Monday, August 14, 2017

August 14, 2017


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 2016-2017 school year on the MAP assessments (noted below) in comparison to the national mean.  We are all eager to get back to school and continue making strides forward with all of our students throughout the 2017-2018 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.  

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

  • Online Registration is currently open!  Simply login to your Skyward account to register online.  
    • If you are in need of assistance our office at Karcher is open between 7:00am - 3:30pm.   
      • Once school is in session the office is open from 6:45am - 3:45pm.  
    • Onsite registration for assistance is also available at Burlington High School on August 17 during the below times: 
      • 7:00am - 1:00pm 
      • 2:30pm - 6:30pm 
  • Student schedules will be available online on August 25 after 2:00pm.  
  • Karcher Open House:  August 30 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 on September 5.  
Once school starts:
  • The school day at Karcher is from 7:20 - 2:30.  
    • Morning information: 
      • Buses drop off on Wainwright Street (by the gym).
      • Students will be able to enter the building to access their lockers starting at 7:05am.  
      • All parent drop off should occur on Robert Street or Henry 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.
      • Students dropped off prior to 7:05am will be able to wait in the library until 7:05am.  
    • Afternoon information: 
      • Buses will be parked on Wainwright and Robert Street in the afternoon with departure at 2:36.   
      • Parents can park on Robert Street after 2:36.  If coming prior to 2:36 for pick up we suggest parking on Henry 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.  
  • 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.  
    • A cart will be in the 7th grade hallway for breakfast along with an additional cart in the 8th grade hallway.  
  • One to One - Chromebooks!
    • Every student will be given their BASD issued chromebook on the second day of school.  The chromebook given to them is the same chromebook they had during the 2016-2017 school year.  If your son/daughter is a new student they will be issued a chromebook as well on the second day of school.  
    • Students at Karcher will not be allowed to bring their chromebooks home.  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 12 throughout the school day.  
    • Order form information will be handed out to students prior to picture day.  
  • Tuesday/Thursday school will start on September 19th.
    • 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 for the upcoming 2017-2018 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 our Karcher 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:

    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 2016-2017 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).  

      • Cross Country will start with an informational meeting on September 8 and run through mid-October with practices after school from 2:45-4:00.
        • Coach contact:  Amanda Thate ( and/or Alyssa Riggs (
        • Click HERE for the Cross-Country Schedule.  
      • Girls Basketball will start on September 11 and run through the end of October with practices held at the following times: 
        • Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday:  2:45-4:15.
        • Wednesdays:  3:20 - 4:45
        • Coach contact:  
          • Kurt Rummler (7th grade)
          • Brad Ferstenou (8th grade)
        • Click HERE for the Girls Basketball Schedule.
      • Flag Football will start practice on September 12.  
        • Meeting every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for six weeks from 2:30 - 4:00 
        • Coach contact:  Hans Block (
        • Click HERE for the schedule.