Tuesday, August 16, 2016

August 16, 2016



WELCOME BACK!


Parents and Guardians,

School is just around the corner and we are excited to meet our new incoming 7th graders and see our now 8th graders again!  We have an excellent staff here at Karcher;  they are extremely dedicated to the academic growth and character development of all of our students.  This can be recognized when looking at our academic gains our 7th and 8th grade students made during the 2015-2016 school year on the MAP assessments (noted below) in comparison to the national mean.  We are all eager to get back to school and begin making strides forward with all of our students throughout the 2016-2017 school year and will work hard to make significant gains in academic growth again!

Throughout the school year our way of keeping parents in the loop for Karcher is through the use of this blog.  I will update the blog every 2-3 weeks and you will receive an email through Skyward informing you of each updated blog.  The blog is always accessible on the Karcher Middle School website in the center of the screen.  You can also bookmark karchermiddleschool.blogspot.com to have constant access to the blog.  Each blog throughout the school year will be archived and can be accessed at the bottom of the most recent blog.  I hope you feel this blog is useful and helpful for you as we progress through the school year.

On behalf of the staff here at Karcher we look forward to working with each and every student so they all can achieve academic growth and have some fun along the way.

Go Demons!

Jill Oelslager, principal



2016-2017 MAP Data Results




 


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Reminders/Information
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Prior to the first day of school information:
  • Online Registration needs to be completed for every student prior to August 21.  Please make sure you login to your Skyward to register your students.  
    • To login/register you will need your username and password.  If you do not know one of these you can call our main office at Karcher (763-0190) or any district building for this information.  
  • Onsite Registration if needing assistance will be held at Burlington High School on:
    • August 17 from 7:00-1:00 and/or 2:30-6:30pm
    • August 18 from 7:00-1:00 and/or 2:30-6:30pm
  • Our Karcher Middle School office is currently open from 7:00 - 3:30pm.  Once school is in session the office is open from 6:45am - 3:45pm.  
  • Student's schedules will be visible online starting August 24 at 8:00am.  
    • We are still double checking schedules but they will be good to go by the 24th.  
  • Karcher Open House:  August 31 from 6:30 - 7:30pm.
    • Students, parents, and/or guardians will have the opportunity to locate their classrooms and talk with staff.
    • Please bring a printed copy of your student's schedule.
    • Please do not bring any of your school supplies as locker combinations will be handed out during the school day.  
Once school starts:
  • The school day here at Karcher is from 7:20 - 2:30.  
    • Students will be able to enter the building starting at 7:05am.  
    • All parent drop off and pick up should occur on Robert Street (by the circle drive).  
      • Parents will not be able to drive through the circle drive once the barrier is in place (am & pm) due to the high traffic flow of students walking.
    • All AM buses drop off on Wainwright Street (by the gym).
    • PM buses are located on both Wainwright Street and Robert Street.  
  • Our first two days of the school year we will be running a modified bell schedule (we will still have a 7:20-2:30 day - just utilizing an atypical schedule)
    • Our character curriculum will be utilized to assist students with the transition to school and ensure all students are comfortable and ready for the school year.  
  • Click HERE for our regular daily bell schedule.  
  • This year all students at Karcher will have the ability to have a free breakfast prior to the start of class.  We will make sure all students are aware of this through our daily announcements in advisory.  
  • One to One - Chromebooks!
    • Every student will be given a BASD issued chromebook on the second day of school.  This is an exciting time for BASD as all students K-12 will have one to one access to technology.  
    • A chromebook will be assigned to your student with a bar code and name identification.  Students at Karcher will not be allowed to bring their chromebooks home and we will assist the students with the structure for pick up and drop off of their chromebooks at the start and end of each school day.  
    • Students are responsible for their school issued chromebook and will need to follow the technology handbook guidelines.  
  • Picture Day will be on September 13 throughout the school day.  
    • Order form information will be handed out to students prior to picture day.  
  • Tuesday/Thursday school will start on September 20th.
    • Every Tuesday and Thursday the library will be open from 2:35 - 3:20 to provide a time for students to have access to their chromebooks and assistance from staff members with their academic work.  
    • This time may also be used by teachers if they feel a student needs to be assigned to Tuesday or Thursday school due to their academic progress.  Parents would be contacted in the event a teacher decides to utilizes this time.  
  • Health Office information:
    • Please remember that if your child requires medication fro the upcoming 2016-2017 school year that a new medication administration consent form will be required before medications can be administered.  Prescription medications do require a MD, PA, or NPAP signature.  Forms can be downloaded and printed from the District's website or picked up in your child's school office.  All morning medications should be administered to the child at home BEFORE they arrive at school.  This prevents the need for controlled substance delivery between school and home.  It also assures 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 call Jessica Polcyn RN, BSN, Director of Health Services for any questions on medication use in the school (262) 763-0214 ext. 203.
Extra Curricular Activities starting in September:
    • Cross Country will start practice on September 8 and run through October 10 with practices after school from 2:45-4:00.
      • Coach contact:  Marilee Hoffman (mhoffman@basd.k12.w.us)
    • Girls Basketball will start on September 7 and run through October 29 with practices after school from 2:45-4:15.
      • Coach contact:  
        • Kurt Rummler (7th grade) krummler@basd.k12.wi.us
        • Brad Ferstenou (8th grade)  bferstenou@basd.k12.wi.us
    • Flag Football will start practice on September 8.  
      • Meeting every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for six weeks.  
      • Coach contact:  Hans Block (hblock@basd.k12.wi.us)











