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STATE OF THE DISTRICT REPORT 2012-2013 Merrill Area Public Schools: 2012-2013 State of the District

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A LETTER TO CITIZENS OF MERRILL DEAR COMMUNITY MEMBERS, It is a pleasure to present this State of the District Report to members of the Merrill Area Public School community. As in past years, this report provides a formal review of the various efforts underway throughout the district and an overall review of students’ performance. As interim superintendent, I have had the pleasure of serving this district for the past year. I have said many times that you, the community members, have much to be proud of in Merrill. The district has an exceptional staff and an engaged community that is committed to the success of the district and its students.

Don Stevens, Interim Superintendent

It is often said that the one constant in all of our lives is change. This is especially true for our students and the era that they are living in. We are faced with the overwhelming task of preparing students for jobs that currently do not exist and to work in industries that may not have yet been invented, which points to the current rate of change and the challenges of education in the 21st century. In this report, you will learn about how we are addressing these rapid changes at each of our schools, as well as some ongoing district-level efforts to ensure that our students are prepared for both the opportunities and challenges they will face in the future. It has been a true honor to serve as your interim superintendent for the last year. Incoming Superintendent Wally Leipart is an outstanding educational leader who will serve the district and this community extremely well. With that, I wish to thank you again. I look forward to hearing about the future success of the Merrill Area Public Schools, as well as their students, staff, and community. Sincerely,

Don Stevens, Interim Superintendent

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WELCOME TO THE DISTRICT Since joining the district, my family and I have had the pleasure of meeting parents, staff, and other community members, and we are so grateful for the warm welcome we have received. We have found that the excellent staff, terrific families, and commitment to high-quality education make the Merrill Area Public Schools a wonderful district—one that I am extremely proud to be a part of.

Wally Leipart, Superintendent

There are many great things taking place in the district that I am committed to continuing, and new opportunities that will allow us to work together on behalf of our students and families. By working together we have the potential to make Merrill Area Public Schools a premier district. As your superintendent it is my goal to make this happen and I intend to do this by following three guiding principles: rigor, relevance, and efficiency.

By rigor, I mean continually raising the bar for what our students know and can do. Let’s face it, as the economy changes, our graduates’ knowledge and skills must be more competitive than ever. Standing still and becoming complacent means falling behind. By relevance, I mean continuously ensuring that the knowledge and skills the students gain are important—that they connect with and are applicable to real-world needs and expectations. Finally, by efficiency, I mean value for our money. As a district leader, I have a responsibility to make the most of every tax dollar that is invested in our schools; I take this job very seriously. In conclusion, I hope you will come to know me as someone who is approachable, fair, and reliable. Teachers and community members in my previous districts will tell you that I am always willing to listen to concerns and have an open door policy. I trust you will find this to be true as well. Thanks for the opportunity to serve you as your superintendent. Here’s to a great school year! Wally Leipart, Superintendent

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MERRILL AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: CENTERED ON SUCCESS The Merrill Area Public Schools utilizes a model of continuous improvement to guide its work. This approach to organizational leadership and management ensures that the district is defined by its mission, guided by its vision and focused on its strategic goals. The MAPS model is systems-thinking oriented and based on a belief in improvement through increased accountability and a focus on excellence. MAPS has clearly defined the components of success and consistently uses them to guide decisions and monitor its progress toward precise targets.

MISSION The Merrill Area Public School District, in partnership with our community and families, is committed to providing the best education for every student in a safe environment. VISION The Merrill Area Public Schools will be a leader in providing a quality education for all students through effective community, family and staff partnerships. BELIEFS We believe in transparency with our community. We believe we are educational leaders. We believe all students can learn by raising achievement and engagement. We believe our staff should be empowered through shared decision-making.

These goals and the action plans that support them, guide our continuous improvement. Our school leaders and board members monitor the progress toward the identified targets. These targets include academic measures such as the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam, the ACT and local assessment data as well as perception measures such as the student, staff and parent annual survey.

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STRATEGIC GOAL #1 Academic Achievement & Responsive Learning Environment

STRATEGIC GOAL #2 Fiscal Responsibility – (Aligned and Integrated Management System)

STRATEGIC GOAL #3 Communication – (Connected Learning Community)

STRATEGIC GOAL #4 Accountability – (High Quality Workforce)

STRATEGIC GOAL #5 21st Century Skills & Knowledge

The district monitors their financial stability through key indicators such as open-enrollment, summer school attendance, level of fund balance and the district’s bond rating. Other measureable indicators on the dashboard are graduation rates, level of staff education, positive media coverage, post secondary enrollment and staff development data. The most important aspect that district and board level leaders are concerned about is that there is continuous improvement in all areas. In many cases, we have set the targets quite high fully knowing it may take a few years to rise to the level of excellence we expect. An example of this is our stakeholder satisfaction data. Our target of 90% satisfied in all areas measured is lofty for sure, but we were able to achieve it in a number of areas. Students reported high levels of satisfaction with technology, and feeling safe in the classroom. Staff members and students alike reported high levels of satisfaction with their building administration and communication systems. MAPS leaders will continue down the path of continuous improvement so every student can achieve their full potential and so that MAPS can realize their vision of being “a leader in providing a quality education.”

