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STATE OF THE DISTRICT REPORT 2010-2011

Merrill Area Public Schools: 2010-2011 State of the District

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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 N 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 Maple Grove Elementary School 290 Highway F Hamburg, WI 54411 715-536-7684 Pine River Elementary School W4165 State Highway 64 Merrill, WI 54452 715-536-6101 Washington Elementary School 1900 East 6th Street Merrill, WI 54452 715-536-2372

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Merrill Area Public Schools: 2010-2011 State of the District

Little Learners Head Start and Early Childhood 1111 North Sales Street Merrill, WI 54452 715-536-2391 Merrill Adult Academy 1111 North Sales Street Merrill, WI 54452 715-536-1431 Community-Based Four-Year-Old Preschool 1111 North Sales Street Merrill, WI 54452 715-536-4581 Wisconsin Rural Virtual Academy 1111 North Sales Street Merrill, WI 54452 715-536-4581

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.

A LETTER TO CITIZENS OF MERRILL DEAR COMMUNITY MEMBERS, Before we begin another promising academic year, we must remember that reflecting and building on the successes of the past is the key to future improvement. Over the last several years, we have made significant progress by taking advantage of the opportunities presented to us and by overcoming the many challenges our district has faced. I am continually reminded of what a special place Merrill is and how much the community contributes to our schools and students. Our community members not only provide support to our students, but also take pride in the successes of the district and the strong quality of education provided to our young people. Community members also understand that we must push our students to excel academically, and provide them with facilities and an education that will lead to future success, while also finding ways to become more efficient and save taxpayer dollars.

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Our district has achieved success by renewing our partnership with the community and working side-by-side on innovative problem-solving to create a culture in which challenges are addressed in a positive manner. The Merrill Area Public Schools expect to encounter challenges similar to other Wisconsin districts, but we plan to overcome them and continue to move forward. As we approach the new school year, I am excited to strengthen the trust and bond between our district and the community, increase efficiencies and continue the success of our great schools. Sincerely, Dr. Lisa L. Snyder

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MERRILL AREA SCHOOLS: CENTERED ON SUCCESS The Merrill Area Public Schools utilizes a model of continuous improvement to guide its work, based on the Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence Criteria for Education. This philosophical, research-based 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.

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Merrill Area Public Schools: 2010-2011 State of the District

Merrill Area Public Schools: 2010-2011 State of the District

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MERRILL AREA SCHOOLS: CENTERED ON SUCCESS On September 30, 2009, MAPS Board of Education voted to adopt the following strategic goals: 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 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 through their “District Dashboard.” This dashboard includes academic measures such as the Wisconsin Knowledge a Concepts Exam, the ACT and local assessment data as well as perception measures such as the student, staff or parent annual survey. 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.

have set the targets quite high fully knowing it may take a few years to ride to the level of excellence we expect. An example of this is our stakeholder satisfaction data. Our target of 90% satisfied in all areas measures 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.”

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

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Merrill MerrillArea AreaPublic PublicSchools: Schools:2010-2011 2010-2011State Stateofofthe theDistrict District

Merrill MerrillArea AreaPublic PublicSchools: Schools:2010-2011 2010-2011State Stateofofthe theDistrict District

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JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1914 West Jackson Street Merrill, WI 54452 Principal: Jeff Damrau (715) 536-5432, ext. 4301

With approximately 230 students from kindergarten to fifth grade, Jefferson Elementary School has a strong tradition of academic success and a sense of school spirit reflected in the students, staff, parents and community. Jefferson Elementary teachers provide students with quality educational experiences, allowing them to reach their true potential and lead them on a path of being lifelong learners. Jefferson aids students in achieving both individual and team success, and staff members are dedicated to cultivating a passion for learning. Jefferson’s dedicated teachers and support staff make providing a safe, stimulating, child-centered learning environment for the students a top priority.

JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2010-2011 PERFORMANCE

For the 2011-2012 school year, Jefferson Elementary has the privilege of offering students and their families many new opportunities through funding awarded our school through appropriated grant funds from the State of Wisconsin. The After School Enrichment Programs focus on six types of involvement: parenting, communicating, volunteering, learning at home, decision making and collaborating with the community. The three programs include the following: the After School Tutoring Program, the Lighted School House, and the Jefferson Jags Enrichment Program.

DID YOU KNOW: • All Jefferson Elementary classrooms are equipped with 21st century technology, including interactive white boards, integrated sound system, and ELMO image projection devices.

Free/Reduced Lunch Eng. Lang.Learners Special Education

119

54.1%

KG

1

2

3

4

5

0

0%

28

30

33

48

48

33

33

15%

AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE

ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY

2009-2010

95.8%

African American

4

1.8%

2008-2009

95.3%

Hispanic

2

.9%

2007-2008

95.8%

White

214

97.3%

NUMBER OF TEACHERS

20.79 15.24 64%

AVERAGE EXPERIENCE (IN YEARS)

STAFF DATA Education Assistants

3.7

Administrator(s)

1

Paraeducators

1.7

Principal

1

Spec. Ed. Paraeducators

2

Clerical/Technical

1.3

Other

.2

Office Secretary

1.3

IMC

.2

PERCENTAGE WITH ADVANCE DEGREES

Custodial/Operations

1

Custodian

1 TOTAL:

Levels based on Total FAY Enrolled* GRADE

3

4

5

92%

69%

90%

WKCE Language Arts

71%

meaning all classrooms in grades kindergarten through third grade have a student to teacher

WKCE Math

ratio of 18 to 1 or less. This helps ensure that individual student needs are met by having

WKCE Science

80%

WKCE Social Studies

96%

teachers work with smaller class sizes.

7.2

TESTING “PROFICIENT” + “ADVANCED” WKCE Reading

• Jefferson Elementary is a SAGE (Student Achievement Guarantee in Education) school,

ENROLLMENT BY GRADE

2010-2011

87%

82%

90%

*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 Area Public Schools: 2010-2011 State of the District

Merrill Area Public Schools: 2010-2011 State of the District

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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 400 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 Parent-Teacher 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 li-

KATE GOODRICH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2010-2011 PERFORMANCE

brary, 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 after-school programs for students. Over the past 13 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 have implemented a new after-school program, Kate’s Café (Children and Families Excel)

Free/Reduced Lunch Eng. Lang.Learners Special Education

2

3

4

5

68

55

65

55

56

68

19.4%

ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY African American

12

3.4%

American Indian

4

1.1%

96.5%

Asian

1

.3%

2007-2008

96.2%

Hispanic

4

1.1%

Pacific Islander NUMBER OF TEACHERS

32.35 16.08 75%

AVERAGE EXPERIENCE (IN YEARS)

PERCENTAGE WITH ADVANCE DEGREES

1

.3%

White

324

92.6%

Other

4

1.1%

STAFF DATA Education Assistants

9.4

Paraeducators

2

Administrator(s)

1

Principal

1

Spec. Ed. Paraeducators

7.4

Clerical/Technical

1.5

Other

.4

Office Secretary

1.5

IMC

.4

Custodial/Operations

2.68

Custodian

1.68

Head Custodian

1 TOTAL:

14.98

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

WKCE Reading

opportunity and is in the beginning planning stages for next year already.

WKCE Language Arts

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51

95.6%

WKCE Math

10

KG

.3%

2008-2009

school programming for students and families. The staff at Kate has totally embraced this

school programming.

