REMINDER: Phoenix Middle School Empty Bowls event set for March 24

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THIS AMAZING COMMUNITY EVENT!

DELAVAN — The craftiness of Phoenix Middle School students and staff will benefit Delavan-area food pantries with the schools first-ever Empty Bowls event, scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24.

Visitors to the Phoenix Middle School cafeteria (414 Beloit St., Delavan) then will, for a $5 or larger donation, get a unique, hand-crafted pottery bowl and all-you-can-eat soup provided by area restaurants and businesses. Students and staff have joined forces to make the bowls, which are all microwave and dishwasher safe.

The proceeds from the event will be distributed to the food pantries serving the Delavan-area.

The Phoenix Middle School Allied Arts team is leading the effort. With student help, they will serve all visitors who come through the doors with empty bellies. Visitors can choose not only their empty bowl, but also from a variety of hearty and delicious soups all donated by our area partners, including (but not limited to): Piggly Wiggly, Perkins, Orange Tree Café, Market Street Sandwiches, McDonald’s and Culver’s. Additional food vendors may be added prior to the event. Additional event support for a silent auction is being provided by: Kune’s Country Auto Group, Ace Hardware and Anytime Fitness.

Also, visitors will be treated to several musical performances from Phoenix Middle School students. Selected students in the district’s nationally-recognized band, orchestra and choir programs will perform selections that they prepared for the Wisconsin School Music Association Solo and Ensemble Festival.

Tickets are available at the door the day of the event.

For more information call 262-728-2642 ext. 4813.

 

Want to know more about poverty in the Delavan-Darien area? Here are some stats:

Community Facts and comparisons:

% of Delavan-Darien students who qualify for the federal free/reduced lunch program: 67.5%
% of Wisconsin students who qualify for the federal free/reduced lunch program: 41.9%
# of Delavan-Darien students identified as being homeless at any point in the 2014-15 school year: 88
Percent of city of Delavan residents in poverty: 19.1%
Estimated number of Delavan residents in poverty: 1,610
Average city of Delavan per capita income: $20,005
Average Wisconsin per capita income: $27,426
Average city of Delavan annual household income: $46,607
Average Wisconsin household income: $52,537

(Data Sources: Delavan-Darien School District, US Census and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)

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EVENTO “TAZONES VACÍOS” LISTO PARA EL 24 DE MARZO

 

¡MARQUEN SUS CALENDARIOS PARA ESTE FABULOSO EVENTO COMUNITARIO!

DELAVAN — Las habilidades de los estudiantes de la Escuela Secundaria Phoenix beneficiarán los bancos de alimentos del área de Delavan con el primer evento Tazones Vacíos, programado para el Martes 24 de Marzo, de 5-7pm.

Los asistentes a este evento realizado en la cafetería de la Escuela Secundaria Phoenix (414 Beloit St., Delavan), recibirán con su donación de $5 o más, un tazón de cerámica único hecho y decorado a mano y toda la sopa que puedan comer, proporcionada por restaurantes y comercios del área. Los estudiantes y personal escolar han unido fuerzas para hacer los tazones, los cuales son seguros para poner en el microondas y el lavaplatos.

Los ingresos de este evento serán distribuidos a los bancos de alimentos que sirven al área de Delavan.

El equipo de Artes Aliadas de la Escuela Secundaria Phoenix está liderando este esfuerzo. Con la ayuda de los estudiantes, ellos servirán a todos los visitantes que entren por las puertas con el estómago vacío. Los visitantes pueden elegir no solamente su tazón vacío, sino también una variedad de deliciosas y sustanciosas sopas, todas donadas por nuestros colaboradores del área, que incluyen (pero no se limitan a): Piggly Wiggly, Perkins, Orange Tree Café, Market Street Sandwiches, McDonald’s y Culver’s. Comerciantes adicionales podrían ser agregados previo al evento.

Asimismo, los visitantes disfrutarán de varias presentaciones musicales de los estudiantes de la Escuela Secundaria Phoenix. Estudiantes selectos de la banda, orquesta, y coro del distrito, reconocidos a nivel nacional, presentarán algunas selecciones que ellos han preparado para el Festival de Conjuntos y Solistas de la Asociación de Música en las Escuelas de Wisconsin.

