Hawk Nation

January 12th to 25th #1Horning

The official family newsletter of Horning Middle School

Contact Us

Main Office

Principal: Mr. Robert Blessington 262-970-3305

Principal Secretary: Rebecca Stark 262-970-3305

Associate Principal: Mrs. Veronica Leshok 262-970-3311

  • 6B, 7B, 8B, Dual Language

Dean of Students & Athletic/Activities Director: Ms. Susan Inkmann 262-970-3450

  • 6A, 7A, 8A, FLIGHT

School Resource Officer: James Wolbert 262-970-3304

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

Attendance Line:

1-866-490-7371 or 262-970-3316

Student Services

Health Room

  • Olivia Trejo, Health Room Assistant, 262-970-3315


  • Mrs. Angie Jackson 262-970-3327 6A, 7A, 8A, FLIGHT Academy
  • Ms. Natalie Ramirez 262-970-3326 6B, 7B, 8B, Dual

Social Worker: Angie Krueger, 262-970-1699

School Psychologist: Jeff Ludowissi 262-970-1093


Upcoming important dates...

Monday, January 21st - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, January 22nd - NO SCHOOL

Monday, January 28th - Course Selection Night

Thursday, February 14th - Site Council Meeting

Wednesday,February 27th - Family Learner Conferences

Wednesday, March 13th - Young Author's Conference

Thursday, March 14th - Site Council Meeting

Monday, March 25-29th - Spring Break NO SCHOOL

Thursday, April 11th-Family Book Discussion

Thursday, April 18th - Early Release Day

Wednesday, May 8th - Show Case of Excellence

HMS' Family Book Discussion - April 11th

Spanish & English Permission Slips

Click on the button above to access the Spanish and English permission slips for Family Book Discussion. Turn into Mrs. Roncke by Friday, January 25th. Free books and food - provided through a Waukesha Rotary Club grant.

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Middle School Young Authors' Conference - March 13th

Young Authors Conference

Click on the button above to access the permission slips and information regarding our third annual middle school Young Authors' Conference. Permission slips and money - due on or before February 15 to Mrs. Roncke or reading/writing teachers.

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New Student Resource Officer

In partnership with the Waukesha Police Department Horning Middle School is pleased to announce the addition of a full time School Resource Officer (SRO) at Horning. Officer James Wolbert will have a 4 year term at Horning!

Officer James was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. He has been a police officer for 9.5 years at Waukesha Police Department. Officer James experiences include being a member of the SWAT and Sniper Teams for the past 6 years.

"I am married to my beautiful wife, Colleen for 13 years. We have 6 kids. Ages range from 14 to 6 years old. I am a coach. Family is involved in our church. We love to hike as a family."

Officer James can be reached at jwolbert@waukesha.k12.wi.us or 262-970-3304

Showcase of Learning (date change)

Please note the date for our Showcase of Learning night has changed from May 1st to Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

More information will follow in upcoming newsletters.

Course Selection Night

Plan for next year's classes and join us for Course Selection Night!

When: January 28th

Who & Time:

  • Current 8th grade parent meeting 5-5:45 PM
  • Current 6th and 7th grade parent meeting 6 PM

Student of the Month for December

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Teen Winter Reading Challenge: BOOK BINGO!

The public library is hosting a Winter Reading Challenge for teens in the form of Book Bingo! Students can read books to fill out their Bingo Boards. Each bingo earns them an entry into a raffle, with prizes being a $50 VISA gift card, a $25 Half Price Books gift card, a $10 Target gift card, and Sky Zone Trampoline Park coupons. Bingo Boards are available at the Circulation Desk in Horning Library, at the Reference Desk at the public library, and attached digitally right here. Also attached are some suggested books to read for each section in case they do not know where to begin.

Happy Reading!

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Book Suggestions

March Madness: Tournament of the Books

The iCenter will again host a Tournament of the Books for March Madness this year. But unlike last year, we are getting the list of contenders out to you in time for some power reading! These are all quality books, many were chosen by students, and all are recommended by your librarian! Please encourage your students to read as many as possible, and in March we will see which title is our new champion!

