Hawk Nation

January 2020

The official monthly newsletter of Horning Middle School

Contact Us

Main Office

Principal: Mr. Robert Blessington 262-970-3305

Principal Secretary: Jodi Aylsworth 262-970-3305

Assistant Principal (House B & Dual Language): Bryan M. Lyday : 262-970-3311

Dean of Students (House A & FLIGHT): Ms. Susan Inkmann 262-970-3450

Attendance/Associate Principal Secretary: Pamela Craig 262-970-3317

Attendance Line: 1-866-490-7371 or 262-970-3316

Athletic/ Activities Director: Ms. Susan Inkmann: 262-970-3450

School Resource Officer

Officer James Wolbert, 262-970-3304

Student Services


Mrs. Angie Jackson (House A & FLIGHT), 262-970-3327

Ms. Natalie Ramirez (House B & Dual Language), 262-970-3326

Student Services Secretary: Sue Miller, 262-970-3303

Social Worker: Angie Krueger, 262-970-1699

School Psychologist: Jeff Ludowissi 262-970-1093

Health Room: Olivia Trejo 262-970-3315

Mark your Calendar

Tuesday, January 14-MAP Testing

Monday, January 20th - No School/Staff Development Day

Monday, January 27th - No School/Staff Development Day

Friday, February 28th - Early Release

Thursday, March 5th, Family/ Learner Conferences, 3:30-6:00 PM

Saturday, March 14-Solo Ensemble Festival

Monday, March 23-Friday, March 27-Spring Break. NO SCHOOL.

Friday, April 10-No School

Monday April 13-No School

Friday, May 22-Early Release 12:36 PM

Monday, May 25-No school

Wednesday, May 27th Showcase of Learning, 4:00 -7:00 PM

Friday, June 5-Family Luncheon

Tuesday, June 9-Last Day of School. Have a wonderful Summer!

Dear Families and Students,

It is with great pride that I am pleased to report that Horning Middle School made nearly a 9 point gain in its school report card from 2018 to 2019. This is a significant accomplishment for Horning students and staff. I am extremely proud of these efforts. Here are some additional highlights from the school report card for 2019.

  • School Report Card Score: The 2019 school report card was the highest in school history of Horning Middle School. (The DPI has issued school report cards since 2012)

  • Horning Middle School recorded the 2nd highest improvement for all schools district wide

School Report Card Improvement

English Language Arts

  • Over 8% 1 year increase in students demonstrating advanced and proficient from 2018 to 2019

  • Highest overall achievement since Forward given at Horning MS (2015 to 2019, 4 years)

  • 11.4% increase in female hispanic achievement (2018 to 2019)


  • 5.9% increase 1 year increase in students demonstrating advanced and proficient from 2018 to 2019

  • Largest increase in the 4 years of administering Forward (2015 to 2019)

  • Highest number of proficient and advanced since Forward has been administered school wide (2015 to 2019)

  • White males 13.5% increase in advanced and proficient from 2015 to 2019

  • 10% increase overall in hispanic students

During 2019-20 school year we look to build upon the success of last year as we launched the Horning house model during the 2018-19 school year. Learners are now organized into smaller learning communities supported by a consistent group of adults. Moving forward it is our goal to continue to cultivate and build upon the strengths of the HMS house system.

Parents and families are an important part of the educational process. We encourage you to continue to support your students by staying involved in your child’s learning goals. Also, I want to personally welcome all families to our parent/family group. The Horning Site Council which meets the 2nd Thursday of every month from 5:30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. during the school year that takes place in Horning library.

You can access Horning’s School Report Card here. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any further questions.


Robert M. Blessington

Horning Middle School


School District of Waukesha Inclement Weather Policy

With colder weather on its way, there is the possibility of inclement weather affecting the school day. Please click on the link below to see the School District of Waukesha's inclement weather policies.

SDW Inclement Weather Policy

Questions about Infinite Campus or any District Apps?

Do you have questions about Infinite Campus or any of the district apps for keeping up to date with your student's school progress? You're encouraged to share these with Site Council, which is Horning’s family advisory group. We want people like you to get involved to help improve communication, support school needs and plan activities. Please consider sharing your input or talents with the Horning community!

December minutes are now available.

January agenda topics are now being collected.

Please join us on January 9, or at any upcoming meeting. Meetings are on the second Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm in the Library (iCenter).

2020 Meeting Dates:

· January 9, 2020

· February 13, 2020

· March 9, 2020

· April 18, 2020

· May 14, 2020

Feel free to contact us any time for more information!

