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This is the official online blog for the Shorewood School District. All content is created and published by Shorewood School District staff. The purpose of the District blog is to disseminate important information to the public in a timely and accurate way. The blog does not publish public comments, but does invite site visitors to submit comments, which are sent by email to District staff. Comments provide the District and the School Board with important feedback from community members regarding the blog posts, and then District staff respond as necessary to the feedback received. While all submitted comments are reviewed, the District does not reply to every comment that is submitted. Thank you for reading our blog.

Alumni Spotlight: Kate Baldwin ('93)

Shorewood’s Broadway Belle

With such a reputable and high-achieving performing arts program, it’s no wonder Shorewood has ties not only to Hollywood, but the Great White Way, as well. Broadway belle Kate Baldwin, class of 1993, got her start as an actress and singer right here on the Shorewood stage. Originally from Evanston, IL, Baldwin moved to Shorewood when her father was offered a job at Milwaukee’s Marine Bank in 1982. She entered the Shorewood School District as a second grader at Atwater Elementary.

During her time at SHS, Baldwin was widely involved in the drama program. Her credits include roles as Eliza Dolittle in 1991’s My Fair Lady, Cinderella in a 1992 production of Into the Woods, and Eva Peron in Evita, something Baldwin considers a highlight of her high school acting career. At the time, retired Drama Director Barbara Gensler, Technical Theater Director Gary Pruett, costumer Alice Pollock, and pit conductor Marlin Pendleton were the principal educators involved in putting together approximately five productions a year.

“They required commitment, teamwork and a pursuit of excellence from their students,” Baldwin reflected. “I remember devoting time after school and most weekends to rehearsing and working on the productions. I loved every minute of it.”

Baldwin’s involvement in the performing arts was not confined to the Shorewood High School stage. She also participated in the Wisconsin Conservatory Children’s Chorus for six years prior to high school, as well as a student ensemble called Prism through the Shorewood studio, Dance Spectrum. Like most early performers, Baldwin also put on shows at home.

“As a child, I put on plays in my basement and read a lot and wrote short stories. I found storytelling, music, and choreography fascinating. I still do.”

Baldwin flexed her storytelling muscles by taking part in the SHS school newspaper, Ripples, as well as Pegasus literary arts magazine. She was also a flutist in the marching band. However, it was storytelling through singing and acting that held true for Baldwin into adulthood.

After graduating from SHS, Baldwin enrolled at Northwestern University, where she performed in roles such as Trina in Falsettos, and the titular role in the Greek tragedy, Hecuba. Her Broadway credits include starring as Sandra Bloom in Big Fish, Helen in Wonderful Town, and supporting parts in Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Full Monty. Baldwin’s 2009 turn as Sharon McLonergan in Finian’s Rainbow netted her a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.

“My favorite role I’ve ever played was Leslie Benedict in Giant,” Baldwin said. “[Giant] was a musical that ran three years ago at the Public Theater in New York. For me, that piece had everything: a compelling story with real human struggle at its center, told through gorgeous music.”

At present, Baldwin is starring in the 20th anniversary production of John & Jen at New York’s Keen Company.

“It is a two-person musical that tells the story of a brother and sister in the first act and in the second, the story shifts to that of a mother and son relationship. It's vocally demanding and requires a lot of energy and stamina,” Baldwin says.

Not only does she have a solid Broadway and off-Broadway repertoire under her belt, but Baldwin also boasts two solo albums, and does occasional vocal performances. Next up for the chanteuse is a production of Bells are Ringing at the Berkshire Theater Festival this summer, where she will star opposite her husband, fellow performer Graham Rowat. The two also have a four-year old son named Colin.

Though she now calls New York City home, Baldwin has fond memories of Shorewood.

“My experience at Shorewood taught me the values of discipline, respect for others, and how to have your own standards. Those are things that help later in life, regardless of what career you’re pursuing.”

For more about Kate Baldwin, including performance clips and critic reviews, please visit

Posted by kwatson on Tuesday May 2, 2017 at 12:59PM
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Alumni Spotlight: Robert Shaw '35

Shorewood may be many miles from Hollywood, but the distance between the two is actually shorter than one might think. Though Shorewood actually has a number of connections to Tinseltown, one of the earliest comes from Mr. Robert Shaw. Originally from Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Shaw graduated from Shorewood High School in 1935. After completing his post-secondary education at UW-Madison, Shaw went on to write for popular television shows such as General Hospital, Peyton Place, Perry Mason, and most notably, Dallas. During his career, Shaw racked up 39 television writing credits, and was also taught screenwriting at UCLA. Upon his death in Los Angeles in 1996, it was revealed that Shaw had designated a sizable portion of his estate towards a scholarship for graduates of Shorewood High School.

To obtain the Shaw Scholarship, seniors must demonstrate both academic achievement and financial need. A designated committee gathers with the SHS principal each spring to select three winners from the pool of applicants. Each recipient is awarded a scholarship of $3,000 per semester of college, as long as he or she maintains a semester GPA of 3.0 or above.

