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ELL Recognition Night

The Whitewater Unified School District English Language Learner Program recognized students on Thursday, May 18.  Students were commended for their academic growth, exceptional behavior, and leadership skills.  Each building in the district nominates students to receive this award.  Also receiving recognition during the ceremony was a group of amazing staff members who support our ELL students and our program in many ways.

View the pictures on the District's website.  Photo credit: Taylor Schwandt


Wisconsin Mathematics Council State Math Contest Winners!


Wisconsin Mathematics Council State Math Contest Winners!
 
Congratulations to this 7th and 8th grade Math Team!  Whitewater Middle School came in first place in this year’s Wisconsin Mathematics Council (Class B division for school size) math contest.    Team members Young Liang, Reese Brantmeier, Ella Houwers, Andrew Rollette, Crystal Chan, and Reid Gunnink were all recognized for their top scores.  In all, 31 schools participated in the state middle school competition.  Great Job, team!  You make us proud
 
 
Back (L-R) - Elijah Grall, Crystal Chan, Reid Gunnink, Jonathan Chan, Andrew Rollette
Front - Ella Houwers, Young Liang, Reese Brantmeier


Gateway Technology education Donation and Training


On behalf of Gateway, I wanted to thank Mike Wintz for taking the time to attend 8 hours of nationally recognized industry training on March 24th while becoming a Snap-on / NC3 certified torque technician.  To recognize this commitment to career and technical education Gateway has donated 2 - Snap-on Electronic Torque wrenches to the Tech Ed program.  The equipment and training has an approximate value of $1,300.     
 
Gateway hopes the training, in combination with the donated equipment, will improve your school's technology education program and the students' learning experience. Gateway is also excited to work in partnership with your school to develop transcripted or other dual credit opportunities in relevant technical areas.  This strengthens the working relationship between the instructors at both organizations and that ultimately provides a better educational experience and career pathway for all students. Please support your instructor's efforts to accomplish this type of professional development goal.

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Wisconsin Technical Excellence Scholarships Winners


Congratulations to Whitewater High School seniors Alfonso Valadez and Alejandro Wence for winning $6,750 Wisconsin Technical Excellence Scholarships!  ($2,250 per year renewable up to three years)  Alfonso and Alejandro submitted applications and have the highest demonstrated level of proficiency in Career & Technical Education (CTE)  subjects at Whitewater High School.  CTE credits are earned by taking coursework in Agriculture & Natural Resources, Business & Information Technology, Family & Consumer Science, Project Lead the Way and Technology & Engineering courses.  Courses could also include Certified Nursing Assistant Training, Work Study Program and Youth Apprenticeship Program.
 
Alfonsa Valadez will pursue a degree in Auto Collision Repair at Madison Area Technical College and Alejandro Wence will pursue a degree in Diesel Technician at Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville.  Congratulations guys!


Staff and Student receive 2017 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship
















Two Whitewater Unified School District teachers, Rosalinda Martinez and John Schimming, have received a 2017 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellowship. "These recognitions exemplify our staff's commitment to teaching our students, and we are honored to have such high quality educators," said Dr. Mark Elworthy, district administrator.
 Rosalinda and John join many of their peers in this accomplishment. Previous Whitewater Kohl Teacher Fellowship recipients:

A former Whitewater middle school principal, Dan Foster, received a Kohl Leadership Award.

Previous Whitewater Kohl Fellowship recipients:
  • Michael Stutzman
  • Diana Callope (also Wisconsin Teacher of the Year)
  • Justin Stewart
  • Valerie Troxel
  • Kris Ketterhagen
  • Anne Kuske
  • Laura Grochowski
  • Peggy Wuenstel (also Wisconsin Teacher of the Year)
  • Carey Fero
  • Christine Hayes
The Whitewater Unified School District is proud to announce that Mitchell Dalzin, senior at Whitewater High School, has received a 2017 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship. "Mitchell is without doubt one of our finest all-around students, and he has definitely made a positive impact on the legacy of Whitewater High School," said Doug Parker, principal.


