SUPERINTENDENT WEEKLY UPDATE - 12.21.18

  • For the week ending December 21, 2018

     

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

     

    It has been a busy time of holiday celebrations and service in the Kettle Moraine School District. Please enjoy this festive photo montage that highlights many of the student activities that have taken place over the last few weeks.

     

    Last week the 4th and 5th grade District Math 24 Tournaments took place. The top six Math 24 players from each elementary building met at KMMS to battle for the right to advance to regionals in February. The results for 5th Grade:1st place Greyson Lemke, 2nd place Hawk Denor, 3rd place JJ Geeleher, 4th place Liam Hughes, 5th place Aiden McDowell, 6th place Malachi Beyerlein.The results for 4th Grade: 1st place Will Fisher, 2nd place Sofia Nazario, 3rd place Alex Schultz, 4th place Charles Bittner, 5th place Brandon Stuke, 6th place Connor Worden. Congratulations, mathematicians!  We wish them the best of “skill” as they represent KM at regionals.Thank you to the 7th and 8th grade proctors who assisted with the district tournament, and to all the KM teachers who supported this event!

     

    KMHS Engineering students and Mr. Bruening took a tour of the General Power Systems World Headquarters. Generac generously donated small engines to the engineering students, who are working to design vehicles. KMHS is proud to partner with Generac!

     

    KMHS U.S. History classes had the privilege of having Vietnam Veterans visit to speak to them about their involvement during the war. They shared their backgrounds, amazing stories from their tours of duty, and their personal experiences of returning to the U.S. Teachers and students are lucky to be able to listen to and learn from those who served our country.

     

    KMHS German students went on their annual field trip to the Christkindlmarkt in Chicago earlier this month. They enjoyed the sights, sounds, and smells that make a Christmas market so fun including ornaments, nutcrackers, vendor items, sausage, pretzels, and hot chocolate.

     

    The KMHS Campus celebrated its Students of the Month last week. Teachers nominated 21 students who demonstrated success around campus in the areas of academic excellence, citizenship and personal development. In addition, three Athletes of the Month were recognized for their leadership and character.

     

    Congratulations to the students who were recognized for their intent to play college sports during Wednesday’s National Signing Day. Student-athletes celebrated include Blake Wilcox, University of Wisconsin - Madison (football), Jake Rock - North Dakota State (football), Katrina Hardin, Carroll University (lacrosse), Jesse Zach, Winona State University (soccer), Jeff Wiedoff, University of Illinois-Chicago (swimming), Paige Freeman, Carroll University (lacrosse) and Chase Brock, Ohio Northern University (lacrosse).

     

    The KMHS A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers, led by Mr. Jaeger and Ms. Schwingle, toured the district’s elementary schools, KM Middle School and St. Bruno's Church on Tuesday. Festive music and cheer was shared with students and staff. The high schoolers enjoyed performing, engaging younger students in a holiday sing-along, and visiting teachers and schools from their early years.

     

    KM Marketing and DECA students provided a holiday experience for young children at an area Head Start school. Students purchased gifts and books for the kids and spent an afternoon at their school. Santa and his elves were present with the gifts, high schoolers read to the young learners, and all engaged in holiday games, crafts and treats.  It was a wonderful time of holiday celebration and service!

     

    KM Global students volunteered in the toy distribution center with the Salvation Army and at Three Pillars helping senior citizens during “Tech Time” with computer and phone issues.

     

    The High School of Health Sciences Internal Review Board read and evaluated AP Research students’ proposals, providing students with feedback on the integrity of the proposal aligning to the subject study and soundness of methods being proposed. Students received feedback from three scientists, allowing them to strengthen their work and begin implementing their research.

     

    The High School of Health Sciences Student Reporting Lab submitted their first film to PBS for possible broadcast on News Hour. Students interviewed Dr. Brian Hoffmann from the Medical College of Wisconsin on his development of the SUPREMES program. The video highlights the importance of students working in a research lab, and how it assists them in developing a high school-to-career pathway.

