From the Desk of Lisa Albrecht...
Lisa Albrecht Principal
Welcome to the last edition of the Falcon Focus for the 2018-2019 school year. Reflecting on the year, once again we had a year filled with exciting academic, athletic and student club achievements. Together, with support from families and the community, we have grown students through rigorous academics, civic engagement, service learning, career and college exploration and countless other ways.

Parents and family members - your support for Central students was definitely evident. It set a high standard for us as we review, adjust and incorporate the greatest opportunities possible for our students. Likewise, organizations, businesses and individuals in our community continued to invest in our students. They believed and supported their ideas and through these valuable partnerships, students experienced and achieved many great things.

The ending of a school year also brings with it the annual celebration of a student's culminating effort over the past four years - graduation! I would like to give my sincere congratulations to our graduating Falcons, the Class of 2019. Your hard work has led to achieving all the expectations required to receive your high school diploma. I, as well as the many teachers and other staff members here at Central, am very proud of you. From this point on, education becomes an option, but we believe, with the knowledge, skills and confidence you take away,  you have what it takes to follow your dreams and life aspirations. It will not be easy. Just like these past four years, there will be times where obstacles appear to be blocking your path.  However, never forget you are a Falcon, and with sheer determination and the willpower to continuously do your best, you will fly over those obstacles and achieve great things. Now - spread your wings and do great things!

Last, I would like to take a moment to thank students, staff, parents, and community members for your support during my tenure as principal. Together we accomplished many things with the vision to make Central better today than yesterday. As we stepped forward, sometimes we had to take a step back, but in the end, our forward progress has been tremendous. We are a destination school, known for setting standards of excellence in all that we do. However, most importantly, Central is a school filled with compassionate staff working collectively for student success. As principal, I could not be more proud to be part of this Falcon family. Now, as I step down, I would like to welcome and wish the new principal, Mr. Dale Van Keuren, all the best. Thank you for making the last nine years the best nine years of my educational career! Now it is time for me to spread my wings as I seek new adventures!
Thank You Central High School Staff!

As part of Teacher Appreciate Week May 6 through 10, Jessica Grieser put together this awesome staff video and posted it on Facebook.  Here is your chance to see the 'other side' of our staff!

Thank You District of Westosha Staff :)
Thank You District of Westosha Staff :)
From Athletic Director Jon Lindh...

Many Westosha Central High School athletes are entering or have started their final athletic postseason. For many seniors, this is the last time they will ever participate on a competitive team. I hope that they enjoyed their high school experience and will continue to play in the future on intramural or rec teams. Some of these athletes may have a chance to go out as state champions; however, for many, the conclusion of their high school career will fall short of their ultimate goal. No matter how they finish their high school careers, this is the last time they will wear their high school jerseys and play alongside their childhood friends.

For those athletes who are entering their final post season, the best advice I could give is to make sure to enjoy it and take it all in. Be proud of everything that you accomplished while playing high school athletics at Westosha Central. You will graduate from Westosha Central High School on June 9; however, you will be a Falcon for the rest of your life. To this day I still cheer on my high school's athletic teams, even though I don't know any of the current athletes or parents. High school sports bring a sense of community pride and this pride stays with you forever.

Make sure that you thank all of your family and friends for being a part of this remarkable journey over the last four years. More than likely, your parents have been shuttling you to and from practices/competitions for the better part of your life, or at least since you were old enough to walk. Your parents invested much of their time, energy, money, and passion into ensuring your participation in athletics. Thank your other family members for attending your games and being your loudest supporters. Thank your friends for cheering you in in the best and worst weather conditions. Most of all, thank yourself for sticking it out through those disappointing games, having to stay up late at night following a game or practice to finish homework/projects and putting in the long hours both in and out of season.

We are sad to see you graduate but you are a Falcon - now and forever.

#FalconPride
Congratulations to the Class of 2019!
Central's Board of Education, administration, and staff are proud of our seniors and wish them the best in their future endeavors. The Commencement Ceremony will be held in the gymnasium on Sunday, June 9, at 1 p.m. 

Tickets are required to attend graduation. Do you have family who cannot make it to the ceremony? No worries - the ceremony will be live-streamed! The link can be accessed from our homepage on Sunday, June 9.

Watch for our Community Report for graduation photos!

Please contact Mrs. Switalla for any graduation questions.
Summer School 2019
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.

The dates of this year's summer school will be June 24 through August 1. Summer school courses run Monday through Friday.  

Please note that unlike prior years, there will NOT be a full week off around the Fourth of July holiday. Classes will meet on July 1 and 2 only; school will not be in session July 3 through July 5. 

Bus transportation will be provided to students enrolled for a full summer school day or or two sessions from 7 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.

Instruction will be delivered in multiple formats, including  face-to-face instruction, blended learning, and computer-based Apex online learning. Half credit courses will run in two sessions. Session One is from 7 to 9:40 a.m.; Session Two is from 9:45 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. Full credit courses will run in one session from 7 a.m. to 12:25 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 participating students should have received confirmation letters, final schedules and bus route information. Waitlisted students will be scheduled into courses as seats become available and will receive notification if they have been added to summer school.

