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6/20/14

MEETING WEEK OF JUNE 23, 2014
6/23/14       School Board Meeting, 6:00pm in the Library
 
STUDENT FEES AND TEXTBOOK RETURNS
Fee Balance notices were emailed through Skyward Family Access on June 19th .  Check your student’s fees for charges for missing textbooks and library books. Books must be returned to the High School Office by June 30 to receive credit.  After June 30, replacements will be ordered and no credit will be given. Questions on student fees may be directed to the High School Office, 351-7530.
 
NATIONAL FINANCIAL LITERACY EXAM RESULTS
Ten students took the National Financial Literacy Exam this year from Nicolet's Personal Finance course.  All 10 passed and received Financial Literacy Certification.  Nicolet is one of a handful of schools nationwide where 100% of students that took the exam, passed, designating Nicolet as a BLUE STAR SCHOOL.  Instructor Michael Kania received a GOLD STAR TEACHER award and will be recognized at the MoneyPOWER Conference for Financial Literacy in November in New York City!  Congratulations to the following students that received Financial Literacy Certification: Jamia Addison, Amari Alexander, Claire Barzyk, Jacob Becker, Jillian Black, Serhiy Britkovyy, Nikkie Her, Anthony Kordysh, Dmitiriy Kravtsov, Zachary Pfannerstill.
 
YEARBOOKS ARE STILL AVAILABLE
Yearbooks are available for purchase in the High School Office for $70.00. This covers the cost of the book, the video, and the supplement which will be distributed in the fall.
 
ATTENTION CLASS OF 2015: SENIOR PORTRAIT INFORMATION
The major studios (Lifetouch, Worzella, and others) will send information home during the summer for you to schedule a senior portrait.  Your student’s picture will be sent directly to the school if you use one of the major studios.  But you may have your child’s picture taken by any studio or individual of your choice, as long as you follow the guidelines.  Please follow this link to the specifications of senior photos:  http://www.nicolet.us/news_detail.cfm?detailid=324145&newsid=83595&name=Opportunity%20To%20Buy%20The%20NHS%20Yearbook
 
PARKING APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR SEMESTER 1
The parking application is posted on our website for first semester parking of the 2014-2015 school year:
http://www.nicolet.us/students/parking.pdf
Completed applications are due in the High School Office by August 1st and will continue to be accepted on a first come, first serve basis until spots are filled.
 

6/13/14
 
6/15/14       Graduation at Milwaukee Theatre, 1:00pm –
                     Congratulations to our graduating seniors!
6/19/14       Summer School Sessions Begin

 
YEARBOOKS ARE STILL AVAILABLE
Yearbooks are available for purchase in the High School Office for $70.00. This covers the cost of the book, the video, and the supplement which will be distributed in the fall.
 
SENIOR STUDENTS WITH FEE BALANCES
Seniors that have a balance due on their account will not receive a diploma at graduation.  Diplomas will be held in the High School Office until fees are paid.
 
ATTENTION JUNIORS: SENIOR PORTRAIT INFORMATION
The major studios (Lifetouch, Worzella, and others) will send information home during the summer for you to schedule a senior portrait.  Your student’s picture will be sent directly to the school if you use one of the major studios.  But you may have your child’s picture taken by any studio or individual of your choice, as long as you follow the guidelines.  Please follow this link to the specifications of senior photos: http://www.nicolet.us/news_detail.cfm?detailid=324145&newsid=83595&name=Opportunity%20To%20Buy%20The%20NHS%20Yearbook
 
TEXTBOOK & LIBRARY BOOK RETURNS - TO HIGH SCHOOL OFFICE
Students must return the same textbook they were issued at the beginning of the year. The barcodes on the inside of the back cover must match our records to be counted as returned to your account.  Students will be charged the replacement price of textbooks not returned.  Damage fees may also be assessed if damages render the book unusable.
 
We are in the process of charging student accounts for missing textbooks and library books.  All books should be returned to the High School Office by June 30 to receive credit.  After June 30 we will need to order replacements and no credit will be given.  Report cards will be mailed home the week of June 23rd with a statement if a balance is due.  If you’re being billed for a book that you may have at home, please return it asap and no later than June 30th.
 
PARKING APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR SEMESTER 1
The parking application is posted on our website for first semester parking of the 2014-2015 school year: http://www.nicolet.us/students/parking.pdf
Completed applications are due in the High School Office by August 1st and will continue to be accepted on a first come, first serve basis until spots are filled.
 
NORTH SHORE RESILIENCY COALITION SETTLES ON NEW NAME WITH SPEAKER SERIES FORTHCOMING 
In the aftermath of several suicides in the North Shore this past summer, concerned community members came together to form a group initially referred to as RED, then RED2, and then RED Bird. The fourth and likely final group name has now been established as REDgen, with a corresponding website at www.redgen.org. (Note: If you are unable to gain full access to this website through Microsoft Internet Explorer, try a different browser such as Google Chrome.) 
 
REDgen is a community action group consisting of parents, community members, schools, interfaith congregations, mental health professionals and university employees. We are committed to working together across systems to promote balance and resiliency in the lives of our youth and families. We hope to help develop a new generation of resilient youth with a healthy understanding of what success means. As a next step in advancing these aims, REDgen is planning a three part "Resiliency through Change" speaker series for this upcoming August, September and October. Accordingly, please save the following dates, with more information to be provided as finals details associated with this series are established. 
 
August 16, 10 AM, Shorewood Public Library - Dr. Barbara Hale-Richlen will present on the vulnerability of transition years (e.g. grade 8 to 9 and grade 12 to post-secondary). 
 
September 15, 7 PM, Whitefish Bay High School Auditorium - Showing of Race to Nowhere (http://www.racetonowhere.com) documentary followed by expert panel talk back. 
 
October 22 (tentatively), 7 PM, Nicolet High School Auditorium - University of Pennsylvania's Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg will speak on the topic of resiliency. 
 
NICOLET ATHLETIC FACILITIES
If you were unable to attend last week’s meeting to view proposed options for improving Nicolet’s athletic facilities, you can find plans and information on the school website: www.nicolet.us/activities/nicolet_athletic_facilities.cfm. You are encouraged to share your thoughts about the proposed options by completing this questionnaire.
 
NICOLET STUDENTS EXCEL IN GAME DESIGN COMPETITION
Students from Mr. Kania’s Mobile Apps and Game Design class entered a national game design contest sponsored by StemFuse.com.  You can check out the new apps by searching Nicolet High School in the Google Play Store on your mobile device. Congratulations!
Pocket Rocket by Travis Hollenbeck and Marlon Jones
Red Shinobi by Savion Dean and Brett Risberg
Pirate's Pursuit by Sean Yufa, Billy Manger, and Mark Bagay
Artwork by Emma Bird (Drawing and Design)
Panda Dodge by Noah Schneider and Stephan Peterson
Artwork by Samantha Peltz (Ms. Schmidt's Drawing and Design Class)
 
GLENDALE FOURTH OF JULY COMMITTEE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!
Join other high school students and families during the Glendale 4th of July Children's Carnival, and help kids 10 and under create fun arts and crafts, lead silly and simple games & activities, or staff the bouncy houses. Sign up for a two-hour shift between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Kletzsch Park after the parade on July 4 and help make wonderful memories. If you can assist, please follow the link and instructions below:
1. Click this link to go to the invitation page: http://vols.pt/JfHEQU 
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account) 
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.

 

6/11/14

PARENTS & GRADS OF 2014
RE: DVD and Graduation Photos

 
The graduation DVD can still be ordered by completing the order form on our website: http://www.nicolet.us/cms_files/resources/graduation_dvd.pdf
Orders will be taken through Friday, June 20th. Turn in your form with payment to the District Office.
 
A photograph of each graduate will be taken as they walk across the stage.  Photos may be ordered by going to Nicoletphoto.com.  The photographs will be ready for viewing by Monday, June 23rd.
 
REMINDER:  Please leave yourself enough time to park, and have graduates at the Milwaukee Theatre no later than 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 15th.
 

6/10/14

NICOLET TAKES THE LEAD AT 2014 NATIONAL SPANISH EXAM!
Nicolet had the largest number of winners in the state at the 2014 National Spanish Exam. Congratulations to our 32 students on their outstanding achievement!  Nicolet had a total of 133 students that competed and 111 of them received a bronze, silver or gold rating.  Congratulations also to our Spanish teachers Mr. Cox, Ms. Hugo-Soto, Ms. Riordan, Ms. Tess, and Ms. Wallis
(Some student names have been withheld due to permissions for public use)

Spanish 1
Alessandra Bovina, 2nd place
María Kravtsova, 9th place
 
Spanish 2
Alexa Abrahamian, 3rd place
Joseph Azbel, 4th place
Michelle Shterenfeld, 6th place
August Eurich, 7th place
 
Spanish 2 Bilingual
Joel Kaswan, 4th place
 
Spanish 3
Zack Hampel, 1st place
Jubilee Hou,  2nd place
Riccardo Romersi, 4th place
Mumal Tunio, 7th place
Sara Nocton, 8th place
Madeline Folstein, 8th place
 
Spanish 3 Bilingual
Diana Palencia, 1st place
 
Spanish 4
Madeline Haworth, 2nd place
Maryam Tunio, 2nd place
Zahra Farahbakhsh, 6th place
Atiyana Evelyn, 9th place
Martha Herrenbruck, 9th place
Sharlotte Irwin, 9th place
Jordan Perry, 10th place
 
Spanish 4 Bilingual
Alesandra Tejeda, 5th place
 
Spanish 5
Katherine Braun, 1st place
Alexandra Heuer, 1st place
Peri Beer, 2nd place
Bertrand Stone, 2nd place
Natalie Muenster, 4th place
Anna Saggio, 7th place
Helen Barzyk, 8th place
Luiza Campos, 8th place
 
 
KUDOS TO SENIOR MICHAEL COHEN
Michael Cohen, a Nicolet cadet at the North Shore Fire Department through the Community Internship Program, completed a MATC course in Emergency Medical Training (EMT).  He went on to take the National Registry Exam, passed with a 94, and received his EMT License.  Congratulations Michael!
 
STUDENT OF THE MONTH AWARDS
Each department nominated a student for doing an outstanding job and students were given a personalized award by Principal Greg Kabara.  You can find group photos for each month on our website under the Nicolet News section: http://www.nicolet.us/nicolet_news.cfm
December 2013
Congratulations to: Amani Reid (10)-PE, Lauryn Parker (9)-Student Services, Amanda Her (11)-English, Emily Janicik (9)-World Languages, Carly Herda (10)-Math, Cassandra Meyer (11)-Visual Arts & Michelle Kofman (12)-Career Education
January 2014
Congratulations to: Nicholas Backe (12)-Math, Jaskarn Mann (9)-Science, Amir Rasuli (9)-Social Studies, Zachary Hampel (10)-World Languages, Aaron Kauer (11)-Career Education & Doran Redlich (10)-Student Services
February 2014
Congratulations to: Larie Bowden (12)-Math, Mikayla Penn (9)-Performing Arts, Connor Press (10)-Student Services, Charlene Retzlaff (10)-Career Education, Robert Dietz (11)-Visual Arts, Alfonso Martinez (9)-English, Hazel Devine (10)-Social Studies, Leigh Bojan (9)-World Languages, Peter Mattingly (11)-PE, Cody Longreen (11)-Science
March 2014
Congratulations to: Danai Ntaba (12)-Visual Arts, Alyssa Mehl (9)-PE, Sarah Marowski (10)-Social Studies, Max Wilson (11)-Performing Arts, Joel Harris (10)-English, Cody Longreen (11)-Science (February), Sara Miller (12)-Career Education, Cole Hunt (10)-Science, Emily Perez (10)-World Languages, Shoshanah Altman-Shafer (10)-Student Services & Julia Mogilevskiy (9)-Math
April 2014
Congratulations to: Nisreen Eid (11)-English, Drew Persons (9)-World Languages, Jessica Herkowski (9)-Math, Christan Fox (12)-Performing Arts, Signe Wright (10)-PE, Kelsey Enea (10)-Social Studies, Amari Alexander (12)-Career Education, Maxwell Wiegers (12)-Career Education, David Jenkins III (11)-Student Services & Catherine Aprillia (10)-Science
May 2014
Congratulations to: Grace Wilkie (12)-Career Education, Alexandra Stewart (12)-Career Education, Ellen Goldstein (11)-Math, Jordan Rattner (11)-Performing Arts, Kara Conley (9)-PE, Jack Cook (12)-Science, Sam Goyette (11)-Social Studies, Jennifer Lubinski (12)-Visual Arts, Monique Scott (12)-English, Taylor Slivinski (12)-World Languages & Emily Murphy (12)-Student Services.
 

6/6/14

A MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL KABARA
Dear Parents,
It’s hard to believe that we are heading into our last week of school.  I want take this opportunity to thank you for your support.  It has been a privilege and honor to work with your children this year.  My experiences have reconfirmed that the students, parents and staff truly value the Nicolet High School experience.  Our community should be proud of the great student accomplishments gained throughout the year and the wonderful young men and women that are graduating from Nicolet.  Enjoy a restful, safe and fun summer break.  I look forward to the 2014-15 school year as we continue to build the tradition of excellence at Nicolet.
 
ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 2
6/07/14       Cookies & Cram, 10am to noon in the cafeteria
6/09/14       Exams for hours 1 & 2
6/10/14       Exams for hours 3 & 5
6/11/14       Exams for hours 6 & 7
6/12/14       Exams for hour 8 & make-up
 
NICOLET ATHLETIC FACILITIES
If you were unable to attend Thursday’s meeting to view proposed options for improving Nicolet’s athletic facilities, you can find plans and information on the school website: www.nicolet.us/activities/nicolet_athletic_facilities.cfm  You are encouraged to share your thoughts about the proposed options by completing this questionnaire.
 
COOKIES & CRAM – SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 10AM TO NOON
PTSO has organized and coordinated this study session for all Nicolet students which is held the Saturday morning before exams.  Refreshments are provided free of charge.  Teachers, aides and laptops are made available to assist students with their studies.  Please encourage your son/daughter to attend and get some help and encouragement before exams begin on June 9th.
 
LOST & FOUND
This is the last call for students to pick up lost and found items from the detention room.  Everything will be donated to a local charity on Tuesday, June 10th. Please check the lost and found between classes, or before/after school to claim your items from second semester.
 
EXAM SCHEDULE
The schedule for second semester exams is posted on our website:
http://www.nicolet.us/students/exam_exemption.pdf
 
SENIOR STUDENTS WITH FEE BALANCES
Seniors that have a balance due on their account will not receive a diploma at graduation.  Diplomas will be held in the High School Office until fees are paid.
 
TEXTBOOK RETURNS
Textbooks may be returned to the Library beginning Monday, June 6th from 6:30am to 3:30pm.  We encourage students to return unneeded textbooks early since lines are longest immediately before and after exam periods. During exam days you will also be able to return textbooks to Mr. Reinhart in the cafeteria.
 
Students must return the same textbook they were issued at the beginning of the year. The barcodes on the inside of the back cover must match our records to be counted as returned to your account.  We encourage students to confirm, in person, whether or not all of your books have been checked in.  Students will be charged the replacement price of textbooks not returned.  Damage fees may also be assessed if damages render the book unusable.
 
Textbooks must be returned to the library by June 12th.  After June 12th the books should be returned to the High School Office by June 30 to receive credit.  After that date, we will need to order replacements and no refund will be given.
 
FOOD SERVICE AND LUNCH DURING EXAMS
There will be food service in the morning each day before exams and for students who are waiting for their next exam.  Lunch will be served on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of exams.  There will be no lunch on Thursday.  Students are encouraged to stay on campus for lunch if they have an exam beginning at 12:30pm so they are not late to their next exam. 
 
EXAM TARDINESS
There is no late admittance to exams.  Students that are tardy will have to reschedule their exam with the teacher.  Please encourage your son/daughter to arrive at least ten (10) minutes prior to the start of their exam – if they arrive after the bell, they will be redirected to the cafeteria to wait for their next exam.
 
BUS SERVICE FOR EXAMS
There will be normal bus pick-up in the morning of each exam day.  There will be a bus leaving at noon and at 2:30 on each of the exam days except for Thursday when buses leave at noon.  There is no afternoon exam on Thursday.
 
STUDENT ATTENDANCE ON EXAM DAYS
Students only need to attend school on days they have an exam.  This is the only time of the year we have open campus.  Students that are not taking an exam and must wait for bus transportation and remain in the cafeteria.  Students may not be in the hallways or other parts of the building during exam times. 
 
RESOURCE PERIOD BEFORE EXAM

The resource period before exams is to help students review before their exam.  Students are required to attend the resource period before the first exam or report to the cafeteria.
 
STUDENT PARKING DURING EXAMS
Any student licensed to drive may park in the student lot on exam days without penalty as long as the car is parked legally. 
 
GLENDALE FOURTH OF JULY COMMITTEE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!
Join other high school students and families during the Glendale 4th of July Children's Carnival, and help kids 10 and under create fun arts and crafts, lead silly and simple games & activities, or staff the bouncy houses. Sign up for a two-hour shift between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Kletzsch Park after the parade on July 4 and help make wonderful memories. If you can assist, please follow the link and instructions below:
1. Click this link to go to the invitation page: http://vols.pt/JfHEQU 
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account) 
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.
 

6/3/14

SENIOR GRADUATION INFORMATION

The last day to sign up for 2 extra graduation tickets is Wednesday, June 4th.
All tickets will be distributed at the mandatory graduation rehearsal on Friday, June 6th.
 
If your graduate has received any scholarships/awards that you would like included in the graduation program booklet, please email the information to Ferne Hecker at ferne.hecker@nicolet.us no later than Friday, June 6th.
 
Please review the Graduation Information Handbook located on the Nicolet website for all necessary information regarding the graduation ceremony.   http://www.nicolet.us/families/graduation_information.cfm
 
SENIOR BREAKFAST and DOOR PRIZES
A celebratory breakfast for senior students will be held on Friday, June 6th at 9:45am in the cafeteria.  All seniors are invited to enjoy this fun social event before graduation rehearsal. Senior yearbooks will be distributed at this time also. 
 
SENIOR PARENTS: Here's a chance for you to help make this a memorable event for your graduate! Parents are needed to help plan this event and to help decorate and set up Thursday evening June 5th starting at 5:30PM in the cafeteria.
 
Any parent is welcome to help to get a sneak peek at the event, so bring a friend. Parents can also help by donating door prizes such as gift cards, electronics, candy or other items. Items may be sent or dropped off at school by June 2.  Please mark items:
Attn: PTSO/Senior Breakfast.
 

5/31/14

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 2
6/03/14       Choir Concert, 7:30pm in the Fine Arts Centre
6/04/14       NHS Foundation Meeting, 7:30am in B113
6/04/14       Booster Club Meeting, 7:00pm in B113
6/04/14       Thespian Awards, 7:30pm in the Theatre
6/05/14       Nicolet Athletic Facilities Informational Meeting, 5:30pm in Library
6/06/14       Breakfast for senior students sponsored by PTSO, 9:30am
                     Senior graduation rehearsal, 12:00 noon in gym 2
 
FRIDAY, JUNE 6 – SPECIAL SCHEDULE
Grades 9, 10, and 11 will have a shortened schedule. Classes end at 11:30 followed by locker cleanout.  Yearbook distribution will commence and students will have the afternoon to have classmates sign their yearbook.  The cafeteria will be open and lunch will be served.  Buses will leave at their normal time, 2:32pm.
 
Senior students will have a special breakfast sponsored by the PTSO on Friday, June 6, where they will receive their yearbook and be with their classmates in the cafeteria until 11:30am.  Following the breakfast, seniors will have locker cleanout and then proceed to the mandatory graduation rehearsal at noon in gym 2 where they will receive their graduation tickets.  Seniors are excused from all classes on Friday, June 6th.
 
COOKIES & CRAM – SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 10AM TO NOON

PTSO has organized and coordinated this study session for all Nicolet students which is held the Saturday morning before exams.  Refreshments are provided free of charge.  Teachers, aides and laptops are made available to assist students with their studies.  Please encourage your son/daughter to attend and get some help and encouragement before exams begin on June 9th.
 
EXAM SCHEDULE
The schedule for second semester exams is posted on our website:
http://www.nicolet.us/students/exam_exemption.pdf
 
ACT WORKSHOP
The Nicolet Recreation Department is offering an ACT Workshop for juniors and seniors. Students will gain direct experience with each of the five sections of the ACT.  The program takes place Mondays - Fridays, August 4 - 15 from3:30 - 5:00pm at Nicolet.  Please visit our website at:  http://www.nicolet.us/activities/recreation.cfm or call (414) 351-7566 to register today!
 
INFORMATIONAL MEETING: NICOLET ATHLETIC FACILITIES
Nicolet’s Master Site Planning Committee is hosting an open house to review potential options for developing the district’s athletic facilities. You are invited to attend as your schedule permits on Thursday, June 5 (5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) in the Nicolet High School Library.
 
SCHOLASTIC WRITING AWARD RECIPIENTS
Congratulations to our students who received awards for their writing skills. The judging panel was impressed by the scope and skill demonstrated by these young scribes.
Alexandra Heuer (12), Gold - Personal Essay -Picture of a Happy Family
Rachel Heuer (12), Silver - Persuasive Essay - Troubles of an American Education
          Silver, Persuasive Essay - Case Study in Mathematical Mastery
Thomas Schneider (11), Gold - American Voices, Humor - Movie Proposal
          Honorable - Personal Essay - Praise of the Red Squiggly Line
          Silver – Humor - How to Host a Thanksgiving Dinner
Taylor Slivinski (12), Honorable – Poetry - These Poems are About You
Samuel Vuchetich (12), Gold – American Voices, Humor - How to Start a Cult
Evan Walsh (12), Silver - Personal Essay - Apples and Oranges
 
PROM PHOTOS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
Prom photos can be found on  http://www.nicoletphoto.com/Events/Prom-2014. All money goes to support the Nicolet Photo Club.
 

5/23/14

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 27
5/26/14       No school – Memorial Day
5/27/14       Senior Awards, 6:30pm in the Fine Arts Centre
5/28/14       Senior Athletic Awards, 6:00pm in the Cafeteria
5/29/14       Orchestra Concert, 7:30pm Fine Arts Centre
5/30/14       Relay for Life, 6:00pm to 6:00am Saturday, Nicolet track
 
PROM 2014 A BIG SUCCESS!
Nicolet had a very successful prom last Saturday.  Thank you to the PTSO for their support and gathering of prizes for our students.  The following students won prizes and their names were announced on Monday, to pick up their prize in the High School Office:
(Some student names have been withheld due to permissions for public use)
Principal's Parking Space:      
Dunkin Donuts $15:                Justin Wallace
Panera Bread $15:                  Liam Raasch
Starbucks $15:                        Jessica Waddington
Barnes and Noble $25:          Zack Pfannerstill
iTunes $25:                               Mikayla Mitchell
Wireless Speakers:                Quaid Simpson
Wireless Speakers:                 TJ Krystyn
Wireless Speakers:                 Nic Wahl
Jimmy John's $15:                           
Erehwons $25:                        Gabe Rosenthal
Erehwons $25:                        Brandon Poll
Erehwons $25:                        Marco Dessalvi
Mountain Hardwear Backpack:   Jessie Morrell
Best Buy $35:                         Matt Levy
Best Buy $35:                         Hilary Merline
Best Buy $35:                         Seth Johnson
 
COOKIES & CRAM – SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 10AM TO NOON
PTSO has organized and coordinated this study session for all Nicolet students which is held the Saturday morning before exams.  Refreshments are provided free of charge.  Teachers, aides and laptops are made available to assist students with their studies.  Please encourage your son/daughter to attend and get some help and encouragement before exams begin on June 9th.
 
EXAM SCHEDULE
The schedule for second semester exams is posted on our website:
http://www.nicolet.us/students/exam_exemption.pdf
 
DEAN’S LIST FOR QUARTER 3
Nicolet High School is proud to announce the Dean’s Lists for third quarter.  Follow this link to see students listed by grade level that have made the Dean’s List.    http://www.nicolet.us/news_events/deans_list/deans_list_3rd_quarter_13_14.pdf
To qualify for this honor, students must earn all A’s or B’s for the quarter. Additionally, students are allowed to earn one C if they have an A to offset it.  Congratulations to all of our students that have earned this distinction. 
 
HEALTH OFFICE REMINDER
Students or parents must pick up all medication that has been stored in the health office by Friday, June 6th.  Any medication not picked up after that date will be disposed of, we cannot keep medication from year to year. Medication permission forms for the 2014-2015 school year will be available online.  If your child takes any medication during the school day, the medication must be kept in the health office. 
 
NATIONAL FRENCH CONTEST AWARDS
Congratulations to the French students who earned honors for the National French contest. The following students all received certificates de reussite in their level. Level 1: Maggie Meyer. Level 2: Tim Leplae-Arthur, Sidney Capati, Mulu Belete, Kamran Moos, Natalie Fox, Will Dietz, and Noah Borkin. Level 3: Khang Vu, Sita Agterberg, and Mina Chhikara. Level 4: Michelle Margolies and Elaine Knaus. Level 5: Katherine Quam. 
Special Congratulations to Brandon Riedijk for receiving a certificat d'honneur for level 1.
 
Special Congratulations to Emily Blumenthal (level 3), and Alesandra Tejeda (level 4) for earning certificate de laureate national at their level and earning National Bronze medals.  Congratulations also to their teacher Ms. Alexandra Smith. (Some student names have been withheld due to permissions for public use)
 
INFORMATIONAL MEETING: NICOLET ATHLETIC FACILITIES
Nicolet’s Master Site Planning Committee is hosting an open house to review potential options for developing the district’s athletic facilities. You are invited to attend as your schedule permits on Thursday, June 5 (5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) in the Nicolet High School Library.
 


