Raider Review

January/February/March 2019

From the Principal's Desk.....

Hello Everyone,

This edition of the Raider Review might look a little different. We are trying a new format for the publication. We think the changes will make it a strong communication piece for our school community.

The second semester of the 2018-19 school year will be here in just a little over a week. Report cards for the first semester will be arriving home the at the end of January. Please contact a school administrator or counselor with any questions.

Students will be receiving information about selecting classes for the upcoming school year within the next two weeks. Click this link to view the High School Course Guide. I strongly encourage parents and students to review this booklet and give a great deal of thought to the courses selected for the upcoming school year. School counselors will be meeting with all students during the registration process to make sure all graduation requirements are being fulfilled. Current teachers can also answer questions about course sequence and offer advice to students about what course might be best for them to take. Making accurate selections is critical to the staffing process. Schedule changes during the summer and at the start of the semesters are becoming more difficult to manage. Students need to make educated choices and plan to remain in selected courses. Dropping and adding classes to make the “ideal” schedule will not be accommodated. In addition, students need to be ready to complete any summer assignments that may be a part of an Advanced Placement class.

Summer school information is also included in the course guide as registration for summer high school courses takes place in February, as well. Students opting to take classes during summer school need to be aware of the strict attendance policy. Students who drop a summer school class may not be able to add that course into their schedules at the start of school. Often times, we are not able to make the changes due to class sizes and other restrictions. This will cause students to be required to take courses out of the normal sequence.

Nick Hughes


15 Questions to Replace ‘How Was School Today?’

I want to share an article for parents that want to get more information from their students about the school day than, "It was fine.". Please take a few minutes to read this article from Edutopia to start getting the information you want.

15 Questions to Replace ‘How Was School Today?

Student Services



If a college or university has requested to receive your 7th Semester grades, please see Mrs. Sommers and she will be happy to send out your transcript. Please put your name and the name of the college or university on a piece of paper and give it to Mrs. Sommers. First Semester grades will be available starting January 23rd.


The deadline for turning in your applications for any of the Local Scholarships is Friday, February 15th no later than 3:30 p.m. There will be no exceptions to this deadline. Do not wait until the last minute to turn in your scholarship applications!!


Every year we list all of the scholarships our seniors have accepted in our graduation program. Additionally, we keep track of all scholarships both received and accepted. The District asks us to keep track of this data. PLEASE NOTE: We never publish the monetary value of any scholarships.

To this end, please email the following information to Terry Sommers at:

Student’s Name

University/College Name

Name of Scholarship

Yearly Amount of the Scholarship (if renewable, for how many years)



The ACT Test Plus Writing will be given to all juniors on Wednesday morning, February 20th and the ACT WorkKeys Test will be given on Wednesday, March 13th. Free ACT Practice Tests will be given on the following dates leading up to the ACT:

Monday, January 21st – 8:00 a.m.

Saturday, January 26th – 8:00 a.m.

Saturday, February 2nd – 8:00 a.m.

Saturday, February 16th – 8:00 a.m.

This is an excellent opportunity to better understand the questions on the test and to improve your test score if you have already taken it. Please see either your Counselor or Mrs. Wilson in the Career Center to sign up.


AP Registration materials will be handed out on Thursday, February 21st. The deadline for signing up for AP Tests is Friday, March 8th. Each test will cost $94 with the exception of the AP Seminar and AP Research tests which will cost $142 each. Payment for the test can be via cash, credit card, or checks made out to Wauwatosa East High School. Pre-administration (MANDATORY) will be in Room 280 all day on Monday, April 16th.

Testing will begin on Monday, May 6th and will be completed on Friday, May 17th. The tests are administered at East and take approximately 3-1/2 hours each.

Please see Ms. Merg with any questions. Please contact Ms. Merg via telephone at 773-2027 or via email at:

What's Happening at East?

We Need YOU-Volunteer Opportunities

Tosa East is in need of volunteer judges for the annual Tosa East Issue Fair for students who are juniors. This is a mandatory assessment that connects student government ideas to the actual government process. See democracy in action on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 from 5:30-8:00 in the large gym. No experience necessary. Please contact Mike Fischer at
The World Language department is looking for community members to help with our International Speaker Day and New Language Day in April. If you have lived abroad or are multilingual, please consider sharing your experiences with our students. Please click on the link below for more information on these events. Questions can be directed to:

Anna Troy:

Upcoming Events

What are all the new programs for students I am hearing about?

Beginning in 2019-2020, we have an exciting new opportunity (as well as other existing programs) for students as part of our continuous efforts to improve student learning and offer career-based learning opportunities. Come learn about the LAUNCH program that students will have the opportunity to enroll in this February. We will also share information about Youth Apprenticeships, the GPS program and Mentorships for students.
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Register Now for the 2019 Walk/Run

Annual May event is at Hart Park; community wide 5K added

Registration for the EFW Walk/Run, which is now called the Rush for Education, is open. You can sign up here.

The annual fundraiser is set for 8 a.m. May 4 at its new Hart Park location. In addition, a timed 5K open to the community has been added to the familiar walk and fun-run format. Participants can expect the same quality family-oriented fund raiser with something extra for those seeking a more competitive event.

Start and finish lines willl be near Hart Park with the route running between 70th and 72nd Streets south of the railroad tracks on the Oak Leaf Trail.

Registration for the timed 5K is $25 per person; it's $12 per person for the one mile walk/run. Fees will increase March 2.


The PTA will be hosting an all community event on self defense on February 13th from 6:00-7:30 in the Library.

Also, did you know that the Wauwatosa East PTA has a facebook page that posts updates, District info, community interest, and upcoming events?

The page is "Wauwatosa East High School PTA". "Like" us and get in on the scoop!

Senior Ball

Save the Date!

When: Saturday April 13 from 6:00pm-11:30pm

Dinner and a t-shirt will be included in the ticket cost

Where: Crystal Ballroom at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center.

Tickets will be sold prior to Spring Break--March 19-22--so please plan ahead. Final counts and payments will be submitted over break-no late tickets will be sold.

More details will come closer to the date.

Any questions, contact Sara Cortichiato or 414-773-2175

Coming Soon!

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What's Happening at East

Calendar of Events


Wednesday, Thursday, Friday January 16-18.

Final Assessments. Assessment schedule can be accessed here

Fri. Jan. 18

End of 1st Semester

Mon. Jan. 21

No Classes-Teacher Work Day

Wed. Jan. 23

AP Information Night 6:00-9:00 pm

Mon. Jan. 28

Incoming Freshmen Information Night 6:00-9:00 pm


Sat. Feb. 2

EFW Black and White Catered Affair 6:00 pm at the Zoo Peck Pavilion

Tues. & Wed. Feb. 5 & 6

Choir Cabaret Concert 7:30 pm

Sat. Feb. 16

GMC Forensic Tournament

Mon. Feb. 18

No Classes-Teacher Professional Development Day

Wed. Feb. 20

ACT Testing for juniors. **No classes for freshmen, sophomores and seniors

Thurs. Feb. 28

Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:00 pm


Sat. March 1

District Solo & Ensemble at West

Tues. March 5

Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:00 pm

Wed. March 13

ACT WorkKeys Test for Juniors **Regular school day for freshmen, sophomores & seniors

Fri. March 15

No Classes-Teacher Professional Development Day

Mon. March 25-Fri. March 29

No Classes-Spring Break