Finishing Strong

It is somewhat hard to believe we are down to our final weeks of the 2017-2018 school year.

I encourage us all to stay engaged and focused during this next month and help our students finish the year strong and on a high note. A great quote from Ralph Marston sums up how we need to approach the final weeks of school, “ Start strong, stay strong, and finish strong by always remembering why you’re doing it in the first place."

And, as you do plan for the next school year, a reminder that our 2018-2019 school year calendar was approved late last year and can be found HERE or anytime on the District website. www.wauwatosaschools.org under "Quick Links".

Lastly, I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to participate in our District facilities planning survey that was mailed out to all community residents. Your input is so important and will help us plan for the future of education in Wauwatosa over the next several decades.

Sincerely,

Phil Ertl
Superintendent

WAUWATOSA SCHOOL DISTRICT EVENTS
May
5/5 -- EFW Walk Run
5/7 -- School Board Meeting; 7-9 p.m., Fisher Administration Bldg. Conf. Rm C
5/9 -- Bike to School Day
5/14 -- Special Education Parent Network Meeting; 6:30-8 p.m. Fisher Administration Bldg. Conf. Rm A
5/21 -- School Board Meeting; 7-9 p.m., Fisher Administration Bldg. Conf. Rm C
5/25 - NO CLASSES JK-12
5/28 -- Memorial Day; NO CLASSES JK-12

June
6/3 -- West Commencement; Noon, West Athletic Stadium
6/3 -- East Commencement; 2 p.m., East High School
6/8 -- Last Day of Classes
DISTRICT NEWS
Upcoming Deadlines
  • Do you know an outstanding Wauwatosa School District employee that should be recognized for going above and beyond? Nominate them for a Distinguished Service Award! The Deadline is May 11. Nomination Form & Information

  • Reminder: The deadline to complete the community-wide facilities planning survey for our long-range master facilities planning process is May 15. The survey was mailed to all Wauwatosa homes.
District Legislative Advocacy Committee accepting applications
Do you have a passion for our public schools and advocating for what is in the best interest of our students in the Wauwatosa School District?

Consider applying for the Legislative Advocacy Committee.

Two school board members and three community members will be appointed annually by the school board president to inform and represent the Wauwatosa School Board on matters of local, state, and national concern.

The Legislative Advocacy Committee will receive direction from the Board on pending legislative matters during board meetings.

The term of Legislative Advocacy service is one year, from May through April.

Interested community members or parents should contact Connie Galante at 414-773-1010 or email.

Learn more about the Legislative Advocacy Committee HERE.
Retiring and 25-year employees honored
On Monday, April 23rd, we celebrated the lifeline of our organization; our employees.

We recognized eight employees who have dedicated 25 years of their careers in education to the Wauwatosa School District and 22 employees who will retire this spring.

It was a great time to celebrate the work accomplished, the lives impacted, and the people we are proud to be in partnership with in educating Wauwatosa's youth!

Whitman Middle School welcomes new principal for 2018-2019 School Year
Congratulations to Mr. Clint Grochowski who has been named the new principal for Whitman Middle School beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.

Mr. Grochowski will take over following the retirement of Mr. Jeff Keranen this year.

Mr. Keranen has been a staple in the District for 27 years and we are so thankful for his many years of service to our students.

Mr. Grochowski has served as an associate principal at Wauwatosa West High School for the past six years and prior to that, he taught middle and high school students in the New Berlin School District for over 11 years. He has a deep understanding of working with students in this age group and we are excited to have that experience. Additionally, Mr. Grochowski is currently serving as interim associate principal at Whitman after Mr. Kellerman left earlier this year to pursue a new venture outside of education.

Mr. Grochowski said he looks forward to continuing the tradition of excellence that exists at Whitman and serving as a bridge between the elementary schools and high school for our families on the Westside. His familiarity with the high school and relationships with administrators at these schools will serve the current and future families and students of Whitman well.

We are currently in the process of hiring for the associate principal position at West and Whitman.
THE TRENDIEST TOSA TIDBITS
Wauwatosa West High School APPSE team finishes in Top 10 of 2018 We the People National Finals; East named Best Non-Finalist Team in the Region
Students from both Wauwatosa public high schools earned a national award in the 2018 We the People: The Citizen and Constitution National Finals in Washington D.C. this week.
 
Wauwatosa West’s American Public Policy Special Emphasis (APPSE) team finished in the Top 10 after advancing to the final round of the competition, which took place in hearing rooms on Capitol Hill on Monday, April 30.
 
"The kids were performing in the House of Representative's Budget Committee Hearing room filled with beautiful pictures, chandeliers, leather seats and microphones just like you see on C-Span," said Chad Mateske, the team's coach, and teacher. "They held their own in high-level discussions with State Supreme Court Justices, Law professors from the likes of Clemson and Columbia, and Legislative assistants of Congress."
 
Wauwatosa East High School’s APPSE team also competed in the National Finals for the third time in four years and received the award for Best Non-Finalist Team for the Central States Region. #tosaproud

East High School club chess team competes in national tournament
In a game that involves skill, critical thinking and strategy, Wauwatosa East High School students proved they can compete with some of the best in the country.
 
A team of eight students from Wauwatosa East’s club chess team participated in the U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) National High School (K-12) Chess Championship April 27-29 and placed 15th out of 80 teams! In total, 462 students competed in their division. #tosaproud

Wauwatosa students take top spot in state-wide German competition
On Thursday, April 26, 26 students from Wauwatosa East High School and Longfellow Middle School participated in German Day at UW-Madison and finished in first place.

Students competed against 39 other high schools in spelling, play acting, poetry, dictionary, charades, poster creation, meme creation, and musical performances.

Nearly 600 students from across the state competed in the annual event.

Ms. Tuinstra said this was their best performance in 22 years at the competition! #tosaproud
Wauwatosa students' artwork on display at Wisconsin State Fair in August
Visitors from across the state will be able to view Wauwatosa students’ artwork at the Wisconsin State Fair this summer.
 
Students from East High School, West High School, and Longfellow Middle School will have their artwork on display at the 2018 Young People’s Art Exhibit in the Expo Center Lobby, August 2-12. This year’s exhibit features over 360 student drawings, pictures, and paintings.

(Pictured: West High School student Olivia Casper's Best of Show charcoal drawing.)

Recreation Department hosting clothing drive & textile recycling May 12
The Wauwatosa Recreation Department is hosting a clothing and textile drive Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Bring your gently used clothing for donation and textiles that you'd like to recycle to the Recreation Department parking lot (east side of Fisher Building) and keep them out of the landfill!

To read more about what items they are accepting, click HERE.
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