Back to school time
What’s new for Waupaca students
By Greg Nyen
Welcome back to what I know will be another great school year in the Waupaca School District.
As you wind down your remaining days of summer vacation and begin to plan for another school year, we wanted to share a few items of interest with you.
Bus Drivers are needed in the district. If you know of a qualified driver who may be interested in providing safe passage to and from school to our community’s most valuable resource – our children – please contact our transportation department. A $500 signing bonus is available.
School Volunteers are welcome to apply. The Volunteers in the Schools Policy (353.1) has recently been rewritten to mandate background checks for all volunteers as part of the district’s continuous effort to provide a safe and orderly environment for all students. Parents and guardians will receive an application form with their student’s registration materials and the forms are also available on the District web site as a resource to the revised policy.
School Supply Lists are available by school of attendance and should be included in student registration packets or on the school web site. If you know someone in need of assistance please contact your building principal and we will help find the resources necessary to ensure every student can focus on learning.
Waupaca Way implementation will continue across the district PreK-12 as we teach our students responsibility and citizenship as outlined in our District Ends Policies. The focus of our efforts during the upcoming school year will be at the Waupaca High School as we continue the roll up from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Congratulations to the Waupaca Learning Center and the Waupaca Middle School for their recognition as Schools of Distinction from the Department of Public Instruction.
Technology is an important tool in the hands of our students.
During the 2016-17 school year the Waupaca School District will offer all students in grades three through eight a small computer called a Chromebook. This device will allow students to use our digital resources and textbooks, while implementing a one-to-one personalized and blended learning environment. At this time, the Chromebooks in grades three through eight will stay at school to charge overnight and be available for student use each day.
At Waupaca High School we also have an abundance of technology available for students, including 20 different Chromebook and Windows labs.
Also during the upcoming school year our students will continue their work in digital citizenship, the responsible use of technology.
We look forward to another great school year in the Waupaca School District and hope you have enjoyed the summer of 2016.
Greg Nyen is the Waupaca district administrator.