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Kettle Moraine School District

Learning without Boundaries

Superintendent Weekly Update

  • For the week ending January 13, 2017

    A panel of KMHS campus alumni shared advice with juniors and seniors for college during Tuesday’s advisory. Here are some tips they offered:

    • Challenge yourself and broaden your horizons while in high school.
    • Visit the schools you are considering and thoroughly explore your options.
    • Refine your writing and communication skills.
    • Don’t be afraid to meet new people.
    • Be willing to put yourself out there and do things that make you uncomfortable.
    • If you are going to work in college, find a job right away. Seek out campus resources to assist in your job search.
    • Find a study place that works for you. The library, coffee shops, and study rooms are all good choices.
    • Make connections with your professors.


    The KMHS Campus Parent Coffee featured presentations on the Art Department visiting artist activities, the Music Industry class, math opportunities for students and school updates.


    Kinesiology students visited Carroll University’s Athletic Training Program and Cross Fit to study diagnostic equipment, strength and conditioning facilities and career pathways. Physics students travelled to Sunburst to participate in research activities like collecting data and analyzing results.

    KM Global students began their semester inquiry defenses (30-40 minute presentations defending their semester work). Panels have been listening to their presentations, asking questions and providing feedback.


    KM Perform students continued career workshops, working alongside professionals to learn more about different career paths.

    • Students in the Music and Art Therapy Workshop welcomed guest Janna VanderBand, who shared information about the journey an art therapist takes to gain credentials.
    • Local artist Sarah Leuwerke, mezzo-soprano, appeared as a guest speaker and performer for the Opera Workshop and choir students. Ms. Leuwerke spoke on vocal technique, opera history, life as professional singer, and performed a number of arias for students.  
    • Students are working with Cheryl Peterson, program director for the Waukesha Community Art Project,  to create a one-day makerspace event for the Waukesha Jamboree.Cheryl is working with the students to design the event based on the theme of Inventing. The makerspace will be available on Jan. 21 from 12-3pm at the WCAP Building at 320 South Street in downtown Waukesha. Students are creating interactive installations of famous inventors made with recycled material for the space, and are providing educational information about the importance of art making.


    The High School of Health Sciences, along with the other charter high schools, is collecting applications for the 2017-18 school year. The school has 50 applicants as of Wednesday, which means they will conduct a lottery for incoming freshman next year. The school’s enrollment will increase by about 30 students, with a projected student enrollment of 181 next year.


    KMMS Best Buddies had their winter party this week. Students had a great time, with the highlight being a group activity in the gym with a parachute.


    KMMS Jazz Ensemble began practices with Mr. Weiss. They will be performing at the High School on March 18 as part of A Taste of New Orleans.


    KM Explore 2nd and 3rd grade students have been learning about water conservation and where water comes from. They are working alongside high school art students in painting rain barrels.  


    Dousman Elementary students and families were invited back to school for Family Literacy Night to listen to teachers read their favorite bedtime stories. Pajamas, blankets, stuffed animals and cookies made the night even more special. Thanks to the Dousman PTO and all the teachers and families who participated, reinforcing to students how important it is to read. See pictures here.


    The Cushing PTO sponsored a meeting about STEAM at Cushing, presented by Library Media Specialist Holli Klatt and Principal Rebecca Toetz.  Information about engineering design and projects that are done at each grade level were highlighted. Some 3rd and 5th grade students shared their coding projects and their work in computer science. Here is a link to the presentation.


    Magee Elementary had its first evening music concert “School House Rock Live!” The concert was a great success and a showcase of musical talent at Magee. Students worked hard with Mr. Krieger to present their best work to the audience. The show ended with Magee students and staff on stage and the audience joining in the fun during “Conjunction Junction.”


    The Wales Elementary Sensory room finished all of it’s DonorsChoose.org projects -  take a look! 

    Together, we are making a difference!  

    Patricia F. Deklotz, PhD
    Kettle Moraine School District Superintendent

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