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West Salem High School Drama Department presents Elf Jr.

On Thursday November 30, and Friday, December 1, 2017 the WSHS Drama Department will be performing Elf Jr. at the Marie W. Heider Center for the Arts. Tickets are only $6.00! Come out to see a great show and support the drama department!    

WSES Hosting The Parenting Professor for "Intro to Parenting the Love and Logic Way"

On December 6, we will be hosting Chris Peterson, local parent, and "The Parenting Professor" at West Salem Elementary for his "Intro to Parenting the Love and Logic Way" session. This session teaches parents how to approach their kids using the Love and Logic method. This method is a way of working with children that puts parents back in control, teaches children to be...

School Board Elections - 2018

NOTICE OF SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION School District of West Salem April 3, 2018     NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an election is to be held in the School District of West Salem on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.  The following offices are to be elected to succeed the present incumbents listed.  The term of office for school board members will begin on Monday, April 23,...

West Salem Elementary Named National Blue Ribbon School

On Thursday, September 28, 2017, West Salem Elementary School was honored to be recognized as one of 342 schools named as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2017 by the U.S. Department of Education. The National Blue Ribbon Schools program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in...

West Salem High School Saves $9,400 in Energy Costs in Three Months

Official Ground Breaking at the Middle School

The official ground breaking of the middle school construction project occurred last night, July 10. School board members, and representatives from Vantage Architects and Market & Johnson Contracting participated in the event. 

Middle School Physical Education Department Awarded Grant for Set of Specialized Bicycles


WSES and WSMS Recognized For RtI Efforts

Congratulations to West Salem Elementary and Middle Schools for receiving recognition from the WI Department of Public Instruction and WI RtI Center for their efforts in implementing a culturally responsive support system to help ALL students. Both schools were recipients of Bronze Level: Reading. Way to go!

2017-18 School Supply List

DECA Haunted Tunnel Fundraiser

DECA will be hosting a Haunted Tunnel this Monday and Tuesday as a fundraiser for the iFeed food drive. Come on down and support a wonderful cause!

Football Playoffs Livestream from KQEG

Hey Panthers! Want to support the football team, but can't make the trip to Antigo? You're in luck! Thanks to our friends over at KQEG, there will be a livestream of the game online starting at 7 p.m, Friday October 27th. Use the link below to access, and don't forget to make sure your Flash Player is up to date! Our game will be Game #2. If you happen to miss the livestream, but...

WSHS Quarterback Ryan Beirne Nominated for Player of the Week

After a thrilling Panther win Friday night over New Richmond, WSHS senior Ryan Beirne has been nominated by WisSports.net as their Level 1 Player of the Week!  Use the link below to vote for Beirne and be sure to cheer on the Panthers as they travel to Antigo this Friday for round 2 of the WIAA Division 3 Playoffs! You can vote once per day per device and voting is open until...

2017 Calendar Survey

West Salem School District Parents/Guardians –   In the fall of 2014 the district conducted a survey of parents and employees to gather input regarding the creation of the school calendar.  The survey data included 558 responses.  The district used the data to assist in creating the 2016 – 2017 and 2017 – 2018 school calendars.    The 2016...

West Salem Unity Day Celebration

On Wednesday, October 25, the School District of West Salem will join hundreds of other schools across the country in celebrating Unity Day. Unity Day is an opportunity for everyone to come together against bullying and to unite for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. We care about having safe and supportive schools for our students and we will all join together to show that "Compassion...

West Salem Football and West Salem Volleyball Make WIAA Playoffs

Both the West Salem Football team and the West Salem Volleyball teams have made the WIAA playoffs. WS Football secured a part of the MVC Championship, sharing with both Holmen and Onalaska after going 7-2. They take on New Richmond as the #4 seed this coming Friday, October 20 at 7 p.m. at Logan's Swanson Field in La Crosse. With a win, they will go on to play either Antigo or Medford...

Budget Hearing / Annual Meeting

Monday, October 16, 2017 6:30 P.M. Budget Hearing 7:30 P.M. Annual Meeting Click for the Notice.

WSHS Show Choir Craft Show Registration

WSHS Show Choir will be hosting their annual Craft Show Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Salem High School. If you would like to be a vendor at this event, please fill out the form at the link below. Hope to see you there!   Registration Form

2017 Jr. Singsations Kid's Show Choir Camp

Join the WSHS Show Choirs for a fun week of Show Choir Camp! Open to all children in K-5 grades. Click the link below for more information and to register! Any additional questions should be directed to Amy Hanson at hanson.amy@wsalem.k12.wi.us  Registration Form

Don't Forget to Order your Yearbook!

To order your yearbooks, class rings, and more, visit the website below! Ring order day is Friday, September 29, 2017. http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1116036/West-Salem-High-School/  

2017-2018 Strategic Planning Booklet

The 2017-2018 Strategic Plan has been organized into an easy-to-follow booklet. To access the booklet, go to "Our District", then "Board of Education", and "Strategic Planning". Thank you for checking it out! 

Back to School Immunization Clinic

Does your child need their immunizations? Please join us for our immunization clinic this coming Wednesday at the Elementary School! Any questions? Please contact Beth Clements, School Nurse at (608)-786-1662 x 2 or clements.beth@wsalem.k12.wi.us or the La Crosse County Health Department at (608)-785-9723. La Crosse County Health Department-Public Health Nurses will be having an...

USGS Hosting Free STEM Open House this Weekend

The USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center will be hosting a public open house on Saturday, September 9th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the center, located at 2630 Fanta Reed Road in La Crosse. The event will include STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) exhibits, as well as free outdoor activities. All ages are welcome! We hope to see you there!

Middle School Registration Notice

West Salem Middle School Parents and Students! Please read the notice below from MS Principal Mr. Wopat regarding registration next week! Registration Notice from Mr. Wopat  

Online Registration Issues

We have received notices from some parents that they have had difficulty registering their children online. We believe the problem is related to an issue with Google Chrome and their pop-up system. If you encounter a problem please try a different browser, such as Firefox or Safari. If this does not work please contact your respective buildings at the following numbers: Elementary School at...

Substitute Teacher Training for Interested Persons With Degree in Area Other Than Education

  CESA #4 is offering a training opportunity for those interested in substitute teaching with Bachelor Degrees in areas other than education. This two-day training on August 22nd and 23rd is designed to prepare prospective substitute teachers with basic information about the substitute's role. Participants who complete the training and practice will receive a certificate of...

WSHS State Baseball Live Stream

West Salem High School Baseball team is scheduled to play Beloit Turner at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, June 14 at Neuroscience Group Field, Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute, Wisconsin in the D-2 semifinal game.  Admission to the game is $8.00 per session/$14.00 for an all-day pass. For those of you who can't make the game in person, but still wish to see it, the...

Swimming Pool - Opens at 1:30 on 6/13/17

Click for more information. The swimming pool is open! Beginning 1:30 p.m. on June 13, 2017 New Pool Phone Number - 608-786-5309 **The pool will be temporarily closed on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. for staff training.**  

Summer Drama Camp 2017

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Summer Musical - Beauty and the Beast

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Team Football Camp Information

Youth Football Camp Information


Please Vote for West Salem High School Greenhouse!

Want to make a HUGE financial impact, in two minutes, without spending a dime! The West Salem High School Greenhouse needs your help. We submitted a grant application in the 2017 Seeds® of Change Grant Program, were selected as finalists, and now need you to vote for us on their website for a chance to win up to $30,000!! Imagine the amazing opportunities that would bring all of our...

March/April Superintendent's Corner Video

Superintendent's Corner- In each episode Superintendent Troy Gunderson provides a brief overview of the district's happenings once a month. Each episode of Superintendent's Corner will also include a feature on a faculty/staff member (Serving With Passion), a student feature, announcements, and exciting news from each building.  Our school district has many success stories to...

Pupil Nondiscrimination Self-Evaluation Report

Every five years the West Salem School District conducts a self-evaluation in order to strengthen our commitment and efforts to foster equitable and successful schools for all students.  The link below will bring you to the report that is connected to this self-evaluation.  If you have any questions or suggestions related to this report please email Eric Jensen, Director of Pupil...

Mary Czajka,5th Grade Teacher, Wins 2017 Herb Kohl Foundation Award

Mary Czajka is awarded the 2017 Herb Kohl Foundation Award. Thirty-four WEAC members are recipients of prestigious Herb Kohl Foundation Teacher Fellowships for 2017. Each teacher receives a $3,000 award. Recipients were selected by a statewide committee composed of civic leaders, representatives of education-related associations, and the program’s co-sponsors: the...

