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

Election Season Not Over

The recent presidential election was a historic event.  President-elect Donald Trump will be the oldest president when he takes office.  (Ronald Reagan was 69 when he took office.)  Trump will also be the first New Yorker as president in over 71 years.  And no other candidate spent so little as Trump did on his election … Read More

6th Part of Well-Being: Art and Music

by Superintendent Luke Francois Recently I read a book that offered five elements of well-being that constitute a life that matters. These five elements are: How you occupy your time or simply liking what you do every day: or Career Well-being. Having strong relationships and love in your life: or Social Well-being. Effectively managing your … Read More

What Do You Stand For?

by Luke Francois Black lives matter.  Blue lives matter.  All lives matter.  How to make sense of these turbulent times? A national debate swept students into discussions around race, the police, and what it means to be a patriot. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers quarterback, takes a knee during the National Anthem in protest of … Read More

Pay for Your Gas

By Superintendent Luke Francois After returning from a vacation that traveled through many states out west, I was thinking how lucky Wisconsinites are for not having to prepay for gas.  I was always troubled when I would have to park, go inside to prepay, then back outside again to pump gas.  It was not efficient, … Read More

Selflessness

by Luke Francois, Superintendent A recent trip through North Dakota reminded me of a simple word.  Selflessness.  Acting with less concern for yourself than for the success of others. I pulled on to an off-ramp and stopped next to a white cross on the side of the road.  The cross was most likely from a … Read More

Let Your Kids Fail

by Superintendent Luke Francois Let Your Kids Fail What?  The Superintendent is suggesting parents let kids fail?  That’s right. I am.   A recent video on Twitter inspired me to write about letting kids fail.  As a wrestler in high school and college, I won many more matches than I lost.  Memorable matches I lost … Read More

Farewell to Staff

Superintendent’s Corner by Luke Francois The graduating class of 2016 has departed into a world of endless opportunities. Students and staff now follow and enter a summer break to be followed by a recommitment to another school year this fall. Sadly, a few staff members will not be returning this fall and I take this opportunity to write … Read More

A Thank You and Closing the Gaps

by Superintendent Luke Francois A Thank You Please permit me to express my personal appreciation to now past School Board Member Matt Lindsey for his six years of service to the Mineral Point School District’s Board of Education. Matt served as President during his tenure and his rational approach to the decision-making process was a … Read More

The Opportunity of Conflict

by Luke Francois, Superintendent As the Mineral Point School District moves forward in the budget development process tough decisions will be made.  The board will listen to community stakeholders and make choices between spending money in attempt to impact student learning and reducing resources in demonstration of fiscal restraint.  Inevitably this delicate cross-walk creates conflict. … Read More