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On behalf of the school board, administration, and staff, thank you for supporting the education of our students. It is a privilege to serve as the District Administrator for the Whitewater Unified School District. Thank you to everyone who has welcomed me to the district. The opportunity to work and live in a community that has a history of supporting and valuing education was an important factor in applying for the position. The interview process reaffirmed that Whitewater is a good match for my skill set. I believe the Whitewater Unified School District has a bright future with many successes to come. Our primary focus is to create learning opportunities for our students. We support all learners through a variety of educational activities. If a student is identified as in need of additional instructional support, we create a plan to meet their needs. Our comprehensive curriculum and course offerings allow students to explore a diverse curriculum. We believe in providing our students learning opportunities that allow them to follow their dreams. Below are some highlights from the 2015-16 school year.

Washington Elementary “School of Recognition” Honors from DPI. Congratulations to the students, staff, and families of Washington Elementary School. Their hard work and dedication to student learning has resulted in Washington earning a “2015-16 Title I School of Recognition” honor from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Washington is one of 169

public schools in the state selected for this recognition. As a Title I school, Washington serves a significant percentage of economically disadvantaged students. Washington was identified as a “High-Progress School” for performing in the top 10% in reading and math and for closing achievement gaps of student subgroups.

and Carey Fero’s language arts classes created four murals as part of a literacy/art-integration project. Support for this project was provided by an ArtReach grant funded through the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. The murals were created during a diversity book study unit and inspired

Staff Participation in Professional Development. What sets us apart is that our staff is committed to continuous improvement. It should be celebrated that during the last three semesters there have been 31 different teacherled professional study groups with 119 teachers participating. Spanish for Educators Program. The Spanish for Educators program has been a great opportunity for district employees to learn a second language at their own pace and in the company of a cohort group. Kudos to Kate McNulty and Rosie Martinez for facilitating this new initiative in a meaningful and fun way. RISE Grants. 2015-16 was the first year that our teachers had the opportunity to apply for innovative Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement grants to support new ideas in their instruction. We were fortunate to be able to support five grant requests this year and expect the initiative to grow in future years. Community Partnership like Murals at Middle School. Under the direction of award-winning muralist Joel Schoon Tanis and pre-service teachers from UW -Whitewater enrolled in Ann Curry Ruff’s literacy methods class, students from the Class of 2021 in Rochelle Ahrens

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by books based on four different cultures: Chinese, Jewish, Mexican, and Khmer/Cambodian. The murals were unveiled at a gallery walk on March 16 at the middle school. Student-Athlete Accomplishments.  54% of our high school students participated in a sport  Average team GPA was 3.34  National Academic Awards – Girls Cross Country (Academic All-State as a team) and Boys Swimming – National Scholar Team Award  Three Team Conference Championships – Girls Tennis, Girls Cross Country, and Girls Basketball  One Regional Championship – Baseball

Thank you for your continued support.

Mark Elworthy, Ed.D. District Administrator


2015 16 annual report