Hawk Nation

September 2019

The official monthly newsletter of Horning Middle School

Contact Us

Main Office

Principal: Mr. Robert Blessington 262-970-3305

Principal Secretary: Jodi Aylsworth 262-970-3305

Assistant Principal (House B & Dual Language): Bryan M. Lyday : 262-970-3311

Dean of Students (House A & FLIGHT): Ms. Susan Inkmann 262-970-3450

Attendance/Associate Principal Secretary: Pamela Craig 262-970-3317

Attendance Line: 1-866-490-7371 or 262-970-3316

Athletic/ Activities Director: Ms. Susan Inkmann: 262-970-3450

School Resource Officer

Officer James Wolbert, 262-970-3304

Student Services


Mrs. Angie Jackson (House A & FLIGHT), 262-970-3327

Ms. Natalie Ramirez (House B & Dual Language), 262-970-3326

Student Services Secretary: Sue Miller, 262-970-3303

Social Worker: Angie Krueger, 262-970-1699

School Psychologist: Jeff Ludowissi 262-970-1093

Health Room: Olivia Trejo 262-970-3315

Mark your Calendar

September 12: Horning Site Council, iCenter (Library) 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

September 18th Listening Conferences 3:30 p.m.-7:30 PM

October 2: Picture Day

Tuesday, November 19 Family/ Learner Conferences, 3:30-6:30 PM

Thursday, March 5th, Family/ Learner Conferences, 3:30-6:00 PM

Wednesday, May 27th Showcase of Learning, 4:00 -7:00 PM

Picture Day - October 2nd

Students will have their school photos taken during school on October 2nd. Packets to purchase photos will be sent home the week prior.

listening conferences coming up!

Listening conferences are on September 15 from 3:30PM-7:30PM. This is a scheduled conference with your student's advisory teacher. If you have not yet made an appointment and would like to do so, please reach out to your student's advisory teacher as soon as possible.

Elective teachers will be available in the cafeteria for drop-in meetings during the conferences.

Horning Spirit Wear Online Store is OPEN!

From now through September 28, you can order Horning spirit wear by visiting the Spirit Wear Store, which can be accessed by clicking on the link below. All orders are submitted and paid for in the online store and will be delivered directly to school approximately 3 weeks after the store closes.

Access the store below:


Orders should be submitted online. However, if you are unable to order and pay online, you can still get gear! Bring your order, along with your check made payable to Epoch Athletics , to Jodi Aylsworth in the Horning Main Office. Orders being mailed in must be received in the main office by Wednesday, September 25. See Jodi Aylsworth in the main office for a brochure.

Horning Site Council (Family/Parent Advisory Group)

Join Horning Site Council!

Site Council Wants YOU! Nominations being accepted now!

Horning Site Council's mission is to build community among families, learners, teachers and staff. We WANT people like you to get involved to help improve communication, support school needs, and plan activities to bring the Horning community together.

Site Council was formed in the 2016-17 school year, so we’re fairly new and trying to build our family involvement here at Horning. For the 2019-20 school year, we are looking for members to fill the following roles:

· Secretary: Attend Monthly meetings, update meeting minutes and forms, keep accurate count of members and contact information, help with special projects.

· Treasurer (1-2 people): Register Site Council as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, establish a bank account, keep accurate records of any funds and banking transactions.

· Communications: Write and create promotional content for Horning events and activities. Work with Principal’s office to publish in Hawk Nation, Peachjar, Facebook, Twitter.

· Outreach: Build connections within the Horning community, Waukesha high, middle and elementary schools, and local businesses to support Horning events and activities.

· Spirit Wear: Coordinate Spirit Wear sales.

· Events (2-3 people): Plan/organize events, create SignUps, work with Communications and Outreach to promote. Past events have included Family Luncheon, Staff Appreciation Meal, and Showcase of Learning. We’d love to add Teacher Appreciation Week, 8th grade social and more.

· Volunteer Scheduling: Coordinate event and spirit wear volunteers as needed, create SignUps.

· Grants: Seek out grant opportunities to fund Horning initiatives, write and submit grant applications.

Please join us at any meeting, or contact us any time for more information! Meetings are on the second Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm in the Library (iCenter).

