Superintendent Update

Dr. Caroline Pate-Hefty, WUSD Superintendent

January 2023 In Review

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Whitewater High School to Offer Dual-Credit Courses with Gateway Technical College

Starting next school year, Whitewater High School students will be able to get a jump start on earning college credits thanks to a new series of transcripted courses available through Gateway Technical College.

The partnership will allow students to take college-level classes on early childhood education, introduction to business, software academy, advanced automotive care, and enterprise manufacturing. The WUSD School Board approved the courses at its December 19 meeting.

“We are thrilled to engage in this partnership with Gateway Technical College and give our students the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit without leaving Whitewater High School,” said Dr. Caroline Pate-Hefty, Superintendent. “These programs will help students reduce the cost of their college education and give them the skills necessary to enter high-demand jobs shortly after graduation.”

Through the one-semester Foundations of Early Childhood, students explore key concepts in child guidance, discipline, lesson planning, and fostering creativity. They also hear from guest speakers and observe children in a daycare setting.

Intro to Business introduces students to various business topics and other high school business course offerings, such as Accounting, Business Law, Entrepreneurship, Personal Finance, and Sales & Marketing. In Software Academy students will have the opportunity to earn the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification, which is globally recognized for demonstrating Microsoft Office skills and meeting the workplace demand for qualified employees.

Also available is Health, Safety, and Nutrition, another early childhood-focused course that includes various training sessions that allow students to become state certified as assistant childcare teachers.

Advanced Auto is a full-year course that familiarizes students with the various systems of motor vehicles and includes ASC certifications for students who want to pursue automotive-related careers.

The one-semester Manufacturing Enterprise class enables students to research, design, build, market and sell products, with the ultimate goal of making a profit. This includes quoting jobs, ordering materials, building products, quality control, and marketing.

The transcripted classes will be taught by certified high school teachers, with students earning high school and college credits concurrently. To learn more about the program, visit

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Jerry Awards

A big CONGRATULATIONS goes out to the WHS Players, who have received 14 Jerry Award nominations for their fall 2022 production of “Beauty and the Beast!” 🎭

Cast members nominated include Skyler Staebler, Josh Kirley, Brooke Mason, Ava Van Daele, Anderson Waelchli, Ben McCulloch, and Mel Prince.

Nominees on the production team are Jim McCulloch, Liz Elliott, Taytum Adkins, Karen McCulloch, Bobbi Wedl, Alejandra Diaz-Gallegos, Alexandra Cansino-Pena, Claire Tourdot, Maddsion LaHaie, and Remington Van Daele.

WHS also received a nomination for Outstanding Orchestra!

The awards program encourages, recognizes and honors excellence in high school musical theater throughout Wisconsin. Educators and industry professionals review productions at more than 85 high schools in 30 counties statewide.

We’re incredibly proud of our talented and hard-working students. Bravo!

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Whippet All Academic Teams - 1st Semester

The 1st semester just ended which means it's time to announce our Fall Whippet All Academic Teams!! To qualify for the award, the team must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher for the 1st semester. The following teams earned the honor and a placard of their accomplishment will be hung in the athletic hallway. Congratulations to the following teams on their academic excellence!! #1Family #TheStandard

Boys Cross Country: 3.89

Varsity Volleyball: 3.81

Girls Cross Country: 3.75

Girls Swimming: 3.62

JV1 Volleyball: 3.56

Positive Happenings

Educators of the Month

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A reminder that the Open Enrollment Regular Application Period for the 2023-2024 School Year is February 6-April 28, 2023. Parents may apply online at

2022-23 School Year Calendar

Upcoming Dates

February 8: High School Parent University 4p-7:30p

February 20: Elementary & Middle School Parent/Teacher Conferences 4p-7:30p

February 23: Elementary & Middle School: Half Day & Parent/Teacher Conferences 1p-7:30p: High School - Full Day, No Conferences

February 24: No School

Winter Weather Notice

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Links of Interest

Notice of Educational Options 2023

School boards are required by section 118.57 of the state statues to annually publish by January 31, a description of the education options available to the children in the district.