Tuesday, April 10, 2018

April 2018 Newsletter

FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S DESK...
The month of April once again provides our school with a valuable opportunity for us to connect with our families to discuss your student's progress within their coursework. On April 19th and 23rd we will be hosting our Parent-Teacher Conferences for Trimester 3 from 4:30-7:00 P.M on both days. We cordially invite you to attend and actively participate in the discussions regarding your student’s academic achievement. Please be aware that we will once again be using the Sign-Up Genius website to schedule our conferences for these evenings.

Also during this month we will see our freshmen and sophomores complete their required state testing. Please be aware that we will have a 12:30 P.M. start time to classes for students in grades 11 and 12 on April 17th and 18th. Freshmen and sophomores are to report by 7:50 A.M and buses will run as normal on both days. A supervised work area will be provided to those junior and senior students who need to ride the bus in, but choose not to take advantage of one of the offered Academic and Career Planning field trips mentioned later within this newsletter.

Lastly, this time of year also brings about our KHS Prom. That evening is sure to be a wonderful event for all who attend with this year's theme of "Hollywood Glamour." If your student will be attending the Prom please consider encouraging them to attend the Post-Prom activities sponsored by the KHS Parent Advisory Council (PAC) that will be held at the Heart of the Valley YMCA that evening/early morning as a fun and safe event with lots of free food and prizes available.

As always, we sincerely appreciate your continued support as we strive to work collaboratively with every student to help them get the futures they want.

Corey Baumgartner
Principal




KHS STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Art                                              Kiley Gegare
Business                                      Mason VanZeeland
English                                        Griffin Bekish
Family and Consumer Ed.              Cailin Kinas
General Education                        Bryce Verkuilen
Math/Computer Science                Jenna Massonet
Music                                          Dylan Rockey
Phy. Ed./Health                            Kearstin Cornelissen
Science                                       Kylie Nennig
Social Studies                              Jacob Klapperich
Technology Ed.                            Trevor Verhagen
World Languages                         Kaitlyn Murphy





Academic and Career Planning Field Trips (Juniors and Seniors)
Since juniors and seniors will not be required to attend school until 12:30 P.M. on April 17th and 18th we will be offering school sponsored field trips for students within those grades who are interested in visiting any of the college campuses or local employers below on either of those two mornings. All permission slips for these field trips are due back into the main office by the end of the day on April 13th.

April 17
UW Fox Valley    Bus leaves KHS @ 8:00 A.M.
Fox Valley Tech   Bus leaves KHS @ 8:50 A.M.
Team Industries   Bus leaves KHS @ 8:15 A.M.

April 18
UW Oshkosh    Bus leaves KHS @ 8:15 A.M.
Fox Valley Tool and Die   Bus Leaves KHS @ 8:15 A.M.



Parent-Teacher Conferences
KHS Trimester 3 Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, April 19th and Monday, April 23rd from 4:30-7:00 P.M. on both nights.

Below is a link to schedule your conferences with your requested teachers through Sign-Up Genius.

Link to Parent-Teachers Sign-up Genius
Please feel free to contact the main office @ 766-7113 if you have any questions about this process.



Counselor Corner

Upcoming Dates and Things to Remember…..

Seniors:

Scholarships:  Keep checking the scholarship binder in Student Services for new Scholarships.

Friday, May 18th:  Any senior wanting to be recognized at Senior Awards Night for an outside scholarship, needs to see Mrs. Rueden in student services by May 18th.

Wednesday, May 30th:  Senior Awards Night will be held on Wednesday May 30th for any student that is receiving a local scholarship and/or outside scholarship.  Event will be held from 7pm until approximately 9:30pm.

Juniors and Seniors:

Accuplacer:  Kaukauna High School will be offering the Accuplacer on Monday, April 9th at 12:33 pm (start of 4th hour) in E227 Computer Lab Sign up in Student Services.

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors:

Reality Store:  Real life experience budgeting money and planning for the future.  April 24, Kaukauna High School students will have the opportunity to go through a simulation of problem solving, career planning, decision-making, budgeting ,and paying bills.  Juniors that have US and World Studies 11 will be automatically participating in this event.  Any Sophomore, Junior, and Senior that would not have US and World 11 is invited to participate and should stop in student services to sign up with Mrs. Feucht.  

Goals of Reality Store are to help your students learn: basic finance skills, goal setting, career planning, decision-making, and the importance of getting what they need first, and getting what they want second.  Students will choose a career, be assigned a salary, then visit 18 booths to purchase life’s necessities with the option to buy some “extras”- but they cannot spend more than their salary.  This opportunity is sponsored by the KEEN (Kaukauna Education Enhancement Network) and Unison Credit union.

