VASD News

Fri
28
Mar

Two for one: Spanish-English immersion thriving at elementaries


Photos by Scott Girard. Kindergartner Elena Haffner, a native-English speaker, practices her reading in the Spanish classroom in front of her classmates. Teacher Danielle Kison had students come up and point to the words as they read them out loud.

Kindergartners Hazel Mayer and Aracely Montes-Mejia read a book during English reading time. Hazel helped Aracely by rereading some of the book’s sentences to ensure she understood them.

Glacier Edge teacher Danielle Kison ensures even objects in her room, such as the chair she sits on to read to students, keep the Spanish-language immersion theme.

The entrances to the two rooms illustrate the division of the Spanish and English rooms, with similar signage in the two languages.

Kindergarten teacher Danielle Kison sits in front of her class reading “Where is the fly?”

But instead of “Where is the fly?” the book’s cover reads “Donde esta la mosca?”

Every page that followed is in Spanish, as well. But this isn’t a Spanish class.

Instead, it’s the reading time of the day in the Spanish classroom in the Verona Area School District’s “Two-Way Immersion” program at Glacier Edge Elementary School.

Fri
21
Mar

New Century, Verona Area International have open spots left after Kindergarten deadline

New Century School and Verona Area International School both came up short of their 2014-15 kindergarten openings after the Verona Area School District extended the deadline for incoming parents to apply for spots.

After the original deadline of Feb. 14, NCS was at 11 spots for 21 openings, while VAIS had 16 applications for 22 openings. The district’s third charter, Core Knowledge, had 43 applicants for 40 openings.

Mon
03
Mar

VAHS presents ‘Freckleface Strawberry’


Photo by Kimberly Wethal. Verona Area High School students reherase Tuesday evening for their presentation of “Freckleface Strawberry.”

Often, what makes everyone different is exactly what makes them so special.

Proof positive is the story of “Freckleface Strawberry,” a girl just like any other, except she had freckles everywhere. And she’ll do anything to get rid of them – from scrubbing them with soap, to wearing a ski mask to school.

Wed
26
Feb

Charter deadline gets extended

Verona Area School District officials extended the deadline for applications to the district’s charter schools to March 12 after two schools received fewer applications than they had open spots.

New Century School and Verona Area International School had 11 and six open spots remaining, respectively, after the original Feb. 14 deadline.

Wed
26
Feb

Student paper details shooting

The Verona Area High School student who was removed from the school last month had written a 13-page essay that ended with a school shooting, a police report shows.

Verona Area School District administrators sent a letter home to VAHS parents Jan. 28 alerting them to the threat, and informing parents that the student would not return to the school.

Wed
26
Feb

Glacier Edge music concert photos

Glacier Edge Elementary School students all participated in music concerts Feb. 18 and 19, with kindergartners through second-graders performing Tuesday morning and afternoon and grades three through five Wednesday morning and afternoon. The students sang and played instruments for their parents and teachers in the audience as music teacher Melissa Bremmer told stories along with the music.

Mon
24
Feb

Graduation requirements changing to match state

The Verona Area School Board is considering changing graduation requirements for the district’s high school to come in line with state requirements.

Recent changes to state law require three science and three mathematics credits to graduate from high school, while the current VASD policy only requires two for each subject.

The change would not affect students graduating in 2014-16, but begin with the current freshman class.

Sun
23
Feb

Citizen group will aim to reshape district

Building a new school (or two) brings about plenty of questions for a school district, from where and when to build to how to realign attendance boundaries.

In the Verona Area School District, the school board and superintendent Dean Gorrell will work to answer those questions over the next few years. But they don't want to do it alone, and are looking for citizen input on some topics that come with expanding the district, both practical and philosophical.

Fri
21
Feb

VAHS students win awards at Model UN conference


Photo submitted. Verona Area High School’s Model UN team took on the role of the Russian Federation at its trip to the Universiy of Chicago this month.

As the Olympic Games in Russia come to a close, a group of 30 Verona Area High School students could probably tell you more about the host country’s national and foreign policies than anything you’ll learn about an athlete competing at the games.

The students are part of the school’s Model United Nations club, led by social studies teacher Jason Knoll, and recently took home nine awards at the Model United Nations of the University of Chicago conference to cap a successful year.

Fri
14
Feb

Teacher wins $5k national science award


Photo by Scott Girard. Angie Midthun-Hensen helps students with an in-class experiment last week.

Angie Midthun-Hensen joined the National Science Teachers Association last fall.

Already, that has paid off with a $5,000 grant for her Verona Area High School classroom, which she’ll use for equipment to assist with in-class experiments.

Midthun-Hensen, a science teacher and FFA adviser, told the Verona Press she was “very surprised” to learn she won the national DuPont Pioneer Excellence in Agricultural Science Education Award. The award is given to one teacher each year.

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