East Side Press Family Newsletter

January 3, 2021

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Welcome to 2021

Welcome to 2021 parents, families, and students.

There have been many challenges throughout the start of the school year, but our school community has continued to find a way to move forward despite the adversity. I am constantly impressed with the work I see in the classroom, on the stage and athletic fields, and within the community from our students. Your desire to find a way to achieve your dreams is inspiring! I urge everyone to continue to support each other and take every day as an opportunity to grow as a person. Everyone needs a support team. Embrace yours and lift them up just like they do for you!

Mr. Hughes

Here's to a wonderful year ahead, filled with many opportunities and successes. Take charge of your happiness, surround yourself with wisdom, and move ahead with determination.

"Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction."

- Germany Kent

"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."

- E.E. Cummings

"Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely."

- Karen Kaiser Clark

"Life's not about expecting, hoping, and wishing; it's about doing, being, and becoming."

- Mike Dooley



Five Day Per Week Instruction For JK-5

On Monday, December 14, the Wauwatosa School Board approved the Superintendent’s recommendation for students in grades JK-5 to return to five-day synchronous learning on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Please note that there will be no classes for elementary students on Monday, January 4 or Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

Secondary students will return from Winter Break on Monday, January 4, 2021 in the hybrid phase. The Medical/Public Health Advisory Panel will meet on Thursday, January 7, 2021 to conduct further discussion regarding students in grades 6-12. The Superintendent will deliver a recommendation to the School Board for students in grades 6-12 at the Board meeting on Monday, January 11, 2021.

A full recording of the December 14th meeting can be found here, and a visual overview of 5-day-per-week learning for Phase Into Learning and Tosa Connected students in elementary school can be found here.

What If My Student Is Struggling With the Pandemic?

Here is a quick read for all parents to provide some insight and ideas to support students who might be struggling with school during this pandemic. The article is titled for seniors, but applies to all high school students.

Changes to Quarantine + Exclusion Guidelines

The Wauwatosa School District has implemented the following modifications to our quarantine and exclusion guidelines:

  • The quarantine period will be reduced to 7-10 days. Individuals may end their quarantine on day 7 if they receive a negative COVID-19 test on day 6 or later. Without a negative COVID-19 test on day 6 or later, individuals must remain quarantined for 10 days from the last possible date of exposure.

  • The exclusion guidelines have been modified to exclude individuals from school and/or District programming only if they have one major or two minor symptoms.

  • Visit our COVID Health Links for Families for further information on major and minor symptoms.

January Semester Assessment Schedule

Please review the January 2021 Assessment Plan developed for the first semester assessments for the week of January 19-22, with second semester beginning Monday, January 25. The schedules developed will cover any model of instruction we might be in at that point of the semester.

2021 Summer School

Just as the cold is beginning to set in, it’s time to start thinking about summer school. Summer school will be offered over the course of two three-week sessions as follows:

  • Session A: Monday, June 21 - Friday, July 9, 2021 (no school Monday, July 5)
  • Session B: Monday, July 12 - Friday, July 30, 2021

Elementary classes will not be held on Fridays, and students will attend classes Monday-Thursday. Secondary students will have a full five day week and will attend school Monday-Friday.

Due to the unique learning environment created by the pandemic, we are unable to determine at this time if classes will be held virtually, in the hybrid model, or in person. However, regardless of the learning model, we plan to offer more flexibility to families by providing students with the option of zooming into synchronous, in-person classes on an as-needed basis.

Please mark your calendars accordingly and keep an eye out for the course offerings in Spring 2021.

LAUNCH 2021-2022 (Current Sophomore and Junior Families ONLY)

If you’re looking to connect with and work with professionals during the 2021-2022 school year, and explore your interests and passions in a project-based environment, the LAUNCH program is for you! Please take a moment to view the links below. The registration form is included if you would like to enroll!

LAUNCH Overview Video / Virtual Tour of Concurrency: Want to get ahead of the curve as you prepare for a career? Click here to learn more about the program and about the 14 strands (or career areas) we are offering!

2021-2022 Course Guide: Click here to view the 14 strands we are offering, as well as the courses offered within each strand.

Current Registration Enrollment Form (open until March 2021) - Fill out this form if you are committed to including LAUNCH in your schedule for the 2021-2022 school year. Once you fill out this form, it automatically goes into your schedule.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Tina Koch, Wauwatosa LAUNCH lead, at kochkr@wauwatosa.k12.wi.us. We hope to see you next year!

