Sunday, May 19, 2019

May 19th Parent Blog

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    Upcoming Events/ Reminders:

  • May 20th: Yearbook Distribution in Advisory. If your child wants one, there are a few extra. The yearbooks will be sold first come first serve. They are $25, and check s can be made out to Karcher Middle School
    • If you have questions, please email Mrs. Berezowitz (
  • BHS Poms Tryouts for next year
    • May 21st and May 30th in Karcher Gym 3:00-5:30 PM 
    • May 28th and June 4th in BHS Gym 3:00-5:30 PM
  • May 22nd: 8th Grade Holocaust Museum Field Trip
    • Contact Jack Schmidt ( or Steph Rummler ( with any questions. 
  • May 23rd: 7th Grade Zoo Field Trip
    • Contact Barb Berezowitz ( or Andrea Hancock ( with any questions!
  • May 24th: NO SCHOOL - Happy Memorial Day!
  • May 28th - May 29th: Karcher Way Character Assemblies
  • May 30th: NJHS UW-Madison Field Trip
    • Contact Steph Rummler ( or Mike Jones (mjones@ with any questions!
  • May 31st: Cooper/ Waller Elementary Buddy Visit Day
  • May 31st: 8th Grade Dance 7:00-9:00 PM @ Karcher Library
  • June 4th: Karcher Choir's 20th Annual Pops Concert @ 7:00 PM in the Karcher Gym
    • Students should arrive by 6:30 PM, dressed in their black and white choir outfit
    • Vocal Jazz students need to be at sound check at 6:00 PM
    • Doors will open to the public at 6:30 PM, and pre-concert music will start @ 6:40 PM. 
  • June 6th: Field Day
  • June 7th: 8th Grade Recognition @ 10:00 AM in Karcher Gym
    • Early Dismissal @ 12:00 PM
  • The 2020 8th Grade trip to Washington, D.C. already has 70 students signed up! 
    • If you need any further information on this great opportunity, or have any questions, please contact Kurt Rummler (
  • Congratulations to Our Karcher Middle School Kiwanis Art Show Participants and Winners:
    • Winners:
      • Sarah Hartlage: Judges Choice: Food Truck Unit (Orthographic View, Menu & 3D Model)
      • Clare Freeburn: Pen & Ink Stippling
      • Corrine Graham: 1 Point Perspective Room Drawing
      • Alaina Avila: 1 Point Perspective Room Drawing
    • Participants
      • Patrick Savaglia: 1 Point Perspective Room Drawing
      • Food Truck Unit (Menu & 3D Model)
      • Sarah Hartlage: 1 Point Perspective Room Drawing; Movie Poster
      • Jessica Luxem: Mixed Media Exploration
      • Clare Freeburn: 1 Point Perspective Room Drawing; Tessellated Self Portrait
      • Corrine Graham: Colored Pen Texture Drawing; Stippling; Mixed Media Exploration; Clay Night Cat Hightop 
      • Laney Mangold: Mixed Media Exploration
      • Alex Ament: Pencil Hand Drawing
      • Gregg Pavlik: 1 Point Perspective Room Drawing
      • Michael Phillips: 1 Point Perspective Room Drawing
      • Kendall Kafar: Clay Rainbow Hightop
      • Isabella Dober: Clay Rainbow Shoe
      • Genevieve Hauser: Clay Unicorn Shoe

From The Health Room:
  • Please see the attachment regarding Athletic Sports Physicals through Aurora Sports Health and mark the dates on your calendar. Sport physicals through Aurora Sports Health on these dates are only $15.00.
  • As the school year wraps up, please be aware that any medications in the health office must be picked up by a parent or guardian by June 7th.  After June 7th, the medication will be available for pick up at the District Office through the District Nurse.  After June 21st, all medications will be disposed of in accordance with health safety guidelines.  Medications will not be sent home with a student. Emergency medications (inhalers, epi-pens & glucagon) will be the only exception to this rule. The Karcher Health Office Hours are: 7:00am – 300pm.
  • Please remember that if your child requires medication for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year, that a new medication administration consent form will be required before medications can be administered.  This is for both over-the-counter and prescription medication. Prescription medication and alternative/complementary forms of treatment do require a MD / PA / NPAP signature. Forms can be downloaded from the District website or picked up in your child’s school office.  All morning medications should be administered to the child at home BEFORE they arrive to school. This prevents the need for controlled substance delivery between school and home and ensures that any necessary benefit of the medication is in your child’s system so they are ready to start their 1st hour class upon arrival.  Please feel free to contact Jessica Polcyn, Director of Health Services for any questions on medication use in the school (262) 763-0214 ext: 203

