Partnership Bulletin
September 2015

Superintendent Joe Garza

A Shared Objective that Requires Regional Collaboration and Strong Partnerships

In the State of WI, we enjoy local control for K12 education which means that every community gets to decide how to best meet the needs of its students in alignment with the State's objectives for public education.
We all strive to provide a rigorous and relevant education for every student. In the School District of New Berlin, we value regional collaboration on how to best prepare students for post-secondary success in alignment with each student's personal goals.
This commitment is evident in our District mission, vision and values as well as the strategic plans developed to guide our collective work. I trust this commitment is also evident in the manner in which we have sought to engage our extended community. If you are receiving this newsletter, you have expressed an interest in being kept informed of our progress or have been referred to us as someone who might benefit from getting involved.
Please join us in a conversation about shared objectives related to talent development within our emerging workforce at our annual "Partners In Education" Breakfast on November 4th from 7:15-9:00 a.m. at the New Berlin West Idea Center. County Executive Paul Farrow will be providing opening comments. 
Please let us know you are coming by completing a quick online RSVP for this free event. I am looking forward to seeing you there!
In the mean time, we would like to provide an update on our work and encourage you to get engaged in upcoming events!

Joe Garza

SDNB Annual Report 2014-15 
  • We are extremely proud to share the results of our collective work over the past year with you!
Academic and Career Planning (ACP) 
  • The SDNB was selected as one of 25 sites for the State's ACP pilot for 2015-16. The pilot will provide valuable insight on the resources the State is developing to build capacity for ACP throughout Wisconsin. Please see the ACP page for more details on the SDNB's progress on this statewide initiative.
The SDNB Student Experience
Engineering Program - PLTW Advisory
  • Thank you to those that joined us for our Project Lead The Way Advisory meeting last March. If you missed it, the presentation can be found on the SDNB Engineering Program page.
New Programs in the SDNB - Thanks to our Partners!
Governor's Council on Workforce Investment - Strategic Plan 


This report focuses on ways to ensure that all students have sufficient career exposure to inform their plans for the future. Our programs are designed to support that objective in a holistic manner.

  • Career Readiness standards are included in the curriculum alignment process.
  • The grading and reporting process reflects progress towards developing positive life skills.
  • All students receive instruction in employability and personal finance.
  • Business and education partnerships ensure all career and technical education programs are both relevant and rigorous.
  • All students have the opportunity to have a career based learning experience prior to graduation.
  • Learn more about SDNB Career & Technical Education foundation programs.  
Developing and Measuring 'Career Readiness'
  • The Council of Chief State School Officers recently published a report that highlights the need to support and measure Career Readiness in addition to College Readiness. We are interested in continuing this dialog with WI State Officials.
Recent Events

Upcoming Events
Sept 18:
IBAW Manufacturing Summit on Workforce Strategies - Register here  
Sept. 21: Wisconsin Education Fair (New Berlin West)
Oct. 27: sySTEMnow Conference - Registration opens soon! 
Nov. 4: "Partners In Education" Breakfast - Register here 
Employers:  News you can use!
* Employment opportunities can be posted to our online job board at any time!
* SDNB Juniors/Seniors are looking for mentors across industry sectors. Please let us know if you would like more information.
* SDNB Seniors are earning industry certifications through WCTC's Dual Enrollment Academy Programs . Please let us know if you have related employment opportunities for students completing these programs.
* Wisconsin was the first in the Nation to offer a Youth Apprenticeship Program (serves multiple industries). Learn more 
* All Juniors in WI now take the ACT WorkKeys assessment which provides the opportunity to earn a National Career Readiness Certificate. Please take time to understand the value of this credential to your hiring practices.
We sincerely appreciate all of our local business support to provide career learning activities for our students. Without you, there would be no career days, no industry tours, and no opportunities for our students to apply what they are learning in a real work environment. The Inspire Network allows companies who desire to expand their outreach programs to K12 students throughout the M7 region. This network is just launching this fall. Learn more at Inspire's website.

Looking for Interested Partners

The District is in the process of conducting a feasibility study for offering an employee health clinic. This provides a benefit to employees and reduces overall health care costs for the provider.

We would be interested in partnering with another organization in the City of New Berlin that is considering a similar project or already has a center in place. Cost-sharing could provide an even greater benefit for all involved! Please let us know if you might be interested by emailing Roger Dickson, SDNB Chief Finance & Operations Officer.


A Community Event with Something for Everyone!
Don't miss this exciting event on March 12, 2016!
If you are interested in exhibiting, please contact the New Berlin Chamber of Commerce.

If you are a local business who is interested in supporting education in your community but you aren't sure how to get started, consider joining the C.A.R.I.N.G. group of New Berlin. The C.A.R.I.N.G. group is a business driven 'shop local' campaign that demonstrates a value for your local schools. Increase exposure for your business while you support the schools that have been charged with developing the talents of the emerging workforce! It's a win win!
For more information: contact Jeremy Rynders at or 414-795-6675 to determine if this program may be right for your business. The New Berlin Chamber of Commerce can help as well.

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