Dear Parents and Guardians,
MUHS educates the whole person – academically, spiritually, emotionally, socially, and physically. Last month we asked students to respond to a mid-quarter check-in survey. Our goal was to determine how students perceive they are doing in these areas in this first quarter of the school year. Their feedback will assist the school and your sons' advisors in supporting students reach their full potential this year.
In one of the survey questions we asked students to let us know if they are experiencing any struggles. Several students stated that lack of sleep and fatigue is a concern. This concern is consistent with recent research that has shown high schoolers are receiving far less sleep now than compared to previous years. Lack of sleep may be caused by the demands of school work and activities as well as the constantancy of social media and gaming, especially for boys. Evidence has shown that those adolescents that sleep the least are more prone to poor physical and mental health, decreased academic achievement, and are more likely to engage in at-risk behaviors.
We can assist our children in these areas by removing their devices from bedrooms at night and set sleep as a household priority for overall good health and school performance. As a school, we also want to help our students by setting reasonable expectations and helping them budget their time to effectively manage their responsibilities without compromising sleep.
As we look ahead to next week, let us stress the importance of sleep as students prepare for quarter assessments and some additional rest on the days when we do not have classes.
Quarter Assessment Schedule
Next week students will have quarter assessments in many of their courses. The schedule is as follows:
- Monday, Oct. 10 - Science & World Languages
- Tuesday, Oct. 11 - Math, Theology, & Fine Arts
- Thursday, Oct. 13 - English & Social Studies
Quarter grades will be available in Skyward on Monday, Oct. 17, after 8 a.m.
The Milwaukee Police Department was on our campus today investigating an entry to the kitchen area that occurred overnight. A suspect broke an exterior window leading to the kitchen office area. He took some items and left through the window in which he entered. The suspect never went beyond the kitchen area.
Seeking Parent Volunteers for Open House
We are seeking parents to join faculty, staff and administrators on Sunday, Oct. 23. Help us provide the warmest of welcomes and the most relevant information to prospective students and parents who will visit us at Open House from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Mass will take place at 9 a.m.) We need parents to help us tell the amazing MUHS story and help us make our guests feel right at home. If you would like to volunteer, please complete the volunteer registration form by Wednesday, Oct. 12. We have several shift options. You can sign up yourself and your spouse, too. Any questions, contact Mrs. JoAnn Cekanor.
Found Man's Ring
A man's ring was found in school on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Parent Night. We would like to see it returned to its rightful owner. If you are missing one or have heard of someone missing a man's ring, please contact Security Director Mike Dubis at (414) 937-8581 or email@example.com.
Community Service Program
All sophomores and juniors received information about the MUHS Community Service Program for the 2022-2023 academic year. Students downloaded MobileServe, our service tracking app, and were shown how to look up volunteer opportunities and record their volunteer service hours using the app. Sophomores and juniors are required to complete 24 hours of service during the academic year. Note, students who completed service hours during the summer must submit proof of summer service no later than Friday, Oct. 7. For questions about the service requirement, please contact the Campus Ministry Office. Community Service Program Handbook
Saturdays with Ignatius Mass Oct. 8
The monthly series for Marquette High parents and alumni will take place on Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. in the Three Holy Companions Chapel. The Mass will begin at 9 a.m. and Fr. Doug Leonhardt, S.J. will give a presentation for the homily: "Mary Magdalene and her Relationship with Jesus-- what he did for her and the same he offers us." Following the presentation, there will be short time for reflection. The Mass will continue and be finished by 10 a.m.
Building Bridges Meeting Oct. 11
On Tuesday, Oct. 11, MUHS will be holding the first Building Bridges meeting of the year from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the Cannon Commons. All are welcomed for this evening of food and fellowship. RSVP to Mr. Adrian Gardner (click here for RSVP Form) by Friday, Oct. 7. Building Bridges is a resource support group geared towards our African American families.