Los boletos estarán disponibles en la entrada el día del evento.

Para más información por favor llamen al teléfono 262-728-2642 ext. 4814.

 

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Dual Language Program Night is March 6

dual-language-pictureREMINDER: The Delavan-Darien School District’s inaugural Dual Language Program Night is taking place this Friday, March 6th, at 5:30 p.m., at Turtle Creek Elementary School.

As part of the free event, special festivities will include delicious Latino food, a salsa-tasting contest, a student poster exhibit featuring several Latino countries, and the showing of the movie “Monsters University” (in Spanish with English subtitles).

All of the district’s 4K, 5K, and 1st grade dual language students will be providing a special musical performance as well, consisting of three bilingual songs!

The students have been working hard to learn and sing in both languages, and they are very excited for the opportunity to display their emerging bilingual skills through music for you this coming Friday night.

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Preschoolers celebrate Clifford’s Birthday

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Delavan-Darien’s 4-year-old Kindergarten Outreach recently threw the lovable big red dog Clifford a 52nd birthday party!

Together, the students and staff played a lot of games that incorporated literacy and math, such as number bowling, letter Bozo Buckets, a number scavenger hunt, and more!

We had a blast and topped it all off with cake!  Happy birthday Clifford!

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Phoenix Middle School adds “Living Like Lilly” Awards

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Students at Phoenix Middle School are being watched by more eyes than just those belonging to the supervising adults in the classrooms, hallways, cafeteria and playground.

There’s a secret group of Phoenix Middle School kids keeping an eye out for examples of good behavior displayed by other students.

Why?

Because this group of anonymous students want to recognize their peers who demonstrate they are “Living Like Lilly.”

SEE THE AWARDS WEBSITE

An anonymous teacher, who is helping the students, says the group approached the Phoenix staff with the idea to award students for living their lives like the late Lilly Perry, a Phoenix Middle School seventh grader who died unexpectedly Dec. 9, 2014, from a medical condition.

“One of the things the students and I talked about was how we can’t go back and thank and recognize Lilly for all of the things she did that were good examples of showing good character,” the anonymous teacher said. “But we have a lot of students here who do those same things Lilly did and we can recognize those students in her honor.”

For her frequent acts of kindness toward anyone and everyone, Lilly’s popularity transcended all grades and student groups. Her memorial service held at Delavan-Darien High School was overflowing with supporters. She truly impacted the lives of those who knew her well and those who didn’t.

The secret group of students meets weekly — in a secret location, of course, with a secret staffer or staffers — to discuss other students who they witnessed doing the right thing. Examples range from being a good sport in athletics events, to being a friend to someone who might not otherwise have much support, to simple tasks like loaning students a pencil or helping pick up dropped books.

“Lilly did a lot of random acts of kindness,” the teacher said. “If someone ever dropped something, she’d be the first one to help them pick it up. She’d open doors, share materials, or a lot of other of these random acts of kindness.”

The students have chosen to remain anonymous so other students don’t display such kind acts in front of them simply in hopes of being recognized. That wouldn’t be random, or from the heart, the teacher said.

“They want kids who are doing these nice things because it is just a part of who they are, like Lilly,” the teacher said.

The students in the small group of “watchers” are wholly responsible for nominating and choosing the two weekly winners. The teacher only offers support when needed.

Students in the group also create locker decorations to recognize the winners. A website was also created to highlight each week’s winners.

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Wileman Wax Museum events nets $750+

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Wileman’s fifth grade students raised $772.79 in a wax museum fundraiser Tuesday February 24th.  Students prepared and presented a summary of a book they had read.  The wax museum was a great opportunity for the fifth graders to practice their public speaking.  They did an awesome job!!

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PHOTOS: DDHS students making music all over

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Great learning happens inside and outside of our classrooms. Sometimes, it happens in another state.

Recently, the DDHS string choir performed at the University of Iowa Orchestra Invitational.

The DDHS String Choir is an ensemble of 13 student musicians who are leaders in their sections of the Orchestra.

These students study advanced-level music and work outside of class time.  They are often seen performing publicly at a variety of community events.

