Glendale-River Hills

March 2020: School District Update

Hello Parents & Guardians-

Welcome to the March Edition of the District Newsletter!

Thanks for continuing to read our updates.

Black History Month Presentation

Wednesday, March 4th 6:00 PM

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Coronavirus Response in GDRH

The Glendale-River Hills School District is closely monitoring the recent outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which has now been detected in 37 locations internationally, including cases in the United States. We are working closely with our district nurses and facilities management department to ensure that all current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are being followed to prevent the spread of this and other communicable diseases in our school community.

We are asking for parents to aid us in monitoring the potential for an outbreak in our school community by:

1. Keeping your child home until they are symptom-free (fever, vomiting, and diarrhea) for 24 hours without the use of medicine.

2. When calling your child in ill, report your child's symptoms and whether or not your child's illness has been confirmed by a physician.

3. Talk to your children at home about basic infection control procedures such as frequent handwashing (20 seconds with soap and water) or use of hand sanitizer, and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow.

Additional information and prevention guidelines from the DCD can be found here:

COVID-19 Fact Sheet

Spring Break!

Enjoy a wonderful break from school from March 23-March 27. In addition, we have early release on Friday, March 20. Students at Glen Hills are dismissed at 11:20 and students at Parkway at 12:00.

Join us for a learning opportunity!

Intergenerational Book Club.

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Our district has partnered with Elmbrook, Greenfield, & Nicolet School Districts in sponsoring an

Intergenerational Book Club. The goal is to strengthen family engagement through book discussions focused on diversity to help us all live and grow in a global community. The next meeting scheduled for April 2nd from 6:00-8:00 at Nicolet High School.

This meeting's featured Guest Speaker will be a student author from Green Card Youth Voices

Books are available in print at your public and school library or in eBook on OverDrive.

During the event, we will be engaging in discussions and activities about the following texts:

  • High School (and adults): Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario
  • Grades 7-8: Enrique's Journey (Young Adult Adaptation) by Sonia Nazario
  • Grades 3-6: Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs
  • Grades K-2: Where Are You From? by Yamile Saied Méndez

REGISTER NOW using the link below:

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We are Responsible! Every KID Every DAY- Whatever it Takes!

You may have noticed this saying at the bottom of the newsletter each month. What this means to us in Glendale is that we are committed to supporting and educating ALL students. And ALL MEANS ALL! As of today, we have 1092 students in the district all with unique needs and learning styles.

Within that 1092 students, we have approximately 165 students with special education needs. Our district supports students with learning disabilities, speech and language impairments, emotional-behavior disabilities, Autism, significant developmental delays, hearing impairments, visual impairments, orthopedic impairments, intellectual disabilities, and other health impairments. In addition, some of our students also need physical therapy and occupational therapy to help them be most successful at school.

We pride ourselves in the quality programming we offer, and oftentimes far exceed the staffing in other neighboring districts. We are learning more each day through book studies and professional development on how to improve our inclusive practices for all kids.

Stay tuned for more information in the coming newsletters on how we support all students.

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State Superintendent Special Education Council Online Public Forum Next Week

The Online Public Forum on Special Education window opens March 2 and closes March 6, 2020. The forum gives the Wisconsin Council on Special Education the opportunity to gather input from families and school staff on the unique challenges and successes of special education in Wisconsin. The council uses the information gathered to advise the state superintendent on matters affecting the education of Wisconsin’s children and youth with disabilities. If you would like to participate, provide your comment in Englishor Spanish between March 2–6, 2020.


As mentioned in last month's newsletter, the Wisconsin Forward Exam is part of the Wisconsin Student Assessment System and is a required assessment dictated by the State of Wisconsin. The 2020 assessment window opens March 23 and runs through May 1.

Our schools have scheduled testing during the following dates within the window:


3rd-grade students will be testing April 6, 7, 8, and 9.

Glen Hills:

Students at Glen Hills will test from April 17-April 27.

Please help us by encouraging your child to get a good night's rest during testing. Healthy snacks will be made available to all kids during the testing weeks, but a good breakfast is also encouraged.

The Truth About Vaping & Juuling

Tuesday, April 7th, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Nicolet High School Auditorium

Intended Audience: Parents/Guardians, Caregivers & Students (6th-12th)

"E-cigarette use among youth has skyrocketed in the past year at a rate of epidemic proportions. Nicotine exposure during adolescence can harm the developing brain, which continues to develop until age 25, and can impact learning, memory, and attention." - U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, Dec. 18, 2018

This event is hosted by the Student Services Departments from the Nicolet, Fox Point-Bayside, Maple Dale-Indian Hill, and Glendale-River Hills School District. It will include a straight-forward discussion of the significant health and safety issues of vaping. Open to the public, this event will feature keynote speakers Dr. Charlene Gaebler-Uhing, Dr. Louella Amos from Children's Hospital of WI, and Sue Marten from the WI Lung Association. The evening will conclude with a panel discussion with the speakers.

In addition to the presentation in the auditorium, there will be activities provided for children ages 3 and up in the Nicolet Library. A tobacco prevention presentation for grades 2 through 5 will be led by Ms. Charity James and Ms. Sara French of the Fox-Point-Bayside School District. Childcare will be provided by Nicolet High School students. Please click here to register for childcare no later than March 31, 2020.

For additional tobacco prevention information and resources, click here.

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Join district friends, families, teachers and staff at this adult-only event for an evening including a silent and live auction, dinner, music, cash bar, and games!

This year's event will be held at the Bavarian Bierhaus in Glendale and will feature a full dinner!

Our fundraising mission this year is to continue to raise funds to finish the innovative learning lab and maker space at Glen Hills Middle School. Together with the district, we hope to provide moveable group seating to foster group learning environments as well as include new technology, such as Chromebooks and smartboards. This will be an area that teachers will be able to utilize for group projects and more creative learning. With your help, we can make it a reality in the near future!

This year's Spring Fling will be held on Saturday, April 4th beginning at 6 pm.

Bavarian Bierhaus
700 W. Lexington Blvd. Glendale

Advanced Tickets are $50 each and $60 each the night of the event.

Early Bird tickets are $35 until Saturday, March 7th!
NOTE: Your tickets will be available at check In the night of the event.

  1. Click here and you will be directed to Revtrak to complete your transaction.
  2. Send your check made payable to "Glendale River Hills School District Foundation" to

Glendale River Hills School District Foundation
c/o Spring Fling
2600 W. Mill Road
Glendale, WI 53209

Questions? Feel free to post them to our facebook page, email the Foundation, or email your Spring Fling Committee Chairs: Jenny Nelson or Jill Gueller. We hope to see you on April 4th!


As a district, we are committed to providing a quality education for ALL students.

Our commitment is to EVERY kid, EVERY day, Whatever it takes!