Stone Soup activity cooks up lessons at Wileman

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It what has been a longstanding tradition at Wileman Elementary school, first graders made Stone Soup in the classroom today (Nov. 25).

The students read the story “Stone Soup” by Marcia Brown. It is about some soldiers who are hungry and stop in a village to get some food. The villagers are very poor and don’t want to share the little food that they have. The soldiers trick the villagers into making soup from a stone!

Mr. and Mrs. Dahl came into help Mrs. Peyer’s and Mrs. Kelnhofer’s class peel and cut up the vegetables that go into our stone soup. The smells fill the classrooms and the students and their supervisors enjoy eating our soup in the afternoon.

Surely, parents appreciate the pre-Thanksgiving cooking lessons, too!

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After-school activities canceled: Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

Dear Delavan-Darien School District families,

All Delavan-Darien School District after-school activities scheduled for today, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, have been canceled due to the weather (including the CLC program at Turtle Creek). Please check our website,, for further updates.

The Boys & Girls Club at Phoenix Middle School will remain OPEN tonight.

Thank you.

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Delavan-Darien’s Comet Care Center expanding to serve more students

schoolsupplies toeleteriesDELAVAN — The Delavan-Darien School District is expanding its donation-driven Comet Care Center to better serve middle and elementary school students.

For years, Delavan-Darien High School has hosted a Comet Care Center to support mostly high school students, but no coordinated effort was in place to serve preschool through middle school students, said Mike Heine, Coordinator of School/Community Relations.

“We certainly have a number of families and students need in our school community and this new center will be a better way to get help to those who need it,” Heine said. “We’re excited to see it begin in the coming weeks.”

New Phoenix Middle School Counselor Steve Gross had the idea when he found a number of used coats and jackets in his office upon starting in the district this fall.

“It just made sense to provide a better service to our students and families in need,” said Gross, who plans to seek donations from area businesses. “I know our elementary schools are tight on storage space and we had some available rooms here at Phoenix to really put together a bigger, and better district-wide service center.”

The Comet Care Center provides donated materials free of charge to students and district families in need, including such items as toiletries, jackets and clothing items, and school supplies. All materials in the Comet Care Center are donated to the district. Families can express their need to any school’s main office administrators. Often times, staff will notice a student’s need and provide the items they can as quickly as possible.

“We have had students needing to shower in our school in the morning because hot water is not available in their home,” said Phoenix Principal Hank Schmelz. “Students have come in this fall without coats because they have no winter coat. We try to get them one. That’s the reality in this community. There is definitely a need in our community and we’re happy to expand this opportunity for assistance.”

The district has about 70 percent of its approximately 2,400 students qualifying for the income-based federal free and reduced lunch program. In the first quarter of this year, 66 students have been identified as being homeless (living at a non-stable residence such as shelters, motels, with friends/family, in cars, etc.).

“We know that having essential school supplies and essential life supplies are essential for learning,” Gross said. “This expanded Comet Care Center is a great way to see our students and community members find success in the classroom and in life.”

The Comet Care Center at DDHS was started by former school counselor Nancy Hollinger. The late DDHS business teacher Carrie Schuknecht took over and helped grow the high school’s program, which is now overseen by English teacher Sara Terrill.

The DDHS program will remain running as is, with items meant for elementary and middle school students being housed at Phoenix Middle School, Gross said.

The best time to drop off donations is between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Fridays during the school year. However, items can be donated in the Phoenix Middle School main office at any time during school hours.

Donations for the DDHS Comet Care Center can be made at the school’s main office during school hours.

For more information about the Comet Care Center, contact Mike Heine at 262-728-2642 ext. 4813.


Items sought for the Comet Care Center


Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Dental floss, Shaving cream, Deodorant, Bar of soap, Shampoo, Conditioner, Lice shampoo, Hand cream, Comb, Mouthwash (Alcohol free), Shampoo/Conditioner, Toilet paper, Antibacterial soap (small containers), Lip balm, Body soap, Lotion, Earplugs, Reading glasses, Kleenex, Q-tips, Sunblock, ChapStick, feminine napkins, Baby wipes, Nail products.


