Friday, November 30, 2012

Prairie du Chiens Annual "Dropp'n of the Carp" Celebration on Monday, December 31st

Excerpted from PdC Chamber news:

The day will begin with the Annual Carp Bowl Football Game at 3 p.m. on St. Feriole Island. Hot air balloon rides will be available during the afternoon, weather permitting.

Don't worry about keeping warm, a HUGE bonfire will be lit at 10 pm & a heated tent will be provided for you to keep yourself nice a toasty. Food and refreshments will also be available throughout the evening.

The area's largest musical entertainment will perform at 9 p.m. followed by a program beginning at 11:30 which includes: a Happy New Year welcome, Crowning of the Carp King and Queen, and a Countdown to Midnight with Auld Land Syne.

Immediately following the program, a huge pyrotechnics show will light up the sky to celebrate the New Year. For more information regarding this year's Dropp'n of the Carp Event contact Tom Nelson at 326-8602.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Early Retirement window is closing on December 3

For those PdC Public School Employees who are in the eligible age range for a possible early retirement stipend, the deadline for the preliminary notice is coming up on December 3, with the final decision to be made later. The Board has voted to give this potential one time package to those people who desire to retire at the end of this school year. There are packages available to eligible employees in both the teacher and support staff categories. Even if you are qualified for this retirement package that does not mean that you have to retire; that is a personal decision. By far, most of the qualified people will just throw the papers away.

Questions that I have heard:

1. Will this package be offered next year?
The short answer is that I do not know. This is a School Board decision.

2. Does this paperwork mean that I should retire?
No, that is a personal decision. This is a stipend plan offered by the School Board to those who are retiring.

3. Why now, why not in April?
We need to plan staffing for next year. If positions are to be replaced, postings/hiring needs to be done. 

4. Why such a short window to decide?
The window length is determined from time-frames under various laws. The paperwork outlines those rules. There are two dates, a preliminary and a final date.

5. Why did I get a letter when I do not want to retire?
Per laws, we need to give everyone in the same class (qualifying age etc.) the same letter. In addition, we have no idea as to who may want to retire without paperwork.

A report on Literacy Challenges for the Twenty-first Century

The fall issue of the journal The Future of Children is released. The latest Journal entry is Literacy Challenges for the Twenty-First Century . It outlines how expectations of basic skills in the workplace have dramatically increased. It also continues on a trend of pointing out gaps between subgroups with disadvantaged students falling behind. Tony Evers regularly points out how we need to work hard to close the gaps in Wisconsin.

This is a quote from the summary:
To attain adult success today young Americans must be able to use reading to gain access to the world of knowledge, to synthesize information from multiple sources, to evaluate arguments, and to explore in depth fields as disparate as history, science, and mathematics. To complicate the challenge, schools must not only better prepare students for these demands but also reduce sharp disparities in literacy outcomes between disadvantaged and privileged children. Low literacy levels among children from less advantaged families dramatically reduce the potential for upward mobility.

Click this link to Literacy Challenges for the Twenty-First Century

Open Enrollment for FLEX

The FLEX program is only a voluntary option for PdC Public School Employees. If employees do not desire to enroll, they do not have to do anything.

The FLEX online signup period is open 11/30/12 to 12/13/12 at

In employee paychecks, there will be a sheet that has the Internet instructions. Please contact Patti if you have any problems with accessing the site or other issues.

The EBC website has a host of information that explains FLEX much better than I can.

Click here for more general information and why to use a FLEX
Click here for a listing of eligible expenses
Click here for tax saving calculator

Statement of Benefits Webinars

The following is a Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds Current News/Press Release Update

ETF is offering five live, interactive webinars – online presentations – that will take viewers through the individual sections of the annual Wisconsin Retirement System Statement of Benefits. The statement includes information on earnings and service, contributions, interest applied, separation and death benefit amounts, beneficiary information and retirement projections. Read More/Register

MIT education videos

Excerpted from Edudemic:

...Not too long ago, MIT launched the MIT + K12 program that encouraged its students to create videos teaching basic engineering and science concepts to younger students. Produced in partnership with Khan Academy and found on the popular video siteYouTube, the videos are geared towards K-12 students and aim to interest these younger students in the STEM subjects. Click here to check out the MIT + K12 YouTube channel.

