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IXONIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RECOGNIZED AS A GOLD LEVEL SCHOOL
We're proud to share that Ixonia Elementary School has earned gold-level recognition from the Wisconsin Response to Intervention Center (RtI) and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Ixonia received this recognition because of exceptional work to implement a school-wide, multi-level system of supports for students; aimed at closing achievement gaps and helping improve student outcomes.
Ixonia Elementary achieved gold level status in reading, math, and behavior; making them one of only 30 elementary schools in the state to achieve gold level recognition in all three content areas.
More Information About the State Recognized Schools Program
The Wisconsin Rtl Center’s Recognized Schools program encourages schools to expand, refine, and sustain implementation of an equitable, multi-level system of supports for students. These supports are personalized for students and can include academic, developmental, behavioral, and social-emotional supports. In the OASD, it means that our schools and staff are focused on continually monitoring, refining, and improving the success of each student using the tools that work best for that student; with the final goal of helping students prepare for their pathway after graduation.
The Wisconsin RtI Center focuses on three content areas for the Recognized Schools Program: Behavior, Mathematics, and Reading. Schools receive recognition at four different levels, and that recognition is determined based on three tiers that offer deeper challenge and implementation requirements until schools reach the top tier and recognition level.
RECOGNIZED SCHOOLS PROGRAM – RECOGNITION LEVELS
- Bronze: At full implementation/fidelity in one content area at the universal level (tier 1) for at least one year.
- Silver: At full implementation/fidelity in one content area at the universal level (tier 1) for at least two years and at selected (tier 2) level for at least one year.
- Gold: At full implementation/fidelity in two content areas at the universal (tier 1) and selected (tier 2) levels for at least two years.
- Platinum: At full implementation/fidelity in all three content areas, at all three levels (universal, selected, and intensive), and for at least three years.
RECOGNIZED SCHOOLS PROGRAM – TIERS
- Tier 1: At the universal level of support, tier 1, schools provide high quality instruction, collaboration, and the strategic use of data for all students in the school.
- Tier 2: At the selected level, tier 2, schools provide supports for students whose developmental, academic, behavioral, social, or emotional needs extend just beyond the reach of the universal, or tier 1, level. This level is intended for short-term intervention targeting the specific skill needs of students so the universal level of support can meet their educational needs.
- Tier 3: At the intensive level, tier 3, schools provide supports for students whose needs extend well beyond the reach of the universal, or tier 1, level.
Ixonia, located ten miles west of Oconomowoc, is a growing and thriving school community with small town charm. We value the powerful relationships that exist between school, home and the community. With our team of 40 staff members, we lead a community of approximately 260 learners in grades 4K through 4th grade. This year, 61% of Ixonia teachers had a Master’s degree and one teacher has earned Board Certification. We encourage professional growth, this year focusing on how to best reach males learners and those living in poverty. Ixonia staff works hard each day to ensure that data-driven, flexible, and innovative learning experiences exist for all students.
Our grade-level teams collaborate to offer PIE (practice, intervention, and enrichment) for all students, 30 minutes 4 days per week. These reading and math activities grow students’ skills and confidence. We also focus on fostering a love of reading with our March Madness reading challenge and interpretive reading competitions. Students read 106,000 minutes outside of school in only 4 weeks!
Students participate in unique learning opportunities that represented their learning in various ways. Increased technology in classrooms for student use (iPads, iPad minis, Chromebooks, and laptops) allow for more variability. Such hands-on experiences include the annual Kindergarten Little Red Hen performance, 1st-grade Guatemalan studies, 2nd-grade Expertise Fair, 3rd-grade Biography Showcase, and the 4th-grade Immigration Fair.
We continue to nurture our positive school community with our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. To create that sense of belonging, we focus heavily on developing strong relationships with and among students. We also implement a structured recess program that promotes active play, resulting in a 28% reduction of playground disagreements and injuries. PBIS is foundational for creating a welcoming, safe environment that celebrates the accomplishments of our students.
Our active PTO generously supports our school with parent volunteers, tokens of appreciation for staff, and funding support for numerous projects. Several well-attended events brought families together, including the fall family picnic, movie nights, rollerskating party, YMCA family fun nights, all-family breakfast, and field day. We are grateful for the support for a new kiln, gym mats, lab headphones, money to offset field trip costs, and more! We strive to support our families by partnering with organizations such as Shoes that Fit and Blessings in a Backpack to ensure that all students and families had adequate access to resources.
Students are able to extend and enrich their learning with various co-curricular projects and extracurricular activities, with emphasis placed on opportunities to explore and appreciate the arts and the environment with experiences like our garden beautification efforts, prairie tours, and tree identification.
Ixonia Elementary has much to celebrate and this school year will be filled with awesome opportunities for students to learn, grow, and become young leaders.
Ixonia Elementary School Principal
Address: N8425 North St. Ixonia, WI 53036
Phone: 262-560-8400 | Main Office: 262-560-8405 | Fax: 262-560-8418
Attendance: 262-560-8402 Health Room: 262-560-8403
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Class Time: 8:40 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
AM 4K: 8:40 - 11:20 a.m.
PM 4K: 1 - 3:40 p.m.