February 2020 E-Newsletter
Welcome to this month's publication of the eNews.
In this edition, you will find:
A Note from our
District Administrator
Community Connections...
  • Looking for Artists of All Ages
Elementary Schools...
  • Be the 'I' in KIND
  • Super Readers and Rollerbladers
  • Indonesian Visitors
Intermediate/Middle School...
  • Science, Social Studies, Math & Art Activities
  • Healthy Food Cart
Secondary School...
  • Student Projects
  • Guest Speakers & Field Trips
  • Cooking for the Staff
  • Congratulations, Garret Locy
  • Great School Spirit
  • Dance Team Kids Camp
District...
  • NL App - City & School Info
Dates to Note
February 8 & 9 - Wolf River Mid-Winter Art Show @ Crystal Falls
February 10 - Board of Education Meeting
February 10 - NLEA Meeting
February 12 - Blood Drive @ NLHS
February 14 - Valentine's Day
February 17 - President's Day
February 17 - No School, Staff Development
February 18, 19, 20 - Dance Team Kids Camp
February 28 - 4K Dr. Suess on the Loose @ Washington Center
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A note from Scott Bleck, District Administrator
Winter Weather Reminders
With winter upon us, the School District of New London wants to inform parents/guardians about how decisions are made and communicated when severe weather arrives. From time to time it may be necessary to dismiss, delay or close school early due to weather conditions. The safety of our students is the highest priority.

Weather Related Conditions Under Which School May Be Dismissed, Delayed or Closed
  • Snow, ice, fog, severe drifting both existing and predicted
  • Severe Cold: Severe temperature threshold levels are points at which severe cold will be considered as a factor in closing school in conjunction with other relevant facts and conditions that might be present. School may or may not be closed because of severe cold upon review of all factors that need to be considered in the decision-making process to delay and or close school.

Notification of School Closing and / or School Delay
  • Should an occasion arise where it is necessary to dismiss, delay or close school, notifications will be carried out by local television, radio stations, and student information systems at approximately 5:30 a.m.  
  • Skylert messaging will be activated to inform parent/guardians. 
  • Information will be posted on the District website and social media platforms.

In the event of an early dismissal or closure, all extra and co-curricular activities scheduled for that day are canceled. If appropriate and necessary, special arrangements can be made by the building administration together with the District Administrator or designee.

In all periods of inclement weather, parents/guardians are reminded to use sound judgment when making travel decisions. The School District of New London encourages parents/guardians to make appropriate and responsible decisions based on the conditions and circumstances about student attendance on severe weather occurrences.

Community Connections
Looking for artists of all ages for the Mid-Winter Art Show .
Elementary
Nya, the therapy dog, helps spread the word at Parkview that we all need to be the 'I' in kindness. As students walk down the hallway they are able to pause between the 'K' and the 'N' as a reminder that we are all responsible for being kind to others .
Parkview Kindergarten celebrated the end of their ' Super Readers ' Unit with a hunt around the school while wearing masks and capes.
Sugar Bush 3rd graders enjoyed another visit from Indah Erdmann when she came to drop off a second classroom set of angklung . Indah was joined by the new Indonesian Educational and Cultural Attache from Washington D.C, Mrs. Poppy Rufaidah and Pak Fajar & Pak Tri from the Indonesian Consulate in Chicago.
Students at Lincoln in grades 2-4 participated in a rollerblading unit in physical education. On the last day of the unit, students could choose to participate in a 9 cone L shaped "obstacle course." 
Intermediate / Middle
Fifth grade social studies students just wrapped up a unit on the American Colonies. Students created a simulated colony ; they had to figure out what supplies they were going to take with them and what would be needed to survive in a new place.
Fifth grade science students studied worms as part of a Web of Life unit. They performed behavior experiments on red worms to see if the worms preferred dark/light, damp/dry and then designed their own experiments.
The Fuel Up to Play 60 team uses grant money to add a healthy snack cart for more food choices in the middle school. Before and after school, students now have even more choices including healthy options like string cheese, granola bars, fruit cups, popcorn, and jerky.



Eighth grade students, Allie Kloehn and Maggie Kane, have decided to explore a Personalized Learning Option of working as teaching assistants in Mrs. Grossman's 6th grade math class . Both enjoy designing word walls for the classroom and assisting students build a better understanding of key math concepts.
The ISMS Art Club is working on batik dyeing a 25 ft by 10 ft banner for their school spirit assemblies with the words for the school song . Batik is a process where resistant (in this case, white glue) is applied to fabric and then dye is applied. Areas with the glue will not accept the dye.
Secondary
Tess Ruckdashel and Ben Porath are hoping to achieve national gold level certification for their School Based Enterprise, Percy's Pro Shop . They documented business standards related to the operation of Percy's Pro Shop including promotion, pricing, human resource management, product planning, and finance.
NLHS Adventure II students attended a field trip to Adventure Rock climbing gym in Brookfield to experience climbing in a new realm. The highlight of the day was a lead climbing demonstration, a type of climbing not accessible at our own climbing wall.
Two representatives from the Navy came in to talk to AP Calculus , AP Physics and TSA (Technology Student Association) students about nuclear energy. Chief Nathan Feltz brought Petty Officer Travis MacDonald in to talk about the basics of nuclear energy . Travis was a mechanical engineer on the USS Tennessee. He explained nuclear fission and how the uranium powers submarines and aircraft carriers.
Students in Mrs. Spencer's class have the opportunity to prepare loaded baked potatoes for staff at the high school. Two times a month they take orders, bake the potatoes and serve condiments. This provides students with a hands-on experience to learn about a career in food services.



NLHS students in Spanish II are reading the short novel, Brandon Brown Quiere Un Perro, as a culminating activity for 1st semester. A group of students took on the roles of Brandon, his friend, his mother, a lost puppy and the narrator to present an excerpt as Readers Theater .

National Honor Society students graciously prepared and served breakfast to NLHS staff members before the start of their inservice day. Several National Honor Society members also read their NewLASS scholarship essays.
2D Drafting and Blueprint Reading students had the chance to finish the project titled New " London Bridge is Falling Down. " Students built balsa stick bridges with the intent to withstand the weight of bowling balls rolled across them. The winning bridge by Jarod Paeth and Caitlyn Griffin was able to hold 37 pounds using only 1/8" stick wood !
Congratulations, Garret Locy, for reaching and surpassing 1,000 career points
Thank you high school students for bringing back our school song and school pride at athletic events!
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