In the Middle
Whitnall Middle School Family Newsletter
Whitnall Middle School Message
March 9, 2020

As we inch towards Spring Break and hopefully a warm spring there are a lot of things taking place as well as a busy month of April and May before we get into June.

Once we get back from Spring Break in late March we enter our Wisconsin Forward Testing window. While the Wisconsin Forward test is a snapshot of student and school performance it does provide WMS and WSD with information that can be used to help grow each student as well as guide our work at the building level. Please look for more information coming out as we get closer to the April dates.

All current 6th and 7th grade students have selected their courses for next year. If you have any questions please contact our Counselor Mr. Gableman or log into Infinite Campus to double check any selections. Information has been shared with our elementary schools and community for our incoming 2020-2021 6th grades and how to go about selecting their music class for next year. Mr. Gableman was at both Edgerton and Hales Corners talking with students about the middle school experience.

Have a great rest of March. As always if there are any questions please contact Mr. Relich or myself.

Yours in learning,

Bob Antholine
Principal WMS
Upcoming Dates
March 11 - PTO Meeting
March 12 - 5th to 6th Grade Transition Night 6:00PM
March 14 - Children's Art Day WHS
March 14 - Destination Imagination Competition Muskego HS
March 18 - Bands Extravaganza WHS
March 19 - Orchestra POPS Concert WHS
March 20 - End of Progress Period
March 23 - 27 - No School Spring Break
March 30 - School Resumes
June 9th - 8th Grade Celebration at Whitnall High School
6th Grade Transition Night
Thursday evening from 6:00pm - 7:00pm will be holding an informational meeting for our incoming 6th grade students. This is an opportunity to get an overview, meet many of our teachers, and ask questions! WMS Student Council will also be hosting tours after the presentation.
The presentation will start at 6:00pm in the EAST GYM.
WMS Podcast Launched
If you haven't heard it yet check out the start and launch of the WMS Podcast. WMS has had two episodes so far which. We would be open to any ideas or topics for our upcoming podcasts!
Bake Sale Fundraiser
WMS is holding a bake sale from March 17th-20th to raise money for the Mud Run at the end of the year. If you would like to donate items both store bought and home baked goods are welcome as long as they are packaged individually to be sold for $1.00. You can drop them off at the Middle School front office on Monday, March 16th, or bring them throughout the week. Please refrain from bringing in items that contain tree nuts. If you have any questions please email Samantha Cusick at . Thanks in advance
MADE 2 Maker Fair
MADE 2 students will be holding an in-school Maker Fair from 7:55-8:45 am and 9:51-10:41 am on March 11th. For more information please contact Mr. Basthemer .
7th Grade Band Plays At The Capitol
Here is some information on what took place with our 7th grade band on March 5th at the Wisconsin State Capitol:
Before we started playing today, Senator Craig (Whitnall's senator) came and spoke with the students. We also got a group picture with him and Representative Sinicki through the State Capitol Professional Photographer. He said he will put the picture on magnetic postcards so they call have a copy. He also had the kids ask any questions. Questions were a variety like how long it took to build the capitol or parts of the building were real gold, etc.
If you didn't catch the performance, you can find it on the Whitnall Music Dept facebook page.

WMS Band At State Capitol
2020-2021 Registration Information
There are some adjustments for incoming 6th grade students as WMS works to provide more opportunities for our students to be exposed to the variety of courses we offer. For the 2020-2021 school year all 6th grade students will take the following electives during a 7 week exploratory phase: Spanish, French, Coding, Makerspace, and Art. Additionally, students will have to select a music course that lasts all year while alternating days with physical education. Music choices include: Band, Choir, Orchestra, or Music Lab.

Please talk with you child(ren) about the following options for both 7th and 8th grade students next year.
7th Grade Electives: Spanish I, French I, Theatre I, Tech Ed I, MADE I, Digital Comm I, Coding I, Health Sciences I, Art Foundations, 2D Art, Beginning Band, Band, Choir, Orchestra

8th Grade Electives:
Spanish I and II, French I and II, Theatre I and II, Tech Ed I and II, Digital Comm I and II, Coding I and II, Health Sciences I and II, Art Foundations, Art 2D, Art 3D, Band, Beginning Band, Choir, Orchestra
Course I + Course II = WHS Intro Course

Any Elective offered for 7th grade can be taken in 8th grade if scheduling allows. Please know the registration process is a very important one for us. Schedules are built around course registrations. After registration schedule requests may not be able to be done. Any questions please contact Jim Gableman at 414-525-8654

