SUPERINTENDENT WEEKLY UPDATE - 3.1.19

  • For the week ending March 1, 2019

     

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

     

    The KMHS Model UN Team delegates recently attended a meet hosted by Waukesha West. Our delegates from Rwanda and Finland represented their countries well competing against teams from Brookfield East, Mukwonago, Arrowhead and West. Great job to all: Klaudia Rixman, Briana Medina, Emma Klefisch, Elijah Schultz, Ben Mayo, Jon Gulak and Peter Warwryzn; and a special congrats to Cole Roecker who served as a committee chairperson, leading delegates in discussion. Klaudia won an award for her committee work as well. The team will compete again at the Wisconsin High School Model UN against over 700 students from around the state in March.

     

    One hundred twenty-two students from KMHS Band grades 9-12 traveled 26 hours by bus to participate in performance and clinic opportunities through Walt Disney World's Youth Music Program. On Saturday, students participated in the "You're Instrumental" Workshop with the head of the education programs at Disney World. The band students sightread different pieces of music and recorded pieces in a recording studio. On Sunday, the marching band paraded down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom for thousands of onlookers.

     

    The second annual KM Perform Rube Goldberg Event is in full swing. Coached by KM Perform staff, teams of students are designing and building their own Rube Goldberg machine. Students will have multiple credit opportunities throughout this seminar as they engage in friendly competition that builds community as well as communication and leadership skills.

     

    The High School of Health Sciences PBS Student Reporting Lab were the prep crew for AP Seminar students this week for speeches they needed to record for the College Board. Student Reporting Lab students worked diligently to make sure that AP Seminar students had the best lighting and sound possible for their presentations.

     

    KM Global students will be leaving for a service learning trip to Costa Rica next week. The past few weeks, students have been learning about the history, ecology, culture and language through a seminar opportunity. Students have also been fundraising and during the visit will be purchasing supplies and other donations for a local school. While in Costa Rica they will also be doing service work including trail restoration, beach clean-up and visiting the local school.

     

    KM Middle School 7th grade House students explored and investigated the many science and computer science exhibits at Discovery World this week. They have been studying the properties of water and how water cycles through an ecosystem. Students were able to see how the Great Lakes are interconnected and how water flows through the largest freshwater ecosystem in the world. On Saturday, Jacob Hedgcock and Dylan Krueger head up to Sheboygan to compete against the best middle school math students in the state. We wish them lots of luck!

     

    KM Explore students visited the K-12 Art Show Monster Project at the high school this week. This year’s installation is a unique pairing of our youngest kindergarten and first grade artists with a middle or high school artist who interpreted their work. Cheering on their KM Explore Kindergarten and 1st grade schoolmates who made monster designs in the fall, students were also able to champion all of the artists across KM who worked on this exhibit.

     

    Dousman Elementary 4th graders participated in the annual environmental education trip at Camp Edwards on Lake Beulah in East Troy. Students, parent chaperones and staff had the opportunity to participate in both environmental education and team building activities. Special thanks to Camp Edwards and to all the parent chaperones who supported students and staff on the trip. While the 4th graders were gone, 5th graders visited the Milwaukee Art Museum, and 3rd graders enjoyed a presentation from Dr. Schaeffer from Dousman Family Dentistry for National Children’s Dental Health Month.

     

    Cushing’s second Epic Build was an epic success. Through integrated and interdisciplinary coding projects, students had an opportunity to practice habits of mind like persistence, thinking flexibly and working well with others through their projects. Cushing students also learned about habits of mind through short mini-lesson rotations, where they moved between two classrooms in mixed groups to learn from other teachers about two different habits of mind. These activities support our work around citizenship and personal development. On Friday, Cushing students celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday through class/grade-wide literacy experiences.

     

    Magee Elementary 1st and 2nd graders took notes on non-fiction topics they chose to read about, and are creating a class book showcasing their learning and writing. Students across the building have been working on finalizing their Epic Build projects and sharing them via Seesaw.  The Magee mission over the last two weeks was top secret - to perform at least 4 random acts of kindness. Kindness sure is blooming at Magee!

     

    Wales Elementary 4K students studied Dr. Seuss this week.  The children listened to many stories written by Dr. Seuss and used those stories as inspiration in their play and at activity tables. They also examined the illustrations of Dr. Seuss and used their learning to create characters of their very own. Meanwhile, 1st and 2nd graders celebrated their Urban, Suburban, and Rural Cospaces coding projects during their parent showcase and are kicking off their robotics study by loading the LEGO Wedo App. They will soon be partnering up to build robots to study animal habitats in a very hands on way.

     

    Together, we are making a difference!

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