Attention Ithaca Families: If you were unable to return books, Chromebooks, and turn in final school work, please do so Tuesday, June 2 or Wed, June 3 from 9AM-4PM.
Just a reminder that All Ithaca athletic facilities are closed until July 1, 2020. This is for the entire community, not just Ithaca Athletics. If the State of Wisconsin or WIAA makes changes we will let you know. Thank you. Zac Thome, Ithaca Athletic Director.
Do you have health or mental health needs and don't know where to start or who to see? "Well Badger Resource Center" is a Wisconsin health information and referral service, operated by the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation and in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. They connect Wisconsin individuals and families with the resources they’re looking for — specifically for services for children and youth with special healthcare needs, financial assistance, health care and coverage, nutrition help, and more. Check out the link to see how they can help you! https://www.wellbadger.org/s/?language=en_US
UW-Platteville, Richland, and Baraboo summer camps are Re-Inventing Summer by going virtual! Check out this site and click on Virtual Youth Camps to register for online classes: https://www.uwplatt.edu/youth-programs. Some courses are for creative writing, advanced high school subjects, acting, just to name a few. See our "News" tab article "UW-Platteville Virtual Youth Camps" for more information or visit the link above.
Since we are not able to get together in person, we are delighted to share with you the scholarship and award recipients, as well as the future plans for the Ithaca Class of 2020. Please visit out Google Doc for all the links and details: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1j-dkJuVDXCzAA9-BJZKEHthJuNmx8Vm2d2NyW6v5dvs/edit?usp=sharing
Don't forget TODAY, Friday, May 29th, the building is open from 10am until 6pm for returning homework, Chromebooks, library books, or any other district-owned items. Please pick up elementary and middle school yearbooks, completed art projects, any lost/found items, and Mrs. Zorea has books to take home for elementary students in the gym. If you didn't order an elementary or middle school yearbook, but would like to purchase one, they will be for sale while supplies last at school today (make checks payable to Ithaca PTSO). If you are unable to come today, please discuss arrangements with Mr. Lechnir or Mrs. Schoen.
Don't forget, this morning at 9:00 AM we will be debuting the Ithaca Class of 2020 Awards and Scholarships. We will have a video presentation plus all the text to read the awards, as well. All the information will be posted to Facebook, Twitter, Ithaca App Push and an email. All data will be contained in a Google Doc just for you. We will send the info / doc information at 9:00 AM as we release the video. Please enjoy this presentation at 9 AM, as we celebrate the Ithaca Class of 2020.
Don't forget! Senior Scholarship and Awards will be posted to the Ithaca Facebook Page, email and other Social Media outlets at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 29th (tomorrow). There will be a link to a YouTube or VidYard video (your choice), showing each student's "Senior Picture" along with future plans, awards and scholarships. Again, that video will premiere tomorrow, Friday May 29 at 9:00 AM.
SENIORS! Are you coming to graduation taping? We still have not heard from all of you! Don't assume Ms. Durkin knows you're coming unless you have emailed or called her. June 1st we will be videotaping for virtual graduation that will be aired on June 7th at the time slotted for graduation. YOU MUST BE HERE on June 1st to tape this for the class. We will be breaking up the class in groups for social distancing. Meet in the commons at the time your group is supposed to meet. WEAR YOUR CAP AND GOWN. We start at 8am with speeches... Speeches by Jim, Bethany, Zach and McKenna. Ms. Durkin has a speech from McKenna. The others need to be finished and ready to go for editing ASAP! Email her a copy please. These are the times and groups broken up for the day. Please make arrangements to be here. If you are not feeling well, we will reschedule. If you do not respond or make arrangements to be here, you will not be videotaped. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Durkin ASAP. Group 1 9-10am: Jim, Logan C, Ellie, Noelle, Aaron Group 2 10-11am: Shelby, Keegan, Gunner, Melissa, Charlie Group 3 11-12pm: Alexis, Kayde, Raelyn, Erin Louis, Jonah Group 4 12-1pm ; Erin Miller, Carrie, McKenna, Andrew, Zach Group 5 1-2pm: Aubrey, Logan Olson, JoAnn, Stone, Robert Group 6 2-3pm: Caleb, Elizabeth, Kaleb, Sterling, Beth, Sawyer
Food Service pick up next week will still be from 4pm until 6pm at the Elementary doors as has been done other days. The time in today's earlier message was incorrect. Pick up is still from 4pm until 6pm Monday through Friday next week. The program will continue through June.
Did you order a 2019-2020 yearbook? If you ordered an elementary or middle school yearbook, they will be available for pick up this Friday, May 29th in the Commons from 10am until 6pm. They will be labelled with the students' names on them. Students who ordered a high school yearbook have been notified via their school email address of their order status. If anyone would like to purchase a middle school or elementary yearbook, extras are available Friday for $15. Bring your money that day if you'd like one.
Summer is almost here! Do you know where your library books are? Please round them up and return them to the Commons this Friday between 10am and 6pm. There is a large box labeled "Library Books" for you to return them. Keep reading this summer! Utilize SORA, the Brewer Library curbside pick up service, our online Scholastic Book Fair, the free books in the High School gym, or one of the other many options available to you for reading over the summer.
Congratulations to the 4th and 5th grade Lit Wars team who competed virtually via Zoom on May 7. They had to answer 60 tough questions about 6 preselected books they read during the school year and placed in a tie for 2nd of all schools competing! Participating were Peyton Brown, Alyssa Olson, Isaiah Fargen, Callie Muckler, and Aubri Imhoff. I am beaming with pride from how well you all worked together to come up with the answers! Mrs. Plonka
Our food program pick up continues next week! Use the form on our website and app on the "News" tab in the Food Service Program article to sign up for next week's service. There is a new survey each week. Pick up is Monday through Friday from 6pm until 7pm at the elementary door. If you are unable to pick up but can arrange for someone else to, please indicate that on the form. This service is available to all children 18 years of age and under for all youth enrolled or living in the district. Help keep your pantry stocked in snacks, milk, and juice! Any questions may be directed to Kathleen Schoen at 583-2622.
From Mrs. Schoen: The school year is its the final stretch. We sincerely appreciate how you have worked with your student and the teachers as we worked through so many unknowns. This Friday, May 29,from 10am-6pm will be the final drop off of student work. There are items to be picked up as well--elementary art projects, leftover items found in lockers or desks, etc. Chromebooks and chargers are to be returned Friday, May 29 between 10am and 6pm. If your child needs to keep the chromebook over the summer, the Chromebook Use Agreement remains in effect through the summer months. When school resumes, if the chromebook is damaged or unusable, you will be responsible for the replacement cost before another chromebook may be issued. When returning textbooks and class books, write the student’s name in the book and place on table beside the teacher’s tote (MS/HS) and in the tote (elementary) All library books should be returned at this time. Anything borrowed from a teacher should be well labeled and returned. A final reminder that this is last week of the 2019-20 school year so all assigned school work must be completed and turned in to your teacher by Friday, May 29, 2020. If unable to make the Friday drop due to family circumstance, call and ask for either Mrs. Schoen or Mr. Lechnir to arrange an alternative time June 2nd or 3rd. . The building remains closed due to the order by the State Dept of Health Services. As before, up to 10 will be allowed in at one time so as to maintain social distancing and other Covid safety measures. We are requesting only one (1) adult /student in the building per family. Elementary parents: If you have not already, please pick up 4 free books for each elementary-aged child. Mrs. Zorea has many, many to choose from . Free lunches and breakfasts will continue through the end of June. Weekly sign up surveys are found on the Ithaca website. Everyone is encouraged to participate. And finally, your family is invited to drive through Ithaca from 6-7pm as the teachers line the streets for the Ithaca Summer Send Off! Drive slow and wave to the staff who will be there to wish their students well as the 2019-20 school year ends. Take care!
Don't forget tonight's Summer Send Off! Staff will line Hwy 58 from the Community Gym to Willow Creek Road (the homecoming parade route) from 6pm until 7pm. Drive by, say hello, and wave! Stay in your vehicles and maintain highway safety. Both lanes of traffic will be used. It will NOT be one-way traffic. Also, send Mrs. Diane Clements off into retirement! Thank her for all her dedication and commitment to Ithaca students.
Since we are not able to meet as a group for our annual end of the year celebrations, we wanted to share the updated plans with our community. Senior Scholarship and Awards will be posted to the Ithaca Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 29th. There will be a YouTube video included showing each student's "Senior Picture" along with future plans, awards and scholarships. Again, that video will premiere Friday May 29 at 9:00 AM. The Senior Graduation Video will also include the Scholarships and Awards video and will be debuted on Sunday, June 7th at 1:00 p.m.
Ithaca, along with 30 other schools, participated in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Region 4 Leadership Conference on February 1 in Baraboo. We are proud of how the 18 Ithaca students who participated in the FBLA RLC represented our school and community. Out of the 18 students, 14 students placed in the top eight. Eighth through fourth place finishers are 8th place Erica Steinmetz: Intro to Business Objective Test 7th place Brooklyn Freestone: Intro to Business Communications Objective Test 6th place Emma Schoen: Organizational Leadership Objective Test 5th place Maddie Richards and Lexi Stowell: Social Media Campaign 4th place Erin Louis: Business Communication Objective Test and Elise Newkirk and Alana Nelson: Intro to Business Presentation. Students that placed in the top three qualified for the State Leadership Conference. These students include: 3rd place awards - Zach Nelson: Agribusiness Objective Test and Talena Sprecher: Intro to Public Speaking 2nd place awards - Ellie Crook, Noelle Crook, and Shelby Funk Publication Design and McKenna Muckler: Electronic Career Portfolio 1st place awards - Audrey Newkirk and Ryan Lee: Broadcast Journalism and Aaron Feryance: Computer Problem Solving Objective Test. Congratulations to everyone on their hard work! Congratulations to Audrey Newkirk who was elected as the FBLA Vice President of Region 4. Not only are we excited for Audrey’s new position, but a requirement of the office is hosting the FBLA Region 4 Leadership Conference at Ithaca next year on February 6, 2021. We’re looking forward to hosting this event and showing the region our wonderful community. The 66th Annual FBLA State Leadership Conference was canceled due to COVID-19. The National FBLA Conference that was scheduled to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, was also canceled. The FBLA Board of Directors opted to develop a virtual format. Seven students from Ithaca will participate in the Virtual National Leadership Conference. McKenna Muckler and the team of Audrey Newkirk and Ryan Lee will participate in their presentation events. Aaron Feryance, Erin Louis, Zach Nelson, and Emma Schoen will participate in their objective test events. Ellie Crook, Noelle Crook, and Shelby Funk also qualified for the competition. Good luck to all of the participants! Competitive medals and prize checks will be sent to the winning competitors between July 10 and July 15. Thank you to everyone who supported the students and helped them prepare for these events. A huge thank you to our Ithaca FBLA advisor, Mrs. Burnley, Mr. Adam Hess for his technology expertise, and Mrs. Julie Prouty for supporting the FBLA program.
Mrs. Diane Clements, a paraprofessional at our district, is retiring after 7 years of working with the students at Ithaca. Within those years, Diane has worked with our smallest Bulldogs all the way to our graduates. To thank Mrs. Clements for her years of service, she will be stationed at the end of the "Summer Send Off" parade route tomorrow from 6pm until 7pm with signs and balloons. Any family planning on participating, please feel free to make signs for Mrs. Clements to read as you drive by.
Traditional celebrations for Memorial Day are different this year. The reason we honor this day remains the same. Remember our fallen servicemen and women who gave all for the protection of our freedoms, the freedoms of others in the world, and the rights of humanity. We invite you to find your own way of honoring the fallen this Memorial Day.
Tomorrow Bower-Gunnill-Dalton VFW Post 2267 will still hold a public Memorial Day service at the St. Mary's Cemetery in Richland Center beginning at 10:30am honoring our area fallen servicemen and women. It will also be live streamed from on the Richland Center Tourism Facebook page for those of us choosing to attend from home. Please find a way to honor our fallen, as they have given all so that we may have so much. From the VFW Post 2267 Facebook Page, "According to legend, Memorial Day-type remembrances began a year after the end of America’s Civil War. Shops in Waterloo, N.Y. closed for a day in 1866 to honor soldiers killed in that four-year war. The day of remembrance eventually spread to places such as Richmond, Virginia, where flowers were put on the graves of soldiers and, by 1868, a ceremony was added in which the dead were honored with songs and flowers. The annual ceremony began to be called Decoration Day. In 1882, the name was changed to Memorial Day. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday to be celebrated the last Monday in May. Memorial Day celebrations include flags and bunting, eagles and other symbols of America’s hard-fought wars and fallen soldiers. Postcards were one way to express the emotions of Memorial Day and to honor those who had died for their country. They are great collectibles, with their bright colors and sentimental pictures and words. This 1911 postcard with the words “Lest We Forget” was published by LR Conwell."
Don't forget to sign up for the Food Program pick up next week. Due to Memorial Day, there is no pick up on Monday. The survey is still open today if you'd like to sign up. Go to our website or app on the "News" tab and open the article "Food Service Survey" to find the link.
Ithaca Summer Send Off! Join Ithaca staff as we send off students for the summer! Tuesday, May 26 from 6-7pm Rain Date: Wednesday, May 27 from 6-7pm Staff will be along the sidewalks of Highway 58 from the Community Gym to Willow Creek Road (the Homecoming parade route). All social distancing guidelines will be followed. We ask that you maintain highway safety. Do not get out of your car; just drive by, wave, and say hello. Both lanes of Highway 58 will be used. It will NOT be one-way traffic. See you Tuesday!
Does your student want to join our new group of beginning band students? If so, please click on the following link and go to "Instrument Matching Tool". Students should do the listening activity and then click on "submit". This is the first step in the process of choosing an instrument. Please do this by June 5th. Also included on this website are videos of all of the band instruments playing so that students can hear what the instruments sound like and start thinking about what they might like to play. (Link is also found on our website and app in the "News" tab.) https://www.bepartofthemusic.org/group/index.php?id=3162
The Food Program survey for next week is now open. Sign up by completing the survey on our website and app under the "News" tab in the Food Service article or on our Facebook page. Complete a new survey for each week. Next week, the program runs from Tuesday through Friday. There is NO pick up on Monday, May 25th due to the Memorial Day holiday.
The Richland County Mental Health Coalition is partnering with Ithaca and Richland School Districts to promote mental well-being of our students. Hortonville Area School District in northeastern Wisconsin is part of N.E.W. Mental Health Connection https://www.newmentalhealthconnection.org/, and is our mentor school. They, along with Prairie du Chien Public School, are guiding our districts in screening students to identify topics and individuals who need more focused attention. By screening students, we can better serve their needs. This video shows how Hortonville Area School District decided to utilize screening and campus-based visits to help promote healthy mental well-being for all their students. Hortonville was the first high school in Wisconsin to implement Sources of Strength in 2015. Since then 42 high schools and two middle schools implemented Sources of Strength. Together, we work toward teaching Hope, Help and Strength. https://dpi.wi.gov/news/dpi-connected/mental-health-video
The Krouskop Park Fence along Highway 14 has been transformed in to an awesome display to honor the graduates of the area schools. Each of the Class of 2020 students are featured on a beautiful sign with their name, photo, and an image of their school mascot. Schools represented (in alphabetical order) are Eagle, Hillsboro, Ithaca, Kickapoo, Richland Center, Riverdale, and Weston. A huge thank you to Southwest Partners, Richland County Bank, Walsh's Ace Hardware, Wallace Cooper & Elliott Insurance, Erie Insurance, and Rotary Lights for their help in making this wonderful display to honor our area graduates. If you can come to Richland Center and take a look at the fence that is great, but if not, here is a video of the entire fence for you to enjoy - https://share.vidyard.com/watch/i5q7Kihxyy3uE5ubVMX6XM? #Classof2020
June 1st we will be videotaping for virtual graduation that will be aired on June 7th at the time slotted for graduation. YOU MUST BE HERE on June 1st to tape this for the class. We will be breaking up the class in groups for social distancing . Meet in the commons at the time your group is supposed to meet. WEAR YOUR CAP AND GOWN. We start at 8am with taping speeches, so Jim, Beth, McKenna and Zach need to be there at this time as well as their scheduled time slot. These are the times and groups broken up for the day. Please make arrangements to be here. If you are not feeling well, we will reschedule. If you do not respond or make arrangements to be here, you will not be videotaped. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Durkin ASAP. Group 1 9-10am Jim, Logan Clary, Ellie, Noelle, Aaron Group 2 10-11am Shelby, Keegan, Gunner, Melissa, Charlie Group 3 11-12pm Alexis, Kayde, Raelyn, Erin Louis, Jonah Group 4 12-1pm Erin Miller, Carrie, McKenna, Andrew, Zach Group 5 1-2pm Aubrey, Logan Olson, JoAnn, Stone, Robert Group 6 2-3pm Caleb, Elizabeth, Kaleb, Sterling, Beth, Sawyer
Wednesday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled the “Safer at Home Order” issued by Governor Evers/Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) was no longer in effect and allowed for restrictions for non-essential businesses and on travel to be lifted. However, the ruling also specifically excluded the section of the order that called for school closure for purposes of instruction and extra/co-curricular activities. Here is a letter to district residents from Ithaca Superintendent, Julie Prouty, concerning that ruling. Please visit our Google Document Link to view the letter. https://drive.google.com/file/d/14ulsc3yEeCuWTFPSRwLcPtfFbPy7oUmT/view?usp=sharing
Calling all elementary readers! There are hundreds of free books set up in the high school gym. Each student in elementary school is able to pick four books to take home and keep. Come to school on either Friday, May 15, or Friday, May 29th from 10am-6pm to pick your books. We will have Covid safety measures in place. Please watch for signs. There is a wide variety of books for both lower elementary and upper elementary readers, so everyone is sure to find books they are excited about. Come pick out your four books! These books were purchased with Scholastic Dollars earned from past Book Fairs. Sales boost our ability to promote reading. Thanks for supporting our Book Fairs!
As you know, each week our food service staff assemble a breakfast and lunch for every member of our families who have signed up for our pick up service. This has been as many as 450 meals! Take advantage of this service and sign up for next week's program. Can't pick up yourself? No problem! Arrange for someone to pick up for you and indicate on the survey. You can find the link on our "News" tab. There is a new survey each week.
While we strive to meet the academic needs of our students, we recognize the need to also provide support for emotional and mental health needs. In an effort to best support our students and families, we are inviting caregivers to complete this form if they have a need or concern. If you need support in any of these areas, please let us know by filling out this form, or reaching out to your trusted contact person at school. Thank you! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jCK1lDLuw-TpwW4UB6qvxnP8toIU8jXvnFvrXc8TqDg/viewform?edit_requested=true
This week, our school’s virtual Scholastic Book Fair opens! You are able to order books online. Orders that are $25 or more ship FREE to your home! Shop at home to find great summer reading options. When you do, our school receives resources to enhance our classrooms and library! Use this link to access our school’s book fair: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/ithacaelementaryschool
Don't forget to sign up for next week's food program (link below)! This week, a generous donation of 50 pounds of Carr Valley cheese curds from Sue Ripp (great aunt of an Ithaca student) were distributed to each family that participated in the program. Don't miss out on this great resource to help your family and our food program! And a big thank you to Sue for all you do for our students and families. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0FINdgZNqenUkITR1sC-SmPIx4eEq2r98bEZ_6tqVfErDpQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
Mr. Mani, Ms. Durkin, and the senior class would like to thank Susan Bloczynski for making the senior banners, Mrs. Prouty and Mr. Lechnir for helping provide the resources to make this happen, and Steve Louis, Jody Louis, Greg Olson, and Aaron Nelson for hanging these banners for the seniors. In honor of the seniors, we will light up the scoreboard every Friday night this month at sunset. Thank you all during this difficult time.
The Food Service Survey for next week is now open! Be sure to sign up for this FREE meal option that provides anyone 18 years of age and younger with breakfast and lunch. All students and residents of the Ithaca School District qualify regardless of financial situation. See our website and app under the "News" tab for the "Food Service Survey" article. Complete the survey listed there by Friday, May 8th.
