East Side Press Family Newsletter

February 14, 2021

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Requesting to Zoom In To Class

Hello Students and Families,

Teachers have been receiving requests for Phase Into Learning (PIL) students to Zoom in to classes when they are absent. To support learning in the event that a student must remain home due to COVID-19, the Wauwatosa School District allows PIL students to Zoom into class if they have been placed into quarantine due to an exposure to COVID-19 or if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Eligible students and staff will be notified of the ability to zoom in for these reasons from the exclusion list.

If a student is absent for a different reason including non-COVID-19 illness, vacation, voluntary quarantine, parent excused, pre-planned, etc., the student may not Zoom into classes. Students are expected to participate in their selected model of instruction as outlined in the Phase Into Learning Comprehensive Plan. Students/families should not expect to zoom into classes for absences that are not designated Covid related by the school district.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this procedure.

Nick Hughes

Tech Ed Open House

Our new shop and Makerspace is complete and students are ready to show it off! Join students from Tech Ed and Project Lead the Way for an open house event on Saturday, February 20, 2021 from 9 - 11:00 am. Students will show the status of current projects, while giving the community an inside look at the renovation.

We are excited to share the space and our newly learned skills with our parents, community members, and industry partners.

This is part of a larger series of free events with the Park and Rec Dept called Spring Open Shop Saturdays - check it out and register for the events!

National Honor Society Blood Drive

Are you looking for opportunities to support your community? Sign up for the Blood Drive at Tosa East, happening this Wednesday, Feb 17th from 10am - 3pm in the small gym, hosted by National Honor Society.

Anyone 16+ is welcome to sign up and donate! Bring the whole family! Sign up for your time slot here: https://bit.ly/tosaeastfeb2021

Can't make it on Wednesday but still interested in donating to support your community? Try Friday the 19th at Mayfair Mall. Visit https://bit.ly/tosahsfeb2021

Email NHSTosaEast@gmail.com with any questions.

Model of Instruction

On Monday, January 25th, the Wauwatosa School Board voted to transition Phase Into Learning students in middle and high school back to five-day-per-week in-person instruction beginning on the first day of the fourth quarter: Monday, April 5, 2021.

We will continue second semester in the hybrid model with concurrent instructional practices in place. Click here for a visual of the schedule and additional information about this instructional model.

Reminders for current instructional model:

  • When learning off campus, students are expected to log in to Zoom for each teacher at the beginning of each class hour. Zoom links are located on each teacher’s Canvas homepage for each class hour. Attendance will be taken.

  • Asynchronous learning will continue for students on Wednesdays as it has throughout the 2020-2021 school year. On Wednesdays, students will need to access Infinite Campus to mark their attendance. Click here for a student check-in tutorial.

  • Students learning on and off-campus are expected to participate in learning based upon each teacher’s instructions. In some cases, students learning off campus may be given alternative learning for that class period due to the nature of the learning occurring on campus. The learning opportunities for students off campus will either compliment the learning taking place in the classroom or bridge into the learning that they will be doing or have done on campus.

    Some examples may include when students on-campus are:
      • cooking in a culinary arts class;

      • using specialized equipment in tech. ed. or art class;

      • weightlifting in phy. Ed. class; or

      • engaging in a dissection in science class.

  • Zoom Expectations for Students

  • Students who receive special education services will receive services described in their IEP/DLP from special education staff live in the classroom or through special education staff present virtually. This can include pull out virtual 1:1 instruction, small group support, or a combination. Case managers will work with classroom teachers to review students' IEPs and determine what/how services will be delivered during concurrent instruction. IEP teams will continue to make decisions about students' special education services and supports on a case by case basis.
What If My Student Is Struggling With the Pandemic?

Here is a quick read for all parents to provide some insight and ideas to support students who might be struggling with school during this pandemic. The article is titled for seniors, but applies to all high school students.


Have you purchased a yearbook yet? If not, you can do so online at yearbookforever.com, or contact the main office and let them know you would like to purchase one.



Zoom Authentication

Students can use the following troubleshooting steps if they have issues with login:

  • Make sure the account is activated. The activation process is very simple and is demonstrated here.
  • Make sure the student is not logged in to Zoom with another account.
  • Check that the student is using the Zoom app (not just the website).
  • Ensure the student is using the "Sign in with Google" button on the app.

Contact Mrs. Oliver with any questions.

