Bay Lane Newsletter

January 2018

Message from the Principals

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year to all of you! We are wishing you and your family the best in 2018!

It's hard to believe next week is the end of the first semester. On Monday, January 15, we begin second semester. Just a reminder that the last full day of school for students is Wednesday, May 30th and on Thursday, May 31st students will have a half day and will be dismissed at noon. Again, this is due to the early start this past August to allow for all of the District construction projects during the summer of 2018.

Parents you will see a flyer below inviting you to a community information night for parents, students, staff and community about Cyber Safety and Bullying being hosted in our District. This informational night is on Tuesday, January 16, 6:00-7:00 pm at the Muskego High School PAC. Many of you have lots of questions about this topic and the speaker Justin Patchin is a professor of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and is an expert in the area of teens and technology with a particular focus on cyber bullying and social networking.

Students in Grade 5 and 6 and then a separate session for Grade 7 and 8 will occur during the day on Tuesday, January 16. Students will spend about 45 minutes learning more from Dr. Justin Patchin. During homeroom, students will have a follow up conversation to support their understanding and learning about this topic.

Thank you for all you do to support school and your students learning. We look forward to a productive second semester and a partnership with all of you!


Mrs. Dawn Zandt, Principal, and Ms. Rachel Rydzewski, Associate Principal

Important Dates

  • Monday, January 8, 6-7 pm - Bay Lane PTO in the library
  • Friday, January 12, No Students; Professional Development Day; End Quarter 2
  • Monday, January 15, 8th grade orientation at MHS, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 15, DEADLINE-Yearbook Online Orders Due
  • Monday, January 15, 7:00 pm - School Board Meeting at Bay Lane
  • Tuesday, January 16, assembly for students with Justin Patchin, Cyber Safety
  • Tuesday, January 16, 6:00-7:00 pm, Community Presentation with Justin Patchin on Cyber Safety & Bullying at Muskego High School PAC
  • Thursday, January 18th, BL Winter Choir Concert 7:00 pm - MHS PAC
  • Wednesday, January 24; Quarter 2 Report Cards mailed home
  • Wednesday, January 24, 5-8 pm - 8th grade students / parents attend Course Information night at the high school

2018 Bay Lane Dodgeball Tournament April 27th, 2018~More Information in March!

2018-19 Middle School Course Registration

Encore course selection registration for next year will begin Friday, January 12th. Our school counselor Mrs. Hake will visit students in their literacy classes next week to distribute registration materials and review the registration process. Students will register at home with their parents. It's important for all students to know their own log in for infinite campus, not their parents log in to complete this process. In addition, all students will register with their current school even if their middle school placement for next year is being changed. Please watch for email instructions and your child will be bringing home the registration packet. Thank you!
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Yearbook Sale

Don't miss the opportunity to purchase this important keepsake of the school year. The cost is $25.00 and you can order online. Just login to Infinite Campus and find the fees tab. You may purchase online until January 15, 2018. Should you have any questions, please contact Donna Vanness at
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2018- 2019 School Calendar

The 2018-19 school year calendar has been approved by the school board. Click here for calendar.

2018-19 Course Registration

Registration materials will be coming home mid-January for all current 5th, 6th, and 7th graders. Our 5 th , 6 th and 7th graders will register online. They will also return a paper copy signed by parents with rank orders their elective choices.

Weather & Emergency Closing

Provided we have a current telephone number on file, families will receive a phone call if school is cancelled. You can also find information on our district website, through local media, or by following us on Twitter. When schools close, it is important to avoid jamming school phone lines. Instead of calling the school, please check local television or radio stations that will announce/list school delays or closings.

Regular attendance is important to success in school and we expect that when school is in session, students are engaged in learning. However, because we live in Wisconsin and our winter weather is unpredictable, the Muskego-Norway School District has established guidelines for decisions related to inclement weather. Please click here to refer to these guidelines when you have questions about possible school closings.

School closing decisions are not easy. Your child’s education is important and we want to provide learning opportunities on as many days as possible. Almost always, some people will agree with the decision, and some will not. Please know that we use our best judgment with the information we have available at the time.