In social studies, fourth grade students created dioramas representing the early Native American groups and their Wisconsin environments. Students studied about the homes, environment, food, and cultural traditions of these people. These early groups inhabited Wisconsin from 10,000 B.C. to 1200 A.D. The Paleo, Archaic, Woodland, Mississippian, Oneota groups are represented in the dioramas that were displayed in the library.
Band Students! The Yankee Candle Fundraiser items are still available to be picked up TODAY Tuesday, May 5, 1:30 - 3:30 pm. When you pick them up, please drive into the high school parking lot and go to the band room door that leads outside. Please only 1 person at a time at the door and Mrs. Behrens will hand your order out to you.
Families are invited to "stop in" to The Parent Cafe sponsored by the UW Extension Office. Sessions are open Wednesday mornings from 9-10am or Thursday afternoons from 1-2pm. The Parent Cafe is a free, weekly opportunity for parents and caregivers in Southwest Wisconsin to talk with each other. As we connect, we find resources and gain skills that can make our families happier. Each Parent Cafe is hosted by an Extension Educator from Southwest Wisconsin and lasts one hour. Participants can join via phone or video-chat, with connection information provided after you register. https://richland.extension.wisc.edu/2020/05/01/the-parent-cafe/
If you forgot to sign up for the food program distribution next week, it's still open today, Sat., May 2nd. This is a great program to support our food program, the many layers of the food supply chain, and it could keep those kids from asking what's for lunch a million times and eating all your snacks. Find the link to the survey on our website or app under the "News" tab in the "Food Service Survey" article. You must complete a new survey each week. Help us reach a new record!
May 1st is also School Lunch Hero Day! We want to honor the food service staff who tirelessly prepare meals for our students. During the closure, they have been assembling meals for our pick up program. This week, they set a milestone with preparing meals for 244 students. They have a few extras ready each day, so that total for meals was 490! You read that right! Thank you everyday, but especially thank you for promoting healthy eating, promoting our food program, and sustaining the many layers of our food supply chain. Thank you School Lunch HEROES!
A reminder that today between 10:00am and 6:00pm you may drop off completed work and pick up work in the Commons. Teachers would have been communicating if you have work to pick up. We ask you to enter at the main door, use hand sanitizer upon entry, maintain social distancing courtesies, and follow instructions to exit out the middle school door.
Band Students: The Yankee Candle Fundraiser items will be delivered on Friday, May 1. You may pick your items up on Friday, 12:30 - 2:30 pm, or on Tuesday, May 5, 1:30 - 3:30 pm. When you pick them up, please drive into the high school parking lot and go to the band room door that leads outside. Please only 1 person at a time at the door and Mrs. Behrens will hand your order out to you.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Wisconsin Department of Health Services has ideas for how to talk with your child(ren) about underage drinking. Check out the various suggestions for all age groups. Small Talks: Start Talking, It Makes a Difference https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/small-talks/start-talking.htm
Next week's food sign up is OPEN! All families qualify for FREE Breakfast/Lunch regardless of your family's financial situation! Please complete the form found on our website and app under the "News" tab or our Facebook page. There is a new survey each week. Surveys for the following week open on Wednesday and close on Friday. The survey will be used to request FREE Breakfast/Lunch meals the week of May 4 - 8, 2020, for ANY child UNDER the age of 18 in your home, whether or not your family receives free or reduced lunches, during Ithaca School's closure. Requests MUST be submitted by Friday, May 1st. Any questions can be directed to Kathleen Schoen at 583-2622. Pick up is daily from 4-6pm. If you are unable to pick up during that time, arrangements may be made prior to pick up to allow someone else to pick up for you. If you like, you may indicate this on the survey form. https://docs.google.com/forms/...
Attention families of Seniors! We are asking for feedback regarding Graduation for Class of 2020 Seniors. This form will help administration and the School Board make decisions that will help determine how our district will celebrate our seniors. Please be aware that per the "safer at home" order, we are not allowed to have more than 10 people at an organized event for school until after June 30, 2020. We would prefer to have a traditional graduation, but right now, that does not look possible. Thank you in advance for your participation by completing the survey. We are asking the parents and guardians of current seniors about their opinion. Seniors will have a survey also. As of April 27, 2020, we are NOT allowed to have school-sponsored activities on grounds until at least June 30, 2020. Due to insurance, the outdoor theater is not possible. A link is found below, and it is also found on our "News" tab under the article discussing this survey. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScQw1rdp90EKz2EJ0qg0QVeojJke3gcnKaF6bKPuhaYlVll0Q/viewform
To say we miss you is an understatement! Ithaca Public School administration and staff want to show you that we miss you. We wish we could see you in our regular setting, but for now electronic communication and phone calls will have to do. You can see us in this video though, and see how much we miss you! https://spark.adobe.com/video/ic88bBWj5SsrY
Wrestling families: Please return your wrestling singlet to the school. Any Ithaca singlet, wrestling shoes, or headgear that was loaned out should be put in a plastic bag and labeled clearly with the athlete's name. It can then be delivered to Ithaca School during the homework drop offs on May 1st, 15th, and 29th from 10am until 6pm. There will be a box labeled "Wrestling Singlets/Gear". We ask that you please return these for next year's use. Thank you!
The food service survey for next week April 27th through May 1st is open for completion. It may be found on our website and app under "News" in the "Food Service Survey" posting. Please complete it by Friday, April 24th. Refer any questions to Kathleen Schoen at 583-2622.
In 1976, the esteemed career of Principal Ernest Modjeski began at Ithaca. He guided countless students and community members during his time at Ithaca and in their lives after they left our community. Mr. Modjeski passed away on Friday, April 17th, and we extend our sympathies to Mr. Modjeski's family and all who mourn the loss of a great man and amazing educator. https://www.dickinsonfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Ernest--Lee-Modjeski?obId=12711429
All Middle and High School students should be checking their school email account daily. Teachers are noticing that some students aren't doing so. Emails from your teachers contain important information for your schoolwork and are a way for them to make sure you're doing well.
Attn: Middle schoolers interested in participating in the UW-LaCrosse Science & Math Expo in May. They are doing a virtual Expo! Instead of an abstract and a trifold they want you to create a Power Point/Google Slide OR a pdf of your experiment, research, or math game. Let Mrs. Plonka know by April 22 (next Wednesday) at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to participate or have any questions. She'll get you more details on what to include in your Slides/pdf.
Parents, guardians, and students - if you weren't able to come to school the last 2 days to drop off and pick up or missed something, please come today, Friday, April 17th between 9am and noon.
Today is the last day to come to pick up learning resources and turn in what you have from 10am until 6pm. Also sign up for the free breakfast and lunch food service pick up. Links and information may be found on our website and app under the "News" tab or on our Facebook page.
Please have all Middle school and High students check their Ithaca email for important group announcements.
Don't forget to order your Elementary or Middle School Yearbook! Links to the online order are listed below or may be found on our "News" tab. Middle School orders may be placed until this Friday, April 17th. https://link.entourageyearbooks.com/view_account.asp?l=750002E8-A1BE-46A4-BE32-2335C86CDAA4&fbclid=IwAR2cWskkYy4gG_bbzHTpfGTA_Jt-LurP4xql6bTK-4JtCAJF2F4u2-z9HmQ Elementary orders will be accepted until Monday, April 20th. https://link.entourageyearbooks.com/my/IthacaElementary2020?fbclid=IwAR1vVvkXN5v5WWblA0oP-6hrMQ3aGLvEtzQcWWHBgJxnoM5RPoieF7xjlWg Each book is $15.
Here is the survey to complete for next week's distribution from April 20th until 24th. This breakfast and lunch distribution is FREE to all families in the Ithaca district regardless of financial status. It is available for anyone in the household under 18 or still in high school. There is a new survey each week. Ithaca staff will be providing pickup from 4-6pm Monday, April 20-Friday, April 24. A new survey is required each week. Access this week's survey here or at the end of this message. Complete the survey by the end of this week, Friday, April 17th. We ask that the front seat of the vehicle be vacant so that the food bag can be placed on the seat. This will limit if not prevent completely any contact between the passengers and the food server. The drive-thru is set up on the elementary side of the building. Watch for signs. Food service will continue through the closure. Updates will be broadcast on WRCO, the school website and the Ithaca School District Facebook page. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSecsvjYidxVX_uxPE4YVQNTvgBpBIdaU0N-beBn-qoerPb9GA/viewform?usp=sf_link
Students, parents, and guardians: Please read through the letter from principals Mr. Lechnir and Mrs. Schoen regarding pick up/drop off on Wed. and Thurs. this week. The complete letter may be found on our website and app under "News" or on our Facebook page. If you did not receive a phone call or text, please contact the district office, as it is likely we do not have a current phone number for you. Same holds for an email address. If you did not receive the email message with the information, we do not have a current email address for you. It is recommended that the one parent or adult coming to school brings their own bags or boxes to carry materials.
Just a friendly reminder that there IS food pick up today! We’re here until 6.
April 13, 2020 Dear Parents/Guardians of Ithaca students, (please have pen and paper handy) We hope all have been able to remain safe during this difficult time. Staff are at school every day and phone messages are checked daily so if you need something, please call. Also, ALL families of the Ithaca School District are highly encouraged to participate in the FREE daily breakfast/lunch. Visit the school website weekly to submit your request. If you have questions, contact either Annette Louis or Kathleen Schoen. Some things regarding this next “round” of learning: We will have the school open for you to return student work packets and to pick up the next round. Elementary will continue with packets. Middle and High School are moving their classes to Google Classroom for the most part. If your middle or high school child has not accessed their school email account, they need to do that as the teacher has been in contact with them through Google Classroom. Material pickup and drop off will be Wednesday, April 15, and Thursday, April 16, from 10 AM-6 PM. Chromebooks are being prepared for only the students (Gr 3-12) who indicated on the Student Tech Avail (for parents) Survey that a device was needed. An agreement for use must be signed by a parent at the time of pickup. Please bring your own pen. Please come through the main entrance, maintain social distancing practices, use sanitizer, follow directions for picking up all class materials, drop off completed work packets in teacher-labeled totes, and pick up and sign for chromebooks. Please then follow the signs to exit the building out a different door from the main entrance. We are allowing only one (1) adult /student in the building per family. This is to help reduce the amount of people in and out of the building. Do maintain social distancing and use hand sanitizers. Please do your best to protect yourself and others. Come with a list of your student’s teachers/classes so you know what to collect. We will have internet access in the parking lots for students to use as needed beginning April 20. Everyone is to remain in their cars, download/upload as needed, and leave as soon as possible. This service is being provided because we understand the problem of connectivity we have in our district. All school rules apply because of being on school property. Although the teachers are doing things similarly, all student and/or parent should be in contact with the teacher weekly. Our teachers want to support the learning as well as family needs during this time. If you have not been contacted yet, please call the school office to ensure we have an accurate phone number in our system. Assigned student learning should be completed. Each teacher will be in contact with the student and/or parent regarding how work will be “turned in.” MS/HS school work is to be satisfactorily completed and returned to the teacher. Teachers will then issue a CP (Covid Pass) / CF (Covid Fail) grade based on the school work completed and turned in. The Pass/Fail grade will be for all MS/HS 2nd semester grades (including 3rd quarter). ThePass/Fail grading system does not factor into overall cumulative GPA . Elementary grading remains the same and each teacher will indicate which work is to be turned in or discussed during their weekly check-in calls. Upcoming packet drop offs will be outside the main entrance on Fridays in May. May 1, 15, and 29 from 10 AM until 6 PM. Be sure the student’s name is on all papers turned into the labeled tote. Ithaca Seniors and parents of Seniors, the graduation ceremony is pending the directive of the Governor regarding closure and social distancing. Prom is postponed until further notice as are all other school activities. Again, take care of yourself and your family. Be safe. Sincerely, Mr. Lechnir Ms. Schoen
Is your food survey completed for next week? There's still time today to get it done. The link can be quickly found under the "News" tab on our website and app or scroll down through the "Live Feed" or on our Facebook page. A new survey is sent each week.
Pauquette Centers are offering free webinars from their professionals! Topics include mindfulness, managing anxiety in youth, and depression. You can even watch recordings of previous webinars. Check out this link for details. https://pauquette.com/mental-health-services/free_webinars/
Sauk County has a webpage devoted to resources for families. https://www.co.sauk.wi.us/publichealth/covid-19-resources-individuals-and-families They are also promoting a Wellness Webinar on Thursdays at 6pm. Register for the webinar at the link below. It does not seem that you need to be a Sauk County resident to participate. https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2135353142295848973
Order your Elementary Yearbooks now! Orders will be accepted until April 20th. Each book is $15. Click the link to order. https://link.entourageyearbooks.com/my/IthacaElementary2020?fbclid=IwAR3kMTMgmPLtotqY-YhjGuZgEUpwlksNc8n-PVolRtCX3A0eiRAbH9WO5ZE
The transformation is complete! Some of our students and staff were asking about the progress of a cocoon an Ithaca family had. We're happy to show you the results. Was it a cocoon or a chrysalis? The major difference between a chrysalis and a cocoon is that a chrysalis is the hardened body of a butterfly pupa, whereas a cocoon is an external structure constructed by larvae of moths to protect themselves during the pupal stage. This beauty is a Tiger Moth!
A reminder that due to the Good Friday holiday, there is no food service pick up this Friday. Sign up for next week's FREE Breakfast/Lunch regardless of your family's financial situation. Complete the following form (also found on our website and app under Live Feed and News tabs, or our Facebook page). Each week has a new form. The survey will be used to request FREE Breakfast/Lunch meals the week of April 13-17, 2020, for ANY child UNDER the age of 18 in your home, whether or not your family receives free or reduced lunches, during Ithaca School's closure. Requests MUST be submitted by Friday, April 10th. Any questions can be directed to Kathleen Schoen at 583-2622. Pick up is daily from 4-6pm. If you are unable to pick up during that time, arrangements may be made prior to pick up to allow someone else to pick up for you. If you like, you may indicate this on the survey form. https://forms.gle/dBYwHqhYSJ1b2ZgY8
Loss again comes to the Ithaca Community. Orlen Richards (Class of '52) passed away yesterday. For 30 years, Orlen drove bus for Ithaca students and "retired to a celebration typically reserved for returning championship sports teams." We extend sympathies to the many staff and students who are part of Orlen's family. Orlen touched many Ithaca student lives over all those years - our sympathies to you all as well. https://www.clarymemorialfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Orlen-Richards/#!/Obituary
Food pick up for today begins at 4pm until 6pm. Don't forget! See you there.
Middle School families! Order it now!! Place your order now for the 2019-2020 Ithaca Middle School yearbook. https://link.entourageyearbooks.com/view_account.asp?l=750002E8-A1BE-46A4-BE32-2335C86CDAA4&fbclid=IwAR0mCXXfR5Zx0yWonXvwlfjgXa3NOnYy0pBjrpTmGF6wgcShXZ0GDJ6ZGcQ
Ithaca School District is reaching out to families who have children enrolled in our district as residents or open enrolled. We would like to pass on information that may be helpful to your family during this COVID-19 pandemic. If your household’s economic status has been affected by loss of income due to the Safe-at-Home mandate, we want to remind you that besides filing for possible unemployment we recommend that you check out eligibility for the FoodShare program or other benefit programs that are available. The FoodShare Resource page can be found at: https://www.hungertaskforce.org/get-help/apply-for-foodshare/ The WI FoodShare Access page for applying can be found at: https://access.wisconsin.gov/access/
Wish 5th grade teacher Michele Wobschall a Happy Birthday today! We'll also go back for some belated Happy Birthday wishes to bus driver Mike Hutchison and 5th grade teacher Kally Clary on Mar. 15th, and from Mar. 16th Carter Pluemer and 4th grade teacher Trent Urban. Hope you were still able to celebrate!
Miss Annette says don’t forget your food pick up! We’re here until 6. And fill out the survey for next week too!
More creative reading going on. Did you know that reading aloud helps with comprehension and fluency. It builds confidence with speaking and helps readers understand new words by hearing them in context. Read to your children, have them read to you, or read together! Brayden found a tree to read to his sister. Gracelynn's tiger listens to her read.
Don't forget to complete the Food Distribution survey for next week! Every family qualifies regardless of financial situation. It's a great way to feed you or the kiddos and save you a trip to the store to stay safe and healthy. Link is on our website under Live Feed and on the FB post.
Please read the letter in this link from Mr. Lechnir and Mrs. Schoen regarding learning as we move ahead in this closure. Do not hesitate to reach out to either Mr. Lechnir or Mrs. Schoen with any concerns. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fPX_u_G-5sOYiGssGqQl9NvmUrwLmcZ0RWek2Jbgu24/edit?usp=sharing
Don’t forget your food pick up today! We’re here until 6pm!
Today's Throwback Thursday spotlight is on last year's 6th graders when they looked back on their reading throughout the year in Mrs. Zorea's class. What has been your favorite book this year? https://youtu.be/myPYyx8M-vE
All families qualify for FREE Breakfast/Lunch regardless of your families financial situation. Please complete the following form (also found on our website and app under Live Feed or our Facebook page). The survey will be used to request FREE Breakfast/Lunch meals the week of April 6-10, 2020, for ANY child UNDER the age of 18 in your home, whether or not your family receives free or reduced lunches, during Ithaca School's closure. Requests MUST be submitted by Friday, April 3th. Any questions can be directed to Kathleen Schoen at 583-2622. Pick up is daily from 4-6pm. If you are unable to pick up during that time, arrangements may be made prior to pick up to allow someone else to pick up for you. If you like, you may indicate this on the survey form. (Edited to correct the link and update dates/times) https://forms.gle/FkRtPVTorYKW74Mq7
The upcoming Policy, Curriculum and Instruction, and Buildings and Grounds Committee meetings have been cancelled. Please refer to the school "Events" tab or calendar to view any changes, cancellations, or rescheduled events. They will be as up-to-date as possible.
No Foolin'!! There's reading going on! Thanks to the Neefe's and Ihm's for sharing their reading pictures with us. Sutton and Lennon took advantage of a sunny day to read on the steps together. Dyson found a comfy spot in a beanbag chair to read a little Dog Man. Keep reading! Keep sharing pictures!
Remember to pick up sack breakfast and lunches at Ithaca School today from 4pm until 6pm. If you forgot yesterday, we have you covered! Pull in on the elementary side, and let us serve you with a smile! Look for a survey for next week's distribution soon.
Parents of Ithaca Students: We need your input. If you have not yet completed the Parent Tech Survey, please do so ASAP as we are making plans for student learning in the weeks to come. We want your input!! Thank you, Mr. Lechnir and Ms Schoen https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdAKHUu_Wb9XroQdq8Rz945rzXucV-uj5lV1VEh78BRrgFZEg/viewform
We know how challenging this new learning environment is. Remember that sometimes the simplest forms of learning are the most valuable and even stress-reducing. Mrs. Newkirk and Mrs. Zorea challenge you all to read everyday. Send us your pictures of reading going on at home! Email to email@example.com or send via FB Messenger through the school's page. The Newkirks found some obvious and creative ways to enjoy reading at home. Where do you like to read?
Mrs. Pluemer wants to remind everyone not to neglect your mental health. Managing stress and applying simple coping strategies can greatly improve mental health. Check out the link for suggestions. It specifically lists the importance of recognizing the different ways children deal with stress versus adults. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Fmanaging-stress-anxiety.html "Children and teens react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared. Not all children and teens respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for include: -Excessive crying or irritation in younger children -Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (for example, toileting accidents or bedwetting) -Excessive worry or sadness -Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits -Irritability and “acting out” behaviors in teens -Poor school performance or avoiding school -Difficulty with attention and concentration -Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past -Unexplained headaches or body pain -Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs There are many things you can do to support your child: -Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand. -Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you. -Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand. -Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities. -Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members."
A reminder to families who signed up for breakfast/lunch pick up this week: Swing in NOW until 6pm. Quite a few haven’t picked up yet.
Welcome back to School (at Home)! Staff are hoping all families are getting settled into their new routine. If you have questions, concerns, need resources, or just want to talk, reach out to a staff member. Staff will be trying to reach you and your students at home. If you notice a blocked or unknown number, it may be them.