All Students:
Summer School:  Any student that failed a class, should sign up for summer school credit recovery.  Credit recovery is available in English, Math (Algebra Only), Science, Social Studies, and Health.  Registration is now open.  Contact your child’s School Counselor if you need assistance.
ACT Dates:

April 14th
Registration is Closed

June 9th
Registration Deadline- May 4th
Late Registration Available

July 14th
Registration Deadline- June 15th
Late Registration Available



NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY NEWS

The month of April marks the last blood drive this school year held in conjunction with the Community Blood Center. The blood drive will be April 26th from 6:30 a.m to 2:45 p.m. We are hoping to donate more than 16.6 gallons in order to break last year’s record. If you are interested in helping us break the record by donating blood, please call or email Karla Miller-Flynn at 766-6113 ext 5826 or email at miller-flynnka@kaukaunasd.org
We would like to thank the following businesses who donated food or beverages to this year’s blood drives:  Kaukauna Coffee and Tea, Pagoni’s Pizza, Van Abels, Papa Murphy’s, Culver’s and Chartwells. The blood donors appreciate your generosity!
Letters will be sent home soon to current tenth graders who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better and to 11th graders who have the same GPA and are not currently in NHS, inviting them to look into the application process of being admitted into NHS. After completed applications are turned in,  new NHS members will be selected by a faculty committee in early June. Mid June letters will be sent home to all applicants informing them of their status within NHS.

The Induction Ceremony for current NHS members who satisfied all the requirements will be held in the commons and auditorium May 20th from noon to 1:45 p.m



MARK YOUR CALENDARS

April 17th:  ACT Aspire and Forward Testing.  Freshman and Sophomore students begin testing at 7:50.  ALL STUDENTS report for periods 1-5 at 12:30 PM
April 18th:  ACT Aspire and Forward Testing.  Freshman and Sophomore students begin testing at 7:50.  ALL STUDENTS report for periods 1-5 at 12:30 PM
April 19th:  Parent/teacher conferences 4:30 PM-7:00 PM
April 21st:  KHS Prom 8:00 PM-12:00 AM
April 23rd:  Parent/teacher conferences 4:30 PM-7:00 PM
April 23rd:  Band Bash at 7:00 PM
April 26th:  NHS Blood Drive from 6:30 AM-2:45 PM in the KHS Auxiliary Gymnasium
May 6th:  Academic Awards night at 6:00 PM in the KHS auditorium



Tuesday, March 6, 2018

March Newsletter

Recent events both around our nation and on a regional level have brought the vitally important topic of school safety to the forefront of our discussions within the Kaukauna Area School District.

Please know that here at Kaukauna High School we hold the safety of our students and staff as a top priority and will continue to focus and reflect upon how we can even further enhance our current practices, procedures, and facilities to ensure that our students and staff are as safe as possible.

As a parent of children within this district myself, I understand the range of emotions you may experience when you see the tragedies that take place around our country and I surely understand your passion around this topic. That is the source of my energy to strive to ensure that our building continues to provide your students with a safe and comfortable place to learn and grow.

We ask that you speak with your children at home about the importance of if they see or hear something suspicious or potentially dangerous that they should report it to a parent, staff member, our school resource officer, or an administrator. That would include what they may see others post on social media sites.

Working together as a community around these matters will only help us preserve the safe learning environments that we want for all of our children.

Thank you for your continued support!

GO GHOSTS!!!
Corey Baumgartner
Principal
Kaukauna High School

KHS STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Art                                              Aubrey Blair
Business                                      Jonas Weber
English                                        Alexis Bellotti
Family and Consumer Ed.              Mekenna Jurek
General Education                        Louis David Guevara
General Education                        Jacob Schramm
Math/Computer Science                Kaliyah Tinkham
Music                                          Logan Knaus
Phy. Ed./Health                            Sammi VanLanen
Science                                       Ed Zornow
Social Studies                              Lindsey Tews
Social Studies                              Maggie Tienor
Technology Ed.                            Bret Fox
World Languages                         Austin Miller




Summer School 2018


Location:
Kaukauna High School

Dates:
Tuesday, June 12 - Friday, June 29 (Monday - Friday)
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (some classes may run past this time, but no transportation will be available)

NOTE: Classes will also be on Fridays

Open House: 
We will be hosting an Open House on Monday June 11, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Summer School Leadership Team and Student Volunteers will be available to assist students and parents in locating classrooms and answer questions.  Please note that teachers will not be present during the Open House.

