Superintendent Weekly Update
For the week ending November 2, 2018
The District Update communicates celebrations and happenings submitted by Kettle Moraine schools each week. Enjoy!
Congratulations to the new members of the Kettle Moraine High School Campus National Honor Society (NHS). The NHS Induction Ceremony welcomed new juniors and seniors to the club on Monday evening. Inductees have demonstrated the Four Pillars of NHS throughout their high school career: scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
Congratulations to Ava Craven, who ran a season best time in her first WIAA state cross country meet in Wisconsin Rapids last weekend. She had a great showing, finishing in the top half of the race in a strong field of state qualifiers. Awesome job, Ava!
KMHS DECA members traveled to the Emerging Leadership Conference in Wisconsin Dells this week to build upon their leadership skills. Students attended workshops and learned from professionals about how leadership skills translate to future success in the business field.
KM Global students had the opportunity to engage with a foreign exchange student visiting from Germany for a four-week exchange. They also spent the week with five teachers visiting from Austria through a teacher exchange program. In December, five teachers from the KM campus will be visiting Austria. Students are able to learn a lot about the education and culture of both Germany and Austria through these exchanges.
Through the Mock Trial seminar, KM Global students conducted two court cases at Marquette Law School on Friday. Students explored unreasonable search and seizure and first amendment symbolic protesting rights of a student.
In the High School of Health Sciences, a group of seniors head to Costa Rica on November 11. They will be giving dental hygiene presentations at two elementary schools. They have also been asked to address a lack of sinks at one of the schools. All students, teachers, and even the cook who washes the dishes, are currently using one small basin sink. HS^2 students will add two additional sinks to this community. On Thursday, a local plumber worked with the students to build their understanding of the skills needed to successfully complete the project. The collaboration doubled as an opportunity for students participating in the PBS Student Reporting Lab to take both video and still photography to use for their project, as they chronicle the outreach work being completed by other HS^2 students.
At KM Middle School, Rock Violinist and founding member of the Trans Siberian Orchestra Mark Wood taught a master class with all middle school orchestra students, followed by a short concert.
The Middle School kicked off their first Lunch Bunch this week. Lunch Bunch is an opportunity for students to meet friends who they might not otherwise get to meet. Students eat lunch, talk and play board/card games.
Students in 2nd and 3rd grade at KM Explore started new seminars this week. They had a choice of “the science of baking” or “motors and magnets”. Both seminars will be working on research, physical science and writing targets.
At Dousman Elementary, Mrs. Marshall arranged for all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders to attend the Milwaukee Symphony. Students had the opportunity to wear their Halloween costumes for this fun event, making it extra special. Dousman 1st and 2nd graders will have a similar opportunity in a few weeks.
This week at Cushing, students celebrated their first Star Slip milestone. All students experienced the spooky Haunted Gym and worked on their fine motor skills as well as teamwork and communication skills. Fourth graders held their Harvest Fest, which they planned and organized in previous weeks. First and 2nd grade students spent time reflecting on their narrative and opinion writing pieces and shared their progress through the communication app, Seesaw.
Magee Elementary Kindergartners have been reflecting on how Habits of Mind are used in writing. They also share their reflections on Seesaw. Third graders went to Rustic Falls Nature Camp in Burlington on Tuesday. They helped get the camp ready for winter with a variety of jobs both indoor and out. They also enjoyed the camp with games, singing and marshmallow roasting.
Wales Elementary 4th and 5th grade students had a writing celebration on Friday to wrap up their personal narrative writing unit. Students “made” their own campfires (drawings), sat in circles, and passed a flashlight around while telling their own stories around the campfire. It was great to see how proud the writers were of their work and how excited they were to share their progress with peers.
Together, we are making a difference!
Patricia Deklotz, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Kettle Moraine School District