Timberwolves Weekly

October 23, 2020

A Message From our Principals

We hope to clarify some misconceptions about the purpose of our agenda/video resources that we have designed for in-person students who are mandatory isolated and quarantined due to close contact as traced by the school district or the Waukesha County Health Department.

For our in-building students, our staff have put in many additional hours in their agendas and sometimes videos to support students who have been isolated or quarantined. Despite those efforts, please realize that our agendas and videos only scratch the surface of a 50 minute or 75 minute class. They are a great substitute for when a student can truly not be in class, but they should not be used as replacement for the discussion, critical thinking questions, and divergent thinking that happens in class. These agendas and videos are also not equivalent to the online learning of our students who enrolled in our virtual option, as their lessons were specially designed for online learning, and those students also have a teacher dedicated just for supporting our online learners.

Please note that according to Wisconsin law and Muskego-Norway School Board Policy 5200, parents/guardians may excuse a child up to all or part of ten school days per school year. Absences that exceed ten days will require you to provide a physician's statement for documentation of future absences. *Please note that the only absences that are excused without affecting the students attendance records are the mandatory Quarantine and/or Isolation days. Absences for non-covid illness, appointments, or other parent-excused reasons will continue to impact the student's attendance record, even if they are participating virtually from home.

When a student is out for an extended period, it’s incredibly important that you monitor your child’s continued work in Infinite Campus and through the agendas (see the bottom of this newsletter for how to access the agendas). This will help to minimize the gaps in learning when your child returns to school.

Unless directed by the Muskego-Norway Health Department or the Waukesha County Health Department, if your child is symptom-free and one of our in-person students, it is strongly recommended that your child be in school for them to access the full education that will be the building blocks for their future success.

Sincerely your principals,

Linda O'Bryan

John McEwing

Important Dates, Events and Activities

Oct 27 - PTO Virtual Meeting - 5:30 p.m.

Nov 2 - Wrestling Begins

Nov 3 - Elegant Farmer Fundraiser Due

Nov 3 - 7th Grade Girls' Basketball Tryouts - 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Nov 5 - 8th Grade Girls' Basketball Tryouts - 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Nov 5 - End of Quarter 1

Nov 6 - Deadline for virtual 8th graders to sign up for PreACT Test

Nov 10 - Picture Make-up/Retake Day 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m./ 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Nov 11 - PreACT for all 8th Graders 8:05 - 2:00

Nov 19 - Elegant Farmer Pick Up 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Nov 23 & 24 - Remote Learning/Deep Cleaning/Professional Development Days -

More information to come

News and Announcements

8th Grade taking the PreAct

The PreACT provides 8th graders:

  • An early indication of progress and ideas for improvement—PreACT gives students an estimated ACT test score and can be used as an indicator of college and career readiness.

  • Fast, robust reporting—Reports are ready quickly, so teachers and students can get to work turning PreACT insights into action. Reports include a predicted score in all tested areas (Math, Science, STEM, English, and Reading), an overall composite score, and an item response analysis.

  • Career Maps showing 26 career areas that are matched to students’ interests and predicted ACT score.

More information can be found here. If you are enrolled in our virtual school as an 8th grader, you have an opportunity to join us on November 11th from 8:05 to 2:00. Students in the virtual school should sign up here. Eight graders enrolled in the in-person option will automatically be taking the test as part of their day, so they should NOT use the survey link.

Picture Make-up/Re-take Day

On November 10, your child will have the opportunity to have their school picture taken if he/she was unable to make the previous picture day, or if he/she would like a re-take. We will offer the times of 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. during school hours for in-person students and 3:30 - 5:30 after school for virtual students.

Virtual students should report to the main office when they come for pictures, where staff will direct them to their picture location. To minimize exposure, people accompanying our virtual students are welcome to wait either in the vestibule of the front entrance or under the overhang just outside the main entrance to meet their student after the picture is taken.

Pictures can be ordered online, Click Here, go to school search and use the drop down menu to select “Lake Denoon Middle School 2020-2021”. From there follow the instructions to complete picture ordering. Sports Pics will send your child’s picture order directly to your home.

Don't Forget to order your LDMS Yearbook!!

If you are interested in ordering a Lake Denoon Middle School Yearbook for the 2020-21 school year visit: JOSTENSYEARBOOKS.COM.

