During the 2018-19 school year, a group of teachers and administrators piloted a few literacy programs. After a number of meetings, the group decided to move forward with Fountas & Pinnell Classroom as our primary resource for literacy instruction.
This platform is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The classroom teachers teach the following lessons every day: Interactive Read Aloud, Reading Minilesson and a Phonics/Word Study lesson.
The Interactive Read Aloud focuses on reading quality literature and developing comprehension skills. The Reading Minilesson teaches procedural, literary analysis, skills and strategies and writing about reading lessons. The Phonics/Word Study lessons teach a variety of foundational skills and strategies at each grade level. The teachers also provide daily small-group guided reading instruction, individual conferencing and facilitated literature discussion groups. The teachers follow Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study for writing lessons during their writing block.
The goals of FPC are to develop children into literate members of a learning community, with a strong foundation of literacy skills that will take them well into their futures. The classroom teachers meet weekly and plan the lessons together so that there is a high level of coherence between the classrooms. All K-5 students are taught the same lessons and have common learning experiences through FPC.
So far, teachers have reported that the FPC lessons are very comprehensive and the students are responding well to the instruction. There are powerful discussions every day, where the students “turn and talk” to a neighbor around the comprehension questions. The students are also developing deep comprehension skills and strategies, laying the foundation for a future success in and out of the classroom.
This year, Edgerton's eighth-grade students have examined the Holocaust and World War II through the study of literature, history, math and science. Students were able to synthesize their knowledge in a culminating gallery, where they presented artifacts of their learning. These included tri-folds, essays, commemorative stamps, poetry and illustrated writing.
Students have also participated in a field trip to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Illinois. The cost of this field trip was offset by a generous contribution from Edgerton Gifts for Kids. We are incredibly grateful for this support!
The Edgerton School District's Strategic Plan explicitly targets students' social and emotional well-being as a focus area. We pride ourselves on offering extensive learning opportunities and support services in this area, throughout grade levels. Over the years, however, we came to recognize that we have a population of students who would benefit—and in many cases need—access to the type of mental health therapy services that are not provided with traditional school staff.
Starting in the winter of the 2018-19 school year, the ESD began a partnership with Stateline Mental Health of Beloit to offer school-based mental health services to students. This partnership allows Stateline to operate a "satellite office" on campus that is staffed by a certified mental health therapist. By engaging in this arrangement, typical barriers for mental health services are removed, such as transportation and schedule conflicts.
As we enter the second year of our partnership, we have seen great benefit of this work for the students in the Edgerton School District. Between 30 and 40 students are able to receive important services that they might otherwise not be able to access. This type of programming helps ensure healthier students who have improved outcomes related to their social-emotional wellbeing and academic achievement.
We are incredibly proud of the work we have already accomplished in this area, and we will continue toward our ultimate goal of providing "no-barrier" access to mental health services for our students. We believe this approach is essential toward helping all students be successful in the classroom and beyond.
On Wednesday, February 12, the Edgerton School District will celebrate its 26th annual Activity Day! This year, students will take part in a wide variety of trips and activities, including:
- Bowling & a Movie in Sun Prairie
- Escape in Time and Vitense Golfland
- Ice Fishing at Gibbs Lake
- Kalahari Water Park
- Madison Mystery Tour
- Chicago Tour
- Helium Trampoline Park & a Movie
- Shedd Aquarium
- Saturday Night Fever at the Fireside
This popular day of events, which many of our alumni remember quite well, began in 1994 as a way to encourage students to make healthy and positive choices. It also offers students and staff the opportunity to connect outside the classroom.
Activity Day is sponsored by the TIDE Committee, which stands for Total Improvement Depends on Everyone. This voluntary committee of staff members works hard to plan positive activities throughout the year. We want to recognize these amazing committee members for making Activity Day—and all our other great events—possible!
Student Council Holds Annual Snowflake Craft Fair
On December 7, the Edgerton High School Student Council held its 29th Annual Snowflake Craft Fair—and the event was a big success!
