Open Letter to Community
May 11, 2015

Student Fee Schedule

Belgian Days Youth Run/Walk
Sunday, July 12, 2015

Belgian Days Flyer
Sunday, July 12. 2015
Free Dinner & Alcohol and Other Drugs Speaker
May 18, 2015 from 5:30 - 6:15

Southern Door High School Earns Bronze Medal
in America's Best High Schools Ratings

Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees & Press Release
Friday, May 22, 2015

HS Stock Market Team Earns 1st Place
Press Release & Team Photo

Health and Wellness Fair 
Blackboard Connect Reminder

Health and Wellness Fair
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Emergency Vehicle Fun Day
Sunday, May 17, 11:00AM-3:00PM

FFA Members Qualify for State Competition
Headed to Madison Later this Month

Southern Door Schools featured in
Southern Door Business Association's
March 2015 Newsletter

SD to Host National Autism Speaker
Sunday, April 29

Annual Notification of Suicide Prevention
and Other Parent Resources

Solo Ensemble
March 21, 2015

Heroin Summit (FREE Community Event)
March 24, 2015

Learn to Hunt Turkey Program
Saturday, March 28, 2015

FREE Car Seat Event: (9AM-Noon)
April 18, 2015

Michigan Mind Trekkers -- FREE!
Saturday, April 11

Spring Spirit Sale 2015
Online Store is Open!

Tony Kizonas Name SDHS
Teacher of the Year by FFA
February 2015

Short 5-Minute Technology Survey
Due: Wednesday, March 4 @ 12Noon

Wrestling Tournament
Volunteers Needed!

Space Race Family Fair
@ Crossroads on 2-14-15

School Community is in Mourning

Athletic Hall of Fame
2015 Inductees

Alumni Hall of Fame
Nomination Form

50 in 50 - Help Spread the Word!
Big Brothers and Big Sisters Campaign

Talon Fitness Center
Time to Renew or Sign Up!

Southern Door Striders
Indoor Walking Club Starts in January

Jeanna James Named Agriscience 
Outstanding Young Member
December 2014

Support a Seat Sale
Now through June 1, 2015

Children's Christmas Store
December 13 @ 8-11:30AM

Let's Go Southern Door Adults:
Free Health and Wellness Sessions!

District Seeks Technology Input: 

Speak Up Survey
Now through December 19, 2014

Do we have your contact info?

FFA Annual Toy Show
November 30, 2014

There's No Place Like Home
Wizard of Oz Highlights Video

Southern Door Craft Fair
November 2, 20014

28th Annual Holiday Party for Senior Citizens
Wed., December 10, 2014

Wizard of Oz High School Musical
Tickets on Sale Now!

Increase in 2014-15 State Aid Does
Not Change Need for 2-15-16 Referendum

HS Musical Help Needed!

Be Informed about the Referendum

Haunted Mansion Information!
(Help Needed and Website Link)

Southern Door November 2014
Referendum Informational Meetings
and Press Release of Meetings

Jessica Meacham Named
National Rural Teacher of the Year
November 2014

Southern Door Recognized as Top HS 
[On two different levels!]

New Parking and Traffic Flow Arrangements
August 28, 2014

Non-Recurring Referendum Resolution
August 25, 2014

Need Help
1989 State Championship Football Team Reunion

Fall Spirit Sale: Now - 9/7/14
Online store is now open!

LEGO Robotics Coming to SD!
Register NOW

Chance to WIN Packer Tickets!!!
SD Athletic Booster Fundraiser

School Finance Session
Wed., August 20, 2014

LEGO Robotics Coach Needed 
Volunteer Position

Registration Days
August 12 and 13, 2014

Camp Invention!   Learn More!
Have you registered your rising 1-6 grader?  

STEM Boat Races!
Wed., May 20
Grandparent's Day Map & Letter (MS)
Monday, May 18, 2015
Elementary SCRIP Order DUE
May 15th - Directions & Order Form

Elementary Giving Tree
Now through End of Year

EL and MS Newsletter
May and June, 2015

Frozen Spoon Youth Day (EL)
Tue., May 19, 4PM-8PM

Art on the Wild Side
a FREE Summer Camp!

Athletic Edge Performance Camp
for Grades 7-12 (June and July, 2015)

Camp Invention!
Have you registered your rising 1-6 grader?  
Learn More!

NWTC Computer Camp
June 16-17, 2015 (MS)

April SCRIP Order Information!

Missoula Children's Theatre
Audition Notice and Parent Letter

Middle School Update:
6th Grade Badger Exam

Music Flower Sale
Now through May 7

Middle School Updates
1) Badger Exam  2) Graduation  3) BLOG

Buck Wilder Author Visit Flyer
April 16, 2015 (5:30-6:30)

View the EL/MS Newsletter
April 2015

Art Fest 
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Kids for Running Practice to Start:
March 23 - June 4

Important Dates to Remember
Spring 20105 (HS)

View the EL/MS Newsletter
March 2015

Rescheduled Sledding Trip

SD Announces Valedictorian and Salutatorian

ACT and WorkKeys
Dates and Information for Parents (HS)

Plan for 5th Grade Musical
In Case of Inclement Weather
Sledding Trip (MS)
February 20, 2015

Honor Roll Lists:
Semester 1 (HS) (MS)

Photographer Needed
for 5th Grade Musical
Camp Invention Returns to SD!
June 15-19, 2015 (EL, MS)

40th Annual 5th Grade Musical
February 19, 20, and 21, 2015

LEGO Robotics Team Opening
Grades 5-8

Free Art for Health Programs
for Children ages 4-12 (EL)

Child Development Days
February 18 & 19 (8am-6pm)

Let's Go Southern Door Jan 6 - Feb 26

Elementary PIE Fundraisers
Scrip & Y-ties! (EL)

ACT and ACT WorkKeys
for 11th Grade (HS)

Let's Go Southern Door Kickoff!

Archery Club (EL, MS, HS)
Sign up Today!

Pedometer (EL)
Fall Challenge

Senior Photos for Yearbook (HS)
November 30 Deadline!

Grandparent's Day (EL)
September 19 and October 17

Open House! (HS, MS, EL)
August 27, 2014 (4:30-7:30)

Free and Reduced Lunch Application
(HS, MS, EL)
Blackboard Connect Message

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May 11, 2015

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April 27, 2015

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April 13, 2015 

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March 30, 2015 Board Meeting Summary 

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Survey Ends Saturday, Feb. 14 @ 5PM

Blackboard Connect Message

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Short, 5-Minute 2015-2016 

January 26, 2015 

Blackboard Connect Message

January 12, 2015

A Review of Our Process!

January 8, 2015

December 22, 2014

December 8 - 12, 2014

December 1 - 5, 2014

November 24 - 28, 201

Do we have your contact info?

November 19 - 23, 2014

November 10, 2014

Starts October 28!

September 19, 2014

From Door County Public Health

September 22, 2014

September 19, 2014

September 8, 2014


August 25, 2014

August 18, 2014 

August 6. 2014

July 28, 2014


Dear Families and Staff:

"Our values are not luxuries, but necessities.
 They are not the salt in our bread, but the bread, itself .” ~Jimmy Carter

I was so impressed by the Class of 2015 and the intentional planning done with this year’s graduation program. The theme of “each has their own story” and “future chapters to be written” was woven throughout the program and the selection of songs performed by the music department. It also spoke clearly to the SOAR program graduates and each of their stories.  How can anyone doubt the impact of a public school education when you hear about the obstacles and challenges that our young people have faced on their journey to graduation—how certain staff and family members along the way believed in them, and how for some of them, graduation was almost an impossible dream!  What a tribute to our working together as a team!   It is indeed our core values, which define us as a school  community—from generation to generation!  Thank you for supporting our students, our staff, and each other!

Thank You to Our Retiring Staff Members for all your years of dedication and passion in your service to our students, families, and staff. Our retiring staff include first grade teacher Mrs. Vickie Daoust (15 years); special education teacher Mrs. Rosemary Hansen (26 years), high school English teacher Mrs. Erika May (27 years); bus driver Mr. Dan Phillps (28 years);  & bus driver/custodian Mrs. Diane Spude (39 years). We wish them  all a happy, healthy, and long retirement to enjoy all the fruits of their work over the years and to find new passions and ventures to explore.

State Bound Track & Field Team Members:  Congratulations to our track & field participants headed to state this coming weekend at LaCrosse:  Mason LeMere (high jump); Sonny Soquet (triple jump); and Lily Samuels (pole vault). We are very proud of our Eagle track stars! Go Eagles!

Middle School Honors Band:  Congratulations to Ryan Charles for being invited to perform with the 2015 Wisconsin School Music Association Middle Level State Honors Band.  Ryan is one of only 4 Euphonium players in the state to be invited!  Congratulations to Heath Kennedy, Alex Quigley, and Elise Evenson for being selected as high alternates for the 2015 Wisconsin School Music Association Middle Level State Honors Band.   All of these students prepared a rigorous solo and went through a high level, anonymous audition process in April.  Many students auditioned at several different sites in the state.  Students are selected based on their performance skills, music literacy skills, and mastery of their instrument. Only a select number of instrumentalists pass the expectations of the WSMA Honors Committee to be invited to perform or selected as alternates.  We are very proud of our Eagle Musicians!
Looking For A Great Family Activity Over The Summer - Schoolyard Garden Volunteers Needed:  Volunteers adopt the garden a week at a time throughout the summer to weed, water, and, at times, harvest produce. Typically you should plan to care for the garden two to three times a week, depending on how hot and dry it is during your week; that should be perfect. Water is now located at the garden and there are soaker hoses to turn on. You can weed during the watering time. This is a great project to do with your child(ren), grandchild(ren), friends, or service group. Please consider signing up for a week or two. 

Contact Pamela Parks at (920) 559-1240 or to sign up.
As we come to the end of another very successful school year, may I take this time to tell you what a joy it is to come to work here every day, how privileged I feel to serve you, and how blessed we are as the Southern Door School community.  May the coming months bring you and your family a more relaxed pace and more time to enjoy each other’s company.  May you and your loved ones be kept safe and healthy.  Have a wonderful summer! Return to Top

WEEKLY UPDATE for May 20, 2015

Dear Families and Staff:

Many great things continue to happen at Southern Door with our students and staff!  Best wishes also to the following members of the track & field team and their coaches as they compete in the Sectionals at Little Chute today.
Boys’ team:  Michael Bertrand; Devon Brenneke; Austin Claflin; Derek Huber; Zach Kiedrowski; Zeb Kielar; Mason LeMere; Joe Mohr; Mitchell Overbeck; Riley Rankin; and.Sonny Soquet. Girls’ team:   Lizzie Buhr; Gracie Englebert; Julia Englebert; Lacey Englebert; Katlyn Gerdman; Katie Guilette; Payton Keddell; Carley Kolstad; Lily Samuels; Alexa Soto; Jennifer Vandertie; and Chloe Volkman. Go Eagles!  We are proud of you!  

Highlights from this past month were shared at the Board meeting Tuesday night. They are included in the superintendent's "Good News" report found at this link on the district website:'s%20Report%20for%20BOE%20meeting%20-%20May%2026%2C%202015.pdf?dl=0  
Attached is the summary of the Board meeting and the approved student fee schedule for 2015-16.
Next week’s schedule of upcoming events:

  • Monday, June 1 – 3:15p Kids for Running; 6p Athletic Code Meeting in Eagle Gym for current gr. 8-11 students
  • Wednesday, June 3 – Boys’ Regional Baseball at Southern Door Door
  • Thursday, June 4 – Last Day of School; 6p Music Boosters
  • Monday, June 8 – 6p Spring Athletic Awards; 6:30p Board of Education mtg. 

Lastly, on behalf of the Southern Door County School District community, we extend our congratulations to the Class of 2015 as they graduate on Sunday, May 31 at 2:00pm in the auditorium. Best wishes to this class and their families as they continue their journey out into their fields of work and post-secondary education.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Patti Return to Top

Weekly Update for May 20, 2015

Dear Families and Staff:

“Accomplishments will prove to be a journey, not a destination.”     -Dwight D. Eisenhower

Whether it’s the recent concerts of our band and choral students, the athletic competitions of our teams, our students’ leadership contributions or their individual academic accomplishments, the journeys that we have made as staff and families with our children this past year speak clearly of the partnerships in educating our youth made by students, staff, families, and the community.  It was so great to see over 90 grandparents join their middle school grandchildren in exploring the many learning environments provided at Southern Door that are not available elsewhere. In addition to class opportunities, these environments just to name a few, include the state certified school forest, the school yard garden, Waniger School, the ropes challenge course & exercise stations sponsored by the PEP grant, and the Partners in Health walking trail.

Today’s Open House – 3-6p with dedication at 5p. Door Kewaunee Business Education Partnership’s 8th Project Home at 822 N. 6th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay was built by a team of 8 students, including Southern Door’s Derek Jess & David Dessart-Merckx.  They were involved in all aspects of residential construction under the direct guidance of NWTC Instructor Al Atkinson and Jim Englebert, project advisor from Portside Buildings. Each student has earned 16 transcripted credits for advanced placement in the Structural Systems certificate at NWTC.

Tonight’s High School Awards & Scholarship Program – 6:30p Congratulations to all those students who will be recognized for their academic and co-curricular achievements and to the seniors receiving special scholarships.

Appreciation of Emergency Medical Services in Our Community – In honor of  National Emergency Medical Services Week, tomorrow is a Black & Blue Color Day at Southern Door.  National Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line." Please join us in extending our appreciation to our Southern Door and Door County medical services personnel who serve our community.

Athletic Accomplishments – Congratulations to the Eagle Softball Team who clinched the Packerland Conference Championship and to the Track Team who came in second in the conference by only a 2 point difference with Kewaunee as the lead.

Alumni Hall of Fame – You are invited to join the high school this Friday at9:30am in the auditorium as they celebrate the 2015 inductees, Bill Chaudoir (Class of 1972) and Margaret LeBrun (Class of 1978) in to the Southern Door Alumni Hall of Fame.

Today – 5p Dedication of DKBEP House Project;  6:30p High School Awards & Scholarship Program

Thursday – Black & Blue Color Day to Honor Local EMS personnel; Track at Sevastopol; Softball @ Valders; Baseball @ Oconto  

Friday – Patriotic Colors Day in Honor of Our Veterans and Military Personnel; Early Release Day; 9:30a Alumni Hall of Fame ceremony; golf @ Northbrook;

Sunday – 8th graders leave on Washington, DC trip

Monday, May 25 -  Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, May 26 – Varsity WIAA Regional Golf; Baseball home vs. Kewaunee; possible Softball regional; 6:30p Board of Education meeting

Wednesday, May 27 – 1:30p 5th & 6th Grade Band/Choir concert; 3:30p SOAR program ceremony; 6p Spring Athletic Awards

Sunday, May 31 – 2p High School Graduation  

Have a wonderful week and Memorial Day weekend.

Patti Return to Top


US World & News Report has just released its Best High Schools Awards, ranking more than 21,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals based on the performance of all students on state assessments in reading and math and how well they prepare students for college.  Southern Door earned a bronze medal.

While this award recognizes the performance of our high school students, we all know that the success of our students is due to the dedication of our Southern Door "village" as students, staff members, parents, school board and community work together to provide an outstanding K-12 education for our children. Thank you for your continued commitment to the high quality education offered here at Southern Door. Return to Top


Dear Families and Staff:  
Please see the flyer attached about the return of Mike McGowan (always a great speaker) who is doing a presentation at the Boys & Girls Club on May 18th. The event is open to all people interested in improving their communication with youth. Flyer Download Return to Top Return to Top

Hello - Information on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Styrofoam Boat Races 
to be held Wed., May 20th, is attached.  

The public is welcome to attend.  Thank you. Flyer Download Return to Top

You are invited Tuesday, May 19th, from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm to have dinner and/or frozen yogurt at the Frozen Spoon in Sturgeon Bay. Located at 210 South 1st Ave. Southern Door Elementary PIE (Parents Involved in Education) will receive 20% of sales during these 4 hours!

PIE gave SD Elem more than $2,000 this spring to help fund SD Elem field trips!  

Please print the PDF Flyer for more information and to bring with you that night as that is how PIE will earn 20%, and invite your friends!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Southern Door PIE Return to Top

Middle School Families

On Monday, May 18, the middle school will be having grandparent visitors in the afternoon.  There will be reserved parking in the front elementary/middle lot closest to Cty DK.  Grandparents should proceed to the eagle gym for directions.  If any grandparent is taking any students home afterwards, they must have a note from a parent.  Another message will be sent if it is raining and the event will be held on Tuesday, May 19. Return to Top

Update for This Coming Week - May 11-15

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 a hard-fought athletic competition, the performance of talented musicians coming together in a concert 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, don’t ever forget that whether you are their parent or a staff member  - each of us together with our home and school families have an important role in helping each student find their passion and be successful.

SD STUDENTS SHINE IN GOODY TRIATHLON AT PULASKI - It was a BEAUTIFUL day for a triathlon!!! Austin Olsen and Kayla Kudick did an amazing job and their peer mentors Sam Mueller and Reilly Claflin were equally awesome!!! Austin and Kayla were among more than 60 students with disabilities who participated in the fifth annual Goody Triathlon on Friday. The turnout, the largest in the triathlon’s history, included high-school and middle-school students from seven school districts in Northeastern Wisconsin.