Recent Shaw Scholarship Winners include:

Elena Cruz
Jada Stackhouse
Natalie Dess

Grace Pelisek
Paula Ruiz-Maki
Emma Soldon

Caitlin Baltus
Signe Bedi
Santidra Love

Avery Anapol
Asia Cruz
Kirstin Repins

To learn more about how you can follow Shaw's example in supporting Shorewood students, contact Ted Knight at or 414-961-3161.
Posted by kwatson on Tuesday December 13, 2016 at 10:25AM
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District Secures Vendor for Lake Bluff Tennis Courts

In early March, the Shorewood School District sought proposals for the design and construction of two new tennis courts at the Lake Bluff Elementary School. After careful review of the proposals, the District has selected Munson Inc. to complete the construction of the courts and Kapur and Associated to create the design for the project.

The project is expected to begin directly after the end of the school year in June, with the goal of completing installation before the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. Prior to the start of construction, the District plans to organize an open session to allow community members to see the design for the courts, once the design is completed. This session will be scheduled before the end of the school year.

Funding for the tennis courts was raised through a joint, community effort that included funding from the Lake Bluff PTO, the Village of Shorewood, the Shorewood School District and Recreation Department, and a generous grant from the Shorewood Foundation.

More detailed information regarding the community session and the construction timeline will be provided to community members in the coming weeks via School Board agenda and on the Shorewood Schools website. Questions may be directed to Brenda Rowland in Shorewood School District Business Office at

Posted by kwatson on Monday May 2, 2016
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District Seeks Respondents to RFP for Architectural / Engineering Facility & Maintenance Study

The School District of Shorewood is seeking respondents to an Request for Proposal for an Architectural / Engineering facility and maintenance study for all district properties.

To request a copy of this RFP, please contact Patrick Miller at

Posted by kwatson on Thursday March 24, 2016
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District Seeking Proposals For Lake Bluff Tennis Court Construction

The School District of Shorewood is seeking proposals for the design and construction of tennis courts at the Lake Bluff Elementary School, 1600 E. Lake Bluff Blvd, Shorewood, WI 53211.

Interested firms should contact Patrick Miller at

Posted by kwatson on Tuesday March 8, 2016
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Shorewood Schools Summit: Building Our Children's Future

Thurs., Feb. 25, 5-9 p.m*
Fri., Feb. 26, 5-9 p.m.*
Sat., Feb. 27, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.*

The purpose of this community conversation is to develop a vision
responsive to the diverse needs and aspirations of all students and the values and interests of the larger community.

The outcomes of this event include:

• Identify relevant issues and trends that may impact education
• Identify qualities of a positive educational experience
• Identify ways to expand and strengthen community partnerships
• Identify ways to foster communication with the larger community.

*We ask that participants attend at least 2 of the 3 sessions listed above in order for this
process to be most effective. All sessions will take place in the Atwater Elementary
Cafetorium, 2100 E. Capitol Drive, Shorewood, WI 53211.

For Thursday and Friday’s sessions, the doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

Onsite childcare will be provided for those interested. Parking will be available in
the Atwater parking lot as well as on surrounding streets (which are not metered).

To RSVP or with questions, contact: Fada Shelbourne, 414-963-6901 or The deadline to RSVP is Monday, February 15th.

On behalf of the District, we hope to see you there. Click on the photo below to view a PDF of the invitation which can be downloaded and shared.

Posted by kwatson on Wednesday January 20, 2016 at 12:52PM
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2016 Shorewood School Board Election Update

In the April 2016 Shorewood School Board Election, there will be four candidates running for two open spots (vacated by Board Vice President Colin Plese who has chosen not to run for another term and Board Member Joanne Lipo Zovic whose temporary term is up in April 2016). To view each candidate's resume, please click on his/her name below.

Nate Cade

Hilary DeBlois

Joanne Lipo Zovic

Michael Mishlove

The election will take place on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

Posted by kwatson on Wednesday January 6, 2016 at 12:45PM
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Giving Makes a Difference

Giving can make a big difference in expanding learning opportunities for students in Shorewood Schools. The Shorewood SEED (Supporters of Excellence in Educational Development) Foundation has helped raise over $200,000 annually to help fund projects, grants, and other various monetary needs of the Shorewood School District since 2003.

Leveled Literacy Intervention

During the 2014-2015 school year, $44,137 was awarded to Atwater & Lake Bluff Language and Literacy teachers Leesa Maxwell and Pat Cebe in order to implement Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) for elementary students struggling with literacy. LLI is an intensive approach that supplements regular reading and writing curricula. Together, Leesa and Pat discuss the benefits of LLI and how it is the best fit for literacy intervention at both of our Shorewood elementary schools.

1. What inspired you to write the SEED grant?

In order to maintain a strong intervention program at both Atwater and Lake Bluff, we felt the need for excellent materials that students want to read, and for more consistent implementation and assessment practices. After researching programming options, we learned about Leveled Literacy Intervention and its quality reputation for speaking to our intervention goals. The challenge that emerged was purchasing the Leveled Literacy Intervention program materials because the cost was beyond our reach, given our current budgetary constraints.

