Oregon’s Senior Project. Evansville Should Take A Page.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 17, 2014 by chasinthenews

 

 

So simple.    Easily explained.

 

My question would be to the Evansville Administration who came up with this hair brain idea.  Do they walk the walk?    That same walk you are asking these kids to do?

I can tell you for a fact a couple of them do not.

 

Volunteering is a great service anyone can do.  Everyone should do.  Even if its only a couple hours a month.

Many students already do,  have since they were very young.

Church,  Girl Scouts , Boy Scouts.. .  Humane Societies or rescues.

The library,  The Care Closet..  All places I have watched kids volunteering at.

 

Volunteering is great.    If it  is great for college applications and resumes.  It is great for one’s being.  It’s a gift anyone can give.

 

It is just some thing so easy to do and no one is that ” busy.”   that they can not find a few hours.

 

But the way the E.C. S.D. has set up this Senior Project,  is reads and looks like people who themselves had no real idea how to carry out it . I do not blame the teachers who declined one bit to take part in this. There are to many questions administration can’t or won’t answer.

 

AT the Freshman meeting at Madison West at the start of the year they preached getting your kids into volunteering if they were not already doing so.

 

My son and his basketball and football teammates have participated in several volunteer programs since the start of the year.

My daughter and I both volunteer at a local animal rescue two Saturday’s a month and she volunteers one afternoon a week at a local nursing home.

It has actually helped her to decide what she wants to do after high school ..

 

Show and encourage kids the many ways to help , volunteer.   Most kids are just looking and needing that guidance  and will continue to do it long after school is out.

 

It does not take a ” Senior Project. ”  to give back to the community.. Many students already do.

 

Now back to our administrators who came up with this handy dandy idea?    They volunteer where?

 

Link to Oregon’s Senior Project.

http://www.oregonsd.org/OregonHigh.cfm?subpage=6839eir

 

April 9 Board Packet.pdf

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 9, 2014 by chasinthenews

April 9 Board Packet.pdf.

April 9 board agenda.pdf

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on April 6, 2014 by chasinthenews

I will post the packet when they do.

 

I noticed on this agenda recognition of Mason and Dennis for their time served on the board.

Dennis did a fantastic job while on the board.   It is not a easy job.   HE gave a lot of his time.  Thank you Dennis.   Just a super nice guy.

 

Mason..   well it was a short run.  But the knowledge he brought to the board was very much needed.   Mason has held a position in public service for years.  For many years at the city level and now the school district.    I want to thank him.   I have had my issues with Mason on different things .  But Mason was always willing to talk to anyone who questioned what the city or school was doing.   People may not like what he had to say/did not agree.  But as far as I know he never turned anyone away that had a question.   He put in many hours and research on different issues.   He deserves our thank you.   I was surprised he did not win another round on the board.   But I also think it was time for some new eyes and voices on the board.   Thank you Mason not just for the time on the board but also your time as a City Alderman.   Thank you to his wife as well because he put in a lot of hours.

 

They are also having a discussion on a alternative high school education discussion.   CAN we please discuss first the behavior of Scott Everson and Brian Cashore?   IF they maybe behaved and did not stalk and bully kids maybe there would be NO need for this.      Neither one knows how to run a school.

I plan on sharing our personal experience with them in the near future.  A story of night and day.

 

HOW EVER…    IN MADISON they have many options for students who are not finding success in the regular classroom.  They have classes that start at 8am that go to 3:36.  That is when the majority of kids go.    BUT they also have classes that go from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. ..  they also have regular night school.     Their summer school program is out standing from what I have been told with many options.

I think the biggest question would be how many kids are going to get to go to the alternate school program?   YOU CAN NOT MAKE THEM.. after how they are treated by Scott Everson and Brian Cashore why should they?   

 

There are so many options out there for getting a high school diploma ..  kids who are stalked and bullied by teachers and administration  do not need the Evansville School district.

 

 

 

April 9 board agenda.pdf.

It was not a dream. The Badgers lost.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 6, 2014 by chasinthenews

 

 

I woke up this a.m.  I realized I was not dreaming .   The Badgers had lost in the final 4.

 

They had a great season.  We are very proud of them.

What is great for the Badgers is they only should lose 1 player to graduation.

Just a great season.  Great play off run.

Great coach.

Very proud.

Congratulations to Melissa Hammann !!!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 2, 2014 by chasinthenews

 

 

I have told her since she announced she was running for school board,  this was her year!!!

She brings a wealth of knowledge to the school board,  I have said it before and I will again,  NO ONE knows that better than her the school budget,  maybe Doreen Treuden but just a snag. But just as likely its a tie.