Check our website for updated information about Summer School 2019.
Meet Our New Principal, Dale Van Keuren
Mr. Van Keuren
Hello Westosha Learning Community:

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Dale Van Keuren and I am extremely excited and humbled to serve as your new Principal.

My teaching career began nineteen years ago in the School District of Waukesha. I was a social studies teacher and the head wrestling coach at Waukesha West for many years. For awhile I thought I would be there for the rest of my career, but funny things happen in life. I was tapped on the shoulder by an administrator to work with teachers as an Instructional Coach with an emphasis on classroom technology integration. This was great work, but it stoked the flame of leadership.

My professional career has taken me from the role of teacher and wrestling coach, to Instructional Coach, to Assistant Principal, and now, to Principal at Westosha Central HIgh School.

I have a wonderful wife, Becki, who is also an educator. She is a Science and Family and Consumer Science teacher at Greenfield High School. We have three children - Jaelyn (17), Rylee (14) and Kyler (8) who keep us very busy with various sports, music concerts and activities. You might find us at Marvel/Star Wars movies, Lambeau Field, or just enjoying time at home on the weekends.

I am excited to get to know all of you as we start our journey together at Central High School.
2019-2020 Registration Information

Annual registration forms can only be completed online through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. 

Parents of incoming freshmen will receive a paper mailing this summer with usernames and passwords to access the system.

All parents will receive a notification message in early August to sign into the portal to complete the handbook and technology acknowledgements, update health and contact information, and pay student fees.

Please contact our IT Secretary, Debbie Cronin, at cronind@westosha.k12.wi.us or (262) 843-2321 ext. 261, for assistance with logging into the Parent Portal.

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.

ScotForce Go for Launch!
Rush Wisconsin Southeast Tryouts Information See flyer for tryout dates and details
Bristol Fire and Rescue Fundraiser Sunday, June 2 at Action Territory - See flyer for details. FLYER MUST BE PRINTED AND BROUGHT TO EVENT TO RECEIVE FUNDRAISING DISCOUNTED RATE.
2019-2020 Calendar

Job Olympics Competition
On Tuesday, May 21, Central High School had nine students compete in the Job Olympics at Beloit College. The Job Olympics is a competition developed to promote transition and employability skills for a broad spectrum of high school students in special education. Job Olympics provides an opportunity for students with developmental disabilities to showcase their talents to fellow peers and other schools. Often, students with significant needs struggle to realize their vast array of options after graduation.

This was Central's first year participating and the students did a fantastic job! Here are the results:

1st Place Medals Grace Bendix - Tray Cleaning
Lorenzo Herrera - Highlighter Packing
Joey Brenner - Assembly of Nuts and Bolts
Seth Bayles - Job Interview
Johnathan Myers - Color and Shape Sorting

2nd Place Medals Andrew Billman - Towel Folding
3rd Place Medals Mackenzie Gonzalez - Pencil Packing
Kelsey Timko - Highlighter Packing
Joey Ostergreen - Grocery Packing

CHS Creative Writing Class
Publishes Literary Magazine
by Hope Caya
Throughout the school year, students in two sections of Creative Writing have worked tirelessly to write their best pieces in a variety of genres-from fiction to poetry to memoir, ending in an author-emulation project. Students workshopped their pieces in both large and small groups, sharing perspectives on how to write creatively, efficiently, and expressively.

Many rough-drafts and edits later, the pieces were polished. Some were nominated for the class's "Writers Hall of Fame". A few of these students were Neha Patel, Carina Rook, Laiza Otero, and Emma Rasmussen. In October Mr. Monday, Ms. Schmeiser (student teacher), and nine students attended the UW-Whitewater Creative Writing Festival, where Carina Rook earned first place for her science-fiction story, "The Full Circle"; Amelia Kusch, honorable mention for her prose poem, "Selenophelia"; and Sarah Pohjola, honorable mention for her story "The First Flight".

The literary magazine, titled Due by Monday , is organized by theme, allowing readers to easily find the theme they are looking for when seeking inspiration, examples, or the simple joys of reading. A few of these themes include Nature, Relationships, Murder and Revenge, and State of Mind. Each theme offers a plethora of different pieces, writing styles, and talented writers.

The magazine was produced using Amazon's print-on-demand platform, Kindle Direct Publishing, and will be available for purchase in June. Emma Rasmussen and Carina Rook will present the magazine to the Westosha Central School Board on June 11th. The hard work and dedication required to write these numerous and brilliant pieces, in the end, certainly paid off. An abundance of learning, communication, and remarkable literary work emerged from the young minds of Mr. Monday and Ms. Schmeiser's Creative Writing classes.
Upcoming Events

Upcoming school events are listed on the school's web page. Keep up to date and see what's happening!

School Board News
Each year, following spring elections, Board officers are elected and committee members are app ointed. This year the Board Reorganization was held on May 21.

2019-2020 Board Officers
President
Steve Richter
Vice President
Terry Simmons
Clerk
Cheryl Baysinger
Treasurer
Dustin Beth
Members
Matt Ellerbrock
Jeff Kinzler
Karen Shoopman



Parents and community members are welcome to attend our board meetings and to follow the meeting agenda and minutes online . No login is needed!
                             

Falcon Focus is Your E-Newsletter
                             
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.