It’s not the kind of Spring Break you thought you’d have. You might be feeling frustrated, stressed out, scared. You’re not alone. Your Ithaca family is going through this with you. When there are so many uncertainties, this is absolutely certain: One team, One School, One Family. If you need something – anything – reach out to a staff member. We are never far away. Even if it’s just to talk. We are here to support you and each other always. And know this, we miss you.
Ithaca Staff hope all are doing as well as can be expected during this time! As we prepare to make some decisions regarding home-based learning, we are asking at least one member of each family completes this survey regarding internet access, hotspot possibility, and devices for students in your homes. Please feel welcome to add comments at the end of the survey if your situation doesn't fit the questions asked. Any additional questions may be referred to Mrs. Schoen at 583-2622. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdAKHUu_Wb9XroQdq8Rz945rzXucV-uj5lV1VEh78BRrgFZEg/viewform
Ithaca Seniors! Updates to some scholarships have been added to the school's website under the Counselor's Corner. Please note that Southwest Technical College Foundation and Lenz Family Scholarship deadlines have been extended to April 15, 2020, and the UW-Plattevillel-Richland Campus Foundation scholarship has been extended to April 17, 2020. https://www.ithaca.k12.wi.us/o/ithaca-school-district/page/scholarship-info--4
The UW Extension Office has put out a document dealing with potential personal financial concerns you may have. There are links to resources and common questions with answers. https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/toughtimes/covid-19-financial-resources/
Congratulations to the 2020 Ithaca School District Delta Kappa Gamma Winners. Delta Kappa Gamma is hosted by the Lambda Chapter and offered to all students 3rd-12th grade. Students must write, illustrate, and publish their own story. Our elementary teachers have championed this contest and writing within the classroom for over ten years, and the accomplishments of our writers shows it! Congratulations, and job well done, students!
Attention Ithaca Seniors: Just a friendly reminder to keep working on scholarships. Make sure you are also applying for scholarships at your school of choice. Go to their websites for more details. There is a list of some available scholarships on our website. Follow the attached path to "additional scholarship opportunities." **The Southwest Tech. Lenz Scholarship is due March 31 to Ms. Bevan and the Richland County Bank Scholarship is due April 3 to Ms. Bevan. You may either drop them off at the school to put in Ms. Bevan's mailbox after Spring Break or you may mail them to the school. Ithaca School, Attn: Meredith Bevan, 24615 State Hwy. 58, Richland Center, WI 53581. Mailed scholarships must arrive by the deadline, so please do not wait until the last minute. SW Tech Foundation Scholarships are due March 31 and UW Platteville-Richland Foundation Scholarships are due April 1. Both are submitted online and the links are on our website. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Ms. Bevan firstname.lastname@example.org.
With heavy heart, we share the passing of an Ithaca legend, Mrs. Shirley Braithwaite on her 90th birthday. Mrs. Braithwaite touched so many lives in her time at Ithaca. Her music and enthusiasm for all things were more than legendary. She and Wilmer brought Christmas joy to young and old as well. The Ithaca Community and Public School sends sympathies to her husband, family, and all who will mourn the loss of one of Ithaca's finest. Please share your memories with one another and those who never met her. https://www.prattfuneralservice.com/obituaries/Shirley-Braithwaite?obId=12472184#/obituaryInfo
The Ithaca School District supports Ithaca families. We will begin providing breakfast and lunch to all Ithaca families for your children 18 and under regardless of your financial status. A food survey is located on the school web page, through social media and at this link ( https://forms.gle/krR9TGm1W7tbNTcF6 ) for all Ithaca families to complete who wish to participate beginning Monday, March 30, 2020. Each week, a new survey will be available for families to complete. Ithaca volunteers and staff will be providing pickup from 4-6 pm Monday, March 30-Friday, April 3. We ask that the front seat of the vehicle be vacant so that the food bag can be placed on the seat. This will limit if not prevent completely any contact between the passengers and the food server. We will have a drive-thru set up at the school. Watch for signs. Food service will continue through the closure. Updates will be broadcast on WRCO, the school website and the Ithaca School District Facebook page
Ithaca Families. A reminder that the building will be open today, Wednesday, March 18th until 3 P.M. for students and parents to pick up school work, empty hall and gym lockers, pick up medications, etc. Please be respectful of social distances, and we will monitor how many people are in the building in order to do so. Check in at the main entrance, retrieve a check list, and at the end of your visit, return that completed check list.
Ithaca will be open Wednesday, March 18, 9:00-3:00 for parents to get the resources planned for students during the Covid shutdown. Many thanks to everyone that came Tuesday!
Ithaca is open until 8:00 tonight for students to clean out lockers and pick up their resources.
Please be aware that I typed in Tuesday, March 27,It should be TODAY, March 17.
Tuesday, March 27, 2020 Homebound instructional work is set up for our students. The doors will be open for families to pick up work, and clean out lockers from 4:00 to 8:00 PMTuesday. We will also be open from 9:00-3:00 Wednesday, March 18. We will monitor the doors so that we do not surpass the “10 contact person rule” Only the front entrance will be used. All medication is in the office, a parent must sign for it. Elementary, All of the teachers have packed up everything into the students’ cubbies. You may stop in the library for books and art room for supplies. Middle school, All the packets are in Mrs. Boland’s room. You should go to your locker and gym locker and the band room if needed. High School Clean out gym lockers, lockers and stop in all classrooms for each child, do not forget band instruments. For Middle school and High school, we will have check-off sheets so nothing is missed. Julie Prouty, Chris Lechnir, Kathleen Schoen, Cheryl Richards
Ithaca Public School Social Worker, Shelly Pluemer, shares a valuable article about making the best of the time spent at home right now. She also adds that it is important to know contact information for adolescent mental health providers resources in the Richland County area. https://confidentparentsconfidentkids.org/2020/03/13/my-kids-school-is-closed-so-now-what/
Student resources and announcements located here: https://www.apptegy.net/s/news-ithaca-school-district/articles/resources-for-students-announcements
Some more updates on cancellations from Mrs. Plonka: March 17 - Modern Woodmen speech - cancelled March 18 PTSO meeting - cancelled March 19 - Game Club - cancelled March 26 - 3rd grade Lit Wars - Postponed (for now)
Ithaca Public Schools will be closed starting Monday, March 16. This is a change to the decision made earlier today. All instructional staff should report to work.
Ithaca School District will remain open on Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17. As conditions change, this will be updated. Please read the letter posted on the webpage for specifics.
For anyone who had been planning on attending the Richland Hospital's seminar Vaping: The Good, The Bad, and The Deadly it has been cancelled. At this time, they are cancelling all outside organization meetings held at the Hospital effective immediately, extending through April.It is unknown if events will be rescheduled.
Some great news among all the cancellations! Congratulations, JoAnn Pretsch!! Congratulations to the following for Best of Show at Richland Area High School Art Exhibit: Misunderstood by Beth Bohringer, Boscobel; Love Yours by Elizabeth Kenudson, RV; Glitter Girl by McKenzie Bell, Hillsboro; Identity by Emerson Harmon, Dodgeville; London, JoAnn Pretsch, Ithaca; Captain America by McKenzie Bell, Hillsboro.
Kids College on the UW-La Crosse campus on April 3rd has been cancelled. The Lit Wars competition scheduled for next Thursday will be done by students at their own schools. Ithaca students will compete at Ithaca. 3rd Grade Lit Wars has not been changed at this time.
Updated cancellations: State FCCLA and FBLA competitions have been cancelled at this time. Please review most current posts to stay up-to-date with cancellations. They are posted quickly after the decisions are dispersed.
The High School Band trip to Florida over Spring Break has been postponed. We are looking into rescheduling for a later date
With regard to student and community health and safety the winter sports banquet for Monday has been cancelled. Due to the cancellation, the gear turn in for boys basketball will be Monday after school.
Mr. Favreau was informed that the FFA Contest hosted by UW-Platteville, which was to be held next week on March 19th has been canceled. This was a decision made by the UW-P folks and the FFA has not responded as of yet with any possible makeup alternatives (sites or dates). This is a State qualifying event....so updates will be posted out as soon as possible.
Ms. Durkin has been notified that the student art showcase held in the Student Center on the UW-P/Richland campus has been cancelled. Select Ithaca students were to have their talent on display at this event.
Forensics students: Although your season has been cut short, your coaches are very proud of you for working so hard and performing so well. From the Executive Director of the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association: It is with a heavy heart we must announce cancellation of ALL speech festivals – district and State – for the remainder of the season. Today, Gov. Tony Evers declared a public health emergency, and in accordance, State Statute Ch. 250 requires we cancel our events. With uncertainty and limited time between now and the end of the school year, there are no reasonable means to plan and execute an alternate timeline for festival dates or locations. Several other states have cancelled their State Speech contests, so this is, indeed, an extraordinary situation.
With regard to student and community health and safety, the Solo and Ensemble competition Ithaca would be hosting tomorrow (Saturday, March 14th) is cancelled. This is also in response to the State competition being cancelled.
Today’s $50 winner of the Ithaca Wrestling Calendar Raffle is Jim Bailey.
Forensics Students and Parents: The district meet is currently scheduled for Saturday, March 21 at UW Platteville. Students should be at school to board the bus at 6:10 that morning; return time will be approximately 2:00 p.m. Important information related to the Covid 19 virus: From the Forensics Association: Effective immediately, all WHSFA District festivals are closed to outside guests (i.e., family, friends, etc.). Only contestants and adjudicators will be allowed in contest rooms. This will be strictly enforced. Rounds cannot begin if any additional people beyond adjudicator, contestants, or a school-sanctioned aide for a student with special needs is in the room. With that in mind, students should plan to ride the bus both to and from Platteville. In the event that UW Platteville becomes unavailable due to the virus, the location of the district meet may change. Cancellation is a possibility if there is no alternative. Please email Coach Louise Murphey with questions or concerns: email@example.com.
We will be hosting our Conference Solo/Ensemble Contest here this Saturday, May 14th. A reminder to Choir families: we need your help with concessions for Solo and Ensemble for Saturday March 14. Please go to Sign-Up Genius to see what you can do. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4eaeab2fa5fb6-concessions
The March PTSO meeting will be held next Wednesday, March 18 at 3:45 in the LMC. Babysitting will be provided. We hope to see you there!
There will be an informational meeting for all interested in High School Volleyball for next year on Thursday, March 12 during ATTACK Time in the LMC. This includes any 8th graders who may want to play next year.
Today’s $50 winner of the Ithaca Wrestling Calendar Raffle is Eric Olson
Today’s $50 winner of the Ithaca Wrestling Calendar Raffle is David Fargen.
Attention: High School Baseball players. There will be a meeting in Mr. Kelly’s room immediately after school on Thursday. If you are playing baseball- Be There! It will only last about 10-15 minutes. Coach Clary
To let families know: Bus 1 is running about 30 minutes late.
Softball team pictures will be Wednesday after school. The Softball Parent Meeting Thursday at 6:00 in the commons.
Richland Junior Bowlers All you can eat Pizza Buffet on Thursday, March 12th, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the Phoenix Center Bowling Alley in Richland Center. Cost is $10 per person & $5 for ages 10 & under. All You Can Eat Pizza also Includes:Tossed Salad, Dessert, Soda, Coffee & Water. Nice variety of Raffle & Silent Auction Items Available! also a 50/50 Raffle. All proceeds will benefit Richland Junior Bowlers Schloraship Program. Come & support several of the bowlers from the Ithaca school & their scholarship program.
Today’s $50 winner of the Ithaca Wrestling Calendar Raffle is Bruce Hemmersbach.
It is that time of year again; time for Youth Baseball/Softball Registration. You can find the links for the code of conduct and registration form on Class Dojo, the school Facebook Page, and the announcements. We also have a few copies in the front office. There are a few new changes this year, so please look at the forms carefully. Deadline to have the completed forms turned in is March 20. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask, Brett Maxwell 588-4496.
Trap club season is approaching quickly. Sign-up is to be completed by March 23rd. It is recommend to talk to the coach and complete the sign-up by March 10th. THE SPRING MEETING AND FUN SHOOT IS ON MARCH 15TH. Contact head coach John Crook at 608-712-3535 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. He can guide you through the signup process and what you’ll need to compete. Also, talk with some of the students who have been involved in the trap club for the past two years - They’ll have positive things to say!
Hope For Change is a promotion by the Partners for Prevention Coalition - an organization dedicated to preventing substance abuse by creating safe and healthy communities. At the Hope For Change event, stories of recovery will be shared, and resources for various recovery and support networks will be available.
Attention high school students age 16 and over who are interested in pursuing a job in a health career: the Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center is taking applications for health careers summer camps held in La Crosse on June 21-24, 2020 or in Platteville on June 28-July 1, 2020. Deadline to apply is March 31. Please see Mrs. Plonka for more information.
- In 2019, 40% of Richland County high school youth reported that they tried vaping. (Youth Risk Behavioral Survey). That is around 280 young people.- Richland County, WI YRBS survey Inconspicuous vaping is ever-evolving. Knowledge about the dangers is increasing. Attend the upcoming talk on vaping at the Richland Hospital. Dr. Wright and Anna Banker, NP will help you identify the signs of someone that is vaping and how to talk to youth about the risks. Questions will be welcomed. This is a free event at the Richalnd Hosptial on Thursday, March 26th from 5:30-7:00pm. If you have any questions regarding the even, feel free to contact Dana Gochenaur at the Richland Hospital 647-6321 X 2413.
Today’s $50 winner of the Ithaca Wrestling Calendar Raffle is Kreg Perkins. On Saturday, Shanna Franzen $75.00 and on Sunday, Pat Drea $50.00.
The winter sports banquet will be Monday March 16th at 6pm in the commons.
Join us at the meeting to contribute to: • Worksite wellness completed in partnership with Rockwell Automation, The Richland Hospital, and Symons Recreation Complex • Healthy Wisconsin Communities Designation • Richland County will join other Wisconsin communities being recognized for their efforts to improve health & amenities to serve their citizens! • Influencing policies to support wellness Richland School District, RC Aquatic Center, G.R.A.C.E., FoodWIse & school gardens, Color Run with Sources of Strength • Talk with other community leaders about how we can influence health for everyone! Use the tool. Richland FIT Steering Committee members 2019-20: Cindy Chicker-co-chair (HWLI graduate) Chelsea Wunnicke-co-chair (HWLI graduate) Betsy Roesler (HWLI graduate) Sheri Scott (HWLI graduate) Mary Nee (HWLI participant) Marcia Carlson Amy Hardy Abbey Ewing (welcome!) We look forward to seeing you there!!
Choir Parents: We need your help with concessions for Solo and Ensemble for Saturday March 14. This year Ithaca is hosting the contest. Please go to Sign-Up Genius to see what you can do. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4eaeab2fa5fb6-concessions
Choir students: Remember to pick up your Butter Braid orders today in the commons at the end of the school day.
The Policy meeting scheduled for tonight will be held Thursday, March 4 at 6:00 PM instead.
Congratulations to the Destination Imagination teams who competed on Saturday at Middleton and did a fantastic job representing Ithaca. Placing 5th in Improv were the Scream Testers - Olivia Menne, Ally Plonka, Owen Feryance, and Abby Plonka. Placing 4th in Improv was High Aspirations Low Expectations - Ilana Bloczynski, Tristen Peterson, Trista Pluemer, and Maggie Gschwind. Placing 3rd in Engineering were the Meeses Geeses - Kaylee Peterson, Emma Coy, Kaylee Miller, Alivya Young, and Miranda Franzen. Placing 2nd in Fine Arts and earning a trip to state were the Pickle Pals - Allison Durst and Holly King. Placing 1st in Improv and also earning a trip to state were the 7 Yetis - Kerrick Thompson, Meghan Miller, Sam Jones, Ethan Birkrem, Maylee Pluemer, and Annabeth Sprecher. The Meeses Geeses, Pickle Pals, and 7 Yetis all ranked 1st in their instant challenges as well.
Thank you to everyone who came to the share night at Culvers yesterday! The Junior class appreciates your suppprt!
Congratulations to the Elementary Battle of the Books team as they placed 10th yesterday out of 23 teams at the MVGTN competition in Warrens! Members of the team are Ethan Birkrem, Maylee Pluemer, Peyton Brown, Ashlynn Fowell, and Memphis Burkhalter. I was very proud of your teamwork and you represented Ithaca well!! ~ Mrs. Plonka
From organizer, Dana Gochenaur: Due to the high numbers of influenza within the community, we feel it would be in the best interest of the students to cancel Club Scrub for tonight. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions, please feel free to call.
Ithaca is doing a mental health screening for all freshmen. There is a video explaining the process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYp8jM9t7mY&feature=youtu.be
On Sunday the Youth Basketball program had our end of the year youth basketball party! Youth families gathered and we celebrated with food, a program and a fun open gym for the kids! We would like to thank our basketball booster club for their support and our volunteer coaches for their time and dedication to the program: Joe Brown, John Young, Darin Steinmetz, Kristin Ihm, Brenda Olson, Janelle Jones, Shelly Maxwell & Monica Kershner.
Juniors and International students: Those that have not turned in permission slips, bring them to Ms. Bevan today. Meet in the commons on Tuesday morning at 8:00a.m. with #2 pencils and a calculator to leave for ACT testing. Please make sure to be on time for the bus.
Butter Braid orders will be here on Thursday. Please make arrangements to pick up your order in the commons right after school. If you have a large order, you might need to make arrangements to have someone pick you up that day. Remember that Butter Braids are frozen and will need to stay that way until you deliver them. We DO NOT have enough freezer space here at school to store your orders.
Serenity Clary will soon share her love of singing at two state wrestling tournaments. She will Be performing the national anthem at the 2020 State Individual Wrestling Tournament tomorrow at the Kohl Center in Madison and at the Youth State Wrestling Match in March, also in Madison, at the Alliant Center. Read more about her in the February 27, 2020, issue of the Richland Observer!
Wash your hands!! According to the CDC, handwashing can help prevent illness. It involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) that you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick. Handwashing is a win for everyone, except the germs. Taken from the attached article, "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that best practices for hand washing include not only rinsing the hands with water, but also applying soap and scrubbing the palms, the back of the hands, between the fingers, and under the fingernails. A person should scrub for at least 20 seconds before rinsing the soap and drying the hands with a clean towel. However, Prof. Nicolaides notes that of the people who do wash their hands after using the restroom, many never apply soap and spend under 15 seconds on the procedure." https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/why-hand-washing-really-could-slow-down-an-epidemic?fbclid=IwAR1adoAaENcxF1mcZOC6IeNWrdyUG2VVI-2pvlxC697gdj7MB4cNvslV_4s
There will be an end of the year pizza party for any Youth Basketball player this Sunday from 12:00-2:00 in the Commons. This does include little Dribblers. Pizza will be served.
The High School Baseball sign-up sheet is now posted next to the office. It is important that you get signed up so coaches can start planning logistics for the season. Thank you!!
Just a reminder: Applications for Early College Credit Program, Start College Now Program, and the College Up Program are due to Ms. Bevan by March 1st.
Around the area Influenza still has a stonghold on our community. To keep the risk for infections as low as possible, check this link to look for suggestions: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/actions-prevent-flu.htm Hand-washing, covering your mouth with an arm or sleeve, and keeping your hands away from your face are three vital steps to reducing your risk for infection.
Seniors: Just a reminder: Please be watching your scholarship deadlines. They are all posted on the website. Local packets are due this Friday. Check with Ms. Bevan to see if your 3 rating sheets and/or recommendation letters have been received. If you have any questions, please ask. https://www.ithaca.k12.wi.us/o/ithaca-school-district/page/scholarship-info--4
Attention Middle School Students: Anyone interested in participating in the Modern Woodmen Speech Contest, please talk to Mrs. Plonka for more information. The topic for this year's speech is "What Freedom Means to Me".
There will be a popcorn sale this Friday, February 28. Cost is 50 cents a bag, limit 2 bags per student please. Proceeds this week will go to the Elementary and Middle School DI teams. Middle and High School students: we will come around to the classrooms to sell at Attack time with teacher permission.