SLALN ACADEMIC BOWL RESULTS


Congratulations to the fifteen 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students that represented Whitewater Middle School at the Southern Lakes Advanced Learners Network Academic Bowl on March 10 in Fort Atkinson. Six school districts participated. Whitewater Middle School did very well earning second place overall with 700 points.  Stone Bank took first place with 739 points and Elkhorn came in third with 649 points.  Other participating schools were East Troy - 604 points, Fort Atkinson - 592 points, and Delavan Darien - 518 points.

 

The following Whitewater students earned special recognition:

 

In Language Arts –

Keith Cameron - 1st place, 6th grade

Sophie Walton – 2nd place, 7th grade

Cora Linos – 1st place, 8th grade

Carter Waelchli - 3rd place, 8th grade

 

In Science –

Calvin Baker – 2nd place, 7th grade

 

In Social Studies –

Emma Weigel - 2nd place, 6th grade

Andrew Rollette - 1st place, 7th grade

Denver Isbell – 3rd place, 8th grade

 

Whitewater Team 2 (Reese Brantmeier, Anderson Waelchli, Ian Killoran, Emma Weigel, and Andrew Rollette) placed second in a tiebreaker with Stone Bank Team 2 in the Current Events portion of the competition.

 

Other Whitewater team members included: Josh Keller, Aaron Katzman, Elijah Grall, and Reid Gunnink.


Congratulations to all of the participants for their contributions to the team's overall success and a special thank you for doing a great job representing Whitewater and Whitewater Middle School.  Well Done!



HS Math Team Conference Champs


The high school varsity is conference champs and had the top four finishers in conference, Zach Gross first place,  Mitch dalzin and Zach Brantmeier tied for second, and Jacob Korf came in fourth.  The JV team earned 2nd place.  On JV, Nicole sedmack earned third place while Nick kuzhoff had fourth.


Arts Immersion Day


Pictured (L-R) Gio Anello, Olive Coburn, Sophie Walton, and Audrey Mayer
Arts Immersion Day was held today at the UW-Whitewater Fine Arts Center. Four seventh grade students were each able to choose two sessions that they attended out of nine different offerings. While there, students also watched the final showing of the musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and participated in a talkback session with the actors and actresses. 
Arts Immersion Day is an annual 7th and 8th grade event organized and sponsored by the Southern Lakes Advanced Learners Network of southeastern Wisconsin. A special thank-you to UW-Whitewater and Marshall Anderson for all of their help and support with organizing and leading the sessions.  The students really enjoyed the day!

 


6th Grade Turtle and Shark Dissection Day


Environmental educators from Nature’s Classroom Institute in Mukwonago came to Whitewater Middle School on the morning of Friday, February 10th to dissect turtles with selected 6th grade students as a classroom extension project. The NCI volunteers then came back in the afternoon to dissect sharks with the same students.  Students were able to see firsthand what the turtles and sharks had recently eaten and how their bodies are specially adapted for optimum survival in their environment.  It was especially exciting to study the eye and to also uncover the brain.  

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Southern Lakes Anthology Regional Winners Chosen


Congratulations to these student authors from all three Whitewater Unified School District Elementary Schools (Lakeview, Lincoln and Washington) who will have their writing published in the 2017 Southern Lakes Anthology. Their works, based on the theme Action, will be published along with writing and art from selected students throughout Southern Wisconsin. Pictured left to right, author's name, grade and story title: Payton Brautigam, 3, "Gymnastics and Me," Henry Gehrenbeck, 4, "A Tale of Dragons," Ghati Binagi, 5, "Flip Thrown," Elora Wildermuth-Breitzman, 3,"Book Club" and Ella Spear, 4, "Why Can't a Hero be a Dog?" 


Southern Lakes Anthology Regional Winners Chosen


Congratulations to the WUSD students that had their Southern Lakes Anthology entries selected at the regional Southern Lakes Advanced Learner Network competition that was held in Elkhorn on Tuesday, January 24th.  Southern Lakes Anthology is an annual writing and art competition that is organized by the SLAL Network comprised of over 50 different participating school districts. The theme of this year’s contest was “Action”.  Students submitted work in categories of prose, poetry, illustrated writing, art and cartoons. The quality of Whitewater’s entries was exceptional again this year with eleven of our entries being selected for inclusion in this year’s anthology.

