Year filled with activities for “adopted” classes

Louise Valdovinos led students in a variety of historical, hands-on learning activities at the DeForest Area Public Library. The activities were designed to replicate those which children of one century ago might have taken part in. They included examining stereoscope cards using “3-D Book Viewers” and an original stereoscope, “churning” butter using glass jars (pictured above), using a washboard and tub, and experiencing the “Palmer Penmanship” method. (More photos below)

This spring students from several elementary school classrooms visited local businesses as part of the district’s Adopt-a-Class program.  Teachers and local business people participated in many activities with students throughout the year.  At the end of each year, students are invited to visit the business.

Started in 1997, the adopt-a-class program matches an elementary school class with a local business.    According to Debbie Brewster, Coordinator of School/Community Relations, “the program provides an opportunity for local businesses to develop a long-term relationship with students.  The teacher and business person work together to provide students with an insight into future careers, learn appropriate work ethics, and apply school work to the world outside of the classroom.”

The following partnerships were in place during the 2011-12 school year:

  • Eagle Point Elementary School:
    • Julie Harrier, 1st grade – Midwest Professional Karate (Tony Armstrong)
    • Karen Vian, 1st grade – Comfort Inn & Suites (Jenny Olesen)
    • Jackie Hay-Vitcenda, 2nd grade – Essential Family Vision (Dr. Trixie Eakin)
    • Sue Sonsalla, 3rd grade – DeForest Pharmacy (Vicki Sobczak)
    • Bev Schultz, 3rd grade – DMB Community Bank (Rhonda Gilbertson)
    • Rachel Bohlman, 4th grade – Keller Williams Realty (Deb Vesling)
  • Morrisonville Elmentary School:
    • Gina Buettner/Colleen Fogo, 1st-4th grades – The Premiere of Windsor (Barb Flaherty) and Pioneer Hi-Bred International (Dave Miller)
  • Windsor Elementary School
    • Jessica Berkley, Kindergarten – Settlersbank (Trisha Thompson)
    • Debbie Mason, 2nd grade – DeForest Area Rotary Club (Vickie Adkins)
    • Renee Capozziello, 2nd grade – Lake Windsor Country Club (Jennifer Larson)
    • Colleen Dederich, 3rd grade – Mousehaus Cheesehaus (Tony Sobczak)
    • Kari Egan, 3rd grade – DeForest Area Public Library (Louise Valdovinos)
    • Barb Bauer, 4th grade – State of WI DNR (Tom Nowakowski)
  • Yahara Elementary School
    • Ann Brown, Kindergarten – DeForest Veterinary Care (Shawn Bogdanske)
    • Karly Borrud, Kindergarten – Karate America (Laura Hyke)
    • Katie Carter, Kindergarten – Holiday Inn Express (Jenny Olesen)
    • Kari Heldmann, Kindergarten – Essential Family Vision (Dr. Julia Edwards)

For more information, visit the school district website at:  http://www.deforest.k12.wi.us – “For Community” or contact Debbie Brewster in the Office of School/Community Relations at (608) 842-6581.

With the help of business partner Tom Nowakowski, from the Wisconsin DNR, students in Barb Bauer’s 4th grade class at Windsor Elementary School researched some of the 10 most polluted cities in the US and then simulated how to make them “green”.
Students in Renee Capozziello’s 1st/2nd grade class at Windsor Elementary School made “coursages” with Lindsay Galston, Event Coordinator at Lake Windsor Country Club
Students in Debbie Mason’s class posed with DeForest Area Rotarians after they visited a club meeting. (Pictured is Theresa Gartland who was filling in for Debbie Mason)This spring students from several elementary school classrooms visited local businesses as part of the district’s Adopt-a-Class program.  Teachers and local business people participated in many activities with students throughout the year.  At the end of each year, students are invited to visit the business.

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