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February 2018

Progress Reports

Third quarter progress reports and outstanding bills are enclosed with this newsletter. Please contact the appropriate teachers if you have a concern by dialing “746” followed by their 4-digit extensions listed in the student/parent handbook. Also, remember to view your child’s daily progress by utilizing the parent access system in PowerSchool. Instructions are found at the bottom of the progress report.

Parent Teacher Conferences February 26, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

All parents are invited and encouraged to attend our Spring Parent Teacher Conferences on Monday, February 26 from 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Conferences are held in the gym. If you run out of time to meet with your child's teacher, please let that teacher know you would like to have a conference at a later date.

Washington, DC $$$$

The final bill for our trip is due March 16. Families will receive their child’s bill soon. We still have not received a second payment from a number of families. We encourage all families to pay their entire bill by March 16. TJ Walker does accept credit card payments but there is a $2 minimum service fee.

Washington, DC Chaperone List

We appreciate and thank all the parents who signed up to chaperone this year's DC trip. We had a large number of parents to choose from, which is a good thing. The following have been selected as chaperones for this year's Washington, DC trip. If additional chaperones are needed we will contact you AFTER we know how many students have paid in full to go.

Female Chaperones:

Erin Hemminger, Meredith Nelson, Bridgett Starr, Amy Stephens, and Becky Ulberg

Male Chaperones:

William Carlson, James Gomez, Brian Teske, Tim VanderLeest, and Randy Waskin

TJW Kids Go Above & Beyond

In January the Door County Library Children's Librarian, Beth Lokken, hosted a Curious George “Monkey Party” that was made easier by two of our eighth-grade students. Sam Parenteau and Bjorn Lokken along with ninth grader Grace Alberts volunteered their Saturday afternoon to help with the children’s party. One hundred twenty little children and their 70 grownups had a wonderful time; and they helped make it happen. We appreciate them, and thought y'all should know what a good bunch of kids we have at our school.

2018/19 Registration Information

On Wednesday, February 28, 6th and 7th grade students will receive materials to register for the 2018/19 school year. Forms will be due Wednesday, March 7. Students will return forms to the middle school office. Please discuss course selection with your son/daughter to ensure they make educated decisions about their upcoming school year. Eighth grade students completed high school course requests and will begin meeting one-on-one with Mrs. Bader after Spring Break to review their schedules.

7th & 8th Grade Solo & Ensemble Results

Nine 7th and 8th grade students participated at the Class B and C level and were awarded #1 ratings. They are:

Arry VanLieshout (flute & trombone); Logan Fischer (trumpet); Carson Stude (trombone); Scout Feldman (piano); Frangipone duet (trumpet); Barker duet (clarinet); Samuel Parenteau (saxophone); Kayley Bell (clarinet); Molly LeCloux (tenor saxophone & bass clarinet)

Band POPS Concert

The annual Band POPS Concert will be held on Saturday, April 7 in the high school gym. This year's theme is "Disney". Grades 6 through 12 will be performing in this cabaret-style concert. Tickets are $5 for table seating, $4 for adult bleacher seating, and $3 for bleacher seating for children ages 6 to 18. There will be refreshments for sale and a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds from the concert go toward scholarships for lessons and band camps and toward curricular trips and band activities. We have made an effort to make more table seating available this year. Tickets go on sale March 1. Our apologies . . . no advance orders can be taken

Track & Field

Practice will begin after Spring Break. There are sign-up sheets in the middle school office. If your son/daughter plans to participate, please make sure their sports physical is up to date and all other paperwork is complete.

Meet Mr. McCaulley


-I am the oldest of three; younger sister, Sarah, and younger brother, Michael; my parents are Tom and Kathy

-Girlfriend of 3 years - Amanda

Where did you grow up and what high school did you attend?

-I grew up in Sturgeon Bay and attended SBHS

Which college did you graduate from and where did you do your student teaching?

-I graduated from UW - Stevens Point with a Bachelors in Fine Art. I also attended UW - Green Bay to earn my Art Education License. I student taught in the Sturgeon Bay School District with the high school art teacher, Nicole Herbst, and the middle school art teacher, Sally Guger, in fall of 2016.

Do you have a pet?

