Every Family, Every Day
Connection Newsletter
September 2017
Senior class dressed like "senior citizens" on the first day of school
High School Asst. Principal, Nicole Toepfer and Dean of Students, Danyelle Wright (both new this year)

Cardinals Give Back

On Labor Day, the Sun Prairie  Football Team  and staff  served dinner at the
Sunshine  Supper. We are proud of our Cardinal  family for giving back to the Sun Prairie  Community. 

Update on Elementary and Middle School Boundaries
There has been a Boundary Task Force (BTF) in place since February consisting of community members, parents and staff. This group has evaluated the elementary school boundaries first, through a series of community input sessions and meetings, and then worked on middle school boundaries. The BTF presented a proposal for each in which the School Board approved on August 28, 2017.

The principals will reach out in the next few months to all families to explain the process and let you know if your student(s) will be moving and also provide some support and resources to assist with the transition. This transition will not only affect the students moving, but also the students staying at a school where they may feel the shift. You can learn more about the process and view meeting presentations and notes on the BTF  website .
Introducing a New Partnership
The new school year began for Sun Prairie students on Tuesday, September 5th. But this is no ordinary school year for 11 Prairie Phoenix (PPA) students. Thanks to a pilot program created by the SPFD, PPA, and MATC, these students are also attending MATC's Fire Academy Program.
In April, firefighters from the SPFD visited PPA to talk to students about career paths and mentorship.  A few days later, PPA students had an opportunity to visit the fire station to see it firsthand and hear more about the proposed program. The visits garnered good interest from a number of students. "We had strong student and parent responses to the program," says SPFD Chief Chris Garrison.  The interested students and their families then met at the fire station to meet with Chief Garrison and Principal Bollinger for an interview process and to sign paperwork for participation. 
PPA provides the school experience in a more flexible environment, allowing students to be gone for four hours a day and still work on the credits they need to graduate. Principal Bollinger explains, "This is about identity formation, making a difference and belonging. This is caring, tough, and cool work that will help our students answer the question; "How are you going to make the world a better place?" This is a question that Bollinger is challenging all PPA students to think about this year.
MATC will shuttle the students from PPA each morning to the Fire Academy where they will attend classes and training, and return them to PPA where they will finish out their school day. MATC's School of Human & Protective Services Dean Shawna Carter adds, "This is a partnership that provides high school youth with the opportunity to take college credit by participating in our Fire Academy while in high school.  Upon completion, students will be prepared to be certified firefighters for our community and be able to enter the fire service workforce.  We hope the students will find this to be a meaningful addition to their high school coursework and we hope to use a model like this to increase volunteerism and service by youth in our communities in the fire service."
Nancy Everson, the SPHS School to Career Manager, says, "This partnership fell into place nicely. Madison College is providing the instruction, transportation, and college credit. The school district is providing the books and uniforms and the Fire Department is providing mentorship and student support."
Chief Garrison explains, "This is about taking some of our most at-risk youth and helping them to do some of the most important work in Sun Prairie.  We want our organization to be as diverse as our City and growing this program, from the inside out, gives us that opportunity".  Garrison said there is a shortage of firefighters in Wisconsin so this program serves the need on so many levels; for the kids, the City, and beyond. "We are getting calls from other area fire departments about this program; Madison is interested. This is going to be huge."

This article was featured in the Wisconsin State Journal on September 18, 2017 and on NBC15 on September 19, 2017.

Check it out!

Read the September UMOJA Magazine article about School Board member Marilyn Ruffin and her husband Jerry Ruffin titled, "This is not your Daddy's Sun Prairie Anymore".

Our district has adopted a new math curriculum called Bridges. Here is a short video showing how it is being taught at our elementary schools.

Learn more about the new Carnegie Learning middle school math materials through this short video.

The staff at Prairie View put together a fun video for students titled, "Don't worry at Prairie View".

Staff put together a great video with some great key reminders for students.

S tay Connected to the Sun Prairie Area School District

We invite you to engage with the School District and follow the success of our students and staff. Here are just a few ways to stay connected:

Help spread the word....we are seeking to diversify our workforce. View current employment opportunities here. Sign up to attend our Substitute Job Fair on October 25, 2017.