May 15, 2020
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Biweekly Friday Flyer
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Renegade News:

  • District Administrator Message
  • Principal Graf's Message
  • Instructional Technology Updates
  • Bristol Southern Lakes Anthology Winners
  • May 24: K-5 Virtual Art Show Submission
  • Virtual Positive Referrals
  • Thank you for participating in this week's Personal Items and Packet Drive-Thru!
  • 5th Grade D.A.R.E. Graduates
  • Supreme Court Decision Regarding Safer at Home Order
  • Renegade Relaxation Room
  • Bristol's COVID-19 Web Page
  • Bristol's School Notices Web Page
  • Open Enrollment Window Extended

Community News:
  • Kenosha Kingfish Update
  • Jr Falcon Fall Youth League Interest Survey
Renegade Resources:
District Administrator Message

Dear Families,

The Board held a special meeting this past Monday. Part of the meeting involved securing permission from the Board of Education to be able to submit a couple of waiver requests to the Department of Public Instruction. One request to the Department of Public Instruction was for a Waiver of Instructional Hours set by the state for the 2019-2020 school year due to the public health emergency. The other request to the Department was for a Waiver of the Educator Effectiveness Requirements also set by the state for the 2019-2020 school year due to the public health emergency. 

While we are confident with our continued learning efforts and meeting the hours of instruction this year, there may be others who may hold a different opinion or have a different perspective. There are certainly many unknowns at this time. We felt by applying for the waiver of hours that it would provide us with a greater level of security or certainty with regard to the future and what could happen. It is a similar scenario with the Educator Effectiveness System (EE). For those of you who are unfamiliar with EE, it is a learning-centered, continuous improvement model designed to improve the education of all students by supporting the growth and development of teachers. It involves such things as goal setting, teacher observations, evaluations, reflection, gathering of artifacts, etc. all of which are bound by timelines and schedules. The pandemic totally interrupted the established time schedules for us here at Bristol and made it impossible to meet all of the requirements. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recognized that this was the case for many school districts. Therefore, they developed a streamlined process for districts to apply for a waiver. We felt it was in our best interest to take advantage of this opportunity.

Prior to taking action on these waivers, a school district must provide an opportunity for the public to weigh in on the matters. This is considered the “public hearing” portion of the meeting. There were no comments received by the Board. The Board then authorized me to move forward with the requests to the state.

I thought it was important to share this information with you because these requests have been popping up on agendas all across the state. I wanted to make sure you weren’t alarmed by seeing things like “waivers” and “hearings” on our agenda. It has become a typical or common occurrence as a result of the current times. I thought an explanation would be helpful.  

Thank you for taking the time to read my message. Admittedly, it’s not the most exciting of topics. However, I wanted to keep you up to date on the recent special meeting and a couple of relatively “big deal” items.

Enjoy the rest of the newsletter.
Principal Graf's Message

Happy Friday to you all!

While we do not yet know what fall will bring we remain optimistic, however, we are preparing for the possibility we will not be able to hold school as usual. There will likely be some needed adjustments to our structures and systems to make sure our students and families are safe. This will include measures for COVID exposures, and may limit the number of students that can congregate at one time. This may mean we have some type of blended learning, with face to face and virtual combinations. Any guidelines for schools will likely be dictated to us by the state or county, but we will make sure we operationalize them in a way that makes sense for Bristol.  

Next week, I will continue to work in collaboration with staff while focusing on several topics including power standards, scheduling, re-entry, and elective options for next year. More details to come on these topics in the near future.  

Feedback on student learning will remain a continuation of learning. Any work not completed during distance learning will not have an adverse effect on a student’s grade prior to ending traditional school instruction. No students will “fail” a class during our distance learning session. Learning is the main objective, not grades.

4K-8 Grade Codes:

P+ Passing with Distinction
P Passing
IE Insufficient Evidence

P+ Progress/Passing with Distinction
Evidence proves that the student met the teacher requirements and showed sufficient progress in meeting the intended learning outcomes/objectives for 3rd trimester. The student also went beyond the requirements in ensuring mastery of the material.

P Progress/Passing
Evidence proves that the student met the teacher requirements and showed sufficient progress in meeting the intended learning outcomes/objectives for 3rd trimester.  

IE Insufficient Evidence 
The teacher has lack of evidence that the student has made sufficient progress in meeting the intended learning outcomes/objectives for 3rd trimester.

The last Day of Virtual Learning will be Friday, May 29.  During the week of June 1st, teachers will finalize grades and set up an end-of-the-year virtual parent/student conferences for all students. Communication will be sent to families when final grades are posted in Family Access.  

