Muskego Lakes Family Newsletter

March 19, 2021

Muskego-Norway School District Covid-19 FAQs & Resources

Please review the Parent FAQ frequently to find answers to the most commonly asked questions. Updates are in blue. Our school psychologists have also created a presentation to provide resources on how to help your children cope with mental health during these challenging times.


Please complete the COVID form below if your child...

  1. Experienced the symptoms of COVID-19
  2. Diagnosed with or tested positive for COVID-19
  3. Had CLOSE CONTACT with a person that has been diagnosed with COVID-19


Please submit additional notifications using the same form if a change in circumstance occurs. This may include but is not limited to the following:
  1. If already in Quarantine and the quarantined person receives a positive test
  2. If already in Quarantine and the quarantined person experiences symptoms
  3. If a household member of someone in Quarantine or Isolation becomes symptomatic
  4. If a household member of someone in Quarantine or Isolation receives a positive test


COVID-19 Symptom or Status Notification Form

Important Dates Ahead

3/26 - Remote Learning Day - No Students in Attendance at MLMS

3/26 - 3rd Quarter Ends

3/29 - 4/5 Spring Break

4/20 - 4/22 WI Forward Testing

Parent Satisfaction Survey Results

Dear Muskego Lakes Families,


This week we received the results of our Parent Satisfaction Survey. We are so grateful that a record number of our families took the time to provide us with feedback! The number of surveys completed was an all-time high for our school! Your input will help us continue to evaluate our work and further improve. Below you will find detailed information highlighting the results.


Surveys Completed

  • 2015-16: 147
  • 2016-17: 221
  • 2017-18: 187
  • 2018-19: 213
  • 2019-20: 282
  • 2020-21: 335


Overall Mean (On a 5 point scale)

  • 2015-16: 3.91
  • 2016-17: 3.95
  • 2017-18: 3.99
  • 2018-19: 4.25
  • 2019-20: 4.33
  • 2020-21: 4.36


Listed below are the specific categories of growth for Muskego Lakes. The first number reflects our score this year and the second number represents the district's score.


  • My child’s learning is a high priority at this school.
    • Muskego Lakes: 4.45
    • District: 4.43

    School rules/discipline plans are enforced consistently at this school.
    • Muskego Lakes: 4.25
    • District Average: 4.18

  • I regularly receive feedback from school staff on how well my child is learning (including Infinite Campus).
    • Muskego Lakes: 4.11 (We met our goal this year to improve from 4.05 to 4.10!)
    • District Average: 3.97


    My family is treated with respect at this school.
    • Muskego Lakes:: 4.48
    • District Average: 4.44

  • My child has every opportunity to be successful at this school.
    • Muskego Lakes: 4.36
    • District Average: 4.34

  • My child has the necessary classroom supplies and equipment for effective learning.
    • Muskego Lakes: 4.51
    • District Average: 4.51

  • I would recommend this school to other parents.
    • Muskego Lakes: 4.52
    • District Average: 4.49

  • This school provides a safe environment for my child to learn.
    • Muskego Lakes: 4.47
    • District Average: 4.47

  • My child is recognized for good work and behavior at this school.
    • Muskego Lakes: 4.35
    • District Average: 4.20

  • The school is clean and well maintained.
    • Muskego Lakes: 4.58
    • District Average: 4.54

  • The teachers, staff, & administration at this school demonstrate a genuine concern for my child.
    • Muskego Lakes: 4.39
    • District Average: 4.36

  • I am proud to say I have a child at this school.
    • Muskego Lakes: 4.49
    • District Average: 4.46

  • I receive positive messages about my child from school via phone calls, Infinite Campus, emails or notes.
    • Muskego Lakes: 4.16
    • District Average: 3.89

  • The principal at this school is approachable and reachable.
    • Muskego Lakes: 4.27
    • District Average: 4.24

  • The principal at this school is an effective leader.
    • Muskego Lakes: 4.29
    • District Average: 4.28

  • The growth we made can be linked to the hard work of our teachers that was in response to the feedback we've received from all of you. We are always on a continuous improvement journey, so thanks for all the ways you help us grow and do better for your children.


