March 2016
Issue 9

District Administrator's Message 
 
Some may remember the anxiety associated with the completion of high stakes exams. Whether certification to advance opportunity within the workplace or post-secondary admissions...there always seems to be a level of stress associated with the completion of an
exam. 

Earlier this week, New London High School's junior class completed the ACT Plus Writing and ACT WorkKeys assessments along with all eleventh grade students in the state of Wisconsin. We are grateful for the flexibility embraced by our staff, students, and families as schedules were altered in a way that allowed an appropriate testing environment in an attempt to reduce apprehension and anxiety for test takers.

Feedback from ACT Plus Writing is meant to help students understand what they need to learn next so they can review and strengthen high school course plans of study and identify career areas that align with their interest. It determines student knowledge in areas of English, writing, mathematics, and science. The results of this assessment can be used by students for a variety of purposes including college admission, scholarships, course placement, and NCAA eligibility. 

The ACT WorkKeys tests include: Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information. This assessment is also meant to help students understand how they can improve their career readiness skills and helps employers determine whether individuals are qualified for specific positions. Students can earn National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRC) which are recognized by business and industry nationwide. By obtaining a NCRC, students have a way to demonstrate their abilities to future employers. 

Both assessments are mandated as a part of the state of Wisconsin student accountability design and will be used to provide information on academic progress to the state, district, staff, families, and students. Thank you to everyone who made this testing experience as stress-free as possible. We are proud of our students for working to do their best. Go Bulldogs! 

Kathy Gwidt

Kathleen Gwidt, Ph.D. 
District Administrator   

Many Thanks!
Thank you to all of our volunteers! Your dedication to make a positive difference for all of us is dearly appreciated. We couldn't do what we do without you! 
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Dates to Note
UW Varsity Band:  Sunday, March 6

National Honor Society Banquet: Monday, March 7

Spring Play:  Tuesday, March 8, Wednesday, March 9, and Thursday, March 10

IS/MS Annual Pops Concert:
Saturday, March 12

Board of Education Meeting: Monday, March 14

High School Jazz Band Guest Artist Concert: Tuesday, March 15

St. Patrick's Day Parade: Saturday, March 19

High School Band Concert: Tuesday, March 22

No School:  Thursday, March 24-Monday, March 28

Congratulations Lincoln Elementary 
School of Recognition
On March 14, Mr. Kirk Delwiche and Mrs. Deb Volk will accept the Title I School of Recognition Award at the State Capitol on behalf of the students and staff of Lincoln Elementary School. 

Lincoln Elementary School students are recognized as demonstrating high achievement at the school level across content areas, and they fall within the top 10% of schools experiencing student growth in reading and mathematics. In fact, Lincoln Elementary School students had the second highest level of growth in the entire state of Wisconsin!

We are proud of the efforts that went into the attainment of this recognition. Keep up the great work students and staff!

Congratulations!
Dr. Seuss on the Loose
4K Students Participate in Community Activity
The School District of New London 4K Community Collaborative recently celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday. All 4K families were invited to attend "Dr. Seuss is on the Loose" at the Washington Center. Special thanks to James Kelley for providing a photo booth to capture the magic, as well as the New London Park and Recreation Department, New London IS/MS Drama Troupe, and Catalyst Academy students for all they did to make this such a special day.

Inclement Weather 
Students Enjoy the Snow
There is nothing we enjoy more than seeing our students having fun in the great outdoors! It looks like they may have a chance to play in the snow again this weekend, and then we are expecting some warm weather. This is the time of year that we may still see a surprise snow day or delay. In the event of a cancellation or delay you will find notices on television stations, Facebook, and our district's website. You will also receive notification through an automated phone call, text, and email message. Hopefully we have seen the last of these snow days. Think Spring!  
 

 

Showcasing Successes
Next Generation Academy Open House  
Next Generation Academy recently held their Open House. There was a great turnout and we thank everyone who attended; including those students who stayed to relay their positive experiences with the Academy. It truly reflects our mission of Success for All Students.
Elementary Spelling Bee
27 Rounds
Congratulations to all third and fourth grade students who qualified and competed at the district level Elementary Spelling Bee. Pictured are runner up, Kaylie Cartwright (Lincoln) and champion, Jonathan Peeters (Parkview).  It was quite a battle that went into many final rounds. Both Kaylie and Jonathon persevered through it all with grace and enthusiasm!
 
Celebrating Literacy!
Elementary Schools Showcase Accomplishments
Each of our elementary schools showcase literacy accomplishments of their students.

Lincoln's annual Literacy Night was held on March 3 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. The theme for this event was Read S'More Books, which was a camping theme that matched the All School Book Read during the month of March. They had crafts and activities for the kids as well as snacks. Student work was displayed in the gym, and everyone had a wonderful time.

Readfield's Literacy Night is Thursday, March 10, from 4:00-6:00 p.m., and their theme is Reading is Timeless. They will celebrate with a Book Fair which has a 70's theme of Peace, Love, Books and also a Spaghetti Dinner. Mark your calendars for this celebration of literacy.

Parkview
students, staff, and families will celebrate Literacy Night on Thursday, March 17. This year's theme is shared with the Book Fair which will take place at the same time. Classrooms are preparing reading and writing samples to share with families. This evening also includes their annual Spaghetti Dinner.

Sugar Bush holds a McLiteracy Lunch and Book Swap, which is an opportunity for families to eat lunch and read together on Tuesday, March 15. The official literacy celebration wraps up on March 19 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with a theme of Argh You Ready to Read? Come and join the fun. You will even find a treasure map of Sugar Bush Elementary.



Fuel Up to Play 60
Promoting Health and Wellness
New London Middle School received $1000 to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council (NDC) and the National Football League (NFL), with additional partnership support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

Thus far they have held a healthy taste-testing event where students were able to try uncommon fruits and vegetables during their lunch hour, and most recently they hosted a walking mileage club where students received punches on a punch card for each lap they walked or ran in the gym. 

Thank you to instructor, Aleah Friemark, for her efforts in grant writing, and for helping to teach our students the importance of eating healthy and exercise!
Pulley Experiment
Learning by Doing

 
Students in the 5th Grade experiment with pulleys.
National Letter of Intent
Congratulations Marina!
The High School recently celebrated a great accomplishment by senior, Marina Solberg. Marina signed her National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Division 1 Oral Roberts University.  As a three-sport athlete, dedicated student (3.964 GPA), and contributing school and community member, Marina is a true Bulldog-Student-Athlete. 

At the signing, Marina mentioned many times that earning this scholarship was a team effort. Support from coaches, teammates, teachers, family, and fans all played a part in her success. Congratulations to Marina, her family, and all those who had a hand in helping her reach this goal!






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