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Mrs. Susan Kaphingst
Superintendent

DISTRICT & CHS
530 W Main Street

Chilton, WI 53014
Dstr. Tel #: (920) 849-8109
CHS Tel #: (920) 849-2358

CES & CMS
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Chilton, WI 53014

CES Tel #: (920) 849-9388

CMS Tel #: (920) 849-9152

District Spring Newsletter

2015-10 Celebrating our Success and Preparing for the New School Year

Jul082015

2015-10 Celebrating our Success and Preparing for the New School Year

 

By:  Dr. Claire Martin, Superintendent, School District of Chilton

This article is the last in a series of Spring 2015 newsletter articles that personnel from the School District of Chilton have submitted to the Chilton Times Journal and the Tri-County News.  Beginning in March and running through June, Chilton School District personnel have submitted articles covering a wide range of school-related topics.  This series of articles is our Spring newsletter to the community.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank our publishing partners:  The Chilton Times Journal and the Tri-County News for supporting our efforts and allowing us room in their publications!  Several years ago, “publishing” our Spring newsletter in this format was suggested by a community member as a cost saving measure for the District.  We have been “publishing” in this format ever since the suggestion was made, and it has been a successful venture for us.  THANK YOU Chilton Times Journal and Tri-County News – it’s a pleasure to partner with you!

While the teachers and students are gone for the summer, many District twelve month employees are hard at work.  From an operational perspective, the summer months are a busy time in a School District.  Summer maintenance and building projects are well underway, keeping our maintenance and housekeeping staff constantly on the go.  The Business Office is wrapping up accounts as our fiscal year ends on June 30.  Orders are being placed for new supplies/materials for the 2015-2016 school year and new materials are arriving daily.  The District participates in an annual audit process, which will occur with the auditors arriving in July.  Personnel reviews of 12 month employees are taking place, and all records are being finalized for the 2014-2015 school year.  Roll over of student information also takes place that prepares us for the next school year.  Required reports are filed with the Department of Public Instruction, and we begin production of the District calendar that is mailed to every Chilton resident in August.  Registration events will soon be held in preparation for the 2015-2016 school year, and Calumet County Community Theatre members are busy rehearsing for Mary Poppins in the Engler Center!  Summer is a busy, busy time in the School District for all the personnel that work behind the scenes of the “learning process,” which is the heart of our work as a public school district.

As one school year winds down, another ramps up quickly.  The operational work of schools is a cyclical process that keeps us on our toes!  But before we say goodbye to the 2014-2015 school year, we need to take a moment to celebrate our success!  On the School District of Chilton website (www.chilton.k12.wi.us), look for the Celebrating Our Successes article.  Click on the attached links and you will see the progress toward school and district goals focused on student achievement.  Click on the Elementary School link and you will see that the Elementary School reached and surpassed all of their stated goals on achievement, closing gaps between English speaking students and non-English speaking students, and students with disabilities showing increased growth.  Click on the Middle School link and you will see overall great growth in fall to spring scores in reading and math.  The Middle School had no truancy reports for the 2014-2015 school year, and 84.10% of Middle School students participated in an extra-curricular activity.  Click on the High School link and you will see the District’s ACT composite score for all 11th grade students at 21.3.  The state composite score is 19.9.  Eighty-eight out of 90 students graduated with their 2015 class.  The two remaining students will return for completion in the fall, and 55% of all Chilton High School students participated in an extra-curricular activity throughout the school year.

Before we move on, we have much to celebrate and so much to be proud of.  New goals and new benchmarks will soon be established for the 2015-2016 school year.  Our goal as a school district is for continuous improvement – continuous progress.  Thank you to the Chilton community for helping us to turn these goals into reality for Chilton students.  Together we make a tremendous difference for the students in our community!

Happy Summer of 2015 – see you soon for the opening of another exciting school year ahead!      

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2015-09 Are The Arts Alive At CPS?

Jun292015

2015-09 Are The Arts Alive At CPS?

 

By: Mr. Russ Rautmann, Director of The Engler Center for the Performing Arts

"We could maybe survive without the arts, but I don't think we'd be human beings without it" - Opera Singer, Denyce Graves.

The School District of Chilton has a strong history and established tradition of growing its Fine Arts programming, for not only its students, but also for the Chilton community.

