Swallow Nominated for Award from U.S. Department of Education
School Board Declares Space Available for Open Enrollment Seats
At the January School Board meeting, the Swallow School Board of Education declared space available for open enrollment seats for the 2016-17 school year. If the number of students applying for open enrollment at a given grade level exceeds the number of open seats, the district will establish a waiting list for students who may gain admission if those approved during the selection process do not accept their open enrollment slot or if additional space becomes available over the summer months. For more information about open enrolling to Swallow School, please see the Prospective Families section of the website. We look forward to your application!
Swallow Holds First Level of National Geographic Bee
On Monday, January 11, Swallow held the first level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 28th year. School Bees are held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions will then take a qualifying test, which they submit to the National Geographic Society, to determine if they make it to the state level of competition. The winner of this year’s Swallow Geography Bee is Adam Craven with other finalists (back row, left to right) Caelen Nickel, Rett Fawley, John Condly, Alayna Schneider (front row, left to right) Ellie Hostetler, Lauren Dentz, Nate Safranek, Caroline Paulson pictured above.
Swallow 5th Graders Finalists in Local Veteran's Project
Earlier this fall, several 5th grade students participated in the local contest to design a new Veteran's Memorial at Nixon Park in Hartland. We were recently notified that two of the six finalists are Swallow student submissions! Please congratulate Mark Schoeppel for his creation and Sofia Bakalars, Sierra Thomas, Addison Koper and Campbell Stoll for their team design. Be sure to look for their designs on display at Sendik's and the Piggly Wiggly over the next few weeks so you can vote! Follow this link for more information: http://www.lakecountrynow.com/news/lakecountryreporter/public-invited-to-vote-on-design-for-new-hartland-veterans-memorial-b99640368z1-363681061.html
Two Announce Candidacy for Open Swallow School Board Seats
Swallow residents Darin Clark and Aaron Dentz have filed appropriate paperwork to announce their candidacy for the two available seats on the Swallow Board of Education. Current Board Vice-President John Fuhs is not seeking re-election. Additionally, the open seat created by a board member resignation last spring, filled on an interim basis by Aaron Dentz, is also now on the ballot. Look for candidate biographies and information to be posted to the website and included in the in-home mailing in February. The election will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.
Happy Holidays from Swallow School
We are so thankful for a great 2015 marked by spectacular student learning and exceptional community support! Best wishes for a safe and wonderful holiday season--please enjoy our special message to you HERE.
Winter Break runs from Wednesday, December 23 through Friday, January 1. The district office will be open by appointment only Monday-Wednesday December 28-30. Please call 262-367-2000 x124 so we can be sure to assist you.
Two Seats Up For Election on School Board
In April of 2016, two seats on the Swallow School Board will be up for election as the terms of current members, Aaron Dentz, and John Fuhs, Vice President, end in 2016. If you would like more information on school boards and the election process, please visit www.WASB.org. One helpful resource is this Guide for Candidates which will help answer some basic questions for those interested. Please contact Sue Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain more information on running for School Board.
THE DEADLINE TO FILE PAPERS TO RUN FOR A THREE-YEAR TERM ON THE
SWALLOW SCHOOL BOARD IS TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2016 at 5:00 PM
Official Election Notice
Little Mermaid Jr Tickets on Sale
Tickets are now on sale for the middle school musical The Little Mermaid Jr. This year we will again have reserved seats! Cost for reserved seats is $8.00 per ticket. Seats will be assigned in the order the forms are received. No seats will be reserved without payment. Unreserved advance tickets are $5.00. Tickets also may be purchased at the door for $6.00. (Children 2 and under are free when sitting on a parent’s lap.) No physical tickets will be given out.
Click HERE for the order form and info. Forms and payment should be returned to the front office or choir room.
Deadline for both reserved and general admission pre-sale tickets HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MONDAY NOVEMBER 16 at noon!