We will be having a short pep assembly on Thursday during ATTACK Time from 9:36am-10:06am . Our winter sports teams and the various club activities will be recognized. We will also be sending Sawyer Willis and Monty Jennings off to the Individual State Wrestling Tournament where they will be competing on Thursday night at the Kohl Center.
The middle school girls basketball teams will be playing their last game of the season tonight! 7th grade at 5:00, with 8th grade to follow. This will also be our parents night recognition! Join us in the old gym and come support your lady bulldogs!
Ithaca Elementary is looking for two (2) long term substitute teachers for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year! The best candidate for this position has a bachelor's degree in education and loves working with kindergarten or first grade students. Official experience and a state teaching license is preferred, but we welcome those with informal experiences as well. Candidates will be beginning the school year and filling one position for ten weeks or another for twelve. We ask that candidates are flexible and willing to work with the everyday changes that a classroom has to offer. It is also important that you are willing to become a part of the Ithaca community and serve the many families throughout the district. Apply online through WECAN at WECAN.education.wisc.edu. Questions may be directed to Ithaca Elementary School Principal Kathleen Schoen at 608/585-2311.
Next week, February 24th through the 28th, is National FFA week! Help support the Ithaca FFA chapter and the National FFA organization by partaking in our fun FFA week events and dress up days. Monday is favorite agriculture implement/truck/car brand dress up day and there will be a spaghetti eating contest at lunch. Thank you in advance to all who participate.
HS Band Students: Please remember that we are setting up your Disney Tickets and Bands tomorrow, Friday, February 21st. Please come at the time that you signed up.
Have some of the best pancakes around on Sunday as the Ithaca Lions host one of their fabulous Pancake Breakfasts to support Kaliey Koleman. Kaliey is the daughter of Ithaca graduate, Holly Harlan. She is currently a 6th grader at River Valley and receiving Leukemia treatments through American Family Childrens Hospital. Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog. Support Kaliey and Holly and enjoy a delicious breakfast!
Any students that were absent during scheduling Monday or still needed to get a parent/guardian signature, please turn in your colored scheduling sheet to Ms. Bevan's mailbox in the main office.
The PTSO is still looking for volunteers to help provide the meal for our teachers during parent teacher conferences on Thursday, February 20. Please go to Sign Up genius to bring something! Drop off your item/s anytime before 3:30 PM on Thursday by taking them to the FACE room, the office, or down to room 104. If you bring it in the morning, we can bake it for you or store it at school. Any questions, contact Ms. Sprecher. Thank you!! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094facac2dabfe3-parent
Congratulations to Ithaca-Weston Wrestler Sawyer Willis! Sawyer set some goals at the beginning of his Senior year of Wrestling.Two were to reach 100 career wins and 50 career pins. He met his career win goal last Saturday on his home wrestling mat at the WIAA Regional tournament. He currently has 61 pins. No better feeling than reaching your goal!
The February PTSO meeting will be held Wednesday, February 19 at 3:45 p.m. in the LMC. Babysitting will be provided . We hope to see you there.
Due to poor road conditions, Ithaca is on a two hour delay. There is no morning 4K. 2/18/2020
The PTSO families are providing the meal for our teachers for parent teacher conferences on Thursday, February 20. Please go to Sign Up genius to sign up to bring something! Drop them off anytime before 3:30 PM on Thursday by taking them to the FACE room, the office, or down to room 104. If you bring it in the morning, we can bake it for you or store it for you at school. Any questions, contact Mrs. Sprecher. Thank you!! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094facac2dabfe3-parent
Due to impending weather, Ithaca Public Schools will be dismissing at 1:00pm. There will NOT be any afternoon 4K today.
Choir Students: Remember that tomorrow is the day you turn in your Butter Braid orders and money. See Mrs. Niemeyer or Mrs. Willis if you have questions.
Softball sign-up is up by the office. Please put your name next to the number you want this year.
A reminder that tomorrow, Monday, February 17th, students in grades 8-11 need to have their colored scheduling sheet filled out and signed by a parent/guardian to schedule with teachers. Remember that you may look on your shared drive for the Course Description Guide if you have questions about courses or reach out and ask your teachers. Also, Seniors will not need to report until 10:00a.m. on the 17th.
Ithaca will open two hours late on Friday, February 14, 2020 due to the inclement weather. No AM 4K.
There are many academic opportunities for our students to earn college credits, complete post-secondary certifications, or learn on the job while still in high school! Before you complete your course schedule for the 2020-21 school year, read over this link to see if any of the opportunities can help you reach your career goals! Reach out to Ms. Bevan for any questions or clarification. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mhEQoO29VbXKBskL1TlljWuk3lXc_-wL3E3JkneImnc/edit?usp=sharing
Attention graduating seniors! Check out our website for scholarship information. Review some locally offered scholarships, deadlines for application, and links to free scholarship searches. To get there: Go to the Ithaca School website www.ithaca.k12.wi.us; click on "Explore"; under the High School section, expand the "Counselor's Corner" tab; click on "Scholarship Info". Pay special attention to all requirements for applications and any deadlines. Scholarships are free money that doesn't need to be repaid.
The February PTSO meeting will be held next Wednesday, February 19 at 3:45 p.m. in the LMC. Babysitting will be provided . We hope to see you there.
It's BOOK FAIR TIME! There are so many choices! But is there something that is missing your student is wanting? Can't make it to school during shopping times? Worry the money you're sending isn't going to make it to the book fair? There are solutions! Check out the online book fair. Go to ScholasticBookFairs.com and click "Find a Fair" or type "Ithaca Elementary" in the "Find a Fair" search engine. When you click on Ithaca Elementary, a new window takes you to the Welcome Page of our school's fair. Users will need to create a secure profile, but that's all there is to it! For shopping online during the fair, Scholastic will give Ithaca Schools 25% back! We use those Scholastic Dollars to purchase books, beanbags, bookshelves, or other items for classrooms and the LMC. Come on in or shop online - all our students benefit!
February 10-14 is Bus Driver Appreciation Week! The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction joins with Governor Tony Evers to recognize the important contribution that bus drivers make in support of education in the state. Thousands of dedicated men and women work every day to transport children safely to and from school. They become friends and protectors of their passengers, responsible for students’ safety in sometimes difficult conditions, and their work is respected and appreciated. Transporting students over the millions of miles each school year, school bus drivers provide one of the safest ways to make sure students get to and from school. We would like to say THANK YOU to Owen, Tammy, Bill, Cathlynn, Mike, Troy, and Frank S. for your dedication to our school, community, and most of all, to our kids!
If you're thinking of hitting the road tomorrow night, consider cheering on our Lady Bulldogs as they travel to La Farge to play basketball. During that game, fans will also be supporting a young La Farge student facing leukemia. Feel free to wear orange as well to support Faith!
Students in grades 8-11! Make sure you have your colored scheduling sheet filled out and signed by a parent/guardian this week. You will need to have it here and ready to go on Monday morning, February 17th to schedule with teachers. It would be a good idea to complete it, have it signed and place in your locker so that on Monday morning it will be waiting for you. Remember that you may look on your shared drive for the Course Description Guide if you have questions about courses or reach out and ask your teachers. If you have other questions or are having trouble figuring out how the schedule works, please stop in and see Ms. Bevan this week. Seniors will not need to report until 10:00a.m. on the 17th.
Ithaca, along with 30 other schools, participated in the FBLA Region 4 Leadership Conference on Saturday, February 1 in Baraboo. We are proud of how the 18 Ithaca students who participated in the FBLA RLC represented our school and community. We're thrilled to announce that 9 of these students are advancing to the FBLA State Leadership Conference in Madison on March 30 and 31! Students who won their event were Aaron Feryance, Ryan Lee and Audrey Newkirk. Students who earned 2nd place were Ellie Crook, Noelle Crook, Shelby Funk and McKenna Muckler. 3rd place recipients were Zach Nelson and Talena Sprecher. The three students who will be alternates for their events at state are Erin Louis, Alana Nelson and Elise Newkirk. Congratulations to everyone on their hard work. CONGRATULATIONS to Audrey Newkirk who was elected as the FBLA Vice President of Region 4. Not only are we excited for Audrey's new leadership position, but a requirement of the office is hosting the FBLA Region 4 Leadership Conference at Ithaca next year on February 6. We're looking forward to hosting this event and showing the region our wonderful community. Thank you also to everyone who supported the students and helped them prepare for the FBLA Regional Leadership Conference!
Congratulations to the FCCLA members who competed at regionals on Friday. Receiving Silvers were Paige Nowicki, Adrianna Longo, Nate Drone, and Jaci Rosenow. Advancing to state competition in April are Talena Sprecher, Briella Hollands, Kaleb Underwood, Brandon Debukler, Dani Hatfield, Katarina Weitzel, McKenzie Weeden, Kyannah Koch, Kyla Pluemer and Hayley Boone. Great job everyone!
Let the Middle School Student Council babysit for you this Friday! Registration has been extended to Thursday. The PTSO, in conjunction with the MS Student Council, is offering free-will donation babysitting this Friday, February 14 - Valentine's Day from 5:30-8. Just bring your children into the commons and we will take them from there. We are asking for a $5 donation per family. You may pick up your child(ren) by 8 PM in the Multi Purpose room. PTSO adults will supervise and all proceeds go to the Middle School Student Council.
The Scholastic Book Fair is here! Visit the book fair in the LMC from February 11 through February 20th. The book fair will also be open for Parent-Teacher Conferences on February 18th and 20th. Books will be available for elementary, middle and high school students, with some titles selling for as little as $1. Come check out the Book Fair in the LMC.
The Florida meeting has been canceled and will be rescheduled for next Sunday, February 16th, at 2:00 pm. See you then!
HS Band Students and Parents: A reminder that you have a mandatory informational meeting on Sunday at 2:00 pm in the Commons. This meeting will cover all rules and expectations about the Band Trip to Florida. If we receive the snow that is predicted for Sunday, a decision will be made at 11:00 am if the Florida trip meeting needs to be canceled and rescheduled. Please check the Ithaca High School Band Facebook Page or listen to WRCO to see if it is still scheduled at 2:00 pm.
This week is National School Counseling Week! We thank Ms. Bevan and Mrs. Pluemer for all they do to assist our students in so many ways. School counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students’ academic, postsecondary and social/emotional development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. We cannot thank Ms. Bevan and Mrs. Pluemer enough for all they do every day!
There will be no JV boys basketball practice today.
Good luck tomorrow to our Middle School Math Counts team of Aaron Bloczynski, Caleb Birkrem, Alivya Young, Sammy Clary, Danny Feryance, Miranda Franzen, Kaylee Peterson, Xander Sorenson, Holly King, and Allison Durst as they travel to Onalaska tomorrow for the sectional competition.
7th and 8th grade students: Please see Mrs. Willis if you are interested in attending Club Scrub and pick up an application this week.
7th and 8th grade students: Please see Mrs. Willis if you are interested in attending Club Scrub and pick up an application this week.
Remember, Today, Feb. 6th is an Early Release Day for Students.
HS Band Students and Parents: A reminder that you have a mandatory informational meeting on Sunday at 2:00 pm in the Commons. This meeting will cover all rules and expectations about the Band Trip to Florida.
Just a reminder...FCA- Huddle group, will be tomorrow morning (Thursday) 7:00am! Enjoy a Big breakfast, fellowship and an inspiring message from The NFL Today, called ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’! Bring a friend, be encouraged...You’ll be glad you came! See you tomorrow morning!
On Friday, January 31, five 6th graders attended the CESA 3 Improv workshop with Ann Dolan at Lancaster. They learned how to work together, establish the scene, and perform a story with a beginning, middle, and end. These students are also competing in the regional Destination Imagination contest on Feb. 29 in the Improv challenge category.
The PTSO, in conjunction with the Middle School Student Council, is offering free-will offering babysitting for Valentine's Day - Friday, Feb. 14, from 5:30-8 PM. Please return the filled out form with donation (if donating) to your child's teacher by Monday, February 10. All proceeds go to fund Middle School Student Council activities.
There will be a popcorn sale this Friday, Feb. 7. Cost is 50 cents a bag, limit 2 bags per student please. Proceeds this week will go to the Kindergarten class. Middle and High School students: we will come around to the classrooms to sell at Attack time with teacher permission.
This Thursday Feb 6th, FCA Huddle group will meet. 😃 7:00 am in the FACE room. You won’t want to miss this one! Our message is from The NFL Today and is called ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’- come be encouraged and inspired on hearing some amazing testimonies from NFL players. Hope to see you!! Invite some friends! All middle school and high school students are welcome! Breakfast will be served!! 🍳 🥞 🥛 🍩
Come support the Middle School wrestlers tonight in their only home meet. Wrestling starts at 5:30.
BINGO!! Don't forget the PTSO will be hosting a FREE Family Bingo Book Exchange Night on Friday, January 31 in the Multi-purpose room from 6 PM - 7:30 PM for all Ithaca families and friends. Books for all ages will be given away as prizes at this Bingo night. If you have some books you'd like to see go to a new home, bring them! If you don't have extra books, don't worry because we've got lots!
Please mark your calendars boys basketball players and families! Parent's night for will be on February 3rd vs North Crawford. Youth Night will be February 13 vs. Kickapoo. Senior Night will be held on February 27th vs. La Farge. Please spread the word and GO Bulldogs!
Congratulations to Aaron and Ilana Bloczynski who did a fantastic job representing Ithaca at the West Sectional Spelling Bee at Weston on January 29. Ilana placed 4th in the competition and Aaron placed 2nd out of 14 students from Weston, Wauzeka, Seneca, North Crawford, Bluff View Prairie du Chien and Prairie Catholic. We are proud of you!
Great job to the 7 students who represented Ithaca at the Middle School Science Quiz Bowl competition at UW Madison this past Saturday. 21 teams from around Wisconsin participated in the contest. Competing on Ithaca team 1 were Aaron Bloczynski, Micah Salisbury, and Caleb Birkrem. Team 2 members were Ilana Bloczynski, Trista Pluemer, Maggie Gschwind, and Allison Durst.
Reminder: Middle School Student Council will be running their annual Valentine Gram Fundraiser through Jan. 31st. Order forms are located outside room 204 or in the office. All completed orders and payments must be turned in by THIS Friday, Jan. 31st. to Mrs. Hilby via mailbox, in person, or on her desk. Valentine Grams will be delivered on February 14. Middle School Student Council greatly appreciates your support.
Seniors if you haven't submitted pictures for the yearbook you need to do so ASAP!
Today marks the 34th anniversary of the Challenger Shuttle explosion that took the lives of seven crew members including teacher Christa McAuliffe. Pardon me for a personal reflection. As a 4th grader and like so many students across the nation, we had been prepped by our teachers for this moment. We studied the aeronautics program, reviewed the lessons Mrs. McAuliffe would be conducting from space, talked about the training she endured to become a civilian and female astronaut! Her selection made it seem that anyone of us young people could choose and do anything. As other classes joined us in our classroom, we huddled close to the roll-cart TV. We joined Mission Control in the countdown... BLAST OFF! The cheers were loud and excited! And then 73 seconds later it all changed. Our youth today have become desensitized now to horrendous video, but we had never seen something like that. It was very awful to watch and experience as a young person. Now, I can admire the way our teachers gathered their emotions and talked to us, reassured us, and were honest with us. It is often said that heroes walk among us. How very true. Christa McAuliffe has become an example of that for my generation. She provided us with a public example of the lengths that educators of any type go through to inspire learning and find connections to ALL of their students. Figuratively and at times literally, educators give their lives to young people. In honor of Christa McAuliffe, remember the dedication of one or more of your "teachers". And teachers come in many forms! If you have the opportunity to do so, thank them. Thank you, Mrs. McAuliffe. https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-challenger-disaster-mcauliffes-students-have-gone-2016jan27-story.html
This past Saturday there were 19 middle school and high school students that participated in Honors Choir at Mineral Point. They spent the day working on difficult music with other excellent musicians throughout our music conference. Mrs. Niemeyer is very proud of their representation of Ithaca, especially because of their positive attitude, respect, and beautiful singing!
There will be a popcorn sale this Friday, January 31. Cost is 50 cents a bag, limit 2 bags per student please. Proceeds this week will go to the Elementary and Middle School Destination Imagination teams. Middle and High School students: we will come around to the classrooms to sell at Attack time with teacher permission.
The PTSO will be hosting a FREE Family Bingo Book Exchange Night on Friday, January 31 in the Multi-purpose room from 6 PM - 7:30 PM. Books will be given away as prizes at this Bingo night. If you have some books you'd like to see go to a new home, bring them! If you don't have extra books, don't worry because we've got lots! (The BIG Family Bingo night with lots of prizes will be March 6 - more information on that event coming later.) Any questions, contact Jill Plonka at 986-2921 or email@example.com.
Reminder to Middle School Science Quiz Bowl participants: The bus for Madison will leave from school at 6:30 AM tomorrow, Saturday, morning.
Reminder to honors choir participants: The bus leaves from the elementary entrance at 7:30 am tomorrow. Bring music and money for concessions. Dress comfortably, but bring dress clothes for the concert at 4:30 pm. Students can be picked up from Mineral Point provided they give me a note. The bus should return by 7 pm.
Due to inclement weather, Ithaca School District will not have school today, January 24, 2020
Today is January 24, 2020. Ithaca has a two hour delay. There is no morning 4K.
Due to our delay and local road conditions, Ithaca students will NOT be traveling to Mineral Point today for Honors Choir rehearsals. There WILL, however, be sectional rehearsals with Mrs. Niemeyer at times throughout the day.
Today is Thursday, January 23, 2020. Ithaca School District has a 2 hour delay. There is no AM 4K
Today is Thursday, January 23, 2020. Ithaca Schools have a 2 hour delay
There will be a popcorn sale this Friday, January 24. Cost is 50 cents a bag, limit 2 bags per student please. Proceeds this week will go to the Elementary and Middle School Destination Imagination teams. Middle and High School students: we will come around to the classrooms to sell at Attack time with teacher permission.
The Middle School Student Council will be holding their annual Valentine Gram Fundraiser again this year. Orders will be taken from January 27-31. All orders and money must be turned in to Mrs. Hilby by 3:25 p.m. on January 31. Completed orders should be turned in to Mrs. Hilby via mailbox, her personally, or on her desk. There are new grams offered this year! Please note one change that is not listed on the flyers/order forms: The puppy gram is available while supplies last on a first-come-first-served basis. We do have a green frog as a backup in case we run out of puppies. If you would specifically like a frog instead please list that on your order from. Thank you for your support with this fundraiser.
Game Club will be held this Thursday, January 23 from after school until 5 PM. All students in grades 3-12 are welcome to attend. We will meet in the commons for a snack and then go to the Multi-purpose room for games. Hope to see you all then! Mrs. Parduhn and Mrs. Plonka
Ninth grader Erica Steinmetz and seventh grader Allison Durst entered the Teaching Today WI Dream Careers essay contest last November. Authors wrote an essay on their dream career. Allison was one of the 6 middle school winners and will receive a $100 cash prize and Erica received an honorable mention and will receive a $75 cash prize. Congratulations ladies on your excellent essays! Winning essays will be featured in upcoming issues of Teaching Today - Wisconsin. View the full article with a complete list of winners here http://www.teachingtodaywi.com/mobile/index.html.
Last Tuesday the 4th and 5th grade Math 24 teams traveled to Southwest Tech for the CESA 3 competition. There were 102 students from 17 schools participating in the contest. Placings and points are as follows: In 4th grade Alyssa Olson placed 9th with 122 points, Memphis Burkhalter placed 13th with 111 points, and Peyton Brown placed 31st with 67 points. In 5th grade Ethan Birkrem just missed a ribbon placing 4th with 105 points, Aubri Imhoff placed 19th with 51 points, and Maylee Pluemer placed 22nd with 44 points. Congratulations we are all very proud of you – you did an outstanding job representing Ithaca!
The High School Science Quiz Bowl trip to Milwaukee tomorrow (Saturday Jan 18) has been cancelled.
This message from Ithaca Boys Basketball: No practice today due to the anticipated road conditions. See you on Monday!
The Ithaca at Lafarge girls basketball game for tonight has been postponed due to impending weather.
