Keeping Students Safe on District-Issued Technology

In September, our West Allis-West Milwaukee School District announced it had partnered with Gaggle to monitor the use of district-issued technology. Gaggle constantly scans accounts for harmful content. Items are categorized into three levels (e.g., User Violations, Questionable Content, and Potential Student Situation). Each level connects to a response from District-appointed personnel. Read more...
District Seeks Substitute Teachers

The shortage of substitute teachers has been an issue for districts before COVID-19 -- now there is an extreme need to find those willing to help out in classrooms.  

“The market has tightened,” explains Director of Human Resources, Jeff Thomson. “We are looking for people who are willing to come in. Applicants must have an associate;’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university and a license from the Wisconsin Department of Instruction (DPI). The degree does not have to be in education."
Shining Strings Plays for the Tree Lighting Ceremony Gets Feedback from College Professor

On December 5, 2020 at 4:00 p.m., while the Shining Strings performed traditional Holiday music at the Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony for the City of West Allis, Dr. Thomas Dickey, the Director of Orchestral Studies at Oklahoma State University was watching. 

“Mayor Dan Devine lit the city’s Christmas Tree at 4:45 p.m. right after Shining Strings performed Silent Night,” said Director, Teacher and Music Lead Mrs. Michels. “The whole time, we were excited that a college professor was watching from across the country, so that he could give us a clinic after our performance!” Read more...
Zoom Call with Santa
Monday, December 21, 2020 6:00 PM

Did you know that Santa has Zoom?

Santa is making virtual house calls and he can't wait to chat with you and your family!

Say "hi" to Santa as well as share with him your Holiday Wishlist. Read more...
Theater Team Produces a Radio Play to Keep Actors in Step

Hey! Let’s put on a show! During a pandemic? Without patrons? How? That is what the high school theater team faced as they thought about students performing this year.

“It had been almost a full year since our theater students last performed. Between March and August, we had to cancel four productions we had planned, so it was time to get creative.” explained Director, Jordan Pollard. “Radio plays were big in the 1940s and we knew we could produce one safely.” Read more...
James E. Dottke High Project-based Learning High School Holds Virtual Open House for All Interested 8th Graders!

On December 2, 2020, the students and staff at James E. Dottke Project-based Learning High School held a virtual open house to help 8th graders and their families determine if partial or full enrollment at James E. Dottke Project-Based Learning High School is a good fit for the coming school year. Read more...
High Schoolers Work to Help Others during the Holidays

A food drive was sponsored by Nathan Hale Rotary Interact Club, National Honors Society, and Student Council at Nathan Hale High School. According to Sophomore Class Advisor, April Ellery, “For two days in December, we collected food. We then donated over 1,000 items to Longfellow Elementary School and Horace Mann Elementary School -- we wanted to help those in need in our community.” Read more...
Student is Rock Solid when it Comes to Kindness

When Elena May, 7th grader at Lane Intermediate School, looked at the “orchestra choice board” for a project related to kindness, respect, responsibility, and community, she came up with an idea all her own.   

“As part of my orchestra project, I chose to make kindness rocks that I can put around my neighborhood to make people’s days a little bit better. I wanted to make kindness rocks for a project for orchestra because this class has taught me about mindfulness and kindness,” said Elena. Read more...
Longfellow Elementary School Students Reach Out to Help Others

In November, a group of fourth/fifth graders at Longfellow Elementary School worked to create a school-based pantry. The students advertised, reached out to community members, and connected to retailers to solicit donations. Students received generous donations and raised $600 to continue to stock the pantry. They also provided 16 families with Thanksgiving baskets.  

Second/third graders also got in the spirit of the season. They are organizing a supply drive for the Salvation Army. After a Salvation Army Sargent spoke with the students, they put out specific lists and received generous donations from the community.

“We are really proud of our students and their teachers. This is a difficult time for lots of folks and our students want to help,” said Principal Carrie Stollenwerk. “They worked hard to make a difference to their community.”
Wilson Elementary School’s
Amanda Hendrickson Featured on National Public Radio

As part of a series exploring how teachers are engaging students while teaching in a virtual learning environment, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Education Reporter, Emily Files, interviewed Amanda Hendrickson, a kindergarten teacher at Wilson Elementary School. 

District Recognitions

Each month, District Recognitions are read at our Board of Education Meetings. We are proud and thankful for the many contributions made by the members of our learning community. Together or apart, we are united in our dedication to education!

Please join us as in celebrating all of the following schools and individuals we recognize during the month of December.
Visit Our Guide to Virtual Learning Website

We have designed a website with all the resources and information families need for Phase 1: Virtual Learning. Click here for Your Guide to Virtual Learning. If you have questions or concerns regarding technology, Schoology, or other learning platforms, we’re here to help!

Schoology and Learning Platforms
  • For tutorials, click HERE.
  • For assistance with Schoology login or use, contact your child’s school Innovation Coach
  • For assistance with virtual learning passwords and learning tasks, contact your child’s teacher.

School Issued Technology & Hotspots
We can help with connecting a Chromebook or an iPad to home internet and the Hotspot. (We cannot assist with any home computer or home WiFi issues.) Email or call 414-604-3052.
Enrollment Center

As we work to practice safe social distancing, please adhere to the following guidelines:
  • No more than 2 persons per family in the building
  • Wear protective personal equipment (i.e, face masks), if possible
  • Bring required enrollment information (see resident enrollment)

All enrollment center specialists will be wearing protective personal equipment (PPE) which includes facial masks. Additionally, we will be sanitizing enrollment stations after each use. We would ask that if possible when you physically attend the enrollment center that you take any possible precaution to promote the safety of all parties. This would include wearing any protective personal equipment that you have as well as coming prepared with all required enrollment information, please see our resident enrollment page for additional information.
Skyward Student Information System

Skyward is the tool that helps parents view student schedules, attendance, and grade reports while logged in on any personal device! We ask that parents access Skyward to track their child’s progress in school (we only print paper records upon request).

It also allows for increased communication with teachers. It is very important that parents maintain accurate telephone numbers and email addresses on Skyward.

Help for Skyward:
  • Click here for Skyward Directions.
  • Click here for a complete menu of online tutorials or click “Tutorials” on the Skyward link.
  • Call your School Main Office with questions regarding logins and passwords.