COMING TO YOUR MAILBOX SOON: Facilities Planning Community-wide Survey

The Wauwatosa School District is continuing to gather broad community input in our long-range master facilities planning process.

In the next two to three weeks (mid-to-late April), all Wauwatosa residents will receive a facilities planning survey from the District. Please watch for this in your mailbox and take 10 minutes to complete the survey. Your input matters and we look forward to hearing from you.

When the survey arrives, read the front page carefully. It includes instructions for how to obtain a second survey if you have more than one adult member in your household that wants to participate. Additionally, District parents and staff will receive an emailed link. Paper copies will also include a link for completing the survey online. We encourage you to take the survey in whichever format you feel most comfortable.

Click HERE for a flyer to share on your social media accounts to help increase awareness of the survey's upcoming arrival and encourage your neighbors, friends and family who are residents to participate.

The results of the survey will be presented to the Wauwatosa School Board, the Facilities Advisory Committee, and the community during the June 11th Board meeting. You are invited to attend.

Results will also be shared via our District website and District communication.
Wauwatosa School District Events
April
4/16 -- School Board Meeting; 7-9 p.m., Fisher Administration Bldg. Conf. Rm C
4/23 -- ACT Aspire Testing Begins (Grades 9-10);
PALS Testing Begins (Grades JK-2)
4/20 -- West Spring Musical Opening Night 7 p.m.

May
5/5 -- EFW Walk Run
5/7 -- School Board Meeting; 7-9 p.m., Fisher Administration Bldg. Conf. Rm C
5/14 -- Special Education Parent Network Meeting; 6:30-8 p.m. Fisher Administration Bldg. Conf. Rm A
5/21 -- School Board Meeting; 7-9 p.m., Fisher Administration Bldg. Conf. Rm C
Your Educational Community News
Seeking Nominations for Distinguished Service Awards
Each year with the “Distinguished Service Award,” the Wauwatosa School Board recognizes staff members for exemplary service and dedication. District administration invites employees, students, parents, and community members to nominate individuals for this honor. The criteria and process are as follows:

  • The nominee must have been employed by the District for at least three years.
  • The nominee can be recognized no more than once every three years. See Recent Recipients of Distinguished Service Award 
  • An individual may nominate no more than two employees each year.
  • The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 11, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
  • A committee of the Board will review nominations and select the recipients.
  • When making its decision, the committee will consider (1) demonstrated services to the District which are distinguishable by excellence; (2) quantity and quality of accomplishments listed in the nominating paragraph; and (3) overall realization of this person’s going "above and beyond" normal expectations.
  • Recipients will be recognized at the Opening Day event in August.

We encourage you to use the following link to nominate a deserving employee.  Nomination Form

If you have any questions, please contact Director of Human Resources Craig Hubbell, at  hubbelcr@wauwatosa.k12.wi.us .
Parents United: A resource for parents and staff
The Wauwatosa School District is part of Parents United, a consortium of 25 special education departments from around the area that have joined together to provide educational community service.

There are two upcoming presentations you may find of interest:

  • April 17, 2018 -- Trauma Informed Care and Schools - Working Together to Build Resilience; 6-8:30 p.m. at Country Springs Hotel

  • April 25, 2018 -- Fostering Social and Emotional Learning at Home: Strategies for Families; 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at WCTC

Did you Know?
The Wauwatosa School District and City of Wauwatosa routinely collaborate to ensure we're serving our residents in the best ways possible.

Did you know:

  • We partner with the Wauwatosa Police Department for our emergency response training in our schools.
  • The City and District share each other's important communication with each of our respective audiences to best serve you.
  • We partner with the City for the servicing of our maintenance/Buildings & Grounds vehicle fleet to maximize tax payer dollars.
  • City and District leaders meet quarterly to discuss important issues facing each organization and ways we may better collaborate.
  • A representative of the City Health Department sits on our District Wellness Committee in an effort to allow each organization to better promote health and wellness. See Health Department's Spring Newsletter
The Trendiest Tosa Tidbits
East Forensics Team competes in State competition
Congratulations to the Wauwatosa East Forensics Team , which competed at State earlier this month. The team finished 5th place in Division 2 and was one of 70 teams to compete at State.

Advancing to semifinals in the tournament were Angela Glowacki, Maria Serrano, Abby Slye, Sam Erickson, Maggie Collins, Olivia Bowswer, and Lizzie Murphy.

Advancing to final rounds were: Maura Hanley , who finished 6th place in the category of Moments in History; Rosie Villa , who finished 5th place in the category of Storytelling; and Autumn Cortright , who took 4th place in the category of Storytelling.

Congratulations to the entire Tosa East Forensics team for a great season!
Wauwatosa student earns prestigious Evans Scholarship
Congratulations to Ryley Schleif, a senior at Wauwatosa West High School, on being named a 2018 Evans Scholar!

