Waukesha North High School

November/December 2021

Kristin Higgins, Principal

Back in 2019, our Waukesha North Community experienced the unthinkable. North student, Kai Lermer, was playing basketball with friends when he went into sudden cardiac arrest. He died from an undiagnosed heart condition, on April 3, 2019 at age 16. After their loss, Mike and Patty Lermer made it their mission to not allow any other family to go through the pain they experienced. Together they partnered with Heartsmart to provide every North student with the opportunity for a significantly inexpensive EKG screening on 11/11/21. Please read the details below and give careful consideration in registering your child today.

  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of adult death in the United States; however, it does not just affect adults. Sudden Cardiac Arrest takes the lives of thousands of children and young adults every year.

  • In 2005, Max Schewitz died without warning from a hidden heart condition at 20 years of age and the same thing happened to WNHS’ Kai Lermer in 2019. HeartSmart EKG helps find at-risk young adults so they can seek treatment and not share Max and Kai’s fate.

  • HeartSmart EKG has tested almost 100,000 young adults and referred over 900 for additional testing.

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has created numerous new problems in our society on multiple levels. One is the potential for cardiac complications with possible lethal consequences.

  • EKG's are not routinely done on seemingly healthy young adults in our communities. A painless, simple and non-invasive EKG detects 94% of high-risk individuals compared to 20% detected by a physician discussing family history or 9% by physical examination. We think it’s worth looking for these kids!

Screening will be offered on Thursday, November 11, 2021 to all Waukesha North High School Students.

  • Testing includes an EKG for all participants.

  • Only students with permission, which is granted through the online registration process, will be tested.

  • Students will be given a 15 minute appointment time during the school day to be screened in the Field House. All teachers will be understanding of students missing a small portion of their class.

  • Testing costs are $20 per student. A limited amount of students on the free and reduced lunch program will be offered the screening at no charge (normally $5) due to the generous donation from an anonymous donor and the Kai Lermer Memorial Fund matching their donation.

  • Payment is required at time of registration and no refunds will be issued. If your student is not tested, your registration fee will be considered a donation to save other students.

Please register your student(s) at: www.HeartSmartEKG.org. Registration will close on Wednesday, November 10th at NOON.

HeartSmart EKG is provided by the Max Schewitz Foundation.

  • Every effort is made to respect privacy and modesty. Testing takes place in private booths. Males and females are tested separately and students do not remove their shirt for EKG testing.

  • Cardiologist Eli Lavie, MD oversees all aspects of testing and interpretation.

  • Due to COVID-19, we have implemented protocols for the safety of our staff and students. The Max Schewitz Foundation staff has been fully vaccinated and will be handling testing of all students. All MSF staff will wearing masks and cleaning protocols will be in place.

  • Results are confidential and are shared only with parents within 2 weeks after testing through HeartSmart EKG’s online portal. Included in the results will be a copy of the EKG so families have it for future reference.

Please register online today: www.HeartSmartEKG.org.

For more information, contact Kathy Aykroid at 847-736-8140 or visit the Foundation’s website at www.HeartSmartEKG.org.


Kristin Higgins

The Max Schewitz Foundation in partnership with area schools

Parent Principal Advisory

4:30-5:00 PM in the Library Media Center




Please sign up here is you would like Parent/Principal Advisory meeting reminders!

All are welcome!

Parent Teacher Conferences - November 17th (Appointment Only)

Conferences will be held on November 17th from 5pm-7pm and are by appointment only. Please use SignUp Genius to schedule your conference(s). You will need to sign up using your student's name. To make your appointment click HERE.

Here are are some helpful hints:

*Use the tabs at the top of the SignUpGenius page to view various content teacher information. The Student Service Tab and DHH tab can be found under “Show More Sign Ups.”

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*Sign up with your student's name. (Sometimes when a parent and student last name do not match and the teacher is not familiar with the parent's last name, it can be difficult for the teacher to prepare for the correct conference).

*If you are having difficulty signing up, please contact the teacher and he/she can enter your information if the space has not already been taken.

*If all timeslots are filled, please reach out to individual teachers to set up an alternative time for a phone conversation.

*If you prefer to meet virtually, please list your email address in the comment box. Teachers will send out their Personal WebEx links the week of conferences.

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Brian Schlei, Assist. Principal (A-D), Athletic & Activities Director

Greetings Northstars.

