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Waterford Union High School .

As we approach the one-month mark of being at 100% capacity, we want to take this moment to say thank you for your partnership. The energy that the students brought back has been captivating as everyone is eager to learn and to be back with their peers. We have had several inquiries regarding spring break and travel plans. Please know that the District realizes and agrees with the importance of families being able to enjoy time away from work and school. With that being said, we want to provide you with information regarding travel and spring break.

Employees and families have the responsibility to make their own decision based on the CDC travel guidelines, current travel restrictions at the time of your travel, and your family’s specific situation. Your school’s principal or the school nurse will not be able to assist you with your decision, so please do not ask that of them. As always, we ask that you monitor your own health as well as your family and check daily for any COVID related symptoms. If you experience symptoms, you should stay home and self-quarantine.

We hope you find time to relax during the upcoming spring break, and we look forward to seeing all the Wolverines back on Monday, March 29.

Congratulations to Our Retirees!

While it is never easy for us to see our retirees exit the building, we wish the absolute best to these staff members as they head into retirement! Their years of service have made a huge impact on our students.

Meet the School Board Candidates

Don Engler

Unavailable for Comment

Patrick Goldammer

What experiences or skills have prepared you to serve as a board member?

I am a 2018 graduate of Waterford Union High School and am very in touch with student and teacher needs. In addition, I have experience being a younger member on a board. In the past I served as a youth member on the Racine County board through the Racine County Youth in Governance program. I also have experience listening to constituent needs, I spent a summer in Washington DC interning for our Congressman, Bryan Steil. I’m very excited to bring these experiences to the board.

Why are you running for the School Board of Education? If elected, what will be your priorities?

I first decided to run because I believe that competitive elections bring out the best in everyone and unfortunately the school board hasn’t seen an election where voters have had a choice in a while. In addition, I have a unique perspective as a younger person that would greatly benefit both the high school and the community.

  • I want everyone in the community to know that if elected, I will be very accessible. Right now many people feel unheard, and are unaware of what is going on at the board level. I will always take the time to hear everyone out on any issue because I believe that is the main responsibility of a public servant. In addition to answering any questions people may have over email, I also plan on hosting monthly Q&A’s in an effort to keep the community updated about what’s going on.
  • I will work to increase our student’s chances of success after graduation by exposing them to more opportunities. No matter what a student’s post-high school plans are, whether it be: trade school, technical school, 4-year college, or any other type of employment, I will work to make them better prepared to face the “real world”. I envision doing this by strengthening our partnership with technical colleges like Gateway, introducing students to apprenticeship programs, expanding our course offerings, and more.

For any student to have success they must also have great teachers. I believe that Waterford has high quality teachers and I will make it my mission to continue to support them. Both keeping and hiring the best teachers, staff, administrators, and coaches is extremely important to me. I will do this while keeping the tax payer in mind and making sure we stay fiscally responsible.

Dennis Purtell

What experiences or skills have prepared you to serve as a board member?

For 27 years I've been an active parent in the education of my three children, ages 35, 32 and 21, as they progressed through the Waterford School system. They performed at different academic levels and required different services, ranging from AP/Honors courses, to needing an Individual Educational Program. All three have graduated from WUHS and have found success in college and technical schools and are building careers in banking/finance, construction management and the skilled trades. Since moving to Waterford in 1994, I've attended / participated in a variety of school and community events from every parent-teacher conference, concert, cheer-leading competition and talent shows, to cub scouts, little league, youth football and soccer, and high school sporting events.

Personal: Married 37 years to Nancy. Bachelor's Degree with Teaching Certification from Central Michigan University. Juvenile Probation Officer for Midland County Michigan Probate Court. Law Degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Trial Attorney and Attorney Manager for 33 years at the Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office. Currently serve as the Union High School Districts' representative for CESA 2. Currently serve as Treasurer for East Troy Bible Church.

Why are you running for the School Board? If elected, what will be your priorities?

The public school system is one of the most important institutions in the development of America and American society. It follows that schools have an impact on the growth and development of individual communities. I believe schools are most successful when there is parental involvement, community support and are staffed by persons with high integrity and a passion to impart that integrity to the next generation. I love Waterford and want all students to have an opportunity to succeed and have a positive impact on whatever community they may eventually call home.