Registration Dates:
Sunday, March 18: Summer School Registration begins at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, May 18: Summer School Registration closes at 12:00 p.m.
Link to register : 

This summer, we will be using a new Registration Software. Please watch for more information in the next couple of weeks surrounding the registration process.


Course Catalog:  Located on the Kaukauna Area School District Summer School website at:

Please visit the Kaukauna Area School District Summer School website for any new information at:



COUNSELOR CORNER

Upcoming Dates and Things to Remember…..

Seniors:

Scholarships:  Keep checking the scholarship binder in Student Services for new Scholarships.  

Juniors:

Accuplacer:  Kaukauna High School will be offering the Accuplacer on Monday, March 5th at 12:33 pm (start of 4th hour).  Sign up in Student Services.

Xavier College Fair:
On Tuesday, March 13th from 6:00 pm-8:30 pm Xavier High School will be hosting a college fair. The college fair is open to all students. The event brings together approximately 100 colleges and helps students and their parents explore a wide variety of educational options. Get more information at www.xaviercatholicshools.org. Please note that the 2018 College Fair will be automated. Students need to create an account at gotocollegefairs.com and either print and bring their bar code along with them to the event or upload their bar code to their phones.

UW-HELP will be launching it’s spring texting campaign. We are encouraging juniors to sign up. Students will receive text messages that only assist them with the transition to their senior year, but also get them thinking about attending a UW System campus. Juniors will receive text messages like, choosing a rigorous senior schedule, taking the ACT/SAT, making the most of summer, visiting campuses, applying for admission and more! High school juniors may join the program by texting PREPARE to 99000. To receive all texts, students should join by April 4. The sooner they join, the sooner they will receive messages.

ACT Dates:

April 14th
Registration Deadline- March 9th
Late Registration Available

June 9th
Registration Deadline- May 4th
Late Registration Available

July 14th
Registration Deadline- June 15th

Late Registration Available



KAUKAUNA YEARBOOK ORDER 2017-2018 School Year

Don’t forget: A yearbook is a permanent memory book. While many teenagers own a cell phone and take hundreds of pictures a year, few of these pictures will ever make it into a photo album and even fewer of these pictures will be saved for the future. As a parent, you probably still have your yearbook and you know the value of this “history” book. We hope you will invest in a “history” book for your son or daughter as well.  Get your 2018 yearbook for $54 through March 23, 2018. The cost will go up to $60 starting March 24, 2018.  The last day you can order a yearbook will be May 25, 2018. 

Year-books are expected to arrive early to mid-August, 2018.  The reason the yearbooks arrive in August is so we have time to create pages for all Spring sports, Graduation Ceremony pictures as well as Senior Awards.   Thank you for your understanding.                                                                                           


Here is the URL address for your school’s 2018 ecommerce site.










NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY NEWS

March not only brings welcome thoughts of Spring but a
lso the SLURP :) The SLURP is a community soup dinner event dedicated to the awareness of the Fine Arts programs offered at KHS. The SLURP takes place March 21st from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m in the commons. The band, orchestra and choir will be entertaining the diners while the art program will display examples of incredible art work students have completed. Pottery items will be on sale during the event. The cost for the event is as follows: adults $7.00, children ages 4-10 are $5.00 and children under three eat free. There will be unlimited soups to sample, desserts, crackers and beverages. All proceeds go towards the cost of materials and to benefit KHS's Fine Arts programs. We have had tremendous community participation in the past and we are once again looking forward to a great night celebrating our Fine Arts programs and fellowship within our community.


Our last free Senior Citizen Computer Class will be held in the Library Media Center on Wednesday, March 14th. If you are interested, please call Karla Miller-Flynn at 766-6113 ext 5826 to register  or email her at miller-flynnka@kaukaunasd.org  NHS students will work one-on-one with senior citizens to answer their technology questions about lap tops, tablets, phones, facebook etc. The class runs from 6:30-8:00. 

It is the time of the year to invite sophomores and juniors (juniors who are not currently in NHS) with a cumulative g.p.a of 3.5 or better, to learn about the application process for possible entry into National Honor Society. Letters will be sent home to students who fit the criteria, inviting them to an informational meeting which explains the application process. Call Karla Miller-Flynn if you have any questions.















Wednesday, February 7, 2018

February Newsletter

The month of February brings about a very exciting time for our school community and a plethora of opportunities for our students to continue to showcase their skills and talents.

