Platteville Public Schools

4K CRUISE NIGHT!!

4K Cruise NIght

4K students were invited to Neal Wilkins for Cruise Night!

They brought their "car" and drove thru the obstacles in the gym!

They had activities in every 4K classroom

and even a "drive in" movie!

To see more pictures go to our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Neal-Wilkins-Early-Learning-Center-1830786847167285/posts/?ref=page_internal

 

State Solo/Ensemble April 29

State Solo/Ensemble April 29

Platteville High School State/Solo Ensemble participants will perform 39 events on April 29 at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

 

Cantorum Performed at State Capitol

PHS Cantorum Performed at State Capitol

The Platteville High School Cantorum performed at the State Capitol on March 28 for Music In Our Schools Month.  Photo provided by the office of Rep. Travis Tranel.

 

Best in Music Education Times Three!

Platteville School District has earned the 2017 Best Community for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation.  This is the third consecutive year Platteville has achieved this designation. There will be an Award Ceremony Monday, June 5 at 5:30 PM in the PHS South Gym.

 

Math and Reading Night

Math and Reading Night

Our 4k-4th grade Math and Reading Night will take place May 2nd from 5:30 to 7pm at Westview Elementary. There will be various activities throughout the building, including author sharing, arts and crafts, and games.  

A silent auction will feature items from local businesses and families (list of items to bid on). The proceeds will be used to purchase alternate seating for students to learn in the best way possible.  Come and enjoy a great night!

 

Wig Contest?!

Wig Contest?!

Members of the Literary Magazine held a fundraiser to purchase furniture for the PHS library.  Because more than $100 was collected, three staff members sported a wig for a day.

Mr. Ed Wiegman came in first with $55.00; Mr. Sponsler placed second with $40.24; and Mr. Ludlum placed third with $32.74.  Grand total:  $128.08 

 

Science is Important

Science is Important

Our elementary schools know the value of Science. We believe through hands on learning experiences where students collaborate and problem solve, we are creating tomorrow's leaders. Click on this link to see a video our 4th graders made to share.     Science is Important

 

Lost and Found

Please check out our Lost and Found area in the entryway of the building. Many items are there and we want them to return to owners. 

 

FCCLA Members Attend Conference

FCCLA Members Attend Leadership Conference

Eight members of the Platteville FCCLA Chapter, along with their advisor Diane Hoppe, attended the State Leadership Conference in Wisconsin Dells, April 3-5.

 

Animal House!

Animal House!

John Peterson visited kindergarten today with some creepy crawly friends! Check out our album on Facebook for some fun pics!

 

The Diverse Reader's Workshop for Kindergarten

Diverse Readers Workshop for Kindergarten

The purpose of the Diverse Reader's Workshop is to give our students a chance to experience cultures from around the world through language. Understanding that many people speak different languages is the first step in accepting and understanding others.  Plus, learning new words in a different language is fun and engaging!  This year our Diverse Reader's Workshops will consist of community members, partnering with us to bring their language and culture to life through song, dance and/or other hands-on activities.  We will explore a variety of languages starting with Chinese and then moving on to Spanish, German, Arabic, and French, not necessarily in that order. 

This month it was Arabic!

 

First and Third Grade Concerts

Upcoming Concerts

Our first grade concert takes place on April 25th . The third graders will perform on April 27th. Both concerts take place from 7pm to 8pm at Platteville High School.

 

Math and Reading Night

Math and Reading Night

Our 4k-4th grade Math and Reading Night will take place May 2nd from 5:30 to 7pm at Westview Elementary. There will be various activities throughout the building, including author sharing, arts and crafts, and games.  

A silent auction will feature items from local businesses and families (list of items to bid on). The proceeds will be used to purchase alternate seating for students to learn in the best way possible.  Come and enjoy a great night!

 

READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY

Dr Seuss' Day

Fun activities were planned along with Silly Sock Day at Neal Wilkins for Dr Seuss' birthday! For more pictures and even a video, check out our Facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/Neal-Wilkins-Early-Learning-Center-1830786847167285/

 

Neal Wilkins went WILD yesterday!

Wild Animals Visit

Neal Wilkins went WILD today with the NeCollins family!
Students got the rare opportunity to touch real wild animals fur, claws, teeth, feathers and horns! They got an up close look at the amazing animals because the NeCollins family does taxidermy. They take animals that have died and make them look life-like again. The children listened in wonder as the animals were explained to them. They got the opportunity to walk through all of displays touching, feeling and examining them...EVEN A BEAR! What a wonderful experience! Thank you NeCollins family!