Friday, April 29, 2016

April 29th



Karcher Character Students of the Week
Every week five students will be chosen by our staff for "Karcher Character Student of the Week".  One student from every house (Onyx, Diamond, Hive, & Silver) along with one from the applied academic courses.  The 6th student is chosen from the Karcher Character Bucks students receive throughout the week.  All 6 of these students displayed positive character behaviors within our 8 focused traits:  

Be... responsible, respectful, kind, safe, honest, loyal, compassionate, courageous.  

Student's of the week for 

April 4 - April 8
  • Gwen Busch: (Diamond) 
    • Gwen is a new student and has quickly adapted to Karcher and "The Karcher Way." Gwen treats her classmates with respect, shows enthusiasm for her classes, and has an admirable work ethic. We are glad to have her as a new addition to the Diamond House. 
  • Elizabeth Stoffel: (Applied Academic) 
    • Elizabeth always has a positive attitude, consistently helps those around her, and is always wanting to know how to better her art work.
  • Victoria Vandan: (Onyx) 
    • Victoria consistently displays an extremely positive attitude, she is a very hard worker, and has a sweet demeanor that is appreciated by all who come in contact with her.
  • Cassidy Dorn: (Karcher Bucks) 
    • Cassidy is a responsible worker because she puts forth great effort and takes her time.
  • Sarah Hensley: (Silver) 
    • The Silver House has recently seen her seek out new challenges in her classes.  One of the highlights is taking on leadership roles in class.
  • Tyler Duesing: (Hive) 
    • Tyler is overall a rock solid pillar of our school, displaying honesty, responsibility, respectfulness and kindness to staff and peers.


Student's of the week for 
April 11 - April 15
  • Brent Vieau: (Silver) 
    • Brent had an absolutely outstanding defense of Serbia in our World War 1 Peace Conference.
  • Eban Winker: (Onyx) 
    • Eban's effort, attitude, and focus have improved tremendously. He is working hard to do his very best and we are so proud of his accomplishments.
  • Dawson Weis: (Karcher Bucks) 
    • Dawson was student of the week in science and continues to be a leader at track practice.
  • Kale Dietz: (Diamond) 
    • Kale always has a positive attitude inside and out of class. He is a creative problem solver that thinks outside of the box.
  • Alexis Carver: (Applied Academics) 
    • Alexis has shown tremendous growth this semester in orchestra. Her attentiveness and drive this quarter really show loyalty, courage, and responsibility as the standout attributes of our 8 Karcher Characteristics. 
  • Melissa Johnson: (Hive) 
    • Melissa is always exceptionally positive, industrious, and compassionate towards others.


Student's of the week for 

April 18 - April 22


  • Kylee McNamara: (Silver) 
    • Kylee always has a smile on her face and always looks for the chance to help others. She has a generous spirit!
  • Delbert Gasser: (Applied Academics)
    • Delbert is always friendly and works well with his peers. He is helpful and does a great job participating in class.
  • Dylan Thomas: (Hive) 
    • Dylan put forth awesome effort on his exam this week, displaying responsibility. He has also displayed courage by being a vocal participant in classes.
  • Delaney Brien: (Diamond) 
    • Delaney is a hardworking student that is always representing "The Karcher Way". She has been a quiet leader, but has become an active participant in her classes.
  • Brody Richards: (Onyx) 
    • Brody has a great personality!  He always has a smile on his face even when he's running laps on the track in boots. He is personable, polite, and works hard.
  • Alyssa Blicharz: (Karcher Bucks) 
    • Alyssa is a creative student with a real passion for drawing. She is friendly to all and will happily engage in conversations with everyone, especially her teachers.



