East Side Press Family Newsletter

February 28, 2021


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Model of Instruction Change

On Friday, February 19, the Wauwatosa School Board held a meeting to discuss returning Phase Into Learning students in grades 6-12 to five-day-per-week instruction on March 2, 2021 instead of the previously approved date of April 5, 2021. The Board approved this recommendation, and secondary students enrolled in Phase Into Learning in grades 6-12 will begin five-day-per-week instruction on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

A full recording of the meeting has been published on the Wauwatosa School District YouTube channel.

Monday, March 1, 2021

There are no classes tomorrow, March 1st. It is not an asynchronous work day and students do not need to check in for attendance.


Conferences will be rescheduled to accommodate our shift to five-day instruction. Middle school conferences will be held on Tuesday, March 9 and Thursday, March 18. Montessori middle school families should follow the original communication sent from the school regarding conferences. High school conferences will be held on Thursday, March 11 and Tuesday, March 16.

Tosa Connected

Tosa Connected students in grades 6-12 will begin daily synchronous virtual instruction on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Tosa Connected students will not be participating in in-person instruction in the school building, and they should follow their daily schedule (via Zoom) as indicated in Infinite Campus.

Early Release Wednesdays

Students will be released one hour earlier on Wednesdays to accommodate teacher planning and collaboration time. Starting on Wednesday, March 3, high school students will be released at 2:10 pm, middle school students will be released at 2:30 pm and elementary students will be released at 2:20 pm. This early-release schedule will continue every Wednesday through the remainder of the year.

We look forward to welcoming Phase Into Learning students in grades 6-12 back into our school buildings five days per week starting this Tuesday, March 2, 2021. You may contact members of the School Board by emailing publiccomment@wauwatosa.k12.wi.us.

Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences

Virtual parent-teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, March 11th and Tuesday, March 16th.

To sign up for a 10-minute conference with each of your student's teachers or counselor, please follow the instructions at this link (Tosa Connected Families: Sign up here). Sign-ups for each date will close one day prior.

You will receive a separate email the morning of each day’s conferences with a link to a spreadsheet containing the Zoom links for each teacher. You will click the link to meet with the teacher at the time and date you signed up for. You will be let into a waiting room and the teacher will let you in when they are ready.

Sign up for parent/teacher conferences

**PLEASE NOTE: you must go to each department's tab to sign up! Not the first page**

Tosa Connected Families: Sign up here

Please let us know if you have any questions and thank you for signing up!

- Tosa East Administration

Student Locker Access and Use

As a reminder, students have access to lockers to store coats. Please keep in mind, in order to maintain as safe of an environment as possible, students will only access their lockers before and after school. Students will continue to share a locker (grades 9, 10, 11) with a partner of their choice.

Students are able to locate their locker number and combination in Infinite Campus in the student portal by following the steps below:

  1. Locate the dropdown menu labeled “More” on the student portal page

  2. Click this menu open and select “Lockers”

  3. Locker number, combination and general descriptor of location will be listed.

  4. Locker comb work...right, left, right, lift and pull

We are asking that the following procedures and expectations be followed by all students for locker use.

  1. Use only your assigned locker. Do not have additional students store items in your lockers.
  2. Use your locker only at the beginning and end of the day to drop off and pick up belongings. Students cannot access lockers during the school day.
  3. Locker stops are to be quick pick-ups and drop-offs. Students should not linger and talk with your locker partner or others in the halls.
  4. Be patient and take turns if students are using nearby lockers at the start or end of the day. Maintain social distancing and mask expectations when using lockers.

AP Research needs YOU (and your data)!

It's the time of year when the students enrolled in AP Research need to start going out into the field to collect the data needed for their independent studies. Because each student is conducting his or her own study, we will need HUNDREDS of different people to engage in things like surveys, questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, and experiments. All studies will have received institutional review board approval, so there has been attention to anonymity and research ethics.

If you are willing to help us with this major feat, please refer to this document, which has links to studies in need of participants or instructions for how to help with a data collection process.

Please reach out to Ms. Sampson at sampsome@wauwatosa.k12.wi.us or the researcher listed in the document if you have specific questions about any of the research or data collection information. Thank you in advance to anyone who can help!

Let's Go On A Goosechase!

'Tosa East students are invited to go on a Goosechase! A Goosechase is a scavenger hunt with missions that are done in real life but recorded into an app. Missions will take place in school, at your home, and in the community. Complete them all or try just a few.

