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Prepare Each Student to Be Successful In This Issue School Board Hires Interim Superintendent •

School Board Hires Interim Superintendent

Teacher Appreciation Week

District to Switch to Gmail 2015-2016

Message from the Board President

New School Board Members

Administrative Staff Announcements Roosevelt , SPASH

Board Policy Updates

Insurance Open Enrollment

Project Graduation

May 2015

Lee Bush, Ed.D. has been hired to serve as the Interim Superintendent for the 1516 school year. Dr. Bush has lived and worked in schools off and on in Wisconsin for twenty years. He has also worked in districts in Florida and Oregon. Of the opportunity, Bush says, “I look forward to serving the Stevens Point and surrounding communities as the interim superintendent in the upcoming school year. Having lived and worked in schools and communities in Lee Bush, Ed.D. Wisconsin, I know that the Stevens Point Stevens Point Area Public School District Area Public School District has been one of Wisconsin’s most successful districts, whether for its academic achievement, extra-curricular successes, or producing outstanding model citizens. This could only have been accomplished by having a dedicated teaching and support staff, “Even though the term accomplished administrators, support from parents, and partnerships with the “interim” is in my title, in community. I hope to bring everyone no way do I consider my together, under the leadership of the board, to continue this strong tradition of success.” job temporary. In the year Introducing... 15-16 Interim Superintendent

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In his 38 year educational career, he has been a teacher for emotionally challenged daily energy will be focused students and a 5th grade teacher in on all of the expectations Boscobel and Wauzeka, Wisconsin; a 4th that would be required of a grade teacher and elementary principal in Naples, Florida; middle and high school permanent superintendent, assistant principal, athletic director, and and I look forward to this elementary principal in Osseo, Wisconsin; and superintendent for four districts opportunity.” ranging from 300 to 3,000 students in La Farge and Winter, Wisconsin, Cape Coral, Florida, and Brookings, Oregon. Lee lives with his wife of 30 years, Faye, and they have four children: a son near Napa, California with two grandchildren there; two daughters living south of Madison with six grandchildren; a son in Eau Claire and a son in Oakland.

Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-8 We’re celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week on social media! Thank you to those who participated for our snippets featuring staff members and the students they impact everyday. You can be involved too! Use the hashtag #SPTeachersRock on facebook or twitter and we’ll repost to our followers! Enjoy reading the student quotes and learning a bit about your fellow staff members, there are a few on the next pages with more to follow online this week.


Happy Appreciation Week!

“We are working with Mr. Mlsna to write a grant so we can build a computer for one of our classmates. He is extremely helpful and encouraging and respectful. He never has a bad attitude. The world is becoming very technological, knowing more about technology will help us go far in life.” Jeff Mlsna Technology Integration Specialist

“Mrs. Salienko makes it nice to come to school. I give her flowers because she makes me feel special.” Karen Salienko Kindergarten, Jefferson Elementary

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“We are learning about geometry, angles, shapes, parallelograms, rhombus, trapezoids and squares. I like learning when we do hands on projects and Mr. Chandonais makes it fun.”

Jeff Chandonais 3rd Grade Teacher, McDill Elementary Katie Wanta Physical Education, Ben Franklin JH

“After taking Mr. Hoppe’s AP US History class my sophomore year, I re-arranged my class schedule so I could take his AP Government courses junior and senior year as well. He pours his heart and soul into his work and shares his passion for social studies every day. Mr. Hoppe has been the most influential teacher in my life and a mentor to me throughout high school by pushing me to achieve my goals.”

“She’s my hero - seriously. She is a fun and energetic person and great teacher. She understands us and really cares about our health and our lives.”

