Volume 1 | Issue 3                                                                                                             May 19, 2017
District News
Superintendent's Corner
As parents, you are aware that students had a four-day school week due to professional learning on Monday, May 15th. What you may not be aware of is what educators do during professional learning days. Each professional learning day is different but is focused on bringing our K4-12 teachers together to enhance instructional skills, prepare for new changes in curriculum, learn new strategies--all to have a direct impact on the students they teach. On Monday , Whitnall educators came together to review the 2016-17 district goals and progress throughout the school year. All educators provided input through feedback circles on instructional priorities and where we are seeing success and where we need to focus for next year. We value the feedback of our educators and will use the feedback in setting priorities for 2017-18.

During the week, I was able to attend Falcon girls' softball games and senior night for girls' soccer.  Our middle school also hosted a track meet invitational at Falcon Field. Our WHS AP students have been in the school forest with our elementary students from both EES and HCE.

Please be sure to see the information below about a strategic planning survey you will be receiving via email and the June 15 community conversation event. I'd love to see as many parents as possible!

Feel free to contact me at lolson@whitnall.com and follow me on Twitter!
June 15th

Join us in conversation about what we want for the learners at Whitnall! First, a cookout at 5:30 PM. Then, a meeting from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM. Both parts of the event will be held in the WHS Cafeteria. 

Let's answer the following questions!

  • What do we want for all our students? 
  • What should define us?
  • What actions do we desire? 
Be sure to register for the event here !

Strategic Planning Survey

You will be receiving an email from School Perceptions today. The email will take you to an important survey about Whitnall's priorities. Please complete the survey, and do so before June 5th!
FINAL REMINDER | Summer School Registration

Monday is the last day to sign up for summer school! Go here for more information and to register!
Important Change in Last Day of School
In reviewing the 2016-17 calendar, it was noted that the last day of school, June 9th, was a full day of school. In the past, this has been a half day for a variety of reasons. Since the high school students finish early on June 9th due to the semester exam schedule, we are changing the last day of school to a half day for all buildings. We recognize the challenges when a family has students in different buildings with different schedules and try to avoid this from occurring whenever possible. Therefore, the dismissal times for Friday, June 9th are as follows:

10:45 - WHS
10:50 - WMS
11:20 - EES and HCE

If you have any questions, please contact your building principal.
Tutor List 

Per requests from families, we have compiled a list of staff available for tutoring. You can view the list here!  
Social Emotional Needs

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, one in five children and adolescents experience a mental health problem during their school years. 

Good mental health is an important component to the success of our children in school and life. Whitnall School District recognizes this and will be focusing on preventative services. During the 17-18 school year, we are committed to:

  • Establishing connections between school, home, and the community

  • Establishing building level multi-disciplinary teams, which will include school social workers, school psychologists, guidance counselors, and administrators working together to support learner needs

  • Establishing a framework of multi-tier system of support (MTSS) that will provide social emotional support at Tier 1 (universal- for all students), Tier 2 (targeted - some students), and Tier 3 (intensive - few)

The Lab Report

Check out the latest issue of The Lab Report, the newsletter that takes you inside our science classrooms! Access it here!

Whitnall Summer Theatre 2017

For information on this program, go here!

Community Connections

In an attempt to minimize the amount of paper Whitnall uses, we have moved from sending home paper flyers from external organizations to posting them on our community connections page. Check it out if you're interested in activities outside of the district!

Whitnall High School
Next Week's Events
May 23: Spring Band Concert
May 24 : Senior Award Night | Recognizing members of the class of 2017 who will have maintained a 3.5 or higher GPA, have received a scholarship, are part of the top 10% of their graduating class, or are part of National Honor Society. 
May 25 : Spring Chorus Concert 
May 26: Senior class trip to Great America 

Prom will be held on Saturday, May 20th from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM at Muskego Lakes. Doors open at 6:00 PM. The king and queen will be announced after dinner. 
Whitnall Middle School
12th Annual WMS Walk-a-thon
The 12th annual WMS Walk-a-thon fundraising efforts are in full swing. This year's proceeds will go to help one of WMS's own, Jordan Guzman, an 8th grade student diagnosed with brain cancer. Consider helping the cause at  Yo-Fresh on W ednesday, ​ May 24th from 12 PM to 9 PM. Yo-Fresh will donate 15% of their proceeds. 5760 South 108th Street (Behind Sherper's.

The Walk-a-thon itself will be held during the school day on May 26th. Please consider donating anytime up through May 26th. Contact WMS for information on how to donate!
Willy Wonka Jr

The WMS production of "Willy Wonka Jr" will run June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd! The June 1st and 2nd shows are at 7 PM and the June 3rd show is at 2 PM. Tickets will be available for sale at the door for all shows.

Edgerton Elementary

The Edgerton PTO is sponsoring a fundraising event that is fun and healthy for all students. The donation drive will conclude with a Color-A-Thon event on the afternoon of  May 23rd. Donations at this time total nearly $20,000. Thanks for the amazing support! All students will participate in a run around the Edgerton grounds and Schoetz Park where they get blasted with color dust as they head toward the finish line!  All of the money raised will go towards the students of Edgerton Elementary to support continued improvements to their learning environment. The event is sure to be a BLAST for all. Thank you to the PTO for their continued support of the students and staff at Edgerton Elementary.

Grade 5 Concert

We have enjoyed a year full of wonderful musical performances here at Edgerton. The 5th grade students will be the last to perform for us at their farewell concert on May 24th at 6:00 PM in the main gym. Please join us as we celebrate the musical accomplishments of our 5th grade students!

Enhanced Learning Experiences

Next Tuesday, our 2nd grade students will visit Discovery World, Milwaukee’s own hands-on Science and Technology Center. They will have the opportunity to explore and interact with a number of science activities. On Friday, the owl ambassadors of the Schlitz Audubon Center will be at EES to visit our fourth grade students. Students will explore the adaptations that make owls successful predators of the night and interact with artifacts. In addition, students will have the opportunity to dissect an owl pellet. This activity is a fun hands-on way for students to take their learning to the next level as it encourages cooperation, reasoning, observation, and patience.

Hales Corners Elementary
DARE Graduation

We will be honoring our DARE graduates at a ceremony on Thursday, May 26th. Following the event, our PTO will host the DARE Tailgate for the 5th graders and their families, which will extend after school to all of our HCE families. All proceeds benefit the Hales Corners Police Department.

4th & 5th Grade Concerts

Our spring concert series continues with general and instrumental music shows on Friday, May 27th. 4th graders will perform at 9:15 AM and 5th graders will perform at 10:15 AM.

Student Reward Carnival Coordinators

We are looking for a parent or team of parents to coordinate the annual Student Reward Carnival for the 2017-18 school year. The current coordinators would be happy to have a “shadow” for this year’s event on June 2nd to learn the coordinator responsibilities. You can send an email to hcepto@whitnall.com or call the school office if interested.