 

This year’s regional winners were: 3rd grade – Elora Wildermuth-Breitzman, Payton Brautigam; 4th grade – Ella Spear, Henry Gehrenbeck; 5th grade - Ghati Binagi; 6th grade - Josephine Treder, Emma Weigel; 7th grade – Anna Ejnik, Sophia Walton; 8th grade – Jayanne Aron, Crystal Chan.  These regional winners will receive a copy of the published anthology and be honored at a special ceremony on May 24th at the UW-Whitewater Young Auditorium.

 

Picture attached of regional winners from the Middle School. (A picture of regional winners from the elementary schools is not available.)

(L-R): 6th graders - Emma Weigel, Josephine Treder; 7th graders - Anna Ejnik, Sophie Walton; 8th graders - Jayanne Aron, Crystal Chan



WMS Annual Spelling Bee Winners


Whitewater Middle School held their annual Spelling Bee on Friday, January 27.  Final winning words were pertinacity and castellated.  The first place winner was Henry Mortimer, 6th grader and son of Richard and Kirsten Mortimer, Fort Atkinson.  Second place went to Sophia Walton, 7th grader and daughter of  Russell and Kimberly Walton, Whitewater. Another 7th grader, Andrew Rollette, son of Jeannine Vollbright, Whitewater and Jeffrey Rollette, Chicago IL came in third place.  The top 8th grade speller was Cora Linos, daughter of James and Jean Linos, also of Whitewater.   

Henry is now eligible to compete at the regional CESA 2 Spelling Bee that will be held at Whitewater High School on Wednesday, March 1.   We wish Henry the best of luck as he advances to the next level.

 
Pictured (L-R) - Henry Mortimer, Sophia Walton, Andrew Rollette


WMS SLA District Winners


Congratulations to all students that submitted work for this year’s Southern Lakes Anthology competition.  The quality of middle school entries was outstanding again this year. The following 12 students have been designated as our middle school district winners: 6th graders – Keith Cameron, Josephine Treder, Emma Weigel 7th graders - Reese Brantmeier, Anna Ejnik, Audrey Mayer, Samantha McKelvey, Sophia Walton 8th graders – Crystal Chan, Sarah Felland, Ella Houwers, Carter Waelchli

These winning entries will now advance to the regional competition on January 24th where they will compete against entries from approximately 35 different school districts.  We wish them the best of luck at the next level! Go Whippets!


Lincoln Students Perform in All-State Children's Choir


On January 7, seven LINCS Elementary School 5th grade music students performed at the Wisconsin Choral Directors Conference in the 2017 All-State Children?s Choir.  Pictured from L to R front row are Cole Travis, Emerson Ellenwood and Davin Parboteeah.  In the back row are Mrs. Christine Hayes, Lauren Rollette, Leah Newmann, Myialynn Cobbs, Cosette Wildermuth-Breitzman and guest conductor Ms. Emily Ellsworth. The LINCS students were among 108 5th and 6th grade choral students selected from across the state to perform at the Grand Theater in Wausau.  Prior to their group rehearsal on the day of their concert, the students rehearsed many hours on their own and with LINCS music teacher, Mrs. Christine Hayes. 
Guest conductor for the Children?s Choir was Emily Ellsworth, Artistic Director of the renowned Glen Ellyn Children?s Chorus in Chicago, and a popular guest clinician throughout the United States and overseas. The LINCS students loved the opportunity of singing with other children from across the state who are passionate about creating beautiful music.  They made new friends from other schools and thought the Grand Theater was beautiful. They enjoyed the challenging music selections and working with Ms. Ellsworth.  To quote the students, ?It was a once in a lifetime event and an awesome experience.?  They learned a lot about clear diction and vocal projection.
Mrs. Hayes and the students are extremely grateful to the Whitewater Music Parents Association for their generous scholarships that were awarded to the students so that they could participate in the All-State Choir!


