The kindergarten class at MGCS has been engaging in a literacy unit titled "Weather Wonders". We learned how to prepare for various types of weather, what it's like around the world, and also how weather can affect people. To celebrate our new-found knowledge, we welcomed back meteorologist Justin Loew from WAOW to speak about his profession. We thank him for sharing his expertise! 🌤❄️
4 months ago, Sabrina Riehle
The School District of Athens will be closed tomorrow January 12, 2024 due to inclement weather. There will be no after school activities or athletic events.
4 months ago, Nathan Brost
Fifth grade learners at Maple Grove have been busy this winter! Before break, we celebrated the winter solstice by making ice luminaries with balloons and bowls, and learned why winter solstice occurs, as well as what is going on in the rest of the world during this time. We also learned the finer points of birdwatching by learning proper use of binoculars and bird field guides.
4 months ago, Emily Szutkowski
learners hold bird field guides and binoculars after bird watching outside
learners use binoculars to see across the road to look for birds
learners stand with frozen water balloons that will form their luminaries
ice luminaries with candles line the school driveway
Maple Grove Charter School offers a once a month afterschool Artastic Club to our 3rd-5th graders, taught by Stephanie Kohli. Learners were challenged to create their own "Wearable Art." Please vote for your favorite. Voting ends Feb. 10!
4 months ago, Mrs. Hanson
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Fourth graders at Maple Grove Charter School recently had the opportunity to get up close and personal with some animals that they were interested in. Mrs. Elizabeth Bloch brought in one of her rabbits and one of her chickens, and taught students about them during their outdoor labs class. Students had the opportunity to ask questions as well as touch the animals. Thank you for sharing your expertise Mrs. Bloch!
5 months ago, Kerri Zamzow
This season is always filled with excitement- especially in a classroom! Kindergarten learners at MGCS celebrated the last day before winter break by decorating 2D gingerbread houses. 🎄 Happy Holidays!
5 months ago, Sabrina Riehle
Even MGCS chickens had a Merry Christmas with their new "Chicknic" table and new hats!
5 months ago, Mrs. Hanson
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The Brook Trout at Maple Grove Charter School recently received a couple of early Christmas presents. First, an automatic fish food feeder arrived just in time before Winter break. This will allow the trout to continue to feed on a specific amount of protein powder three times a day automatically. The second gift received was the release from the breeder net into the large tank. This was made possible because the Brook Trout have now entered their third life stage: fry. This means that their egg sacs have absorbed into their bodies so they now swim up to the surface looking for food. They are also about one inch long and have their black bands/stripes. The students caring for the trout have mixed emotions at this moment. Some are so excited for this progress and others are so sad that the trout are growing up too fast. This sounds like the same struggle that all parents experience.
5 months ago, Jessica Barrick
Swim-up fry.
Fish Nosh automatic feeder.
Observing the automatic feeder in action.
Release from the breeder net into the tank.
Already swimming in "schools."
Mrs. Zamzow's 4th grade Outdoor Lab class recently had the opportunity to spend the day at the Merrill School Forest. Mrs. Sandy Benton led us through a fun day of outdoor learning. We did some experiments about retaining heat in cold weather, looked for evidence of deer, found many tracks that we tried to identify, and pretended to be deer browsing for food. What a fun and educational day we had!
5 months ago, Kerri Zamzow
Did you know that the land that Maple Grove Charter School is on was once part of the Ojibwe and Menominee tribes’ ancestral land? This is just one interesting fact that the 4th graders learned during their study of Native Americans and the Fur Trade. The outdoor lab students also learned many fun facts about cranberries when Mrs. Bunkelman came and taught a lab class and made them a special cranberry treat. Whitetail deer was another recent area of study for the 4th graders. They learned about the different ways that deer communicate with each other by using vocal, visual, and chemical communication. They then spent time searching the school property for evidence of deer. They were excited to find deer tracks, evidence of where deer had browsed for food, as well as deer urine and scat!
