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August 13, 2019

Dear Wolverine Families,

I am extremely excited to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year.  This has been an action-packed summer for many of us. Our West Middleton teachers have been working hard this summer, attending professional conferences and professional development in order to keep growing their craft.  Some of the trainings and conferences that staff have attended include: SIT (School Improvement Team) Data Summit, Integrated Comprehensive Systems for Equity (ICS), Responsive Classroom, Columbia’s Teacher College Phonics, Adaptive Schools, and WI PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Annual Conference, in addition to reading professional books, articles, blog posts and listening to podcasts.  Summer is our time to dive into the latest research and best practices so that we can bring fresh eyes and ideas to our students in the upcoming school year. We are so grateful for this opportunity to continue to learn and grow as professionals. We understand that we are models for our students and it’s vitally important to show students how we are all lifelong learners.

I was blessed with the opportunity to attend Teachers’ College Reimagining Education:  Teaching and Learning in Racially Diverse Schools. We were able to work with Columbia staff and students, as well as teachers and administrators from around the country to reimagine what our educational systems could be and how they can continue to evolve in order to meet the needs of all of our students.  It was an inspiring and life changing opportunity for me and I’m grateful to bring the learning and enthusiasm back to West Middleton. I also took two weeks off in the beginning of July and went on an epic road trip out West with my family. We probably packed too much in, but it was incredible to share that part of the country with my kids.  We went to NM, the Grand Canyon, Utah, and Colorado. We visited lots of National Parks and the highlight of the trip was hiking into the Grand Canyon and camping in the Canyon for two nights. For those of you with fourth graders, make sure you take advantage of the FREE National Park pass for all families of fourth graders this year, it’s definitely worth it! (

We have several new staff members who will be joining our West Middleton Team this year.  Please welcome Lindsey Hinebaugh (1st), Chrissy Davis (3rd), Sarah Pongratz (4th), David Van Sicklen (Advanced Learning Specialist), Samantha Chase (Special Education), and Sonya Waldorf (School Nurse).  Erin Hoeft will be moving from 2nd grade to 4th grade. Christine Schmit (3rd) got married over the summer and will be returning to WM as Mrs. Sprenger (congratulations!!). We also have several new support staff including Mali Barnard (Special Education Paraprofessional), and Brandi Spencer (Regular Education Paraprofessional).  And finally, I would like to re-welcome Krissy Herman in her new position as Administrative Assistant!! Krissy joined West Middleton last year as regular education paraprofessional and split her time between the office, lunchroom and Kindergarten. She is replacing Ms. Probasco who took an Administrative Assistant Position in the Student Services Department at MHS.  Please keep your eyes on our West Middleton website for photos and more in-depth introductions of all new staff.

One of the most exciting things about Information Day is the opportunity to find out who your child’s teacher is.  Class placement is an intricate and thoughtful process that involves numerous staff, considerations, and meetings, taking into account each individual child’s needs.  Due to the delicate balance of each class, there is always the possibility of changes, even as we begin the year. Please understand all current class placements are tentative.  Any changes that would be made would be in the best interest of each child. The likelihood of changes is very low, but we do continue to have students enroll and shift class make-up throughout August and September.  

Please mark your calendar with these important upcoming dates for August and September:

Tuesday, 8/20

5:30 - 6:45pm

Kindergarten Play Date (time for our new Kindergarten families to meet each other and play together on our playground)

Thursday, 8/29

4:30 - 6:30

Back-to-School Night with Food Carts!

Tuesday, 9/3



Friday, 9/13


Picture Day

Friday, 9/27

Time TBD

Annual Fall Dance

As we move into the second half of August, we wish you more fun-filled days and peaceful nights.  We will be putting up bulletin boards, organizing supplies and getting ready for our favorite day of the year.   Take care of yourselves and each other.

With Anticipation,

Mrs. Krych



The Krych Kids hiking The Narrows at Zion National Park





The Krychs at Plateau Point inside


              the Grand Canyon



With Anticipation