Cardinal Connections

May 2019

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Updates from the C-Heights Admin Team

Greetings friends and families of the Cardinal Heights community! May is certainly a busy month with spring sports in full gear, the final round of STAR testing, culminating classroom assessments, annual AP testing, year-end field trips, and more. (Not to mention the events and activities filling up your own calendar.) The warmer weather also has us anticipating summer and a change in routine. Together with the usual day-to-day responsibilities this can be both an exciting and stressful time for all. We hope as part of the C-Heights community you will continue to partner with us each day to support our students and finish the year strong.


DECA Shout Outs!

Congratulations to Mr. Rippl and our outstanding Business Department for their participation in DECA National Competition. Join us in celebrating!!!


Please congratulate all of our competitors: Joy Amessoudji, Ankit Janamanchi, Carissa Murphree, and Kara Shanahan as they represented Cardinal Heights exceptionally well. They completed multiple role-play/problem solving interviews in addition to completing a 100- question business and marketing test.


Special congratulations to Ankit Janamanchi as he was recognized for his exceptional test score in his event. His test score was tops against the 130 other competitors. Well done Ankit!


No School for Students

  • Friday, May 24
  • This is a scheduled data retreat for professional staff.


Summer School

If you think your 9th grade student may need summer school for credit recovery, sign up now!!

  • Act now if there is a chance your student may fail a core academic class.
  • Those waiting too long may risk securing transportation.
  • You are always welcome to cancel the enrollment if summer school is no longer needed.


End of the year EVENTS!


School culture celebration

Thursday May 23 - Shortened schedule - Staff / students basketball game celebration at 1:45


NO SCHOOL Friday May 24 - teacher data analysis day


NO SCHOOL Monday May 27 - Memorial Day


All -School trip to Mt. Olympus

June 6th - as in past years, students must complete and turn in a challenge card and then a permission slip. Challenge cards are due May 23 / permission slips are due May 31.


Final Exam Calendar

  • June 10 and 11 with early dismissal and buses depart at 1:55 PM.
  • June 12 with early dismissal and buses depart at 11:30 AM.
  • Full schedule posted on website and social media

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.

Incoming Freshman Athletic Orientation.

All incoming freshmen (current 8th grade) interested in participating in athletics along with their parent/guardian are encouraged to attend this very informative meeting with our Athletic Director, Eric Nee on Monday, May 20 at 6 pm in the high school Performing Arts Center.

CEOs of Tomorrow

On Saturday, May 4, 2019, Devin Frank and Lyric Eveans, both in 8th grade, participated in the CEOs of Tomorrow These Teens Mean Busines$ Incubator: Teen Pitch and Launch Event. This event featured the talented teens in CEOs of Tomorrow’s Spring These Teens Mean Busines$ Incubator Program. During the event, Devin and Lyric, as well as the other aspiring teen entrepreneurs, pitched, launched, and tested their business ideas created to promote positive change in their communities. Anyone who wants to learn more about or support Devin and Lyric's busines$ connect with them soon. Shout out to Devin and Lyric for aspiring for greatness!!

Advance Learners Program News

Congratulations to following students that represented Cardinal Heights at the Regional Math meet at the end of April. Students had to qualify first at our local SP math meet in order to advance the regional meet held in Middleton.


Sowmith Bonday, Lily Breyer, Kaden Calkins, Ethan Flood, Cynthia Gauger, Tyler Hodges, Saanvi Kandanelli, Prisha Poddar, Josef Wolf, Nikhil Yarlagadda, Lanya Yu



Special congratulations to Saanvi Kandanelli for finishing in second place for Sun Prairie.


Also, congratulations to Sumedha Yarlagadda for finishing in first place for the 8th grade Yahara River Writers short story competition. She will be recognized at the regional awards ceremony held on Tuesday, May 14th for her story titled, "Perpetually Frozen".

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Mount Olympus Trip!

We will be celebrating a strong finish to the school year with a trip to Mount Olympus theme park in Wisconsin Dells on Thursday, June 6. All Cardinal Heights students are invited, but they need to 1) work with their teachers to complete and turn in a CORE form by May 23 and 2) bring the completed permission slip and payment to school by May 31st. Consistent choices and behavior count: the Admin Team reserves the right to pull students from the trip (even if paid--they will be refunded) if they fail to follow school behavior expectations. We hope all will make good choices and encourage their friends to do the same!
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Teacher Appreciation Week

Thank you to Cyndi Benisch, our School-Community Organization President and the whole SCO parent group for their overwhelming show of appreciation for our Cardinal Heights teachers. The faculty enjoyed delicious treats, including morning coffee and bakery, an expansive taco bar lunch, piping hot Day One Pizza, and a trove of 123 gift cards to favorite business, which were raffled off. We definitely felt the love and thank all who went out of their way to share their appreciation. We are grateful for our supportive school-community organization.
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Students of the Month for May 2019

