The Growler

Walworth Jt. School District's Winter Newsletter

Open Enrollment Starts February 3rd!

The public school open enrollment application period for the 2020-2021 school year starts February 3, 2020, and goes through April 30, 2020. We'd love to show you why Walworth Jt. School District #1 is perfect for your student(s)! Please call (262) 275-6896 for more information or to schedule a tour.

Junior Kindergarten & Kindergarten Round-Up

Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten


January 31, 2020

8:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.

*Meet our Early Childhood Staff

*Receive Information on our all day JK Program

*Tour the classrooms and school

*Take a bus ride

Join us for Fun and Information

Please contact Mrs. Coleman at

262-275-6896 to schedule your time.

Walworth Children's Foundation

The Walworth Children’s Foundation is an incorporated, non-profit 501 (c)(3) entity designed to receive donations from the community to aid children and the families of children enrolled at Walworth Jt. School District #1. If you are in need of assistance please contact Mrs. Ott-Wilson at extension 1212.

Please send donations to: Walworth Children's Foundation, PO Box 285, Walworth, WI 53184

Art Program Recognizes Featured Artists

Each month Walworth School’s Art Program recognizes students’ artwork and shares their artwork on Facebook!

Pictured here is AJ, a Featured Artist for October.

Walworth Community Programs

Serving the Residents of Walworth

*Programs are open to ALL children and families who reside in Walworth

Winter & Spring 2020 Offerings

Family Partnerships (English & Spanish sessions)

Fun-filled family evenings that include dinner, a family craft, and a parent support group. Child-care is provided and parents are able to receive support about a variety of parenting topics and make connections with other community families.

Dates: (Spanish Sessions)March 2, 9, 16, 30, April 6 (4:30-6:30 p.m.)

(English Sessions) March 4, 11, 18, April 1, 6 (5:00-7:00 p.m.)

*Limited space, must pre-register

Teen Nights

Children in 5th-8th grade are invited to join us for fun-filled evenings throughout the year. We will enjoy both Cosmic Bowling and Open Gym & Movie Night events. Cost is $10.00 per child per event.

  • Bowling: 5th/6th Grade - January 31st (6:00-8:00 p.m.)

7th/8th Grade - January 24th (6:00-8:00 p.m.)

  • Opening Gym/Movie Night: 5th/6th Grade - March 6th (6:00-8:00 p.m.)

7th/8th Grade - March 13th (6:00-8:00 p.m.)

Kids Night

Children in 3rd and 4th grades are invited to join us for a fun-filled evening with many different activities. Cost is $10.00 per child.

Date: February 28th (3:30-5:30 p.m.)


Hands-on activities that encourage students to design, experiment, build, and invent. Cost is $5.00 per child per session.

Dates: January 29, February 12, 26, March 11, April 15 (3:30-5:30 p.m.)

Little Sprouts

Introducing a class for our littlest learners, ages birth to four (not currently in school), and their parents. Join Mrs. Boldger for stories, music and movement, exploration, play, collaboration and JOY! Cost is $5.00 per child per session.

Dates: February 1, 15, 29, March 14 (9:00-10:30 a.m.)

For more information and/or registration forms contact Caitlin Dowden ( OR visit the Walworth Community Programs Webpage (

Battle of the Books!

Battle of the Books is in full swing! Students who have completed reading 6 of the 10 required books will be placed on a team this month will continue to read and memorize titles and authors. Each team member should have all 10 books read and be ready to begin practicing by the beginning of March. Battle Parents, please encourage your child to finish their required reading and quiz them on the titles and author names.


About thirty 7th and 8th grade Walworth School choir students went caroling at Golden Years and around the neighborhood in December. After caroling, they enjoyed a little food and fun back at school. Thank you to staff members who volunteered their time to assist with this event.

Winterfest 2020

Winterfest was a success again this year! The weather did not stop our fun! Kids enjoyed playing games, face painting, taking a walk around the Wildcat walk, jumping in the bouncy house, and dancing the night away on the stage. Thank you to the many student volunteers who volunteered their time.

Walworth Loves Our Art Department!

The Art Department is always looking for various materials for students to use in projects, such as: beads, buttons, yarn, popsicle sticks, scrap wood, any crafting papers/materials, pencils, markers, house paint, stools (for flexible seating) or any materials you might consider useful in an art room. If you have any of these items that you are no longer using please consider donating them to the school. All donations can be dropped of at the Welcome Center. Thank you to all who have already donated!


4th Graders Meet Alice in Dairyland

Fourth grade students from Walworth School joined this year’s Alice in Dairyland, Abigail Martin, at Countryside Christmas Tree Farm. Students learned about the Feltham family’s farm, the trees they grow, and the care it takes to raise a tree- 365 days/year. Alice kicked off the 2019 Christmas Tree Season by cutting down an Eastern White Pine tree, a native Wisconsin Christmas tree.

JK and Mittens

Our Junior Kindergarten classes enjoyed a wonderful visit from a community member who read the big book The Mitten. The children were so interested in this story! Then the community member gave each student their very own special pair of hand-made mittens! The children were so excited to receive such a generous gift!

Wildcat Reading Club

Members of the Wildcat Reading Club are eagerly awaiting their February book! Every month of the school year, the 147 members each receive one brand new book to keep and enjoy.

Musical - Willy Wonka Jr.

Rehearsals began on Monday, January 20th, for this year’s musical production of Willie Wonka Jr. The musical will be performed on April 17th and 18th at 6:30 p.m. in the Walworth School auditorium. Any parents or community members who would like to volunteer to help with this year’s musical can contact Mrs. Barker at extension 1259. We are looking for individuals to help with costumes, sets, props, and hair and makeup.

