Hello parents, due to inclement weather there will be no flag football game or practice today. Please call the office with any questions.
Dear Fontana Parents, In our continuous effort to be proactive, we wanted to inform everyone that a concerning social media post was brought to our attention. Working collaboratively with the Fontana Police Department, we have reviewed all the facts, and have determined that there was never a credible threat to the safety of our school or any student. We have completed our investigation, have taken appropriate action, and will continue to work with the Fontana Police Department to ensure the safety of our entire school/district. If you have any specific concerns, please contact our principal, Steve Torrez, or our superintendent, Mark Wenzel. We appreciate the cooperation of all students, parents, employees and citizens who bring any safety concerns to our attention, so the district can properly investigate them As we are sure you are all aware, because of every student’s right to confidentiality, we are not able to disclose the names of any students involved in our investigation of this matter or any future matters. Sincerely, Steve Torrez
Hello Fontana Families. We are excited to see all of your students tomorrow for an exciting school year. As a reminder, we will be opening our doors at 8a for breakfast and/or entrance to their classrooms. Our learning starts at 8:20a. Can't wait to see you all in the morning!
Hello Fontana parents. If you were not aware, all students 6-8 grade will sign out their chromebook for the school year. This requires a parent/student signature on our technology agreement. If you did not get your chromebook at open house stop by the office to get yours!!
We are excited to add Melissa Flies to the Fontana team as our new speech pathologist for the 19/20 school year. Melissa will join our school with a wealth of experience working with all ages and success as a speech pathologist. Welcome to Fontana!
Fontana is excited to expand our music progam with Mrs. Karen Bullock! She previously taught at Brookwood. The Bullock's have a daughter at UW-Milwaukee and a 7th grade son. As a famliy they spend time in the Northwoods, as well as fly their hot air balloon, "Bubbles".
Directions for Online Registration On the website click on Menu, go to Registration Materials, click on the small drop down arrow next to registration materials. From there you should get a drop down menu with all of the registration options. Please follow all directions for a successful online registration experience. 1. Download the forms and save to a file. Open the file you saved the form in and right click on the form, choose open with adobe reader. A free version should open with the form. 2. Fill out the registration forms and Submit. There is a reset button if you need to start over. The form will go in the draft folder in your email. 3. Check the draft folder in your email; you might have to hit send from there after it is submitted.
Last day of school tomorrow! It is a full day and includes field day so please be sure your students have real shoes (no flip flops) and school appropriate clothing (no swimsuits) that can get wet. Better throw in sunscreen, too!
Color Run after school tomorrow! Don't forget to lace up and join us at Duck Pond!
Notice to the Electors of the Fontana Jt. 8 School District The Fontana Board of Education is seeking an applicant to fill an open position due to a recent resignation. Any person age 18 or older residing within the Village of Fontana and the Fontana Jt.8 School District boundaries is eligible for this vacancy. Persons interested in serving on the board of education from the date of appointment until the April 5, 2022, board election should send a letter of application to the attention of Tom Labus, Fontana Jt 8 School District Board President, c/o Fontana Jt. 8 School District, 450 S. Main Street, Fontana, WI 53125, or email the letter of application to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 4 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2019. The letter should include a statement of why he/she wishes to serve on the board of education. The appointment to the board will take place at the Monday, June 22, 2019, regular meeting of the board.
Important changes to Campus Portal. Campus Portal will be removed on June 30, 2019 and replaced with Campus Student and Campus Parent. What does this mean for Campus Portal (Web)? Campus Portal will be replaced with Campus Student and Campus Parent. Your Portal login page URL will stay the same. However, we will be adding two buttons with links to Campus Student and Campus Parent. What does this mean for the Campus App? Campus Student and Campus Parent will replace our old app, Campus Mobile Portal. (Those using the old app have seen this message for months: “This app will be retiring soon. Download your new Infinite Campus App: Campus Student or Campus Parent."). Campus Mobile Portal will be removed from the app store June 30, 2019. All app users will need to download Campus Parent or Campus Student.