64.6%

1

2009-2010

GRADE

competitive one and we feel very privileged to have these extra funds to help with after-

226

AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE

– Kate Goodrich was fortunate enough to be awarded a two-year grant to help support after-

• Kate Goodrich was awarded the five-year 21st Century Grant. This grant was a very

ENROLLMENT BY GRADE

2010-2011

3

4

5

70%

82%

74%

71% 71%

80%

WKCE Science

74%

WKCE Social Studies

86%

83%

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

Merrill Area Public Schools: 2010-2011 State of the District

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MAPLE GROVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 290 Highway F Hamburg, WI 54411 Principal: Tammy Steckbauer (715) 536-7684

One of the most unique rural schools in the state, Maple Grove Elementary is committed to providing academic excellence to students. Built in 1904, Maple Grove has stood as a landmark, representing the many generations of families who have walked the halls and called the school home. The school’s long history has also provided a successful teaching model to follow. The Maple Grove staff is known for its enthusiasm, teaching excellence and commitment to students. Young people are held to high expectations at Maple Grove, and success is achieved through the motivational learn-

MAPLE GROVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2010-2011 PERFORMANCE

ing environment created by teachers. With the help of the Maple Grove Parent-Teacher Organization, the staff also provides a variety of opportunities for expanded and enriched learning. Maple Grove is small in size, but that certainly does not hinder its ability to foster big ideas. Maple Grove School has a strong sense of community. We are proud Maple Grove Foxes and our school mascot is Fromm the Fox. Our caring learning environment can be best summarized by our student-generated school motto: Be Caring, Be Sharing, Be Kind, Be YOURSELF!

ENROLLMENT BY GRADE

2010-2011 Free/Reduced Lunch

32

36.4%

KG

1

2

3

4

5

Eng. Lang.Learners

0

0%

12

19

20

11

14

12

12

13.6

Special Education

AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE

ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY

2009-2010

96.3%

Hispanic

1

1.1%

2008-2009

96.8%

Native American

2

2.3%

2007-2008

96.1%

White

85

96.6%

NUMBER OF TEACHERS

7.01 11.7 54%

AVERAGE EXPERIENCE (IN YEARS)

STAFF DATA Education Assistants

0

Administrator(s)

.5

Paraeducators

0

Principal

.5

Clerical/Technical

1

Other

.1

Office Secretary

1

IMC

.1

Custodial/Operations

1

Custodian

1

PERCENTAGE WITH ADVANCE DEGREES

DID YOU KNOW: • Built in 1904, Maple Grove Elementary has the unique distinction of being one of the oldest

Levels based on Total FAY Enrolled* GRADE

excellence, and is a reflection of the commitment of the families in the Hamburg community

WKCE Reading

to their school.

WKCE Language Arts WKCE Math

Elementary offers one classroom at each grade level (grades K – 5) which fosters a learning community where all the teachers and staff know all the students by name.

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2.6

TESTING “PROFICIENT” + “ADVANCED”

elementary schools in the nation. It is steeped in a rich history of providing academic

• Maple Grove Elementary has a “family” atmosphere like no other school. Maple Grove

TOTAL:

3

4

5

73%

100%

100%

77% 82%

92%

WKCE Science

100%

WKCE Social Studies

100%

100%

*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 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL W4165 State Highway 64 Merrill, WI 54452 Lead Teacher: Ruth DeJarlais (715) 536-6101

Pine River Elementary School, located directly outside the Merrill city limits, is the educational home to approximately 130 students from kindergarten through 5th grade. Staff, students and their families all quickly become a part of the Pine River family atmosphere. In keeping with the school’s vision of “Inspiring All to Dream and Achieve,” staff member are continually involved in gathering student achievement data in an effort to ensure success for all. Throughout the year staff gather as a Professional Learning Community to analyze and make decisions based on this data. Tracking student growth in literacy and math allows school

PINE RIVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2010-2011 PERFORMANCE

staff to take a collaborative approach to instructional decisions. Pine River Elementary School is a warm and inviting place for students, parents and community members and is fortunate to have a very active and supportive PTO. The school holds students to high academic standards while building on their four core values found in the ‘Pine Rive Panther Pledge’: Caring, Creativity, Respect, and Responsibility.

DID YOU KNOW: • Pine River was recognized by www.schooldigger.com as one of the Top 10 elementary schools in Wisconsin based on student achievement data.

