Registration Days
August 12 and 13, 2014

Carrie Ann Renard Golf Outing
July 26, 2014

Looking for Alumni
Your help is needed!

Brussels-Union EMR Presentation
May 20, 2014

National Speakers to Present
May 12 and 13, 2014

SD Athletic Booster "Drive One" Event
April 26, 2014 from 9-2 PM

Health and Wellness Fair
April 29, 2014

Open Enrollment

Now - April 30, 2014

Spring Spirit Sale!
Now through April 13, 2014

Bowl for Kids' Sake: BBBS
Mar. 30, 2014

Board Candidate Forum
Feb. 11, 2014 @ 7PM

Alumni Hall of Fame Nomination
Deadline: Jan. 24, 2014

Talon Fitness Center Orientation 
Jan. 21, 2014 @ 5:30PM

An Evening with Julie Gold and SD Students
Jan. 25, 2014

School Community in Mourning

Support a Seat
Now - 12/31/13

Speak Up!

Wisconsin Knowledge & Concepts Examinations








Art on the Wild Side

May/June Newsletter
Camp Invention!
(EL, MS, and HS)
Smart Girls Group

Missoula Children's Theatre

Camp Invention $25 Discount

Pedometer Study #2 

March Newsletter
February Newsletter

5th Grade Musical

Financial Aid Night
Feb. 6, 2014

Jan. 28, 2014

Jan. 23, 2014


June 14, 2014 (District)

June 9, 2014 (District)

May 27, 2014 BOE Meeting  (District)

May 5 - 9, 2014 (District)

Mar. 3 - 7, 2014 (District)

Good News and 

Parent Blog: Feb.2, 2014 (MS)

Feb. 3 - 7, 2014 (District)

Jan. 10, 2014 (District)

Jan. 9, 2014 (District)

Dec. 20, 2013 (District)

Dec. 2 - 6, 2013 (District)

Nov. 4 - 8, 2013 (District)

Registration Days

Southern Door School District Registration and Fee Payment Days for grades PreK-12, will be held on Tuesday, August 12, 2:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, August 13, 7:00 am - 2:30 p.m.  Registration locations will be at the High School Cafeteria and Elementary/Middle School Cafeteria (enter through door #41). The following additional paperwork should be completed if at all possible and brought to registration.  For your convenience, we have included a downloadable EL/MS map.
  1. Parent Consent Form (EL, MS)
  2. Parent Consent Form (HS)
  3. Census Info Form (EL, MS, HS)
  4. Student Acceptable Use Guidelines for Information Technology (EL, MS, HS)
  5. Volunteer Policy and Background Check (EL, MS, HS)
  6. Student Fee Schedule (EL, MS, HS)
  7. Health Concerns Form (EL, MS, HS)

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July 26, 2014

Download brochure for more information!

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July 14, 2014 BOE Summary: Summary

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June 9, 2014 BOE Summary: Summary

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Dear Families and Staff:

Many great things continue to happen at Southern Door with our students and staff! Best wishes to our baseball team who now share the Conference Championship and have the chance to earn it outright in tonight's game at Gibraltar at 4:30pm.  Best wishes also to our track and field team as they compete in the Sectionals at Freedom tomorrow afternoon.  Go Eagles!  We are proud of you!  

Highlights from this past month were shared at the Board meeting Tuesday night (5-27-14). Good News Report 

A video of the entire School Board meeting is available at this link on the district website:

 Attached is a summary of the actions taken by the Board of Education at their meeting. Two items approved directly related to students and families are:
1)  Student Fee Schedule for 2014-15: Student Fee Schedule for 2014-15

The executive summary accompanying the fees explaining changes in the fee schedule as approved by the Board can be found at this link: Executive Summary for 5-27-14 BOE Meeting

2)  Co-Curricular Code: Co-Curricular Code (This applies to high school students participating in athletics and co-curricular activities).

The code meeting for any students participating in athletics next  year will beThursday, June 5, 2014 at 6 pm in the Eagle gym. The code meeting for anyone participating in other co-curriculars will be done next fall with the entire student body. 

Lastly, on behalf of the Southern Door County School District community, we extend our congratulations to the Class of 2014 as they graduate on Sunday, June 1 at 2:00pm in the auditorium. Best wishes to them and their families as they continue their journey out into their fields of work and post-secondary education.


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”Education is simply the soul of society as it passes from one generation to another.” G. K. Chesterson

Dear Families and Staff:

Over the more than fifty years that Southern Door has been in existence, one of the proud educational traditions observed at this time of year is recognition of the graduating class valedictorian and salutatorian.    It appears that this well-honored tradition stopped after 1972 and then started again in 1990.   
The Board of Education will officially recognize through resolution, the valedictorians and salutatorians of the classes from 1973-1989 at the May 27, 2014 Board meeting. We will also recognize them at the graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 1, 2014.  

While we have located some of the individuals, we are looking for others. If you know any of these individuals, have their married names if applicable, current addresses, phones or emails, please contact Jane in the district office at or 920.825.7311 as soon as possible so we can connect with them with more details.

Class of 1973 - Gerald Jilot & Bradford Tassoul
Class of 1974 - Mark Jome & Jo Ann Zirbel
Class of 1975 - Janet Swanson & Maynard DeGuelle
Class of 1976 - Mary Kolbeck & Michelle Spaid
Class of 1977 - Michael Spaid & Deborah Karas
Class of 1978 - Sherry Knuth & Laurie Mueller
Class of 1979 - Monica Seiler & Susan Meier
Class of 1980 - James Olski & Jodi Guelette
Class of 1981 - Roxanne Pierre & Lori Engebose
Class of 1982 - Robin Lindemann & Patty Engebose
Class of 1983 - Lisa LeGrave & George Hansen
Class of 1984 - Marci Tebon & Susan Wautier
Class of 1985 - Brad Delwiche & Debbie Mikels
Class of 1986 - Barbara Seiler & Cynthie Wautlet
Class of 1987 - Ken Mraz & Thomas Wood
Class of 1988 - Tami Dahms & Kevin Wood
Class of 1989 - Carrie Van de Ven & Jeanette Mueller

Thank you for any assistance you can provide to us in recognizing these individuals.

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MAY 12-16, 2014

Dear Families and Staff:

"One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for others.” ~Lewis Carol                                                                                                                                                           
     The month of May brings lots of reminders of the wonderful success that our staff and students create.  Whether it’s the determination of students in an athletic competition like yesterday's softball win over rival Sturgeon Bay, the performance of talented musicians coming together in a concert like the wonderful concert last night or the individual successes in the classroom, we are privileged to witness these celebrations every day.   

     This past week, we began the first of many May celebrations of our students’ achievements with the National Honor Society induction ceremony. While many of these celebrations are with the older students, we don't want to forget the important roles played by staff and you as parents in encouraging your child, giving them the support they need, and helping them "reach for their own stars."          

      When I listened to the “stories” of some of the young people receiving awards, their volunteerism, their academic and co-curricular successes, their success in the trades—it was amazing!  Yes, at Southern Door, students can have it all!  In much larger districts, they have to pick and choose their activities as staff are not always so flexible in understanding the competing interests.  It’s no wonder that Southern Door students have an incredible reputation! 

     Our students are truly the faces, voices, and outreach of Southern Door. I just wish the entire community could see what the students, staff, and families working together here in our school community accomplish each and every day.

Other important information this week includes:  

Final Pedometer  Activity - According to the evaluation needs for our PEP grant, we are entering the third and final round  of pedometer activity. Elementary students are completing their final pedometer activity during the school day this week.  Middle and high school students received their letters and pedometers to do the activity at home, just as in the past.

​Elementary PIE Fundraiser - ​Please join Southern Door Elementary PIE for a night of Dining at the Belgian Delight on Thursday, May 15 between 4-8.  While you wait, shop with these local consultants from doTerra, Younique, The Pampered Chef, Lia Sophia, Tastefully Simple, thirty-one, Barefoot Books and Avon.  A portion of all sales from dinner to shopping will be donated to Southern Door Elementary PIE.  ​Please see the attached flyer for more information.​ Hope to see you there.

Board of Education Meeting Summary - The Board of Education at their reorganization meeting moved to a twice monthly board meeting schedule. As part of their governance work, the second Monday of the month meeting will be focused on topics presented by administration for board discussion.  The fourth Monday of the month will remain as the major monthly business meeting.  Both meetings are open to the public.  A summary of Monday night's meeting is attached.

      Also in the spirit of greater transparency, board meetings are now videotaped and uploaded within 48 hours of their date.  You can access the last two board meetings by clicking on the District tab at the top of the website's home page, then Board of Education, then BOE Meetings, and then click on the video camera icon and select the year and date of the meeting. Click here for a direct link!

Have a great rest of the week!

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Dear Staff and Families:
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In some way, all of us have had to deal with the issue of suicide either on the job or in our personal lives.
The Brussels-Union EMRs would like to invite all Door County EMS; Fire personnel and anyone who is interested to attend a presentation entitled, “Suicide Prevention, QPR (Question; Persuade and Refer) Training”.  A one hour presentation providing information on the statistics; what the signs can be; how to talk to someone about suicide; how to and where to get help for someone considering suicide will be given by Amy Demeter andMarsha Wilson, two northern Door EMTs and QPR trainers.

