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Decision Time For Green Bay School Board
Green Bay’s school board will vote on a plan on Monday that recommends closing 12 buildings, including 11 schools, but some residents are questioning whether the district has done enough to avoid shuttering schools, including looking into cutting staff.

Oshkosh School District brings on four new administrators
Oshkosh Students may be heading out for the summer, but a new group of administrators is on the way in.

Program helps youth living with disabilities become competitive job candidates
Eight interns graduated from a program that helps youths living with disabilities with job training. Project SEARCH has partnered with various school districts and business in the Chippewa Valley since 2016.

Students react to study hall changes
Recently, Antigo High School announced changes to their study block schedule, and now, some students are speaking out.

Hoffman breaks ground for Amherst-area school facility supported by referendum
Appleton-based Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction announced on Monday it broke ground for several facilities projects for the Tomorrow River School District in Amherst. The project uses a total of $25.7 million approved by voters in two April 2022 referendums.

Northland Pines School District completes 3rd solar energy project
The Northland Pines School District just completed its third solar energy project in 5 years. They are estimated to save the district $10 thousand out of its utility bills.

Sun Prairie School Board approves next principal of C.H. Bird Elementary School
The Sun Prairie School Board approved Pang Khang as next principal of C.H. Bird Elementary School at the May 22 meeting.

Storch says no plan to pay debt early when school referendum was presented
Business Manager Dan Storch gave the board of education and the audience a report at the May meeting of the Wrightstown Community School District, including a review of the budget forming process following the public comment period that was detailed in last week’s newspaper when 10 people voiced displeasure of their taxes compared to just one in support.

Jeff Hicken Horticultural Learning Center opens at Sauk Prairie School District, will help Ag Program
Sauk Prairie School District and community members came together on May 6 to open the Jeff Hicken Horticultural Learning Center at the high school. The new greenhouse’s grand opening also happened to be the last day of the Sauk Prairie plant sale as well.

Area 8th graders learn real life skills
Area students participated recently in the annual Life Skills: Game of Life Expo presented by the Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce.

Generous donation kickstarts fundraiser for all-inclusive playground equipment in Appleton
Schools try to provide for their students the best they can, but one thing many struggle to offer is playground equipment that allows students with disabilities to be active and play safely.

Anti-LGBTQ+ Policies Common at State’s Voucher Schools
There is no state law protecting LGBTQ+ students from discrimination once enrolled in a voucher school. And the federal Title IX law exempts religious institutions from complying with the anti-discrimination law if it runs counter to their religious beliefs.

Wisconsin construction companies embrace youth apprenticeships to bridge skills gap
More than 20 students on Wednesday signed up for youth and registered apprenticeships with different contractors and unions for Industry Signing Day at Wauwatosa East High School.


Expanding STEM opportunities
The Verona Area School District (VASD) has named its first cohort of students to participate in an Early College Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy, according to a district news release.

A trek before school
As one of the largest elementary schools in Dane County, Sugar Creek continues to set an example with an emphasis on healthy living and wellness. 

DC Everest Joing Wausau School District La Crosse Co-Op
DC Everest will be the latest area school to join the Wausau School District’s La Crosse Co-Op team.

Sticking points: Varsity lacrosse unlikely in Janesville in spring 2024 after WIAA sanctions sport
Since 2007, the Janesville Lacrosse Club has offered youth athletes from Janesville and beyond the opportunity to try the once-niche sport, which has enjoyed a surge of popularity over the last couple of decades.

Oshkosh school discipline data shows higher racial disparities compared to other districts
The Oshkosh Area School District has officially found its newest diversity leader.

Cadott School Board; Proposed policy updates bring up hiring practices
Policy changes were up for viewing, during a Cadott School Board Committee of the Whole meeting May 22. Action on the policies will be slated for a future meeting.

Gibraltar School Board Approves New Nondiscrimination Policies
The Gibraltar Area School Board this month became the first in Door County to approve a policy to give students an opportunity to use private restrooms or to start using restrooms that do not match their gender at birth.

Menominee Indian School District breaks ground on $35 million high school
The Menominee Indian School District is breaking ground on what it's calling an innovative and culturally relevant high school.

CFAUSD: Students participate in Kindness Walk in honor of Iliana ‘Lily’ Peters
Students at Parkview Elementary recently honored their late friend and fellow student, Iliana ‘Lily’ Peters.

Lincoln middle and Hogan buildings added to 'endangered' building list.
The newest list of endangered historic properties in La Crosse includes Lincoln Middle School and Hogan Administrative Center.

Augusta Area School District celebrates referendum projects
A variety of new projects are now underway in one Chippewa Valley School District.

