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October/November 2018

Washington Wavelength

From the principal: Rob Connor

It’s been a great start to the new school year! We look forward to seeing you at parent/teacher conferences in a couple of weeks. Conferences are an excellent time to connect with your child’s teacher to discuss his or her progress and continue building the partnership between home and school. Keeping that line of communication open is important to us here at Washington, so anytime you have any questions, concerns, or compliments, don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or me at 743 – 7205 or rconnor@janesville, Please make sure that you fill out our Parent Satisfaction Survey either before or after your child’s conference. We will have survey stations set up near the main entrances like we have done in past years.

On Monday, Oct. 1st, we had 24 students and 4 teachers arrive at Washington from Phoenix Garden City Primary School in Nanjing, China. The students will be spending two weeks at Washington learning about our American culture. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn about a different country. Pictures from our ceremony welcoming them to Washington are posted below.

As always, thanks for your help and support! We really appreciate it!

Rob Connor

Important Dates

  • Oct. 5-Color Wars
  • Oct. 7-13-Fire Prevention Week
  • Oct. 8-PTA mtg. @ 5 PM
  • Oct. 11-4 th Grade to JSOL
  • Oct. 12-Popcorn Sale
  • Oct. 17-DQ Night 4-7 PM
  • Oct. 18-P4J to Hinchley’s Farm
  •  Oct. 23-Picture Retake Day
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences October 24 (PM) & 25 (All Day) No School October 24, 25, 26
  • Oct. 29-Oktoberfest 5:30-7:30
  • Oct. 31-Halloween
  • Nov. 2-Color Wars
  • Nov. 4-Daylight Savings Ends
  • Nov. 12-16-American Education Week
  • Nov. 12-PTA mtg. @ 5
  • Nov. 16-Popcorn Sale
  • Nov. 20-Culver’s Scoopie Night 4-8 PM
  • Thanksgiving Break No School on November 21, 22, 23
  • Nov. 27-End of First Trimester

Reminder: Please complete the online registration for your child if you have not done so yet this school year. Remember to pay your child’s consumable fees ($32.00/child)

Supervision:Supervision begins at 8:00 a.m. outside before school starts. For the safety of everyone, please arrive after 8:00 a.m.

No Animals Please remember: Janesville City ordinance forbids dogs, cats, horses or other animals from being on playgrounds or school grounds. Please keep your pets at home or in the car when you drop off or pick up your child.

Classroom News.....

P4J has had a great start to the year! We have been meeting new friends and learning the routines at school . This month, we will be taking a field trip to Hinchley's Dairy Farm, talking about Fire Safety, and learning about Pumpkins. Watch for more information soon about Parent-Teacher Conferences!


Kindergarten is off to a great start! We are finishing up reviewing col ors and learning our classmates’ names. We will soon begin our curriculum with Jolly Phonics, My Math, and the Journeys reading program. For the children’s safety, please help them with learning to tie their shoes. We will be sending home easy directions on how to tie shoes with the students. Also, please make sure sweatshirts, jackets, backpacks, etc. are labeled with your child’s name. Watch for the fall family project to be coming home soon! They are always fun to see in the hallway. We are looking forward to seeing you at conferences at the end of October.

First Grade

We are off to a FANTASTIC start in first grade. The students are adjusting to their new classroom routines and we have jumped right into the curriculum. There are several things you can do to help your child have a successful year of learning in first grade.

1. Please remember to check the blue take home folder each night for homework, important notes, and work that was completed that day.

2. Have conversations with your child about what they did at school.

3. Provide a quiet place for you and your child to complete any homework.

4. Take time to have your child read the small, paper phonics books that come home several times each week.

5. Spend about 5 minutes each night practicing the sight word flashcards that come home on Monday night. Your child should be able to read it within 3 seconds (not sounding it out).

6. Several times each week, your child will bring home a math homework sheet. This homework is a review of the lesson taught in class that day.

Second Grade

Welcome back returning and new families to Washington School. We are so excited to get to know your child. It was great to see such an awesome turnout at Open House and your children certainly enjoy using all of their new supplies!

During the first few weeks of school, second graders were introduced to and practiced second grade routines. During the first trimester, second graders will be learning about their community, citizenship, and diversity in social studies. In science, the children will be learning about plants and habitats. Math topics will include addition and subtraction through 18 (practice those facts nightly), number patterns, as well as double digit addition (Did we mention practice those math facts? J) .

