October 3, 2020
“Relationships are like muscle tissue,
the more they are engaged,
the stronger and more valuable they become.” Rubin

Dear Families and Staff:                                      
Although it looked, sounded, and felt a little different, Homecoming 2020 was a great success! After a physically distanced pep rally Friday morning with the spirit jug won by the Seniors, King Grant Englebert and Queen Lydia LeCloux lit the bonfire. Friday night's big win against Peshtigo capped off the week. Our team and their coaches are to be commended as they played with class and respect for our opponent and the game itself. When it became clear that the game could be a run-away win, the coaches handled it with grace and allowed our reserves to play which validated their commitment to the program. That demonstration of character by our student athletes and their coaches represented our school and our community at a high level.

Developing relationships with students is a priority of our educators every day. Those relationships form a foundation for student success in school, as do the relationships we foster with our families and community as partners in education. Many of our educational routines are in place when October comes, although this unusual year continues to bring tweaks when necessary. What doesn't change is that our work intensifies as we learn more about our students and their needs, whether they be academic, social-emotional, or physical. We are focused on preparing our students for the realities of today and the promises of tomorrow.

This pandemic time is new to all of us. Students, staff and administration are working extremely hard this year to keep our students in school and to provide the co-curricular experiences that so many generations of SD students have enjoyed. We appreciate knowing when we are meeting your needs, as well your letting us know when there are things we could do better.

Each conversation we have with a student, a colleague, a parent or a community member contributes toward our goal of being a school community that “engages and empowers" others, helps all students achieve, and provides a safe and healthy place for students and staff to learn and grow.
Together We Are Eagle Strong!
Patricia Vickman, Superintendent
*Important Dates
*Board of Education Meeting Summaries
*District Health Dashboard
*Framed Artwork to be Claimed
*Make An Informed Vote
*Sporting Events Closed to General Public
*Nominate an Educator for Kohl Awards
*FFA Poinsettia Fundraiser
*YMCA Free Weekend Meals
*Community Events: Flu Shot Clinics; Farmers to Families Free Food Box Event; Halloween Drive-Up Cookout
Note: Please 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. 

Fire Prevention Week

Wisconsin School Board Appreciation Week - Thank you to our Board Members!

Monday, Oct 5 - BLUE UP School Spirit Day for World Bully Prevention Day; JV football vs Oconto
Tuesday, Oct 6 - Gr. 7 & football @ Hortonville
Wednesday, Oct 7 - Virtual Learners Pictures & Picture Retake Day
Thursday, Oct 8 - Great Apple Crunch
Friday, Oct 9 - Football @ Oconto
Board of Education Meeting Summaries

Please click here to access the September 21 regular board meeting.

Please click here to access the October 1 special board meeting.
A Health Dashboard is now easier to access. Just click on the WEEKLY HEALTH REPORT banner and it will take you to this week's dashboard. We thank each of you for your dedication to following health & safety practices at home as well.     

In our renovation, we found some more beautifully framed artwork and would like to return it to the following former SD students:
Josh Alexander; Bridgette Baudhuin; Erin Berns; Alex Bierlein (2); Levi Feitler; Annie Felhofer; Tyler Gonzales; Nathan Grosbeier; Kelli Guilette; Alison Hanson; Amy Hanson; Alexis Jandrin; Jordan Jandrin; Matthew Kay; Kaylin Kolstad; Tiffany Kornaus; Sammi LeMere; Natalie LeRoy; Tiffany Massart; Gretchen Mueller; Helen Parks; Josie Robertson; Kayla Schley; Alyssa Sekadlo; Paris Sele; AJ Smith; Luke Spude; Megan Surfus; Sherry Wilbur; and J Zellmer.

Please help us spread the word that these items are available. Individuals may stop by the district office by October 15 to claim the artwork. Office hours are 7:30am-3:30pm Monday through Friday!

Did you know that the 2018 referendum which allowed Southern Door to have the minimum revenue limit like all other schools in the state, expired June 30, 2020?

Through a proposed operational referendum, the Southern Door County School District is seeking $975,000 for each of the next three years to fund curriculum updates, maintain technology, maintain current programs, and provide wages that recruit and retain staff in the district.

There is NO tax increase projected. Please watch your mailboxes for more information. More information is available on the district's website at the Referendum 2020 link.

Cast an informed vote on your November 3, 2020 ballot.
Due to the COVID pandemic and the Packerland Conference rules, all athletic competitiong are CLOSED to the general public. The following guidelines are in place: 1) Each high school or middle school athlete is given a specified number of special passes to distribute to his/her fans; 2) Masks/face coverings are required at all times during the event; 3) Fans need to physically distance; and 4) No concessions are available - bottled water is allowed as a carry-in only.
For those unable to attend the high school games, WDOR 93.9 FM and WRKU 102.1 MORE FM often broadcast. Home games middle and high school football games will be broadcast through subscription on the  NFHS Network. The system is brand new, so we appreciate everyone’s understanding if the system’s coverage and quality needs to be tweaked.

We appreciate our community’s understanding that these are unusual times, and while our athletic competitions may sound, look, and feel different this year, we are excited that our student athletes still have the opportunity to participate in their sport season
Nominate an Outstanding Teacher or Principal for a Kohl Award by October 13, 2020
The State of Wisconsin is currently accepting nominations of Wisconsin teachers for 2021 Herb Kohl teacher and principal fellowships awards. The nomination deadline is October 13, 2020 at 5:00:00 p.m. central time. If your nominee chooses to apply, he or she will be considered for a $6,000 personal grant and a $6,000 matching grant for his or her school. The Herb Kohl Foundation annually selects 100 teachers and 16 principals to receive awards. Go to this link for more information on how to nominate an outstanding teacher or principal.
FFA Poinsettia Fundraiser Orders Due October 26 with Delivery December 1
This fundraiser supports Southern Door FFA activities throughout the school year. Orders are due by October 26th and pick up / delivery of the poinsettias will be happening the last week of November / first week of December.

Please complete the following form to order Southern Door FFA poinsettias. Payment is due upon pick up / delivery. Checks can be made out to Southern Door FFA. Poinsettias will be coming from Natural Beauty Growers out of Denmark. Actual shades vary & colors are subject to availability. There are limited quantities of Pink (Ice Crystal) and Red Glitter. Substitutions may be necessary. You are not required to answer all of the questions in the form in order to submit it. The last section of the form will ask you to fill in how many poinsettias you ordered in total and how much will be owed upon pick up / delivery.

Please contact Ann Glowacki, Southern Door FFA Advisor, with any questions or concerns. Ms. Glowacki can be reached at aglowacki@sdsd.k12.wi.us or 920-825-7333 ext. 4409.
The YMCA will be providing free weekend meals for all children 18 and younger. You must pre-register by Wednesday of each week. Please click on this link for more information!