Algoma School District 2021 Updates

January 15, 2021, 4pm

To Our School District Community:

As we close-out semester one, it is important that we ask the simple question, ‘What did we learn over the last 90 days?’ I could spend the remainder of this letter detailing the challenges we faced, the internal and external pressures we experienced in providing in-person instruction, or the unending division in our country. That approach however is rooted in a deficit mindset, and surely not representative of the culture in our school district.

We lead with what is possible and through an asset-based, abundant mindset. This mindset serves as the catalyst for opportunity, problem-solving, and failing forward. Therefore, what we learned over the last 90 days is that we need to think and act differently in relation to providing an environment that maximizes learning for ALL students. One model does not work for everyone and is the premise for a redesign and renewal of both our systems and programs within the district. 

Over the next semester, you will see our Mobile Resource Center roll out, you will learn about our ‘VENTURE’ Charter School, you will see a new MS/HS Principal — Katie Horn, and you will see the elevation of our Wolf Den, Pathfinder, Wolves & Pups, Wolf Tech, N.O.W. (Nourishing our Wolves/World) Gardening, and many other successful programs in our district.

These offerings illustrate our commitment to ALL students while recognizing the need for different spaces, ideas, programs, partners, and support. Connecting our students with our programs also connects them with our community and therefore supports the development of contributing members of society. Undoubtedly, many things will look different, feel different, and certainly operate differently. This is, in fact, what we learned over the course of this pandemic. We are here to serve our students and community in the pursuit of excellence for ALL. 

Obviously, we have ambitious goals for the future of the Algoma School District. In order to ‘lead the pack’, I encourage every one of you to engage with our kids whenever you can. When we all take accountability for our community, we inevitably create a better place to live, thriving businesses, excellent educational opportunities, and a place for everyone at the table of success. I can think of no greater rebound from the perils of 2020 than to create a community where everyone can THRIVE.

Onward,
Nick Cochart
Superintendent
Algoma School District

Additional Information With Today’s Communication

District Wide

Meals 

Elementary School

Middle/High School 

  •  Watch all 7-12 home basketball games on Algoma Athletics’ YouTube Channel.
  •  SPORTS  Any student-athlete that tests positive for Covid 19 and requires medical treatment, must be medically cleared by a physician before returning to practice/participation in any school-sponsored sport.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Learn more HERE.


January 8, 2021, 5pm

To Our School District Community:

Happy New Year!

I am optimistic about 2021, and look forward to new ventures for the Algoma School District during the second semester and beyond. 2020 was a challenge, but it also brought about new ideas, new partnerships, and new ways of learning. Those themes have carried over to the New Year and will serve as a catalyst in developing the best possible learning environment for ALL of our students. We know that ‘one size does not fit all’ and that we are better served in designing learning environments that promote collaboration, problem-solving, and social connectedness.

Our school board has done an exemplary job in outlining the goals of our district while promoting innovation, research, and risk-taking. Our teachers have embraced being ‘uncomfortable’ in pursuing what is best for kids rather than adhering to practices and traditions that do not measure up. Consistent improvement is challenging because it does not allow for complacency or mediocrity. It is our mission to push our students to realize their full potential while connecting with the world around them.

As we travel through 2021, you will see many examples of how Algoma is leading the way. We are fortunate to have local, regional, state, and national partners who constantly encourage us to spread and scale our work. That will happen more so than ever in the year ahead. I am excited about those that are joining our TEAM, and I am appreciative of our current members who have trusted the process and built the programs and culture that continue to be recognized. Our small school district is approaching the million- dollar mark in grants over the last three years directed at our innovative programs. We should be proud of that, but also leverage that to get even better.

While I wish I could report that COVID relief is here, my experience tells me we are still a long way away. Many of our winter sports teams have struggled with close contacts, quarantining, and canceled competitions. Our students and staff continue to experience a very low positivity rate, but continually cycle through necessary quarantine requirements. We can successfully navigate all of these moving parts because we have been consistent in our approach.

It goes without saying, but, nevertheless, Thank You for doing what is right in protecting everyone involved. I appreciate it.

Onward,
Nick Cochart
Superintendent
Algoma School District

Additional Information With Today’s Communication

District Wide

Meals

Elementary School

Middle/High School 

  • Watch all 7-12 home basketball games on Algoma Athletics’ YouTube Channel.
  •  SPORTS  Any student-athlete that tests positive for Covid 19 and requires medical treatment, must be medically cleared by a physician before returning to practice/participation in any school-sponsored sport.