From The Beginning:

As we look back at the 1934 performing arts spaces in the former Chilton High School (CHS) building, we found a stage that was shared with physical education, wrestling and other general uses. This is the same space where the annual play was performed on a shallow stage. The audience, 150 strong, sat on a flat floor in folding chairs. The estimated attendance for these plays totaled 450 annually. Choir and band concerts were performed in a hot and noisy gymnasium with the audience seated on wooden bleachers. Despite these conditions, the students of CHS were able to experience the benefits of the performing arts first-hand.

Now let's jump ahead to the start of the 2003/2004 school year. This school year marked the beginning of a new era in the performing arts for the Chilton Public Schools, and the Community of Chilton. This was the opening of the state-of-the-art performing arts center, The Engler Center for the Performing Arts (ECPA). The ECPA was made possible by the generosity of the William and Michael Engler families. In the first performing arts season, we welcomed a full house for the ECPA grand opening. The high school produced, Bye Bye Birdie, and the Calumet County Community Theatre produced, The Music Man. The choirs and bands performed on this grand stage with pride surrounded by a state of the art acoustic diva shell. Our attendance numbers were approximately 2,600 for the year. With time comes progress, and to quote the movie, Field Of Dreams, "If you build it they will come," and they did come. Over the next twelve years with a supportive Board of Education, staff, parents, and community, we've seen an average annual growth of 13 percent in attendance.

In the 2014/2015 season, the ECPA has seen another record year. Attendance numbers totaled over 10,000 for events requiring tickets. Our free events, such as band and choir concerts, had standing room only. Over the past year, the ECPA has hosted several educational events for students and the community. We have hosted numerous fundraising concerts and events for school groups and local non-profit organizations. The four musical and two non-musical productions that are performed annually on our stage are designed to boost the confidence levels of our students and community performers by encouraging them to speak and perform in front of others. Through these performances, students and community members have had the opportunity to gain an understanding of the value of the performing arts. The love for the arts and the theater has grown throughout the years, and has enriched the lives of our students and community members. One of our main goals at the Engler Center for the Performing Arts is to teach everyone that enters our doors a little something about the performing arts, and to bring people from our community together to enjoy some of the finest family entertainment in the area!

The Arts Are Alive At CPS!

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2015-08 Chilton School District Athletics – Preparing for 2015-16

Jun122015

2015-08 Chilton School District Athletics – Preparing for 2015-16

 

By: Mr. Corey Behnke, Physical Education Teacher and Activities Director

Move to the Eastern Wisconsin Conference
Starting this Fall some old rivalries will be renewed as Chilton, Brillion, Roncalli, and Valders join the EWC (Eastern Wisconsin Conference) and its current members: Kiel, New Holstein, Sheboygan Falls, and Two Rivers. All sports, except for spring baseball, will be competing in this conference. Baseball will continue competing in the Olympian Conference as the EWC currently sponsors summer baseball instead of spring.

Summer Improvement Opportunities for Athletes
Even though spring sports and the school year is coming to an end, our student athletes are approaching, quite possibly, the most important two months of their 2015-16 school year. June and July are filled with opportunities for our athletes to help themselves improve, and set themselves up for success next year.

These opportunities are crucial to an athlete's and teams' success. While we respect our kids and their limited time to just "be a kid," summer improvement opportunities and season expectations should be considered. Time dedicated in the summer to improvement often leads to a greater desire and commitment during the season. Athletes who have dedicated some of their summer to improving themselves find that the in-season games tend to carry more value for them. Regular season goals and expectations are often times the motivating factor when an athlete chooses whether or not to attend the Bigger-Faster-Stronger Program (BFS), and whether or not to attend summer improvement opportunities. Summer improvement opportunities and in-season success go hand-in-hand.

"Natural talent only determines the limits of your athletic potential. It's dedication and disciplining your life that makes you great." – Billie Jean King

BFS (Bigger-Faster-Stronger)
BFS is the weightlifting program currently used by Chilton High School student-athletes. Schools our size rely on multi-sport athletes to field successful teams, and the BFS weightlifting program was chosen because it is designed to benefit ALL athletes, male/female, regardless of their chosen sport(s). Any student can, and is encouraged, to sign-up for BFS. They do NOT have to be involved in athletics.

BFS is run by Coach Mike Arendt, a nationally certified BFS instructor. He is assisted by various head and assistant coaches from our other sport programs. The program runs Mondays-Thursdays, from June 8 - July 30. Sessions last two hours, 8:00AM – 10:00AM & 10:00AM – 12:00PM in the Chilton High School Weight Room. The two hour sessions focus on injury prevention exercises, strength training, flexibility, speed & agility training, and conditioning.