This year we are transitioning to a common signing day event for each school on the

same day across the district. The event will be the evening of February 2nd at 6:30 PM

in the auditorium. We'll gather pictures and biographies of the students ahead of time

and do a formal presentation with a slideshow. I will be sending school wide

communication in January to gather this information from families.

Parents and students can do additional signings upon request, for those events we will

provide the table and backdrop. So if a commitment happens after that date there are

still options available to celebrate. We will still submit that information to the Freeman,

as we have in the past.

If you know of any potential athletes that will sign or commit please encourage them to

reach out to me as soon as possible. We look forward to celebrating their exciting

accomplishment in this new format.

Additionally, this year’s Scholar Athlete Celebration will be held on Sunday, May 22 nd

2022, in the Waukesha North Field House. With increasing costs, concerns about

deposits at banquet venues and the goal of including as many families in the event as

we can we have decided to host the event at North instead of at a banquet hall.

The event will start at 6 PM, we will announce the scholar athletes from each grade

level and then present our senior athletic awards and honors as well. Following the

event we will have an ice cream social and time for pictures to be taken with friends,

family and coaches.

I would also like to share some important reminders for the senior athletic awards and

scholarships. The athlete must have actively participated in a sport their senior year in

order to be considered for the awards. A code violation in their senior year will

disqualify them for being considered for the awards or scholarships chosen by the

coaching staff and Booster Club.

In order for an athlete to be eligible for the Booster Club scholarship one member of the

family needs to be an active Booster Club member. Information about purchasing a

membership can be found on the North website on the Booster Club page. Your

support in volunteering in the concession stand at events helps to provide these

scholarships, so thank you for your continued volunteerism.

We look forward to celebrating our student athletes’ accomplishments at these events

this year, more information will be shared as we get closer to these dates.

Daily and Yearly Schedules

The Daily and Yearly Schedules plus the Events Calendar can be found on our website. Click HERE .

School Hours

7:20-7:50am - Check In and optional Just in Time (JIT) Support Monday-Thursday

7:55am - Classes Begin

3:05pm - School Ends

School Office Hours are 7am-3:30pm

Early Release Days

February 17, May 27

School hours for early release: 7:35am-1:05pm

Chad Schraufnagel, Assistant Principal (N-Z)

Hello Northstars!

I hope that this letter finds everyone having had a great start to the beginning of the school year. It is hard to believe that we are concluding the first quarter of the 2021-22 school year, the longer I have been working in education the faster time seems to go.

One of my roles at Waukesha North is that of Assessment Coordinator. I am responsible for the set up, administration, and reporting of our state assessments. The following are the state assessments that we administer at North High School: ACT with Writing for our Juniors, ACT Aspire for our Freshmen and Sophomores, Wisconsin Forward Exam for our Sophomores in the area of Social Studies, and the Civics Exam that we administer during a students Junior year. While this does seem like a lot of testing, the information that we receive is valuable for the school to help determine the best ways to provide support and programming for all of our students.

In addition to the previously mentioned assessments, we will also be administering the annual Youth Risk Behavior Survey during the month of November. The Department of Public Instruction has been giving this survey since 1993 and is conducted as part of a national effort by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor health-risk behaviors of the nation's high school students. The district office will be sending out information on the survey as well as how parents can choose to opt their child out of participating in the survey.

I look forward to the many great opportunities that await our students as we transition into the second quarter and the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year. If there is any way that I can assist you and your children, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Integrated Math I - Information from the Teaching and Learning Department

Over the past three years, the High School Math Department has been looking into and evaluating our current math courses. After researching our course offerings, learning outcomes, and piloting various resources, we were excited to recommend the adoption of Agile Mind as our curricular resource to support our shift to an integrated math sequence. The Board of Education approved the new course sequence and the adoption of Agile MInd. We will be rolling out our first new course titled “Integrated Mathematics I” this school year in replacement of Algebra I. For students currently enrolled in Geometry or higher, the changes will not impact their course sequence and their experience will remain consistent.

Throughout the spring and summer, our mathematics teachers have been preparing for the new course by studying units and developing common assessments to be used throughout the district. It is an exciting time for our students, teachers, and our community as years of hard work will finally reach the classroom.

The main purpose of this memo is to further communicate about the changes and provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding our first year of Integrated Math I. For more information, please click this link:


Christina Kralik, Assistant Principal (E-M)

Hello Northstars!