December 18, 2020, 4pm

To Our School District Community:

Our last Friday communication of 2020 presents another opportunity to learn and grow from the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social adversity we all faced over the past nine months. In a conversation with some elementary students recently, I was impressed with their resilience and focus on moving forward. In small towns across Wisconsin, communities have worked together to create the best possible environment for our kids. We have stood in the face of adversity, planned for the worst, trudged through difficult times, and done right by our students.

In August, many of us wondered just how long we could last, and frankly, no one thought we would be here today. It is a testament to the character of our families, the courage to do what is right, and the overwhelming connection between people who share a genuine concern for one another. Frankly, it’s the fabric of rural life where there is still some semblance of compromise and understanding among those who disagree. I hope that our government leaders are watching and look to us for solutions.

One of the greatest parts of working with kids is that they are always looking forward and don’t see the barriers or boundaries often imposed by adults. It’s refreshing to hear them talk about opportunities ahead, the power of being positive, and their compassion toward others who are less fortunate. Partnering these students with our staff and community has been very successful in Algoma, and I know that we have many exciting partnerships to embrace in 2021.

Enjoy winter break, stay safe, and be well.

Onward,
Nick Cochart
Superintendent
Algoma School District

Additional Information With Today’s Communication

District Wide

Meals

Elementary School

Middle/High School ATTENTION

  • Watch all 7-12 home basketball games on Algoma Athletics’ YouTube Channel.
  • WINTER SPORTS for latest updates and information go to www.packerlandconference.org or text @onwolves to the number 81010 for updates straight from our Athletic Director.

December 11, 2020, 4pm

To Our School District Community:

As we inch closer to the end of 2020, I am reminded that each year is what we make of it. Certainly, this year had an overabundance of challenges, but it also had some very memorable moments as well. Ten years ago when I started in Algoma, I did not expect to be a nationally recognized community of health and well-being. I also did not expect to be named an All-American City. However, the core principles and partnerships employed over the last ten years allowed us to navigate 2020 to the best of our ability.

We are fortunate that our systems work together, our parents and community members value education, and our students put forth the effort to be successful. These ‘ways of being’ did not happen overnight, but rather through hard work and determination to be a community model the world will follow. Each week, I am reminded that despite our local challenges and difficult circumstances, people around the region, state, and country are watching closely. Perhaps it’s because they see in Algoma what is possible rather than what is not. For that, all I can say is Thank You for taking the journey with us.

As we know, COVID 19 continues to be a major challenge. The post-Thanksgiving spike in cases has clearly impacted many surrounding communities and prompted school closures once again. We have been fortunate and avoided any type of spike in positive cases among staff and students for the last two weeks. Our numbers of quarantined students continue to decline as well, which will hopefully continue. That being said, we need to remain focused on the clear and simple protocols that create and maintain a safe environment for ALL.

Lastly, I would strongly encourage each of you to check out this year’s One Act performance when you get a chance. Talented students who worked through obviously challenging conditions to create a first-class performance. Also, check out everything being made in Wolf Tech (Channel 5 is running a story this morning). If you need a cool gift or something made by one of our talented students, please reach out.

Obviously, none of this would be possible without a talented group of teachers throughout the Algoma School District. The annual Golden Apple award nominees were issued recently and, based on feedback from the community, we have much to be proud of in our teaching staff. While it is impossible to capture everything happening in a weekly communication letter, I think it is clear that we have much to be grateful for.

Onward,
Nick Cochart
Superintendent
Algoma School District

Additional Information With Today’s Communication

District Wide

Meals

Elementary School

Middle/High School ATTENTION

  • ATTENTION PARENTS/GUARDIANS WITH CURRENT VIRTUAL STUDENTS: Please select your child’s Quarter 3 Learning Format (virtual or in-person) by December 17 HERE
  • REMINDER: doors do not open until 7:45 am. Students should arrive closer to this time, or dress for cold weather conditions. Please reach out to teachers if an early arrival time is needed.
  • WINTER SPORTS for latest updates and information go to www.packerlandconference.org or text @onwolves to the number 81010 for updates straight from our Athletic Director.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Learn more HERE.


December 4, 2020, 2:15pm

To Our School District Community:

Over the last 9 months, the Algoma School District has focused on a clear and consistent response to the changing dynamics of COVID-19. If you recall, we were the first school district to present a transparent plan to our community. That plan, while not perfect, was implemented and is followed every day in this district. It is a shining example of using our collective knowledge, community assets, and human capital to acknowledge a challenging situation and address it, together. That direction afforded us the opportunity to have in-person instruction and albeit minor obstacles along the way, we have engaged in a successful first semester. As we approach our second semester, you can count on the same consistent process in order to sustainably continue.

