Hawk Nation

Back to School Edition: August 1st to 31st

The official monthly newsletter of Horning Middle School

Contact Us

Main Office

Principal: Mr. Robert Blessington 262-970-3305

Principal Secretary: Jodi Aylsworth 262-970-3305

Assistant Principal (House B & Dual Language): TBD: 262-970-3311

Dean of Students (House A & FLIGHT): Ms. Susan Inkmann 262-970-3450

Attendance/Associate Principal Secretary: Pamela Craig 262-970-3317

Attendance Line: 1-866-490-7371 or 262-970-3316

Athletic/ Activities Director: Ms. Susan Inkmann: 262-970-3450

School Resource Officer

Officer James Wolbert, 262-970-3304

Student Services


Mrs. Angie Jackson (House A & FLIGHT), 262-970-3327

Ms. Natalie Ramirez (House B & Dual Language), 262-970-3326

Student Services Secretary: Sue Miller, 262-970-3303

Social Worker: Angie Krueger, 262-970-1699

School Psychologist: Jeff Ludowissi 262-970-1093

Health Room: Olivia Trejo 262-970-3315

Mark your Calendar

August 13: Annual Registration, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

August 13: New Student Orientation 9:00 a.m. or 4:00 p.m., auditorium

August 29: Hawk Nation Back to School and Parent Information Night 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

September 3: First Day of School

September 12: Horning Site Council, iCenter (Library) 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

September 18th Listening Conferences 3:30 p.m.-7:30 PM

October 2: Picture Day

Tuesday, November 19 Family/ Learner Conferences, 3:30-6:30 PM

Thursday, March 5th, Family/ Learner Conferences, 3:30-6:00 PM

Wednesday, May 27th Showcase of Learning, 4:00 -7:00 PM

Welcome Back!

Dear Horning Students and Families,

As Principal, I am honored and excited to be part of the Horning Middle School community.

I would like to welcome you to Horning Middle School, home of the Hawks. I want to extend a special welcome to all new and returning HMS students and their families.

As I embark on my fourth year at Horning, my goal is to build upon the success of the house model that was launched during the 2018-19 school year.

At the heart of the house structure at Horning is a dedicated school wide advisory period. During the upcoming school year this will take place Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., and Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 7:55 a.m. We see the advisory period as critically important to ensuring student’s needs, both academically and social/emotionally, are met

Your child’s advisor will be you and your student’s point person within the house system. Your child’s advisor will be there to help you navigate through any questions and concerns that may arise. As you view your learner's schedule, the advisor’s name will appear in the “Advisory” section. Please note that this will be finalized later in August and may not appear on your learner’s schedule at this time.

I look forward to a successful year for all of our learners. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the main office at 262-970-3305.


Mr. Robert Blessington



@HorningMiddle, @R_Blessington

August 13th, Annual Online Registration Information (Action Required)

Beginning August 1, 2019 the School District of Waukesha's Annual Registration needs to be completed online in Infinite Campus via the instructions listed here. Items that you will find online include:

Verification of household information (please review carefully)

Updating of health information

Payment of Student Fees

Students schedules

Please complete the online registration process as soon as possible as it is critically important that we have updated and accurate information.

NEW this year; Free and Reduced lunch forms can be found here.

August 13th -(8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) in the Cafeteria .

This day and time is set aside for families who need assistance with online registration or need to pay fees by cash or check.

  • School Issued Locks and Physical Education Shirt

Students who need to purchase mandatory gym shirt and/or school issued locks can do so at this date and time.

  • Information Session for 6th Grade and New students, 9:00 a.m. or 4:00 p.m.

Picture Day - October 2nd

Students will have their school photos taken during school on October 2nd. Packets to purchase photos will be sent home the week prior.

Hawk Nation "Back to School Night"

The Horning back to school night and open house will take place Thursday, August 29th, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m with doors opening at 3:45 p.m.

Take this time to learn more about the houses, meet teachers, receive course information/syllabi, etc. House presentations will last approximately 20 minutes.

Session #1: 4:00 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.

Session #2: 4:30 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.

Session #3: 5:00 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.

Location: Parent/Family sessions will take place in your child's advisor's room.

  • 6th Grade (6A, 6B, Dual Language 6)

  • 7th Grade (7A, 7B, Dual Language 7)

  • Multi Age: FLIGHT Academy (6th to 8th grades)

Horning Middle School Supply List

Please click HERE for the 2019-2020 Supply List

Bus information

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Are you signed up to take 6th grade band in middle school?

