SUPERINTENDENT WEEKLY UPDATE - 2.8.19
For the week ending February 8, 2019
The District Update communicates celebrations and happenings submitted by Kettle Moraine schools each week. Enjoy!
Congratulations to the Kettle Moraine Bowling Team! Last weekend they qualified for the State Tournament,to be held March 1-3 in Green Bay. Bowler Stephanie Handford also qualified for State Girls and Michael Maeder qualified for State Boys Individual matches.
The high school campus hosted all current KMMS 8th graders on Friday as they began planning for their high school journey. Students were welcomed by staff, given tours of the building by seniors, listened to a panel of high school students, and began planning for their courses for freshman year.
Congratulations to KMHS FBLA students who participated in the FBLA Regional Leadership Conference in Pewaukee last weekend. Under the direction of Mr. Leduc, ten KMHS students placed at the event and an additional ten students advanced onto the state level based on their tremendous performances at the Leadership Conference.
KM Global students presented their inquiry projects during their Fall Community Showcase event on Monday evening. Students were visited by family, peers, teachers and community members during a gallery style showcase of their learning.
KM Perform invites you to this year’s performance of the delightfully fun musical, Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach! Based on Timothy Allen McDonald’s book and featuring original music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, this adventure story promises to amuse, excite, and entertain children of all ages. Remaining performances are tonight (Feb. 8) at 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow (Feb. 9) at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m in the high school auditorium. Get your tickets here or at the box office one hour before the show!
Members of the James and Giant Peach cast including Carmen Castello, Drew Jaeger, Grace McMahon, Nikki Parsons, Eleni Tzougros and Claire Vock were featured on TMJ4's show, the Morning Blend on Tuesday. Students were interviewed by the hosts and sang a ballad from the musical. Check it out here!
KM Perform's literary magazine, Ampersand Pages Volume 3, received a rank of Merit in the 2018 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines (REALM) Program. This is the third year in a row that Ampersand Pages has received national recognition. Congratulations students!
The High School of Health Sciences recognized students of the month for February this week. Trysta Cooper, Chelsea George, and Logan Mustas were each recognized for their growth and accomplishments this year, as well as their commitment to the school community.
Next week, 80 High School of Health Sciences students will travel to the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) to participate in the Cadavers as Educators experience. During their visit they will work with medical students in the education strand at MCW to examine different body systems. They will also work in the cadaver labs to deepen their understanding of human anatomy.
KM Middle School held band concerts on Monday and Tuesday evening. Students performed various pieces for the audience to enjoy. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, the middle school welcomed 5th grade families to share information about the middle school experience.
The District Forensics Event was held on Thursday. More than 150 4th and 5th grade participants from all five KM elementary schools participated. The theme this year was “The Story of Me.” Students did an amazing job presenting original and famous pieces about stories that have helped shape their lives.
Dousman 4th and 5th graders who didn’t participate in the District Forensic Event presented their forensics project for feedback to classmates and teachers. Dousman students and families are excited for tonight’s movie night, sponsored by the Dousman PTO.
Cushing Elementary kicked off a before school running/walking club with over 40 students participating. Tonight features the school’s winter carnival, where students and families will participate in fun games, raffles and activities.
At Magee Elementary, creating, imagining, and innovating have been apparent as 5th graders are working on Ev3 coding projects. The Magee PTO Culver’s night on Thursday was a great opportunity for families to get together during this cold winter.
Wales Elementary FLIGHT groups participated in a service learning project on Thursday. They made fleece blankets to donate to those in need throughout our community. There are 36 FLIGHT groups at Wales; each is made up of eight 5K-5th students and led by a staff member.
Wales Kindergarten crew members reported to their classroom construction site for a 100th Day build. Members clocked in, donned construction hats, and reported to various jobs. They used their skills to complete various STEM jobs according to the specs. The crew constructed buildings, towers, grids, snacks and equations all around the number 100. Safety inspector (Principal) Otto observed crew groups collaborating, persevering, encouraging one another and showing time on task.
Wales 3rd Grade students put on a musical production about The Regions of America. Each student created a poster about a state that they researched. They also learned about different regions of America in their classroom social studies units. The culmination of the project was connecting songs from each region to perform in a concert. Each student had a special part and their posters helped to create the back drops.
Together, we are making a difference!
Patricia Deklotz, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Kettle Moraine School District