White Lake School District Executive Summary

The White Lake School District looks for ways to utilize resources that impact teaching and learning.  All new initiatives are established on relevant research-based best practices. The plan implementing these new initiatives utilizes three key areas of information technology:

            · Technology applications that affect academic achievement

            · Persistent systemic professional development

            · Impact of Library Media Program on academic achievement

 

The White Lake School District believes that every student can and will learn, if placed in a stimulating and supportive learning environment.  Technology is recognized as a practical tool in assisting students to reach new levels of understanding and in expanding methods of communicating with others around the world.  The effective integration of technology will:

·  Allow teachers to address varied learning styles of the students through increased use of audio,    video, computer, communication systems, and new technologies that continue to be introduced  

    into education and the world as a whole.

            ·   Motivate students by making learning relevant to their personal lives.

            · Foster collaboration among students, teachers, and the community.

            · Provide resources that enhance the creative ability of the student and the teacher.

            · Provide resources that focus instruction on problem solving and critical thinking.

            · Make curriculum content immediate and relevant to students.

            · Strengthen the students ability to function in an information-based society.

            · Prepare students for life in the 21st Century.

 

District Information and Technology Vision Statement

 

The age of 21st Century skills has an impact on the information people must know as well as on how their work is accomplished. The White Lake School Districts vision is to enable our staff to prepare our students with skills for the 21st Century, enabling them to become valuable assets to their community.

 

District Information and Technology Mission Statement

 

It is the Information and Technology Mission of the White Lake School District to create an information and technology-rich learning and teaching environment that:

            · Enhances creative problem-solving skills

            · Enables effective and productive uses of technology and library media

            · Integrates technology and library media across the curricula, and

            · Allows students and staff to participate in a global society as part of the educational program

   

Indication of Relationship between Plan and Vision and Mission Statements

 

The alignment of curriculum to Common Core standards and workshops offered through various grants will encourage more staff to work toward the districts vision. The use of up-to-date productivity software, Notebook Software for SmartBoards, mobile laptop carts in the classroom, increased time in computer labs, and the use of iPads and iPods will make an impact on student learning which can lead the way to draw a larger part of the staff toward integrating technology into their classroom on a regular basis. Aligning teaching and learning practices to the vision has become an initiative that must be explored daily. Those staff members that are reluctant learners themselves need both the reason for change and the roadmap to get there. Continued staff development will motivate more staff to work toward the vision and support a new mindset that changes the way teachers teach.

 

District Demographics

 

The White Lake School District is a small rural district located in Langlade County, Wisconsin. It is comprised of approximately 750 households and 150 families with school-age children. The District has one 4K-12 building serving a student population of approximately 205 students. District staff is comprised of 21 teachers, 13 support staff, 4 part-time special education support staff through CESA 8 and 9, 1 1/2 administrators, 1 bookkeeper and 1 secretary. In the 2012-2013 school year 58.9 percent of the student population was eligible for free or reduced lunches according to federal guidelines. The majority of our population is Caucasian with small percentages of Black, Native American and Hispanic students. We have a constantly changing school population due in part to a Group Home and the characteristics of a lower socio-economic population.

 

The White Lake School District has shown Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) on the WKCE, which is given in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10 according to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Figures found at DPIs Wisconsin School District Performance Report site (https://apps2.dpi.wi.gov/sdpr/district-report.action) have shown that the district has a 95% attendance rate and an 84.6% graduation rate for the 2011-12 school year. The 2011-12 School Performance Report (SPR) also indicates approximately 36.4% of the graduates plan to attend a college or university, 27.3% a vocational/technical school, 0% military, 9.1% into job training, 13.6% going into the work force and 13.6% undecided.

 

There are two major manufacturing companies in the district; however, most other businesses are small and are tourist/farm/logging related. Manufacturing and business resources are limited due to the lack of local employers and most citizens drive to jobs out of the district.

 

  

Challenges currently facing White Lake School District: declining enrollment and increasing property value which influence state aid causing a decrease in funding from approximately 1/3 to 1/4 of our budget, increasing retired and elderly population (approximately 24% or total population),and a state budget that is minimally supporting the mandates set by the legislature.

 
 
 
www.whitelake.k12.wi.us -- Last updated on: June 24,2013