Check out more pictures on our Facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/Neal-Wilkins-Early-Learning-Center-1830786847167285/

 

Science & Invention Fair

Science & Invention fair

The Science and Invention Fair was held at Westview Elementary last night for kindergarten thru 4th grade. Check out more pictures at: https://www.facebook.com/Neal-Wilkins-Early-Learning-Center-1830786847167285/

 

No Classes May 5th

Friday,May 5th is a Professional Day at Westview School, and there will be no classes. 

 

Play 60 Kids

The Play 60 Hillmen are a small group of students who represent Westview and focus on bringing physical activity and nutrition to their peers.  They work with Fuel Up to Play 60 and the Green Bay Packers to document successes and to showcase what they are doing within their school.  They are the leaders for creating and implementing ideas to help our school continue to improve nutritional and physical health. As the video reminds us, we need to participate in activities that involve physical movement every day for 60 minutes.

 

Birthday Celebrations

Birthday Celebrations

Each morning on our school announcements, birthdays are shared, even half birthdays for our summer birthday friends! Each child celebrating their birthday comes to the office to pick up a birthday card from Mrs. Haag and a special gift!

 

We Are Bucket Fillers      

We Are Bucket Fillers      

Students and staff at Westview believe in filling the "buckets" of others with kindness and courteous acts that make everyone in our school feel important and special. The bucket filling philosophy is that we all carry an invisible bucket. This bucket contains our feelings. When our bucket is full, we feel great; when it's empty, we feel empty. Bucketfillers are people who say or do nice things for other people. By doing these things, they are filling other people's buckets and filling their own bucket at the same time.

 

New Playground

New Playground

Westview has a new playground thanks to generous donations and hard working volunteers. It is amazing and the children are enjoying the climbing walls, teeter- totters, jungle gyms, tunnels, swings, and more!

 

Westview Addition and Remodel

Westview Addition and Remodel

We are so proud of our new facilities here at Westview and we are enjoying the brand new classrooms, gym, and building-wide updates. It is a wonderful place to learn!

 

Our Indoor Playground is a Blast. :-)

Our Indoor Playground is a Blast

The indoor playground was purchased by the district for the O. E. Gray Early Learning Center in 2001. It has been located in the Neal Wilkins gym for the past several years.  

 

Our indoor playground offers a flexible space to work on skills like skipping, jumping, and climbing when the weather is inclement. Therapists can work with students on balance, problem solving, strength, and motor planning. Classroom teachers also enjoy using the space with students as it serves as an option for indoor recess and brainbreaks.

 

 

Abby's Reading Corner

Abby's Reading Corner

The library at Neal Wilkins has a special corner named "Abby's Corner" in memory of Abby Cullen, daughter of Jerry and Stephanie Cullen. Abby was a student in Mrs. LeConte's preschool class. Abby passed away on December 20, 2009, due to viral myocarditis. 


Abby's love for books, reading, and for school inspired her family to create a special place in her school's library in honor of their daughter. "Abby loved to read. We have precious memories of finding her sleeping in bed at night with a stack of books by her bed, long after we had tucked her in for the night. Reading was one of her favorite things to do," recalls her mom, Stephanie. "We knew that she would have loved this special place in the library." 

 

The space includes a wall mural painted by Mike Hadfield, a local art teacher and artist. The furniture and original books were selected and donated by the Cullen family.

 

"It is our hope that this space in the library will be a place where children love to be, where they can read their favorite books along with a few of Abby's favorites too," said Stephanie. "We hope that this space will be a beautiful reminder to everyone of Abby's love of reading, school, and life."

 

 

Please visit Abby's corner next time you're in the building.

 

 

Tradition of Success!

Tradition of Success!

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that high school juniors may enter by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).  Of about 1.5 million entrants, 16,000 students are notified in September that they have qualified as Semifinalists. In February, some 15,000 Semifinalists will be notified that they have advanced to Finalist standing.  Of these, about 8,000 will be picked up as Scholars.  Platteville currently boasts 74 National Merit Semifinalists, Finalist & Scholars whose photos line the perimeter of the commons.  Emma Li and Eric Wells will soon join this prestigious honor as they are the latest to represent PHS as National Merit Semifinalists and hopeful Scholars.