CONGRATULATIONS TO myTEAM TRIUMPH - Kayla Kudick also participated with myTeam Triumph (mTT) as a captain in the Nicolet Bay 5K. mTT is an organization that assists athletes with disabilities to participate in endurance events (running and cycling events and triathlons and duathlons) through the use of specialized race equipment and a team of three angels. Her team of 3 angels was Blake Higley, Andrew Lindsay and Kayla's Uncle Patrick. Blake and Andrew are special education teachers at Southern Door. SDHS Counselor Becky Brecklin is the volunteer coordinator for the Northeast WI Chapter of myTEAM TRIUMPH.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE STUDENTS INDUCTED INTO THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY THIS PAST WEEK - Melissa Benzshawel; Michael Bertrand; Austin Claflin; Nathan Coulthurst; Rachel Coulthurst; Ashley Delfosse; Hailey Geyer; Kathleen Guilette; Haley Jonas; Sophie Kennedy; Zachary Kiedrowski; Lydia Kramer; Rachel Malcore; Hanna Mallien; Kayla Marchant; Deven McCarty; Kristin Rankin; Sarah Schlaefer; Morgan VanderMissen; Rheys Vandertie; Lauren Wheaton

NATIONAL FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK - Students pick up on the messages of their teachers, parents, and others in the school community. Bullying may arise when there are misperceptions and negative attitudes about food allergies. Replacing these with education can create an environment of support and understanding. Educating staff and parents can change the attitudes of children. Direct education to students may be very effective. Children also can play an important role in teaching each other and their parents, and play a critical role in establishing a supportive community. Parents and educators can find lots of great resources at this website:

Schedule for this Coming Week:  

Monday – Baseball & Softball home vs. Gibraltar; 6:30p Board of Education meeting

Tuesday – School Spirit Day – Wear Teal – National Food Allergy Awareness Day; Golf @ Horseshoe Bay; 7p High School Spring Concert & Awards  

Wednesday -- 6p FFA Banquet; 7p FFA Awards

Thursday – Golf@ Wander Springs; Baseball & Softball @ Sevastopol  

Friday – School Spirit Day – Wear Black – Skin Cancer Awareness Day; Golf @ Wander Springs

Saturday – Baseball double header home

Have a great week!

Patti Return to Top

WEEKLY UPDATE for May 4 - 8, 2015

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.  The following was approved by Board Resolution on April 27.

The Southern Door Board of Education would like to extend their deepest appreciation for the incredible job the Southern Door staff members do with the most valuable asset our community has, our children. We want them to know that the countless hours they put in planning lessons, consoling hurt feelings, fixing scraped knees, and all the other caring gestures that they show toward our youth do not go unnoticed. Without the tremendous people that make up the Southern Door staff team, our student body would not be performing as well as they do. Only one week a year is not close enough nor long enough to sufficiently show our gratitude for the greatness each and every one of them possesses.


2015 FORMULA HIGH SCHOOL TEAM EARNS HIGH MARKS FOR SECOND YEAR IN A ROW: Having competed with both last and this year’s models of the formula car, this year’s team earned “fastest team in Stock Class”, “3rd Fastest Driver”, and “3rd Fastest Team in Modified Car”. The 2015 Formula High School Team under the staff leadership of Dave LeBrun were: Ian Carpenter, Reed Charles, Dave Dessart, Alex Kramer, Jon LeBrun, Mike Letter, Zach Maurer, Jed Ring, and Alexis Winchell. Special Advisors were Mr. Arvid Anderson & Adam Monfils. The Southern Door team and their cars are also featured on RoadAmerica's Facebook page:

Congratulations to Austin Wheaton awarded with the President's Volunteer Service Award.  Please see attached press release for more information.

Congratulations to the Southern Door Track & Field Team who took home the Harris Trophy for the fifth year in a row in last week's Door County Classic track & field event.

Congratulations to Southern Door musicians who achieved these results at the State Solo & Ensemble Festival this past weekend at UWGB:


Special kudos to Jolene Feeney - Soprano Solo - Exemplary Soloist Award 

Ratings of 1: Michaela Kraft - Alto Solo; Dustin McKinnon - Baritone Solo; Brooke Dantoin - Music Theater; Maddie Weatherwax - Soprano Solo; and Jolene Feeney - Music Theater
Ratings of 2: Jon LeBrun - Solo; Michaela Kraft & Cameron Friehe - Vocal Duet; Madrigal; and Vocal Jazz.


Ratings of 1: SDHS Percussion ensemble; SDHS Woodwind ensemble; SDHS Flute choir; Raven Brenneke piccolo solo; Lizzie Buhr alto saxophone solo; Raven Brenneke & Julia Englebert piccolo duet.

Ratings of 2: SDHS Saxophone choir; Robert Puccini alto saxophone solo; Lizzie Buhr, Robert Puccini, and Shauntelle Huber alto saxophone trio

SOUTHERN DOOR FFA MEMBERS COMPETE AT STATE LEVEL CAREER DEVELOPMENT EVENTS - Thirteen Southern Door FFA members competed in the State FFA Career Development Events hosted by UW-Madison. There were over 1,200 students competing in 17 different contests. Southern Door’s results were as follows: The Dairy Products team consisting of Carli Babler, Bailey DeGrave, Myria Kolstad, and Erin McNulty received a silver rating and finished 29th out of 79 teams; the Dairy Cattle Evaluation team consisting of: Jared Baudhuin, Claire Olson, Austin Vandertie, and Marti Viste received a bronze ranking with their 33rd place finish of 39 teams; the Livestock Evaluation Team consisting of Lydia Kramer, Alex Ploor, Elliot Seiler, and Ashley Wery received a silver ranking with their 12th place finish of 37 teams; Nathan Lenius also competed in the Dairy Handler contest and was given a silver ranking. These members would like to thank Rich Olson for serving as the second chaperone for their trip and for coaching the Dairy Cattle Evaluation Team. Congratulations to all of these FFA members!

Events this week:

National Honor Society Ceremony - Wed., May 6

Fri., May 7 - Blood Drive; National Honor Society Ceremony - 7PM

Fri., May 7 - Track Invite at Sheboygan Falls; Baseball at SD vs LC

Blood Drive - Fri., May 7

Mon., May 11 - Regular Workshop School Board Meeting, 6:30 PM

Tues., May 12 - HS Spring Concert, 7PM, Tickets/$2 Adults

Wed., May 13 - FFA Banquet, 6PM & Award Ceremony, 7PM

Patti Return to Top

Giving Tree

The elementary now has a giving tree filled with classroom wishes and needs.  
It's located near the EL and MS office, so next time you're in the building check it out! Return to Top

Southern Door Sponsors Annual Family Health and Wellness Fair
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 5:00 - 7:30pm

The Fourth Annual Family Health and Wellness Fair will be held at Southern Door on Thursday, April 30, from 5:00 - 7:30pm. The fair will raise awareness of healthy and safe lifestyles factors as well as showcase some of the additional health and wellness opportunities at Southern Door that are a result of the PEP Grant we received.

Throughout the evening, students, families, and community members will have the opportunity to sample healthy food options, receive valuable wellness information, and participate in wellness activities available throughout the school. We are excited to have Top Hat Entertainment MC the fair and some highlights of the evening will include an Internet Crimes Against Children presentation by Officer Chris Neuville of the Door County Sheriffs Department as well as Facebook and Social Media Tips, children's activities hosted by the YMCA and healthy ways to spice up your meals presented by Ministry Door County Medical Center. Community members and families can also take this opportunity to register for a Talon Fitness membership and check out the new exercise stations that have been added along the Eagle Walking Trail.

A complete list of all activities can be found by clicking on the following link:  

If you have any questions, please contact Marc Vandenhouten at 920.825.7321 

or by email at Return to Top


Dear Families and Staff of Students Ages 6-12:
Sponsored by Ministry Door County Medical Center, Art on the Wild Side is a 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. Children who want to explore their creative potential and refine their artistic skills will have the opportunity to participate in 10 different workshops. 

Two camps are being offered: 

  • Week One:  July 13-17 (9-11am); 
  • Week Two: July 20-24 (9-11am). 
To register or for more information please call: 920-493-5979. Registration is for the full week and limited so call early to reserve a spot! Flyer Return to Top

Update for This Coming Week - April 28, 2015

Dear Families and Staff:

"We cannot always build the future for our youth,
but we can build our youth for the future.” 
~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Congratulations to the Haunted Mansion and Alyssa Dantoin who received special recognition for their leadership and volunteerism at last week’s Volunteer Center Golden Hearts Awards. Led by Judy Jesse, Sue Marchant, and Cory Vandertie, the Haunted Mansion received the Group Golden Heart Award for providing over $150,000 over the past nine years for school groups and activities.  That same evening, Alyssa Dantoin, was named one of the three youth scholarship winners for her leadership and volunteer work at school and in the community.  Please join me in extending our congratulations to all of them.

Thanks to Terry Lundahl, Josh Lardinois, and funding from the Southern Door Education Foundation, Missoula Children’s Theatre has now become a fixture here at Southern Door, and like the LEAP performance a couple of weeks ago, a great opportunity for students to explore their talents and collaborate on a production that benefits others. This weekend, Southern Door not only raced last year’s formula racecar but the brand new upscaled model at Elkhart Lake under Dave LeBrun’s leadership.

Below is a summary of last night’s Board meeting when it reorganized: BOE Summary from 4-27-15

You can also access my superintendent’s “good news” report at this link:'s%20Report.pdf?dl=0Good News Report

Lots of great things happening. Don’t forget to “friend” us on Facebook, as well, where there are almost daily postings of great things happening in our classrooms, in our schools, and out in the community. Faceboook Page

At a Door County event this weekend, a dad came up to me and said, “When my friends hear that my kids go to Southern Door, they remark on what a leader Southern Door is in the county—exploring new ideas, providing an excellent education, ensuring kids have the technology they need, and making so many new opportunities available for our children.” Thank you to each and every one of you for your part in making our school the best it can possibly be for students, staff, and families!

Events for this Upcoming Week:

Wednesday:  6:30p Temple Grandin Autism Presentation sponsored by P.A.T.H. in auditorium. 

Thursday:  School Colors Day; 1p K-4 Public Concert, $2/Adults; Track at Luxemburg-Casco; Golf at Peninsula; Baseball & Softball at Kewaunee; 5-7:30p Third Annual Health & Wellness Fair

Friday: Mitchell Overbeck’s “My Public School” Experience video on Channel 11; 1p K-4 Public Concert, $2/Adults  

Saturday: State Solo & Ensemble at UWGB (Good luck to all our musicians!); Reception in Madison for second grade student, JohnPaul Alrand’s artwork; Kayla Kudick, captain of myTEAMTRIUMPH team in Nicolet 5K.

Monday:  Baseball & Softball home to Algoma; 6p PIE mtg.

Tuesday:  National Educator Appreciation Day: Golf at Idlewild; Track at Oconto; 6p Tech Advisory mtg.

Wednesday:  High School Blood Drive; 7p National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Have a wonderful week - enjoy the beautiful weather. I do believe that spring may finally be here! Return to Top


Dear Families and Staff of Students in Grades 7-12:

Attached is information regarding the Athletic Edge Performance Camp being sponsored this summer at Southern Door by Ministry Door County Medical Center. Included is a poster and a brochure with application process. If there are any questions or you need further details, please feel free to contact me. Poster  Registration
Jason Linzmeier, ATC
Southern Door HS Athletic Trainer
Ministry Door County Medical Center
Phone: (920) 495-4303 Return to Top

Health and Wellness Fair

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Southern Door Sponsors Annual Family Health and Wellness Fair
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 5:00 - 7:30pm

The Fourth Annual Family Health and Wellness Fair will be held at Southern Door on Thursday, April 30, from 5:00 - 7:30pm. The fair will raise awareness of healthy and safe lifestyles factors as well as showcase some of the additional health and wellness opportunities at Southern Door that are a result of the PEP Grant we received.

Throughout the evening, students, families, and community members will have the opportunity to sample healthy food options, receive valuable wellness information, and participate in wellness activities available throughout the school. We are excited to have Top Hat Entertainment MC the fair and some highlights of the evening will include an Internet Crimes Against Children presentation by Officer Chris Neuville of the Door County Sheriffs Department as well as Facebook and Social Media Tips, children's activities hosted by the YMCA and healthy ways to spice up your meals presented by Ministry Door County Medical Center.

Community members and families can also take this opportunity to register for a Talon Fitness membership and check out the new exercise stations that have been added along the Eagle Walking Trail.

A complete list of all activities can be found by clicking on the following link:…/1FifuI5Vwo2w4-dhCHZBUK5LzFi…/edit…

If you have any questions, please contact Marc Vandenhouten at 920.825.7321 or by email at Return to Top


Dear Families and Staff:
"When you truly believe in something, and you carry it in your heart, you accept no excuses, only results.” ~Ken Blanchard
LEAP: A HUMAN KINDNESS PROJECT EMPOWERS OTHERS - This past week many of us had the pleasure of seeing an awesome project come to life celebrating the talents of our local youth with an important message for their peers.  From the vision and production of Terry Lundahl working with all the facilitators including Claire Morkin and in appreciation for Ministry’s sponsorship of this social justice message, the LEAP performance received rave reviews from students, staff, and the public.  Fantastic talent was surpassed only by the risks taken by the students—many of whom had never performed, danced, or sang before on stage and worked on this every weekend from January thru April. Please join me in extending appreciation to Terry, Claire, Ministry, Josh Lardinois (tech asst.), and our own SD students:  Amanda Diaz, Judith Graf, Kristen Haberli, Terrie Hroudova, Abby Jorgensen, & Michaela Kraft.
OPENING RECEPTION FOR OUTSTANDING HIGH SCHOOL ART – Monday, April 20 from 7-8:30pm at the Miller Art Museum, 107 South 4th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.  Congratulations to these Southern Door students showcased as the “best of high school art in Door County” include: Emily Blasier, Austin Claflin, Reilly Claflin, Brooke Dantoin, Melody Delchambre, Jolene Feeney, Hailey Geyer, Judith Greif, Rachel Hale, Emma Jeanquart, Charlotte Kin, Carley Kolstad, Gunner Kroening, Jodi LaRocca, Eli LaVine, Rebecca Malcore, Janel Musil, Isabella Riesen, Trent Robinson, Amanda Rodriguez, Lily Samuels, Jaiden Sikorsky, Acacia Tupa, & Ashley Wery.
8 Gold medals for a perfect score of 25 were awarded in: Group Interpretation -  Lizzie Buhr, Peyton Keddell, Dana Mueller, Garrett Paider, McKenzie Phillips, Austin Wheaton, Lauren Wheaton; Story Telling -  Devin George
7 Silver medals were awarded in: Radio Speaking - Ian Carpenter; Farrago -  Emily Bretl; Prose - Heather Buth, Raven Brenneke, Julia Englebert; Moments in History -  McKayla Kraft; Poetry - Olivia Baker
3 Bronze medals were awarded in: Group Interpretation - Brandon Buhr, Cameron Friehe, Robert Puccini 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL DI-VENGERS who  competed in the state competition held in Stevens Point on Saturday.  They finished 1st in the Instant Challenge category and 8th overall out of 20 teams!  Congratulations to Emmet Goettelman, Benjamin Slezewski, Trae Kluth, Cecila Schnorr, Amanda Puccini, Lizzy Bretl, and manager Tracy Slezewski.
EAGLE SPORT TEAMS CONTINUE TO DO WELL!  Baseball, golf, and softball seasons have started off well as has Track. This week we feature the Eagle Track & Field team who swept the Packerland Conference Triangular this past week by winning 22 events. Austin Claflin, Mason LeMere, Sonny Soquet, and Mitchell Overbeck won two individual events each to lead Southern Door’s boys team. Austin Claflin swept the 100- and 200-yard sprints, Mason LeMere won the 100 hurdles and high jump, Sonny Soquet won the long jump and triple jump, and Mitchell Overbeck won the shot put and discus to lead the boys' team. Gracie Englebert led Southern Door’s girls team with first-place finishes in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.
Monday – 3:15 K-8 Tryouts for Missoula’s Children’s Theatre; Baseball & Softball here vs. Sevastopol; Golf at Idlewild; 7p Annual Salon of High School Art Reception – Miller Art Museum

Tuesday – Baseball & Softball at Algoma; Track at Oconto

Wednesday – Administrative Professionals Day – Thank you to all of our school and district office clerical staff for the wonderful job they do meeting all our student, family, staff, and community needs!

Thursday – Baseball & Softball at NEW; Golf at Orchards; Track relays at Kewaunee

Friday – Arbor Day; FFA competes at State FFA Career Development Event in Madis​on​;  6p Missoula Children’s Theatre public performance performance

Saturday – 8a Board of Education executive session; Baseball tourney at Shiocton; Softball tourney at Two Rivers, Formula Racecar Challenge at Elkhart Lake​                                                                                                               ​

Monday – Baseball & Softball here vs. Oconto; Golf at Vernan Hills; Track at Gibraltar;  Board of Education meeting

Have a wonderful week!
Patti Return to Top

Attn: Southern Door Elem Families

If you are interested in purchasing scrip please click on the attached order form to download or vist to order online. Plese make checks payable to Southern Door Elem Pie.  Order are due April 20th.

