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December 22, 2014
by: Addie Degenhardt

The Étude Sessions Presents: We are the Willows

We Are the Willows will play The Étude Sessions at Paradigm Coffee and Music on Saturday, January 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Paradigm for $15, $10 for students with valid IDs.

An orchestral indie rock band based out of South Minneapolis, We Are The Willows’ music is a blend of pop energy and intricate lyrics. They recently recorded their second full-length album, Picture [Portrait], based off of letters written by frontman Peter Miller’s grandfather to his grandmother during World War II. Their heartfelt arrangements evoke shared nostalgic feelings of love and loss.

The Étude Sessions is a concert series benefiting the three schools of Étude Group: I.D.E.A.S. Academy, The Mosaic School and Elementary School of the Arts and Academics (ESAA). Proceeds raised during concerts provide students with learning opportunities that focus on the content and skills necessary to be successful in a world that increasingly values creativity and innovation. This is accomplished by providing students with opportunities to participate in communities beyond the bricks and mortar of the classroom setting.

Future Session acts include Mike Mangione and the Union, and Brianna Lane & the Navigator’s Club are scheduled to perform during Sessions events.

For more information on The Étude Sessions and future artists visit The Étude Sessions.


December 21, 2014
by: Ted Hamm

Upcoming Events and Early Release Schedule for IDEAS Academy

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As the busy holiday season approaches, I want to update you on upcoming schedule changes at our school.

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December 19, 2014
by: Erica Brown

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Visit IDEAS Academy

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Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design representative Kelly Alexander spoke to interested IDEAS Academy students today. Afterward she met with individuals to review portfolios and offer feedback.

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December 14, 2014
by: Kimberly Johnson

Alumni Feature: Kyle Whelton

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As our seniors complete their college applications and our alumni come home to visit, it is a good time of year to look at how students take ownership of their IDEAS education after graduation.

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December 4, 2014
by: Tad Phippen Wente

Creative writers take first place awards at Whitewater

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The final event at the UW-Whitewater High School Creative Writing Festival is the Awards Ceremony.

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November 16, 2014
by: Tad Phippen Wente

Senior mini-meetings encourage college application completion

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All senior applications should be completed before the Thanksgiving Break!

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November 16, 2014
by: Tad Phippen Wente

Former AmeriCorps volunteer shares experiences

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Application and acceptance to an AmeriCorps program is one of the options for IDEAS Academy seniors as we seek to attain 100% acceptance to post-secondary education...

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November 9, 2014
by: Tad Phippen Wente

Creative writers to attend UW-Whitewater festival

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Eleven IDEAS Academy creative writers submitted their work on October 17 for feedback from professional writers and professors.

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November 9, 2014
by: Tad Phippen Wente

Sophomores to cruise and compare MSOE and MIAD

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Tenth graders and interested seniors will tour the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) Wednesday, November 12, as...

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November 6, 2014
by: L. Eilmus

College Prep

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When students enroll at IDEAS Academy, they are placed in a multi-age advisory group with an advisor

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October 18, 2014
by: Isaiah Wilder, Writing Intern

New Teacher Interview: Addie Degenhardt: Language Arts Teacher at IDEAS Academy

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Addie retake 2 *What were your first thoughts when experiencing our ¨unique¨ environment?*

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October 15, 2014
by: Tad Phippen Wente

Grade 9 never too soon for a college chat

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It’s never too early to think about life after high school, and this means college.

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October 9, 2014
by: Ted Hamm

ACT Aspire and College Readiness

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Part of our college readiness programming is to make sure that all students are prepared for the ACT as a junior.

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October 5, 2014
by: Tad Phippen Wente

Creative Writing Festival at Whitewater Offers 10 Categories for Student Work

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IDEAS students are invited to submit their creative work to UW-Whitewater’s 30th Annual Creative Writing Festival!

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October 5, 2014
by: Tad Phippen Wente

Freshmen to Explore UWM Campus for a Day

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IDEAS freshmen will be able to set sights on their post-secondary plans after a day on campus at UWM on Oct. 22.

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October 5, 2014
by: Tad Phippen Wente

Senior Institute Tackles College Applications

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IDEAS seniors will dive into college applications during the first Senior Institute Wednesday 8 October.

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September 30, 2014
by: Ted Hamm

Parent Connections Night | October 9th | 6:00 - 7:00

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This month we will host our Parent Connections Night on October 9th starting with soup at 5:30 pm and the meeting starting at 6:00 pm.

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September 24, 2014
by: Tad Phippen Wente

WEF offers array of options for college-hunters

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Over 100 universities, colleges, technical schools, art schools, beauty schools and military branches participate in WEF.

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September 22, 2014
by: Tad Wente

Students to visit 100 colleges in one morning!

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IDEAS juniors and seniors will attend the Wisconsin Education Fair (WEF) Tuesday, September 23, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Lakeland College in the Wehr...

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September 9, 2014
by: Tad Wente

Senior Parent Night, Monday, Sept. 15, offers overview of College Readiness Program

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All seniors will graduate qualified for a post-secondary program of their choice.

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September 7, 2014
by: Tad Phippen Wente

IDEAS Senior-Parent Meeting Offers Overview

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Please know that the intent of our Student-Parent Meetings is to inform families about the year’s timeline for College Readiness and to learn how we can...

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