Welcome to the Dec. 2016 Community Connect Newsletter
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Happy Holidays!
A Message From Superintendent Dr. James Gottinger
As we head into our hectic and joyous holiday season, I would like to thank our community, parents, staff and students for all their hard work and accomplishments during the first half of the 2016-17 school year. I sincerely hope all of you have the best of holiday seasons and set high and worthy goals for the upcoming New Year.

We can be proud of the accomplishments of our students both in and out of the classroom, and we should be proud of our improvement efforts in advancing our strategic plan and board goals with the help of staff, community members and students.

We look forward to the challenges that we will face in 2017 and beyond with the knowledge that our students, staff, parents and the larger community have the skills and will to accomplish great things.

Have a great holiday season and the best of New Years!
District Success Story - Our Strategic Plan In Action
New Wolves To Badgers Program Prepares 8th Graders 
For Smooth Transition To Badger High School
Strategic Plan Tie-In: Developing The Whole Child
Badger & Jt. 1 Board Goals In Action: Develop Transition Programs
Ensuring that our students make successful and smooth transitions between grade levels and schools has always been a top priority for Lake Geneva Schools. 

This year, with the rollout of our new strategic plan and in line with the "developing the whole child" objective, we're diving in even deeper to explore ways to further enhance our existing district-wide transition programs.

Our new Wolves to Badgers program is great example of the work being done in this area.
The Wolves to Badgers Transition Program is designed to give 8th graders opportunities to familiarize themselves with Badger High School and explore classes and career pathway programs that will be available to them.  
Save The Date & Spread The Word!

Don't Miss The Badger Breakfast With Santa & DECA Craft & Vendor Fair on Dec. 3! 

Get details here
District-Wide Holiday &
Winter Concerts Schedule

Lake Geneva Schools will be making the season bright with an incredible line-up of holiday &
winter music events! Join us!

Holiday Cookie Exchange
Dec. 14 or 15  |  6:00-9:00PM
at Badger High School

Back by popular demand! Enjoy a no stress, no mess holiday cookie baking & decorating night at Badger with culinary arts instructors Deanne Giovingo & Angela Yager.

No School Dec. 23-Jan. 2 
District Scrapbook
Star Center Service Project Provides Relief
To Natural Disaster Survivors
Star Center's Peer Helpers 5th grade leadership group teamed up with volunteers from Trinity Lutheran Church in Pell Lake to create 110 personal care kits for families around the world who have lost everything in recent natural disasters.  Read more
Bucky's Scholarship Gala A Great Success
Thank you to everyone who attended and/or supported our 4th annual Bucky's scholarship Gala. We raised more than $30,000 for student scholarships this year!

Central-Denison’s Operation Gratitude Candy Drive Supports U.S. Troops Overseas
Thanks to the outpouring of donations from our school families and the community, our Cen-Den FINS afterschool leadership group was able to send 150+ pounds of candy and dental hygiene products to our U.S service members overseas. A big thank you to Mrs. Kolb & Mrs. Leach helping to organize this project, and to the Lake Geneva Lion's Club for covering the care package shipping costs!   Read More
Record Attendance At LGMS
Vets Day Celebration
LGMS hosted an incredible event to honor local vets on Veterans Day!  Enjoy this video on the LGMS Facebook page of the joint band, orchestra and choir performance and audience sing-a-long of God Bless America. 

Badger FFA Students Recognized
At National Conference
Congratulations to the Badger FFA team that attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our chapter was recognized as a Two-Star National Chapter Award winner. 
Our students secured numerous individual awards at nationals. Click to LEARN MORE.

Additionally,  Badger Agriscience Instructor Larry Plapp is reciving the National Agriscience Teacher of the Year Award  in Las Vegas during the NAAE Conference  Nov. 27-Dec. 3 . This award recognizes teachers who have inspired and enlightened their students through engaging and interactive lessons in the science of agriculture. Congrats, Larry!
Congratulations to Badger Theater Students On Their Stellar Performance At State!
27 students involved in this year's One Act Play, Amelia Earhart: Flights of Fancy, competed at the State Competition in Stevens Point on Nov. 18. They were awarded the Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Crew, Outstanding Direction, as well as Critic's Choice, the highest award a One Act play can receive!
Have Good News To Report? Click the Success Button & Share! 
Have a great story to share about a student, teacher or school activity or event? Share it with us on the Success Button. Simply fill out a form, attach your photos and share your good news so we can share it with others! 

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Program Guide Is Here!
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