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Exam Time

With the semester closing on January 20, that means our first go around of Final Exams is approaching.  For those of you new to the Badger High Sch ool exam process I would like to take a moment and explain that to you.  

At th e conclusion of each semester we have final exams in all classes.  This will be a portion of a student's calculated semester grade.  It is very important for stud ents to be prepared for these exams.  

Exams are different for each class aligned to the types of classes your student is taking.  Some classes do traditional written tests, while others do practical or project-based exams.  Regardless of the exam, your student should ensure they are preparing properly.  

Have a discussion with your student about upcoming exams.  Most may already know from the beginning of the semester while others will be learning about them a week or two out from exams.  Keep the discussion flowing throughout to help guide your student through the process.

It is also important to make sure your student has all work, projects, and assessments turned in before exams to ensure that it may be counted according to teachers' policies for those classes.  Understand that at the end of each term credit is determined on the averaging of quarter one, quarter two, and exam grades.  This calculation creates a semester grade which is factored in with prior semester grades to determine the student's GPA.  So as you see, it is extremely important for students to have all their ducks in a row.

Some other basic tips for exams include:  
  • Good time management
  • Avoiding distractions when studying
  • Getting plenty of rest
  • Eating a good breakfast
  • Staying hydrated

Be a proactive part of your student's academic life, especially during semester ending points and exams.  Remember, if you or your student need a little help at this time of year, we do offer a plethora of after school labs Monday-Thursday in almost all of our core areas, and even elective areas.  Feel free to reach out to a teacher if you need more information on these opportunities.

Thanks for a great almost first half of the school year and keep up the great work!

Russ Tronsen
Principal, Badger 
High School

"Badger High School is a Value Up school.  We recognize that each person in this school is valuable and of equal value.  That value is not determined by appearance, success, intelligence, or behavior.  It is found in our potential to treat each other well, to learn and grow, and because tomorrow has yet to be lived."


Associate Principal Corner - Ms. Straus

For monthly updates highlighting the main events at Badger and pertinent information for students, parents, and the larger Badger community, please 
visit:  AP Straus

January 3               8 Period Day
January 4               Even Block Day
January 5               Odd Block Day
January 6               8 Period Day
January 12             2 Hour Late Start
January 13             NHS Meeting 7:00AM
January 18             Final Exams 1, 3, 5
January 19             Final Exams 2, 4, 6
January 20             Final Exams 7, 8
                                End of 1st Semester
January 21             Mock Trial Competition @ Mukwonago
January 27             ACT Test Prep Seminar 
                                NHS Meeting 7:00AM
January 28             Forensics @ Badger


National Honor Society & Lake Geneva Lions Club
Pancake Breakfast

In conjunction with the Lake Geneva Lions Club, Badger High School's National Honor Society will be hosting a pancake breakfast in the Badger High School commons on February 11 from 8:00AM - 11:00AM.  Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children, and under 4 are free.  Tickets can be purchased from members of either organization. 

All proceeds go towards the Badger High School Chapter of National Honor Society and their efforts to raise money towards the school supply drive with the Families in Need project.
Music Department 
Casino Night Fundraiser

The Badger High School music department will be hosting their annual Casino Night Fundraiser on Saturday, February 11, 2017.  Funds raised will aid the department and their upcoming music department trip to Florida.     Click here to view flyer.

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite at: Eventbrite
Here's What's Happening in the World Language Department
click on headings below for full article

Interested in Becoming A Firefighter, EMT, or Paramedic?

Learn about the programs during a lunch career panel featuring Lake Geneva Fire Department members, Gateway Fire Medic Instructor, Gateway EMT Instructor and past Badger firefighter students now working in the field.  

Badger Good News
Congratulations, Math Student of the Month,
Sophia McGhee

Sophia was nominated by Mr. Matt Pella.   Sophia's receiving the award because of her willingness to constantly follow the school's and her teacher's rules on a daily basis.  She's willing to be a role model in the classroom through her behavior and academics.  Sophia also provides as an extra tutor in the classroom with her ability to help students with math problems and explaining how to use different strategies.

