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Aug022018

2015-07 Student Success in School

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First published on 28 May 2015 Posted in District News

by Pamela Schuster, Chilton Elementary School Principal

Every year I ask parents at the first 4K parent meeting "What is the highest indicator of student success in school?" Most will reply "Reading to your child." I agree that this is important – but then I ask – "What may be even more important than that?" Eventually someone will answer "Being involved in your child's education." Based on my past thirty years' experience as an educator, that is also a great answer! Research shows that when parents are involved students have: higher grades-test scores- and graduation rates, better school attendance, increased motivation, better self-esteem, lower rates of suspension, decreased use of drugs and alcohol, and fewer instances of violent behavior. There are so many ways for parents, teachers, and the community to be involved and to work together for the success of our students. In this article, I will highlight just a few examples from this past school year.

Some of you may have been guests at our 1st Friday of the month Early Riser Readers events. These had a monthly theme and students and their families were invited to come, have a bit of breakfast, and then enjoy reading time. These were well attended with about 100-165 people participating each month. Sometimes students wanted to attend Early Riser Readers, but an adult could not attend with them. That is when members from the Kiwanis stepped in as volunteers to read with these students. Many times, students from the daycare also attended and the Kiwanis volunteers read with them, as well. Thank you to Kiwanis members: Carl and Larelda Siebert, Charles Zarnoth and Richard Schmidt for their dedicated attendance at our Early Riser Reader mornings!

Another reading program which operated throughout the school year with community members' support was our Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP). We had 15 RSVP volunteers (Tutoring Tigers) matched with over 32 children throughout the school year. These volunteers met with students weekly to listen to students read and assist with their reading skills. The students eagerly anticipate their "grandma or grandpa" reader coming each week to spend time and read with them. They loved the one-to-one interaction sharing books and playing "games". Thank you to RSVP volunteers: Ginny Schneider, Karen Martens, Mercedes Schuster, Janice Marx, Shirley Lisowe, Mary Pagel, Pat Gasch, Bobbie Whittaker, Ann Gasch, Jan Nett, Adella Anhalt, Jean Reider, Alice Ruhland, Bonnie Weber and Sue Kuehn for making a difference in the lives of Chilton students!

Family Reading and Technology nights were offered monthly as a way to provide opportunities for families to spend time together either reading or using various forms of technology. In addition, the Elementary school hosted a "Read-Around-The School" evening and a Math Family Night. Both of these activities allowed for families to come to school in the evening and participate in an evening of fun and engaging learning events. A Bingo Bash for Books, supported in part with PTA funds, was planned for May 21st. Students and their families were welcomed back to school in the evening to play Bingo and win books, at their reading level, for their summer reading pleasure. Thanks to the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for all of the support they give to our schools! (Joining this organization would be a great way to become involved with your child's education.)

During the year we have had community members come into the school and provide wonderful presentations for students. These ranged from dental hygiene, to banking, and fire safety. Parents also volunteered their time throughout the year and assisted teachers in classrooms, worked with small groups of children, chaperoned field trips, slept overnight at the 4th Grade Reading Sleepover, or sent items from home to use in school projects. The list is endless. All of this parent and community involvement and engagement is vital to our schools and provides the support needed for successful students! Thank you to all who have supported your children and your school throughout this school year!

Please consider getting involved in volunteering in our schools next school year. Interested parents or community members are welcome to contact me, Mrs. Pam Schuster at: schusterp@chilton.k12.wi.us, to learn more about ways to volunteer your time and talents for student success in our schools!

by Pamela Schuster

Chilton Elementary School Principal

 

 Every year I ask parents at the first 4K parent meeting “What is the highest indicator of student success in school?”  Most will reply “Reading to your child.” I agree that this is important – but then I ask – “What may be even more important than that?”   Eventually someone will answer “Being involved in your child’s education.”   Based on my past thirty years’ experience as an educator, that is also a great answer!  Research shows that when parents are involved students have: higher grades-test scores- and graduation rates, better school attendance, increased motivation, better self-esteem, lower rates of suspension, decreased use of drugs and alcohol, and fewer instances of violent behavior.  There are so many ways for parents, teachers, and the community to be involved and to work together for the success of our students.  In this article, I will highlight just a few examples from this past school year.

 

Some of you may have been guests at our 1st Friday of the month Early Riser Readers events.  These had a monthly theme and students and their families were invited to come, have a bit of breakfast, and then enjoy reading time.  These were well attended with about 100-165 people participating each month.  Sometimes students wanted to attend Early Riser Readers, but an adult could not attend with them.  That is when members from the Kiwanis stepped in as volunteers to read with these students.  Many times, students from the daycare also attended and the Kiwanis volunteers read with them, as well.  Thank you to Kiwanis members:  Carl and Larelda Siebert, Charles Zarnoth and Richard Schmidt for their dedicated attendance at our Early Riser Reader mornings!

