Welcome to the Feb. 2017 Lake Geneva Schools Community Connect Newsletter
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District Success Story of The Month
Family Events Engage Parents & Kids In Reading & Science Fun
Strategic Plan Tie-In: Promoting Community Engagement
Building strong community connections and involving our school families in their children's educational journey is a top priority for Lake Geneva Schools.

School families will have ample opportunities to enjoy exciting learning activities together this winter thanks to the collaborative efforts of Central-Denison, Eastview and Star Center Elementary Schools.

Author Visit & Family Reading Night
P opular children's author Alan St. Jean visited our elementary schools the week of Jan. 23. He inspired our students with his delightful and hilarious tales, and taught them all about the writing process and elements of a story. Families were invited to join in the fun on the nights of Jan. 25 & 26 at Eastview and Star Center to meet the author, get autographs & listen to his masterful stories. Lots of laughter and fun were enjoyed by all.

Family Science Night  Coming Feb. 7
Explosive fun awaits on Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 5:45-7:00 p.m. in the LGMS gym. S ee the event flyer in "Save the Date" section below for details. All students must be accompanied by an adult.

What Matters Most in Raising Student Achievement?
A Message From Dr. Jan Eckola - Director of Curriculum & Instruction
“Every student deserves a great teacher, not by chance, but by design.”  -  Fischer, Fry, Hattie

To have students who are truly engaged, teachers have to become learners of their own teaching.

Fisher, Frey and Hattie’s new book, Visible Learning for Literacy, frames a barometer of influences on practices that work best to accelerate learning.These practices used in classrooms can improve instruction in all classrooms, not just those devoted to literacy: 

  • Use of small group learning
  • Phonics instruction
  • Study skills
  • Repeated reading
  • Classroom discussion.

Furthermore, the areas that bring the most significant difference in student learning are associated with teachers, specifically teacher clarity and connections with students.

Read Jan's full article for more details on Fischer, Fry and Hattie's research and how you can put these classroom best practices into action.

Save The Date & Spread The Word!
To Participate, Be Sure Your Cell Phone Number Is In Powerschool. Click Image For Details.
Badger High School Winter Play
  Feb. 9 , 10, 11 -  7:00 PM
Badger High School Recital Hall

Purchase Tickets In The Badger High Main Office. Call 262-348-2000 for details.
Badger National Honor Society & Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast

Feb. 11  |  8:00-11:00AM
at Badger High School Commons

Tickets: $8 per adult
$5 per child
Under 4 Free 

Tickets may also be purchased directly from Lion's Club & NHS members. All Proceeds to NHS for the Families in Need School Supply Drive! 

Badger Music Department Casino Night Fundraiser

Saturday, Feb. 11

Join us for a fabulously fun night that supports the music department's upcoming Florida trip!

District Reminders
Tech Tips You Can Use
Dan Schmidt, Director of Technology, will regularly serve up tasty tech tips for your classrooms. Contact Dan with questions at  dan.schmidt@badger.k12.wi.us. Bon appétit! 

This Month’s Featured Buffet Items…

District Scrapbook
LGMS Students Participate In UW-Whitewater
Orchestra Festival
Orchestra students had opportunities to work with a clinician, participate in tech classes and listen to other Middle School orchestras. Our students represented our district well. We are very proud of them! 
Area PE Teachers Hit the Gym to Make Fitness and Nutrition Fun for Students
LGMS, Eastview, Star Center and Cen-Den PE teachers, along with teachers from neighboring districts, participated in a day-long training at LGMS on Jan. 9 to learn new activities and fitness games that teach students how nutrition and physical activity go hand-in-hand to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Learn more.

Congrats, Spelling Bee Champs!
Eighteen students from LGMS, Eastview Elementary and Star Center Elementary competed in the Jt. #1 School District spelling bee finals on Jan. 19. 6th grader Crete Slattery (pictured middle) took 1st place. 7th grader Kyle deGelder (pictured right) placed 2nd. Eastview 5th grader Gianna Horne placed 3rd. Slattery and deGelder will move on to the regional spelling bee this spring. View a photo of all participants here

February Is National Career & Tech Ed Month!
Throughout the month, Badger High School students will have opportunities to participate in a variety of activities that highlight the wide range of career options available to them.  Be sure to follow @BadgerHighSchool on Facebook to see all the Career & Tech Ed Month highlights. Want to learn more about Badger's Career & Tech Ed program and industry certifications available to our students? Check out the Badger Course Guide -- you'll be amazed!

Star Center PTO hosted an amazing Daddy Daughter Masquerade Ball on January 27. 

Our district has such a stellar music education program! Check out the cool things our Eastview Elementary students have been learning!
Stay up to date on Badger athletics events & successes on GoBadger.org

Have Good News To Share From Your Classroom?   Click the Success Button & Let Us Know!

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Have A Great February!
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