Stoughton Area School District e-News                                                   August 10, 2017

Summer Fab Lab program builds STEAM skills, guitars

A group of Stoughton students this month are learning new skills in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and building their own guitars through a special summer program.

Community volunteers sought to work with SHS students

Stoughton High School is seeking community volunteers to help work with students in the areas of reading and math during the school's study hall period(s).
Adult volunteers are needed for work that includes helping students revise and edit papers and working with students on math problems in subjects such as algebra and geometry. Volunteers will work under the guidance of SHS staff who supervise the study halls and help our students strengthen critical learning skills.
Academic study hall periods go on throughout the school day at SHS, and we welcome whatever support volunteers can lend, whether that is for a full study hall (about 50 minutes) or less.
Community members interested in joining this new tutoring program are asked to contact Brad Ashmore, SHS Assistant Principal, at 877.5603 or Brad.Ashmore@Stoughton.K12.WI.US, or Liz Hrodey, SHS Associate Principal, at Liz.Hrodey@Stoughton.K12.WI.US or 877.5605 for more information. Volunteers should bring their driver's license when they come to volunteer so they can be entered into Raptor, our computerized school visitor management system. Thank you for your support!

Summer reading goes mobile

Sandhill has been taking Summer Reading on the road this summer.

Don't forget: Sign up for 2017-18 SASD text alerts

We are pleased to  announce that text messages will be available as an additional means of communication with Stoughton Area School District families for the 2017-18 school year.

You can sign up now for text alerts, but text messages will not be sent until closer to the start of the school year. Sign up to receive text notifications about important district events, snow/cold weather cancellations and more. 

Check out the flyer to learn more about how to sign up for this service.

Download the text messaging flyer

More info about Chromebook program to be available at Central Registration

Dear River Bluff and Stoughton High School families,

As the new school year approaches, we are ramping up for our expanded Digital Learning program. As you may recall, as part of that program, each student in grades 6-12 will be issued a district Chromebook for the 2017-18 school year. 

Information about this initiative is available on our website, but our staff will also be on hand during Central Registration on August 17 and 22 at Stoughton High School to talk about the 1:1 Chromebook program. Look for our table in the exhibition hallway and please feel free to stop by if you have any questions. You can also contact Paul Vande Hei, our director of technology, at Paul.VandeHei@Stoughton.K12.WI.US or 608.877.5051, if you would like more information. 

Don't forget: Summer meals program continues through Sept. 1

Stoughton Area School District families: Don't forget that free, nutritious meals are available for Stoughton kids during summer vacation.

Lunches for  Vikings is a summer  meal program aimed at providing  lunches five days a week for children in need. The program is a collaborative effort of the whole community, with the school district, city and youth center, faith communities and area businesses working together. It runs through Friday, September 1.
Meals are served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m, Monday through Friday, at the following sites:

  • Fox Prairie Elementary School
  • Kegonsa Elementary School
  • Stoughton High School, by the baseball diamond on Jackson Street
Details regarding the program are on the accompanying flyer. If you are interested in volunteering to help (volunteers are needed to make sandwiches and assemble meals, take the meals to the schools and serve them, and more) you may sign up at Slots are still available for the month of August. You can find more information about Lunches for Vikings on Facebook
If you have questions, please contact AnnMarie Oakland at:

Stoughton schools, Dane County form mental health partnership

This school year (2017-18), Dane County and the Stoughton Area School District are joining together to help meet the mental health needs of Stoughton students in crisis.

The county and Stoughton schools are partnering to provide Building Bridges, a Mental Health Crisis Team program that focuses on connecting youth with critical mental health services and resources before a crisis takes place.

Dane County and Stoughton schools will jointly fund two mental health experts to serve 4-year-old kindergarten through eighth-grade students with immediate mental health needs, according to a press release from the office of Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.

"The Building Bridges Mental Health Crisis Teams increase student success by providing proactive responses to stressors, growing staff's understanding of mental health issues, and connecting schools, families, and students with needed resources," the release said.  "There is no cost to families for services offered through the program."