The event welcomed more than 1,000 attendees and featured 114 vendors from across the region. There were a variety of items, including handmade quilting/appliqué, wood and glass, jewelry, delicious homemade Norwegian goodies, wreaths and much much more.
The Edgerton Chamber Singers warmed the halls and field house with their beautiful holiday music. There were hourly drawings for prizes, and lunch was served all day.
The Student Council is already in the beginning stages of planning for the 30th Annual Snowflake Craft Fair next year. A special thank you goes out to all who attended and supported this great event!
'Rascal Crew' Guides Kindergartners in Temporary Location
With all the work taking place at Edgerton Community Elementary School after the passage of the April 2019 referendum, the school district has temporarily relocated kindergarten classes to different buildings.
Six of the eight kindergarten classes are currently at Edgerton High School. To help ensure these young students get the extra guidance and support they need during this time, a "Rascal Crew" of high school students has stepped up.
Through this program, high school students take turns at a station just outside the kindergarten classrooms. There, they read, study or do homework. Every so often, a kindergartener will emerge, needing to visit the restroom or go to the office. The high school student then takes his or her younger counterpart to wherever they need to go.
According to parents, staff and students themselves, the program has been an incredible success this school year, providing some great experiences and memories for all involved. The 31 members of the Rascal Crew have been selected based on the level of responsibility they have demonstrated in the past, and were each recommended by teachers and staff.
Parents of kindergarten students were notified of the program before the school year began. It has served as a great way for older students to mentor and get to know younger ones, furthering the positive culture already found throughout Edgerton schools.
The Rascal Crew program is another terrific example of #TiderNation in action!
Each year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) issues districts and schools their own report cards. All publicly funded schools receive a report card as part of the state’s accountability system. The report cards measure schools on four priority areas: student achievement, growth, closing gaps and on-track and postsecondary success.
Edgerton schools recently received our DPI report cards. They are based on the previous complete school year, 2018-2019. The results presented here are compared to the previous school year, 2017-2018. The district received an overall score of 76.5, making it a district that exceeds expectations.
Edgerton High School sees overall improvement
Edgerton High School’s overall score improved 6.1 points from the 2017-2018 school year. During that year, the district received a modest score of 69.6/100, meeting DPI expectations. This past year, the score climbed to 75.7/100, meaning the Edgerton HS exceeds expectations. We also saw some improvement in mathematics achievement, which increased by 2.2 points from the year prior.
The 2019-2020 high school teaching and learning goal is to increase the high school’s overall state report card score from 75.7 to 77.7.
Edgerton Middle School exceeds expectations
Edgerton Middle School continues to exceed DPI expectations, improving their overall score from 75.5 to 79.0. The school exceeded its 2017-2018 teaching and learning goal of achieving an overall score of 77 by two points. Next year, the school’s teaching and learning goal is to improve that score by another two points, raising it to 79.
Elementary scores dip slightly, still strong
Both Community Elementary and Yahara Elementary saw slight dips in their overall score. Yahara dropped 1.3 points to 78.1, which is still a strong score that exceeds expectations. Community dropped 3.3 points, just barely bringing it down to “meets expectations” territory. To raise these scores, elementary staff plan to focus on improving teacher and student relationships, instructional coaching and the comprehensive reading program.
We all know why Edgerton schools are fantastic, but it helps to have the data to support our efforts and allow us to continually improve. We look forward to doing what it takes to ensure our students continue to have access to a high-quality educational experience.
Tider Nation packed Edgerton Performing Arts Center on November 8, 9 and 10 to watch our high school students stage a fantastic production of the classic musical “Guys and Dolls.”
The cast included 42 student actors, making it Edgerton High School’s largest performance to date. The auditions saw greater turnout than in years past, with many students trying theater for the first time. More boys auditioned than in recent years, as well. Not all were new to the stage—many of the school’s choir members joined seasoned actors to create the musical production.