5 months ago, Mrs. Hanson
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On Monday, December 11th, Ms.Etten's first grade class was fortunate enough to go to the Merrill School Forest for one of the most memorable days of the school year hosted by the one and only Mr. Noland! Learners experienced birds eating right before their own eyes, about 3 inches in front to be specific. Mr. Noland challenged learners to become "bird whisperers", earning the trust of the birds. The birds had to be trusting enough to land on a twig, attached to a plastic plate, attached to goggles worn by learners😂 quite a sight! I truly do not have a name for the contraption, but know that we had two successful bird whisperers. Black cap chickadees eat birdseed right from the face plate. When over that excitement, the use of binoculars helped us see birds that were not as trusting and remained farther away. Learners then engaged in lessons with experimenting bird features and behaviors. Specifically their habitat when using tools as representation of their beaks. In the afternoon, we were active outdoors exploring more animal adaptations. Thank you to Mr. Noland and Ms. Nancy for their dedication in making the day a memorable and education filled day! Thank you to the chaperones that enjoyed the day of learning and got to experience a first grade bus ride and class lunch filled with much excitement in their voices. I could continue on telling about the excitement, but often times pictures do more justice!
5 months ago, Ms. Etten
Another Polar Express Day at MGCS is in the books! A huge thank you goes out to community member Cindy Artus & Family for preparing this magical experience for our kindergarten and 5th grade foxes 🚂🎄
5 months ago, Sabrina Riehle
Two more events on our YouTube Channel tonight. Maple Groves Christmas Concert 3-5 starts at 6pm. Wrestling also at 6pm. https://www.youtube.com/@schooldistrictofathenswisc604/streams
6 months ago, School District of Athens
Wrestling
Two events on our YouTube Channel tonight. Maple Groves Christmas Concert K-2 starts at 6pm. Boys basketball VS Stratford, Varsity at 7pm.
6 months ago, Nathan Brost
Maple Grove
Our kindergarten foxes had a "berry" exciting activity brought to them by the Agriculture team! Mrs. Bunkelman led us through various observations about our state fruit.  Not only did we watch fresh cranberries float in water, but we also discovered four air pockets within each one. After a quick taste test, learners were then challenged to build 2D and 3D shapes.  We are so grateful for these lab experiences!
6 months ago, Sabrina Riehle
Maple Grove Charter School has great school spirit and we can't wait for everyone to showcase our new apparel! Please click the link attached for many color, size and style options for you and your family! 🦊 All orders are due December 10th. *Unfortunately, orders will not be ready by Christmas* Link: https://teamsportinggoods.chipply.com/237992/
6 months ago, Kaylin Byer
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas 🎄 at Maple Grove Charter School! A huge thank you to Windy Hill Tree Farm-Brian Latzig for the donation of the beautiful garland that lines our fence and brings a festive look to our little red schoolhouse!
6 months ago, Mrs. Hanson
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Kindergarten students at MGCS are once again participating in a nation-wide Tulip Test Garden project through Journey North.  Classrooms in the U.S. and Canada virtually document when their emperor tulips are planted, emerge, & bloom.  We look forward to tracking their progress through the seasons and comparing our observations. Follow the link below to take a peek at the current map. https://maps.journeynorth.org/map/?map=tulips-fall&year=2023
6 months ago, Sabrina Riehle
Learners at Maple Grove meet with their teacher each month to set a just right reading goal! This month the learners that met their goal celebrated the accomplishment with an apple nacho snack and a movie on the big screen 😀 A huge shout out and thank you to Cindy and Dan Miller who own DanCin' Hills Farm and donated all the apples! They are also MGCS grandparents. We are lucky to have the ongoing support of locals donating to make these events possible. Congratulations to the 80+ learners that met their goal. Keep up the perseverance needed to read to new heights and meet new goals!
6 months ago, Ms. Etten
Thanks to the Maple Grove Foundation for the donation of ornaments for all learners at Maple Grove to design. Learners were able to answer Governor Evers' call to decorate, Wisconsin themed ornaments for the holiday tree in the Madison state capitol building. The following ornaments are from Ms. Barrick's 3rd grade classroom:
6 months ago, Jessica Barrick
Class ornaments answering Governor Evers’ request
WI means Harley Davidson.
WI means Badgers’ sport’s teams.
WI means tree farms.
WI means farm animals.
WI means cheese.
WI means people connected