Dr. Zydowsky's Blog

Filling a Vacancy on the School Board
01/18/2018
After serving for the past eleven years, President Jay Fahl has resigned from his position on the School District of the Menomonie Area Board of Education. While Mr. Fahl’s years of dedicated service and leadership are appreciated, the district’s forward-thinking policies have the Board well-positioned for transferring leadership and filling the vacancy on the school district’s nine-member governing body.
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School Finances in Check
01/05/2018
With the start of the new year, it is time for a mid-year review of school district finances in the School District of the Menomonie Area. Although the administrative team and school board continuously monitor the books throughout the year, the SDMA will once again host a mid-year budget meeting to review the factors that most significantly impact the finances of our schools. This year’s meeting is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 8, in the boardroom of the SDMA Administrative Service Center.
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Planning for Continued Success in the SDMA
12/21/2017
Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year to everyone in the School District of the Menomonie Area. As families prepare for the holiday season, it is likely that in many cases, plans are being set based on a variety of important factors. With a limited amount of time, energy, and resources available, decisions about travel, meals, gifts, and other holiday activities are often prioritized to best meet the needs of family members, maximize the holiday experience, and carry on traditions passed down from generations that help define the family.
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Religion in Our School Revisited
12/07/2017
Several school and community stakeholders attended a recent meeting of the School District of the Menomonie Area Board of Education in support of diversity and teaching about religion in our schools. Somehow a misunderstanding fueled by information circulated through the community and social media spurred concerns that students at Menomonie Middle School would no longer be allowed to learn about the Islamic religion during the school day. Since that time, school officials have been receiving a number of inquiries and letters of support from various sides of this issue, and several questions related to last year’s discussions about diversity in the school district have resurfaced.
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Making Good Marks in the SDMA
12/01/2017
Earlier this month, the Department of Public Instruction released school accountability report cards for publicly funded schools in Wisconsin. According to the DPI, “These report cards help parents and educators understand how their school is doing, as well as where it can improve to help all children learn, advance to the next grade, and graduate ready for college and career.”
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Adjusting to Winter Weather
11/16/2017
It seems that winter weather has appeared a little earlier this year in the Western Wisconsin. Even though there currently is no snow on the ground, we’ve already had a few bus routes impacted by slippery conditions this year. With winter sports revving up and the annual deer hunt beginning this weekend, we can be sure that snow, ice, and freezing conditions are on the way.
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Bullying Must Stop
10/27/2017
Bullying is a serious problem that can be observed in schools, neighborhoods, the media, and many other places across our country. Bullying sometimes occurs in the Menomonie Area, and it is not isolated to only our schools or our children. Despite sustained efforts by many in our schools to encourage partnerships with parents and community members, some people continue to use social media and other platforms to make threats, call names, misrepresent the truth, and complain in a manner indicative of the very behavior with which he or she might be concerned.
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Keeping Kids Safe Online
10/12/2017
The internet has opened up many opportunities and possibilities for students today. It is a powerful platform for educating our students and extending learning beyond the classroom. As most families and community members know, 6-12 grade students in the School District of the Menomonie Area (SDMA) have all been provided a Chromebook this year, and all elementary schools in our school district are equipped with a large number of computing devices.
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