Event livestreaming moves to new subscription-based format

logo.sbpDELAVAN — The Delavan-Darien School District’s effort to “livestream” video content on the Internet has moved to a new subscription-based format for sporting events.

PlayOn Sports!, the company that provides the web streaming service and web hosting of the on-demand videos, has changed its business model in a way that virtually eliminates costs to the district and allows the district to receive proceeds from subscription sales.

The new model will require a paid subscription to watch Delavan-Darien sporting events live or for 72 hours after they are broadcast. After the 72 hours have passed, the events become free to all viewers.

All other non-sporting events that are streamed — such as concerts, plays, talent shows, graduation and other events — are free to watch any time they are broadcast on the district’s online livestreaming channel (http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/channels/delavan-darien-delavan-wisconsin).

“The opportunity to have livestreaming service for the district at virtually no cost to the district was a no-brainer,” said Mike Heine, coordinator of school/community relations and Delavan-Darien High School video club advisor. “While it’s unfortunate that not all live programming will be immediately free, it will still allow us to bring content to far-away Comet supporters. It may also help boost attendance at our home sporting events with streaming sports content behind a pay-wall for 72 hours.”

Subscribers wishing to access live online sporting events or on-demand events behind the 72-hour pay-wall have a variety of payment options.

Single-day passes are $9.95 while monthly passes are $14.95. Four-month season passes are $49.95, and annual season passes are $89.95. The district receives 50 percent of the net proceeds from all subscriptions sold through the course of the year.

Subscribers get full access to view all PlayOn Sports! content on the associated National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) livestreaming network. This includes numerous other schools from throughout the country. Subscribers also get exclusive access to watch high school games on the go with the NFHS iPhone or Android apps.

All payments and returns (for canceled or postponed events) are processed online through PlayOn Sports!’ secure server.

“The revenue sharing is another added benefit to the district,” Heine said. “Not only is PlayOn Sports! providing this service to the district free of charge, the district also gets a portion of all subscriptions bought during the year.”

The livestreaming effort, which the district started in 2012, offers students the opportunity to gain real-world experience in the broadcasting field.

Students can learn how to set-up and operate video and audio equipment, learn the basics of broadcasting live events with multiple cameras and do event play-by-play announcing.

Class of 2013 graduate Alex Koch announced previously announced several Comet football, basketball and soccer games. Just a year into college at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Koch has already been the play-by-play FM radio announcer for the UWSP Pointers NCAA Division III football and basketball teams.

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Before-school, after-school tutoring options coming in 2014-15 school year

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DELAVAN — Learning doesn’t just have to happen between the first and last bells of the day in the Delavan-Darien School District.

Starting in the 2014-15 school year, the district will begin offering before-school and after-school tutoring services for all elementary school students at all three Delavan-Darien elementary schools.

“We feel this service will not only help our students reach their learning goals, but it will help families with their schedules by allowing students to be in our appropriate learning environments for longer periods of time,” Superintendent Robert Crist said. “We’ve often had students arriving to school early or needing to stay after school or return to empty houses.

“This tutoring offers a more structured and better supervised environment for students, increasing learning and enhancing student safety.”

The district is still determining hours of operation for the before- and after-school tutoring services. Also, because the services are offered outside of the regular school day, and because they are not grant-funded, a small fee will be charged for the service. District officials do not expect the fee to be more than $2 per hour. Costs will be determined after student/parent interest levels are known. Donations will also be accepted.

“Unfortunately, our budget is too tight to offer this service free of charge,” Crist said. “The costs to families will only be to offset our program staffing costs, not to help balance district budgets. This is not a moneymaker for us, nor can it be a money-loser for us. But it is something we feel can be a tremendous benefit to our students and families.”

Over summer, the district conducted several phone surveys about possibly adding the services. The majority of the needs were found in the district’s three elementary schools.

Parents interested in signing up for the services should contact their child’s school’s main office, 262-728-2642. For specific questions about the program, contact the district’s school administration center, 262-728-2642, option 7.

Parents of middle school students seeking similar services are encouraged to contact the Boys & Girls Club of Walworth County, which is located inside Phoenix Middle School. The Boys & Girls Club can be reached at 262-726-1242 or via email at director@bgcwalco.org.