Where to Watch State Hockey and Gymnastics

  The 1st Hockey game will be on NFHS website (http://www.nfhsnetwork.com  for  $9.99).   The Final will be on ABC affiliate.   Gymnastics will be Facebook live streaming their competition. If you "like" West Salem Co-op Gymnastics page, you can watch it when they are live.

First Superintendent's Corner Video

Superintendent's Corner- We are trying something creative and innovative! Superintendent Troy Gunderson will be providing a brief overview of the district's happenings once a month. Each episode of Superintendent's Corner will include a feature on a faculty/staff member (Serving With Passion), a student feature, announcements, and exciting news from each building.  Our school...

DECA Recognized For Outstanding School-Based Enterprises

DECA Recognizes Outstanding School-based Enterprises The School-Based Enterprise at West Salem High School of West Salem, Wisconsin was among 360 school-based enterprises in the United States achieving Gold Level Certification (or Gold Level Re-certification) this year and will be recognized at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California. The students...

DPI Information on Open Enrollment

Click on this link to see information provided by the DPI in regards to open enrollment.   

West Salem Elementary School Nominated for National Blue Ribbon Honor

West Salem Elementary School Nominated for the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Special News Release: State Superintendent Tony Evers nominated eight public elementary schools for the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, which recognizes overall excellence or progress in improving student achievement. Schools nominated to the program must complete the Blue Ribbon Schools application...

West Salem Leads Qualifying for State DECA Competition

West Salem took seven first places and had 11 state qualifiers to lead all high schools in the 45th annual DECA District One Career Development Conference held Saturday, Jan. 7, at University of Wisconsin-Stout. To check out more of the article posted by UW-Stout, click here.  

Teacher Compensation Model

Click here for Superintendent Troy Gunderson's Teacher Compensation Model Presentation hand out.  This hand out was used for his presentation at the Wisconsin State Education Convention in Milwaukee, January 2017.

Relay for Life Kickoff- Feb.8th

School Menu App!

  On the right-hand side of your student's school menu website, there is a link to the Nutrislice Menu App. This app is super convenient and allows you to quickly see what options your student has for breakfast and lunch. Also, do not forget that the school website has menus for all schools listed under "Families" and "Menus"  Here is the...

ACT/Parents Raising Safe Kids Program-Free Parenting Class


Senior Exit Project Blood Drive Jan.11th

Senior Abbygale Oldenburg has organized a blood drive for her Senior Exit Project. The blood drive will take place on January 11 from 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. The blood drive will be held in the West Salem High School Library. Appointments can be made at https://donor.bcw.edu/Westsalem and walk-ins are welcome. Donors are required to bring one valid form of ID.

​The fitness center holiday hours

​The fitness center holiday hours: Friday, December 23 - Closed Saturday, December 24 - Closed Sunday, December 25 - Closed Monday, December 26 - Closed Regular hours on resume on Tuesday, December 27 Sunday, January 1 - New Years Day - Closed

High School - Have a great break!

Click image below to view a PDF of pre-winter break at WSHS.  You will need Acrobat Reader to view. ​

Student Built Yard Shed for Sale

The Advance Construction students of West Salem High School have a yard shed they built for sale.  The shed is 8 feet wide by 10 feet long, and is 10 feet 5 inches tall (from ground to peak). A person can easily stand inside without hitting their head. The door opening is 48” wide by 83” tall. It has T1-11 siding and asphalt architectural shingles installed.   $1,200....

District Report Cards Released- SDWS Significantly Exceeds Expectations

The School District of West Salem has significantly exceeded expectations according to the state's school report card. This report card is released by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. To see each school's individual reports as well as the overall district report, please click on the links below.  District Report Card Elementary School Report Card Middle...

Both West Salem School Referendums Pass


West Salem students help De Soto one cent at time

Check out the story/video at WXOW TV-19

Pennies for De Soto: West Salem kids raise money for new football field

Check out the full article at the La Crosse Tribune

Empty Bowls - Do you like helping the community and working with clay?

October 19th Unity Day-Unite Against Bullying

Next Wednesday, October 19th, please join the School District of West Salem on Unity Day by wearing orange. October is Bullying Prevention Month. Unity Day is a day for the community and schools to come together to unit against bullying to teach students about the importance of compassion.

School Forest Steering Committee Meeting

Agenda Outdoor Education Steering Committee (School Forest) Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 West Salem High School Conference Room 247 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.     Welcome - Introductions   Brief overview of the history of the School Forest   Brief explanation of present day usage: school programming/community events      Work day at...

La Crosse Area Builder's Association Building Supply Auction Supports Local Schools

Below is a flyer for the annual La Crosse Area Builder's Association building supply auction. The money raised goes to scholarships for students going into the trades AND supports the funding of the Tools for Schools grant that assist area schools with building trades tools and equipment.   School District of West Salem's woods program has benefited greatly from the LABA...

Middle School Student Council Homecoming Video

Student Council created this brief homecoming video so that students and staff are aware of what the dress up days ​are in the middle school! Making the homecoming video is one of the student council's favorite things to do. Check it out here! 

Courtney Koepp Named Commended Student in 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program

Courtney Koepp has been named a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior.  About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional...

Budget Hearing & Annual Meeting - October 17, 2016

Click HERE for the current Budget Summary and past budget hearing and annual meeting information. NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING (SECTION 65.90(4)   Notice is hereby given to the qualified electors of the School District of West Salem that the Budget Hearing will be held in the Marie W. Heider Meeting Room, 405 East Hamlin Street, West Salem, Wisconsin on the 17th day of October, 2016,...

State Superintendent Applauds School District of West Salem's Senior Exit Project Presentations

State Superintendent Dr.Tony Evers visited West Salem last spring during our Senior Exit Project Presentation Day. In the fourth to last paragraph in the article below, he applauds the school district for a wonderful program.  http://dpi.wi.gov/news/releases/2016/speech-2016-state-education-address

2016 DECA Homecoming T-Shirts


Band Alumni Reunion-Homecoming

  West Salem High School Calling All Bandies Alumni Homecoming Gathering Friday, October 7, 2016 You are INVITED!!!   Who: All West Salem High School Band Alumni What: Homecoming Get Together Where: WSHS Band Room When: HOMECOMING! Friday, October 7, 2016 Consider playing with the band during pre-game. The band room will be open following half-time....

Outdoor Education Steering Committee Meeting

Please join us to discuss the Outdoor Education Center in Sparta and how it continues to promote student learning while also providing a wonderful, interactive outdoors setting for our community.      When: Wednesday​, September 14th​ from 3:30-4:14 p.m. Where: West Salem High School Conference Room 247      

West Salem Athletics Booster Club Sponsorship Form

Transportation Information

Employment Opportunities

School District of West Salem Employment Opportunities Job Openings on WECAN. ​ Teaching Vacancy Teaching vacancies will be posted on WECAN.  Please apply using WECAN. School Bus Drivers The District is seeking quality individuals who would like the opportunity to become part of our transportation team as a route bus driver, or substitute bus...

16-17 School Supply List (4K-8)

Click here for the PDF version of the 16-17 School Supply list. The list has been sent to many area stores.

Panthers Baseball Team State Bound Wednesday, June 15

From WXOW, Scott Emerich ​Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton is familiar ground for West Salem. They're headed back to the WIAA State Baseball Tournament for the second year in a row. They'll take on Waupaca in the division two semifinals. The Panthers lost six of their last 10 regular season games. So they didn't exactly hit the post season with...

Andres Named Neshonoc Yearbook Dedicatee

By: Benjamin Pierce, Coulee News West Salem High School teacher Rhonda Andres recently received a special form of recognition for the hard work she’s put in to her students and the school over the years. Each year, the West Salem High School Neshonoc Yearbook staff chooses one faculty and/or community member to serve as the yearbook dedicatee. These are people who have impacted...

Summer Drama Camp Info: Grades K-8

Click here for a PDF version of the registration form.

Class of 2017 Yearbook Photo Information

ATTENTION: Class of 2017 A yearbook deadline to start completing...... Each senior needs photos for the following publications: The 2017 Neshosoc Yearbook, the Times of Our Lives and the Senior Slideshow TAKE THESE SPECIFICATIONS TO YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER- You are responsible for making sure you have a photo that meets the yearbook staff’s requirements! 4 Photos Needed:...

Congratulations Retirees!

Congratulations to all the 2016 retirees! Thank you for all of your time, hard work, and dedication. We will miss you! Loretta "Profe" Zwonitzer, High School Spanish Mrs. Zwonitzer began teaching to WSHS students over the CESA IV telephone network in 1985, and she began in-house teaching in 1986. When she came to West Salem, there was only an exploratory Spanish class at the...

