March District Newsletter

Can you believe in a little over three short months we'll be wrapping up the 2016-17 school year? As I look ahead, I am very excited about an additional learning opportunity for our district families beginning this fall.

A s we announced earlier this week, the Wauwatosa School Board has approved plans to add a second elementary STEM program in the district, this time at Underwood Elementary. The program, which will begin in the 2017-18 school year, will be known as USTEM. The curriculum will be modeled off of what students and staff have at Wauwatosa STEM (WSTEM).  One distinction between the two is USTEM will be a program within Underwood, with an advisory board, versus a charter school, as WSTEM is.

In a recent news release, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) noted:
  •  Wisconsin’s 2016 public school graduates took 21,863 STEM AP exams, an increase of more than 1,100 from the previous year.
  • Five of the 10 most popular AP exams in Wisconsin are in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics): Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Physics 1: Algebra-Based, and Statistics.
This is yet another affirmation of our efforts as a district when it comes to STEM classes and programs and our pursuit of offering you options to personalize your child's educational path. 

If you're interested in learning more about USTEM, be sure to read below for details including upcoming informational sessions.


Phil Ertl

Your Educational Community News
USTEM Informational Sessions
There is still time to sign up for informational sessions about the USTEM program! The first session is tonight, Monday, March 6th.

These sessions for the STEM program at Underwood will be held at WSTEM to allow parents to view an existing elementary STEM program.

The informational sessions will be:

Where: WSTEM, 1060 Glenview Avenue

Who: Any interested Wauwatosa School District family

In an effort to broaden the STEM opportunities for students in the district, there will be a lottery for entrance into the USTEM program. This means students do not need to be an existing student at Underwood. 

To help us plan for these evenings, please sign up HERE to attend an informational session.

Questions? Read more here.
Longfellow Middle School's next principal named
Seth Larson has been appointed to be principal of Longfellow Middle School, beginning in the 2017-18 School Year.

Mr. Larson has spent the past two years at Longfellow as associate principal to Mr. Carter.  Mr. Larson's experience will be a great asset as the school continues to build upon the incredible school culture that has been established under Mr. Carter’s leadership.

Mr. Carter will take on his new role as director of secondary education for the district, next school year.
 Summer 2017 Activity Guide arriving soon

The Wauwatosa Recreation Department's Summer Activity Guide, which includes summer school, will be in the mail and on the department's website ( Tuesday, March 14th.

For information about the registration process, including high-demand class registration, click below. 

Registration Info

Tosa Tots offers early childhood learning opportunity

Are you looking for an educational opportunity for your three-year-old or do you know someone who is? Consider the Tosa Tots program offered through the Wauwatosa Recreation Department! 

Tosa Tots is offered from 8:30 -10:45 a.m.MondayTuesdayThursday and Friday at Jefferson and Underwood Elementary Schools. 

The program is aligned with the state’s model of early learning standards to address the academic, social, emotional, motor and language development of preschool-aged children. Additionally, it’s an inclusive program that is staffed with early childhood teachers.

Registration for the 2017-18 school year begins March 14th. Information will be in the Summer Activity Guide at

EFW Walk/Run registration now open

Have you registered for this year's EFW Walk/Run that will take place in May? Participants will wear a shirt designed by Wauwatosa West freshman Abigail Schiller.

Schiller won the EFW's t-shirt design contest. Her design, pictured here, will be printed on event posters, yard signs and over 2,200 shirts!

The 2017 EFW Walk/Run will be held on Saturday, May 6th at the Milwaukee County Zoo with an 8:15 a.m. warm-up and 8:30 a.m. race start time.

Register for the Walk/Run

Save the Date
Longfellow Multicultural Fair
Wednesday, March 22
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Longfellow Middle School
7600 W. North Ave.
Come celebrate and learn while you're at it! Live performances at 6:15 and 7:15.

School Board Meeting
Monday, March 13 & Monday, March 27
District Administration Office - Conference Rm C
12121 W. North Ave.

Agendas are posted the Friday prior to each meeting. They can be found at the link below, once posted.
The Trendiest Tosa Tidbits
Wauwatosa West senior honored 

WISN Channel 12 News recently featured Wauwatosa West senior Michael Green as a recipient at the 32nd Annual Black Excellence Awards. 

Green was recognized at the awards ceremony on February 24th and received the Louvenia Johnson Scholarship. Congrats to Michael!

Watch Here
West's Danny Larson wins two state swimming titles
Wauwatosa West senior Danny Larson closed out his high school swimming career winning two state titles. He'll go on to swim collegiately at the University of Pacific this fall.
Photo cred: Peter Zuzga, Now Media Group
Students represent Wauwatosa School District in regional spelling bee

Ronan Piontek, a Whitman Middle School seventh-grader, placed 3rd at the Cesa #1 Regional Spelling Bee. Additionally, Charlie Meisinger, a Roosevelt Elementary fifth-grader, placed 6th and Wauwatosa Montessori sixth-grader, Gillian Frey, took 18th place!

Tosa wrestlers compete at state tournament 

Congrats to East High School freshmen Dayton Lewis, West High School junior Cole Acker, and West High School junior Lawrence Thomas on competing at the state wrestling tournament.

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