Science Olympiad Parent Information Meeting Oct. 11
There will be a parents meeting for all new and returning members of the Science Olympiad team on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. in Presidents Hall. This meeting will go through the logistics of the season and give parents a chance to learn more about this nationally-ranked team. If you cannot make it or have questions please contact Coach Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org. Science Olympiad Team Webpage
PSAT/NMSQT In Person Testing Oct. 12
PSAT/NMSQT will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12, for sophomores and juniors. The test will be administered at school in paper-and-pencil format, and standard testing time takes approximately four hours. For students with accommodations, it may take up to five and a half hours. On that day, sophomores and juniors should arrive at school and be in their assigned testing rooms no later than 7:50 a.m. Information regarding testing room assignments/timing codes will be shared with students via their school email account. To prepare for testing, sophomores and juniors have been given a copy of the PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide containing test taking advice, tips and an official practice test. Contact the Counseling Department with any questions. On test day, students should bring:
- A calculator and two #2 pencils. ONLY #2 PENCILS may be used. NO MECHANICAL PENCILS. Students may bring a back-up calculator or additional batteries. Click here for a list of approved calculators.
- MUHS (School) ID number
- No backpacks will be allowed in testing rooms. Other items that are prohibited for the entire duration of testing, including during breaks, include iPads, smart watches, phones, earbuds, timers, laptops, books, compasses, rulers, scratch paper, and cameras. Calculators cannot make noise, have a typewriter-like keypad, or cords.
Freshman Cup Oct. 12
The "Freshman Cup" will be held 8:15 a.m. - noon on Wednesday, Oct. 12. This will be a morning for the freshmen to step back from academic rigor and simply have fun with each other. The morning will culminate with freshmen and their Big Brothers receiving vouchers for a food truck lunch. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Paul Fleisch. Important information for the day:
- Students should arrive at 8:15 a.m. and will be done at noon. However, Cannon Commons will be open if they carpool with sophomores or juniors taking the PSAT.
- Students should wear either MUHS spirit wear or a uniform that will be planned in their PAY groups.
- Students will receive a voucher for the food truck lunch. Water and lemonade will be provided.
- Students will be allowed to use their phones during the morning.
- Sophomores and juniors are invited to purchase lunch at the food trucks after their test is over.
Complete School Portrait Selection by Oct. 13
The final deadline to view your son's school portrait and select his yearbook/class picture is Thursday, Oct. 13. If you do not pick an image, VIP will choose a yearbook image for you. To view your student's school portraits look for an email sent to you by "Visual Image Photography,"or go to vipis.com (student ID number may be required). If your son had retake pictures taken on Sept. 29, those photos will be added to his online image gallery about a week after photo day. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
Trap Team Parent Information Meeting Oct. 13
For any student interested in joining the MUHS Trap Team, there will be a parent's meeting on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in Presidents Hall. The meeting is just for families that have not been part of the team in the past. The Trap Team engages in the sport of Olympic-style trap, skeet and sporting clay target shooting. Online Zoom participation is available by contacting Coach Stuart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sock-toberfest Oct. 14
Hilltopper Football and the MH Club are sponsoring Sock-toberfest. Help others get back on their feet by bringing new bagged/tagged socks to the MUHS football game on Friday, Oct. 14, at Hart Park. Collection bins will be located at the entrance gate. Socks will be distributed to Father Gene's Help Center, 5919 W. National Ave., Milwaukee.
Drop-in Spanish Tutoring Available After School
Drop-in Spanish tutoring is available for all Spanish 1 and 2 students after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until 4 p.m. in the Doerr Library. Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica students are eager to help students be their best in Spanish. Drop in for help with homework, to practice or to learn some good study skills. No appointment is necessary.
Class of 2023 - Diploma Information Needed by Oct. 14
Students in the Class of 2023 received a form that needs to be completed by Oct. 14. Seniors are able to indicate how they would like their name printed on their diplomas. They have been asked to discuss this with you prior to completing the form. Most students either choose their full name (first, middle and last names) or (first, middle initial and last name): William John Smith or William J. Smith. They have been reminded to:
- Double check the spelling before they submit the form
- Include hyphens, apostrophes and additional last names, if applicable
- Include legal first and last names at a minimum
The form also has space to indicate any legacy information. If a student's father, grandfather, great-grandfather attended MUHS, please indicate their name and the year of graduation, if known. This year we have added a place where students can add their contact information so they can keep in touch with other alumni in their area or profession after they leave MUHS. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Christie Odenwald at email@example.com.
