The official monthly newsletter of Horning Middle School
Main OfficePrincipal: 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
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
Tuesday, November 19 Family/ Learner Conferences, 3:30-6:30 PM
Wednesday, November 27 - Friday, November 29 - Thanksgiving Break
Monday, December 23 - January 1 - Holiday Recess
Monday, January 20th - No School/Staff Development Day
Monday, January 27th - No School/Staff Development Day
Friday, February 28th - Early Release
Thursday, March 5th, Family/ Learner Conferences, 3:30-6:00 PM
Wednesday, May 27th Showcase of Learning, 4:00 -7:00 PM
School District of Waukesha Inclement Weather Policy
Save the Date!
HELP IS NEEDED TO MAKE THIS NIGHT SPECTACULAR! If you would like to help with the dance (decorations, masks, concessions, etc), please click here to sign up!
Qdoba Fundraiser Coming Soon! Come support your school!
Here is how it works:
1. Show up to QDoba at 325 E North St in Waukesha during the designated fundraising time, order some food, and present your flyer (please note that QDoba does NOT allow flyers to be handed out at the restaurant on the day of the event).
2. Once a minimum of $200 in total sales is raised, Qdoba will begin making a donation. Here is how donations work:
- If your group brings in $200-$999 your group gets 10% of the proceeds.
- If your group brings in $1000-$1499 your group gets 15% of the proceeds.
- If your group brings in $1500+ your group gets 20% of the proceeds.
Pass along the word and the flyer, and we hope to see you there!
Horning Book Fair Coming Soon!
Questions? Contact Jenny Odau at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-970-3309.
Student of the Month
Horning Events Seeking Donations and Volunteers!
Site Council is Horning’s family/parent advisory group. Our mission is to build our school community, and to support our learners, families, academics and activities. Please consider contributing to our Horning community by filling one of our open positions, or signing up for one of our school activities:
Nov. 19 Staff Appreciation Meal
Nov. 22 Day of Awesomeness (Step It Up fundraiser celebration)
Dec. 13 Winter Dance
We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the iCenter (aka Library). You're invited to join us for our next meeting on November 14, from 6-7 pm in the iCenter Hemingway Room. You can enter through the cafeteria doors on Wolf Road. We welcome participation and input from all Horning families and learners! Feel free to contact us any time at email@example.com.
November agenda underway
Staff Appreciation Soup Meal at Nov. 19 Conferences
Conferences are long days for teachers and staff. Let's show them we care by giving them some fuel for the long day! On November 19, we're providing a "Soup Bar".
With your help, there will be a variety of soups and extras. We'll also need a few volunteers for setup and cleanup. Please bring your contributions to the office by 2 p.m that day, labeled "Staff Meal." You can also send in your contributions with your student, and it will be taken to the office. Make sure dishes/utensils have your name on them if you would like to have them returned. Any dishes/utensils will be ready for pickup at 7:00 am in the office the next day.
Sign up here. Thank you for helping to show our Horning staff how much we appreciate them! See you at conferences!
Volunteers Needed- Step It Up Day of Awesomeness!!!
Horning Middle School’s Step it Up! fundraiser is off to a great start! About a third of our students are signed up and working together to help better our school. THERE IS STILL TIME TO GET INVOLVED! The money raised from our fundraiser is going to help enhance opportunities for physical activity during PE class, after school clubs and sports, and in the classroom. The fundraising window closes on November 8th!
The Step it Up! Fundraiser ends with a celebration where the students will be able to participate in a Day of Awesomeness! This day is a celebration of the students' efforts, where students can win prizes and challenge themselves on the Interactive Obstacle Course inspired by the hit TV shows WIPEOUT and AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR!
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS! We need 10 parent volunteers to help for each session on our Day of Awesomeness, please click on the link below to see times and sign up if you’re available for one or more time. Volunteer Sign Up
**Volunteers must have current background check on file per district policy. If you have not completed this process please click on this link: Secure Volunteer **
Thank you in advance for all of your help. If you have any questions please contact one of the Horning PE teachers,
Brad Kuntz (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Meg Whaley (email@example.com),
Josh Repovsch (firstname.lastname@example.org).
AVID Scholars Making a Difference!
Such an honor to work with these scholars!
