Superintendent Weekly Update
For the week ending September 22, 2017
The District Update communicates celebrations and happenings submitted by Kettle Moraine schools each week. Enjoy!
National Merit Commended scholars were announced this week by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Congratulations to KMHS students Riley Gryzwa, Ethan Helfenstein and Cameron Moore; and KM Perform student Emma Wenger. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
KMHS welcomed 25 German American Partnership Program students and two teachers for a two-week visit to Kettle Moraine. They have been in classrooms throughout the district as well as visiting area sites such as Miller Park, Cave of the Mounds, Madison State Street and the Capital and the Kohler-Andrae State Park.
A job fair for high school students was held at KMHS in partnership with the Delafield Chamber of Commerce. Area employers provided information and applications to interested students.
Students in KM Global took the STAMP Assessment (Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency) to start off the school year. This assessment measures their proficiency in world language as novice, intermediate, advanced, or superior. STAMP engages students with real-world content that is leveled according to the topics commonly taught at each level of instruction. Results will help to individualize student learning and to set goals based on their proficiency levels in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
KM Drama Club and KM Perform are proud to host professional actor and director Orion Couling this fall. Couling will be teaching a 10 session weekly stage combat workshop and is creative director for the Drama Club's production of THE HOBBIT. With a design concept that incorporates both realistic and shadow puppets, THE HOBBIT will be sure to wow KM audiences and give students new experiences in theatrical work.
Congratulations to the High School of Health Sciences summer Certified Nursing Assistant students who passed their licensing exam this past week. They can now begin their next stage of employment in the healthcare field.
Congratulations to the Kettle Moraine Girls Basketball 8th grade team on their first 33-31 win over Mukwonago. The middle school cross country team had a great first meet and received one 1st place medal.
Middle School student Nicole Lang was recognized at this week’s school board meeting for her success as a dressage rider. Last spring Nicole participated in her first season of dressage showing at U.S. Equestrian Federation and U.S. Dressage Federation recognized shows with her half-Arabian pony, Ikia Q. Nicole ended up as overall Reserve Champion at the Dressage Training Level at Pony Cup. She has become one of only 32 Junior (ages 10-13) and Young Riders (ages 12-21) in her Region at Training Level to qualify from seven states.
Students in all KM Explore classes have been working with Mrs. Pinchard in art to create a community artwork piece to display in each classroom. Learners have expressed their creativity while pulling their ideas together for a larger piece of community artwork.
At Dousman Elementary, Author Michael Hall spoke to Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders this week. They especially loved his story, Frankencrayon.
Cushing 5th grade students have been working on United States geography and current events. Students chose a current event that interests them.They will present it to their class with an explanation of the importance that the event has on their lives.
Magee Elementary welcomed back a herd of goats and sheep to its hillside this fall. It is a smaller herd than last spring and will continue to fight the invasive species on Magee’s campus. Girls on the Run has started their fall season and are working up to a 5K in December. Thirteen Magee girls are a part of the program, which is coached by Ms. Stathas and Mrs. Rieck.
Wales Elementary 4th and 5th graders began seminar classes around Habits of Mind. Students are engaged in goal-setting and a variety of activities to support a habit they would like to work on. Wales 2nd graders are learning about the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly. Students began with seven caterpillars and have released six beautiful butterflies so far. Their learning and experiences have been integrated into literacy and math.
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and the Herma Heart Center have recognized Kettle Moraine schools as Project ADAM Heart Safe Schools. Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam's Memory) assists and recognizes schools that have implemented comprehensive programs to prevent sudden cardiac death in schools. Key Project ADAM Site Coordinator Melinda Vose and many district staff members worked hard to plan and carry out a comprehensive program to make this recognition possible. Our schools house 13 defibrillators thanks to donations from Project ADAM, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Masonic Charities.
Together, we are making a difference!
Patricia F. Deklotz, PhD
Kettle Moraine School District Superintendent