Site Council Family Representatives:

Lori Loeschmann & Laura Menzer


College and Career Planning

It's not always easy to know the best way to talk to your student about their future plans. Linked below is a great resource that can help. Please check it out!

How to Open the Door to College and Career Conversations With Your Children

Library Catalog - Destiny

Did you know that your student has the ability to search and hold books from our district libraries from anywhere, on any of your devices? Just go to https://waukesha.follettdestiny.com or have them use the app on their ipad called "Horning Destiny" that takes them directly to this site! Click on "Catalog" to search for a book or another resource. If you would like to place a hold on a book or to view your own account, you just need to be logged in first. You will see “Log in” in the upper-right hand side of your screen. Use the same username and password that you use for your other accounts in the district.

If you need more directions, try watching the tutorial video linked below or contact Jenny Odau, your library media specialist, in the library.

Tutorial Video: https://youtu.be/4CY3QgXstM0

Academic and Career Planning (ACP) Reminder!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you about the Academic and Career Planning (ACP) process. Our mission in Waukesha is to develop in our students the capacity to be college, career, and community ready. The primary goal of Academic and Career Planning is to produce responsible graduates who will begin their adult life with the knowledge, skills, motivation, and a self-directed plan for career and lifelong success.

Academic and Career Planning is an ongoing process for students in grades 6-12. At each grade level, students will receive learning experiences focused on academic and career planning geared for their level with guidance from teacher mentors, counselors, peers, families and the community.

Each year students will set, reflect, and revise their goals within their personal Academic & Career Plan. Student goals and plans are expected to change annually based on their personal experiences. Students use a platform called Xello to assess themselves as learners, investigate and explore various pathways careers and post high school options.

We encourage families to review your student’s Xello profile together as this can be a great way to start a conversation around their goals as they relate to academic, career, and personal goals. As exploration is a key focus of Academic and Career Planning process, you may not see a clearly identified career focus, the reflection and conversation that occurs as a result may be essential in the shaping of your student’s future goals.

In Xello, students have the option to generate a shareable link to their profile, which they can use to connect with friends, mentors, and more. Students can also share this link with their parents, who can then view their child’s profile without needing a username and password. Sit with your student and complete the following steps:

  1. On any page in Xello, from the top right corner, students click their avatar and select Share your profile.
    * Or, from beneath their name on the About Me page, students click Share your Profile to open a preview of their shareable profile.

  2. From the top right corner of the profile, students click Share.

  3. From the Share Your Profile window, switch the toggle to ON to get a shareable link.

  4. Students can copy and share the link with parents or other people with whom the student wants to share their Xello profile.
    Note: A unique URL is created when the user turns on the share option. It does not exist until that happens. There is no way to access the profile until this link is activated by the student. The student can also turn the link off.

The school district website will contain other information and resources related to Academic and Career Planning. If you have any questions regarding Academic Career Planning, please contact your school counselors.

Thank You

Athletics and Activities

Our website, https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/horningms will have a current calendar of our co-curricular activities for your planning purpose and a Guidebook that will help you learn more about our offerings.

For details on November activities, including meeting times and locations, please take a look at our calendar! The calendar can be accessed using the following link: https://www.sdwcalendars.org/public/genie/1198/school/45/

Please contact Ms. Inkmann with questions at sinkmann@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

Communication Reminders

Horning Website: https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/horningms

Twitter/FacebookAs part of our communication efforts, we are encouraging that parents sign up for Twitter, www.twitter.com.

We will utilize the twitter handle @HorningMiddle to disseminate useful information about Horning (i.e. school news, testing, school events, etc). The best part is, once you have signed up to follow the updates, you receive these messages instantly to your Twitter page as well as your cell phone (standard text rates apply) if you have it set up in that manner.

If you do not wish to sign up, you can still view the profile and any updates by going to the site listed here and bookmarking it: twitter.com/HorningMiddle. Our Twitter feed is linked up to the Horning Facebook page as well so you can follow any tweets there.

You can like or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HorningMSHawks/. By “liking” this page, important information and updates will come directly to your newsfeed. Thank you for staying connected! I hope you will find these new communication updates useful.

Hawk Nation: Please note that the family/parent newsletter will come out monthly during the school year.

Connect With Us!

Horning Middle School is on social media! You can like us on Facebook, and follow our Twitter feed.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HorningMSHawks/

Twitter: @HorningMiddle