St Patrick 2018 Confirmations


St. Patrick Catholic Church is proud to announce that the following high school students from our parish were confirmed on Saturday, September 22 by Bishop James Schuerman from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee: Zachary Brantmeier, Montserrat Cuevas, Elijah Gilson, Kourtney Huppert, Carlos Martínez, Jesús Rojas, Alejandra Valdez, Dalia Velázquez, and Jacquelín Villarreal.

Wisconsin School Board Appreciation Week | Semana de agradecimiento de la junta escolar en Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards has set Oct. 7-13  as Wisconsin School Board Appreciation Week as a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our communities. The Superintendents from Cambridge, Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Johnson Creek, Lake Mills, and Whitewater are joining together to celebrate Wisconsin School Board Appreciation Week to honor local board members for their commitment to our area school districts and the children and families they serve.

The six area superintendents share the sentiment that it takes strong schools to build strong communities, and the men and women of our school boards devote countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every child learn at a higher level. Our school boards make tough decisions every month and spend many hours studying education issues and regulations in order to provide the kind of accountability our communities expect.

The key work of school boards is to raise student achievement by:

  • Creating a vision for what the community wants the school district to be and for making student achievement the top priority;

  • Establishing standards for what students will be expected to learn and be able to do;

  • Ensuring progress is measured to be sure the district’s goals are achieved and students are learning at expected levels;

  • Being accountable for their decisions and actions by continually tracking and reporting results;

  • Creating a safe, orderly climate where students can learn and teachers can teach;

  • Forming partnerships with others in the community to solve common problems; and

  • Focusing attention on the need for continuous improvement by questioning, refining and revising issues related to student achievement.

All six superintendents further state, “School board members give the Cambridge, Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Johnson Creek, Lake Mills, and Whitewater community members a voice in education decision making. Even though we make a special effort to show our appreciation in October, their contribution is a year-round commitment.”

La Asociación de Juntas Escolares de Wisconsin ha establecido del 7 al 13 de octubre como la semana de agradecimiento a la junta escolar de Wisconsin como un momento para crear conciencia y comprender la función vital que desempeña una junta escolar electa en nuestras comunidades. Los superintendentes de Cambridge, Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Johnson Creek, Lake Mills y Whitewater se unen para celebrar la semana de agradecimiento de la junta escolar en Wisconsin para honrar a los miembros de la junta local por su compromiso con los distritos escolares de nuestra área y los niños y familias a quienes sirven. Los seis superintendentes de área comparten el sentimiento de que se necesitan escuelas sólidas para construir comunidades fuertes, y los hombres y mujeres de nuestras juntas escolares dedican innumerables horas a asegurarse de que nuestras escuelas ayuden a cada niño a aprender a un nivel más alto. Nuestras juntas escolares toman decisiones difíciles todos los meses y pasan muchas horas estudiando los asuntos y regulaciones de la educación a fin de proporcionar el tipo de responsabilidad que nuestras comunidades esperan. El trabajo clave de las juntas escolares es aumentar los logros de los estudiantes al: 
 Crear una visión de lo que la comunidad quiere que sea el distrito escolar y procurar que el logro de los alumnos sea la máxima prioridad; 
 Establecer estándares para lo que se espera que los estudiantes aprendan y sean capaces de hacer; 
 Asegurar que se mida el progreso para asegurarse de que se logren los objetivos del distrito y que los estudiantes estén aprendiendo a los niveles esperados; 
 Ser responsable de sus decisiones y acciones mediante el seguimiento continuo y la presentación de informes de resultados; 
 Crear un clima ordenado y seguro donde los estudiantes puedan aprender y los maestros puedan enseñar; Formar alianzas con otras personas en la comunidad para resolver problemas comunes; y Enfocando la atención en la necesidad de una mejora continua al cuestionar, refinar y revisar los problemas relacionados con el rendimiento estudiantil. Los seis superintendentes afirman: “Los miembros de la junta escolar dan voz a los miembros de la comunidad de Cambridge, Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Johnson Creek, Lake Mills y Whitewater en la toma de decisiones educativas. A pesar de que hacemos un esfuerzo especial para mostrar nuestro agradecimiento en octubre, su contribución es un compromiso durante todo el año “.

