April 2, 2013 Election: Wisconsin needs Don Pridemore, a fresh, independent leader, for State Superintendent of Schools
Want more local control over schools? What about increasing a parent's right to choose which school they send their children to? How about an independent leader for State Superintendent of Public Instruction instead of one tied to the teachers union?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, I urge you to vote for Don Pridemore on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.
Add to these concerns the very disturbing news of the Wisconsin Department of Instruction "White Privilege" sensitivity courses that are being taught to our teachers, as part of a training program called CREATE Wisconsin for public school teachers. I watched the following video, compiled by the Education Action Group, and was sickened by some of the ideas being promoted by our DPI and courtesy of our tax dollars!
At the 38 second mark, this quote caught my attention: "We must be aware of how power holders oppressed all people of color to shape the country as they wanted it. Racism is one of several systems of oppression. Others are class, sexism, hetero-sexism, the institutionalized primacy of Christianity, and able-bodiedism. These systems work toward a common goal: to maintain power and control in the hands of wealthy, white, heterosexual, Christian, able-bodied men." The quote came from Dr. Francis Kendall.
And Wisconsin teachers aren't the only ones subject to this type of indoctrination. "White Privilege" is creeping into some Wisconsin public schools as well. In January, the Delavan-Darien District made national news when it was learned students there were being taught similar white privilege ideas.
Interestingly, the DPI website used to include information on White Privilege on their public webpages. It has since been removed from public view!
Another area of curriculum concern is "Common Core." Wisconsin agreed to use that Federally mandated curriculum when Gov. Doyle signed us on to the the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top program. (In order to compete for Federal dollars, we had to agree to use their national "Common Core" curriculum.) The math program in Common Core is called "Just Math."
We all know a firm foundation in math is necessary for so many career choices, but unfortunately, the Federally mandated "Just Math" curriculum transforms mathematics into a vehicle for pushing social and ecological justice subject matter onto our students.
Don Pridemore is concerned about this as well. He believes we need to take a "closer look" at Common Core and its Standards, "This Federally administered program has a far reaching impact on a local school district’s ability to control the curriculum of their schools."
I also like that Pridemore wants to take an audit of DPI, “'DPI has never been audited as a whole but only on individual instances,' Pridemore said. 'Because we are in tough economic times we must ensure that every tax dollar is spent efficiently and with a purpose of giving our children the best chance to succeed in our educational system. Due to all the mandates and programs DPI is responsible for and some of the alarming issues that have come from that department, we must determine that our tax dollars are being spent wisely. A thorough audit will answer that question.'"
Don Pridemore has served as a Representative in the state Assembly since 2004, and has been on the Education Committee there during the 2011-2012 session and again this 2013-2014 session.
Everyone in the state votes for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in the Tuesday, April 2, 2013 General Spring Election. Public education accounts for the lion's share of most people's property tax bills. Don't you want your hard earned dollars to be used wisely?
Take a few moments and explore the issues on Don Pridemore's website.
Everyone in Wisconsin votes for Supreme Court and DPI Superintendent in the Tuesday, April 2, 2013 General Election. This election is of utmost importance, so don't sit this one out!
I am casting my vote for Justice Pat Roggensack for State Supreme Court. She is well respected and known for fairness. For more information see: 'VIP' Primary Election for Justice Roggensack
Spring fever has hit HAWS with great upcoming events, contests…and a continued “Challenge!”
“Give Pets a Home-Field Advantage” through HAWS’ 30th Anniversary Pet Walkathon! Get a Team together, create a personal fundraising page – just be sure to join the fun on Saturday, May 4th at Sussex Village Park. 100% of Walk donations help the animals at the Waukesha shelter, so everyone can make a difference and save lives. Support HAWS on foot or online – all the Walkathon details are at www.hawspets.org.
There are 5 weeks to go in HAWS’ $10,000 Matching Gift Behavior Rehabilitation Challenge – now is the time to donate and any amount can help. HAWS’ Mod Squad saves lives and gives second chances to deserving dogs – 650 dogs and counting! Donate today through May 4th at www.hawspets.org, then celebrate at the Walkathon!
“Sing to Save Lives” Jingle Contest videos are due April 30th. Grab that microphone, sing HAWS’ Jingle and win great prizes, including an appearance on Animal Advocate Television on WISN 12!
HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center has a spring cleaning idea – the Dog Wash for HAWS at Petlicious Dog Bakery & Pet Spa on Sunday April 14th. Summit Credit Union has named HAWS their April "Business of the Month" – one day each week adoptable pets take over to celebrate! Details and the full Mobile calendar are at www.hawspets.org.
