Monday, November 28, 2016

Winter Has Begun

Winter has finally started to show up a bit for us. Some of you may be excited, others not so much. What it means for myself…making the decision if we are going to have “10:00 am Start” or “No School”.  As we all know, our district is large, and the weather can be completely opposite from one corner to the next.  I want to let you all know that I take this responsibility very seriously, and always have the safety of your children in mind.  When the weather is going to be questionable I am out early driving the roads myself to help make the decision.  I also communicate with law enforcement, highway crews, and county residents.  I know that my decision will not always be agreed upon with everyone.  Please keep in mind that I will never question your decision to keep your children home if you feel that roads are not ideal in your area.  All we ask is that you call the school and let us know if your children will be running late or not coming in. We want to be sure that all students are accounted for.  Please communicate with the school if you are not receiving any of the school messages.  School closings and late starts will come to the phone numbers your provided at the beginning of the year.
Congratulations to our fall activities on great seasons.  Oral Interp is finishing their season with State December 2nd and 3rd. Winter activities are now underway for everyone, our mid-term has just passed, and before you know it we will be at the end of the first semester and on Christmas Break.  Important dates:
-          K-12 Christmas Concert on December 6th @ 6:30pm
-          2:30 dismissal on December 22nd for Christmas Break 
-          Teacher In-Service on January 3rd
-          School resumes on January 4th
Reminder that I am still collecting survey responses on our District Perception Survey. Please contact me if you would be willing complete one of these. Thank you to all of you have responded thus far. 
Thank you again for all of the support that this community gives our students and staff.  Don’t forget that I am always willing to talk with you if you have questions. Please feel free to set up a time to meet or call the school sometime.  Happy Holidays to everyone!

Yours in Education,

Derek Barrios

Superintendent/Elementary Principal

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Community Involvement and Local History

Last week our 3rd grade class took a little stroll to the Faulkton Senior Living to perform their Halloween readers' theater scripts. Mrs. Haberling uses readers theater with the 3rd grade to work on fluency and reading with expression. This is one of many ways that our teachers do something a little different than just the "classroom".  Not only are these students learning content standards, but also valuable life skills as well. Well done 3rd grade!

Mrs. Geditz and the 4th grade class take a walk to the Pickler Mansion every year. The students get a tour and get to learn about some valuable local history as well. Mrs. Moritz was gracious enough to give the tour. Not long after the tour Mrs. Moritz visited the 3rd grade classroom as well to share some Faulkton history with the students.