The LINK - June 2018

TJ Walker Middle School

2018-2019 Registration

REGISTRATION FOR 2018-19: Registration for the 2018-19 school year for all students preschool – grade 12 will be held Thursday, August 9, and Tuesday, August 14, from noon – 7:00 p.m. in the Sturgeon Bay High School Commons (location of our dances).

At this time, you will receive your middle school student’s schedule and locker combination. At this one site, you may take care of all the following ‘beginning of the year’ tasks:

  • · Payment of registration
  • · Completion of emergency cards
  • · Lunch program enrollment and payment
  • · Transportation enrollment
  • · Purchase Physical Education uniforms

Report Cards

REPORT CARDS: Fourth quarter report cards, outstanding bills and STAR scores, are enclosed with this newsletter. Bills may be paid in the middle school office or by sending a check to T. J. Walker Middle School at 19 N. 14th Avenue.

Summer Office Hours

SUMMER HOURS: Mrs. Brauer, our secretary, does not have set hours for the summer. Please call ahead to see if she is working; otherwise, you can stop by the high school office for assistance Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Closed from 12-12:30 p.m.).

Principal Mr. Smullen, will be here throughout the summer to assist with any questions, athletics and student schedules. Call 920-746-2803 to make an appointment or if you have any questions.

STAR Testing Updates

STAR TESTING: In an effort to monitor our students’ academic growth, we administer district-wide assessments three times a year. The STAR Math and Reading test scores are included in this mailing. It is our goal to help all of our students become proficient or advanced in both math and reading. Our focus is placed on the growth we see in our students throughout the year. STAR scores are best understood by looking at the percent rank (PR). This is your student compared to all other students, nation-wide, taking this test.

*We understand that student test scores are affected by many things. We always consider the whole student when making academic recommendations.

2018-19' New Staff

Welcome our new staff to TJ Walker Middle School 2018-19:
  • Amber Englebert is our new Choir Director. Amber has taught two years at Prairie River Middle School in Merrill, Wisconsin. She is a former Southern Door graduate.
  • Megan Erickson is our new 8th grade Special Education Teacher. Ms. Erickson attended UW-Eau Claire and earned her Masters of Education at Lakeland College. Ms. Erickson comes to us from the Waukesha School District. She has roots in Door County as her family lives in Sister Bay and Egg Harbor.
  • Morgan Kiedrowski is our new Counselor, replacing Mrs. Bader. Morgan attended Cardinal Stritch undergrad and earned her Master's in Psychology at UW-Milwaukee. She has worked as a Counselor for 7 years in the Milwaukee area. Last year, she worked at Sunrise Elementary as a Teacher's Assistant.
  • Jeanne Schopf is our new Secondary Interventionist. She has taught 29 years at the elementary and middle school and has her Masters of Education from the University of Oshkosh. She is a nationally board certified teacher.
  • Brittany Sperberg is our new Band Director. She graduated from UW-Madison, plays an incredible trombone and loves Jazz Band. Her hometown is Shawano, Wisconsin and this year she worked at Shawano Middle School.

Washington DC Trip 2019

8TH GRADE DC TRIP 2019: Fundraising activities are up and running for next school year’s 8th grade class trip to Washington D.C.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for the Door County Winefest on June 30. Volunteers will earn over $11 per hour for their student's account. The greatest need is for tickets sales from noon - 2:00 p.m., but additional slots are available if you would prefer to work a longer shift.

Band News

Thanks for a great year filled with amazing concerts! The Spring Band Concert was outstanding! Job well done. Keep playing your instruments and have fun at summer band camps.

Bailey's Harbor 4th of July Parade - ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND STUDENTS are invited to march in the Bailey's Harbor 4th of July parade on July 4. The time commitment on that day is from 7:30 a.m. until noon. We have two rehearsals for this parade. They are on Thursday, June 28 from 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday, July 3 from 6-8 p.m. Make one or both rehearsals. After the parade if your family stays up north for family activities, you can go with them rather than riding the bus back. The FULL information sheet is online at under 4th of July as well as is the music to download and practice in advance. This is a fun parade and the uniform is a red band t-shirt free to those who march, tennis shoes and blue or white shorts. This is a fun way to get kids to serve the community through their musical gifts. Again, all are encouraged to attend as are alumni and band friends. Hope to see you there.

Band Uniform Fittings - Band fittings for incoming freshmen will be at both registration days in the high school band room. The final date for band uniform fitting will be the night of freshmen orientation. Any student playing in band in high school should attend ONE of those dates to be fit for a band uniform. If your child is an extreme size small or large, they should attend an earlier fitting to get the best fitting uniform. At the time of their band fitting, they will also receive their pep band music packets to practice and they will take their uniform home. We are excited to welcome the 8th graders as Freshmen into the high school band program. Each uniform fitting takes 10-30 minutes. You do not need to stay for the whole time. Come whenever you can. The dates are as follows:

Thursday, August 9------------------ 1-7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 14------------------ 1-7 p.m.