Students are encouraged to read at least 20 minutes nightly to build their fluency and comprehension. Encourage your child to return his/her library books weekly and to check out books they can read independently.

Third Grade

We are off to a great start in 3rd grade, and it has been fun getting to know one another! In math, we are working on our facts and have started our place value unit. Students are also busy working on their count-bys, (2s, 5s, 10s), which gets us ready for multiplication.

In science we will be learning about life cycles and in social studies, our government. We have also started the Journeys reading series. Please continue to read nightly with your child.

It’s exciting to see the growth that students make from the beginning of the year, to the end. Thank you for your support!

We would like to thank Mrs. Deb Somerville for being here to start the school year and would like to welcome Mrs. Erin Boston as our new 3rd grade teacher. We are very excited to have her here at Washington.

Fourth Grade

Fourth grade is off to a great start! We have been learning the expectations of a fourth grader and practicing being in charge of our learning.

In math, we have been practicing place value, rounding, addition, and subtraction. During social studies we are exploring map features. Science has been an in-depth look at plant structures.

We will be taking our first field trip to Janesville Schools Outdoor Lab (JSOL) on October 11. More information will be coming home about this great field trip!

Please keep reading 15 minutes each day and practicing your math facts

Fifth Grade

The fifth graders have settled into the new school year very nicely. In math, fractions are going to be something that we work very hard on this year.

Parents, you can help your student by practicing multiplication facts at home. In writing we are working on how to write a personal narrative. We will be studying plants in science and explorers in social studies.

News from the Music Room

Welcome to the new school year!

This year all music classes at Washington will be taught by one teacher – Ms. Nelson. This includes band and orchestra! It is a positive step to have one teacher in one building and we’re looking forward to an exciting year.

SAVE THE DATE: This year all of the “Sings” will be held on Friday, December 14th. Hopefully that will make it easier for families if you only have to take one day off work. Times will be announced soon.

Band and orchestra students are beginning their lessons and should be practicing at home 5 times a week for 20 minutes. Their music lessons are on Tuesday and Thursday mornings so they will need to bring in and take home instruments on those days. With their instruments they should have a folder, book and pencil. Assignments will be given in Google Classroom under the band or orchestra class.

Our Kindergarteners are learning about steady beat and performing it with movement and instruments. Ask them to sing their “Music has a Steady Beat” song.

First Graders are performing rhythm patterns and notating them with craft sticks.

Our 2nd graders are learning about duration which is defined as the length of a note or rest.

Third graders are using their listening skills to decide if music is in meters of 2, 3 or 4. Writing and playing notes and rests are keeping our

4th grade young musicians busy.

Fifth grade reviewed the instruments of the band and orchestra in preparation for starting instrument lessons. They are also doing more vocal work with reading music to give them a choral experience.

Scholastic Book Fair

Dear Parents and Families:
Reading is the most important skill you can teach a child. Of all the skills children learn, it is the one you can influence the most.

We invite you to visit our Scholastic Book Fair and experience a celebration of reading that provides families the opportunity to get involved in a universal mission: encouraging kids to open a world of possibilities!

Our Scholastic Book Fair theme -Enchanted Forest brings the books kids want to read right into our school. Giving kids access to good books and the opportunity to choose their own books will motivate them to read more. And, like most acquired sills, the more kids practice reading, the better they’ll get.

Reading is vital to every child’s success, and raising kids as readers means getting involved while they’re young. Now is the time. Since there will never be a substitute for a parent’s direct involvement in his/her child’s education, please make plans to visit our Enchanted Forest BOOK FAIR! Hope to see you there!

Enchanted Forest Book Fair Date: 10/24/18 and 10/25/18 Shopping Hours: Wednesday: 4:00-7:30 PM and Thursday: 9-Noon and 2:00-5:30 PM Where: Washington Learning Commons

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Enchanted Forest Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school as 55% of the profits go towards the purchase of new books and learning supplies for the Learning Commons!

Mrs. Karen Biege
Innovative Specialist

Family Book fair Information: Family Information:  Book Fairs


Important Dates:

  • Dec. 14 Bowling Trip Grades 4 & 5
  • Jump RFH no longer exists/ more info. Later
  •  5/21 Grade 5 Track Meet- 8:30 AM Start Time
  • 5/22 Grade 4 Track Meet- 8:30 AM Start Time
  • 5/23 Elementary Track Meet Rain Date

The year has gotten off to a fantastic start! All of the grades are learning the classroom procedures and expectations for physical education class. We have discussed the importance of being active not only physically but what it does for us mentally as well. Being active at least one hour a day is our goal at the elementary level.

