Did you know that students who eat a healthy school breakfast have significantly higher academic scores, increased attendance, improved behavior, and decreased tardiness?
Foodservice records in the Lake Holcombe School District indicate that less than 10% of middle and high school students eat school breakfast on a daily basis. Many of these students are eating nothing at all until lunch time. It is our goal for more students to eat school breakfast. We feel that there will be a positive impact on student achievement and overall student health.
Beginning January 27th we will be implementing a mid-morning “Grab and Go” breakfast option. Middle and High school students will still have the regular early morning breakfast option or the mid-morning “Grab and Go” option. Students on Free or Reduced lunch are eligible for one breakfast. If students were to choose both, the meal will be charged to their foodservice account.
We have surveyed our middle and high school students and there was positive feedback in regard to implementing a “Grab and Go” option. Students will have an option of “grabbing” a breakfast in the commons after their first hour class and reporting to their second hour class where there will be a ten minute mid-morning break from 8:44AM-8:54AM. Second hour will resume at 8:55AM. In order to implement this program the morning bell will ring at 8:00AM instead of 8:03AM and the end of the day bell will ring at 3:26PM rather than 3:22PM.
We look forward to this program change that will be beneficial to our students overall health and student achievement. Please contact me or Mary Kostka, Head Cook with any specific questions you may have.
Middle and high school basketball seasons are in full swing. This is a busy time of year for
student athletes. The following are some good reminders of how we all can be supportive of the Lake Holcombe student athletes. Our coaches and athletes need your positive support and encouragement.
Support Our Student Athletes-Help our student athletes achieve skill improvement and
good sportsmanship in every game.
Always Be Positive-While we are not participants on student athletes teams we all
contribute to the success experienced by students and their teams.
Be Enthusiastic and Supportive-Let student athletes set their own goals and play the game
Reinforce Positive Behavior-The best way to help student athletes achieve goals and reduce the natural fear of failure is through positive reinforcement.
Let Coaches Coach and Refs Ref-Coaches and referees volunteer their time to help make
our student athletes successful. Treat them and their calls fairly and respectfully.
I hope you will be able to take in an event at the Lake Holcombe School this season.
December is almost in the books and another Holiday Season is upon us. This is a time to reflect upon the past year and set some goals for the upcoming year. I believe the students and staff at the Lake Holcombe School had a productive 2019 part of their school year and are looking forward to the challenges of 2020. We again congratulate the students and staff on all of the successes that we have enjoyed together in the Lake Holcombe School District. The Lake Holcombe School District is a small school that makes a big difference in the lives of the students that it educates. Please make it a point to thank the educators and all of the staff members of the Lake Holcombe School District that tirelessly work hard for your son or daughter each and every day. There is a dedicated and committed staff at Lake Holcombe School.
Please use the Holiday break to talk with your son or daughter about their educational goals for the year 2020. Students only get one chance at a PK-12 public education. It is important to make the most of it.
I wish each and every one of you a joyous holiday season and a prosperous 2020.
There are two more opportunities for parents, grandparents, friends, relatives, and the general public to enjoy the accomplishments of our students and the Lake Holcombe School District music departments. The Middle School Holiday Concert will be held in the Lake Holcombe Gymnasium on December 12 @ 7:00PM. The High School Band and Choir Concert will be held on December 16th @ 7:00PM.
The arts are an important part of the school experience. Experiences in art, band, choir, and drama help to shape the whole child. The arts are an important part of the PK-12 curriculum. Some of the benefits of the arts include:
Today’s cold weather is a reminder that winter can come early to Wisconsin. With that being said, the cold and flu season will soon be upon us. Here are some helpful tips in ensuring that your son or daughter stays healthy this winter season.
1. Pay attention to your symptoms. No one likes getting sick. Unfortunately, we tend to “push past” how we feel and keep going. Getting sick means slowing down—and sometimes stopping. Teach your kids this by what you say and do. Colds and flu usually give you symptoms in waves. Slow way down (or stop) when you feel really ill. Do quiet activities as you feel a bit better.
2. Get extra rest. If you’re sick, rest helps your body focus on fighting your illness. Take naps. Sleep longer. During cold and flu season, it may be helpful to try to get a bit more rest to avoid getting sick.