5/23/14

NICOLET ALUMNUS IN NEED OF HELP
Noah Gilday is a 2010 graduate of Nicolet High School. While a student at Nicolet, Noah was an active member of the Dive team and competed at State his senior year where he came in fourth place.  On March 2, 2014 Noah was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor, Glioblastoma Multiforme stage IV. He recently completed chemotherapy and radiation and is about to begin the next phase of his treatments. The cost of fighting cancer is staggering and a website has been set up to help Noah and his family with the escalating medical bills.  To make a donation and read more about Noah's journey please visit:  http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/kill-the-cancer-/164609

5/23/14

SENIOR GRADUATION INFORMATION
To Parents of the Class of 2014

Has your son or daughter received a scholarship or award from their college/university, from a club or organization, from your workplace, etc?  Please email the information to Ferne.Hecker@nicolet.us as soon as possible to be included in the graduation program book.  The deadline for inclusion is June 2nd.
 
Everything you ever wanted to know about graduation is in the Graduation Handbook - place, time, required rehearsal, tickets, etc.  The handbook is located on the Nicolet High School website and hard copies are available in the District Office.  http://www.nicolet.us/families/graduation_information.cfm
 

5/16/14

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 19
5/17/14       Prom – see reminders below!
5/19/14       School Board Meeting, 6:00pm in the Library
5/21/14       Early Release for Students, 1:19pm
5/22/14       Merit Award, 2:40pm in the cafeteria
5/22/14       Band Concert, 7:30pm in the Fine Arts Center
 
PROM IS TOMORROW SATURDAY, MAY 17
Prom is Saturday, May 17th at the Intercontinental Hotel at 139 E. Kilbourn Ave. from 7:00 pm to midnight. Students should arrive at 7:00 for check-in and the Grand March. Dinner will immediately follow. After dinner activities include dancing, caricature drawings, henna art, and mini gambling casino (no money required). There is parking available by an independent contractor below the hotel for about $15 for the evening, and there may be street parking nearby.
Students will be expected to stay until at least 10:00 pm. Parents will be notified by phone of any student leaving prior to 10:00 pm. Please have transportation arranged for students to leave by midnight.

HEALTH OFFICE REMINDER
Students or parents must pick up all medication that has been stored in the health office by Friday, June 6th.  Any medication not picked up after that date will be disposed of, we cannot keep medication from year to year. Medication permission forms for the 2014-2015 school year will be available online.  If your child takes any medication during the school day, the medication must be kept in the health office. 
 
NICOLET PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY
To all parents and students, we cordially invite you to Nicolet Photography’s very first Fine Arts Photography Gallery on Wednesday, May 21 in the High School's Library.  This gallery is created, organized and managed by the Photography 3 class.  It is designed to showcase their hard work and display the art of some up-and-coming young photographers at Nicolet.  There will be live music, appetizers, and a good time for all.
 
YEARBOOKS ARE COMING- ORDER NOW!
The yearbooks are coming in June! Did you buy one?  They are still available to purchase.  Don't miss out on all the great memories of the year!  Parents are encouraged to buy a yearbook by navigating to the Fee Payment link in Skyward Family Access.  Look for the Make Online Payment button – the next screen will show a button titled Add Charges.  After clicking on Add Charges, you will see the optional fees.  Click the box next to the Yearbook fee and then Pay with RevTrak. Students may also bring a check to the main office.
 
NICOLET GRAD GRAMS DEADLINE EXTENDED!
The Grad Gram deadline has been extended to Wednesday, May 21st.  We are having temporary difficulty with the online form.  Please check back as it should be fixed shortly.  In the meantime, the paper order form is easy to use!  
The online Grad Grams order form can be found on the following pages on the Nicolet website:

Home page:  http://www.nicolet.us/
PTSO page:  http://www.nicolet.us/families/ptso.cfm
and under the families menu: http://www.nicolet.us/families/grad_grams.cfm

 Connect if you have any questions with the Grad Grams Co-Chairs, Sharon Shapiro sharonark@yahoo.com or Robin Arenzon rsarenzon@sbcglobal.net
 
EXAMS AND EXAM EXEMPTIONS
The schedule for second semester exams is posted on our website.
http://www.nicolet.us/students/exam_exemption.pdf
We are tallying the student’s records for notification of exam exemptions.  Please check your child’s Skyward account and take care of any balances due by May 20, 2014, so they may claim their exemption if they qualify.
 
SHOREWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT MENTAL HEALTH ACTIVITIES
Please go to this link for information regarding a theatrical production and mental health fair sponsored by the Shorewood School District.   http://www.nicolet.us/cms_files/resources/mental_health_info.pdf
 
WISCONSIN ASSOCIATION FOR LANGUAGE TEACHERS (WAFLT) AWARD
Congratulations to senior Luiza Campos, recipient of the 2014 WAFLT Honors in Language Study Award.  Students are nominated by their teacher based on academic excellence and exceptional commitment to the study of a world language.  Spanish teacher Maria Wallis is to be commended for developing and encouraging student interest in world language study.
 
U.S. SENATOR RON JOHNSON’S VISIT TO NICOLET
Last week Friday, May 9, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson toured the school and spoke to a group of Nicolet students. Senior, Lucas Kasle, arranged for the visit after portraying Senator Johnson during a recent mock legislative hearing in Ms. Phyllis Santacroce’s class. Read more about Senator Johnson’s visit in this week’s North Shore NOW: http://www.glendalenow.com/news/nicolet-students-talk-tough-politics-with-ron-johnson-b99268178z1-259233581.html
 
INFORMATIONAL MEETING: NICOLET ATHLETIC FACILITIES
Nicolet’s Master Site Planning Committee is hosting an open house to review potential options for developing the district’s athletic facilities. You are invited to attend as your schedule permits on Thursday, June 5 (5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) in the Nicolet High School Library.

5/12/14

To Parent(s)/Guardian and Student:
 
The end of second semester is fast approaching and with it exam exemptions.  Each student is eligible for an exemption in one class if he/she meets all of the following criteria:

  • No more than 10 absences in any given period of the day for any reason (does not include attendance for faculty excused (P-FE), field trips (P-FT), office (P-CO or P-NO), library (P-LB) or testing center (P-TC))
  • No suspensions in the current semester
  • No fees or fines due
  • No overdue library materials
  • At least a “B-” average in the class to be exempted
  • No violations of the Academic Integrity Policy that resulted in loss of the exam exemption
  • Students must be enrolled full-time with a minimum of 6 classes.

On Tuesday, May 13, in 2nd period class, all students will receive an initial notice identifying whether they are currently eligible for an exam exemption.  If students are not eligible, a box will be checked as to why.  This is a preliminary notice - Additional absences and/or discipline infractions may change a student’s exam exemption status. No additional notice will be given- students may check their exemption status in the office. Qualifying students will receive their exam exemption certificate in their 2nd hour class on Tuesday, May 27.  

  • Details related to absences, and student fees are viewable by logging onto Skyward Family Access. 
  • Outstanding fees may be paid in-person in the High School Office (C101) or by mail anytime up to May 20, 2014.  Checks should be made payable to Nicolet High School. 
  • Library fines must be paid directly to the library.

WKCE and Dean’s List exemptions will also be delivered to students that qualify on May 27.

  • Sophomores who scored Advanced/Proficient in all parts of the WKCE this year will receive an exemption.  This is the last year this test and exemption will be given.
  • Seniors that were on the Dean’s List for first semester of this school year will receive an exemption.

Students that do not qualify for an exam exemption may submit an appeal by picking up a form in the High School Office beginning Monday, May 12 and ending Tuesday, May 27.  Students will be informed of decisions made by the appeals committee on Friday, May 30.
 
You may download a copy of the School Board Policy for exam exemptions from the Nicolet website.  It is my hope that parents will have a conversation with their son/daughter to address any items that may hinder him/her from receiving an exam exemption.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Greg Kabara
Principal
 

5/9/14

ACTIVITES FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 12
5/13/14        School Board Committee of the Whole, 4:00pm in Library
5/15/14        PTSO Meeting, 6:00pm in B113
5/17/14        Junior/Senior Prom, Intercontinental Hotel, 7:00pm, grand march
 
CONGRESS-BUNDESTAG SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
Nicolet Senior Sandra Gurneau has been named a Congress-Bundestag Scholar for the 2014-15 school year.  This program allows for a select group of American students to spend a year studying in Germany, living with host families and acting as unofficial ambassadors of our country. In July, Sandra will attend a three day orientation in Washington DC and then a one month immersion course in Germany before traveling on to her new school.  While in Germany, Sandra will connect with German government officials and enjoy cultural excursions to the German Bundestag and select German cities.  Sandra is the thirteenth Nicolet German student to be selected for this program in the last fourteen years. 
 
PROM NEXT SATURDAY, MAY 17

Prom is Saturday, May 17th at the Intercontinental Hotel at 139 E. Kilbourn Ave. from 7:00 pm to midnight. Students should arrive at 7:00 for check-in and the Grand March. Dinner will immediately follow. After dinner activities include dancing, caricature drawings, henna art, and mini gambling casino (no money required). There is parking available by an independent contractor below the hotel for about $15 for the evening, and there may be street parking nearby.
Students will be expected to stay until at least 10:00 pm. Parents will be notified by phone of any student leaving prior to 10:00 pm. Please have transportation arranged for students to leave by midnight.
 
PTSO NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Once again, the PTSO is supporting prom and providing door prizes. Parents can help by donating items such as gift cards, sporting event or entertainment tickets, electronics or other items.  All prom attendees will be entered in the drawings to be held throughout the evening. Items may be sent or dropped off in the High School Office, please mark them: Attn: PTSO/PROM.
 
YEARBOOKS ARE COMING — ORDER NOW!
The yearbooks are coming in June! Did you buy one?  They are still available to purchase.  Don't miss out on all the great memories of the year!  Parents are encouraged to buy a yearbook by navigating to the Fee Payment link in Skyward Family Access.  Look for the Make Online Payment button – the next screen will show a button titled Add Charges.  After clicking on Add Charges, you will see the optional fees.  Click the box next to the Yearbook fee and then Pay with RevTrak. Students may also bring a check to the main office.
 
NICOLET GRAD GRAMS NOW ONLINE!
Send graduates and retirees Grad Grams and support the Nicolet Parent Teacher Student Organization!  Grad Grams are a Nicolet High School tradition.  Send a congratulatory message to a friend, neighbor, or retiring teacher.  All Grad Grams will be assembled into individual special keepsake booklets for each graduate and retiree.  These booklets will be presented at graduation rehearsal following the Senior Breakfast.  Funds raised from the Grad Gram fundraiser supports graduating senior activities and other PTSO events.  The NHS PTSO appreciates your support!
 
The online Grad Grams order form can be found on the following pages on the Nicolet website:

Home page:  http://www.nicolet.us/
PTSO page:  http://www.nicolet.us/families/ptso.cfm
and under the families menu

Also, there is a paper order form attached here in case you'd rather use write it out and turn it in to the High School Office.  Connect if you have any questions with the Grad Grams Co-Chairs, Sharon Shapiro sharonark@yahoo.com or Robin Arenzon  rsarenzon@sbcglobal.net
 
http://www.nicolet.us/families/grad_grams.cfm
 
EXAMS AND EXAM  EXEMPTIONS
The schedule for second semester exams is posted on our website.
http://www.nicolet.us/students/exam_exemption.pdf
We are tallying the students’ records for notification of exam exemptions.  You may receive an email regarding balances due for student fees.  Please check your child’s Skyward account and take care of any balances due by May 20, 2014, so they may claim their exemption if they qualify.  More detailed information will be sent next week.
 
STATE FRENCH PRONUNCIATION CONTEST WINNERS
Please congratulate the students who traveled to Milton, Wisconsin last Saturday to participate in the State French Pronunciation Contest. All four students who participated earned medals in their respective categories. Alesandra Tejeda and Emily Blumenthal each took gold in extemporaneous prose, Sona Perlin also took gold in Music Performance, and Alyssa Patton took silver in Music Performance. Congratulations to all participants!
 
NICOLET NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTEES
Congratulations to the 22 juniors and 32 sophomores that were inducted into the Nicolet Chapter of the National Honor Society on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.  The presenter for the evening was Mr. Arthur Wasserman, a member of the Board of Directors for “Beyond Vision,” a non-profit organization which provides employment for people who are visually impaired.  The advisor for the Nicolet Chapter of the National Honor Society is Orchestra Director and PBIS Coach Jamin Hoffman.
 
(Some student names may be omitted due to permissions for public use)
SOPHOMORES
Sita Agterberg, Emily Becker, Arielle Bordow, Michael Carruth, William Dietz, Lieschen du Plessis, Allison Eiers, Madeline Folstein, Benjamin Hayes, Amanda Jacobs, Marissa Lockhart, William Manger, Sarah Marowski, Hannah McBride, Soreh Milchtein, Adam Mitchell, Jeremy Moser, Katie Novak, Samantha Peltz, Emily Perez, Adam Plotkin, Charles Rinderle, Emily Roesner, Sarah Schoenfeldt, Carli Shapiro, Sydney Stelzer, Alesandra Tejeda, Alexis Terry, Elizabeth Tong, Aaron Trattner, Mumal Tunio, Whitney Wertheimer
 
JUNIORS
Craig Carey, Sophia Carlton, Robert Dietz, Nisreen Eid, Kailey Gullickson, Katherine Harris, Jacob Kleiner, Michelle Margolies, Adam Mazin, Jackson Melchert, Michael Mills, Nell Murphy, Nina Nguyen, Jacob Olin, Jordan Perry, Jessica Plotkin, Hayley Raj, Elliana Sinykin, Maryam Tunio, Erin Wathen
 
STATE NATIONAL HISTORY DAY RESULTS
On Saturday, May 3, 18 students represented Nicolet at the State History Day competition in Madison, competing in the Senior Division (grades 9-12).    Nicolet students earned 2 of 8 special awards and 2 students will be representing Nicolet at the National Competition in Washington DC in June.
 
Our special award winners are as follows:

Environmental History Award: Zachary Ellner, John Muir vs. San Francisco: The Hetch Hetchy Dam Controversy (Individual Exhibit)
Local History Award: Mulu Belete: Father James E. Groppi: A Fighter for Open Housing (Individual Website)

Our State winners who will represent Nicolet at nationals are as follows:

Lexie Abrahamian: Individual Exhibit - A Sand County Almanac
Madeline Folstein: Individual Performance - A One Way Ticket to Equality: Female Journalists in the Vietnam War

 
All Nicolet students did a fantastic job of representing their school and supporting their peers throughout the day.
 
National History Day is coordinated by Social Studies Teacher Phyllis Santacroce.
 
2014 CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION WINNERS
The Awards Ceremony for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition and Exhibit was held at the Chase Tower on Saturday, May 3.
 
Nicolet High School Student Laura Shires earned the First Place Award. Laura’s work will be on display in the United States Capital in Washington D.C. for one year. Laura received 2 tickets from Southwest Airlines for a trip to Washington D.C., as well as a $500.00 gift certificate. Rhea Stark earned the Second Place Award and received a $200.00 gift certificate.
 
The following students have work featured in the Congressional Exhibition:
Adina Barrientos, Deante Coleman, DeVante’ Coleman, Robert Dietz, Lili du Plessis, Minlie du Plessis, Adrienne Evans, Westen Groh, Aleksandra Gurneau, Jenifer Hansen, Bryce Harlow, Jessie Helminiak, Nikkie Her, Rose Hyland, Gabe Katz, Jordan Perry, Salina Plotecher, Brandon Poll, Jordana Rubnitz, Laura Shires, Laura Slattery, Rhea Stark, Carrie Trebian, Jessica Waddington and Betsy Wilson.
 
Congratulations to all of our participants and to the art teachers of these students; Patty Leeson, Becky Schmidt, and Tom Medved.
 
*2014 STATE FAIR PRESS RELEASE
Congratulations to the Nicolet art students who will have work exhibited in the 46th Annual Wisconsin State Fair 2014 Young People’s Art Exhibit.
The following students placed in the competition from over 370 art works entered. They will receive ribbons and cash awards:
Jake Currie 12:             3rd Place Painting
Laura Shires 12:           2nd Place Painting
Lieschen du Plessis 10: 1st Place Painting
Robert Dietz 11:            2nd Place Ceramics and Artist & Display Award – Best Sculpture
 
Other students who will have their work exhibited include the following:
Sid Brod, Samuel Choice, Zoe Eiseman, Jennifer Froh, Westen Groh, Rachel Grove, Katie Harris, Gabe Katz, Laura Slattery, Maryam Tunio, Betsy Wilson and Sarah Zelazoski.
 
The exhibit will be on display during the entire run of the State Fair from July 31- August 10, 2014 in the Expo Center lobby.  Please stop by to view all of our student's exceptional artwork while you are at the fair.
 
*Some student names may be omitted due to permissions for public use.

5/2/14

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 5 – STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK!
5/05/14       Nicolet Parent 101 – Session III, 6:00pm in the Library
5/06/14       National Honor Society Reception/Induction, 6:00pm in the cafeteria
5/07/14       NHS Foundation Meeting, 7:30am in B113
5/07/14       Early Release for Students – dismissal at 1:19pm
5/07/14       Booster Club Meeting, 7:00pm in B113
5/09/14       Midsummer Night’s Dream - 7:30pm Friday and Saturday
5/11/14       Midsummer Night’s Dream - 2:00pm Sunday
 
YEARBOOKS ARE COMING- ORDER NOW!
The yearbooks are coming in June! Did you buy one?  They are still available to purchase. Don't miss out on all the great memories of the year!  Parents are encouraged to buy a yearbook by navigating to the Fee Payment link on Skyward and scrolling down to Yearbook. Students can also bring a check to the High School Office.
 
NICOLET GRAD GRAMS NOW ONLINE!
Send graduates and retirees Grad Grams and support the Nicolet Parent Teacher Student Organization!  Grad Grams are a Nicolet High School tradition.  Send a congratulatory message to a friend, neighbor, or retiring teacher.  All Grad Grams will be assembled into individual special keepsake booklets for each graduate and retiree.  These booklets will be presented at graduation rehearsal following the Senior Breakfast.  Funds raised from the Grad Gram fundraiser supports graduating senior activities and other PTSO events.  The NHS PTSO appreciates your support!
 
The online Grad Grams order form can be found on the following pages on the Nicolet website:

Home page:  http://www.nicolet.us/
PTSO page:  http://www.nicolet.us/families/ptso.cfm
and under the families menu

Also, there is a paper order form attached here in case you'd rather write it out and turn it in to the High School Office.  Connect if you have any questions with the Grad Grams Co-Chairs, Sharon Shapiro sharonark@yahoo.com or Robin Arenzon  rsarenzon@sbcglobal.net
http://www.nicolet.us/families/grad_grams.cfm
 
REMINDER TO PTSO BAKERS FOR TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY
Drop off your goodies with the recipe (optional) at Nicolet on Thursday, May 8th by 9:00 a.m. in the High School or District Office.  If you can provide a dessert, please call or email Julie Richter at mrichter5@wi.rr.com   Thank you!
 
EXAM EXEMPTIONS
In preparation for exam exemptions, be sure to check your Family Access account for fees. 
To earn an exam exemption a student may not have more than 10 absences in any one period, no fees or fines, no suspensions and no academic integrity violations. Fees and fines are due on Tuesday, May 20th.  Qualifying students will receive their exam exemption card in 2nd hour class on Tuesday, May 27th.
 
BRADY CORPORATION 2014 ALL-STARS PROGRAM
Congratulations to Sara Miller and Christopher Welker on being selected as 2014 Brady Academic All-Stars.  They are being recognized for their academic excellence in the classroom and the activities they support in their school and community.  Sarah and Christopher will be entered in a drawing to win a $1,000 scholarship and are invited to a reception on May 18 at Miller Park.
 
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY BOOK DRIVE- REACH OUT AND READ
Nicolet High School is collecting used children's books for the organization Reach Out and Read Milwaukee! All books will be donated to underprivileged youth in Milwaukee. The drive is from April 28th to May 9th. There is a collection box right inside the High School Office. Nicolet's goal is to collect 500 books.
Here is the local website of the Reach Out and Read Organization: http://www.mcw.edu/cauc/patientcare/reachoutandread.htm
 
NICOLET PHOTO GALLERY AND FUNDRAISER AT BARNES AND NOBLE
On Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 4th Nicolet's Photography Club will have an exhibit of student artwork at Barnes & Noble in Bayshore Town Center.  This is a great opportunity to see some outstanding photography and support your school.  Nicolet's Photography club will receive 10% of the proceeds if you mention our club at the checkout.  
 
NICOLET RECREATION DEPARTMENT PROGRAM
 "HOW TO WRITE A WINNING COLLEGE ESSAY"
This course will help your student jump-start the college essay writing process, with particular emphasis on composing a personal statement using the preferred narrative writing style.  The program takes place on Tuesday, May 20 from 5:30-6:30pm at Nicolet.  Please visit our website at:  http://www.nicolet.us/activities/recreation.cfm or call (414) 351-7566 to register today!
 
NICOLET FED CHALLENGE TEAM TAKES 1ST PLACE
On April 28 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Nicolet Fed Challenge Team took first place at the state level.  In the regional round which consisted of the first place state winners from Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan our team finished in a close second. Extra time was needed by the judges because it was such a close finish.  Students simulated a Federal Reserve Open Market Committee meeting in which they analyzed the historical and current economic conditions using a plethora of economic indicators and economic theory, and made monetary policy recommendations for the macro economy.  The team also fielded questions from Federal Reserve economists about any topic concerning the economy.  This is the 4th year in a row that Nicolet has placed first for the State of Wisconsin. Congratulations to Hope Merens, Maggie Beck, Sam Srok, Evan Walsh and Sam Vuchetich for a job well done!  They represented Nicolet with their top notch performance and expertise.  The Fed Challenge Team is coached by Nicolet Economics Teacher Ms. Susan Bolly-Schlenker.

4/25/14

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 28
4/28/14       School Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. in the Library
5/02 & 5/03/14       Midsummer Night’s Dream, 7:30 p.m.
5/02/14       Knight on the Town Foundation Event! More info below...
5/04/14       Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2:00 p.m.
 
PTSO NEEDS BAKERS FOR TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY
Every year the PTSO sponsors a very popular Teacher/Staff Appreciation Dessert Buffet.  This year’s Dessert Buffet will be Thursday, May 8th.  If you would like to provide a dessert (lemon bars, chocolate dipped strawberries, and ginger cookies were big hits last year), remember to keep items peanut-free, please bring 2-3 dozen treats, and cut them into small portions so that the teachers and staff can sample a variety of desserts.  The staff really appreciates it and has asked for the recipes in the past.  Drop off your goodies with the recipe (optional) at Nicolet on Thursday, May 8th by 9:00 a.m. in the High School or District Office.  If you can provide a dessert, please call or email Julie Richter at mrichter5@wi.rr.com  
 
PROM TICKET SALE DEADLINE – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30!
Prom is approaching quickly tickets must be purchased by April 30th.  Please remind your son or daughter to purchase them during lunch by Wednesday.  The ticket price is $60.  Prom will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel, 7:00pm to midnight on May 17th.  The grand march will begin at 7:00 p.m.  The address is: 139 E. Kilbourn Avenue.
 
NICOLET THEATRE PRESENTS A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
The Theatre Department will present William Shakespeare's  A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM on May 2, 3, 9, and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and May 4 at 2:00 p.m.  The production is being performed with current day costumes and props, but will maintain Shakespeare's language.  There is original music composed and performed by Jordan Rattner and Christian Fox.  The cast includes:  Audrey Simon, Stephen Johnson, Ella Dierberger, Cezanne Smith, Max Wilson, Erin Wathen, Tony Scotton, Morgan Karl, Brandon Poll, Maddy Folstein, Sona Perlin, Evan Johnson, Gabe Rosenthal, Raffi Hallerman, Zach Ellner, Jonathan Ish-Shalom, Kailey Gullickson, Amanda Jacobs, Signe Wright, Alison Reikher, and Marissa Lockhart.  Director's Assistants are Sarah Rosenthal, Sydney O'Hare, and Carli Shapiro.  Stage Crew includes Emily Acker, Adrienne Evans, Jack Clark, Maya Magana, Jake Zimmermann, Carrie Trebian, and Zoe Eiseman.  
 
Tickets are $7.00 and can be reserved by calling 414-351-8174.
Also included with this performance is a Shakespeare display in the theatre lobby to celebrate his 450th birthday.
 
NICOLET PARENT 101 SESSION III – MAY 5TH
Nicolet is hosting the third and final informal session for parents of incoming 8th grade students on Monday, May 5th at 6:00pm in the Nicolet Library.  Principal Kabara will have representatives of all the different parent organizations and our Athletic Director present to inform parents of the many opportunities parents and students have to be involved at Nicolet.  Student activities, co-curricular activities, and athletics will be discussed as well as resources for both students and parents.  We will conclude the meeting with a tour of the building.  No reservation is required.  Ask your friends and neighbors of 8th graders to attend.  You may call Mrs. Reinhart in the High School Office, 351-7522, if you have any questions.
 
KNIGHT ON THE TOWN - A MAJOR LEAGUE EVENT – MAY 2
There is still time to register for the best party of the season!  On May 2nd the Foundation is hosting a benefit for Nicolet at the University Club in downtown Milwaukee. There will be special guests, great auction items, good food, dancing and more, all at a beautiful venue!  Join your friends, neighbors, Nicolet teachers and administrators, as we celebrate a successful year and help ensure that the rich academic tradition at Nicolet continues.  Go to  http://www.nicolet.us/families/foundation.cfm  and click on the invitation.  For questions contact Chris Macon, chris.macon@nicolet.us or 414.351.7561
 
A link to the Live and Silent Auction Catalog is also at http://www.nicolet.us/families/foundation.cfm
 
NICOLET RECREATION DEPARTMENT HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL LEAGUE
Just a reminder that teams are now forming for the Nicolet Recreation Department Co-Ed High School slow pitch softball league! Games will be played on Wednesday evenings beginning in mid-May, so be sure to get your registration in by the end of this week. Gather your friends and form a team or sign up to be placed on an existing one.  Stop in the Recreation office for a registration form.  For more information go to:  http://www.nicolet.us/activities/high_school_league.cfm   Play Ball!!
 