Are you signed up to take 6th grade band in middle school? Have no fear, the Super Lesson is here!

On Tuesday, August 27 from 6:00-7:30 pm Horning Middle School Band is hosting a Super Lesson to help all of our beginning band students get off to a successful start. Please see the attached flyer for more information and use the enrollment link to sign up today: https://tinyurl.com/yyp7vk6n

The event will begin with a brief overview of the band program for parents and students. Following the introductions, we will break up into smaller groups with other students that play the same or similar instruments. Parents are encouraged to sit in on the lessons as well!

During the regular school day, all of the instruments are in the same band class, so this is the best opportunity for students to receive instruction specialized for their instruments. In previous years, the students that received this specialized instruction have always appreciated learning these basics ahead of time.

How do I assemble my instrument without damaging it?
How do I hold my instrument correctly?
How do I make a sound on my instrument?
How do I read music for the first notes on my instrument?
How do I take care of my instrument to avoid expensive repairs?
How do I clean and pack up my instrument after playing it?

Additional Information: Click here

Athletic and Activities

Our website, https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/horningms will have a current calendar of our co-curricular activities for your planning purpose and a Guidebook that will help you learn more about our offerings.

Please contact Ms. Inkmann with questions at sinkmann@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

Communication Reminders

Horning Website: https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/horningms

Twitter/FacebookAs part of our communication efforts, we are encouraging that parents sign up for Twitter, www.twitter.com.

We will utilize the twitter handle @HorningMiddle to disseminate useful information about Horning (i.e. school news, testing, school events, etc). The best part is, once you have signed up to follow the updates, you receive these messages instantly to your Twitter page as well as your cell phone (standard text rates apply) if you have it set up in that manner.

If you do not wish to sign up, you can still view the profile and any updates by going to the site listed here and bookmarking it: twitter.com/HorningMiddle. Our Twitter feed is linked up to the Horning Facebook page as well so you can follow any tweets there.

You can like or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HorningMSHawks/. By “liking” this page, important information and updates will come directly to your newsfeed. Thank you for staying connected! I hope you will find these new communication updates useful.

Hawk Nation: Please note that the family/parent newsletter will come out monthly during the school year.

Horning Site Council (Family/Parent Advisory Group)

Join Horning Site Council!

Site Council Wants YOU! Nominations being accepted now!

Horning Site Council's mission is to build community among families, learners, teachers and staff. We WANT people like you to get involved to help improve communication, support school needs, and plan activities to bring the Horning community together.

Site Council was formed in the 2016-17 school year, so we’re fairly new and trying to build our family involvement here at Horning. For the 2019-20 school year, we are looking for members to fill the following roles:

  • Secretary: Attend Monthly meetings, update meeting minutes and forms, keep accurate count of members and contact information, help with special projects.

  • Treasurer (1-2 people): Register Site Council as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, establish a bank account, keep accurate records of any funds and banking transactions.

  • Communications: Write and create promotional content for Horning events and activities. Work with Principal’s office to publish in Hawk Nation, Peachjar, Facebook, Twitter.

  • Outreach: Build connections within the Horning community, Waukesha high, middle and elementary schools, and local businesses to support Horning events and activities.

  • Spirit Wear: Coordinate Spirit Wear sales.

  • Events (2-3 people): Plan/organize events, create SignUps, work with Communications and Outreach to promote. Past events have included Family Luncheon, Staff Appreciation Meal, and Showcase of Learning. We’d love to add Teacher Appreciation Week, 8th grade social and more.

Please join us at any meeting, or contact us any time for more information!

  • August 8, 2019
  • September 12, 2019
  • October 10, 2019
  • November 14, 2019
  • December 12, 2019
  • January 9, 2020
  • February 13, 2020
  • March 9, 2020
  • April 18, 2020
  • May 14, 2020

  • Site Council Representatives:


    Lori Loeschmann & Laura Menzer



    Haley Draeger




    Robert Blessington



    Meet the New Staff

    Jennifer Kim - Art

    My name is Jennifer Kim, and I will be a new art teacher for Horning Middle School, as well as South High School and eAchieve Academy. While my parents were born and raised in South Korea, I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2013 with a degree in painting and drawing. In 2019, I received my teaching certification from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). When I'm not teaching, I enjoy traveling, creating, and babysitting my 6-month old nephew Elijah.

