Now Gaggle Monitors Student Use of School-Provided Digital Tools  

Gaggle is a safety management system that provides real-time analysis and review of student use of school-provided digital tools. We are using Gaggle to proactively protect students and ensure that they are using these tools safely and correctly.

Gaggle constantly scans accounts for harmful content. Items are categorized into three levels (e.g., User Violations, Questionable Content, and Potential Student Situation). Each level connects to a response from District-appointed personnel. Read more...
James E. Dottke High School Focuses on Project-Based Learning

Our District is proud to introduce the new James E. Dottke Project-Based Learning High School. According to Principal Greg Goelz, “In 1983, Dottke was founded as an alternative education option for our District’s at-risk and credit-deficient high school students. As part of our Deeper Learning initiative, Dottke’s transformation to the District’s only fully-functional project-based learning school is now complete.”

Over the last few years, the staff at Dottke have been addressing the need to develop a learning model that better prepares students to live life on their own terms. Dottke’s focus has shifted to delivering a student-driven, project-based learning education to 100% of its students. The school is prepared to serve up to 250 students, grades nine through twelve, of all backgrounds and abilities. Read more...
Intermediate and High School Teachers Use Wednesdays to Check and Connect 

This year, secondary teachers may see up to 150 students a week through a combination of virtual, distance, and in-person learning. It is important that teachers have the time they need to work with students in these learning environments. Students must also have time to complete assignments and access the help they need to excel.

Check and Connect Wednesdays are designed to provide secondary teachers with time to work with small groups of students and connect one-on-one with students who are struggling. Wednesdays are also used to rectify attendance records for students attending via synchronous/asynchronous options, upload and grade assignments from virtual, distance, and in-person students and conduct “office hours” to answer questions or concerns from students and families. Read more...
Together or Apart Deeper Learning Continues

As part of our strategic plan, we continue our commitment to teaching and learning that involves Deeper Learning and Equity. We are working to develop school cultures where all students, teachers, and families are valued and empowered to learn and grow. “Apart or together, we are working to provide high quality education during this historic time,” said Superintendent, Dr. Marty Lexmond. “We are focused on how to protect the health, safety, and well-being of students, teachers, other school staff, their families, and communities as we prepare for education this fall.” Read more...
District Receives Donation for Hope Squad from AB Korkor Foundation

Our District received a $9,000 donation from AB Korkor Foundation to help support the implementation of Hope Squads in each secondary school.

“In West Allis-West Milwaukee we have Hope Squads at each of our secondary schools. Students are trained to be a resource for their peers. We also organize Hope Week activities and maintain a positive presence in school. We are a community that cares -- we don’t want any student to feel they are alone when times are rough,” said Director of Leadership and Learning, Deidre Roemer. Read more...
Shining Strings to Perform at City of West Allis Pop Up Art Crawl
 
Artists from West Allis and beyond are taking their art to the outdoors, utilizing porches and green spaces for an afternoon of art sharing and art making. The West Allis Pop Up Art Crawl takes place Saturday, September 19, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Providing music throughout the event will be the very talented youth of the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District’s Shining Strings, under the direction of Mary Pat Michels. “We are excited to play at Centennial Plaza on Saturday,” says Michels.

Access the Pop Up Art Crawl Google map from inspirationstudiosgallery.com or from westalliswi.gov.
Schoology Helps Connect Teachers, Students and Parents

In preparation for a “return to school” like no other, our District is using Schoology to connect teachers and students during Phase 1: Virtual Learning. 

“Schoology is a software program that provides course management, mobile learning, and support for system-wide communication. We are using Schoology to host virtual learning. The goal is to make learning more streamlined and organized. Schoology allows us to manage content, records, assessment data, and communicate with students and families,” said Director of Leadership and Learning, Deidre Roemer. Read more...
Programs Help Keep Adults 55+ Active

Did you know our Recreation & Community Services provides programs and opportunities for more than just kids? We strive to provide valuable and well-rounded services for everyone in the community, including older and active adults. 

“There are so many benefits to regular exercise and active living! Exercise can help with weight loss and improve blood pressure, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and cognitive functioning,” said Director of Recreation & Community Services, Shelly Strasser. “Still, one of the biggest challenges we see is that older adults just aren’t sure where to start or if they are doing the right things. Our Young at Heart program for adults 55+ aims to help fix that problem!”

High School Football and Boys Soccer Seasons Rescheduled for Spring, 2021

We are pleased to announce that high school Football and Boys Soccer programs have been rescheduled for spring. We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of our coaches, student-athletes and families as we’ve worked to realign these sport seasons during the challenges of COVID-19. Read more...
Youth Sports (4K-8th Grade)
We are offering fun and safe youth sport opportunities this fall following approved health guidelines. Register online HERE.

  • Co-ed Soccer
  • Flag Football
  • Girls Volleyball
Safety Alert

With soggy, wet weather, many of us have been using dehumidifiers to keep our basements dry. Now, it’s been reported that defective dehumidifiers are overheating and catching fire. In fact, they’ve been linked to almost 500 fires that caused a total of more than $25 million in damage, according to the federal consumer agency.   
 
6.7 Million dehumidifiers that were sold between January 2005 to August 2013 at major retailers such as Kmart, Lowe’s, Menards, Mills Fleet Farm, Sam’s Club, Sears, Walmart and other stores are now being recalled. Is Your Dehumidifier on the Recall List? Click HERE
Hope MKE Drive Up Food Pantry

Hope MKE is hosting a FREE DRIVE-UP FOOD PANTRY on October 3, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at 6125 W National Ave, West Allis, WI 53214.

They will be passing out a bag of nonperishable food, along
with some perishable staples (like frozen meat & pizza).

Food will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. If you do not have a car, you can walk up to be serviced. More information HERE.
Virtual HS Voter Registration Party

All area 18 year olds and those who will be 18 by November 3, 2020 are invited to a Virtual Hip Hop Registration Party on September 22, 2020 hosted by The League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County and TRUE Skool.

Click here for event information.
Welcome Back Videos
Each school created a video to welcome their students back to school. Check them out HERE!
Enrollment Center
As we work to practice safe social distancing, please adhere to the following guidelines:
  • No more than 2 persons per family in the building
  • Wear protective personal equipment (i.e, face masks), if possible
  • Bring required enrollment information (see resident enrollment)

All enrollment center specialists will be wearing protective personal equipment (PPE) which includes facial masks. Additionally, we will be sanitizing enrollment stations after each use. We would ask that if possible when you physically attend the enrollment center that you take any possible precaution to promote the safety of all parties. This would include wearing any protective personal equipment that you have as well as coming prepared with all required enrollment information, please see our resident enrollment page for additional information.
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.