Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Director of School Performance says she will miss working for Muskego-Norway, but takes the opportunity to work in Elmbrook District and much closer to home
It could be another year of resignations and new hires at Muskego-Norway Schools, as Tammy Gibbons announced she will be leaving the district at the end of the school year in June. The announcement came Monday night during the school board meeting, and Superintendent Kelly Thompson said Gibbons' tenure was short but praised her efforts as Director of School Performance. Gibbons started as principal of Muskego Elementary about six years ago, moving into an interventionist position in the schools shortly after. She has been a district administrator for just three years. Her new position at Elmbrook is Director of Elementary Education. She told Muskego Patch that "it's going to be tough to leave the people I work with, but what I will be …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
School Board will make a final decision on the future of f4-year-old kindergarten on Dec. 17, but if the numbers are any indication, the program will likely be back next year.
With 571 students being served in three years, the 4-year-old kindergarten program in Muskego-Norway School District is posting very positive numbers, according to an administrative report. The program began with the 2010-11 school year and has seen steadily increasing enrollment (208 students are currently enrolled for this year), but will need board approval to continue. Statewide, 88 percent of school districts have 4K programs. The school board met Monday night to review the report, which gave the following statistics: The board vote on Dec. 17 whether to continue the program in 2013-14.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Staff cuts will be recommended to DPI, and busing contract realizes some savings while allowing for a longer walk to the bus stop for some students; unexpected debate arises over a donation from PTO.
Recommended staffing non-renewals from the Muskego-Norway School District will stand, as board members voted unanimously Monday night to cut two part-time middle school math coaches and a part-time elementary teacher, as well as reducing the hours for one middle school Spanish teacher and an art teacher. In addition, a teaching position on layoff for the current year will remain as such in the coming 2012-13 year. The board approved the contracts for two positions in the Special Education Department, with full time services for occupational therapy (OT) as well as up to 30 hours per week for a physical therapist (PT) in the 2012-2013 school year. Each position's hourly rate was increased by $1, at $43 per hour for OT services and $50 per …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
A rollercoaster week as far as temps go, with today looking much warmer, but also a bit wet. Check the latest info on weather, travel etc., before you head out.
Click below to get your live, local information. In the event of something out of the ordinary, such as a major crash, Patch editors will update this as quickly and accurately as we are able. Patch editors recommend: Did you know that the Muskego-Norway Schools offers a four-year-old kindergarten program? Indeed, and tonight is 4K Parent Information night at the Educational Services Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Learn more about the Muskego-Norway Community Partner model, the 4K curriculum and schedule, and meet the 4K staff, partners and administrators who make the program successful. You can also get 4K applications and register at any elementary school or at the Educational Services Centeras well as during Parent Information Night. …
Friday, April 6, 2012
Project-based learning began as a pilot last year, but positive feedback will continue the program next school year and expand it to include 7th and 8th grade students; high school enrollment in advanced placement courses shows strong interest.
A pilot program targeted at seventh graders in Muskego schools will not only get another year, but will be expanded to include eighth grade as well. The Muskego-Norway School Board unanimously approved the expansion of 'Project i,' which is a project-based learning (PBL) module, at Bay Lane and Lake Denoon Middle Schools. PBL is generally done by groups of students working together toward a common goal. Performance is assessed on an individual basis, and takes into account the quality of the students' results, demonstrated understanding of the topic, and student participation. The idea behind PBL is to mirror how learning occurs 'in the real world.' Tammy Gibbons, Director of School Performance at the district, explained that the seventh …
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Additional credit of math and science are being added to satisfy requirements needed for district to apply for waiver regarding No Child Left Behind
Tammy Gibbons, Director of Student performance for the Muskego-Norway district outlined changes that may affect students starting with the 2012-2013 school year. Most notably, a graduation requirement of three credits each for math and science could take effect, pending legislation. This reflects an increase from the current requirement of two credits for both. Gibbons explained that the proposal for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind requirements will be submitted on February 21, and will feature a balanced assessment system (Wisconsin is joining a consortium of 38 states to develop a common system), the enhanced graduation requirements and changes to college and career readiness testing. Previously, Superintendent Joe Schroeder …
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Plenty to celebrate, plenty to work on as results are reviewed.
Tammy Gibbons, Director of School Performance for the Muskego-Norway School District, gave a comprehensive presentation at the school board's meeting on Jan. 8 at Mill Valley Elementary School. With progress being shown, other areas of challenge were also apparent for the board. Some results of note in the 2011 Student Achievement Report: To view the complete presentation, click here. Supt. Dr. Joe Schroeder will also be posting documents on this topic as well on the district's Facebook page (just click 'like').
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Foods classes will be modified with an eye to careers, and new focus on finances will respond to current economy
Considered by many to be the class historically taken by girls to learn homemaking skills, foods class will be getting an update at Muskego High School. A recommendation to rename the class to 'culinary arts' came at Monday night's school board meeting, and includes a component where local restaurants may work with students to provide literal on-the-job training and serve as resources for students. Students can earn 'serve safe' certifications when partnering with restaurants, and team members at MHS said that local establishments like Pizza Hut and the Gingerbread House had already expressed interest in participating in the program. The new course will be part of the 'ProStart Program, which is a two-year industry based program that …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Recommendations from a 30-member panel adopted and will include longer class periods, which many feel will help district to reach the 'every child' mark
Debate continued Monday night at the Muskego-Norway School Board meeting over the merits of changes proposed to middle school programming. The most distinctive changes include lengthening some class periods for math and science to allow for more in-depth instruction and additional help to students who need it. It also encourages writing across the curriculum to help students learn subjects better. The concept is that even in a math class, if a student is required to write their explanations, they develop a better understanding of the subject as they themselves have to verbalize it. Tammy Gibbons, Director of School Performance, led the committee of 38, which included teachers, parents and a few students, and said they were excited at the …