The presentation will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 7PM at the Brussels Community Center located at 1366 Junction Road, the intersection of Junction Road and County DK(formerly old Highway 57).  Refreshments and brownies will be provided by the local Suicide Prevention group.  Doors will be open at 6:30PM.

If possible please let Beverly Wautier, Brussels-Union EMR Crew Chief know if you are able to attend by emailing her at or calling 493-0510. 

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Art on the Wild Side Day Camp
July 14 - 18, 2014 Click the picture for more information about this opportunity!


The Southern Door Community Auditorium will be offering a FREE visual and performing arts summer day camp for children ages 6-12 focusing on music and art using performance, demonstrations, and other fun activities. Children are challenged while building friendships, embracing diverse experiences, and learning new skills. Each day of the week children will have the opportunity to focus on different visual and performing arts activities. Art on the Wild Side summer day camp features some of Door County's finest visual and performing artists as facilitators.  

Place:  Southern Door Auditorium
Dates:  July 14-18, 2014 (8:00am-10:30am)

To register or for more information, please call:  920-493-5979. Registration is limited so call early to reserve a spot for your child.

A special thank you to Ministry Door County Medical Center for sponsoring this wonderful opportunity for our children here in Southern Door.

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May and June Newsletter (EL/MS) 
Download the March copy of the Elementary & Middle School Newsletter!

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May 5-9, 2014

Dear Families and Staff:
"A good teacher is like a candle, it consumes itself to light the way for others." 
This week is National Staff Appreciation Week.  It is a time to thank the men and women who dedicate their days to educating and supporting your children each day.  The Southern Door staff is a dedicated team, focused on helping students achieve their fullest potential while engaging them in the learning process. As a staff, we also recognize the important role that parents and families play in a child's education. Thank you for your involvement with your child; the partnership between home and school is so important. Thank you for entrusting us with your greatest contribution to the future: The education of your children.

State Co-Curricular Competitions - Congratulations to All of These Students!
Forensics Meet at UW Madison:
Student awards included:  Farrago:  Alexis Neuville – Silver & Morgan Davis – Silver; Prose:  Raven Brenneke – Silver;  Poetry:  Janel Musil – Bronze; Group Interpretation:  Garrett Paider, Austin Wheaton, & Dana Mueller – Gold; Melissa Benzshawel, Melissa Counard, & Lizzie Buhr – Bronze; Marty Visti, Claire Olsen, & Heather Buth – Gold;  Baily Tlachac, Tegan Everard & Nicole Kruger – Bronze; Play Acting:  Michaela Kraft & Julia Englebert – Gold.

Solo & Ensemble Contest at UW Green Bay:  
Soprano Solo - 1st - Julia Englebert
Baritone Solo - 1st - Michael McKinnon
​Piccolo Solo  ​ - 1st (Perfect Score) - Raven Brenneke
Vocal Jazz Ensemble - 1st -  ​ Michael Baker, Tabi Bretl, Mackenzie Counard, Brooke Dantoin, Morgan Davis, Julia Englebert, Jolene Feeney, Sophie Kennedy, Myria Kolstad, Michaela Kraft, Connor McClellan, Dustin McKinnon, Michael McKinnon, Cassy Moore, Jamie Olsen, Danielle Tauscher, Porsha Warwick, Hannah Wilz, Kolby Woldt; 
​Woodwind Choir  ​- ​1st - Anita Benzshawel, Cassandra Blasier, Raven Brenneke, Brandon Buhr, Elizabeth Buhr, Ian Carpenter, Miranda Eytcheson, Abigail Fredrich, Alexandra Fredrich, Kathleen Guilette, Desiree Hanson, Shauntelle Huber, Haley Jonas, Josefa Kielar, Kayla Marchant, Erin McNulty, Holly Minahan, Dana Mueller, Robert Puccini, Courtney Sacotte, Lydia Strandell, Emma Werkheiser
Soprano Solo - 2nd - Maddie Weatherwax 
Musical Theater Solo - 2nd​ - Brooke Dantoin​
Alto Saxophone Solo - 2nd - Elizabeth Buhr
Trombone Solo - 2nd - Jacob Harper
Madrigal - 2nd - Michael Baker, Mackenzie Counard, Brooke Dantoin, Morgan Davis, Julia Englebert, Jolene Feeney, Sophie Kennedy, Myria Kolstad, Michaela Kraft, Connor McClellan, Dustin McKinnon, Cassy Moore, Danielle Tauscher, Porsha Warwick, Kolby Woldt
Brass Choir - 2nd -  Devon Brenneke, Kayla Dahms, Derek Huber, Mitchell Kaniasty, Zebedee Kielar, Jonathan LeBrun, Janae Mancheski, Amanda Warwick 
Percussion Ensemble - 2nd - Raven Brenneke, Nathanial Bush, Michala Hanson, Isaiah Hernandez, Rebecca Malcore, Hanna Mallien, William McClelland, Riley Rankin, Connor Werkheiser,  

FFA Competition in Madison – 
FIRST PLACE STATE WINNER was the WILDLIFE TEAM (Jacob Babler, Mason LeMere, Zachary Maurer, & Mitchell Overbeck).  They will be recognized on stage during the State FFA Convention in Madison in June.  
Other team results were as follows:  DAIRY PRODUCTS (Bailey DeGrave, Myria Kolstad, Erin McNulty, & Justin Pierzchalski) received Gold Rating (7th out of 51 teams) and VETERINARY SCIENCE (Morgan Davis, Micah King, Alexis Neuville & Angel Roig) received Silver Rating (15th out of 30 teams).  

State Formula Race Car Competition at Road America:  Southern Door took second in its first ever competition.  The car was built by Jacob Babler, Adam Monfils, Kyle Neuville, Ethan Werkheiser, Bryce Thomas, Adam Neu, Curtis Wynveen, Ian Carpenter, William Bretl, Chris Kruger, Dave Dessart-Merckx, Jon LeBrun, Alex Kraemer and Zach Maurer.   A special thanks to Arvid Anderson, Woody’s Signs and all the other sponsors for their fantastic support!  Hear an interview by WDOR with instructor, Dave LeBrun and one of the students at   or check out this​ past ​weekend’s Advocate article by Korey Mallien at this link:

Attached below is the May calendar.

Have a great week!


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Board of Education Meeting
Below is information from the School Board meeting held Monday, April 28, 2014. 4-28-14 Board of Education Summary 4-28-14 Board of Education Superintendent's Report

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Drive One For Your School Event

The Booster Club has the opportunity to do another Drive One event.  It's sponsored by Lincoln and will be done at the dealership (WITT FORD) in Sturgeon Bay on Sat 4/26 9-2pm.  We need volunteers to take a test drive.  Please let us know ASAP if you are able.  A reminder:  This is EASY money!  No cost to you, but the effort to get there and drive a vehicle.  Lincoln offers $40/driver - one per household!  Please think hard about helping - thank you!
Please email Tree Delarwelle - as soon as possible.

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Dear Families and Staff:

Attached are flyers with specific event information for a national speaker coming to Door County.  On Monday, May 12, at the Sturgeon Bay auditorium, the topic is: “But I didn’t say goodbye: Helping children and families after a sudden loss”. On Tuesday, May 13, at Stone Harbor, the topic is "Building Community Resilience" or how to deal with stress. The speaker, Barbara Rubel is a well known author, educator and dynamic speaker.  Her biography and credentials may be found at:

The events are FREE and sponsored by the Door County Public Health Department’s Mental Health Focus Group.   In 2011, the Public Health Department’s Community Needs Assessment determined Mental Health as the top priority of concern.  Data revealed a higher suicide rate in Door County than the state average for all four years studied.  As a result a Mental Health Focus group of general community and professional members formed.   The goals of the Mental Health Focus Group include increasing mental health awareness, decreasing the stigma of mental illness, and suicide prevention.

Please share these flyers with anyone who you think may be interested: parents, other groups, friends, everyone.  Mark your calendars for these events and no RSVP is needed!

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Want to be a Smart Girl?  

Join us April 26, in the Southern Door High School cafeteria for a workshop.
This workshop is geared for girls, ages 8-16, to become better leaders.  
It begins at 10am and will end at 3pm.

For further information check out our Facebook page:
To register, click this link:

 Read about Smart Girls the Smart Girls Information Flyer

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014 – 5:00-8:00pm

The Third Annual Health and Wellness Fair will be held at Southern Door onTuesday, April 29, 2014 from 5:00-8:00pm.  The fair will raise awareness of healthy lifestyle factors, celebrates cancer survivors, and remembers those who have lost a battle with cancer.  This year, the event also celebrates some of the new health and wellness opportunities at Southern Door that are a result of the PEP grant received.  
Featured events for the evening include the following:
  • 5:15pm Talon Fitness Center Grand Opening & Recognition of PEP Grant partners:  Brussels Town Board, Door County Leadership Center, Door County Public Health, M3 Insurance, Marchant’s Foods, Ministry Door County Medical Center, Rass Excavating, and the YMCA.
  • 6:30pm Cancer Survivor Walk in Eagle Gym
Throughout the evening, community members may participate in wellness activities and sample various YMCA classes. Information will also be available from Door CANcer, Ministry Door County Medical Center, Prevent Suicide Door County, Schoolyard Garden, and Talon Fitness Center.  Healthy food samples and refreshments are being sponsored by Marchant’s Foods, Ministry Door County Medical Center, and Renard’s Cheese.
The Health and Wellness Fair is a culmination of a week-long series of activities sponsored by the Southern Door Caring About Our School Community committee to increase awareness of healthy lifestyles and raise funds for Door CANcer.  

