For the week ending February 3, 2017
In preparation for the transition to the high school and upcoming course selection for next school year, KMMS 8th grade students visited the high school campus Friday afternoon to meet staff and tour the campus. The KMHS Course Information Fair for families will take place February 13. Advisory sessions have been focusing on course choices and opportunities for next year through Academic and Career Planning activities.
KM students did well in the Job Olympics held at Arrowhead on Thursday. The Job Olympics provides an opportunity for students with special needs to demonstrate their job skills by competing in vocational events. Read more in this article.
Congratulations to senior student-athletes Sam DeLany who signed to play football for UW-Madison; and Cassidy Prescot for her commitment to swim for Butler University. They both participated in National Signing Day on February 1.
Congratulations to KM Perform’s literary magazine, Ampersand Pages, for being ranked as the #3 student-run literary magazine in the state of Wisconsin! Students involved include head editors Reagan Boland and Lauren Gennerman, and genre editors Holly Myers and Ethan Suhr. Check out the full list of rankings here.
More than 100 young historians (also known as 6th graders) shared their thinking with an audience of parents Monday evening for National History Day. Students chose a topic and used primary and secondary sources to create a thesis. This year’s topics included everything from the Constitution to the Emancipation Proclamation, from Father James Groppi taking a stand for fair housing in Milwaukee to Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov, a Russian submarine commander, saving the world from a nuclear war off the coast of Cuba. One young historian summed up the evening this way, “Usually parents who hear speeches just zone out, but the parents who were in my room really listened and asked really good questions.” Some students will continue their research and compete at a regional, state, and possibly national level.
KM Explore students had a visit from the Milwaukee Pretzel Company. Owners Matt and Katie Wessel spoke to students about owning a small business, the power of following a dream, and the trials and tribulations of running a bakery. They even brought some tasty bites for the kids to try.
Dousman 1st graders had the opportunity to visit the Planetarium. They made practical connections to what they are learning in their classrooms. Also this week, select Dousman students participated in the February Beat Cafe performance in Frog Alley to an audience of peers and VIPs.
Magee students continued to enjoy drumming in both Phy Ed and Music classes. Mr. Staver and Mr. Krieger combined their expertise for some great student experiences. The Magee PTO held a Scoopie Night on Thursday where families enjoyed being served by the Magee staff. Also this week, students recognized for On Track behavior and developing Habits of Mind participated in a “Bingo and Bubble Gum” event.
Students at Wales Elementary took a whole-school field trip to the Hillside Theater in Delafield to see the movie Sing. The movie Sing illustrated the power of perseverance, as well as the importance of being respectful, responsible and safe (the “Wales Way”) when making choices each day. Also at Wales, to commemorate the 100th Day of school, 1st and 3rd grade students are collecting items to donate to Wildlife in Need.
Together, we are making a difference!
Patricia F. Deklotz, PhD
Kettle Moraine School District Superintendent