If you would like a paper copy sent home with your child please call school or e-mail Beckie Johntson at

Thank you for your support!

Southern Door Elem PIE Scrip Note Order Form Return to Top

Attn Sixth Grade Families:  Badger Exam

Sixth graders will be taking the new state test called the Badger Exam next week, Monday through Wednesday in the mornings.  Attendance, rest, and a nutritious breakfast are especially important for test days.

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Click on image to view the flyer!

Back by popular demand is 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 15-19! The week long 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.

There are even leadership opportunities for students in grades 7-12 so if you have a student this age, there are counselor-in-training positions and internships!

Please see the attached flyer for more information and feel free to contact us for more information. Southern Door Camp Invention Information Sheet Counselor In Training Information for Rising 7th - 9th Graders Our Local Camp Invention Blog Return to Top

Update for This Coming Week:  April 13 - 17, 2015

Dear Families & Staff:
"I'm more interested in arousing enthusiasm in kids than in teaching facts. The facts may change but that enthusiasm for exploring the world will remain with them the rest of their lives."  Seymour Simon, Author of Children's Science Books

     Almost two years ago, the Door County Women’s Fund Sharon Lutsey & BJ Cassidy, along with Tara LeClair from Door Kewaunee Business Education partnership, emailed superintendents for anyone interested in providing students with more STEM opportunities.  Involved from the very beginning, Southern Door was eventually chosen as the host, given our wonderful facilities, our staff cooperation, and from my perspective, the home field advantage, of Mind Trekkers being right here in our backyard for you and your families.
     Last week saw the culmination with almost 3000 people in attendance over two days - engaged in not only the fun of math, science, technology, & engineering but also the opportunities for careers with a variety of businesses attending. Lots of great connections were made by our staff with these businesses and we look forward to future innovations and opportunities for our students and staff. 
     The entire festival’s success would not have been made possible without everyone’s help including the leadership for science experiments and assistance provided by over 75 high school students.
Comments Received from Michigan Tech: “We deeply thank you for all your hard work, passion, and enthusiasm to make the Mind Trekkers event a wonderful success.  You have been a wonderful group to work with which made our jobs much easier. The feedback I heard from teachers, parents, and students was very positive and I think everyone who attended the Festival found it to be fun, educational, and of value. Southern Door was a perfect venue and the staff and students we met were friendly and accommodating with all our wacky requests.  Patti, you should be very proud of them. We can't thank the Women's Fund enough for your financial commitment.  It demonstrates your commitment to youth and education in Door and Kewaunee Counties.  Thanks again.  We had a blast bringing Mind Trekkers to you.”

Comments Received from a Senior Project Manager with the Bemis Company: “My son was one of the MTU/Mind Trekker alumni who volunteered with the Mind Trekkers at your schools this past weekend. He made it a point to talk about how well organized and well prepared your school was for this first visit by the Mind Trekkers. He has been to many schools in many states with the Mind Trekkers, and your staff really impressed him. My compliments to you and your staff.”

STATE FORENSICS MEET – Good luck to the following students who will be competing on Friday and Saturday at the State Forensics meet: Olivia Baker; Emily Bretl; Raven Brenneke; Brandon Buhr; Lizzie Buhr; Heather Buth; Ian Carpenter; McKenzie Counard; Summer Dexheimer; Julia Englebert; Cameron Friehe; Devon George; Peyton Keddell; Michaela Kraft; Dana Mueller; Garrett Paider; Robert Puccini; Austin Wheaton; and Lauren Wheaton.
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING – Attached is the summary of Mondaynight’s board meeting.
Wednesday, April 15 - Autism Awareness Day; DEADLINE FOR IRS TAXES; 10:20a Program about LEAP performance on WDOR radio; 5:30p reading council meeting at Sturgeon Bay High; 6p SDABC meeting—HS cafe
Thursday, April 16 - Varsity Baseball here vs. Gibraltar; Varsity Softball here vs. Oconto
Friday, April 17 - 9:45a Tornado Drill (rescheduled from Thursday); 1:30p LEAP performance
(Gr. 8-12); 7p LEAP performance for general public
Saturday, April 18 - 9a Belgian Pie-Making with Gina Guth Wautier; 1p Double-header Varsity
Baseball here; State Forensics Meet
Monday, April 20 – Varsity Baseball & Varsity Softball here vs. Sevastopol; 5:30p Archery Club

 BOE Summary from 4-13-15 Return to Top


Congratulations to the three Southern Door FFA teams that qualified for the State FFA CDE contests and will compete at UW-Madison later this month; those teams are: Dairy Cattle Evaluation, Dairy Products, and Livestock Evaluation. Students who make-up these state bound teams are: Austin Vandertie, Jared Baudhuin, Marti Viste, Claire Olson, Erin McNulty, Myria Kolstad, Bailey DeGrave, Carli Babler, Ashley Wery, Elliot Seiler, Lydia Kramer, and Alex Ploor.  See the attached picture and news release for more details.

 Press Release Return to Top


The annual Schroeder's sale is an important sale for the music department because 100% of the profit goes into the booster account to be used for department needs and scholarships.  Recent purchases for the school from the music boosters included improvements to the K-4 music room, help with the funds needed for the special effects and pit orchestra for The Wizard of Oz, another set of speakers for a music room smart board and scholarships for students to attend and perform with regional honors groups.

For this year's sale we are still offering the hanging baskets, but the traditional impatiens have been replaced with the very popular calibrachoa (million bells).  Also, for those who prefer a simpler way of gardening we are offering 3 different sized patio pots.
The sheets are attached to this email.  Feel free to place your order with a music student or email your order to any one of the directors below:
Delivery will be on the Thursday before Mother's Day. Thank you for supporting the music department! Flower Info Sheet Flower Order Form Return to Top

Attn: Middle School Families

  • Eighth grade students will be taking the new state test called the Badger Exam on MondayTuesday, and Wednesday, April 13-15.  Attendance at school is especially important on these days.  Information regarding the test is on our website.  If you have any questions please contact Gary Langenberg, district assessment coordinator.
  • As was recently announced, the eighth grade send-off is June 4.  This message is to let you know that a picnic is being planned to follow the send-off.  Details will be provided as soon as possible.
  • The middle school recently revised the homework blog on our website.  You will find it on the middle school link on the district website under MS Learning.  It will show all the core class homework each day for each grade level.  We hope you find it useful. Return to Top


Dear Families and Staff:

I hope you all had a great Easter holiday weekend with families and friends.  

April is School Library Month!  
Lots of fun activities are planned in the libraries!  Each week in April there will be a trivia question posted in the libraries.  A winner will be drawn each week for a sweet treat! Throughout the month the library will post  "Read to Selfie" pictures of the staff for our students to see!  It's good for our students to see that we actually read too!

On Thursday, April 9, during the Fine Arts fair we will be holding the annual Scholastic book fair from 5-8.  The fair will be in a different location this year- the Media Center!  Don't forget to come check it out!  Proceeds go to building the library collection.  There will also be an opportunity to purchase books for Books On the Bus at the book fair!  See more about this, an author visit next week, and an upcoming Book Character Day in this month's Library newsletter at  

Middle & High School Immunizations - Door County Public Health is returning to Southern Door School for the third and final round of immunizations for adolescent students on April 7, 2015.  Because we are using the same permission forms that were used in fall, please call the Door County Public Health Department if your child has had any significant health changes in the last few months, if you would like to change your permission for vaccines, or if you have any other questions.  Also, please make sure your child’s immunization record is current in the Wisconsin Immunization Registry if your child has received any vaccines since the last vaccines were administered at school in fall.  We will use the Wisconsin Immunization Registry to determine if your child needs vaccines you gave us permission to administer on the clinic day.  You may call the Door County Public Health Department at 920-746-2234.

Another Busy Week Lies Ahead - The Schedule for This Coming Week:
Monday - V Softball home to Kewaunee & V Baseball home to Mishicot; 6p Elementary PIE mtg.
Tuesday - Election  Day - Don't forget to vote! Immunization Clinic #3 for Grades 6-12 students: Track & field at Sevastopol; JV& V Baseball at Peshtigo
Thursday - 11a-6p Registration for 4K & any new 5K; All day - MindTrekkers for Door/Kewaunee Grade 5-8 students; JV Baseball home to Algoma; V Softball & V Baseball at Algoma; JV Softball at Oconto; 5-8p Elementary/Middle School Fine Arts Fest & Book Fair; 7p FFA Alumni 
Friday - Southern Door's My Public School Experience airing on Fox 11 News today; 9a-2:30p Southern Door Hosts Door Kewaunee Students for Mind Trekkers; JV & V Softball home to Notre Dame
Saturday - 9a-4p MindTrekkers Science & Engineering Festival in Eagle gym - open to general public -  FREE
Monday, April 13 - JV Baseball & Softball home to Sturgeon Bay; V Baseball & Softball at Sturgeon Bay; 6:30p Board of Education mtg.
Tuesday, April 14 -  V Triangular Track & Field home 

Patti Return to Top 


Please see the attached invitation and poster regarding the 15th Annual Elementary/Middle Fine Arts Fest and Book Fair including the high school theatre group on Thursday, April 9 from 5-8pm. Fest Press Release Fest Parent Invite Return to Top 


Dear Families and Staff:

It looks like Mother Nature had one more snowstorm left for us this morning. At least we didn't get all the ice that was predicted.  With  spring sports starting next week, we really don't want any more of these weather surprises so we hope that this is the last.​  

​We have lots to celebrate this week - so, hopefully, we have captured all the names of the many students in our co-curricular and community based areas headed to state competitions. Please join us in congratulating them on their achievements. ​​

Congratulations To These Southern Door Forensic Team Members Advancing To State Competition. As a result of last Thursday's competition the following members headed to state are: Farrago - Emily Bretl; Poetry - Olivia Baker; Prose - Raven Brenneke, Summer Dexheimer, Julia Englebert & Heather Buth; Group Interpretation - Garrett Paider, Austin Wheaton, Dana Mueller, Payton Keddell, Lauren Wheaton, Lizzie Buhr, Mackenzie Counard, Brandon Buhr, Cameron Friehe & Robert Puccini; Moments in History - Michaela Kraft;Radio Speaking - Ian Carpenter; and Story Telling - Devin George.  

Solo & Ensemble Festival A Huge Success – Nineteen Class A events Headed To State.  Kudos to our music department for all their facilitation, other staff who assisted with facility arrangements, and to the many volunteers for their assistance on the day of the event.  A great day for our Southern Door music program!  Two of the area school district directors were so impressed with the level of organization and professionalism that they now plan to attend Southern Door’s festival every year.  Several judges who are “master adjudicators” said it was one of the best festivals they have been to in awhile. Another judge said, "I just wanted to compliment you on a well scheduled and well run festival.  This was a pleasure to judge here today!  Your facilities are wonderful, the volunteers were fantastic to work with, the kids were polite and the luncheon was outstanding."   
​Those students with 1* ratings in Class A and headed to state are:

Band Students Headed to State – 1* Ratings​ in Class A​:
Soloists: Raven Brenneke – Piccolo Solo; Lizzie Buhr - Alto Saxophone; Robert Puccini - Alto Saxophone
Alto Saxophone Trio: Lizzie Buhr, Shauntelle Huber, Robert Puccini
Piccolo Duet: Raven Brenneke, Julia Englebert
Percussion Ensemble: Fred Burner, Emily Koelpien, Rebecca Malcore, Hanna Mallien, Riley Rankin, Connor Werkheiser
Flute Choir: Raven Brenneke, Rachel Coulthurst, Mackenzie Counard, Julia Englebert, Alex Fredrich, Des Hanson, Payton Keddell, Phoebe Kennedy, Bailee Nessinger, McKenzie Sperber, Lydia Strandell, Alison Todd, Jennifer Vandertie, Lauren Wheaton, Kendall Woldt
Saxophone Choir: Melissa Benzshawel, Lizzie Buhr, Heather Buth, Ian Carpenter, Jaime Chavez, Alia Drexler, Shauntelle Huber, Rebecca Malcore, Kayla Marchant, Holly Minahan, Robert Puccini, Triston Scoville
Woodwind Ensemble: Melissa Benzshawel, Cassie Blasier, Becca Bongle, Raven Brenneke, Brandon Buhr, Lizzie Buhr, Heather Buth, Ian Carpenter, Jaime Chavez, Mackenzie Counard, Alia Drexler, Miranda Eytcheson, Abi Fredrich, Alex Fredrich, Des Hanson, Shauntelle Huber, Haley Jonas, Phoebe Kennedy, Rebecca Malcore, Kayla Marchant, Erin McNulty, Holly Minahan, Dana Mueller, Bailee Nessinger, Robert Puccini, Haley Sheets, McKenzie Sperber, Alison Todd, Emma Werkheiser

Choral Students Headed to State – 1* Ratings​ in Class A​
Soloists: Brooke Dantoin - Musical Theater; Jolene Feeney - Soprano Solo & Musical Theater; Michaela Kraft - Alto Solo; Jon LeBrun - Tenor Solo; Dustin McKinnon - Baritone Solo; Maddie Weatherwax - Soprano Solo
Vocal Duet: Michaela Kraft & Cameron Friehe
Madrigal: Michael Baker, Tabi Bretl, Brooke Dantoin, Summer Dexheimer, Jolene Feeney, Cameron Friehe, Judith Greif, Erika Haberli, Julia Jacobson, Sophie Kennedy, Myria Kolstad, Michaela Kraft, Dustin McKinnon, Haley Paplham, Hunter Pawelski, Hunter Sheets, Porsha Warwick, Maddie Weatherwax
Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Michael Baker, Tabi Bretl, Brooke Dantoin, Summer Dexheimer, Jolene Feeney, Cameron Friehe, Judith Greif, Erika Haberli, Julia Jacobson, Sophie Kennedy, Myria Kolstad, Michaela Kraft, Jon LeBrun, Dustin McKinnon, Haley Paplham, Hunter Pawelski, Hunter Sheets, Porsha Warwick, Maddie Weatherwax​

State Youth Wrestling -  Zak Wrobel (2nd grade)​; ​Mason Motquin (3rd grade)​;​ and Griffin Slezewski (6th grade)​ are headed to state competition this Saturday.

State Swimming - Southern Door swimmers placing at the state meet this past weekend include Katie Norton - 1st in 100 medley relay and state champion in 100 free relay; Brock Aune - state champion 200 medley relay (13-14), Macoy Neinas state champion 200 medley relay (15-18); Second place finishers: Drew Rass -  breaststroke (9-10); Brock Aune - 13-14 breaststroke. Third place finishers: Brock Aune - 200 breaststroke (13-14); Drew Rass​ - 50 breaststroke (9-10) and 100 ind. medley.

National Swimming - Macoy Neinas will be one of five Doorfin swimmers headed to North Carolina this coming weekend.​

MindTrekkers Science, Technology, & Engineering Festival Coming to Southern Door:  Mark Your Calendars for Saturday, April 11. Michigan Tech's MindTrekkers team is coming to the Eagle gym. Sponsored by local businesses, the Women's Fund, and the Door Kewaunee Business Education Partnership, Southern Door was selected as the site which means we get this wonderful opportunity right here in our place. This FREE event is open to the public and appropriate for ages 2 to 102.  See the attached flyer for more information.

This ​Coming ​Week's ​Events:

  • Thursday - March On Wisconsin - Wear your Wisconsin spirit clothes or the colors red and white to cheer on our Badgers for their next basketball tourney game.
  • Friday - Maple Syrup Boil taking place. Thank you to Mr. Toneys and his School Forest committee for their sponsorship of this annual event for our students.
  • Monday, March 30 - 6:30p Board of Education meeting
  • Tuesday, March 31 - Baseball home to Roncalli; Track & Field to UW-Oshkosh Meet
  • Thursday, April 2 - Early Release Day; End of 3rd Quarter for Grades 6-12.
  • Friday, April 3 - No School
  • Saturday, April 4 - Easter Egg Hunt - 9:30a Brussels Town Park
  • Saturday, April 11 - Science & Engineering Festival - 9a-4p - Eagle Gym - FREE​ to the public.​

Patti Return to Top 


Dear Families and Staff:

Wisconsin state law requires schools to provide staff and students with basic awareness materials to prevent suicide. We are sharing this information with all parents at this time, so that you are also informed of the suicide warning signs.  Attached is the latest information on this topic from the Department of Public Instruction. Download

Other helpful resources for you as a parent are also posted on the Parent/Quick Links section on the district’s website:

Please contact your school counselor, principal, or me if you have any questions about the information or specific concerns regarding your child. Return to Top  

Please see the flyer about the P.A.T.H. event sponsoring Temple Grandin, 

a national speaker on Autism for Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at 6:30 PM Download Flyer Return to Top  


Dear Families and Staff - 

Welcome back!  It seems that it took us having spring break to finally get some better weather. I hope you and your family were able to enjoy it and get outdoors a little more. It sure was nice to see the spring jackets today replace the winter boots and snow pants!  With less than three months of school left, we are rounding the curve to our last part of the school year - a time filled with much yet to accomplish as well as much to celebrate!

