East Side Press Family Newsletter

December 7, 2020

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Returning To The Hybrid---Masks, Hand Washing and Distancing

As we return to the building, I want to remind students and families of the following expectations:

  • Students will wear masks throughout the school day covering both mouth and nose. Masks will be available in the office, classrooms, and at the entry doors in the morning.
  • Students are encouraged to use hand sanitizer and wash hands frequently during the school day.
  • Hallways and stairwells have specific travel patterns. Please follow the signs as posted.
  • Lockers are available for coat and belonging storage. Do not stop at lockers between periods.
  • Lunch spaces are set up for appropriate social distancing. Please sit on the dots to maintain safe spacing.
  • Be mindful of the social distancing necessary during the day before school, at breakfast, in the hallways, classrooms and after school.

Family Reminders

  • The window for changes to the model of instruction choice for students is open until midnight December 7. Please see the information below if you want to make a change.
  • We are returning to hybrid instruction and attendance on Monday, 12/7. Cohort A students are in the building on Monday and Tuesday with asynchronous days on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. (Students must check in on all asynchronous days)
  • Cohort B is asynchronous on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. (Check in every day on IC) In person on Thursday and Friday.

How do I change my Model of Instruction?

Secondary Model of Instruction Change Window

The window for changing secondary students’ model of instruction for the second semester closes at 11:59 pm on Monday, December 7, 2020. If you do not wish to change your secondary student’s model of instruction for the second semester, no action is needed. Your student will remain in their current model of instruction unless you indicate otherwise. Please click here for details and instructions for making this change in Infinite Campus.

Peer Tutoring Program Starting

The Student Services Department is rolling out a Virtual Peer Tutoring Program. This link will take students and parents to a list of available tutors and subjects. The tutoring sessions are available at various times and days according to student-tutor schedules. This is an entirely voluntarily tutoring opportunity.

Cohort Calendar Dates To Remember

Upcoming Schedule Modifications: November + December 2020

To more closely balance instructional time between cohorts, we will be modifying the learning schedule for Phase Into Learning and Tosa Connected students during the week of December 21, 2020 as follows:

Monday, December 21 - no change

Cohort A - synchronous

Cohort B - asynchronous

Tuesday, December 22

Cohort A - asynchronous

Cohort B - synchronous

We will continue to identify necessary shifts each month as we move through the school year and various instructional models.

Parking Changes Coming!

I am happy to report that the Transportation Affairs Committee has approved a 90 day trial of modified parking in the streets around East High School. I want to thank everyone who participated in the focus groups last spring and the series of meetings held for the approval process. Without student and family support, things would not have changed.

It is important to remember these new guidelines and regulations are temporary for the next 90 days. New signage will be put up in the next week so please monitor posted parking regulations. I am also attaching a Parking Handbook for student and family review. There is an updated map with the new parking regulations and information about drop off, pick up, and being a responsible driver in our community. There will be a review of the pilot in March 2021 and it is critical that the next 90 days are positive experiences for our neighbors.

I am also attaching the letter being sent to area residents alerting them to the changes and the updated maps are included, too.

I also want to thank the Transportation Affairs Committee, Alderman Moldenhauer, and David Simpson, Director of Public Works, for their commitment to our students and community through this change process.

Nick Hughes

Community Letter

Parking Handbook

January Semester Assessment Schedule

Please review the schedule developed for the first semester assessments for the week of January 19-22. The schedules developed will cover any model of instruction we might be in at that point of the semester.

January 2021 Assessment Plan

A Quick Read For Families

Senior Cap and Gown Orders---What Do I Do If I Forgot

Dear Senior Parents and Class of 2021

Jostens has collected the in school orders for graduation materials. If you missed the opportunity, you can complete the order packet and send it directly to Jostens. There is also an online ordering opportunity. Please use the steps below to order items:

  • -go to jostens.com and choose the tab for “Shop High School”
  • -enter your correct school name and choose it. (Wauwatosa East High School)
  • -choose the “Graduation Tab”
  • -from there you can go to available packages or scroll down to individual items

Canvas Observer Accounts For Families

Families are encouraged to create a Canvas Observer account to actively engage in their student’s learning. Please review the Canvas Observer course for a getting started tutorial and other helpful tips. The link to the course can also be found on the District website.

YEARBOOK---Senior Photos and Quotes Extended

Senior Pictures due December 11!!

