Hawk Nation

Back to School Edition: August 2020

The official monthly newsletter of Horning Middle School

Contact Us

Main Office

Principal: Mr. Robert Blessington 262-970-3305

Principal's Secretary: Ms. Jodi Aylsworth 262-970-3305


Assistant Principal (6B, 7B, 8B, Dual Language 6 and 7): Mr. Bryan Lyday 262-970-3311

Dean of Students (6A, 7A, 8A, 8C, FLIGHT): Ms. Susan Inkmann 262-970-3450


Attendance/Associate Principal Secretary: Ms. 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

Counselors

Mrs. Angie Jackson (6A, 7A, 8A, FLIGHT), 262-970-3327

Ms. Natalie Ramirez (6B, 7B, 8B, 8C, Dual Language 6 and 7), 262-970-3326


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


Social Worker: Ms. Angie Krueger, 262-970-1699

School Psychologist: Ms. Lindsey Lemus 262-970-1093

Health Room: Ms. Olivia Trejo 262-970-3315

Mark your Calendar

August 1st: Online Registration Begins

August 27th: Parent Information Night 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. **VIRTUAL**

September 1: First Day of School

September 10th, Horning Site Council, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (Virtual, more details to follow), 3:30 and 4:15 sessions

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

October 2: Picture Day

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

Thursday, March 2nd, Family/ Learner Conferences, 3:30-6:00 PM

May 2021 TBA Showcase of Learning, 4:00 -7:00 PM

Welcome Back!

Dear Hawk Nation,


This communication is meant to provide a preview of many things to come. First we would like to welcome all of the new families and students to Horning Middle School, we can’t wait to meet you. For all of you returning, we can’t wait to see you again. As you know Horning MIddle School is under construction. We look forward to sharing this new beautiful space with you very soon.


With the many uncertainties of what is to come we wanted to provide updates as to where we are in the planning for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year events. Please use the website for ongoing updates and important information, https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/horningms


Here are updates specific to Horning Middle School:


6th Grade Student/Family and New Student/Family Orientation:

  • At this time our face to face and new student orientation event has been cancelled. This was not an easy decision to make as we know how important this is in the transition to a new school. This has always been a great time to see everyone, meet new families, answer questions, provide time to explore the building, gather the Horning community, and share in the excitement of a new school year. In efforts to alleviate some angst, our Student Services team is working on creating a virtual orientation. Although not the same as in person, this will provide information, answer questions you may have, and provide you with important resources. As soon as this is created we will be sending it out to our families and students. Please look for further communication on this.


With the cancellation of New Student Orientation we have adjusted what typically happens during those days:


  • School Fees: typically paid at orientation time, however this will not be possible at this time. Once assessed, fees can be paid online through Infinite Campus

  • Locks for street lockers will be provided by Horning Middle School. Due to the current construction taking place at Horning, timeline around locker assignments will take place at later date

  • Student pictures - Picture dates have been established for October 2nd during the school day

  • Physical Education uniform: will not be required at this time. Please look for additional information on this


Thank you for your ongoing patience and flexibility as we navigate these uncertain times. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.


Sincerely,

Bob

Principal

Horning Middle School


Additional Information about Horning Middle School can be found here

Online Registration

The School District of Waukesha's Annual Registration needs to be completed online in Infinite Campus via the instructions listed on our website. This information will be on our website very soon, https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/horningms.


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. Due to the ongoing COVID 19 situation it is essential that emergency contact information is updated.


Free and Reduced lunch forms can be found here.


**Please note that for the 2020-21 school year, registration and fee payment will be entirely online. We will NOT be holding a physical/in-person registration/fee payment day on site at Horning.

Other Important Changes for the 2020-21 School Year

Other than registration being solely online, below are some of the following changes that are likely to be seen this school year. Please be aware that this is a fluid situation, and changes may occur.


1. Parent Information Night, August 27th, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. We are working on plans for Parent Information Night. This will be held in an online format as you connect your students' house team and other teachers. Information will be communicated as soon as plans are in place.


2. Lockers: Due to construction and ongoing COVID-19 situation, lockers will not be available right away at the beginning of the school year. If this is the case, students will carry their items with them in their backpacks until a locker can be assigned.


3. Locks: Locks will not be purchased by students this year. Rather, they will be rented for the year for a $1.00 fee, which will be included in your registration fee. Locks will be assigned to students along with their lockers, and will be returned to Horning at the end of the school year.


4. Physical Education Uniforms and Locks: As of now, students will not be using the gym locker rooms or changing for gym class. Therefore, we are NOT requiring the purchase of gym shirts or gym locks, at least for the first semester. Students will be required to wear proper gym shoes to class.

Meet the New HMS Staff

Andrew Bartel

My name is Andrew Bartel. I'm am very excited to be joining the Horning team as a physical education and SDPE teacher. Previously I taught in Racine Unified School District for 5 years, 3 years at Case High School and 2 years at Mitchell Middle School. I graduated from Carthage College with a bachelor in physical education, health, and SDPE and a few years later with a Masters in Educational Administration.


My wife and I got married this past October in Cabo San Lucas. We travel whenever we can. We're both scuba certified and love spending time by the ocean.

Lindsey Lemus

Hi everyone! My name is Lindsey Lemus, and I have been a bilingual educator in the district and beyond for several years. Prior to becoming a school psychologist last year, I was a middle school English teacher in Puebla, Mexico, a face-to-face and virtual high school Spanish teacher, and a middle school dual language teacher. Although my daily responsibilities have changed since starting my position as a school psychologist, I continue to strive for educational equity and overall well-being for our students and their families. I care deeply about our community members’ rights and am motivated to work together for the benefit of all.


My husband Gerardo, a dual language teacher in the district, and I have two daughters, Lila “Leelah” (11) and Lucía (9). We enjoy spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, listening to music, biking, swimming, traveling, eating good food, and watching movies. I look forward to meeting and working with you all!

Horning Middle School Supply List

Please click HERE for the 2020-21 face to face school supply list.

Picture Day - October 2nd

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

Bus information

Additional Information will be provided as appropriate from First Student. Generally, route information is mailed to families the last week in August. Thank you for your ongoing flexibility as we navigate the COVID-19 considerations.

Tutor Request 2020-2021

Know anyone who’d be interested in working with a great bunch of AVID scholars as a tutor school year? We are in need of college age/adult tutors to facilitate tutorials in AVID and AVID EXCEL electives. Please see the attached flyer for more details and refer anyone interested to Amanda Wagner.
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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.

Join Horning Site Council!

The 2nd Thursday of each month starting in September is reserved for our Horning SIte Council meetings. More information will be provided regarding the format.


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:


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


  • September 10, 2020
  • October 8, 2020
  • November 12, 2020
  • December 10, 2020
  • January 14, 2021
  • February 11, 2021
  • March 11, 2021
  • April 15, 2021
  • May 13, 2021

  • Site Council Representatives:


    Families:

    Lori Loeschmann & Laura Menzer

    horningsitecouncil@gmail.com


    Faculty:

    Haley Draeger

    hdraeger@waukesha.k12.wi.us

    262-970-3363


    Administration:

    Robert Blessington

    rblessin@waukesha.k12.wi.us

    262-970-3305

    Connect With Us!

    Horning Middle School is on social media! You can like us on Facebook, and follow our Twitter feed.


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

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HorningMSHawks/

    Twitter: @HorningMiddle