Gateway Visits Badger Automotive Students

On Friday December 9th Badger's automotive students had a visit from Gateway Technical College's Mobile Training and Certification Lab. This lab is used to transport training and certification equipment to high schools throughout the tri-county area. The equipment includes Snap-on multi-meter, 3D Dremel printers, Starrett Lab precision measurement, and Snap-on Torque equipment. The lab is available to transport training equipment related to high schools for their transcripted credit courses. The mobile labs insure that high school students have access to relevant, current equipment that cannot always be purchased by the high school districts. Badger students were able to work with precision measurement and torque equipment. Students saw what effect the use of socket extensions have on the torque applied to a fastener.

Lake Geneva Schools Placed on the College Board's 7th Annual APĀ® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success

News From Badger's Counseling Center
As parents and guardians, January is your reminder to file your taxes.  For the college bound student, this is a reminder to fill out the FAFSA form if you have not done so yet. FAFSA stands for the Free Application For Federal Student Aid.  Any student looking to obtain federally funded grants and loans must complete the FAFSA in order to determine eligibility. Some students feel they will not be eligible for these types of aid and choose not to complete the form; however, keep in mind this form is sometimes a requirement in order to obtain additional scholarships and work study opportunities.
This year we will be continuing our transition to online course selection. The online course selection will be done through PowerSchool and it will be available during each class registration week. After the online course selection window closes, any changes will need to be done by meeting with a counselor.  The course guide will be available online this year on the Badger website. Please reference that when selecting courses. Information will begin to come out in January as to how students will go online and select courses.
Thanks to all those who came to our presentation on scholarships during the Parent/Teacher Conferences! Graduating seniors should continue to apply for the many scholarship opportunities available on Career Cruising and the Badger website. Several emails were sent to the senior class with information on how to access Career Cruising for scholarships. The General Scholarship Application is due on January 6th. There are many scholarships that have due dates later this spring as well. Please be aware of the criteria when applying, what the specific due date is and where to send the completed application. Good luck!

News You Can Use
Badger January Lunch Menu - click here

Interested in Becoming a National Honor Society Member?

Current sophomores and juniors who have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher will be invited to apply to become a member of National Honor Society. Students should be on the lookout for an e-mail with instructions on how to apply. This is a high-intensive service organization and requires many hours of availability for volunteer work and committee work.
AP Exam Information

AP (Advanced Placement) Exams take in place May 2017

Click on the name of each document listed in blue to view for important information.

Important Dates:

Registration Deadline is Friday, March 17, 2017

All students must participate in a pre-administration session to complete exam-related paperwork.  Your session is during your first AP class of the day.  Report to class for attendance then to pre-administration session in the Recital Hall.
 *Note all AP Students should have received hard copies of the Registration Form and Bulletin for AP Students and Parents from their AP Teacher but they are here and on the Badger High School website for your convenience and for any student wishing to take an AP Exam.

Community Education
Winter classes are now forming.   Register  online or learn more by visiting the website: - search Community Education page or call Marie at 262-348-2006.  
Click on the image above for the full winter catalog.

The Bager Fitness Center is open 6-9PM, Monday-Thursday evenings when school is in  session! Just $2 per visit.

Hea lth Insurance Marketplace

Need help understanding your options for health insurance?  Free and open to the public is this local, no-obligation assistance available to you to help you understand your Marketplace, Medicare, BadgerCare, and health insurance options.  

Know Someone that Wants to Learn English?
Badger Community Education Adult English classes start Jan. 10. 
Learn more at

Badger Athletics
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Badger High School Strategic Plan

Badger Board Goals 2016-17

1.  Develop a Plan to Implement the Strategic Plan
2.  Develop Transition Programs
3.  Exceed State Averages in All Tested Areas on Standardized Tests
4.  Demonstrate Fiscal Responsibility While Improving on Our Educational Programs and Facilities.  

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