Parkview Jr./Sr. High School
- 408 West Beloit Street
- Orfordville, WI 53576
- Phone: (608) 879-2994
- Fax: (608) 879-9375
With winter weather fast approaching, the Parkview School District thought it would be a good time to provide parents and students with an update on transportation and review the protocol the District follows for school closings due to inclement weather. At Parkview, our number one priority for transportation is student safety. Student safety is the main reason why the District will cancel classes when the weather outside is severe and it is also the reason why we are scheduling bus evacuations drills in late November and early December at each school. During the evacuations drills, students will learn the proper way to evacuate the bus in the case of an emergency.
On the same day as the evacuation drills, students will also get a refresher on appropriate bus conduct using the methodology of PBIS. PBIS is a data-driven, proactive systems approach for establishing the behavioral supports and social environment needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. PBIS focuses on being safe, respectful and responsible. On the bus this means staying seated at all times, facing forward, using inside voices when talking, keeping ones hand and feet to oneself and listening to and respecting the bus driver. Following these guidelines leads to a safer environment on the school bus as students are kept in a more secure position and the bus driver is able to focus more on the road. In addition to training for the students, all of the bus drivers in the District will be trained on proper student management techniques and will be taught how to use PBIS to effectively keep the environment on the bus safe and respectful. More information on PBIS, along with training videos, can be found on the Parkview website.
In regards to school closings due to inclement weather, Parkview will follow a lot of the same procedures that have been used in the past. As the weather continues to get colder, please remember to watch for school closings on your local news channels and on the Parkview website. On days that school is not canceled and the weather outside is cold, remind your students to dress warm enough for the weather while they stand outside waiting for the bus to arrive. As ice and snow become more of a factor, bus travel times may be extended as the bus driver uses caution in driving in hazardous conditions. To keep drive times manageable, please remember to have your student at the bus stop before the bus arrives to ensure efficient pick-up times. Not being at the bus stop before the bus arrives leads to delays in the bus travel times, which can cause late arrivals times to each school in the morning. The goal of the District for morning arrival times is to have students who ride the bus arrive to each building in time to put their stuff away and grab breakfast if they choose to before classes start.
As we continue to progress through the school year, please remember that you can reach out to the District if you have any concerns or questions about student transportation. The Board of Education also has a Transportation Committee that anyone in the community is welcome to attend. The Transportation Committee meets a couple times during the school year to address transportation issues or concerns. Immediate questions and concerns about transportation at Parkview can be directed towards Ben Irwin, Business Manager at 608-879-2717 ext. 6114 or Patricia Jensen, Kobussen Terminal Manager at 608-879-9424. Any incidents regarding student discipline or safety will also usually involve the building principal for that student or students.
ACT released the ACT scores for the Class of 2015 and the Parkview graduates scored well. The composite score for the Parkview Class of 2015 was 22.1. This score matched the State average for WI and was the highest score for a Parkview graduating class dating back prior to 2006.
Wisconsin as a state had the second highest average ACT score in the country so the fact that Parkview matched the State average reflects positive results by students and their teachers.
Over the past several years the Parkview teachers and administration have used the ACT test results to determine where more intensive instruction is needed and coursework has been revised to address these areas. The school district also provides a low cost ACT prep class, taught by Mr. Schullo and former Parkview teacher- Nancy Nettesheim, to students that want to increase their knowledge prior to taking the test. Many of our students have completed the prep class and found it to be beneficial.
Parkview Junior high was recently the recipient of a grant to purchase a new wrestling mat for the Junior High wrestling team from the JJ Watt Foundation. As posted on the foundation page: “Back to the Mat again – this time for Parkview School District in Orfordville, WI. We’re excited to provide $11,148 for the junior high school’s new wrestling mats. Go Vikings!”
Parkview district superintendent Steve Lutzke applied for the grant. Lutzke said, "The need for a mat exists since the junior high wrestling program will be in the elementary school gym and the varsity mat will be at the new high school. The generosity of JJ Watt and his foundation will allow the Parkview wrestling program to continue to grow. Parkview is very grateful to JJ Watt. His support of kids and athletics serves as a great role model for our youth. We have submitted the order for the wrestling mat and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new wrestling mat!”
“DREAM BIG, WORK HARD” is the motto of the JJ Watt foundation. According to their website:
“Our mission is to provide after-school opportunities for middle-school aged children in the community to become involved in athletics, so that they may learn the character traits of accountability, teamwork, leadership, work ethic, and perseverance, while in a safe and supervised environment with their peers.”
The foundation is a 501C (3) foundation dedicated to helping youth. You may read more about the foundation at http://jjwfoundation.org/
The Parkview School District is extremely grateful to the JJ Watt foundation for its generosity and support of youth.