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Tom Price Honored for Child Advocacy and Service

Tom Price has been recognized by the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators, or WASDA, with a 2018 Bert Grover Child Advocacy Certificate of Recognition. Superintendent of Schools Matthew Joynt nominated Price for his work and leadership in a range of volunteer and support capacities, including time served in key leadership roles in the Mequon-Thiensville School District community.

He served as president of the Mequon-Thiensville Education Foundation and was also a member of a committee formed to develop recommendations for the sustained quality of the school district. The recommendations of that committee ultimately led to a successful referendum in the year 2015. As an influential member of the Homestead High School Booster Club, Price was instrumental in a campaign to engage the community to raise funds for a multisport turf field that was installed in 2015.

A passion for athletics has led Price to his involvement in a number of activities working directly with young athletes in the community. He has served many years as an assistant coach in the Homestead High School wrestling program, Thiensville-Mequon Youth Baseball Association president, Mequon-Thiensville Youth Wrestling Program leader and Cardinal Football director of administration.

“Over the last few years, I have had the opportunity to work closely with Tom and learned firsthand what a tremendous asset he is to the work we do to support our youth,” said Joynt. “Whether he is providing leadership to a volunteer organization that supports our youth, raising funds to support our students, or coaching student athletes, Tom is passionate about working to ensure that our youth have endless opportunities to build the confidence, passion and resolve that will fuel their future achievements.”

WASDA is a professional educational organization primarily for those who serve as superintendents. The association additionally advocates for students who attend Wisconsin public schools. The Bert Grover Child Advocacy Award program annually recognizes either individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to Wisconsin youth.  
 

 

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Introducing Our 2018-2021 Strategic Plan

The Mequon-Thiensville School District has released a new plan that will guide the district’s strategic direction. The Strategic Plan 2018-2021 establishes priorities for the use of resources, strengthens operations, enhances organizational coherence and provides clarity and focus on the district’s desired future.

The plan outlines five strategic goals. View the full Strategic Plan at www.mtsd.k12.wi.us/StrategicPlan

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Homestead High School Receives Gold Medal Ranking from US News

Homestead High School has earned a Gold Medal Ranking from US News and World Report, one of only five high schools in the state of Wisconsin to earn that distinction. Homestead was ranked #5 on the list of high schools in the state. Homestead was also ranked #483 in the National Rankings.

US News ranks schools based on their performance on state-required tests and how well the schools prepare students for college. 

U.S. News Top Schools in Wisconsin

 

 

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Two Homestead Juniors Earn Perfect Scores on ACT

Homestead High School juniors Julian Camacho and Zach Teplin scored a perfect 36 on the ACT exam. The ACT is a national college entrance exam that tests in the areas of English, reading, math and science. Both Camacho and Teplin took the test in April.

Nationally, one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score. In 2017, fewer than 3,000 students from a group of over 2 million earned a composite score of 36. Homestead junior Sam Griswold also earned a perfect score this 2017-18 school year.

“We are immensely proud of Julian and Zach, both of whom have distinguished themselves in unique ways here at Homestead,” said Principal Brett Bowers. “Both young men are serious scholars who love learning and have a true thirst for knowledge. They each work hard for their success, making the most of their unique gifts and talents in and beyond the classroom.”

Camacho is involved in the math team, orchestra, programming club, and robotics team.

“I was definitely very excited when I opened the envelope and saw a perfect score,” said Camacho. “At the same time, I must admit that I was also relieved that after three years my score didn't drop. I took the ACT three years ago in 8th grade as part of the NUMATS program and also got a 36. I believe that the most important factor in my score was all the reading that I have done and the knowledge I've gained from my dedicated teachers over the past several years.”

Teplin is involved in swimming (Homestead and club), Link Crew freshman mentorship, Champions middle school mentorship, orchestra and Homestead’s Student-Athlete Leadership Team.

“When I opened up my score envelope and looked at what I got I was so surprised at first,” said Teplin. “But after a couple moments, I became really excited because I knew how cool of an achievement it was. I remember walking out of testing unsure of how I did because I thought some sections were more difficult than ones I've done for practice, so finding out how I did was that much more exciting because it was so unexpected. The combination of being relaxed for the test with prior preparation really helped me, in my opinion.”

