December 2019 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...
  • Veterans Day Program
  • Donations, Donations, Donations TO Schools!
Elementary Schools...
  • Donations, Donations, Donations FROM Schools!
  • Word Detectives
  • Cards to Military  
  • Minute to Win It 
Intermediate/Middle School...
  • Geography Bee
  • Accomplishments Celebrated
  • Math & ELA Activities
  • Mini Mural
  • Sunshine Club
Secondary School...
  • Stress of a Vietnam Soldier
  • National Honor Society
  • 80's Dress Up
  • Percy's Pro Shop
  • Exceeding Expectations
Dates to Note
December 6 - New London Holiday Parade
December 9 - Gr. 5 & 6 Winter Vocal Concerts
December 9 - Board of Education Meeting
December 10 - Parkview Winter Concert, HS
December 11 - Readfield Winter Concert, HS
December 12 - Lincoln Winter Concert, HS
December 12 - Gr. 7 & 8 Winter Vocal Concert
December 13 - Sugar Bush Winter Concert, HS
December 16 - Gr. 7 & 8 Winter Band Concert
December 17 - Gr. 5 & 6 Winter Band Concerts
December 19 - HS Music Dept. Winter Concert
December 23 thru January 1 - No School
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A note from Scott Bleck, District Administrator
Leadership Formation
Throughout my life, many individuals have influenced me in developing my theory of leadership. Realizing that my philosophy of leadership is a reflection of many individuals, it only fits that I share some of the lessons learned. 
One of the first lessons of leadership that I learned was the message that “others will always depend on you.” As I have grown professionally, this message allowed me to understand that one cannot live life in total isolation, others need assistance no matter how strong or significant they appear to be. This philosophy has carried on with me throughout my personal and professional career. 
In my current role as District Administrator, it is evident that an active learning community will only be as strong as the group itself. No one individual can or will play the sole role in educating the whole child. Education must depend on skilled educator “leaders” and loving family “leaders” to support desired growth. As a school leader, the school community must rely and build upon school community strengths and shared values to ensure educational success. 
“Carpe Diem,” seize the moment. I learned this phrase as a young man from a person who actively influenced me to become an educational leader. Most leaders can trace back to someone who made a positive impression on what leadership can be. Throughout my experiences, one consistent message has always been found. Leadership opportunities will present themselves throughout your life. Be ready to accept leadership opportunities when presented and foster a positive difference for others and yourself.
Most everyone possesses the ability to lead; dedicate time and effort into “what is best." Engaging in active leadership will allow others to join in on a transformational journey and create environments committed to "Success for All."
What Is Your Action Plan To Become An Effective Leader
1.   As a leader, be committed to the betterment of the whole by actively demonstrating competence and rigor.
2.  Build on foundations that created who you are. Strive to instill the concepts of honesty, respect, integrity, perseverance, and family into every decision you encounter. 
3.   Continually allow for growth and exploration. Encourage self-worth amongst all while fostering independence. 
4.  Live life as a journey. Continually remind yourself that one must continuously learn from others.   
5.  Understand that leadership vision is open for all to examine. Regularly encourage all to engage in the betterment of society.
Community Connections
New London Intermediate/Middle School welcomed veterans and community members to the annual Veterans Day Program . Joe Connelly and Mark Grossman shared valuable messages of service and sacrifice as we honored all who served and continue to serve our nation.
SDNL students and staff would like to thank our community for the donation of hats, scarves, and mittens placed where individuals could take what they need. AMAZING! What a wonderful demonstration of kindness and generosity---- it means so much!

Representatives from First State Bank provided New London High School Student Ben Gruman with a $5000 donation towards his Eagle Scout project. Ben's project is outlined on the right.

