Approximately 1,000 pieces of art work created by local students will go on display Friday, April 1 in the Kenosha Public Museum’s second floor galleries.
Ceramics, sculptures, acrylics, photography and many other forms of art are represented in the student art exhibit, presented by the Kenosha Unified School District Department of Fine Arts. The exhibit includes works from all of the schools in the Kenosha Unified School District.
The young artists range in age from kindergarteners to high school seniors. There will be an opening reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 1, featuring musical performances by students from district schools.
The exhibit will remain on display through Saturday, April 23.
Dan Tenuta, assistant superintendent of secondary school leadership, reviewed the request at the School Board meeting Tuesday evening.
The Department of Public Instruction is carrying out a four-year project, from Oct. 1, 2010, to Sept. 30, 2014, to improve conditions for learning in the 19 school districts that were selected due to numbers and/or rates of disruptive drug and violence-related incidents. KUSD is one of the 19 school districts selected.
Anderson J. Lattimore, assistant superintendent of educational accountability, reviewed the Open Enrollment Report for the School Board Tuesday night.
Open enrollment is a program in Wisconsin that allows students to apply to attend public school districts other than their residence district.
A total of 119 students are seeking to enter the KUSD; 244 students are applying to leave the district.
Fifty-three of the 119 students are being approved for entry, based on space availability. This was passed unanimously by the board.
People sputtered, spit and spewed my damnation, private and public, and probably wanted to do very bad things to my privates in public, when I wrote a few weeks ago in support of the so-called budget repair bill, and urged the 14 wandering senators to come home.
Now it is done.
But is it really?
Eh, not really …
Reductions in various funding sources for the Kenosha Unified School District — including state and federal funding — and an existing deficit will result in about a $29 million deficit for the 2011-12 school year budget, district officials estimate.
In a press release issued Wednesday, superintendent Michelle Hancock said:
A forum for candidates to the Kenosha Unified School Board will take place on Wednesday, March 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Gateway Technical College, 3520 30th Avenue, in the Center for Bioscience and Information Technology building on the north end of the campus.
The public is invited to attend.
Students teams from Tremper High School, Bradford High School, Indian Trail Academy, Harborside Academy and Wilmot High School competed in the Junior Achievement Challenge regional round held today at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha.
The Wilmot trio of Alexander Houghton, Keith Kaczor and Kaleb Martino prevailed on the business computer simulation program used for the competition.
The winning Wilmot team and the Harborside team of Joe Kiser, Michael Duratinsky and Kendall Vega, which finished second in the top division, will advance to the state competition in Sheboygan. The first place team also won a $500 scholarship for each member.
The policy was approved 5 to 2.
Before the vote, Annie Fredriksson, coordinator of library media and instructional technology, and a team of several other administrators and teachers gave a presentation on the use of mobile devices in the classroom.
“Mobile devices can be disruptive, but they can also contribute to learning,” Fredriksson said.
Kenosha Unified School District classes and activities have bee cancelled for Thursday, Feb. 3, according to the district website.
Superintendent Michele Hancock made a presentation on the district’s revised electronic devices policy. She wanted to address the concerns she’s been hearing about the policy. The presentation was titled, “Are Policies Getting in the Way of Progress?” Major points made during her presentation included:
Two awards were presented at the KUSD Board Meeting tonight:
- The Apple Distinguished School Award was presented to Washington Middle School, as a “21st century learning environment utilizing Apple computers.” The school joins 52 schools nationwide and is one of two schools in Wisconsin to have received the award. They’ve made use of the Apple notebook, iPad and iPod devices in their curriculum. Jan Sinclair, Apple representative, presented the award to principal Nancy Weirick..
- The Outstanding Administrator Award was presented to Johnathan Bardeen, principal of Curtis Strange School. This was presented by the Wisconsin State Reading Association to Bardeen. The award will be officially presented at the WSRA State meeting in February.
A policy on bullying, harassment and hate under development in the Kenosha Unified School District was sent back to committee by the full board earlier this week.
After some discussion on some points the policy was sent back to the Policy Committee.
One of the chief points of contention was raised by board member Pam Stevens. She wanted a change in language from the administration “may take disciplinary action” to will take disciplinary action when it has been determined that a student has participated in bullying.
Superintendent Michele Hancock said every such case is very unique and the more qualified language may be a better fit.
The vote to refer the policy back to committee passed unanimously.
The possibility of putting board comments back on the regular agenda was being pushed by resident Gary Kunich, who repeated his case during citizens comments at Tuesday’s meeting. He contends the board comments were a good way for citizens to get immediate feedback on their concerns when necessary.
Don’t get him wrong. Kunich isn’t trying to incite rudeness against regular folks speaking their minds. But he would like to see the board restore the give and take they used to engage in with residents at meetings.
Kunich is hoping people who agree with his stand will attend Tuesday night’s Schol Board meeting.
Here areKunich’s answers to some questions we asked him about this issue: