Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Principal Blog Week of May 23rd , 2022 (Final Blog of 2021-2022)

 Purpose Corner - This week on "Purpose Corner" I wanted to publicly thank the Waukesha West community for supporting our staff this year!!  You can access the transcript of the video through this link.


Graduation 2022 - Graduation day for all three Waukesha legacy high schools will be Saturday, June 11th, 2022. Waukesha West High School will be holding graduation ceremonies in the West Fieldhouse on this date beginning at 11:00 A.M. As we are one community divided into three high schools, this year graduation times among all three high schools are staggered to enable friends and family to attend multiple ceremonies if they so choose. South High School ceremonies will begin at 9:00 A.M. and North High School ceremonies will begin at 1:00 P.M. on this date. Please begin informing friends and family who will be attending! We do not sell tickets for graduation. All information for graduation processes is linked here which has also been sent to graduates and their families.




Final Exam Schedule Spring 2022 Below is the final exam schedule. You can also access the schedule through the Waukesha West home page underneath the "Calendars/Schedule" heading. Select the "Semester II Exam Schedule" at the very bottom of the options.



Wolverine Leadership Academy Bonfire - This past Friday night we had to cancel the scheduled bonfire and move festivities inside because of the weather. We were able to have a small fire pit going, but the real fun was happening inside our fieldhouse where we had 80 plus students come to attend our Spike Ball and Bean Bag toss tournaments and to see the band Geology Club comprised of West students Alex Bonell (lead vocals), Ian Dutter (drums), Miah Miner (bass guitar), and Evan Hansen (guitar). Some snacks and drinks were provided with all of the entertainment. Thanks to all of the student leaders to make this happen and bring students together!! Below are a couple of pics from the event.





Prom 2022 - I want to compliment our students on doing an outstanding job in representing West High School in the community during our Prom this past Saturday at the Ingleside. Students were respectful and appropriate with their dancing and interactions with Ingleside staff. Ingleside staff members sought West administration and chaperones out to provide feedback that our students had good manners and that this has not been the case with other area schools who have used the Ingleside for their Prom. That is a great comment from an authentic source that meets our high behavioral expectations for West students. Great job!! Below is a possible snapshot of Mrs. Patt and me dancing at our Prom...


Wolverine Wardrobe - A few years back two West students as part of their Trek project came up with an idea to open a clothing store where students could donate and exchange clothes whenever they wanted. It started small in the back of our Student Services department but has been a place for students to get items they have needed, or have wanted. Students in our project-based Live & learn class took over this concept and through a grant from the Waukesha Education Foundation along with a lot of hard work just had the grand opening for the larger and more spacious "Wolverine Wardrobe!" It is open to all West students. Below are some pictures of the grand opening which included personal tours. Students please come in to update your wardrobe or donate items as the "Wolverine Wardrobe is open for business in room F115!! Great work Live & Learn!!





U.S. News Best High Schools - According to U.S. News & World Report, West High School was ranked 1,539 out of 17,843 high schools nationally that qualified, putting us in the top 9% of high schools in the nation! We ranked 38 out of 534 high schools statewide putting us in the top 7% comparatively in the state of Wisconsin! The entire Waukesha West community contributes to this distinction and we need to celebrate it while keeping our growth mindset! Way to go West!




Principal Advisory Committee - The Principal Advisory Council was not able to meet in May due to scheduling conflicts. I would like to thank all of the parents below for their time as part of this council. Their insights and feedback are invaluable to me as we work through the multiple facets of operating Waukesha West High School!! Thank you!!!

Angela Schaaf
Erica Kasseckert
ericak0409@gmail.com
Kim Sadowski
kimbersadowski@gmail.com
Karen Anderson
Tera Nehring
 Teranehring@gmail.com
Michelle Cameron
Krista Bitzan
Dean Chyla
dean@chyla.com 
Patti Bloom
pbloom27@wi.rr.com
Susan Fogelstrom


Archived Announcements (Link) Please access this link to find all of the information in our daily announcements from previous weeks.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Principal Blog Week of May, 2nd 2022

 Purpose Corner - This week on "Purpose Corner" I look to remind our students and community that words matter. You can access the transcript of the video through this link.


Teacher Appreciation Week! - This week we look to pay extra attention to the educators who spend hours of time with your children every day in school! I am thankful for our staff and how much they care about the success of their students!! I am in a unique position to witness this daily. The West High staff truly wants the best for every one of their students! Thank you for all you do!!


