Cardinal Connection

August 2021

Letter from the Principal

Greetings SPHS Family and Friends,

On behalf of the staff at Sun Prairie High School, we are excited to welcome you to the 2021 – 2022 school year. During these unprecedented times, we know the last 18 months have been challenging and often presented uncertainties. As we start our school year, we are ready to engage in a positive and caring learning environment with your child. My administrative team and I are extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to continue to build relationships with your child, all of the supportive families, and community members. Our highly qualified and dedicated staff is committed to keeping your child’s achievement and individual growth as one of their highest priorities. With this in mind, we are committed to partnering with you, offering a social, emotionally safe learning environment, and providing relevant, rigorous, and engaging academic challenges to prepare your child to be college and career-ready.

The Sun Prairie High School theme for this year is CommUNITY is on the R.I.S.E. (Restore, Inspire, Success, and Encourage)”. At SPHS, we know a community that is unified provides a supportive learning community ready to embrace and value all scholars. If one scholar experiences a “RISE” in their academic or social experience at SPHS, then this attitude will spread into a positive learning experience and scholars will be able to thrive both academically and socially as well. As a way for your child to accomplish their goals, SPHS encourages scholars to use our three cornerstones: respect, responsibility, and safety daily. By instilling our SPHS PBIS matrix, scholars are offered a foundational structure that will assist them towards becoming global and competitive citizens. This theme and our three cornerstones also support Sun Prairie High School’s mission which is to inspire and prepare every child, every day, by providing relevant, engaging and innovative learning experiences in and out of the classroom.

With the start of this new school year, I want to make sure everyone is aware of a few procedural items. All of these topics can be found in the student handbook, which is available online with paper copies available at the high school front desk. I ask that parents and students become familiar with the handbook as it can answer many questions you might have. I will highlight a few common situations that we see:

· Sun Prairie High School is a closed campus. This means that students cannot leave the building during the lunch periods. This is for the safety of our students and to ensure we know who is in the building at all times. Students who leave could face discipline referrals which can be found in the student handbook.

· All deliveries (other than those needed for classes) will be held at the main office until the end of the day. This creates the least amount of disruption to our students. Also, if parents choose to bring in food during lunch, they can only bring in food for their own child. Again, this is for the safety of students with allergies. Students are not allowed to order lunches for delivery.

· Student parking is by permit only. All students must register their car and obtain a

parking permit to park on school property. Also, students must park in the designated student stalls. Students who repeatedly park illegally could have their parking privileges revoked and/or car towed at the owner’s expense.

· Students are most successful when they are present every day and on time. We

encourage all students to be at school and on time for all classes. While we understand that inclement weather or other factors can impact attendance, we ask students to plan for such events in order to avoid becoming habitually tardy or truant.

· Cell phones are permitted during passing time and lunch when they are used

appropriately. The use of cell phones is not allowed in the classroom unless instructed by a teacher.

· Our amazing student services department is here to answer any scheduling questions you may have. They are also a great resource for college admissions and will be meeting with sophomore students and families to plan out their schedules to meet the individual needs of every student.

· As an administrative team, we feel it is important to build positive relationships with the students and families. In order to help foster that, the students are divided by alphabet, which allows our administrators to get to know their students better. Below is the breakdown:

    • Mrs. Walter, Associate Principal in charge of teaching and learning.
    • Mr. Whalley, Associate Principal for students with last name A-C
    • Mr. Ertel, Dean of Students for students with last name D-Mi
    • Mrs. Khang, Dean of students for students with last name Mj-Z

If you have not already done so, please like our Facebook page as we will be sharing information and celebrations throughout the year. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!

Best Regards,

Renee Coleman, Principal

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Sun Prairie High School Seeks Nominations for the 2021 “Wall of Success” Program

Sun Prairie High School is now seeking nominations for the 2021 Wall of Success recipient. Each 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. Nominees must be graduates of Sun Prairie High School.

To nominate a Sun Prairie graduate for the Wall of Success Award, please fill out the nomination form available on our website at, or contact Andrea Omeja at Sun Prairie High School by phone at 608-834-6717 or by email at Please include a sentence or two about why you would like to nominate this person. Nominations will be accepted through August 13, 2021.

All nominees will be asked to fill out a questionnaire. A final selection of the winner will be made by a committee of students, faculty, and community representatives.

The recipient will be honored at an assembly at Sun Prairie High School on December 10, 2021. This person will have his or her picture and a plaque placed on our Wall of Success. The students will have the opportunity to interact with the recipient of this award.

Senior Picture Deadline

November 1, 2021

Senior Ad Forms

Due December 1, 2021

Back to School Registration

Wednesday, Aug. 11th, 8am-4pm

888 Grove Street

Sun Prairie, WI

This event will also be on August 12th from 8 am- 4 pm

Back to School Night

Thursday, Sep. 9th, 6-8pm

Sun Prairie High School

Wisconsin Education fair

Wednesday, Oct. 6th, 8am-12pm

Sun Prairie High School Field house

Homecoming Parade

Thursday, Sep. 30th, 6pm

East Main Street, Sun Prairie, WI, USA

Homecoming game

Friday, Oct. 1st, 7pm

152 Kroncke Drive

Sun Prairie, WI

Homecoming Dance

Saturday, Oct. 2nd, 8-11pm

Sun Prairie High School