Monday, August 27------------------ 4-8 p.m.

Choir News


Many thanks to the adults who helped chaperone our 7th and 8th Grade Choir trip to Chicago on May 3. We attended an impressive performance of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Afterwards we had a chance to take in the sights in downtown Chicago and sample some real deep-dish Chicago-style pizza!


New York-based baritone Keith Harris spent May 21 working with our choir and theater arts students. Keith is an internationally-known operatic singer and educator. In addition to sharing his knowledge and talents with our choirs, he delighted our students by singing with them in our spring concert.


On Friday June 1, our 6th Grade Choirs ended the year with a morning at the YMCA pool. We serenaded everyone in the lobby and at the pool, and had a great time swimming together.


City Rhythm Show Choir auditions were held on Tuesday, May 29 and were completed on Friday, June 1 for 8th graders entering high school in September. Next year’s City Rhythm roster was posted on Monday, June 4.

Students entering high school in September are invited to enroll in Theater Arts, a program similar to our own Allied Arts class, in which students take part in creating every aspect of mounting a full-length Broadway musical. Next year's show will be School of Rock!

Exciting opportunities are already in the works for next year's middle school choirs. We will welcome our new middle school choir director Amber Engelbert in September, and kick off the school year with a MS/HS Pops Concert in October.

The initial planning meeting for our June 2020 trip to SBHS Choirs New York City will be held on Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the choir room. We’ll discuss the itinerary, fundraising, and other items.

Summer Sport Camps

Boys Basketball:

Grades 4-8 @ Sturgeon Bay High School $40 fee June 25 -28 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Grades 5-8 @ Sturgeon Bay High School $35 fee July 9 -11 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball: Every Wednesday(except July 4) begining June 20 - August 22 @ TJ Walker Gym to practice shooting, fundamentals, offensive and defensive concepts.

Grades 3-5 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Grades 6-8 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Football: Grades 6-12 Tuesdays & Thursdays June 26 - July 12. Contact Nick Lee at 920-868-3660 or YMCA members $50 and $90 non-members.

Volleyball: ABD Athletics Volleyball Camp, June 19-21 @ Sturgeon Bay High School

Grade 6-8 9:30 am - 12:00 p.m. $85 fee includes t-shirt

Grade 9-12 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. $115 fee includes t-shirt

Local Theater Offerings

Jump Theatre – Door County middle school students meet each Tuesday beginning July 17 - August 28 in the Southern Door Community Auditorium from 6 – 8 p.m. Please call 920-493-5979 for more information.

Summer Meal Program

Summer should be a time for fun and exploration, however, many children are left without the adequate nutrition they need to learn, grow and thrive. The Door County YMCA serves healthy meals during the summer months to anyone 18 years and younger in several locations throughout our community! The Summer Foods Program is an extension of the school lunch program, allowing kids to receive nutritional meals year round and ensuring that when they return to school in fall, they will be ready to learn!

If you have questions or concerns regarding the Summer Foods Program, please contact Nicky Le Mieux at or at 920-818-0691.


  • Door County YMCA June 11 - August 24, Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • YMCA Lansing Center June 4 - August 31, Monday- Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Boys & Girls Club June 11 - August 24, Monday - Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • Amity Field June 11 - August 17, Monday - Friday, 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Thunder Hill Estates June 11- August 17, Monday - Friday, 11:50, a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
  • Bay Hill Apartments June 11- August 17, Monday - Friday, 11:10 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
  • Sunset School July 9 - August 2, 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Sawyer Elementary July 9 - August 2, 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Otumba Park June 18 - August 16, Monday - Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Lunch will NOT be served on Wednesday, July 4 at any of the locations. Happy 4th of July!

June Volleyball Camp Information

June 19-21: ABD Athletics Camp The registration form is attached for those who are interested in attending. Payment and form should be sent to ABD Athletics 4966 Lansing High Point Oshkosh, WI 54904.

6th - 8th Grade $85 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The camp is designed for middle school athletes. We will touch on all aspects of the game. Campers participate in fun and fast drills. The goal is to build solid foundation of success for their middle school seasons.

9th - 12th Grade 9:30 am - 12:30 pm $115

This camp will put an emphasis on not only training each skill but also work on transferring each skill proficiency to competitive situations. We will introduce systems and compete in a multitude of formats. Players of all skill levels will benefit from this camp.

Important Fall Dates

Aug. 28 6th Grade Orientation

Aug. 29 Open House 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Sept. 4 1st Day of School

Sept. 6 Allied Arts Parents Meeting

Sept. 6 Washington DC 8th Grade Trip Meeting

Sept. 12 School Pictures

Sept. 25 & 26 7th Gr. @ Door County Team Leadership Center

Sept. 28 Middle School Dance