Sauk Prairie High School

February Newsletter


February is upon us and as crazy as it sometimes sounds, that means our students are picking their courses for next year already. As a result, over the last 10 days, I have fielded more questions about the trimester than I did in the previous 6 months combined...and that totally makes sense. As your students are starting to really think about next year for the first time, the change to the trimester is going to cause some heightened concerns. It's new to us, and really new to our students, and that means you as parents are hearing your son or daughter ask questions about this for the first time.

Please know that you can reach out to me any time to get specific questions about our schedule change answered. Either email me at or give me a call at (608) 643-5620 and I will do my best to help you with your questions.

If you have the time, I would also ask that you read this letter, Trimester Letter, which I originally included in our October newsletter, about why we elected as a faculty to make this change in the first place. And if you are interested, I also included brief statements about trimesters in both the December Newsletter and the November Newsletter, which you can read by clicking on those links.

Additionally, I think the most pressing questions I've heard this week are concerns about signing up for classes and possibly having a gap between the two halves of a year long course. This "instructional gap" is a concern in the trimester schedule. However, our research has led us to conclude that the positives of this schedule -

  • fewer classes at a time for students,
  • fewer classes at a time for staff,
  • develop better relationships due to less total students daily,
  • more active engagement during class time,
  • trimesters parallel seasons (both in nature and in extracurriculars)
  • students experience fewer class changes/transitions
  • opportunities for immediate remediation
  • additional credits for students to explore possible interests
  • anticipated positive impact on school climate, student stress

- outweigh the negatives. We visited 4 schools in Wisconsin that have made the change to trimesters: New Glarus, West De Pere, Mequon Homestead, and Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln. All of these schools had faculty and parents concerned about this gap prior to implementation and all of these schools have indicated that those fears were overblown.

Lastly, we want to make sure we are answering your questions. So we will be producing and sharing an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about trimester. To submit a questions you would like answered, please use this form: Trimester FAQ Submission.

Have a great day!!

~Chad Harnisch


For any absences or attendance related issues, PLEASE let Joleen know by calling 608.643.5902 or email
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ACT Exam- Juniors- February 28

Only Juniors will attend classes on February 28

WorkKeys Exam- Juniors- March 1

All students will report to school on March 1

Make up ACT exam day- Juniors- March 21

Make up WorkKeys exam day- Juniors- March 22

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Spring Sports Sign Up

High school students interested in participating in a sport this spring will need to attend this meeting with a parent or guardian. This is the time to meet the coach, learn about the season expectations and schedules. Coach meetings begin at 6:30 at SPHS. If you need computer access to register, the high school lab will be available from 5:30-7:30 pm on Feb. 20th. Online registration will open on skyward Feb 10th

Spring sports are:

Baseball-Fee $70- practice begins March 20th

Softball- Fee $70- practice begins March 13th

Girls Soccer- Fee $70- practice begins March 20

Boys Tennis- Fee $70- March 27th

Lacrosse- Fee-$275- practice begins March 13th

Track & Field- Fee $70- practice begins March 6th

Golf- Fee $70- practice to begin March 27

*Scholarships for registration fees available. Apply during the online registration process. If you have any questions, please contact the athletic office at :