October 25, 2018 District e-News
Sandhill kindergarten students accept congratulations from older students lining the hallways during the 'We Are Readers Parade' on Friday, October 19, at Sandhill.
Sandhill students, staff cheer on young learners in 'We Are Readers Parade'

All of Sandhill Elementary School turned out last week to congratulate kindergarten students after they completed their first Unit of Study in reading.

On Friday, October 19, the four kindergarten classrooms went on a parade around the school, holding some of their favorite books, while other Sandhill students and staff lined the hallways to cheer and celebrate their work.  
Check out this video for a snapshot of our District finances
Monday night (October 22, 2018), our District hosted its Annual Meeting. Check out the  five-minute video above  for some of the highlights, including:
  • A breakdown of where our funding comes from
  • A breakdown of where our money goes
  • How this year's budget impacts local property owners
  • How important local support has been to our District
Tickets available for SHS production of 'Legally Blonde the Musical' this weekend
Tickets are available for the Stoughton High School production of "Legally Blonde the Musical."

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday (October 26) and Saturday (October 27) and at 2 p.m. Sunday (October 28). All performances of the musical are at the Stoughton High School Performing Arts Center. The musical's score and lyrics are by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin, book by Heather Hatch, based off the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie.

Tickets are $12 each for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens.

Sixth grade science brings real world element to thermal energy project
Sixth grade science students have been learning about the three methods of thermal energy transfer. As part of their culminating project, they were to design a product that could keep an ice cube from melting while placed in a 200-degree hot box for 10 minutes. They had a set of materials to choose from to test and build. Some materials were good insulators that would help their design; other materials were conductors that would achieve the opposite result of what they desired.
To add a real world twist to the project, sixth grade science teachers Tim Reiser and Susan Zaemish told students that they were to pretend that they were developing this product to help keep food cold during the Syttende Mai festival and that Stoughton Mayor Tim Swadley would be looking for the best design for his city to use.

On Tuesday, October 16, Mayor Swadley surprised the students by attending their final product testing and asking them questions about the decisions that they made and their results. The students' prototypes were excellent, with many of them maintaining 90+% of the ice cubes' mass after exposure to the extreme heat. 

Thank you to the mayor for participating in this learning experience and great job sixth-graders!
Join the Fox Prairie Watch D.O.G.S.
Fox Prairie Elementary School is seeking volunteers for its Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) program, a family and community engagement initiative.

Watch D.O.G.S. are fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers, guardians, aunts, uncles, or community members who volunteer for a half or full school day at Fox and help out by reading and working on school activities with students, playing at recess, eating lunch with students, watching school entrances and more. On the day of their participation, Watch D.O.G.S. are given a brief review of their involvement and wear an official Watch D.O.G.S. T-shirt identifying them as a program volunteer in the building.

Kegonsa partners with City of Stoughton to offer after school program, Gilly's Squad
Stoughton Community Recreation Department has teamed up with Kegonsa Elementary School to offer an after school program at Kegonsa this year. The program is offered from 3:05 to 5:45 p.m., with 2-5 day options available. The program includes activities and a snack. Scholarships are available.

For information about the program, contact Kourtni Barnes, Recreation Supervisor, Stoughton Parks and Recreation, at 608.873.6746 or kbarnes@ci.stoughton.wi.us.

'You are playing for your team and what your team represents'
Hear Stoughton High School student-athletes reflect on the values they have learned and why SHS has received a WIAA (Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association) Award of Excellence for two consecutive years.
Norwegian Dancers to perform during this weekend's Destination Stoughton
The Stoughton Norwegian Dancers will perform from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 27, in the Community Building, 320 North St., as part of this weekend's Destination Stoughton festivities .

Families are encouraged to bring their children dressed up in their Halloween costumes around 2 p.m. for a costume contest. 

After the performance, children can also join the Dancers for some trick-or-treating at downtown Stoughton businesses.
River Bluff highlights lunchtime behavioral expectations with 'Superheroes' video
As we indicated in our last e-News, River Bluff Middle School staff and students have produced five videos about the school PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) program, our framework for teaching classroom and school-wide behavioral expectations.

 The featured video in this District e-News highlights behavioral expectations for lunchtime and includes superhero cameos. Check it out!
Fifth-graders at Sandhill learn how to get 'Lost' in a good book
Fifth-graders at Sandhill celebrated the end of their first Unit of Study in reading by "Getting Lost in a Good Book." Their campsites were filled with storytelling, laughs and of course reading!
Check out college, career planning info from SHS Counseling Department
ACP for Junior Families
Families with 11th graders have been sent an email and postal letter inviting them to schedule an Academic and Career Planning (ACP) conference with their student’s counselor.

The 45-minute conferences cover the student’s talents and interests, academic progress, 12th grade registration, graduation requirements and post- secondary plans. Conferences begin October 30.

UW-Madison and U of M Deadlines
UW-Madison’s early action deadline for fall 2019 new freshmen is November 1. Students applying by that date will receive their admission decision by the end of January. However, UW-Madison continues to accept applications until February 1, which is their regular decision deadline for fall 2019. Students applying by February 1 will receive their decision by the end of March.

Similarly, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities’ early action deadline is also November 1. Students will receive a reply of Admit, Defer or Deny by January 31, 2019. By March 31, deferred applicants will receive either an Admit, Waitlist, or Deny decision. All students who complete an application by the January 1 regular deadline will receive a decision by the end of March.

Families of seniors, the online application for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available at FAFSA.gov . College Goal WI is hosting events in October and November to help students and their families through the FAFSA process. There are locations across the state and more information is available at http://collegegoalwi.org/ .
River Bluff students prepare to become Safe School Ambassadors
From the River Bluff e-News:

River Bluff has a new program that is focused on reducing incidents of peer mistreatment. 

