Franklin Elementary School Students Explore “Why West Allis!”
 
In September, students from Team Pursuit (K5/1st grade) and Team Resiliency (5th grade) paired up to launch a deeper learning project designed to help them learn more about the City of West Allis.

Inspired by the city’s "That's Why West Allis" campaign, Ms. O'Connor, Mrs. Schaefer, and Ms. Hayes asked their students how they would go about convincing families to come to West Allis. The goal was for students to create materials that could be distributed to the public.

According to Mrs. Schaefer, the project started with a unique tour of the city. “Our students traveled by trolley to see State Fair, Miller Park, West Allis Farmers Market, Skate Park, Peanut Butter & Jelly Deli, and more! They took notes and photos on their iPads while on their amazing tour.” Read more...
New Report Card Format to Better Communicate Learning at Elementary Level

In a few weeks, elementary school parents will see their child’s first quarter elementary school report card on Skyward. Over the past two years, we’ve had a team of teachers, instructional coaches, principals, and parents participate in a process to redesign our report card. The goal? To better represent the learning taking place in our classrooms and help parents know what their child is able to do and what skills they will continue to develop.  

We want our report card to be a communication tool that really helps parents understand what skills are being measured in class written in student and parent friendly language so students have the opportunity to show ownership in the process of assessing their own learning. Read more...
Jefferson Elementary School Students Go on a Mindset Mission  

On September 26, 2019, Jefferson Elementary School went on a Mindset Mission and based on NED:

  • NEVER GIVE UP - Understand the power of yet.
  • ENCOURAGE OTHERS - Spark courage in other people.
  • DO YOUR BEST - Always be learning and growing

The assembly involves a cartoon boy named NED and takes students on a very important mission: to find his mindset. 

According to principal, Dr. Quiana Polk, “A mindset refers to whether you believe qualities such as intelligence and talent are fixed or changeable traits. People with a fixed mindset believe these qualities are inborn, fixed, and unchangeable. Those with a growth mindset believe these abilities can be developed and strengthened by way of commitment and hard work. We want our students to have a growth mindset.” Read more...
Lane Global Students Write about Health and Wellness

This month, students in the Lane Global program were involved in a Deeper Learning Project designed around health and wellness. The project began with a visit from Margaux Chandler from Shred415 in Milwaukee. She led students in a work out session and answered questions about physical fitness. Zach D’Arienzo, the Physician Assistant from the District’s Wellness Center, came to speak with students about the medical field and also answered questions about health.  

After the presentations, students talked about their own experiences related to sleep, diet, safety, physical activity, and mental health. “Our students are learning about journalism. They brainstormed ideas then got to work drafting articles,” explained teacher, Susan Heermans.  Read more...
West Allis Central High School Receives Donation from Milwaukee Tool

This fall, West Allis Central High School received two pallets of power tools donated by business partner, Milwaukee Tool in Brookfield. According to Career and Technical Education teacher, Matt Kerhin, “I saw the donation opportunity and contacted the president with information about our program.”  

Milwaukee Tool supplied the District with power drills, saws, and impact wrenches. Battery powered table saws and miter saws were also included. The tools have been used to upgrade tech-ed classrooms at Central High School, Nathan Hale Hale High School and all three intermediate schools.

“These new tools put the best quality and technology in the hands of our students. They are likely to be the same tools they will use in shops and on job sites as they enter the trades. We are very grateful to Milwaukee Tool for their incredible generosity,” adds Kerhin.
Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate School Invites Parents to Class
 
On September 25, 2019, Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate School held its third annual “Bring Your Parent to School Day.” Parents were able to attend class with their children and experience what it is like to be in an intermediate school.
 
“It’s a great opportunity for parents/guardians to experience a typical day at school,” says Principal, Mr. Jason Fish. “We want our families to see the amazing things going on in our classrooms.”
 
When parents arrived with their child, they headed to the cafeteria for coffee and light snacks. Then they attended Base Group (i.e., homeroom) and 25 minutes of each daily class period with their child.
Caroline Aiello and Jordan Pollard Present at Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted    

This month, the Wisconsin Association for Talented & Gifted held their annual conference, “Revolutionizing the Basics: Making education WORK for Gifted Students.” The conference provides school administrators, teachers, university faculty, and parents of gifted children with two days of workshops and presentations centered around enhancing learning environments for students. 

Caroline Aiello, the District’s Curricular Lead for Gifted, Creative, and Talented (GCT) programming attended the conference along with Franklin Elementary School teacher, Jordan Pollard. According to Aiello, “We wanted to share how we have implemented Project Based Learning in all content areas and how this framework has increased student achievement and engagement.” Read more...
Nathan Hale High School to Present Fall Music Concert

On October 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., the music ensembles at Nathan Hale High School will present their combined fall concert. The concert will include performances by the Symphonic Strings, Combined Orchestras, Treble Choir, Concert Choir, Combined Choirs, and the Marching Huskies. The concert is free and open to the public.

