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

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

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

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