SUPERINTENDENT WEEKLY UPDATE - 3.15.19
For the week ending March 15, 2019
The District Update communicates celebrations and happenings submitted by Kettle Moraine schools each week. Enjoy!
With graduation on the horizon, KMHS Campus seniors had the opportunity to return to their elementary schools this week. They visited with teachers who initially started them on their educational journey, and also engaged with young students who are just beginning their Kettle Moraine experience. It was a memorable day for all! Enjoy a full gallery of photos here.
KMHS Counseling staff held their annual College & Career Readiness Night on Monday. Sessions included financial aid, workforce trends, college admissions, youth apprenticeships and pathways for the trades, and parents as partners in career planning. Reps from a variety of colleges, universities, military branches and technical schools were also on hand to meet with students and parents. Additionally, on Tuesday, juniors from KMHS and KM Global participated in the Wisconsin Education Fair at Waukesha North High School. Students met with representatives from multiple college and career pathways, including apprenticeships, military, college and technical schools.
KMHS Business students had the chance to participate in the Waukesha County Business Alliance’s Mini Business World event on Thursday. Students were able to interact with other districts and participate in exercises that stress the values of entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and business ethics. They gained a greater appreciation for what it takes to run a business and the history of Wisconsin as an incubator for entrepreneurship and enterprise.
The KMHS Orchestra's annual Puttin' on the Ritz event was held last Saturday evening. The evening included dinner, dance music played by the KMHS Orchestras, and a silent auction and raffle, with items provided by local businesses. Over 150 people attended the event and all money raised goes toward trips, scholarships, and guest artists for KMHS Orchestra students.
Last week at the Wisconsin State DECA competition, Mr. Dellis was presented with the Red Apple Award! Award recipients are recognized for their years of service to students and the organization, along with their ability to create opportunities for students to gain real life experience that prepares them to be emerging leaders and ready for any future career path they may take. Here is the video that students, alumni, parents and colleagues made for his nomination. Congratulations, Mr. Dellis!
High School of Health Science AP Physics students learned the ins and outs of curling last week with the help of Jim Ellis from the Kettle Moraine Curling Club. Students traveled to the Club to put their new knowledge of curling into practice. Aidan Montoure and TJ Harvey, HS^2 students and Curling Team members, attended to help teach Physics students the proper technique and skills needed to deliver and sweep the stones. Students collected data on the motion of the stones so they could calculate different variables from the Physics units of linear motion, Newton's Laws of Motion, momentum, circular and rotational motion, and energy and work. They enjoyed participating in the application of science in a new sport!
Last weekend both the girls cross country and girls soccer programs helped local Girl Scout troops for their "badge" day at the middle school.
KMMS students have been working hard practicing their musical, Wizard of Oz, which will be performed tonight and Saturday at the middle school. Elementary students enjoyed seeing the performance this week as well. Get your tickets at www.kmsd.edu/msmusical - enjoy the show!
Students in 2nd and 3rd grade at KM Explore started new seminars this week. “A Picture Tells a Thousand Words” involves learning all about famous works of art. Students are writing, note taking in a journal and have started zooming in Vincent Van Gogh and his painting style. “Rollercoaster” seminar students have been learning about the science behind how roller coasters work, the history of rollercoasters, and some famous ones around the world. This week students looked at different elements involved with roller coaster design and then shared their learning through writing.
Dousman Elementary enjoyed their annual science day where special guests came in to offer a litany of different experiences and learning opportunities. Special thanks to Mrs. Culhane for organizing the event and to all science day presenters and parent volunteers. In keeping with the science theme, Dousman grades 1-2 classes were greeted Thursday morning by some new classmates as the chickens they have been incubating began hatching. The students spent time making observations and predictions, which are the building blocks of the scientific method. Also this week, students were visited by author Andy Rash as he shared his experiences of becoming a published author.
Cushing Elementary Neighborhood grades 1-2 students took a field trip to Discovery World where they explored underwater worlds, discovered the fundamental principles of physics and learned the basics of simple machines. Third graders created habit of mind goals as well as action steps and shared their plans with parents. Fourth graders capped off their week with a Wisconsin themed concert that connected to both their artwork and academic work. Fifth grade students finished their social issues unit and are organizing a service week next week that will be capped off by a grade-wide service learning event.
At Magee Elementary, 4th and 5th grade students enjoyed some outdoor learning experiences this week. Fourth graders were at Poynette from Wednesday to Friday. Fifth graders partnered with the Ice Age Trail Alliance for some hiking and service (painting posts for the trail). They also worked on agility and fitness by visiting Midwest Twisters Ninja Gym. Students in grades 1 and 2 celebrated Pi Day with a plethora of learning activities in math.
Wales Elementary 4th and 5th grade students had a Kaleidoscope concert called “Adventures of the Sea.” Each class starred in a song played on different classroom instruments, ukuleles, recorders, xylophones, and steel drums; and every student played a in a bucket drumming piece. Backdrops were made by the Wales Dragon Decorator’s Club and every student created a special fish prop for the finale piece, “Under the Sea”. Also at Wales, 1st and 2nd graders are learning the life cycle of mealworms and chickens an. March 13th was day 21 in the incubator and the children arrived to find 16 baby chicks, with more hatching since. Students will care for the chicks for about a week before they go to a good home.
Together, we are making a difference!
Patricia Deklotz, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Kettle Moraine School District