Meet Your WSHS Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Meet Your WSHS Valedictorian: Jinal Patel, and Salutatorian: Allison Rigotti ​ Valedictorian: Jinal Patel Jinal is very dedicated to academics, and it has always been her dream to be Valedictorian. Throughout high school, she took many science classes (her favorite), and participated in DECA, forensics, Diversity Club, and student council. In her free time, she enjoys reading,...

Career Academy Information

The West Salem High School Industrial Technology Career Academy is excited to  announce an excellent opportunity for students that are interested in the automotive and diesel technician fields This is the third year that the Academy will be offering night classes to area juniors and seniors to prepare them to pass the student ASE tests.   The course is...

West Salem DECA club sees best year yet

By: Tobias Mann, Coulee News It was a big year for the West Salem DECA club, which sent its largest delegation of students yet to the International Development Career Conference in Nashville, Tenn., late last month. The competition ultimately culminated in two finalists, Kaylee Mulholland and Allison Rigotti, who’s financial literacy promotion plan caught the attention of...

Mr. Brown and Former Student, Marc Manke, Featured at Pump House

Pump House Exhibits Feature Teacher and his Former Student Michael Martin, Special correspondent, Coulee News   Although the trio of Coulee Region artists exhibiting their work at the Pump House Regional Art Center beginning May 25 use different mediums, they all seem to have at least one thing in common — a fascination for looking at the world in nontraditional ways. ...

Team Beron T-Shirts

Ms. Beron an Art teacher at the middle school was diagnosed the end of March with breast cancer.  She is currently on leave from school while undergoing chemo treatments.  If you are interested in ordering a t-shirt, please use the attached order form and return it along with payment to either the middle school, high school, or elementary school offices by NOON THIS FRIDAY, MAY 20....

State Super Tony Evers Visits West Salem High School to Check Out Senior Exit Projects

By Nathan Hansen, La Crosse Tribune WEST SALEM -- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers listened intently Wednesday afternoon as Alex Galbraith spoke about her work studying the impact of genetically modified foods on humans. Galbraith isn’t a medical researcher or a university professor. Instead, she was one of more than 120 West Salem High School students sharing...

West Salem Senior Experiences an Extra Special Prom Night

By Tianna Vanderhei, Multi-Media Journalist, WXOW   Prom marked a night to remember for two students at West Salem High School. It was all thanks to Carlie Burkhard, a junior at West Salem High School and her decision to ask an unexpected date to the dance.  "I just thought, why not make someone's day special and I can tell he's having the time of...

OEC Family Day - May 15th

Join us at the OEC on Sunday, May 15th from 11 AM - 2 PM. Families are welcome to bring a picnic lunch, and enjoy self-guided hikes.  Please check in and out of the lodge upon arrival and departure. As you enjoy your woods, please keep the following in mind:  leave no trace, remain on trails with your family, special items found should be left for others to enjoy, quiet voices on...

Student Success Story: Brandon Bahr

Brandon Bahr, West Salem graduate, shows that a spark of interest in high school can lead to big things in the future. As a junior, Bahr did very well in Mr. Liethen's small engine rebuild class. Following that, he was convinced to participate in the Youth Apprenticeship program at Brenengen Auto in Onalaska. The service manager at Brenengen noticed great potential in Bahr and offered him...

What is #WeAreWS?

You may have seen it on the website, signs, and social media, but what exactly is #WeAreWS? Though for some it is second nature, others are left scratching their head.   What is a hashtag? Whenever you see the pound (#) sign, followed by a phrase, word, or numbers, it’s called a hashtag. No spaces are used, and it does not matter if words are capitalized. So, #WeAreWS, is...

West Salem Junior to Hold Foster Care Fundraiser

Pageant winner organizes foster care fundraiser Written by Michael Martin, Coulee News Maria Ekern, the reigning Miss River City’s Outstanding Teen, has a cause she truly believes in. A West Salem High School junior who will be heading to Oshkosh in July to compete in the Miss Wisconsin pageant, Ekern’s pageant community service platform is focused on foster...

Neshonoc Yearbook Dedication - May 20

West Salem High School’s 2016 Neshonoc yearbook dedication ceremony is set for Friday, May 20, at 7:00 pm at the Marie W. Heider Center for the Arts. The event will reveal this year’s dedicatee, who, by tradition, is either a district employee or a community member selected by the  Neshonoc’s senior editors from among a list of nominees who have made a positive impact on...

5th Grade Learns CPR Awareness

West Salem graduate, April Haldeman visited the 5th grade class to teach them about CPR.  April is Miss River City, and her platform is CPR awareness. She visits area schools to teach students about the signs of cardiac arrest.  April was very motivating and informational and really kept the interest of the students during her 45 minute presentation! Thanks April!...

The Memory Project Video: Kindness Matters

Remember when we shared that Mr. Brown's class was participating in the Memory Project? Here is the video of the children in Ethiopia receiving their portraits, painted by Mr. Brown's class and others. Meaningful acts of kindness speak volumes, no matter where you are in the world. ‪ The Memory Project is a nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to...

Devin Bahr Named Tribune Wrestler of the Year

By TODD SOMMERFELDT todd.sommerfeldt@lee.net, La Crosse Tribune WEST SALEM — Devin Bahr really has no idea where his wrestling future after high school will take him. His professional career plans — right now, anyway — include something associated with the field of physical therapy or sports management, but finding a place to study goes hand in hand with finding...

West Salem Elementary School Principal Selected

Ryan Rieber was recently selected as the next principal of West Salem Elementary School. Rieber is completing his fourth year as the principal of Viroqua Elementary School, and he will officially begin at West Salem Elementary on July 1, 2016. Prior to becoming principal at Viroqua Elementary, Rieber was a teacher for eight years. From 2005 – 2012, he taught at Logan Middle...

Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk

Animals, Presenters, and More at Environment Day 2016

 Environment Day 2016 was a day full of learning experiences for elementary students at West Salem Elementary. This year's theme, the Mississippi River, focused on a variety of activities about the river and animals. Students were especially excited to see many live animals, including fish, birds, turtles and snakes.  Lisa Jones, organizer of Environment Day, hopes that it...

Senior Gives Piano Lessons for SEP

West Salem student becomes teacher for senior project Written by Tobias Mann, Coulee News West Salem High School senior Maya Ashbeck put her love for the piano to use when it came time for her senior exit project by teaching kids how to make music. At the end of October, Ashbeck began giving Monday piano lessons to four budding musicians, two boys and two girls, ages 6 to...

Elementary Art Night @Pizza Villa - April 11

Panther Youth Football Camp: June 6-9

Relay for Life West Salem: April 8th

Samantha Peterson and Nathan Schomberg Named Scholar Athletes

Peterson, Schomberg get annual conference scholar/athlete awards Written by Tobias Mann, Coulee News West Salem High School seniors Samantha Peterson and Nathan Schomberg were recognized last week as scholar/athletes by the Coulee Conference at a banquet held at Drugan’s Castle Mound Supper Club in Holmen. For the past 15 years, the Coulee Conference has hosted this banquet...

Red Cross Babysitter Training Information

The June 7-8 Red Cross babysitting class has 1 opening remaining and everyone who has turned in paperwork to date will be a part of that class.  Another class will be opened up for June 9-10 and will run as long as it fills up.  Paperwork is due April 29th for that additional class.    

Vote April 5, 2016

Don't forget to vote on April 5!  This year’s vote will include the spring referendum and three school board openings. For more information on school board candidates, see the article "Meet Your School Board Candidates" in March's newsletter, or on the website. For more information on the referendum, click here, or click on "Referendum April 2016"...

SEP Raises Over $2,000 for Special Education Program at WSHS

Koenen's big project inspired by little brother Benjamin Pierce Special correspondent, Coulee News   West Salem High School is known for its senior exit projects. Before receiving a high school diploma, all WSHS seniors must complete a community service-oriented project. Many seniors pick projects that involve something they care about, whether it be sports, animals or...

March 24, 2016 - School Cancelled

There will not be school on Thursday, March 24, 2016, due to the weather.

NHS Blood Drive Thursday, March 31

The National Honor Society Blood Drive is fast approaching! It will be next Thursday, March 31, in the high school LMC from 8:45 am - 2:00 pm. Staff, parents, and community members are encouraged to sign up. Click here for the link to schedule an appointment. The sponsor code for our drive is "blackcat". NEW THIS YEAR!  Red Cross now uses rapid pass to speed of the...

Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament a Success!

Odyssey of the Mind teams had a very successful weekend at the state tournament in Madison! Here are results from the competitive teams:  The top 3 places receive a trophy and individual ribbons. Division 1- E.S., Division 2-M.S. and 3 is H.S. Problem 1 Division 2: Coach Newton 1st Place Problem 2 Division 1: Coach Long 3rd Place Problem 2 Division 2: Coach S. Johnson 4th place...

Fired Up for Science - Monday, April 11

Success at State DECA Conference

The West Salem DECA chapter came home with success after attending the DECA State Career Development Conference in Lake Geneva, WI. Thirty-two competitors went, and 17 of them are moving on to the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Nashville. As part of the conference, students competed in business role-plays. The role-plays were designed to test critical thinking skills...

Art Class Paints Portraits for Children in Ethiopia

Mr. Brown's first semester Painting I Class participated in the Memory Project, a nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, and extreme poverty. The Memory Project asks that each participant donate a $15 fee to enroll in this. WSHS art...

Public Input Meeting for Middle School Facility: March 22 at 7 PM

5th Graders Participate in DARE Week

Students End 10-Week DARE program Fifth graders concluded their ten-week program of learning ways to be responsible, respectful and safe young adolescents when faced with difficult decisions regarding peer pressure, bullying and possible temptations of smoking, drugs, and alcohol. DARE week consisted of:   Tuesday's field trip to the La Crosse County Jail and...

Friends of West Salem Baseball Clinic - March 26


Meet Your School Board Candidates

The school board election will take place at the School District of West Salem on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. There are six candidates and three spots available. Three are incumbents: Scott Scafe, Tom Grosskopf and Thomas Helgeson, and three are challengers: Melinda Kopnisky-Bloomfield, Fred Perri and Greg Brickl   Melinda Kopnisky-Bloomfield Melinda Kopnisky-Bloomfield graduated...

West Salem School District Featured in Wisconsin Dairy News

West Salem's breakfast program is being featured in Wisconsin Dairy News! Check out the video here!

March 7-11 Celebrates National School Breakfast Week

National School Breakfast Week: March 7-11   National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) is a week-long celebration that brings awareness to the school breakfast program.   This week is especially important to the West Salem Elementary School, after the School Board recently voted to continue the Breakfast in the Classroom program throughout the remainder of the school year. ...

West Salem/Bangor's Bahr Earns Second State Title

From Coulee News, Written by Todd Sommerfeldt ​ MADISON — It was a sequence that brought a rise out out of the announced crowd of 13,966 people Saturday night at the Kohl Center. West Salem/Bangor junior Devin Bahr was cruising in his Division 2 152-pound championship match against Wrightstown’s Josh Verbeten when Verbeten turned an attempted throw by Bahr into five quick...

West Salem’s Best Young Artists get Heider Spotlight in March

From Coulee News,  Michael Martin Special correspondent Creativity and color will be available in abundance during March at West Salem’s Marie W. Heider Center for the arts. It’s the annual K-12 District Art Show, a time when art teachers at all grade levels pick out the works they feel are most deserving of public recognition in the Heider Center gallery. According to...

POSTITION OPENING: Long Term Paraprofessional Position - Early Childhood

Long Term Paraprofessional Position - Early Childhood    Para support in the Early Child program Weekly Schedule: Monday & Wednesday 8:00 - 3:00 Tuesday & Thursday 8:00 - 11:00 Includes 1-1 student support Monday & Wednesday PM Start date as soon as possible - position until end of school year Total...

What is Odyssey of the Mind?

Learn a Little More about Odyssey of the Mind Description from odysseyofthemind.com “Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of...

NHS Relay for Life Fundraiser Sat, Feb. 20, at Cherry Berry

Students Discuss Importance of Youth Apprenticeship Program at Capitol

On February 18, seniors Jared Novak and Riley Miller attended the Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship Day at the Capitol. There, they had the opportunity to share the importance of their Youth Apprenticeship experience with legislators.   Novak and Miller are both part of the Youth Apprenticeship program at West Salem High School. As part of the program, they serve as apprentices at...

Coulee News: West Salem Musical Makes a Big Difference

Written by: Tobias Mann, Coulee News West Salem’s production of “The Lion King Jr.” last month was a big hit with fans, raising nearly $10,700 from ticket sales, merchandise and donations. The production put on by West Salem elementary and middle school students committed all profits from the show to digging a waterwell in Africa and helping curb hunger back...

WSHS January Students of the Month Breakfast of Champions

West Salem High School's January Students of the Month were recognized at the Students of the Month Breakfast of Champions in the high school library on Friday, February 12th. Parents and faculty members who nominated them joined in congratulating these students for their outstanding leadership and academic growth. In the past, one student of the month was selected by the...

Students Learn about the Dangers of Distracted Driving

From WXOW, By Ellen Barrett, Weekend Producer West Salem, WI (WXOW) - West Salem High School students learned about the dangers of distracted driving through a simulator Wednesday. It started as a school project by senior Lauren Thornton. She says that research shows that seven in ten people engage in smart phone activities while driving. While texting and emailing are most...

Dinner Theatre-"Murder at the Banquet" Feb 11 & 12

NO SCHOOL February 2

Due to inclement weather, there will be no school, Feb. 2.

Open Enrollment Feb. 1 - April 29


Breakfast in the Classroom to Continue

School Board Votes to Continue Program After completing the Breakfast in the Classroom pilot in the elementary school, the West Salem School Board has decided to continue the program throughout the remainder of the year.   Kerri Feyen, Director of Nutrition Services, presented a report at the board meeting on Monday, January 25, based on a recent survey about the program. The...

Do You Want to Name a Park?

Outdoor Education Center Family Event - Feb. 20th

Please join us Saturday, February 20th for a Winter Candlelight Ski/Snowshoe/Hike at the Outdoor Education Center (School Forest) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.    Together, let’s enjoy the winter outdoors!  Please bring your skis, snowshoes, or “good ole” boots;  a limited amount of skis and snowshoes will be available to borrow. We will also be gathering...

A Little History on Trees for Tomorrow

Curious About the Trees for Tomorrow Trip? Mr. Zwonitzer shares... We've been going to Trees For Tomorrow since 1992. Jim Zanter ran across information on Trees For Tomorrow and thought that would be a good way to get kids interested in winter environmental education. I took it over the next year after Jim retired. Trees for Tomorrow (TFT) is located in Eagle River, WI, right on the...

New WS Breakfast Program Looks to Close Nutrition Gap

  Article from Coulee News, Written by Tobias Mann Nearly half of Chris Antony’s first-grade glass was gobbling down hotcakes as the bell rang signaling the start of another day of learning a West Salem Elementary. Late last year, the elementary school made the switch to serving breakfast in the classroom in an effort to better serve the growing number of students who qualify...

West Salem Senior's Project Arrives at First Base

Article from Coulee News, written by Tobias Mann West Salem High School senior Drew Tschumper’s senior exit project has reached first base. Tschumper’s swing for the fences began last fall when he started his SEP project with the goal of giving the recently renovated Damian Miller Field entrance a facelift with a brick-and-aluminum archway. His hope was to make the entrance...

West Salem DECA Leads After District Conference

Area high school students advance to state DECA competition Article from UW-Stout  West Salem took seven first places and had 13 state qualifiers to lead all schools in the 44th annual DECA District One Career Development Conference Saturday, Jan. 9, at University of Wisconsin-Stout. A total of 50 winners and runners-up advanced to the state Career Development...

Skate with the Panthers Night, Thursday, January 21

Have you ever thought that you really want to try hockey? Well, if so, bring your skates to the hockey game at the Meat Locker on Thursday night. After the Panthers take on the Aquinas/Holmen co-op Avalanche, fans will be welcome to put on skates and have a little fun on the ice with the hockey team.  Some of the younger members of the West Salem Youth Hockey association will...

Teacher Spotlight: Jenny Morgan

Q & A With Jenny Morgan Jenny Morgan, 8th grade U.S. history teacher, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a Bachelor's Degree in Broadfield Social Studies (grades 5-12) with emphasis in history, geography and psychology. She then earned her Master's of Education-Professional Development with focus on Constructivism from the University of Wisconsin-La...

Questions About the ACT?

ACT®  Spring Assessments Scheduled for Juniors March 1, 2016: ACT®  Plus Writing March 2, 2016: ACT® WorkKeys® Why these assessments? These assessments have evolved to reflect the nation’s view on education, embrace lifelong learning and prepare students to be college and career ready after high school graduation. The Wisconsin Department of Public...