The Door County YMCA will also be offering FREE fitness classes that evening for community members to experience: Up for a Fitness Class!

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April 14 - 18, 2014
Dear Families and Staff: 

Someone in the community told me last week that she thought we were in for one more snowstorm and I guess she was right. Between the rain and the snow, it looks like our spring sports season, and the season of spring in general, is in the hands of Mother Nature. 

The K-4 concert entitled "Water All Around Us," was an absolute delight and played to packed houses both days last week.  What poise and what talents we saw from every grade level. A special thank you to Mrs. Vandertie for her extraordinary ability to bring out the best in every age and to all the staff who supported the program behind the scenes and helped the children to prepare. While a concert showcases the children's musical abilities, the confidence and presence on stage, the following of directions, and the ability to work together as a team, are those lessons we all work on as staff and families every day! Thank you for your continued support in the development of your children as they move through their school years here at Southern Door.

40th Annual Salon of Door County High School Art - April 19-May 27. Reception is Monday, April 21 from 7-8:30pm.  Southern Door student artists are represented in this show and wear many others hats at school including choir, band, sports, etc. Take some time to see their work and student work from all of the Door County Schools as well.  The show is located in the Door County library at 107 South 4th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.  SD students participating are: ​ ​​Brooke Alexander, Amber Anschutz,  ​Anita Benzshawel, Amanda Claflin,​ Austin Claflin, Reilly Claflin, ​Melody Delchambre,  Kelly DeJardin,  ​Teaghan Everard, ​Rachel Hale,  ​Isaiah Hernandez, Alyssa Kiefer,  ​Josie Kielar, ​Carley Kolstad, ​​ ​Nicole Kruger,  ​Jordan Lau, Rebecca Malcore, Sarah Martin,  ​​​Michael McKinnon, Katie Miller,  ​​Janel Musil, Megan Schmelzer,  ​Haley Sheets, Mickey Thiry, and Acacia Tupa.

Time to  Enroll Now for Hunter Education Courses - Young people and people new to hunting and trapping who are looking forward to participating in fall should start the process now of finding and enrolling in a hunter or trapper education course. Don't wait until fall to get enrolled in hunter education. There are more courses taught now than any other time of year. Anyone enrolling in either a hunter or trapper education course must first have a Wisconsin DNR ID number. To find a course, search the DNR website: for "education" and click on the button for "Find a safety education course near you."  For more information, contact Brenda VonRueden, DNR Hunter Education Program, 608-267-7509.

This Week's Update:
Athletic games & meets are TBD pending weather conditions - check with your respective coaches.

  • 6pm Special Board of Education meeting 
  • 10:20am Southern Door on WDOR radio
  • 6pm SD Athletic Booster Club mtg - high school cafe
  • Early Release Day 
Friday - NO SCHOOL - Good Friday

At this time, on behalf of the Board of Education and the staff, I wish you and your family a wonderful spring and Easter holiday.


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CAMP INVENTION is coming to Southern Door!


Dear Families and Staff:

Camp Invention, a national educational program recognized for fostering innovative-thinking, real-world problem solving, and the spirit of invention, is coming to Southern Door Elementary School the week of June 23-27. The weeklong day camp experience for students entering grades 1-6 encourages inventive young minds through hands-on problem solving, using science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in a fun and creative atmosphere.  If you register your child by Friday, May 16, you can save $15 off the registration fee.  Note:  There are partial scholarships available!  

Please see the following flyers for more information.

Also, check out our Camp Invention blog:  

Please contact Jessica or Angela if you have any questions!

Jessica Meacham

920-825-7321 ext 1115

Angela Olson

920-825-7321 ext 4420

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Open Enrollment

Check out our Open Enrollment page!

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Dear Grades 1-6 Families and Staff:

The Missoula Children's Theatre production of Hansel and Gretel will be at Southern Door April 21-25, 2014.  Auditions will be held for interested students in grades 1-6 on April 21 at the Southern Door Community Auditorium from 3-5pm. Please see the attached for more information regarding audition times as well as the parent permission form.  

A school performance will be at 1:30pm and the public performance at 6:00pm on Friday, April 25

A special thank you to the Southern Door Education Foundation for their donation to help sponsor this wonderful opportunity for Southern Door children and their families!

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April 7 - 11, 2014


SUBJECT:   Update for the Week of April 7-11, 2014

Dear Families and Staff:

Southern Door Selects Badger State Representatives - Congratulations to Alyssa Dantoin and Garrett Paider who were selected as this year's Badger State representatives. They will participate in a weeklong program in June that teaches the principles of democracy in a representative government.  Alyssa will attend Badger Girls State at UW-Oshkosh and Garrett will attend Badger Boys State in Ripon.  Both are sponsored by the Forestville American Legion Post 372.

Youth Wrestlers Earn State Honors - Congratulations to two of our youth wrestlers for earning their way to the Wisconsin State Youth Wrestling Championships, which took place March 28-29 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.  Griffin Slezewski placed 6th in the 2003-2004 - 63 lb division, andLogan Walker placed 2nd in the 1999-2000 - 95 lb division.

School Board Member Pamela Parks Receives United Way of Door County's Top Volunteer Award - At the United Way of Door County's annual meeting held this past ThursdayPamela Parks received the Bob Stiefvater "Magnificent" Award as the United Way Volunteer of the Year.  United Way Board President Don Albert said she is "a poster child for what it means to live United in our entire community, not just specifically for United Way."   Parks said, "It's such a pleasure to be involved in this great organization that touches so many lives and is important to so many people in keeping our community strong."  Click on this Advocate link to read more:

Support Staff Member Honored with State Award:  Congratulations toTracy Slezewski, who has been awarded the Paraprofessional Award for Region 5 from the Wisconsin Council of Administrators for Special Services. Tracy received her award on Friday, April 4, 2014.  She was chosen for her commitment to work with children with Autism. Her ability to write social stories, integrate technology, work with parents, and foster independence in children is remarkable. This recognition is from other Autism specialists who describe Tracy as doing “an outstanding job” in the area of autism.  Brenda Shimon, Director of Pupil Services says:  “I appreciate the extra time and effort that Tracy puts into her job on a daily basis as well as her ability to accurately communicate with all stakeholders.  She continuously puts in extra hours in order to understand the disability and to do what is best for kids.”

SD Athletic Booster Club Spirit Sale Deadline:  Don't forget to check out the spring spirit clothes sale flyer that is attached.  Several new items are available for purchase. Orders are due online by Sunday, April 13, 2014. 

Spring Sports - Just like last year, all baseball and softball games are on a day to day basis and may be played home or away no matter what the schedule says based on field conditions.  For those involved, it is best to check with your respective coach.

Week at a Glance:
  • Elementary classes view the maple syrup tapping and boiling process in the school forest sugar shack followed by a tasting session today. A special thanks to Mike Toneys, and Deb & Jamie Kluth for facilitating this great experience for our students. 
  • 1p "Water All Around Us"  Grade K-4 Music Program in auditorium - $2 admission for adults. Children under 18 and senior citizens get in free.  
  • Ag Dairy Days experience for Grades 7-8 (agriscience careers exploration)
  • 1p "Water All Around Us"  Grade K-4 Music Program in auditorium - $2 admission for adults. Children under 18 and senior citizens get in free. 

Have a wonderful week!


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2014-2015 School Year Calendar and Board Meeting Summary


Hello - 

Attached is a summary of the School Board meeting that was conducted last evening.   Also attached is the 2014-15 school year calendar that was approved.   Please click the picture at the bottom of the page to access the Superintendent's Good News Report. March 31, 2014 BOE Summary 2014-2015 School Year Calendar

Thank you and have a good evening.

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March 31 - April 4, 2014

Update for the Week

Dear Families and Staff:

What wonderful celebrations of our student talents this past week.  Even though the weather still feels like winter, the excitement of all the accomplishments of the year and the upcoming events make this such an enjoyable time of year!  

ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL FINE ARTS & LITERACY FEST:  Despite the rainy weather and the Badger game, the event had one of the largest crowds ever. A special thanks to all our staff and volunteers who put in the extra hours to make sure there was such a great display of art, a showcase of music, and the many hands-on activities for all participants, including the cool masks created and those fantastic sundaes.  The Book Fair was another huge attraction made even more accessible with the generous donation by WEAC of $1000 in coupons to children and their families.  Last, but not least, the Books on the Bus program garnered some new titles as well as a $500 donation from WEAC.

