Waukesha South Blackshirts

September 3, 2021 Updates and Information

Learning, Growing, Succeeding Every Person Every Day

Principal Notes

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We have had an excellent start to the school year and we look forward for what is to come.


The first week was a busy week as students transitioned back to school after the summer, and everything went well. Our goal is to continue to support students with any beginning of the year schedule or class questions. Our counselors are doing their best to make any changes and adjustments that are needed to student schedules as quickly as possible. At this point, schedule changes can only be made if there was a computer error, to balance classes, to makeup a failed course, or they are ineligible to take the course. If you or your child have any questions or concerns, please reach out to their counselor or myself.


We have Back to School Night coming up on Wednesday, September 8th from 5-7pm. Back to School Night is an open time from 5-7pm where you can follow your child's schedule and meet your their teachers. There are no scheduled meetings or presentations during this time. At 6:30pm in the auditorium there will be an auction for the red lockers, premium parking spaces, and reserved seats for graduation tickets. All the money from the auction goes back to South to support students.


Below is the contact information for the Assistant Principals and Athletic Director. Next to their names are the letters that represent the students they oversee. Feel free to reach out to them any time. We are all here to support your child both socially as well as academically. We want all students to succeed!



I will be sending out a newsletter monthly. As events come up, I will be sending reminder emails. In an effort to not inundate you with emails, I am trying to balance information not getting lost in emails, but communicating out as often as needed with reminders. As a parent of four kids, I appreciate that balance and receiving reminder emails if I forgot to put that on my calendar. However, I want to ensure everyone receives all of the information they need through communication in a timely manner. If you feel like I can do better with this, please let me know and I can make adjustments. You and your child(ren) will continue to get a link to announcements each week that will have the most current and up-to-date information.


Please do not hesitate to reach out to me anytime. We are proud to be a part of the South High School community, and look forward to continuing to partner with staff, parents/guardians, and students to make South safe and successful learning environment for all students.


For the most current information please visit our websites:

https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/southHS

https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/WAHP (Health Academy)

https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/WEPA (Engineering Academy)


Go Blackshirts!


Kevin Kitslaar

September and October Calendar

September 6 - Labor Day - No School

September 8 - Back to School Night 5pm-7pm

September 22 - District Financial Aid Night 6pm in the auditorium

September 25 - Marchfest


October 6 - Picture Retakes 7:20am-1:00pm in the auditorium

October 8 - Southfest

October 8 - Homecoming

October 9 - Homecoming Dance

October 14 - Parent-Teacher Conferences 5pm-7:30pm

October 18 - District-Wide Orchestra Concert 7pm in the auditorium

October 20 - South Band/Choir Concert 7pm in the auditorium

October 21 - Waukesha HS Jazz Fest Concert 7pm in the auditorium

October 27 - Early Release at 1:05pm

October 28-29 - No School

Bell Schedule Calendar

Here is a link to the Bell Schedule for each day this year. This will be helpful if you are looking ahead to a short week and wondering what the schedule will be for your child.

Back to School Night

We have 'Back to School Night' coming up on Wednesday, September 8th from 5-7pm. Back to School Night is an open time from 5-7pm where you can meet your child's teachers. There is no bell schedule to follow. Just come between 5-7pm that works best for you. There are also no scheduled meetings or presentations during this time.


At 6:30pm in the auditorium there will be an auction for the red lockers, premium parking spaces, and reserved seats for graduation tickets. All the money from the auction goes back to South to support students.

PSAT/NMSQT Sign-up

PSAT/NMSQT Sign-Up Information


Attention Juniors



This is a National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test that is open to all U.S. high school students. Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT in 11th grade typically can compete for recognition and scholarships, which honor academically talented students throughout the United States. Private organizations donate nearly $180 million toward these scholarships.


The standardized test provides first hand practice for the SAT, which is similar to the ACT and used by many colleges and universities for admissions. It also automatically enters you in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs. Top Scores will be notified in the Fall of their Senior year.



Test Date: October 13, 2021

Time: 8:00am



Cost: $18.00


How to Register:


Please sign-up using this form by Friday, September 10.


