A Message from our District Administrator
John Gendron...

On February 12, Central High School District of Westosha began our journey to define its preferred future based on the hopes and dreams of the co mmunities it serves. The vehicle for this work will be a collaborative process designed to help us craft a Strategic Plan  that will have significant and long-range impact on how the district carries out its work and achieves its goals for the next three to five years. The first meeting brought 50+ stakeholders (Board of Education members, staff, parents, community members, and students) together for a powerful meeting with tremendous energy, commitment, and excitement. Time was spent honoring the rich traditions and many successes of our district and setting priorities and opportunities for the future students and staff of Westosha Central High School.

The team will meet again on March 16 to investigate and analyze multiple forms of student data. Data will include, but not be limited to: student achievement, school perceptions from staff, parents, and students, career and technical opportunities for students, advanced placement course offerings and student success in the classes, and other data points. The goal of this meeting is to use this data to note celebrations of what is working while setting new goals for the future.  
 
The ultimate product of our work will be a redefined mission and vision of the district along with strategic and measurable goals that will lay the foundation and roadmap for our work in the next few years.
 
As you have heard me say before, Westosha Central is an amazing place for students; there are many exemplary programs and opportunities for students. It is our goal to build on these great experiences for students and to create new and innovative opportunities for students.
 
Our goal is to provide a school setting that challenges students to learn, innovate, and become critical thinkers and collaborators. This vision will be our future.
 
John Gendron
District Administrator

#WeAreWestosha
From the Desk of Dale Van Keuren...
Spring is in the air as we move to March. As the weather warms up (hopefully) opportunity abounds at Westosha Central High School.

March begins our testing season. Please make sure that students get a good night sleep before their tests (ACT, Aspire, Forward, AP) as well as get a good breakfast on the morning of their tests. These tests are one way to check our progress as a school. I know our students will give their best effort for themselves and our school. 

March will bring the beginning of the scheduling process. Please know that we do our best to offer and honor the first choices for classes for students. If you have any questions about the scheduling process please reach out to your daughter/son's school counselor.

If your daughter/son is interested in a spring sport, please contact our Athletic/Activities Director Jon Lindh. We know that students that are involved in a club or a sport are more likely to be connected to their school and lead to higher academic achievement.

I am excited as we march toward graduation for the Class of 2020. It has been an honor and pleasure to get to know all of our students, but I am deeply grateful to our seniors and how they have welcomed me with open arms to Central. I am excited to see the growth in all of our students as we move through the second semester.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat my door is always open.

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
Important Notices
Tuesday, March 3
ACT Testing - Only Juniors report to school 
Wednesday, March 4
Regular School Day (not Early Release)


Friday, March 6

Jostens will be here to deliver graduation orders in the Cafetorium during lunch hours

 * Orders must be paid in full to be picked up 

Gateway National Signing Day
Thursday, February 20, marked the 5th Annual National Signing Day Event at Gateway Technical College. Seven Westosha Central seniors participated in the event and are looking forward to pursuing their drams at Gateway Technical College.




Gateway Technical College- National Signing Day 2020
Gateway Technical College- National Signing Day 2020

Infinite Campus Parent Portal
Parents can login to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal from any device, anywhere, anytime and have immediate access to student attendance, grades, assignments, schedule, lunch balance, transportation and more. Parents can also update their contact information with changes to their email, phone, address, and emergency contact information. Each summer, annual forms and registration materials are also completed through the Parent Portal.

More information on annual registration will be provided in the spring. For assistance with logging into the Parent Portal, please contact Debbie Cronin, IT Department Secretary,  at cronind@westosha.k12.wi.us or (262) 843-2321 ext. 261.
Testing Calendar 2019-2020
Testing season is upon us. Students will soon be taking state-mandated tests.

Advanced Placement (AP) students will take AP exams in May.

Please refer to our testing calendar for more information.
World Language Update
LA CHANDELEUR CELEBRATION
Celebrating La Chandeleur on February 2, French students made crêpes and noted that we were halfway from winter to spring!


HOST FAMILIES NEEDED 
A group of French teenagers are coming in July to visit our area, and host families are needed for short summer stays of ten days or three weeks. Two students looking for families are Louis, 16, who will be spending his birthday here on July 10, and Louanne, 15, who lives in Brittany France.  Please contact Julia Price at pricej@westosha.k12.wi.us if you are interested in hosting one of these students!

INTERNATIONAL CLUB NEWS 
¡Feliz dia de San Valentin! International Club recently paired up with French & Spanish Clubs to make valentines for friends, loved ones, and the Memory Care Unit at the Union Grove VA.  Spanish 3 students also worked on their pickup lines, hanging some funny ones all around school. 



 
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.
Spring Election
April 7, 2020
Mark your calendar for the Spring Election on Tuesday, April 7. This year's ballot will include two Board of Education seats. 

School Board Member
School Board Member
Township of Paris - 3-Year Term
(Vote for 1)
Village of Salem Lakes - 3-Year Term
(Vote for 1)
  • Dustin Beth
  • Karen Shoopman
  • Bill Watson

Contact Kim Hole at (262) 843-2321, extension 247 or holek@westosha.k12.wi.us for any questions about the elections.
Summer School 2020

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.
Students of the Month

Congratulations to the Students of the Month hon ored at the February 18 Board Meeting!

January
  • Collin DeGroot
  • Tyler Holewinski
  • Corey Hinze
  • Jordan Langhof
  • Carly Lois
  • Spencer George


Community 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
2020-2021 Calendar
Approved December 17, 2019

Falcon Focus is Your E-Newsletter
The Falcon Focus is your parent newsletter, designed to keep you informed of important current and future activities and events at Westosha Central High School. If you would like to see any additional items covered in this newsletter, please contact the editor, Kim Hole, at  
Central High School District of Westosha Non-Discrimination Statement 
The Board 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.), 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.