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A Message from our District Administrator
John Gendron...
Happy New Year!

Lots of exciting things are continuing to happen at Westosha Central on a daily basis. Innovation, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving continue to shape the work each and every day. Along with promoting growth in our instructional and learning opportunities for our staff and students, the district is also exploring the short- and long-range facility needs of the building. At the November 2019 Board of Education meeting, the district approved a contract with Bray Architects to conduct a complete facility study of our building. Bray Architects will examine the infrastructure, including but not limited to: heating and cooling systems, roofing systems, classroom and other spaces in the building, building envelope, parking and road conditions. In addition, the team will examine the current learning spaces to ensure that they are supporting innovation, collaboration, exploration, and other 21st  Century learning skills needed for our students to be successful now and into the future. The facility study will take approximately four months to complete and will end with a full and comprehensive Facility Master Plan. Following the completion of the study, the Board of Education and administration will:
  • Survey and engage the community for input, ideas and support
  • Determine a long-range financial plan for current and future needs
  • Create a timeline for implementation of facility projects and needs
Creating a short-and long-term facility plan will allow the district to ensure that the building is set for years to come. Financial responsibility will drive our planning and conversations throughout this process.

 

The future continues to be bright at Westosha Central. We will build on the many great things happening each and every day and strive to grow and improve. Our sights are set for excellence and everything that we do is done to reach this goal. 

 

John Gendron, District Administrator

 

#WeAreWestosha

From the Desk of Dale Van Keuren...
Happy New Year from Westosha Central High School. 
 
I hope you were able to enjoy the holidays with family and friends.  
 
As we enter January we look toward the end of the first semester, the beginning of the second semester, and the planning for the 2020/2021 school year.  
  1. Finals are January 14-16 with the schedule linked HERE. Please make sure that students are well rested for finals week. Students should make sure they know and understand the finals requirements for each class.
     
  2. The end of the first semester means a new semester! Second Semester begins on January 21, 2020. New schedules for students can be found on the parent portal of Infinite Campus HERE.
     
  3. So far we have had great luck with the weather. As the weather becomes more "Wisconsin-like" please make sure that students and parents drive responsibly. Please make sure to drop off students at the West entrance. Student safety is our number one concern.
There are many things to look forward to in 2020! We will begin planning for the 2020/2021 school year very soon. Our Expo night is February 5, 2020. Be on the lookout for more communication about that very important evening. This school year has already been fantastic and I am excited to see what 2020 will bring our Falcon Family!
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to reach out.

Mr. Van Keuren_ Principal
Mr. Van Keuren, Principal
Dale Van Keuren  
(262) 843-2321 ext. 209
Twitter: @dalevankeuren

"We need to make the positives so loud that the negative becomes almost impossible to hear"-George Couros
Strategic Planning
Dear Westosha Central Families,
 
Beginning in February 2020, Central High School District of Westosha will embark on a journey to define its preferred future based on the hopes and dreams of the communities it serves. The vehicle for this work will be a collaborative process designed to help us craft a Strategic Plan that will have the significant and long-range impact on how the district carries out its work and achieves its goals for the next three to five years. To ensure that the plan is viable and successful, we are looking for parent and community representation in the process. I am confident that the Strategic Planning process will be a huge benefit to our district; it will set our vision, identify what is important to us, and set goals for the next three to five years.
 
The Strategic Planning team will be comprised of:
  • Board of Education Members
  • Administrative Team
  • Teachers
  • Support Staff
  • Students
  • Current Central High School Parents
  • Representation from the K-8 Feeder Districts
  • Community Leaders
The team will be approximately 50+ people. We know that this is a large team, but we wanted great representation from our stakeholders. Specifically, we are looking for current Westosha Central parents to be part of this very important team. We need everyone's voice, ideas, and thoughts!

The process will be facilitated over the span of four 3 ½-hour sessions. It will include an exploration of our cherished traditions and collective aspirations, a review of important benchmarks of our successes, and an examination of our opportunities for improvement. By the end of our time together, we will have a shared vision that reflects the core values of our key stakeholders and is based on a clear and compelling statement of our mission. Our final product will include goals and actions aimed at achieving highly-prized outcomes for our students, staff, parents, and communities.
 
