Employee Spotlight: Jason Shike

KUSD Employee Spotlight - Jason Shike
Meet Jason Shike, a fifth-grade teacher at Grewenow Elementary School, in this edition of #KUSDEmployeeSpotlight! Employee Spotlight highlights the many employees who make Kenosha Unified great. Thank you, Jason, for all you do!

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Benefits open enrollment begins soon

Annual benefits open enrollment will begin on Monday, May 15, and close on Thursday, June 15. Human resources will be holding open enrollment informational sessions in May. Please keep an eye out for fliers announcing dates, times and locations.

Draft teacher salary models taking shape

The KUSD Salary Structure Design Team met to continue their collaborative effort to create an updated KUSD teacher compensation model on March 23 and April 5. 

On March 23, small groups analyzed, reviewed and reported on compensation models currently in place at five other districts. Each team shared the components of the model and what they perceived to be its positive and negative attributes. 

The group then revisited the philosophical statement they created and the Board of Education adopted, which reads, “Kenosha Unified School District believes in recruiting and retaining highly qualified, diverse staff to ensure the success of every student. This requires that we honor applicable experience, professional growth, advanced degrees and certifications through a competitive compensation structure that is consistent, transparent and sustainable.” The committee then engaged in the process of creating definitions specific to KUSD for each of the element in the philosophical statement, which includes applicable experience, advanced degrees, certifications and professional growth. Once definitions were established, groups began designing visual representations of salary structure models containing those elements. 

On April 5, a subgroup of the Salary Structure Design Team shared their draft definitions for the categories above. The larger team also was split into four smaller groups that used their knowledge and research to create a draft salary structure. The four teams each shared out their very rough draft of a structure and why they chose to incorporate certain aspects, such as point systems, steps, lanes and others. Rena Somersan, the facilitator hired by the district to assist the team with their work, was present so she could take notes and ask questions. Somersan will return on April 26 with a draft structure that combines all four draft structures into one.

The work of the team will continue into May. During this time, there will be reactor groups for teachers who were not able to be part of the team. Stay tuned for dates that will be sent in the very near future.  

PDP reminders

  • If your PDP expires June 30, 2017, please have your PDP to your team members by May 1, 2017, for verification. This timeline will ensure your team has adequate time to review your PDP and for you to submit your application before your license expires.
  • Effective June 15, 2017, WECAN will discontinue hosting its PDP online service. You cannot start a new PDP with WECAN. The QEI will remain as a PDP online provider. If your PDP is on WECAN and you are not able to complete the PDP by June 15, you will need to complete the PDP with QEI or on paper. Click here for additional information about PDPs.

KUSD recognized by NAMM 

KUSD has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education Award from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. KUSD is one of only 1 percent of schools in the nation to be recognized with this prestigious award in 2017.

The Best Communities for Music Education Award recognizes individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the award, KUSD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

This award recognizes that KUSD is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 

You're invited – Trades Expo

Learn about careers in the trades and how to get students involved in apprenticeships

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Kenosha Union Hall, 3030 39th Ave.

What is RtI?

Educational research from John Hattie supports a strong link between academic and behavior achievement. KUSD partners with the Wisconsin RtI Network to establish a model system of support for all students. Our goal is to eliminate demographics as a predictor of student success. This will be accomplished by establishing a culturally responsive, multi-level system of support for students in academics and behavior at every school. 

School RtI teams have been trained on the RtI Framework, and future direction and support will be shared in the coming months from the district RtI Leadership Team.

K-5 mathematics committee work continues

Members of the K-5 Mathematics Committee have completed their professional learning on the Rigorous Curriculum Design process. Team members will use this process to develop curriculum and assessments this summer and throughout the 2017-18 school year. The selection process for new K-5 mathematics instructional materials will be conducted during the 2018-19 school year. Both the new curriculum and instructional materials are planned to be implemented districtwide during the 2019-20 school year.
The committee also is eagerly awaiting the results of the K-5 Mathematics Program Evaluation currently underway.  The evaluation is being conducted by researchers from the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative (WEC) at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Feedback collected from K-5 teachers, administrators and parents through surveys and focus groups, as well as an analysis of districtwide assessment data will provide the committee with valuable insight that will inform their work moving forward in the curriculum review and adoption cycle. The full evaluation report is expected from WEC in late summer. 

Become a KUSD mentor

Mentors play a vital role in the KUSD New Educator Program. They provide individualized support to new teachers as they navigate the beginning of their teaching career. KUSD is currently offering mentor training for current or potential teacher leaders. Take a few minutes to check out this video for additional information on qualifications and process for becoming a KUSD mentor, or learn more on the KUSD mentor page. Sign up today and help make a difference for a new teacher!

KUSD Job Fair to be held May 3

KUSD will be having a Youth Job Fair for students age 16 and older on Wednesday, May 3, at Indian Trail High School and Academy from 3-5 p.m. Please share this with students and their parents. There will be 25 different employers who will be seeking candidates for employment. 

Also, please remind students to put their best foot forward when participating in the job fair:

  • Dress appropriately
  • Don’t use their cellphone when talking to employers
  • Be independent – don’t go from table to table with friends
  • Bring a resume

Super team competes in bee

Joseph Gerou, Diane Wood, Ruth Walls and Rachel Conran bravely competed in the Literacy Council's 18th annual Corporate Spelling Bee on Friday, April 7. The "Guardians of the Spelling Bee" represented Kenosha Unified while supporting the Kenosha Literacy Council's goal of teaching reading, writing and speaking skills to adult learners in Kenosha County. The team didn't win this year, but we are still extremely proud of their efforts and representation in this year's bee!

Fun events for the whole family 

April offers many entertainment opportunities for our entire community to enjoy.

This year's Districtwide Student Art Show will run through April 23 at the Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 1st Ave.

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" opens April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bradford High School auditorium. It also will run April 28 and 29 and May 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and April 30 and May 7 at 2 p.m.

Tickets for all events can be purchased at

Summer opportunities now online 

Summer opportunities for elementary, middle and high school students are now online at Registration ends on Friday, May 12. Be sure to share these wonderful opportunities with your students today!

Pay gap for teachers August 2017 

Teachers recently received a memo notifying them of a pay gap that will occur in August. The memo outlines how pay gaps occur and what 10-month employees can do to avoid pay gaps in the future. Anyone with questions should contact the Office of Human Resources at 262-359-6333. 

Meet Jacob Goss, Unified Hero

Meet Jacob, who works hard at all he’s involved in and gives himself a lot of options in order to keep an open future full of endless possibilities. Check out more Unified Heroes stories at

What's happening, KUSD?

The Office of Communications is looking for stories and events to cover in our schools. The goal is to promote the many wonderful events and projects taking place in our schools to our community while showcasing the talents of our staff and students. If you have something to share, please submit this form for consideration. Submissions will be reviewed for coverage by KUSD staff and sent to the Kenosha News. 

Advisor offers forms, discounts and more

Looking for district forms, employee discounts or course offerings? Advisor is the place to look. This tool is available to all district staff when they are connected to the KUSD's network. Check it out today! 

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