East Side Press Family Newsletter

January 31, 2021


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Model of Instruction Change

On Monday, January 25th, the Wauwatosa School Board voted to transition Phase Into Learning students in middle and high school back to five-day-per-week in-person instruction beginning on the first day of the fourth quarter: Monday, April 5, 2021.

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.
What If My Student Is Struggling With the Pandemic?

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.

Nick Hughes

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.


Have you purchased a yearbook yet? If not, you can do so online at yearbookforever.com, or contact the main office and let them know you would like to purchase one.

Tosa Latin now has a website!

Visit us here to learn more about Tosa Latin - what we do, who we are, and how to get involved.

Support Tosa East with the PTA!

The Tosa East PTA needs YOU to continue our support of teachers and students. Become a board member of the Tosa East 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?

  • President
  • 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 kbpfis@msn.com.



Canvas Observer Accounts For Families

Families are encouraged to create a Canvas Observer account to actively engage in their student’s learning. Please review the Canvas Observer course for a getting started tutorial and other helpful tips. The link to the course can also be found on the District website.

Tosa Connected

  • 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.
Virtual Wauwatosa Guest Speaker Opportunities

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!

Tosa East local scholarships are now available for application! Information was emailed to students and is on our Student Services Canvas page. Don't miss out on free money toward further education! Scholarship applications are due Friday, February 19th.

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.

While we are learning virtually, our student services team is still accessible to support students. Please send an email to set up a session.

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

Club Central

Interested in joining a club? Contact an advisor today!



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/

Homework Help

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Football Survey

Please take a moment to answer a few questions about your football experiences at Longfellow and Wauwatosa East.

Wauwatosa District Athletic and Spectator Procedures and Policies

Please review the information below regarding winter athlete and spectator procedures.

Wauwatosa School District Winter Spectator Guidelines

As a reminder, only 2 family members per athlete are allowed at most events.



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.

Recreation Department

Registration for Winter/Spring Recreation Department programming is currently open for registration. The Rec Department is also looking to train/hire lifeguards, swim instructors and water fitness instructors for our spring/summer programs and year-round activities. Click here to apply online.

Severe Weather + Building Closure Protocols

As we move into our winter weather season, we have been proactively planning for potential snow days. Given our ability to conduct meaningful virtual education, we do not plan to cancel school due to weather this winter. Instead, in cases where inclement weather would typically force our schools to close, it is our intention to shift scheduled in-person learning to synchronous online learning. This means that students who would normally learn in-person would follow their normal schedule, but will conduct their learning online instead. There will be no change for students scheduled for asynchronous learning or those enrolled in Tosa Connected or Wauwatosa Virtual Academy. As a reminder for how and when we will communicate school closings due to severe weather, please click here.

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.