Hawk Nation

March 2020

The official monthly newsletter of Horning Middle School

Contact Us

Main Office

Principal: Mr. Robert Blessington 262-970-3305

Principal Secretary: Jodi Aylsworth 262-970-3305

Assistant Principal (House B & Dual Language): Bryan M. Lyday : 262-970-3311

Dean of Students (House A & FLIGHT): Ms. Susan Inkmann 262-970-3450

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

Attendance Line: 1-866-490-7371 or 262-970-3316

Athletic/ Activities Director: Ms. Susan Inkmann: 262-970-3450

School Resource Officer

Officer James Wolbert, 262-970-3304

Student Services


Mrs. Angie Jackson (House A & FLIGHT), 262-970-3327

Ms. Natalie Ramirez (House B & Dual Language), 262-970-3326

Student Services Secretary: Sue Miller, 262-970-3303

Social Worker: Angie Krueger, 262-970-1699

School Psychologist: Jeff Ludowissi 262-970-1093

Health Room: Olivia Trejo 262-970-3315

Mark your Calendar

Thursday, March 5th, Family/ Learner Conferences, 3:30-6:00 PM

Saturday, March 14-Solo Ensemble Festival

Monday, March 23-Friday, March 27-Spring Break. NO SCHOOL.

Friday, April 10-No School

Monday April 13-No School

Friday, May 22-Early Release 12:36 PM

Monday, May 25-No school

Wednesday, May 27th Showcase of Learning, 4:00 -7:00 PM

Friday, June 5-Family Luncheon

Tuesday, June 9-Last Day of School. Have a wonderful Summer!

Hospitality Suite for March 5 Conferences

Conferences are almost here again! On March 5, we're providing a "Hospitality Suite". With your help, we'll provide a tasty spread to keep our teachers and staff going. We'll also need a few volunteers for setup and cleanup. Please bring your donations to the office by 2 p.m that day, labeled "Staff Meal." You can also send donations with your student. Make sure any dishes/utensils have your name on them if you would like to have them returned. Any dishes/utensils will be ready for pickup at 7:00 am in the office the next day.

You can sign up here. Thank you for helping to show our Horning staff how much we appreciate them! See you at conferences!

We're always looking for parent/family involvement here at Horning. Family engagement makes schools better! If that's important to you, too, then join us at our next meeting Feb. 13, 5:30 pm in the iCenter (Library) or contact us anytime at horningsitecouncil@gmail.com.

March 5 Conference Sign Up

Family/Learner Conferences will be held on Thursday, March 5th from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The link to sign ups can be accessed HERE.

Conferences will be held with your student's advisory teacher and are by appointment. Please sign up for your 2020 Spring Parent Teacher Conference by clicking on the link to your student's advisory teacher. If you are unsure who your student's advisory teacher is, please ask your student or contact the office at 262-970-3305.

*FLIGHT students: Your conferences may be held with the teacher of your choosing. It does not have to be with your student's advisory teacher. Please sign up for your conference with the teacher you feel you most need to speak with.

Conferences with Physical Education and elective teachers will also be by appointment and will be held in the cafeteria. If you wish to schedule an appointment with an elective teacher, please click on their name to choose a time.

Parent Empowerment Presentation During Conferences-Join the Discussion!

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Students NEED YOU for Interviews!

Hello all parents, guardians, administration, teachers, paraprofessionals, student teachers, custodians, cafeteria workers, hallway monitors, SROs, and more! Please take a minute to read and complete the google form below, helping students create an impressive writing piece!


Forward Exam

This year, all Wisconsin students in grades 3-8 and 10 will once again participate in an assessment called the Forward Exam. Testing for this exam will take place between March 23 and May 1. These tests are designed to obtain important information about each student's achievement in the areas of Math, Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts: Reading, Writing, and Listening. In addition, these assessments will be a measure of state accountability for our school and our district.

For more important information about the exam, click HERE.

Forward Exam Schedule

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WSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival March 14

On Saturday, March 14th, the School District of Waukesha's secondary music department will host a WSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival at Waukesha West High School. Many of our Horning music students will be participating in the festival with a variety of performance opportunities.

THE FESTIVAL NEEDS PARENT AND STUDENT VOLUNTEERS for room monitors and runners to keep the day running smoothly. Please sign up to help out on this important day!

Be sure to wish all of our student performers good luck as they share their music on March 14th!

Chocolate Factory Fundraiser Night March 18

Help Horning raise money by eating at The Chocolate Factory, Westbrook Shopping Center, 2120 East Moreland Boulevard in Waukesha (in the Kohl’s strip mall), on Wednesday March 18 from 4 PM-8 PM. 20% of the proceeds from the night will be donated to the school. Flyers are not required, but are very much appreciated to keep track of attendance from Horning families. Delicious subs, ice cream AND fundraising! What could be better?!?

Click here for the flyer!

March is Arts in Our Schools Month

Public schools across the country annually celebrate the arts during the month of March. Music in Our Schools Month is being celebrated with a theme of “Music Changes Lives,” and the theme of Art in Our Schools Month is “Take a Journey Through Art.” We invite you to take our brief survey sharing how the arts have played a role in your life. We look forward to being able to share some of the answers with our school community as we celebrate the arts together!

Find the survey HERE

AVID Scholars Research Colleges of Interest...

AVID scholars have been researching colleges they may be interested in attending after high school. Scholars used XELLO, Campus Tours, and official college websites to gather information that they would need in order to apply to their colleges. It is never too early to start planning for your future, and these AVID scholars are on their way and making sure they meet college requirements in order to apply to them in high school. Here are a few of their College One Pagers they created from their research.

Student Council Hawaiian Luau!

