Friday, March 16, 2018

March Family Newsletter

Hello Haen Families!
It is hard to believe that we are nearing spring time!  Thank you to our families who attended Parent Teacher Conferences.  The connections between school and home support students learning and growth.  Please know you can contact us at any time if you have questions, celebrations or concerns regarding your child.  

Our 4th Book Drawing was a success, with students entering tickets for over 100 books to be drawn.  The excitement for reading is contagious!  A huge thank you to our Haen Parent Advisory Committee for the purchase of the books!  This is a very worthy tradition!

This month's assembly focused on being Safe, Respectful and Responsible... being the best Haen Hawks we can be!  Officer Kohl was introduced as our new Police School Liaison Officer.  He talked about being safe at school and in the community.  Our 1st and 2nd Grade "Forward Friends" cheered on the 3rd and 4th Grade students as they start the WI Forward state assessment this month.  Students also learned more about our new Hawk Eye picture, a special event to recognize students for their efforts to show safety, responsibility and respect.  Check out the Victor Haen Facebook page for some pictures!

Read on for important dates and happenings at Haen and in the district.  :)

Happy March!
Holly Magness

  • March 6: Grade 3 to PAC 11:50 - 2:00 PM
  • March 6 & 8 Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00-7:30 PM
  • March 9: Grade 4 to 1000 Islands 8:30-11:00 AM
  • March 9 Parent/Teacher Conferences 12:30-4:00 PM
  • March 16: Wear Green!
  • March 16: Grade 3 & 4 Walsh Foundation Opera for the Young @ KHS 8:15-10:00 AM
  • March 17:
  • March 19: Please note the PAC Meeting that was scheduled is cancelled.
    • Also Note:
      • April 16 PAC meeting is rescheduled to Monday, April 9 @ 4:00 PM
  • March 28: 11:30 Dismissal- No lunch served
  • March 29-April 2: No School
All community flyers will be found on the district web page. Click here to access information for this month!
  • Girl Scouts
  • 2018 Kaukauna Softball Flyer
  • Champs Camp 2018
  • 2018 Electric City Soccer Flyer
  • Haen Breakfast in the Classroom
  • Tanner, Quinney, NDLC and Park Breakfast in the Classroom

Wisconsin Forward Spring State Assessment

The Wisconsin Forward Exam will be given in schools between March 19 and May 4, 2018. The Forward Exam is a state mandated summative assessment which provides information about what students know and can do in relation to the Wisconsin Academic Standards. Students receive a score based on their performance in each content area.

There are sample or practice test questions available for students. An Online Tools Training (OTT) is available for students at The OTT is intended to give students the opportunity to practice with tools available on the Forward Exam, as well as allow them to familiarize themselves with the testing platform. The OTT is not scored, nor is it intended to provide practice on the test content. Students will be exploring these tools and training at school prior to testing.

The Forward Exam will be administered online and be given to:
· Grades 3-8 in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics
· Grades 4 and 8 in Science
· Grades 4, 8, and 10 in Social Studies

The Forward Exam includes several question types:
· Multiple-Choice (MC): Question that has four answer choices, including three distractors and one correct answer
· Enhanced Selected Response (ESR): Question which may contain combinations of MC, short-answer, and technology-enhanced
· Evidence-Based Selected Response (ESBR): Question which has two parts. The student answers Part A, then provides evidence in Part B to support answer in Part A.
· Text-Dependent Analysis (TDA): Question used on the ELA test. The TDA is a text-based analysis, based on a passage that is read by the student during the assessment. Students must draw on basic writing skills while inferring and synthesizing information from the passage in order to develop a comprehensive, holistic essay response. Students have up to 5000 characters to formulate their response.
· Technology-Enhanced (TE): TE questions allow for a more engaging, interactive assessment.

Accommodations and supports for students with disabilities and/or English language learners are built into the system so that the progress of students can be accurately measured. Some students may take the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessment instead of the WI Forward. The DLM assessment is intended for students with significant cognitive disabilities in grades 3-11 and is designed to compare a student’s strengths and needs to clearly defined standards, skill levels, or areas of knowledge. It is aligned with the Wisconsin Essential Elements and measures how students perform in relation to those standards.

The estimated time for the test administration in each grade is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes for ELA, 1 hour and 45 minutes for Mathematics, 1 hour and 40 minutes for Science, and 1 hour and 30 minutes for Social Studies. These are estimated times, as the WI Forward Exam is not a timed test so students work at their own pace.

