Are parents and community informed, confident and supportive?
Partnerships with community
Washington has a long history of partnerships within the community. Whether it is with community organizations, the Univerity of Wisconsin-Whitewater, or local agencies, Washington has embraced the many opportunities to build these relationships. The following are many of the organizations/agencies or programs helping to form these partnerships: UW-Whitewater (America Reads, Big Brothers/Sisters, Lunch Buddies and mentors), UW Extension, WHS (Mentors/FFA), Whitewater Police and Fire/EMS Dept., Whitewater Library, and Post Office.
Parent/teacher conference participation
Parent/teacher conferences occur in the fall and spring. We have recently moved to the portfolio style of conferencing, in which students are involved in the collaboration. The opportunity for parents/teachers and students to conference together is critical in building tight home and school connections. Typical conference turnout for the building is around 95%.
Volunteers in schools
Washington is very proud of its high level of volunteerism. Whether it is during the day assisting students, teachers, and the office, or after school doing the same, Washington is a great place for kids and its volunteers are a big reason why. Although the sources of volunteering come from all areas, some of these include PATT (Parents and Teachers Together), parents, grandparents/other relatives of students, UW-W, former staff, community organizations, and service agencies. Washington, like other district buildings, employs a Volunteer Coordinator to help generate volunteer momentum. Mrs. Becky Brantmeier is our Volunteer Coordinator and can be reached at 472-8615. We are always excited to have people offer the opportunity to make a positive difference for our students.
Family involvement in school activities
Involvement of familes at Washington is a high priority. Although the list of opportunities is very extensive, the following is a generous sampling: PATT events (Open House/Ice Cream Social/Book Fair, Santa's Workshop, Super Bowl and Sock Hop, Family Fun Night, and Field Follies), Building Leadership Team (team consisting of staff and parents), and Student Council activities (VIP/Grandparent's Day and various fundraisers, band and choir concerts).
Families involved in parent training
Families of Washington students have parent training opportunites provided to them. Some of these are Love and Logic, ELL classes at WHS, and other opportunites established by the district's Title I Family Coordinator, Mrs. Shirley Cutshall.
Washington School has initiated a comprehensive Character Education program for K-5 beginning in the 2008-2009 school year. In preparation for the program, Washington staff conducted a survey to help guide the program's implementation.