Tosa Connected Students: We want you represented in the yearbook too! Please submit pictures of you doing your school work, Zooming, what your work space looks like; anything TC related! Send those pictures to donoje@wauwatosa.k12.wi.us

Please direct any questions to yearbook advisor, Jen Dono: donoje@wauwatosa.k12.wi.us; Phone: 414-773-224.

(Mr. Hughes, Class of 1987)

Zooming Into Class

As we continue to gather more requests by students and families to Zoom students into classes while they are absent we wanted to communicate our Zoom Guidelines. As of right now, students will ONLY be able to Zoom into class if they have been placed into quarantine due to an exposure to COVID-19 or a COVID-19 positive test result. Parental/guardian consent is required for students to Zoom into class. All other absences including non-COVID-19 Illness, parent excused, pre-planned, etc. will NOT be allowed to Zoom into classes. At this time, we do not have the technology or personnel capacity to Zoom students into classes for other reasons.

These guidelines have been developed in an effort to provide a framework for supporting student learning in the event that they must remain home for quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure during the 2020-2021 school year.

As a reminder, families will have the option to switch models of instruction prior to the start of second semester.

District Communication To Families

Asynchronous Attendance

Thank you to our elementary parents and secondary students for logging student attendance on asynchronous (independent learning) days using Infinite Campus. We recognize that this change will take some time to get used to and would encourage you to review the videos below if you have questions regarding the attendance process.

Click here for an adult check-in tutorial (elementary families only)

Click here for a student check-in tutorial

Families, please remember that you may also check your student’s attendance status within your Infinite Campus parent portal.

Elementary families, please note that attendance is only updated in Infinite Campus once per week. On the asynchronous days that you do not check-in, your student will originally show up as “absent.” However, it will be updated manually each week by the building administrative assistant for all of the asynchronous learning days that week. This means that if one asynchronous check-in has been completed for the week, all asynchronous days will eventually be marked “present” in the system.

If you have additional questions after viewing the video(s), please reach out to your building principal directly.

Severe Weather + Building Closure Protocols

As we move into our winter weather season, we have been proactively planning for potential snow days. Given our ability to conduct meaningful virtual education, we do not plan to cancel school due to weather this winter. Instead, in cases where inclement weather would typically force our schools to close, it is our intention to shift scheduled in-person learning to synchronous online learning. This means that students who would normally learn in-person would follow their normal schedule, but will conduct their learning online instead. There will be no change for students scheduled for asynchronous learning or those enrolled in Tosa Connected or Wauwatosa Virtual Academy. As a reminder for how and when we will communicate school closings due to severe weather, please click here.

Secondary Model of Instruction Change Window

The window for changing secondary students’ model of instruction for the second semester closes at 11:59 pm on Monday, December 7, 2020. If you do not wish to change your secondary student’s model of instruction for the second semester, no action is needed. Your student will remain in their current model of instruction unless you indicate otherwise. Please click here for details and instructions for making this change in Infinite Campus.

Meal Delivery

The Wauwatosa School District continues to provide free meals to students in Phase Into Learning, Tosa Connected and Wauwatosa Virtual Academy. Meals are available for any children in the household under 18 years of age. To increase convenience, we will now allow families of students in Phase Into Learning to pick up meals between 5-7 pm on Wednesdays at Whitman Middle School. Alternatively, families may choose to have their child bring home meals from school instead. As a reminder, families of students in Cohort A must complete the form each week by Monday at 12 noon, and families of students in Cohort B completing the form each week by Thursday at 12 noon.

IDEA: 45th Anniversary

November 29, 2020 marked the 45th anniversary of President Gerald Ford signing the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142), now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), with the goals of 1) guaranteeing a free appropriate public education to every child, regardless of disability, on an equal basis with all other children; and 2) advancing all Americans’ understanding of disability by bringing children with disabilities out of the shadows and into American schools where their gifts and strengths could be recognized.

Join the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in celebrating 45 years of providing education, supports and services to infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities and their families through the IDEA. Please visit the IDEA 45 anniversary page to read an overview, discover stories and access trivia.

Tremendous progress has been made, but we must continue our work to ensure that all children have the supports they need and to find ways for all children with disabilities to achieve meaningful results and outcomes.

