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photoThe third annual Hmong New Year Celebration was held at Wilson Elementary School in late November. Organized by the English Language Learner (ELL) staff, the day included a parade of kindergarten to fifth grade students dressed in traditional Hmong costumes as well as other ELL students dressed in their best party clothes, crowns, and special headbands.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
December 19, 2013
photoSheridan Elementary School students and staff recently celebrated the achievement of their first quarter positive behavior or PBIS goal.  The students earned 50,000 P.A.W.S. (Positive Award Winners at Sheridan) and were treated to a performance by the Kohl’s Wild Theatre.  The performance was titled Vampires vs. Aliens and taught the children about invasive species and the myths surrounding bats.  During the program students were respectful, responsible, and safe. They thoroughly enjoyed the Kohl’s Wild Theatre presentation.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
December 19, 2013
Jackson Elementary School had the honor of hosting the Hmong Leadership Council's ‘Hmong Inspiration Celebration’ on November 25. Students and Staff at Jackson thoroughly enjoyed the traditional Hmong New Year experience. They were entertained by North and South High School students who mixed the traditional Hmong dance performances with Hmong-American performances, including breakdancing! The ELL staff at Jackson School also invited the Hmong students in grades K-5, to wear their traditional clothing on Monday.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
December 18, 2013
photoJames Madison School recognized the Hmong New Year as students dressed in their traditional Hmong clothing.  The students explained Hmong traditions for the New Year and paraded through the building sharing their culture with other students.  The students were assisted by Ms. Mai Jee Thao and Mrs. Dee Lee.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
December 18, 2013
photoThe North High School Hmong Leadership Council is powerfully influencing our community's perception of Hmong culture. As three groups of Hmong Leadership Council members prepared presentations to two thousand Sheboygan Area School District students at twelve schools on Nov. 25th, a fourth group collaborated with South High's Hmong Student Organization in preparing the art for this year's Hmong New Year (held at North High Nov. 29-Dec. 1). The main mural, entitled "Peaceful Migrations," involved the participation of sixty students over a two-month period while requiring nearly a hundred bottles of tempera paint. The mural was inspired by the Hmong Leadership Council's collaboration with world-famous street artist Gaia at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
December 18, 2013
photoNorth High School Art Teacher Frank Juarez is spearheading a collaborative art project connecting schools across the state of Wisconsin. The project includes elementary students of Jen Dahl in Black River Falls, middle school students of Brian Sommersberger in Random Lake, high school students of Frank Juarez in Sheboygan and college art students of Tom Uebehlerr at UW-Sheboygan.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
December 17, 2013
Horace Mann Middle School recognized six students for displaying the October Developmental Asset of the month which was Achievement Motivation.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
December 17, 2013
Earlier this school year, Cooper Elementary School students enjoyed an interactive performance called ‘A World of Water’ by Kohl’s Wild Theater. This conservation-themed theater performance utilized drama, songs and puppetry.  The program taught Cooper students about the critical natural resource for all people and animals - water. Students were engaged in learning about how to protect water systems here in Wisconsin and around the globe. This program is offered through a team effort of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee and Kohl’s Cares
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
December 17, 2013
Pigeon River Elementary School’s Student Council sponsored the 4th Annual “Hats On” Days in October. Students paid a minimum of one dollar to wear a hat to school.  Pigeon River was able to donate $372.75 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
December 17, 2013
Collecting American flags that decorated the graves of veterans at Holy Cross Cemetery on Sheboygan's Southside was the first public service undertaken by the Wilson Elementary School Above the Influence Club. Above the Influence focuses on working with young students to encourage service to others while helping prevent  students making negative choices about drugs and alcohol. Before the collection, Sexton Ken Ristow told the students about the 125 year history of the cemetery and the reason for the American flags on the graves of veterans.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
December 17, 2013
photoJames Madison Elementary School’s Student Council spends their recess time every Tuesday picking up trash to keep the school ground clean and safe for all the students.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
December 17, 2013