2014 NATIONAL YOUNGARTS FOUNDATION WINNER!
Congratulations to senior Sarah Murphy on her award from the National YoungArts Foundation.  The National YoungArts Foundation recognizes and supports America’s most talented 15-18 year olds in the visual, literary and performing arts.  Sarah is an art student of Ms. Patricia Leeson.
 
NICOLET GERMAN STUDENTS PLACE THIRD IN STATE
Nicolet German Students took 3rd place at the 25th annual UW-Madison German Day competition, held on Tuesday, April 8th.  Nicolet is one of only four schools in the state, which has participated in each German Day competition and has won a total of six state championships, including four of the last six. 
 
Congratulations to the following students: 
 
Event One:  Spelling II  Emily Janicik, Emily Mone
Event Two: Spelling Advanced    Ava Crawford-Vukecevic, Jane Moede, Martin Muenster
Event Three:  Poetry II    Gefunden Maria Graziano
Event Four:    Skit:
James Abram, Laura Banh, John Sherman, Aleksandra Gurneau, Andrew McKee, Jack Kalloch, Anna Novak, Aaron Kauer, Brendan Farnum, Ben Brown, Wayne Martin, Julia Carmen Vascan, Sam Vucetich, Michael Hangsterfer, John Jaekels, Ella Dierberger, Jane Moede
Event Five:  Poetry Advanced   Die Lorelei  Robert McCracken
Event Six:  Vocal   9:30 Alles kann besser werden  Andrew McKee, Julia Vascan
 
 

4/21/14

Reminder - School resumes on Tuesday, April 22nd!
 
ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK 
4/22/14     Tuesday, School resumes
                   Summer School Registration Begins at 7:00 a.m. in the District Office
                   Committee of the Whole, 4:00 p.m. in the Library
                   Performing Arts Committee Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in B113
4/23/14     Freedom Summer Exhibit, 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room
                   MEPA Senior Awards Program, 7:00 p.m. in the Library
4/24/14     PTSO Meeting, 6:00 p.m. in B113
 
2014 SUMMER SCHOOL INFORMATION
Registration for summer school begins on April 22 and ends on May 30. 
Summer School begins on Thursday, June 19 and ends on Friday, July 25.
See the link for more details: http://www.nicolet.us/district/summer_school.pdf
 
FREEDOM SUMMER EXHIBIT and MEPA AWARDS PRESENTATION APRIL 23, 2104
There will be a public viewing of the Freedom Summer Exhibit to coincide with the Multi-Ethnic Parent Association's (MEPA) annual awards presentation. Student docents from the AVID 10 class will be assisting the public during the viewing. The public showing will take place on Wednesday, April 23 at 6 PM in the community room.  The awards ceremony begins in the library at 7:00pm; State Representative Mandela Barnes will be the keynote speaker for the event.  Go to this link for a flyer with additional details about the event: http://www.nicolet.us/cms_files/event_attach/403270/mepa_ceremony.pdf
 

4/11/14

SENIOR GRADUATION INFORMATION
To Parents of the Class of 2014 -
 
Everything you ever wanted to know about graduation is in the Graduation Handbook - place, time, required rehearsal, tickets, etc.  The handbook is located on the Nicolet High School website and hard copies are available in the High School Office, District Office and Guidance Office.  Graduates are required to return the form at the back of the booklet stating whether or not they plan to participate in the graduation ceremony.
 
Forms should be returned to Ferne Hecker in the District Office (Room C-103). Graduates will not be able to order extra graduation tickets beginning May 1st, if the participation form is not turned in.  
 
A graduation video is also available for purchase.  See the Graduation Handbook for more information.
 

4/11/14

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 21ST
4/22/14     Tuesday, School resumes
                   Summer School Registration Begins at 7:00 a.m. in the District Office
                   Committee of the Whole, 4:00 p.m. in the Library
                   Performing Arts Committee Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in B113
4/23/14     Freedom Summer Exhibit, 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room
                   MEPA Senior Awards Program, 7:00 p.m. in the Library
4/24/14     PTSO Meeting, 6:00 p.m. in B113
 
2014 SUMMER SCHOOL INFORMATION
Registration for summer school begins on April 22 and ends on May 30. 
Summer School begins on Thursday, June 19 and ends on Friday, July 25.
See the link for more details: http://www.nicolet.us/district/summer_school.pdf
 
PLAY, “IN MY OWN VOICE” RAISES AWARENESS OF MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES – THURSDAY, APRIL 24TH, 7:00PM
The interfaith subgroup of Red 2 is sponsoring a play at Whitefish Bay High School open to all community members.  “In My Own Voice” is meant to raise awareness about mental health issues in our community.  Local resources will have information available, and there will be a talk-back session after the play. Please see details in the flyer at this link:
http://www.nicolet.us/cms_files/resources/light_of_recovery.pdf
 
TEEN WELLNESS SERIES CONTINUES
The Nicolet PE Department will continue the Teen Wellness Series that was initiated first semester. All students currently enrolled in a 10th, 11th or 12th grade PE class will attend 2 presentations that focus on issues related to positive decision-making, drug and alcohol prevention, physical health and mental health. The last presentation is scheduled for April 28: “Your Choice to Live” a drug and alcohol prevention program.
 
If your child is not currently enrolled in PE and did not participate in this program first semester, (and you would like them to attend) they may receive a pass to attend by calling Dr. Barbara Bornstein @ 351-7564 or emailing her at barbara.bornstein@nicolet.us 

WISCONSIN ECONOMICS COMPETITION
On Friday, two student teams participated in the WI Economics Competition. They tackled Micro, Macro and International Economics.
Team 1:Greg Pigg, Adam Kallas, Amari Alexander, Jane Richter
Team 2: Hope Merens, Ben Lawton, Sam Vuchetich. 
 
Hope, Ben and Sam placed 2nd out of 22 AP Econ teams.
Ben took an individual 1st for top score on the Micro test out of 85 students. All were strong participants and tough competitors.
 
FREEDOM SUMMER EXHIBIT
The Freedom Summer Exhibit will be coming to Nicolet High School during the week of April 22 and will be incorporated into the social studies curriculum.  Special thanks to senior student Isaiah Agara for helping develop the curriculum pieces.
 
You may have seen the information in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the Freedom Summer Exhibit.
http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/wisconsins-plentiful-civil-rights-collection-to-go-on-tour-b99224213z1-250707481.html
 
FREEDOM SUMMER EXHIBIT and MEPA AWARDS PRESENTATION APRIL 23, 2104
There will be a public viewing of the Freedom Summer Exhibit to coincide with the Multi-Ethnic Parent Association's (MEPA) annual awards presentation. Student docents from the AVID 10 class will be assisting the public during the viewing. The public showing will take place on Wednesday, April 23 at 6 PM in the community room.  The awards ceremony begins in the library at 7:00pm; State Representative Mandela Barnes will be the keynote speaker for the event.  Go to this link for a flyer with additional details about the event: http://www.nicolet.us/cms_files/event_attach/403270/mepa_ceremony.pdf
 

4/4/14

SPRING BREAK BEGINS SATURDAY, APRIL 12
 
TUESDAY, APRIL 22 - SCHOOL RESUMES
 
WEBSITE UPDATE – STAFF DIRECTORY
If you have been looking for a staff directory on our website we have made it a little easier for you.  The link can be found under Families – Other Resources Staff Directory:  http://www.nicolet.us/contactus/index.cfm
 
2014-2015 SCHOOL CALENDAR ONLINE
http://www.nicolet.us/cms_files/resources/2014_15_school_calendar.pdf
 
2014 SUMMER SCHOOL INFORMATION
Registration for summer school begins on April 22 and ends on May 30. 
Summer School begins on Thursday, June 19 and ends on Friday, July 25.
See the link for more details: http://www.nicolet.us/district/summer_school.pdf
 
TIMOTHY LEPLAE-ARTHUR FEATURED IN MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
Last week Sunday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured an article about Nicolet Sophomore Timothy Leplae-Arthur. Timothy is assisting with research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee physical chemistry lab. Click on this link to view the article.
 
PROM UPDATE
This year’s prom will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel, 7:00pm to midnight on May 17.  The grand march will begin at 7:00 p.m.  The address is: 139 E. Kilbourn Avenue.  Prom tickets will be sold during lunch beginning Tuesday, April 22 through Friday, May 2 for $60 each.  Non-Nicolet guests must be pre-approved by April 30; approval forms may be found in the high school office.  
 
DID YOU GET YOUR KNIGHT ON THE TOWN E-VITE??
The invitations to the 2014 Knight on the Town have been sent out.  If you didn't receive yours, check your spam/promotions folder.  If you still don't have it - go to the Foundation's page on the NHS website and make your reservations there. http://www.nicolet.us/families/foundation.cfm  Questions? Contact Chris Macon -  chris.macon@nicolet.us
 
TEEN WELLNESS SERIES CONTINUES
The Nicolet PE Department will continue the Teen Wellness Series that was initiated first semester.  All students currently enrolled in a PE class will attend 2 presentations that focus on issues related to positive decision-making, drug and alcohol prevention, physical health and mental health. The following schedule is planned;
 
April 9: Question and Answer Period with School Nurse Laura Nigh, School Resource Officer Kelly DeJonge and School Psychologist Barbara Bornstein
April 28:  Presentation by 'Your Choice to Live" a drug and alcohol prevention program
 
If your child is not currently enrolled in PE and did not participate in this program first semester, (and you would like them to attend) they may receive a pass to attend by calling Dr. Barbara Bornstein @ 351-7564 or emailing her at barbara.bornstein@nicolet.us 
 
TWO NICOLET TEACHERS RECEIVE 2014 HERB KOHL TEACHER FELLOWSHIP
Nicolet is proud to announce that Science Teacher John Rhude and Special Education Teacher Robert Rinka have been selected as 2014 Kohl Fellowship recipients.  Recipients are chosen for their skill as a leader and agent for positive change, and their superior ability to inspire the love of learning in their students. 
 
Mr. Rhude and Mr. Rinka will each receive a $1,000 grant for themselves and a $1,000 grant for Nicolet from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation and co-sponsors: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools, Wisconsin Cooperative Educational Service Agencies, and Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation. 
 
JEREMY KORITZINSKY 2014 HERB KOHL EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT 
Nicolet is proud to announce that Jeremy Koritzinsky has been selected to receive the 2014 Kohl Excellence Scholarship.  Recipients have demonstrated excellence in the academic arena and high motivation to achieve, have displayed a broad range of activity and leadership outside the academic setting, and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond. 
 
The recipients were recognized at a regional luncheon on Sunday, March 30 at Brown Deer High School along with the other Herb Kohl Fellowship and Excellence Scholarship recipients.
 

4/1/14


Nicolet High School students have received a number of honors over the last few weeks, so we decided to devote an entire update to recognize their accomplishments. Congratulations on all your success!
 
NICOLET STUDENTS RECEIVE ACCLAIM AT THE NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC ART COMPETITION
Twenty Nicolet students received medals after competing in the National Scholastic Art Competition.  Their works were exhibited at the Milwaukee Art Museum through March 16th.  The Gold Key winning artworks will advance to the National Scholastic Art Awards competition. Nicolet students earned 12 of 48 portfolio awards awarded for the state.
 

Adina Barrientos, Gold Key Portfolio
Katherine Braun, Gold Key
DeVante’ Coleman, Honorable Mention and Gold Key Portfolio
DeAnte’Coleman, Gold Key Portfolio
Robert Dietz, 2 Honorable Mentions and 3 Gold Keys
Lieschen du Plessis, Honorable Mention, Silver Key and 2 Gold Keys
Adrienne Evans, Silver Key and Gold Key Portfolio
Westen Groh, 2 Honorable Mentions and Gold Key
Jennifer Hansen, Silver Key
Jessica Helminiak, Gold Key and American Visions Award
Gabe Katz, Gold Key and Gold Key Portfolio
Elizabeth Mittelstadt, Gold Key
Natalie Muenster, Silver Key
Saline Plotecher, Gold Key Portfolio
Jordana Rubnitz, Gold Key Portfolio
Laura Shires, Silver Key and 2 Gold Key Portfolios
Rhea Stark, Silver Key and Gold Key Portfolio
Carolyn Trebian, Honorable Mention and Gold Key and Gold Key Portfolio
Cierra Vine, Gold Key

 
Three Nicolet Students received National Medals after competing in the competition. The students will be awarded the medals at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Friday, June 6, 2014. 

Lieschen du Plessis won a Silver Medal for Painting
Gabe Katz won a Silver Medal for his Portfolio
Cierra Vine won a Silver Media for Photography

 
NICOLET’S SAM VUCHETICH AWARDED GOLD MEDAL/AMERICAN VOICES AWARD FOR WRITING
We are pleased to announce that Sam Vuchetich earned national recognition in the 2014 Scholastic Writing Awards. Sam has been identified by panels of creative professionals as one of the most talented young writers in the nation. Sam submitted a humorous essay entitled “How To Start a Cult.” Sam’s essay was chosen among thousands of entries and he is part of the top 1% being recognized on the national level. Sam is one of only two national award winners from Wisconsin. Sam has also been invited to attend the ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 6. Congratulations Sam on this rare achievement!
 
70 NICOLET STUDENTS RECEIVE SUPERIOR RATINGS AT DISTRICT SOLO AND ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL
On March 15, Nicolet High School's choirs, orchestras and bands performed at the annual district solo and ensemble festival at Shorewood High School. At the festival, our music students performed for adjudicators who evaluated and rated performances using rigorous standards delineated on the Wisconsin School Music Association's performance rubric. Many students did exceptionally well and 70 even qualified for the Wisconsin State Music Association Festival by achieving Superior ratings. The following students received a Superior rating. 

Vocal alto soloist: Mikayla Penn
Violin Duet: Andy Hung, Jubilee Hou
Cello Solo: Julian Nazareth
Violin Solo: Khang Vu
Violin Solo:  Jubilee Hou
Piano Solo: Andy Hung
Trumpet Solo: Cody Longreen
Alto Sax Solo: Andy Winston
Flute Solo:  Katy Lane
Bass Solo: Michelle Kofman
Piano Solo: Veronica Martinez Brockhus
Tenor Sax Solo: Rachel Heuer
Jazz Combo: David Cranberg, Cody Longreen, Paco Reyes, Michelle Kofman, Ben Keen, August Eurich
Jazz Combo: Cody Longreen, Rachel Heuer, Christian Fox, Jordan Rattner, Ian Greenfield
Piano Solo: Evan Johnson
Jazz Guitar Solo: Jordan Rattner
Brass Choir: Joshua Chianelli, Daylen Fisher, Ian Greenfield, Avery Kornitz, Ellen Liang, William Manger, Veronica Martinez-Brockhus, Maya Melchert, Brink Miller, Gavin Voit, Cody Longreen, Brandon Riedijk, Jordan Rattner, Adrian Carter, JeRon Williams, Michelle Kofman, James Dean Vaillancourt
Saxophone Choir: Jordan Hansen, Tyler Lee, Arielle Bordow, Donovan Carter, Samantha Castle, Lieschen du Plessis, Michael Dunst, Daria Gill, Kayla Howze, Jenna Koshakow, Oliver Lefebvre, Alfonso Martinez, Daniel O'Dwyer, Brett Risberg, Eric Walsh, Andrew Winston, Bennett Babisch, David Cranberg, Rachel Heuer, Joseph Roch, Riccardo Romersi, Devin Fears, Chadwick Hunt, Daniel Gaudynski, Jeremy Koritzinsky
Flute Choir: Katherine Cianciola, Isabelle Gill, Katherine Lane, Nora McGuire, Stacy Miceli, Sara Nocton
Clarinet Choir:  Lindsay Carpenter, Kara Conley, Madilyn Reick, Hayley Sentz, Lauryn Wagner, Emily Janicik, Michelle Akseruld

 
CONGRATULATIONS TO NICOLET’S MODEL U.N.
Nicolet High School's Model UN sent 45 delegates to a recent competition and achieved great success! Nicolet students represented five countries and sponsored every resolution that was brought to the general assembly – a new record! Maggie Beck continued a Nicolet tradition by winning Best Delegate to the International Court of Justice, the third year in a row that a Nicolet delegate has received the award. Hope Merens and Sam Srok won Best Delegates for their work in the Historic Security Council. Also, Evan Johnson, and Rhea Stark brought home prizes for their position papers. Congratulations to all!
 
BADGER STATE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR RESULTS
A number of Nicolet High School students competed at the Badger State Science and Engineering Fair held at UWM on March 22. It was a great day! Students were able to see examples of scientific research other students are doing around the state and talk with new judges from around the area. Some of our Nicolet students were recipients of either a specialty award or category place win, listed below:
 
Earning Specialty Awards:
Lauryn Wagner received an "American Society for Quality Award" for her precision of thought, creativity and application of physics.
David Cranberg received two awards, the "GENIUS Olympiad Award" for his project on global environmental issues, resources and energy. David also received the "U.S. Navy Award" for ingenuity and creativity.
Karen Chen received the "Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award".
Ben Cook and Kamran Moos received the "Philip Streich Memorial Award," an award focusing on the positive environmental impact projects. 
 
Earning Category Placement Awards:
Earning third in the Behavioral/Social Science Category were Mulu Belete and Molly McBride. Earning first in this category were Daria Gill and Jenna Koshakow.
Earning second in the Chemistry/Biochemistry Category were Ben Cook and Kamran Moos.
Earning second in the Math/Computer Science Category was Bertrand Stone and taking first in this category was Karen Chen.
The third place winners in Physics were August Eurich and Avi Paley.
 
Congratulations to these students on all of their accomplishments!
 
F.E.A.R. WISCONSIN REGIONAL RESULTS
Nicolet F.E.A.R. finished with a rank of 40 out of 60 teams with a record of 4 – 6. Senior Chris Welker was one of two Dean's List Finalists from the Wisconsin Regional. Chris is now in contention for 1 of the 10 National Winner selections. This is an amazing honor and congratulations are in order to Chris - he is an extraordinary young man that is representing Nicolet High School on the National Stage with honor and integrity of the highest order.
 
THE NICOLET DEBATE TEAM CONCLUDES SEASON AT MILWAUKEE CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Nicolet Debate Team competed at their last tournament of the season, the Milwaukee City Championships, held at Marquette University March 21-22. 
 
Malia Howell and Yogev Ben-Yitschak broke their streak of coming in 2nd place and brought home a championship trophy in the novice division! 
 
Charles Rinderle and Clare McCullough each competed individually and closed out finals, which means they are co-champions! 
 
In addition, Charles Rinderle was given the Character Award for his willingness to assist other teams and being a supportive member of the Milwaukee Debate League community. 
 
Please congratulate our amazing debaters!
 
NICOLET STUDENTS’ CERAMIC SCULPTURES ON DISPLAY
Several Nicolet art students have their ceramic sculptures on display as part of a show entitled “Quartz Inversion” at the Concordia University Art Gallery. This showcase of Wisconsin ceramics is being held in conjunction with the NCECA Conference that was held in Milwaukee this year. The competition was open to all Wisconsin ceramicists and over $1,500 in awards was given out.
 
The opening reception was held on Friday, March 21. Best of show honors were earned in both the professional and student categories. Sarah Baker, a junior at Nicolet, was awarded a 2nd Place and 200 pounds of clay for her raku fired sculpture entitled "Flame." Robert Dietz, another junior, was awarded 3rd Place and 100 pounds of clay for his sculptural vase entitled "Coral." Other exhibitors included seniors, Laura Shires and Carrie Trebian. The exhibit will be on display through April 6.
 
GERMAN STUDENTS EXCEL AT PRONUNCIATION CONTEST
The AATG Regional German Pronunciation contest was held on Saturday, March 29 at Marquette University. The contest required students to present a memorized poem and then to take part in an impromptu conversation. Nicolet again had the top showing in the state with all of our students earning medals.
 
Level Two:
1st Place: Maria Graziano and Emily Janicik (both received perfect scores)
 
Advanced:
1st Place: Andrew McKee, Wayne Martin and Julia Vascan

3/28/14

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 31st
3/31/14      Nicolet Parent 101: Session 2, 6:00 p.m. in the library
4/02/14      Early Release for Students – 1:19 p.m.
4/02/14      Booster Club Meeting, 7:00pm in B113
 
NICOLET PARENT 101: SESSION 2
Nicolet is hosting the second of three informal sessions for parents of incoming 8th grade students on Monday, March 31st at 6:00pm in the Nicolet Library.  Nicolet Technology Director, John Reiels, will be giving an overview on Skyward Family Access and teacher web pages.  Guidance counselor Michael McKenna will explain Naviance, a college and career readiness platform that helps connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals.  Principal Greg Kabara will give an overview of the Nicolet Go-To List, to assist parents in determining who to call for various reasons. No reservation is required.  Ask your friends and neighbors of 8th graders to attend.  You may call Mrs. Reinhart in the High School Office, 351-7522, if you have any questions.
 
TIME CHANGE FOR PROM – JUNIOR-SENIOR PROM ON MAY 17TH
The start time for prom has changed to 7:00pm. This year’s prom will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel, 7:00pm to midnight on May 17th.  The grand march will begin at 7:00 p.m.  The address is: 139 E. Kilbourn Avenue.  More information will be available soon.
 
PARENTS: THE PTSO NEEDS YOU! 
We all know high school goes by fast and we have chairpersons and volunteers who are moving on as their children graduate! Please consider lending your time and talent, so we can continue to offer events and programs to enhance our school community. Currently, we are planning many programs and events including: Grad Grams, Staff Appreciation, Merit Award ceremony, Cocoa and Cram and Senior Breakfast. 
 
We hope you will help support our senior activities, if you have your first graduate, learn now and know the ropes with your next! Even if you don't have a graduate yet, you will have one before you know it! 
 
Remember - many hands make for light work; any amount of time is appreciated! Please visit http://www.nicolet.us/people/ptso.cfm for more information.
 
RED 2 COALITION
RED 2 is a coalition of parents, educators, community members, and mental health professionals who have come together to promote wellness and resiliency in our youth. The organization is continuing to grow and develop, and would like to welcome Nicolet parents and community members to become involved.  One of the activities they are promoting is a Book Club on topics that promote wellness. Please go to this link: http://www.nicolet.us/cms_files/resources/book_club.pdf
for more information about the next Book Club meeting.  If you are interested in becoming more involved in RED 2, or attending their parent meetings, please contact Nancy Salmon at salmongirls@wi.rr.com
 
TEEN WELLNESS SERIES CONTINUES
The Nicolet PE Department will continue the Teen Wellness Series that was initiated first semester.  All students currently enrolled in a PE class will attend 2 presentations that focus on issues related to positive decision-making, drug and alcohol prevention, physical health and mental health. The following schedule is planned;
 
April 9th: Question and Answer Period with School Nurse Laura Nigh, School Resource Officer Kelly DeJonge and School Psychologist Barbara Bornstein
April 28th:  Presentation by 'Your Choice to Live" a drug and alcohol prevention program
 
If your child is not currently enrolled in PE and did not participate in this program first semester, (and you would like them to attend) they may  receive a pass to attend by calling Dr. Barbara Bornstein @ 351-7564 or emailing her at barbara.bornstein@nicolet.us
 
MRS. GUSTAVSON’S JOURNEY WITH NASA
Nicolet High School science teacher Kathy Gustavson will have quite the stories to tell her students after her trip over 40,000 feet into the stratosphere aboard a NASA aircraft.
 
Mrs. Gustavson, a Physics teacher at Nicolet High School, was one of 12 educators from 10 states selected to participate in the Airborne Astronomy Ambassador (AAA) Program, a development program aimed at improving science teaching.
 
Mrs. Gustavson is currently preparing at NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, California. You can follow her progress and see photos of her adventure here.
 

3/21/14

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 24th
3/25/14       School Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. in the Library
3/26/14       Multi-Ethnic Parent Association, 7:00 p.m. in B113
3/31/14       Nicolet Parent 101: Session 2, 6:00 p.m. in the Library
 
SAVE THE DATE – JUNIOR-SENIOR PROM ON MAY 17TH
This year’s prom will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel, 6:00pm to midnight on May 17th.  The grand march will begin at 7:00 p.m.  The address is: 139 E. Kilbourn Avenue. More information will be available in the coming weeks.
 
SUPPORT NICOLET FEAR THIS WEEKEND
Nicolet FEAR will be taking part in Wisconsin's first Robotics Regional this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the U.S. Cellular Arena in downtown Milwaukee. We encourage all students to attend and support their classmates at this event. 
 
Friday's competition will occur after school. Qualification matches are 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, followed by the elimination tournament from 12:30 - 4:00 p.m. For those who can't make it, a live stream will be available online.
 
Use this link to access the schedule:
http://www.thebluealliance.com/team/4786
 
Use this link to access the live feed of the competition: 
http://www.wisconsinregional.com/GameDay.php
 
The Wisconsin Regional is traditionally one of the largest and most competitive tournaments, with several veteran teams from around the country competing. Nicolet FEAR has worked very hard since its last competition in Central Illinois and is confident about their improved robot this weekend. Nicolet FEAR was founded in December 2012. Since then the group has grown to 57 students. 
 
