Port Washington High School

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    With our snow day on Wednesday, January 23rd, we needed to make some adjustments to our exam schedule at PWHS....PLEASE SEE BELOW!


    Thursday, January 24th:  We will test hours 4, 5, 6

    7:30-9:00-Hour 4 Exam

    9:15-10:45-Hour 5 Exam


    11:30-1:00-Hour 6 Exam


     Friday, January 25th-No School for students


    Monday, January 28th:  Hours 7 & 8 Exam and remainder of the day 

    7:30-9:00-Hour 7 Exam

    9:15-10:45-Hour 8 Exam

    10:50-11:10-1st Hour

    11:15-11:45-Early lunch 2nd Hour (1st Building, PE, Health)

    11:15-11:35-Early Class 2nd period (3rd Building, Tech Ed, Choir)

    11:40-12:10-Late Lunch (3rd Building, Tech Ed, Choir)

    11:50-12:10-Late Class 2nd Hour (1st Building, PE, Health)

    12:15-12:35-3rd Hour

    12:40-1:00-4th Hour

    1:05-1:25-5th Hour

    1:30-1:50-6th Hour

    1:55-2:15-7th Hour

    2:20-2:38-8th Hour


    On Monday, if your son or daughter does not have a 7th or 8th hour exam they should plan to report to 1st hour class at 10:50.  Busses will run a normal morning schedule.  If your son or daughter arrives by bus, they will stay in either the library or cafeteria in the morning if they are not taking an exam.


    If you have any questions, please contact the main office.

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Semester 1 Exams

  • Exam Schedule

    2018/19 – 1st semester

    Day 1 – Tuesday, January 22

    Day 2 – Wednesday, January 23

    Day 3 – Thursday, January 24

    Friday, January 25 - No School
            (Staff Prep/Records Day)

                      Day 1        7:30 am – 9:00 am – 1st hour exam

                                          9:15 am – 10:45 am – 2nd hour exam

                                 10:45 am – 11:25 am – LUNCH
                                         11:30 am – 1:00 pm – 3rd hour exam

                        Day 2       7:30 am – 9:00 am – 4th hour exam

                                          9:15 am – 10:45 am – 5th hour exam

                                 10:45 am – 11:25 am – LUNCH
                                          11:30 am – 1:00 pm – 6th hour exam


                       Day 3       7:30 am – 9:00 am – 7th hour exam

                                         9:15 am – 10:45 am – 8th hour exam


    • Students must arrive to exams ON TIME. No students are allowed in the hallways during exam times.  Students must remain in their classroom until the end of each exam period.
    • Students must schedule make-up exams directly with their teachers.
    • The library will be open if students need to study during these times. However, students must arrive on time to study in the library.
    • Students do not need to report during the times they are assigned to a study hall.
    • Buses will run their normal routes at the beginning of the day and will take students home at the end of each exam day.
    • Breakfast will be available from 7:00am – 7:25am on all three exam mornings. Lunch will only be served on Tuesday and Wednesday.



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  • camp

    Summer 2019 Concordia University International Camps

       Informational Meeting

    Tuesday, January 29 6PM-6:45PM TJMS library

    For interested current 7th/8th/9th/10th grade students and parents


    Looking for a fun way to spend part of your summer vacation?

    Do you want to experience a different culture with students of your own age from Japan?

    Are you interested in the environment, the Great Lakes, rivers, and natural resources?

    Do you want to go camping?

    There will be two camps this summer:

    July 11-17 Keiai High School

    July 22-July 29 Niihama High School

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2019 Scholarship Information

PWHS Pirate Treasure Program

  • The first Pirate Treasure giving meeting concluded last night.  We listened to the Saukville food pantry, Portal Inc. and the Social Studies Department for the Kelly Green Library.  It was a very tight vote…the students chose to give a donation for the Kelly Green Library with this first meeting.

     Our next meeting will be on April 10th.  At that meeting we will plan to give one donation for a school district project and one donation for a community project (Max $1,500 each).  We will do the meeting during resource period.