As I mentioned in previous communications, COVID-19 has, and will continue, to change how we deliver public education. That being said, I am excited about the new opportunities ahead of us. We have new programs in development, new partners on board, educators expanding their capacity, and students eager to realize new opportunities. It is exciting to see the enthusiasm behind these new programs, and I know the Algoma School District will be on the cutting edge of educational innovation and delivery.

Recently, you may have heard chatter among our state leaders regarding public education and their proposed ‘fixes.’ The only problem with much of this proposal is that these ‘fixes’ don’t pertain to the Algoma School District since we have been in-person since day one. I understand the frustration on each side of the ‘virtual only’ decisions imposed by most of the states largest school districts. What I do not understand is why all public schools need to be fixed for the problems of some.

Local control is best and, therefore, our leaders should recognize that many schools across this state have worked tirelessly to provide the education that works for their local community. Please help me in supporting local control in providing the most responsive education possible.

Onward,
Nick Cochart
Superintendent
Algoma School District

Additional Information With Today’s Communication

District Wide

Meals

Elementary School

Middle/High School ATTENTION

  • REMINDER: doors do not open until 7:45 am. Students should arrive closer to this time, or dress for cold weather conditions. Please reach out to teachers if an early arrival time is needed.
  • WINTER SPORTS for latest updates and information go to www.packerlandconference.org or text @onwolves to the number 81010 for updates straight from our Athletic Director.

November 14, 2020, 10:30am

To Our School District Community:

In a follow up to last week’s communication, I want to Thank those that have reached out and offered their help while we continue to navigate a tumultuous start to the 2020-21 school year. We are working on several projects within the school district that are focused on creating new and meaningful opportunities for our students. Part of that process requires a change in our practices and who we partner with. In the coming weeks, you will begin to hear more about our RENEW project that impacts many areas of the MS/HS, while narrowing in on critical elements of post-secondary readiness for ALL students.

Our elementary is also taking the opportunity to refocus educational efforts that are already illustrating broad support and engagement among students, staff, and families. When you strip away the negativity with COVID-19, you quickly realize that we have a lot to be excited about in our district.

It should also be noted that our summer projects, which included a new solar array, a new mechanical system, and a new roof, are all meeting or exceeding expectations. This strategic management of resources helps everyone involved by realizing efficiencies while decreasing our costs of daily operation. Our school district has done a remarkable job maximizing our resources to create opportunities for our students while remaining fiscally responsible to our community.

This excellence is due in large part to a dedicated and unified school board. Just this past week, two of our board members, Barb Rodgers and Micki Swoboda, earned level 5 distinction in the State of Wisconsin. Less than 10 board members across the state have earned this recognition in 2020. Furthermore, Barb and Micki are not the only level 5 board members in Algoma, which makes our board a true example of consistent, unified leadership.

Clear and consistent leadership is the difference in Algoma. We all experience hardship, and in the case of 2020, overwhelming obstacles, but we ultimately have a choice in how we handle that adversity. It would be easy to embrace the negativity, close our doors, and navigate a virtual educational experience, but that is not what we do. Rather, we face our challenges, lead through uncertainty, and trust that consistency matters in the long run.

While we do not always hit a home run, we do take steps forward by adjusting, refining, and sometimes redoing what does not work. It’s not flashy or glamorous, but it works, and our kids are in school working with educators who want them to succeed.

Onward,
Nick Cochart
Superintendent
Algoma School District

Additional Information With Today’s Communication

District Wide

Meals

Elementary School

Middle/High School ATTENTION

  • REMINDER: doors do not open until 7:45 am. Students should arrive closer to this time, or dress for cold weather conditions. Please reach out to teachers if an early arrival time is needed.
  • WINTER SPORTS for latest updates and information go to www.packerlandconference.org or text @onwolves to the number 81010 for updates straight from our Athletic Director.

November 6, 2020, 10:30am

To Our School District Community:

A tale of two worlds. It is obvious that the world around us is deeply divided. It does not matter the topic, the only constant is the jump to one’s respective ‘side’ and forgo the effort to reach a compromise, respect another opinion, or simply ponder another position. That divide exists within our schools as well. Students have taken every opportunity to turn a crisis into an opportunity, redesign their entire learning environment and realize the benefits associated with that independence. On the other side, we have students who are simply opting out of an education. Despite the constant effort to engage with them, they chose to ignore, deflect, and deny any attempt to collaborate.

