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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

May 25 - Friday
May 28 - Monday
May 29 - Tuesday
6:00 PM - KHS Band Concert
May 30 - Wednesday
2nd Grade Fieldtrip-Various Businesses in Kaukauna
May 31 - Thursday
4K Last Day!
4th Grade Bike Hike/4th Grade Celebration
June 1 - Friday
6:00 PM - KHS Choir - Spring Concert
June 4 - Monday
4th Grade Fieldtrip- Kaukauna Library
Wear Bright Colors/Sunglasses
6:00 PM - PSC Meeting
June 5 - Tuesday
Workout Gear Wear/Field Day
June 6 - Wednesday
11:30 Dismissal - All Students
Last Day of School!
Wear Whatever!

School News

2018 Readers' and Writers' Workshop, July 23 & 24

This institute offers sessions for those of you who are new to reading and writing workshops and for those of you who have been doing workshops for years. Just pick the sessions that interest you and you will have self-designed professional development that is sure to in-form and energize your teaching. Come for one or two days and a join a community of work-shop teachers. The workshop will be held at Kaukauna High School. 1701 County CE Kaukauna, WI 54130 Please click here for more information and to register.

KHS Intro to Education students ... teach!

Recently, Ms. Ostrander’s KHS Intro To Education class spent an afternoon teaching 4th grade students at Electa Quinney Elementary School. The high school students wrote and implemented lessons on language arts and math. After finishing their lessons they took the students to the gym to take part in team building activities. Intro To Education is a class offered through the Family and Consumer Science department at Kaukauna High School and is offered to students interested in pursuing a career in education.

District Art Show

On Tuesday, May 8, a student reception was held for those artists with work on display in the KASD Art Show at the Kaukauna Public Library. The launch was packed and the work is truly outstanding. The show ends May 31 - find a time that works for you to check it out!

Calling All Choir Alumni

In the spirit of community, the Kaukauna High School Choir would like to invite all KHS Choir Alumni to come and sing with us to conclude the Spring Concert. Keeping withtradition, we will sing"No Time" SATB arranged by Susan Brumfield. Last year, alumni young and old joined in - and helped us create a masterpiece!It was fantastic to have so many KHS Alumni on stage together, and we can't wait to do it again! Please consider joining us. If you'd like, feel free to email Becky O'Brien for an email rehearsal recording of your vocal part and/or printed music to practice ahead of time!No need to worry, however, if you do not have time to rehearse;the present choir will lead you through it! Just show up, get some music, and SING! Concert will be on Friday, June 1st at beginning at 6pm.

Author Marla McKenna Visits KASD Elementary Students

On Monday, April 30 and Tuesday May 1, 2018, Kaukauna Area School District Elementary students at Park Community Charter School and Tanner Early Learning Center had the opportunity to learn the superhero secrets of Author Marla McKenna. During the interactive visits, Ms. McKenna introduced herself to students, telling them a little about herself and her first book, Mom’s Big Catch. After reading the books to students, she then went through the process of writing a book, from formulating ideas and characters through the editing, illustrating and publishing processes. Students then had a little additional fun asking questions and taking a look at the photos and videos Ms. McKenna shared. “Having Ms. McKenna here creates an engaging experience where our students can connect what we learn every day about respect, integrity and responsibility with all that goes on outside of school,” said Ken Kortens, Principal at Park Community Charter School. “The themes are patience, positivity and perseverance to reach goals really hit home with our kids and reinforced their daily work.” After student presentations on Monday, April 30, Ms. McKenna also held an evening presentation at Tanner, and took part in a book signing during their “Cozy up and Read” event. A similar event was held at Park Community Charter School on the evening of Tuesday, May 1. About Marla McKenna Marla McKenna is the author of several children’s books, including Mom’s Big Catch, which was inspired by an actual event that took place at Miller Park. Her other children’s books include: Sadie's Big Steal is the second book in the Mom's Big Catch series, and it focuses on the important message of anti-bullying, friendship, respect and kindness; I'm a Secret Superhero inspires children to find their inner super power and use their special gifts to find their purpose and make a difference; and A Soccer Summer Dream with the Milwaukee Torrent, which is currently in production and will be released soon. While in school, Marla was involved in music, sports and theater. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism – Advertising and Public Relations. Marla has always been passionate about the creative aspect of writing and graphic design, and her work has appeared in magazines, brochures, newsletters, billboards, DVDs and radio spots, and is now featured in these children’s books. She has loved turning her passion for writing into a career and is excited about the opportunities she has to share her positive message with kids of all ages while visiting schools across the country. Teaching children that dreams really can come true and the importance of never giving up, is the theme she includes in her presentations.