     

    Middle school students and staff enjoyed holiday door decorating by advisory groups. They had a lot of fun connecting and enjoying each other while trying to out-decorate the neighboring advisory next door.

     

    Sixth grade Left House students in the Digital Breakout session with Mrs. Henry visited Dousman Elementary on Thursday to have Dousman students test out their prototype of their games. The middle school students picked a theme, planned out their clues, and created a Google Site with hints and locks.

     

    Seventh grade Right House students at KMMS have grappled with questions as they read the novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. How do our choices impact our communities? When tragedy strikes a community, is there always one person at fault, or are people collectively responsible? To answer the questions, students followed a character closely through the book and analyzed how the character’s choices impacted a crime in the story.  Before embarking on phase two of the unit (writing a trial brief and participating in a mock trial), civil litigation attorney Doug Lehrer visited the classroom to discuss his experience as a lawyer. Mr. Lehrer shared expert knowledge on the preparation an attorney takes before trial and responsibilities of each participant in a trial. He also included stories of cases he has litigated. Students appreciated the real-life application to their learning. They were a fantastic audience and asked insightful questions!

     

    The 7th Grade Left House is happy to announce that they collected 859 pairs of new socks that will be taken to Tanzania with Mrs. Weske next summer. The socks will be given to children who live in an orphanage for displaced children in Africa. Great job to all the students who helped!

     

    KM Explore students headed to the Milwaukee County Zoo today. Students visited animal exhibits and spent time in their multiage advisory groups.

     

    Dousman Elementary students celebrated positive behavior with an all school field trip to Hillside Movie Theatre for a showing of The Grinch. Thanks to the PTO for providing the popcorn! The Dousman 1/2 team collected food for the KM Food Pantry as a countdown to Christmas. Students sorted the various food items into categories and then counted everything. The final count was a total of 391 food items collected  that filled 20 boxes for the KM Food Pantry, just in time for the holiday.

     

    Cushing celebrated its second Star Slip milestone with a Spirit Week that ended with a school-wide “sing in” from staff. Neighborhood (Grades 1 & 2) students “socked” their buddy classes with handmade stockings while older students practiced their design thinking skills.

    In 3rd grade, students participated in a STEM extravaganza and 5th grade students held their explorer project parent showcases and a Santa STEM “Operation Present Drop”.

     

    The Magee Student Council wrapped gifts purchased by the generous donations of Magee students, families and staff for a family sponsored through the Waukesha Clearing Council.  Donations far exceeded the school goal and students are thankful they could help a family this holiday season. In addition, Magee 5K students made cards to deliver to neighbors on John’s Way to spread holiday cheer. Magee ended the week with their annual tradition of staff singing carols as students and families entered the building this morning, who of course joined along!

     

    At Wales Elementary, 4th and 5th graders earned a pizza lunch to celebrate their hard work showing the Wales Way. In addition, they spent time learning about Snowflake Bentley and his perseverance in taking snowflake photographs in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Students also learned the scientific reason why each snowflake is unique, which ties into the whole school theme of “Only One You.”

     

    First and 2nd graders at Wales practiced their “perseverance” Habit of Mind by coding their farm animals to talk using sound and speech bubbles in Cospaces.They are growing in their ability to create by bringing in objects, animating them, and setting up unique virtual reality scenes.  Students are debugging and problem solving as they construct their code to realistically depict what each animal actually says. Also a highlight at Wales, two students enjoyed travelling to the High School to show off their fraction knowledge by baking Christmas Cookies with a high school helper.

     

    Thank you to our entire community for your support of the Kettle Moraine School District. During the holiday season we are especially grateful as we reflect on the last year. Best wishes to the KM community for a safe and happy holiday season! We look forward to welcoming students and staff back to school on January 2.

     

    Together, we are making a difference!

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