I think it’s important for our community to know that, in some grades, 30% of our students are opting out of an education. Algoma is not unique in this regard as the surrounding school districts are battling the same dilemma. Hopefully, the difference will be that our community will recognize this unfortunate behavior and do everything they can tonencourage and support our students in remaining committed to their education. We know it is difficult, we know online instruction has its challenges, and all you need to do is work with us and you too can realize the opportunities.

That being said, if you have the time and capacity to help us in any way, please contact us. Our staff is constantly impacted by positive COVID cases, direct contact quarantining, and now the traditional influx in general illness associated with the winter months. Over the last month, it has not been uncommon to operate with 25% of our staff unavailable. Obviously, we can use some help and patience in dealing with the various impacts associated with COVID.

As we get closer to our scheduled holiday breaks I want to encourage everyone to take some time and relax, reflect on what you have and pay thanks to those that have helped you out this year. 2020 has been CRAZY and we could all use some stability in our lives. We will have hurdles to overcome, and I am confident that we can refocus and redirect ourselves accordingly.

October 30, 2020, 2:30pm

To Our School District Community:

Today marks the end of quarter one and despite some bumps along the way, it was a successful 45 days of school. We know that the impacts of COVID-19 are well documented, and that Algoma is not immune to the worsening situation in the State of Wisconsin.

At the MS/HS level, we had 3 positive cases this week that led to 14 students needing to quarantine. At the ES level, we are also again feeling broad impact of both a positive case and general exposure. Certainly, these are challenging situations, yet we must recognize that our mitigation practices and protocols are working, and the impacts are far less than they could be.

Please understand that the Algoma School District is doing the best that we can to keep kids in school while making sure that our staff and students are as safe as possible. What we do today impacts the next three weeks and therefore we must remain cognizant of the practices that work.

Last week, I acknowledged the fact that we will not return to the traditional practices of pre-COVID educational models. Our educational system must adapt to the rapidly changing mainstream discourse and therefore throughout Q2 you will see a migration away from certain practices and offerings. Change is always difficult; however, we must align our practices and offerings with student interest.

The process will rest on stakeholder input from staff, students, parents, and community members with the focus on renewing our focus on innovation and youth leadership. Our school board goals clearly direct us to ‘do what matters’ for our students while engaging a broad array of stakeholders. Our best work has always been the result of youth engagement, inclusionary practices, and broad equitable input from those within the arena.

Looking ahead, we have many opportunities to realize and we must stay connected in our pursuit of them. Together, we will navigate the obstacles, capitalize on the opportunity, and strengthen a culture committed to excellence.

Onward,
Nick Cochart
Superintendent
Algoma School District

Additional Information With Today’s Communication

District Wide

Golden Apple Award

Meals

October menus

Elementary School

  • AES Family Folder: October 27 2020
  • REMINDER: If your child will be returning to in-personal learning starting in Q2, please make sure to connect with your child’s teacher for important information regarding the first day back.

Middle/High School ATTENTION

  • REMINDER: doors do not open until 7:45 am. Students should arrive closer to this time, or dress for cold weather conditions. Please reach out to teachers if an early arrival time is needed.

October 22, 2020, 12:30pm

To Our School District Community:

I am proud of the Algoma School District for many reasons, particularly our clear and consistent handling of the challenges associated with COVID-19. Quietly, our district has built a culture that embraces challenges and consistently overachieves with limited resources. We think differently, act boldly, and operate with a clear sense of purpose. Despite our efforts, we will never be free from criticism and for that we opt to use that criticism as a catalyst to develop a more robust and effective school system.

In the months ahead, students, staff, parents, and community members will begin to realize the fundamental changes underway in education. Practices once criticized are now the pathway to success, and the environment around us is once again becoming the backbone of a successful institution. To suggest that we will return to the traditional practices pre-COVID is a failure to recognize the opportunities that lie ahead.

Education must change and adapt to not only new social norms, but also the emerging behaviors of society. Therefore, I urge you to become a constructive element in your child’s education. Offer your advice, listen to understand, and act in promotion of an environment that elevates our children in their pursuit of knowledge. No one is going to save Algoma, or any other community for that matter. The people of this community will save each other through a unified and focused approach on shared practices. That process will develop and sustain a thriving pathway forward.

First quarter is done October 30, 2020. Please, take the time to communicate with your child’s teachers and address any concerns that may arise. For Middle/High school students, it is imperative that they start the semester on solid ground. For Elementary students not concerned about transcripts or college admission, it is a time to reflect and respond to any questions or concerns that have come up. Students should be recognizing daily routines that work for them, and how each educator they encounter can assist them in acquiring further knowledge. Remember, education relies on the connection between people to transfer knowledge, develop understanding, and build a culture of resilient and effective problem solvers.

