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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.

Black History Luncheon

On Friday, March 21, Shorewood High School hosted its second annual Black History Luncheon with current African American students as well as African American SHS graduates. This lunch gave former SHS students a chance to mentor current Greyhounds while reconnecting with the school and District.

The lunch began with a welcome by Shorewood Superintendent Dr. Marty Lexmond followed by words of encouragement State Senator Lena Taylor. After introductions, students and alumni shared their Shorewood experiences, and discussed a variety of thoughtful topics, including race and academic success, and how to establish anti-racist representations and behavior. SHS Principal Tim Kenney gave the event’s closing remarks. Below are photos from today’s event. 




Posted by on Friday March 21, 2014 at 02:02PM
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Shorewood Orchestra Festival & "Cannon" Finale

On Thursday, March 27, 2014, the School District of Shorewood will be presenting the annual District Orchestra Festival.  This concert will involve over 500 musicians from Lake Bluff, Atwater, SIS and SHS.  The performance will be held in the SHS Arena at 7 p.m.

For this year’s finale, the orchestra students will perform Tschaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” and as part of the performance, a member of the North Shore Fire Department will be setting off 13 small explosions (representing the famous cannon shots in the overture).  These “cannon shots” will occur at approximately 8 p.m. at the west entrance to the Arena.  The Shorewood Police Department and the Shorewood Village Hall have been notified of the cannon shots, and we are alerting nearby residents so that everyone understands the origin of the loud sounds.  

Posted by on Thursday March 20, 2014 at 03:33PM
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Shorewood Students Advance to State Solo & Ensemble

On Saturday, March 15, 2014, SIS and SHS music students participated in the Wisconsin School Music Association Solo and Ensemble Festival at Shorewood.  A total of 250 band, choir and orchestra students from SIS and SHS performed in 209 events, including solos, duets, trios, quartets, and larger ensembles.  Musicians who received a 1* rating in Class A (the most advanced repertoire) will perform at the State Solo and Ensemble Festival in April.  A total of 84 events from SIS and SHS qualified for State!  Congratulations to all the music students who prepared and performed on Saturday. (See a complete list of students who will advance below.)

Hosting the event this year was a huge undertaking, and the success of the event would not have been possible without a tremendous amount of help from staff and volunteers.  Thank you to all the SIS and SHS staff who opened their classrooms for use this weekend, thank you to Barb Marr and food service personnel for help with concessions, and thanks to the school custodial staff for helping prepare our schools for the event and then clean up Saturday night.  Several local businesses donated food items for our hospitality rooms—thank you to Colectivo Coffee, Pick n’Save, Einstein Bagels, and Breadsmith on Downer.

Finally, a huge thank you to the over 200 parent and community volunteers who worked Saturday at information tables, in hospitality rooms, in concessions, and at all the performance sites as door monitors and room chairs.  The music staff received so many compliments on the friendliness and helpfulness of the volunteers.  Shorewood was well represented to over 2,000 visitors from the North Shore area, THANK YOU!

8th Grade Choir

  • Emma Boehm, Soprano Solo
SIS Band
  • Gretchen Froelich, Oboe Solo

SHS Choir

  • Taylor Anapol: Classica Solo, Musical Theater Solo
  • Ella Curran: Soprano Solo, Musical Theater Solo
  • Simon Earle: Tenor Solo, Musical Theater Solo
  • Claire Evans: Soprano Solo, Musical Theater Solo
  • Abigail Grady: Soprano Solo
  • Emma Grady: Soprano Solo, Musical Theater Solo
  • Martha Hellermann: Soprano Solo, Musical Theater Solo
  • Zach Lipo-Zovic: Baritone Solo, Musical Theater Solo
  • Hannah Miller: Soprano Solo
  • Molly Spoerl: Soprano Solo
  • Casey Tutton: Soprano Solo, Musical Theater Solo
  • Mary Grace Wagner: Soprano Solo
  • Barbershop Quartet: Seth Bobrow, Simon Earle, Graham Hartlaub, and Zach Lipo-Zovic
  • Men’s Double Quartet: Seth Bobrow, Simon Earle, Gabe Freding, Graham Hartlaub, Zach Lipo-Zovic, Eli Miller, Dayton Simenz and Ryan Shanahan
  • Women’s Duet: Abbey Grady and Emily Kregloski
  • Women’s Quartet: Micaela Gayner, Maureen Kailhofer, Victoria Klisch and Alison Reinhoffer
  • Women’s Quartet: Abbey Grady, Martha Hellerman, Hannah Miller and Molly Spoerl
  • SHS Chamber Singers -Madrigal Ensemble: Emma Anderson, Grace Anderson, Ella Curran, Claire Evans, Mara Garran, Micaela Gayner, Abigail Grady, Emma Grady, Martha Hellermann, Maureen Kailhofer, Victoria Klisch, Alex Knitter, Emily Kregloski, Hannah Miller, Rachel Munson, Sierra Nicholson, Alison Reinhoffer, Ellie Schmitt, Molly Spoerl, Kyle Tsuchiyama, and Casey Tutton. 
SHS Band
  • Nikki Fremder
  • Audrey Geissinger 
  • Meredith Geissinger
  • Vivian Lee
  • Quinn McCafferty
  • Paulina Ruiz-Maki
  • Charles Stahl
  • Robert Treacy
  • Kelly Whittle (2 events)
  • Anthony Windau
  • Luke Wittman
  • Yiqing Zhao (2 events)
  • Kasumi Grace Stoll, violin solo
  • Natalia Sorbjan, violin solo
  • Maya Lawnicki, violin solo
  • Maya Lawnicki & Natalia Sorbjan, violin duet
  • Isis Meng & Olivia Poole, violin duet
  • Natalia Sorbjan, Maya Lawnicki, Caroline Fraser, Sana Jeong, string quartet

