East Side Press Family Newsletter
May 2, 2021
AP Testing Begins This Week!
Students who are learning through Tosa Connected or WVA will be taking the AP exams online at home starting the week of May 18th.
Junior Prom and Senior Ball
We will be hosting a Senior Ball for the Senior Class of 2021 and a Junior Prom for the Junior Class of 2022.
Based on the results from the survey sent to senior students and parents on 4/14, we have determined the Senior Ball will not have a catered dinner nor a grand march. Below are the finalized details for both Senior Ball and Junior Prom.
Saturday, May 15 | 7:30 pm - 10 pm
East High School
Ticket Cost: $15
Saturday, May 22 | 7:30 pm - 10 pm
Grand March in Theatre (7:30 - 8 pm) - this will be livestreamed for families
Dance (8 - 10 pm)
Protocols and Expectations
Students will be expected to wear masks during the entirety of the event except for the Grand March when they cross the stage.
Masks must be worn during the dance. Students failing to properly wear masks will be asked to leave.
In the event of a need to contact trace due to a positive case of COVID-19 for someone in attendance, the school district nursing staff will be contacted and students will be quarantined as needed.
Who Can Attend
Only East High School students can attend these events. No outside guests from other schools, graduates, or students from other district schools.
Juniors can invite other East students from any grade to Prom
Seniors can invite other East students from any grade to Senior Ball
Senior Gift - We Need Your Help!
Christina is going to make a design with the input she gets from student artists to highlight the themes of unity and strength. With such a unique senior year, we felt the theme of unity after we've had to adapt new ways to connect with one another was fitting for our class gift.
In addition to the mural, we will be installing garden beds and benches that will be made and kept up by a variety of classes and clubs that have been funded by a grant we received from EFW. Altogether, we are working to turn the courtyard into a Unity Garden where students with different interests and from different backgrounds can come together.
In order to make the mural happen, we need your help! We are asking that senior families donate towards the gift. To make a mural that's about 20x20 feet, we will need about $5,000 so anything you are able to contribute would be greatly appreciated!
How to Donate
You can make a donation online, here. Cash and checks can be brought to the main office in an envelope labeled “Senior Gift.” Checks can be made out to Wauwatosa East High School with "Student Council - Senior Gift" in the memo line. Thank you!
Thank you to senior students Sienna Daniels, Michela Miller, Ellie Cady, and Maggie Kasdorf for making this vision a reality!
Senior Graduation Yard Signs
If your student is unable to pick up at that time, the signs will be available for pickup in the office starting Tuesday, May 11th.
UPAF Ride for the Arts
Wauwatosa East’s music honor society, Tri-M, has their very own team that is looking for riders and donors. This year, the socially distanced bike ride will take place over three weekends in June where riders can pick their weekend, route, pace, and distance.
Support the Tri-M team by joining to ride through their team page, making a monetary donation, or by sharing the team page with friends and family. Click here to learn more.
Advanced Chemistry Titration Day
Students can use the following troubleshooting steps if they have issues with login:
- Make sure the account is activated. The activation process is very simple and is demonstrated here.
- Make sure the student is not logged in to Zoom with another account.
- Check that the student is using the Zoom app (not just the website).
- Ensure the student is using the "Sign in with Google" button on the app.
Canvas Observer Accounts For Families
- Needing a little support with your Wauwatosa Virtual Academy (WVA) courses? Check out this resource sheet.
- Don't forget that our Academic Resource Center (ARC) staff is available to provide support. Please check out their schedule here.
- If you are unable to attend your live virtual class, please make sure that you call the East attendance line (414-773-2002) to report the absence.
2021 Senior Graduation
Important dates and information for seniors:
- Final assessments: June 1-4, 2021
- Final day for senior attendance: Friday, June 4, 2021
- Graduation practice: Friday, June 11. Time TBD.
- Graduation weekend: Saturday, June 12 (Rain date June 13)
Where is graduation?
We are planning for an outdoor graduation this year at Wauwatosa West. Tosa East's ceremony will be held at 11:00am; Tosa West's ceremony will be held at 2:00pm.
