SUPERINTENDENT WEEKLY UPDATE - 1.18.19
For the week ending January 18, 2019
The District Update communicates celebrations and happenings submitted by Kettle Moraine schools each week. Enjoy!
Congratulations to the KM students who competed against surrounding school districts in a regional Math Meet in Whitewater on Tuesday. The 7th - 8th Grade team included Lilly Wagner, Audra Chesny, Brayden Sikorski, Dylan Krueger, Hannah Heyse, Sam Noel, Noel Buscher and Jacob Hedgcock. The 5th - 6th Grade team included Nora O’Neil, Kaden Hartman, Andrew Ishag, Logan Snorek, Landon Daley, Malachi Beyerlein, Evie Erickson and JJ Geeleher.
These students competed in five different events including Mental Math and a team event.
Landon Daley took 2nd place overall for 5th grade students. Andrew Ishag took 2nd place overall for 6th grade students. Audra Chesny took 1st overall for 7th grade students.
AND... Both of our KM teams took first place overall and are headed to STATE!
Congratulations to KMHS swimmer Jeff Wiedoff, who was selected as Fox6Now’s High School Hot Shot of the week and was a nominee for Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Prep Athlete of the Week. Jeff was a double-winner at the Fondy Memorial Invitational last Saturday. He won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.68 seconds as well as the 100 butterfly in 53.11 to help the KM swimming co-op place third out of 16 teams. Jeff also anchored the team’s 200 free and 400 free relays to 2nd place finishes. The 400 free relay’s time of 3 minutes 20.17 seconds was a season best for the team and the No. 12 time on the honor roll.
Several high school visual art students are Scholastic Key Art winners and will have their artwork on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum, February 3 - March 18. Congratulations to Adan Davis-Quiroz, Dylan Hoffman, Mary Beauchamp, Annalise Schrang, Brandon Haase, Adam Blazek and Mae Weghorst.
Audiences enjoyed musical performances at the High School Winter Band Concert on Monday, which featured performances from the Combined Concert Bands, Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony. The performance can be viewed online. Thank you as always to the KM Music Parent Association for recording!
KMHS A Cappella Choir students Hope Horne, Drew Jaeger, Nik Kasun, Laura Laberge, Grace McMahon, Jordan Oaks and Megan Paschke were selected to participate in the 69th Annual Dorian Vocal Festival held at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, on January 13 and 14. The singers were part of a choir made up of more than 1,100 high school students from Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, which rehearsed on Sunday and Monday, and presented a concert on Monday evening along with the renowned Luther College Nordic Choir. The Dorian Festival is the largest select festival of its kind in the United States. Students were also able to sing individually for a member of the Luther College faculty. KM students receiving special recognition include Drew Jaeger, Nik Kasun, Laura Laberge and Grace McMahon.
Last Friday, KM Drama Club hosted the annual Student Variety Show. A KM tradition for over 30 years, Variety Show combines comedy sketches similar to Saturday Night Live with a talent act competition of students from across the campus. The theme this year was “Trending” and featured sketches about conspiracy theories, online dating, and Vine written and directed by Drama Club students. This year's audience was especially enthusiastic and talent acts showed great musical and poetic talent. Student musicians Ella Kleefisch, Alanna Sczech, and Eloise Field were the winning top talent acts as determined by the panel of four faculty judges. Plans for Variety Show 2020 are already in the works and Drama Club hopes even more of the Laser Nation will come out next January!
Several KMHS biomedical innovation students presented their final capstone projects to the School Board on Tuesday evening. Mrs. Kirby’s students presented on a wide variety of topics including ACL Surgery Innovation, Alzheimer’s Gene Therapy, and Optical Coherence Tomography for Cancer Implants.
High School of Health Sciences physics students are currently wrapping up their study of projectile motion. Students actively engaged in the content during a Crime Scene Investigation focused unit while integrating their passion for the health sciences. As part of the unit, students learned to use projectile probeware purchased through a Kettle Moraine Education Foundation Grant to design and execute a scientific investigation to collect real-time data and accurately solve projectile motion problems.
Congratulations to the middle school art students who will have their artwork on display for the WAEA Regional Art Show at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, January 11 - 25. The artwork of Noel Busher, Taylor Mooney, Charlie O’Connor, Nicole Lang, Lia Mui, Judah Odogba and Taeye Javine will be shown.
Magee Elementary students performed in the winter concert “A Walk Down Disney Lane” to a full auditorium on Wednesday night. Thank you Mr. Krieger for your musical vision and dedication! The show can be viewed online, thanks to the Kettle Moraine Music Parents Association. Magee is also enjoying the installation of art pieces created with Artist in Residence Marina Lee. Each child had a part in the creations and they are a great addition to Magee.Thank you, Miss Hanson, for your help in completing the work. Magee ended the week with Student Council’s Inside Out Day and Popcorn Day.
Wales Elementary 3rd grade has begun their full immersion into the Regions of the U.S. Students will be exploring and writing about one specific region after researching and taking notes. They will also be creating a personalized project based on their region and presenting these, along with their Regional Lego WeDO project and created Cospace, at an Epic Build event. Their concert on February 8th is all songs and costumes based around the Great United States! Ask any Wales 3rd grader to rattle off the 50 states and they will start to sing them in order for you.
The Wales Elementary Grade 1 & 2 Pride community is working on an Earth science unit. They have been studying rock, one of the most important earth materials. Investigations are centering on the properties and uses in many of its particle sizes - pebbles, gravel, sand, silt, and clay. Students are working extensively at observing, comparing, and communicating what they learn through their hands-on experiences with earth materials.
Together, we are making a difference!
Patricia Deklotz, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Kettle Moraine School District