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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

March 19 - Monday
Badger Sports Wear
March 20 - Tuesday
4:00 PM - Portfolio Conferences
March 22 - Thursday
4:00 PM - Portfolio Conferences
March 23 - Friday
March 28 - Wednesday
11:30 Dismissal - All Students
8:00 AM - 4K Only Portfolio Conferences
5:45 PM - Governance Council Meeting
March 29 - Thursday
March 30 - Friday
April 2 - Monday
6:00 PM - PSC Meeting
April 3 - Tuesday
Wear Odd Clothes
April 6 - Friday
April 10 - Tuesday
April 13 - Friday
April 18 - Wednesday
5:45 PM - Governance Council Meeting

School News

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!

2018 Spring Teacher Conference Meals March 20th & 22nd

Help feed the teachers for conferences! We're providing a taco bar on Tuesday and soup and sandwiches on Thursday. You can sign up to bring something, set up the food, or clean up the food. Thanks! We prefer to have these items dropped off the day before we serve the meals. We know that this is not always possible. If you plan to drop off the afternoon of, please email us or let Mrs. Mitchell know so that we know items were not forgotten. Sign up here. Thank you.

2018 Spring Book Fair

Volunteers needed to help run the Book Fair! It is so easy to help. Sign up here! Feel free to take more than one slot. Slots are in 30 minutes time frames to accommodate parent schedules with conferences. Email with questions!

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.

2018 Spring Portfolio Conference Sign Up

NDLC is using to make signups as convenient as possible for our Spring Portfolio Conferences.Sign up with your childs teacher for a conference time by clicking on this link. If the times do not work for you please email his/her teacher. If you do not have internet access or are having trouble, please contact the NDLC office at 920-766-6116. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Volunteers Needed for Knowledge-a-Thon

Volunteers are needed to help on April 13 for our biggest fundraiser of the year, Knowledge-a-Thon (KAT) day. We need lots of volunteers from 7:40 am-11:30 am. You will need a background check filled out and on file in order to help. The process takes about 3 weeks so please plan ahead. Forms are in the office or you may ask the teacher for one. Thank you for your support!

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.

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