This spring, the group has been preparing Archangelo Corelli’s Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 4 for its performance at the University of Iowa Orchestra Invitational.

The students departed for Iowa on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 20.  Upon arrival in Iowa, they checked in at their hotel on the University campus, dined downtown and were treated to a concert put on by the University’s string faculty and graduate students.

On Saturday, they had a rehearsal with DDHS Orchestra Director Mrs. Jennifer Bayerl. They also performed on stage for Dr. William LaRue Jones, Director of Orchestral Studies for the University of Iowa, and Dr. Beverly Everett, Former Associate Conductor for the Minnesota Orchestra.

LaRue and Everett lead a workshop with the DDHS students on Baroque-style performance.  Following the workshop, the students split out into sectionals to study with UI string faculty.

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Theobald’s “Team Smarty” wins Battle of the Books

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Reading champs, from left, Emily Jasso, Mackenzie Mohr (kneeling), Jaime Pehkonen, and Anna Lock with teacher Cathy Theobald.

Students in Mrs. Theobald’s 4th grade classroom competed in the Battle of the Books February 19, 2015. Team “Smarty,” consisting of Emily Jasso, Mackenzie Mohr, Jamie Pehkonen and Anna Lock, were the Battle of the Books Champions!

Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students. Students read books and came together in groups to demonstrate their abilities and to test their knowledge of the books they have read. The student competitions are usually similar to the TV series Family Feud or Whiz Kids styles of competitions. Who knew reading could be so much fun!

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DDHS Announces February Rotary Students

Katie Jones, daughter of Sarah Jones and Jeff Schroeder, and Marguerite Sirkman, daughter of Pamela and Mark Sirkman has been selected as the Delavan Rotary Club students for the month of February.

Katie participates in varsity club, volleyball, musicals, and prom committee. She is a member of the National Honor Society. Katie volunteers with Special Olympics, the Walworth County Alliance for Children, DD Booster club food booth, the Delavan train show and works with youth volleyball. After high school Katie plans to attend college at the University of Northern Iowa to play volleyball and major in math.

Marguerite participates in student council, yearbook, musicals, band, choir, tennis and is the manager for the track and football teams. She is a member of the National Honor Society. Marguerite volunteers as a day camp counselor, participates in music, youth group, and mission trips at her church, is a Barista at the Java Joint on 8th and plays in the pit orchestra for musicals. After high school Marguerite plans to attend UW-Whitewater to pursue an accounting degree.

As recipients of this award, Katie and Marguerite were escorted by an administrator at DDHS to the Rotary Club luncheon at Lake Lawn Lodge on February 23, 2015.

Congratulations to Katie and Marguerite on receiving this prestigious award.

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Give the gift of life: DDHS Blood drive is Friday, March 6

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The Delavan-Darien High School student council is hosing a blood drive on Friday, March 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the DDHS Gymnasium. This event is open to the public. Appointments are encouraged. Call 262-728-2642 ext. 4448, or email cbrandt@ddschools.org.

 

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Strike Out Poverty event benefits Twin Oaks Shelter

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The Delavan-Darien School District has identified 88 students who have been homeless at one point or another this school year.

Undoubtedly, some of them have stayed at Twin Oaks Shelter, the only transitional homeless shelter in Walworth County.

Community Action Inc., of Rock and Walworth Counties, which runs the shelter, is hosting a bowling fundraiser to support Twin Oaks.

“Strike Out Poverty” takes place from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Lake Geneva Lanes (map). Tickets for this fun event are $10 per person and include two games of bowling and shoe rental. Lanes may also be reserved for five bowlers.

Volunteers are also being sought to work at the event. Help is needed with registration, selling raffle tickets, running other fun kids games and more. Contact Community Action if you’d like to volunteer: (608) 313-1300.

Volunteers can also take pledges from individuals looking to help low-income families in our community. Prizes are available for the top fundraisers. Download a pledge form if interested.

Learn more and register for the event online: http://community-action.org/NewsEvents/Events/tabid/149/Default.aspx

If you’re not able to bowl, you can make an online donation at: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/communityaction

You can help promote the event via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/330115287194093

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