School District Newsletter
WAWM School Board Approves
2019-2020 School Calendar

On December 10, 2018, the WAWM School Board approved the 2019-2020 School Calendar. In preparation for the decision, a survey was conducted so parents and staff could provide provide their input regarding the choices.

“We drafted five versions of possible 2019-2020 school calendars for consideration,” said Superintendent, Dr. Marty Lexmond.

“Given the results of the preference of calendars, the survey comments supported ending the school year on Friday, June 5, 2020,“ explained Lexmond. “We recommended that the Board approve calendar Option D.”

Option D includes an eight-day winter break, spring break the week before Easter, and a last day for students of Friday, June 5, 2020. Graduation would be Saturday, June 6, 2020. Read more...
Wilson Elementary School
Space Gamers Lego Robotics Team Advances to State

The Wilson Space Gamers Lego Robotics Team (under the direction of Innovation Coach, Brendan Kelly, Teacher, Lisa Erickson and Rockwell Engineer, Mark Gries) competed at the First Lego League Sectional tournament at Mukwonago High School on December 8, 2018.

The team won the Robot Mechanical Design Award and will advance to the state competition. The team is one of 30 teams that will compete at the state level on February 23, 2019 in Cleveland, Wisconsin.

Team Members
Abby Walter
Brandon Landis
Eleah Jagdfeld
Grace Dooley
Landon Hejdak
Lizzy Walter
Lorelei Nabak
Sarah Taylor
Is your child going to be four-years-old by September 1, 2019?
Enroll in our 4K program for the upcoming school year!
All students will have a seat at their neighborhood school.

4K Parent Information Night

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Hoover Elementary School
12705 West Euclid Avenue, New Berlin

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Horace Mann Elementary School
6213 West Lapham Street, West Allis

4K Enrollment Begins on Friday, February 1, 2019
Students in grades 4K-12, follow the same process for enrollment.
Please click here for instructions on enrolling your child.
Franklin Elementary School
Hosts Student Showcase of Learning

On December 6, 2018, Franklin Elementary School hosted a “Showcase of Learning” for families and community members. According to Principal, Leslie Connors, “Every student, 4K through 5th grade, created something for the showcase. We had music, artwork, math projects, graphic novels, poetry, and presentations as part of the event.”

“The showcase is part of our effort to engage students in deeper learning,” explained Dimitrious  Foster, Deeper Learning Coach at Franklin. “We want students to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways. It helps them learn to collaborate, problem-solve, and improve their communication skills when speaking in public.” Read more...
WAWM School District Increases Budget
for a New Recreation and Community Services Center

On November 26, 2018, the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District Board of Education voted to increase the project budget for a new Recreation and Community Services Center from $6 million (approved June 2018) to $8 million. The original project budget proposal was based on available funding at the close of the 2016-2017 fiscal year and anticipated fund balance from the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The budget was also set prior to creating and analyzing several schematic and design plan options and budgets with the contracted design build planners, CG Schmidt and architects, Groth Design Group. The increase will not impact property taxes. Read more...
Shared Journeys Hosts Annual Canvas Art Painting Night
Shared Journeys hosted their annual Canvas Art Painting night to raise funds for “Cookies with Santa” a holiday gathering held for students and alumni and their children. Over 50 people attended the fundraiser.

Lisa Colla, program facilitator explains, “We met at Knights of Columbus (they had donated their space for us to use) with a representative from Creative Energy Art. Each participant was given a canvas and paint. Our ‘assignment’ was to paint a holiday scene - the limb of a Christmas tree with ornaments on it. There are lots of laughs as people start to paint with their own artistic flair!” Read more...
Community Closets at Horace Mann Elementary and Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate

The Community Closets at Horace Mann Elementary and Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate are available to all community members. Non-perishable food, cold weather gear, clothing from birth through adults, and school supplies are available to help families in need. All items have been donated by the Horace Mann and Frank Lloyd Wright school communities.

Horace Mann Elementary
Please contact the office 414-604-3939 for further information or feel free to submit a request form here .

Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate
Please contact the Main Office at 414-604-3400 for further information or feel free to submit a request form here .
This holiday season, students and staff across the District have celebrated in special ways.
 