-I have three Mini-Dachshunds (wiener dogs!) - Fun Fact - ‘Dachshund’ is German for ‘Badger Dog’ - GO BADGERS!

Do you have any hobbies?

- I have lots of hobbies!- just ask my girlfriend, Amanda..

I definitely stay busy and my favorite hobbies include; enjoying the outdoors, hunting, fishing, music and playing guitar, art, sports, sightseeing and traveling.

What’s your favorite meal?

-I literally eat anything, but I love cheese and eat it all the time. Must be a Dairyland thing!

What’s your favorite book?

- That would have to be the most recent book I read, Black Elk Speaks, it is a very powerful book about Native American culture and I really enjoyed it.

Do you cry or get scared at movies?

-I get scared but I keep it all in and don’t show it; if I watch something that is scary I tend to squint my eyes and then afterwards I usually lie in bed thinking about it, making myself even more freaked out.

In middle school, were you a nerd, jock, musician or outdoors man?

-In middle school I was very quiet and shy, I was on multiple sports teams and enjoyed the outdoors; I was an artist too but not much of a musician at that time.

If you could have dinner with any three people living or dead who would it be?

-I would like to have dinner with Vincent van Gogh and maybe get a painting out of it! Dinner with John Lennon would be cool, I’d like to pick his brain about the world and philosophical stuff and then he could play me a diddly. Lastly, dinner with Will Ferrell would be fun.. and hilarious.

If you really knew me, you would know that…

-I really don’t have favorites at all.. with anything.. I am very easy going and enjoy many things. Also, I tend to be quirky/silly when I’m alone and I talk to myself.

A genie grants you three wishes. What are they?

1) I would wish to travel the world and see as much of it as possible.

2) I would wish to be a rock star.

3) I would wish that there was more love in the world - may be cliche, but we really need it.

What advice would you give your 13 year old self?

-Do things that aren’t always in your comfort zone and always be confident in yourself. And I would tell myself to pick up a guitar.

Upcoming 6th Grade Field Trip

Sixth grade students will be going to the Weidner Center in Green Bay on April 20th to see the author R.L. Stine! More details about this trip are coming.

7th Grade Field trip

The seventh grade will be going on a field trip to NWTC in Green Bay and a Timber Rattlers game on Tuesday, May 15. Students will explore the campus and learn about programs they might attend post high school and then enjoy a baseball game. It will be a great time!

We will leave school at 8:05 and tour NWTC from 9:00 until between 10:30 and 11:00. After the tour we will be attending a Timber Rattlers game in Appleton from 12:05 to approximately 3:00. We plan to return to school at approximately 4:30. Students will need their own transportation home.

To reduce the overall cost, we bagged groceries at Pick n’ Save on February 3rd and will be bagging again on Feb. 24th. If your child is available to help please email Mr. Smullen at

Open Enrollment

Any Wisconsin resident in 4K to grade 12 may apply to attend a nonresident school district under the open enrollment program. However, a child may transfer to a nonresident school district for early childhood education or 4K only if the child’s resident school district offers the same type of program and only if the child is eligible for that program in the resident school district.

The regular open enrollment application period for the 2018-19 school year began on February 5, 2018, and ends at 4:00 p.m. on April 30, 2018. The best way to apply is online. Additional information on the regular open enrollment application season can be found on our applications page. An alternative application procedure allows pupils to apply for open enrollment at any time during a school year if certain criteria are met. For additional information, please visit the alternative application procedures page.

Wisconsin Forward Exam Testing

The Wisconsin State Exam will be administered to our students during the months of April and May depending on grade level (Grade 8: April 24 – 27; Grade 7: April 24 – 25; Grade 6: May 24 – 25). More information will follow. Please consider this important event when scheduling doctor’s appointments and family events. It is extremely important that our students are in school for this exam. Thank you.

Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Door County serves a meal to their members three nights a week. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5:30 – 6:00 pm members enjoy eating nutritionally balanced meals including tacos, spaghetti, baked chicken, and much more! This service is provided at no extra cost to their members. To have your child become a Boys & Girls Club of Door County member and enjoy these meals simply fill out an application at the Hatch Center located at 55 South Third Avenue and pay the membership fees of $10 for the entire year. If you have any questions contact the Boys & Girls Club Membership Coordinator, Linzee Veal, at 920-818-1046 or