Learning that Works

Since Tuesday, March 17, 2020, our students and their families have been connecting with their teachers in a brand new way. To facilitate online learning, teachers have created some amazing resources for our families and have quickly learned how to use Zoom and Google Apps to connect to learners each day. Although many families have computer devices at home, some did not. We made sure everyone that needed technology was able to get it. Teachers are using new and creative strategies to engage learners and maintain positive relationships during this unprecedented time. Everyone is working together to make learning a priority!
District Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week with Help from PTA

When State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor proclaimed the week of May 4-8, 2020, as Teacher Appreciation Week in Wisconsin, she noted her gratitude to teachers, especially during the temporary statewide school building closures due to COVID-19.

Throughout the week, our schools celebrated teachers in a variety of ways. First, teachers received thank you card (above) to post in their window. Next, the PTA helped students and parents send virtual appreciation “gifts” throughout the week. Finally, school leaders recognized teachers with cards, videos, and Zoom meet-ups. Read more...
Sodexo Helps Feed Families During School Closure

Free, healthy grab and go meals will be provided to any child 18 years and younger from Monday - Friday while schools are closed. See locations HERE . Drive through or walk up service is available as food pick-up is considered an essential activity. Children do not need to be enrolled in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District or live in the communities we serve to be eligible. Any child or adult with a child in need of meals is welcome. 

West Allis Central High School and Nathan Hale High School Paint the Wall - Together!
 
In April, teachers from both Central High School and Nathan Hale High School joined together to “paint the wall” at 8516 West Lincoln Avenue, West Allis.

Over the years, “the wall” has been a fan favorite at Central High School. It is used to promote special events and recognize students for outstanding achievements.  

For the first time ever, both high schools came together to pay tribute to the Class of 2020. Read the Journal Sentinal article here .
Employee Recognition 2020

We would like to thank these employees for their years of service to our schools. We would also like to recognize our retirees. Our success would not be possible without the dedication of these staff members. We are deeply grateful for all they have done on behalf of our children.
The Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators Host Gala to Honor Teachers

The following teachers were nominated by their principals to be honored at the 15th-annual Virtual Teacher Recognition Gala sponsored by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators (MMABSE). MMABSE recognizes exemplary educators who teach from the heart and make the “impossible” possible for all students.

Click here for a list of honorees.
Teacher Appreciation at Jefferson Elementary

At Jefferson Elementary School, the "Bears" are making sure their teachers feel loved and appreciated all week.

“I reached out to them and I said shhh, its a surprise, you can’t tell your teachers that we’re requesting this because we want to show them we appreciate them for teacher appreciation week," said Jefferson Elementary Principal Quiana Polk. Students sent a heartfelt greeting to their beloved teachers, with the help of their parents and principal. Read more...
Sodexo Features Recipe Created by Irving Elementary School’s Josslyn Welsh 

Each year after the Sodexo Future Chef Competition ends, the company Chefs pour over the recipes submitted by participants. After reviewing thousands of recipes, Sodexo selected a creation submitted by Irving Elementary School student, Josslyn Welsh, to be part of its winter promotional series.

While Welsh did not win the competition, her recipe is now featured in the “cookbook” that will be in Sodexo-run school kitchens in the coming year. She is the first student from our district to have a recipe featured in this way. Read more...
#BeTheLight
A few weeks ago, the West Allis Athletic Complex was fully lit in recognition of our student-athletes -- especially seniors. We are thinking of you! Watch a special video for 2020 student-athletes. Read more...
Shared Journeys Hosts Mother’s Day Caravan

This year, Mother’s Day was going to be like none other so a group of Shared Journeys staff traveled to surprise the young mothers that are part of the program. According to program facilitator, Lisa Colla, the governing board, advisory board members, therapy dog Koda, and pet owner, Beth Giacobassi (from Pets Helping People) set up a caravan to make a special visit to students.   

“We did a Mother’s Day caravan and dropped off a care package on the porch,” explained Colla. “Seniors were also given their Shared Journey graduation yard sign and a charm for their cap. For many of these moms, it was their first Mother’s Day. It was bittersweet they had to spend it at home.” Read more...
Little Free Library Helps Make Connections 
 
In April, Ben and Chris Jimenez rebuilt their Little Free Library on South 58th Street between Greenfield Avenue and Lapham Street. 

“We know that Ben loves to read and we all wanted to share with others,” said his mom, Daysi Jimenez. “The library was built to help and encourage Ben to make connections with other kids in the neighborhood. Ben has a passion for reading, and they want him to share his love of reading with others.”

“The Little Free Library is a good alternative for people with sensory needs like Ben. We are really proud of the boys for working so hard on this project.”
High School Spring Sports Update

After the WIAA provided guidance regarding high school spring sports, the Greater Metro Conference and Woodland Conference met and came away with similar takeaways moving forward. Neither conference will provide a conference schedule of games to be played, recognize a Spring Sport Champion, or have any type of a Spring Sport recognition. Read more...

High School Summer Camps Cancelled

Due to a state of uncertainty and out of a deep concern for the physical health of our student-athletes and coaches, we are cancelling our 2020 Summer Camps. All payments will be refunded to participants. 
Action Staff Uses Time for Improvement 

The success of Before and After School programs (Action 330 and Action 300) has always been related to its hard working staff members. Each day they give their all to the students and their families to ensure that each student can learn and grow through structured play in a safe, fun, inclusive, and caring environment. 

“Action staff set a goal to come out of the “Safer at Home” period professionally better than they were before. Each day they take another step towards providing a higher quality program for our students and their families. We can't wait to get back to Action Programs in the 2020-2021 school year and to showcase all that we've learned.” explains Bobby Foreman, Program Manager. Read more...
Nathan Hale Staff Video
The staff at Nathan Hale High School wanted students to know that although we're navigating a new normal, one thing stays the same: they miss their students and they're thinking of them!
Help Desk Information
For assistance with school-issued technology or online learning click here .
School Playgrounds Closed
Due to COVID-19, all West Allis-West Milwaukee School District playgrounds are closed until further notice.
Enrollment Center
Until further notice, the Enrollment Center of the West Allis-West Milwaukee School district will be conducting business electronically rather than on an in-person basis. Since the physical Enrollment Center will be closed, you can contact staff via telephone (414) 604-3014 or by clicking here and leaving the required information. Enrollment Center Staff will then get back to you regarding your student’s new enrollment, change of address or withdrawal from school. New Enrollment information can be collected but the enrollment cannot be completed until the state and district reopen its schools. Students should remain enrolled and engaged with their current school district until West Allis-West Milwaukee Schools reopen at which time the new student enrollment can be completed.
Back to School Dates 2020-2021
Click here for important back to school dates for the 2020-2021 school year.
Skyward Student Information System
Skyward is the tool that helps parents view student schedules, attendance, and grade reports while logged in on any personal device! We ask that parents access Skyward to track their child’s progress in school (we only print paper records upon request).

It also allows for increased communication with teachers. It is very important that parents maintain accurate telephone numbers and email addresses on Skyward.

Help for Skyward:
  • Click here for Skyward Directions.
  • Click here for a complete menu of online tutorials or click “Tutorials” on the Skyward link.
  • Call your School Main Office with questions regarding logins and passwords.