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New opportunity for struggling students set to start at DDHS

DELAVAN — Spending too much time in unstructured study hall will be a thing of the past for some Delavan-Darien High School students this coming school year.

The school will launch a new program in September called Personalized Blended Learning Labs. It’s a program for students who are identified as struggling core subjects, particularly reading or math, Principal Mark Schmitt said.

Principal Mark Schmitt

Principal Mark Schmitt, Ed.D.

More than 60 incoming freshmen students have been identified as needing the program based on their achievement results from academic testing in middle school. They can earn up to a half-credit for completion in the lab course if they sufficiently progress in it the entire semester.

Other students, primarily sophomores and juniors, will use the lab for credit recovery for classes they failed to pass last school year.

Additionally, some students may use the lab temporarily to catch up on their work and learning when they’ve fallen behind, Schmitt said.

In the lab, students will use a personalized online-based learning tool called Odyssey, by Compass Learning (http://compasslearning.com/blended-learning/odyssey/). Michelle Minton is the program’s coordinator. An aide and regular classroom teachers, including core subject teachers, special education teachers and English language learner teachers (as time allows) will provide support and supervision in the lab.

“It’s really a very personalized experience and our staff members will be working with the kids constantly,” Schmitt said.

Schmitt said he modeled the lab after work being done at the Regan International Baccalaureate High School in Milwaukee. The school was a silver medal winner and ranked second in Wisconsin in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report’s list of the country’s best high schools.

“Although Reagan is in an urban environment, their student-body is much like ours,” Schmitt said. “They are closing the achievement gap that exists between groups of students and that’s something we strive to do here at DDHS. The Personalized Blended Learning Labs will help us reach that goal.”

School staff will look at student data and work closely with regular classroom teachers to identify areas where extra support is needed. The Odyssey program can then be tailored to suit the student’s individual learning needs for a variety of different subjects, including reading, English, algebra, geometry, physical science, biology, U.S. history and more, Schmitt said.

“This program is designed to get all our students up to grade level,” Schmitt said. “For students learning in the lab, it will get them prepared in an intense, focused and supportive place so they can be ready to excel — not just catch up — but excel and leave DDHS as graduates who are ready to make a positive difference in the world.”

The program will be added at zero net-cost to the district as it replaces an older online tutoring program, Schmitt said. Also, the support staff will come from teachers who are already a part of the school staff. Most of the teachers who work in the lab will do so when they have unscheduled time for other classes.

The school board unanimously approved the new program at its August meeting.

“We have a lot of programs in the district that are designed to close achievement gaps and prepare our students,” Schmitt said, listing such programs as the district’s one-to-one initiative, co-teaching in classrooms, the alternative DDHS graduation track (known as RISE) and others. “I am excited to add the new Personalized Blended Learning Labs to our toolbox to help students reach their full potential.”

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After-school learning program at TCE has successful first year

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Students in the CLC program at Turtle Creek Elementary School stayed after the day’s last bell to continue their learning, particularly in reading and math areas.

DELAVAN — A new grant-funded tutoring program at Turtle Creek Elementary School has helped dozens of students continue to gain vital academic, social and life skills after the school day’s final bell.

The 21st Century Community Learning Center, an after-school learning program for 89 students, focused on core subject instruction using a variety of fun and engaging teaching methods.

The program started at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. Organizers looked for it to increase the overall achievement of students, particularly in the areas of reading and math. After one year of the program, the progress of the students was outstanding, said CLC site supervisor Michelle Minton.

Nearly 40 percent of students saw at least one grade level increase in mathematics on their Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam and STAR Test math scores, and nearly 60-percent of students saw at least one grade level increase in their WKCE, STAR and/or Rigby reading scores, Minton said. The tests are used to measure academic proficiency. Nearly two-thirds of the students also showed great improvement on the ACCESS language acquisition and comprehension test, Minton said.

“It was a very successful year,” said Turtle Creek counselor Katie Kopp, who wrote the grant for the district. “There was a learning curve, but when we visited other CLC sites and our mentoring CLC site, they were very complimentary as far as what we’ve achieved in our first year.”