WUSD News: School Board balances needs of district and tax payers; Donation pays lunch balances; 2018 Educator of Promise

WUSD Board Works to Balance Needs of District, Local Taxpayers | El consejo escolar de WUSD trabaja para equilibrar las necesidades del distrito y los contribuyentes locales

On November 6, residents who live within the boundaries of the Whitewater Unified School District will have an opportunity to vote on a referendum the School Board has placed on the general election ballot. For more details click here.

El 6 de noviembre, los residentes que viven dentro de los límites del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Whitewater tendrán la oportunidad de votar sobre un referéndum que el consejo escolar ha colocado en la boleta electoral de la elección general. Para’mas detalles haga clic aqui.

Whitewater Unites Lives Donates Remaining Summer Lunch Fixing Funds to WUSD Lunch Accounts

The Whitewater Unified School District has received a donation of $1,239 from a local, community group, Whitewater Unites Lives (WUL).  The donation will be used to remove the debt from lunch accounts of children who have signed up for free or reduced lunch but had a lunch debt before they were added to the program. For more details, click here.

Nick Bee, 2018 Educator of Promise, Takes on Challenge with 2015 WI Teacher of the Year Diana Callope

Being a Wisconsin Teacher of the Year comes with an overwhelming and wonderful recognition year followed by years of dedication and service to education. Since my year of recognition in 2015, the opportunities available both challenged me and supported my growth in ways I could not have imagined. The most rewarding parts of this honor allow me to extend opportunities to newer (dare I say younger) teachers. The mentorship and networking that comes with collaboration between State Teachers of the Year (STOYs) and teachers in the early stages of their careers is tremendously beneficial and rewarding to all involved.

In June 2018, a request came from the DPI for STOYs to participate in an Educator Rendezvous to be held in August. We were charged with selecting an Educator of Promise (a promising early career educator) to attend the event with us. Nick Bee, an eighth-grade social studies teacher, proved to be an awesome choice. I had no doubt. Nick is a teacher who recognizes the importance of positive relationships and who has a genuine interest in his students’ success. He works collaboratively with team members to create challenging curricular opportunities and provides guided support for his students. Nick is able to recognize his own challenges and is a great example of having a growth mindset. He is willing to take on a challenge but also knows how to keep it fun.

The 2018 Educators of Promise and their nominating STOYs gathered at St. John’s Military Academy in August for a weekend of collaboration, teamwork, and leadership under the guidance of members of the Army National Guard. We were challenged with a break-out session, morning calisthenics (Army style), rappelling, an obstacle course, creating and scaling a rope bridge and a paintball experience. The challenges presented built bonds and helped us recognize how students sometimes feel when school becomes overwhelming or hard.

Nick and I have carried lessons learned into this school year and we continue to remind each other of the challenges we faced and conquered that weekend in August. “I appreciate that our state DPI recognizes and values early career educators,” Nick says. “It was amazing to build a bond with a group of teachers who have achieved such high accolades.


Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club Donates to Whitewater Youth Soccer Club

Pictured here, left to right, are:  Jerry Grant, Past-President of Kiwanis; Lorrie Koppein, President of Kiwanis; Jenny Rule of the Whitewater Youth Soccer Club; and Ed Schweitzer, Kiwanis.    


The Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club presented the Whitewater Youth Soccer Club with a $1,500 check to help them with game balls, nets for goals, spray paint for goals, coaching equipment, and to create a scholarship fund to support registration fees for families in financial difficulty. Whitewater Youth Soccer serves more than 200 children, from ages 4 to 15 years old, in the fall and spring.   For more information about Whitewater Youth Soccer, check out

