Superintendent Weekly Update
For the week ending April 18, 2019
The District Update communicates celebrations and happenings submitted by Kettle Moraine schools each week. Enjoy!
Last weekend Shakespeare's most famous and popular comedy came to the Kettle Moraine stage with 1920's fun and flair as the KM Drama Club presented A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Audiences enjoyed the classic conflict of love interrupted and desired by the work of meddlesome fairies. Congratulations on a job well done to all involved!
On Tuesday, KMHS music ensembles A Cappella Choir, Chamber Orchestra, and Chamber Singers performed their Mosaic Concert. These outstanding groups along with guest artist, Saira Frank, 2002 KMHS alumna, performed collaborative works by Mozart, Barber, and Gjeilo. Click here to view the concert, thanks to the Kettle Moraine Music Parents Association.
Congratulations to KMHS Senior Mary Beauchamp, who won a Silver Medal at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards - National Medal Awards for her photograph Longing. Mary's work was selected out of 340,000 works of art and writing, placing her in the top 1% of all submissions. You can see her photograph in the online galleries at artandwriting.org in June. Earlier in the year she earned one gold, one silver, and four honorable mentions in the Wisconsin Scholastic Awards and those photographs were exhibited at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Her photographs, along with those of other 2D Pathway Art students, are currently being showcased at Mama D's in Wales.
On Wednesday, Lieutenant of Detectives Jerry Habanek and Detective Tom Casey of the Waukesha Police Department visited the Criminal Psychology class at the high school. Mr. Habanek and Mr. Casey organized and led the investigation on the Slender Man case in May of 2014. They gave a fantastic presentation of the case, evidence, interview process, court proceedings, and sentencing. It was an excellent experience for students to meet and hear from professionals in the field in which they are studying.
Members of KMHS Student Senate hosted a Spring Blood Drive at KMHS through the Blood Center of Wisconsin on Tuesday. Through their efforts, Student Senate members were able to recruit over 100 KMHS students, staff, and community members to donate blood. In addition, Student Senate leaders teamed up with Culvers to support the "Give a pint, get a pint" campaign.
Three KM Global students - Madison Noles, Cassandra Kinnard, and Emilee Magill - received a full scholarship to attend the World Affairs Seminar this summer at Carroll University. The World Affairs Seminar is an international youth initiative where participants are able to discuss issues with other young people from around the world. The weeklong seminar focuses on an international theme and includes collaboration among peers, presentations from industry experts, and innovative thinking and solution making.
The High School of Health Sciences environmental science class traveled to Carroll University's Environmental Education Center to assess the water quality of a local stream. Students ventured into the stream wearing chest waders and used D-nets to collect benthic macroinvertebrates. They classified the organisms using a pollution tolerance index and determined the stream had a healthy water quality rating.
Congratulations to KM Middle School student Isabella Broncatti, who took 1st place in the local Helen Farnsworth Mears art competition. Her worked moved on to the GFWC-WI Rolling HIlls District's division, where it took 2nd place, and it will move on to the State level in May.
Dousman Elementary students decorated 500 Sentry bags for Earth Day as a community project.The bags will be used for packing groceries on Monday, April 22 at the Delafield Sentry Store in honor of Earth Day. Special thanks to Mrs. Ryan for her leadership and organization of this service project.
The Cushing All Star Club has been busy organizing fun events for students. Cushing will be having Penny Wars and showing hometown spirit by supporting the Bucks with weekly spirit days. Students are also half way through their Kindness Month, consisting of peer-to-peer recognitions through special Star Slips and playing Kindness Bingo.
Magee welcomed author and parent Rochelle Groskreutz on Tuesday morning. She shared her new book The Easter Elf and did a writing activity with students. Many students left with signed copies of her book! Also at Magee this week, staff and students in 5K-5th grade tie-dyed shirts in art class. Magee was also recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as a Title 1 School of Recognition for 2018-2019. They received the award as a High Achieving School. Click here for more information and congratulations to Magee!
Together, we are making a difference!
Patricia Deklotz, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Kettle Moraine School District