November 12, 2020
Dear Southern Door Community:                                    
This coming week is American Education Week and the theme is "Great Public Schools for Every Student." Caring faculty and support staff, substitutes, volunteers, involved parents, and an engaged community make the difference in our children's learning. This is certainly true at Southern Door, and this week we have set aside certain days with special observances of the important roles everyone has in educating our children! Check out this week's events below.

We all knew there would be challenges that came with re-opening school during a pandemic.
While we have all had to learn new ways of dealing with health and safety, our staff continues to be challenged in finding new ways to educate in-person and virtual learners. This week families received a letter asking for their assistance in helping us meet a critical staff need for additional planning and professional development time in the school calendar. Please click on this link to access my letter as well as this link to the revised school calendar.

Our football team has had a great season and we wish them good luck tomorrow as they enter the playoffs at Brillion. Whether supporting our students in their academics, their cocurriculars, or at home and in the community, I thank each and every one of you for continuing to be the eyes, the ears, and the voices that our children need, as they journey through their education here at Southern Door. This is why we are Eagle Proud and Eagle Strong!
Yours in Education!
Patricia Vickman, Superintendent
*Senior Citizens Thank You
*Snow Days - "No School" Days
*Thanksgiving Break for Students
*A Salute to Staff Veterans
*Veterans' Day 2020
*A'viands and Ag Partnership
*Mental Health Facebook Live - DCMC

For those who are 62 and over, Southern Door High School will still hold a COVID-safe Holiday Thank You event on Wednesday, December 9th, so mark your calendars. More details to come!
Snow Days Are "No School" Days

Few childhood activities remain unchanged during this pandemic. With this in mind, we will maintain the hope children have of "not having school" on such days. Snow days are chances for on-site and virtual learners to just be kids by playing in the snow, baking cookies, staying in their PJs all day, watching a good movie, etc. These are times for memory making, and we believe that these types of opportunities should still exist.
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.

Friday, Nov 13 - Eagle Strong School Spirit Day; WIAA Football Playoffs

American Education Week

Monday, Nov 16 - Family & Community Appreciation Day; MS/HS First Quarter Report Cards Mailed Out Today; 6p Mental Health Door County Medical Center Facebook Live; 6:30p Board of Education meeting
Tuesday, Nov 17 - Support Staff Day - (Dress like your favorite support staff member); End of Elementary Trimester I
Wednesday, Nov 18 - Hats Off to Southern Door Students Day - (Wear your favorite hat or cap)
Thursday, Nov 19 - Teacher/Administrator Day - (Dress like your favorite teacher or administrator)
Friday, Nov 20 - Eagle Strong Spirit Day (Dress in school colors or Eagle attire)
Saturday, Nov 21 - Girls Varsity Basketball Scrimmage @ Two Rivers

There will be no school for students on Monday, November 23 through Friday, November 27 for Thanksgiving break. Staff will report for professional development and planning on November 23rd and 24th.

Please join us in thanking these Southern Door staff members who have served our country and are now serving our school community: SOAR Teacher, Scott Biemeret; HS ELA Teacher, Brett Hanson; HS Special Education Associate, Joe Knaapen; Sub Bus Driver, Chuck Schley; Custodian, Jay Schukow; Bus Driver, Dave Uecker; HS Math Teacher, Stephanie Weinfurter; and HS ELA Teacher, Bobbi Wessel.
Veterans Day 2020 HELP US SPREAD THE WORD 
We invite veterans in the community to send your story to the District by sending in the following: 
1) Name, dates of service, branch of military, photo (current and/or past)
2) Name, dates of service, branch of military, and optional questionnaire with photo (current and/or past)
They can mail their information c/o Southern Door School District, 2073 County DK, Brussels, WI or email it to Pictures will be returned if they provide us with their current address. 
A'viands and Agriscience Class Partnership Harvests First Crop of Lettuce!
Ms. Glowacki's landscaping class put together the white Fork Farms Flex Farm in September which was donated by Aviands Food Service. The brown AquaUrban aquaponics tank was purchased with Perkins Funds two years ago. Together the two systems will be growing lettuce and herbs for the school lunch program.

This week was their first harvest out of the AquaUrban which was given to the food service program. The students are David Willming, Lance LeGrave, Avary Anderson, Jonathan Ahlswede, Harley Rhoades, Jaden Diller and Logan Rahn. What a great Farm to School activity! 
On Monday November 16th at 6 pm, Dr. Jim Heise, Chief Medical Officer at Door County Medical Center will be joined by Allycia Bretl, Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Door County Medical Center to discuss the importance of maintaining mental health as we enter into the winter season in the midst of a pandemic.

Allycia will share tools and resources available to individuals to ensure our community stays strong. Log on to the Door County Medical Center Facebook page at 6 p.m. to join the discussion and get your questions answered. The video will also be available afterward. Our mental health experts are ready to see you in Sturgeon Bay, Fish Creek or Algoma. Call (920) 746-0510 to make an appointment today.