CONGRATULATIONS to the Nicolet FEAR team! The Nicolet Foundation is proud to have sponsored the new media equipment that allowed the team to capture an exclusive interview with the founder of the FIRST Robotics Competition, Dean Kamen, who made a surprise appearance. We are thrilled that FEAR took advantage of it on the trip to Duluth, MN at the Northern Lights Regional - FIRST Robotics Competition. We look forward to seeing your success at the Wisconsin Regional!
Help Upgrade the Digital Media Lab
The District has asked the Foundation to help raise funds to upgrade the once state-of-the-art television studio into a digital media lab. The Technology and Engineering program is growing and two video/broadcasting courses have been added to the curriculum. Inventory of the existing equipment revealed that it was obsolete. Without the tools to get the students hands on and creating material the learning is severely limited.
A $10,000 individual donation and monies raised at this year’s Knight on the Town has gotten us half- way to the minimum goal. Funds from this year’s annual appeal will be directed to the program AND donations can be made at any time by donating online by clicking the DONATE button here. Be sure to state Digital Media Lab as the purpose.
The Nicolet High School Foundation exists solely to enrich the education of Nicolet students by fostering excellence in teaching, learning and service. Through advocacy and community partnerships, the Foundation seeks to build awareness of the school’s rich heritage and secure it future as a critical community asset.
The Nicolet High School Foundation, through community investment and partnerships, creates new opportunities to foster educational excellence by preparing students to succeed in an increasingly complex world.
The Foundation will:
establish a robust endowment to enhance Nicolet as a point of pride for the community and a vital asset to be protected and strengthened.
support Nicolet’s efforts by funding educational innovation.
build collaborative relationships to retain and enhance Nicolet’s standing as one of the nation’s premier high schools.
Established in 1985, the Nicolet High School Foundation is committed to:
encouraging broad based funding and support of quality education within the school district.
supporting a long-term permanent investment fund for the purpose of generating earnings which can be used to support sponsored programs.
supplementing important district programs which are not sustained at the desired level by the current district budget.
stimulating innovative education opportunities which will enrich the quality of education within the school district.
funding capital improvement projects approved by the school board which will enhance the physical and educational environment of the school.
fostering community participation in and support of the District through increased public information and awareness.
Early growth in the Foundation was in the area of scholarships. In 1996 the Foundation became involved in its first major fundraising initiative and helped the district raise $190,000 to send the marching band to Russia and to purchase new uniforms. Since that time the Foundation has awarded over $400,000 in grants to staff and students and raised $500,000 to renovate the performing arts wing.
Recent Success Stories
Fall 2016 Mindfulness Grant – Submitted by the English 10 Team
The English 10 Team received a grant in the amount of $3,500 to bring Mindfulness to the classroom and align it with the teaching of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
All tenth grade English students were able to participate in the Mindfulness Pilot Program. The objective was to have all students understand and manage emotions as well as express empathy in three different ways. First, students analyzed how thoughts and emotions affected decision-making and led to responsible behaviors. Second, students described the external or internal cognition that triggered an emotion. Finally, students analyzed factors that created stress and applied coping strategies. The instructor, Ms. Minda Devorkin came back to Nicolet during exam week to provide the students the chance to practice Mindfulness between their exams.
The English team has a number of ideas to expand the pilot program:
Integrate shorter Mindfulness experiences and practices throughout the entire school year to provide a more fluid and consistent process.
Create Mindfulness components for all of our teachers as part of the professional development process.
Integrate Mindfulness into our current discipline and absenteeism procedures.
Institute a Mindfulness component for 9th graders, possibly during a Health class.
Create a mindful space in our building.
Fall 2016 Digital Media Equipment and Lab Upgrade – Submitted by Michael Dicks, Career and Tech Ed Department
With the awarding of a grant, funds raised at this year’s Knight on the Town and through the year-end appeal, the Foundation has helped Nicolet revitalize the broadcasting program.
