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

Budget and Annual Meeting

At the School Board’s Annual Meeting last month, administration shared with the public our district’s financial standings and our 2019-20 Eye on the Goal. The booklet provided to the public is available HERE and the presentation is available HERE.

Parent Satisfaction Survey- Coming This Week!

Muskego-Norway School District 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. In the coming days, you will receive communication from your student’s school on how to access the survey. Thank you in advance for making time to complete the survey and provide feedback around your experiences with our schools, which should take no more than five (5) minutes. Please note, the window to provide feedback will be open through December 11, 2019.

Please contact your building's principal if you have any questions concerning the survey.

Accountability Report Cards - Five-Star Rating

For the fourth consecutive year, Muskego-Norway School District earned a top-tier, five-star accountability rating from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). This places the district in the 95th percentile among other K-12 school districts in WI and ranks the district as "significantly exceeds expectations." The state evaluates districts and schools based on performance in four areas: 1) student achievement; 2) district growth; 3) closing gaps; and 4) on-track and post secondary readiness. To view details about the district’s report card and individual school’s rankings, please click HERE.

Transportation Update

Thank you to the families who provided feedback on our Transportation Survey: 738 in September and 287 in October. The purpose of the surveys was to gather input to help us lead improvements with our new transportation provider, Dairyland Buses Inc. Below, please find the data results from both of the surveys. Charts were created based on the different scales used in each question. We are pleased to see some improvement in the data; however, we remain steadfast in our efforts to work with Dairyland to meet our goals. As always, we appreciate your feedback and continued patience during this transition year.

New Courses/Programs - MHS

The following courses/programs were approved by the School Board on October 28, 2019. These courses will be added to Muskego High School’s 2020-21 Academic Guidebook, which will be published for students/parents prior to registration in January, 2020.

  • Accelerated Geometry
  • Accelerated Algebra 2
  • 3-D Open Studio
  • Introduction to Healthcare Careers
  • Digital Mass Media I & II
  • CAPP Individual, School, and Society (college credit available)
  • CAPP Personal Finance (name change only - college credit now available)
  • TEALS Program

Details about each course/program can be found HERE.

CONNECT Academy

The CONNECT Academy is one way MNS partners with the community in an effort to provide experiential learning opportunities for students related to their academic and career plans. Here is some exciting data to date.

  • Level 6: 90 students are participating in an internship and/or youth apprenticeship.
  • Level 5: 11 students are obtaining work-based training and 75 students earned an industry certification.
  • Level 4: 47 students participated in a week-long deep dive into a career field during our Summer Learning Academy.
  • Level 3: 41 students participated in an industry tour.
  • Level 2: 25 students attended an employer information panel.
  • Level 1: 100% of high school students will attend a career fair on April 22, 2020.

In the upcoming weeks, groups of middle and/or high school students will also: attend a union event to learn about various trades; participate in a STEM on-site activity through MSOE; and/or attend discussion panels for manufacturing, interior/exterior design, and entrepreneurship. If you have a personal connection with an employer who would be interested in partnering with MNS, please contact Jim Michlig, College, Career, and Experiential Learning Coordinator, at james.michlig@muskegonorway.org.

Tips for Keeping our Youth Safe Online

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and Department of Justice have created a website that provides a compilation of resources, tools, and information to empower all stakeholders (students, teachers, parents, and administrators) to make safe, smart and ethical decisions about technology use. Link to Keeping Kids Safe Online.

2020-21 School Calendar- Coming Soon!

A draft 2020-21 calendar will be brought forward to the November 18 School Board meeting for discussion. Revisions will be made based on feedback from the board with action to be taken at the December 9 School Board meeting. More to come in December.

Consider Becoming a Guest Teacher or Paraprofessional

We partner with Teachers on Call to fill our open positions for guest teachers and aides. Apply online at www.teachersoncall.com or call 1-800-713-4439.

  • Flexible schedule - work when you want
  • Great pay and other perks
  • Share your skills and make an impact
  • Prior teaching experience not required

Parent Advisory Team

Please feel free to join our next Parent Advisory Team meeting scheduled for November 25, 2019 at the Educational Services Center. We will discuss student services topics such as Academic and Career Plans (ACPs), Multi-Leveled Systems of Support (MLSS), special education services, and youth risk behaviors. If you are new to the team, please RSVP your attendance to kelly.thompson@muskegonorway.org or jeff.petersen@muskegonorway.org.

Conversations with the Superintendent

2019-20 Conversations with the Superintendent are held at the ESC as follows:

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

Congratulations to our Newest State Champions!

Congratulations to our Girls Cross Country team on their first place state finish for the second consecutive year and for qualifying for the Nike National Cross Country Race in Portland, OR. Congratulations to our Girls Tennis team for taking second at state and to Coach Sue Vogel for being selected as the 2019 WHSTCA Division I Coach of the Year!

Follow Us

Follow Us on Facebook (Muskego Norway Schools), Twitter (@MuskegoNorwaySC), Instagram (muskegonorwayschools) for up-to-date information about our district’s celebrations and events.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving break later this month!

With Gratitude,

Dr. Kelly Thompson

Superintendent