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State Superintendent and Equity Council Honor MTSD with Site Visit

The Mequon-Thiensville School District welcomed State Superintendent Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Equity Council on Wednesday, March 28. The focus of the Council’s visit to the Mequon-Thiensville School District was to observe the innovative work the district has implemented related to student social-emotional learning.

At the event, Superintendent Evers spoke about the intersection of social-emotional learning and the council’s focus on equity. Evers also discussed the importance of social-emotional wellness to a topic on the minds of many: school safety.

“Our stakeholders throughout the community have made it evident that social-emotional well-being is a shared priority,” said Superintendent of Schools, Matthew Joynt. “We are approaching building students’ personal skills in innovative ways in our school district. Social-emotional well-being is a focus area in our next three-year strategic plan because we know it provides a foundation for healthy development. Our community must work together to ensure our students develop the skills to engage with others, manage their emotions, show empathy, handle stress, and make responsible decisions to succeed in life and their future careers.”

The Mequon-Thiensville School District provides full-time social-emotional coaches to support students’ learning and growth in each of its six schools. Social-emotional coaches work to intervene, identify and eliminate barriers to students’ academic achievement and social-emotional development.

“Our social-emotional coaches are integral in our endeavors to support and enhance the social-emotional well-being of students and efforts to positively engage with families to improve our approach to supporting student learning,” said Joynt. “Supporting our students’ social-emotional growth ensures that they develop personal skills to persist through challenges, effectively seek help when they need it, and are thoughtful about their actions.”

As part of the visit, the Wisconsin DPI Equity Council members toured Donges Bay Elementary School, where they observed classroom activities designed to encourage self-awareness, self-management, attention, social awareness, and relationship skills. A number of educators at Donges Bay have selected social-emotional learning as a professional practice goal area.

“The educators and staff members of Donges Bay have embraced the importance of social-emotional learning and its impact on student wellness and academic growth,” said Donges Bay Principal Chris Gray. “As a result of the leadership and professional development implemented by of our social-emotional coach, Emily McDevitt, we are seeing students authentically practicing the strategies we are teaching and modeling for them because they see the value of these tools.”

The council had the opportunity to debrief following the site visit to Donges Bay, at which time the work observed at the school and throughout the district was described as “outstanding.”

The purpose of the DPI Equity Council is to examine educational issues through an equity lens and provide expertise with an eye toward equity. More info about the Equity Council at https://dpi.wi.gov/statesupt/equity-council.

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Mary Jo Tye Awarded 2018 Herb Kohl Leadership Award

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has named Mary Jo Tye a 2018 Leadership Award winner. Tye is principal of Oriole Lane Elementary School in the Mequon-Thiensville School District, where she has served for the past 23 years.

Leadership Award recipients are school principals who are being recognized for setting high standards for instruction, achievement, and character, and creating a climate to best serve students, families, staff, and community. Tye is among 16 school leaders from across the state to receive this recognition.

“Mary Jo Tye is a true professional,” said Superintendent of Schools Matthew Joynt. “She is a passionate leader steadfastly focused on implementing systems of support and developing staff members to ensure students’ success and support social-emotional growth.”

The Herb Kohl Foundation annually grants awards to administrators and teachers for demonstrating excellence in their field, and graduating seniors who demonstrate academic excellence and promise. This year, awards in the amount of $6,000 are being made to 100 teachers, 16 principals and their schools, and $10,000 scholarships to 191 graduating high school students.

"I am honored and humbled to be chosen as a recipient of the 2018 Kohl’s Leadership Award,” said Tye. “Truly, this award would not have been possible without the love, support, collaboration, and dedication of the entire Oriole Lane team of students, staff, and parents. In addition, I will be forever grateful for the experiences I have been afforded in the Mequon-Thiensville School District the past 23 years. These experiences have helped to shape me as a leader.”

A statewide committee composed of civic leaders and representatives of education-related associations annually selects the Herb Kohl award recipients. Local award recipients will be recognized during a luncheon at Riverside University High School on April 8. More information at www.kohleducation.org.

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Summer Academy Registration Now Open

Summer Academy Registration Now Open

As you plan activities for your children this summer be sure to keep in mind the academic and enrichment courses that are offered through the Mequon-Thiensville Recreation Department. Summer Academy is a great way to keep students learning during summer and re-engage prior to the start of the school year. 

Summer Academy is taught by our own Mequon-Thiensville School District teachers! 

Registration deadline is April 15. Register Now!

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