Talk Sup’t. - JoAnn Blog 1/7/2011
FACT FINDING REPORT
On Wednesday, January 19, 2010 the Administration met with the West Bloomfield Education Association (WBEA) the Union that represents the Teachers of the district, for nearly 4 hours. We will resume these discussions on February 1, 2011 with a mediator present. The District never loses sight of its purpose of providing a quality education for each child in every one of our buildings. .
You may read the Fact Finder’s entire report at http://www.westbloomfield.k12.mi.us/files/filesystem/FactFindersReport.pdf
The Board of Educaion and I have been visiting schools on our traditional Walk-Thru’s and are very pleased at the use of technology at the elementary and middle school levels. Teachers are integrating technology in a natural way in the classrooms by providing easy access to Promethean boards for the students. All of our students at the high school and middle school levels are prepping for exams which will take place Monday through Thursday of next week, with no school on Friday, January 28.
West Bloomfield School District is holding Kindergarten Roundup beginning today for eligible children who will be five years old by December 1, 2011, for the 2011-2012 school year. This information is posted on the home page of our website at www.wbsd.org.
For Green, Doherty, and Ealy, call the schools listed to schedule your appointment.
Roosevelt and Gretchko, please come at the designated time with your child.
a. Your child’s certified birth certificate
b. Three Proofs of Residency
i. Deed or signed lease/rental agreement AND
ii. Two other proofs of residency, i.e gas and electric bill, with your name and address
c. Your child’s immunization records and vision screening
Roundup dates and times for individual schools:
Friday, January 21, 2011: (held today)
Green Elementary - Katherine Sheiko, Principal
8:35 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:15 pm
Call 248-865-6370 to schedule your appointment with your child.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011:
Doherty Elementary - Susan Crocker, Principal
9:30 am, 10:45 am,1:00 pm, 2:15 pm
Call 248-865-6020 to schedule your appointment with your child.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011:
Roosevelt Elementary - Dr. Beth Feiten, Principal
Call 248-865-6620 for more information.
All parents and children come at 7:00 pm.
Thursday, January 27, 2011:
Ealy Elementary - Roderick MacNeal, Jr., Principal
8:35 am, 10:00 am,12:00 pm, 1:15 pm
Call 248-865-6210 to schedule your appointment with your child.
Thursday, January 27, 2011:
Gretchko Elementary - Sally Drummond, Principal
All parents and children come at 5:30 pm.
UNITED WE WALK
The 17th Annual United We Walk Celebration took place on Sunday, January 16. The program celebrating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. promoted the theme “United We Remember and Move Forward”. Judge Denise Langford Morris was our Keynote Speaker and she spoke eloquently about how we got to this point and where we go from here. Judge Morris presented a slideshow during her speech that depicted some provocative and emotional photos of scenes which served to help us understand social injustice and King’s desire to help create an integrated and unified America.
Dr. Robert Martin led the audience in an inspiring rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, accompanied by Principal Blake Prewitt on the piano. Co-Chairs Brian Flaggs, Pastor Bill Matlack, Eleanor Squaire-Spears, along with students Alyxis Flaggs, Erin Lasenby and David Kakos and the entire United We Walk Committee did a magnificent job of creating an interesting, dramatic, entertaining and inspiring program. Special thank to the Township and the West Bloomfield Police Department for supporting this event.
VOICES OF TRIUMPH
Orchard Lake Middle School Theater and Choir students performed last night at the “Voices of Triumph” in the OLMS cafeteria. This tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King was a beautiful evening concert of poetry and song .
BEYOND INTERNET SAFETY
The January 19 PCN Meeting at the West Bloomfield High School Auditorium, was a phenomenal presentation of Beyond Internet Safety. Parent and attorney Frank Hoffman, Len Feller from the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Shaindle Braunstein, Director of Hermelin ORT, Gary Weisserman, Head of School at Oakland Early College, West Bloomfield Police Department officer Chuck Mendham, and our Director of Technology, Dr. Neil Currie discussed Cyber Bullying, Protecting your Privacy and Identity, Sexting, and Living in a web 2.0 World. The comments from those parents who attended were all positive, while several called it ‘eye opening’. This is an important topic in today’s world as we all try to protect our children. If you were not able to make it to the meeting, we have posted two of the presentations at the top of the home page of our website for your viewing. See Beyond Internet Safety and Child Safety.