Why at Tosa West?
Hart Park is not available all weekend and the north field at East does not have adequate bleacher seating. Indoor graduation does not appear to be feasible this year.
How many tickets can families get?
At this time, we do not know exactly how many tickets students will be given, but attendance will be limited. We estimate 2-4 tickets per graduate.
Will it be streamed?
We are planning to have graduation streamed live for those who cannot attend.
Senior Cap and Gown
Jostens has collected the in school orders for graduation materials. If you missed the opportunity, you can complete the order packet and send it directly to Jostens. There is also an online ordering opportunity. Please use the steps below to order items:
- Go to jostens.com and choose the tab for “Shop High School”
- Enter your correct school name and choose it. (Wauwatosa East High School)
- Choose the “Graduation Tab”
- From there you can go to available packages or scroll down to individual items
Virtual Peer Tutoring Program
With the help of upperclassmen, the Student Services Department is rolling out a Virtual Peer Tutoring Program. Hour-long tutoring sessions via Zoom are available at various times and days. If students have questions, they should reach out to their school counselor.
Student Services Team
Mrs. Bratcher - School Counselor
Mrs. Carter - School Counselor
Mr. Linscott - School Counselor
Ms. Merg - School Counselor
Ms. Phillips - School Social Worker
Ms. Schmidt - School Counselor Intern
Mrs. Morgan - Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Taylor - Career Center Coordinator
Interested in joining a club? Contact an advisor today!
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): Ms. Alizah Ross
- Amnesty International: Mr. McHugh or Mr. McDaniel
- Black Student Union (BSU): Mrs. Bratcher or Mrs. Keenan
- Book Club: Mrs. Hamilton-Parulski
- The Cardinal News (School Newspaper): Ms. Sampson or Ms. Salerno
- Chess Club: Mr. White
- DECA: Ms. Ann Ross
- Gay Straight Alliance (GSA): Mr. Etter
- Girls Who Hike: Ms. Merg
- HOSA (Future Health Professionals): Mrs. Loving
- International Friendship Club: Ms. Schmidt
- Key Club: Mr. Olsen
- Linguistics Club: Mr. Kolpin
- Philosophy Club: Mr. Kolpin
- Psychology Club: Ms. Dederich
- Student Council: Ms.Tierney
- Tosa East Environmental Club (TEEC): Ms. Oliver
- Tosa East Players: Ms. Jaskulski
- Yearbook: Ms. Dono
How to Study for Success
There are many summative assessments coming up in the next few weeks and many of our students don't always know "how to study." I'll be providing some study tips for parents so they can help their children do well as AP and other tests come up.
Remembering is a tricky business. There is no "magic pill" for remembering. But here are some tips that can help.
- Try to understand the information you must remember. Understanding the information will allow you to relate the information you must remember to what you already know.
- Try to form an association between the information you must remember and a person, place, object, situation, or emotion.
- Frequently recite the information you must remember or write it several times.
- If you must remember a large body of information, try to break the information into smaller, more manageable categories. Then work on remembering the information in each category separately.
- Create a graphic organizer for the information you must remember. It is easier to remember information that is organized than to remember information that seems to be all over the place.
- Try to bring a personal touch to the information you must remember. Relating the information to something about you will make it easier to remember.
- Try to form a picture in your mind of the information you must remember. Visual imagery is a powerful tool for remembering.
- Try to apply what you must remember. For example, if you are trying to remember the meanings of some new vocabulary words, use the words in your speaking and writing. Test yourself. A good way to do this is to write a question about the information you must remember on the front side of an index card and the answer to the question on the back. Use as many cards as you need. Look at the questions, try to answer them, and then check to see how you did.
- Try to make remembering a fun activity by creating games using the information you must remember.
Remembering is not just something you must do in school. It is something you must do in all aspects of your life. https://www.how-to-study.com/study-skills-articles/tips-for-remembering.asp
As a reminder, only 2 family members per athlete are allowed at most events.
