Lane Intermediate Community Message

September 29, 2017 Patriot Pride @LaneWAWM


October 2nd-6th is Spirit Week At Lane!!!!!

Monday, October 2nd - Dress to UNimpress - wear sweats & comfy clothes

Tuesday, October 3rd - TEAM Wear - dress up in your favorite team gear, a team you watch or play for

Wednesday, October 4th - Wacky Sock & Hair Day

Thursday, October 5th - Black OUT - wear all black

Friday, October 6th - Lane Day! Deck out in Red/White/Blue

October is Kindness Month at Lane Intermediate!!!

As a whole school a food drive will be running from October 3rd-November 3rd. Announcements will be made each week during the Monday announcements. Base Groups will be collecting the food and the winning Base Group at each level and within Lane Global will have an opportunity to go to Feeding America to prep the food for families.

There will be other KINDNESS events and activities throughout the month that will be announced!

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, Oct. 10th, 4:30-8pm

Lane Intermediate School, South 109th Street, West Allis, WI, United States

Parent Sessions - GOOGLE DRIVE

Mrs. Smith, our technology integrator, will run a technology sessions during Parent / Teacher conferences. The sessions will run at the top of the hour - 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

She will demonstrate how students can get logged in from home without an iPad. We will also access important school sites, like ALEKS, Google Classroom and more. We will go over the basic Google Apps for Education that students should be using to complete work as well.

School Picture Retake

Did you miss Forms and Fees and need an ID or would like to purchase a picture packet? School Pics will be here for retakes on Thursday, October 12th. Have your student stop in the main office for an order form.

Administration Update

We are now past the launch of school and everything is full on and engaged - the rubber is currently hitting the road as we type this! Lane Intermediate is extremely lucky to have a teaching staff that is dedicated to learning and more importantly dedicated to helping each student succeed be it academically or in other areas.

The best partner for learning for any student is their parent or guardian. Moving past the question of 'How was school today?' and getting more out is not easy at any age - especially in the middle levels. With conferences coming up - we encourage you not to wait to find out, but come prepared with information from your child.

Here are 15 questions that can help every parent/guardian move past - 'How was school today?'

  1. Tell me about a moment today when you felt excited about what you were learning.
  2. Tell me about a moment in class when you felt confused.
  3. Think about what you learned and did in school today. What’s something you’d like to know more about? What’s a question you have that came from your learning today?
  4. Were there any moments today when you felt worried? When you felt scared?
  5. Were there any times today when you felt disrespected by anyone? Tell me about those moments.
  6. Were there times today when you felt that one of your classmates demonstrated care for you?
  7. Were there any moments today when you felt proud of yourself?
  8. Tell me about a conversation you had with a classmate or friend that you enjoyed.
  9. What was challenging about your day?
  10. What do you appreciate about your day?
  11. What did you learn about yourself today?
  12. Is there anything that you’d like to talk about that I might be able to help you figure out?
  13. Is there anything you’re worried about?
  14. What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
  15. Is there a question you wish I’d ask you about your day?

Happenings at Lane!

October 2-7 -- Nathan Hale Homecoming

October 10 -- Parent Teacher Conferences (4:30pm-8:00pm)

October 10 -- Progress Report Distribution

October 12 -- Picture Retake Day

October 17 -- PTA Meeting in the Cafe 6:00pm

October 17 -- 2018 Washington DC Parent Meeting 7:00pm

October 19 -- Parent Teacher Conferences 4:30pm-8:00pm

October 20 -- PTA Glow Dance

New Staff At Lane Intermediate

For the month of September we would like to introduce 3 of our new staff members. All 3 are also new to the West Allis West Milwaukee School District.

Lauren Hibbard (7th Grade Math/Science)

Is a former West Allis Central student/athlete. Her athletic abilities took her to Loyola of Chicago where she played basketball and started her teaching career in the Chicago Public Schools. Her favorite color is orange and she loves Dr. Pepper. Welcome to Lane!