The team will serve River Bluff Middle School and Fox Prairie, Kegonsa and Sandhill elementary schools.

You can check out the full press release from Dane County Executive Joe Parisi's office here. If you have any questions or would like more information about how the program works, contact Keli Melcher, director of Student Services for the Stoughton Area School District, at  Keli.Melcher@Stoughton.K12.WI.US  or 877.5041.
LED lighting to bring savings, increase efficiency at SASD

An energy-efficiency program at the Stoughton Area School District has been highlighted in a case study in LED lighting conversion.

The case study compiled by Upper 90 Energy, a company that focuses on LED lighting retro-fit solutions, highlights work at the swimming pool and Performing Arts Center at Stoughton High School. This year, our district converted the lighting at those two facilities into LED (light-emitting diode) lighting, including the replacement and/or retrofitting of all fixtures with LED technology to produce more light and reduce energy usage.

"The light levels were measured and are either maintained or increased in all affected areas," the case study states.

SASD is projected to realize an estimated $6,500 in annual electric savings and $3,000 in annual maintenance savings from the project, which is considered to be maintenance-free for five years due to the installation process and the manufacturer's warranties. SASD will also receive a one-time $2,345 rebate from Focus on Energy, a statewide energy efficiency program, due to the work.

"The light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today's most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing lighting technologies," according to "Quality LED light bulbs last longer, are more durable, and offer comparable or better light quality than other types of lighting."

Would you like more information? Read a copy of the case study below.

Stoughton students' summer learning travels include Washington, D.C. and Germany

Stoughton students were busy broadening their horizons with trips to Washington, D.C. and Germany over the summer.

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.

Key dates to remember:

August 17 and 22
Central Registration for the 2017-18 school year will take place Aug. 17 and 22 at Stoughton High School. Please visit our  Central Registration page for more information.  The Aug. 17 session will go from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., while the Aug. 22 session will go from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Families should use the Devonshire Road entrance, Door No. 24, by the Pool.

August 30
Open House for River Bluff Middle School (5:30-7 p.m.) and Fox Prairie, Kegonsa and Sandhill elementary schools (all 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.).

September 5
The first day of school.

September 6
Stoughton High School Open House from 5 to 7 p.m.
August 29 staff training to enhance district's emergency response protocol

We at the Stoughton Area School District wanted to give you a heads up about a staff training program that will be taking place at each of our five school buildings on Tuesday, August 29.

At SASD, we are in the process of enhancing our security protocols. As part of that effort, we are transitioning to a new emergency response protocol that includes active shooter scenarios.

Therefore, on the 29th, many of our staff will participate in instructor-led training scenarios in cooperation with local law enforcement. You might see increased activity or police presence on the five campuses (Fox Prairie, Kegonsa and Sandhill elementary schools; River Bluff Middle School; and Stoughton High School) on that day; please do not be alarmed, these activities are part of the training program for our staff. During these training, all buildings will be locked from 8 a.m. to noon. Some staff already underwent this training at River Bluff in June.

If you have any questions about these training sessions, please contact Calvin Merath, our director of buildings and grounds, at 877.5071 or Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation!

Update: Work on SHS track

As some of you may be aware, our high school track has been closed since July 7 for structural resurfacing. This maintenance work has been necessary to ensure we have a track surface that is safe for use and will extend the lifespan of the surface.

Although we had hoped the work would be complete by now so the track could be reopened, due to a combination of weather and other factors the resurfacing work has been delayed. We are hopeful that the work will get underway within the next several weeks so the track can be reopened for use. Once it is, we will post the notice on our website at

We apologize for any inconvenience this delay might cause and appreciate your patience. 

Reminder: Swimming pool will be closed for part of August 29

The Stoughton High School swimming pool will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, August 29, while staff undergo training. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Stoughton Area School District
320 North Street
Stoughton, WI 53589