Change at LUHS
(2/28/17)
The Last Seven Years (2008-17)
 
Instructional Changes - Teachers/Coaches/Advisors:                                                          
 
  • Labs were initiated (2010-11) to increase student achievement: English Lab, Math Lab and Academic Enhancement Lab
  • Freshmen Academy initiated 2010 after three years of research
  • Sophomore Academy initiated 2011
  • Revamping ER-West  - Alternative Education for our N. American Students (2011-12)
  • Initiated GED Option 2 program for Graduating Seniors
  • PLTW – Program is completely Implemented – LUHS is a PLTW Certified High School in Wisconsin – Certified the Spring of 2011 (Pre-Engineering Program)
  • Website – instructing, communicating, directing, coordinating, teaching, etc…
  • Differentiated Instruction Initiatives to help teachers meet the needs of students -2010
  • Digital Instruction is encouraged and expected by teachers through the use of added digital tools (Flipping Lessons)
  • Build Your Own Curriculum (BYOC) software is an expectation of Teachers to maintain
  • Assignments and Lessons are on-line put there by classroom teachers (Expectation)
  • Projects and assignments are handed in digitally – (Student email added 2010) through email and drop-boxes
  • On-line software is used all the time, ex. :
  • Project based assignments are done through the use of – cameras, video Flip Cameras, Skyping, iPads, iPods and Smartphones… all of this is an expectation by the Administration
  • Teachers are creating podcasts, boardcasts, etc… to encourage on-line learning and classroom supplementation… Blended Classrooms are expected.
  • Tech. Tuesday implemented for digital Professional Developed to compliment “30 hours”  (Professional Development sessions throughout the year)
  • Teachers have extended the “Brick and Mortar” classroom through the use of wikis, blogs, etc. – This is known as “Blended Virtual” school
  • Decreasing need for “Hardcopy Textbooks” – moving towards Digital Textbooks (District Savings)
  • Digital Textbooks will be created by teachers for the beginning of the 2013-14 school year…
  • Cornell Note Taking
  • Writing initiative – Summary Writing, Research Writing and Compare/Contrast Writing
 
Environment (Building):
 
  • Building has been updated to encourage Triple A (Academics, Arts and Athletics) ie.: Theatre façade, Trophy cases in specific areas represent the Triple A area…
  • School has been retooled as a 21st Century School
  • 21st Century Computer Lab – Rm. 124
  • 21st Century Classrooms – Visual and Audio
  • Digital IP Video Security System to protect LUHS – implemented 2011 through a COPS Grant - 2010 / Continued IP addressed cameras are added each year – in 2015-16 LUHS will have 96 Cameras
  • 21st Century Update in the Distance Learning Room (Polycom, Audio Enhanced speaker system…)
  • PEP Grant Benefit –
    • Aerobic Room
    • New Weight Room Equipment
    • High ropes in the Field House
    • Climbing Tower
  • Rotary Foreign Exchange Student Map – Display to enhance Public Relations pertaining in-coming and out-going exchange students
  • Creation of an Audio-Visual Studio for the enhancement of student development in Television Production – in full use by 2013-14
  • 2014-15 Lavatories are completed updated and remodeled on both sides of the Auditorium
  • 2015-16 the LUHS Auditorium will be completely remodeled with a new “Facelift!”
  • 2016-17 LUHS Placed 1056 (6 ft. X 4 ft.) Solar Panels on the roof of the Fieldhouse
 
 
Technology at LUHS:
 
