SUPERINTENDENT WEEKLY UPDATE - 2.1.19
For the week ending February 1, 2019
The District Update communicates celebrations and happenings submitted by Kettle Moraine schools each week. Enjoy!
We’ve had a stretch of harsh winter weather in Wisconsin, and as a result had to close school last Wednesday as well as Monday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week. We appreciate the understanding and support of KM families as we made decisions for student and staff safety. We hope there won’t be any more closings needed this school year!
With the days off from school, students in our elementary schools were issued “Cold Weather Challenges” where they shared how they spent their days staying warm inside their homes. Students shared pictures setting up forts, playing games, reading, baking cookies, climbing indoor rock walls, building obstacle courses, putting on plays, and generally enjoying time with their families. See a few pictures below!
On Thursday evening the KMHS West Gym was filled with string players and families for the annual District Orchestra Festival. The audience enjoyed performances from 4th through 12th grade musicians as well as a new alumni orchestra! Thank you to Mr. Elmer and Mr. Petersen for directing our students. The concert ended with all players performing Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture together.
Congratulations to the 400+ music students who participated in the Wisconsin School Music Association Solo and Ensemble Festival last Saturday. A special congratulations go out to the 34 band, 51 choir, and 5 orchestra students who qualified to move on to the state level at UW-Whitewater in April.
Congratulations to the FIRST Laser Tech Team comprised of KM Middle School students, which brought home a Rookie All Star Award last weekend at a competition in Hartland!
At KMHS, students in the Retail Merchandising and Product Design class, taught by Mr. Stinnett and Ms. Duggar, are learning about promotions and sales. The class runs the Laser Locker (school store) and recently started a promotion to increase sales. Students looked at trends with students and brainstormed ideas to bring more of them into the store. They created a Super Smash Brothers video game tournament that included 50 different students over a period of a week. Advertising for this event was all student-created ads shared through social media, announcements and videos. Since the school store would not fit all students who wanted to watch, the tournament was live streamed to the cafeteria during lunch hours. After the tournament students will analyze how and if it had an effect on sales in the store. Follow the KM Laser Locker on facebook to see some of the experience.
Students in KM Global started their next round of seminars this week. They had the opportunity to choose from the following seminars: Virtual Reality and Society, Costa Rica Service Learning, Locked Up in America, Children's Literature, You Say you Want a Revolution, Basketball and Leadership, Career Planning and ACT Preparation.
KM Global students are currently planning their 3rd annual camp for elementary students focused on leadership and creativity, called Camp Leadervation. The camp will be on March 16th from 1 until 5 p.m. and is available to all elementary students grades 2-5. The theme this year is “Out of this World” and will include a variety of fun high-energy games, team challenges, creative problem-solving and design challenges. Registration will be available soon!
Students in KM Perform’s internship seminar learned from a panel of professionals about internship opportunities. Representatives from the Waukesha Civic Theater, White House of Music, Overture Center for the Arts, Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin Historical Society and KMSD Communications Department spoke with students. They shared about their jobs and the internship opportunities available within their organizations.
Together, we are making a difference!
Patricia Deklotz, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Kettle Moraine School District