SUPERINTENDENT WEEKLY UPDATE - 1.25.19
For the week ending January 25, 2019
The District Update communicates celebrations and happenings submitted by Kettle Moraine schools each week. Enjoy!
Today the KMHS Key Club hosted their annual blood drive with the American Red Cross. Key Club members spent the last week recruiting donors and setting up the drive. A total of 102 high school students signed up to donate blood along with several teachers.
This past week 9th-11th graders started the process of selecting their courses for next school year. During home Advisory sessions students learned about new course offerings, reviewed their transcripts, and began to develop their own tentative course schedule for next school year. On Monday, February 11 students and families will be able to attend Course Registration Night from 5:30-7:30pm at KMHS to ask questions and learn more information about course offerings from the KMHS Counseling Center and teaching staff.
Congratulations to KM Perform freshmen Eloise Field and Kyra Mathias who auditioned and were selected to the Open Jar Institute of NYC. On January 13, both students auditioned in Milwaukee for New York City's most Broadway integrated actor training program. They were selected among hundreds of students across the country to an intensive week of training this summer with some of Broadway's biggest stars, performers, directors, choreographers, agents and casting directors.
On Monday evening a few High School of Health Sciences AP Physics students presented to the Kettle Moraine Education Foundation (KMEF). Students discussed how we have been engaging with the projectile motion content with a CSI focus. A few examples of their work include solving who-done-it type scenarios, solving for the muzzle velocity of a nerf gun, and trying to hit certain targets with the projectile probeware. During the presentation, students specifically discussed the use and benefits of the school’s new projectile probeware (funded by KMEF), and demonstrated them in action. Up next for AP Physics students is looking at the study of conservation of energy and momentum!
Students are designing and constructing some amazing products in the KMMS STEM Zone! If you haven’t yet, check out the KMMS Stem Zone facebook page to see examples of different student projects.
KM Explore students in 4th and 5th grade have been taking a trip DOWN UNDER to learn about Australia. As they have worked to study geography and world cultures, they have learned all about the people, climate, culture of Australia. Students have examined how Australia is similar and different than the United States, and launched an inquiry project into an area that interested them during our study. On Friday, they threw an Australia Day party, in conjunction with Australia Day holiday on 1/26/19. Students created trivia games and activities including “pin the tail on the kangaroo” to celebrate their learning!
Cushing Elementary Kindergarten students are working through their personal writing goals by writing ‘How-Tos” in order to teach another person a new skill. Students in Grades 1/2 designed math games and held a math carnival this week. Students in 3rd grade are starting to learn about biographies; they spent time creating success criteria for quality biographies which will be used in their final project. Fourth graders have begun researching and reviewing sources for their Wisconsin regions project. Fifth grade students are working in book club groups to read and discuss choice novels as they related to their global citizenship project.
Dousman students have been teaching each other how to make Rainbow Loom in the Makerspace. They really enjoy their time collaborating and creating!
Magee Elementary students in Grades 1/2 have been working hard in writing. They are publishing books after reading non-fiction and taking notes. It is a perfect example of striving for accuracy as they type, proofread, and edit. Students in Grades 4/5 shared their learning about the American Revolution with peers. The Magee PTO hosted a Skate Night at Skateland in Waukesha. It was a fun event for families during this cold and snowy time. Magee was one of the largest groups they have seen - for a school of 240, that is pretty awesome!
Wales Elementary Kindergarten music classes are working on reading, writing, and playing rhythms in a Snow unit. They have written snow compositions and even improvised on xylophones for a Snowy Jazz song.
At the State Education Convention this week, KMSD Director of Student Services Ken Kassees was awarded the Outstanding Special Services Administrator Award by the Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS). Congratulations, Ken! Presenting at the Convention were Director of Counseling Alissa Darin and Career, Technical Education Coordinator Em Webber and Superintendent Deklotz. They presented with South Milwaukee administrators and individuals from CESA 1 on career pathways. They shared how KMHS has created opportunities for students to be exposed to different career pathways through business partnerships. Superintendent Deklotz also co-presented with other colleagues and the WI Center for Education Research on leveraging teacher evaluation.
Together, we are making a difference!
Patricia Deklotz, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Kettle Moraine School District