WHS FFA and National Honor Society delivered gift bags

The Whitewater High School FFA and National Honor Society delivered festive gift bags full of delicious fresh fruit to senior citizens who participate in the Meals on Wheels Program on December 15.  A great time was had by all!!  Happy Holidays!


National Geographic Geography Bee Winners


Whitewater Middle School hosted a school-wide National Geographic Geography Bee on Friday, December 16.    Special congratulations to 7th grade champion and grand champion overall, Andrew Rollette, son of Jeannine Volbright, Whitewater. Gio Anello, son of John and Lisa Anello, Whitewater, earned 2nd place and is also a 7th grader.  6th grade champion and 3rd place over all went to Joshua Keller, son of Elisabeth Keller, Whitewater.  Additional congratulations go to Elizabeth Houwers, daughter of John and Amy Houwers, Whitewater, as she was the top student for the 8th grade and placed 4th overall.

 

Andrew will now complete a qualifying test to go on and compete at the state level National Geographic Bee where he has a chance to win a $50,000 college scholarship.

 

Congratulations to Andrew, Gio, Joshua and Elizabeth!  Good Luck to Andrew as he advances to the next level of competition.

 

 

Pictured left to right - Andrew Rollette, Gio Anello, Joshua Keller



Math Team Participates in Statewide Meet


Sixteen Math Team members participated in the statewide MAA contest on Thursday, December 8. The top five finishers were Jacob Korf, Declin Anderson, Mitch Dalzin, Jacob Lee, and Tyler Niemuth.


Students attend Singing in Wisconsin


Five WHS students are at Carroll University in Waukesha today participating in Singing in Wisconsin. Alexa DuClos, Billie Jo Parker, Anna Rodrigues, Kylee Taylor, and Jacquelin Villarreal are representing Whitewater. They are singing with students from southern Wisconsin and will present a concert this afternoon at 4:00 pm in beautiful Shattuck Auditorium.
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Veterans are honored at the Middle School


November 11th is Veteran's Day! Students at Whitewater Middle School presented a special event to honor the many members of our community who have served our country through the armed forces. Whitewater Middle School students, staff and veterans are pictured. Attendees were given special recognition and thanks for the sacrifices that each individual has made for us and for our country.


60th Annual NHS Induction Ceremony Nov 30


Students who will be inducted into NHS
You are cordially invited to attend the 60th Annual National Honor Society Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, November 30 at 7 pm in the Whitewater High School Auditorium.  Thirty two juniors & seniors will be honored for their outstanding leadership, character, scholarship & service and will join 26 senior members who were inducted in December 2015.  Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding achievement in school!  
 
New Senior Members
New Junior Members
Seniors Inducted in December 2015
Amanda Kraayvanger
Abby Gnatzig
Abigail Childs (Secretary)
Ireland Marinaro
Alexandra Nelson
Gianna Creanza
Sage Babcock
Ali Ketterhagen
Gwenevere Smith
Viet Vo
Allisan Barrett
Heather Ceranske
 
Allison Heckert
Jacob Lee (Treasurer)
 
Andra Matthews
Jesenia Cuevas
 
Anna Kuhtz
Justin Brantmeier
 
Brady Meudt
Kaitlin Weaver
 
Casey Skindingsrude
Katherine Riemer
 
Catherine Strait
Kelsey Herold
 
Celine Zahn
Linda Vo
 
Connor Steinke
Megan Kastern
 
Dalton Chenoweth
Meghan Kehoe (Vice President)
 
Elizabeth Wilson
Milena Miroske
 
Evangelina Klawitter
Mitchell Dalzin
 
Ipek Goktepe
Mohamed Mohamed
 
Jacob Zuehlke
Pasan Gunawardena
 
James Dedrick
Rachel Stone
 
James Du Val
Rebekah Schumacher
 
Jamie Millian
Roberto Soto
 
Joseph Creanza
Sierra Minton
 
Lorynn Hollingshead
Sophia Elworthy
 
Maggie Hough
Steven Blija
 
Paige Prager
Thomas McManaway
 
Payton Hintz
Tyler Niemuth
 
Steven Witt
Whitney Treder (President)
 
Thomas Cushman
 
 
Zach Gross
 
To learn more about the Whitewater High School National Honor Society please see their webpage!  http://www.whs.wwusd.org/page/2541


WHS Madrigal Dinner


Picture is of students dressed in costume for the Madrigal dinner
The Whitewater High School Music Masters Ensemble will present a Madrigal Dinner on December 17th. The buffet and concert starts at 6:00 pm. at the American Legion. The menu includes roast beef, roast turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, carrots, soup, and dessert. There will be beautiful singing and lots of merriment! 
 
Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $20 for those who are 10 and under. Starting November 9th, tickets can be purchased at the High School main office or by calling Karen Tordera at 472-8174 or from any Music Masters Ensemble member. We look forward to seeing you there!


DAR Good Citizen 2017


Whitewater High School is proud to announce that Justin Brantmeier has been chosen as the Class of 2017 DAR Good Citizen!  Justin was chosen by the faculty for his outstanding dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.  Justin and his family will be honored by the Fort Atkinson DAR chapter during an award luncheon in the spring.  He also has the opportunity to participate in the DAR Scholarship Competition.  Congratulations Justin!!


Big Fish performed by Whitewater Players


Start off this year"s Holiday Season by taking in a performance of "Big Fish" at the Whitewater High School auditorium Nov. 17-19 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 2:00 p.m.

This production of the Whitewater High School Players, under the leadership of co-directors Jim McCulloch and Liz Elliot, showcases the talents of more than 60 WHS students as actors, members of the backstage crew, or pit orchestra musicians directed by Abi Pulvermacher.

General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens, and can be reserved by calling 262-472-8178 or purchased at the box office one hour before the performance.

Beginning about 30 minutes before each performance, photos of the three prior WHS fall musicals will be shown in the auditorium.

Taking to the stage for "Big Fish" are Allisan Barrett, Gracia Boley, Caleb Bols, Henry Bresser, Carina Casillas, Colin Chenoweth, Gianna Creanza, Mitchell Dalzin, Hiqmet Dauti, Haley Deiter, Maddie Elsworthy, Jillian Harkness, Lauren Harkness, Michael Hilliger, Alec Holt, Jimmy King, Weston Lema, Andra Matthews, Sophie Mayer, Angie Mckelvey, Stephanie Ordaz, Gabe Schemmel, Nicole Sedmak, Caty Strait, Remi Van Daele, Lydia Wiley-Deal and Catherine Yang.

Serving on the backstage crew are Natalia Adsit, Maribel Alvarez, Rosie Aschenbrener, Savannah Boss, Jared Clapper, Courtney Coleman, Sophie Elsworthy, Katrina Griffin, Josie Hintz, Dakota Isbell, Morgan Janovec, Cally Julson, Jordyn Korf, David Kromholz, Andrea Kuhl, Michael Kuhl, Jacob Lee, Thomas McManaway, Gwen Smith, Sage Spear, Slate Spear, Kylee Traylor and Emma VanDaele.

Members of the pit orchestra include Allisan Barrett, Rhiannan Carlock, Abby Center, Caroline Crowley, Grace Ejnik, Nick Kuzoff, Natalie LaBreche, Jack Mayer, Elliott McCulloch, Miriam Navejas, Roberto Navejas, Alisha Parboteeah, Luis Ramirez, Lydia Wiley Deal and Jacob Zuehlke.

"Big Fish" is based on Daniel Wallace's 1998 novel, "Big Fish": A Novel of Mythic Proportions." The musical play revolves around the relationship between Edward Bloom, a travelling salesman who is blessed with the ability to tell incredible stories that thrill everyone who hears them, and his adult son, Will, who looks for what is behind his father's tall tales.

Overflowing with heart and humor--not to mention, plenty of memorable songs and dance numbers--"Big Fish" offers its audience a theatrical experience that is richer, funnier and bigger than life itself.



 


Washington Student Council Sweet Swap


Washington Student Council Members are collecting Halloween candy from students to send over to our military service members overseas and spread some sweet treat cheer.  Our Student Council is amazed at the turnout for this event!!
 


