Dr. Gary Kiltz
Dr. Kiltz comes to Greendale from the School District of Menomonee Falls, where he has worked as Director of Curriculum and Learning since 2012. He also served as a principal for more than 12 years, locally at both Menomonee Falls High School and South Milwaukee High School, as well as in Arizona. Dr. Kiltz began his career as a social studies teacher before working with at risk students as a lead teacher and director of alternative schools in Menomonee Falls, West Bend, and Mesa, Arizona.
He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s degree in Administrative Leadership and Supervision in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies was conferred by Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. He also holds certification in curriculum and instruction from Cardinal Stritch University.
Dr. Kiltz teaches graduate level courses at Concordia University in Mequon, WI and Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. As a university instructor, he serves on dissertation committees, providing insight and advice to students doing major research to benefit students and education.
Kiltz grew up in Hales Corners and attended Whitnall Schools. Read the full article on Dr. Kiltz in the Spring 2016 issue of the School Connection.
Reflecting on the Changing Seasons
As I get older, I am increasingly amazed at how quickly the seasons fly by. During the fall, our students continued to amaze! Our fall sports teams played competitively throughout the season with several receiving honors. Our girls varsity volleyball team took first in conference, won sectionals, and made their way to state. Nolan Rudd and Emma Polenske both made it to state in Cross Country. Varsity swimmer, Hannah Kujawa completed her season by qualifying for State in the 50 free and 100 free. She also qualified in the 400 free relay with members of her team that included Brianna Homontowski, Natalie Norton, and Olivia Julien. It is the first relay team from Greendale to qualify for state in 10 years. In girls tennis, Sophomore Valentina Kukuruzovic was undefeated in Conference matches. She took 2nd place in 1 singles at the Conference tournament and took second place at the Sectionals tournament. Valentina qualified for Girls’ Tennis Singles at the WIAA State Conference.
At the elementary level, our teachers successfully rolled out a new math resource, Bridges, that is proving to be a tremendous tool in getting our students to have a deeper understanding of math concepts. As part of the district strategic planning process, I met with student leaders at each of the elementary schools. The key themes from these meetings were that our students feel safe, appreciate the relationship with the teachers, and love doing challenging and engaging work in the classrooms.
Greendale Middle School students completed a trip to the Florida Keys where they did environmental scans and exploration of the sea life. The school sponsored a visiting artist, Laurie Halse Anderson, who did a great job engaging students with snippets from her books that are historical fictions. Sandy Speare also launched a maker-space out of the media center, where students have opportunities to create different media to promote activities at the school.
Our arts programs continue to excel. Students did a phenomenal job with the play, “Rhinoceros”. I want to provide special shout outs to the following actors who gave great performances:
Ana Colon Galloway
The orchestra provided a great fall festival. The marching band won state for the 12th consecutive year, and provided a tremendous performance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York to a television audience of 5 million. We have great students and staff doing exceptional work.
As we move into the winter months, the district will continue to work with the community on the development of the strategic plan. While we are a strong district, the goal is to focus on getting even better and moving us closer to our desired vision of “Inspiring Minds!” Watch for continuous updates on the strategic planning process in upcoming School Connection and Community Notebook newsletters as well as in the principal's weeklies.