View the video Helping Children Build Optimism in Their Lives
Welcome to summer in the Port Washington-Saukville School District and our very special place. Summer is an active time in the district. Our very popular and comprehensive K-12 summer school program has another large number of participants, including expanded high school programs, with over 60% of our students engaged in a variety of learning and enrichment activities.
Teachers and administrators are receiving training in effective classroom use of technology, eduCLIMBER, curriculum development, varied instructional strategies, and student academic career planning. We are taking advantage of the summertime so teachers can continue developing advanced knowledge in assisting the students to be even more successful. We have a great staff, and when you combine a great staff with continued professional growth, the students and our communities are the big winners.
Our School Board is very active this summer as they continue working on the construction project to build/remodel a like-new high school; and add additional classrooms and a more secure entrance at Dunwiddie Elementary School. All construction project bids are in, and they came in at the referendum amount, which includes a strong contingency fund. The entire project is to be completed in the fall of 2019. The Board also continues committee meetings, special meetings, and regular monthly meetings. The schedule of their meetings and minutes are posted on our website under "About our District". In addition, our secretarial and custodial staff members are doing their usual great work.
Our administrative team is continuing their training in a comprehensive teacher evaluation system and the supervision of the teachers' use of technology. They are also reviewing recent research on leadership and receiving instruction in effective communication and responding positively to change.
One of the most important responsibilities of a leader is to hire great people. The administrators are again using a research-based, comprehensive hiring process to fill vacancies as they search for the "best of the best" to work with our children.
As you can see, we have a very special place here, with approximately 400 employees and 9 School Board members who genuinely care about each and every child. Our mission is to educate every child to reach his or her greatest potential. Please click on the video link above to learn more about building optimism in children.
Finally, the Superintendent's office continues to be open throughout the summer from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Feel free to contact us if we can be of any additional assistance or support.
Michael R. Weber, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools