DDHS students tackle global issues

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Delavan-Darien High School students in World Geography classes learned about the rights and responsibilities of global citizens recently.

Students chose a global issue to research, such as poverty, climate change, or food and water security. They then developed ideas that could improve the global issue they researched.

Students participated in a gallery walk where those ideas were showcased around the room.

After the activity, the students’ research became a bit of artwork for passers by on Highway 11. The students taped their research notes to the classroom windows forming the letters DDHS, showing everyone that our students not only have pride in being a part of the DDHS community, but also have some creative ideas for solutions for some of the global community’s most challenging problems!

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Once the student, now the (yoga) teacher

Class of ’98 alumna Renee Downing guest-teaches a yoga course at DDHS. Downing is a personal trainer and yoga instructor in California. Click pic for more images in our gallery.

Renee Downing was once a student who roamed the halls of Delavan-Darien High School. The Class of 1998 alumna also said she didn’t particularly enjoy gym class back then, either.

But time can change things in mysterious ways and the careers you end up in may not be the one you thought you’d be in before high school graduation.

Downing was back at DDHS a couple of times these past few weeks, volunteering to teach yoga to today’s generation of students.

Downing flew in from her home in Huntington Beach, California, to visit family in Delavan. While here, the professional personal trainer and yoga instructor conducted two yoga classes for Sandee Ortiz’s students in the Trends in Physical Fitness course. The course is designed to allow students to experience the latest approaches to fitness with such activities as yoga, dance movement, pilates, body toning, cardiovascular training and more.

Yoga taught by a professional (with plenty of California clients, no less) and an alumni was really a perfect opportunity for DDHS students, Ortiz said. Downing really connected with the students.

Check out what she said on her Facebook page after teaching her first mini-class to students:

“That was so much fun! I didn’t count them but there must’ve been 25 teenage girls all paying attention to what I had to say, and even laughing at times. After speaking for about 10 minutes, I saw that they were getting a little restless so I had them tell me with a show of hands whether they wanted to try some “body sculpting” with weights, or yoga. Tons of hands flew up for yoga. I asked them what they knew about yoga and the few that were brave enough to answer said that it was stretching, so I made a goal of showing them how it can build strength as well. We were only able to do about 10 minutes, but it was so much fun walking around a packed room, every girl in Warrior 2 explaining subtle details of how to do the pose correctly, and they all listened! I felt like I was in my element walking around teaching to such a full room.”

Downing came back for a second class period and taught the entire time, allowing for more stretches and poses.

“A big thanks to everyone who helped make my visit to Delavan so wonderful. Thank you Sandee Ortiz for allowing me to speak to and teach your amazing high school girls,” Downing said after her second visit.

She also put on several free “donation” yoga clinics in Delavan while she was in the area.

For more about downing and her personal fitness and yoga instructing business, visit her website: www.radbodyandmind.com/. Or, stop out and see her if you’re in southern California.

Thanks for visiting and teaching our DDHS students about yoga!

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DDHS fitness center and weight room open to the public

Fitness Center and Weight RoomThe Delavan-Darien School District has once again opened the renovated high school fitness center and weight room to district residents.

The facilities are open for public use —Delavan-Darien community members ages 18 and older — on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3:10 p.m. until 6:10 p.m.

Passes for now (Sept. 17) through January 21 are available for $50. Later sign-ups will be charged a pro-rated rate.

A photo ID is required upon sign-up and entrance to the facilities.

The equipment in the fitness center and weight room was renovated a few years back as a result of the school district receiving a $1 million Carol White Physical Education Program Grant. Much of the new equipment is made by the Cybex company, which provides equipment for professional sports leagues including the NFL and NHL.

In addition to the weight room, which has a wide variety of weight machines and free weights, the cardio room and group fitness rooms will also be open for use. The cardio room has treadmills, Spin bikes, Elliptical machines and much more. The padded-floor group fitness room has balance balls, yoga mats and other equipment to complete a total-body workout.

Public users should enter the school through the south doors on the side of the school nearest the football field. There will be NO public locker room access.

Sign-up for facility use by stopping in during the open times (3:10 p.m. until 6:10 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays). Cash or checks are accepted. For more information contact DDHS Physical Education Teacher Sandee Ortiz at 262-728-2642 ext. 4454.

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Substitute Teacher Certification Training Program is Sept. 29

SubteacherEver think about becoming a substitute teacher? Looking for an additional source of income? Increase your chances at both by becoming certified.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction-endorsed TEAM EDUCATORS are hosting a one-day, comprehensive training seminar for anyone interested in obtaining a Substitute Teacher Permit.

