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 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



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)