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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
photoOn September 19, Grant Elementary School held a special family event called ‘Pizza and PBIS’. Families gathered for a pizza and potluck supper to celebrate Grant School’s recent statewide recognitions as a PBIS School of Merit and a Wisconsin School of Recognition for excellence in teaching both behavior and academics. After dinner, a ‘Family Meeting’ assembly was held in which Grant's goals and accomplishments were shared. Students participated by reciting the Grant School Family grade-level pledges and by teaching their parents about positive behavior expectations, most often referred to as PBIS. Then the parents and students faced off to play "Above-the-Line Jeopardy", a game show format that taught and reviewed the school-wide expectations.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
November 15, 2013
photoJackson Elementary School recently celebrated Student Council Duct Tape Day and the conclusion of their ‘Stuck on Reading Challenge.’ The class which read the most minutes during the stuck on reading challenge chose  a teacher to duct tape to the wall. Connie Resch’s fourth grade classroom won the challenge and chose the lucky teacher - Mr. Kevin Herber, Physical Education Teacher.  

Jackson students are involved in a Stuck on Reading Incentive Program all year where students will read books and present interactive book reports. Watch for more on this exciting and worthwhile incentive.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
November 15, 2013
A team from Sheboygan North High School won the 24th annual Lakeland College Michael J. Devaney Math Meet, held Oct. 21 at Lakeland. It’s the fourth straight title for a team from North, and their 17th title in the last 18 years.

Members of the winning North team were seniors Samuel Wang, Jonathan Cook, Molly Knoedler and Trenton Sarnowski; juniors Morgan Ross and Claire Andreasen; sophomore Angelica Drees; and freshman Brooklyn Landgraf. 
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
October 29, 2013
photoOn Friday October 4th, over 100 Cooper students in first through third grades visited the Milwaukee County Zoo. The field trip was made possible by a grant written through the Kohl's Cares for Kids Field Trip Grant Program.  Cooper students applied what they had been learning about rain forest animals to identify adaptations animals such as orangutans, lemurs, fruit bats, spider monkeys and poison dart frogs use to survive in the wild. Students had also been studying the layers of the rainforest and what animals live in which layers. The children, staff and parent chaperones had an amazing time and hope to be able to enjoy this experience again next year.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
October 23, 2013
On Tuesday October 8th the second grade students at Cooper Elementary School were visited by two firefighters from Station #4.  The children toured the hook and ladder truck and were introduced to the different tools the firefighters use when they are called to a fire. Most importantly, the children learned that it is important for everyone to have a plan for escaping their house in case of a fire and that they have working smoke detectors on every level and near all bedrooms in their house.  After the fire safety presentation, the students went home, created their own fire safety plan with their families and then brought them back to school to share.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
October 23, 2013
Jefferson Elementary School 4th grade students recently participated in the Sheboygan Fire Department’s Survive Alive Program.  The Survive Alive House, a full size simulated house on wheels, was set up outside of the school.  The 4th grade students first reviewed lessons related to smoke detectors, escape plans, household hazards, and dialing 911.  The students then entered the Survive Alive House in small groups.  Using theatrical smoke, the students were introduced to rapid escape and decision making in a hazardous situation.   A simulated 911 telephone call was also placed by each student to learn how to interact with an emergency dispatcher.  At the end of the program the firefighters gave the students a variety of activity handouts and a reflective bag suitable for trick or treating.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
October 22, 2013
photoAt Horace Mann Middle School, the Asset of the Month is a Caring School Climate. Congratulations to the following six students who were recognized this month for displaying this asset: (from left) Karlin Bruggink, Brandon Yang, Juliet Chang, Erin Konter, Mariah Platz, and Dao Vue.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
October 22, 2013
Jackson's spirit days are held on the first Friday of every month so students can see each other’s school spirit at the Top of the Line assembly. At the most recent Top of the Line Assembly, Jackson's Student Council members wore their favorite hat to also support Hat Day at Jackson School. Student Council members consist of interested 4th and 5th graders and this year’s advisors are Mrs. Melissa Anderson and Mrs. Beth Riste. 
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
October 22, 2013
photoAt James Madison Elementary School, Mrs. Leanne Ringwell's 4th grade class was enjoying the warm sunny weather while working on their Solar Energy unit for science. 
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
October 22, 2013
photo On Monday, September 30, students at Wilson Elementary School were introduced to the schools' motto ‘4>2’ with a special guest appearance of retired Wilson School principal, Mr. Thomas Binder.  The concept of ‘4>2’ teaches students that it is better to do something for others rather than to others.  Students are encouraged to put the concept into practice daily. Using stories and examples, Mr. Binder demonstrated how students can live the concept every day.  The highlight of the program was a surprise performance by Mr. Binder and principal Chad Renzelmann playing the ukulele and performing the ‘4>2’ song.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
October 22, 2013
photoElliot Opel, a Pigeon River 5th grader, recently won an essay contest sponsored by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. His essay was on the first amendment of the US Constitution. He discussed how this amendment allowed him to have freedom of speech and religion and also allowed him to read whatever books he wanted. He was invited to share his essay at the opening of the Wisconsin Supreme Court's session, held in Sheboygan, as part of the Court's "Justice on Wheels" program.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
October 10, 2013
photoJames Madison Elementary School first grade students recently participated in the Stop, Drop and Roll program with the Sheboygan Fire Department. The program is teaches self-protection for the children should their clothing catch on fire.  The program also included a tour of the Fire Truck and upon completion of the program each student was issued a certificate of completion and a coupon for a free ice cream cone from Dairy Queen.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
October 9, 2013
photoHow many legs does an ant have? How many sections does its body have? Do you know if ants have antennas? These are just some of the questions first grade learning detectives at James Madison Elementary School set out to answer. The students have been reading nonfiction and fiction stories about ants and explored their topic first-hand.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
October 8, 2013
photoMonday, September 30, Wilson Elementary School presented their "Friend of Wilson" award. The award is presented annually to a volunteer who has helped students at Wilson  and displays the school’s motto “4>2”  through their actions. The school motto illustrates that its greater to do something for others, than to others. Principal, Chad Renzelmann, presented the award to Mr. Burt Schuldt. Mr. Schuldt is a four year veteran of the United States Air Force and is a member of VFW Post 9156. For the past 11 years Mr. Schuldt has taught the fourth grade students in Mrs. Dawn Streets' classroom proper etiquette and procedure for raising the American Flag.  Following the training, the students take over the job of raising the flag before school each morning.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
October 8, 2013
Mr. Mike Trimberger, Principal of South High School, has been selected as a Finalist for the U.S. Department of Education’s first ever Principal Ambassador Fellowship. According to the Department of Education’s website, the Principal Ambassador Fellowship program is meant to recognize the important impact that a principal has on instructional leadership, the school environment, and talent management. This inaugural fellowship will consist of principals from all over the nation.

