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Muskego-Norway Schools MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017 - SCROLL DOWN TO SEE CONTENTS

Dear MNS Families,

The beauty of fall is upon us! I hope you find time to enjoy the season with family and friends. Below are a few district updates you may find informative.

District Information

There are several documents available that provide updates regarding district happenings and results. The fall Community Newsletter was delivered to homes late last week. It is also available on our website HERE. A one page Fast Facts document (available HERE) highlights a number of district accolades and student successes. Our Quality Report 2017 provides detailed results regarding the health of our organization, outlining data in all four of our core competency areas (Exemplary Teaching and Learning, Continuous Improvement, Highly Effective Personnel, and Sound Stewardship). The Quality Report is available HERE.

Strategic Plan Update

We are in the process of gathering input from students, parents, community members and staff through surveys and focus groups as our first step in creating our next 5-year plan (2018-2023). The Strategic Plan Advisory Committee (SPAC) met for the first time last week and are prepared to embark on a full strategic planning process. They will analyze the stakeholder input and study research on trends in education and the workforce to consider key elements of our long-range plan (mission, vision, values, long-term goals, core competencies, and metrics). Thank you to the nearly 1600 respondents who completed our community survey last month. We will share survey results in a future message.

Threats are Taken Seriously

We are committed to ensuring a safe learning environment for your children, and we are fortunate to have great partnerships with parents in our district. With school threats occurring more often in school districts, it is important that we take a moment to lean on this partnership and ask parents to have a conversation with their children regarding the serious implications of making a threat on a school. Such behavior may leave a lasting impact on a child’s education and future. The impact on the entire family is profound. Rather than waiting, we are asking parents to personally discuss this issue with their children now. Whether a student perceives making a threat as a joke or not a big deal, making a threat on a school could result in suspension, expulsion, and/or being charged as an adult with a felony. According to State of WI statue 947.015: “Whoever intentionally conveys or causes to be conveyed any threat or false information, knowing such to be false, concerning an attempt or alleged attempt being made or to be made to destroy any property by the means of explosives is guilty of a Class 1 felony.” Thank you for taking a moment to have this discussion with your children.

School Closing Protocol

With the cold and snow season just around the corner, this is a friendly reminder to familiarize yourself with the district’s protocol for closing school due to inclement weather HERE.

Conversation with the Superintendent

I will be hosting 2017-18 Conversations with the Superintendent at the ESC as follows:

  • Noon on November 30 (Thursday) at 12:00PM
  • Afternoon of February 26 (Monday) at 3:30PM
  • Morning of April 25 (Wednesday) at 7:00AM

If these dates/times do not fit your schedule and you are interested in meeting, please contact me to schedule an individual meeting.

Facility Updates

For ongoing updates on our building projects please visit our website HERE.

School Nutrition and Student Wellness Committee

This year, the district has formed a School Nutrition and Student Wellness Committee. The committee's work will start with a review of the school wellness policy for our students as well as assess the school nutrition options within our food service program including vending, birthday treats, and fundraisers to name a few. The goal of the committee is to develop a plan that will educate students on nutrition and wellness opportunities that are available from a district-wide perspective. We are looking for a few parent volunteers from all levels to support our efforts. If you are interested in volunteering for the committee, please contact Julie Kelly at julie.kelly@muskegonorway.org or 262.971.1806. Our next committee meeting is scheduled for October 26th from 5:00-6:30pm at the Educational Services Center.

Please consider following the district on Facebook (Muskego Norway Schools) and Twitter (@MuskegoNorwaySC) for up-to-date information about our district’s celebrations and events.

With Gratitude,

Dr. Kelly Thompson, Superintendent

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