    In the coming weeks, we will be digging deeper into the results with our Building Leadership Team as well as our PTO to determine our next steps.


    It is truly an honor and privilege to work with your children each and every day. Your feedback continues to help us improve the student and family experience at Muskego Lakes! Keep it coming!


    In partnership,

    Rachel Rydzewski & Chad Krupar

    Muskego Lakes Principals


    To contact Rachel: rachel.rydzewski@muskegonorway.org or (608) 628-8546

    To contact Chad: chad.krupar@muskegonorway.org or (262) 955-1274

    Parent Satisfaction Survey Comments

    In addition to rating our school on the items above, families were able to leave feedback on what is working well at Muskego Lakes! Below is a sampling of feedback focused on what is going well. As we reviewed your feedback, we were proud to see our school vision emerge as a main theme!


    You were asked what is working well at your child's school, and you told us:


    • “Everything, the whole experience for my child is working so well. I don’t think she lost any ground from last year. I feel everyone goes out of their way. Love the school.”

    • “The teachers care about their students and do everything they can to help the kids succeed. Teachers are easy to get in touch with and always respond to questions or concerns.”

    • “Administrators know the kids and build relationships with the students just like the teachers- impressive in a school the size of Muskego Lakes!”

    • “The staff at MLMS care about all students.”

    • “The teachers and staff are amazing. They are kind and extremely supportive.”

    • “The teachers are all so positive and encouraging!”

    • “I strongly believe my child is getting a high quality education by caring people. I believe teachers care about my child and work hard each day to help my child learn.”

    • “Not only do we love the teachers but the principal and associate principal are amazing too. Everyone is really approachable and willing to work with my family to get the best out of the educational experience at MLMS.”

    • “I am so impressed with how the school has handled the pandemic and getting kids back in school. It has been absolutely phenomenal. Many thanks for all of the hard work that made this happen.”

    • “The teachers understand my son.”

    • “Our kids are thriving at Muskego Lakes. Great school and great staff. We are so pleased.”

    • “I think this school is amazing.”

    • “Love love the teachers. Very invested in their profession.”

    • “I cannot begin to express my appreciation for everyone. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    • “They are handling the pandemic extremely well. My kids have been safe and healthy all year.”

    • “Absolutely amazing. I feel so fortunate.”

    • “Quarantine notice and move to temporary virtual learning was seamless and handled with care.”

    • “The principals go over and above to make this school a great place.”

    • “Wow to all the effort at acknowledging kids and sending postcards!!!”

    • “LOVE that my child has the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of clubs! He loves them!”

    • “Top notch. Couldn’t be prouder!”

    • “Incredible appreciation for everyone! Especially grateful for any and all teacher communication!”

    • “The culture of inclusion and positivity. Administration values the students’ opinions and respects their thoughts/insights/recommendations. The students know their opinions matter.”

    • “The teachers’ engagement through this whole situation has been INCREDIBLE!”

    • “Quality instruction from highly dedicated teachers.”

    • “Quick to adapt to our ever-changing climate and communications about changes have been excellent. Really appreciate the student engagement, the extra attention they give to students on how they are adapting to the pandemic (thank you!) and all the positive feedback students get from their teachers or mailed home.”

    • “I can’t compliment enough how well this strange year has gone. Kudos to everyone- especially the teachers for the commitment they’ve shown for our children. Our kids will have an inherent advantage for being able to attend school in-person this year!!”

    • “As a parent with kids in elementary, middle, and high school in the District right now, I am happy to say that the teachers at MLMS are top quality.”

    • “Fantastic facility. Invested teachers. Principal and Superintendent are amazing! So impressed!”

    • “Everyone has been great!! The leadership team, the staff coordinating drop off and pick up, the extraordinary efforts by the maintenance staff, and the teachers managing uncharted learning environments.”

    • “All staff that we’ve encountered from classroom teachers to the front office have been helpful and kind. My child is having a great school year because of the staff in all areas of the school.”

    • “Thank you to all the teachers and staff who support after school clubs and activities. My daughter has taken part in many, many activities (we have a special calendar just to track what day what club). We realized that educators have gone above and beyond this year to provide these activities in a safe environment for themselves and our kids. It is GREATLY appreciated.”

    • “We appreciate the entire staff at MLMS and all they have done to make 2020-21 a success. Thank you for giving all the children the opportunity to be in school in person, thank you for keeping them safe, thank you for letting them participate in sports, band, choir, and more. Thank you for your constant encouragement to make them strive as well as all of your positive thoughts and heartfelt messages. We’re so happy to say THANK YOU MUSKEGO LAKES MIDDLE SCHOOL. You are all AMAZING! Thanks for your hard work and SUCCESS.”

    • “Hearing about teachers is the very reason why we moved to Muskego for our child’s education.”

    • “Everyone from the superintendent, principals, teachers, and the maintenance crew- thanks for showing up every day. All for our kids to continue to learn, grow and succeed in a global pandemic. That shows incredible caring and dedication!! We are extremely fortunate to have this as very few in the state or nationally were able to accomplish this. Thank you to everyone for creating resolutions to keep students in person as well as for finding options for families that couldn’t send their children to school for health reasons. Thanks for everything that went on behind the scenes!!”

    • “All the teachers deserve to be recognized for the amount of work they have put in and continue to put in getting our children through what has been a rough 11 months.”

    • “I think all Muskego Lakes staff should be recognized for everything they’ve done and had to deal with to ensure our students were learning this year!”

    • “Our kids have no idea how lucky they are!”


    In addition to this amazing feedback, 92% of our staff were acknowledged by name in our feedback! We will be celebrating and sharing this feedback with each and every staff member named.

    Recess for Virtual Students

    On Thursday, March 25th from 12:30 - 1:00pm, Muskego Lakes will host a recess period for all virtual students (Muskego Lakes & Lake Denoon students). Our goal is to give virtual students an opportunity to connect with other virtual students. This will be an outdoor recess and face coverings will be required at all times. In the event of a cancelation due to inclement weather, we will send a text to the families of virtual students.


    Families should turn right at the fork in the main drive and park in the bus spaces located along the curb in front of the school. If all the bus spots are taken, you can choose any other parking space. Students should wait in the car until they see Mrs. Rydzewski or Mr. Krupar outside. Recess is available for virtual students only. Siblings will not be able to attend. Students will be walked back to the parking lot at 1:00. Families are welcome to leave and come back or wait for students to return at 1:00.


    This will be a trial run to gauge the level of interest there is among families with virtual students. We will share more information about the future of recess for virtual students shortly after March 18th.

    Job Opportunities at Muskego Lakes

    Are you a student-centered individual interested in joining the Muskego Lakes team? We are seeking positive, collaborative individuals to fill the following vacancies:


    • Lunchroom Supervisor Aide (Vacancy ID 102585)
    • Educational Assistant for remainder of 2020-21 School Year (Vacancy ID 100638)


    If you are interested in either position, please reach out to Rachel (rachel.rydzewski@muskegonorway.org) or Chad (chad.krupar@muskegonorway.org) and apply on WECAN or MilwaukeeJobs.com.

    Muskego Lakes Book Study Opportunity

    We have an opportunity to learn together through a book study using “The Explosive Child” by Ross Greene. Our staff have been trained in this collaborative problem solving approach so we are excited to share it with you as well! You will learn some key components in how to view challenging behaviors as well as how to problem solve with your child, instead of at or to them.


    There will be a ‘live’ Google Meet every other Tuesday from 6:00pm to 7:00pm beginning on April 6. The group will meet for a total of five sessions.


