Tag Archives: Appleton Area

Career planning evolves in Appleton schools

Post-Crescent: There aren’t many classes where students are graded on employability.

A new course at Madison Middle School does just that.

It emphasizes soft skills such as responsibility and promptness while students investigate career options.

“When you’re given an assignment, you don’t have to turn it in on time,” said Grace Wolf, an eighth-grader. “You’ll still get a perfect grade on the assignment if it’s done correctly, but you’ll lose employability points because if you’re at a job and you turn something in late you could possibly get fired.”

The course —  Academic and Career Planning — is part of a pilot program to help students learn more about their interests and potential career choices before they get to high school.

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Fox River Academy students learn urban farming

Post-Crescent: When the lights go out at Jefferson Elementary School and Fox River Academy, bright lights shine from behind 5-foot silver panels in room 207.

The machine isn’t something out of the latest “Star Wars” movie, but rather an aeroponics system where Fox River Academy students grow lettuce.

The environmental charter school, located within Jefferson, received a $12,000 grant from the Mielke Family Foundation to cover costs of the machine and lessons from Goodwill Grows, said Joann Kasper, a third and fourth grade teacher.

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Appleton Students Raising Money for More Home Builds

The Appleton Area School District and the Appleton Housing Authority are working together to build a house for a family in need.

Students will be at work Wednesday to finish the walls of the home.  It’s also a campaign kickoff to raise money for more projects like it.

The Appleton Housing Authority says the house will go to a family of a veteran or a disabled person in need of affordable housing.

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