Drop off/pick up reminder: Please remember that stopping for people in a crosswalk is not only state law but also necessary for the lives and safety of our students, staff, parents, and visitors. Also, drive slowly so that you can see if anyone is stepping out into traffic to stop a child from darting or chasing down a fly-away permission slip. SAFETY FIRST!
Open Enrollment is still going on."if you have any younger students you need to open enroll or if you know of anyone that would like to open enroll to Fontana school, you can apply online at https://dpi.wi.gov/oe Open Enrollment period closes at 4:00 pm on April 30"
Today we are getting electrical updates for our new front doors. When complete, there will be a new camera and buzzer located on the exterior of the building, and both doors will open after folks are buzzed in. This safety update was paid for by the Department of Justice's school safety grant Fontana J8 received last year.
Preschool enrollment: It's never too early to register for Preschool! If you are interested in learning more about our three-year old Preschool program please call 262-275-6881 ext 218 or email Mrs. Nelson at ANelson@fontana.k12.wi.us to schedule a tour. Additional information can be found at our website www.Fontana.k12.wi.us. We still have space available for fall.
On Friday May 3rd, all four/five year old children who are not currently enrolled in kindergarten classes at Fontana School are invited to participate in our upcoming Kindergarten screening.The screening will take part as a play based format during a 1.5-hour block. Parents should call Fontana School at 262-275-6881 to schedule their appointment time with Mrs. Ziganto. We will need parent(s) name, child’s name, birthdate, mailing address, street address, and phone number to mail screening packets to you.
The two finalists for the new principal position will be available to meet and greet as well as answer questions posed by the audience next week. Meet Mr. Steve Torrez on Tuesday, April 9, at 6 p.m. in the school's Library Media Center, and Ms. Sara Lindh on Wednesday, April 10, also at 6 p.m. in the LMC. The April PTSO meeting will follow Ms. Lindh's session on Wednesday.
Fontana School is proud to announce Grace Hanson's Southern Lakes Anthology Illustrated Writing piece, 'Hidden Forests' was chosen to be read aloud at the Southern Lakes Anthology Reception. Grace, an 8th grader, will read her piece on May 21 at the reception which is held at UW-Whitewater. Each year, approximately 700 pieces from students in 3rd-8th grade are submitted from districts in the southern part of the state. Congratulations Grace. Fontana is very proud of you!
We are so happy to say that Mrs. McGoey has returned to school! Since she is still getting back into the swing of things, Mrs. McGoey will be moving into the position that was opened when Mrs. Reinholz resigned last December. Ms. Weiler will remain the 3rd grade teacher and continue the great progress the class is making this year. The team is excited about working together to finish the school year strong. Welcome back, Mrs. McGoey!!
8th Grade Promotion Rescheduled Due to the number of days school has been canceled because of inclement weather, the 8th grade promotion celebration will be moved to Tuesday, June 4, 2019.
Fontana School will be celebrating Dr. Seuss's Birthday with special presentations by the kindergarten, first, second, third, and fourth grades. Please join us! All family members can attend! The presentations will begin at 2:00 pm in the school gym. Please fill out and send back the form to let us know you are coming. Copy and paste the link into your browser https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2fzMA1MEbmtbl9TUk5hY0t2WmFFSlFwaFREcEZ5Mk9wQVNr/view?usp=sharing
Due to hazardous road conditions, Fontana School and all BFASA schools will be closed today, February 12, 2019. There will be no day care or after school activities for Fontana School. Please consult other district websites regarding their specific plans for after school activities.
Due to the icy conditions of our parking lot, Fontana School will have a 2 hour delayed start on Thursday, Feb 7..
Hello, Fontana Families and Staff! It looks like we are still under a winter weather advisory starting at 6 p.m.--you know, right in the middle of conferences! PT conferences will be held tonight as scheduled; however, anyone wishing to reschedule due to the predicted weather conditions can contact the teacher (sooner, rather than later) to reschedule. Teachers will also have the option to reschedule and will be in touch soon if they choose to do so. Also, due to missing a full week of instruction because of inclement weather so far this year (with months of potential inclement weather ahead), we will hold a normal school day on Friday, February 22. Thanks!
