Glendale-River Hills

February 2020: School District Update

Hello Parents & Guardians-

Welcome to the February Edition of the District Newsletter!

Thanks for continuing to read our updates.


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Students from Glen Hills are going to Washington D.C. to participate in the National Future City Competition from Feb. 15-19, 2020.

They won FIRST PLACE in STEM Forward's WI Regional Future City Competition on Saturday, January 18th at the MSOE Kern Center. 54 teams from area schools participated in STEM Forward's WI Regional Future City Competition. Our students won first place for their city, "Swivenzille."

The program introduces middle school students to engineering while they create a city of the future. This year's challenge was "Clean Water: Tap Into Tomorrow." Students were challenged to design a resilient system to ensure a reliable supply of drinking water for their city.

NO SCHOOL Monday, February 17th

Our staff will be participating in professional development around Equity & Engagement with our partner school districts: Nicolet, Maple Dale-Indian Hill, & Fox Point-Bayside.

Ready to learn?

To maximize the home/school connection, we will continue to share parent education and support options that are aligned with the district initiatives and philosophy.

Parenting and Bullying

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 6:30 pm -8:00 pm Glen Hills Library

Dr. Matthew Jandrisevits, Clinical Child Psychologist, Children’s Hospital Wisconsin

This event is free with adult-supervised childcare.

Organized the Parkway/Glen Hills PTO’s Parent Engagement Network

The Truth About Vaping & Juuling

Tuesday, April 7th, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Nicolet High School Auditorium

Intended Audience: Parents/Guardians, Caregivers & Students (6th-12th)

"E-cigarette use among youth has skyrocketed in the past year at a rate of epidemic proportions. Nicotine exposure during adolescence can harm the developing brain, which continues to develop until age 25, and can impact learning, memory, and attention." - U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, Dec. 18, 2018

This event is hosted by the Student Services Departments from the Nicolet, Fox Point-Bayside, Maple Dale-Indian Hill, and Glendale-River Hills School District. It will include a straight-forward discussion of the significant health and safety issues of vaping. Open to the public, this event will feature keynote speakers Dr. Charlene Gaebler-Uhing, Dr. Louella Amos from Children's Hospital of WI, and Sue Marten from the WI Lung Association. The evening will conclude with a panel discussion with the speakers.

In addition to the presentation in the auditorium, there will be activities provided for children ages 3 and up in the Nicolet Library. A tobacco prevention presentation for grades 2 through 5 will be led by Ms. Charity James and Ms. Sara French of the Fox-Point-Bayside School District. Childcare will be provided by Nicolet High School students. Please click here to register for childcare no later than March 31, 2020.

For additional tobacco prevention information and resources, click here.

Wisconsin School Counselors Celebrate National School Counseling Week, Feb. 3-7

National School Counseling Week will be celebrated- February 3–7, 2020. The week focuses public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within school systems. This year’s theme is “School Counselors: Providing Lessons for Life.”

The profession has undergone significant changes over the years. “Gone are the days of guidance counselors sitting in their offices simply handing out college applications, making schedule changes for students, or meeting with the troublemakers in the school.”

As a result of this immense shift to a comprehensive approach to working with students, balancing prevention and intervention practices, the professional title was changed from “guidance” to “school counselor.”

SHOUT OUT to Mr. Tilley @ Parkway & Ms. Tatum-Crider @ Glen Hills


The Wisconsin Forward Exam is part of the Wisconsin Student Assessment System and is a required assessment dictated by the State of Wisconsin. The 2020 assessment window opens March 23 and runs through May 1.

The Forward Exam is designed to gauge how well students are doing in relation to the Wisconsin Academic Standards. These standards outline what students should know and be able to do to be college and career ready. The Forward Exam is administered online at:

  • grades 3-8 in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics,
  • grades 4 and 8 in science and social studies

Now that you know about the FORWARD EXAM....READ THIS!

You’ve probably heard it a dozen times by now. But here it goes again: Sleep is important. Just how important? Scientists know that our weight, mental health, and immune system are connected to our sleep habits. So are your grades — to a surprising degree, a new study finds.

Read the link attached for more.....

Meet some amazing guys that work at our schools!

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There are many people in our district that work behind the scenes and make our district amazing! Due to a recent retirement by one of our custodians, Don Bruening, these great guys have received some promotions! These changes occurred in January and everyone is thrilled with their new roles in the district.

From left to right...

Congratulations Kevin Konkel! He has joined the Parkway Family as the new Head Custodian at Parkway.

Congratulations to Mike Carlson! As a former Glen Hills Guy, he has rejoined the Glen Hills Staff as the Head Custodian. Welcome back to Glen Hills, Mike!

Brandon Leslie is now the new 2nd shift lead custodian at Glen Hills.

Public School Open Enrollment

At the January School Board Meeting, our school board approved the following seats for the 2020-2021 school year:

K5- 5 seats available

1st grade- 3 seats available

2nd grade- 10 seats available

This means non-resident parents can apply to a lottery system to get awarded a seat for their child in the Glendale-River Hills School District in the grades listed above.


Please note, if your child is attending Glen Hills on open enrollment, Nicolet just informed us that they are NOT accepting any open enrollment students for 2020-2021.

Here is more information on Open Enrollment from the Department of Public Instruction:

What is Open Enrollment?

The inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend public school in a school district other than the one in which they reside.

Who can apply?

Any Wisconsin resident in 4K to grade 12 may apply to attend a nonresident school district under the open enrollment program. However, a child may transfer to a nonresident school district for early childhood education or 4K only if the child’s resident school district offers the same type of program and only if the child is eligible for that program in the resident school district.

When can parents apply?

The 2020-2021 regular open enrollment application period is

February 3, 2020 - April 30, 2020 at 4:00p.m.

Additional information on the regular open enrollment application season can be found on our applications page.

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Join district friends, families, teachers and staff at this adult-only event for an evening including a silent and live auction, dinner, music, cash bar, and games!

This year's event will be held at the Bavarian Bierhaus in Glendale and will feature a full dinner!

Our fundraising mission this year is to continue to raise funds to finish the innovative learning lab and maker space at Glen Hills Middle School. Together with the district, we hope to provide moveable group seating to foster group learning environments as well as include new technology, such as Chromebooks and smartboards. This will be an area that teachers will be able to utilize for group projects and more creative learning. With your help, we can make it a reality in the near future!

This year's Spring Fling will be held on Saturday, April 4th beginning at 6 pm.

Bavarian Bierhaus
700 W. Lexington Blvd. Glendale

Advanced Tickets are $50 each and $60 each the night of the event.

Early Bird tickets are $35 until Saturday, March 7th!
NOTE: Your tickets will be available at check In the night of the event.

  1. Click here and you will be directed to Revtrak to complete your transaction.
  2. Send your check made payable to "Glendale River Hills School District Foundation" to

Glendale River Hills School District Foundation
c/o Spring Fling
2600 W. Mill Road
Glendale, WI 53209

Questions? Feel free to post them to our facebook page, email the Foundation, or email your Spring Fling Committee Chairs: Jenny Nelson or Jill Gueller. We hope to see you on April 4th!


As a district, we are committed to providing a quality education for ALL students.

Our commitment is to EVERY kid, EVERY day, Whatever it takes!