Wildcat Athletics

The Walworth boys 8th grade basketball team had a great end to their season by winning the BFASA Boys Basketball Tournament held at Big Foot High School. Walworth girls basketball is currently in season and will conclude with the BFASA Girls Basketball Tournament on February 15, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. at Big Foot High School.

The Walworth School 5th/6th grade intramural coed basketball program will start on February 17, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. in the Walworth gym. Mr. Hummel and Mr. Kahl have been running this program for over 20 years. Please check out our school app under Athletics to get up-to-date schedules and times. Go Wildcats!

Rotary Luncheon at Walworth!

The Geneva Lake West Rotary Club visited Walworth on January 18th for a luncheon and the Walworth School history Committee presented on the school's history and our historical mural. The placemats were created in Art class and the centerpieces were from the Innovation and Design Center. Our student council did an excellent job of hosting the Rotarians. A great time was had by all!

2nd Graders Learn about Helen Keller

The 2nd grade classes enjoyed learning about Helen Keller and talking about what it would be like to try and learn without being able to hear or see. That powerful lesson led to discussions about determination and overcoming challenges.

Walworth Partners with Big Foot High School

Beginning in October students in Ms. Boldger's kindergarten class collaborated with students from Big Foot High School’s Child Development class under the supervision of Mrs. Meyers. Each week the big buddies would meet with their little buddies to engage in hands-on learning activities. For the last four weeks of the program, the high school students had the opportunity to develop and administer their own lessons to the kindergarten students. The bonds the students made were powerful and everlasting. It was a fantastic experience for all.

Students Recognized for demonstrating determination

Our Character Committee promoted the character trait of Determination in November. Below are the students that have been recognized this month.


The Walworth School’s 7th/8th grade Choir students will be selling singing Valentines to students and staff for delivery to other students and staff on February 14th. This is a voluntary project and also includes making handmade valentines for the residents at Golden Years.

From the Nurse's Office

An all-school vision screening was conducted on December 10, 2019. Follow-ups will occur during the month of January to identify possible vision impairments. Thank you to the Big Foot Lions Club for volunteering again this year to provide this important screening and encourage the health and wellness of our students!

Eye health is important for everyone, but particularly for children. Children use their vision to learn about their world. It is important that your child’s eyes are checked during well-baby and well-child visits to make sure they are healthy. Not all vision problems can be seen. Children who have a problem may not realize it or be able to describe a problem with their sight. Regular eye screenings will help find possible problems. (

Vision impairments in children are common and uncorrected vision problems can impair child development, lead to behavior problems in the classroom, interfere with early literacy and learning, and lead to permanent vision loss. Early detection and treatment are critical. (

Additional Health Screenings:

Seal-a-Smile Dental Program - February 2020

Hearing Screening - Grades JK - 2 - February/March 2020

Lice Screenings - Grades JK - 4, after Summer, Winter, and Spring Breaks

Our Mission: Providing the Best Education For All Students

Band Director Taking the Polar Plunge!

Walworth Band Director Stacey Zwirlein is taking the Polar Plunge to help her band students attend the Music in the Parks Festival at Six Flags Great America in May. Zwirlein is planning to use the money raised to reduce the transportation costs for the students.

Students Recognized for Demonstrating Honesty

Our Character Committee promoted the character trait of Honesty in December. Below are the students that have been recognized this month.

From 3rd Grade Social Studies

This year in Social Studies, 3rd grade students are learning about Wisconsin. In the photo, Ella is leading the class by drawing and labeling traditional foods that immigrants brought over when they arrived in America.

8th Grade Transition to High School

Walworth School’s 8th grade students enjoyed a presentation from Mr. AJ Paul, Big Foot High School Counselor, regarding a variety of preparations for high school. The Big Foot Area Schools Association has worked diligently over the years developing a comprehensive 8th-9th grade transition plan for students. The goal is to lay the foundation to help them be as successful as possible from day one as a freshman!

Dangers of Vaping

Walworth School’s 7th grade students participated in a presentation hosted by Frances Thomas, Public Health Specialist, about the dangers of vaping. This education was incorporated into our current Guidance AODA curriculum. Several staff members also attended with the goal of gaining more in-depth knowledge to be able to support our students and join our prevention efforts! Over the next few weeks this program will be offered to all of our students in 3rd-8th grade. It has been customized to take into account the importance of being age-appropriate at the various grade levels.

Walworth Partners with UW-Extension

Walworth School’s 2nd grade students have started learning about the importance of eating a variety of foods from all five food groups from MyPlate and how to live a healthy life. All 2nd graders became members of the Two-Bite Club, a special club where everyone is encouraged to try at least two bites of new foods. We are lucky to have this wonderful opportunity provided to our students through UW-Extension FoodWise, and are excited to see all that we will learn in the upcoming weeks!

Elementary Forensics

The Elementary Forensics program for grades 1-5 will be starting soon. This program helps children develop poise and confidence in the area of public speaking, a critical skill needed for most careers. Information will be coming home with interested students at the end of January. A meeting will be held on February 3rd for any students or parents that have questions about the program. Please contact Mrs. Wenzel at extension 1219 or Miss Gleeson at extension 1241 if you have any questions.

Are you interested in helping?

Are you interested in volunteering by reading with our students or helping in the library? Another way to help would be by making a monetary donation. Donations can be used to offset negative lunch balances or help students with the costs of renting a musical instrument. For more information please contact Interim District Administrator/Principal Phill Klamm at (262) 394-2010 or by email at

Visit the Online Newsletter

Scan this QR Code to visit this newsletter online! Online you will be able to click the photos to see larger versions, visit the Wildcat Den Store, and purchase a poinsettia to help our music department.

Connect with us!

We are excited to communicate with you through numerous channels! Please check us out online, via social media, send us an email, give us a call, or stop in to say Hi!