Dear Wauwatosa School District Families -

As a reminder, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, residents of Wauwatosa will vote on the Wauwatosa School District facilities referendum.

Most voters will find the District's referendum question on the BACK side of their ballot. Remember to flip the ballot!

How Did the District Inform the Community?
As part of its obligation to inform all Wauwatosa residents of the facts of the referendum, the District presented to numerous PTA/PTO groups, Wauwatosa Common Council members, Chamber members, at the Senior Center, and other community meetings throughout September and October. All Wauwatosa residents also received three informational mailed pieces from the District.

Additionally, the District hosted two Referendum Open House nights, which were promoted via the mailed information as well as via other District communication channels. Approximately 200 people attended to learn and ask questions of the resource team about design and construction, cost and tax impact, and general overview questions.

How Can I Learn More?

Make a decision informed by the facts.
Your vote matters!
WAUWATOSA SCHOOL DISTRICT EVENTS
NOVEMBER
11/12 - School Board Meeting , 7 p.m., Fisher Administration Bldg. 12121 W. North Ave. Rm C
11/13 - High School Evening Conferences , 4:30-8:00 p.m.
11/14 - Raising Achievement & Cultural Excellence Meeting , 6:00-7:00 p.m., Fisher Administration Bldg. 12121 W. North Ave. Rm A
11/15 Middle School Evening Conferences , 4:30-8:00 p.m.
11/9 - West High School Fall Theatre Show Opening Night, 7:00 p.m.
11/21-11/26 -- NO CLASSEs; Thanksgiving & Professional Learning

DISTRICT NEWS
WAUWATOSA SCHOOL BOARD SWEARS IN FIRST-EVER STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARD
For the first time in its history, the Wauwatosa School Board has added non-voting student representatives to the school board as part of its effort to increase student voice in the decision-making process. 

Four students – two from each high school – took their official oath during the Wauwatosa School Board meeting on Monday, October 8 and will hold their seats for one year. 

INNOVATION SPECIALIST TO HELP BRIDGE CLASSROOM LESSONS TO REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE
As part of the Wauwatosa School District’s work to make sure students are both college and career ready, the District has created a new role of Innovation Specialist this school year.
 
In this new position, Mrs. Tina Koch will lead the District’s efforts to provide career-based learning opportunities for students as part of the Academic and Career Planning process the District as implemented. Mrs. Koch is a former STEM teacher at Longfellow Middle School.
 
Academic and Career Planning (ACP) is a student-driven, adult-supported process in which students create and cultivate their own unique and information-based visions for post-secondary success, obtained through self-exploration, career exploration, and the development of career management and planning skills throughout the content areas.
 
In her role, Mrs. Koch will work to build partnerships with community businesses and economic development organizations to provide students a growing base of hands-on opportunities to learn about careers they are interested in.
 
Why is Academic and Career Planning important?
 
Our world is changing at a rapid pace and we need to create a system where students are able to compete and thrive in the global society. To be future ready means students will:
 
  • Articulate how their talents and interests connect to a variety of future opportunities.
  • Prepare a personal plan for goal attainment and refine, when needed, based on individual experiences.
  • Effectively be able to navigate both the world of post-secondary education and employment to successfully transition to adulthood.
  • Possess confidence and demonstrate proficiency mastery of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions based on their goals.
 
Learn more about Academic and Career Planning HERE.

Have questions about Academic and Career Planning? Drop Mrs. Koch an email.
WAUWATOSA SCHOOL DISTRICT SENIORS SELECTED AS SEMIFINALISTS FOR 2019 NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS
Three Wauwatosa School District students are among approximately 16,000 students nationwide named as Semifinalists in the 64 th  annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The Semifinalists represent less than the top one percent of U.S. high school seniors who tested for the program.
 
Austin Witte of Wauwatosa East High School, Bradley Nowacek and Amish Verma, both of Wauwatosa West High School , will have the opportunity to compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.
 
