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September 8, 2016
by: Beth Carreno

IDEAS Academy Engineering and the Portable Shelter Project

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.

The Foundations of Architectural Design class began a tiny home initiative in the winter of 2016. The students led this project from ideation and development to implementation. Interestingly, the initial project didn’t include the construction of the shelter. But the students weren’t happy with the idea of simply designing the home; they wanted to build it. After all, they would be building their design not interpreting someone else’s blueprints.

As the project took shape, it became the Portable Shelter Project. Students decided the final project should benefit a homeless veteran. A partnership with Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin meant the 128 square-foot portable shelter could go to the James A. Peterson Veterans Village in Racine, WI.

The construction phase of the project took place throughout the summer at the Habitat for Humanity Lakeside lot. Having a safe and secure location for construction was critical. A group of about twenty students worked on the portable shelter with eight to ten students volunteering on any given day. They worked an average of three to four hours a day, four days a week.

Despite the challenges presented by heat, finding a location, and juggling logistics throughout the summer, everyone involved says the experience was very positive. High points of the project include the community’s willingness to contribute, the democratic process of the students, and the positive attitude of people who appreciated the contribution being made by the students.  This was true service learning for our students. They were able to learn critical architectural, engineering, and construction skills while giving back to someone who gave so much to our country!

This work could not have been done without the leadership of Tim Pasche. Mr. Pasche teaches the Foundations of Architectural Design. He volunteered his time and worked with the students to recruit partners and complete the project during the summer. He has also been a part of transforming the school’s engineering program. Students can take an engineering course each year from 6th through 12th grade.

The IDEAS students will attend Maker Faire Milwaukee on September 24th and 25th at the Wisconsin State Fair Park. They will showcase the Portable Shelter Project.

It is important to thank many organizations that provided financial and materials support. Sponsors and partners include The Étude Group’s Expanding Horizons Program; Habitat for Humanity Lakeside; Abacus Architects; The Home Depot Foundation; Alberici Constructors; Alliant Energy; Plymouth Foam; Quasius Construction; Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin; Town of Sheboygan Lions Club; Schroeder Brothers Home Improvements; City of Sheboygan; Anderson Trailer LLC; and The Sign Shop of Sheboygan.

Concert goers and sponsors of The Étude Sessions also supported with the purchase of their tickets. The Étude Sessions is the concert series that supports the schools and programs of The Étude Group.

Read more about the Portable Shelter’s transfer to Veteran’s Outreach of Wisconsin and ribbon cutting ceremony in an article featured in the Shebogan Press.

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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 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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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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December 17, 2015
by: Tad Phippen Wente, College Readiness Coordinator

Something for Everyone: Advantages of Two-Year Colleges

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IDEAS Academy juniors learned about attending UW-Sheboygan Tuesday, Dec. 15, when Admissions Recruiter Milissa Kloida came to speak. She focused on the “big decisions” young people need to make about living, finances, and career.

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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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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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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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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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November 25, 2013
by: Ted Hamm

IDEAS Students Create, Present and Gather Feedback at UW - Whitewater Creative Writing Festival

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A dozen IDEAS Academy writers attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater High School Creative Writing Festival November 20 to either share their writing or participate in...

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October 30, 2013
by: Ted Hamm

IDEAS Academy Community Service

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Photos: The Red Cross projected that the IDEAS blood drive could provide 29 pints of blood, but we surpassed their goal with 33 pints!

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