BOWL FOR KIDS' SAKE EVENT:  On Sunday, many of our high school students in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program participated, as did some of their Little Brothers & Sisters in the First Annual Bowl for Kids' Sake at Apple Valley Lanes. It was fun to see so many students, parents, and friends having fun for a great cause. A special thanks to our local coordinator, Mrs. O'Rourke for all her assistance with this.

SD ATHLETIC BOOSTER SPIRIT SALE:  Don't forget to check out the spring spirit clothes sale flyer that is attached.  Several new items are available for purchase. Orders are due online by Sunday, April 13, 2014


TOMORROWTUESDAY IS ELECTION DAY!  Please remember to vote. 

Have a wonderful week and On Wisconsin!


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The 2014 Spring Spirit Sale is here!  We’ve added a new polo, jersey top, and windbreaker.  Check it out at   Order online now to receive your Southern Door fan apparel in April.  You have a choice to have it delivered to school for free, or pay for home delivery.  If this is a gift and you don’t want it given to your child at school on delivery day, please note that on your order so it can be delivered to the District Office for pickup.  Feel free to contact Sherri Riederer (SD Athletic Booster Club) with any questions.

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Dear Families and Staff:
Camp Invention inspires confidence in curious children like yours. Not just for a day or week, but for a lifetime. Southern Door will be hosting Camp Invention the week of June 23-27.  If you register your child by Friday, March 28, you can save $25 off of the registration fee. See the attached flyers for more information.

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March 24-28, 2014

Dear Families and Staff:

Welcome back.  I hope you all had a great spring break and are ready for a fantastic finish as we round the final corner of this school year. 

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS PROGRAM - Calling all bowlers or those who like to bowl for the First Annual Bowl for Kids' Sake on Sunday, March 30 at Apple Valley Lanes.  Proceeds ​ will​ benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. The Big Brothers Big Sisters program at Southern Door has established wonderful matches between high school mentors and elementary children. To help serve even more children at Southern Door and in Door County, please consider helping out by organizing a team of 5 to bowl on Sunday, March 30 or make a pledge by contacting Mrs. O'Rourke at   Please see the attached flyers for more information on how to register a team or make a pledge. Thank you for you consideration of this very worthwhile fundraising opportunity that helps to support opportunities for Southern Door students.

KIDS FOR RUNNING PROGRAM BEGINS THIS WEEK -  This year will mark Southern Door's third annual Kids for Running/Walking Program, a free community program that helps students, parents, and community members live a healthier lifestyle by exercising two days a week.  Practices will be held from 3-5pm Mondays and Thursdays starting Monday through June 9.  The program wraps up with a family spaghetti dinner on June 13 and participating in the Bellin Run on June 14. If you would like to sign up or get more information, please contact Marc Vandenhouten at 495-4379 or email

  • 3p Kids for Running program
  • 5p BOE Ad-Hoc Food Service committee mtg. (closed session)
  • 5:30p Archery Club mtg. - elementary gym 
  • 4:30p BOE Finance committee mtg.
  • 5:30p Athletic Advisory committee mtg.
  • 6:30p BOE Education committee mtg.
  • 3p Kids for Running program
  • 5-8pm Elementary & Middle Art Fest, Book Fair, & Literacy Night - This year in addition to the wonderful showcase of our students' musical and artistic talents, several literacy events have been planned.  Word has it that a number of Seuss characters may make their appearance along with the regular book fair.  There will also be a collection box for any gently used, but well-loved children's books that you clean out at home for our Books on the Bus program. See the attached poster for more information.
  • 1:00p Elementary JDRF Walk - Eagle gym
  • 1:00p High School "It Can Wait" assembly on texting & driving

  • 8:30-11:30p Prom; grand march at 10:30p
  • 11:30a and 2p Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids' Sake at Apple Valley. 

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Dear Elementary School Families and Staff:

A special thanks to all of you who assisted with our first data collection with the pedometers for the PEP grant. 

It is now time to do the second collection. All elementary students will be bringing home a pedometer to complete this assignment this week. Thank you for any support that may be needed to ensure that your student completes this assignment during the five day period. Pedometers are due back next Monday

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Tlachac  

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Last Updates Before Spring Break



Dear Families and Staff:

Here are just a few updates to include on your calendar before our spring break begins.

2ND ANNUAL ALUMNI BASKETBALL GAME – March 22, 2014 starting at 5pm in the Eagle Gym.  Any SD alumni or spouse is welcome to play. $20 fee/player.  Raffles, Prizes, Concessions.  See the attached flyer for more information or contact Dave Neinas at 559-7217.

14TH ANNUAL ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL FINE ARTS FESTIVAL - THURSDAY, MARCH 27 FROM 5-8PM. This year in addition to the wonderful showcase of our students' musical and artistic talents, several literacy events have been planned.  Word has it that a number of Seuss characters may make their appearance along with the regular book fair.  There will also be a collection box for any gently used, but well-loved children's books that you clean out at home for our Books on the Bus program. See the attached poster for more information.

CONGRATULATIONS TO BUS DRIVER, TED CHAUDOIR on receiving the WEAC Education Support Person of the Year Award for the state of Wisconsin. He was selected from thousands of Wisconsin support staff employees for the honor.  “Through his humble service, Ted shows by example that school support staff employees are absolutely essential to a high-functioning school,” said WEAC President Betsy Kippers, who presented the award on Wednesday night to Ted. “My deepest admiration comes because of Ted’s commitment to students, showcased by his one-of-a-kind Books on the Bus program he started almost accidentally in Southern Door,” said Kippers. “With support from others in the district, Southern Door students are reaping benefits that will last long after they get their drivers’ licenses or graduate."
Please join me in congratulating Ted who is a great example of our support staff here at Southern Door who go above and beyond their daily responsibilities to make a difference in the lives of our community’s children.

Have a wonderful spring break with your children and families.  School resumes Monday, March 24.

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​​Calling all bowlers or those who like to bowl for the First Annual Bowl for Kids' Sake on Sunday, March 30.  Proceeds ​ will​ benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters program at Southern Door has established wonderful matches between high school mentors and elementary children. To help serve even more children at Southern Door and in Door County, please consider helping out by organizing a team of 5 to bowl on Sunday, March 30 or make a pledge by contacting Mrs. O'Rourke at

Please see the attached flyers for more information on how to register a team or make a pledge. Thank you for you consideration of this very worthwhile fundraising opportunity that helps to support opportunities for Southern Door students.

March 10-14, 2014



It looks like the weather will be a bit warmer this week - perhaps this weekend's entry into Daylight Savings Time will be good luck for us. 

 Tuesday and Wednesday this week from 8am-6pm; Appointments are required for this screening for children ages 2 1/2 through 4 1/2.  If you did not receive information in the mail, please contact Brittany Mader at 825-7321 or email

After this long and harsh winter, I'm sure many of you are looking forward to getting outside, enjoying some spring scenes, and doing some walking. If you are also looking forward to these types of activities, consider a fantastic opportunity to help the youth at Southern Door. This year will mark the Southern Door's third annual Kids for Running/Walking Program, a free community program that helps students, parents, and community members live a healthier lifestyle by exercising two days a week.  Practices will be held from 3-5pm Mondays and Thursdays from March 24 through June 9.  The program wraps up with a family spaghetti dinner on June 13 and participating in the Bellin Run on June 14. Last year more than 125 people ranging in age from 7 to 82 took part in the program and we hope it grows even more this year. If you would like to sign up or get more information, please contact Marc Vandenhouten at 495-4379 or email

Monday, March 10
  • 6:30pm Winter Sports Awards in the auditorium. 
  • 7pm in the Brussels Community Center, there will be a meeting for taxpayers from Brussels, Union, & Gardner regarding the BUG Fire Department building/remodeling plans. This is your chance to see what is planned & ask questions & get clarifications on specific issues pertaining to this project.
Tuesday, March 11 
  • Child Development Days - 8am-6pm
Wednesday, March 12
  • Child Development Days - 8am-6pm
  • 5:30pm Athletic Advisory meeting
  • 6:30pm Board Transportation Committee meeting
Thursday, March 13 
  • 5-8pm Parent Teacher Conferences
Friday, March 14  
  • Spring break begins at 3pm
Have a wonderful spring break! School resumes on Monday, March 24

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March Newsletter (EL/MS) 
Download the March copy of the Elementary & Middle School Newsletter!

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March 3 - 7, 2014


UPDATE FOR WEEK OF March 3-7, 2014

Dear Families and Staff:

"We teach more with our actions than our words could ever say.”  This quote is so true! And as a school community this past week, our actions, from students, to parents, to families, to our community spoke volumes about who we are as a school community. There were so many celebrations this past week.  

JACOB ENGLEBERT BRINGS WRESTLING TITLE BACK HOME - Our wrestlers. . . and Jacob Englebert's  fantastic journey from his challenge last year at this time to his fantastic season capped off with the sweet victory on Saturday.  What a journey he has had and what a great role model he is for so many students.

DESTINATION IMAGINATION (DI) TEAM GOING TO STATE - The sixth grade DI team coached by Tracy Slezewski took first place this Saturday in both individual and team challenges, advancing them to state. Team members are Elizabeth Bretl, Emmet Goettelman, James Kluth, Amanda Puccini, Cecelia Schnorr, and Benjamin Slezewski.

