District Newsletter
January, 2017
Happy New Year!
Hello - 

I hope you and your family were able to enjoy some extra time together during the holidays and Winter Break, and that you have welcomed 2017 feeling refreshed.

In the spirit of a new year, you likely noticed we're also ushering in a new format for our monthly District Newsletter in an effort to better communicate with you.

Our goal for our District Newsletter is to provide you with important and helpful information that equips you and also helps you engage with the Wauwatosa School District community. 

To do so, we know it it's important to "meet you where you're at" - whether it's your desktop, tablet or mobile phone. In our Parent Perceptions Survey from last spring, 77% of the respondents told us they use a smart phone to communicate.

Our previous format was not mobile or tablet friendly. This new format will allow you to quickly and easily view our newsletters on any device you choose, adapting itself as you go.

If you'd rather not receive our monthly newsletter, you can unsubscribe at any time at the bottom of every email. 

As always, you can also find District News on the main page of our district website - www.wauwatosaschools.org - as well as on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Links to both can be found under "Quick Links" in this letter.

I look forward to all that we'll accomplish in 2017 and thank you for your partnership.


Phil Ertl, Superintendent                                            

East vs. West High School Basketball Games
Saturday, January 7, 2016
Girls - 5:30 p.m., Boys - 7:30 p.m.
West High School Gym

School Board Meeting
Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7 p.m.
District Administration Building, Conference Room C — 12121 W. North Ave.

NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, January 16, 2017

R.A.C.E. Team Meeting
Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Longfellow Middle School Library 
7600 W. North Ave.

Kindergarten Registration 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017,  9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 19, 2017, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Register at all public elementary schools

School Board Meeting
Monday, January 23, 2017 at 7 p.m.
District Administration Building, Conference Room C — 12121 W. North Ave.
Board approves new course for high school students
Students at both East and West High School will soon have another Advanced Placement (AP) class to choose from. The Wauwatosa School Board approved the AP Computer Science Principles class in December.

The AP Computer Science Principles class will be a follow-up to Exploring Computer Science and will use curriculum from code.org, a leader in the field. The core principles of the course include: creativity, abstraction, data and information, algorithms, programming and the Internet. Students will also have the opportunity to gain college credit for the course.

According to the college board, there's at least 130 career areas and 48 college majors that an AP Computer Science Principles Class can be applied to! The class will be offered beginning in the fall of 2017.  
Tosa East Players nominated for 23 Tommy Awards
In case you missed the news we shared on social media, the Tosa East Players were nominated for 23 Tommy Awards for their fall of performance of "The World Goes 'Round"!

The Tommy Awards are intended to encourage, recognize and honor excellence in high school musical theatre. Teams of educators and industry professionals review musical productions at more than 70 high schools in 23 counties in Wisconsin.   
New Digital Music class is a hit with students and Wisconsin School News
Students at both Wauwatosa high schools have had the opportunity to unleash their creativity in a new way during the school day this year. The district's new Digital Music Production class, taught by Mr. Will Ulrich, teaches students how to create music using technology and software, versus traditional performance. In the class, students develop creative and critical thinking skills through digital music compositions in a project-based learning environment.     

Wisconsin School News, a publication by the Wisconsin School Board Association, featured the district's efforts to create opportunities for all students to develop their interest in making music - whether traditional or digital - in its January/February edition. 

You can read the article by clicking on the button below. 
Kindergarten registration for the 2017-18 school year is January 18 & 19

Registration for children in the Wauwatosa School District for four-year-old and five-year-old kindergarten will be held Wednesday, January 18 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Thursday, January 19, from 9 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Parents can register their children during the hours listed above at all district elementary schools.

To register for 4-year-old kindergarten (junior kindergarten), your child(ren) must be 4-years-old on or before September 1, 2017. To register for 5-year-old kindergarten (senior kindergarten), children must be 5-years-old on or before September 1, 2017. You can read more by clicking the button below.    
Deadline for EFW T-shirt design contest is February 3

Do you know an awesomely talented artist who happens to attend Wauwatosa East or West High School?
The EFW is hosting its T-Shirt design contest again and the entry deadline is almost here!

The contest is open only to high school students of the Wauwatosa School District. The winning design will be on all T-shirts worn for the EFW's largest fundraiser, the Walk/Run (more than 2,200 last year). For additional contest criteria, please visit www.tosaefw.org or click on the flyer.

Tosa Tidbits...
Three seniors from Wauwatosa East helped represent Wisconsin  in the nationally televised Rose Parade! Molly Lampone, Mairyn Schoshinski, and Sam Hantzsch marched as part of the Bands of America National Honor Band, which consisted of top musicians from all 50 states.
Join our Parent Email Advisory Group
Thank you to those who've signed up for our Parent Email Advisory Group and shared feedback on a couple of items already!

Open communication and parent input is valued and important to us as we work to make decisions and improvements to best serve our students.

As a result, the district is exploring new ways for parents to engage, who might not otherwise be able to attend meetings or participate as part of a committee. One avenue we're trying is an email advisory group that we will seek feedback from on miscellaneous topics in an email forum. If you’re interested in serving as part of this group, sign up through the button below!
Take a course, save a life!
Did you know that 1 in 5 youth lives with a mental health condition?  A young person you know - a loved one, an athlete you coach, a youth in your neighborhood - could be developing or already experiencing a mental health or substance use problem.  Through Youth Mental Health First Aid training, you can join more than 100 Wauwatosa community members already trained to proactively support our youth!

In this course, you will learn:
-How to identify the difference between typical adolescent development and warning signs
-Risk factors
-Mental health disorders commonly experienced by youth
-How to create and practice an action plan for supporting youth who may be experiencing a mental health challenge
-What community resources are available
The Wauwatosa School District will host a FREE training January 27 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., with additional dates throughout the year. 

To register or for more information and dates, click on the link below.

How's your 3-year-old doing?

Do you have a three year old at home? Do you have a Wauwatosa neighbor or friend with a 3-year-old? We'd love to meet you/them! We're offering our Child Development Screening on January 12. This is a GREAT resource that we offer the community.

During Child Development Screenings, trained experts will interact with parents and children to individually screen each child’s development.
The screening includes the following areas:
 Communication
 Gross Motor and Fine Motor
 Social/Emotional Development
 Pre-Academic Skills

We'd love to partner with you in preparing your child for successful learning now, and in the future. For more information and to register, click on the link below.