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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Process for Hiring a new Elementary Principal

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It is said that “all good things must come to an end”; in some ways, this saying is appropriate as the Williams Bay School District prepares to find a new elementary principal. Ms. Isaacson has faithfully served the school district as its elementary principal for the past twenty-five (25) years and will retire at the end of this school year. I have been able to work with her closely for the past four years and have seen first-hand how much she cares for her staff, students and the...

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Monday, November 21, 2016

District Report Cards

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The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has just released its latest school report cards for the State of Wisconsin. Each year, the DPI grades each public school in the state and places each school in one of the following five categories: Significantly Exceeds Expectations Exceeds Expectations Meets Expectations Meets Few Expectations Fails to Meet Expectations A school’s grade is determined by how well the school addressed student achievement, student growth, educational equity...

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Future of Football in Williams Bay

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    The Fall sports seasons are almost completed, except for our Badger Co-op Girls Swimming team – who won conference again this past weekend for the fifth year in a row. Katelyn O’Brien, a senior from Williams Bay, won the conference championship in the 50 free style, 100 breaststroke, 200 free relay and the 400 free relay events. Our volleyball, cross country, tennis, football and soccer teams also had very successful seasons. It was exciting to watch our athletes do...

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Fitness Center - Community Use

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It is not yet New Year’s Eve, so most of us have not started making our resolutions for how we are going to change our lifestyle for the new year. Two of the most common New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight and get in better shape. These two almost always make it on to my list of resolutions. If these goals interest you, you do not have to wait for the new year to begin – you can start on November 1, 2016, this is when the new fitness center will be open to the residents...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Counting our Blessings

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Sometimes it is beneficial to take a few moments to reflect upon our life and our blessings, so that we can remember how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful place surrounded by so many caring individuals. Last week, I had the good fortune to take a vacation with my wife to the island of Grenada in the southern Caribbean. While on vacation, my wife and I had the opportunity to visit one of their elementary schools and talk to the staff and students. After our visit, I took some time to...

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Editorial Response - Williams Bay Football Program

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On Wednesday, September 15, 2016, I read an editorial about the Williams Bay Football program. I felt compelled to write a response to this editorial because of the amount of misinformation that this editorial contained. It is true that Williams Bay will not have its own football program this fall because we did not have enough students to field a team. In the editorial it stated that the previous coach had turned the Williams Bay football program around and that he left because he had asked the...

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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Elementary School Grand Opening

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Welcome to the start of a brand new school year! Our big day has finally come – the opening of the new Elementary School. It was so exciting to see the staff, students and parents bringing the children to school on the first day. Everyone was full of smiles and you could feel the anticipation as everyone was ready to go into their new classroom.  On Saturday, September 10, 2016, we will be holding a grand opening celebration for everyone in the community. The celebration will start...

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Construction Update - May 31, 2016

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The last week of the school year is now in session. The students are finishing up their last projects and taking their last exams. The teachers are busy grading papers and tests and putting their final student grades into the grade book. Everyone is ready to breathe a big sigh of release and start preparing for a well-deserved break – well almost everyone. This summer will be the time to complete the last major details with the elementary school building project. The elementary school is...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Graduation - 2016

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In a few short days, we will be celebrating one of the most important days of the school year – graduation. This is a time when we take an evening to recognize our seniors for all of their accomplishments over the past thirteen (13) years and encourage them as they embark on the next stage of life’s journey. The night is filled with joy, enthusiasm and pride as parents, relatives, friends and staff members listen as each of our twenty-nine (29) seniors have their names and accomplishments...

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Blessed by the Arts

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Last night my wife and I attended the High School Collage Concert. It was a very enjoyable evening and a great opportunity to view some very dedicated staff and a large number of tremendously talented students. William Congreve once wrote, “Music has charms to soothe a savage breast” and last night’s performance brought a sense of pride, joy and enthusiasm to everyone in attendance. I could not have been prouder of what everyone accomplished. I have always been impressed by how...