In September the Foundation funded the purchase of 6 PACKs (Portable Asset Capture Kit). The camera kits are used by the students in Video and Sports Broadcasting classes to capture and archive events, stories and video and Nicolet FEAR utilized the equipment to establish a Media Department. They had the opportunity to capture an exclusive 5 minute interview with the founder of the FIRST Robotics Competition at the Northern Lights Regional – FIRST Robotics Competition in March. With the Knight on the Town and Annual Appeal funds, the digital media lab is once again on its way to becoming at state-of-the-art broadcasting studio.
Fall 2016 Visiting Artist – Submitted by Patty Leeson, Visual Art Department
This fall, with a grant from the Foundation, ceramic raku artist and Concordia University Professor, Jeff Shawhan returned to Nicolet to teach students his method of raku firing. His advanced methods enable students to acquire skills not normally taught until junior or senior year in college. Mr. Shawhan will return during second semester to work with a new group of students.
There are a number of ways to support Nicolet through the Foundation. You can donate by becoming a Friend, sending a Tribute, being a Knight in Shining Armor, buying a Brick, purchasing the Nicolet Knight Student Directory or by attending our fundraising events: Tailgate Knight and the Knight on the Town Gala.
Be A Friend
Joining the "Friends of the Foundation" is an option that parents/guardians can take advantage of when they register their student each year. There is a place on the fee statement to choose to be a “Friend” for $25 per year. Monies raised through this program are used to fund Enrichment Grants for teachers or at the discretion of the Foundation according to the priorities of the District. You can become a “Friend” anytime by using the DONATE button and writing “Friend” in the purpose line, or by sending a check for $25 to the Foundation Office at Nicolet.
When you donate online, there is an option to make your donation a recurring one (monthly). Please consider becoming a “Sustaining Friend.”
List of the 2015-16 Friends (Due to the way the donations are recorded in the school database, the person who made the payment is listed).
At the end of each calendar year, the Foundation sends out an appeal to Nicolet stakeholders asking for help to support academic programs and augment classroom budgets in order to maintain academic excellence. With these funds, the Foundation grants requests from teachers allowing them the freedom to think innovatively and not be constrained by their limited budgets.
Donations to the Annual Appeal can be made throughout the year.
Celebrate a special occasion, honor the memory of a loved one, or just let someone you know you are thinking about them with a donation to the Tribute Program. For a donation to the Foundation of $10 or more, we will send a Tribute card to your friends or loved ones acknowledging your contribution. Your donation can be directed to a specific purpose or will be used in an area of financial need in accordance with the priorities of the school district.
Instructions for online donation:
Write Tribute Program as the purpose. At the point where you are asked to review your donation, you will be given an opportunity to give “special instructions to the seller.” This is where you will put in the details of your tribute including, name and address of the recipient, why you are making a tribute, and who should be notified.
Knight In Shining Armor
Much like the Tribute Program, donations to the Knight in Shining Armor Fund can be made in honor or memory of someone or to mark a significant event. This fund was created to help reduce hardship for students who have economic needs by helping them with supplies, fees or other items to enhance their success at Nicolet High School.
Instructions for online donation:
Write Knight in Shining Armor as the purpose. At the point where you are asked to review your donation, you will be given an opportunity to give “special instructions to the seller.” This is where you will put in the details of your donation including, name and address of the recipient, why you are making a tribute, and who should be notified.
Buy A Brick
Gift Bricks are personalized engraved bricks that become part of the Circle of Friends, installed alongside the walkway in the front of the building. Bricks make special gifts for students or alumni, or can be used to honor or memorialize someone special. Click on Brick Order for a form that you can print and mail.
The Tailgate Knight is an annual cookout and “friendraiser” prior to the Homecoming football game. This event is open to the entire community, adults and kids alike! Come and be part of the Homecoming festivities by enjoying dinner and the football game. The ticket cost is kept low to encourage families to participate in homecoming festivities and are available a few weeks prior to Homecoming. Check the website each fall for full details.