Canvas Observer Accounts For Families

Families are encouraged to create a Canvas Observer account to actively engage in their student’s learning. Please review the Canvas Observer course for a getting started tutorial and other helpful tips. The link to the course can also be found on the District website.

Tosa Connected

  • Needing a little support with your Wauwatosa Virtual Academy (WVA) courses? Check out this resource sheet.
  • Don't forget that our Academic Resource Center (ARC) staff is available to provide support. Please check out their schedule here.
  • If you are unable to attend your live virtual class, please make sure that you call the East attendance line (414-773-2002) to report the absence.
Virtual Wauwatosa Guest Speaker Opportunities

The District is seeking volunteers for various virtual career-based learning experiences for our students. Complete the form if you are interested in sharing your industry expertise, your career story, the importance of a specific skill, etc.



Local Scholarships Available!

Tosa East local scholarships are now available for application! Information was emailed to students and is on our Student Services Canvas page. Don't miss out on free money toward further education! Scholarship applications are due THIS FRIDAY, February 19th.

Senior Cap and Gown Orders -- What Do I Do If I Forgot?

Jostens has collected the in school orders for graduation materials. If you missed the opportunity, you can complete the order packet and send it directly to Jostens. There is also an online ordering opportunity. Please use the steps below to order items:

  • Go to jostens.com and choose the tab for “Shop High School”
  • Enter your correct school name and choose it. (Wauwatosa East High School)
  • Choose the “Graduation Tab”
  • From there you can go to available packages or scroll down to individual items

Virtual Peer Tutoring Program

With the help of upperclassmen, the Student Services Department is rolling out a Virtual Peer Tutoring Program. Hour-long tutoring sessions via Zoom are available at various times and days. If students have questions, they should reach out to their school counselor.

While we are learning virtually, our student services team is still accessible to support students. Please send an email to set up a session.

Student Services Team

Mrs. Bratcher - School Counselor

Mrs. Carter - School Counselor

Mr. Linscott - School Counselor

Ms. Merg - School Counselor

Ms. Phillips - School Social Worker

Ms. Schmidt - School Counselor Intern

Mrs. Morgan - Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Taylor - Career Center Coordinator

Club Central

Interested in joining a club? Contact an advisor today!



Library Resources Available

In addition to books, we have the following resources available in our school library:

  • Printing and copy machine
  • High-end scanner
  • Craft supplies
  • Loaner Chromebooks
  • Students are also able to come and space out for study hall. They can ask their study hall supervisor for a pass.




Senior swimmer Ben Meulemans competed in both the 50yd and 100yd freestyle on Saturday, Feb. 6 at Waukesha South High School. In the 50yd free, Meulemans took 4th place in a time of 20.65. In the 100yd free, he finished in a time of 44.83, taking second place in the event. Both times are new school records. Meulemans will be swimming for Yale University next year.

Junior diver Mason King competed on Friday night, Feb. 5 in the WIAA state meet at Waukesha South High School. There, King took 2nd place with a score of 512.10, breaking his previous school record by 30 points. King has qualified for the state meet all three years, finishing in sixth place last year.


Senior Shaquielle Harrell competed in the WIAA Sectional meet on Saturday, Feb. 6 held at Brookfield East High School. Harrell competed in the 285lb weight class where he finished fourth. Sophomore Nikita Adamov advanced to the sectional meet where he finished in fifth place in his weigh class of 126lb.


Both hockey teams lost in their regional games last weekend. The girls lost to Fond du Lac co-op 0-5 and the boys lost to Waukesha North co-op 3-5.


Girls basketball finished their season with a loss in the regionals.


Boys basketball finished their regular season games this week. The have been named Greater Metro Conference Champions, have been seeded first in their regional group, and will play at home on Friday, Feb. 19 at 7:00pm against the winner of the Tosa West/Marquette game. Tickets are restricted but you can watch the game using the link found on the tosaeastathletics.com website.

Reminder: Spring Athletics Registration

Try-out/practice start dates for our Spring sports will be a little later this year than normal. The WIAA has given schools that opted out of fall sports a chance to have a mini fall season beginning in March.

Here are the start dates for this year:

  • April 19: Boys & Girls Track, Softball, Baseball and Boys Golf
  • April 26: Girls Soccer
  • May 3: Boys Tennis

In order to be eligible to participate on the first day of your Spring sport practice, ALL student athletes must have each of the following:

  1. If this is your first sport of the school year, complete the registration process on the athletic website (http://tosaeastathletics.com) by clicking on the “More” button and then the Registration button and following the instructions given. If you have already created your parent account, simply add your Spring sport. If this is your second sport of the school year, please go in to your parent account, select sport/season and grade level. Make sure all information is still correct and click submit to finish the registration.

