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we are central - School District of La Crosse
Central Link ~ February, 2015
WE ARE CENTRAL
Important Dates For All Students
January 22nd - Students in grade 9 received course registration information
for the 2015-2016 school year.
January 23rd- Students in grades 10 & 11 received course registration
information for the 2015-2016 school year.
February 3rd, 4th, and 5th— Students in grades 9-11 will register for classes
for the 2015-2016 school year in their English class or Room 232 and meet
briefly with their school counselor.
February 11th—Early Release Day
February 13th— Lip Dub (9:50-11:05, we will have 40 minute classes with no
MLT)
February 16th to 19th— Olympic Week
February 19th— Olympic Week Assembly at 2:45 PM
February 20th— NO SCHOOL
March 9th & 10th—Parent/Teacher Conferences, 12:00-8:00 PM WALK INS
ONLY
March 11th - Early Release Day
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SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND EARLY DISMISSALS
In the event school is closed or dismissed early due to bad weather, the announcement
will be made on the following TV and radio stations:
WKBT TV 8
WEAU TV 13
WXOW TV 19
FM STATIONS
WLSU
WIZM
KCLH
WRQT
COW
KQ
CLASSIC ROC
EAGLE
MAGIC
CC
88.99
93.3
94.7
95.7
97
98
100.1
102.7
104.9
106.3
AM STATIONS
WKTY
WIZM
WLFN
580
1410
1490
The announcement will also be listed on the homepage of the school district’s website at
www.lacrosseschools.org. All after school programs and activities will be cancelled
unless otherwise noted. After school programs include Boys & Girls Club, Surround
Care, Park and Rec Programs operated in district schools, and the 21st Century
Community Learning Center After School Programs at Franklin, Hamilton, and North
Woods.
Exceptions for evening events may be made on a case-by-case basis. If an event is to be
held, it will be posted on the district’s website and cable channel 4 as well as publicized
on the media stations
listed above.
CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
DIRECT PHONE NUMBERS
Activities
Attendance (A-L)
Attendance (M-Z)
Kitchen
Main Office
Student Services
789-3009
789-3007
789-3008
789-3016
789-7900
789-3006
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COURSE SELECTION
FOR 2015-2016
2015 SENIOR CLASS
IMPORTANT DATES
April 16, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Jostens delivers cap, gown and
announcement orders.
Losey Blvd entrance by Student Services
April 27, 7:00 PM
Senior Scholarship Night in Auditorium
May 13, 6:30 PM
All-School Awards Night in Auditorium
May 18 & 19
Senior Final Exams
May 22, 7:00 PM
Graduation Ceremony at the LaCrosse Center
It is now time to consider the
selection of classes for the
2015-2016 school year.
Students were given
materials to assist them in
selecting courses for next year
on January 22nd & 23rd. A
reminder to parents: All course
selection forms require a parent
signature
before
they
are
approved. Additionally, many
courses will require a teacher’s
recommendation
before
the
students will be permitted to take
the class.
Registration will take place on
February 3rd, 4th, & 5th.
Highly Qualified Teachers
DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR
February 20 ........................................... No School/WWEC
March 2 ........................ Winter Athletic Awards Program
6:30 PM, Sutton Gym
March 9 & 10……………………….Parent-Teacher Conferences
12:00—8:00 PM—WALK INS ONLY
March 11………………………………………………...Early Release Day
March 24………………………………………….End of Third Quarter
April 2-6…………………………...….NO SCHOOL/SPRING BREAK
The School District of La Crosse takes pride in
hiring only highly qualified teachers. This
means they are fully trained, certified, and often
experienced in the position they teach. Our
faculty consistently has a high percentage of
advanced degrees, and we do a good job of
retaining some of the top staff in the state and
the nation. Life events, such as retirement,
childbirth, or illness, sometimes cause a need
for a long-term substitute teacher. When this
happens we always make every effort to hire a
highly qualified substitute. All are certified
teachers and most are licensed in the area in
which they are substituting. In rare cases it may
be impossible to find a teacher with a particular
certification, such as special education. This
may result in the district asking the Wisconsin
Department of Public Instruction for an
emergency license for such a teacher.
If you ever have any questions about the
certification of any of our staff, please call me at
789-7900.
Mr. Fleig
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CHOIR NEWS
Robed Choir, Upper Women’s Choir,
and GCS all participated in the
Onalaska Concert and Show Choir
Competition the weekend of January
17-18. Congratulations to Robed Choir
for winning first place in the Concert
Choir Division and winning Best
Soprano Section. Congratulations to
GCS for their 2nd place finish in the
Show Choir Division as well as their
2nd place finish at Viterbo the week
before.
