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Chad Sova Announced as Next Principal of Oriole Lane

The Mequon-Thiensville School District is pleased to announce that Mr. Chad Sova has been selected as the next principal of Oriole Lane Elementary School. The MTSD Board of Education approved the appointment at their board meeting on March 16. He will begin in the role this summer.

Sova will take the place of current principal Mary Jo Tye, who is retiring this summer after 26 years of dedicated service to the school district. 

The Mequon-Thiensville School District is pleased to announce that Mr. Chad Sova has been selected as the next principal of Oriole Lane Elementary School. The MTSD Board of Education approved the appointment at their board meeting on March 16. He will begin in the role this summer.

Sova will take the place of current principal Mary Jo Tye, who is retiring this summer after 26 years of dedicated service to the school district. 

Sova currently serves as an assistant principal at Homestead High School, where he has served in a leadership role during the 2019-20 school year. He previously worked as a fourth-grade teacher at Donges Bay Elementary School in MTSD until 2017, when he was hired as the assistant principal at Wisconsin Hills Middle School in the Elmbrook School District.

"Chad’s voice for student advocacy is one of the things I admire most about him,” said Homestead High School Principal Eric Ebert. “He works hard to create a sense of belonging for all students and staff in our school. When Chad walks down the hall, he regularly checks in with students and staff to share stories and successes. He listens intently and shares in their celebrations."

Sova’s undergraduate degree in education is from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. In addition, he holds an advanced degree through the Milwaukee School of Engineering where he earned a master of business administration with a focus on educational leadership.

“Chad’s approach to school leadership and his strong advocacy for children position him to be an effective leader at Oriole Lane Elementary School,” Said Superintendent of Schools Matthew Joynt, Ph.D. “I believe his strong track record as a school administrator will serve to grow the collective capacity of staff, families, and community partners in our shared goal to instill in students a love of learning and nurture their personal growth.”

Homestead is currently developing plans to fill the vacancy in the role of assistant principal for the 2020-21 school year.

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Principal Mary Jo Tye Announces Plans to Retire

Mary Jo Tye, principal of Oriole Lane Elementary School in the Mequon-Thiensville School District, has expressed her intention to retire from her position at the end of the 2019-20 school year. Tye has served as principal of Oriole Lane for 26 years.

“The passion that Mary Jo has for education and for her students is truly inspiring,” said Matthew Joynt, Ph.D., superintendent of schools.

During Tye’s tenure, the role of leadership has dramatically changed across industries, and education is no exception. A lifelong learner herself, Tye has embraced a changing leadership dynamic. Her leadership style is to construct a shared vision with all members of the school community, convene the conversations, insist upon a student-learning focus, evoke and support leadership in others, model and participate in collaborative practices, and help pose the questions and facilitate dialogue that addresses the issues of practice at hand. 

Tye’s commitment to equity—seeking to ensure that all students receive what they need, when they need it, in order to succeed—is a foundational and pervasive component of Oriole Lane’s culture. 

“For all of these reasons, Mary Jo serves as a model of 21st-century educational leadership,” said Joynt.  

Under Tye’s tenure, Oriole Lane was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2017. Oriole Lane received the Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Award in three of the last four years, and was recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for being a High Achieving School. Tye was honored with a Herb Kohl Leadership Award in 2019.

“After 26 years of serving students and leading our remarkable staff, this school building is like my second home and the people who bring it to life each day feel like my extended family,” said Tye. “But the time is right for me to enter a new chapter in my life. Above all, I am most proud of our wonderful students, a strong team of staff and committed parents that have made Oriole Lane what it is today. The relationships I have built over the years will never be forgotten.

“In the meantime, we have a lot of work yet to do this year,” said Tye. “In that time, I will take delight in each moment and will no doubt find many more opportunities to add to a lifetime of treasured memories.”

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Student Council Service Project is a Success!!

Mrs. Pepke and Mrs. Riehle are so proud of the Oriole Lane Student Council.  The 12 student council members from 4th and 5th grade chose Family Sharing of Ozaukee County as the organization for their winter drive.   Oriole Lane families were so supportive of this project. By the end of the week they had collected:

Books: 42  Paper Towels: 30  Gloves: 18 pair  Socks: 6 pair  Canned goods: 65  Dry food items: 28  Toiletries: 40

Thank you, Oriole Lane, for all of your donations! 

Mrs. Pepke and Mrs. Riehle are so proud of the Oriole Lane Student Council.  The 12 student council members from 4th and 5th grade chose Family Sharing of Ozaukee County as the organization for their winter drive.   Oriole Lane families were so supportive of this project. By the end of the week they had collected:

Books: 42  Paper Towels: 30  Gloves: 18 pair  Socks: 6 pair  Canned goods: 65  Dry food items: 28  Toiletries: 40

Thank you, Oriole Lane, for all of your donations! 

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Third Grade Classroom Wins Grant
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Ms. Lange's students owe Scholastic a huge thank you for the generous grant they received.  Over the summer Ms. Lange applied and was chosen as the winner of the James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs Grant!!  The classroom was awarded $500 and 10,000 points to build their classroom library with current and diverse books!  They are so excited to dive into ALL of the books!!

Ms. Lange's students owe Scholastic a huge thank you for the generous grant they received.  Over the summer Ms. Lange applied and was chosen as the winner of the James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs Grant!!  The classroom was awarded $500 and 10,000 points to build their classroom library with current and diverse books!  They are so excited to dive into ALL of the books!!

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