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

The Muskego High School Girls Basketball team.

School Safety

A top priority for Muskego-Norway is ensuring a safe, secure, and positive learning environment for our students and staff. The recent incidents of school threats and/or violence in Wisconsin is a reminder that we all must remain diligent with safety procedures. We know that schools are safer when students, staff, families, and law enforcement/emergency services work together to address potential safety issues. Families, thank you for your partnership and please consider the following:

  • Talk with your child(ren) about proactive safety strategies at school, home and in the public
  • Monitor your child(ren)’s and others’ online and social activity
  • Remind your child(ren) that making a threat at or against a school, even if he/she considers it a joke, will have a lasting impact on his/her future
  • Reinforce the “see/hear something, say something” strategy and encourage your child(ren) to immediately report any school safety concerns to law enforcement and/or school officials.

As a reminder, Muskego-Norway’s safety efforts are available on our website. In addition, we have linked a list of community resources and our district’s pupil services contacts for your review.

Don't know who to go to with questions? Use this resource to help you find the right person to contact.

What We Need to Know About Social Media

Social media sites and apps account for a large amount of our youths’ online presence. It is critical to know which of these sites and apps young people are using and to understand the purpose and function of each. Many social media platforms can be used in a safe manner, however, there are a growing number of sites that subject youth to safety risks and exposure to objectionable content.

BE IN THE KNOW:

  • Learn about popular social media apps and familiarize yourself with the ones your child frequently uses (remember these change quickly).
  • Ask to see your child’s “friend” lists to see who has access to their accounts. Encourage them to remove anyone they do not know or trust and remind them of the ability to block or “unfriend” anyone bothering them.
  • Teach your child to use privacy settings. While anything posted online is accessible, privacy settings can help control others access.
  • Help your child to remove any personal or inappropriate images from social media and any other accounts.
  • Encourage your child to report any inappropriate posts to you or the nearest trusted adult.
  • Tell your child to report any criminal behavior to the police. If they are sent an inappropriate sexual request, it should also be reported to CyberTipline.
Lakeview students performed their holiday concert in front of parents and guardians last week.

2020-21 School Calendar

You can find the approved 2020-21 school calendar linked here. Input from surveys (staff and parents) as well as data from regional districts was used to construct the calendar. Spring break will be the last week in March, which is common to most area school districts. You will notice the Monday after Easter, April 5, 2021, will be an extension of break in order to allow families an additional travel day for those that choose to leave town.

Summer School and Summer Learning Academy 2020

Dates for both our high school and K-8 summer school programs, which can also be viewed on the 2020-21 MNS Calendar, can be found below. Registration information for high school summer programming will be sent to families in the upcoming weeks. K-8 Summer Learning Academy registration information will be communicated to families in late February to early March.

MHS Pep Band students perform during the boys basketball game against Waukesha South.

CONNECT Academy

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

  • 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: 108 students participated in an industry tour.
  • Level 2: 97 students attended an employer information panel.
  • Level 1: 100% of high school students will attend a career fair on 4/22.

Some of these experiences include: classroom career panels, industry tours, Schools to Skills Manufacturing tours, M.A.D.E. Career Fair, Union Trade events, SEM on Site with MSOE, Actuary Science Day, Kids Build Wisconsin, Mini-Business World, Health Careers Job Expo, and other career fairs. 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 or by calling 262-422-3069.

Fast Facts

Our 2019 District Fast Facts are available on our website along with other district performance information.

Students use VR Goggles to learn about a variety of careers at Muskego Lakes Middle School.

Building Good Attendance Habits

Student success in school starts with good attendance habits. Muskego-Norway Schools encourage families to ensure their students attend every possible day during the school year. Learn more about how you can build good attendance habits with your children by reviewing this important information for our elementary school families and secondary school families. Also, click here to review a copy of our School Board's attendance policies.

School Board Elections

Two school board seats are up for election in April 2020. Both incumbents, President Chris Buckmaster and Treasurer Bob Bohmann, have filed and will seek re-election. By 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, district residents who meet eligibility requirements may file Declarations of Candidacy and Campaign Registration Statements at the Educational Services Center, S87 W18763 Woods Road between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on regular business days. The Spring Election will take place on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Candidates who are elected at the Spring Election will take office on Monday, April 27, 2020. Terms are for three years. For more information, please contact Jamie Gleeson - 262-971-1819.

Bay Lane students celebrated their graduation from Phonics: Unit One last week!

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 by reviewing the information found on our website.

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
Lake Denoon student council gave back to the community by donating gifts to the Waukesha Clearing Council

Fear the Spear- Leave a Legacy!

With the holiday quickly approaching, consider purchasing a granite tile for a former, current, or to-be Warrior. These tiles will remain on the wall for a lifetime and are customizable with three lines of text and up to 20 characters per line. If you are interested in learning more, please email Kate.brown@muskegonorway.org or fill out the order form online.

Conversations with the Superintendent

The 2020-21 Winter/Spring Conversations with the Superintendent will be held at the ESC on Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00 AM and Monday, April 27 at 4:00 PM. If these dates/times do not fit your schedule and you are interested in meeting, please email kelly.thomspon@muskegonorway.org to schedule an individual meeting.

Kindergarten students at Mill Valley share snacks with their grandparents.

Congratulations to our Newest State Champs!

Muskego Football took home their second consecutive state championship title this year by beating Bay Port 21-10 in the championship game in Madison.

Follow Us

"Follow Us" 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 learning, growth and success of every child within our system. Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday and may the peace and love of the season be with you throughout the coming year.

With Gratitude,

Dr. Kelly Thompson

Superintendent