Superintendent Weekly Update

  • For the week ending January 12, 2018

    The District Update communicates celebrations and happenings submitted by Kettle Moraine schools each week. Enjoy!


    High school students participated in a variety of learning sessions to support their Academic and Career Planning work this week. Freshmen and Sophomore students participated in the Aspire Periodic Assessment for English, Science, Math and Reading. Students in 9th, 10th and 11th grade attended course fairs during extended advisory time to learn about the many course offerings and career pathways to assist in course selection for next school year. Juniors and seniors attended an extended advisory session for the “Alumni Experience” during which KM graduates returned to share their experiences in post-secondary pathways. Career Day provided all grades the opportunity to rotate through three different career presentations of their choosing. Junior Achievement of Wisconsin helped organize the event, which brought in over fifty representatives from business and industry to share information on career pathways.


    High school physics students traveled to Sunburst Winter Sports Park to apply their learning on the various laws of Physics related to slope and velocity.


    The High School Parent Coffee discussed topics on student engagement and learning, including student support systems.   


    Five KM Perform students were selected to participate in the Dorian Vocal Festival at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa this weekend. Congratulations to Joy Bartoli, Anna Karius, Nik Kasun, Noah Parulski and Julia Rosenquist. This is the largest select honors festival in the country for high school singers.


    KM Perform senior writing focus student Alison Bishop is taking part in a three-week film camp at Universal Studios. Alison was chosen to work with international students on her film studies after a highly competitive selection process. Students in the program film on the Universal Studios back lots, including their famous Western and European street film sets, a full jetliner crash site, the Bates Motel set, the Jaws Lake set and more!


    KM Perform junior Joshua Catania received the Dr. Lou Fischer Scholarship on Tuesday in Dallas, Texas at the Jazz Education Network Conference.Joshua was recognized alongside four college students. In addition to receiving a formal recognition at the conference, Joshua was invited to attend as a participant.


    KM Global student Kiera Christensen will be co-presenting a breakout session at the 2018 State Education Convention along with the Institute for Personalized Learning. Kiera will present to educators around the state on her experiences with personalized learning and changes in the educational environment.


    Retired Fox6 Sports Broadcaster Tom Pipines visited KM Middle School and three KM elementary schools to celebrate the work of The Oasis Project. The Oasis Project partners with KM to offer tutoring from retired and volunteer teachers to meet the needs of approximately 100 children in the district. Thank you Mr. Pipines for your affirmation of our work. In his words, “I was blown away by what I saw and experienced!”

    District Math 24 Tournaments for 4th and 5th grades were held this week. During the past few months, over 200 students from across the district practiced and tried out for the event. The top six 4th and 5th graders from each elementary school attended the district tournament, held at the middle school. Sixteen 7th and 8th grade students served as very capable proctors and admirable student leaders. The tournament was a huge success, and all involved should be proud. The top six from each grade level will move on to a regional Math 24 Tournament on March 1st in Jefferson.

    • 4th Grade: District Champ - Nick Garvey; 2nd Place - JJ Geeleher; 3rd Place - Lew Stuckey; 4th Place - Bryce Bestor; 5th Place - Charlotte Glass; 6th Place - Seth Ellsworth.
    • 5th Grade: District Champ - Andrew Ishag; 2nd Place - Jessica Heckenkamp; 3rd Place - Reagan Nesheim; 4th Place - Brady Weston; 5th Place - Kaden Hartmann; 6th Place - Kendra Schwoerer.


    KM Explore students traveled to the Waukesha Civic Theater on Friday. Prior to launching an artist in residence with Mr. Doug from the theater next week, students visited the venue to meet him, get a tour of the theater, and play some improv games.  


    Dousman Elementary is building community by having Dousman Movie Night this evening, featuring Despicable ME 3, sponsored by the PTO. It will showcase the school’s new 220” mega screen purchased with funds earned by students from the fall fun run. Along with supporting instructional applications and family/PTO events, the screen and high definition rear projector may be utilized for community partner events.


    Cushing Elementary hosted Holmen School District and Racine School District representatives to see Code to the Future in action. Visitors saw Kindergarten students use Legos to represent numbers with overlapping; 1st and 2nd grade students program Lego We Dos; and 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students use a variety of coding tools like Scratch and Mindstorms.  


    Magee held its 5K-5th Grade Winter Concert on Wednesday. Students rocked Beatles Classics for a packed KMHS Auditorium. Thank you to the Kettle Moraine Music Parents Association for recording and posting the concert for the community to also enjoy. On Friday afternoon, 5th grade parents visited Magee classrooms for students to share their learning about explorers while 3rd and 4th grade students and several parents visited the Milwaukee Public Museum.


    At Wales Elementary, 5th graders have added color sensors for their EV3 robots to perform specific behaviors when the robots detect certain colors.


    Together, we are making a difference!  

    Patricia F. Deklotz, PhD
    Kettle Moraine School District Superintendent