‘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

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

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

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

Couldn’t Be Prouder

On Monday, the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance held a luncheon in Wisconsin Dells and awarded a teacher, community member, school board member, administrator, and support staff person from around the state the Rural School’s Person of the Year Award.  I was humbled to learn that I was selected as the Rural School District Administrator of … Read More

When You Get What You Want, You Lose What You Have

by Luke Francois, Ed.D. Mineral Point is a destination school district.  A destination school district to me is a place where, when given choices, families choose to send their children and employees prefer to work. Evidence that Mineral Point is a destination district– In recent years, the number of students open enrolling out is trending … Read More

Game On!

by Superintendent Luke Francois, Ed.D. Game On! These were the words shared with teaching staff by our facilitator during a two-day training last week on interventions.  The training received high marks for content, relatable stories, humor, and inspiration.  Mineral Point teachers were well trained and are ready for students to return to buildings. Being ready … Read More

Working in the Trades

by Luke Francois, Ed.D. I grew up in a family where my father was a rough carpenter, and then later, a finish carpenter.  My mother grew up in a family landscaping business which afforded me a 40 hour per week job pulling weeds in beds at age 12.  After working in a nursery for six … Read More

As For My Hopes…

By Superintendent Luke Francois It’s my birthday! A birthday is an occasion to celebrate the anniversary of one’s birthdate and my birthday is July 4th.   Sharing my birthday with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776 allows me to joke that everyone gets the day off to celebrate … Read More

How to Fail

by Superintendent Luke Francois Fifteen years ago, I read an Ann Landers column on advice for graduates that I cut out and kept.  James Jackowski wrote the article for The Sun newspaper in Holyoke, Mass. and submitted the piece to Landers.  Every year, several friends ask him to reprint it at graduation time and now … Read More