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Exceptional Facilities Management Acknowledged by WASBO

Congratulations to Jeremiah Johnson!!

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The Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials (WASBO) recently announced the 2016 School Facilities Manager of the Year Award winner as Jeremiah Johnson, Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds for Muskego Norway School District. Johnson will be recognized for this achievement during the WASBO Spring Conference on Friday, May 27, 2016.

Recipients of the School Facilities Manager of the Year Award must meet several criteria in the areas of outstanding contributions to their local school district and community, to the school facilities manager profession, and to WASBO. Johnson has been a presenter and Facility Manager/School Risk Manager designation recipient for WASBO. He has also exemplified a commitment to the profession through his involvement and regional leadership of the Southeast Wisconsin Metro Buildings and Grounds Group and has served on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association.

Jeremiah has had many achievements since beginning his work with the Muskego Norway School District, starting as a sub custodian in 2001 and growing into his current position as Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds. He consistently seeks to improve his department, using stakeholder feedback through data-driven methods. Johnson has developed an app to monitor quality and safety; implemented visitor management software at all schools; helped reduce workplace injuries by 50%; and contributed to saving the district $4 million in utility costs. In addition, since 2006 every school in the district received the EPA Energystar designation. Beyond these accomplishments, Jeremiah is also known for his style of leadership. Bryan Groshek, District Operations Manager, nominated Johnson, saying, “he’s one of the most honest and genuine people I’ve ever known. Although character isn’t necessarily one of the selection criteria, I believe that his character contributes to his excellent leadership style.”

Under the leadership of Jeremiah Johnson, the Muskego Norway School District is a safer and more secure district. His efforts to continuously improve his department and work with employees to forward the district’s mission have earned Jeremiah this recognition. Dr. Kelly Thompson, Superintendent, supported his nomination, stating, “Jeremiah’s sound leadership through the Master Planning process has been invaluable.” Jeff Petersen, Assistant Superintendent for Continuous Improvement, also recommended Johnson, saying, “his ideas are unique, work ethic unmatched, relational skills strong and resulting impact tremendous, not only to the operations department but also student learning.” The district is closer to its vision because of Jeremiah Johnson’s commitment to his profession, the Muskego Norway School District, and the community.

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Engineering and Design Development Students Score Big at Fair

On Saturday, February 27, 2016, students from the senior Engineering Design and Development class at Muskego High School competed at the Waukesha County Science and Engineering Fair. Students have worked on their yearlong research projects to share knowledge and be judged at this competition.

Muskego High School students came away with several awards on Saturday, including:

Carlee Bolmdahl and Lucas Metcalf 3rd Place in the Environmental category with their project Device to Filter Methylmercury in Rivers

Adam Rohlinger, George Karman, and Dan Cotton2nd Place in the Engineering/Physics category and the CH2M Hill Engineering Award with their project Invasive Species Boat Wash

Jason Markowski and Zach Blair1st Place in the Engineering/Physics category and the Air Force Specialty Award for their project Improving Solar Water Heating

All Engineering Design and Development students will go on to participate at the Badger State Science and Engineering Fair on March 19th at Marquette University.

Congratulations and good luck, Warriors!

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Muskego Basketball Steps Up to the Line to Battle Cancer

Every year, the Muskego Basketball program raises money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help a child in need receive their wish. Swish for a Wish is a pledge fundraiser based on the amount of free throws players make; both girls and boys basketball participated in the event.

This season the fundraiser focused on raising money for Sammy Schneiker, a 2014 Muskego High School graduate who was diagnosed in 2015 with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Sammy has gone through multiple rounds of chemo and bone marrow transplants; she is currently doing well and is planning to return to college next fall. While at MHS, Sammy was actively involved in many organizations and athletics, most prominently, the MHS Band and MHS Girls Basketball.

The basketball program was proud to present over $10,000 to Sammy and her family. The girls program donated $7500 to the Schneiker family and the boys were able to donate around $3300.

Sammy is an overall amazing person. Despite her circumstances and current battle, she donated half of the money back to Children’s Hospital and bought gifts for all the children on the cancer floor!

Muskego-Norway School District is proud to have an alumna with such character, strength, and kindness. Our thoughts and support are with Sammy as she continues to fight and as she moves on from her battle and resumes her education in the fall.

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