What's News At Magee?

#4 - January

Travel and Time with Grandchildren!

Dear Magee Families,


I submitted my letter of intention to retire from KM School District/Magee Elementary effective March 1, 2020.

My 24 years in the district have been very fulfilling. Magee is a very special place and I'm blessed to serve such wonderful families, students and staff. I will miss you all!


Best Regards,

Betsy Zikeli


As a staff, we will truly miss Mrs. Zikeli's welcoming face in the front office of Magee. She does so many things that make our jobs easier, and your children's days run smoothly!

We are also excited for Mrs. Zikeli to be able to spend more time with her husband walking at Lapham Peak and traveling - she already has plans! She will also be able to spend time with her two young grandchildren and her family.

Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Zikeli on her retirement. We have been truly blessed to have her in the district and most especially, here at Magee! We have some big shoes to fill and are already working on that!

Winter Concert

Our Winter Concert is on Wednesday, January 15 in the KMHS Auditorium. THIS contains all of the information you need to know.


If you are attending Tuesday's dress rehearsal, doors to the auditorium will open between 9:30am and 9:45am. Please park in the parking lot at Wales Elementary, they are leaving it empty for our families to park in. Enter the doors to KMHS right across from the parking lot. We will have a staff member there to let you in. THANK YOU for taking advantage of this opportunity to reduce crowding on Wednesday night.


IF the auditorium reaches capacity, the doors will be closed and all overflow audience members will be directed to the KMHS Library to view the concert live streamed from the auditorium.


We can't wait for the performance! THANK YOU for your support and understanding!

Full Steam Ahead

Computer Science at Magee is moving full steam ahead! Students are creating, imagining and innovating with various tools this winter. Some of our fourth and fifth graders are coding EV3 robots to respond to natural disasters. Those students will invite their parents to school for their Epic Build showcase at the end of February. The other fourth and fifth graders are creating a board game on Scratch. That Epic Build will be shared on Seesaw.


Third graders are using Scratch to share their knowledge of an individual who has made an impact on our world. First and second graders are using our new tool, CoSpaces, to create a virtual reality world that will demonstrate their knowledge of a habitat and the animals that live in that habitat. Kindergartners are learning all about pixels, coordinates and data along with sometimes using Scratch Jr to show what they know in math, reading and writing. All of these students will share their Epic Builds on Seesaw.


Thank you for your support!

Goals!

In looking over student survey data from last May, we noticed that there were 4 questions where positive student responses had dropped. As a staff, we started asking questions about what could have caused the drop.

The questions were:


Q1: Before you start on a challenging project, how often do you think about the best way to do it?

Q2: How sure are you that you can figure out a good way to get your schoolwork done well?

Q3: When you get stuck while learning something new, how likely are you to try to learn it in a different way?

Q4: Overall, how well can you figure out how to learn things?

Given that we do not have the same students with us this year, we surveyed students at the beginning of the year about what the questions meant to them. In January, we will be surveying students with the actual questions from the survey to measure where students feel they are at half-way through the school year. We will use that data to guide work we do both in and out of the classroom to further bolster students' confidence in themselves as learners. This work is directly related to the KM Graduate Profile and developing the skills of a self-directed and resilient individual.

In past practice, the data is shared with students before they take the survey each Spring and we talk about what changes/improvements we made based on the data, but we had not asked questions because we did not have the same students. One of the goals we have moving forward is to share the data with students BEFORE the end of the school year, to celebrate and to ask questions...after all, we are all continuous learners!

Girls On The Run - Coming up fast!

Magee is once again planning to offer the Girls on the Run program to 3rd-5th grade girls in Spring 2020. NO running experience is needed...running is the vehicle. Girls on the run provides the curriculum that is different each year! More information can be found at the website below.

Important dates to know:

Registration: Beginning 2/1/20 online at https://www.girlsontherunsoutheasternwi.org/

Season Dates: week of March 9 - week of May 18 (after 5K)

Practice days: Monday/Wednesday 3:40pm-5:00pm at Magee Elementary

5K: Sunday, May 17 at 9AM at Miller Park


Two Magee moms have volunteered as coaches, Maggie Jimenez and Shannon Johnson, but will need at least one more to be sure we have enough supervision at practices. As a coach for Girls on the Run, you’ll receive tools and training to lead a team of girls toward their goals and help them recognize their limitless potential. No coaching or running experience is necessary. For more information about the Girls on the Run program, visit girlsontherun.org. If you are interested in coaching or have any questions please email Karli at karlijoolson@gmail.com.

Bags to Bins

Thank you to the Magee PTO for funding a green bin for every student at Magee in lieu of the black trash bags being used in classrooms. We will continue using the bins for the forseeable future.

The bins, however, do not allow for ventilation. Students will be bringing their winter gear home each night so it can dry, and or be washed - they were pretty muddy this past week before the snow fell.

Thank you for your support and understanding!

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Dates to Remember...

JANUARY

Jan 14 - Concert Rehearsal at KMHS - Open Dress Rehearsal at 9:45AM

School Board Meeting 7:00 PM in KMHS Library

Jan 15 - 5K thru 5th Grades – January Music Concert 6:30-8:00PM

at Kettle Moraine High School Auditorium; Dress Up Day

Jan 16 - 4K Parent Information Night - 6:00 PM at Wales Elementary

Jan 17 - Popcorn Day


Jan 20 - No School -Teacher Professional Development

Jan 23 - PTO Skate Night at Skateland in Waukesha - 5:30-8:00PM


FEBRUARY

Feb 2 - Report Cards available in IC

Feb 6 - PTO Scoopie Night 4:30-7:30PM

Feb 11 - One School, One Book Kick-Off 5:30-6:30 at Magee

Feb 14 - PTO Meeting 8:45AM

Feb 18 - School Board Meeting - 7 PM in KMHS Library

Feb 19 - Storyteller and Author Patrick Ryan at Magee (sponsored by Magee PTO)

Feb 21 - Parent Teacher Conferences – NO SCHOOL

Feb 24 - No School – Teacher Professional Development

Feb 27 - PTO Book Fair Begins

Feb 28 - Popcorn Day


March

March 5 - PTO Pasta Dinner 4:30-7:00PM

March 6 - Science Day

March 12 - 5K Field Trip – Betty Brinn Children’s Museum 8:45-12:45PM

March 11-13 - 4th Grade to Poynette

March 12 - PTO Meeting 7:00PM

March 20 - Popcorn Day


March 23-27 - Spring Break