2. What exactly is Leveled Literacy Intervention and how do you use it in the classroom?

Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) is an intensive reading program designed to accelerate the progress of students that struggle with literacy. It is used by reading interventionists at Atwater and Lake Bluff to supplement the regular reading and writing curricula as part of our Response to Intervention process. LLI is being used daily with small groups of 1st through 6th grade students. Lessons focus on reading practice, phonics and word work, comprehension, and writing about reading.

3. How did you determine that this would be the best use of additional resources?

LLI compliments our literacy instruction but uses different materials. It offers us a program that significantly impacts our ability to meet the learning needs of all Shorewood elementary students. The authors are known leaders in the literacy education community and the program’s effectiveness is well supported by the professional literature.

4. How has Leveled Literacy Intervention impacted your classes so far?

The students really like the stories in the LLI program and we are seeing many of them move forward in their learning. The highly engaging lessons and materials are helping students reach their full potential as readers and writers.

5. Were you optimistic that your grant proposal was going to be chosen for fulfillment?

We were optimistic for a couple of reasons. First, reading intervention at the elementary level affects about 25% of the school population each year, so this program would impact many students. Second, we knew that the Response to Intervention process requires us to use materials that are complementary but different from the classroom materials, however the cost was prohibitive without SEED funding.

6. Why do you think philanthropy is important for Shorewood Schools?

In order to maintain Shorewood’s history of excellence in education, we must do everything we possibly can to help all students be engaged and successful in their learning.

For more information about how you can support new learning experiences for students in Shorewood Schools, visit the SEED website at or contact Ted Knight at or 414-961-3161.

Posted by kwatson on Tuesday December 15, 2015
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Tim Joynt Recommended for Curriculum & Instruction Director Position

Earlier this week, second interviews took place for the District’s Curriculum and Instruction Director position. Based on feedback that Superintendent Bryan Davis received from the staff, community members and candidate references, the District is pleased to announce Dr. Davis’s recommendation of Tim Joynt as the next Curriculum and Instruction Director.

View Tim’s resume here.
Tim is currently serving as the Principal of Waukesha South High School.

Dr. Davis’s recommendation will go to the School Board on January 12th for approval. If approved, Tim will begin his position in Shorewood on Monday, January 25th.

Posted by kwatson on Friday December 11, 2015
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Alumni Spotlight: Lloyd Pettit '44

When heading in or out of town on Interstate 94, it’s hard to miss the Pettit Center, Milwaukee’s largest indoor ice skating facility, adjacent to the Milwaukee County Fairgrounds. What many people may not be aware of, is that the Pettit Center is actually named for Shorewood alumnus Lloyd Pettit, who graduated from Shorewood High School in 1944.

Though Pettit was born in Chicago, his family moved to Shorewood when he was a small child. He was active in basketball during his high school career, serving as a reserve player on the team during his sophomore year, which was the same year that his team won the state title. Upon graduation, Pettit returned to the Chicago area and studied journalism at Northwestern University. During college, Pettit remained active in athletics and participated in basketball, baseball, and football.

As legend has it, Pettit’s college fraternity put on a Homecoming play that included a football game scene, which Pettit narrated. He received so many compliments on his vocal performance, that he turned his focus of study to journalism and broadcasting. After a stint in the Navy, Pettit graduated from Northwestern in 1950 with a degree in radio and television journalism.

Back in Milwaukee, Pettit worked for a year at the WMAW radio station before being hired on at WTMJ as a radio and television announcer. For nearly six years, Pettit announced UW-Wisconsin football and basketball games, conducted interviews before Milwaukee Braves games, and hosted a baseball radio show called “Dugout Doings.” In 1956, Pettit joined WGN Broadcasting in Chicago, where he was praised for his “all-around expertise” in calling everything from baseball and auto races, to dog shows. However, Pettit’s claim to fame came from his true passion for ice hockey. For almost 18 years, Pettit was the “golden-toned” voice of the Chicago Blackhawks, a wildly successful run that awarded him a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986.

Pettit was also the father of four children with his first wife, Barbara Carlson. Following a divorce from Barbara, Pettit married philanthropist Jane Bradley. In 1976, the Pettits took on ownership of the Milwaukee Admirals hockey team, and could often be found cheering the team on from behind the bench. Lloyd and Jane were also extremely instrumental in the construction of the Bradley Center, which became the home of the Admirals and the National Basketball Association's Milwaukee Bucks, originally opening in October of 1988. Both Lloyd and Jane were elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.

Lloyd Pettit died of natural causes on November 11, 2003. At the time, he was survived by his four children, a sister, and eight grandchildren.
Posted by kwatson on Tuesday December 1, 2015
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    • TueApr24 Lake Bluff Linkage 5:45 PMSHS Conference Room #116
    • TueApr24 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
    • TueMay08 School Board Town Hall 5:45 PM to 6:45 PMSHS Library
    • TueMay08 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
    • TueMay22 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM

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