Muskego-Norway News DECEMBER 2020 - Please Scroll Down to See Contents

Revised 2020-21 School Calendar

Please view the revised 2020-21 school calendar, approved by the Board on Monday night. The updated calendar includes three (3) additional blue days (January 25, February 22 and May 3). Similar to November, students will be provided remote learning opportunities for the day, time to catch-up or make-up work and meet virtually with staff while our facilities undergo a thorough deep cleaning. This also includes a reapplication of BioProtect, an antimicrobial product, to high-touch surfaces.

2021-22 School Calendar - Board Approved on December 14

On Monday, December 14, the School Board approved the 2021-22 school calendar. Next year, spring break will be the last full week of March, which aligns with other regional districts. Please note, there will be a four (4) day weekend that wraps Good Friday, Easter Sunday and the Monday after Easter. This will afford families the opportunity to have an additional travel day for those that leave town over the holiday.

Parent Satisfaction Annual Survey

Different from the pulse survey sent out toward the end of October, Muskego-Norway Schools is committed to engaging our parents and families in every child’s education. To continue our journey to excellence in this area, we gather data from stakeholders to determine where we are as a district and to set and act on realistic, measurable goals for continuous improvement. The Parent Satisfaction Survey allows parents to provide feedback on their experience with their child’s school. This year’s survey window will be open from February 3 through February 17. Each school will be sharing a unique link to their respective parent population at some point during the week of February 3. If you do not receive a link, please contact the building administrator of the corresponding school your child(ren) attend. Thank you in advance for taking time to complete the survey and provide feedback around your experiences with our schools, which should take no more than five (5) minutes. As a reminder, the window to provide feedback will remain open through February 17, 2021.

Self Awareness, Self Regulation and Resiliency

Teachers, administrators and student services personnel have participated in ongoing training to facilitate the development of self awareness, self regulation and resiliency within our youth. This year, elementary and middle school students are learning scientifically researched and evidenced-based strategies designed to support, regulate, and reset the nervous system. When these tools are practiced routinely, individuals develop the ability to feel more resilient and become better able to focus, learn, connect, and calmly respond to whatever arises. Families are encouraged to participate in Parent Sessions to learn the strategies being taught to their child. These sessions will be offered on multiple dates and at varying times.

The next virtual Parent Session, entitled “Introduction to Mindful Self Compassion,” is scheduled for Wednesday, December 16th from 6:30pm to 7:15pm. Families are able to join the Zoom Meet at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85095608424

For additional opportunities, please review family newsletters from your child’s school. If you have any additional questions, please contact kaari.olson@muskegonorway.org.

Updated Quarantine Guidelines for COVID-19

Waukesha County Public Health has updated its quarantine guidelines to align with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Research shows that people who remain asymptomatic ten days after COVID-19 exposure are at a low risk of transmitting it to others. Therefore the Waukesha County Public Health Department has updated the guidelines to reflect the following:

  • An individual's official quarantine will be shortened to 10 days, provided the individual is asymptomatic and continues to monitor for symptoms for the full 14 days
  • A 14-day quarantine remains the safest option for Close Contacts of someone with COVID-19. A family may contact the School Health Office to request their child maintain a quarantine for up to 14 days

The Waukesha County Public Health Department has provided an additional 7 Day Quarantine option which requires a COVID-19 test. The district is developing a process for application of this option. This information will be shared with families prior to implementation of the 7 Day Quarantine option.

The 7 Day Quarantine option requires the following expectations are met:

  • The individual must be asymptomatic for 7 full days
  • The individual must take a COVID test (antigen or PCR) on day 6, or later, of quarantine and receive a negative result
  • Upon submission and approval of a negative COVID test result, the individual may return to school on or after day 8 of quarantine
  • The individual must also monitor symptoms for an additional seven days (14 days total)
  • If symptoms develop at any time during the 14 day monitoring, one must immediately isolate, contact their health care provider, and get tested
Million Minute Reading Challenge @ Lakeview Elementary

Summer School Registration

Please mark your calendars as parents will be able to register their student(s) for Muskego High School summer course offerings during the window of February 5 through February 12. Registration details for our K-8 Summer Learning Academy are still being planned. Reminders and further details of both registrations will be forthcoming in the January parent newsletter.

MHS Football - Another Undefeated Season

School Board Elections

A notice of school board elections was published in the Wednesday, November 18, 2020 edition of the Waukesha County NOW. Three school board positions are up for election in 2021. The term of office for each board member's seat is three years beginning on Monday, April 26, 2021 and expires on Monday, April 21, 2024. All three incumbents have submitted their paperwork and are seeking re-election in the spring. Interested district residents who are eligible may file a Declaration of Candidacy and a Campaign Registration Statement at the Educational Services Center, S87 W18763 Woods Road, Muskego between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning December 1, 2020. The deadline for filing is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

A primary election, if necessary, will take place on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. The spring election will take place on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

Applying the Engineering Design Process @ LDMS

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.

Memories of Home Choir Concert

Conversation with the Superintendent

The spring 2020-21 Conversations with the Superintendent at the ESC are scheduled as follows:

  • Morning of February 23 (Tuesday) at 7:00 AM
  • Afternoon of April 12 (Monday) at 4:00 PM

If these dates/times do not fit your schedule and you are interested in meeting, please contact kelly.thompson@muskegonorway.org to schedule an individual meeting.

Follow Us

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

In the spirit of the season, we thank you for your partnership that has contributed to the district staying safe to stay open! We are grateful for the opportunity to serve students in our dual platform as we continue to strive each and every day to live our mission of EVERY student learning, growing and succeeding and reach our vision of being the district of choice. Wishing you and yours a joyous and healthy holiday and may the peace and love of the season be with you throughout the coming year.

With Gratitude,

Muskego-Norway Schools

Dr. Kelly Thompson, Superintendent