Download the free app, "Goosechase" and open the game WAUWATOSAEAST. Complete missions alone or with a team of up to four classmates! Game runs February 26-March 12. Please practice social distancing, be kind and have FUN! Prizes will be awarded ('Tosa East swag, not cash).



Zoom Troubleshooting

Students can use the following troubleshooting steps if they have issues with login:

  • Make sure the account is activated. The activation process is very simple and is demonstrated here.
  • Make sure the student is not logged in to Zoom with another account.
  • Check that the student is using the Zoom app (not just the website).
  • Ensure the student is using the "Sign in with Google" button on the app.

Follow this troubleshooting guide or contact Mrs. Oliver with any questions.

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.

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.



Explore colleges at the Virtual WI Education Fair

Explore colleges from the comfort of home!

Register for the FREE virtual Wisconsin Education Fair (WEF) to find colleges, universities, military branches and specialty schools that you’re most interested in.

WEF Spring Dates:

  • Wed., March 10
  • Sun., April 4

To attend either of the upcoming WEFs, please register as a student. Once you’re registered, you’ll get to:

  • Attend any of the virtual WEFs offered
  • Filter through schools to find the ones you’re most interested in
  • Live chat with college admission representatives to get your questions answered
  • Attend an interactive financial aid session brought to you by College Goal Wisconsin

For additional details on the upcoming WEFs and what to expect, click here. Plus, check out this short video so you can get the most out of the virtual college fair.

Lowe's is Hiring!

Opportunities are available for anyone over the age of 18 years old. All open opportunities can be found at https://corporate.lowes.com/careers/

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

Virtual Peer Tutoring Program

With the help of upperclassmen, the Student Services Department is rolling out a Virtual Peer Tutoring Program. Hour-long tutoring sessions via Zoom are available at various times and days. 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!



Library Resources Available

Some of our students at Longfellow and East won awards in the annual Tosa's All-City Read essay contest. You can read their entries here: https://www.tosasallcityread.com/contests/

Students really enjoyed the memoir that was this year's All-City Read title: Call me American by Abdi Nor. I had the pleasure of hearing him speak virtually and talk about his story coming from Somalia to the United States.

Our high school library has many other memoirs too since that is a genre many teens like. Other titles I would suggest are I Am Malala, Educated, How Dare the Sun Rise, Courage to Soar, The Glass Castle, and Hillbilly Elegy.



Reminder: Spring Athletics Registration

Try-out/practice start dates for our Spring sports will be a little later this year than normal. The WIAA has given schools that opted out of fall sports a chance to have a mini fall season beginning in March.

Here are the start dates for this year:

  • April 19: Boys & Girls Track, Softball, Baseball and Boys Golf
  • April 26: Girls Soccer
  • May 3: Boys Tennis

In order to be eligible to participate on the first day of your Spring sport practice, ALL student athletes must have each of the following:

  1. If this is your first sport of the school year, complete the registration process on the athletic website (http://tosaeastathletics.com) by clicking on the “More” button and then the Registration button and following the instructions given. If you have already created your parent account, simply add your Spring sport. If this is your second sport of the school year, please go in to your parent account, select sport/season and grade level. Make sure all information is still correct and click submit to finish the registration.

  2. A current physical on file with the athletic department. If this is your second sport of the school year, we already have this on file for you. The $50 per sport athletic participation fee is due.

  3. A clearance card (issued when your physical is verified, online registration completed and the $50 athletic fee is paid) to be given to the coach on the first day of practice. Clearance cards will not be issued for a Spring sport to any Winter athletes that have not returned their complete uniform and any equipment to the athletic department.

Please contact Sue Flatley the Athletic Department at 773-2032 with any questions.

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-Friday from 7:00am-4:00pm



2021-22 School Year: At-a-Glance Calendar

As we approach the 2021-22 school year, you can find the year’s at-a-glance calendar here. The calendar can also be found in the Quick Links section on the district website and on each school’s website.

Last Day of School

The last day of school is Friday, June 11, 2021 which is scheduled as a half-day of school. Please note the following arrival and dismissal times:

  • High School: 8:00 - 11:30 am

  • Middle School: 8:10 - 11:40 am

  • Elementary + Montessori School: 8:20 - 11:50 am

Recreation Department

Registration for Winter/Spring programming is currently open for registration. Do you have a young student in elementary school? Are you looking for a program on early release Wednesdays? Check out I Can't Wait for Wednesdays!