Melissa is one smart lady,  and works with facts and figures and is not one to ‘ go along’ , but go with what is right.

 

CONGRATULATIONS Melissa   so very excited for her!!!!

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SO Mason  Braunschweig lost.  I have to say that surprises me,  I was surprised.    I think it really surprised Mason.    I have different thoughts on Mason.

HOWEVER   Mason has given of his time and knowledge to the city for years and the last year to the school.    He deserves a  Thank You for that.

I think it’s probably going to be the first time in years that Mason has not been involved in city/school politics in years.    It will be different for him .    He does deserve a Thank You and so does his wife .   He put in a lot of time a way from home.

 

Thank you for your time Mason.

 

Third Time Is The Charm for ParkView School District.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 2, 2014 by chasinthenews

 

 

Parkview voters yesterday said yes to exceeding the spending cap, AND remodeling/upgrading certain schools.

 

This is the third time this has gone to referendum in the last few years.  Four of the last five referendums have been shot down.   So anyone thinking referendums are slam dunks.   ASK ParkView.

Now the waiting game is on to see if this will plug the hole in their declining enrollment , as they claim icky buildings is part of the problem.

 

Vote April 1st.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 30, 2014 by chasinthenews

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MH370 Families Might Get Millions, If They’re American – NBC News.com

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on March 25, 2014 by chasinthenews

MH370 Families Might Get Millions, If They’re American – NBC News.com.

The Fatal Flaw of the Common Core Standards | Diane Ravitch

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 25, 2014 by chasinthenews

The Fatal Flaw of the Common Core Standards | Diane Ravitch.

School Scoop: Update to the School Perceptions Update

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 6, 2014 by chasinthenews

School Scoop: Update to the School Perceptions Update.

I am so excited for Melissa Hammann.. Evansville Education Association endores her for school board.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 6, 2014 by chasinthenews

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So Excited!!!!  Congrats Melissa!!!

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer expected to veto ‘religious freedom’ bill – CNN.com

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 26, 2014 by chasinthenews

There is no reason for this law at all.  NONE.. It was just created and supported by a bunch of ignorant bigots.

AS it is a business can refuse to serve anyone they please.   They do not need a law that gives them permission to discriminate.

It’s funny to see some of those law makers who first supported this turn tail and run..  They realize now this proposed law is just a very bad idea.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer expected to veto ‘religious freedom’ bill – CNN.com.

February 26 Board Packet.pdf

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 26, 2014 by chasinthenews

 

Already seeing teacher resignations coming in for the end of the year.

 

 

February 26 Board Packet.pdf.

Stoughton School District hooked on referendums, will the Evansville School District follow?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 26, 2014 by chasinthenews

With certain items more than likely going to referendum in the next year for the Evansville school district,  it was interesting to hear that the Stoughton school district already has a referendum on the ballot for April 1st.   Stoughton just had a referendum in 2010.   WHY is Stoughton  having another referendum?   Because they seem to think they can not run , with out more money.  In the 4 years since the last Stoughton school district referendum they have:

  • Eliminated another 11 positions
  • Refinanced debt
  • Held down health insurance premiums
  • Continued energy efficiency improvements

Before they held the referendum in 2010 they :  *** from their web page...http://www.stoughton.k12.wi.us/referendum.cfm

Prior to 2010 referendum, we reduced expenses by $3.5 million through steps such as:

  • Eliminated 68 positions
  • Closed Yahara Elementary School
  • Instituted energy efficiency improvements

 

THIS IS WHAT THEY HAVE SAID THEY HAVE DONE WITH THE MONEY FROM THE 2010 REFERENDUM.

What has the district done with the money from the 2010 referenda?

 

The community in 2010 supported both an operational and a maintenance referendum. The maintenance referendum enabled us to address critical repair needs, and we were able to stretch those dollars even further by acting as our own project manager instead of hiring a firm to do that work for us.

 

The operational referendum allowed us to withstand historic cuts in state funding and yet improve the quality of education we provide. Some of the highlights include:

  • Built 97% graduation rate — one of the best in the county
  • Boosted ACT to their highest in almost two decades
  • Expanded college credit options
  • Strengthened workforce development programs
  • Partnered with MIT and local foundations and businesses to build state-of-the-art digital fabrication laboratory
  • Gained national recognition for our innovative inclusive teaching approach

 

SAD THAT EVANSVILLE IS UNLIKELY TO DO ANY OF THESE THINGS WITH THE REFERENDUM MONEY.   I will also add that Stoughton has a excellent Science program at their high school.

 

They ~ Stoughton ~ are ‘ threatening to cut 33 staff positions and programs such as reading intervention/early reading programs if this referendum does not pass.

