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

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

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

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

A Strong Bond

If you are in the market for a good movie you might have never seen, check out The Straight Story. I recently rewatched this favorite film of mine. The main character is a senior citizen (Alvin Straight) who decides to travel from Iowa to Wisconsin to visit his estranged brother. Because of his ailments, he … Read More

Every Penny Counts for Mineral Point Excellence in Education

This fall, Mineral Point Elementary School is facilitating a coin drive fundraiser. Money raised through this effort will go toward the Mineral Point Excellent in Education organization. This is an endowment fund. Dollars raised are invested. The returns on these investments are then allocated for teachers and schools to use toward learning resources and experiences … Read More

Elementary School Family Event – Popcorn and a Movie

One of our district’s new strategic plan goals is community engagement. According to Wikipedia, community engagement can be defined as “the practice of moving communities toward change.” One of our efforts at the elementary level is to provide opportunities for families to engage in fun and/or educational activities with their children and each other. Building … Read More

The Driver’s Seat

With a year under my belt and feeling more comfortable each day in my position as principal here, I am starting to find more time to engage in fun activities. One thing I enjoy is producing digital media of my family’s life captured on camera. Right now I am putting together images and video in … Read More

My experience with F.A.S.T. – Families & Schools Together

Earlier this week, the district shared information about a new parent involvement program called F.A.S.T. It stands for Families & Schools Together. Parents and guardians of Mineral Point School students are encouraged to sign up for this opportunity. This program was offered at my last school where I was the principal. In my experience observing … Read More