April 1, 2021
Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.” Doug Larson

Dear Southern Door Community,

As we welcome in the first of April, like former Advocate columnist and editor, Doug Larson, we never quite know what weather the day will bring. The one thing we do know is that in spring, everyone's steps are a little lighter, there seems to be more energy as the day ends, and our being able to get outdoors brings a newfound freedom and hope that a little more "normal" is coming back into our lives.

With spring also comes new beginnings. This week, it was announced that Chris Peterson will be taking over as the new district administrator come July 1 when I retire. I know Chris as a colleague in our CESA7 consortium. His leadership and experiences will help to not only carry on the many great things we have done together at Southern Door, but also bring new insights to help the district continue to grow as it prepares students to be college, career, and community ready. You can read more about Chris in the press release below.

My best wishes to you for a healthy, happy, and safe Easter holiday season. Enjoy these few days of break with your family!

Yours in Education,
Patricia Vickman, Superintendent
*Softball Spirit Sale
*SD Swimmer Heads to State
*Students Head to YMCA Nationals
*SD Swimmers Compete at State
*MS Club Basketball State Champs
*New District Administrator Announced
*Elementary Math Virtual Family Night
*New 4K & 5K Student Registration
*Door County Wine & Cheese Gala

Community Events: Farmers to Family Event at Fairgrounds - April 9th

Click on this link to access the SD Softball Spirit Wear Sale. Orders due April 19th.
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.

Monday, April 5
No School

Tuesday, April 6
School Resumes Today
--Autism Awareness Spirit Day - wear blue or an autism awareness shirt
ELECTION DAY - Don't forget to vote!
--Volleyball vs Kewaunee (Parents' Night)
--State Girls Swim Meet - Madison

Wednesday, April 7
--6p SD Education Foundation meeting

Thursday, April 8
--State Forward Exam for Grade 4
--SD Students to National YMCA Meet
--Volleyball vs Clintonville
--6p Virtual Elementary Math Family Night
--7p FFA Alumni Wine & Cheese Gala Raffle Drawing on Facebook

Friday, April 9
--State Forward Exam for Grade 4
--SD Students to National YMCA Meet
--Farm to Families 4p at the Fairgrounds
The Door County United Girls swim team finished 6th at sectionals and advanced two relay teams and one individual to the state meet on April 6th at the Waukesha South Natatorium.  

Congratulations to Southern Door’s Sanya Wienke, who is part of the 200 Free Relay team advancing to state.
Congratulations to 🦅SD swimmers, Luke Bousley, Jacob Norton, and Drew Rass, who are headed to the YMCA Nationals🌟 at the Walter Schroeder YMCA in Milwaukee on April 8-9. They qualified in a recently held state meet.
Congratulations to the following 15 Southern Door Students who qualified for YMCA State swimming and competed March 19-21 in Brown Deer, Wisconsin. Students pictured left to right are: Colton Blackley; Emma Bousley; Luke Bousley; Jack Monfils; Tara Maccaux; Danica Neville; Jacob Norton; Katie Norton; Drew Rass; Aiden Schley; Audrie Schley; Daylia Sund; Reese Sund; Sanya Wienke; and Tre Wienke.
Other Top Place Finishers were:                                                                 
Aiden Schley- 1st in 25 fly, 50 & 25 breast, 50 back, 100 free & medley relays, 2nd in 100 free, 25 free, 50 free and 3rd in the 25 backstroke
Reese Sund- 2nd in 200 free relay & 100 IM, 5th in 50 fly, 100 back, 6th in 100 breaststroke and 7th in 50 free                                                                                                       
Jack Monfils- 2nd in 100 breast, 200 IM and 200 medley relay, 3rd in 100 free and 4th in 100 IM and 50 breaststroke                                                                        
Tara Maccaux- 3rd in both 200 free and medley relays 
Daylia Sund- 3rd in 200 free and medley relay and 50 fly, 6th in 50 breast, 7th in 100IM Tre Wienke- 4th in medley relay, 5th 200 free relay and 6th in 200 breaststroke  
Katie Norton- 4th in 200 free relay, 6th in 200 medley relay   
Luke Bousley- 5th in 200 free relay and 200 IM, 6th in 400 medley relay and 7th in 400 free relay                                                                                                                          
Jacob Norton- 5th in 200 free relay & 100 breast, 6th in 200 breast and 400 medley relay and 7th in 400 free relay  
Colton Blackley- 6th in 200 free and medley relays 
Drew Rass- 6th in 100 breaststroke, 7th in 200 breaststroke
Southern Door won the small-school championship in the Wisconsin State Basketball Invitational Tournament held this past weekend in Denmark. The Eagles beat Mineral Point, 60-44, in the finals to conclude a perfect 7-0 tournament run. The Eagles advanced to the finals with wins over Valders (54-41), Cadott (62-30), Cuba City (58-33), New Glarus (80-47), Cedar Grove Belgium (53-42) and Waupun (57-30). Team members include James Fish, Finley LaVine, Zach Krueger, Caden Pierre, Lauden Berg, Tyler Neinas, Drew Daoust and Braylon Berg. The team was coached by Trevor Hawkey and Dave Neinas.
Southern Door School District School Board President Penny Price announced today that Christopher Peterson has been selected as the new District Administrator of the Southern Door School District, effective July 1, 2021. Mr. Peterson's contract will be acted on by the Board of Education on April 19, 2021, pending finalization of contract details and transition from his current position.

Upon the announcement of District Administrator Patricia Vickman’s retirement in January, the search process, under the direction of the Wisconsin School Boards Association commenced, including a rigorous application process and multiple interviews. Finalists completed an extensive interview process, which involved meeting with an advisory stakeholder panel, as well as several interviews for the Board of Education.

Board president, Penny Price, stated, "The pool of candidates was highly qualified. Our choice represents the profile built from the voices of our community, and we are thrilled with the qualifications and the experience Mr. Peterson will bring to our district."
Christopher Peterson has served the Howards Grove School District for the past 12 years as Superintendent. His career began in 1995 as a third-grade classroom teacher and assistant football and softball coach in the Little Chute Area School District. He was an elementary principal in the districts of Wausaukee and Kimberly prior to moving to Manitowoc where he was both principal and district summer school coordinator.  Mr. Peterson obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, and Masters of Education Leadership from Marian University.  His superintendent certification was earned from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.  
Peterson says: "I am truly honored to be joining the Southern Door County School District and excited to work with the talented group of teachers, support staff, administrators, board members and families. Southern Door is a great fit for me and my family, and I am looking forward to working with staff and the community for many years to come."

Please join us for Family Night on Thursday, April 8th from 6-7:00p.m. We will be hosting a live virtual event for the whole family. The night's theme is "family fun". All materials will be supplied in advance so, please RSVP using this link. Questions? Contact Deb Diemert:  ddiemert@sdsd.k12.wi.us. We hope to see you there!
In response to COVID-19, the Door County Wine and Cheese Gala will be virtual for 2021. The best part about this year’s gala will be the short lines and comfortable seating, as you enjoy your favorite bottle of wine and a variety of cheeses from the comfort of your home to watch the drawing on Thursday, April 8, 2021, at 7 p.m. Join us on Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/SouthernDoorFFAAlumni.
No account needed to view the live stream drawing. To view the baskets being raffled, visit the Door County Wine & Cheese Gala. The drawing for baskets will be conducted sequentially starting with Basket 1. Each ticket purchased is valid for all baskets until that ticket is drawn. Please note that all sales are final.