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Student of the Month - Lucas Davel

Lucas DavelIt is with great pleasure that we introduce Mr. Lucas Davel as our first Spencer Elementary Student of the Month for the 2018-2019 school year!!

Lucas was nominated by Mrs. Abel.  Mrs. Abel had this to say about Lucas, “Lucas always is prepared for school each day. He follows procedures and I can always count on him to do his job, whether that means academically or behaviorally. Lucas has always been respectful to me; done what I have asked, and much more. In turn, I have the greatest amount of respect for him.”

 

Staff Person of the Month - Deb Hein

Deb HeinIt is  my pleasure to introduce Mrs. Hein as our Staff Person of the Month for the 2018-2019 school year at Spencer Elementary School!

 Mrs. Hein was first nominated by Mrs. Miller, she states, "Deb a pillar in our Elementary!  If someone has a question, we call Deb! She helps absolutely EVERYONE! On top of this amazing feat, she has had many added duties put upon her job, such as watching cameras, handing out prizes, entering kids into Educlimber, etc. Regardless, you walk in the office and she has a smile and bright Hello for you!  Deb Hein IS our Rocket Way example!!"

    Mrs. Bissonette  also nominated Mrs. Hein, she had this to say, “Deb is incredible. She always helps with anything we need. She knows the workings of the school so we know we can go to her with any questions. No matter how busy she is she will drop what she is doing and help us. She has great communication with parents which keeps us in the loop. She is the glue that holds us all together!!”

Our First Graders Love Exploring Numbers

The studen1st Grade mathts in Mrs. Kolstad's first grade class are having a lot of fun and learning so much about math. They are using their math "work places" and number racks to learn number quantities. They are also developing a deeper understanding of measurement using popsicle sticks and unifix cubes

Author Julia Cook Visits Spencer Elementary School

This week on Tuesday the elementary school hosted nationally known author Julia Cook. Our students were able to experience her books, expertise, and sense of humor throughout the day and in the evening Julia Cook hosted a parent event and shared her books and advice for raising a child in the 21st Century. Thank you to Connie Schroedel, Emily Bissonette, and Logan Bezlyk for making the arrangements for Julia Cook to be with us for the day!! Students can order her books through Monday.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Sign-ups are now available.  Please click "read more" to access the links and sign up by Oct. 1st.  

NED Show Visits Spencer Elementary School

NED ShowThe NED Show visited our elementary school todayto share a great message about having a "Go Brain" - a brain that is always ready for learning! We followed Ned on a journey to Mount Everest, a Caribbean Island, and finally to outer space.

Agriscience Camp sign up - grades 2-6
Safe Schools Grant Recipient Spencer Receives Safe Schools Grant

Spencer Recieves Safe Schools Grant

Spencer Pride Pump

Pride Pump

The School District is proud to announce a generous donation from Baltus Oil company.  They have installed a Rocket’s Pride Pump at the gas pumps near our Great Lakes store. Two cents of every gallon sold through the Rocket’s Pride Pump will be donated to the Spencer School District on a quarterly basis.  The proceeds from this will go to support our School programs. I am very thankful to John Baltus for his support of our school and kids.

Employment Opportunities

Rockets LogoThe Spencer School District is in search of candidates in the following areas:

Middle School Special Education Teacher (Cross- Categorical)

Physical Education Teacher (Two Positions)

Athletic Director

Drivers Education Teacher

Varsity Girls Head Basketball Coach

More information can be found on our Employment Tab

McTeacher Night Earns $500!!

 Recently the Spencer PTA and staff of Spencer Elementary school spent a night "working" at McDonald's!  McDonald's donates a portion of sales from the 3 hour period back to our school.  This year we raised just over $500 for Spencer Elementary School. Staff Working at McDonald's

Missoula Children's Theatre At The LTCA

Jack and the Beanstalk

School Closing

Spencer School District will be closed on Tuesday April 3, 2018 due to inclement weather.

WSAW Channel 7 visits Spencer El to Capture a Heartwarming Story!
February Student of the Month

It is with great pleasure that we introduce Miss Brooklyn as our Spencer Elementary Student of the Month for February!!

Student of the MonthBrooklyn was nominated by Mrs. Tomke and she had this to say about Brooklyn, “Brooklyn always has a smile on her face and completes her work as soon as she is asked.  She goes above and beyond in the classroom putting things away and helping whenever she can; many times without even being asked. She shows respect and good manners to everyone.  She holds the door for people, helps friends when they are struggling with a situation. She makes sure things in the classroom are straightened up and often wipes the tables whenever she sees a mess.  She puts her best effort into her work and cooperates with her friends to help them learn. When there is a substitute teacher, I know I can count on Brooklyn to assist in helping with the routines of the day.”