 

Another reading program which operated throughout the school year with community members’ support was our Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP).  We had 15 RSVP volunteers (Tutoring Tigers) matched with over 32 children throughout the school year.  These volunteers met with students weekly to listen to students read and assist with their reading skills.  The students eagerly anticipate their “grandma or grandpa” reader coming each week to spend time and read with them.  They loved the one-to-one interaction sharing books and playing “games”. Thank you to RSVP volunteers:  Ginny Schneider, Karen Martens, Mercedes Schuster, Janice Marx, Shirley Lisowe, Mary Pagel, Pat Gasch, Bobbie Whittaker, Ann Gasch, Jan Nett, Adella Anhalt, Jean Reider, Alice Ruhland, Bonnie Weber and Sue Kuehn for making a difference in the lives of Chilton students!

 

Family Reading and Technology nights were offered monthly as a way to provide opportunities for families to spend time together either reading or using various forms of technology.  In addition, the Elementary school hosted a “Read-Around-The School” evening and a Math Family Night.  Both of these activities allowed for families to come to school in the evening and participate in an evening of fun and engaging learning events.  A Bingo Bash for Books, supported in part with PTA funds, was planned for May 21st.  Students and their families were welcomed back to school in the evening to play Bingo and win books, at their reading level, for their summer reading pleasure.  Thanks to the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for all of the support they give to our schools! (Joining this organization would be a great way to become involved with your child’s education.)

 

During the year we have had community members come into the school and provide wonderful presentations for students. These ranged from dental hygiene, to banking, and fire safety.  Parents also volunteered their time throughout the year and assisted teachers in classrooms, worked with small groups of children, chaperoned field trips, slept overnight at the 4th Grade Reading Sleepover, or sent items from home to use in school projects.  The list is endless.  All of this parent and community involvement and engagement is vital to our schools and provides the support needed for successful students!  Thank you to all who have supported your children and your school throughout this school year!

 

Please consider getting involved in volunteering in our schools next school year.  Interested parents or community members are welcome to contact me, Mrs. Pam Schuster at:  schusterp@chilton.k12.wi.us, to learn more about ways to volunteer your time and talents for student success in our schools!

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Sep192017

2017's 5th annual Run T.A.L.L. 5K.

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First published on 19 September 2017 Posted in District News

The proceeds of this run will be available for Calumet County schools to use for bullying prevention awareness, anti-violence education and other related mental health/wellness programming.

We will be having a school challenge again this year!  This challenge involves a $500 donation to the school with the highest participation percentage.  By using a participation percentage, even small schools have a chance to win the school challenge.

The run will take place on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14th at Kiwanis Park (near the pool) in New Holstein.  The Inspire Dreams Kids’ run will start at 8:30 AM and the 5K will start at 9AM.

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Aug022018

2015-06 School and Business Partnerships in Chilton

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First published on 14 May 2015 Posted in District News

By Mr. Ty Breitlow, High School Principal

In Chilton, a renewed sense of urgency for opportunities in and around the greater Chilton area has the faculty and administration excited to explore multiple avenues for school and business partnerships. Over the past few years, Chilton High School (CHS) has invited local business members to a Vocational Arts Open House to discuss the skills, knowledge and disposition that their businesses are seeking, and how we can best prepare our students to be productive and successful future employees. The discussions provided tremendous feedback, and CHS communicated that feedback to students. At this time, a new vision for the Vocational Arts Department and, a renewed commitment to equally beneficial partnerships has emerged. Changes to the CHS Vocational Arts department include Matt Kiel, who teaches courses like Engineering, Design and Drafting, Autos and Metals; Ethan Fritz, who teaches Carpentry and Construction courses, and Amy Thielman, the Agricultural Arts teacher and School-to-Work Coordinator, who has assumed the Department Chair position while our new members assimilate into our professional and community culture.

With the new leadership and administrative support, CHS decided to create a School-Business Partnership Committee consisting of the CHS administration, CHS faculty and any members of our local businesses that would be willing and able to be involved. CHS invited local businesses to the school in the fall of 2014 for another open house, and it was well attended by: American Finishing, DVO, Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC), JTD Enterprises, TD Services, Worthington Cylinders, and Vande Hey Brantmeier. Topics that were discussed were how to best prepare students for our local businesses, how to create work experience opportunities for CHS students, what equipment our students should be proficient with, and how CHS can procure the needed resources. At the conclusion of the meeting, the next steps to sustain the momentum of the open house were determined to provide students' access to the business setting, and to form a standing committee that would have ongoing discussion for continuous improvement. Since that time, CHS students have been visiting those businesses, gaining perspective and interest and a Partnership Committee meeting is planned for late May. We have also continued to align our high school offerings in partnership with FVTC to allow advanced credit opportunities for students while at CHS. A partnership of this sort will facilitate students continuing their education in any technical trade beyond CHS.

Simultaneously, Mrs. Thielman and the administration have been meeting with the Calumet Medical Center (CMC) administration to expand work experience opportunities for students interested in careers in healthcare. Healthcare occupations, many of which require an associate's degree or less, make up 8 of the 20 fastest growing occupations. CHS students can attain their Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) license in high school through our articulated credit with Fox Valley Technical College, which is a springboard to any healthcare occupation. CMC has committed to growing qualified professionals from within the local area so the school-business partnership is a natural fit.

