East Troy High School Newsletter

January 2020

Principals Notes

Welcome to the New Year! We are approaching the sixth week of the second trimester, with Student/Parent/Teacher conferences scheduled for January 16, 2020, and the status (not final) grading period ending on January 14, 2020. We will send out a Skyward link to sign up for conferences on January 9th, 2020. We value our partnerships with parents/guardians and encourage participation in conferences. If you are unable to attend the night of conferences, please feel free to email your child's teacher or counselor.

The ETCSD Board of Education approved a referendum question that will appear on the ballot April 7, 2020.

If approved by a majority of voters, the $1.6 million referendum for each of 5 years would address the district's most urgent needs and provide greater financial stability for ETCSD over the next five years. It would have an estimated tax impact of $98 per $100,000 of assessed property value.

ETHS Exceeds Expectations on State Report Card

Every year the state of Wisconsin releases a report card on each school and district in Wisconsin. The 2018-2019 East Troy High Schools Report Card has much to celebrate. We also recognize that we are much more than a number.

This years report card for East Troy High School had many areas of growth. Our overall school score increased from 73.7 to 79.7 and we continue to be in the Exceeds Expectations band. This score includes weighting in four different areas: Student Achievement, School Growth, Closing Gaps, and On track and Postsecondary Readiness. One of the big differences this year is that this is the first year in which high schools can have growth incorporated into their score. This was also the first year in which the ASPIRE assessment which is taken by 9th and 10th graders was included along with the ACT that all juniors take.

  • In the area of Student Achievement as measured by the ACT, ASPIRE, and DLM assessments we improved in both English Language Arts and Mathematics and continue to be above the state average.

  • School Growth was the new category for high schools and we earned 85 out of a possible 100 points. This measure comes from how cohorts of students grow from year to year. Our score was far above the state average.

  • In the area of Closing Gaps we had significant improvement with an increase of 11 points. The score now includes 9th and 10th graders which increased our cell group numbers. Our school’s score was also far above the state average.

  • Our graduation rate did slip from 98.3% to 96.9%. The state average is 90.8%.

While we have much to celebrate we will continue to improve. Currently we have moved to a Trimester schedule with longer classes and our educators have a school wide goal of increasing the amount of collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and purposeful movement in their classes.

We are proud of the growth and hard work shown by both the students and staff at East Troy High School and look forward to continuing to make our school a special place to learn.

For a more detailed look at our state report card go to https://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards.

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As always, we are dedicated to the success of each and every child at ETHS. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.


Mr. Kent Kleinowski and Mrs. Stacey Kuehn

Co-High School Principals

January Dates to Remember


1/1 - No School

1/2 - School Resumes

1/2 - Fab Lab Open to the Public 4-8 pm

1/9 - Fab Lab Open to the Public 4-8 pm

1/16 - Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences HS 3:15 - 8:15 pm

1/16 - Fab Lab Open to the Public 4-8 pm

1/18 - Brunch on Broadway 10 AM @ St. James United Methodist Church

1/20 - No School/Inservice

1/23 - Fab Lab Open to the Public 4-8 pm

1/30 - Fab Lab Open to the Public 4-8 pm

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Brunch on Broadway

Come one come all! ETHS Students are preparing to dazzle you with their performances at Brunch on Broadway this January! Hustle on down to St. James First Methodist Church on Saturday January 18th to see students perform a variety of Broadway and Musical Numbers, as well as provide you with an absolutely lovely Brunch catered by Hometown sausage Kitchen, among others. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. They include both brunch AND the show. Show times are 10 AM or 11:30 AM. Doors will open 15 minutes prior to show-time. Get your tickets from an ETHS student, the office, or contact Aimee Swanson at swaaim@easttroy.k12.wi.us for more information.

We hope that all of you will come out to support your students in this dazzling endeavour of showtunes, good food, and plenty of laughs.

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General Management Certification and College Credit

East Troy students can earn a General Management Certificate, which is equivalent to 13 credits at Gateway. All required coursework for the certificate is offered at ETHS!

Required courses for this certificate include Accounting Principles, Introduction to Business, Business Law and Microsoft Office Applications. The Gateway credits that are earned as part of the course requirements also transfer to any technical college in Wisconsin, along with some four-year universities.

In addition, the ETHS Accounting Principles course is accepted by UW-Whitewater!

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A Head Start on a College Degree

High school students at East Troy have a fantastic opportunity: FREE COLLEGE CREDIT! Through a partnership with Gateway Technical College, students can take free college-level transcripted classes in several departments including Ag, Business, Tech Ed, Computer Science, Family and Consumer Science, Math, Science and English. Students simultaneously earn both college credit AND credit toward their high school diploma. Best of all, the program covers the cost of the student's tuition and books.

Taking it a step further, East Troy students are now able to earn a General Management Certificate, which is equivalent to 13 credits at Gateway. This certificate focuses on the local business need for a skill set that will assist with the management of the organization in an entry-level position. After completion of the courses in this certificate, the student will be able to understand the overall management and structure of the organization, generally accepted accounting and business practices, as well as demonstrate the technical computer skills needed to assist with the management of the organization in an entry-level position.

