May Newsletter



Happy second week of May! Well, we are approaching the end of the school year. Where did the time go? I feel like I was just talking to all of our families and students at Family Orientations and now I am getting ready for graduation speeches, NHS Induction, End of the Year Outings and 8th Grade Promotions. Wow! Time really does fly when you are having fun! :)

I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the end of the year celebrations. It really is a time to celebrate the achievements from the year. You and your family and students have worked hard! Smile, take some time to breath and have a great summer. I will see you in August at the Family Orientations - we are planning some exciting changes - there is some info below.

Happy Summer!

Melissa Horn

May Newsletter


As many of you are aware, we have been hard at work traveling the state to meet with your students for the Forward Exam and ACT Aspire. It has been nice seeing you and working with your students. Some of the days have been long, but everyone is doing an amazing job. If we have not seen you yet, we will be wrapping up next week in Eau Claire and Green Bay. Please make sure you attend your location and if there is a conflict with timing or location, please contact the school office immediately.


Now that the window for Open Enrollment has closed for the upcoming school year, we are busy sending out acceptance letters, talking with families about intentions for next year, as well as schedules. We will be giving families a choice on whether they would like to schedule over the phone with their SLA or meet in person. We will be offering the option of face to face in some locations. Please check with your SLA and watch Facebook and email for more details.

We ask that new families provide the intent to enroll responses to Ann Baumann as soon you have made your decision. Once your student’s intent has been received, we will be sending new families information on scheduling and the next steps in the enrollment process!


Our last day of school is Wednesday, June 1. This is also the day of our End of the Year Outings for all families and students. The locations are similar to where they have been in the past. We will be in Chippewa Falls at Irving Park, Madison at the Henry Vilas Zoo, Green Bay at Bay Beach and in Whitnall at Whitnall Park, part of the Boerner Gardens. We will be getting more information out soon about specific details and staff that will be at each site. It is a fun day and great time. I hope that you will be able to join us. :)


You may have heard that beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, all Wisconsin public school districts are required to have an Academic & Career Plan (ACP) in place for all 6th through 12th graders. As a counselor, I can say that much of what is now being required by the DPI is actually already in place in most school counseling programs. In fact, the term “guidance counselor” refers to the key role school counselors play in helping students develop a plan for post-secondary success. The new legislation highlights the importance of career planning, and provides schools with the opportunity to review, augment and formalize these services. Like many Wisconsin schools, WVL will begin implementing our new ACP program in the 2016-17 school year.

What exactly is an ACP? More than a simple graduation plan, the ACP is an individualized and evolving program for college and workforce success. For middle school students, the ACP will largely involve career exploration activities. For high schoolers, the ACP will include both information and opportunities related to career research, meaningful course choice, an understanding of how academic skills relate to the workplace, labor market information, personal finance, opportunities for college credit in high school, and work-based learning. DPI is also contracting with Career Cruising to provide Wisconsin students with the software planning tools to both explore and store their results. We expect to have access to Career Cruising accounts by early next year. An exciting new element that WVL is planning in regards to the ACP is the development of “Career Pathways”, suggested plans of high school coursework meant to prepare students for a particular career or college major. For more information on ACPs, you can go to the DPI Academic and Career Plan webpage. DPI has also produced this short video explaining the importance of the ACP.

I look forward to sharing the elements of our ACP program as it develops. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email,, or by calling 262.692.3988 X439.


Dr. Seuss’ Birthday was back in March and I wanted to thank everyone that participated and joined in on the fun. Mrs. Michalsen and the Middle School team always does an amazing job getting different activities online for students to participate in. I also wanted to thank the many students that helped out by running the activities and reading to the elementary students. It is always a wonderful time!


WVL had another successful prom this past weekend in the Dells. WVL has partnered with eAchieve the last couple of years to hold prom together. The students that participated had a great time and there are even some fun pictures of everyone dancing, eating and laughing. :) Mrs. Zander was there to help in the festivities - thanks Mrs. Zander!


  • ACT Aspire and Forward Testing until May 20

  • Capital Field Trip - Friday, May 13

  • HS Deadline for Assignments - Friday, May 20

  • HS Exams - Week of May 23

  • All School Outing - Wednesday, June 1

  • 8th Grade Promotion - Wednesday, June 1

  • HS National Honor Society Induction Ceremony - Saturday, June 4 at 11am

  • HS Graduation - Saturday, June 4 at 2pm

  • Family Orientations - the week of August 22

  • Summer Break - Thursday, June 2 through Friday, August 26