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Lakeview Family Newsletter - April 18

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No School April 19-28

Two Celebrations

I have two celebrations to share with you. Both of them matter quite a bit to the high level of educational quality we desire at Lakeview. It's good that you know about them and celebrate as well!

Celebration #1

#1 - AdvancED Accreditation visit

In 2014, the School District of South Milwaukee was the first system in southeast Wisconsin to be accredited as an entire district. This week, five years after their last visit, AdvancED (pronounced "Advanced ED") returned to see how we have progressed as a school and as a system since the 2014 visit and provide us feedback to continue to grow for the good of our students. In particular, on Tuesday, two reviewers (one person from the metro area and another from New Hampshire) spent four hours at Lakeview, visiting many of our classrooms for 20 minutes each, talking with two teams of teachers, and talking with one panel of students. Some of you filled out surveys for this visit a few months ago. At this point, we are not sure what the final report will say, but I can say the reviewers were impressed with Lakeview, our teachers, and our students. We are not the same as we were 5 years ago. We're not even the same as we were 1 year ago, and that's how it should be! The only constant is our deep desire to be the best we can for our students, and this week's visit reflects that commitment.

Celebration #2

#2 - Forward Testing

We have largely completed our Forward testing. Thank you for encouraging your students through this process. Every student in grades 3 and 5 took six tests. Every student in 4th grade took 11 tests (the state requires social studies and science at 4th grade along with the math and English-Language Arts tests that the other grade take).

Your students showed excellent perseverance and engagement during the testing. We are very proud of them. These tests are used to measure student achievement, student growth, and how we are closing gaps between student demographic groups. Along with student attendance (which is why we keep talking about attendance and tardies), these are the factors that make up our State of Wisconsin school report card. In particular, Lakeview's rating is heavily weighted for student growth. We are looking for students to beat their expected growth scores. Although we will not have the results until late Summer, I am enthused by our students' work ethic during testing. Thank you!

Upcoming Events

April 19 through April 28

Spring Break - no school

Monday, April 29

School resumes at 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, April 30

Lakeview Spelling Bee for 2nd through 4th grades starting at 9 a.m. in the music room

(Remember all visitors must present a driver's license for Raptor sign-in)

Thursday, May 2

Color Run kickoff assembly 3:15 p.m.

Friday, May 3

Arbor Day assembly 1:30-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7

4th grade Invention Convention from 1-3 p.m. in the gym

(Remember all visitors must present a driver's license for Raptor sign-in)

Summer Opportunities

If you family is like mine, you're already planning summer schedules (if summer ever arrives, that is ...) Please click the document below which is filled with opportunities for students during the Summer months. This list comes from our Gifted and Talented coordinator, Mrs. Cosgrove, but the ideas are great for any student!

PTO Nominations are Open

We value family leadership and the connection between school and home. We need your help! This year, our PTO drafted bylaws and is in the process of establishing itself as a formal 501(c)(3) organization. Part of that process means a nomination period leading to an annual election of officers. Nominations for PTO officers are now open, and the election will be at the May 16 PTO meeting. Executive board officers include the president, secretary, and treasurer. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for one of these positions, you may send the nomination to the PTO's email address, which is:

Summer School Registration

South Milwaukee hosts a large and varied Summer School program each year. All Summer School sessions are held at the high school. Registration sheets were sent home to every student a few weeks ago, and the deadline for registration is Friday, May 3rd. If you need another registration form, click this link and find the page for your particular student(s).

4K Registration for 2019-2020 is open

Do you have a younger student who will be in 4K next year? Do you have a neighbor, friend, or family member that will be in 4K next year? Registration for South Milwaukee's 4K program is now open for the 2019-2020 school year. Here is a link to the flyer with information - feel free to share this link. The most important thing to do is register soon by completing the online information and then bringing the required documents to the school office.

Rec Department Policy

Many SDSM families are involved with Rec department activities. Please see this updated policy:

The use or possession of controlled substances is prohibited on School District of South Milwaukee property, including all facilities used for South Milwaukee Recreation programs and all athletic and extra-curricular activities.

The suspected use of a controlled substance prior to participation or during any South Milwaukee athletic, extra-curricular, or recreation program is a violation of the School District of South Milwaukee guidelines. No individual is allowed to participate in or be in attendance as a spectator while using, under the influence of, or possessing a controlled substance.

Violation will result in the individual(s) being asked to leave the facility, as well as face possible suspension from future related events or programs and possible referral to the South Milwaukee Police Department. Failure to leave the facility will result in the South Milwaukee Police Department being contacted.