Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
A pencast on Mrs. Lundeen's Website
Enhanced research tools in Mr. Bakke's 8th grade Social Studies
Students are using Diigo, Weebly, Google Docs, free video/audio converters, the Library of Congress primary resources for teachers website, and other web 2.0 tools to conduct research for their 2012 National History Day Project. The theme for 2012 is Revolution, Reaction, and Reform in History.
Blogging in Mrs. Wallace's High School English Class
Online tests in Mr. Hundt's room.
Mr. Hundt's Website
Students in Mr. Hundt's classes take most of their tests online. Students who need their test read to them go directly to his website. Mr. Hundt uploads each test on youtube. Students use an iPod or an iPad to listen to the test. If they need a question re-read they can simply back up the youtube clip.
Gizmos in Mr. Kaus's 7th grade Math class
Students in Mr. Kaus's math class use Gizmos to deepen their understanding of the concepts of area, volume, and surface area. Gizmos are online simulations that allow students to inquire and explore concepts at their own pace. In the lesson I had the opportunity to observe, Mr. Kaus used one of our COW Labs (Computer on Wheels). Using the COW allowed each student to use these online manipulatives at their own pace.
Using Google Docs to coordinate extra-help passes for EBLOCK and to track tier II interventions.
EBLOCK is an opportunity for students to receive additional instructional support during the school day. Twice a week we run an alternative schedule that allows for a 25-minute block of time for students who are struggling in a class to get extra help. Class advisers access student grades via Skyward Family Access. Student in need of support are assigned to specific teachers via a shared Google Doc. Enrichment opportunities are provided for students demonstrating good grades and behavior in all classes. Every three weeks teachers document the Tier II interventions they are providing students at-risk for failure in their classes. The Intervention Log is a shared Google Doc monitored by RtI coaches who assure students in need are getting intervention support.
Students taking online exams via Skyward Mrs. Morrison's 7th grade Language Arts
QR code review scavenger hunt in Mrs. Mosley's and Mrs. Wallace's Language Arts 9 class
The 9th grade Language Arts classes went on an Animal Farm Review Scavenger Hunt using QR codes. The class was split into groups of 4, each with a different set of questions. The groups started with a question, which was displayed on an iPad. The students then had to hunt throughout the school for the correct answer. Once the answer was found, students scanned the next question. After 10 questions, all students found their way back to the classroom to do a final vocabulary exercise.
IPOD translation activity in Ms. Glaze's Spanish class
Student created yearbook in Ms. Curtis's Desktop Publishing class.
Monday, December 12, 2011
|Brett Von Ruden|
The girls basketball team lost a hard fought game to Wonewoc-Center on Friday night. The score was 44-41. Senior Amber Dahl led the Eagles with 13 points. Senior Whitney Hanson added 10 points. The Eagles battled back from an 18 point halftime deficit, but fell three points short.
Friday, December 9, 2011
On Tuesday, I listened to Scott McLeod. Mr. Mcleod is an Associate Professor of Education Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He is responsible for co-creating the popular Shift Happens videos, and each time I read his blog, watch a video, or have the opportunity see him in person I am impressed with his ability to relate how the changes occurring outside of school should effect how we lead our schools. Perhaps the point that resonated with me the most was we must develop skills valued in the economy students enter when they graduate.
Later in the afternoon, I listened to a contingent from New Berlin District. A little over a year ago the district decided to open the school network to student's personal electronic devices. This is an issue that many high school's will have to address in the coming years. The discussion centered on properly preparing their district's infrastructure; shifting from an acceptable use to an appropriate use policy; and communicating the purpose of the project to students, teachers, parents, and staff. Zach Solie, a sophomore, shared his positive experiences with the group. Listening to Zach, I couldn't help but think of a statement made by Scott McLeod earlier in the day: We need to stop preventing the potential of technology in our schools due to a fear or lack of understanding. Stop penalizing 90% due to the action of 10%.
What it does it mean for Cashton?
I am proud of the strides our district has made to support 21st century learning. As an early adopting Google Apps district, I am confident that many of our students could have presented a workshop at SLATE titled "Google Apps from A Student's Perspective." Creating a virtual zoo, a community of blogging students, and embedding Google Forms quizzes on classroom websites are just a couple of examples of how our students learn and collaborate. Being in the presence of strong leaders makes me want to be a better leader. I owe it to the students of Cashton.
Oh, and I got a ton of ideas, models, tech-solutions, and apps to pass along to teachers. Here is a short list of a few of my favorites:
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Whitney Hanson scored 15 points as the girls basketball team won the coaching debut of Patte Michalek. Kelli Schmitz added 10 points for the Eagles. The Eagles next game is Friday, December 9th versus Wonewoc-Center.