     Thank you for your support of the program.

     Eric Burke

    PWHS Principal

    pirate treasure meeting


    Pirate Way Grant Application This program will be open to all community and school groups/projects.  

    This will be a great experience for our students and a nice way to support/give to a needy cause/project. We now have 93 students in the group!

    Please turn in the application to Eric Burke in the PWHS office.


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Message From the Principal

  •  We are all so excited and fortunate to be working with such a tremendous group of teachers, staff, families, and students!  Together we will continue the tradition of excellence at PWHS, with each individual doing their part to develop their own skills, gain mastery and explore their own creativity to make our school community strong and successful.  As we begin to focus our thoughts on the end of summer, listed below is some very important information pertaining to the upcoming school year.


    • Open Lunch-We will continue to have open lunch privilege for 11th and 12th grade students for the 2018-19 school year.  For the 2019-20 school year, only 12th grade students will have the open lunch privilege.


    • Pirate Treasure Program-All students are welcome to be a part of this program.  It will run very similar to adult groups in some communities like the 100+ women group in Port Washington-Saukville.  It will most likely be the first student group like this.  Each student will commit $30 to be a part of the program.  During the school year, the students will come together to listen to proposals for funding programs that benefit students in the community.  At each meeting (twice per year) the students will vote on which program/idea will receive funding.  The purpose for the group is to involve students in the process of improving their school/programs and be directly involved in making a large difference while committing a relatively small donation.  Students interested in the program should contact Mr. Burke to learn more about how to get involved. 


    • Target-Based Learning-At PWHS, we are continuing our journey with the target-based learning process.  As a district, we are working closely with Garth Larsen (consultant) as we learn and implement the 13 step process he has used in many other school districts.  In a target-based system, the most important tier of instruction (core instruction) is designed to reflect not only standards, but also specific academic and behavioral targets that clearly identify what students must know and what they must be able to do.  Grades and ultimately report cards will be much more meaningful and relevant for our students in a target based system.


    During the past school year, our departments have been reviewing the priority standards, making decisions on learning targets, key concepts and skills, big ideas & essential questions, key vocabulary, resources and finally assessments for each unit/course.  In classrooms all students will have opportunities for re-assessment to demonstrate understanding of those learning targets.  For the 2018-19 school year, we will continue to learn together through a school-wide book study, workshops and meetings with Garth Larsen.  We will provide more information on target-based learning during the school year to students, parents and community members.


    Target-Based Learning:

    • Continues to use Letter Grades and Grade Point Averages at the high school level
    • Promotes growth mindset for learning
    • Separates Behavior from Academic knowledge in grading
    • Aligns with Mindset from Colleges and Universities
    • Promotes greater accountability and understanding of learning targets
    • Provides greater opportunity for students to demonstrate learning of standards


    • Cell Phone/other Electronic device Privilege at PWHS- If a student chooses to bring a cell phone/electronic device to school it must remain in their locker or in a back pack turned off.  Cell phones are not allowed out in the classroom at any time. Parents needing to contact their son/daughter should contact the office.  Cell phone holders are available in each classroom.  Any violation of the cell phone/electronic device policy will follow the procedures outlined in the PWHS student handbook.  The school will not be held responsible in any way for lost or damaged cell phones.  Students are allowed to use their cell phones during lunch and passing time.


    • Exam Exemptions 2018-19- All students can earn an exam exemption through the Port Pride Program.  The second exam exemption will be different for 2018-19.   The second exam exemption will continue to require no unexcused absences or behavior referrals, it will also be connected to success on the ACT Aspire testing (9th and 10th grade) or ACT assessment (11th grade).  (Please see below)


