Parent Newsletter

Parent Newsletter

July 2, 2020

We're excited to have your son and family join the Marquette High community! You will receive a mailing in mid-July with information regarding registration and the beginning of the school year. In the meantime, we wanted to share some important information to help you prepare for the school year.

Listed below are some of the significant dates for next school year so that you can begin your long-range planning. Please make special note of the Christmas and Easter vacations. Parents should not request that students be dismissed from classes for vacations at times other than those planned in our schedule. Students risk grading penalties when vacations extend beyond the MUHS academic calendar.

  • Freshman Registration - Wednesday, August 19
  • Freshman Orientation - Thursday, August 20 and Friday, August 21
  • First Day of Classes - Monday, August 24
  • Freshman Parent Night - Wednesday, August 26
  • Thanksgiving Break - November 25 - 27
  • First Semester Exams - December 16 - 18
  • Christmas Vacation - December 21 through January 3
  • Mandatory Freshman Retreat - March 4 - 6
  • Easter Vacation - April 1 - 11
  • Second Semester Exams - May 19 - 21

All students entering Marquette University High School must have a physical examination by a physician, whether or not he is intending to participate in sports. Please make arrangements to have that examination completed before school begins in August. If a student plans to participate in a fall sport, he must have his physical exam before Aug. 3 (the week fall sports begin for freshmen). All other students should have their physical exam before Freshman Registration on Aug. 19. The Emergency Information Form and WIAA Athletic Permit linked below should be completed by all families and returned to the school office.

2020-21 Emergency Information Form

WIAA Athletic Permit 20/21 and Student Medical History

Additional information regarding athletics for the 2020-21 school year is shared later in this newsletter. You'll also find information regarding the required summer reading assignment, 1:1 device requirements, calculator recommendation for the MUHS math curriculum, Study Skills Boot Camp, and the Used Book Sale.

As always, if you have any questions as you begin your MUHS journey, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Casey Kowalewski
Dean of Students
kowalewski@muhs.edu


ACADEMIC INFORMATION

Summer Reading Assignment
All incoming freshmen at MUHS are asked to complete a summer reading assignment. Research tells us that in as few as 10 days without reading, verbal skills begin to diminish and neural pathways connected to language are weakened. We want our students' brains strong for their first year at Marquette High! The reading assignment gives the incoming freshmen a common experience to ground our work and discussions together from day one. Finally, stories help us to better understand others and ourselves, which lays the foundation to becoming the "men for others" we desire our students to be. The English Department has chosen to assign the Class of 2024 a book about friendship, death, love, faith, and ultimately, hope. The Last Summer of the Death Warriors, by Francisco Stork, follows two teenage boys as they develop an uncommon bond. Summer Reading Assignment Flyer

Students should secure a copy of The Last Summer of the Death Warriors from the public library, local bookseller, or through Amazon. Freshmen should be sure to finish reading the novel prior to the first day of school. They can expect to be assessed on this reading in English class within the first few days of school.

1:1 Device Requirements
Students are required to bring a computer device that they own for use at school during their four years at Marquette High. Students bring their computers on the first day of school in August. This model provides the best scenario for students to learn in an environment that makes them comfortable. Requirements for the device can be found here or on the MUHS website: http://www.muhs.edu/academics/11-student-technology-initiative/1-to-1-device-requirements. If you have any questions, including help verifying that a device will work, please contact Chris Oliva at oliva@muhs.edu or 414-933-7220, Ext. 3307.

Suggested Calculator for Freshmen
Incoming freshmen should purchase either the TI-84 Plus or the TI-84 Plus Silver prior to the start of school in the fall. Both of these calculators will work for all four years of the MUHS math curriculum so do not feel that you have to spend the extra money to buy the Silver edition. The calculators can be purchased at most electronic or office supply stores like Best Buy or Office Depot.

Study Skills Boot Camp Aug. 3-6
Space is still available in the morning and afternoon sessions of the Study Skills Boot Camp. This four-day camp led by MUHS faculty will expose incoming freshmen to study skills vital during their four years at Marquette High and beyond. This is also a great opportunity for students to meet fellow classmates before the school year begins. Study Skills Boot Camp is available to incoming freshmen who do not participate in summer school. Registration

Used Book Sale July 22
The Used Book Sale for all grades will take place 9 a.m. - noon Wednesday, July 22, in the Cannon Commons. The Mothers Guild organizes the Used Book Sale as a service to MUHS families. Books are sold at discounted prices and 100% of the sales go directly to the families who sell their books. Students should have all their books by the first day of school. Books not available at the sale can be purchased at the MUHS online bookstore, eCampus. More information will be available on the MUHS website later in July prior to the Used Book Sale. Used Book Sale Flyer

ATHLETICS INFORMATION

Athletics Forms and Documents
Students will need a physical, signed by a physician and dated after April 1, 2019, in order to be eligible for the 2020-21 school year. All students participating in athletics must have the required forms on file prior to the beginning of tryouts and practice in any sport. Information regarding all forms required to participate in sports can be found on the MUHS website: https://www.muhs.edu/athletics/forms. If you have any questions about the forms, contact Angela Balistrieri in the Athletics Department at 414-933-7220, Ext. 3041 or via email at balistrieria@muhs.edu.

2020-2021 Athletics Information
Marquette High's approach is to offer as many sports teams as our staff and facilities can manage. About 74% of Marquette High students participate in one or more sports. Presently, the athletics department offers 12 WIAA varsity sports and 2 other varsity sports. The Hilltoppers compete in the Greater Metro Conference – Brookfield Central, Brookfield East, Germantown, Hamilton, Menomonee Falls, Wauwatosa East, Wauwatosa West, and West Allis Hale. Information about fall, winter and spring sports including official start dates: Athletic Information for 2020-2021 for Incoming Freshmen

Sports Participation Fees
Participation fees are required from student athletes who make a sports team. Fees reflect the degree of expense to the school with regard to equipment provided to the student athlete and the necessity of paying rental fees to provide practice and/or game/match/meet facilities. Please note, the fee is not intended to prohibit anyone from participating. Contact Bob Herman, athletics director, at herman@muhs.edu if program expenses are a significant financial burden. Information about sports fees: Sport Participation Fees 2020-2021

Summer Sport Camps
Sport camps for football, soccer and volleyball will be offered at MUHS this summer for incoming freshmen. Information and online registration is available on the website under: Athletics/SportCamps - Current Students