Optimistically, I hope that we can navigate the winter months as well as we have during the first quarter. While nothing is perfect, looking back on it I am proud of our staff and students for overcoming a myriad of obstacles to stay with in-person learning. In time, I think we will realize the importance of our commitment to maintaining the connection between our staff and students.

Onward,
Nick Cochart
Superintendent
Algoma School District

Additional Information With Today’s Communication

District Wide

Golden Apple Award

Meals

October menus

Elementary School

Middle/High School ATTENTION

  • Open Gyms are open and available to ALL students. Contact coaches for more information.
  • REMINDER: doors do not open until 7:45 am. Students should arrive closer to this time, or dress for cold weather conditions. Please reach out to teachers if an early arrival time is needed.

October 16, 2020, 11:30am

To Our School District Community:

In the Algoma School District, we rely on the connection between people to transfer knowledge, develop understanding, and build a culture of resilient and effective problem solvers. Shortly after announcing last week’s return of our quarantined individuals at the elementary school, we needed to utilize our risk mitigation efforts to quarantine a number of students at the high school level.

Thankfully our methods are sound, and our connections between people allows us to continue operating despite environmental changes for our students. While it is not ideal, it is a practice that prevents and protects against spread. I appreciate the resilience of our students and families who have worked together to address these concerns that will continue to challenge us.

As we look forward to the start of Q2, it has become obvious that we need to expand our services to our virtual students. In Algoma, we have a unique scenario with nearly 30% of our student population who have chosen to operate and learn exclusively virtual. This situation presents challenges for not only our educators, but our students as well.

Here, at the Algoma School District, we turn challenges into opportunities; therefore, changes to our practice and delivery are being developed in order to better serve each population of students. Much like other school districts, human capacity is a constant concern and we must be willing to collaborate with each other in order to meet the needs of ALL our students. If you have the capacity, or have an interest in collaborating with us, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Lastly, as mentioned previously, Q1 ends October 30th. Now is a great time to reach out if changes are necessary in delivery and/or completion of work. Our students benefit from a unified approach from their parents/guardians and teachers, so please reach out if you have any questions, ideas or concerns.

Onward,
Nick Cochart
Superintendent
Algoma School District

Additional Information With Today’s Communication

Elementary School

AES Family Folder: October 13 2020

REMINDER: Picture Retake Day & for Virtual Students

  • Elementary School: October 21 @ 8:00 am

Please ensure virtual students bring a mask and enter the main office upon arrival.

Middle/High School ATTENTION

Quarter 2 Learning Choice Commitment

Parents/Guardians with VIRTUAL students in grades 7-12, please fill out your Learning Choice Commitment for Quarter 2 by SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18

WINTER SPORTS
 Meeting will be virtual. Student athletes in grades 7-12 and their parents/guardians are required to view the Winter Sports 2020-2021 Slideshow prior to participating in a winter sport.

District Wide

This October 16, 2020 Communication

Algoma School District’s Decision Tree For Sending Your Child To School

Golden Apple Award

Meals
Follow this link for Virtual Student Learning Meal Sign-Up (must be filled out by Sunday prior to the week)

October menus


October 9, 2020, 4:00pm

To Our School District Community:

With a mere 14 days until the end of our first quarter, I am happy to report that all of our classes and grade levels are back to in-person learning. Undoubtedly, the first 6 weeks of school have been stressful for all involved. Our capacity as educators, leaders, parents, and professionals has been tested but not broken, and the school district is indebted to our supportive and dedicated staff. Without great teachers and support staff, we would not have the flexibility and responsiveness necessary to endure such prolonged adversity.

Take the time to THANK those who have helped you navigate what is and will continue to be a challenging year. In addition, take the time to reflect on our journey thus far and identify all the little details that made it possible. In Algoma, we follow #Brightspots and we are fortunate to have many shining examples among our students and staff.

Transparency will continue to be the cornerstone of continuing in-person instruction. Parents and students have been excellent in following the key principles outlined to mitigate risk, and I want to encourage your continued commitment. As our county continues to struggle with significant increases in positive cases, it is important that we protect ourselves and each other. Socially distance, practice good hygiene, wear a mask, and avoid large gathering where transmission is likely to occur. Together, by making these modifications, we can continue to afford our students the full educational opportunities only possible through in-person interaction.

Lastly, as we continue to balance the needs of two student populations (In-person and Virtual), I would ask that we support consistent and constructive lines of communication. Please realize that our educators are working tirelessly to provide a meaningful learning experience to ALL of our students.