John Simons (8th Grade Math)

Mr. Simons joins use as he enters his third year teaching after a twenty plus year career as a bricklayer! He is an active musician, plays stand up bass, and enjoys good curry or tacos. Welcome to Lane!

Sammi Bachman (6th Grade Math)

Ms. Bachman is a recent graduate out of the University of Whitewater and hails from the Mukwonago area. She is a craft loving Target shopper who enjoys Lego candy. Welcome to Lane!

PBIS Update

Be Respectful!

Be Responsible!

Be Safe!

Be Innovative!

Lane Intermediate school works to grow, develop, and continue a sense of community throughout the school by implementing PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports). PBIS is a school-wide community building framework that supports students.

Students and staff engage in learning conversations and activities to build understanding of Lane's four pillars. The purpose of PBIS is to enhance learning environments through understanding and the analysis of data by the PBIS team. Data is used to improve areas of concern through modeling and acknowledging positive behaviors.

Students earn recognition in a variety of ways such as: STAR cards entered into drawings, STAR shirt nominations, special lunch options, etc....

All Lane Intermediate classrooms, students, and teachers work off of our school wide learner matrix as well as classroom framed agreements.

Any questions please contact Lane!

Lane Intermediate Staff Team: Skonecki, Ritzka (6th), Pecotte (7th), Brick (8th), Ruehle (Lane Global), Napoli (CTE), Harris (PE), Stolpe (IMPACT), Malin (counselor), and Showalter (Psychologist)

Attendance Matters - Get to Class = Comedy Sportz October 26th

With the support of the Lane Intermediate PTA - students at Lane have the opportunity to see a live performance at Lane Intermediate put on by Comedy Sportz! For the month of October students who have 3 or less unexcused tardies to class can participate for free!

Part of Lane Intermediate and the district's improvement processes is to improve overall attendance to 94% - making it to class on time helps us all reach this goal!

Lane Intermediate - School Resource Officer (SRO)

The West Allis Police Department and the school district of West Allis West Milwaukee are supporting the community of Lane Intermediate with a school resource officer (SRO).

Lane's SRO is starting the week of October 2nd - any questions please contact Lane Administration.

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Safety Matters!

We ask that all drivers please be vigilant for the safety of our Patriots!

  • Yield to pedestrians at our crosswalk by the cafe.
  • Be prepared to stop at the marked crosswalk. Stay alert and reduce speed in this area.
  • Be alert for bicyclists and skateboarders whose approaches to the crosswalk may be much swifter than those of pedestrians.
  • Come to a complete stop if pedestrians are crossing or preparing to cross.
  • Wait until pedestrians have crossed at least one lane past the lane you are in before resuming travel.
  • Never pass another vehicle that has stopped or is slowing down at the crosswalk.

Lane Intermediate is wedged between HWY 100 and S 109th Street. Before and after school S 109th Street can become very busy. The area for drop off in the AM is on the corner of S 109th Street and Madison. S 109th and Madison is also our supervised cross walk area - this is where ALL students need to be crossing S 109th before and/or after school.

If you need to come into the office area the northern most entrance is available. The south side entrance is blocked as that is our recess and student gathering area.

Any questions please let us know.

Student Services News Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year


As a Student Services team, we are excited to work with your children and look forward to their personal and academic growth this year. We will celebrate right along with you!

We also know that intermediate age children are challenged with many issues including those surrounding friendships, conflict resolution, self-care, dealing with strong emotions, stress, and more. If your child is struggling with issues that may impact his/her school performance, we encourage him/her to make an appointment with their school counselor to discuss and problem solve. Sometimes working through the issues with a child individually will help. Other times involving and collaborating with the student along with teachers and parents/guardians can help tremendously.

If your child wants to make an appointment with their counselor, he/she is asked to sign up using the scholar request app found on their iPad. Students are seen as soon as possible, but sometimes it may not be until the next day. If a student has an urgent request he/she may ask their teacher to check if the counselor is available or check with the main office secretaries for our availability. Parents are more than welcome and encouraged to call us at any time. Together we are all stronger.

