- First published on 23 April 2018 Posted in District News
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By: Mr. Russ Rautmann, Director of The Engler Center for the Performing Arts
"We could maybe survive without the arts, but I don't think we'd be human beings without it" - Opera Singer, Denyce Graves.
The School District of Chilton has a strong history and established tradition of growing its Fine Arts programming, for not only its students, but also for the Chilton community.
From The Beginning:
As we look back at the 1934 performing arts spaces in the former Chilton High School (CHS) building, we found a stage that was shared with physical education, wrestling and other general uses. This is the same space where the annual play was performed on a shallow stage. The audience, 150 strong, sat on a flat floor in folding chairs. The estimated attendance for these plays totaled 450 annually. Choir and band concerts were performed in a hot and noisy gymnasium with the audience seated on wooden bleachers. Despite these conditions, the students of CHS were able to experience the benefits of the performing arts first-hand.
Now let's jump ahead to the start of the 2003/2004 school year. This school year marked the beginning of a new era in the performing arts for the Chilton Public Schools, and the Community of Chilton. This was the opening of the state-of-the-art performing arts center, The Engler Center for the Performing Arts (ECPA). The ECPA was made possible by the generosity of the William and Michael Engler families. In the first performing arts season, we welcomed a full house for the ECPA grand opening. The high school produced, Bye Bye Birdie, and the Calumet County Community Theatre produced, The Music Man. The choirs and bands performed on this grand stage with pride surrounded by a state of the art acoustic diva shell. Our attendance numbers were approximately 2,600 for the year. With time comes progress, and to quote the movie, Field Of Dreams, "If you build it they will come," and they did come. Over the next twelve years with a supportive Board of Education, staff, parents, and community, we've seen an average annual growth of 13 percent in attendance.
In the 2014/2015 season, the ECPA has seen another record year. Attendance numbers totaled over 10,000 for events requiring tickets. Our free events, such as band and choir concerts, had standing room only. Over the past year, the ECPA has hosted several educational events for students and the community. We have hosted numerous fundraising concerts and events for school groups and local non-profit organizations. The four musical and two non-musical productions that are performed annually on our stage are designed to boost the confidence levels of our students and community performers by encouraging them to speak and perform in front of others. Through these performances, students and community members have had the opportunity to gain an understanding of the value of the performing arts. The love for the arts and the theater has grown throughout the years, and has enriched the lives of our students and community members. One of our main goals at the Engler Center for the Performing Arts is to teach everyone that enters our doors a little something about the performing arts, and to bring people from our community together to enjoy some of the finest family entertainment in the area!
The Arts Are Alive At CPS!
Chilton Elementary and Middle School Library will celebrate with a library fine amnesty week, bookmark contest, and paperback book exchange.
AMNESTY: Ask for amnesty for library fines and it will be provided this week.
BOOKMARK CONTEST: The bookmarks must be about books, reading, or libraries. Bookmarks will be handed out to students on card stock, 8 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. Judging criteria will include: uniqueness, creativity, how well the bookmark communicates its message, and artistic merit. It is suggested to use scrap paper to design the bookmark, and then transfer it to the card stock with black ink. Name, Grade & Teacher should be written on the back of the bookmark. One winner per classroom in the elementary school and one winner in each grade in middle school will receive books for their efforts. The bookmarks of the winners will be reproduced for April’s School Library Media Month and/or next year’s Read Aloud Month. Bookmarks are due the last day of school in November.
PAPERBACK BOOK EXCHANGE:
Bring good conditioned/slightly used paperback books to the library any time before November 10.
Receive a coupon, good for as many books as you brought in, to be used during lunch/recess on November 13.
Older students may choose to exchange two picture books for one chapter book.