...There are currently about 80 videos on the site addressing a variety of topics, including buoyancy, genetic engineering, and how vaccines work. Assignments are arranged by grade level, category, and academic subject...

Click here to see full article

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

CCSS are quasi national standards

The picture below is lifted from an Education Week newsletter.  It graphically shows, that although the Common Core Standards are not official national standards, in effect, they are quasi national standards due to the widespread adoption across the USA.

Click here to go to the site that outlines the migration of states toward CCSS.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

FLEX 125 renewal window will open soon

Watch for more information on the 2013 FLEX enrollment. It will be online. There will be details posted soon on the links and process to follow. At this time, employees who are interested in this program should start collecting their data on eligible medical expenses etc. The EBC site has many links to valuable information. Click here to go to their brochure on eligible FLEX expenses.

WRS retirement seminar in PdC on January 10, 2013

From: Roy Donald Raush, Department of Employee Trust Funds

The Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) is conducting “Group Appointment” retirement seminars in Prairie du Chien and Fennimore on January 10, 2013. A morning seminar is scheduled at the City Hall in Prairie du Chien from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; an afternoon seminar is scheduled at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required, and can be done by calling 1-877-533-5020. Directions and room number are provided when one registers for a seminar.

To attend a retirement session, a Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) member is required to have their retirement packet in hand upon arrival to the session. It is certainly NOT too late for a member interested in attending to request a packet. One can do so by calling the ETF call center at 1-877-533-5020. (IMPORTANT: Getting a retirement packet from ETF does NOT obligate one to retire. The member simply as their application and packet in case they do decide to retire sometime over the coming year.)

Any WRS member who is within one year of reaching their minimum retirement age (age 55 for non-protective job categories, age 50 for protective categories) or older is welcome to contact our Department to order a retirement packet. Requesting a packet can be done while registering for the retirement seminar.

The Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds has tailored Group Appointment retirement seminars for members planning (or considering) retirement over the next several years. Topics covered include the WRS retirement pension, health insurance, life insurance, return-to-work rules, etc. The Group Appointment seminars offer a WRS member the opportunity to ask questions of knowledgeable, experienced ETF staff.

To see a listing of upcoming ETF retirement presentations and group appointment sessions in South Central and Southwest Wisconsin, you can use this link:

You can also receive automatic e-mail updates of upcoming retirement presentations and group appointment sessions by registering at this link:

Resources about the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act

From: Jean Nothnagel, Outreach Specialist Covering Kids & Families-Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Madison

In addition to working with schools to reduce the number of uninsured Wisconsin children and families through the BadgerCare+ project, Covering Kids and Families (CKF) is also developing resources about the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Whether you are looking to become more informed yourself, or if you would like to refer parents and others to a Wisconsin resource, please see the webinar presented by CKF and UW Extension on November 20th addressing a number of Health Care Reform topics, found in its entirety at the following link: The Election’s Over: What’s Next for Health Care Reform? The slide show of the four presenters can be viewed on its own as well, please click here: Powerpoint presentation

Two resources specific to the federal law have been added to the CKF website: Affordable Care Act blog and CKF Affordable Care Act webpage where the conversation about health care reform will continue, and current materials and links will be posted. I hope you can take advantage of viewing these opportunities about the federal Affordable Care Act, and share them with others. The links can also be selected on the CKF Homepage:

Health Note on Motivation

From: Carissa S. Wiersma at Mayo Clinic Health System

All too often, we allow others to be in the driver's seat when it comes to managing our own health….. my doctor is in charge; my genes are in charge; the experts and their prescriptions are in charge (e.g. nutrition, weight, fitness, meditation); my wife makes the health decisions; my job is in charge -- you get the picture. Someone or something else is in the driver's seat. We accept being in the passenger seat. Even worse, we may even sit in the back seat when it comes to taking good care of our mental and physical health.

