May 16, 2020
" We're all in this together. We make each other strong!
Being there for each other, is where we all belong! "

Dear Southern Door Community,
As we enter these last two weeks of school, we can look back with pride on how we have all pulled together – students, staff, and families – to make this unprecedented time in our lives as positive and productive as possible. When we think back to how this year began, and how we planned for it to end, we never would have imagined it would be so different from all those traditions we have had in the past. While the virtual celebrations we have planned, will never replace the face-to-face connections, they will still provide us with opportunities to celebrate our students’ accomplishments, and all the new things we did through remote learning.

For families' planning, I am providing some important upcoming dates and activities:
·        School will end at noon on Wednesday, May 27. This is happening so that families have the opportunity to return all the technology and materials so they can be checked off before everyone leaves for the summer.
·        Material Return Times – Wednesday, May 27 from 12:30-6:30pm; Thursday, May 28 th from 7am-3pm . Similar to how materials were picked up earlier this spring, a curbside drop-off will occur for all technology (chrome book, charging cord, and hotspot – if used) as well as library books, classroom books, and textbooks. At the same time, we will also provide materials that were still here at school, such as memory books, art projects, etc. More details will come out on Tuesday, May 26 to explain the process and what needs to be brought back.
·       Last Day for All Meal Program is Friday, May 29. For the summer months, the Door County YMCA will be sponsoring the lunch program with service from 11am-noon Monday through Friday at the Brussels and Forestville fire stations. Dinner program participants will be given information about the local food pantries as a source for food needs.
·        Graduation - Our seniors had certainly looked forward to their graduation walk through the elementary and their own ceremony in the auditorium. New guidance from the Department of Health Services has now significantly altered what we are able to do to honor their graduation, without causing undue health and safety risks. A virtual pre-recorded ceremony will take place at 2pm on Sunday, May 24, with a follow-up curbside diploma presentation on Thursday, May 28 th from 6-7:30pm here at school. 

I continue to be amazed at how we all pulled together and everyone stepped up to make the best of a very difficult situation that we found ourselves dealing with this spring. Thank you to our staff members’ dedication and leadership, our students’ engagement, and your unwavering support as parents for partnering with us in educating your child. It is because of this partnership, that this last unusual quarter of school was so successful!

Although things change day by day, and no one can predict what the fall may bring, we do know that one thing we have learned as the Southern Door School Community, is that no matter what detours may come our way, we will always soar to new heights, and remain Eagle Strong and Eagle Proud!

Yours in Education! Stay safe and keep healthy!
Patricia Vickman, Superintendent

*Message from SRO Medlen
*Board of Education Update
*Musicians Earn First in Virtual State Music Solo & Ensemble Festival
*Student Excels in Woodworking
*Student in Youth Apprenticeship Spotlight
*Thank You to Healthcare Workers
*Virtual Art Show
*Remote Learning Survey for Parents
*Float Your Boat Competition
*Staff Vacancies for Next Year - Hiring Now
*Grab & Go Meals Reminder
*Community COVID-19 Resources
* Community Events :
Jandu Promotion; New Location for SD Recycling Event
Officer Medlen has been on patrol in Southern Door and assisting with community needs. He also helps staff members connect with students and families.
Go to this link to see a special message SRO Medlen has for all of our students!
The following officers were elected at the last meeting:
Penny Price - President;
Kim Starr - Vice President; Pamela Parks - Clerk; and Janel Veeser - Treasurer.
Please click on this link to access the summary of the May 11, 2020 meeting.
Please click on this link to access the Superintendent's Good News Report.

Meal Delivery Program:
11a-12noon Free Breakfast/Lunch
3-5p Free Dinners

May 17 - 7p Virtual National Honor Society Induction Ceremony on Facebook and District Website
May 20 - Remote Learning Parent Survey Deadline
Deadline for Float Your Boat Challenge
6:30p High School Awards & Scholarship Program Live on Facebook and on District Website
May 22 - Winners Posted for Float Your Board Challenge at Maritime Museum

