• Nona Schrader Awarded Herb School District
Kohl Teacher Fellowship
• Character Education Initiative
• Featured School: High School
JHS Launches Oklahoma! Production
Transition: Focusing on New
Freshmen APRIL 2004
Successful Year at JHS
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• April Calendar of Events www.jefferson.k12.wi.us (920) 675-1000
Public school recipients of the Kohl
NONA SCHRADER AWARDED Teacher Fellowship automatically be-
come candidates for the Wisconsin
HERB KOHL TEACHER Teacher of the Year (TOY) program.
A total of four Teachers of the Year
FELLOWSHIP are selected from the pool of Kohl Fel-
By Michael Swartz, Superintendent Ms. Schrader began teaching in the
Jefferson School District when hired
During the month of March, the Jef- in 1999 for a Language Arts teaching
ferson School District received the position at Jefferson Middle School.
exciting news that middle school in- She also provided instructional support
structor Nona Schrader had been as a special education paraprofessional
selected as a 2004 Kohl Teacher at the middle school from 1996 - 1999.
The School District is extremely proud
The Herb Kohl Educational Foun- of Ms. Schrader’s selection, and wish
dation Fellowship program rewards her the best as she competes for the
teachers who have demonstrated Teacher of the Year award!
superior ability to inspire love of
learning in their students, who have
motivated others, and who have provided meritorious service both inside and out-
side the classroom. Since the program was established in 1990, the foundation
has awarded 1,400 Fellowships to teachers throughout Wisconsin. The 100 Kohl EDUCATION
teachers and the 100 schools of those teachers will receive $1,000 grants from the
Kohl Teacher Fellowship program and will be recognized at a spring banquet. INITIATIVE
To be eligible to compete for a fellowship, teachers must be nominated by stu- By Michael Swartz, Superintendent
dents, parents, other teachers, community members, or administrators. The appli-
cation process requires each nominee to submit four letters of recommendation The Jefferson School District is pleased
outlining specific examples of the teacher’s skills and educational contributions, to inform you of an exciting initiative
knowledge, or attributes. Additionally, the nominees are required to provide an that is underway, namely the establish-
essay response to six questions regarding their individual teaching style and class- ment of a Character Education Pro-
room preparation. Local nominees’ applications are then forwarded to a selection gram for our schools and community.
committee in each of the state’s cooperative educational service agencies (CESAs).
If selected, the successful nominee’s application is then forwarded to a State Character Education is a whole school
Selection Committee. continued on page 4
April 14 - 11:00 a.m. April 28 - 11:00 a.m.
Lunch for senior citizens is provided at the High School
Salisbury Steak Chicken & Gravy (675-1100) or Sullivan Elementary (675-1500). Please call the
Lunch Days Mashed Potatoes Mashed Potatoes appropriate telephone number to notify the Student
Nutrition staff of your interest to participate.
Mixed Vegetables & Roll Green Beans, Cranberries & Roll
“The School District of Jefferson, in partnership with our community, provides an environment of excellence and opportunity for all students to achieve their dreams.”
“In the Spotlight”
Featured JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL
JHS LAUNCHES INTO PRODUCTION
by Kathryn Steib, Drama Department Business Manager/Publicity Chair
Students and staff at crews in the state last fall, the techni- The third and final group of students
Jefferson High School cal crew for Oklahoma! has a big job involved in Oklahoma! is the pit band.
