Volume 4 | Issue 3 | September 6, 2019
District News
Transportation Update
We continue to monitor our transportation situation as drivers become more familiar with their routes and our ridership numbers and stops are finalized. As those variables become concrete, this will allow us to make changes to routes or place additional resources where needed. Priorities will be placed on ensuring buses do not have total riders beyond a buses stated capacity (typically 72) nor will we allow routes to continue to arrive late to the elementary schools.

Currently, we our analyzing routes for total number of stops, total numbers of students routed, actual ridership, stated pick up and drop off times versus actual performance, and how routes are aligned (for example, analyzing HS/MS routes that turn into elementary routes that are arriving late in the morning). We will work directly with our service provider, First Student, in making possible changes. Additional resource allocation is not taken lightly as this forces dollars towards operations and away from the classrooms. This is why we place importance on timely arrival (instruction) and bus capacity (safety) over any other factors.

Continue to check Infinite Campus throughout next week using the Transportation tab; there may be tweaks to route times in order to be more accurate. Major changes to a route will be directly communicated to those families affected. Major changes would be a new bus, a new stop, or pick up or drop off times that change drastically.

Whitnall School District will also continue to assess the use of an app through First Student which tracks bus progress. This app was first brought forward to the consortium in the spring and there were some aspects of the app that caused hesitation on our part. Out of our consortium members (Greendale, Greenfield, and Franklin), Greenfield is currently using the application. We will monitor their successes and frustrations with the application and discuss implementation if proven successful.

Thank you for your continued patience and we look forward to steady improvement of transportation over the next week!
New Parent Communication Orientation
On September 11 at 6:30 PM, we are holding a meeting for parents new to the district (or parents who just need a refresher) about how to check Infinite Campus message preferences, what to expect communication-wise from the district vs. the buildings, how to navigate the website, etc. This meeting will be held in the Community Board Room.
Board Agenda | September 9
Interested in the items being considered at the next board meeting? Check out the agenda for September 9 on our Agendas & Minutes page .
Annual Notices
Please review all of our annual notices for the 2019-2020 school year. They can be found on our district website under Families or you can follow this direct link: WSD Annual Notices
Fall Assessments
Fall progress assessments will begin next week at Whitnall. While the dates span multiple weeks, your individual student(s) will only be testing for one or two days during that time. The exact dates of testing for your child’s class may be obtained by contacting their classroom teacher. Students will be taking one or more of the following exams. Click the name of each test to be taken to the parent information site for that test.

Grade 1&2: September 9 - 23     
K5: October 7 - 18
K4: October 16 - 23

K-5: September 9 - September 26

K-5 (Math) | 2-5 (Reading): September 9 - 27
 
6th - 10th Grade: September 9 - 25

If you have any questions about the fall assessment process, please contact Amy Stenzel, Whitnall Continuous Improvement Coordinator: astenzel@whitnall.com 414-525-8515.
Tyler Herro
Since Whitnall graduate Tyler Herro will be back in the area with the Heat when they play the Bucks on 3/16, 100 tickets have been reserved for sale to the Whitnall community. You can go to the site below to order tickets. The first 30 tickets sold will be in a high five line at the beginning of the game as the players run out on the court!

 
The Student and Family Assistance Program
A healthy home and family life helps to nurture academic excellence. To promote healthy homes, minds, and families, Whitnall is proud to offer the Student and Family Assistance Program (SFAP). The Student and Family Assistance Program is a free and confidential program, paid for by the school district, to help your family create a healthy, supportive home environment, setting the students in your household up for success. The licensed counselors of the Student and Family Assistance Program have been serving Wisconsin families for more than 25 years. To learn more about these services, visit aurora.org/eap or call 800-236-3231. You can also reach out to the Pupil Services staff in each building for more informatio n. 

Edgerton Elementary:
Kelly Witz - School Psychologist - (414) 525-8999
Jennifer Larsen - School Counselor - (414) 525-8903

Hales Corners Elementary:
Jackie Thao - School Social Worker - (414) 525-8803
Sarah Anderson - School Counselor - (414) 525-8802

Whitnall Middle School:
Courtney Fleischman - School Social Worker - (414) 525-8655
Nicole Lussier - School Psychologist - (414) 525-8795
Jim Gabelman - School Counselor - (414) 525-8654

Whitnall High School :
Kayla Skaletski - School Social Worker (414) 525-8506
Janet Callender - School Counselor (414) 525-8523
Nora Revoir - School Counselor (414) 525-8521
Steve Gross - School Counselor (414) 525-8522
Hales Corners Library
Stay up to date on what’s happening at the Hales Corners Library by subscribing to their weekly newsletter!
 
