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March 10, 2015
by: Ted Hamm

Governing Board Meeting, March 2015

We are always working to increase our communication with you, our families and the larger community we serve. You might have noticed changes in the appearance of our website and in the flow of information from our blogs to social media this year. We have been working with a local design firm, Dynamic, to update our online presence and make it easier to communicate all that happens within our schools. Our approach is to publish information to blogs that will automatically be posted to our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Additionally, you can sign up for our blogs to be sent directly to your email inbox. 

With this website and our blogs established, I see an added opportunity to better communicate the activities of our Governing Board. To this end, we have created a page with the overview of our Governing Board including a listing of board members and minutes from our meetings. Additionally, I will be publishing updates to the blog after every board meeting regarding the actions and discussion of our Governing Board. I hope you find this informative. 

The Governing Board's focus has been to reestablish ourselves as a working board this year, following the departure of a number of board members due to moves out of the state. We have focused a great deal of effort on establishing a clear strategic plan and a committee structure to support that plan. We currently have two board committees focused on our fundraising goal and our enrollment goal. Additionally, we have established a leadership team made up of teachers from all three schools who will oversee the goals and plans for our instructional model.

During the last Governing Board meeting each of the three teams reported. Below is a summary of their report:

Leadership Team: The leadership team is currently focused on the academic portion of the strategic plan. We have drafted a set of goals that measure the effectiveness of our academic program and are currently developing the outcomes that will support these goals. A draft of these outcomes will be presented at the April board meeting.

Enrollment Committee: The enrollment committee is currently working with a goal that each school function at full enrollment. To accomplish this, they are looking at communication as a major first step. To this end, our enrollment committee has pursued the creation of formal communications/enrollment position with a job description to support this. Additionally, the committee is looking at strategies to engage our current parents. 

Fundraising Committee: Our fundraising goal is to raise $5000 beyond the SASD per pupil allocation to fund programs such as our college visits, scholarships for international travel and summer programs for students in need, and residencies within all of our schools. To accomplish this, the committee is focusing its efforts on supporting the Étude Sessions and growing the audience. 

The Governing Board will continue to its efforts on the development of our strategic plan through June. These meetings will bring together each of the teams working on these goals for presentations of outcomes and feedback sessions. Our meetings are open to the public and are held in the Sheboygan Area School District's Central Office Building in room 3307 on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:00pm. 

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January 23, 2015
by: Ted Hamm

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Thank you for your interest in the The Étude Group schools. This blog features posts from ESAA, Mosaic, and IDEAS, as well as commentary on broader topics in the organization and education.

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December 12, 2014
by: Ted Hamm

What is Gallery Night?

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This Thursday, December 11th, we will be hosting our first Gallery Night. Tad Phippen Wente has already provided an overview of the evening. We are looking...

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December 5, 2014
by: Tad Phippen Wente

Thinking Galleries - Open!

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Student docents and staff will be on hand throughout the galleries at IDEAS Academy and The Mosaic School to talk about the exhibits and describe the...

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October 8, 2014
by: Ted Hamm

The Étude Sessions Part 2

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The central purpose of the sessions is to build community. With that in mind, we want to the funds raised to go towards building a stronger...

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October 4, 2014
by: Ted Hamm

The Étude Sessions Part 1

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Last year we started a concert series, called the Étude Sessions, as a way to raise funds for our schools.

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September 16, 2014
by: Ted Hamm

State Report Card

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Last year the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented a reporting system which gives an annual report card to each public school in the state.

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September 8, 2014
by: Ted Hamm

Parent Connections Night

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One of core values of our schools is to develop a connected, participatory community.

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September 7, 2014
by: Ted Hamm

Week 1 Reflections

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Well, we have closed our first week of school at IDEAS and Mosaic. It has been a great week!

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September 1, 2014
by: Ted Hamm

Open Letter to IDEAS Academy Students

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I am writing to you on the eve of our 2014-2015 school year at IDEAS Academy, because I have worked with teachers and students over the...

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