by Mitch Wainwright
Where has the school year gone? It seems like yesterday when it was August and the teachers were coming back to school. Now, it is the last day of school for all students and staff. How is that possible?
There have been so many things that have happened this year, and I am proud that I get to work at school. District residents voted on three referendum questions during the school year, successfully passing two of those questions. The high school had a roofing project and main entrance security upgrade prior to students coming back in the fall. Our football team played their first season on the new field, and made it a championship season. They even hosted two playoff games, in Mineral Point, for the first time in many, many years.
Students were greeted by some new faces as we added staff members to our district. Middle school students had the opportunity to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) course work with the addition of a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) instructor. Elementary students had more opportunities to benefit from instructional coaches working with their teachers. High school students were challenged to read more in curricular areas outside of the English classroom. We continue to grow as professionals and that in turn supports the growth of all of our students.
I ask again, how did we get to the end of the school year? The answer is simple. There is tremendous support from the community which helps make our jobs easier. The hard work and dedication of the staff, all of the staff, helps keep education front and center. I cannot impress upon you how great the people that work in the schools are. The staff give their expertise, time, even their own money to help provide every student an opportunity to learn and be successful. When they talk about the quote, “It takes a village to raise a child,” they could have been talking about Mineral Point.
Thank you for a great year and thank you for your continued support of our schools.