We are extremely excited about this process; we are proud of what we do each day, but excited about setting a vision for the future. To set this vision and determine our opportunities, we need you. I know that life is busy, but we are confident that this time will be worth it. The process and conversations will shape our school and make Westosha Central a destination school for everyone!
   
Dates and Objectives
  • February 19 - CORNERSTONES 
    • Vision, Mission and Values
  • March 16 - DATA REVIEW 
    • Patterns and Projections
  • April 20 - STRATEGIC PRIORITIES 
    • Goal areas identified
  • May 11 - ACTION PARAMETERS & ALIGNMENT 
    • System-level coherence of long range actions with strategic intents 
****We would like participants to attend all meetings, but we may be able to be flexible for a parent who needs to miss one date****
 
Meeting Location and Times
  • Meetings will be held in the All Purpose Room at Westosha Central High School
  • 4 to 7:15 p.m.
  • Dinner will be served on each night
If interested, please complete this sign-up form
 
Deadline to volunteer is Friday, January 10, at 3 p.m. The Strategic Planning Team will be selected the following week. Selected parent representatives will be notified by January 24.
 
John Gendron
District Administrator
Business Department Update 
MyLIFE 
Juniors and Seniors enrolled in Personal Finance completed the MyLIFE Simulation. Students received a life sheet containing information about their future such as marital status, income, occupation, children, and student loans. Students made their way through the simulation purchasing houses, cars, and other necessities as they put their personal finance skills and knowledge to the test. We had more than 40 community members and businesses volunteer to help run the stations. We thank all of our volunteers and Community State Bank for sponsoring this event. Our spring semester simulation will be Friday, April 17th. Contact Julie Eckhart at eckhartj@westosha.k12.wi.us if you are interested in volunteering.
 
VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
Westosha Central will again be partnering with United Way of Kenosha to provide the VITA program for interested accounting students. The training will take place on the following dates in Mrs. Eckhart's Room (214):

  January 8   
12:15-2:15 p.m. Orientation
February 5
12:15-2:15 p.m. Basic Training
  February 19
12:15-2:15 p.m.    Basic Certification Test
March 18
12:15-2:15 p.m. Income Tax Preparing

9th Annual Father Daughter Dance
Westosha Central's Association of Business Students (ABS) hosted the 9th Annual Father Daughter Dance at Central High School on December 13. ABS members planned, managed, and ran the event which welcomed over 300 fathers and princesses to a magical Frozen-themed night. The event managed to raise nearly $4,000 which will be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Wisconsin. We hope to see you at next year's dance in December!
Internet Assistance Program
The Foundation for Rural Housing is a small non-profit that serves low income residents in Wiscons in. They w ill pay for internet services in the home during the school year so that students are able to do their homework at home. More information and the application are available at   www.wisconsinruralhousing.org  under the HomeNet tab. Please direct questions to the Program Coordinator, Emily Schroer 608-238-3448.
Westosha Central Partners with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters
The Westosha Central construction program has formed a partnership with representatives of the United brotherhood of Carpenters. Students in the Construction Career Pathway learn curriculum that earns them a UBC certification. Our students receive advanced standing if they choose to enter an apprenticeship, meaning faster advancement and a higher starting wage. 
 
Did you know: 
  • Apprenticeship starting pay is $17 per hour plus full benefits and goes up every six months until journeyperson status is reached at $37 per hour in only four years. That means a yearly wage of $74,000 as early as age 22. 
     
  • Apprentices get paid to go to school. They make $17 per hour even when they are learning in the classroom. The end result is apprentices are about $200,000 ahead in total pay and benefits after four years as opposed to paying $80,000 for and average four-year degree with no promise of employment.
     
  • Journeyperson carpenters enjoy full health and pension benefits as part of their compensation. 
     
  • Quality, skilled individuals are in very high demand right now and could have a very rewarding career in the UBC. 
     
