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

2018-19 Open Enrollment

The Wisconsin Open Enrollment period is now open! Any families who do not reside within in the boundaries of the Mineral Point Unified School District may apply to have their child(ren) attend school in #PointerNation for the 2018-19 school year. Online application is recommended at https://dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment What is Open Enrollment? The inter-district public school open … Read More

Delta Kappa Gamma Literary Contest Underway

Mineral Point School District is proud to share that we have authors and illustrators who have been very busy completing entries for the annual Delta Kappa Gamma literary competition. Students in grades 3-12 are eligible to enter the book writing contest. All books are being submitted to the local Delta Kappa Gamma chapter for preliminary … Read More

Spelling Bee Winners

Mineral Point Elementary and Middle Schools held their annual Spelling Bees in January. Congrats to the following: Elementary Junior Bee (Grades 1-2) Champion: Spencer Spady Runner-Up: Brynn Swenson Elementary Bee (Grades 3-5) Champion: Olivia Wilson Runner-Up: Jadyn Swinehart Middle (Grades 6-8) Champion: Allison Chitwood Runner-Up: Derek Hottenstein

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

#PointerNation Welcomes Tom Ingwell

Tom Ingwell Elementary Phy Ed Teacher Hometown: Darlington High school graduated from: Darlington High School College: Tom graduated with a Bachelors degree in Physical Education and a minor in Health Education and Adaptive Phy Ed from UW-Platteville in 2002. He is currently enrolled in the Masters program at UW-Platteville in Cross Categorical (Special Education). Employment … 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

Elementary School Capacity & Accessibility Committee

After reviewing survey information and related observations and discussions regarding elementary school capacity and accessibility, the Board of Education voted to create an Ad Hoc Committee to further study the matter and make final recommendations.   Meetings at the elementary school will be limited to once or twice per month commencing late December and conclude … Read More