Friday, May 27, 2016

Have a relaxing,
      safe, fun, Memorial Day 

8 more days of school and we plan to finish strong!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Week of April 18

Classroom Highlights

K4 - Students are learning about seeds, plants and butterflies.  They are also working on a special Mother's Day surprise!

K5 - Kindergartners completed a research project on animals using computers.  They are in the process of putting together animal books.  They are also focusing on "Writing for a Reason", and serving as critics on topics involving restaurants, movies and toys.

Grade 1 - First graders just wrapped up a unit on geometry and are getting ready for fractions.  They are also learning new comprehension strategies.

Grade 2 - Second grade students are learning about money and making change.  They will be having a guest speaker to talk to the children about banking.  They are also working on Google slide presentations involving habitats.

Grade 3 - Third graders are working in cooperative groups exploring inventions.  They are planning a field trip to see Tom Sawyer next week.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Family Movie Night

Save the Date...

Willow's Glen's Second Annual Family Movie Night

Featuring The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Friday, April 29

Hope that you can join us!

More info will be coming.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Week of March 14

Important Dates for Next Week...

Spring Break begins on Friday, March 25

PTO Dinner on March 28 - Please watch your Take Home folder for more information!


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The St. Francis School District has the highest performing 3rd graders in reading and math, as compared to our two, neighboring school districts?


Friday, March 4, 2016

Week of February 29

It has been a busy week at Willow Glen!

Thank you to all who attended our Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast on Wednesday.  We served nearly 400 guests!

Third grade students celebrated their Fairytale Writing Unit with families. 
We welcomed more than 50 family members to hear great  stories, eat delicious treats, and enjoy the friendship and sense of community at Willow Glen School!!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Week of February 22

Each blog, I share highlights of the students' week, including grade level activities and new learning.  Today, I would like to share with you some highlights involving what our teachers are learning and doing, which positively impacts your child...

PBIS Tier 2 Training
Several times this school, our PBIS Team is meeting in Waukesha to grow our skills and knowledge with PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports).  Willow Glen and Deer Creek staff members join PBIS Teams from districts across our area, to develop plans of implementing Tier 2 interventions for our students.  As you may be aware, both schools were awarded the honor of being "Schools of Merit" for their success with the first tier of implementation of PBIS.  Currently, we are learning about deeper, focused strategies for reaching some of our more reluctant students.  After each PBIS meeting, we return to Willow Glen and put our new learning into practice.  The students are benefiting from this adult professional development, and we have enjoyed watching the climate improve at WG, with fewer behavior incidents and happier children!

Leadership and Coaching for RtI (Response to Intervention)
We have a team of educators from across the district, who gather in Oconomowoc a few times per year, to learn more about the impact of coaching on student achievement.  In these sessions, we are introduced to the tools needed for teacher leaders to coach other educators.  These gatherings have been of high value, as we grow to understand the process of coaching, with immediate, actionable ideas to take back to our buildings. Together, we are creating a coaching vision, and developing a work plan.  

Early Literacy Service (ELS)
More than 10 teachers have been formally trained in ELS.  This is a full year program, offered in the evenings, which addresses researched-based strategies for supporting our struggling readers.  Select students at Willow Glen are receiving this intervention on a daily basis.  We have seen students excel to meet and exceed grade level benchmarks, as a result of their participation in this program.


Friday, February 12, 2016

Week of February 8

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Valentine's Day activities abound at Willow Glen!

Graphing conversation hearts, writing poems, sharing stories, exchanging cards, and many, many treats...

Traditional, festive, holiday activities infused with lots of learning!