Act as though you are in the driver's seat. Be the boss who solicits advice from the experts, then experiments, reflects, adjusts and experiments again to arrive ultimately at the best choice for you: "I want to walk three days a week because I can fit it in (the five days recommended by my trainer is too much). I'm more relaxed and that helps me be more present and productive at work and home. I don't want to miss the benefits of my walks and I have backup strategies in place." Getting into the driver's seat and figuring out what works for us as unique individuals, such that it becomes part of who we are and becomes non-negotiable, is the only way to drive when it comes to our personal health.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

PdC Public School is cancelled for today

Fog is thick in spots to less than 100 feet of visibility. NOAA states "...DENSE FOG ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY..."

School is cancelled on November 21, 2014.

Mark your calendars; Tuesday June 4, 2013 is now definitely a school day.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

UWP Reading and ELL offerings

PdC Public School does not endorse these programs. This is posted as a courtesy to UWP.

From: Julie Moore, Education Office of Special Programs (EOSP) Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

UWP is now offering a Reading license and an ELL license via computer-assisted instruction. You can complete either of these in the comfort of your own home without having to come to Platteville.

Wisconsin still on course for budget surplus

From SAA:

The Department of Administration (DOA) today projected the state will take in $1.5 billion in additional general purpose revenue over the 2013-15 biennium. DOA also projected that the state will close out the current biennium on June 30, 2013 with a gross balance of $348.1 million. SAA will keep members updated on new developments regarding available state revenues. To access the projections, please see here.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Dance Team: 1st place trophy in poms

From Kelli Saxe:

The PDC Hawkette Dance Team attended a small dance team competition on Saturday, November 17th  at UW-Eau Claire. The girls competed in two categories. They placed 3rd in the jazz category. The girls also earned a 1st place trophy in the pom category. You can see the Hawkettes' entertaining dance routines displayed during halftime at all of the upcoming basketball games.


Hawkettes shown above: Front: Kayla Vorwald, Anna DuCharme, Lexie Lenzendorf, Lindsay Ariss
Back- Faith Gurske, Lindsay Frazier, Katlyn Grondin, Coach Kelli Saxe, Becky Welsch, MacKenzy Slaght, Lindsay Ohlert. Not pictured-Brianna Herried.

Proposed detour routes for the Marquette Road project

The following is a PdC City message that was sent out to Chamber of Commerce members:

From Aaron Kramer, City Administrator

The Public Works Committee approved a series of proposed detour routes for the Marquette Road project, which commences in the spring of 2014. The Common Council will review and vote on the proposal on Tuesday November 20th. Since this will have an impact on the local business community, I have created a website which contains information and maps for each phase of the project. If you would be so kind as to send an email blast out to your members, I would appreciate it. We want to have as much information as possible out there so everyone has the opportunity to review the proposed routes, ask questions and make comments. Thank you in advance.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Vision for the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Inquiry in Social Studies State Standards

Excerpted from the CCSSO resources page:

The Vision for the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Inquiry in Social Studies State Standards provides guidance for states to use in enhancing their standards for rigor in civics, economics, geography, and history in K-12 schools. The C3 Framework, currently under development, will ultimately focus on the disciplinary and multidisciplinary concepts and practices that make up the process of investigation, analysis, and explanation which will be informative to states interested in upgrading their social studies standards. It will include descriptions of the structure and tools of the disciplines (civics, economics, geography, and history) as well as the habits of mind common in those disciplines. The C3 Framework will also include an inquiry arc-a set of interlocking and mutually supportive ideas that frame the ways students learn social studies content. This framing and background for standards development to be covered in C3 all point to the states' collective interest in students using the disciplines of civics, economics, geography, and history as they develop questions and plan investigations; apply disciplinary concepts and tools; gather, evaluate, and use evidence; and work collaboratively and communicate their conclusions.

