Welcome to the May 2017 Lake Geneva Schools Community Connect Newsletter
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Great Progress This Year! 
Strategic Plan Update Session Held April 13
A Message From Superintendent Dr. Jim Gottinger

One year ago, our school districts developed a new Strategic Plan to guide our direction for the next three to four years. The overarching goal of this plan is to move our educational system forward to ensure we’re always meeting the needs of and providing great opportunities for our students.
The planning team for our districts’ strategic plan met on Thursday, April 13 to report on and review the progress we’ve made on accomplishing the strategies and objectives that we formulated last spring.

The planning team is made up more than fifty students, parents, teachers, board members and administrators. The update included information from each school in the districts (Central-Denison, Eastview, Star Center, Lake Geneva Middle School and Badger High School).

The group was asked to grade our progress thus far. The progress grade was a B+ average, showing that we’re making great strides in the areas of developing the whole learner, promoting community engagement, developing and retaining exceptional staff and enhancing quality facilities and resources.

Y ou Can Learn More About Our Progress By Viewing The Strategic Plan Update Session Slide Show At https://goo.gl/ldCZsW

New initiatives for the upcoming school year include:
  • Morning and afternoon daycare in the schools for K-5th grade students
  • Pre-Advanced Placement courses for middle school language arts students
  • An online blended learning option for students in grades 6-12
We will continue to focus on our core strategies and strategic objectives during the 2017-2018 school year. Our planning team will reconvene next spring to, again, assess the progress and keep the plan moving forward.

We have much to be proud of in our districts. I thank you for your continued support of our schools and students.

District Dates & Reminders
  • May 9:  Joint #1 School Board Meeting - 5:30 p.m.
  • May 11: Early Release/Late Start Day

  • May 26: Last Day Of School For Students
  • May 28: Badger High School Graduation
Upcoming District Events & Programs
Badger High Spring Play "The Anatomy of Gray" - May 4, 5 & 6 at 7:00PM.
Click image for details.
Click For Greenhouse Sale Times & Info On How To Pre-Order Your Special "Bob K Memorial Plants."  30,000+ Plants Available This Year!
NEW! Online Learning Program Coming
For The 2017-18 School Year
Badger High School and Lake Geneva Middle School will provide online learning opportunities for students next school year. An informational meeting for parents is scheduled for
May 11 at 6:00 pm in the District Administration Office. Please join us!  Learn More

NEW! Before & After School Child Care
Lake Geneva Schools and the YMCA have joined together to provide a before and after school enrichment program for the 2017-2018 school year at Central-Denison and Star Center Elementary Schools. Students in grades 5K - 5th grade that are enrolled at Central-Denison, Eastview or Star Center may enroll as long as space is available. Registration starts May 1 at the YMCA. Learn More.
May 17 :   ESL Family Resource Fair  At
Eastview Elementary School. Learn More 
(flyer is in Spanish & English)
Spring Concerts Are Here! Get The Schedule
4K Round-Up Time!
Central-Denison & Star Center Elementary Schools are rounding up 4K students for the 2017-2018 School Year. Meet the 4K teachers, participate in fun activities, experience the 4K environment & register for school! Learn more
Join us at Badger High School on Saturday, June 3, from 3-9pm For Bob K Day
Celebrate the life & memory of our beloved former Badger High Principal Bob Kopydlowski. Fun activities for all ages, food for purchase, live music & more. Admission is free. Online & in-person donations are welcome to support the Bob K Memorial Scholarship Fund. Learn more
Register For Spring Community Education Classes
Click the guide for class & registration details.
Register Now For 2017 Summer Enrichment Programs
Exciting classes for children ages 3 - 8th grade. Classes start June 12. Register by June 5. Click the guide above to view classes & enrollment info.
Color Runs Coming To LGMS & Cen-Den!
LGMS:  May 5  |   Cen-Den: May 12
Contact the schools for details.

Check the Community Backpack for Information on Upcoming Community Programs & Events for Kids in Grades K-12.
Monthly School Board Awards
Badger Board Awards
Congratulations to the following students on receiving the Badger School Board Achievement Plus Award in April!  
Top Photo: Rachael Bearder & Isabella Vitullo. 
Bottom Photo: Amanee Vasquez & Melanie Soto

Joint #1 Board Awards
Congratulations to the following students on receiving the Joint #1 School Board Achievement Plus Award!

Top Photo: Paige Linneman, Ila Keyzer & Madysen Deleskiewcz
Bottom Left: Oscar Cuatlacuatl
Bottom Middle:  Gage Kenney
Bottom Right: Emelyn Basurto  
Visit our Boards of Education Website for meeting dates and details
District Scrapbook
Cen-Den Book Tasting Was A Treat
On the evening of April 12, Central-Denison families gathered at the school to feast on fantastic books & related snacks. Participants were provided a menu at the door & traveled around the school reading various books & related snacks. What a fun family night & great way to promote literacy!
LGMS 6th Graders Learn
In The Great Outdoors
Learning doesn't always take place in a classroom. Our LGMS 6th grade students can attest to that! They just wrapped up their 2-day Outdoor Education experience at Camp Maclean. Students enjoyed classes in the woods, swamp, prairie & lake. Favorite activities included learning how to make a campfire; studying samples from the swamp under a microscope; a ropes course & climbing wall; fishing; archery; & various other team-building & problem-solving activities. Visit the LGMS Facebook Page to view camp photos.
Badger Forensics Team Shines At State
Congrats to our forensics team! Not only did the entire team qualify to compete at state, but everyone medaled! Learn more:  http://bit.ly/2oyoIgd

Badger Business Concepts Class Hosts Student Franchise Fair
Similar to "Shark Tank," students pitched their mock business concept to potential investors (i.e. fellow students & teachers). What a c ool project & incredible learning opportunity for our students! Check out video and photos of their oh-so-convincing presentations & business ideas here.

Stay up to date on Badger athletics events & successes on GoBadger.org

Do You Have Good News to Report? Please Share!
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