Lane Intermediate students helped box food items for Feeding America.

West Allis Central High School Special education teachers, Ms. McCann and Ms. Williams, took their students to Franklin Fieldhouse to use the kitchen and cook a full Thanksgiving meal! 

Jefferson Elementary Student Council organized a food drive for Good Samaritan Outreach Center in West Allis.

Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate collected food items for their Community Closet.

Shared Journeys students volunteered at a local food pantry to help organize Thanksgiving Baskets.

Walker Elementary Student Council and Team Persistence collected over 800 canned items for a local food pantry.

West Milwaukee Intermediate collected winter gear to donate to the Salvation Army.

General Mitchell Elementary organized a food drive for First Lutheran Food Pantry in West Allis.

Nathan Hale High School organized a Holiday Drive collecting food and winter gear.

Franklin Elementary partnered with The Hunger Task Force to collect food for their pantry. 
Physical Education Teacher
Earns 1st Place at Senior Olympics Competition

This fall, Physical Education teacher, Lisa Larson, competed in the Wisconsin Senior Olympics 40K Road Race at Menomonee Park. She participated in the 25 mile (40K) road bicycle race and earned a First Place in the 55-59 year-old age group. Her time was one hour 12 minutes with an average speed of 20.8 miles per hour. 

As a result of her win, Larson qualified for the National Senior Olympics. She will head to Albuquerque, New Mexico in June, 2019 to compete. Larson currently teaches at General Mitchell Elementary School and Walker Elementary School. According to Larson, “As a Physical Education teacher, physical activity is part of my life. I am proud to represent Wisconsin at the national level. I hope what I do inspires my students to keep moving -- especially in adulthood!”
James E. Dottke High School
Parent Provides Haircuts for Students

When Principal, Greg Goelz, talked with the father of a student that operates a barber shop about providing hair cuts at James E. Dottke High School, a plan to help students in a new way was created.

“Mervin Estrada, the owner and operator of Razor Sharp Barber Shop, jumped at the chance to come in and provide free haircuts and mentoring to our students,” said Goelz.

To kick things off, Estrada visited the school during the lunch periods to introduce himself to students. A week later, he brought in his barber's chair and all of his equipment to cut hair after school. For the remainder of the school year, Estrada will come in twice a month to give Dottke students free haircuts and mentoring. Read more...
New Baseball Scoreboard Installed at West Allis Athletic Complex 

In November, a new baseball scoreboard was installed at Belich Field at the West Allis Athletic Complex. The LED Baseball Scoreboard was purchased from OES, Inc. and features ultra bright digits and panels with each high school mascot. 

The cost of the scoreboard is being shared between West Allis Central High School Booster Club, West Allis Nathan Hale High School Booster Club and the District who also paid for the installation.

“In spring, boys baseball will have a new scoreboard to track what we hope will be a winning season for all!” said Steve Rohde, Manager of Facilities, who was responsible for purchase and installation.
Partners at Village of Manor Park
Make a Difference to Children in the
WAWM School District

On November 30, 2018, 50 students from Jefferson Elementary School were part of the Village of Manor Park “Kids 2 Kids” Toy Drive event. Students were invited to pick out a toy that would be given to a needy child.

According to organizer, Virginia Strukel, a retired teacher, “It’s important for youngsters to feel the joy of giving. The students are excited to pick out a toy for someone else. Each of the kids get a scarf from us for helping!” Read more...
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Winter Break

NO SCHOOL

December 24, 2018 - January 1, 2019

School resumes on
Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
Nathan Hale High School
Displays Fair Housing Movement Exhibit

In an effort to help students better understand the Fair Housing Movement, an exhibit called Crossing the Line, which focuses on the 1967 Fair Housing marches in Milwaukee and the resulting Civil Rights Act of 1968, is being displayed in the library at Nathan Hale High School.

