Dr. Zydowsky's Blog

School Sales Tax Holiday
07/18/2018
Hello SDMA Families, Staff, and Stakeholders. As silly as it may sound on July 18, it is time to starting thinking about making plans for coming back to school in the fall. On August 1-5, 2018, the State of Wisconsin will be holding a Sales Tax Holiday for several items that are often purchased when families go "back to school" shopping. More information about the Sales Tax Holiday is available on the website for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.
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Big Plans for the 2018-2019 School Year
07/12/2018
It is going to be a busy and productive year in the School District of the Menomonie Area (SDMA). On Monday, July 9, the school board voted to put their unanimous stamp of approval on a list of thirty-seven district goals that were developed after months of discussion with a large variety of district staff and community stakeholders.
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Busy Summer Planned in the School District
06/01/2018
Even though the school year is winding down for students in the School District of the Menomonie Area (SDMA), work is ramping up for the administrative team, maintenance staff, and many others who will be working throughout the summer. In addition to several teachers and other staff members offering a robust summer school program in the SDMA, there are many projects that will be keeping school employees busy over the next few months.
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Thank You for Supporting Our Schools
05/17/2018
There are only a couple weeks left in the 2017-2018 school year. Many students are counting down the days, and so are some parents, teachers, and school administrators. This year’s graduation ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, in the gymnasium at Menomonie High School. The high school graduation ceremony is a wonderful celebration shared by the graduates and everyone else who helped them during their academic journey. Parents, teachers, coaches, friends and family members all have a significant impact on the success of our children, and so does our community.
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Thank You Teachers!
05/03/2018
Teacher Appreciation Week is Monday, May 7- Friday, May 11, and National Teacher Appreciation Day is Tuesday, May 8, 2018. According to information from Hallmark and the National Parent Teacher Association, people in the United States started celebrating National Teacher Day in 1953, when Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded Congress to set aside a day to recognize educators. Then, in 1984, the National PTA designated the first week of May as a special time to honor those who lend their passion and skills to educating our children.
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Spirited School Board Election
04/06/2018
The 2018 school board election in the School District of the Menomonie Area (SDMA) has easily been the most unique school-related election that I have observed in my 12 years as a superintendent in Wisconsin. The passionate campaigns of very talented and experienced candidates, coupled with a significant number of important issues facing K-12 public education, led to a high level of interest and participation from our community. Despite some differences of opinion that were identified by the candidates and their supporters throughout the campaign, it has been very encouraging to see so much passion and support for public education in the Menomonie Area.
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Should Teachers be Armed?
02/27/2018
Nearly two weeks ago flags across the country were lowered to half-staff to honor the victims of the school shooting tragedy in Parkland, Florida. In one of the world’s most deadly school shooting incidents, seventeen people were killed and fourteen more were taken to hospitals. Since that time discussions have been spurred across the country about what can be done to make schools safer. Last weekend I was even asked by a local media outlet to respond to a question about the possibility of arming teachers in the School District of the Menomonie Area (SDMA).
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Youth Suicide Prevention in the SDMA
02/06/2018
Youth Suicide Prevention is an important issue that we take very seriously in the School District of the Menomonie Area. In conjunction with state law, each year the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) distributes literature to schools about preventing youth suicide. The information that is shared with school staff members focuses on the complexity of youth suicide, warning signs for staff members to be aware of, and instructions for what staff members can do when concerned about a student.
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