Our mission is to engage all of our students in rigorous and relevant learning to maximize their unique talents and abilities, and to prepare them for the challenges of the future.

February 2020
Douglas Tigers help "Round Up Some Kindness" during Great Kindness Challenge festivities.
These Douglas Tigers helped "Round Up Some Kindness" during Great Kindness Challenge festivities!  #WatertownWay
WHS Decathlon Team
Dear Parents, Students, Friends and Neighbors,

It is hard to believe that we are already two months into the New Year! Welcoming a new year is always exciting because it creates a great opportunity for reflection and renewal. With the beginning half of the school year, we have had many accomplishments that should bring our students, family and District great pride. Our Academic Decathlon Team continues its tradition of success qualifying for the State Championship for the 8 th consecutive year where they look to capture their 5 th consecutive Division I State Championship.

We have seen our students improve their skills in math and reading over the course of the year. We have seen our athletes compete and represent us admirably across the state. We have seen our students, staff and parents engage in opportunities to give back, and we have seen our students perform in musicals, contests and concerts. We look forward to a new year of continued great accomplishments for our students and our staff!

Registration is now open for 4K and 5K for kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year. We encourage all of our families to explore our additional options in eCampus, STEM programming and dual language programming, while considering all of the great opportunities at our elementary schools across the District.
We have many exciting events coming up over the next month. Our winter sports seasons will be ending, and we will begin gearing up for our spring sports seasons. There are many upcoming concerts; literacy nights; Arts, Beats and Eats; and other events for our students and parents to enjoy. If you are looking for a fun way to support the school district, consider participating in the Jig Jog on March 14 to support the Education Foundation. More information about registering for the Jig Jog can be found at watertownjigjog.com – hope to see you at the finish line!

May all of you find a way to live the life of your dreams in the year 2020.

Cassandra Schug
Superintendent of Schools
Cómo ver este boletín y las páginas web de WUSD en español
How to View this Newsletter - and WUSD Web Pages - in Spanish
Click View as Webpage for Spanish translation
Queremos que todos los padres, abuelos y miembros de la comunidad puedan leer nuestra comunicación de la escuela y el distrito, incluido nuestro sitio web y este boletín electrónico. Utilice estas instrucciones para traducir páginas web al español u otros idiomas. Específicamente, para traducir este boletín electrónico al español, haga clic en "Ver como página web" en la parte superior del boletín electrónico y luego siga las instrucciones a continuación.

We want all parents, grandparents and community members to be able to read our School and District communication, including our website and this e-newsletter. Please use the instructions below to translate web pages to Spanish or other languages. Specifically, to translate this e-newsletter into Spanish, click "View as Webpage" at the top of the e-newsletter and then follow the instructions below.
How to Translate Any Web Page in Google Chrome (in Spanish)
How to Translate Any Web Page in Google Chrome ( in English)
Vape: What Parents Should Know
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Parents, grandparents and staff are invited to attend an eye-opening presentation on Thursday, February 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Watertown High School auditorium.  

Register for this free event at https://vapewatertown.eventbrite.com.

The rise in the use of vaping devices and other substances among youth is a growing concern. Are you familiar with JUUL? Dabs? Pods? If you have a middle or high school student in your life, you should be!

This informative and engaging presentation focuses on common devices used for vaping, substances commonly vaped such as nicotine and marijuana, and the health risks associated with vaping. Learn why health officials are so concerned about this growing trend. The presentation will also include a backpack demonstration of where teens can hide their devices. There will be time at the end of the presentation for attendees to touch and feel different vape devices and concealment items.

Across the United States, e-cigarette use, also known as vaping, is reaching epidemic proportions among teenagers. According to the American Lung Association, more than 3.6 million U.S. middle and high school students have reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. Right here in Watertown, a recent survey showed 1 out of 5 high school students regularly vape. 

