September Wolf Tracks Newsletter

Rawson Elementary School

Rawson Elementary School

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Principal's Update: September

Hello Rawson Community!


Welcome back for the 2022-23 school year! There is no doubt that a high level of excitement is in the air! We look forward to working with your child to develop new relationships, strengthen current relationships and uncover all the ways we will all grow this year. As always, we anticipate some anxiety. With that in mind, we’re committed to providing a consistent predictable environment that will allow each and every student to shine!


Below, I will attach a copy of the Welcome Back Letter you received in your email. If you have not done so already, please read it carefully and contact your school with any questions.


Finally, at the beginning of each month, a new edition of Wolf Tracks will be released with all of the information to keep you connected and up to date. We also have an archive of prior editions on our school website. We're proud of our Rawson community. Thank you for being a part of it!


All the best,


Nick Anton

Principal, Rawson Elementary School

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Volunteers at Rawson

Volunteers are once again welcome inside the building. All of our volunteers need to complete a background check to serve in the school. That process is online and only takes a few days to clear. If you have an interest, please reach out to your student’s teacher to let him or her know, and feel free to suggest specific ways you’d like to help. We’re excited for the opportunity to have parents back in the school – not only for your help but for you to see the excellent education your student receives!

Traffic Reminder: Drop-off / Pick-up

There are two drop-off and pick-up zones at Rawson Elementary School. Each have posted signs.


-15th Avenue (West entrance)

-Rawson Avenue (East Playground-side entrance)


*All students and families that are dropping or picking up on Rawson Avenue from the south side of Rawson Ave. MUST cross at the intersections. Due to the high volume of traffic on Rawson Avenue, this is an important safety requirement.

Traffic Enhancements

Recently, we have asked the city to add the following safety precautions.


  • A crosswalk has been added across Maple, along 15th Avenue
  • A second crosswalk has been added across the alley leading up to door two, off of Maple.
  • The brush has been cleared to make the stop sign in the alley (near door 2) clearly visible.
  • Additional signage will be added, emphasizing the crosswalks


Please make sure to obey all traffic and cross-walk laws at all times. SMPD will be patrolling the area during these high-density times to ensure everyone's safety.

Speak Up, Speak Out Wisconsin

The School District of South Milwaukee partners with SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT (SUSO) hosted by The Wisconsin Department of Justice. SUSO is a comprehensive, one-stop place to turn to with your concerns regarding school safety. A facet of the Resource Center that we are particularly pleased to share with Wisconsin students and parents is the threat reporting system. The SUSO threat reporting system is available 24/7 and is free to all. Students can submit a school safety concern by accessing the app on their Chromebook or by visiting speakup.widoj.gov. Resource Center staff work around-the-clock to respond to reports and to deploy a response locally by communicating directly with school administrators, law enforcement and counselors.

Job opportunities at Rawson!

Right now, Rawson has openings for lunch supervision, Special Education ParaProfessionals, and AM Rec. Care Please visit the following link for more information about these opportunities and others throughout the district.
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SDSM and Rawson Elementary School Calendar

Direct link to calendar for upcoming events details!

WOLF OF THE WEEK WINNERS

Wolf of the Week is an internal school award which celebrates the demonstration of positive character traits by our Rawson students. Our awesome Rawson staff will be selecting a variety of students per week who have continually demonstrated the SM Way Character Traits of honesty, kindness, perseverance, responsibility, and respect.

(Please keep in mind, these winners are not an exhaustive list. We have many children who consistently demonstrate strong character throughout their school day!)

Congratulations to the following Rawson Wolves from June of last year! 🎉

Attendance Expectations and Absence Reporting

Student attendance is required on all regularly scheduled school days per Wisconsin State Statue. Wis. Stat. Sec. 118.16(4)(d) and 118.15(1)(f)


Classroom teachers will be taking regular attendance on all school days, Monday - Friday.

To report student absences for students that are ill, please use this link. To report absences that are not illness related, contact the school at 414-766-2904 or Rawson@sdsm.k12.wi.us


Absence reporting is required every regular school day, Monday through Friday. (Absences do not need to be reported on No School days.)

Useful Links, Quick References, Important Dates:

Useful Links:


Quick References:


Important Dates:

  • September 1st- First Day of School

  • September 5th- No school / District Closed

  • September 12th- PTO Meeting (5:30pm, Rawson Library)

  • September 14th- Early Release, 2:05 for Elementary students

  • September 23rd- No School, PD day for teachers

Rawson Elementary School

Nick Anton

Building Principal


Rawson Building Hours:

Student Day 8:30 am - 3:35 pm

Office Hours 8:00 am - 3:45 pm and by appointment