Hawk Nation

November 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

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

With colder weather on its way, there is the possibility of inclement weather affecting the school day. Please click on the link below to see the School District of Waukesha's inclement weather policies.

SDW Inclement Weather Policy

Save the Date!

Horning's Student Council will be hosting the first dance of the year on December 13, 2019! The dance will be held in the cafeteria from 6pm-8pm and students from all grades are welcome to attend. The cost will be $5 and wrist bands will be sold during lunches the week of the dance.

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!

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Qdoba Fundraiser Coming Soon! Come support your school!

Qdoba will be hosting a fundraiser for Horning on Tuesday, November 12 from 5-9 PM. Help raise money for our school by eating at Qdoba during this time! You must bring the flyer (linked below) at checkout for our funds to be received. Paper flyers OR digital flyers shown on smartphones or tablets are acceptable.

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!

Click here for our flyer!

Horning Book Fair Coming Soon!

Horning Book Fair is coming November 18-19 during school and conference times. We need your help to make this a success for our kids. Please click here to sign up as a volunteer, and for more information about the book fair!

Questions? Contact Jenny Odau at jodau@waukesha.k12.wi.us or 262-970-3309.

Student of the Month

In an effort to better recognize students who demonstrate achievement or growth in academics and in their behavior, Horning staff is recognizing 12 students each month this year. These deserving students will receive a Horning t-shirt, a certificate, and an opportunity to have a meet and greet with a member of the Admin team. Congratulations, students! Keep up the good work!
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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 horningsitecouncil@gmail.com.

October meeting minutes

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 (bjkuntz@waukesha.k12.wi.us),

Meg Whaley (mmwhaley@waukesha.k12.wi.us),

Josh Repovsch (jrepovsch@waukesha.k12.wi.us).

AVID Scholars Making a Difference!

AVID Elective Scholars answered a request from Maryanne Huck, Military Family Assistance, who spoke to our scholars a couple of weeks ago. The request was to write notes or cards to a Vietnam Veteran who will be going on the Honor Flight in a couple of weeks. This veteran did not have anyone to write letters thanking him for his service and bravery for the "Mail Call" on the flight home, so AVID scholars wrote and decorated notes for him. A few samples of their work are below.

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.

Dance Troupe

Dance Troupe has begun! We meet every Thursday after school to explore, learn, and create different dance styles. The first style we learned was Dancehall. Students were taught a little history of Dancehall, learned a routine, and even choreographed. Now we are working on learning a variety of popular dance moves and styles through the decades. The dancers are learning a routine that teaches them moves from 1965 to 2020! We are excited to see what great things this group will accomplish in the future.
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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.

See flyer packet here!

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 (bbeadle@waukesha.k12.wi.us)

Meredith Sweeney (msweeney@waukesha.k12.wi.us)

Dave Riley (driley@waukehsa.k12.wi.us)

Fall Soccer Club!!!

Thanks to all the Horning athletes that came to our after school fall soccer club during October. There were over 50 students that participated, and fun was had by all!!! We hope everyone will join us again in February for our winter soccer club! In the pictures below are 8th grade soccer players, and 6/7th grade soccer players.
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Horning Ski and Snowboard Club

It’s that time of the year where the snow will soon be falling. It’s also time to start planning for Horning Middle School’s Ski and Snowboard Club! This club is a great opportunity for our students to participate in these exciting winter sports, at a very affordable rate. If you are interested in participating in this club, even if you have never skied or snowboarded before, come join us at our informational meeting on Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30pm in the auditorium. If you have any questions please contact the ski and snowboard club advisors, Brad Kuntz (bjkuntz@waukesha.k12.wi.us) or Cindy Graff (cgraff@waukesha.k12.wi.us). We hope to see you at the meeting!
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College and Career Planning

It's not always easy to know the best way to talk to your student about their future plans. Linked below is a great resource that can help. Please check it out!

How to Open the Door to College and Career Conversations With Your Children

Parents Place November Opportunities

Parents Place, 1570 E Moreland Blvd in Waukesha, promotes strong, healty families through support and education. See the below flyers for classes and programs being offered in November.

Click here for more detailed information about Parents Place and what they have to offer!

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Library Volunteer Needed

Horning Library is seeking a volunteer to help out once a week for about an hour during our school day either Tuesdays or Wednesdays. This volunteer would help us put away books and straighten up the book shelves for the students. If you are interested, please give us a call at 262-970-3309. Thank you!

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 akrueger@waukesha.k12.wi.us 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.

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Library Catalog - Destiny

Did you know that your student has the ability to search and hold books from our district libraries from anywhere, on any of your devices? Just go to https://waukesha.follettdestiny.com or have them use the app on their ipad called "Horning Destiny" that takes them directly to this site! Click on "Catalog" to search for a book or another resource. If you would like to place a hold on a book or to view your own account, you just need to be logged in first. You will see “Log in” in the upper-right hand side of your screen. Use the same username and password that you use for your other accounts in the district.

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:

  1. 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.

  2. From the top right corner of the profile, students click Share.

  3. From the Share Your Profile window, switch the toggle to ON to get a shareable link.

  4. 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.

Thank You

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 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