Saturday, February 1, 2020

February 2020

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 17: Crazy Hair

February 18: PJ Day

February 19: 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 20: Mismatch Day

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

January 2020

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.  

In addition to above, the staff has been working on increase positive communication with WCA families. To date, the staff has sent 3,714 positive communications to students and their families. Starting second semester, Mrs. Mueller will be calling families at random or talking to them at testing to gain insights on what is working well and what areas the school can improve in.

Together, we can make a difference and open the door to a world of possibilities for all of our students at Wisconsin Connections Academy.

Monday, December 2, 2019

December 2019

WCA's First Cupcake Wars

On Friday, December 13 during our Winter Open House, WCA had it First Annual Cupcake War.  Students were able to submit their cupcakes both online and in-person.  Thank you to everyone who participated.

The winners of our in-person submissions, from left to right:

Artistic: Sophia N.
Festive: Savana R.  
Presentation: Sofia
Creativity: Aiyah M.   
Effort: Mrs. Johnston

The winners of our online submissions, from left to right:
Most Festive: Grace O. (Winter Wonderland)
Best Theme: Penelope O. (Chocolate Explosion)
Most Creative: Elias O. (Big Josh the Cupcake)
Artistic: Megan F. 
Most Colorful: Rachael P. (Nerd Vanilla Cherry)

I would like to thank our judges. From left to right: Ms. Graf (Mrs. Miller's daughter),
Mr. LeMahieu (Dean of Students), and Ms. Shaffer (School Secretary)


Friday, November 1, 2019

November 2019

2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Essay Contest

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter…”
                               -Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Young writers who are motivated by Dr. King’s life and his vision of uniting people for the good of all are invited to enter the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest.

Essay contest winners will have the opportunity to read their essays at the 29th Anniversary of the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration to be held on Monday, January 20th, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lawrence University Memorial Chapel on College Avenue in Appleton.  Each winner in the four age brackets will be awarded a $75 check and gift certificates courtesy of Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities and IndUS of the Fox Valley.

Contest Guidelines:
Administrators, teachers and parents are asked to encourage students to think about and write an essay on the following theme: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”  How does remaining silent about racial injustices and social issues impact your life, school, community and our world? 
  • Contest categories by grade are: 2nd and 3rd, 4th through 6th, 7th through 9th, and 10th through 12th. 
  • Submissions may be in essay or poetry form and should not exceed one page.  Do not write names on essays.  Essays must be completed on 8 ½ x 11 sheet paper, loose leaf not accepted…it does not copy. 
  • Students should submit their essay along with the Information Cover Sheet containing the writer’s name, home/family email address, telephone number, school, grade, and school principal’s email.  Electronic copies are not allowed.
  • Please do not use staples to attach the name and essay sheets.
  • A panel of judges will critique the essays.  Originality will be a critical factor in the judging process.

To Apply:
  • Essays are accepted starting in October with contest deadline at 4:30 p.m. Friday, December 6th, 2019.
  •  Please submit entries to:
         2020 King Essay Contest, c/o United Way Fox Cities, 1455 Midway Road, Menasha, WI 54952
  • Call Tony Gonzalez at (920) 954-7211 with questions or if you need to arrange for drop off of an essay before 4:30 on December 6th.
  • Winners will be notified by phone or email.  If the student’s family does not have access to a phone/email address, please make sure the home address is included on the sheet accompanying the essay so that the judges may notify the winner by post mail.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is sponsored by African Heritage Inc, Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities, Lawrence University, and a number of area churches, religious organizations, businesses, social service agencies and individuals.  The King Celebration has been a unifying tradition in the Fox Valley since 1992.  It is free and open to the public.

Additional November Newsletter Articles:

Friday, October 11, 2019

October 2019

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
  • i-Ready Math and Reading Diagonistics 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.

Additional October Newsletter Articles:

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

September 2019

Message Board: School Events/Community Events

School Events
Every month WCA hosts field trips around the state.  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.  In October, we will be going to the following locations:

              Ripon: Larson's Famous Clydesdale 
              Elk Mound: Valley Pasture Farm             
              Danbury: Dagwaagen-Fort Folle Avione
              Kaukauna: Fall School Days-Grignon Mansion
              Neenah: Spooky Pendant Art Project
              Appleton: Card Making-WCA
              Milwaukee: Milwaukee Zoo

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.  

Community Events
Is there something going on in your community that you want to share with other WCA families? Did you know there is a place on the message board for you to do just that? By clicking on the Community Events topic on the message board you can create threads of local happenings, as well as see events that other WCA families have posted.  Current thread under Community Event:
              Oshkosh: Franki Moscato Headlining

All events posted under Community Events are not school sponsored events.  It is a place where parents can post social get togethers and local community happenings.  WCA staff do not organize nor attend these events on behalf of the school.

Additional September Newsletter Articles:

Sunday, August 18, 2019

August 2019


Welcome to the 2019-20 school year!  WCA is inviting you to a Welcome Back Celebration on Friday, September 6, 2019. This will be an opportunity to meet and interact with most of WCA’s teachers, have your school pictures taken, 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 6
 am—9:15 am ~ Sign in
9:30 am—12:15 pm ~ Breakout Sessions

12: 30 pm ~National Honor Society Induction Ceremony


Bridgewood Hotel
1000 Cameron Way
Neenah, WI 54956

Below are all the different picture packages available. You can also go to and enter picture ID: EVTFHS8TM 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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