Superintendent Weekly Update
For the week ending March 8, 2019
The District Update communicates celebrations and happenings submitted by Kettle Moraine schools each week. Enjoy!
Congratulations to KMHS students Madeline Koenig and Elena Clemmensen for being honored by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation! Madeline Koenig is a 2019 Kohl Excellence Scholar; and Elena Clemmensen is a 2019 Student Initiative Scholar. Both students will be recognized by Herb Kohl at a recognition luncheon on April 13 at Greenfield High School.
KM Best Buddies hosted their annual Mardi Gras event today. 100+ students from KM High School, KM Middle School, Pewaukee High School and Franklin High School had a great day participating in fun activities led by the KMHS Best Buddies officers! We are incredibly proud of the leadership and planning from the students in the Best Buddies program that made today such a great day!
A Taste of New Orleans was held at KMHS last weekend, with almost 250 guests attending to watch over 50 student performers. Featuring the KMMS Jazz Ensemble, KMHS Laser Jazz, and KMHS Jazz Ensemble I and II, the concert and dinner raised money for the jazz program.
KMHS technology education students had the privilege of hearing from three different Generac engineers during our annual Day of Engineering event on on Monday. Nearly 150 students got to learn more about engineering as a career pathway, interact with professionals in the field, see equipment in action and participate in some lively Q&A.
The national theme this year for DECA was "Ready For It" and KMHS DECA proved they were just that this week! Under the direction of Mr. Dellis, 22 students competed at the DECA State Career Development conference and 15 of them will be advancing to the International Conference in Orlando. These students include Jimmy Dowd - Quick Service Restaurant Marketing; Isabelle Gaudion & Macy Holzhauer - Sports & Entertainment Marketing; Lissa Healy & Kamryn Griswold - Hospitality Services Team; Sierra Lange & Sydney Nelson - Integrated Marketing Campaign (Harley Davidson); Nathan Etzel & Chris Wondolkowski - Integrated Marketing Campaign (Fortress Nutrition); Delaney Dretzka & Georgie Weir - Sports & Entertainment Research Project (Milwaukee Bucks); Ella Cridelich & Peyten Davis - Entrepreneurship Independent Business Plan; and Danny Nelson - Principles of Marketing Event. Jeffrey Ksobiech competed for the Wisconsin DECA State President and was elected into that position at the final awards session! In addition to a great competitive season, KM DECA was also recognized as a Gold Level Chapter for work in the areas of Community Service, Leadership and Professionalism. Congratulations to all!
Veteran Pat Craney visited with Mr. Rortvedt's AP United States History classes at KMHS to share his experiences and knowledge of the Vietnam War with them. He brought with him some visual aids to demonstrate and show how his role of Radio Telephone Operator (RTO) contributed to the everyday life in Vietnam during the war. He also brought with him and passed around his Purple Heart, and shared how his recent trip back to Vietnam brought his experience full circle. Students had great questions and gained insight on both the short and long term effects on a soldier's life in Vietnam.
Congratulations to our high school student-athletes for all their recent success. This includes the KMHS varsity bowling team for competing at State in Ashwaubenon last weekend; our KMMO boys hockey and wrestling programs for being the recipient of the Classic 8 Conference Sportsmanship Award; and our KM Dance team which placed 4th at Nationals in Orlando in the pom division. Congratulations also to the Boys Basketball team, coached by Brad Bestor, who last week won their second consecutive Regional Championship.
KM Global students in the “You Say You Want a Revolution” seminar explored historical time periods through various media types including movies, television, and music. Analyzing primary documents and providing personal interpretations were something students had great success with in this seminar. As a final product they created a museum with artifacts and exhibits on a media type and the influence in society (student examples include: I Love Lucy and Gender Stereotypes, MTV and 1980s Culture, Marvel Comics and the anti Communist Cold War Era).
KM Perform is partaking in a simulation of the national level “Rube Goldberg 2019 National Competition” from the Children’s Museum in Pittsburgh. The yearly competition features a simple task that must be completed through a series of complicated steps. This year’s task is to put a coin in a piggy bank. Students develop strong skills in communication, teamwork, professionalism, and positivity and a focus of the challenges include Financial Literacy work. They have fun working in a fast-paced team building environment as they build their machine and meet the daily challenges. Students learn to be productive through maximizing efficiency in a crunched timeline of three weeks.
Congratulations to Brooke Wisniewski, a freshman KM Perform music focus student who received The Joanne W. Hulce Merit Scholarship. The scholarship supports talented young musicians who have demonstrated the capacity to succeed in the exceptional opportunities made possible at the Interlochen Arts Camp High School Music Summer Program. Brooke was selected to receive a scholarship for full tuition for the program.
Members of the KMHS Tri-M Music Honor Society hosted Elementary Music Day for 4th and 5th grade singers and instrumentalists last Saturday. Students played games and divided into smaller groups to work on musical selections. The morning commenced with a short performance by each ensemble.
High School of Health Sciences computer science classes traveled to SynerComm. On the trip the students took a tour of the production readiness data center as well as staging and localization facilities. Students were excited to learn a bit more about the ever growing technology field and see examples of how their classroom learning is applied.
High School of Health Sciences students who are trained in vision screenings helped in identifying several students at Cushing who were in need of additional screening.
KM Middle School 8th grade art students made monster stuffies to match the design drawn by a Dousman Kindergartner, and delivered them to the Kindergarten students on Wednesday.
Dousman Elementary students are looking forward to a movie on their big screen in the gym tonight. Family movie nights are organized by the Dousman PTO to build school community.
Cushing Elementary students completed their final Habits of Mind rotation and learned about quality goals and artifacts. Students also reflected on and created their habit of mind goal for the rest of the year. Mr. Cuda’s PE students participated in an obstacle course, learning about the parts of the heart, blood flow, and how to keep their own heart healthy.
Students in Cushing’s 1/2 Neighborhood started a new writing piece in a genre based off their individual work and progress toward a personal writing goal. They were able to learn more about target areas through mini-lessons with a teacher. Cushing 5th grade students are working on the final touches for their Passion Projects. They been exploring and learning about social issues through picture books, novels, guest speakers, and research. This has led students to develop a service project that makes a positive impact in our local community and/or world. Click here to see the drives and to help support the 5th graders in their projects.
At Magee Elementary, a group of 15 girls in grades 3-5 are participating in Girls on the Run this spring. All of their work will culminate with a 5K at Miller Park on May 19. Students participated in Science Day sponsored by the Magee PTO and organized by Rob Suhr. Many guests shared knowledge with students, including the Robotics Team from the high school and a group of High School of Health Sciences students. It was great to have some Magee Engineers from the past sharing with current Magee Engineers.
Wales Elementary 1st and 2nd grade musicians gave virtual recitals to their parents this week. They finished up a special keyboarding unit where they were able to choose which song they would perform. Their classmates were able to hear the live performance while their parents heard it through Seesaw.
Together, we are making a difference!
Patricia Deklotz, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Kettle Moraine School District