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JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1914 West Jackson Street Merrill, WI 54452 Principal: Ruth DeJarlais (715) 536-5432

Jefferson Elementary is home to approximately 290 students from kindergarten through to 5th grade. It has a rich tradition of academic excellence and a sense of school spirit that touches students, staff, parents, and the community. Jefferson teachers and staff are dedicated to ensuring the success of each and every student, to cultivating a passion for learning, and to providing each student with the opportunity to excel both as an individual and as part of a team. The school’s dedicated group of teachers and support staff are committed to providing all students with a safe, stimulating, child-centered learning environment. Through partnerships with their families, the school strives to prepare students to become productive members of an ever-changing society. Jefferson Elementary

students are exposed to quality educational experiences that ensure they reach their maximum potential as lifelong learners. These family and community partnerships extend beyond the school day to include after school opportunities through our Lighted Schoolhouse, tutoring and enrichment programs. Jefferson students are also proud members of the “Jefferson Jaguar Promise Keepers,” a program intended to promote a positive climate and culture at the school. Each week, one student from each classroom is chosen by his or her peers and teacher to be recognized as “Promise Keeper of the Week.” These are students who have demonstrated our core values of being ‘CARING, HONEST, RESPECTFUL and RESPONSIBLE’ at all times and in all places as we pledge to be in our Jefferson Jaguar Promise.

DID YOU KNOW: • Over 75% of Jefferson students took part in Jefferson ‘Jag Clubs,’ a component of our grant programming which extends beyond the bells. Staff and volunteers led groups of students in tutoring, special field trips as well as enrichment classes such as basketball, cooking, cribbage, dance, wearable art and much more. • Jefferson Elementary is a SAGE (Student Achievement Guarantee in Education) school, meaning all classrooms in grades kindergarten through third grade have a student to teacher ratio of 18 to 1 or less. This allows teachers to better meet individual student needs.

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JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2012-2013 PERFORMANCE

ENROLLMENT BY GRADE

2012-2013 Free/Reduced Lunch Eng. Lang.Learners Special Education

161

57.7%

KG

1

2

3

4

5

1

.4%

43

48

40

48

48

52

45

16.1%

AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE

ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY

2011-2012

96.1%

3

1.1%

2010-2011

96%

White

274

98.2%

2009-2010

95.8%

Other

2

.7%

Hispanic

NUMBER OF TEACHERS

22.8 9.0 45.5%

AVERAGE EXPERIENCE (IN YEARS)

PERCENTAGE WITH ADVANCE DEGREES

STAFF DATA Education Assistants

5.5

Administrator(s)

1

Paraeducators

5.5

Principal

1

Clerical/Technical

1.3

Other

.33

Office Secretary

1.3

IMC

.33

Custodial/Operations

1

Custodian

1 TOTAL:

9.13

Student Data Source: DPI WINNS. Staff Data Source: PI-1202 Report.

TESTING “PROFICIENT” + “ADVANCED” Levels based on Total FAY Enrolled* GRADE WKCE Reading

3

4

5

18%

31%

27%

36%

55%

WKCE Language Arts WKCE Math

73%

WKCE Science

93%

WKCE Social Studies

93%

61%

*Note: Source DPI full academic year (FAY) WKCE test score data. Shaded cell indicates subject not tested at that grade level.

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KATE GOODRICH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 505 West 10th Street Merrill, WI 54452 Principal: Mark Jahnke (715) 536-5233

Named after the first teacher of the town’s original elementary school, Kate Goodrich Elementary is also Merrill’s newest elementary school. Since it was built in 1998, the school has been the educational home to approximately 360 students from kindergarten through fifth grade. Kate Goodrich’s staff, parents and other community members work hard to create a vibrant, caring and nurturing academic environment. Kate Goodrich Elementary takes great pride in its diversity, strong ParentTeacher Organization, high level of family involvement and friendly, cohesive staff, which come together to create an ideal learning atmosphere for students. The school’s facilities also contribute to the educational

environment. A beautiful library, well-equipped computer labs, state-of-the-art technology classrooms and two large playgrounds are some of its highlights. Other features include beautiful art and music rooms, providing students with spacious environments to fully express their artistic and musical talents. Kate Goodrich also participates in the school breakfast program, healthy afternoon fruit and vegetable snacks and provides afterschool programs for students. Over the past 15 years, we have worked to maximize the educational experience for all of our students, and we welcome your visit. Come and see how we focus on working together to build a strong educational community that benefits the young people of the Merrill area.

DID YOU KNOW: • We are in the third year of implementing an after-school program, Kate’s Café (Children and Families Excel) – Kate Goodrich was fortunate enough to be awarded a two-year grant to help support after-school programming for students and families. The staff at Kate has totally embraced this opportunity and is in the beginning planning stages for next year already. • Kate Goodrich was awarded the highly competitive five-year 21st Century Grant. These additional funds will help with after-school programming and we feel very privileged to have received it.