Students of the week for 
April 25 - April 29

  • Kale Dietz: (Applied Academics) 
    • Kale is a hard worker and a positive influence in class. This week he has been extremely helpful by assisting his classmates with their Scratch projects.
  • Morgan McNamara: (Hive) 
    • Morgan's continued respectful and kind behavior in and out of the classroom is appreciated by her teachers and peers. She is an outstanding role model for all.
  • Emma Lashbrook: (Onyx) 
    • Emma is extremely polite, exhibits a positive attitude, is persistent in her work, and always responsible.
  • Jessica Salaja: (Diamond) 
    • Jessica always has a positive attitude and is kind to her peers. She always gives her best effort in class and is a great student.
  • Gabrielle Leesemann: (Silver) 
    • Gabrielle  has shown a willingness to challenge herself and has made excellent progress with goals that she has set for herself.
  • Lauren Fitch: (Karcher Bucks) 
    • Lauren puts her all into every endeavor she undertakes! She also makes amazing chocolate chip cookies :)

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Reminders/Information
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  • National Junior Honor Society students ONLY - Highway clean up is tomorrow!

    • Meet Ms. Rummler and Mr. Jones at 9:00 - 10:30 on the bypass between Hwy 11 and County Road A.  Email or call  Stephanie Rummler or Mike Jones for details (srummler@basd.k12.wi.us or mjones@basd.k12.wi.us)
    • Parent pick up is the same location as drop off at 10:30.  
    • Permission slips can be turned in at drop off tomorrow morning if necessary.  
  • Book Fair provided by Scholastic will be running from Monday to Friday (May 2 - May 6) in room 124 here at Karcher.  
    • This is a fundraising activity for our building that allows students to purchase high interest books for middle school students. 
    • Students will attend the fair during their English class on Monday, May 2 and be given a pamphlet regarding the books/items for purchase. 
    • Students will be able to make purchases during their library time or lunch time throughout the week.
    • Books can be purchased with cash, check, or credit card.
  • Walking Lunches KCBs:
  • We will begin our spring MAP Testing on May 9.  These exams show us each students academic growth from the fall, winter, to spring each year.  These exams help us determine proper placement for their academics.  
  • Safety Patrol field trip to the Dells will be May 19-20.  Email Mr. Rummler for details (krummler@basd.k12.wi.us)
  • National Junior Honor Society Field Trip to Madison will be taking place on May 23.  Email Ms. Rummler or Mr. Jones for details (srummler@basd.k12.wi.us or mjones@basd.k12.wi.us)
  • 8th grade Holocaust Field Trip will be on May 27.
    • 100 8th graders will be allowed to attend.  Students will be chosen based on their response to a writing prompt for Mr. Schmidt and Ms. Rummler.
    • Any questions please email - Stephanie Rummler or Jack Schmidt (srummler@basd.k12.wi.us or jschmidt@basd.k12.wi.us)
  • 7th grade Zoo Field Trip will be on May 27th.  
    • Email Ms. Berezowitz or Ms. Hancock for details/questions.  (bberezowitz@basd.k12.wi.us or mhancock@basd.k12.wi.us)
  • Our final Band Concert will be held in the Karcher gym on May 31 @ 7:00pm.  
  • Our final Choir Pops Concert will be held in the Karcher gym on June 6th @ 7:00pm. 
  • Last day of school June 9th - students are dismissed at 12:00.

  • 8th Grade Recognition Information:
      • 8th grade recognition will be held on June 9 at 10:00am in the Karcher gym.  
      • Doors will open at 9:15 for seating.   
      • Students are expected to arrive at the normal start time of 7:10am.  
        • Just a reminder, this is a recognition ceremony highlighting your students transition into the high school.  We encourage students to wear casual/nice attire for the ceremony.  Please note, all school rules still apply regarding proper dress.  
        • More information will follow in future blogs.
      • Our final 8th grade recognition meeting is scheduled for May 16 @ 6:00pm in the Karcher library.  
        • We will be working on finalizing all necessary items:  breakfast, donations for gift bags, and time schedule.  
        • I will also be sharing information in regards to where we are at with things administration is taking care of for the event. 
      • The "keepsake" for the 8th graders will be their 1st Demon High School T-Shirt.  Click HERE for the order form and/or to provide a donation towards 8th grade recognition to help cover the costs for the event.  
        • T-shirt order forms are DUE by May 2nd. 