Virtual Winter Orchestra Concert

The Tosa East Orchestra has missed seeing you this year! While traditional performances have been put on hold, beautiful music has continued to fill the hallways at Tosa East. Students in orchestra spent 2 weeks in December recording music for a Virtual Winter Orchestra Concert. Their video submissions were edited together and their audio was mixed/masted to create an orchestra where all students perform together.

The East Orchestra Winter Concert can be be viewed online at: https://youtu.be/xVeO2wraOUg

HOSA SaveAround Coupon Book

HOSA (Future Health Professionals) is selling the valuable SaveAround Coupon Book to raise money for HOSA activities and competitions. Our sale is all online and books ship direct to you. You also get a phone app to use. Get access to hundreds of unique discounts that can save more than the cost of the book using just a few coupons!

Please share the link and sell to family & friends. You can also register as a seller to earn Free Books and Tuition Points for Colleges. Check out the details here.



REMINDER: Students must check in on Infinite Campus on all asynchronous days. Click here for a student check-in tutorial.

  • On Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, cohort A students are asynchronous and must check in on Infinite Campus.
  • On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, cohort B students are asynchronous and must check in on Infinite Campus.

Families, please remember that you may also check your student’s attendance status within your Infinite Campus parent portal.

Canvas Observer Accounts For Families

Families are encouraged to create a Canvas Observer account to actively engage in their student’s learning. Please review the Canvas Observer course for a getting started tutorial and other helpful tips. The link to the course can also be found on the District website.

Zooming Into Class

As we continue to gather more requests by students and families to Zoom students into classes while they are absent we wanted to communicate our Zoom Guidelines. As of right now, students will ONLY be able to Zoom into class if they have been placed into quarantine due to an exposure to COVID-19 or a COVID-19 positive test result. Parental/guardian consent is required for students to Zoom into class. All other absences including non-COVID-19 Illness, parent excused, pre-planned, etc. will NOT be allowed to Zoom into classes. At this time, we do not have the technology or personnel capacity to Zoom students into classes for other reasons.

These guidelines have been developed in an effort to provide a framework for supporting student learning in the event that they must remain home for quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure during the 2020-2021 school year.

Tosa Connected

  • Needing a little support with your Wauwatosa Virtual Academy (WVA) courses? Check out this resource sheet.
  • Don't forget that our Academic Resource Center (ARC) staff is available to provide support. Please check out their schedule here.
  • If you are unable to attend your live virtual class, please make sure that you call the East attendance line (414-773-2002) to report the absence.
Virtual Wauwatosa Guest Speaker Opportunities

The District is seeking volunteers for various virtual career-based learning experiences for our students. Complete the form if you are interested in sharing your industry expertise, your career story, the importance of a specific skill, etc.



Senior Cap and Gown Orders -- What Do I Do If I Forgot?

Jostens has collected the in school orders for graduation materials. If you missed the opportunity, you can complete the order packet and send it directly to Jostens. There is also an online ordering opportunity. Please use the steps below to order items:

  • Go to jostens.com and choose the tab for “Shop High School”
  • Enter your correct school name and choose it. (Wauwatosa East High School)
  • Choose the “Graduation Tab”
  • From there you can go to available packages or scroll down to individual items

WISA Scholarships

The Wisconsin Security Association (WISA) has announced the availability of two college scholarships for graduating seniors whose parents are full-time, active members of a Wisconsin police or fire department. The organization will award one $1,500 scholarship to the child of an active duty police department member and one $1,500 scholarship to the child of an active duty fire department member. Click here to learn more.



Virtual Peer Tutoring Program

With the help of upperclassmen, the Student Services Department is rolling out a Virtual Peer Tutoring Program. Tutoring sessions are available at various times and days. These hour-long Zoom sessions will run until winter break and resume when students return on January 4th. If students have questions, they should reach out to their school counselor.

While we are learning virtually, our student services team is still accessible to support students. Please send an email to set up a session.

Student Services Team

Mrs. Bratcher - School Counselor

Mrs. Carter - School Counselor

Mr. Linscott - School Counselor

Ms. Merg - School Counselor

Ms. Phillips - School Social Worker

Ms. Schmidt - School Counselor Intern

Mrs. Morgan - Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Taylor - Career Center Coordinator

Club Central

Interested in joining a club? Contact an advisor today!



From Ms. Oliver

It's a new year and I'm learning to focus on balance as a parent of a soon-to-be new driver as well as a 13.5 year old son trying to push away and be more independent. I've been reading up and talking with other parents on how to manage this stressful period in our family.

