Thursday, May 30, 2013

Welcome Mrs. Butzler

This will be my final post on the Cashton Middle/High School blog.  As of July 1, I will be replacing Mr. Saron as the District Administrator for Cashton Public Schools.  I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to work in my new role. I am committed to working with staff, teachers, and community members to foster a nurturing and engaging learning environment that empowers all students to reach their fullest potential.    

As many people already know, the Board of Education has selected a new MS/HS Principal.  Jennifer Butzler joins the Cashton MS/HS team after working for 17 years as a middle and high school physical education teacher in Sparta.  Mrs. Butzler held many teacher leadership positions in Sparta and was recognized in 2012 as Kohl Fellowship winner.  She brings a great deal of experience leading professional learning communities; promoting a safe and respectful environment; and designing consistent and efficient assessment systems.  She is a resident and alumni of Cashton Public Schools, and she is already familiar face to many because of her work with Cashton community and athletics organizations.  I am looking forward to working with Mrs. Butzler for many years to come.  

One important project that will keep me quite busy in my first days as District Administrator will be the completion of the projects authorized by the passing of a facilities referendum this past April.  If you are interested in staying informed as to the progress of these projects,  I have created a Cashton Facilities Referendum Blog and Informational Website.  The goal of the blog and website will be to provide consistent project updates to all interested citizens.

Have a great summer!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Girls Basketball Team Recognized for Exemplary Sportsmanship

The Cashton Girls basketball team was recently recognized in the February WIAA bulletin for their exemplary sportsmanship during a game against Viroqua this year. The following report was submitted to the WIAA from game official Wayne Hannes.

Upon arriving at Cashton High School we were immediately greeted by Athletic Director Bill Freiberg and escorted to the officials room and received a warm hospitable welcome with cordial conversation. During the game, which was very close all the way to the end including overtime, both teams displayed positive interactions. The positive interactions included both teams retrieving loose balls and returning them to the officials and addressing us by sir. Viroqua's coach Layne Hannson and Cashton's coach Patte Michalek focused on their respective roles and all we heard were encouraging words towards their players. After the game, my partner and I discussed the good sportsmanship of both teams and how honored we are to be associated with high school sports. Both teams, fans, schools, and communities should be proud of themselves for representing the extension of the classroom in the manner that they do.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program to be piloted during 2nd Semester

What is BYOD?
A program that would allow students who choose to bring their own internet-capable devices to Cashton Middle/High School to have access to the district wireless system.  The goal of this document is to inform parents, students, and teachers about the guidelines created to support the implementation of this policy.

Cashton Schools are committed to fostering a nurturing and engaging learning environment that empowers all students to reach their fullest potential.   In recent years, specific action plans have been created to provide our students with the opportunity to access information and communication technologies.   Specifically, the district has invested in a robust wireless network, a diverse selection of educational electronic devices, and technology integration professional development opportunities for staff.  In our continuing efforts to provide more access for students, we are going to pilot a new set of guidelines that will allow students to bring their own wireless mobile learning devices beginning on January 31, 2013.  The policy will allow students to access our secure network with their own device within the school day through a common portal.  Eligible devices include personal laptops, netbooks, and other tablet devices (such as an IPAD, Nook, or Kindle).    

One important note:  The BYOD program doesn’t pertain to cellular devices.  If the device has the capacity to make a phone call, then it is not an eligible device for the BYOD program.  The use of personal cell phones to make calls or to text is not allowed during the academic portion of the school day.  Phones should be off and stored in lockers during the school day.  Students have the opportunity to use their phones prior to 8:05 am and after 3:11 pm each day.  In addition, high school students can use their phones during the lunch period and during EBLOCK if they qualify for Eagle Pass.

We are excited to offer this opportunity for our students and believe it will provide benefits in learning for students.  We have developed guidelines in order to ensure that the focus of our BYOD program will be on learning and promoting the development of valuable 21st Century learning skills.   We have the capacity to filter and monitor student use while they use the district network to collaborate, complete assignments, access resources, read, or research.

Users will be prompted to accept terms of use prior to accessing Cashton’s guest wireless network.  Those who do not accept the terms of use will not be able to access our network.  The terms of service prompt will appear each time an outside user attempts to log into the network.  Once on the network, all users will have filtered access to the internet, just as they would on a district-owned device.  

For more information about the specific policies, rules, and for answers to frequently asked questions, please visit refer to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program Information Packet 

Interested in learning more in the program?
We will be hosting two BYOD information open houses for parents and community members.  If you are interested in learning more about the program, you are invited to attend the following sessions:
Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00 pm and Monday, January 28 at 7:00 pm.  The meetings will be held in the conference room.

If you have questions, but are unable to attend the open house, please contact Mr. Bell at 608-654-5131 ext.202 or belld@cashton.k12.wi.us.