A Newsletter from the School District of South Milwaukee
Superintendent Update: Unity Day, Speak Up Speak Out, and Welcome to New Staff
Carrie Stollenwerk Starts as Pupil Services Director
When she was the principal of a school in West Allis-West Milwaukee, Carolyn Stollenwerk had a problem with graffiti in the bathrooms of a school.
Stollenwerk, the newly-appointed Director of Pupil Services in South Milwaukee, didn’t fix the problem with a schoolwide assembly to address the issue or investigations by security and tightening of bathroom pass privileges. No, the problem was solved with student-made artwork in the stalls.
While that out-of-the-box thinking is remarkable, what’s really remarkable is it wasn’t custodians who raised the alarm in the first place. It was a student-led School Climate Team.
New Nursing Team a Shot in the Arm for Student Care
Sarah Barrett, South Milwaukee’s new District Nurse, went into nursing after caring for her grandfather after a stroke. For Meghan Nellen, the Middle and High School nurse, public service and the medical field is the family business. Both though, were drawn to working with children after working with all types of patients and realizing how much they enjoyed it.
The Strategic Planning Committee continued its work on Tuesday by examining the District's current vision statement and exploring themes for a vision statement that is relevant to South Milwaukee today.
Strategic plans identify the values and goals for an organization and set out a plan to accomplish those objectives. During the process of creating a plan organizations often define their vision and mission statements that lead them in their work.
In this episode we’re learning about a new system to address bullying in South Milwaukee schools. Instances of student bullying and conflict have been managed from building to building. This year schools have access to new Department of Public Instruction resources to implement a District-wide system – one that’s being piloted in the Middle School.
The South Milwaukee Fitness Center Indoor Walking Track is back open! The track, which was damaged after a flooding event, has been resurfaced and re-striped. The track is open to the community members with a Fitness Center membership. Click below to learn more.
During the month of October, our elementary learners have learned about the importance of media balance.
From learning what media balance is, to our rings of responsibility, to analyzing our own media use, we've come to realize how important it is to balance when and how we use media with spending real time with the real people in our lives.
The source of our media balance lessons, Common Sense Media, has tips to explore ways to balance our media use as a family.