Volume 1 | Issue 4                                                                                                             May 26, 2017
District News
Superintendent's Corner
There are so  many wonderful milestones to celebrate this time of year that it's hard not to feel the pride that you as parents must feel. As I attend these events, I have the privilege and unique vantage point of being in a location where I am able to not only see the students, but to look into the audience. And, as much as I enjoy watching the students, I also enjoy watching the families in the audience as they watch the performance or celebration of their child with pride--whether that's the number of iPhones in the air, the smiles on faces, the exuberant applause, the elbowing of those seated nearby, or the hugs and handshakes afterward. I also often have a "backstage pass" to see the students before and after they perform or are recognized. Their nervousness, excitement, and anticipation captures the importance of the event to each student. My view is quite spectacular. The photos to the left are from my view this week.

Some of those milestones and celebrations I was able to attend this week were the WHS Senior Honors and Awards Banquet, the HCE DARE graduation, the WHS choir concert, the HCE 4th and 5th grade concerts, and the WMS Walk-a-Thon.

Please enjoy the extended weekend and holiday. Thank you to all of our family members who have served or are serving our country! 

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

Last week, you should have received an email from School Perceptions. The email takes you to an important survey about Whitnall's priorities. Please complete the survey before June 5th!

If you did not receive the survey, please email Logan Peaslee (lpeaslee@whitnall.com).
Spring Break Survey Update
Thank you to those who completed the spring break survey. The survey included two questions, one related to 2017-18 and one related to a regional spring break starting in 2018-19. The survey results for the regional spring break question will be forwarded to our CESA to compile with the other 40 districts in southeastern Wisconsin and will be reviewed in the fall of 2017.

At the May 22 Board of Education meeting, the Whitnall school board discussed the survey results and decided to not change the published 2017-18 spring break. You can find the 2017-18 school calendar here .

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!  
Recreator | Summer 2017

The City of Greenfield's Parks and Recreation Department has released its guide for the summer of 2017. Access the Recreator 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
Senior Honor Night

On Wednesday, we recognized 91 seniors for their outstanding efforts during their high school careers!
Senior Exams

Senior exams will take place on 5/30, 5/31, and 6/1. Please go here for a more detailed schedule. 
Senior Walk
For the first time, Whitnall will be offering a senior walk. The Class of 2017 has been given the opportunity to sign up to walk through the halls of either Hales Corners Elementary or Edgerton Elementary on Thursday, June 1st at 10:30 AM. Elementary students and staff will line the halls to welcome students back to where it all began. Encourage your seniors to complete the form and participate!
Graduation Breakfast and Rehearsal

The graduation breakfast and rehearsal will take place on Friday, June 2nd. Students should report to the cafeteria at 8:00 AM.

Graduation is Sunday, June 4th at 1:00 PM in the gym.
Whitnall Middle School
Theatre Experience

Some of our 8th grade students will be attending a performance of the Broadway hit musical "Hamilton" in Chicago on Tuesday evening. 8th grade language arts students have been using Hamilton as a study guide in creating songs, lyrics, and historical awareness throughout the school year.  
Willy Wonka Jr

June 1st and 2nd: 7:00 PM
June 3rd: 2:00 PM

All performances are in the WHS Auditorium

All tickets are $5.00 General Admission. Tickets available at the door for all performances.

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth."

Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA JR is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Music Theatre International.

Taking Care of Business

Friday, June 2nd will be our next "To-Do List Day." Students are given time to catch up on missing work or revisit items that need further attention. After checking off their to-do list, students are given the option of attending a student/staff basketball game or enjoying a quiet reading/study area. Please encourage your child to check their Google Classroom areas to prepare for the day!

Edgerton Elementary

Because of the continued rainy weather in Wisconsin, our Color-A-Thon had to be rescheduled. The big event will now take place on Tuesday, May 30th. The students and staff are looking forward to a fun afternoon of running, playground activities, music, and friendship! 

DARE Graduation

The 5th grade students will be celebrating the completion of their DARE curriculum with a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 31st at 2:00 PM. After school, all EES families are invited to the DARE picnic on the Edgerton playground. Food items will be for sale, and all proceeds will support the DARE program.

Book Swap

In conjunction with the EES PTO, we are pleased to host the EES book swap on Friday, June 2nd! Families have generously donated their gently used books so that every EES student can take home books for the summer. We are still accepting book donations through Wednesday, May 31st. Thanks to all EES families for their continued support!

Learning Fun

As the school year comes to a close, several grade levels have planned field trips for some fun learning experiences. K5 students will be hiking around Scout Lake on May 30th, while the 1st grade classes head to First Stage on June 1st to see the production of Junie B. Jones. In addition, the Grade 3 classes will be seeing the movie “Born in China” to enhance their science unit on ecosystems, adaptations, and heredity.

Hales Corners Elementary
Build a Better World

On Wednesday, May 31st, the Youth Services Librarian from Hales Corners Public Library, will be sharing information on the summer reading program entitled “Build a Better World” with our students!

Student Reward Carnival

The Student Reward Carnival is approaching! On Friday, June 2nd, our PTO will host the carnival, where students use their earned falcon feathers to have their face painted, play games, participate in raffles, and enjoy a bag of popcorn! We are thankful to our PTO and the parent volunteers that help provide our students with such an enjoyable experience!

Student Spotlight

Mitchell Mazurczak, HCE second grader, was a PK-2nd grade finalist in the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers' "Science Matters Essay Contest." Congratulations, Mitchell!