Hawk Nation

The official family newsletter of Horning Middle School

April 5th to 19th

Contact Us

Main Office

Principal: Mr. Robert Blessington 262-970-3305

Principal Secretary: Rebecca Stark 262-970-3305

Associate Principal: Mrs. Veronica Leshok 262-970-3311

  • 6B, 7B, 8B, Dual Language

Dean of Students & Athletic/Activities Director: Ms. Susan Inkmann 262-970-3450

  • 6A, 7A, 8A, FLIGHT

School Resource Officer: James Wolbert 262-970-3304

Attendance/Associate Principal Secretary: Pamela Craig 262-970-3317

Attendance Line:

1-866-490-7371 or 262-970-3316

Student Services

Health Room

  • Olivia Trejo, Health Room Assistant, 262-970-3315


  • Mrs. Angie Jackson 262-970-3327 6A, 7A, 8A, FLIGHT Academy
  • Ms. Natalie Ramirez 262-970-3326 6B, 7B, 8B, Dual

Social Worker: Angie Krueger, 262-970-1699

School Psychologist: Jeff Ludowissi 262-970-1093

Save the date

Upcoming important dates...

Month of April- FORWARD Testing Window

Thursday, April 11th-Family Book Discussion

Thursday, April 18th - Early Release Day, dismissal @ 12:36 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8th - Show Case of Excellence

Forward Testing

Forward Testing Schedule

Hello Parents/Guardians,

We are entering our second week of testing. Attached is the link to access the testing schedule. On testing days, please send your child with their iPad fully charged. In addition, we ask that you remind your child to:

  • Do your best
  • Take their time to answer every question--Forward is untimed
  • Get a good night's sleep the evening before the exam
  • Eat breakfast before or at school

Academic and Career Planning

Hello families,

As we head into the end of the school year, we wanted to update you regarding the Academic and Career Planning process.

Students will be wrapping up some of the following activities throughout the third and fourth quarter:

  • SMART Goals: Updating and reflecting on previously set attainable academic and personal goals

  • Community Building: Establishing supportive, trusting, and inclusive relationships with mentors and classmates

  • School-based: Unique lessons designed by individual schools

  • High Schools: Test taking reinforcement of ACT (Method Test Prep), job seeking skills and activities, conferencing with their mentor teacher, and a portfolio capstone project. Please ask your student to share his/her portfolio with you.

  • Middle Schools: Learning style inventory and capstone project presentation. Please ask your student to share his/her project with you.

We encourage families to review your student’s Career Cruising account and Google Doc portfolio together; this can be a great way to start a conversation and may be essential in the shaping of your student’s future academic, career, and personal goals.

As we head into the summer, here are some suggested college/career readiness activities that would be beneficial to students:

  • Take your student to work so he/she gets a better understanding of what your career entails.

  • Job shadow a relative or friend in a pathway of interest for your student.

  • Plan a college tour- don’t forget about Carroll, UW-Waukesha, or WCTC. It is best to call admissions and make an appointment if you would like a guided tour.

  • Consider enrolling your student in pre-college summer programs offered at local colleges such as: UW-Milwaukee, UW-Waukesha, Carroll, and WCTC.

  • Prepare for the ACT using Method Test Prep (all 9-11 grade students have access to this via Career Cruising) and resources that can found at the Waukesha Public Library.

  • If your student will be a senior next year, it would be beneficial to start the application process (essays, resume, application) for colleges and begin to look for scholarship opportunities-some can be found on the Career Cruising website.

Sharing Career Cruising Portal:

  1. Student logs into Career Cruising website (using school email login information)

  2. Under student’s name, click “Share my Plan”

  3. Click on “Invite Parent/Guardian” and enter parent/guardian email address

  4. Student will receive “your invitation has been sent” message on screen

  5. In a few minutes, parents will receive an email from Career Cruising containing an activation code and a link to register. Click on the link in the email, which directs you to a parent/guardian portal

  6. Click on “I am a new user-Register Now”

  7. Follow the prompts to complete the needed information and enter the activation code from the email

Sharing the Google Doc Portfolio: Students are linking many activities in this portfolio as a way to document growth (may vary by school). To view items that will be added to the portfolio-click here.

  1. Student logs in/opens his/her Google Doc account

  2. Student locates his/her ACP Portfolio document and click the blue “share” button on the top right

  3. Student enters guardian email and sets preferences to “can view” and click “share”

Please contact your student’s student services representative with questions.

Note from School Social Worker

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7B Field Trip 4/23

House 7B students are scheduled to attend a field trip to Retzer Nature Center on Tuesday, April 23rd. Students will be seeing a planetarium show titled "The Dynamic Earth" and will learn from an on-sight naturalist about environmental stewardship. Permission slips with details pertaining to the trip will be coming out sometime next week. Please contact Molly Mott at mmott@waukesha.k12.wi.us with questions.