Lena School Board Sets Lunch Prices
At its meeting on Wednesday, May 24 the Lena School Board approved 2023-2024 School Year Lunch prices of $2.85 for students in grades 4K through 5 and $3.35 for students in grades 6 through 12, as recommended by the Department of Public Instruction.

New outdoors-based charter school eyes a fall 2024 opening
The founders of a new outdoors-based charter school are looking for a fall 2024 opening; but the Wausau School District’s restructuring plan is leaving things a bit up in the air.

Big Foot sees 11-student net gain in 2023-2024 open enrollment; School board reorganizes in wake of election
After years of being a net open enrollment loser, hard-earned open enrollment net gains realized over the past few years at Grades 9-12 Big Foot Union High School have continued into the upcoming 2023-2024 school year.

Waupaca School Board OKs 5% pay increases
The Waupaca School Board voted to give teaching, administrative and support staff 5% raises for 2023-24.

Students display knowledge of the Holocaust through art and writing
On Tuesday, La Crosse school district students showed off their creativity at the "Never Again! Reflection Contest" at Longfellow Middle School.

City of Wautoma & WASD Create Full-Time School Resource Officer Position
A little over a week following the Robb Elementary School Shooting in Uvalde, TX, on May 24, 2022, the Riverview Elementary Staff, City of Wautoma Police Department and Waushara County School Resource Officer made certain increased security and safety measures were in place for their end of the year picnic.

Glacier Creek eighth graders play world premiere of new song
Dunton connected with Glacier Creek through band teacher Anne Vanderbloemen. She worked with Chris Gleason, the president and founder of the Beyond the Notes Music Festival and the 2017 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year, as part of the 2023 ComMission Possible Project, which commissioned three composers around the country to create new pieces for middle school students.

Warrior Media develops into a Waunakee High School broadcasting course
A program started at Waunakee Community High School in the spring of 2021 has gone on to be a home run, or maybe a hole in one or a touchdown. Regardless of the sports analogy, Warrior Media has become a huge success in its first two years.

Count them after they hatch | RUSD students learn about chickens
These kids might not exactly be spring chickens, but there were some in the room. Freshmen at Case High School taught kindergarten students from Red Apple Elementary last week about the life cycle of chickens.

Local elementary school wheels in new learn-to-ride curriculum
Spence Elementary School received new bikes to wheel in their All Kids Bike program. 

Glen Denk
Glen Alan Denk, age 75 of Mondovi, WI  passed away peacefully surrounded by family on May 17, 2023, after living with Lewy body dementia for a couple years.

Holy Hill Area School District to get $240,000 in ESSER III funds
The Department of Public Instruction announced on May 25 that the Holy Hill Area School District will receive $240,000 through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III Summer School grant, authorized through the American Rescue Plan Act to help fund the districts summer school operations for the 2023 and 2024 summer school sessions.

State: Mellen schools miss standards on diversity, Indian studies
The Mellen School District is failing to meet state standards on teaching students about cultural diversity and Wisconsin’s Indigenous people, according to a letter sent this week to the district.

How COVID changed high school for this year’s MMSD grads
For the class of 2023, six months into their first year of high school, everything changed.

Augusta Area School District breaks ground on new additions
Major changes are coming to the Augusta Area School District as a groundbreaking ceremony kicked off several changes for its aging campus on Tuesday, May 30.

Racine Unified Superintendent Eric Gallien Announces Transition to South Carolina’s Charleston County School District
Racine Unified School District (RUSD) Superintendent Eric Gallien is entering into contract negotiations as superintendent of the South Carolina Charleston County School District (CCSD).

Future STEAM facility at Amherst High School receives massive donation
Students, faculty, and community members in Amherst are buzzing over the groundbreaking of the new STEAM facility.

Waukesha schools' dual enrollment students jumpstart careers
A record number of Waukesha high school students will pull double-duty next fall – and it could help solve a local worker shortage.

Amherst High School discovers a time capsule from the 70s
A 1978 time capsule was discovered at Amherst High School while doing construction. 

Greenwood School Board Discusses COVID Update, Drug Testing, and More
The Greenwood School Board heard a COVID update at their meeting last week. The National COVID emergency ended May 11th. The District’s safe to school return plan needs to be reviewed and updated every 6 months due to the ESSER Funding process. The Board also heard consideration of student/co-curricular drug, alcohol, nicotine testing policy.

Sexual misconduct against students would be a felony under bipartisan Wisconsin bill
Pingel and legal advocates were the motivation behind a bipartisan plan introduced in the Wisconsin state Legislature, which would make sexual misconduct against students a felony.

Bonduel unveils completed construction projects ahead of graduation

Just one day before hosting one of its most important events, Bonduel School District unveiled its new renovations and additions.