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KATE GOODRICH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2012-2013 PERFORMANCE

ENROLLMENT BY GRADE

2012-2013 Free/Reduced Lunch

191

53.5%

KG

1

2

3

4

5

Eng. Lang. Learners

0

0

51

63

47

68

54

74

70

19.6%

Special Education

AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE

ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY African American

10

2.8%

2011-2012

95.4%

American Indian

5

1.4%

2010-2011

95.3%

Hispanic

1

.3%

2009-2010

95.6%

White

338

94.7%

Other

3

.84%

NUMBER OF TEACHERS

31.9 11 78.8%

AVERAGE EXPERIENCE (IN YEARS)

PERCENTAGE WITH ADVANCE DEGREES

STAFF DATA Education Assistants

9.47

Administrator(s)

1

Paraeducators

9.47

Principal

1

Clerical/Technical

1.47

Other

.33

Office Secretary

1.47

IMC

.33

Custodial/Operations

2.63

Custodian

1.63

Head Custodian

1 TOTAL:

14.9

Student Data Source: DPI WINNS. Staff Data Source: PI-1202 Report.

TESTING “PROFICIENT” + “ADVANCED” Levels based on Total FAY Enrolled* GRADE WKCE Reading

3

4

5

39%

25%

20%

WKCE Language Arts WKCE Math

61% 55%

47%

WKCE Science

70%

WKCE Social Studies

83%

57%

*Note: Source DPI full academic year (FAY) WKCE test score data. Shaded cell indicates subject not tested at that grade level.

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MAPLE GROVE SCHOOL (A Collaborative Expeditionary Learning Charter) 290 Highway F Hamburg, WI 54411 Lead Teacher: Russ Noland (715) 536-7684

Maple Grove School serves 102 students in grades K-5. The intention of our school is to create engaging and rich educational experiences within our community that teach character development and foster personal ownership in student learning. Learning expeditions at Maple Grove School address issues of community understanding and awareness, agriculture awareness, environmental awareness and stewardship. Maple Grove School’s mission is to seek to develop the whole child through the provision of exploratory experiences where students will engage in hands on approach in project development through cultural connections to our traditions, opportunities and our greater community. Maple Grove School is founded on the ten Expeditionary Learning Design Principles. They are drawn from the work of Expeditionary

Learning/Outward Bound’s founder Kurt Hahn and other educational leaders and are extraordinarily compatible with the mission, philosophy, and goals and objectives of Maple Grove School: • The Primacy of Self Discovery • The Having of Wonderful Ideas • The Responsibility for Learning • Empathy and Caring • Success and Failure • Collaboration and Competition • Diversity and Inclusion • The Natural World • Solitude and Reflection • Service and Compassion Maple Grove School is a unique, rural school, learning environment located in the Merrill district and proximal to the Marathon areas. The goal of the school is to create engaging and rigorous educational experiences within the community that teach character development and foster personal ownership in student learning.

DID YOU KNOW: • Built in 1904, Maple Grove School has the unique distinction of being one of the oldest elementary schools in the nation. It is steeped in a rich history of providing academic excellence, and is a reflection of the commitment of the families in the Hamburg community to their school.

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MAPLE GROVE SCHOOL 2012-2013 PERFORMANCE

ENROLLMENT BY GRADE

2012-2013 Free/Reduced Lunch

44

43.1%

KG

1

2

3

4

5

Eng. Lang.Learners

2

2%

17

19

15

19

18

14

15

14.7%

Special Education

AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE

ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY

2011-2012

97.5%

Hispanic

2010-2011

96.5%

White

2009-2010

96.3%

2

2%

100

98%

NUMBER OF TEACHERS

7.1 10 33.3%

AVERAGE EXPERIENCE (IN YEARS)

PERCENTAGE WITH ADVANCE DEGREES

STAFF DATA Education Assistants

1

Administrator(s)

.5

Paraeducators

1

Principal

.5

Clerical/Technical

1

Other

.1

Office Secretary

1

IMC

.1

Custodial/Operations

1

Custodian

1 TOTAL:

3.6

Student Data Source: DPI WINNS. Staff Data Source: PI-1202 Report.

TESTING “PROFICIENT” + “ADVANCED” Levels based on Total FAY Enrolled* GRADE WKCE Reading

3

4

5

10%

22%

70%

WKCE Language Arts WKCE Math

83% 21%

67%

WKCE Science

67%

WKCE Social Studies

94%

84%

*Note: Source DPI full academic year (FAY) WKCE test score data. Shaded cell indicates subject not tested at that grade level.

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WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1900 East 6th Street Merrill, WI 54452 Principal: Paul Klippel (715) 536-2373

Located at 1900 E. 6th Street, on the east side of Merrill, students from Gleason, Pine River and the city of Merrill all attend Washington Elementary School. The school has a diverse population of approximately 300 students, including many English as a Second Language students. At Washington Elementary, education starts by establishing a positive relationship with children and their families. Washington’s “School Families” activities, “Positive Actions with Students” reward system and “Positive Behavior and Intervention Support” discipline system are some examples of the school’s student-centered focus. Conservation, environmental awareness and compassion for others are also incorporated

into the Washington curriculum. Students recycle paper, turn food scraps into compost and participate in “green” activities throughout the year. The school even has an outdoor classroom, which staff members use to promote science and environmental care. In addition, food drives for the local food pantry and fundraisers to support UNICEF, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and local disaster relief efforts are led by both students and teachers. Activities and programs continue after the school day at Washington. After-school tutoring, enrichment and “Lighted Schoolhouse” night programs are facilitated by a grant. And the PTO promotes family involvement through special events such as the Aloha Hop, Bingo Night, Secret Santa and Family Fun Day at the school forest.