There are many health concerns with e-cigarette use. Although some don’t contain nicotine, e-cigarette juices use liquid nicotine extracted from tobacco and can contain as much nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes. There also are concerns about increased exposure to toxins, including heavy metals, chemical compounds and other fine particles that may get absorbed into the lung. Additionally, e-cigarettes can be used as a delivery system for other drugs. To date, there have been 48 deaths across the United States and over 2,200 hospitalizations for vaping related illness. 

For questions about this free event, please contact Tammy Forester at (920) 262-7550 or email foerstert@watertown.k12.wi.us
Other Upcoming Events
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  • Feb. 3 ~ 4K and 5K Online Enrollment Opens for 2020-2021
  • Feb. 4 ~ Douglas Mid-Year Parent/Teacher Conferences - 4 p.m. to 7:35 p.m.
  • Feb. 6 ~ Lebanon Parent/Teacher Conferences - 3:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Feb. 6 ~ Schurz Parent/Teacher Conference - 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 11 ~ Webster PTO Meeting - 5:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 11 ~ Lebanon Parent/Teacher Conferences - 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Feb. 12 ~ WHS Scholarship Packets Due
  • Feb. 12 ~ Lebanon PTO Meeting - 5 p.m.
  • Feb. 13 ~ WHS Special Presentation: VAPE - What Parents Should Know - 6:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 21 ~ No School - Staff Development
  • Feb. 24 ~ Board of Education Meeting - 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 25 ~ Schurz Family Literacy Night 
  • Feb. 27 ~ Webster Showcase Night - 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
  • March 2 ~ RMS PTO Meeting - 5 p.m.
  • March 3 ~ Statewide Junior ACT Test
  • March 5 ~ RMS Parent/Teacher Conferences - 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • March 5 ~ Schurz Multi-Age Family Game Night and Potluck - 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • March 5 ~ Lebanon PTO Meeting - 5:30 p.m.
  • March 6 & 7 ~ WHS Spring Play
  • March 6 ~ WHS End of Trimester 2 & Early Dismissal at 11:30 a.m. (WHS Only)
  • March 9 - 12 ~ Douglas PTO Spring Scholastic Book Fair
  • March 10 ~ Webster PTO Meeting - 5:30 p.m.
  • March 10 ~ Schurz Art Show - 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • March 11 ~ WHS Gosling Career Fair
  • March 11 & 12 ~ Webster Book Fair
  • March 12 ~ Webster Pizza with Picasso Night - 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • March 12 ~ Douglas Pizza with Picasso Night - 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • March 14 ~ RMS/WHS District Solo Ensemble - Beaver Dam
  • March 16 ~ Elementary Choir Concert - WHS - 6:30 p.m.
  • March 16 ~ Board of Education Meeting - 6 p.m.
  • March 17 ~ WHS Make-Up Testing Statewide ACT
  • March 19 & 20 ~ RMS Musical Production - 7 p.m.
  • March 20 ~ End of Third Quarter (Elementary & RMS)
  • March 23 - 27 ~ Spring Break - No School

See WUSD calendars  to find concerts, school events and 2019-20 district annual calendar
5 Candidates in Board of Education Spring Elections
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The Spring Election for School Board will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. There are four seats up for election: 3 three-year seats and 1 one-year seat. The candidate receiving the fourth highest number of votes will be elected to the one-year seat.

We have four incumbents, one new candidate and one certified write-in candidate running for the four available seats. This is the ballot order:

  • Rebecca Iverson (New)
  • Tony Arnett (Inc.)
  • Jennifer Bakke (Inc.)
  • Doug Will (Inc.)
  • J. Mark Holland (Inc.)

Craig Wortman is a certified write-in candidate. His name will not appear on the ballot, but is able to be voted for as an official write-in.

A voter may not vote for more than four candidates - including a write-in candidate.

If you have any questions about the Spring Election for School Board, please contact Jaime Caudle at caudlej@watertown.k12.wi.us.
Public Welcome at Board of Education and Committee Meetings
The Watertown Unified School District Board of Education holds one regular monthly meeting on the fourth Monday of each month (dates may vary due to holidays/days off of school). Several committee meetings also are held monthly: Educational Services, Policy Review, Human Resources, Fiscal Management and others on occasion.

