SUPERINTENDENT WEEKLY UPDATE - 11.16.18
For the week ending November 16, 2018
The District Update communicates celebrations and happenings submitted by Kettle Moraine schools each week. Enjoy!
Last Saturday, KMHS Marketing/DECA held a Father Daughter Dance fundraiser. Three hundred attendees enjoyed a silent auction, raffle, DJ, food and carnival games. DECA will be contributing approximately $1,200 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation as a result. The Make-A-Wish recipient and her parents were at the event as well! Thanks to all who organized and attended this event.
The KMHS Orchestras performed their first concert of the season on Thursday. A wide variety of pieces were on the program, including music from film, the Classical and Romantic period, opera, and a piece based on a Gregorian Chant from the 13th century.
High school marketing students recently learned about real world marketing and business practices during a field trip. Students toured GMR Marketing (an international experiential marketing company), and visited with a variety of different employees within that company. Laughlin/Constable Advertising Agency was next on the list and the company provided a tour of their operations as well as a panel discussion with students. A Historic Third Ward Business Scavenger Hunt and a quick stop at Halloween Express was also part of the experience.
AP US History and AP European History classes took their classroom lessons to Mama Mia’s. Students took on the roles of historical figures and completed in-depth historical discussions in a ‘coffee shop’ format with classmates and teachers. AP US History students discussed the reform movements of the 19th century in order to determine which movement was most impactful on American history. AP European History students took on the role of different philosophers during the Enlightenment, and discussed the philosophical ideas of the era.
Students in KM Global started their next round of seminars, choosing from the following: What does it mean to be an American?, Yoga, Camp Leadervation, Creative Expression and Mental Health, Escape Room, Shark Tank: Product Innovation Edition, and Career Development.
KM Global students also attended WORLD APPRECIATION DAY 2.0: “Using International Skills in Careers,” a half-day mini-conference held on the UW-Madison campus.
Problem solving, connecting, and creativity are all happening in the KM Perform "Crafty Math" seminar, as students work with a variety of patterns and traditional cultural arts. With coaching from collaborating teachers Mrs. Zeihen (KMHS Math Educator) and Ms. Kean (KM Perform Social Studies and Theater Educator), students created a variety of paper crafts. Focusing on geometric patterns from a mathematical and artistic lens, the seminar will culminate with all students creating an original quilt pattern and finished pillow, table runner, or wall hanging.
KM Perform Junior Mary Kepplinger auditioned and will perform on clarinet with the UW Milwaukee Honors Band this weekend, under renowned composer and conductor Frank Ticheli.
Ten High School of Health Science seniors are currently volunteering in Costa Rica. They have learned about the health care system’s successes and challenges and have experienced the culture, all while completing dental hygiene presentations and building handwashing stations. On Thursday, they participated in a video conference with the 9th grade AP Human Geography class to share about their learning.
KM Middle School families and friends enjoyed band concerts this week, and the boys basketball team played their first game of the year on Thursday.
Magee Elementary honored Veterans during a special event on Monday. Veterans (invited by Magee students) greeted children as they entered the building. Students read poems and sang "God Bless America," and Boy Scouts presented our flags. There was also a time for refreshments and conversation. Thank you to the Veterans who were able to attend.
KM Explore’s Kindergarten and 1st grade students and Wales Elementary 1st and 2nd graders went to see the Musical Zoo performance. They learned about Camille Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals in music class, and then experienced a professional performance by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and dancers from Danceworks.
Wales Elementary and KM Explore students enjoyed a visit from actor Timothy Hughes, who performed and spoke about his exciting career on Broadway’s Frozen and being the strongman in The Greatest Showman. Students asked him questions about his life and all of the great things he has accomplished so far. He taught students about performance anxiety and how to overcome emotions and use them for their performance.
At Cushing Elementary, students put the final touches on their projects for the upcoming Code to the Future Epic Build. Students in 4K welcomed a TaeKwonDo instructor for a two-day class around confidence, discipline and respect.
Dousman Elementary had their annual fall Book Fair, which culminated in a Family Bingo Night on Thursday. This was a great opportunity for students and families to get together for some fun, food and fellowship while encouraging and supporting student literacy. Thank you to the Book Fair Committee for all their hard work.
The Wisconsin School Public Relations Association awarded the Kettle Moraine School District a Spectrum Award of Excellence last week during the association’s annual conference. Kettle Moraine received the award for its 50th Anniversary community relations activities, which occurred last school year. Congratulations to all who were part of the events that helped to celebrate our school district’s 50 years of excellence.
Together, we are making a difference!
Patricia Deklotz, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Kettle Moraine School District