Summer Immersion Trip to the Rosebud Indian Reservation
Would your son be interested in taking part in the MUHS immersion on the Rosebud Indian Reservation this coming summer? The trip takes place during the first week of summer vacation, and is a mixture of service and learning about the Sicangu (Lakota) Sioux tribe, as well as the chance to hike at Badlands National Park. It's an amazing experience. This year's trip is tentatively scheduled for May 28 to June 3, 2023. Spaces are available for those who have completed sophomore, junior, or senior year. Contact Mr. Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Freshman Tuesday Parent Coffee - Oct. 25 and Nov. 1
Registration is open for freshman parents who would like to sign up for a Tuesday Morning Parent Coffee with President Michael Marco, S.J. and Principal Jeff Monday. Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 are still available. For information, contact Mrs. Mary Claire Barker at email@example.com or (414) 933-7220, Ext. 3042. Sign up here: Tuesday Morning Parent Coffee
School-based Therapist from Children's Hospital
The Counseling Department partners with Children's Wisconsin for access to a school-based therapist. Ms. Julie Bremer is a licensed clinical social worker and substance abuse counselor. Ms. Bremer works with students and their families who are experiencing a range of emotional and behavioral problems. Some areas of concern that she can address may include: depression, anxiety, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), behavior problems, adjustment issues due to stress or changes in the child's life, grief and loss issues, co-occurring addiction and mental health, separation of family when the child is not living with his/her parents.
Click here for more information about the school-based mental health services with Children's Wisconsin. If you would like to complete a referral, use the form below and return the completed form to Mrs. Jennifer Reuchlen, director of counseling.
Children's Wisconsin Referral Form- School-based Mental Health
From College Counseling
- MUHS/DSHA College Financial Aid Night – Follow-up Video, Tips & Resources: Our sincere note of thanks to the many families who joined us at the MUHS/DSHA College Financial Aid Information Night held Oct. 5. Please watch for an email that will be sent on Oct. 7 to junior and senior parents that shares follow-up videos with additional tips and resources especially for our senior families.
- University of Wisconsin System Promise Program: The Wisconsin Tuition Promise is a new initiative, set to go into effect for fall 2023 college entry students, that aims to provide economic support to eligible, low-income and underrepresented Wisconsin students attending any UW campus. Limited information is available at this time but as it becomes available, College Counseling will share updates in future parent newsletters. What we do know at this time is that the required process remains unchanged: students must apply for admission, be admitted to a UW campus and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Read more about the program and eligibility requirements at Wisconsin Tuition Promise.
Save the Date for our Junior College Night - Beginning the College Search Process: Please watch for an email to be sent early next week with an invitation to our November program for the Class of 2024 students and parents. Please add this program/date to your family calendar: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m, O'Rourke Performing Arts Hall.
OPEN TO ALL FAMILIES
- Wisconsin Education Fairs (WEFs) will be hosting two evening in-person college fairs in the Milwaukee area. For advanced student registration, please visit the WEF site.
- Hartland/Arrowhead High School: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m
- Franklin/ Franklin High School: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m
- UW Campus Panels Webinars: UW campus representatives will answer questions about admission, share campus updates, and upcoming special campus events during these Zoom webinars. Students and families are encouraged to attend.
- UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-Madison, and UW-Superior Panel:
Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. Register Here
- UW-Green Bay, UW Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Stout Panel:
Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m. Register Here
- UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, and UW-Whitewater Panel:
Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. Register Here
Nursing Office News
The health and safety of the community remain a high priority at Marquette University High School. These Health and Safety Protocols are meant to advise students, parents, and staff on the MUHS safety measures. Additional updates may be forthcoming as the situation evolves.
Please notify Ms. Brooks if anyone in your household has tested positive or has had an exposure to a positive person. She will give you protocols for your situation.
- There will be testing available to staff and students only this year.
Need a COVID Test?
- Create an account at https://covidconnect2.wi.gov/.
- Create an account for your son.
- Wear a mask into the building.
- Complete a paper questionnaire - available in the office.
- Instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lBUqs-seIMfephdhFaSd7eLZyUfQyJHYmSymgiLlJKU/edit?usp=sharing
Accounts are good for one year and only set up once. A questionnaire must be completed with each test. If you have any questions or concerns, email Nurse Jennifer Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (414) 933-7220, ext. 5129.
MUHS maintains data regarding COVID-related cases impacting students and employees. Below is a dashboard providing updated information. The school provides regular updates and information to parents.
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October 10, 11 & 13
PSAT Testing - Grades 10 & 11
Freshman Cup - Grades 9 & 12
No Classes - Grading Day
Quarter 1 Grades Posted
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