Monthly Patriot Pride Assembly

We started our assembly with a motivational chant.

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The scholars all chanted “I know I can be what I want to be!”


We then celebrated students who sold FOUR or more Entertainment books.

They all lined up and were able to go into the Prize machine for 10 seconds.


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We then awarded our PLUS leaders for the month!

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The West Coast, as always, is proud of all their scholars!  We want to give a specific shout out to the kids who earned their PLUS shirts!

Xavier-He is always working hard throughout the school day. He greets his peers and teachers with a smiling face and a friendly hello.  He uplifts his classmates and helps those who are struggling.  He truly is a beneficial scholar in the West Coast.

Leslie-Whenever you see Leslie, she is ALWAYS on task.  She does such a great job with all of her academics.  Leslie actively participates in seminars and is always there if someone needs help.  We are so glad to have Leslie as one of our scholars.

Gabby-Gabby uplifts and helps Lane in the West Coast and with Student Council.  She additionally is helping with our Kindness Campaign.  Her leadership skills are evident in everything she puts her mind to!  Gabby is a very beneficial scholar to Lane.

Patrick-Patrick is also on Student Council and works to elevate Lane.  The ideas he brings to each seminar and daily conversations enlightens all of us.  His scholarship uplifts everyone by helping those who have questions, bringing up interesting ideas and continuing to push himself.  Patrick is a great addition to the West Coast.

Here are a few more pictures:

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Change is a Good Thing!

We successfully completed our first week with our new schedule.  We saw TONS of positive changes in behavior and scholarship.  We focused a lot on collaboration and the importance of these skills for the future.  Students worked in structured groups and groups they chose.  It was interesting to see which scholars stepped up as leaders!  Please have some conversations about home with your scholar about the tasks they worked on this week.

We also started our PBIS incentive this week.  We are trying to get to specials on time!  If we hit our goal, we will be going to see a movie as a school!




A Little Bit about the New Teachers

Ms. Xiong:  My name is Ka Xiong and I’ll be your child’s math teacher for the remainder of the year. I completed my student teaching here at Lane Intermediate and student taught in Mr. Dooley’s math class.  I absolutely loved my student teaching experience here, and I was thrilled when I was hired as a West Coast math teacher shortly after.  I obtained my bachelor’s degree in education from UW-Milwaukee with two minors in math and social studies.  I look forward to working with you and your child.

Mr. Gartmann:  I am excited to be an intern at Lane Intermediate for second semester.  I will be working alongside the wonderful staff at Lane to ease into the role of teaching Science for the West Coast team.  In 2013 I finished my bachelor’s degree in biology at UW-Stevens Point, and I am currently working towards my master’s degree at Cardinal Stritch University.  My goal for the year is to make science engaging and fun so that curiosity will fuel future student learning.  A few of my favorite activities include campfires, setting up aquariums and hiking.

Both these amazing educators are on Class Dojo as well.

Feel free to send them a message!

Changes in the West Coast

As you all heard from the phone message that went out yesterday, there are a few teacher changes with the West Coast.  We also implemented a different schedule today for the new semester.

First transition:  New Teachers

Mr. Miller is now helping with technology, behavior issues and our wonderful gifted and talented scholars.

Mr. Napoli will now be teaching Social Studies and Science.

Mr. Miller and Mr. Napoli will be supporting an intern, Mr. Scott Gartmann, who will be teaching Science for the West Coast this semester.  He is currently attending Cardinal Stritch University pursuing his Master of Arts in Teaching and he previously graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Science in Biology & Water Resource Management Minor.  We are very lucky to have him and his knowledge for this semester.

Ms. Xiong will be teaching our scholars their math.  She was an intern last semester with the East Coast and was supported by Mr. Dooley.  We are happy to add her to our team.

Second transition:  New Schedule

With the new semester, we looked at and reflected on our previous schedule.  We found ways to better fit the needs of all our scholars and increase the rigor of their work.

Students now all have Science and Social Studies from 8:00-9:30 (1st and 2nd block).  They rotate between three rooms and work on different tasks and receive their direct instruction.  We took over some classrooms by the cafeteria for this.  It’s great having a whole school available to us.  This allows more time to set up and execute science experiments since the area is specific for our science time.

Students then focus on Math and Balanced Literacy (Reading/Writing) for the rest of their time with us.  On Mondays/Wednesday, each scholar receives a math seminar, a Balanced Literacy collaboration block and a Balanced Literacy small group.  On Tuesdays/Thursdays, each scholar receives a Balanced Literacy seminar, a Math collaboration block and a Math small group.

Math seminars and collaboration blocks are led by Ms. Xiong; Balanced literacy seminars and collaboration blocks are led by Ms. Kaestner.

A seminar is a 45 minute block of direct instruction.  Students are grouped by ability and getting taught by a teacher standing in front of them.

A collaboration block is a 45 minute block of teacher guided collaboration.  Teachers find appropriate tasks focused around the skills we are working on.  Students work in a small group to accomplish the task. This, not only, reinforces skills taught in seminar, but also allows them to practice meaningful collaboration.

The small groups are led by Mr. Napoli and Mr. Gartmann.  They are focusing on enriching specific math and literacy skills.  Each student is in a group of 5 and getting an additional 20 minutes of specific support.

The students organized their new schedules on Friday and we implemented them today.

Please feel free to email or Class Dojo message us with any questions!

Thanks again for all you do for your scholars.

Lane PTA Spirit Wear!

Did you miss out on ordering Lane spirit wear for you or your scholar?

Have no fear LANE PTA is here!

Lane PTA will be selling spirit wear beginning Tuesday January 13th through Wednesday January 28th.  Below is a listing of all items for sale.  You can also view these items online at beginning on Tuesday.

All orders will be taken on ONLINE only!  You can order ONLINE directly through Dunn’s Sporting Goods  Once on the Dunn’s website, click on the spirit wear tab on the top of the page, then click Lane Intermediate PTA.  That is where you will  be able to view the items for sale and place your order.  All items will be delivered to your scholar by mid-February (exact date to be determined). 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lisa Dreske at

Help support Lane Intermediate PTA!