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Inside this Issue

  • School Supply List
  • 8 Strategies for Success
  • Thinking Ahead
  • Math and Discovery Education
  • Becoming a Mentor
  • 10 Reasons Why Mentoring Works
  • Free Books
  • Child Find Notice
  • Contact Information


Important Dates

  • August 29th Parent Orientation 6:00 at TAGOS
  • September 4th & 5th PBL Boot Camp 8-11:30.  New Students Only
  • September 4th & 5th Goal Setting Conferences 12:30-6:00
  • September 6th First Day of School
  • September 7th Picture Day
  • TAGOS T-Shirts on sale NOW for $7.00

Principal’s Message by Patricia Hernandez

Welcome back TAGOS families!!

For many of you, it is a warm welcome back to TAGOS Leadership Academy, for other families, it is a brand new educational journey for your child. One of our biggest goals this year is to help your child feel successful and achieve academic excellence. It is our mission to help every child feel welcomed, connected, and a part of our TAGOS family.

  • TAGOS takes great pride in creating an educational atmosphere where students can learn in a caring and creative environment. Together our staff encourages students to engage in a lifelong love of learning.  As we focus on student achievement we will provide a variety of academic and educational experiences that promote student growth and learning throughout the year. During the upcoming school year I encourage you to take an active role in your child’s learning. Parent involvement plays a critical role in our school’s success. Ways to support and increase your child’s academic success include:
  • Make attendance a priority including limiting tardiness and absences
  • Communicate often with your child’s advisor via email, phone, or notes
  • Encourage a love for reading
  • Attend school-wide events
  • Celebrate your child’s academic success

Enjoy the remaining days of summer and feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at 608-921-3990 or

Your principal,

Patty Hernandez

Suggested School Supplies

  • 4 Spiral Notebooks
  • 2-3 Folders
  • Pencils and Highlighters
  • 3-4 Binders
  • Calculator  Preferred: Texas Instruments 30XII2
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Tissue

8 Strategies for Success

Hello and welcome back to school all new and returning TAGOS Families!  I hope all of you have had a restful and relaxing summer! As we gear up for the 2018-2019 school, it is important to start the year off right.  Planning and organization can foster school success. With the summer winding down and the anticipation of a new school year about to begin, it is helpful to be reminded of those things that students can do to be ready for a fresh start.  The following link gives students 8 useful tips on being better prepared for the start of a new school year. When going back to school, “don't spin your wheels and stress. Take a deep breath, center yourself and make a plan”--Douglas Adams.  See you all soon!

School Year Success

Thinking Ahead

  1. What would make this year at TAGOS the best year ever?
  2. What will you do to ensure your success this year?
  3. What are you passionate about?
  4. How do you want to be recognized?
  5. What questions do you want to answer through your projects this year?
  6. What is our community in need of?
  7. How can you make a lasting impact on our community?
  8. What academic, social, and personal growth goals will you set for yourself?

Math & Beyond

Welcome back students and parents.  We will again be using Aleks for our math this year.

In conjunction with that I will be incorporating some Discovery Education activities during our math time.  This program is available to every student in the district and Parker and Craig will be using it as well. Discovery Education provides real-world problems through interactive media, visuals, and videos and makes students have conversations about math.  Also, we will be incorporating a hour of code each week to provide students with STEM extensions that help to provide connections with their everyday math.

Become a Mentor

Take a moment to reflect on your educational or career journey. Did you have an inspirational teacher? Or maybe you had a co-worker or a manager who took you under his or her wing and showed you the ropes?

If you were lucky enough to have someone who helped you along the way, then you know firsthand the value of mentoring.

I’d like to encourage the business leaders of Janesville to get involved and be a mentor to one of our TAGOS students. Children need positive relationships with caring adults, according to a study on the benefits of mentoring conducted by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.


Be becoming a mentor, you are doing your part to ensure that today’s students have the tools and support they need to succeed. Here are some ways you can help are students as a mentor:

  1. Improve social skills: Make students better leaders by enabling them to relate to different kinds of people. Help them develop strong communication skills so they can handle any situation.
  2. Bolster self-esteem: A mentor is someone who is always in a student’s corner. Be a champion. Believe in a young person. Recognize and celebrate his or her successes.
  3. Provide career exploration: Many mentors act as career counselors, helping students to brainstorm career possibilities, define career goals and establish action plans to reach professional goals. You can also be a great source of networking opportunities for students.
  4. Support academic activities: Depending on the circumstance, you can serve as an important academic tutor during the school year.
  5. Be a friend: Some students, especially the older ones, find it difficult to talk to their parents or friends about what’s on their mind. As a mentor, You can serve as a trusted confidante, helping a student work through day-to-day struggles.

10 Reasons Why Mentoring Works

  1. Mentors help kids stay in school.
  2. Mentors help improve a young person’s self-esteem.
  3. Mentors teach young people how to relate and communicate better with others.
  4. Mentors help kids set career goals and take steps to realize them.
  5. Mentors can stress the importance of education, which can lead to a decrease in absenes.
  6. Young people with mentors are less likely to be involved in risky behavior.
  7. Mentors can engage teens in safe activities during free time.
  8. A mentor serves as a role model, advocate, friend, and advisor.
  9. Amentor is someone who matters in a young person’s life.
  10. A mentor lets a young person know they are someone who matters.

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BE Someone Who Matters TO Someone Who Matters

Mentoring Works!


Community Leaders WANTED!!

  • Offer Real-World Connection
  • Get involved in student projects, including sitting in on their presentations
  • Share your passion, interests, and career/company with students
  • Contact for more information

Free Books!

Do you have a child age birth-4?  If so, you can sign them up for the United Way Blackhawk Region’s Imagination Library.  Your child(ren) will recieve a free book in the mail every month until (s)he turns 5!

Janesville Early Literacy

Read, Talk & Play Every Day

Child Find Notice

The school district must locate, identify and evaluate all resident children with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disabilities.” The school district has a special education program to locate and screen all children with suspected disabilities who are residents of the district and who have not graduated from high school. Upon request the school district will screen any resident child who has not graduated high school to determine whether a special education referral is appropriate. A request may be made by contacting Kimberli Peerenboom, Director of Pupil Services for the School District of Janesville at 743-5061, or by writing her at 527 S. Franklin St., Janesville WI 53548.

Annually the district conducts developmental screening of preschool children. Each child’s motor, communication and social skills are observed at various play areas. Each child is weighed and measured, and the child’s hearing and vision is checked. The information is used to provide the parent with a profile of their child’s current development and to provide suggestions for follow up activities. Parents learn about community services available to them and speak with representatives of agencies serving families. The information from screening is also used to determine whether a child should be evaluated for a suspected disability. When school staff reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability, they refer the child for evaluation by a school district Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. Developmental screening will be a part of the kindergarten screening this Spring. Watch for dates at your local school.

A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to report the child to the school district in which the child resides. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child’s parents that the referral will be made. The referral must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability. Others who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child to the school district in which the child resides. A referral of a child residing in the School District of Janesville may be sent to Kimberli Peerenboom at the school district address above.”

Please send feedback and questions to Mrs. Valerie Maxon ( with “TAGOS Newsletter” in the email subject line. Thank you.