    Joan Koenig - Science 8B

    I am Joan Koenig. I have been teaching middle school Math and Science for more than 13 years. Most of that time has been in private schools in the Racine area. I have been married for 35 years and have 3 sons. In my free time I like to travel, read books, quilt, cook and go camping, especially with my family.

    Norma Casas - Dual Language 7

    My name is Norma Casas and am excited to be a part of the Horning community. I am the new 7th grade Dual Language teacher focusing on Mathematics and Science, as well as, the 8th grade Dual Language Science teacher. I have 12 years of teaching experience working with language learners and enjoy guiding students to use their voice and strengths to enhance their learning experiences.

    My family and I recently relocated to Waukesha County from Berwyn, IL. We are taken by the beauty and people of the community. I have two children, Matthew and Fabiana. I enjoy spending time with my family, listening to music, watching movies, tasting new foods, and short distance hikes.

    I look forward to meeting you.

    Marlene Figueroa - Instructional Coach

    I am Marlene Figueroa. This is my seventh year working in Waukesha. Prior to that, I worked in Fond du Lac. When I started in Waukesha, I was a third grade teacher in a bilingual classroom. I then decided to take a position as an ESL teacher leader. Now, I am excited to be supporting our Horning's wonderful staff as a Bilingual Literacy Instructional Coach. I have a very large extended family, but only three children myself. As a family, we enjoy spending time outside discovering new parks in our beautiful state.

    Cynthia Diaz - Dual Language 6

    My name is Cynthia Díaz. I was born on the tropical island of Puerto Rico. I moved to Florida when I was going into first grade. I later went back to Puerto Rico and got my Bachelor's Degree in K-8 Elementary and English as a Second Language in 2010. During the 2015-2016 school year I received an additional license in Bilingual Education. I have worked with students of all ages, from infants to college students. After teaching second grade for four years at Bethesda Elementary School, I will be at Horning teaching sixth grade.

    When I am not at school, I am at home with my kids Enzo and Mia and my husband Nelson. I also have three pets, two cats (Berlioz and Yoshi), and a dog ( Mr. Peabody). We like to do fun things as a family, like going to the park, the library, discovering new places and learning jiu jitsu together.

    Melanie Hernandez - Special Education DL7

    I am a born and raised Texan who loves Wisconsin so much; I don’t mind being called a Cheesehead. I have lived in Waukesha, previously, for eight years and taught at Horning for several years before my family decided to head back to Texas. We were supposed to stay there for good, since all our family is down south, but my husband received a job offer he couldn’t refuse and so here we are again. Luckily for me, Horning accepted me back and I feel

    humbled to be back home, to be a Horning Hawk again.

    I have a masters degree in Curriculum & Instruction and have been an educator for 16 years. I have volunteered in different capacities throughout my career to help students find their voice whether it be in a drama club, a gardening club, or book club and more. I love what I do and will work hard each day to make sure each student I run into or work with knows that they have the power within them to be the best version of themselves.

    I am married and have three children ages 18, 16, and 13. I love to sing Mariachi music and enjoy spending my summers reading for personal enjoyment and hanging out with my family as much as I can.

    Go Pack Go!

    Taya Spitzer - Educational Assistant

    My name is Taya Spitzer and I was recently hired as a Special Ed Aide at Horning Middle School which is actually just a short walk from my home. I have been a special ed para for a year now. I received an associate degree from WCTC earlier this summer, and I am transferring to Alverno College this fall to earn a bachelor's degree in 1-9 education as well as k-12 special education. I hope to be a special education teacher in the next 1-2 years! In my spare time I tutor students who use RPM and spend a lot of time with my family and friends. On the weekends I volunteer at my church. I am so excited for the school year to begin!

    Danielle Hawkins - Special Eduation FLIGHT

    Hello, Horning MS!

    My name is Danielle Hawkins and I am a special education teacher, working with the FLIGHT program this upcoming school year. I have been teaching for 10 years, and am beyond excited about this new opportunity of teaching and learning!

    I like to run, work out, and play/watch sports (go Brewers/Badgers/Bucks)! I will be running my first full marathon this Fall in Chicago, and have been working hard to make it a great experience! I also love coaching basketball, cross country, and track and field. In my spare time, I love spending time with my family and friends doing just about anything outdoors. Looking forward to working with your students and the Horning MS Community! Go Hawks!

