October was National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. On Wednesday, October 24 the Appleton Area School District celebrated Unity Day by wearing orange. The Unity Day motto is "Together against bullying. UNITED for kindness, acceptance and inclusion." The pictures are of our students, a learning coach, and staff celebrating the day.
Connections Academy has created an opportunity for families to take the virtual "Anti-Bullying Superhero" Kindness Pledge. You can still take the pledge by clicking here. They also created a Bullying Prevention resource page to learn how you can take positive steps to educate your children about this common problem.
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
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.
WCA will be having multiple field trips around the state on October 22. 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:
Milwaukee: Mitchell Park Domes
Green Bay: Lambeau Field
Lake Geneva: Lake Geneva Boat Tour
Crandon: Forest County Potawatomi
Spring Green: House on the Rock Spring Valley: Crystal Cave
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.
Since October 22 is a school wide field trip day, 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.
Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! WCA is inviting you to a Welcome Back Celebration on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. This will be an opportunity to meet and interact with most of WCA’s teachers, have your school pictures taken, attend a book fair, and more (Schedule of Events). 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.
All enrolled students and their families
September 4 ~ The first day of school 8:30 am—9:15 am ~ Sign in 9:30 am—12:15 pm ~ Breakout Sessions
12: 30 pm ~National Honor Society Induction Ceremony
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: KQ418073Q0 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.