DOWNLOAD SEMINAR REGISTRATION FORM

This hands-on training presents a positive, honest and accurate account of what it really means to be a substitute teacher in Wisconsin.

Pertinent topics, including discipline and behavior management techniques, health and safety information, expectations from the classroom teacher, special education concerns and sample emergency lesson plans are presented. Time is also allowed for networking and questions from participants. The application process is also explained.

The $90 seminar is from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., Monday, September 29, at Badger High School in Lake Geneva (220 E. South St.). A minimum 20 participants are needed to hold the class. The course can have a maximum of 40 participants.

For more information contact Sherry Petersen, 262-968-4302, or Sandy Mayernick, 262-968-4422. The downloadable seminar registration form contains additional details.

Register before Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.

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Gateway offers English classes for adults at Phoenix MS

Gateway Technical College is offering free English language classes for adults on Monday and Wednesday evenings through December 10 at Phoenix Middle School (414 Beloit St., Delavan).

Classes run from 5-8 p.m. in the Phoenix Middle School library. Participants must be age 18 or older and be a Wisconsin resident. Participants must present a photo ID.

To register or learn more, contact Mike Troudt at Gateway Technical College, 262-741-8306. Limited seats are available.

(*Note: These classes are provided by Gateway Technical College. All registration must be done through Gateway Technical College.)

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IN PHOTOS: Homecoming 2014

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Beginning band/orchestra info nights set for Sept. 15, 16

PARENTS OF 4th and 5th GRADERS:

Elementary band/orchestra teacher Peter Finnegan.

Elementary band/orchestra teacher Peter Finnegan.

Beginning band information night is Monday, September 15, from 4-8 p.m. in the Phoenix Middle School cafeteria. Come anytime to speak with elementary band/orchestra teacher Mr. Peter Finnegan and rent an instrument from local music companies. Band is for grades 5 and up.

Beginning orchestra information night is Tuesday, September 16, from 4-8 p.m. in the Phoenix Middle School cafeteria. Come anytime to speak with Mr. Finnegan and rent an instrument from local music companies. Orchestra instruction starts in fourth grade.

Orchestra lessons for 5th grade returning students will begin the week of September 15. Bring your instrument and book from last year!

All beginning orchestra and band students will start the week of September 22. Get ready to make some beautiful music this year!

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Meet and Greet slated for new Phoenix administrators

Associate Principal Jim Karedes

Associate Principal Jim Karedes

Principal Hank Schmelz

Principal Hank Schmelz

  • English: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, and 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18
  • Spanish: 8 A.M. Wednesday, Sept. 17, and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18

Dear Phoenix Middle School Families,

Phoenix Middle School is having a meet-and-greet for parents who would like to meet your new school administrators.

  • Are you interested in our plan to offer more interventions for students in need?
  • Are you wondering about ways we can offer more challenge to your child?
  • Are you curious about what our staff will be doing on the early release Wednesdays that will result in better learning for your student?

Please meet and join Principal Hank Schmelz and Associate Principal Jim Karedes to learn more about these topics and much more!

There will also be an opportunity for you to raise your concerns or share ideas on how we can better serve all students. Bring your suggestions on how we can better connect with our families. We are committed to building a stronger school-community partnership to raise achievement and to provide a positive educational experience for your students and we need your help.

We will hold four family forums. English meetings will be held Wednesday, September 17th at 6:30 p.m., and Thursday, September 18th at 8 a.m. Spanish language meetings will be held Wednesday, September 17th at 8 a.m., and Thursday, September 18th at 6:30 p.m.

This is for parents or guardians only. Students should not attend the meeting.

We are committed to building strong relationships with our students and families and we look forward to meeting you at this event.

Sincerely,

Hank Schmelz, Principal

Jim Karedes, Associate Principal

 

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ESCUELA PHOENIX SESIONES de CONOSER Y SALUDAR de PADRE/DIRECTOR:

  • En Ingles: 6:30 p.m. Miércoles, 17 de Sept., y a las 8 a.m. Jueves, 18 de Sept.
  • En Español: 8:00 a.m. Miércoles, 17 de Sept., y a las 6:30 pm, Jueves, 18 de Sept.

Estimadas Familias de la Escuela Phoenix,

La Escuela Phoenix tendrá unas juntas para los padres que les gustaría conocer a sus nuevos administradores de la escuela.