Thaddeus E. Andrysiak Sr., age 71, of Whitewater, WI

We all lost a great man on Sunday with the passing of my husband, Ted

Seventy-one years ago, Ted was born to Ted and Sophie with a new sister, Genevieve.  Educated Catholic, he went to college at St. Mary’s in Winona, Minnesota to become a secondary educator of English, continued to teach special education for thirty-six glorious years.  He had one son, Ted, who he adored and loved.  Married Nancy in 1984 and together they shared 35 years of love.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy of Whitewater; his son, Ted and wife Ninette of Oak Forest, Illinois; our four beautiful grandchildren, Melanie, Nadia, Henry and Rigby; Ted’s sister, Gene (Paul) Garber of Tavares, Florida; our immediate family of nieces and nephews, Cindy Vinci, Paul (Susan) Garber of Orland, Illinois, Betsy  Garber, Paul Jr. Garber , Cheryl (Joe) Simmons , Will Simmons of Rock Hill, South Carolina; and Ted’s goddaughter, Carrie (Joey) Abig of Pineville, North Carolina.

The Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater, WI assisted the family,

Schenck Process Hosts Manufacturing Day Open House

In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2018, Schenck Process will open its doors on Friday, October 5 to students and community members for touring its recently renovated manufacturing facility. Visitors will learn about Schenck Process material handling products, manufacturing capabilities, and safety procedures. The event will also feature product demonstrations, refreshments, and a raffle drawing.

Manufacturing Day is an annual national event supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host local community members at open houses while providing plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers.

The Schenck Process open house will take place at 746 E. Milwaukee St., Whitewater, WI, from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM. All visitors are required to wear closed-toe shoes. For more information on this event and Manufacturing Day, visit

David Stanley Meyer, 62, Whitewater passed away at his home, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

Dave was born on December 18, 1955, in Fort Atkinson to Stanley and Elizabeth (Speed) Meyer.  He attended Whitewater High School before entering the United States Army in 1972.  On May 10, 1974, Dave married the love of his life, Christine Welter in Kitzingen, Germany.  Together they owned Meyer’s Bumper to Bumper auto parts store.  Dave enjoyed fixing houses, old cars and going for rides.  He also enjoyed the Northwoods, his children, grandchildren, and his special friends; Mickey Mouse and John.

He is survived by his wife, Chris; children Angie (Tommy) Meyer, Clintonville, WI, Carrie (Brad) McDermott, Whitewater, WI, Jeremy (Kori Kincaid) Meyer, Whitewater; grandchildren Logan Lizak, Colten and Kylie McDermott, Dylan, Olivia and Jaymason Meyer; siblings Dennis (Mary) Meyer, Wisconsin Dells, Sandra Frye, Bethel, ME, Linda Kieffer (Hal), Lake Tomahawk, WI, Ellen (Jim) Streib, Milton, Jim (Vickie) Meyer, Whitewater, Brenda (Fred) Roloff, Indiana; numerous nieces and nephews and many sisters and brothers-in-law.  He was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, Reinhard and Ruth Welter; 2 sisters-in-law; 2 brothers-in-law; a great nephew and great niece.

A celebration of Dave’s life will be held at a later date.

As an expression of sympathy, you may wish to consider memorials to Rainbow Hospice, Jefferson, WI.  The family would like to thank Rainbow Hospice for their loving care.

The Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater, WI is assisting the family,

Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) National Test, October 3, 2018

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system on October 3, 2018.

Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) Test

  • Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 1:18 p.m. CDT. During this time, WEA-compatible cell phones that are switched on and within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless carrier participates in WEA, should be capable of receiving the test message. Cell phones should receive the message only once.
  • The WEA test message will be a Presidential Alert and will read: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test

  • The EAS test message is distributed to radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers.
  • The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar and interrupts programming for approximately one minute.
  • The EAS message will read: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency, an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. A similar Wireless Emergency Alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. No action is required.”

For more information, 

Memory Café Meeting, October 8 at Irvin L. Young Memorial Library

The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, is hosting a monthly Memory Café for individuals who are living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), early-stage Alzheimer’s or other dementia, and their care partners. This free social event is held on the second Monday of every month in the Library Community Room at 431 W. Center St. in Whitewater, at 10:30 am.

The next meeting will be October 8. The theme will be “Target Plinking” with fun target practice games.

The Memory Café offers participants a safe and fun way to share their stories and socialize with others who have similar experiences. Learn how staying physically, socially and mentally active is good for the brain.

Registration is required for first-time attendees. Please call 800-272-3900 to register.