The Sheboygan Area School District has been named to the 4th Annual AP District Honor Roll by the College Board for expanding opportunity and improving performance for advanced placement students. The AP District Honor Roll recognizes efforts to open AP classroom doors to a significantly broader pool of students, while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
December 16, 2013
photoThe 4th and 5th grade classrooms at Cleveland Elementary School recently assisted the Friends of Hika Bay in planting 500 trees along the Hika Shores property in Cleveland. This was the next step in the multiple-year restoration of Centerville Creek project initiated in 2009.  Dr. Jim Kettler visited the classrooms before the planting day to explain the project and how important the tree planting is to sustain the area that once was under water behind the Dam that was removed. Brush and debris were removed from the Lake Michigan beach adjoining the property.  Additional work on restoring the ridge-swale ecosystem will be continued in the spring of 2014 along with construction of both a viewing platform at Centerville Creek and a pedestrian bridge connecting the boat launch area with Hika Shores portion of Hika Park. The students plan to assist with further projects to maintain this area well into the future.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
December 11, 2013
The Above the Influence Group from Cleveland Elementary School participated in Operation Gratitude, collecting extra Halloween candy that students brought in after trick-or-treating.  The program is sponsored by Healthy Sheboygan County and all candy is shipped to our troops overseas. All grade levels competed to see which class collected the most.  In all, 51 1/2 lbs were collected with 5th grade in the lead with 20 lbs.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
December 11, 2013
Students at Lincoln-Erdman Elementary School recently earned a ‘Technology Day’ reward for displaying positive behavior throughout the first quarter of the school year. On the first day of school students were challenged to earn 6,000 ‘PAWSitive slips’. PAWSitive slips are given to a student when a staff member sees them following the school-wide behavior expectations.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
November 24, 2013
Sheboygan Area School District third grade students each received a dictionary donated by the Sheboygan Elks Lodge #299. To date, nearly 5,200 dictionaries have been distributed to students over the last seven years by the Elks Lodge as part of the nationwide nonprofit The Dictionary Project. The goal of the project is to see all their students become good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
November 24, 2013
At Grant Elementary School, 5th grader students are given the opportunity to join Service Club. The goal of Service Club is give to students the chance to practice leadership and responsibility, to serve as role models, and to give back to their school community. One of the groups of Service Club is Kids Connection. In Kids Connection, 5th grade students are assigned to primary classes and help out in the classrooms or in the library. The older students help the younger students to practice basic skills, choose library books, or read stories aloud. Both the younger and the older students benefit from Kids Connection.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
November 23, 2013
photoLearning about money and it's purchasing power, students in Brenda Morateck's kindergarten class at Wilson Elementary School used their pennies to buy decorations to embellish their Halloween pumpkins.  After looking over the containers of ghosts, spiders, bats, Autumn leaves, skeletons, bats and even orange feathers, and the price of each item, students made their selections then paid for them with their "play pennies." The completed pumpkins were the unique creation of each student using both math and art skills.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
November 23, 2013
As a reward for positive behavior in October, Cooper Elementary School students and staff participated in a Costume Walk on Thursday, October 31st. Parents were invited to watch the parade from the bleachers in the school gym.  The costume parade started with a banner that read “Safe, Responsible and Respectful” and ended with a Cooper School banner.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
November 23, 2013
A local school dental program, Sheboygan Schools Seal Students’ Smiles, has been selected as one of only 25 programs in the nation to be evaluated by the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

‘Sheboygan Schools Seal Students’ Smiles’ was the only program nominated from the state of Wisconsin out of the 99 oral health programs nominated by local, state and national organizations.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
November 22, 2013
photoThe week of October 21-24, Cooper Elementary School’s Above the Influence group celebrated National Red Ribbon Week.  National Red Ribbon Week promotes anti-drug awareness and living a drug-free life. Cooper students participated in activities to make this week exciting and fun for everyone. Students signed a pledge poster, promising to be drug-free.  Students also enjoyed dress-up days, including Sports Day, Mix and Match Day, 60’s Day, and Wear Orange Day to promote saying ‘NO TO DRUGS!’