The question many are asking is , are they going to be back in another 4 years asking for more money?   Maybe they should be making these staff cuts.  Clearly if they are threatening to make staff cuts they have thought about what they would do with out these staff members.

OR is it like in Evansville when Evansville started laying off teachers in the last few years they found as they looked at class numbers ,  they were a tad over staffed.

That the number of students in some classes did not support having that class anymore.   That some teachers were being paid FULL TIME  wages when really they only ” Worked”   part-time,  it terms of how many classes they actually had.

Some of this ‘ over staffing’ was because of declining enrollment , some was because no one had really paid attention to the class numbers in a long time.

SO is Evansville going to have to go to referendum in another few years because they have not learned how to budget or make cuts on the money they have.  WITH declining enrollment there is no good excuse for this.

I WAS glad to see the numbers on the survey for the question would you support “

–Additional funding to retain and attract employees: 49 percent said “yes,” 27 percent said “no,” and 24 percent were undecided/needed more information. – See more at: http://www.gazettextra.com/article/20140225/ARTICLES/140229847/1087#sthash.06Ew4cfP.dpuf ..
THAT leaves 51% of people who would not commit to paying more to retain and attract employees..  NOR should they, that money should come from the budget because after the referendum money runs out HOW are you going to keep paying them?
AS I was told people who vote undecided/ need more information tend to vote NO on referendums.    This” additional funding” like the ” police liaison should be dead.
The person who told me that people who vote undecided/need more information usually vote no, is some one who does this for a living,  I believe that this information was relayed to Jerry Roth and the school board as well.
Schools have to learn to budget and live on what they have, especially with declining enrollment.    I will say some of these maintenance issues, and need for updated curriculum are things that should have been done years ago.  WHY have they board/administration  been putting so much money in the fund balance instead of fixing and purchasing the things they need.
Once again congrats to those who took the time to fill out the survey.   It’s the same as voting , you do not get to complain if you do not participate.

GazetteXtra | Evansville committee to recommend three referendum questions

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 25, 2014 by chasinthenews

That was a nice impressive turn out of survey’s filled out.

I absolutely love that

A $900,000 referendum for curriculum/textbooks: 64 percent said “yes,” 19 percent said “no,” and 17 percent were undecided/needed more information. – See more at: http://www.gazettextra.com/article/20140225/ARTICLES/140229847/1059#sthash.OsEUDHrx.dpuf”””””
That was the highest percentage of YES votes of the questions asked.
IT also looks like people are in favor of maintenance  that came in at 49% said yes.   That is very good.
I LOVE that those who filled out the survey are kicking to the curb the request for a Police liaison.   LIKE I and many have said all along.  Make your administration behave and then you will see change.   
55% said YES to upgrading security,  which they need to do.
LOVE how athletics rounded out at the bottom of the list in terms of importance.  
I wonder if people had been given a clue about how much 4K was going to cost if they would have voted to support it??? That was a bit deceiving.  
HOW ever I think its probably time for Evansville to go the way of 4k.   I want to see them take it from the balance fund .  WHY have all that money in there? 
So I hope the board if/when approves 4k it comes from the balance fund .
IT shows those who filled out the survey KNOW true priorities.
TRY the link below for the entire story.  HOW EVER if it does not let you read it.. DO not pay for a subscription of all things JUST type in the article title
in another window and it will take you to a version you do not have to pay to read.   IT most certainly is not worth the 29.00 a month to read.
A $900,000 referendum for curriculum/textbooks: 64 percent said “yes,” 19 percent said “no,” and 17 percent were undecided/needed more information. – See more at: http://www.gazettextra.com/article/20140225/ARTICLES/140229847/1059#sthash.OsEUDHrx.dpuf

CONGRATS TO ALL WHO TOOK THE TIME TO FILL OUT THE SURVEY.

GazetteXtra | Evansville committee to recommend three referendum questions.

Evansville High and the Addams Family.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 19, 2014 by chasinthenews

 

**** This sounds like so  much fun!!    They always put on a awe some show!!

 

 

Just announced! Evansville High will be the first high school in the nation to produce The Addams Family! May 1-4, 2014. When Wednesday falls in love with a “normal” boy and invites him and his parents over for dinner, things change for the Addams family and no one seems to know quite what to do about it.

 

The weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly delightful life in THE ADDAMS FAMILY. This magnificently macabre new musical comedy is created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, Drama Desk Award winner Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys), and Olivier Award-winning original directors and designers Phelim McDermott & Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter) with direction by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

Come meet the family. We’ll leave the lights off for you.

