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This website was designed to help keep you in the loop - check out the calendars, school news and other links above and to the right to help guide you in the right direction! 

Upcoming Events

January 16 - Tuesday
6:00 PM - Informational Session for Parents @ New Directions
6:00 PM - 6th Grade Dig It!
7:15 PM - 6th Grade Dig It!
January 17 - Wednesday
5:45 PM - Governance Council Meeting
January 19 - Friday
11:30 Dismissal - River View & Elementary Only
January 22 - Monday
Celebrate NDLC Week!
10:00 AM - Open House @ New Directions
January 23 - Tuesday
Family Night-Art Night
Game Day (Characters, Twister, Mario, Etc.) Wear
January 24 - Wednesday
Backwards Wear Day
January 25 - Thursday
Gym Night-Jump Rope for Heart
Active Wear
January 26 - Friday
Camping Day Wear
February 1 - Thursday
6:00 PM - Informational Session for Parents @ New Directions
February 2 - Friday
February 5 - Monday
6:00 PM - PSC Meeting
February 9 - Friday
February 14 - Wednesday
Wear Pink/Red

School News

"Be the Change"

KaukaunaStudents have accepted the challenge to "Be the Change." In an effort to promote mutual respect and acceptance throughout our school and community, the Kaukauna Area School District will host Challenge Days on January 8-9 at River View Middle School and January 10-11 at Kaukauna High School. The International Challenge Day program was designed to help build connection and empathy among students by breaking down barriers that separate them and promoting understanding, acceptance and respect. Pushing beyond traditional anti-bullying efforts, the 6-1/2 hour program challenges participating students, teachers, counselors and parents to step outside of their comfort zones to build connections with others through a series of games, activities and trust-building exercises. "We're looking forward to giving our students the opportunity to participate in this eye-opening, emotionally-challenging program," said Karen Wirth, School Social Worker. "Celebrating our differences and building mutual respect is the key to growth and unity within our community." Kaukauna High School Sophomore Maisie Prellwitz participated in the program during her 8th grade year at River View, and will again participate this year at the high school. "Challenge Days are a chance for us to connect with other students on a more personal level,” Maisie. “The experience helped me open up to others, and I learned not to judge people by how they portray themselves during school but instead, understand them and the signs that they show when they are struggling. After hearing their stories, I gained a much deeper understanding of who they are.” To learn more about the work of Challenge Day, please visit

Elementary Information Sessions!

Come Learn about great opportunities for Elementary students in the Kaukauna Area School District! Mark your calendar for Thursday, January 11, 2018. Please join us for your opportunity to learn about school choices available within the Kaukauna Area School District. We will meet at Tanner Early Learning Center, 2500 Fieldcrest Drive, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 11. We'll also hold parent information sessions at our schools for your chance to see the buildings and meet some of our dedicated staff members. You can find information about each of the school's information sessions listed below: New Directions Learning Community Charter School,Grades 4K-4 2601 Sullivan Ave. Kaukauna, WI 54130 Parent Information Session: Tuesday, January 16,6:00-7:00 p.m. Open House: Monday, January 22, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Parent Information Session:Thursday, February 1, 6:00-7:00 p.m. *Join us for an information session to learn more about our school and an open house to tour the schooland meet our staff. Or call New Directions to set up a tour at 766-6116! Tanner Early Learning Center,Early Childhood—Grade 1 2500 Fieldcrest Drive Kaukauna, WI 54130 4K Open House Options: Monday, January 15& Thursday, January 18,4:30-6:30 p.m.;Friday, January 19, 8:00-9:00 a.m.;Monday, January 22,11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. *New 4K families are invited to join us for an Open House to get a sneak peek into the 4K day. See classrooms & visit with the teachers. Or call Tanner School to set upa tour at 766-6150! Park Community Charter School,Grades K-4 509 Lawe St. Kaukauna, WI 54130 Wednesday, January 17,8:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. *Join us for an opportunity to meet the Principal, tour the building while students are in session, and attend a Brain Smart Start in the classrooms. Brain Smart Start is a key part of our school wide Conscious Discipline program. Brain Smart Starts will be held at 8:00 and 12:30 in our kindergarten classrooms with tours by our principal to follow each. Please call Park Community to let us know which session you will be attending at 766-6129.

