Hawk Nation

December 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

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

Dear Families and Students,

It is with great pride that I am pleased to report that Horning Middle School made nearly a 9 point gain in its school report card from 2018 to 2019. This is a significant accomplishment for Horning students and staff. I am extremely proud of these efforts. Here are some additional highlights from the school report card for 2019.

  • School Report Card Score: The 2019 school report card was the highest in school history of Horning Middle School. (The DPI has issued school report cards since 2012)

  • Horning Middle School recorded the 2nd highest improvement for all schools district wide

School Report Card Improvement

English Language Arts

  • Over 8% 1 year increase in students demonstrating advanced and proficient from 2018 to 2019

  • Highest overall achievement since Forward given at Horning MS (2015 to 2019, 4 years)

  • 11.4% increase in female hispanic achievement (2018 to 2019)


  • 5.9% increase 1 year increase in students demonstrating advanced and proficient from 2018 to 2019

  • Largest increase in the 4 years of administering Forward (2015 to 2019)

  • Highest number of proficient and advanced since Forward has been administered school wide (2015 to 2019)

  • White males 13.5% increase in advanced and proficient from 2015 to 2019

  • 10% increase overall in hispanic students

During 2019-20 school year we look to build upon the success of last year as we launched the Horning house model during the 2018-19 school year. Learners are now organized into smaller learning communities supported by a consistent group of adults. Moving forward it is our goal to continue to cultivate and build upon the strengths of the HMS house system.

Parents and families are an important part of the educational process. We encourage you to continue to support your students by staying involved in your child’s learning goals. Also, I want to personally welcome all families to our parent/family group. The Horning Site Council which meets the 2nd Thursday of every month from 5:30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. during the school year that takes place in Horning library.

You can access Horning’s School Report Card here. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any further questions.


Robert M. Blessington

Horning Middle School


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

Picture Retake Day is Almost Here!

Don't forget picture retake day is Monday, December 9th. Photographers will be available during your student's lunch hour to retake photos, or to take photos for anyone who missed the original picture day. Thank you!

Food Drive December 2019

Horning Middle school gives back in 10 days from December 9-20. We are collecting food for our local Waukesha food pantry to help those in need. Please help us by donating food items that are in high need (refer to top 8 list) or anything else your family likes-others will like them as well. Houses will compete and will try to "outweigh" their competition. The food pantry will collect food bins on December 20. The house with the heaviest box will be in for a surprise (TBD).


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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Another Opportunity for Christmas Assistance (if you did not submit application for Christmas Clearing Council)

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Oscar's Frozen Custard Fundraiser

Help Horning raise money by eating at Oscar's Frozen Custard, 21165 Hwy 18 in Brookfield (across from Target), on Wednesday December 18 from 4 PM-8 PM. A portion of the proceeds from the night will be donated to the school. All you need to do is bring a copy of the flyer linked below. There are extra coupons on the 2nd page if you want to give them to friends and family. A hard copy or digital copy (on your phone or tablet) is acceptable. Delicious ice cream AND fundraising! What could be better?!?

Click here for the flyer and coupons!

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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Site Council November Recap

November was an active month here at Horning! It was great to see the all the support and donations for the staff dinner and Day of Awesomeness. Your involvement is critical to bringing our Horning community together and building engagement. A big thank you to everyone who participated!

Chaperone and cleanup volunteers for are still needed for the Student Council Winter Dance on December 13, as well as donations for various concessions. Please check out the SignUp for more information. Plans for the 8th grade carnival are starting to take shape, as well. More to come on that!

November meeting minutes

December agenda underway

We love to have a variety of parent input, so please join us on December 12 in the iCenter (library) at 5:30. Principal Blessington provides snacks!

It's Not Too Late!!! 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip

The 8th grade Washington, D.C. Trip will take place June 18th- June 21st 2020.

We are trying to get registration in for the Washington D.C. Trip by Monday, November 25th in a BrightSpark account. This means registering officially with the travel company (information below). There are several payment options and can be changed as needed with a phone call to the help line at the bottom, (877)545-0070, if you would like to adjust the payment plan. 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 or a GoFundMe page.

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)

Brigtspark Travel Registration Info and Parent Letter

Brightspark Travel Tour Agreement

Parent Meeting Presentation

DC Trip Flyer

Step it Up / Day of Awesomeness Thank You!

A big thank you to everyone that donated to our first ever Step It Up fundraiser, and to all our volunteers for Day of Awesomeness! We raised money for our school, our students had a blast and it was an AWESOME day! --Mr. Kuntz

Staff Conferences Luncheon Thank You!

A big thank you to everyone that donated yummy soups, sides and treats to our staff luncheon for November 19 conferences. The staff truly appreciate the thoughtfulness of our Horning families, and enjoyed the food and socializing break during the long day!

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

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 November 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