The Safe School Ambassador (SSA) Program was developed to teach youth the skills and strategies to prevent and stop mistreatment among their peer group. Students see, hear and know things that adults don't and can intervene in ways that adults can't. Approximately 85% of students are bystanders. That is, they witness peer mistreatment or walk by it when it is happening. The Safe School Ambassador Program trains socially influential students who have strong verbal skills and a strong sense of social justice, as well as courageous concern for others, to move from being bystanders to "upstanders."  

Forty students will be selected to participate in a two-day training. During this training, they will learn and practice non-violent communication and intervention skills to prevent and deescalate peer mistreatment within their own social group when it happens. After the training, Student Ambassadors will be supported by Family Group Facilitators (adults), who will meet with them every three weeks during Homeroom to practice the skills learned during training, problem solve difficult situations and provide support. Each year, 40 additional students and four new adult Family Group Facilitators will be trained.  

Special thanks and appreciation goes to the Stoughton Wellness Coalition for providing the generous funding for this evidence-based program. For more information, contact Anne Fimreite, Middle School Counselor and SSA Program Advisor.
Fox Prairie students run to $13,000 for playground improvements
A little rain couldn't stop Fox Prairie students from having a great time with their Fox Trot on October 5.

Fox Prairie and its Working for Kids group organized the run as a way to help raise money for playground improvements. Due to rain, the kindergarten students and first-graders ran in the gym. The rain held off after, allowing the rest of the students to run outside.

Thank you to Fox Prairie WFK for organizing the Fox Trot and to all the volunteers who supported this event. Fox kids raised more than $13,000 toward the playground improvements as of October 18.

Kegonsa students learn importance of being active, showing sportsmanship at Packers camp
Kegonsa Elementary School students and staff learned about the importance of being active and showing good sportsmanship during a Youth Football Outreach Camp hosted by the Green Bay Packers at Kegonsa on October 2.

The Packers' Youth Football Outreach Program camps are coordinated coordinated in conjunction with the NFL Play 60 Program to encourage kids to be active. The camps allow students in grades two through five to test their football and athletic skills in various drills and obstacle courses.

SHS students learn about construction trades industry during JP Cullen Construction Fair
More than two dozen Stoughton High School students learned about opportunities available in the trades during the annual Construction Career Fair at JP Cullen on October 11.

The program, according to JP Cullen , affords students interactive opportunities to learn "about the construction industry through mock-ups, hands-on demonstrations, and getting the chance to speak individually with apprenticeship recruiters from local building trades unions. The trades represented were electrical, mechanical, HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, ironworkers, carpenters, millwrights, concrete finishers, masons, operating engineers, safety, BIM and  prefabrication ."

This year Stoughton sent its largest-ever contingent of students to the fair, which is in its fourth year. Thank you to JP Cullen for organizing and hosting the event for area schools.
Check out the latest community flyers
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.

Give a shout out to our staff
Follow the link below to give a shout out to a Stoughton Area School District staff member. The form is very brief and should take only a couple of minutes to complete. We plan to share the shout outs through our Staff Newsletter. Thank you in advance for your help!

SASD News In Brief
Norse Star takes home more than a dozen awards, including All KEMPA Award 

Stoughton High School's Norse Star newspaper captured 15 individual awards and the All KEMPA Award (first place) this year after having three issues from last spring critiqued by a judge. 

A total of 20 SHS journalism students attended the Fall KEMPA (Kettle Moraine Press Association) Journalism Conference at UW-Whitewater on October 12. Congratulations to the Norse Star and students!
Middle, high school FFA students attend World Dairy Expo

FFA Chapters from Stoughton High School and River Bluff Middle School attended the World Dairy Expo in Madison on October 6.

Stoughton FFA members worked in the GEA ice cream vendor booth. When students were not scooping and serving ice cream, they were able to tour the World Dairy Expo exhibits and barns.
Congrats to our Merit Scholar Commended Students

Congratulations to our three students - Collin Ace, Nolan Meyer and Margaret Ross - who received high scores on the PSAT last year and are designated National Merit Scholarship Commended students .
Empey to be inducted into WWCA Hall of Fame

Bob Empey, co-head coach of the Stoughton Wrestling program and a Stoughton High School physical education teacher, will officially be inducted into the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association (WWCA) George Martin Hall of Fame in November. Congratulations to Mr. Empey!
Casey recognized as WISC-TV3 Topnotch Teacher

Stoughton High School music teacher Ryan Casey has been recognized as a Topnotch Teacher by WISC-TV3. This program recognizes educators who have gone "above and beyond the call of duty."

Congratulations to Mr. Casey!
Fox Prairie's Gus receives Florida fan mail, bandana

Fox Prairie's Gus has attracted attention outside Stoughton.

The yellow Labrador Retriever who has become a student favorite at Fox earlier this year received a bandana from a follower in Florida who heard he needed some new bandanas.
SHS graduate recognized for excellence in and out of classroom

Ian Bormett (Stoughton High School Class of 2018) is one of 12 young people to receive the Tauscher/Vetter Servant Leadership Award sponsored by American Family Insurance.

This annual honor recognizes student athletes who demonstrate excellence in the classroom, on the field/court and in the community.

Principal of the Year honor culminates with trip to nation's capital

Earlier this year, Stoughton High School principal Mike Kruse was recognized as the Wisconsin Secondary Principal of the Year by the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA).

Kruse, who has served as SHS principal since 2008, helped represent Wisconsin at an event in Washington, D.C., in September as part of the award. He also met with Wisconsin legislators during the visit.
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