MENU

Nicolet Area Communicators

Nicolet Area Transition Plan

The Nicolet Area School Districts, Fox Point-Bayside Schools, Glendale-River Hills Schools, Maple Dale-Indian Hill Schools, and Nicolet High School, recognize the importance of communication and coordination between districts to maximize student learning and to ensure a smooth transition between 8th and 9th grades. This Transition Plan outlines the basic structure for the formation and operation of transition activities.

Nicolet Area Communicator Committees

Each committee is composed of one teacher from each participating school district. Feeder school representatives are 8th grade teachers. Ninth grade teachers are involved in at least one committee meeting during the year. Click here to access meeting minutes (password-protected)

Committees function in two different areas of responsibility:

English, Math, Science, and Social Studies Committee Tasks:

  1. STANDARDS Identify and study concerns related to area standards implementation. Recommend needed revisions/changes for enhancing student learning to Area Coordinator Committee. Primary areas: Standards documents, WSAS (and other tests) curriculum matches, complex reasoning skills and other strategies that impact student achievement, study skills, and communication skills.
  2. TRANSITION ISSUES Identify/analyze policies and/or procedures which prevent a smooth transition between feeder schools and the high school. Recommend solutions to Area Coordinator Committee. Review/affirm placement procedures and processes, including placement tests (what tests and when will they be given, placement criteria, how and when results will be shared, the appeal process, and placement results. Review/analyze performance of feeder school students in high school classes.
  3. EVENT PLANNING (Optional) Plan inter-district activities that provide academic challenge to groups (mixed composition from each feeder district) of eighth grade students. Submit activity plans to Area Coordinators for prior approval.

Art, Gifted & Talented, Physical Education, Music, Guidance, World Language and Media &Technology Committee Tasks:

  1. STANDARDS Identify, analyze, and recommend instructional strategies/materials to facilitate student learning in all districts.
  2. TRANSITION ISSUES Identify/analyze policies and/or procedures which prevent a smooth transition between feeder schools and the high school. Recommend solutions to Area Coordinator Committee.
  3. EVENT PLANNING (Optional) Plan inter-district activities that provide academic challenge to groups (mixed composition from each feeder district) of eighth grade students. Submit activity plans to Area Coordinators for prior approval.

Committee Roles and Responsibilities

  • Annually, each committee selects a chairperson. Effort should be made to balance assignments so that no one district has too many chairpersons.

Communicator Committee Chair Responsibilities

  • Facilitate meetings and post minutes on web site
Private School Involvement: Private schools that feed into Nicolet are invited to participate. This includes Hillel, Jewish Day School, St. Eugene’s and St. John’s. 

Other Roles and Responsibilities

District Administrators are responsible for the structure and function of the Nicolet Area Transition Plan. The members of the Coordinator’s Committee act as their designees in overseeing the implementation of the plan.

Coordinator Committee members are curriculum specialists or administrators from each participating district appointed by their respective district administrator. The committee coordinates area curriculum, policies, and programs to ensure smooth transition to high school programs. The committee is responsible for:
  • Monitoring progress and providing feedback to each communicator committee;
  • Approving and coordinating communicator meeting agendas and schedules
  • Facilitating decision-making on communicator committee policy and program recommendations;
  • Coordinating standards implementation between area districts;
  • Coordinating a master schedule of 8th grade parent orientation meetings and placement tests; and
  • Providing year-end communicator committee status report to District Administrators