If you have any questions or concerns about the WI Forward, please contact Mrs. Magness.
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Summer School 2018
Kaukauna High School
1701 County Road CE

Tuesday, June 12 - Friday, June 29 (Monday - Friday)
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (some classes may run past this time, but no transportation will be available)

NOTE: Classes will also be on Fridays


  • Payment is due at the time of registration.
  • The Summer School Software requires payment in order to complete the registration.  Your child will not be registered in a course if payment is not made online via debit/credit card.
  • If you need to pay with cash or check please come to the district office to register.
  • If you have a financial hardship and are unable to pay the full fee, please contact Erin Kape at the District Office at: 920-766-6100 ext. 2002 or prior to registering.
  • Refunds will be issued until Friday, May 18. After the closing of the window on May 18, no fees will be refunded

Summer School Open House!

We will be hosting an Open House on Monday June 11, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Summer School Leadership Team and Student Volunteers will be available to assist students and parents in locating classrooms and answer questions. Please note that teachers will not be present during the Open House.

Registration Dates:
Sunday, March 18: Summer School Registration begins at 2:00 PM
Friday, May 18: Summer School Registration closes at 12:00 PM

Link to register: This summer, we will be using a new Registration Software. Please watch for more information in the next couple of weeks surrounding the registration process.

Course Catalog: It is located on the Kaukauna Area School District Summer School website at:

For any questions please contact:
Erin Kape
Phone: 920-766-6100 Ext. 2002

2nd Grade Music Concert
All second grade students will be performing a Spring Concert on Thursday, May 3 in the Victor Haen gymnasium.  The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Stay tuned for more information!

2018/2019 4K Screening & Registration

This spring, the Kaukauna Area School District will again initiate a voluntary 4K screening on June 1st, June 4th and June 5th. Registration packets have been sent home to eligible 4K (those who will be 4 on or before September 1, 2018) students. In order to plan for classroom and staffing needs, it is crucial that we receive this information as soon as possible. Children not yet school age that may have delays or other difficulties are also eligible to be screened at this time to help determine if development testing/special services might be needed. Parents with specific developmental concerns may contact Lisa Sheppard anytime at 766-6150.

News from our Specialists

News from Mrs. Sundelius, School Nurse

Wood Ticks and Deer Ticks are commonly found in Wisconsin during the spring and summer months; mostly in wooded or brushy areas with tall vegetation. During their lifetime, ticks will go through four stages, from egg to adult. Each stage requires an increasingly larger blood host to ensure survival. Humans are at most risk during the months from April through September.

Most tick bites are harmless, however, ticks can cause diseases such as Lyme or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. So it is important to remove the tick properly and disinfect the area.

How do you remove a tick? Remove a tick as soon as possible by following these steps:
  • Use tweezers to grasp the tick firmly at its head (point of entry into the skin).
  • Pull gently but firmly straight back until the tick lets go of the skin. Do not twist or rock the tick from side to side as this may cause the body of the tick to separate from the head; leaving the head in the skin. If this should happen, contact your healthcare provider.
  • Once the tick releases from the skin drop it in a ziplock bag. The bag can either be the storage container to seek further identification of the tick if needed or to simply dispose of it in the trash.
  • Wash the skin site where the tick was embedded with soap and water; apply antibacterial ointment.
  • Monitor the skin site where the tick was embedded for red ringed rash which looks like a bull’s-eye or other redness that is hot to the touch and seems to be getting bigger around the area. Other symptoms to look for and report to your healthcare provider: fever, headache, fatigue, muscle or joint aches.
As always prevention is the best way to manage ticks and the diseases they may carry. To minimize tick exposure, wear clothing that is light in color along with a chemical repellent when walking in or near woody or brushy areas with tall vegetation. Tuck pant legs into socks or boots and stay on trails if possible. Remember to check your skin for ticks soon after any excursion where ticks may be living.

Music With Mrs. Hoks-Lapin

Celebrate Music! March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month! First grade learned about presto and largo with our Music Show friends. 2nd grade have their Spring Concert on Thursday, May 3 at 6:30. Students learned new vocal exercises before rehearsing their performance songs. 3rd grade completed learning about the symphony orchestra with a lesson on audience etiquette. Students attended a concert at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. 4th grade only have a few belts left to earn before recorder lessons are complete.

Art With Mr. Theder

First Grade Artists are in the process of finishing up their flower clay bowls. They learned about how to construct a bowl out of a slab of clay. They got a chance to add leaves to them by using slip and scoring. First grade will soon be painting/glazing them to make them to their liking.

Second Grade artists just finished up their native american weaving project. They will soon be printmaking with their printing plate they made of a cityscape. Second grade also had a chance to learn about radial symmetry by making a design with their name for their mexican themed celebration this month.

Third Grade artists are currently working on their printmaking project. They got to learn about different types of printmaking, they got a chance to make their own printing plate of a cityscape that they will layer into three pieces to make a large city out of their prints. Third grade will lastly finish it up by painting in their sky and background.

