WVL Newsletter

March 2017

From the Principal’s Desk:

Hello WVL Families-

I'm excited to say that Spring is just around the corner. I'm also excited by the growth that I have seen in our students which is fueled by our compassionate staff. We have been busy getting Virtual and Face to Face Open House Sessions organized and attended by new families to WVL. We have talked to many families that are interested in joining us and we hope to support those families as well as yours. Watch for us in your community. Coming up later in March will be the Forward Exam and ACT Aspire. The office is working on coordinating sites as well as technology ready to go for you. There are a lot of fun events happening at WVL along with OWL Outings to socialize and meet your fellow classmates and other families.

Enjoy a non school day on March 20th and do something fun!

Your principal,

Mrs O'Donnell

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

March 1st: State Capitol Tour Registration due

March 6-10: Rising Freshman Week

March 6: Rising Freshman Parent Meeting @ 7pm

March 7: Discovery World & MAM Registration due

March 10: Girls in Stem Essay due (See below for more information)

March 10: NHS T-shirt Orders due

March 13-17: Moving Up to Middle School

March 14: Moving Up to Middle School Parent Meeting @ 6pm

March 16: State Capitol Tour

March 16: Open Enrollment Fair - Kenosha. Prospective families only*

March 17: End of 3rd Quarter

March 20: No School

March 31: Discovery World & MAM Outing

Calling All Rising Freshman!

Join us March 6-10 for Rising Freshman Week!

Click here for more information!


Join us March 13-17, 2017!

Click here for more information about Moving Up to Middle School!


Wisconsin Students in Grades 3-8 and 10 will be participating in the Forward Exam during the March 20-May 5 testing window. Wisconsin Virtual Learning is scheduled to take the Forward Exam at multiple sites around the state of Wisconsin during this testing window. The date and place for your specific testing will be sent in a later email, as we are finishing up confirming all sites around the state.

The Forward Exam is given to all public school students in Wisconsin in Grades 3-8 and Grade 10 each spring in the following areas:

  • Grade 3: English Language Arts (ELA) & Mathematics
  • Grade 4: English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science
  • Grade 5: English Language Arts (ELA) & Mathematics
  • Grade 6: English Language Arts (ELA) & Mathematics
  • Grade 7: English Language Arts (ELA) & Mathematics
  • Grade 8: English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science
  • Grade 10: Social Studies

It is very important that your son or daughter be at the testing site on the assigned day. Students that are absent on the scheduled testing days will be scheduled for a make-up test prior to the close of the testing window.

In preparation for the upcoming Forward Exam, please take some time to go over the Online Tools Training and the Online Tutorials with your students.

These online tools and tutorials work only when using the Chrome web browser. If you do not have Chrome as your web browser, please contact the Help Desk to get this loaded on your school computer.

We look forward to seeing the students face-to-face in the upcoming weeks! Please contact Janel Mielke, WVL School Assessment Coordinator, with further questions.

Free Seminar Sponsored by Parents United

If you are concerned about a child who may have ADHD, please consider attending a free seminar sponsored by Parents United, a Consortium of 25 school districts in southeastern Wisconsin. “ADHD Interventions for Home and School” will be presented by guest lecturer Patric Mattek, Ph.D. The program is scheduled for March 8, 2017 from 9:00am-12:30pm at the Country Springs Hotel & Conference Center, Pewaukee, WI. If you would like to attend, please register in advance by emailing Linda Schopen, schopenl@kmsd.edu. This workshop is free for all parents, interested community members or faculty. If you have questions or concerns about a child at WVL with ADHD, you may also contact Dr. Barbara Bornstein, WVL School Psychologist at bbornstein@nosd.edu or 262-692-3988, extension 281.

WVL Student Spotlight

Ainsley McIlnay is a senior at Wisconsin Virtual Learning, and is excelling in her academics. However, that's not the only thing Ainsley excels at. When Ainsley was in fourth grade, she found a passion that has stuck with her throughout the years. Read what she has to say about it below:

Hi guys! My name is Ainsley and I have been doing art for as long as I can remember. My earliest memory of taking art seriously was when I started drawing anime in about 4th grade (though I don’t think I have any of those drawings anymore). In 7th grade I found that I wasn’t really interested in anime anymore, and while I still had a great appreciation for art, I sort of put it on hold as I was not confident in my drawing skills, but I knew it was something I still wanted to pursue in my free time. In 8th grade I stumbled across some videos of an artist painting album covers and comics for a band, and I was so inspired by his work that I decided to give painting a try-- and I LOVED it! From there I began practicing and developing my own style. Although I found that I prefer painting over drawing, I still found some inspiration to draw once in awhile because my mom had given me her watercolor pencils, which are my favorite kind of colored pencils for their soft, blendable colors.I eventually found a love for sugar skulls. Believe it or not, the painting actually came first! I painted it at the beginning of my junior year and decided to recreate it on myself for a Halloween party. Fun fact: the red hair in this picture is a wig, but by the end of junior year I actually dyed my hair a similar color and it is still bright red to this day. Above are just some portraits I’ve done. Unfortunately I don’t always have time to do art. Portraits are my favorite things to paint, though I’m always scared to paint other people because I don’t want to mess them up! Also, this is the best example of the style of art I do nowadays.Switching it up a bit, I have recently been getting into photography. I’m really excited to be taking a photography class to end my senior year here at WVL. Painting will always be my favorite art medium, however.

Ainsley plans to attend UW-Milwaukee in the fall majoring in Education. Even though she does not plan on majoring in art, Ainsley does plan to continue pursuing art as a hobby. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us! Click here to check out Ainsley's Art!

Our Wonderful Learners! February OWL Awards!

Elementary School:

4K: Brandon W.

KG: Caleb B.

1st: Arya M.

2nd: James S.

2nd: Jeffrey S.

4th: Eli K.

Middle School:

6th: Sephorah L.

8th: Kaylee L.

High School (click on the name to see the personalized video!):

Xander R. - Nominated by Mr. Doucette

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Counselor Corner:

Thank you to all of our junior students and their families for the hard work, time, and effort that went into the ACT and WorkKeys testing last week. We truly appreciate it, and are proud to announce plans for 100% of our students to be tested, upon the completion of makeup testing, and testing with accommodations. This is quite an accomplishment. Again, thank you! We are really looking forward to the results.

Please be advised of the following important dates and deadlines regarding the remainder of the school year for high school students at Wisconsin Virtual Learning:

Friday, March 17- End of Quarter 3; all assignments, quizzes, tests, and projects are due by midnight, units will close thereafter

Monday, March 20- No live classes

Friday, April 14- Tuesday, April 18- Spring Break

Friday, May 19th- End of Quarter 4; all assignments, quizzes, tests, and projects are due by midnight; units will close thereafter

Monday, May 22nd- Thursday, May 25th [at 4 pm]- Final Exams

Tuesday, May 30th- Last day of school; all-school outing

Saturday, June 3- Graduation

Please be advised that the deadlines for all AP courses are prior to the CollegeBoard National Exam:

AP Literature course deadline is Friday, April 28; the exam is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3

AP US History course deadline is Tuesday, May 2nd; the exam is scheduled for Friday, May 5

AP World History course deadline is Tuesday, May 9; the exam is scheduled for Thursday, May 11


Congratulations to Sydni Foster for winning our Milwaukee Bucks tickets to tomorrow nights game vs the the New York Knicks! Great job at ACT!


Did you know that you can see grades on your phone? Download the Skyward App and follow the directions for Wisconsin Virtual Learning.


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