SUPERINTENDENT WEEKLY UPDATE - 10.19.18
For the week ending October 19, 2018
The District Update communicates celebrations and happenings submitted by Kettle Moraine schools each week. Enjoy!
This week was National School Lunch week. We wish to recognize and thank all of our nutrition services staff for their hard work serving our students healthy meals and lunch options each day.
The school board recognized three local partners who are being featured on the Wisconsin Association of School Board’s Business Honor Roll. Key Benefit Concepts has organized a "Run for Education" for the KM community to promote wellness, all while raising funds for the Kettle Moraine Education Foundation. Aurora Medical Center-Summit has provided students with place-based learning experiences in six major interest areas, leading to certification, employment and social emotional learning for students interested in healthcare. Lake Country Fire and Rescue has provided students with experiences in emergency and rescue services, leading to certification and employment in the field of emergency medicine.
KMHS Senior Cole Roecker was selected as the Lake Country Rotary Student of the Month for October. He was selected for living up to the Rotary Club’s commitment of “Service Above Self” and was recognized at a luncheon were he was given a plaque as well as the opportunity to address the club. He shared his plans for the future as well as his thoughts on learning and education. Cole stated that, “Learning does not end when the textbook closes, learning is an unending process.” This statement lives up to KMSD’s Graduate Profile pillar of being a Continuous Learner.
Students from Mr. Bruening and Mr. Zuck's Engineering and Manufacturing courses attended the M.A.D.E event on October 18. Dozens of local employers had booths on display to share information about their businesses, showcase products and innovations, give hands-on demonstrations and inform students of internships and apprenticeships. Students interacted directly with a wide range of cutting-edge manufacturers to learn more about high-paying, in-demand careers available within their industries.
KMHS is dedicated to learning how to prepare students for current and future in-demand careers. KMSD Director of Digital Learning Holly Myhre and Career and Technical Education Coordinator Em Webber were invited by Rockwell Automation to attend the UW-Madison unveiling of the Connection Enterprise Laboratory housed inside the School of Engineering.
The Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin (GCAW) has recognized Kettle Moraine High School students Madeline Koenig, Elizabeth Mantey and Julia Schilling as Academic All-State honorees for the recently concluded 2018 girls’ golf season, receiving a designation of High Honors. Madeline, Elizabeth and Julia are student-athletes who serve as great examples to others, proving that academic and athletic successes are not mutually exclusive.
KM Perform students toured the Wisconsin State Capitol Building as part of the “Loving (or Hating) the Election Process” and “Let Your Voice Ring Out: The Art of American Politics”. Students toured the Governor’s Conference Room, State Senate, Supreme Court, and artistic and historic features throughout the building. Before finishing the tour on the outdoor observation deck, the classes had a meeting in Senator Kapenga’s office with two of his clerks and learned about state policy building and careers.
A group of freshmen and sophomores from HS2 had their first outreach experience this week as they worked with Lake Country Fire and Rescue to become CPR certified and learn about different jobs in emergency medicine. Next week they will head to the fire station to deepen their understanding of this work.
Another group of HS2 students, participating in the PBS Student Reporting lab, strengthened their video production skills by collaborating with senior class volunteers who are preparing a dental presentation in Spanish for two elementary schools in Costa Rica next month.
The KMMS 7th grade girls basketball team finished an undefeated season, as Conference Champs! Thanks to Coach Hoff and congratulations to this hard-working group of girls.
There are a lot of amazing things happening in the KMMS STEM Zone. One student is learning computer programming by designing and programming his own video game and building an arcade cabinet for it. His game will even be featured at a local arcade! Learn more about this project and several others by visiting the KMMS STEM Zone on facebook.
Dousman 5K students made their annual trip to Green Meadows pumpkin farm. Along with picking pumpkins, students learned about the inner workings of a fully functioning farm and its contributions to our community.
This week at Cushing was full of exploration. Kindergarten students took a trip to the Elegant Farmer to learn about the fall season. Third grade classes had an evening showing of the 1971 version of Willy Wonka to close out a recent literacy unit of study. In fifth grade, students held a “Cap Anderson Day” as a part of a reading unit focusing on the book “Schooled”.
Author Jonathan Stokes visited Magee. Students in grades 3-5 were riveted and curious as he discussed the American Revolution. He definitely sparked some interest in American History!
Friday was “Specials” Seminars and VIP Day at Wales. In the morning learners had the choice in participating in different art, music, and phy ed seminars. They included World Drumming, Bucket Ball Drums, Virtual Reality Animals & Habitat, Creation and Drawing, Phy. Ed. Games, and Zumba for Kids. VIP guests were treated to a song “Shine Your Way, “ cookies, a tour of the Wales Campus, book fair, and helped paint a rock that will be used for a rock path. A special thanks to the Wales PTO, Mrs. Blawat and Mrs. Cavanaugh for organizing and leading the events.
Together, we are making a difference!
Patricia Deklotz, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Kettle Moraine School District