    • 8th grade Summer School information:  
      • Summer Survivor, a program to assist students with their high school transition, is being offered from July 11 - July 21, Monday-Thursday from 9:30 - 2:00.  
      • If you have any questions about the program please call or email Matt Behringer, assistant principal, at 763-0190 or mbehringer@basd.k12.wi.us.  
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Pictures from the week
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Ms. Botsford's and Mr. Ferstenou team teaching their first lesson of the unit Rome.  Students flowed between Ms. Botsford's and Mr. Ferstenou's classroom throughout the activity.  



Students in Ms. Parr's Math 180 class working on comparing fractions through partner activities.  


Students in Ms. Sturdevant's class simulating bungee jumping with barbies to work on predictions, adjustments, problem solving, and creating an explanation of their math behind, "How many rubber bands are needed for barbie to jump 485 centimeters - no more, no less?"  




National Junior Honor Society - from March 21 - I missed adding these to the last blog!




Pictures from the Hive Discovery World field trip...






Ms. Hoffman & Mr. Block team teaching and assisting students with a jump rope routine.  


National Junior Honor Society Highway Clean Up on April 30.  Great job everyone and what a GREAT turn out!  Even found a full bike!!!








Book Fair items... will be set up from May 2 - May 6 with age appropriate, high-interest items for Middle School Students.




Ms. Waki's STEM students working on their partner roller coasters.


Ms. Pelnar's students working on the perspective unit...

Monday, April 4, 2016

April 4th



Karcher Character Students of the Week
Every week five students will be chosen by our staff for "Karcher Character Student of the Week".  One student from every house (Onyx, Diamond, Hive, & Silver) along with one from the applied academic courses.  The 6th student is chosen from the Karcher Character Bucks students receive throughout the week.  All 6 of these students displayed positive character behaviors within our 8 focused traits:  

Be... responsible, respectful, kind, safe, honest, loyal, compassionate, courageous.  



Student's of the week for 
March 7 - March 11
  • Sara Boarini: (Karcher Bucks) 
    • Sara puts forth great enthusiasm into her day often showing kindness to her friends.
  • Ollie Hoffman: (Applied Academics) 
    • Ollie is an asset to our PE class! She comes ready to participate and gives her best effort and models all 8 character traits we encourage students to practice!
  • Breanna Grissmeyer: (Onyx) 
    • Breanna displays "The Karcher Way" in everything she does. She shows respect and kindness to everyone she comes in contact with and she shows a great deal of responsibility in regards to her school work by staying caught up, by being organized and by putting her best effort forward. 
  • David Smitz: (Diamond) 
    • David has exhibited "The Karcher Way" through his behavior towards his classmates and respect for his teachers. He has been working hard to improve in the area of work completion and has shown a lot of growth this year.
  • Katherine Schoop: (Hive) 
    • Katherine's is very loyal and kind within her contributions in advisory.  She also displays responsibility in helping her teachers and her peers.
  • Serra Brehm: (Silver) 
    • Serra's sense of humor and enthusiasm for learning is appreciated by all her teachers!


Student's of the week for 
March 14 - March 18


  • Ben Rummler (Karcher Bucks) 
    • Ben is a leader that is consistently willing to help others. He is always responsible and a great role model to others.
  • Grant Zelechowski (Applied Academics)
    • Grant is always friendly towards others and very respectful to his teachers. He worked very hard in our last Spanish unit that involved stem-changing verbs and did a really good job of tackling a very difficult concept.
  • Isvyn Martinez (Hive)
    • Isvyn displayed courage this week in advocating for herself and for others.
  • Annathea Brenneman (Silver)
    • Annathea is helpful, encouraging, and brightens every class she is in with her positive attitude.
  • Elizabeth Leon Cruz (Diamond)
    • Elizabeth does a great job participating in group work. She truly displays "The Karcher Way."
  • Carlie Tipple (Onyx)
    • Carlie has shown improved effort, is always willing to help others, and consistently works hard and is polite to others.  

