Virtual Backpack

KUSD’s Virtual Backpack provides an outlet for the district and community organizations to share events, activities and resources with our families in one easy to access location. Materials and/or activities below may not be sponsored by KUSD or its personnel.

Organizations wanting to add an item to the Virtual Backpack should review the procedures and Board Policy 1520 prior to submitting requests as outlined.

Items that have expired or that are more than six months old will be removed to keep this page current. If items are removed, they may be resubmitted in alignment with the procedures above for review/consideration.


Night at the Planetarium - March 19

Night at the Planetarium – March 19

-posted Feb. 29, 2024

Families and individuals of ALL ages are invited to a “Night at the Planetarium!” Join KUSD staff for an interactive and informative presentation on constellations and the stars! Middle school students and younger are required to attend with an adult. Registration is required, and spots are limited! 


Navigating the Future - March 20

Navigating the Future – March 20

-posted Feb. 29, 2024

This event is designed to prepare families of individuals with disabilities for life after high school. Join us for an evening of information, including Social Security benefits, postsecondary transition options, supported employment and much more. A meal will be served and free child care is available. If you have questions, please contact Kathryn Barhnart at kbarnhar@kusd.edu.

  • Wednesday, March 20
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Indian Trail High School, 6800 60th St.

Register for Navigating the Future


Family STEM Night - March 21

Family STEM Night – March 21

-posted Feb. 29, 2024

Elementary students and their families are invited to Pleasant Prairie Elementary for an evening of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fun! Visit different stations and try out various STEM activities and experiments! This is a fun event for the whole family!  A light meal will also be served.


Family, Food, Festivities! - March 21

Family, Food, Festivities! – March 21

-posted Feb. 29, 2024

Everyone is invited for an evening of community and fellowship! Join Curtis Strange staff at this Open House- style event and visit various stations. There will be a Bingo game, recipe sharing, technology help, and delicious food for all! This program will be presented in both English and Spanish. Registration is strongly encouraged before March 13.


Fundraisers for Kenosha Kinetic Independent Winter Color Guard – March 3

-posted Feb. 27, 2024


We’re Hiring Substitute Teachers

-posted Feb. 27, 2024

WE’RE HIRING! Make an impact today and join our KUSD family by becoming a Substitute Teacher.

  • DO YOU:
    • Want to help students succeed?
    • Have an associate or bachelor’s degree?
    • Enjoy a flexible schedule?
  • Apply today or contact subservices@kusd.edu for more information.

More information: Substitute Teacher flyer (PDF)


Mahone Fund Scholarships

Mahone Fund Scholarships – apply by March 15

-posted Feb. 22, 2024


Dr. Seuss Game Night - March 7

Dr. Seuss Game Night – March 7

-posted Feb. 20, 2024

Elementary students and their families are invited to Whittier Elementary School for an evening of Dr. Seuss-themed fun! There will be family games, a photo booth and popcorn! Registration is strongly encouraged!


Southport Literacy Night - March 5

Southport Literacy Night – March 5

-posted Feb. 20, 2024

Join staff from Southport Elementary for a night of VIRTUAL fun! There will be a read aloud of Dr. Seuss’s Bartholomew and the Oobleck and families will receive ingredients to make their own Oobleck at home! Registration is required for this virtual event. Everyone is welcome, but spots are limited!


March Into Literacy - March 19

March Into Literacy – March 19

-posted Feb. 14, 2024

Elementary students and their families are invited to join EBSOLA staff for an evening of literacy activities, parent workshop on homework, guest storytellers, games and crafts for all ages! There will be a guacamole-making demonstration, and a light meal will be served. All registered children will receive a free book! 

  • March Into Literacy
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2024  
  • 5:30 – 7:00 pm
  • EBSOLA Elementary School, 2600 50th Street

Register for March Into Literacy by March 14


Paint & Pop - March 14

Paint & Pop – March 14

-posted Feb. 14, 2024

Elementary students and their families are invited to “Paint and Pop” at Bose Elementary. Students will learn various art techniques and tips, create their own masterpiece to take home, and enjoy a popcorn treat! Registration is required, and spots are limited!

  • Paint and Pop
  • Thursday, March 14, 2024
  • 5:30 – 7:00 pm
  • Bose Elementary School, 1900 15th Street

Register for Paint & Pop Spots are limited!


Finding Pi in the Universe - March 13

Finding Pi in the Universe – March 13

-posted Feb. 14, 2024

Middle and high school students are invited to celebrate “Pi Day” by joining Tremper High School math teacher, Kattie Castineyra, for a fun, interactive math activity involving rulers, the universe, and pie! All students must attend with an adult, and spots are limited.


Saturday Academy - March 2-23

Saturday Academy – March 2-23

-posted Feb. 14, 2024

Saturday Academy consists of a variety of learning experiences for students in grades K-5 and is designed to promote a positive connection between home, school and community. Participants are expected to attend all sessions where they will also be provided free breakfast and lunch. Spots are limited!