All grade levels have been learning and playing Dr. Recess/Curt Hinson playground activities the month of September and the early part of October. Dr. Curt Hinson visited our school last year and he presented to our students and staff his Trouble Free Playground Activities and playground philosophy. From his presentation and activities a Recess Club has been formed at Washington School which is made up of fourteen students in 4th and 5th grade. More information will follow about this club and their responsibilities in an upcoming Wavelength.

Our younger students at Washington have learned about several bones and muscles. The cardiac muscle (heart) is our most important muscle in our body. Without a strong, healthy heart our daily tasks would be very difficult and we would not feel our very best. Our gluteus maximus muscle, which the students love to say, is the second muscle that they have learned. In physical education class, we try to stay off of that muscle as much as possible; the goal is to keep our feet moving the majority of the class period!

Ask your student about their phalanges, patellas, and cranium. They will be able to fill you in on the location of those bones as well as some catchy sayings to help them remember where they are. Students in kindergarten through second grade are working on their loco-motor skills. It is so important that all of our students know how to slide, gallop, skip, leap, hop, jump and run. It is the basis of all of our movements. We are in the midst of our throwing and catching unit, with our soccer/kicking unit next, followed by our rolling/bowling unit in November.

In October, the older students will be focusing on how and where to find their pulse. We will be working towards finding out what their own target healthy zone is for when they exercise. This ensures that they are working their heart out at the appropriate level to keep it healthy and strong. We have a Heart-O-Meter in the gym that we will be using on a weekly basis that will reinforce this concept. The students will be finding out what their resting heart rate is, the first step in finding out what their target heart rate zone is.

Grades 3-5 are practicing their football throwing and catching skills, soccer kicking and dribbling skills followed by a short lacrosse unit. November will bring our bowling/rolling unit. The “glow” bowling with black lights is a hit with all of our Washington students. A field trip to the bowling center for all 4th and 5th grade students will take place in December. You will receive more information about this field trip in November. The cost of the trip to EL RA Bowling Center will be $3.00 per student. This is a great culminating activity at the end of the bowling unit.

If you should have any questions/concerns or would like to join us for a day of PE, please email or call to let me know when you will be joining us. We would love to have you in class!

Mrs. Sherry L. Hintz

Washington Physical Education

A Few Lines From Our Art Studio
Welcome back to a marvelous year filled with positive energy! Students of every age and grade level are currently creating their own unique crayons. They are practicing their drawing and paper collage skills as they create. Soon our all-school project of crayons will be displayed on the first floor, making ‘our school’ complete.

On Friday, September 7th, our 5th grade students enjoyed spending time with the visiting chalk artist for Janesville’s Art Infusion. After an informative presentation, students practiced their chalking skills on our blacktop playground.

We are encouraging bird watching at our school. Washington Elementary’s chimney has become a popular roosting place for the migrating Chimney Swift birds. All of the students have learned about Chimney Swifts this fall as we have observed how thousands of these birds have choose our chimney for nightly roosting. There have been numerous morning sightings as we have watched the Chimney Swifts emerge for their daily flight activities. There are still some sightings, but as the weather is turning cold, the swifts are leaving and continuing their migration to Peru.

The 2018-2019 National PTA Reflections theme is Heroes Around Me. Students are encouraged to create art around this theme. The categories are Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. I am asking for entries to be submitted to me by Tuesday, November 27th . More information is available on the national PTA website.

Our art studio has a Facebook page. Please like our page to enjoy your students in action. Search for Washington’s Creative Artists on Facebook or follow this link.

PTA and Art are once again teaming up to offer keepsakes through Square 1 Art, Students will begin creating their unique art when we return from Winter Break in January. We will plan the art products to be ready for your spring events.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 28th, 2019. This is an interactive evening to be engaged in the arts. Our 6th Annual Ishful Art Event will take over the lower level of our school from 5:30–7:30 Pm on that evening.

Mrs. Gee Gee Jannene
Washington Elementary Art Teacher


STEAM is the acronnym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.

Washington offers two after-school STEAM clubs; Robotics Club and Coding Club.

Our Robotics Club is underway. This club is offered to students that have previously participated in Coding Club. Students are working on this year’s First Lego League Challenge, Into Orbit. First Lego League is an annual competition that has Lego robots completing Lego missions.

