Cardinal Connection

April 2022

Letter from the Principal

Greetings SPHS Family and Caregivers,

We just got back from a week off for Spring Break and I hope our scholars, families, and caregivers were able to find some time to relax and enjoy each other. We now find ourselves in the 4th quarter. It is hard to believe that we are nine weeks away from the end of the year. Of course, we want all our scholars to finish the year strong and we will need all of our families/caregivers to help keep our scholars on track. This is especially true as the weather continues to warm up and scholars are tempted by the warmer days. Attendance has been a key focus this year and we want to continue this expectation.

April is an opportunity for scholars, parents, and families to engage in many activities/events being held at SPHS. We look forward to seeing our families and community members. Here are the activities/events going on during this month:

  • It is time to award the academic achievement of our scholars. If your scholar is receiving an Academic Award you will have received a letter in March. The Rotary has been a great contributor and will be there to help award our scholars. SPHS Award night will be held on Thursday, April 7th at 7 pm.

  • The ACT/Aspire exams will be given to all Sophomores on Tuesday, April 12th. Only Sophomores will report to school on this day; Juniors and Seniors will have no school on this day. This assessment is an excellent predictor for how students will perform on the ACT as Juniors. We remind students to take these assessments seriously.

  • Have you started thinking about your scholar’s future college plans? Not sure where to begin with your preparation? Now is a good time to begin to get those answers to your questions. College Night is here and will be held on Wednesday, April 20th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm in LMC. Rising 9th – 11th-grade scholars and their families are welcome to attend this event.

  • Yes, Spring is in the air and so is finding our scholar’s next job opportunity. SPHS is hosting a Career Fair during lunchtime on Wednesday, April 20th. Many of our local business and community members will be in attendance to offer summer employment opportunities to our scholars.

  • The 4th annual Sun Prairie B.E.A.M (Black Excellence Achievement Makers) awards are here! This event is to honor and recognize our students and others who are making achievements in multiple ways. The committee is requesting Black students and Adult Volunteers who are deserving of this recognition based on the following (4) categories: Models Excellence in Academics, Models Excellence in Teamwork, Models Excellence in Responsibility, and Extraordinary Growth. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, April 24th from 2 – 4 pm at Bank of Sun Prairie Ashley Field.

As always, thank you for your support and for being a great partner as we navigate the end of the 2021-2022 school year. I look forward to celebrating with our scholars and with you in the coming weeks and months.

Have a safe and healthy April and, as always, please do not hesitate to contact our school staff with any questions.


Renee Coleman


Attention Juniors- Class of 2023

Planning ahead

All senior portraits are due by November 1, 2022.

More information and specific details will be forthcoming. If you have any questions or concerns in the meanwhile, please contact Betsy Butler at (608) 834-6855 for Sun Prairie WEST; or Amanda Davis at (608) 834-6743 for Sun Prairie EAST.

Purchasing Senior Ads:

To purchase a senior recognition ad, your submission of your Grad Ad is due by December 1, 2022.

More information will be forthcoming. Again, if you have any questions or concerns in the meanwhile, please contact Betsy Butler at (608) 834-6855; or Amanda Davis at (608) 834-6743.

Caregivers of graduating seniors:

As we prepare for end-of-the-year events and celebrations, we are gathering a list of all scholarships that have been awarded so far. If your senior would like to be recognized for any scholarships they have been awarded, please have them fill out this form, which seniors also received via email. Due date for this form is April 17 (late submissions may not be printed). Actual monetary amounts of individual scholarships will not be publicized. By filling out this form, they are agreeing to allow us to share their name and postsecondary institution. This information will be shared with the graduation coordinators and may be printed in the graduation and scholarship awards program. Please note: Our annual scholarship awards night is invitation only.