 

  • ¿Está usted interesado en nuestro plan para ofrecer más intervenciones para los estudiantes que lo necesitan?
  • ¿Se está preguntando acerca de las maneras que podemos ofrecer más retos a su hijo?
  • ¿Tiene curiosidad acerca de lo que nuestro personal estará haciendo en los miércoles de salida temprano que se traducirá en un mejor aprendizaje para su hijo?

¡Por favor, vamos a reunirnos y acompañar al Director Hank Schmelz y el Ayudante del Director Jim Karedes para aprender más sobre estos temas y mucho más!

También habrá una oportunidad para que usted levante sus preocupaciones o compartir ideas sobre cómo podemos servir mejor a todos los estudiantes. Traiga sus sugerencias sobre cómo podemos conectar mejor con nuestras familias. Estamos comprometidos con la construcción de una sociedad más fuerte en la escuela-comunidad para aumentar el rendimiento y proporcionar una experiencia educativa positiva para sus estudiantes y necesitamos su ayuda.

Llevaremos a cabo cuatro juntas familiares. Reuniones en inglés se realizará el miércoles 17 de septiembre a las 6:30 pm y el jueves, 18 de septiembre a 8 a.m. reuniones en español se realizará el miércoles 17 de septiembre a las 8 am, y el jueves, 18 de septiembre a las 6:30

Esto es para los padres o tutores solamente. Los estudiantes no deben asistir a la reunión.

Estamos comprometidos a construir relaciones sólidas con nuestros estudiantes y sus familias, esperamos contar con su presencia en este evento.

Sinceramente,

 

Hank Schmelz, Director

Jim Karedes, Ayudante del Director

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REMINDER: Early Release on Sept. 10

alarmclockREMINDER: Tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 10) is an EARLY RELEASE DAY for all schools. School will end and all students will be released two hours earlier than normal.

The early release days for the school year (all Wednesdays) are as follows: Sept. 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1, 22, 29; Nov. 5,12, 19; Dec. 3, 10, 17; Jan. 7, 14, 21; Feb. 4, 11, 25; Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25; Apr. 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20; and June 11.

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Two Delavan-Darien schools recognized for ‘beating the odds’

WisconsinDPIDELAVAN — The Wisconsin Department of Instruction recognized two Delavan-Darien School District schools for demonstrating improved school learning climates.

For the second time in two years, Phoenix Middle School received a Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Award and was named as a “beating the odds” school. Also receiving the award and recognition as a “beating the odds” school was Darien Elementary School.

“I am proud of the hard work of the staff, students and parents at both schools to ensure that all children are able to achieve at this level,” said Superintendent Robert Crist. “These awards show that the dedication of everyone involved does not go unnoticed and is justifiably rewarded.”

The two schools were among 173 state schools named award-winners by the DPI, which recognizes success in educating students from low-income families. Schools qualify on the basis of being high achieving, high progress and/or beating the odds.

SEE THE DPI NEWS RELEASE

“I love the start of the school year because it’s a chance to set the pace for a successful year ahead,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers as he announced the 173 Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition awards in a news release. “These schools are off to a strong start to the 2014-15 school year.”

As a “beating the odds” school, Phoenix Middle School and Darien Elementary School have:

  • Had above-average student achievement in reading and math when compared to similar-sized schools from like-sized districts with similar grade configurations and poverty levels;
  • Met the state’s test-participation, attendance and dropout goals;
  • Been placed in one of the top three accountability index categories of “meeting expectations,” “exceeding expectations” or “significantly exceeding expectations” on school report cards.

Phoenix and Darien, the only “beating the odds” schools in Walworth County, also qualified for the award because the schools are in the top 25 percent of Wisconsin schools for the percentage of students receiving federal free and reduced-priced school meals.

“I want to congratulate these schools as examples of the success we need in all of our schools to close achievement gaps,” Evers said in a news release. “These awards recognize
the work by students and their parents along with teachers, school administrators, and school staff members to break the link between poverty and low academic achievement. We know that rigorous programming and attention to student needs make a difference and will help us reach our Agenda 2017 goals: to improve graduation rates, reduce dropout rates, and close college and career readiness gaps.”

All award-winning schools receive federal Title I funding to provide services to high numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged children.

Schools meeting the recognition award criteria will receive a plaque at an Oct. 13 ceremony at the State Capitol and $500 for use by the school.

This year’s 173 Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Award recipients include 133 elementary schools, 29 middle or junior high schools, and 11 high schools.

Phoenix and Darien teachers are also eligible to compete for the Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition Teacher Fellowship Program, which funds professional development opportunities.

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