Muskego-Norway News May 2019 - Please Scroll Down to See Contents

Master Planning 2.0 - Community Survey

Thank you to the nearly 2,200 individuals who provided feedback on our Community Survey in April. We will be summarizing results with the board on Monday, May 20th. Results will then be included in our June parent newsletter and posted on the website.

2019 Top Workplace

This year, Muskego-Norway Schools (MNS) was again recognized as a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Top Workplace, three years in a row. This honor was paired with a special award for Meaningfulness, which the district also received in 2016. This recognition was based on MNS having the highest rating for the specific question, “My job makes me feel like I am part of something meaningful.” In 2017, MNS received the special recognition of New Ideas. Receiving the designation of a Top Workplace is so well-deserved by all the staff members in the district who work tirelessly to continuously improve their practice to have a greater impact on their students and make their building and this district such a fantastic place to be. The video shared with staff regarding this recognition is available HERE.

Our 2019 Compass recipients joined administration and our retired board president at the WI Center to receive the award on April 12.

Left to right - Ken Dunbar (Associate Principal MHS), Jeff Petersen (Assistant Superintendent), Katie Van Ruden (MHS Teacher & Compass), Dr. Kelly Thompson (Superintendent), Robin Schrot (Principal MV), Rick Petfalski (Retired Board President & Compass), Rachel Rydzewski (Principal MLMS), Kelsey Guenther (BLE Teacher & Compass), Bob Crawley (BLE Supervisor & Compass), and Pam Quirk (Learning Coach & Compass)
Muskego girls soccer team.

TEALS - Growing Computer Science at Muskego High School

MHS is partnering with Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS to build and grow our Computer Science program. This partnership will allow our students access to an Introduction to Computer Science course that is based on the award-winning University of California Berkeley CS10 course and is adapted specifically for high schools. Currently, there are more than 500,000 open computer science positions without qualified talent to fill them across all industries. Our hope is to ensure that our students have access to the necessary education to open the opportunity for a successful career in this area.

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 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. 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 Principal Todd Irvine at todd.irvine@muskegonorway.org. You can also read more about TEALS on their website at http://www.tealsk12.org and about volunteering HERE.

Lakeview students participating in the Kids Heart Challenge.

Student Survey Results

We recently received our 2019 Student Satisfaction Survey results which revealed an overall mean 3.79, based on a 5 point scale. Building principals will roll-out building-level results and design an action plan with staff by the start of the 2019-20 school year.

Items with some of the highest means include:

  • My learning is important at school (4.26)
  • My principal is a good leader (4.24)
  • My teacher challenges me to think (4.09)

Items with some of the lowest means include:

  • “Students show respect for each other at this school” (3.19)
  • “My teachers ask me how I learn best” (3.47)

Additionally, and new this year, teachers received individual feedback from students through a separate seven (7) question survey that measured social, emotional, behavior and academic components of the teachers’ work.

Threats are Taken Seriously

Please remember that if you or your children see or hear something suspicious to immediately say something to an administrator, a School Resource Officer, or call the local police department. We are committed to ensuring a safe learning environment for our students, and we are fortunate to have great partnerships with you, our parents/guardians in our district. With threats occurring more often in school districts, it is important that we take a moment to lean on this partnership and ask you to have a conversation with your 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 you to personally discuss this issue with your 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.

Performers at the Cabaret event!

2019-20 Parent Advisory Team

We are already planning for next year’s Parent Advisory Team. If you are interested in being part of this outstanding group of parent advocates who are working together to help us realize our vision to be the District of Choice, please consider signing up for our 2019-20 district-wide Parent Advisory Team at this LINK. Meetings will be held at the Educational Services Center from 5:00-6:30PM on the following Mondays: September 30, November 25, March 2, and May 11.

2019-20 Conversation with the Superintendent

I will be hosting 2019-20 Conversations with the Superintendent at the ESC as follows:

  • Morning of September 26 (Thursday) at 7:00 AM
  • Noon on November 25 (Monday) - 12:00 PM
  • Morning of February 26 (Wednesday) at 7:00 AM
  • Afternoon of April 27 (Monday) 4:00 PM

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

Engineering students presented their projects.

Background Check Ranks School Districts

MNS was recognized as one of the Top School Districts in WI (ranked 11th).

Follow Us

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

Happenings Around the District

Left to right: Kinder-Splash was a success at the elementary schools last week. Engineering students presented their projects to the community, family, friends, and industry professionals. Students worked on Mother's Day gifts at Bay Lane Elementary.
Left to right: Lakeview students raised money for the American Heart Association. Middle school students attended the Cabaret at the high school. Lake Denoon students presented their "Shark Tank" ideas in class.

With Gratitude,

Dr. Kelly Thompson, Superintendent

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