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This is the official online blog for the Shorewood School District. All content is created and published by Shorewood School District staff. The purpose of the District blog is to disseminate important information to the public in a timely and accurate way. The blog does not publish public comments, but does invite site visitors to submit comments, which are sent by email to District staff. Comments provide the District and the School Board with important feedback from community members regarding the blog posts, and then District staff respond as necessary to the feedback received. While all submitted comments are reviewed, the District does not reply to every comment that is submitted. Thank you for reading our blog.

SHS students to perform "The Drum Speaks"

Students from Shorewood High School, as well as High School of the Arts and Riverside High School, will be performing “The Drum Speaks” in honor of Black History Month on Friday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in the Shorewood High School Auditorium (1701 E. Capitol Drive in Shorewood).

The production tells the story of important moments throughout African American history, ranging from slavery to the Civil Rights Movement using drama, dance and music. Milwaukee’s 1967 protests for open housing are one major highlight of the show. For 200 days, activists marched in Milwaukee, and, while facing hostile crowds, worked to give African Americans the freedom to live anywhere they want within the city.

“I think this school needs a black history focus, and I want to support it… and I feel like we should express ourselves,” Shorewood sophomore Aalyiah Ingram said. “I am most looking forward to showing the cast and the teachers what we’ve got and our hidden talents.” 

Tickets for the show will be $5 for students and $10 for adults and will be available the night of the performance. 

Posted by on Tuesday February 25, 2014 at 11:00PM
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Keyboarding & Smarter Balanced

Beginning next school year (2014-2015), Shorewood students, like all students in Wisconsin, will begin taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment. This test will replace the WKCE exams in math and English for grades 3-8. (Students will take the science and social studies WKCE test for the last time during the fall of 2014, and will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment for the first time in spring 2015.)

One of the biggest differences between the WKCE and Smarter Balanced is the way it is administered: WKCE asks students to answer multiple choice questions using a paper and pencil, while Smarter Balanced will be administered online, requiring students to navigate a computer screen and type their responses. (Click here to learn more about the Smarter Balanced Assessment.)

The Smarter Balanced Assessment will be administered to students in grades 3-8 for the first time in April of 2015. The test will measure students’ knowledge of math, language arts and reading.  For additional information about the test, check out this entry on the District blog.

Because of the change to an online platform, we are encouraging all students to practice their keyboard skills at home. (Students will also receive additional keyboarding instruction in school.) There are several free resources that can be accessed online to help improve keyboard skills, including:

Additionally, the Shorewood Recreation and Community Services Department will be offering keyboard classes this summer to help students continue to improve their skills. For more information about that class, please visit or call the Recreation Department at 414-963-6913 x4. (Please note: registration for summer classes does not begin until April. All Shorewood families, those who live in the Village as well as those who live outside of Shorewood, will receive a copy of the Department’s summer bulletin in the coming weeks.)

The Smarter Balanced Assessment is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, which were adopted by the State of Wisconsin in 2010. Although the District is not formally adopting the standards, we are working to align our curriculum to them. This will allow for additional teacher flexibility while ensuring that our students are adequately prepared for the types of questions they’ll face when taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Click here for additional information about the Common Core.

If you have any questions about Smarter Balanced, or other curriculum matters, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Tabia Nicholas, our Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Pupil Services. You can email her at or call her at 414-963-6903.

Posted by on Friday February 21, 2014 at 08:24AM
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Weekly Wednesday Blog

Each Wednesday, when Shorewood students are dismissed an hour early, teachers and instructional staff members stay at school and continue working throughout the afternoon. Staff members’ work alternates from week to week, including providing opportunities for employees to meet as a building, department, grade level or to work on curriculum. 

On Wednesday, February 19, staff members spent time working on aligning their current curriculums to the Common Core State Standards, or the standards that guide their content area and ELOs (Essential Learning Outcomes). To complete the work, elementary school teachers met by grade level while 7-12 teachers met by subject area.

The Wisconsin Common Core State Standards for English language arts and mathematics were adopted in 2010. According to the state’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI), the vision is “to provide the foundation for rigorous education designed to prepare all students for success in the global economy.” The standards adopted also provide the framework for the new assessment tools, including Smarter Balanced Assessment, which will replace the WKCE standardized tests in Shorewood, and across the entire state, next school year.

Please contact your child’s teacher or principal for more information about our Wednesday work. 

Posted by on Thursday February 20, 2014 at 04:19PM
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SHS Student Council to host Suicide Prevention Fundraiser

On Friday, February 21, the Shorewood High School Student Council is continuing its fundraising efforts for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a charity that researches and helps heal families affected by suicide, by hosting its Bachelor and Pasta Dinner event. From 5:00-7:00 p.m., a delicious pasta dinner will be served in the high school's cafeteria. The entrance fee is $8.00 per person.

After dinner, everyone will head to the auditorium, where The Bachelor will take place. The Bachelor is the new and improved version of Ms. Shorewood, without cross-dressing. High school boys will be on stage, competing for a date with the highest bidder. They will perform an act and audience members will bid to come up on stage, where they will choose a date based on the boys' responses to questions. (The winning bidder won't be able to see which boy is answering what question.) In the end, the bidder will choose which bachelor they wish to go on a date with, and the boy will be revealed.