The C3 Framework will focus primarily on inquiry and concepts, and will guide - not prescribe - the content necessary for a rigorous social studies program. CCSSO recognizes the critical importance of content to the disciplines within social studies and supports individual state leadership in selecting the appropriate and relevant content.

Like the Common Core State Standards, the C3 Framework will be based on evidence and will aim at college and career readiness. As a core area in the K-12 curriculum, social studies prepares students for college and career including the disciplinary practices and literacies that are needed for college-level work in social studies academic courses and the critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative skills needed for the workplace.

The C3 Framework also adds a third essential component to college and career readiness - civic life. Learning to be actively and responsibly engaged in civic life requires knowledge and experience; children learn to be citizens by working individually and together as citizens. An essential element of social studies education, therefore, is experiential - practicing the arts and habits of civic life collaboratively.

The forthcoming framework, to be released in 2013, will be a significant resource for all states to consider in their local processes for upgrading state social studies standards, rather than set standards for states to adopt. This document, Vision for the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Inquiry in Social Studies State Standards, is designed to give states and other interested parties an understanding of how the C3 Framework is being developed and designed.

Click here to read the document.
Click here to go to the CCSSO page.

AP District of the Year Awards

PdC Public School is on the honor roll for the second year. 

The honor roll consists of public school districts, across the United States and Canada, that simultaneously achieved increases in access to AP® courses for a broader number of students and also maintained or improved the rate at which their AP students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam.

Click here to see the full list.

Congratulations are extended to all of these schools. Special congratulations to our PdC Public School students, parents, and staff! Great job of embracing higher expectations.

This is the alphabetically sorted list of the 20 Wisconsin Schools on the 2nd Annual Honor Roll. 
  1. Arrowhead Union High School District
  2. School District of Beloit
  3. D C Everest School District
  4. Diocese of Green Bay 
  5. Green Bay Area Public School District
  6. Greendale School District
  7. Hamilton School District
  8. School District of Holmen
  9. Kimberly Area School District
  10. Madison Metropolitan School District
  11. Archdiocese of Milwaukee
  12. Neenah Joint School District
  13. School District of New Berlin
  14. Oshkosh Area School District
  15. Prairie Du Chien School District
  16. Hudson School District
  17. School District of Waukesha
  18. Sun Prairie Area School District
  19. Waterford Union High School 
  20. Wauwatosa School District

Friday, November 16, 2012

Drivers with a Wisconsin instructional permit or probationary license are prohibited from using a cell phone

From Governor's office:

Last year, I signed Wisconsin Act 164 into law, which prohibits drivers with a Wisconsin instructional permit or probationary license from using a cell phone while driving. This law will reduce distractions for young and inexperienced drivers, ultimately improving safety for everyone who uses Wisconsin’s roadways.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 11 percent of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the crash. This age group also has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted during accidents.

This new law took effect on November 1, 2012. The fine is $20 to $40 for the first offense and $50 to $100 for subsequent offenses in the same year. Additional information about this new law can be accessed by clicking here.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Notice to Hunters: Deer hearts to save Eagles

From Brent Seamans:

It is that time of year again to help the raptors at REGI (Raptor Education Group, INC.). REGI a non-profit company that is located in Antigo, WI. For the past three years I have asked for students help to collect deer hearts. The hearts are used by REGI to rehabilitate eagles, hawks, owls, and other raptors that are being treated at the facility. The hearts are a great source of protein for the birds. Hearts CAN NOT have any bullet holes in them, as the lead fragments can be deadly to the birds. Students in most 5-12th grade science classes will be getting extra credit for bringing in deer hearts. Anyone is welcome to bring them in to help this great cause. Hearts will be taken through the end of January.(Prefer that people bring them in the next two Mondays, after the weekends hunt.) Please have friends/relatives save them for us. Below is our totals for the last three years. We are going to try to top last years total of 140 hearts! Hearts at Bluff View can be turned into Mr. Seamans.