NICOLET ECONOMICS TEACHER NAMED PRE-COLLEGE VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Ms. Susan Bolly-Schlenker has been named Pre-College Volunteer of the Year by the United Community Center for her work with the organization's Summer Bridge and Abriendo Puertas programs. Ms. Bolly-Schlenker will be honored at the UCC's annual Volunteer Recognition Celebration next Thursday, March 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Latino Arts Gallery at 1028 S 9th St. in Milwaukee.
 

3/14/14

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 17th
3/14/14       Orchestra – Music Benefit Concert, 6:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Centre
3/17/14       Performing Arts Committee, 7:00 p.m. in B113
3/19/14       Early Release for Students, 1:19 p.m.       
3/20/14       PTSO Meeting, 6:00 p.m. in B113
 
SOPHOMORE STUDENT NOMINATED BY NATIONAL ACADEMY OF FUTURE PHYSICIANS
Sophomore Sarah Marowski has been nominated by the National Academy of Future Physicians to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders next November in Washington, D.C. The Congress of Future Medical Leaders is a highly selective national program honoring academically superior high school students dedicated to the service of humanity in medicine.
 
MERIT AWARD PACKET DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, MARCH 21
Parents, did you know you child may be qualified for the Merit Award?  
To receive this award, your student simply needs to:
1.     participate in school activities (member of club, team, service group...)
2.     demonstrate a positive attitude toward school work 
3.     perform 5 hours of service for Nicolet or Recreation Department
4.     attend school events (music, theater, sports, social...)
5.     be free of disciplinary actions (final approval is with principal's office)
If they complete the packet and follow the guidelines, the award recipients will receive an engraved medal during a school assembly.  Four-year recipients receive a plaque. This award will become part of your student’s profile, a fabulous achievement that colleges view during application time. 

The Nicolet Merit Award's primary goal is to help shape our students into positive citizens and to grow our school as a unified community.

The Merit Award Packets with complete details are found in the school office or on line at:   http://www.nicolet.us/students/merit.pdf

Don't delay! The deadline is Friday, March 21, 2014 - no exceptions.  
Please turn them in to the High School Office.
 

3/7/14

ACTIVITIES THROUGH THE WEEK OF MARCH 10th
3/07/14       Nicolet Talent Show, 7:30pm in the Fine Arts Centre
3/08/14       Nicolet Rummage Sale, 8am -2pm in the cafeteria
3/11/14       Dine & Donate Fundraiser at The Bay, 11am – 9pm
3/12/14       Senior Graduation cap & gown pick up during lunch hours
3/12/14       Committee of the Whole, 4:00pm in Library
3/13/14       Parent Teacher Conferences, 3:30 – 8:30pm
3/14/14       No School for Students/Teacher Workshop Day
3/14/14       Orchestra – Music Benefit Concert, 6:30pm in the Fine Arts Centre
3/17/14       Performing Arts Committee, 7pm in B113
 
5TH ANNUAL NICOLET TALENT SHOWCASE – MARCH 7, 7:30PM
The 5th Annual Nicolet Talent Show is Friday, March 7th at 7:30.  The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students.  This is a Student Council fundraiser for Relay for Life.
 
DINE & DONATE AT THE BAY ON MARCH 11, 11AM-9PM
Bring the flyer found here and 10% of your purchases will be donated to the Brittney Gigl Memorial Scholarship Fund!  The Bay is located at 342 E Silver Spring Drive.
 
ONE NICOLET STUDENT, TWO TEACHERS RECEIVE 2014 KOHL FOUNDATION AWARDS!
Nicolet senior Jeremy Koritzinsky and Nicolet teachers Robert Rinka (special education) and John Rhude (science) are 2014 Herb Kohl Foundation award recipients.
 
Koritzinsky was awarded a $1,000 Excellence Scholarship, which is given to “students who have demonstrated excellence in the academic arena and high motivation to achieve, have displayed a broad range of activity and leadership outside the academic setting, and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond.” 
 
Rinka and Rhude are Fellowship recipients, selected “for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and for their leadership and service within and outside the classroom.” Each teacher will receive a $1,000 grant, and Nicolet will receive $2,000 in grant money in their honor. 
 
The three will be recognized with other regional Kohl award recipients at a luncheon March 30 beginning at noon at Brown Deer High School. 
The Foundation will make $1,000 awards to a total of 100 teachers, their schools, and 187 graduating high school students throughout Wisconsin in 2014. 
The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by Herb Kohl, U.S. Senator (Retired), in 1990. To date, the foundation has awarded $8.6 million to Wisconsin educators, students, and schools. 
“Education is the key to the future of Wisconsin and our nation. I am very proud of the accomplishments of these students and teachers, and look forward to the great contributions they will make in the future,” Kohl said in a press release.
 
WHITE ROSE EXHIBIT PUBLIC VIEWING ON SUNDAY, MARCH 9, NOON - 6PM AT NICOLET
A public viewing of the White Rose Resistance Movement exhibit, which chronicles the individuals and activities of the White Rose, a nonviolent, underground student resistance group that defied the dictatorship of Nazi Germany, will be open on Sunday, March 9 from noon to 6 p.m. at Nicolet High School in the community room and the Knightskellar.
 
See our website for more details regarding the exhibit:
http://www.nicolet.us/news_detail.cfm?newsid=83540&detailid=324145
 
24th ANNUAL NICOLET SWIM TEAM AND ORCHESTRA RUMMAGE SALE MARCH 8
The Nicolet High School swim team and orchestra will hold their 24th annual rummage sale Saturday, March 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Students have been collecting a variety of goods to raise funds to offset extra-budgetary costs for swim training equipment, repairs, awards, and scholarships, and for orchestra trips, workshops, and scholarships.  Please shop to support our student programs and find some bargains for yourself in the process!
 
PARENT TEACHER SPRING CONFERENCES
Spring conferences will be held on Thursday, March 13th from 3:30 – 8:30pm.  You should also receive a letter in the mail about conferences.  Follow this link to see the letter online:  http://www.nicolet.us/pro/event_view.cfm?memberid=129&eventid=389750
 
FINANCE AND INVESTMENT CHALLENGE BOWL
Nicolet's back-to-back state championship Millionaires Club won't get the chance to three-peat. The team was knocked out in the semifinals of the Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl regional competition in Milwaukee March 3 and 4. The team, which consisted of junior Alex Braun, sophomores Aaron Broadnax and Tim Leplae-Arthur, and freshman Hristo Ivanov, placed third out of 26 teams. Unfortunately, only the top two teams from each region advance to state.
 
F.E.A.R. COMPETITION UPDATE
Nicolet Technology Education teacher Adam Thiel, lead mentor for Nicolet's F.E.A.R. robotics team, provided this recent robotics update.
Last weekend 40 of our robotics students traveled to the inaugural Central Illinois Regional for FIRST Robotics competition to gain valuable experience as we prepare for the Wisconsin (Milwaukee) regional later this month. Nicolet was one of  four teams from Wisconsin in the competition; most of the 40 teams were from Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Indiana.
 
Teams participated in 12 randomly selected matches, and wins and losses were recorded. We won five matches and lost seven, and finished in 27th place. The students did an amazing job and represented Nicolet and the North Shore well on a national stage. And the knowledge we gained during the competition has already led to some improvements.
 
The robot weighed in at a whopping 119.8 pounds at inspection time but has been on a slow but steady weight loss program and is down to 116.5 pounds. We're hoping to drop a few more pounds so we can add our special feature and the vision system for the Milwaukee regional. 
 
Thanks to the generosity of the Nicolet High School Foundation, our new pit design went up quickly and was the source of many compliments. Numerous teams liked it so much they're going to model their pits after ours! 
 
A shout out to everyone who followed us on Twitter and watched us via the webcast. The students were encouraged by the long-distance love.
 
Lastly, I would like to invite everyone to come out and support the students March 20-22 during regionals at the U.S. Cellular Arena.
 
NICOLET RECREATION DEPARTMENT IS HIRING CAMP COUNSELORS
Looking for a summer job?  The Nicolet Rec. Dept. is hiring camp counselors.  Stop by the athletics/recreation office to pick-up an application or visit our website at:  http://www.nicolet.us/activities/job_openings.cfm
 

3/4/14

WHITE ROSE EXHIBIT COMMUNITY RECEPTION WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 6-9PM AT NICOLET
A reception for the opening of the White Rose Resistance Movement exhibit, which chronicles the individuals and activities of the White Rose, a nonviolent, underground student resistance group that defied the dictatorship of Nazi Germany, will be held March 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Nicolet High School in the community room.
 
Speakers at the March 5 reception include Dr. Stephani Richards-Wilson, Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship at George Williams College of Aurora University, who will discuss White Rose member Willi Graf, and Nicolet Social Studies Teacher Lulah Colan, whose topic is "My Father's Legacy." Colan's father, Clifford Judkins Durr, represented Rosa Parks in the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  See our website for more details:
http://www.nicolet.us/news_detail.cfm?newsid=83540&detailid=324145
 
MORE NICOLET SCIENCE FAIR RESULTS…
30 STUDENTS HEADING TO STATE COMPETITION

A total of 30 students (individuals and duos) from Nicolet’s science fair qualified for the state competition March 22 at UW-Milwaukee:
 
Julie Abornoz-Williams and Claire Konnor
Lexie Abrahamian and Sophie Marsha
Scott Arenzon and Joel Kaswan
Joe Azbel
Mulu Belete and Molly McBride 
Ben Brod and Dylan Kravetz
Karen Chen
Ben Cook and Kamyrn Moos
David Cranberg
August Eurich and Avi Paley
Daria Gill and Jenna Koshakow
Maddy Holton and Samiha Rahman
Grant Hussey
Sarah Marowski
Anna Sanders and Marli Stellhorn
Jack Steinberger
Bertrand Stone
John Sullivan
Lauryn Wagner
Georgia Wood
 
The state competition will take place March 29 at Marquette University.
 
NATIONAL HISTORY DAY REGIONAL EVENT RESULTS
Twenty-two students represented Nicolet on Saturday, March 1st at the National History Day regional event at UWM.  The following students will be moving on to the state competition in Madison on Saturday, May 3.  
 
Paper:

  • Nishat Sabnis: Sanjay Gandhi and India
  • Karen Chen: Interim Committee and the Atomic Bomb
  • Jubilee Hou (alternate): Woolworth Sit Ins

Individual Performance:

  • Sydney O'Hare: Gloria Steinem
  • Maddy Folstein: Female Journalists and the Vietnam War
  • Maria Graziano: Scopes Trial

Individual Documentary:

  • Elianna Sinykin: Lost History: Rabbis and the Civil Rights Movement

Group Documentary

  • August Eurich, Roma Kashpar: Cuban Missile Crisis

Individual Website

  • Benjamin Koziol: Voices of Rock
  • Mulu Belete: Father Groppi
  • Ananda Deacon: Roe v. Wade
  • David Cranberg (alternate): Rise of Communism

Group Exhibit:

  • Julia Albornoz-Williams, Julia Mogilevskiy: Holocaust Survivors
  • Emily Janicik, Maddie Mauer: Berlin Wall

Individual Exhibit:

  • Lexi Abrahamian: Sand County Almanac
  • Zach Ellner: John Muir and Hetch Hetchy
  • Joel Kaswan: S.S. St Louis
  • Amir Rauli (alternate): U.S. Embassy, Iran

 Advisors to National History Day are Social Studies Teachers Phyllis Santacroce, Kasey Ehrke, Nasif Rogers, and Lulah Colan.
 
Congratulations to all!

2/28/14

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 3RD
3/3/14                   Nicolet Parents 101: for New Parents to Nicolet, 6:00pm in the library
3/5/14                   NHS Foundation Meeting, 7:30am in B113
3/5/14                   Early Release for Students – dismissed at 1:19pm
3/5/14                   Booster Club Meeting, 7:00pm in B113
3/7/14                   Talent Showcase, 7:30pm in the Theatre
 
NICOLET ANNOUNCES DEANS LISTS FOR SECOND QUARTER AND SEMESTER 1
Nicolet High School is proud to announce the Dean’s Lists for second quarter and semester 1 of the 2013-2014 school year.  Follow this link for the lists of students by grade level for quarter 2 and semester 1 that have made the Dean’s Lists.  http://www.nicolet.us/resources/nicolet_notables.cfm#d323608
 
To qualify for this honor, students must earn all A’s or B’s for the quarter or semester separately.  Additionally, students are allowed to earn one C if they have an A to offset it. 
Congratulations to these successful students.
 
NICOLET PARENTS 101: SESSION I
Principal Kabara will be holding three sessions in a series for parents that are new to Nicolet to become more acquainted.  The first session will be held on Monday, March 3rd from 6:00-7:00pm in the Nicolet library and the topic will be Transition: The Nicolet Way.  Parents will learn about the school culture, daily schedule, year in review and graduation requirements.  Mr. Kabara has invited 8th grade parents and any interested current high school parents to attend.  See this flyer for dates and topics of future sessions.  http://www.nicolet.us/families/nicolet_101.pdf
 
NICOLET GERMAN STUDENTS RULE AT REGIONAL PRONUNCIATION CONTEST
Ninety-two percent of Nicolet German students qualified for state Feb. 22 at the Southeastern Wisconsin German Pronunciation Contest held at Rufus King High School.
Congratulations to the following students:
Advanced:  James Abrams, Laura Banh, Andrew McKee, Wayne Martin, John Sherman, Julia Vascan
Level Three:  Martin Muenster, Emily Perez
Level Two:  Maria Graziano, Emily Janicik, Kai Rune
The competition came at an especially challenging time for Nicolet students.  Level Two students were double-booked that day with Nicolet’s science fair.  Advanced students competed against Milwaukee School of Languages students who have years of German under their belts.   And some kids were drowsy from being in Nicolet’s musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” the night before. 
The state competition will take place March 29 at Marquette University.
 
24th ANNUAL NICOLET SWIM TEAM AND ORCHESTRA RUMMAGE SALE MARCH 8 -Donations Still Being Sought
The Nicolet High School swim team and orchestra will hold their 24th annual rummage sale March 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.
Students have been collecting a variety of goods to raise funds to offset extra-budgetary costs for swim training equipment, repairs, awards, and scholarships, and for orchestra trips, workshops, and scholarships.
Tax-deductible donations of either sellable items or money should be brought to the cafeteria March 7 between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. (tube televisions, computer monitors, and computer printers will not be accepted).
If you have large items that need to be picked up, or need additional information, contact Dwight Davis, swim team coach, at 414-351-8149, or Jamin Hoffman, orchestra director, at 414-351-8173.
 
5TH ANNUAL NICOLET TALENT SHOWCASE – MARCH 7, 7:30PM
Mark your calendars for the 5th Annual Nicolet Talent Show is Friday, March 7th at 7:30.  The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students.  This is a Student Council fundraiser for Relay for Life.
 
PARENT TEACHER SPRING CONFERENCES
Spring conferences will be held on Thursday, March 13th from 3:30 – 8:30pm.  You should also receive a letter in the mail about conferences.  Follow this link to see the letter online:  http://www.nicolet.us/pro/event_view.cfm?memberid=129&eventid=389750
 
NICOLET HIGH SCHOOL CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in United States history. Negro History Week was the precursor to Black History Month and was celebrated the second week in February to coincide with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.   In 1976, as part of the United States Bicentennial, the informal expansion of Negro History Week to Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government.  It was an effort to use the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.
Students and Staff at Nicolet celebrated the month by:
1.     Sharing moments in Black history every morning through the morning      
        announcements.
2.     Putting up a display of black art and sculpture.
3.     Lunch Room presentations by students each Friday of poetry, music, and
        videos
The goal of Nicolet is to integrate the history of Black Americans as well as other minority groups into the curriculum as a part of the history of America.
 
NICOLET SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS ADVANCE TO INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION IN LOS ANGELES
The top three winners of Nicolet High School’s science fair, the largest science fair in the state, have advanced to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) competition in Los Angeles May 11-16.
 
The top three Nicolet science projects belong to (from first to third) Bertrand Stone, Grant Hussey, and Kara Conley.
 
Six projects were selected from Nicolet’s science fair Feb. 22 to compete anew for the top three spots Feb. 25. Five new judges spent five hours judging, interviewing the finalists, and deliberating before naming the three winners.
 
In Los Angeles, the winner of the ISEF competition receives the Gordon Moore Award and $75,000; two runners-up each receive a $50,000 award. Additional awards available for participants include tuition scholarships, summer internships, scientific field trips, and laboratory equipment.
 
Nicolet’s top six entries (with student names and project titles) are listed below.
Bertrand Stone: "Characterization of the Line Complexity of Cellular Automata Generated by Polynomial Transition Rules."

Grant Hussey: "Probing the Viability of Bacteria upon Irradiation with Blue Laser Light."
Kara Conley: "The Effect of Sun Protectants on DNA Breakage."
Karen Chen: "Autocatalytic Networks and Processes."
August Eurich and Avi Paley: "The Effect of the Number of Blades on a Turbine on the RPMs it Can Achieve.”
Sarah Marowski: "The Mere Effect."

2/21/14

SCIENCE FAIR SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22
The Nicolet Science Fair is this Saturday! Students have been working so hard the past few months and would love to share their experiences and excitement with you!  Public viewing of the projects is from 1pm-2:30pm in the cafeteria for parents and community members.
 
This is a great event and the community has really come together and given its full support.  We have 43 judges coming on Saturday; all professionals and experts in some field of science.  This is a unique opportunity for our students as it is the largest International Science and Engineering affiliated fair in the state!   
 
Thank you all for your support of the fair and we hope to see you on Saturday!
The science fair is coordinated by Nicolet science teacher Stephanie Deering with assistance from math teachers Eliot Scheuer and Michael Weidner.
 
ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 24th
2/24/14       School Board Meeting, 6:00pm in the Library
2/26/14       MEPA Meeting, 7:00pm in B113
 
NICOLET PARENTS 101: SESSION I
Principal Kabara will be holding three sessions in a series for parents that are new to Nicolet to become more acquainted.  The first session will be held on Monday, March 3rd from 6:00-7:00pm in the Nicolet library and the topic will be Transition: The Nicolet Way.  Parents will learn about the school culture, daily schedule, year in review and graduation requirements.  He has invited 8th grade parents and any interested current high school parents to attend.  See this flyer for dates and topics of future sessions.  http://www.nicolet.us/parents/nicolet_101.pdf
 
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INVITATIONS MAILED
The invitations for eligible sophomore and junior students to apply to National Honor Society were mailed on Tuesday, February 18th.  Eligibility is based upon student’s having a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, no unexcused absences, and no suspensions for this school year.  Students that are invited to apply must attend a mandatory meeting next week to learn about the application process.  Mr. Jamin Hoffman is the National Honor Society Advisor – he can be reached by email at jamin.hoffman@nicolet.us
 
NICOLET HIGH SCHOOL LAUNCHES CREATIVE NEW WEBSITE
When it comes to ease of use, uniqueness, and a quality appearance, Nicolet High School’s new state-of-the-art website, which launches Friday, February 21st really stands out from the pack.  “Our old website was showing its age,” said Superintendent Robert Kobylski. “Our goal was to create a more pleasing user experience and in the process we ended up creating a different type of school website.”
 
Although some school district websites utilize a few icons, Nicolet added a creative wrinkle by using numerous icons to serve as the new website’s navigation system.  “People use icons on their phones, tablets, and computers all the time so we thought we should incorporate that into our website,” said Director of Technology John Reiels. “We wanted to make it easier for Nicolet parents, students, community members, and prospective students and their parents to find their way around the site.”  The icon system keeps the home page clean and uncluttered while providing plenty of space to prominently feature high-profile Nicolet news items.   “This new website is a great way for community members who don’t have kids at Nicolet to keep on top of all the extraordinary things happening here,” Kobylski said. 
 
With the new website comes the chance that some old bookmarks from the previous website, which debuted in October 2009, might not work. If you have trouble finding your bookmarks, or have questions or concerns, contact Webmaster Nate Brooks at either (414) 351-7568 or at nate.brooks@nicolet.us.
 
PLEASE NOTE:
The Nicolet web page design was updated Thursday night.  Some people are reporting that they see a page that's mostly dark blue with little else.  That is likely because part of our page design is stored in temporary files on your computer and you just need to refresh those files.  
 
If you're having trouble viewing our new site, we recommend trying the following:

  1. Make sure you are visiting http://www.nicolet.us

Click on the refresh/reload page arrow for your browser so your computer fully loads the new web page design from our site.  Here's a site that shows were the refresh/reload arrow is located in the four most common browsers.  http://www.inkdesign.ca/help/random/refresh-your-browser.html
If the above two items don't work, you may need to clear your Internet browser's cache.  Here's a site that can help you with that, but we'd recommend doing that only if the above two steps didn't display the site properly.   http://pcsupport.about.com/od/browsers/f/clear-cache.htm

2/14/14

SENIOR GRADUATION INFORMATION

The booklet that has everything you always wanted to know about Nicolet graduation is online now.  You can follow this link at: http://www.nicolet.us/cms_files/resources/2014_graduation_handbook.pdf
or pick up a copy in the following school offices, C101, C103, or C105.

Are you on track for graduation?

  • PAST DUE!   Order Cap and Gown
  • May 1st        Return Signed Commencement Participation Form (C103)
  • May 1st        Sign up for extra graduation tickets if needed (C103)
  • June 2nd     Submit award information to Mrs. Hecker for inclusion in the Commencement Program (C103)
  • June 6th      Successfully complete all required coursework
  • June 6th      Pay all school fees
  • June 6th      Clean out your locker
  • June 6th      Attend Graduation Rehearsal at noon
  • June 7th      Attend Cookies & Cram Study Session for Exams, 10:00 - Noon
  • June 9th-12th Pass Final Exams
  • June 12th     Return all textbooks and library books
  • June 12th     Order a Graduation DVD by today! (C103)
  • June 15th     Attend Graduation, 12:30 pm, Milwaukee Theatre

2/14/14

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 17th
2/17/14       Nicolet Parents 101: Session 1, 6:00pm in Library
2/19/14       Early Release for Students; dismissal at 1:19pm
2/19/14       Performing Arts Committee Meeting, 7:00pm in B113
2/20/14       PTSO Meeting, 6:00pm in B113
2/21/14       Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, 7:30pm in Theatre
2/22/14       Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, 7:30pm in Theatre
 
NICOLET PARENTS 101: SESSION I
Principal Kabara will be holding three sessions in a series for parents that are new to Nicolet to become more acquainted.  The first session will be held on Monday, February 17th from 6:00-7:00pm in the Nicolet library and the topic will be Transition: The Nicolet Way.  Parents will learn about the school culture, daily schedule, year in review and graduation requirements.  He has invited 8th grade parents and any interested current high school parents to attend.  See this flyer for dates and topics of future sessions.  http://www.nicolet.us/families/nicolet_101.pdf
 
REPORT CARDS
As the school tries to find more efficient methods to communicate with parents and students, we have decided to post all report cards online instead of mailing a hard copy home.  When report cards are posted in Skyward, we will email a message home with instructions for viewing the report card online.  This practice will allow us to maximize the use of the available technology and be more fiscally responsible.  We will begin posting online report cards at end of third quarter.  Current and historic Report cards can be accessed via Skyward Family Access in the Student Portfolio tab.   
 
ATTENDANCE POLICY REMINDER
Thank you to those parents who have been following our attendance procedures. Reminders: During the course of the school year, students may need to be excused from school for a variety of reasons.  Parents are to notify the High School Office in advance of an absence or on the day of the absence.  If this does not occur, parents will be contacted by the Attendance Secretary directly and/or by automated call and email.  Absences that are not cleared within 2 days will be marked as unexcused.  Students will be marked truant and issued detentions for unexcused absences.  Failure to serve detentions will result in an in-school suspension.  Parents and students may check their attendance in Family Access. Attendance should be checked frequently to make sure there are no unexcused absences.  Should you have any questions or concerns regarding our attendance procedures, please contact Ms. Donna Bohn, 351-8162.
 
Students with ongoing medical issues are required to have a medical note on file with the High School Office. If your student is absent 10 or more days due to illness/doctor/dentist appointments during the school year you will receive a letter from Nicolet asking that you provide us with a note from a doctor’s office, or the absence will remain unexcused. Medical notes are not to exceed 30 days.  
 
The Nicolet School District is compliant with Section 118.15 (3), of the Wis. State Statutes,118.15(3)(a) Any child who is excused by the school board because the child is temporarily not in proper physical or mental condition to attend a school program but who can be expected to return to a school program upon termination or abatement of the illness or condition. The school attendance officer may request the parent or guardian of the child to obtain a written statement from a licensed physician, dentist, chiropractor, optometrist, psychologist, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner, as defined in s. 255.06 (1) (d), or certified advanced practice nurse prescriber or Christian Science practitioner living and residing in this state, who is listed in the Christian Science Journal, as sufficient proof of the physical or mental condition of the child. An excuse under this paragraph shall be in writing and shall state the time period for which it is valid, not to exceed 30 days.
 
Remember to call the attendance hotline as soon as you know your child will not be attending school, 351-8282.  You may also email attendance@nicolet.us or fax 414.351.7526.
 

2/13/14

Wireless Access For Students and Staff

Students may have discovered the network this Wednesday (2/12/14) at Nicolet.

Policy 7542 (below) has changed.  Nicolet has allowed the use of personal communication devices at school in the past.  The change is that students/staff may now use Nicolet's WIRELESS network instead of their data plan, to access the Internet. Policy 5136 is nothing new, but it is included here so you are able to review it with your student.

Staff members are also obligated to abide by these policies when using their own devices on our wireless network.

  • The change is that students/staff may now join our WIRELESS network with Personal Communication Devices they have with them at school, as long as they abide by the related policies referenced below.
  • We are not expecting students to bring in devices to supplement our equipment.  We expect to continue providing equipment for our students as needed.
  • Students may not under any circumstances, use personal devices to connect to our wired network.

