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… Continue Reading New Year’s Resolution
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… Continue Reading Wow, what a month!
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… Continue Reading Couldn’t Be Prouder
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… Continue Reading When You Get What You Want, You Lose What You Have
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… Continue Reading Game On!
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… Continue Reading Working in the Trades
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… Continue Reading As For My Hopes…
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… Continue Reading How to Fail
by Superintendent Luke Francois I would like to take this opportunity to express my personal appreciation to now past School Board Member Glenn Kinch for his most recent three years of service to the Mineral Point School District’s Board of Education. Glenn had also previously served on the School Board before my arrival six years… Continue Reading A Note of Thanks
by Superintendent Luke Francois Once and again you meet a person that profoundly changes one at the core. Such a person for me was Mr. Don Hawkins. I met Mr. Hawkins six years ago while interviewing for the Superintendent’s position. Mr. Hawkins was a representative on the community panel making the selection to replace outgoing… Continue Reading A Life That Touches Others Goes On Forever