Dan Hoppe Social Studies, SPASH

DPI Proclaims May 4 - 8 School Nutrition Employee Week in honor of the employees who provide “nutritious, well-balanced, reasonably-priced meals to more than 500,000 Wisconsin school children each day.” View the Proclamation Here

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District Transition From Outlook to Gmail Technology Services announced an important change occurring with District email, calendar and scheduling tools. On July 30, 2015 the District will be changing from Microsoft Outlook to Gmail. This will affect how you send and receive email, contact lists and your digital calendar used for scheduling meetings and appointments. The change was needed due to the age of the current email system. The District Technology Steering Committee reviewed the best available options and recommended this change. There was broad consensus that Gmail offers the best service and functionality for all staff and students in the District. We know that you will have many questions in the coming months. A frequently asked questions document (FAQ) and website with addition resources and information have been prepared to help answer most questions or concerns. • Click here for the FAQ • Click here to view the website Optional training sessions will be offered for staff on May 11, 12, 20 and 28. These training sessions are open to all employees. Click here to register online. Additional trainings will be held during the summer and all District clerical staff will have training included as part of their in-service next fall. We are very excited about this change and believe it will improve our internal communication and collaboration. Feel free to contact Brian Casey, your building level TIS, or building technician, if you have any questions or concerns.

Congratulations to Destination Imagination Teams

Congratulations to the twelve Destination Imagination Teams that competed in this year’s Destination Imagination competitions at the regional level. The District had 2 Middle Level teams(6-8th grade), 1 Senior Level team(9th-12th) grade, and 9 Elementary Level teams(K-5th). Of the 12 teams that competed, 7 moved on to the state level including; Jefferson Improv(Elementary Level Improv), McDill Improv(Elementary Level Improv), Washington Scientific(Elementary Level Scientific Challenge), Middle Level Feary Tales( Middle Level Fine Arts Challenge - kids from Ben Franklin and McKinley), Roosevelt Fine Arts(Elementary Fine Arts Challenge) PJ Jacobs High School Level (Senior Level Team in the Structural Challenge) Middle Level Loose to Win (Middle Level Team in the Structural Challenge- kids from various elementary schools and the junior highs). Special congratulations to the McKinley Fine Arts Team, for receiving the Renaissance Award which is awarded for Oustanding Design, Engineering, Execution and Performance. 04| May 2015 | SPAPSD District Newsletter

Congratulations New Principals The School Board approved the hiring of two principal candidates. Kelly Snyder-Chase, was approved as the Roosevelt Elementary Principal and Jon Vollendorf, Ed.D., was Introducing... approved as the Stevens Point Area Senior High School Principal. Snyder-Chase has been an employee of Stevens Point Area Public School District since 2008 and is currently the District’s Response to Intervention (RtI) Coordinator. Previously held positions include elementary and junior high school reading teacher (SPAPSD), and fifth and sixth grade teacher (MPS). She has extensive knowledge and experience within the District leading literacy initiatives, Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) implementation, and is a demonstrated instructional leader. Snyder-Chase looks forward to including students, teachers, staff, parents and the greater community in a school community which fosters an environment where diverse learners can meet and exceed the high expectations we hold for them.

Kelly Snyder-Chase Principal, Roosevelt

Stevens Point Area Public School District

Introducing... Vollendorf has been an employee of the Stevens Point Area Public School District since 1995 and is currently the Principal at P.J. Jacobs Junior High School. Previously held positions include Dean of Students, SPASH Assistant Principal, and Director of Secondary Education. Prior to his work in administration, Vollendorf served as a high school English teacher and coach in both the Stevens Point and Shawano Public School Districts. Vollendorf stated, “It is a privilege and great responsibility to be the principal at SPASH. SPASH always has been – and always will be – a special school. I am very thankful for the Jon R. Vollendorf, Ed.D. opportunity to lead such a phenomenal group of students and staff into the future.” SPASH Principal Stevens Point Area Public School District

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Message From the Board President

