April 17, 2021
"Starting strong is good.
Finishing strong is epic.”

Dear Southern Door Community,
While we were hoping last fall, that come this spring, the pandemic might be over, we now
know that the rest of this year will be continuing as we started. This year has been a strong
testament to who we are as a school community, finishing strong is even more important now.

Even though many are getting vaccinated, we are still not at that critical mass as a
society, where our protocols and procedures can be removed. Those measures have helped us continue our success. Our health dashboards continue to be very positive - click here to see this week's. They are posted weekly on the health page of our Fly Like An Eagle plan or you can simply click on the large health banner that rotates on the website. Thank you for all of your efforts to help us as well. The things we have been doing have helped us stay in school, allowed our students many of their activities, like co-curriculars, and helped us to face the challenges with this pandemic, that other schools could not.

Speaking of special activities that had to adapt to our pandemic procedures, this week, our 5th Grade Musical Showcase was available for viewing. With a special thanks to Ms. Mueller, Ms. Marx, and Ms. Files, a video was created to demonstrate the students' music learning about Beethoven, sign language to Beethoven's Ode to Joy, and how to use boomwhackers to create their own Ode to Boomwhackers. The video aired on Facebook on Wednesday night at 7pm and can also be found by clicking on this link. Music was one of the most difficult areas to provide instruction in because of the exchange of air, but all schools did a fantastic job of adapting their curriculum. Another great success was the video created of the recent high school musical, "Hello, My Baby!" We have a fantastic music department of some very creative, dedicated, and talented music staff!

For some students and staff, the next six weeks will seem like a sprint and for others, it will seem like a marathon. I thank you for your continued support and encouragement of our students and staff, as they strive to finish strong. This coming Friday, we will welcome SD’s new superintendent, Chris Peterson as he spends the day with us. We are excited to have him learn more about this great school community that is so Eagle Proud and Eagle Strong! 

Yours in Education,
Patricia Vickman, Superintendent
*National School Breakfast Week
*Virtual Math Night A Success
*SD Gymnasts Earn Medals
*SD Swimmers Successful at Nationals
*Students Participate in Legislative Days
*Thanking Our Administrative Professionals
*Fundraiser Honors Former Teacher
*Haunted Mansion Closing
*4K & 5K Registration Now for Next Year
Community Events: Chemistry Contest; Sports Physical Info from DCMC
NotePlease closely monitor the school calendar and sign up for rschooltoday updates so you are made aware of cancellations and postponements, especially now with the ever changing times.

7p each day - Graduating Senior Spotlights on SD Facebook page

National School Breakfast Week
Monday, April 19
--6:30p Board of Education regular meeting

Tuesday, April 20
--High School PreACT Makeup Testing

Wednesday, April 21
Administrative Professionals Day
--3:30p High School Sprint Sports Photos

Thursday, April 22
Environmental Awareness Spirit Day - wear earth colors
--Brussels Lions Club Tree Planting
--Golf @ Cherry Hills

Friday, April 23
Eagle Strong School Spirit Day
FFA's Bring Your Tractor to School Day
--Supt. Vickman to have breakfast with elementary contest winners
--New Supt. Peterson to Visit SD Today
The virtual night was planned in conjunction with the CCLC after-school program. Students and their families were engaged in Origami and 3D Shape Engineering and joined breakout rooms for a game of Kahoot!
Congratulations to two SD students who are members of the Door County YMCA Striver Gymnastic team and recently competed in the 32nd Annual Wisconsin State Badger Games in Medford, Wisconsin. Sixth grader, Daylia Sund captured Gold on Floor, Vault, and All Around and earned 2nd on Beam and Bars. Fifth grader, Amira Anschultz earned 4th on Vault, 7th on Bars, and 9th in All Around.
Luke Bousley on the boys side had a spectacular meet also, finaling for the 1st time at nationals in the 200 IM with a Best Time! He also swam a Best Time in the 100 breast in a 1:01, just missing finals. Luke also had a great boys swim meet, nearly making the finals in the 100 breast. Jacob Norton placed 15th in the 100 breast, while Drew Rass placed 17th and 14th in the 200 breast. The boys relays placed 9th in both the 200 free and medley relays. Bousley is a senior and will graduate in May while Norton and Rass are current juniors and will continue their swimming career next year. Congratulations, Eagles!
Six students (Alejandro Gonzales, Natalee Jandrin, Hunter Malvitz, Greta Gutschow, Kaylee Griep, & Lane Aleson) answered the call from the Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days’ delegation team when they sought a few good youths to join them. This event was a great way for area students to get involved with some of the decision-making that goes on in the Wisconsin Legislature. This year’s issues included broadband, water quality, room tax, child care, Knowles Nelson Program, and the medical cost of nitrate contamination.

