Wauwatosa School District Families -

We hope you are enjoying your summer! It's hard to believe in less than a month our schools will once again be filled with the chatter of children collaborating on projects, the laughter of enjoyed fellowship, and many after-school activities.

To help make preparing a bit easier, visit our Back to School page to view supply lists for each school, printable versions of the "At a Glance" school year calendar, Back to School Events and more.

Read below for some important updates from over the summer and we look forward to seeing you in September!
8/6 - School Board Meeting , 7 p.m., Fisher Administration Bldg. 12121 W. North Ave. Rm C
8/13 - School Board Meeting , 7 p.m., Fisher Administration Bldg. 12121 W. North Ave. Rm C
8/27 - School Board Meeting , 7 p.m., Fisher Administration Bldg. 12121 W. North Ave. Rm C

*Please see Back to School Page for specific Back to School events by school.
Master Facilities Planning Update
On Monday, August 6, the Wauwatosa School Board will take formal action that could potentially place a facilities referendum on the November 6, 2018 ballot. 

If approved by a majority of the Board, the community would have the opportunity to vote in November on proposed facilities projects focused on community input and priorities to address the elementary schools, which have the most significant needs, as well as District-wide :
  • Safety and Security Updates 
  • Building & Site Improvements including HVAC System Upgrades
  • District-wide ADA Accessibility Updates
  • Classroom Updates and Technical Education Lab Upgrades 

If the Board approves the resolution for a referendum, the District will work with the Board to carry out a comprehensive communication and information plan regarding proposed projects and would include:
  • Community-wide mailings (fact sheet, referendum newsletter, voting information)
  • Referendum Information Nights
  • Various community presentations
  • Comprehensive content on the district website
The information and outreach effort would begin in September.

On June 25, the community-based Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC) recommended the Board explore a $125 million referendum to address the needs of the District's aging schools. The FAC's recommendation followed a comprehensive audit of the District's 14 buildings, a year and a half of research and exploring options for solutions, and broad community input.

The school board held three working sessions in July to review the work of the FAC, its recommendation, and results of a community-wide survey before finalizing the scope of projects.

While You Were Out: Summer Building & Grounds Improvements
While school may be out for the summer, the work does not stop for our District staff! Our Buildings and Grounds Department has been hard at work on projects this summer to maintain our buildings and improve spaces our students spend time in.

At West High School, contractors have been working on the first phase of a mechanical upgrade and replacing the school's boilers. The systems, which are more than 50 years old and original to the building, began to show signs of failure earlier this year (pictured).

Other projects include:
  • Replacing playground decking at Lincoln, Washington, and Madison Elementary Schools for safety purposes (ongoing).
  • Replacing condensate pans - components of the mechanical system - at East High School.
  • Repairing structural masonry and replacing windows at Longfellow Middle School.
  • Repairing masonry footing at Lincoln and repairing a drainage system at West High School. 
  • Expanding classroom space for additional sections of STEM at Underwood Elementary and Longfellow Middle School.
  • Site improvements including replacement of the parking lot, stairs, exterior doors and increasing ADA accessibility at Longfellow Middle School (pictured below).

All projects are expected to be completed by the end of August.
District receives school safety grants from Department of Justice
The Wauwatosa School District has received $387,395 in grant money to increase school safety measures across the District. The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) awarded the grants on July 19 as part of the DOJ's School Safety Grant program.

The District will use :
  • $113,325 for shatterproof film to be applied on glass throughout the District;
  • $148,213 towards purchasing two-way radios for all buildings to improve communication day-to-day and in the event of an emergency;
  • $46,187 toward emergency response procedural resources and materials needed to meet the requirements of the law (maps, handbooks, procedures, trauma kits, etc.) and;
  • $79,669 for replacement of exterior doors that are in poor condition.

The District received $20,000 more than originally applied for, which will be used toward replacement of additional doors in need (already included in the figure above).

Due to limitations, the grants do not address the creation of sequenced secure entrances at schools. Sequenced secure entrances provide controlled access within the building.

This security measure is part of the Facilities Advisory Committee recommended project scope to the school board as part of a facilities referendum.

The Committee did account for the grant dollars and projects listed above during the its development of a recommended master facilities plan. 
School Board accepting applications for students to serve as representatives on the Board
Wauwatosa high school students have a new opportunity to share their input with the Wauwatosa School District and School Board on important topics this fall.
The Wauwatosa School Board is accepting applications from high school students interested in serving as a representative on the Wauwatosa School Board! Applications for the newly created role are due by September 1, 2018. The Student Representative role with the Board will begin at the October 8 school board meeting. 
Two students from each Wauwatosa public high school will be selected.
The Board unanimously voted to add four high school students to serve as non-voting Student Representatives to the School Board during its June 11 meeting. 

District welcomes new administrators for 2018-2019 school year

As we’ve shared in previous communications, there are a handful of administrative transitions across the District for the 2018-2019 school year due to retirements. We are pleased to introduce you to the following new staff members joining the District in administrative roles this year:

  • Leah Klaybor, Associate Principal, West High School

  • Nicki Mitchell, Associate Principal, Whitman Middle School

  • Jessica Ebert, Supervisor of Elementary Education

Additionally, we welcome the following existing administrators to their new roles within the District:

  • Clint Grochowski, Principal, Whitman Middle School

  • Nicole Marble, Principal, Madison Elementary School

  • Mike Parulski, Associate Principal, East High School

Longfellow Student's Art Design Chosen for GE Community Service Day
Roughly 2,000 volunteers spread across the Milwaukee metro area will be wearing a T-shirt featuring the artwork of Longfellow student Melina Voravang during GE’s Community Service Day on August 8.

Students at each school that GE partners with for Community Service Day are invited to submit designs for the T-shirt contest. A winner per school is selected and then the overall winner’s art is placed on the shirts.

This year, Madison Elementary and Longfellow Middle are among the schools selected as partner schools for the 2018 GE Community Service Day. 

Wauwatosa School District has partnered with GE for the past three years for their Service Day.

Last year, more than 100 GE volunteers worked with District staff at McKinley and Washington Elementary Schools painting classrooms, landscaping, and doing other projects to prepare for the start of school.
Nebraska Special Teams Coordinator, former alderman, and Lincoln Elementary School teacher inducted into East High School Athletic Hall of Fame
Wauwatosa East High School inducted inducted six former coaches and 23 athletes - spanning a period of the 1940's through early 2000's - to the school's Athletic Hall of Fame on July 21 during a ceremony at Hart Park.

Inductees include Tim Winn, who was recently inducted into the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame, Jovan Dewitt, who is now on the coaching staff at the University of Nebraska, former Wauwatosa Alderman (and current resident) Dennis McBride, and Mike Dahlquist, a current teacher at Lincoln Elementary School.

We're  #tosaproud  of the example you've set and the inspiration you provide for our current student-athletes!

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