Free/Reduced Lunch

41

28.9%

KG

1

2

3

4

5

Eng. Lang.Learners

0

0%

27

26

22

24

20

23

Special Education

6

4.2%

AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE

ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY

2009-2010

96.1%

African American

1

.7%

2008-2009

96.3%

Asian

1

.7%

2007-2008

96.4%

Hispanic

1

.7%

Pacific Islander NUMBER OF TEACHERS

White

8.13 16.0 64%

AVERAGE EXPERIENCE (IN YEARS)

PERCENTAGE WITH ADVANCE DEGREES

2

1.4%

137

96.5%

STAFF DATA Education Assistants

2

Administrator(s)

.5

Paraeducators

2

Principal

.5

Clerical/Technical

1

Other

.1

Office Secretary

1

IMC

.1

Custodial/Operations

1

Custodian

1 TOTAL:

4.6

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

• All Pine River classroom teachers participated in offering weekly after-school tutoring to our

ENROLLMENT BY GRADE

2010-2011

3

4

5

90%

100%

94%

75%

100%

WKCE Language Arts

struggling learners. In summer 2011 these same students will be offered tutoring sessions

WKCE Math

twice per week.

WKCE Science

94%

WKCE Social Studies

100%

88% 100%

*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 Area Public Schools: 2010-2011 State of the District

Merrill Area Public Schools: 2010-2011 State of the District

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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, Irma, the city of Merrill and the surrounding areas all attend Washington Elementary School. The school has a diverse population of approximately 300 students, including English as a second language learners. A 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

WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2010-2011 PERFORMANCE

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 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.

Free/Reduced Lunch

147

49.7%

KG

1

2

3

4

5

Eng. Lang.Learners

11

3.7%

49

53

52

54

51

37

Special Education

62

20.9%

AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE

• Washington has a “Green Team” which has organized projects such as the outdoor classroom, community garden, and earth day activities.

ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY African American

1

.3%

2009-2010

92.2%

American Indian

4

1.4%

2008-2009

95.9%

Asian

2007-2008

95.7%

Hispanic

1

.3%

14

4.7%

1

.3%

White

273

92.2%

Other

2

.7%

Pacific Islander NUMBER OF TEACHERS

27.88 14.84 66%

AVERAGE EXPERIENCE (IN YEARS)

STAFF DATA Education Assistants

7.8

Administrator(s)

1

Paraeducators

1.8

Principal

1

Spec. Ed. Paraeducators

5

Eng. Lang. Learner Aide

1

Clerical/Technical

1.2

Other

.3

Office Secretary

1.2

IMC

.3

PERCENTAGE WITH ADVANCE DEGREES

Custodial/Operations

1

Custodian

1 TOTAL:

11.3

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

• Washington is the district magnet school for Hispanic families.

ENROLLMENT BY GRADE

2010-2011

3

4

5

83%

77%

75%

WKCE Language Arts WKCE Math

70% 83%

82%

WKCE Science

75%

WKCE Social Studies

91%

88%

*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 Merrill Area Area Public Public Schools: Schools: 2010-2011 2010-2011 State State of of the the District District

Merrill Merrill Area Area Public Public Schools: Schools: 2010-2011 2010-2011 State State of of the the District District

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PRAIRIE RIVER MIDDLE SCHOOL Principal: Gerald Beyer (715) 536-9593

Prairie River Middle School educates sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, allowing them to develop as part of a personalized learning community. Prairie River incorporates restorative practices to build and enhance positive relationships throughout the school. Each grade begins the day with a morning meeting. These smallgroup environments set the tone for the day by providing a sense of belonging, and help to address students’ social and emotional development. Sixth and seventh graders learn from dynamic two-teacher teams that focus on individual learning, improving student engagement and achievement. One teacher offers instruction in math and science, while the

PRAIRIE MIDDLE SCHOOL 2010-2011 PERFORMANCE

other helps students learn literacy and social studies. Eighth grade students participate in an extension of this program, working collaboratively with a four-teacher, content-specific team. The Connected Math Program and the Full-Option Science System make up Prairie River’s core curriculum. To improve reading, writing and language skills, the school is in the first stage of implementing the research-based Literacy Collaborative model.