Congratulations to Julia Englebert and Nathan Coulthurst named Press Gazette Scholars of the Week - Go to this newspaper link to read more details about these outstanding members of the junior class at Southern Door: 

Kids for Running Program - 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. You may want to consider a fantastic opportunity to help our youth at the same time. This year will mark Southern Door's fourth 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 next Monday, March 23 through Thursday, June 4.  Last year more than 250 people ranging in age from 7 to 82 took part in the program and we hope it grows even more this year. If you haven't attended in the past, there are orientation sessions scheduled this week - see the calendar below or contact Marc Vandenhouten at 495-4379 or email

Forensics Team Advances to District Competition Thursday - Good luck to the members of our Forensics team headed to Bayport thiscoming Thursday for the next level of competition.

SD Solo & Ensemble Contest Saturday - FREE to the Public - Needing Volunteers - This Saturday, we will celebrate the musical talents of our students as we host the festival which is almost  double the size of last year!  There are 9 performance sites this year, 5 districts (Gibraltar, Sevastopol, Sturgeon Bay, NEW Lutheran, and Southern Door), 388 performance events and a fleet of volunteers and helpers coming in this year.  Performance events will be taking place from 8:00AM until 4:00PM.  The festival is FREE and the public is welcome to come at any time during the day to enjoy some wonderful performances.
​     ​The auditorium will host large ensembles; Jazz ensembles, Jazz Combos, Woodwind ensembles and percussion ensembles in the morning starting at 8:00AM.  Then starting at 2:00PM the auditorium turns into a vocal large ensemble site where there will be show choirs, vocal jazz ensembles and larger vocal ensembles.  If you enjoy piano events​,​ the HS choir room will have piano entries with some vocal entries all day long, and the HS Library will be home to the brass events.  There will be no shortage of things to see, hear and enjoy.
​     ​The SD music department hopes you come and see some of your students in a different light.  It's amazing how they blossom as they perform and show their more creative side! Best wishes to all of our musicians on Saturday!

P.S.  ​The music department is always in need of more volunteers for this event. If you are available to help, please follow this link and sign up for one of the below jobs, or email Naomi Files at​ 

Here is the schedule of district events for this coming week:
Today -  3p Kids for Running Orientation mtg.; 6p Winter Sports Awards - auditorium; 6p Board of Education Executive Session
Tomorrow, Tuesday - Wear Green Spirit Day (St. Patrick's Day and Brain Injury Awareness Month); 6p Kids for Running Orientation mtg.
Wednesday, March 18 - 10:20am Southern Door on WDOR; 6p Athletic Boosters mtg.
Thursday, March 19 - 3p Kids for Running Orientation; Forensics team to district level competition
Friday, March 20 - 6-9p FFA Alumni Wine & Cheese Gala - Mr. G's
Saturday, March 21 - 8a-3p Solo & Ensemble Festival here
Sunday, March 22 - 11:30a & 1p Bowl For Kids' Sake - Big Brothers Big Sisters event at Apple Valley Lanes
Monday, March 23 - 3p Kids for Running Program starts

Have a wonderful week!

Patti Return to Top 


A "Learn to Hunt Turkey" for the first time turkey hunter is being sponsored by Wisconsin DNR and Door County Fish & Game Club on March 28 from 8am-4pm with lunch provided at Sevastopol Town Hall, 4528 Hwy 57, north of Sturgeon Bay. Hunters must be at least 10 years old, no hunting experience needed.  Days of hunt are 4/4/15 through 4/12/15.  Contact Dick Baudhuin - 743-2581 or email Registration Form Return to Top

Door/Kewaunee Science and Engineering Festival:  Featuring Michigan Mind Trekkers
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The DKBEP and the Women's Fund of Door County are proud to announce the VERY FIRST Door/Kewaunee Science and Engineering Festival featuring Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers . This event is suitable for all kids aged 2-102 and is totally FREE!! Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 11th and experience for yourself over 100 cool experiments that revolve around science, technology, engineering, and math! Return to Top


Dear Families and Staff:
Starting Monday, March 23 Southern Door students, parents, and community members are invited to train for the 39th Annual Bellin Run at Southern Door. On-site training will take place each Monday and Thursday between March 23 - June 4. Training sessions will run from 3:15 - 5:00pm in the elementary/middle school hallways and on the Eagle Walking Trail that circles the beautiful Southern Door Schools campus. The cost of the training is free, but parents and community members will need to sign up for the Bellin Run on their own.

First time “Kids for Running” participants are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on Monday, March 16 at 3:05 - 3:35Tuesday, March 17 from 6:00 - 6:30, or on Friday, March 20 from 3:15 - 3:45 at Southern Door in Mr. Marc Vandenhouten’s classroom.

See the letter below for more information, details on registering for the Bellin Run, and ordering T-shirts. Kids for Running Letter Return to Top

SPRING SPIRIT WEAR SALE!  Order by March 29!

Below is a flyer for the Spring Spirit Wear Sale sponsored by the Southern Door Athletic Booster Club. The website is open and ready for orders. Deadline for ordering is Sunday, March 29 with deliveries by April 10.  If you have any questions, you can contact Sherri Riederer: Spring Spirit Sale Flyer! Return to Top


Dear Parent or Guardian:

Every three years, the Department of Public Instruction requires that we submit an updated Information & Technology Plan.  Three years ago we surveyed students, staff, and parents and built the 2012-15 plan on needs that surfaced at that time.  

As a result of goals in the 2012-15 plan and funding obtained from many grants written along with the district's regular budget for technology, Southern Door has completed the following steps:

1) All classrooms now have the same standard technology equipment - laptop computer, docking station, smartboard, projector, and document camera;

2) All labs have been upgraded;

3) Wireless has been significantly upgraded to handle the increased amount of devices and usage by students & staff;

4) Website was completely redesigned;

5) New student information system has been implemented providing parents with single access to all their children's information;

6) Electronic message system (Blackboard Connect) now used to communicate notices and emergency information; 

7) Security cameras have been installed throughout the facility, on buses, and entrances secured with visitor check in process; and

8) Monthly professional development provided to strengthen staff skills in the use of technology in the classroom.

In order to write the next three-year plan for 2015-2018, we need to once again survey students, staff, and parents. Please provide your feedback on the use of technology in different areas on or before Wednesday, March 4 by noon.  The survey will take no longer than five minutes.

Go to this link to take the survey:

Thank you for taking the time to do this short survey to assist in the district's technology planning. Return to Top

Another Update about Tomorrow and Upcoming Events

Dear Family and Staff: 

Tomorrow Night's Game - slight correction. Tomorrow night's game at 7:30pm  is also Senior Night when those members of the boys basketball team will be recognized. Parents' Night was held earlier in the season. Join in the celebration of welcoming back the 1965 team and a salute to our Seniors.  Get your friends, family, and neighbors out to this last regular season home game. Let's pack the Eagle gym tomorrow night!  Go Eagles!

Friday Night Girls Regional Game at 7pm at Denmark for our girls' basketball game. Great win last night against Two Rivers.  Good luck in your next level of play with the Denmark Vikings!  Go Eagles!

Monday, March 2 - Dr. Seuss' Birthday. Everyone is encouraged to either dress like their favorite Seuss character, wear crazy socks, or the colors red and white! The celebration is part of the district's observance of National Read Across America Week. Return to Top 

SD's Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced

Southern Door High School has announced Raven Brenneke as the valedictorian of the Southern Door High School’s 2015 graduating class.  She is the daughter of Aaron and Julie Brenneke.  Raven plans to pursue her education in the field of bio-medical engineering, at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Lacey Englebert has been named the salutatorian of the graduating class of 2015. She is the daughter of Dennis and Kim Englebert.  Lacey is planning on attending Michigan Technological University, in Houghton Michigan, majoring in environmental engineering.

 Southern Door High School’s commencement ceremony will be Sunday, May 31st, at 2:00 p.m., in the auditorium. Return to Top 

Annual Wrestling Tournament

The Southern Door Wrestling Club is hosting their annual wrestling tournament on Saturday February 28th.  Due to the large number of volunteer’s it takes to run the wrestling tournament, the Club has asked the Southern Door Athletic Booster Club to run the concession stand.  Parents- We need help with this event, it is a GREAT Fundraiser.  Please sign up to work on the link below.  Also, students, looking for volunteer hours – the SDABC will provide a statement of hours you worked.  We will have three different shifts that need 6 people each: 6:00 – 9:30 a.m.9:30 – 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. (If you can’t work the full shift, an hour or two would also be much appreciated.)

  To volunteer to work the concession stand, contact Beth Hanson at or sign up at VolunteerSpot:

Please sign up for Youth Wrestling Tournament Concessions! 

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps: 
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: 
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

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WEEKLY UPDATE: February 23, 2015

Dear Families and Staff:

“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."                                                                                                                                          

Hats off to our wrestling team as River Pawelski, Michael Bertrand, and  Mitchell Overbeck now journey to state this coming weekend.  Good luck to our girls’  basketball team starting their tournament play at home on Tuesday and to the boys team for their Packerland Conference Championship. The boys’ last game before playoffs is Thursday and the 1965 Championship Team will be presenting the conference championship to this year’s team. It is also Parents’ Night.  Boys’ regionals will start here on Friday and Saturday, March 6 & 7.  Good luck to all of our student athletes and their coaches.  A special pep rally to recognize our teams’ accomplishments and send-off will be at 8:45am on Thursday morning in the high school gym.

Academically, congratulations to the Class of 2015 Valedictorian, Raven Brenneke and Salutatorian, Lacey Englebert. Congratulations as well to this year’s Badger State Representatives:  Michaela Kraft and Nathan Coulthurst. Alternates are Nicole Zawilinski and Zebedee Kielar. The Math team just finished a successful season, taking fourth place in the Packerland Conference (just missed 3rd by 5 points.)  The 40th edition of the fifth grade musical was another great celebration of talent, teamwork, and dedication by staff and community volunteers. Their last performance and presentation of the community’s donations will be at the CP Telethon on Sunday, March 8 at 9am.                          

Please join us in acknowledging all of the above accomplishments for they all symbolize the greatness of our students and their staff mentors.  Whether it is a congratulatory comment, a note to an individual student, or attending a competition, your support of everyone’s work is so appreciated..

Here is a list of upcoming events:                                                                      

Tonight: 4-8pm Support the FFA for Youth Night at the Frozen Spoon in Sturgeon Bay. Proceeds go to the Maplewood Food Pantry; 7pm Girls Basketball Playoff game at home vs. Two Rivers.                                                                    

Wednesday:  RSVP to classroom teacher for Elementary Grandparent & Senior Guest Day on Friday, March 6.                                    

Thursday:  Country Western Theme Day in honor of National FFA Week; 8:45amPep Assembly HS gym to acknowledge academic & athletic team accomplishments including send-off for Coach Englebert and River, Michael, and Mitchell; 7:30pm Last Boys’ Basketball game & Parents’ Night – Also a Welcome Home and 50th Anniversary Celebration of the 1965 Championship Team.                

Friday:  7p My Life is a Zoo program – SD  Community Auditorium – great family event  - Tickets are $7.00 

Saturday:  State Wrestling Tournament in Madison; Youth Wrestling Tournament here; 4-7p Frozen Fun at Crossroads at Big Creek  

Monday, March 2:  6p Elementary PIE  

Tuesday, March 3: ACT Testing for grade 11   

WednesdayMarch 4:  ACT WorkKeys for grade 11; 6pm Technology committee meeting  

Thursday, March 5:  6p Music  Boosters, 6p Athletic Advisory  

Friday,  March 6:  Elementary Grandparents Program – 12:00-3p; Boys' basketball regionals here   

Saturday, March 7: Boys' basketball regionals here   

Sunday, March 8: 9a Fifth Grade Musical on CP Telethon on Channel 2 

Spring Break -  March 9-13

Thank you for all your continued support! Have a wonderful week! 

Patti Return to Top 

Dear Parents,

The ACT Test date is March 3 and Workkeys Test date is March 4. The Wisconsin DPI requires that all 11th grade students take the assessment. This information is being provided as many individuals are planning family vacations during that time of year and need to be informed of the state mandate. 

We are currently finalizing plans to assist students through this process and will be sending you additional information as it is available. Download "Information for Families 2014-15" Return to Top 


Dear Families and Staff:  

Tickets ($20 in advance) are now available at each of the  Renard's Cheese locations for the Annual FFA Alumni Wine & Cheese Gala event, held this year at Mr. G's Logan Creek Grille on Friday, March 20, 2015.  Entertainment will be by SD's own Michael Raye and there will be plenty of silent auction items for all. Go to this website for more details: or see the attached flyer.  A Babler bus will also be available to shuttle guests to and from the event.

The Southern Door FFA Alumni do a lot of great things for our school district. Just to name a few, their donations help to buy items for our schoolyard garden, purchase curriculum resources for the district's agriscience program, cover fees for student leadership opportunities for state and national FFA events as well as sponsor youth scholarships. Return to Top 


Dear Fifth Grade Families and Staff:

As you know, when school is cancelled for the day, all after school and evening activities are also cancelled. With the impending forecast of extremely cold weather for Thursday, and possible snow on Saturday, we have determined a "makeup date" should one of the 5th grade musical performances be affected.

The makeup date (should a performance need to be rescheduled) will be 2:00pm Sunday afternoon, February 22.  

We are giving you this notice so that arrangements can be made in advance if they are needed. Return to Top 

Dear Middle School Parents,

Students that had two or less ODRs for the second quarter earned a trip to the Kewaunee sledding hill on Friday, February 20.  

This is an early release day.  A permission letter was sent home yesterday and is due back tomorrow.  The letter stated that students needed a ride home from the hill.  We heard that many students could not go on the trip because they could not get a ride.  Therefore we will bus all students back to school so they can take their regular bus home.  Parents will not pick up at the sledding hill.  On another note, students must dress warmly including winter boots.

Trip will occur weather permitting as temperatures are fluctuating day to day this week. Return to Top 

Photographer Needed for 5th Grade Musical!

We are in need of a photographer to take group pictures at dress rehearsal.  If we cannot find a photographer there will not be pictures for parents to order.  

Please contact Barb Mueller at 920-493-4061 if you are interested.

We are also in need for boys white button down dress shirts - sizes youth medium or youth large - short or long sleeve.

All clothes used for performances must be in by Wednesday February 11th.  Dress rehearsal starts on Wednesday afternoon.  

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ONE MORE QUESTION TO FINALIZE RESULTS OF 2015-16 CALENDAR SURVEY - Survey open until 5pm on Saturday, February 14

Dear Families and Staff:

As results were tabulated from the survey on the 2015-16 school year calendar, the response for spring break was evenly split between a longer and a shorter spring break.

To assist administration, please provide us with your preference now based on the length of break and the last day of school for next year. 

Survey will close Saturday at 5pm in order for results to be summarized and calendar developed for presentation at the next board meeting. Go to this link to take the survey:

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with this additional feedback. Return to Top 


Dear Families and Staff:

"We rise by lifting others.” ~ Ingersoll 

As I watch some of our youth this past week in co-curriculars and the classroom, whether it was achieving that pin in wrestling, making a three-pointer, performing a new dance routine, getting ready for the Pops concert, or 5th grade musical,  representing the school’s math team, exhibiting in an art show, mentoring an elementary child, or working together with another student on a project, it’s rewarding to see how much we together do as parents and staff to help our students discover their passion, and then lift them up to what engages their hearts and minds. Some of the events welcomed back some of our alumni including SD teachers and coaches — many who had not been back for years. Some took the time to share with me their warm memories of teachers who made a difference in their lives, of staff who went out of their way, and of the great educational experience they  received here at Southern Door. As our students journey through school and become alumni, our traditions and our making a difference in their lives is truly what distinguishes Southern Door as a great place to educate children.  We all rise by lifting others!

Help Our Big Brothers Big Sisters Program - We're only 6 weeks away from Bowl for Kids' Sake, Sunday, March 22nd, at Apple Valley Lanes in Sturgeon Bay​. ​Two shifts of bowling are available at 11:30am and 1:30pm. Form a team, raise pledges, and come join the "Rock 'n' Bowl" 80s fun! Big hair, big shoulder pads, and neon - you remember, don't you?  (If not, google it). Former SD staff member and DJ Michael Raye will be spinning the tunes for us, and there will be lots of free food and prizes! If you cannot bowl, you may still raise pledges, or make a donation. Go to this page for all the info.

Training Opportunity for Parents of Children with Special Needs:  Southern Door as well as the other Door County School Districts, will be working with the Wisconsin Statewide Education Initiative (WSPEI) to offer Parents in Partnership (PIP) training opportunities.  PIP is going to offer parents of children with special needs weekend trainings in Door County that focus on increasing parent communication.  If you are interested in additional information, please contact Brenda Shimon at 920-825-7321 ext. 2212 by February 17th, 2015.​   

Belgian Pie Making Class - Join us Feb. 21 for a Belgian Pie-making class from  9 am- 1 pm at  Southern Door High School in Brussels.  You can experience "a piece" of local Belgian culture - the Belgian Pie! In this one-Saturday hands-on workshop, Door County native and Belgian pie expert Gina Guth-Wautier will reveal the history behind the pastry and teach you the art of making this delicacy. $40. Sponsored by St. Norbert College Language Services. Call 920-403-4075 for more information and to register by Feb. 13.

