Volume 1 | Issue 7                                                                                                            July 20, 2017
District News

We are officially halfway through summer break and are gearing up for the 2017-18 school year. We hope you all are enjoying the summer and all the activities it has to offer. As part of our ongoing communication, we want to provide you updates on our strategic visioning, personalizing learning, and facilities planning.
Strategic Visioning
On June 15 , we conducted Hopes for the Whitnall Graduate  to review the parent/staff/community survey results and highlight priority areas. There were approximately 100 stakeholders in attendance. If you have not yet viewed the survey results or are interested in the presentation from that evening, please click here . On this page, you can also see information from other parent and community meetings this past year.  We are finalizing a summary booklet of our strategic visioning process and plan to have that available in August. The board and administration are currently working on reviewing district data, setting priorities, and determining benchmark metrics.

Personalizing Learning
We are also busy preparing for personalizing learning at all our buildings. Both HCE and EES have some minor construction to prepare physical spaces for learning. Our elementary teachers are busy collaborating and planning to create learning environments flexible for all learners. At WMS, the daily schedule is being finalized and parents will soon receive information on student schedules. New elective options for drama and MakerSpace are being included and will promote innovation and creativity. At WHS, teachers of our 9-week seminar courses have been busy planning for the multi-disciplinary approach and relevant activities for students. Many of our teachers are participating in professional learning related to personalizing learning to deepen their understanding and provide optimal experiences for all learners.

Facilities Planning
For those who took the survey in May, you recall there was a question related to elementary grade configuration. The intent of considering this question was to determine if there would be any implications to facilities planning and cost implications. This topic was discussed on June 15 with our stakeholders and on June 26 and July 10 at board meetings. The board meeting on June 26 is recorded and a follow-up news article was published on the topic. At the July 10 board meeting, the topic was discussed again but unfortunately was not recorded. Our architects have informed us there would be minimal facilities implications and no significant cost differences if there were a different elementary grade configuration. Therefore, a decision on elementary grade configuration is not imminent and we are not in a position to make such a decision at this time. We will hold community sessions in the future to gather additional feedback and questions. This topic is not scheduled to be on any upcoming board meetings and when we do hold listening sessions, we will publicize them in advance.

We would like to encourage you to attend or watch the video of the upcoming July 24 board meeting.  Bray Architects will be presenting their preliminary facilities study to the board.  The facilities study report will be made available online after the meeting and we will communicate the location of the report. The board meeting starts at 6:30 PM in the community board room. We usually have the meeting video up the day following the meeting. At the July 10 board meeting, a pre-referendum planning timeline was shared. Click here and view page 3 of the packet for the timeline.

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Our New Website

If you have noticed outdated information on our website, know that that is because we are not updating our current website. Why not? Because we will be introducing a new website for the 2017-18 school year! We can almost hear the cheers as we write this.
Registration Reminder

Before the 2017-18 school year begins, you must complete the annual registration process. If you have not yet done so, please visit our enrollment page for instructions on how to do this online!
Gifted Education Informational Meeting
We will be holding a parent meeting on  Thursday, July 27 , at  6:30 PM  in the Community Board Room at Whitnall District Office for any parent wanting to learn more about gifted learners, programming, and services. At the meeting, we will provide an overview of gifted education, an update on gifted programming at Whitnall, an opportunity to provide feedback, and we will be organizing a parent advisory board. While the primary focus will be for parents with identified gifted learners, all parents are invited to attend.
Whitnall High School
Summer Sentiments

The high school is wishing everyone a safe and happy second half of summer!
Whitnall Middle School
WMS First Day of School 2017-18: 6th Graders Only!

We will spend the first day of the new school year (Sept. 1st) getting our 6th graders acclimated and familiar with the building. 7th and 8th graders will not report until Tuesday, Sept. 5th.
6th Grade Course Registration

We are still missing a significant portion of 6th grade registration forms. If you recall, we had an error in the process the first time around and resent a link at the end of June. If you did not complete the form that was sent out on JUNE 28, please do so now by clicking this link: 6th grade Registration 2017-18. If you have trouble accessing or completing this form, please e-mail our Digital Learning Coordinator, Mr. Stacey, as soon as possible at tstacey@whitnall.com. If you are certain that you completed the form sent out on June 28th, please disregard this message. Thank you for your attention to this matter; we look forward to seeing our students soon!

Edgerton Elementary
Summer Reading Event

Edgerton Elementary will host its final reading event of the summer on Thursday, August 17th from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Join us for Flashlights, Freezies and Fun! Bring your flashlight and enjoy a Freeze Pop while you read by flashlight on the playground. You can also check out some books from the library!

Hales Corners Elementary
Noon Hour Supervisors Needed

We are looking to hire 2 Noon Hour Supervisors to work 1.5 hours per day when students are in attendance. Times would be either 11:30 - 1:00 or 11:45 - 1:15. Please visit https://wecan.education.wisc.edu/#/ to apply.