 

https://www.facebook.com/evansvillecommunitytheatre

 

 

Zimmerman Won’t Say He Regrets Killing Trayvon Martin

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17, 2014 by chasinthenews

Zimmerman Won’t Say He Regrets Killing Trayvon Martin – http://huff.to/1gMUyZm

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Miranda Barbour, accused in Craigslist slaying, claims more victims – CNN.com

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17, 2014 by chasinthenews

http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/16/justice/craigslist-thrill-killing-confession/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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GazetteXtra | Let’s applaud academic achievements, too

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2014 by chasinthenews

When I picked my son up from basketball practice the other night from Madison West.  I noticed a few buses.  I counted 8 buses.  I asked my son  ..

” Why are these buses here at this time of night? ”  It was a little after 7 o’ clock.     He said  ‘ oh that’s the mathletes.”    After talking with him a bit longer I found out there was a math competition going on at West that night and its a common thing for them to have competitions.    I asked him if they the students from the math program that take part in this like being called ” mathletes.”

He said no one he knows minds it in fact the kids he knows on the math team like it.  It was clear from talking with my son that the mathletes get just as much if not more respect than any ‘ athlete.’  .  Because its true that with math not everyone can do it,  either you are good at it or you are not.

Mathletes.. pretty darn neat!!!

I really like the fact that Madison West has more academic clubs than athletic programs.

Madison West has had some athletes go on to play in the N.B.A.  and the N.F.L.    but they have had many more kids excel and reach ‘ celebrity’ status because of their academic accomplishments than the athletic accomplishments.

Academics must come first.

Applaud those schools who put academics first.

( hint Evansville does not put academics first.)

GazetteXtra | Let’s applaud academic achievements, too.

Black Twitter Shows Off The #DangerousBlackKids America Should Fear

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 17, 2014 by chasinthenews

What is the deal with Florida letting all these people, white people off for killing young black men.  Florida is sending a clear message want to kill a black man?  go to Florida you will get a way with it.

Some have said this prosecutor over reached.  She had charged him with murder one.   To me murder one says premeditation .  I do not think he, Michael Dunn,  went to that gas station intending to kill anyone.  They should have charged him with the lesser murder charge that would have been more fitting.

Regardless he is going to prison on the other charges.   The prosecutor has already said she will re-try him.

Black Twitter Shows Off The #DangerousBlackKids America Should Fear.

New movie takes aim at how bullying victims become shooters | News – Channel3000.com

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2014 by chasinthenews

Evansville schools have a horrible bullying issues and have never really done any thing to stop it.   ” oh Johnny just ignore them.  ”  Really ?  Putting the bulk of responsibility to deal with bullying on the victim.  But that is what Evansville does.

I can honestly can say since moving to Madison,  our kids have found no bullying.  My daughter who was often the victim of bullying has not been bothered by bullying at all since she started at Madison West.

It’s  not to say there is not bullying , of course there is.     It is to say for her it’s been like night and day in terms of not being bullied at Madison West.    Maybe it is because the school is so much bigger and the kids there have lives and are more accepting .

Then again there was never a reason for her to be bullied , but in Evansville these kids are not held accountable for bullying so it never stopped.

Remember when Scott Everson and Brian Cashore threw  a tantrum about kids using the word ‘ tractor’  or ‘ corn’ .       Yet they would allow the girls to call each other whore and slut without blinking.   But gawd forbid you say the word ” corn.”  or ” tractor” .

There was a time   that a young man was being bullied to the point of another young man taking a swing at him.   Who did the mighty duo of cashore/eversson suspend??   The kid who was being bullied.

Just horrible priorities in the Evansville school district,.  ..    I have had a couple different doctors tell me they have heard horrible bullying stories from Evansville kids for years.

Just horrible , horrible priorities and examples in the Evansville school district.

New movie takes aim at how bullying victims become shooters | News – Channel3000.com.

Darren Sharper charged with rape in California | FOX Sports on MSN

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 15, 2014 by chasinthenews

I understand rape is about anger and control.   But I still do not understand how he could have done this.  Sadly I am sure they are correct there is a DNA connection and there is proof of some sort of drug in these women’s systems.   But how does one go from a stand out , pro foot ball player to an accused serial rapist?

It’s easy to want to say these women are just after his money.  But DNA is DNA.

He seemed to have it all..   A former NFL player, Pro bowl 5x.   former Packer,  good-looking, and money, money, money…..  HE blew it.

So sad.

Darren Sharper charged with rape in California | FOX Sports on MSN.

Texas Sports Anchor Delivers Jaw-Dropping Speech On Gay NFL Players (UPDATE)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on February 14, 2014 by chasinthenews

Michael Sam

I do not understand why people think they need to tell anyone.  It’s your business and no one else.

I look forward to the day when this will be a non-story.