The Grow Rural Education program allows eligible farmers to nominate their local public school district for grants to help enhance STEM education. Nominations are now open through April 1st. Once nominated, school districts submit applications to compete for $15,000 grant to help fund projects that enhance their STEM curriculum. Here is a link to fill out a nomination: https://www.americasfarmers.com/grow-rural-education/ Eligible farmers and schools are defined at this link: https://www.americasfarmers.com/grow-rural-education/program-rules/
A story is circulating about a 104 year-old WWII Veteran that is asking for Valentine's cards to be mailed to him for Valentine's Day. To honor him for everything he has done for our country and to make his day, the Middle School Student Council is going to be collecting Valentine's Cards and sending to him. If your class or anyone in general is interested in making cards for him please let Mrs. Hilby or a Middle School Student Council member know. They will be collecting them from now until January 31, and then mailing them out.
Attention NHS members: Don't forget we have concessions on Thursday night for the boy’s basketball game. Please be here.
HS Band Students: A reminder that you have pep band on Thursday night. Please be here by 6:45 pm.
Just a reminder... The FCA and GIG will be having a movie night...tonight! All middle school and high school students are welcome to attend Willow Valley Church...Supper will be served at 5:30 - followed by the showing: ‘Overcomer’ - an inspiring movie for all! Popcorn will be provided. Bring a friend!
The Ithaca school spelling bee was held in the gym last week with 31 students in grades 4-8 participating. Our 3rd place speller is Maggie Gschwind, 2nd place is Ilana Bloczynski and after 38 rounds, our Ithaca Spelling Bee champion 2020 is Aaron Bloczynski who won with the word ’successor’. Aaron and Ilana will represent Ithaca at the West Sectional Bee at Weston on January 29 and Maggie will serve as alternate. Congratulations to everyone, I am very proud of each and every one of you! Mrs. Plonka
For ease of use, our Facility Use Form is now located on the web and app! Look under "Explore" and click on the "Community Related" tab under "Printable Forms". Clicking on "Facility Use Form" will open the form needed to make reservations. This form must be submitted at least five days prior to the date of use.
Families without internet at home. If you qualify to receive assistance for this program, information may be found at https://www.wisconsinruralhousing.org/about-3. This program helps households obtain internet for those that meet these qualifications: Must have 1 child in middle or high school; Must have a device that is internet accessible; Must be under 80% County Median Income; Your home must be able to receive internet. Applications are on the web, or print from this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7iybYZWzv6nbjNMYjlRNDRsQmk1NlFyT2hmN2Vmc01HNVFV/view?usp=sharing
The FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) and GIG are teaming up to host a movie night!! 🎥 Wednesday, January 15 @ Willow Valley Church. Supper will be provided & will be served from 5:30-6:15- following supper will be the showing of: ‘Overcomer’- an inspiring movie about an encouraging coach and cross country athlete finding her identity and purpose. ALL middle school and high school students are welcome! Bring a friend! Popcorn will be provided! Hope to see you!!
The careers class applied the life skills and job skills they have been learning about and practicing during the Mock Interviews yesterday. Sophomores prepared a cover letter, resume and references for an entry level job they would like to apply for. Community business people donated their time and talent to interview the students and give them feedback on their interview as well as their cover letter and resumes. Although the students were nervous, they all agreed that the interview wasn't as bad as they thought it would be. The careers class teaches interviewing skills to every high school student as well as help them set goals for being career and college ready. A big thanks to the following for donating their time to invest in the future of our students: Julie Doudna, Dana Francois, DeAnna Jelinek, Pam Kaufmann, Chuck Keller, Monica Kershner, Laura Melby, Brian Moore, Marty Richards, Dave Schoen, and Ashley Touissant.
The January PTSO meeting will be held next Wednesday, January 15 at 3:45 in the LMC. Babysitting will be provided. We hope to see you there!
4K-2nd grade youth wrestling sign up is tonight, January 9th at 6pm in the multipurpose room. There will be a wrestling booster club meeting immediately following for anyone interested.
All parents and guardians are asked to complete this survey as part of a mental health program Ithaca Public Schools is part of in conjunction with Richland Center schools. Please follow the instructions according to the school your children attend. Thank you for all your help! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSehkdygnWFFXh0MvYQ3zEvCQ5F272waCUL4IvU7rFuId6ydLw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1
Are you concerned about bullying for your or someone else's child? Check out this link for helpful information about what to look for, what to say and do, and more! https://www.stopbullying.gov/
Art Club Meeting tonight is cancelled and rescheduled for after school this Thursday.
Seniors: Please stop in the office and print your full name as you wish it to appear on your diploma. It won't be long now! Thank you.
Middle School Student Council is working to help wildlife. Save your mascara wands and old bra clasps! Clean old mascara wands with soap and water, place them in a zip bag and bring them in. Wildlife refuges use mascara wands to clean animals from oil, larvae, fly eggs, mites, infections, mud, and other contaminants. Cut off clasps from old bras to be used by refuges to repair damaged turtle shells. Bring all items to Mrs. Hilby! Thank you for helping us help animals!
On Friday and Saturday, 21 MS and HS Band students participated in the Conference Honors Band Festival held at Riverdale HS. Students from 10 schools participated. The students had an outstanding concert on Saturday night. Thank you, students, for your dedication and work ethic! You did a great job in representing Ithaca. The following students participated: Calix Wheaton, Montanna Scott, Paige Nowicki, Benji Clary, Rylee Jacobson, Nick King, Emma Schoen, Jaci Rosenow, Tristen Peterson, Allison Durst, Holly King, Kaylee Peterson, Alivya Young, Josie Laue, Brianna Alt, Sam Clary, Kaylee Miller, Bailey Wanless, Trista Pluemer, Micah Salisbury, Xander Sorenson.
Join the Ithaca Lions in supporting an Ithaca family. This pancake breakfast will assist the Weitzel family as Tara is undergoing her treatments and recovery. https://www.facebook.com/events/815294548896822/
The final winners in the Ithaca Band Parents Calendar Raffle were: Brandon Johnson - $50, Shannan Amacher - $75, Taylor Sanderfoot - $75, Amy Fry - $150, Jeni Meyer - $175, and Kreg Perkins - $250. Thank you to everyone who supported this fundraiser!
The 38th Annual Bi-State Wrestling Tournament brought over 700 wrestlers and almost 70 teams from Minnesota and Wisconsin to the LaCrosse Center. Ithaca-Weston wrestlers saw tough competition and performed quite well according to Coach Clary. Congratulations to Sawyer Willis and Monty Jennings on their 10th and 11th place finishes, respectively. All the wrestlers have plenty to be proud of Ithaca-Weston placed 10th in the Division 3 standings with 68 points. Many wrestlers scored team points and all wrestled competitively. Next up, I-W travels to the Sauk Prairie Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 4th. (Photos courtesy of Lisa Clary)
Middle school girls basketball practice is cancelled today (Monday, December 30) due to impending weather moving in this afternoon. We will reschedule for in the community (old) gym tomorrow from 10am until 12pm for anyone that can make it.
Monday Dec 30, 2019: Due to current slippery conditions and impending weather later today, ALL HS boys basketball practices today are cancelled.
Congratulations to Brooklyn Granger who has very successfully completed her first college semester at Southwest Tech! As part of CollEDGE Up, Brooklyn is enrolled in the 11-12-14 Nursing Program. More information on CollEDGE Up may be found at https://www.swtc.edu/academics/colledge-up. Again, Congratulations, Brooklyn!
Mrs. Zorea presented recently as a guest at the 772: Library Services to Children and Young Adults at UW-Madison's graduate school. She and five other colleagues who serve youth in libraries provided practical information about what the aspiring librarians in the course can expect when they enter youth library work. Her background in both public library and school library youth services, made her an excellent resource to answer questions from both areas. Mrs. Zorea states that our state has a great new group of upcoming professionals!
Didn't catch the Elementary Music Program? Well, don't fret! View it here: https://youtu.be/eptF6pX4k5Q
As you cheer on the Lady Bulldogs tonight at home against Wauzeka-Steuben, stop by to buy some walking tacos and baked goods as well as other concessions from the Middle School Student Council.
Cheer on the Ithaca-Weston wrestlers! Good Luck at Brookwood tonight and tomorrow at Richland Center.
There is a middle school wrestling meet on Jan. 6th at Royall which was just added to the schedule. So we will have to start practice on Jan 2nd the day we come back from break.
Thursday's winner of $100 in the Ithaca Band Parent's Calendar Raffle was Jesse Hash of Richland Center, with ticket #379.
Middle and High School track and field families! The Ithaca Track Club is working concessions at the January 3rd boys basketball game. Workers are needed. We need at least 6 workers. If you aren’t able to work but would like to contribute, we are hoping to sell sandwiches and some other food items other than the usual. Please contact Jeanna Lorenz or Juli Thompson to sign up.
Art Club: We will meet after school Friday, tomorrow until 5pm. All high school students are welcome at any time!
Wednesday's winner of $50 in the Ithaca Band Parent's Calendar Raffle was Sabrina Mueller of Richland Center, with ticket #605.
Don't forget the Elementary Music Program is tomorrow! Watch the student production in the Community gym beginning at 1:30.
There will be a Baseball Booster Meeting Thursday 6:00 pm in the commons. Any parent of a high school baseball player who is interested in helping support Ithaca Baseball is welcome to attend.
As we roll into the Holiday Break, families, please take a moment or two to grab up any lost items in the lost and found and all gear in your students' cubbies. The break is a time for our custodial staff to make a clean "sweep" of the hallways and classrooms. You give them a great Christmas gift by limiting the clutter they need to work around. Thanks to all our custodial staff for all they do to keep our buildings and grounds safe and neat for all our Bulldogs and staff!
Choir Students: Please remember to turn in your money for the fruit sale to Mrs. Niemeyer or Mrs. Willis by the end of this week.
Tuesday's winner of $50 in the Ithaca Band Parent's Calendar Raffle was Cody Mitchell of Dodgeville, with ticket # 387.
Just a reminder: FCA Huddle group Christmas party, tomorrow morning! 7:00- FACE room. Breakfast, devotion, fellowship and white elephant gift exchange! Come join us! Merry Christmas!
Middle school wrestling will start January 6th after winter break. Practice will run 3:45-5:30. Have a great winter break. Coach Anderson.
The Winter Band Concert will be held tonight at 7:00 pm. Band students in grades 5 - 12 will be featured.
Monday's winner of $75 in the Ithaca Band Parent's Calendar Raffle was Geralyn and Steve Kohlstadt of Richland Center, with ticket #269.
Don't forget the food drive for Passages is still ongoing until Friday! See the list for needed items. The top three grades as of Monday are: 1. Fifth grade - 336 pounds 2. Fourth grade - 178.4 pounds 3. 4K - 44.3 pounds Our donations have helped Passages families for nearly a whole year! Keep the giving spirit going!
FCA Christmas party huddle morning- 7:00 am Thursday Dec 19! Join us for a Christmas breakfast, devotion, fellowship & our annual white elephant gift exchange. See flyers in the hall or check out our Facebook page for more details! Hope you’ll join us!
Evelyn Kolman, a 1942 Ithaca graduate, celebrated her 95th birthday on December 15th. Evelyn has been supporting Ithaca students for over 20 years by donating school supplies yearly. As a small token of appreciation, the students created and signed cards to wish Evelyn a Happy 95th Birthday. Evelyn, along with her family, would like to sincerely thank the students and staff for taking the time to help make her birthday so special.
Just a friendly reminder: 7th & 8th grade girls basketball practice will start after school, 3:45-5:30. Following practice, there will be a brief student athlete/parent meeting. Thank you!!
The weekend winners in the Band Parent's Calendar Raffle were: Eugene Miller - $50, Amber Hilby - $75. and Kristi Durst - $50.
Last night these high school band students gave of their own time and volunteered to go Christmas caroling around the Ithaca community. We had a great time and the community members really enjoyed hearing them! Thank you students for using your musical talents and bringing Christmas joy to the community!
Check out the upcoming Community Education courses offered on both the Richland and Platteville campuses. Registration is OPEN! https://campus.uwplatt.edu/continuing/enrichment
High School Band students: Your final Florida trip payment is due on Monday, December 16. All money has to be turned in at that time.
As you probably know, many residents at PV have little money to spend and/or few relatives to assist them with purchasing those little things that make everyday living a little nicer. This is the 15th year that Ithaca School District has collected items for Pine Valley Community Village. Each year, your generous gifts benefit people in our own area. Often these people are past neighbors, old family friends, a relative, or someone we may know who has met with an unfortunate event/ illness that require their life to be supported in an atmosphere where constant and safe care is provided. As members of the Ithaca School Family, we feel it is important for children to learn to reach out to and aid others who are different or less fortunate than we are. We not only strive to educate your child to the best of our abilities, but we also endeavor to do our part, in developing them into the best human beings possible. We feel the “wish list” project is well worth undertaking yearly and that it demonstrates true kindness and generosity. You may send gifts at anytime. We will keep them here at school until we make our Christmas visit to Pine Valley the week of December 16th. At this time, we extend to you, a sincere and heartfelt thank you for any contributions that can be made on your family’s behalf. Again, thank you! The Ithaca School Staff
Thursday's winner of $100 in the Band Parent's Calendar Raffle was Monica Kershner of Lone Rock, with ticket #617.
The middle school girls basketball season will begin next week! Any interested girls in 7th and 8th grade, are asked to please sign up! There is a sign up sheet in the commons. We will begin practice on Monday December 16 (3:45-5:30) Following practice we will have a brief student athlete/parent meeting (held in the old gym).
Little Dribblers basketball practice, grades K thru 2nd, will be in the multipurpose room this Saturday from 10:15-11:00am.
St Mary's-Keyesville and St. Kilian's-Bear Valley are going to both be participating in Wreaths Across America this coming Saturday, December 14th at 11:00 AM. Wreaths Across America is a program where veterans, deceased and living, are remembered and honored for their service. It is also an opportunity to teach youth to value freedom. VFW Post 2267 of Richland Center will be assisting at St. Mary's-Keyesville. The Lone Rock American Legion will be assisting at St. Kilian's-Bear Valley. All are welcome to attend. These are the only two cemeteries in Richland County which are having Wreaths Across America ceremonies this Saturday. These cemeteries will be joining over 1600 other cemeteries to honor our veterans. All programs in the United States start precisely at 11am (12 Noon Eastern Standard Time). Food and fellowship to follow in St. Mary's parish hall and St. Kilian's basement. More information on the Wreaths Across America organization and it's history may be found at https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/our-story.
Here are the preliminary numbers for the food drive: High school - none =( 8th - none 7th - 13 pounds 6th - 7 5th - 46.5 4th - 52.5 3rd - 19.5 2nd - 14 1st - 6.5 kindergarten - 3.5 4K - 23 This is a great start! Keep the donations coming!
Check out this event! After School Robotics sessions are being hosted by UW-Platteville Richland Continuing Education Institute. Session A: Wednesdays, Feb 5–March 4 6–7:30pm; Session B: Wednesdays, March 25–April 22 6–7:30pm. Build your LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robot. Robots will be built with interchangeable parts and are fully programmable to kick a ball, move in a circle, and listen to your commands. Innovation and creativity are required. You will work individually and in teams to build robots of your own design. Best for students entering grades 2–6. Session A and B are both five-weeks and cover the same material. *ALL PARENTS MUST FILL OUT HEALTH AND CONSENT FORMS AT REGISTRATION* https://www.facebook.com/events/3361378740643524/
Wednesday's winner of $50 in the Band Parent's Calendar Raffle was Jorge Solorzano of Fennimore, with ticket #629.
Choir Students who sold fruit: Remember to pick up your fruit the Saturday from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. at Oakwood Fruit Farm. If you cannot be there, make arrangements for someone else to pick it up for you. Oakwood is closed for the season so this will be the only time you will be able to get your fruit.
All of the gifts and gift cards for the NHS Host a Family are due in Mrs. Wontor’s room, Room 310, by 3:30 tomorrow. They will be delivered to the family this weekend. Thank you for your support!
Tuesday's winner of $50 in the Band Parent's Calendar Raffle was Adam Kepler of Richland Center, with ticket #625.
If you ordered a wreath from the Ithaca Wrestling Club it will be available to pick-up today. Pick-up is from 3-6 p.m. at the bus barn. Thank you for your support of Ithaca Wrestling.
Start planning your wardrobe for next week! As we look forward to the Holiday Break, students will enjoy dressing up differently each day. We hope you'll all participate in the fun! The Five Days of Christmas are: Monday - Pajama Day Tuesday - Ugly Holiday/Christmas Sweater Day Wednesday - Holiday Hat or Favorite Holiday Character Day Thursday - Christmas Colors/Pattern Day Friday - Flannel Day
Monday's winner of $75 in the Band Parent's Calendar Raffle was Amanda Fowell of Richland Center, with ticket #99.
There will be a football booster club meeting at 6:00 pm tonight in the commons.
The PTSO Winter apparel order is in! Please plan to pick your order up in the commons this Thursday, December 12 after school until 5 P.M. If you cannot pick up at this time please contact Karia Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farmers in our community are facing extraordinary challenges. The Richland County Extension Office is coordinating "Stronger Together", a series of sessions addressing current challenges in the farming community. Sessions are free and a lunch is provided. The first session is tomorrow, December 10th. Contact Chelsea Wunnicke, Family Living Educator for information or to register at 608.647.6148 or email email@example.com https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/dairy/events/stronger-together/
The annual food drive put on by Student Council and the NHS starts December 9 and goes through December 20. Have your children bring their donations to their classroom and student council members will collect items during the week. The coordinator from Passages stated that our donations help them out for almost a year! This year we are making the food drive competition a school wide event. The top three classes throughout the elementary, middle, and high school who collect the most pounds of food will get a pizza party during lunch. Along with these changes, water will not be accepted as a donation. Thank you for your support and donations to the less fortunate people in our community! Here is a list of common needs at Passages: ~Soups, ~Tuna ~Spaghetti Sauce & Noodles ~Canned Ravioli & Other Pasta ~Egg Noodles ~Salt & Pepper ~Mac & Cheese ~Cake & Brownie Mixes ~Baked Beans, Black Beans, Refried Beans ~Taco Shells & Flour Tortillas ~Hamburger & Tuna Helper ~Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise ~Instant Potatoes ~Rice, Spanish Rice, etc. ~Peanut Butter ~Jelly & Jams ~Sugar, Brown Sugar, Powder Sugar, Flour ~Ramen Noodles ~Canned Vegetables ~Canned Fruits, Fruit Cups ~Applesauce ~Cereal
The weekend winners in the Band Parent's Calendar Raffle were: Susan Meyer - $50, Eric Hoffman - $75. and Braeden Freestone - $50.
Our music departments are in the holiday spirit! Upcoming events are: Winter Choir Concert (Middle and High School) in the High School gym tonight, December 9th at 7pm. The High School Band is Christmas Caroling on Sunday, December 15th. Winter Band Concert is Tuesday, December 17th at 7pm in the High School gym. Elementary Winter Program in the Community Gym on Thursday, December 19th at 1:30pm.
Are you aware of the Pioneer Pledge Program? The Pioneer Pledge program will cover the cost of tuition and fees (not including room and board) for all new freshmen who are Pell eligible. Requirements: • Be a new freshman admitted to UW-Platteville (branch campuses are not eligible) by May 1 • Submit a FAFSA and be Pell eligible • Be a resident of Wisconsin for tuition purposes • Enroll as a full-time student in the Fall 2020 General renewal criteria will include: remain in good academic standing, successfully complete 30 credits per academic year, and remain Pell eligible. Students who meet the renewal criteria will remain eligible for the program for up to eight consecutive semesters.
Looking for a gift for that “hard to buy for” person? Consider purchasing a personalized brick from That’s My Brick. Bricks are once again being sold to help fund the student patio, to add features to the playground, and to beautify the school grounds. Anyone can purchase a brick, for just about any reason: Class spirit, graduation, memorials, groups, clubs, advertisement, family pride/heritage... Orders can be placed at https://www.thatsmybrick.com/ithacawi. Order deadline date is Dec 20, 2019. Questions? Contact Jenna Wipperfurth at Ithaca Schools 585-2311 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a football booster club meeting at 6:00 on Tuesday December 10 in the commons.
