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Verona student wrote essay about killing staff, student

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

Verona student wrote essay about killing staff, student:

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Beloit Teacher Makes Music Videos to Teach Students

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 30, 2013 by chasinthenews


Very cool.  It’s nice to see a teacher trying some thing new to engage students.   Good for him.


Beloit Teacher Makes Music Videos to Teach Students.


Melissa reports on the board meeting from last night.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on July 25, 2013 by chasinthenews



I have to agree with her there sure was a lot of information on sports ( re-assigning of coaches and pay) a lot of nonsense about sports.    She’s right it says a lot about their lack of priorities.     I do have to wonder why the issue with the music program at the Junior High?

Frankly I do not think music or art should be required classes after grade school.   It is just silly to make kids take art if they are not interested.   Offer it, but do not make it a requirement.


Thank you Melissa.   Good to see you back.

Mandatory after school home work time at the J.C. Mckenna ???? Who is responsible?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on May 6, 2013 by chasinthenews



A couple weeks ago I and other 8 th grade parents received a email from Mr.Flaherty .  Principal at J.C.Mckenna middle school.     He stated in this email if your child had home work that was not done they from now on would be required to stay after school on Thursday nights and do their home work.

Really?   Over stepping just a bit there Mr.Flaherty?     Evidently the 6th and 7 th graders have lived with this all year.

The fact is Mr.Flaherty did over step.   He does not have the authority to order such a thing.  Because quite frankly SCHOOL HOURS are spelled/printed very clearly in the hand book .  Students are required to be there during those hours.   HOW EVER NOT doing your home work in not a  PUNISHABLE OFFENSE.    ITS NOT UP to MR.Flaherty to make sure kids do their  home work.

IN FACT more and more teachers are telling students at the JUNIOR HIGH and the HIGH SCHOOL that home work really does not count for any thing.    Some teachers do not even put a grade on home work at the high school ,  SO WHY should students put the time and effort in if they get nothing for it.  KIDS need to see some thing for their effort even if its minimal.  The fact that home work helps them prepare for tests and helps them to remember things does not compute with most of these kids.


But what it really comes down to is parents are not making sure their kids are doing their home work.    That does not give Mr.Flaherty the right to step in,  but where are these parents?

So there is blame to go around parents need to be tracking their kid’s school obligations better and teachers need to stop telling students home work does not count.  It all counts.


Really this just shows how desperate the teachers and Mr.Flaherty are at the Junior High.  Because according to over 60% of the NCLB,/Common core results these students are not showing yearly gains or scoring at advanced or proficient.   This is not on the parents.   This is because of no   game plan by administration.   They are failing.



****  I have talked with several of the parents of 8th graders my son’s friends.  NO one has gotten a call about their child staying after on Thursday nights.   So either my son and all his friends do their home work or this is all just b.S.  by the Junior High.    The way it was explained to me it falls on each teacher to have the child stay, and guess what these teachers do not want to put in the time any more than the students do.

Teachers Cheat, Too! | TEACHERSCOUNT BLOG

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 25, 2013 by chasinthenews

Several days ago TeachersCount Blog did a story on the rise in students cheating.   Well some students have always cheated since the beginning of actual schools. There are always going to be those who cheat.

So I asked a question to them on their blog ~~~~What about when teacher’s cheat?   As in the last few years we are hearing more and more about teacher’s cheating to raise test scores and make them selves and their school look better.~~~


So I was very impressed that they took the time to address this issue.


Regardless of who is doing the cheating its not acceptable on either side.   But we expect better from adults.



Teachers Cheat, Too! | TEACHERSCOUNT BLOG.


The amount of Evansville’s students who tested at proficient or advanced not so hot…no surprise.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2013 by chasinthenews

The state average of students who tested at proficient or advanced was 36.1 %.    Average scored only 40.4 % of Evansville’s students tested at proficient or advanced on the  W.K.C.E. testing, or what ever they call it now.     Evansville scored only 40.4%   at proficient or advanced.   These numbers come straight from the Wisconsin Department of public instruction.    Those numbers suck.    WE do not even have  half our students at proficient  or advanced.    Not even half.

That really is horrible and nothing to be proud of .     These teacher and administration should be embarrassed.  They are leaving a lot of kids behind.

Year after year of poor test scores.    Year after year of kids getting left behind.


Teacher’s Count Blog

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 20, 2013 by chasinthenews


I have found this blog and from time to time re-blog stories from their site.   It is a very good site and they have very interesting, informative posts.



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