    Whether you are able to participate in the Google meets or not, we invite you to participate by joining the private Facebook group. That way, you can interact with others and engage in learning at times that work best for you. If you are on Facebook, you can search for “MLMS Book Study on “The Explosive Child,” and request to join.


    If you’re interested but have not already signed up or have questions about joining using google meet, please email Stacey Malek, stacey.malek@muskegonorway.org or call 262-971-1860, x5402.

    Tail Spin - Muskego Lakes PTO Fundraiser

    Consider supporting our PTO by ordering a Chicken Dinner from Tail Spin in Muskego on March 23rd! They are offering a four piece fried chicken dinner with corn and mashed potatoes for $13. Seventy-five percent of all proceeds go to our school!
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    Remote Learning Day Ahead on Friday, March 26th

    Next Friday, March 26th, our next remote learning day, students will have the opportunity to learn from the experts in multiple career and interest clusters. Homeroom teachers will be giving students more information next Thursday. The agendas are available for preview below.



    5th and 6th Graders Agenda

    • Local celebrity career interest videos with reflection worksheet

    • Investigate careers and compare using Venn diagram

    • Brain break

    • Explore careers through Junior Achievement activities & games

    • Lunch break

    • Explore STEM concepts

    • Virtual Career Fair with reflection worksheet

    • Exit ticket

    7th and 8th Graders Agenda *All assignments uploaded to Xello

    • Keynote speaker (on video) with questions

    • Connect Academy student panel videos (Health Sciences, Architecture & Construction, Manufacturing, Business Marketing, Finance)

    • Virtual Career Fair with career reflection

    • Brain break

    • Career exploration with Junior Achievement followed by Venn diagram

    • Lunch break

    • Business partner panels from local businesses

    • Personal branding activity

    • Exit ticket


    Virtual Career Day Flyer

    5th Grade Musky Wellness Opportunity

    Attention 5th Grade Muskies! Did you know that being well is more than working out? It is the act of practicing healthy habits for your mind, your eating, and your body. This Friday, March 19th, we will start "Musky Wellness!", a club that will meet with Mrs. Scanlan during 5th grade lunch on Tuesdays and Fridays.


    Come one day, some days, or all of the days. We will be learning about healthy habits to become better people and raise up those around us. Bring your lunch. Bring a friend. We will socially distance and be well.


    Email Mrs. Scanlan (lauren.scanlan@muskegonorway.org) if you have questions.

    Summer Learning Academy 2021

    There's still time to register for Summer Learning Academy. Registration closes next Friday!


    To access more details about the summer offerings, please click HERE to access the 2021 SLA Course Catalog to learn more! Here’s some general information regarding Summer Learning Academy:


    Location - Bay Lane Elementary

    Registration Opens - Monday, March 15 - 8:00 AM

    Registration Closes - Friday, March 26 - 4:00 PM

    Confirmation of schedule available on IC- Friday, May 28

    Week 1: 6/21 - 6/24

    Off Week of June 28

    Week 2: 7/5 - 7/8

    Week 3: 7/12 - 7/15

    Week 4: 7/19 - 7/22


    **Dates and location are different for All-Sports Academy, Fab Lab, Swim Lessons, Volleyball Skills Academy, Micro Entrepreneur Business, and Muskego Power. See catalog for details.

    Warriors 101 Registration

    Each year, the Warriors 101 transition program helps support incoming freshmen by facilitating opportunities for them to meet upperclassmen, run through their class schedule, meet their teachers, tour the building, bond with peers, and learn about co-curricular opportunities at the high school. The program is planned for Wednesday, August 25th from 8am-12pm. Please click here to complete registration for your student so you are kept up-to-date with program plans. We look forward to helping your son/daughter have a smooth transition to the high school.


    Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of us.


    Appreciatively,


    Julia Hartig, Katie Van Ruden, Jennifer Slawny, Kim Aide, and Erin Bittner


    Warriors 101 Flyer

    Warriors 101 Promotional Video

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