Softball girls, please come and see Mrs. Boland about the Softball Camp.
Thursday's winner of $100 in the Ithaca Band Parent's Calendar Raffle was Dale Tydrich of Cazenovia with ticket #319.
Dear Parents/Guardians, In light of recent events at various high schools in Wisconsin where law enforcement personnel were called upon to intervene in situations for the safety and well-being of students and staff, we are reminding all families that the Ithaca School District and Richland County Sheriff’s Department have a strong partnership in place. We are grateful for the in-school support we receive from the officers that work closely with our schools and for the open lines of communication that exist between us and both the sheriffs’ and police departments. Today, December 5, 2019, Ithaca had an unplanned lockdown for the entire district. There was an altercation with a student at lunch, and we needed to clear all the students from the halls so that the officers could do their work. As soon as we felt the students were safe, we released the lockdown to resume normal activities. I am proud to state our county sheriff’s department not only assisted but came back to make sure we were all OK. In the Ithaca School District’s mission, it states that we will “ensure the highest levels of learning in a positive, safe, community-rich environment.” Our administrators work with city and county authorities on emergency safety training and simulations, and all of our employees annually review safety procedures and practice drills. Unfortunately, with the recent news from other Wisconsin districts, we are reminded that we must continually remain vigilant. The Ithaca School District maintains a variety of active security measures at all times, including locked exterior doors, mandatory check-in procedures at school entrances, video surveillance, and the shot detector alarm. In recent years, we have invested grant funds to enhance security at school building entrances, numbering doors and windows, installing new security cameras, installing equipment to improve communication within our buildings, and more. A comprehensive emergency response plan guides our response to emergency situations at the district and school levels. Staff are trained to implement emergency procedures and participate in practice drills throughout the year. Students receive training as well, including participation fire drills, severe weather drills, and lockdown drills during the year. The Richland County Sheriff, Richland Emergency management, and Richland Police Department personnel regularly participate in the review of our security and emergency procedures. Additionally, there is a county safety team consisting of members of all area schools, EMT, fire, and emergency management. We know in an emergency, we will have the assistance of the entire county. Of course, we cannot do the work of keeping everyone safe alone. We need students, parents, and community support. We encourage parents to speak with their students to emphasize the role that they have in maintaining safe schools by following school safety guidelines (e.g. not providing building access to strangers, reporting strangers on campus, reporting threats to school safety made by students or community members, etc.), and communicating any personal safety concerns to school administrators or other trusted adults. Ithaca Schools uses the Safe Schools Alert as an Online Tip Reporting System. This is linked in our Ithaca App, on the webpage, and there are posted links in the building. We recognize that recent events have raised concerns and we want to assure you that we have taken steps and continue to implement measures to ensure the safety of students and staff. Please contact your school principal or your child's school counselor if you have any questions or would like additional information. Sincerely, Julie R. Prouty Ithaca School District Superintendent
The PTSO Gingerbread House Family Fun Night is back! Join us on Friday, December 6 in the Commons starting at 5 PM to build a gingerbread house! Frosting, graham crackers and milk cartons will be provided; all you have to bring is a base like cardboard or a cookie sheet, candy decorations, and your imagination! Free hot cocoa will be served as well. First, second, and third place houses will receive prizes! Hope to see you then!
Wednesday's winner of $50 in the Band Parent's Calendar Raffle was Kim Auz of Richland Center, with ticket #370.
Basketball Open Gym for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls. Old Gym, this Sunday, December 8th from 6-7:30 pm. Come and work on your shooting. Pass the word!
High school students who are interested in joining our forensics team should meet on Tuesday, December 10, during attack time. The meeting will be in Mr. Lange's room, number 106.
Any students interested in joining FCCLA please meet during ATTACK in Ms. Sprecher's room on Thursday. If you are not able to make it to the meeting, please see Ms. Sprecher by the end of this week.
Tuesday's winner of $50 in the Ithaca Band Parent's Calendar Raffle was Jared Klingaman of Richland Center, with ticket #95.
There will be a Safesitter Class held at the Richland Hospital Monday, December 30th from 9:00am-3:30pm. This class is designed to prepare students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they're home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. If interested, you must pre-register and pay by December 12th. Please see Ms. Bevan for fee and registration information.
Come to Weston on Thursday, December 5th and support the Ithaca-Weston wrestlers at our annual T-shirt night. Arrive early to get a FREE Ithaca-Weston wrestling t-shirt (while supplies last) and watch the wrestlers battle New Lisbon. Also, wrestling open mat for this Thursday, December 5th will be immediately after school until 5 p.m. (Due to the high school Varsity dual at Weston). Open mat will continue, twice per week, until Christmas break, every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 6:15 p.m. With any questions, please contact Troy Clary.
A drug-safety sweep with the Richland and Grant county K9 units was conducted today. Students and staff remained in their rooms while the sweep was conducted for confidentiality purposes. We are pleased to report that nothing was found. The Ithaca School District thanks the staff, students, and county officials for their cooperation and diligence for our safety.
Juniors and Seniors! Discover Southwest Tech, a campus visit opportunity will take place this Wed., Dec. 4th from 9am-11am. This event includes the following: ~Free Breakfast for all attendees! ~Campus Tour ~Admissions information session ~Student panel with current SWTC students ~Option for a one-on-one meeting with an advisor Students interested in coming to this event may sign up at: https://www.swtc.edu/admissions/visit-registration.aspx?visitType=DISCOVER Information may also be found outside of Ms. Bevan's door.
Seniors! Yearbook needs your baby and senior pictures. Don’t forget your senior quotes. To enter them go to Google Senior Classroom.
Monday's winner of $75 in the Band Parent's Calendar Raffle was Amanda Fowell, with ticket #99.
The Ithaca School District is seeking your help! A community forum is going to be held where a number of area employers are going to share their expectations and/or desired skills they wish new employees to possess. Everyone who attends will have an opportunity to discuss this information in a small group. This will assist Ithaca in evaluating current offerings and future efforts. Ithaca desarrollo de empleabilidad a estudiantes El distrito escolar de Ithaca está buscando su ayuda. Se llevará a cabo un foro comunitario donde varios empleadores del área compartirán sus expactativas y /o habilidades deseadas que desean que posean los nuevos empleados. Todos los que asistan tendrán la oportunidad de discutir esta información en un grupo pequeño. Esto ayudará a Ithaca a evaluar las ofertas actuales y los esfuerzos futuros.
We now have an Ithaca Sources of Strength social media presence. Ithaca Sources of Strength is a group of peer leaders working to empower, support, and sustain positive social change in our school and community by promoting messages of hope, help, and strength! To see what our peer leaders have been up to add us today on Instagram and Facebook @ithacasourcesofstrength. For instance, our Sources of Strength peer leaders created a Tree of Thanksgiving for students to name things that they give thanks for.
The National Honor Society is sponsoring a family again this year. The family is a former Ithaca family with two children. The daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Please sign up under the tree in the commons to donate items that will help them. There is a special need for gift cards and gas cards. Bring the items to Mrs. Wontor in room 310 by Friday, December 13th. Thank you for supporting this family.
There will be a popcorn sale this Friday, December 6. Cost is 50 cents a bag, limit 2 bags per student please. Proceeds this week will go to the 4th grade class. Middle and HS students: we will come around to the classrooms to sell at Attack time with teacher permission.
Yesterday's winner of $50 in the Band Parent's Calendar Raffle was Al Stanek of Hillsboro, with ticket #256.
Happy Monday and welcome back to school.
Choir Students: Bring in all finalized fruit orders tomorrow (Monday, Dec. 2nd) and turn in to Mrs. Niemeyer or Mrs. Willis! Please do not turn in money with the orders. All money (checks written to Ithaca Choir Boosters) is to be turned in after fruit delivery. Please share!
The PTSO Gingerbread House Family Fun Night is back! Join us on Friday, Dec. 6th in the Commons starting at 5 PM to build a gingerbread house! Frosting, graham crackers and milk cartons will be provided, all you have to bring is a base like cardboard or a cookie sheet, candy decorations, and your imagination! Free hot cocoa will be served as well. First, second, and third place houses will receive prizes! Hope to see you then!
It's not too late! Pre-order your Christmas Wreath to support Ithaca Wrestling! The 24" evergreen wreaths are only $18 each. Fill out an order form and return with payment to Mrs. Richards in the district office or The Richards Insurance Agency. Order forms are available in the commons, on Ithaca Wrestling & School District's Facebook pages as well as Ithaca School District Web page. Pre-paid Orders must be received by December 2nd with pick up in the commons on Wednesday, December 11th. Times to be determined. A Sample of the wreaths that are being sold is hanging in the commons along with order forms. If you have any questions, please contact Owen Richards at 604-1616.
Don't forget to stop in to Culver's TONIGHT to support the Patio and Playground Improvements Share Night from 4pm until 8pm. Let us serve you tonight before you serve everyone tomorrow. Thanks for your continued support of our outdoor areas. Our students enjoy all your efforts!
If you remember Mrs. Prouty testified at the Capital last spring in support of passing a bill to provide an alternative for Special Education educators to receive proper credentials. That bill was passed recently by Gov. Evers. Wisconsin Act 44 creates an alternative to the requirement that an applicant for an initial special education teaching license must pass the Foundations of Reading Test (FORT). Under the bill, a person may instead complete a course that satisfies specific requirements.
One week left to pre-order your Christmas Wreath to support Ithaca Wrestling! The 24" evergreen wreaths are only $18 each. Fill out an order form and return with payment to Mrs. Richards in the district office or The Richards Insurance Agency. Order forms are available in the commons, on Ithaca Wrestling & School District's Facebook pages as well as Ithaca School District Web page. Pre-paid Orders must be received by December 2nd with pick up in the commons on Wednesday, December 11th. Times to be determined. A Sample of the wreaths that are being sold is hanging in the commons along with order forms. If you have any questions, please contact Owen Richards at 604-1616.
4K/Developmental Screening is coming in January! Screening allows us to get to know your 3-year-old or 4-year-old child better in a play-based screening scenario. It will also allow you to receive information for/about your young child, whether there may be any developmental concerns that need addressed in preparation for their future school experience, and to register your 4-year-old child for 4-Year-Old Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year. See information in the images to register. ¡4K / Developmental Screening llegará en enero! La evaluación nos permite conocer mejor a su hijo de 3 años o de 4 años en un escenario de evaluación basado en el juego. También le permitirá a usted recibir información para / acerca de su hijo pequeño. Puede informarle si hay alguna inquietud sobre el desarrollo que deba abordarse en preparación para su futura experiencia escolar, y usted puede registrar a su hijo de 4 años para el Kindergarten de 4 años para el año escolar 2020-2021. Ver información en las imágenes para registrarse.
Middle and high school students participating in the Dream Career Essay contest need to have their essays in to Mrs. Plonka in Google doc or pdf format by November 30. Next week! For more information, talk to Mrs. Plonka.
Band Students: All raffle tickets and money needs to be turned in by next Wednesday, November 27th. We want all tickets to be sold!
There will be a popcorn sale this Friday, November 22. Cost is 50 cents a bag, limit 2 bags per student please. Proceeds this week will go to the 3rd grade class. Middle and High School students: we will come around to the classrooms to sell at Attack time with teacher permission.
The Ithaca Middle School Quiz Bowl team competed at the CESA 3 competition yesterday at Southwest Tech. Congratulations to Aaron Bloczynski who placed second high individual in the 8th grade individual test. The 8th grade team of Aaron Bloczynski, Alivya Young, Danny Feryance, and Caleb Birkrem did well placing in the top half of the 14 schools represented at the contest. Congratulations also to the 7th grade team of Maggie Gschwind, Sammy Clary, Ilana Bloczynski, and Trista Pluemer for placing 4th among 14 teams at the competition. You represented Ithaca well - I'm proud of you ~ Mrs. Plonka
Recent Ithaca Football Booster's Calendar Raffle ticket winners are: Nov 15 Gary Mossholder CVA Wolf 50 cal Muzzleloader w/scope, Nov 16 Bruce Adams $50, Nov 17 Kent Marshall $50, November 18, Brannon Gasper Remington 870 12 ga Express. Thank you for supporting Ithaca Football!
There will be Game Club TOMORROW after school until 5 PM. All students in grades 3-12 are invited. Elementary remember to return your permission slips to come. Middle and High - meet in the Commons after school for a healthy snack and we will go to the Multi-Purpose room for games. Make sure your ride is here by 5 PM please.
Come and support the Student Council TONIGHT for a Culver's share night. Proceeds go towards leadership training and scholarships. We hope to see everyone there!
CESA 3 is conducting a Substitute Teacher Training course on Tuesday, December 10th from 9:00am until 3:00pm (check in begins at 8:30am). This course is a requirement for obtaining a substitute teaching certificate from the Wisconsin DPI. If you hold at least an associates degree in any area, you are qualified to take this course and obtain your substitute teaching certificate. Register for the course or look for more information at https://login.myquickreg.com/register/event/event.cfm?eventid=24730. Another course is being offered on January 29th, 2020. The need for substitutes is great, not only in our district, but those around us. Become a valuable resource in our schools to young minds!
There will be a PTSO meeting on TOMORROW, November 20 starting at 3:45 in the LMC. All are welcome and we hope to see you there!
The FFA Fall Blood Drive is TOMORROW from 9 am till 2 pm in the Community Gym. Sign up with Mr. Favreau, in the office, or on-line https://donate.wisconsin.versiti.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/190832. There are still openings for whole blood after 10am and for double red cell donations. This drive is also opened to the general public. And don't forget...."Give a pint , Get a Pint" of Culver's custard!
What’s happening this week in FCA? There will be a community outreach, Wednesday night, November 20, ‘Heart of An Athlete’- This will be held at the Richland Center High School auditorium. Doors open at 6:30- event starts at 7::00. All middle school and high school students & families are invited! Enjoy a night filled with inspiring messages, encouraging music and door prizes! And don't forget! Thursday morning....Fellowship is Christian Athletes “huddle” morning! 7:00 am breakfast and devotion! Hope to see you!
A sincere thank you from Mrs. Niemeyer goes out to everyone that made the Variety Show possible! Thanks so much to the Ithaca community as a whole for your enthusiasm for the arts. Let's keep it going for years to come! Thank you also to: The choir students for accomplishing so much! Andy and Glen Niemeyer, Mr. Favreau and Mr. Mani, Greg and Aubrey Olson, Kaleb Underwood, and Danny Clary's Family for the building of the stage extension. The Ithaca Foundation and PTSO for supplying monetary funds for the stage. Mr. Hess and Mr. Wastlick for helping with tech set up and other important details. Audrey, Elise, Kailey and Mrs. Newkirk for designing the program. Jenni Christianson and Heather Muckler for organizing decorations and intermission. Brian Walder and Cheryl Crook for running the technical boards - couldn't have done it without you! Rob Richards and Bob Frank for helping to set up curtains and lights. Susan Bloczynski for taking pictures. Flexible coaches and supportive teachers!!! Mrs. Behrens and Mrs. Willis for guidance and encouragement. Administration and school board.
Donate blood this Wednesday! The FFA Fall Blood Drive is scheduled for Wednesday November 20th from 9 am till 2 pm in the Community Gym. You may sign up with Mr. Favreau, in the office, or on-line at https://donate.wisconsin.versiti.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/190832. This drive is also open to the general public. And don't forget...."Give a pint , Get a Pint" of Culver's custard!
Recent Calendar raffle ticket winners are: Nov. 11 Cheri Delkamp Savage Axis 7mm-08 w/scope, Nov. 12 Bailey Paint $50, Nov. 13 Lisa Bomkamp Center Point 370 crossbow, Nov. 14 Mick Huebsch $50. Thank you for supporting Ithaca Football!
Winter arrived unexpectedly and has a tight grip on our weather. As our students go out to enjoy recess or time outside, please be mindful of what gear your children are bringing (or not bringing) to school. As Mrs. Schoen has sent home, we encourage students to make their own choices about the gear they wear outside. Our staff reviews their choices and only intervenes if the weather is dangerous for what they may be missing. Please know that our staff is very sensitive to the needs of our students, and we discuss often that we can be approached at any time when they need things. This includes winter gear. Our supportive community and staff have resources to help students if they need items like winter jackets, snow pants, boots, or any other supplies. We will be discreet in supplying them, but we need to know. Feel free to reach out to your student’s teacher, Mrs. Schoen, Mrs. Pluemer or any other staff member to communicate those needs. We are One Team, One School, One Family.
There will be Game Club Thur., Nov. 21 after school to 5 PM. All students in grades 3-12 are invited. Elementary remember to return your permission slips to come. Middle and High - meet in the Commons after school for a healthy snack and we will go to the Multi-Purpose room for games. Make sure your ride is here by 5 PM please.
There will be a PTSO meeting on Wednesday, November 20 starting at 3:45 in the LMC. All are welcome and we hope to see you there!
DONUT Friday is TOMORROW, November 15. All proceeds for the donut sale will be donated to The March of Dimes. Donuts will be sold for $1 to high school and middle school students during Attack Time in Mrs. Burnley's room and after lunch.
Recent Calendar Raffle winners are: Nov. 7, Danny Clary-$50, Nov. 8, Bruce Adams-Tri Star Setter 20 ga over/under, Nov. 9, Jake Dederich-$50, Nov. 10, Joel Young-$50. Thank you for supporting Ithaca Football!!
Have you ordered your Ithaca FCA apparel? Go to http://www.idoshirts.com and order your Fellowship of Christian Athletes t-shirt today! Deadline is Thursday night, Nov 14! Thanks for your support!
Support the Ithaca Wrestling Club and get in the Holiday Spirit early. The Club is offering you the opportunity to pre-order 24" evergreen wreaths at only $18 each. A Holiday wreath would make a great pre-Christmas gift for family and friends. You can pre-order your wreath by filling out an order form and returning with payment to Mrs. Richards in the district office or The Richards Insurance Agency. Order forms are available in the commons, on Ithaca Wrestling & School District's Facebook pages as well as Ithaca School District Web page. Pre-paid Orders must be received by December 2nd with pick up in the commons on Wednesday, December 11th. Times to be determined. A Sample of the wreaths that are being sold is hanging in the commons along with order forms. If you have any questions, please contact Owen Richards at 604-1616.
The FFA Fall Blood Drive is just around the corner! The Drive is scheduled for Wednesday November 20th from 9 am till 2 pm in the Community Gym. You may sign up with Mr. Favreau, in the office, or on-line at https://donate.wisconsin.versiti.org/donor/schedules/zip. All students 16 years old and older are eligible to donate. This drive is also opened to the general public. And don't forget...."Give a pint , Get a Pint" of Culver's custard!
A reminder that there is NOT rehearsal for the Variety Show tonight. It is very important that all participants attend the rehearsal on Thursday, November 14th in the old gym. Kindergarten and 1st grade students only from 5-5:25 pm, 6-7-8th grade only from 5:30-6, and HS shortly after 6 pm. Come dressed in the outfit you plan to wear.
Good luck to the 6th grade Math 24 team of Abby Plonka, Derek Franzen, Hunter Kennedy and Izzie Ortiz as they travel to Tomah on Tuesday for the Math 24 Integers competition!
A reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday, November 12th is an Early Release day for students and a PLC day for staff.
A reminder that there is a sign up sheet for any interested high school student looking to join boys basketball outside of Mr. Mezera's door. The parent/player/coach meeting will be held tonight at 6:30 in the commons. Please contact Coach Mezera if you are unable to attend.
Ithaca Middle School Student Council is asking for help. We are collecting items for our annual Elf Shop. For those of you who don't know what this is, elementary students get to come shop for their parents for Christmas. They purchase a gift for their parents (1 for each) at the cost of 25-50 cents each item. The elf shop has a slight change this year. It will run December 18 from 3:15 - 5:15 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. Parents will be asked to please stay in hallway as the MPR will be a "No Parent Zone" to ensure the surprise. More information will come out soon. The student council then wraps the presents so it is a total surprise. How can we do this? This is where you all come in handy. We are looking for donations of gently used or brand new items that you no longer want or use. Some examples are listed below. ~coffee cups ~candles ~re-gifted items ~lotions ~tools ~jewelry ~body spray/cologne ~scarves ~dishes ~puzzles ~$ as we can go purchase items If you have anything or would like to help, please let me know. I am willing to make arrangements to pick up items. You can also mail items to the school with attn: Samantha Hilby on them. Or you can drop them off the school. Thank you for any and all help. We greatly appreciate it!
Ithaca FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) is growing strong! Go to http://www.idoshirts.com and order your FCA shirt today - Anyone can order. Deadline for online orders is Friday Nov 15.
The Tuesday, November 12th rehearsal for the Variety Show is cancelled. It is very important that all HS choir students participating in the Variety Show are present in the old gym shortly after 6 pm Thursday, November 14th.
Any high schoolers interested in wrestling are invited to attend an informational meeting on Friday during lunch in the Mezzanine. Please bring paper and pencil.
There will be a popcorn sale this Friday, November 8. Cost is 50 cents a bag, limit 2 bags per student please. Proceeds this week will go to the 5th grade class. Middle and High School students: we will come around to the classrooms to sell at Attack time with teacher permission.
Band Parents Calendar Raffle tickets are still for sale! $10 each. Band Students: If you have calendar raffle tickets that you aren't going to sell, please return them to Mrs. Behrens so that someone else can sell them. Our goal this year is to sell all 700 tickets!
Ithaca Football Boosters Calendar Raffle winners: November 2nd $50 Gary Leeck, 3rd $50 Kari Honer, 4th Ruger American .270 Tom Doudna, 5th $50 Trevor Templen, 6th $100 Thad Weldon. Thank you for supporting Ithaca Football!
FCA- Fellowship of Christian Athletes will meet tomorrow morning (Thursday Nov 7) 7:00am in the FACE room. Start your day with a hot breakfast, fellowship, an encouraging message and devotion! All middle and high school students are welcome!
The Curriculum and Instruction Meeting scheduled for this evening is cancelled.
Due to inclement weather, Ithaca School District is closed today, November 6, 2019.
It's normal to feel frustrated when something is hard, but how we react to that frustration helps determine our success. This is why we challenge students - engaging in something that is hard creates growth and habits of perseverance. "...they should value the time of struggle and know that they are on their way to being better, wiser and equipped with a stronger brain. Getting answers right is OK, being stuck and finding them hard is fantastic." https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-10-28-why-struggle-is-essential-for-the-brain-and-our-lives?utm_source=Youcubed+Updates&utm_campaign=11eb7ec351-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_11_03_06_35&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_230e567c40-11eb7ec351-164431385
Today is November 6, 2019. Ithaca School District has a two hour delay. No AM 4K
Today is November 6, 2019. Ithaca School District has a two hour delay
To prepare for the Variety Show, all participants of the Variety Show will rehearse Thursday, November 14th in the old gym. Kindergarten and 1st grade students only from 5-5:25 pm, 6-7-8th grade only from 5:30-6, and HS shortly after 6 pm. Come dressed in the outfit you plan to wear for the shows.
There will be a High school choir rehearsal in the old gym on Tuesday, November 12th starting around 6 pm. Pizza will be provided! Plan to be there until 8 pm.
There will be a high school girls’ basketball parent/player/coach meeting on Monday, November 11th at 6:00 pm right after practice.
The Kiwanis will be distributing new and slightly used coats for kids on Thursday, November 7th from 5:30 -7:30 at the Nazarene Outreach Center in Richland Center.
Ithaca Public Schools is seeking to hire a highly qualified, collaborative, high school math/science instructor. Read more and apply on the WECAN website at https://wecan.education.wisc.edu/#/.
Attn MS and HS students: Anyone interested in entering the Teaching Today WI Dream Career Essay Contest can get a copy of the guidelines from Mrs. Plonka. These essays are due in Word or pdf format to Mrs. Plonka by November 30. Cash prizes are awarded to the top 12 entries in the state and are published in the Teaching Today WI newspaper.
Any students in grades 3-12 who are interested in entering the Appelly Poetry contest should get an entry form and rules form from Mrs. Plonka. Your poems must be turned in to Mrs. Plonka on or by November 6.
A reminder that Richland County nurses will be here on Nov. 7th from 9:00-12:00 in the multi-purpose room to give flu vaccines to students that returned permission slips. If you want your child to be vaccinated, please fill out the permission slip and return to the school. High School students should stop in the office for permission slips.
Today Middle and High School students attended the Save a Life Tour at our school. They watched a moving interview of a teenager who was driving a car with her friend and brother when another driver hit their car. Her brother was killed by that distracted driver. Our speaker discussed the opportunity to be given a second chance - but that opportunity doesn't always happen for everyone. Choices behind the wheel don't always just impact ourselves. The video was emotional and very powerful. Our HS/MS students and staff were given the chance to drive simulators while texting and "impaired." Be prepared for your students to comment on some of your driving habits, and encourage conversations about safe driving behaviors. Our students and children are our most valuable possessions. https://www.wsaw.com/video?vid=493203871
A reminder that there will be an informative meeting and registration for kindergarten through 6th grade youth basketball players on Monday, November 4th at 6:30pm in the commons area. Please attend if your child plans to play youth basketball this winter.
NED yoyo sales will take place daily in the MPR from 7:30-7:50. Students eating breakfast should come up after they finish eating. If yours breaks, see Ms. Schoen.
Need a Christmas idea? The online spiritwear store is now open! Orders may be placed online until midnight, November 15. Paper order forms with checks are due in the school office by 3 P.M. November 15. No late orders will be processed. Free delivery to school will be mid-December. Just in time for Christmas! A few new items added this year. Check it out! https://www.idoshirts.com/online-stores/ithaca-ptso-online-store/
Elementary classes are observing Red Ribbon week by "Planting the Promise" for a healthy, drug-free life. K-5 are making promises to their future selves of how they are going to reach their dreams and goals, with a display by the Elementary doors. Grades 2-5 planted red tulip bulbs outside the Elementary playground, to commemorate the beauty of a healthy, drug-free life.
Red Ribbon Week is observed from October 23rd-October 31st. It is a celebration of healthy, drug-free choices and lifestyles. Prescription and over-the- counter drugs are the most commonly misused substances by Americans age 14 and older, after marijuana and alcohol. (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
Open to the Public: The Save A Life Tour is coming to Ithaca this Friday! The nation’s leading impaired and distracted driving prevention program is a comprehensive high impact safe driving awareness program that informs, educates, and demonstrates the potentially deadly consequences resulting from poor choices and decisions made by the operator of a motor vehicle. The 45 minute presentation will begin at 8:00am.
Our staff advocates for students every day, not just during school hours. Mrs. Prouty testified during an executive session and public session on the importance of our dedicated educators for special needs students. https://wiseye.org/player/?clientID=2789595964&eventID=2019051079&startStreamAt=16555&stopStreamAt=16806
We know our kids well. But could we identify signs or symptoms of drug or alcohol abuse? During Red Ribbon Week and everyday all year, we encourage you to review some early warning signs and ways to look for them. https://drugfree.org/article/spotting-drug-use/
Any High School AND Middle School students interested in participating in Science Quiz Bowl in January please meet with Mrs. Plonka in the LMC on Thursday - not today - at Attack time for details.
On Sunday, November 3rd, the DNR and Richland County and Conservation Committee are holding a Landowner Field Day: Winter Tree Identification. at 1:00pm at Ash Creek Community Forest. Participants will practice identifying trees and hike using a new trail map. Contact Juli Van Cleve to RSVP or receive more information.
Red Ribbon Week is observed from October 23rd-October 31st. It is a celebration of healthy, drug-free choices and lifestyles. High school seniors who smoke marijuana are 2 times more likely to receive a traffic ticket and 65% more likely to get into an accident than other teens. (U.S. Department of Transportation)
If you would have any interest in being a host family for an International Student for the remainder of this school year, please contact Meredith Bevan at email@example.com or (608) 585-2311. Thanks for considering this opportunity.
There is a high school girls' basketball sign-up sheet on Mr. Klang's door. If you are interested in playing this year please sign up by Friday.
Talking to your children about drugs can be nerve-wracking. But it's necessary! In the spirit of Red Ribbon Week, here is a link with suggestions on having those difficult conversations with varying aged young people. https://drugfree.org/article/prevention-tips-for-every-age/
On Wednesday, Jon Kleba from UW Stevens Point will be in the school library from 8:05-8:35am. Please stop down and visit with him if you have questions about opportunities available at UW Stevens Point.
Mrs. Newkirk and Mr. Lange would like to thank all of the families that supported our Mike McNair Literacy Event last night. We would like to send out a big thank you to Annette Louis for making the spaghetti supper for the evening and Mrs. Plonka and the PTSO for donating their time and food for the event. Finally, we would like to thank Mrs. Wipperfurth, Erica and Tyler Steinmetz, and Audrey, Elise, and Kailey Newkirk for their assistance before, during, and after the event.
Red Ribbon Week is observed from October 23rd-October 31st. It is a celebration of healthy, drug-free choices and lifestyles. According to the 2018-2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), 50% of Ithaca High School students reported they “ever had an alcoholic beverage”; and of these 50%, 46% reported to have had their first alcoholic beverage before the age of 13.
Congratulations to the 2019 Ithaca WIHA team on placing 4th in Division A (11-15 riders) at the state WIHA show this past weekend. Great job to all riders!!
Attention kindergarten through 6th grade youth basketball players: There will be an informative meeting and registration sign up on Monday, November 4th at 6:30 pm in the commons area. Please attend if you plan to play youth basketball this winter. Thank you.
Red Ribbon Week is observed from October 23rd-October 31st. It is a celebration of healthy, drug-free choices and lifestyles. According to the 2018-2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), 31% of Ithaca High School students reported “ever tried vaping/juul/e-cigarettes.”
HS Band Students: Please be in the band room by 6:25 pm or meet at the football field by 6:35 pm tonight.
Southwest Technical College will be hosting a Program Southwest Tech's Program Visit Day is Tuesday, October 29th from 10am-2pm! New this year: ALL industries are on one day! Who should attend? Juniors and seniors (or adult learners too!) who want to learn about their top interests would find Program Visit Day helpful. Visit Days include: *Campus Welcome/Overview *Two classroom shadows (spend time with current students!) Free lunch *A student/faculty panel *Distinguished Alumni speaker Please register before the event by using this link https://www.swtc.edu/admissions/visit-registration.aspx?visitType=PROGRAM
Ned's coming!! Who is Ned you ask?? Well... Ned uses storytelling, puppetry, illusions and yoyo tricks to take you on an entertaining journey. He follows clues, meets memorable characters and learns valuable lessons. You will have the opportunity to purchase yo-yos! The Ned Show is Wednesday, Oct. 30th!
Red Ribbon Week is observed from October 23rd-October 31st. It is a celebration of healthy, drug-free choices and lifestyles. Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.
If you would have any interest in being a host family for an International Student for the remainder of this school year, please contact Meredith Bevan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 585-2311. Thanks for considering this opportunity.
Richland County nurses will be here on Nov. 7th from 9:00-12:00 in the multi-purpose room to give flu vaccines to students that returned permission slips. The permission slips will be sent home soon. If you want your child to be vaccinated, please fill out the permission slip and return to the school. High School students should stop in the office for permission slips.
Wear red TOMORROW, to support Red Ribbon Week and a healthy, drug free life!
10-24-19 Red Ribbon Week is observed from October 23rd-October 31st. It is a celebration of healthy, drug-free choices and lifestyles.“Marijuana can cause permanent IQ loss of as much as 8 points when people start using it at a young age. These IQ points do not come back, even after quitting marijuana.” SAMHSA
This just in! FAFSA competion help is in the Science Building on the UW-Platteville Richland campus tonight!
Don't forget! Get help completing a FAFSA TONIGHT! Come to Melvill Hall on the UW-Platteville Richland campus to receive your free assistance at 6pm. Attendees are entered to win a scholarship. Details are available at www.CollegeGoalWI.org.
The first Game Club night will be tomorrow, Oct 24 from after school until 5 PM. Meet in the Commons for a healthy snack and then we will go to the Multi Purpose Room. See you then!
Good luck to the Ithaca WIHA team as they compete at state competition this Friday thru Sunday. Trail and Ranch riding are Friday beginning at 3pm. Sat and Sunday shows start at 8AM in the New Holland Pavilion by the Alliant Energy Center. Hope to see you there.
The Ithaca/RC horse club will be having a share night at Culver's TONIGHT, Wednesday, to help pay for the fees for going to state WIHA and for scholarships. Come out and support the group as they prepare to compete at state this weekend!
Red Ribbon Week is observed from October 23rd-October 31st. It is a celebration of healthy, drug-free choices and lifestyles. Underage drinking increases the risk of alcohol problems later in life. Research shows that people who start drinking before the age of 15 are four times more likely to meet the criteria for alcohol dependence at some point in their lives.” SAMHSA
Reminder: Rural Route 1 popcorn order pickup is this Friday, Oct. 25 from after school until 8 PM and on Saturday Oct. 26th from 8 AM to Noon. If you are unable to pick up at this time please contact Jill Plonka or Karia Brown to arrange another time for pick up. Also, if you are available on Friday at 2 PM we are looking for people to assist in unloading and sorting orders and would greatly appreciate the help!
There will be a popcorn sale this Friday, October 25. Cost is 50 cents a bag, limit 2 bags per student please. Proceeds this week will go to the 1st grade class. Middle and High School students: we will come around to the classrooms to sell at Attack time with teacher permission.
The PTSO's Trunk or Treat is back! This year it will be held at the School Forest on Saturday, October 26 from 4 PM - 6 PM. HS Student Council will be guiding trail walks from 4-6 and from 6-8 PM Haunted (scary) Trail walks! This event is FREE and there will be prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place decorated trunks. Hot cider and cocoa will be available as well!
Next Wednesday, October 30th, the Art Club will be hosting Share Night at Culvers from 4-8pm. Please come and support the Ithaca Art Club!
FAFSA! Ugh! Need help completing a FAFSA? Free assistance is available this Wednesday, October 23rd at the UW-Platteville-Richland campus beginning at 6pm. Attendees are entered to win a scholarship. Details are available at www.CollegeGoalWI.org.
Seniors and Freshmen: Dale and Jostens will be here on Thursday from 9:30-10 during attack time to take ring and cap and gown orders. Please have payments ready for any extra things you want to purchase other than your cap and gown. Caps and gowns are paid for by the class.
Red Ribbon Week is observed from October 23rd-October 31st. It is a celebration of healthy, drug-free choices and lifestyles. Red Ribbon Week commemorates the sacrifice of Enrique Camarena, an undercover Drug Enforcement Agent who gave his life in the line of duty, trying to prevent drug addiction. During this time, our students will be learning more about healthy choices and how they can live drug-free.
The first Game Club night will be Thursday, Oct 24 from after school until 5 PM. Meet in the Commons for a healthy snack and then we will go to the Multi Purpose Room. See you then!
Looking ahead to next week, Tuesday, October 22nd is an Early Release day. It is a PLC afternoon for staff.
In preparation for our district Veteran's Day Program, we are updating our directory of area veterans past and present. Please email email@example.com with name, branch of service and year/s of service along with their Ithaca class, if applicable.
Don't forget that the Book Fair will be open during Parent/Teacher Conferences today, Thursday, from 11am until 7pm in the LMC. New this year is that the book fair will require charging sales tax on purchases. Come pick out some great new reads! Or use the shop online option. Go to Scholastic.com/fair, search for and select "Ithaca Elementary," and help us earn 25% in rewards. Spend $25, and shipping is free!
Boys Middle School basketball starts Monday after school until 5:30. All interested should attend. Bring basketball attire. If athletes weren't in a fall sport, please make sure all your paperwork is in.
The Ithaca Wresting club and Ithaca schools need help installing a new sub-floor system in the mezzanine this Saturday. This new flooring system will make a much safer surface for all students and athletes. Installation should take about 4-6 hours if we can get 8-10 volunteers. We are planning on starting at 7:00 AM on this Saturday October 19th. Please Let me know if you're able to help. If you have a cordless drill or impact please bring it along. Thanks, Marty Fargen (608-532-6840)
Drumroll please! The top sellers for Rural Route 1 popcorn who will each receive $10 in cash when they pick up their popcorn Oct. 25th or 26th are: Addyson Jurgensen from Ms. Jensen's class Aydin Kloehn from Ms. Brewer's class Lyvia Pickel from Mrs. Kitsembel's class Abigail Phillips-Durst from Mrs. Mindham's class Sofia Weber from Mrs. Penfield's class Eli Swenson from Mrs. Penfield's class Juliet Hein from Mrs. Penfield's class The Dederich twins from Mrs. Mindham's class Aydan Phillips from Mrs. Bailey's class Xander Hilby in the Middle School and our top seller with 157 buckets of popcorn is Tanner Swenink from Mrs. Mindham's class. The class that will receive the $100 prize for earning the most is Mrs. Mindham's Kindergarten class! Thank you all for selling this year and thanks for your support of the Ithaca PTSO!
The Ithaca School District is now hiring for a lead bus driver and a full-time bus driver. The lead bus driver should have the ability to work on buses to maintain them and to keep them road-worthy. A CDL with a bus endorsement is required for both positions. You can help transport Ithaca Students to their world of education. Please call the district office at 608-585-2512 for a complete job description, pay scale, and more information. If you would like to apply, visit our website at www.Ithaca.k12.wi.us Then click on the folowing: EXPLORE EMPLOYMENT Application form or call 608-585 2512 today to join the Ithaca team!
This Thursday October 17, Coach Mezera will invite those returning varsity players and those playing varsity in the summer league to breakfast at the Center Cafe at 9AM. We will be looking through samples and layouts for new uniforms. Please let Coach Mezera know if you plan on attending.
The first art club meeting will be tomorrow, Wednesday in the art room after school until 5. All high school students are welcome to join!
The Ithaca Richland Center Horse Club is having a spaghetti supper fundraiser tonight from 4 to 8 pm. Cost is $5.00 for students and $7.00 for adults. There will also be pies for sale!
There will be a PTSO meeting in the LMC on Wednesday, October 16 starting at 3:45 PM. Hope to see you there!!
Parent Teacher conferences are this Thursday, October 17. PTSO is going to furnish a meal for the staff consisting of soup/chili, salads, rolls and desserts. Please let Melissa Sprecher know if you can donate! Thank you!
Band Fundraiser items are being delivered today and can be picked up between 3:25 and 4:30 pm in the Commons. If you are unable to pick these items up, please arrange for someone to help do so.
ATTENTION FRESHMEN & PARENTS! Wed., Oct. 16th @ 12:30 your student will receive information about ordering their Class Ring. Please either go online at jostens.com to design and place your ring order OR turn in your order form at school to our Jostens rep on Thurs., Oct, 24th from 9:30-10:00am. QUESTIONS - Please contact Jostens @ 1-800-567-8367 or jostens.com.
It's that time of year again elementary students! Please bring your Boxtops, Village Hearth UPC codes, and Tyson labels in to your teacher to be counted! Please have all items in by Wednesday, October 23. The PTSO also has a collection bin outside the office for these items. We are also collecting toner, old cell phones and AA, AAA, C, D, and 9 Volt batteries to be recycled and these can be placed in labeled drawers in the same bin.
There will be an Ithaca School Fair and Home Coming wrap up meeting today at 5:00 in the LMC.
"One Hand Helps Another" is a fundraising effort started by student Natashia Mueller, inspired by her mom's journey with breast cancer that helps individuals, families, and organizations in the Ithaca community. Tomorrow, Monday, "One Hand Helps Another" is selling cupcakes for $1 in Ms. Sprecher's room during HS lunch and ATTACK time. On Tuesday, Natashia encourages everyone to wear pink and to stop in to buy Dirt Cake for $2.
The JV football game for Monday is cancelled.