Some of the comments from the students were that it was an eye-opening experience that broadened their perspectives on their communities; talking with the Wisconsin state representatives and senators was a great opportunity and they highly recommended other students to take part in future Legislative Days.

After this experience, the students understood a lot more of how state government works and the day was even greater than imagined and they felt lucky to have had this opportunity. Networking, being treated like adults, and feeling that their voices were being heard were some other common comments received from the students when they were asked about this real-life learning experience. This was certainly a positive experience for all involved, especially to one student who is actively exploring future careers in politics.
Please join us in extending our deepest appreciation to these individuals who ensure that our Southern Door🦅 student, staff, and family needs are met with great customer service and care. Our schools have the very best – they are beyond compare!🌟
Thank you to: Angie Paplham (Elementar/Middle Receptionist Secretary); Carol Tadych (Elementary/Middle Administrative Assistant); Jennifer Malcore (Student Services Secretary); Betty Zahn (High School Receptionist Secretary); Tina Nellis (High School Administrative Assistant); Mary Hall (Pupil Services & Food Service Administrative Assistant); Sally Vandertie (Registrar Administrative Assistant); Sarah Soukup (Human Resources Executive Assistant); and Sue Ann Hubbard (Board of Education & Superintendent Executive Assistant).
Mary Gehm was a special education teacher here at Southern Door and helped children with disabilities communicate. She became a master gardener and had a passion for pressing flowers and turning them into art, as you can see on this label. In 2018, she was diagnosed with early onset dementia and Alzheimer’s. LunaCafe is featuring a special blend of coffee called Mary’s Passion with a portion of the proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Association. If interested in supporting this fundraiser, please go to this link.
The Haunted Mansion is permanently CLOSING. During its 14-year history, this school wide fundraising event expanded over time to include a corn maze, trail, bus ride, paintball, escape room, and mansion. In total, The Haunted Mansion raised over $415,000 for PreK-12 student programs in the Southern Door County School District and earned the title as Fan Favorite Northeast Region Haunted Attraction for 10 years!
While we are grateful for the more than 500 volunteers annually, much of the work fell on the shoulders of the mansion’s core leadership team who dedicated more than 4,000 volunteer hours each year. These were community members who already had full time jobs, but still set aside time in support of the kids. Understandably, as life changes happened for some of the core team, they announced they needed to take a step back from this enormous commitment. For the past month, The Haunted Mansion has sent out requests for new community members to join the core leadership team of volunteers. We sincerely appreciate those of you who did volunteer but unfortunately there wasn’t enough interest generated to fill the vacant core leadership positions. 
We have so many people to thank for the years of support. We thank all of the incredible volunteers over the years, especially the core leadership team that put their whole lives into this adventure. We thank Quietwoods for hosting the event for 14 years, and we thank Door County KOA for inviting us to continue with them as well. We thank all of our sponsors who helped us financially. And of course, we thank all of our brave visitors over the years for coming out to the campgrounds year after year. Thank you all for the memories!

The Green Bay Press Gazette took a look behind the scenes and provided an historical perspective. Click on this link to access the article.
SATURDAY, JULY 10, 2021- 8:00 AM

The 2021 Belgian Day Run will be held on Saturday, July 10th. There will be a youth dash, a 2-mile run/walk and a 4-mile run. All proceeds go to the Brussels-Union EMRs, Inc. used to purchase medical equipment and provide continuing education. Click on this link to access a registration form. Early registration deadline is June 20, 2021.