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Mrs. Susan Kaphingst
Superintendent

DISTRICT & CHS
530 W Main Street

Chilton, WI 53014
Dstr. Tel #: (920) 849-8109
CHS Tel #: (920) 849-2358

CES & CMS
421 Court Street

Chilton, WI 53014

CES Tel #: (920) 849-9388

CMS Tel #: (920) 849-9152

District Spring Newsletter

2015-01 2015 School District of Chilton Spring Newsletter Introduction

Mar192015

2015-01 2015 School District of Chilton Spring Newsletter Introduction

 

By: Dr. Claire Martin, Superintendent

WELCOME:

Greetings and welcome to the School District of Chilton’s Spring Newsletter! Yes, you heard me right, I did say SPRING Newsletter! Believe it or not, it’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to spring as our winter season of sports and co-curricular activities begins to come to a conclusion.

Several years ago, on the recommendation of the Chilton community, the School District of Chilton started “publishing” its Spring Newsletter in the local newspapers as an efficiency and cost-saving measure. Each spring, we begin a series of articles about the School District of Chilton that’s intended to keep the community informed about their schools. My article, the Superintendent’s, is generally the first one to start off the series. Special thanks goes out to our two local newspaper organizations, The Chilton Times Journal, and the Tri-County News. Their support in this partnership allows this to happen, and we are very grateful for their willingness to publish our work. We hope you find the upcoming 2015 Chilton Spring Newsletter of interest.

HOW DO WE DEFINE A QUALITY K-12 PUBLIC EDUCATION?

During the 2012-2013 school year, the Chilton Board of Education asked this question of the Chilton Administrative Team. It’s a fair question, and one that we were eager to address. We started with reviewing the District’s Mission and Vision Statements that were developed by a team of Chilton community members during the 2007-2008 school year.

Those statements are:

Mission Statement: We, the Chilton Public School District, believe that preparing students to achieve their potential is our highest priority. In partnership, with all members of our community, we are committed to inspiring our students to be life-long learners and responsible, contributing members in a global society.

Vision Statement: Our vision is to:

  • Be an innovative school system recognized for every student’s demonstration of the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing world.
  • Demonstrate continuous improvement through the delivery of a challenging educational program that fosters student achievement, accommodates individual learning styles, and values personal integrity.
  • Develop an interactive partnership between the school district and the community that is mutually beneficial.

While those may sound like lofty statements, quite frankly, they help guide our work and set our priorities when faced with any number of challenges, and conflicting priorities, within the School District of Chilton. While the Mission and Vision Statements help to provide the framework for our definition of a quality K-12 Public Education, we knew we needed more specific, measurable goals in place to measure our progress and hold us accountable, as we work toward fulfilling them. To that end, we have developed District-wide goals and building specific goals. Progress toward these goals is reported annually to the Chilton Board of Education.

Those goals are:

District-wide goals:

  1. First and foremost, a quality education must be delivered by a highly competent and well trained staff at every level of the organization. Following State of Wisconsin mandates, the School District of Chilton has implemented a Teacher Effectiveness Performance Evaluation System. In this system, teachers and administrators are evaluated on 6 performance standards. Their work is frequently observed, and they develop a portfolio of work-related artifacts to demonstrate their proficiency in each of the 6 standards. We are in the second year of implementing this model. While we have learned a great deal, we know there is much more to learn. We are well on our way toward implementing a new, and perhaps more objective method, for assessing the proficiency of our educators.
  2. The District has adopted a District-wide Achievement Goal that states: All schools within the School District of Chilton will Exceed Expectations on the State of Wisconsin School Report Card. Currently, Chilton Elementary and Chilton High School have attained this goal. Chilton Middle School is only points away from achieving it as well. This goal is well within our reach, and we are committed to working toward its attainment.

Chilton High School goals:

  1. Every student at Chilton High School will graduate. We strive for a 100% graduation rate.
  2. Less than 5% of Chilton High School students will be habitual truants.
  3. 60% of Chilton High School students will participate in extra-curricular activities.
  4. All Chilton High School students will be at grade level or above in reading and math achievement.
  5. 50% of Chilton High School graduates will graduate with AP Coursework completion, Articulated/Transcripted Credit, and/or Apprenticeship/Industry Certification.

Chilton Middle School goals:

  1. Less than 5% of Chilton Middle School students will be habitual truants.
  2. 86% of Chilton Middle School students will participate in extra-curricular activities.
  3. All Chilton Middle School students will be at grade level or above in reading and math achievement.