Graduation 2022 - Graduation day for all three Waukesha legacy high schools will be Saturday, June 11th, 2022. Waukesha West High School will be holding graduation ceremonies in the West Fieldhouse on this date beginning at 11:00 A.M. As we are one community divided into three high schools, this year graduation times among all three high schools are staggered to enable friends and family to attend multiple ceremonies if they so choose. South High School ceremonies will begin at 9:00 A.M. and North High School ceremonies will begin at 1:00 P.M. on this date. Please begin informing friends and family who will be attending! We do not sell tickets for graduation.



Final Exam Schedule Spring 2022 - Below is the final exam schedule. You can also access the schedule through the Waukesha West home page underneath the "Calendars/Schedule" heading. Select the "Semester II Exam Schedule" on the very bottom of the options.


U.S. News Best High Schools
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According to U.S. News & World Report, West High School was ranked 1,539 out of 17,843 high schools nationally that qualified, putting us in the top 9% of high schools in the nation! We ranked 38 out of 534 high schools statewide putting us in the top 7% comparatively in the state of Wisconsin! The entire Waukesha West community contributes to this distinction and we need to celebrate it while keeping our growth mindset! Way to go West!


Visual Arts State Competition -
This is the first year that the Waukesha West Art Department participated in the Visual Arts Classic put on by the Wisconsin Art Education Association. Teams are limited to a maximum of 12 participants per school. 9 of the 12 students and 15 pieces of artwork advanced on to the State competition. At State, the team was able to bring home eight 1st place medals, four 2nd place medals, and two 3rd place medals. Congratulations again to the first-ever Waukesha West Visual Arts Classic Team: Meghan Baum, Aaron Crisostomo, Alana Crisostomo, Rowan Grider, Josslyn Hansen, Berkeley Krell, Kelly Kraus, Sara Maher, Evelyn Reyes Nolasco, Alex Phipps, Morgan Roberts, and Jacob Santana. Below is some of the work of these talented students:








The Kai 11 Law - Sixteen-year-old Waukesha North student Kai Lermer died back in 2019 from cardiac arrest when he was playing a pickup game of basketball. He had a heart condition unknown to him and his family, despite yearly physicals. They have advocated for more information to be shared regarding this hidden danger which has resulted in the passing of the "Kai 11 Law."  Kai 11 Law requires the WIAA to pass out a form to parents with student-athletes that educates them on sudden cardiac arrest. It will also strongly recommend EKG testing. His family is hopeful this new law will save lives. There a lot to know about Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Adults. Below is information for families interested:



Orchestra Performance - Please enjoy the short video of our talented Orchestra students performing in our atrium recently...




Principal Advisory Committee - The Principal Advisory Council for 2021-2022 met most recently on Wednesday, April, 20th 2022. The meeting minutes are linked here. Please contact any one of the representatives (below) to bring up topics or questions you have to bring forward for the final meeting in May.

Angela Schaaf
Erica Kasseckert
ericak0409@gmail.com
Keva Estrada
Fourestrada@gmail.com
Kim Sadowski
kimbersadowski@gmail.com
Karen Anderson
Tera Nehring
 Teranehring@gmail.com
Michelle Cameron
Krista Bitzan
Dean Chyla
dean@chyla.com 
Patti Bloom
pbloom27@wi.rr.com
Susan Fogelstrom


Archived Announcements (Link) Please access this link to find all of the information in our daily announcements from previous weeks.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Principal Blog Week of February 28th, 2022

Purpose Corner -This week I want to talk about the daily schedule for next school year. You can access the transcript of the video through this link.


ACT Week Schedule for 3/7-3/11
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We have an alternate schedule for next week (below) as all Junior students will be taking the statewide ACT test on Tuesday, March 8th here at West. There is NO SCHOOL for 9th, 10th, and 12th-grade students on Tuesday, March 8th as our 11th-grade students will be testing. Here is the link to ACT information that was sent to all 11th-grade students regarding testing.


WEF (Wisconsin Education Fair) - Below is information regarding this event for our 11th-grade students that will be happening on Monday, March 7th. The opt-out form is linked here:


State Academic Decathlon -  The West Academic Decathlon team placed third at the State Competition this past weekend. The team earned 21 medals across the 10 events. A special congratulations to the team's top scorer, Alana Crisostomo. Congratulations on being one of the top teams in the state of Wisconsin!!!



State Wrestling - Congratulations to Senior Magnus Kuokkanen (pictured lower right) for placing 6th in Division 1 at the State WIAA Wrestling Tournament over the weekend. Magnus finished his season at 38-3. Congratulations Magnus! A shout out to Xander Kuokkanen, Isaiah Guerrero, and Xavier Guerrero who wrestled in the state meet to represent West!!