Blood Drive April 26

Kaukauna High School's National Honor Society, in conjunction with The Community Blood Center, is sponsoring its finalblood drive of the school year on Thursday, April 26,from 6:30a.m - 2:45p.m. The donation process takes about 45-50 minutes, during which you will not only be saving THREE lives, but enjoy a lunch from one of our generous sponsors. This is our LAST chance to crushlast years 16.6 gallon collection record!Thanks to many generous donors, we have come close to breaking the record this year, but NHS needs more help to set a new record and ultimately save more lives! To register, email your name, birthday, and the time that you would like to donate

It's not techno ... It's TechYES!

Kaukauna Area School District tried something new during the last all-staff professional learning day – a Technology Summit, planned and coordinated by the District’s Library Media Specialists (in conjunction with a number of technology leaders and teacher presenters). The 4-hour summit, featuring the tagline of “It’s not TechNO … It’s TechYes!” was a chance for all staff to increase their understanding of a number of different technology tools designed for classroom instruction. The summit began in the afternoon with a quick welcome from Superintendent Duerwaechter in the Kaukauna High School Auditorium, followed by a Technology Showcase where many staff members showed videos demonstrating projects or ongoing ways they integrate technology within their classrooms. After the Technology Showcase, staff members were asked to participate in two rounds of breakout sessions, choosing from more than 30 different technology-related presentations by KASD Instructional Technology leaders. Topics ranged from using tools like Google, BenQ, Infinite Campus and eduClimber to applying the RAT model to technology, extending vocabulary, and communicating with parents. “This day of professional growth also served as a celebration for our District,” said Kaukauna Area School District Director of Secondary Education Matthew Smith. “It was a chance for us to showcase our successes and continue to learn from our technology leaders about new ways to embrace and utilize technology within our curriculum.”

Congratulations State Archers!

A big congratulations to our middle school and high school archery teams who both represented Kaukauna well at the state competition on March 24-25, 2018. Both team scores set new club records! Top finishers..... Linsey Hmielewski placed 5th in the middle school girls division scoring a 281 - an awesome accomplishment! Michaela Sanderfoot placed 8th in the high school girls division with a score of 282. Michaela’s score was also the highest for our team! Other top scores were Miranda Ashauer 276, Megan Kennedy 271 & Lilli Juckem 262 Our top scorer for high school boys was Aiden Reichl 268 Our top scorer for middle school boys was Riley Gerrits 262. Many more archers with personal bests! Congratulations to all who partcipated: Middle School Dominic DeBruin,Ryan Evers,Riley Gerrits,Rachel Giesen,Leyna Hicks,Lindsey Hmielseski,Travis Johnson,Lilli Juckem,Megan Kennedy,Ashley Mayer,Ethan Moehn,Caleb Moore,Sean Nowak,Nathan Offenstein,Caleb Sanderfoot,Colin Sanderfoot,Ciarra Schuh,Conner Schuh,Cole Trudeau,Liam Ulmer High School Miranda Ashauer,Cole Beach,Nathan Besaw,Christian DeBruin,Aidan Glasheen,Nick Groshek,Ben Hartl,Maggie Hietpas,Katelyn Heindel,Samantha Jernigan,Taylor Nowak,Aiden Reichl,Michaela Sanderfoot,Cali Sprangers,Tristan Winkers,Miranda Wyngaard

Governor Walker Signs Safety Bill at Haen

OnMonday, March 26, 2018, Governor Walker visited Victor Haen Elementary School to sign the School Safety Bill, intended to bring $100 million to Wisconsin school districts to improve building security. Haen 4th grade students, who study U. S. Government along with Wisconsin and Local Government, hadthe opportunity to witness the signing after Governor Walker spent time in a couple of classrooms talking with students. It was such a unique and special opportunity for our students and for Kaukauna Area School District. While we understand and appreciate the sensitivity and political nature surrounding school safety, we welcome any effort by the State to support safer schools in Wisconsin communities.This is one of many steps in the continuous process of improving safety within our schools, which is good for students and staff, as well as the community.