    Thursday, March 7, 2019

    Parent Blog 3/7

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      Upcoming Events/ Reminders:

    • March 8th: Friday Night Live 5:30-7:30 PM @ Karcher. Cost is $2, 2 Karcher Character Bucks, or 4 canned goods - Permission Slip should be turned in at the event. 
      • Please remember that all students must be in attendance for at least half the school day during on the date of the event in order to attend or participate in any after school activities.
    • March 11th: National Junior Honors Society Induction in the Karcher Auditorium @ 6:30 PM
      • Contact Mike Jones ( or Stephanie Rummler ( with any questions!
    • March 12th: Sing-a-bration Choir Concert @ BHS 7:00 PM
      • Please contact Rod Stoughton ( with any questions!
    • March 12th and 13th: Track and Field Sign Ups at lunch: Track season will begin on April 1! All students will be given schedules and necessary paperwork at that time. They must have a physical on file with the health office before they can participate in any of the practices or meets. Please contact Kurt Rummler ( or Mike Jones ( if you have any questions.
      • Each student must have a completed WIAA Sports Physical on file in the Health Office in order to participate. If your student had a physical prior to April 1st, 2017, they will be required to have another physical. Only physicals after April 1st, 2017 are valid. Please note that a Physician signature is required on the physical form attached below:
    • March 15th: Academic Bowl Competition @ Washington Caldewell
      • Participants will be leaving from Karcher @ 8:15, the competition is at 9:00 AM and will be returning to Karcher at 1:30 PM. 
      • Contact Wendy Zeman ( or Grace Jorgenson ( with any questions or concerns! 
    • March 18th: Student Council Fundraiser @ Culver's: 5:00-8:00 PM
      • Contact Stephanie Rummler ( or Brad Ferstenou ( with any questions!
    • March 20th: Yearbook orders are due, and the cost is $25.  Checks can be made out to Karcher Middle School
      • Contact Barb Berezowitz ( with any questions!
    • March 25th-March 29th: Spring Break! School Resumes April 1st. 
    • April 3rd: End of Quarter 3
    • April 12th: Rube Goldberg Competition @ WCTC
      • Contact Eric Sulik ( with any questions!
    • April 15th: Start of State Required Forward Exam
      Updates/ Information:

    • Community State Bank has a display of KMS Art Students' Mixed Media Exploration Unit: Students designed a flipped stencil, created a pattern with Warm/Cool colors & experimented with 7 art media. Great work to Mrs. Pelnar and our art students! 
    • This past month, KMS hosted a Vaping and Tobacco Use student presentation by Racine County Public Health. Please see the parent resources below:
    • Please note that all Community Happenings are listed on the BASD website at the following link:
    • April 9th: Your Choice Prevention Education Parent Presentation: Stairway to Heroin @ BHS 6:00-8:30 PM - Flyer

    Monday, January 28, 2019

    1/28 Parent Blog

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    • KMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks are for sale for $25. 
      • Please make checks out to Karcher Middle School, and include your students advisory teachers name on the envelope. 
    • As a reminder... Tuesday/Thursday School is available to all students after school in Ms. Jorgenson's room. 
      • Tuesday/Thursday School provides students with an opportunity to work on any school work needs they may have from 2:40-3:20. 
      • Arrangements can be made ahead of time or on a need to need basis.  
    • Please review this slideshow of pictures of our current Lost and Found items at Karcher. 
      • All unclaimed items will be donated to Love, Inc. at the end of February. 
      Upcoming Events:

