By Superintendent Wayne Weber
It's hard to believe that the school year is coming to a close. Spring is apparently here even as I look out my window at the snow banks basking in the sunshine. This spring, the weather has been a topic of conversation far more than any of us would like. Recently, I was talking with a group of people and the conversation turned to the missed opportunities for kids this spring due to all the athletic events that have been cancelled. I left that conversation thinking of missed opportunities but soon was reminded that there are opportunities all around us and this is particularly true for the students in the Rosendale-Brandon School District.
At each month's board meeting administrators give updates regarding events and activities happening in their buildings. As I listen to those updates along with the board, I am struck at the number of opportunities our young people have. It's no secret that our district is known for its academic and athletic success, but we offer opportunities outside of the classroom and off the court or field as well. These activities are equally worthy of recognition! A brief perusal of our Facebook site as well as these monthly updates from our administrators remind me how thankful I am that my own children are part of this district. Our community should be proud of what we are able to offer our students and families
Some of those opportunities appear in the form of various clubs and teams such as Powerlifting, Trap Shooting, Drama, Academic Bowl, SMART (Students Modeling a Research Topic) Team, Computer Coding and Math teams as well as Forensics. Sometimes they are field trips, both internal, like the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Shuttle or external, such as the trip to Fond du Lac High School's Climbing Wall and Adventure Course. Our high school band and chorus students performed in Disney World. We've had poster contest and geography bee winners. We have 8th graders who are currently participating in the German Exchange Program, and others who will be traveling to Washington, DC in early June. Our high school manufacturing students will be participating in their Project GRILL (Growing Readiness in Learning and Leading) unveiling this May. The R-BEL (Rosendale-Brandon Early Learners) Program will be concluding their activities in May as well.
This is just a sampling of what has been happening recently in our district. Each one of these opportunities happens because we have staff dedicated to sharing their passion with kids and taking that experience outside of the classroom walls. So thank you to the staff who organize these activities, the school board for approving the programs, and the community for supporting our schools.