Whitewater Historical Society Plans Meetings For 2018-19

The Whitewater Historical Society will have meetings with programs the third Sundays of September, November, January, and May 2018-2019.  The March 2019 meeting will be the society’s annual event, Whitewater Collects, and will be on a Saturday in March.

All meetings and events will be held at the Lakefront Community Center near the depot museum.  All Meetings are Open to the Public.

The meeting dates are:


  • Sunday, September 16, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 18, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 20, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday in March:  Whitewater Collects
  • Sunday, May 19, 1:00-3:00 p.m.  (Annual Meeting)

Each meeting will have a program and will include one of the following topics:  UW-Whitewater, 150 years; Whitewater Recollects–Town and Gown–UW-Whitewater and the Community; Genealogy Workshop–Begin to Research Your Family History; Whitewater Collects; and the Whitewater Historical Society’s digitized photographs.

September Meeting of the Whitewater Historical Society

The Whitewater Historical Society’s first meeting of the 2018-2019 season will be held on September 16, from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Lakefront Community Building, Whitewater Street.

Karen Weston, recently retired Archivist at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will give a presentation about the history of the university and how it was interpreted in the historical society’s latest temporary exhibit at the depot museum.

The program is open to ALL members of the public!  Refreshments are always served. 

Promise Point: Whitewater Area Regional Ministry’s elementary school youth program begins Wednesday, September 12

Whitewater Area Regional Ministry’s elementary school youth program will begin again on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at First United Methodist Church in Whitewater. All kids ages 4-5th grade are invited to attend Promise Point from 3:15-6pm on Wednesday evenings during the school year. Join in for games, crafts, snacks, and Bible learning.

Dinner is served from 5:15 – 6 pm. All are welcome.

Contact 262-473-2131 for more information.

2018 Spirit Tour: enjoy a guided tour of Whitewater’s histories and lore from its unnatural past

The Whitewater Area Chamber of Commerce will now be hosting their 5th annual Spirit Tour on two nights, October 12th and 13th 2018 from 5:00-10:00 PM. Tickets are now on sale with limited spaces available. Tickets are $40 per person and include appetizers and drinks at The Fuzzy Pig. Again this year, participants will receive a 2018 Spirit Tour glass. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Discover Whitewater office at (262) 473-4005. Credit cards accepted.

The event begins at The Fuzzy Pig with appetizers and presentations from paranormal groups and the Whitewater Historical Society. If you’re looking for a thrill to end the evening, The Fuzzy Pig will be offering discounts for their themed haunts to Spirit Tour guests.


The spirit tour is a guided bus tour around Whitewater, Wisconsin, where attendees will learn all about the unnatural history of Whitewater’s past like the Poison Widow and the Spiritualism school that once towered over the community. The tour will immerse everyone in the history of our town as they visit iconic locations such as the haunted witch’s tower as well as paying a visit to the crypt of Mary Worth.

All of this and more will be taking place during Whitewater’s 2018 Spirit Tour

October 12th and 13th from 5:00-10:00 PM

Election Observer: Volunteer Opportunity for Wisconsin Voters

Help the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin monitor elections.  The League seeks volunteers to be trained as Election Observers and placed in polling places in specific areas around the state.  Every effort will be made to assign you to a location near you.  You don’t need to be a League member to volunteer for this!

The focus will be three-fold:

  1. To be sure there is no disenfranchisement
  2. To monitor the voter experience, including registration and showing ID
  3. To track any problems that can be fixed for future elections.

Requirements:  You’ll need to be available for a minimum of 2 hours on Election Day. Election observers will also need a cell phone to use while volunteering and have their own transportation to and from their assigned polling location.  Learn more by contacting Eileen Newcomer, Voter Education Coordinator, at electionobservation@lwvwi.org  or phone (608) 256-0827.