Events for Upcoming Week:
--Boys' Basketball game home vs. Gibraltar - Parents' Night

--6p Let's Go Southern Door session - HS library
--7p FFA Alumni

--9am-4p Wrestling Regional - Southern Door hosting

Monday, February 16
--4:00p Lego Robotics
--5:30p Archery Club
--Girls' Basketball game home vs. Sevastopol - Parents' Night

Wednesday & Thursday, February 18-19
--8:30a-6:30p Child Development Days - Middle School gym

Wednesday, February 18
--6p SD Athletic Booster Club - HS cafe

Thursday, February 19 
--7p - 5th Grade Musical "We Go Together" - auditorium

--Girls' Basketball home to Green Bay NEW

Friday, February 20
--9a - 5th Grade Musical - auditorium
--Early Release Day

Saturday, February 21 
--9a-1p Belgian Pie Making
--7p - 5th Grade Musical - auditorium 

Lastly, this week is International Random Acts of Kindness Week. Take this week to step out of your normal routine or comfort zone and attempt a random act of kindness each day. . . and then keep this going for the rest of the year! 

Patti Return to Top 


Dear Families and Staff:

Join the Door County Library as they hold their Space Race Family Fair thisSaturday, February 14 at Crossroads from 2-4pm.  In conjunction with the Door County Astronomical Society, this final Door County Reads 2015 event includes  family friendly activities like making Rockets and shooting them off, enjoying snacks and music from 1961, and playing space games. See the attached flyer for more information! Download Flyer! Return to Top


Flyer Front/Back

Dear Families of Current Kindergarten-Fifth Grade Students:

Unlock the potential of your child's curious mind at Camp Invention, a week-long summer program for students entering grades 1-6! Southern Door Elementary is proudly hosting Camp Invention the week of June 15-19, for students from Door and Kewaunee Counties. 

Find out additional information at or by calling Jessica Meacham or Angela Olson at 920.825.7321. Limited partial scholarships are available! Visit our local Camp Invention blog at for details about this year's Illuminate Program! Return to Top 


Dear Families and Staff:

“Perhaps you will forget tomorrow, the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime." - Dale Carnegie

It is that time of year when we are in for the long haul between breaks and we all tend to get a bit of “cabin fever” with the cold weather, short days, and the flu and cold season in full swing.   Thus now more than ever it is important to remember that in order to be our BEST with those that are closest to us, we need to remember the importance of hope and positivity. Research shows that it takes 4-5 positives to balance out 1 negative. As you go through your routines with family, friends, and coworkers, are they hearing enough of the positives from you? If not, what steps can you take to change that? Being positive has a lasting impact beyond just today! Here's hoping spring is just around the corner!

Fifth Grade Musical Tickets On  Sale Now in Elementary/Middle School Office - $5 Children/Adults - “We Go Together” Wicked! Grease! 525,000! Hairspray! Rockin’ Robin! George Michael Cohan! Great Balls of Fire! Shake Rattle and Roll! 76 Trombones! What do all of these have in common? The 40th Annual 5th Grade Musical – a multi-themed show with a variety of Broadway Highlights and a 50’s style TV Show “At The Bandstand.”  Be sure to mark these dates on your calendar: Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7pm and  Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 7pm. Get your tickets now!

This Coming Week is another very busy one - full of great things happening with our students and staff. I hope you will take the time (and encourage your friends and neighbors, too) to attend some of the events. Join our students and staff in celebrating the great school community we have here at Southern Door.

Tomorrow - ThursdayAll District School Colors & Patriotic Day 

6:30p Pre-Match Activities followed by Home Wrestling Match vs. Kewaunee. Coach Englebert, his coaching staff, and the team have planned a wonderful celebration to salute members of the armed services, veterans, and alumni wrestlers.  Come early as we are expecting a huge crowd and if all goes well, Southern Door will earn the Packerland Conference Championship for the second year in a row.

7:30p Boys' Varsity Basketball home vs. Sturgeon Bay. During halftime of the game, the Southern Door Athletic Booster Club will induct Ben Johnson (1998) and Nikki Malcore-Fitzgibbon (1992) into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

7p - Miss Door County Pageant in the SD Auditorium.  Southern Door students involved include Abbigayle Grosbeier, who is vying for Miss Door County, and Elizabeth Buhr, Rachel Coulthurst,  Mackenzie Counard, Ashley Delfosse, and Abigail Fredrich, who are vying for Outstanding Teen. 

Monday, February 9
4p - Math Meet here 
6p - Board of Education Executive Session Meeting
7p - High School POPS Concert

Tuesday, February 10
7:30p - Boys' Varsity Basketball home to Sturgeon Bay, Parents' Night

Thursday, February 12
7p - SD FFA Alumni meeting

Saturday, February 14
9:30a Southern Door hosts the Wrestling Regional 

Good luck to all of our students in their academic, musical, and athletic events - go Eagles! Have a wonderful week!                         

Patti Return to Top 

The 40th Annual 5th Grade Musical

Wicked! Grease! 525,000! Hairspray! Rockin' Robin! George Michael Cohan! Great Balls of Fire! Shake Rattle and Roll! 76 Trombones! What do all of these have in common?  The 40th Annual 5th Grade Musical - a multi-themed show with a variety of Broadway Highlights and a 50's style TV Show called "We Go Together'". 

Please join us for exciting entertainment and help support the creative endeavors of our youth!  The Southern Door 5th graders are hard at work preparing for their upcoming Fifth Grade Musical!

Get your tickets now from the Elementary/Middle School office for one of these shows: Thursday, February 19, at 7pm, Friday, February 20, at 9 am, or Saturday, February 21, at 7 pm. Return to Top 


Dear Families and Staff:

Each year's school calendar reflects feedback the district receives from you. State law allows districts to start on September 1 but when the school year ends is dependent on winter & spring breaks as well as the typical parent conference and professional development times. As administration plans for next year's 2015-16 calendar, please provide your feedback on the options below which often affect personal, family, and work schedules. 

The survey can be found by clicking on this link:

Thank you for taking the time to do this short survey. The district plans to bring the 2015-16 calendar to the Board of Education for approval at the February 23, 2015 board meeting. Return to Top 

Board of Education Meeting Summary – January 26, 2015

Administrative Report - See the superintendent report at this link or on the district website.'s%20Report%20for%20BOE%20meeting%20-%20January%2026%2C%202015.pdf?dl=0


  • $20,365.85 from Haunted Mansion for activity programs through 4,736.25 volunteer hours.
  • $198.00 for Marker Board People in Elem/MS Music, $481.30 (1/2 cost) toward Acoustical Panels for Elem Music Room, $319.55 for SmartBoard Speakers for HS Music, used double horn worth $75 for MS band from Southern Door Music Boosters.
  • Anonymous donation in memory of Ardis Cermak for Archives.
  • $500.00 for Football program from UW –Madison for helmet research study participation.
  • Formula car project donations of $100.00 from Rio Creek Feed Mill, $200.00 from Wisconsin Public Service, $250.00 from Stone’s Throw Winery, $250.00 from Alberts Plastering, Inc., $500.00 from Pinnacle Wine Distributors, LLC, and $2,500.00 from T.R. Cochart, Inc.
  • $25.00 for the Caring Closet from Diane Evenson.


  • Erika May, HS English Teacher.


  • Policy revision 5327 Weapons and Law Enforcement agreement.
  • Policy 3290, 3290(a) Post Issuance Compliance-2nd reading.
  • Policy revision 5261 Wisconsin Higher Education Scholarships.

State of the District – See report at this link or on the district website.

Presented by Superintendent Patricia Vickman, Business Manager Emily Ahlswede, Transportation/Maintenance Director Dan Viste, High School Principal Steve Bousley, Pupil Services Director Brenda Shimon, Curriculum Director/Middle School Principal Gary Langenberg, Elementary School Principal Laurie Connell.

Reminder: Board meetings are now being videotaped with access located on the district website. Return to Top 

Dear Families: 

Our community is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our children, Ginnie Lotz. Ginnie was an eleventh grade student attending Southern Door High School.  

The administrative team, school counselors, and staff members impacted by this incident have been meeting to put necessary supports in place for students, staff, and parents who are in need.  School counselors at the elementary, middle, and high school levels are working with students who are in need of support. As a parent, if you need additional resources to assist in discussing this incident with your son or daughter, please follow this link:,

Please check the school district website link under Announcements: School Community in Mourning for updated information.

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WEEKLY UPDATE - January 20, 2015

Dear Families and Staff: 
 “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that really matter.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.
Now more than ever, Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy remains important to the integrity of the individual person and the ultimate development of our society. As we continue to educate our children and ourselves about the importance of our rights and freedoms, remember that we each have a responsibility as parents and educators to help our students become advocates for others now and in the future.  Remember that King’s message went beyond "Black and White;" he also dealt with issues of gender stereotypes, poverty and privilege. Volunteering and service projects by ourselves and by our children in our community is a wonderful way to incorporate Dr. King's work, make a difference  in the lives of others, and advocate for the things that really matter.

Parents, this week brings the end of the first semester of school. Your children continue to amaze us with their academic and co-curricular accomplishments. Please take a few minutes as a family to reflect on the celebrations of the year thus far and what goals you have together for the remainder of this school year!    

Upcoming events:  
--Boys' varsity basketball home to Oconto

- High school semester exams
10:20am WDOR radio show - upcoming 5th grade musical featured
- 6p SD Athletic Booster Club meeting - high school cafe

- High school semester exams
-Varsity wrestling match & Parents' Night at home vs. Oconto starting at 6:20 with parent/wrestler lineup, debut of the new SD dance team, team introductions followed by match starting at 7pm.  Note:  The wrestling match vs. Kewaunee honoring veterans and wrestling alumni cancelled due to weather has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 5.

- High school semester exams
--Early Release Day
--End of Second Quarter/First Semester
​--The Eagle Girls and Boys Basketball teams will host Luxemburg-Casco in non-conference basketball games. The JV games will start at 4:30, with the boys JV playing in the High School gym and the Girls JV playing in the Eagle Gym.  At 6:00 PM the Girls Varsity team will play in the Eagle Gym followed by the boys Varsity at 7:30. There will be a "Chili Dump", with bowls of chili available for purchase. There will also be a raffle, auction and autograph signing session with Erik Cordier, Southern Door graduate and member of the 2014 World Series Champion, San Francisco Giants! All proceeds from the evening will go to support Southern Door Boys​'​ and Girls​'​ Basketball Programs.

--3-9p P.A.T.H. Special Needs Fundraiser at Leathem Smith Lodge
--6p SD Alumni Hoops Tournament -  A women's game starts at 6:00 PM, followed a mature men's game at 7:00, and then capping up the night with an uptempo men's game at 8:00. All proceeds will go towards the Southern Door High School Baseball program. If you have any questions or would like to preregister please contact Kris LeCaptain at 920.493.6081.

Monday, January 26
--6:30p Senior Parent Meeting for Planning Senior Banquet - high school cafe
--6:30p Board of Education meeting w/Annual State of the District presentation

Tuesday, January 27
--6:30p Fair Funding for Door County Schools meeting - Sevastopol

Wednesday, January 28
--6p Athletic Advisory committee meeting - high school library

Thursday, January 29
--6p Freshman Orientation meeting (for all current 8th graders and any new students enrolling in high school) - auditorium

Friday, January 30
--7:30p Varsity Boys' Basketball home to Algoma

Have a great week!
Patti Return to Top 

First Come; First Serve - Register with the YMCA

Dear Families and Staff:

We have at least one opening and possibly two on the Lego Robotics team here at Southern Door which is sponsored through a partnership with the YMCA.  The team meets on Mondays from 4-6pm in the middle school for the next ten weeks. ​If interested, please contact the Tom Beerntsen at 743-4949 at the YMCA to enroll your child - first come, first serve. Registration is $50 if a Y member; $75 if nonmember. ​ Below is further information about the Robotics program.

​The Lego® Robotics Program is an exciting and fun global robotics program that ignites an enthusiasm for discovery, science, & technology in kids ​from 5th-8th grade. Founded in 1989, FIRST® LEGO® League's (FLL) mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in an exciting mentor-based program that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Return to Top 

WEEKLY UPDATE - January 12 - 16, 2015

Dear Families and Staff:

Dear Families and Staff:

It's nice to have Mother Nature tone down her weather this week.  As school officials, the most difficult decisions on weather have to do with when is it too cold to have school.  I am working with other county superintendents to develop some cold weather guidelines that we will all follow. Not only will this make it easier to "make the call" some mornings but it will also assure parents that all of our schools are taking similar conditions into consideration so stay tuned!

Board of Education Meeting - Last night the Board of Education met and a summary of information presented, discussed, and actions taken is attached for your reference. Just a reminder that we also videotape all the sessions and about 48 hours later, they are posted on the district's website. BOE Summary for January 12, 2015

Here are some events for this upcoming week:
  • Tonight - 6pm Financial Aid Night - High School Library - for any students and parents looking for advice on how to secure funding for post-secondary education at technical schools, colleges, and universities.
  • Wednesday - Big Brother Big Sister Day - wear purple in honor of the awesome program we have here at  Southern Door.  Check out our Facebook for a post about our program and how our students are helping to get similar programs established in other Door County schools.
  • Friday - Packer Theme Day. Get out that Packer clothing or wear your green & gold and join us in wishing our hometown team good luck when they travel to Seattle for their 2:05pm playoff game.  Sunday proved that yes, America's team is the Packers.  We hope they keep the momentum going and get one step closer on their journey to the Super Bowl.
  • Monday, January 19 - Martin Luther King, Jr., Day; Girls' Basketball game at home vs. Kewaunee
  • Tuesday, January 20 - Boys' basketball game at home vs. Oconto

Have a wonderful week!

Patti Return to Top 


Ministry Door County Medical Center’s (MDCMC) Art for Health free workshops for children will begin at the end of January. The workshops focus on music and art using performance, demonstrations and other activities with local visual and performing artists as facilitators. These classes strengthen each participant’s relationship with art and emphasize how creativity in a child’s life contributes to their overall health.
Each free Art for Health session runs for five consecutive weeks.  Classes will be held at MDCMC at 4 pm
For 4 – 7 years of ageJan. 20—All That Jazz; Jan. 27—I Have A Dream; Feb. 3—Drama In A Bag;Feb. 10—Paint Me A Song/Broadway Song Birds; Feb. 17—Peanut Butter & Jam.
For 8 – 12 years of ageJan. 21—Jewelry Making; Jan. 28—Qigong for Kids; Feb. 4—Songwriting for Kids; Feb. 11—Fanciful, Fantastic, Whimsical & Wild Puppets!; Feb. 18—The Art of Storytelling.

Each class includes a project linked together with the visual arts and performing arts. Most classes include “jam sessions” with popular Door County musicians such as Dorothy Scott, Mike Bleck, Julian Hagen and Claire Morkin. Other guest artists in the visual and performing arts include Andria Nikoupolis-Weliky, Emily Salm, Jessa Lemke, Mary Innis, Ross Dipple, Ed DiMaio, Dan Riley, Jennifer Aldrich and others. Space is limited. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Terry Lundahl at 920.493.5979. Return to Top 


Congratulations to Ben Johnson (1998) and Nikki Malcore-Fitzgibbon (1992) selected as this year's nominees to the Southern Door Athletic Hall of Fame. They will be inducted at halftime during the Southern Door - Sturgeon Bay basketball game on Friday, February 6, 2015. See the attached press release from the Southern Door Booster Club for more details. Return to Top 

WEEKLY UPDATE - December 8 - 12, 2014

Dear Families and Staff:

"Happy New Year and to new beginnings. The best is yet to come!"

I hope you all had a wonderful winter break with your families. Here are just a few updates for the coming week. Even though the weather outside is frigid, and too cold for many outdoor activities, we have many family friendly activities that you and your family would enjoy:
-The boys' and girls' basketball teams and the wrestling team are having FANTASTIC seasons!  Game dates & times can be found on the event calendar on the left side of the home page on the district's website. 
-This weekend also brings the very popular Two and A Half Belgians show to our own auditorium. Tickets are still available by going to the auditorium website or from the district office.

Flu Outbreak -  While we have not experienced huge absences due to the flu, we do know that it is a national epidemic and has struck Wisconsin.  Although this year's vaccine may not fully protect against the current virus, health departments are still encouraging children and adults to obtain a flu shot since we are about mid-way through the flu season; you may want to contact the county health department or your local physician. Reminding our students to wash their hands and cover their mouths when they cough is important as is keeping students at home when they are ill. 
This Coming Week's Activities:
Thursday, January 8 
- 6p Financial Aid Program - HS library
- 7p FFA Alumni
- 7p Wrestling home to Kewaunee
Friday, January 9 - Packer Green & Gold Spirit Day
- 7:30p Boys' Basketball home to Sevastopol
Saturday, January 10 
- 5:30p Sample Southern Door sponsored by Southern Door Business Association (auditorium lobby area) 
- 7:00p Two and A Half Belgians show
Sunday, January 11 
- 2p Two and A Half Belgians show
Monday, January 12 
- 6:30p Board of Education meeting - HS library

Have a great rest of the week!  Try to stay warm! 
Patti Return to Top 

Subject:  Emergency Weather Update 

Dear Families and Staff:

The weather in this new year is very similar to what we had last year at this time. This is just a review of the processes we sent to you in November with a few more details.                                                                                                      

For emergency school closings and/or delays, you will receive a phone call and email through Blackboard Connect. Information is also posted on Facebook, sent to tv and radio stations, and posted on the district's website.  If you  need to update your contact information please call your school office.  Altered times to the school day are only done if weather or road conditions are expected to improve(delayed opening) or deteriorate (early closing). Parents have indicated to us that altered times are not preferable because of the inconvenience to parent schedules and childcare needs.

