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February 29, 2020
by: Marie Grawien, Payton Damkot, and Addie Degenhardt

Issues + Ethics Students Analyze Kiss of the Spider Woman Through Project Creations

Students at Étude High School have the opportunity to choose between four humanities classes throughout their four years of schooling. The Issues and Ethics course delves into specific issues facing today’s world at large and encourages students to consider the ethical and moral implications in dealing with potential problems and issues on a global scale. This year’s Issues and Ethics class is participating in the University of Wisconsin - Madison’s Great World Text in Wisconsin program. Great World Text is a program for teachers and high school students across the state to study literature and history through the humanities lens. 

This year the UW Center for the Humanities selected Kiss of the Spider Woman, a 1976 novel by Argentine writer Manuel Puig about two political prisoners in the Dirty War that use movies to escape the realities of their confinement. While students studied the novel in the English portion of Issues and Ethics, they investigated the Dirty War, history of Argentina, and the political connections between Argentina and the United States in the Social Studies portion. 

This Kiss of The Spider Woman project is a cartonera that tells about Argentina’s Dirty War tragedies through the lens of a children’s book. Cartoneras are a collection of art forms bound together with free, reusable materials like cardboard, that make social and political statements. This cartonera exposes the censorship of the public during the Dirty War. Étude Juniors Abby Coutts, Payton Damkot and Marie Grawein created a Cartonera focused on the kidnappings and missing people of the Dirty War, homosexual relationships (as an homage to Molina, main character of Kiss of the Spider Woman), and a dramatized version of how Argentina would look in the news media, with everything being censored and withheld.

“I really liked that the book was written in dialogue. I have never read a book like this one. The movies that Molina references and the scientific studies in the footnotes helped me understand the world that Molina and Valentin live in” (Coutts).

They wanted to portray the way the Argentinian government censored its people in an interesting way. For them, that meant taking the idea of “censorship” to an extreme, by making the Dirty War “child-friendly”. In their research, they read about Juan Peron and his wife Isabel Peron, and how under Peronism, the country of Argentina had to suffer through a lack of education in their school system. The Perons’ also heavily censored the news media, using their power to have anybody that opposed them fired, or worse. The images of the children’s book reveals this; however, when a blacklight is held to the pages, the realities of the Dirty War are revealed to the readers through graphic images and changes in language. 

“My favorite part of this project was probably creating the front and back cover using the descriptions Puig provided in the novel. The back cover portrays the toxicity of the venomous Dirty War and the crimes committed against the people of Argentina” (Damkot). 

Étude students participating in Great World Text will formally present their projects on March 9 at UW-Madison. 

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October 23, 2019

Literally Acuity

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Students from Étude Middle and High School participated in the Literally Acuity event that brought renowned young adult author M.T. Anderson to Sheboygan. High school students read his book Feed, a futuristic warning of the ways advertising and internet access can negatively impact societal development. Middle school students read The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, a novel about social experiments conducted in Revolutionary Boston.

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February 18, 2018
by: Brandon Pudwill, Class of 2019

Étude High attends performance of Animal Farm

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MILWAUKEE - Étude High School students in the 2017-18 Global Studies class attended Animal Farm at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, January 30th 2018.

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November 13, 2017
by: Jackson Kloes, Étude Studios Writing Intern

Étude students advocate healthy habits at biennial health fair

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SHEBOYGAN - Wednesday, November 8th Human Anatomy and Physiology students of Étude High School held an every-other-year health fair with the focus of informing students, staff, and community members on healthy habits and health education.

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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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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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April 4, 2012
by: Mickenzie Petrie, IDEAS Academy Publication Intern

Abstract Thought combines math with art

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The IDEAS Abstract Thought class is combining art and math to explore the concepts of quadratics, trigonometry, linear equations and permutations.

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February 1, 2012
by: Mickenzie Petrie, Publications Intern

Community Cinema

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On Wednesday, January 18th IDEAS academy students attended Community Cinema at the John Michael Kohler Art Center.

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July 7, 2011
by: Jenne Smith


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The Humanities curriculum at IDEAS Academy will consist of three separate course offerings: American Studies, Global Studies and an individualized Global Issues course.

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April 1, 2011
by: Peter Woods

IDEAS Chemistry

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If the purpose of chemistry is to better understand the materials that make up our world and how they interact, then why not focus on those...

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January 28, 2011
by: L. Eilmus

Inquiry Class

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At IDEAS Academy, our aim is to produce students who are independent, contemplative, and articulate global citizens.

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