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Reminders/Information
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  • Track & Field  starts today, April 4th for the boys and tomorrow, April 5th for the girls.  The calendar is noted below.
    • If you have any questions email:  
      • Mike Jones (mjones@basd.k12.wi.us)
  • 8th grade parents:  
    • Students who did not pick up their red writing folders during student led conferences will be given them this week during advisory time.  You should expect to see them at home if you do not already have their red folder.  
  • 8th grade parents:  
    • 8th grade recognition will be held on June 9 at 10:00am in the Karcher gym.  Doors will open at 9:15 for seating.   Students are expected to arrive at the normal start time of 7:10am.  
      • Just a reminder, this is a recognition ceremony highlighting your students transition into the high school.  We encourage students to wear casual/nice attire for the ceremony.  Please note, all school rules still apply regarding proper dress.  
      • More information will follow in future blogs.
    • Our second 8th grade recognition meeting is scheduled for April 11 @ 6:00pm in the Karcher library.  Please join us if you are interested in assisting with recognition. 
    • The "keepsake" for the 8th graders will be their 1st Demon High School T-Shirt.  Click HERE for the order form and/or to provide a donation towards 8th grade recognition to help cover the costs for the event.  
  • 8th grade parents:  
    • Summer Survivor, a program to assist students with their high school transition, is being offered from July 11 - July 21, Monday-Thursday from 9:30 - 2:00.  A presentation that will be given to students eligible for the program, nominated by our teaching staff, is being held this Friday during 4th hour.  
    • If you have any questions about the program please call or email Matt Behringer, assistant principal, at 763-0190 or mbehringer@basd.k12.wi.us.  
  • Summer School information will be provided in the next blog.
  • The state required exam that has changed to the Forward Exam will be given at Karcher during the week of April 18th. 
    • 7th grade:  ELA & Math
    • 8th grade:  ELA, Math, Science, & Social Studies. 
    • Additional information regarding the Forward Exam can be located at:  Forward Exam Information from DPI
    • All students will need to have a pair of headphones for the exam.  Please make sure your son/daughter brings a pair in on April 16 or 17 in preparation for the exam week.  (If you do not have a pair we will supply headphones.  We just ask that if you have some to please send your son/daughter with a pair as we do not have enough for all students).  
  • Silver House field trip to Discovery World will be on April 12. If you have any questions please contact Stephanie Rummler  (srummler@basd.k12.wi.us).  
  • Yearbooks are still for sale for 25 dollars.  If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook please make checks out to Karcher Middle School and have your student give the check to their advisory teacher. 
    • Any questions regarding the yearbook please contact Barb Berezowitz (bberezowitz@basd.k12.wi.us)
  • Looking ahead:
    • The spring strings concert will be on May 5 @ 6:30pm @ BHS auditorium.  
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Pictures from the week
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Student Led / Parent-Teacher Conferences...




Mr. Stoughton and Sing-A-Bration (Grades 5 - 12) 
- What a great performance!



Mrs. Rummler's students participating in an Ellis Island simulation as a culminating activity for the understanding of immigration and past immigration processes.  










Ms. Geyso’s students analyzing The Cast of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe and discovering the deeper meaning within the text.  The discussion leads the students to develop a theory about the theme of the story which they will support with evidence in a literary analysis.



Ms. Hoffman and Ms. Rummler organized a discussion opportunity for our Silver House students to talk with Robin Vos the week prior to spring break.  The focus was the 2016 Election and he shared his unique perspective on the election process, including building a platform, running a campaign, and the upcoming Wisconsin primary.





On Display @ Public Library now till April 8th, then April 10th @ BHS for Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. April 11th Kiwanis hosts a dinner for award winners at Cotton Exchange.

Out of 29 spots, KMS took 26

JC Summer Amann - Clay Monster
1st Victoria Vandan - Symmetrical Papercut
2nd Jaedyn Bieniewski - Tempra Batik Door
3rd Selena Casiano Ming - Vase Scratch Art

Chosen for Participation & Display
Saige Helen - Balance Collage
Ashley Rudolf - Reduction Print
Tessa Teberg - Reduction Print
Courtney Hegemann - Balance Collage
Quinn Turke Ming - Vase Scratch Art
Jessica Kauth - Picasso Pet
Jessica Kauth - Textured Hand Drawing
Addie Mangold - Watercolor Landscape
Hannah McMartin - Watercolor Landscape
Leah Beardsley - MC Escher Room
CeCe Donegan - MC Escher Room
Katie Rebollar - Balance Collage
Payton Kretschmer -  2 Pt Perspective City
Jadyn Nadboralski  - Still Life Drawing
Minna Brown  - Clay Monster
Cheyenne Matson  - Clay Monster
Alex Gauger - Lemon Drawing
Alex Gauger - Still Life
Meghan Harris - Balance Collage
Meghan Harris - Op Art Composition
Victoria Vandan - Still Life
Victoria Vandan - Clay Monster





Hive House - Discover World field trip!