Chilton Elementary School goals:

  1. Less than 5% of Chilton Elementary School students will be habitual truants.
  2. All Chilton Elementary School students will be at grade level or above in reading and math achievement.

We believe that these are ambitious goals, and in order to achieve them a number of fundamental resources must be established. Examples of those resources are: a fair and equitable compensation system that supports the retention of quality, veteran staff while also encouraging new staff members to seek employment with us, a scheduling system at the high school level that promotes and supports a wide variety of educational opportunities for high school students, the continuation of the “middle school concept” at Chilton Middle School which is appropriate and well suited for the developmental needs of middle school students, and equitable class sizes throughout our district – but with special emphasis given to lower class sizes in our elementary program to meet the needs of our youngest learners. These are examples of some of the resources needed to support this work, and we believe they are the foundational building blocks of our quality programming. The School District of Chilton has many resources available to meet the needs of our students, and we continually evaluate programs and resources for their effectiveness, modifying, changing and eliminating those that no longer provide a return on the investment of meeting the needs of our learners.

This framework of belief statements and specific, measurable goals to help reach them, holds us accountable in fulfilling the promise of providing a high quality educational experience for every student in the School District of Chilton. Our work as school district personnel is continually focused on working to achieve the District’s Vision and Mission statements through the identified goals. When all of these pieces are put together, we are confident that they contribute toward a high quality educational experience for every Chilton student. We know that we do this work in partnership with our community, and we are very grateful for the resources that the Chilton community provides in order to make the “delivery” of quality educational programming a reality for Chilton students.

In summary, a quality K-12 educational experience establishes a caring, nurturing and safe environment, within which students can choose from a wide variety of academic and co-curricular activities, that challenge their thinking, expand their vision, and help them discover their gifts as they strive to reach their potential. The goals that we have established for this work, help to measure our progress toward the fulfillment of “delivering” on the promise of a high quality K-12 public education. Clearly, however, as has often been said, “Not everything that counts, can be counted.” There are so many other factors that enter into this great undertaking. Without a doubt, some of those factors include: caring, nurturing staff members, clear communication methods/tools, engaged parents, a supportive community, policies and procedures that support student learning, adequate/appropriate resources, clean, safe and effective facilities, etc……… This list, as you know, can go on and on.

If you’ve read this far – THANK YOU – for hanging in there until the very end! I am very interested in hearing your feedback. How do you think we’re doing? In your opinion, are we delivering a quality K-12 education in the School District of Chilton? What can we do better? What should we consider doing differently? Please feel free to contact me about this topic, or any concern you may have about the Chilton Public Schools. I can be reached at: (920) 849-8109, or at: martinc@chilton.k12.wi.us. I welcome and encourage your thoughtful and constructive input.

I hope you will enjoy the articles to follow in this Spring Newsletter format. They will be written by a variety of school personnel that have expertise on a wide array of topics that affect the Chilton Public Schools. I encourage you to stay informed and join us on our mission of helping every Chilton student achieve their potential.

HAPPY SPRING!

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2014-07 Note from the CHS Athletic Directors

Mar192015

2014-07 Note from the CHS Athletic Directors

 

For the last five months, we have served Chilton High School as the co-interim Athletic Directors.  The process hasn’t always been easy, but it has been extremely rewarding.  From our first two days on the job when school and athletic events were canceled due to the extreme cold, through the spring sports season, we’ve been blessed with the opportunity to see firsthand what makes our school and athletic departments so special.  Our administration, custodial & maintenance staff, secretarial staff, business office, faculty, coaches, and local officials work tirelessly to provide our student athletes with the first class opportunities they deserve.  Much of what they do goes unnoticed, as it had to us prior to this opportunity, but they never stop working to help our kids.  Our student athletes, from the hard work they’ve put in, and the support they’ve shown each other, are the backbone of our programs.  The students and athletes, parents, fans, and everyone previously mentioned are what truly make Chilton a special place to work and live.  To all of these people and the countless others that have supported and helped us during the last 5 months….THANK YOU!

New Conference

The 2015-16 school year will be the first school year for the newly formed Olympian Eastern Wisconsin Conference (EWC).  Approximately every seven years, the WIAA looks at each region of our state, and analyzes school enrollments and travel distances of schools with similar enrollments.  With that information, WIAA modifies the conferences to keep travel distances minimal, and to keep schools in conferences with similar enrollment together.  Chilton, Brillion, Roncalli, and Valders will be leaving the Olympian Conference to join four schools from the Eastern Wisconsin Conference:  New Holstein, Kiel, Sheboygan Falls, and Two Rivers.  The new conference, referred to as the EWC, will be extremely competitive.  Current conference rivals Hilbert, Reedsville, Mishicot, St. Mary Central, Manitowoc Lutheran, and Wrightstown will all be moving to different conferences, as well.

