SUPERINTENDENT WEEKLY UPDATE - 11.9.18

  • For the week ending November 9, 2018

     

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

     

    Congratulations to the Magee Engineers FIRST Lego League Team for advancing to sectionals. Students showed skills with perseverance, public speaking, teamwork and collaboration to accomplish their success. Thank you to Ms. Tara Ahrendt for organizing, coaching and sharing your passion for robotics with students.  

     

    In more robotics news, the Laser Robotics Team 2077 participated in the annual FIRST Robotics song parody contest. Team members wrote lyrics and produced the song performed in this video for the contest. Mr. Krieger, Magee's music teacher, helped as a voice coach and played piano for this fun project.

     

    The KMHS Drama Club is presenting its 2018 One Act Festival this weekend, featuring both comedy and drama. It includes four student-directed shows with humor and meaning, and two faculty-directed shows commenting on the past. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.kmsd.edu/oneact.

     

    Kettle Moraine DECA is hosting its bi-annual Father Daughter Dance on Saturday evening. They are looking forward to a fun night of dancing, treats, refreshments, a photo booth and games that will benefit both DECA and the Make-A-Wish organization. Tickets are available at www.kmsd.edu/fatherdaughterdance.

     

    After a spectacular Sectional meet last weekend that included the highest team finish in the past 12 years, three school records, and an individual event sectional champion, the WNKM Swim team is headed to Madison on Saturday for the State Championship Meet! The 200 Medley Relay of Kaitlyn Curtis, Maddy Ahluwalia, Grace Mautz, and Kaitlyn Michalek qualified 17th. The 200 Free Relay of Kaitlyn, Maddy, Kaitlyn, and Amanda qualified 13th. Maddy qualified in the 100 Freestyle (15th) and 100 Breaststroke (9th). Good luck, swimmers!

     

    KMHS choirs showcased their singing, acting, and dancing talents in the Madrigal Feast & Pageant last weekend, directed by Ms. Jennifer Schwingle and Mr. Todd Jaeger. Community members can watch the performance online here, courtesy of the Kettle Moraine Music Parents Association.

     

    KMHS hosted Career Day as part of its Academic and Career Planning program this week. Thank you to the 40+ local business professionals who spoke with students about the necessary education and courses needed in their profession, their day-to-day tasks and highlights of their career.

     

    Students in the KMHS US History course expanded their understanding of World War II by hearing stories and asking questions with Ralph Simoneau, a local WWII veteran. Mr. Simoneau shared about his time serving in the Pacific Theater and fighting in the Battle of Iwo Jima. This opportunity was made possible through Kettle Moraine’s partnership with the Honor Flight program. In the future, when students begin to study the Vietnam War, local Vietnam War veterans will be visiting classrooms to share their experiences.

     

    KM Perform is proud to announce that "Shape of the Grave," an intense historical drama about problems in Northern Ireland, has been invited to perform at the State Theatre Festival/Competition next week in LaCrosse. Congratulations, students!

     

    KM Perform hosted Convocation on Tuesday, which included student performances, TED Talk-style speeches, presentations of Senior Portfolios, and displays of current artistic endeavors.

     

    High School of Health Sciences students and parents met with advisors this week in the first student-led conferences of the year. Students were asked to reflect on the Habits of Mind that they have used during the first term. They also engaged in conversation around career goals and outreach experiences for the future.

     

    A group of ten High School of Health Science seniors leave on Sunday to volunteer in Costa Rica at an elementary school in need of support. Freshmen in AP Human Geography crafted questions they have about Costa Rica. They are looking forward to an online video call next week to discuss the answers to those questions with the seniors.

     

    A group of KM Middle School students kicked off their Threads of Hope fundraiser this week. By selling bracelets, Threads of Hope raises money to help support impoverished families in the Philippines with a steady income so they can feed and clothe their families, send their children to school and protect them from being exploited by those who are anxious to rob them of their childhood innocence.

     

    KM Middle School students are attending their first dance of the year, The FALL BALL. Thanks to the Student Senate and PTO for organizing the event.

     

    KM Explore 2nd and 3rd graders in the Science of Baking seminar made some very tasty marshmallows this week. Students have been experimenting with temperature, ingredients and time to see if they can alter recipes. Next week they will be exploring the science of ice cream.

     

    This week Dousman Elementary students had two different author visits. On Tuesday, K-2 classes were visited by author Laurie Keller, author of Potato Pants, which emphasizes strategies for problem-solving conflicts using empathy and building understanding. Third, 4th and 5th graders were visited by author Sarah Mlynowski, author of the Upside Down Magic and the Whatever After series. Ms. Mlynowski shared her journey of writing which engaged students in reflections of their own journey.

     

    Cushing Elementary 3rd - 5th grade students participated in the St. John’s Veteran’s Day Program on Friday. Fourth grade students sang patriotic songs as a part of the program.  

    Author Sarah Mlynowski also visited Cushing this week to discuss her journey to becoming an author and the habits and dispositions of a writer.

     

    Magee Elementary 3rd graders are reading biographies of their own, choosing and learning about King Tut, George Washington, Amelia Earhart and author R.L. Stine, just to name a few.  They also put together measuring, math, teamwork and collaboration to make a creation that will greet Veterans as they enter Magee on Monday.

     

    At Wales Elementary, the 1/2 Learning Team invited families for "A Day in the Life of a Pride Learner." Students were excited to show their families what their reading block looked like "live"! The afternoon began with a presentation and question and answer session for the parents. They then joined their children to observe their child's reading block. Families got a chance to attend a reading mini lesson, guided reading experience and read with their child.

     

    Wales K-5 students have been learning about voting and endangered animals. Students researched animals that need to be saved from extinction. Each student picked their favorite animal and sold their candidate to the grade. An election was held to choose the animal that students will later earn money toward adopting from the World Wildlife Fund.

     

    Together, we are making a difference!

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