Hawk Nation

The official family newsletter of Horning Middle School

April 20th to May 3rd

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 & Athletic/Activities Director: Ms. Susan Inkmann 262-970-3450

  • 6A, 7A, 8A, FLIGHT

School Resource Officer: James Wolbert 262-970-3304

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

Attendance Line:

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

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

Save the date

Upcoming important dates...

Friday, April 26th - Horning Red Carpet Student Dance

Wednesday, May 8th - Show Case of Excellence

Monday, May 27th - No School/Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 29th - Family Luncheon

Wednesday, June 5th - Horning 8th Grade Recognition Night

End of the Year Expectations

April 16, 2019

Dear Horning Families,

As we work through the last quarter of the school year, we ask families to continue to help their student be cognizant of the high expectations we continue to have regarding student behavior and responsibilities. Below are a list of behavioral expectations that we need your assistance with. Please take a moment to review this information with your student.

Dress Code:

  • Clothing should appropriately cover the chest, midriff and buttocks

  • No undergarments should be visible when standing or sitting

  • Hoodies must be worn with the hood down

  • No strapless, off the shoulder, or low cut tops allowed at school

  • Shoes must be worn at all times


  • Cell phones should be powered off and left in students assigned street locker for the duration of the school day

  • Come with the iPad fully charged every day

Bus Safety and Expectations:

  • The bus is an extension of school and all school rules apply

  • Stay seated throughout the bus ride

  • Keep voices at conversational volume (level 2), no yelling please

  • Students may be removed from the bus

Additional Information:

  • Laser pointers are considered a dangerous item and should not be brought to school

  • Students should utilize assigned lockers to secure belongings each time it is closed

  • Repeated refusal to do what is asked is considered a major referral

  • Swearing is not appropriate language at school

  • Our students are also expected to follow community expectations and represent their school and families in a positive light.

Please encourage your student(s) to remain focused on finishing the school year strong academically and behaviorally. You are vital to all of our student’s success. Thank you for your attention and support!


Robert M. Blessington Veronica Leshok Susan Inkmann

Principal Assistant Principal Dean of Students

Forward Testing

Forward Testing Schedule

Hello Parents/Guardians,

We are entering our second week of testing. Attached is the link to access the testing schedule. On testing days, please send your child with their iPad fully charged. In addition, we ask that you remind your child to:

  • Do your best
  • Take their time to answer every question--Forward is untimed
  • Get a good night's sleep the evening before the exam
  • Eat breakfast before or at school

Last Dance!

Student Council's last dance of the year...THE RED CARPET DANCE...will be held on Friday, April 26th from 6pm-8pm in the cafeteria. Tickets will be $5 and sold during lunches Tuesday, April 23rd through Friday, April 26th. Students who attended the first dance do not need another permission slip. First time dance attendees can get a permission slip from the Guidance Office or ticket sellers. We look forward to seeing everyone there!
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Message from Our Nurse

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Academic and Career Planning

Hello families,

As we head into the end of the school year, we wanted to update you regarding the Academic and Career Planning process.

Students will be wrapping up some of the following activities throughout the third and fourth quarter:

  • SMART Goals: Updating and reflecting on previously set attainable academic and personal goals

  • Community Building: Establishing supportive, trusting, and inclusive relationships with mentors and classmates

  • School-based: Unique lessons designed by individual schools

  • High Schools: Test taking reinforcement of ACT (Method Test Prep), job seeking skills and activities, conferencing with their mentor teacher, and a portfolio capstone project. Please ask your student to share his/her portfolio with you.

  • Middle Schools: Learning style inventory and capstone project presentation. Please ask your student to share his/her project with you.

We encourage families to review your student’s Career Cruising account and Google Doc portfolio together; this can be a great way to start a conversation and may be essential in the shaping of your student’s future academic, career, and personal goals.

As we head into the summer, here are some suggested college/career readiness activities that would be beneficial to students:

  • Take your student to work so he/she gets a better understanding of what your career entails.

