From Principal Helberg’s desk…
Kids at the Center!
Step inside the doors of Silver Lake Intermediate School and you’ll see a passion for lifelong learning as our students become collaborative workers, complex thinkers, and self-directed learners. Silver Lake places kids at the center!
Silver Lake Intermediate School instructs students using an elementary and middle school model in grades 5-8 serving students from Park Lawn and Summit Elementary Schools. Our academic philosophy ensures that each student has the opportunity to succeed. With increased 90 minute block class time in math, reading, and writing, science, social studies and expanded options in our Exploratory Program (Computer, Digital Connections, Project Lead the Way (pre-engineering), Personal Finance, Graphic Arts, World Languages (Mandarin/German/Spanish), Music, Physical Education, and Band/Choir/Orchestra, students develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to participate actively and responsibly.
Through its many student clubs and activities during the 2013 school year, Silver Lake exemplified our mission of shaping students to be community contributors. Our students became “Student Ambassadors” as they welcomed our Tanzanian friends once again to our school. In our past “Walk for Water” event we learned a lot about their needs and helped. This year our Tanzania friends discovered again and again the caring hearts of students at Silver Lake. Four of our largest service learning projects this year were “Soles for Africa”, sending Gavigan (a local boy) to Disney World through the “Make A Wish” Foundation, the Veteran lunch/program/talent show, and Elliot’s Green Machine Muscular Dystrophy Walk where our students made public announcement videos to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association message and Elliot, an 8th grade student at SLI. Our belief at Silver Lake Intermediate School is that Service Learning is mutually beneficial. Our students are empowered with the realization that they can change the world. The world is changed by kind actions and learning of our students every day.
The Silver Lake Robotics teams continued to receive world, national, and state recognition this school year. In addition to receiving the Middle School Excellence Award World Champions, we were honored with a special Air Force Award that recognized teamwork and overall excellence.
Building a high performing school means continuous growth and development by school staff. This year our school staff formed a partnership with the University of Wisconsin, Madison as we actively participated in the Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning. We used comprehensive tools that assessed areas that needed targeted growth and will continue to use data based feedback to continually improve our teaching and learning. The quote, “We are accountable to all students when all students are counted in the system”, moved our staff to work together with a common goal and passion for student achievement. Each grade level offered co-teaching classes, we moved to a more inclusive environment for all students, and differentiation of instruction and assessment continues as we improve student achievement and foster a positive attitude toward learning.
We ended the year with our “Super Stars”, multi-age team-building competition. Our PTO purchased a “SLI Cyclone” t-shirt for each student and our students did a remarkable job with the competition, teamwork, and spirit of cooperation. Check out our attached photos!
The 2012-2013 school year had all the elements of a championship year: teamwork, challenges, excitement, intrigue, fun, happiness, and most of all a successful ending. During the 2013-2014 school year, Silver Lake Intermediate School will place an emphasis on transforming academics as well as student engagement using 21st-century learning which will continue to carry our school towards excellence.