“The exhibit is a collaborative effort by the Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin Black Historical Society, Milwaukee Historical Society, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,” explains Social Studies teacher, Michael Ellery. “Nathan Hale has waited nearly two years to host the exhibition as it has travelled to over seventy Wisconsin middle and high schools, universities, public libraries, and public gathering places. The display helps link this important piece of local history with our students’ study of the civil rights movement in United States History and U.S. Government courses.” Read more...
West Allis Woman’s Club
Holds Harvest of Books for 4K Students

West Allis Woman's Club members were busy bringing books and a focus on reading skills to kindergarten students in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District. Kathy Lyons and Suzi Metzenheim visited Madison Elementary School to read with students. Metzenheim along with Sue Sujecki visited Walker Elementary School to read with students.
 
The Woman’s Club members also distribute a book to each student. According to organizer, Suzi Metzenheim, “We want to help students develop a love of reading. Kids enjoy getting a book they can take home and we have fun reading to them. This program helps instill the importance of literacy.
News & Notes - December


Each month, “News and Notes” recognizes the many contributions and achievements of staff, students, and members of our school community. The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District is the 12th largest district in the state of Wisconsin. Over 8,250 students attend our schools and over 1,000 employees work here.

Red Ribbon Week 2018

Red Ribbon Week is a national awareness campaign that recognizes the impact of drug and alcohol abuse on communities across the country. 

Hundreds of students participated in the Wear Red Day activities, and many benefited school-wide from seeing the anti-drug use messages displayed. Read more...
State of the Schools Presentations Held in December

As a community, we have a long tradition of working together to ensure that our schools are places where students are welcomed and inspired to do their best. We know each school in the District plays a vital role in preparing children for their future.

This December, we invited parents, community members and staff to attend a “State of the Schools” presentation. It was designed to help people understand where we’ve been and where we’re headed.

We are grateful for those of you that attended our presentation. For those that could not, we invite you to read this material. We will have additional communication about the information included in this presentation in the weeks to come!  Read more...
Take Advantage of Free and Reduced Meal Benefits!

Submitting a Meal Application* and Sharing Information Consent Form can allow us to determine if your child is eligible for these benefits. Learn more here !

Free or reduced lunch!

Waived or reduced school fees! If approved, parents receive a Letter of Eligibility that can be used to waive or reduce school fees for Half-day 4-year old Kindergarten/Early Childhood ($40), Full-day 4-year old Kindergarten, 5-year old Kindergarten, Grades 1-5 ($80), Grades 6-8 ($95), Grades 9-12 ($105).

Other fee reductions! The Letter of Eligibility can also be used for a variety of savings such as Advanced Placement Exam fees, College Application fees, or fees for WAWM Recreation and Community Services enrichment classes.
FREE DENTAL CARE

During the school year, FREE dental services will be available to students in the WAWM School District.

DentaMed Healthcare will provide dental screenings and restorative dental care to any student, regardless of whether the student is uninsured or insured by another organization. Using a state-of-the-art mobile dental unit, Dentamed Healthcare will provide:

  • Dental Screening
  • Dental Cleaning
  • Dental Restoration

Learn more about how to sign up here .
Access Skyward to Monitor
Your Child’s Progress!

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).

Skyward enables parents to make fee payments and manage lunch money accounts. It also allows for increased communication with teachers. It is very important that parents maintain accurate telephone numbers and email addresses on Skyward.

Click here  for Skyward Directions.
Enrollment and Address Changes
Has your address changed? Visit our Enrollment Center !
West Allis-West Milwaukee School District Administration Building
1205 South 70th Street -  5th Floor
Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Proof of Residency is required.  Click here  for more information.

Questions? Contact the Enrollment Center
via email  enrollment@wawmsd.org  or telephone (414) 604-3014.

NUEVOS CAMBIOS DE INSCRIPCIÓN Y DIRECCIÓN
Centro de Inscripción Edificio de Administración del Distrito Escolar West Allis-West Milwaukee
1205 Sur en la calle 70th  - 5to Piso
De Lunes a Viernes: de 7:30 a.m. a 4:30 p.m.

Visite nuestro sitio web:   www.wawm.k12.wi.us
¿Preguntas? Póngase en contacto con West Allis-West Milwaukee Enrollment Center por correo electrónico enrollment@wawmsd.org o por teléfono (414) 604-3014.