SUPERINTENDENT WEEKLY UPDATE - 9.14.18
For the week ending September 14, 2018
The District Update communicates celebrations and happenings submitted by Kettle Moraine schools each week. Enjoy!
It’s been a busy first full week of school! This weekly District Update is full of highlights and happenings from our ten schools.
In preparation for Homecoming next week (with a theme of “KM - Back to the 80’s”), several high school students decorated business and school windows throughout our community. Visit our facebook page for photos - some of our younger students even joined in on the fun! We are anticipating a lot of spirit at the high school with dress-up days and school events planned. Come on out next Friday (Sept. 21) for the KM Music Parents Chili Mac N Cheese Dinner (4-7pm at KMHS), the Homecoming Parade (5:30 - KMHS / Village of Wales), and Homecoming Football Game vs. Catholic Memorial (7pm). Go Lasers!
Other highlights from the high school included the Outdoor Adventures class going paddleboarding on Pewaukee Lake (thanks to the great weather!), and Mr. Walters’ first Parent Coffee of the year. Mr. Walters’ monthly coffees offer an opportunity for parents to learn about and provide feedback on high school happenings.
KM Global also held parent engagement events this week. Director Erica Bardon presented information gathered through community engagement activities last spring, and facilitated dialogue on the school’s goals.
KM Perform students in the "Go Local" Workshop visited Pedal'rs Inn and Jerusalem Presbyterian Church in Wales to learn about Wales history and the art reflected in the buildings.
In the High School of Health Sciences, the DRIVE group is off to a great start. DRIVE students work with Milwaukee Academy of Science students, medical students and researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin. They investigate community health problems and work toward solutions that often focus on informing the public.
Middle School students and parents learned about the Best Buddies program during an informational meeting on Monday. Best Buddies is a student run friendship club which creates buddy pairs between students with and without disabilities. By joining Best Buddies, students are becoming part of a growing movement of people dedicated to ensuring everyone has the opportunity to have a friend.
KM Explore 2nd and 3rd grade students spent Wednesday at Retzer Nature Center. They were exploring all about trees and leaves and even collected some specimens to bring back to school to observe and investigate under a microscope. This launched a study into natural energy, life cycles and tree identification.
At Dousman Elementary, students in all classes are putting their creative problem solving skills to the test with STEM challenges that integrate teamwork, communication and background knowledge. The activities allowed students to begin to form positive relationships and bonds with their classmates and teachers.
Cushing Elementary students are also settling in and growing their community of learners. Younger students participated in bus safety and their first Neighborhood “Block Party.” Older students enjoyed team building challenges and brainstorming about their own personal pursuits to explore in the coming year. All students have embraced a new, permanent home for Cushing’s GaGa Pit.
Students at Magee Elementary jumped back into Code to the Future with Coach Barry in the building. 4K and 5K students learned about bus safety, and students had their first Wellness Wednesday, during which they discussed why healthy bodies are important for learning and participated in movement activities. Today featured Magee’s Annual School Picnic, sponsored by the PTO, which is always a fun time for school families and staff to connect.
Wales Elementary classrooms have been building community with learners as well. This week there was a special lunch for new students, students also kicked off coding with Mr. Barry, and the PTO sponsored the annual “Welcome Back Tailgate Party.” It was an opportunity to bring the Wales community together to mingle and launch the school’s Color Run, which will take place on September 28. A highlight for Kindergarteners at Wales this week has been reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar, then creating Eric Carle inspired name caterpillars, dancing through classrooms like caterpillars, hunting for the letters in their names, and comparing the length of their names with Lego bricks.
We end this week’s update with a thank you to our families for helping to keep operations running smoothly by participating in our online registration process for this school year. Almost 100% of KM families have completed the process to sign off on forms and update their family information within Infinite Campus. We appreciate your support!
Together, we are making a difference!
Patricia Deklotz, Ph.D.Superintendent, Kettle Moraine School District