The Chick Evans Scholarship for Caddies is a full, four-year college scholarship for golf caddies.

Recipients of the prestigious award are nominated by the sponsoring country club where they caddied. Applicants are evaluated on criteria including their caddie record, excellent academics, and outstanding character.

Since 1930, more than 10,000 young men and women have been awarded Evans scholarships to some of the nation’s top universities. Ryley will be attending UW-Madison in the fall.

We’re #tosaproud of you, Ryley!
Wauwatosa students headed to Destination Imagination Global Finals
Wauwatosa School District students will once again represent our city and school district on a global stage!

Students from Wauwatosa East and Roosevelt Elementary School have qualified for the Destination Imagination Global Finals held May 23-26 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. 

More than 8,000 students from 15 countries will participate.

Congratulations to Roller Coaster Toasters from Tosa East who took 1st place out of 13 teams in the Scientific challenge at State. Team members are freshmen Sofia Castagnozzi , Sarah Gifford , Sophia Hardman , Grace Hudson-Mairet , and Elena Williams , and Longfellow 7th-grader Audrey Hardman . Their team managers are Donna Gifford, Kevin Hardman, and Heidi Hudson-Mairet.

And, the Roosevelt Rockets from Roosevelt Elementary took 2nd place out of 15 teams in the Engineering challenge at State. Team members are 5th-graders Jeff Bellot , Olivia Jessup-Anger , Peter Knutson , and Nora Weiss , and 3rd-graders Alex Iwanski and Patrick Weiss . Their team managers are Eric Jessup-Anger and Tim Knutson.
WSD students earn national recognition for artwork
Students from both Wauwatosa high schools have won national awards through the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Wauwatosa East High School senior Katie Foreman received a national silver medal for her illustration portfolio and sophomore Max McGuinnis received a national Gold Key medal for the self portrait he created in his Art Foundations class. East art teacher Molly Brennan also received a national teaching award through the program.

Wauwatosa West junior  Olivia Keenan won a national Gold Key and the same poem won the American Voices Award in the poetry category. This is only given to one writer from each region! 

Olivia, Max, and Ms. Brennan will all be invited to attend the national ceremony at Carnegie Hall in June. Olivia and Max will also have their work on display at the Art.Write.Now.2018 National Exhibition on display at Parsons School of Design in New York City. 
Wauwatosa teacher wins 2018 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Award
A Wauwatosa STEM School teacher has been selected as a 2018 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellow .
 
Chris Sellers , a teacher at Wauwatosa STEM School, has been awarded the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellowship. Sellers is one of 100 teachers from across the state to receive the fellowship, along with its $6,000 award. Additionally, each teacher’s school will also receive a $6,000 award!

Longfellow students take first place in statewide Battle of the Books
Longfellow Middle School students with a passion for reading took the top title in the 2018 Wisconsin Battle of the Books competition.

Eighth graders Azalia Hanke and Emma Stevens tied with two other teams for first place in the Middle School Division of this year’s Battle of the Books. A total of 144 teams competed in the division.  

The statewide program, offered through the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association, is designed to promote a love of reading among students. Students work their way through a book list beginning in the summer and are challenged to remember information about the plots, characters, and settings of the books.

Wauwatosa West hosted its 8th Annual Multicultural Fair on March 28th. The community was invited to enjoy foods, crafts, music, and games from around the world!

Wilson & WSTEM Elementary Schools and Longfellow Middle School hosted similar events in March to celebrate diversity.
Mark Your Calendar: Anything Goes Opens April 20th
Join us as the award-winning Wauwatosa West Trojan Players present  Anything Goes , a classic Broadway hit and winner of three 2011 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Choreography!

In the 1934 Cole Porter composition, Billy falls in love with a girl he meets in a taxi. After finding she's about to board the SS American, the same London-bound ship his boss and co-worker are boarding, Billy sneaks onboard and the drama unfolds.

"Anything Goes is fabulous musical comedy with memorable music and lots of tap dancing. This is a huge reason I chose the show. This year we have lots of talented dancers," said Theatre Director Adam Steffan

Opening Night is Friday, April 20th at 7 p.m. For additional show times and tickets, click below.
Donate your unwanted textiles to McKinley's Green Team
Are you doing some spring cleaning? The McKinley Green Team may be of help!

The McKinley Elementary Green Team is sponsoring a Textile Drive on Saturday, April 28th. People may drop off any unwanted clothing/textiles at the McKinley north playground from 9:00am-noon.

They are partnering with a company that works to bring new life to old clothing by redistributing to people in need throughout the world which "closes the loop" and keeps discarded textiles out of landfills.

Recycling your textiles is an easy way to help the earth and others too. McKinley's Green Team hopes to see you on the 28th!

Click on the photo to see details.
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