“We are very excited for this performance. Our students enjoy the chance to put on a concert this early in the year, and the orchestra and choir are excited to perform together on our combined piece . This is also the first concert that a student from the new sound engineering class will mix, and our sound operator is very excited to work on a live concert,” said Choir Director, Zachary Beeksma.
Wilson Elementary School and Madison Elementary School Recipients of New Water Station  

This month, Wilson Elementary School and Madison Elementary School will both receive new water fountain/filling stations as part of the Cool Water Program sponsored by Delta Dental.

The Delta Dental of Wisconsin Foundation awarded grants to a number of schools in Wisconsin to replace existing drinking fountains with new water fountain/bottle filling station. This includes installation, as well as reusable water bottles and toothbrushes for all students and staff.

As part of the grant, the recipients must have a plan in place to “choose water” as a healthy alternative to sugary beverages like soda, juice, and sports drinks. Not only does drinking water keep teeth strong and healthy, it also combats obesity and increases energy levels. Read more...
James E. Dottke High School Students Taking Part in the #ZooTrainChallenge
 
Throughout the school year, students from Milwaukee County have been invited to be part of the #ZooTrainChallenge. Sponsored by the Coalition for Sustainable Rail, Milwaukee County Zoo, LearnDeep Milwaukee, local universities, and local industry, the project involves designing ways to improve the coal bin process for the locomotives.

“Dottke High School has a group of 10 students who are working on the project,” explains Principal, Greg Goelz. “University and industry partners have stepped up to offer on-campus experiences to student teams that helped inform their designs. Collaborating and problem-solving are important Deeper Learning competencies for us.” Read more...
Kohl’s Corporate and Aurora Medical Center Volunteers Make a Difference at Shared Journeys 

Over the years, the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District’s charter school, Shared Journeys has received lots of support from the community. “Recently, we moved our program to a new location and added an Infant Lab (child day care)." explains Program Coordinator, Lisa Colla. 

Volunteers from Kohl's Corporate and Aurora West Allis Medical Center have sent volunteers to help with everything from assembly of new furniture and deep cleaning to organizing baby clothes.  

Shared Journeys serves pregnant and parenting teens and their children. Check out their newly renovated school on October 23, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at their Community Open House. Coffee, cookies and tea samples from Swaye Tea will be served. Read more...
Ryan Hammernik Named 2019 Outstanding Administrator by Wisconsin ASTA

On October 25, 2019, Ryan Hammernik, Assistant Principal at Lane Intermediate School will be recognized as the Wisconsin-American String Teachers Association Outstanding Administrator of the Year. Wisconsin ASTA is made up of studio, public school, and private school strings/orchestra teachers throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Recipients of this Wi-ASTA award are nominated by orchestra teachers who are members of the organization. According to Orchestra teacher and Curriculum Lead for Music programming, Mary Pat Michels, “Ryan is more than an administrator - he is a colleague, a friend and a confidant. He is always there to support students and teachers. He will be the first to admit he has no musical talent, but that he sees the value of music education. He encourages children to join one of the music ensembles. He brings his family to school musicals and his daughter has attended our concerts with him. It was an honor to nominate him for this award.” Read more...
Central High School and Nathan Hale High School Present “Tuck Everlasting"
 
What would you do if you had all eternity? In November, students from Central and Nathan Hale will answer that question with the Wisconsin High School Premiere of the musical “Tuck Everlasting.”

“We have over 40 students involved as part of the cast, crew, and pit orchestra,” explains Director, Jordan Pollard. “We are thrilled to be the very first high school in the state to put on this magical, family-friendly production!”
Students Represent the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District in Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra

Since 1956, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) has been nurturing, challenging, and inspiring generations of students and profoundly changing lives and our community for the better.

MYSO has grown from one orchestra and 30 students to become the largest after-school youth orchestra in the country, and one of the most respected. MYSO serves 6,000 students annually through more than 40 ensemble and supplemental training programs.

“Our students prepare for auditions. They work hard to be part of this organization,” said Music Coordinator and Orchestra teacher, Mrs. Mary Pat Michels. “Each of our orchestra teachers play a role in inspiring and instructing students so they can perform at high levels.” Read more...
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).

Skyward enables parents to make fee payments and manage lunch money accounts. 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.
Enrollment and Address Changes
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Click here  for enrollment information. Contact the Enrollment Center at enrollment@wawmsd.org  or (414) 604-3014.

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West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation & Community Services
WAWM RCS Department Adult Trips

Did you know the Annual Holiday Shopping Trip to Chicago in November is one of the longest running programs for the WAWM RCS Department? We have been visiting Chicago during the holiday season for over 65 years.

A tradition for many families within the West Allis-West Milwaukee communities. The opportunity to find great shopping deals following Black Friday is just one of the many reasons others join us. “There is no better way to travel to Chicago. You don’t have to worry about the drive or parking.” says one annual traveler. 

Join us for our next trip to Chicago, which is planned for November 30, 2019. Click here to register!