TOSA EAST STAFF
Wondering where to direct your question(s)?
Main line: (414) 773-2000
Tosa East Administrative Team
- Principal: Nick Hughes; (414) 773-2010
- Associate Principal (students with last names A-K): Betsy McGinnity; (414) 773-2011
- Associate Principal (students with last names L-Z): Jordan Stein; (414) 773-2012
Additional Staff Resources
- Athletic Director: Michelle Guyant-Holloway; (414) 773-2014
- Attendance: Gina Obscherning; (414) 773-2002
- Infinte Campus Parent Portal Support: Liz Hughes; (414) 773-2005
- School Fees (including athletic fees and enrollment fees): Sue Flatley; (414) 773-2032
- Student Services (transcripts, address changes, etc.): Janice Morgan; (414) 773-2030
Our Tosa East Main Office is open Monday-Friday from 7:00am-4:00pm
Announcement: New Wauwatosa School District Superintendent
After an extensive recruiting, interview and vetting process, the Wauwatosa School Board is pleased to announce that it has named Dr. Demond Means as the Wauwatosa School District superintendent, effective July 1, 2021.
The School Board selected Dr. Means due to how well he fit the Superintendent Profile, which was developed based on collective community feedback. After analyzing this feedback, the Board had a very clear picture of the type of leader that our educational community wanted - and Dr. Means’ extensive references illustrate that he is that type of leader. The School Board also values leadership working closely with teachers as we take steps forward, investing time, energy and capacity into building relationships with staff members. A compilation of references and feedback regarding Dr. Means can be found here.
The School Board will meet on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 7 pm to take formal action on Dr. Means’ contract with the Wauwatosa School District. Please click here to access the Zoom link for this meeting.
In his first months as Superintendent, Dr. Means intends to launch a listening tour to immerse himself into the community and hear a variety of perspectives from staff, students, families and other members of our community. Please keep an eye out for upcoming opportunities to engage in these listening sessions.
Once again, thank you for providing valuable perspectives that have truly guided the development of the Superintendent Profile and, in turn, the Board’s decision. Dr. Means is a highly respected superintendent and educational leader in the state of Wisconsin, and to have him here in Wauwatosa is a big win for our entire school district community.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to any member of the Wauwatosa School Board directly. Contact information can be found here.
Yours in Education,
Eric Jessup-Anger, Wauwatosa School Board President
Leigh Anne Fraley, Wauwatosa School Board Vice President
Extension of USDA Meal Program
We are pleased to share that all students in the Wauwatosa School District will continue to have access to free breakfast and lunch during the 2021-22 school year! On April 20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the extension of the National School Lunch Program through June 2022. This program provides children 18 years of age or younger with a free regular school breakfast and lunch on school days, regardless of their Free or Reduced status. Students may continue to purchase a la carte items, seconds and milk, which will be charged to the family's account. If you have any questions, please contact Food Service at (414) 773-2635.
Wauwatosa Recreation Department is hosting its 7th Annual Clothing & Textile Recycling Drive on Saturday May 8 from 9 am - 12 pm in the Fisher Administration Building East parking lot (12121 W. North Avenue). Visit Clothing & Textile Recycling Drive for more details! Registration is open now for the Tosa Volleyball League this summer. Open to 4th - 8th graders, games are on Saturdays at Whitman from May 15 - June 26. And finally, please check out Safety Town @ Home - a fun and educational program that can be done at a time that works best for your family!
2021-22 School Year: At-a-Glance Calendar
As we approach the 2021-22 school year, you can find the year’s at-a-glance calendar here. The calendar can also be found in the Quick Links section on the district website and on each school’s website.
Last Day of School
The last day of school is Friday, June 11, 2021 for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, which is scheduled as a half-day of school. Please see graduation section earlier in newsletter for senior students' schedules.
Please note the following arrival and dismissal times:
High School: 8:00 - 11:30 am
Middle School: 8:10 - 11:40 am
Elementary + Montessori School: 8:20 - 11:50 am