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Catalyst Offers Students Many Different Learning Opportunities
Catalyst students were working on a range of projects during my visit last week - engineering projects in Mrs. Barrier’s room, exploration of Roman history and an examination of the Gettysburg Address in another classroom. Bill and I also talked about enrollment numbers and the number of students on track to graduate this year. I know he and his team are working hard to help students reach that milestone.
Dundee Elementary visit
Dundee Elementary Principal Reed Langdon and I really enjoyed the excitement and energy in fourth grade as students observed and recorded data on their trout eggs. You could see their tails emerging. Ms. Schneider is recording video and posting it to their class DoJo site for students and parents to observe continuously. I also appreciated the opportunity to listen to a story created by a kindergarten student in Ashley Ludwig’s class. She was so proud to share it with me! In fifth grade, Mrs. Bachmeier-Swanson’s students are simulating life in colonial times. One of her students shared a graph she created to examine how she used her time each day. Finally, it has been a while since I got to walk through the cafeteria and see the completed fish mural created by staff. The colors and sea life certainly create a great space for students to have lunch every day. Thank you for a great school visit Dundee staff!
A Day without Immigrants
The national and social media reports about “A Day without Immigrants” seemed to impact Edwards Elementary. While Edwards is the only school we really saw a fairly large number of absences, our high school students decided to show their support the following day. A small group of students began spreading a message, mostly through social media, to organize a walk out as their protest and support for A Day without Immigrants. Kyle was able to connect with student leaders and organizers to help shape their actions. The students began their demonstration at lunch, moving around the school in a group, at times chanting a message in support of education. While they did miss some of a class, their demonstration moved around the campus twice then the students returned to class. Many of us from senior staff joined Kyle and his team to ensure students chose appropriate behavior both in demonstration and in those who may oppose the message of the demonstration. The situation was relatively calm; Kyle and his team did a great job minimizing the disruption to the learning environment.