    1. ALL Grades-No Unexcused Absences & No Behavior Referrals
    2. 9th Grade:
      • Second exam exemption only second semester for 9th
      • Measured growth in any area (Reading, Math, Science, English) for the Aspire Interim assessment (Fall-winter test)
    3. 10th Grade:
      • First Semester-Minimum of one area (Reading, Math, Science, English) of proficiency for ACT Aspire spring testing (9th grade year).
      • Second Semester- Measured growth in any area (Reading, Math, Science, English) for the Aspire Interim assessment (Fall-winter test.
    4. 11th Grade:
      • First Semester-Minimum of one area (Reading, Math, Science, English) of proficiency for ACT Aspire spring testing (10th grade year).
      • Second Semester- Minimum of one area (Reading, Math, Science, English) of college readiness on ACT exam-11th


    1. 12th Grade:  Earns second exam exemption with no unexcused absences or behavior referrals.  Same as previous years.


    • Port Pride Assembly- Wednesday, September 5th 6:00-7:00 PM. All students that wish to be a part of the Port Pride program for 2018-19 must attend this program.  Students will also receive a free t-shirt.  This program features Pirate and Badger legend Josh Gasser!
    • Freshman Parent Orientation (freshman students are also welcome)-Wednesday, August 29 from 6-7:30PM p.m. in the library.  We will cover many topics including: tips for high school success, activity/club information, school standards, resources, academic and career planning, and a chance to ask questions.  Please plan on joining us! 


    • Forms, Fees and Photos- We will be taken for school ID’s, library ID’s, season sports passes, the Lunch Box program, and picture packets (if you wish to purchase) during the registration dates of Tuesday, August 14th (8AM-3PM), and Wednesday, August 15th (2PM-7PM) ).   We ask ALL students (including seniors) to attend one of these sessions for their photo.


    • ACT Prep (especially for 11th grade students) with Method Test Prep.

    Practice with Method Test Prep will help with both Aspire and ACT testing!  

    All students have access to this free resource provided by our school.  Students that took advantage of the resource in 2018-19 saw great results.  It is easy to sign up for and use…

    Go to: https://app.methodtestprep.com/PortWashingtonHighSchoolWI/signup

    Click on the gray “Signup” box to create your MTP account. PWHS students will need to use the Referral Code: tkn.12180329 when setting

    up your account. (Make sure to include the entire code—including tkn).




    Eric Burke


    Port Washington High School

    427 West Jackson Street

    Port Washington WI 53074

    Office: 262-268-5500


     Port Pride!



School Information

  • Port Washington High School is a comprehensive high school with a dedicated staff that is committed to providing an excellent education to all of our students. With a combination of current educational practices, years of teaching experience, and a personal vested interest to see all students succeed, our school strives to meet the needs of our diverse learners. Port High School offers a wide array of Advanced Placement (AP) classes to encourage our highest level learners to challenge themselves further. We have support systems in place to assist all learners in achieving their academic potentials. Most importantly, we recognize parents as being a critical and necessary component in each child's journey towards academic success, and we welcome parent involvement. Port High School is committed to achieving the district mission of "helping every child reach their fullest potential."


    2018-19 Student & Parent Handbook and Code of Conduct


Port Pride

  • Port Pride Program

    Program Commitments

    • I will be Alcohol and Drug Free
    • I will Participate to the best of my abilities in at least one HS Activity
    • I will achieve to the best of my ability academically by having no failing classes at quarter or semester.
    • I will have no office referrals for discipline or attendance
    • I will have no missing work from any class during the school year
    • I will volunteer at least 15 hours per semester in my community or school.
      • (5 Hours per semester are added if the student is unable to attend the kick-off assembly.)
      • 5 Hours may be donated by a parent or guardian per semester, these hours must be in service to PWHS. (PWSSD Hours accepted with prior approval.) 

    *Successful completion of the program each semester will result in the student earning one exam exemption, use of exemption is subject to teacher approval. 

    See the main office for details on joining

    Port Pride - Student form

    Port Pride - Parent form

    Port Pride Volunteers--Hauling Christmas Trees

    Port Pride Volunteers--Hauling Christmas Trees

Pirate Way Videos

PWHS Attendance Information

PWHS Daily Announcements

Target Based Grading for Learning at PWHS

Driver's Education Information

Tip 411

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