As our society continues to support students furthering their education beyond high school, CHS has focused on students and their ability to be positive contributors to the workplace. Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers has directed schools to have all students graduate "College and Career Ready." CHS has embraced this initiative. At our fall Vocational Arts Open House, two important themes for student understanding were discussed. First, students in the current generation have limited understanding of what careers in manufacturing, and other technical industries, really involve. The stereotype of dirty, dangerous shops needs to be replaced with the reality of highly technical, computerized machines that need to be calibrated for parts to one-hundred thousandths of an inch. To that end, CHS will continue to build partnerships with businesses for full understanding of the limitless opportunities in those careers. The second theme local businesses identified was employability skills such as punctuality, follow-though, and the ability to take direction. CHS has embraced this feedback and made it part of our Vocational Arts expectations. Utilizing employability skills, such as the aforementioned, will serve students and business alike, which is the ultimate goal of any partnership.

School and Business partnership programs can encompass a wide variety of activities. They may involve staff development, curriculum development, policy development, instructional development, guidance, mentoring, tutoring, incentives and awards, or they may provide material and financial resources. Though the types of partnership activities can vary widely, the common goal of virtually all school-business partnerships is to improve the educational experience. A partnership can be defined as a mutually supportive relationship between a business and a school, or school district, in which the partners commit themselves to specific goals and activities intended to benefit students and schools (Showers, 2010). In most cases, partnering is a win-win situation for all involved parties. In addition to improving the educational experience, the business partners frequently will realize benefits as well, such as enhanced goodwill, a stronger presence in the community, and an extended interview process with the possibility of career-long employees. One critical element to keep in mind is that school-business relationships can have a powerful impact on the community. Community members and parents can play a role in the development process, since the entire community ultimately benefits from a successful partnership. Recognizing that schools are typically a focal point of every community, community leaders should be engaged and supportive of partnerships that improve the educational experience. By focusing decisions about partnership activities at the local level, we can ensure maximum involvement and success.

The Chilton Public School mission statement states, "We, the Chilton Public School District, believe that preparing students to achieve their potential is our highest priority. In partnership, with all members of our community, we are committed to inspiring our students to be life-long learners and responsible, contributing members in a global society." The statement clearly shows the fundamental role that school-community partnerships have in preparing our students for the future.

Currently, CHS has identified a dozen businesses in the area that have committed to partnering with the school for student-work opportunities and support. We continue to work with and grow our programs for everyone's benefit. With that said, CHS would like to invite any business that may be willing to create a partnership with the school to reach out and contact us to begin dialogue. All ideas are worth a conversation. I encourage any business or community member to reach out to me at breitlowt@chilton.k12.wi.us, or call the high school office at 920.849.2358, if you have any interest in forming a partnership, or for any questions or feedback you may have. Thank you for your interest in the Chilton Public Schools; it is appreciated.

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Sep122017

Hurricane Harvey Collection in Chilton

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First published on 11 September 2017 Posted in District News

Fox Valley Technical College – Chilton, St. Martin Lutheran Church and Chilton Chamber of Commerce have joined together to collect items for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

PTX Services Plymouth, Wisconsin have volunteered to provide the transportation to get the donated items to the areas in need. Items can be dropped off at the Elementary, Middle or High School offices by Thursday, September 14 or also at FVTC-Chilton September 11-20th, Monday-Thursday from 8:00am to 8:00pm and Fridays 8:00am-12:00pm, or St. Martin Lutheran Church in Chilton on September 23rd-24th from 8:00am-5:00pm.

We have teamed up with a disaster relief organization and some of the items currently needed include: mops/additional mop heads, brooms, large squeegees, shovels (wide/flat), mud buckets, large trash cans, heavy duty trash bags, heavy duty dust bins, heavy duty and regular paper towels, disposable cleaning cloths, Clorox wipes, scrub brushes, scrubby sponges, bleach, pine sol, window cleaner, multipurpose cleaners, bug spray, heavy duty rubber gloves, goggles, face masks, hazmat suits(Lowes/Home Depot). Other items to include diapers/wipes (all sizes), powder formula (no liquid formula), adult diapers (men/women), tarps, blankets, hygiene and toiletries, and power banks.

St. Martin Church, 717 Memorial Drive, Chilton will also be having a Chili Cook-off and Dinner on Sunday, September 24th. The dinner will be from 12:00-2:00 pm with the Chili Cook-off judging at 12:30pm. If interested in entering the cook-off email stmartinlcms@frontier.com. The dinner will include chili, sandwiches, desserts and a beverages. It is a free will offering with all proceeds being donated to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

For more information feel free to call FVTC-Chilton (920) 849-4416 or St. Martin Lutheran Church – Chilton (920) 849-4421. You may also visit the Chilton Chamber website at www.chiltonchamber.com.

A flyer with the information is also attached below.

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