Superintendent Weekly Update - 9.28.18

  • For the week ending September 28, 2018


    The District Update communicates celebrations and happenings submitted by Kettle Moraine schools each week. Enjoy!


    Congratulations to three students from the Class of 2019 who are National Merit® Semifinalists: Mia Deaven (High School of Health Sciences), Joel Heckenkamp (KM High School), and Mark Ibrahim (KM High School). Read the full press release here.


    Kettle Moraine was featured in a story by TMJ4 about Safe Latch, a product invented by KM graduates that allows a door to be quickly locked from inside a classroom in the event of an emergency. We are proud that this product was created by our former students, to help keep our current students safe.


    Kettle Moraine received the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017. This award reflects our commitment to the highest standards of school system financial reporting. Congratulations to Chief Financial Officer Jeff Gross and the Business Office.


    The KM Parent Resource Network (PRN) held an educational presentation for more than 60 parents called “Understanding Anxiety” on Tuesday evening, featuring Dr. Mattek. Thanks, PRN!


    KMHS Project Lead the Way (PTLW) Biomedical Innovations students traveled to Aurora ER to tour and interview staff about making ER more effective. Special thank you to Kara Mollet, Denise Hagen and Kim Schoof for allowing us to come in and learn from you! Mr. Michael Skocir, a QuadMed Project Manager, listened to their ER designs and innovations to give them feedback.


    KMHS Modern World History students shared their first unit benchmark projects to fellow students. It is always great to see our students owning, leading, and demonstrating their learning. In AP Statistics the students were studying linear regression. They attached different numbers of rubber bands to superheros and recorded how far they fell before popping back up. They then went outside to the top of the football bleachers and had to use their previous data to determine how many rubber bands they needed to get their superhero to fall as close to the ground as possible without hitting the ground.


    The Varsity Girls Golf team won the WIAA Regional on Thursday at Muskego Lakes! With a dominating performance the Lasers were led by Julia Schilling co-medalist (78), Madeline Fiebig (79), Madeline Koenig (80), Jenna Anderson and Elizabeth Mantey. Next up is Sectionals at the Broadlands on Monday.


    Congratulations to the Boys Soccer program for moving up one spot in the state rankings - they are currently ranked 2nd in Wisconsin. The Lasers host 3rd ranked Sussex-Hamilton Saturday at 6:30pm.


    Girls Cross Country competed at the 19-team Mukwonago Invitational on Thursday. Lasers were led by medal winner Ava Craven who finished in 6th place


    The Student Reporting Lab (SRL) component in the High School of Health Sciences is off and running!  SRL is funded in part by a grant from Wisconsin Public Television and will focus on health science education in the coming school year. Ten students are responsible for project origination, planning, filming and editing. One main project this year is the work of Dr. Brian Hoffmann at the Medical College of Wisconsin and his pivotal role in developing the SUPREMES, a program that allows laboratory research experience for high school juniors and seniors.


    Congratulations to KM students Joshua Elkin and Ellena Hein, who won “Outstanding Middle School Project” in the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes’ 2018 Discovery Award Competition. Their project was “Sir Nicholas Winton: 6,000 Descendants and One Man,” a documentary that tells the story of Winton, who saved 669 children from the Nazis during World War II in Czechoslovakia. More than 6,000 people are alive now thanks to Winton’s courageous action. The documentary can be viewed here. Joshua and Ellena were guided by KMMS Educator Terry Kaldhusdal.

    “What if…?” That was the message from Steve Moore, syndicated cartoonist, whose comic strip, “In the Bleachers” appears in more than 200 newspapers daily. Moore visited with 6th graders this week to share his growth mindset, writing process and career path, which included being a  reporter for the Los Angeles Times, an editor, a TV screenplay and movie script writer (including Open Season, which drew an “awe” from students), a comic writer, and now a middle school novel writer. “I don’t care if you write, become a surgeon or design balloons for a living, but I want you to ask yourself this question, ‘What if?’ What if I designed a square balloon, what if I tried it a different way?” Moore said that question is what has allowed him to continue to grow and succeed in life.


    At KM Explore, students across grades 2-5 have been learning the game of chess. They started with pawn chess and have gradually moved to add more pieces. Chess teaches great principles of “if, then” thinking, which is a direct connection to coding. Students have been excited and eager to play each week, playing against teachers and peers and helping each other learn along the way.


    Dousman Elementary enjoyed its first Dousman Night of the school year at Culvers. Families packed the restaurant while staff and volunteers served food to help raise money for the PTO.


    Cushing Elementary educators held the last of a series of parent information nights this week. Staff have enjoyed getting to know families as they round out the first month of school. There is a lot of energy and excitement around Cushing as they prepare for their Decathlon next week.


    Mission Possible is growing stronger at Magee Elementary. Students are completing their first mission and are eager for the second!  Wellness Wednesdays have been a great way to focus on keeping student minds and bodies healthy. The Magee PTO Carnival was Friday - a  great night for families to have fun together and get to know each other.


    Wales Elementary students in “The Reef” (grades 4 & 5) are beginning to work in math and writing groups. They are reflecting on their learning and setting goals through SeeSaw. Wales 3rd graders read the book The Best Part of Me and wrote about the best part of their body using similes and details to engage readers. They also began building a K/3 community by interviewing buddies and participating in a Hungry Caterpillar activity with them. All Wales students are enjoying Code to the Future activities.


    Together, we are making a difference!

    Patricia Deklotz, Ph.D.
    Superintendent, Kettle Moraine School District