Deer Heart Donation Totals:
2009-2010 HS Only 50
2010-2011 BV and HS 113
2011-2012 BV and HS 140

CompassLearning Odyssey letter

Dear Compass Learning customer,

I am pleased to provide an update on the improvements we have made to increase the performance of CompassLearning Odyssey for customers using our hosted service. First, allow me to apologize again for the recent issues and reiterate our commitment to provide you with the best customer experience possible. We have made several recent changes that have already improved performance, and we will continue to invest in providing you and your students the best experience going forward.

We have increased our network capacity by 400 percent from the previous level and implemented additional hardware and software to better manage peak load by users. We believe these improvements resolve the challenges you experienced in the past few weeks. We plan to continue implementation of additional system improvements designed to maintain the highest levels of CompassLearning Odyssey availability.

We work hard each and every day to earn and keep your trust. That is our commitment to you and all of our customers.

As we enter the holiday season, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for being a Compass Learning customer. We are thrilled to be your partner in helping you personalize learning for every student. It is a relationship and responsibility we value and take very seriously, as we, like you, believe that the education of our children is the most important element of our social, economic and political future. We are honored to be your partner.


Eric Loeffel
President and Chief Executive Officer
CompassLearning, Inc.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare’s Health Tip on Physical Activity

When you think about physical activity what comes to mind? Most likely the two heavy weights are first to pop into your head; aerobic activity and strength training. Yes these forms of physical activity are essential to living a fit, active lifestyle and reducing risk of disease due to physical inactivity, but don’t forget about a stretching routine as part of your physical activity plan. Stretching consists of deliberately elongating a specific muscle or muscle group and is natural and instinctive activity. Stretching may improve your flexibility, enhance range of motion, increase blood flow to the muscles and decrease your risk of injury.

Always warm-up your muscles with light aerobic activity before you stretch, and stretch after your workout when muscles are warm and pliable allowing for a better stretch. Do not overstretch, or stretch to the point of pain, you should reach till you feel the stretch and hold that position for 20 seconds. It is important to hold your position and not bounce during the stretch. Most importantly remember to breathe and relax during your stretching routine.

There are no official recommendations for stretching frequency but it is suggested at least 2-3 times a week; if you do not stretch regularly you may not be able to achieve the desired results of increase flexibility and range of motion.

From: Carissa Wiersma | Freelance Communication Specialist | Marketing Communications | |Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare | 700 West Avenue South | La Crosse, WI 54601 |

Saturday, November 10, 2012

NHS Ceremony

From Heather DeBruin, NHS Advisor:

The new class of the Prairie du Chien National Honor Society was inducted on Monday, October 15th. The dinner and ceremony was held at Huckleberrys.

Top Junior of 2011, Lindsey Ariss, congratulated Top Junior of 2012, Austin Roach.

As the Top Junior, Austin Roach addresses the audience on what it means to believe in one's character, leadership, and service skills.

Members of 2012 National Honor Society
Row One (Left to Right): Kelly Heal, Morgan Groom, Sierra Bulawa. Row 2: Tanner Clausen, Ariel Jones, Lindsey Ariss, Claire Bowar, Caitlin McCoy, McKenzie Banasik, Claire Long. Row 3: Tyler Nack, Justin Panka, Brogan Riter, Bridget White, Ryan Antoniewicz, John David, Haley Hemmer, Austin Roach, Rachel White, Rachael Nolan, Bridget Achenbach.
Missing: Caitlin Harris

PdC Generosity - Thank You!