DID YOU KNOW: • Washington operates an after-school tutoring and enrichment program four days per week during the school year funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant. • Washington is the district magnet school for Hispanic families. • Washington has a “Green Team” which has organized projects such as the outdoor classroom, community garden, and earth day activities.

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WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2012-2013 PERFORMANCE

ENROLLMENT BY GRADE

2012-2013 Free/Reduced Lunch

156

49.1%

KG

1

2

3

4

5

Eng. Lang.Learners

10

3.1%

53

54

54

52

53

52

Special Education

63

19.8%

AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE

ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY African American

6

1.9%

2011-2012

96.0%

American Indian

2

.6%

2010-2011

95.5%

Asian

2009-2010

95.9%

Hispanic

NUMBER OF TEACHERS

26 13 77.7%

AVERAGE EXPERIENCE (IN YEARS)

PERCENTAGE WITH ADVANCE DEGREES

3

.9%

18

5.7%

2

.6%

White

284

89.3%

Other

3

.9%

Pacific Islander

STAFF DATA Education Assistants

7.75

Administrator(s)

1

Paraeducators

7.75

Principal

1

Clerical/Technical

1.18

Other

.3

Office Secretary

1.18

IMC

.3

Custodial/Operations

1.5

Custodian

1.5 TOTAL:

11.76

Student Data Source: DPI WINNS. Staff Data Source: PI-1202 Report.

TESTING “PROFICIENT” + “ADVANCED” Levels based on Total FAY Enrolled* GRADE WKCE Reading

3

4

5

24%

15%

40%

WKCE Language Arts WKCE Math

70% 47%

46%

WKCE Science

73%

WKCE Social Studies

85%

67%

*Note: Source DPI full academic year (FAY) WKCE test score data. Shaded cell indicates subject not tested at that grade level.

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PRAIRIE RIVER MIDDLE SCHOOL 106 North Polk Street Merrill, WI 54452 Principal: Gerald Beyer (715) 536-9593

Prairie River Middle School (PRMS) has evolved from a high school (1922-1997) into a true middle school that places students into smaller learning communities (or teams). Our 6th grade students work with dynamic two-teacher teams, one teaches Math/Science and the other teaches Literacy/Social Studies, so as to personalize our school environment. Meanwhile, our 7th and 8th grade students work collaboratively on a four-teacher, contentspecific team. Furthermore, all three grades start their day in a morning meeting. This small group meeting time sets the tone and climate for the day, addresses the need to feel a sense of belonging, and helps address social and emotional learning. Our approach with students incorporates restorative practices in

order to create and enhance positive relationships. The core curriculum includes the algebra-dripping Connected Math Program (CMP), the Full-Option Science System (FOSS), and a common core ready literacy program. Finally, our Civil War Day provides a wonderful, culminating event for our middle school Social Studies curriculum. Meanwhile, our Applied Academic course offerings consist of the State’s best middle school Band, not to mention Vocal programming, Family/Consumer Education, Technology, Art, Foreign Language, Physical Education, Health, and Business Education. We are confident that the Prairie River Middle School experience will inspire all students to excel in academics and citizenship. In closing, we encourage your family to take the journey with us!

DID YOU KNOW: • The middle school is the first time when all of the district’s students come together. • Prairie River Middle School has the highest math scores in the conference. • The school has two-person teaching teams starting in 6th grade.

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PRAIRIE RIVER MIDDLE SCHOOL 2012-2013 PERFORMANCE

ENROLLMENT BY GRADE

2012-2013 Free/Reduced Lunch Eng. Lang.Learners Special Education

263

47.1%

6

7

8

3

.5%

185

163

212

103

18.4%

AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE

ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY African American

9

1.6%

2011-2012

95.3%

American Indian

5

.9%

2010-2011

95.2%

Hispanic

11

2.0%

2009-2010

94.9%

Pacific Isle.

4

.7%

White

530

94.6%

Other

1

.2%

NUMBER OF TEACHERS

43.4 14 59.1%

STAFF DATA Education Assistants

8.6

Administrator(s)

2

Paraeducators

8.6

Principal

1

Assoc. Principal

1

AVERAGE EXPERIENCE (IN YEARS)

PERCENTAGE WITH ADVANCE DEGREES

Clerical/Technical

4

Other

.9

Office Secretary

3

IMC

.9

Administrative Secretary

1

Custodial/Operations

5

Custodian

4

Head Custodian

1 TOTAL:

20.5

Student Data Source: DPI WINNS. Staff Data Source: PI-1202 Report.

TESTING “PROFICIENT” + “ADVANCED” Levels based on Total FAY Enrolled* GRADE WKCE Reading

6

7

8

35%

36%

35%

59%

54%

52%

WKCE Language Arts WKCE Math

54%

WKCE Science

78%

WKCE Social Studies

83%

*Note: Source DPI full academic year (FAY) WKCE test score data. Shaded cell indicates subject not tested at that grade level.