Community Invited to Veterans Day Event at Swallow School
The Swallow School fifth grade students will proudly present American Voices on Wednesday, November 11 at 1:30pm. All members of the community are invited to attend and pay tribute to America’s heroes.
The program will honor and recognize members of the United States military forces as well as everyday citizens for the sacrifices, skills, and heroic efforts used to serve our country. Fifth graders learn about American traditions throughout the decades and the sacrifices that different generations have made for our country. Additionally, they learn patriotic songs that underscore American values. Come and see this learning applied in their production Wednesday!
For more information about this event, please contact Superintendent Melissa Thompson at Thompson@swallowschool.org.
Discovery Spaces Update
Posted October 12, 2015
This past summer we were able to update furnishings in the new Discovery Lab and begin to transform the library into a Discovery Center. All grade levels of students have been enjoying their time in these spaces and greatly benefiting from the transformation of learning opportunities to be far more hands-on than ever before. Just yesterday our 8th graders were telling me about the relationship of gear ratios and torque...while second graders have been studying rocks and minerals. We were lucky enough to have a very nice article in the "Lake Country Reporter" last week -- read all about it HERE and be sure to click through the pictures.
Now that our staff has attended training to teach additional engineering classes, and we are regularly using these spaces, we are looking forward to partnering with you to come in and share your expertise with our classes. If you have a background in science, technology, math, engineering or a related field and would be interested in serving as a resource or guest speaker in a class, please contact Chris Evans email@example.com. For an update on what has been accomplished so far and our next phase of implementation, please click HERE.
Have a good weekend.
Curriculum Nights Offered Next Week
Posted September 16, 2015
Join us next week for Curriculum Night where teachers will each provide information about curriculum, learning targets, and expectations for their subject(s) taught. This is the perfect opportunity to see your child’s year at a glance and ask any questions about teaching and learning you have. Teachers will be sending more information about this event to you this week.
Additionally, Swallow's renovated learning spaces are a must see! Tours of the new Discovery Lab, Discovery Center and Hawk’s Nest will be held each evening from 5:30-6:00pm--please meet in the Multipurpose Room at 5:30pm to join a tour! We look forward to seeing you then!
Welcome to the 2015-16 School Year!
Posted August 31, 2015
Tomorrow, September 1, 2015, is the first day of the new school year and on behalf of the entire Swallow Staff it is my pleasure to welcome you to our school community for this exciting year! With a renovated and secure front entry area and new Discovery Lab and Center, our building will support our next steps in personalizing learning and helping our students discover and learn in new and exciting ways!
Drop-off for school runs from 7:50-8:05am, with our traditional first day of school bell-ringing happening from 8-8:05am. Class begins at 8:10am and runs until 3:15pm. For more information on where to park if you are walking your child(ren) around to the back of school or just dropping off or picking up, please follow this link. To check the school lunch menu, please follow this link.
Happy New Year's Eve!
Melissa Thomspon, Superintendent
Citation from State Assembly and Bell-ringing Bring Closure to 2014-15 School Year
Just before dismissal on the last day of school, Swallow students and staff celebrated the 2014-15 school year by receiving a Citation from the State Assembly and having retiring staff ring the district's bell to signify the end of the school year. State Representative Chris Kapenga presented a citation for 170 years of excellence as a school community and in recognition of the district's designation by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction as a High Achieving High Progress School based on overall school performance measures. Immediately following this presentation, the tradition of having retiring staff ring the district's bell took place to bring closure to the school year. Enjoy these special events here!
School Board Approves Recommendations as Result of Curriculum and Programmatic Review
Over the past two months, the school board has approved both the continuation of the Spanish program in all grades K-8, as well as the program's vision, mission, goals, and an implementation timeline for revisions to an evidence-based instructional delivery model. Additionally, the board approved the leveling of Spanish in grades 5-8 to allow programming to better meet the needs of students new to Swallow so that they can be more appropriately placed based on their prior experience in learning Spanish.
