Underwood and Lincoln Break Ground on New Schools
Students and staff dug the first ceremonial dirt during a celebratory groundbreaking for Underwood Elementary School on June 7 and during a Construction Kick-Off at Lincoln on May 10. A public ribbon cutting and Open House for the community will be held next summer/fall for both schools once construction is complete.
Lincoln Elementary Design & Approval Update
Close up of Main Entrance - Underwood Ave. (Preliminary Design)
The City of Wauwatosa Design Review Board approved the building design of the new Lincoln Elementary School, with a few landscaping conditions, during its meeting on Thursday, June 6. There were no significant changes to the building design, though the renderings are more refined. As part of the process for obtaining a building permit, the project was also approved by the Plan Commission on June 10 the Wauwatosa Common Council on Tuesday, June 18.

Contractors are currently in the process of deconstructing the south portion (1950s wing) of the building (pictured below). Above ground construction is anticipated to begin in late July. A monthly construction update will be posted at www.wauwatosaschools.org/constructionupdates at the end of each month.
McKinley & Wilson/WSTEM Design Update
The District hosted its third Neighborhood Design Visioning Session for the new McKinley and Wilson/WSTEM Schools in May. The District's architects will use the information gathered to develop a preliminary exterior drawing.

Below is a tentative timeline for Next Steps:
  • Late July or August 2019 - Schematic Design (first of three design phases and includes exterior renderings and programming of the space) presented to the Wauwatosa School Board for review and feedback.
  • Early September 2019 -- Schematic Design presented to City of Wauwatosa Design Review Board for feedback (not approval)
  • Tentatively Mid-Late September 2019 -- Schematic Design Community Feedback Session with neighbors **specific dates will be provided once finalized this summer
  • Fall 2019 -- City of Wauwatosa Design Review Board for approval.
  • Fall 2019 -- Wauwatosa Plan Commission and Wauwatosa Common Council for approvals for building permits
Board to take action on 2019-2020 proposed District budget
The Wauwatosa School District’s budget proposal for the 2019-2020 school year includes a continued focus on equity and efforts to address an increasing need for mental health support in schools. John Mack, Director of Business Services, presented the proposal to the Wauwatosa School Board during its meeting and public hearing on Monday, June 10th. The Board will take action on the proposed District budget during its meeting on June 24 at 7 p.m.

Congratulations, Class of 2019!
On Sunday, June 9, East and West High Schools celebrated the Class of 2019 with each school's commencement ceremony. A combined 498 students graduated this year from both both high schools. Congratulations, to the Class of 2019 graduates! We are #tosaproud !

Wauwatosa School Board Approves East High School Activity Field Improvements
Wauwatosa East High School will have a new and improved activity field with lighting beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.
The Wauwatosa School Board unanimously approved the proposal to replace the field with artificial turf and add four LED Musco lights during its meeting on Monday, May 20. The Board decision followed months of planning, analysis and significant community feedback. The field is in need of replacement due to safety concerns. Old home foundations beneath the soil are shifting, creating sinking and "hilling", making for hazardous playing conditions.

Reconfiguration and resurfacing of the parking lot and loading dock area will be done at the same time. Construction has begun and is expected to be completed by the end of the summer.

Summer School Starts Monday, June 24
Summer School 2019 starts on Monday, June 24th. As a reminder, please plan extra time if you need to come into the building. Al l visitors over the age of 18 will need to provide their driver’s license or a government-issued picture ID to enter any of the schools, as is standard during the school year, as part of the District's safety and security measures. The ID is scanned through our security screening system that has been in place across the District since 2013 and has the ability to alert our staff of people who may jeopardize the safety of the school and its occupants.
Summer Reading Can Help Prevent the Summer Slide
With summer here, we want to work together to prevent the summer slide . There are many ways your children can keep reading over the long vacation and they can even earn some prizes and free books along the way! Our Elementary Library Coordinator has rounded up info on several summer reading programs students can participate in that are free of charge! 

WSD Students Compete in Destination Imagination Global Finals
Seven teams of students from the Wauwatosa School District competed in the 20 th Annual Destination Imagination Global Finals held in Kansas City, Missouri from May 22-25, 2019.

Students from Longfellow Middle School’s team, “You’re in Trouble”, took second place in the middle level Fine Arts challenge while the “Smooth Criminals” from Wauwatosa East High School took third place in the secondary level Fine Arts challenge.

Other Tosa teams that competed at the Global Finals include:

  • The STEMipedes (Whitman & Longfellow) -- Service Learning challenge, middle level
  • Sir Dumpster and Co-op (East)--Service Learning challenge, secondary level
  • Loading... (Lincoln)--Technical challenge, elementary level
  • Still Thinking (East)-- Improvisational challenge, secondary level
  • Oh Oh Oh, We're Magic (Longfellow)-- Service Learning challenge, middle level

Destination Imagination is an international program that fosters creativity and teamwork while incorporating STEM, the arts, and service learning. More than 8,000 students from 15 countries competed this year.
Longfellow students selected for Middle-Level State Music Honors
Congratulations to Longfellow Middle School students Elliot Richer and Richie Nickel who were accepted into the Wisconsin Middle Level State Honors orchestra! Thousands of students audition each year, and very few are accepted. Middle-Level Honors is a state-run group made up of the best middle school orchestra students in the state. The group will perform in October in Madison. We’re #tosaproud!
WSD Student Artwork on Display at Wisconsin State Fair
The artwork of several Wauwatosa School District students will be on display at the 2019 Wisconsin State Fair. The students are among the award winners for this year’s Young People’s Art Exhibit hosted August 1-11 in the Expo Center lobby.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Performs at East High School
Wauwatosa East High School’s Dale K. Hidde Theatre hosted the full Milwaukee Symphony
Orchestra on Sunday, June 16th for a free performance.

The performance was part of Symphony in the Neighborhood,the Milwaukee Orchestra’s 10-day residency program. 
Lincoln Elementary Celebrating Centennial This Year
Wauwatosa's Lincoln Elementary School, built in 1919, will celebrate its Centennial this fall and the school's Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) invites former families and staff of the school to join in the celebration. 

The PTO will host a special evening at the Harley-Davidson Museum on October 11.

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