Menasha News & Highlights: Spring 2018 Edition
While many of us are wondering if spring will ever arrive here in Menasha, the fact remains that there are only a few weeks left of the school year. As our students, teachers, staff and families work hard to finish out the school year strong, we would like to take a moment to share some of the great things happening in our schools.
3 Menasha Schools Earn Title I Awards
Three Menasha elementary schools have received Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Awards for "Beating the Odds." The schools were among 135 honored statewide. To qualify, a school must be in the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state and have above-average student achievement in reading and math compared to schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations and poverty levels.
We are incredibly proud of the students, families and staff at Banta Elementary, Gegan Elementary and Nicolet Elementary. This award reflects the hard work and dedication of our school communities. The three schools will be officially recognized at a May 21 event in Madison.
Teachers, Staff Receive Distinguished Service Awards
At the April 10 school board meeting, several MJSD staff members received 2018 Distinguished Service Awards. These honors recognize teachers and staff who have demonstrated excellence in and out of the classroom.
A big congratulations to this year's winners:
- Debbie Adams
- Marie-Claire Chaudoir
- Susan Conner
- Nicole Cunningham
- Cynthia Lowe
- Erica Schuster
- Michael Thunes
Maplewood Students Qualify for State Robotics Competition
Two eighth-grade and two sixth grade robotics teams from Maplewood Middle School qualified for the State VEX IQ Robotics competition in early March.
One of the teams took home the state "Build Award" as the best-designed robot in the competition. Another placed second in the Teamwork Matches category, qualifying for a national competition in Louisville, Kentucky.
MJSD is committed to providing students with opportunities to learn and use technology, including robotics. Congratulations to our middle school students for all your hard work and success!
New Principal Comes to MHS
The Menasha school board has approved the appointment of Mike Slowinski to be the new principal of Menasha High School, starting with the 2018-19 school year. Mike comes to the high school after serving as associate principal of Appleton East. He has also worked in the West DePere School District. If you have a chance, please take a moment to welcome Mike to MHS.
We hope you continue to stay engaged and involved with Menasha schools now and in the months and years to come. As always, go Bluejays!