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Back to School in Fox-Bay: Dates to Remember, New Teachers and Building Updates

Fox Point-Bayside, Maple Dale-Indian Hill and Nicolet School Districts have all spruced up their facilities and have a few reminders before kids head back to school Thursday.

In just a few short days, lounging on the beach at and hanging out daily at will soon be coming to a close for students. , and have all been revving up for returning students as they plan to hit the books Thursday. Here's a breakdown of some important things to remember, building upgrades and new teachers for each district.

Fox Point-Bayside School District

The Fox Point-Bayside School District is welcoming four new teachers to the district, two full-time for the third grade and middle school speech and language, as well as two part-time for physical education and orchestra.

But that's not the only new addition to the district. District Administrator Rachel Boechler said they've also brought in wireless internet in both buildings and have upgraded some green initiatives.

"We completed a number of energy savings projects that were started last year, primarily replacing boilers and upgrading lighting," Boechler said. "We have added some classroom technology – three new computer labs, two interactive whiteboard systems, and 20 iPads."

She said the district is also wired for a new phone system which will be installed during winter break.

"All these projects were made possible by the referendum the community approved in April, 2010," she said.

Boechler also said that while there have been some policy changes, there have not been any that will impact students.

Here's a few dates to remember:

  • School Starts Sept. 1.
  • Teacher in-service days are Aug. 29-31, meaning no school for students. 
  • “Meet & Greet” is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 30.

Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District

New teachers are joining the staff at the Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District as well. The district is welcoming four part-time teachers, including an art, science and two second-grade teachers.

And whether your student is attending Maple Dale or Indian Hill School, there are upgrades all over. Both Maple Dale and Indian Hill have had asphalt replacements over the summer. The gym floor has been refinished, an additional air conditioner was added to the server room, and new carpeting was installed in the main hallway at Maple Dale. Ceiling tiles were also replaced at Indian Hill.

"These project were accomplished with referendum money from our 2009 referendum," Jim Beckmann, director of operations for Glendale-River Hills and Maple Dale-Indian Hill School Districts said.

No new policy changes have gone through this summer, however there are a few dates to remember.  

  • Sept. 1 is the first day for students.
  • Dragon Dash, a 5k run through River Hills sponsored by the PTO is on Oct. 2.

Nicolet School District

Of the three school districts, Nicolet will be bringing in the most new teachers with nine additions to their staff. Three will be joining the English department, two in physical education, one in social studies, one in French. There will also be one part-time photography teacher, and a part-time family and consumer economics teacher joining the district.

When students make their way through the school doors Thursday, some will get to use the newly refurbished lockers in the D-wing. Refurbished lockers aren't the only upgrade Nicolet saw over the summer though.

"Roofing work was a major thing this year," District Administrator Rick Monroe said. "We have a lot of, roughly six acres. They were patching, doing certain spots of the roof over the summer."

Monroe said there was also sewer and drainage work completed in the football field area to avoid sewer backups and so rainwater will drain properly. "Some of that is mitigating against future floods," he said.

And when students his the hallways Thursday, they may need a pair of sunglasses to get to their classes. "When the sun is shining, you need sunglasses to look down the hall because they have done such a wonderful job of cleaning the school," Monroe said.

Here's a few dates to remember:

  • Sept. 1 is the first day of school.
  • Homecoming football game, with a cookout sponsored by the Nicolet Foundation beginning at 5 p.m., is Sept. 16.
  • Homecoming dance is Sept. 17.

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