  • Website – using the website – teachers, coaches, advisors, students – projects, videos, PPT’s, keynote, etc…  2015-16 the homepage will be redone for a fresh “facelift!”
  • New Technology Policy for Cell phone use at LUHS encouraging educational use by students and teachers ie.: Student Response Systems (SRS), Research tool, Smartphone Apps, etc. …  Bring your own device (BYOD)
  • New Open Directory Servers (OSX) – 2009 / 2015-16 the Server System was completely redone to stay up with the mandates
  • 2012 more Active Directory (AD) servers were added to continue the Dual Platform concept
  • Dual Platform Technology
  • New Printing System for cost savings
  • * New Security Camera System (IP driven for better coverage – 32 cameras to 72 in 2011)
  • * 3 Mg. of bandwidth in 2008 to 100 Mg. of bandwidth in 2011 / 2015-16 the Bandwidth has been upgraded to 1G and a brand new “Firewall” has been purchased and implemented
  • New Wireless System – due to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) iPad initiative more
Access Ports were added to have better wireless coverage / 2015-16 the Wireless has been updated and bolstered
  • * 50 Mounted LCD projectors in the School ( Previous to 2008 – only one LCD projector in the school – Commons)
  • * Several Sets of Student Response Systems (SRS)
  • * 30 Interactive Boards (Promethean, Smart and MimioBoards) 2012
  • Redesigned Stationary Computer Labs – for better instructional use (Rooms 124, 161, 115 and 148 DLR) / New LED projectors have been purchased for “interactive walls!”
  • * Several Digital Slates for instruction – These are now REPLACED BY iPads for Teachers
  • * Several Digital Capturing Cameras – Activiews and NOW newer 10.5 Megapixal cameras are now being used in our classrooms
  • 2012 all teachers were given iPads to create their own classroom digital textbooks
  • 2011 a Polycom System was purchased to encourage Sister Schools around the country and world
  • Virtual Classrooms are encouraged – Blended Teaching is expected – Several Teachers became Certified on-line teachers the summer of 2012
  • Addition of the SolarWise Grant from WPS – Solar Panels added for generation of electricity for five Science Classrooms – Curriculum added to Environmental Science Classes which will connect cross-curricular projects
  • iPad Mobile Lab – 2012-13 / another ordered in 2013-14
  • TV Studio - a part of the LMC developmental area
  • 2016-17 70 inch interactive Monitors were purchased for 10 rooms in order to replace the old interactive white boards
  • 2016-17 / 13 zSpace 3D monitors were purchased for our new zSpace Lab at LUHS; LUHS is the 5 school in Wisconsin to have this new technology
 
 
 
 
 
 
Leadership Initiatives:
 
  • Financial Leadership – proactively agreed to change Administrative Contracts – benefit packages - (District Savings) 2011
  • Successful Practices Network Committee (SPNC) PLC – Meets twice a month
    • One Saturday Morning a month (3 hours 9-Noon)
    • One Tuesday Morning (before school 7-8 a.m.)
    • In 2015-16 this group will meet once a month on a Saturday
  • Initiating New Department Leadership Structure – (District Savings)
  • Created and developed Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) at LUHS – Created the first one in 2012 and Developed the communities for the school year – 2012-13
  • Initiated Charlotte Danielson tool for Staff Evaluation
  • Attending Conferences to enhance District Initiatives
    • Model Schools Conference
    • SLATE (Wisconsin Technology initiative) Conference – LUHS Spoke
    • AWSA/WASDA (Administrative Conferences)
    • Alternative Education Conference in Wisconsin – LUHS Spoke
    • LdF Education Summit – LUHS Administration Spoke
    • ISTE Conference – Technology in Education
  • Created/Creating Relationships with Tribal Council Based on Trust
  • Initiated Cell Phone Usage Policy –
  • ”30 hours” – used for initiating new ideas – Weekly Staff In-Service  (An hour a Week)
  • “Tech Tuesday”  - used for digital initiatives and other topics pertinent to student improvement
  • * Creating “Sister Schools” through the use of Technology (PolyCom 2011)
  • Sister School in Daqing China
  • Initiated “Model Schools” Adaptation – Administration and Instructional Staff
    • Sent Administrators to Conferences
    • Sent Groups of Teachers to Conferences
  • Initiated “Membership to Model Schools”
  • Initiated Parent Network in cooperation with local Coalitions and the Marshfield Clinic
  • Creation of “Sister Schools” in China (Daching High School) and Ecuador 
  • Initiated more Communications with Students through:
    • Student Council
    • Co-curricular Advisory Council
    • Principal’s Breakfast Club
    • Ignition Program (Student Mentoring by Students)
  • Compensation Policy initiated
  • New Salary Structure – Collaboratively worked on by Staff, Administration and Board
  • New Timeline and controls for this Salary advancement (Pay for Performance)
 
Communications / PR:
 