Did You Know

Chilton High School’s sports teams have won 10 conference championships in the last 2 years.

Summer BFS Program

The Bigger Faster Stronger (BFS) training program is a scientifically proven strengthening program for student athletes who are both in and out of season (male and female).  The BFS program focuses on perfect technique while building the athlete’s muscular strength, endurance, foot speed, running speed, agility, power, cardiovascular endurance, self-esteem and injury prevention all while building off of the students natural genetic abilities.  The summer BFS program will be held during summer school hours starting June 9th from 8am- 10am and 10am- noon on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through June 26th.  This program will remain available to anyone who is interested through July 18th.  As mentioned, Chilton High School sports’ teams have accomplished many great things during the past two years.  No matter the sport, having our student athletes participate in a consistent, structured, cohesive program will not only help keep consistency in Chilton athletics, but also help Chilton athletes reach their full potential throughout their high school careers.

By:  Corey Behnke and Mike Arendt

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2014-06 Chilton School District Had Big Incentives to Change

Mar192015

2014-06 Chilton School District Had Big Incentives to Change

 

In the summer of 2012, the Executive Director of the Engler Center for the Performing Arts (ECPA), Russ Rautmann, decided enough was enough with the high cost of operating the lighting systems in the performing arts center. The stage had been lit with 50, 750 watt halogen fixtures, with an additional 15, 1000 watt halogen fixtures to light the rear of the stage. These lights generated a great deal of heat, and were very expensive to burn and maintain. With these lights burning between 1900-2000 hours a year, it was an annual school district expense of $8,600.00 a year in electricity, and an estimated $7,999.00 in bulb, fixture replacement, and labor costs. That's a total operational cost of $16,599.00 for just the stage area. The seating area of the theatre consisted of 109, 250 watt incandescent light bulbs, and 36, 40 watt incandescent light bulbs in the sconce fixtures. These burned over 2000 hours per year. The estimated operational cost for these lights was over $10,000.00 in electricity, bulb, fixture replacement, and labor costs.

There is a large array of theatre lighting out in the market place, so Russ formed a research team comprised of current students, former students, and the ECPA's technical director. The decision was made to go with the latest in LED technology. LED technology that is produced right here in the great state of Wisconsin.

Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) in Middleton Wisconsin was established in 1975, when a few theater-technology students set out to make a better lighting control desk for the stage. They did, and now, many innovative lighting and rigging products later, ETC has grown to over 700 employees worldwide. They are proud to be a leader in the lighting industry, and the School District of Chilton is pleased to be partnering with them for our lighting needs. It has always been about finding a better way – working passionately to improve entertainment technologies in order to bring it to our great Engler Center performances.

Upgrades and retrofits of the magnitude we needed do not come without significant cost. Fortunately, the School District of Chilton has had a long-standing relationship with Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and Focus On Energy. During the 2012/2013 school year, the School District of Chilton was able to meet with WPS and Focus On Energy personnel to discuss taking advantage of grants and incentives that were available to schools and governmental agencies. Through our discussions, we found that if we bundled several projects in the District together, we would qualify for more incentive dollars. So with retrofits to theatre lighting, swimming pool lighting, and special education classroom lighting, along with variable speed frequency drives for the HVAC system, refrigeration upgrades, vending machine controls and a new boiler, the District was able to qualify for $87,836.00 in energy grants and incentives.

Upon completion of these projects, the School District of Chilton will save more than 22 kilowatts of energy demand, while saving more than 196,814 kilowatt-hours of electricity and 2,889 therms. This all sounds very technical, so to simplify the equation, the School District of Chilton will be saving enough energy to power 23 homes for one year! Not only will these upgrades save energy and money for the School District, they also make our schools environmentally-friendly. The annual environmental benefits are equivalent to offsetting 437 barrels of oil from being burned and removing 34 cars from the road. This will eliminate more than 366,984 pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. The School District also anticipates an estimated $82,779 of annual operational cost savings due to these upgrades.