ENROLLMENT BY GRADE

2010-2011 Free/Reduced Lunch Eng. Lang.Learners Special Education

303

46.1%

6

7

8

2

.3%

214

221

222

91

13.9%

AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE

African American

6

.9%

2009-2010

94.9%

American Indian

4

.6%

2008-2009

95.2%

Asian

1

.2%

2007-2008

95.5%

Hispanic

6

.9%

Pacific Islander

5

.8%

635

96.7%

NUMBER OF TEACHERS

46.6 17.16 69%

AVERAGE EXPERIENCE (IN YEARS)

Applied academic course offerings include a music program, which has produced the state’s best middle school band. Additional courses consist of vocal programming, technology, art, foreign language, physical education, health and computer education.

DID YOU KNOW: • The middle school is the first time when all of the district’s students come together.

PERCENTAGE WITH ADVANCE DEGREES

• The school has two-person teaching teams starting in 6th grade.

White STAFF DATA Education Assistants

6 Administrator(s)

2

Paraeducators

1 Principal

1

Spec. Ed. Paraeducators

5 Assoc. Principal

1

Clerical/Technical

4 Other

.9

Office Secretary

3 IMC

.9

Administrative Secretary

1

Custodial/Operations

6

Custodian

5

Head Custodian

1 TOTAL:

18.9

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

• Prairie River Middle School has the highest math scores in the conference.

ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY

WKCE Reading

6

7

8

89%

85%

90%

87%

88%

WKCE Language Arts WKCE Math

59% 88%

WKCE Science

85%

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 Area Public Schools: 2010-2011 State of the District

Merrill Area Public Schools: 2010-2011 State of the District

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MERRILL HIGH SCHOOL 1201 North Sales Street Merrill, WI 54452 Principal: Shannon Murray (715) 536-4581 ext. 3008

MERRILL HIGH SCHOOL 2010-2011 PERFORMANCE

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 research-based 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: • Thanks to the generosity of the Merrill community as well as outside groups and

Free/Reduced Lunch

402

36.8%

9

10

11

12

Eng. Lang.Learners

12

1.1%

260

265

282

285

161

14.7%

Special Education

AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE

ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY

2009-2010

97.7%

African American

4

.4%

2008-2009

95.0%

American Indian

2

.2%

2007-2008

95.3%

Asian

15

1.4%

12

1.1%

1059

97%

Hispanic NUMBER OF TEACHERS

White

63.0 16.0 68%

AVERAGE EXPERIENCE (IN YEARS)

PERCENTAGE WITH ADVANCE DEGREES

STAFF DATA Education Assistants

5.23 Administrator(s)

2

Paraeducators

1.23 Principal

1

Spec. Ed. Paraeducators

6.45 Other

3

5.45 IMC

1

Admin. Secretary

Custodial/Operations

7.56

Custodian

6.56

Head Custodian

1 24.24

Levels based on Total FAY Enrolled*

WKCE Language Arts

72%

WKCE Math

76%

WKCE Science

77%

WKCE Social Studies

79%

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TESTING “PROFICIENT” + “ADVANCED” 72%

Class of 2011 earned nearly 50 college credits while attending MHS.

1

TOTAL:

WKCE Reading

Placement courses than in any time in the school’s history. In fact, one MHS student from the

1 Athletic Director Dean of Students

scholarships this year.

