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SHS senior named Merit Scholarship semifinalist

Congratulations to Stoughton High School senior Briana Skerpan for being named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. Skerpan is one of approximately 16,000 seniors from across the United States who have been named semifinalists for this prestigious scholarship. More than 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to reach the finalist stage, and about half of the finalists will win one of the $31 million in National Merit Scholarships that will be awarded in the spring.

From the National Merit Scholarship Corporation:

“Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of [semifinalists], representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of [semifinalists] in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

“To become a Finalist, the [semifinalist] and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the [semifinalist] academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A [semifinalist] must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® or ACT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

For more information, visit the National Merit Scholarship Corporation website.

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Kohl nomination window now open

The nomination/application window is now open for the 2020 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Awards.

This annual program recognizes students, educators and principals for their great work. Educators can be nominated for a Fellowship, and principals can be nominated for a Leadership Award. Students can apply for an Excellence scholarship or an Initiative scholarship. From the Kohl Foundation:

Teacher Fellowship Program

"The Kohl Teacher Fellowship program recognizes and supports teaching excellence and innovation in the State of Wisconsin...The 100 Herb Kohl Fellowship recipients and the 100 schools of those teachers will each receive a $6,000 grant and will be recognized at a spring banquet."

Click here for more information about the Fellowship program and how to nominate an educator

Principal Leadership Award

"The purpose of the Herb Kohl Principal Leadership program is to recognize and support administrative leadership. The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation's goal is to support Wisconsin school principals in pursuit of their unrealized goals for their schools or professional development. Twelve public school principals and four religious and independent school principals/administrators will be selected for a Leadership Award. The 16 Kohl Leadership Award recipients and the 16 schools of those principals will each receive $6,000 grants from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation and will be recognized at a spring banquet."

Click here for more information about the program and how to nominate an administrator

Student Excellence Scholarship

"The purpose of the Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship program is to recognize student leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement...The Foundation awards $10,000 scholarships to 100 Wisconsin high school graduates each year."

Click here for more information about the scholarship and how to apply

Student Initiative Scholarship

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation annually awards its $10,000 Initiative Scholarship to100 graduating high school students in public, religious and independent schools throughout Wisconsin...The intent of the Initiative Scholarship is to recognize students who are putting forth extraordinary effort to do their best in the classroom and have overcome significant obstacles or adversity, but whose class rank is likely to make them ineligible for academic scholarships."

Click here for more information about the Student Initiative Scholarship program and how to apply

 

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4th graders to Overture Center in November to hear Symphonic dances

The 4th graders attended the Madison Symphony's Youth Concert in November.  The orchestra played Symphonic dances by Bernstein, Dvorak and others and even got to see a dance company perform with the music.  We had front row seats at the Overture!  A cellist from the Symphony also came to present  and play for the students a week earlier.

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Reminder about Infinite Campus Portal

Families: Is your Parent/Guardian Infinite Campus Portal account set up and active? Is your household information accurate? Please take a moment to verify by going to https://stoughtonwi.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/stoughton.jsp.

This is a great tool to have to review your child's student information (attendance, grades, schedules, etc.) as well as for registration and contact purposes. If you discover you do not have an account, cannot remember your login information or other related questions, please contact the Stoughton Area School District Infinite Campus Specialist, Heather Lucas at 608.877.5045 or heather.lucas@stoughton.k12.wi.us.

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Spring Brings "Firsts in the Forest" for Kegonsa First Grade

On Mondays this Spring Kegonsa First graders have the opportunity to spend time in the local forest exploring the outdoors and strengthening their deepest wonders in nature.  "Firsts in the Forest" gives students time to explore, experiment, persist and collaborate with others.

The students have had opportunities to engage in activities such as engineering waterways and dams, building forts and tracking deer!

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Kegonsa drive collects 2,950 pairs of shoes, raises $800 for Stoughton police dog

The Stoughton police dog, Ole, visited Kegonsa Elementary School on Thursday morning (April 12) after the school helped raise money to support Ole in his service to the community.

Earlier this year, Kegonsa Working for Kids organized a shoe drive that encouraged students, staff and community members to donate new or gently used shoes for a fundraiser.  Kegonsa ultimately collected 2,950 pairs of shoes.  The Kegonsa Student Council and Working for Kids chose to donate $800 of those proceeds to Ole, whose K-9 care is funded by community donations.

Ole and his handler, Officer O'Neil, visited Kegonsa for an all-school assembly so the kids could team more about what it takes to be a police dog and handler and could ask questions.  A check presentation ceremony followed.

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Amazing trip to the Overture Center with 4th grade

4th Graders at the Overture Center

Students in 4th grade at Sandhill went to the Overture to hear the Madison Symphony perform their fall Youth Concert on November 7th. The Symphony sent two musicians (an oboist and a violist) to our school with a docent a couple of weeks before to help the kids learn about the music they would be hearing.

Students heard Dvorak's New World Symphony, Gould's "American Salute", Copland's "A Lincoln Portrait" and the ever-popular "Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Phillip Sousa. They had a great time!

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