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November 23, 2015
by: Janelle Bane

With Amazon Smile, Your Purchases Help Build Community

Here at The Étude Group of Schools, IDEAS Academy, The Mosaic School, and Elementary School for Arts and Academics, we value not only the community within our walls, but what impact we make as individuals and as a group in our larger community. Through project-based learning, we can situate our academic learning into real-life, relevant issues in our community like monarch migration, native species awareness, and high school health.  If this is something you value, we'd like you to consider supporting us in our mission.

Do you shop online? Amazon Smile is a great way to make your online purchases at Amazon go even further. For every eligible purchase you make on Amazon Smile, The Étude Schools will receive a donation. Simple! 

So how do you get started? It’s easy. Just follow this link and select The Étude Group as your charity. Then your Amazon Account will be linked to our Amazon Smile account and you can start donating right away! You can also help us earn up to $15 by referring friends to this program. A link will pop up when you register to tell you how.

This program is incredibly easy and a great way to give back to your community through the online shopping you are already doing. The hardest part is to make sure your Amazon Smile account is linked with every purchase. We recommend bookmarking smile.amazon.com for use every time you make an online purchase. If you’ve never shopped through Amazon before and want to, you will be able to set up an Amazon Account with your first purchase. Then, just start shopping!

For every purchase you make on Amazon Smile, The Étude Group will receive 0.5% as a donation. It’s not a large percentage, true. But keep in mind that this is shopping you are already doing and there’s no cost to you to start. It does add up!  

If online shopping isn’t your jam, we understand. You can still support us! Support the sponsors of The Étude Sessions, a concert series whose proceeds benefit our schools. These are local businesses that support Good Music + Good Cause in our community. Better yet, become a sponsor yourself and receive benefits like tickets, recognition, and our never-ending gratitude. Purchase Étude Apparel at our online shop and literally wear your support on your sleeve! Simply sharing and commenting on our social media posts helps a great deal. There are so many ways to show your love; one is right for you.

To visit Amazon Smile's FAQ page, click here. To view complete program details, click here. If you have any questions about Amazon Smile or The Étude Group, please let us know! Email us at info@etudegroup.org.  

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November 2, 2015
by: Janelle Bane

Mosaic at Maywood: Native Animals and Energy Transfers

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Since the beginning of school, the Energy class at Mosaic has been learning about Energy Transfers and how animals and plants support each other in their natural habitats in Wisconsin. At school, students developed a body of knowledge and good field practices to take with them to Maywood Environmental Park to help them create, from their own observations, a food web for native animals in Wisconsin and a better understanding of the balance of ecosystems.

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October 7, 2015
by: Tad Phippen Wente with Courtney Kooistra, Rachel Meyer and Tim Pasche

Mosaic’s STEM trip to the Kohler Company: A structured forward look and thoughtful reflection

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Understanding the purpose of field trips and developing thinking around them is important at all of The Étude Schools. That’s why, on the day before their trip to Kohler Company for the STEM event it offers each year in October, Mosaic 8th graders attended a pre-trip meeting during Advisory.

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September 30, 2015
by: Molly King

Mosaic 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 6, 2015
by: Janelle Bane

New Teachers Get Oriented to the Culture of Community and Learning at Étude

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For the most part, this year’s new teachers didn’t know a thing about the Étude schools before they applied to work here. They saw a post for a teaching position at ESAA, Mosaic or IDEAS Academy and decided to check out our website to learn more. “It’s a bit of a drive, but I’m applying,” recalls Becky Knight excitedly. “I was immediately grabbed by the whole vision.” Rod Stoehr also saw the posting, went to the website and thought it sounded like a great fit. There was something about Étude’s unique learning philosophy, positive environment and collaborative culture that told each of them they belonged here.