are now in rehearsals ahead of them. Led by many veteran For the first time in at least twenty-
for the classic Ameri- juniors and seniors, many freshmen and five years (if ever), a JHS musical will
can musical Oklahoma! by Rodgers and sophomores have decided to try their use a complete pit band. In the past, a
Hammerstein. Over sixty students will hand at technical theatre. These stu- small “combo” of piano, bass, and
be involved in the production as cast dents are: Student Assistant Director drums was the mainstay for JHS mu-
members, technical crew, or pit band Alyssa Christ, Stage Manager Chasity sical accompaniment. Pit Band Con-
members. The students are led by six Juris, and Assistant Stage Managers ductor and JHS Instru-
JHS staff members. Playing the fron- mental teacher Megan
tier love interests Curly and Laurey will Halinski has organized a
be Seniors Carter Wedl and Ashley talented group of students
Rollefson. Ado Annie, the girl who to play this immortal mu-
“Cain’t say no,” will be portrayed by sic. These students are:
Siobhan Schmid. Jordan Davids will Jaimie Nevins, Amanda
play Will Parker, Ado Annie’s beau, who Van Vuren, Ashley Weissman, Carolan
finds out that “Everything’s up to date Carlson, Cheri Biewer, Shelly Draeger,
in Kansas City.” Keeping the young Becky Giblin, Rachel Haberman, Chris
adults on their toes are Aunt Eller Carlson, Abby Ristow, Tiffany
(Marie van Lieshout) and Andrew Frohmader, Erin Catalani, Erin Giblin,
Carnes (Tyler King). Ali Hakim, who Kristin Beccue, Sarah Findlay, Alex
finds himself in a peck of trouble, will Brower, Lauren Olson, Ben Bisbach,
be played by Alex Schneider. As Jud and Amanda Wellnitz. Additionally, Jus-
Fry, the villain, Nate Rees has his work tin Enright, member of the JHS class
cut out for him. Rounding out the cast of 2003, will return to play percussion
are Rose Simon as Gertie, Peter Jennifer Nilsestuen and Jenny Walther. with the band.
Friederichs as Ike, and the following In addition, Beth Wright will operate
chorus members: Nina Mallory, lights while Justin Langer will operate Other students will also get involved in
Samantha Godkin, Kim Rowen, sound. Spotlight operators are Mollie the production throughout rehearsals.
Theresa Racanelli, Jessica Enright, Spangler and Peter Stark. Other tech These additional students will serve on
Lauren Wleczyk, Ryan Schuenke, Staci crew members are: Erin Catalani, the costume and public relations com-
Groshek, Peter Babcock, Jon Fleming, Megan Freund, Cassy Greenfield, Alex mittees, as well as makeup assistants
Courtney Tomczak, Olivia Tackman, James, Mike Redmond, Ellyse backstage. To have so many students
Rachel Gerstner, Courtney Bauer, Schneider, Marcus Tauch, Alex Turner, involved in so many ways will make
Ashley Lentz, and Ashley Rammelt. Erin Giblin, Beth Fernandez, and Ben for a wonderful production, and will
Bisbach. have a great educational impact on the
After earning first place among tech entire school.
JHS Staff Members involved in the pro- This production is rated Y for youth school guidance counselors focusing on
duction are Director Ryan Clarksen, appropriate and for “Yee-hah!” problem-solving skills, interpersonal
Music Director Kathy Tuinstra, Assis- skills, and goal setting. Two major ad-
tant Director/Pit Band Conductor Oklahoma! performances are May 6, ditions to 8th grade transition are the
Megan Halinski, Technical Director 7, and 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the JHS audito- possibility of creating a freshmen sum-
Lynn Weyer, Costumer Kelly Traver, rium. At the door, ticket prices will be mer school course entitled Freshmen
and Business Manager/Publicity Chair $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for Focus and the possibility of holding a
Kathryn Steib. students and senior citizens. Freshmen Only First Day of School.
Tickets will also be avail- Freshmen Focus is a course designed
Originally produced on Broadway in able in advance from the by Shannon Mooney, high school guid-
1943, Oklahoma! is regarded as the first following businesses: ance counselor, and Deanna Battist,
American musical comedy. Make plans Astell’s Best Little Hair House, middle school guidance counselor, to
to attend the JHS production. Take a Jefferson’s Hometown Floral and Gifts, help prepare 8th graders for high school
walk back in time to the Oklahoma Council for the Performing Arts, Bon success. The students involved with
frontier of the early 1900s, see toe-tap- Ton Bakery, and Dave’s Piggly Wig- this course may have the opportunity
ping dance numbers, and hear wonder- gly. Prices at these locations will be to earn .25 high school credit, if ap-
ful tunes such as “The Surrey with the $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for students proved by the school board. The Fresh-
Fringe on Top,” “Oh, what a Beautiful and senior citizens. Children five and men Only First Day of School is an
Morning,” and of course, “Oklahoma!” under will be admitted free of charge! option for the 2004-2005 school year.