Within our activities department our winter co-curricular activities begin their respective tournaments, performances, and competitions. In addition, our music department enters the season of beautiful yet purposeful preparation that can be heard throughout the hallways for the WSMA Solo and Ensemble competitions.

Even more importantly though this month brings the opportunity for our students to demonstrate the academic skills that they have developed within our classrooms.

Our Junior students will once again be taking both the state required ACT and ACT WorkKeys assessments. A student’s performance on these assessments can certainly positively affect the options they have for success at either the technical college or university setting, as well as the pathway of those looking to enter the work force upon graduation. These assessments can also be great predicators of success for those students who will be looking to proudly serve our country within our nation’s military. Therefore, I ask that you please take the time to share the importance of your son or daughter doing their personal best on the ACT exams.

I also strongly encourage all of our Juniors to take advantage of the ZAPs ACT prep program that the district offers to our students as a free resource to help you become prepared for these exams.

Our freshmen and sophomore students will also be able to track their progress toward their individual success on the previously mentioned tests when they take the ACT Aspire later in the spring.

In closing, as the excitement builds throughout our building this month, I am eagerly looking forward to our students utilizing all of their previous hard work, commitment, and passion by displaying their skills and talents on the stage, within our athletic venues, and most definitely in our classrooms.

Go Ghosts!!!
Corey Baumgartner
Principal
Kaukauna High School

KHS STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Art                                              Hannah Thede
Art                                              Taylor VandenElzen
Business                                      Lexi Welhouse
English                                        Haley Ferrier
Family and Consumer Ed.              Allison Piette
General Education                        Jacob Castro
Math/Computer Science                Giovanni Sanchez
Music                                          Matt Niquette
Phy. Ed./Health                            Joe Menifield
Science                                       Diana Reabroi
Social Studies                              Mariah Ulrich
Technology Ed.                            Miguel Chavez-Sanchez
World Languages                         Allison Piette



KAUKAUNA LIONS CLUB STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
New to KHS this year, the Kaukauna Lions Club will be honoring one Kaukauna High School senior as the Student of the Month, each month from November through May.  Under the program, the Kaukauna Lions Club donates $50 each month to a club, organization, or project of the student’s choosing, in the name of the honored student. 

Each Student of the Month is then invited to the club's regular meeting and is asked to give a presentation about his or her achievements and future goals, comment on the club, organization, or project selected as the recipient of the donation, and respond to any questions from club members. 

Students are selected based on the following criteria: 
  
  • Academic achievement (top 25% of the class)
  • Noteworthy involvement in school and/or community activities and programs
This year's Kaukauna Lions Club Students of the Month are as follows:
November                                   Ben Brochtrup
December                                   Haley Corcoran
January                                      Jason VanZeeland
February                                     Nicole Buchinger

Congratulations to all past recipients of this distinguished honor and recognition!



Important ACT Information

On February 27th and 28th ALL JUNIORS will participate in the statewide administration of the ACT and the ACT WorkKeys.  The ACT test is a college entrance exam covering English, reading, math, science, and writing. It measures what students have learned in middle and high school and is used by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as one measure to determine the effectiveness of local school districts.  The WorkKeys assessment from ACT is being used in high schools across Wisconsin to help students understand how they can improve their skills for better-paying jobs.  WorkKeys measures skills such as reading, math, listening, locating information, and teamwork—skills that employers feel are critical to job success.

The ACT is February 27th and only juniors will be in attendance on that day - all other students will have the day off.

The WorkKeys is February 28th. Only juniors will attend in the morning and then all students will report by 12:30 to begin a shortened schedule.

Bussing will run at normal times on both the 27th and 28th.

On March 20th and 21st we will be conducting makeup testing for those that missed the ACT and the WorkKeys.





12 Angry Jurors - KHS Auditorium
February 9 and 10:  7 P.M. 
February 11:  2 P.M.
Doors open 1 hour prior to show
Tickets:  Adults $10, Senior Citizens $8




KHS Key Club

The KHS Key Club will be participating in The Family’s Help for the Homeless hygiene drive, set to begin February 18 and run through March 11.

Help for the Homeless participation sites help promote and collect personal care and cleaning supplies for twenty area agencies, that benefit people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Last year, Help for the Homeless had over 140 participating sites in the Fox Valley. The participating sites collected over $160,000 worth of in-kind donations that were distributed among twenty agencies right here in the Valley. With your help, we can ensure that every adult and child that is experiencing or at risk of homelessness has access to soap, toothpaste, and deodorant- things many of us take for granted.  