The Prairie du Chien Public High School collection point added well over 100 boxes of warm winter clothing and blankets, along with other charitable items, that were donated to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort.  

The photo below is of PdC Public School Students loading the boxes for delivery.

Friday, November 9, 2012

DPI website changes and disruptions

From DPI:


The DPI website is getting a new look. It was cutover to the new system last night. Until the conversion is complete, your best bet is to use the top menu dropdowns or the search feature to find content.
Downloadable documents will not be available. Bookmarks to your favorite pages may no longer work. Some of the pages related to ISES and WSLS are experiencing an identity crisis and may not link well from other DPI pages.

Below are a few popular links:

Civil Rights Data Support -
Meeting ESEA/NCLB Report Card Requirements -
Delegated Authority -

I apologize for the confusion and we hope to resolve the page URL issues as soon as possible.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Advertising Scam in Area

E-Blast from the Chamber of Commerce

Yesterday, the Chamber received a phone call from one of our members letting us know they were contacted by an individual claiming to be a consultant for Crawford County and was asking businesses to purchase advertising from her. She was soliciting members from the Chambers website to purchase advertising for magnets.

Crawford County has NOT hired anyone as a consultant to contact Chamber members for advertising. Obviously, this is a scam and not supported by Crawford County or the Chamber.

If you are ever contacted by someone, stating that they are representing the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce, please contact the Chamber immediately. More than likely it is a scam. If the Chamber would ever partner with any other organization or advertising agent, our members would be notified well in advance and would be given the contact name and reason for the call.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Discounted FSA purchases

From Employee Benefits Corporation:

Huge November discount makes FSA purchases easy!

This month, we're able to offer your employees an even greater discount than usual - 15% off during the month of November - on eligible FSA items through our partnership with The FSAStore, which provides convenient access to thousands of name-brand health care items online.

Click here for discount coupon flyer to help your participants take advantage of this month's offer.

Hurricane Sandy Relief update

Local Relief Mission Assists Hurricane Sandy Victims

Relief Mission for hurricane Sandy Victims is underway. We are working with an incredible group of organizers: Retired Bronx Detective Rosa Otero-Walsh 9/11 rescue worker who worked at Ground Zero, NYPD Detective Kim Ford who is our contact in New York, Evy Wareing a Katrina Survivor, Lt. Col Casey Chamberlain who served in Afghanistan, Robin Transø Free Clinic Director who has organized three previous Relief Trips in Oklahoma City after the bombing, New York after 911 and Mississippi after Katrina. Other women working in this effort include Kelly a pastors wife and Sofia a police officer both from Florida, Kelly Pupp, a woman's football player from Madison, and Jen Clark, a Marine and Vet Ambassador at team Red, white and Blue from Milwaukee.

We need contributions that can help in this effort. Our Goal is to leave just before Thankgiving with a Semi truck full of warm clothes, blankets and toiletries and baby items.We have collection points in communities near you. If your community is NOT listed and you have a business, clinic, hospital or school that would offer to be a collection point please contact Robin Transø at or call 608-485-1498 for information.

Items will be collected at the Resort World Casino in Jamaica, New York where donations are sorted and distributed to FEMA and other organizations.

Please help in this greatly needed items. With the cold coming on, nearly 100 already found dead and still millions of people without electricity, there is no time to waste. Deadline is November 20th in order to get items to New York on Thanksgiving Day.

Need short term work? The National Guard and Fema need workers. Any soldier or civilian needing work call FEMA at 904-797-5998 to help with South Jersy and New York Clean up. They will put you up and help with meals as well.

Tooth Brushes and Tooth paste for children and adults
Baby diapers (all sizes)
Liquid Baby formula and bottles
Feminine Napkins and hygiene products
Bar Soap, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, deodorant
Shampoo, wash clothes, hand towels
Children’s books and small teddy bears or toys
Medical supplies and ointments, disinfectant sprays
Warm winter clothing Clean and in good repair, boots, stocking caps and gloves
Large garbage bags, blankets and sleeping rolls.