During this event, high school staff will
dedicate their time solely to the accli-
TRANSITION: FOCUSING ON mation of freshmen. This day may in-
clude an all-staff/freshmen lunch and
NEW FRESHMEN presentations by high school clubs and
organizations in addition to helping with
By Shannon Mooney, High School Guidance Counselor locker combinations, homerooms, and
Jefferson High School and Jefferson Middle School are collaboratively meeting to
start a formalized 8th grade transition program to help our 8th graders become In summary, the new 8th grade transi-
successful high school students. Developmentally, middle school students are in a tion program serves to provide many
flux of emotions regarding self-esteem, peer relationships, motivation, and aca- functions including blending the gaps
demic success. It is our focus to create a program designed and geared towards between the middle and high school lev-
guiding 8th grade students to make appropriate choices both academically and els, streamlining academic expecta-
socially. tions, and providing a sense of commu-
nity within our schools and our students.
The program is still in its planning stages, although several Most importantly, though, the 8th grade
components of the proposed plan will be introduced this school transition program provides a method
year. In past years, the high school and middle school guid- for making each student feel more se-
ance departments in addition to the parochial schools have cure in his/her ability to engage in and
arranged for the 8th graders to tour the high school in order to acclimate them- be successful in the next step of life.
selves with the programs and physical atmosphere of the high school. Although
helpful, the new 8th grade transition program plans to merge the tours with several
other opportunities for 8th graders to experience the high school. For example, a
proposal has been made for an 8th grade Shadow project by which 8th graders are
paired with volunteer high school students for a “Day in the Life of Jefferson High AT
YEAR AT JHS
School.” This will give 8th grade students the chance to experience high school
classes, lunch hour, elective options, etc. In addition to having the 8th grade stu-
dents come to the high school, the transition proposal also includes the opportunity By Mark Rollefson, Principal
for a team of high school teachers to enter the 8th grade classrooms for a panel of
questions and answers about high school life. The purpose of this activity is to The 2003-04 school year has not only
recognize the various comfort levels of the 8th graders and to exhibit a sense of proven to be successful academically,
reciprocation between the schools. but a multitude of co-curricular groups/
teams has also had a strong showing
Other plans include small group discussions led by the high school and middle this school year. Some examples of
success stories include the following: year in a row. One individual placed • Varsity Girls Basketball Team: Best
third and three were district finalists. record in several seasons. Won regional
• Academic Decathlon Team: Placed first championship and advanced to sec-
in regional competition; qualified for the • Varsity Girls Volleyball Team: The girls tional play.
state level competition for the first time had a very successful season as they
in school’s history. won the conference and regional cham- • Varsity Girls Swimming Team: Best
pionships. team record in about ten years. Broke
• Fall One-Act Play Cast & Crew: Per- the 200 free relay record twice this sea-
formed Tartuffe at the 2003 WHSFA • Varsity Girls Tennis Team: Achieved son.
State Theatre Festival in La Crosse and the conference championship and also
earned a ranking of #1 in the state and had one singles player and a doubles • Destination Imagination Team: Ad-
the overall performance received a #2 pair qualify for state competition. vanced to regional competition in
ranking. March. Last year - World Champions!
• Varsity Boys Basketball Team: Best
• Forensics Team: Entire team advanced season record in a few years. Won their CONGRATULATIONS STUDENTS
to district level competition for the third first regional game. ON A JOB WELL DONE!