  • Website – communicating with the community, parents and students
  • Website – alerts are sent to community members
  • Using Alertnow / InfiniteCampus implemented for reminders and communicating to parents, students and community
  • Email Blasts to Community for reminders of Community Events
  • LUHS School Profile Brochure – also, on the website
  • Weekly Email Communications to Staff
  • * Initiated Parent Network
  • * PowerSchool / Now – InfiniteCampus – Grade book for parents and students to check
  • Teachers’ personal pages have classroom lessons, assignments and information – along with PPTX’s, keynotes, Prezi’s, iMovies, etc.
  • District Administrator has spoken to several community groups pertaining to the changes at LUHS
  • Tours given by District Administrator – showing the positive changes at LUHS
  • A District Brochure has been created by the District Administrator to demonstrate the positive activities at LUHS
  • A Profile Trifold has been created to demonstrate the Academic, Arts and Athletics at LUHS
  • Quarterly Video Recordings (Commercials) were created by the District Administrator to demonstrate the Positive Student Activities that are found at LUHS
 
Speaking Engagements by Teachers and Administration (Principal):
  • PE/Health Teachers - Speaking at Universities (UW-LaCrosse  -  P.E./Health Dept.)
  • PE/Health Teachers - Speaking at State and National PE/Health Conferences – (P.E./Health Dept. – Mary Wentland)
  • Journey Instructor - Speaking at Universities  (UW-Oshkosh – Kim Wasserburger)
  • Journey Instructor – Speaking at National Experiential Learning Conferences
  • Principal – Speaking at local, State and National Conferences pertaining to “Technology Enhanced Instruction”
  1. CESA 9 – (Jim Bouché)
  2. SLATE Conference in Wisconsin – (Jim Bouché)
  3. TIES Conference in Minnesota – (Jim Bouché)
  4. Marian University to classes pertaining to future Administrators – (Jim Bouché)
  5. ISTE National Conference – Technology Integration to Instruction
  6. Model Schools National Conference – done Virtually due to conflict with another national Conference – (Jim Bouché – video below)
  7. https://www.youtube.com/embed/OkKU6uWHvPw
  • Career Academies staff speaking at the Wausau Schools – (Len Larsen)
  • keynote speaker for the annual Great Lakes Intertribal Council meeting – (Len Larsen)
  • Keynote speaker at the 2013 State Student Council Convention in Green Bay – (Len Larsen)
 
 
 
Student Achievement: (2009-10 to 2014-15)
 
                        Failure Rate from ’09-’10 to ’10-’11 (1st Semester) Dropped 51%
                        Failure Rate from ’09-’10 to ’10-11  (2nd Semester) Dropped 56%
 
                        Failure Rate from 1st Sem. To 2nd Sem. ’10-’11  (199 to 171) Dropped 14%
                        1st Sem. 2010-11 Failing grades given =    3.8%
                        2nd Sem. 2010-11 Failing grades given =   3.2%
                       
                        Failure Rate from 1st Sem. To 2nd Sem. ’11-’12 
                        1st Sem. 2011-12 Failing grades given  =   2.6%
                        2nd Sem. 2011-12 Failing grades given =   2.8%
                     
                        Failure Rate from 1st Sem. To 2nd Sem.’12-’13 
                        1st Sem. 2012-13 Failing grades given  =   3.3%
                        2nd Sem. 2012-13 Failing grades given =   2.8%
 
                        Failure Rate from 1st Sem. To 2nd Sem.’13-14
                        1st Sem. 2013-14  Failing Grades given = 3.8%
                        2nd Sem. 2013-14 Failing Grades given = 3.0%
 
                        Failure Rate from 1st Sem. To 2nd Sem. ’14-15
                        1st Sem. 2014-15 Failing Grades given = 2.9%
                        2nd Sem. 2014-15 Failing Grades given = 2.7%
                       
                        Failure Rate from 1st Sem. To 2nd Sem. ’15-16
                        1st Sem. 2015-16 Failing Grades given = 2.4%
                        2nd Sem. 2015-16 Failing Grades given = 3.2%
 
                        Failure Rate from 1st Sem. To 2nd Sem. ’16-17
                        1st Sem. 2016-17 Failing Grades given = 2.5%
                        2nd Sem. 2016-17 Failing Grades given =                          
 
                  







     




This data is due to the Influence of the Freshman Academy and Academic Labs that we
Started in 2010. These Academies grew into Sophomore and Junior Academies along with all Freshmen and
Sophomores placed in Learning Labs in 2011-12. Also, in 2010, We started our GEDOption 2 Program which
directly impacted our Graduation Rates!
           
                       
  • = Some ideas are duplicated because they are “Cross-Categorical”