May 24 - 2p Virtual Graduation Ceremony on Facebook and District Website
May 25 - Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
May 26 - School Resumes
May 27 - School Year Ends at Noon
12:30-6:30p Material & Equipment Return
May 28 - 7a-3p Material & Equipment Return
6-7:30p Curbside Diploma Presentation to Graduates
May 29 - Last day for Breakfast/Lunch and Evening Meals
May 30 - 9a-1p Recycling Event at Gardner Town Hall
SOLOISTS & SHOW CHOIR EARN FIRST AT ‘VIRTUAL’ STATE MUSIC FEST Congratulations to these Southern Door Students who participated in the first, ever Virtual State Solo and Ensemble Festival! They have shown excellence in preparing and performing for this virtual event! Videos of their performances had to be submitted for adjudication. Soloists were: Amanda Austin – Trombone; Mackenzie Finger - Musical Theater; Brooklyn Olson - Musical Theater; Dalena Pakalske - Soprano Solo; Brianna Partyka - Soprano Solo & Musical Theater; Reece Robillard - Musical Theater; Brady Tooley - Tenor Solo & Musical Theater.
Show Choir Members were: Austin Alexander, Anna Alrand, Cyrus Alrand, Elizabeth Bretl, Brynn Erickson, Mackenzie Finger, Hans Golwitzer, Theresa Kaser, Hunter Malvitz, Haylee Martinson, Brooklyn Olson, Dalena Pakalske, Brianna Partyka, Wilian Perez-Munguia, Reece Robillard, Anna Staudenmaier, Dale Swanson, Jenna Thiry, Brady Tooley, Shaun Tooley, Matthew VanderMeer, Ella Wienke.
Congratulations to senior Ben Slezewski, who was awarded the Rotary Technical Education Achievement Award and the Robert Muckain Technical Education Scholarship!
Ben has taken many high school Tech Ed classes and was looking forward to finishing his Advanced Woods project at school and seeing it displayed in the woodworking contest. When school closed, he packed up the parts and finished it at home! He spent over 300 hours working on his “custom fishing cabinet!"
Congratulations to Leeah Delfosse, who was the featured student in the May edition of the Ahnapee Youth Apprenticeship's May newsletter.

What experiences in Youth Apprenticeship have you enjoyed the most, or what has taught you the most? I have been working with Hi-Tec Fabrication since December, and I have already learned so much! From working in this professional business environment, I have learned self-reliance, problem-solving skills, and self-confidence. In high school, I relied on my fellow students and teachers to guide me in learning; however, in the workplace, I have taken initiative. I am encouraged from my mentor to find my own answers and learn more on my own instead of having someone to hold my hand.

What has Youth Apprenticeship helped you to achieve? I’ve achieved learning confidence in myself because I know I have the ability to perform difficult tasks.

Would you recommend Youth Apprenticeship to other students? Yes, of course! There are so many programs offered in so many career paths, so everyone can get involved and benefit from the experience.

What are your plans after high school? Has this experience changed any of those plans? I plan to attend NWTC in the fall to become a Business Analyst. I’ve known that I wanted to major in business since my sophomore year in high school, but this experience has certainly solidified those plans; I love the business world and the environment that comes with it, and all the people I have met along the way. 
We are working on an appreciation initiative to thank our healthcare workers, who are fighting on the frontlines during the COVID-19 outbreak. 
We'd love to give each worker at the hospital a thank you card. We're encouraging those who write cards to use your artistic ability and draw a picture for staff at Door County Medical Center. We are hoping Southern Door students can help lead the charge in collecting more than 600 cards! Cards can be dropped off at the district office by Wednesday, May 20, brought to the lunch staff at the Brussels or Forestville fire stations between 11a-noon; or mailed to the following address:
Door County Medical Center, 1300 Egg Harbor Road, Suite 152 , Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
VIRTUAL ART SHOW The  46 th  Annual Salon of Door County High School Art  typically occurs during the month of May. Southern Door had 25 entries submitted by 16 students. Annika LaLuzerne received the Award of Excellence and Abigail Neubauer received Honorable Mention. This year, a virtual art video showcases the artistic expertise of our county’s talented high school students. Go to this link to view the 4-minute video overview. Thank you, Miller Art Center for your creativity in helping honor our students’ artwork.
The district is seeking feedback from parents on the effectiveness of our remote learning system that was implemented this spring. We are using a free survey developed by the Department of Public Instruction and UW-Milwaukee.
The survey is anonymous and will provide the district with what successes your family had, what challenges you had, and what suggestions you have, should the district need to implement remote learning in the future. The family survey can be found by clicking on this link .
In partnership with the  Peninsula Pulse  newspaper, Door County Maritime Museum is launching the “Float Your Boat!” paper and cardboard boat-building challenge. They are asking students and anyone else who is interested to create, float, and share their boats with them online. All video and picture entries must be posted online to Facebook or Instagram with  #dcmaritime  by Wednesday, May 20. The “Float Your Boat Challenge!” results will be posted on the Pulse and DCMM Facebook pages and Instagram on Friday, May 22 – National Maritime Day. Click on this link to learn more about the categories of boats, and how to enter the contest.
11:00a-noon Free Breakfasts & Lunches for all children ages 1-18 at B.U.G. fire stations in Brussels and Little Sturgeon, SD fire stations in Forestville and Nasewaupee, and SD high school - door #9.
3-5:30p Free Dinners for All Adults & Children at SD High School - door #9
currently offered by the Door County Emergency Support Coalition include, but are not limited to:
•food and medication delivery
•answering general and NON-EMERGENCY health questions
•providing emotional support
To request non-emergency assistance, please call (920) 421-9111 or click on this link. "