8th grade reminder: On Monday, Feb. 4th, 8th graders will be leaving school at approximately 8:35 a.m. to attend orientation at BFHS. Students must bring their blue folders with their elective choices. Students will return in time for lunch and then meet with a high school counselor at Fontana in the afternoon.
Hello, Fontana Staff and Families! There will be no school tomorrow, Thursday, January 31, due to the extreme cold predicted. The Board of Education meeting will still be held at the school library with a closed session at 4:30 and open at 5 p.m. Stay warm!
Due to the extreme cold predicted, all after school activities for today are cancelled, and school will be closed tomorrow, January 30. A decision regarding Thursday will be made by noon tomorrow; however, the rescheduled board of education meeting will be held on Thursday, regardless of whether school is held, with a closed session at 4:30 and open at 5 p.m. Please stay safe and warm as we move into dangerously cold temps!
Due to the approaching winter storm, the Fontana J8 School District will be closed on Monday, January 28. All BFASA schools will be closed as well, and the regular meeting of the Board of Education will be rescheduled.
Due to inclement weather predicted overnight, there will be no school for the Fontana Jt 8 School District on January 23, 2019. All BFASA schools will be closed as well.
Due to predicted inclement weather: no afternoon preschool (3K) or after school activities Jan 22, 2019. Cancelled activities include: basketball, afternoon preschool, FUTP60, and after-care.
What's New with Fuel Up to Play 60 Our team has been hard at work thinking of different ways for our students to be active and healthy in and out of school. This week we are kicking off our Take Home Gym. Any family can sign out our take home gym for a night for a way to beat the winter blues and be active at home. The Take Home Gym has 15 pieces of our favorite PE equipment. Families can check out the Take Home Gym there is a sign-out sheet posted in the gym, on the bulletin board. Remember, you must return the Take Home Gym the following day so another family can enjoy all the fun. Our club members also hosted a dairy taste test before the holiday break. Our club members made three different types of "milksicles" which included strawberry, blueberry, and vanilla. The students loved their healthy treat. Our club is challenging you to come up with a dairy snack you can make at home with the kids. Think of a fun recipe to try with them and send it our way! We might even try it for our next taste test. Lastly, for the last two months, our school has been participating in the "MOOving through Wisconsin" contest. Our club has challenged the students and staff to reach 1,000 miles by Feb 1, 2019. Currently, the teachers are in the lead with 709 miles, followed by Mr. Scott (yes he did all of this alone!), with 658 miles, and in 3rd place 4th grade with 466 miles. There are still a few weeks left of this contest; the log sheets can are on the bulletin board in the gym. There are some great hiking trails around the area go out with your kids and explore the paths, don't forget to log those miles. The Take Home Gym also has two fitness trackers in it that you can use for the night! Thank you for supporting our Fuel Up to Play 60 program, and we hope you enjoy these opportunities!
Reminder: 4K-4th grade winter concerts are tomorrow night (12/12/18). Students in 4k-2nd grade should report to their homerooms by 6:15 p.m. with their performance at 6:30. Once the 4k-2nd grade concert is finished, there will be a 10 minute intermission for the guests to leave/arrive before the second concert. To prepare, students in grades 3-4 should be in their homerooms by 6:45 p.m. with their performance at approximately 7 p.m. Please note: two separate concerts!
No school today (11/26) for Fontana District or BFASA due to inclement weather and resulting road conditions.
Mark your calendars for December 10th-14th and join us at the book fair. Would you like to encourage your children to read more? Stop by the book fair next month and get some great books for your family. We will have a large assortment of books that range from preschool age kids all the way up to middle school. There are even books for adults.
Mr. Parker has informed the consortium schools that Big Foot High School will be closing early today due to a bomb threat. There is no reason to believe that this incident involves or otherwise effects Fontana School. Fontana School will remain open, and after school activities will be held as normal.