Policy 7542-Access to District Technology Resources from Personally Owned Communication Devices

  • May wirelessly access District’s technology resources while they are on site.
  • Use must be compliant with Student and/or Staff AUP
  • The owner of the PCD bears all responsibility and assumes all risk of theft, loss, or damage to, misuse or unauthorized use of the device while it is on Board property.
  • District personnel will not provide any service or technical support for PCD’s.


Policy 5136-Personal Communication Device policy states:

  • Personal communication device includes but is not limited to, computers, tablets, electronic readers, cell phones, smart phones, and other web-enabled devices of any type.
  • Students may use Personal Communication Devices before and after school, during their lunch break, in between classes as long as they do not create a distraction, disruption or otherwise interfere with the educational environment.
  • Use of PCD’s except those approved by a teacher or administrator, at any time is prohibited.  Teachers determine how and when the devices are used in their classroom.
  • Use of a PCD to engage in non-education-related communications is prohibited.
  • Use PCD’s on school property to access and/or view Internet websites that are otherwise blocked to students at school is prohibited.
  • Except as authorized by a teacher, administrator or IEP team, students are prohibited from using PCD’s during the school day, including while off-campus on a field trip, to capture, record and/or transmit the words or sounds or images of any student, staff member or other person.
  • Use of a PCD to capture, record and/or transmit audio and/or pictures/video of an individual without proper consent is considered an invasion of privacy and is not permitted.
  • PCD’s with cameras or any other recording capabilities, may not be activated or utilized at any time in any school situation where a reasonable expectation of personal privacy exists.
    • Include but not limited to: classrooms, gymnasiums, locker rooms, shower facilities, restroom/bathrooms and any other areas where students or others may change clothes.
  • Students have no expectation of confidentiality with respect to their use of PCD’s on school premises/property.
  • Students may not use PCD’s in any way that might create in the mind of another person and impression of being threatened, humiliated, embarrassed or intimidated.
  • Students are prohibited from using a PCD to capture, record, transmit test information or any other information in a manner constituting fraud, theft, cheating or academic dishonesty.
  • Violations of the policy may result in disciplinary action and/or confiscation of the PCD.  The principal will also refer the matter to law enforcement or child services if the violation involves an illegal activity.
  • Any person who discovers a student using a PCD in violation of this policy is required to report the violation to the building principal.

How will students join the network starting on Wednesday?

A new network called NicoletHS-BYOD will appear in the list of available networks.  Select that network.  Users will be prompted to agree to the terms of use and will then login with their computer login name and password.  See the student login help sheet if students have questions.

2/14/14

NICOLET PERFORMING ARTS COMMITTEE FUNDRAISER
The Nicolet P.A.C. fundraiser will be held at Red Mango, 8663 N. Port Washington Road in Fox Point, on February 14, 15, 21, and 22 in conjunction with Nicolet's performances of The Drowsy Chaperone.  Everyone is welcome to purchase a treat at Red Mango BEFORE or AFTER the musical and Red Mango's profits will go to the Nicolet's Performing Arts Committee!  No need to bring in the flyer, just mention The Drowsy Chaperone. Please plan on going to Red Mango with your family and friends and show your support!!!   http://www.nicolet.us/cms_files/resources/red_mango.pdf 

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE MUSICAL
Nicolet's musical THE DROWSY CHAPERONE opens this weekend with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  This is a Tony Award winning show from 2006.  The basic story is about a man who loves musicals--he puts on a record of the sound-track of the 1928 musical "The Drowsy Chaperone" and the show comes to life in his apartment.  The show is clever, funny, and charming--it features catchy music, great costumes, and an interesting set.  
We know you never heard of the show, but try something new!  Tickets will be available at the door ($10.00).

NICOLET ANNOUNCES 2014 NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS
Congratulations to our 13 National Merit Finalists – Helen Barzyk, Katherine Braun, Angela Chen, Isabelle Gill, Alexandra Heuer, Rachel Heuer, Benjamin Lawton, Hope Merens, Natalie Muenster, Anna Saggio, Bertrand Stone, Samuel Vuchetich, and Christopher Welker. The selection of approximately 8,000 Merit scholarship winners from the group of more than 15,000 Finalists is now in progress.  In March, NMSC will begin mailing scholarship offers to winners and confidential notices to their high school principals.  Good luck to these young men and women.

SCHOLASTIC REGIONAL WRITING AWARD WINNERS
Congratulations to Alex Heuer, Rachel Heuer, Tommy Schneider, Taylor Slivinski, Sam Vuchetich, and Evan Walsh for having their writing honored in the regional Scholastic Regional Writing Awards!

Alex Heuer -- a Gold Key award for her essay, "Picture of a Happy Family"
Rachel Heuer -- two Silver Key awards for her essays "Troubles of an American Education" and "Case Study in Mathematical Mastery"
Tommy Schneider -- a Gold Key award for “Movie Proposal,” a Silver Key award for “How To Host a Thanksgiving Dinner", and an Honorable Mention for “Praise of the Squiggly Line” 
Taylor Slivinski -- an Honorable Mention for “These Poems are About You”
Sam Vuchetich -- a Gold Key for “How to Start a Cult” .  His essay was also nominated for the American Voices Award.
Evan Walsh -- a Silver Key for his essay "Apples and Oranges"

Congratulations to all!

2/10/14

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 10th
2/11/14       Committee of the Whole Board Workshop, 6:00pm, Nicolet Library
2/14/14       Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, 7:30pm in Theatre
2/15/15       Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, 7:30pm in Theatre

UWM RESEARCH PROJECT INCENTIVE
Eligible students who participate in the UWM research project that looks at the speaking skills of high school students will receive a $10.00 gift card to Jimmy John's. If interested, please return the consent form that was mailed home. Questions or concerns about the project can be directed to the lead researcher, John Heilmann, an assistant professor in UWM's Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders. He can be reached at (414) 229-4625 or heilmanj@uwm.edu

NICOLET MATH TEAM RESULTS ADD UP TO A SUCCESSFUL COMPETITION
Three Nicolet varsity Math Team members—Ben Lawton, Martin Muenster, and Tommy Schneider—received medals for placing in the top ten in the North Shore Conference math competition Feb. 2 at Whitefish Bay. As a team, the varsity placed second out of six teams because of the additional efforts of teammates Matt Fox, Sam Hallerman, Jack Melchert, Bertrand Stone, and Amy Vanderhout.
Even better, the junior varsity was victorious, running away with first place. Led by Joe Azbel’s perfect score, the entire nine-member Nicolet team placed in the top ten.  The other eight students were: Karen Chen, Zach Hampel, Takahiro Ishikuri, Emma Juettner, Tim LePlae-Arthur, Ellen Liang, Lizzie Tong, and Wallace Walter.

THIS YEAR'S MUSICAL, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!
Tickets for this year's musical THE DROWSY CHAPERONE are now on sale.  THE DROWSY CHAPERONE was a hit show on Broadway in 2006.  It is a very clever comedy about a man who loves to listen to musical comedy sound tracks.  As he listens to one of his favorites THE DROWSY CHAPERONE from 1928 it comes to life in his apartment.  It's one of the funniest shows you've never heard of.  Tickets are $10.00 and can be reserved by calling 414-351-8174.  Performances are February 14, 15, 21, and 22 at7:30 p.m.

PTSO NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Parents:  We all know high school goes by fast and we have chairpersons and volunteers who are moving on as their children graduate! Please consider lending your time and talent, so we can continue to offer events and programs to enhance our school community. 
Remember - many hands make for short work; any amount of time or talent is appreciated! Please visit http://www.nicolet.us/people/ptso.cfm for more information.
 

1/31/14

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 3rd
2/3/14           8th Grade Parent Meeting, 6:30 – 7:30pm in the auditorium
2/5/14           NHS Foundation Meeting, 7:30am in B113
2/5/14           Early Release – students dismissed at 1:19pm
2/5/14           Athletic Booster Club Meeting, 7:00pm in B113
2/7/14           Winter Sports Pep Rally, 1:50pm in Gym 1

2014 NICOLET SCIENCE FAIR NEEDS YOUR HELP!
The 2014 Nicolet Science Fair is quickly approaching and we are still looking for judges! The fair is Saturday, February 22nd in the cafeteria here at Nicolet. We are looking for anyone with a background in science, engineering, mathematics, and social sciences. The day begins at 8am and lasts through the early afternoon. It's a great experience for the students and a fun day for the judges as well! If interested, please contact the fair coordinator, Stephanie Deering at stephanie.deering@nicolet.us 

THE NICOLET RECREATION DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING AN ACT WORKSHOP FOR JUNIORS AND SENIORS. 
Students will gain direct experience with each of the five sections of the ACT.  The program takes place Mondays, February 17 - April 7 from 6:30 - 8:30pm at Nicolet.  Please visit our website at: http://www.nicolet.us/activities/recreation.cfm or call (414) 351-7566 to register today!

BOOK CLUB SPONSORED BY RED2 – FEBRUARY 9TH AT 4:00PM
Please join us as we discuss William Damon’s book, The Path to Purpose: How Young People Find their Calling in Life – See the flier for more information:  http://www.nicolet.us/misc/book_club.pdf

BRAND NEW!  NICOLET NOW OFFERS MICROSOFT CERTIFICATION I & II IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MICROSOFT LEARNING.
In these semester-long courses, students can take advantage of 10 different certification paths including 365, Access, Excel, SharePoint, and Word.  Certifications are also accepted as college credit at over 1,000 schools nationwide through the ACE College and University Network.  Students earned 34 certifications in the inaugural course this fall highlighted by Andrew Dorsey, Gou Joua (Julie) Xiong, Marco Dessalvi, and Mumal Tunio earning four certifications each.
The Microsoft Certification course is specially designed for those wanting to take their skills to the next level and create a competitive advantage over their peers.  Microsoft Of?ce Specialist (MOS) certi?cation validates pro?ciency in using Microsoft Of?ce and meets the demand for the most up-to-date skills on the latest Microsoft Technologies that businesses worldwide use. Candidates who pass a certi?cation exam show they can meet globally recognized performance standards. Earning a MOS certi?cation differentiates you in today’s competitive job market, broadens your employment opportunities by displaying advanced skills, and earns a higher salary.
Nicolet is also an authorized Microsoft Testing Center open to the public. 
For more information on the program, please contact Mr. Kania at michael.kania@nicolet.us or visit www.MrKania.info
 


1/24/14

ACTIVITIES FOR THIS WEEK
1/27/14       Late Start Day for Students; 11:30am – Semester 2 begins!
1/27/14       School Board Meeting at 6:00pm in the Library
2/1/14         Sadie Hawkins Dance, 8 – 11pm

MONDAY, JANUARY 27TH – LATE START DAY
On Monday the students begin class at 11:30am.  There will be no lunch service that day.  Morning buses will be adjusted. Please refer to the letter that was sent home in early January about this pick-up.  If you have a question about your pick-up time, please call Ms. Hecker at 351-7520.

HOW TO WRITE A WINNING COLLEGE ESSAY
The Nicolet Recreation Department is offering a "How To Write A Winning College Essay" program.  This course will help your student jump-start the college essay writing process, with particular emphasis on composing a personal statement using the preferred narrative writing style.  The program takes place Tuesday, February 11 from 3-4pm at Nicolet.  Please visit our website at:http://www.nicolet.us/activities/recreation.cfm or call (414) 351-7566 to register today!

NICOLET WINNERS OF 2014 WISCONSIN REGIONAL SCHOLASTIC ART AWARDS. 
Student work will be on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The exhibit opens on Saturday, February 1st  and the awards ceremony is on Saturday, February 8th. Look for more information and images on our website within the next week.
We had a record 37 total winners as follows:
Individual Awards
Katie Braun Grade 12             Gold Key Fashion
Eli Cohen  Grade 12                Gold Key Photography
DeVante' Coleman Grade 12    Honorable Mention Photography
Robert Dietz Grade 11             2 Gold Keys Photography
Robert Dietz Grade 11             Gold Key Ceramics
Robert Dietz Grade 11             Honorable Mention Photography
Lieschen du Plessis Grade 10  Gold Key Painting
Lieschen du Plessis Grade 10  Gold Key Photography
Lieschen du Plessis Grade 10  Silver Key Photography
Lieschen du Plessis Grade 10  Honorable Mention Jewelry
Adrienne Evans Grade 12        Silver Key Photography
Westen Groh Grade 11            Gold Key Photography
Westen Groh Grade 11            2 Honorable Mentions Photography
Jenifer Hansen Grade 12         Silver Key Photography
Jessica Helminiak Grade 9      Gold Key Drawing
Gabe Katz Grade 12               Gold Key Painting 
Natalie Muenster Grade 12      Silver Key Painting
Laura Shires Grade 12            Silver Key Painting
Rhea Stark Grade 12              Silver Key Photography
Carrie Trebian Grade 12          Gold Key Digital Art
Carrie Trebian Grade 12          Honorable Mention Photography
Cierra Vine Grade 10               Gold Key Photography
Nicolet students earned 12 of the 48 Gold Portfolio Awards in the State of Wisconsin. They are listed below:
Gold Key Portfolio Award Recipients (all grade 12)
Adina Barrientos
Deante' Coleman
DeVante' Coleman
Adrienne Evans
Gabe Katz
Elizabeth Mittelstadt
Salina Plotecher
Jordana Rubnitz
Laura Shires (2 Gold Key Winning Portfolios)
Rhea Stark
Carolyn Trebian
In addition:

Sarah Murphy earned an Honorable Mention (one level below the top award) in the highly competitive Young Arts Visual Art Competition.
Westen Groh had his photographs published in a Door County Book of Photographs
DeVante' Coleman won 1 of 9 grand prizes in International Photography Competition in Hong Kong. He won $1000.00 and a trip to Hong Kong.

Art teachers, Ms. Leeson, Ms. Schmidt and Mr. Medved are very proud of the accomplishments of these students as are all of us at Nicolet.

STUDENT PARKING APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR SEMESTER 2
Students parking permit applications will continue to be accepted on a first come, first serve basis until all spots are filled.  The application may be downloaded from our website:  http://www.nicolet.us/students/parking.pdf
The notice of approved applications will be posted in the HSO the week of January 20th.  Payment of $200 for 2nd semester parking is due by January 27th.  When the permit is paid the parking tag will be given to the student to place in their vehicle.  Tickets will be issued beginning February 3rd for any vehicles not displaying the second semester tag.

1/20/14

THIS WEEK ACTIVITIES
1/20/14           No School – Staff Professional Development Day
1/21/14           Exams for periods 1 & 2
1/22/14           Exams for periods 3 & 5
1/22/14           MEPA Meeting, 7:00pm in B113
1/23/14           Exams for periods 6 & 7
1/24/14           Exam for period 8 – Buses leave at noon – no afternoon bus
1/27/14           Monday – Late Start - School begins at 11:30am - no lunch
 
REVISED EXAM SCHEDULE and INFORMATION FOR SEMESTER 1 EXAMS
Exams begin on Tuesday, January 21st and goes through Friday, January 24th.  Please see the schedule and exam exemption policy on our website:http://www.nicolet.us/cms_files/resources/exam_schedule_exam_exemption.pdf
Students with an “A” exam at the start of each exam day, must arrive for the resource period at 7:23am.
 
FOOD SERVICE AND LUNCH DURING EXAMS
There will be food service in the morning each day before exams and for students who are waiting for their next exam.  Lunch will be served on Tuesday,Wednesday, and Thursday of exams.  There will be no lunch on Friday.  Students are encouraged to stay on campus for lunch if they have an exam beginning at 12:30pm so they are not late to their next exam.  Students will not be admitted late to exams and will have to reschedule the exam with their teacher.
 
EXAM TARDINESS
There is no late admittance to exams.  Students that are tardy will have to reschedule their exam with the teacher.  Please encourage your son/daughter to be on time for their exams.
 
BUS SERVICE FOR EXAMS
There will be normal bus pick-up in the morning of each exam day.  There will be a bus leaving at noon and at 2:30 on each of the exam days except forFriday when buses leave at noon.  There is no afternoon exam on Friday.
 
STUDENT ATTENDANCE ON EXAM DAYS
Students only need to attend school on exam days if they are taking an exam.  These are the only days of the year we have open campus.  Students that are not taking an exam and must wait for bus transportation must remain in the cafeteria.  Students may not be in the hallways or other parts of the building during exam times.
 
STUDENT PARKING DURING EXAMS
Any student licensed to drive may park in the student lot on exam days without penalty as long as the car is parked legally. 
 
APPLICATIONS FOR SECOND SEMESTER PARKING
Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis until spots are filled.  The notice of approved applications will be posted in the HSO the week of January 20th.  Payment for 2nd semester parking is due by January 27th.  When the permit is paid for the parking tag will be given to the student to place in their vehicle.  Tickets will be issued beginning February 3rd for any vehicles not displaying the second semester tag.
 
NOTICE FOR DONATION OF LOST AND FOUND ITEMS
At the end of each semester we donate all of our lost and found items to charity.  During the week of exams (January 21st – 24th) we will place all items on tables in the commons so that students can check for their lost items.
 

1/17/14


COCOA & CRAM EXAM STUDY SESSION! – DON’T FORGET!
PTSO has organized and coordinated this study session for all Nicolet students which is held on the Saturday morning before exams.  Hot cocoa and bagels are provided free of charge.  Teachers, aides and laptops are made available to assist students with their studies.  Please encourage your son/daughter to attend and get some help and encouragement before exams begin next week.
 
The following teachers have confirmed they will be coming to help at Cocoa & Cram: 
Social Studies – Ms. Erhke, Ms. Colan, and Ms. Santacroce
Foreign Language – Mr. Wagner, Ms. Wallis, Ms. Riordan, Ms. Smith, and Ms. Hugo-Soto
Business Education – Ms. Bohn
Special Education Services – Ms. Krychowiak and Mr. Macken
 
NEXT WEEK ACTIVITIES
1/20/14           No School – Staff Professional Development Day
1/21/14           Exams for periods 1 & 2
1/22/14           Exams for periods 3 & 5
1/23/14           Exams for periods
 
REVISED EXAM SCHEDULE and INFORMATION FOR SEMESTER 1 EXAMS
Exams begin on Tuesday, January 21st and goes through Friday, January 24th.  Please see the schedule and exam exemption policy on our website: http://www.nicolet.us/cms_files/resources/exam_schedule_exam_exemption.pdf
 
NICOLET TEAMS UP WITH UWM
Nicolet High School is partnering with the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee on a research project that looks at the speaking skills of high school students. A detailed description of the project will soon be mailed to the families of many of our students. The mailing will also include consent forms, which must be signed and returned before a student becomes eligible to participate. The information developed by the project will be used to better serve our speech-language students; therefore, we encourage students and their families to sign up.
 
Questions or concerns about the project can be directed to the lead researcher, John Heilmann, an assistant professor in UWM’s Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders. He can be reached at (414) 229-4625 or heilmanj@uwm.edu.  
 
FOOD SERVICE AND LUNCH DURING EXAMS
There will be food service in the morning each day before exams and for students who are waiting for their next exam.  Lunch will be served on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of exams.  There will be no lunch on Friday.  Students are encouraged to stay on campus for lunch if they have an exam beginning at 12:30pm so they are not late to their next exam.  Students will not be admitted late to exams and will have to reschedule the exam with their teacher.
 
EXAM TARDINESS

There is no late admittance to exams.  Students that are tardy will have to reschedule their exam with the teacher.  Please encourage your son/daughter to be on time for their exams.
 
BUS SERVICE FOR EXAMS
There will be normal bus pick-up in the morning of each exam day.  There will be a bus leaving at noon and at 2:30 on each of the exam days except for Friday when buses leave at noon.  There is no afternoon exam on Friday.
 
STUDENT ATTENDANCE ON EXAM DAYS
Students only need to attend school on exam days if they are taking an exam.  These are the only days of the year we have open campus.  Students that are not taking an exam and must wait for bus transportation must remain in the cafeteria.  Students may not be in the hallways or other parts of the building during exam times.
 
STUDENT PARKING DURING EXAMS
Any student licensed to drive may park in the student lot on exam days without penalty as long as the car is parked legally. 
 
APPLICATIONS FOR SECOND SEMESTER PARKING
Each semester, interested students must apply for a parking permit. Students parking permits for second semester are due on Friday, January 17th.  After the 17th applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis until spots are filled.  The notice of approved applications will be posted in the HSO the week of January 20th.  Payment for 2nd semester parking is due by January 27th.  When the permit is paid for the parking tag will be given to the student to place in their vehicle.  Tickets will be issued beginning February 3rd for any vehicles not displaying the second semester tag.
 
NOTICE FOR DONATION OF LOST AND FOUND ITEMS
At the end of each semester we donate all of our lost and found items to charity.  During the week of exams (January 21st – 24th) we will place all items on tables in the commons so that students can check for their lost items.
 

1/16/14


Dear Parents and Students:
 
Due to unforeseen circumstances today, Nicolet has decided to make the following adjustments for the good of our students.
 
JANUARY 17
We will run a regular class schedule tomorrow on Friday (1/17).  Any student who missed an assessment today during 6th or 7th hour, should be prepared to take that assessment tomorrow in your regularly scheduled class.
 
JANUARY 21, 22, 23
Secondly, we are making an adjustment to the exam schedule.  Students will be allowed to attend open resource periods on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7:23 to 7:50am to help them prepare for exams.  Students must be in their regularly scheduled exam at 8:00am or report to the cafeteria if they do not have an exam.
 
Parents, please make sure your students arrive to school at 7:23am and report to a resource period or the cafeteria. Students will not be allowed late to their exams and will have to reschedule their exams at the teacher's convenience.
 
We have updated the exam schedule on our website: 
http://www.nicolet.us/cms_files/resources/exam_schedule_exam_exemption.pdf

 
Thank you!
 

1/10/14
 
NEXT WEEK ACTIVITIES
1/16/14           School Board Standing Committees Meeting, 6:30pm in Library
1/16/14           PTSO Meeting, 6:00pm in B113
1/18/14           Cocoa and Cram Exam Study Session, 10:00am in cafeteria
1/20/14           No School – Staff Professional Development Day
 
COCOA & CRAM EXAM STUDY SESSION!
Over the past few years, the PTSO has sponsored Cocoa & Cram to help students prepare for exams.  PTSO has organized and coordinated this study session for all Nicolet students which is held on the Saturday morning before exams.  Hot cocoa and bagels are provided free of charge.  Teachers, aides and laptops are made available to assist students with their studies.  Please encourage your son/daughter to attend and get some help and encouragement before exams begin the following week.
 
EXAM SCHEDULE and INFORMATION FOR SEMESTER 1 EXAMS
Exams begin on Tuesday, January 21st and goes through Friday, January 24th.  Please see the schedule and exam exemption policy on our website: http://www.nicolet.us/cms_files/resources/exam_schedule_exam_exemption.pdf
 
FOOD SERVICE AND LUNCH DURING EXAMS
There will be food service in the morning each day before exams and for students who are waiting for their next exam.  Lunch will be served on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of exams.  There will be no lunch on Friday.  Students are encouraged to stay on campus for lunch if they have an exam beginning at 12:30pm so they are not late to their next exam.  Students will not be admitted late to exams and will have to reschedule the exam with their teacher.
 
EXAM TARDINESS
There is no late admittance to exams.  Students that are tardy will have to reschedule their exam with the teacher.  Please encourage your son/daughter to be on time for their exams.
 
BUS SERVICE FOR EXAMS
There will be normal bus pick-up in the morning of each exam day.  There will be a bus leaving at noon and at 2:30 on each of the exam days except for Friday when buses leave at noon.  There is no afternoon exam on Friday.
 
STUDENT ATTENDANCE ON EXAM DAYS
Students only need to attend school on exam days if they are taking an exam.  These are the only days of the year we have open campus.  Students that are not taking an exam and must wait for bus transportation must remain in the cafeteria.  Students may not be in the hallways or other parts of the building during exam times.
 
STUDENT PARKING DURING EXAMS
Any student licensed to drive may park in the student lot on exam days without penalty as long as the car is parked legally. 
 
APPLICATIONS FOR SECOND SEMESTER PARKING
Each semester, interested students must apply for a parking permit. Students parking permits for second semester are due on Friday, January 17th.  After the 17th applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis until spots are filled.  The notice of approved applications will be posted in the HSO the week of January 20th.  Payment for 2nd semester parking is due by January 27th.  When the permit is paid for the parking tag will be given to the student to place in their vehicle.  Tickets will be issued beginning February 3rd for any vehicles not displaying the second semester tag.
 
NOTICE FOR DONATION OF LOST AND FOUND ITEMS
At the end of each semester we donate all of our lost and found items to charity.  During the week of exams (January 21st – 24th) we will place all items on tables in the commons so that students can check for their lost items.
 
NICOLET FOUNDATION UPDATE
The Foundation would like to say a BIG thank you to all who contributed to our annual appeal.  To date we have received over $12,000 in donations which will be used to fund opportunities that can't be met with tax dollars but that enhance education and fill gaps when classroom budgets constrain innovation.  Foundation grants have impacted every student in every department.  For a complete list of foundation grants go to http://www.nicolet.us/people/Overview.cfm
 
It's not too late to give.  Checks made to the NHS Foundation can be mailed to Chris Macon at Nicolet, 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Road, Glendale 53217 or by paypal. Click the DONATE button at http://www.nicolet.us/people/foundation.cfm
 
PARENT CHAPERONES NEEDED FOR THE SADIE’S HAWKINS DANCE, FEBRUARY 1ST!
The Student Council would like to hold a Sadie Hawkins Dance on Saturday, February 1s from 8:00 – 11:00pm.  They need to have chaperones and would like to ask if any parents would be available to help chaperone.  We need people to help check coats and supervise.  Please email Mr. Welna, the Student Council Advisor if you are interested at Joe.welna@nicolet.us
 
SNOW DAYS UPDATE
As of today, Nicolet will not be required to adjust its calendar nor schedule any make-up days due to the school closing on January 6 and 7. 
 
