June 2020 HHASD Newsletter

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Dear HHASD Family,

Everything about this spring has been both challenging and unprecedented. With the end of the school year approaching, our new challenge remains: how to close the school year at a distance, while still remaining connected. We are trying to do this with three major events outlined in this newsletter.

Important information for the close of year activities:

  1. Schoolwide End of Year Parade, with social distancing.
  2. Protocols and Schedule for the Return of Textbooks, Library Books, Chrombooks, and Pick Up of Student Materials.
  3. Eighth (8th) Grade Promotion Celebration
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Wednesday, June 3rd, 9:15am

1896 Wisconsin 164

Richfield, WI

Dear HHASD Families,

Our team has been excited to plan a staff parade to see students during remote/virtual learning. While we were unable to accomplish this while the Safer at Home order was in full effect, we are working in cooperation with our local agencies to safely celebrate the end of the school year with our students! Our staff parade will be held, rain or shine, on Wednesday, June 3rd from 9:15 AM - 11:15 AM at the Richfield Historical Society.

The parade route will proceed along the 1-mile roadway, running from Highway 164 to Pleasant Hill Road, within the Richfield Historical Society grounds. In consideration of safety, the grounds will be closed, except to HHASD families and staff, for this event. Washington County Sheriff's Department will be on-site to direct traffic and keep cars moving along the route. Richfield Fire Department vehicles will be at the entrance and exit with lights flashing and sirens sounding!

In order to support the safety and health measures in place, these guidelines MUST be followed:

  1. If you are sick or feverish, or having symptoms of COVID-19, please stay at home.

  2. All vehicles must enter on Hwy 164, just north of Friess Lake Elementary School.

  3. Staff vehicles will be parked along the right side of the roadway.

  4. Family vehicles will travel the parade route on the left side of the roadway. Please drive slowly for both safety purposes and so that we can wave to you; but do not stop along the route.

  5. Students are encouraged to sit on the passenger side of the vehicle, if possible.

  6. Be mindful of the vehicles traveling in front of you; keep a safe distance between vehicles.

  7. Do not stop or exit your vehicle while traveling the parade route.

  8. PPE is not required. It can be used at your discretion.

  9. NO touching staff or students.

  10. NO handouts. Any end-of-year gifts should be included in your Drop-off Materials on June 3rd & 4th.

  11. All vehicles exit onto Pleasant Hill Road.

  12. NO congregating on the park grounds or at an alternate location when the parade is over. Please disperse immediately.

Families are scheduled in 15 minute increments, beginning at 9:15 AM, to avoid congestion. If families can’t arrive during their scheduled time, you are welcome to come at a time convenient for you. Construction cones will line the route, separating the parked vehicles from the traveling vehicles, please stay to the left of the cones.

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Sign up for your Student Material Drop-Off and Pick-Up Date/Time

Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up with your family name.

Make sure to place a sign in your vehicle window with your family name on it - this will aid in expediting the process.

It is IMPORTANT that you arrive at your chosen time. Our staff will gather and prepare materials for distribution in the order in which you are scheduled to arrive. If you arrive outside of your sign up time, you will be asked to circle around and wait until all other scheduled families have received their student materials and dropped off any school materials.

Thank You for your help in making this a smooth process for all families!

RMS Drop-Off/Pick-Up Sign-Up

FLES Drop-Off/Pick-Up Sign-Up

FLES Remaining School Items Plan

Currently, our staff is working to gather and organize the remaining student materials to be picked up from FLES and RMS by families on June 3rd between 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM or on June 4th from 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM. The pick-up and drop off process is being designed for families to make one trip to school and drop off District Chromebooks, library books (both classroom and school), athletic equipment, and any other classroom supplies requested by classroom teachers. Also, during this time HHASD staff will bring students personal belongings to your vehicle. You must sign up for a designated time.

At FLES, in order to participate in the pick-up/drop off process pertaining to school and student items, you will follow the directions/map below.

  1. Enter from HWY 167 with your family name sign in the front window of your car

  2. Proceed down the hill toward the playground

  3. Stop by the “Dolphin Kids entrance to drop off your Chromebook and cord, library books, recorders, and any other school materials.

  4. Proceed to the Kindergarten entrance (by the main entrance of the building) Here staff will provide you a bag full of your student(s) personal belongings and any remaining educational work.

Families In Preparation for Pick-Up/Drop Off Remaining School Items:

  1. Have a paper sign with your last name in your car front window. (Staff will use radio communication to get your materials upon your entrance of the parking lot)

  2. Have all materials you’re returning to school in a disposable bag (labeled with student and classroom teacher name) for easy drop-off. (Staff will be on the sidewalk to obtain return materials)
  3. Please remain in your car and leave all materials you are delivering to school in your trunk.
  4. If you would like to bring a gift for your child's teacher, include it in your bag of items. Make sure it is clearly labeled. After the three-day waiting period, we will disperse the items to the appropriate staff.
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June 3rd from 1:00 -4:00 PM + June 4th from 7:30-11:30 AM

  • All vehicles will enter the parking lot through the Basswood Ln. entrance and proceed through the bus lanes. A staff member will relay the name of the family as they enter. Please bring a sign to display your family last name in the window as you enter.

  • Pick-up/Drop-off will be NO CONTACT. Place all materials to be returned (books, textbooks, uniforms, chromebooks/charger) into ONE BAG, placed in your trunk. Include first name, last name, and grade level.

  • Vehicles will stop outside of the main entrance to drop off items. Pop your trunk and a staff member will retrieve your drop-off bag of materials and place your pick-up bag of materials inside. Please do not exit your vehicle.

  • If you would like to leave teacher gifts, please place them in the trunk as well, labeled in a bag. We will distribute to staff after the 72 hour wait period.

