Pointer Podcast: Adventures in Bad Luck by Jadyn

Several 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders entered a writing contest recently. This extracurricular experience was facilitated by 5th grade teacher Lifka Bennett. One student, Jadyn, received multiple recognitions for her original story, Adventures in Bad Luck. You can read her award-winning story by clicking here. In addition, listen to Jadyn read aloud Adventures in Bad … Read More

To Raise a Reader

If parents want to raise a reader, someone who engages in reading regularly and voluntarily, they should read aloud to their children. Put away the flashcards and take down the sticker charts for number of books read. Make reading aloud every day a priority. As a parent myself, I realize that this task can be … Read More

Leading From the Middle

I had the pleasure of representing Mineral Point Schools at the Wisconsin State Reading Association convention two weeks ago. I led a session on the connection between literacy and tinkering, making and innovating. My goal was to create a conversation around what’s possible with regard to the hands-on experiences kids naturally engage in and how … Read More

5th Graders Collaborate Globally with Peers

One of the district’s initiatives is to integrate technology within classroom instruction. 5th graders and teachers at Mineral Point Elementary School have taken this to a new level. In a previous post, it was shared that students and teachers are using Google Classroom, a learning management system, to communicate and collaborate with peers in Italy … Read More

Students Recognize Martin Luther King, Jr Day

In recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. day, 5th graders along with Mrs. Bennett and Mr. David performed four songs for the school, families and community. It took place on Monday, January 23, 2017. (Inclement weather prevented this performance from occurring on the civil rights leader’s nationally recognized day.) This event tied in with our 3rd … Read More

District Safety Committee Looking for Volunteers

On Monday during the Mineral Point Board of Education meeting, it was announced that a district safety committee will form. This is in response to questions and suggestions regarding the level of security in our school district. We are looking for community members to volunteer their time, effort and expertise to join this committee. The committee would be … Read More

The Challenges of Success

If you are looking for that next book to read, especially over the upcoming holiday break, I recommend Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance. The author, Dr. Atul Gawande, describes different examples in which individuals and organizations experience higher levels of success in comparison to others. How certain doctors and groups realized this uncommon achievement … Read More

Pointer Podcast: Courage Instead of Fears by Malea

This story was written by 5th grader Malea. Below is our brief conversation about her story and why she wrote it.  Courage Instead of Fears Ally lives in a big, aged house in Hillsburg, California. She lives with only her mom because her dad passed away when she was two. She spends all of her … Read More