      • Course selection information for the 2018-2019 school year!
        • Current 8th graders will be receiving their BHS course selection booklets on January 29th. They will be working through their course selections with Mr. Berezowitz during the next few weeks to help with the scheduling process.
        • Current 7th grade students will get their elective course selection information on February 11th with the return date to their advisory teachers by February 18th. 
      • Character Assembly Days are 2/7 for 8th Grade, and 2/8 for 7th Grade. 
        • These are an opportunity for students to reflect on their Character Development, and for teachers to recognize students for following the Karcher Way!
      • The week of 2/4 is a KMS Spirit Week! Below are the themes for each day. Please help to ensure your students are still within compliance of the dress code.
        • Monday: Jammies
        • Tuesday: Twin Day
        • Wednesday: America Day - Red, White, & Blue
        • Thursday: Jersey/ Sports Day
        • Friday: Black Out of White Out Day
      • Students currently in 8th grade should plan to attend the Burlington High School OPEN HOUSE on Monday, February 4th for tours, and to learn about organizations and schedules. 
        • Last Names A-M at 5:30 PM, and N-Z at 6:15 PM. 
      • SNOCO Night will be on Friday, February 8th 6:00-8:00 PM in the Karcher Library/ U-Lab 
        • This event is open to 7th and 8th graders, and will include a bags tournament and music/ dancing. 
        • Purchase tickets the week of February 4th during lunch for $2 or 2 Karcher Character Bucks (Awarded to students by staff members as a positive behavior reinforcement!)
      • NO SCHOOL for Students February 15th!
      • Racine County Public Health will be providing a presentation on the dangers of tobacco use/ vaping at Karcher during Advisory on February 18th. 
        • Students will only be able to attend this event with parent request and permission. 
        • If you would like your student to attend, please contact Mr. Heft ( or (262) 763-0190. 
      • Burlington HS DRIVEN students will be coming to Karcher on February 22nd to lead activities centered around tolerance, integrity, and anti-bullying. 
        • This connects with Karcher's Character Education and Social Emotional Learning focus of Respect, Self-Regulation, Problem Solving, and Conflict Resolution over the next 2 months. Character Ed. takes place during Extended Advisory (7:20-8:04 on Mondays each week). 
      • Student Led Conferences will be on February 28th and March 5th 4:00-8:00 PM. 
          Extra-Curricular Activities:

      • Karcher Middle School Strength and Conditioning Club begins January 28th, and is open to any 7th or 8th grade, male or female student that attends Karcher Middle School. 
        • The club is centered building foundational strength and power through age appropriate weight training exercises. Students will work with a partner and the exercises will be closely monitored by a supervisor. Sessions will be held in the Karcher Middle School weight room, wrestling room, and other areas inside and outside of the buildings. 
        • All participants need to complete and return this permission slip prior to joining the club. 
        • Contact Eric Sulik ( or Hans Block ( with questions!
      • Come Support our KMS Girls Volleyball players! Below is a schedule of all HOME Games:
      • The BHS Varsity Dance's Annual Dance Clinic 2019 for K-8 students will be held Saturday, February 16th in the Burlington HS Gym. 
        • Check in is at 9:15-9:30 AM, Clinic is 9:30-12:15 PM, and the Parent Performance is 12:15-12:30 PM. Participants will also be able to perform with the BHS Varsity Dance Team February 22nd at the Boys Basketball game. Matching T-Shirts are also included with registration. 
        • Visit THIS LINK to register online by February 11th.
      • The 2019 Demon Baseball Camp will be held on March 30th 9:30 AM-12 PM.
        • Sharpen your skills for spring and summer baseball! Batters will learn proper hitting fundamentals, grip, stance, bat, and hand positions, while fielders will work on footwork fundamentals, fielding ground balls, and how to make a good throw. Batting tees, soft toss, and pitching machines will be utilized to give all players plenty of opportunities. Bring your own glove, bat and batting helmet, if you have one. 
        • Check-in will begin at 9:15 AM. Camp will be instructed by BHS Head Baseball Coach, Scott Staude, and his coaching staff and players. 
        • Register online at THIS LINK.

        Monday, December 10, 2018

        December Parent Blog

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        • KMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks are for sale for $25. Please make checks out to Karcher Middle School, and include your students advisory teachers name on the envelope. There are a limited amount so get your's today!
        • December 11th @ 3:30 PM: 7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball Games (Karcher Gym)
        • December 13th @ 7:00 PM: Choir concert (Karcher Gym)
          • Kids need to be at Karcher by 6:30pm, dressed in their black and white choir outfit.
          • Vocal Jazz students need to be at sound check at 6:00pm. 
        • December 17th @ 3:30 PM: Wrestling Meet (Karcher)
        • December 18th @ 3:30 PM: 7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball Games (Karcher Gym)
        • December 20th @ 3:30 PM: 7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball Games (Karcher Gym)
        • Adopt a Family Fundraiser: Student council is hosting a competition to raise money to support a family in need for the holidays. If you are interested in donating, please send monetary donation to school with your student through December 21st.
          • Contact Stephanie Rummler ( with questions!

