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West High School

Letter from Superintendent Olson

The end of the 2016-17 academic year has arrived, and I d be remiss if I didn t take this opportunity to say a heartfelt THANK YOU. As I conclude my first year serving this wonderful community, I am pleased with the accomplishments of West Bend School District staff and students, and the support that we have received from our great community.

Thank you to our students for everything that you teach us as administrators, teachers and staff. Your creativity, enthusiasm and dedication is inspirational. Your accomplishments throughout the year are a source of great pride. Continue to practice kindness, leadership and celebrate the diversity that makes each one of you so special!

Congratulations to our 2017 graduates! You have reached an important lifelong milestone and have a blank slate ahead of you – one that I know each one of you will paint full of experiences, life lessons and achievements that shine just as bright as each of you. I m proud of your accomplishments and wish you nothing but the best as you continue your journey into adulthood!

Thank you to our parents for your unwavering support and involvement. I recognize and appreciate the important role you play in your child s education. From helping with homework or career planning, attending events, volunteering at the school, providing leadership in PTOs, or attending parent teacher conferences and keeping connected with school staff: your involvement makes a difference.

Thank you to our amazing staff: administrators, bus drivers, educational assistants, learning coaches, maintenance staff, support staff, school nutrition staff, teachers, and those in educational services center office. Each of you makes a difference as we strive for our ambitious aim of Excellence for All . There are so many lessons to be learned both inside and outside of the classroom, and you provide students with many opportunities to blossom into inspired and engaged citizens and community members. I am so grateful for the care, support and guidance that I see demonstrated every day.

To our community members and business partners, I am thankful for your involvement and support in our schools. The commitment demonstrated reinforces my belief that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world.

Students, staff, parents, community members and businesses are all an important part of the West Bend School District. Thank you for your continuous support and contributions to making our schools the great places they are to learn and grow, work and be. Wishing all a safe and fun summer!

East and West Graduates Walk the Halls

This week, the 2017 East and West graduating class donned their caps and gowns and took to the halls where their individual journeys began ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!

Approximately 250 East and 265 West seniors made their way back to the halls of Barton/Green Tree, McLane, Jackson, Decorah, Fair Park, St. Johns, Cabrini, Holy Angels, Silverbrook and Badger where they were greeted to enthusiastic rounds of applause and cheers from current elementary, intermediate and middle school students!

This year s Graduation Walk is a first for the West Bend School District, thanks to the vision and leadership of Kerry Hughes, a Positive Behavioral Interventions Supports Coordinator In the spirit of celebration, our community gathered together to not only celebrate our graduates, but celebrate our system and district as a whole! Not only were our graduates able to take a walk back down memory lane and thank the teachers who made an impact in their academic journey, but also they were able to celebrate and thank each other. There s a great power in being able to do that, said Hughes.

Once back at the high schools cheers by their peers, music from the pep band and refreshments greeted the graduates.

Additionally, students in Mike Bentdahl s Digital Media class captured the events of the morning, and created the video below which will be shown to families at graduation ceremonies on June 11 th. Grab a tissue and check out the video below!

Spartan Sun Playschool is looking for participants!

As a culminating project for West Bend East West High School s entry level Early Childhood Education course Parent Child Development, students plan, teach, and observe children in a preschool style program.

Dates for Playschool: Tuesdays-Friday

Week 1: May 2, 3, 4, 5

Week 2: May 9,10,11,12

Week 3: May 16,17,18,19

Week 4: May 23, 24, 25, 26

Tuesdays: 9:15-10:50 AM

Wednesday Friday: 9:45-11:15 AM

West Bend High Schools

Room P25A-Mrs. Sorce s Classroom

Children must be between the ages of 3-5 years old.

Children are not allowed to participate if they have had a fever or contagious illness or disease within 24 hours of a play school day.

Due to facilities available, enrollment will be capped at 20 students. Registration is on a first come first serve basis.

For safety and sanitation reasons, all participating children must be toilet trained.

The school is not responsible for transportation. Children must leave the building after Play School and are not allowed to attend other classes with the high school students.

If interested contact Kelly Sorce by Monday, May 1, 2017.

WBHS Artists Receive Awards

East and West high schools were recognized by The Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council (WAPAC) as a Level 2 Advanced Placement Pacesetter school for the 2015-2016 school year. East and West high schools earned this recognition because more than 20 percent of the student population took an AP course and more than 65 percent or more earned scores of three or above on the exams.

The WBSD offers 24 Advanced Placement (AP) courses for grades 9-12 in a variety of subjects. ranging from AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP Human Geography, AP Music Theory and more. Upon completing an AP course, students take an AP exam; those who earn a score of three or higher on the AP test qualify for advanced university credit.

According to data for the 2015-16 school year, 23.7 percent of WBHS students took 550 exams; of that, 76 percent scored a three or above making them eligible to earn college credit.

This recognition is a wonderful celebration for all of our PK-12 educators, said Jeanne- marie Ciriacks. This reflects that our students are well prepared to take college level courses in high school with high levels of success. We are proud of our students, staff, and families as our students start their career and college pathway in the West Bend School District.

AP Pacesetter schools provide impressive access to AP courses and posted excellent AP exam results. The Pacesetter Award is unique to Wisconsin and emerged from WAPAC to recognize outstanding school districts in Wisconsin for AP excellence. The Pacesetter Award celebrates the success of individual schools and is not a competition or comparison between schools.

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