November 27, 2018
Making Learning Visible:
Learning Occurs Through Challenges
A message from Peggy Larson, Ed.D
District Administrator

Tip 3: Challenge but Don’t Rescue.

We learn a lot from making mistakes, pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone, and taking risks to try new things.

Encountering challenges, mistakes, and failure builds a growth mindset and develops intellectual resilience. When your child encounters difficulties, don’t jump in to solve the problem and rescue him/her. Instead, ask questions that will help him/her to think through the problem, and then identify and choose a course of action to move forward.

The Learning Pit
I think out of the 10 tips this is my favorite. James Nottingham, Co-founder and Director of Challenging Learning, created the learning pit. At the core of the Challenge is “the pit.” Learners “in the pit” are in a state of cognitive conflict, defined as those times when learners have two or more ideas that make sense to them, but which upon reflection, find that the ideas conflict with each other. It is in the pit where students struggle and think to find solutions.

I did it!
James talks about a “Eureka” moment. Eureka means, “I found it.” Not my teacher found it, or my mom found it, but “Eureka! I found it!” We know when students discover their answer or hit that Eureka moment because they can’t stop talking about their discovery. This also goes back to tip #2, develop a growth mindset.

The pit allows students to discover their learning and creates that growth mindset - I can learn! I can improve! So, let your children ponder and think. Don’t provide your solutions. Let them come up with their own solution. I realize it is difficult to watch your child(ren) struggle, but ask questions, don’t give them the answers. When they discover solutions on their own their self-confidence will grow, too.
Hopefully, these tips will help make you feel more a part of what your child(ren) is/are learning at school.  

Community Invited on December 3
Facilities Study and Enrollment Projections
Come to the Community Meeting

The entire community is invited on December 3, at 6:30 p.m. to hear Phase I report about the facilities study and enrollment projections. 

The meeting will be held at the Winneconne Community Arts Center (WCAC), located inside the High School.

The Phase I report about the long-range facilities study will be presented by Plunkett Raysich Architects. Initial information about the population study, being completed by MDRoffers, will also be presented.

Upcoming Dates and Events
To stay in touch, look here for each school's daily announcements, as posted to each school's website.

Winneconne Community School District:
Three Years in a Row Among Top in the State
The State of Wisconsin released the State Report Card two weeks ago.

Winneconne's results place us #2 the State of Wisconsin, only behind White Fish Bay in southeastern WI, in the category of 4k-Grade 12 school districts.

The report card is one indicator of our student's dedication to hard work, learning, attendance, and graduation. Many indicators are measured by the State to determine the final rank. Find more on our website.

We continue to be proud of the work of our students, who are supported by their families and our wonderful staff! Way to Go Winneconne Wolves.
Juuling: Parents Please Become Informed!
Our students are very important to us all. As they traverse their early teens and high school years, they encounter many challenges. You may or may not have heard about the health risks of juuling, a trending e-cigarette.

The juul is a brand of e-cigarette, or “vape”, and it looks like a common USB flash drive. Its shape and ease of use make it easy for people to use discreetly, and frankly, to hide. That’s why, nationwide, it is creating an epidemic amongst youth for its highly addictive nicotine content. Its popularity amongst youth has grown in Winneconne too, and we are seeing increased use of vaping, and particularly juuling in our schools. 

According to the Center for Disease Control, “E-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products.” 

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, besides being addictive, vaping may have long-term detrimental effects on brain development and respiratory function. Therefore, we hope that all families will become more informed about the addictive and possibly dangerous effects of juuling and e-cigarettes on young people.

Please talk to your children about the use and misuse of this product. Juuling, vaping and the use of e-cigarettes are not allowed in school or on school property.

Here are several resources for more information:

Winneconne Champions Support
Winneconne Community School District
Winneconne Community School District continues its Journey.

Did you know that a group of dedicated community members have established Winneconne Champions?

The first major project of the Winneconne Champions was to create a District-wide Endowment Fund held at WACF. The Endowment Fund is special because all donations to the fund contribute to the fund’s principal and are never spent.

There are many ways to help support the School District. Please visit this webpage for information how you can contribute to Winneconne Community School District.
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