It is strongly recommended to all of our student athletes that if they need to make a choice between attending BFS and attending a sport specific training session, that they attend BFS. The goal is to see all of the Chilton Athletic programs succeed, and conditioning, strength, speed, and agility training will benefit all athletes in all sports.

Summer Leagues
Some of our athletes participate in summer leagues, in which our teams play in a league against other teams. The teams that utilize a summer league benefit from having their athletes playing with one another and developing team chemistry that often carries over to the regular season.

Contact Days
The WIAA allows all athletic programs to have 5 contact days with their athletes during June and July. Contact days are essentially summer practices, where school coaches are allowed to coach the players. These days are quite often a coach's only opportunity to coach his/her players during the summer months.

Open Gyms
Outside of summer contact days, open gym opportunities are available to Chilton athletes, as well. Open gym times are scheduled in mornings, afternoons, and evenings throughout the summer to ensure that all athletes have a chance at summer improvement in their respective sports. Open gyms are communicated to the athletes by their coaches.

Best wishes to all Chilton athletes for a safe, eventful, and productive summer!

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2015-07 Student Success in School

May282015

2015-07 Student Success in School

 

by Pamela Schuster, Chilton Elementary School Principal

Every year I ask parents at the first 4K parent meeting "What is the highest indicator of student success in school?" Most will reply "Reading to your child." I agree that this is important – but then I ask – "What may be even more important than that?" Eventually someone will answer "Being involved in your child's education." Based on my past thirty years' experience as an educator, that is also a great answer! Research shows that when parents are involved students have: higher grades-test scores- and graduation rates, better school attendance, increased motivation, better self-esteem, lower rates of suspension, decreased use of drugs and alcohol, and fewer instances of violent behavior. There are so many ways for parents, teachers, and the community to be involved and to work together for the success of our students. In this article, I will highlight just a few examples from this past school year.

Some of you may have been guests at our 1st Friday of the month Early Riser Readers events. These had a monthly theme and students and their families were invited to come, have a bit of breakfast, and then enjoy reading time. These were well attended with about 100-165 people participating each month. Sometimes students wanted to attend Early Riser Readers, but an adult could not attend with them. That is when members from the Kiwanis stepped in as volunteers to read with these students. Many times, students from the daycare also attended and the Kiwanis volunteers read with them, as well. Thank you to Kiwanis members: Carl and Larelda Siebert, Charles Zarnoth and Richard Schmidt for their dedicated attendance at our Early Riser Reader mornings!

Another reading program which operated throughout the school year with community members' support was our Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP). We had 15 RSVP volunteers (Tutoring Tigers) matched with over 32 children throughout the school year. These volunteers met with students weekly to listen to students read and assist with their reading skills. The students eagerly anticipate their "grandma or grandpa" reader coming each week to spend time and read with them. They loved the one-to-one interaction sharing books and playing "games". Thank you to RSVP volunteers: Ginny Schneider, Karen Martens, Mercedes Schuster, Janice Marx, Shirley Lisowe, Mary Pagel, Pat Gasch, Bobbie Whittaker, Ann Gasch, Jan Nett, Adella Anhalt, Jean Reider, Alice Ruhland, Bonnie Weber and Sue Kuehn for making a difference in the lives of Chilton students!

Family Reading and Technology nights were offered monthly as a way to provide opportunities for families to spend time together either reading or using various forms of technology. In addition, the Elementary school hosted a "Read-Around-The School" evening and a Math Family Night. Both of these activities allowed for families to come to school in the evening and participate in an evening of fun and engaging learning events. A Bingo Bash for Books, supported in part with PTA funds, was planned for May 21st. Students and their families were welcomed back to school in the evening to play Bingo and win books, at their reading level, for their summer reading pleasure. Thanks to the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for all of the support they give to our schools! (Joining this organization would be a great way to become involved with your child's education.)

During the year we have had community members come into the school and provide wonderful presentations for students. These ranged from dental hygiene, to banking, and fire safety. Parents also volunteered their time throughout the year and assisted teachers in classrooms, worked with small groups of children, chaperoned field trips, slept overnight at the 4th Grade Reading Sleepover, or sent items from home to use in school projects. The list is endless. All of this parent and community involvement and engagement is vital to our schools and provides the support needed for successful students! Thank you to all who have supported your children and your school throughout this school year!