I hope he does really well in the draft!!

Best of luck to him..

 

 

Texas Sports Anchor Delivers Jaw-Dropping Speech On Gay NFL Players (UPDATE).

Coaches Claim School Board President Bullied Them | Watch the video – Yahoo News

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 11, 2014 by chasinthenews

 

Coaches Claim School Board President Bullied Them | Watch the video – Yahoo News.

The armed custodian

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 10, 2014 by chasinthenews

One of the questions of the survey that the Evansville School District sent out was would you support spending xxxxx amount of dollars for security measures.  This was separate from the school police liaison .  Keep in mind they only need the police liaison because the school administrators can not behave themselves.  So these are two separate issues.   TakeBulletCartoonsecuritymeasuresNO need for a police liaison but they do need to improve and update school security measures.   I do not know why it is so damn hard for people to check in at the office when going into the school.  But they also need other safety updates, like locks on all classrooms,  make people buzz to get into the building..  Nothing fancy , just simple basic things.

No jail for rich ‘affluenza’ teen, Ethan Couch, after deadly wreck: judge – NY Daily News

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 6, 2014 by chasinthenews

 

 

 

 

This judge needs to be removed from the bench.     ” Affluenza”  then prosecute his parents since according to him that is where the blame belongs.

 

 

 

 

No jail for rich ‘affluenza’ teen, Ethan Couch, after deadly wreck: judge – NY Daily News.

10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Watch the George Zimmerman Boxing Match | Olivia Cole

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 5, 2014 by chasinthenews

 

 

If this boxing match actually comes to be I honestly hope that georgie boy gets beat to a pulp.

He should truly hope no one brings a gun.

I hope very few people pay to watch this.

I hope he has to crawl away bloodied, wounded , and ashamed.

 

I would say I hope he is never heard from again after this match.  That would make it sound like I hope he dies.

No I do not wish that but I do hope he has to live the rest of his pitiful life in hiding.

 

 

10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Watch the George Zimmerman Boxing Match | Olivia Cole.

Child attempts suicide after being bullied at school for being a fan of My Little Pony | abc11.com

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 5, 2014 by chasinthenews

What are these parents of the kids doing the bullying teaching their kids? or maybe the better question should be what are they not teaching their kids?

How sad they picked on this little boy because he liked some thing that was different.    This is such a sad story.

Parents need to be held accountable for the bullying their kids do .

Child attempts suicide after being bullied at school for being a fan of My Little Pony | abc11.com.

School official forgoes salary, benefits | Education – Channel3000.com

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 3, 2014 by chasinthenews

 

I think all our administrators should do the same until they get things running properly.

 

 

 

 

School official forgoes salary, benefits | Education – Channel3000.com.

I am so super excited for Russell Wilson…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 3, 2014 by chasinthenews

I was the rare one among family and friends.  Most of my family and friends cheered for the Broncos.    I cheered , and cheered loud for Russell Wilson and the Sea Hawks.

I have a lot of respect for  both Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson..   But I was so tired of  hearing about the Denver Broncos.

The Broncos went into that game believing all the hype and they fell apart.   They never recovered after that bad snap.

It’s not that the Broncos just played a bad game,   they played a bad game because of Seattle.    Seattle caused the interceptions and the fumbles.

The Sea Hawks played with more intensity and energy.   They came to play.

Great job by the Sea Hawks!!!   Congratulations to Russell Wilson!!!

Did you get your survey from the E.C.S.D.? Why a referendum when you have a MILLION plus in the fund balance.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2014 by chasinthenews

 

 

Oh my goodness, where to start.

I got a chance to read this survey over the weekend.

It’s funny how they do not even put an estimate in for the costs of 4k.   They did for other things they want.   But not for 4k.

Every  thing that I read on that survey, with the exception of the junior high is a want, not a need.

Yes the curriculum is a need as are the updates to computers and software.   But these things need to be paid for out of the budget.

The last time I knew they have a MILLION plus in the fund balance.   They could pay for 4k out of the fund balance.   They could upgrade the curriculum and computers and software through the fund balance.  They have the money.

More pay for teacher’s and to attract good teachers? Well maybe you could keep and attract more teachers if administration treated them better.

I know for a fact the moral at the junior high and high school, the moral has been awful for a long time.  It’s not all about money,  it’s about how they are treated.

I also think Evansville does need to implement merit pay,  pay the teachers who really deserve it more and let the others work for it.  But regardless it needs to come out of the budget.

The majority of the questions on this survey shows they have serious budgeting issues.

Why go to referendum and raise taxes when you have the money.     The Evansville school district is the highest taxed district in the county and they want to add more?