The two will then go on their date, where they will get free ice cream in the lobby directly following the show's conclusion.

For community members who only want to see The Bachelor but not attend the pasta dinner, admission is $5.00 per person. (Those who attend the pasta dinner will get free admission to the show.) The show will feature many jokes and surprises, all while supporting a very worthwhile cause! 

Bring your family and friends, and prepare to have fun! If you have any questions, feel free to email Elena Cruz at or Yunny Yum at

Posted by on Wednesday February 19, 2014 at 10:36AM
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SHS Announces National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Shorewood High School is proud to announce that five students have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists: 

  • Haley Florsheim
  • Emilie Lozier
  • Anjana Murali
  • Charles Stahl
  • Daniel Whittle

The selection of some 8,000 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of more than 15,000 Finalists from across the nation is now in progress. In March, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will begin mailing scholarship offers to winners. A formal, public announcement of the winners will be made later this spring. 

Posted by on Thursday February 13, 2014 at 11:00PM
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Shorewood named a Best Intergenerational Community

The Village of Shorewood has been chosen as one of four 2014 “Best Intergenerational Communities” nationally by MetLife Foundation/Generations United.  This award recognizes communities that value the contributions of youth and older adults alike.  Through the Shorewood Connects project, the Shorewood Senior Resource Center, the Shorewood School District (including the Recreation and Community Services Department), the Shorewood Men’s Club, the Shorewood Women’s Club and other community organizations, there are many connections and relationships in Shorewood that promote generations working together toward a better community for all. 

"We congratulate Village of Shorewood, WI for earning this designation. It takes a great deal of effort and forward thinking to create a community where members of every generation want to live,” notes Donna Butts, executive director of Generations United. “Village of Shorewood, WI has worked to ensure its residents enjoy a vibrant, meaningful place to live, are treated with respect and care, and have ample opportunity to work together for the betterment of all.” 

“MetLife Foundation understands the value of programs that encourage generations to work together for the benefit of the entire community,” explained Dennis White, president and chief executive officer, MetLife Foundation. “Communities that care for and engage all members – regardless of age – deepen bonds between the generations and set an important example for other communities to follow. We applaud the four communities selected to receive the 2014 Best Intergenerational Communities Award, as well as the two National Finalists.” 

In its application, Shorewood described intentional efforts to make the Village senior-friendly, through such efforts as the Shorewood Connects Yard Clean-Up days in fall and spring and joint programming between the Shorewood Senior Resource Center and the Shorewood Schools.  It was also noted that places such as the Shorewood Community Fitness Center and the Shorewood High School pool are welcoming places for community members young and old. 

In the Village’s application, Shorewood High School senior Hayley Tsuchiayama described the Annual Chicken Barbeque hosted by the Shorewood Men’s Club at Atwater Park, observing, “The great part about it is that the music will change from a group of high school student to a band of seniors. You can just look out on the field and view community members of all ages engaged. It’s such an inspiring image, seeing the entire town being brought together just for one event.”  Longtime Shorewood resident Julie Guzniczak added, “We all grew up involved in church, school, community events and volunteer activities, taking for granted so many amenities our neighborhood and Shorewood had to offer.  We took for granted, in particular, the richness and special gifts we have living in a neighborhood with large and small families, single people, people of different ages, religions, ethnic backgrounds, abilities and disabilities…It has only been in recent years that I have truly appreciated the gift of “generational living.”  The many kindnesses that our neighbors and their children have extended to us now that we are among the “Grandpas” and the “Grandmas” on the block touches my heart.”

A blue-ribbon panel of judges selected the winning entries from among a host of applicants from across the country. Robert Blancato, former executive director of the White House Conference on Aging and a partner in Matz, Blancato & Associates, served as a judge in the selection process. Blancato, who is also a strategic advisor for Generations United noted, “It is said you can live anywhere, but that does not make it a livable community. These awards signify that a critical component of a livable community is one that fosters an environment where generations live and work together. ” 

Other Best Intergenerational Communities award winners include the City of Parkland, Florida; Maricopa County, Arizona; and Reston, Virginia.   Award winners will travel to Washington, D.C. in March for a recognition event that will include a breakfast for all the communities, potential visits with members of Congress, and a tour of the U.S. Capitol."


Posted by on Monday February 10, 2014 at 01:18PM
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SHS to Host In-School Fresh Water Field Trip

On Wednesday, February 12, Shorewood High School will host The Water Council as part of an in-school field trip for more than 120 of the school’s chemistry students. In addition to The Water Council, representatives from MMSD (Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District), water technology companies as well as additional water-related field representatives will also take part in the event. 

“This is an extension of two units we recently wrapped up, including a unit about global water issues as well as another about science-related careers,” SHS science teacher Karen Grzybowski said. “Besides connecting both units, this in-school field trip will highlight how fortunate the greater Milwaukee area is to be such an international hub of fresh water innovation and research.”