  • Central is working to bring local large construction companies into this partnership to provide more opportunities for students while still in high school. 
Interested? Ask about our Construction Career Pathway. 262-843-2321 x 251 or email Bert Christensen, Construction Instructor, at  christensenb@westosha.k12.wi.usor contact your student's counselor.
Emergency Closings and Delays
It is the time of year to keep an eye on the weather. There will be times that the weather will affect school and other events and activities. In the event of a school closing or event cancellation, parents will receive an email and phone call from the school. In addition, the information will be broadcast on the following stations:

 

  • WLIP (1050) Kenosha
  • WTMJ (620) Milwaukee
  • WMIR (1551) Lake Geneva
  • WRJN (1400) Racine
  • WISN TV (Milwaukee)
  • WTMJ TV (Milwaukee)
  • WITI TV (Fox 6 Milwaukee)
NOTE: When school is cancelled, the building will be closed for all events - including meetings, events, and activities.
Career Pathway Opportunities for Students
High school is a time for career exploration and planning for post-secondary aspirations. Central High School students are provided opportunities to attain college (dual) credit, industry recognized certification, work experience, and associate degrees. Please  visit this link to view Career Pathway   opportunities for our students.
Please contact your student's counselor or Gail Netzer-Jensen for questions or additional information.


 

Summer School 2020

Westosha Central High School 2020 summer school forms will be mailed home with report cards for students in grades 9 to 11 on January 24, 2020, and distributed in 8th Grade information packets at the CHS EXPO on February 5, 2020.
 
Summer school registration forms are due February 14, 2020, to Mrs. Sheree Pfeuffer, Registrar, in order to be considered in the summer school lottery. On March 13, 2020, preliminary summer school schedules with fees will be mailed home along with a confirmation letter indicating that you have been placed in summer school. On May 22, 2020, final summer school schedules will be mailed with confirmation letter and bus routes included.
 
The dates of this year's summer school will be June 15 through July 23, 2020. Summer school courses run Monday through Friday. Please note that for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, summer school will not be in session July 2 through July 6. Classes will resume July 7, 2020.
 
Bus transportation will be provided to students enrolled for a full summer school day, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Instruction will be delivered in multiple formats including face-to-face instruction, blended learning, and computer-based Apex online learning. Full credit courses will run in one session from 7:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Half-credit courses will run in two sessions. Session One is from 7:30 to 10 a.m. and Session Two is from 10:10 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. 
 
Students who are absent for more than three days per course are subject to withdrawal from the summer school program with no refund of fees or awarding of credit for their course. All matters regarding summer school attendance should be addressed with our Summer School Principal, Mr. Leavy.
 
Summer school offers an excellent opportunity for students to earn credits toward high school graduation, learn in a relaxed environment, and stay connected with their friends during the summer.
 
Check our  website for updated information about Summer School 2020.
Student Opportunities
Student Opportunities
Opportunities for students are sometimes shared with the District. The opportunities are passed to our students, elementary schools, counselors, posted on our website, and shared in this newsletter as appropriate.

While we are making students and parents aware of opportunities, the District does not endorse the activities/opportunities.
Upcoming Events
Upcoming school events are listed on the school's  web page. Keep up to date and see what's happening!

2019-2020 Calendar
2019-2020 Calendar
2020-2021 Calendar
Approved December 17, 2019
                            

Falcon Focus is Your E-Newsletter
                             
From the Editor_s Desk
The Falcon Focus is your parent newsletter, designed to keep you informed of important activities around the school and future events you may wish to note. If you would like to see any additional items covered in this newsletter, please contact the editor, Kim Hole, at   holek@westosha.k12.wi.us.
Central High School District of Westosha Non-Discrimination Statement 
The Board of Education does not discriminate in the employment of administrative staff on the basis of the Protected Classes of race, color, national origin, age, sex, (including transgender status, change of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity), pregnancy, creed or religion, genetic information, handicap or disability, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, military service (as defined in 111.32, Wis. Stats.), national origin, ancestry, arrest record, conviction record, use or non-use of lawful products off the District's premises during non-working hours, declining to attend an employer-sponsored meeting or to participate in any communication with the employer about religious matters or political matters, or any other characteristic protected by law in its employment practices.