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October 16, 2016
by: Tad Phippen Wente, College Readiness Coordinator

Lakeland University guest discusses options


Lakeland University Admissions Advisor Christine Kastner Eck talked with IDEAS students about options during her visit Wednesday, October 12, in the Treehouse.

“I’m here to help you manage all the choices that you have,” Kastner Eck said, “including, but not just Lakeland.” She explained the importance of developing prior knowledge as a basis for comparison when choosing a college.

Students learned about scholarship opportunities, financial aid, and the role of FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in determining actual college costs. They received brochures outlining majors and minors offered at Lakeland. Smiles surrounded the table at the prospect of study abroad on the Lakeland University-Japan campus, at sister schools in Europe and Asia, and through shorter travels.

Students inquired about campus jobs and security, and how to get a closer look at what a college day is like. They learned they can set up personal visits for tours, meetings with professors, and classroom experiences.

The next College Preview Day at Lakeland University is Saturday, November 5 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Register online.

Photography by Tayler Spoden, Étude Studios Photography Intern

October 11, 2016
by: Erica Brown

Information Night

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IDEAS Academy is hosting an event to discuss the unique opportunities and programs that are offered to students. If you are interested in learning more about the program and may be exploring other options for your child, please consider joining our staff and students on Thursday, October 20th from 6:00 pm.-7:30 pm for Information Night, Students will guide tours while staff members share detailed information about the various programs that make up IDEAS Academy. Camp Étude cooking club members will be serving some delicious treats. Please join us!

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October 6, 2016

IDEAS Student Project Reminds "Your vote does matter"

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Last spring, Paige Levisen focused her semester-long IDEAS Project Block project on re-engaging youth in the political process. She researched rates of participation, causes for declining participation, and methods for re-engagement. In her process, she discovered the art and activism of Shepard Fairey. She was inspired to create a pair of canvases, inspired by her research and his aesthetic. As the presidential election approaches, we wanted to help Paige get her work and her message out to the community.

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October 5, 2016

IDEAS Reads Super, Natural, Great Books

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It might not surprise you that our English Language Arts teachers love books. They love reading them, recommending them, discussing them, and, most importantly, deploying them as centerpieces for critical and relevant learning. If you've met our staff, you'd know that the love for book extends beyond our English department. And we have students who take care of our classroom libraries and little school library[ideas/ideas-blog/visit-the-little-library-for-project-research/], and some some students who write books of their own. That's some serious book love right there.

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September 29, 2016
by: Sarah Williams, Writing Intern, Étude Studios

Visit The Little Library for Project Research

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As we enter the research phase for IDEAS Project Block, it’s important to use many different types of sources in order to get well rounded research. While many students rely on the Internet as their most important source, we have a library in our school that could assist with many different projects.

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September 29, 2016
by: Zoe Farrell, Writing Intern, Étude Studios

IDEAS Juniors visit Education Fair at Lakeland

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Juniors at IDEAS Academy excitedly hopped onto the bus to visit Lakeland University for the Wisconsin Education Fair on Wednesday, September 28. The students were given a list of the nearly 100 colleges at the Fair and set loose to talk to representatives from and learn about colleges and other post-high school education opportunities in the Midwest area. The Fair helped students move farther along their path to college readiness and career plans. Students with no clue of what the future holds were granted inspiration that drove them to consider things they never had.

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September 26, 2016
by: Keira Collin, Étude Studios Writing Intern

IDEAS Academy Blood Drive Oct.7th

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IDEAS Academy will host its next American Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, October 7! Donations will be scheduled from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and take place in the IDEAS cafeteria. We are looking for around 48 donors. Those looking to donate may either contact Karen Robison at krobison@etudegroup.org[mailto:krobison@sasd.net] or can find information on the Red Cross website.[http://www.redcrossblood.org/rcbmobile/drive/chooseDonationTime.jsp]

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September 8, 2016
by: Beth Carreno

IDEAS Academy Engineering and the Portable Shelter Project

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What began as a student project last winter with the design of a “tiny home” has grown into a completed portable shelter project that will impact the life of a homeless veteran.

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September 6, 2016

IDEAS Portable Shelter Dedication

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IDEAS Academy's portable shelter will soon have a new home.

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September 1, 2016
by: Mike Q Hanlon, Dean of Culture

IDEAS Reflections from Camp Anokijig

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Greetings from Camp Anokijig! The weather is beautiful, and the students are active. Our intention with starting school off campus was to give the students authentic bonding experiences to carry throughout the year. From the staff point of view, it seems to have been a success. In the morning, students met their peers in advisory and then constructed reflection journals together. These journals will hold their thoughts so that we can look back on our time here, and build upon the lessons we’ve learned.

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