Tuesday, May 21, 2013
One of the new administrators has been an assistant principal at the high school.
Two new administrators will join the Muskego-Norway School District office next year, though one is a familiar face. Michelle Schwab was hired as the assistant superintendent for teaching and learning. “She has worked at the state and local levels in the areas of educator effectiveness and teacher compensation,” said Dennis Bussen, assistant superintendent. “We are excited that Michelle will be working with Muskego-Norway Schools on our continuous improvement efforts.” Schwab was the director of educator effectiveness for the past two years in New Berlin. Previously, she worked for the Minnesota Department of Education as a school improvement specialist and a director of professional development. Her salary will be $123,500. Also, Lisa …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Despite changes in benchmarks for Wisconsin statewide reading and math tests, Muskego-Norway students continue to perform significantly higher than the statewide norms.
Use Patch's interactive database to see the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations scores in Elmbrook and other area districts for the last three years. Students in the Muskego-Norway School District saw lower scores in statewide math and reading tests this year, but those changes are almost entirely due to tough new standards that kicked in this year. In Muskego-Norway, 44.7 percent of the students who took the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations in November 2012 scored at proficient or advanced in reading. That's compared to 91.9 percent who hit that mark in 2011. The 2012-13 results were released last week. In math, 64 percent of the Muskego-Norway students were proficient or better this year, compared to 90 percent …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
See Muskego's most recent graduation and drop-out rates, and how they compare to the rest of the state and surrounding districts.
Graduation rates in Muskego are well above the state average, with nearly all the 12th grade students enrolled in 2011-12 receiving a diploma, according to data from the state Department of Public Instruction. Statewide in 2011-12, 88.6 percent of enrolled high school seniors received diplomas, and 5.5 percent of students dropped out of school. That year in Muskego, 95.4 percent of students received diplomas, according to DPI data, and 2.4 percent dropped out of MHS. By comparison, in nearby Whitnall School District, the graduation rate was 96.8 percent, with 1.4 percent dropping out. Search above to see information about graduation rates in Muskego and other districts throughout the state. The search function is not available on mobile …
Saturday, April 13, 2013
See how the number of students per staff member in the Muskego-Norway district stacks up against nearby districts and the state.
One thing that always comes up when districts talk about laying off staff, is the student-staff ratio. In general, according to the non-profit group Class Size Matters, a lower ratio is considered good, providing for smaller class sizes and giving students more opportunity for attention from teachers. There were 870,470 students enrolled in Wisconsin public and charter school in the 2011-12 school year. employing the 3,497 administrators, 31,532 aides and support staff, and 65,446 licensed staff members. (All employment numbers are full-time equivalents, meaning two half-time staff members would count as one.) Average staff-student ratios are as follows: 249 students per administrator, 28 students per aide/support staff, and 13 students …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Director of School Performance says she will miss working for Muskego-Norway, but takes the opportunity to work in Elmbrook District and much closer to home
It could be another year of resignations and new hires at Muskego-Norway Schools, as Tammy Gibbons announced she will be leaving the district at the end of the school year in June. The announcement came Monday night during the school board meeting, and Superintendent Kelly Thompson said Gibbons' tenure was short but praised her efforts as Director of School Performance. Gibbons started as principal of Muskego Elementary about six years ago, moving into an interventionist position in the schools shortly after. She has been a district administrator for just three years. Her new position at Elmbrook is Director of Elementary Education. She told Muskego Patch that "it's going to be tough to leave the people I work with, but what I will be …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Superintendent Kelly Thompson says she knows the word 'lockdown' sounds scary, but during a recent incident, the goal is security and protection in any circumstance
After a brief lockdown at Muskego High School sent a mild panic among school parents on March 5, Muskego-Norway School Superintendent Kelly Thompson said the process was what schools are trained for, and kept students safe. "We knew fairly early on that it was not a threat to the student body directly, however we needed to control what was going on inside the school as the information we were receiving evolved," Thompson explained. A student who had been out of the school at that time was being sought and there were concerns that he may have been a danger, and Thompson said the reaction of the district along with the Muskego Police Department was to control the threat. "Our job at that point is to keep kids in as safe and protected a …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Eleven teachers will retire from the Muskego-Norway School District at the end of the school year.
As the school year heads into its third quarter, resignations have been announced for the following teachers: Mary Ajack, Muskego High School, Performing Arts Deborah Brownlow, Lake Denoon Middle School 7th grade math Ellen Buhrandt, MHS, Special Education Sharon Dangelo-Carter, Muskego High School, Biology Mary Hintz, Tess Corners Elementary, 3rd grade Nancy Ihrcke, MHS, Architecture Laurie Kaczmarek, MHS, History Marlene Petersen, substitute teacher Janet Phillips, MHS, Special Education Suzanne Ricca, MHS, English Therese Rilling, Lake Denoon Social Studies and Literacy The Muskego-Norway School Board announced the resignations and approved them at their meeting on Monday night. The retirements will be effective June 30, 2013.
Friday, February 1, 2013
Wondering what is being offered for your kids at Muskego Schools? Here are the lunch menus!
What's for lunch at the Muskego-Norway School District? You can check the menus for the area schools via the attached PDF. For more information on the nutrion and lunch visit the school district website.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Muskego-Norway Schools have 24 spaces available in all five of its elementary schools, but not all grades have openings.
The number of projected open enrollment spaces available for the 2013-2014 school year were announced at the Muskego-Norway School Board meeting Monday night, and if you're a non-resident hoping to get your child into a Muskego middle school, you're out of luck. However, 24 spaces are currently available in the following elementary schools for the following grades: Projections were based on the department of public instructions process for calculating spaces by rolling current class sizes forward.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Former MHS Principal and Assistant Superintendent will step down at the end of June, citing family reasons for his departure.
After taking the second-in-command position at the Muskego-Norway School District in July 2012, Dr. Dennis Bussen announced his retirement at the school board meeting Monday night. The announcement came more as a board action to accept his resignation, and Bussen did not make a statement at that time. However, he told Muskego Patch afterward, "I had been thinking about retiring for some time lately. I would like to spend more time with my four grandchildren, wife and family." "There are also some personal family reasons that have influenced my decision. The students, parents, staff and Muskego-Norway community have been outstanding to work with during my 12 years of service. I feel extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to …