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August 14, 2015
by: Ted Hamm

The Étude Group At The Levitt Amp Music Series

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The Étude Group will be participating in the August 20th Levitt Amp Sheboygan Music Series presented by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. This is a free, outdoor music series that features local food trucks and national music acts. The evening will feature music performances by IDEAS Academy students, Asiah Davis - Williams, Bayden Dassler, Kelsey Fick, Paris Wolf and Hannah Olmedo from 5:00 - 5:25 p.m. and Drew Fredrichsen’s band The Jetty Boys at 5:30 p.m. Additionally, Étude Group staff and students will lead interactive workshops in poetry, engineering, drama, and more starting at 5:00 p.m. until the headliner begins at 7:00 p.m. Please bring a blanket or chairs and join us on the lawn near our Étude tent.

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May 1, 2015
by: Tad Phippen Wente, Chief Curatorial Officer

Gallery News: May 1, 2015

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Copy MosaicBlog SGGallery Feeling bored? I mean, board? When you stroll through the halls at IDEAS Academy and The Mosaic School you will see boards and be able to touch them, too. During a March artists collaboration with Sebura and Gartelmann at the JMKAC[/middleschool/mosaic-blog/mosaic-students-to-collaborate-with-john-michael-kohler-arts-center-artists/], Mosaic students learned about visual aspects of original messages and designed their own signs using various sized panels. The signs speak in bold colors about safe, memorable, and peaceful places. Étude Studios Intern Erik Tetschlag has gathered these and fashioned them into wall decor and a sculpture to keep the students’ learning and messages visible to all.

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April 30, 2015
by: Tad Phippen Wente

8th Graders visit UW-Sheboygan

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A “Welcome Mosaic 8th Graders” sign greeted students as they entered a quiet Acuity Technology Center building at UW-Sheboygan on April 29 for a morning campus tour.

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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 24, 2015
by: Autumn Willard, Étude Studios Intern

Mosaic and IDEAS students explore sustainability

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Mosaic School students participated in a Lexicon for Sustainability event held at the Mead Public Library Wednesday, April 22. IDEAS Academy Botany students curated the event. It was set up like a scavenger hunt encouraging students to read the various art posters and talk to different student speakers. Mosaic Students eagerly looked at the different parts of each piece asking various questions about the ideas presented.

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April 21, 2015
by: N. Lynn Goldstein, Étude Studios Publication Design Intern

The Mosaic School works together to fertilize a better community

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On March 20, 2015, Rachel Gunderson and her Mosaic science students came together and put on a presentation for Sheboygan ecologist Scott Horzen, two Caan’s representatives, and UW-Madison student Owen Schneider, that demonstrated the students’ knowledge on the “Mosaic Garden” project that they would like to make happen. Whispers from the audience clearly showed interest in this idea, some stating that they have been involved since the idea was first brought up. The Mosaic School science classes created five different garden plans and then collaborated to propose one big and unique garden together that would host native plants of Wisconsin.

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April 6, 2015
by: Erica Brown

Final Shadow Day

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Students interested in learning more about The Mosaic School are invited to attend our Shadow Day on Tuesday, April 14th from 8:05 to 3:15 p.m.

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March 27, 2015
by: Colleen Machut

An introduction to Theater from Many Lands & Times

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On Wednesday, March 11th Mosaic students began new seminar classes for Trimester 3. Students have the opportunity to take two different seminars each trimester and can choose between six creative disciplines: Music, Creative Writing, Dance, Visual Art, Engineering, and Drama. Part of this choice includes what we call a "project seminar," or a seminar wherein they will do an in depth interpretation of an academic concept through the art form they are studying in the seminar. An example of this from Trimester 2 is the Animation Sensations[/middleschool/community/mosaic-gallery/new-portfolio-page/] seminar and an extension of this at IDEAS Academy is IDEAS Project Block[/highschool/community/ideas-gallery/].

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March 16, 2015
by: Colleen Machut

A look inside Mosaic Social Studies

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In social studies, Mosaic students are learning to think like social scientists and function as active citizens. This trimester they will explore human rights in the context of different historical events. To start their exploration, students chose the area of human rights that they were most interested in, and then they were organized into groups based on those interests. The image above depicts students collaborating to develop a driving question and an idea for their trimester-long project. They will spend the rest of the year building from their own inquiry and incorporating class activities to create relevance and interpret meaning.