TEENS AND MENTAL HEALTH Part 3: Up Close and Personal
This is the last segment of a 3-part program developed for parents and presented by a panel including child psychologist David Cipriano, PhD, and high school social worker Terry Carr, LCSW and area teens and parents who share their personal family stories.  Session 3 will be held on Wednesday, January 15 at Whitefish Bay High School, lower level cafeteria – use entrance door #3.  Contact nanci.schiman@karlasmithfoundation.org if you have any questions.  Here is a link to the poster advertising the program:  http://www.nicolet.us/academics/coping.cfm

1/3/14


NEXT WEEK'S ACTIVITIES
1/8/14                   NHS Foundation Meeting, 7:30am in B113
1/8/14                   Early Release for students, 1:19pm
1/8/14                   Booster Club Meeting, 7:00pm in B113
1/8/14                   Performing Arts Committee Meeting, 7:00pm in B112
 
IS YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION UP TO DATE?
Nicolet uses a system called Skylert to communicate with parents for general messages about attendance, important event updates and closings as well as emergencies.  Parents can login to Skyward Family Access to confirm or update their Skylert contact information.  Parents are also able to enter mobile phone numbers to receive text messages if desired.
A help sheet can be downloaded here or can be accessed from the Parent page of Nicolet's website in the Skyward area.
 
ENTRANCE TO NICOLET FOR EVENING ACTIVITIES
Parents attending events in the cafeteria or the athletic wing should enter through the athletic entrance door (#23) at the north end of the building.  Parents entering for evening classes in the library, community room, etc. should enter through the main entrance.  We have recently hired additional building security for evening supervision.  Our new evening supervisor’s name is Annie Olson.
 
STUDENT PARKING APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR SEMESTER 2
Students parking permit applications for second semester are due on Friday, January 17th. The application may be downloaded from our website:  http://www.nicolet.us/students/parking.pdf
ALL existing permit holders will need to reapply and have required documentation.  The notice of approved applications will be posted in the HSO the week of January 20th.  Payment of $200 for 2nd semester parking is due by January 27th.  When the permit is paid the parking tag will be given to the student to place in their vehicle.  Tickets will be issued beginning February 3rd for any vehicles not displaying the second semester tag.
 
PARENT CHAPERONES NEEDED FOR THE SADIE’S HAWKINS DANCE, FEBRUARY 1ST!
The Student Council would like to hold a Sadie Hawkins Dance on Saturday, February 1s from 8:00 – 11:00pm.  They need chaperones and would like to ask parents to volunteer.   We need people to help check coats and supervise.  Please email Mr. Welna, the Student Council Advisor if you are interested at Joe.welna@nicolet.us  Thank you!
 

1/1/14


HAPPY NEW YEAR!
SCHOOL RESUMES ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 2ND.

 
NEXT WEEK'S ACTIVITIES
1/8/14          NHS Foundation Meeting, 7:30am in B113
1/8/14          Early Release for Students, 1:19pm
1/8/14          Booster Club Meeting, 7:00pm in B113
 
STUDENT PARKING APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR SEMESTER 2
Students parking permits for second semester are due on Friday, January 17th.  
 
The application may be downloaded from our website:  http://www.nicolet.us/students/parking.pdf
ALL existing permit holders will need to reapply and have required documentation. 
 
The notice of approved applications will be posted in the HSO the week of January 20th.  Payment of $200 for 2nd semester parking is due by January 27th.  When the permit is paid the parking tag will be given to the student to place in their vehicle.  Tickets will be issued beginning February 3rd for any vehicles not displaying the second semester tag.
 
NOTICE FOR DONATION OF LOST AND FOUND ITEMS
At the end of each semester we donate all of our lost and found items to charity.  During the week of exams (January 21st – 24th) we will place all items on tables in the commons so that students can check for their lost items.
 
EXAM EXEMPTIONS

Parents, be sure to check your Family Access account for fees. 
Preliminary notice of exam exemption status was distributed to students before winter break.  Additional absences and suspensions may change a student’s exam exemption status.  To earn an exam exemption a student can’t have more than 10 absences in any one period, no fees or fines, no suspensions, and must be earning at least a B- in the class they wish to exempt.  Fees and fines are due on Friday, January 3rd.  Qualifying students will receive their exam exemption card in 2nd hour class on Wednesday, January 8th.
 
Students may file an exam exemption appeal by picking up an appeal form in the HSO and returning it by Friday, January 10th.
 

12/20/13
 
WINTER BREAK – DECEMBER 21 THROUGH JANUARY 1
School resumes on Thursday, January 2nd.
The High School Office and Business Office will be closed over winter break.
The Counseling Office will be open on December 26, 27, and 30 from 7:00am – 3:30pm
The Recreation Office will be open on December 23rd from 8am – noon
                                                                    December 26, 27, and 30 from 7:30am to 4:00pm
 
STUDENTS OF THE MONTH - NOVEMBER - CONGRATULATIONS!
Nicolet Announces the Students of the Month for November 2013
Each department nominated a student for doing an outstanding job for the month of November and students were given a personalized award by Principal Greg Kabara.
 
Congratulations to: Elexxus Welch (12)-Career Education, Amy Vanderhout (12)-Science, Christopher Jelenchick (12)-World Languages, Allison Mitchell (12)-Guidance, Eleanor Weidner (11)-Visual Arts, Eric Walsh (9)-PE, Samuel Wiegers (10)-English, Keinann Ayers (10)-Math, Sean Hanzel (9)-Social Studies & Sarah Rosenthal (12)-Performing Arts.
 
EXAM EXEMPTIONS UPDATE
Parents, be sure to check your Family Access account for fees. 
Exam Exemption notices were delivered to students on Monday. This was a preliminary notice and additional absences and suspensions may change their exam exemption status.  To earn an exam exemption a student can’t have more than 10 absences in one period, no fees or fines, no suspensions, and must be earning at least a B- in the class they wish to exempt.  Fees and fines are due on Friday, January 3rd.  Qualifying students will receive their exam exemption card in 2nd hour class on Wednesday, January 8th.
 
Students may file an exam exemption appeal by picking up an appeal form in the HSO and returning it by Friday, January 10th.
 
Thank you to all Nicolet families for a great year so far.  The Nicolet administration hopes you can spend time with family and friends over winter break and have safe travels to your destinations.  Have a happy and safe new year!
 

12/16/13


IMPORTANT DATES FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 16th
12/16/13     School Board Meeting, 6:00pm in Library
12/18/13     Early Release for students, 1:19pm
12/19/13     Band Concert, 7:30pm in Auditorium
 
The Nicolet Merit Award application is now available. Has your student...

  • performed service hours for Nicolet: tutoring, timing, mentoring, ushering, working concessions, helping a teacher with a project, decorating, food drive work? (5 hours
  • attended school events? sports, theatre, music concert, Homecoming? (5 events
  • joined a club or a team
  • kept current with their class work? (this doesn't mean they have to have an "A", it means they are putting a positive effort forth as certified by 2 teachers)
  • been free of disciplinary actions?

 
Then they may be eligible to receive the Nicolet Merit Award. Check out the application requirements. Booklets with details are available in the High School or District Office or an application can be downloaded from our website: http://www.nicolet.us/students/merit.pdf
 
Please encourage your student to submit their application. The deadline is Friday, March 21, 2014. NO exceptions. Applications must be complete (ALL authorized signatures, dates, information and details) Applications will be accepted early, but will NOT be accepted late. 
 
Recipients are recognized with a special award, a year end ceremony, a bulletin board display, and a picture in the Yearbook supplement and it looks great on college applications!
 
Four year recipients have the opportunity to receive a plaque their senior year and be recognized in the commencement program. The award is sponsored by the PTSO. Questions? Please feel free to contact us, find contact information at http://www.nicolet.us/people/ptso.cfm

12/13/13

To Parent(s)/Guardian and Student:
 
The end of first semester is fast approaching and with it exam exemptions.  Each student is eligible for an exemption in one class if he/she meets all of the following criteria:

No more than 10 absences in any given period of the day for any reason (does not include attendance for faculty excused (P-FE), field trips (P-FT), office (P-CO or P-NO), library (P-LB) or testing center (P-TC)).
No suspensions in the current semester
No fees or fines due
No overdue library materials
At least a “B-” average in the class to be exempted
No violations of the Academic Integrity Policy that resulted in loss of the exam exemption
Students must be enrolled full-time with a minimum of 6 classes.

On Monday, December 16th, in 2nd period class, all students will receive an initial notice identifying whether they are currently eligible for an exam exemption.  If students are not eligible, a box will be checked as to why.  This is a preliminary notice - Additional absences and/or discipline infractions may change a student’s exam exemption status.  Details related to absences, and student fees are viewable by logging onto Skyward Family Access.  Library fines need to be checked with the librarian.  You may also download a copy of the School Board Policy for exam exemptions from the Nicolet website. 
 
Outstanding fees may be paid in-person in the High School Office (C101) or by mail anytime up to January 3, 2014.  Library fines must be paid directly to the library.  Checks should be made payable to Nicolet High School. 
 
Qualifying students will receive their exam exemption certificate in their 2nd hour class on Wednesday, January 8th.  Students that do not qualify for an exam exemption may submit an appeal by picking up a form in the High School Office beginning Monday, December 16th and ending Friday, January 10th.  Students will be informed of decisions made by the appeals committee on January 14th. 
 
It is my hope that parents will have a conversation with their son/daughter to address any items that may hinder him/her from receiving an exam exemption.
 
Sincerely,
 
Greg Kabara
Principal


BEST BUDDIES FUNDRAISER AT CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN!
The Nicolet Best Buddies Chapter will be holding a fundraiser this Thursday and Friday, December 12th and 13th at California Pizza Kitchen, Bayshore.  Twenty percent (20%) of the proceeds will be donated to the Nicolet Best Buddies Chapter. In order for your meal ticket to count, you must present the following flyer:  http://www.nicolet.us/news_detail.cfm?newsid=83428
 
Thank you in advance for your support!
 

12/7/13

IMPORTANT DATES  WEEK OF DECEMBER 9th
12/9/13       College Financial Aid Workshop, 7-8:30 in Auditorium
12/10/13     Choir Concert, 7:30pm in the Auditorium
12/12/13     Orchestra Concert, 7:30pm in the Community Room

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SENIOR INDUCTEES TO NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
On Tuesday, December 3rd, six seniors were inducted into the Nicolet Chapter of the National Honor Society.  Congratulations to Natalia Ayala, Adina Barrientos, Jack Cook, Chantel Drake, Molly Kazan, and Samantha Srok.  Mr. Jamin Hoffman is the adviser for National Honor Society at Nicolet.

PHOTOS WANTED FOR YEARBOOK!
Mrs. Minda Byrne is accepting baby pictures for seniors until Monday, December 9th. Parents can send baby pictures as a jpg to minda.byrne@nicolet.us
Also, the yearbook staff is taking sibling pictures next week Tuesday, December 10th after school in Mr. Medved's room, B135. Don’t forget to order a yearbook if you haven’t already.  The cost is $70 and it can be paid for in the High School Office.

EXAM EXEMPTION STATUS WILL BE REVEALED SOON…
Exam Exemptions are right around the corner - start checking Skyward now to see if your child owes fees and have your child check in the library for overdue fines for library books. To earn an exam exemption a student can’t have more than 10 absences in one period, no fees or fines, no suspensions, and they must be earning at least a B- in the class they wish to exempt.  This year we will not be doing a mass school mailing for exam exemptions.  Students will be notified of their preliminary exam exemption status on Monday, December 16th in their second period class.  More detailed information will be sent through Skyward access as we get closer to exams.  The schedule for exams and the exam exemption policy can be found at this link: http://www.nicolet.us/cms_files/resources/exam_schedule_exam_exemption.pdf

12/3/13

IMPORTANT DATES FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 2nd 
12/4/13     Testing for Freshmen (EXPLORE) and Sophomores (PLAN) hours 1-5
12/4/13     Early Release for students; 1:19pm
12/4/13     NHS Foundation Meeting, 7:30am in B113
12/4/13     Booster Club Meeting, 7:00pm in B113
12/5/13     School Board Standing Committees Meeting – 6:00pm in Library

FIRST QUARTER DEAN’S LIST
NICOLET ANNOUNCES DEANS LISTS FOR FIRST QUARTER

Nicolet High School is proud to announce the Dean’s Lists for first quarter of the 2013-2014 school year.  Follow this link to see students listed by grade level that have made the Dean’s Lists: http://www.nicolet.us/news_events/deans_list/2013_14_quarter_one.pdf
To qualify for this honor, students must earn all A’s or B’s for each quarter or semester separately.  Additionally, students are allowed to earn one C if they have an A to offset it.  Congratulations to all of our students that have earned this distinction! 

NICOLET FOOD DRIVE SUCCESS!
A heartfelt thank you to the record 60 Nicolet students who helped pack and sort food at the Murguía Center in Milwaukee. They worked from 8 am until 12 noon preparing boxes for the over 1200 families that would begin to pick up the food Saturday afternoon.  They saw the Nicolet Thanksgiving Food Drive through to completion and served selflessly.
Caroline Allen, Scott Arenzon, Adina Barrientos, Jack Berroug, Alessandra Bivona, Luiza Campos, Sophia Carlton, Sam Castle, Jacob Cohen, Alana Conley, Kara Conley, Atiyana Evelyn, Zahra Farahbakhsh, Jane Feldmesser, Ben Friedman,  Elise Gerard, Nina Gerard, Destiny Griffin, William Han, Ben Hayes, Carly Herda, Asia Hortman, Sharlotte Irwin, Claire Jennings, Drew Kaufmann, Erin Kinney, Olivia Kirk, Stella Kleynerman, Calley Mannion, Veronica Martinez-Brockhus, Jack Melchert, Hope Merens, Adam Mitchell, Allison Mitchell, Leah Mozafari, Aahnya Neal, Sofia Nicolet, Katie Novak, Nina Nguyen,  Danai Ntaba, Sydney O’Hare, Tatyana Pearson, Jordan Perry, Helen Pfaff, Charles Rinderle, Anna Saggio, Elsa Sentz, Michelle Shterefeld, Danielle Smith, Alesandra Tejeda, Maryam Tunio, Mumal Tunio, Rachel  Verkhovykh, Joseph Vuchetich, Laura Wagner, Erin Wathen, Chris Welker, George Wilson, Precious Wright, Sarah Zelazoski

11/25/13

IMPORTANT DATES FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 25TH  
11/25/13      School Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m. in Library
11/27/13      No School for Students on Wednesday – Teacher Staff Development
11/28/13 & 11/29/13        No School for Students – Thanksgiving Holiday!

REPORT CARD UPDATE
The paper report cards sent home did not include teacher comments.  The comments have been added to the report cards posted online in parent access.  Go to Parent access, portfolio, quarter 1 report card.

NICOLET F.E.A.R. TEAM NEEDS YOUR VOTES!
Parents and students can help the F.E.A.R. team earn $5,000.00 by voting online at:
http://www.rockwellautomation.com/rockwellautomation/news/110-anniversary/engineering-our-future.page?
View the Nicolet F.E.A.R. video for the Rockwell FIRST competition.  Our video is on page 8 in the middle of the first column.  Voting finishes on the 29th and people can vote once per day.  The reward is $5,000 for the first place team.  Go F.E.A.R!

11/22/13

IMPORTANT DATES FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 25TH  
11/25/13      School Board Meeting – 6:00pm in Library
11/27/13      No School for Students on Wednesday – Teacher Staff Development
11/28/13 & 11/29/13        No School for Students – Thanksgiving Holiday!

BOOSTER CLUB SPIRIT WEAR SALE ENDS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH
Can you please announce tomorrow on the announcements that the Spiritwear sales ends on Sunday? Order online through Burghardt’s sporting goods.  Follow this link to informational flier:  http://www.nicolet.us/cms_files/resources/nhs_spirit_wear.pdf

RESOURCE INFORMATION UPDATE
We want to inform you that there have been some modifications to our resource period to improve accessibility for students.  We are moving forward with an open lab/workshop model so that students will be able to get help with math, science and English in a more efficient manner. Some staff members will be combining resources in an effort to better assist students.  We have also extended the time that teachers may take attendance and hope this will improve the accuracy of resource period attendance.  Thank you for your continued support as we move forward.

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH FOR OCTOBER 2013
Each department nominated a student for doing an outstanding job for the month of October and students were given a personalized award by Principal Greg Kabara.
Congratulations to: Emma Scott (10)-Math, Lucas Hobbins (10)-Visual Arts, Mumal Tunio (10)-Science, Jessica Morrell (12)-Social Studies, Armando Astemborski (11)-Guidance, Dmitriy Kravtsov (11)-Foreign Language, Kailoni Montgomery (9)-English, Aslynn Orozco (9)-Physical Education,  Sonie Baldwin (10)-Performing Arts & Grant Hussey (12)-Career Education.

THE PERFORMING ARTS COMMITTEE AT NICOLET HS INVITES ALL PARENTS, STUDENTS, AND TEACHERS
Performing Arts Committee - Welcome and Planning Meeting
Wednesday, December 4, 7 p.m.
Nicolet HS Cafeteria (B112)
See our web page:
http://www.nicolet.us/people/performing_arts.cfm
Those high school years go fast - so why not get involved in helping the Performing Arts and meet other arts-lovers in the community! Please come and bring your ideas for this year.  We getting close to being able to purchase a new stage extension for the theater, but more than 2-3 committee members are needed to work on this, as well as to review other ideas and requests for arts program support.  We need you!
Lori Cipparone (former Nicolet HS parent)
Sarah Acker (current committee organizer)

11/15/13

IMPORTANT DATES FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18TH  
11/20/13      Early Release for students - 1:19pm
11/20/13      MEPA Meeting, 7:00pm in B113
11/21/13      PTSO Meeting, 6:00pm in B113

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE – NOVEMBER 11TH  TO 22ND
The Spanish 4H classes are collecting non-perishable food items and taking donations for the Council for the Spanish Speaking Thanksgiving Food Drive.  Their goal is to collect 25,000 cans and $5,000 in donations.  This will provide food for over 1,000 families and more than 2,000 people.  Please support our students’ efforts to reach their goal.

CHILDREN’S PLAY – THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA, NOV. 23 & 24
The Nicolet High School Theatre Dept. is presenting a children’s play production of THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA  on  Saturday, November 23, 10:00am and 1:00pm and Sunday, Nov. 24, 1:30PM in the Little Theatre/ Community Room at Nicolet High School. Admission is free by ticket only; tickets can be obtained in the District Office, C-103 Monday-Fridays, 8:00am-3:00pm.  Come and enjoy this lively, fun-filled 45- minute production, best suited to children ages 4- older, families, and friends. Seating is limited, so get your tickets now and come in to have a great time viewing this classic fairy tale told with music, dance, humor, and fun for the whole family.

PTSO FUNDRAISING WITH HOT MAMA AT BAYSHORE!
Please support Nicolet, get a head start on your holiday shopping and enjoy a treat. On Tuesday, November 19th, please shop at Hot Mama at Bayshore Town Center from 6 to 9 PM. Hot Mama sells women's clothing and accessories and will donate 15% of the proceeds to Nicolet PTSO. Can't make the event? No problem, you can shop earlier in the day, just let the Hot Mama staff know that you are shopping in support of Nicolet.  Follow this link for a flier of the event: http://www.nicolet.us/cms_files/resources/hot_mama.pdf
Contact Margo Zimmerman if you have any questions, margoz@wi.rr.com

NORTH SHORE HEALTH DEPARTMENT COMMUNITY HEALTH SURVEY
The North Shore Health Department is currently working on a community health improvement plan for the seven North Shore communities of Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Glendale, River Hills, Shorewood, and Whitefish Bay.  To develop the plan, the health department is taking a close look at available health data and interacting with residents to determine what the perceived health needs are within our communities.  The North Shore Health Department encourages all residents to participate in our community health survey.  Please tell us what you think and take the survey at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NSHDsurvey

PERFORMING ARTS COMMITTEE - WELCOME AND PLANNING MEETING
Wednesday, December 4, 7 p.m. - Nicolet HS Cafeteria (B112)
Please come and bring your ideas for this year!  We are still working on getting a new stage extension for the theater.  Those high school years go fast - so why not get involved in helping the Performing Arts and meet other arts-lovers in the community.

11/9/13

IMPORTANT DATES FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 11TH  
11/13/13     Nicolet Open House, 6-8pm
11/15/13     Quarter 1 report cards mailed home

NICOLET OPEN HOUSE, 6:00 TO 8:00PM ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH
Tell your neighbors, especially 8th graders and their parents to attend the Nicolet Open House.  Tours of the building will be given to prospective students and their parents.  There will be displays for curriculum and extra-curricular activities!

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE BEGINS – NOVEMBER 11TH  TO 22ND
The Spanish 4H classes are beginning to collect non-perishable food items and taking donations for the Council for the Spanish Speaking Thanksgiving Food Drive.  Their goal is to collect 25,000 cans and $5,000 in donations.  This will provide food for over 1,000 families and more than 2,000 people.  Please support our students’ efforts to reach their goal.

RESOURCE PERIOD UPDATE
As you know, our students have resource period this year during 4th period every day except Wednesday.  Most students have been registering for classes and getting the extra help they need.  Others, however, are in need of more guidance in this process, which is why the administration will be assigning selected students a mandatory resource period based upon their Quarter 1 grades.  Students that do not attend the class that they are assigned will be marked absent.  We want all students to be successful and need to encourage them to make wise choices to that end.

CHILDREN’S PLAY – THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA, NOV. 23 & 24
The Nicolet High School Theatre Dept. is presenting a children’s play production of THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA  on  Saturday, November 23, 10:00am and 1:00pm and Sunday, Nov. 24, 1:30PM in the Little Theatre/ Community Room at Nicolet High School. Admission is free by ticket only; tickets can be obtained in the District Office, C-103 Monday-Fridays, 8:00am-3:00pm.  Come and enjoy this lively, fun-filled 45- minute production, best suited to children ages 4- older, families, and friends. Seating is limited, so get your tickets now and come in to have a great time viewing this classic fairy tale told with music, dance, humor, and fun for the whole family.

PTSO FUNDRAISING WITH HOT MAMA AT BAYSHORE!
Please support Nicolet, get a head start on your holiday shopping and enjoy a treat. On Tuesday, November 19th, please shop at Hot Mama at Bayshore Town Center from 6 to 9 PM. Hot Mama sells women's clothing and accessories and will donate 15% of the proceeds to Nicolet PTSO. Can't make the event? No problem, you can shop earlier in the day, just let the Hot Mama staff know that you are shopping in support of Nicolet. Follow this link for a flier of the event: 
http://www.nicolet.us/cms_files/resources/hot_mama.pdf
Contact Margo Zimmerman if you have any questions, margoz@wi.rr.com

11/8/13

Dear Parents:

As we approach the winter season I would like to review expectations for our students who stay after school and inform you of some upcoming changes to our building security.  Following are guidelines that we are conveying to students to ensure a safe environment:

  •     Students may stay after school to work with teachers until 3:30pm. Students must leave the building immediately following their academic support.
  •     Access within the building will be restricted after 3:45pm. It is expected that students will have their book bags, etc., prior to the gates closing.
  •     Athletes waiting for practice or their game must stay in the cafeteria.
  •     When finished working with teachers or finished with athletic practices, students waiting for transportation must wait in the cafeteria.
  •     Students waiting to watch an athletic event may NOT stay after school.
  •     All athletic event spectators must enter through the North entrance.

In addition, the following security measures will begin in the near future:

  •     Two additional supervisory aides will be hired for the evenings.
  •     Random metal detector scans will be done each semester.
  •     A video and electronic locking system will be used at the main entrance to buzz in visitors during the school day.

It is the purpose of these added measures to keep our children safe while encouraging them to get the help they need from teachers and while waiting for transportation.  Please help to reinforce these procedures with your child.

Thank you.


Greg Kabara
Principal

11/8/13

THIS WEEKEND’S EVENTS!
11/8/13       “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” 7:30pm, Nicolet Theatre
11/9/13       “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” 7:30pm, Nicolet Theatre
11/9/13       The 8th Annual Autumn Artisan's Fair, 10am - 4pm

THE 8TH ANNUAL AUTUMN ARTISAN'S FAIR, 10AM - 4PM
The 8th Annual Autumn Artisan's Fair will take place this Saturday!
We will be featuring 75 Artists and Crafters from all over Southeastern Wisconsin.  Wearable art, jewelry, mosaics, watercolors, photography, felted purses, homespun knits, gourmet goodies, wood turning, books, doll accessories, a silent auction and so much more! Admission is $3 and proceeds benefit the Nicolet Life Skills Special Education.

TRIATHLON CONGRATULATIONS!
Principal Kabara would like to recognize Laura Mildebrandt for her outstanding work in hosting the first ever Nicolet mini-triathlon for her adaptive physical education class.  Congratulations to all of the student-athletes that participated in the event. Thank you for the enthusiasm and support from the entire staff and student body.

On Oct 18th, Laura Mildebrandt’s Life Skills class held the first ever triathlon on the Nicolet school grounds. The 18 student-athletes were mentored by their peer classmates from Megan Lund’s Team and Individual Sports class.

These student-athletes trained for 6 weeks during their Physical Education class period.  They started in the fitness center logging miles on a spin bike, elliptical, or treadmill.  From there, the students transitioned to the track and ran a quarter mile, the final leg was a 150 yard swim in the pool. The event concluded with an award ceremony and medal presentation.

Thank you to the following groups for your support:
Nicolet staff members donated money to purchase t-shirts for the athletes.
Nicolet athletic dept-medals
Les Moise Store (David/Leslie Rosmann) bags/ wheel and sprocket-water bottles
Andare sports store (Eric Pilling)-bags.

