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Academics

Shorewood High School offers a rigorous academic program that provides many diverse educational opportunities for our students. SHS is pleased to offer nine advanced placement classes as part of our curriculum. The following provides an overview of our Academic Departments. For more detailed class descriptions, please refer to the SHS Curriculum Handbook.

Academic Support

The Academic Support Department provides supplementary and enrichment experiences that meet students' individual needs. These needs may be met through supportive services, specifically designed curriculum, course modifications and supplementary resource services. The department consists of specialists in these areas: Academic Support, Special Education, and English Language Learners (ELL).

SPECIAL EDUCATION

The Special Education Program serves students who have been diagnosed by an Individualized Education Planning Team as having disability and requiring special education support due to academic, social/emotional and language needs. The program consists of supportive resource services for all academic areas as well as specifically designed curriculum to meet individual needs if necessary, and when necessary, self contained integrated classroom instruction. In addition, the program promotes self advocacy skills, continued development and application of study skills, thinking skills, learning strategies, remediation of basic skills and use of appropriate social as well as problem solving skills. Beginning freshman year, steps and procedures are developed to make a successful transition to all post-secondary settings.

Teacher/s:

Ms. Ren Bembenek

Mr. Dean Ledzian

Mr. Doug Bremer

Mr. Joe Wichgers

Ms. Elizabeth Riel

Ms. Sue Fox

Mr. Steve Denneau

Ms. Mary Demerit

Ms. Melissa Holwell

LITERACY LABORATORY

This course is designed to provide the foundation for improving fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary development for students who find reading a challenge. The course provides useful pre-reading, reading, and post-reading strategies, and helps to develop the skills and habits that will result in more effective reading and studying. Students will be placed in this class through the recommendation of a school Problem Solving Team (PST) as well as a review of their WKCE and/or Explore test scores. This course is designed to be taken concurrently with a student’s English course. Students who pass the Literacy Laboratory course will earn 1.0 elective credit per semester.



MATH LABORATORY

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for success in the area of Math. Students will be recommended for this course based on their WKCE and/or Explore test scores and/or the recommendation of a school Problem Solving Team (PST). Students in Math Laboratory will focus on building their math skills as they take this course concurrently with Integrated Math I or II. Students who pass the Math Laboratory course will earn 1.0 elective credit per semester.


Mr. Steve Andris

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (ELL)

It is the purpose of the ELL program to prepare non-native speakers of English for successful participation in mainstream American society. The program develops listening, speaking, reading and writing skills for competence in conversational and academic English. It respects and supports the language and culture of each student and encourages multi-cultural understanding among individuals within the community. Four ELL credits may be substituted for four English credits.


Ms. Amanda Krueger

English

Shorewood High School’s English curriculum cultivates students’ appreciation for literature and enhances their ability to express ideas through varied forms of communication. Courses ask students to read actively, to contemplate and discuss complex ideas, and to write about these ideas. English department courses are designed to follow a progression through three strands: literature, composition, and communication. Our courses emphasize reading and writing as a process, engaging students in writing analytically as well as creatively, and because of this emphasis, our students leave high school better prepared for the types of literature and assignments they will encounter in college.

To graduate, all students must pass eight semesters of English: two semesters of English I, one semester of an elective literature course, one semester of an elective composition course, and one semester of an elective communication course. For the three remaining semesters, students may choose courses from any of these areas. The department strongly recommends that seniors enroll in one literature class and one composition class.

Teacher/s:

Mr. Eric Gietzen

Ms. Renee Glembin

Mr. Michael Halloran

Ms. Sheila Mooney

Mr. William Wiswall

Ms. Colleen Tierney

Ms. Jenna Sims-Gray

Integrated Health

The Wellness Education Department at Shorewood High School offers a wide variety of health and physical education offerings. We utilize cutting edge technology in the areas of nutritional analysis, human performance, and personal health risk assessments. Polar Tri-Fit assessment tools, Polar Heart Rate Monitors, as well as a state-of-the-art Community Fitness Center located on campus provide unique opportunities for all Wellness Education students to experience. The Wellness Education Department requires one year during freshman year and one semester both the sophomore and junior years. Elective offerings include Women’s Health, Strength Training & Conditioning, Games, and Adventure Education.

Teacher/s:

Ms. Lisa Bromley

Mr. Mike Gregornik

Ms. Katherine Blain

Mr. Vince Peterson


Mathematics

The SHS math program is a four-year integrated math curriculum that replaces the traditional algebra, geometry, advanced algebra/trigonometry, pre-calculus sequence. Each course features interwoven strands of algebra and functions, statistics and probability, geometry and trigonometry, and discrete mathematics. Additionally, SHS offers AP Statistics and AP Calculus as courses of study for students who complete the Integrated Mathematics program. All students are required to complete three years of mathematics in high school in order to graduate, but four years are recommended for students planning to attend college. SHS places incoming freshmen into the level of math that best suits their ability and challenges them to reach their highest potential. A placement test and the recommendation of the student’s eighth grade teacher are used in determining the appropriate freshman mathematics course. All math courses require the use of a graphing calculator, and instruction is based on TI-83/84 model.

Teacher/s:

Mr. Brett Aiello

Mr. Steve Andris

Ms. Amy Clark

Mr. Derek Larson

Ms. Elysha Rice

Ms. Cheri Sobel

Mr. Troy Thibedeau

Performing Arts

Drama

View the Shorewood Drama Department website (and order tickets for the latest production).

