Algoma School District Fall 2020 Updates

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.

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 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.

Download this information document here.