Furthermore, they are learning how to optimize their time while remaining an effective educator. For the most part, teachers are their own biggest critic, and they could use a word of encouragement, a note of appreciation, and an understanding mainstream discourse. With that, please remember that the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is just that little “extra.”

Onward,
Nick Cochart
Superintendent
Algoma School District

Additional Information With Today’s Communication

REMINDER: Picture Retake Day & for Virtual Students

  • Elementary School: October 21 @ 8:00 am
  • Middle/High School: October 14 @ 8:00 am

Please ensure virtual students bring a mask and enter the main office upon arrival.

Middle/High School ATTENTION

Quarter 2 Learning Choice Commitment

Parents/Guardians with VIRTUAL students in grades 7-12, please fill out your Learning Choice Commitment for Quarter 2 by SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18

This October 9, 2020 Communication

Algoma School District’s Decision Tree For Sending Your Child To School

Meals
Follow this link for Virtual Student Learning Meal Sign-Up (must be filled out by Sunday prior to the week)

October menus

AES Family Folder: October 6 2020

Photo Release
REMINDER: Please fill out our Photo/Video Release Form and return to school (get a copy HERE)

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Learn more HERE.


October 2, 2020, 3:20pm

To Our School District Community:

As we close out our fifth week of in-person learning, I am excited for the return of multiple grade levels at the Elementary school beginning next Monday. Overall, the Elementary school has endured the greatest disruption to learning, however, they have persevered and fought through the adversity. It is a great example of what I spoke about in last week’s update. Adversity tests our character and either consumes you or motivates you to overcome it.

To the classes quarantined, the parents, staff members, and mostly our students, THANK YOU for working with us to prevail. As we continue forward, there is no doubt we will continue to experience challenges. During these challenging times, it is our commitment to each other that will allow us to continue in person learning.

Please do your part in following the recommended guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. It is obvious that the risk has never been greater in Kewaunee County, and we should all modify our behavior to mitigate risk. Socially distance, practice good hygiene, wear a mask, and avoid large gatherings where transmission is likely to occur. Together, these practices are proven mitigation efforts that matter.

Lastly, as one of only a handful of school districts still operating in-person throughout Northeast Wisconsin, I need a unified approach. Specifically, we must be responsive and respectful to each other when symptoms arise, or quarantining is necessary. Rugged individualism is the root of division within our school system and community. Take the time to understand the situation, problem solve together, and help one another. Furthermore, if you have a question or concern please take the opportunity to give us a call, schedule a meeting, or send us a constructive email.

Please continue to keep the Algoma School District your #1 source for reliable and timely information.

Onward,
Nick Cochart
Superintendent
Algoma School District

Additional Information With Today’s Communication

Middle/High School ATTENTION

Parents/Guardians, please fill out both forms with each student in grades 7-12:

Quarter 2 Learning Choice Commitment

Parents/Guardians with VIRTUAL students in grades 7-12, please fill out your Learning Choice Commitment for Quarter 2 by SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18

This October 2, 2020 Communication

Algoma School District’s Decision Tree For Sending Your Child To School

Meals
Follow this link for Virtual Student Learning Meal Sign-Up (must be filled out by Sunday prior to the week)

October menus

AES Family Folder: September 29 2020

Photo Release
REMINDER: Please fill out our Photo/Video Release Form and return to school (get a copy HERE)

September 25, 2020, 3:45pm

To Our School District Community:

In life, and in education, we all face adversity. What we do in the face of adversity is a reflection of our character and commitment to others. In what continues to be a year filled with obstacles, uncertainty and division I am proud of our community for their actions in the face of adversity. Today reminded me of how important it is to talk honestly, openly and most importantly, face to face. As educators, it is our job to bridge the divide that is so easily created in society. Furthermore, it is our job to ask questions, promote dialogue, challenge each other, and model the learning process.

At times, that can be a bumpy road, but when we come together, ask questions, listen, and understand each other’s position, we build TRUST, the foundation of all meaningful relationships. We may not agree on everything, but that does not mean we do not respect and value each other. I could not have scripted a better outcome for this morning’s adversity, and that is due to all of the parties involved respecting each other and listening to all sides of the issue.

As we close out our fourth week of in-person learning, I am proud of everyone’s effort in helping us stay in school. While we have had positive cases and grade levels quarantined at the elementary level, we have fought through the adversity together. That unified approach is what will allow us to continue mitigating risk and managing the effects of quarantining and positive cases. Our plans are good, our community is engaged, and our staff and students are working together. As our county continues to experience rapid spread, please do your part in keeping Algoma as safe as possible. Our community is better when our kids are in school, learning and working together for a better tomorrow.