(courses that count for college credit at Northcentral Technical College) and more Advanced

1

Office Secretary

GRADE

credits while attending high school. This fall will see more transcripted credit courses

4 Assoc. Principal

Clerical/Technical

organizations, the Merrill High School Class of 2011 earned nearly $1.7 million worth of

• Merrill High School continues to expand the opportunities for its students to earn college

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ENROLLMENT BY GRADE

2010-2011

10

*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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HEAD START/EARLY CHILDHOOD 2010-2011 PERFORMANCE

HEAD START/EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 1111 North Sales Street Merrill, WI 54452 Head Start/Early Childhood Director: Beth Tepper

The MAPS Head Start/Early Childhood building is located on the corner of 10th and Sales Streets. The two separate programs housed within the building have been melded into one coordinated experience for three-to five-year-old children and their families. Four-year-olds are also enrolled in the Four Year Old Kindergarten 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.

2010-2011

The curriculum is based on individual student needs, Wisconsin 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.

AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE

These programs believe that strength lies in effective partnerships that are non-judgmental, and we work to foster each individual’s unique assets. Most importantly, they are based on the belief that children learn best through play and hands-on exploration. Continuous growth is an essential part of our programs.

Free/Reduced Lunch Eng. Lang.Learners Special Education

120

58.5%

PK

0

0%

205

45

22% ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY

2009-2010

92.2%

African American

7

3.4%

2008-2009

93.4%

American Indian

1

.5%

2007-2008

93.3%

Hispanic White

3

1.5%

194

94.6%

NUMBER OF TEACHERS

7.14 11.95 70%

STAFF DATA

AVERAGE EXPERIENCE (IN YEARS)

PERCENTAGE WITH ADVANCE DEGREES

Education Assistants

6.6 Administrator(s)

1

Paraeducators

5.6 Principal

1

Spec. Ed. Paraeducators

1

Clerical/Technical

1

Office Secretary

1

Custodial/Operations

.67

Custodian

.67 TOTAL:

9.27

DID YOU KNOW:

THIRD GRADE WKCE DATA 2010-2011

• There were 114 three- to five-year-olds enrolled in the combined Head Start (low-income) and

The goal for Head Start students is to be at or above level, when compared to students without a disability and who are not low income, by third grade. This is when students are formally assessed, for the first time, by the State of Wisconsin. The data serves as a predictor of future success of HS/EC students.

Early Childhood (children with disabilities) Program at the end of the 2010-11 school year • Head Start/Early Childhood clocked over 3,000 volunteer hours for the 2010-11 school year. • The average staff longevity is 12 years of experience for the 17 staff members at the program. • Head Start/Early Childhood has a unique fenced-in environment with traditional playground equipment; as well as, “natural playscape” features that is open to the public.

District Avg

457.8

458.4

% of Goal Math % of Goal

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State Avg

# of students Reading

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ENROLLMENT BY GRADE

431.9

437.3

HS/EC Stu.

HS: No Disab

All non HS/EC

Not Low income No Disability

Low Income NOT HS/EC No Disability

34

23

163

92

61

441.5

444.5

461.4

466

450.5

94.7%

95.3%

428.2

431.2

95.3%

96.1%

96.67% 436.1

448.3

423.8 94.5%

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FOUR YEAR OLD KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM Merrill Child Care 601 South Center Ave. Merrill, WI 54452 715-539-2477

Our First Year The 2010-2011 school year was the inaugural 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.

New Beginnings Day Care and Preschool (NTC) N2519 Hwy K Merrill, WI 54452 715-536-6855 Parkside Preschool 207 East First Street

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 Merrill Child Care, Parkside Preschool, New Testament Church School, and Trinity School in addition to Head Start/Early Childhood. 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.

Merrill, WI 54452 Trinity Lutheran Preschool 611 W. Main Street Merrill, WI 54452 715-536-7501 St. Francis Elementary School 1708 East 10th Street

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.

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 above-average graduation rate and a below-average dropout rate. The Special Education Department of Merrill Area Public Schools currently employs more than seven speech/language clinicians, more than 27 special education teachers and three psychologists. PRIMARY DISABILITY

48

Cognitively Disabled

43

Emotional Behavioral Disability Hearing Impaired

Merrill, WI 54452 Pupil Services and Special Education Director: Dr. John Sample

2010-11

Autism Deaf-Blind

1111 North Sales Street

0 55 6

Orthopedically Impaired

<5

Other Health Impaired

55

Significant Developmental Delay

<5

Specific Learning Disabilities

168

As a quick note for the 2011-12 school year, MAPS is excited to have St. Francis Elementary School join the community based 4K initiative and will be offering a morning session.

