South Milwaukee School News: January 18, 2023

From the South Milwaukee School District …

South Milwaukee School Board Update

On Wednesday, January 11, the School Board: 

Recognized E. W. Luther 3rd Grade Teacher Aaron Jones and his award from the VFW for teaching citizenship and respect for veterans;

  • Approved a 2024 High School Spanish Trip to Costa Rica during spring break;
  • Reviewed Student Assessments;
  • Voted to record Board meetings and make them available online; discussed updating Resident Participation Guidelines;
  • Agreed to host the Wisconsin Public Education Network Summer Summit;
  • Accepted bids for the renovation of the athletic fields; and
  •  Began discussions about the 23-24 budget.
  • You can see the documents reviewed on the board agenda at 

https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Agenda/2087…


Middle School Students Dedicate January to Public Service

The entire middle school student body is engaged in our January “Cold Weather, Warm Hearts” month of service.  Given that January is the coldest and darkest time of the year, a dedicated group of educators at the middle school (the SM Way team) came up with this idea as a way to spread positivity, fun, and service to our community.  

Some of the projects include reading to buddies at Rawson Elementary School, answering questions about the middle school via video message for 5th graders at E. W. Luther, putting together care bags for the homeless, picking up trash around the school and neighborhood, and more.

On February 2nd we’ll hold an all-school assembly to celebrate and highlight all of the great service work that’s happened (and will continue to happen) around the school and the community.

SMWay Podcast

Episode 4:

R-E-A-D-I-N-G, READING, Reading 

Learning to read is one of the most important skills students learn at school. It’s the base upon which everything is built. How we learn to read and write is a subject of constant study and how we teach it changes, too. In this episode, we peek inside a classroom and see how collaboration amongst teachers from different disciplines, combined with data, is tailoring literacy education to third graders.

https://rss.com/podcasts/smway/768429/

Ethnic Folk Fair Returns to the Middle School

South Milwaukee sixth graders revived a long-standing tradition of holding an Ethnic Folk Fair in the Middle School Multipurpose Room.

Starting in November, students researched where their families or ancestors originated from.

Then they learned about Google Earth and how to create a Google Voyager report about those places. 

UW A Cappella Group Visits SMHS

UW Eau Claire a cappella student group Impromptu performed for South Milwaukee High School students and staff and spent an afternoon with South Milwaukee choir students in workshops. Here’s the Livestream: 

https://www.facebook.com/SoMilwSchools/videos/828803318190947/

Picking Up STEAM

This year’s SDSM Family Night event is Picking up STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).  The event will be held at the HS campus on Feb. 10th from 5-7 pm. This special night will feature a Wacky Science Show and include the following: hands-on activities, science investigations, MS STEAM expo, the MATC Mobile STEM lab, a light meal, and a variety of student work samples from math, science, and STEM classrooms! This year, the District Art Show will also be part of this event, as well as food options from nutrition services. RSVP at Daniel Bader, Communication Coordinator, School District of South Milwaukee, dbader@sdsm.k12.wi.us. O: 414-766-5162

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