Please consider getting involved in volunteering in our schools next school year. Interested parents or community members are welcome to contact me, Mrs. Pam Schuster at: schusterp@chilton.k12.wi.us, to learn more about ways to volunteer your time and talents for student success in our schools!

by Pamela Schuster

Chilton Elementary School Principal

 

 Every year I ask parents at the first 4K parent meeting “What is the highest indicator of student success in school?”  Most will reply “Reading to your child.” I agree that this is important – but then I ask – “What may be even more important than that?”   Eventually someone will answer “Being involved in your child’s education.”   Based on my past thirty years’ experience as an educator, that is also a great answer!  Research shows that when parents are involved students have: higher grades-test scores- and graduation rates, better school attendance, increased motivation, better self-esteem, lower rates of suspension, decreased use of drugs and alcohol, and fewer instances of violent behavior.  There are so many ways for parents, teachers, and the community to be involved and to work together for the success of our students.  In this article, I will highlight just a few examples from this past school year.

 

Some of you may have been guests at our 1st Friday of the month Early Riser Readers events.  These had a monthly theme and students and their families were invited to come, have a bit of breakfast, and then enjoy reading time.  These were well attended with about 100-165 people participating each month.  Sometimes students wanted to attend Early Riser Readers, but an adult could not attend with them.  That is when members from the Kiwanis stepped in as volunteers to read with these students.  Many times, students from the daycare also attended and the Kiwanis volunteers read with them, as well.  Thank you to Kiwanis members:  Carl and Larelda Siebert, Charles Zarnoth and Richard Schmidt for their dedicated attendance at our Early Riser Reader mornings!

 

Another reading program which operated throughout the school year with community members’ support was our Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP).  We had 15 RSVP volunteers (Tutoring Tigers) matched with over 32 children throughout the school year.  These volunteers met with students weekly to listen to students read and assist with their reading skills.  The students eagerly anticipate their “grandma or grandpa” reader coming each week to spend time and read with them.  They loved the one-to-one interaction sharing books and playing “games”. Thank you to RSVP volunteers:  Ginny Schneider, Karen Martens, Mercedes Schuster, Janice Marx, Shirley Lisowe, Mary Pagel, Pat Gasch, Bobbie Whittaker, Ann Gasch, Jan Nett, Adella Anhalt, Jean Reider, Alice Ruhland, Bonnie Weber and Sue Kuehn for making a difference in the lives of Chilton students!

 

Family Reading and Technology nights were offered monthly as a way to provide opportunities for families to spend time together either reading or using various forms of technology.  In addition, the Elementary school hosted a “Read-Around-The School” evening and a Math Family Night.  Both of these activities allowed for families to come to school in the evening and participate in an evening of fun and engaging learning events.  A Bingo Bash for Books, supported in part with PTA funds, was planned for May 21st.  Students and their families were welcomed back to school in the evening to play Bingo and win books, at their reading level, for their summer reading pleasure.  Thanks to the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for all of the support they give to our schools! (Joining this organization would be a great way to become involved with your child’s education.)

 

During the year we have had community members come into the school and provide wonderful presentations for students. These ranged from dental hygiene, to banking, and fire safety.  Parents also volunteered their time throughout the year and assisted teachers in classrooms, worked with small groups of children, chaperoned field trips, slept overnight at the 4th Grade Reading Sleepover, or sent items from home to use in school projects.  The list is endless.  All of this parent and community involvement and engagement is vital to our schools and provides the support needed for successful students!  Thank you to all who have supported your children and your school throughout this school year!

 

Please consider getting involved in volunteering in our schools next school year.  Interested parents or community members are welcome to contact me, Mrs. Pam Schuster at:  schusterp@chilton.k12.wi.us, to learn more about ways to volunteer your time and talents for student success in our schools!

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2015-06 School and Business Partnerships in Chilton

May142015

2015-06 School and Business Partnerships in Chilton

 

By Mr. Ty Breitlow, High School Principal

In Chilton, a renewed sense of urgency for opportunities in and around the greater Chilton area has the faculty and administration excited to explore multiple avenues for school and business partnerships. Over the past few years, Chilton High School (CHS) has invited local business members to a Vocational Arts Open House to discuss the skills, knowledge and disposition that their businesses are seeking, and how we can best prepare our students to be productive and successful future employees. The discussions provided tremendous feedback, and CHS communicated that feedback to students. At this time, a new vision for the Vocational Arts Department and, a renewed commitment to equally beneficial partnerships has emerged. Changes to the CHS Vocational Arts department include Matt Kiel, who teaches courses like Engineering, Design and Drafting, Autos and Metals; Ethan Fritz, who teaches Carpentry and Construction courses, and Amy Thielman, the Agricultural Arts teacher and School-to-Work Coordinator, who has assumed the Department Chair position while our new members assimilate into our professional and community culture.