Speech or Language Impaired

149

2010-2011 Performance Measures Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS). The 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 itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been translated into 14 languages and is in use in 18 countries. All nine MAPS 4K classrooms were assessed. On a scale of 1 to 7 the average score of the classrooms was 5.77. This rating puts MAPS 4K in the top 20% of 1538 classrooms assessed in the United States.

TOTALS

Traumatic Brain Injury

<5

Visually Impaired

<5

Merrill, WI 54452 715-536-6083

534

39 Special Education Certified Staff 25 Special Education Teacher Aides During the 2010-2011 school year, MAPS contracted with CESA 9 for occupational and physical therapy, serving approximately 41 students with disabilities.

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 parents rated the first year of the MAPS 4K at an average score of 4.7.

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CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION 1111 North Sales Street Merrill, WI 54452 Director Curriculum and Instruction: Carole Witt Starck

The Merrill Area Public Schools continues to be a leader in the area of providing students with a rich, well-rounded learning experience. Among Curriculum and Instruction accomplishments are: • Adoption of the National Common Core State Standards • Implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLC) as part of MAPS shared leadership model • Adoption and utilization of Moodle course management software in grades 6-12 • Refinement of assessment and grading processes • Expansion of Response to Intervention (RtI) services • District-wide utilization of Student Intervention Monitoring System (SIMS), for holding and tracking student learning interventions

• Finalized partnership with University of Wisconsin – Marathon to offer college level English and math courses to be taught during the 2011-2012 school year • Continued work with district’s dashboard of quality indicators and community, staff and student perception data as decision-making data • Refinement of partnership status with Bridges to Learn home-school families • Instituted Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) for grades 3-10 and piloted grade 2 as proficiency indicators in reading and math

• Assistance in writing for a middle school charter grant

• Adoption of Coursework Completion System State reporting software

• Support for writing a Carol M. White Physical Education grant

• Development and structured district-wide data retreat

• Formation of PLC “Boot Camp” for continued support of PLC initiative

• Technology Courses offered weekly for district staff. Approximately 400 staff attended 2010-11

• Continued use of Baldridge Performance Criteria as structure for continuous improvement

PARTICIPATION NUMBERS

ACT TESTING RESULTS

Girls Swimming...... 18 Girls Basketball....... 32 Girls Soccer............. 34 Girls Tennis............. 43 Girls Track................ 39 Softball.................... 38 Cheer/Dance............ 16 Volleyball................. 29 Baseball................... 31 Boys Basketball....... 40 Boys Soccer............. 52 Boys Track .............. 33 Football.................. 106 Golf.......................... 21 Hockey..................... 18 Wrestling................. 37 Cross Country......... 26 Debate........................ 7 Forensics................... 5 Kemo........................ 19 Fall Play................... 24 Natl Honor Society.45 Skills USA.................. 6 FBLA......................... 34 Musical.................... 37 FFA........................... 15 Student Council...... 20 Solar Olympics.......... 0 Art Club.................... 22 Special Olympics...... 8

ACT results are provided for public school students in grade 12 who took the ACT either as juniors and 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

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PERCENTAGE TESTED

AVG SCORE (COMPOSITE)

2009-10

278

140

45.9%

21.7

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

1997-98

298

133

44.6%

22.6

1996-97

301

135

44.9%

22.0

2010-2011 results not available until August 2011.

