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.