West Salem Musical Roars in Support of Africa, WXOW

By Dustin Luecke, Daybreak Anchor on WXOW Stage shows adapted from movies are often new twists on an old classic. The West Salem Middle School is taking that concept to a whole new level with their latest production. With it's colorful cast of characters, the school will bring the animated Disney classic The Lion King to life on the Heider Center stage. The 75-minute-long...

West Salem DECA Brings Home Success

By: Abby Maliszewski, Staff Reporter & Social Media Director, Panther Prowler January 11, 2016 The West Salem DECA Chapter had their first competition of the season this weekend at the University of Wisconsin- Stout. West Salem brought home 8 first places, 6 second places, 3 third places, 2 forth places and 77 medals. Participants took a test, and completed either...

WS High School DECA Team Set to Compete in Saturday Competition

The 44th annual DECA District I Career Development conference and competition will take place this Saturday at UW-Stout.  Around 70 students from West Salem's DECA team will be attending the competition. Dressed up and ready to win, the students will compete in categories such as business, marketing management and strategy, hospitality, retail sales and financial...

Elaura Clark Named January Art Student of the Month

The West Salem High School Art Department is proud to announce Elaura Clark as the Art Student of the Month for January.  Elaura worked with a variety of media over the last two years of her artistic journey, including acrylic, oil, ink and cosmetics.  Her work focuses on capturing the subtle differences in light and shadow of a living form, while capturing the vitality of...

Tight-knit Group Leading West Salem Co-op Gymnastics

Written by Colten Bartholomew, La Crosse Tribune Carrie O’Hearn knew that she had a good team before the season started. In her 13 years at the helm of the West Salem co-op gymnastics team, she’s seen a bevy of talented athletes come through the gym doors. But even she hasn’t seen a team quite like the one she has this season. “We’ve had a lot of...

Quenten Brown named January Art Teacher of the Month

Story originally posted by Wisconsin Art Education Association at http://www.wiarted.org/art-educator-opportunities.html I was born and raised in rural Wisconsin.  I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education in 1999 from Viterbo University.  I earned my Master’s Degree in Education/Professional Development through the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in...

Happy Holidays from West Salem!

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Break! With the holiday season in full swing, West Salem students and staff spread cheer throughout the school and community.  Elementary students participated in a variety of activities, including building ginger bread houses, making cards, and performing plays, such as Rudolph Gets the Flu. Fifth graders gave back to the community by ringing bells...

WSHS December Art Student of the Month

The WSHS Art Department would like to announce that Allie Alumbaugh and Alli Elliot are the December Art Students of the Month. Both students are deeply involved in the digital photography medium, and are going to display their original photographs in the Marie W. Heider Center Gallery.  Their work will be exhibited alongside the West Salem Historical Society's "Down a Country...

Spanish II Family Dinner Held December 15th

Spanish II Family Dinner Night was held in the high school Commons on Monday, December 15th.  The Spanish II Foods Unit teaches the foods, manners, customs and lifestyle of hispanic cultures.  The final project is to host a dinner for Spanish II parents.  The students put into practice what they have learned about setting the table, preparing and serving the meal, using hispanic...

Healthy Eating, Happy Students

West Salem Schools Setting Nutrition Standards   A chat with Kerri Feyen, Director of Nutrition Services, revealed that West Salem schools are ahead of the game when it comes to nutrition. After starting the position in 2013, Feyen has worked to continue the award-winning programs implemented by the previous nutrition director, Michelle Kloser.   Programs, including the...

WSHS December Students of the Month Breakfast of Champions

West Salem High School's December Students of the Month, were recognized at the Students of the Month Breakfast of Champions in the high school library on Friday, January 15th. Their parents and faculty members who nominated them, joined in congratulating these students for their outstanding leadership and academic growth. In the past, one student of the month was selected by the...

Drawings of Three WSHS Art Students Selected for Statewide Honors

Three West Salem High School students were honored for their drawings in the Youth Art Month flag design contest. Junior Tierra Sackett and freshman Anna Johnson were both awarded statewide honors for their flag drawings. Freshman Tori Greer earned one of 10 statewide honorable mentions.  In November, the 2D Foundations class entered the annual Wisconsin Art Education's...

Students Learn to Code During Computer Science Education Week

December 7-13 Marks Computer Science Education Week Students in elementary, middle and high school celebrated Computer Science Education Week this week in the library. Computer Science Education Week happens once a year in K-12 schools to spark an interest in students about computer science. Elementary and middle school students participated in the Hour of Code tutorials online. The Hour of...

"Reality Store" Prepares Students for Financial Future

Students at West Salem High School participated in the "Reality Store" event on Wednesday. Organized by DECA members Kaylee Mulholland and Allison Rigotti, the event aimed to give students a better understanding of what their financial future holds. First, students were given a "fate" that determined their monthly salary, housing, number of children and other expenses....

National Honor Society Sponsors Caring Tree

West Salem NHS Sponsors Caring Tree for Disadvantaged Children  Looking for a way to give back to the community? The West Salem High School NHS is sponsoring a Caring Tree for disadvantaged children in the district.   Located in the high school library, the tree displays tags that can be selected by community members. The gift listed on the tag may then be purchased,...

WSHS Exchange Student Eyes Journalism Career

By: Tobias Mann, Coulee News For Pakistani exchange student Azka Rehman, writing has become a passion, one she hopes will one day will make her a famous writer. It all started when she was in middle school. Up until then she hadn’t had much interest in writing. It wasn’t until her teachers noticed her writing that she considered a life as a journalist. “Teachers...

'Christmas Pageant' hits the Heider Center

By: Tobias Mann, Coulee News Dec. 4, 2015 - For the first time in nearly seven years, West Salem High School will present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” a tale fraught with delinquent children, bad behavior, the true meaning of Christmas and, of course, snacks. The play hits the stage at 7 p.m. tonight (Friday, Dec. 4) at the Marie W. Heider Center for the Arts in West...

WSHS Art Department Announces Art Students of the Month

WSHS Art Department Proud to Announce Allie Alumbaugh & Alli Elliot as Art Students of the Month       December Art Students of the Month, Allie Alumbaugh and Alli Elliot, are deeply involved in the digital photography medium. Both photographers are seniors and have spent their high school careers devoting themselves to digital photography.  Miss Elliot...

West Salem High School Hosts SkillsUSA

Congratulations to all District 6 SkillsUSA Participants The West Salem High School hosted the District 6 SkillsUSA Competition Tuesday night. About 100 students, from eight different schools, attended the event. Students participated in competitions such as welding, culinary, automotive and interviewing.  SkillsUSA is "a partnership of students, teachers...

8th Grade Fundraiser at Panera Bread - Dec. 7

Eat Bread to Raise Dough The eighth-grade will be holding a fundraiser at Panera Bread in Onalaska on December 7, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Proceeds from the event will support the end-of-year activities and class trip to Washington D.C. in June. Be sure to print this flyer, or have it on your phone, to show when ordering.   

2016-2017 Student Calendar

Holiday Concerts and Performances

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is  Friday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. - Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. If you wish to take pictures...the cast will be in full costume on Monday, November 30 at rehearsal 3:30-6:00 pm.   WSHS Holiday Choir Concert is Saturday, December 5, at 7:00 p.m.   WSHS Holiday Band Concert is Sunday, December 13, at...

Lion King, Jr - January 14-16, 2016

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DECA - Global Entrepreneurship Week!

West Salem DECA President Brennan Bahr teaching at the middle school for Global Entrepreneurship Week.

WSHS Math Club Compete at Platteville

  The WSHS Math Club competed against 12 other teams in their division at Platteville, on November 4th . The team did not place in the top 3, however, two students received individual honors.  Andrew Murphy tied for 6th place out of 84 freshman and sophomore students and Brandon Schran tied for 6th place out of 84 junior and senior students. ...

We are DECA

English 9 "To Kill A Mockingbird" Mapping Macomb Town Project

"While English 9 students are reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, they are engaged in a group project that consists of using context clues to map the setting, a fictitous southern town, Maycomb, Alabama and the events that encompass this novel using multiple forms of media."  

WSHS's First Students of the Month Breakfast of Champions

Ten Students of the Month, their parents and the faculty member who nominated them, participated in WSHS's first Students of the Months Breakfast of Champions. The breakfast was held at 7 a.m. Friday, November 6th, in the high school library. In the past, one student of the month was selected by the faculty. However, this year, it was decided that each department will recognize...

WSHS DECA Organization

DECA is a world-wide, non-profit organization that prepares high school and college students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. The acronym stands for "Distribution Education Clubs of America". However, for the past fourteen years, the group has called itself, "An Association of Marketing Students", although it has retained the DECA...

