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Friday...Temperatures will range from a high of 82 to a low of 53 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 4 and 20 miles per hour from the north. 0.77 inches of rain are expected.
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Cole Panzer is one of 125 students attending the new agricultural charter school that opened in Fox Lake in September. He was one of the tour guides when the school hosted an open house on Saturday, Feb. 23.<br />

Cole Panzer is one of 125 students attending the new agricultural charter school that opened in Fox Lake in September. He was one of the tour guides when the school hosted an open house on Saturday, Feb. 23.
Photo By Gloria Hafemeister

Fox Lake charter school enrolls 125 students

Feb. 28, 2013 | 0 comments

FOX LAKE

Students and teachers from the state’s first School for Agricultural and Environmental Studies Charter School, (SAGES) hosted an open house on Saturday, Feb. 23, showing the community their projects and demonstrating how they are getting hands-on experience in agriculture and the environment.

One-hundred twenty five students are enrolled in the charter school housed in the former elementary school that was shut down four years ago by the Waupun School District. The school includes grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Next year the school will add seventh grade and in 2014 eighth grade will be included.

This unique school is taking advantage of the expertise of area farmers and students are utilizing the nearby lake, woods and marshland for hands-on learning activities.

When the students offered tours of the school on Saturday, Feb. 23 visitors were introduced to NoNo, a five-month old calf that the students have adopted from host farmer D & T Dairy near Fox Lake.

Visitors also saw the variety of projects the students work on as they learn math, science, language, and art in agricultural and environmental classrooms. These classrooms have a variety of animals, birds, reptiles and even spiders and the plant laboratory offers plenty of hands-on experience.

Project-based learning is an instructional approach built upon authentic learning activities that engage student interest and motivation. These activities are designed to answer a question or solve a problem and generally reflect the types of learning and work people do in the everyday world outside the classroom.

Supporters of this type of learning say it is the integration of subject areas that makes learning powerful and memorable.

The school is very dependent on volunteers and finds no problem locating them in the community.

One of those volunteers on hand to greet visitors on Saturday was area farmer Jim Heuer who went to elementary school in the building that now houses the agriculture charter school.

He is happy to see that the community has recognized the importance of agriculture and he’s also happy to see that the school is no longer empty but being put to a good use.

The farming community has responded with donations of items that have been helpful in teaching about agriculture and many farmers in the area have invited the school to visit their farms for learning opportunities.

Students work directly with livestock and will do soil tests and learn about different types of soils and soil conservation practices.

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