Tuesday, February 6, 2018

February 2018

School Spirit Week

WCA students and staff are invited to participate in school spirit week. Below is the theme for each day.    Share your school spirit by taking a picture and emailing it to Jesse MacDonald in Connexus.

February 20: Crazy Hair / Mad Scientist Day

February 21: Talent Show / Formal Day
Dress in your best and join us in a “live” viewing of our first virtual talent show at 9 am in our WCA virtual classroom.

February 22: School Spirit Apparel / Field Trip Day
Show your school spirit by putting on your WCA t-shirt and, if you can, join us at one of our field trips around the State. (For more information or to sign up for the field trip, click here.)

February 23: PJ Day

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

January 2018

Connecting With Students

Every year the staff looks for ways to improve our school.  One area that the staff wanted to improve on was their connections with all of their students. Since WCA is a virtual school, there is not always the opportunity to connect with the students as in a traditional schooling environment, especially when the students are not part of their homeroom.  This connection is important so that the students feel a part of the school and are comfortable reaching out for help when needed.  Therefore, the teachers are calling every one of their students at least one time per semester.  These calls allow the teachers and students to get to know each other, discuss what is happening in the course, and to offer suggestions and/or  ways they can support the students.  The teachers have received positive feedback with regards to these calls from students and their families.  They do need some help from you on building this connection.  Many times the teachers need to leave messages for their students.  Please encourage your student to call the teacher back or email the teacher  a good time to be reached.  Together, we can make a difference and open the door to a world of possibilities for all of our students at Wisconsin Connections Academy.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November 2017

Service Project

Join WCA staff on November 20 for a service project at Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin has two food banks that serve 36 counties in the eastern half of the state.  They work with a network of hunger relief partners to distribute more than 18.3 million meals a year to 377,000 people in eastern Wisconsin. It was founded in 1082 by the Rotary Club of Milwaukee and is a member of the Feeding America national network of food banks.  Since its first donation of a bushel of apples, they have distributed more than 301 million meals to people facing hunger in Wisconsin!

Project: 
You will be participating in a packaging, labeling, sorting, or cleaning project. This could range from labeling and packaging canned goods to be shipped to food pantries, sorting meat products to provide meal programs with real protein for their members, or boxing up produce to send to homeless shelters to give their residents fresh produce. The operations staff will give you specific information about your task and assist you through your shift. Please note this volunteer activity takes place in a warehouse facility.

Special Note: For safety concerns, volunteers must be 10 year old.  Those who are 10-16 years old must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the volunteer activity. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or guardian prior to their visit.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October 2017

K-8 Elective Sign-Up



Electives give the student another opportunity to expand upon his or her core academic studies.  It is our desire to ensure that your student had enough time to become comfortable with the core curriculum before adding elective coursework.  This is why electives are not offered sooner. 

K-8 students do have the opportunity to sign up for a foreign language elective. Please note that WCA has a Spanish teacher, Mrs. Plantiko, on staff.  Students who take a different language will be working with a National Connections Academy teacher. All foreign languages do require additional live virtual class time.

Your student is required to meet the following eligibility requirement before s/he can participate in an elective:
  • Enrolled 30+ days
  • Satisfactory attendance/participation
  • Overall Score 70% or better
  • LEAP Math and Reading Pretest completed
If the student meets the above criteria, the first step for signing a student up for an elective is to review the Course Placement Tool (click on your student’s name on the Learning Coach homepage to find this tool).  By clicking on the name of the elective, you will be given a brief description of the course.  A student can only take two electives per semester and one language course per year. Once you have decided on the elective(s), contact your homeroom teacher.   Please note that students will be given a grade in these courses. Students have three weeks to drop an elective without penalty.



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Friday, September 8, 2017

September 2017

October 24 - Field Trip Day



WCA will be having multiple field trips around the state on October 24.  These field trips will give you and your family a chance to meet other WCA families in your area while at the same time learning and having fun.  We will be going to the following locations:

              Madison: Wisconsin Historical Museum/Camp Randall Stadium
              Mukwonago:  Elegant Farmer and Double D Pizza
              Menasha: Barlow Planetarium and Weis Museum
              Washington Island: Washington Island Tour
              Chippewa Falls: Klinger Farm Market

More information about these trips can be found on the message boards.  To get to the message boards, click on the  pushpin icon on the top right of your Connexus page. Once in the message boards, click on Schoolhouse-WCA and then School Events.  (You can also click here for direct access.) Here you will see the listing of all the field trips that WCA offers.  One click on the name of the field trip will show you a description of the trip.  To register, send an email to Lisa Graf-Miller by clicking on her name at the top of the posting.  

This year we are going to have two days that are school wide field trip days (October 24 and February 22).  On these days, all virtual classes will be cancelled and there will be no lessons appearing on the planner.  For those that don’t attend a field trip, it is a great opportunity to get caught up on lesson or work ahead. Other field trips will be planned throughout the year. It is suggested that you check out the field trip message board often, as new field trips are posted as they are planned.  Occasionally, a field trip will have a capacity and all field trips will have a deadline for registration.  If you have a suggestion for a field trip, please send an email with your idea to Lisa Graf-Miller. While field trips are optional, we look forward to seeing you on a field trip this school year.



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Sunday, August 13, 2017

August 2017

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL CELEBRATION


Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!  WCA is inviting you to a Welcome Back Celebration on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. This will be an opportunity to meet most of WCA’s teachers, have your school pictures taken, attend a book fair, and more.  The teachers and others will be hosting breakout sessions to give you an opportunity to learn more about the school and interact with the teachers.

Who:

All enrolled students and their families

When:

September 5 ~ The first day of school
8:45 am—9:30 am  ~ Sign in
9:30 am—1:00 pm ~ Breakout Sessions

Where:

Bridgewood Hotel
1000 Cameron Way
Neenah, WI 54956

Below are all the different picture packages available. You can also go to mylifetouch.com and enter picture ID: KQ417061Q0 to see the packages online and place your order before picture day. Even if you are not purchasing pictures your child should still get their picture taken for school ID cards.

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