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

Safety in Our Schools

Our sympathies go out to the victims and community of Parkland, Florida who are mourning their horrific loss from last week’s school shooting. When a tragic event like this happens, it brings to the forefront of our minds a need to ensure our students are protected from similar dangers. Muskego-Norway School District has safety plans and practices in place to prepare our school community for a crisis. Safety efforts and practices include:

  • MNS Leads Waukesha County and all rural school districts in southeast Wisconsin when it comes to staffing police in our schools. MNS has three Muskego Police School Resource Officers with responsibilities in each of our schools.
  • We have a district committee that meets regularly with the Muskego Police Department and researches 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. Additionally, each school has an "Emergency Response Team."
  • Safety plans are reviewed and approved by the MNS School Board annually.
  • During school hours, we keep all external doors locked, and we have supervised main entrances to all of our buildings.
  • Visitors need permission to enter school buildings using an official ID.
  • Annually, MNS conducts all state mandatory drills, including two "lockdown" drills.
  • Background checks are required for any volunteer and staff member to enter into our schools and work with students.

If your child is having difficulty with the crisis situation that occurred in Florida, student services staff at each school are available during school hours. Although we don’t have all of the details from Wednesday’s tragedy, we are well aware of the lessons learned from other incidents of school violence in Wisconsin and across the country. 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. 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.

Incoming Mail May be Identified as SPAM

As a school district, we are the target of a considerable amount of spam emails. On any given day between 10,000 and 50,000 emails will be sent to MNSD. Of those emails, between 3,000 and 7,000 will be spam emails. The school district is under the umbrella of Google's spam filtering mechanisms which help keep the amount of spam getting through to our staff and students to a minimum and, of course with any automated process, it is not perfect. Some legitimate email addresses will get caught in our quarantines. If you find that you have not gotten a response from a district employee to your email or if you are getting rejection notifications from anyone at MNSD, please contact your school's office by phone to report the concern.

Workshops and Learning Opportunities for Families - Parents United Consortium

Parents United is a non-profit consortium of 18 southeastern Wisconsin special education departments that have united to provide an educational community service. The mission of the group is to present timely and informative information, in a neutral forum, for parents and professionals who work with children. The lectures and presentations offered each school year provide essential links, knowledge and networking to the entire community for the ultimate benefit of our students.

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT ANXIETY: IDENTIFICATION, INTERVENTION AND PARENT EDUCATION

March 14 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am // Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N Lake Shore Drive, Mequon, WI 53097 United States

David M. Jacobi, Ph.D., Lead Psychologist: Child and Adolescent CBT Services, Rogers Memorial Hospital - This talk will provide an overview of the most frequently occurring anxiety disorders. The identification and differential diagnosis of these disorders will be discussed within the framework of current DSM 5 criteria. The basic principles of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) will be reviewed and exposure-based interventions for anxiety disorders will be offered. I will discuss family accommodation and offer guidance on how parents can effectively manage anxiety.

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FOSTERING SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING AT HOME: STRATEGIES FOR FAMILIES

April 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm // WCTC RTA Center, 800 Main Street, Pewaukee, WI 53072

James B. Vetter, Ed.M. - Young people tend to learn some of their most important lessons about emotions and relationships at home. In this lively, interactive workshop, Boston-based social and emotional learning consultant Jim Vetter will guide participants in learning and practicing effective strategies and processes that parents and other adults at home can use to help children and adolescents successfully identify and manage emotions, understand the perspectives of others, build strong relationships, and make…

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Intradistrict Transfer Requests

As a reminder, with the changes to the school attendance boundary lines for 2018-19, if your family is interested in making a request for an intradistrict transfer, please complete the form linked here as soon as possible. We are in the midst of staffing and scheduling decisions. Beginning May 1, 2018, we will be reaching out to families with decisions about each respective request. Should you have additional questions regarding this process, please email jeff.petersen@muskegonorway.org.

Long-Term Strategic Planning

As you may recall, MNS is engaged in the critical work of developing our next multi-year strategic plan (2018-2023). Thank you to the community members, parents, students, staff, and administration who have taken time thus far to provide insightful feedback through focus groups, surveys, and participation on our Strategic Planning Advisory Committee. Our current mission of “Every student learning, growing … succeeding” and our vision “To be the District of Choice in Southeastern WI for students, staff, and our community” frame the draft strategic plan along with three main focus areas:

  • Exemplary Student Learning and Engagement, with the expectation that all students are: Academically Prepared, Highly Engaged, and College, Career, and Community Ready
  • Highly Effective Personnel and Expert Teaching
  • Sound Stewardship of Resources and Strong Community Support

A draft one-pager which outlines the key elements of the plan is available HERE. Throughout the early spring we will continue to gather input from various committee groups, the school board, and building-level listen and learn meetings.

4K Boundaries

Due to the consolidating of our elementary schools from five (5) to three (3), we needed to reconsider our 4K boundary lines in order to create equity among our 4K providers. The map HERE shows the new boundaries for each site. Students in the green area, located within the Mill Valley boundary will attend Discovery Days North. Students in the pink area, also located within the Mill Valley Boundary will attend Mary Linsmeier. Students in the purple area, located within the Bay Lane Elementary boundary will attend Kids Kampus. Students in the blue area, also located within the Bay Lane Elementary boundary will attend Discovery Days South. Finally, students within the yellow area, which is also the entire Lakeview boundary area will attend Little VIP.

2018 Compass

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.

2018 Retirements

We have three additional staff retirements (highlighted in pink below) from last month. Please join us in congratulating them on their retirement. We wish them the very best in their next adventures.

2018 Retirees

Facility Updates

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

Conversation with the Superintendent

I will be hosting Spring 2018 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.

With Gratitude,

Dr. Kelly Thompson, Superintendent

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