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    Stevens Point Area Public School District
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    Stevens Point, WI 54481 

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  • Madison Elementary Wins $1,000 for School’s Green Initiatives

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 11/14/2017


    ABCs of Going Green Video Shot

    Madison Elementary School has been named the video contest winner in the Miron Construction, ‘Be Green in ‘17’, video contest. Staff and students submitted the winning video ‘The ABC’s of Going Green’ which highlighted projects that could benefit from the funds. Miron Construction will be visiting the school to congratulate students and staff.


    Madison Elementary School is a designated Green and Healthy School of Wisconsin. Staff and students work to ensure healthy, safe learning environments throughout the year through a variety of projects.


    The school will allocate the $1,000 award from the ‘Be Green in ‘17’ video contest to various Green and Healthy initiatives taking place this school year.


    Congratulations Mustangs!

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  • Boston School Forest Receives Green Gift from Cellcom

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 10/27/2017

    BSF Staff


     Boston School Forest has been selected as a 2017 Cellcom Green Gift recipient. The organization received a $750 Green Gift from Cellcom to enhance the recycling program at its facility.   


    “The primary excuse people give for not recycling is that recycling isn’t convenient or accessible to them. Recycling is a behavior that every person can incorporate into their lives and by using our lunch recycling program, Boston School Forest tries to show students and adults what they can recycle in their daily lives and where they can recycle the items,” said Karla Lockman program leader at the Boston School Forest. “Our main goal is to get them thinking about how each and every one of them has the responsibility to reduce waste in landfills and save energy.”


    The Green Gift from Cellcom will help Boston School Forest purchase new bins for the recycling program. The bins facilitate the recycling and, more importantly, the discussion. Each student in 4K through tenth grade in the Stevens Point School District visits the Boston School Forest every year. During their lunch period on the visit, every student hears how landfills work, how recycling works, the energy saved through recycling and how items can be repurposed. This small and consistent effort aims to create a habit the students can take home.


    “We have been recycling 11 items for the past five years and we see more items go to the recycling bins instead of the trash every day; our recycling bins are consistently fuller than our trash,” said Lockman. “The bigger impact of the program is when we have kids telling us they started compost bins at home or increased the recycling at home due to the awareness and knowledge they learned at the forest.”


    Boston School Forest was among 30 green organizations that received a share of the $40,000 in Green Gifts from Cellcom this year. The Green Gifts program launched in 2010 and uses funds generated from Cellcom’s cell phone recycling program to fund green nonprofit initiatives. Customers and community members can bring in their old or unwanted phones to be reused and recycled. Cellcom sends the phones to recyclers who in return send money to Cellcom for the materials that were saved from the phones. Cellcom’s Green Gift program completes the green cycle that starts with consumers being environmentally-conscious and donating their devices.


    “Our service area is fortunate to be teeming with non-profits that are creatively using their resources to help the environment through education and activism. Donating your phone allows us to contribute to their efforts through our Green Gifts program and ultimately work toward a greener tomorrow,” said Brighid Riordan, director of public affairs and customer experience initiatives at Cellcom.


    Visit Cellcom’s website for the full list of award recipients. Cellcom is proud to support organizations of all sizes, whose work is impacting the community and building a greener tomorrow. The companys recycling program has generated $306,975 for local charities over the past 13 years.

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  • McKinley Bobcats 'Make a Difference'

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 10/27/2017

    Students and Staff


    Ahead of this weekend's annual Portage County Make A Difference Day Rake-A-Thon, these McKinley Bobcat students and staff picked up their rakes and headed out into their school neighborhood to lend a hand. This is the thirteenth year Bobcats have participated in the event. 


    You can help too! For more information on volunteering, visit United Way's VolunteersRock.org

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  • McDill Students Focus on Being Green and Healthy

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 10/13/2017

    McDill Students Focus on Being Green and Healthy


    Student cleaning up a trail.

    As part of being a Green & Healthy School, McDill students participated in the annual Green Apple Day of Service event on Friday, Sept. 29. This event gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform their school into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects.


    Students weed the butterfly garden

    Students raked and placed wood chips on trails in the McDill woods, as well as weeded the butterfly garden, thanked classmates for riding their bikes and designed posters to hang around school that encourages recycling.


     McDill Student Walk to School

    Students also celebrated Walk/Bike to School Day on Friday, Oct. 6. This global event focuses on the importance of safe routes to school for those who bike and walk, and how biking and walking are healthy ways to get to school.


