by MATT SCHOEN
SUPERINTENDENT, DELANO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
This is the end of year highlights for Delano Middle School.
I would like to share some end-of-year highlights from Delano Middle School. As I reflect on the multitude of activities in our schools, I am consistently amazed at how many pursuits our students are involved in that go well beyond the extensive learning environment of our classrooms.
One of several examples that I would like to share with you is the video news show called “The Growl,” which is advised by our Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Gwen Briesemeister. “The Growl” is produced by students in grades five through eight, and is aired once a month. Students prepare stories and coverage of recent happenings in the middle school and compile them in a video production lasting approximately 15 minutes. This example showcases the creative talents of our students involved in this great program at Delano Middle School.
Another program that highlights leadership skills of our students is the WEB program (Where Everybody Belongs). Our WEB leaders facilitate a transitional process to orientate incoming fourth graders to the middle school. While fourth grade students spend some time in the middle school on May 17, WEB leaders will facilitate tours of the buildings and the fourth grade students will have an opportunity to eat lunch at the middle school. This program is aimed at trying to alleviate any level of anxiousness that fourth grade students might experience when transitioning into fifth grade.
I would like to congratulate the fifth and sixth grade Math Masters students. These students did a fabulous job representing DMS at their respective regional competitions. Congratulations to both the teams and individual competitors on their success.
Another example of high achieving students in our middle school is participation in the Allegro Honor Band that consists of a select group of seventh and eighth grade students from Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose, Monticello, Watertown-Mayer, Delano, Rockford, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, and St. Michael-Albertville schools. This group of talented musicians rehearsed together for one day leading up to a final performance. Our Delano musicians performed wonderfully and were an excellent representation of our schools. In addition, we must remember to recognize our outstanding Destination ImagiNation program at Delano Public Schools, specifically in the middle school, where sixth grade and seventh grade teams have advanced to represent DMS at Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee. We wish you the best of luck.
If I were to list all of the outstanding achievements at Delano Middle School I would need more space than this article allows. I was able to highlight just a few of the areas in which our middle school students have shown great accomplishments. However, I know there are additional groups or activities that achieved equal success this past year, not to mention the multitude of very talented athletes we have at the middle school level that also obtain great triumphs on an annual basis. It is my firm belief that students who are actively engaged in a multitude of activities that include academic competitions, the arts, sciences, and athletics contribute to higher level learning at the academic level in the classroom. They go hand-in-hand, and I’m very proud of all the successes our students at Delano Middle School have shown both in and outside the classroom.