PARENTS
PARENT-TEACHER
CONFERENCES
Parent-Teacher Conference times will be
on the following dates:
Monday, 3/9/15, 12:00 to 8:00 PM
Tuesday, 3/10/15, 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
PLEASE NOTE: THESE WILL BE ALL
WALK-IN CONFERENCES
TWO NEW EAGLE SCOUTS
On January 10th, two of Central’s seniors, Sam
Dunn and Reed Johnson received their Eagle
Scout Award. This is the highest ranking a
scout can advance to and very few scouts
make it that far. Reed’s project was at Hillview
Cemetery in La Crosse where he cleaned up
and identified gravestones and built a kiosk to
display a map of the cemetery along with
building birdhouses and painting the fence
around the cemetery. Sam’s project was in
Trempealeau Mountain State Park where he did
trail improvements and built a bridge on the
trail.
Congratulations to both Sam and Reed!
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HOST FAMILIES NEEDED!!
COURSE REGISTRATION FOR
2015-2016
Course registration will be upon us in early
February. Students will be bringing a registration
form home for you to sign. It’s important that you
help your student select appropriate courses.
Keep in mind that students should sign up for 6-7
credits. Students may need to take specific courses to meet 4-year college or technical college program requirements.
During registration time, it’s important for students
to consider and plan for school-to-work
opportunities that are available. Most of these opportunities are by application and have specific
deadlines. Programs are in Banking and Finance,
CISCO
Networking Academy, Assistant Child Care
Teacher, Certified Nursing Assistant, Cooperative
Education, Health Science Academy, Engineering
Academy and Construction Academy.
Please consult the course guide for course information, school-to-work opportunities, graduation
requirements, and college requirements. Course
guides will be available online and in Student
Services.
Are you a World Language Student who is
interested in hosting a student from Germany?
Be a part of the 2015 German Exchange!
Students from our partner school in Kirchheim
unter Teck, Germany, will come for three
weeks in October, 2015. We need CHS
families with students in World Languages to
host! This is a great opportunity to fulfill a
Global Certificate requirement and to make a
new connection.
This year is the 25th Anniversary of this
partnership. Be part of the tradition! Anyone
interested should stop by Frau Bauer’s room
228 for an application or e-mail her at
[email protected]
NHS NEWS
The National Honor Society has already been
very active this year, thanks to the hard work
and dedication of both our second year members and our huge group of enthusiastic new
members. So far we have held three
sanctioined events—a parade route clean-up
last fall, a very successful blood drive in the
winter, and a food drive just before winter break.
This new semester looks to be as active as the
first, with another blood drive and another food
drive already in the works. In addition to these
events, NHS members have spent and will
continue to spend hundreds of hours in service
all throughout the community. Thanks for all
your hard work members, and keep it up!
~Jessica Halter, Public Relations Officer
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Congratulations to the following “Students of the Month”. Students are nominated by the various
departments at Central and voted on by all Central faculty.
NOVEMBER
Lue Thao
Freshman
Rheanne Kline
Sophomore
Lauren Lockington
Junior
Cameron Neader
Senior
DECEMBER
Edward Miller
Freshman
Sara Brekke
Sophomore
Synclair Riley
Junior
Kyra Salerno
Senior
STUDENT OF THE MONTH NOMINEES
The following students were nominated for Student of the Month in November and December of this
year. Although they were not elected as students of the month, it is an honor just to be nominated.
