Dr. Zydowsky's Blog

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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State Budget Impacts the SDMA
09/29/2017
It is a real pleasure to travel down to Madison each September to attend the Fall Superintendents Conference hosted by the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators (WASDA). Not only does this conference provide good opportunities for professional development and networking with school superintendents across the state, but it also gives us a chance to receive important updates from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), connect with some of our state legislators, and attend the annual State of Education Address held in the rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol.
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PLC's in the SDMA
09/15/2017
One of the primary goals this year in the School District of the Menomonie Area is to have a renewed commitment to Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). The SDMA has a proud tradition of academic and extracurricular success which has stemmed from having great kids, supportive parents, strong community partnerships, and effective collaboration amongst teachers and other support staff members in our schools. Within the school district, much of this collaboration occurs through building, department, or grade-level PLCs.
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Welcome Back
09/01/2017
The 2017-2018 school year is officially underway in the School District of the Menomonie Area (SDMA). Student orientation was held across the school district on Friday, September 1, and the first full day of school (including bus transportation) will be Tuesday, September 5. Please remember to be extra careful when driving around town during the school year, and NEVER pass a school bus when the red lights are flashing.
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Getting Ready for a Great School Year
08/17/2017
Believe it or not, this is the last summer edition of the School Crossings column. By the time the next column is published in the newspaper on September 2, the school district’s annual meeting will have been held, school will have started, and the high school football team will already be one-third of the way through the regular season schedule.
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What is 1:1 Technology?
08/02/2017
In less than a month school will be back in session and the school district’s 1:1 M-Powered Learning Initiative will be underway. During the 2017-2018 school year, each student in grades 6-12 will be issued an individual district-owned Chromebook to be used at school and home for educational purposes.
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