December 3, 2020
"Tis the time to expect miracles!"

Dear Southern Door Community,                        
If your house is like ours, this season brings lots of holiday movies including those which have stood the test of time like "It's A Wonderful Life," "Miracle on 34th Street." These movies and the memories of our family traditions usually confirm our need to believe that miracles are possible and yes, within our reach. The dictionary says that a "miracle" can be a wonderful occurrence that "beats the odds" or "something of great and unusual value." Some might say that our being able to still be in school five days a week during this pandemic is a "miracle" itself. We have definitely shown that we are beating the odds. This is truly a place of students, staff, and families who have continued to do great things.

The needs in our families and communities are even greater this year. If you would like to consider supporting some of our projects here at school by donating new toys, buying new winter clothes for our Caring Closet, or making donations of grocery gift cards for us to give to families in need, we welcome your generosity. Just connect with one of our principals if you would like to help, because as a Southern Door community, we are there for each other and We Are Eagle Proud and Eagle Strong!

Yours in Education!
Patricia Vickman, Superintendent
*Computer Science Education Week
*Senior Citizen Holiday Party
*COVID on the Rise Message from Public Health
*Student Selected to All-State Jazz Choir
*Students Recognized by Rodbuilders Assn.
*Middle School Sponsors Toys for Tots
*Colorful and Sunny Mural Displayed
*Free Virtual Concert with Eli Mattson
*Farm to School Survey Available
*Childcare Survey Need
Community Information:
--Farmers to Families Free Food Event
--Free Flu Clinic
--North Pole Drive-Thru
Have a piece of technology you can’t live without? Or one that is the pinnacle of your collection? Retro games, phones, tablets, name it! Take a picture today with your FAVORITE piece of technology, and post to Facebook with the hashtag #SDFavTech. We will pick one student, one staff, and one community winner!
NotePlease closely monitor the school calendar and sign up for rschooltoday updates so you are made aware of cancellations and postponements, especially now with the ever changing times.

Thursday, Dec 3 - 3:30p CTE Virtual Advisory Meeting; HS Boys basketball vs NEW
Friday, Dec 4 - Packer School Spirit Day; 4:30-6p Farmers to Families Free Food Pickup at County Park
Saturday, Dec 5 - St. Nick's eve

Monday, Dec 7 - HS Girls Basketball vs Sturgeon Bay;
Tuesday, Dec 8 - MS Boys Basketball vs Kewaunee; HS Boys Basketball @ Oconto
Wednesday, Dec 9 - 10:20a SD on WDOR radio
Thursday, Dec 10 - Swimming @ Sturgeon Bay; HS Girls Basketball @ Peshtigo; 7p FFA Alumni meeting
Friday, Dec 11 - THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT WITH TECHNOLGY SPIRIT DAY ( Wear your brightest, most standout colors); Last day for Toys for Tots Collection; Middle/High School Mid-Quarter Progress; Farm to School Survey due; HS Boys Basketball vs Peshtigo
Saturday, Dec 12 - Wrestling @ Oconto; HS Girls Basketball vs Oconto; 7p FREE Virtual Holiday Concert LiveStreamed with Eli Mattson
All senior citizens, age 62 and over, who live in the Southern Door community are invited to participate in this year’s revamped annual Southern Door Holiday Celebration, Wednesday, December 16, 2020. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the regular in-person holiday party will not occur; however, the holiday meal will still be available for pickup with a drive-through curbside service.

Individuals can pick up their holiday meals between 1:00-2:00 pm on Wednesday, December 16th by driving up to door 11, which is the new east entrance to the high school. Students and staff will bring your meal(s) to your car. This year’s menu includes traditional turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetable, and dessert.
Reservations for this event must be made by calling the high school office, (920) 825-7333, by Monday, December 14th at 12 noon.
Click on this link to access an important message from Door County Public Health for all families and staff. regarding the current situation here in Door County and recommendations to be followed for the upcoming holidays.
Congratulations to Dale Swanson, Jr., son of Mr. Dale, Sr., and Sandra Swanson, who was selected to be a part of the 2021 WCDA All-State Vocal Jazz Choir.  Students from 11 different Wisconsin Schools were selected to be part of this all - state ensemble. The WCDA All-State Vocal Jazz Choir event will take place in January 2021.

Emma Bousley (7th grade) and Luke Bousley (12th grade) were recently interviewed in a zoom call by Bill Batson, owner Batson Enterprises. They talked about the winning custom rods they recently built during the CRBG Youth Rod Building competition. The interview can be found at this Facebook link.
"Hello Southern Door families! Please assist the Southern Door Middle School student council as they partner with Door County for the 'Toys for Tots' program. Please consider donating a new toy (boy or girl toy) to a child in need.
We have two stations set up in the middle school where your child can drop off the toy! The two stations are the present box in front of the office, or any of the green boxes in the middle school resource area. This is a great cause, and will especially be helpful during a year like this! Thank you"
This school-wide collaboration mural was created by every student in 4K through 4th grades and now hangs in the Elementary hallway near the Art Room.

Student artists created their own "Dot" artwork inspired by the story "The Dot" illustrated and written by Peter H, Reynolds. This story shared how we all need a bit of COURAGE to begin and share our ideas with art and with other forms of expression.

Southern Door student artists drew "Something That Helps Me SMILE" on their own individual dot to add to the group mural. It is our hope that looking at this artwork will help anyone who may need a bright spot on a dark or difficult day.
Join the Southern Door Community Auditorium virtually as we welcome back Wisconsin's very own Eli Mattson for his “Home for The Holidays” free virtual concert on December 12, At 7:00 PM. Brought to international attention as the second place winner on season three of America’s Got Talent, Mattson has fans spanning the globe begging for more music.

His powerful, yet intimate voice is unique and unexpected, and his piano playing is an extension of his soul. He has a charismatic aura about him, and sings with deep soulfulness. His original songs are deeply personal, beautifully composed, and lyrically rich. Eli will perform some favorite Christmas songs as well as some of his originals & amp covers.

Mattson began pursuing music in earnest after his family moved to Door county. After America’s Got Talent, he pursued a promising career until the pressures and a persistent back injury forced him to take a break from performing live. Eli has returned to play again, having learned to live with the injury, and is performing online concerts. Join us in celebrating the holidays with Eli’s smoky, soulful voice and uncanny piano skills.

Sponsored by our wonderful partners at Door County Medical Center, this live stream event is available at no charge to the public by going to the Southern Door auditorium website at
Community Farm to School Survey due Dec. 11
Southern Door School District is looking to partner with local farmers who would be interested in sharing their farming knowledge to provide the students with relevant and exciting agriculture educational opportunities. Southern Door is also looking to partner with local farmers and businesses to incorporate more local agriculture products into school lunches.
The survey can be accessed by clicking on this link.