Saturday, September 8, 2012
Gov. Scott Walker: Tonette and I are grateful for the work done to educate our sons and all children across Wisconsin.
The state partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address once a week. Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed on http://www.wi-broadcasters.org and http://walker.wi.gov/Weekly-Radio-Addresses. To download an mp3 file, you can right click the radio address link and click “save link as.” Hi, this is Scott Walker. Like many parents across Wisconsin, Tonette and I are excited to see our two sons head back to school. While our two sons have always attended public schools in Wisconsin, this year is a major milestone for us as parents—our oldest son will be heading off to college. This achievement couldn’t have been done without the hard work and dedication …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Thousands of Racine Unified School District students started the new school year today. Here's a slice of one teacher's and one student's day.
Becky Steinbach, a second-grade teacher at Gifford Elementary, began her 27th year of teaching on Tuesday. Her first day of school started off with a heavy dose of adrenaline as her classroom of 28 students entered the room with their parents. “I’m a third generation teacher, my mom even gets that feeling when she sees the yellow school busses driving around town and when the back-to-school bins at the store come out, and she’s retired,” she said. “I’m the same way.” Second-grader Matthew Siler, her first student, walked into the classroom with his dad Nick Siler. “Do you remember where your desk is?” Nick asked Matthew. “I do,” he said, walking over to one of the middle desks. Taking boxes of Kleenex and school supplies out of his …
Friday, August 31, 2012
From school lunch prices to school supply lists, here's all you need to start off the school year right.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Meet your child's teachers, see their classrooms and get acquainted with those buildings.
The elementary and middle schools in the Racine Unified School District will be held today. Elementary open houses are from 5 to 7 p.m. and middle school open houses are from 6 to 8 p.m. All open houses will be held at each elementary and middle school. Come meet your teachers, see your classroom, meet new friends and more.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Mulligan's Mini-Golf is holding a school supplies drive this week. Donate supplies or money and get a free round of golf with the purchase of a round; donate #2 pencils and get free popcorn; or donate a backpack of supplies and get entered to win a birthd
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Here's where you can find how much lunch money your child will need for school lunches.
Do you remember your favorite lunch box? Today's kids have as many options as ever but nothing will take the place of the Partridge Family or Scooby-Doo.
Lunch boxes have changed in design and shape over the years, but the basic idea is the same. Along with space inside for a cold drink, sandwich and snack, the cover is devoted to a favorite cartoon, character, TV show or movie. That's why Justin Bieber and Darth Vader and Japanese cartoon characters are staring out at shoppers from the shelves of Target. Back in the '70s, the lunch boxes were aluminum. In the '80s, they gave way to plastic. Vintage lunch boxes now are highly collectible. They are displayed as collections in people's homes, and sometimes they get their own art gallery shows. (Yes, I've gone to one.) Do you remember a favorite lunch box? What was it? Have a picture handy? Share it on the Caledonia Patch!
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
More students than ever before are taking the college-readiness exam, but scores overall went down almost half a point in 2012 from 2011.
**Updated 8:30 a.m. Despite more students taking the ACT last year, Racine Unified's average score went down slightly. According to a press release from the district, Unified students' average composite score was 20.2 in 2012, down from 20.6 in 2011. State scores average in at 22.1 while the national average is 21.1. Only students at Walden III High School exceeded both of those numbers, coming in with an average composite score of 22.4. The highest score possible on the ACT is a composite score of 36. More students than ever before took the exam. A total of 748 students participated in the ACT in 2012, up from 742 in 2011. Hispanic participation increased the most, from 86 in 2011 to 142 in 2012, a 60 percent increase from year-to-year. “…
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Perhaps we need to be having conversations with our kids about overloading their backpacks... but here's how to avoid back injuries.
Patch has collected the available Racine Unified School District supply lists in one place for review and easy printing before you start shopping.