Coding Club will be starting up soon for our returning 4th and 5th grade students. Students learn to write scratch code under the Art platform. Each week students learn a coding process or concept under a different art process such as painting, architecture, or animation. More 4th and 5th grade students will be welcomed to join this club in January. During the third trimester we will again invite a group of 3rd grade students to join our coding club.

FYI, STEAM will be hosting the Dairy Queen Night on October 17th from 4:00-7:00 PM.

We will host our Technology Fair on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 from 4:30-5:30 PM. This annual event showcases projects and brings closure to our STEAM year.

Mrs. Gee Gee Jannene and Mrs. Karen Biege


If you will be moving from your current home address, please contact the Washington school office at 743-7200 as soon as possible to determine what paperwork you will need to fill out for your child to continue attending his/her current school. Please note: if you are moving to an address outside the School District of Janesville in most cases your child is eligible to continue attending the School District of Janesville as long as you complete the appropriate paperwork within the required timeline.

If you have any questions about school placement for a particular address, please contact Open Enrollment Specialist Deen Hartley at 743-5152. The New Student Enrollment Office is open year round.

If you are the parent of an elementary student and will be moving over the summer months when the elementary schools are closed, please contact Open Enrollment Specialist Deen Hartley at 743-5152 or the New Student Enrollment Office at 743-5072 or 743-5153 to complete the appropriate paperwork.

Request for School Transfer/Placement (Intra District Transfers) within the School District of Janesville Attendance Areas

Due to Move:

If you move within the School District of Janesville during the school year and wish to remain at your current school, please ask the school office for a Request to Remain in Current School Following Move to New Attendance Area Form (blue). Complete the form and return it to the school office.

Due to Parent Choice:

If you wish to apply to have your student transferred/placed in another school within the district next school year (2019-2020), please ask the school office for a School Transfer/Placement Within the School District Form (yellow). Completed forms will be accepted from December 1 through December 15, 2018 only. Submit your Request for School Transfer/Placement Within the School District Form (yellow) to your home school attendance area office. Parents applying for a Request for School Transfer/ Placement Within the School District will be notified of approval or disapproval by January 15, 2019. Parents applying for a Request for School Transfer/Placement Within the School District for incoming Kindergarten students will be notified of approval or non-approval after they have enrolled their child during the Kindergarten Enrollment period with the New Student Enrollment Office. If you have questions, please contact the school office of your home school attendance area.

Open Enrollment or Public School Choice

If during the school year, you move outside the School District of Janesville and you wish to remain at your current school please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 743-5152 and request a tuition waiver form within two weeks of your move. This will allow you to be eligible to attend your current school for the remainder of the current year tuition free. To continue attending the School District of Janesville after the 2018-2019 school year, you will also need to complete an open enrollment application. Application instructions are provided to the School District of Janesville by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and should be available by late January 2019. This year applications will be accepted February 4 – April 30, 2019.

If you have questions regarding Open Enrollment or Public School Choice, please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 743- 5152.

Public School Open Enrollment Timelines

The State of Wisconsin has announced the application period for open enrollment (also known as public school choice) begins in February for the following school year. Open Enrollment laws permit children to attend a public school in a school district other than the one in which they live.

The open enrollment application period for the 2019-2020 school year is from February 4, 2019 – April 30, 2019. Parents are encouraged to apply on-line at Although on-line application is recommended, paper applications may be obtained from the Department of Public Instruction or any school district after February 4, 2019 and must be delivered (handdelivery is recommended) to the nonresident school district during the application period. Paper applications to attend Janesville must be submitted to the Open Enrollment Specialist in the New Student Enrollment Office no later than 4:00 p.m. on April 30th (a postmark does not constitute timely submission). Applications turned in prior to February 4thwill be returned as not valid and must be resubmitted after February 4th but before April 30th at 4:00 p.m.

Enrollment in a requested school or program is subject to space and other limitations and is not guaranteed. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent. Habitual truancy may result in recommendation for the student to return to their home district.

Under School District of Janesville board policy, students who attended the district under open enrollment the previous year are not required to reapply for the following school year.

An application is required for each sibling in the family. For example, if a family has one child in elementary school that has been approved for open enrollment and a new student entering kindergarten next year, the student entering kindergarten must apply for open enrollment in order to attend the School District of Janesville.

Parents will be informed in June whether their open enrollment applications have been approved or denied. The student’s school or program placement will be provided in June.