I hope everyone had a great start to the school year and are back into the swing of things!

Can you believe we are already almost halfway through the first semester? This is the perfect time to review your child’s grades and work with them to establish short and long term goals. Your child could then utilize their school agenda to document these goals and establish a timeline to accomplish them!

North provides an opportunity for academic support throughout the week to ensure student success of reaching their goals through Just in Time Support. Just In Time Support (also known as JIT) takes place Monday through Thursday in the mornings from 7:25-7:50 and the second half of lunch. All teachers are available Tuesdays and Wednesday and will provide their availability on Thursdays and Fridays.

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What is the purpose of Just in Time (JIT) Support?

  • JIT is built-in time in the morning and lunch that is available to all students. Any student can attend JIT even if they are not formally invited by their teacher.

  • JIT will be utilized for students to continue skill building based on course learning targets.

  • JIT gives students time to work with their teachers in a small classroom environment. JIT provides a time for students to ask questions, receive pre-teaching or re-teaching of material, and to complete missing or make-up work.

  • JIT is a great time for students to collaborate with peers on projects or prepare for assessments.

  • JIT is open for all classes, including electives, AP, AVID and Vision.

Feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher if you ever have questions about their grades or academic progress. We appreciate your continued support as we work to ensure that all our students are successful here at North.

8th Grade Open House

Tuesday, Nov. 30th, 6-7pm

2222 Michigan Avenue

Waukesha, WI

All 8th graders and their parents/guardians are invited to our 8th Grade Open House which will be held in the Auditorium and the North Counselors will be presenting. 8th Graders will also receive a ticket to attend that evenings Varsity Boys Basketball game where they can cheer on our Northstar Team as they go up again Eisenhower.

Advance Placement (AP) Test Registration

Each of the Advanced Placement (AP) courses that we offer at North has an AP exam that pertains to that course. The AP exams are offered by the Collegeboard in May of each school year. Students must take the AP exam associated with their AP course if they would like to have the possibility of earning college credit for the course. In order to take an AP exam this school year, students must register for the exam through their Collegeboard account and also in Total Registration at www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/502389

Follow this two-step process to register for an AP exam:

  1. Log in to Total Registration www.totalregistration.net/AP/502389 and follow the steps to register and pay for the AP exam(s) that you plan to take. If you do not already have a Total Registration account, you will need to start by creating one. All 9th-grade students will definitely need to start by creating an account.

  2. Join your AP class on the Collegeboard website and indicate that you are taking the AP exam by clicking “Yes”

    1. You should have already “joined” your AP class with your teacher’s help but you might still need to indicate whether or not you are going to take the AP exam. If you have questions about this, please ask your AP teacher.

The regular deadline to register for an AP exam is November 8th, 2021. Students must register and pay for their exam(s) by November 8th in order to avoid any late fees. Please click on the following link to view additional AP testing information. If you have questions you can reach out to the AP teacher or Heidi Stigler, AP Coordinator, at: hstigler@waukesha.k12.wi.us

National ACT Testing

The next national ACT test date in the state of Wisconsin is December 11th. The deadline to register for the December ACT is November 19th. The cost of taking the ACT is $60 or the ACT Plus Writing is $85. If you qualify for free or reduced lunch then you can receive an ACT fee waiver. Please see your counselor for a fee waiver. Visit www.actstudent.org to register for the ACT and to view additional test dates coming up this spring and summer. The statewide ACT test for Juniors is Tuesday, March 8th, 2022.

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College Goal Wisconsin

If you would like support in filling out the FAFSA Application, please register for one of College Goal Wisconsin’s free online events. Check out additional their website at https://collegegoalwi.org/ for information and registration options.

Just in Time Support (JIT)

JIT is available to ALL students Monday-Thursday from 7:25 AM-7:55 AM and during the second half of lunch from 11:35-11:55 AM. This optional time is for students who would like some additional practice with new concepts, test-retakes, peer-tutoring, Advanced Placement and ACT Test preparation, to get a jumpstart on homework, etc. Students should communicate with teachers prior to showing up for JIT.

Award Winning All-Color Yearbook - Order Yours Today!

The award-winning, all-color Waukesha North Northern Lights yearbook is now on sale! Yearbooks can be ordered online at yearbookforever.com for $70.

Supply is limited.

Looking for a Job?

Be sure to check the Job Board in the Student Services Office. We have listings for part time and full time jobs. Earn some cash, find a full-time job with career possibilities, or get yourself some work experience for your resume. Companies are calling!

WCTC Fall Open House

Thursday, Nov. 18th, 4-7pm

Anthony J. Natalizio Center | Building S, 800 Main Street, Pewaukee

This fall, we look forward to welcoming you to campus for Open House, your one-stop shop for:

  • Detailed information about 150+ academic programs

  • Tours of state-of-the-art classrooms and labs

  • Personal connections with WCTC instructors and staff

  • Answers to questions about admissions, financial aid, advising and more

Plus, view industry-specific projects from WCTC students and have a chance to win fun giveaways. Just for attending, you'll receive a voucher to waive the WCTC application fee ($30 value). The voucher is not valid for a refund on previously submitted application fees; Not redeemable for cash; Not valid for partnership programs.

To Register to attend go to https://www.wctc.edu/about/visit/open-house.php

College Tour Information

Enjoy a 360º experience touring colleges of your choice

Visit any college any time!! Check out this very informative website that can help you narrow down your search to find the school information you need:


University of Wisconsin Campus Virtual Tours


Applying for Colleges

Wisconsin public universities began accepting applications August 1st. Seniors should be considering which schools they are interested in applying to, scheduling on-campus or virtual visits if they haven’t done so already, then applying to those schools by November. The cost of applying to each school has been waived this year for all UW schools other than UW-Eau Claire ($25), UW-LaCrosse ($25), and UW Madison ($60). Students apply online at www.apply.wisconsin.edu All information that was shared with the seniors by the counselors during the week of September 6th can be viewed on our Senior webpage under the Student Services tab on the Waukesha North website: https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/Page/2459

Sending Transcripts to Colleges

When applying to colleges, seniors need to have their transcripts sent to all of these choice schools. Students go to www.parchment.com or access their Xello account to order their transcripts to be sent. Students can follow step-by-step directions on our Senior Student Services page: https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/Page/2422 Seniors applying to UW System colleges can upload their transcripts in their application, and won’t need to order them until the final transcripts are ready in June.

Scholarships Throughout the Year

As the year progresses, announcements will be made about various scholarships that are available to seniors. The Student Services webpage will be updated with current scholarships available. The key scholarship season for this year’s Class of 2022 will be January – March, so keep your eyes on the scholarship updates throughout the year, especially at that time. Click on the following link to go directly to our North Scholarship page: Scholarship Information

Juniors Conferences - Mandatory Meetings

All juniors and their parents are invited to attend an in person or virtual meeting with their counselor to discuss the remainder of their high school career and their post-secondary planning. These meetings will take place October 7th through December 10th and will include topics such as a timeline of what happens between now and graduation to ensure your student is ready for the next step, registration for the ACT/SAT, graduation requirements, college/technical college visits, college applications, apprenticeships, college majors and programs, financial aid, scholarships, and senior course selections. This meeting will last between 45-60 minutes and is mandatory for all juniors. If you did not schedule your Junior Conference via YouCanBookMe please use the appropriate link below to book an appointment.

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iPad Problems or Questions?

If your iPad is damaged, doesn’t work correctly, isn’t backed up, is lost or stolen, or isn’t in a Protective Case, you need help from the Media Center!

If you answered yes to anything above, please see

Mrs. Sajdak in the Media Center for help.

If you are using one of our loaners while yours is out for repair PLEASE DO NOT remove our Loaner iPad from the case it is in when you receive it.

Media Center Hours


7:55am - 3:15pm


The Media Center gets 1% of all cash register Receipts.

You can drop them off in the Media Center or Send Them Attention Mrs. Miller

Administrative Assistant to the Media Center

Thank you for your support.

Christmas Clearing Council

If you would like to provide some Christmas joy for families in need, or if you could use assistance with providing Christmas joy to your own family, check out Christmas Clearing Council. Applications for Christmas assistance are due by November 15. Applications are completed online again this year. Contact Kelly Bratz, School Social Worker, at (262) 970-3533 if you have any questions. https://www.christmasclearingcouncil.org/

Healing Hearts

Healing Hearts provides peer-to-peer grief support programs for children, teens, young adults and families who are grieving the loss of loved ones due to death, divorce, abandonment, separation, military deployment, incarceration, deportation and other life-altering events. They meet in a confidential setting where trained volunteers guide and support the bereaved. The goals of the program are to build resilience, strengthen families and foster a sense of hope.