Students are involved in every aspect of theater at Shorewood, including construction, lighting, sound, costumes, and publicity. We produce four main stage shows each year, in October, December, February and May. This is supplemented with one student-directed and one classroom-directed black box production. Our students make a great time commitment and receive both intrinsic and extrinsic rewards. We have a technical director, a costumer, a director, and an acting coach that meet with students one period a day and after school.

The Shorewood Drama Department has a long-standing history of excellence. We boast invitations to perform main stage shows at the International Thespian Conference in Muncie, Indiana and in Lincoln, Nebraska, as well as three performances as a part of the American High School Theater Festival at the Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. We work as hard as we can and we become the best that we can be. Believing that all characters are equally important, we truly create an ensemble that performs to their highest ability. We truly do believe that the “whole is more important than the sum of its parts.”

Teacher/s: Mr. Joe King

Technical Director:

Costumes: Sara Van Loon

Music

The mission of the Shorewood School District Music Department is to provide all students with a comprehensive music education that will nurture a lifelong understanding and appreciation of music. Students will develop individual and group potential through a variety of quality performance opportunities and creative experiences.

Arts education, including music instruction, has always been a very important part of the Shorewood school experience. All students in Shorewood receive a sequential and comprehensive general music education and the opportunity to participate in band or orchestra in the elementary schools. At Shorewood Intermediate School students are given the opportunity to choose band, choir, or orchestra as part of their daily schedule. Finally, at Shorewood High School students may continue their participation in performance music by choosing from six curricular performance music ensembles and a variety of co-curricular performance music ensembles. Music students also have the opportunity to participate in various festivals, competitions, and tours organized by the music department. Through the combined efforts of the district music faculty and the support of school administrators, parents, and community members, participation in performance music provides students of all ages with a quality arts education experience.

Teacher/s:

Mr. Jason Clark

Ms. Karen Frink

Mr. Nick Castonguay

Science

Science at Shorewood High School is hands-on and investigative. Our science curriculum provides for a rigorous immersion into science and exceeds the state standards. Students participate in numerous laboratory experiences to enhance their understanding of major science concepts and relate those concepts to the world around them. They come to understand that science is a process, appreciate the complexity of the natural world, and are able to make informed decisions on scientific issues. Through their experiences within the science curriculum, students are able to understand and demonstrate use of the scientific method, explain major ideas in science, become better problem solvers and critical thinkers, enhance their reasoning and laboratory skills, and successfully be able to interpret data.

Teacher/s:

Mr. Jim Beckers

Ms. Julie Cabaniss

Mr. Kevin Kane

Mr. Kris King

Mr. Eric Mathews

Ms. Holly Finch

Social Studies

The Shorewood High School social studies department offers a broad array of survey and specialized curriculum designed to enhance historical, governmental, philosophical, economic, social, cultural, and behavioral science literacy. Required curriculum combines with a diverse array of individualized/elective course selections to offer each a student a path to learning via his or her own interests.

Teacher/s:

Mr. Andy Carey

Mr. John Jacobson

Mr. Evan Schmidt

Ms. Debra Schwinn

Mr. Brian Schulteis

Visual Arts

The Shorewood High School Visual Arts Department believes that the quality of a student’s life is enriched by the development of skills and values learned in the creation of the Visual Arts. Study of the Visual Arts encourages students to function on multiple intellectual, analytical, thoughtful, and expressive levels, gaining more knowledge of the world around them. A familiarity with the arts is an integral and essential communicative skill that links the human experience. A comprehensive Visual Arts education engages the student in meaningful art criticism, aesthetics, history and production.

Students will learn the creative process, creating artwork in a variety of 2-D and 3-D media, gaining technical knowledge in the use of materials and tools of different art processes and learning that planning, creation, presentation, and reflection are crucial to generating the big ideas behind great artwork.

Teachers:

Ms. Jessica Mohagen

Ms. Amelia Hernandez

World Languages

In the Shorewood School District, we believe that competence in more than one language is an essential part of communication and cultural understanding in today’s global society. Developing proficiency in other languages is an integral part of becoming a global citizen. Advanced language learning offers social, cultural, academic, and workplace benefits that will serve our students throughout their lives. Throughout our program, students will acquire proficiencies that promote cognitive, analytical, and communication skills that carry over into many other academic disciplines. Our language programs are designed to prepare students for successful completion of the Advanced Placement French and Spanish Language and Culture courses.

At Shorewood High School, languages are alive and experiential. Students have the opportunity to travel to Guatemala and France during their high school career. Spanish students engage in a service-learning project that allows them to work with children in an orphanage in Guatemala. Our French program hosts a student exchange with students in the south of France. Students from France spend two weeks in fall hosted by families and the school community in Shorewood, and in turn host Shorewood students in spring.

In addition, a small group of French students at Shorewood High School have been engaged in a service-learning project helping to support sustainable sanitation in Haiti.

Teacher/s:

Ms. Christine Jacquart

Ms. Susan Leslie

Ms. Sarah Milia

Ms. Lisa McFarland

Mr. Jay Lowery

Ms. Julie Reupert

the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) website:

http://acct.dpi.wi.gov/acct_accountability

SHS Calendar

    • ThuNov23 Thanksgiving
    • TueNov28 SEA Linkage 4:45 PMSHS Conference Room #116
    • TueNov28 Shorewood Historical Society/Connects/Library/Senior Center Linkage 6:00 PMSHS Conference Room #116
    • TueNov28 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
    • MonDec04 Advanced Learning Information Session 6:00 PMSHS Library
    • TueDec12 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
    • MonDec25 Winter Break
    • TueDec26 Winter Break
    • WedDec27 Winter Break
    • ThuDec28 Winter Break

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