Muskego-Norway News January 2018 - Please Scroll Down to See Contents

2018 Compass Nominations

2018 Compass nominations are now being accepted. We have been recognizing staff with the Compass since 2008. The purpose is to reinforce and recognize staff who, through their commitments and contributions, ensure that every student is learning, growing and succeeding. Specifically, the Compass honors staff members who meet designated criteria in the following areas:

  1. Positive impact on students
  2. Positive impact on staff, parents, and/or the community
  3. Commitment to continuous improvement, leadership and/or service
  4. Champion for innovation, creativity, and/or best practice.

Please consider nominating a staff member for the 2018 Compass. The fillable application form is available on the website HERE. The process is easy - complete the form electronically and send your completed form to Jeff Petersen (jeff.petersen@muskegonorway.org) by March 5th. Please note that each nomination must have a minimum of three nominations and a maximum of four. One nomination form may be submitted with all three/four nominators signatures or each nominator may complete a separate nomination form. All nominations are due by Monday, March 5, 2018.

Parent Satisfaction Survey

Thank you to the nearly 1,300 parents who completed the Parent Satisfaction survey last month. We are happy to share that, as a district, we increased satisfaction from 4.06 to 4.11, meeting our 2018 goal. Areas of celebration include excellent teachers, flexible learning environments, and a sense of community across each school. Each school will share their results with parents along with areas of strength and opportunity for improvement.

Attention 2018-19 Elementary Families

As we look forward to next school year and prepare to transition from five elementary schools to three, our elementary teams have planned two mixer/social events at each of the three 2018-19 elementary schools. HERE you will find a flyer with additional information about the Elementary Family Mixers.

Additionally, each elementary building is participating in a Spirit Week to build districtwide community the week of 2/12-2/16. Find more on the individual spirit days by clicking HERE.

If you have a question about which school your student will attend in 2018-19, please contact Lu McBain at 262.971.1800 x2117.

2018 Retirements

Join us in congratulating the following staff who have been approved by the School Board to retire. Collectively, they have put in many years of service to the profession, students, and community and we are thankful for all their commitments. We wish them the very best in their next endeavors.

Class of 2018 Retirees

2018-19 Intra-District Transfer Requests - Attention Middle School Parents

With planning for the 2018-19 school year well underway, we are once again reaching out to families who may be interested in an intra-district transfer for next school year. Noting that middle school students will be making course selections after winter break, it will be far more efficient to know if a student/family will be submitting a transfer request in advance of beginning the middle school scheduling process (February 1, 2018). Furthermore, realizing the number of requests sooner than the April 30, 2018 deadline will support the district being able to make decisions sooner and allow us to appropriately staff each of our respective elementary and middle school buildings. Middle school families, should you be interested in an intra-district transfer for the 2018-19 school year, please consider making that request by February 1, 2018 - request form available here.

School Board Elections

Five candidates have declared their candidacy for three seats in the spring 2018 school board election to be held on Tuesday, April 3rd. Candidates are as follows:

  • Tracy Blair
  • Terri Boyer
  • Kert Harenda
  • Karla Klein
  • Eric Schroeder (Incumbent)

2018-19 District Calendar

In December, the school board approved the 2018-2019 school year calendar.

School Closing Protocol

With our early January cold snap and the recent snow, this is a friendly reminder to familiarize yourself with the district’s protocol for closing school due to inclement weather HERE.

Public Policy Report

You may find interesting the Public Policy report HERE which compares the 50 Southeastern WI school districts on various school-related data points. As we continue our journey to become the District of Choice, information in the report helps us identify strengths and opportunities for improvement. Below are just a few data points to pique your interest to read more:

  • MNS has low enrollment of students who are economically disadvantaged (44th of 50), minority (46th of 50), and special education (47th of 50);
  • MNS has the 4th highest district report card among K-12 districts ("significantly exceeding" at 87.1), behind only Slinger (87.9), Hamilton (88.1) and Whitefish Bay (88.3);
  • The percentage of students 9-12 enrolled in AP classes in MNS is 27%. The average in Waukesha County is 31%, and the highest enrollments are in Cedarburg at 51% and New Berlin at 46%.

8th Annual AP District Honor Roll

Muskego-Norway Schools is one of 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 8th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. To be included on the 8th Annual Honor Roll, Muskego-Norway Schools had to, since 2015, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.

Muskego High School offers twenty-three (23) on site AP courses and twenty-eight (28) when including online AP offerings. MHS had 473 students take at least one AP exam in the 2016-17 school year, up from 444 in 2015-16. In the spring of 2017, AP students took 874 exams with 72.2% scoring a 3 or better.

Building Projects Continue Throughout the District

  • Muskego Lakes Middle School is nearly fully enclosed, and drywall is being installed throughout the academic wings.
  • Mill Valley Elementary has entered phase two of construction which includes a new library and kitchen servery.
  • Demolition in preparation for the MHS Natatorium is in progress. The existing pool roof was removed last week.
  • Bleacher and Press-box expansion planning continues at Inpro Stadium. The west bleachers have been demolished to make way for expanded seating.
Muskego Lakes Middle School Entry, Mill Valley Elementary Demolition, & MHS Pool Demolition

Conversation with the Superintendent

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

  • 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.

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.

Hope the New Year is off to a great start for you and your families.

With Gratitude,

Dr. Kelly Thompson, Superintendent

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