If you have questions, please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 743-5152.

Kindergarten Enrollment 2019-2020 School Year School District Residents

If you have a child turning 5 (five) years old prior to September 1, 2019 and they are not currently enrolled in a School District of Janesville Pre-school for Janesville (P4J) or Early Childhood (EC) program it is time to enroll in the Janesville Public School District.  Enrollment will take place at the Educational Services Center located at 527 S. Franklin St. (administration building) in the New Student Enrollment office.  You may enroll anytime during the two week period.  

Weeks of December 3–7 and December 10-14         

  • 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.    M/W/F both weeks
  • 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m     Tuesday, December 4, 2018
  • 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m     Thursday, December 13, 2018
  • 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.    Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.    Tuesday, December 11, 2018

If you cannot attend the enrollment period please come in as soon as possible to enroll after December 14, 2018.  Enrollment in the district is required for participation in orientation.  When you enroll, you will need your child’s birth certificate for proof of age, proof of residency (top portion of a utility bill, or current lease) to determine school assignment, immunization records and photo identification.  If you have questions on general enrollment, please contact the New Student Enrollment office at 743-5072 or 743-5153 during regular office hours, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Requests for School Transfer/Placement within the School District (yellow forms) for incoming kindergarten students should be submitted through the enrollment process.  Forms are available at all schools, as well as at the Educational Services Center.  If you have questions regarding this process contact Deen Hartley at 743-5152. 

The status of requests will be determined by January 15, 2019 if they are turned in by December 14th.  If you have a student currently attending a school under a School Transfer/Placement within the School District, it does not automatically qualify your kindergarten student for attendance at the same school; however, siblings are generally assigned to the same school.  

In order for your kindergarten student to attend the same school as a sibling, you must submit a request during the Kindergarten Enrollment time frame.  

If you know of a child in your neighborhood or from community activities that would be entering kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year, please pass this enrollment information on.  

Non-District Residents

If you are a non-resident of the School District of Janesville and have a child turning 5 (five) years old prior to September 1, 2019 and would like your child to attend the School District of Janesville you must also apply for OPEN ENROLLMENT.  The timeline for Open Enrollment is February 4 to April 30, 2019.  

Currently open enrolled non-residents in a P4J or EC program do not need to re-apply. If you have questions regarding the Open Enrollment process, please contact Deen Hartley at 743-5152.


The School District of Janesville is required to locate, identify, and evaluate all children, with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools in the school district, and homeless children. The process of locating, identifying, and evaluating children with disabilities is known as child find.

This agency conducts the following child find activities each year in the form of Early Childhood and Speech and Language Developmental Screenings. This notice informs parents of the records the school district will develop and maintain as part of its child find activities. This notice also informs parents of their rights regarding any records developed.

The school district gathers personally identifiable information on any child who participates in child find activities. Parents, teachers, and other professionals provide information to the school related to the child’s academic performance, behavior, and health. This information is used to determine whether the child needs special education services. Personally identifiable information directly related to a child and maintained by the school is a pupil record.

Pupil records include records maintained in any way including, but not limited to, computer storage media, video and audiotape, film, microfilm, and microfiche. Records maintained for personal use by a teacher and not available to others and records available only to persons involved in the psychological treatment of a child are not pupil records.

The school district maintains several classes of pupil records.

  • "Progress records" include grades, courses the child has taken, the child's attendance record, immunization records, required lead screening records, and records of school extra-curricular activities. Progress records must be maintained for at least five years after the child ceases to be enrolled.
  •  "Behavioral records" include such records as psychological tests, personality evaluations, records of conversations, written statements relating specifically to the pupil's behavior, tests relating specifically to achievement or measurement of ability, physical health records other than immunization and lead screening records, law enforcement officers' records, and other pupil records that are not "progress records." Law enforcement officers' records are maintained separately from other pupil records. Behavioral records may be maintained for no longer than one year after the child graduates or otherwise ceases to be enrolled, unless the parent specifies in writing that the records may be maintained for a longer period of time. The school district informs parents when pupil records are no longer needed to provide special education. At the request of the child's parents, the school district destroys the information that is no longer needed.
  • "Directory data" includes the student's name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, photographs, degrees and awards received, and the name of the school most recently previously attended by the student.
  • "Pupil physical health records" include basic health information about a pupil, including the pupil's immunization records, an emergency medical card, a log of first aid and medicine administered to the pupil, an athletic permit card, a record concerning the pupil's ability to participate in an education program, any required lead screening records, the results of any routine screening test, such as for hearing, vision or scoliosis, and any follow-up to the test, and any other basic health information, as determined by the state superintendent. Any pupil record relating to a pupil's physical health that is not a pupil physical health record is treated as a patient health care record under sections 146.81 to 146.84, Wisconsin Statutes. Any pupil record concerning HIV testing is treated as provided under section 252.15, Wisconsin Statutes.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and section 118.125, Wisconsin Statutes, afford parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") the following rights with respect to education records:

