: Director of Personalized Learning Larry Lueck shared recent professional development activities for staff to increase knowledge and skills in the area of personalized learning.

  • Dr. Punya Mishra – Recent keynote speaker at the Feb. 21 professional learning day – shared information with staff about the TPACK model involving technology integration and creativity
  • Digital Citizenship Curriculum – Staff at all grade levels are learning how to instruct on digital citizenship
  •  Compass Learning, Discovery Education and the Integration of 2.0 Tools – Staff are learning how to use these tools to support student learning.

Facility Update – Eisenhower Science, Project Lead the Way, and Team Rooms: Director of Buildings & Grounds Andy Stefancin share progress on facility projects that support student learning and safety at New Berlin Eisenhower:

  • Designing four chemistry rooms that are flexible for biology and other sciences. Rooms will offer collaborative learning space and will be flexible with movable furniture. A team of administrators and teachers toured other school science facilities and provided feedback to the process. To be completed by end of summer 2014.
  • Two Project Lead the Way classrooms and one large collaborative learning space will be built inside the old wood shop and metal shop. Two physics classrooms and additional collaborative learning space will be built to be flexible for other content areas to utilize.  To be completed by end of summer 2014.
  • Two team locker rooms (boy’s, girl’s) will replace the current boy’s team locker room. To be completed by end of summer 2014.
  • The auditorium is being renovated. It was has been updated with a new sound system. A sprinkler system will be installed. New seating (similar to the West PAC) will have aisles for safety. To be completed by October 1. 
  • Restrooms most in need have been remodeled; all school restrooms will be remodeled over time.

Update on Wisconsin Model Academic Standards: Superintendent Joe Garza shared that he traveled to Madison to testify on Senate Bill 619. Garza supported the concept of a Model Academic Standards Board if there is fair and equal representation of all stakeholders. He urged legislators to continue to allow district to implement the previously-adopted Math and English Language Arts standards in order not to interrupt the continuum of student learning.  He supported the Model Academic Standards Board developing Science and Social Studies Standards, and reviewing the Math and English Language Arts standards over time.

Next Meetings:  March 24, April 7 & 28 7 p.m., New Berlin West Idea Center; Board of Education Election – April 1

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