Elementary Parent Letter: Upcoming School Board Information

On Monday, March 12, our school board will consider a recommendation for a reduction in force. The reason is due to low enrollment at the primary level. We are anticipating around 40 students for next year’s kindergarten class. We try to be proactive in responding to current enrollment trends, whether up or down. Questions have … Read More

Spring F.A.S.T. Session Open for Families

What if I told you that there was an easy way to increase communication between home and school, develop better family cohesion, and improve community relationships? Would you take advantage of this opportunity? If you said yes, consider signing up for F.A.S.T., or Families and Students Together. This program is facilitated by trained Mineral Point … Read More

‘How We Care for and Treat One Another’

by Superintendent Luke Francois On the afternoon of February 14th, a mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  Seventeen people were killed and fourteen people hospitalized. For a perspective, before Parkland, the most significant K-12 mass shootings in the United States were Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT where twenty-seven … Read More

Favorite Books I Read in 2017

“What do you do when you don’t know what to write?” A student asked me this during a classroom visit. My response: I read, and I find easy ways to write! One way I accomplish both is by writing reviews for books on Goodreads. This social media site for bibliophiles allows people to connect with … Read More

A Typical Week

by Luke Francois What is a typical week in the life of a superintendent?  Indeed there are scheduled meetings, drop-in sessions, preparing for presentations, sharing professional development, and civic duties and outreach.  Here are some of the items in the queue for this week and month. The month of January started the district’s budget development … Read More

Winter Family Event Canceled for Elementary School

Well, the snow was nice while it was here! In anticipation of a possible lack of snow the rest of the winter, we are canceling our scheduled family day in February. It involved a snowman building contest and some seasonal-related family activities indoors. Maybe next winter will be more advantageous for hosting this type of event. … Read More

Pointer Pride

Over the holiday break, my family and I spent time with our relatives. We were away from school, doing our best to be present with those around us. Yet in a family full of teachers, it was not uncommon for our conversation to bend toward education. One topic that came up was the success of … Read More

New Year’s Resolution

By Superintendent Luke Francois A New Year’s Resolution is a tradition in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.  (Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org)  New Year’s Eve I talked with a friend that resolved to stop cursing.  Another shared a resolution to reduce … Read More

How to Use My Scrip Wallet for Fundraising

Scrip is a program that helps raise funds for schools. When everyday items are purchased through Scrip, the school gets a certain % rebate back. Typically, people buy Scrip gift cards and then make purchases later. The challenge with this approach is many people (including me) forget to purchase the cards ahead of time. Fortunately, … Read More

Wow, what a month!

by Superintendent Luke Francois Wow, what a month!   Recently the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released the state report card.  DPI reported Mineral Point is a five-star rated school district that significantly exceeds expectations.  Moreover, Mineral Point Schools received the second highest rating amongst all Pre-K through grade 12 school districts. Sevastopol and Kohler … Read More