KM Perform News

Newsletter for KM Perform Parents, Students and Friends

KM Perform

May 2019

End of Year Celebration

Please join the staff and students of the Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance as we honor the academic and artistic accomplishments of our senior class and celebrate the successes of the school year as enjoyed by all. We cordially invite friends and family members of all KM Perform students to attend our annual End of Year Celebration, which will provide opportunity to recognize the achievements of our community of students. The celebration ceremony will be designed by members of our junior and sophomore classes, and will culminate in a reception including live music, appetizers, desserts, and coffee. As always, there is no cost to attend. The festivities will take place on Saturday, June 1st, from 4:00-6:00 PM in the KMHS Campus Auditorium and Commons. We hope to see you there!

End of Year Celebration - Parent Support Needed!

We are in need of parent support for the light reception being provided as part of the End of Year Celebration. We are in need of one or two parents to do the overall coordination of volunteers, set-up, and clean-up. You will work with our student Celebration Committee for the event. Please email Mrs. Catania at cataniat@kmsd.edu if you are interested. Thank you for considering!

Records Days, Final Credit, & Transcripting

The last day of seminars is Tuesday, June 4. Ninth grade students who are red in overall goals are expected to be in attendance for Records Days to complete unfinished credit. Tenth and eleventh grade students may be scheduled in myLC to finish remaining work. Seniors must have all graduation items green on the graduation progress page of myLC in order to participate in commencement. Students should be working with mentors to finalize any remaining credit alignment.

KM Perform Goes to Europe!

KM Perform and KM Global are collaborating on a voyage to London and Paris. Join this group of overseas adventurers as we walk Shakespeare's streets, wander hallways in the Louvre, and visit Versailles. An adventure for artists and academics, this is an excellent opportunity for students to bring learning to life! Our trip is planned for March 17th-March 24th, 2020. Sign up before May 30th to save $100! See Mr. Weber (weberm@kmsd.edu) in KM Perform for details.

Film Festival

Lights, camera, action! This year’s KMHS Campus Film Festival is sure to be a hit, as KM Perform and KMHS welcome KM Middle School entries for the first time! Please join us as short films, commercials, music videos, and documentaries from across the district entertain and inform you. As always, the evening will begin with a set from our house band and end with awards for the very best of the night. Come celebrate the amazing talents of our students! The cost is $5, and all proceeds go to support student film production. See you on June 1st in the KMHS Auditorium at 6:30.

Writing Focus Seniors Portfolio Showcase

The end of the school year is drawing near, and the seniors are ready to show off their portfolios. It's time to celebrate all of their hard work! KM Perform Writing Focus juniors would like to formally invite you to the Writing Focus Portfolio Showcase on Thursday, May 31st in the KM Perform area from 6:30-8:30 PM.


The night will begin with an introduction in the Amp, followed by Writing Focus portfolio presentations in the Creative Lab, the Hemingway Room, and the da Vinci Room. Audience members are free to attend any and all presentations they choose. The Writing Focus Portfolio Showcase aims to strengthen the KM Perform writing community and provide exemplars of exceptional writing portfolios. It also serves to commend Writing Focus seniors and provide them with the audience they deserve to share their work. We look forward to seeing you there!

Theatre Focus Showcase

Please join us at the 5th Annual KM Perform Theatre Focus Showcase Monday June 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the KMHS Auditorium. Featuring monologues, scenes, musical theatre songs and 2 full group numbers, the evening showcases work students developed over the school year through studio blocks, seminars, and guest artist experiences. The opening group number is choreographed and coordinated by Seniors Claire Vock, Carmen Castello and Taylor Meeth.

Final Parent Advisory

Our final parent advisory will take place on Wednesday, May 22, at 11:15 AM in the Community Room. Our parent advisory meetings are designed as one-hour sessions falling over a lunch hour. All are welcome to attend. I use these sessions to gather valuable parent input as we design learning for the year.

Student Recognitions

Joshua Catania, KM Perform Senior, was recognized by Downbeat Magazine in the category of Outstanding Composition for his jazz piece entitled “Hintergedanken” in the category of Performing Arts High School. The 42nd Annual Downbeat Student Awards recognizes students on the path to becoming future jazz artists and educators. Joshua’s album “Open to Now” was recently recognized by Piet Levy, writer for the Journal Sentinel as one of the “6 New Albums You’ve Got to Hear in May.” His album is set to release on Friday, May 17th at the Jazz Estate in Milwaukee at 6PM.


Congratulations to Brooke Wisniewski, freshman KM Perform music focus student who received The Joanne W. Hulce Merit Scholarship this past weekend. The scholarship supports talented young musicians who have demonstrated the capacity to succeed in the exceptional opportunities made possible at the Interlochen Arts Camp High School Music Summer Program. Brooke was selected to receive a scholarship for full tuition for the Interlochen Arts Camp High School Music Program.



Congratulations to Lily Gyles, KM Perform freshman. Lily is currently interning with the Pullbox.com, an online review and entertainment news site. Her reviews are read weekly by thousands of subscribers, and one of her reviews was chosen by an independent publishing company and is currently being used in their national public relations campaign.



The Jerry Awards, one of Wisconsin's High School Musical Awards programs, encourages, recognizes, and honors excellence in high school musical theater. Educators and industry professionals review productions at more than 85 high schools in 30 counties around the state, providing valuable feedback. School and student achievements are honored and featured in an awards show held at the Overture Center in June. Several KM Perform students have been recognized by this organization.



Congratulations to KM Perform Music Focus Grace McMahon, who recently earned an 2018-2019 Outstanding Leading Performance Jerry Award for her role as Sister Mary Robert in the Kettle Moraine Summer Academy Production of Sister Act!



Congratulations to KM Perform Theatre Focus students Megan Paschke and Claire Vock, who earned Outstanding Supporting Performance Jerry Awards for their roles as Sponge and Centipede in the KM Perform Production of James and the Giant Peach. Additionally, Grace McMahon earned another Outstanding Leading Performance Jerry Award for her role as Ladybug!

About Us

KM Perform is a comprehensive arts-focused high school that is part of the School District of Kettle Moraine. The mission of this School for Arts and Performance is to advance artistry, academic achievement, and responsible leadership.


As a recognized leader in the area of competency-based education, KM Perform has hosted hundreds of educators annually who visit to learn about the school’s interdisciplinary learning environment. KM Perform staff have been invited to speak and engage in conversations about best practices in personalized learning throughout the district, state, and country. The school has been named twice to the “Top 100 Innovative Schools to Visit” by education blogger, Tom Vander Ark, received the 4th highest accountability score on the Wisconsin State Report Card, and recently was added to the Newsweek list of top 500 schools in the country. The 175 KM Perform students focus in one of four areas: art, music, creative writing, and theatre, and have career aspirations in fields related to the arts and beyond.

Parent Advisory

Parent Advisory

Reminder, our next parent advisory is this Friday, March 15, at 11:15 AM in the Band Room (Medium Ensemble Room). Please note the location change due to Rube Goldberg projects. Our parent advisory meetings are designed as one-hour sessions falling over a lunch hour. All are welcome to attend. I use these sessions to gather valuable parent input as we design learning for the year.