Congratulations to our student-athletes on their outstanding performance.
Please visit the Nicolet Web-site and look at the photos from that day.

WKCE
Thank you to all parents and sophomore students for your support this week with WKCE testing.

11/3/13

REMINDER TO SOPHOMORE PARENTS:
WKCE Testing for Sophomores on November 5th and 7th
Nicolet will be administering the 10th grade Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination over a 2-day period, Tuesday, November 5 and Thursday, November 7,  with 3 ½ hours of testing each day. Please try not to schedule any appointments for your child during this time period.  It is very important that your child be in attendance on these scheduled testing dates.  All 10th grade students who score proficient and/or advanced in all subject areas of the tests will be given a second semester exam exemption for their achievements.  This is in addition to the normal exam exemption they may earn.

Please encourage your child to get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and do his or her best.  A healthy snack at breaks will be provided for your child on the testing days.

Attached is a brochure for Student/Parent Pre-Test Information.

11/1/13

IMPORTANT DATES FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 4TH  
11/6/13       NHS Foundation meeting, 7:30am in B113
11/6/13       Early Release for students, 1:19pm
11/6/13       Booster Club Meeting, 7:00pm in B113
11/8/13       “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” 7:30pm, Nicolet Theatre
11/9/13       “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” 7:30pm, Nicolet Theatre

SUICIDE PREVENTION PRESENTATIONS AND INFORMATION FROM RED2 COALITION
Please follow this link for more information regarding the RED2coalition and upcoming presentations in the area for suicide prevention http://www.nicolet.us/academics/coping.cfm

    November 6th at Whitefish Bay High School, 7:00pm, Part 1 of a 3-part series for parents with a panel of professionals and parents who share their personal stories.
    November 10th, at St. Robert School’s Reilly Hall, 7:00pm, Presenter Dr. Julie Helmrich, clinical psychologist and teacher.  The event is free and no registration is required.

Nicolet High School Theatre presents THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940!
The Nicolet High School Theatre Department opens its season this year with a production of the hilarious MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940.  The show features a cast of ten (Ella Dierberger, Maddy Folstein, Josh Trimble, Stephen Johnson, Tony Scotton, Amanda Jacobs, Max Wilson, Sarah Rosenthal, Evan Johnson, and Sydney O’Hare) and a clever set of scenery built by Nicolet’s Stage Crew.  Director’s assistants are Sarah Rosenthal and Kailey Gullickson.  The production is directed and designed by Kenn Miller—Nicolet’s Theatre Director.

Performances will be presented November 1, 2, 8, 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Nicolet’s main theatre.  Tickets are $7.00 and are available by calling the Nicolet Voicemail reservation phone:  414-351-8174.

SIEMENS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FINALISTS IN 2013-2014 SIEMENS COMPETITION IN MATH, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Nicolet is pleased to announce that Bertrand Stone is a semi-finalist in the Siemens Foundation competition.  The Siemens competition is regarded as one of the leading science and mathematics research-based competitions for high school students and this is an exceptional achievement.  Congratulations Bertrand!

10/26/13

A MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL KABARA
We are all committed to academic excellence for every student at Nicolet High School. I want to commend all of our students and staff for their response to our emergency last week.  The school evacuation was handled efficiently and safely.  We will be debriefing and make changes to our overall procedure in order to be better prepared for future emergency situations.

I would like to update our learning community on a few of the positive events that have occurred since the beginning of school:

    * We are proud to have been recognized on WTMJ 4 in a brief interview with our four current students who earned a perfect score on the ACT.  This is a significant accomplishment in that only one tenth of one percent of all students tested reaches this level of success.
    * 14 students are National Merit Semifinalists and 7 students are recognized as Commendable, based on the PSAT testing.
    * Students in 9th and 10th grade have recently completed their first set of NWEA MAP assessments.  Our initial fall data shows positive growth from last spring. 

This fall our student council led and organized an outstanding spirit week filled with numerous positive homecoming events. I commend the entire student population on their positive involvement and outstanding behavior during spirit week. Student Council set new records for the homecoming dance with over 700 tickets sold.  Homecoming week was an extremely positive experience for the entire learning community.

Our fall sports seasons are coming to a close, some of our athletic successes include:

    * State Golf Qualifier - Emily Murphy
    * State Tennis Qualifier - Girls’ Tennis Team
    * Qualifying for individual state: Emily Mone - Nina Gerard- in singles and Sara Miller and Michelle Margolies and Erin Wathen and Josie Docalavich in Doubles

I am proud to serve the Nicolet community, and look forward to many more student success stories throughout the year. 

Principal Greg Kabara

IMPORTANT DATES FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 28th 
10/28/13     School Board Meeting, 6:00pm in Library
11/1/13       “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” 7:30pm, Nicolet Theatre
11/2/13       “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” 7:30pm, Nicolet Theatre

NICOLET ANNOUNCES THE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER 2013
Each department nominated a student for doing an outstanding job for the month of September and students were given a personalized award by Principal Greg Kabara. Congratulations to: Kayla Howze (9)-Math, Andreau Dorsey (9)-Science, Hope Merens (12)-Social Studies, Kaeson Black (9)-Foreign Language , Kareem Benson-White (12)-Career Education, Magdalene Beck (12)-Guidance & Henry Zitzer (10)-Physical Education.

Nicolet High School Theatre presents THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940!
The Nicolet High School Theatre Department opens its season this year with a production of the hilarious MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940.  The show features a cast of ten (Ella Dierberger, Maddy Folstein, Josh Trimble, Stephen Johnson, Tony Scotton, Amanda Jacobs, Max Wilson, Sarah Rosenthal, Evan Johnson, and Sydney O’Hare) and a clever set of scenery built by Nicolet’s Stage Crew.  Director’s assistants are Sarah Rosenthal and Kailey Gullickson.  The production is directed and designed by Kenn Miller—Nicolet’s Theatre Director.
The plot:  The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher”) assembles for a backer’s audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy “angel.”  The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways, and a German maid who is apparently several different people—all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem that follows when the infamous “Slasher” makes his reappearance  and strikes again—and again.  As the composer, lyricist, actors, and director prepare their performance, and a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop, masked figures drag their victims behind moving bookcases and accusing fingers point in all directions.  The mystery is solved in the nick of time and the “Slasher” unmasked—but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time.  The New York Magazine called MURDERS “the intelligent person’s kind of nonsense.”
Performances will be presented November 1, 2, 8, 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Nicolet’s main theatre.  Tickets are $7.00 and are available by calling the Nicolet Voicemail reservation phone:  414-351-8174.

10/25/13

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Your child will be participating in the state testing required by the federal mandate of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).  The Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination-Criteria Referenced Test (WKCE-CRT) window runs from October 28 until November 29.  Nicolet High School is scheduled to complete the WKCE testing November 5th and 7th.   The assessment will provide important data on the achievement of our students in meeting core academic standards.  By state law, all public schools will administer this test to students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10.

The results will be reported to you in the spring of 2014.  School and district results for all Wisconsin public schools are available on the Department of Instruction website at www.dpi.state.wi.us.

Attached to this letter is the Student/Parent Pre-Test Information pamphlet published by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  It outlines the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) and the WKCE-CRT, explains its purpose, and describes what scores will be provided and how they will be used.  Also, it identifies who will be tested and when, what the test looks like, and when it is available for school and district review.

To best prepare your child for a successful testing experience, please follow these suggestions:

    * Student attendance on testing days will assure fewer make-up tests.
    * Encourage your child to listen carefully to the teacher during test-taking time.
    * Remind your child that it is crucial to follow directions exactly as they are given.
    * Make sure your child goes to bed early and has a good breakfast.

As always, encourage your child to do his/her best work.  As a way to recognize outstanding student performance, students may earn an exam exemption if they score in the Advanced or Proficient categories on all sections of the WKCE.  If you have any questions about your child’s participation in the WKCE-CRT, please contact my office.

Sincerely,

Greg Kabara
Principal, Nicolet High School

10/23/13

REMINDER TO ATTEND PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
10/24/13     Parent Teacher Conferences, 3:30 – 7:15pm
10/25/13     Parent Teacher Conferences, 7:30am - noon - No school for students

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 FROM 3:30 P.M. – 7:15 P.M. AND FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 FROM 7:30 A.M. – NOON.
This is a time for parents and teachers to discuss academic progress and support student success.  Students may accompany their parents to conferences, but we ask that if there are specific issues that may extend beyond the 5-minute time allotment, that you make an appointment with the teacher for another time.
Teachers will be located in four areas:      
Gymnasium - Teachers with last name beginning with A to L
Cafeteria - Teachers with last names beginning with M to Z
Dance Studio – All Physical Education teachers
B-Wing Classrooms – All Special Education teachers will be in their normal classroom
To expedite your conference experience, you could ask your child for a list of their teachers before you arrive.  Alternatively, you may pick up your child’s schedule from the tables near the front entrance.

WHILE YOU'RE AT CONFERENCES YOU MAY PICK UP YOUR STUDENT PHOTOS IN THE HSO!

KNIGHT'S NUMBERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE FOR $5 IN THE HSO!
The Knight's Numbers is a student directory of addresses and phone numbers that also includes the parent's names and phone numbers. Your purchase will support the NHS Foundation.

MERIT AWARD PACKETS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE HIGH SCHOOL OFFICE (HSO) -
The Nicolet Merit Award is a way of recognizing students who participate in school activities, exhibit a positive attitude in their classes, perform service for the school and show leadership through good behavior and citizenship during the school year.

To qualify for the award, students need to:
perform five hours of service for Nicolet High School (certified by an adult supervising the activity)
attend five or more school activities (certified by a parent)
project positive attitude toward schoolwork (certified by two teachers)
membership in a club, either athletic, academic or non-academic (certified by faculty advisor)
show behavior and conduct becoming of a student at Nicolet High School -
This will be certified by the High School Office.

Reminder to all seniors and their parents:
Graduation orders should be handed in to the Jostens' representatives tomorrow, Wednesday, October 23rd, during the lunch hours.  A $60 deposit or payment in full is needed to place the order.

Dear 9th and 10th grade parent/guardian:
We want to inform you that you will be able to pick up your freshmen and sophomore student MAP scores during parent teacher conferences....on Thursday, October 24, 3:30-7:15pm and Friday, October 25, from 7:30 - noon.  There will be a table near the front entrance - please stop by. 

10/18/13

IMPORTANT DATES FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 21st 
10/22/13     Picture Retake Day, B111, 7am – 2pm
10/23/13     Early Release Day, 1:19pm
10/23/13     Jostens Senior Graduation Orders Due with payment, lunch hours
10/23/13     MEPA meeting, 7:00pm in B113
10/24/13     Parent Teacher Conferences, 3:30 – 7:15pm
10/25/13     Parent Teacher Conferences, 7:30am - noon

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 FROM 3:30 P.M. – 7:15 P.M. AND FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 FROM 7:30 A.M. – NOON.  A letter was mailed home on 10/10/13 to invite you to attend.
This is a time for parents and teachers to discuss academic progress and support student success.  Students may accompany their parents to conferences, but we ask that if there are specific issues that may extend beyond the 5-minute time allotment, that you make an appointment with the teacher for another time.
Teachers will be located in four areas:      

    Gymnasium - Teachers with last name beginning with A to L
    Cafeteria - Teachers with last names beginning with M to Z
    Dance Studio – All Physical Education teachers
    B-Wing Classrooms – All Special Education teachers will be in their normal classroom

To expedite your conference experience, you could ask your child for a list of their teachers before you arrive.  Alternatively, you may pick up your child’s schedule from the tables near the front entrance.

PLEASE PICK UP YOUR STUDENT PHOTOS!
Parent, your child may or may not know that you ordered photos for them at the beginning of the school year.  Please come to the HSO to pick up your photos or have your student do so before Tuesday.

PICTURE RETAKE DAY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 7AM TO 2PM
Picture retake day is Tuesday, October 22nd.  If you are unhappy with your photos, please return them to the photographer at the time of the retake for an exchange. The photographer will be set up in B111, the Knightskeller from 7am – 2pm.

MERIT AWARD PACKETS AVAILABLE IN THE HIGH SCHOOL OFFICE
NICOLET MERIT AWARD APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW!

The Nicolet Merit Award is a way of recognizing students who participate in school activities, exhibit a positive attitude in their classes, perform service for the school and show leadership through good behavior and citizenship during the school year.

To qualify for the award, students need to:

    perform five hours of service for Nicolet High School (certified by an adult supervising the activity)
    attend five or more school activities (certified by a parent)
    project positive attitude toward schoolwork (certified by two teachers)
    membership in a club, either athletic, academic or non-academic (certified by faculty advisor)
    show behavior and conduct becoming of a student at Nicolet High School -
    This will be certified by the High School Office.

Students should read the application and have it completed for submission by March 21, 2014. Any applications returned incomplete (without authorized signatures) or after the deadline will not be eligible for the award. Once accepted, the student will get an award with an opportunity to get a plaque their Senior year (if they receive the award the prior three years). The Merit Award looks great on college applications, so encourage your son/daughter to pick one up.

Application booklets are available in the High School or District Office or an application can be downloaded from our website: http://www.nicolet.us/students/merit.pdf
The Nicolet PTSO sponsors the Merit Awards which will be held on May 22nd at 2:45 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Examples of service hours for Nicolet:

    tutoring – see Mr. Artero
    assisting teachers with bulletin display boards, or making copies – ask your teachers
    ushering at theatre events – contact Mr. Miller
    working concessions at athletic events - contact Nicolet Booster Club to sign up
    timing at swim meets-contact Mr. Davis
    for more ideas, contact a teacher, coach, administrator or a parent in PTSO

BUSH ECONOMIC DEBATES NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Congratulations to Hope Merens and Samantha Srok!  They have been invited by President George W. Bush and the Bush Institute to compete in the Bush Economic Debates National Tournament in Dallas, Texas on October 19, 2013.  All expenses will be paid for by the generous contributions of the Milwaukee Debate League and the National Association for Urban Debate.

10/14/13

The senior class received their information packets today pertaining to the ordering of Caps & Gowns and graduation accessories.  Please make sure your senior brings this home for your inspection.  Order forms should be brought back to school by your student and handed in to the Jostens representatives next Wednesday, October 23rd, during the lunch hours, in the Cafeteria.  Please make sure that your order is placed to insure timely delivery of your items in the spring time.

10/11/13

IMPORTANT DATES FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 14TH 
10/16/13     PSAT Testing for all juniors hours 1-4
10/17/13     School Board Standing Committee Meeting, 4:00pm in Library
10/17/13     PTSO meeting, 6:00pm in B113

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 FROM 3:30 P.M. – 7:15 P.M. AND FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 FROM 7:30 A.M. – NOON.  A letter was mailed home on 10/10/13 to invite you to attend.
This is a time for parents and teachers to discuss academic progress and support student success.  Students may accompany their parents to conferences, but we ask that if there are specific issues that may extend beyond the 5-minute time allotment, that you make an appointment with the teacher for another time.
Teachers will be located in four areas:      

    Gymnasium - Teachers with last name beginning with A to L                      
    Cafeteria - Teachers with last names beginning with M to Z
    Dance Studio – All Physical Education teachers
    B-Wing Classrooms – All Special Education teachers will be in their normal classroom


NO DELIVERIES DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
If your child forgets something at home and you need to drop it off at school, we will keep it in the High School Office for them to pick up.  We ask that parents leave the items at the front desk with Miss Sheila and make sure the item is marked clearly with your child’s name.  As a rule, we do not deliver items to classrooms due to the disruption it causes.  Please remind your child to check in the office if they have forgotten something at home or they may also call home from our office to have you drop the item off.

STUDENTS ARRIVING LATE TO SCHOOL
When students arrive late to school in the morning (more than 10 minutes) without a note excusing them, they are issued a detention.  If the student brings a note to clear the absence or the parent calls, emails or faxes us an excuse, the detention will be cleared and removed from our records.  Please help ensure that your child arrives on time to school in the morning or give them a note including the reason for their tardiness, to avoid this extra step.

STUDENTS FEELING ILL DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
Students are to report to the Nurse’s Office near the front desk if they are not feeling well at any time during the school day.  The school nurse is here daily from 7:30am - 2:30pm and she will call parent to get permission for the child to leave, if necessary.  Please tell your child to follow this procedure.

STUDENTS LEAVING FOR APPOINTMENTS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
Students leaving during the day for appointments should always check-out through the High School Office (HSO).  If you know they'll be leaving for an appointment in the morning, remind them of their appointment and write them a note and have your student stop in the HSO in the morning for a pass to leave.  Please don’t ask the office to remind students of appointments, we have too little time and personnel to run messages unless it’s an emergency.  If/when students return to school from appointments they should also check-in the HSO.

ATTENDANCE REMINDER!
Nicolet’s attendance policy has changed- please go to our website and review our newest procedures.  Absences may be excused by phone (351-8282) this year in addition to fax, email or a written note.  Parents have 48 hours to excuse the absence.  Go to:  http://www.nicolet.us/cms_files/resources/attendance.pdf

10/4/13

IMPORTANT DATES FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 7TH 
10/9/13       Early Release Date, students dismissed at 1:19pm

HOMECOMING DANCE PHOTOS ARE NOW AVAILABLE.
If you have not yet heard, www.nicoletphoto.com is a website where you can see and purchase photos from almost any Nicolet event. The site contains photos from events such as: Girls Golf, Cross Country, Boys and Girls Volleyball, Football, Tennis, Soccer, Swimming, Dance Team, Homecoming and many more! Every week, new photos from all types of different events are added, for the most recent updates and occasional coupons like us on Facebook. All proceeds go to supporting the Nicolet Photography Club.

Links:

    Nicolet Photo on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhotoNicolet
    Nicolet Photo Website: www.nicoletphoto.com

9/27/13

IMPORTANT DATES FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 30th
9/30/13       Special School Board Meeting, 5:00pm in Library
10/2/13       NHS Foundation Meeting, 7:30am in B113
10/2/13       Booster Club Meeting, 7:00pm in B113

COMMENDED STUDENTS IN THE 2014 NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Greg Kabara, principal of Nicolet High School announced that Peri Beer, Lucas Benson, Jack Cook, Adrienne Evans, Joshua Knight, Allison Mitchell, and Amy Vanderhout have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.  A letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Although they will not continue in the 2014 competition for National Merit Scholarships, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 preliminary competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success.  These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.  We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.

9/27/13

Dear 9th and 10th Grade Parents/Guardians:

During the next two weeks, your child will complete tests titled Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). We administer students MAP tests to determine his/her child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of reading and math.  Your child will perform the tests on a computer.
MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to the appropriate reading and mathematical skill level of your child. As a result, each student has an opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.  With MAP tests, the school district can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information regarding your child’s growth. Over the next two weeks, your child will spend approximately two class periods in English and two class periods in Math completing these assessments.  Each school year, students in grades 9 and 10 complete the tests in the fall and spring. Following each testing period, you will receive a report demonstrating your child’s growth.
Please ensure that your student is well rested and discuss with him/her the importance of taking these tests seriously.  Your student’s test results will help direct current and future placement in courses as well as resource selections. The schedule overview is below:
Sept. 30- Oct. 4th: Primarily Freshmen
October 7-11: Primarily Sophomores
Monday and Tuesday: Reading Assessment in English classes
Wednesday and Thursday: Math Assessment in Math classes
Fridays, Study Halls, and Resource: Make-ups

For more information, download the Parent Toolkit at
http://www.nwea.org/support/article/930
In addition, feel free to contact me with your questions.

Yours in Education,

Brenda Turner
Director of Teaching and Learning
Brenda.Turner@nicolet.us
414-351-8245

9/20/13
 
IMPORTANT DATES FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 23rd
9/23/13       School Board Meeting, 6:00pm in Library
9/25/13       Early Release for students at 1:19pm
9/25/13       MEPA Meeting, 7:00pm in B113
9/27/13       Tailgate Knight, Homecoming Football Game
9/28/13       Homecoming Dance, 8 – 11pm
 
HOMECOMING WEEK ACTIVITIES LINK
Follow this link to see the list of events planned for Homecoming week.
 
NICOLET FOUNDATION TAILGATE KNIGHT “FRIENDRAISER”
The Nicolet High School Foundation is holding its annual Tailgate Knight Friendraiser, a picnic held prior to the homecoming football game, Sept. 27 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the high school, 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Rd. 
 
The picnic menu includes brats, hamburgers (and veggie burgers), hot dogs, salads, desserts, and beverages. The event costs $10 for adults and $7 for children under the age of 12, and includes a ticket to the game against North Shore rival Whitefish Bay. A 50/50 raffle also will be held.
 
Tailgate tickets can be purchased in the District Office/C103 or by using PayPal on the Foundation’s website page, http://www.nicolet.us/people/tailgate_knight.cfm.  For more information, call 414-351-7561.
 
ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO REGISTER FOR RESOURCE PERIOD
Nicolet has added a Resource Period to the daily schedule this year.  Resource Period offers students a great opportunity to work with teachers in classes where they need additional help, want to prepare for upcoming tests or projects, have low grades or wish to reinforce/explore areas of personal interest.  Students are strongly encouraged to register in advance so they are sure to have access to the teachers with whom they wish to work next week.  Registration opens eachThursday for the following week’s sessions.  Information about the Resource Period, the sessions being offered and the link to registration can be found athttp://www.nicolet.us/resources/resourceperiod.cfm and can be accessed at any time.  Please encourage your child to register for next week’s Resource Period sessions as soon as possible.
 
HERB KOHL EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION NOMINATIONS DUE BY SEPTEMBER 27, 2013
The 2014 Kohl Teacher Fellowship Program is accepting nominations on or before Friday, September 27th.  To be eligible to compete for a fellowship, teachers must be nominated by parents, teachers, students, community members or administrators using the nomination form. Nominated teachers will then be sent an application form.  A teacher may not win this award more than once.  Follow the link below for information on how to nominate a teacher to receive this award. 
 
ATTENDANCE REMINDER!
Nicolet’s attendance policy has changed!  Parents now have 48 hours to excuse the absence, not 5 days as was our previous practice.  Please go to our website and review our newest procedures.  Absences may be excused by phone (351-8282) this year in addition to fax, email or a written note.  Please note:  parents may not excuse single period absences during the school day – students must pick up an attendance correction slip in the HSO and have their teacher sign if there was an error on the teacher’s part.  Go to:  http://www.nicolet.us/cms_files/resources/attendance.pdf
 
PSAT/SAT TEST PREPARATION SEMINAR  OFFERED THROUGH NICOLET RECREATION DEPARTMENT
With a top score of 2400 and the national average at 1500, a score increase of even 50 points on the SAT is a significant advantage.  The PSAT allows students to compete for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship; it also provides excellent, firsthand practice for the SAT college-admissions test. Students who complete the ZAPS PSAT/SAT seminar — and practice the tips and strategies at home — typically raise their PSAT scores by 5 to 15 points and/or their SAT scores by 50 to 150 points.
 
Date: September 25 & 26
Day: Wednesday & Thursday
Time: 6:30 - 9:00pm
Location: Nicolet High School - Room F105
Grade: 10th - 12th
Fee: $89.00R/$99.00NR
Program#: 122740-01
Min/Max: 10/30
Instructor: ZAPS Learning Company Staff

9/19/13

News from the Health Office

Hi, my name is Laura Nigh; I am the new Registered Nurse at NHS.  It is my pleasure to be an integral part of your school.  I plan to be present in the Health Office during the school day from 7:30am-2:30pm.

The Health Office has been a buzz with many different ailments from headaches to stomach aches this year.  Just a reminder to keep sick kids home;

To know whether your child should stay home from school, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests answering these three quick questions:
1.  Does your child have a fever? Fevers of 101° F or more are generally a sign of illness, so children should stay home from school.

2.  Is your child well enough to engage in class? If ill kids seem too run down to get much out of school, keep them home.

3.  Do you think your child has a contagious illness, such as the flu or pinkeye? If so, keep them at home until they're no longer infectious.

The CDC recommends the flu shot for children 6 mos.-18 yrs. now available through your local North Shore Health Department.  Call for times and dates, 414-351-2980.

I have seen a number of students in the morning with stomach aches and feeling “not quite right”.  My impression is that they have a low blood sugar because they have not had anything to eat before they left for school.  I have suggested to them that they place a snack in their backpack that they can eat on the way to school or if they do not have any nut allergies to grab a spoonful of peanut butter.  It is an excellent source of protein, carbs and fat to sustain them throughout the morning.  Nicolet High School offers a free breakfast to anyone interested between the times of 7:00am – 7:18am and all are welcome.

Also, parent’s of young ladies, a number of students have complained of cramps, help them to be aware of their cycle and either pre-medicate or keep something in the health office to aid them in getting through the day.  If their cycle is interfering with normal activities of daily living they need to see a physician.  Please contact me if you need information or an appropriate referral.

Here’s to a very healthy, successful 2013-2014 school year!!