Hats, Shoes, Short sleeve t-Shirts, Long , Coats, Pants, Shirts, Sweatshirts, Dress Shirts, Ties, Dresses, Underwear, Socks, Thermal underwear (long johns).

Winter Clothing

Mittens, Gloves, Scarves, Hats, Coats, Snow Pants, Winter boots.

School Supplies:

Folders, Notebooks, Pens/Pencils, Erasers, Frisbees, Journals, “Stress Balls”, Paper, Binders, School bags/Backpacks, Markers/Crayons, Trapper Keeper.

Other Items:

Laundry detergent/dryer sheets, Dish soap, Paper plates/plastic utensils, Cleaning supplies, Stuffed animals.


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REMINDER: Child Development screenings are Dec. 10

childdevelopmentChild Development Day returns to the Delavan-Darien community on Wednesday, Dec. 10.

Parents can come learn about where their child’s development should be between ages birth to 3 ½ years old.

They can also learn about the services available for families of young children, and normal child growth and development from birth to age 5.

The screenings will focus on children from birth to age 3 ½ years old. All parents of children in this age group who reside in the Delavan-Darien area are encouraged to attend.

Children and families may benefit from participating in Child Development Day if:

  • There were medical concerns during pregnancy, labor or delivery;
  • The child has been tested for a diagnosed with a development/genetic condition;
  • The child has a history of frequent ear infections or illnesses;
  • The child is not lifting his or her head up when lying on tummy by age 3 months, sitting by 7 months, walking by 16 months, jumping or walking down the stairs by 2 years;
  • If your child does not have 10 words by 18 months or short phrases by 2 years;
  • Your child has a difficult time understanding what you are asking them to do;
  • Your child pays little attention to toys, doesn’t play with toys in the intended way or becomes easily frustrated when playing with toys;
  • There is a family history of developmental delays.

The screenings are set for 8 a.m. until noon, Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Turtle Creek Elementary School, 1235 Creek Road, Delavan.

Please call for an appointment: 728-2642 ext. 4367 (English), or ext. 4359 (Spanish).

The event is sponsored by the Preschool Community Collaboration Council and the Delavan-Darien School District.

Download Flyers:

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Phoenix DC trip planning starting for 2016

Phoenix Middle School teachers Jess Rima and Shaina Sepulveda are planning the 2016 class trip to Washington D.C.

Parents of interested students (current seventh graders) are encouraged to attend a planning meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, in Ms. Rima’s room (184). For further information, contact Ms. Rima or Ms. Sepulveda by calling 728-2642 and Ext. 4262 or Ext. 4215, respectively.

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Wileman students make friends with Lakeland peers

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Wileman Elementary School fifth graders got the holiday season kicked off the right way by spending time with their buddies from Lakeland School in Elkhorn. Lakeland is a school especially for children with disabilities.

The Wileman fifth graders visited Lakeland School to participate in the school’s Halloween UNICEF Carnival recently. Together, the students got to play games with their buddies and eat snacks!

On Thursday, Nov. 20, Lakeland Students traveled west to Delavan to spend time at Wileman with the fifth graders.

The students did various Thanksgiving-themed activities together, including making pumpkins of what they are thankful for and creating a fun turkey puzzle!

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Darien students’ work to decorate Capitol tree

Darien students were hard at work making snowflakes and ornaments for the State Capitol Building’s Christmas tree recently. Click pic for more photos in our gallery.

Darien Elementary School grade 5 teacher Amye Cawley and her students made Christmas ornaments for the State Capitol Christmas Tree.

“We received a letter in our mailbox inviting us to create ornaments that could be hung in the state capitol. I thought it would be a wonderful way to represent Darien Elementary as well as the Delavan- Darien School District,” Cawley said.

The class used clear ornaments and colored them on the inside using paint and glitter.

They shook them or rolled the paint to get the desired effect.

Students then tied ribbons to the top to complete the holiday ornament.

Cawley and fellow teacher Luke Kunzie’s worked together to create beaded snowflakes. They took six pipe cleaners and cut them in half for each snowflake. Students then selected and designed their own personal snowflake. It was a wonderful, festive and artistic afternoon!

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School Board Election Notice (April 2015)



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at an election to be held in the School District of Delavan-Darien on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, the following offices are to be elected to succeed the present incumbents listed. The term of office for a school board member is three years beginning on Monday, April 27, 2015.

  • City of Delavan – Three (3) Positions
  • To Succeed Present Incumbents – Roxann Kelton, Joe Peyer, Jeffery Scherer

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that a Campaign Registration Statement and a Declaration of Candidacy, must be filed no later than 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, in the office of the school district clerk (324 Beloit St).

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that if a primary is necessary, the primary will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

A description of the school district boundaries can be obtained from the Walworth County Clerk.

Dated this 20th day of November 2014 in the City of Delavan.

James Hansen, District School Board Clerk

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Cooperation a focus of PE activities at Darien, Wileman

Fifth graders try out the “knot” activity and try to untangle the scarves. Click pic for more images in our gallery.

Kindergarten through fifth-grade at Darien Elementary and Wileman Elementary tried out new activities during physical education class this week.

These students participated in a cooperative games unit where they learned about and practiced cooperation skills needed when working as a team. They also practiced solving problems.

In the photo gallery above, some of the various activities:

  • Fifth graders did an activity called “knots.” While holding onto scarves, they needed to get themselves untangled.
  • Fourt graders worked in groups of five or six and tried to stay connected with each other while touching both ends of the gym.
  • Third graders tried to flip their “magic carpet” over without anyone in the team falling off.
  • Second graders worked in small groups to make shapes with a rope.
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Volleyball squad has successful cancer awareness campaign

Comet volleyball players sell pink wristbands and t-shirts to create awareness for breast cancer.

Comet volleyball players sell pink wristbands and t-shirts at a home football game to create awareness for breast cancer.

The month of October is traditionally known to honor Breast Cancer Awareness.

Many schools athletic programs honor this month by wearing pink and raising money to help find a cure for cancer. The Delavan-Darien High School volleyball program is no stranger to this tradition. The volleyball teams have sold t-shirts and held 50/50 raffles at their home meets in the past and gave all proceeds to cancer research. The athletes enjoy participating season after season but unfortunately this year they could not host a Dig Pink event.

Varsity Coach Jean Jacobs explained this season’s schedule did not allow for a home game the month of October. But, instead of bypassing their past efforts, the Comet volleyball teams paired up with the football players and hosted a PINK OUT together at a home football game.

The Comet Volleyball Squad donated $1,000 to the American Cancer Society after fundraising efforts this season.

The Comet Volleyball Squad donated $1,000 to the American Cancer Society after fundraising efforts this season.

Coach Jacobs said she was proud of her teams’ enthusiasm and extremely impressed with underclassmen Katelyn Rosenow and her teammates — mostly freshmen — who worked in between classes preparing pink ribbon pins, and creating signs to hang throughout the school. The posters gave eye-opening cancer statistics for both men and women.

On Oct. 3, Comet fans filled the stands wearing pink from head to toe. Comet football players ran out to the field wearing pink armbands and a special dedication was made to cancer fighters and survivors.

Delavan-Darien High School’s biology teacher and breast cancer survivor Kerry Butitta assisted in the opening coin toss, which added to the dynamic night.

“Despite the cold weather it was a night to remember and I was honored to be a part of it,” Jacobs said.

The volleyball team sold pink Comet wristbands and t-shirts to the school and community in memory of those fighting breast cancer. Their two-week effort paid off with a $1000 donation to the American Cancer Society.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. The ACS is involved in the fight against breast cancer in many areas, and is currently funding many research projects being conducted by an elite group of scientists. Thanks to the ACS and dramatic improvements in cancer research, treatment and early detection, millions of women are surviving breast cancer today. For more information about the American Cancer Society and all the programs that they offer go to or call 1-800-227-2345.

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