 

Throwing money at this district is not going to help it.  The things they need to fix are internal things and only then will real change happen.

 

The link below gives more information on this survey as well.

 

http://schoolscoop1.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-tone-of-ecsd-survey-is-disappointing.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SchoolScoop+%28School+Scoop%29

 

A sad week in Evansville again.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 31, 2014 by chasinthenews

It seems like Evansville in the last few years had more than its share of heart ache.

Evansville lost Clayton Smith this last week.   He had many friends in Evansville.

Last night  Liz Proctor was killed in a car accident.  She leaves behind a very young baby and many friends and family .

Both of them so very young.

What I was sad to see was a certain person from the Evansville area whose own brother died several years ago, bashing this young man and saying how stupid he was. The year was 2007.

Really?    Like what your brother did was not stupid?        I have defended this person and family for years.    But to see her make some of the comments she did was just unacceptable.

I guess she forgot as a family member of some one who has died tragically , what that feels like to have people make comments about your loved one.

Our thought and prays are with both these families  at this difficult time.

Almost time for Open Enrollment! ??

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on January 31, 2014 by chasinthenews

Parents, please note, the Open Enrollment application period is February 3 – April 30, 2014
The application period closes at 4:00 p.m. on April 30, 2014. Late applications will not be accepted for any reason.

The Public School Open Enrollment application period for the 2014-15 school year is from February 3 to April 30, 2014. Parents must submit applications to the non-resident school district. All districts are encouraging parents to apply on-line at http://sms.dpi.wi.gov/sms_psctoc Parents do not need to reapply each year. Parents do not need to reapply when going into Middle or High School.

All applications, questions, and inquiries should be directed to Linda Gard, at GardL@Evansville.k12.wi.us or call 608-882-3385.

Open Enrollment Brochure 14-15″

Late applications will not be accepted for any reason.”

Really no late applications will be accepted for any reason?   Really?    You would think from the way this is written that the E.S.D. has control over the law.

It would not be the first time the E.S.D. has broken the law.   It is very much a district of ‘ do as I say , not as I do.”

The fact is families  can open enroll at any time through the school year , for any reason.    So the comment that late application will not be accepted is total crap.

Families are no longer stuck in the Evansville School District.  It is a very dysfunctional district and lacks any real curriculum , and the fail to get kids ready for college.

( Some kids are just naturally gifted and have been college ready because of their own discipline, not because of any thing they might catch at the high school.Oh hell some of them are smarter than the teachers.)

I was looking over reports on the school website,  100+ kids open enrolled out this last year.  That does not include the families  who home school which is over 50+ families in the district who home school.  That does not also include the families who intentionally moved so their kids could go to a better school and get a decent education.   The numbers grow every year and will continue to grow until real changes are made.

And sorry folks real change is not 4k.   Only 9% of the people surveyed left Evansville because of no 4k.  That is a very small amount.

How ever  36% of those surveyed left because of lack of curriculum/challenging curriculum at the higher grades.

Take advantage of Open enrollment,  bigger schools offer so much more.    We did not realize how bad the Evansville school district was until we moved and saw how real schools run and what they offer.

VIDEO: Congressman Threatens To Throw Reporter Off Balcony : The Two-Way : NPR

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 29, 2014 by chasinthenews

So Rep. Rimm today says he ‘ did not have time’  for the reporter questions about the investigation surrounding him and his campaign.

Hmmmm??  He did not have time to answer legitimate questions yet he had time to walk away from this reporter, then come back and threaten him.

He had time to threaten him, but not answer a legitimate question?   Rep. Rimm is a bully and I hope he is ousted in the next election.

 

 

VIDEO: Congressman Threatens To Throw Reporter Off Balcony : The Two-Way : NPR.

Oklahoma City School Board concerned over third-grade reading requirement | Oklahoma City – OKC – KOCO.com

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 29, 2014 by chasinthenews

 

The question is in years past when 3rd graders were not reading at grade level.  What did they do?   Do they promote them regardless of their ability to read?

Evansville has this same program.  Promoting kids that can not read or do math at grade level.

What services do schools offer to discuss the issue of children not reading at grade level?    What about math?

Math and reading are core subjects and no child should be passed along who can not read or do math at grade level.  It only gets harder with each year.

 

 

Oklahoma City School Board concerned over third-grade reading requirement | Oklahoma City – OKC – KOCO.com.

Man charged, accused of killing dog with hammer | News – Channel3000.com

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on January 29, 2014 by chasinthenews

 

 

Lets see.. what should we do with this guy??

Wisconsin and states across the nation have to get harsher animal cruelty laws.

 

 

 

Man charged, accused of killing dog with hammer | News – Channel3000.com.