There will be a donation box in Mrs. Becker's office if you would like to contribute. 



National Honor Society News

February is looking to be an extremely busy service month for our students. We are starting off the month with a bang.....our third blood drive this year in conjunction with the Community Blood Center runs February 1st. We are looking to break our record of 16.6 gallons :) Holly Hayden and Kayla Dutton are the leaders on this activity.

February 16th is the Polar Plunge which directly benefits Special Olympics in Wisconsin. We have about 30 NHS students registered to plunge or help out the night of the plunge. Our plunging time is 6:30 p.m at Menominee Park in Oshkosh. Cross your fingers for slightly warmer weather conditions. Our theme will be "Beach Out". James Murphy is taking the lead on this activity.

The second Senior Citizen Computer Class will be held February 28th from 6:30-8:00. The class is for older folks in our city who would like to learn more about different types of technology: iphones, facebook, tablets etc. You can be a beginner, intermediate or advanced. We will have computer experts from our staff at the high school there that night who can answer any questions you have. If you want to register, please call Karla Miller-Flynn at 766-6113 ext. 5826 or email me at    miller-flynnka@kaukaunasd.org  Ben Brochtrup is the leader in charge of the classes.



Counselor Corner

Upcoming Dates and Things to Remember…..

Seniors:

Scholarships:  Keep checking the scholarship binder in Student Services for new Scholarships.

Wednesday, February 14:  All Local Scholarship Applications are due in Student Services to Mrs. Rueden by 4 pm

Juniors and Seniors:

Accuplacer:  Kaukauna High School will be offering the Accuplacer on Monday, February 19th at 12:33 pm (start of 4th hour).  Sign up in Student Services.

Co-op- Juniors and Seniors interested in Co-op for the 2018-19 school year should pick up an application in student services.  Application can also be found on the Kaukauna High School website under Student and Family Services under KHS Forms.  Application must be turned into Mr. Lawrence in F104 for approval prior to registering for Co-op work.

Juniors:

ZAPS ACT Test Taking Strategies will be offered free of charge to all Juniors on February 22.  Sign up in Student Services.

ACT Dates:

February 10th
Registration Deadline- January 12th
Late Registration Available

April 14th
Registration Deadline- March 9th
Late Registration Available

June 9th
Registration Deadline- May 4th
Late Registration Available

July 14th
Registration Deadline- June 15th

Late Registration Available






Since 2014, Kaukauna High School’s National Honor Society students have offered a series of computer classes each year, designed specifically for senior citizens in our community. The classes will be available again this year, held on January 24th, February 28th and March 14th, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the computer labs at Kaukauna High School, 1701 County CE. This is a free course.
The classes are designed for all experience levels on any device (phone, computer, tablet, etc.) and will cover topics like: How to get started using computers; word processing; internet basics; using search engines; online shopping; social media; and more! National Honor Society students will serve as instructors and class assistants, teaching basic skills and working 1-on-1 with attendees to answer individual questions.

Last year, then juniors James Murphy and Ben Brochtrup revamped the curriculum for the popular class as one of their service projects, making sure that all of the material was up to date with current technology standards and that the classes were covering topics that were of greatest interest to the community they were serving. “By pairing up National Honor Society students with class members, we created a very relaxed learning environment where class members could move at their own pace. While some had specific problems they were looking to address, others simply wanted to know more about technology and its growing impact on the world around them,” said Ben, now a senior at KHS and a National Honor Society leader. “We found that technology served as a great medium for two drastically different generations to connect.”

“I have had so much fun helping run the class. It’s so cool to see the connection between our NHS members and the community,” added James, also now a senior and National Honor Society leader. “We made it both as fun and informational as possible, and the class members are so kind and eager to learn.”

Participants are welcome to bring their own devices, but computers will be available on-site as well.
To register, call Karla Miller-Flynn at (920) 766- 6113 ext. 5826, or email miller-flynnka@kaukaunasd.org. Please include your name, phone number, level of experience with computers and any specific topics you would like to see covered.



Mark Your Calendars

  • February 9-11:  KHS Spring Play "12 Angry Jurors"
    • Feb. 9 and 10 @ 7 P.M.
    • Feb. 11 @ 2 P.M.
  • February 17:  KHS Winter Ball
  • February 22:  KHS All-Day In-Service - NO SCHOOL for students
  • February 23:  NO SCHOOL for students
  • February 27:  ACT Plus Writing Exam
  • February 28:  ACT Work Keys