HELP IS NEEDED TO MAKE THIS NIGHT SPECTACULAR! If you would like to help with the dance (chaperone, decorations, concessions, etc), please click here to sign up!
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Family & Community Literacy Night - Free dinner and book!

To confirm your attendance and receive a free book, complete the form by clicking HERE.
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Yearbook club participants needed

Yearbook club is looking for more participants. Are you creative? Do you enjoy taking pictures? Would you like to have some input into the 2019-2020 Horning yearbook? If so...please come join us & come prepared to have fun. We meet every other Wednesday in rm. 116 from 2:45-3:45. Our next meeting date will be Feb. 19th. Feel free to take a schedule of our upcoming meeting dates from Mr. Kind in rm. 116. I hope to see many of you there. Thank you for your consideration. Mr. Kind

HMS Staff Recognition Awards

Each month, recognition is awarded to a Horning staff member who has demonstrated a positive impact on school culture for students, staff and families. Congratulations and thank you to the winners to date:

Summer Camp Opportunities

We know it's hard to think about summer when it's so cold outside, but Summer Camp sign ups are already beginning. Check out the UW-Milwaukee Camps for some great opportunities!

UW-Milwaukee Summer Camps for Kids

Save the Date!

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Student of the Month

In an effort to better recognize students who demonstrate achievement or growth in academics and in their behavior, Horning staff is recognizing 12 students each month this year. These deserving students will receive a Horning t-shirt, a certificate, and an opportunity to have a meet and greet with a member of the Admin team. Congratulations, students! Keep up the good work!
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School District of Waukesha Inclement Weather Policy

With colder weather on its way, there is the possibility of inclement weather affecting the school day. Please click on the link below to see the School District of Waukesha's inclement weather policies.

SDW Inclement Weather Policy

Library Catalog - Destiny

Did you know that your student has the ability to search and hold books from our district libraries from anywhere, on any of your devices? Just go to https://waukesha.follettdestiny.com or have them use the app on their ipad called "Horning Destiny" that takes them directly to this site! Click on "Catalog" to search for a book or another resource. If you would like to place a hold on a book or to view your own account, you just need to be logged in first. You will see “Log in” in the upper-right hand side of your screen. Use the same username and password that you use for your other accounts in the district.

If you need more directions, try watching the tutorial video linked below or contact Jenny Odau, your library media specialist, in the library.

Tutorial Video: https://youtu.be/4CY3QgXstM0

Academic and Career Planning (ACP) Reminder!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you about the Academic and Career Planning (ACP) process. Our mission in Waukesha is to develop in our students the capacity to be college, career, and community ready. The primary goal of Academic and Career Planning is to produce responsible graduates who will begin their adult life with the knowledge, skills, motivation, and a self-directed plan for career and lifelong success.

Academic and Career Planning is an ongoing process for students in grades 6-12. At each grade level, students will receive learning experiences focused on academic and career planning geared for their level with guidance from teacher mentors, counselors, peers, families and the community.

Each year students will set, reflect, and revise their goals within their personal Academic & Career Plan. Student goals and plans are expected to change annually based on their personal experiences. Students use a platform called Xello to assess themselves as learners, investigate and explore various pathways careers and post high school options.

We encourage families to review your student’s Xello profile together as this can be a great way to start a conversation around their goals as they relate to academic, career, and personal goals. As exploration is a key focus of Academic and Career Planning process, you may not see a clearly identified career focus, the reflection and conversation that occurs as a result may be essential in the shaping of your student’s future goals.

In Xello, students have the option to generate a shareable link to their profile, which they can use to connect with friends, mentors, and more. Students can also share this link with their parents, who can then view their child’s profile without needing a username and password. Sit with your student and complete the following steps:

  1. On any page in Xello, from the top right corner, students click their avatar and select Share your profile.
    * Or, from beneath their name on the About Me page, students click Share your Profile to open a preview of their shareable profile.

  2. From the top right corner of the profile, students click Share.

  3. From the Share Your Profile window, switch the toggle to ON to get a shareable link.

  4. Students can copy and share the link with parents or other people with whom the student wants to share their Xello profile.
    Note: A unique URL is created when the user turns on the share option. It does not exist until that happens. There is no way to access the profile until this link is activated by the student. The student can also turn the link off.

The school district website will contain other information and resources related to Academic and Career Planning. If you have any questions regarding Academic Career Planning, please contact your school counselors.

Thank You

Athletics and Activities

Our website, https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/horningms will have a current calendar of our co-curricular activities for your planning purpose and a Guidebook that will help you learn more about our offerings.

For details on November activities, including meeting times and locations, please take a look at our calendar! The calendar can be accessed using the following link: https://www.sdwcalendars.org/public/genie/1198/school/45/

Please contact Ms. Inkmann with questions at sinkmann@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

Communication Reminders

Horning Website: https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/horningms

Twitter/FacebookAs part of our communication efforts, we are encouraging that parents sign up for Twitter, www.twitter.com.

We will utilize the twitter handle @HorningMiddle to disseminate useful information about Horning (i.e. school news, testing, school events, etc). The best part is, once you have signed up to follow the updates, you receive these messages instantly to your Twitter page as well as your cell phone (standard text rates apply) if you have it set up in that manner.

If you do not wish to sign up, you can still view the profile and any updates by going to the site listed here and bookmarking it: twitter.com/HorningMiddle. Our Twitter feed is linked up to the Horning Facebook page as well so you can follow any tweets there.

You can like or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HorningMSHawks/. By “liking” this page, important information and updates will come directly to your newsfeed. Thank you for staying connected! I hope you will find these new communication updates useful.

Hawk Nation: Please note that the family/parent newsletter will come out monthly during the school year.

Connect With Us!

Horning Middle School is on social media! You can like us on Facebook, and follow our Twitter feed.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HorningMSHawks/

Twitter: @HorningMiddle