Laura J. Nigh RN, BSN
School Nurse
Nicolet High School
Phone: 414-351-7574
Fax: 414-351-7526
laura.nigh@nicolet.us

9/17/13

Parents/Guardians,

Welcome back to all families.  I am proud of the outstanding behavior and positive attitudes our students have displayed during the first weeks of the 2013-14 school year.  It is a pleasure to serve this community and the families of Nicolet.  The high school administrative team held class meetings to present important school procedures and policies that will help our students be successful in and out of the classroom.  Our presentation focused on the Nicolet Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program.  This program builds positive school culture and addresses student behavior management through a proactive approach.  Students will be recognized and rewarded throughout the year for positive behavior within the school environment. 
The four components of Nicolet PBIS are:
1. Be on time
2. Be respectful
3. Be responsible
4. Be safe
We are asking for your support in the following areas this year:
Absences - Absences will need to be cleared within two school days.  Parents can call, e-mail, fax or send a note to clear student attendance.  It is best if absences can be reported in advance or on the day of the absence.  Automated calls will be sent the day of an unexcused absence.  Absences will be marked unexcused-truant after two school days.   
Respect - Please support us as we teach your children to respect all students, staff and facilities at Nicolet.  We have posted signs throughout the building explaining school expectations for classrooms and common areas. 
Responsibility -  In our effort to teach students to be responsible we ask that students come to school dressed for success.  This is a reminder that we expect students to dress appropriately.  (Remove hats inside the building, pants pulled up, shorts/skirts appropriate length etc.)  We have shared the dress code expectations at class meetings and have provided reminders to students.  Staff will be continue to refer students for dress code violations. 
School safety - Our primary concern is school safety.  During the school day students should enter and exit the building through the main doors.  Parents and visitor should sign in and wear a visitor identification badge. Any behavior that jeopardizes school safety will be taken very seriously.  We reminded students of the consequences that can be enforced for safety violations.  
We shared a presentation about crossing the line in a positive direction  In every situation there is a line that students can cross, they have choice to settle or to cross the line in a positive direction and make good things happen.  I am challenging every student to cross the line in a positive direction so he or she can become a positive contributor to the Nicolet High School learning community. 

Please follow this link to the Homecoming activities planned for next week: http://www.nicolet.us/cms_files/resources/homecoming.pdf

Thank you for your support. 
Make it a great year,

Greg Kabara
Principal

9/13/13

IMPORTANT DATES FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 16TH
9/19/13       PTSO Meeting, 6:00pm in B113

KNIGHT’S NUMBERS PARENT/STUDENT PHONE DIRECTORIES COMING SOON!
The Knight’s Numbers is a phone directory of our students with addresses, parent names, and phone numbers.  The directory sells for $5 which is a donation to the Nicolet Foundation Scholarship Fund.  If you do not wish to be included in the phone directory, you must contact the office by Friday, September 20th.

CURRENCY OF THE REALM (COR) PROCESS
You may have heard about CORs from your students.  The following link contains instructions on how to enter their CORs on the www.good-kid.com website.  Prizes and winners will be announced each Friday, and also posted on the Nicolet TV-trons.  http://www.nicolet.us/misc/cor_process.pdf

NICOLET FOUNDATION TAILGATE KNIGHT “FRIENDRAISER”
The Nicolet High School Foundation is holding its annual Tailgate Knight Friendraiser, a picnic held prior to the homecoming football game, Sept. 27 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the high school, 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Rd.

The picnic menu includes brats, hamburgers (and veggie burgers), hot dogs, salads, desserts, and beverages. The event costs $10 for adults and $7 for children under the age of 12, and includes a ticket to the game against North Shore rival Whitefish Bay. A 50/50 raffle also will be held.

Tailgate tickets can be purchased in the District Office/C103 or by using PayPal on the Foundation’s website page, http://www.nicolet.us/people/tailgate_knight.cfm.  For more information, call 414-351-7561.

GET SPIRIT WEAR NOW THROUGH SEPTEMBER 16TH
http://www.nicolet.us/cms_files/resources/booster_club_spirit_wear.pdf

NICOLET ANNOUNCES 2014 NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP SEMIFINALISTS
Congratulations to our 14 National Merit Semifinalists – Helen Barzyk, Katherine Braun, Angela Chen, Isabelle Gill, Samuel Hallerman, Alexandra Heuer, Rachel Heuer, Benjamin Lawton, Hope Merens, Natalie Muenster, Anna Saggio, Bertrand Stone, Samuel Vuchetich and Christopher Welker. From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level and will be notified in February.  Winners will be selected from this group of Finalists.  National Merit Scholarship winners of 2014 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.

SAMUEL VUCHETICH EARNS PERFECT SCORE ON ACT!
Congratulations to Samuel Vuchetich on earning the highest possible composite score of 36 on the ACT college admission and placement exam! The school was notified of Samuel’s achievement over the summer. Samuel is our 4th student to receive a perfect score from the 2012-2013 school year.

HERB KOHL EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION NOMINATIONS DUE BY SEPTEMBER 27, 2013
The 2014 Kohl Teacher Fellowship Program is accepting nominations on or before Friday, September 27th.  To be eligible to compete for a fellowship, teachers must be nominated by parents, teachers, students, community members or administrators using the nomination form. Nominated teachers will then be sent an application form.  A teacher may not win this award more than once.  Follow the link below for information on how to nominate a teacher to receive this award.
http://www.kohleducation.org/teachers/

ATTENDANCE REMINDER!
Nicolet’s attendance policy has changed- please go to our website and review our newest procedures.  Absences may be excused by phone (351-8282) this year in addition to fax, email or a written note.  Another change is that parents now have 48 hours to excuse the absence, not 5 days as was our previous practice.  Go to:  http://www.nicolet.us/cms_files/resources/attendance.pdf
 

9/6/13

IMPORTANT DATES FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9TH
9/09/13            Picture Make Up Day - 7am - 2pm in B111
9/10/13            Back-To-School Nite - 5:45pm - 8pm, start in cafeteria
9/11/13            Booster Club Meeting, 7:00pm in B113
9/12/13            Standing Committees Meeting – 4:00pm in Library

PHOTO MAKE-UP DAY –SEPTEMBER 9TH
The next opportunity for photos will be Monday, September 9th from 7am to 2pm in the cafeteria (B111).  If students have not had their picture taken yet, they will need to have it taken on Monday for their ID.  Please note that this is NOT a retake day. Retake day will be scheduled in October.  If you wish to order pictures from Network Photography, there is an order form on our website at this link:  http://www.nicolet.us/families/network_order_form.pdf

BACK-TO-SCHOOL-NITE SEPTEMBER 10th, 5:45 - 8:00pm
On Tuesday, September 10, 2013, Nicolet High School will be conducting “Back-to-School Night.”  This is an opportunity for parents to come to school and meet the teachers, administrators and counselors.  School Board members may be present.  During the course of the evening, parents will have the opportunity to visit each of their child’s classes or study program and meet all teachers listed on student schedules.  A letter was mailed home outlining the schedule for the evening and also your student’s schedule on the reverse side.  The schedule is as follows:
5:45 – 6:00               Parents Gather in Cafeteria
6:00 – 6:15               Introductions by Administrators
6:15 – 6:20               Passing to 1st period
6:20 – 6:30               1st period
6:30 – 6:35               Passing time
6:35 – 6:45               2nd period
6:45 – 6:50               Passing time
6:50 – 7:00               3rd period
7:00 – 7:05               Passing time
7:05 – 7:15               5th period
7:15 – 7:20               Passing time
7:20 – 7:30               6th period
7:30 – 7:35               Passing time
7:35 – 7:45               7th period
7:45 – 7:50               Passing time
7:50 – 8:00               8th period

GET YOUR NICOLET SPIRIT WEAR NOW THROUGH SEPTEMBER 16TH
http://www.nicolet.us/cms_files/resources/booster_club_spirit_wear.pdf

HOMECOMING DETAILS COMING SOON!
The week of September 23rd is Homecoming.  The dance will be held on Saturday, September 28th.  More details will be coming soon as we are in the final planning stages.

ATTENDANCE REMINDER!
Nicolet’s attendance policy has changed- please go to our website and review our newest procedures.  Absences may be excused by phone (414.351.8282) this year in addition to fax, email or a written note.  Another change is parents now have 48 hours to excuse the absence, not 5 days as was our previous practice.  Go to:  http://www.nicolet.us/cms_files/resources/attendance.pdf

8/30/13

9/03/13       First Day of School - We are rolling out the red carpet!
9/05/13       No School on Thursday
9/09/13       Picture Make Up Day - 7am - 2pm
9/10/13       Back-To-School Nite - 5:45pm - 8pm

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd BEGINS WITH HOMEROOM
Please review your schedule in Skyward to check where you are headed for homeroom.  Homeroom is the same room as your 10th hour Advisory Period.  In homeroom, students will receive a copy of their schedule, their student ID, and their assignment notebook.

PHOTO MAKE-UP DAY –SEPTEMBER 9TH
The next opportunity for photos will be Monday, September 9th from 7am to 2pm in the cafeteria (B111).  If you missed registration, you will need to get your photo taken for your ID.  Please note that this is NOT a retake day. Retake day will be scheduled in October.  If you wish to order pictures from Network Photography, there is an order form on our website at this link:  http://www.nicolet.us/families/network_order_form.pdf

BACK-TO-SCHOOL-NITE SEPTEMBER 10th, 5:45 - 8:00pm
On Tuesday, September 10, 2013, Nicolet High School will be conducting “Back-to-School Night.”  This is an opportunity for parents to come to school and meet the teachers, administrators and counselors.  School Board members may be present.  During the course of the evening, parents will have the opportunity to visit each of their child’s classes or study program and meet all teachers listed on student schedules.

ACT WORKSHOP SCHEDULED
The Nicolet Recreation Department is offering an ACT Workshop program.  Students will gain direct experience with each of the five sections of the ACT. They will become familiar with the types of questions they will encounter on the four multiple choice tests as well as learn a variety of strategies to attack those questions. The instructor has designed this course based on 19 years of experience successfully preparing students to take the ACT.

Date:  September 16 - November 4
Day:  Mondays
Time:  6:30 - 8:30pm
Location:  Nicolet High School - Room F128
Grade:  11th - 12th
Fee:  $220.00R/$240.00NR
Program#:  122080-01
Min/Max:  6/30
Instructor:  Fred Silver

Please visit our website at: http://www.nicolet.us/activities/recreation.cfm or call (414) 351-7566 to register today!

8/23/13

Nicolet High School will host a very special program presented by Prevent Suicide of Greater Milwaukee Coalition at 7:00 PM this Thursday, August 29th, in the Nicolet High School library.  All parents and high school age students are encouraged to attend to further education and understanding about this very sensitive subject.  A panel of experts from Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and the Mobile Urgent Treatment Team will provide information and answer questions about preventing suicide, crisis intervention, and healing when a tragedy occurs.  All members of our extended community are welcome.  Parents and their high school-aged children are encouraged to attend together.

Please contact Barbara Bornstein, Nicolet High School Psychologist, at 351-7564 or email her at barbara.bornstein@nicolet.us if you have any questions.

8/23/13
 
8/26/13       School Board Standing Committees Meeting, 4:00pm in Library
8/26/13       School Board Meeting, 6:00pm in Library
8/26/13       Annual Meeting, 7:00pm in Library
8/29/13       Freshmen Orientation Day, 8:00am – 1:30pm, Gym 1
8/29/13       Freshmen Parent Breakfast, 8:00-9:00am in the cafeteria
8/29/13       Picture make-up day, from 8:00am to 2:00pm in B111(cafeteria Knightskeller)
9/03/13       First Day of School!
 
COMMUNITY MEET & GREET WITH NICOLET’S THREE NEW ADMINISTRATORS SET FOR AUGUST 28th
A community meet and greet with Nicolet School District’s three new Administrators; Superintendent Robert Kobylski, Principal Greg Kabara, and Director of Curriculum and Instruction Brenda Turner will be held Thursday, August 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the high school.  Refreshments will be available at the event, which is sponsored by the Nicolet Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO). There will be a short presentation at the beginning of the event, but visitors can come any time during the hour to converse with the new administrators in the school’s commons area at the front of the school.
 
PHOTO MAKE-UP DAY – AUGUST 29TH
The next opportunity for photos will be Thursday, August 29th from 8am to 2pm in the cafeteria.  If you missed registration, you will need to get your photo taken for your ID.  If you wish to order pictures from Network Photography, there is an order form on our website at this link:  http://www.nicolet.us/parents/network_order_form.pdf
 
SENIOR YEARBOOK PHOTOS
Senior yearbook pictures are due to Minda Byrne by Tuesday, October 1st.  Parents may submit the photos digitally to minda.byrne@nicolet.us, or a hard copy or disk to Ms. Byrne in D117.  Nicolet does not have a preferred photographer.  Parents may submit any formal head and shoulder shot from their preferred photographer.  Please, no hats or props. The digital image must be a high resolution .jpg.  Any questions, see Minda Byrne.
 
FIRST SEMESTER PARKING APPLICATIONS
Parking spots are still available and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.  Bring your completed application with a copy of the driver’s license of the student and the vehicle registration with a check for $200 to the High School Office.
 
THE NICOLET RECREATION DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING A HOW TO WRITE A WINNING COLLEGE ESSAY PROGRAM
This course will help students jump-start the college essay writing process, and will include a discussion regarding how to address the new prompts for the Common Application personal statement. Other topics include the role of the personal essay, preparation tips, choosing an appropriate topic, writing strategies, and avoidance of common mistakes. UW-Madison essay prompts and supplemental college essays will be addressed as time permits. This course brings objectivity and perspective to the college essay writing process, reducing stress for both the student and parents.
*Sharon Madnek is owner of “Say It Write”, a provider of collaborative writing and editing services. Ms. Madnek earned a B.B.A. from UW-Madison and an MBA from Northwestern University. Prior to establishing “Say It Write”, she worked in Marketing and Communications for Pepsi-Cola Company and Lever Brothers Company in New York City.
 
Date/Time: September 11 (6:30 - 7:45pm) or September 12 (2:45 - 4:00pm)
Location:    Nicolet High School - Athletic Conference Room (A106)
Grade:         11th - 12th
Fee:   $25.00R/$35.00NR
Min/Max:    5/15
Instructor:   Sharon Madnek*
 
Please visit our website at: http://www.nicolet.us/activities/recreation.cfm or call (414) 351-7566 to register today!

8/14/13

Thank you to all of our families that attended registration on August 13th.  We had a very successful day and enjoyed meeting many students and families.  If you missed registration, please come to the High School Office to pay fees and/or pick up your packet between the hours of 7:00am and 3:00pm.

PHOTO MAKE-UP DAY – AUGUST 29TH
The next opportunity for photos will be Thursday, August 29th from 8am to 2pm in the cafeteria.  If you missed registration, you will need to get your photo taken for your ID.  If you wish to order pictures from Network Photography, there is an order form on our website at this link:  http://www.nicolet.us/families/network_order_form.pdf

PARENT STUDENT HANDBOOK
You can preview the handbook online and give confirmation for the parent student handbook through Skyward Family Access or you can choose to print the form and sign to give with your student when they take their ID picture.  Follow this link: http://www.nicolet.us/students/parent_student_handbook.pdf
http://www.nicolet.us/students/handbook_form.pdf
Copies of the handbook are available in the High School Office.

FIRST SEMESTER PARKING APPLICATIONS
Parking spots are still available and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.  Bring your completed application with a copy of the driver’s license of the student and the vehicle registration with a check for $200 to the High School Office.

8/6/13

IMPORTANT UPDATES!
8/9/13         Pre-paid registration deadline – This Friday!
8/13/13       Registration, 8am – 3pm in the Library –*Take the shuttle!

*NEW!  Shuttle bus service for registration on Tuesday, August 13th!
Please follow this link for a map of locations:
http://www.nicolet.us/2013_school_registration_info.cfm
We will provide round trip shuttle service for our patrons to and from the Cardinal Stritch University parking lots #5 and #8 to the Nicolet Daphne Road entrance beginning at 7:45am and ending at 3:15pm.  Parking is extremely limited due to the construction at Nicolet, so please make use of this service for your convenience.

Pre-Paid Registration Deadline - Friday, August 9th
Online registration is highly encouraged due to the construction around the Nicolet campus.  You may pay in person or online through Skyward Family Access. When you pre-pay your fees, you will save time waiting on the 13th.

High School Office (C101) closed on Monday, August 12th and Tuesday, August 13th
The High School Office will be closed on Monday (to prepare for registration) and Tuesday for registration in the library – please pay fees by Friday, August 9th if you want to be considered pre-paid.

Verification of Student Information
All parents should access their Skyward accounts to complete the “Verification of Student Information”.  This information is vital in case of emergencies – please contact the office if you have questions on how to find this.  We are moving away from paper forms and need parents to confirm the information we have is correct.  After you login to Skyward, look for the bar on the far left that says “Verification of Student Information School Year 2013-14” and follow the steps.

Protect Your Skyward Family Access Passwords!
Parents are reminded to keep their Skyward login and passwords in a secure place and separate from their students.~ Treat your login like your signature - you have more permissions within Skyward than your student. Parents can update their student’s emergency contact information, medication, and give confirmation for the parent student handbook through Skyward Family Access.  If you need assistance, please call the High School Office.

IMPORTANT DATES!
8/2/13         Parking Applications Due
8/7/13         High School Office Closed for Training
8/9/13         Pre-paid registration deadline
8/12/13       High School Office Closed to prepare for registration
8/13/13       Registration 8am – 3pm – in Nicolet Library
8/28/13       SAVE THE DATE! – Meet and Greet for Principal and Superintendent -
                     details coming soon
8/29/13       New Parent Breakfast, 8:00am in cafeteria
8/29/13       Freshmen Orientation, 8:00am in Gym 1
9/3/13         First day of school!


Parking Applications Due Friday, August 2nd
2013-2014-1st Semester Student Parking Applications are due in the High School Office by Friday, August 2nd, 2013.  Remaining parking spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis after the 2nd.  You may download an application from our website: http://www.nicolet.us/students/ follow this link and look for “2013-14 Parking Application” under Other Resources.  Any questions contact: Ms. Sandy Stark at 351-7523.

Pre-Paid Registration Deadline - Friday, August 9th
Online registration is highly encouraged due to the construction around the Nicolet campus.  You may pay in person or online through Skyward Family Access. When you pre-pay your fees, you will save time waiting in lines on the 13th.

REGISTRATION, Tuesday, August 13th, 8am to 3pm
Due to the construction this year, the registration activities on August 13th will take place in the Nicolet library.  Parking is available on Daphne Road and the entrance marked #9 may be used for your convenience.  This entrance is closest to the library.

Verification of Student Information
All parents should access their Skyward accounts to complete the “Verification of Student Information”.  This information is vital in case of emergencies – please contact the office if you have questions on how to find this.  We are moving away from paper forms and need parents to confirm the information we have is correct.  After you login to Skyward, look for the bar on the far left that says “Verification of Student Information School Year 2013-14” and follow the steps.

Protect Your Skyward Family Access Passwords!
Parents are reminded to keep their Skyward login and passwords in a secure place and separate from their students.  Treat your login like your signature - you have more permissions within Skyward than your student. Parents can update their student’s emergency contact information, medication, and give confirmation for the parent student handbook through Skyward Family Access.  If you need assistance, please call the High School Office.

1st Day of School – Tuesday, September 3rd
The school day is 7:23am – 2:32pm – see our website for next year’s calendar
The new bell schedule that includes our resource period can be found on our website, too

Under construction!
Visitors to Nicolet will notice a great deal of road construction work on our property. For safety and to avoid damage to your vehicle, please observe the road blocks and "Road Closed" signs. Areas marked with "Road Closed" or "Construction Only" need to remain accessible for construction vehicles and are not to be used by any other vehicles. Please know that public traffic for drop-off, pick-up or parking, is limited to designated sections of the upper parking lot. There are designated walkways leading from the parking lot to the main entrance of the school. At this time we have had to close the North Entrance (bus loading zone) to all foot and vehicle traffic and the exterior doors will remain locked. The tennis court will be accessible from the east side gate instead of the utility building entrance. We will work hard to keep everyone updated as we have future closures. We appreciate everyone's patience throughout this large project - our first and foremost goal is public safety!

Enjoy your summer!

7/19/13

IMPORTANT DATES!
Registration information is being mailed on Friday, July 19th.

Pre-Paid Registration Deadline - Friday, August 9th
See the registration packet for details on payment and new updates in Skyward Family Access.  Online registration is highly encouraged due to the construction around the Nicolet campus – see note below.

Protect Your Skyward Family Access Passwords!
Parents are reminded to keep their Skyward login and passwords in a secure place and separate from their students.  Treat your login like your signature - you have more permissions within Skyward than your student. Freshmen parents and parents of new students will receive their login and password in the registration packet.

Registration – Tuesday, August 13th 
Watch for the registration packet being mailed Friday, July 19th for all the details.

Registration Date – Tuesday, August 13th 
Watch for the registration packet which will be mailed in mid-July.

Freshmen Orientation – Thursday, August 29th
Details will be mailed with the registration packet in July.

1st Day of School – Tuesday, September 3rd
The school day is 7:23am – 2:32pm – see our website for next year’s calendar
link  The new bell schedule that includes our resource period can be found on our website.

Back-to-School Nite – Tuesday, September 10th

Under construction!
Visitors to Nicolet will notice a great deal of road construction work on our property. For safety and to avoid damage to your vehicle, please observe the road blocks and "Road Closed" signs. Areas marked with "Road Closed" or "Construction Only" need to remain accessible for construction vehicles and are not to be used by any other vehicles. Please know that public traffic for drop-off, pick-up or parking, is limited to designated sections of the upper parking lot. There are designated walkways leading from the parking lot to the main entrance of the school. At this time we have had to close the North Entrance (bus loading zone) to all foot and vehicle traffic and the exterior doors will remain locked. The tennis court will be accessible from the east side gate instead of the utility building entrance. We will work hard to keep everyone updated as we have future closures. We appreciate everyone's patience throughout this large project - our first and foremost goal is public safety!

Due to the construction this year, the registration activities on August 13th will take place in the library and D-wing.  Parking is available on Daphne Road and the entrance marked #9 may be used for your convenience.  This entrance is closest to the library.

Enjoy your summer!

7/18/13

Dear Families and Students,

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the Nicolet Learning Community. It is both a tremendous honor and a privilege to be the new principal of Nicolet High School.

I am currently a resident of Whitefish Bay with my wife and two children.  I received my B.A. from Winona State University, M.Ed. from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and Master of Science-Administrative Leadership, Supervision in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and most recently completed the Superintendent Licensure Program at Cardinal Stritch University.   

Previously I served the Grafton School District as principal at John Long Middle School. Prior to my role as principal, I spent four years as an associate principal and three years as a mathematics instructor at Whitefish Bay High School. I began my career as a mathematics instructor at Holmen High School.  I have also served eight years in the United States Marine Corps.

I look forward to meeting students and parents at registration on August 13th.

Sincerely,

Greg Kabara

7/3/13

IMPORTANT DATES!
Deadline for textbooks to be returned for credit – Monday, July 8th. 
Return your textbooks to the High School Office during normal office hours – 7:00am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday.
Registration Date – Tuesday, August 13th 
Watch for the registration packet which will be mailed in mid-July.
Freshmen Orientation – Thursday, August 30th
Details will be mailed with the registration packet in July.
1st Day of School – Tuesday, September 3rd
The school day is 7:23am – 2:32pm – see our website for next year’s calendar.  The new bell schedule that includes our resource period can be found on our website, too (page two of this link):
Back-to-School Nite – Tuesday, September 10th

NICOLET ANNOUNCES DEANS LISTS FOR QUARTER 4, AND SEMESTER 2
Nicolet High School is proud to announce the Dean’s Lists for quarter 4 and semester 2 of the 2012-2013 school year.  To qualify for this honor, students must earn all A’s or B’s for the quarter or semester separately.  Additionally, students are allowed to earn one C if they have an A to offset it.  Congratulations to all of our students that have earned this distinction.  Follow this link for the complete listing:  http://www.nicolet.us/nicolet_notables.cfm

CONSTRUCTION AT NICOLET!
For safety and to avoid damage to your vehicle, please observe the road blocks and "Road Closed" signs.
Visitors to Nicolet will notice a great deal of road construction work on our property.~ Please know that public traffic for drop-off, pick-up or parking, is limited to designated sections of the upper parking lot.~ There are designated walk ways leading from the parking lot to the main entrance and the north entrance of school.
Areas marked with "Road Closed" or "Construction Only" need to remain accessible for construction vehicles, but are not to be used by any other vehicles.~ Non-construction traffic in construction areas is creating a hazard for the vehicles and the occupants they are picking up/dropping off.~ Public traffic is also putting construction workers at risk and impeding the work of the construction crews.~ In the interest of keeping this a safe construction zone for everyone, please use the designated parking in the upper lot for drop-off, pick-up and parking.

Thank you for your help in keeping Nicolet's construction zone a safe place for everyone.

Enjoy your summer!

6/27/13

For safety and to avoid damage to your vehicle, please observe the road blocks and "Road Closed" signs.

Visitors to Nicolet will notice a great deal of road construction work on our property.  Please know that public traffic for drop-off, pick-up or parking, is limited to designated sections of the upper parking lot.  There are designated walk ways leading from the parking lot to the main entrance and the north entrance of school.

Areas marked with "Road Closed" or "Construction Only" need to remain accessible for construction vehicles, but are not to be used by any other vehicles.  Non-construction traffic in construction areas is creating a hazard for the vehicles and the occupants they are picking up/dropping off.  Public traffic is also putting construction workers at risk and impeding the work of the construction crews.  In the interest of keeping this a safe construction zone for everyone, please use the designated parking in the upper lot for drop-off, pick-up and parking.

Thank you for your help in keeping Nicolet's construction zone a safe place for everyone.

Enjoy your summer!

6/26/13

SUMMER READING
Please remind your student to do their summer reading.  You can check the Nicolet website for details on the required reading assignments:
http://www.nicolet.us/academics/summer_reading.cfm

DEADLINE FOR TEXTBOOK RETURN– FRIDAY, JULY 8TH. 
The High School Office is in the process of billing student accounts for all textbooks and library books that were not returned.  Return your textbooks to the High School Office during normal office hours – 7:00am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday by Friday, July 8th.  If a book is returned after July 8th no credit will be given!

CALENDAR FOR 2013-14
See our website for next year’s calendar http://www.nicolet.us/resources/attendance_calendars_schedules.cfm
The new bell schedule that includes the resource period can be found on our website, too.