SUPERINTENDENT WEEKLY UPDATE - 2.22.19

  • For the week ending February 22, 2019

     

    The District Update communicates celebrations and happenings submitted by Kettle Moraine schools each week. Enjoy!

     

    Congratulations to the following teams for their success in recent State-level competition!

    • KM Boys Swimming Team - All entries scored points and the team took 19th place overall, their best finish in five years. Get the full results here.
    • KM Boys and Girls Varsity Ski Teams - The boys took 4th overall and the girls 15th out of 21 teams. Individually, Ella Wichert took 3rd overall for girls and Sam Spencer took 4th overall for boys.
    • KM Curling Team - They took 2nd at the State Championship.
    • KM Finnatics Ice Fishing Team - They took 12th out of 92 teams at the State Championship.

     

    Congratulations to KM seniors Mia Deaven (High School of Health Sciences), Joel Heckenkamp (KMHS), and Mark Ibrahim (KMHS) for being named National Merit Finalists!

     

    Congratulations to KMHS student Rebecca Von Ruden for being an Honorable Mention recipient in the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) 2019 Awards for Aspirations in Computing. Rebecca was recognized for her demonstrated interest and achievements in computing.

     

    Laser Robotics has six team members - Jayson Chrapla, Masha Drapkin, Bri Brue, Melanie Aicher, Aliana Aicher and Lucas Poland - who are heading to Discovery World this evening. Team sponsor Rockwell Automation is hosting a celebration that will be broadcast all over the world!

     

    This week all KMHS Campus Juniors took the ACT Exam and WorkKeys Assessment. The ACT exam is a U.S. college admissions test that measures what students learn in high school to determine their academic readiness for college. The ACT WorkKeys Assessments measure foundational skills required for success in the workplace. We applaud all KMHS Campus Juniors for their dedication and focus on achieving success on these two important exams this week. Well done!

     

    The High School of Health Sciences held a registration night for incoming first year students. Current students Kayleigh Kopidlansky, Sophia Melgares, Clare Norton and Divyank Sharma assisted incoming students and parents with a question and answer session about student experiences.

     

    KM Global hosted two French students from Lycée Marie Pila in Carpentras, France for three weeks in February. Elvina Delobel stayed with the Wiese family and Océane Rogier stayed with the Noles family. They engaged in activities with students and gave multiple presentations to share aspects of the French culture and student life.   

     

    Congratulations to the KM Middle School Forensics team for speaking with authority last weekend at their first meet in Grafton. Nearly 600 students from Southeastern Wisconsin competed in the John Long Middle School event and 7th grader Makenna Finley earned 2nd place in the Storytelling category.

     

    Young historians from KM Middle School will showcase their learning this weekend at the regional competition in Madison for National History Day. Students have been "doing history" by choosing a topic, researching primary sources, crafting a thesis, and creating a project. Some of those projects include a museum exhibit, extended research paper, a website, and a documentary. Students will present their learning and then be interviewed by a panel of judges.

     

    As part of a Passion Project that followed their research on music therapy, 6th graders Riley Grossklaus and Elizabeth Lephardt were inspired by Alive Inside, a documentary about memory and music. The girls are asking the community to donate unwanted iPods and MP3 players to their cause and those iPods will then will be donated to Three Pillars Senior Living Communities in Dousman. Donations can be sent to the KM Middle School office. See their video on the middle school facebook page!

     

    At KM Explore this week the K/1 classroom held a Bon Voyage party.  After building a ship with the help of family members and then learning about the parts of the ship, the students decided they wanted to “sail” down the Mississippi with the ultimate destination of Florida! Students are using the Habit of Mind called Creating, Imagining and Innovating along with many others.  The ship left the dock this week and as a result the kids will start navigating their learning to the flora and fauna of the Mississippi as well as hearing interesting facts about this Great River.

     

    A group of Dousman Elementary 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students led by co-writers/directors Elli Santorelli and Makayla Olson performed their 100% student produced play The Great Fairy War to students and staff on Tuesday. These 20+ students independently practiced. developed backdrops, created costumes, etc. all on their own outside of class (lots of recess and weekend collaboration). This was a great demonstration of perseverance, taking responsible risks, applying past knowledge to new situations, innovative/creative thinking, and thinking interdependently; all Habits of Mind we emphasize in KM.

     

    This week marked Cushing Elementary’s second PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) milestone as students earned another 1,500 Star Slips! Related and as a part of the school’s focus on building community, 1st and 2nd grade classes and 5th grade classes spent Thursday morning “buddy bowling.” Fifth graders also led a PBIS Booster refresher helping to remind younger students how to “Be Safe, Be Kind and Do our Jobs” at Cushing. Kindergartners worked hard on the finishing touches of their Epic Build projects and also finished their “How to” posters which help to remind us about positive behavior. Third graders continued work on their research and biographies as a part of a humanities unit; and 4K classes welcomed a Delafield police officer to class as they learn about jobs in our community.  

     

    Magee Elementary kicked off the week with an assembly where all secret agents were issued an undercover mission and they celebrated National Kindness Day. Students celebrated success in Habits of Mind and PBIS with some popcorn and movie time on Thursday. They have really been flexible thinkers with schedule changes due to the recent snow and cold days Students have been laser focused on learning during the time they are in school!  Magee 4th and 5th graders are putting some finishing touches on their coding projects to share with their 5K buddies soon.

     

    Wales Elementary held its second annual Learner Showcase Thursday evening. Families connected with teachers and visited learning environments; students showed off their latest coding project through Code to the Future; and there were art, music, and Phy Ed activities for families to enjoy. Also at Wales, 3rd graders wrapping up their study of the U.S. Regions. They have been reading and researching a region for the past few weeks. Last week everyone performed songs celebrating the Regions of the U.S. in a concert with song, dance and costumes.  

     

    Together, we are making a difference!

    Patricia Deklotz, Ph.D.
    Superintendent, Kettle Moraine School District