Freshmen: Katharine Baines, Alexandria Bruley, Emmett Burgos, Courtlandt Canaday, Brenden
Elwer, Kyle Fossum, Lance Gunter, Dallas Jansen, Matthew Johnson, Sandra Lee, Isaac
List, Raymond Mach, Maryam Muhammad, Ashlyn Neader, Jack Richter, Stone Yocum,
Scout Zinniel
Sophomores: Allyson Dickman, Hunter Dolan, Kyle Gilbertson, Asya Her, Gretchen Janvrin, Kobe
King, Michelle Lightner-Raymond, Lakiah McCallson, Garrett Michaels, Elliot MitbyStrand, Alexandra Olson, Jonah Parral, Benjamin Richmond, Danielle Winchel, Tou
Bee Xiong, Tina Yang
Juniors: Waylon Alvarado, Austin Banasik-Wuensch, Erin Baumgartner, Joshua Erickson, Kira
Guetschow, Drew Larson, Jacob Lenser, Samuel Lindner, Gray Martin, Ahnna Schini, Austin
Stalsberg, Leader Thao, May Wojt
Seniors: Aleda Brokaw, Elijah Dannhoff, Kaitlynn Fischer, Josiah Greene, Molly Gioe, Erin Hennessy,
Shannon Hogan, Jonathan Johnson, Ti Kue, Brendan Londergan, Gabrielle Oliver, Natalie
Sellnau, Muhammad Tariq, Evan Thompson
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College Goal Wisconsin
February 3-5
High School Registration
February 20
Health Science Academy Application Deadline
February 25
College Goal Wisconsin
6:00 PM, UW-L—WING Tech Center
March 1
Banking & Finance Youth Apprenticeship Application
Deadline
Youth Options Deadline for Fall, 2015
Summer School Registration Deadline
March 3
ACT Test at Central (Juniors)
March 4
ACT WorkKeys Test at Central (Juniors)
March 9
Parent/Teacher Conferences 12:00-8:00 PM
WALK INS ONLY
March 10
Parent/Teacher Conferences 12:00-8:00 PM
WALK INS ONLY
March 13
Deadline to register for April 18th ACT Test
April 6
Deadline to register for May 2nd SAT Test
April 27
Senior Scholarship Program—7:00 PM
(For those who received a letter of invite)
April 27-28
ACT Aspire Testing (Sophomores)
April 29-30
ACT Aspire Testing (Freshmen)
May 22
Graduation 7:00 PM
La Crosse Center
College Goal Wisconsin is a free event held to
help families complete the Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you and your
senior could use assistance in completing the
FAFSA, attend this event. College Goal
Wisconsin will be held on February 25th at
6:00 PM at UW-L, WING Technology Center,
1705 State Street. Bring with you your 2014
W-2 and completed federal tax forms for both
you and your student, and other benefits or
income information (SSI, TANF, Welfare). For
more information go to www.collegegoalwi.org.
ACT TESTING
All juniors are now required by the State of
Wisconsin to take the ACT and WorkKeys tests.
These tests will be given at Central on March 3rd
and 4th. Students may use their score from the
state assessment for college admissions. Students
can also choose to retake the ACT on their own.
Register online to retake the ACT at
www.actstudent.org. Students who qualify for free
or reduced lunches are entitled to no more than
two free waivers to take the ACT. See your counselor form more information.
CAREER COACHING
Mr. David Fish, High School Relations Associate
from Western Technical College, visits Central on
the third Thursday of each month to provide career
coaching to students. He meets with students who
want more information about careers, the college
application process, COMPASS testing and interpretation, financial aid and scholarships, college
transfer opportunities, and career exploration. See
your counselor to sign up for a time to meet with
Mr. Fish.
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FRESHMAN PLANNING CONFERENCE
Freshman Planning Conferences will begin February 9, 2015. These conferences which
involve counselors, parents and their freshman students, are specially designed to focus on
the student’s talents and interests, discuss his or her educational and career development,
and provide useful information to assist in planning for the future. They are not intended to
replace Parent/Teacher Conferences nor are they a time to discuss discipline issues.
Conferences generally last 45 minutes and take place various times throughout the day.
Letters will soon be arriving at your homes telling you when your conference has been
scheduled. If you are unable to attend at that time, please contact the Student Services
secretary, Mrs. Silha at 789-3006 or at [email protected] and she will help you
reschedule. All conferences take place in Student Services. We are looking forward to
meeting with you and your freshman!
UW SYSTEM REGIONAL PLACEMENT TESTING
Registration for the Regional Placement Testing for students entering UW System campuses for the fall semester 2015 begins in early February, 2015. This testing helps the universities determine the correct levels of math and English courses a student should take. To register for the Regional Testing go to www.testing.wisc.edu. You will see which sites are open
and get immediate confirmation that can be printed. No confirmation letters will be mailed to
you so be sure to print or write down the confirmation information when you register.
FAFSA—FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID
Seniors who plan on attending college in the fall need to complete the FAFSA in order to
qualify for financial aid such as student loans, student grants, and work-study. The FAFSA
is available online at www.fafsa.gov after January 1st. Check with the schools you’re interested in for their FAFSA deadlines. Students and parents will need to have their 2014 taxes
completed in order to finish the form. If you have questions about the FAFSA contact the
financial aid office at the school to which you have applied.
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Engineering, STEM, & Project Lead The Way
Our Technology and Engineering Department is entering its ninth year of being a part of Project Lead the Way. PLTW is a national program forming partnerships among public schools,
higher education institutions and the private sector to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from our high school.
PLTW has developed a four year sequence of courses which, when combined with college
preparatory mathematics and science courses in high school, introduces students to the
scope, rigor, and discipline of engineering and engineering technology prior to entering college. The year long courses we teach at Central are:
Introduction to Engineering Design:
This course teaches problem-solving skills using a design development process. Models of
product solutions are created, analyzed, and communicated using solid modeling computer
design software.
