Cardinal Connection

East Parent/Caregiver Newsletter 8/24

Greetings East High School scholars, families, and caregivers,

With a little less than two weeks to go, the educators here at SPEHS are ready. The excitement to open up our new learning communities/spaces to the Cardinal community is stirring.

What to expect on the first day of school

As we quickly embark on the upcoming school year, most of our scholars are feeling a variety of feelings, such as nervousness, excitement, hopefully, scared, and confident. Here at East, we are sure that the first day of school will bring up all these feelings and more; but we will use the first day of school to establish a culture of care for all members of our community. We will work hard to ensure that every member in this community is seen, heard, welcomed, and most of all valued.

Don’t worry scholars and families, staff will be available to help students find their classrooms throughout the day. Our focus for the day is to ensure we begin to learn about each other through community-building activities. Also, throughout the day, scholars will be engaged in scheduled activities to help with start us off on this great year.

Staff Spotlight- Katie Freeman- Student Services Manager

Hello Sun Prairie East!

I am so excited to come back this year to Sun Prairie East High School! My name is Katie Freeman and I am the Student Services Coordinator that works between Sun Prairie East High School and our Adult Transition Program. This is my eleventh year in education in the Sun Prairie Area School District.

I enjoy my time in the school and have a passion for creative problem solving and working with teachers.

Some things I absolutely love outside of work are:

  • My family (husband and one-year-old daughter)

  • Animals (I have two dogs and two cats)

  • Photography

  • Being outside

  • Grilling

I cannot wait to get to know our scholars and their caregivers this year! It is an exciting new opportunity as we welcome 9th graders and a renovated learning space this year!

All the best!

-Ms. Freeman

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Parking/Drop off Information

If your student will be dropped off before school starts, the Parent/Caregiver Drop off/Pick Up will be in the first circle drive (Door 6). During school hours (coming late, being picked up for appointments, etc), students should be dropped off/picked up at the main entrance (Door1) and check in with the attendance secretary, Mrs. Morris.

Parking Permit Process

What do I need to bring to apply for a parking permit?

  • Make, model and color of any cars the students would drive to school

  • A valid driver’s license

What is the process in determining who will get a permit?

In order to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to apply for a parking permit, students can apply at registration or during lunches on September 6th and 7th. On September 8th/9th, we will evaluate how many students have applied and randomly match students with a parking spot. If we do not have enough parking for students who applied, seniors will get first priority, then juniors and then as many sophomores as possible. Lottery drawings will be held at the sophomore level, if needed.

When will I find out if I get a parking permit?

Students will receive a parking permit by Monday, September 10th in their SP30 class. Parking enforcement will begin on Tuesday, September 11th. The first week of school numbered parking spots will be available on a first come first serve basis.

Parking Permit Guidelines

Reminder for Keys to Success and Orientation Nights

We are excited to welcome about 300 scholars to our first Keys to Success event on August 29th from 8am-11am. Students will get to know some of the staff, a tour of the building, and get to know some other students.

Orientation Nights

Please join us next week during your scholar’s orientation night. At this event, you will learn more about the exciting things we have in store for the school year. We will also share helpful tips;/suggestions on how to be a successful Cardinal along with some general Cardinal Way information and there will an opportunity for families and friends to tour our new learning spaces. All orientation nights will be held in SPEH PAC at 7 pm.

August 29th: 9th Grade

August 30th: 10th Grade

August 31st: 11th/12th Grade

Schedules and IC bus info

Schedules will be available in Infinite Campus on August 26th, by 4 pm.

Bus Information should be available in Infinite Campus today. Please make sure to check back for updated times/locations as the school year gets closer.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, August 29th- 8:00 am- 11 am Keys to Success (must have signed up previously)
  • Monday, August 29th and Tuesday, August 30th- 8 am- 4 pm Registration (you only need to come one day) signup genius was sent out in a previous email.
  • Monday, August 29th- 7 pm- 9th Grade Orientation
  • Tuesday, August 30th- 7 pm- 10th Grade Orientation
  • Wednesday, August 31st- 7 pm- 11th and 12th Grade Orientation
  • Tuesday, September 6th- First day of school!
  • Tuesday, September 13th- 6 pm- Back to School Night