SUPERINTENDENT WEEKLY UPDATE - 5.31.19
For the week ending May 31, 2019
The District Update communicates celebrations and happenings submitted by Kettle Moraine schools each week. Enjoy!
Kettle Moraine seniors and their families gathered this week to be honored at the Senior Scholarship Awards Ceremony. Scholarships ranged from academic excellence awards from all over the state and country, to 79 locally-funded awards from the Kettle Moraine Education Foundation Scholarship Fund. Nearly $1.3 million in scholarships have been awarded to Kettle Moraine seniors this year! Click here to see all the students who were recognized at the program. Congratulations to these KM scholars!.
Kettle Moraine 5th graders participated in the annual 5th grade track meet at the KM High School track on Tuesday. It's the first time the class comes together before entering middle school - and the first class picture is taken! The students had a great day thanks to many teachers and volunteers.
KMHS Choirs presented their final spring choir concert on Thursday. The choirs performed a variety of music ranging from world music to jazz. Enthusiastic audience members appreciated the high level of performance demonstrated by the talented high school singers. Senior choir members were recognized for their dedication and leadership throughout their years in choir. To enjoy the concert, click here.
Lights! Camera! Action! Tonight the KM Film Festival is in the KMHS auditorium at 6:30, featuring camera work from students across the school district. This year's festival is possible with the collaboration of Mr. Gutbrod’s (KMMS) students, Mrs. Beal’s (KM Perform) AP Language students, Mr.Stinnett’s (KMHS) Film Design and Graphic Design classes, KMHS Art classes, the Laser Locker (school store), and the KM Perform House Band. The film festival provides an opportunity for students to share their work with the community, school and other filmmakers.
Also this evening, Student Senate is hosting a Drive-In Movie theater event at Wales Community Park from 9:30 to 11:00 p.m. Ferris Bueller's Day Off will be shown! FREE Admission. Bring friends and family for a fun movie night under the stars!
In Sports/Playoff Updates:
Congratulations to softball for winning conference and regionals; and congratulations to the boys lacrosse team on being Classic 8 Conference Champions. There are several opportunities to support KM Athletics in the postseason:
- May 31: Boys Lacrosse at KMHS at 7pm vs. Stoughton
- June 1: Boys and Girls Track at UW LaCrosse; Girls Lacrosse @ Arrowhead 2:30pm; Girls Soccer Regionals @ Mukwonago 1pm
- June 3 & 4: Boys Golf at State at University Ridge Golf Course, Madison
Last Friday KM Global alumni visited the school for a staff, senior and alumni lunch. Alumni spoke to all students during advisory about studying abroad, preparing for post-secondary education and continuing to be engaged in the community. KM Global students went on an end-of-year field trip to a variety of places that included a UW-Madison campus tour, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chicago Museum of Science and Technology and the Shedd Aquarium.
KM Perform Music and Theatre Focus students shared their gifts of music on May 17 at KMHS Auditorium. Students studying voice, piano, and musical theatre presented a formal recital featuring a variety of musical styles from jazz to classical to Broadway.
The High School of Health Sciences assembled as a full school in the campus auditorium this week to honor the graduating seniors and Student of the Year Award recipients for 2018-19. Each senior gave a short speech about their growth during their high school careers and their future plans. Four students, one from each grade, were chosen as the Student of the Year for their respective grades. These students were honored for their contributions to the school community, their scholarship, and their exemplary character. Congratulations to 9th grader Maya Ganser, 10th grader Nico Spindt, 11th grader Clare Vogel, and 12th grader Nicole Trafton on their awards!
High School of Health Science AP with WE Service students continued their volunteer projects. Several students traveled to The Women's Center in Waukesha to complete necessary garden clean up. Students learned that teamwork and a little effort on their part can make a huge difference.
Congratulations to 7th grader Ella Hannes, who on Thursday was recognized in front of the 7th grade class by Google for being our state’s winner of the Doodle for Google competition! A project that started in Art Class, Ella’s “We All Fit” doodle was selected from thousands of entries received this year in Wisconsin. People can vote for their favorite doodle from the 53 State and Territory Winners from June 3-7. The public vote will determine the five national finalists (one in each grade group). Google will announce these five national finalists in June, one of which will have their Doodle featured on the Google homepage for a day! Amazing work, Ella!
The Middle School STEM Night winners were announced during last Friday’s Media Club Announcements. Congratulations to Kent Manion (Most Informative) for his gravity table; Lara Kavalauskas and Brenna Norton (Most Creative) for their model green roof; Mya Kreblin (Most Likely to Sell) with her cello stand; Charlotte Memmel (Most Professional) for her Media Club presentation; and Brett Kowal voted overall (STEM Allstar) award for his arcade light box, playable 2-person arcade cabinet, data collecting weather balloon, and his own custom video game that he is programming. Awesome projects, students!
The Middle School Orchestra had its last concert of the year. Students thanked Mr. Petersen with a special gift for his 15 years of service to Kettle Moraine, and he received a standing ovation from the audience. Click here to view the concert. Thank you to the KM Music Parents Association for recording!
KM Explore 2nd and 3rd graders had a kite building night with their families to celebrate the culmination of their seminar on flight. The teachers provided the classroom space for building, encouragement and air for flying, while the families brought materials for their very own kite. Some built out of sticks and garbage bags, while some had more intricate plans! It was a great way to wrap up the school year and the students’ learning about flight and flying.
Gardens and Art are a great combination. At Dousman Elementary, Mrs. Wenger's class helped out in the garden this morning. Art Teacher Miss McMurtagh created plant markers with some students.
At Dousman Elementary, students participated in an annual Book Swap. They were able to pick out several books to read over the summer that were donated and collected throughout the school year. Dousman also kicked off its summer reading program with a skit and dance organized by reading/performance guru Mrs. Ramsey and performed by several of Dousman’s finest.
Also at Dousman, Mrs. Jastrow's parents surprised her with a celebration and memory book with pictures of her classes from over 30 years! Mrs. Wenger's class helped out in the garden this morning, and Art Teacher Miss McMurtagh and students created special plant markers.
Cushing Elementary students showcased their musical talents at the 5th Grade Spring Music concert, and 5th graders are putting finishing touches on their STEAM projects and presentations. Fourth grade students have taken some of their recent learning from their trip to MacKenzie Environmental Center and have finished crafting their nonfiction animal reports. Third graders took a trip to Milwaukee to explore historic sites while Cushing’s 1/2 Neighborhood took a trip to Prairie Springs Environmental Center to learn about wildlife in their backyard. Cushing also held its Last Blast Family Picnic on Thursday. With some flexible thinking due to the rain, students and their families celebrated the end of the year by eating lunch together and playing games.
Magee 4K students did some STEAM experimenting in their classroom and created marker robots! Third graders spent Friday at Rustic Falls in Burlington, doing some service learning and enjoying the sunshine.
At Wales Elementary, Ms. Weston’s 3rd grade class loves Mystery Doug! For an end-of-year choice project, students collaborated and developed a question, wrote a script, and recorded their own Mystery Doug episode. The Pride 1-2 community and Wales Kindergarten finished their Pirate Music Unit in a “dress like a pirate” day which included a scavenger hunt. Each student got to be a captain and lead a game, rhythm, activity, or answer a clue about the treasure.
Together, we are making a difference!
Patricia Deklotz, Ph.D.Superintendent, Kettle Moraine School District