Despite the challenges that come with distance learning, University School of Milwaukee faculty and administrators are working hard to maintain a sense of community amongst students. Charlie Housiaux ’02, Upper School dean of students and Upper School English teacher, was inspired by his independent school colleagues to honor USM’s seniors with special signs in their yards and windows to provide support and encouragement. Housiaux, along with the senior class advisors and others in the Upper School, traveled to communities far and wide on a top-secret mission to make sure every senior woke up to a surprise sign today.
“This spring looks much different than anyone anticipated, especially for our seniors,” said Housiaux. “It is a loss for our seniors, their families, and our USM community. We wanted to acknowledge and honor the grief and sadness that they are likely feeling. Lots of administrators and faculty helped with the secret mission to drive around and ‘plant’ the signs, and we are happy to provide a bit of sunshine to the Class of 2020.”
Many thanks to the following individuals who helped plant the signs: Sue Bolly, assistant head of Upper School; Stuart Cushman, head of Upper School; Gina Haughton, director of student success; Bob Jurantich, Upper School science teacher, Upper School computer science teacher and senior advisor; Marja Konkol, Upper School science teacher and senior advisor; Tom Lewandowski, Upper School math teacher and senior class dean; Lizzy Perry, Upper School counselor and Upper School psychology teacher; Tyler Ritchie, Upper School history teacher and senior advisor; and Brian Sommers, Upper School physical education/health teacher, head football coach, and senior advisor.