PBIS Corner - Supporting PBIS at Home

Bay Lane uses Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as a strategy in teaching appropriate social behavior and skills. At school, your child is part of Bay Lane’s Respectful, Responsible Community and is expected to model the behaviors in all environments. At Bay Lane, we call the following the core expectations, “The Bobcat Way”. To establish a great learning culture and community, Bay Lane staff have taught students lessons related to behaviors aligning with our core beliefs, and we have acknowledge students who are following the Bobcat Way with Red Tickets.

Consistency in both school and home is the best approach to making PBIS a success. As a parent, are you wondering how you can support the success of PBIS at home? Consider adapting the consequences system we use here at school for your home environment. This is a great way to implement PBIS strategies at home. With PBIS’s universal school system students have clear understanding of expectations and consequences, thus having a positive impact on the learning culture at Bay Lane.

Promoting a Respectful, Respectful Community

Mr. Bergum, Mr. Leiteritz and the PBIS committee have been planning and coordinating awesome videos about character development of our 3 Core Pillars; Respect, Responsibility and Community. Each month in homeroom, students learn about a character trait and watch a video from members of the Muskego Community and beyond! The videos are a great way for students to see and hear how to make an impact in school, at home and in the community.

Tommy Anderson on Respect

Ty Termaat on Respect

Rick Loy on Responsibility

Spiros Demopoulos on Responsibility

Chief Rens on Compassion

Coach John Sterner on Compassion

Abigail, Katie, and Sara on Tolerance

Middle School Students Attending Class at Muskego High School

Please be advised that your child's first semester exam(s) at the high school are scheduled for Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

Because class times are extended during exam days, please note the time change listed below for Wednesday, January 10:

  • First period exam 7:25-8:35 (instead of the usual 8:15)
  • Second period exam 8:45 - 9:55 (instead of usual 8:20-9:10)

Bus service will be provided back to the middle school after the exam(s).

Your child will not attend class at the high school on Thursday, January 11, 2018. (Students will be allowed to take the bus with all other middle school students and they will report to Mrs. Duerst's room (#117) for study hall. Or students can be dropped off for the start of period 2 by 8:30 am.)

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the high school office at 262-971-1790, extension 4507 or email at

8th Grade Course Information Night at MHS

Save the Date!

Course Information Night at Muskego High School.
January 24 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Do you have questions like these?
Which history course should my sophomore take, US History, or AP US History?
What is the AVID Program?
Can my child take two science courses the same year?
How many credits of World Language does my child need to be ready for college?

Get the answers to these questions and much more!

Staff, Administration, and Counselors will be available to answer your course information and scheduling questions.

Now you know...

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Tips for Technology

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Engineering Club ~ Save the Date

The fourth year of Bay Lane’s Engineering Club will be starting soon. The Engineering Club – Rube Goldberg is for interested 6, 7, & 8 graders. The Engineering Club is looking for creative, innovative team players who like to build things. Club members will design and construct a Rube Goldberg machine to compete against other middle schools at the Waukesha County Technical College on April 20.

Introductory first meeting is January 23 from 3:00-4:00pm

  • Permission slips will be handed out
  • Safety forms will be given
  • Questions answered
  • Challenge will be revealed
  • Club days are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:05-4:30pm

  • Meeting place – Room 48
  • Club limited to 28 students

Cost to join is $10 to help with cost of materials

Advisors for club are Mr. Britt and Mrs. Staniszewski

PTO ~ Box Tops Contest

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MHS Musical "West Side Story"

The Muskego High School Music Department presents the musical WEST SIDE STORY

Thursday through Saturday, February 22-24 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, February 25

at 2 p.m. Performances held in the Performing Arts Center. All seats are reserved and tickets non-refundable.

Ticket prices: $10 adult; $7 seniors over 60 and children under 12; and $8 for students with their Muskego Norway School ID. Public ticket sales begin at 9 a.m. on December 11, 2017 and can be purchased online at or in the Activities Office, M-F, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A photo ID is required to enter the building during school hours (enter door #1). For more information, please call the high school at 262-971-1790, ext. 4545.

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