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

STUDENTS

PERCENTAGE WITH 3 OR BETTER

Calculus

11

64%

Lang and Comp

17

82%

Lit and Comp

18

78%

Psych

44

90%

Stats

19

73%

Studio Art

3

100%

AP Econ WVS Online

1

0%

Physics Independent Study

1

0%

114

80%

TOTAL

26

NUMBER TESTED

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ATTENDANCE RATES

WISCONSIN KNOWLEDGE AND CONCEPTS EXAM-CRITERION Attendance is face-toface 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

Performance Level Advanced Proficient Basic Minimum

4TH GRADE RESULTS 100

80

60

40

20

0

Reading

Language

Mathematics

Science

Social Studies

Language

Mathematics

Science

Social Studies

Language

Mathematics

Science

Social Studies

8TH GRADE RESULTS 100

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

80

TRUANCY RATES

60

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.

50

45

40

35

30

25

20

15

10

5

0 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

40

20

0

Reading

10TH GRADE RESULTS 100

80

60

40

2009-10

20

0

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Reading

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COMPARABLE DATA FOR WKCE PERFORMANCE Performance Level Merrill Area Antigo Medford Area Mosinee Rhinelander

2010 -2011 FACILITIES & MAINTENANCE PROJECTS

4TH GRADE RESULTS

MERRILL HIGH SCHOOL

100

• Sawtooth on commons area • Misc. roof repairs • Repair asphalt on service road • Install guardrail on service road • Replace metal halide light fixtures in IMC • Repair and upgrade bleachers • Install security fence around dumpster

80

60

40

20

0

MERRILL AREA

Antigo

Medford Area

Mosinee

Rhinelander

8TH GRADE RESULTS

PRAIRIE RIVER MIDDLE SCHOOL • Durolast roof system – fieldhouse, pool and auditorium • Roof on the 3rd street hallway • Roof on band area • Roof on computer lab • Roof on concession stand • Tuck pointing on masonry walls • Repair and upgrade generator • Repair pool pump and replace motor • Repair and upgrade bleachers

100

80

60

40

MAPLE GROVE ELEMENTARY

CENTRAL OFFICE

• Install new sinks, cabinets and countertops in grades 3/4 and 4/5 classrooms • Install C & A carpet in the grades 3/4 and 4/5 classrooms • Carpet for the classrooms • Replace water treatment system • Add intercom and monitor for building security • Replace water nitrate tanks and reroute plumbing • Install new vinyl tile in gym, stage and hallway

PINE RIVER ELEMENTARY • Misc. roof repairs • Install C & A carpet in classroom

• Replace bathroom doors and remodel • Replace door in sup. office and back room • Install new bathroom sinks and counter tops • Replace east side entrance door • Replace heat tape • Window replacement

JAY STADIUM • Replace water heater in stadium concession stand • Bleacher rental for high school football games

SPECIAL EDUCATION • Install swinging door in special ed. room at PRMS

WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY • Install security fence around dumpster

20

0

MERRILL AREA

Antigo

Medford Area

Mosinee

Rhinelander

10TH GRADE RESULTS

JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

HEAD START/EARLY CHILDHOOD

• Misc. roof repairs

• Install storm drain under new asphalt • New asphalt in parking lot • Install new door in classroom

100

KATE GOODRICH ELEMENTARY

80

• Install security fence around dumpster • Repair and upgrade bleachers

60

40

20

0

30

MERRILL AREA

Antigo

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Medford Area

Mosinee

Rhinelander

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SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD

Board members from left to right: Meredith Prebeg, Board Treasurer; William Jaeger; Keith Schmelling, Board Vice President; Jen Seliger, Board Clerk; Jeff Verdoorn, Board President; Loretta Baughan; Brad Kanitz; Lin Kautza; Chuck Bolder

2011-12 DISTRICT CALENDAR September 1 First day of school September 5 Labor Day No School October 4 Staff Development No School October 27-28 No School November 9 Staff Development No School

November 23 Teacher Inservice No School November 24-25 Thanksgiving Recess December 23 Start of winter break January 2 School resumes January 20 Teacher Inservice No School

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March 12 Start of spring break March 19 School resumes March 30 Staff Development No School April 6 Good Friday No School

April 9 Easter Monday No School May 28 Memorial Day No School June 7 Last day of school


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