October 9, 2020
A Message From our Principals
We have a busy week coming up. In the last parent newsletter, we listed the links necessary for signing up for conferences, if needed, on October 14th and 15th. In order to allow our teachers to plan their schedule for conferences, the Google Form Sign Ups will be closed at 11:59pm on Sunday night. If you still need to sign up, you can use the links in this document. This is also the document that lists the Google Meet Links that you will need for conferences. When you join the Google Meet, you will need to wait until the staff member “lets you in”. Remember that they may be finishing up with another family, so please be patient.
Our staff will also be involved in Professional Development on Friday, October 16. This will be a non-student day. During this day, our building leadership team will be checking in on and discussing improvement efforts and goals for this school year. Staff will also be collaborating with each other both at the building and district level to further align our efforts continuity of learning for short- and long-term student absences, student engagement in our new reality, and designing and reflecting on assessments to drive instruction that fits the needs of students. This time for refining our curriculum, instruction, and assessment has been a contributing factor for our success and continuous improvement.
Linda O’Bryan and John McEwing
Important Dates, Events and Activities
Oct. 14 & 15 - Virtual Parent Conferences (See Sign-up Genius LInk)
Oct 16 - NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day
Nov 23 & 24: Remote Learning/Deep Cleaning/Professional Development Days -
More information to come
TBD - Picture Make-up/Retake Day
News and Announcements
Picture Make-up/Retake Day
Isolated or Quarantined Children
In Addition, here is a video link, as well:
We will also be offering a Google sheet, as a one stop shop with all teachers in one. This will be completed by the end of the day Sept 25th, and you can find it here.
Being Prepared for Cooler Weather
Ski Club Sign Up
- Pick up registration papers in Student Services October 5th-9th.
- Turn in completed registration materials and fees in an envelope to student services on October 12th-16th.
- First come first served. First 54 forms that are properly completed and turned in with the proper fee will be guaranteed a spot on the bus. Forms that are incomplete, without fees, or are turned in after the 54 spots are filled, will be placed on a waiting list.
Virtual Student News
6th Grade Virtual Students
Muskego-Norway Schools will be administering the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to third
and sixth grade students again this year. If your child attended elementary school in the district, you may recall them taking this assessment in third grade. The test results are valid for three years.
The CogAT evaluates the level and pattern of cognitive development of students, as well as their abilities in problem solving using verbal, quantitative, and spatial (nonverbal) reasoning. The CogAT measures developed abilities that begin at birth and continue through early adulthood. Scores can be used to adapt instruction in ways that enhance students’ success in learning.
Data gathered from these assessments will be included as one aspect of the multiple measures
that help staff make decisions regarding your child’s instructional needs. There is no way for
students to study or prepare for this assessment.
At this time, we are unable to administer CogAT virtually. The company is working on a solution, but for now, we are offering the following options for your child to take this assessment:
Attend an in-person opportunity on October 16th at 1:00 at Muskego Lakes Middle School. This is a professional development day for staff, and there will not be any students in the building. Virtual students will be socially distanced in a large space.
Take the assessment upon returning to in-person learning, should an educator identify a need to have more information about your child as a learner
Results of this assessment will be shared with you following the completion of the testing. The information gathered will not be used in any calculation of report card grades since it is not directly connected to standard or skill achievement.
If you are interested in this please fill out this form by noon on Monday, October 12.
October is Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month
Lake Denoon Student Services team is here to support your child if he/she/they are experiencing bullying. Over school announcements for all of October, students are seeing different messages regarding bullying prevention, being an upstander, and knowing how to address bullying. Attached here is the Lake Denoon Bullying Report Form. Please review the following infographic with your child(ren).
Suicide Awareness and Prevention Presentation
During the last week in October, students will view a suicide awareness and prevention presentation created by the Lake Denoon Student Services team. The purpose of this presentation is to equip students with the signs and risk factors often associated with people who are contemplating suicide or having suicidal thoughts. In the presentation, students are informed about ways to problem-solve situations that may arise about suicide, receive suicide prevention resources, and are encouraged to seek help from a trusted adult. Students will have the opportunity to complete an exit survey asking if they need to be seen by a student services team member or, if they have a question following the presentation. Lake Denoon student services staff members will be available to meet with all students who request to see someone. The link to the presentation is included below.
Please feel free to contact Student Services with any questions or concerns you may have. If you would like to opt your student out of listening to this presentation, please contact Student Services at 262-971-1820 (ext. 7011) and provide your child's name and grade to the Student Services Administrative Assistants (Jodie Henneberry and Nicole Bitter). We will secure a place for your child to be during the time of the presentation.
Keeping Kids Safe Online
DPI links and resources:
Sample Resources parents can adopt or amend to fit their own family situation:
In Spanish - Family Media Plan:
What's Happening at Lake Denoon
Christmas Clearing Council
The Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County has been providing Christmas gifts for families in need since 1949. Families of Muskego Norway Schools who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program may apply. *Exceptions may be made for families who are not eligible for free and reduced lunch but have an extenuating circumstance.
The deadline to apply is Monday, Nov. 16, 2020.
English and Spanish applications can be found at http://www.christmasclearingcouncil.org/get-help.html
If you'd like to sponsor a family or child, make a donation, organize community service project or volunteer, please visit the website: http://www.christmasclearingcouncil.org/
Contact Amanda Rosman, School Social Worker at 414-524-9117, for more information.