October, 2019
Community Connect Newsletter
Star Center Elementary School Named as a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School by the U. S. Secretary of Education
Star Center Elementary School was recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos as one of 362 schools in the nation and one of eight schools from Wisconsin as an Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing National Blue Ribbon School for 2019. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

“We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a video message to the honorees. “As a National Blue Ribbon School, your school demonstrates what is possible when committed educators hold all students and staff to high standards and create vibrant, innovative cultures of teaching and learning.”
The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.

 “The Blue Ribbon School Award is a tremendous honor and earning this distinction requires hard work, talent and vision from all of the staff, students and community at Star Center Elementary,” said Lake Geneva Schools Superintendent Dr. James Gottinger. He continued by stating, “Star Center has a lot to be proud of.”
Lake Geneva Middle School Earns Wisconsin School Music Association Accreditation
Lake Geneva Middle School has been awarded Wisconsin School Music Association accreditation.
“Congratulations to all schools that achieved WSMA accreditation for the 2018-19 school year. We applaud their efforts to provide valuable music education opportunities for students,” said WSMA Executive Director Laurie Fellenz.
In order to become WSMA accredited, schools must meet the following requirements:
  • Enroll in WSMA membership for the current school year.
  • Register one or more students for WSMA District Solo & Ensemble Festival.
  • Register one concert group of each available ensemble type for WSMA Concert Group Festivals or Concert Group Clinic Experiences.
Accreditation distinguishes member schools that exemplify WSMA’s shared mission, “To ensure that all students have opportunities which encourage lifelong involvement in music,” through participation in WSMA programs.
Community Veterans Day Celebration Planned For November 11 at Lake Geneva Middle School
Lake Geneva Middle School is inviting the community to attend its annual Veterans Day celebration on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in the middle school gym.

The program will feature patriotic music performed by the school’s seventh and eighth grade orchestras, bands and combined choirs, directed by Mrs. Lauren Klement, Mrs. Amanda Krause, and Mrs. Kim May and accompanied by Mrs. Carol Berndt. A highlight of the event will be the combined performance of “God Bless America.” The audience will be invited to participate in a sing-along.

Colors will be posted by the Color Guard from Post 24 of The American Legion, located in Lake Geneva. Veterans who attend the program will be invited to “pass the microphone” to introduce themselves and announce when and where they served.
It’s Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch Time, Badger High School, Lake Geneva
Badger High School is joining schools, early care sites, hospitals, universities, state agencies, and non-profit organizations across the Great Lakes Region to celebrate National Farm to School Month by crunching into local apples for the Sixth Annual Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch at lunch time!
This is the third year that the Lake Geneva Badger FCCLA has provided apples for the student body. The apples were purchased from Hafs Road Orchard, Lake Geneva. The FCCLA members then cleaned and cut about 500 apples so students could crunch on apples with caramel or just grab a whole apple. The students were able to get the apples during their lunch on Thursday, October 10, 2019.
Badger Homecoming King & Queen
Henry Huss and Courtney Armstrong were crowned king and queen of Badger High School's Homecoming at the annual pep assembly. The theme of Homecoming 2019 was Home Sweet Home. Congratulations Henry & Courtney!
October is National Principals Month - a special time to celebrate, appreciate and thank school principals for all their hard work leading our school community. They create an environment where young learners can grow and succeed in and out of the classroom.

Ms. Straus, Mr. Giovingo, Mrs. Stanton, Mrs. Heck, Mr. Strobel, Mrs. Zigler, Mrs. Tennessen, Mrs. Buhler, Mr. Nugent...we thank you for your leadership and dedication!
Wisconsin School Board Week October 6-12, 2019
Lake Geneva Joint #1 and Lake Geneva-Genoa City Union (Badger) High School students bene fit every day from the leadership and vision of our school boards. October 6 - 12 was Wisconsin School Board Week. Thank you to these dedicated school leaders.

Lake Geneva-Genoa City Union (Badger) High School Board Members: John Drusczak, Kathy Vorpagel, Jeff Buntrock, Patrick Sherman, Janet Giovannetti, Patricia Wolter, Niki Ceisel

Lake Geneva Joint #1 Board Members: Marcie Hollmann, Mike Franzene, Carrie Spiegelhoff, Barb Dinan, Linda Bailey-Boilini
Elementary School Upcoming Veterans Day Celebrations
Star Center Elementary School in Pell Lake, located at W1380 Lake Geneva Hwy, will be recognizing Veterans Day through a school-wide flag ceremony on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 9 a.m. followed by a breakfast for military personnel and their families. All students and staff will wear red, white, and blue or scout uniforms to recognize this important day of remembrance. 

Eastview Elementary School, located at 535 Sage Street,  will have a performance on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. featuring the 4th and 5th grade Accent Choir. Following the performance, there will be a cake reception in the Eastview cafeteria for Veterans. 

Veterans wishing to attend the elementary school events are encouraged to RSVP to the appropriate school. For Star Center, contact 262-348-7000. For Eastview, 262-348-6000.
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Congratulations to Badger High Schools Homecoming Court
Front Row (Left to Right):  Olivia Levitt (9), Natalia Almeida (10), Ella Jensen (11), Courtney Armstrong (12), Victoria Laramy (12), Kaleigh Bauer (11), Kiera Bays (10), Carley Brown (9)
Back Row (Left to Right):  Marco Alberts (9), William Bernardo (10), Carter Lazzaroni (11), Henry Huss (12), Jake McClorey (12), Nolan Cassidy (10), Dylan Boyle (9)
Not Pictured: Christopher Bakken (11)
Upcoming Dates to Remember
October 25, 2019 | No School
  • Teacher In-Service Day

November 27 - 29 | No School
  • Thanksgiving Break

December 13 | No School
  • Teacher In-Service Day

December 23 - January 3 | No School
  • Winter Break

January 6 | Classes Resume

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