Little Shop of Horrors - The West End Players will be performing the musical "Little Shop of Horrors" this weekend so get your tickets!!!. See the information below:



Graduation 2022
 - Graduation day for all three Waukesha legacy high schools will be Saturday, June 11th, 2022. Waukesha West High School will be holding graduation ceremonies in the West Fieldhouse on this date beginning at 11:00 A.M. As we are one community divided into three high schools, this year graduation times among all three high schools are staggered to enable friends and family to attend multiple ceremonies if they so choose. South High School ceremonies will begin at 9:00 A.M. and North High School ceremonies will begin at 1:00 P.M. on this date. Please begin informing friends and family who will be attending!

Principal Advisory Committee - The Principal Advisory Council for 2021-2022 met most recently on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022. The meeting minutes are linked here. Please contact any one of the representatives (below) to bring up topics or questions you have to bring forward for the next meeting.

Angela Schaaf
Erica Kasseckert
ericak0409@gmail.com
Keva Estrada
Fourestrada@gmail.com
Kim Sadowski
kimbersadowski@gmail.com
Karen Anderson
Tera Nehring
 Teranehring@gmail.com
Michelle Cameron
Krista Bitzan
Dean Chyla
dean@chyla.com 
Patti Bloom
pbloom27@wi.rr.com
Susan Fogelstrom


Archived Announcements (Link) Please access this link to find all of the information in our daily announcements from previous weeks.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Principal Blog Week of February 14th, 2022

Purpose Corner -This week I say thank you to all of the parents and community members that support Waukesha West High School through their time and efforts! You can access the transcript of the video through this link.


Family Connect Conferences - Our one night of virtual Family Connect (formerly known as Parent/Teacher) conferences for West High School is tomorrow Wednesday, February 16th, 2022. Conferences will start at 4:30 P.M. and go until 8:00 P.M. We will be continuing on with our recent format for these virtual conferences by having them as an appointment only with a focus on family connection. The format of the connection time will be 7-minute conferences with teachers leading the conference by asking these two questions:


1. What successes and challenges have your student shared with you about their performance in this class? 
2. What do I need to know about your student academically and/or personally in order for your student to have a successful learning experience in my class? 
These conferences are in the place of traditional student/teacher conferences where grades and work completion were predominately discussed. Grades and work completion are just as important as they have always been, but technology allows families to track these things and communicate more efficiently with teachers. So, I have purposely changed the format so that connections can continue to be made to support student success! The sign-up sheet for the conferences is linked here, and was has been emailed to families, and is also on the West Website!!
February 17th and 18th Schedule - West High School students have an early release day on Thursday, February 17th, and No School on Friday, February 18th, 2022. The schedule for this week is below:


Valentine's Orchestra Dance - Thank you to all who attended the Valentine's dance this past weekend and supported the West orchestra. Below is some video and a picture from the event...






FBLA - West FBLA competed at Regionals on Saturday, February 5th! Congratulations to Isabella Rotfield and Ethan Tillis who finished 1st and are all headed to State in Madison! Good luck at state!
Dance at State - Congratulations to our dance team as they participated in the state competition on February 5th. They qualified to go in their Jazz and Poms routine!




Cheer to State - They will be participating in the state competition this coming weekend! Congratulations and good luck!!


Snowboard to State - Your Waukesha Women’s Snowboard Team is Conference Champion in Boardercross and your Men’s Team is Conference Runner up! Both teams head to State this coming weekend in LaCrosse! Congrats and good luck!!




 


Little Shop of Horrors - The West End Players will be performing the musical "Little Shop of Horrors" in early March. See the information below:



Graduation 2022
 - Graduation day for all three Waukesha legacy high schools will be Saturday, June 11th, 2022. Waukesha West High School will be holding graduation ceremonies in the West Fieldhouse on this date beginning at 11:00 A.M. As we are one community divided into three high schools, this year graduation times among all three high schools are staggered to enable friends and family to attend multiple ceremonies if they so choose. South High School ceremonies will begin at 9:00 A.M. and North High School ceremonies will begin at 1:00 P.M. on this date. Please begin informing friends and family who will be attending!

Principal Advisory Committee - The Principal Advisory Council for 2021-2022 will be meeting on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022. The meeting minutes are linked here. Please contact any one of the representatives (below) to bring up topics or questions you have to bring forward for the next meeting.

Angela Schaaf
Erica Kasseckert
ericak0409@gmail.com
Keva Estrada
Fourestrada@gmail.com
Kim Sadowski
kimbersadowski@gmail.com
Karen Anderson
Tera Nehring
 Teranehring@gmail.com
Michelle Cameron
Krista Bitzan
Dean Chyla
dean@chyla.com 
Patti Bloom
pbloom27@wi.rr.com
Susan Fogelstrom


Archived Announcements (Link) Please access this link to find all of the information in our daily announcements from previous weeks.