    Student and parents bike to school.

    McDill students celebrated getting to school safely and are working towards removing barriers for students who want to walk or bike more often throughout the year.


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  • Heavy Metal Tour

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 10/4/2017

    Students At Tour Presentation


    As part of their Academic Career Planning requirements, all 8th grade students attend the "Heavy Metal Tour" field trip on October 4, 2018.


    Student Look On During Tour


    Students tour and visit local businesses for a first-hand look at what a future career in manufacturing may look like and how manufacturing in our area is pushing the technological envelope.


    Student See Technology Used in Manufacturing


    With area manufacturers, this event is sponsored by NCWWDB, NATC, NTC, MSTC and the Central Wisconsin Metal Manufacturing Alliance.



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  • Thank You School Board Members

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 9/27/2017

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    The Stevens Point Area Public School District will join school districts throughout the state to salute their local education leaders during Wisconsin School Board Week Oct. 1-7.


    The commemorative week is designed to recognize the contributions made by Wisconsin's school board members, including the SPAPSD School Board, who are charged with governing public education under state law.


    Wisconsin school board members are chosen by their communities to manage local schools. They oversee multi-million dollar budgets which fund education programs for more than 867,000 students in more than 420 public school districts. Their personnel decisions affect thousands of teachers, administrators, and support workers.


    These volunteer leaders are responsible for formulating school district policy, approving curricula, maintaining school facilities, and adhering to state and federal education law. Legal concerns and the complexities of school finance, including budgeting and taxation, require them to spend many hours in board training programs and personal study to enhance their understanding of these issues.


    Our deepest appreciation is extended to the dedicated men and women who make it possible for local citizens to participate in education in our community. We salute the public servants of our School Board, whose commitment and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible: Patricia Baker (3 years), Amy Dailey (1 year), Jeffery Ebel (4 years), Meg Erler (5 years), Dan Kontos (1 year), Barb Portzen (1 year), Judy Rannow (2 years), Chris Scott (15 years), Mike Wade (3 months).


    Please join us by saying thanks to our school board members during Wisconsin School Board Week.


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  • SPASH Announces Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 9/20/2017

    National Merit Semi-Finalists

    Back row from left: Max Hoffmeister, Alex Anderson, Jocelyn He, Thomas Felt. Front row from left: Rania Nasif, Gabby Larson, Hope Mahon.


    SPASH Announces Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists


    Six SPASH seniors have been named Semi-Finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC); Alex Anderson, Thomas Felt, Jocelyn He, Max Hoffmeister, Gabby Larson and Hope Mahon. These academically talented students have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.


    Students are eligible based on the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) which serves as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, including the highest scoring entrants in each state.


    “We are proud to recognize and celebrate the academic accomplishments of these students,” stated Jon Vollendorf, Stevens Point Senior High principal. “We have had students recognized in the past, however, this is the largest group to qualify for this recognition in recent memory.”


    Rania Nasif has been named a National Merit Commended Student, one of approximately 34,000 students nationwide. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition.


    “These young men and women have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for the NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource. Recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role that their schools play in academic development is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation”.


    National Merit Scholarship winners of 2018 will be announced beginning in April and concluding in July.


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  • SPASH Homecoming Week 2017

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 9/18/2017

    Homecoming Image





    "A Night at the Cinema"


    Monday, September 25

    Dress Up Day Tie Dye Day


    Mr. SPASH tickets will be sold from 7:30 – 3:00 in the South Office


    Class Window decorating contest 3:00 - 8:00 PM 

      Seniors:  Athletic Director window in south commons, Juniors:  North Office Window, and Sophomores:  Counseling Office Window



    Tuesday, September 26


    Dress Up Day – Hawaiian  Day


    Mr. SPASH tickets will be sold from 7:30 – 3:00 in the South Office


    Wednesday, September 27


     Dress Up Day  -  USA Patriotic Day


    Mr. SPASH tickets will be sold from 7:30 – 3:00 in the South Office


    4:30 - 6:00 PM: Spaghetti Dinner in South Commons:  Fall sports athletes & coaches, fall play cast & crew, and custodians admitted free,

    otherwise $3/person


    Mr. SPASH Contest at 7:00 PM in the fieldhouse.  The doors will open at 6:30 PM.

    Admission:  $3.00 in advance; $5.00 at the door (exceptional prizes). 


