SDNB to Host Community Wellness Expo on Jan. 24

The School District of New Berlin will be hosting a Community Wellness Expo on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 5-8 p.m. at New Berlin West High School, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave.

Presented by Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin, the evening will feature a vendor fair with resources to support attendees looking to improve their physical, mental and financial health. The event will also offer a number of informational presentations and workshops presented by local experts.

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SDNB Celebrates One Year Connecting Alumni

Just like the New Berlin community as a whole, our school district emphasizes a sense of togetherness and belonging among our students, families, teachers, staff and alumni. In the interest of keeping our alumni connected to our schools after they graduate, we established New Berlin Nation a year ago this month.

As we reflect on New Berlin Nation’s first year, we wanted to walk through a few of the features that users can access to stay connected and get involved with everything that’s happening in New Berlin schools.

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Eisenhower Counselors Recognized for Work by State Association

The New Berlin Eisenhower counselor team, comprised of Jesse Annoye, Emily Mees and Kathy Lohse, has earned the 2018 Program of Promise Award from the Wisconsin School Counselor Association (WSCA) as a result of a Wisconsin School Counselor Accountability Report (WSCPAR) they submitted to the association for review earlier this year.

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SDNB Continues to 'Significantly Exceed' Expectations on State-Issued Accountability Report Card

All School District of New Berlin schools continue to “significantly exceed” or “exceed” expectations according to state-issued District and School Report Cards released today. The District also “significantly exceeds” expectations, one of only 49 of 422 districts in Wisconsin to reach that level.

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Eisenhower's Devin McKinnon Recognized as Project Lead the Way Outstanding Teacher

Devin McKinnon, a technology education teacher at New Berlin Eisenhower, received the highest honor given to Project Lead the Way teachers – PLTW Outstanding Teacher – at the PLTW national conference.

“We are proud of Ms. McKinnon for earning this incredible honor, but also for being an incredible teacher who not only gets the best out of her students, but also sets them up for future success,” Superintendent Joe Garza said. “The work she does with the PLTW Gateway students opens their eyes to new possibilities and often boosts their interest in our PLTW engineering, biomedical and
computer science offerings.”

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SDNB Administration, School Board Balances 2018-19 Budget; Property Owners Will See Decrease in School Taxes

On Oct. 22, the School District of New Berlin’s Board of Education approved the final budget for the 2018-19 school year that includes a 1.8 percent decrease in the tax levy.

This year’s $50,791,524 tax levy is $953,925 less than the 2017-18 levy. As a result, a homeowner with a home valued at $250,000 within the district’s boundaries will see a decrease in the school district’s portion of their tax bill by approximately $155.

The 2018-19 budget marks the fifth consecutive year the property tax rate per $1,000 of value will decrease. This year’s rate of $10.21 per $1,000 is the lowest it has been since the 2009-10 budget, when it was $9.88.


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SDNB Sees Uptick in Year-Over-Year Graduating Class ACT Scores

The School District of New Berlin’s composite ACT scores for 2018 graduating students have increased slightly when compared to the last couple of years.

The district’s overall composite score for the 415 students who took the test – the most ever in any single graduating class - is 23.9, up from 23.7 set by the 2017 graduating class and 23.6 turned in by the 2016 class. New Berlin’s composite score remains well above the state average of 20.5.

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SDNB, MOD Pizza Collaborate to Address Childhood Hunger With Help of 250 Volunteers

What began as a simple donation made on behalf of New Berlin MOD Pizza to the School District of New Berlin has now developed into an ongoing relationship between the two organizations who share a mutual goal of helping address childhood hunger for students in New Berlin and neighboring communities.

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West's Class of 1968 Celebrates Homecoming

New Berlin West's homecoming this month was a little more special than usual. 

Dozens of alumni from the Class of 1968 returned to their old stomping ground to celebrate their 50th anniversary. After West's current athletics and activities director Jordan Napoli gave the group a tour of the school - a lot had changed over five decades! - they tailgated and stayed for the football game against Greendale. 

The group held its reunion at New Berlin Hills Golf Course, and we were so happy to welcome them back!

SDNB Earns $50,000 Technical Education Equipment Grant Award from Department of Workforce Development

The School District of New Berlin has been awarded a $50,000 Wisconsin Fast Forward Advanced Manufacturing Technical Education Equipment Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

The funds, along with matching funds from district partners, will be used for equipment for the district’s “How Machine’s Work” course, including tabletop mechatronics units, vacuum thermoformers and parts, software, stock materials and more.

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