WAUWATOSA SCHOOL DISTRICT EVENTS
SEPTEMBER

9 - School Board Meeting: 7 p.m., Fisher Administration Bldg. Room C
16 - PALS Testing Begins (Gr. 1-2) through 10/11
16 - MAP Testing Begins through 10/4
23 - School Board Meeting: 7 p.m., Fisher Administration Bldg. Room C
27 - East and West High School Homecoming


*BE SURE TO CHECK THE ONLINE CALENDAR ON THE WEBSITE OF YOUR CHILD'S SCHOOL FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE SCHOOL SPECIFIC EVENT INFORMATION.
DISTRICT NEWS
STAFF START THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR WITH A FOCUS ON EQUITY
As part of the Wauwatosa School District’s continued focus on equity, staff had the opportunity to learn from Dr. David E. Kirkland during the District’s Opening Day convocation on August 29. Dr. Kirkland is the Executive Director of NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools.

His powerful presentation “After the Plan: Advancing Equity in Wauwatosa” reminded us that stories matter; that they can be used to humanize and empower, that misconceptions about who students are and can become are what drives educational disparities, and that creating equity in education "isn’t about broken babies, but about supporting children who are most vulnerable to broken systems.” Following Dr. Kirkland’s all-staff presentation, he did additional sessions with the District’s leadership team. #Equity #GrowthForALL

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENTS RECOGNIZED
The Wauwatosa School District and Wauwatosa School Board recognized 22 staff members as recipients of the 2019 Distinguished Service Award during the District's Opening Day convocation with staff on August 29. 
Each year parents, staff, and students are invited to nominate staff members for the Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes staff members that go “above and beyond” normal expectations and that embody exemplary service and dedication in their work. 

FIRST DAY BACK FILLED WITH EXCITEMENT
We had an awesome #TosaFirstDay2019 welcoming our students and staff back for a new year of learning, growing, and building relationships.

Quote of the week:
Supervisor of Elementary Education Jessica Ebert shared: "A little boy stopped me in the hallway @TosaWilson to tell me, ‘I like my book that I’m reading so much that I didn’t even hear it was snack (time). And I looooove snack.’ #choice #growingreaders"

ELEMENTARY INNOVATION SPECIALIST TO HELP LEAD STEM OPPORTUNITIES IN K-5 CLASSROOMS
As the Wauwatosa School District looks to continuously improve, we think it’s important to build a bridge between the exciting future-focused opportunities we are adding at the secondary level - like career-based learning experiences, profession-based courses, and our Center for Design and Innovation, etc. - with the learning that occurs at the elementary level. Learn more about how the Elementary Innovation Specialist will help us achieve this.

WSD WELCOMES NEW STAFF FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR
We are thrilled to welcome our newest #WSDTopTalent to the team for the 2019-2020 school year. Among the new faces this year, are some familiar faces.

  • Three new teaching team members are WSD alumni: Claire Jarosz (Tosa East), Will Darling (Tosa West), and Elliot Rogan (Tosa West).
  • Tracy Lockhart has worked for the District for 17 years in various roles including as a substitute teacher and educational assistant. This year she joins us as a Business Education teacher at Longfellow Middle School and East High School.
  • Pam Hamm joins us as 2nd-Grade teacher at Underwood Elementary School after working as an educational assistant in the District for the past five years.

Congratulations to all of our new staff members who were selected to join our team of committed educators. Did you know 225 of our teachers - nearly 40% of our teaching staff - have 10 or more years of service in the District? Our leadership team also has invested itself in the community of Wauwatosa. The average tenure of our administrators is 10.5 years in the District. We're #tosaproud of the experience not only in education, but in Wauwatosa, that we offer our students and families. We look forward to helping you get to know our team a little better throughout the year.

COULD YOU SHARE YOUR EXPERTISE WITH US?
Do you have a passion for your industry and career that you’re willing to share with our students?

