East Side Press Family Newsletter
January 31, 2021
Model of Instruction Change
We will continue second semester in the hybrid model with concurrent instructional practices in place. Click here for a visual of the schedule and additional information about this instructional model.
Reminders for current instructional model:
- When learning off campus, students are expected to log in to Zoom for each teacher at the beginning of each class hour. Zoom links are located on each teacher’s Canvas homepage for each class hour. Attendance will be taken.
- Asynchronous learning will continue for students on Wednesdays as it has throughout the 2020-2021 school year. On Wednesdays, students will need to access Infinite Campus to mark their attendance. Click here for a student check-in tutorial.
- Students learning on and off-campus are expected to participate in learning based upon each teacher’s instructions. In some cases, students learning off campus may be given alternative learning for that class period due to the nature of the learning occurring on campus. The learning opportunities for students off campus will either compliment the learning taking place in the classroom or bridge into the learning that they will be doing or have done on campus.
Some examples may include when students on-campus are:
cooking in a culinary arts class;
using specialized equipment in tech. ed. or art class;
weightlifting in phy. Ed. class; or
engaging in a dissection in science class.
- Zoom Expectations for Students
- Students who receive special education services will receive services described in their IEP/DLP from special education staff live in the classroom or through special education staff present virtually. This can include pull out virtual 1:1 instruction, small group support, or a combination. Case managers will work with classroom teachers to review students' IEPs and determine what/how services will be delivered during concurrent instruction. IEP teams will continue to make decisions about students' special education services and supports on a case by case basis.
Here is a quick read for all parents to provide some insight and ideas to support students who might be struggling with school during this pandemic. The article is titled for seniors, but applies to all high school students.
Mask Wearing Update
Wisconsin will become one of only 10 states without a statewide mask mandate when the State Assembly votes Thursday, January 28th to overturn Gov. Tony Evers' order. Please know that the change at the state level will not alter our current expectations and that proper mask-wearing will still be required of all individuals who enter Wauwatosa School District buildings.
- All individuals must wear a face covering that covers both their mouth and nose when they are in the same room as another person. This includes hallways, cafeterias, conference rooms, restrooms, etc.
- Exceptions may be made for medically-based reasons. Students and families should contact their school nurse if an individual need exists.
Adults that refuse to wear a mask will not be allowed to enter the building or remain on district property.
If your child refuses to wear a mask, an adult will ask the child to put one on. If the child does not have a mask, the administrator or designee will provide them with a mask. Your child will be expected to wear a face covering properly in order to remain in school. Refusal to comply with this expectation compromises our commitment to the safety and well-being of other individuals and will not be tolerated. The administrator or designee will request - in a timely fashion - that one of the contacts listed within Infinite Campus comes to the school to pick the child up for the remainder of the day.
A re-entry meeting will be required and must be held via Zoom between an adult listed in Infinite Campus, the administrator and the student prior to a return to school being allowed. More than one occurrence of noncompliance to our mask mandate will result in the Administrator contacting the Director of Student Services to recommend that your child be changed to a virtual learning environment for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. The Director of Student Services will coordinate the process of educational reassignment through Wauwatosa Virtual Academy.
Masks are a proven, effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a mask is something simple that we will continue to do to keep each other safe. All of us have a collective responsibility to the health and well-being of our students, families, friends, co-workers, neighbors and fellow community members.
Thank you in advance for your help, support and cooperation.
Quarantine + Exclusion Guidelines
The Wauwatosa School District has implemented the following modifications to our quarantine and exclusion guidelines:
The quarantine period will be reduced to 7-10 days. Individuals may end their quarantine on day 7 if they receive a negative COVID-19 test on day 6 or later. Without a negative COVID-19 test on day 6 or later, individuals must remain quarantined for 10 days from the last possible date of exposure.
The exclusion guidelines have been modified to exclude individuals from school and/or District programming only if they have one major or two minor symptoms. Visit our COVID Health Links for Families for more information.
Support Tosa East with the PTA!
