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

Safety in Our Schools

The ​Wisconsin Department of Justice recently made grant funding available to schools across the state with the goal of enhancing safety. MNSD was awarded approximately $300,000 to improve security. Priorities were determined in partnership with local police and our District Emergency Response Team (ERT). Projects include:

  • Safety film applications on glass in strategic areas around all schools;
  • Additional surveillance cameras at Lakeview, Muskego High School, and Bay Lane;
  • The purchase of portable metal detectors for random/strategic use;
  • Upgrading the PA systems at Bay Lane and Muskego High School.

Please note that Muskego-Norway School District has safety plans and practices in place to prepare our school community for a crisis. Safety efforts and practices include:

  • Three (3) Muskego Police Officers serving as School Resource Officers in our buildings. We lead Waukesha County and all rural school districts in southeast Wisconsin when it comes to staffing police in our schools.
  • District and school-level Emergency Response Teams who meet regularly with the Muskego Police Department to research and implement the most up-to-date procedures in protecting our students and staff from dangers in a crisis, as well as disseminating to staff at all buildings our safety procedures and protocols to follow.
  • Safety plans are reviewed and approved by the Muskego-Norway School Board annually.
  • All external doors ​are ​locked during school hours, and we have supervised main entrances ​at all of our buildings.
  • Visitors need permission to enter school buildings using an official ID.
  • Annually, MNSD conducts all state mandatory drills, including two "lockdown" drills.
  • Background checks are required for volunteers and staff members to enter into our schools and work with students.
  • Students who leave the learning environment during school hours and return are required to check-in through the front office.

We know that schools are safer when students, staff, and families work together to reduce violence and address potential safety issues. We are asking that you continue to monitor your child’s and others’ online and social media activity and report any school safety concerns to law enforcement and school officials immediately. We are grateful for your partnership as we work together to keep our children safe.

Lakeview students bowling

Master Planning 2.0

In 2018, we concluded numerous building and renovation projects spanning several years and multiple facilities in our first master planning effort. The goal of Master Planning 2.0 is to examine our current state of facilities and forecast a long-term plan for addressing needs that align with our 5-year strategic plan. Please provide us with your feedback by completing the community survey, which was recently sent to all households. If you have not received it, please contact the district office at 262-971-1800. The survey is an opportunity for you to provide your input into our long-term facility planning process. Survey closes on April 22, 2019.

April Board Member Election Results

Congratulations to our newly elected board member and returning board member:

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 of becoming 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.

Bay Lane students in science

Best Buddies Friendship Walk

  • When: May 4th at 9:00am
  • Where: Manpower Group in Milwaukee

Best Buddies is a student run organization that pairs students with intellectual and developmental disabilities with their peers in order to establish mutually beneficial friendships. This event is a great way to fundraise support for the Best Buddies Chapters at the high school and both middle schools.

Click HERE for more information

Donate or register to walk at the links below:

Food Service

Newly Released….Taher Food for Life Menu app! Download the Free Menu app to find out nutritional information for the daily elementary and middle school lunch menus. Log in to find the calories, carbs and protein counts for each menu item offered on a daily basis. You will find valuable allergen information on the app that can help students and parents make informed menu decisions. Download the app today!

Art fair at Muskego Library

Teacher Appreciation Week!

Monday, May 6th- Friday, May 10th is Teacher Appreciation Week!

Parents United Presents: Social Emotional Development and Signs of Childhood Depression

  • April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Presenter: Dr. Dominique Sanchez, ProHealth Care
  • Click HERE to learn more

Caring for Others When Your Well Seems Dry: Keeping Our Hearts Resilient in the Midst of Challenges

  • May 8 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Presenter: Sue McKenzie, Director, Rogers InHealth
  • Description: Teachers, therapists, EMTs, police officers, and parents share the phenomenon of compassion fatigue. Learn how to nurture your ability to maintain compassion in the daily challenges and for the long road of parenting. Expectations, boundaries, and family culture will be explored. Perspectives of blame and shame will be challenged. Realistic self-care practices that have proven positive outcomes will also be shared. Click HERE to learn more.
Volleyball tournament at Lake Denoon

Compass 2019

Congratulations to our Compass recipients this year: Laura Tsakonas, Kelsey Guenther, Katie Van Ruden, Bob Crawley, Pamela Quirk and Rick Petfalski. These individuals were nominated by parents, students, and co-workers for their work to drive our mission of every student learning, growing ... succeeding.

Laura Tsakonas (teacher at MLMS) and Kelsey Guenther (teacher at BLE)
Katie Van Ruden (teacher at MHS) and Bob Crawley (Building Operations Supervisor at BLE)
Pamela Quirk (Teaching and Learning Coach at LD) and Rick Petfalski (School Board President)
Project i at MLMS

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.

Conversation with the Superintendent

The last 2018-19 Conversation with the Superintendent is scheduled for the afternoon of April 29 (Monday) at 4:00PM at the ESC (S87 W18763 Woods Road). If this date/time does not fit your schedule and you are interested in meeting, please contact me to schedule an individual meeting.

With Gratitude,

Dr. Kelly Thompson, Superintendent

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