Board of Education

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as your newest Meg Erler, President School Board President. My full name is Margaret Cain Erler but I Jeff Ebel, Vice President much prefer Meg. I was born in Madison, WI. Christina Scott, Clerk Except for a short freshman year at University of Patricia Baker, Treasurer La Crosse, I lived in that wonderful community my entire childhood, graduating from UW Angel Faxon, Member Madison with a BS in Social Work in 1980. After Sam Levin, Member graduating, I moved to Minneapolis to attend Judy Rannow, Member Law School at the University of Minnesota. After Kim Shirek, Member my first year, I focused in on Labor Law and received my JD in 1983. I met my husband, Ken, Lisa Totten, Member in Law School and we married and settled in the Milwaukee suburb of Shorewood in 1985. We just celebrated our 30th Anniversary last week! We moved to Plover in August of 1988, when our first child was 6 months old, after Ken was offered a Welcome New Board Members position in the Legal Department at Sentry Insurance (he still works for Sentry Insurance)! I indefinitely retired from the practice of law at that time and have devoted much of the past 27 years to raising our 4 children (Andy, Mary, Emily and Jake). Jake, our youngest, will graduate from SPASH next month! I have had a varied career path since moving to Plover. Some of my experiences include serving as the President of the Village of Plover for 4 years, serving as a Supervisor on the Portage County Board for 3 years, teaching as an adjunct professor at MSTC for 2 years, and working in various aspects of Development/Fund Raising at the Stevens Point Area Catholic Schools and the UWSP Foundation. I am very thankful that we have been able to raise our children here and believe strongly in giving back to the community that has given so much to our family. I have been a volunteer for many years with a number of local charitable organizations, including serving on the Boards of United Way, the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, St. Michaels Hospital, and the Legal Aid Society of Portage County. I currently am actively involved with the Legal Aid Society, Operation Bootstrap, and the Portage County Right From The Start Coalition. In my leisure time, I like to read, walk, and spend time with family and friends. And, for one week-end each year, I love to play Trivia (in case you’re wondering, our team captured 6th place this year). I look forward to meeting those of you I haven’t already met during the next three years. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your ongoing commitment to our students. You generously share your time, talent, and treasure each day to help achieve our District Mission of preparing each student to be successful. You touch the lives of our next great generation. You are the backbone of our School District and of our community. With Sincere Gratitude, Meg Erler

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Samuel Levin Term: 2015-2018

Judy Rannow Term: 2015-2018

Angel Faxon Term: 2015-2016

April 13, 2015 BOE Recognitions

The board recognized McKinley Elementary School’s Kevin Hopp, who was selected by students Jackie Brenton, Nick Frystak, Eric Rhoda and Taylor Varner for the Staff/Student Recognition Award (above left). Mark Vrieze (above right), technology education teacher at Ben Franklin Junior High was recognized for receiving the Wisconsin Technology Education Association Award of Excellence.

Carrie Vrieze, science teacher at Ben Franklin Junior High and Robert Hintz, student at Ben Franklin Junior High (above left) were recognized for their collaboration with Stanford University in developing a microscope curriculum for students in developing countries. Brenda Varga (above right) was recognized by the School Board and Director of Food Service, Lori Epstein, for her outstanding service to students and the District.

Joyce Fuehrer-Mancl and Jackie Zuelke-Karch (above left) District Speech and Language Pathologists, were recognized for receiving the Friends of Communicative Disorders Award. The Smongeski Health Fund with John Moe (above right) were recognized as a Community Partner for their collaboration with the District in providing much needed health related treatment and prevention for less fortunate students in our District and throughout Portage County.

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April 27, 2015 BOE Recognitions

Thank you to McKinley Elementary students (above left) for leading the pledge at the April 27, 2015 School Board Meeting. The board recognized the SPASH Boys Basketball team (above center) for their accomplishment as the 2015 WIAA Division 1 State Champions. Coach Scott Anderson (above right) received special recognition for being named as the 2015 AP Coach of the Year for Wisconsin. The Portage County Cultural Festival (below left) and Central City Credit Union, SPASH location (below right) both received the District, Community Partner Award.