As you well know, Door County schools are often affected by lake effect weather so even weather forecasts on the television don’t always predict what Mother Nature has in store for us.  We consult with the highway department, weather bureaus and other school districts. 
If school is in session and you are personally concerned about sending a student to school because of weather conditions, you should notify the school that your child will be absent.These decisions will be honored by district staff and it will be an excused absence.                                                                                               
As always, the decision to close school is NEVER made lightly, and the safety of students is always our first and foremost priority. Return to Top            


Southern Door Sponsors Child Development Days 
A Free Community Service for Parents


Southern Door parents of children 2 ½ to 4 years of age are invited to attend the district’s Child Development Days on February 18 and 19 from 8am-6pm.  

This is a free community service offered on site at the elementary school to provide information and assessment on how children are developing. Parents bring their children into school to do different activities with teachers. After the activities, teachers share their observations with the parents and address any questions or concerns parents may have about their child.
To ensure that their child is on the screening list, parents should please contact Sally Vandertie at 825-7321, ext. 2211.  If parents do not receive registration information in January, or if anyone knows of a new family in the area, please contact Sally Vandertie.
If parents have any questions regarding Child Development Days and the screening process, please call Ann Deprey at 825-7321, ext. 1108. Return to Top



Do you know a former student who graduated from Southern Door 30 years ago

or more? Is this graduate someone who has distinguished themselves in their 

career and community? Has this individual made significant contributions to their 

profession, community, or on the state or national level? The Southern Door 

County School District is seeking qualified nominees for its 2015 Alumni Hall of 

Fame. Applications are available from the district office or can be downloaded

from the school website at


By honoring outstanding graduates who have made significant contributions to

improving the quality of local, state, or national life, the district seeks to identify

models of achievement for students to emulate.  A school celebration of selected

honorees will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 in the school’s auditorium. Return to Top


The goal is to get 50 new mentors in 50 days. The campaign runs from January 1st -February 19th. We have so many children waiting for a mentor right here at Southern Door and in other places in the county so please help spread the word! If you know anyone who would make a good mentor for one of our Door County students, have them call Patty O’Rouke, the Door County Big Brothers Big Sisters Coordinator at (920) 559-1250. Return to Top


Any resident of Southern Door, 18 years of age and older, interested in becoming a member of the district’s Talon Fitness Center can renew their membership or enroll for the first time in January.  An orientation and enrollment meeting will be held at 6pm Tuesday, January 6 in the Southern Door Community Auditorium.

Access to the center is seven days a week.  Hours are 5-7:00am and 5-10pm Monday through Friday and 5am-10pm on Saturday and Sunday.  At the meeting, those wanting to become members or renew their membership will view a Talon Fitness Center Safety video, sign a waiver release form including background check, and pay the membership fee of $100 for the full year.   Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

At Talon Fitness, we will work to provide you with the tools needed to have success no matter what your end goal may be.  Much like the talon is the most effective tool for the eagle, so too will be Talon Fitness as a health and wellness resource for the residents of the Southern Door community.  For more information, contact Justin Tlachac at (920) 825-7321, Ext. 1149, or email Return to Top

INDOOR WALKING CLUB STARTS IN JANUARY...Walk off those winter blues and join the Southern Door Striders walking group open to adult residents of Southern Door, free of charge. The district’s Partners in Health team has now developed an indoor walking route through the schools. Adult residents of Southern Door are invited to walk Monday through Friday from 6:30am-7:30am and from 5-10:00pm in the evenings.  Extended hours including weekend times are available with a refundable deposit of $25 for a building access fob. 

Interested residents should attend the registration and orientation meeting scheduled on Tuesday, January 6 from 6:00-7:30pm in the Southern Door Auditorium. Members are required to complete a waiver release form including background check and receive an ID badge indicating they are registered as part of the club.  Interested residents who cannot attend the orientation session on January 6, should contact Justin Tlachac at (920) 825-7321, Ext. 1149, or email for more information on the registration process.  See attached flyer for additional details. Download or View the Flyer Return to Top


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 Southern Door Community Foundation’s website at this link:  The bleacher seat sale is ongoing and typically any orders received  by June 1st can be engraved in the bleacher stands in time for the fall football season. Return to Top


Come enjoy the Children’s Christmas Stores sponsored by the Family Centers of Door County. The Christmas stores provide children the opportunity to shop for family members' Christmas presents. Parents choose a budget and a volunteer "elf" is provided for each child to assist them in their shopping and wrapping adventure. This experience helps teach the children about giving, budgeting and decision making. See attached flyer for more information. Download or View the Flyer Return to Top


Dear Families and Staff:

Registration opens on Monday, December 15 for the Winter Session of "Let's Go Southern Door" which runs from January 6 - February 26. "Let's Go Southern Door" allows students in grades 1-8 the ability to board a bus at 3:15pm on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to travel to the YMCA for a variety of classes from swimming to gymnastics to karate to after school sports. The first session was a huge success and we filled to capacity.  

Please see the attached flyer for more information and how to register your child for the winter session. Specify "Let's Go Southern Door" to get the special discounted fees.  For more program information, please contact Eric Natwick, Youth Development Director, at 920-743-4949. Download or View the Flyer Return to Top  

The Elementary PIE group currently has two fundraisers going on and would appreciate any support!

1. Scrip:  If you aren't familiar with scrip you buy gift cards (at face value, so you pay $20 and get a $20 gift card) and the merchants donate a percentage to our PIE group.  Scrip orders are due on Tuesday December 16.  If you have any questions please email our PIE group at  Orders will be at school by Friday December 19.

2. Y-ties:  These are the fun curly shoelaces that you put in your shoes and don't have to tie!  They are $5/pair and PIE receives $2.50 from each pair sold.  These make great stocking stuffers and fun little gifts to have on hand.

Our PIE group is excited to be able to help offset the cost of field trips with our funds raised this year.  Thank you for all of your support! Return to Top  

The district's Partners in Health team along with the Southern Door Community Auditorium and Ministry Door County Medical Center are proud to announce the sponsorship of "Let's Go Southern Door" for adults. This six session workshop series is FREE and will be offered here at Southern Door in January and February. Each workshop is one to one and a half hours long and participants must plan to attend all six sessions. The workshops will also be advertised to the Southern Door community. Please see the attached flyer for more information and how to register.  Space is limited. Download or View the Flyer Return to Top  

WEEKLY UPDATE - December 8 - 12, 2014

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 basketball game or wrestling match, or listening to holiday music, there's a  little bit of something for everyone these days at school.  
  • Monday night's Choral Concert was fantastic! What a special treat it was to hear the Women's Choir, Grades 7-8 Choir, and the Concert Choir. Even the almost capacity audience got in the spirit of the season by singing along with the three choirs gathered on stage for the final "Winter Wonderland" song.   
  • Our sports teams have lots of talent all-around and are destined for great seasons. Girls and boys basketball teams had awesome performances last night.  The boys were home to Green Bay West and won 61-48 and the girls soared over Sturgeon Bay on their home court - 64-14.   The competition at both levels is fierce this year so fans are always in for a great game.  Our wrestlers took the Crivitz Multi-Dual tournament this past Saturday with a 4-0 record and have now won that tourney's title for two years in a row.  Go to our Facebook page for more details.

The Senior Citizen Party, today was a huge success. Over 112 senior citizens were treated to a turkey dinner prepared by A'viands, served by SD students and organized by Mrs. Hansen. Dessert included home-made cookies by Mrs. Traeder's Foods class. The senior citizens were serenaded by the Madrigals under the direction of Mrs. Weydt & Mr. Brylla. The swinging sounds of the SDHS Jazz Band, directed by Ms. Fines, had people tapping their toes and ready to dance.  
Door prizes included reindeer 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  Baylake Bank for paper ware and door prizes. Other door prizes were donated by Millie Denil, Books Are Fun, and the Southern Door Community Auditorium. 

Congratulations to Garrett Paider, a senior, who was selected by the high school 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. Garrett is the son of Jacob and Laura Paider. Garrett is interested in attending a four year college or university to study computer science.  The sponsor of this award is the Jean Nicolet Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution. 

Calendar Events for the Upcoming week are as follows:
Thursday - 6p - 4K Holiday Program
Friday - 7:30p - Boys Basketball game home to Kewaunee
Saturday - Wrestling invitational at Bayport; 8:30-11a Children's Christmas Store at Coun's C Club in Brussels
Monday, Dec. 15 - 5:30p BBAC (Brett Buhr Archery Club) -first session of the year; 7pm - Gr. 7-12 Band Concert
Tuesday, Dec. 16 - 7:30p Boys Basketball at Algoma
Thursday, Dec. 18 - 6p 5th Grade DARE Graduation; 7:30p Boys Basketball at Sturgeon Bay; Girls Basketball at Oneida
Friday, Dec. 19 - Red & White School Spirit Theme Day; 7:30p Girls Basketball home to Gibraltar

And lastly, just a reminder, we do understand that sometimes the side roads here in the county can be snow covered or icy even though major thoroughfares are fine. Please take your time getting your children to school - we certainly understand if they are running late due to such conditions. For those of you with student drivers in the family, please remind them of the importance of taking their time and being extra careful.  

Have a great rest of the week! 
Patti Return to Top     

WEEKLY UPDATE for December 1 - 5

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! 

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 and teachers 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 8 – 7pm Grades 7-12 Choral Winter Concert 
*Thursday, December 11 – 6pm – 4K Winter Concert 
*Monday, December 15 – 7pm Grades 7-12 Band Winter Concert 
*Admission to the Grades 7-12 concerts is $2/adult 18 years of age and older.  Senior citizens aged 62 and older and children under 18 get in free. 
Due to the brevity of the 4K performance, admission to the 4K Winter Concert is $1/adult 18 years of age and older with the same "free" admission for seniors and children.

SENIOR CITIZEN HOLIDAY PARTY - The 28th annual holiday party will be onWednesday, December 10, 2014.  A music program begins at 1:00pm in the high school cafeteria with lunch to follow.    Reservations for this event must be made by calling the high school office, 825-7333, by December 5.  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.

  • Tonight - 6pm Athletic Booster Club meeting - high school cafe
  • Thursday -6pm Music Booster Club meeting - rm 451 - choir room
  •                 -7:30pm Boys' Basketball home vs. Denmark
  • Friday - 7:30pm Girls' Basketball home vs. Algoma
  • Monday - 7pm Gr. 7-12 Band Concert
  • Tuesday - 7:30pm Boys' Basketball home to Green Bay West

REVISED NOTIFICATION PROCESS FOR LATE RUNNING BUSES - As we have all experienced sometimes, our travel to and from places during the winter involves some delays due to weather and road conditions. If a delay is due to an unforeseen situation (like a bus getting stuck in someone's driveway), we will continue to announce such delays on WDOR radio as in the past. We also have now loaded all riders and their "home" buses into Blackboard Connect so if your phone and email are on file, you will be noticed that way as well.  If your child transfers buses for some reason and is not riding their usual bus, you will need to rely on the radio notification as the bus ridership is not updated on a daily basis in our student management system. Hopefully this new process will result in improved communication with you.  

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK -  if you want to get almost daily notifications on great things happening in the classroom or special recognitions, like "Southern Door County School District" on Facebook.  Recent postings include last night's boys' basketball win against Oconto, Lydiah LeCloux's placing in a national cross country run, and the 4K classroom's making of gingerbread men.  Great things continue to happen every day with our students and staff here at Southern Door!

Patti Return to Top     


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

Adding your feedback will help us determine how we compare to other schools in the region, state, and  nation.  This information will be used by the District's technology committee as we continue planning for the future needs of our students and staff.  The survey takes about 20 minutes. Thank you for investing your time to provide your insights. Download or View the Press Release Return to Top                           

Weekly Update for November 24

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 famil​ie​s, 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 ​children 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. “  

SOUTHERN DOOR FFA ALUMNI TOY SHOW – ​Sunday, November 30 – 9am-2pm: The ​9th Annual Toy Show will be held this weekend. The event also includes a silent auction, door prizes, and a bucket raffle. Admission is free for children 10 years and under and $3.00 for adults and other children.  Please see attached flyer for more information.  Thank you.

ELEMENTARY PIE MEETING - Next Monday, December 1st at 6pm.​

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 offer us all a wonderful 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!  

Patti Return to Top

An Update for the Coming Week-  November 19

Dear Families and Staff:

“There are generations yet unborn whose very lives will be shifted and shaped by the moves you make and the actions you take today. . .And tomorrow. . .And the next day. . .  And the next.  . Every single thing you do matters." ~Andy Andrews
Whether you are a parent or a staff member, we are all teachers when we are guiding our children.. During this American Education Week, take time to extend your appreciations to each other as advocates for our children at home, in school, and in our community. 

Here at Southern Door, our student success is measured in many ways! We just finished a fantastic fall season of academics, activities, arts, and athletics. I have highlighted some of the successes of this past month in my superintendent’s good news report presented at Monday night's board meeting, which can be found below along with the board meeting summary.

Upcoming Schedule:
Tonight: - 6pm SD Athletic Booster Club mtg. - high school cafe
Thursday - 7:30pm Girls varsity basketball game against Oconto
Next Wednesday - Thursday - Friday:  No School for Students
Sunday, November 30 - 9am-2pm  Annual FFA Alumni Toy Show
Monday, December 1 - 6pm Elementary PIE mtg. 
Parent Conferences:  Beginning in October, elementary teachers met with parents, followed by middle school, and now we finish out the week with the remaining parent-teacher conferences at the high school.  Thank you for taking the time to attend these conferences and partner with us as your child continues on their educational journey and goals.

Gratitude: 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.  How fortunate we are to witness the excitement of our children learning something new, to share in the magic of this season from their perspective, and to have the privilege of guiding them to be tomorrow’s leaders! 

Patti Return to Top

ACT and ACT WorkKeys Testing

Good Morning Eleventh Grade Parents,

This email includes important information for ACT and ACT WorkKeys testing for all 11th grade students.  

Beginning this year, the state of Wisconsin is requiring all 11th grade students to be tested using the ACT and ACT WorkKeys assessments.  This is free of charge and will be done during the school day.  The results from these assessments will be used to measure our performance compared to other students throughout Wisconsin, and can be used for college admittance for individuals pursuing a two or four-year degree.  Students may elect to take the ACT multiple times to improve their score. Additional tests will be at the student's expense, administered offsite, and will be done outside the school day.  For more information, please see:

What are the ACT and ACT WorkKeys Assessments?  The ACT assesses student performance in English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing.  The ACT WorkKeys assesses students in Applied Math, Locating Information, and Reading for Information.  To see sample ACT assessment, please click the following link: To see a sample ACT WorkKeys assessment, please click on the following link:

When will the ACT and ACT WorkKeys be administered?  The Wisconsin DPI has established mandatory testing dates for the ACT and ACT WorkKeys assessment.  All students must be assessed, which means all students must be in school on these dates.  Testing date for ACT: March 3 - Testing time: 8:00 a.m. - noon.  Students who have successfully completed the exam will be released for the remainder of the day.  All Door County schools are releasing 11th grade students after the assessment.  Test date for ACT WorkKeys:  March 4 - Testing time:  8 a.m. - 11 a.m.  Students will resume regular classes after the assessment. One make-up day is scheduled for each test for extenuating circumstances.      

Information is also attached to this email for your review and planning.  You will receive additional information in the near future with test preparation updates.

If you have questions regarding the assessment or dates of the assessment, please feel free to contact me directly.

Have a good day.
Steve Bousley
Principal, Southern Door High School Return to Top


Dear Families and Staff:

It’s hard to believe that winter weather is already here.  With snow and icy conditions, we all start to wonder how it will affect school for the day.  Typically when school is delayed or called off early or closed all together, we send out an emergency alert by phone followed by an email message, a posting on Facebook and on the school district website as well as notices to all the local news media.

To get the latest information (a couple of minutes after we make the decision) all you need to do is make sure we have the following information in Infinite Campus so we can notify you by Blackboard Connect, our instant messaging system. To do that, we need to have your phone number and email on file if you have one.

If you are NOT currently receiving our weekly Blackboard messages or need to update your information or need help accessing Infinite Campus, please contact the secretary in your child’s school office.  If you are already receiving our Blackboard messages, then you are all set for our notifications.

If you would like to receive our Facebook notifications, just go to “Southern Door County School District” on Facebook and LIKE us. We use Facebook to share announcements, classroom activities, and celebrations.  Visit the Southern Door County School District Facebook Page

Student and staff safety is our highest priority when making the decision to hold school. People often ask how we make that decision. We have direct communication with the county highway department throughout the evening and during the day for weather reports, road conditions, and plowing progress; we consult with other Door and Kewaunee districts since our large district of 198 square miles can have drastically different weather happening from one end to the other end; and we work with our transportation director and bus drivers to get their assessments of what the weather is like on their routes.