SIS Chamber Orchestra

  • Natalia Sorbjan
  • Margaret Knox
  • Maya Lawnicki
  • Elena Cain
  • Ishani McNutt
  • Josie Lang
  • Isis Meng
  • Molly McLeod
  • Jared Holan
  • Leo Fowler
  • Julie Sottile
  • Lena Essak
  • Grace Ames
  • Erykah Wright
  • Charlotte Berg
  • Jessica Landers
  • Caroline Fraser
  • Henry Kuhlmann
  • Jack Loomis
  • Patrick Flynn
  • Chantelle McKinney
  • Sana Jeong
  • Zoe Bockhorst
  • Ari Cobb
  • Lydia Anshus
  • Celeste Guse
  • Frannie Nesler
  • Abby Schill 

Violin Solos

  • Maeve McKaig
  • Yunny Youm
  • Emma Soldon
  • Ari Schermer
  • Anjana Murali
  • Emilie Lozier
  • Nina Hemmer
  • Ananya Murali
  • Nori Moy 

Viola Solos

  • Will Sandy

Cello Solos

  • Olivia Loomis
  • Allen Kang
  • Ben Boehm
  • Penelope Musto

Piano Solos

  • Ananya Murali
  • Mayan Essak
  • Dylan Larson-Harsch
  • Rachel Robrecht
  • Gus Pendleton
  • Justine Spore


  • Haley Lipo Zovic and Rae Friedman
  • Emma Soldon and Lina Jeong
  • Allen Kang and David Kunstmann
  • Emilie Lozier and Annelise Bredeck
  • Anjana and Ananya Murali
  • Emma Soldon and Gus Pendleton
  • Taylor Anapol and Olivia Loomis


  • Elizabeth Hayes, Ben Boehm, and Mayan Essak
  • Nina Hemmer, Haley Lipo Zovic, and Rae Friedman

String Quartets

  • Emilie Lozier, Anjana Murali, Annelise Bredeck, and Tricia Nelsen
  • Katie Love, Julia Clare-Liegel, Natalie Dess, and Becky Jonen
  • Maeve McKaig, Annalise Lozier, Sabine Peterka, and Penelope Musto
  • Haley Lipo Zovic, Nina Hemmer, Laura Guadagnino, and David Kunstmann
  • Elizabeth Hayes, Lina Jeong, Jeremy Landers, and Ben Boehm
  • Emma Soldon, Yunny Youm, Will Sandy, and Olivia Loomis 

Violin Choir

  • Nina Hemmer
  • Haley Lipo Zovic
  • Elizabeth Hayes
  • Anna Wisotzkey
  • Emma Soldon
  • Joey Flegel-Mishlove
  • Lina Jeong
  • Yunny Youm
  • Emilie Lozier
  • Anjana Murali
  • Ananya Murali
  • Rae Friedman 

SHS String Orchestra Chamber Orchestra

  • Katie Love
  • Monica Dix
  • Julia Clare Liegel
  • Maria Stahl
  • Maeve McKaig
  • Annalise Lozier
  • Claire Howland
  • Matia Williams
  • Joe Bradisse
  • Rosa Williams
  • Isabelle Berszenyi
  • Adrita Rehbein-Jones
  • Josue Bayle
  • Meredith Oechler
  • Rachel Harvey
  • Lisa Vulpas
  • Natalie Dess
  • Celeste Carroll
  • Marlee Lane
  • Sabine Peterka
  • Rachel Robrecht
  • Jacqueline Klisch
  • Olivia Holbrook
  • Penelope Musto
  • Henry Fowler
  • Becky Jonen
  • Jack Schill
  • James Ewing
  • Marcus Hagstrom