During the 2014-15 school year the Spanish Curriculum and Programming was reviewed by school staff with the support of regional and national experts in the field of world language instruction. Based on student performance data, feedback from student, parent, and staff focus groups, site visits to other local school districts, and research on best practices in world language instruction, approved recommendations included the continuation of the program at all grade levels, the leveling to accommodate those new to Swallow, and a re-commitment to the FLES model of instructional delivery which is rooted in thematic units based on grade level core content curriculum and considered best practice in the field. To guide and support this work, the department also created vision and mission statements as well as goals and an implementation timeline to help communicate these changes to students, other staff, parents, and the school board.
Professional development and final re-design of the curriculum and learning targets to align to the leveling concept and FLES model will continue throughout the summer months. More information will be shared at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year at both the district and classroom levels so that all stakeholders know what the Spanish program at Swallow will look like and how it will prepare students moving forward.
School Board Approves Changes to Reading/Language Arts Program Based on Review Process
During the 2014-15 school year the Reading and Language Arts Curriculum and Programming was reviewed by school staff with the support of a local expert in the field. Based on student performance data, feedback from student, parent, and staff focus groups, site visits to other local school districts, and research on best practices in the five areas of the district’s literacy programming (reading, writing/grammar, typing, handwriting, and spelling/vocabulary development), recommendations in each of these five areas were brought to the school board for consideration in April. In May, the board approved the following recommendations and associated implementation timeline.
Professional development around these shifts in programming and practice began in May. More information will be shared at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year at both the district level and classroom level so that you know what to expect in this important curricular area moving forward.
SOAR Program Exceeding Implementation Expectations
The 2014-15 school year marked the full implementation of the SOAR program, a 30 minute block of time within the school day designated for intervention and extension work for students by grade level. Decisions about work for students during this time are based on data and teacher recommendation, with input from students based on their learning goals and progress towards proficiency on learning targets.
End of the year student performance data shows that students in need of interventions have significantly decreased. Through the utilization of a comprehensive Response To Intervention (RTI) model within SOAR, students requiring intervention decreased by 88%. In the area of mathematics, 90% of students in grades 3-8 were assessed at the advanced and proficient levels at the end of the year and in the area of reading 94% of students in grades 3-8 were assessed at advanced and proficient levels. The SOAR/RTI process also had a direct benefit for 8th grade students who are matriculating to high school in the fall as their scores on the ACT Aspire assessment indicated the following percentage of students were college and career ready in each subject area: 92% in English, 94% in Math, 86% in Science, and 82% in Reading.
Through the Curriculum and Review process during the 2014-15 school year, it was determined that an area of future focus is in the development of even more extension curriculum which students can access during SOAR time. School staff will be working on this over the summer months in preparation for next year while also considering additional ways to increase existing student self-directed goal-setting strategies, enhance parent communication, and restructure the Targeted Study period in middle school.
Swallow Eighth Graders Visit Washington, D.C.
Students of Swallow's eighth grade class along with parents and staff will visit Washington, D.C. in the coming week. Visit the group's blog to learn more and see pictures from their activities throughout the trip: https://swallowschool.wordpress.com/
New Engineering Programming and Discovery Spaces Coming to Swallow for the 2015-16 School Year
Swallow School is pleased to announce that at the April School Board meeting, expenditures up to $65,000 to renovate existing spaces to create a Discovery Lab and adjacent Discovery Center were approved. This marks the first of three phases of implementation of new programming and transformation of space as staff seek to provide more programming in science and engineering courses while creating more hands-on flexible learning spaces that provide students across all grade levels and subject areas a chance to problem-solve, collaborate, discover, create, and learn in new ways. The district is seeking community support and sponsorships to help implement phases II and III of these plans, and an official kick-off towards this effort happened at the Swallow Education Foundation’s Casino Night April 25, 2015. (Read More)
We continue to expand the information that is available on our website to students, parents, staff and community members. We're excited about the future and are always considering ways to improve communication, so please check back regularly. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school office or email Sue Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.