Volume 1 | Issue 1                                                                                                               May 5, 2017
District News
Superintendent's Corner
Welcome to our first issue of The Connect ! I'm very excited about increasing our communication with our Whitnall families. Since I began in the district last July, I have continued to be impressed with the level of engagement of our families, and improving our communication is key to this engagement. 

My role as superintendent requires me to make decisions on behalf of the district--and those decisions can't be done sitting in my office. These decisions are made best when in classrooms, attending concerts and programs, watching athletic events, and engaging in conversations with staff, parents, and the community.  

Each week, I would like to share some of these wonderful experiences. One of the highlights this past week was attending the K5 and 1st grade concerts at HCE. A month ago, I spent the afternoon as a 1st grader at HCE, which including going to music class where they practiced for the concert. It was wonderful being able to attend the concert and see the results of all the hard work of students and staff.

Feel free to contact me at lolson@whitnall.com and follow me on Twitter!
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.
Strategic Planning Event | June 15th
The next step in our journey toward personalizing learning is to develop a strategic plan. We want to begin that development with a community conversation: what do we want from a Whitnall graduate? Join us on June 15th for a strategic planning event! First, a cookout from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Then, a meeting from 6:30 PM to 9PM. Both parts of the event will be held in the WHS Cafeteria.

Falcon Fest 2017

May 13th
4 PM - 9 PM
Greenfield Community Center 
food, raffles, silent auction, live performances
Whitnall High School
NHS Induction

On Friday, May 5th, current National Honor Society (NHS) members will assist in inducting 57 juniors to the WHS chapter of NHS!
Senior Athletic Banquet

On Sunday, May 7th, the Whitnall Booster Club will host the Senior Athletic Banquet.
Although the high school wrapped up Aspire and Forward testing this past week, students who missed testing will be pulled for make-up sessions this coming week. AP testing will also continue!

Whitnall Middle School
2nd Annual WMS Spring Carnival | Tonight

The 2nd Annual WMS Spring Carnival is tonight!
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Whitnall Middle School

Whitnall Middle School Tours | Tonight
WMS students will be offering building tours at 5:30 this evening, prior to the opening of the Spring Carnival. This tour is offered for current 5th graders and any other students who will be new to WMS in the fall of 2017. All elementary/new students must be accompanied by an adult. Tour participants are welcome to stay and attend the WMS Spring Carnival fundraising event (please note that there is an admission fee for entrance to the Carnival). Interested in the Tour at 5:30?  Please sign up HERE.
Scholastic Book Fair | May 5-12

The book fair will be held tonight during the Spring Carnival and during school hours the week of May 8th. Willing to help? Details HERE.

Spring Concert Season is Here!

Tuesday, May 9th : 6th grade Band, Choir, and Orchestra | 7:00 PM East Gym
Wednesday, May 10th : 7th grade Band, Choir, and Orchestra | 7:00 PM East Gym
Thursday, May 11th : 8th grade Band, Choir, and Orchestra | 7:00 PM East Gym
Edgerton Elementary
Coffee with the Principal
Please join us on Tuesday, May 9th at 8:30 AM in the conference room for coffee with Mr. D’Acquisto. This is an excellent opportunity to hear about upcoming events at EES and to ask any questions you may have.
PTO Update

The PTO is sponsoring a fundraiser at Chipotle on Tuesday, May 9th from 4-8 PM.  50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Edgerton PTO. Please stop by the location at 5794 S. 108th Street. The next PTO meeting will be held on Thursday, May 11th at 7:00 PM in the EES library.

Box Top Drawing

The last box top drawing for the school year will be on Friday, May 12th. Please save your box tops over the summer!


Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students have recently completed the Wisconsin Forward assessment. While we celebrate the completion of this assessment, we now turn our attention to MAP testing, PALS assessments, and reading benchmark assessments that teachers will be conducting in the upcoming weeks. Please assist us by making sure that your children are eating a good breakfast each day and that they are getting a good night’s rest. 

Hales Corners Elementary
PBIS "Experience Raffle" Winners

This upcoming week, our PBIS “experience raffle” winners will enjoy spending time with a staff member during their lunch period. Students had the opportunity to take a chance on winning five different experiences, such as enjoying a pizza lunch and special dessert or a 30 minute piano lesson from Miss Heckenberger. We love to recognize students being safe, respectful, and responsible!

Genius Hour Showcase | 4th Grade

On May 10th, our 4th grade students will be hosting a Genius Hour Showcase. Family and friends are invited to view the self-selected projects that the 4th graders have been working on.

May 12th

On May 12th, grade 3 students will be working in the School Forest clearing an invasive plant species as part of an Earth Day learning program. Kate Preibisch, a current WHS sophomore, is leading this program, which is earning her a Girl Scout Gold Award!

Later that evening at 6:15 PM, students in K4, K5, and grade 1 can attend the Hales Corners Public Library outreach event. Get ready for a night of silly Mo Willems stories. Wear your pajamas and bring a stuffed animal or blanket to snuggle with. There will be crafts and time to browse for books to check out.