Vaping Information

Greetings Parents and Guardians,

As times change, we must understand and adapt to these changes. As technology continues to advance and provide us with new tools and efficiencies, we must also understand the potential dangers and unique challenges these advancements may present to us as we raise our children.

A product developed for adults has turned into an unfortunate popular device and habit that too many teens across the country are using at an alarming rate. The popularity of “vapes” or electronic cigarettes has grown into a multibillion-dollar industry and high schools across the country are feeling its effects.

The substances in these electronic smoking devices are not readily identifiable and can range from highly addictive nicotine to controlled, illegal and/or potentially dangerous substances. The growth of this fad among teenagers is due in part to the ease of accessibility combined with a near odorless/smokeless device. In prior years, it was much easier to detect students who were “smoking” as traditional cigarettes carried a strong, lingering odor. This has now been replaced with electronic devices that produce vapor with minimal odors and difficult-to-detect scents/flavors, which have been manufactured to entice teens and mask detection of substances. In addition, the manufacturers of these devices are getting more clever about hiding the purpose of the device with concealable designs.

These devices are creating a new wave of addiction and dependence as the majority of them are highly concentrated with nicotine, which is one of the most highly addictive substances available. Additionally, there is a very risky potential for exposure to other illegal substances such as THC extracts, oils, or synthetic analogs of illegal substances. These illegal additives also do not have a strong scent or odor and are masked with fruity flavors. Equally worrisome is that these liquids contain many other carrier chemicals and flavorings whose impact on human health is becoming increasingly researched and proving damaging to lungs and overall health.

In an effort to provide you with additional resources as it relates to the increasing rate of vaping, we want to share these two resources with you:

Please take some time to have conversations with your child around this topic, regardless of whether or not you believe they may be involved in vaping. It is important for all youth to have these common understandings and messages from their most important teacher and role model: you.

Per district policy, the use or possession of vaping devices, substances, or paraphernalia are considered a Level 1 behavioral infraction and will result in the following, per administrative discretion, based on the context of the incident and results of the associated investigation:

  • Confiscation of materials

  • Meeting with administrator/parent/guardian/student

  • Detention

  • In-school suspension

  • Out-of-school suspension

  • Law enforcement citation

Subsequent offenses will result in additional disciplinary consequences, which could ultimately include a pre-expulsion hearing. Vaping substances or paraphernalia testing positive for THC or other illegal substances are considered a level 3 offense and will result in a five-day suspension and an associated pre-expulsion hearing.

Please do not reply to this email. Instead, contact your school’s administration if you have any questions, concerns, or have other ideas on how to work together to solve this challenge. Thank you for your support.

Luke Pinion

Director of Student Services

Family & Education Fair

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Waukesha Education Foundation - About Us

The Waukesha Education Foundation is comprised of community members whose initiative is to award grants to School District of Waukesha teachers who have innovative ideas or projects for their classrooms or school community. The Waukesha Education Foundation is funded entirely by donations. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.


Check Out the Latest from the Waukesha Education Foundation in our Newsletter

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HMS' Family Book Discussion - April 11th

Spanish & English Permission Slips

Click on the button above to access the Spanish and English permission slips for Family Book Discussion. Turn into Mrs. Roncke by Friday, January 25th. Free books and food - provided through a Waukesha Rotary Club grant.

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Showcase of Learning (date change)

Please note the date for our Showcase of Learning night has changed from May 1st to Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

More information will follow in upcoming newsletters.

Library Lunch Bunch

Waukesha School District is teaming with Waukesha Public Library to offer extended services to our students. The young adult librarians will be here at Horning several times per month to offer Lunch Bunch to any interested students: games, activities, book talks. Students just need to sign up on the linked form and bring their lunch on the offered dates. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Horning Site Council (Family/Parent Advisory Group)

Site Council is Horning’s family/parent advisory group. Our mission is to build our school community, and to support our learners, families, academics and activities. Feel free to contact us any time at horningsitecouncil@gmail.com. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the iCenter (aka Library). Please join us!

You're invited to join us for our next meeting from 6-7 pm in the iCenter Hemingway Room. You can enter through the cafeteria doors on Wolf Road. We welcome participation and input from all Horning families and learners!

March 14th, 2019 - Minutes

April 11th, 2019 - Agenda



April 9th - Track Practice, Secondary Instruments, Jazz Choir

April 10th - Art Club, Track Practice, Jazz Band

April 11th - French Club, GSA, Track Practice

April 12th - Track Practice

April 16th - Track Meet, Secondary Instruments, Jazz Choir

April 17th - Art Club, Track Practice, Jazz Band, Student Council

April 18th - EARLY RELEASE

April 19th - NO SCHOOL

*All activities run from 2:45pm - 3:45pm unless otherwise noted.

Our website, https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/horningms will also have a current calendar of our co-curricular activities for your planning purposes.

Please contact Ms. Inkmann, Athletic Director with questions.


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Twitter: @HorningMiddle