One of the projects approved by DASD residents as part of the April 2, 2019 referendum, is a new Intermediate School for grades 4-6. The facility projects position the district to meet our growing enrollment needs and provide educational environments that support the success of all students.
The new Intermediate School will be completed by fall 2021. At that time, our existing elementary schools will accommodate grades K-3, and the existing middle school will be for grades 7 and 8.
From November 18, 2019 to January 20, 2020, parents, students, staff, and community members were invited to provide suggestions to name the new Intermediate School. Over 55 different names were submitted!
On Monday, January 27, Board of Education members narrowed down the suggestions to the 5 possible school names listed below. The rationale provided by those making the suggestions is also included for each.
- DeForest Area Intermediate School (DAIS)
Maintain similar naming protocol as our one high school and one middle school, which are DeForest Area High School (DAHS) and DeForest Area Middle School (DAMS) respectively. Use unique names for the elementary schools.
- DeForest-Windsor Area Intermediate School (DWAIS)
Reflect the largest municipalities within the school district boundaries, yet include “area” to reflect all communities.
- Dragon Prairie Intermediate School (DPIS)
Incorporates the Norse and Native American cultures of the area. “Dragons” are used in other parts of the community (example: DeForest Area Public Library). References the rolling prairie and the early history of the area.
- Norski Intermediate School (NIS)
The intermediate level is where all elementary students will come together for the first time. Reflects branding of the district, as well as school pride where “everyone is a Norski.”
- Token Creek Intermediate School (TCIS)
Recognizes an area and body of water within the Village of Windsor. Historical relevance to the area, which includes Token Creek as one of three important communities in Dane County during the first half of the nineteenth century, as well as the location for the first school in the township.
Community, staff, and students are invited to weigh in on these 5 possible names. Students in grades 4-6 will also be asked to provide input into the choices. Click on the link below to take a short survey by February 12th.
More information is available on the DASD website.