FIFTH GRADE SERVICE TO CP - The 5th grade’s wonderful service learning project and showcase of their High School Musical, Jr. songs was a huge hit at the CP Telethon. Performing excerpts from their "High School  Musical—Jr." on Sunday morning during the 60th annual CP Telethon on WBAY-TV Channel 2, the students  presented a check for $53,454 collected from the  community. A special thanks to all students, staff, and community members for another successful year in this Southern Door tradition!
INSPIRED STUDENT BRINGS PROGRAM TO SOUTHERN DOOR - A special thanks to Kayla Kudick’s realization of a dream (thanks to Mr. Bousley) to bring John Quinn, a Navy veteran with CP. motivational speaker and author here to Southern Door. Yesterday  I received the following in an email from John: “Thanks SO much for providing the link to the telethon.  I set my alarm and watched it live with a BIG smile on my face!  They were fantastic and so cute.  I was stunned by the amount raised!  You must be very proud.   Please give my personal “Well Done!” to everyone involved.  I loved it.  Thanks again for everything. . .  I “liked” the Southern Door Facebook page and have posted it out on my page for others to see.. .  I had such a wonderful time meeting everyone.  You know, I wrote Someone Like Me to inspire others - but I’m the one being inspired by meeting such great people such as yourself and your students. Thanks so much for the opportunity!” You can check out Mr. Quinn's remarkable story at this website:

The whole week is Read Across America Week - Elementary students and parents have special themed days. Click image to view Read Across flyer!
  • The new archery club sponsored by Brett Buhr's family makes its debut at 5:30pm in the elementary gym.
  • Tuesday Girls varsity basketball team hosts the first tournament play here at home against Chilton.  
  • Friday is the FFA Alumni's Annual Wine & Cheese Gala from 6-9pm at Leathem Smith Lodge.
  • Saturday, Southern Door welcomes Dan Riley and his Dream Band back to the auditorium with his Roy Orbison Show at 7pm

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME THIS WEEKEND - Don't forget that you need to move your clocks ahead one hour!

"Like" us on Facebook - "Southern Door County School District" - and you will get the latest news as it breaks! Click image to visit our Facebook page!

The fifth grade musical song says it best - here at Southern Door, "we are all in this together."  Have a wonderful week - go Eagles! 

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Good News Report & Board Summary
2 - 26 - 14


Dear Families and Staff:

The superintendent's Good News report can be found on the district website at this link:

Awards Presented
1) Ministry Door County Medical Center representatives Matt Luders and Kevin Grohskopf presented the district's Partners in Health Wellness committee with a $2,521.28 check through the wellness incentive rebate  program.
2) WEA Trust representative Denise Gaumer-Huthchinson presented one of three state Wisconsin Forward Together Awards to Ted Chaudoir. A $2,500 check was given to support the Books on the Bus program.
3)  Wisconsin School Boards Association recognized President Chuck Bretl with Level II Award in recognition of his commitment to children through continuous participation in WASB sponsored programs and activities.

Activities and Athletic Director Report -Nick Brylla and Steve Bousley, principal, gave a special thank you to the SD Athletic Boosters for their continued commitment to help staff sporting events, saving the district $2,145 thus far.  The Athletic Advisory committee along with coaches are developing Parent and Coach expectations and discussing the levels of competition for next year's sports. 

The Board officially adopted the Civility Pledge as their governance code and will be encouraging the school community to get more involved with the Door County civility project.

Board Resolutions Approved 
Agreements and/or Service Contracts
  • Carlson Dettmann and Baird Consulting Agreements
  • Arrow AV Auditorium Audio Upgrade Project
  • Job Coach Agreement with Ministry Door County Medical Center and other county schools

Donations:  $200 from Al Hilbert for FFA; $540 from the SD Athletic Boosters for softball equipment; $12,471.20 from the Southern Door Community Foundation to fund grants for supplies, WiFi access, and elementary reading books; $836 from Copernicus Education for elementary classroom technology tools.

  • Overnight music trip to Chicago approved
  • Early graduation requests approved
  • New course approval in agriscience approved
  • District recognition of SD Athletic Boosters, SD Education Foundation, and SD Wrestling Boosters as Level II organizations and the League of Women Voters as a Level V organization according to the new Facility Use policy.

Personnel - The Board approved the resignation of Dan McCarty, head football coach and Kristine Heyer, Musical Pit Orchestra Director and the retirements of Dawn Kidd, Family and Consumer Education teacher and Laurie Hoffman, Speech & Language Pathologist, effective the 2014-15 school year. 

In a board governance workshop, Superintendent Patti Vickman provided recommendations to the board to consider two meetings a month - one regular business meeting, and the other, a special workshop meeting to address educational topics of priority. 

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February 24 - 28, 2014


Dear Families and Staff:

Congratulations to Valedictorian Keegan Kroening and Salutatorian Jacob Englebert.
  Keegan is the son of Perry and Tammy Kroening. He plans to pursue his education in the field of chemical and mechanical engineering at Michigan Tech. Jacob is the son of Jerry and Tara Englebert. He plans to continue his studies in the field of pre-medicine, although is undecided at this time about which school he will attend.

Congratulations to Jacob Englebert, Mitchell Overbeck, and Hunter Pawelski 
who will journey on to the State Wrestling Meet this week in Madison.  

The District Food Drive continues all week - FFA members ​will​ match donations given.


Monday, February 246pm Board of Education meeting; 7:30pm POPS Concert in the auditorium - always a great time as our students shine in musical selections guaranteed to get your toes a-tapping.

Tuesday, February 25
 - Varsity boys begin their journey to state with a home game to New Holstein.

Wednesday, February 26
 - 9am-2pm Blood drive in the High School

Thursday, February 27
 - 8:40am High School Pep Assembly in the HS gym including a Special Send-off for our State Wrestlers.  3-5PM fruit sale delivery just outside the Eagle gym. Evening:  Girls Varsity basketball against NEW Lutheran. The Monsanto organization will present a check at halftime to the FFA.

Friday, February 28
 - Motivational speaker John Quinn, a former Navy veteran with Cerebral Palsy will speak to various groups about living with a disability. John is a former Navy person whose story about living with a disability is told in the book he wrote called:  "Someone Like Me." You can check out more by visiting his website:  A special thank you to Kayla Kudick, a student who initiated the contact to bring John here to Southern Door. An 
FFA high school dance begins at 8:30pm

Sunday, March 2
 - 9:00am on Channel 2 Television: The fifth graders make their annual trip to help celebrate the CP Telethon's 60th anniversary. 

Have a great week!


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February 17-21, 2014


Winter is the king of showmen,Turning tree stumps into snowmen
And houses into birthday cakes And spreading sugar over lakes.
Smooth and clean and frosty white, The world looks good enough to bite.
That's the season to be young, Catching snowflakes on your tongue.
Snow is snowy when it's snowing, I'm sorry it's slushy when it's going.
~Ogden Nash

Dear Families and Staff:

One thing we know for sure in Wisconsin is that Mother Nature definitely has her distinctive seasons for us to enjoy or tolerate, depending on your perspective.  As always our students' safe travels to school are our top priority. Sometimes that means that we may do an early dismissal like yesterday or a two-hour delay like today to be sure that all roads are passable for buses. 

Below are just a few of the highlights for this coming week. . . weather permitting:

 Southern Door's chapter will be sponsoring a district wide food drive as their service project.  Please bring any donations to your child's respective school office. The FFA's special theme days are: Tuesday-Duck Dynasty Day, Wednesday-Case vs. John Deere Day, Thursday-Ford vs. Chevy vs. Dodge Day, and Friday - Blue and Gold Dress Up Day. Also this week is a milk mustache contest, coloring contests with the elementary kids, and winter events with neighboring FFA chapters.  A special dance will be held on February 28.

2)  PARENTS NIGHT FOR VARSITY BASKETBALL GAMES TONIGHT - We will be hosting Sevastopol boys and Gibraltar girls basketball tonight,Tuesday, February 18.  Additionally, both games will be our parents' night. 
  • ​​5:45 p.m. Varsity Boys BB will play in the Eagle Gym and JV Girls BB will play in the High School Gym
  • 6:45 p.m.(-ish) Parents' Night Ceremony for both Boys BB and Girls BB will take place in the Eagle Gym
  • 7:30 p.m. Varsity Girls BB will play in the Eagle Gym and JV Boys BB will play in the High School Gym
3)  Friday is an Early Release Day - Just in case you are wondering, this day will be used by staff to complete some important curriculum work that is needed as we get students ready for the new tests next year as well as meet some federal mandates with intervention for struggling students.  Holding school all day would not help us make up days we have missed because DPI already counts an "early release" day as a regular school day.​

4)  HELP CELEBRATE THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEATLES - by attending the Cavern Beat concert on Saturday, February 22 at 7pm in the auditorium. This group is FANTASTIC. I had the opportunity to meet them last year back stage and not only do they sound "just like" the Beatles but their mannerisms, etc. make you think you are right there with the real Beatles.  ​See the attached flyer for more information.

