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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

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Chilton, WI 53014

CES Tel #: (920) 849-9388

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District Spring Newsletter

I Am A Tiger...

Oct232015

I Am A Tiger...

 

In partnership with the Chilton community, the School District of Chilton is dedicated to helping our students achieve their potential. As you view, I Am A Tiger…, please join us in celebrating the significant contributions and positive impact that public education has made in our community, our State, our nation, and across the world.  Chilton graduates touch the world!  And we can’t wait for the world to see the impact our current “Tigers” will make as we “Honor The Past, and Prepare for the Future” in the School District of Chilton!

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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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