District E-Newsletter       January 2018

Happy New Year, Wauwatosa School District Families!

Have you had enough of the arctic chill yet? The recent weather is a good time to remind all families of our procedure for school closings during the winter months.

In general, Wauwatosa Public Schools will not be closed due to weather unless there is a Winter Weather Warning - this may include a Wind Chill Warning, Blizzard Warning, Winter Storm Warning, etc. - determined by the National Weather Service.

We will not cancel school for Winter Storm Advisories. To see how the National Weather Service determines the difference, click HERE.

In the event a Winter Storm Warning is issued, a decision to close school will be made no later than 6 a.m. Our school closing notification procedure is as follows:

  • Parents and staff will receive notification via an automated phone call through BlackBoard, an email notification, and a text alert if a mobile phone is listed in their emergency contact info.

  • Notifications will be posted on our District website - www.wauwatosaschools.org, as well as on our social media pages (Facebook and Twitter).

  • Additionally, this notification will also be shared with local radio stations and the following TV affiliates:
  • CBS 58 WDJT-TV
  • WISN-TV 12
  • WTMJ-TV4

Also, with the winter months please remember to make sure your child is adequately dressed for the weather. In the event of an emergency, we want to make sure every student would be prepared for the elements if they need to leave the building.


Phil Ertl
Wauwatosa School District Events
Your Educational Community News
Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten Registration will be held at all Wauwatosa public elementary schools on Wednesday, January 17, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and Thursday, January 18, from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

STEM and Montessori Lottery Application period opens Feb. 5
Wauwatosa STEM, Underwood STEM Program, Middle School STEM Program, and Wauwatosa Montessori School enrollment is done through lottery only.

Enrollment applications for all four will be accepted from February 5 – 23, 2018.  All applications MUST be submitted to the school or the Student Services Department at the District Office – 12121 W. North Ave. - by 4:00 p.m. on February 23.

For Open House/Tour dates, links to applications, and additional information, click below. (second section of the page)

Long-Range Master Facilities Planning Update
In December, the Facilities Advisory Committee reviewed the feedback and input gathered from the six Community Workshops we hosted in October and November regarding our Long-Range Master Facilities Planning process and the work of the Committee.

Read the Community Workshop highlights HERE.

Next Steps:
The Committee and District will gather a second round of broad community input from staff, parents, and residents with a community-wide survey mailed to households later this spring (likely in April).

In the meantime, the Committee will spend its upcoming meetings over the next months drilling deeper into potential options, using the feedback gathered so far, for a Long-Range Master Facilities Plan for the District.

Information Resources:

Additional information about the process can be found on our District website -www.wauwatosaschools.org - under the "Community" tab in the main navigation bar. Look for "Master Facilities Planning".
Student Survey from School Perceptions
In our effort to continually improve students' experience and opportunities in the Wauwatosa School District, we are adding to the reach of our annual School Perceptions Survey.

This year, students in grades 5-12 will receive an online survey via their school district email address, asking them to provide feedback from their perspective. The student survey will be administered on January 22 during class.

We have again hired School Perceptions - an independent educational research firm - to conduct the survey and ensure all responses remain anonymous.

Look Ahead: School Perceptions will be sending out the Parent Survey at the beginning of May. More information will be provided closer to that time.
Your Educational Community
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