  2. A current physical on file with the athletic department. If this is your second sport of the school year, we already have this on file for you. The $50 per sport athletic participation fee is due.

  3. A clearance card (issued when your physical is verified, online registration completed and the $50 athletic fee is paid) to be given to the coach on the first day of practice. Clearance cards will not be issued for a Spring sport to any Winter athletes that have not returned their complete uniform and any equipment to the athletic department.

Please contact Sue Flatley the Athletic Department at 773-2032 with any questions.

Wauwatosa District Athletic and Spectator Procedures and Policies

Please review the information below regarding winter athlete and spectator procedures.

Wauwatosa School District Winter Spectator Guidelines

As a reminder, only 2 family members per athlete are allowed at most events.



Wondering where to direct your question(s)?

Main line: (414) 773-2000

Tosa East Administrative Team

  • Principal: Nick Hughes; (414) 773-2010
  • Associate Principal (students with last names A-K): Betsy McGinnity; (414) 773-2011
  • Associate Principal (students with last names L-Z): Jordan Stein; (414) 773-2012

Additional Staff Resources

  • Athletic Director: Michelle Guyant-Holloway; (414) 773-2014
  • Attendance: Gina Obscherning; (414) 773-2002
  • Infinte Campus Parent Portal Access: Liz Hughes; (414) 773-2005
  • School Fees (including athletic fees and enrollment fees): Sue Flatley; (414) 773-2032
  • Student Services (transcripts, address changes, etc.): Janice Morgan; (414) 773-2030

Our Tosa East Main Office is open Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday from 7:00am-4:00pm

(closed Wednesdays for deep cleaning)



Local Businesses Wanted

Are you interested in working with Wauwatosa high school students this spring? Students in the LAUNCH program solve real-world problems on behalf of business and community partners, while being mentored by an employee from that business. Currently, LAUNCH is looking for project ideas (or “real-world problems”) from professionals and/or businesses that will help expose students to the opportunities and careers that exist in our region and inspire them to pursue their passions. If you are interested in sponsoring or mentoring a project beginning in mid-March, please contact Tina Koch at kochkr@wauwatosa.k12.wi.us.

Parents United

Join Parents United for a presentation by clinical psychologist Patric Mattek, Ph.D. titled “Ferrari Brain with Bicycle Brakes: Supporting Students with ADHD” on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 9-11:30 am. Dr. Mattek will discuss the nature and neurobiology of the Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and the brain’s executive functions. The impact of potential deficits in executive functioning will be discussed, as will the construct of ADHD. Youth with deficits in executive functioning can face significant challenges in school, socially, and at home. Dr. Mattek will discuss potential interventions and strategies for promoting success across those domains. Click here to learn more about this and other upcoming events.

STEM + Montessori Lottery

The application period for STEM programming and Montessori school is now open. Please click here for more information.

2021-22 School Year: At-a-Glance Calendar

As we approach the 2021-22 school year, you can find the year’s at-a-glance calendar here. The calendar can also be found in the Quick Links section on the district website and on each school’s website.

Recreation Department

Registration for Winter/Spring programming is currently open for registration. Just added...Youth Drama classes! Click HERE for more information.

Severe Weather + Building Closure Protocols

As we move into our winter weather season, we have been proactively planning for potential snow days. Given our ability to conduct meaningful virtual education, we do not plan to cancel school due to weather this winter. Instead, in cases where inclement weather would typically force our schools to close, it is our intention to shift scheduled in-person learning to synchronous online learning. This means that students who would normally learn in-person would follow their normal schedule, but will conduct their learning online instead. There will be no change for students scheduled for asynchronous learning or those enrolled in Tosa Connected or Wauwatosa Virtual Academy. As a reminder for how and when we will communicate school closings due to severe weather, please click here.

Student + Family Assistance Program (SFAP)

SFAP is not just for student problems! SFAP services are available to students, adults, couples and families. Many adults choose to use the SFAP for relationship issues, individual stress, substance abuse issues and depression. The 6-session model often works well to help people get back on track with their lives. Many adults may benefit from other services available to support families, including legal, financial, elder care and child care support services. For more information, about the Student and Family Assistance Program, click here.