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

Peace of Mind

by Superintendent Luke Francois A summer pastime for our family is camping. My wife and I started as tent campers in 1997. Through the years, a tent turned into a pop-up, and a pop-up into a travel trailer, as our family grew to include four children and a golden retriever. This past summer our camping … 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 Promise of a New Year

by Superintendent Luke Francois Happy New Year!  The new year is a chance to look back at past accomplishments and look forward to future opportunities.  The final year end holds many recognitions and achievements.  The District received the highest state ranking possible as a distinguished five-star District.  One news outlet recognized the middle school as … 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