Alumni Door County News

Gardening in Schools
Published June 3, 2020 in Sevastopol
Juniors at Sevastopol High School are getting a hands-on lesson in history – with seeds. Tara LeClair, family and consumer-sciences teacher at Sevastopol, has a passion for home gardening and preserving. She was inspired by the Door County Seed Library’s Victory Gardens Initiative and wanted to take it into the classroom.  “We’re looking for ways to engage with our students in a very different way,” she said. “For me, [gardening is] a lot more than just growing food for my family. There’s a whole component of social-emotional wellness that’s attached to gardening – often called horticultural therapy. I thought this would be a really great thing to think about infusing into our curriculum.” LeClair has partnered with the history and English teachers to create a multidisciplinary lesson that weaves gardening into their existing lessons. The junior class is now studying World War II in its American History class,... read more ❯
Kopischke Earns Scholarship from New Mexico Tech
Published June 3, 2020 in Gibraltar
SLIDESHOW: Sturgeon Bay’s Drive-up Graduation
Published June 3, 2020 in Sturgeon Bay
Olson Earns Wisconsin Holstein Association Scholarship
Published June 3, 2020 in Southern Door
2020 Gibraltar Graduates
Published June 16, 2020 in Gibraltar
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School Reopening: Washington Island Votes to Bring Students Back
Published August 25, 2020 in Washington Island
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The Viking Voice
Published June 4, 2020 in Gibraltar
The Southern Door Eagle
Published June 4, 2020 in Southern Door
The Pioneer Chips
Published June 4, 2020 in Sevastopol
2020 Sevastopol Graduates
Published June 16, 2020 in Sevastopol
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The Clipper Connection
Published June 4, 2020 in Sturgeon Bay
Alumni Profile: Johnny Gomez
Published August 25, 2020 in Sevastopol
by Justin Skiba A grand pursuit of the American Dream brought Johnny Gomez 5,500 miles from Nicaragua to Sevastopol School, where he graduated in 2015. His journey to graduation was far from ordinary, and his story – which is still being written – is already enormously inspiring. Gomez was born to Nicaraguan parents, Octavio and Vera, and grew up in Managua, Nicaragua. Gomez credits his parents for their dedication to their family and their hard work to provide a quality life for him and his brother and sister. “My surroundings were very, very poor,” Gomez said. “It was pretty much struggling with what you would be eating in the next week. There were some unhealthy neighborhoods and troublemaking, but I saw the examples of my parents, and they were always working very, very hard.” Throughout his formative years, Gomez enjoyed playing the traditional childhood games... read more ❯
School Reopening: Sevastopol Plans to Phase Reopening
Published August 25, 2020 in Sevastopol
by Solomon Lindenberg and Debra Fitzgerald Sevastopol School District Current enrollment: 557 students What it’s doing: Phased reopening with an option for virtual learning. What’s next: The district’s school board will meet Aug. 20 and is scheduled to have an annual meeting Aug. 26. The Sevastopol School District approved a reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year during its July 16 school board meeting that consists of a combination of three models for delivering instruction. Model One is designed for 100 percent in-person instruction five days a week; the Model Two design has half of the student population attending in person; and the Model Three design consists solely of remote learning. According to Superintendent Kyle Luedtke, half of the students will start the school year in a classroom as usual, and the rest will begin remotely for the first two weeks. “It’s a soft opening,” Luedtke said, “so it gives... read more ❯
Southern Door High School Alumni Hall of Fame
Published August 4, 2020 in Southern Door
Riley to Pursue Career in Auto Repair
Published August 4, 2020 in Gibraltar
As a new graduate of Gibraltar High School, Jenna Riley is crystal clear on her goal: to operate her own repair business for trucks and autos in northern Door County. “I plan to come back here and run my own shop,” she said. She’s already completed a few classes at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Sturgeon Bay, where she’ll pursue a two-year degree in diesel heavy equipment, plus auto maintenance, collision and repair. She’ll also learn welding. Then she’ll continue at the technical college in Green Bay to earn another degree in auto body. Riley is among 16 of this year’s Gibraltar graduates who shared $30,000 in technical school and college scholarships from the Ephraim Men’s Club. Four earned scholarships to attend technical school. During the past five decades, the club has raised roughly $270,000 for scholarships. Proceeds traditionally come from ticket sales and contributions from businesses, area residents and club members. Later this summer, Riley will begin... read more ❯
Alumni Door County Profile: Mark Wagner
Published August 4, 2020 in Southern Door
Mark Wagner’s career as director of ticket operations for the Green Bay Packers began with a warning from Bart Starr, the legendary quarterback who was then the team’s head coach. “You’re the face of the organization,” Starr told Wagner when he was hired in 1977. “You’re the one that people call, and it’s important that you know that you represent the Green Bay Packers.” Wagner took that to heart. The Southern Door graduate stayed with the team for four decades. Beginning with that interview with Starr, Wagner’s career included the strike-shortened seasons of 1982 and 1987, two Super Bowl titles and stadium renovations that kept the team competitive in a new era. For Wagner, it all began with Tom Miller, who was the team’s front-office administrator from 1956 until 1988. The team was... read more ❯
Door County Alumni Profile: Peter Burress
Published August 4, 2020 in Gibraltar
When considering the direction for his postsecondary studies, Peter Burress – a Sister Bay native and 2012 Gibraltar School alumnus – took to heart a message that his mother, Jane, always emphasized as a youth minister at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay: To whom much is given, much is expected. During his time as a Gibraltar student, Burress was active with many pursuits and in many extracurriculars: band, choir, musicals, cross-country, mock trial, math team, Student Council and the school newspaper as an editor. He recalls noticing that other students weren’t always given the same opportunities that he had. “I was labeled as a good student from a young age, and I received more and more support as I grew up,” Burress said. “I suspect many of my peers had a very different experience, where... read more ❯
Southern Door’s Farm to School Program Gets Boost with $50K Grant
Published August 4, 2020 in Southern Door
There is an abundance of farms within the Southern Door School District, yet only 2 percent of the school’s food budget, if dairy products are excluded, is spent on local producers, said Patti Vickman, superintendent of the Southern Door School District (SDSD). Vickman wants to change that – and a $50,000 grant that the district has received will help. “We want to plan how we can incorporate and use locally grown produce and products in our food-service program,” Vickman said. SDSD was among the 159 grantees across the country that received some of the $12.1 million that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Program awarded last week. The program’s core elements allow districts such as SDSD to buy more from local producers, feed locally grown produce to kids, and teach the kids... read more ❯
School Reopening: Gibraltar to Use Threshold Plan
Published August 25, 2020 in Gibraltar
by Solomon Lindenberg and Debra Fitzgerald Gibraltar Area School District Current enrollment: 541 students What it’s doing: Will open if the Door County COVID-19 activity level is below a certain threshold based on the COVID-19 activity level for Door County. School will begin Tuesday, Sept. 8. What’s next: The school board is scheduled to meet Aug. 10 and will discuss adjustments to the school handbook regarding COVID-19 plans. On July 27, the Gibraltar School Board adopted a threshold plan for reopening based on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 activity level for Door County. Each activity level has a corresponding level of building access for students and staff. Whether students begin instruction in school or at home depends on the activity level. As of July 27, the COVID-19 activity level was rated as “high.” Based on this rating, Gibraltar would not open for in-person instruction. A... read more ❯
School Reopening: Southern Door Plans for In-Person Return
Published August 25, 2020 in Southern Door
by Solomon Lindenberg and Debra Fitzgerald Southern Door School District Current enrollment: 1,029 students What it’s doing: In-person instruction five days per week with a remote/virtual learning option. School will begin Tuesday, Sept. 1. What’s next: The school board will meet Aug. 10 and 17. The Aug. 10 special board meeting will focus on the administrative team sharing more details about the Fly Like an Eagle Re-entry Plan as planning for physical health, academics and mental health continue. The board will consider a “health, safety and efficient operation of school” resolution during that meeting to define what the district intends to do if the governor’s order and/or the Door County Public Health mask advisory are no longer in place once school starts. Southern Door School District officially published its Fly Like an Eagle Re-entry Plan a couple of weeks ago. Masks were going to be “highly recommended” during... read more ❯
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