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MERRILL HIGH SCHOOL 1201 North Sales Street Merrill, WI 54452 Principal: Shannon Murray (715) 536-4581

Merrill High School (MHS) provides a fantastic environment in which to learn, work and grow. It is large enough to offer a comprehensive, rigorous curriculum that meets the diverse needs of all of its students, and small enough to allow learners to build relationships they will value for a lifetime. Merrill offers demanding core academic classes, a strong vocational and technical education program and a wealth of extracurricular activities. Additional instructional opportunities in the areas of technology, world languages and online learning are also available to students. All MHS students make up the Blue Jay community and have the opportunity to take part in a variety of outstanding activities, organizations and teams. Whether

they take part in the National Honor Society, Debate Forensics and Skills USA, or a state-level competition with the Marching Jays or the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association, students have the chance to excel in a wide array of areas. Throughout their time at MHS, students acquire all the knowledge and skills necessary for college, and introducing students to researchbased instructional practices and strategies prepares Blue Jay students for the future. Innovations like the Flex 14 schedule offer students the opportunity to attend large lectures and presentations, participate in rigorous lab work and engage in meaningful small-group discussions. We encourage you to take advantage of everything MHS has to offer, and invite you to discover for yourself what makes MHS a great place to learn, work and grow.

DID YOU KNOW: • The graduating class of 2013 earned over $1.5 million in college scholarships from local and outside funding sources. • Merrill High School continues to provide expanded opportunities for students to earn college level credits for the courses they take in high school. During the 2012-2013 school year MHS offered 26 dual enrollment courses in which students earned college credits, were exposed to post-secondary rigor, and saved money in the process.

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MERRILL HIGH SCHOOL 2012-2013 PERFORMANCE

ENROLLMENT BY GRADE

2012-2013 Free/Reduced Lunch Eng. Lang.Learners Special Education

399

39.4%

9

10

11

12

8

.8%

242

243

253

276

146

14.4% ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY

AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE 2011-2012

98.5%

2010-2011

98.7%

2009-2010

97.7%

African American

7

.7%

American Indian

1

.1%

Asian Hispanic Pacific Isle

NUMBER OF TEACHERS

64 14 61.7%

White

7

.7%

10

1%

4

.4%

985

97.1%

STAFF DATA Education Assistants

6.4

Administrator(s)

2

Paraeducators

6.4

Principal

1

Assoc. Principal

1

AVERAGE EXPERIENCE (IN YEARS)

PERCENTAGE WITH ADVANCE DEGREES

Clerical/Technical

7

Other

3

Office Secretary

6

IMC

1

Admin. Secretary

1

Athletic Director

1

Dean of Students

1

Custodial/Operations

7

Custodian

6

Head Custodian

1 TOTAL:

25.4

Student Data Source: DPI WINNS. Staff Data Source: PI-1202 Report.

TESTING “PROFICIENT” + “ADVANCED” Levels based on Total FAY Enrolled* GRADE

10

WKCE Reading

34%

WKCE Language Arts

73%

WKCE Math

59%

WKCE Science

77%

WKCE Social Studies

79%

*Note: Source DPI full academic year (FAY) WKCE test score data. Shaded cell indicates subject not tested at that grade level.

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PINE RIVER SCHOOL FOR YOUNG LEARNERS (Head Start/Early Childhood Program) W4165 State Hwy 64 Merrill, WI 54452 Head Start/Early Childhood Director: Joan Krohn (715) 536-2392

The MAPS Head Start/Early Childhood building is located on Hwy 64, 1/2 mile east of Hwy 51. The two separate programs housed within the building have been melded into one coordinated experience for threeto five-year-old children and their families. Four-year-olds are also enrolled in the 4K Program. The Head Start program is federally-funded and designed to provide low-income families and their children with just that – a head start. The Early Childhood program meets the needs of children with disabilities. Both programs follow the MAPS district calendar, with children coming in for either a morning or afternoon session four

times a week. Once a week, staff members visit students’ homes or do family activities that involve family members in their children’s education. The curriculum is based on individual student needs, Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards, Common Core State Standards, Head Start Framework and the Creative Curriculum. Our mission is to engage, educate and empower all young children and their families. We believe that strength lies in effective partnerships that are nonjudgmental, and we work to foster each individual’s unique assets. Most importantly, we believe that children learn best through guided play and hands-on exploration. Continuous growth is an essential part of our programs.

DID YOU KNOW: • There were 115 three- to five-year-olds enrolled in the combined Head Start (low-income) and Early Childhood (children with disabilities) Program at the end of the 2012-13 school year. • Head Start/Early Childhood clocked over 2,500 volunteer hours for the 2012-13 school year. • Our natural playscape is open to the public during nonschool hours. Please come and learn through play.

