Volume 2 | Issue 9 | October 13 , 2017
District News
Superintendent's Corner
It's hard to believe that it's the middle of October, but that's what my calendar says! This week, there were presentations to the board and to parents on our district's grading and reporting journey. Thank you to all of the parents who attended the meeting and joined us on Facebook Live. We truly appreciate and welcome the feedback so please continue to share your questions and concerns.  Click here for the board meeting video (start at 19:45) and go to our Facebook for the parent meeting video. See below for the actual presentation document.

At the board workshop meeting on Monday evening, the board reviewed current career readiness data at Whitnall. As part of our district goals, we are building a data dashboard to illustrate district priorities by analyzing current data and trends in our data. A couple weeks ago, state testing data was released on the DPI website and state report cards will be released in November. We are currently working on organizing our student achievement data to analyze trends to both celebrate successes and identify areas in need of improvement.  

On Tuesday this week, I stopped by Edgerton Elementary to participate in the Pink Possible  event, which raises awareness and funds toward breast cancer research by putting pink extensions in participants' hair for the price of a donation. On Thursday, I was able to watch both our volleyball and football teams in action.

Please be sure to complete your facilities study survey. There are 10 days remaining to complete the survey and a strong participation rate will assist the district in making important decisions. We currently have 398 parent surveys completed out of 2132 emailed out.

Feel free to contact me at lolson@whitnall.com and follow me on Twitter !
Parent Learning Academy: Grading
Thank you to all the families who either attended our Parent Learning Academy on the topic of grading or participated via Facebook Live. We were able to listen to (and read!) a wide range of thoughts and ideas. Here is the Grading Presentation visual that was presented at that meeting.

Feel free to contact Charles Tollefsen, WHS Principal, or Lynn LeRoy, WSD Director of Teaching and Learning, with any follow-up questions or discussion requests!
Pumpkin Fest
The Hales Corners Lions Club is hosting Pumpkin Fest on Friday, October 20 from 3pm-8pm and on Saturday, October 21 from 2pm-8pm at the Hales Corners Park Pool Pavilion. Admission is free.

Carve a pre-cleaned pumpkin at no cost! All pumpkins are eligible to win the carving contest. Judging starts at 7pm on Saturday. See all the pumpkins on display and take yours home for free after judging!

Food & beverages will be available.
Whitnall Child Development Day
We are hosting the 20th annual "Whitnall Child Development Day" on Friday, November 3rd. The program combines a developmental screening of preschool children with an opportunity for parents to learn more about child and family related services in the community. All families with 3-year-olds residing in the Whitnall School District are welcome to attend. Please complete this form to register.
Social Emotional Learning Corner
The district is working to build a systematic approach to social emotional learning in our schools. Have you ever stopped to consider the impact of a child's experiences on their brain development? Please take a moment to watch the video  How Brains are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development. 
Whitnall High School
Purchase Reminders
10th Grade Parents: Josten's ring purchases will be collected on Thursday, October 19th.

Tickets are on sale now for the fall play, Almost, Maine . Shows are November 3,4,5,10,&11. Buy tickets here !

Make sure to buy your yearbook before the price increases on November 1. Yearbooks can be purchased online at https://yearbookforever.com/
Winter Sports
The winter sports registration / meeting is on Tuesday, October 17th. Forms and fees begin at 5:30 PM and the meeting begins at 6:00 PM in the High School Auditorium.
Zero Hour
Throughout this week, teachers have begun the process of recommending students for Zero Hour support. Recommendations to counselors are made on the basis of one or more of the following: current grades (failing or struggling), missing assessments and/or make-up assessments. 

Zero Hour will start on Tuesday, October 17th. Students assigned a Zero Hour are required to report to their assigned location noted on their schedule at 7 AM on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week. Attendance is REQUIRED.

Please use this information as an opportunity to talk to your student about their current grades and to review their schedule in Infinite Campus to see if they have received a Zero Hour assignment.
Whitnall Middle School
Important Dates
 October 16: Makeup Picture Day
October 26: Butler vs Bullying Assembly
October 27: Fall Dance | Halloween Theme - costumes are welcome, as long as they abide by the student handbook dress code

Edgerton Elementary
Open House
Edgerton Elementary will host an all-school open house on Thursday, October 26th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. We hope you can stop in to visit your child’s classroom and see what they’ve been working on during these first weeks of school. The PTO and the 5th grade will also be sponsoring the annual cupcake sale in the gym. Be sure to stop in for some tasty treats.
PTO Panera Fundraiser
Where:  Panera - 4901 S. Moorland Rd. New Berlin
When:  Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Time:  4:00 - 8:00 pm

Bring this flier or show an electronic version to the cashier when you place your order and Panera will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Edgerton Elementary PTO. 
Hales Corners Elementary
5th Grade Field Trip
On October 11, our 5th grade learners had an amazing field trip to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Milwaukee Art Museum. The symphony music was Music of the Earth . The docents at the art museum lead tours that showed the students artwork that related to the symphony. What a wonderful learning opportunity!
Principal Chats
Please consider joining Mrs. Komas for the Principal Chat on Friday, October 20 at 9 AM. The only ground rule is that we will discuss school or grade level information. If you are planning ahead, Principal Chats are offered at 6:30pm on all PTO meeting nights (November 21, January 16, March 20, May 15) and during the school day on October 20, February 16, and April 20.
Food Drive
Our food drive continues through October 20. Even one non-perishable food item can help a family in need!