The cast’s diversity in experience and background helped them pull off a successful performance. More importantly, they learned to work together in teaching each other about performing on stage.
Co-director Rachel Montry was thrilled with how amazing the cast and crew were working together.
"They were so responsible and respectful to one another and truly became a little family," she said. "It was so sweet to see all of them connect through the show and to see how much they came to mean to one another."
One of Montry’s favorite moments was “watching the cast come off the stage after the last big number during our Sunday performance and give each other a big hug. It really confirmed that they cared for each other and had formed a bond. I think I speak for all the directors when I say that this cast and crew will always have a special place in our hearts.”
“Guys and Dolls” is set in the early 20th century in New York City’s underground gambling scene. The story centers on Nathan Detroit, a gambler looking to set up the biggest craps game in town. Meanwhile, he cannot seem to commit to his longtime fiancee, nightclub performer Miss Adelaide. His fellow gambler Sky Masterson has his own romantic issues, courting the straight-laced Salvation Army missionary Sarah Brown.
The play debuted on Broadway in 1950 and won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1951. "Guys and Dolls" is upbeat and fun, featuring classic numbers such as “A Bushel and a Peck” and “Luck Be a Lady.”
Edgerton High School Drama isn’t just for aspiring Broadway stars. Any student is welcome to join regardless of prior experience. Club members generally form the cast and crew for the fall musical and the spring play. Crew members learn about sets, costumes, props and other skills required to keep a show moving behind the scenes.
If you’re eager to catch more performances from the breakout stars of Edgerton schools, there are still a few more winter concerts planned at Edgerton Performing Arts Center this year:
- Community Elementary 5K-2 Winter Sing: Friday, December 13 at 8:15 a.m.
- High School Choir Concert: Monday December 16 at 7:30 p.m.
- Yahara Valley Elementary Winter Sing: Tuesday, December 17 at 12:15 p.m.
For more on the upcoming performances at Edgerton Performing Arts Center, visit https://www.edgerton.k12.wi.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=1453.
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The school year is off to a great start as our staff welcomed back approximately 1,900 students
on August 22. We began the school year early in order to end on the Friday prior to Memorial
Day. The earlier start will provide additional time next summer to complete the major
renovations occuring at Community Elementary School (CES) and the High School. CES will
receive a complete renovation of the entire school along with a new addition and gym. After
completion of this project CES will become a Primary School (grades K-2) and an Intermediate
School (grades 3-5) sharing a cafeteria and library. The high school renovation includes
updated science and mathematics classrooms and a larger commons/cafeteria area for
students. There will also be an addition constructed at the high school which will include
updated band/choir classrooms, new administrative offices and new counselling offices.
Earlier this month, Bray Architects reviewed renderings, floor plans, and room inventory at Community Elementary School with district leadership. Plans for the addition and renovation of math and science rooms at Edgerton High School were also discussed.
Drawings and specifications for the secure entry projects at Yahara Elementary School and Edgerton Middle School are nearly complete. Bray presented updates on plans and city approvals to the Board of Education on April 15.
On April 18, Bray led district staff on building tours to completed Bray projects with similar spaces to those being developed at Community Elementary School. A group of K-2nd grade teachers visited Little Prairie Primary School in East Troy, while a group of 3rd-5th grade teachers toured Muskego Lakes Middle School in Muskego (see photos below). By touring these state-of-the-art facilities, staff members have given the Core Planning Team valuable feedback that will be used to establish more detail in the design for the additions and renovations at Community Elementary School.
The Core Planning Team will continue to collaborate with project engineers to develop construction documents for Edgerton High School and Community Elementary School. Construction documents for the secure entrances at Yahara Elementary School and Edgerton Middle School will be issued for bid at the end of April. Prospective contractors will have until May 15 to submit their bids.
Updates will be shared on the district website: www.edgerton.k12.wi.us