 

February Staff Member of the Month

Mrs. PayantIt is  my pleasure to introduce Mrs. Payant as our Staff Person of the Month for February at Spencer Elementary School!

Mrs. Pankratz  nominated Mrs. Payant and she had this to say, “ She is so creative with her classroom projects and fun hallway displays.  Many younger siblings of her students can't wait to get into her classroom.  She invites them in for treats as soon as they are old enough to walk. This generous act helps to create a relationship that helps students to know our school is a good place to be.”  

School Closing at 1:30 PM

The School District of Spencer will be closing at 1:30 PM today, Thursday, Jan. 11.  All after school activities are cancelled.  Spencer Kid's Group will be open at 1:30 PM.  

Ema Schultz - October Student of the Month Ema Schultz is our Student of the Month for October!!!

We are thrilled to announce our first Student of the Month at Spencer Elementary School; Miss Ema Schultz!

Here are a few of the things the staff of the elementary had to say about Ema:

"She has a positive attitude about being Rocket student and that is infectious to her peers. She is a good friend, works hard and shows great academic achievement."

"She is an excellent model for all elementary students of the Rocket Way! She is also one of the most kind, helpful students I have ever had!”

"She has a HUGE heart and is a kind friend to everyone around her. She has a bubbly personality and is eager to take on any activity with a positive attitude and smile on her face. Our classroom wouldn't be the same without her!"

Congratulations, Ema! We are so glad that you are part of our Rocket Family!

January Student of the Month

January Student of the Month - Chloe MachtanIt is with great pleasure that we introduce Miss Chloe Machtan as our Spencer Elementary Student of the Month for January!!

Chloe was nominated by Mrs. Schweiger and she had this to say about Chloe, “Chloe comes to art with a terrific attitude. She does a great job listening and asking appropriate questions. She spends her entire art class time focusing on the task at hand and always puts amazing effort into what she is doing. She is friendly and polite with her peers and me. It is always a pleasure having her in art.”

Mrs. Payant had this to add about Chloe, “My choice for Student of the Month is Chloe Machtan for several reasons. First of all, she has a good attitude about school. She works hard and is very cooperative. She sets a very good example for her classmates to follow. She also accepts responsibility beautifully. I can always depend on Chloe to bring in her work completed, on time, and done to the best of her ability. Chloe is also very polite. I always hear a "please" and a "thank you" from her. Finally, Chloe is very respectful of others. When she knows others are still working, she sits quietly. With her friendly, sincere way, I am a lucky teacher to have her in my classroom.”

I would also like to say that Chloe Machtan brings a smile to my face each and every day. I appreciate that Chloe always does her very best on all of her school work and treats everyone with respect. I am very thankful that Chloe Machtan is part of our Rocket Family!

Video WSAW Chooses Mrs. Bezlyk as a Teacher to Salute!!

 

One of our own was nominated and chosen to be a "Teacher to Salute" on Channel 7, WSAW! Her nomination stated, "Mrs. Bezlyk goes above and beyond every day to make education in her kindergarten classroom engaging and fun for her students. The activities she plans are both educationally sound and based on best practice for kindergarten. Her creativity shines and her students truly benefit from the time she takes to plan every minute of their day. Finally, the students in Mrs. B's class all hold a huge piece of her heart, each of her students truly feel special and valued in her classroom." This ad will run from Wednesday through the end of the week during the newscasts as well as periodically throughout the day. Congrats Mrs. B!!

 

Start With Hello

SpencKindness in Chalker Elementary kicked off our Start with Hello week on Sept. 24th.  From the Start with Hello/Sandy Hook Promise website:  “During the week of September 24–28th, 2018, hundreds of schools and youth organizations across the United States will participate in Start With Hello Week and teach students  the skills they need to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness, and encourage them to reach out to and include those who may be dealing with chronic social isolation.”  We kicked off our week with our annual Kindness in Chalk event and will follow this up with additional events throughout this week.  Of course, the ideals set in motion this week will not end when the week is done.  We will continue to work with our elementary Rockets in developing habits of inclusiveness throughout the school year.  

New Inclusive Play Equipment on the Playground

New Inclusive Play EquipmentWe are thrilled to have added inclusive play equipment on our playground.  This has been a priority for us over the past couple of years.  We are thrilled at this first stage of our playground renovation and do hope to add additional inclusive equipment in the upcoming years.  We have installed 'Sway Fun' which is one of the only pieces of equipment on the market that all students can access.  It was important to have a piece of equipment that our students who are in wheelchairs can access without needing to be lifted out of their chair.  The students LOVE this new piece of equipment!  We also added a drum and xylophone that will be accessible to all of our Rockets.  This project was made possible by several members of our school community as this was a "community build" so we built this from the ground up with the help of one playground rep.  Thank you to ALL who helped this project become a reality!