Congratulations to our students of the month for May! Selected by their teachers, these students' actions consistently reflect the values of our Cardinal CORE (Community, Ownership, Responsibility, and Ensure Safety) as well as remarkable academic growth and resilience. We are so proud of you. "Thanks for being such positive role models here," said Ms. Winkler. "I hope you will continue to let your light shine." Sleepy as they appeared, most didn't hesitate to enjoy some fruit and donuts. Here are recipients of this award: Congratulations Student of the Month Award winners!!! The following students were recognized this month as outstanding scholars, and honored with a Student of the Month Award: Vincent Maly, Ilenia Salvatore, Micah Outlay, Daniela Mata Juarez, KaLia Cha, Rachel Rademacher, Alexander Maggit, Jett Maertz, Hannah Emad, Mairin Leary, Ellianna Trilling, Alexis Mitchell, Aaron Freeburg, Noah Soumis, Evan Obergon, Olivia Sala, Nora Van De Wiel, Leonard Fesemeyer

The Choral Finale

Cardinal Heights Choirs will be performing in their final concert of the year on May 30th, 6:30pm at the High School Performing Arts Center. We hope to see you there!

Chromebook Update

Ninth grade students received new Lenovo Chromebooks at the start of this school year. These will be collected at the end of this school year and be redistributed at the high school in September. Students will receive the same device they used this year.


If any 9th grade student has a broken Lenovo Chromebook, they should bring it to the Cardinal Heights library before May 24 to be repaired. No Chromebooks will be repaired over the summer, so this is the opportunity to start the year with a working device.


Eighth grade students will receive a new Chromebook at the start of next school year. Their current devices will be collected at the end of this school year and returned to our supplier. We will not be offering used Chromebooks for purchase. Fines will be assessed for damage and adjusted according to the age of the device in most cases.


Arrangements are being made for Summer School and AP students who will need Chromebooks. At time of publication these plans are not finalized.

Skills USA State Conference Competition!

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Transportation Reminders

Families with Rural Stops

If your child’s bus stop is at your house and your child or children are the only students assigned to that stop, please notify Kobussen no later than 6:30 AM if your child will not be riding the bus that day. This helps drivers stay on time and avoid driving to locations if there are no students to pick up. Call Kobussen at 825-8700, option 1 to let the dispatcher know if your child will not be riding.


When your child is riding, please make sure he/she is visible to the driver from the road.


Bus Pick-up Times

Please remember that your child should be ready and waiting at the bus stop at least 5 minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up time. This will ensure your child doesn’t miss the bus if the route is running slightly ahead of time. Anything within 5 minutes of the scheduled time is considered on time.

Spain 2020

The world languages department has started planning the June, 2020 trip to Spain. It is open to all Spanish students. Please contact Sra Gerbitz at ragerbi@sunprairieschools.org OR take a look at our EF travel site at www.eftours.com/2214510ej for more information.

National History Day - State Competition

On Saturday, April 13, most Sun Prairie students were kicking off their spring break, relaxing, homework free, and sleeping in. Not Jayden Lindqust, Hannah Emad, Emily Petree, and Juanita Duarte. These 8th grade students from E and B house, along with their teachers Ms. Daugherty and Mr. Hunter, were up bright and early at the National History Day (NHD) State Competition. Their projects were all about the annual theme of triumph and tragedy. Jayden, Hannah, Emily created a group exhibit on the 1904 capitol fire, and Juanita designed a website on the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa (see it here). Even though the girls did not qualify for the National Competition (which takes place in Washington DC in June), they were all grateful for the opportunity to compete academically against other students from around the state. They were in good spirits as they headed off to finally start their spring break - but they also made it very clear that next year, they'd be back with even bigger aspirations. Congratulations ladies!

New Associate Principal Named

We are excited to announce that Sarah Prankeklang has been named the next associate principal of Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School. Sarah brings the knowledge, skills and strong leadership attributes to support our Cardinal Heights students and staff in reaching their fullest potential. Sarah is coming to us from the Middleton-Cross Plain Area School District where she currently serves as a Student Services Coordinator at the middle school level. Sarah is excited to have the opportunity to work with the kids, staff, parents, and community of Cardinal Heights and is eager to begin her work with all of you.

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 FB Post : A Day in the Life (2.9 K Views!)

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May House Competition

To foster community within our Houses as well as friendly competition among them, we coordinate several fun activities throughout the year. This month, Houses will be competing in a fast-paced basketball shooting game called "Lightning." Each round will be played during a break in the Faculty-Student basketball game on Thursday, May 23. This will be the first time our entire school gathers in the gymnasium and tries out the new bleachers! We will post the results on our social media accounts. Stay tuned!

Coming this Fall!

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