EASD invites you to take the "True Blue" pledge in April, for Family Strengthening Month! From science experiments to movies to books to art activities, there are many fun ways you and your family can show your true blue colors! Every Blue activity you do, in April or beyond, can be a moment of reflection, appreciation, and celebration for you and your family. Share your "True Blue" moment by posting on social media with the hashtags #TogetherWeCan or #JoinHands4Kids.
EASD congratulates Maggy Green as one of the Kohl Education Foundation Teacher Fellowship 2023 award winners! Maggy Green is the teacher and coordinator for the Senior Skills program at the Career and College Academy on Gateway Technical College's campus. Maggy's high expectations for students have them graduating with a career-based learning experience or apprenticeship, service to the community, and Gateway Technical College coursework. In addition, Maggy has dramatically advanced the curricular offerings for all students at the Career and College Academy (CCA) by pursuing her Master's degree to be certified by the Wisconsin Technical College System to teach college-level English and Composition classes for students attending the CCA. Maggy firmly believes that every student can achieve high academic outcomes and scaffolds and supports their learning—so each student gets the help they need to succeed.
EASD congratulates Dr. Kelly Demerath as one of the Kohl Principal Leadership 2023 award winners. Dr. Demerath was recognized for her leadership and innovation through the expansion of the Career and College Academy on Gateway Technical College’s campus from 70 to over 200 students (adding grades 9 and 10), the successful completion of the Department of Labor YouthBuild project (50 students constructed a single-family home in Whitewater), and the numerous pathways for students to earn certifications and technical diplomas in fields such as cosmetology, culinary arts, welding, and construction. Dr. Demerath’s grant writing and program innovation efforts have won over $2.5 million in state and federal grant funding for the EASD and Walworth County communities in the areas of mental health resources for youth, youth apprenticeship programming and increasing access for all students to graduate high school with industry-recognized credentials and free college credits. What are Dr. Demerath and her awesome team working on now? - creating an Associate’s Degree pathway with Gateway Technical College (beginning Summer 2023) that provides approximately $20,000 in tuition-free college savings for students and families (along with a straight transfer to any UW System 4-year college), partnering with Lake Lawn Resort to create a supported employment pathway for students who benefit from job coaching as they enter the workforce, and partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Walworth County for the next YouthBuild project. If you are looking for a high school to a different degree, check out the innovative team at the Career and College Academy!
Tomorrow is election day! Make a plan and head down to the polls. Visit myvote.wi.gov for voter information.
Did you know ... 80% of Elkhorn high schoolers participate in extracurricular activities. Extracurriculars are among the best investments a school can make to promote achievement and the attitudes and habits that lead to post-secondary aspirations and success.
Did you know ... EAMS students helped design and build their new outdoor classroom. The Kiwanis Outdoor Classroom at Elkhorn Area Middle School was made possible by the Elkhorn Kiwanis and numerous monetary and in-kind donations from local businesses and individuals. The outdoor classroom and science lab is the first step in the EAMS PTO’s planned outdoor learning space for the school. The building will serve as an educational tool in Green Architecture, storage for outdoor Marsh Life equipment, and allow outdoor microscope use in Life Sciences units.
Did you know ... Over 40 EAHS students qualified for the State HOSA competition in 2023. HOSA is an international student organization focused on promoting career opportunities in the healthcare industry and enhancing the delivery of quality healthcare to all people.
Did you know ... Options Virtual Charter School and the Career and College Academy are partnering with Gateway Technical College to launch an Associates Degree cohort that will allow students to graduate with an Associates Degree before they finish high school!
Heading to prom? Need a tuxedo but have a busy schedule? J. Roberts will be at EAHS on Monday, April 3, doing tuxedo fittings between 11 a.m. - noon in the main lobby. Save yourself some time and take care of ordering your tuxedo over lunch. J. Roberts will send a payment slip home with your student.
Did you know ... Elkhorn Area School District honored 25 individuals and organizations at the 25th annual Friends Awards on January 23 at Elkhorn Area High School. Honorees have dedicated their time to EASD classrooms, our athletic programs, the arts, and our community.
Did you know ... EASD facilities are open and available for community use. EASD offers free and low-cost programming to the community. Local and regional groups regularly rent our buildings to host their events and competitions.
Reminder: EASD is hosting an Operational Referendum Community Forum tomorrow night in the auditorium at EAHS. You'll have the opportunity to learn more about what will be on your April 4 ballot and ask any questions you may have about school funding. Monday, March 20, 2023 • 6:30 p.m. • EAHS Auditorium Be sure to check out tinyurl.com/referendum-2023 for more information.
Did you know ... 60% of high schoolers in our district earn college credit before they graduate. This can generate thousands of dollars in savings for EASD families when their students enroll in college!
Did you know ... Elkhorn is a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Distinguished District—a recognition shared by only 25 other school districts nationwide. EASD students are introduced to STEM subjects such as computer science, biomedical science, and engineering in elementary school through PLTW Launch. In middle school, PLTW Gateway focuses on design and engineering. At the high school level, PLTW allows students to earn college credit while still enrolled in high school.
EASD Community Engagement is excited to offer two potentially life-saving courses in March! On March 25, for $80, you can get AED certified at Elkhorn Area High School and learn Community First Aid and CPR. On March 28, we're hosting a free, non-certification, Hands-Only CPR class. Visit easdcommunity.recdesk.com to sign up!
Join the Elkhorn Area School District for an Operational Referendum Community Forum. You'll have the opportunity to learn more about what will be on your April 4 ballot and ask any questions you may have about school funding. Monday, March 20, 2023 • 6:30 p.m. • EAHS Auditorium Be sure to check out tinyurl.com/referendum-2023 for more information.
Reminder: There is no school on Monday, March 13, 2023. EASD faculty and staff will have an in-service day. Enjoy your long weekend.
Be sure to tune into a very special episode of the Noon Whistle on Friday, March 10. EASD's Chris Trottier and Jon Anzalone will be joined by Governor Tony Evers. Here's how to watch: Go to www.youtube.com/@elkworks9175, click subscribe, and tune in on Friday at noon.
Calling All Three-Year-Olds! Elkhorn’s Playgroup is looking for you! This program is a playgroup consisting of five students with special needs and five typically developing students. It meets twice a week for two hours a day at Jackson Elementary School in Mrs. Kitzmiller’s classroom. During this program, play-based learning will expose students to literacy, gross and fine motor, and language development activities. This model allows for enrichment for all children who participate in the program. Research shows that these blended classrooms provide benefits for all children who participate. To be eligible to attend: Children should be age three by September 1, 2023, and toilet trained. Registration is limited to five students per session, and a lottery system will be utilized to determine placement. The lottery will be held on May 15, 2023, and families will be notified by May 19, 2023, if their child is selected to attend. Families of peer models will need to provide their own transportation to and from school. Playgroup Sections: Tues/Thurs 9:00-11:00 am Wed/Fri 9:00-11:00 am Tues/Wed/Thurs 1:00- 3:00 pm. Register online at tinyurl.com/playgroup-23-24 Please contact Jill Kitzmiller at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like further information.
Online Registration for Summer Academy 2023 is now open! Visit us online at tinyurl.com/EASD-Summer to view the course guide and start planning your summer. Next, log in to your Family Access account to start the registration process. Online registration closes on March 23. All classes are on a first-come-first-served basis, so don't wait! If you've got questions, contact Erica Bills at email@example.com.