Cost: $25.00

Orders can only be placed online or by calling 1-877-767-5217.

Visit JOSTENSYEARBOOKS.COM. Don’t delay, order today!

Opportunity to Switch Tier 1 Learning Environment

Parents with students in middle and high school will have an opportunity to switch their child’s current Tier 1 in-person or virtual option for semester 2 (January 25) during the month of December (8th-22nd). More information will be available at that time.

Isolated or Quarantined Children


In Addition, here is a video link, as well:

Learn about where to find your child's daily agenda in one minute!

We will also be offering a Google sheet, as a one stop shop with all teachers in one. This will be completed by the end of the day Sept 25th, and you can find it here.

Girls' Basketball Tryouts

Girls' Basketball Tryouts will be:

  • 7th grade - Tuesday, Nov. 3rd from 3:15 - 4:30 pm

  • 8th grade - Thursday, Nov. 5th from 3:15 - 4:30 pm

Sign up for 7th grade is on Mr. Nagy's window and 8th grade on Mr. Dooley's window.

Wrestling Sign-ups

Wrestling begins Monday, November 2nd.

No experience needed in order to join!

Stop by the Student Services office for an informational packet and to sign up.

Messages for Virtual Students

Please read the information in the News and Announcement section above, in regards to, 8th Graders taking the PreAct , Picture Make-up/Retakes, and Opportunity to switch Tier 1 Learning Environment and Picture Make-up/Retakes.

Student Services

October is Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month

Lake Denoon Student Services team is here to support your child if he/she/they are experiencing bullying. Over school announcements for all of October, students are seeing different messages regarding bullying prevention, being an upstander, and knowing how to address bullying. Attached here is the Lake Denoon Bullying Report Form. Please review the following infographic with your child(ren).

Suicide Awareness and Prevention Presentation

During the last week in October, students will view a suicide awareness and prevention presentation created by the Lake Denoon Student Services team. The purpose of this presentation is to equip students with the signs and risk factors often associated with people who are contemplating suicide or having suicidal thoughts. In the presentation, students are informed about ways to problem-solve situations that may arise about suicide, receive suicide prevention resources, and are encouraged to seek help from a trusted adult. Students will have the opportunity to complete an exit survey asking if they need to be seen by a student services team member or, if they have a question following the presentation. Lake Denoon student services staff members will be available to meet with all students who request to see someone. The link to the presentation is included below.

Please feel free to contact Student Services with any questions or concerns you may have. If you would like to opt your student out of listening to this presentation, please contact Student Services at 262-971-1820 (ext. 7011) and provide your child's name and grade to the Student Services Administrative Assistants (Jodie Henneberry and Nicole Bitter). We will secure a place for your child to be during the time of the presentation.

MNS Suicide Prevention Presentation

Resource Document

Community Therapy & Telemental Health Resources

PTO Information

Elegant Farmer Fundraiser

Elegant Farmer Pies are selling like hotcakes!

Order forms are due November 3, and drive-up pickup will be from 3-6 on November 19. More instructions will follow. Please make sure your student’s/family’s name is on the form.

Box Tops for Education

We’re still accepting clipped Box Tops for Education, but it’s even easier to download the app. Anyone, anywhere can scan their receipts and donate to our school!

PTO Meeting

The next LDMS PTO meeting will be held virtually on October 27 at 5:30 p.m. It will strictly be virtual with no in person attendance. Here is the Google Meet families can use to access the meeting. In addition, we are still looking to fill out Co-Treasurer and Co-Secretary positions. If interested please contact one of our Co-Presidents:

Heather Filocha - lakedenoonpto@gmail.com or

Lynn van Lier - lakedenoonpto@gmail.com

Community Resources

Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic

Locations in both Waukesha and Menomonee Falls. Clinics are open 5 days a week for uninsured individuals or individuals with Medicaid (adults and children).

The number to call is 262-522-7645 ext. 2250 and ask to talk with Carly.

What's Happening at Lake Denoon

Robotics Class

Our 7th grade Robotics class is hard at work, refining their robots and learning from mistakes.

D.A.R.E. Class

Officer Nowicki makes a compelling case against smoking during this pig lung demonstration in DARE class.
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