April 14, 2022
If you can believe it, 3rd Term officially came to an end on April 1st! Any HS^2 and KMHS courses that were completed at the end of the 3rd term have now been transcripted within Infinite Campus.

This is the student's official transcript. As a reminder, only credits that are complete will show up on a student's transcript in Infinite Campus. Any credits that are still in progress can be found in MyLC. Therefore, you may not see any final grades posted for term 3 depending on the individual student's goals/plan. Additionally, any HS^2 all-year-long courses will not have a grade transcripted until the end of the school year!
On Wednesday, March 16th, Mrs. Mau’s Anatomy students and others who were interested watched a robotic surgery. The Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey hosted a livestream of a kidney tumor removal! Students got to watch all the details and process of the surgery, as well as ask questions and listen to the surgeon talk through the surgical procedure.

On Friday, April 8th, another surgery through the Liberty Science Center was shown. This time, students watched a orthopedic surgery, specifically repairing a fracture in the ulna and radius, and an ACL reconstruction!
Interviewee: Kayleigh K., HS^2 Senior
Interviewer: Teagan S., HS^2 Senior
What is your favorite thing about HS^2, and how has being in a charter school impacted your High School experience?
My favorite thing about HS^2 is the flexibility. I could choose my outreach, and I was able to do more AP classes than I would have been able to if I was not in HS^2. For example, I was able to do AP U.S. Government and AP Macroeconomics as self-paced classes.

What are your plans for after High School?
Next year, I am going to be attending The University of Alabama. I’m still deciding on my second major, but the current plan is to double major in Mathematics and Political Science and double minor in Actuarial Science and Spanish.
What is your favorite outreach you have completed?
My favorite outreach was helping to prepare the fifth graders for the Science Fair. I was able to work with a small group as a mentor, but I was also able to do science presentations, which allowed me to get to know all of the fifth graders. This made the experience much more meaningful. I was very impressed with their creativity and problem-solving skills, and I feel like I learned a lot from them.
What is your advice for current and future underclassmen?
Ask for help. Upperclassmen and teachers are more than happy to help make plans and accommodations that will help you to get your work done if you are struggling. In such a small school, the teachers really want you to succeed because they have gotten to know you.
Mrs. Kopidlansky's AP Human Geography (AP HUG) students have spent all year in this Social Science course exploring patterns and processes that have shaped the ways in which humans understand, use, and alter the Earth's surface. Students have learned about civilization, social organization, and the environmental consequences that result from how humans interact with the world. Recently, students have been reviewing concepts related to agriculture and urbanization by building models of cities.
Interviewee: Connor C., 2019 HS^2 Graduate
Interviewer: Lydia M., HS^2 Sophomore
What have you been up to since High School?
Good question! I wish I had a short and sweet answer, but I have been on quite the journey! After graduating, I attended the University of Minnesota-Rochester as part of a 3+2 PA Program. I graduated from HS^2 in 2019, so my freshman year of college was the start of the pandemic. Like most, a lot of things in my life changed, and I decided to transfer closer to home. I am now double majoring in Psychology and Global Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and am completing my PA prerequisites. I currently work at UW Health Hospital on a Cardiothoracic Surgery and Lung Transplant Unit and Prohealth Care Oconomowoc Memorial back home getting patient contact hours! My campus involvement includes my fraternity (Tau Kappa Epsilon), playing club volleyball for UW-Madison, executive board of club sports, Aspiring Physician Assistant Association (APAA), and other lower commitment clubs.
How did HS^2 prepare you for your future?
The biggest thing I attribute my success to in college is the early exposure of higher level academic science. More specifically, learning how to write scientific papers and read academic papers is ESSENTIAL to being any sort of STEM major in college. At first, I was surprised that several students were not able to identify key parts of a journal or evaluate the experimental design. However, I realized that constant immersion into scientific academia as early as Sophomore year in High School set me up for success. Being able to read scientific journals gave me such a jump in finding information for papers, reading additional resources on confusing topics, and creating my own projects from previously published information.

Is there anything specific you enjoyed about HS^2?
Try to imagine all the pieces of information that are thrown at students from Kindergarten to Senior year of High School. Students commonly hear "critical thinking skills" but do not seem to actually know what that means. Although I fell in the majority of students that looked over this concept, HS^2 integrates these skills in so much of your learning. By the end of my Freshmen year, I realized in HS^2 I learned how to evaluate information and determine the importance of it. Additionally, filtering out the portion of information that is "fluff" helps you solve problems faster. I attribute this ability largely to the AP classes I took, and the outreach opportunities I had. 

What advice would you give to current and future HS^2 students?
Change your mind and change it again! Nothing is set in stone. I have transferred schools, and switched majors 4 times, and am still going to graduate in four years with a degree from an amazing university! There is so much pressure for students to figure out life as quickly and smoothly as possible. Life happens! If you know that you want to go into Health Sciences, I encourage you to go beyond the general Biology, Physics, and Chemistry courses. Public Health, Microbiology, Genetics, Neuroscience are all classes that take you beyond the foundational information but require you to apply it to real life. Application of knowledge in real life is when you find out what you really enjoy because that is likely a job you can see yourself doing! Lastly, but probably the most important thing I can say is that being uncomfortable is the only way you learn and grow! If you do not put yourself in situations that force you to problem solve, communicate, go back to the drawing board, cry, evaluate different approaches, laugh, make decisions, start over again, and repeat the whole process all over again you are never going to learn! I am grateful for the uncomfortable situations my classes put me in because it prepared me for the rigor of college courses. It is quite obvious when you get to college who never challenged themselves in High School, so I encourage you to challenge yourself.
Our next, and last parent coffee for the 2021 - 2022 school year, will be on May 4 from 9:30 - 10:15 am at HS^2! This informal opportunity will allow current and future Parents and Guardians to learn more about the school, with a focus on school operations, community partnerships, outreach, and volunteering.

Please complete this google form if you are interested in joining us on May 4!
In this issue of HS^2 Counseling News, you will find information about:
  • College Application Crash Course
  • ACT Test Prep Opportunities
  • Summer Opportunities
  • ... and more
The Kettle Moraine School District is proud to partner with Teachers On Call to provide exceptional substitute teachers and educational assistants. Teachers On Call invests in their employees, recognizes their achievements, and is committed to the noble purpose of educating our youth.

As a Teachers on Call substitute, you’ll enjoy:
  • Free pre-hire training (for substitute teacher and aide or assistant positions)
  • Ongoing professional development
  • Steady, yet flexible, work you can feel good about
  • Weekly pay
  • Your preference of schools
2022 Summer Academy Registration Opens March 15:

  • Summer Academy dates: June 20-July 29 (no classes 7/4)
  • Summer Academy hours: 8 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.
  • New for 2022: Courses for grades 5K-8 will be broken into two sessions each three weeks long. Families will still be able to sign up for all six weeks or choose to only do one session. 
  • Location: Wales Elementary and Kettle Moraine High School Campus
  • Registration reopened on March 18 at 9 a.m.
Calendar Highlights
4/15 - 4/18: No School

5/2 - 5/13: AP Exams

5/4: Parent Coffee

5/6: No School ~ Staff PD Day

5/16 - 6/2: HS^2 Spring Workshops

5/30: No School
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