SUPERINTENDENT WEEKLY UPDATE - 12.14.18
For the week ending December 14, 2018
The District Update communicates celebrations and happenings submitted by Kettle Moraine schools each week. Enjoy!
The KMHS Personal Finance students recently completed another Laser Life 101 Financial Simulation. This event is a hands-on, interactive simulation designed especially for young people to give them insight into the world of personal money management. It puts the student into a real world situation (such as married with three children) along with all the expenses associated with daily living.
The Interact Club at KMHS is helping St. Ben’s Homeless Shelter in Milwaukee again this year. Over the past few weeks students collected and donated warm blankets, winter jackets, mittens, scarves, gloves, and hats for individuals and families in need in the Milwaukee area.
Beautiful KM voices are singing throughout the community this holiday season. Members of the A Cappella Choir, Laser Jazz, and Chamber Singers performed at Jerusalem Presbyterian Church last Saturday as part of the annual Christmas in Wales celebration. The KM Middle School Winter Choir Concert was Thursday evening, and the High School Winter Choir Concert is this Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m.
AP US History students visited the Civil War Museum in Kenosha. They were given a guided tour of exhibits that displayed artifacts from the Civil War and what life was like in Wisconsin and the Midwest during wartime. Students also watched an actress portray Caroline Quarlls, a runaway slave from St. Louis, whose journey to freedom brought her through Milwaukee and surrounding communities.
The KMHS Best Buddies chapter has had a busy month. They had a Packers Party at the Delafield Brewhaus, a December holiday party this week and a movie night in the West Commons at KMHS. The KM Best Buddies chapter has approximately 100+ members who strive to provide an inclusive school that is accepting of all. All students are welcome to join the club at anytime.
KMHS art educator Mrs. Rademacher and some of her painting students went after school last week to display their artwork at Mama D’s in Wales. Our high school art students will continue to display work at the coffee shop throughout the remainder of the year. They are excited to engage and connect with the larger community.
This past week the KMHS Life of an Athlete program sponsored Jack Renkens on the KMHS campus. Jack spent time discussing college funding opportunities and the recruiting realities that surround college athletics.
Through a student-led service project, KM Global seniors collected donations for families at the Hebron House. In addition to delivering the donations this week, they also planned and served dinner, and did crafts with the children.
KM Perform students Hope Horne, Drew Jaeger, Nik Kasun, Megan Paschke, Laura Laberge, and Grace McMahon, and KMHS student Jordan Oaks, have been selected to participate in the Dorian Vocal Festival, held at Luther College, in Decorah, Iowa. The festival will take place Jan. 13-14. It is the largest select choral festival of its kind in the United States. The students will be performing in a balanced choir made up of over 1100 of the finest high school singers from eight states in the upper Midwest.
High School of Health Science students began their workshop series this week. Many students are participating in outreach opportunities through Aurora Hospital-Summit and Lake Country Fire & Rescue. A group of 20 students is participating in an exciting new outreach opportunity through Wisconsin Music & Memory. This week they have been learning about the symptoms and issues related to dementia and have been trained in the Music & Memory program. On Friday, they conducted a Memory Cafe at the Delafield Public Library for local residents experiencing the early stages of dementia. Next week, they will develop action plans for extending their learning into the future to help the local community become more dementia friendly.
KM Middle School 6th graders learned how characters change and grow through the result of their own motivation by going to the Christmas Carol play at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.
KM Explore K/1 group went to the high school to visit the Wood Shop on Wednesday. With the help of Mr. Bruening and his class, students were able to tour the shop class and watch pieces of wood being cut for a special holiday project that they are doing for their parents. It was beneficial to see how these tools influence our world. KM Explore K/1 artists also traveled to the high school. They went to see how their monster drawings have been interpreted by KMHS artists. The artwork will be hanging side by side this spring in a district wide art show.
Dousman Elementary 1/2 classes performed their special holiday concert to the entire Dousman school on Thursday and to parents, families and other VIPs on Friday. The performance was a collaborative effort between music director Mrs. Marshal and art teacher Ms. McMurtagh. They set an amazing example of the power of working together as a team for a performance.
Cushing Elementary has been celebrating "Fourteen Days of Kindness" over the past two weeks, and will continue to celebrate them until Winter Break. One way students have been celebrating is through all school recognition (via daily announcements) of students who have gone above and beyond the norm by demonstrating exceptional kindness. Students are also sharing a "Kindness Tip" for the day. Cushing also continues to acknowledge students through Star Slips; they have reached over 3,000 Star Slips!
Cushing 5th grade students wrapped up their Science of Baking Unit by exploring how different leaveners impact a recipe. 4th and 5hth grade Cushing Stars also had a strong showing at the District “24” math competition. Cushing Neighborhood (Grades 1 & 2) students have been hard at work and showcased their musical growth through Friday’s “Critter Christmas Concert”.
Last weekend was the Magee Holiday Fair. The event featured holiday shopping, a pancakes breakfast and Pizza Guy, and a cookie sale. A great time was had by all!
At Wales Elementary, students in grades 3-5 have volunteered to become Reading Buddies for friends in the 1/2 classrooms. Reading Buddies listen to 1st and 2nd graders read books to provide practice and help them grow as readers. Nearly 100 students are participating in the program. The Reading Buddies program is beneficial for all participants as older students “give back” to the Wales community and the younger readers build confidence and grow as readers.
Wales grades 4/5 are concluding their Earth Science Study of “Earth From the Inside Out”. Students have rotated to weekly seminar stations of Virtual Reality sights and 360° resources in the library, studying the Earth, sun, stars, and other principles of space science with Mrs. Gliniecki, and rocks & minerals with Mrs. Kletsch. Students are experimenting, investigating, and creating models using CoSpaces EDU, volcano simulations and universe displays to make their learning come to life!
Wales 1st and 2nd graders performed in their Holiday Concert based on the Poem by Clement C. Moore, “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. Every student volunteered for a special part of either acting, singing, or playing an instrument. Students performed for the whole Wales Campus on Thursday as their dress rehearsal for the show, and came in costumes for Friday’s concert!
Together, we are making a difference!
Patricia Deklotz, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Kettle Moraine School District