    Thursday, September 28


    Dress Up Day – Pink Day (support the SPASH Dig Pink Volleyball Cancer Fundraiser)



    Friday, September  29


    Dress Up Day – Panther Pride Friday: Everyone wears red & black! 


    12:15 PM:  Parade will start exactly at 12:15 from Washington School. 


    1:00 PM:    Start of Pep Fest at Goerke Stadium


    7:00 PM:  Homecoming Football Game - SPASH vs. DC Everest



    Saturday, September 30


    Homecoming Dance

    7:30 PM to 11:30 PM - Semi-Formal Dance in Fieldhouse

    Refreshments served in South Commons.    




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  • Guest Blog: Staying Connected With Family Access

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 8/24/2017

    Hello, SPAPSD parents and guardians! As the new school year gets under way, it’s important for you to be comfortable with both your role in the educational process and the tools you have at your disposal.


    There is an ongoing debate about what constitutes the ideal balance of parent involvement, but decades of research have revealed three distinct patterns:


    • Children with involved parents have fewer behavior issues and better social skills
    • Children whose parents have high aspirations/expectations achieve at a higher rate
    • Consistent school-to-home communication is associated with significant improvements in dropout rates and assessment scores


    The numbers don’t lie. If you stay involved enough to know what’s going on and you support the instructional goals of teachers, you can have a measurable impact on your child’s academic success.

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    Collaboration is key – use Family Access to work with teachers toward a common goal.


    All of which brings us to the topic of Family Access. We’ve been busy here at Skyward building a library of resources to help you enjoy a better experience every time you log in. Visit skyward.com/parents to access nearly a dozen Power-Up videos and get answers to our most frequently asked questions.


    You’ll uncover some hidden gems in our Parent Toolkit, such as how to save events to your personal calendar, how to adjust the email and push notifications you receive, and how you can use Skyward to communicate more effectively with teachers, coaches, and anyone else involved in your child’s education.

    Yes, you can get important events out of Skyward and into your personal calendar.

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    If you haven’t already, I would urge you to download our mobile app for more convenient access. Just go to your app store of choice and search for “Skyward.” We’re the one with the white arches in our logo.


    Mobile Access is always a popular option.

    Mobile App Screenshot

    One of the most important things you can do at this stage in the year is work with your child’s teachers to define some baseline expectations. By determining the answers to these key questions, you can save yourself some frustration down the road:

    • How far in advance will teachers be posting future assignments?
    • How many days will teachers need to post grades in Family Access after an assignment or test has been completed?
    • How often will teachers be using Family Access to communicate, and what will be included in those communications?
    • Are your child’s teachers on the same page about your preferred method of communication (Family Access, email, phone call, etc…)?


    Anyone can learn how to use Skyward. The key to making that knowledge matter is learning what to do with the information you find there. Get proactive. Sit down with your child and look at Skyward together. Use what you see to prepare for what’s coming next, celebrate successes, and create a plan for any areas of concern.


    The start of a new school year is always a whirlwind, but it can set the tone for everything that follows. Here’s to an exciting, stress-free, and memorable year for everyone.



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    John Jennings is the digital and social media manager at Skyward, a Ben Franklin Junior High alum, and a 2016 elective teacher at Point of Discovery.  

    Looking for more? Check out this Parent Portal Playbook Video with more tips and tricks. 


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  • We Made It!

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 7/27/2017

    Second Grade Students Read Around the World - Twice

    Final reading minutes are in, and we are excited to share that across the elementary programs students read 390,396 minutes -- enough miles to travel more than 15 times around the earth!


    We had a great visit at ‘Madison’ Summer School this week. This program had to be relocated to P.J. Jacobs Junior High for the summer following storm damage in June. Staff pulled together to ensure that students had what they needed by bringing over supplies, furniture, materials...and a LOT of books!


    P.J. Jacobs has a wonderful library, but it is not stocked with elementary level reading materials. A huge thank you to Ms. Vlcko for making sure students had appropriate and engaging material throughout the program.


    Ms. Vlcko Reads to Students


    With all that reading, Madison Summer School second grade students had no problem traveling around the world (twice!) for the Mile-A-Minute reading challenge and enjoyed ‘visiting’ other countries as their reading minutes progressed them forward.


    Students Playing Game at Summer School

    Today is the last day of summer school and we wish you a safe, relaxing and rejuvenating August.


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    The 2017-18 school year begins Tuesday, September 5, 2017 (2017-18 School Year Calendar | School Supply Lists | Back to School Nights)

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