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September 8, 2017
by: Ted Hamm, Director

A't(y)ood

There is something to a name. Names have meaning and too often we take them granted without ever exploring their meanings. Nike is the name of a greek god of victory; an appropriate name for a athletic shoe company. Lego stems from the dutch phrase leg godt, which means “play well”. The term Étude was was also selected in order to assign a single word to our educational philosophy.

Étude (to make the accent over the E on an Apple keyboard, simply press the “option” key and the “E” key at the same time and then press the “E” key) comes from the French word meaning to study. It is, also, the musical term that we believe really captures the Étude drive behind the schools. An étude is a piece of music created by a musician for the purpose of improving a specific technique while also providing an audience with something beautiful. Études take the concept of practice (or study) to another level. Instead of rehearsing scales in a soundproof room, a musician must interact with realistic conditions of how music can work to make a song and how a song can be created to please an audience. In a sense, it is the difference between watching a Packers practice versus the final scrimmage before the regular season. Practicing scales and learning other techniques are like watching a practice. An étude is one step away from the real deal. This is what our schools are about! We are learning. We are practicing, but the work our students do has meaning. We need to apply real concepts. Our science needs to include scientific observation and experimentation that lead to the creation of something new. This concept of applying real problem solving in a model that supports practice, with all of the trying, failing, and reflection pervades our culture.

Inherent in using a French term, is the issue of pronunciation. We see the “é” and think of the long “e” sound. The word is actually pronounced with a long “a” sound. For those of us who remember phonetics, Étude sounds like a't(y)ood. We hope to turn this into a movement; a movement on how to correctly pronounce our name.

In Étude High School's first iteration, our students referred to themselves as Étudians; a name that was worn with pride and gave a sense of belonging. The decision to bring all of the schools back under the Étude name, brings us back to our roots. The intent of our rebranding process is to unite our schools with our origins; a name of meaning and a name that elicits pride and belonging.

 


August 30, 2017
by: Ted Hamm, Director

Personalization in Math

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For the 2017-2018 school year, we will be restructuring our Étude High School Math Department in order to provide more personalized learning opportunities for all high school students at all levels of math. We will be utilizing a combination of existing staff expertise and some online tools to offer a range of course options along with in depth exploration of mathematical concepts through projects.

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August 22, 2017
by: Ted hamm

More than Just a Party

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Today is a day of celebration for our schools. A day to unify our schools under one name, to unveil our new look (see our social media sites), and to celebrate 10 years as a public charter schools in the Sheboygan Area School District. Today also represents a year’s worth of behind the scenes work that culminates our schools working to solve an issue that has been challenging us for some time.

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November 24, 2016
by: Ted hamm

A Thanksgiving Reflection

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A friend of mine recently reminded me of the history of the Thanksgiving holiday. In thinking about the original Thanksgiving meal I am quick to forget that the origins of the this day becoming a national holiday go back to the Civil War. I have put the original proclamation below for you to read. Putting these words in the context of the time they were written, one of the most divisive times in our national history, reminds us of the intent of the day. We are to take a day, put our differences aside, to simply gather peacefully. I hope today is a day for all of us to gather peacefully and consider those things we have to be thankful for.

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October 10, 2016
by: Ted Hamm

Good Music: This is How we Fundraise

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Dear Parents, Students, and Friends,

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May 22, 2016
by: Ted Hamm

IDEAS Students Shape Tradition

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Many of you have noticed that we changed the name of Morp this year to May Ball. As with any decision in our school, this was not a decision made without student voice and research.

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April 3, 2016
by: Ted Hamm

A Parent Maker Night Primer

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Dear Parents, Students, Staff, and Friends:

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March 8, 2016
by: Ted Hamm

Presentations of Learning: Trimester 2

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Each trimester we take a day and a half have our students reflect on their learning. I feel it is important to share a few thoughts about this. I wrote in depth about this last trimester in a blog[directors-blog/presentations-of-learning-thoughts-as-a-parent-and-advisor/] sharing my perspective as an advisor at IDEAS and a parent at ESAA.

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February 26, 2016
by: Ted Hamm

Implementing the College Work Readiness Assessment at IDEAS

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Dear Parents, Students, Staff, and Friends:

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February 22, 2016
by: Susan Griffiths

Charter Contract Renewal: ESAA School Goals

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Dear Parents, Staff, and Friends:

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