Mrs. Wolf's Kindergarten Class Makes a Donation to Clark County Humane Society

Donation to Clark County Humane SocietyOn Friday Mrs. Wolf's kindergarten class celebrated the letter Qq by bringing in quarters to donate to the Clark County Humane Society for items on their wishlist.  They were able to buy 16 items from the wishlist which included: two boxes of dog treats, six cans of cat food, four rolls of paper towel, Pine-sol, bleach and two gallons of distilled water.  We are pretty proud of our donations and happy to help our furry friends!

January Staff Member of the Month

January Staff Member of the Month - Sue HarnIt is my pleasure to introduce Mrs. Harn as our Staff Person of the Month for January at Spencer Elementary School!
Mrs. Harn was first nominated by Mrs. Bodendorfer, she states, "I am nominating Sue Harn because of her vast amount of knowledge in our Tech Department. She is always willing to learn a new program and help with existing programs when we run into problems; she does all of this with a smile on her face! She cares deeply about our staff and students and has a willingness to go above and beyond. Her dedication to the School District of Spencer is outstanding. Not only is she a great coworker she is an awesome friend to all."
Mrs. Payant, Mrs. Reckner, and Mrs. Farrell also nominated Mrs. Harn, they had this to say, “Sue always gives 110%. She is always there to help us solve our technology questions. She goes above and beyond. The number of hours that she works here at school far exceeds what is expected of her. She is always willing to come into the classroom and assist teachers who are experiencing difficulties with implementing various aspects of technology. Mrs. Harn is very upbeat as she goes about her job.”
Mrs. Harn is a true professional. Everything that she does behind the scenes truly help our students go above and beyond. Our teachers are willing to try new ventures in the technology world because they know that Mrs. Harn will be right there learning and helping out along the way. Thank you Mrs. Harn, we are so happy that you are part of our Rocket Family!!

Mrs. Abel Staff Person of the Month for November Tara Abel is our October Staff Member of the Month!!

We are proud to introduce Mrs. Tara Abel as our Spencer Elementary Staff Person of the Month for October!  Here are a few things Mrs. Abel's co-workers had to say about her:

“Mrs. Abel CONNECTS with kids!  She leads in whatever endeavor she takes on.

“She is consistently positive and upbeat and I value her opinions on things. Mrs. Abel is definitely someone I go to for advice or thoughts on things.”

 

“Mrs. Abel is inspirational.  She is a knowledgeable resource, a "go-getter" and extremely passionate about teaching. After talking with her I walk away feeling more motivated and inspired to dig deeper and accomplish more within my own teaching.”

She exemplifies what it means to have a growth mindset and be a team player.  Congrats Mrs. Abel, we are so fortunate to have you as part of our Rocket Family.  We can’t wait to see what you are up to next!   

 

 

December Student of the Month - Asher Doro

 

Student of the Month for December

Asher was nominated by Mrs. Mary Zuelke, “Asher is new to our district this year. Since day one Asher has been showing the Rocket Way to both staff and students.  He is very polite, he works hard on all daily assignments and is extremely respectful.  Since the beginning of the year, Asher has earned 5 Rocket Way tickets with only one of them from myself.  Asher  is a great role model for his peers and I feel he will be a great role model in years to come.”

Mr. Dillenburg had this to add about Asher, “Asher is a terrific choice. He is always such a respectful kid.   He's never pulled in by others and stays true to what he knows is good and right. I have personally given him a Rocket Way Club ticket and it does not surprise me that he continues to receive them from others as well.  I'm SO GLAD that Asher and his brother Ayden are students at Spencer because they are both awesome! They epitomize The Rocket Way!

Staff Member for the Month of December - Mr. Andrew Dillenburg

 

Mr. D is Staff Person of the Month for December

It is  my pleasure to introduce Mr. Dillenburg as our Staff Person of the Month for December at Spencer Elementary School!

Mr. Dillenburg was first nominated by Mrs. Malone, she states, "I witness the actions of Andrew from a distance; however, I can hear the impact of his work in the comments of our students.  Students are excited to go to music and he is always outside his classroom door welcoming them in with a high five or a hug.  I hear the joy of music as students are singing or practicing ukulele when his door is ajar.   Andrew's passion for his work is evident when he receives new instruments or  in the classroom activities he incorporates into his lessons. This then carries over to the students as they are having fun engaging with music learning the necessary skills required for each grade level.  It is my belief that Andrew and his love of music has offered the students of Spencer Elementary a unique opportunity to learn to love the arts and also the joy that a simple upbeat song or the thrill of learning a new instrument can bring to your soul."