  • Families will be contacted prior to June 3rd if they have medications at school. These items will be bagged separately and placed inside the materials bag.

  • Vehicles will exit right onto Holy Hill Rd. and proceed through the roundabout.

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Eighth Grade Graduation

This spring, we sent out a survey to eighth grade families asking if they preferred a virtual ceremony this week, or if they preferred to hold the date of July 16th for an in-person graduation, if possible.

After reviewing the votes, we are holding the date of July 16th as our preferred date to honor and celebrate our eighth graders who will be moving on to high school! Please watch for upcoming information about graduation. As we receive guidance from the health department we will keep parents and students updated about our plans.

If we are able to host an in-person graduation it will most likely be off-site at a larger venue in order to maintain proper social distancing.

If we are unable to host an in-person graduation later this summer, we will be prepared to move forward with a virtual celebration.

In either case, without seeing our eighth grade students this spring, Mr. Carron took the week of May 26th to present each of them with their diplomas and a socially distanced, "Congratulations!"

Attention Families of Incoming 4K Students

Developmental questionnaires have been sent to all registered 4K families. Thank you to those families who have already returned the questionnaire. If you have not yet returned your child’s questionnaire please do so. This information will be helpful for our staff as they prepare to get to know your child. At this time the district is working to solidify a new date and time in August for the 4K screening to be held at Friess Lake School. Look for upcoming information regarding the rescheduling of this event in future district newsletters.

Virtual Board Meeting

Join us for this evening's board meeting as we salute many of our students for their accomplishments throughout the year! (~ 6:00 p.m.)

Board Meeting Notes

At our May board meetings, the following items were approved:

  • Arts in Community Education Contract with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  • Standard Response Protocol Memorandum of Understanding with the "I Love U Guys" Foundation
  • FLES 2020/21 Schedule
  • RMS 2020/21 Schedule
  • Grading and Report Card Updates
  • Teaching contracts
  • Ms. Emily Stousland as fourth-grade teacher at FLES (Welcome Ms. Stousland!)

At tonight's meeting, in addition to the student salutes, we will be:

  • Discussing the Continuous Improvement Action Plan
  • Approving of Ms. Nikki Rickert as Sixth Grade Math Teacher (Welcome Ms. Rickert!-- and No, Ms. Hartlmeier is not leaving -- she is moving to eighth grade!)
  • Approving of the Library Media and Technology Plan

Principal Updates

Principal Update

As you may be aware, RMS Principal, Mr. Carron, has accepted the Saukville Elementary School

principalship in the Port Washington-Saukville School District for the 2020/2021 school year. With the school year nearing its end, our administrative team was determined to find the solution to our administrative transition plan that best meets the needs of our students, staff, and parents.

Mr. Laird - 2020/21 RMS Principal

During this time of virtual and remote learning, and the uncertainty facing us next fall in terms of how we return to school, we did not feel that it was in the best interest of our students and staff to introduce a new principal from outside our organization. This led us to think about our current staffing and the strengths of our team. We are fortunate in our district to have several teachers who possess the credentials necessary to be a building principal. Our current administrative team also possesses varied traits and experiences which lend themselves to supporting our continuous improvement efforts and action plans moving into the new year.

Our 2020/2021 administrative model begins with Mr. Laird, our current FLES Principal moving to RMS. While Mr. Laird has enjoyed the building growth, culture, and relationships he has helped to build at FLES, with his previous experience as a middle school associate principal and collaborative relationship with our leadership team at RMS, we feel that he is positioned well to transition to his role in the middle school. Equally as important, the groundwork he has laid at FLES and the relationship he has formed with Ms. Jen Shattuck will position her well to move into the role of principal at FLES. Just as Mr. Carron and Mr. Laird collaborated, Mr. Laird is excited at the prospect of teaming and collaborating with Ms. Shattuck during her first year as principal.

This administrative model allows Mr. Laird to transition to the middle school environment with our fourth-grade students and families. An additional consideration worth noting is that Mr. Laird will know half of the student body already, and also that he will be able to ease the transition of our fourth-grade class not only from building-to-building, but will also be able to be a part of transitioning them successfully during a virtual and remote learning environment, providing a familiar face when they arrive at RMS.

Ms. Shattuck - 2020/21 FLES Principal

At the other end of the district spectrum, Ms. Shattuck has been a tremendous asset to the district in her capacity as district reading specialist, which has allowed her to develop a thorough knowledge of the developmental levels and growth of our FLES students, understand the progression of our students from elementary to middle school, and create and maintain positive relationships and rapport with parents.

Both individuals are a part of our HHASD family and key members of our District Leadership Team. They have both helped shape our organizational culture and the direction of the district and buildings. I am confident each will thrive in these new roles and be able to support and grow the goals of the district that are currently in place. Further, this transition plan provides an opportunity for people to grow within the district. We are confident that their successes will be our successes and will transcend each building as both individuals transition into their new roles within the district. To further assist with back-to-school, we will be working with our County Health Department to determine if a face-to-face summer meet-and-greet is a possibility.

While this change will be effective July 1, 2020, the transition period has begun as Mr. Laird is out on paternity leave welcoming his second child. During his absence, any requests or needs will be forwarded on to the administrative team and a determination will be made on who is best able to help process the specific situation.

Please join me in welcoming and congratulating Mr. Laird and Ms. Shattuck on their new roles!

Mr. Laird's Newest Addition...

Mr. Laird and his wife, Talia, welcomed their second child, Valentina (Valley) Ann Laird, on May 25th. She was 8 lbs 12 oz. and 21 inches long. The entire family is doing well including Big Brother Ramsey!

Take a deep breath... We are almost to the finish line!