Principles of Engineering:
This course helps students understand the field of engineering and engineering technology.
Students explore various technology systems and manufacturing processes which help students learn how engineers and technicians use math, science and technology in an engineering problem solving process to benefit people. The course also includes concerns about social and political consequences of technological change.
Digital Electronics:
This is a course of applied logic that encompasses the application of electronic circuits and devices. Computer simulation software is used to design and test digital circuitry prior to the actual construction of circuits and devices.
Computer Integrated Manufacturing:
This course enhances computer modeling skills. Students apply principals of robotics and automation to create models of their three-dimensional designs. Students will be utilizing CNC
machines to create productions from their own designs.
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College Financing 101
It can be challenging trying to figure out how to pay for college. The ever-increasing cost of
education has fueled the growth of student loans. Here a few tips to help guide you and your
student through the process.
If your student is a senior, you will need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student
Aid (FAFSA) as soon as you have completed your Federal Income Tax return. The most
convenient way to complete the FAFSA is online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
The colleges your student has applied to will review the information on the FAFSA to determine eligibility for a Stafford Loan and other financial aid sources. Schools generally send
out award letters in early April. To see an estimate of your financial aid eligibility, log on to
www.FAFSA4caster.ed.gov.
If you find the award amount isn’t going to be enough, don’t panic! There are other options
for help, including hundreds of scholarships. Check with Central’s Future Center or visit
reputable websites such as www.finaid.org or www.fastweb.org.
Many students help pay for their own education with summer and part-time employment.
Your student may be able to cover some expenses through the Federal Work-Study program. This program provides part-time jobs to students, often right on campus, based on financial need.
As a parent, you can apply for a Federal PLUS loan to help bridge the gap. Each school has
its own process for PLUS loans, so you should contact the school’s financial aid office for
information. Parents and students should also talk to their financial institutions to see if they
offer alternative student loans or to explore other loan options.
As education costs continue to surge, and traditional funding sources fall short, finding alternative financing solutions will be critically important. Don’t let your student put off going
to college because they think they can’t afford it. Help is out there - they may just need to
do a little work to find it. When Financial Aid isn’t enough, Altra is there to help with student loans through Student Choice. For more information, anyone can visit Altra Federal
Credit Union’s Student area at www.altra.org. Click on the Your Life button and select Students.
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La Crosse County
Permanent
Medication Drop Boxes:
*PILLS AND PATCHES ONLY!
La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department
333 Vine Street, La Crosse, WI
Phone: (608)785-9629
Box Location: Room 1500
Open hours: Mon. – Fri. Call for times.
MEDICATION
DISPOSAL
OPTIONS
For
La Crosse
County
If you are unable to get you medications to the local police department, here is a way that
you may dispose of in the household trash:

Mix medicines (do NOT crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance
such as kitty litter or used coffee grounds.

Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag; and

Throw the container in your household trash.

Before throwing out your empty pill bottles or other empty medicine packaging,
remember to scratch out all information on the prescription label to make it
unreadable.
Household Hazardous
Materials Drop-Off Site Hours
No Appointment Needed
Household users only.
Tuesday - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday - 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday - Noon – 4:00 PM
1st & 3rd Saturdays - 9:00 AM – Noon
No businesses during walk-in hours
La Crosse Police Department
400 La Crosse Street, La Crosse, WI
Phone: (608)789-7240
Box Location: Lobby
Open Hours: Mon. – Fri. 8:30 – 5:00 pm
Holmen Police Department
415 Main Street S., Holmen, WI
Phone: (608)526-4212
Box Location: Lobby Entry
Open hours: Mon. – Fri. Call for times.
West Salem Police Department
175 S. Leonard Street, West Salem, WI
Phone: (608)781-0407
Box Location: Lobby
Open hours: Mon. – Fri. Call for times.
Onalaska Police Department
415 Main Street, Onalaska, WI
Phone: (608)781-9550
Box Location: Lobby
Open hours: Mon. – Fri. Call for times.
Bangor Police Department
100 17th Avenue, Bangor, WI
Phone: (608)486-4276
Box Location: Municipal Office Lobby
Open hours: Hours vary, call ahead.
Campbell Police Department
2219 Bainbridge Street, La Crosse, WI
Phone: (608)783-1050
Box Location: Lobby
Open hours: Mon. – Fri. Call for times.
La Crosse County is still accepting
certain unwanted pharmaceutical and
over-the-counter medications at:
La Crosse County Hazardous
Materials Facility
6502 State Road 16
(between Onalaska and West
Salem).
Medications must be in their original
containers. You can cover over or
cross out personal information,
however the name of the medication
must be visable.
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