In THIS VIDEO, Principal Beth Kaminski shares information about:


Move to Temporary Distance Learning 12.21 and 12.22

Celebrate Safely to Slow the COVID Spread

3rd Term Learning Environment Change Requests

...and more!
We are temporarily moving all F2F students to distance learning for Monday December 21 and Tuesday December 22. These are regular school days and ALL students will be engaged in distance learning.

Please carefully review the distance learning expectations in the button below. Since we were recently in this format, I am hopeful that all of our students have a great understanding of the format and the expectations moving forward.

Please be sure that when students leave on Friday, December 18th they leave with the materials needed to support their full engagement on the 21st and 22nd.
A link to a change request form will be shared via Infinite Campus January 4 and requests will be open through January 10. 

If you plan to make a change, please consider the impact a potential quarantine might have on your family in the coming quarter/term and select the correct environment. Due to staffing needs and configurations:

  1. Changes at the elementary level will likely cause reassignment of your child’s teacher and class configuration, regardless of your family's decision. In addition, changes in either direction will not be honored after January 10.
  2. KM will not be able to honor changes at the middle and high school levels from distance learning to face-to-face learning after January 10. 
  3. At the high-school level, selecting distance learning may alter your student’s term three course selections.
  4. The final opportunity to request a change will occur before the start of term four, which begins on March 30.

NOTE: This change request form is only necessary if you want to change your environment for the third quarter/term, which begins January 26.
DECEMBER
  • Wednesday, December 23 through Friday, January 1: NO SCHOOL - Holiday Break!

JANUARY
  • Monday, January 4: School Resumes
  • Monday, January 18: NO SCHOOL - Professional Development
  • Monday, January 25: NO SCHOOL - Professional Development
In this issue of our Counseling News, you will find information about:
  • Junior Post High School Planning Night
  • WCTC Dual Enrollment Academy Information Session
  • Xello: Academic and Career Planning tool
GLOBAL STUDENTS USE DESIGN THINKING TO HELP HABITAT FOR HUMANITY!
For the Introduction to Global Leadership seminar, freshmen in KM Global spent the last few weeks engaging in the design-thinking process.

Through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity, students learned about the organization and their short-term and long-term needs. Students then developed prototypes of products and services that could help Habitat for Humanity.

Specifically, students looked at how to:
  • get teens engaged in the organization
  • help ensure recurring donations and volunteers
  • change misperceptions
  • fundraise during Covid
  • address the long-term concerns of affordable housing and financial education

On Tuesday, December 8, virtual and face-to-face students worked together to present to our special guest, Kelly Gerlach, Development Manager for Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County, who also met with students virtually throughout the project.
AP U.S. HISTORY STUDENTS EMBRACE A HISTORICAL CHALLENGE
Students in AP United States History held an Antebellum Round Table (Socratic Seminar). 

Students represented historical figures that fought for social reform prior to the Civil War.

Their teacher, Mrs. Piper was very impressed with the number of students who put out maximum effort and embraced the historical challenge. 
ARE VIDEO GAMES ART?
In Game Design students are learning about the aesthetics of video games.

Using the online 3D modeling software program they are creating buildings for their future video games. They will, in unity, create a 3D world that players run around in that will include these models!

Merriam-Webster includes this in their definition of art "the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects." Your conclusion? Are video games art?
THE RETAIL AND PRODUCT DESIGN CLASS IS BUSY WITH HOLIDAY ORDERS!
Retail and Product design is getting orders for Chick-Fil-A in Delafield and At Home Organics in Dousman out the door for the Holidays!

They were busy getting student designed Holiday merchandise on the Laser Locker for shoppers!
ART CLASS HOLIDAY HELPERS ARE SPREADING HOLIDAY CHEER TO 3 PILLARS!
Mrs. Yaeger’s and Mr. Keefe’s Drawing From Life, Sculpture, and 2D Pathways classes created cards and pins for residents at 3 Pillars in Dousman, WI. 

The students hope to lift the spirits of many of the residents who are unable to see their loved ones. The kindness and creativity of our students is wonderful to see. Seniors Alex R. and Amanda V. helped prep and make the pins. Lisa C. kindly offered to deliver all artwork to 3 Pillars in time for the holidays.
Students in the Ceramics program donated ceramic pieces to residents at the Three Pillars Senior Living Community.

A wide variety of pieces were included that residents would have the opportunity to select something they would like. Students built the pieces by hand or on the wheel and then glazed them.
Ol’ man winter is knocking on our door! Please encourage your students to leave early on wintry days so they arrive on time, and safely, all the time!

Students that arrive late without parents indicating late arrival through the infinite campus portal will be marked tardy unexcused.

To create a full day absence, arrive late, or leave early request simply logon to Infinite Campus, select "More" and complete the "Absence Request" form. Once a leave early request is processed, students will be notified of their approved leave and asked to show their teacher the email when they leave and go to the front office attendance window to scan out. Please allow 1 hour for any full day or leave early requests.
LASER LOCKER IS OPEN
FOR HOLIDAY BUSINESS!
'Tis the season to start checking off those gift lists and there's no better way than stocking up with school pride at the Laser Locker!

Orders of on-hand items will be available for pick-up in the main office at KMHS campus within one school day!
FREE LUNCH PROGRAM
Whether face-to-face or distance learning for any length of time, families are encouraged to take advantage of the free lunch program. Click the button below for more info and to sign up today.
UPDATED 2020-2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR
We are now well into the 2020-21 school year and we continue to learn. There is additional burden on our staff when operating within the uncertainty of COVID, supporting both F2F and distance learning and the learners who switch between environments. We are proud of the phenomenal job they have done to this point, but realize they need more support.

The KM Board of Education approved modification of the 2020-21 calendar to increase scheduled professional days in support of our educators, in lieu of banked days for inclement weather. The reason for banked “snow days” no longer exists in the same manner as before. When severe weather occurs, the district will close buildings, but at-home learning will continue. Students will be expected to engage in their scheduled classes from their homes, under the instruction of their teachers.

These additional days, formerly "snow days," will now be utilized as much-needed support for our staff for engaging in professional development, developing digital content, record keeping, conferencing, and collaborating with colleagues around instructional practice.
Face coverings, in combination with other mitigation measures, have served the Kettle Moraine School District well in the first month of school and are proven to greatly reduce the spread and effects of COVID-19.

The district is in regular communication with Waukesha County Public Health, who strongly recommends face coverings in schools. This recommendation aligns with CDC and State Health Dept guidelines. Our district face-covering requirement is in place for the entire 2020-21 school year, regardless of the governor’s current or future orders. 
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