Cardinal Connection

December 2021

Letter from the Principal

Greetings SPHS Family and Friends,

The start of the month of December brings a mixture of feelings and emotions; the joy of seeing families and friends, excitement for the winter break, the creation of additional family memories, and some sadness for the various loss experienced in the past. It has been an interesting three months at Sun Prairie High School with challenging behaviors and meeting scholars' unprecedented academic, social, and emotional needs. Even with the crazy start of our school year, we have witnessed some amazing accomplishments for scholars. As we continue to create our commUNITY on the R.I.S.E., I want to begin to express my extreme gratitude for your support and dedication to our community and scholars.

The second quarter is in full swing and we are only five weeks away from the end of the first

semester. I am not sure where the time has gone, but the semester ends on January 10 th . As a reminder, we do not have final exam and the last day for late work is December 17 th . With the holidays mixed in there, we will be at those dates in no time. As we get closer to the end of the semester, please use Infinite Campus to view your child’s grades and course work. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teachers. If you need any assistance logging into Infinite Campus, please call or email Andrea Omeja at 834-6717 or

With the winter months and the long stretch that comes after the holidays, I want to remind our students and families about the importance of attendance. We have been working very hard this year to ensure our students are engaged and participating while not missing valuable learning experiences. Students are expected to attend and participate all classes according to their schedule and to notify the classroom teacher if they are unable. We would like to partner with our families to help us reinforce this positive behavior with all students.

Below are important upcoming dates and reminders for our families:

● December 10 - Wall of Success ceremony

● December 23 - Last Day before Winter Break

● January 3 - First Day back after Winter Break

● January 10 – Last Day of the Semester

● January 11 - First day of Second Semester (A Day classes)

● January 11 - Course Scheduling Expo (Hybrid)

● January 14 – No School/Professional Development Day for SPHS staff

● January 17 - No School/ Martin Luther King Jr. Day

As always, thank you for your support and please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Warmest Regards,

Renee Coleman, Principal

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Sun Prairie High School Announces

2021-2022 “Wall of Success” Recipient

Each academic year, the “Wall of Success” program honors an outstanding graduate of Sun Prairie High School. By honoring distinguished graduates, we seek to identify and honor models of success for our students to admire and emulate. The program demonstrates to students the relationship between the education they receive at Sun Prairie High School and success in life.

Ajamu Olaniyan, known as Dean Cash in high school, is a 1988 graduate and is this year’s Wall of Success recipient. Mr. Olaniyan currently holds the record for the Triple Jump at SPHS as well as at UW-La Crosse and is a record holder in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Mr. Olaniyan is an educator and is the president of, and the coach at, Top Flight Sports Performance Engineering among many other achievements. He will be honored at an assembly at Sun Prairie High School on December 10, 2021. The students will also have the opportunity to interact with Mr. Olaniyan during the day. Community members are welcome to attend the assembly. The assembly will start at 10:30 a.m.

Bus Tags

Please remember you need to have your bus tag with you in order to ride the bus to/from school. You can take a picture of your tag with your phone and show it to the bus driver or stop in the main office to see Mrs. Yunen if you need a new tag. Thank you

Wearing A Mask On School Buses

Masks remain a simple but powerful tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We want to remind parents that students (and drivers) must wear a mask on school buses, regardless of their vaccination status.

Thank you for helping to keep all students safe while riding the bus!

Bus Reminders

Waiting for the Bus

As cold and snowy weather is upon us, here are a few reminders when students are waiting for

the bus in the morning. Students should:

● be waiting at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the scheduled arrival time.

● be dressed appropriately for waiting in cold weather. This includes jackets, hats,

gloves/mittens, and scarves.

● stay out of the road and others’ yards. Wait on the sidewalk or close to the curb if there

aren’t sidewalks.

● wait to cross the road until the driver signals and the bus comes to a complete stop

before attempting to board.

No Eating On The Bus

Please remember there is absolutely no eating allowed on district buses. Students may have

life-threatening food allergies that could be affected by others eating on the bus. If your child

does not get a chance to eat breakfast at home, please make sure he/she knows to wait until

they arrive at school. If your child is given a snack or treat at the end of the day, we ask that they

eat it before leaving school or wait until they get home.

If you have any questions or concerns about this information, or school bus safety, please

contact Kobussen at 825-8700, ext 5509.

Math League

There are 4 opportunities each year for students to participate in fun and challenging math contests, through the Madison Area Mathematics League(MAML). This series of meets are hosted by the Madison high schools and always occurs on a Wednesday after school. The contests are open to any student who has an interest and are filled using the first-come-first-served policy. Sample contests, sign-up information, and permission forms can be found in the Math League Google Classroom (join code: ls7swir). All announcements will be posted through Google Classroom.

This year’s competition dates are Oct. 27, Dec. 1, Feb. 9, and Mar. 16. The first two dates will be “virtual at home school”. That is, we will submit online but participate together from our own high school. Watch Google Classroom for details as the competition nears. Please feel free to contact Ms. Bethany Konz at with any questions.

Senior Picture Deadline

November 1, 2021

Year book orders due November 19th

Go to Must be pre-ordered to be guaranteed a copy of the 2022 Cardinal Yearbook. The price for the full-color 230 page book is $70 until we place the final pre-order on January 15.2022.

Senior Ad Forms Due December 1st

Senior Siblings Section for 10th and 11th AND sibling or senior Due by Jan 24, 2022