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June 12, 2017

Mosaic 8th grade trip to Chicago includes service

On Wednesday, May 31st, Mosaic 8th graders took a field trip to the City of Chicago to celebrate their three years of middle school! In an effort to give back, students worked with The Honeycomb Project, an organization in Chicago that creates youth volunteer opportunities. To prepare for the trip, many of our 8th grade students met after school on several days to create pet toys to donate to the Anti Cruelty Society Shelter through The Honeycomb Project in Chicago. 

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April 26, 2017

Mosaic Envisions Futures in Sheboygan and Beyond

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Weather Report: Cloudy, foggy, thunderstorms. Mosaic students shared these weather metaphors to represent their perspective on college and life after high school on Tuesday morning, April 25th. Students had many questions, “How much does it cost?”, “How long will the program take?”, “What are the benefits of going to college?”.

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November 16, 2016
by: Courtney Kooistra, Mosaic Math Teacher and Lead Advisor

Mosaic Students Peer Mentoring for Presentations of Learning

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For the last few weeks, Mosaic students have been reflecting on the first trimester of the 2016-2017 school year by planning for their Presentation of Learning (POL). What is a POL? This is a time where students share out with their parents and advisor about the growth they have made throughout the trimester and the goals they have for the future by looking back at the work they accomplished. Today in advisory, 7th and 8th grade advisories paired up with the 6th grade advisories to help model how to choose artifacts and explain how the artifacts can be used as evidence of the growth students have made.

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November 13, 2016
by: Rachel Meyer, Mosaic Science

Mosaic field studies at Maywood

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In Particles, Mosaic's science class, students have been exploring the question "How does the quality of water affect life?" This real-world question prompts a range of topics from ethics of contamination in Flint, Michigan to the Sheboygan River restoration project that students participated in our first week of school. Particles is designed to give students opportunities to look at these challenges in their tiniest forms, atoms, by designing experiments and substantiating their conclusions with data.

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September 12, 2016
by: Courtney Koositra, Lead Advisor

Mosaic Intentionally Prepares for Intellectual and Professional Engagement

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Over the last three days, students at The Mosaic School participated in their first Town Hall, attended seminar previews, got a glimpse of what their academic classes will be like, and spent more time together with their advisory building community through multiple activities and discussions. The first Town Hall allowed students to meet each other, share out a movement that represented their advisory group, and share goals that they had for how Town Hall should be run this year. Town Hall is a whole school gathering that happens every Wednesday in an effort to build community, share out important information, enhance student leadership, and discuss community issues.

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September 6, 2016
by: Courtney Kooistra, Lead Advisor

Mosaic Develops Habits of Professionalism at Camp Anokijig

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Today our students and advisors loaded up the busses and headed out to Camp Anokijig for a day full of activities that tested our ability to collaborate and communicate effectively to work toward a goal in an outdoor setting. Throughout the day, groups consisting of two advisories each completed three different activities which all had different goals. A student favorite was the voyager canoe, which allowed an entire advisory to get into the canoe together and navigate around the lake. Mr. Fredrichsen’s advisory collaborated by singing a song as a group which allowed them to row in rhythm. Other groups identified roles, noticing that once they had a leader it was much easier to row together and move the canoe effectively. While reflecting on this activity, Mr. Laborde and Miss Kooistra’s advisees identified that in order to be successful as a group they needed to listen to each student’s ideas, put forth maximum effort, focus on the task at hand, encourage each other, and take on leadership opportunities when appropriate. Students then tried to improve at each of these aspects throughout the rest of the day.

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September 2, 2016
by: Courtney Kooistra, Lead Advisory & Math Teacher

Mosaic Community, Service, Learning

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What is service learning? Today Mosaic students had the opportunity to go out into the Sheboygan community as they learned valuable skills throughout a day filled with providing service to different organizations. Each grade level went to a different location and fulfilled needs that we identified within the community outside of our school. Our sixth graders had the opportunity to go to the Sheboygan River[http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/greatlakes/sheboygan.html] area surrounding the UW Sheboygan and pull weeds as they learned a little about invasive species. Seventh grade students went to Nourish[http://www.nourishfarms.org/], a non profit organization in Sheboygan County, and helped harvest within the nourish garden as well as learn about the services of the Nourish organization. Eighth grade students headed over to the Habitat Restore[http://www.habitatlakeside.com/] building to provide extra hands in organization, taking care of the lot, and helping stock donated items.

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September 1, 2016
by: Courtney Kooistra, Lead Advisor & Math Teacher

Mosaic Reflections

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Anticipation was building this morning as we finally got to welcome students back into our community to participate in activities we had been planning for the last several weeks! Today at Mosaic we focused on introducing students to the creative process by allowing them to experience it within their advisories. The creative process is a component of our schools that is used to develop new ideas or solutions to problems within project seminars and academics.

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August 25, 2016

Welcome Back Mosaic School!

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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 26, 2016
by: Zoe Farrell, Writing Apprentice for Étude Studios

Mosaic School Students Present Learning to The Public

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Zoe Farrell is a sophomore at IDEAS Academy and a writing apprentice for the Étude Studios. She took time from completing her own Exhibition of Learning (EOL) this week to share an article on the process students follow and some of their projects.

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May 26, 2016
by: Beth Carreno

Mosaic Student's EOL Takes on Autism and Bullying Through Songwriting

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Abigail, a middle school student at Mosaic, began her Exhibition of Learning (EOL) with an introduction to the project process and a 3-2-1 bridge. She asked those in attendance to share three short explanations for the creative process in all art forms; two questions they still held about the creative process in all art forms; and one analogy for the creative process in the art forms. This component was valuable in preparing the audience for her creative interpretation of the topic.

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April 30, 2016
by: Tad Phippen Wente, College Readiness Coordinator

Mosaic students visit colleges and workplaces

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All Mosaic School students sampled college and career choices April 27 when they toured local post-secondary schools and a community giant.

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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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January 21, 2016
by: Janelle Bane

The Mosaic School's Winter Exhibitions of Learning

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Last week, Mosaic students participated in the Winter session of Exhibitions of Learning (EoLs). This is the chance for students to pick a topic from one of their academic classes and spend a semester conducting research and proposing a plan to interpret their findings through a medium of their choice.

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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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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[/about-us/community/staff/rachel-meyer/] 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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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/mosaic-community/mosaic-gallery/new-portfolio-page/] seminar and an extension of this at IDEAS Academy is IDEAS Project Block[/highschool/ideas-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 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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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 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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December 22, 2014
by: Annika Damkot, Brandon Guariglia, Jackson Kloes, Nic Daniels, Odhinn Crosson, Owen Brownell, Tate Tousey & Kimberly Johnson

The Mosaic Stream - First Issue

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The Mosaic Journalism Class is excited to announce the release of their first Issue of The Mosaic Stream!

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October 8, 2014
by: Rachel Gunderson

Service Learning through Science

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In preparation for a project where students create a better environment for living things, we are asking the question “What can cause a disruption in a...

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