High School Seniors: Apply for the Kohl Student Excellence Scholarship! Public school students must submit their completed applications, including letters of recommendation, no later than Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 11:59:59 pm. Applications submitted by the deadline without the three required letters of recommendation are incomplete and will not be considered. The purpose of the Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship program is to recognize student leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement. It is the goal of the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation to encourage Wisconsin youth to pursue post-secondary education in a public or nonpublic university, college, or vocational/technical college. The Foundation awards $10,000 scholarships to 100 Wisconsin high school graduates each year. See the website at the link below for more details. https://www.kohleducation.org/studentexcellence/
The Wisconsin Association of School Boards has designated Oct. 6-12 as Wisconsin School Board Week - a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our communities. Ithaca is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate Wisconsin School Board Week to honor local board members for their commitment to the Ithaca community and its children.It takes strong schools to build a strong community, and these men and women devote countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every child learn at a higher level. They make the tough decisions every month and spend many hours studying education issues and regulations in order to provide the kind of accountability our citizens expect. The key work of school boards is to raise student achievement by: • Creating a vision for what the community wants the school district to be and for making student achievement the top priority; • Establishing standards for what students will be expected to learn and be able to do; • Ensuring progress is measured to be sure the district’s goals are achieved and students are learning at expected levels; • Being accountable for their decisions and actions by continually tracking and reporting results; • Creating a safe, orderly climate where students can learn and teachers can teach; • Forming partnerships with others in the community to solve common problems; and • Focusing attention on the need for continuous improvement by questioning, refining and revising issues related to student achievement. School board members give the Ithaca community a voice in education decision making. Even though we make a special effort to show our appreciation in October, their contribution is a year-round commitment.” The seven members serving our district are as follows: Susan Bloczynski, Ron Brisbois, Kelly Feryance, Steve Louis, Randy Manning, Linda Peterson, and Summer Roh. Thank you is not enough, but if you see them, please thank them for their commitment and work.
Southwest Technical College is having an Open House on Wednesday, October 16th from 3-7pm. Come learn about programs and services. Attend to qualify for a chance to win a $500 Scholarship. Apply for free admission from anywhere, all day at swtc.edu/apply. Preregistration for the open house is appreciated at swtc.edu/openhouse. There is a flyer located next to Ms. Bevan's door with more details.
Attn Middle School and High School students: There will be a Destination Imagination (DI) organizational meeting this Friday, Oct. 11 at Attack time in the LMC. All are welcome to come check us out! See you Friday!
Have you heard about 4H? Not sure what it's all about? Talk to one of the 4H MANY members at school or Ms Schoen or Ms Sprecher. 4H has so much to offer and you will have a great time with great people. Sign up soon!!
Football players, please get your raffle tickets sold and turned in to your coach by October 18.
Good luck to the WIHA team as they head for district competition this weekend in LaCrosse. The team will compete in showmanship, equitation, horsemanship, ranch riding and speed events. Members include Shelby Funk, Charlie Jones, Brooklyn Granger, Brianna Granger, Sara Jones, Emma Schoen, Talena Sprecher, Sibilla Bazzan, Josie Laue, Maggie Kershner, and Ariana Louis. Go Bulldogs!
Band Students: The fundraiser items will be delivered on Monday, October 14th. Please pick your order up in the Commons, between 3:25 - 4:30 pm. HS Band Students: Your next Florida trip payment is due on Monday, October 14th.
Dear Parents and Guardians: We strive at Ithaca to keep your children safe while they are in our care. But, we need your help. Upon investigating an incident during last Friday's game, we noticed that many students are unsupervised, running around in dark areas, in the new volleyball court, behind the school, near the softball field, and in the high school parking lot. We ask that after regular school hours, your children stay with you at evening events. Mrs. Schoen has advised the 3-8 grade students that it is expected that they stay within the fencing of the football field for their safety. Ithaca hires crowd control/supervision, but these people are not able to be everywhere, and so we need your help. Students should remain in the gym during inside games and in the fenced and lighted areas for outside activities. Your assistance is greatly appreciated to keep all our children secure. Sincerely, Ithaca Administration.
The Scholastic Book Fair is here! Visit the book fair in the LMC from October 9th through October 17th. The book fair will also be open for Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 17th. New this year is that the book fair will require charging sales tax on purchases. Come pick out some great new reads! Or use the shop online option. Go to Scholastic.com/fair, search for and select "Ithaca Elementary," and help us earn 25% in rewards. Spend $25, and shipping is free!
Join us TONIGHT Tuesday, October 8th at Ithaca School District Cafeteria Commons Area from 4:30 PM- 7 PM for a community discussion, featuring a panel of experts. A free dinner will be served at 4:30 pm. Panel discussion with state and local experts at 5:15 pm. This event is for adult family and community members; childcare is available. Contact Shelly Pluemer at 585-2311 x117.
Volleyball fans! Tonight's games against Seneca are at 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm, with the JV team starting at 5pm.
Join us Tuesday, October 8th at Ithaca School District Cafeteria Commons Area from 4:30 PM- 7 PM for a community discussion, featuring a panel of experts. A free dinner will be served at 4:30 pm. Panel discussion with state and local experts at 5:15 pm. This event is for adult family and community members; childcare is available. There is NO cost for the dinner or program, but we do ask you preregister by October 5th, so we have an accurate count for dinner and childcare. Contact Shelly Pluemer at 585-2311 x117.
Sophomores: Just a reminder that the ASVAB test will be given on Monday, October 7th from 8-11a.m. Please go to your first hour class for attendance, lunch count, and announcements and then meet in the commons. See Ms. Bevan if you have any questions.
Attention all high school students. Mrs. Prouty received a phone call from a community member that walked by a high school float with the American Flag. This service member said that all the students on the float stood up. Ithaca students stood up without prompting or any adults present. Mrs. Prouty wants to say thank you for that, for respecting the flag, and impressing a community member. You not only honored the flag, but you brought honor to the school, and honored the service member's time. Thank you.
Notice to all fans: the JV game on Monday October 7 is cancelled.
The High School Band will be marching in the Canyon of Lights Parade in Richland Center on Saturday at 7:00 pm Come and see the band all lit up and representing our school!
Join us Tuesday, October 8th at Ithaca School District Cafeteria Commons Area from 4:30 PM- 7 PM for a community discussion, featuring a panel of experts. A free dinner will be served at 4:30 pm. Panel discussion with state and local experts at 5:15 pm. This event is for adult family and community members; childcare is available. There is NO cost for the dinner or program, but we do ask you preregister by October 5th, so we have an accurate count for dinner and childcare. Contact Shelly Pluemer at 585-2311 x117.
The 6th Grade field trip that was scheduled for yesterday, October 1st will not be able to rescheduled due to conflicts with the County Conservation office. An alternate field trip is being planned for the spring.
Middle School Football Parents and Players: Due to a shortage of bus drivers the October 10th game at DeSoto has been moved to 6:30 PM. Obviously, this means we will most likely not get back until approximately 10:00 PM. Thus, we will not be stopping on the way home. However, we will have time right after school to eat. So, I encourage you to have your son pack his own lunch for that time.
If you would like to purchase a letterman's jacket, please see Mrs. Moser for an order form. Cost is $275.
The Middle School Football game that was rescheduled for tonight in Boscobel has been cancelled.
The PTSO's Rural Route 1 popcorn sale will run until Friday, October 4. All elementary students will be selling. If any MS/HS students would like to sell, order forms can be picked up in the office. All orders should be turned in with money by Friday, October 4. This is the main fundraiser for the PTSO and we use the money raised from this for activities like the birthday party bounce house, supplies for the school, scholarships, and the outdoor recreation areas. Thank you for your support!
There will be a popcorn sale this Friday, October 4. Cost is 50 cents a bag, limit 2 bags per student please. Proceeds this week will go to the 4th grade class. Middle and High School students: we will come around to the classrooms to sell at Attack time with teacher permission.
Ithaca School District's Title 1 Program and PTSO welcome you to participate in Family Literacy Night featuring Author Mike McNair on Monday, October 28th! Mike McNair is a former Richland Center High School guidance counselor turned author. For this literacy event, he will include the unprecedented way he became a writer along with discussing humorous selections from his memoir. His goal is to encourage students to pen their own stories. As McNair puts it, “It’s a crime to wait until you’re almost 60 to begin writing.” When: Monday, October 28th Where: Ithaca School Please join us for a free dinner beginning at 5:00 in the Commons, sponsored by the PTSO. Mike’s presentation will be from 5:30-6:30. Each family attending will receive one of Mike’s autographed books absolutely FREE, sponsored by the Title 1 Department & PTSO! Register your family and return the form to your student's teacher by October 22nd.
Tomorrow is the last day for our Kindness challenge and shoe drive. Please be sure to turn in your kindness journals and shoes to Mrs. Clary by 3:00 tomorrow. Help spread kindness and get us to our goal!
NOTICE TO THOSE ON FREE OR REDUCED LUNCHES LAST YEAR: You have through Tuesday Oct. 1st to re-apply for the program. If you have not applied by Oct. 1st, it will be assumed you plan on paying the lunch fee starting Wednesday Oct. 2nd. If you were on reduced lunches last year, you may have the reduced price of $.40 per day or $2.00 per week and reapply, also.
We will kick off our FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) Huddle group this Thursday October 3rd at 7:00am - FACE room. Join us for a morning of fellowship, big breakfast and an encouraging & uplifting message. Bring a friend! All middle school and high school students are welcome!
Homecoming Dance! It's Saturday night from 8-11. Please note on the poster it is wrong... Cost is $5 and court free. Make sure to sign up for guests in the office by today.
There is still time to become a member of FBLA. Please return forms and $15 membership dues to Mrs. Burnley either today or Monday. If you still need a form, stop by the Business Ed. classroom today.
Football Boosters will have the concession stand open tonight at 6. We will have limited food for sale. There will be hot dogs, candy, and drinks available.
A most sincere thank you to Mr. Mani, Mrs. Wipperfurth and the entire Playground Committee! The patio and volleyball pit are phenomenal! It was your vision that brought the natural playground and the patio to fruition. On behalf of the staff and students of Ithaca, I most sincerely thank you!! ~Ms. Schoen
The final leg of the school spirit award for homecoming is tonight with class games!!! Games begin at 5 pm with boys volleyball coached by the girls, followed by bubble soccer and of course the rest of the fun on the football field. The night will end with pep band, king and queen announcement and a small campfire. New this year, following the volleyball game, the school will be locked so please take everything you need with you after the game.
We're still collecting shoes in Mrs. Clary's room until Monday, September 30th! Where are the donated shoes going? Students ask every time they drop them off. The answer is an orphanage in Africa. If you have an Amazon Prime account there is a documentary called "Inspire Hope." This will explain where our shoes will end up and why it is so important for us to give to those less fortunate. Please watch it if you have a chance. It's about 50 minutes long and very inspiring.
Picture retakes! Wednesday, October 2nd will be picture retake day in the High School gym.
Change of bus plans for your student? Please remember that in order for our drivers and teachers to get students where they need to go, all bus changes need to be in the office by 11:00 daily.
Today is Bullying Awareness Day, established as one of 21 Wisconsin Public School Observance Days to bring attention to the harmful effects of bullying in the school setting. Bullying may negatively impact a student's connection with school, their engagement with the curriculum, and their overall ability to learn. Bullying prevention is critical to building a school environment conducive to learning, and where students feel safe at all times.
Today is day 9 of our 15 days of kindness. So far we have a total of 620 random acts of kindness, and a mountain of donated tennis shoes. Keep the kindness coming- 6 days left to reach our goal!
NOTICE TO THOSE ON FREE OR REDUCED LUNCHES LAST YEAR: You have through Tuesday Oct. 1st to re-apply for the program. If you have not applied by Oct. 1st, it will be assumed you plan on paying the lunch fee starting Wednesday Oct. 2nd. If you were on reduced lunches last year, you may have the reduced price of $.40 per day or $2.00 per week and reapply, also.
Come to Culver's from 4-8 tonight to support the Ithaca/Richland Center Cross Country team!
TRACK FAMILIES!! The silent auction/raffle is fast-approaching! The Ithaca Track Club is still looking for donations, and we really need workers Saturday. This is a great fundraiser for our group, and we are asking for anyone to help. Even past members! There is a lot going on at the fair. If folks work together, we can have blocks of time covered so you aren't missing much of the day. Contact Jeanna Lorenz or Juli Thompson to work or donate. Thank you!
Art Club Meeting! If you are interested in being in the Ithaca Art Club (high school) please meet in the art room the last 10 minutes of lunch on Wednesday.
Early College Credit and Start College Now Applications are due to Ms. Bevan by October 1st for Spring 2020 classes. If you are interested in taking a college course through one of these programs, please see Ms. Bevan this week.
Think Kindness: how many acts of kindness can you do and document today? I challenge you to 5! Let's work together and meet the challenge of 5000!
The PTSO's Rural Route 1 popcorn sale will begin Monday, September 23 and run until Friday, October 4. All elementary students will be selling. If any Middle or High school students would like to sell, order forms can be picked up in the office. All orders should be turned in with money by Friday, October 4. This is the main fundraiser for the PTSO and we use the money raised from this for activities like the birthday party bounce house, supplies for the school, scholarships, and the outdoor recreation areas. Thank you for your support!
The 97th Ithaca Homecoming 2019 Dress Up Days! ELEMENTARY Monday – Pajama Day (must be school appropriate) Tuesday – Favorite Character (any book, movie, etc. character) Wednesday – Wacky Hair Thursday – Class Colors Day: 4K-purple, K-blue, 1st-black, 2nd-orange, 3rd-yellow, 4th-green, 5th-red Friday – School Spirit (wear your Bulldog Gear) MIDDLE SCHOOL Monday – PJ Day Tuesday – Twin Day Wednesday – SNL Character Day - Google it Thursday – Class Colors Day: 6th red, 7th green, 8th blue Friday - School Spirit day (wear your Bulldog Gear) HIGH SCHOOL Monday – Pajama Day...wear appropriate pajamas! Tuesday – Twin Day Wednesday – Favorite Saturday Night Live Character - Google it Thursday – Class Colors Day: Fr-Pink, Soph-bright yellow or neon, Jr-orange, Sr-black Friday – School Colors and School Spirit Day
High Schoolers! Homecoming week is next week! This is a great opportunity to get into the school spirit and to build teamwork with your classmates. Dress up days for next week are as follows: Monday- Pajama Day...wear appropriate pajamas, please! Tuesday- Twin Day Wednesday- Favorite Saturday Night Live Character. Google it Thursday- Class Colors. Freshmen-Pink, Sophomores-bright yellow or neon, Juniors-orange, Seniors-black Friday- School Colors and School Spirit Day A representative from each class of the Student Council will tally the votes for dress up days. Because each class is not the same in numbers, the class that has the most percentage of participants will win for dress up days. That will be added on to the games for Thursday night. Class with the most votes wins a pizza party on Friday!
Today is POW-MIA Recognition Day In the United States, National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday in September. It honors those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. It is most associated with those who were POWs during the Vietnam War. By Wisconsin statute, the day is observed on the Friday of the third week in September. Bower-Gunnill-Dalton VFW Post 2267 representatives will be at different locations in Richland Center for the Buddy Poppy distribution in conjunction with National POW/MIA Recognition Day Friday, September 20th and Saturday, September 21st. People who make a donation will be given a Poppy to wear.
The Fair Committee would like to thank you in advance if you were planning on coming tomorrow to assist with fence installation. We won't need you thanks to a generous offer by Mitchell Ricco Fencing to bring his crew and equipment to complete the work. Materials are purchased, and the new area will be ready for next week!
Don't forget that tomorrow is 3rd Count Friday - please ensure your student/s attend school tomorrow for this very important day.
Come out to Oakwood Fruit Farm this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and help support the Ithaca Wrestling Club. We will be serving brats, hot dogs, and hamburgers from 10am until 2pm. Thank you for your support of the Ithaca Wrestling Club!
Attention Choir Parents, we are still in need of bars and workers for the Homecoming Pork Dinner. If you haven't done so yet, please go to Sign-Up Genius and sign up to work. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D4EAEAB2FA5FB6-ithaca
The 97th Ithaca Fair is coming up, and the fair committee has a need. We need to build a new fence to tie the cattle up during the Fair. Materials have been covered! The biggest need now is people to help build the fence this Saturday, September 21 starting at 2:00. We also are in need of a fence post digger. I know Ithaca Community will help us with project to continue the Ithaca School Fair. Please share this post. Many thanks from the Fair Committee!
Today is day 2 of the 15 day kindness challenge. Be sure to document those kind acts and challenge yourself to be creative. You can turn in and get more journals outside Mrs. Clarys classroom. In addition, Ithaca is teaming with the Think Kindness organization for a shoe drive. If you have slightly used or new tennis shoes you can bring them to Mrs. Clary's room anytime within the 15 day kindness window. These shoes will then be donated to kids just like you who simply can't afford their own.
Youth football sign up and practice will be on Thursday Sept.19th from 5:30-7:00.
The first Friday Popcorn of the year will be this Friday, Sept. 20. Cost is 50 cents a bag limit 2 bags per student please. We will come around at Attack time with teacher permission. Proceeds will go to the 2nd grade class.
Dear Parents & Caregivers, The school year is off to a great start! All of the sports seasons are in full swing, and the students are settling in on their academic pursuits! This Friday, (September 20th) is the STUDENT PUPIL COUNT. Wisconsin public school districts are required to count students for membership purposes. Basically, this is how the Ithaca school district is compensated monetarily for each student. Please have your student in school this coming Friday (September 20th). Remember to mark your calendars for September 28th for our Ithaca school fair and the Homecoming football game vs North Crawford! It will be a great time to see former classmates and renew friendships! On Friday, November 1st we will be having a “Distracted Driving” presentation in the HS gym. The presentation, and hands on simulation, will be about texting and driving and other distractions. The public is welcome. Sincerely, Julie Prouty - Superintendent Chris W. Lechnir - 6-12 Principal Kathleen Schoen 4K-5 Principal
Have you completed your fair entries yet? A reminder for those who do not have internet access: There will be help making fair entries today 3:30-4:40 and again on Thursday from 6-7:30 in the Commons.
If anyone is interested in Cheerleading for wrestling with Weston, there will be a sign up sheet outside the office. All interested individuals sign up by September 20th.
Needed, part-time translator/paraprofessional at Ithaca Schools. Daily hours to be determined, dependent on students schedules. Contact Brooke Riddiough 608-585-2512, firstname.lastname@example.org, or see the application online Explore/employment.
Ithaca is seeking substitute teachers! If you hold an Associates and/or Bachelors degree, CESA 3 is holding a training course that will help you obtain a substitute teaching certificate. The certificate or teaching certificate is required to be considered for substitute teaching. Go to this CESA 3 link https://www.cesa3.org/upcoming-events/. Then click on the registration link under September 23rd events.
There will be a PTSO meeting this Wednesday, Sept. 18 starting at 3:45 in the Library. All are welcome - we will be discussing the fair and the upcoming Rural Route 1 fundraiser.
Attention parents of basketball players from grades 1-12. We are currently seeking booster club members. If you love the game but don't want to coach, being a booster club member is perfect for you! We will have a meeting Tuesday September 17, at 7 pm in the commons for all those interested. Hope to see you there!
On Monday, September 16th we will welcome speaker Grant Denton to Ithaca. Grant works with an organization called Think Kindness. Think Kindness is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring measurable acts of kindness around the globe. Each year they speak to over 100,000 students and have documented over 1.5 million acts of kindness. Parents, teachers, and students are all invited to come listen to Grant's awesome message! The elementary assembly will be at 1:00 and Middle/ High will be at 2:00.
Anyone wishing to enter a float in the Homecoming parade may pick up a parade entry form in the HS office or find it online on the school web page or Facebook page. Please enter by Wednesday, September 25 by contacting Rob Richards.
5th - 12th grade Band students are selling fundraising items, such as pizza, cookie dough, gift items, etc. Please contact them if you are interested in supporting them. Also, High School Band Students: Your next payment for your Florida trip is due on Monday, September 16.
Middle School Football families: Tonight's game in Boscobel is cancelled. There is also no practice.
Attention students showing pigs at the Ithaca Fair - you need to get your rope test results to Mr. Favreau ASAP. You will not be allowed to show or sell if you do not get this information in. Thank you.