Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September 6, 2016


  • Our first 3 days of school have been a success!  Check out some pictures at the end of each blog to see our students in action here at Karcher!
  • We have three main focuses at Karcher.  Below is a short description of each:
    • Character Education:  
      • Across the district, K-12, each school has implemented character education within their school day.  
      • At Karcher we being each week on Monday morning with a character lesson, taught during advisory time.  These lessons focus around our 8 character traits:  Be safe, kind, respectful, responsible, compassionate, honest, loyal, and courageous.  Students will also participate with their advisory on larger scale character projects throughout the school year.  
      • We also utilize "Karcher Character Bucks" (also known as KCBs) as our positive behavior system for students.  When a student demonstrates that they have gone above and beyond within one of our 8 character traits they may receive a KCB from any staff member in the building.  They then can use their KCBs throughout the school year.  Students are made aware of KCB opportunities through our morning announcements.  
    • Literacy - SQIDVPAC and writing:
      • Disciplinary literacy is a necessity for all of our students to ensure they are all college and/or career ready once they graduate from high school.  
      • To assist with ensuring students are college and/or career ready at Karcher we have infused reading strategies (utilizing the acronym SQIDVPAC) across all disciplines at Karcher.  The "S" for example stands for summarizing, synthesizing, and sequencing.  Three different reading strategies to assist students with reading comprehension within the classroom.  
      • Our other focus within literacy is to increase writing opportunities for students.   This includes response journals, informative writing, and persuasive writing across all disciplines.  Other forms of writing will be emphasized within our core subject areas.  
    • Instructional Best Practices:
      • Staff will continue to provide guaranteed and viable curriculum to all of our students utilizing current best practices.  
      • Staff work collaboratively to continuously improve lesson design, common assessments, and differentiation strategies to meet the needs of all students.  
New information:  

  • Our first FNL (Friday Night Live) for all 7th and 8th grade students attending Karcher will be on September 16th from 6:30 - 8:30pm.  
    • FNL has been established to give students an opportunity to engage in safe and appropriate activities on a Friday night.  Activities that will be available are:  dodgeball, outdoor activities, ping pong, video games, and board games.
    • All FNL's are staffed with volunteer staff members from Karcher Middle School
    • The cost to attend can be any of the three:  2 KCBs, 2 dollars, or 4 canned goods (we then donate to Love, Inc)
    • Drop off and pick up will be on Wainwright Street by the gym.  
    • Please pick up promptly at 8:30pm.
  • "Grab and Go" is our free breakfast offered to all students this school year.  
    • There is a "Grab and Go" cart in both the 7th grade wing and the 8th grade wing.  The cart on the first floor (7th grade wing) is near the ramp to go to music or the gym.  The second floor (8th grade wing) cart is near the library. Students can access either cart for their free breakfast.  Students simply need to provide their 5 digit lunch code for documentation purposes only.  
    • Students can eat their breakfast in their advisory at the start of the school day or save their breakfast items for a snack later in the school day.   
    • The daily breakfast menu is located on our website under the "Food Service" tab on the left side of our BASD website.  Once you click on "Food Service" there are clickable links to the calendar by school on the right hand side.  CLICK HERE to access the September breakfast food calendar for Karcher.  
  • CLICK HERE  to access the September lunch food calendar for Karcher. 
  • Chromebooks - students have been issued their chromebook.  Their issued chromebook will be their BASD technology device for the next three years!  Students need to take care of them as they keep the same exact device throughout all three years.
  • We are working on our finalized list for other extra curricular activities and I plan to share those in our next blog...
  • CLICK HERE if your 7th grade student is in the Diamond House.  This is their homework calendar as a team... this can also be found on our "Parent Links" tab on the Karcher Middle School Website.
  • Picture Day order flyers will be handed out to students tomorrow, Thursday, during advisory.  Expect them to be coming home tomorrow! 
    • Picture day is on September 13th.  Students are called to the library in alphabetical order throughout the day.  
    • Students should have their order form with them and give it to the photographer at the time of their picture being taken.  

    Reminder... Extra Curricular Activities starting in September:

    Please note:  Anyone who is participating in cross country or girls basketball MUST have a physical turned into the health office to participate.   All necessary forms are located under our "Karcher Athletics" tab on the Karcher website.  CLICK HERE to go directly to the link.  

    The following are the three extra-curricular activities offered starting this week:
      • 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 (
      • 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)
          • Brad Ferstenou (8th grade)
      • Flag Football will start practice on September 8.  
        • Students planning on starting flag football do NOT need to have a physical as this is considered a club.  
        • Meeting every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for six weeks - see below schedule.
        • Coach contact:  Hans Block (
        • Click HERE for the permission slip needed for flag football.  

    Pictures from the first few days of school!
    Students working on finding their classes and figuring out their lockers.  

    Learning the ins and outs within the cafeteria.  

    Taking advantage of their free time right after lunch!

    Math students getting to know each other in Ms. Tenhagen and Ms. Nettesheim's classroom.

    8th grade students already working on their book selections for Ms. Geyso's ELA class.  

    Students working on building the tallest spaghetti tower as a team building activity in Mr. Sulik's ELA class.  

    2nd day assembly on the utilization of their 1 to 1 chromebooks!  

    After the assembly students were already engaging in their learning through the use of their chromebooks in Ms. Murphy's ELA class.  

    Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    August 16, 2016


    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 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



    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 (
      • 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)
          • Brad Ferstenou (8th grade)
      • Flag Football will start practice on September 8.  
        • Meeting every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for six weeks.  
        • Coach contact:  Hans Block (

    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 :)

    • 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 ( or
      • 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 (
    • National Junior Honor Society Field Trip to Madison will be taking place on May 23.  Email Ms. Rummler or Mr. Jones for details ( or
    • 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 ( or
    • 7th grade Zoo Field Trip will be on May 27th.  
      • Email Ms. Berezowitz or Ms. Hancock for details/questions.  ( or
    • 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  
    Pictures from the week

    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...