For the week ending May 19, 2017
Today the Kettle Moraine School District inducted two new members - Nicholas Heltemes and Michael Tully - to the Trailblazer Hall of Fame. These two distinguished alumni shared words of wisdom with students, enjoyed a reception and took a tour of the high school campus. Read more about the new Trailblazers in this article and see pictures from the Trailblazer ceremony here.
Students in grades K-12 throughout the district have been represented in a peace flag installation at the Delafield Public Library. See pictures of the exhibit here. This collaborative work celebrates the arts and community in Kettle Moraine. The peace flags were inspired by Tibetan flags, which are often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas. Students used a variety of mediums in the design of the flags and banners and integrated drawing, painting, printmaking, sewing, and mixed media assemblage. The display will be up until May 25 in the common space between the Delafield Public Library and Delafield City Hall.
This week the Kettle Moraine School District partnered with Waukesha Drug Free Communities for National Prevention Week. This annual occurrence focuses on increasing public awareness and action around substance abuse and mental health issues. KM students produced a video to promote awareness. Please view and vote for it here.
The KMHS A Cappella Choir, directed by Mr. Jaeger, and the KMHS Chamber Singers, directed by Ms.Schwingle, participated in the 2017 Waukesha County Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial Ceremony.The choirs performed three selections to honor fallen officers and their families throughout the region, state and country. Guest speakers included Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow and State Attorney General Brad Schimel.
KMHS Personal Finance classes participated in the financial literacy simulation Laser Life 101. Area business leaders volunteered their time to help students understand budgeting, the cost of living and consumer choices. See pictures here.
KMHS Technology and Engineering teacher Mr. Aprahamian and seven students attended the Metropolitan Building Association (MBA) “A Building Trades Career Day - School Opportunities.” The MBA provided tours at the 2017 Parade of Homes to help students understand the building construction process and opportunities for future career pathways.
KMHS Culinary Cuisine students, Family and Consumer Science teacher Ms. Saros, Spanish III classes and World Language teacher Sra. Allen participated in an interdisciplinary lesson on the foods of Spain. It was led by foreign exchange student Clara Gaspar.
Students from KMHS and KM Perform worked together to run the 3rd Kettle Moraine outdoor raku firing, which is a traditional Japanese firing process. For three weeks students created ceramic work for the special event. They have learned glaze chemistry in their classes, where they use different chemicals and metals to format their own ceramic glazes. For the firing process, students heat the outdoor kiln up to 1900 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the kiln is up to temperature, a team of students lift off the lid, allowing other students to pick up the pieces with iron tongs and place them into metal bins to complete the raku firing process. See pictures here.
The first week after the completion of AP testing brought workshop sessions to the High School of Health Sciences. Students have been engaged in intense shadowing experiences with the school’s partners.
KM Middle School Spanish students returned from an exciting immersion weekend at the Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji, Minnesota. This marks the 8th year that middle school teachers Ms. Weske and Ms. Hogan have taken students to El Lago del Bosque. Thirty-nine students and five parent chaperones spent four days learning about the countries in the Andes Mountains. They learned about culture, participated in activities, indulged in authentic foods, made new friends from Arizona, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and sang and danced, all while immersed in español. See pictures here.
Congratulations to KM Middle School students Grace Garity, Hannah Gronowski, Ellery Dahlberg and Mia Haertle for being invited to the Spring 2017 Awards banquet for the Economics Wisconsin Stock Market Simulation game. The girls worked hard through the game and ended up placing in the top 30 in Wisconsin.
The Middle School Orchestra had its annual Spring Concert on Tuesday evening. Students performed music by Dvorak, Brahms, Haydn, and Vivaldi.
Five middle school students met with members of the Wisconsin State Historical Society this week to receive expert advice on their National History Day projects. The students ― Ava Craven, Joshua Elkin, Ellena Hein, Jacob Hedgcock, and Kayla Wells ― are part of Team Wisconsin and will be leaving for the University of Maryland on the last day of school for the week-long national competition. These young historians earned their way by competing at the school, regional, and state level. The trip includes a tour of the nation’s capital, a talk from documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, touring the Flight 83 Memorial, and meeting fellow young historians from across the country.
Dousman Elementary’s 3rd, 4th and 5th grade combined band, orchestra and music/choir spring concert was held Thursday. Students performed in front of over well over 400 parents, family and community VIPs. Special thanks to Mr. Petersen (orchestra), Mrs. Burczyk (band) and Mrs. Marshall for all their efforts. The highlight of the evening was an impromptu invitation for all Dousman alumni to join students in singing On Wisconsin, a traditional song Dousman students learn in music classes. Thanks to the many Dousman staff who showed their support for and celebrated the accomplishments of their students.
Last Saturday a group of volunteers put up a new fence around the Butterfly Garden at Magee Elementary, highlighting the special place. The Magee Student Council put on a Chess Tournament during lunch hours this week. The week at Magee is ending with the annual Snores and S’mores event sponsored by the PTO.
Cushing, Dousman and Wales Elementary held their final Computer Science “Epic Build” for the school year. Students showcased their work with LEGO robotics and coding in Scratch.
Thank you to everyone who makes these incredible learning opportunities happen for our students.
Together, we are making a difference!
Patricia F. Deklotz, PhD
Kettle Moraine School District Superintendent