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Muskego schools have changes seen and unseen

Buildings have been modified, and lessons have a new look, too

Randy Zynski pulls another sheet of tile squares to be set in mortar that had been troweled out by Brett Zynski  in the boys locker room at Bay Lane Middle / Country Meadows Elementary schools on Aug. 9 as part of renovations to both of the building's locker rooms in time for the 2012-13 school year.

Randy Zynski pulls another sheet of tile squares to be set in mortar that had been troweled out by Brett Zynski in the boys locker room at Bay Lane Middle / Country Meadows Elementary schools on Aug. 9 as part of renovations to both of the building's locker rooms in time for the 2012-13 school year. Photo By C.T. Kruger

Aug. 27, 2012

Muskego - The Muskego-Norway School District has spent the summer tooling up for a school year that will bring notable changes.

When students return Sept. 4, some of the changes - particular the physical ones - will be obvious, but not everything will be obvious to the naked eye.

School-building work

In the brick-and-mortar sense, the changes are scattered among the schools.

For example, all the elementary classrooms now have independent reading centers, said Gary Rosploch, supervisor of buildings and grounds. Lakeview Elementary School had the first classroom independent reading centers and became a model for the other schools, he explained.

The athletic locker rooms at Bay Lane/Country Meadows were entirely overhauled. Also, students at Tess Corners and Country Meadows elementary schools will find floor tiles instead of carpeting when they return.

Also, the high school library was reorganized for better technology use.

Sections of roof were redone at Tess Corners, Muskego Elementary, Bay Lane/Country Meadows and at the high school, Rosploch said.

Learning something new

While anybody can see these changes, less obvious elements include the schools' expanded learning initiatives in the new year.

One is an expansion of the bring-your-own-device pilot program, in which students in grades 5 to 12 can bring their own laptops or Internet devices to school to work on assignments, said Kelly Thompson, the district's new superintendent.

In addition, more teachers this year will use the "flipped-classroom" approach, which involves the teacher providing educational materials and a video explaining a lesson that students view at home before class. The classroom itself is devoted to practice the lesson - traditionally, homework has been the practice. In this way, teachers become guides and coaches in applying lessons, Thompson said.

Teachers also are continuing to implement online hybrid classes that were piloted last year and last summer. Most of the class is online, but there is face-to-face time with teachers occasionally.

New this year will be student access to video-editing labs and the district's new web site, which provides easy access to learning tools and teacher web pages.

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