Cardinal Connections

April 2019

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Updates from the C-Heights Admin Team

Greetings friends and families of the Cardinal Heights community! Thank you to all who joined us for Parent/Teacher Conferences on March 28. As we begin fourth quarter, you continue to play an essential role in your child's academic and social/emotional growth. Thank you for partnering with the C-Heights team each day to finish the year strong.

Upcoming schedule:

  • Cardinal Heights Choir concert - Thursday April 11 @ 7pm - Cardinal Heights Theater
  • Spring Break (no school) April 15 - 19

School SAFETY!!!

  • Please remember, student drop off takes place in the front of our building. No student car drop off is allowed in the bus loading zone. PLEASE be safe when you are picking up and dropping off students!!!

School Community Organization Meetings

  • First off, parents, we want to hear from you! Our next SCO (School Community Organization) is coming Monday, May 6 at 6pm, at Cardinal Heights in the main office. Our topic of the month will be information around school safety presented by School Resource Officer, Officer Tommy Foy. Come on in and find out how you can help the C-Heights community thrive!

Teacher Appreciation week

  • Please help celebrate our amazing educators, please see the flyer below and consider contributing before April 26!

As always, if you have questions, concerns or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to reach out by phone, or just stop by. Our door is always open.

Students of the Month for April 2019

Congratulations to our students of the month for April! "You are among the top tier of students in this building of 1,200 for your academic growth and demonstrated character. Keep up the good work," Mr. Incitti told them at a celebratory breakfast. Ms. Winkler also praised the group for being such positive role models and presented each with a certificate.

Forward and Aspire Testing Dates Set

Students will be taking either the WI Forward or the ACT Aspire Test on April 23, 24, and 25, and the Aspire test wraps up on April 26. They will need to bring their school-issued Chromebook each day, fully charged to their testing room. (Personal laptops, tablets, or Chromebooks will not work.) Getting a good night's rest and eating a healthy breakfast will help students concentrate during the test. Thank you for your continued support of their success.

Into the Woods Jr.

Cardinal Heights Performers will present Into the Woods JR. on Friday, April 26 at 7pm,

Saturday, April 27 at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday, April 28 at 2pm at Cardinal Heights Theater.

Tickets are $6 for students/seniors and $8 for adults, and are available at .

With a book by James Lapine and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods JR.

is based on the Broadway production which won several Tony Awards, including Best

Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical. The musical follows a Baker and his Wife

who learn they've been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door. The couple

embarks on a quest – swindling, deceiving and stealing from such already-victimized

characters as Cinderella, Little Red Ridding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack (fresh off the beanstalk!)

– to get the special objects required to break the spell. However, the story doesn’t simply

end “happily ever after” as each character must now face the consequences of his/her


Competition Winners for Writing and Mathematics

Congratulations to our many competition winners. You, along with all the participants, have represented Cardinal Heights very should be proud.

Yahara River Writers

Sumedha Yarlagadda - 1st place (Short Story)

Math Meet - All will represent Cardinal Heights at the Regional competition on April 25th

Sowmith Bonda

Lily Breyer

Kaden Calkins

Ethan Flood

Cynthia Gauger

Saanvi Kandanelli

Janna Otteson

Prisha Poddar

Josef Wolf

Nikhil Yarlagadda

Lanya Yu

Erica Zhang

C-Heights Students Attend the Engineering Expo!

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Human Growth and Development

Attention parents/guardians of 8th grade students! Starting in early May, 8th graders will begin the human growth and development unit in health class. Health teachers are hosting a meeting on April 24th at 6pm in Ms. Mathies' health room (617). Please stop in if you'd like to learn more about the curriculum and/or ask the staff any questions before the unit begins.

Thanks, Mr. Lutes, Ms. Mathies, Mr. Waszczyk, Mrs. Boberg

A BSU Joint

Black Student Union (BSU) at C-Heights met with the building Equity Team (E-Team) on Wednesday, March 27th. BSU members discussed the Black student experience at C-Heights and areas of improvement. This is the beginning of an ongoing dialogue between BSU and the building E-Team to improve school culture and climate for all students.

Geography Bee Winners

1st Place- Matthew Lee (8C)

2nd Place- Alex Oehrlein (8A)

3rd Place- Jonathon Vande Walle (8D)

Autism Tips/Facts of the Month From S.M.A.R.T.

Autism can present itself in unique ways with different students! Here are some different ways of looking at behavior!

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C-Heights Students Step Up for Others!

E House learners recently completed a challenge-based project to make a positive impact on our community. No surprise many included a fundraising component. These groups surveyed their peers and designed a appeals based on their data. They successfully raised more than $350 from other C-Heights students to help the Humane Society, Sunshine Place, The Road Home, and the River Food Pantry. Way to step up for others, C-Heights!

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Transportation Reminders

Bus Stop Reminder

If you drive your child to the bus stop in the morning, please make sure you’re not parking at the bus stop location. The bus needs to have access to the bus stop to safely allow students to board the bus. Please park at least 50 feet away to give the bus room to stop and ensure good visibility. Students should wait until the bus has come to a complete stop before approaching the bus to board.

Riding an Unassigned Bus

Please remember that students are only allowed to ride on their assigned bus. Students may not ride home with friends, even with a note from a parent. Please make alternative transportation arrangements for these special circumstances.

Parent Drop-off and Pick-up

Parents should only be dropping off and picking up students in the front of the building (Kroncke entrance). Parent traffic should not mingle with school bus traffic, and parents should NEVER be dropping off/picking up students in the back of the building where the buses drop off and pick up.

If you have any questions about busing please contact Kobussen at 608-825-8700, ext. 5509.

AP Human Geography Students Study Urbanization

Students in AP Human Geography have been learning about urbanization. To make thier learning relevant and local, they met with Tim Semmann, the urban planner for the City of Sun Prairie, and skyped with Dan McAuliffe and Ben Zellers, urban planners for the City of Madison. Students were able to see real world examples of the topics they are studying. They asked thoughtful, critical questions. Please send positive thoughts to these 9th grade students who will take their first AP exam on May 14! :)

Forensics Team Earns High Marks at State Competition

Congratulations to two Cardinal Heights students on their recent success in forensics (competitive acting and public speaking). Paige Edge was the state runner-up in Prose Interpretation and Joy Amessoudji was 6th in the state in Special Occasion Speaking. Their high scores helped the Sun Prairie Forensics Team earn a 3rd place finish at the recent state tournament.

Follow Us!

If you would like day-to-day updates about the goings on in our C-Heights community, please follow us on social media. We have an active Facebook page, a Twitter feed, and a YouTube channel. Daily announcements and regular updates from our Admin team are also posted on our school website. These are great ways to stay informed and get involved. Thanks for following us!

Top Facebook Post of the Month - 2.6 K Views!

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March Madness House Competition

To foster community within our Houses as well as friendly competition among them, we coordinate several fun activities throughout the year. Most recently, students experienced March Madness by picking the NCAA men's basketball teams that would win at each level of the tournament and scoring points for choosing the actual winners. Resource (i.e. Homeroom) classes worked together to make their picks. Now that the tournament is completed, and Virginia named the 2019 National Champion, we have the results of our latest House Competition.

  • Ms. Dahlgren's Resource - they were the ONLY resource to pick Virginia as the overall winner.

  • Mr. Diedrich's resource- they scored the most of ANY resource with 48 total points.

  • And the House winner is the 9E Eagles with an average of 41 pts. In close second is the 8D Dragons with an average of 40.857 pts.