District Newsletter

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

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District Administrator Message

My name is John Thomsen and it is a pleasure to serve as the District Administrator for the School District of Whitefish Bay.

In this e-news, we will provide an update on the tax levy, highlight the upcoming high school theater production, provide school updates, and more.

On behalf of our students and team members, thank you for your ongoing support.

- Dr. John W. Thomsen, District Administrator

Feature Story: Tax Levy

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Whitefish Bay 2022 Tax Levy Information

At the Annual Meeting on September 7th, the public voted to approve Whitefish Bay's recommended 2022-23 estimated tax levy of $20,826,744, which was based on the state-regulated revenue limit within school funding formula.

At the October 25th Regular Business Meeting, the School Board approved an amended budget. This amended budget increases the state aid amount (from that approved at the Annual Meeting) by $1,687,390. The net result of the adjustment will decrease the projected tax levy (Annual Meeting estimate was 2.42%) by $1,761,155 for the school portion of the tax levy. The final/actual tax levy decrease for the 2022-23 school year is (-6.24%).

How is the Tax Levy Calculated?

"A district's revenue limit is the maximum amount of revenue that may be raised through state general aid and property tax for the General, Non-Referendum Debt and Capital Expansion Funds," according to the Department of Public Instruction. Each year, the revenue limit is determined by the state. In six of the last eight years, the state has not provided an increase to the revenue limit, despite increasing costs due to inflation. All school districts must stay within the revenue limit each year.

The state provides some funding for public schools, referred to as state equalization aid. The property tax levy is determined by subtracting state equalization aid from the revenue limit.

Revenue Limit minus State Equalization Aid equals Property Tax Levy

District News

WFB High School Presents: The Importance of Being Earnest

Considered one of the greatest comedies ever written, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde is a farce playing with love, religion, and truth as it tells the tale of two men, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, who bend the truth in order to add excitement to their lives.

Come join us for this hilarious comedy of manners, guaranteed to leave you chuckling for days!

When: November 11 & 12 at 7:00 pm, and November 13 at 2:00 pm

Where: Whitefish Bay High School Auditorium

Visit the Theater website for additional information and to purchase tickets.

Thank You Community Garden Volunteers!

The 2022 growing season has come to a close. It's easy to see how much has been accomplished by the hard work of the community garden volunteers. The garden produces vegetables and fruit, and also beautiful native and perennial plants that brighten the space and our community. It's truly gorgeous.

This year's volunteer efforts extended beyond the garden to both the High School and Middle School garden beds. Garden Coordinator Miriam Gerrietts consulted with the graduating class of 1982 in their request to donate and dedicate a magnolia tree. The tree is now planted in the volunteer renovated garden bed along Marlborough Drive. In addition, community garden volunteers began the Middle School Beautification Project, focusing on the garden at the school's entrance. The project is planned to be completed in the summer of 2023.

Many thanks to the garden's coordinator, 90 volunteers, community donors, and local business sponsors in their efforts and support for another great growing year!
​Together, we can grow.

School Reports

Come hear about each one of our school’s continuous improvement efforts at our Annual School Reports. All School Reports will take place at the High School LMC at 7PM. We encourage and nurture a growth mindset for each and every one of our learners in the process of learning and growth over time. We also encourage each and every one of our team members to maintain the same mindset and approach to their work.

In the same way, each of our schools has developed and refined a school improvement plan aimed at ensuring an aligned and collective commitment around all students' learning and growing in a supportive and caring environment.

  • Cumberland School Report, November 9, 2022
  • Whitefish Bay High School School Report, December 14, 2022
  • Whitefish Bay Middle School School Report, January 11, 2023
  • Richards School Report, February 8, 2023
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State Assessment Results

The School District of Whitefish Bay shared the ACT, ACT Aspire, and Forward Exam scores from the 2021-22 school year which had been recently released by the Department of Public Instruction. ​

Whitefish Bay School District students performed extremely well on the assessments. To learn more about the assessments and scores across the district, click the link below.

WFB Schools Earn High Rankings

Niche recently shared their 2023 Best Schools rankings. Whitefish Bay School District and Whitefish Bay High School both achieved high rankings in the Milwaukee area and across the state of Wisconsin. Thank you to all who contribute to making Whitefish Bay Schools an Exceptional Place to Learn! ​

District Fast Facts

The Whitefish Bay School District is proud to shine a light on the accomplishments and opportunities provided across our schools and recreation department. Please visit our Fast Facts document for glance at some of the fantastic things going on across the district.

Upcoming Board of Education Meetings

November 9 -- Regular Business Meeting

November 16 - Regular Business & Committee Meetings
Subject to change. Please view BoardDocs for up to date meeting notices and agendas.

School Updates

Cumberland: Practice Makes Perfect!

Cumberland musicians pay careful attention during their band and orchestra lessons.

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Richards: Literary Learning

Author Jasmine Warga visited with Richards students, sharing her experiences and journey to becoming a writer.

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Middle School: 7th Graders Return to Camp

After a break in attending camp due to the pandemic, this year's 7th graders connected their in-school learning and leadership with outdoor, real world experiences.

They had the chance to explore GPS tracking, fire and shelter building, canoeing, a low ropes course, water quality analysis, and participate in the Courage Retreat.

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High School: WFB Alum Shares her Experience in Opera

Emily Pogorelc, class of 2014, returned to the High School choir room to perform for Bel Canto and do a short talkback about her career in opera.

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High School: Activities Newsletter

Activities Newsletters are shared throughout the school year on the High School's website. Check back frequently to stay up to date with athletics and activities!

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Contact us

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