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.


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