Fourth Grade artists are currently working on their printmaking project. They got to learn about different types of printmaking, they got a chance to make their own printing plate of an animal that they will layer into three colors on multiple sheets of paper. Soon fourth grade will start working with clay shortly after printing their animals.

PhyEd with Ms. Ziegler

Citizenship was the character trait for February. Students worked to be “bucket fillers” by helping other students feel good through positive words and actions during gym class. Students also learned about helping others through our Jump Rope For Heart event.

Haen’s 26th Jump Rope for Heart took place during gym classes for students to enjoy a variety of jump themed activities. Students learned how to “Scare” away heart disease and learned important heart facts about how to develop healthy Heart Habits! The students gave their hearts a workout while at the same time helping the American Heart Association and others whose hearts are not as healthy! The final donation total will be announced in the near future as donations continue to come in. Thank you to all the families, Mrs. Magness, teachers, and the community for your continued support of Jump Rope for Heart!

Grade 1
Ring basketball reinforced adding plus underhand throwing at a target. “Shadow Dancing” was a song about moving creatively while the whole class moved their bodies in the same way. The Oxygen Cycle game taught about how our bodies use and need air when we exercise. Students participated in Jump Rope for Heart fitness stations all with a jumping theme and learned how to be heart smart! Angry Birds worked on cooperating with others and working together to knock down a block wall to uncover and find the pig! It was neat to see all the creative wall designs and teamwork! The favorite fitness games in February were Run, Rabbits, Run, Hearts to the Rescue, and Jumping Beans!
Grade 2
The Oxygen Cycle game taught about how our bodies use and need air when we exercise vigorously. Valentine Rescue, Heart Tag, and Star Wars Tag challenged our chasing and fleeing skills and pumped up our hearts.

The jump rope ladder taught students a progression of jump rope tricks as they moved up the ladder. Castle Ball was a cooperation game where groups built a hoop castle and worked together to guard and protect it. Trapping and blocking foam balls with many different body parts was also accomplished in the game Noodle Knockdown where players tried to make a sneak attack by throwing their ball safely when a noodle guard was not looking their way.

Grade 3
Students learned new tricks from the jump ladder to build endurance as they participated in a jump rope and exercise circuit that included jump themed activities during Jump Rope for Heart week. Jump Tic Tac Toe was a team game packed with strategy. Treasure Island was an aerobic game that taught about the health benefits of aerobic activities. The Oxygen Cycle game taught how our bodies use and run out of air when we exercise vigorously. Favorite fitness games we played were Treasure Island, Raindrop, and Medic 911!

Grade 4
Jump rope basics, jump ladder tricks, turnstiles with long ropes, and an exercise circuit with many different jumping activities was practiced to give our hearts and lungs a workout during Jump Rope for Heart week. Team Offense/Defense was the favorite guarding game. 10 Trips was an all-out running, throwing, and catching challenge where groups had to set and try to complete a throwing goal of between 10-15 throws before their runner finished 10 trips between two lines. Fun! The game Treasure Island was an aerobic game that taught about the health benefits of aerobic activities. The game 3 in a hoop required a lot of teamwork, awareness, and strategy to capture and keep 3 foam balls. Fairness and sportsmanship took a front row seat in this game. The 4th graders stepped up and made it happen!

The "Ten at a Time" activity calendar below is also a great resource for people who "never have enough time to exercise." Each day lists one exercise that can be done either 10 times or for 10 minutes at a time throughout the day. Please try to exercise with your children and you will be on your way to starting a healthy habit both for you and them! Hope you enjoy the Activity Calendar! Watch for more in the future!

Learning in the Library With Mrs. Munin

Make sure to checkout all the exciting and new things on the LMC website. There are always new books, games, activities, and ebooks to read.
First Grade:
We have been working on planet research to create some Chatterpix videos. You can checkout more interesting facts on planets on the LMC website. Stay tuned for our chatterpix movies next month on the LMC website.

Second Grade:
In second grade, we have been working on learning google slides and creating presentations. We are in the process of recording the students presenting their slideshow. Some have been posted - but you can check back here and see as others get filmed.

Third Grade:
To go along with the extreme weather unit, we have been learning Google slides and creating a presentation. Stay tuned next month as we turn the facts from our slide show in to an extreme weather forecast. We will hopefully have these completed and up on the website in the next couple weeks.

Fourth Grade:
To compliment the historical research unit in fourth grade, we have been learning some research skills covering databases and citations. Once the research has been completed the students will be creating a newscast about their event. Stay tuned for those on the 4th grade page of the LMC website.