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
November 22, 2013
photoJefferson Elementary School recently opened a school store, where students are able to purchase a variety of items using “paws” slips they have earned. The students are able to earn the paws when they exhibit safe, respectful, and responsible behavior. Items available at the school store include pencils, pens, erasers, stickers, note pads, water bottles, and much more.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
November 22, 2013
photoDuring a recent assembly, students at Cleveland Elementary School performed skits to teach their peers strategies for dealing with problem behaviors. Students use the ‘Stop, Walk, and Talk’ routine when they feel disrespected or unsafe.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
November 22, 2013
photoFour kindergarten classes from Wilson Elementary School visited Whispering Orchard in October. The students learned firsthand about the process of gathering and processing apples and cider for the market.  Miss Sue, owner/operator demonstrated the hand operated apple press. Each child had a chance to turn the crank and enjoy a sample of fresh apple juice. In addition to learning about apples and their uses, students also played in the hay barns, saw farm animals and sampled apples and cider.  The highlight of the day was seeing orchard workers using large machinery to pick and sort apples by size.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
November 22, 2013
photoA team of students from Horace Mann Middle School topped a field of 278 students from 11 schools to win the 23rd annual Michael J. Devaney Lakeland College Middle School Math Meet, held at Lakeland. Urban Middle School team No. 1 took third place at the meet. Farnsworth Middle School team No. 3 placed fifth and Lake Country Academy team No. 1 finished in sixth place.


Sheboygan Area School District students also placed among the top individual scorers.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
November 22, 2013
The Cleveland Elementary and NEW Montessori School Walk-a-thon was held on Wednesday, October 2 with the 4K class walking on Thursday, October 1.  This event was once again held in conjunction with “Walk Your Child to School Day”.   The children walked an 8-block path along the fenced area of the school grounds three times, walking a total of 24 blocks. After their walk, students enjoyed string cheese donated by Sargento and bottled water donated by D and M Plumbing.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
November 15, 2013
photoMary Jo Opgenorth, a 4th and 5th grade teacher at Sheridan Elementary School was one of 1,000 teachers across the country chosen by Office Max out of thousands of nominees to be rewarded for their extraordinary efforts in the classroom. In a surprise visit, winners received $1,000 in school supplies for their classrooms, including notebooks, paper, arts and crafts, a camera, and even a desk chair. The boxes of supplies were delivered to her classroom by employees of Office Max. Office Max’s “A Day Made Better” school advocacy campaign works to erase teacher-funded classrooms.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
November 15, 2013
photoStudents at Wilson Elementary School recently learned about and celebrated White Cane Day.  During a school assembly legally blind kindergarten student Mayah McWherter, along with her full time teacher assistant Courtney Roland and Diane Gafney, Orientation and Mobility Specialist with CESA, discussed with students the purpose and importance of Mayah’s cane in  providing safety and independence. With her cane, Mayah can navigate around the school and playground without assistance. The students learned about the White Cane Law in Wisconsin and the importance of obeying it.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
November 15, 2013
photoOn October 2, 2013, the Cleveland Elementary and NEW Montessori schools joined millions of children, parents, teachers and community leaders around the globe in walking to school to celebrate ‘International Walk to School Day.’ Staff members, students, and parents met at various sites throughout the village of Cleveland and joined in their trek to school, both walking and biking.  Upon arrival, breakfast treats were provided to all students by the generous parents of Cleveland Elementary and N.E.W. Montessori Schools.  All involved demonstrated great attitudes towards a positive approach to good health, and an enjoyable morning was had by all.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
November 15, 2013
photoOn October 9, James Madison Elementary School joined other schools in Sheboygan County by organizing a ‘Walk to School Day’ event. James Madison staff, students and families were all invited to meet at Veteran’s Park to walk to school together. The event encourages healthy habits and promotes environmental awareness. Walking to school is a great way for children to remain active, and children that bike or walk to school arrive more alert and ready to learn.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
November 15, 2013

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