Historically, the School District of Chilton has always researched ways to save money on operational costs. A continued partnership with Focus on Energy and Wisconsin Public Service will ensure that energy saving measures, for the District, will continue well into the future. Focus on Energy and Wisconsin Public Service assist school districts in identifying and evaluating energy saving opportunities. They also offer educational programs designed for school and governmental agencies to save money on their overall energy costs. The School District of Chilton has, and will continue, to take advantage of these educational opportunities and implement what they've learned into the ongoing management plan of the District facilities.

By: Russ Rautmann

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2014-05 School District of Chilton Facilities During the Summer

Mar192015

2014-05 School District of Chilton Facilities During the Summer

 

It is the first week of May and many of us are wondering if a true spring is ever going to arrive! Despite that feeling, those of us in the maintenance and custodial department, at the School District of Chilton, are beginning to plan ahead for the summer. If you were not aware, summers are a busy and bustling time around here!

Our facilities are used extensively during the summer, both by the school and the community. The school runs two different sessions of summer school, an enrichment program in June and a remedial program in August. A Tiger Sports Drills and Skills program is also offered in the afternoons in June. Swim lessons and open swimming are provided throughout the summer, as well as a variety of camps and open gyms. The school staff usually has at least one workshop scheduled at our facility each year, as well as the annual data retreat attended by our administrators and other staff members. In June, we will host both baseball and softball sectionals. Athletic contact days are spread throughout the summer, and the fall sports begin in early August!

During the summer the community will also use our facilities for various events and meetings. We host the annual SeniorFest event in June, and have two weekends of performances by the Calumet County Community Theater in July. CCCT has rehearsals before their production dates, and we host a community day-care program throughout the entire summer.

As you can see, the school district's facilities are a very busy place during the summer! It is great to have our facilities used so much, as they are an integral part of our community and something to be proud of. To keep our facilities looking great and our systems running as they should, a lot of work is scheduled and accomplished each summer by the maintenance and custodial staff. There is a lot of cooperation and coordination involved in trying to accommodate all the building usage, and yet allow for the maintenance and cleaning of the facilities. Everyone works together to accomplish these goals.

Many people ask what the maintenance and custodial staff do during the summer. The students are gone, so what is there to be done? The summer work actually begins before classes are out! The pool is shut down for the last week and a half of classes for pressure washing and other deep cleaning, as well as for yearly maintenance. This year, a lot of the extra preparations for the softball and baseball sectionals will also take place the last week of classes, an early start to the summer work.

The cleaning of the classrooms and halls is not the normal cleaning that occurs during the school year. Each room is cleaned from top to bottom, inside and out. The furniture is cleaned as it is taken out of the rooms, and then the room is washed and dusted from the top down, ceiling to the floor. Once that is done, the floor is taken care of. If there is carpeting, a deep clean extraction is done. If it is a tile floor, it is scrubbed with an abrasive pad and then receives three coats of finish. If a tile floor is at a condition that the old finish needs to be stripped off before new finish is applied, that is done and five coats of finish are applied. The halls are cleaned from top to bottom also. Those floors are cared for the same as the classrooms. Each locker in the district is thoroughly cleaned and the hardware is all checked. The hinges are all lubricated.

The cleaning in the specialty areas presents extra challenges because of tall ceilings, equipment that is there, area configuration, floor surface type, etc... Some of these areas include the gyms, the High School commons, the Engler Center, the athletic locker rooms, fitness and weight room, science rooms, etc... Most of these also tend to be high-use areas during the summer and require extra co-ordination with the various groups to schedule time for cleaning and maintenance.

Maintenance tasks that requires more labor, and/or larger blocks of time, are scheduled during the summer. This includes regular 'summer' maintenance as well as several 'one time' projects that we usually take on each year. There is some maintenance, both routine and preventative that can only be done when the students are not present because of the amount of time needed and the access needed to their areas. There is always grounds work to be done, general mowing/trimming, tree and shrub trimming, taking care of weeds in the sidewalks, aerating athletic fields and playgrounds, adding bark to the playgrounds, etc.... Some of the other routine maintenance includes sealing the dugout roofs and the Morrissey field bleachers, marking parking lots, lubricating lockers and gym bleachers, etc... Daily, the cleaning crew will generate a list of minor repairs that they come across while cleaning. These are taken care of, along with the lists that the teaching staff submits to the building principal, as part of their end of year wrap up.

Each summer, we break down the boilers and clean them. We also clean the coils in the chillers, the bubblers, cabinet heaters and thermostats. This increases the life expectancy of this equipment, as well as saves energy dollars since they run more efficiently. We also routinely wash and service the grounds and cleaning equipment that we are using during the summer to keep it working in top condition, and to minimize breakdowns.

