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Stevens Point Area Public School District
1900 Polk Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Director of Communications
It is hard to believe we are entering the final seven weeks of the school year. As we concentrate on the last quarter of the 2016-17 school year, the District continues to plan for 2017-18 and 2018-19.
At the April 10 School Board meeting the Board moved to add an additional 20 minutes to the beginning of the elementary school day, starting in the 2018-2019 school year. With this change, the school day will run from 8:45 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.
These additional 20 minutes will provide flexibility in scheduling of instructional time, adequate instructional time in all content areas, opportunities for intentional social emotional learning, and equitable planning time for all teachers.
With these benefits in mind, I also must recognize that this was not an easy decision for the School Board with voices from all sides of the proposal heard throughout the process.
Thank you to parents and students who took the time to provide meaningful feedback and engage in the discussion surrounding this proposal. With implementation scheduled for over a year from now, we have been given a continued opportunity to work together as the additional time continues to be discussed and planned during the upcoming year.
Craig Gerlach, Ed.S.
What began eight years ago with 15 tables, has grown to over 120 tables with representatives from colleges, universities, local businesses, apprenticeship opportunities, military recruiters and breakout informational sessions.
Post Secondary Night and Career Fair hosted over 1,000 students and parents who are planning for life after high school.
Students grades 7 - 12 were invited to attend and engage with representatives who have expertise in assisting them on making decisions for that 'next step.'
The event takes place annually in partnership with the Portage County Business Counsel, SPASH Counseling and SPASH Career Center staff.
We are excited to announce that after a thorough search and interview process, Mr. Steven Prokop will be recommended to the school board on Monday, March 13 to be approved as the Ben Franklin Junior High School principal. It is clear he has established relationships with students, staff and parents, and is committed to maintaining and exceeding the standards of excellence that we see being achieved at Ben Franklin.
Mr. Prokop was the assistant principal at Ben Franklin Junior High School for sixteen years, and then served as assistant principal at SPASH for one year before being appointed interim-principal in 2016. Prior to his work in Stevens Point, he was a mathematics teacher in Minnesota and California. In addition to this new assignment, he will continue to serve as the secondary summer school coordinator/lead principal. Mr. Prokop earned his Education Specialist (1998) and Educational Leadership (1995) Masters Degrees from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. He completed his Bachelors of Arts (1988) at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA.
After conducting a thorough candidate search and completing the interview process, we have not found a candidate that we believe is the right fit to lead P.J. Jacobs as principal. We know that our junior high schools are schools of excellence with high standards and expectations for students, and we are looking forward to opening the search again next year.
Though we were unable to find a suitable candidate at this time, our superintendent is excited to announce that Mr. Dobratz has agreed to continue to serve as interim principal through the 2017-18 school year. His consistent and dedicated leadership for students and staff will provide us the opportunity to conduct a P.J. Jacobs specific search this time next year. We know that Mr. Dobratz will continue to uphold the standards and high expectations that our P.J. staff, students and families are accustomed to.
Mr. Dobratz has served students and staff at P.J. Jacobs Junior High as assistant principal from 1994-2006, principal from 2006-2013 and interim principal 2016-2017. Dobratz holds two degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
For the past three years, McKinley Center Elementary sixth grade students engage in a service project. Often this project reaches out into the community raising donations for local organizations such as Operation Bootstrap and Salvation Army. This year, however, students and staff noticed a growing need in their own school community, families experiencing food hardships.
Seeing an opportunity to act, students and staff began a “Feed the Monster” campaign asking their fellow schoolmates to donate non-perishable food items to be sent home, free of charge, through a food backpack program. On Friday afternoon (or the last day of the school week) participating students receive a backpack filled with healthy food and snacks for them to take home and eat over the weekend. Each backpack contains enough food for two light breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners as well as a number of snacks for the children over the weekend. Students then return the empty backpack to school the next week so that it can be re-stocked and sent home again.
“We’ve had wonderful support from our school family. The students’ ‘Feed the Monster’ campaign brought in enough donations for us to begin the program and we’ve seen donations begin to come in from the community as well,” Jill Schraufnagel, teacher stated. “The need is real. We forget sometimes that it isn’t an anonymous person or family who may be struggling, but someone sitting right next to you. The students really were eager to be able to make this happen for our school.”
McKinley staff will continue the food backpack program throughout the year. Monetary donations can be sent to McKinley Center Elementary, 2926 Blaine Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481. You can also download a donation form here.
It's official, we have launched our 16 new and improved websites for the Stevens Point Area Public School District. While we are planning for a smooth transition, we also know that websites are never finished and there may be information that you can't find or wish we had included. If you're a staff member, you can reference the New Website FAQ for more information. If you are a parent or community member, please watch the video tour of our new online home for more information on where you can access information from the District and your schools. If you still can't find what you're looking for, or wish we had included information we didn't, let us know.
The 7th Annual District Art Show and Open House featured over 330 pieces of student art from across all schools and grades in the District.
Student work was represented from each school and grade level with over 400 people in attendance throughout the evening. “It is such an honor to share this work with the community and to celebrate our talented students and staff,” said District Art Coordinator and McDill Elementary Principal, Jeanne Koepke. “The arts are an important piece of the educational experience and opportunities that we provide our students, and seeing the art tonight is an incredible testament to student talent and our teacher’s dedication to students and the community.” View photos from the event.
Today we headed to Jefferson to celebrate reading with 78 students who over Winter Break completed a challenge given to them by Library Media Specialist, Jo Brommer.
Ms. Brommer was hoping to have 20 -30 students complete the 30 minute each day reading challenge and was pleasantly surprised when she received 78 completed sheets!
Students celebrated their commitment to reading with a special hot chocolate and hot vanilla party complete with candy canes, marshmallows, animal crackers, and of course, a hot chocolate toast to reading and their success. Keep reading Eagles!