Board members, Tom Noble and Bob Dietz man the grill at the 2015 Tailgate Knight
Parents and students alike, enjoying food and fun!
Knight on the Town
The main fundraiser each year is the Knight on the Town. It is an event that brings the community together for food, drinks, and fun but more importantly, to raise the largest portion of the money used to fund grants that support district initiatives, teachers and students.
Planning for the Spring 2018 Knight on the Town will soon be underway.
Do you like to plan events? Do you own a business and would like to know more about how you can promote your business or become a sponsor, donate to the silent auction, or place an ad in the program? Are you a worker bee? Don’t want to be “in charge” of anything but would like to help the day of the event, we need you too! Contact Us
Mission Accomplished: Nicolet High School Foundation Reaches Fund-raising Goal at 2016 Knight on the Town
The Nicolet High School Foundation rolled out the red carpet to welcome Hollywood luminary and Nicolet Alumnus Richard Lovett (Class of ’78) and his family for the 2016 Nicolet Knight on the Town: Mission Possible.
The memorable evening featured a live and silent auction, entertainment by Nicolet students, a sit-down dinner and program. The goal of the event was to raise $50,000 to support the Foundation’s Mission, to enhance the academic experience for high school students, current and future.
The Foundation credits the event’s volunteers, sponsors and the community with coming together to help reach the financial goal. Summerfest’s Bob Babisch emceed the evening. Honorary Co-Chair Ugo Nwagbaraocha (Class of ’91) welcomed guests. Nicolet teachers Adam Thiel and Barbara Burns also had turns at the podium to give testimony to the help they received from the Foundation through enrichment grants.
Representing the Nicolet High School Foundation, Susie Falk (president) and Steven Arenzon presented Mr. Lovett with the Foundation’s first Shining Knight Award. Mr. Lovett was recognized for his exemplary career in the entertainment industry, and also for his dedication to public education in Los Angeles.
The Nicolet High School Foundation is grateful to the event’s sponsors:
Go Riteway, First Bank Financial Center, The Mandel Group
Lisa Kohl in honor of Richard Lovett
· Associated Bank & Associated Benefits & Risk Consulting
· Milwaukee Brewers
· Mueller Communications
· Performance Services, Incorporated
· R & R Insurance
· Todd Gaulke -- DBA Snap On Tools
· Live Nation
A special thank you to broadcasting teacher Michael Dicks and Wyatt Chang ‘20 for their video work, photo teacher Tom Medved for photographing the evening, and Zach Ellner ’17 for logo design and other graphic design work.
The Knights Numbers is a directory of Nicolet students/families compiled by the Foundation. It is available for purchase, throughout the year, in the High School and District Offices for only $5. Purchase yours and help the Foundation support grants to faculty, staff and students.
The Foundation awards grants to teachers, staff members or student groups of the Nicolet High School District in accordance with the following guidelines:
The Foundation will fund:
technology that promotes instruction.
innovative programs that enhance learning.
departmental needs/requests not budgeted for.
speakers/experts that reinforce the curriculum or inspire students.
The Foundation does not fund:
programs/projects that are not consistent with established curriculum.
Higher consideration will be given to applications for projects and programs that:
affect a large number of students.
can be replicated for use by others.
are targeted at an underserved audience or curricular area.
demonstrate an innovative approach to education.
reinforce the mission and goals of the School District.
The Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated a commitment to volunteerism and service, both in school and in the community. A minimum of one scholarship of $500 is awarded annually with funds contributed by the Foundation's Board of Directors.
Attend A Meeting
The Board of Directors meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 AM at Nicolet High School and anyone is invited to attend. Calendar
For those who would like to help the Foundation but can’t commit to full board service, there are opportunities throughout the year. Check out Volunteerspot.com
Become a Member of the Board
Board members are nominated and elected by the then existing members of the board. If you are interested in serving on the board, fill out and return the Board Interest Form to any board member, or Chris Macon at Nicolet High School.