One faulty fire detector at school tonight has resulted in FFD and FPD being called several times to the school. There is no fire, and there has been no fire tonight. The error in the system will be addressed in the morning. After speaking with the Assistant Fire Chief, the Fire Chief, and Chief Cates, we have a plan for officers to increase the number of routine safety checks throughout the night. Please note: there is no threat to school or to the safety of our students, staff, or visitors.
Fontana is looking for a boys basketball coach for the upcoming season? Practices would be from 3:30-4:45/5 Mon-Thurs...Friday is optional (coaches choice) games are normally on Tues/Thurs, B team plays first at 4:00. A team will follow at around 5:00ish. First practice would start next Monday, November 12, with the first game being on the 19th, and the last game is Jan 5th. please contact Ms. Green if you are interested. email@example.com 262-275-6881 Thank you!
10/29/18 Mr. Parker at Big Foot Union High School District sent out the following message earlier today, 10/29/18: BFHS received a message threatening the safety and well-being of our students and staff. We have been working closely with the Walworth Police Department in correlation to the threat. We DO NOT believe at this time it is credible in any way. However, to ensure everyone's safety, we will be closing BFHS at 12:30 pm today. Once again, we DO NOT believe it is credible in any way. The buses will be available at 12:20 to take home all bus riding students. Any students without a ride, may meet in the main gym and walk with administration to Grace Church south of BFHS (500 South Main Street) and get picked up from there. We ask that all staff and students be out of the building and parking lot by 12:30 pm. Anyone with information concerning the incident can message Walworth County Crime Stoppers P3 App or contact Big Foot High School at 262-275-2116 The Fontana Jt 8 School District is not closing early. All after school activities will be held as scheduled.
Yesterday's message from Fontana District didn't go out. This is the real one! Hope everyone has a great weekend! Check with Infinite Campus or Mr. Stolfe if the message didn't arrive where it should have or arrived where it shouldn't.
We think we have identified the issues behind our all-call for the lunch balances. To test the system, there will be a message sent via text, email, and voice tomorrow (10/25) at 4:15 p.m. Please check your Infinite Campus information or contact school for help if you do not receive the messages or if you need to change who gets which message.
Districts, students, and parents are reporting an issue with the new Campus Student and Campus Parent apps. Upon opening their app, some students and parents are seeing a blank white screen or a white screen showing a “Connection Error” message. Initial investigation points to intermittent connectivity issues when the system authenticates the user’s credentials. At no time is any data at risk of being compromised. We appreciate your patience as we further investigate to resolve this issue. Until this issue is resolved, students and parents experiencing this issue may access Campus Student or Campus Parent on their mobile device by using a web browser. If your district desires to review updates, please refer to Campus Community. Students and parents desiring to review updates may see them at our public page for students and parents. Thank you and we apologize for the inconvenience.
Mr. Parker at Big Foot Union High School District sent out the following message earlier today: BFHS received a message threatening the safety and well-being of our students and staff. We have been working closely with the Walworth Police Department in correlation to the threat. We DO NOT believe at this time it is credible in any way. However, to ensure everyone's safety, we will be closing BFHS at 12:30 pm today. Once again, we DO NOT believe it is credible in any way. The buses will be available at 12:20 to take home all bus riding students. Any students without a ride, may meet in the main gym and walk with administration to Grace Church south of BFHS (500 South Main Street) and get picked up from there. We ask that all staff and students be out of the building and parking lot by 12:30 pm. Anyone with information concerning the incident can message Walworth County Crime Stoppers P3 App or contact Big Foot High School at 262-275-2116 The Fontana Jt 8 School District is not closing early. All after school activities will be held as scheduled.
Due to the incident at Big Foot High School today, the Lyric Opera performance was canceled. As soon as I was informed of the situation, the bus was canceled, and our 5th graders continued with a normal school day. There is no reason to believe that the incident was related in any way to Fontana School, and we are continuing our normal school day. I want to reassure you, though, that Chief Cates and I will continue to monitor the situation throughout the day.
