A New Year Begins

Dear Families,

Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year.  There will be approximately 9 hours and 47 minutes of daylight today.  Within a few days we will start adding more hours of daylight, making our way up to the longest day of the year in June.  It's the time of year that we  take stock and look back over where we've been and what goals we have in the future.

The last couple of years, our school has had a strong focus on bringing more technology to our Little School in the Big Woods.  Since getting our fiber line we formed a Technology Committee to prioritize our needs and make decisions about what we would like to bring to Nerstrand.  Our first project will be installing a projector and new screen in the gym in the next couple of months.  This will give Carmen a chance to use more technology in her PE program.  I'm excited to see what additions she will bring to her classes!  Carmen already has a very strong curriculum but I'm sure the new technology will enhance her programming.  The Tech Committee is also going to move forward on purchasing Chromebooks.  We are looking at having up to 30 chromebooks to rotate through classrooms, and also a certain amount assigned to each grade level.  Teachers are excited about using these devices for research projects in their rooms.  We can also use them for standardized testing, which allows us to test in classrooms instead of trying to rotate everyone into the computer lab.  Those are the main objectives for this year, but we will be making long term goals this year as well.

We also have a Math Committee this year.  It has been quite a few years since we updated our math curriculum and so the committee has been reviewing different curriculum and will make a decision at the end of this school year.  

Finally, a long term goal of mine is to see our school connect with The Big Woods State Park more frequently.  Our biggest obstacle has been transportation to the park, but we are exploring different options.  It's exciting for us to think of different ways we can use the park with our students.  

Yesterday, we wore ugly/beautiful holiday sweaters to school and took pictures in front of the beautiful backdrop created by Lori Amy for our Winter Program.  I am grateful everyday for the wonderfully dedicated staff that we have at Nerstrand.  I know all of the adults at our school care deeply for the children that attend Nerstrand and work so hard to teach children everyday.    

We hope all of our families enjoy the winter break and are able to spend time with family and friends.  Thank you for all your support to our school!