Mr. Trimberger believes the credit belongs to the staffs that he has been fortunate to work with.  Their shared accomplishments with increasing student learning have provided him with valuable insights and experiences that he will apply in this national role. Trimberger said, “I embrace this opportunity to share what we have learned through our education reform in Sheboygan, to help improve public education across the nation.”
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
October 2, 2013
photoTucker Turtle visited the Early Learning Center (ELC) on Thursday, September 19, 2013 for the Pyramid Model (PBIS) Kickoff! The Pyramid Model is a system of positive behavior expectations that are taught to students to promote responsible, safe and respectful behavior on a daily basis. Tucker the Turtle demonstrates positive behavior for the students, and will visit the school from time to time to reward students for great behavior.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
September 26, 2013
photoOn Friday September 20, the Sheboygan Police Department held their morning roll call in Mrs. Kelly Brotz's 2nd grade classroom at Cooper Elementary School.  Her students, along with second graders from Mrs. Sarah Lutze's class and first and second graders from Ms. Nancy Opitz's class, were able to see what happens during this daily routine. Students learned how police gather and use data to track problem areas in the city and then police those areas more heavily.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
September 26, 2013
photoThe Sheboygan Fire Department presented their fall fire prevention program to 1st grade classes at Jefferson Elementary School on September 10th.  The 1st grade classes participated in the Stop, Drop, and Roll program that assists the children in developing a self protection skill in the case of their clothing catching on fire.  The children wear a special vest with flames that detach when they roll on the carpet as they practice the stop, drop, and roll techniques.  The children also toured the fire truck.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
September 20, 2013
photoThree fifth grade classrooms from Wilson Elementary School made a two day visit to the Sheboygan County Marsh the week of September 10-13 where they got hands-on experience in environmental studies and learned the role water and land play in the formation of our local landscape.

Students made observations of bogs, marshes, open water and land, then logged those observations. They followed up using scientific methods in the laboratory to observe microscopic evidence of the ongoing changes which occur in the wetlands environment.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
September 20, 2013
Chad Stauber Soik, a Language Arts teacher at North High School, has been recognized by the Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions as a recipient of the 2013 Yale Educator Award. The Yale Educator Recognition Program recognizes outstanding educators from around the world who support and inspire their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence. Matriculating students are invited to nominate high school educators, and a committee of Yale admissions officers reviews each nomination individually and designates recipients. Mr. Soik was nominated by his former student Josh Feng, who is attending Yale University this fall. Mr. Soik was Josh’s debate coach for three years and also taught Josh in an Honor Humanities course last school year. Mr. Soik spoke very highly of Josh as a student in his Humanities course, saying the students in the class were “brilliant, engaged, and ambitious citizens of the world in the making.” Mr. Soik went on to say that Josh was an excellent writer and while he will take some credit for those skills, “more credit belongs to Josh and his parents.” The Sheboygan Area School District is proud to congratulate Mr. Soik on his recognition. He was the only teacher in Wisconsin to receive this prestigious award. Congratulations, Mr. Soik!

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
September 20, 2013
photoJefferson Elementary School kicked off the first day of school with a review of behavior expectations in various settings in the school.  The classes rotated through stations in different settings, for example, the hallways, bathrooms, the cafeteria, and the playground.  Staff members explained and modeled the appropriate behavior for that area of school.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
September 14, 2013
photoCleveland Elementary School gave away two back-to-school baskets to families who participated in the school’s Open House on August 28. As families visited information tables with busing, handbooks, Positive Behavior and Supports (PBIS) and PTO, their card was checked off and then turned it in at the end of the open house. At the first all- school assembly, the winners were drawn. The family of Ailyn Valdez won a movie night basket and the family of Ethan and Gavin Meissner won a Duck Dynasty basket. Both baskets were generously donated by Just Orthodontics.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
September 13, 2013
Jefferson Elementary School and Grant Elementary School have again been selected as Wisconsin Schools of Recognition. Jefferson Elementary School has been recognized as a School of Recognition for six consecutive years. This is the fourth consecutive year that Grant Elementary School has been recognized for the award.
 
Jefferson Principal Bill Klein and Grant Principal Deb Streblow have both credited their staff members for ensuring students’ reach their full potential and for creating a learning environment that fosters success. Klein said the award recognizes schools that find ways to help students overcome socioeconomic setbacks and become great learners. Streblow said the implementation of a positive behavior system and character education has had a positive impact on academic performance.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
September 13, 2013

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