HAWS’ first-ever Kitten College Socialization & Playtime is Sunday, April 14th. Kittens learn appropriate social skills that prevent future behavior problems! Designed for kittens 8-15 weeks, maximum class size is 7 kittens. Pre-registration is required – call 262-542-8851, x114 or log onto www.hawspets.org.
Additional highlights on HAWS’ April Calendar include the FREE Solving Common K9 Behavior Problems seminar (4/8); “Pet”-icures, for cats on 4/13 and 4/23 (additional day!) and for small animals (4/10 at Pet Supplies Plus and 4/20 at HAWS); the monthly First Aid for Pets session (4/20); and Puppy Parties every Sunday at 4:45p.m. All events and details are available at www.hawspets.org.
The regulation of guns has been an American tradition to keep the country safe. History is than in the wild wild west guns spoke louder than words and so the bawdy and other business people decided on a check in your gun policy or you cannot come in here. The roaring 20's saw gangsters take advantage of the prohibition laws and used guns and then rapid fire tommy guns to kill and show their power to dominate the big cities.
There is nothing in the newly proposed laws to regulate the sportsmen and hunters.
Through Operation Rice Bowl, the SJV students and their families, along with parishioners, had an opportunity to pray for and directly assist the poor in the U.S. and overseas. Each family kept a cardboard 'bowl' on their table and collected money. The box was accompanied by stories of people in other countries, including their joys and sorrows. Contributions support Catholic Relief Services and the Vincent Family Center in Milwaukee run by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Donations topped $2,800 this year.
St. John Vianney fourth graders conducted a state fair on Wednesday, March 13th, showcasing detailed written reports and hand-made maps on each state.
Each student was responsible for a different state. In the typed reports, the students summarized several features of their state's economy, geography, industry, and other important aspects.
From the city's website:
2. PLAN COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION: Request of the Plan Commission c/o of the Department of Community Development for approval of a rezoning of city owned property located at 1000 S. Moorland Road (former fire center 3), and privately owned properties located at 900 S. Moorland Road and vacant lot directly east thereof (tax key 1147-995-001) from “O&LB” Office and Limited Business and “MSO” Modified Suburban Overlay to “B-2” General Business and “MSO” Modified Suburban Overlay. (SW1/4 of Sec 35) – DE **Requires Common Council Approval**
by K. Adamson
March 23, under the guidance of coach Erica Lanser, SJV students on the school's Forensic Team competed in the Middle Level Forensic Association State Meet where they pitted their communication skills against some 1,400 students from 80 schools.
With the weather knocking off more prep sports events faster than John Axford allows homers, I thought I would share some quick thoughts on the local professional sports teams.
Now more than ever it seems that people are in need and St. John Vianney students are helping to fill that need by collecting new toiletries such as women's hygiene products, deodorant, cough drops, shampoo and more, for the Milwaukee Rescue Mission and the Sojourner Truth House.
7th graders coordinated the collection drive but families from the entire school and Parish donated items. This year, an estimated 1,500 items were donated by Parish and school families with the hope they will bring some comfort and much-needed hlep to area men, women and children.
Jen steps away from the keyboard to allow HAWS’ marketing intern, Andria, to reflect on her experiences at HAWS so far!
A reader sent me a link to Elmbrook Superintendent Mark Hansen's blog. He's been visiting lawmakers in Madison. In closing, he writes:
Together, we will continue to advocate for a sustainable business model where revenues match expenditures, and one that supports the current level of programs and services that our students, parents, and community have come to expect from an Elmbrook education.
In preparation for Easter, St. John Vianney students from K5 through eighth grade attended the Stations of the Cross on Wednesday, March 27th in the Parish Church.
Seventh and eighth grade students read the verses while eighth grade students re-enacted each event, creating a realistic picture of the Passion and death of Jesus. "Seeing how Jesus suffered and died made me sad," one fourth grader said of the event. "But it also makes me know how much Jesus loves us."
7th Grade team wins $1,000 each for STEM Competition
HAWS and the Friends of HAWS fundraising group have announced the “starting line-up” of activities for the 30th Annual Pet Walkathon on May 4th to benefit the Waukesha shelter.
This year there are 2 Weed Out days at Mary Knoll Park in Brookfield on Saturday, May 4th and then Saturday, May 11th. Both dates start at 9 am and finish at noon. We may be having a slow spring, but the Garlic Mustard marches on!
Past Garlic Mustard Posts with photos:
2012 Weed Out Time (with photos)
3rd Annual Weed Out (with photos)
It is worth saving (pictures from Weed Out and wildflowers)
Oh, the shame! (photos and tips for evicting Garlic Mustard)
Weed control links: Garlic Mustard and garlic mustard's pretty cousin, Dame's Rocket. (It can take over native areas too.) Garlic mustard should be thrown in the trash and labeled Garlic Mustard: Do not compost.