Monday, May 20, 2013
Dana Croatt and Steven Newcomer were introduced by the district at Monday's Greenfield School Board meeting.
The transformation of the Greenfield School District administrative team continued Monday. One month after Lisa Elliott was named the district’s new superintendent, Dana Croatt has been chosen to be Maple Grove Elementary School’s third principal in three years, and Steven Newcomer was named principal of Glenwood Elementary School. Croatt will slide in for Melissa Yow, who took a position with another school district after her one year in Greenfield. Croatt has eight years of teaching experience and has been a principal for the last four years at schools in Arizona, including a K-8 school that she helped open in 2011. As a teacher, Croatt, who received her doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Maple Grove Elementary students got to check out the police and fire stations, the DPW garage and the library Thursday, May 16.
For many years, second-grade students from the city's elementary schools have received a first-hand look at what may of the city's employees do on a daily basis. On Thursday, it was the Maple Grove Elementary students' turn. Dozens of students toured the Greenfield police and fire stations on Layton Avenue, popped into the library and got to take a seat in a plow truck in the Division of Public Works garage. Check out the video of a group of students and parents learning about DPW equipment thanks to Dave Brown and Renee Roehl.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Tracy Flater, an associate principal at Maple Grove Elementary School principal, will take over at Highland View Elementary in Greendale after the school year.
The Greendale School District has named a replacement for departing Highland View principal Leni Dietrich. Tracy Flater, an associate principal at Maple Grove Elementary School in Greenfield, will take over at Highland View after the Greendale School Board unanimously approved her appointment Monday. Flater was in her position at Maple Grove for just one school year. "We are pleased to welcome Ms. Flater to Greendale schools," Greendale Superintendent John Tharp said in a news release. "She has been an instructional leader in her schools and we are confident she will provide leadership in educational practices as she connects with students and families at Highland View." Flater will work with Dietrich in June during her transition to the …
Friday, March 29, 2013
The student council is selling "Light It Up Blue" bracelets as a fundraiser during Autism Awareness Month.
The staff and students at Maple Grove Elementary School is helping raise awareness about Autism by selling "Light It Up Blue" bracelets through April 12. The bracelets, sold by school's student council, are $3. Maple Grove students were given letters with order forms attached and are asked to return them to their teacher by the deadline. Don't have a student who goes to Maple Grove? No problem. Patch readers can mail in an order to ATTN: Jen Paulus, Maple Grove Elementary School, 6921 W. Cold Spring Rd., Greenfield, WI 53220. Those who order by mail are asked to indicate their name, address and quantity requested and include a check for $3.50 per bracelet to cover the cost of shipping. Patch readers can also email Paulus at jpaulus@…
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Melissa Yow is leaving Maple Grove, meaning the school will have its third principal in as many years in 2013-14. The district also learned its data and assessment coordinator is leaving.
Maple Grove Elementary School will have its third principal in as many years after the Greenfield School Board approved the resignation of Melissa Yow on Monday. Yow was hired last June to replace Michelle Weisrock, who was principal for the 2011-12 school year. Yow’s last day will be June 30. “Melissa had done an excellent job for us throughout this school year,” Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Todd Bugnacki wrote in a memo to the School Board. “We are disappointed to see her go; however, under Melissa’s leadership and with the efforts of the Maple Grove staff, parents and students, the building has made great strides moving forward and is in a wonderful position to welcome a new leader who will continue with the …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
And while the book character fashion show might have been the highlight, other special events were planned throughout the week.
Schools across the country are celebrating Read Across America Week, including Maple Grove Elementary School, where teachers and students kicked off the celebration with a fun-filled fashion show Monday. More than a dozen teachers dressed up as popular book characters and strutted their stuff in style for the student body. And while the book character fashion show might have been the highlight of the week, other special events include: Get great local stories like this on Facebook. Click to join us! Eddy Ringsby, a reading and math specialist at Maple Grove, said a child’s aptitude for reading sets the student up for future success or failure, as statistics indicate children who learn to read and participate in reading early on achieve …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The Greenfield School Board approved 14 new teacher contracts Monday for three teachers at the high school, two at Glenwood Elementary and nine at Maple Grove.
The Greenfield School District is working feverishly to fill in the many blanks created by this summer’s resignations and retirements. And at Maple Grove Elementary, where several teachers need to be replaced, the district is surrounding new principal Melissa Yow with her former colleagues. The Greenfield School Board approved 14 new teacher contracts Monday for three teachers at the high school, two at Glenwood Elementary and nine at Maple Grove. The district also hired a new nurse. Board member Cathy Walsh questioned the circumstances surrounding the Maple Grove hires. Three of the teachers formerly taught at Whittier Elementary School in Waukesha, the same school Yow was hired away from. A fourth Maple Grove hire came from another …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Only eight of 20 teachers will teach the same class in 2012-13 as they did last year, according to union president Kerri Jo Patten. But administration points out three more teachers remain at the school as part of a looping initiative.
More than half the teachers at Maple Grove Elementary School have new assignments for the 2012-13 school year. According to some, this is nothing out of the ordinary and will still provide the best possible learning environment for all students. Others say parents of Maple Grove should be concerned by all the departures and that the changes will disrupt the learning environment. So which is it? It depends on whom you ask. Let Patch save you time. Get great local stories like this delivered right to your inbox or smartphone everyday with our free newsletter. Fast signup here. At the Greenfield School Board meeting June 25, when a parent addressed the board and administration with concerns about turnover at Maple Grove, Superintendent …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Maple Grove's Students, Parents and Teachers Organization raised the money through various fundraisers.
Earlier this month, the Greenfield School Board accepted a donation of $11,257 from the Maple Grove Elementary School’s Students, Parents and Teachers Organization. Turns out the SPTO wasn’t quite done. On Monday, the Board accepted an additional $7,979, for a grand total of $19,236. The money will be used to purchase several smartboards for the school’s classrooms. “Our plan is have a smartboard in each grade level,” assistant superintendent Todd Bugnacki said. According to SPTO vice president Tracy Jendrzejek, the organization participated in six or seven different fundraisers, including pizza and movie ticket sales and a donation jar. “We really wanted to do a push this year to get (smartboards) in the classroom so they were there for …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Kerri Jo Patten, formerly a first-grade teacher at Maple Grove Elementary School, has been reassigned to the Middle School, and she questioned the administration's decision at Monday's School Board meeting.
A Greenfield School District teacher displeased with what she felt was a surprising and unwarranted reassignment aired her grievances in front of the School Board on Monday. Kerri Jo Patten, previously a first-grade teacher at Maple Grove Elementary School, told the board she found out at the end of the school day on June 7 that she had been reassigned to the Greenfield Middle School next year, where she will teach five different subjects. Teacher transfers are common, according to Superintendent Conrad Farner, but the circumstances surrounding Patten’s is what has the teaching veteran confused and upset. Get instant updates by 'liking' Greenfield Patch on Facebook. You're just a click away. Patten told the board that during her seven …