In this section of the website, we'll share information about noteworthy achievements, District-wide events, or timely news items.
Cardinal Athletics "Big Cup" Golf Outing - May 17
Help support Cardinal Athletics by attending the 2015 Cardinal Athletics “Big Cup” Golf Outing on Sunday, May 17 at Whispering Springs with registration starting at 9:30 a.m. More details on this four-person scramble and the registration form are available by clicking on the file below. The registration deadline is May 1, 2015.
FDL School District's Letter to the Joint Finance Committee
Please click below to see the letter from the Fond du Lac School District's Board of Education President Elizabeth Hayes, who concurrently serves on the WASB Board of Directors, and Superintendent Dr. James Sebert regarding the proposed 2015-17 state budget.
Fondy STEM Odyssey of the Mind Team Wins Ranatra Fusca; Advances to World Finals
Fond du Lac STEM ‘s Odyssey of the Mind (OotM) team was awarded the Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award in Madison on March 21 and invited to the World Finals at Michigan State University. The team of Sophie Schmidt and Eleanor Sitter, Miles Dennis, Jared Ott, Alexis Lord, Mason McGrath, and Louis Wagner-Lang concluded months of hard work and dedication by becoming Wisconsin’s latest Ranatra winners for their solution of the problem, “Pandora’s Box.” The team won the overall solution by receiving 187 out of a total 200 points and also won the style category by scoring a perfect 50 points.
The Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award represents the essence of the Odyssey of the Mind program. It is presented to teams who exhibit exceptional creativity either in some aspect of the problem solution, their behavior, or through an extraordinary idea beyond the problem solution. The Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award is regarded as the most prestigious honor in Odyssey of the Mind. This prized award is not given out every year. A team that wins it at the state competition is also invited to the World Finals competition.
The team's problem was to create and present an original solution to the classic problem, Pandora’s Box. The team was challenged to put a video game spin on the story of Pandora’s Box. They had to integrate a gamer character inspired by the Greek myth. The game needed to include a prologue that depicted the original story of Pandora’s Box, three characters representing different evils that escaped the box, and a power meter that represented the gamer character’s health. Finally, they had to incorporate a final level of the game where hope was to be released into the world.
The team also had to develop four specialty items to be scored in the style category. The team chose the overall construction, design, and engineering of their team-created set as well as their artwork for this category.
The final element of Odyssey of the Mind is called spontaneous. In the spontaneous portion of the competition, students must generate a solution to a never seen problem through quick thinking and working as a team.
The six-month process included the OotM team researching Greek mythology, scientific principles, special effects, different types of communication, music history, figurative language,and stage techniques. The team also developed creative problem-solving strategies, a script, and building plans. In addition, students operated power tools safely and integrated art and music into their solution. Students then combined all their acquired knowledge and skills to create the eight-minute production.
The students will represent Fond du Lac and the state of Wisconsin at Michigan State University in East Lansing on May 19 through May 23. At the World Finals, they will compete against future world leaders from over 33 countries.
The team’s journey to Michigan State will start with further work on their team-created solution and fundraising to make the trip possible. Anyone wishing to learn more about the team’s odyssey or aid in financing the trip may contact Archie Barribeau at the STEM Academy.
What is Odyssey of the Mind?
Odyssey of the Mind is a non-profit, international creative problem-solving program for students, Kindergarten through College! The philosophy behind the Odyssey of the Mind program is that creativity can be learned. Problems cover many disciplines such as classics, performance, vehicle, structure, and technical. All solutions are done entirely by team members and outside assistance is not allowed! Students learn lifelong skills such as teamwork, project management and divergent thinking. Students learn to examine problems and identify the real challenge without limiting the possible solutions and their potential success. In Odyssey of the Mind there are no wrong answers!
Taken from http://wi.odysseyofthemind.org/
Team Andy at Evans Elementary School
Sherpas, yaks, and glaciers, OH MY! Third graders at Evans Elementary have been learning all about these topics as well as Mount Everest. It is all part of a partnership with a local mountaineer named Andy Land. Andy is the Director of Hospice and Palliative Care Services at Agnesian HealthCare. He will be climbing Mount Everest in the coming months for the Climbing for Hospice campaign. Students have become an important part of Team Andy throughout the school year.
Earlier in the year, third grade teachers Mrs. LaBorde, Ms. Nehls, and Ms. Costello invited Andy Land into their classrooms for a visit. Then they began to weave lessons about Mount Everest and perseverance throughout the curriculum. Andy’s upcoming expedition to Mount Everest inspired students to create haiku poetry. Mrs. Cowles, Evans’ art teacher, helped students turn these haikus into peace flags. These special creations were then displayed at the local Riverwalk Art Center.
“Bon Voyage to Andy Land” was the theme of a weekly Monday Morning Meeting on March 16 at Evans Elementary. Andy visited one last time before the start of his Mount Everest expedition. Students presented him with a special peace flag that he will take to the summit. The celebration ended with a musical surprise--music teacher Mrs. Koffarnus and the third graders had composed music to accompany the haikus that students had written.
Team Andy at Evans Elementary School sends wishes for warmth, perseverance, and safety to Andy Land as he embarks on this two-month endeavor. For more information on Andy’s climb visit climbingforhospice.org or call Hope of Wisconsin.
FDL High School Seeking Distinguished Alumni Nominations
Fond du Lac High School is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award, an award whose purpose is to recognize former Goodrich/Fond du Lac High School students for their achievements beyond graduation. It is hoped that in recognizing graduates who have become outstanding citizens, current students will be provided with positive role models.
Potential nominees must have graduated at least five years prior to being nominated. It is expected that nominees will have made significant achievements in their chosen fields or professional services and made noteworthy contributions to society on a local, national or international level. The six nomination categories are: Medicine and Science, Business and/or Professional, Technology, Arts and/or Entertainment, Humanitarian and/or Service, and Lifetime Recognition.
Nomination applications are available by clicking on the document below. It is available as both a Word document and a pdf. Completed applications can be forwarded to Michelle Hagen, Principal, Fond du Lac High School, 801 Campus Drive, Fond du Lac, WI 54935. The nomination deadline is December 31.