Year-End Reflection: The Challenge of Change

I have had the honor of observing our current 5th grade students become the individuals they are today since 3rd grade. This is one of the many perks of being a principal: having a schoolwide view of our kids as they progress through the years. As a former 5th and 6th grade teacher myself, I … Read More

Thanks for a Great Year

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 … Read More

Elementary School Renovation: Six Design Strategies for Modern Learning Spaces

Later this May, professionals from HSR Design (our architecture firm) will be available during the school day to take questions and collect feedback from staff about the building renovation. Time is yet to be determined, but they should be available long enough for everyone to have an opportunity to speak with them. As educators, we … Read More

“When do we start building?”

by Superintendent Mitch Wainwright “When do we start building?”  I think I have been asked that question a hundred times.  The dust has settled and the smoke has cleared now that the April referendum question has been decided.  So, what happens next? As was mentioned during all the meetings this spring, we will work with … Read More

Competition and Education

My wife and I attended our first track meet of the year last night. The rain and overall cruddy weather did not sway the student athletes and coaches from completing the events. Our son participated in a team relay, high jump, and shot put. Tomorrow, our daughter will be playing soccer. Another sports seasons has … Read More

Thankful

by Mitch Wainwright I am thankful that I have the privilege to live in this community, and work for this school district.  While I am not a native of Mineral Point, I have lived here for over half of my life. I have come to know that this community is open to a wide range … Read More

Beyond the Standards

I was in a 1st grade classroom conducting an instructional walk. The students were quietly working on their informative writing projects. They had researched a topic of choice, using strategies to read nonfiction texts. Now they were using their notes they had taken and were applying them to a writing project. I sat next to … Read More

Vote for the Position that Best Represents Your Needs

by Mitch Wainwright Dictionary.com defines a referendum as, “the principle or practice of referring measures proposed or passed by a legislative body, head of state, etc., to the vote of the electorate for approval or rejection.”  The taxpayers of Mineral Point are very familiar that a referendum can impact their property tax rates. Most often … Read More

Elementary School Book Swap

If there is one thing about buying books for my kids that is challenging, it might be how quickly they read them and then they are looking for the next one. Their rooms (and our home) have stacks of titles in many places. A few they will reread, yet many could find a new reader. If … Read More