Delavan-Darien teachers staff the CLC program and are paid for the extra hours through the grant. In addition to Minton, there were three lead teachers, a music enrichment teacher, a counselor, social worker and tutors. Fifteen college students (mostly UW-Whitewater student teachers and field study students) also worked with the CLC and two paid high school students and six high school volunteers also provided support.

In addition to the staff, the CLC also received much student-learning support from outside community partners. Making the year-long commitment to support the CLC were: Delavan Parks and Recreation Department, Delavan’s Aram Public Library, 4-H Youth Development, UW-Extension office in Walworth County, UW-Whitewater Counselor Education, UW-Whitewater Science Outreach and the Walworth County Public Health Department.

The outside agencies provided many enrichment opportunities for the students, including sports and recreation activities, art projects, literacy support, live animal demonstrations, character building activities, science experiments, health and wellness awareness, and much more.

The program, which was funded by a five-year, $500,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education, ran after school for 137 days this past school year. Students selected for the program were identified by their achievement data and were asked to attend at least 30 days. Forty-three percent of the students attended more than 100 days at CLC.

In short, the students loved the program. “My son does not want me to pick him up early, and when I do, I have a hard time getting him to leave,” a parent once told CLC staffers, Minton said.

Students weren’t the only ones enjoying the program. Regular classroom teachers at Turtle Creek also observed noticeable improvements in CLC students’ behavior, demeanor, participation, confidence and skills, Minton said.

“We had a long elementary school day last year, which was draining for a lot of kids,” Minton said. “But a majority of them really wanted to be at CLC, staying after school and continuing their learning into the evening. We closed up at ten-minutes-to-six, and it was often dark outside by the time they left school.”

Minton and Kopp said they are excited to build upon the success of the first year for many years to come. The program will run again next year with about the same number of students. With the new district-wide dual language immersion program starting this school year at Turtle Creek, some of the new students in the program may have attended Darien or Wileman elementary schools in years past, Minton said.

“This will open up new doors for new Turtle Creek students who may not have known about this opportunity,” she said.

The district may apply to participate in the federal grant for a maximum of 15 years and receive up to $1.125 million, with up to $75,000 per year awarded in years 6-10, and $50,000 per year awarded in years 11-15.

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Gridiron Golf outing for Delavan-Darien football is Aug. 16

Comets FootballDELAVAN — The ninth annual Alumni Gridiron Classic golf fundraiser for Delavan-Darien student/youth football programs returns Saturday, Aug. 16, at Delbrook Golf Course, 700 S. Second St., Delavan.

The event features 18 holes of scramble-style golf, lunch, dinner, a live auction, raffles and a guaranteed fun time for participants.

Proceeds will support the school and youth football programs in the Delavan-Darien community. Everyone is welcome to participate in this golf fundraiser.

Single golfers can register for $95 ($75 for students and Delbrook course members), or a foursome for $360. A golfing foursome with a hole sponsorship is $435.

Additional sponsorships available include: hole sponsor, $100; family hole sponsor, $50; player sponsor, $25.

Having the steak dinner only is $25. Anyone is welcome to come to the auction at 5:30 p.m. and bid on some great items.

Check in and lunch starts at 12:30 p.m. with the golfing starting at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, or to receive a registration form, contact Jenine Ward at (262) 740-1139 or fourward@charter.net.

Credit card payments are available, or make checks payable to “DDHS Gridiron Club, Inc.” and send to: PO Box 511, Delavan, WI 53115.

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2014-15 Delavan-Darien School Supply Lists

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The 2014-15 Delavan-Darien School Supply lists have been released. Find them all at: http://www.ddschools.org/resources/for_students/school_supplies

Individual lists at:

REMINDER – REGISTRATION IS AUG. 5

The all-student registration day for the Delavan-Darien School District is set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Delavan-Darien High School (150 Cummings St., Delavan).

All parents and guardians of continuing and new students are required to attend this registration event to prepare for the upcoming 2014-15 school year. Students must be enrolled in the district before they can be registered.

New students and students who are returning to the district after a previous withdrawal can enroll their children at the registration event. However, the district encourages parents and students to complete the enrollment process prior to Aug. 5, if possible. To do so, call the school the student will attend, 262-728-2642.

