Parkview Elementary School
- 106 West Church Street
- Orfordville, WI 53576
- Phone: (608) 879-2956
- Fax: (608) 879-2732
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 Elementary School has received School of Distinction designation for math and PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports). Additionally the school has received School of Merit designation for reading. These honors come from the Wisconsin Response to Intervention (RTI) Center. The Wisconsin RtI Center is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to provide statewide training and technical assistance to help create responsive schools and districts. Response to Intervention (RtI) is a system-wide proactive framework that enables schools to be more effective and responsive to students by implementing multi-level systems of support in their academic areas.
Parkview was one of twenty five schools recognized as a school of distinction in academics; one of only nine whom were recognized as schools of distinction for math. As a School of Distinction, Parkview Elementary will receive a banner and recognition at the annual PBIS Leadership Conference in August.
Parkview was one of one hundred and fifty-seven schools recognized as a school of distinction in PBIS. PBIS is a system-wide proactive framework that enables schools to be more effective and responsive to student social-emotional needs by implementing a multi-level system of support for behavior (description provided by RTI Center). The school will also get a banner for this honor at the August PBIS Leadership Conference.
Schools of Merit have implemented elements of the Wisconsin RTI framework with integrity. Parkview was one of forty schools statewide receiving a School of Merit award in reading. According to Karen Strandt Conroy, Parkview Elementary School principal, the goal of the staff for next year is to achieve school of distinction honors in all three categories, math, reading and PBIS.
The school of distinction award is given to schools who have sustained the elements required for at least two years. To do so the school looks at data for different groups and subgroups of students and examines how each group is doing in the subject areas of math and reading. Parkview has been participating in the RTI program for a number of years. School psychologist Jaime Harris helped the school become more involved by implementing a way to track the data more easily.
If you would like additional information or have questions please contact Karen Strandt Conroy, Parkview Elementary School principal by calling 608-879-2956, Ext. 2120, or via email at:email@example.com