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Wisconsin Teacher of the Year

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Congratulations Mrs. Diana Callope!
Whitewater Middle School 8th grade math teacher Diana Callope has been selected to represent the state of Wisconsin in the 2014-15 National Teacher of the Year competition. She began her path to this prestigious honor with a district nomination for the annual Kohl Teacher Fellowships. Mrs. Callope, along with two elementary colleagues, Washington Elementary music teacher Val Troxel and LINCS Elementary 4/5 teacher Justin Stewart, were selected this past spring as 3 of the 100 statewide recipients of the Kohl Teacher Felllowships. On September 5, Mrs. Callope was honored at a surprise assembly where she was informed by State Superintendent Tony Evers that she was receiving the honor of 2014 Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year. She joins Washington Elementary's Peggy Weunstel, who received the 2010 Special Services Teacher of the Year award, as the two WUSD teachers earning this distinction. 
Mrs. Callope was one of four finalists vying for the honor to represent the state at the national level. After an extensive interview and selection process, Mrs. Callope was selected as Wisconsin's representative and will attend the National Teacher of the Year conference held in Washington D.C. in April. 
We are very proud of Diana Callope's well deserved accomplishment. Her recognition is yet another example of the quality of the district's staff of professional educators. 
We wish Mrs. Callope the best of luck as she goes on to represent our school district and the state of Wisconsin.
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Lakeview Spirit Week!

Lakeview Elementary School recently had spirit week, where there was a different theme every day! The days included Black and White Day, Twin Day, Spirit Day, Leaping Lizard Day, and the ever-popular Pajama Day! Click here to see more pictures from our district photo gallery!
5th Grade Choir Concert Tour

The Lincoln Inquiry Charter School 5th Grade Choir performed a concert tour at Fairhaven, Blackhawk, Brookdale and Mulberry Glen Retirement Centers on June 3 in Whitewater. In addition to singing for the residents, the 52 students spent time visiting individually with those in attendace. Choir director, Christine Hayes, commented that the students loved hearing the stories of people's lives and making some new senior friends. Indeed, there were many smiles from the students and seniors, along with the students and seniors, along with some tears and hugs, and as one student said, "This was the best day EVER!"

WUSD was well represented at the 2nd annual Whitewater Police Department K9 Run held on Sunday, June 8. Participating in the fundraising event to support a new K9 unit were De Brunner (Lakeview), John Chenoweth, Christine Hayes (LINCS), Suzanne Chenoweth (LINCS), Cody Chirstensen (HS & LINCS) and Chad Carstens (HS & Lakeview). Also joining the WUSD team were Boomer and Farley. Thank you to our WUSD team particpants and their four legged friends.