Bring a check made out to: Waukesha School District to Mrs. Blackburn.


Questions: Contact Mr. Kitslaar

kkitslaar@waukesha.k12.wi.us

Yearbook

Here is also some information about yearbooks and senior pictures for the yearbook.


Yearbook Orders Website - http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A09436100

Yearbook Orders Flyer - https://drive.google.com/file/d/10n9k-ONJe1QdmZcbmyYKklCG-PDtoejc/view?usp=sharing

Integrated Math 1


Over the past three years, the High School Math Department has been looking into and evaluating our current math courses. After researching our course offerings, learning outcomes, and piloting various resources, we were excited to recommend the adoption of Agile Mind as our curricular resource to support our shift to an integrated math sequence. The Board of Education approved the new course sequence and the adoption of Agile MInd. We will be rolling out our first new course titled “Integrated Mathematics I” this school year in replacement of Algebra I. For students currently enrolled in Geometry or higher, the changes will not impact their course sequence and their experience will remain consistent.


Throughout the spring and summer, our mathematics teachers have been preparing for the new course by studying units and developing common assessments to be used throughout the district. It is an exciting time for our students, teachers, and our community as years of hard work will finally reach the classroom.


The main purpose of this memo is to further communicate about the changes and provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding our first year of Integrated Math I.


What is an integrated math sequence? How does Integrated Math compare to Algebra?


Integrated mathematics is nothing new. Rather than teach only one main topic of mathematics in a given year, like with Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II, an integrated sequence mixes those topics within each course. For example, Integrated Math I students will not only be learning about algebraic topics but also work with statistics and geometry. By the end of the first three year of high school mathematics, students will experience all of our state standards but in a different order to help maximize learning and engagement.


Integrated math courses are universally recognized at the collegiate level just like Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II.


How will Agile Mind support learning?


Agile Mind’s programs, with online tools and comprehensive print resources, support the clear presentation of mathematical concepts using a combination of written descriptions, illustrations, animations, and interactive activities. In addition, students have the opportunity to engage in online and offline math activities outside of regular class time—to solve problems, to assess the progress of their learning, and to prepare for the coming high-stakes exams. In short, these programs will both challenge and support all of our students, helping them to understand mathematics in a deeper, richer way. For after-school instructional support, students can access the online program from home, the school computer labs, the library, or any device connected to the web. To learn more about Agile Mind, visit www.agilemind.com.




Rachel Herman

Director of Secondary Teaching & Learning


Dan Pochinski

District Secondary Math Coach

Student Service Team

The student service team is here to support your child. Below is a caseload breakdown for each of the counselors and the names of the school social worker and school pyschologist:


Maricela Deleon- last names A-J

Sue Paulson- last names K-R

Paul Darling- last names S-Z and WEPA

Sara Dood- AVID and WAHP


Laura Reichert - School Social Worker

Lindsey Lemus - School Psychologist

Athletics and Activities

Fall sports are off to a great start. For information about athletics and activities please visit: www.goblackshirts.com

Interested in getting involved or have any questions?


Athletic Director/Assistant Principal - dschreie@waukesha.k12.wi.us

Attendance

Attendance matters. When your child(ren) are well, it is important that they attend school! In an effort to keep attendance records accurate, the School District of Waukesha requires all absences, late arrivals, and early departures be logged in our Safe Arrival reporting system. Please follow these instructions for easy set up and use.

Notes and Reminders

As we start the school year I wanted share with some of the information we shared with the all the students.


We stressed to the students the importance of being to class on time and making sure they come back on time from lunch. We also reminded the students that only juniors and seniors have open campus for lunch. Freshmen and Sophomores are not allowed to leave campus for lunch.,


Students are not allowed to use cell phones in the classroom and students are not allowed to be using a backpack in between classes unless they have a backpack pass. Students are also not allowed to have hats and hoods on during class.


In order to maintain an academic environment, parents and students are not allowed to order food for students. This includes, but is not limited to Uber Eats, Grubhub, pizza delivery, etc.


Thank you for your support our these rules and expectations.