SHS Chamber Orchestra

  • Taylor Anapol
  • Ben Boehm
  • Annelise Bredeck
  • Andrew Clokey
  • Joey Flegel-Mishlove
  • Rae Friedman
  • Laura Guadagnino
  • Elizabeth Hayes
  • Nina Hemmer
  • Lina Jeong
  • Alaina Kallas
  • Katherine La Budde
  • Jeremy Landers
  • Dylan Larson-Harsch
  • Haley Lipo Zovic
  • Oliva Loomis
  • Emilie Lozier
  • Nori Moy
  • Ananya Murali
  • Anjana Murali
  • Tricia Nelsen
  • Peter Olson
  • Hayley Ostrowski
  • Grace Reckmeyer
  • Will Sandy
  • Ari Schermer
  • Emma Soldon
  • Emily Teerink
  • Emma Windau
  • Anna Wisotzkey
  • Yunny Youm
Posted by on Sunday March 16, 2014 at 11:00PM
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ACT Aspire, WorkKeys Phone Lines & Website Active

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is pleased to announce that the Customer Service phone lines and e-mail addresses for both ACT Aspire and ACT/WorkKeys have been activated.
In addition, the ACT Aspire Avocet site continues to add more online and downloadable information that will answer many of your questions around ACT Aspire Early High School. Please watch the short video on the homepage for easy to follow information about how to most efficiently access the site. The ACT Wisconsin website is under construction and will be available very soon. Expect another communication when that site is live.
ACT/WorkKeys State Testing Administration Customer Service
800-553-6244 x2800 – standard time questions
800-553-6244 x1788 – accommodations questions
ACT Aspire Customer Support
Posted by on Thursday March 13, 2014 at 11:00PM
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Weekly Wednesday Blog

On Wednesday, March 5, teachers met in data teams to discuss student-specific progress and challenges. At the elementary level, data teams are organized by grade level, while 7-12 teachers meet by subject area. Using this information, teachers review student performance across a variety of classes, using numerous data points, and make recommendations about which students may need additional academic assistance. This time is also used to ensure that students who need extra challenges are identified as well. 

These data team meetings are held twice a month and are an important part of the District’s RtI (Response to Intervention) Plan. This method of academic intervention is used to support struggling students as well as those in need of additional challenges.

At the high school level, if a student is identified as needing additional help, he/she is enrolled in specific math and literacy classes to improve skills, and can take part in a homework lab for additional support. At the elementary and intermediate school level, a thirty-minute enrichment period is built into the schedule each day, which provides students an opportunity to receive additional support or challenges. 

Posted by on Tuesday March 11, 2014 at 08:35AM
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Best Buddies Say Thanks

Twelve "Partners in Crime" and other donors recently joined Shorewood High School Best Buddies for an evening of good food, fun and celebration at the Urban Ecology Center. The Best Buddies raised enough funds for their trip to Hawaii this spring, thanks, in large part, to the following donors: Guy Johnson (Village of Shorewood President), LaVar Ridgeway (Shorewood School District Athletic Director), Mary Rhuland, Powers Reality, Brian Schulteis (Shorewood High School teacher), Shorewood School Board Members Paru Shah and Ruth Treisman, Shorewood Police Department Lt. Chrissy Preston, Mark Harris, (Shorewood Intermediate School Principal), Ken Leinbach, Jeff Cyganiak (Shorewood School District Director of Special Education) and Melissa Nelsen (Shorewood SEED President). All of the donors donned orange jump suits and were "arrested" for helping SHS students escape to Hawaii. Each had to post $1,000 bail to be released from custody. The bail money helped the Buddies reach their Fundraising goal 

In addition to the individuals listed above, numerous other Shorewood Businesses, including YoMama, Culver's, Collectivo, Feerick's Funeral Home, Einstein Bagels, TCF Bank, North Shore Bank, North Shore Kiwanis, Pick-n-Save, Hayeks, Ticket King, Masonic Lodge, Urban Ecology Center, Sendik's, and The Establishment, also helped the Buddies raise money for their trip. Countless other individual donors also contributed to the effort, and the dinner would not have been possible without Kathy Papineau, from Soup in a Jar, and student volunteer Elise Chapman.

Click here to view pictures of the celebratory dinner, and stay tuned for highlights of the trip!


Posted by on Friday March 7, 2014 at 02:22PM
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SEA to Sponsor School Board Candidate Forum

On Thursday, March 13th, the Shorewood Education Association (SEA) will be hosting a school board candidate forum. The forum will run from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the SHS Library. Community members are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Each candidate will prepare a short introduction of him or herself; followed by a 45 minute question and answer session lead by an SEA representative. The final 20 minutes of the forum will be allotted to community members who wish to ask questions of the candidates. The purpose of the forum is to inform the community of the candidate’s views on key educational issues that the Shorewood school board has, and will continue to navigate. 