Attention third grade parents: please check your student's backpack tonight for an important letter from Dr. Norton.
Oh no! From the phone calls we are getting today, we've figured out that our phone call list for low lunch balances included all contacts instead of just the primary one. We are working on it right away so that we don't have the same thing happen next Thursday. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we continue to work on our new communication system!
Attention Fontana band families: On Friday, band students will report to the band room at the end of the school day. Make sure they have a sack lunch as lunch will not be provided. Students will take a bus to and from the 2:00 Homecoming parade and should be picked up at school at approximately 2:45. Students should wear the usual symphonic band concert attire (black shoes, socks, and pants with a white polo shirt). Contact Mr. Stolfe with questions.
Early release this Friday! Please have a plan for the 11:20 dismissal and make sure your child knows what it is.
Today's flag football game against Walworth has been postponed to Monday, Sept 24, with the B team playing at 4, and A team at 5 p.m.
"Save the Date" reminders: 5K-4th grade Open House/Curriculum Night on Sept 18 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Literacy Concert on Sept 27 @ 5:30 p.m.; early release for teacher inservice on Sept 28 @ 11:20 a.m.
Wondering about volleyball? The girls-only sport starts at the end of Sept with the first game on Oct 9. Look for more information from Coach Weiler in the upcoming weeks!
WHAT DID I DO THIS SUMMER? Mrs. Popp, As with every summer, the summer of 2018 was fun filled, relaxing, and productive. The Popp family completed a lot of projects around the house, went snorkeling in Lake Geneva, spent time up in the Dells, and visited family in Spooner, WI. We enjoyed making many great memories with friends and family!
A six minute dismissal! Thanks to all for working together for a safe, quick dismissal. It was a great first week, and we are looking forward to the next one!
Pick-up was 4 minutes faster today--even with the rain! Folks are coming early, though. We had 30 cars in line by 3:20, and the line backed up from there. With so many people coming early, the line gets long, and the wait must seem even longer. We dismiss students at 3:30, and it takes several minutes for them to get out of the building and to their spots. Please remember that our preschool students are dismissed at 3:15 and do not pull into the fire lane until all of our little ones are picked up. Those cars must be able to pull up to the front of the building. Thanks to those of you who pulled forward at drop off this morning! It was smooth and quickly done!
Hello, Falcons! Even with the rain and late student dismissal, the pick up process took just over 8 minutes from the first to final student! A couple tweaks to keep the lines moving: during drop off, please unload on the south side of the cross walk so that we can keep the line moving. Feel free to pull forward so that more cars can fit in the circle. On our end, we'll work on dismissing students on time! Thanks for your patience as we all learn and grow!
First day is almost here! Check your email with beginning of the day reminders. School starts at 8:20 and dismisses at 3:30. Can't wait!
Due to a recent resignation, there is an open position on the Fontana Jt 8 School District's Board of Education. For more information, see http://5il.co/4o0x
Thanks to all who stopped in for "Back to School" night! It was great seeing everyone!
Back to School Night 5-7:30 p.m. tonight: greet teachers, drop school supplies, learn about drop off/pick up procedures, and take student pics. MS orientation program 6-7:00 p.m.
Revised drop-off/pick up procedures move buses to the north parking lot and car traffic to the fire lane. More information to come.
The Fontana Jt 8 School District is seeking a long-term substitute custodian to work from 1:30-10 p.m. Monday-Friday starting as soon as possible. For more information or to pick up an application, contact the school office at 262.275.6881.
The Fontana team is learning a lot; getting ready for a great new year. Thanks to the folks at CESA and Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings for opening minds and closing gaps! #WIWOW1819
Fontana's referendum has passed! Thanks to all, especially Margaret Labus and the Friends of Fontana!
Calendar Note! Our 4K-4th grade readers will showcase an exciting night of readers theatre and literacy songs. Join us for the show and get some tips to help your child on his/her reading adventure from our expert 4th grade readers. September 27, 2018 at 5:30
Hello, Fontana Falcons! This year, the Fontana J8 School District is going paperless!