Collection sites as of 11/1/12 in Grant and Crawford County:

Seneca School District / Collection site at the school in Seneca: Contact person Dave Bolland

Prairie du Chien School District / Collection site at High School Office contact person: Secretary Jan Ostrander Front door of School is open for drop offs 6:00 am to 6:00 PM

Boscobel / InHealth Thrift Shop 605 Elm St. Hwy 61: Contact person Robin Transø or TJ Meehan

Wauzeka / Krachey's BP Gas 2010 East Main St. : Contacts Jennifer or Mary Krachey

Gays Mills / Kickapoo Exchange Natural Foods Coop 209 Main: Contact person Ed Block

Platteville / Physical Therapy Specialists, 150 Market St. Platteville: Contact Person Margaret Ruf

Fennimore / 860 Lincoln Ave in the Memorial Building Chamber office: Contact person Linda Parrish

Lancaster / Churches (I was informed today that the Churches of Lancaster will be helping with this effort)

Montfort / Windmill Mobile 501 East Hwy 18 Montfort: Contact Person Russ Messling

Soldiers Grove / Old Oak Inn, 500 Church St. Soldiers Grove: Contact person Holly Roth

Madison / Bayview Center, 601 Bayview Madison: Contact Person Dawn Shegonee

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Tapscott; emerging principles

WASB has highlighted this TED talk, Don Tapscott talks about some of the emerging principles that are beginning to shape the world. How can we use these principles to improve public education, and perhaps move our Legislature toward a more productive model that meets today's needs?

Supplies for Sandy dropoff at PdC Public High School

Anyone can drop off supplies to go to the east coast victims in the PdC Public High School lobby. The front lobby doors of the High School are open for dropoffs 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.

This is the note from Robin Transo:

Can you help us with a Hurricane Sandy Mission?

Our Goal is to leave on November 9th with a U-Haul truck full of warm clothes, blankets and toiletries.

Here is a list of needs:
Tooth Brushes and Tooth paste for children and adults
Baby diapers (all sizes)
Liquid Baby formula and bottles
Feminine Napkins and hygiene products
Bar Soap, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, deodorant
Shampoo, wash clothes, hand towels
Children’s books and small teddy bears or toys
Medical supplies and ointments, disinfectant sprays
Warm winter clothing Clean and in good repair, boots, stocking caps and gloves
Large garbage bags, blankets and sleeping rolls.


Jan Ostrander
PdC Schools Secretary
High School office open 8:00 to 4:00 

Robin Transo
Executive Director
InHealth Community Wellness (Free) Clinic
109 East Bluff Street
Boscobel, Wisconsin 53805
Clinic Phone 608-375-4324
Facebook: InHealth Community Wellness (Free) Clinic

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Eat broth-based soup to consume fewer calories

Health note on Weight Management from Mayo Clinic Health System- Franciscan Healthcare. Enjoy!

Have broth-based soups first. Even though soup consists mainly of water, our bodies perceive it as food not drink, and our stomachs have to do more work to digest the soup compared to just plain water alone. Broth-based soups, as opposed to cream-based soups, are low calorie, satisfying, and keep you feeling full longer. Research shows that by beginning a meal with a broth-based soup, you consume fewer calories in that meal. Women in one study consumed about 100 calories less at lunch when they started with a soup; they did not feel hungrier later and did not eat more at dinner to make up the difference either. Since broth-based soups are generally low calorie, you can eat a satisfying portion. By having a reasonable portion of soup in front of you, the visual trigger leads your brain to expect that you will be full and satisfied. Soup-only diets don't work (for example, the infamous cabbage soup diet), but soup does. So ladle up a bowl today!

This message has been provided by Carissa Wiersma | Freelance Communication Specialist | Marketing Communications | Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare