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October 5, 2016

IDEAS Reads Super, Natural, Great Books

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, and some some students who write books of their own. That's some serious book love right there. 

IDEAS Academy's English Language Arts teachers, Addie Degenhardt and Heather Sheets, along with their students, have been selected to participate in the University of Wisconsin - Madison Center for the Humanities program called Great World Texts in Wisconsin. According to the website, this program connects scholars with a diverse group teachers and students across the state through the shared project of reading and discussing a classic piece of world literature. Drawing from world literature throughout the ages, the program’s selection of texts reflects a capacious understanding of the idea of the “literary classic.” The program includes workshops in which participating teachers work with UW faculty members on interpreting and understanding each text, extensive supporting curriculum materials, and an Annual Student Conference in which students from all participating schools come together to share their work and hear from distinguished speakers. Now in its eleventh year, Great World Texts has reached hundreds of students and teachers in dozens of school districts throughout the state of Wisconsin.

William Shakespeare's The Tempest is this year's Great World Text in Wisconsin. Today, Addie and Heather are in Madison are at a workshop with UW scholars and other teachers. For people who love books, this is a very exciting experience. Not only do our teachers get to "nerd out" with their peers, they are always energized by the opportunity to share our unique project-based practices with other teachers. 

The Center for the Humanities touts that when students read The Tempest this year, they will join worldwide celebrations of Shakespeare’s 400-year legacy. At UW-Madison will include an exhibit of Shakespeare’s original First Folio, arguably the most treasured book to date. The Tempest is the last play Shakespeare wrote and one of its most enigmatic and inspiring, anticipating contemporary debates around colonialism, imperialism, racism, indigeneity, gender, and disability. As they read the play and explore its hundreds of adaptations (including sci-fi movies, prison dramas, and classic opera, and an adaptation by Margaret Atwood), students and educators will engage with a historical background of transatlantic travel, conquest, and slavery throughout the 16th and 17th centuries.

Students look forward to this study and sharing their exhibitions at the Great World Texts in Wisconsin Annual Student Conference will take place on Monday, April 3, 2017. Booker Prize-winning novelist Margaret Atwood, will give the keynote address at the conference. (Yes, you read that correctly, Margaret Atwood.) We can't think of a better way to continue the contemplation of the super natural, which began with our mini-project week and observing the exhibition at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center this fall.

There's even more book love happening right now!

One of our Étude Sessions Season 4 artists, Peter Mulvey, is closing out his Kickstarter campaign for his innovative book "Vlad the Astrophysicist - An Illustrated Book for Old Souls." Support him if you can!

Finally, the Sheboygan Children's Book Festival is this coming weekend, October 7-9th. With so many opportunities to engage with stories, authors, and illustrators, there is too much to list here. 

 

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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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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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March 16, 2016
by: Sarah Williams, Étude Studios Writing Intern

IDEAS Forensics Team speaks success

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Sara Bartol Foresnics Qualifier 3

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March 15, 2016
by: Tad Phippen Wente

Students add some new spin to their camera lenses at Étude Studios

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Mike Wiesman, owner and creative of MWMedia, met with Étude Studios Photography Interns and future photographers Tuesday, March 15, for an hour-long professional workshop about working with digital cameras and lenses.

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March 12, 2016
by: Sarah Williams, Étude Studios Writing Intern

IDEAS students listen to the laureate

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“We accept all words” was how U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera opened his craft talk at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee on March 4. Twelve IDEAS Academy students attended the craft talk to learn about writing process.

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January 29, 2016
by: Kimberly Johnson

IDEAS Academy, where it's classy to rock

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When I asked Rock Band student, Bayden Dassler, about the poster with dumpsters on it, he explained that making a band "all about collaboration" and in...

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January 20, 2016
by: Sarah Williams, Étude Studios Intern

IDEAS Exhibitions of Learning | Winter 2015 - 2016

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IDEAS Academy doesn’t have finals. Finals, usually, are big examinations detailing everything learned at the end of a semester. When IDEAS students tell people that they don’t take these tests, there is generally some sort of disbelief of learning, like if we aren’t tested, we aren’t going to be prepared for the ‘real world’.

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January 3, 2016
by: Erica Brown

Student Shadow Day

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I.D.E.A.S. Academy is hosting a student Shadow Day on January 28th from 7:55 am to 3:06 pm. Students interested in experiencing a day at I.D.E.A.S. Academy are welcome to attend. For further information, contact Erica Brown at ebrown@etudegroup.org, or visit our website at www.etudegroup.org.

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January 3, 2016
by: Erica Brown

Information Night

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I.D.E.A.S. Academy is hosting an information night on January 26th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in room 3402. I.D.E.A.S. Academy staff will provide a brief overview of the curriculum, student guided tours will be available and the evening will close with a question and answer session. All community members are welcome.

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December 31, 2015

Inquiry. Interpretation. Innovation: IDEAS Academy's Exhibitions of Learning Winter 2015-2016

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For those who do not already know us, IDEAS Academy is a public charter school within the Sheboygan Area School District committed to preparing students for a world that increasingly values creativity and innovation. It is a school where all students are enrolled in academic classes, arts seminars, and a unique, student-driven course called IDEAS Project Block. IDEAS Project Block is a semester-long class that provides students the opportunity to design and manage an original project of their choice.

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November 5, 2015
by: Sarah Williams, Étude Studio Writing Intern

IDEAS Health Fair Explores Topics to Improve Health of School Community

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On October 28, the IDEAS Academy Human Anatomy and Physiology class put on their Health Fair. Students spent the six weeks of the class choosing a health topic to create a project that could help to educate the school. Among topics chosen were family health history, vaccinations, teen pregnancy, and bicycle safety.

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September 30, 2015
by: Molly King

IDEAS Camp Étude Returns

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We are very excited to announce that Camp Étude is back this year! We are offering a robust after school program. The expanded program will provide opportunities for students to participate in programming that:

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September 11, 2015
by: Kimberly Johnson

An IDEAS Approach to Projects, Community

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IDEAS Academy is located in the heart of Sheboygan, just a walk away from the Sheboygan River, Fountain Park, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Lake Michigan, Mead Library, and 8th Street. This affords many opportunities for the community to become our school and for our school to impact the community. In the first two weeks of school, IDEAS Academy students engaged in a very intentional dialogue about community through two rapid, collaborative experiences using the creative process.

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May 24, 2015
by: Addie Degenhardt

IDEAS Exhibitions of Learning - Spring 2015

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The IDEAS Academy Exhibitions of Learning Showcase Projects will be featured on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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April 29, 2015
by: Press Release

Étude Group Director selected to participate in WAB Creative Industries Committee

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Madison, WI (April 29,2015) – Ted Hamm, Director, Principal and Founder of the The Étude Group has been selected to be a member of the Creative Industries Committee. The Creative Industries Committee is a board of experts comprised by The Wisconsin Arts Board to guide the Arts Board’s work to serve and promote the creative industries in Wisconsin.

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April 27, 2015
by: Peter Woods

IDEAS Explorations into Abstract Thought hosts casino night on April 28th

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Screen Shot 2015 04 27 at 7.45.07 AM I.D.E.A.S. ACADEMY CASINO NIGHT Paradigm Annex Tuesday, April 28th 5:30-7:00 Free and Open to the Public

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April 17, 2015
by: Tad Phippen Wente

Madison trip offers juniors a close look at college options

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IDEAS Academy Class of 2016 woke early for a day in Madison on April 15. First stop was the University of Wisconsin for a general overview and campus walking tour.

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April 6, 2015
by: Erica Brown

Final Shadow Day

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Students interested in learning more about I.D.E.A.S. Academy are invited to attend our Shadow Day on Tuesday, April 14th from 7:55 a.m. to 3:06 p.m.

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March 20, 2015
by: Tad Phippen Wente

UW-Sheboygan rep informs juniors about the school and UW System

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UW-Sheboygan High School Relations and Recruitment Coordinator Elisa Carr spoke to IDEAS Academy juniors Wednesday, March 18, to share information about the University and the UW System.

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March 13, 2015
by: Tad Phippen Wente

Internships allow for career exploration senior year

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Étude Studios is a team of IDEAS Academy student interns that tackles the business of capturing learning and events at The Étude Schools. Each intern brings a specific skill to the team. Through real experience, each learns what it might be like to work in that specific field.

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March 5, 2015
by: Tad Phippen Wente

School of Writers: “19 Writers” speak out about what they do

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In her foreword to Caroline Sharp’s The Writer’s Workbook: Daily Exercises for the Writing Life, Elizabeth Gilbert recounts the following conversation with a friend:

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March 1, 2015
by: Michael Q. Hanlon

"The Curious Collection of Albert Montwhistle," Ep. 2

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The Curious Collection of Albert Montwhistle continues with Episode 2 (be sure to check out Episode 1[/highschool/ideas-blog/radio-drama-continues-the-first-episode/] from last week).

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March 1, 2015
by: Tad Phippen Wente

Older students spring ahead with college preparations

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February and March are coming alive with college plans for juniors and seniors.

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February 27, 2015
by: Drew Fredrichsen

IDEAS Rock Band Class to perform

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The public is invited to see one of the final stages of the journey the IDEAS Rock Band class has been on this trimester. Over the course of the trimester students have focused on learning key elements of what it takes to be in a rock band: communication, collaboration, and Habits of Mind.

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February 20, 2015
by: Tad Phippen Wente, Chief Curatorial Officer

Gallery News : February 20, 2015

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Across from Stuart Howland’s Visual Arts classroom, a collection of charcoal drawings captures our attention: human figures—their faces provocative, shadowed, lit by an unknown source; shapes—a simple vase, a barely discernible collection, an object. We stop to wonder. The images, drawn by IDEAS Academy students in the Visioning Seminar, are not instantly accessible. They make us think.

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February 15, 2015
by: Michael Q Hanlon and Kimberly Johnson

"The Curious Collection of Albert Montwhistle," Ep. 1

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The IDEAS Acting Seminar is back with another radio drama podcast. This time it is an original script written by our very own drama teacher, Mike Hanlon[/about-us/staff/michael-q-hanlon/], "The Curious Collection of Albert Montwhistle." This is episode 1, but students will serialize the work through multiple episodes in February.

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February 15, 2015
by: Kimberly Johnson

IDEAS Project Feature | Psychology's Influence on Culture

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Hannah Staats is a sophomore at IDEAS Academy. For her IDEAS Project this fall semester, she followed her curiosity about self-enhancement bias through a course of research in order to uncover and interpret the following question:

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February 12, 2015
by: Erica Brown & Kimberly Johnson

Camp Étude cooks collaborate with Chef Rob Hurrie of Black Pig

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The kitchen at IDEAS Academy might be small, but the conversation, laughter, aromas, and possibilities are large. The Cooking Club meets weekly as part of our after school program, Camp Étude, and they prepare a dish from scratch: lasagna, guacamole, and soups for example.

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February 10, 2015
by: Tad Phippen Wente, College Readiness Coordinator

Visit to LTC Discovery Day extends beyond the fieldtrip

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Nineteen IDEAS Academy juniors attended LTC Discovery Day this morning to focus on specific career areas and learn what Lakeshore Area Technical College offers. Three seniors and one sophomore also participated.

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February 7, 2015
by: Kimberly Johnson

IDEAS Project Feature | Relationships with Alzheimer's

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Starting with this project, our website will feature a gallery of student work. If you are interested in learning more about the thinking and writing that lead to the project below, please visit the Relationships with Alzheimer's Gallery Page[/highschool/community/ideas-gallery/relationships-alzheimers-2015/].

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February 5, 2015
by: Michael Q. Hanlon

IDEAS Acting Seminar performs original script

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This week the Acting Seminar is performing a script titled "Capture the Flag Practice" written by student Arden Howland as part of Camp Étude, an after school Drama Production Club.

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January 28, 2015
by: Michael Q. Hanlon

IDEAS Acting Seminar Explores Radio Drama

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Every year in the Acting Seminar, students spend a week exploring a variety of theatrical styles before selecting one to study for the trimester. This year, one section of students opted to study radio drama. For our first recording, we selected two scripts from The Five Mysteries Program, an anthology radio show that ran from 1947 to 1950 in the United States.