5)  POPS CONCERT - The annual POPS concert will be Monday, February 24 at 7:30pm.  This is always a delightful showcase of our students' musical talents. We hope you can join us. For those interested in attending the Board of Education meeting Monday night, an earlier time of 6:00pm has been set.


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Watch the Board Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters

Dear Families and Staff,

Many of you were unable to attend the School Board Candidate Forum on Tuesday night.  Six of the eight candidates were present.  Click on this link to access the videotape of the forum:

The primary election where the roster of candidates will be narrowed from eight to six is next Tuesday, February 18th. Please remember to vote!

In other business this week, at a special  meeting on Monday night, the Board of Education acted upon the following personnel resolutions:
--Approved the hiring of coaches, Shannon Rass, JV Baseball Coach and Dean DeFere, Asst. Varsity Baseball Coach, both effective for the  2013-14 school year.
--Approved the retirement of Kim Nowikowski, Administrative Manager, last day, February 14, 2014. A special thank you was given to Kim for her thirty years of service to the district.  

Good luck to all of our fifth graders and the staff as they present the annual musical tonight, tomorrow afternoon, and Saturday evening!  We are proud of your talents that will be showcased in the musical and the service outreach you are doing to gather donations for Cerebral Palsy.

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Random Acts of Kindness


National Random Acts of Kindness Week Feb 10 – 16, 2014
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK) announces their annual celebration of kindness across the globe February 10 – 16, embracing two incredible events and opportunities to share kindness during this week, The Winter Olympics and Valentine’s Day. The Denver-based, non-profit organization was founded upon the powerful belief in kindness and dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness.
The immediate call for action during this week is solely for an individual to attempt a random act of kindness. That’s it! That’s the entire message. RAK has created unique and fun opportunities for every type of organization, group, team, family, or individual to become involved in one of the globe’s most generous weeks—where the goal is not a transfer of money, but rather, physical exchange of kindness.
Currently there is a group of Southern Door high school students, who prefer to remain anonymous, that are completing Random Acts of Kindness inside and outside the school. They are challenging each other to complete one act of kindness each week.  Also, they are challenging other students, staff members, families and the community to take this week to step out of their normal routine or comfort zone and attempt a new random act of kindness each day of the celebratory week. If you need inspiration or more information, visit the RAK website,

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Bowl for Kids's Sake



It's time to register your teams​ for the Bowl for Kids' Sake  and help support ​the ​ ​Big Brothers and Big Sisters program here in Door County.​  This fantastic program pairs high school students as mentors to our elementary students.

ANYONE may participate. ​ ​A few hours at Apple Valley Lanes in Sturgeon Bay ​on Sunday, March 30, 2014 ​can change a life. ​ ​NO BOWLING SKILL REQUIRED.​ ​It's easy to get started!

Use this link to go to the BBBS website and follow the instructions.

1. Just click the "Register" button at the top of the page and tell us a little bit about yourself.

2. Personalize a fundraising page that's set up just for you.

3. Send out e-mails or raise funds with Facebook and Twitter.  Aim high!  Most people raise about $150 but top fundraising teams raise over $2,500. 

4. Come bowl!  After you have secured your donations, it’s time to have fun!  You and your teammates are invited to join us at the bowling lanes to celebrate your fundraising success!​

If you have any questions, or need more information, please feel free to contact Patty O'Rourke, Big Brothers Big Sisters program coordinator here at Southern Door.  Call the elementary office or email: 

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February Newsletter (EL/MS) 
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January 10 - 14, 2014


Dear Families and Staff:

With sports activities, musical and all the other activities going on, we need everyone to be more mindful of the safety procedures put in place, especially with parking. Recently, people have been parking illegally in the fire lane and in handicapped parking stalls.  We will be taking extra steps to ensure that people are honoring these areas for their intended use.  Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated!  

Tuesday at 7pm. Sponsored by the Door County League of Women Voters, this forum will feature all eight candidates who are running for board positions. The primary election to narrow the field of 8 down to 6 will be next Tuesday, February 18

Thursday & Saturday at 7pm. Give yourself a break from the winter doldrums and join the fifth grade students, staff, and their families for their annual program. This year's "High School Musical, Jr." tells the story about how important it is for everyone to use and celebrate their individual talents.  A few tickets are still available for the Thursday and Saturday night performances at 7pm.  Please contact the elementary school office.

DO YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAVE YOUNG CHILDREN?  Child Development Days are coming on Tuesday, March 11 & Wednesday, March 12 from 8am-6pm in the Eagle Gym. This is a free community service which will provide information and assessment on how children are developing. Parents with young children between 2 years 6 months and 4 years 6 months are invited to attend. If you or someone you know has a child between these ages, you should have received a mailing in the first week of February with more information about this screening.  If you or your friends did not receive the mailing or have any questions about the screening, please contact the Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, Ms. Brittany Mader, at 825-7321 Ext. 1122.

  • Monday afternoon:  Mike McGowan's AODA presentations to middle and high school groups, sponsored by Project 180
  • Monday evening - Elementary PIE meeting - 6pm; Special Board Meeting - 6pm
  • Tuesday evening - Girls' varsity basketball home to Sturgeon Bay
  • Wednesday evening - Athletic Advisory committee meeting - 5:30pm and Transportation committee meeting  - 6:30pm
  • First meeting of the new archery club at 5:30pm.  Over 40 students have already signed up. If interested in more information, please contact Mr. Tlachac at or call the elementary office.
  • Boys' varsity basketball home to Sevastopol.  

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MS Parent Blog
2 - 5 - 14


The middle school staff would like to invite parents and students to view our new Southern Door Middle School Blog pages.  Here you will find announcements for the day, along with teacher pages that show plans and homework for the week.  Plans of course can change due to weather or other circumstances. Please use the following link to view the blog.

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February 3 - 7, 2014



Today is Digital Learning Day.  We have made great strides in the last two years ensuring that each classroom has the same technology access. A special thanks to the board's Technology committee of staff and community members who continue to promote the use of information technology throughout all aspects of our school community and its operations.

National Open House for Flipped Classroom Learning - Southern Door is proud to have been chosen as a national open house site for Flipped Classroom Learning.  Middle School teacher, Cliff Goodacre will be hosting a group of educators from around the state today.  

Friday, February 7 - During half-time of the varsity girls basketball game vs Algoma, the Southern Door Athletic Booster Club will induct Michael Blizel and Courtney Wautier into the Athletic Hall of Fame. There will be a reception to follow in the high school library.  Please come and join us!
The State of the District - If you were unable to attend this special meeting, the presentations - both Powerpoints and the video filmed that evening are now posted on the Educational Planning tab at the bottom of the district website's homepage. The video is broken up into four themed sections.  Other items posted include the Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance Report of Southern Door as compared to other schools in the Packerland Conference as well as a ten-year history of Southern Door. The reports show Southern Door's continuation as a high performing district with low operational costs when compared to other districts. 

Makeup of Snow Days - Some questions have surfaced regarding how we will make up the missed days of school. As per the board approved calendar, two days were built in and do not need to be made up. Three days will need to be made up so right now the last day of school is Tuesday, June 10.  The state requires 180 scheduled days and the latest news from Madison is that it is not changing.  Minutes can only be added to the days if the district is short on the required minutes of instruction which is an entirely separate issue. Our students' safety is our primary concern when decisions are made whether to hold school or not. Should there be any more inclement weather or emergency days, they would need to be made up.

February Calendar - Is attached for your posting. Calendar events are also posted on the left side of the website's home page. February Calendar

Have a great rest of the week!

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Board Candidate Forum
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 LWV Candidate Forum Flyer

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Alumni Hall of Fame
Nominate someone for the Alumni Hall of Fame!

Download the Press Release Alumni Hall of Fame and the Nomination Form.

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Talon Fitness Center
Join us for a Talon Fitness Center Orientation.
When = Tuesday, January, 21 @ 5:30PM View the Press Release

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The 5th Grade Class Presents:

Friday, February 13, 2014 @ 7pm
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ Noon (for grades PreK-4th)
Saturday, February 15, 2014 @ 7pm

Ticket sales open to the general public on February 3!

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Southern Door HS Financial Aid Night
February 6, 2014

Find out what you need to know about financial aid! (More Information)

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Freshmen Orientation
January 28, 2014

This year's freshmen orientation program is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, January 28 at 7PM.  This is the first step of many in the transition from eighth grade to high school.  Please join us for this opportunity. (More Information)

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An Evening with Julie Gold (Grammy Award Winner for "From a Distance") and SD Students
January 25, 2014 
7PM Download Press Release

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January 6 - 10, 2014


Dear Families and Staff -

This certainly has been an unusual week with the weather. It is great to finally have everyone back on board.  Many parents have shared that they appreciated the 'quality' time they had with their children but by the third day, cabin fever was setting in.   Hopefully, we are back to our regular routines.  

As a district, we had no issues with our buildings and our buses during this cold snap.  A special thanks to Dan Viste, our Director of Maintenance and Transportation and his custodial crews and bus drivers for their great job anticipating and working within these weather challenges.