Lastly, the alternate competition metric is now implemented across the Packerland Conference. The metric will be used by those schools still electing to participate in the fall season. It should also be noted that we are monitoring our schedules in order to abide by the WIAA deadlines for participation in the alternative spring sports season. If we are unable to participate in 50% of our season, we will formally default to the spring alternative season. With that in mind, understand that information changes by the hour now with schools switching to virtual or canceling with little notice. Therefore, please keep the Algoma School District your #1 source for reliable information.

Onward,
Nick Cochart
Superintendent
Algoma School District

Additional Information With Today’s Communication

September 25, 2020 Communication

Algoma School District’s Decision Tree For Sending Your Child To School

Meals
Follow this link for Virtual Student Learning Meal Sign-Up (must be filled out by Sunday prior to the week)

October menus

AES Family Folder: September 22 2020

September 18, 2020, 4:00pm

To Our School District Community:

In a whirlwind start to our school year I am thankful that our community, parents, students, and staff have stuck together amid new norms and protocols. To date, our district has engaged in the difficult work of risk-mitigation to the best of our abilities and for that we have been afforded the opportunity to remain in-person.

Unfortunately, that is not reality for other school districts who are facing significant challenges, adjusting learning plans, and in some cases remaining or switching back to 100% virtual instruction. These are challenging times and how we support one another will likely be the difference maker in what mode of instruction we utilize.

Our community of learners has done an excellent job of communicating through the first few weeks of school and I want to encourage that to continue. Students who are experiencing symptoms, not feeling well, or encountering other obstacles have been forthright and honest which helps us maintain a healthy and effective staff and student body.

As a part of our COVID-19 decision making tree some of you may have noticed the 72-hour stay at home requirement for those experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19. This measure not only helps us maintain communication, but also helps ensure the safety of others if testing or further treatment is necessary. Again, symptoms that are unique or uncommon to your normal function must be taken seriously and will always prompt a conservative response from the school district.

Lastly, today the Packerland Conference approved an Alternate Competition Metric with each school district reserving the right to postpone or suspend competition. The new metric applies to all fall sports competitions among Packerland Conference schools, associate members included. The new metric looks closely at both the program participants health and safety as well as the overall school population health and safety. With schools across four different counties experiencing a wide range of obstacles this new metric should allow for competition among programs fortunate to have little or no disruption to their programs due to quarantined athletes.

Keep in mind, however, that information changes daily and just a single positive case or increase in the number of quarantined students can impact scheduled competition. Please keep the Algoma School District your #1 source of information related to COVID-19 and trust that we have the best interest of ALL of our students in mind.

Onward,
Nick Cochart
Superintendent
Algoma School District

Additional Information With Today’s Communication

Download the PDF of today’s communication here.

Algoma School District’s Decision Tree For Sending Your Child To School

Meals
Starting Monday, September 21 through December 31, 2020, or until funds are exhausted, meals will be free of charge to ALL families. Find out more information HERE.

Follow this link for Virtual Student Learning Meal Sign-Up (must be filled out by Sunday prior to the week) NOTE: we now have expanded pickup times for virtual student meals from 11:30-12:30 pm.

AES Family Folder: September 15, 2020

Photo Release
REMINDER: Please fill out our Photo/Video Release Form and return to school (get a copy HERE)

September 11, 2020, 4:00pm

To Our School District Community:

Many of us have vivid memories of this day 19 years ago and will certainly never forget it. What may have slipped from our memory is how our entire country came together, grieved together, and supported one another universally. As we navigate the new normal of COVID-19, I am once again reminded about the power of unity. Opening school this year was a monumental task and one that continues to present challenges daily. However, I can report that our staff, students, and parents have unified to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19.

Additionally, I am reminded daily just how great our students are throughout the district. In a world that is deeply divided, I see our students work together, problem solve, and genuinely enjoy the presence of one another. Perhaps it is time for us adults to follow their lead in building a better, and more unified community.

Last week, I reported on just a few of the obstacles we have faced. This week I want to share some of the #BrightSpots that continue to shine through. Our summer mechanical upgrades at the Middle/High School are wrapping up and we are looking forward to realizing the efficiencies along with the significant financial savings associated. On the South side of the Middle/High School you have probably noticed some changes. The 476 solar panels installed will generate 185.6kW of power – which is approximately 40% of our total electrical usage.

In addition, the project has afforded our students a firsthand look at the infrastructure necessary to create a cost-effective, sustainable energy source that will continue to benefit the school district for decades. On a different front, we were once again awarded significant funds to support our Youth Justice Innovation efforts. Our Community Youth Advocate has been able to demonstrate significant improvements and support to our youth and families, and thus the model has earned further support.