WHS New Student Orientation


Whitewater High School held a New Student Orientation Program for 35 students new to the district at 1 pm on Wednesday, August 31.  Students were welcomed by Principal, Doug Parker, Assistant Principal, Liz Hrodey, Athletic Director, Jeff Behrens and School Counselors, Teri Hamiliton and Pam Sonmor-Wintz.  National Honor Society members shared information and provided tours of the building at the end of the program.  New students to the Whitewater High School student body are from Germany, South Korea, Mexico, home based instruction, Sussex, Delavan-Darien, Wisconsin Heights, Milton, Waukesha, Evergreen Park, Jefferson, Madison, Kenosha, Lake Mills, Milwaukee, Clinton, Antioch, Roscoe & Bloomington, IL and Watertown, NY.


WUSD Well Represented at WPD K9 Walk/Run


School district staff supported the Whitewater Police Department's annual K9 Walk/Run on Saturday, June 4. Proceeds from the event go to support the ongoing costs associated with maintaining the police departments K9 unit. Representing WUSD were from left to right: WMS teacher Liz Elliott with Poppy, WMS teacher Stacy Johnson with Fern, LINCS teacher Suzann Chenoweth, Lakeview teacher Jamie Mane, WMS counselor Bev Bonge-Ganser, Lakeview teacher Dee Brunner with Boomer, WHS secretary DeAnda Lavine, and WHS teacher Rebecca Ebling. Also on the WUSD, but not pictured are WHS teacher Colleen Mendez with Marshmallow, LINCS counselor Shirley Cutshall with Hunter, and central office secretary Bree Harris with Kahlua


MS students competed in MEGA Math Meet


Congratulations to the 7th and 8th graders that competed in the MEGA Math Meet that was held on May 24th at Madison College. Whitewater students did very well competing with the twenty schools that participated.  Our Whitewater team came in eighth place behind several top Dane County schools.  We were the top scoring school among all of the Southern Lakes Advanced Network schools that advanced to that event including Elkhorn!  Previously, Elkhorn had beaten us at the regional meet.
The 7-8 Math team included:
7th graders – (Front row) Crystal Chan, Reid Gunnink, Young Liang, and Carson Ellenwood
8th graders – (Back row) Colin Chenoweth, Sophie Mayer, David Kromholz, and Shawn Chan

 
Great job team!  Way to make Whitewater proud...again!


The Rotary Club honored Whitewater High School seniors


The Rotary Club honored Whitewater High School seniors in the Top 10% of their graduating class during a luncheon at Fin & Hooves on Tuesday, May 24.  Students shared information about their school activities, career & academic plans after graduation and learned about the many amazing ways the Rotary Club helps people around the world.  A great time was had by all!
 
Student pictured front row:  Jamison DuClos
 
Students pictured second row: Keely Fiedler, Lan Vo, Sarah Ziolkowski, Sarah Schiltz, Cheyenne Minton, Jan Maroske, Devin Samaranayke, Caleigh Judd, Holly Hough, Emma Stutzman, Allison Sedmak, Huong Vo
 
Students pictured third row:
Isabelle Zahn, Emily Heckman, Benny Liang, Leif Sahyun, Troy Marinkovic, Sydney Zimdars and Andrea Markham 


The Rock Valley Conference honored the Top Ten academically


On Sunday night, May 1st, the Rock Valley Conference honored the Top Ten academically ranked students from each high school.  Pictured above are the top ten students from the class of 2016 for Whitewater HS.  
 
Front Row (L-R):  Principal Doug Parker, Sarah Ziolokowski, Cheyenne Minton, Holly Hough, Devin Samaranayake, District Administrator Eric Runez
 
Back Row:  Sarah Schiltz, Leif Sayhun, Isabelle Zahn, Jonathan Caldwell, Emma Stutzman
 
Not Pictured:  Allison Sedmak


NHS members assembled Holiday Fruit Baskets


National Honor Society members assembled Holiday Fruit Baskets with members of the Whitewater Rotary Club at Golden State Foods on December 19!  Funds raised are donated to many worthwhile causes throughout the year.  A great time was had by all! For more Pictures visit the District Photo Gallery.