Please provide feedback on the impact of addiction in our community

-posted Feb. 12, 2024

English:

The disease of addiction continues to devastate families, businesses, and communities across our county. On behalf of the Kenosha County Substance Abuse Coalition and Addiction Policy Forum, I am reaching out to ask you to provide critical feedback on substance use disorders and addiction. The purpose of this survey is to help us better understand knowledge and attitudes toward addiction and help our community identify challenges, barriers, and gaps in these areas.

  • This online survey is completely anonymous; no identifying information will be collected, and all information we gather from the survey will be confidential.
  • The survey is voluntary; you can choose whether to take it, and you can stop taking the survey at any time.

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. Access the survey with this link.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this important project! This material and/or activity is not sponsored by KUSD or its personnel.

Español:

La enfermedad de la adicción sigue devastando familias, negocios y comunidades en todo nuestro condado. En parte de la Coalición de Abuso de Sustancias del Condado de Kenosha (Kenosha County Substancie Abuse Coalition) y el Foro de Política de Adicción (Addiction Policy Forum), le escribo para pedirle que proporcione información crítica sobre los desórdenes por consumo de sustancias y la adicción. El propósito de este cuestionario es a ayudarnos a entender mejor el conocimiento y las actitudes hacia la adicción y ayudar a nuestra comunidad a identificar desafíos, barreras y brechas en estas áreas.

  • Este cuestionario en línea es totalmente anónimo; no se recogerá ninguna información de identificación, y toda la información que obtengamos del cuestionario será confidencial.
  • El cuestionario es voluntario; puede elegir si desea completarlo o no, y puede dejar de hacerlo en cualquier momento.

La cumplimentación del cuestionario lleva unos 15 minutos. Puede acceder al cuestionario aquí.

¡Gracias por dedicar su tiempo a participar en este proyecto importante! Este material y/o actividad no está patrocinado por KUSD o por su personal.


Horsepower Pro Wrestling flyer

Live Pro Wrestling at Mahone – March 8

-posted Feb. 12, 2024

  • Please join us on Friday, March 8 for HORSEPOWER!!
  • HORSEPOWER is an all ages, family friendly show featuring:
    • CBS’s Morning News Anchor “Iron” Mike Curkov
    • Former WWE Superstar NZO
    • Former WWE Superstar KEVIN THORN
    • Kenosha’s Own Jordan Kross
    • Plus all your favorites and a very special AEW Superstar surprise guest that can’t wait to see all her friends at Mahone.
  • Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 12. Go to the ticket site at snssupershow.com to purchase. Act fast, these tickets won’t last long!
  • $10 Bleacher Tickets will be on sale starting Thursday, February 1 in the cafeteria during breakfast hours. Cash or Check written out to Mahone Middle School will be accepted.

Walking School Bus Project – volunteers needed

-posted Feb. 1, 2024

The Walking School Bus project is a partnership between Brass Community School, Building Our Future, and the Kenosha Police Department. We are currently recruiting volunteers to walk students to school each morning Monday through Friday at Brass Community School. The Walking School Bus offers a safe and fun way to support families by walking elementary students to school. Check out the flyers below to learn more and to sign up!


Early Head Start at KAC

-posted Jan. 29, 2024

Set the stage for your child’s learning journey before they enter school. You will receive:

  • Learning though play
  • Access to community resources
  • Fun family activities
  • Family goal setting and guidance
  • All services are provided free of charge!

Learn more:


Triple P: Parenting Series - Feb. 15 - March 21

Triple P: Parenting Series – Feb. 15 – March 21

-posted Jan. 24, 2024

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them build strong, healthy relationships, confidently manage their children’s behavior, and prevent problems from developing. Topics covered include: Power of Positive Parenting; Raising Confident, Competent Children; Dealing with Disobedience; Balancing Work and Family; Self-Esteem; and Raising Resilient Children. Classes take place weekly, beginning Feb. 15. Register for one…or several sessions! Free child care and an optional meal is provided to all registered participants.

  • Thursdays, Feb. 15 – March 21, 2024
  • 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Chavez Learning Station, 6300 27th Ave.
  • Register for Triple P

Girl Scouts

-posted Jan. 17, 2024

KTEC, Roosevelt, and Dimensions of Learning Daisy Troop

  • A community Daisy Troop will meet at our Girl Scout property in Kenosha and any girl can join.
  • For girls in K5 and 1st grade
  • 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 2–3 p.m.
  • Daisy Troop flyer (PDF)

Sylvan

-posted Jan. 17, 2024

Request to learn more about Sylvan


Math Kangaroo – March 21

-posted Dec. 20, 2023

English:

Welcome to Math Kangaroo, the annual International Olympiad in Mathematics!