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PINE RIVER SCHOOL FOR YOUNG LEARNERS (Head Start/Early Childhood Program) 2012-2013 PERFORMANCE

ENROLLMENT BY GRADE

2012-2013 Free/Reduced Lunch Eng. Lang.Learners Special Education

120

53.8%

PK

0

0

223

31

13.9%

AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE

ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY

2011-2012

94.8%

African American

3

1.4%

2010-2011

92.1%

Hispanic

9

4.0%

2009-2010

92.2%

White

209

93.7%

Other

2

.9%

NUMBER OF TEACHERS

8.6 9.0 47.6%

STAFF DATA

AVERAGE EXPERIENCE (IN YEARS)

PERCENTAGE WITH ADVANCE DEGREES

Education Assistants

8

Administrator(s)

1

Paraeducators

8

Principal

1

Clerical/Technical

1

Office Secretary

1

Custodial/Operations

1.8

Custodian

1.8 TOTAL:

11.8

Student Data Source: DPI WINNS. Staff Data Source: PI-1202 Report.

MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) DATA 2012-2013

For Students Who Attended Head Start/Early Childhood: • Of 188 third grade students, 56 graduated from HS/EC • Of 176 fourth grade students, 48 graduated from HS/EC • Of 188 fifth grade students, 27 graduated from HS/EC

MATH

READING

0-29% 30-39%

Met or Exceeded National Norm 0-29% 30-39%

Met or Exceeded National Norm

HS/EC

All MAPS

HS/EC

All MAPS

HS/EC

All MAPS

HS/EC

All MAPS

HS/EC

All MAPS

HS/EC

All MAPS

3

27%

26%

9%

7%

52%

53%

43%

29%

9%

8%

39%

49%

4

15%

17%

10%

7%

67%

69%

40%

34%

8%

7%

35%

46%

5

26%

18%

7%

6%

52%

65%

41%

27%

7%

7%

41%

53%

Grade

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FOUR-YEAR-OLD KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM New Beginnings Day Care and Preschool (NTC) N2519 Hwy K Merrill, WI 54452 715-536-6855 Parkside Preschool 207 East First Street Merrill, WI 54452 Trinity Lutheran Preschool 611 West Main Street Merrill, WI 54452 715-536-7501 St. Francis Elementary School 1708 East 10th Street Merrill, WI 54452 715-536-6083

Our Third Year The 2012-2013 school year was the third year of the four-year-old Kindergarten (4K) program in Merrill Area Public Schools. 4K is offered in over 85% of the school districts in the State of Wisconsin. Participation is voluntary for 4-year olds at no charge. MAPS 4K uses the community-based approach, which means we have set up 4K centers in existing agencies where young children are already receiving services. This past year MAPS had 4K programs located at St. Francis, Parkside Preschool, New Testament Church School, and Trinity School in addition to Pine River School for Young Learners. This is designed to lessen the transitions and increase learning as students are able to experience the four-year-old curriculum in a place that is comfortable and familiar to the child. All teachers in the 4K program are DPI Certified to teach in Early Childhood classrooms. The half-day program runs five days a week for the same school year as the older children. Bussing is also provided. There is a parent education component provided to compliment the curriculum delivered to the students. 2012-2013 Performance Measures The Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS) requires the use of a trained observer to assess 37 different components of a quality early childhood classroom. It has a world-wide reputation of quality as it’s been translated into 14 languages and is in use in 18 countries. All ten MAPS 4K classrooms were assessed. On a scale of 1 to 7 the average score of the classrooms was 6.38. This score demonstrates the program is “exceeding the norm!” Parent Survey At the conclusion of the school year parents were asked to assess the 4K program on six components. On a scale of 1 to 5, this year, parents rated the MAPS 4K at an average score of 4.65.

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SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES MAPS special education teachers thrive on engaging students by creating a learning environment which fosters academic growth, as well as meeting behavioral needs. Students within the program currently surpass state standards for education received in a regular education environment with special education support. MAPS’ special education program has an aboveaverage graduation rate and a below-average dropout rate. The Special Education Department of Merrill Area Public Schools currently employs 8 speech/language clinicians, 29 teachers and 3 psychologists, and 32 aides. PRIMARY DISABILITY

40

Cognitively Disabled

39 54

Hearing Impaired

<5

Orthopedically Impaired

<5

Other Health Impaired

73

Education Director: Dr. John Sample

7

Specific Learning Disabilities

155

Speech or Language Impaired

131

Traumatic Brain Injury

<5

Visually Impaired

<5

TOTALS

Pupil Services and Special

0

Emotional Behavioral Disability

Significant Developmental Delay

Merrill, WI 54452

2012-13

Autism Deaf-Blind

1111 North Sales Street

532

Merrill Area Public Schools is also home to the CESA 9 Northern Achievement Center (NAC), an alternative education setting for students with Emotional/ Behavioral Disabilities. NAC offers intensive behavioral strategies designed to successfully reintegrate the student back to their classroom environment. During the 2012-13 school year, MAPS contracted with CESA 9 for occupational therapy and CESA 10 for physical therapy, serving approximately 38 students with disabilities.

