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.

Maxwell Street Days – August 4 from 9 am to 5 pm

Schedule of Events

  • Sidewalk Sales & Vendors- 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Live Music by Mourning Dayze- 11am-2pm
  • Mascot Appearances – 11:00am – Noon
  • Dance Performance – 1:00pm
  • Children’s Corner – 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Brat Sale – 10:30am – 2:00pm on both Friday, August 3rd and Saturday, August 4th

Visit: http://www.whitewaterchamber.com/maxwell-street-days-brat-fry for details.

St. Patrick Vacation Bible School

Fran Achen Photo Competition Results

Results of the Fran Achen Photo Competition are as follows:

Best of Show: Jeff McDonald, “Sturgeon Bay Light”

Accomplished – 1st Place: William Eklund, “Test 4 Echo”
Accomplished – 2nd Place: Mary Ellsworth, “Hen and Chicks”
Accomplished – 3rd Place: Karl Mohr, “American Homestead”
Accomplished – Honorable Mention: Everett Long, “Snowy Egret in Breeding Plumage”
Accomplished – Honorable Mention: James J Marsala, “Wheels of Change”
Accomplished – Honorable Mention: David Throgmartin, “Great Horned Owl”

Amateur – 1st Place: Joseph Suchy, “Fire and Ice”
Amateur – 2nd Place: Sandy Ott, “Barn Ghost”
Amateur – 3rd Place: Robert Buell, “Winter Scene – Bark River”
Amateur – Honorable Mention: Robert Buell, “The Forest Floor”
Amateur – Honorable Mention: Signe Trewyn, “Morning’s Work”

Youth/Teen – 1st Place: Cambell Alexander, “Resting Butterfly”
Youth/Teen – 2nd Place: Morgan Janovec, “Scintillam”
Youth/Teen – 3rd Place: Linnea Tabaka, “On the Web”

Studio 84 names Jessica Barden as Artist of the Month for July

Jessica Barden has been a student at Studio 84 for six years and has developed her talent for painting pet portraits. She is one of several students who is making her art into a business. Here is what Jessica had to say about her time at Studio 84, “It makes me feel good that I could have a job out in the community with the stuff I’m learning at the studio. Makes me feel really good that I could have my own business in art. I feel proud of myself and it makes me feel good that I have something going in my life. People love my artwork and it makes me happy, and jump for joy and makes me proud. I thank God that I know how to do this kind of work. I thank God Studio 84 has taught me these things.”

Over the years, the staff has noted, that Jessica is learning to deal with frustrations and how to use those frustrations as learning experiences not just with her art but in everyday life as well. Director, Deborah Blackwell, states that she’s also learning to operate the cash register to check people out and loves giving tours of the gallery and store.  Blackwell says, “her confidence in what she does is growing, she’s learned so much with painting that she is often seen helping others too.”

As part of the vocational training program in the arts, Jessica now has her own website, Facebook page, and email and has become quite proficient at using these programs.  As a natural process of using these programs, she is also improving her spelling and reading abilities. She works with Gateway Tech intern Stacy Whetlow with her reading skills by reading books together. You can visit Jessica’s website at jjbarden79.wixsite.com/artist.

Studio 84 in Whitewater is a non-profit art studio that provides experiences in the arts for the community. They specialize in the creative and vocational development of people with disabilities, including those with Autism, physical disabilities, cognitive limitations, and mental illness. The studio is open to all ages and all abilities.

For more information visit studio84inc.org or check us out on Facebook.

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is launching a new initiative called the “Warhawk Success Closet”; requests donations of professional and business attire

Come September of Fall 2018, UW-Whitewater will officially be opening the Warhawk Success Closet to all students.

Currently, the Success closet is accepting donations of gently used professional and business appropriate clothes such as suits, button-ups, blouses, dresses, trousers, shoes, etc.

UW-Whitewater’s Career and Leadership Development (UC 146) is heading this initiative and is where donations can be dropped off.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Warhawk Success Closet Coordinator, Amy Yang, by phone at 262-472-1471 or email at yangat25@uww.edu.

American Legion welcomes parade float riders

Post 173 Whitewater American Legion is sponsoring a float, (actually a boat generously provided by J&T Marina) for members to ride on during the annual 4th of July parade. This is a wonderful opportunity for members to be recognized by the community for their military service.

Members interested in participating in the parade by riding on the float, maybe tossing candy to the kids and acknowledging the gratitude of the community for their service to the Nation should gather at the American Legion Building at 292 S. Wisconsin Street before 9:30 am or at the parade start point near the intersection of Highland and Prince Streets before the parade begins at 10:00 am.

Whitewater Lions Club installs 2018/19 officers and three new members

On June 12, Lions Clubs International District Governor Jerry Gibbons presided over the installation of the 2018/2019 Whitewater Lions Club officers and three new members.

The incoming officers are – President, Lion Don McComb; 1st. VP, Lion Pat Braun; Treasurer, Lion Dan Schutt; Secretary, Lion Bob Strand; Tail Twister, Lion Tim Ryan; Lion Tamer, LionRick Pfeiffer; Membership Chairman, Lion Larry Runnoe and Den Keeper, Lion Rodney Busche.

The Whitewater Lions Club was charted in 1939, making the year 2019 the 80th Anniversary Year. The Clubhouse is located at 7468 Kettle Moraine Drive on the shore of Whitewater Lake.