SUPERINTENDENT WEEKLY UPDATE - 10.26.18
For the week ending October 26, 2018
The District Update communicates celebrations and happenings submitted by Kettle Moraine schools each week. Enjoy!
The KM DECA Food Drive concluded this week with a large semi trailer (donated by Target & JB Hunt) filled with grocery bags of food donated by the community. The donations were transported to the Kettle Moraine Food Pantry. KM DECA has grown this tradition over the past 25 years to include approximately 70 neighborhoods in the district and 125 high school Marketing/DECA students. Thank you to everyone who supports this effort.
Congratulations to KMHS student Habiba Odogba, who was featured in an article about an organization she started called Pencils for Africa (P4A). Following a drive in Kettle Moraine Schools, P4A donated 7,000 pencils, about 500 books and five laptops to hundreds of school children in Kaduna and Abuja. What amazing service to our global community!
Senator Chris Kapenga visited AP Government classes this week to discuss state government, upcoming elections, and answer student questions. Senator Kapenga highlighted his path to state government, discussed his job, bills that he has helped pass, and his plans for the future.
At last Friday’s KMHS Parent Coffee, Principal Walters updated parents on Advanced Placement and Dual Credit test scores and opportunities for students on the KMHS Campus. Parents observed the Technology Education space and learned about the department from teacher Mr. Levi Zuck.
On Wednesday over 40 KMHS students completed the OECD exam, an international exam that tests students knowledge in math, reading, science, and higher order thinking skills. KM students have participated in the OECD exam for the past four years and have showcased very well compared to their national and international counterparts.
Kettle Moraine was visited last spring by the website Edutopia, an organization that highlights innovation in K-12 schools. This week Edutopia released a feature article and accompanying videos which tell the story of our high school campus, and the ways that our educators are collaborating and innovating to prepare students for the future.
Two KM athletic teams became regional champs this week! The Boys Varsity Soccer Team won their regional by defeating Madison Memorial 1-0 last Saturday. They then defeated Madison West on Thursday evening to advance to the Sectional Final tomorrow at 4pm in Sun Prairie.
For the first time in Laser's history, the Girls' Varsity Volleyball Team won their regional by beating Waterford 25-20, 25-18, 25-11. Congrats to the Volleyball Team on a great season!
The following students auditioned and performed for the Wisconsin State Music Association's (WSMA) High School Honors Ensembles this week. Performances were held at the Overture Center in Madison and Waunakee High School, in conjunction with the State Music Educators Conference. Choir students who performed with the High School Honors Project include April Hull, Drew Jaeger, Mary Kepplinger, Laura Laberge, Grace McMahon, and Nolan VanHaren. Choir student November Nicholson performed at the Middle Level Honors Project. Band students who performed with the Middle Level Honors Project include Brooke Wisniewski and Peter Weyers. KMMS music educators Mary Burczyk and Cathe Kuehn helped to lead the effort, with Mrs. Burczyk as chair of the project and Mrs. Kuehn working with trumpets and horns. They spent this past summer at a camp in Green Bay working with students to prepare them for the concerts held this week. Congratulations to all!
Students in KM Global have been learning through experiences in the community, including volunteering at Nagawaukee Park and taking a trip to the Milwaukee Jewish Museum. Students also heard from Acenel Laurent, a guest visitor from Haiti on the Haitian culture, history, and economic prosperity.
KM Perform students visited the Wisconsin State Capitol. They learned about the history of the capitol building, observed government in action, asked questions, and met with Senator Chris Kapenga and Representative Cindi Duchow.
In the High School of Health Sciences, fire and rescue outreach at Lake Country continued this week as students experienced the fire station more up close and personal. They learned how to use a tourniquet, how to don the appropriate gear to be safe in a fire situation, and how to keep their calm amidst a stressful situation. Their experience culminated in a relay race to perform their new skills. The school’s 9th graders wrapped up their second unit of physics with an assessment of their understanding of linear motion. They are excited to move on to the more self-directed part of the course. They are setting their own goals and charting their course through the blended curriculum, with the support of their instructor as they tackle projectile motion.
The KM Middle School Orchestra hosted their 8th Annual Spooky Strings Event, with fun activities for children followed by a spooky concert for the community. The event is organized by orchestra students as a service project. A group of performers also took part in a session at the State Music Educators Conference in Madison, playing with Rock Violinist Mark Wood.
KM Explore Kindergarten and 1st grade students are busy learning all about boats. They even planned, built and painted their own boat in the classroom. Students learned about buoyancy, different roles and jobs on a big ship, and how ships are built. They are ready to set sail!
Dousman Elementary students held their first Beat Cafe of the school year. Students were chosen to share writing pieces they have been working on this year with selected classes and VIP guests. This month’s stories were highlighted by non-fiction, spooky stories.
Cushing 1st and 2nd graders took their first field trip of the year to Retzer Nature Center and the Charles Z. Horwitz Planetarium. As a culminating activity to a recent unit of study, students learned about Wisconsin wildlife as well as the night sky around us. Kindergartners enjoyed a field trip to the Elegant Farmer and completed their “Pumpkin STEM Challenge” as a follow up to the trip. They practiced skills such as teamwork, problem solving and communication.
Magee Elementary Kindergarten students went to Green Meadows Farm on a field study. Students made observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive and change environments to get what they need. The Magee staff served students and families at the Culver’s in Wales on Thursday night. It was great to see so many current and former families! The school’s annual Halloween Parade was today. Students and families enjoyed the event, followed by a short dance together in the gym.
Wales Elementary Kindergarten and 3rd grade buddies are learning about animal and plant adaptations, while using the habit of mind, “Gathering Data with all Senses.” Students used all their senses to put a name to five fall plants as they investigated each one. They also enjoyed a trip to the pumpkin farm to further their learning. Wales 4K has been exploring the farms our food comes from. Students tasted a variety of local apples and graphed their results. They also set up a farmer’s market in the classroom and compared the weights of produce found at a local farmer’s market to investigate the concepts of more and less.
Together, we are making a difference!
Patricia Deklotz, Ph.D.Superintendent, Kettle Moraine School District