Superintendent Weekly Update

  • For the week ending June 7, 2019


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


    This week was the last week of school for students in the Kettle Moraine School District for the 2018-19 school year. We are proud of another great year of learning and wish all families a wonderful summer!


    We celebrated students who are moving on to a new school with 5th grade and 8th grade completion ceremonies. The Commencement Ceremony for our graduating seniors is Sunday, June 9 at 2 p.m. Tune into the live stream of the event at


    At a Celebration of Service Dinner on Tuesday, the Kettle Moraine School District proudly recognized its 2019 retirees for their combined 234.5 years of service to students, staff and community. We thank them for their dedication, unique talents, and the impact they have had on the lives of many. 

    • Mary Ann Aspan, Kettle Moraine Middle School, 18.5 Years of Service

    • Debbie Carrasco-Zanini, Kettle Moraine District Office, 11.5 Years of Service

    • Reid Chase, Kettle Moraine High School, 27 Years of Service

    • Karen Glass, Kettle Moraine High School, 14 Years of Service

    • Yvonne Jastrow, Dousman Elementary, 34 Years of Service

    • Ken Kassees, Kettle Moraine District, 10 Years of Service

    • Jeanne Kempf, Kettle Moraine Middle School, 19 Years of Service

    • Kathleen Kenealy, Dousman Elementary, 13.5 Years of Service

    • Carol Mraz-Gross, Dousman Elementary, 27 Years of Service

    • Michael Steger, Kettle Moraine Middle School, 18 Years of Service

    • Deborah Thompson, Dousman Elementary, 11 Years of Service

    • Melinda Vose, District/Cushing Elementary, 31 Years of Service


    KM Boys Varsity Lacrosse team advanced to the State Championship after a 14-7 victory over Arrowhead on Wednesday. The boys now look to capture their third state championship in the last four years on Saturday night vs Middleton at 7:30 at Carroll University’s Schneider Stadium. Congratulations and Go Lasers!


    Preparing for next year’s arrival, KM Middle School Ambassadors were busy this week giving building tours to incoming district 5th graders. In addition to their completion ceremony on Thursday, 8th graders enjoyed a fun dance on Thursday night to celebrate their middle school completion.


    It’s the last day to vote for Ella Hannes' Doodle for Google! Ella was the state winner for grades 6-7 and has a chance to advance in the national contest if she gets enough votes. Her doodle “We All Fit” was designed to show that everyone has a place in this world. VOTE HERE!


    KM Explore families and students had a whole school event at Skateland in Waukesha. Families joined for fun, friendship and roller skating… some even dressing up in 80s gear.


    Dousman Elementary held High Interest Day on Thursday, during which students got to participate in a variety of fun activities that interested them. Students also enjoyed time at Cory Park to celebrate the end of the school year.


    Cushing Elementary end-of-year celebrations included kite building, class-wide celebrations, walks to the park, and a “Camp Skeeter” event for students in the 1-2 Neighborhood.


    At Magee Elementary, Mrs. Mastrocola’s class ended the year with a “book tasting” and created summer reading lists and goals. Students had a sunny day for Field Day on Thursday. Friday featured an all school assembly and a look back at the school year.


    At Wales Elementary, Mrs. Lenske’s 3rd grade class has been on the search for germs. Students swabbed items around the school (door handles, light switches, table tops, etc.) and placed the swab in a petri-dish, then observed the culture to see what grows. They saw what places have the most germs and learned how to protect themselves from those germs.


    Also at Wales, students in The Reef (grades 4-5) finished the year with a foray into the world of food trucks! In partnerships, the students created their own plans for running a Taco Truck. They determined pricing, generated designs, devised a marketing plan/slogan, and, of course, created a menu. Finally, Wales 4K had a special celebration with families; students had an opportunity to showcase a skill at the school’s annual talent show; and Wales students celebrated the school year by having a special assembly and slide show.


    Thank you to all who contributed to the amazing learning opportunities for Kettle Moraine students in the 2018-19 school year. Together, we are making a difference! Have a wonderful summer!


    Patricia Deklotz, Ph.D.
    Superintendent, Kettle Moraine School District