Monday, September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017

Students of the week for
September 5 - September 9 
Every week each teacher team (diamond, onyx, hive, silver, and applied academic) selects one student they feel went above and beyond to demonstrate The Karcher Way.  These students then are recognized by being our "Students of the week"!  Each student is given a KCB (Karcher Character Buck) and their pictures and teacher descriptions are posted in two places within our building.  Congrats to our first group of students!  We all want to thank you for your leadership and strong character!   

  • Overall information:  
    • If your student will be leaving school early please send them with a note and/or call prior so that we can have them ready when you arrive.  
      • Students waiting will wait at the top of the stairs and come down once they see your vehicle in the circle drive.  You can use the circle drive after 7:30am and before 2:00 for drop off and pick up.  
    • Non bus riders that are going to go home with another student on the bus
      • They need a note from parent/guardian and bring it to the main office.  
      • A blue form will then be given to your student to show the bus driver.
      • 50 cents needs to be handed to the bus driver when they get on the bus.  
    • Regular bus riders going home with a friend on another bus: 
      • Need a note from parent/guardian and bring it to the main office.
      • Will be given a blue form that the need to hand to the bus driver in order to get on.  
    • Grab and go breakfast
      • Free breakfast is offered to all students who attend Karcher.  Grab and Go is available to students prior to advisory in the morning so please encourage them to take advantage!     
    • Weekly emails will be sent to parents/guardians from your students!  
      • Each week your student will share what they have been working on during their time at Karcher.  We encourage you to respond via email to assist students with proper email exchanges along with conversations at home to encourage communication about school with their parents/guardians!  
      • Look for an email this week from your student regarding their English class!  
    • Learning Habits Rubric/Grade
      • Our focus at Karcher is on student growth when it comes to academic achievement but also on student's learning habits (behavior) as well.  All of our teachers gradebooks will reflect 10% of their grade on learning habits and 90% of their grade on academic growth/achievement.  
      • The below image is a copy of our learning habits rubric.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask!  

    • We no longer have planners for all students.  If your student would like a planner you can pick one up at any local store or we do have 25 available for purchase in the main office.  The cost of a planner from Karcher is 3 dollars.  
    • PE Clothing:
      • Students should be bringing in their white or gray t-shirt and a pair of shorts between Wednesday and Friday of this week for their PE uniform.  Names will be written on their t-shirts this week with September 18 being the first day students will be expected to change into their PE uniforms.  
      • If you have any questions please contact Hans Block ( or Jon Nelson (  
    • Yearbook orders: 
      • Forms can be picked up in the main office or from teachers in order to purchase a yearbook for 25.00.  Payments should be made out to Karcher Middle School with advisory teacher's names noted on the envelope.  If you are paying with cash you will receive a receipt of payment.  
  • September 12 - Picture Day is tomorrow.  All students were given picture order forms last week.  Students should bring their order forms with tomorrow and give them to the photographer.  
    • Students should have their pictures taken whether they have their order forms with them or forgot them tomorrow.  
    • If they forgot their order form they can get an new form from the office and return the order form the following day or order online @  If you order online use the following code:  19112XA
  • September 15 - Karcher Kickoff Day!  
    • We will be having a school wide Character Education Kickoff Day were students participate in school wide activities with their advisory, house, grade, and school.  
    • Lunch will be a picnic lunch were the following items will be served for students to take school lunch.  If the items below are not desired by your student please send a bag lunch.  
      • Hotdog w/ bun (grilled by Mr. Berezowitz)
      • Sliced apples 
      • Carrots
      • Cookie
      • Chips
      • White or Chocolate Milk
  • September 21 - Bowling Club starts!  
    • For detailed information click HERE.  
    • Permission Slip click HERE.
  • September 29 - First FNL (Friday Night Live) from 6:00 - 8:00pm!
    • FNL provides a great option for students to choose on a Friday night!  There will be dodgeball tournaments, concessions, board games, outdoor activities (depending on weather), ping pong, and a few other things for students to do.  This is popular for students with around 180 students attending!  
    • In order to get in there will be permission slips available in the main office with a cost of 2 dollars, or 2 canned goods, or 2 KCBs (Karcher Character Bucks).  
      • Permission slips will be available to students a week prior.  

7th grade information: 
  • September 29 - 7th grade School Forest Field Trip
    • The buses will leave school at 9:40am and return around 1:00. 
    • Parents/Guardians interested in chaperoning all students will be bringing home permission slips and on the permission slips there is a place to volunteer to chaperone.  
    • Questions should be directed to Barb Berezowitz ( or Andrea Hancock (
  • Diamond House students: 
    • House apparel is available to purchase at the following website: if you are interested!
    • The last day to purchase is September 19.
    • Contact Brad Ferstenou ( with any questions!  
8th grade information: 

Outdoor Education 

  • There will be a parent informational meeting on September 20 @ 6:00pm in the Karcher library for any 8th grade parents who would like to hear or know more about Outdoor Education. 
    • This is not mandatory for parents/guardians.  The intent is to provide a time for parents to have more background and understanding of Outdoor Education who may want to know more about it.  
  • The cost of Outdoor Education is 140 dollars.
  • The Kringle fundraiser for Outdoor Education is being handed out to students today!  This fundraiser is to assist with the cost of the trip for individual students.  The money your student raises will take money off of their individual cost for Outdoor Education. 
    • Kringle forms will be due back to Karcher on September 22.  Students should turn them into their 7th hour teachers. 
    • The below image is the form your student should have with them as they come home today, September 11.  

Note:  This meeting will meet right before the Washington DC parent meeting on September 20 @ 7:00pm in the library for those interested in the DC trip.  
    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 started and runs 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 starts today, 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.

    Pictures from the first week of school!
      Ms. Rummler's class... getting their brains going on a historical timeline.  

     Learning the lay of the land in the cafeteria.

     Students enjoying their time outside at recess right after lunch.

    Students participating in a friendly relay race competition in PE class!

    Mr. Stoughton helping students understand their own voices.  

    Ms. Nettesheim, Ms. Tenhagen, Ms. Parr, and Ms. Zeman working on their classroom guiding principles in math class.

     Students working on the news in Ms. Newholm's class.  

    Students in Ms. Geyso's class discussing what it means to act like a goose.  

    Studnets in Mr. Schmidt's class brainstorming about their own personal thoughts on what it means to be American.

    Mr. Jone's math class where students are working through math scenarios to figure out clues.  

    Passing time!

    Students in Ms. Pelnar's class starting their first clay project with Ms. Pelnar modeling the process for the students prior to starting.  

     Students in STEM class with Mr. Yopp discussing what they think STEM is and why they signed up to take STEM.  Some amazing answers from the students!

    Students in Ms. Botsford's advisory learning how things work here at Karcher.  

    Mr. Ferstenou going over lunchroom expectations with his advisory.  

    Students in 7th grade sitting with their advisories on the first two days of school and learning about how the cafeteria flows!  

    Our welcome to and/or back to Karcher first day assemblies!

     Our first day assembly explaining our school's dress code with a few teacher's as our dress code models.  

    Proper use of technology assembly.