Thank you,
SPHS Scholarship and Recognition Committee

Information about Purchasing a 2022 Yearbook: Go to

The order has been placed for the 2022 Cardinal Yearbook. We do have limited copies of the 2022 yearbook that still can be purchased online (the company will shut off ordering when we hit our pre-ordered anticipated final number). Available at

Any questions can be directed to Betsy Butler at 608-834-6855 or

PAST Yearbooks Available for Sale:

Limited numbers of past yearbooks are available for sale as we are cleaning out our storage for the move to two high schools. All extra copies will be discarded soon.

All past purchased copies not picked up by May 1 will be discarded (except for the years 2019-2021). Students in the class of 2021 who purchased but did not pick up yearbooks are asked to do so as soon as possible. Those books are available at the front desk.

For all other books of interest (2020 and prior), please contact Betsy Butler (608-834-6855) with your interest in past yearbooks. We have extra copies dating back to the seventies.
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Academic Award System

Academic Awards Night is Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 7:00 pm

ACT ASPIRE testing

ACT ASPIRE testing will be on April 12th for all 10th-grade students. Be on the lookout for more specific information around testing coming out after spring break. Thank you

AP Testing Update

  • AP Testing is May 2-6 and May 9-13. If there are any conflicts with these days please reach out to Meghan Bosonetta at immediately.

  • Testing dates and times:

  • Any student that wants to cancel an exam can do so until March 15th and get a partial refund. No refunds will be given after March 15th.

  • Teachers are planning Review Sessions. I will be sending out a full list to you next week. You can also check the Advanced Placement tab under the High School website.

  • Students must attend a Pre-Administration session during their advisory. These will be held April 19-21.

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Mama Mia Young Actors Camp- For 4th- 8th graders

April 16, 2022, 9 am- 12 pm Do you have a younger person who may be interested in learning about theater?

Bus Evacuation Drills

Per state law, the district is required to practice bus evacuation drills twice a year. Bus evacuations will be held the last week in April, and could be delayed on the days the drill occurs.

Sometimes it becomes necessary to exit the school bus by the back door. Please talk with you children about doing these steps safely:

● Keep calm

● Listen to the driver’s instructions

● Beginning with the last seats, move to the back door

● Do not push or shove

● When you get to the back door, sit on your bottom and scoot to the edge ● Slide off the edge slightly pushing yourself out away from the bus

● Keep your knees bent

● Walk quickly away to the safe spot designated by your driver

● Wait for further instructions from your driver

Parents, please remember that if your child’s bus is evacuated for any reason (bus breakdown, emergency, etc.) students are not allowed to leave the scene. Students must stay with the driver and wait for further instructions. If another bus is dispatched, students are to ride that bus and only get off at their assigned stop.

Wisconsin Business World

Summer Camp!

Become the next generation of Wisconsin business leaders!

Don’t miss an opportunity to build your college resume, make new friends, learn successful networking tactics and build a business from the ground up! You’re invited to attend Wisconsin Business World’s Summer Camp!

This program is an immersive four-day, three night experience held on Wisconsin University and college campuses. It is designed to challenge students to innovate and lead as they create, build and run a business from the ground up. We’ll enhance your knowledge of business principles and the economy and we’ll improve your financial literacy through dynamic speakers, manufacturing tours and hands-on activities.

In addition to educational opportunities and career exploration, we’ll also be teaching effective strategies for networking, strong communications skills and problem solving skills that set all students up for success in the future.


Take a peek at our program schedule and what to bring! For questions about our summer camp program or how to register, please contact the Business World Program Senior Director, Michelle Grajkowki at or 608-661-6904. Please see Wisconsin Business World's Summer Camp Brochure and Poster below.

Summer Camp Brochure

Summer Camp Poster

About Wisconsin Business World:

Wisconsin Business World is committed to reach, inspire and engage students from every corner of the state and to teach them the importance of business, entrepreneurship and the free market through virtual and in-person events, all while informing them of economic opportunities in their own communities. Wisconsin Business World is a proud program of WMC Foundation.

Virtual College Fair for HBCU

April 30, 2022 from 1-3pm EST