GRANTSBURG—The Grantsburg School Board met Monday to select the ballot order for school board candidates and hear an update on iForward’s participation in the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP). Those were a few items on the agenda.
Two candidates are participating in the April 3, 2018 election. Incumbent Chris Erickson is seeking re-election and Renee Rombach is seeking to fill the seat vacated by Cindy Jensen. The ballot order was chosen, with the order being Chris Erickson then Renee Rombach.
iForward Principal Billy Beesley updated the board on iForward’s progress in their participation in the SSEP selection process.
The Student Spaceflight Experiment Program offers the opportunity to send a micro-gravity experiment to the International Space Station. Once there, the experiment will be done in low-gravity conditions while the students conduct it on Earth. This is tentatively scheduled for the summer of 2018. The program is sponsored by the National Center for Earth & Space Science Education.
Of the 41 schools who submitted proposals, iForward is among 14 schools - and the only online school - continuing to the phase two selection process. This step involves a two-week period where the middle school team will refine their experiment. In addition to the science, students are learning skills in proposal writing and presentation as part of this project.
iForward is the Grantsburg School District’s nationally-recognized tuition-free online charter school. Available to Wisconsin middle and high school students, the program offers essential coursework as well as vocational and college prep classes. Students also have the opportunity to join clubs and groups.
High school holiday performances
In December, high school students presented the 12th annual Holiday Indulgence fundraiser. Similar to dinner theater, this event provided an opportunity for the students to not only perform, but serve attendees.
Principal Joshua Watt noted, “It’s fun to see students in that position of serving others ... It’s just fun when they wait tables. I think they are more nervous about waiting tables and serving others than performing in front of everyone. It’s a great experience and it’s a wonderful event. “
The music students also had the opportunity to travel to the Mall of America to perform in the rotunda for the shoppers’ enjoyment.
Principal Bill Morrin gave a short update on the recent activity day as part of the PBIS program. Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) enhances and integrates academic learning and social behavior.
One of the activities had Principal Morrin duct-taped to a wall.
“I was kind of hanging there. Kids got a big kick out of it, and I didn’t get hurt. I got a little red in the face. But it was a great activity.”
In other items:
Larry Stotz of Stotz & Associates presented the annual audit of the District with no items of concern.
There are currently 36 home-schooled students in the Grantsburg School District. There has been a downward trend from a high of 76 home-schooled students in the 2006-2007 school year.
The elementary school concert was a school-wide effort, with students practicing in the classrooms as well as music class. The students also got the opportunity to meet Santa.