All agendas are posted within two to three days prior to the meeting, and up to 24 hours before under state statutes, with few exceptions. Unless the agenda posts a Closed Session item, all meetings are open to the public.

Please visit our WUSD website at watertown.k12.wi.us under “District” and “Board of Education” for information about our current WUSD Board members, committees, election information, agendas, notices, summaries and minutes. The WUSD encourages community involvement and support in and of our schools and look forward to a continued partnership.
Enhancing Teaching and Learning for Every Child - Every Day
Kindergarten Registration Now Open with New Full-Day 4K Option
Ms. Wallace's 4K class
Registration is now open for 4K and 5K for kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year. For the first time this year we also will be offering a full-day 4K option; there will be limited seats available, but we are excited to offer this opportunity to our families.

If you, or someone you know, has a child who will be turning four or five on or before September 1, 2020, please enroll online. Go to watertown.k12.wi.us and click on “Prospective Families” and “Enrollment Information.” If you do not have online access, you can come to the ESC at 111 Dodge Street from 7:45-4:30 Monday-Friday. If you have any questions about our four-year old or five-year old kindergarten program, please call Jenny Borst at 920-262-1460 x3231 or email borstj@watertown.k12.wi.us.
Live Outside WUSD? Attend WUSD Schools via Open Enrollment
Families who live outside of the Watertown Unified School District boundaries can request to attend WUSD schools, under the state's Open Enrollment law. Interested families must apply by April 30. Learn more at the state Department of Public Instruction website, https://dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment.
Innovation
Take a Glimpse into Riverside STEM Academy
Watch this video to see what it's like to be a student in our Riverside STEM Academy
eCampus to Become Charter School, Offer Post-Secondary Credits
We are pleased to announce that this coming year, eCampus, the WUSD’s unique K-12 online school, will open as a charter school. eCampus will provide programming for students in kindergarten through 12 th grade, and it also will be offering exciting career and post-secondary pathways for our high school students.

Students enrolled in eCampus will be able to pursue the career pathways program and an accelerated degree path. To enroll, or for more information, go to our website at watertown.k12.wi.us/schools/s_eCampus.cfm or reach out to Assistant Superintendent Dave Vitale at 920-262-1460.

There are so many great classes available to supplement your child’s learning and/or to offer a fully online education.
Developing People and Partnerships
Join Us for Gosling Career Fair: Students, Employers and Community
Representatives from more than 80 businesses, educational institutions and apprenticeship opportunities will be available to meet with students and the community at the 2020 Gosling Career Fair. This year, the public is invited to the event which is sponsored by WUSD and the Watertown Chamber of Commerce.

Gosling Career Fair

Wednesday, March 11
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Watertown High School Gym
825 Endeavor Drive
VENDORS : Why You Should Join Career Fair
STUDENTS: Why You Should Attend Career Fair
Certified Staff Spotlight on Rebecca Roost
Rebecca Roost
School Psychologist at Riverside Middle School

My husband, Todd, and I have lived in Watertown since 1999. Our oldest daughter, Cora, is a freshman at UW-Madison. Our youngest daughter, Gretchen, is a junior at WHS. We like to go camping, kayaking, hiking and biking as a family. Peninsula State Park is one of our absolute favorite places. 
 
What do you love most about your work at the Watertown Unified School District? 
The thing that I love most is working with the students at RMS. I love making connections with students. I enjoy their sense of humor and like to hear their perspective on the world.  
 
Share a surprising fact about yourself.
I ate my first jalapeno pepper less than a year ago. 
 
When your students and colleagues talk about you, what do you hope they would say?
I hope that they say that I am a good listener who shows compassion.
 
Any words of wisdom or advice?
My advice would be to look for something positive in each day. 
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