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2017-18 Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year - Jill Runde!

2017-18 Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year - Jill Runde!


McFarland's very own Jill Runde, school counselor at Indian Mound Middle School, has been named the 2017-18 Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year!


Ms. Runde was presented with the Teacher of the Year honors by Wisconsin State Superintendent Dr. Tony Evers in a surprise assembly today at Indian Mound Middle School.  In recognizing Jill, Dr. Evers noted that we have over 60,000 teachers in Wisconsin, and many, many outstanding educators right here at Indian Mound.  “Jill is one of our very best, and a great representative of the McFarland School District,” he said.  


The Wisconsin teacher of the year is selected each year as part of the Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship program.  Earlier this year Jill was named a 2017-18 Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship Recipient in recognition of her outstanding work with our middle school students and families.  


Ms. Runde joined Indian Mound Middle School in 2007, having previously served as Youth Outreach Coordinator at McFarland High School.  Since that time Jill has become known as the “go to person” at IMMS for students, parents, and staff members due to her wisdom, listening skills, and sensitivity to handling difficult situations.


Principal Aaron Tarnutzer says, “Jill guides students to discover their interests, explore career paths, and become the people they need to be in order to achieve their personal and career goals.  She forms deep and meaningful relationships and partnerships with students and families that extend well beyond the time she is their counselor.”


Jill is a truly exceptional educator.  She is a wonderful role model in her support for our students, their families, and her colleagues at Indian Mound Middle School.  In accepting Teacher of the Year honors Jill encouraged students to let others help them, and reminded them that in doing so, they are giving a gift to their teachers and friends.  


We are so fortunate that Jill is a part of our McFarland school family!  Please join me in congratulating Jill on her outstanding work and accomplishments.  


Andrew Briddell,

Superintendent of Schools




Summer Reading Kick-Off

Summer School

Join us Wednesday June 14th at the McFarland E.D. Locke Library for a fun, FREE event to kickoff a summer full of reading for your student. The event will include read alouds of favorite books by members of the community and a few reading related crafts. Guest Readers will share their favorite books with students for 15-20 minutes, and then we will take a 10 minute break for light snacks and a few simple crafts before the next reader begins his/her book.  You are welcome to come at any time and to stay as long as you would like, but the books will be geared toward the following grade levels. 

Grade Level Focus Time
Entering Kindergarten or 1st grade 8:00 am
8:30 am
9:00 am
Entering 2nd or 3rd grade 9:30 am
10:00 am
10:30 am
Entering 4th or 5th grade 11:00 am
11:30 am


Summer School Dates:

  • Session 1: June 19 - June 29 (classes Monday-Thursday)
  • Session 2: July 10 - July 13 (one week session!  Classes Monday-Thursday)
  • Session 3: July 17- July 27 (classes Monday-Thursday)
  • PLUS - Friday Fun Days: 6/23, 6/30, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28,  (from 8:00am-12:15pm)



Summer School Page





Facilities Planning

See what we've been up to since the November 8 Referendum was passed!!


Referendum Passes

On Tuesday, November 8, residents of the McFarland School District voted on three referendum questions.  The unofficial results are:
Question 1, for District-wide facilities improvements, passed with an unofficial vote of 4568-Yes to 2287-No.
Question 2, for operational funding of expanded facilities, passed with an unofficial vote of 4404-Yes to 2413-No.
Question 3, for operational funding to maintain educational programming, passed with an unofficial vote of 4690-Yes to 2117-No.

Statement from the McFarland School Board and Superintendent Andrew Briddell
“The McFarland School District is very grateful to our community for demonstrating its commitment to providing a great education for our kids.  The School Board listened closely to input from the community to develop a well-thought-out, fiscally-responsible plan.  The referendum results are a tremendous step forward in our community-driven planning process, and we would like to thank our community for their incredible support.   Also, we would like to thank all of the Facilities Committee participants and our entire staff for their leadership, expertise, and dedication.” 




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  • Phone: 608 838-4500 | Fax: 608 838-3074
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