Meeting Dates:

  • September 12, 2019
  • October 10, 2019
  • November 14, 2019
  • December 12, 2019
  • January 9, 2020
  • February 13, 2020
  • March 9, 2020
  • April 18, 2020
  • May 14, 2020

  • Site Council Representatives:


    Lori Loeschmann & Laura Menzer



    Haley Draeger




    Robert Blessington



    Best Buddies Chapter is starting at Horning Middle School!

    Horning Middle School is proudly starting a chapter of Best Buddies. This program is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of those students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Best Buddies builds one-to-one friendships between students with and without disabilities through fun, social activities. Through participation in Best Buddies, students will form meaningful connections with their peers; gain self-confidence and self-esteem; and help create an inclusive school culture for all!

    How the program works:

    1. At the beginning of the school year we will match a student with a peer that has a developmental disability.

    2. Students will meet-up with their Buddy and spend quality time together in various activities.

    3. Students will be able to participate in events at Horning and at the local chapter. This gives the students more opportunities to socialize and learn more about their Buddy.

    4. Buddy pairs need to meet, talk, text or write each other at least once a week.

    5. The Advisors of this group will meet with the buddies to offer help with questions and make suggestions of what activities to do.

    **Please note: All students interested in participating in Best Buddies must complete a membership application using the Best Buddies Online portal. By completing an application for membership, students gain access to their chapter portal, which offers resources and trainings; it also affords members coverage under Best Buddies International general liability insurance.


    1. Go to: www.bestbuddiesonline.org

    2. Click Membership Application button and select your program – Middle School

    3. Read the bulleted points and then click CONTINUE

    4. Select your chapter: Horning Middle School

    5. Select chapter role: Peer Buddy, Buddy, Associate member

    6. Please follow the onscreen instructions to fill out the MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION as completely as possible; take care when answering the questions, as they direct the application. Clicking the I AGREE button on the CONSENT page will submit the application.

    Additional information about Best Buddies Wisconsin can be found by visiting: www.bestbuddies.org/wisconsin

    Information for upcoming meetings will be in the Hawk Nation. The first meeting is September 19th in room 115 from 2:45-3:30.

    If you have any questions, please contact:

    Summer Gallagher- sgallagher@waukesha.k12.wi.us

    Melissa Lance- mlance@waukesha.k12.wi.us

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    Join Jazz Band 2019-2020!

    Looking for a fun, unique band experience? Are you a 7th or 8th grade band student? Consider joining jazz band!

    Meets most Tuesdays throughout the year from 2:45 pm-3:30 pm.

    Concert Dates:

    • WSMA Jazz Festival on Thurs. Mar. 12th, 2020 at 6:30pm at South High School
    • Jazz Night Club Concert Tues. April 28th, 2019 at 6:30pm
    • Concert Thurs. May 28th, 2019 at 6:30pm
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    Jazz Choir 2019-2020

    Join HMS Jazz Choir!

    Offered to any Horning female who likes to sing. Takes place after school on Tuesdays, from 2:45-3:45. For more information, contact Ms. Horn at 262-970-3374 or jhorn@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

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    Athletics and Activities

    Our website, https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/horningms will have a current calendar of our co-curricular activities for your planning purpose and a Guidebook that will help you learn more about our offerings.

    For details on September activities, including meeting times and locations, please take a look at our calendar! The calendar can be accessed using the following link: https://www.sdwcalendars.org/public/genie/1198/school/45/

    Please contact Ms. Inkmann with questions at sinkmann@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

    Communication Reminders

    Horning Website: https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/horningms

    Twitter/FacebookAs part of our communication efforts, we are encouraging that parents sign up for Twitter, www.twitter.com.

    We will utilize the twitter handle @HorningMiddle to disseminate useful information about Horning (i.e. school news, testing, school events, etc). The best part is, once you have signed up to follow the updates, you receive these messages instantly to your Twitter page as well as your cell phone (standard text rates apply) if you have it set up in that manner.

    If you do not wish to sign up, you can still view the profile and any updates by going to the site listed here and bookmarking it: twitter.com/HorningMiddle. Our Twitter feed is linked up to the Horning Facebook page as well so you can follow any tweets there.

    You can like or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HorningMSHawks/. By “liking” this page, important information and updates will come directly to your newsfeed. Thank you for staying connected! I hope you will find these new communication updates useful.

    Hawk Nation: Please note that the family/parent newsletter will come out monthly during the school year.

    Connect With Us!

    Horning Middle School is on social media! You can like us on Facebook, and follow our Twitter feed.

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HorningMSHawks/

    Twitter: @HorningMiddle