        • December 24th-January 1st: Winter Break/ No School
        • Jan 2nd - Jan 4th: 8th Grade Outdoor Ed. Trip @ Camp TimberLee
          • Supply List
          • Medical Information:  
            • If your student needs medication while at Outdoor Education the below link is the form we need on file for any and all medications.  All non-prescription and prescription medication needs to be on file and the actual medication(s) need to be dropped off in our health office prior to or by January 2.  
            • All medications dropped off need to be in their original containers and properly labeled.  
            • Link to the medication form.
          • Pick up on Friday, January 4th 
            • Bus riders:  Students who will be riding the bus home will take their normal bus at the normal time on Friday. 
            • Pick-up students:  Students will return to Karcher around 2:15.  You are welcome to pick your student up right away at 2:15 on Wainwright Street, the gym side of the building.  Please park in the parking lot for pick up due to the need for our buses to utilize Wainwright Street.  If you would like to pick up but the 2:15 is not an ideal time you can also pick up on Wainwright Street (parking lot) between 2:35 - 2:40.  We simply encourage you to avoid picking up between 2:25-2:35 due to our dismissal and flow of our buses on Wainwright Street.  
        • Girls volleyball tryouts will start after winter break. Any students who want to tryout will need to have a physical complete and on file!
        • January 7th @ 3:30 PM: Wrestling Meet (Karcher)
        • January 9th @ 3:30 PM: 7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball Games (Karcher Gym)
        • January 10th @ 3:30 PM: 7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball Games (Karcher Gym)
        • January 14th @ 3:30 PM: 7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball Games (Karcher Gym)
        • January 22nd: End of Second Quarter 
        • January 23rd: No School for Students
        • If you are planning on buying any gifts for your student to bring to school, please remember that it is required per our Karcher Handbook that only water is allowed in a clear bottle during the school day. 

        Tuesday, November 6, 2018

        Karcher Middle School Parent Blog - November 6th, 2018

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        • November 6th (Silver) and November 8th (Hive): 8th Grade Madison Field Trip
          • Contact Stephanie Rummler ( or Jack Schmidt ( for more information or with questions!
        • November 9th 2:30-5:00 PM: Free Flu Clinic for kids (6 mos - 18 years) @ Case High School in Racine
        • November 10th: Free Dentistry Day (one free cleaning, filling, or extraction): 8:00 AM-1:00 PM @ Family Dental Care of Muskego
        • November 14th: No school for students
        • November 13th: Home Boys Basketball Game @ 3:30 PM (Karcher Gym)
        • Thursday November 15th: Home Boys Basketball Game @ 3:30 PM (Karcher Gym)
        • Thursday, November 15th 4:00-7:00 PM: 8th Grade Outdoor Ed Spaghetti Dinner
          • Online Silent Auction open through 7:00 PM on November 15th.
          • Tickets are $9.00 and available from any 8th grade Karcher student or at the door.
          • Contact Mike Jones at or 763-0190 with any questions or to order tickets.
        • November 16th: Student Council/ Leadership JAM field trip
          • Contact Stephanie Rummler ( or Brad Ferstenou ( with questions
        • November 21st-November 23rd: No School/ Thanksgiving Break
        • November 29th: Orchestra Field Trip: Chicago Symphony 8:00-1:30 PM
          • Contact Dustan Eckmann ( with any questions. 
        • November 27th: Home Boys Basketball Game @ 3:30 PM (Karcher Gym)
        • November 29th: Home Boys Basketball Game @ 3:30 PM (Karcher Gym)
        • December 4th: Band Concert @ 6:15 PM; String Concert @ 7:30 PM (Karcher Gym)
        • December 10th: Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00-6:00 PM
        • December 13th: Choir Concert @ 7:00 (Karcher Gym)
        • December 24th-January 1st: No School/ Winter Break
        • Please review the school district's procedure for head lice, and remember to perform frequent checks.
        • Students are strongly encouraged to take appropriate steps to decrease chances of bacterial and fungal transmission between students who may have skin to skin contact, including frequent handwashing with soap, water and/or alcohol base hand sanitizer, avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth, cover breaks in skin, avoid sharing items that have contact with hair, and have a doctor evaluate sores, rashes, and skin markings. 
          • Contact Karcher Health Aide, Pam Bauer ( with any questions. 