At school we are also focusing on and explicitly teaching students executive functioning skills and organization skills and talking about goals and motivation. I found a great article in ADDitude magazine on 10 Ways to Improve Your Teen’s Executive Skills, with tips for parents about how to work with teens who may have some issues with tasks and also planning.

I thought I'd pass this excerpt along:

Provide just enough support for your teen to be successful.

Parents and other adults who work with teens make two kinds of mistakes. They provide too much support, which means that the teen is successful but fails to develop the ability to perform the task. Or they provide too little support, and the teen fails.

In helping teens learn a skill by taking on new tasks, we assume in the beginning that the teen will need support. It’s best to determine how she can get into the task on her own before you intervene. You can do this by asking her how to proceed through the task. In some cases, she may agree to take on the task, but you notice that she hasn’t made progress in moving through it. If this occurs in activities for which she is motivated, such as exploring the process for getting a driver’s license, this may be a sign that she is not sure how to get started. In this case, a gentle offer of information or help may get a teen started.

If she’s open to your help, but you stepped back too early in the process, her confidence will be undermined. You want to provide enough support that she crosses the finish line with you watching from the back; you don’t want to be in front and reach the finish line first.

Support literacy, Support local!

The Little Read Book has been a Tosa Village staple for 35 years. Consider safely shopping there this holiday season and using their curbside and concierge services. There are also virtual book clubs you and your children can take part in.



Wauwatosa District Athletic and Spectator Procedures and Policies

Please review the information below regarding winter athlete and spectator procedures.

Wauwatosa School District Winter Spectator Guidelines

As a reminder, only 2 family members per athlete are allowed at most events.



Wondering where to direct your question(s)?

Main line: (414) 773-2000

Tosa East Administrative Team

  • Principal: Nick Hughes; (414) 773-2010
  • Associate Principal (students with last names A-K): Betsy McGinnity; (414) 773-2011
  • Associate Principal (students with last names L-Z): Jordan Stein; (414) 773-2012

Additional Staff Resources

  • Athletic Director: Michelle Guyant-Holloway; (414) 773-2014
  • Attendance: Gina Obscherning; (414) 773-2002
  • Infinte Campus Parent Portal Access: Liz Hughes; (414) 773-2005
  • School Fees (including athletic fees and enrollment fees): Sue Flatley; (414) 773-2032
  • Student Services (transcripts, address changes, etc.): Janice Morgan; (414) 773-2030

Our Tosa East Main Office is open Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday from 7:00am-4:00pm

(closed Wednesdays for deep cleaning)



Severe Weather + Building Closure Protocols

As we move into our winter weather season, we have been proactively planning for potential snow days. Given our ability to conduct meaningful virtual education, we do not plan to cancel school due to weather this winter. Instead, in cases where inclement weather would typically force our schools to close, it is our intention to shift scheduled in-person learning to synchronous online learning. This means that students who would normally learn in-person would follow their normal schedule, but will conduct their learning online instead. There will be no change for students scheduled for asynchronous learning or those enrolled in Tosa Connected or Wauwatosa Virtual Academy. As a reminder for how and when we will communicate school closings due to severe weather, please click here.

Student + Family Assistance Program (SFAP)

SFAP is not just for student problems! SFAP services are available to students, adults, couples and families. Many adults choose to use the SFAP for relationship issues, individual stress, substance abuse issues and depression. The 6-session model often works well to help people get back on track with their lives. Many adults may benefit from other services available to support families, including legal, financial, elder care and child care support services. For more information, about the Student and Family Assistance Program, click here.

All City Read Essay Contest

Tosa’s All-City Read is holding a creative writing contest for students in grades 3-12, as well as their parents and other family members. The essay contest complements the book chosen for this year’s All-City Read: Call Me American by Somali-American author Abdi Nor Iftin. Contest themes relate to how our community and environment shape who we are.

The contest is open to all residents of Wauwatosa or children who attend Wauwatosa schools. Entries must be emailed or postmarked no later than February 5, 2021. Cash prizes will be awarded in each contest in the following categories:

Grades 3-5 First prize: $30 / Second prize: $20

Grades 6-8 First prize: $50 / Second prize: $30

High School First prize: $75 / Second prize: $40

Adult (19+) First prize: $100 / Second prize $60

Full contest rules and the downloadable entry form are available on the All City Read website. For more information, go to www.TosasAllCityRead.com, visit the Tosa All City Read Facebook page or contact chairperson Maureen Badding at info@TosasAllCityRead.com.