As you well know, Southern Door is often affected by lake effect weather so even weather forecasts don’t always predict what Mother Nature has in store for us.  Thank you for understanding that we do the very best we can to ensure the safety of all involved. Return to Top

FFA Annual Toy Show 

The 9th Annual Toy Show sponsored by the Southern Door FFA Alumni will take place Sunday, November 30th, 9AM-2PM, at Southern Door High School.  Admission is free for children 10 years and under and $3.00 for adults and other children.  Please see attached flyer for more information.  Thank you. Download Flyer Return to Top

November 12, 2014

Dear Families and Staff:

“Family” - that is what I would use to describe the awesome relationship that our staff and students had in the recent production of the Wizard of Oz.  From casting the parts that so perfectly fit student talents and personalities to embracing every performer from age 5 to 18, our appreciations go out to the students who worked so well as a team, the staff who served as directors and advisors, and our parents & community members who did a multitude of behind-the-scenes work in costumes, tickets, makeup, set design, and pit band. From Green Bay to Northern Door, audience members attending the musical expressed their amazement at the wonderful production that Oz was.  "There truly is no place like home - Southern Door!"

Last night, we celebrated the accomplishments of our fall sports teams.  Along with the team successes were also recognitions of the individual conference honors achieved by our students.  ​A special thanks to our coaches and the teams' parents for their dedication to these co-curricular activities. ​ Today marks National Signing Day. At 11:30am in the high school library Southern Door senior, Acacia Tupa signs her National Letter of Intent with UWGB. Acacia is the daughter of Sharon Tupa, SD Middle School English Language Arts Instructor and Dave Tupa, Gibraltar High School instruction.  Acacia will be continue her education at UWGB and play Division 1 softball. Please join us in congratulating her on this accomplishment.     

Monday night the Board of Education adopted a special resolution (attached) in honor of American Education Week.  A special theme day is next Wednesday, the 19th - Eagle Pride Day! Everyone is encouraged to wear our school colors or your school spirit clothing!  Also attached is a summary of Monday night's meeting.

Day in and day out, whether in the classroom or in co-curriculars, your partnership with us is what "makes a difference" in our children and their future! As parent conferences continue into next week, thank you for your commitment to that partnership. We care about your child's success and we know, you do, too. Our efforts together are what continues to make Southern Door a great place for children to receive an education! Board Summary for November 10, 2014 Resolution for American Education Week Return to Top


The Brett Buhr Archery Club (BBAC) at Southern Door will be starting its second year in December.  New members are welcome to join.  Please see the attached flyer for more information and how to register.  Deadline for new registrations is Monday, December 1st.  If you already participated last year, just show up at the first meeting. Flyer

Mr. Tlachac, Advisor. Return to Top

Dear Families and Staff:  

Children participating in physical education (PE) classes will be assisting the district's PE department in an important project.  You may recall that the Southern Door County School District received the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant to assist our students’ health and wellness.  The District received funds to purchase equipment and services to help students monitor their physical activity and nutrition habits.  As part of the grant, the PE department staff need to collect data (no student names) on student physical activity levels and nutrition habits.  This data will be collected only 2 times this year as opposed to 3 times last year. (Fall of 2014 and Spring of 2015)

Below is a copy of a letter that will be sent home with a pedometer and a log (on back) upon which to record the number of steps your child takes each day.  Students will complete the log for 7 days, Monday November 10th through Sunday November 16th. Pedometer Letter

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please feel free to contact your child's physical education teacher. Return to Top

“Let’s Go Southern Door” Kicks Off at the Y


The Door County YMCA in collaboration with the Southern Door School District, Ministry Door County Medical Center and the Raibrook Foundation is pleased to share that our new “Let’s Go Southern Door” program is off to a great start. 50 Southern Door elementary age students are bussed every Tuesday and Thursday after school to the Y and are able to take part in great values-based programming.  After receiving a healthy nutritious snack, the children have the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs including Swim Lessons, Doorfin Swim Team, Gymnastics, Karate and After School Sports.

Patti Vickman, Superintendent for the Southern Door School District, stated that, “We would like to thank all of our partners who made this dream that we had last summer become a reality….This is what collaboration with such great partners to make a difference in the lives of kids is all about!”

Sherri Dantoin, Vice-President Administrative Services for the Door County YMCA, offered that “the Y is thrilled to be able to provide such a needed service for our kids in the southern part of the county. We know that this engaging program will help our young people to build self-esteem, strengthen positive values and establish those positive behaviors which will create the foundation to grow and develop into contributing adults.”

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

To learn more about “Let’s Go Southern Door” and the Door County YMCA, please contact Eric Natwick at 920-743-4949 or Return to Top


Special thanks to Brett Hanson for putting this together for us. Return to Top

To all seniors, parents, and photographers,

Seniors must submit the following photos/information for the senior section of the yearbook by November 30:

Procedure For Submission: 
    1. Visit the submissions link on our website, click Yearbook Photo Submission, click 2014-15, click Senior Submissions, click Senior Photos, and then click Add Images (upper right.)
    2. Note: If a senior photo is not submitted by the deadline, the student's school photo will be used.
    3. Mr. Hanson is happy to photograph, free of charge, any senior who chooses not to contact a professional photographer.
Photos/Information Required for Submission:
  1. One high quality waist-up photo (no supine poses, props, or inappropriate clothing or gestures) 
  2. One baby or youth picture. Follow submissions steps above, but choose Baby Photos instead of Senior Photos.
  3. A famous quote (You must identify the speaker.) Please email the quote to Mr. Hanson
NOTE: All late submissions, after November 30, will result in a $5 handling fee Return to Top

Please see the attached flyer with more information about the 34th Annual Southern Door Arts & Craft Fair sponsored by the Athletic Booster Club on Sunday, November 2 from 9am-3pm. Download Flyer 

The Booster Club is now taking applications for the Southern Door Athletic Hall of Fame.  The deadline for applications is November 21, 2014, and the Award Ceremony will beFebruary 6, 2015, at the boys basketball game.  Applications, as well as the current members of the Hall of Fame can be found at Return to Top

The Southern Door District invites seniors citizens to attend the 28th annual holiday party sponsored by students and faculty of the high school. This year's party will be on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. A music program will begin at 1pm in the high school cafeteria with lunch to follow. 

Reservations for this event must be made by calling the high school office, 825-7333, by December 6th. This holiday party is FREE to all senior citizens who are residents of the Southern Door School District and are 62 years of age or older. Seating is limited, so please make your reservations early! Return to Top

There truly is no place like home as THE WIZARD OF OZ, the greatest family musical of all time, lands on the stage of Southern Door Community Auditorium.   You will be swept away by our 75th anniversary celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film. The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tinman, and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring magical special effects, dazzling choreography and the classic songs you love, including   "Over the Rainbow," "If I Only Had a Brain," "We're Off to See the Wizard," and more.  Please join more than 75 students on the journey to find heart, courage, brains and most importantly, home.
The music department and team of directors wish to personally invite you to attend the show.  Performances will be Thursday, November 6 through Saturday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 9 at 2:00 p.m.  

Tickets go on sale Monday, October 27, 2014
Adults - $9
Students (18 and under) - $6

Reserved tickets are available at 
Southern Door High School 920-825-7333
Appliances Plus in Sturgeon Bay
BayLake Bank in Brussels Return to Top

Dear Families and Staff:

As your superintendent, I have one of the best jobs in the world​! I get to  witness all the great things that happen in our school community for students and their families. Here are just a few from this past week:
*I witnessed elementary parents after their child's conferences sharing their excitement about the learning that is taking place in the classroom; 
*I heard bus drivers go out of their way to ensure that a child was safely delivered to a caretaker when parents forgot about an early release day;
*I heard from a county agency about how an administrator works so well with them to meet children’s needs;
*I had a staff member share excitement for how a recent training impacted their instructional practice;
*I saw support staff members going out of their way to console a child;
*I ​was invited to a classroom and was amazed at the problem-solving ability of the students;
*I connected with a high school student​ in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program ​who is ​excited about ​“making a difference” in the life of an elementary child;
*I  participated in an advisory committee of enthusiastic business owners here in Southern Door who provided ideas and advice to our staff on how to help students be better prepared for the world of work;
*I met with an energized staff member to talk about “possibilities” for returning a​ competition back to Southern Door; and
*I was contacted by a local ​business to share what our district staff has done with wellness so that they could adopt a similar approach.

HONORED ATHLETES -  Football and cross county conference honors were announced. Check out my superintendent's report from the board meeting for all the honorees from our district. Our football team continues their journey in the playoffs when they travel to Freedom Friday night at 7pm. The very next day, freshman Gracie Englebert competes in the state cross country meet at Wisconsin Rapids. Good luck to our student athletes! Go Eagles!

MUSICAL - There truly is no place like home as THE WIZARD OF OZ, the greatest family musical of all time, and no better place for it to be performed than by our own high school students on the stage of Southern Door Community Auditorium.  Please join more than 75 students on their journey to find heart, courage, brains and most importantly, home. Performances will be Thursday, November 6 through Saturday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 9 at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets ($9 adults - $6 children) are on sale at the high school office, Appliances Plus, Baylake Bank in Brussels, and at the Craft Show this weekend. 

34TH ANNUAL SD ARTS & CRAFT FAIR - A reminder that the largest craft show in Door County takes place Sunday, November 2 from 9am-3pm.  Lots of great ideas and gifts in this event sponsored by the SD Athletic Booster Club which helps to
​support so many needs in our athletic programs.
BOARD MEETING - Lastly, attached is the summary for last night's Board of Education meeting. Return to Top

October 22, 2014

Dear Families and Staff:

TODAY, YOU CAN HELP THE DOOR COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT CELEBRATE THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS BUILDING.  The public is invited to an Open House to be held Today from 3:30 to 5:30 PM at the Highway Building at 1001 S. Duluth Ave in Sturgeon Bay. Southern Door has a partnership with the County Highway Department. Not only do they assist us by providing weather related information and road conditions but also are working with us to use the building should we need an emergency location.The Highway Department Open House is the kickoff of an initiative to create an opportunity for citizens to learn more about how their county government works.  It is the first step in the creation of a Citizen’s Academy.

PARENT CONFERENCES:  Having a strong home-school partnership has proven to be a vital part of student success in school. Parent teacher conferences are one way of ensuring that partnership meets everyone's needs.  The elementary switched to a trimester schedule this year and are holding their parent conferences  today and tomorrow from 5-8pm. Middle school parents will receive information around the first of November about scheduling their child's student led conferences around the week of November 17-21. High school conferences are November 20 and 21.

Sessions scheduled within this week and next week are as follows:
Tonight, Tuesday, October 21 - 6:30pm Town of Union Meeting
Thursday, October 23 - 6:30pm SD High School Library - childcare provided
Wednesday, October 29 - 6:30pm SD High School Library - childcare provided
If you are unable to attend one of the referendum presentations, in addition to checking out all the resources on the referendum tab on the website, you can now view a video of a the presentation that is given at

LASTLY, CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FALL ATHLETIC TEAMS - The Varsity Cross Country Boys and Girls Teams are Packerland Conference Champions! The varsity girls volleyball team has their first playoff game tonight at West DePere. The varsity football team enters the  playoffs this Friday evening at 7:00pm with a home game against Valders.  Good luck to all of our teams and their coaches. Go Eagles!!

Patti Return to Top



Southern Door was one of 220 state schools to receive more state aid than last year. This state aid increase was due to Southern Door not spending the entire 2013-14 budget due to several one-time grants, coding of reimbursable costs, and insurance savings.  This increase in state aid DOES NOT increase the amount of revenue Southern Door has to spend in 2014-15 and does not affect the 2015-16 budget.  The increase DOES affect the amount the district will levy in taxes for this school year. 
State aid is finalized every year on October 15th, and school districts must estimate their aid up to that point. At the annual meeting Southern Door knew that the tax levy for this coming year would be less than last year; however, until the October 15th certification, the district did not know the exact number. Southern Door will now levy less in taxes than what was approved by the electors attending the annual meeting in September.  Revenue limits set by the state do not allow school districts to levy more than the limit so if state aid goes up, the district must levy less from its taxpayers. 
Business Manager Emily Ahlswede said, “The bottom line is that the increase in state aid for this year is good news for the taxpayer. The levy from the district will be less than projected.”
Superintendent Patti Vickman said, “The increase in state aid is for this year only. It does not change the need for the November 4, 2014 referendum where the voters in the Southern Door County School District are being asked to decide whether the school district should increase its funding up to $390,000 for one year to maintain current education programs and services resulting in a tax impact of $37 per $100,000.” 
If the Referendum IS NOT approved, the school district will need to make budget cuts that will reduce academic options, consolidate athletics, reduce opportunities in the arts and music, and reduce administrative and support services. 

If the Referendum IS approved, Southern Door will be able to maintain its current educational programs and ensure that every student who graduates from Southern Door is ready to enter the workforce or attend technical school or college.   
Learn more at Return to Top


The high school is looking for volunteers to work behind the scenes during the production of The Wizard of Oz!   We are looking for 4 - 6 adults (out of high school age through retirement age) to run the flying effects during The Wizard of Oz.   Here is your chance to make Glinda float, the Wicked Witch of the West Fly, the Tin Man float, Dorothy fly, the flying monkeys and the crows fly!  The flying effects director will be here from Tuesday, October 14   - Thursday, October 16 to teach us how to get these characters off the ground and into the air! He is excited to help us create the illusion of flying on stage.   Because the adults need to be trained when the flying director is here, we need you at rehearsal after school on Tuesday, October 14, Wednesday, October 15 and Thursday, October 16 for about 2 - 3 hours. Then, we will need you October 25 & 26 - at times convenient for the operators, the week of October 27 - October 30 in the evenings and then November 3 - 9 in the evenings for running the show and for the performances.
Our production of The Wizard of Oz involves over 75 students this 75th anniversary year of the release of the motion picture  with the concert choir members leading the way, munchkins from grades 4 - 8, winkies - from the band and choirs, orchestra members from the high school band plus many adult community members and Southern Door teaching staff.  Will you please help us continue to work to make it a success?  If interested, please call Bonnie Weydt at 920-825-7333, ext. 4451 as soon as possible. Return to Top
Dear Families and Staff:

As part of a new partnership with local agencies, "Let's Go Southern Door" will allow our students in grades 1-8 the ability to board a bus at 3:15pm on Tuesdayand Thursday afternoons to travel to the YMCA for a variety of classes from swimming to gymnastics to karate to after school sports. The first session startsOctober 28 and registration is October 20-23.  

Please see the attached flyer for more information and how to register your child. Specify "Let's Go Southern Door" to get the special discounted fees. YMCA staff will also be on site at Southern Door from 5-8pm on Tuesday, and Wednesday, October 21 and 22 to answer questions and register students.

For more program information, please contact  Eric Natwick, Youth Development Director, at 920-743-4949. Return to Top
Be Informed about the November Referendum

Dear  Families and Staff:

Southern Door is going to referendum on November 4, 2014:
1) To maintain current educational programs - The $390,000 being asked for in the referendum will ensure that no more programs or opportunities will be reduced or cut. 

2) To compensate for the major cuts in state aid which has decreased by 51.6% in the past ten years.

3) To maintain fiscal responsibility - Savings of more than $900,000 have been realized off of the 2015-16 budget projections since April 2013 through freezing of staff wages, increasing student fees, reducing staff benefits, reducing staff, programs and services, and changing health insurance carriers and plans. Reducing further will impact programs and services.

Please get the facts by attending a referendum presentation.  Sessions scheduled within the next week are as follows:
  • Wednesday, October 8 - 7:00pm Brussels Town Meeting - Community Center
  • Saturday, October 11 - 10:00am SD High School Library -childcare provided
  • Tuesday, October 14 - 6:30pm SD High School Library - childcare provided
  • Thursday, October 16 - 7:00pm Nasewaupee Town Meeting - Town Hall
You may also find information now posted on the district website at Return to Top

Dear Staff and Families:

Celebrations - We certainly have had some wonderful news to share lately - from first grade teacher, Jessica Meacham being named National Rural Teacher of the Year to the High School's Recognition on three different national lists as one of the Best High Schools in the America.  Our athletic teams are doing very well and would seem to all be contenders for playoff games.  GO EAGLES!  This kind of success and achievement doesn't happen overnight - it's the result of great students, wonderfully support​ive families, high quality dedicated staff, and strong home-school-community partnerships. Thank you!  WOW - What Eagle Pride! This coming week we get to show off that pride as we welcome back alumni, family, and friends to celebrate the time-honored tradition of homecoming.

"Homecoming means coming home to what is in your heart."  The tradition of homecoming in a school unites its past with its present.  What does this tradition mean for you?  For me, it brings back memories of my own senior year here at Southern Door, the times I was able to make it "back home", and my hopes for this special school district and its future.  Just this past week, we gave a tour to the Class of 1964 and next week it will be the 1989 State Championship Football Team.  The Eagle Pride does not diminish over the years - in fact, it even seems to grow stronger!  Please join our school in celebration of next week's festivities. They are listed below and the entire PreK-12 student body is encouraged to dress up on our special theme days. 


  • "Look Alike" School Spirit Day - followed by Powder Puff Football Game at 6:30pm. Spectators pay admission of $2 or bring two cans of food.
  • Also at 6:30pm - Board of Education meeting -


  • "Pink Out" School Spirit Day - followed by a home volleyball tourney with Gibraltar, Sevastopol, and Sturgeon bay in the evening


  • "Tourist" School Spirit Day


  • "Dress to Impress" School Spirit Day


  • "School Colors" Spirit Day followed by bonfire at 6pm and football game against Sturgeon Bay at 7pm.