NY teachers union pulls its support from Common Core, urges removal of state ed chief

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 29, 2014 by chasinthenews

It does not matter what the government comes up with.  Teachers are never going to like it.   They got away for years without being held accountable and they do not like it one bit,  having to show they are actually earning their pay checks.

It sounds like they want more time to get ready for Common Core.  How much more time?   They also wanted more time for N.C.L.B. , and they never could get that right either.  Time did not help them.

NY teachers union pulls its support from Common Core, urges removal of state ed chief.

▶ Male Singer On America’s Got Talent Surprises Girlfriend, Judges & Crowd! – YouTube

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on January 29, 2014 by chasinthenews

 

Absolutely Awe some!!

 

 

▶ Male Singer On America’s Got Talent Surprises Girlfriend, Judges & Crowd! – YouTube.

Gov. Walker wants revocation hearing for Middleton teacher | News – Channel3000.com

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on January 28, 2014 by chasinthenews

 

 

Good grief Walker needs to get a life.

 

Gov. Walker wants revocation hearing for Middleton teacher | News – Channel3000.com.

Public schools would be forced to close under bill | Education – Channel3000.com

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on January 28, 2014 by chasinthenews

 

Some of these things are already built into the federal guidelines.  Except in the federal guidelines a school would have to close, and re-open after being taken over by the state.
I do not think the federal guide liens say any thing about charter schools.

 

Public schools would be forced to close under bill | Education – Channel3000.com.

Divide up any referendum

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 28, 2014 by chasinthenews

I hope if this referendum does come to be that they divide it up.    It would be a mistake to lump every thing together in one large sum of money and think Evansville residents are going to fall for it.

Divide it up into separate questions.

Option 1

I support the following vote yes to _____________ amount for updating computers technology,  teacher pay&benefits,  purchasing curriculum , and 4k and renovating the junior high.

Option 2

I support and vote yes in spending ______________ for 4k.

Option 3

I support spending _________________for building/renovating the junior high and I also support 4k.

Option 4

and so on…..

As they found out with the high school it was easier to get people to vote yes when options were given.

This way when/if it fails they can also see exactly where the numbers are at for and against different items.

IF this goes to referendum  I really do not see this passing , at the very least not at a first time around.

GazetteXtra | Evansville survey to aid in referendum discussion

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2014 by chasinthenews

Everyone should be getting this in their mail box this week.  If you do not please call the school district or contact Kelly Mosher at 608-882-3387 or mosherk@evansville.k12.wi.us.

So they are thinking about going to a referendum?   I think Jerry Roth has had this on his mind since day one of him taking the position of school superintendent.

The district does have many WANTS.   There is such a difference between wants and needs.

Survey questions include whether residents would support increasing taxes to give more salary and benefits for employees, upgrading curriculum and technology, whether a police liaison officer should be hired and whether the middle school built-in 1921 should be renovated or replaced”. – See more at: http://gazettextra.com/article/20140127/ARTICLES/140129732/1059#sthash.RKkgIXVg.dpuf
Survey questions include whether residents would support increasing taxes to provide more salary and benefits for employees, upgrading curriculum and technology, whether a police liaison officer should be hired and whether the middle school built in 1921 should be renovated or replaced. – See more at: http://gazettextra.com/article/20140127/ARTICLES/140129732/1059#sthash.RKkgIXVg.dpuf
Survey questions include whether residents would support increasing taxes to provide more salary and benefits for employees, upgrading curriculum and technology, whether a police liaison officer should be hired and whether the middle school built in 1921 should be renovated or replaced. – See more at: http://gazettextra.com/article/20140127/ARTICLES/140129732/1059#sthash.RKkgIXVg.dpuf

Really more salary for employees and benefits?  Really?  What happened to Act 10?   No way.   Employee salary and benefits need to come from the regular budget .  You can not expect Evansville tax payers to thinks its o.k. to pay for daily/monthly/ yearly expenses from a referendum.  They need to budget better.

Money for upgrading curriculum and technology.    Yes it would be nice to see the district move into this decade.   The computers and software are really  old.

Renovate or Replace the junior high?    Yes the district needs a new junior high.   There is so much wrong with the current building its disturbing.

A police liaison?  Just make administration behave and you would not need a police liaison.  It’s a black eye on the district that they would even consider this as the high school and junior high already think the police dept is at their personal employees.   Just make administration behave, that is where the trouble starts.

4k?    It is really is not fair to carry out 4k when there are so many needs in the district, which that point has been expressed by many already.   4k is a want, not a need as there are other options parents can seek out.    A good quality daycare, with 4k curriculum .  Because that is all 4k is , is daycare with a good curriculum.  4k is a want.