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January 26, 2015
by: Kyle Whelton, Class of 2011

Alumni Feature : Kyle Whelton, Class of 2011

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TEG-Student-KyleWhelton In June of 2011, after four incredible years at etude, I graduated in the first generation of students to attend what would become IDEAS for the entire tenure of my high school career. When I walked the bowl in June, I had a plan for the next five to ten years of my life. I was going to attend Marquette University for my undergraduate education, go on to law school, and then practice somewhere in Wisconsin. Fast-forward 3 years to March of 2014. I was a junior at Marquette University on track to graduate with a 4.0, running for Student Government President, and studying for the LSAT in preparation for the grueling process of applying to law school. But instead of worrying about taking the LSAT, one of the most notoriously hard graduate school entrance exams, I had a paralyzing anxiety of the idea of attending law school.

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January 24, 2015
by: Davina Boykin, Class of 2015

Youth Apprenticeship Feature : Davina Boykin '15

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TEG Student DavinaBoykin2015 My name is Davina Boykin, and I am a senior at IDEAS Academy. I am a QA Youth Apprentice at Rockline Industries. I first learned about the Youth Apprenticeship program from my friend, Victoria Hoppe, who was, at the time, a STEM Youth Apprentice at Kohler Company. She was working on advanced CAD (computer-aided design) drawings that were then being used by the Kohler Engineers. The more she spoke about her job, the more interested I became. So, intrigued as I was, I attended one of the information nights at LTC, and the information I received there only increased my motivation to apply. By participating in the program, you get real-world job experience, high school and college credit, and you even get paid for it. Not to mention, you also make valuable connections in the working world. All of this, and more, convinced me that I wanted to be a Youth Apprentice. And so, I applied.

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January 22, 2015
by: Tad Phippen Wente, Chief Curatorial Officer

Gallery News : January 22, 2015

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Beginning today, the IDEAS/Mosaic Balcony Gallery is home to some life-sized musical instruments: people! Mosaic Voice Seminar students recently completed their study of how the parts of the human body must function together to make quality sound. Through singing, students practice and learn how their voices sound. Through understanding where crucial points in the body are and how they work, students learn to sound better. With a kind of “kinesthetic memory” they balance their instruments, just as one might balance fingerings and bow strokes on a cello or embouchure and air to play a clarinet.

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January 16, 2015
by: Tad Phippen Wente

FAFSA is focus of Senior Institute Tuesday

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Senior Institute January 20, during Advisory, will focus on FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Seniors will set up their individual accounts and make a list of information they will need from parents.

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January 9, 2015
by: Tad Phippen Wente, Chief Curatorial Officer

Gallery News : January 9, 2015

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How could tattoo design demonstrate understanding of elements in the Periodic Table?

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January 7, 2015
by: Tad Phippen Wente, College Readiness Coordinator

Alumni Day

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Alumni Day (Staff calls this the best day of the year.)

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January 7, 2015
by: Tad Phippen Wente, College Readiness Coordinator

Happy Alumni Day!

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Happy Alumni Day!

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January 6, 2015
by: Kimberly Johnson

Exhibitions of Learning - Winter 2015 Preview

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Community members, families, and friends are invited to attend IDEAS Academy's Winter 2014 Exhibitions of Learning.

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January 6, 2015
by: Kelsey Fick (IDEAS Class of '15)

College Readiness: A Student's Perspective

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When talking to a group of students, the word “College” can send any of them into an immediate frenzy of tears and hair pulling. Or at least that was true for me. My least favorite question, which was unavoidable at any family function and even in class, was “What are your plans for after high school?” It seemed as though this question would be the only thing I would hear for my entire senior year. My advisor would be starting class, and all I could hear were the haunting whispers of “college” “graduation” “make big decisions”, I mean, all she really said was ‘Hello,” but that’s not what I heard.

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January 6, 2015
by: Kimberly Johnson

SRI Testing starts January 8

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We will begin SRI testing on Thursday, January 8th.

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December 22, 2014
by: Addie Degenhardt

The Étude Sessions Presents: We are the Willows

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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.

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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

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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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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