  • "A Night to Sparkle" dance from 8-11pm with the Grand March at 9:30pm
  • Spectator admission is $3 or three non-perishable food items for the food pantry drive

NFL Items to be Auctioned at Game - In addition to the 1989 state championship football team being recognized at the game Friday night, they will be doing some fundraising to buy the current football team new jerseys.  Signed NFL jerseys/helmets contributed by Jim Flanigan, Al Johnson, and Ben Johnson from Southern Door and Chris Greisen, Nick Greisen, and Casey Rabach from Sturgeon Bay will be part of a silent auction. Six helmets and two footballs signed by the 1989 team will be raffled along with other NFL items.  Community members can also sponsor a jersey number for $100 or make a general donation made payable to the Southern Door Athletic Booster Club and sent to Jesse Harness at 6249 Vanwood Lane, Luxemburg, WI  54217.

Special Assistance Needed at the Haunted Mansion:  The Haunted Mansion really needs workers to ready activities and help set up for its October event.  Your volunteer hours help provide funds for so many of our school activities. Even if you can only spare an hour or two - every little bit helps!  You can contact Judy Jesse at 743-9730 or Sue Marchant at 493-4266 to find out where they need help.  You can also check out times to volunteer at Quietwoods on this Haunted Mansion link:

Have a wonderful weekend!

Patti Return to Top

Door County Public Health’s Mental Health Focus Group and the 
Door County Alcohol and Other Drug Coalition are pleased to announce a free community  event.
To celebrate  Mental Illness Awareness Week ( October 5-11 ), Rob Valentine will be our featured speaker to  discuss  ‘Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders – Strength Through Understanding’
This will take place on the evening of  Tuesday, October 7, at Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center.  Thank you to Ministry Door County Medical Center, and the Door County Alcohol and Drug Coalition who are sponsoring this event. 
Many of you will remember Rob Valentine, who worked  at Door County Unified Board as the AODA Coordinator from 1983 to 1986 before going into private practice for over 21 years in Door County.
Since 2007,  Rob has been  working for Marinette County Health and Human Services, the past four years as the Community Services Supervisor.
Rob has always had a passion to develop a better understanding of mental health and substance use disorders and the interplay between the two, as well as how families and communities struggle to find solutions to these very complex challenges.
Rob’s love of sailing has been the foundation of many lessons learned through his life and career.
Rob has  been known to give dynamic community presentations. 
Doors open at 6:00 pm with a community resource fair.  And did we mention free hors d’oeuvres? 
Please see the attached flyer for more specifics.
Mark your calendar, see you there! 
(No RSVP needed.)
Sue Powers, RN, BSN
Public Health Nurse
Door County Public Health Department
421 Nebraska Street
Sturgeon Bay WI 54235 Return to Top

September 19, 2014

Dear Families and Staff: 

shared in 
 press release
​ on an earlier Blackboard Connect email,
 the Southern Door School Board voted to present a one-year, non-recurring referendum to the community authorizing the district budget to exceed its revenue limit by $390,000 for the 2015-2016 year 
​ on the November 4, 2014 election ballot.​

The Board recognizes that the Southern Door community bears a significant burden in supporting our schools, and is extremely grateful for the community’s support. In order to continue to meet the high academic standards for which Southern Door Schools  are known, the Board is asking for this additional funding which will cover the projected budget shortfall for next year, covering ongoing costs to maintain current educational programming. 
 The impact of this 
​referendum on the local taxpayer ​
 would be $37 on a $100,000 home. ​​

The community has asked what is at stake if the referendum fails.  On Monday
​ ​night, September 22, 2014 at its regular meeting, the Board of Education will be asked to approve the budget actions that will be considered should a referendum not pass.  The agenda for Monday night’s meeting is attached as well as the resolution itself.     ​
​     ​
Southern Door residents are encouraged to make an informed vote come November 4, 2014.  Be watching for materials to be sent out by the end of next week with basic facts about the referendum​ and a page on the website to be dedicated to more information. ​ Informational sessions will be offered in October here at school and throughout the community, giving voters the opportunity to understand the reasons for decreased state funding, and the need for additional local revenue in order to maintain current programming. 5 Resolution Budget Reconciliation and Referendum Outcome Agenda Return to Top

Congratulations to  our entire school community!  

We truly are all in this together and such recognition speaks to the great staff and students as well as the strong home-school-community partnerships we have developed from elementary to middle to high school in educating the children of our Southern Door community.  


NEWSWEEK MAGAZINE:  Southern Door was 6th out of the Wisconsin schools and 264 out of 14,000 eligible high schools nationwide that performed at or above the 80th percentile on state proficiency tests and rated on college readiness, graduation rate, and advanced placement standings.  On a second list, "Beating the Odds:  America's Top High Schools for Low-Income Students - 2014" which also took into account poverty level, Southern Door was 167 out of 500. See this link for more details:

US WORLD AND NEWS REPORT:  Southern Door earned a Bronze medal in the 2014 Best High Schools List.  The publication takes a number of factors into consideration including college readiness, math proficiency, reading  proficiency, and student/teacher ratio.  


"Grandparents are a family's greatest treasure, the founders of a loving legacy, The greatest storytellers, the keepers of traditions that linger on in cherished memory. Grandparents are the family's strong foundation. Their very special love sets them apart. Through happiness and sorrow, through their special love and caring, grandparents keep a family close at heart. "~author unknown

Please join us in a new activity at Southern Door Elementary this fall.  Attached is a flyer with more information about two special days planned for your child to have their grandparent/special guest join them for lunch. We hope your child's grandparent or senior citizen guest can join us.

Southern Door Elementary Staff and Students Return to Top

September 8, 2014

We have had a great start to the school year despite the challenges Mother Nature has brought our way with the varying weather. As we now settle into our routines and procedures, there are just a few updates for everyone:

PARKING LOT - Thank you to so many of you for following the new procedures with parking and traffic flow. That being said, some of you have also expressed concern about some who choose not to follow or are forgetting the new process. Mainly this is happening where people are parking their cars in the fire lane and leaving them or going the wrong way to exit the parking lot. We will continue to give reminders this week but after this, we may take advantage of the sheriff's department's offer to help us monitor any concerns.

ANNOUNCING A NEW FACEBOOK CONTEST FOR SOUTHERN DOOR – During September, October, and November we are sponsoring an “Eagle Pride” photo contest on our Facebook page. When you go out to our district events, take a picture of yourself with the phrase “Eagle Pride” visible in the photo. Use your imagination in how you display this phrase. Once the photo has been taken, e-mail or text your photo to or by text to920.495.4379 by 9:00pm on Sunday evening to be eligible for that week’s contest. All approved photos will be posted on our Facebook page the next morning. From Monday 6:00am – Sunday 9:00pm Facebook Fans will have the opportunity to “Like” their favorite “Eagle Pride” photo.  The photo with the most likes by Sunday 9:00pm will be our weekly winner. At the end of the month all the weekly winning photos will be posted for one final vote to determine the monthly winner! Let’s have some fun showing our Eagle Pride!
P.S. Please note that submitting a photo you’re giving us permission to post your picture on our Facebook page. We also reserve the right to deny a photo entry, remove a photo early without reason, or to cancel or modify this contest.

NOT GETTING BLACKBOARD CONNECT? Do you have a friend or neighbor with children in our school who does not get Blackboard Connect?  First their phone (for emergency alerts) and their email (for non-emergency info) needs to be in Infinite Campus. HOWEVER, we found that if they were originally on the list, and then clicked "unsubscribe", they will need to be reinstated by us with the vendor.  We found that some of the people who claim they no longer get the messages had clicked "unsubscribe."  If that happened to someone you know, please contact your respective school office to get it fixed.
CHECK OUT OUR NEW SCHOOL VIDEO -   "Happy" was made during the first few days of school and really does celebrate who we are and even revealed some "talents" we may have not known existed!  :)  Here is the link:

Monday, Sept. 8 
  • 6p Elementary PIE mtg. (4/5 IMC); 6:30p School Board Mtg.(HS library)
Wednesday, Sept. 10
  • 6p SD Athletic Booster mtg. (HS cafe)
Thursday, Sept. 11 
  • 7p SD FFA Alumni mtg. (HS library)
Friday, Sept. 12  
  • Red, White and Blue Theme Day in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner; 
  • 7p Home Football Game vs. Brillion
Monday, Sept. 15 
  • 7p District Annual Meeting (HS library)

Have a wonderful week!
Patti Return to Top

New Parking and Traffic Flow Arrangements
August 28, 2014

As recommended by our insurance company to provide for a safer traffic flow, more clearly marked handicapped parking, clear designation of the fire lane, the parking spaces and parking flow in the circle lot in front of the elementary/middle school have been updated this summer; a rough diagram of the area is attached.  The lot was restriped and expanded to include about 20 additional parking spaces. Please be aware the fire lane and inside lane by the handicapped parking are not to be used to park your car.  Please enter the driveway by the east/right of the district office and exit by the west driveway keeping the flow of traffic going in one direction.

Thank you. Return to Top

Non-Recurring School Board Referendum Resolution
August 25, 2014

Please see press release regarding the School Board referendum resolution from the August 25th meeting. Press Release Return to Top


Dear Families and Staff:

We need your help in connecting with members of the 1989 State Championship Football Team.  Please see the link below list for people we need to find. List of Names We Need to Find

The State Championship Team will have their reunion at the Friday, September 26, 2014 Homecoming game against Sturgeon Bay. They will be announced just prior to the start of the 7:00pm game.   Let team members know they need to contact Jesse Harness at 920.866.2012 or email to RSVP or for additional information

Anyone in the public can participate or be a sponsor in a special golf outing organized by the team on  Saturday, September 27, 2014 to raise funds to purchase new football uniforms. Go to this link for more details:

Looking forward to a fantastic homecoming celebration for all! Return to Top

Open House
Open House 2014


The Southern Door School District plans to host a Back-to-School open house and dedication ceremony for donated historical items from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the school, 2073 County DK, Brussels.
The dedication ceremony for the Roosevelt School bell from the Nimlos family and the Peshtigo Fire-scarred tree stump from the Hillmer family is at 5:30 p.m. at the entrance to the school forest.

Attendees can tour the school and meet this year’s staff. They can also visit the Waniger School, school forest, Nature Center, Schoolyard Garden, and the new rock climbing and sensory sport walls. 

They can also try out the new fitness machines in the Talon Fitness Center. The new fitness equipment, and rock climbing and sensory sport walls were made possible by the district’s PEP grant.

Information will be available about new after-school opportunities available through partnerships established with the YMCA and Ministry Door County Medical Center.

High school students and their families will be able to follow this year’s class schedule and meet staff members in a special activity planned from 5 to 7 p.m.

This event is open to all students, families, and the general public. Return to Top

August 18, 2014 

Board of Education Meeting Summary & Revised Policies on the Use of Security Cameras

Dear Families and Staff:

As the school year gets ready to begin, your child's safety is our primary concern. The district's EPCOT (Emergency Planning Collaborative Operations Team -  composed of district staff and community fire, police, and safety representatives) is always working to recommend best practices for us here in the school district.  Based on that work and recommendations from our insurance company, grants were sought and obtained to upgrade our security cameras now throughout the facility and on our school buses. Two policies relating to safety and the use of security cameras were revised to reflect this change and are linked below for your reference.  You will also find a summary of the August 18, 2014 Board of Education meeting.

Have a wonderful rest of the week! View BOE Summary Report Policy 3512 Security - Buildings and Grounds Policy 3611 and Rule 3611.1 Use of Video Cameras on the School Bus

Patti Return to Top

The Fall Spirit Sale online store is now open---Back by popular demand is the stadium jacket everyone will want on those crisp, fall football evenings. Deadline for ordering is 9/7/14 with delivery by 9/22/14. View the Staff Flyer View the Student Flyer the store! Return to Top


Dear Families and Staff:

Last week we sent out information if anyone was interested in volunteering as a Lego Robotics coach. Those positions remain open if anyone is interested.  

Now here is information regarding how students can sign up for the Lego league teams. See the flyer below and contact the YMCA to register. View the flyer!

This fall the Door County YMCA will join with First Wisconsin Lego League to provide a Lego® Robotics Program for 4th through 8th grade students. This collaborative effort involving all Door County school districts and several area business is an exciting and fun global robotics program that ignites an enthusiasm for discovery, science, & technology in kids ages 9-14. Founded in 1989, FIRST® LEGO® League's (FLL) mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in an exciting mentor-based program that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. 

The values of FLL include "gracious professionalism" which teaches students to learn and compete like crazy but in the process to treat one another with respect and kindness and "coopertition®" which emphasizes unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition. Coopertition® involves learning from and teaching teammates while also assisting and enabling others when you can.
FLL teams of up to 10 students will embark on adventurous challenges based on current real-world issues. Guided by a volunteer team coach and mentors, the students engage in playful and meaningful learning; experience fun, creative, hands-on learning; think like scientists and engineers; connect to their community; experiment and overcome obstacles; build self-esteem and confidence. FLL teams will meet 2-4 hours per week starting in September and continuing through December.

This year's project "Challenge" is "World Class" and engages children to envision and design classrooms for learning in the 21st century. Each team performs research and develops a solution to a problem that they identify during their research process. Teams then assemble and compete with robots (based on the LEGO Mindstorms® technology) designed to accomplish tasks associated with a real world "Challenge". The "Challenge" culminates in local, qualifying and Championship tournaments in which teams present their projects and compete with their robots for a variety of awards. Reflecting FLL's goals of promoting both interest in science and technology and a sense of "gracious professionalism", the judging and awards at the tournaments include a focus on core values, teamwork and cooperation, as well as on design and performance of the robot. Return to Top


Dear Families and Staff:

The Southern Door Athletic Booster Club provides needed supplies and equipment for our athletes which are not available because of declining school budgets.  Our volunteers fundraise by working many concessions and events, such as our Annual Craft Show, Golf Outing and the Drive 4-U partner program with Witt Ford.  

A unique donation of multiple Packer tickets gives the Southern Door Athletic Booster Club the opportunity to fundraise additional monies that will help cover our recent grant toward the purchase of new scoreboards for the Eagle and high school gyms and new wrestling mats.   ​For just $10 a ticket, you could be the lucky winner of one of the Packer ticket packages.​




SOUTHERN DOOR TO HOST COUNTY SESSION ON SCHOOL FINANCE - Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 5:00-8:00pm

Dear Families and Staff:

Have you ever wanted to know how the state funds education in our public schools?  Why does the aid differ for schools in Door County compared to other parts of the state?  An interactive simulation game for people who want to know more about public school finance will be held on Wednesday, August 20 from 5:00-8:00 pm in the high school library. ​  Anyone interested in facilitating a future session  can remain from 8:00-9:00 pm to be trained.​

Wisconsin public school finance can be very complex.  Investing in Wisconsin Public Schools allows participants to examine basic revenue and expense elements of public school finances in an easy to understand format. Hundreds of citizens across the state have found this experience to be very valuable in educating them about school finance.  The simulation game was developed collaboratively by the Wisconsin School Boards Association, the Wisconsin School Business Officials, Wisconsin School Public Relations, and Edventures in Learning.
The event is free and open to the public.  Food and beverages are being donated. Registration is requested by Tuesday, August 19th. Please call my secretary, Jane Jennerjohn at  1-920-825-7311 to register. Return to Top

August 6, 2014 

Board of Education Meeting Summary & Revised Student Fee Schedule

We hope that this finds your summer going well.  The first week of August brings with it the start of fall sports practices, registration, and back to school supply shopping!  Registration for all students is next week:  Tuesday, August 12 from 2:00-7:30pm and Wednesday, August 13 from 7:30am-2:00pm. View Board Report View Superintendent's Good News Report View the Revised Student Fee Schedule which reflects a change in the fees for three-sport athletes if paid by September 15, 2014.  

Co-Curricular coaching openings for 2014-15 include: Middle School Wrestling, Varsity Golf, JV Boys Basketball, 7th Grade Football, Assistant Varsity Football, and High School Assistant Forensics.  We are also in need of two school bus drivers.  Application information can be found on the school district website at

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Dear Families:

As a school district, we are excited to share that Southern Door will be  a part of a group under the leadership of the Door County YMCA to bring the Lego League after-school opportunity to Door County schools. Depending on the coaching interests we receive, we will either have one team of grades 6-8 students or two teams, one for grades 4-5 and one for grades 6-8 students.  Lego League is part of the national FIRST Robotics Program.

Attached is a document with more information about FIRST Lego League.  The teamwork begins right away in September with the competition being in November - so basically it all happens within the first quarter of school.   

Attached is  the posting for this volunteer position with expectations and responsibilities.  Coaches will also be able to network with other Lego Robotics coaches throughout Door County. interested in being considered a Volunteer Lego Robotics Coach, please submit a Volunteer Application form. also complete the Background Check form from this link:

Please submit both forms to the district office by Monday, August 11 at 4:00pm. Return to Top

Free and Reduced Lunch Application Application Return to Top

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) Return to Top

Board Summary: July 28, 2014

Below you will find the summary and "Good News" report from the most recent Board of Education meeting. View Board Report View Superintendent's Good News Report Return to Top

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