On registration day, parents and students can learn about the new Infinite Campus student information system the district is now using. The new system replaces the district’s previous student database software, PowerSchool. Parents and students can use Infinite Campus to keep in contact with teachers, check on student academic progress and attendance, review schedules and much more.

Also at registration, middle school and high school students will have photos taken for their identification cards, and school fees can also be paid.

Students who are enrolling in the district should have the following documents available:

  • Child’s original birth certificate or passport
  • Proof of residency (current utility bill, lease agreement, mortgage bill, etc.)
  • Parent/guardian photo ID
  • Immunization records
  • Proof of guardianship/parentage (child’s birth certificate with parent name, legal papers, etc.)
  • High school transcript (if applicable)

For more information about registration and enrollment, visit:http://www.ddschools.org/district/registration, or call 262-728-2642 and talk to any of our main office staff members. The forms needed for registration and enrollment are also found on the website and can be downloaded as needed. They are also available at school offices and at the registration event.

 

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Fall sports gearing up in for Delavan-Darien High School

DELAVAN — Delavan-Darien High School athletes and their parents should plan to attend the mandatory fall sports meeting on Monday, July 28 at the school (150 Cummings St., Delavan).

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the auditorium for incoming freshmen and students who have never competed in a sport before at DDHS. Continuing students who have already participated in DDHS sports can arrive at 6:30 p.m. for breakout sessions with their chosen team. Room assignments will be posted in the DDHS Commons.

Other dates of interest for athletes and parents:

  • July 30:  Sport Physicals at Mercy Delavan Medical Center, 1-5 p.m. Cost: $35
  • Aug. 4:  First day of practice: Football
  • Aug. 11: First day of practice: Boys Soccer
  • Aug. 12: First day of practice: Girls Tennis and Girls Swim
  • Aug. 18: First day of practice: Cross Country and Volleyball

 

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Registration for Delavan-Darien schools is Tuesday, Aug. 5

2014-15Registration2DELAVAN — The all-student registration day for the Delavan-Darien School District is set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Delavan-Darien High School (150 Cummings St., Delavan).

All parents and guardians of continuing and new students are required to attend this registration event to prepare for the upcoming 2014-15 school year. Students must be enrolled in the district before they can be registered.

New students and students who are returning to the district after a previous withdrawal can enroll their children at the registration event. However, the district encourages parents and students to complete the enrollment process prior to Aug. 5, if possible. To do so, call the school the student will attend, 262-728-2642.

On registration day, parents and students can learn about the new Infinite Campus student information system the district is now using. The new system replaces the district’s previous student database software, PowerSchool. Parents and students can use Infinite Campus to keep in contact with teachers, check on student academic progress and attendance, review schedules and much more.

Also at registration, middle school and high school students will have photos taken for their identification cards, and school fees can also be paid.

Students who are enrolling in the district should have the following documents available:

  • Child’s original birth certificate or passport
  • Proof of residency (current utility bill, lease agreement, mortgage bill, etc.)
  • Parent/guardian photo ID
  • Immunization records
  • Proof of guardianship/parentage (child’s birth certificate with parent name, legal papers, etc.)
  • High school transcript (if applicable)

For more information about registration and enrollment, visit: http://www.ddschools.org/district/registration, or call 262-728-2642 and talk to any of our main office staff members. The forms needed for registration and enrollment are also found on the website and can be downloaded as needed. They are also available at school offices and at the registration event.

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July school board meeting rescheduled

calendarThe Delavan-Darien School District’s July 14 School Board meeting has been rescheduled for July 28. The meeting will take place after the district’s annual meeting, which is scheduled to begin that night at 7 p.m.

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The passing of Deb Ludlow

Deb Ludlow

Deb Ludlow

It is with great sadness that we report to you that longtime Delavan-Darien High School physical education and health teacher Deb Ludlow passed away yesterday, July 7.

Deb, who had been battling cancer, started in the district in 1980 and retired in 2012. Over those 32 years, she was always committed to the fitness of all of DDHS Comets.

She is largely responsible for writing the $1 million federal Carol M. White Physical Education Program Grant that the district received six years ago, resulting in a new physical education curriculum, updated equipment, and professional development for teachers.

We will post more information here when known.

Please feel free to post condolences, comments and memories below, or on our district Facebook page.

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