Please note the building will be closed on 
May 27 - Memorial Day.
From the Desk of Lisa Albrecht... 
Lisa Albrecht Principal
After a very long winter, I believe spring has finally sprung. Ok, maybe after this past weekend I may have doubts, but with my sixth sense, which as a principal you must have, I can sure feel it! As I walk the halls and interact with students, there appears to be a greater spring in student's step, rekindled energy and spirit if you say. Now, it's our job to focus that energy in a manner that keeps them academically engaged and on track to finish the year strong.

In other matters, we are busy planning the 2019-20 master schedule, using the list of courses students selected earlier this year. As you recall from a previous column, I mentioned how important a student's course selection is for us in determining the courses we offer, the number of sections, and staffing. Over the past month, associate principals, counselors, department leaders and I have worked very hard to create a schedule providing as many students as possible, the courses of their choice. I am proud to say, we are able to meet approximately 97 percent of student requests. We wish we could meet all requests, but we understand it is simply not possible. Between now and the end of the school year, counselors are meeting with students who have schedule conflicts to determine alternatives to their requests.

Finally, I would like to recognize our staff. Across the nation, the first week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week. However, at Central, we extend this celebration to all staff where each person makes a difference in the lives of our students and the families they serve. Rising from a common commitment that each student can and will succeed, I see the tremendous work they do. For this, I thank every staff member for making Central High School a place of hope, pride, and opportunity for all. 
Reminder: Revised 2018-2019 Calendar

The 2018-2019 Calendar was revised to meet Wisconsin School Calendar requirements. Here is a reminder of the changes:
  • Friday, June 7, will be the End of Semester 2/Last Day of School
  • Graduation Activities - Breakfast and Graduation Practice have been moved to Friday, June 7. Seniors will be released after Graduation Practice. Graduation will still take place on Sunday, June 9.
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 the IT Secretary, Debbie Cronin, at cronind@westosha.k12.wi.us or (262) 843-2321 ext. 261, for assistance with logging into the Parent Portal.

Graduation Information
Congratulations to the Class of 2019! Here is a link to the letter that was sent out in early April listing all the upcoming important dates and deadlines. 

Please contact Mrs. Switalla if you have questions regarding graduation.
Our New Principal

John Gendron (L), Dale Van Keuren (R)
At the April 16 Board of Education meeting, Dale Van Keuren was hired to be the next Central High School Principal. Mr. Van Keuren brings energy, passion, instructional leadership, and interpersonal skills that will be great assets to the Central community. He also brings a commitment to excellence and a drive to help every student  AND  staff member find success.  

 
Mr. Van Keuren brings a strong skill-set to the position.  A few highlights:
  • His positive personality will allow him to build strong relationships with staff, students, and parents
  • He will encourage innovation and new ideas for staff and students
  • Strong skill-set to integrate technology into the learning process to positively impact student achievement and engagement
  • Staff, students, and parents will work together to create a shared vision of excellence
  • Mr. Van Keuren will work to build relationships and connections with the K-8 school district to maximize student success
  • "Three Characteristics of his Leadership Style"
    • Caring, Listening and Relationship Builder
    • Promotes innovation and change by utilizing a systematic process
    • Student-focused
Mr. Van Keuren is currently the Assistant Principal of Greenfield High School and before that was an instructional coach/Dean of Students at Waukesha North High School. Prior to his administrative time, Dale was a middle school and high school social studies teacher.
 
A huge thank you to Central staff who participated in the hiring process. 

Round 1 Interview Team
Round 2 Interview Team
Jon Lindh
Rachel Schemelin
Kim Hole
Sheree Pfeuffer


Gail Netzer-Jensen
Jon Lindh
Karen Ditthardt
Bert Christensen
Deanna Doyle
Julie Eckhart
Tyson Mengel
Brent Mansky
Nancy Switalla
Kim Hole

We are confident that Mr. Van Keuren will build on the many strengths of the district and bring new and innovative ideas to promote even greater success for our students.
Congratulations to Mr. Jon Lindh

INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) is pleased to announce that Jonathan Lindh, Athletic Director at Westosha Central High School, has been recognized by this association as a Certified Athletic Administrator. 

To earn this distinction, Mr. Lindh has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of the candidate's educational background, experience and professional contributions, as well as a rigorous, comprehensive written examination.

Mr. Lindh is one of an elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level of professionalism.

The NIAAA is a national professional organization consisting of all 50 state athletic administrator associations and more than 10,000 individual members. It is dedicated to promoting the professional growth of high school athletic administrators and preserving the educational nature of interscholastic athletics and the place of these programs in the secondary school curriculum.
2019-2020 Calendar

Spring Testing Dates
The month of May brings Advanced Placement (AP) Exams, completion of Aspire testing, and the release of other testing results.

Please visit  our updated testing calendar for the testing schedule, links to AP Exam information, and more details.
Important Information for Parents of
2019-2020 AP Students
All students who will be in Grades 10, 11, or 12 during the 2019-2020 school year and have registered for one or more AP courses are required to attend an important AP meeting on Wednesday, May 1, during Early Release. Students will meet with their AP teachers to receive syllabi, other course information, and summer assignments.

Students will also receive the Advanced Placement Commitment Form, which must be signed by the student and a parent or guardian. The form must be returned to either Mrs. Haluzak or Mrs. Netzer-Jensen by Friday, May 17. Please watch for this form and read it carefully with your student.

Additionally, please watch our Advanced Placement Presentation.

Should you have any questions, please contact Gail Netzer-Jensen at (262) 843-2321, extension 263.
School Board News
Thank you for your support in the April 2 Spring Election. Board member Steve Richter, Bristol, was re-elected. We thank our outgoing board member, Patti Zamba, Brighton, for her service on the Board and welcome Jeff Kinzler, Brighton, as our newest member. Board Reorganization will take place on May 21.

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.