Throughout the afternoon, students will attend numerous interactive presentations and demonstrations, and will have a chance to meet representatives from each of the organizations as well. This is the first time such an event has been held at SHS, but Grzybowski hopes it becomes an annual tradition.

“Our students are really lucky to have local access to so many water experts,” Grzybowski said. “This event will take advantage of those connections, and hopefully open new doors for our students.”

Posted by on Monday February 10, 2014 at 11:47AM
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Afternoon of Service Update

On Monday, January 20, Shorewood School District staff members took part in an afternoon of service, keeping with the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as “a day on, not a day off.”  During the afternoon, staff members volunteered at a variety of locations throughout Shorewood and the greater Milwaukee area. For example, staff members volunteered at Kathy’s House in Wauwatosa while others helped students prepare for their ACT exams. In total, employees volunteered their time at more than ten different locations. 
Some employees visited residents at Manor and Village Park. Among them was SHS teacher Jessica Braun, who also brought Steve, her dachshund. Numerous residents were excited to meet Steve, and shared their own dog stories with Jessica. Jessica and Steve visited the ventilator unit, where they met residents who were unable to speak. As Steve would sit beside these residents, their eyes would light up and a nurse would move the residents' hands to pet the dog. 
After the staff members returned to the District, Superintendent Dr. Marty Lexmond received thank you notes from the YMCA as well as from the Shorewood Senior Resource Center. River Park Court wrote called the District and thanked the teachers for playing bingo with their residents. Click here to hear the voicemail. You can also click here to watch a video about the afternoon of service.
“Our afternoon of service was a great success, and it was wonderful to see our staff members making a difference throughout the community,” Superintendent Dr. Marty Lexmond said. “We look forward to continuing this tradition for years to come.”
Posted by on Saturday February 8, 2014 at 11:00PM
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District Budget Sessions to be Held (*Updated 2/9/14)

Recently employees, parents, and community members completed a survey on budget priorities for Shorewood Schools.  With that and other available information, we are now ready to take the next steps in planning our 2014-15 school budget.

To continue a more collaborative budget development process, District families, residents and staff members are invited to attend a budget information session during the coming weeks. As part of each session, members of the District’s administration team will share the 2014-15 enrollment and budget projections and the results of the budget priority survey. The District will also solicit input on the most important items to accomplish in the budgeting process, while gathering budget proposals for further consideration.  A timeline of Shorewood’s budgeting process will be presented during each session as well. 

 “Getting feedback like this is an important part of all of our decision making processes here in Shorewood,” District Superintendent Dr. Marty Lexmond said. “As we craft our 2014-2015 school year budget, we want to make sure we receive input from all of our stakeholders.” 

Information about the sessions for community members and residents can be found below:

  • Monday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Shorewood Public Library (located at 3920 N. Murray Ave.) 
  • Tuesday, February 11 at 9 a.m. with members of each school's PTO, Dr. Lexmond's Office in the SHS Administration Building (Please note: This is just for the leaders of each school's PTO.) 

Click here to review recaps from the meetings as well as additional budget information. 

Posted by on Saturday February 8, 2014 at 11:00PM
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SHS to offer Global Education Achievement Certificate

Shorewood High School (SHS) is pleased to announce that it will begin offering the Wisconsin Department of Instruction’s Global Education Achievement Certificate (GEAC) to its students next school year (2014-2015).

The GEAC focuses and validates the excellent global education learning opportunities already in place at SHS, while encouraging students to enroll in classes with global content in the arts, sciences and humanities. These classes also prepare students for the jobs and careers they’ll encounter after graduation, both in Wisconsin and throughout the world.

“We are so pleased to be able to offer this certificate to our students,” Dr. Tabia Nicholas, Shorewood’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction, said. “In today’s inter-connected world, it is our job to ensure that our students are prepared to take on the challenges they’ll face in the global marketplace, and the GEAC is a great way to do that.”

In order to earn the certificate, students must complete the following four requirements:

  • Complete coursework in a world language (4 credits) and other courses with strong global implications and analyses (4 credits). (Students must pass all courses with a grade of B or higher.)
  • Independent reviews/reflections on at least eight works of international/cultural media, including at least four books (fiction and non-fiction)
  • Active participation in at least four co-curricular and other school-sponsored activities (i.e. Model United Nations, Amnesty International, etc.)
  • Community Service: A minimum of 20 hours of work connected to a global community or to a global issue.

Some of the classes and co-curricular activities already available to SHS students include French, Spanish, European Studies, African Studies, Asian Studies, Advanced Placement (AP) Art History, Model United Nations, American Field Service, Amnesty International, Guatemala Club, and more.

If a SHS student is interested in earning the GEAC, he/she is encouraged to contact Evan Schmidt, GEAC Coordinator ( Freshmen, sophomores and juniors already enrolled at SHS will be able to earn the certificate even if they completed one or more of the requirements during previous school years.

Click here for more information about the GEAC.

Posted by on Sunday January 26, 2014 at 11:00PM
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    • TueFeb27 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
    • TueMar13 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
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