South Milwaukee Middle School


Our Scholastic Book Fair is here this week. The library will turn into your very own book store. There you will find hundreds of books from new and favorite authors, popular series, cool posters and school supplies. The Scholastic Book Fair is fun for everyone and will be here from Monday, April 20th to Friday April 24th, with extended hours on Thursday for Rocket Family Night.
Don't forget to come in and sign up for the drawing. We will be giving away two baskets of books this year. Winners will be announced Monday, April 27th. 


Our 3rd Annual Rocket Family Night is just around the corner, and we could use a few more volunteers to help things run smoothly. If you are interested in helping out Thursday, April 23rd beginning at 5:00 pm, we have spots at our check in table, dinner serving, and prize drawing. Please email Mr. Hendrickson at:


The gift of literacy opens many opportunities for our children. Students can read and write about captivating places, people or things. The ability to read and comprehend creates a child who can self-teach and understand and apply new concepts in any subject. The evolution on how adolescents interact with text in the 21st century has been immense. They must be able to comprehend and construct information using print and nonprint materials in fixed and virtual platforms across disciplines. According to the International Reading Association, adolescent literacy is “the ability to read, write, understand and interpret, and discuss multiple texts across multiple contexts.” The expectations for adolescents in the 21st Century are:

  • Read a variety of texts including, but not limited to, traditional print text and digital (multimodal) text.

  • Author words and images in fixed domains as well as multimodal settings.

  • Talk about a variety of texts with others, including teachers, peers, members of their own communities, and the larger world population.

  • Interact with text in discipline-specific ways within and across all subjects inclusive of, but not limited to, electives, career and technical education, and visual and performing arts.

South Milwaukee Middle School is committed to creating a strong connection between school and family. As part of this commitment, I am excited to announce that our Third Annual Rocket Family Night is scheduled for Thursday, April 23, from 5:15-8:00 pm.  Rocket Family Night will give parents and children the opportunity to learn more about literacy at South Milwaukee Middle School. The current state assessment data we have on our students in relation to literacy is alarming. The work in increasing the literacy skills of our students is a joint effort between school and home. The focus of Rocket Family will be to give an accurate picture of our students and provide strategies that will help support the efforts within our school. We will be discussing the future plans South Milwaukee Middle School has for addressing the literacy performance of our students. In addition, we will have activities that focus on healthy lifestyles, and drawings for a bunch of great prizes as well. Please come join us for dinner and find out what you can do with your children to support our efforts. Dinner will be served from 5:15-5:50 with literacy and healthy lifestyle sessions beginning at 6:00 pm.

As we continue to plan for this event, we could always use more help. If you are interested in helping our Parent Advisory Group plan this event, please email me at I am looking forward to a wonderful event.

Jim Hendrickson


International Reading Association. (2012). Adolescent literacy (Position statement, Rev. 2012 ed.). Newark, DE: Author.


This spring, throughout Wisconsin students in grades 3-8 will be taking a new standardized assessment called the Badger Exam.  This assessment measures students’ knowledge and skills in the areas of English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics and will be taken on the computer.

Our middle school students will take the Badger Exam between April 14th and April 24th. The Mathematics portion contains three sections and the English Language Arts (ELA) portions contains one section.  These exams will be spread out over the course of our April testing window.  Each district chooses the exact testing widow.  

Here are some practical tips and suggestions that you can use at home to help your student be at their best for the Badger Exam:

  • Attendance: Please make sure your student is at school on the days of the assessment.

  • Rest: Please help your student get a good night’s sleep each night.

  • Nutrition: Please help your student eat healthy meals and drink plenty of water.

We will continue to share more tips and suggestions in the future. For more information or to see Practice exams, visit:


2015-2016 Schedule

The South Milwaukee School Board recently approved a new middle school schedule beginning in the 2015-16 school year. This schedule increases the amount of time for our English/Language Arts and Math classes in grades 6th-8th. In addition, this schedule will include an 8th grade Health course. The new schedule changes how our Allied Arts courses are offered. A copy of the presentation can be found here. You can also access a "Frequently Asked Questions" document here.


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