School counseling is not therapy but instead an opportunity for your child to discuss issues that are affecting his/her ability to perform the tasks that school requires. We want to reassure you that we are committed to helping your child be the best he/she can be every day. We are also committed to keeping your child and the other children in our building safe. Therefore, if a child discusses being harmed in any capacity or if a child expresses he/she wants to harm another, we are required by law to seek help and contact parents/guardians, Child Protective Services, or law enforcement as appropriate.

Throughout the school year, our goal is to keep parents/guardians informed of Student Services happenings. Within the next few weeks we will be delivering classroom lessons to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders on safe social media usage including the consequences of sexting.

We will also be leading lunch groups with students within the next month on topics such as Controlling My Emotions; Just for Guys: How to be a Champion; Just for Girls: Positive Friendships and Relationships; What do I do with all My Stress; and Dealing with Loss in my Life. If you do not want your child participating in any groups or counseling, please let us know. Look for more information on these and other topics in following communications.

Thank you for sharing your children with us. We are honored to be working with them!

Christine Piotrowski Kyle Malin

School Counselor School Counselor

6th Grade 7th Grade

8th grade (A-L) 8th grade (M-Z)

(414)-329-6600 ext. 6614 414-329-6600 ext. 7438

Clubs and Sports at Lane Intermediate

Success in school and outside goes beyond academics. A major part of the success of student is being an active participant in the events that take place and create an opportunity for school and community pride! Below is a list of the sports and clubs that are being offered at Lane Intermediate this fall - please look for updates and have your student(s) look for times to sign up!

Times and dates for the following will be shared through the community message as well as by the staff leading the opportunities.

  • Cross Country - Season in Progress
  • Boy's Basketball - Please see Mr. Dooley for tryout information
  • Chess/Game Club - will be once a week on Monday's or Wednesday's depending on what works best for the group, from 3-4:15 P.M. The main focus will be around Chess and developing a team that will be able to compete at the District Chess Tournament in the Spring. Each session will involve a component of learning the fundamentals of Chess. Those that want to come and play board games will also be encouraged to try my extensive collection of modern board games, the old classics, or any they see fit to bring in. Please see Mr. Malin with any questions.
  • Saturday Open Gyms
  • Student Advisory
  • School of Rock - The Lane's School of Rock Club will meeting on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 4:30. Lane's School of Rock Club brings the garage rock experience to school. Activities include playing songs as a band, songwriting, Using IPad apps and other technology to create music, and setting up and running audio equipment for live performance and recording. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is required. Lane's School of Rock Club is a great place for students to express themselves, and have fun together in a relaxed atmosphere. No experience or equipment is required to participate.

    The first School of Rock meeting will be next Tuesday, September 26th from 3:00 TO 4:30. Participating students should meet after school on the first floor by the elevator. If you have further questions please see Mr. Stolpe or Mr. Simons for details.

  • Tech Club - Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 (Started Sept. 19)
  • Hallway Beautification Club
  • Yearbook Club
  • Math Club/Mathlete - In Progress...please see Mr. Kloiber
  • Media Club - Thursdays 3:00-4:00 (Started Sept. 21)
  • Others to be announced.....

Bus Behavior

A short reminder that the bus is still part of the overall school day/experience. Negative behaviors on the bus are outlined in the Rights and Responsibilities Handbook (page 22):

Inappropriate Bus Conduct Consequences

In the event that a student’s behavior jeopardizes the safety of others or there is bullying or defiance of the bus driver’s instructions, students may be suspended or (depending on the severity or frequency of the behavior) permanently removed from bus transportation.

  1. Student will be warned and parent/guardian(s) will be notified.

  2. Student will be removed from the bus for a period of 1 week (5 school days).

  3. Student will be removed from the bus for a period of 2 weeks (10 school days).

  4. Student will be removed from the bus for a period of 1 month.

  5. Student will be removed from the bus for the remainder of the semester and/or as deemed appropriate by school administration and First Student.

  6. Student will be removed from the bus for the remainder of the school year.