By: Mr. Corey Behnke, Physical Education Teacher and Activities Director
Move to the Eastern Wisconsin Conference
Starting this Fall some old rivalries will be renewed as Chilton, Brillion, Roncalli, and Valders join the EWC (Eastern Wisconsin Conference) and its current members: Kiel, New Holstein, Sheboygan Falls, and Two Rivers. All sports, except for spring baseball, will be competing in this conference. Baseball will continue competing in the Olympian Conference as the EWC currently sponsors summer baseball instead of spring.
Summer Improvement Opportunities for Athletes
Even though spring sports and the school year is coming to an end, our student athletes are approaching, quite possibly, the most important two months of their 2015-16 school year. June and July are filled with opportunities for our athletes to help themselves improve, and set themselves up for success next year.
These opportunities are crucial to an athlete's and teams' success. While we respect our kids and their limited time to just "be a kid," summer improvement opportunities and season expectations should be considered. Time dedicated in the summer to improvement often leads to a greater desire and commitment during the season. Athletes who have dedicated some of their summer to improving themselves find that the in-season games tend to carry more value for them. Regular season goals and expectations are often times the motivating factor when an athlete chooses whether or not to attend the Bigger-Faster-Stronger Program (BFS), and whether or not to attend summer improvement opportunities. Summer improvement opportunities and in-season success go hand-in-hand.
"Natural talent only determines the limits of your athletic potential. It's dedication and disciplining your life that makes you great." – Billie Jean King
BFS is the weightlifting program currently used by Chilton High School student-athletes. Schools our size rely on multi-sport athletes to field successful teams, and the BFS weightlifting program was chosen because it is designed to benefit ALL athletes, male/female, regardless of their chosen sport(s). Any student can, and is encouraged, to sign-up for BFS. They do NOT have to be involved in athletics.
BFS is run by Coach Mike Arendt, a nationally certified BFS instructor. He is assisted by various head and assistant coaches from our other sport programs. The program runs Mondays-Thursdays, from June 8 - July 30. Sessions last two hours, 8:00AM – 10:00AM & 10:00AM – 12:00PM in the Chilton High School Weight Room. The two hour sessions focus on injury prevention exercises, strength training, flexibility, speed & agility training, and conditioning.
It is strongly recommended to all of our student athletes that if they need to make a choice between attending BFS and attending a sport specific training session, that they attend BFS. The goal is to see all of the Chilton Athletic programs succeed, and conditioning, strength, speed, and agility training will benefit all athletes in all sports.
Some of our athletes participate in summer leagues, in which our teams play in a league against other teams. The teams that utilize a summer league benefit from having their athletes playing with one another and developing team chemistry that often carries over to the regular season.
The WIAA allows all athletic programs to have 5 contact days with their athletes during June and July. Contact days are essentially summer practices, where school coaches are allowed to coach the players. These days are quite often a coach's only opportunity to coach his/her players during the summer months.
Outside of summer contact days, open gym opportunities are available to Chilton athletes, as well. Open gym times are scheduled in mornings, afternoons, and evenings throughout the summer to ensure that all athletes have a chance at summer improvement in their respective sports. Open gyms are communicated to the athletes by their coaches.
Best wishes to all Chilton athletes for a safe, eventful, and productive summer!
In order to encourage family members to read together in the home, CE&MS Library is sponsoring an event that will run the whole month of November.
For each book, chapter, magazine or newspaper article read aloud to someone in the family during November, CE&MS students may fill out a read aloud slip with author and title information. Parents/teachers may decide how much is read in order to fill out a ticket according to their child’s reading/listening ability. Read Aloud slips may be filled out with books read for other requirements.
Read aloud slips will be collected by the classroom teacher or turned in at the library. Deadline is the first school day in December.
Student Prizes will be awarded on three levels.
Level one: Each participant will receive a reading certificate and bookmark.
Level two: Each K-4 classroom and at each grade level 5-8, a random drawing will be held for items related to reading and our current theme.
Level three: K-4 level and 5-8 level: Random drawing for a reading t-shirt and/or paperback series of the student’s choice.