To advance to the Finalist level of the competition, Semifinalists must submit an application detailing their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and honors received. The semifinalists must also write an essay and be recommended by a high school official.
 
Finalists will be notified in February 2019. Scholarship winners will be selected from the Finalists with winners announced via four nationwide news releases beginning in April of 2019 through July 2019.
 
Over 1.6 million high school juniors entered the competition by taking the 2018 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
 
For more information on the National Merit Scholarship Program, click  HERE.
WEST HIGH SCHOOL BAND HOSTING INSTRUMENT DRIVE TO HELP STUDENTS IN PUERTO RICO
The Wauwatosa West High School Band hopes to bring the sound of music back to schools in Puerto Rico and they need your help!
 
The band is collecting used instruments to donate to music students in Puerto Rico who are in desperate need of uniforms, instruments, supplies, and printed music. The nation is still reeling from devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in September of 2017.
 
Instruments for donation can be dropped off Monday-Friday between 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Wauwatosa West High School Attendance Office, 11400 W. Center Street.
 
Community members unable to drop off their donation can call (414) 773-3163 (please leave a message) or email kammergu@wawatosa.k12.wi.us to arrange for pick up. A local music store has generously volunteered to repair for free any instrument that is donated to the cause.

MAYFAIR ROTARY DONATES TREES TO DISTRICT AS PART OF NATIONAL CALL TO ACTION
The property surrounding Wauwatosa West High School has 15 new trees thanks to a generous donation from the Mayfair Rotary Club in response to a national call to action. 

Rotary International President H.S. Riseley challenged every Rotary club across the country to make a difference in their communities by planting a tree for each of its members.

Members of the Mayfair Rotary, Hoppe Tree Service, and buildings and ground staff of the Wauwatosa School District planted the trees on the property of West High School on Saturday, October 20th. 

Hoppe Tree Service also donated its time and resources for the planting. #tosaproud
GERMAN-AMERICAN PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM PROVIDES INTERACTIVE, REAL WORLD LEARNING
Wauwatosa students, staff, and families wrapped up another successful German-American Partnership Program this fall, hosting 20 students and two chaperones from Fulda, Germany September 23-October 7.
During their visit, the students enjoyed an outing to Madison to visit the State Capitol, a trip to Lake Michigan, and even some time at Miller Park to learn about the red-hot Brewers.

The exchange occurs every two years and is a partnership that dates back more than 25 years!

Nearly 40 Wauwatosa students will travel to Germany in June to learn about German culture as part of the program.
TOSA TIDBITS
WEST HIGH SCHOOL ONE OF FIRST IN THE AREA TO PRODUCE MAMA MIA!
Wauwatosa community members are in for a treat with the Trojan Players’ fall show, Mama Mia!

The feel good musical and international hit gives students and audiences alike the chance to dance and jive to the music of ABBA!

Wauwatosa West is one of the first high schools in the area to produce the show.

Opening Night is this Friday, November 9th at 7 p.m. Other show times include November 10, 15, 16, 17 at 7 p.m. and November 11 at 2:00 p.m. 

“With the success of the recent film, I thought this would be a tremendous way to kick off our 2018-2019 Theatre Season! MAMMA MIA is sure to be another exceptional theatre experience for our students and community, “ said Theatre Director Adam Steffan.

For tickets visit trojanplayers.com or call 414-773-3243.
EAST HIGH SCHOOL ART TEACHER HAS FIRST SOLO ART EXIBIT ON PUBLIC DISPLAY
East High School Art Teacher Kelly Frederick-Mizer has been nationally recognized in recent years for her art teaching and now she has her first solo exhibit on display at the Sharon Lynne Center for the Arts!

The show is called "Traces and Threads" and the official opening reception is November 9th at 5:30. An artist talk with Ms. Frederick-Mizer will take place at 6:30 p.m. Aside from opening night, the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts and is typically open M-F from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The exhibit will be up through December 8.

We're  #tosaproud  to have such talented professionals working with and teaching our students in all areas of study throughout the District. Congrats, Kelly!
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