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

IDEAS Reflections from Camp Anokijig

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.

Before and after lunch, students engaged in camp activities facilitated by the Anokijig staff.  Fires were lit.  The canoes did not tip.  There were more burrs in the orienteering than expected, but everyone survived.  After running through Anokijig’s “Blind Hunter” activity, two of my very quiet sophomores commented that the non-verbal communication required to succeed will help them be better communicators overall.  In her reflection journal, one of our new students has already identified the important lesson that, “you need to try all the ideas, even if you think the ideas may be wrong.”

Once the younger students left, the juniors and seniors were challenged to teach each other the activities from earlier in the day.  I watched Jonah, Zach and Bayden demonstrate how to string a long bow, nock an arrow and fire.  I listened to Jacob, Lydia and Zoe explain survival skills.  You won’t survive more than three days without water; you need to stay hydrated to flush the toxins out “with science.”  You could tell that these students are ready to take on the school year when we circled up and had them design and facilitate their own group reflection on the teaching experience.

We just finished dinner while I’m typing this.  Most of the students are down by the waterfront with staff, but a few volunteers stayed back to help clean the kitchen.  In a few minutes, they’ll be back and we’ll make plans for keeping this momentum for the rest of the school year.  Wish you were here!



August 29, 2016
by: Ted Hamm

Welcome Back IDEAS Academy!

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Each year begins with a focus on intentionally building our community atIDEAS Academy. We do this by devoting time to getting to know one another as people with stories, as learners with goals, and as supporters we need to take on the challenges of an academic program that values creativity and innovation. As we did at the beginning of the 2014 - 2015 school year, we will be spending the first two days of school at Camp Anokijig. We will use this space to get know advisory groups, reflecting on individual growth and needs, and experiencing the creative process. The schedule is as follows:

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August 16, 2016
by: Beth Carreno

MAKER Break at Sheboygan Summer Music Series

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MAKER Break, the creative makerspace program developed by The Étude Group’s IDEAS Academy and The ARTery of the John Michael Kohler Art Center, was a featured program at the August 11th Levitt Amp Sheboygan Summer Music Series.

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July 1, 2016
by: Beth Carreno

Announcing MAKER BREAK: A Summer Makerspace Program

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We are excited to announce a free summer makerspace program developed by IDEAS Academy[ideas/] and The ARTery of The John Michael Kohler Arts Center. MAKER BREAK is a series of summer workshops and sessions that explore a wide range of making practices and activities. Participants can explore everything from circuitry and mic building at IDEAS Academy to knotsmanship and screenprinting in The ARTery.

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May 27, 2016
by: Beth Carreno

The Mystical World of Roald Dahl at IDEAS Academy

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Everyone who has walked through the halls of IDEAS and Mosaic in recent weeks has noticed a giant peach, the huge copy of Matilda, and a small chocolate factory. These set pieces have had many people wondering how they would be used. That question was answered on Tuesday night when Diane Jones presented her Exhibition of Learning in the John Michael Kohler Art Center Matrix on Tuesday, May 24th.

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May 25, 2016
by: Sarah Williams, Étude Studios Writing Intern

IDEAS Spring Exhibitions of Learning Begin

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The lights dim, pencils are poised at the ready over feedback sheets, and a hush falls over the crowd. It’s EoL season, and IDEAS Academy students are ready to present their work from the last semester and provide feedback to their peers. Because of the number of EOLS this semester, the event now spans from Monday through Thursday, with Monday being added into the schedule to showcase student films.

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May 18, 2016
by: Kayla Guelig

Junior at IDEAS Academy Will Attend the TEACH Pre-College Program

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Kayla Guelig, a junior at IDEAS Academy recently wrote a blog about her experiences tutoring kindergarten students through the SASD Youth-Tutoring-Youth Program (YTY). YTY supports students’ exploration of their future goals and helps them with post-secondary planning. In this follow-up blog, Kayla discusses the pre-college TEACH program that she will be attending in summer 2016.

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May 10, 2016
by: Tad Phippen Wente, College Readiness Coordinator

IDEAS Spring College Readiness sprouted a range of opportunity

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Recent weeks have been so busy I haven’t even had time to write about all that’s been happening in College Readiness at IDEAS Academy. Even as seniors wrap up their college admissions and scholarship materials, our school continues to work with them, and all of our students, to help them prepare and be ready for their futures. Here are some of the highlights.

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May 6, 2016
by: Beth Carreno

IDEAS Academy Welcomes UWM Dancers

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Dani Kuepper, Senior Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts, and her students recently visited IDEAS Academy to work with our dancers during their project block. Using the idea of “secrets” as inspiration for developing a dance, students worked on solo development with a variety of body movements. Ms. Kuepper then had IDEAS students work with UWM partners to integrate their movements into duet dances and create more challenging choreography.

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April 23, 2016
by: Tad Phippen Wente, Creative Writing Teacher

Swamplandia! community read reaches students

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Joining the recent Lakeland College Community Book Read featuring Karen Russell’s Swamplandia! gave me a chance to dabble with text and blackout poetry, which I brought back for students to try. Gina Covelli, Community Relations Manager, and Jodie Liedke, Assistant Professor of Composition, shared copies of pages from the novel. We read through, then circled words that stood out. Blacking out all the rest with heavy strokes of Sharpie produced a poem that maybe reinterpreted the pages or maybe spoke to the reader about some other observation. It reminded me of finding the carving within a great block of old wood: you carve away until the subject is revealed. One of my students, Jackson, remarked that using pages of fiction was a much more rewarding experience for blackout poetry, the word choices so much more beautiful than those of nonfiction articles.

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