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April 23, 2017
by: Jackson Kloes, Writing Apprentice for Étude Studios

LTC offers IDEAS sophomores some Career Connections

The scent of curiosity loomed in the air, the eagerness of students was near palpable. Myself along with a crowd of other students arrived for the April 11 fieldtrip early, awaiting what educational opportunities this morning would bring us. This intrigue would carry our group of thirty-some sophomores to the photo-lined corridors of Lakeshore Technical College.

Sunglasses sat atop the rows upon rows of folding chairs, as a gift. Crowded in the assembly room of LTC, we patiently waited for the start, chatting about what we looked forward to most. Our conversations were put to a halt as two Acuity HR employees, whose company was one of several sponsors, opened with a poem about the exciting realm of the private sector. Focus quickly shifted to the conclusion brought on by the event director who dismissed us by career interest groups to our first session of soul-searching and hand raising.

I was off to room 147 for the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources session hosted by three enthusiastic men. An employee of the USDA, the first presenter introduced us to the world of government assistance and oversight in the realm of private farming. I couldn’t help but ponder how local farms have benefited from these programs as well as our environment. Following his presentation was a man who had traveled the nation with his fertilizer business. I had never in my life seen someone so energetic towards efficient farming; it was infectious.

Our session closed with an invigorating speech from a non-profit employee whose goal is to popularize urban farming in Sheboygan. With a shake of the hand he handed me a brochure for their organization and I was on my way. While I may have learned that farming isn’t for me, nonprofit work might be. On my walk through the hall I overheard another student gushing about the presentations we’d just seen, completely overwhelmed by the sheer number of opportunities this field held and that she would have to choose just one.  

Passing the IDEAS physics teacher, I exclaimed with a vigor not far from that of Bill Pullman in Independence Day, ”Non-profit work had never crossed my mind before, I’m definitely going to look into it more.”

Locking eyes with my next destination, the large lecture room filled with experts in performing arts and telecommunications, I felt my feet whisk my body across the halls of LTC. I plopped into my seat, game face on, ready to discuss everything from simple educational information to elaborations on the job experience. The highlight of this session would come in the form of a question-response from the local voice of Sheboygan radio as well as the Sheboygan Press Top Editor who stated that the best activities and classes to pursue in high school were forensics, drama club, creative writing, writing for publication, scriptwriting, and acting. All of these opportunities were offered at IDEAS. Never before have I felt such excitement and ardor to shoot my hand up high in the air to hear professionals gush over celebrities and other oddballs they had the pleasure of working with in their glamorous field of 21st-century journalism, radio, and film.

The bus ride home was filled with talk about the sessions we had witnessed and the multitude of aspirations that now seemed attainable.

“Career Connections plays an important role in the academic and career planning process for approximately 1400 Sheboygan County tenth graders each year. This career exploration event allows each student to attend two, 50-minute sessions from career representatives.” —from the Sheboygan County Chamber, business.sheboygan.org

 

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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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March 16, 2017
by: Keira Collin, Étude Studios Writing Intern

Building Community through Town Hall

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As clusters of students and staff alike filter into the IDEAS Academy Drama Room, there is animated chatter that is only heightened by an air of anticipation. An advisory cohort gathers in a tight circle in the front of the room, heads bowed closely together to shield their secrets from the rest of the group. As the entirety of the school settles, a student steps ahead of the group and hollers:

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March 6, 2017
by: Keira Collin, Étude Studios Writing Intern

IDEAS Student Receives Honorable Mention

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Screen Shot 2017 03 06 at 5.12.14 PM Hannah Staats, a senior at IDEAS Academy, was awarded with an honorable mention throughout the Midwest for her writing portfolio. She submitted a group of works compiled mostly of flash fiction, poetry, and some prose to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

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February 6, 2017
by: Keira Collin, Étude Studios Writing Intern

IDEAS has a volunteer culture

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During Exhibitions of Learning (EoLs) at IDEAS Academy, a group of dedicated students volunteer their time to keep everything running smoothly and efficiently. Volunteer positions include curating the gallery for gallery walks, timing presentations, ushering at Jake’s Cafe, managing sound equipment, and introducing presenters.

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January 6, 2017
by: Keira Collin, Étude Studios Writing Intern

IDEAS students spread kindness before the holidays

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The IDEAS Academy class of 2017 along with facilitator Karen Robison developed a calendar for the month of December with daily prompts for students to complete in order to spread kindness throughout the school before winter vacation.

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December 14, 2016
by: Keira Collin, Étude Studios Writing Intern

IDEAS students attend writing festival

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Before dawn broke on Wednesday, November 16, a group of IDEAS Academy writers boarded the bus heading to the UW-Whitewater Creative Writing Festival. The festival, an annual tradition for 32 years, is an opportunity for writers at the high school level to acquire constructive feedback on their work. It also allows them an audience to build upon their skill of presenting and public speaking.

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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: 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 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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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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April 21, 2016
by: Beth Carreno

The Étude Group's Maker Movement

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There is a lot of talk in education these days about “makerspaces.” It seems to be a new buzz word. The reality is that while it may be a new concept for some in the education community, it’s one of the foundations for The Étude Group. While the concepts of making and creating are not new for us, our role in sharing this concept at a greater level with the community is.

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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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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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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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December 16, 2015
by: Tad Phippen Wente

Little Free Library opens its door at IDEAS

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A few steps from the IDEAS Academy Garden on Virginia Avenue, right next to bench and bike rack, stands our very own Little Free Library. One might never guess that, as of November, it’s also on the world map!

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October 14, 2015
by: Tad Phippen Wente and Sarah Williams

The Wisconsin Education Fair: Two Perspectives

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IDEAS College Readiness Coordinator and Student Writing Intern offer their experiences at the WEF, Wisconsin Education Fair, in September.

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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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May 18, 2015
by: Tad Phippen Wente

Original tiny Library takes shape for IDEAS garden

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Our schools and garden would not be complete without the colorful intrigue of a Little Free Library. So senior Erik Tetschlag designed and is building one! Watch for this gem to sprout soon!

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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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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 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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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 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 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 20, 2015
by: Kimberly Johnson

New! Subscribe to get IDEAS Blog posts by Email

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IDEAS Academy is committed to enriching our community by engaging families, professionals, academics, and other interested community members in our learning. One of the primary ways that we share our story of learning at IDEAS is through this blog. If you would like to receive our blog posts by email, please click here. Enter your email address, subscribe, and then please check your email to "activate" your subscription.

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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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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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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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