The Math Kangaroo Competition will take place at Mathnasium of Pleasant Prairie on Thursday, March 21, 2024 from 5:30-6:30 PM for interested 1st-12th graders.

A student can be registered to this center as long as he/she resides in the state where the center is located.
The registration fee is $35 between Dec 16 and Dec 31. There is no registration cancellation or a refund offered after the registration. Math Kangaroo offers financial assistance to families in hardship; please contact info@mathkangaroo.org to ask for assistance and provide appropriate proof of hardship.

Math Kangaroo honors special accommodations with the proof provided for such need(s).

For more information please visit mathkangaroo.org or email Maria Norville at pleasantprairie@mathnasium.com.

This material and/or activity is not sponsored by KUSD or its personnel.

Spanish:

¡Bienvenido a Math Kangaroo, la Olimpiada Internacional Anual de Matemáticas!

La competencia Math Kangaroo se llevará a cabo en Mathnasium of Pleasant Prairie el jueves 21 de marzo de 2024 de 5:30 a 6:30 p. m. para estudiantes interesados de 1.º a 12.º grado.

Un estudiante puede estar matriculado en este centro siempre que resida en el estado donde está ubicado el centro.
La tarifa de inscripción es de $35 entre el 16 de diciembre y el 31 de diciembre. No se ofrece cancelación de inscripción ni reembolso después de la inscripción. Math Kangaroo ofrece asistencia financiera a familias en dificultades; comuníquese con info@mathkangaroo.org para solicitar ayuda y proporcionar la prueba adecuada de las dificultades.

Math Kangaroo respeta las adaptaciones especiales con la prueba proporcionada para dichas necesidades.

Para obtener más información, visite mathkangaroo.org o envíe un correo electrónico a Maria Norville a agradableprairie@mathnasium.com.

Este material y/o actividad no está patrocinado por KUSD ni por su personal.


Webinar: “Life is Hard. I Can Do Hard Things!” – March 5

-posted Nov. 28, 2023

Your AAH Student and Family Assistance Program is proud to present a free 4-part webinar series, Things We Wish Grown Ups Knew, that highlights current trends of school-aged children that impact both their academic and home-life.

  • This presentation will focus on the importance of helping children develop resilience in the face of a fast changing world. In addition, parents will learn tips for helping their children manage stress and deal with intense emotions in a healthy way.
  • Presented by: Lynn O’Brien, LCSW, LMFT Aurora EAP Counselor
  • 3/5/2024 12pm | 6:30pm
  • Register now: Click on either of the above times OR email EAP.LiveWellBeWell@aah.org
  • As always, to access our free, confidential SFAP services, parents &/or legal guardians can call us at 800.236.3231.
  • Life is Hard flyer – English (PDF)
  • Life is Hard flyer – Spanish (PDF)

FREE: Student and Family Assistance Program

-posted Nov. 13, 2023

To promote healthy homes, minds and families, as well as address mental health concerns, KUSD is proud to offer the Student and Family Assistance Program (SFAP) sponsored by the Employee Assistance Program of Advocate Aurora Health.

The SFAP offers counseling and problem-solving services in a variety of areas at no charge to all students and family members residing within the household. Help begins when a family member or legally responsible adult calls the program. This program is not designed to diagnose or treat individuals, but can help find appropriate supports if needed. LEARN MORE


Kenosha Public Museums

Kenosha Public Museum, Dinosaur Discovery Museum, and Civil War Museum

-posted Oct. 25, 2023

  • We offer many paid and free activities for children, adults, and families all year round!
  • ¡Ofrecemos muchas actividades gratuitas y de pago para niños, adultos y familias durante todo el año!
  • Kenosha Public Museums Events

Connections: Planting Seeds of Hope

-posted Oct. 25, 2023

A support group for children and their trusted adults to meet others who are also experiencing grief.


AmeriCorps Seniors

-posted Oct. 12, 2023

AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP Mentoring

Get involved and make a positive difference in your community with RSVP Mentoring. Become a mentor and help guide students to improved academic achievement and support higher levels of social-emotional learning in as little as 1 hour a week. Consider joining today!

AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program

AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program volunteers help guide students to higher academic achievement. The Foster Grandparent program connects role models like you with young people in need. You will assist students from grades K-8 in subjects such as reading and writing and serve as a mentor to children going through difficult times. Enrich your life while enriching the lives of others by providing the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on a path to a successful future. Consider joining today!


Learn English at Gateway Technical College

-posted Aug. 22, 2023

Learn to read, write and speak English with Gateway’s ELL program. Our free ELL classes meet two days a week for six hours per week. You’ll start with an orientation that helps instructors find the best starting place for you. You only pay for the cost of a textbook and workbook that you’ll use the whole year. Classes are free to Wisconsin residents 18 years or older.