Best Buddies Match Party
On October 29th we had our Buddy Match Party. We are so excited to have the students meet their Buddy and start planning meeting times together. At the party, parents were able to learn more about the Best Buddies Chapter. Students enjoyed snacks, painting pumpkins and getting to know each other. Our next meeting will be after school on Wednesday, November 13th from 2:45-3:45. We will be planning our December Holiday Party and creating T-Shirt designs.
8th Grade D.C. Trip (Updates!)
Hello 8th grade families!
If you were unable to attend the HMS 8th grade DC Trip meeting last night, I have all of the information here for you! Attached to this announcement is all of the information that you need to sign up and register. There is a google form to sign up for our mailing list. This will keep you up to date on any further DC announcements!
Sign Up Here!
The flyer packet linked below was handed out by BrightSpark, the travel company that we use. This has all of the important information about costs and how to create your account.
A few key things to note:
Registration is due by October 24th.
A payment is required within 48 hours of registration.
The help line at the bottom, (877)545-0070, is who you call if you would like to adjust the payment plan.
I have also attached the slideshow that goes into a few more features that BrightSpark answers as well as the first fundraiser information.
See the Slideshow Here!
We would like to stress that we understand that this trip costs a large amount of money. New to BrightSpark is the "Help Me Travel" button/link that can be sent out to family and friends and functions like a no minimum donation button. We also have started the Marcus Movie Ticket Fundraisers, which is one of many that we will do this year. Below is the information for that.
Click here for Marcus Movie Ticket Fundraiser Info!
If you have any additional questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out! Our contact information is:
Brianna Beadle (email@example.com)
Meredith Sweeney (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dave Riley (email@example.com)
Fall Soccer Club!!!
Horning Ski and Snowboard Club
College and Career Planning
Parents Place November Opportunities
Click here for more detailed information about Parents Place and what they have to offer!
Library Volunteer Needed
Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County
Providing Christmas toys and/or clothing for the children of families in need
**To be filled out once per family**
Client must reside with their child or children in Waukesha County.
The children must qualify for the free/reduced lunch program per the federal guidelines.
Eligible children are those from birth to senior in high school.
Interested families can request an application from Angie Krueger, School Social Worker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-970-1699. Applications are also available at school in English and Spanish.
To ensure arrival, please return to the school office by November 14th.
Library Catalog - Destiny
If you need more directions, try watching the tutorial video linked below or contact Jenny Odau, your library media specialist, in the library.
Tutorial Video: https://youtu.be/4CY3QgXstM0
Academic and Career Planning (ACP) Reminder!
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you about the Academic and Career Planning (ACP) process. Our mission in Waukesha is to develop in our students the capacity to be college, career, and community ready. The primary goal of Academic and Career Planning is to produce responsible graduates who will begin their adult life with the knowledge, skills, motivation, and a self-directed plan for career and lifelong success.
Academic and Career Planning is an ongoing process for students in grades 6-12. At each grade level, students will receive learning experiences focused on academic and career planning geared for their level with guidance from teacher mentors, counselors, peers, families and the community.
Each year students will set, reflect, and revise their goals within their personal Academic & Career Plan. Student goals and plans are expected to change annually based on their personal experiences. Students use a platform called Xello to assess themselves as learners, investigate and explore various pathways careers and post high school options.
We encourage families to review your student’s Xello profile together as this can be a great way to start a conversation around their goals as they relate to academic, career, and personal goals. As exploration is a key focus of Academic and Career Planning process, you may not see a clearly identified career focus, the reflection and conversation that occurs as a result may be essential in the shaping of your student’s future goals.
In Xello, students have the option to generate a shareable link to their profile, which they can use to connect with friends, mentors, and more. Students can also share this link with their parents, who can then view their child’s profile without needing a username and password. Sit with your student and complete the following steps:
On any page in Xello, from the top right corner, students click their avatar and select Share your profile.
* Or, from beneath their name on the About Me page, students click Share your Profile to open a preview of their shareable profile.
From the top right corner of the profile, students click Share.
From the Share Your Profile window, switch the toggle to ON to get a shareable link.
Students can copy and share the link with parents or other people with whom the student wants to share their Xello profile.
Note: A unique URL is created when the user turns on the share option. It does not exist until that happens. There is no way to access the profile until this link is activated by the student. The student can also turn the link off.
The school district website will contain other information and resources related to Academic and Career Planning. If you have any questions regarding Academic Career Planning, please contact your school counselors.
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 October 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 email@example.com.
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.
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