Please consider contributing your time and talent to our school by stepping into one of five open positions for the 2021-2022 school year. Each leadership position is a two-year term. Current board members are available to ensure a smooth transition.
Is one of these positions right for you?
- Vice President
- VP Presentations
- VP Membership
- Spirit Wear Fundraising
Time Commitment: Approximately 1 hour meeting every other month during the school year plus one budgeting meeting in the summer.
Interested in more information? Contact returning board member Kari Pfisterer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The District is seeking volunteers for various virtual career-based learning experiences for our students. Complete the form if you are interested in sharing your industry expertise, your career story, the importance of a specific skill, etc.
Local Scholarships Available!
Senior Cap and Gown Orders -- What Do I Do If I Forgot?
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
- HOSA (Future Health Professionals): Mrs. Loving
- International Friendship Club: Ms. Schmidt
- Key Club: Mr. Olson
- 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
The Wauwatosa Public Library has a new website. There are great programs students can utilize, such as the Homework Help program called Brain Fuse.
Take a look: https://www.wauwatosalibrary.org/
Working on a school paper and need scholarly resources? Stuck on a math problem? We have resources to help! These are a few of the resources you might find most helpful as you're working on your homework.
Using a virtual, interactive site, students are able to work with tutors offering real-time assistance, receive feedback on papers in the Writing Lab, and even use Brainwave, a recordable whiteboard where students can draw, write, and send their work to others for feedback. Please note that real-time assistance is available from 2 PM - 1 AM.
Check out the other online resources we subscribe to at this link by hovering over Digital Library and then clicking on Reference Databases.
Spring Athletics Registration
Try-out/practice start dates for our Spring sports will be a little later this year than normal. The WIAA has given schools that opted out of fall sports a chance to have a mini fall season beginning in March.
Here are the start dates for this year:
- April 19: Boys & Girls Track, Softball, Baseball and Boys Golf
- April 26: Girls Soccer
- May 3: Boys Tennis
In order to be eligible to participate on the first day of your Spring sport practice, ALL student athletes must have each of the following:
- If this is your first sport of the school year, complete the registration process on the athletic website (http://tosaeastathletics.com) by clicking on the “More” button and then the Registration button and following the instructions given. If you have already created your parent account, simply add your Spring sport. If this is your second sport of the school year, please go in to your parent account, select sport/season and grade level. Make sure all information is still correct and click submit to finish the registration.
- A current physical on file with the athletic department. If this is your second sport of the school year, we already have this on file for you. The $50 per sport athletic participation fee is due.
- A clearance card (issued when your physical is verified, online registration completed and the $50 athletic fee is paid) to be given to the coach on the first day of practice. Clearance cards will not be issued for a Spring sport to any Winter athletes that have not returned their complete uniform and any equipment to the athletic department.
Please contact Sue Flatley the Athletic Department at 773-2032 with any questions.
Wauwatosa District Athletic and Spectator Procedures and Policies
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 Access: 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/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday from 7:00am-4:00pm
(closed Wednesdays for deep cleaning)
Black History Month Book Recommendations
In honor of upcoming Black History Month in February, the Wauwatosa School District and its libraries encourage students, families and staff to explore these picture book biographies that support a deeper understanding of the history, contributions and stories of Black individuals.
The Voices of WI Students Project
In February, students in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in a virtual focus group session to share their thoughts, concerns and insights on the impact of COVID-19 on students. The focus sessions are developed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin’s Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy Service Research Partners and aim to gather in-depth information about how students are coping during the COVID-19 pandemic; to identify concerns and challenges, as well as examples of success and resilience; and to get feedback about what support students need. Click here for additional information in English. Information can be found in Spanish here.
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.
Severe Weather + Building Closure Protocols
Student + Family Assistance Program (SFAP)
SFAP is not just for student problems! SFAP services are available to students, adults, couples and families. Many adults choose to use the SFAP for relationship issues, individual stress, substance abuse issues and depression. The 6-session model often works well to help people get back on track with their lives. Many adults may benefit from other services available to support families, including legal, financial, elder care and child care support services. For more information, about the Student and Family Assistance Program, click here.