The wrestling team season starts on Saturday, December 3rd at the Black River Falls tournament.
Pictures provided by Lynda Hurtz
Pictures provided by Kim Fanning
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Supporting the recruitment and development of health professionals is not just a school issue. Cashton, like many areas in the Scenic Rivers district, is a rural area. According to the Agency for Health Research and Quality (www.ahrq.gov) one-fourth of America’s populations live in rural areas and when compared to urban Americans, rural residents have higher poverty rates, tend to be in poorer health, and have less access to care. A major contributing factor to this problem is the lack of primary care physicians and other health care providers in rural areas. One way we can change this trend is to provide opportunities for current students in rural areas to learn more about the health professions. It will likely be easier to attract physicians and health care professionals to rural areas who have grown up in rural areas. Proactive programming in the middle and high school is one way identify and attract our most successfully students to enter this emerging profession and to keep their talents in the area.
This school year students have had the opportunity to meet with:
Judy Gilbertson- Vernon Memorial Volunteer and Job shadow coordinator. She provided students with an overview of Vernon Memorial, job shadowing areas, and volunteer program. Students were able to pick up applications to apply for job shadowing experiences. Nine students have taken applications.
Sherri Harris- Nurse Practitioner came and spoke with students about her education and background, her scope of practice compared to Drs., Physician assistants, credentialing, why she chose a rural setting, and where she sees a need in the future for healthcare.
Samantha Kraft- Scenic Rivers AHEC spoke with students on services she can help with such as applications for school and scholarships.
Planned upcoming events include a Pharmaceutical Representative, the HealthCare Extravaganza, and hopefully field trips to Gundersen Lutheran and Mayo Health Systems Hospitals.
A special thanks you School Nurse, Tiffany Giesler, for leading this group and to Scenic Rivers AHEC for partnering with us on this project.
If you or your child are interested in joining the Health Careers Academy please stop in the office or speak with Tiffany Giesler (ext. 229) for more information.
Monday, November 28, 2011
We reviewed parent-teacher communication guidelines developed by other districts and our ultimate goal will be to develop common communication guidelines for parents and teachers. Any feedback from parents or resources from other educators would be much appreciated.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Cody Von Ruden
Jenna Von Ruden
Tanner Von Ruden
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Friday, November 18, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
On November 4th, students in the music department put on a variety show for the community. The format allowed family, friends, and community members the opportunity to watch students perform individual, small group, and whole group pieces. The atmosphere was fun and relaxed, and I am pretty sure the students enjoyed the chance to select the music and help with the choreography. Kathryn Miller, choir director, and Matt Muraski, band director, deserve a great deal of credit for planning this event.
On November 11th and 12th, student athletes in grades six through twelve participated in Cashton's first ever "Be An Eleven" Bigger, Faster, Stronger Clinic. Over two days, students learned the keys to proper speed, strength, and conditioning techniques. Students also participated in personal and team goal setting exercises. Coaching representatives from all athletics teams were present and actively working together to understand how these techniques will help their student athletes improve performance. It is important to note that it is technically the off-season between fall and winter sports for our athletes and coaches. However, rather than using this time to "take a break" the athletics department and students were working together to improve. A special thanks for Bill Freiberg, activities director, and Joe Woodhouse, strength and conditioning coach, for organizing this event.
It is inspiring to work with students and educators willing to put in the time and effort required for success.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. I am proud of our school’s commitment to providing students with educational opportunities in a safe environment. However, like all school environments, issues of bullying and harassment occur. Preventing bullying and harassment is truly a team effort. We will succeed if students feel comfortable expressing bullying concerns and are confident that these concerns will be addressed. All staff must be observant and willing to confront behaviors in the school setting that are indicators that bullying is occurring. Parents can support our goal by monitoring their child’s behaviors and communicating concerns to school staff appropriately.
Bullying awareness resources for students and parents:
Websites to be aware of and to make sure that your child is avoiding.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Cashton High School will be celebrating Homecoming Week, September 26th-October 1st. This year’s theme is “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”. The celebration will kick off Monday, September 26th at 7:00 pm when high school students will compete in games and have a bonfire at the Cashton Park. On Tuesday, September 27th, the volleyball team will take on Wonewoc. JV and JV Reserve matches start at 6:00 pm and the Varsity match starts at 7:30 pm. On Friday, September 30th, the homecoming parade will begin at 2:20 pm. The route will start at the elementary school and end at the high school. At 7:00 pm the football team will battle the Bangor Cardinals. On Saturday night, the homecoming dance will be held in the high school cafeteria from 8:00 pm to midnight. The students invite the entire community to come out and celebrate this fun week. GO EAGLES!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011