January 30, 2019 | Vol. 9 Mequon-Thiensville School District Newsletter
A Message from Mr. Joynt
This January has presented many weather-related challenges to both our instructional and co-curricular calendars. Please know that when determining whether school closures are necessary due to inclement weather , the safety of our students, parents, and staff members is our primary priority.

With four canceled school days this month, I know there are many questions regarding whether we will need to make up the time that has been lost to winter weather. Per the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, we do not need to be in session for a minimum number of school days. Instead, we must be in session for a minimum number of instructional hours. The required number of hours is different at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

At this time, our elementary and middle schools have enough hours built into their schedules that no adjustments are necessary. A minimal amount of additional instructional time will need to be found within our high school schedule following the school closure on Thursday, January 31, 2019 . The good news is that in working closely with Homestead Principal Brett Bowers, we believe that we can make up the lost time without adding additional days within the school calendar. High school families should watch for more information on this topic from Principal Bowers within the next week.

I look forward to welcoming our students and staff back to school on Friday, February 1, 2019 to close out an amazing week of Wisconsin weather!
Climate and Culture Survey Results
In December we invited MTSD parents and guardians to participate in a survey focused on the climate and culture in our schools and district. Families provided perspective on the topics of  student relationships, the learning environment, safety and well-being, environments and   programs, family engagement,  and  overall district quality.

We are excited to share that the results of this first annual parent climate and culture survey are strong and reflect our mission:  Together, we ignite each student's passion for learning, preparing for a life of infinite possibilities.
Save the Date:
2019-2020 4K Pre-Registration
Do you have a child entering 4-year-old kindergarten in the 2019-20 school year? If so, please pre-register your child for 4K (or 5K if the child will be new to MTSD) on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Range Line Conference Room, located at 11040 N. Range Line Road. Pre-registration is open between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pre-registration is important because it allows us to develop class rosters and determine staffing to meet projected enrollment. Parents also identify their preferred morning or afternoon program option. Please note that the availability of specific sections is dependent upon capacity and sufficient enrollment. Program times are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and we reserve the right to make final decisions on placement. You must bring your child’s original birth certificate and proof of residency to pre-register.
Wellness Committee Nutrition Survey
Earlier this school year we established a wellness committee comprised of a diverse group of staff, administrators, students, parents, and community specialists to gather a range of voices and perspectives on topics of health and wellness. To gather more information regarding one of the committee’s areas of focus—school nutrition—we have invited parents to complete a survey on the topic of food offerings available to students through the school food service program.

The wellness committee will ultimately make informed recommendations to administrators regarding practices across the school district. Your opinion matters! Parents and guardians, please check your email from Monday, January 28 for a link to the nutrition survey. Complete the survey by February 15 to to a dd your voice to the conversation.
Join the Tartan20 Party!
It's not too late to register for the Mequon-Thiensville Education Foundation's 20th anniversary Tartan Bash. Join us for a night of food, fun, dancing, and silent and live auctions to benefit excellence in education!

Where: Ozaukee Country Club
When: February 9 @ 6 p.m.
Cost: $150 per ticket ($75 of which is tax deductible)
Homestead High School Theatre Presents "The Little Mermaid"
Homestead Theatre's production of "The Little Mermaid" begins on Thursday, February 7 and runs through Sunday, February 10. Children and adults of all ages will be amazed as the cast uses aerial silks and ballet techniques to transform the stage into a watery wonderland. Don't miss this classic favorite tale about finding your own way in a new world!
Important Dates
Tartan Bash - Tartan20
Saturday, February 9

Monday, February 18

4K Pre-Registration Date
Thursday, February 21
9 a.m.-6 p.m., Range Line Conference Room