St Vincent DePaul of Appleton, through its conference at Most Precious Blood Community, has been able to support efforts to keep numerous elementary children dry with new boots and snowpants through the efforts of the J.J. Keller Foundation. Pictured are the elementary school counselors (Sarah Pagel, Jen Tate and Lisa Brovold) accepting a donation that was coordinated by School Board member, Kim Schroeder and the St. Vincent de Paul organization. One hundred pairs of brand new snow pants and boots were donated and distributed to students in need just prior to our first snowfall. Thanks to Kim Schroeder and the St. Vincent de Paul organization for their tremendous generosity.
The NLHS Library invited the New London Public Library to help students sign up for or update their public library cards . The Public Library was even gracious enough to remove old fines !
When a Sugar Bush kindergartener is recognized for displaying expected behaviors, the entire class is gifted with the chance to donate dog treats to the Fox Valley Humane Association . Students were excited to see the animals available for adoption on the FVHA website and wondered which of the dogs pictured would get some of their donated treats.
Students drew pictures to put around FVHA to remind the "pets waiting for a forever home" that they are not forgotten.
Lincoln Student Council held a food drive and collected 452 items to donate to the food pantry and Mission House of Hope . Great work everyone!
Lincoln Student Council raised $100 for the American Red Cross by selling gum and gum licenses in early November.

Parkview first graders are working on an exciting reading unit called Word Detectives. Each student received an official word detective badge from Newt and London for working hard to read tricky words.

Students at Sugar Bush Elementary gathered in their Bulldog Families, which are multi-age groups that meet periodically throughout the year to prepare for Veteran's Day. Students made creations including cards and posters to send overseas.
Lincoln Elementary hosts a "Minute To Win It" assembly at the end of each quarter. Anyone who has a Bulldog buck in the container could be chosen to play.
Intermediate / Middle
The SDNL Geography Bee was held in the NLHS auditorium. All middle school students took the preliminary test in their social studies classes and the top 30 were invited to participate in the district bee. Top honors went to Jack Kedinger and second place to Cash Allen . Congratulations to ALL who qualified!!!!
Fifth grade students from Mrs. Smith's classroom used clues to open five different locks in an educational 'Break Out' activity. They have been doing this in their reading too. They find clues authors give them to form inferences. They are true detectives!
Sixth grade students went to the Oshkosh YMCA for their first quarter incentive. The students had a great time ice-skating, swimming, and playing soccer, basketball, and football. Woohoo to all those students that earned the opportunity !
ISMS students enjoyed a Bulldog Pride Assembly celebrating accomplishments from the first quarter. Students involved in fall sports and school clubs were recognized, in addition to Bulldog Pride recipients participating in Tug-of-War as a way to reinforce how when we work together in a positive direction, all of us are capable of achieving more. Special thanks to our eighth grade Dance Team for encouraging all to take pride in being a Bulldog.

A huge 'Thank You' goes out to Ms. Tricia Evers , ISMS Art Teacher, for her artistic abilities, time, and effort with painting this positive and motivational quote in the 6th grade hallway. May this mini mural help serve as one more reminder that kind words can help encourage, reward, and celebrate another person's day!

Seventh grade students celebrated the end of their Realistic Fiction Writing Unit by sharing their stories and sipping hot chocolate. Students wrote stories that resemble real life, but used fictional characters. They learned to stretch the tension in their stories by using action, description, dialogue, inner thinking, and emotion.
Seventh graders have been working with rational numbers in Math. They have used Cuisenaire Rods along number lines to show their understanding of rational numbers. 

The ISMS Sunshine Club spreads happiness and sunshine throughout the school with little snip-its of positive vibes, notes, and treats! Many thanks to Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Fischer and Mrs. Grossman for the extra smiles you often create in the building.
AP Literature students at NLHS noted the physical burdens a Vietnam soldier would experience as they prepared to read Tim O’Brien’s classic novel, The Things They Carried . Volunteers strapped on a backpack and ran stairs or did laps to simulate the stress.
Twenty-six NLHS students were inducted into the Alma Halverson Chapter of the National Honor Society . Mr. Patrick Lawton was the guest speaker for the event. The officers spoke on the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Congratulations to the new inductees!
NLHS students and staff dressed in 80's attire to support the cast and crew of the NLHS Rock of Ages musical.
Cool Bulldog gear! Check out Percy's Pro Shop for great Christmas gifts for friends and family!
SDNL Continues to Exceed Expectations...
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