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March 3, 2015
by: Erica Brown

Information Night

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Students and families interested in learning more about The Mosaic School are invited to attend our Information Night on Tuesday, March 24th from 6:00-7:15 p.m.

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March 2, 2015
by: Rachel Gunderson, Mosaic Think Tank Advisor

IDEAS & Mosaic Think Tanks host Community Night, March 13th

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IDEAS and Mosaic Think Tanks have collaborated to host a Community Night featuring dinner and a talent show. Dinner will be provided through a cook-off, where students and staff will bring their best dish and serve it up to the guests who will then vote on their favorite. A winner will be announced at the end of the event. Entertainment will be provided by the brave and talented students who are interested in performing for the school. The event will begin at 5:00pm on Friday, March 13th and conclude at 7:00pm in the IDEAS/Mosaic Cafeteria.

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February 18, 2015
by: Molly King

Mosaic students experience Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company at John Michael Kohler Arts Center

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*Footlights Performance*

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February 14, 2015
by: Kimberly Johnson

Mosaic hosts 4th annual The Étude Group Chess Tournament

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Rows of tables lined with black and white squares, strategizing eyes create a productive kind of quiet on a Saturday afternoon at The Mosaic School. The fourth annual Étude Group Chess Tournament was held on February 14th, 2015 as part of the Wisconsin Scholastic Chess Federation.

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February 11, 2015
by: Molly King

6th Street Dance, a creative outlet after school

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6th Street Dance started from a vision Molly King had to create space for adult community members to collaboratively make dance. 6th Street Dance has performed at various Sheboygan events, such as Earth Fest and Youth Art Month at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Now, 6th Street Dance is continuing to meet, but this time, the mission is for young adolescents to be creative.

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February 8, 2015
by: Kimberly Johnson

Mosaic students to collaborate with artists at John Michael Kohler Arts Center

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Mosaic students have the unique opportunity to collaborate with renown artists Lily Cai and Sebura & Gartelmann. In the upcoming workshops, students will respond to works...

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February 2, 2015

Mosaic Shadow Day

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Students interested in learning more about The Mosaic School y are invited to attend our Shadow Day on Friday, February 6th from 7:55 a.m. to 3:06 p.m.

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February 2, 2015

Mosaic Information Night

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Students and families interested in learning more about The Mosaic School are invited to attend our Open House on Thursday, February 5th from 6:00-7:15 p.m.

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January 21, 2015
by: Kimberly Johnson

Community Day: Mosaic gathers at Kiwanis Park for sledding and hot cocoa

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Last Saturday, January 17th Mosaic students, families, and staff gathered at Kiwanis Park in Sheboygan for an afternoon of community building with sleds and hot cocoa. Our student representatives in Think Tank planned the event with their advisor, Ms. Rachel Gunderson. You can read more about the planning process and Think Tank in The Mosaic Stream - Issue 2[/middleschool/mosaic-blog/mosaic-stream-second-issue/].

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January 20, 2015
by: Kimberly Johnson

New! Subscribe to get Mosaic Blog posts by Email

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The Mosaic School 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 Mosaic 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 18, 2015
by: Erica Brown

Mosaic Shadow Day

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Students interested in learning more about The Mosaic School are invited to attend our Shadow Day on Friday, January 23rd from 7:55 a.m. to 3:06 p.m.

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January 18, 2015
by: Erica Brown

Mosaic Open House

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The Mosaic School Offers Open House

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January 13, 2015
by: Annika Damkot, Brandon Guariglia, Jackson Kloes, Nic Daniels, Odhinn Crosson, Owen Brownell, Tate Tousey & Kimberly Johnson

Mosaic Stream - Second Issue

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

Gallery News : January 9, 2015

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Transitions reflect the on-going value of visible thinking How could tattoo design demonstrate understanding of elements in the Periodic Table? How might plants and animals battle to survive...

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January 6, 2015
by: Kimberly Johnson

MAP Testing

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We will begin the next MAP testing period on Monday, January 12th.

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