The Wauwatosa School District is seeking volunteers for various career-based learning experiences as we work to help our students explore and plan for a future career. Career-Based Learning is a key component of our Academic and Career Planning.


Additionally, the LAUNCH program is seeking guest speakers, mentors, feedback participants, etc. to engage with LAUNCH students in real, authentic projects and experiences that local companies are working on. LAUNCH is a new program the Wauwatosa School District is offering this year, in partnership with Elmbrook Schools. LAUNCH is a is a career-based, experiential learning program, aimed at providing students exposure to careers of interest, issues that are relevant in today's world, and projects that apply learning and value to the business or company partnering with the program.

WSD EDUCATORS PARTICIPATE IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AROUND INCLUSION
Wauwatosa School District educators invested time this summer learning about inclusive practices and promoting equity and access for all students at the annual ISummit in Brookfield. The ISummit is a three day conference that provides professional learning from national experts about the above topics. Additionally, participants had the opportunity to hear and learn from individuals with disabilities who have experienced segregated learning experiences and have now become advocates for inclusion and equity. #WSDContinuousImprovement #GrowthForALL #ProfessionalDevelopment
REFERENDUM UPDATE
In case you missed our August Construction Project Updates, Click here to follow along with the exciting progress!

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TOSA TIDBITS
TWO MORE WSD STUDENTS EARN HIGHEST POSSIBLE ACT COMPOSITE SCORE
Congratulations to Wauwatosa East High School Students Dan Eash-Scott and Miles King who scored a top composite score of 36 on the ACT over the summer!
Earlier this year two other District students were recognized for earning the highest possible composite scores on the ACT as well. We're #tosaproud!
ANONYMOUS DONOR CONTRIBUTES TO LINCOLN'S CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
As Lincoln Elementary School prepares to celebrate its centennial with current and former staff and parents, an anonymous donor has stepped forward to cover the costs for all current staff and a guest to attend the PTO's special evening at Harley Davidson Museum on October 11.
The donor shared a special message, too:

“While we are celebrating 100 years of education, community, and history,—we also have to celebrate you: the future of Lincoln and the community of students you serve. Your dedication, enthusiasm, and commitment to learning and serving our children is paramount to the next 100 years of students who will walk through Lincoln’s doors. Thank you for all you do and enjoy the celebration!"

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EVENT
WSD SELECTED AS PARTNER SCHOOL FOR GE COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY
For the fifth consecutive year, a Wauwatosa School District school has benefited from the annual GE Community Service Day.

On August 21, 150 GE Healthcare volunteers worked alongside a dozen of our school staff at Jefferson Elementary to prep the school for the new year.

Volunteers worked to paint quotes and art inside the school as well as on the outdoor play area. They also gave each classroom a fresh coat of paint, freshened up the teachers’ lunch/break room, the Butterfly Garden and the outdoor classroom space! Thank you to all of the volunteers!
WAUWATOSA SCHOOL BOARD, VEL R. PHILLIPS SCHOOL CONNECT WITH COMMUNITY AT TOSA FARMERS MARKET
Connecting with the community and building relationships is a foundational part of our work as a school district and we especially enjoy the opportunities that allow us to connect in more organic ways.

On August 17, Wauwatosa School Board President Dr. Eric Jessup-Anger and Wauwatosa School Board Clerk Leigh Anne Fraley spent time visiting with community members and answering questions at the Wauwatosa Farmer's Market Community Booth.

Additionally, on August 24th, the Vel R. Phillips School and its Garden of Hope were the featured community booth at the Farmers Market. Thanks to all who stopped by to visit with both of the booths!
COMMUNITY EVENTS AND SCHOOL FUNDRAISERS
Each month we include a link to our Community Events Flyers page, which promotes activities that directly benefit our students. You will always find this linked under the "Events" area at the top of the newsletter.

Additionally, you will also be able to find approved flyers for school fundraisers on this page.

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