3. Wash your hands regularly. Experts recommend washing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Teach young children to sing aloud one verse of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” to know how long to wash.
4. Follow the seven- to 10-day rule. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that most viral illnesses (that can’t be treated with antibiotics) will last seven to 10 days.
5. Watch for other symptoms. If you or your child has allergies, asthma, or another type of illness, a cold or flu can flatten them longer.
6. Don’t go to school or work until after a fever breaks. The sick person needs to be fever free for at least 24 hours (without the use of any medicine) before going back into public.
7. Blow your nose often. Sniffing the mucous back into your head doesn’t help. Blow it out, but blow gently. Blowing too hard can cause earaches.
8. Support and care for the sick person. Help make the person comfortable. Give the person space to rest and recover.
9. Eat foods and liquids that help. Drink lots of liquids, especially hot liquids, for colds. If you’re vomiting from the flu, wait about an hour to eat or drink after vomiting. Try a little bit of water or flat lemon-lime soda and see if it stays down.
10. Be patient. When you’re sick, it can feel like you’re sick for a long time. Give yourself (or your child) time to recover.
We want you here but we want you healthy. Please let us know how we can assist in the health of your son or daughter.
Regular school attendance is one of the most important factors in making sure that students receive a good education. Students who attend regularly have a much greater chance of doing well on report cards and state and district assessments. If students are not here it makes it tough to learn due to missing the core instruction delivered by a quality teacher. This is a lifelong skill that will ensure success in your student’s future. Employers consider regular attendance to be one of the most important assets in a quality employee. This pattern of behavior starts early on in life during their PK-12 education.
The following are some things that you can do to encourage a pattern of good attendance for your son or daughter.
Help your child get to school on time every day. Teach your child how to set and use an alarm clock, and keep the television turned off in the morning.
Check homework. Check each night to see that your child understands and completes the day's homework assignments.
Take an active role. Stay involved with your child's daily experiences at school by asking how the school day went, and then listening carefully to what your child shares with you both the successes and struggles. Make it a point to meet with your child's teachers and friends.
Locate potential sources of anxiety. If your child frequently appears upset or reluctant to go to school and cannot tell you why, schedule an appointment with his or her teacher or school counselor to talk about possible sources of the anxiety.
Keep updated on school events and announcements. Read the school documents that your child brings home and take note of important announcements and dates such as parent-teacher conferences.
Try to limit the amount of time that your child misses school due to medical appointments or illness. If possible, avoid scheduling doctor's appointments during the school day. Allow your child to stay home only in the case of contagious or severe illnesses.
Students who miss days, weeks, or months of school at a time will have a difficult time passing their courses and catching up to their peers. For older students, prolonged absences may make it very difficult to graduate from high school.
Schedule family events with your child's school schedule in mind. Plan holiday celebrations or family trips during weekends or school vacations. In the case of family emergencies or unexpected trips, talk to your child's teacher as far in advance as possible and set up a way that your child can work ahead or bring important homework on the trip.
Plan ahead. Encourage your child to prepare for the next school day by laying out clothes the night before and helping to fix lunches.
Promote good health. Make sure that your child eats a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, and has opportunities to exercise every day through a sports team or playtime outside.
Create a restful environment. Make sure that your child can relax before bedtime by doing something quiet like reading rather than do something stimulating, like watching television. Ensure that your child gets enough quality sleep ideal amounts range from 8 to 12 hours. Getting enough sleep will help him or her get up on time, be refreshed in the morning, and feel ready for a full day of learning ahead!
By making your child's school attendance a priority, you will be taking an important step in supporting your child's school success, and setting a good example. Remember every day counts!
Please encourage your son or daughter to commit to regular school attendance.
October is National Principals Month! Please join us in celebrating Principal Mark Porter this month. Mr. Porter has dedicated 20 years to the Lake Holcombe School District.
During National Principals Month, we would like to show our appreciation for Principal Mark Porter. Thank you for being the smiling face we see each day and for inspiring us to be leaders. Thank you for the wisdom that you show us each and every day. Outstanding school leaders make for outstanding schools! National Principals Month honors principals for their significant impact on the success and well-being of our nation’s students.