WSHS Fundraiser at Culvers on 11/16/15

The WSHS Staff and Administration will be hosting a fundraising event on Monday, November 16 at the Onalaska Culvers in Pralle Center off of Hwy 16.  They will be serving customers from 5-8 pm.  Proceeds will go to the new WSHS Academic Incentive Program.  Please bring your family to Culvers on Monday, November 16 to support WSHS!

WSHS November Art Student of the Month

The West Salem High School Art Department is proud to announce Alexa Marchbanks as the Art Student of the Month for November.  Alexa is a talented artist who can work with subjects in the real world, as well as in realms of imagination.  Miss Marchbanks works with acrylic paint, oil paint, graphite and pen and ink. There will be a public reception for her and watercolorist Jo...

Spanish II's Favorite Childhood Possession Speeches

Students in Mrs. Zwonitzer's Spanish II classes write and give a speech about their favorite childhood possession in order to learn and practice the past tenses. It brings back a lot of great memories for both students and their parents. They bring the item to class to "show and tell" during their speech. It's one of their favorite activities of Spanish II.

No-Shave November

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WSHS Raises Money for Relay for Life

Above video from WKBT-TV 8 news8000.com

Community Survey Results - 2015

Click here for the report. You may need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view. Thank you to all the district residents and staff who took part in the survey.

WI Beef Council Grant

Congratulations Mrs. Haas, WSHS Family & Consumer Science Education Teacher, on receiving a grant from The Wisconsin Beef Council's Beef Grants for the Classroom. http://www.beeftips.com/   Purpose: “Beef for the Classroom” is a grant program funded by beef producers through their checkoff  administered by the Wisconsin Beef Council. This...

WSMS Pride

Randy Dammon: Induction to the George Martin Wrestling Hall of Fame

On Friday, November 6, 2015, WSHS Teacher & Coach will be inducted in to the George Martin Wrestling Hall of Fame. Biographical sketch for Randy Dammon Randy Dammon, son of John and Dolores Dammon, is the fourth of five children. Born in Alma, Wisconsin, he grew up in Genoa, Wisconsin along the Mississippi River where he enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He got hooked on...

West Salem Panthers help teammate fulfill dream

WXOW-TV 19 News Story video below WKBT TV-8, News8000.com video below

More than half Wis school districts see drop in state funding-News8000

Watch the WKBT-TV 8 video from October 15, 2015

American Cancer Society West Salem Relay For Life fundraiser

Over 40 WSHS staff are participating in this year's American Cancer Society West Salem Relay For Life fundraiser. Their goal is to raise $2,500 from Oct. 14 through Oct. 28. When students raise a certain amount as a school, a staff member will commit to do something out of the usual on Oct. 28. Students can turn in cash/check to their social studies teacher or donate...

Homecoming Week 2015 - Check out the video!

Below is a video of some of the weeks events. Monday                  

WSMS Homecoming Days 2015

School Store! New Merchandise! Now Accepting Credit & Debit Cards!

 New merchandise!    New styles of t-shirts are available as well as hats, bags, infinity scarves, beads, face paint and our most popular item, the ladies zip-up jacket.     Also new this year: we are now able to accept credit and debit cards! Thanks to our managers Kate Sikyta, Alli Elliott, and DECA President Brennan Bahr for their hard work in getting that...

Assignment: Education - New Wisconsin assessment still measures Common Core

WKBT-TV 8 - News 8000.com

Bus Safety Tips

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Village of WS Special Events

·        3rd Annual Trunk-Or-Treat This free community event will provide a safe and unique trick-or-treating experience for families. Costumed children, age 12 and under, will trick-or-treat outdoors from 4:00-6:00pm on Friday, October 30th by going between downtown businesses on Leonard St. and booths set up in West Salem Village Park to get their bag filled with...

Famous Friday Walking School Bus

Fall is upon us, and that means our Famous Friday Walking School Bus will be starting up again! Every student that joins the walking school bus will receive a punch card to keep on their backpack. Each week they will earn a punch, and when they get all 5 punches they will be able to turn it in for a prize.  Come join the walking school bus every Friday morning starting September 25 at...

Assignment: Education - Health Science Academy

West Salem student also participate in the academy. Assignment:  Education - Health Science Academy WKBT-News 8 

High School Challenge-American Family Insurance! We could win $20K of Under Armour! Need Your Help!

Click image below to Enter today!  Contest ends October 30, 2015 Click here to for a PDF of instructions/information. West Salem is one of only 34 schools chosen to participate.  We'd love it if you would mention this to students, parents, grandparents, neighbors....... You see where I'm going with this...    Here are the details:  Starting tomorrow:...

International Dot Day! The Elementary has been "Dotted"

On Tuesday, September 15th, WSES took part of International Dot Day! Teachers had their class read or watch the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds and take part of creating their very own dot. The Dot is a story about a young girl named Vashti who does not think she is very creative and artistic. Her teacher dares her to “make her mark” and so she begins with a single dot. She quickly...

West Salem drivers and kids bond on the bus

September 20, 2015 12:00 am  •  Benjamin Pierce For the La Crosse Tribune(0) Comments   WEST SALEM — Until this year, the West Salem School District had the same two special needs bus drivers for more than 20 years, and recently retired Donna Bruemmer and Betty Hanson have made a lasting impression.  Read more...

WSES PTO biennial spirit-wear sale - Order by 9/23/15

Do you need some new West Salem gear? Not enough black and orange in your closet? Are you new to the district or have kids just starting school? Well, we have the perfect opportunity for you! smile emoticon We're excited to announce our biennial spirit-wear sale! It's an online store this year, so we can offer a few more items and get the message out quickly. We have items in all...

WSES 1 of 10 in WI to receive National Award

Let’s Move! Active Schools Announces 2015 National Award Recipients Washington, D.C. | News Story September 09, 2015 Today, Let’s Move! Active Schools, a sub-initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, announced its 2015 National Award honorees. Five hundred and twenty-five U.S. schools, representing 37 states, were recognized for their...

West Salem - One of the 50 Safest Cities in WI - 2015

Wisconsin offers the best of America, especially when it comes to football, cheese, and beer. Beyond that, this state boasts ample rivers, miles of lakeshore, and plenty of cities that make you feel like you stepped into a Norman Rockwell painting. The Badger State is full of safe, family-friendly communities where neighbors become friends. And 34 of these 50 safest cities are making...

9/11/15 West Salem vs Onalaska Football Game & Activities

On September 11, 2015, West Salem and Onalaska football teams honored our area Military, Fire, Police and EMS when the Panthers hosted the Hilltoppers in a MVC game. Due to the high demand to order a t-shirt, the online store has been reopened for the Sept. 11 game shirt order.   Click here for a printable PDF flyer.   Must order by September 20, 2015. Check...

West Salem looking to beef up substitute bus driver corps

Benjamin Pierce Special correspondent(0) Comments For the first time in a long time, the West Salem School District is short on bus drivers. The school district has had the same group of bus drivers for a long time, and now that many of them are reaching retirement age, there is a need for new drivers.  Read More...

Wopat ready to roll at WSMS

 Tobias Mann tobias.mann@lee.net(0) Comments West Salem Middle School bid farewell to one principal this fall and in turn welcomed another. Ben Wopat, former dean for Logan Middle School in La Crosse, took over for retiring Principal Dean Buchanan this fall.  Read More...

New WSHS principal off to a good start

•  Tobias Mann tobias.mann@lee.net(0) Comments West Salem High School kicked off its new school year last week with a new face in the principal’s office.  Read More....


We are excited to announce that our school has been selected as an America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant winner! The money we receive will be used to enhance our automation and robotics programs. Thanks to Lindsey Dederich who prepared our winning application. Also, a big thanks to the farmers who nominated us, the Manke Family! We’ll be celebrating with a big check...

Brush up on Oral health Flyer

Click here for the complete PDF of the 4 page flyer.

FFA Fruit Sale taking orders 10/19-11/13

We will be starting the sale on Monday, October 19 and ending on November 13.  Fruit will be delivered the second week of December. If you don't know an FFA member, send an e-mail to baker.brian@wsalem.k12.wi.us or call (608)786-1220 ext. 2304 and I will send an FFA member your way! Brian Baker FFA Advisor

6th grader Hometown Hero

  WSMS Student is Rep. Doyle's Hometown Hero  http://legis.wisconsin.gov/assembly/94/doyle/hometown-hero-list/hh-chase-jones/

Area Food Service Staff Inservice - August 20, 2015

WKBT TV-8 - News8000 report. WXOW TV-19                                      

WSMS receives grant for robotics


Best of La Crosse County 2015: Mrs. Wizner makes the list

Congratulations Mrs. Sherri Wizner (AKA Mrs. Beehive) Best of La Crosse County 2015 Teacher (K-12) Kevin Bonnar, Eagle Bluff Elementary – 15.3% Sherri Wizner, West Salem Elementary – 12.0% Samuel Bina, Spence Elementary – 11.8% Check out the Explore La Crosse website for more of the Best of La Crosse County 2015.

