Superintendent Weekly Update - 10.12.18

  • For the week ending October 12, 2018


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


    Congratulations to the Kettle Moraine Girls Golf Team for winning the WIAA Division 1 State Title on Tuesday! They won by eight strokes over Middleton, 651-659. Read more about their accomplishments in this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article or Waukesha Freeman article. Congratulations also to the KM Girls Tennis team members who are competing at State, Thursday - Saturday.


    At KM High School, 165 juniors and seniors took the PSAT exam on Wednesday. The PSAT is an optional standardized test administered by the College Board and co-sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Junior year test scores from the PSAT are used to determine eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program.


    In the AP Government course at KMHS, representatives from the Milwaukee/Waukesha Chapter of the League of Women Voters came to help juniors and seniors become registered to vote in upcoming elections. They will continue to partner with classes in the future to assist students with voter registration.


    The KMHS Campus celebrated its September Students of the Month. Teachers nominated 27 students who demonstrated success around campus in the areas of academic excellence, citizenship and personal development. In addition, six September Athletes of the Month were recognized for their leadership and character.


    The Boys Volleyball Team had an opportunity to travel to Canada for non-conference game opportunities. In addition to playing their sport, they have enjoyed seeing sights like Niagara Falls.

    Boys soccer secured the first ever non-shared Classic 8 Championship in the history of KMHS (21 years in the Classic 8.). It's the 2nd overall title as the team is currently ranked 2nd in state with a 9-1-3 record.


    KM Global students heard from Susie Locklin, an alumni of Kettle Moraine High School (2005), who has been living and working in a small village in Burkina Faso, Africa, writing and translating a language that has no written form. She spoke to students about her work, the culture of Burkina Faso, and her experience working and living with the people.  


    KM Global students in the Hiking and Service Learning seminar visited the UW-Waukesha Field Station to help with Prairie Restoration. Students in the Fantasy Literature seminar went to Marquette University to see the original manuscripts of J.R.R. Tolkien's work, including The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and to learn more about the author.


    Congratulations to Eagle Scout Cedric Hong, a student in the High School of Health Sciences. Cedric built two innovative vertical gardens for school’s courtyard. Students and staff are looking forward to the plantings taking effect this spring.


    Several 7th & 8th grade KM Middle School students had an interactive experience and learned about careers in a hands-on way at Waukesha County’s Career Expo. Some students attended the Middle School Leadership Conference in Whitewater, and some attended the Power of Self Advocacy event at the Muskego-Norway Educational Services Center. The 8th grade Explorer’s Club is traveling to Six Flags this evening for Fright Fest.


    KM Explore 2nd and 3rd graders have been learning about trees for the past few weeks. This week they saw a logging demonstration on campus. Guest speaker Mr. Timmerman brought a sawmill to school so students could see the process of turning a log into a board. Students observed how trees are cut, felt the cut wood and counted rings in the log.  


    Dousman Elementary 4K classes took their first ever field trip to Cozy Nook Pumpkin Farm. All Dousman students enjoyed their annual Fun Run today, the largest PTO fundraiser of the year which will help purchase classroom materials, a Gaga Pit, and special activity items. This year’s run featured a 20 obstacle, .75 mile course designed and built by a volunteer committee and supported by local partner sponsors. Thank you to all who helped make this event successful!


    Cushing Elementary 5th graders went to Camp Whitcomb Mason for a ropes course challenge, where they practiced flexible thinking, communication and problem-solving skills. Friday was Fire Prevention Day and each class had the opportunity to meet with Lake Country Fire and Rescue to learn about and practice fire safety skills. Throughout the week many students were able to write letters to the PTO and community sponsors, thanking them for their support of school’s Decathlon.


    Magee Elementary had fire safety visits with the Wales Genesee Fire Department, both at Magee and at the fire station. The Magee PTO Book Fair concluded with Mrs. Coss’ class winning penny wars and a new bean bag chair for readers in the classroom.  


    Wales Elementary 3rd graders also had a fire safety visit from the Wales Genesee Fire Department. Students learned about making fire plans with their families, things in our homes that can cause fires, and smoke detectors. Wales 5th graders, teachers and parents traveled to Mackenzie Nature Center in Poynette this week.They spent time learning outdoors, building community and engaging in various hands-on survival activities including geocaching, fire starting, night hiking, and participating in a stream study.


    Two Kettle Moraine Student Services employees were recognized by state associations this week. Director of Student Services Ken Kassees accepted the Outstanding Special Services Administrator award from the Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services, and Director of School Counseling Alissa Darin was appointed Assistant Chair of the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin School Counselor Association. Congratulations!


    Also this week, KM Elementary principals Jeremy Monday, Chris Otto, and Sue Sterner presented at the Association of Wisconsin School Administrator’s annual Elementary Principal Conference. Their topic was personalizing professional development with a focus on  micro credentials, unconferencing, and using the design process to collaborate and problem solve.


    Together, we are making a difference!

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