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 …
Monday, May 6, 2013
This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week 2013. Take a moment to thank a teacher who had an impact in your life.
Editor's Note: The following column was written by Waukesha Superintendent Todd Gray. Once again, National Teacher Appreciation Week is here. We are fortunate to have a dedicated and caring team of educational professionals in the School District of Waukesha. With the latest state and national educational initiatives, our teachers are asked to do more for students, both in and out of the classroom, and with less resources from year to year. Yet they never fail to meet these new challenges each and every time. Please join me in thanking our teaching and professional staff for all they do to prepare our children for success in our schools, in the community, and in their future lives. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all …
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!
Monday, April 29, 2013
With changes in benchmarks for Wisconsin statewide reading and math tests, Waukesha students performed just above the statewide average.
Use Patch's interactive database to see the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations scores in Waukesha and other area districts for the last three years. Students in the Waukesha School District saw lower scores in statewide math and reading tests this year, but those changes are almost entirely due to tough new standards that kicked in this year. In Waukesha, 37.8 percent of the students who took the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations (WKCE) in November 2012 scored at proficient or advanced in reading. That's compared to 82.5 percent who hit that mark in 2011. The 2012-13 results were released last week. In math, 49 percent of the Waukesha students were proficient or better this year, compared to 78.6 percent last year. …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Donate your items to Goodwill and help out Prairie Elementary School.
Prairie Elementary School is one of 600 schools throughout the state that is attempting to win a visit from retired Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver by collecting as many items as they can for Goodwill. As of the last count, Prairie Elementary School was ranked No. 9 out of more than 600 schools throughout Wisconsin. Since the ranking, which was completed April 9, the school has collected more than 4,000 items to Goodwill. If you want to help Prairie Elementary School out, you can donate to Goodwill by Tuesday. The school is asking donors to write Prairie Elementary School and the number of items donated when dropping off items at the two Waukesha Goodwill locations: Last year, Summit View Elementary School won the visit from …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Gov. Scott Walker's school choice proposal could be extended to the Waukesha School District.
Gov. Scott Walker pushed for his proposed school choice legislation, which would allow some parents in the Waukesha School District to send their children to private school on a voucher system, at a rally with Republican leaders and private schools in Waukesha on Thursday. “For us, in this budget, we are putting in language to expand opportunities choices for families,” Walker said. “Be it choice schools, charter schools, public schools and other environments so that every kid in this state – no matter where they come from, no matter what their background, no matter what mom or dad might do for a living – every kid can have a choice and have a great education.” The rally, which was held at La Casa De Esperanza, featured politicians who …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Students at four Waukesha schools will receive iPads next school year. When the program is rolled out to all schools in September 2016, it is expected to cost about $3 million a year.
Students at four Waukesha schools will receive iPads next fall as the Waukesha School District begins a technology pilot program it hopes to implement at all Waukesha public schools. Some teachers at Waukesha North, Blair, Bethesda and Hillcrest schools already have the capability to use iPads in their classrooms. However, students will be able to take home the devices next school year at the four schools. The use of technology in the classroom is increasing throughout the country. School districts across the nation are adding iPads and other tablets to their education system with some apparently positive outcomes. A recent study showed that students who use iPads in class score higher on literacy tests, according to Time Magazine. Using …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The Waukesha Northstar Players will take on the fairy tale musical this week.
Waukesha Northstar Players will present Once Upon a Mattress at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices:
Monday, April 22, 2013
Olympian Gwen Jorgensen competed at the Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego in Mission Beach over the weekend where she snatched first place.
A Waukesha native has become the first U.S. woman to win a World Triathlon Series race on Friday. Olympian Gwen Jorgensen snatched the lead in the last mile of the triathlon and won the Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego in Mission Beach, reported the Journal Sentinel. Jorgensen, a standout swimmer at Waukesha South High School, was recruited to run triathlons when she was studying at University of Wisconsin-Madison. The 26-year-old woman was an accountant at Ernest and Young in Milwaukee when she made the USA Olympic team. She came in 38th place in the London Olympics after she got flat tire during the bike leg. Jorgensen finished the triathlon with a race-best run split of 33:10, reported the Journal Sentinel.