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Celebrating 100 Years of Service

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Birthdays are a time for celebration. When we are young, our birthdays signify a special day when family and friends get together to congratulate the individual on getting another year older. As we get older, birthdays signal special moments in your life. When a person turns 16, they have become old enough to get a driver’s license; at 21 you are old enough to vote; at 30 you start to realize that time is moving more rapidly than you thought it would and you have turned into an adult with...

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Elementary School Construction Update - April 25, 2016

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I am a James Bond 007 fan and like most fans, as the next film is about to be released I wait with unbridled anticipation. This is the same feeling that I get as the new elementary school is nearing its completion. If you have not been watching the building’s progress through the photos posted on our district’s webpage, I strongly encourage you to do so. Now as I walk through the building, I can get a true sense about what each area will look like once it is completed. As you enter...

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Elementary School Construction Update - March 21, 2016

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Spring has now officially arrived, the weather is getting warmer, the birds are singing and the exterior of the new elementary school is almost completed. I hope that you have been watching the progress on our new elementary school by looking at the construction photos that are being posted on a regular basis. In fact, I was out taking pictures of the new elementary school this morning. It was nice to be able to walk around the site without getting full of mud. As I walked around the building...

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Construction Update - February 23, 2016

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The snow is quickly melting from the ground, the days are getting longer and the new elementary school is making more and more progress every day. As I mentioned in my last update, I hope that you are going online to view the building progress of our elementary school. If you haven’t I strongly urge you to go to www.williamsbayschools.org and scroll to the bottom of the home page. Each week, I add new photos that show the progress of the building construction. At this point, the outside...

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Reject - The Science of Belonging (The Film)

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Last week, I had the privilege of going to the 95th State Education Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During my three days, I was able to attend several key note speakers and sectionals, but one sectional had a profound impact on me and I wanted to share my thoughts on this topic with you. I was able to watch a screening of the film “Reject – The Science of Belonging.” The film portrayed the impact that social rejection has on human life. Unfortunately, social rejection is...

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Monday, January 25, 2016

95th State Education Convention Review

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Last week, I had the opportunity and pleasure to attend the 95th State Education Convention in Milwaukee. This convention is held around the third week of January each year. The convention provides sectionals on community engagement, facilities, human resources, leadership, finance and student achievement where attendees can learn from other school districts and businesses across the state. The convention also has three main speakers that help inspire us to do better each day. This year’s...

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Construction Update - January 13, 2016

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Even though we are now in the heart of winter, the construction on the new elementary school continues to make positive progress. It is now possible to see the entire outline of the new building, so you can truly get a visual image of what the new elementary school will look like once it is completed. I try to put updated pictures of the construction on our district website each week, so I hope that you have been following the visual progress of the building. During the past month, a great deal...

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Thursday, December 03, 2015

Construction Update - December 3, 2015

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El Nino is a welcome addition to our construction site. Even though we had one major snow storm this year, overall the weather has been fairly cooperative this fall. The rain has slowed the erection of our steel frame by slightly over a week, but in the overall time scheme the construction project is still on schedule and currently running on or slightly under budget. Most of the construction that goes on during the day is not very visible from the road; thus I have started taking pictures each...

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

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Thanksgiving Day is quickly approaching and the holiday season is already in full force with Christmas music on the radio and tree lots open to purchase or cut down your favorite tree. This is a very appropriate time to take a few moments to reflect on everything we have to be thankful for in our lives. I consider myself a very fortunate person. I have a wonderful family and two grandsons who enjoy coming to Papa’s house to read stories with their Grandmother and fight laser sword battles...

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Inclement Weather - How Do I Decide Whether or Not to Cancel School

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The weatherman is now letting us know that the first winter storm of the season is about to hit. How much snow we will get depends upon the storm’s track, so like always we will wait and see whether we get a dusting or have some significant accumulations. In any case, I felt that this would be an appropriate time to remind you of the process that I go through when deciding whether or not school should be called off because of the weather. Last year was a fairly routine winter, but the 2013-2014...

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