SUPERINTENDENT WEEKLY UPDATE - 1.11.19
For the week ending January 11, 2019
The District Update communicates celebrations and happenings submitted by Kettle Moraine schools each week. Enjoy!
School spirit has been at an all-time high on the high school campus this week. KM Nation celebrated Winter Spirit Week with dress up days, lunch room games, a pep rally on Friday, and a school dance scheduled for Saturday night. It was a fun way to build excitement around campus after returning from winter break and before the end of the semester. Thank you to all staff and students who made this a fun and successful week.
The KMHS Campus recognized December Students of the Month. Congratulations to the 28 students who were honored. They were nominated by teachers who submitted kind words about how the students live the “Laser Way.”
Kettle Moraine Marketing students upheld the “Laser Way” this past weekend at DECA's Regional Competition. With over 650 Marketing/DECA members in attendance, students competed in 22 separate career cluster areas either as an individual or in team events. Once again KM DECA did an outstanding job and will be advancing 22 members to the State Career Development Conference in March.
Last week Mrs. Hoida’s and Mr. Lewis’s Physics classes engaged in some friendly competition. Students were challenged with building a bridge which could hold the most weight versus the weight of the bridge, with the largest ratio being crowned the winner. Working in teams, students incorporated multiple concepts they had learned over the past two terms using limited materials to complete their build. Over a dozen high school staff judged the bridges in various categories. The results were awesome!
KM Global students are presenting their research projects this week through a defense. During a defense, students present their learning to a panel of teachers and community members. They use portfolios and a variety of professional products (documentaries, TED talk presentations, models, blogs, demonstrations, podcasts, etc.) to show evidence of their learning.
KM Perform students are preparing to present their new showcase night, KM Perform Up-Close. Up-Close is a culminating event that invites the community to experience the artistic and academic work of KM Perform students. All community members are invited to come and enjoy musical performances, TED-style talks, and visual exhibitions on January 17th from 6-7:30 p.m. in the KM Perform space on the KMHS Campus.
High School of Health Sciences students were trained by Prevent Blindness Wisconsin to complete vision screenings for children.They are excited to go to the elementary schools to work with the 4- and 5-year-old Kindergarten students and evaluate their need for additional vision assessment. Also in HS^2, students in AP Human Geography worked to understand why the shapes of states matter and how the boundaries of various countries have been determined historically and in the present.
Congratulations to KM Middle School 7th and 8th grade students who have been chosen to participate in the Annual WAEA Youth Art Month Competition. Student work will be on display in Brookfield at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center through January. 25th. Some KMMS students have been selected to advance to the State Competition in Madison. Names will be announced on January 25th at the Awards Ceremony.
Last Friday, Kindergarten students from Dousman Elementary visited KM Middle School to check out the progress of the fiber art monsters that 8th grade students are creating based on the Kindergarten student’s drawings. The original drawings and plush monsters will be on display for the community to see at the District Choral Festival in February.
Dousman Elementary grade 1/2 classes held their own Science Day last week. Learners rotated between three different explorations to study properties of materials and how they can solve many problems in their lives (for example - building their own sun hat to keep them cool and shaded from the sun). Students developed an appreciation for the man-made materials of everyday objects and recognized those materials are chosen based on their properties. Through hands-on investigation, learners explored the material properties involved in meeting basic needs (such as clothing and cooking). They identified solid and liquid states of matter to understand why plastic was invented. It was a fun day of hands-on learning!
At Cushing Elementary, in the spirit of the new year many classes have been reflecting on their academic or personal goals and making adjustments and action plans for new goals. Fifth graders just launched the start of a new literacy unit focusing on global citizenship and taking action. Fourth graders have been hard at work coding their EV3 robots as a part of their current learning around the regions of Wisconsin. Third grade students have begun working on an interdisciplinary unit focusing on life cycles, connecting literacy and science.
Magee Elementary students and staff are also digging into 2019. 5K students are learning about weather patterns, seasons, and extreme weather. They are wondering how much snow it takes to make a “snow day”. Students in grades 1/2 are taking notes on a non-fiction topic, learning about text structures as they write a book from the information they gather. Third graders are wrapping up their learning about magnetism and the properties of magnets, and the American Revolution has been the hot topic in grade 4/5 classrooms.
Wales Elementary 4th and 5th graders visited Madison on Monday to learn about rocks, minerals, and fossils at the UW Geology Museum. In addition, they spent time at the UW Space Place learning about constellations. They were also able to view various artifacts or examples of equipment used by astronauts. The staff from the UW Space Place sent an email to the teachers after the field trip, stating that Wales students were one of the best groups they’ve ever had. Kudos to the 4th and 5th graders for doing a fantastic job showing the Wales Way!
Together, we are making a difference!
Patricia Deklotz, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Kettle Moraine School District