 

PHS & the Wisconsin ACP Initiative

PHS & the Wisconsin ACP Initiative

ACP stands for Academic and Career Planning.  Whether a student plans on pursuing military, apprenticeship, certification, technical college, or university dreams, PHS strives to support and encourage our students in their planning.  To assist individual student’s exploration of their interests, abilities, and goals, Platteville High School provides the electronic portfolio system Careercruising.  We look forward to helping students expand their horizons and build an individual portfolio utilizing this comprehensive tool.  Encourage your student to share their portfolio with you at www.careercruising.com.

 

We are a Bucketfilling School!

We are a Bucketfilling School!

Our school practices bucketfilling, a PBIS concept. We treat each other with kindness and respect.

 

2016 Best Community for Music Ed

2016 Best Community for Music Ed

Platteville School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Platteville School District joins 476 districts across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2016.

The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. 

 

Building Remodel

Building Remodel

In the last year, the Platteville Community showed their support for their school district by passing a multi-million dollar referendum that paved the way for building improvements in every building.  Because of this support, renovations were completed over this past summer in the high school science and principles of engineering rooms, front entrance, main office, and faculty lounge.  These improvements not only included renovations to the physical rooms, but also the electrical, plumbing, and heating and cooling systems were also updated to code, including a new generator.

 

There were many important aspects to these projects.  One of the most important was updating the high school's front entrance to make it more safe and secure.  Now, when entering the building during the day, visitors must enter the main office first, allowing for a much better flow of incoming and exiting traffic.  To accomplish this, the main office was completely redesigned to make it more functional.  

 

In the science and principles of technology rooms, which were a complete redesign and remodel from the ground up, students now experience what we believe is the premier high school science facility in Southwest Wisconsin.  Not only were classrooms updated, but we were able to better design the space to include more prep area and breakout rooms for students, which didn't previously exist.  Other districts are visiting and taking notes as they remodel their schools, demonstrating to us that our improvements are impressive in functionality and the ability to serve our students in the best way for years to come.The renovation is this area also included straightening the hallways, which improved the ability to supervise this section of the building.  Student bathrooms were also remodeled in this area.

 

Finally, the staff lounge was remodeled.  The most significant part of this renovation was the addition of staff bathrooms.  Before this renovation, teachers didn't have a private bathroom area.  The use of space in this area was thoughtfully designed to incorporate two new bathrooms, a work room, and kitchen/dining area.

 

Overall, PHS had four major renovations completed over the summer.  Platteville High School is very thankful to everyone who supported the referendum, which made the improvements at the high school and all of the other buildings within the district possible.  The total cost of renovations at the high school came in at just over $2.75 million

 

We Love to Read!

We Love to Read!

Mrs. Wertel reads a new story to Kindergarten and First Step kids each week, and they also come to the library every morning to choose a new book.  Mrs. Wertel read "The Scarecrow's Hat" by Ken Brown and "Big Pumpkin" by Erica Silverman to the Kindergarteners. Soon she will be starting "Turk and Runt" by Lisa Wheeler, a fun story about a family of turkeys avoiding the Thanksgiving table! The First Step boys and girls loved "Bear Feels Scared" by Karma Wilson and "A Good Day" by Kevin Henkes. Recently, she helped the kinders look for leaf shapes in "Leaf Man" by Lois Ehlert.

 

Mrs. Wertel does a great job sharing the love of reading with our students! 

 

 

Blue Ribbon School

Blue Ribbon School

Platteville Middle School was awarded the Blue Ribbon during the 2015-2016 school year.

 

Building Remodel

Building Remodel

Platteville School District just completed a major renovation.  Take a look to see the changes that happened at the middle school.

Click here for more photos.

 

Grading for Learning

Grading for Learning

What is Grading for Learning?

In a standards-based system, teachers report what students know and are able to do relative to the Wisconsin and Common Core Academic Standards. The system includes:

  • The improvement of student achievement of standards and learning targets in all content areas,

  • The mastery of defined learning targets instead of the accumulation of points,

  • The reporting of student achievement toward meeting learning targets at a given time by reflecting on mounting evidence based on various forms of assessments,

  • A record keeping system that provides teachers with information that allows them to adjust learning practices to meet the needs of students, and
  • A system that encourages student reflection and responsibility

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PBIS

PBIS

PBIS is a proactive approach for creating and maintaining safe and effective learning environments in schools.

Our PBIS Mission: The mission for the Platteville Middle School is to “make a difference” in the lives of our students.  Our focus on making that difference will be demonstrated each day in our classrooms and lived out by our faculty and staff as positive and healthy role models for our students.

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