Posted by on Thursday March 6, 2014 at 11:00PM
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District Publishes Curriculum Online

The Shorewood School District is working to put its curriculum online so that parents, families and community members will be more aware of what our students are learning in our classrooms.
The first curriculum posted on the District website is the Human Growth and Development (HGD) curriculum. The District’s Curriculum Committee, Policy Committee and entire School Board recently approved this curriculum, and it will go into effect at the start of the 2014-2015 school year.  To review the HGD curriculum, please click here. To review the District’s HGD policy, click here.
We expect to post curriculum materials from the remaining grades and subject areas in the future.
If you have any additional questions, or would like specific information about our curriculum at any grade level, please do not hesitate to contact the Dr. Tabia Nicholas, Executive Director of Curriculum and Pupil Services, at or at 414-963-6903.
Posted by on Monday March 3, 2014 at 11:12AM
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School Board Passes Policy to Protect Transgender Students

At their meeting on Tuesday, February 25, members of the Shorewood School Board approved an updated version of District Policy 411- Equal Educational Opportunities, as well as the guideline 411- Nondiscrimination Related to Students Who Are Transgender and Students Nonconforming to Gender Role Stereotypes. This guideline ensures that all students, including students who may identify themselves as transgender or gender nonconforming, will be welcome and secure in Shorewood schools.

Specifically, guideline 411(2) prohibits all forms of discrimination, harassment and bullying against any transgender student or any student who does not conform to gender role stereotypes.

It also allows any adult student, or the parent/guardian of a minor student, to determine the name and gender pronouns that school employees will use to address the student at school in connection with school-related activities. A court-ordered name change or medical treatment/procedure is not required to initiate such a request. Upon being informed that a student intends to regularly use a particular name and/or prefers to be addressed using particular pronouns that correspond to the student’s gender identify, school personnel are expected to respect that decision.

“Passing this policy and guideline is something that our entire District can be proud of,” Shorewood Superintendent Dr. Marty Lexmond said. “This makes our schools truly inclusive for all students.”

The policy also states that any student who is transgender will be permitted access to the men’s/women’s segregated restrooms that correspond to the gender identity that the student consistently asserts at school and in other social environments. (If a transgender student makes any request regarding the use of locker rooms or any similar type of changing area, the request shall be assessed on a case-by-case basis.)

Transgender students will be allowed to take part in physical education classes and intramural sports in a way that’s consistent with the gender identity the student regularly asserts at school and in other social environments as well. (Students who are transgender will be able to take part in interscholastic athletics in accordance with the requirements and policies of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association.)

All students, within the constraints of the District’s dress code policy and dress codes, may dress in accordance with their gender identity, and school personnel may not enforce a dress code more strictly against transgender or gender nonconforming students than other students.

Moving forward, all Shorewood staff members will receive training about the policy and guideline as well as specific implementation information. 

 “We recognize that we are one of the first school districts in the state and around the country to enact this type of policy,” Lexmond said. “However, we believe it is an important, and necessary, step to ensure that all students are comfortable in our District community and free to express who they are.”

Posted by on Monday March 3, 2014 at 11:00AM
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Weekly Wednesday Blog

This week, Shorewood teachers and instructional staff members attended building meetings on Wednesday (February 26) after students were dismissed an hour early. At Shorewood High School, staff members reviewed the RtI Guidebook that was approved by the School Board last school year. 

RtI is a method of academic intervention that is used to support students who may be struggling or need acceleration with a particular concept or in a specific subject area. A variety of factors are used to determine if a student is in need of additional support, including grades, MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) test scores as well as teacher input.

In Shorewood, schedules at our elementary and intermediate schools include a 30-minute period to ensure that students are given the additional assistance needed to succeed. The time is also used to provide additional challenges for those students who need them. At the high school level, study labs have been set up to assist students identified as struggling.  (These students are required to attend the study lab during their free periods, or in place of an elective course.) For more information about RtI, click here.

If you have any questions about District’s curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact our Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Tabia Nicholas, at any time. She can be reached at 414-963-6903 or via email at  

Posted by on Friday February 28, 2014 at 03:52PM
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    • MonMar19 Advanced Learning Information Session 6:00 PMSHS Library
    • WedApr04 SHS Linkage 7:15 PMSHS Conference Room #116
    • ThuApr05 Shorewood Library, Senior Center, Connects, and Historical Society Linkage 1:00 PMSHS Conference Room #116
    • ThuApr05 SIS Linkage 6:45 PMSHS Conference Room #116
    • TueApr10 Student Linkage 12:00 PMSHS Auditorium
    • TueApr10 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
    • ThuApr12 Special Education Info Session 6:00 PMSHS Library

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