Focus 2025

Priority 1

BUSINESS & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT THROUGH INTERNSHIPS, JOB SHADOWING & MENTORSHIPS

 

Objective

Improve student career awareness, as well as, promote community partnerships that are mutually beneficial to both parties.

Ongoing Strategies

District Wide

  • Longitudinal data collection to provide insightful analysis in reviewing strategies that support this goal.

Elementary Level

  • Career Awareness instruction using the School Counselor Model Academic Standards.
  • Elementary Career Week.
  • Local hospital visits and community partner walking tours.
  • Emergency Services visits to schools.
  • Dental Awareness Instruction from local clinic (4K and 2).
  • Leadership application & interviews (5).

Middle Level

  • Career Awareness instruction using the School Counselor Model Academic Standards.
  • Mock interviews, which include an application process through online application at MEC. Top performers of Mock Interviews take local business tour (7).
  • Girls STEM Day (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) at UW-Stevens Point (7-8).
  • Student research and prepare a career movie prior to scheduling high school classes (8).
  • College field trips to 2 and 4-yr. universities and 2-yr. technical colleges (7-8).

 

 

High School

  • Meet with city and county planners to develop a relationship centered on the supply and demand of graduates and jobs.
  • WHS Network Representative a member of Chamber of Commerce.
  • WHS Annual Spring Interview Day.
  • Annual Reality Store (11-12).
  • Partnerships with FVTC – Welding, CNA, Dual Credit Courses, Advanced Standing Courses (10-12) 
  • Partnership with NCTC – Wausau Dual Credit Printing Courses.
  • Online Courses offered through FVTC and NETC (11-12).
  • Youth apprenticeship opportunities through local businesses and manufacturers (11-12).

Accomplished Strategies

  • Career Exploration Class for all 10th grade students starting at WHS in the 2017-2018 School Year
  • Partnership with Fresh Start a program offering apprenticeships and course credit (11-12)
  • Students volunteer at Culver’s through an A+ After School project

Pending Strategies

  • Creation of a Senior Citizen & Community Resource Directory
 

Priority 2

DEVELOP MARKETING OF THE DISTRICT & COMMUNITY THROUGH BRANDING

 

Objective

Improve student enrollment trends by promoting what the community and schools do well.

 

Ongoing Strategies

District Wide

  • Partner with FVTC to create a regional center on the WHS Campus.
  • Meet with community planners to develop a brand to support both the community & school district.
  • Develop a plan to publicize our schools’ successes, activities, and programs.
  • Character Education Parent Newsletter.
  • Service Learning to include Elementary Level outreach through guidance departments and  grade level Holiday outreach. School Councils, National Honor Society, Key Club, and WHS Athletics are required to serve in-community service hours.
  • Expectations from our District to break the cycle of poverty and create a community of middle class.
  • Participate in Central Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance.
  • Title Night Celebration Video.
  • Classroom & grade level newsletters.

Accomplished Strategies

  • Attended a Tri-County Regional Economic Development Corporation.
  • Attended State Level Academic and Career Planning.

Pending Strategies

  • Create a new Mission Statement
  • Create a billboard design and secure funding.

Priority 3

IMPROVE WORK AND

PEOPLE SKILLS

 

Objective

Develop 4K-12th Grade Character/Career/Work/People Skills Action Plan.

 

Ongoing Strategies

District Wide

  • Character Education Initiative.
  • Responsive Classroom (4K-5) and Developmental Design (6-12) approach as a framework to social, emotional, and academic success.
  • High School students network with Elementary students on future careers.

Elementary Level

  • Boys Gentlemen’s Club – to develop positive skills through role modeling taught by a male instructor (3-5).
  • Giraffe project to foster citizenship and inspire students to be helpful (RG grade 4).
  • Businesses invited to walk & talk with our students.
  • Peer Power Group – student led providing leadership (5).
  • Basic computer coding (4-5).

Middle Level

  • Student-led parent/teacher conferences (6-8).
  • Career Cruising - a self-exploration and planning program that helps people of all ages achieve their potential in school, career and life. (6-12).

High School

  • Workplace readiness through work-study, youth apprenticeship, culinary arts programing, CNA certification, welding certification, and business education programing.
  • Resumes & interviews required of student applicants for Camp Parkside.
  • Interviews required of all student applicants for A+ After School Program.

Accomplished Strategies

  • Joseph Odhiambo NBA All-star character assembly (Redgranite)
  • Implemented professional dress policies for all staff.

Pending Strategies

  • Work and people skills assessment rubric – a set of criteria used to assess student learning.

Priority 4

DEVELOP PARENTAL CONTRACTS PROMOTING SCHOOL INVOLVEMENT

 

Objective

Increase Parental Belonging
at the School Setting;
expectations to break the cycle of poverty and create a community of middle class.

 

Ongoing Strategies

District Wide

  • Use of local newspaper, parent and classroom newsletters, Facebook™, and webpage.
  • Migrant Family Night.

Elementary/Middle Level

  • Home visits throughout the year (4K).
  • Home visits and backpack delivery in August (KG).
  • Title I Parent Compacts - working to promote student achievement and Title Parent Nights (K-8).
  • A+ After School Family Nights (K-8).
  • Grandparents Day (K-3).
  • Parent involvement through PTO sponsored activities (K-8).
  • Parents of Character Award Winners personally invited to Schoolwide CPR – Circle of Power and Respect (6-8) & Community Meetings (K-3).

Accomplished Strategies

  • Mandatory Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Pending Strategies

  • Mandatory Meeting for all incoming 4K Families to our District

Priority 5

BUILD PRODUCTIVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE MEDICAL FIELD

 

Objective

Increase the support and open lines of communication to support students with mental health issues.

 

Ongoing Strategies

  • Member of Wild Rose Hospital CHAT (Community Health Action Team - Long term Community Health Improvement).
  • Member of Healthy Communities & Healthy Youth.
  • Support of School Resource Officer and DARE grade 5 curriculum.
  • Information protocol to communicate with County DHS.
  • Trauma Informed Care Training –
    a 5-step crisis response strategy.
  • Riverview partnership to become
    “A Trauma Informed School”.
  • Student youth risk behavior surveys Therapeutic services provided within Parkside and WHS.

Accomplished Strategies

Pending Strategies