Amherst High School Discovers a Time Capsule from the 70s

A 1978 time capsule was discovered at Amherst High School while doing construction. 

Medford schools will only offer 5-day PreK next fall

Families in the Medford school district will only have the option of a 5-day all-day PreK program when the school year begins next fall.

Principal for the day at Oconomowoc's Park Lawn Elementary

Park Lawn Principal For The Day for 2023 is Carter Giese from the kindergarten class.

MMSD looks down the line to looming financial challenges

Across the state, Wisconsin school districts are grappling with rising inflation, shrinking enrollment, frozen state revenue limits and rising debt levels. Madison Metropolitan School District — the second largest school district in the state — is no exception.

After receiving state grant, School District of Tomahawk set to expand summer school program

The School District of Tomahawk recently received a $525,000.00 state grant that will go towards expanding summer school programming.

Chippewa Valley Technical College degree program for high schoolers expands over the years

A college in the Chippewa Valley has been helping build the futures of high school students in the region, saving families millions of dollars in college expenses.

Northern Lights students piece together mosaic masterpieces

Fifth grade students at Northern Lights Elementary School combined technology with imagination to craft digital mosaics in class.

'A normalized fear in schools': Students say gun violence, mass shootings are top of mind

Since the 1999 Columbine High School mass shooting in Littleton, Colorado, lockdown drills have become as routine in classrooms as fire drills.  But Wisconsin students say growing up hiding under art tables and pushing their desks up against classroom doors in preparation for violence has been traumatizing.  

D.C. Everest students create public Memorial Day tribute that’s close to home

In honor of Memorial Day, students and staff at D.C. Everest Junior High School created a visual tribute to veterans on Thursday.

Pulaski students get visit from Blackhawk Helicopter

Lannoye Elementary School students in Pulaski got a special surprise on Wednesday when a Blackhawk Helicopter landed on the school's field.

Dozens show support for Asian, Hmong American history education bill

Dozens of advocates for a requirement to teach Hmong and Asian American history in Wisconsin schools packed a State Capitol meeting room Thursday.

New survey to gauge site preference

With time pressed to move forward with a voter-approved $88 million referendum, the School District of Monroe Board of Education is in a tight spot. In just over two weeks, the board is supposed to pay off its Bond of Anticipation Note (June 14).

District superintendent to step down from leadership post

Superintendent Stephen Plank, of the Burlington Area School District, will resign from his leadership post at the end of the school year.

Neenah School District prepares for big moves to new schools with Packing Day

As kids prepare for the summer, the Neenah Joint School District is preparing for big moves.

Oshkosh School District Selects First Diversity Director

The Oshkosh Area School District has found its next diversity leader. District leaders are recommending Anthony Miller Jr. be Oshkosh schools’ first director of diversity, equity and inclusion. The position was created in March.

Clintonville still streaming school board meetings

The Clintonville School Board will continue to live stream its meetings and keep them available on its YouTube channel.

Wisconsin lawmakers seek to make sexual harassment in schools a felony

Democratic state Reps. Tod Ohnstad and Tip McGuire are pushing legislation that would make it a felony for school staff or volunteers to create an intimidating or hostile environment by sexually harassing students.

Washington High School athletic field a $2.5M community triumph

The ribbon is officially cut on Washington High School's athletic field, a $2.5 million project all made possible thanks to community donations, donors and partnerships on Friday, May 26.

School fundraising for all-inclusive playground in Appleton

An Appleton elementary school is trying to make its playground more inclusive to those with disabilities.

Wisconsin middle school students send experiments to space

It's an out-of-this-world experience. A teacher from Glen Hills Middle School will fly on a NASA Zero Gravity Flight in August. On Wednesday, May 23rd some students left to speak at the International Space Conference in Houston Texas.

School Bulletin: Solving quadratic equations with water balloons

A pair of Kenosha math teachers have come up with a new solution to bring their lesson plans to life. All you need is a sling shot and a water balloon.

Beaver Dam High School Students Help Move Cancer Research Forward

Beaver Dam High School chemistry students recently helped move cancer research forward. Roughly 240 students participated in a citizen-science project thanks to the support from the Beaver Dam Unified School District Education Fund.

Oshkosh North High School marching band debuts new uniforms

The Oshkosh North High School marching band debuted its new uniforms at the Oshkosh Memorial Day Procession.

Waterford’s ACT test scores on the upswing

Waterford Union High School’s ACT test scores continue gaining momentum, based on recently revealed results from the current school year.

‘Everybody eats’: East High food market finds new life

When East High School sophomore Isaiah Loeb sees hundreds of juice boxes in the hands of his fellow students, he knows the school market has had its weekly restock.

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