There are two special items coming up next week that I want to highlight for you:

1)  State of the District Meeting - Monday, January 13 - 6:30pm - High School Library.  This is the second year that we have invited the community to come in and receive an update on the district. Last year, it was a summit called Back to the Future. This year, we decided to go with a more traditional format of the "State of the District".  We will be sharing Southern Door's accomplishments and the work of the Board over this past year. An updated financial forecast for 2014-15 as we now know it will also be shared. Please see the attached for the full agenda.  We  know that evenings can often be busy for families, so if you are unable to attend, we plan to videotape the presentation for posting on the district website. BOE Special Meeting -  State of the District

2)  Talon Fitness - enrollments now being taken for the new year.   This is a great opportunity at a reasonable cost to honor those New Year's resolutions you may have made or to enhance your regular health & fitness efforts.  See the attached press release for more information. Talon Fitness Center Membership Enrollment Form

Also attached is information regarding the KC Free Throw Contest to be held Saturday, January 11. KC Free Throw Contest Information

Have a fantastic weekend!


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January 9, 2014


Dear Parents/Guardians,

We have just been notified of a case of pertussis (whooping cough) in your child’s school.  Pertussis is a highly contagious illness that affects the respiratory tract.  Included is a disease fact sheet from the Department of Health Services that explains the disease and what to watch for in detail.

Please watch your child for any symptoms of pertussis (mild, cold-like symptoms) over the next several weeks.  If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, please notify your child’s physician as well as the Southern Door County School District as soon as possible.

It is important that all family members have adequate protection through immunization.  Young infants are at the highest risk of complications from this disease, and parents/grandparents are encouraged to contact the Health Department for this shot.

The Door County Health Department offers Tdap, the pertussis booster, to all members of the community free of charge.  Their contact number for an appointment is 920-746-2234.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Thank you,

Marggie Hatala, RN

Southern Door School District School Nurse

920-825-7321 ext. 2208

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"This is our wish for you:  peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays."  ~Dellinger​

The Southern Door County School District will be on winter break Monday, December 23 - Wednesday, January 1.  School resumes on Thursday, January 2.

For safety reasons, due to mechanical work that must be completed by our maintenance staff when students are not in the building, the entire facility will be closed to students, staff, and the public on Thursday, December 26 and Friday, December 27 from 7:00am-4:00pm. 

During winter break, school offices will be closed but the district office will be open:  Monday, December 23, Friday, December 27, and Monday, December 30 from 8:00am-4:00pm. This information is also scrolling on the district website.  

​Have a safe, healthy, and relaxing winter break with your families!​

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The DARE Graduation has been rescheduled for January 23, 2014 at 6:00pm in the Southern Door Auditorium.  

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December 16 - 20, 2013


"The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift.  That’s why we call it the present.”      
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​Dear Families and Staff:    ​                                                                                       

This weekend’s sad news about Jenna Barancyzk’s passing has caused us all to reflect on how precious life is and how much “each day” matters. From personal testimonies shared over the past few days,​ ​ ​it is evident how much this young lady impacted so many of our students and their families.  At the same time, all of us who are parents, grandparents, aunts & uncles, brothers & sisters, or cousins can only begin to empathize with the Barancyzk family​. ​​Please keep the Barancyzk's as well as the families of this year’s 8th grade class in your thoughts.
​The best thing we can do now for our students and their families is to be sure that​ ​as ​caring adults​, ​we​​ ​are available to listen to and help children express their feelings and honor their memories​.  We have been asked to share that a special service for youth will be held at 6pm tomorrow at Huehn's funeral home.  If your child will be attending the funeral on Thursday with you, please be sure that you notify your school offices in advance of their absence. 

Other News:
1) The Wisconsin Autism Society is hosting its annual conference on April 24-26 at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells.  The conference is open to parents, educators, and  professionals in the autism field. Register before December 20th at  to receive the early bird discount.

​2) ​The district has received several grants that will help us meet significant needs in our facilities.  In November, we received grant funding to increase our WiFi capability and supporting funds to upgrade the auditorium's sound system. Today we received news that a grant was secured to complete the funding needed to place security cameras throughout the entire facility including ones for each of our buses. A special thanks to those staff, parents, and community members who have assisted with these grant applications.

3) Attached are the Superintendent's Report and Summary of Monday night's Board Meeting this week. Superintendent's Report Dec. 16, 2013 Board Summary Dec. 16, 2013

Thank you,

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School Community in Mourning School Community in Mourning District Letter Obituary

        Grief Resources: Guidelines for Caregivers

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Dear Families and Staff,

"Oh, the weather outside may be frightful, but the student talents here at Southern Door are delightful!"  Whether your interest is watching a great game or match, or listening to holiday music, there's a  little bit of something for everyone these days at school.  
  • Monday night's Band Concert was fantastic! What a special treat it was to hear the combined middle and high school students play Russian Christmas and then have the madrigal students join them for the holiday singalong.  Tonight is the Grades 7-12 Choral Concert at 7pm - sure to be a delight as well!  
  • Our sports teams have lots of talent all-around and are destined for great seasons. Girls and boys basketball games have been real nail-biters of late. The competition is fierce this year so fans are always in for a great game. Next Tuesday, the boys host Gibraltar at home. Eagle wrestlers just dominated a multi-dual tournament last weekend. Their first home wrestling match is Friday night at 7pm. It is also Alumni Night. 
  • DARE graduation for our fifth graders is Monday night at 6pm in the auditorium. The school board meeting also begins at 6pm in the high school library.
  • The four year old kindergarten and early childhood holiday program will be Tuesday, December 17 at 6pm.  Admission is fifty cents for adults. Children and senior citizens are free.  A potluck and visit with Santa will follow the program. Those who bring a dish to pass will receive two free tickets to the show. If you'd like to volunteer or purchase tickets in advance, contact Kelly McCabe at 825-7321, ext. 1121.
A new archery club for students in grades 4-12 will start in January. The club is sponsored through the generosity of Brett Buhr's family in partnership with the DNR and the school district. See the attached flyer for more information on how to sign up - registration is now through December 20. Download the Archery Club Form

The Senior Citizen Party was another huge success.  Seniors braved the bitter temperatures but left with warm smiles on their faces.  They were treated to a turkey dinner served by SD students and organized by Mrs. Hansen. The senior citizens were serenaded by the SDHS Madrigals under the direction of Mrs. Weydt. The swinging sounds of the SDHS Jazz Band, directed by Mr. Jahnke, had people tapping their toes and ready to dance.  All the recipes for the special cookies, made by Mrs. Traeder's Foods class, can be found on the district website at this link:  Door prizes included sleigh centerpieces that decorated the tables. The centerpieces were made through a collaborative effort with Mr. VanderVelden's woods class, Mr. LeBrun's metals class, and Ms. James agriculture leadership class.  A special thanks to A'viands for sponsoring the meal, Baylake Bank for paperware and door prizes, and the Southern Door Community Foundation for funds donated to cover expenses. 

Congratulations to Jordan Englebert, a senior, who was selected by the faculty and his class members as this year's recipient of the DAR Good Citizen Award. Each year a senior who best exemplifies outstanding qualities of leadership, dependability, service, and patriotism in his/her school, home and community is nominated for the award. Jordan is the son of James and Dawn Englebert. He is interested in attending college to study chemical engineering. The sponsor of this award is the Jean Nicolet Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution. 

Have a great rest of the week and try to stay warm! 

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Dec. 2 - 6, 2013 


Dear Families and Staff:

      “We must not only give what we have, we must give what we are.”                                                          

Most of us don't often stop to think about the special gifts we possess, the priceless, non-tangible ones we have the privilege of giving to others. We get so caught up with trips to the mall,  presents, and wrapping paper, that we allow precious moments to slip by, moments when the greatest gift we can give is our special way of listening or the unique way we encourage others, or the wisdom our children need and we have the privilege to offer. These are the best gifts. These are the gifts that really matter!  What “gifts” OF yourself will you give to others this holiday season and which “gifts” (sights, sounds, tastes and smells) of the season will you give TO yourself?  We have the best job in the world at the holidays because we are given the privilege of experiencing the magic of the season through the eyes and voices of our children!  Priceless! Download and view the Support a Seat Information/Order Form.

This is my favorite time of year and there is no better place to be than in a school, especially one like ours that brings all the generations together with the musical and seasonal traditions.  The halls are not only filled with the sights and sounds of the holidays but our concerts are and continue to be amazing!  The students, under the direction of our music specialists are so proud of their hard work. It always amazes me how so many can work together so well as a team to put on such a wonderful musical display of their learning experiences.  Please consider joining us for one of the special events listed below.    

  • Monday, December 9, 7pm, Grades 6-12 Band Winter Concert 
  • Thursday, December 12, 7pm, Grades 7-12 Choral Winter Concert 
  • Tuesday, December 17, 6pm, 4K Winter Concert
Admission to all concerts is $2/adult 18 years of age and older.  Senior citizens aged 62 and older and children under 18 get in free. View the December Calendar

LOOKING FOR THAT HOLIDAY OR GRADUATION GIFT, OR SPECIAL MEMORIAL? - Carve your name into the history of Southern Door by having your name or that of a family member or friend engraved on a seat in the bleachers at the Eagle football field. This is a chance for you to SHOW OFF YOUR EAGLE SPIRIT and support your community and school.  Application form is located on the school website under announcements and is also attached below.