Having been a principal for numerous years myself and growing up the son of principal; I know firsthand the hard work and dedication it takes to be a successful principal.
Thank You Mr. Porter!
The annual meeting for the Lake Holcombe School District will be held in the Elementary IMC on Monday, October 28th, 2019 at 6:30PM. The annual meeting is an opportunity for the electors of the school district to participate in the process of approving a budget for the operation of their local school district.
The following is an overview of how the budget has come together for the 2019-20 school year. Budget books are available in the school office or on the district’s website at www.lakeholcombe.k12.wi.us. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
The 2019 general fund revenue limit for the Lake Holcombe School District is $3,763,474. This includes a three year $850,000 non-recurring referenda to exceed revenue limits. For the first time in many years the state budget included a per member revenue increase of $175.00. The community service fund levy is proposed to be $30, 210 which is $8,790 lower than last year The October 15 certified amount of state aid is projected at $172,757. This is down from the 2018-19 state aid amount of $203,356 The mill rate for tax year 2019 is projected to be $8.80 per thousand. The owner of a $100,000 house will pay $880 in school taxes. This is down slightly from 2018 when the school tax/mill rate was $9.06. The equalized value of the Lake Holcombe School District is $431,000,685. This is up from the October 2018 equalized value which was $408,584,722. The budget serves as a management tool to guide and direct the financial operations of the school district. There certainly will be changes to revenues and expenses as the year progresses.
The District ended the 2018-19 fiscal year with a general fund surplus of $56,991. Additionally, the district increased its Capital Improvement fund to $613, 182. These funds are earmarked for capital improvements that include boiler and roof replacement projects. These funds will be available for use in March of 2020. School safety grants afforded the district the ability to make safety improvements that included door and access control improvements. The district was also awarded a $30,000 mental health grant that will bring telehealth services to students. Students will not have to leave the building to receive these services. Blacktop was replaced in the student parking lot in the summer of 2019.
The students and staff of the Lake Holcombe School District appreciate the continued support from the electors of the Lake Holcombe School District.
The Lake Holcombe School District will join school districts throughout the state to salute their local education leaders during Wisconsin School Board Week Oct. 6-12. The commemorative week is designed to recognize the contributions made by Wisconsin's school board members, including the Lake Holcombe School Board, who are charged with governing public education under state law.
Wisconsin school board members are chosen by their communities to manage local schools. They oversee multi-million dollar budgets which fund education programs for more than 867,000 students in more than 420 public school districts. Their personnel decisions affect thousands of teachers, administrators and support workers. These volunteer leaders are responsible for formulating school district policy, approving curricula, maintaining school facilities, and adhering to state and federal education law. Legal concerns and the complexities of school finance, including budgeting and taxation, require them to spend many hours in board training programs and personal study to enhance their understanding of these issues.
Our deepest appreciation is extended to the dedicated men and women who make it possible for local citizens to participate in education in our community. We salute the public servants of the Lake Holcombe School Board whose commitment and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible: Brian Guthman-President, Jeff Anders-Clerk, Anneleise Willmarth-Treasurer, Matt Flater-Vice President, and Debbi Readinger-Director. Please join us by saying thanks to our school board members during Wisconsin School Board Week.
The Lake Holcombe School District hosts many athletic and co-curricular events. Did you know these are FREE to the public? For a complete listing of athletic events you can visit R School today at the following link address: https://lakeholcombe-ar.rschooltoday.com/
Our fantastic music department will host numerous vocal and instrumental concerts throughout the year. The following are the dates for those events for the 2019-20 school year:
Elementary Concert Schedule
FIRST CONCERT: Thursday, December 5th at 6:00pm Holiday Program
SECOND CONCERT: Tuesday, April 21st at 6:00pm Spring Program
JH and HS Concert Schedule
Tuesday, October 29th JH & HS Band and Choir Concert
Thursday, December 12th JH Band and Choir Concert
Monday, December 16th HS Band and Choir Concert
Tuesday, April 7th Large Group at Flambeau
May 7th HS Band and Choir Concert
May 14th JH Band and Choir Concert
Please mark your calendar to take advantage of some of the FREE events at YOUR local school district.