Spencer Elementary is Exceeding Expectations!!

 

           School Report Card Score Exceeding Expectations!    

Spencer Elementary is EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS according to the Wisconsin Department of Instruction school report cards.  Our staff and students continue to work diligently to grow as learners and this is evident by our score which actually rose 3 points over last year's score.  Both our overall student achievement and closing gaps scores well exceed the state average!!  Great job to our students and staff!!

Informational Meeting on the Elementary Report Card

Reminder:  Informational Meeting for Parents on the New Report Card

When: Thursday, Oct. 26

Time: 6:00 PM (should last around 30 minutes)

Where: Elementary Library

What:  Our report card for kindergarten-5th grade will look different this year.  For kindergarten-2nd grade the changes will be minimal; for 3rd-5th grade the changes will be more noticeable.  We will be showing examples and explaining how to interpret this new report card at this meeting.

Kyler-Student of the Month

Student of the MonthMeet our newest Student of the Month at Spencer Elementary School!! 
It is with great pleasure that we introduce Kyler  as our Spencer Elementary Student of the Month!!
Kyler was nominated his second grade teachers and they had this to say about Kyler, “We are very excited to nominate Kyler  for Student of the Month. He always follows the Rocket Way. He works diligently to finish all of his must dos for the week and then is always enthusiastically asking for more things to do. He is always willing to help others especially with technology issues. We can count on Kyler to be responsible with our community environment picking up his area and items left behind by others. He waits respectfully to speak to others without interrupting and is a patient listener in class. He watches out for other students who are in need of a partner during group activities. These are a few of the many reasons why the second grade team chose to nominate Kyler as the student of the month.”
Mrs. Guenther went on to say, “Kyler shows excellent leadership in the second grade environment. He is an awesome example of the Rocket Way, being sure to do his work, often ahead of time, and looking to help his peers. If there is a chair or pencil out of place he just takes care of it on his way by without seeking attention for his good deeds.”

Student and Staff Member of the Month

ideasStudent and Staff Member of the Month nominations are now open.  Please consider nominating someone who makes us all proud to be a Spencer Rocket! Please click on the links below!

Student of the Month

Staff Member of the Month

Denise Bodendorfer- Staff Member of the Month Denise

Denise BodendorferIt is my pleasure to introduce Mrs. Bodendorfer as our Staff Person of the Month at Spencer Elementary School!
Mrs. Bodendorfer was first nominated by Mr. Dillenburg, he wrote, “Denise is a wonderful asset to our school. She loves each of our students and provides them with a wonderful learning environment, keeps the library SPOTLESS, monitors and helps outside with the school buses, and helps anyone who needs a hand. Any TIME I need help with anyTHING, Denise is willing to do it.
Mrs. Bodendorfer was also nominated by Mrs. Anderson, she states, "Denise always has a positive attitude! She is so willing to help out anytime I run down there on the spur of the moment looking for books for our classroom. They are excited about library day when they get to go down to get new books and listen to the stories she reads. She is always willing to help out whenever needed.”
Mrs. Miller also nominated Mrs. Bodendorfer and she had this to say, “Denise is a wonderful help in our Rocket library. She loves our students and is always so very willing to help any and all. I love how she is more than glad to assist teachers finding materials. I especially LOVE when she slips kids just the right book they've been looking for or offers, "Here, try this one. You'll love it!"

SC Rockets at Amherst

Cheer on the SC Rockets this friday night

Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher sign-Up is being done online for PreKindergarten-5th grade again this spring. Typically for our spring conferences the times are rolled over from fall and this is the case this year for 3rd-5th grade; however, we did experience a computer glitch so for the PreK and K-2 you will have to sign-up for your spot as no times rolled over.  Also, people have reported that it is easier to access and sign-up using a computer versus a smart phone. 

Please access these sign-ups and choose your time by Monday, February 12 (if you do not have computer access please call the number below).

To access links click "Read More" below.  

School District of Spencer Staff Happy Holidays!

On behalf of the Staff and Students of the School District of Spencer I would like to wish you each and Happy and Joyous Holiday season.  

Cold vs Flu
Hanging Baskets Greenhouse Plant Sale
Open Enrollment
Rocket Newsletter
Elementary Food Drive Brings in Over 3,000 Items!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our students, families, and staff members for another very successful food drive! Our elementary school collected over 3,000 items for our local food pantry!!! A special thank you to our 5th grade students and teachers for organizing the gym for our collection day.5th Graders with our 3000 items!!

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