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CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION 1111 North Sales Street Merrill, WI 54452 Director of Curriculum and Instruction: Dr. Michele Jahnke

The Merrill Area Public School District continues to be a leader in providing a well rounded education for our students. We are proud to provide quality education and programming for all our students and families. The following is a list of work that has been accomplished or is still in progress: • Adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and math • Continual training and use of the on-line tool; The Curriculum Companion • Approval by the school board for adoption and implementation of Reading Street – a balanced literacy program for K through 5th grade • Continued work in Professional Learning Communities at all buildings • Adoption of IPAD Programming for Special Ed, Reading Recovery, Speech and Language, and Administrative teams • Adoption and planning for the one-to-one IPAD pilot for all third grade students at Kate Goodrich Elementary and Washington Elementary School to be implemented the 2013-14 school year. • Continued refinement of summative and formative assessments at all grade levels • Development and implementation of Shared Leadership – a district structure designed to encourage collaboration and advancement

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of district initiatives • Development of Interventions, Data, and Scheduling Teams regarding RTI as part of our action plans for the installation of RTI • Continued development of transcripted courses in the high school • Bridges to Learn Charter School is fully established and servicing 400+ students • Planning and training for the implementation of the state mandated Educator Effectiveness Project pilot • Continued use of CompassOdyssey Software to accentuate the NWEA MAP Test. Students now have computer assisted programming to correspond to the results from their assessment data • Continued development and implementation of a district mentoring program for 35+ new teachers • Weekly technology courses offered to our staff - once again over 400 teachers attended various classes


PARTICIPATION NUMBERS

ACT TESTING RESULTS

Swimming............... 15 Girls Basketball....... 34 Girls Soccer............. 41 Tennis...................... 37 Girls Track................ 43 Softball.................... 35 Spirit Squad............ 30 Volleyball................. 32 Baseball................... 40 Boys Basketball....... 41 Boys Soccer............. 36 Boys Track .............. 88 Football.................... 99 Golf.......................... 20 Hockey..................... 18 Wrestling................. 69 Cross Country......... 36 Debate...................... 10 Forensics................. 16 Kemo.......................... 8 Fall Play................... 43 Natl. Honor Society.. 32 Skills USA.................. 8 FBLA......................... 45 Musical.................... 45 FFA........................... 52 Student Council...... 20 Solar Olympics.......... 0 Art Club.................... 30 Special Olympics.... 12

ACT results are provided for public school students in grade 12 who took the ACT either as juniors or seniors. In the 2004-05 school year, there were significant changes implemented in WI student enrollment collections. As a result, the enrollment data for that year may not be comprehensive, so these test participation rates should be interpreted with caution. TOTAL ENROLLMENT GRADE 12

NUMBER TESTED

PERCENTAGE TESTED

AVG SCORE (COMPOSITE)

2011-12

302

127

42.1%

21.9

2010-11

302

131

43.4%

23.3

2009-10

278

131

47.1%

22.3

2008-09

299

140

45.9%

21.7

2007-08

300

139

46.3%

21.9

2006-07

323

142

44.0%

21.7

2005-06

301

154

51.2%

21.7

2004-05

301

143

47.5%

21.7

2003-04

280

118

42.1%

22.5

2002-03

331

158

47.7%

21.9

2001-02

321

150

46.7%

22.1

2000-01

307

164

53.4%

22.6

1999-00

283

130

45.9%

21.7

1998-99

286

141

49.3%

23.1

2012-13 results not available until August 2013.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT TESTING The Advanced Placement (AP) Test is designed by the College Board of Princeton, New Jersey. The programming allows 9th through 12th graders to earn college credit while still in high school. SUBJECT Calculus AB

STUDENTS

PERCENTAGE WITH 3 OR BETTER 9

67%

English Language & Composition

12

58%

English Literature & Composition

33

52%

4

0%

Psychology

Physics C: Mechanics

38

95%

Statistics

14

43%

Studio Art: Drawing

8

100%

US Government and Politics

7

71%

US History

2

50%

*2012-13 data.

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ATTENDANCE RATES Attendance is faceto-face instructional contact between a student and a teacher. It is collected for the entire school year. The attendance rate is actual days of attendance divided by possible days of attendance, expressed as a percentage. The smallest reportable unit of attendance is one-half days.

97

96.5

96

95.5

95

94.5

94

93.5

93 1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-00

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11 2011-12

TRUANCY RATES A habitual truant is defined by Wisconsin state statute as a student who is absent from school without an acceptable excuse for part or all of five or more days on which school is held during a semester. Habitual truancy is reported for grades K-12. The rate is the number of truants divided by the K-12 enrollment, counted on the third Friday in September.

50

45

40

35

30

25

20

15

10

5

0 1996-97

24

1997-98

1998-99

1999-00

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

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2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11 2011-12


WISCONSIN KNOWLEDGE AND CONCEPTS EXAM-CRITERION 2012-13 4TH GRADE RESULTS 100

3.6%

21.1%

80

6.6%

22.9%

16.3% 58.4%

48.2% 60

38%

Performance Level Advanced Proficient Basic Minimum

59.6%

47.6%

40

34.3% 20

0

36.7%

Reading

19.3%

30.7% 19.9%

9.6%

10.8%

Language

Mathematics

7.2%

3.0% Science

3.0% Social Studies

25.4%

33.8%

8TH GRADE RESULTS 100

2.0%

20.9% 80

32.8%

32.8%

12.9%

38.8%

60

52.2% 48.8%

40

46.8%

26.9%

33.3%

16.4%

17.4%

12.9%

Reading

Language

Mathematics

12.6%

12.2%

20

0

14.4% 6.0% Science

11.9% 3.5% Social Studies

10TH GRADE RESULTS 100

1.3%

32.8%

80

47.9%

37.0%

30.7%

45.4%

60

60.1% 45.4%

40

33.6%

20

18.5% 0

40.3%

Reading

10.1%

7.6%

6.7%

10.5%

11.8%

Mathematics

Science

Social Studies

19.7% 5.5% Language

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COMPARABLE DATA FOR WKCE PERFORMANCE Performance Level

