May 2017
Issue 11

District Administrator's Message 
 
The month of May provides much excitement as we focus on wrapping up the current school year while planning for the next. 
 
This is especially true for students.  Current four-year-old kindergarteners are meeting with new teachers who will welcome them to a full day of school in September.  Fourth graders are being introduced to a new school, new teachers, and new opportunities.  They are learning how to open lockers and deciding which activities to participate in or instruments to play.  This group is looking forward to a plethora of transitional activities that include a variety of summer sessions to help prepare them for their 'next step'.  Eighth graders have already picked classes that provide a foundation for career planning.  The Freshmen Academy was created solely for the purpose of welcoming this group of students to the High School in a way that allows them success in school and well beyond.  High School seniors are feeling a mix of emotion as they look forward to their graduation ceremony, celebrations, and starting something new.  Whether that 'something' is continuing education, military service, entering the work-world, or any combination of the above...we know our New London students are well prepared for life's adventures.
 
For educators, the month of May is one of the busiest.  Supporting student needs, tending to year-end activities, and planning for the upcoming school year are all happening at the same time.  Although it would be appropriate to provide accolades and acknowledgement to our exceptional educators every day of the year...the first week in May is specifically set aside to applaud, celebrate, and just simply thank those who spend their days dedicated to shaping the lives of the next generation and to remember all those who may have played a role in shaping ours.  We are grateful to our teachers for all they do.  Please join me in thanking our remarkable educators before the school year ends.
 
Mark your calendars for a variety of end-of-year activities ranging from concerts, banquets and picnics to athletic events and award ceremonies.  Students in our Biomedical Sciences program will highlight their learning through showcase presentations on May 17 and 19.  Contact Jenny Doran jdoran@newlondon.k12.wi.us or Laura Turner lturner@newlondon.k12.wi.us if you are interested in providing feedback to students on these presentations.  Thank you to the many volunteers who enrich these events.  We are grateful for the continued support of our families and community.  We couldn't possibly do what we do without you!  Go Bulldogs!
 
Sincerely,

Kathy Gwidt

Kathleen Gwidt, Ph.D. 
District Administrator   

Many Thanks!
Thank you to community volunteers who assisted with senior interviews.  

Dates to Note
May 1: Bulldogs of Character Community Meeting. FFA Banquet

May 2: IS (5th/6th) Spring Vocal Concert

May 4: HS/MS Show Choir Performance

May 5: Inclement Weather Make-Up Day - Students report to school

May 8: Regular Board of Education Meeting

May 9: MS (7th/8th) Spring Vocal Concert

May 10: Senior Awards Program 

May 12: MS/HS Jazz Band Concert

May 15: MS (7th/8th) Spring Band Concert

May 16:
IS (5th/6th) Spring Band Concert

May 19: 4th Grade Meet and Mingle

May 26: Graduation

May 29: No School - Memorial Day

May 31: Activity/Athletic Awards Program 

Teacher Appreciation Week
For All You Do...Thank You!
This note goes out to all of our remarkable New London educators. 
Whether you serve as a teacher, counselor, paraeducator, bus driver, secretary, principal, maintenance worker, speech and language pathologist, or assist in any other area,...I hope you know and understand the incredible importance of your role.  You are amazing!  

You are changing students' lives.  Please remember that even when challenges are great, there are students who have been positively impacted because of you and will always remember you.  Please know how much you are appreciated! 

                        Join me in thanking our exceptional educators!  
Bulldogs Lend a Hand
Sturgeon Shuffle 
School District of New London students and staff enjoyed helping out at the Sturgeon Shuffle. Sponsored by ThedaCare-New London Foundation, this 10K and 5K walk/run provides opportunity for everyone to participate.  All proceeds raised are given back to support local community programs that improve the health and well being of our community.


                               All proceeds go to community programs!
NWTC Tech Challenge
Congratulations!  
Several New London High School students participated in the NWTC Tech Challenge and were awarded for their exceptional accomplishments.  

Machine Tool Display: Multi-cavity Sinker Casting Mold - Matthew George:  Star First and NWTC Scholarship (highest level) 

CNC Chess Pieces - Joe Schieve: Gold Medal 

Reverse Engineered Steel Rubik's Cube - Matt Bianco: Bronze Medal

Live Competition: Parametric Modeling - Shania Krake:  Silver Medal 

Live Competition: Welding -  Cheyenne Beechy: Silver Medal,  Wyatt Osman and Dustin Handschke: Bronze Medal
Sharing Time Together
Breakfast with Mom and Dad
Elementary and Intermediate Schools had the pleasure of inviting 'moms and da ds' to have breakfast at school. Thanks to our Food Service Department for assisting with this special event.
  















                  Welcome Moms and Dads!
Donation to Caring Closet
Bulldogs of Character
Intermediate/Middle School students and staff raised $130.00 and received over 1,000 food and clothing items for the Bulldog of Character Caring Closet. Mrs. Krause's class enjoyed cinnamon rolls since they donated the most items per classroom. Check in with Mrs. Sasse if you are interested in helping to support this cause. 

Continuing to Give Back to Students
STEP Program 
New London's Senior Tax Exchange Program (STEP) provides an avenue for senior citizens to give back to our schools and students. STEP workers support classrooms or programs that fit best with their background. We are grateful for the contributions provided by this dedicated group.

Thank You for ALL You Do
7th and 8th Grade Students Recognize Our Awesome Custodians
A group of 7th and 8th grade students worked with Miss Nechodom, School Counselor, to create this poster thanking custodians at the Intermediate/Middle School for all their amazing work and kindness!

Students Enjoy Community Involvement
Plach Automotive Celebrates and Supports Student Activities
Several High School organizations assisted with a 'grill out' hosted by Plach Automotive in honor of their 30th anniversary. Plach, in turn, matched the lunch sales with a donation back to School District of New London activities.  New London students raised $638.30 and Plach matched that amount to allow a donation of $1,276.60 for student activities ranging from DECA to Culture Club. 
Thank you, Plach Automotive!
Congratulations, Robbie Watling!
Recipient of the Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship
Robbie Watling was the honored recipient of the Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship . To add to the prestigious event, Senator Kohl announced he was doubling the dollar amount of each award. Robbie Watling was awarded $10,000 to further his educaiton. New London is proud of Robbie and each of our Bulldogs as they strive for excellence. Congratulations!
 
Softball Teacher Recognition Night
Acknowledging Excellent Educators
Congratulations to Mrs. Jennifer Doran, Mr. Pete Mroczynski, and Mrs. Melissa Porath for being recognized at the varsity softball game as teachers making a difference.

Making a Difference
Earth Day Activities
Our youngest learners took some time to pick up trash in and around their schools in recognition of Earth Day.  They remind all of us that even the smallest steps make a big difference.  

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