SUPERINTENDENT WEEKLY UPDATE - 12.7.18

  • For the week ending December 7, 2018

     

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

     

    Last weekend high school band students hosted Breakfast with Santa and the Holiday Craft Fair. This is an annual event cherished by the community. It featured KM musicians of all ages, Santa visits, breakfast, a bake sale, model trains and a large craft fair.

     

    On Thursday evening students were invited to a “Maker Night” to utilize equipment in the high school’s STEAM space to make holiday gifts. Students screen printed bags and dish towels and used wood, vinyl and laser cutters to make an assortment of jewelry, ornaments and other crafts.

     

    At KMHS, multiple advisories have adopted local families for the holiday season through the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family initiative. For the past few weeks, KMHS students have collected money, shopped together for their adopted families, and dropped off their gifts to the Salvation Army.

     

    The KMHS Sociology 101 class took a field trip to Salam High School in Milwaukee this week. Students were able to meet and eat lunch with the senior class from Salam HS to discuss the similarities between themselves.The class was also able to hear from Sikh speakers this week in connection with the KM Graduate Profile’s pillar of Engaged Citizenship.

     

    On Thursday evening students were invited to a “Maker Night” in the high school’s STEAM space. They screen printed bags and dish towels, used woodcutters to make jewelry and ornaments,  vinyl cutter to make crafts and more.

     

    Congratulations to the boys hockey team for their first place finish in the Barry Fieber Ice Hockey Tournament at Nagawaukee.

     

    KM Global students in the Creative Expression and Mental Health Seminar had the opportunity to hear from guest speaker Amy Plum, the school district’s Mental Health Navigator.

     

    KM teachers from KM Global, KM Perform, and KMHS are currently participating in an Austria teacher exchange. Throughout the week they have been learning about the Austrian culture and education system, along with teaching in a variety of schools. The goal of the exchange, which is supported by the Austrian government, is to foster cross-cultural collaboration with both teachers and students, along with sharing educational practices.

     

    Through its partnership with Aurora Hospital - Summit, High School of Health Science students volunteered to prepare, package and distribute cookies and items for the hospital’s holiday craft fair and cookie decorating event held last weekend.

     

    Also last weekend, students and parents joined KM Middle School Principal Mr. Comiskey and Dousman Elementary Principal Mr. Monday in singing holiday carols in downtown Dousman for the Dousman Chamber of Commerce’s “A Grinchy Christmas” community event.

     

    KMMS 7th grade students wrote out code to navigate across a 10x10 grid with several obstacles. As a way of testing out the written code, they had to verbally give commands to their partner so he or she could move around the crossed out boxes to reach the other side.

     

    KM Middle School students enjoyed making bookmarks for holiday care packages for adults in need. Students gathered after school for two days and during lunch to produce bookmarks with inspirational sayings, words, and creative drawings and designs.

     

    KM Explore 2nd and 3rd graders in the Science of Baking seminar visited Troubadour Bakery and Stone Creek Coffee this week. They went on a behind-the-scenes tour of the bakery floor, learning all about ingredients, temperature, ovens and the process needed for baking. Then, they learned all about the process of roasting coffee at Stone Creek. This adds to their learning around physical science, chemical changes and states of matter.

     

    At Dousman Elementary, 1st and 2nd graders showcased their learning specific to their most recent science unit by making presentations to their peers. In addition, Jayne Jenks from Waukesha County presented a program called “I Live in a Watershed”. She brought in a model of a watershed and students got to put on things like fertilizer, pet waste, leaves, and grass clippings. Using spray bottles, they made a rain storm and watched the runoff. Students discussed the impacts the runoff has on our surface waters and actions they can take to prevent runoff pollution. They then finished up looking at a map of Waukesha County and determining what watershed they live in so they know what river or stream gets runoff from their home.

     

    Cushing Elementary Kindergarteners started a new goal-setting process in their writing classes starting with narrative writing. First and 2nd graders began a choice persuasive writing seminar, “A Pet I Wish I Had”. Their week was capped off with a visit from author Elizabeth Hamilton Dufek, who led descriptive writing lessons with students. Third through 5th grade students set skill-based goals in physical education and developed action plans for accomplishing their goals. Fourth and 5th grade students went to the Ballet to see the Nutcracker as a continuation of their learning in music class. Cushing’s design lab was abuzz this week with activity from younger students and helpful volunteers.

     

    Magee Elementary is preparing for its 2018 Holiday Fair event, tomorrow, Dec. 8, from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Magee. The community is invited to get their holiday shopping done while supporting Magee Elementary and local businesses. There will be a pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.; Pizza Guy from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a cookie sale. All are welcome!

     

    As a culmination of their Tchaikovsky unit, Wales Elementary 4th and 5th graders went to the Milwaukee Ballet to see the Nutcracker. Their favorite song is the Russian Trepak Dance.

    Mrs. Guenther’s 1st and 2nd graders created kindness bookmarks. Kids wrote thoughtful sayings on the bookmarks, decorated them and hid them in books in the school library.  The kids are hoping to brighten someone’s day when they find the bookmark.

     

    Kindergarten and 3rd grade students at Wales integrated plant and animal science standards with one of the Habits of Mind, “Gathering Data Using Our Senses.”  Groups collaborated to learn more about the forest habitat and the animals that live there. They investigated various types and components of evergreen trees and took part in a STEM activity where they were challenged to build evergreen trees with various materials.

     

    Together, we are making a difference!

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