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Jeff Davis, Superintendent

Onalaska Superintendent
Superintendent Message, 
May 2017

It is hard to believe that another school year is about to come to a close. Because of snow days, our last day of school will now be June 15th. Still, it seems just like yesterday we were welcoming a new group of kindergarten students, wide-eyed and ready to tackle anything. And now… they are almost ready to move to 1st grade next fall. 

This past school year has been exciting as we continue to see growth in our students in the areas of reading and mathematics. Our Reading Success Room has now been able to focus on comprehension with our elementary students because their literacy skills have improved tremendously over the past three years. Our high school STEM program continues to grow and develop opportunities for our students in a variety of topics. We hope to expand our STEM offerings over the next few years. Our middle school staff continues to work closely on developing interventions to meet the needs of all students. This Spring, we have been able to offer after school assistance in math and reading with some of our staff working an additional 90 minutes, three days a week to help those students who are not yet at proficiency.

Looking ahead, we will move Mrs. Soderback into the Middle School Principal position. Mrs. Teel will remain as the K-5 Principal. We have added an additional teaching position for the middle school to accommodate the growth of students in that school. We will be adding a K-5 math specialist for next year to mirror what we have done in our reading program. Our hope is that with this additional focus on mathematics, those students who are not yet proficient will gain the skills and knowledge to demonstrate growth in their grade band and progress to the point of being above proficiency with their math skills.

We also have some changes at the high school as two long-time professional educators are retiring at the end of the year. Susan Roden and Tom Phimister are moving on to the next chapter of their lives. They have dedicated many years to this profession and are leaving behind a legacy of excellence. Susan and Tom will be sorely missed, but we wish them well in retirement.

Lastly, I wanted to give a big “shout-out” to Brad Klein, our Technology Director. We have upgraded wifi and switching equipment in our schools that will enhance our ability to provide uninterrupted use of our computers and other technology. Brad was instrumental in working with our vendor to ensure that service was not interrupted during the installation and transition to the new system. With the increasing use of technology in our schools, this new system will speed the delivery of information to our students as well as provide them with enhanced capabilities in the classroom. Thank you, Brad, for all of your work on this project.

The District Office is open all summer. If you have questions about this year or want information about the upcoming school year, please feel free to call ahead to make sure the person you want to talk to is available, since the staff typically takes vacation days during the summer months.

Have a great summer and continue to check-out the district website for updated information.

Jeff Davis
Admin Admin,
May 12, 2017, 11:14 AM