Early school start times could hinder students' health and academic performance

Early school start times could hinder students' health and academic performance The American Academy of Pediatrics said school districts are starting the school day too early. Author: Keely Arthur, karthur@wkbt.com Published On: Aug 11 2015 05:59:00 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 11 2015 06:26:28 PM CDT   Click here for the WKBT-TV 8...

Hiking the Ice Age Trail

WSMS Student Chase Jones hiking the Ice Age Trail and keeps a journal of the adventure. Click the link for the his blog on hiking the Ice Age Trail. Click here for the News8000 (WKBT) story. Click here for the La Crosse Tribune/Coulee News article. Wisconsin State Assembly, State Representative Steve Doyle - Hometown Hero - August 25, 2015.

Nominate A Teacher for a Kohl Teacher Fellowship - Applications Due 9/25/15

Take a Moment To Nominate a Teacher! Each year, Senator Herb Kohl generously acknowledges the efforts of 100 of the finest classroom educators in Wisconsin, naming them recipients of a Kohl Teacher Fellowship. The teachers and their schools each receive $3,000, which they almost always use to improve teaching and learning. One cannot help but be impressed with the depth of the teachers...

Public Meeting RE: Mark Street Constriction - 7/29/15

Please click for the invitation in PDF format.

Parenting the Love and Logic Way™

Chris Peterson THE PARENTING PROFESSOR www.theparentingprofessor.com Independent Facilitator* Chris Peterson presents: Parenting the Love and Logic Way™ Click for the PDF/Printable Flyer  

Stuff The Bus - August 8, 2015

The West Salem Lions would like to thank the community for their support in our Stuff the Bus.  We had a great turn out in supplies and in donations.  The supplies where delivered to the West Salem Elementary, Christ Lutheran and Coulee Christian Schools. Lion members with a member of Onalaska Rotary member donating school supplies.  West Salem resident, Tim Groth,...

Free or Reduced Meal Applications for 15-16

Free or Reduced Meal Applications will now be available ON-LINE beginning August 1, 2015 for the 2015-2016 school year.    Access to the application can be found on the Schools Website: www.wsalem.k12.wi.us. Select "Families" on the orange ribbon, and choose Skyward Family Access. Enter your username and password. Select just one of your...

15-16 School Supply List - Pk-8

Click here for a printable version. West Salem Lions Club - Stuff The Bus campaign - Click for more info

OM Display & Fundraiser at Pizza Villa 6/30/15

There are many photos of our OM year (state and world) currently on display at Pizza Villa in West Salem.  On June 30th,  11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. WS OM will get a percent of the profit to use NEXT year!!!  There will also be plenty of post it notes for you to make your comments!  Spread the word. Click here for OM world pictures.

CINDERELLA - Summer Musical, June 25-28

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Feed Our Children - 6/9-8/27

Our Savior's Lutheran Church is sponsoring a free summer lunch program for children of all ages. Click here for a print version of the poster.

WSES 3rd Grade Marbles Championship

The 2015 3rd grade Marbles Championship was played today, on our last day of school!  It was a close tournament this year as we had many great players!  Students learned the techniques of shooting marbles and the rules of the game in PE class.  Good sportsmanship and fun were stressed throughout the unit.

WSES Staff Last Day of School Flash Mob Video

Sharks Swim Team Meeting

Sharks Swim Team There will be an informational meeting for the Sharks summer swim team on Monday, June 8, at 5:00 on the pool deck.  Swimmers aged 6-18 are welcome.  The season cost is $30 per swimmer. Click here for the pool web page.

Odyssey of the Mind (OM) -At Worlds in Michigan

May 20-24, Wednesday- Sunday, 6 teams from West Salem traveled to East Lansing, MI to compete in Odyssey of the Mind World Finals.  In total, 847 Teams from 16 countries and 33 US states were there to compete. Highlights: *Pin Trading (meeting children from all over the world) *Opening Ceremonies - similar to the start of the Olympics *Team Wheeler 41st place, 80% in Spontaneous and...

WKBT-Assignment Education - School Apple Orchard

2015 Summer Drama Camp Flyer & Show Change

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Lifeguarding Course Available

Lifeguarding Course Red Cross Lifeguarding will be held Monday- Friday, June 29- July 3, 8:00 am- 1:00 pm.  Must be at least 15 and a half years old to take the course.   *Please register at the pool after opening day. Price and more information available upon request.

2015 Senior Exit Projects


Panther Youth Football Camp

You are the Future of West Salem Football! Students entering grades 3-9 in the fall are encouraged to attend the West Salem Football Camp. Coach Jehn inadvertently forgot to get flyers to our current 2nd graders, so...the deadline has been extended to May 22.   Click the image for a PDF to print.

Artwork & Pizza Villa Event - 5/12/15

Currently, we have 21 pieces of FANTASTIC elementary student artwork on display at Pizza Villa on Leonard St., right here in West Salem! To help promote this AWESOME ARTWORK Pizza Villa is donating 20% of their total sales from Tuesday, May 12th to the West Salem Elementary Art Department PIZZA VILLA DINE IN, CARRY OUT & DELIVERY 11-9pm ~Pizza Specials~ Buy One Medium Pizza...

Kindergarten Art Faces


Fifth-graders proudly act out American history

Fifth-graders proudly act out American history www.lacrossetribune.com WEST SALEM — West Salem Elementary students got a crash course in early American history this month when two fifth-grade classes teamed up to put on a production of “Proud to be an American.”  READ MORE. May 10, 2015 12:00 am      

NESHONOC Yearbook Dedication - May 15

NESHONOC YEARBOOK DEDICATION MAY 15   West Salem High School’s 2015 Neshonoc yearbook dedication ceremony is set for Friday, May 15, at 7:00 pm at the Marie W. Heider Center for the Arts.  The event will reveal this year’s dedicatee, who, by tradition, is either a district employee or a community member selected by the  Neshonoc’s senior editors from...

Appreciation Week

See All 3 Proclamations Below The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release May 04, 2015 Presidential Proclamation -- National Teacher Appreciation Day and National Teacher Appreciation Week, 2015 NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY AND NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK, MAY 3-9, 2015 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A...

School Garden

Look at the Garden Grow - pictures taken 5/28/15.             Calling all Master Gardeners! Tuesday and Wednesday, May 12th and May 13th from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m we will be working on cultivating the garden and cleaning up the beds for planting. We would love some help from the experts!  Not a gardener? No problem! We still...

WSHS Senior Art Show

The West Salem Art Department announces the 2015 Senior Art Show.  This exhibit runs the month from May 1st through the 31st, and features the drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures of the graduating class of 2015.   There will be a public reception on Thursday, May 21st from 6-7:30 pm.  Refreshments will be provided. Please come and celebrate with our Seniors!  Below...

Students to sell functional pottery - 5/3/15 during Mayfair

High School students this semester have been working hard on making functional pottery items and have made some beautiful items that need to find a nice home!  If you have a chance this Sunday stop by our booth at Mayfair anytime between 10-3pm! All of the proceeds will go to the art department. We are in need of new equipment and are hoping to earn enough money to get some well needed...

WSHS Students of the Season by Crystal Monn

Many students at West Salem aspire to be in the top of the class. Some simply try to be a good person, or want to just have fun. But no matter the reason, its when students work together to make a school a happier place, that we truly become a community. Several exemplary students are being recognized for these such reasons.   Andre Johnson Drew Peterson Ruthie Dupey Abby...

SEP Presentation Comedy

You may have heard about the SEP presentation comedy that the eight seniors copied to this email put together. It was shown during early release activities. They have passionately ignited creativity, innovation, and excellence.  

Hansen & Schomberg win Junior Achievement contest

As winners of the Junior Achievement public service announcement competition, Nathan Schomberg and Mitch Hansen recorded their commercial with Deb Brague at the La Crosse Radio Group.  The commercial will air through the end of the school year. For more information on Junior Achievement, click HERE.