SENIOR CITIZEN HOLIDAY PARTY - The 27th annual holiday party will be on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.  A music program begins at 1:00 pm in the high school cafeteria with lunch to follow.  A special thanks to A'viands Food & Services and the Southern Door Community Foundation for helping to sponsor this event.  Reservations for this event must be made by calling the high school office, 825-7333, by December 6.  This holiday party is free to all senior citizens who are residents of the Southern Door County School District and are 62 years of age or older. Seating is limited, so please make your reservations early.

DO YOU NEED HELP ACCESSING INFINITE CAMPUS?  -  Earlier this school year information was mailed to parents/guardians regarding how to create accounts and access Infinite Campus Portal, the district's new student information system.  With one username and password, parents/guardians can access schedules, coursework, up-to-the-minute attendance information, academic reports, and make changes to demographic data for all of the students they have enrolled.  If you did not receive that information or need further assistance with the Campus Portal, please contact your school office.

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Nov. 25 - 29, 2013 (District)


Dear Families and Staff:

“When asked to identify what made the school so good, every person without fail said it was the people of the school:  the children, the families, and most importantly the staff.  Nobody said, “We have a really great computer lab” or “a brand new reading textbook.”  (Eaker, DuFour, & DuFour, 2002).                                    
Southern Door is great because of its people and the opportunities those people provide for each other. As staff members we have the privilege of reaching out and connecting with wonderful students and families every day!  Here is a testimonial shared by one of our parents:  “My husband and I could not afford to go to college being that we both came from such large families.  I am proud to say that all four of our daughters graduated from Southern Door with honors and went on to graduate from college with honors.  It was always something they knew we expected them to do. Education is something no one can take away from them—a big thank you to their roots at Southern Door. “  Also attached is a letter entitled “A Tribute to Teachers” that was found by a Southern Door parent and shared with all teachers in honor of American Education Week. We thought you would enjoy reading it as well. Download "A Tribute to Teachers"

SOUTHERN DOOR FFA ALUMNI TOY SHOW – Saturday, November 30 – 9am-2pm: The 8th Annual Toy Show will be held this weekend. The event also includes a silent auction, door prizes, and a bucket raffle. Admission is $3 for adults; children 10 and under are free.  Farm or Toy Displays are welcome!  Please call Kathy at 920-825-7484 or Mike at 715-347-0824 if you have questions.

NO SCHOOL WEDNESDAYTHURSDAY AND FRIDAY - While we take time to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, let us also remember being grateful for the gift of “each new day.”  It was Jack Kornfield who once said, "When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another - and ourselves." Even though the coming holidays promise even more busyness, Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season offers us all a wonderfully opportunity to catch up and connect with one another.

Have a great Thanksgiving and a relaxing, long weekend filled with food, family, friends and fun!  

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Nov. 18 - 22, 2013 (District)


Dear Families and Staff:

This week is American Education Week. It’s theme is Raise Your Hand for Student Success!  Here at Southern Door, our student success is measured in many ways  - in academics, activities, arts, and athletics!  I have highlighted some of those successes in my superintendent’s good news report presented at Monday night’s board meeting, which can be accessed on the attached summary.  Please see the attached November 18 Board Meeting Summary for other information discussed including how the district will address budget planning to meet educational needs for the 2014-15 school year. View the Board Summary for Nov. 18

The month of November is a time when we traditionally are grateful for our family, friends, and the gifts in our lives. Here at Southern Door, we are especially thankful for parents who work hand in hand with us to support your child on their education journey; for staff who ‘make a difference' every day in the lives of our children and their families; for community partners for their support and generosity in making so many extra programs possible here at Southern Door, and last but not least for the children, themselves, who make this the best profession in the world.  Where else do we as parents and educators get to witness the excitement of something new learned, to share in the magic of this season, and to have the privilege of guiding our youth to be tomorrow’s leaders?   

We finish out the week with parent-teacher conferences and look forward to connecting with you on our partnership as your child continues on their educational journey and goals.  

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Nov. 11 - 15, 2013 (District)


Dear Families and Staff:

“The applause is a celebration of the actors but also of the audience.  It constitutes a shared moment of delight.”  John Charles Polanyi

This month is not only one in which we are thankful for the educational opportunities that we have at Southern Door, but more importantly, one in which we come together as a school community to "celebrate" who we are.  Please see the weekly update attachment along with various information. Download the Weekly Update for Nov. 11 View the Board Summary for Oct. 28

Have a great week,

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Nov. 4 - 8, 2013 (District)


Dear Southern Door Parents/Guardians and Staff:

Parents and staff have requested that the elementary report cards be in an electronic format like middle and high school.  At the beginning of this school year the elementary staff thought such an electronic version would not be able to happen until 2014-15.  However, with the new student information system, Infinite Campus and our staff's dedication to learn a new process, we a a full year ahead of what we anticipated.

To make sure that everything generates correctly this first time around, elementary Report Cards will be sent home with your children Friday, November 15, 2013.    This date is later than the originally scheduled November 12th date and will be a bit later than the dates for the middle and high school.

Thank you for your patience in awaiting your child's report card.  Just a reminder that parent teacher conferences are scheduled for November 21 and 22.  If you have not signed up for a conference time with your child's teacher, please do so as soon as possible.  Thank you!

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Support a Seat
Carve your name into the history of Southern Door by having your name engraved on a seat in the bleachers at the Eagle football field. This is a chance for you to SHOW OFF YOUR EAGLE SPIRIT and support your community and school. Download and view the Support a Seat Information/Order Form.

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Speak Up, a national online research project facilitated by Project Tomorrow®, gives individuals the opportunity to share their viewpoints about key educational issues, particularly concerning 21st century education and technology. Each year, findings are summarized and shared with national and state policy makers.  The survey is open to Parents, Community Members, Students & Educators.  Please take survey by clicking here:
Use the password: speakup

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Fall into Books Literacy Night!

Join us for an evening filled with poetry, stories, and fun!  

Who:  Elementary Families
Where: Southern Door Elementary Cafeteria, K-1 and 2-3 Pods
When: Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 5-7PM

  Download the Invitation!

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November 7 - 19, 2013

Grease the musical will be performed by the High School in the Auditorium on Nov 7,8 & 9 at 7:30pm and Nov. 10 at 2:00pm.  Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for students.  The event is reserved seating.  Tickets can be purchased in the High School office.

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October 28 - November 29, 2013

This year's state tests, Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations, will be given to students in grades 3-8 and 10 during the testing window of October 28-November 29.  Parents will receive a letter with exact dates and test preparation reminders.  If you have any questions about these tests, please contact Gary Langenberg at 825-7321.

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Application for ad-hoc Food Service Advisory Committee - Due 3:00PM, October 7, 2013, to Superintendent Patricia Vickman

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9 - 17 - 13

Dear Families and Staff,

At 10 a.m. this morning, public versions of the 2012-13 Accountability Report Cards for schools and districts were posted to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) website.  Public versions are available at this link:
Southern Door had the highest district rating in CESA 7.  Only 15 districts had a higher rating than Southern Door in the entire state.  


Congratulations to students on their achievement and staff for their dedication and expertise in the classroom. We thank parents and families for their partnership with us in the education of their children, and  the community for supporting the traditions of excellence that continue to define Southern Door as the destination for a 
quality education.

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The safety and security of our students and staff is a top priority. 

Based on recommendations received by our community EPCOT team, Southern Door Schools is adding a "credential exchange" to the visitor guidelines starting Monday, September 16.  Visitors will continue to be allowed into the vestibules at the main entrance of each school and "buzzed in" to the office by school personnel.  If the office staff is unfamiliar with a visitor, the visitor will be asked to show a picture ID of some kind. When visitors will be going beyond the school office into the school facility, they will be asked to leave their car keys in the office until they return to the office to sign out.  You can read about this in September's Home and School Connection.

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September's Home-School Connection is now available to read.

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The Haunted Mansion returns for its 8th season!  Highlights of this season include the Morbid Maze, Quietwoods Quicksand Swamp,  Valley of Death, Delusion Illusion Transportation Company, Death's Door, and the "all new" Haunted Mansion!  Check out the newly launched Haunted Mansion website for more information!
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The Bigs Return to Door County!
"In the first year of the program at Southern Door Schools, 20 matches were made between adult mentors and children from the community. The Bigs and Littles get together once a week, primarily at the school itself."  Click here to read more!

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Southern Door School District Registration and Fee Payment Days for grades PreK-12, will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.and Wednesday, August 14, 2:00 pm - 7:30 p.m.  Registration locations will be at the High School Cafeteria and Elementary/Middle School Office Area. The following additional paperwork should be completed if at all possible and brought to registration.

  1. Parent Consent Form (Elementary/Middle School)
  2. Parent Consent Form (High School)
  3. Student Acceptable Use Guidelines for Information Technology 
  4. Volunteer Policy and Background Check
  5. Student Fee Schedule
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