Hawk Nation

October 2019

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

Wednesday, October 30 - Half Day

Thursday, October 31 - No School

Friday, November 1 - No School

Tuesday, November 19 Family/ Learner Conferences, 3:30-6:30 PM

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

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

Save the Date!

Horning's Student Council will be hosting the first dance of the year on December 13, 2019! The dance will be held in the cafeteria from 6pm-8pm and students from all grades are welcome to attend. The cost will be $5 and wrist bands will be sold during lunches the week of the dance. More details will follow in next month's newsletter!

Hawks Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

All Are Welcome to the Hispanic Heritage Wax Museum: Come and meet Frida Kahlo, Alex Rodriguez and Camila Cabello, to name a few famous Latinos for Hispanic Heritage month. Come and see Spanish II students transform into notable Hispanics as they report on their family and success in Spanish and in English. Friday October 25th 8:10-9:35 in the cafeteria.

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8th Grade DC Trip

The 8th Grade Washington, DC Trip is here!

This year, 8th grade students have the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C. on June 18th-21st. We will see iconic and historic locations like Arlington National Cemetery, the Holocaust Museum, the Pentagon Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Museum, Ford’s Theater, Korean, Vietnam, and World War II Memorials, and so much more!

Please join us for the parent meeting on October 10th from 5:30-6:30 to hear more about the trip from the travel company themselves. Students will also have the opportunity to start fundraising on this night. There is no obligation to register on this night and is there is no commitment needed to attend.

Parent Meeting

October 10th, 2019 from 5:30-6:30 at Horning Middle School iCenter
Representatives from Travel Company and Fundraising will start

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Brianna Beadle (bbeadle@waukesha.k12.wi.us), Meredith Sweeney (msweeney@waukesha.k12.wi.us), or Dave Riley (driley@waukesha.k12.wi.us)! You can also fill out the form below!

DC Trip Sign Up Form

Student Council

Student Council will be meeting for the first time this year on October 2nd in Room 113 from 2:45-3:30. We meet every other Wednesday throughout the year. Students who wish to join Student Council should fill out and return an application to Mrs. Kaiser in Room 215 or Mrs. Jackson in the office. Throughout the year, Student Council plans and implements events such as dances, spirit days, community service, school assemblies and so much more. We are always looking for new ideas and new hands to help make our school a better place to be!

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

Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County

Providing Christmas toys and/or clothing for the children of families in need

**To be filled out once per family**


  • Client must reside with their child or children in Waukesha County.

  • The children must qualify for the free/reduced lunch program per the federal guidelines.

  • Eligible children are those from birth to senior in high school.


Interested families can request an application from Angie Krueger, School Social Worker at akrueger@waukesha.k12.wi.us or 262-970-1699. Applications are also available at school in English and Spanish.


To ensure arrival, please return to the school office by November 14th.

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Family Community Health Fair - Free services!

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“Day of Awesomeness” Step it Up Fundraiser

The Physical Education department is going to be hosting a school wide fundraiser to improve the opportunity for physical activity during physical education, after school, and classroom time. The fundraising window is going to be open for two weeks in which students are able to collect money and earn prizes! There will be a school wide Step It Up assembly on October 22 where students will hear about what they have to do to come to the culminating event, the “Day of Awesomeness”, which includes a bunch of inflatables and chances to win awesome prizes. The “Day of Awesomeness” will be held on Friday, November 22.

Your student will receive a packet of information on how they can log in to the online platform to start collecting donations to earn awesome prizes, and ultimately help our school! Please encourage your student to participate in this event, they won’t want to miss out!

If you have any questions, please email Meg Whaley mmwhaley@waukesha.k12.wi.us,

Brad Kuntz bjkuntz@waukesha.k12.wi.us , or Josh Repovsch jrepovsch@waukesha.k12.wi.us

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

Volunteer Needed

Horning Library is seeking a volunteer to help out once a week for about an hour during our school day either Tuesdays or Wednesdays. This volunteer would help us put away books and straighten up the book shelves for the students. If you are interested, please give us a call at 262-970-3309. Thank you!

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

Join Horning Site Council!

Site Council Wants YOU! Nominations being accepted now!

We want people like you to get involved to help improve communication, support school needs and plan activities. Please consider sharing your talents with the Horning community!

Meeting Recap and Upcoming Agenda

At our September meeting, we discussed events for the upcoming year, including a December dance and 8th grade social event. We also reviewed communication outlets, planned for a student food locker and reviewed open positions. More information to come, including SignUps for family volunteers!

September meeting minutes are now available.

Agenda topics are now being taken for the October meeting.

Please join us at any meeting, or contact us any time for more information! Meetings are on the second Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm in the Library (iCenter).

Meeting Dates:

  • October 10, 2019
  • November 14, 2019
  • December 12, 2019
  • January 9, 2020
  • February 13, 2020
  • March 9, 2020
  • April 18, 2020
  • May 14, 2020

  • Site Council Representatives:


    Lori Loeschmann & Laura Menzer



    Haley Draeger




    Robert Blessington



    Annual Asbestos Notification

    As a result of the federal law AHERA (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act), all primary and secondary schools are required to develop and implement a plan for managing all building materials which contain asbestos. Please click on the link below for details.

    SDW Annual Asbestos Notification

    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 October 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.

    Wrestling Starts October 14! Make sure you have your required forms!

    Anyone planning on joining the wrestling team MUST have their concussion form and physical form turned in. Forms can be accessed by clicking the links below.

    Concussion Form

    Physical Form

    If you have any questions, please contact Coach Brock at bmilkent@waukesha.k12.wi.us or Officer James at 262-970-3304.

    Assistant Wrestling Coach Needed

    If you are interested in getting involved at Horning, we have an assistant wrestling coaching position open. Duties would include helping run practice and conditioning, keeping a score book during matches, creating and maintaining good relationships with student athletes, helping direct set-up and tear-down for meets and practices, and other duties that may be assigned as needed. The desired start date would be near the end of October. Please contact Susan Inkmann Dean of Students / Athletic Director sinkmann@waukesha.k12.wi.us

    Cooking Club is off to a “hot” start making Oven Fries! Hoping each student will make them at home for your families!

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    Horning Cross Country

    The Horning Cross Country team has had an amazing season so far! All the athletes have been working hard and putting their best effort into all the meets we have participated in. We are looking forward to the last three meets of the season!
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    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