The Dreamer by Ryan
See You at Harry’s by Knowles
Warcross by Lu
Good Dog by Gemeinhart
Amal Unbound by Saeed
All We have Left by Mills
Love Hate and Other Filters by Ahmed
Bubble by Foster
Grenade by Gratz
14th Goldfish by Holm
Rebound by Alexander
Whatshisface by Korman
Goldfish Boy by Thompson
Miscalculation of Lightning Girl by McAnulty
The War I Finally Won by Bradley
Night Divided by Nielson
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Library Lunch Bunch

Waukesha School District is teaming with Waukesha Public Library to offer extended services to our students. The young adult librarians will be here at Horning several times per month to offer Lunch Bunch to any interested students: games, activities, book talks. Students just need to sign up on the linked form and bring their lunch on the offered dates. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Raptor ID Check System

Raptor System - The Raptor system is a district-wide safety tool that is being implemented at all schools. In case you did not see the note from our district it is below for your convenience. This is now our official check-in and check-out system.

Dear parents and guardians,

We would like to make you aware of a security upgrade at all of our schools. Beginning Monday, Nov. 27, all visitors who enter a school building during normal school hours will be required to check into the school office and present a valid Identification ( Drivers License, State Issued ID, Military ID, or Consular ID ). Upon arrival, your identification will be scanned using the Raptor Visitor Management System. This software was purchased using funds provided by the State of Wisconsin School Safety Grant. Raptor provides immediate, real-time background checks on individuals to identify sex offenders and deny them entry. Once a visitor has been scanned, the system will print a visitor ID badge that is worn by the visitor for the duration of their visit. We ask that the visitor present their ID each time they visit and a new visitor badge will be printed. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding with this new procedure and know that you share our desire to keep our students and our buildings safe. Thank you.

eSports/Video Game Club

eSports and Video Game club is coming back to Horning in January! Do you play video games? Are you competitive? Want to improve your skills? Calling all gamers! Join us to play together and meet new friends! This year, to have more meaningful tournaments, we are having all 12 of our meeting dates in January!

Horning Site Council (Family/Parent Advisory Group)

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. Feel free to contact us any time at horningsitecouncil@gmail.com. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the iCenter (aka Library). Please join us!

Next Meeting is February 14th

Site Council Meeting Minutes

Date: 12.13.18

Present: Robert Blessington, Haley Draeger, Jody Jackson, Nancy Roncke, Jaime Dittman, Tamra Eagle, Lori Loeschmann, Laura Menzer

Start Time: 6:10 pm

Agenda Items Discussed

New Business

Cheri Sylla, WSPEI Family Engagement Coordinator presented on WI Statewide Parent-Educator Initiative program - Grant received from DPI that this organization is looking to use to help fund literacy based events targeting special education students and their families. SDW would receive a stipend for planning activities at our school focused on reading and literacy. This would target special education students and families but be open to all families and students. We must have a required 4 session (1-1.5 hour each session) literacy event, which can include food, childcare, books, teachers, librarians, etc. The organization could also help with existing events. Slideshow presentation is not yet translated but will be soon. Questions that came up: Could presentation location be moved into the neighborhoods vs school. Could we get good attendance? Site Council did not decide anything, want to look at the presentation online first. Other event ideas...book study, transition night for students with IEP but include all students- planning for college/career, job fair.

End Time: 7:15 pm



Jan. 15th E-Sports, Secondary Instruments, Jazz Choir

Jan. 16th Art Club, Robotics, E-Sports, Jazz Band

Jan. 17th Ski/Snow Club 2:45-8pm, GSA Club, E-Sports

Jan. 18th E-Sports

Jan. 23rd Robotics, E-Sports, Student Council, Jazz Band

Jan. 24th Ski/Snow Club 2:45-8pm, E-Sports

Jan. 25th E-Sports

*All activities run from 2:45pm - 3:45pm unless otherwise noted.

Our website, https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/horningms will also have a current calendar of our co-curricular activities for your planning purposes.

Please contact Ms. Inkmann, Athletic Director with questions.


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Connect With Us!

Horning Middle School is on social media! You can like us on Facebook, follow our Twitter feed, and keep up with some happenings by subscribing to our YouTube channel,

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/ SDW Horning

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

Twitter: @HorningMiddle