Lastly, I want to remind everyone that the Algoma School District continues to send important notifications and factual information regarding COVID-19. Please be aware that information shared on various social media platforms is never a reliable, primary source. Trust that we have the best interest of ALL our students in mind, and if there is a change in plans you will be the first to know. When questions arise, I encourage you to reach out to your building administrator and have a conversation.

Onward,
Nick Cochart
Superintendent
Algoma School District

Notices

Meal sign up for virtual student learners:
Click here for virtual student learning meal sign-up.
NOTE: We now have expanded pickup times for virtual student meals from 11:30-12:30 pm

Picture Day Reminder
Picture Day is Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Picture Day for Virtual Students Learners and Retakes will be Wednesday, October 21, 2020 from 9AM – 12PM

All picture ordering will take place online directly through Harmann Studios.

Download the PDF of today’s communication here.

September 4, 2020, 2:00PM

To Our School District Community:

The start of the 2020-21 school year has presented many challenges, none of which however grand enough to impede our commitment to educating ALL our students. Certainly, we needed extra time to refine new endeavors but overall, I am proud of the effort put forth on all accounts. From embarking on delivering our own transportation services to meeting the needs of virtual learners while teaching over 250+ students across 6 grade levels, we are optimistic about the opportunities ahead of us.

As we continue along with the school year it will be important for families to have reciprocal lines of communication with our educators. With so many different schedules and options for our students, it will certainly take a community effort to keep it all running efficiently. As a reminder, Google classroom affords parents/guardians the opportunity to monitor in real time the progress of your student. Furthermore, the platforms serve as a direct line of communication to our educators through email and other contact mediums.

Lastly, I am happy to report that our mitigation efforts have been supported universally and we are on the path to lowering our risk level one step at a time. Obviously, our students are interested in doing whatever we have to do to decrease COVID-19 activity levels in our community so that they can return to play. Therefore, I ask for your help in doing your part to support our school district community in the fight against COVID-19.

Onward,
Nick Cochart
Superintendent
Algoma School District

Download this notification here.

Click the links below for more information
AES Family Folder Week of August 31

Middle/High Student Schedules

News Spotlight on the First Day of School

All-America City Award Presentation

Internet HotSpot: REQUEST FORM HERE

Picture Day: Elementary – September 15 / retake day: October 21 @ 8:00 am

Middle/High – September 9 / retake day: October 14, 2020, @ 8:00 am

*Virtual student learners can get their picture taken on retake day. Middle/High virtual students can also get their picture taken on September 9 from 10:30-11am. Please ensure virtual students bring a mask and enter the main office upon arrival.

COVID-19 Resources

How do I know if it’s symptoms of allergies, a cold, the flu or COVID-19? Helpful Guide HERE

How do I know when to send or return my child to school if we have symptoms or COVID-19? Find Out HERE

August 28, 2020, 12:15PM

To Our School District Community:

The time has finally come to take another step forward. Opening school this year has been, and will continue to be, a monumental task. We have spent the entire summer planning, designing, and implementing risk mitigation practices so that our students can realize the opportunities the Algoma School District proudly offers. For that, I am indebted to my TEAM of administrators, custodians, teachers, support staff, parents, and students. 2020 has proven that monumental efforts are necessary in the fight against COVID-19, and I could not imagine battling through this without the aforementioned individuals.

Since March, our priority has been student safety. Face masks, social distancing, good hygiene, and a willingness to help one another has helped us combat the realities of COVID-19. Our classroom locations, setup, and delivery models are all aligned with the cornerstones of prevention and risk mitigation. We have tested these models throughout our district and have found them to be an effective and efficient mode of operation.

The choice to start the school year in person stems from our ability to effectively manage risk while providing opportunities for our students. It is simply responding to the needs of our students. Whether in-person, virtual, or blended, we are focused on DOING WHAT MATTERS for ALL of our students. That being said, we need your help in supporting one another through these challenging times.

Below are a few links of more information and helpful reminders you will need as we start this new school year. Please take a look and contact your building principal if you have any further questions.

Onward together,
Nick Cochart
Superintendent
Algoma School District


Elementary School Logistics | Middle/High School Logistics

 7th Grade Orientation Information | 9th Grade Orientation Information

Virtual Student Learning MEAL SIGN-UP HERE

Picture Day: Elementary – September 15, 2020 / Middle/High – September 9, 2020
*Note: the above dates are for in-person student learners. More information will come for picture retake day in October which will include virtual student learners.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Learn more HERE.

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