Required courses for this certificate include Accounting Principles, Introduction to Business, Business Law and Microsoft Office Applications. By earning this certificate while in high school, students can shorten the credits needed for an associate degree. These credits also transfer to any technical college in Wisconsin, along with some four-year universities.

For more information about the General Management Certificate or transcripted courses, please contact Deb Leising, CTE Coordinator, at leideb@easttroy.k12.wi.us.

Students of the Month

Congratulations to the following students who were nominated for Student of the Month by their teacher. Each department nominates a student to be recognized each month. Congratulations students on your work and dedication to school!
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Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl

East Troy High School students got a chance to apply their personal finance knowledge when they attended the Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl, sponsored by Asset Builders. Two team comprised of eight seniors, Josh Asby, Hunter Cliffgard, Alison Giblin, Sophie Donegan, Lexi Rudderham, Brielle Bird, Brady Barels, and Kyle Lehman traveled to Carthage College on December 12th, where they matched wits in a battle against area schools to see who knew the most about business, economics and personal finance. The Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl® (FICB) is a financial literacy program for high school students, teaching a wide range of financial literacy topics that align with Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards for Personal Finance as well as the Jumpstart National Standards. The FICB culminates in a live, college-bowl tournament where teams compete to determine regional champions. Teams that finish 1st- and 2nd-Place from each region earn the right to advance to the state championship tournament. “My students always really enjoy this competition. They are always surprised with how much they have learned and how well they do against other schools,” added Deb Leising, Business Education instructor.

STEAM EXPO 2020 - March 21, 2020 from 10 am - 3 pm

Call for Entries

East Troy Community School District’s


Are you a:

Farmer Artist Engineer INVENTOR

Wildlife Enthusiast Candy Maker

Mathematician Baker Scientist Builder

Gardener Electrician Crafter Educator Designer

East Troy High School is proud to be hosting a free STEAM EXPO for all ages, on March 21, 2020 from 10 am - 3 pm. The event will be comprised of exhibits, demonstrations, activities and workshops combining areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Agriculture and Math.

  • We are looking for parents, students, staff and community members to share their talents and expertise in any of the STEAM categories. For example, an artist could demonstrate a technique or run a workshop, a farmer could present on raising chickens or a scientist could share an experiment. So many options!

  • OR, maybe you just want to volunteer to be part of this awesome event!

You can register on the East Troy STEAM Expo website.

Click on registration and fill out the registration form. https://media.easttroy.k12.wi.us/HighSchool/StaffDirectory/Puls/steam_expo/index.html

You can also reach out to Lori Puls, High School Art Teacher, to get involved! She can be reached at pullor@easttroy.k12.wi.us or 414-642-6760 x5239.

Thanks in advance for helping make East Troy Community School District a great place for our students!

Counseling Corner

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Pupil Services

Kori Pehkonen

School Psychologist

262-642-6760 x 5264


Kim Pluess

Social Worker

262-642-6760 x 5242


From the Desk of the SRO (School Resource Officer)

Officer Hackett

School Resource Officer

262-642-6760 x 5223


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Attendance and Bell Schedules

Student Absences

  • Same Day: Parents should call the attendance office before 8:00 am. If leaving a message, please include your name, your child's name, and the reason for the absence.

  • East High School uses the school notification system School Messenger for attendance calls. The families of students whose absences have not been verified by 8:30a.m. with a parent/guardian will receive an automated phone call placed to primary phone and parent/guardian cell phone numbers listed in Skylert.

  • Reminder if going to the doctor or dentist bring in excuse from the doctor or dentist to the main office so that the absence can be recorded as medical.

  • Pre-Arranged: A pre-arranged absence form must be completed and submitted to the office at least one day prior to the proposed absence. The form is available on the District website and in the HS office. If you have completed the pre-arranged absence process, you do not need to call the office the day of your child's absence.

Student Late Arrivals

If your child will be arriving late, call the attendance office and note the approximate time your child will be arriving.

District Policies

Attendance and truancy policies are available in the Student Informational Book and in the Board Policies online.

East Troy Fitness Center

The Fitness Center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 3:15pm to 8:45pm for a small membership fee. Check the District website for more information regarding Fitness Center availability, as hours may change as the school year progresses to better meet the needs of the district and community.


Winter sports: Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Cheer, Boys Swim and Dive, and Wrestling

For questions regarding a specific sport, you can contact the coach of that sport:

Boys Basketball - Darryl Rayfield - take.notice@hotmail.com

Girls Basketball - Kristin Michalski - mickri@easttroy.k12.wi.us or Ryan Vodnik - vodrya@easttroy.k12.wi.us

Wrestling - Jeff Crandall - crajef@easttroy.k12.wi.us or Ryan - Holle holrya@easttroy.k12.wi.us

Cheer- Carrie Luedtke- ethscheerndance@gmail.com

Boys Swimming- Coop with Burlington- contact Reid Oldenburg, Athletic Director oldrei@easttroy.k12.wi.us

Additional information regarding athletics can be found on the school website https://www.easttroy.k12.wi.us/district/athletics.cfm, including a link to the Rock Valley Conference website which has a calendar for all sports.

Another resource is the WIAA website- https://www.wiaawi.org/

Click this link to see the athletic calendar