The district needs to take care of the students it already has, which it is not doing.

My aunt , uncle and cousins live in Evansville as well and asked me what I thought.  I told my uncle that I thought 4k and a new junior high were things people do need to consider.  The rest of these wants need to come out of the budget.  But if they are going to lump them all into one referendum I would vote no.

The only pressing issue I see from the questions I am aware of is the need for a new junior high.  Even with that if the district will continue to have declining enrollment is it better to just renovate the current building and hold off on building?

The district lost 100+ students this year to open enrollment.  They need to fix some thing internally before more money gets thrown at them.

The fact they want to include some of these items in the referendum shows everyone they have a problem budgeting.

They really need to sit down and make a plan and stick with it.  So far all they have shown is they have a list of wants,not needs.

http://gazettextra.com/article/20140127/ARTICLES/140129732/1059

Wendy Davis Rejects Bristol Palin’s Criticism Of Her Parenting

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on January 28, 2014 by chasinthenews

Oh my goodness Bristol Palin of all people judging how other people parent. Bristol Palin  is a joke.

Wendy Davis Rejects Bristol Palin’s Criticism Of Her Parenting.

The High Schools With The Highest SAT/ACT Scores In The Nation

Posted in Uncategorized on January 24, 2014 by chasinthenews

The High Schools With The Highest SAT/ACT Scores In The Nation.

Court to weigh fate of pregnant woman who family says is brain dead – CNN.com

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 24, 2014 by chasinthenews

Court to weigh fate of pregnant woman who family says is brain dead – CNN.com.

Military Mom’s Surprise Reunion at Son’s Basketball Game | ABC News Blogs – Yahoo

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on January 21, 2014 by chasinthenews

Military Mom’s Surprise Reunion at Son’s Basketball Game | ABC News Blogs – Yahoo.

Police Officer Stops to Play Catch With Boy Playing Alone – ABC News

Posted in Uncategorized on January 21, 2014 by chasinthenews

Police Officer Stops to Play Catch With Boy Playing Alone – ABC News.

So glad San Francisco 49′s are done!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 20, 2014 by chasinthenews

Kapernick for such a young man, sure is full of him self.    I think he got what he deserved yesterday.

Two very classy, hard-working QB’S  will be in the Super Bowl.

It will be fun to see two former Badgers playing for the Lombardi trophy!!!

Aaron Rodgers to be honored with 2014 Bart Starr Award

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 16, 2014 by chasinthenews

http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/Green-Bay-Packers-quarterback-Aaron-Rodgers-will-be-honored-with-the-2014-Bart-Starr-Award–240346991.html

Teacher accused of looking at explicit emails could return to work | News – Channel3000.com

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 16, 2014 by chasinthenews

What ever will the Middleton School District do?   They lost, and were slapped in the face by the State Court.

I wonder if this teacher Andrew Harris really plans on returning to the M.C.P.S.D. ?    He will not be welcome by administration.

They will more  than likely let him know he is not welcome in different ways.

He will get all that back pay!!   That will be a nice pay-day for him.

I would hope he has looked for or maybe already working in a different job.

I would also hope there is some sort of gag order on this case, where is some one calls for a reference the school must give one based on job done, not mistakes made.

Often there is this sort of gag when an employer loses a case such as  this.  In the John Walczak case out of Janesville , the district was not allowed to mention the discipline issue he was accused of, just give a reference on job done.  In this day and age all one would have to do is a internet search.. and they will see for them selves.

I do not agree with what he did.  He made a horrible choice watching that, and sharing that sort of thing in the work place.   Just a stupid mistake.  But from what I understand it was not kiddie porn.    He did not share it with students, just grown adults.

I think its time for him to move on, but if he does not best of luck to him for what he is sure to face in the school district.

Teacher accused of looking at explicit emails could return to work | News – Channel3000.com.

Bullying’s Terrible Legacy: How Childhood Stress Can Change Our Genes Forever

Posted in Uncategorized on April 15, 2014 by chasinthenews

Bullying’s Terrible Legacy: How Childhood Stress Can Change Our Genes Forever – http://huff.to/1iPVv2z

EVANSVILLE needs to start paying attention to the dangerous effects of bullying. Continue reading

Students Are Test-Driving New Common Core Exams. You Can Too

Posted in Uncategorized on April 15, 2014 by chasinthenews

Students Are Test-Driving New Common Core Exams. You Can Too – http://huff.to/1ndMqDw

Florida Teacher Who Encouraged Attack On Student Fired

Posted in Uncategorized on April 15, 2014 by chasinthenews

Florida Teacher Who Encouraged Attack On Student Fired – http://huff.to/1ilP1La

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