Priorities: The Board must be a good steward of the tax dollars the District receives. The Board must maintain an outstanding and motivated teaching staff.

  • WUHS is a high achieving school, but like every district, there is a learning gap across the student population. A priority will be for the Board continue to implement strategies to raise the achievement level of everyone, including our lower performing students. The 8 Drop 2 class schedule is a strategy that has proved successful in accomplishing this goal.
  • The job market is ever changing, not every student seeks to attend a 4 year university. It will be a priority to partner with local companies and technical colleges and continue to offer courses leading to careers in the skilled trades, agriculture, STEM and health care fields, to name a few. To accomplish this, there must also be a priority to stay current with new technologies.
  • Curriculum: though every school district is subject to legislative and Department of Public Instruction mandates, the content of course materials, to the greatest extent possible, must be subject to local school board approval prior to its use.
  • Continuing our efforts to contain health care costs through competitive bidding, wellness programs, pooling and partnering with other employers, both public and private.

New Mission Statement

Over the past several months we have been engaging in a strategic planning process for the upcoming years. After receiving input from our students, staff, parents, and community members, we are proud to reveal the new Waterford Union High School mission statement. Moving forward, actionable steps for the district will be developed based on this mission. Thank you to everyone who took time to provide input during the planning process.

WUHS inspires all students to achieve high expectations and ensures that each student is prepared for college or career and life.

Prom Update

We are planning to host prom on June 11th. The advisors are working with a group of juniors and seniors to plan the event, with guidance, from the Central Racine County Health Department. More details will follow!

Summer School

Summer School registration will open on March 29. A Google form and course descriptions will be available on the website. If you have any questions or concerns please email school counselor Amy Wessel (awessel@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us).

Youth Apprenticeship Continues to Grow

Youth Apprenticeship is a program for juniors and seniors through the Department of Workforce Development (DWD). During the apprenticeship, students continue to work toward their high school diploma, but also receive credit for their working experience. This year WUHS saw a 400% increase in the number of students enrolled in youth apprenticeships. Through this program students gained experience in agriculture, manufacturing, food service, customer service, and the healthcare field. Current sophomores and juniors interested in learning more about YA may contact school counselor Amy Meyer (ameyer@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us). Depending on scheduling needs, students may be eligible for early release! For every 450 hours worked, a student is able to receive high school credit as well as a youth apprenticeship certificate from DWD after completion.

New Opportunities for the Upcoming School Year!

WUHS is excited to continue our partnership with Gateway Technical College for students to earn college credit while still in high school. For the upcoming school year, WUHS will be offering the following courses to students. Students interested in enrolling should speak with their school counselor to enroll.

Student Council Community Blood Drive

Location: Old Fire Station #1, 122 N. 2nd St., Waterford

April 9: 3 PM-7 PM & April 10: 9 AM-1 PM

RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY! Sign up at the links below, or contact student council advisor Mrs. Clarksen at 262-534-3189 ext. 2129 or sclarksen@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us, or the Village of Waterford Fire Department at 262-514-7019.

To help manage social distancing, all donors are strongly recommended to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins will be seen as group size allows. All attempting donor names will be entered in a raffle to receive gift cards to local establishments. Student donors will have two chances to win a fire truck ride to school! By donating at this drive, you are also helping Student Council earn a scholarship! You can view the flyer by visiting here or visit the Versiti Blood Centers website.

FFA Craft Fair

The annual FFA Vendor Craft fair will be taking place on Saturday, March 27 from 9 AM to 3 PM at Cotton Exchange. There is a $1 admission fee, and lunch options will be available to purchase. All monies raised will be going to the FFA Scholarship fund.

Shop Spirit Wear on Amazon or in the Athletics/Activities Office

That's right, Waterford Union High School is one of three schools in the state of Wisconsin to partner with Amazon to offer a store front for our community to purchase Wolverine spirit wear! You can access our page by visiting this link and previewing all the items we have available. Make sure to check back as we will continually be adding seasonal options for our Wolverine family. You can also stop into the Athletics and Activities office to purchase clothing items during the normal school hours!

With Gratitude,

Dr. Lucas Francois - lfrancois@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us