District E-Newsletter         October 2017

Hello Wauwatosa Families -

Happy Fall! We've had a great start to the 2017-2018 school year so far and I hope this finds you and your children feeling the same.

As we move into October and November, I want to again draw your attention to our upcoming Community Workshops . You've likely received an invite in the mail this week. These workshops will be hosted by the District and the community-based Facilities Advisory Committee to update the community of Wauwatosa about the work of the Committee over the past nine months, to share the current status of our facilities, and to gather broad community input about how the District should respond to identified facilities needs as we plan for the future of public education in Wauwatosa.

I strongly encourage you to attend one of the five workshops that we are hosting. I also ask that you share the information with your neighbors, family, and friends who are Wauwatosa residents but perhaps don't have a direct connection to the District. It is important all residents have an opportunity to learn and share their input.

The Did You Know graphic included here (click on it to view) provides a foundation of information about the history of our buildings in the District, which I believe will be helpful for you to have prior to the workshops.

Phil Ertl
Wauwatosa School District Events
Friday, Oct. 6 -- East H.S. Homecoming Football Game, 7 p.m. at Hart Park

Monday, Oct. 9 -- School Board Meeting, 7 p.m. at Fisher Administration Building, Rm C

Thursday, Oct. 19 - - EFW High School Bowling Night, 8:30-11:00 p.m. at AMF Bowlero

Friday, Oct. 20 -- NO CLASSES JK-12; Staff Development Day; EFW Bowling

Monday, Oct. 23 -- School Board Meeting, 7 p.m. at Fisher Administration Building, Rm C
Tuesday, Oct. 24 -- Special Education Parent Network Meeting, 7 p.m. at Fisher Administration Building

Thursday, Oct. 26 -- Elementary Evening Conferences, 4:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 27 -- NO CLASSES - Grades JK-5 ; Daytime Elementary Conferences

Monday, Oct. 30 -- Elementary Evening Conferences, 4:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Your Educational Community News
Last call for Herb Kohl Educator award nominations
This Friday, October 6, is the deadline to nominate a Wauwatosa educator for the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellowship and Principal Leadership awards.  JK-Grade 12 teachers are eligible for nominations, as well as all principals. Awards are $6,000 with an additional $6,000 grant for the school of each award recipient! Directions for nominations can be found in the links below.
New offerings and healthy activities on the menu for Food Services in October
New delivery-style pizza at the elementary schools, new cold lunch options, and a chance for the high schools to win $5,000 are all part of Sodexo's Food Service News for October. Click below for more info.

Hundreds of parents participate in elementary math Family Success Sessions
Hundreds of parents and guardians participated in Family Success Sessions during the past two weeks as part of the District's work to help set families, teachers, and students up for success with the new board-approved elementary math curricular resources.

The director and supervisor of elementary education, along with elementary math instructional coaches, led parents through a brief overview of the new resources, the adoption process of the resources, and walked parents through what students will learn, how students will learn, and how families can help at home.

Thank you to all who worked to make the sessions possible and to parents for your time! If you are an elementary parent and were unable to attend these sessions, you can view the recorded presentation HERE.
Online SK-5 Math Support for families
In addition to the support offered by your child’s classroom teacher and your building instructional coach, Investigations (new math resource) offers online support for families. Use the link below for directions to log into the site to access the following components:

  • Student Activity Journal: A digital version of the student’s journal is provided.
  • Game Center: Students and their families can access the online Game Center to find digital versions of many of the games used at school. This resource includes game directions and recording sheets.
  • Math Words and Ideas: Math Words and Ideas provides an overview of the year’s math work, a closer look at the ideas and kinds of problems students experience, examples of student solutions, and questions families can talk about together. Each daily practice page and homework page in the Student Activity Journal is linked to the Math Words and Ideas resource.

If you have any further questions, please contact your child’s teacher or your building instructional coach.

Click here for instructions to access Investigations online resources for families. 
2017-2018 school year brings increased enrollment in the District
Enrollment in the Wauwatosa School District increased by 78 students, or about 1 %, for the 2017-2018 school year, according to data required to be submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
District sees slight increase in state testing scores
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recently released results of the statewide Forward Exam and ACT test taken in the spring of 2017. Overall, Wauwatosa School District saw increases in each area, compared to the prior year. The District's results in the proficiency testing also remain significantly higher than the statewide rate.

Superintendent forms Student Advisory Committee
As part of the District's commitment to give students a voice in the opportunities and decisions we make, Dr. Ertl has formed a Superintendent's Student Advisory Committee. The Committee will consist of 24 students; six from each secondary school.

Students will have an opportunity to share their input on topics ranging from facilities to District-level policies. In all, 150 students applied for a seat on the Committee! Students that were not selected for the Committee are encouraged to get involved in one of the many opportunities at each secondary school.
School Board appoints new member
Join us in welcoming Dr. Eric Jessup-Anger to the Wauwatosa School Board. The Board appointed Dr. Jessup-Anger to Seat #3, a vacant seat created by the resignation of Ms. Emily Kenney over the summer. Dr. Jessup-Anger was one of four candidates that interviewed for the seat during the Board's meeting on Monday, September 11. He was sworn in during the same meeting for a term that will run through the spring election of April 2018.

Recognizing Wisconsin School Board Week
In honor of Wisconsin School Board week (Oct. 1-7), we encourage you to reach out and thank a Wauwatosa School Board Member for their work and service to our District.

Our students benefit every day from their leadership, vision, and hours they invest weekly to serve our community. Their role is vital and we are grateful for their time and commitment to the citizens and children of Wauwatosa.

School Board Brief for September
Among the action items in September, the Wauwatosa School Board approved staff salary increases - where applicable - for respective employee groups during the 2017-18 school year, the Superintendent's contract for 2017-2019, and all other administrative contracts. The Board also received a report from the Facilities Advisory Committee about its work thus far.

  • To view the minutes from the September 11, 2017 meeting, click HERE, then select the meeting and "view agenda".

  • To view the Board Brief (official minutes not yet approved) from the September 25th meeting, click HERE.
The Trendiest Tosa Tidbits
Milwaukee Public Radio Features Juvenile Justice Center's Garden of Hope
Our District teachers and administrators at the Vel R. Philips Juvenile Justice Center are doing some powerful work.

LISTEN HERE  to Milwaukee Public Radio's story about the Garden of Hope, which was made possible through an EFW Grant awarded to teachers at the Juvenile Justice Center.
High School Homecoming Celebrations
East High School students and staff have had fun with themed days for Homecoming this week (Oct.2-6). The Homecoming Parade will take place Friday from 6-7 p.m. prior to the Homecoming football game, which starts at 7 p.m.

Pictured: Counseling Department staff dressed as Ninja Turtles this week.
Wauwatosa West High School students and staff celebrated Homecoming September 25th-29th. Students completed the week with a parade and football game last Friday.

Pictured: A West student poses for a photo on Beach Day and the Wauwatosa West Class of 2018.
Walk to School Day
Thank you to everyone who participated in our recognition of the International Walk to School Day. While many families walk routinely, thanks to our neighborhood schools, it's a great way to come together as a community to raise awareness about the importance of safe routes to school.

A special thanks to Mayor Ehley, Dr. Ertl, and our police and fire representatives for serving as guest crossing guards and to Safe Routes to School Coordinator Laura Geisler for organizing!
Get Connected
Community Flyers
Check out the most recent opportunities for your family or your child to get connected, via our Community Flyers page. Current opportunities include Halloween events, Free Flu Shots, and a STEM Expo.

Your Educational Community
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