SUPERINTENDENT WEEKLY UPDATE - 3.22.19

  • For the week ending March 22, 2019

     

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

     

    Representing KMHS at the Wisconsin High School Model UN (WHSMUN) conference on March 21 and 22 were Cole Roecker, Ben Mayo, Klaudia Rixmann, Sydney  Heinzelmann, Abby Zorn, Briana Medina, Luke Ishag, Morgan Medina, Peter Wawrzyn, and Jon Gulak. This team of students represented the country of Rwanda in the simulated United Nations. Students discussed topics of disarmament and international security, economic and financial issues, social, humanitarian and cultural issues as well as environmental and human rights issues facing our world. Cole Roecker served on the International Court of Justice discussing legal issues facing various member states. This was the 50th anniversary of WHSMUN hosted by UW Milwaukee and their Model UN collegiate team and institute of world affairs.

     

    KM Global Students have been busy learning and sharing out in the community. Students in the Children’s Literature seminar visited KM Explore to share the books they wrote and illustrated. Students in the Virtual Reality seminar hosted a gallery to showcase their projects. Throughout the week students heard from multiple guest speakers on topics ranging from culture, history, service, and healthy relationships. Students who returned from their service trip to Costa Rica shared their experiences with other students.

     

    Last weekend, KM Global students successfully hosted a camp for elementary students called Camp Leadervation. The goal of this annual camp is to inspire leadership skills in elementary students in a challenging and fun-filled day. Through this event KM Global students developed skills in leadership, event-planning, professional communication, and problem-solving. Thank you to sponsors: Belchfire Corporation, Lake Geneva Canopy Tours, S & K Pump & Plumbing, INC., Thrive- A Human Development Company, Wales Animal Clinic, Wales Dental- Mark J Greulich DDS, and Wales Family Dental.

     

    Did you hear the roaring coming from the KMHS auditorium Wednesday morning? That was students and audience members cheering on teams competing in the 2nd Annual KM Perform Rube Goldberg Contest. KM Perform fielded twelve teams for expert judges, parents, KM Explore friends, and visiting students from outside the district. This amazing STEAM carnival was the culminating event following three weeks of academic and artistic challenges, in which students raced to hone new mechanical skills, display their artistic abilities, and build a Rube Goldberg machine with at least 25 steps to complete the simple task of putting a coin in a piggy bank. Final scoring categories included Best Documentary (“The Krewe”), Best Story and Best Aesthetics (“Foreign ExChange”) as well as Best Mechanics, which went to the overall winning team ("The Swarm”). This year's winning team consisted of Rachel Czestler, Grace Gerhardt, Paige Kuhn, Maggie Kunesh, Jillian Langenecker, Keegan Lind, Joe Lupo, Kyra Mathias, Aaron May, Lauren Pavlet, Asher Schleich, and James Wicke. Congratulations, The Swarm!

     

    The High School of Health Sciences was excited to hear that sophomore Katelyn Knickelbein was chosen as the FOX6 High School Hot Shot for her work with the

    campus ice fishing team. See the story here.

     

    High School of Health Sciences freshmen wrapped up their training at Lake Country Fire and Rescue this week. They earned CPR certification and practiced basic emergency skills. A highlight of the week was the obstacle course in full firefighter gear.

     

    The Nutrition Class honed their cooking skills with a class at The Petite Chef in Dousman. Many students were happy to find they had learned to perform skills correctly in their food science course. The class learned how to properly prepare French omelettes and pasta primavera.

     

    KMHS singers visited Three Pillars to perform a Vocal / Piano recital for residents

    on March 18.

     

    The Laser Robotics team who competed this past weekend at the Great Northern Regional, in Grand Forks North Dakota made it to the semifinals. Over spring break, the team will be at the Panther Arena, in Milwaukee, competing at the Wisconsin Regional for a chance to go to the World Championships in April.

     

    Last weekend KM Middle School students performed their musical, The Wizard of Oz. It was a fabulous show with so many talented students involved! See a photo gallery here.  The KM Middle School Jazz Band entertained students during all lunch periods today.  

     

    Dousman Elementary 5th graders spent Thursday at JA BizTown in Milwaukee. JA BizTown combines in-class learning with an all-day visit to a fully interactive, simulated town. Students operated a bank, restaurant, city hall, newspaper, retail store and 10 other businesses; and left with an understanding of the relationship between what they learn in school and their participation in a local economy.

     

    This week the Cushing Elementary community pulled together to support 5th grade student passion and service projects. Students organized projects and service drives to support a cause they felt connected to.  Through their planning, collaboration and organization, they collected items such as food, books, clothing and blankets that were donated to various organizations. Students took a field trip to Humboldt Elementary where they read books they donated to 4K and Kindergarten classrooms. The week ended with a school-wide donation of books to the Next Door Foundation when their bookmobile came to school to pick them up!  A huge “Thank you” to all who helped. Cushing also had its annual, school-wide March Madness student/staff basketball tournament. It was a close call but the teachers won by two points!   

     

    Magee Elementary hosted its first Celebration of Learning on Wednesday. Students spoke to work they have done in all areas of the building - classrooms, art, music, PE, coding and more  The Magee PTO hosted a skate night at Skateland in Waukesha on Thursday evening. It was a great opportunity for families and students to get together! The Magee Student Council had PJ Day on Thursday as well.

     

    Wales Elementary 5K is learning about force and motion. They been studying push and pull, discovering levers, pulleys and ramps within our school. Students used their knowledge of push and pull to create leprechaun traps for St. Patrick's Day. Each group used creativity to make a variety of  pulley systems, trap doors, ramps and obstacle courses. They did not trap any leprechauns, but did receive some gold!

     

    The Reef (Wales 4/5) celebrated the end of their informational writing unit by sharing their research with students throughout the building. Projects were displayed in the library and visitors were able to partake in a gallery walk. Each author shared both their writing and their project.

     

    Wales PBIS and SLT is leading a “Only One You Week” at Wales. Each day students were able to dress up in fun ways to show off their favorite things, color, animal, sports team, and character from a book. It culminated in a Staff vs. 5th Grade March Madness Basketball game. Mr. Weiss came and had the 5th grade band play as a pep band. Mrs. Kletsch taught 5th graders and staff a half time dance routine.

     

    We wish all families a safe and enjoyable spring break next week.

     

    Together, we are making a difference!

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