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Panther Pause: News from the middle

Written by Scott Woodington, middle school principal for St. Croix Central

This school year has been very similar to many previous school years. Each year I begin by speaking to the staff about how fast the year will fly by. Last August we had our first professional development days and the open house. Throughout the school year teachers have continued working on their curriculum and learning more about the educator evaluation system which was adopted last year by the State of Wisconsin. In addition, the state rolled out a new Wisconsin Forward Exam for grades 3-8. We also conducted ALICE (Alert Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) training for the entire staff in the event we have a crisis situation anywhere in the district.

The end of the year brings mixed emotions. Bidding farewell to a group of eighth grade students moving to the high school and welcoming a new group of fifth grade students that will be moving to the middle school. Sadly, we say goodbye to staff that will not be returning for the 2016-17 school year.


St. Croix Central is an awesome school district. We have great students, wonderful and thoughtful parents, and an outstanding staff. I would personally like to thank Gretchen Krahn for her dedication and making our school district a great place to learn and work. Congratulations to all the retirees, I wish them many happy and healthy years of retirement.

Fourth grade parent meeting

Middle school counselors Kat Brossmer and Chris Jardine, and I will meet with the fourth grade parents at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 18, in the middle school multi-purpose room. This meeting is for parents only. During the presentation we will discuss some sensitive topics and answer parent questions. Information presented at this meeting is similar to prior years and is intended for parents that are new to the middle school; however, all parents are welcome. We will conclude the evening with a tour of the building. If you have questions and are unable to make it to the meeting, please give me a call.

Fourth grade transition day

At the end of each school year, the fourth-graders visit the middle school to tour the building and meet the teachers they will have next year. Friday, May 27, will be the fourth grade transition day.

Eighth grade recognition and Washington, D.C., trip

On Friday, May 20, the eighth grade recognition ceremony will be held in the multi-purpose room at 1:30 p.m. We will celebrate the end of the eighth grade students’ middle school career and wish them luck as they move on to the high school. On Sunday morning, May 22, eighth-graders will board coach buses for their final middle school learning activity. The eighth-graders will be taking the annual trip to Washington, D.C. Approximately 90 students and chaperones will enjoy tours of Gettysburg and other historical sites in the D.C. area.

Have a great end to the school year and have a relaxing summer.

It’s a great day to be a PANTHER!