Please know we are grateful for all you do and appreciate your efforts for OUR students. This week was a great opportunity for me to see you all! As many of you passed through the parking lot, you may have noticed that we continue to share our smiles from a distance! Like us, please continue to focus on the positive, finish strong and stay healthy. One of my favorite quotes is, “if you don’t take care of yourself, where else are you going to live.” Be well and know that I look forward to the day when we can all be together again.
Instructional Technology Updates
Save the Date! Chromebook Returns:
Chromebooks and AC adapters lent to students for off-campus learning need to be returned to Bristol School on one of the following three dates. Thursday, June 4th, Friday, June 5th, or Monday, June 8th. More information to come soon!

Zoom Reminder:
This is just a reminder that due to security and student safety concerns Bristol Schools IT department does not provide any support for Zoom. According to CNET ( See Article Here ) Zoom has seen a rash of attention attracting ads as well as "Zoombombing" in which an individual hacks into a Zoom meeting and projects inappropriate material on the screen. Bristol staff are strongly recommended to use Google Hangouts/Meet for staff/student interactions
Bristol Southern Lakes Anthology Winners
The Southern Lakes Anthology Project was open for 6th-8th grade students to submit work in the following categories:

  • Poetry
  • Prose
  • Illustrated Writing
  • Cartoon
  • Art

Work was first judged at the school level before moving on to the local level where it was compared to work from 35 local school districts. Exceptional work was compiled into the anthology, and each student received a copy.
We would like to congratulate the following students for their hard work:

  • Kayleigh for “Pumpkin” (prose)
  • Darla for “Anxiety’s Grip” (art)
  • Hayden for “The Cycle” (prose)
  • Lauren for “Today is the Day” (poetry)
  • Matthew for “The Smart and the Courageous“ (prose)
  • Vivian for “Reaching for Help“ (art)
  • Jora for “Emily 2.0” (prose)
K-5 Virtual
Art Show

Calling all K-5th grade students: You have been working so hard on your art projects and we want to showcase your beautiful artwork in a slideshow!

Please submit the google form no later than Sunday, May 24!
Positive Office Referrals

Positive Office Referrals continue to come in for students making positive choices during distance learning. 

If your child has received a Positive Office Referral, you will receive an email this week to ask how you would prefer your child to be acknowledged and arrange a time to do so. 

We will continue to collect Positive Office Referrals through the end of distance learning. Keep making those positive choices to make us Bristol Proud!
Is your child making choices that exhibit:
  • Self-control
  • Hard work
  • Kindness
  • Positive attitudes
  • Teamwork
  • Honesty
  • Responsibility
  • Being respectful
Thank you to all families that
participated in this week's
Personal Items and Packet Drive-Thru!
5th Grade D.A.R.E. Graduates
Congratulations to the 2020 D.A.R.E. graduates!
Supreme Court Decision Regarding Safer at Home Order
The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 struck down almost all of the “Safer at Home Order,” Executive Order 28. The Court did not, however, strike down the section of the Safer at Home Order that closed public and private K-12 schools. That section of the Safer at Home Order, as well as the defined terms referenced by that section, remain applicable and enforceable.

Therefore, the Court’s decision does not reopen schools, which remain closed through June 30th, the end of the current school year. The DPI will continue to provide updates as they become available.
Open Enrollment Window Extended
2020-2021 Open Enrollment Window closes on
Friday, May 29, 2020*

*The application period closes at 4 pm. Late applications will not be accepted for any reason.
Kenosha Kingfish Update

We were very excited to host school events this summer as a celebration of reading accomplishments and community of each school after such a strange spring semester of online classes.

However, the Governor’s “Safer at Home” orders currently run through May 26. The 2020 Kenosha Kingfish home opener was scheduled for that date. So with this order in place, the Northwoods League has postponed the beginning of the season.

However, we still remain hopeful we will be playing games this summer at Historic Simmons Field, but don’t have a concrete timetable.

The League, it’s players, the coaches, owners and staff all have the desire to play, but the safety of everyone is the most important factor in this decision.

So, we await further information from the states that the Northwoods League plays in as well as further direction from the League Office. Once we have additional information, including updates in the schedule, we will reach out to you.

Families who have requested their free tickets and/or purchased additional tickets through the Reading Program will be able to redeem those tickets for another game this summer.

Our hope is to reschedule the school event dates as a whole, but we are awaiting the new safety procedures to see if that's a possibility. If we can't, anyone with tickets will be able to use them at any other game this 2020 season.

We cannot thank you enough for your support of Kingfish Baseball. We would not be able to do what we do without the support of such an incredible community.

Please stay safe and we look forward to seeing you at the ballpark soon.
Jr Falcon Fall Youth League Interest Survey
Would your family be interested in participating in a
fall youth league* for grades 5-8?

The Jr Falcons Girl Program strives to develop the individual physical, mental, and emotional talents of 5th through 8th grade girls in our volleyball program. Through sportsmanship, team competition and fun we encourage responsibility, compassion and excellence in all aspects of performance, both on and off the volleyball court.

*Since the Jr Falcons Girls program is a feeder program for the Westosha Central volleyball program, girls in the Westosha Central School District in grades 5th - 8th who will attend Westosha Central High School are eligible to play.