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Muskego-Norway News June 2020 - Please Scroll Down to See Contents

Reentry Planning

Please continue to refer to the Parent COVID-19 FAQ document where you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions during this time.

On June 8, administration discussed fall reentry planning with the school board - here is the presentation. As we continue to plan for what next fall may look like, we are asking each family for your preferences and input through a very brief survey. The primary contact from each family, as identified in Infinite Campus, will be receiving a separate email from survey@muskegonorway.org by end of day, Tuesday, June 9, 2020 asking for your participation. If no one in your family has received an email by the end of day Tuesday, June 9, please notify Michelle Plaushines (michelle.plaushines@muskegonorway.org). Thank you in advance for making time to complete this important input opportunity.

Mental Health Resources

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. This resource guide has been created for families, staff and students- Community Resources: Counseling and Therapy.

Talking to Youth About Race and Social Justice

One of the strengths of Muskego-Norway Schools (MNS) is the commitment to building equitable and inclusive learning communities which ensure all students the opportunity to succeed. Our school communities are strengthened through powerful partnerships with families to develop healthy, confident, and resilient youth.

We are approaching the final days of what can only be described as an unprecedented and uniquely challenging school year. Muskego-Norway School staff are thankful for our shared success with families in collaboratively assisting students in learning how to adapt and persevere during a time of uncertainty and change. This is a learning experience that reaches far beyond any physical or virtual classroom and evidence of how we can collectively rise to overcome obstacles.

In light of recent events, we recognize that families may be interested in additional support to approach sensitive conversations with their children regarding race, equity, and social justice. Following is a list of resources designed to support these conversations.

Additionally, our Student Services personnel (school counselors, school psychologists, and social workers) are prepared to assist families with complex and sensitive conversations. If you or your child have any questions about how to address these subjects, we encourage you to reach out. A listing of Student Services staff can be found on our website.

How is the District Addressing Inclusion, Equity, and Social Justice?

Our mission statement reflects our collective commitment to ensure that every student is learning, growing and succeeding. In Muskego-Norway, we actively work to actualize this commitment on a daily basis. MNS embraces the opportunity to continuously improve how we serve students, families, and our community. We believe education is an important component of this effort. We have done and/or are in the midst of doing the following:

  • Studying equity with other districts and the school board: (1) Member of the Closing the Achievement Gap Consortium - focus on students of color and other marginalized groups and supporters of the African American Female Initiative and African American Male Initiative; (2) Board and administration attendance this year at Reframing the Achievement Gap: Equity and Excellence for All (January) and Closing the Achievement Gap Consortium Board Symposium (March)
  • Reviewing policies and procedures to ensure inclusion, equity, and social justice are addressed and are stated in staff and student handbooks
  • Providing families with materials that support discussions with children regarding race, racism and social justice
  • Exploring ways to embed inclusion, equity, and social justice into the curriculum review cycle, and ways to support understanding of the history of marginalization and the positive impact we can have on a daily basis when we use an equity focused mindset that addresses disparities
  • Researching professional development opportunities for staff that center around diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice
  • Capitalizing on our Positive Behavior Support System (PBIS) as a mechanism to address social conscience and cultural awareness
  • Providing staff with professional learning opportunities to ensure they are prepared to meet the social emotional, and academic needs of a wide range of learners from diverse backgrounds: (1) Self Awareness, Self Regulation, and Resiliency training; (2) Trauma Informed Practices; (3) Culturally Responsive Practices; (4) Book discussions to deconstruct bias and create opportunities to alter inequities
  • Conducting a community outreach: (1) Contacting the authors of the letter/petition to the district; (2) Offering community discussion and/or book study; (3) If you are interested, please contact Director of Student Services, Kaari Olson (kaari.olson@muskegonorway.org).

We commit to creating space for additional conversation and ensuing actions to promote equity, inclusion, and social justice within our school environment and community.

Celebrating our Staff

MNS staff typically gather for an End of Year Breakfast to celebrate the amazing work of this past school year! We recognize the 2020 Compass recipients, 2020 Retirees and staff who at the end of this year, will have served in Muskego-Norway Schools for twenty-five (25), thirty (30) years and thirty-five (35) years!

Census Update

Each year, we ask that families complete the mandatory Annual Census Update through the Infinite Campus parent portal. Completing this process assures we have the correct information in our database. If you have moved or are moving, either within the district or outside, you must report this information to the district office. More information is available on our website.

Muskego High School TEALS Opportunity

Muskego High School is excited to continue to offer computer science courses next year. We are investing in our students by partnering with Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS to build and grow our CS program. There are more than 500,000 open computer science positions without qualified talent to fill them across all industries. We are trying to help ensure our students have access to the necessary education to ensure a successful future for them.

Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS is a program that recruits, mentors, and places passionate technology professionals into high school classrooms as volunteer instructors. These volunteers bring subject matter expertise and will join Ms. Joan Buske to teach computer science together. TEALS provides training for both parties, rigorous curricula, and opportunities for students to continue their education outside of the classroom.

We are offering "Introduction to Computer Science" and "AP Computer Science A." The introductory class is based on the award-winning University of California Berkeley CS10 course and is adapted specifically for high schools. AP Computer Science A is an advanced computer science course offering students the opportunity to earn college credit. As a TEALS partner school, Muskego High School needs to assist with volunteer recruitment from the computer science and software engineering fields to team-teach these courses with our teachers. Muskego High School will hold AP Computer Science A first period, 7:25 am - 8:15 am and Introduction to Computer Science, second period, from 8:20 am -9:10 am. which will allow volunteers to attend their jobs afterwards.

If you or someone you know works in the computer science or software engineering field and would be interested in making a difference in our students’ future success, please contact Ken Dunbar at 262-888-0597 or via email at ken.dunbar@muskegonorway.org. You can read more about TEALS on their website at http://www.tealsk12.org. I am excited about these opportunities and look forward to hearing from you.

2020-21 - Parent Advisory Team

If you are interested in being part of the 2020-21 Parent Advisory Team, please consider signing up by completing this survey. Meetings will be held at the Educational Services Center from 5:00-6:30PM on the following Mondays: October 5, November 30, February 15, and April 26.

2020-21 Conversations with the Superintendent

The 2020-21 Conversations with the Superintendent at the ESC are scheduled as follows:

  • Morning of September 24 (Thursday) at 7:00 AM
  • Noon on November 23 (Monday) - 12:00 PM
  • Morning of February 23 (Tuesday) at 7:00 AM
  • Afternoon of April 12 (Monday) 4:00 PM

If these dates/times do not fit your schedule and you are interested in meeting, please contact Dr. Kelly Thompson (kelly.thompson@muskegonorway.org) to schedule an individual meeting.

Follow Us

"Follow Us" on Facebook (Muskego Norway Schools), Twitter (@MuskegoNorwaySC), and/or Instagram (muskegonorwayschools) for up-to-date information about our district’s celebrations and events.

On behalf of the entire Muskego-Norway staff, thank you for your partnership throughout the 2019-20 school year and, in particular, over these last few months! We could not have done it alone! Wishing you a summer filled with love, joy, and beautiful memories.

With Gratitude,

Dr. Kelly Thompson

Superintendent