Is your child going to be four-years-old by September 1, 2020? Join us for a 4K Parent Information Night!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Hoover Elementary School
12705 West Euclid Avenue, New Berlin

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Horace Mann Elementary School
6213 West Lapham Street, West Allis

4K Enrollment begins on Monday, February 3, 2020. Click here for instructions on enrolling your child.
Board of Education Approves 2020-2021 School Calendar

On Monday, December 16, 2019, the Board of Education approved the 2020-2021 School Calendar. School will begin on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Winter break is ten days and Spring break is the week before Easter. The last day for students is Thursday, June 10, 2021 and high school graduation is Saturday, June 12, 2021. The coming school year will also include three additional Professional Planning days for staff at elementary schools. Read more...

Annual Spelling Bee

Over the next several weeks, each elementary and intermediate school will be conducting spelling bees to determine who will compete at the District’s Annual Spelling Bee later this month.

“We will host twenty finalists at our District spelling bee. It’s a great opportunity for students to showcase their spelling skills, represent their school, and participate in a district wide event,” explains Spelling Bee Coordinator, Caroline Aiello.

The District’s Annual Spelling Bee will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at West Allis Central High School (8516 West Lincoln Avenue, West Allis) in the auditorium. The Spelling Bee begins at 6:30 p.m with a welcome by Superintendent, Dr. Lexmond. Read more...
Nathan Hale’s African American Youth Group Make a Connection at Jefferson Elementary

In December, Brandi Anthony, school counselor and advisor of Nathan Hale’s African American Youth Group took a group of students to Jefferson Elementary School. They read with children, assisted in the classroom, and most importantly established positive relationships with younger students.
 
“It is an amazing experience for everyone involved. Our students have a great time and the littles really enjoy having teenagers in the building. One elementary student saw our group and shouted, ‘I see teenagers!’ with a big smile. It was a great moment for us,” said Anthony.  Read more...
Best Staff Door at Horace Mann Elementary

When Chris Miller, Art teacher at Horace Mann Elementary School, had an idea for a “Best Staff Door” competition, his students jumped on board. According to Miller, “The school-wide theme of the door competition was “anti-bullying”, for anti-bullying week. I pitched the idea of making sculptures of hand gestures to represent this theme to my students. They liked the idea and ran with it! The students brainstormed ideas together and came up with the specific hand gestures.”
 
“We had just two weeks to execute this project from start to finish. Our students had to work collaboratively with their classmates picking up where each class left off,” said Miller.  Read more...
Sodexo Opens Caribou Coffee Cafe at Nathan Hale High School

In December, Sodexo, our food service provider, opened a Caribou Coffee Cafe in the cafeteria at Nathan Hale High School. The cafe is open before school and during all three lunches.

“Our flavored coffees will change out seasonally,” explains Sodexo Manager, Steve Kosnar. “We are happy that everyone is so enthusiastic about the new cafe. We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from staff and students!”

Caribou Coffee was founded in Edina, MN in 1992. As of May 2015, the company operates 603 locations worldwide.
Spreading Holiday Cheer Through Service

Prior to the holidays, Mrs. Ulatowski and Ms. Harmeyer worked with their students at West Allis Central High School to create care packages in order to give back to our community.  

Students delivered 31 packages to the Mary Jude Nursing Home in West Allis that included an ornament, handwritten card, and cookies. They also made and delivered 80 cards with candy canes to the VA Hospital!   

Ms. Harmeyer stated that this experience brought a feeling of joy and holiday cheer to the students as well as the residents when they walked around wishing everyone a “Merry Christmas!”
Franklin Elementary Launches Red Pencil Student Produced Newspaper
 
This year students at Franklin Elementary School have launched The Franklin Red Pencil, a newspaper for staff and students.

According to advisor, Sarah Gutzwiller, third, fourth, and fifth graders meet Mondays and Wednesdays during their recess to write and produce the newsletter.

“A newspaper is real-life. Students must collaborate and use literacy skills to write the articles. There is layout and design involved. Students learn about editing too,” says Gutzwiller. “This activity has been really successful -- students are very enthusiastic about participating.” Read more...
Director of Leadership and Learning Deidre Roemer Talks about Refining Education

On January 7, 2020 Director of Leadership and Learning, Deidre Roemer sat down with Chandler Luhowskyj, Director of Operations for Urban Misfit Ventures to discuss education in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District. 

“Urban Misfit Ventures is a video company with a focus on community,” explains Roemer. “Over the past few weeks, we’ve been working with them to produce videos about the great things happening in our schools.”

The podcast aired on an episode of Strange on Purpose and allowed Roemer to discuss how education is changing for the next generation of learners. Read more...
Sodexo Sponsors Local Military Event “Serving Up Smiles!”

Airmen from Wisconsin Air National Guard 128th Air Refueling Wing, Milwaukee “Served Up Smiles!” during lunch on December 11, 2019 in all our elementary schools

The district’s food service provider, Sodexo, sponsored this special event. Military service personnel greeted students and served Chicken Tacos, Caesar Salad, and "Smiley Potatoes.”

