SUPERINTENDENT WEEKLY UPDATE - 11.30.18
For the week ending November 30, 2018
The District Update communicates celebrations and happenings submitted by Kettle Moraine schools each week. Enjoy!
Kettle Moraine High School Symphonic Band students are busy preparing for Breakfast with Santa and the Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the high school. Families will be able to meet Santa’s elves, take a picture with Santa, grab a bite to eat and listen to some festive music. There are also plenty of fun crafts and activities. Breakfast is from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and is $5 for children under 10 and $7 for everyone else. The Holiday Craft Fair runs from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
KMHS MBA (Marketing Business Applications) students conducted a "Character Development Workshop" with Wales Elementary 3rd graders on Monday. The focus of the workshops were Problem Solving, Team Building, Creativity, Following Instructions and Communication. Both groups of students had an awesome and insightful experience.
KMHS Student Senate members joined Mrs. Pett's culinary classes to purchase, prepare and cook turkey dinners for two local families. The meals were sponsored by Sentry Delafield and a community member donation.
There are a number of charitable drives that KMHS students are participating in during this holiday season. Student Senate has organized a Winter Sock Drive, with all collected materials being donated to the Waukesha Hope Center. Mr. Chase’s AED/CPR course is running a canned food drive to donate to the Kettle Moraine Food Pantry, and they also ran a bake sale during last week’s boys and girls basketball games. All proceeds from the bake sale were donated to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Congratulations to Senior Blake Wilcox, who has been selected to play in the 2019 Under Armour All-America Football Game. The top 100 players in the nation will compete at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on January 3 with the best coaches, players, and gear in the game. On Wednesday he was honored in front of his family, coaches, teachers, teammates and friends with the presentation of his official game jersey.
Congratulations to KM Perform Senior Joshua Catania for being named a 2019 National YoungArts Foundation Honorable Mention winner in Jazz Piano. Selected from a competitive pool of applicants, Josh has been recognized for his outstanding artistic achievements and joins 710 of the nation’s most promising young artists from 44 states across visual, literary, design and performing arts..
Several KM Perform students will help bring a historic feel to the holidays by assisting with two local museum partnerships in December. On Saturday, Dec. 1, students Courtney Peterson, Asher Schleich, Grace Provan and Carmen Castello will lead visitors back in time at Delafield's "Christmas at the Inn" event, sponsored by Hawks Inn. On December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, & 16, Asher Schleich, Linnea Heitala, Klaudia Rixman, Josh Reising, and Mackenzie Momsen will lend their dramatic skills at Old World Wisconsin's "Old World Christmas" event. KM Perform is proud of these professional partnerships and repeated collaborations and encourages the community to attend these events. Visit hawksinn.org and oldworldwisconsin.wisconsinhistory.org for dates and times.
Broadway performer Joe Cassidy, who most recently starred as Cal, diner chef in the musical Waitress, visited KM Perform Monday, November 26 for a Convocation. With over 25 years of professional performing experience, Cassidy shared his story and recounted his artistic journey as an actor and singer on Broadway, and in film and television. Students participated in an engaging Q & A session and had the opportunity to perform musical theatre selections in a masterclass as well.
KM Global students in the Escape Room and Computational Thinking seminar visited Escape Waukesha to complete field research, and are now designing their own escape room.
High School of Health Sciences seniors returned from Costa Rica just in time for Thanksgiving. They were given a warm thank you from the students at Buho Elementary in Santa Cruz for the projects they completed while working at their school.
In addition to the normal outreach experiences, many High School of Health Sciences students will complete outreach opportunities during the month of December. These include CNA training, shadowing at Aurora Summit Hospital, a fire and rescue workshop at Lake Country Fire & Rescue, or being trained in music and memory therapy in order to run a memory cafe at the library for dementia patients.
The 6th grade held a Showcase Night allowing students to share their learning with the community. The presentations reflected a combination of mediums, stories, and curricular subjects. Parents were able to learn about everything from Ancient Egypt to how the systems of the human body work. There were individual presentations and group presentations. We are proud of our young scientists, historians, and authors.
KM Explore students made 32 fleece tie blankets the day before Thanksgiving to donate to Milwaukee’s La Causa Crisis Nursery and Respite Center. A guest speaker visited to tell them about how La Causa cares for babies and children in need. Students worked together in multi age groups across K-5 to cut and tie the blankets together.
Dousman Elementary held an Epic Build event on Tuesday. Families enjoyed learning about how students are immersed in computer science learning, and viewed student projects in Scratch, block based coding, and robotics. On Wednesday, Dousman had its November presentation of Beat Cafe’, where young authors from 4th and 5th grade had an opportunity to celebrate and share their writing with peers and VIPs.
Cushing Elementary students hosted their Epic Build before the Thanksgiving Break, which showcased computer science projects they created during the first months of school. That same day, all students participated in a “Habits of Mind Day” in mixed grade/classroom groups. Students learned about, gathered evidence and reflected on one of five Habits of Mind: managing impulsivity, listening with empathy, thinking flexibly, persistence, or working well with others.
Prior to Thanksgiving weekend, Magee Elementary had a Fine Arts Day sponsored by the Magee PTO and orchestrated by Mrs. Gulak. This week every student at Magee has been working with Marina Lee, an Artist in Residence, to create some beautiful works of art inspired by the natural setting around their school. Magee students also held an Epic Build this week, sharing their computer science learning with family and friends and reflecting on successes and challenges.
Wales 1st and 2nd graders are preparing to sing at the KMHS Band’s Breakfast with Santa and Holiday Craft Fair event on Saturday, Dec. 1. They are performing holiday music from their upcoming show.
Fourth and 5th grade students at Wales Elementary are working with Le’Duc’s frozen Custard to create new custard flavor. Each student wrote a persuasive essay introducing a new flavor with reasons why it should be chosen. The top four flavors were selected by students. LeDuc’s is asking the community to help pick an overall winner.
The top four flavors are....
- Summer S'more - Marshmallow Custard, Graham Cracker, Hot Fudge, and Reese's Pieces.
- Oreo Fudge Twist - Vanilla Custard with French Fries, Brownies, Oreo, and Caramel.
- Tropical Lava Exploder - Banana Custard with Strawberries, Sprinkles, and Caramel.
- Oreo Crumble - Vanilla Custard with Oreos and Chocolate Syrup.
Members of the community can vote by commenting the name of the flavor you choose on LeDuc’s Facebook page. Voting will end Friday the 30th at 10pm. The winner will receive a custard party for their class and their flavor will be featured on the January Flavor list.
Together, we are making a difference!
Patricia Deklotz, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Kettle Moraine School District