The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of receipt of the request. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal [or appropriate school official] a written request that identifies the records(s) they wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

The school district will comply with the request without unnecessary delay and before any meeting about an individualized education program, or any due process hearing, and in no case more than 45 days after the request has been made. If any record includes information on more than one child, the parents of those children have the right to inspect and review only the information about their child or to be informed of that specific information.

Upon request, the school district will give a parent or eligible student a copy of the progress records and a copy of the behavioral records. Upon request, the school district will give the parent or eligible student a list of the types and locations of education records collected, maintained, or used by the district for special education. The school district will respond to reasonable requests for explanations and interpretations of the records. A representative of the parent may inspect and review the records.

The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parent or eligible student believes is inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask [Name of] School District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the district decides not to amend the record, the district will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and the right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information in the student's education records, except to the extent that federal and state law authorize disclosure without consent. The exceptions are stated in 34 CFR 99.31, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act regulations; Sec. 9528, PL107-110, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001; and section 118.125(2)(a) to (m) and sub. (2m), Wisconsin Statutes. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosures to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit persoe); a person serving on the school board; a person or company with whom the district has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist; or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the district discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. Also the district discloses "directory data" without consent, unless the parent notifies the district that it may not be released without prior parental consent.

The right to file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office,
U.S. Department of Education,
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W,
Washington, DC 20202-4605

Dear Parent/Guardian: Under the “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001” federal law schools receiving federal Title I funds are required to notify parents of their right to ask for and receive information on the qualifications of their child’s teacher(s). Specifically, you have the right to request the following:

⇒ Whether your child’s teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which he or she teaches.

⇒ Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.

⇒ The baccalaureate degree major of your child’s teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher.

⇒ Whether your child is provided services by instructional aides and, if so, their qualifications.

 All teachers in the School District of Janesville have a bachelor’s degree and a large percentage have advanced degrees. In addition, all instructional aides meet current school district qualification. You can check on the state certification of your child’s teacher by accessing the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website or by contacting me at 743-7205

Rob Connor


Upon request, the School District of Janesville is required to evaluate a child for eligibility for special education services. A request for evaluation is known as a referral. When the district receives a referral, the district will appoint an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to determine if the child has a disability, and if the child needs special education services. The district locates, identifies, and evaluates all children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private (including religious) schools, elementary schools and secondary schools located in the school district.

A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker, or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child's parent that the referral will be made.

Others, including parents, who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides.

Referrals must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability. A referral may be made by contacting Ms. Kimberli Peerenboom, Director of Pupil Services, School District of Janesville, at 608-743-5061, or by writing her at 527 S. Franklin Street, Janesville, WI, 53548.

Coats for kids collection

September 24th – October 15th 2018

Please donate warm winter wear for needy families in Janesville and North Rock County,

Needed: Clean chlidren’s & Adults’ winter jackets & coats, snow pants, gloves, scarves, hats & boots – Please no adult dress coats. No broken zippers No sweatshirts or fleece jackets or summer clothing.

Thank you

Locations for donations:

Dan’s Creston Park Laundromat IGA/Sentry East Milton Piggly Wiggly Shopko
1630 Randolph Rd 2822 E. Milwaukee St. 727 S. Janesville St. Highway 14
Sentry West Schnuck’s Super Market 1st Community Bank of Milton Premier Bank
2501 West Court 1501 Creston Park Dr. 202 Merchants Row, Milton 1400 Blackbridge Dr.
Woodman’s Market Festival Foods Choice Cleaners
2819 N. Lexinton 2233 Humes Rd

610 E. Memorial

2919 N. Lexingtion

1926 E. Milwaukee

And ALL Janesville Elementary Schools

Distribution :

The Salvation Army on the corner of Glean & Southerland on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 9 am – 3 pm.  Children must be present to receive a coat. Proof of residence is necessary. All coats/items are free, clean and available to all ages. This is a community service project of The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary.