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March 20, 2020
by: Michael Q. Hanlon, Étude Theater and Film Teacher

Filmmaker Shares Industry Experience in the Classroom

Students at Étude High School participate in seminars that develop their ability to investigate, analyze, and synthesize relevant topics and issues in our modern society through a creative lens. Seminars include visual arts, dance, engineering, theatre arts, and music. Seminars also provide a space for guest professionals to share their individual experiences in their given industry with students inside the classroom.

Recently, Cinematic Language seminar was very fortunate to have such an experience, with filmmaker Beah Travis. Although she has been involved in productions around the country, Beah is a native of Sheboygan County and has come back to film her passion project. She has reached out to a number of local organizations to get involved in different ways. She was particularly interested in connecting with students in the area in order to provide professional, hands-on experience in a way that she didn’t have access to herself.

During her first contact with the students at Étude, she shared a detailed “call sheet” (the schedule for the day of production) and talked through the diverse roles required on set (have you ever wondered what the script supervisor does?). Afterwards, she obliged us with a lengthy Q&A session. Students asked about her current project and how they might fit into it, her past projects and what she’s learned from them, and advice for aspiring filmmakers.

Beah fit in well with our school culture, stressing that she’s had to persevere through mistakes and learn from being “wrong” sometimes. She encouraged students to engage in revisions. “Never shoot the first thing you write,” she advised. Or more bluntly, “kill your darlings,” meaning that she’s had to let go of favorite scenes and characters when she realized that they didn’t serve the overall goals of her narrative.

Students are looking forward to working more with Beah in the future, either through professional workshops, shadow days on set, or feedback on the projects that they are working on themselves.


November 26, 2019
by: Michael Hanlon

Étude Writers Attend UW-Whitewater Creative Writing Festival

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It's the end of November, which means that it's time once again to attend the Whitewater Creative Writing Festival. Étude has been attending the Festival for over a decade, but this was the first trip for most of our attending students this year. Fourteen 9th, 10th, and 11th graders hopped on the bus and spent the day on the UW-Whitewater campus, interacting with peers from across the Midwest, workshopping their writing, and learning from some of the finest writers in Wisconsin.

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October 24, 2017
by: Jackson Kloes, Étude Studios Writing Intern

Étude Group Students present their learning and creations at the Milwaukee Maker Faire

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Over the September 23rd-24th weekend students from both the middle and high schools presented animations, literature, 3D-printing, and held their own rock painting workshops for thousands...

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May 19, 2017

IDEAS Baccalaureate 2017

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Students, Families, Friends, and Community Members, you are cordially invited to the * Baccalaureate Ceremony **for the IDEAS Academy Class of 2017 *Thursday, June 1st at 6 pm In the Matrix of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center 608 New York Avenue, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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April 12, 2017
by: Keira Collin, Étude Studios Writing Intern

IDEAS Students attend conference for The Tempest

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The Issues and Ethics class travelled to UW-Madison to attend the Great World Texts[http://humanities.wisc.edu/public-humanities/gwt/about-gwt/] conference on Monday, April 3. This year, students around Wisconsin read William Shakespeare’s The Tempest and created projects to focus on a specific thematic lens within the book. Students attended plenary sessions in which one group from each school presented their project in front of the entire conference group, a Q&A with keynote speaker Margaret Atwood, and two gallery walks compiled of the creations of all of the participating schools.

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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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July 13, 2015
by: Nina Matti

Students explore Alzheimer's patients' relationships through dance

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For their IDEAS Project Block, five students explored the changes that Alzheimer's patients deal with as their diseases progress, especially focusing on their relationships with others....

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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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May 4, 2012
by: Ashleigh Vertin, IDEAS Academy Publication Intern

Mike’s returning students host theater games performance

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Mike Hanlon's returning Theatre Games students put on a show in Mike’s Room to demonstrate how they have furthered and their learning by retaking this...

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February 28, 2012
by: Dollie Cromwell, Journalist

Exhibitions of Learning

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Do you have some old items in your garage or attic that you’d like to transform? Do you know how a Japanese education compares to one in the United States? Have you ever wondered what prompts someone to become a serial killer? Are you intrigued by domes?

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June 23, 2011
by: Dollie Cromwell

TimeSlips Exhibit Opening

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John Michael Kohler Arts Center will debut its first student-created exhibit Sunday as part of its “Hiding Places: Memory in the Arts” multi-media event.

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May 21, 2011
by: Leah Eilmus

Folk Music Seminar

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American folk music encompasses numerous genres, many of which are known as roots music. Roots music includes bluegrass, country music, gospel, old time music, jug bands,...

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May 11, 2011
by: Tad Phippen Wente, Creative Writing teacher

TimeSlips Seminar

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Today in the TimeSlips Seminar (this is a project we’re working on with JMKAC’s Connecting Communities) we enjoyed a visit from Tracy Cinealis, CSA, of Libby’s...

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April 17, 2011
by: Tad Phippen Wente, Creative Writing teacher

Poetry & Lyrics Seminar

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Poetry & Lyrics Seminar wrapped up its quarter today with a “Final Reading” in three categories: Poetry Out Loud (inspired by the National Endowment for the...

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