January 25, 2018

A student in the Stoughton High School automotive program works on a vehicle during class. The program recently achieved accreditation from the NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation), a prestigious distinction.
SHS automotive program gains NATEF accreditation

Stoughton High School's automotive training program has achieved accreditation from the NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation).

Only 19 high schools in the State of Wisconsin have received this distinction, which brings "credibility, prestige, [and] recognition," according to the NATEF website. 
 
Innovation Grants help create engaging learning spaces
River Bluff Middle School and Stoughton High School used Innovation Grants to create engaging learning spaces this school year.

Sixth grade Language Arts instructors Mike Hensgen and Abby Alt  transformed two classrooms into creative writing spaces to support a student-centered learning curriculum, which is designed to allow students to work at their own level and pace and with choice options. The classrooms feature flexible seating and seating "zones."
 
Stoughton High School Team members Julie Lynch, Laura Streyle, Anna Schwerke and Cathy Gargano this year have converted the school's multipurpose room into a collaborative teaching space to help increase the "reading culture" of SHS and foster student engagement through collaboration opportunities. The multipurpose room now includes various types of furniture such as leather chairs, collaborative seating, storage, bookshelves, artwork and mood lighting. Additional literature is also available for students and literacy circles.
 
Every year, Stoughton Area School District staff are encouraged to submit a proposal in support of innovative, creative and entrepreneurial ideas that they would like to try through the Innovation Grant program. The application window for the 2018-19 grants has opened. We'll announce the recipients of those grants later this year.



MindUp curriculum helps foster mindfulness at Kegonsa
The kids at Kegonsa this year have been learning how to use their sense of sight, sound and taste as a way to build self-awareness and focus. It's part of an effort to incorporate mindfulness into classrooms through a research-based curriculum called MindUp.

Become one of the Watch D.O.G.S. at Sandhill
Sandhill Elementary School's Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program is under way!

Sandhill conducted a kick-off night for the program on Dec. 19.  Ethan Anderson, Sandhill counselor, said that 20 dads signed up to be a Watch D.O.G. that evening, and volunteers have already started working in Sandhill classrooms. Multiple volunteer slots are still available from now through the end of May. 

Watch D.O.G.S. is an initiative from the National Center for Fathering designed to increase the engagement and involvement of male role models in school and to highlight the importance of education and safe, responsible behavior. A Watch D.O.G.S. program was started at Kegonsa last year. 

Fox Prairie organizes wellness challenge about hydration
Fox Prairie this month organized a school-wide wellness challenge based on the topic of water and hydration. Through Jan. 31, students have the opportunity to create a poster highlighting the benefits of staying hydrated and to submit those posters. Fox will choose one winner from each grade level to win a brand-new water bottle! Judging will be done by the Fox Prairie Wellness Team.

Students are free to include the following in their posters:
* Hand-drawn images
* Clear and concise wording regarding water hydration
* Photo collages for children who do not like drawing

The activity is meant to teach the students about the importance of drinking water every day.
Stoughton resident named Hub 'Citizen of the Year' for Lunches for Vikings work
Stoughton resident AnnMarie Oakland has been named the 2017 Stoughton Courier Hub "Citizen of the Year" for her work on the Lunches for Vikings program, a summer meals program for Stoughton students.

This program provided free, nutritious lunches for students in need in the Stoughton Area School District and was a collaborative effort of the whole community, with our school district, city, youth center, faith communities and area businesses working together to meet the needs of our students. Oakland coordinated the program.

A total of 1,866 lunches were distributed across three sites over a period of 59 days during the Lunches for Vikings program. An additional 150 lunches were donated at other sites during that period.

The article is available in this week's edition of the Hub.
Reminder to SHS seniors: Scholarship deadline is 3:30 p.m. Friday
Stoughton High School seniors, don't forget that applications for the local Honors scholarships are due by 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26.

Sign up for our next round of Fab Lab workshops
Fab Lab Workshops are back for 2018! 

There are no cost for these workshops, but slots are limited. We have two kinds of workshops available: Adult-Child and Adults Only. The next workshops are as follows:

Adult-Child

February 7 and 14 - Laser Cut Stamp Workshop

This workshop is for students in fourth through eighth grade, although each student must be accompanied by an adult (18 years old or older). Each workshop goes from 6 to 8 p.m.

Adults Only

February 10 - Birdhouse

This workshop is for adults (18 years old or older) who live in the Stoughton Area School District and goes from 9 a.m. to noon.

You can sign up for these and other upcoming Fab Lab workshops here.  You can also advance the calendar to sign up for workshops in March and April.
Give a shout out
Several of our schools have a "shout out" program to recognize our staff. This year, we are trying to take that program district-wide.

Follow the link below to give a shout out to a Stoughton Area School District staff member . The form is very brief and should take only a couple of minutes to complete. We plan to share the shout outs through our Staff Newsletter. Thank you in advance for your help!

SHS students receive Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Young Person awards
Stoughton High School students Nyesha Baker, Monique Belt and Kyianna Baker earlier this month received Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Young Person awards for academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and service to their community.

The students were recognized during a ceremony at Edgewood High School o n Sunday, Jan. 14.


SHS senior gets glimpse of banking profession through youth apprenticeship
When Mark Keenan took an Accounting class at Stoughton High School last year, he found the topic "just kind of clicked." 

He liked the elegance and the order of numbers, he said.

"It's when I realized it's what I wanted to do," said Keenan, an SHS senior who plans to pursue a career in accounting.

Now, Keenan is getting workplace experience through a youth apprenticeship at Blackhawk Community Credit Union in Stoughton.


Support upcoming student trip to England and France
A group of Stoughton High School students are headed to England and France later this year, and you can help support their trip.

I f you eat out at Panera Bread at 2627 E. Springs Drive, in Madison, between 4 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, a portion of the proceeds are donated toward the cost of the trip.

The students will travel to England and France in June. The trip presents an opportunity for students who are interested in British literature to visit  historical landmarks, birthplaces and significant places featured in the literature that they have read in class while also expanding their knowledge of other countries and cultures. Students will visit sites that include  Shakespeare's birthplace, Stonehenge, Brasenose College, Windsor Castle and the Louvre.

Want more information about the Feb. 15 fundraiser?


Community Connection
You can find out the latest activities and programs organized by local organizations and nonprofit groups by visiting our  Community Flyers page You can also download some of the most recent flyers bundled into a single PDF file.


Furry visitors help students build empathy skills

Sandhill students got to spend some time making canine friends when therapy dogs visited the school on Jan. 12.

"Therapy dogs offer stress relief for students through their engagement and being non-judgmental," said Sandhill counselor Ethan Anderson. "It is fun for students and a good way to teach many character lessons like empathy, and the importance of training to improve on skills. Dogs want to play and be petted by nice people, and kids have a chance to make a furry friend when the dogs come in."
Reminder: Norwegian Dancers perform Feb. 11

Don't forget that on Sunday, Feb. 11, our Norwegian Dancers will perform during the annual Norse Afternoon of Fun at 1:30 p.m. at Stoughton High School.

Admission is $5 for adults if tickets are purchased in advance or $8 at the door.  Stoughton students in grades 5 or below attend free. Children who are under the age of 14 are $1.