Below are the library’s fall programs. Check out the flyers!

Greenfield Parks & Recreation
Check out the upcoming offerings from Greenfield Parks & Recreation!

Whitnall High School
Parking Lots
Our parking lots are busy places at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day. Parents and students, please be patient during pick up and drop off times. Make arrangements for extra time as the traffic patterns and routines are established.
Whitnall Middle School
Athletics & Activities
Cross Country
Cross Country has started, but if a student is still interested, please see Ms. Wilson in 8th grade or Mrs. Sobush in the guidance office.

7th & 8th Grade Girls Basketball
7th and 8th grade girls interested in playing basketball for WMS, please see Mr. Wilson in the gym or Mrs. Sobush in the guidance office.

Student Advisory Team Sign Up
6th, 7th, and 8th grade students interested in being part of the Student Advisory Committee at WMS should check their grade level Google classrooms starting September 9th or see Mr. Antholine.

Student Anti-Bullying Team Sign Up
6th, 7th, and 8th grade students interested in being part of the Anti-Bullying Team at WMS should check their grade level Google classrooms starting September 9th or see Mr. Relich.
PTO Reminders
First Meeting of the Year!
The first WMS PTO meeting is on Wednesday, September 11 in the WMS Library from 7-8 PM. This is a great opportunity to get involved with some exciting events at WMS!

Eat & Earn
On Thursday, September 12, the WMS PTO will be hosting the first eat & earn event of the school year! It will be held at the Portillo's located at 84 South on Layton Ave (8705 West Sura Lane) from 5 - 8 PM. You are required to show this flyer . Thank you in advance for your participation!
Edgerton Elementary
Community Playground Build
Edgerton is ready to install the next phase of the playground equipment. Thank you to the PTO for financially supporting this effort. We are looking for many volunteers to help install the new pieces on Saturday, September 21. Many hands make light work! Click here for the sign up.  All community members are invited to help out, so recruit your friends and family members to join us. Lunch will be provided. Please note that anyone under the age of 18 will not be allowed on the construction site. We may be able to provide child care if we can secure an adequate number of volunteers. 
PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports)
We are excited to kick off another year utilizing PBIS strategies in our school. With that in mind, we ask that you consider our PBIS Wishlist. Items will be used for student incentives throughout the year at “Camp Edgerton.” If you’d like to donate, items may be ordered from Amazon. You can also sign up for Amazon Smile and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Edgerton PTO. Here’s the link to our wishlist: EES PBIS Wishlist
All School T-Shirts
In conjunction with our PBIS programming, Edgerton will have a school theme this year. Your child will notice our “Camp Edgerton” theme throughout the year in a variety of settings. We are asking that each student purchase a “Camp Edgerton” community t-shirt that will be worn on special days throughout the school year. The cost is $3 per student. Please consider shrinkage and child growth when selecting t-shirt sizes. Click HERE for the order form. The payment can be sent to school with your child. 
After School Enrichment Programs
There are several after school programs being held at Edgerton this fall. Click on the links below for more details and registration information.


Cub Scouts
Edgerton's Cub Scout Pack 574 will be hosting a New Scout Information Night on Wednesday, September 11 in the gym at 6:30 PM. All children in K5-5th grade are welcome to join in the fun of scouting. If you have any questions, you may contact Jessie Olin, Committee Chair at burnsj13@gmail.com or email Pack 574 directly at eespack574@gmail.com For more info, see the Cub Scout Flyer .
Hales Corners Elementary
PTO Updates
Tailgate Tuesday
Tailgate Tuesday is September 24! This is a drop-in event that the PTO sponsors. Meet families on the south playground to reconnect. The PTO is selling hot dogs, chips, soda, water, and baked goods. Sign up HERE to volunteer at this event.

Student Directory
Please consider signing up for the PTO Student Directory. Forms are due on September 13. Copies were distributed and the form is HERE .