Working in the Trades

by Luke Francois, Ed.D. I grew up in a family where my father was a rough carpenter, and then later, a finish carpenter.  My mother grew up in a family landscaping business which afforded me a 40 hour per week job pulling weeds in beds at age 12.  After working in a nursery for six … Read More

As For My Hopes…

By Superintendent Luke Francois It’s my birthday! A birthday is an occasion to celebrate the anniversary of one’s birthdate and my birthday is July 4th.   Sharing my birthday with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776 allows me to joke that everyone gets the day off to celebrate … Read More

5th Grade Band Moved to Summer

Starting in the 2017-2018 school year, 5th grade band will be offered to students during the summer before they begin 6th grade. Click here to read the letter from Mr. Nevers. Below is a quick summary of this decision, along with a link to the board presentation that explains this decision and the process involved. — … Read More

How to Fail

by Superintendent Luke Francois Fifteen years ago, I read an Ann Landers column on advice for graduates that I cut out and kept.  James Jackowski wrote the article for The Sun newspaper in Holyoke, Mass. and submitted the piece to Landers.  Every year, several friends ask him to reprint it at graduation time and now … Read More

Don Hawkins Day – April 24, 2017

As you may know, Don Hawkins passed away this spring. Mr. Hawkins was a long time educator in Mineral Point. He led the development of multiple oak savannahs on district grounds. These savannahs have become teaching tools for our students. Mr. Hawkins continued to teach students after his retirement, coming into classrooms and leading students … Read More

A Note of Thanks

by Superintendent Luke Francois I would like to take this opportunity to express my personal appreciation to now past School Board Member Glenn Kinch for his most recent three years of service to the Mineral Point School District’s Board of Education.  Glenn had also previously served on the School Board before my arrival six years … Read More

Getting to Know Each Other (Again)

This is a digital version of a print newsletter I sent home to families recently.  It may sound like a cliché, but I am truly amazed at how fast the 2016-2017 school year has gone. It has been an enjoyable first year for our family and for me at Mineral Point Elementary. The staff, students, … Read More

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

A Life That Touches Others Goes On Forever

by Superintendent Luke Francois Once and again you meet a person that profoundly changes one at the core.  Such a person for me was Mr. Don Hawkins. I met Mr. Hawkins six years ago while interviewing for the Superintendent’s position.  Mr. Hawkins was a representative on the community panel making the selection to replace outgoing … 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