District Technology Leaders Present at SLATE

On December 5th, four KASDstaff memberspresented at SLATE (School Leaders Advancing Technology in Education),a state-wide educational technology conference hosted by the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA). River View Middle School teachers Kim Leisgang and Kyrstn Bergh presented a session on the use of classroom tools Nearpod and Screencastify, whichwork together to get students more involved in their classroom activities using their Chromebooks. Kaukauna High School Library Media Specialist and Technology Coach Kevin Hietpas, along with District Technology Coordinator Jim Geoffrey, presented a session about how technology can be used to bring more authentic assessment practices into our classroom.They focused on specific tools and practices that have been initiated within the past year in our district. Both sessions had high attendance and were well received by participants. While not presenting, these staff members were busy learning about both technology resources and how to successfully integrate them into their practice. OnDecember 12th, Jim Geoffrey and Angela Brown will be presenting at the TIES conference in Minneapolis, where they will lead two sessions: one on Chromebooks in 1st grade, and another on the use of our new Interactive Touch Panels at the elementary level.

Kaukauna Schools Exceed Expectations

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released School Report Cards for all Wisconsin publicly-funded schools and districts on November 21, 2017. Kaukauna Area School District again earned outstanding scores: Victor Haen Elementary School and Park Community Charter School earned the “Significantly Exceeds Expectations” distinction; Electa Quinney Elementary School, New Directions Learning Community and River View Middle School earned a place in the “Exceeds Expectations” category; and Kaukauna High School is meeting expectations. Tanner Early Learning Center has a student body that it too young to take the standardized tests, and therefore, is not included in the DPI’s annual review. Because of the significant growth and success at the school level, our combined district accountability score and rating, landed KASD in the “Exceeds Expectations” category for the second year in a row. “These report cards are more evidence of the academic growth that continues to occur in the Kaukauna Area School District,” said Superintendent Mark Duerwaechter. “This is another proud moment for KASD, and we will continue down this path toward success. We didn’t come this far, to only come this far. Our staff and students continue to put in the work, achieve success and grow every day.” DPI’s School Report Cards are intended to help schools and districts examine data across four priority areas: Student Achievement, measured by proficiency in reading and mathematics on state assessments Student Growth, measured by year-to-year improvements in achievement Closing Gaps in performance On-track and Postsecondary Readiness Test participation, absenteeism and dropout rates are also measured. Kaukauna Area School District’s current report cards are all available on the Kaukauna Area School District’s District and School Performance web page. Past report cards can be viewed on the Wisconsin DPI website.


Happy November! Now that Fall is in full swing (with the weather to prove it), and November is finally here, it's a great time to step back and reflect on what makes Kaukauna Area School District so special. We wouldn't be where we are without the support of so many, and so, this November, we'd like to give thanks where it is due. Each day in November, look for#KASDThanks30 on ourDistrict'sFacebook and Twitter pages, a chance for us to thank those individuals and groups that support our District and keep us Kaukauna Strong.

Hoops 2 Help Raises $15,000!

The 4th Annual Hoops 2 Help event at Kaukauna High School on Saturday, October 28 raised approximately $15,000 for the MACC Fund. Read more on our news and information page.

2017 Prepay Online for School Pictures

Parents you may click on the link to prepay online for your children's School Pictures. Retakes are November 1st.

  • 2601 Sullivan Ave, Kaukauna, WI 54130
  • Phone: (920) 766-6116
  • Fax: (920) 766-6122
  • 2601 Sullivan Ave, Kaukauna, WI 54130
  • Phone: (920) 766-6116
  • Fax: (920) 766-6122
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