    Adam Dalpra - Math 6A

    My name is Adam Dalpra. I am super excited to be joining an amazing 6th grade team as the math teacher. This will be my 6th year teaching & my first year at Horning. Previously I've taught kindergarten, 3rd and 4th grade at Hadfield Elementary along with 5 years of service in the US Army. I grew up in Waukesha (Banting, Horning, Waukesha South) & my parents still live in the neighborhood I teach. My family (wife-Kathryn, son Kellen, dog-Porter) & I live in Hartland where we love to take in a Wisconsin sporting event or just be outside relaxing.

    Darin Haugom - Math 8B

    My name is Darin Haugom. I have a beautiful wife and two amazing boys, ages 7 and 4. I have been a teacher for 17 years in 2 districts prior to coming to Waukesha—grades 6-8 and have been involved primarily in math. In the summer, I install athletic flooring and had the opportunity to work on both arena floors for the Milwaukee Bucks. I love traveling with my family and making memories through our adventures.

    Lisa Morowski - Business Education

    After a career in corporate training, I returned to school to get my teaching degree and have taught middle school students for 7 years. Two years as a Social Studies teacher and 5 years as a Business Education teacher. I love the creativity and enthusiasm middle school students bring to the classroom and am very excited to be teaching at both Horning and Les Paul this year! My husband and I have lived in Sussex for 27 years, where we raised our two children who are now out of college and building their lives. In my free time, I love biking, hiking, and kayaking. We own some land in the western part of the state and I enjoy going there to just relax outside. I also enjoy reading, sewing and learning new things. I'm looking forward to meeting all my students and having a great year!

    Thad Schmitt - Math 8A

    I will be starting my 21st year of educating Middle School students. For my first two decades of teaching, I taught mainly Mathematics but have experience in Science and Social Studies as I was assigned these classes during my teaching career. I also have coached many different sports for my prior school district. I enjoyed my varsity time working with older athletes as well as an Intramural sport’s setting in which I focused on skills with aspiring middle school athletes. I am excited to join Horning Middle School and am looking forward to assisting students in obtaining the School District of Waukesha’s Values Statements.

    Kaylee Gendrich - ELA 6A

    I've had the wonderful opportunity to teach in the School District of Waukesha for nine years. I have taught at Banting Elementary School for eight years and this will be my first year at Horning. A little known fact about me is that I graduated from Waukesha North High School and went to Waukesha schools. Waukesha is an exceptional district and I am thrilled to be back as a teacher!

    I graduated from Lake Forest College in 2011 with a degree in Elementary Education and History. I was also a college athlete and played softball. I recently received my Master's in Reading Curriculum and Instruction from Carroll University in 2016 and last year I completed my certification in Reading Recovery.

    I love sports! When I'm not spending time in the classroom you can usually find me coaching high school softball. Last spring I was able to coach my team all the way to the State Tournament for the second year in a row! It was one of my proudest moments as a high school softball coach. I continue to play softball during the summer in various leagues around Waukesha. I am a fan of all Wisconsin sports teams! Go Brewers, Go Badgers, and Go Packers!

    I have a very silly and lazy dog named Maggie who I spend a lot of time walking. She loves to lay outside, devour many treats, and sleep on the couch.

    Jamie Prestosa - Math/Science 7A

    Hello Hawk families!

    My name is Jamie Prestosa and I am so excited to be a part of the Horning family! Even though this is my first year at Horning, this year will be my eighth year working with middle school students and tenth year teaching. Before teaching at HMS, I was a math and english teacher in Milton, a math teacher in New Berlin, and an elementary teacher in Waukesha and Mukwonago.

    Personally, I have a family that is really important to me. My husband and I have two girls, one that is four years old, and one that is one year old. We live in Oconomowoc and love spending time together. Our favorite things to do together include walking around the many lakes, playing at the park, and going to the beach.

    In my free time, I enjoy running and walking, traveling to new places, and trying new food. My most favorite pastime is reading. I can often be caught reading young adult fiction because it almost always has a happy ending.

    I cannot wait to meet all of the wonderful families and staff that are a part of Horning! I look forward to an amazing year of growth and success!

    Krista Bitzan - Special Education 6A

    I grew up in Waukesha, attending Randall Elementary, Central Middle School, South High School, and graduated from West High School. I have lived in four different states and in Alberta, Canada. While we lived in Canada, I was on the Learning Support Team in an elementary school and K-9 school for five years. I am excited to join the grade 6 team at Horning Middle School. If I’m not at school, you can find me in a pool teaching swim lessons and lifeguard training, or cheering my son on at football and basketball and my daughter in marching band, band, and winterguard, and her art shows.

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