The “Serving Up Smiles” event coincides with "Operation Gratitude” which involves writing letters of thanks to military men and women currently serving around the world. Sodexo will be mailing over 1,000 cards and letters to the military personnel from Wisconsin that are stationed overseas.
Zachary Beeksma Selected to Record Album with British Composer Patrick Hawes 

This month, Zachary Beeksma, Choral Director at Nathan Hale High School was selected to be part of a choir that is recording an album of new music by British Composer, Patrick Hawes with The Same Stream Choir in Philadelphia, PA. 

“It is an honor to be invited to record with such an incredible choir” says Beeksma. “Dr. Jordan is regarded as one of the premiere choral pedagogues in the world, and to spend a week singing with him does so much for my work as a choir director. My relationship with this choir has also directly resulted in the three world premier projects that my students have participated in over the last four years.”
WAWM PTA Council Founder's Day Carnival
 
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Noon - 4:00 p.m.
West Allis Central High School - E.H. Stech Field House
8516 W. Lincoln Avenue

FREE Admission

Games - Raffles - Concessions - Inflatables - DJ - Art Project - Silent Auction

Central High School and Nathan Hale High School Present "Little Shop of Horrors"

A deviously delicious sci-fi musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names Audrey II after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and goal of global domination!

Click here for showtimes and to purchase tickets!
High School Students Prepare to Take Final Exams
 
As the end of the semester nears, high school students are busy preparing for final exams. “Some exams are a culminating assessment while others are based on the previous unit of study,” explains Director of Leadership and Learning, Deidre Roemer.  
 
During exams, breakfast is served each morning in the cafeteria. From 7:30 a.m. - 8:20 a.m., students have the option to visit classrooms to prepare for exams. Exams begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. each day. At dismissal, school buses will pickup.
 
“We know students are working hard to prepare for exams,” adds Roemer, “It’s an important part of our commitment to college and career readiness.” Click here to view exam schedule.
Attend Intermediate School Preview Night
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
 
The Preview Night will include information about intermediate school programming and extra-curricular activities. There will also be an opportunity to meet the staff and tour the building!

Use Skyward to Determine Your Intermediate School Placement
  • Go to > Skyward.
  • At the Main Menu > Click on > Schedule.
  • At the top right of the page, YOUR INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL NAME will be listed next to Available Courses for 2020-2021.
Recreation and Community Services Department Hosts "Big Picture - Youth Basketball Clinic"

On Saturday, January 4, the Recreation and Community Services Department hosted a "Big Picture - Youth Basketball Clinic." 
 
According to Program Manager, Sam Sujecki, “Our clinic featured a presentation by Doug Stampfli, a certified WIAA official. He covered a variety of topics such as trends in youth sports and sport specialization and talked about the importance of creating a growth mindset in athletes.”

“The clinic was a huge success and will become a staple for us as we move forward,” said Sujecki, “We want to provide this type of educational programming to our coaches, parents, and officials.”
The Nurturing Program

The Nuturing Program is a FREE 10-week series serving parents/caregivers and their children in 4K-5th grade. This FREE program strengthens families by improving communication, behavior, self-confidence, trust and respect.

Tuesdays, January 28th- March 31st, 2020
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
District Administration Office - 1205 S. 70th St. 6th Floor

Registration and an enrollment interview for the program must be completed by Thursday, January 23rd, 2020. Click here for more information.
School Board Recognition's

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. At each meeting, the School Board recognizes the many contributions and achievements of staff, students, and members of our school community!

School Closing Due to Severe Weather

Over the winter months we all want to be prepared for severe weather conditions. Please know t he decision to close schools due to snow or extreme cold is a serious and complex one. When we do close schools, we make the decision thoughtfully and as early as possible. 

When schools are closed, all after-school activities are also cancelled for the day.  This includes Recreation (e.g., AM, Action 330, Action 300, Rec classes, Rec sports, etc.) and school activities (clubs, practices, and sporting events).  Read more...
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).

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.

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.
Enrollment and Address Changes
Has your address changed? Visit our Enrollment Center!
1205 South 70th Street - 5th Floor
Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Click here  for enrollment information. Contact the Enrollment Center at enrollment@wawmsd.org  or (414) 604-3014.

NUEVOS CAMBIOS DE INSCRIPCIÓN Y DIRECCIÓN
1205 Sur en la calle 70th - 5to Piso
De Lunes a Viernes: de 7:30 a.m. a 4:30 p.m.

Póngase en contacto con Enrollment Center por correo electrónico enrollment@wawmsd.org o por teléfono (414) 604-3014.
Alphabet Poem

“B” means to behave.
Behave in class.

“B” means to be brave.
Be brave when tough things come your way.

“B” means to become.
Become a better person than you are now.

“B” means to believe.
Believe in yourself no matter what.

By: Margaret, Team Inspire 5th Grade, Hoover Elementary School