Superintendent Weekly Update - 10.5.18

  • For the week ending October 5, 2018


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

    Congratulations to the KM Girls Golf Team, Girls Tennis Team and Boys Soccer Team for their recent successes! The Girls Golf Team won the Sectional title and is headed to State next week in Madison. Girls Tennis won the conference tournament, with Taylor Meeth and Rachel Vande Moore winning the conference championship at number one doubles. The team was Sectional runner up, and
    Grace Sueflohn, Rachel Vande Moore, Taylor Meeth, Paige Freeman and Ella Martin are headed to State next week. Boys Soccer became Classic 8 Conference Champions this week. Go Lasers!


    Congratulations to our high school counseling staff members for receiving the Trailblazer District Award from Waukesha County Technical College. They were recognized for working together to help students find their individual career and educational pathways over the past five years.


    The KMHS Business and Marketing Department recently ran the Laser Life 101 event. Students were assigned a career, an income, and a life situation complete with credit card debt, student loans, and insurance bills. They then had to make their way to different vendors to purchase cars, houses, apartments, clothing, baby formula, and other necessities by writing out checks and balancing their checkbooks. Students practiced their budgeting strategies and got a glimpse of what life after high school might be like. Many commented on how expensive life can be, and how many items need to be purchased. Thank you to the many volunteers from our community who made this experience possible.


    KM Global students had the opportunity to hear from Shawn Green, Ph.D. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He shared information with students on the way the brain learns best, along with misconceptions and specific strategies for learning.


    There's a new mural in the high school’s B Hallway near KM Perform, courtesy of the "Learning from Lin-Manuel Miranda & Other Legendary Artists" Workshop. A study of the creative team behind the Broadway musicals In the Heights and Hamilton, students in the workshop collaborated to identify six attributes of amazing artistry from the studies of Miranda's creative team, as well as other artists the class deemed "legendary."


    At the end of September, thirty students from KM Perform and KM Drama Club attended the Broadway musical “In the Heights” at the Milwaukee Rep. Students were excited to see this celebrated production with relevant social issues and modern music.


    The Middle School kicked off the week with a Book Fair. Eighth grade students in Mrs. DaPrato’s Family and Consumer Science class made friendly monster dolls which they donated to Family Promise, an organization that helps homeless families in Waukesha County.  Each doll comes with it's own student created story, designed to soothe the fears of the homeless child who receives it. In sporting news, the Middle School Cross Country team participated in the Oconomowoc meet, and the 7th Grade Girls Basketball Team remains undefeated.


    In preparation for next week’s Fun Run, Dousman Elementary students used the design process with their homerooms to create class flags they will be displaying during the event. The design process students use includes the following steps: define the problem, collect information, brainstorm and analyze ideas, develop solutions, gather feedback, and improve.


    Cushing Elementary had its annual Decathlon and Book Fair this week. Together, the students, parents, community, and teachers enjoyed time together while raising funds for the school through the PTO. The continued school and community support embodies Cushing's year-long theme of "We not Me."


    Magee Elementary students and families also enjoyed a Book Fair this week. Grandparents Night was Wednesday, and Magee had a full house of visitors. Thank you to the PTO for organizing a fun evening with crafts, pictures and desserts. Magee students (also known as secret agents) were given a new mission on Monday - to take a responsible risk.


    Wales Elementary held its annual Color Fun Run/Walk last Friday. Yoga for All kicked off the event with a group stretch, the KMHS drumline led participants to the starting line, and the finish culminated with a large color blast. Special thanks to the Wales PTO for organizing and leading the event. Because they had over 150 participants, Wales will be having a fall dance later in October to celebrate.


    KM Explore teachers took their own place-based learning trip on Friday. They visited The HOP, the new Milwaukee Trolly, Troubadour Bakery, Milwaukee’s moveable bridges and Foammation, the original Cheesehead Factory. Teachers were previewing various place-based learning experiences to potentially bring students back on a field trip. They were able to gather video clips, photos and resources to bring back to school and build seminars around. Their focus was supplementing experiences around physical science, economics and local history.


    In addition to parent teacher conferences at the middle and high school this week, a New-to-KM Parent Information Session was held Monday evening to orient new families to our school district. The district’s mission, vision, charge and personalized learning environments were discussed, and parent questions were answered. We welcome all new Kettle Moraine families to our community!


    Together, we are making a difference!

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