4TH GRADE RESULTS

Merrill Area DC Everest Marshfield Stevens Point Wausau Wisconsin Rapids

100

80

60

63

69

76

71

67

71

Stevens Point

Wausau

Wisconsin Rapids

68

64

65

Stevens Point

Wausau

Wisconsin Rapids

67

65

63

Stevens Point

Wausau

Wisconsin Rapids

40

20

0

Merrill Area

DC Everest

Marshfield

8TH GRADE RESULTS 100

80

60

61

64

69

40

20

0

Merrill Area

DC Everest

Marshfield

10TH GRADE RESULTS 100

80

60

66

72

72

40

20

0

26

Merrill Area

DC Everest

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Marshfield


2012 -2013 FACILITIES & MAINTENANCE PROJECTS PINE RIVER SCHOOL FOR YOUNG LEARNERS

MERRILL HIGH SCHOOL • Installed new carpet in school office and guidance department

• Installed a playground fence • Installed a fence around septic tanks

JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY • Constructed two rooms for specialists

• Installed a new entrance door at the north end entrance

• Installed a new fire alarm system

• Remodeled Pine River School into Pine River School for Young Learners

KATE GOODRICH ELEMENTARY • Installed new light fixtures in the library and main entrance

• Removed stage • Added cabinets and sinks to classrooms

• Installed new playground equipment

• Installed new boiler and HVAC system, new fire alarms and new electrical panel

• Constructed outdoor classroom

• Remodeled bathrooms WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY • Installed new unit vents with motion controls in classrooms

• Relocated the main office

MERRILL AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS Central Office 1111 North Sales Street Merrill, WI 54452 715-536-4581 Merrill High School 1201 North Sales Street Merrill, WI 54452 715-536-4594 Prairie River Middle School 106 North Polk Street Merrill, WI 54452 715-536-9593 Jefferson Elementary School 1914 West Jackson Street Merrill, WI 54452 715-536-5432

Kate Goodrich Elementary School 505 West 10th Street Merrill, WI 54452 715-536-5233

Merrill Adult Diploma Academy 1101 North Mill Street Merrill, WI 54452 715-536-1431

Maple Grove School 290 Highway F Hamburg, WI 54411 715-536-7684

Community-Based Four-Year-Old Preschool 1111 North Sales Street Merrill, WI 54452 715-536-2392

Pine River School for Young Learners W4165 State Highway 64 Merrill, WI 54452 715-536-2392 Washington Elementary School 1900 East 6th Street Merrill, WI 54452 715-536-2373

Wisconsin Rural Virtual Academy 1111 North Sales Street Merrill, WI 54452 715-536-4581

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2013-14 BOARD OF EDUCATION

Brad Geiss President W5502 Ash Drive Merrill, WI 54452 (715) 536-1033 Brad.geiss@maps.k12.wi.us Term ends 2014

Kelly Collins Board Member N4243 Schielke Road Gleason, WI 54435 (715) 873-4633 Kelly.collins@maps.k12.wi.us Term ends 2015 Jen Seliger Clerk 12522 3rd Lane Hamburg, WI 54411 (715) 539-0259 Jen.seliger@maps.k12.wi.us Term ends 2015

Loretta Baughan Board Member N1166 High Ridge Road Merrill, WI 54452 (715) 539-0863 Loretta.baughan@maps.k12.wi.us Term ends 2014

Brad Kanitz Board Member W8187 Cedar Road Merrill, WI 54452 (715) 536-2618 Brad.kanitz@maps.k12.wi.us Term ends 2015

Eugene Bondioli Board Member 505 S California Street Merrill, WI 54452 (715) 536-2063 Eugene.bondioli@maps.k12.wi.us Term ends 2014

Nubs Ashbeck Treasurer 1808 Jackson Street Merrill, WI 54452 (715) 536-8716 Norbert.ashbeck@maps.k12.wi.us Term ends 2016 John Shull Vice President N1211 High Ridge Merrill, WI 54452 (715) 536-5848 John.shull@maps.k12.wi.us Term ends 2016 Vacant Board Member

2013-14 DISTRICT CALENDAR September 2 Labor Day No School September 3 First day of school November 4 Staff Development No School November 27-29 Thanksgiving Recess

December 23 Start of winter break

March 17 Start of spring break

January 2 School resumes

March 24 School resumes

January 24 Teacher Work Day

April 4 Staff Development No School

February 21 Teacher Inservice No School

MERRILL AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS 1111 N. Sales Street, Merrill, WI 54452

April 18 Good Friday No School

May 26 Memorial Day No School May 30 High School Graduation June 6 Last day of school


2012-13 MAPS State of the District