For the week ending April 21, 2017
On Saturday, April 8, KMHS Senior Chloe Spang (2017 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Excellence Scholar) and High School of Health Sciences Educator Margaret Mulqueen (2017 Kohl Teacher Fellow) attended the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Awards Program. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers announced during the awards ceremony that the Foundation is increasing the amount of the awards they are receiving. Chloe Spang will receive $10,000 rather than $5,000 she was initially told she would receive in March. Margaret Mulqueen will receive $6,000 with a $6,000 matching award given to the High School of Health Sciences, rather than the $3,000 award and $3,000 matching grant she was notified of in March. Congratulations again to Chloe and Ms. Mulqueen, and thank you to Senator Kohl for your continued support of education!
Congratulations to KM Explore Director Laura Dahm for being been recognized by Carroll University’s Department of Education for her impact on the field of education. At the Department’s recommendation, Dahm was selected for the 2017 Pre-Service Educator Mentor Award from the Wisconsin Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (WACTE). These awards are presented to outstanding educators who have demonstrated a sustained pattern of mentoring teacher candidates for at least five years. Recipients are selected for modeling professional responsibility, mentoring candidates in developing leadership capacity, and nurturing candidates as they face a wide range of issues. Laura was honored Wednesday evening at a ceremony at Carroll University. Read more in this press release.
KMHS Computer Science teacher Kevin Buntman and four students including Connor Oaks, Alec Franjevic, Sam Wright, and Zach Weske attended the Wisconsin Dairyland Programming Competition at Marquette University where they competed in the JAVA Division against 49 other high school teams programming solutions to eight different prompts.
KM Global is preparing to host five students and one teacher from Thailand, April 22 - May 10. This is made possible through the Thailand-Wisconsin Sunrise Program. The visiting group and KM Global students are looking forward to sharing their culture and traditions.
On Wednesday, KM Perform welcomed the Assistant Director of Guest Experiences from Old World Wisconsin, Anna Altschwager, to lead workshops focused around storytelling. Examples of workshops students participated in include Introduction to Museum Theatre, Designing a Museum Story, Stories in Objects, and Telling Your Story.
KM Explore and KM Perform students have been collaborating to create bug and insect houses. Students, both elementary and high school, are studying bug habitats, personalities and preferences to create the best “home” possible.
This is community engagement week at the Medical College of Wisconsin and 13 HS2 students presented research posters for public review. All students worked with students from Milwaukee Academy of Science and were mentored by a medical student to refine a scientific question or problem, form a research design, collect data and analyze that data.
Congratulations to KM Middle School Social Studies teacher Kurt Morris, who was asked to provide his thoughts and insights on micro-credentials for enhance his teaching. Read his recent blog post for the Center for Collaborative Education here.
Cushing fourth grade students spent a day at Hawk’s Inn learning about Wisconsin history. The first and second grade “Neighborhood” traveled to Retzer Nature Center to learn about space at the planetarium. Cushing also hosted a Code to the Future Lighthouse tour this week. Students in grades 3-5 highlighted projects in Scratch, Lego WeDo, and EV3 Robotics.
Dousman held their monthly Beat Cafe this afternoon. Students from 5K, 1st grade, East House and West House shared writing exemplars with selected classes and VIP guests.
Magee ended the week with Earth Day on Friday - a morning of learning about, and in, our environment. Friday afternoon brought the Magee Fun Run - more fun outside! The entire day is made possible through the Magee PTO. THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who made this day possible!
Wales Elementary hosted a Code to the Future Lighthouse tour this week. Students in grades 2-5 presented a keynote address and demonstrated computer science projects using Scratch, EV3 Robotics and Lego WeDo. One of the highlights was seeing 4th graders coding their robots to follow race tracks using motion and sensor mechanics.
Also at Wales this week, Mr. Doug from the Waukesha Civic Center came and taught confidence building acting games to students in music class. Students had a great time using their imaginations and thinking on their toes. Mr. Doug’s artist in residency will end with an evening showcase at Wales Elementary on April 25.
Together, we are making a difference!
Patricia F. Deklotz, PhD
Kettle Moraine School District Superintendent