KHS Students Win Group Volunteer Award

The Kaukauna High School National Honor Society have been recognized as the "Group Volunteer of the Year" by the YMCA. KHS National Honor Society students have been providing after school reading and homework help to the YMCA Child Care Program throughout the 2nd trimester of the 2017-2018 school year. Of those that volunteered, 29 students provided 63 volunteer hours to Park, Quinney and Tanner Elementary Schools after-school childcare students. The NHS Students are making a significant and positive impact on the education and development of our littlest ghosts! National Honor Society Representatives (L-R) Skyler McInnes, Riley Knaack, Coletta Neumann, along with Advisor Mrs. Miller-Flynn attended the meeting and accepted the award at the YMCA's annual meeting on Monday, March 19. #kaukaunastrong

3-D Printed Puppy Prosthetic

A 3-legged friend was fitted for a prosthetic leg designed and 3-D printed by senior Ben Brochtrup in the KHS Fab Lab. Good Day Wisconsin joined us to report. Check it out here!

Mark your Calendars - to SLURP!

Kaukauna High School’s annual fundraiser, SLURP, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. in the Kaukauna High School commons. SLURP, now in its sixth year, was created as a unique fundraiser to promote awareness and raise money for fine arts programs at the school and throughout our community. The fundraiser attracts community members by offering a number of different kinds of soup, provided in sample-sized cups, for attendees to purchase and … slurp! Kaukauna High School art program students will also donate a number of items that will be available for purchase, and live music will be provided by KHS choirs, orchestra and bands throughout the evening. Tickets for this event are $7 for adults and $5 for children aged 4 through 10; Children 3 years old or younger can “slurp” for free. The admission price earns attendees the right to sample from the aisles of soups donated by local businesses, school clubs, students and staff members. Crackers, beverages and desserts will be provided as well. All proceeds from the event will benefit local fine arts programs.

Students Host Computer Classes for Senior Citizens

Since 2014, Kaukauna High School’s National Honor Society students have offered a series of computer classes each year, designed specifically for senior citizens in our community. The classes will be available again this year, held on January 24th, February 28th and March 14th, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the computer labs at Kaukauna High School, 1701 County CE. This is a free course. The classes are designed for all experience levels on any device (phone, computer, tablet, etc.) and will cover topics like: How to get started using computers; word processing; internet basics; using search engines; online shopping; social media; and more! National Honor Society students will serve as instructors and class assistants, teaching basic skills and working 1-on-1 with attendees to answer individual questions. Last year, then juniors James Murphy and Ben Brochtrup revamped the curriculum for the popular class as one of their service projects, making sure that all of the material was up to date with current technology standards and that the classes were covering topics that were of greatest interest to the community they were serving. “By pairing up National Honor Society students with class members, we created a very relaxed learning environment where class members could move at their own pace. While some had specific problems they were looking to address, others simply wanted to know more about technology and its growing impact on the world around them,” said Ben, now a senior at KHS and a National Honor Society leader. “We found that technology served as a great medium for two drastically different generations to connect.” “I have had so much fun helping run the class. It’s so cool to see the connection between our NHS members and the community,” added James, also now a senior and National Honor Society leader. “We made it both as fun and informational as possible, and the class members are so kind and eager to learn.” Participants are welcome to bring their own devices, but computers will be available on-site as well. The deadline for registration for the Computer Classes is Monday, January 22rd. To register, call Karla Miller-Flynn at (920) 766- 6113 ext. 5826, or email Please include your name, phone number, level of experience with computers and any specific topics you would like to see covered.

KHS Blood Drive - February 1

Kaukauna High School's National Honor Society, in conjunction with The Community Blood Center, is sponsoring its third blood drive of the school year on Thursday, February 1from 6:30a.m - 2:45p.m. The donation process takes about 45-50 minutes, during which you will not only be saving THREE lives, but enjoy a lunch from one of our generous sponsors. Thank you to students Holly Hayden and Kayla Dutton for all of their hard work running this blood drive. Gallon Grad requirements for high school students have been revised.If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact Mrs. Miller-Flynn at the High School. To register, email your name, birthday, and the time that you would like to donate to

"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

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.

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  • 2601 Sullivan Ave, Kaukauna, WI 54130
  • Phone: (920) 766-6116
  • Fax: (920) 462-4400
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