All programs are provided at no cost to the participants.

To register, go to www.healingheartsofwaukeshaco.org or call them at 262-751-0874.

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FirstView School Bus Tracking App

Dear SDW Eligible Bus Families,

As the colder weather approaches, we would like to remind you about the continued partnership with our transportation provider. FirstView is a bus tracking and parent communications app for your smartphone or desktop.

In order for you to track your student’s bus you will need the following information:

  1. Your student’s ID
  2. Your student’s FirstView Security Code

Please click on the link below for more information about FirstView and step by step directions on how to get started.

FirstView Information Page

Once you have the above information, you are ready to download the app. Here are some of the current features the app has to offer:

  • Live Tracking

The FirstView map screen shows you the live location and direction of your student’s bus, your student's stop schedule for the current day, and timestamps for school arrivals and departures. You’ll know when the bus gets to school in the morning and leaves in the afternoon!

  • Predictive Stop Arrival Times

Analyzing route and real-time GPS data, it determines an estimated time of arrival to your stop provided on the FirstView map.

  • Custom Alerts and Messages

Set up push or email notifications alerting you when your student's bus is a chosen distance or number of minutes away from your stop.

FirstView requires a password-protected account for app set-up. This way, only you can view your student’s stop!

One last reminder, parent cooperation, and support is the foundation of a successful ride. We ask that you review the COVID-19 Information and School Bus Safety Rules with your child(ren).

Thank you,

School District of Waukesha - Transportation Office

Estimadas familias de autobuses elegibles de SDW:

A medida que se acerca el clima más frío, nos gustaría recordarle sobre la asociación continua con nuestro proveedor de transporte. FirstView es una aplicación de rastreo de autobuses y comunicación con los padres para su teléfono inteligente o computadora de escritorio.

Para que pueda rastrear el autobús de su estudiante, necesitará la siguiente información:

  1. La identificación de su estudiante
  2. El código de seguridad FirstView de su estudiante

Haga clic en el enlace a continuación para obtener más información sobre FirstView e instrucciones paso a paso sobre cómo comenzar.

Página de información de FirstView

Una vez que tenga la información anterior, estará listo para descargar la aplicación. Estas son algunas de las características actuales que ofrece la aplicación:

  • Seguimiento en vivo

La pantalla del mapa de FirstView le muestra la ubicación en vivo y la dirección del autobús de su estudiante, el horario de parada de su estudiante para el día actual y las marcas de tiempo para las llegadas y salidas de la escuela. ¡Sabrás cuando el autobús llega a la escuela por la mañana y sale por la tarde!

  • Horarios predictivos de llegada a las paradas

Al analizar la ruta y los datos de GPS en tiempo real, determina una hora estimada de llegada a su parada proporcionada en el mapa de FirstView.

  • Alertas y mensajes personalizados

Configure notificaciones automáticas o por correo electrónico que le avisen cuando el autobús de su estudiante esté a una distancia elegida o una cantidad de minutos de su parada.

FirstView requiere una cuenta protegida con contraseña para configurar la aplicación. ¡De esta manera, solo usted puede ver la parada de su estudiante!

Un último recordatorio, la cooperación y el apoyo de los padres es la base de un viaje exitoso. Le pedimos que revise el Información sobre COVID-19 y reglas de seguridad del autobús escolar con su (s) hijo (s).


Distrito escolar de Waukesha - Oficina de transporte

Parents United

Parents United is a coalition of 26 school districts in collaboration with educators, community resources and related service providers focused on empowering parents of children with disabilities to become effective advocates and informed decision-makers. This non-profit community-based organization provides regular informational workshops featuring experts presenting a wide range of topics relative to students with disabilities and their families. Parents United began with 4 districts in 2002-03 and has grown exponentially.

For coming events, click HERE

Student Parking

Parking Permits: Student permits for Semester 1 are $100. Forms can be found on our North High School website under “Resources/Forms”. Proof of insurance is required. Contact Mrs. Schaefgen in the Main Office if you have questions 262-970-3518.

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Nov. 24-26, Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 23-31 Winter Break

Annual Asbestos Notification 2021

Per the federal law AHERA (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act) all schools need to notify all parents, guardians, etc. of any asbestos activities that have happened in the School District. To review this notification click HERE.
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