Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The number of suspensions statewide have dropped consecutively for five years; find out what the low is now, and check out some local data.
When it comes to the number of suspensions given at Waukesha high schools, which school was the worst offender in 2011-12? All three high schools in Waukesha’s suspension rates are above the state average. Statewide, 5.21 percent of students were suspended at least once during the year. This is the lowest percentage since data was kept beginning in 1998-99, and the figure has dropped five consecutive years. The rates are: The 10th grade class at Waukesha West High School were the worst offenders in Waukesha high schools in 2011-12, according to the Department of Public Instruction information. Thirty-eight students were suspended, accounting for 12.5 percent of the students enrolled in that grade level. See a breakdown by specific grade …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Waukesha residents say pranks between Waukesha West have gone too far from toilet papering houses to vandalism.
Neighbors believe the prom pranks between Waukesha West juniors and seniors are getting out of hand, reported Patch media partner WISN 12 News. Pranks are escalating from toilet papering to vandalism. Jerry Ciszek, a grandfather to a Waukesha West junior, told WISN 12 New students dropped a toilet and some tires in his driveway and stuck plastic knives and forks in the ground. Waukesha West Principal David LaBorde said he had three complaints this week. School administrators have encouraged families to call the police when a prank goes too far. The school isn't able to do anything about it because the pranks are outside of campus and schools hours. They have notified the Waukesha police and the Waukesha County Sheriff's Office about the …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Waukesha West High School's prom is this weekend. Share your photos from the getting ready to the final dance on Patch.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Fifty-five Wisconsin high schools made The Daily Beast and Newsweek's ranking of America's Best High Schools, which include Waukesha West, South, North and eAchieve Academy.
Waukesha North, South, West and eAchieve Academy have ranked in Newsweek's list of America's Best High Schools. In the national ranking of 2,000 high schools, Waukesha West ranked 1,265, Waukesha South ranked 1,678, Waukesha North was ranked 1761, and eAchieve Academy ranked 1,667. All the data analyzed was self-reported by each school for the 2011–12 school year. Over 5,000 high schools were invited to participate in the survey this year, and nearly 2,500 responded. Newsweek and The Daily Beast have compiled this list for the past two years and each year the methodlogy is tweaked. This year the methodology weighed the percentages of four-year, on-time graduation rate (25 percent); 2011 graduates who were accepted to college (25 percent…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Tickets are on sale for Waukesha West High School's production of "Postmortem"
Editor's Note: The information about the Waukesha West High School play was provided to Patch by Waukesha West High School students. Video and photos were taken by Waukesha Patch. Waukesha West High School's play Postmortem is being held this weekend. Set in April 1922 at the Connecticut country estate of an actor, William Gillette, who is famous for portraying Sherlock Holmes, the plot revolves around guests who were present a year prior when another guest allegedly committed suicide and who have reassembled on the anniversary of that tragedy. However, Gillette believes it wasn't a suicide but rather a murder. The show has all the ingredients of a proper murder mystery: jealousy and revenge, accusations of murder, even a seance. This …
You don't have to wait until prom night 2013 to share those awesome pics. Share the fun of picking out that dress, snagging those designer shoes or picking out that really retro suit from Goodwill!
The Waukesha West High School prom, the glamour event of the year for students and their families, is Saturday, May 11. It's one long photo op, and Waukesha Patch is the perfect place to share them with the community. There's no limit on the number of photos you can add. Share your shots from: Just click the "Upload Photos and Videos" button to the left and show off those awesome pics!
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Twenty-seven Wisconsin high schools made the Washington Post's ranking of America's Most Challenging High Schools, which include Waukesha West, North and South.
Editor's note: There's been an update about the disparity of graduation rates. Waukesha North, South and West have made the Washington Post’s list of America’s Most Challenging High School. In the national rankings of 1,900 public and private schools, Waukesha North was ranked 1,647, Waukesha South ranked 1,399 and Waukesha West 1,368. The Washington Post’s formula, the Challenge Index, takes the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year and is divided by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June. According to the Washington Post: Waukesha North has a four-year graduation rate of 94 percent, an average ACT score of 21.6, …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Four public high schools work together to present a fashion show that will benefit the Hebron House of Hospitality.
Last December, an idea was created on Twitter as area high school students were sharing in 140 characters or less how they wanted to help Waukesha residents. “We wanted to do something philanthropic for the holidays because we were seeing all the hurt in Waukesha and we wanted to give back,” said Ashley Romasko, a junior at Waukesha North High School. Three months, four high schools, 5,000 clothing articles, 95 outfit creations, 30 models and one dress rehearsal later, the organizers of Strut Your Stuff are about to see that idea come to fruition. Romasko and Waukesha North senior Paige Goodings have organized Strut Your Stuff, an ultimate fashion show involving models from Waukesha South, Waukesha North, Waukesha West and Kettle Moraine …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
David LaBorde has served as the interim principal since David Tower's abrupt departure in January.
David LaBorde, the interim Waukesha West High School principal, will remain at Waukesha West High School next school year. LaBorde was unanimously hired by the Waukesha School Board to be the full-time, permanent principal at Waukesha West. “He is focused on student success,” said Board Member Steve Edlund while reading through LaBorde’s list of qualifications. LaBorde started serving as interim principal at the school in January. He previously served as principal at New Berlin West High School. LaBorde retired in 2009, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Student representatives from Waukesha West had high praises for LaBorde’s work the past few months while talking to the Waukesha School Board on Wednesday. He is well liked among…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Tegan Anderson, 23, a 2008 graduate of Waukesha West High School, will work as a youth development volunteer in the Ukraine.
Tegan Anderson, 23, is leaving for the Ukraine on Tuesday for 27 months with the Peace Corps where she will be running programs to prepare teenagers for adulthood. While 27 months is a big time commitment, the Waukesha West High School graduate said she has time for a career later in life. Anderson’s been interested in the Peace Corps since high school and since she graduated from college in May, now is the time for the new adventure. “I am just excited to go do it,” Anderson said. Anderson will spend the first three months in Ukraine studying the country’s language and training for her position as a youth development volunteer. “I love working with at-risk youth,” Anderson said in a news release. “I always felt fortunate to grow up in a …