Parents United

Join Parents United on December 8, 2020 for a presentation titled Stress and Anxiety in Youth. This presentation will offer a comparison between the stress experienced by children and teens and clinically significant anxiety disorders. Learn how to manage these types of issues and discuss the role of family accommodation, how it impacts treatment interventions, and how families and others can pull back these accommodations to improve treatment outcomes. To learn more about this session or to register, click here.

LAUNCH Information Sessions

Families and students are invited to attend an upcoming LAUNCH information session on Wednesday, December 16 at 8 am, 12 pm or 4 pm. For more information, please click on this LAUNCH flyer.

LAUNCH provides the opportunity to deeply explore professional areas of interest through a profession-based, inquiry learning method. When this program concludes, students will have been exposed to industry brands, built a professional network of support, and developed credentials that will foster continuous improvement via lifelong learning, unlock and access human potential, collaboration and problem solving skills. Students will learn how to learn for themselves! In addition, LAUNCH will connect students to internships and job opportunities that connect to their professional plan.

Recreation Department

Winter/Spring Recreation Department programming will be announced on Monday, December 7, 2020 on the Recreation Department website. Please note that you must create a household account in order to register. If you need to update the information for an existing account, please contact the Recreation Department at tosarec@wauwatosa.k12.wi.us.

Click here to register for Winter Stay In Camp, which runs from Monday, December 28 to Wednesday, December 30.

Information about the Holiday Giving Tree at Hart Park Senior Center can be found here.

Library Ledger---What is SORA

Our ebook and audiobook platform, formerly known as Overdrive, is now called Sora. Students can access on their chromebook or on the app on their phones.

The Sora app was designed around the modern student reading experience. It empowers students to discover and enjoy ebooks and audiobooks from their school, for both leisure and class-assigned reading.

~Easy to use, one tap to get inside a book
~The largest catalog of ebooks and audiobooks…made even larger by access to your public library through Sora
~Exportable notes, highlights for collaborative learning
~Personalized with book recommendations and learning tools like dyslexic font, enlarged text, Read-Alongs and audiobooks

Email Ms. Oliver for more info. or to request titles. oliversa@wauwatosa.k12.wi.us


  • Needing a little support with your Wauwatosa Virtual Academy (WVA) courses? Check out this resource sheet.
  • Don't forget that our Academic Resource Center (ARC) staff is available to provide support. Please check out their schedule here.
  • If you are unable to attend your live virtual class, please make sure that you call the East attendance line (414-773-2002) to report the absence.


Interested in joining a club? Contact an advisor today!

HOSA---HOSA-Future Health Professionals

Book Club

Student Council

Black Student Union (BSU)

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Amnesty International

Key Club


Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)

The Cardinal News (School Newspaper)

Philosophy Club

Psychology Club

International Friendship Club

Tosa East Players


Chess Club

Linguistics Club


Student Services Team

Mrs. Bratcher - School Counselor

Mrs. Carter - School Counselor

Mr. Linscott - School Counselor

Ms. Merg - School Counselor

Ms. Phillips - School Social Worker

Ms. Schmidt - School Counselor Intern

Mrs. Morgan - Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Taylor - Career Center Coordinator

*Please click the button below to see what is happening in our TE Student Services Department.


-Junior conferences will still take place in the coming weeks via Zoom

-While we are learning virtually, our student services team is still accessible to support students. Please send an email to set up a session.

Wauwatosa District Athletic and Spectator Procedures and Policies

Please review the information below regarding winter athlete and spectator procedures.

Wauwatosa School District Winter Spectator Guidelines


  • As a reminder, only 2 family members per athlete are allowed at most events.

Athletic Department Staff

Athletic Director: Michelle Guyant-Holloway

Administrative Assistant: Sue Flatley


Wondering where to direct your question(s)?

Tosa East Administrative Team

Principal: Nick Hughes

Associate Principal: Betsy McGinnity (oversees alphabet with last names A-K)

Associate Principal: Jordan Stein (oversees alphabet with last names L-Z)

Additional Staff Resources

Athletic Director: Michelle Guyant-Holloway

Student Services (transcripts, address changes, etc.): Janice Morgan

Attendance: Gina Obscherning

  • (414)773-2002

Infinte Campus Parent Portal Access: Elizabeth Hughes

School Fees (including athletic fees and enrollment fees): Sue Flatley

Our Tosa East Main Office is open Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday from 7:00am-4:00pm.

  • Main phone line: (414) 773-2000
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