Of course, there are some areas that need to be cleaned and maintained either daily or weekly during the summer. These would include the office areas, bathrooms, pool deck and locker rooms, and any areas that activities are currently going on – and there is usually a lot going on!

I have only touched on a part of what goes on in the school facilities during the summer, but as you can see, there is a lot of activity. Between the people using the facilities for various events, and the maintenance and custodians hustling about their jobs, the School District of Chilton is a hopping place during the summer! So the next time you are asked or wonder about what goes on here during the summer, you can honestly say, "Plenty!"

By: Dan Kopf

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2014-04 Chilton Public Schools – A Great Education at a Low Cost

Mar192015

2014-04 Chilton Public Schools – A Great Education at a Low Cost

 

For the past year, Dr. Martin, Chilton Superintendent, and Mrs. Lau, Chilton Business Manager, have been inviting community members to participate in “Investing in Wisconsin Public Schools,” a tabletop exercise to learn more about how public schools are financed.  One of the most frequent questions asked during our discussions was, “How does Chilton’s spending compare with other schools and are we getting the best ‘Bang for the Buck’?” The participants were pleasantly surprised by the answer.  They were also surprised at the large disparity in these costs from school districts across the state.

The five year trend data from the ACT College Admissions test show that Chilton exceeds the state average in test scores while the 2011-2012 data (most current available) attained from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Current Education costs (direct instructional costs) are below the state average.  This provides a positive answer to the “bang for the buck” question.  Chilton students preparing for graduation and college entrance score above the state average; while the District’s direct instructional costs are below the state average.  The charts below illustrate this conclusion.  Though not the lowest spending district for current educational costs, Chilton is 6% below the state average and less than half the cost of the highest spending district in the state.

Cost Per Pupil (2011-2012 Department of Public Instruction Data)

 

Chilton

State Avg

Lowest+

Highest*

Admin and Operation

$2,328

$2,687

$1,855

$9,038

Pupil and Staff Services

$1,469

$1,080

$860

$1,741

Instruction

$6,085

$6,748

$5,499

$10,924

Current Education

$9,883

$10,515

$8,213

$21,702

Facilities

$2,216

$788

$892

$535

Transportation

$441

$499

$413

$1,614

Total Education

$12,540

$11,802

$9,518

$23,851

Food & Comm. Serv.

$566

$573

$594

$1,959

Total Cost

$13,106

$12,375

$10,112

$25,810

+ Hudson
* North Lakeland, Manitowish Waters

ACT Five Year Trends – Percent of Students Who Met College Readiness Benchmarks

 

 

Year

Number of

Students Tested

School          State

Percent Who Met Benchmarks

English          Mathematics        Reading             Science              Met All Four

School   State    School   State    School   State    School   State      School   State

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

79            46,658

81            47,755

69            47,693

53            47,588

63            46,574

75          77

80          75

83          75

79          75

84          75

57          53

63          53

49          54

53          54

68          54

58           62

73           60

57           60

57           59

54           53

34           37

47           38

38           39

36           38

59           47

28           30

40           31

30           32

32           31

43           33

ACT Five Year Trends – Average Scores

 

 

Year

Number of

Students Tested

School          State

Average ACT Scores

English          Mathematics        Reading             Science               Composite

School   State    School  State     School   State     School   State      School   State

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

79            46,658

81            47,755

69            47,693

53            47,588

63            46,574

20.8    21.7

22.2    21.5

21.7    21.6

21.3    21.5

22.5    21.5

22.4    22.2

22.8    22.0

21.7    22.1

22.3    22.0

23.4    22.0

21.9     22.6

24.1     22.3

22.1     22.2

22.4     22.1

22.7     22.3

22.1     22.3

23.3     22.2

22.0     22.3

21.8     22.1

23.6     22.2

21.9     22.3

23.2     22.1

22.0     22.2

22.1     22.1

23.2     22.1

The one area Chilton exceeds the state average cost is in the facilities category which are the expenses associated with the debt repayment for construction.  The High School building and pool were built in 2003, so the data provided above is eight years into a 20 year debt.  Though the district has refinanced this debt twice for an estimated savings to the taxpayer of $990,000, this debt will continue for another 12 years.  It will be a number of years before this category drops to a level similar to that of the state average.

If you are interested in learning more about how public schools are financed, please contact Lisa M. Lau, Business Manager, at laul@chilton.k12.wi.us or 849-7199.

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