March 2014 
In This Issue
Welcome to "Out of the Blue"
Welcome to the first edition of "Out of the Blue." Our goal is to share meaningful information with families about the great things that are happening in our schools. We also want to keep parents and community members aware of our progress on strategic goals and long-term plans for the Watertown Unified School District (WUSD). We welcome your comments and suggestions. Please email with feedback! 
In upcoming issues of Out of the Blue, we will highlight some of the ways we're reaching our SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Result-Oriented, and Time-Bound) goals. The Board has established three "big picture" initiatives for WUSD to focus on as part of our strategic plan for 2012-15. 
  • Enhancing Teaching and Learning
  • Meeting the Needs of a Diverse Population
  • Developing People and Partnerships
Why is this important? Because we are continually striving for "Excellence for All." We want every student to reach his/her fullest potential at WUSD. The strategic initiatives and SMART goals keep us focused and accountable to you, our most important audience. For more information click here to take a look at our strategic plan.
Enhancing teaching and learning 
Advanced Classes at WHS

At Watertown High School, we are focused on Academic Excellence. Our students have the opportunity to take AP (Advanced Placement) and Dual Credit courses. Both of these options may count for credit at the high school level credit and at the college level. Download the full list.


AP English 12
AP European History
AP Psychology
AP English 11
AP U.S. History
AP Biology AP Calculus
AP Macroeconomics 13-14
AP Chemistry
AP Statistics
AP Microeconomics 14-15
AP Art History


CAPP Physics Spanish 202 (13-14)
Intro Environment Studies (13-14)
Keyboarding/Word (13-14) Office Applications (13-14) Desktop Publishing (13-14) Principles of Marketing IT Essentials Accounting (13-14) CAPP Personal Finance (14-15) Introduction to Hospitality/Culinary Culinary Arts Management
Parenting & Asst. Child Care Teacher Child Services Co-op & Work
Fashion Design (13-14) DC Medical Terminology (14-15) CNA Manufacturing (13-14) Automotive Tech. (14-15 Fort Atkinson)
Intro Engineering Design
Digital Electronics
Principles of Engineering Computer
Integrated Manufacturing

Meeting the Needs of a Diverse Population
Endeavor Charter School

The Watertown Unified School District is proud to offer Endeavor Charter School, which is responsive to learners' abilities, interests, learning styles, and backgrounds. It's a new option for students in grades 9-12. Enrollment is going on now for the 2014-15 school year.

Endeavor is a school where students connect their passions and interests with life and learning goals as they pursue a rich and challenging curriculum. Most classes occur during the traditional high school day. Hours will vary, depending on the student's personalized learning plan and the schedule of seminars, workshops, and classes, but the option will always exist for any student to meet during the normal school day. Students are encouraged to participate in all WUSD extracurricular and athletic activities.

To apply, visit the Endeavor website.
Dual Language Program at Schurz Elementary
We are in the first year of our dual language program which currently serves 18 students, nine Spanish speakers, and nine English speakers. The program will expand one grade level each year until we have one dual language classroom at every grade level at Schurz School. Students are instructed in Spanish 90% of the day in kindergarten and 1st grade, 80% in 2nd grade, 70% in 3rd, 60% in 4th, and by 5th grade the instruction will be 50% English, and 50% Spanish. At the end of fifth grade, all students enrolled in the dual language program will be bi-literate - able to speak, read, and write in two languages.

Enrollment is open now for our dual language kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year. Contact principal Andy Bare at or call 920-262-1485. Families should enroll before March 15, as at that time we will be conducting a lottery to see who gets into the next kindergarten class.
Gearing up for Kindergarten!

Over 300 families have registered for 4- or 5-year old kindergarten for the 2014-15 school year. If you have not yet registered your child, you may do so at Webster Elementary School at 634 W. 12th Street.

If you have questions, please contact Brad Clark or Terri Danner at (920) 262-1490.
Project Lead the Way Gateway to Technology for Middle School Students

Michael Cunningham
One of the newest and most innovative programs in middle school education is called Project Lead the Way Gateway to Technology. This is a pre-engineering program which gives students the opportunity to explore design and robotics.

Riverside Middle School students in 6th and 7th grade are learning in a course called Design and Modeling. In addition to the standard Project Lead the Way curriculum, students use the Autodesk® design software to design items, and use the Cubify 3D printer to create the objects they designed on the computer.

Students also have the opportunity in both grade levels to design projects on the computer and then head into the lab to fabricate. Students in 8th Grade at Riverside Middle School have the opportunity as an elective choice to take Project Lead the Way's course called Automation and Robotics. In addition to Robotics, students in this course work with the Cubify 3D printer and a Laser Engraver.
Do You Like Green Eggs and Ham?

Don't forget to mark your calendars for this year's Green Eggs and Ham Breakfasts! The breakfasts will held from 7:00- 7:45 at each school on the following dates:
  • Douglas - Friday, Feb. 28th
  • Schurz - Monday, March 3rd
  • Lebanon - Tuesday, March 4th
  • Lincoln - Wednesday, March 5th
  • Webster - Thursday, March 6th  
Nominate a Distinguished Alumni
The Distinguished Alumni Award is formed for the purpose of providing our current students and community with a vision of the outstanding legacies of Watertown High School. It is hoped that these people will provide role models for our current students and offer us a chance to celebrate the successes of those who have graduated from our school.

Nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award are accepted November through April of each school year with selection in May. The award is presented during Homecoming festivities the following fall (September/October).

To review nomination criteria for the Distinguished Alumni Award or to nominate an individual to be considered for the Distinguished Alumni Award click here. 
Around the District
Students and staff recently held a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser in conjunction with the boys' basketball game on Tuesday, February 11th against Slinger. Approximately $800 was raised to assist families in need with school, activity and sports fees.
A record 1,200+ people filled the WHS Field House for the 9th annual Watertown Athletic Booster Club Trivia Night. Costumes and table decorations reflected the theme, "A Magical Night of Trivia." More than $25,000 was raised to offset rising costs of equipment, uniforms, bus rides and scholarships. Congratulations to event organizer, Jody Naatz and her committee for an awesome evening, and a huge thank you to community residents for supporting Watertown athletics! Mark your calendars for February 21, 2015 for next year's event
Douglas Elementary School celebrated one million at-home reading minutes! Pictured, students are enjoying some DEAR time during their all-school pajama party.

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