With the new leadership and administrative support, CHS decided to create a School-Business Partnership Committee consisting of the CHS administration, CHS faculty and any members of our local businesses that would be willing and able to be involved. CHS invited local businesses to the school in the fall of 2014 for another open house, and it was well attended by: American Finishing, DVO, Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC), JTD Enterprises, TD Services, Worthington Cylinders, and Vande Hey Brantmeier. Topics that were discussed were how to best prepare students for our local businesses, how to create work experience opportunities for CHS students, what equipment our students should be proficient with, and how CHS can procure the needed resources. At the conclusion of the meeting, the next steps to sustain the momentum of the open house were determined to provide students' access to the business setting, and to form a standing committee that would have ongoing discussion for continuous improvement. Since that time, CHS students have been visiting those businesses, gaining perspective and interest and a Partnership Committee meeting is planned for late May. We have also continued to align our high school offerings in partnership with FVTC to allow advanced credit opportunities for students while at CHS. A partnership of this sort will facilitate students continuing their education in any technical trade beyond CHS.

Simultaneously, Mrs. Thielman and the administration have been meeting with the Calumet Medical Center (CMC) administration to expand work experience opportunities for students interested in careers in healthcare. Healthcare occupations, many of which require an associate's degree or less, make up 8 of the 20 fastest growing occupations. CHS students can attain their Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) license in high school through our articulated credit with Fox Valley Technical College, which is a springboard to any healthcare occupation. CMC has committed to growing qualified professionals from within the local area so the school-business partnership is a natural fit.

As our society continues to support students furthering their education beyond high school, CHS has focused on students and their ability to be positive contributors to the workplace. Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers has directed schools to have all students graduate "College and Career Ready." CHS has embraced this initiative. At our fall Vocational Arts Open House, two important themes for student understanding were discussed. First, students in the current generation have limited understanding of what careers in manufacturing, and other technical industries, really involve. The stereotype of dirty, dangerous shops needs to be replaced with the reality of highly technical, computerized machines that need to be calibrated for parts to one-hundred thousandths of an inch. To that end, CHS will continue to build partnerships with businesses for full understanding of the limitless opportunities in those careers. The second theme local businesses identified was employability skills such as punctuality, follow-though, and the ability to take direction. CHS has embraced this feedback and made it part of our Vocational Arts expectations. Utilizing employability skills, such as the aforementioned, will serve students and business alike, which is the ultimate goal of any partnership.

School and Business partnership programs can encompass a wide variety of activities. They may involve staff development, curriculum development, policy development, instructional development, guidance, mentoring, tutoring, incentives and awards, or they may provide material and financial resources. Though the types of partnership activities can vary widely, the common goal of virtually all school-business partnerships is to improve the educational experience. A partnership can be defined as a mutually supportive relationship between a business and a school, or school district, in which the partners commit themselves to specific goals and activities intended to benefit students and schools (Showers, 2010). In most cases, partnering is a win-win situation for all involved parties. In addition to improving the educational experience, the business partners frequently will realize benefits as well, such as enhanced goodwill, a stronger presence in the community, and an extended interview process with the possibility of career-long employees. One critical element to keep in mind is that school-business relationships can have a powerful impact on the community. Community members and parents can play a role in the development process, since the entire community ultimately benefits from a successful partnership. Recognizing that schools are typically a focal point of every community, community leaders should be engaged and supportive of partnerships that improve the educational experience. By focusing decisions about partnership activities at the local level, we can ensure maximum involvement and success.

The Chilton Public School mission statement states, "We, the Chilton Public School District, believe that preparing students to achieve their potential is our highest priority. In partnership, with all members of our community, we are committed to inspiring our students to be life-long learners and responsible, contributing members in a global society." The statement clearly shows the fundamental role that school-community partnerships have in preparing our students for the future.

Currently, CHS has identified a dozen businesses in the area that have committed to partnering with the school for student-work opportunities and support. We continue to work with and grow our programs for everyone's benefit. With that said, CHS would like to invite any business that may be willing to create a partnership with the school to reach out and contact us to begin dialogue. All ideas are worth a conversation. I encourage any business or community member to reach out to me at breitlowt@chilton.k12.wi.us, or call the high school office at 920.849.2358, if you have any interest in forming a partnership, or for any questions or feedback you may have. Thank you for your interest in the Chilton Public Schools; it is appreciated.

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