The District recognized Victoria Erdmann (above left) for winning her division in an essay contest sponsored by the Fleet Reserve. Students Sabrina Tang and Kathryn Pfeiffer were recognized with their teacher, Bonnie Helbach (above center) for taking 4th place at the state Battle of the Books competition. Brittany Ackerlund (above right), teacher with the District, was recognized for being chosen by the Wisconsin Association of Colleges as an Early Career Education/Pre-Service Educator Mentor recipient for 2015.

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Students Suzanna Viau and Rachel Kawleski (top left) were recognized for their participation in the Optimist U18 Curling Championship. Student, Kyler Freimann (bottom left) was recognized for being chosen as the Boys and Girls Club of Portage County Youth of the Year. Sadie Kolodziej (not shown) was recognized for her participation in YMCA Advocacy days in Washington D.C.

Project Graduation Graduation is quickly approaction and this event needs your help! CLICK HERE to learn more about Project Graduation. CLICK HERE to volunteer to work this special event. Tax deductible donations are still being collected.

2015-2016 Benefit Open Enrollment The Open Enrollment period for 2015-2016 will take place May 1 - May 31, 2015. Please log onto your ERMA account to access the online enrollment form. All benefit eligible employees are asked to complete the online form regardless of making changes or leaving benefits as is (even if you aren’t changing plans or eligible for some benefits, please complete the form). Open Enrollment information is available 24/7 online by clicking here. This information contains a variety of resources for you to learn more about the excellent benefits available to you in 2015-2016. Your current coverage can be found under the deduction summary of your paycheck. Similar to previous years, our annual open enrollment allows eligible employees the opportunity to: • select and move from their current plan to a different available plan; • increase/decrease their current single or family coverage elections; or • become newly enrolled. Please remember that our focus on your health and well-being allows the District to continue to minimize premium costs and offer excellent benefits. If you switch plans effective July 1, 2015 Security Health Plan will be applying your deductible expenses that have been met the first half of the year from January 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015 to the second half of the year. If, after reviewing the materials online, you have questions related to Open Enrollment, please contact Kim Hass, District Benefits Specialist.

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Policy Updates

Upcoming Dates May 11 - School Board Meeting May 13 - Early Release Professional Development Day May 16 - Tiger Trek May 18 - School Board Meeting May 21 - Charles. F. Fernandez Commencement May 24 - SPASH Commencement

Policies updated at the April 13 School Board meeting with a brief description of changes can be found below;

• 371 Student Organizations/Clubs (Replace) Revisions included references to newly revised 411, and edits. • 511 Exhibit A, Notice of Employment Nondiscrimination Policy (Replace) Revisions reflect changes made to policy 511 in March and updated legal information and references. • 535.2 Job Sharing for Teachers (Replace) Revisions included elimination language reflecting union contracts, stricter criteria, explicit involvement by principals and directions. Changes were also made to the RULE section for greater District flexibility. • 536 Reduction in Force (RIF) Teachers (Deleted) Policy was deleted as employee contracts for anything other than base wage negotiation no longer exist rendering the policy moot.

May 25 - Memorial Day

All School Board Policies are available online at

STEVENS POINT/PORTAGE COUNTY ECYCLE DRIVE a county-wide electronic recycling drive fundraiser located in the Ben Franklin Junior High Parking Lot

Saturday, May 16, 2015 8:00 am - Noon

Sponsored by Ben Franklin Jr. High Science Club, ODC, Express Recycling and Brian’s Scrap.

In addition to the other items we have taken in the past, we are now accepting refrigerators, washers, dryers, stoves and dishwashers. Special Situation Pick-Up (SSPU) is a new service we are offering this Spring at the Ecycle Drive. Click here to register.

Bliss Educational Services Center Administration Attila J. Weninger, Ph.D.



Kehl Arnson, Ed.D.

Director of Secondary Education


Brian Casey, Ed.D.

Director of Technology


Florence Haley, SPHR, IPMA-HR CP

Director of Human Resources


David Lockett

Director of Elementary Education


Greg Nyen

Director of Student Services


Tom Owens, Ph.D.

Director of Business Services


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