        Friday, October 5, 2018

        October 5, 2018


        • School fundraiser... Shoparoo!  
          • All you need to do to help raise money for Karcher is take a picture of your store receipt using the “Shoparoo” app and the program saves that picture. We receive points based on the total sale price on your receipt.
          • Click on the above link to set it up on your phone!
        • After school student spectator reminders:
          • If your student plans on staying after school to watch any extra-curricular events (example: basketball game) they need to remain in the building and follow school rules throughout the duration of the event.
          • We also ask that parents/guardians pick up their student at the completion of the event so that all supervisors are able to also go home after the event.
        • Monday, October 8 - Camp MacLean field trip for student council. 
          • Contact Stephanie Rummler or Brad Ferstenou with questions!  
        • Friday, October 12 - 7th grade School Forest Field Trip 
          • Contact Andrea Hancock or Barb Berezowitz with questions! 
        • Tuesday, October 16 - Parent/Guardian/Teacher Conferences 4:00 - 7:00 pm
          • Our fall conferences will be open conferences for all/any parent/guardian wanting to come in to discuss your student's progress at Karcher so far.  
          • Staff will be located in their individual classrooms and meeting with them will be first come - first serve with seating available outside their classrooms for those next in line.  
        • Tuesday, October 16 - BASD Referendum Meeting 
          • In the Karcher library @ 7:00pm for those interested in hearing about the referendum.  
        • Tuesday, October 23 - Picture Retake Day
        • Thursday, October 25 - BASD Referendum Meeting 
          • In the Karcher library @ 7:00pm for those interested in hearing about the referendum.  
        • Friday, October 26 - No School
        • Friday, November 2 - 7th Grade Chicago Field Trip
          • Field Trip Form
          • Contact Katherine Botsford or Brad Ferstenou for more information.  
        • Saturday, November 3 - BASD Referendum Meeting 
          • At the District Office @ 10:45am for those interested in hearing about the referendum.  
        • Friday, November 16 - Student Council Leadership Conference
          • Contact Stephanie Rummler or Brad Ferstenou with questions!  
        • Wednesday, November 14 - No School
        • Wednesday, November 21 - Start of Thanksgiving Break
        • Monday, November 26 - School Resumes

        Extra Curricular Activities starting in October:

        Note:  To participate in extra curricular activities all students must have a current physical on file at Karcher.  

        • If you are an 8th grader and participated in athletics during the 2017-2018 school year you will be required to turn in an alternate year card (blue).  
        • If you did not participate in athletics as a 7th grader you will need to submit the physical card (yellow) to participate.  
        • Incoming 7th graders most likely need to turn in a physical card (yellow).
        • All athletes will need to turn in either the blue or yellow card to participate prior to the first practice.  

        Click HERE to access the physical paperwork (yellow).

        Click HERE for an alternate year card (blue).  

        Wrestling Information 
        • KMS Wrestling is open to all 6th, 7th & 8th graders in the Burlington!  Coach Jason & Wallace are ready to lead the team to another conference championship.  
        • Practice starts Tuesday October 30th 2:40-4:40 in the balcony of the Karcher gym.  
        • Parents/Guardians, please see more details in the below letter and then sign the bottom and return to school.  
        • Concussion form information:  LINK
        • Wrestling Meet Schedule
        Boys Basketball Information 
        • Starts Monday, October 29  
        • Practice days/times:  Mon/Tu/Th/Fri from 2:45 - 4:15
        • 7th grade coaches:  
          • Eric Sulik ( 
          • Kurt Rummler ( 
        • 8th grade coaches:  
          • Mike Jones ( 
          • Ryan Hoffman ( 
        • Game Schedule
        Dance Club Information 

        Students getting to know each other with the advisory plans... 
        Ms. Varnes's advisory

        Ms. Jorgenson's advisory

        Ms. Smith's advisory

        Ellen Murphy students engaging in an ELA mini lesson.

        Students in Grace Jorgenson's math class working through a team building activity.

        Students with Mr. Eckmann learning about classroom expectations with The Karcher Way Behavior Rubric.  

        Team building in STEM class with Mr. Sulik!

        Students learning how to use the tools in art class with Ms. Pelnar.

        Students enjoying recess!

        Students in Ms. Stoughton's math class working through escape rooms!

        Students in Mr. Rummler's ELA class gaining strategies shared by Mr. Rummler through the use of a mentor text prior to developing their own essay. 

        Students determining importance within text in Mr. Schmidt's Social Studies class. 

        Students in Intro Spanish using maracas and practicing the alphabet!  

        Students in the library focused on completing a puzzle!

        Kailee Smith modeling a reading strategy during a mini lesson. 

        Students in Ellen Murphy's ELA class partner reading.  

        Students in iTime  focusing on math and/or reading instruction.

        Friday Night Live!!!

         Students engaged in slope formula problems in Mr. Jones's math class!

        Students in art class with Ms. Pelnar working on their collage project and then putting their art work into an e-portfolio where they are asked to explain their thinking about their work.