Yearbook Sale
YEARBOOKS ON SALE NOW:  Order your yearbooks! Online sales only $14.00.  Order Form Here
Also linked on IC and our website
Inclement Weather Information
As winter weather approaches, we like to remind you of the policy on school closings. The decision to close District Schools is made by the Superintendent after consultation with the bus company, neighboring districts, the Weather Bureau, and the Sheriff’s Department. The following radio and television stations will be notified of the decision to close District Schools by 6:00 a.m., unless, due to special circumstances, a decision could not be made by that time.
AM Radio FM Radio TV Stations
WTMJ - 620 94.5 WTMJ - Channel 4
WOKY - 920 99.1 WITI - Channel 6
WISN - 1130 97.3 WISN - Channel 12
96.5 WDJT - Channel 58

Social and Emotional Learning
WMS continues to recognize the importance of social-emotional learning in developing a well-rounded individual. Throughout our social-emotional curriculum, your child will experience skill-building lessons in the four main areas of self-discipline, responsibility, good judgment, and respect for others. In the month of January, lessons are being delivered within ELA and Science classrooms. This month’s lesson content will be related to developing a positive learning community and personal development. 

Feel free to invite your child to discuss what they are learning and share your personal experiences of adolescence. Relevant topics to explore with your child include strengths and areas for growth, different ways people define and achieve success, and the positive decisions, values and goals that help people become successful. Have your child share an experience of learning a new skill that was challenging and how they used a growth-mindset to overcome obstacles. This can be an opportunity to relate to your child about you handled change and stressors growing up. 

If at any time you feel your family or child could benefit from additional community-based supports, please reference the District Webpage to learn more about the Student and Family Assistance Program.
Career Day
We will be hosting our 2020 Career Day for 8th grade students on Thursday March 12, 2020 from 11:30am - 2:00pm. We are looking for volunteers to speak with our students about their profession. Our goal for the day is for each presenter to facilitate four 30 minute sessions. If you are interested or would like more details about the day, click here to see a list of desired Career Day sessions.  Thanks so much for your consideration!
Grade Level Homework Links
Below are links to each CORE areas daily homework. The information provided is meant as a quick check. More detailed information is available from each teacher and/or their google classrooms.
Teen Center
Upcoming Teen Center dates:     
 March 13 & 20             April 3 & 17     
All Teen Center participants are required to complete a  Waiver of Liability   form signed by a parent/guardian and turn it in to Teen Center staff.
For more information and to download a printable Waiver of Liability form, click the Teen Center 2019-2020 link above.​

School 'Stuff'

Student Absences: .
Please report your students absence to the school by 8:00 a.m. You may use the Absence Reporting Form or call the attendance line at 414-525-8650. .
No call and no note will result in the absence being recorded as truancy. If a student has a medical/dental appointment, we encourage you to provide an excuse from the provider.

Appointments/Planned Absences
If your student has an appointment, special event, leaving early, etc. Please contact the office prior to the event so we can have your student waiting for you in the office. You may use the Absence Reporting Form or call the attendance line at 414-525-8650. . If the student will be gone more than two days, please utilize the Planned Absence Form

Pick Up & Drop Off Information
As shared previously - busing and car drop-off/pick-up have been adjusted to decrease congestion near the Edgerton intersection where many students cross. While it may take some time to adjust we appreciate your patience with us and one another.

The map attached HERE shows an aerial view of the drop off.


Upcoming Meetings: (held in WMS library 7 - 8)

March 11
May 13

WMS PTO is hosting a Staff Appreciation Dinner during conferences.Please consider donating an item or two for our Staff Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, February 27 during conferences. 

The Whitnall Middle School PTO is looking for parents interested on being on the PTO Board. There is an opening for Vice President, but all positions are up for election in March. If you are interested please email Mr. Antholine @

WMS Leadership
Please use the following information to determine whom to contact for different questions. If you have any questions on how to direct you call/questions please contact Ms. Dawn Jones, WMS Secretary at 414-525-8660.

Bob Antholine Principal
@Antholine (twitter)

Ryan Relich Assistant Principal

Building Daily Operations and Events/Teaching and Learning
Primary Contact: Bob Antholine Email

Student Attendance and Behavior
Primary Contact: Mr. Ryan Relich Email

School Counselor
James Gableman

School Psychologist
Nicole Lussier

School Social Worker
Courtney Fleishmann
Important Links and Resources
Whitnall Employment Opportunities
Did you know that you can find employment opportunities at Whitnall through WECAN and daily substitute opportunities through Teachers On Call ? Consider taking a look at what's available!
 (Athletic Coach, Custodian, Food Service, Kitchen Worker, Noon Hour Supervisor, Paraprofessional)
 (Educators and Paraprofessionals)
 (Educators/DPI Licensed Positions)
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