Hawk Nation

December 15th through January 11th

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: Mrs. Kenyell Hutchins 262-970-3450

  • 6A, 7A, 8A, FLIGHT

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

Attendance Line:

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

Athletic/ Activities Director: Mrs. Kenyell Hutchins: 262-970-3450

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...

Tuesday, December 18th - Choir Concert

Wednesday, December 19th - Orchestra Concert

Monday, December 24th - Tuesday, January 2nd NO SCHOOL Winter Break

Thursday, January 3rd - Wrestling Banquet 6:30-8pm

Friday, January 4th - Choir performs National Anthem at the Bucks game

Tuesday, January 8th - AVID & AVID Excel Parent Meeting 5:30-7:30pm

Thursday, January 10th - Site Council Meeting 6pm

Monday, January 21st - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, January 22nd - NO SCHOOL

Orchestra Concert and Raffle, Wed. Dec. 19

Please join Horning’s talented orchestra for their holiday performance, Wednesday, December 19 at 6:30 pm, in Horning’s auditorium. Raffle tickets can be purchased starting at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria -- $2 each or 3 for $5. Please join us for some festive holiday music and raffle prizes!
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Winter MAP Growth Testing to come!

Dear Parent/Guardian,

On January 8th and 9th, your child will take a MAP® Growth™ test from NWEA® on a computer or iPad. We give students MAP Growth tests to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) .

MAP Growth tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level.

Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it’s easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, and then plan instruction accordingly.

MAP Growth reports also provide typical growth data for students who are in the same grade, subject, and have the same starting performance level. Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth.

We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit: NWEA.org/Parent-Toolkit.


Veronica Leshok, Associate Principal

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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School Choice

The School Choice/Inter-District Transfer application period will open on December 1, 2018, at 8:00 am and will run through 4:30 pm on January 11, 2019. If you are considering attending a school within the district that is not your neighborhood school, you must complete a school choice application. The application can be found online at https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/Page/114. Email confirmations that we received the application will be made upon submission of the electronic application. Per SDW Board Policy ag6152, the School District of Waukesha may decline an intra-district transfer until all financial obligations have been met. If your child has any outstanding fees, please have them paid in full by January 11th.

Secondary notifications of approval/denial will be mailed home on or around January 17, 2019. If your student is approved, the letter of commitment will need to be signed and returned to the Enrollment Office by January 28th.

Elementary notifications of approval/denial will be mailed home on or around March 8, 2019. If your student is approved, you will need to sign a letter of commitment by the date listed in the letter to hold

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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.

6th Grade Curriculum

Last week, the 6th grade students completed their 10th week of "Too Good For Drugs" curriculum. They now have a solid foundation of skills and knowledge to resist drug use. However, an important piece of a youth developing those skills and attitudes is the relationship with the adults in their lives. Parents are often the first teachers of youth and sometimes it is hard to discuss subjects such as alcohol or drugs. We are looking to provide helpful information on the best way to address these topics. Knowing what information parents need to have is an essential key in providing that information. If you have a student in 6th grade, clicking the link below will take you to a survey that will help us gather information for parents.

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!



Dec. 18th Team Handball, Yearbook Club, Secondary Instruments, Jazz Choir

Dec. 19th Art Club, Robotics, Team Handball, Jazz Band

Dec. 20th French Club, GSA Club, Team Handball

Dec. 21st Team Handball

Jan. 2nd Team Handball

Jan. 3rd GSA Club, Team Handball

Jan. 4th 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. Hutchins, 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