  • Job shadow a relative or friend in a pathway of interest for your student.

  • Plan a college tour- don’t forget about Carroll, UW-Waukesha, or WCTC. It is best to call admissions and make an appointment if you would like a guided tour.

  • Consider enrolling your student in pre-college summer programs offered at local colleges such as: UW-Milwaukee, UW-Waukesha, Carroll, and WCTC.

  • Prepare for the ACT using Method Test Prep (all 9-11 grade students have access to this via Career Cruising) and resources that can found at the Waukesha Public Library.

  • If your student will be a senior next year, it would be beneficial to start the application process (essays, resume, application) for colleges and begin to look for scholarship opportunities-some can be found on the Career Cruising website.

Sharing Career Cruising Portal:

  1. Student logs into Career Cruising website (using school email login information)

  2. Under student’s name, click “Share my Plan”

  3. Click on “Invite Parent/Guardian” and enter parent/guardian email address

  4. Student will receive “your invitation has been sent” message on screen

  5. In a few minutes, parents will receive an email from Career Cruising containing an activation code and a link to register. Click on the link in the email, which directs you to a parent/guardian portal

  6. Click on “I am a new user-Register Now”

  7. Follow the prompts to complete the needed information and enter the activation code from the email

Sharing the Google Doc Portfolio: Students are linking many activities in this portfolio as a way to document growth (may vary by school). To view items that will be added to the portfolio-click here.

  1. Student logs in/opens his/her Google Doc account

  2. Student locates his/her ACP Portfolio document and click the blue “share” button on the top right

  3. Student enters guardian email and sets preferences to “can view” and click “share”

Please contact your student’s student services representative with questions.

7B Field Trip 4/23

House 7B students are scheduled to attend a field trip to Retzer Nature Center on Tuesday, April 23rd. Students will be seeing a planetarium show titled "The Dynamic Earth" and will learn from an on-sight naturalist about environmental stewardship. Permission slips with details pertaining to the trip will be coming out sometime next week. Please contact Molly Mott at mmott@waukesha.k12.wi.us with questions.

Waukesha Education Foundation - About Us

The Waukesha Education Foundation is comprised of community members whose initiative is to award grants to School District of Waukesha teachers who have innovative ideas or projects for their classrooms or school community. The Waukesha Education Foundation is funded entirely by donations. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.


Check Out the Latest from the Waukesha Education Foundation in our Newsletter

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Showcase of Learning - May 8th (4:00-6:30 p.m.)

Below, see the brochure that families will receive on May 8th. Join us and celebrate what your student has been learning and working on this year between 4:00-6:30 p.m.! Also, please join us for a free taco bar dinner, starting at 5:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. RSVP for the event/dinner at the "Showcase of Learning" link below.
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Library Lunch Bunch

Waukesha School District is teaming with Waukesha Public Library to offer extended services to our students. The young adult librarians will be here at Horning several times per month to offer Lunch Bunch to any interested students: games, activities, book talks. Students just need to sign up on the linked form and bring their lunch on the offered dates. We look forward to seeing you there!
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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!

You're invited to join us for our next meeting from 6-7 pm in the iCenter Hemingway Room. You can enter through the cafeteria doors on Wolf Road. We welcome participation and input from all Horning families and learners!

April 11th, 2019 - Minutes

May 9th, 2019 - Agenda



April 22nd - Talent Show Rehearsal

April 23rd - Track Practice, Secondary Instruments, Jazz Choir

April 24th - Track Meet at North HS, Jazz Band

April 25th - Track Meet at Oconomowoc, GSA

April 26th - Track Practice, Dance "Red Carpet"

April 30th - Track Practice, Secondary Instruments, Jazz Choir

May 1st - Girls Track Meet at Park View, Art Club, Talent Show Rehearsal, Jazz Band, Student Coucil

May 2nd - Boys Track Meet at Park View

May 3rd - Track Practice

*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. Inkmann, Athletic Director with questions.


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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