Ferradermis wraps up summer with robotics camp

Ferradermis wrapped up a busy summer of presentations and demonstrations with a robotics boot camp for new and veteran members from August 4 – 11. Starting Saturday, August 4, eight incoming students joined a group of veteran members and mentors to learn about all aspects of the robotics team. Nineteen students and thirteen adult mentors, many of whom are engineers and engineering students, participated throughout the week. On the first day, new members learned about the electrical system on the robot and practiced soldering some wires under the supervision of veterans Cassi Hoxie, Rosie Aschenbrener, and Gwynne Sahyun. Hoxie gave the freshmen an overview of what it takes to program a robot, and they had the opportunity to write a small amount of code. Veterans Danny Soto and Reilly Aschenbrener helped them learn how the CAD team operates and spent some time teaching them the basics of Autodesk Inventor. Veteran members Sayhun, Rosie Aschenbrener, and Bennett Miles introduced them to competition logistics (how a season and competition works). Students also practiced driving last year’s robot under the direction of 2018 drive team members Soto and Hailey Prager. At the end of the day, the students were presented with their challenge for the week, a Frisbee shooter, based on the actual 2013 FIRST Robotics game. Veterans and new members worked together to design and implement a solution throughout the week, often taking the robot outside to test the mechanisms by shooting Frisbees at targets marked off on the side of the building.

Not only did new members get to experience all parts of the robotics team, veterans crossed over to other sub-teams to take on new responsibilities and learn new roles. For example, senior Zach Brantmeier, the head programmer for the previous two years, stepped back and supervised a new group of programmers as they found their way through the code for the first time. Boot camp provided a great opportunity for new freshmen to not only get familiar with the robotics program and improve their technical knowledge but also to develop friendships with upperclassmen prior to the start of school. Veteran member junior Rosie Aschenbrener stated that “Boot Camp has been very educational for both veterans and new members, and it has been a great team bonding experience as we introduced the new members to our team.” Veteran member senior Cassi Hoxie added, “I was excited to teach new people about robotics, and I really wanted the leadership experience as an upperclassman sharing my talents with the freshmen.” Dilpreet Randhawa of Wisconsin Robotics at UW-Madison, who serves as co-head coach for the team with Carissa Petzinger, an engineer from Generac, shared, “A core component of FIRST is getting some exposure to some of the challenges students have to face as a team. Our students have definitely risen to the challenge of the game, and I’m constantly surprised by the fervor in which they work.”

Throughout boot camp, the business team also worked to finalize the fundraising campaign for the 2018-2019 season, sending out letters to former and new potential business sponsors, submitting paperwork for a possible Culver’s Share Night and Topper’s Doughnation Night, and advertising our PayPal donation system for interested individuals on the team website at www.ferradermis.org. For more photos, follow Ferradermis on Facebook or visit Ferradermis.org. Team membership will be open to all Whitewater High School students in September, whether or not they attended the boot camp. Contact Team Administrator Laura Masbruch at lmasbruch@wwusd.org with questions.

WUSD Staff Receive Mental Health Training

During summer 2018, 14 school district staff and 6 administrators received intensive five-day training in DBT Steps A. The training was delivered by James Mazza and Elizabeth Dexter-Mazza co-authors of the book DBT Skills in Schools: Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents (DBT Steps-A). DBT Steps A is a Social Emotional Learning Curriculum designed to help adolescents develop their own toolboxes of effective behavioral strategies or life skills. These skills can help youths solve problems, make sense of their own world, resist and persist in the face of adversity, form positive relationships, improve communication skills, and provide a framework for responsible decision-making.

The district plans to teach these skills in a variety of ways in grades 6-12. Significantly, Steps A curriculum will connect to the developmental guidance lessons taught through Second Step in Grades 4K-5 throughout the district to help facilitate a smooth transition from the elementary schools to the middle school.

In addition, during summer academies, held in August, trained district staff will be training their middle and high school colleagues on how to infuse the Steps A strategies into the work they do with students.

A special thank you to the Watertown Community Foundation for supporting the DBT Steps A training. Via their generosity 70 school district staff members and 57 school administrators in Jefferson County received this valuable training.