(Character Education Cont...) This presentation will illustrate Chatta- each year.
nooga, Tennessee’s character education
effort to create a community of virtue where initiative, now impacting over 250,000 citi- Ms. Reed has made numerous professional
moral behaviors such as respect, honesty, zens and 55,000 students in public and pri- presentations and conducted workshops
and kindness are modeled, taught, ex- vate schools. Ms. Reed will describe how on character education throughout the
pected, celebrated, and continuously prac- over 100 schools became involved, how United States during the past six years.
ticed in everyday interactions. the initiative is being evaluated, and how While serving in her present position she
the community has supported this effort has assisted 17 school districts in imple-
You are cordially invited to join us on during the last six years. The school dis- menting character education as well as con-
Thursday, April 22, at 7:00 p.m., in the Jef- trict was awarded the Tennessee School sulting with educators in numerous states.
ferson High School auditorium, as Nancy Board Association’s 2000 School of Excel-
Reed, Coordinator for Character Education, lence Award in Character Education, rec- We hope that you will join us for an
Hamilton County Schools, Chattanooga, ognized by the Character Education Part- evening of exciting information as we strive
Tennessee, shares with us “The Chatta- nership in Washington, D.C., and co-spon- to reinforce with our students the impor-
nooga Story: Character Education in the sors the Southeast Regional Character Edu- tance of morals, ethics, and values.
Schools, Communities, and Business.” cation Conference held in Chattanooga
District Calendar of Events
1 * Baseball (H) Milton 15 * East PTO Mtg., 3-3:45 p.m., East 26 * Golf @ Elkhorn
* G Soccer @ Cambridge Library * B Tennis @ Elkhorn
2 * Softball (H) Milton * Softball (H) Monona Grove * 9th Baseball @ Milton
* 9th Baseball (H) Milton 16 * Softball (H) Whitewater * G Soccer @ Columbus
* Forensics State * 9th Baseball @ Whitewater * Sullivan Gr. 5 Choir Tour (all day)
3 * Forensics State 17 * Staff Recognition Banquet, 5:00 p.m., * HS Academic Awards Night,
6 * Softball @ L. Mills (Lakeside) Meadow Springs Country Club 7:00 p.m., Auditorium
* Coed Track @ Palmyra-Eagle * G Soccer @ Delavan-Darien * School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.,
8 * Softball @ Delavan-Darien 19 * 9th Baseball (H) Fort High School Library
* Baseball (H) Delavan-Darien * Golf @ Stoughton
* G Soccer (H) Elkhorn 20 * Softball @ Fort HIGH SCHOOL PROGRESS REPORT WEEK
* 9th Baseball @ Delavan-Darien * Baseball (H) Fort APRIL 26 - 30
10 * Golf @ Elkhorn (Invite) * Coed Track, Fort/Jefferson @ Milton
* B Tennis @ Janesville (Palmer Park) 22 * 3 Hr. Early Dismissal 27 * Softball @ Milton
12 * Sullivan P.A.T.H.S., 3:15 p.m., * Baseball @ East Troy * Baseball @ Milton
Sullivan Cafeteria * Golf (H) Milton * Coed Track (H) Elkhorn/Whitewater
* HS Booster Club Mtg., 7:00 p.m., * G Soccer (H) Big Foot 29 * Baseball (H) Elkhorn
Room M1 @ HS * B Tennis (H) Milton * Golf (H) Delavan-Darien
* G Soccer (H) Columbus 23 * Softball (H) East Troy * G Soccer (H) Whitewater
13 * West P.A.T.H.S. Mtg., 6:30 p.m., * 9th Baseball @ East Troy * B Tennis (H) Delavan-Darien
Library * Golf @ Evansville * Coed Track @ Lake Mills
* MS PTO Mtg., 7:00 p.m., Cafeteria * G Soccer @ Watertown 30 * Softball @ Elkhorn
* Baseball (H) Watertown Luther Prep * B Tennis @ McFarland * 9th Baseball (H) Elkhorn
* Softball @ Evansville 24 * State Solo/Ensemble (all-day) at UW- * Golf @ Fontana (Big Foot)
15 * Baseball @ Whitewater Whitewater * B Tennis @ Janesville Parker
* Coed Track Conf. Relays @ E. Troy * Golf @ Milton * Newsletter in Advertiser
* G Soccer @ Delavan-Darien * G Soccer @ Watertown
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