Babysitter's Training

Babysitter’s Training has been newly revised by the American Red Cross with input from youth just like you!  The course is fun and fast-paced with hands-on activities, exciting videos, role-plays and lively discussions.   You’ll learn how to: Supervise children and infants. Perform basic child care skills such as diapering and...

OM Fundraisers - 5/7, 5/11, 5/14

Click Here to print Big Boar fundraiser page. La Crosse Tribune News Article  

SEP Event makes BBC.com - Bin diving: The start-ups that want your electronic junk

Bin diving: The start-ups that want your electronic junk By Jonathan Keane Technology reporter 17 April 2015   Getting rid of old electronics can be a hassle when you don't know what to do with them. Wisconsin teenager Joshua Furlano decided to do something about it. As a project for high school, he organised an e-waste drive with a nearby recycling company in his...

Animals on School Grounds - Board Policy

West Salem School District Policy 384 Animals on School Grounds Animals are not allowed on school grounds. Exceptions include licensed service dogs for individuals with an appropriate disability and certified search dogs accompanied by law enforcement. Other exceptions may be granted for curricular reasons following approval of a written request to the building principal. This policy...

Youth Leadership Conference

Today was a great day to be a Panther!    Counselor Julie Arentz and Teacher Ryan Nelson took 20 junior leaders to the region-wide Youth Frontiers Leadership Conference at WTC on April 8, 2015. These students were selected because they have leadership skills or ability, and they will play an integral role in promoting positive school climate and culture next year as senior...

WSMS Art Department & Pizza Villa

If you are looking for lunch or dinner ideas for Tuesday, April 14, 2015, or even a snack, stop by the Pizza Villa between 11 and 9 for some spectacular food.  A percentage of the proceeds go to the Middle School Art Department.  They do deliver, but if you do decide to stop in, take a look at the fantastic art from some awesome Middle School Artists.  Thank you in advance for your...

WSHS offers its students a unique school to work training program

WEAU-TV 13 News Story - 4/14/2015   WXOW-TV 19 News Story   Sparta and West Salem to receive $95000 in workforce developments grants The Courier Life News The school districts in West Salem and Sparta will receive more than $95,000 in grant funding from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce ...Read More       Department of Workforce...

FFA Plant Sale

West Salem FFA Plant Sale! Check out the wide variety of plants the high school’s green house has to offer. May 4 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. May 5 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. May 6 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. May 7 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. May 8 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. After May 8th, please make an appointment with Brian Baker by e-mail or call 608-786-1220 ext. 2304. ...

WSMS Spirit Week

Odyssey of the Mind teams successful at state

I am excited to announce that we had a spectacular day at M.A.T.C. in Madison this weekend.  Special thanks to all of the coaches, bus drivers and judges who helped out Saturday- including school board member, Jane Halverson who volunteered to be a judge! ***All teams represented West Salem Well.   The following teams placed in the top 3 spots: Ben Tashner's MS Team - 3rd...

Referendum Informational Meetings: March 24-25-26

Referendum Informational Meetings Tuesday, March 24 - 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 - 2:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26 - 10:30-11:30 a.m. In the Heider Meeting Room of the District Offices Parking available in the lot between the Heider Center and the pool. Each meeting will begin with an informational presentation followed by time for questions.

April 7, 2015 Referendum Informational Video

Please view the video below.

Youth Art Month - K-12 Honors Art Show

The West Salem Art Department would like to announce that March is Youth Art Month! In celebration of this, the Marie W. Heider Gallery for the Arts is holding the annual K-12 Honors Show.  This show is a celebration of our young artists and features a variety of art from the kindergartners to the seniors in our school district.  There will be a reception on Thursday, March 19, from...

Robotics regional had highs, lows for WSHS team

March 05, 2015 3:10 pm  •   Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net The FIRST Robotics Club Regional was filled with highs and lows for the Gearbox Heroes, West Salem High School’s robotics team.  Read More.

WSHS soccer to join Mississippi Valley Conference

Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net March 13, 2015 West Salem’s boys and girls soccer programs will join the Mississippi Valley Conference in the 2016-17 school year.  Read More.http://lacrossetribune.com/couleenews/news/local/wshs-soccer-to-join-mississippi-valley-conference/article_52db3fff-6406-5499-a16e-602819c7b335.html

WSSD faces deficit next year from Walker budget

Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net March 13, 2015 The West Salem School District will consider $500,000 in budget cuts for the 2015-16 school year in response to a decrease in state aid and enrollment.  Read More.

Viewable Online to the public - Middle School Band Extravaganza Concert

Monday, March 16, 2015 7:00 p.m. Heider Center Auditorium Unfortunately, the concert is not open to the public as parents and siblings of our 231 performers will assure that every seat is filled. The GOOD NEWS is that you can view the concert live at this website: http://ustre.am/1mz3u It is only a live showing, so Monday from 7-8 p.m. is your window. I am so proud of...

Swimming Pool Summer Employees Needed

The Swarthout Pool – West Salem’s community swimming pool, is looking for employees for the summer of 2015.   The following positions are available: Life Guards WSI Certified Swim Instructors Locker Attendants The pool season runs June through August. Hours are flexible. Complete an application which can be found on the District website and return it to the...

WSMS principal to retire

Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net February 27, 2015   West Salem Middle School Principal Dean Buchanan will retire Aug. 1 after 20 years with the school district.  Read More.

NHS Blood Drive

The National Honor Society is hosting a blood drive on Friday, March 13, from 8:45 am - 2:00 pm in the High School LMC.   Follow the link for to sign-up.   http://www.redcrossblood.org/give/drive/driveSearch.jsp

Nine West Salem Students to Exhibit their Art At Capitol Rotunda!

Nine West Salem students were chosen to have their work displayed at the Capitol Rotunda as Part of Wisconsin's Youth Art Month celebration in Madison.   These students had their work selected from the West Central Regional Exhibit at the Heider Center in West Salem. Teachers from CESA 4 and CESA 10 were invited to exhibit their students work in the regional show.   The...

Crunch Time - Contest

We Won! WEST SALEM!!!! Thank you to everyone that voted, it made a huge difference to get the community involvement! We couldn't have done it without you! Bangor took third in this competition, so thank you for anyone who liked them as well...  West Salem will receive a delivery of Apple trees, strawberry plants, blueberry bushes and many other wonderful new additions to our...

Help enrich West Salem’s school gardens with Hillview’s vermicompost. (a.k.a. worm poop)!

March 21-April 26.   Help enrich West Salem’s school gardens with Hillview’s vermicompost. (a.k.a. worm poop)! Our goal is to fund $200 worth of vermicompost for our existing elementary school garden and to have Hillview’s vermicompost expert come to teach us about the science of vermicomposting . If we reach that goal, a second goal is for $250 to purchase...

Robotics Team Heads to regional competition in Duluth. Feb. 26-27-28

The Gearbox Heroes 5019 robotics team will be competing this week. February 26-27-28. Team members include:   Anderson, Michael W. Johnson, Abby Lassig, Drew Modlin, Evan Rabbitt, Julius Riemer, Tyler Schams,...

District, youth club in talks on WSMS use

Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net   The West Salem School District and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse have begun negotiations for the West Salem Boys & Girls Club to utilize the current West Salem Middle School if the April referendum passes.  Read More.

Lessons learned at Mock Trial event

 Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net After coming in dead last at the State Bar of Wisconsin La Crosse Mock Trial Regionals Saturday, the West Salem High School Mock Trial club is looking forward to next year.  Read More.

WSMS student Jefferson Award Winner for February 2015

Click here for the WXOW-News 19 story on Annalisa Schultz.

Pennies for Patients

A Note from Student Council - Coming February 13th and ending March 6th, our school will be participating in a fundraiser known as Pennies for Patience. Pennies for Patience is a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Their mission is to help scientist research to cure blood cancers and improve the lives of patients and their families. Our goal as a school, is to raise a total...

WSHS to get ATM this year

February 12, 2015 3:00 pm  •  Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net West Salem High School will get an automated teller machine by the end of the school year after a request from the West Salem Student Council.  Read more.

Ebert channels passion into SEP

February 12, 2015 3:00 pm  •  Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net Kate Ebert started taking dance classes in her freshman year of high school. Since then it’s become one of her biggest passions.  Read more.

Health Fair - Student SEP

February 12, 2015 3:00 pm  •  Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net West Salem High School senior Mariah Arneson has wanted to go into the healthcare field since she was in middle school.  Read More.

Robotics scrimmage a chance to gear up

February 12, 2015 3:00 pm  •  Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net Only one thing is certain in robotics, according to Onalaska Luther igKnightion Robotics team build captain Targer Henckel. No matter how well prepared a team is, something will go wrong the first time their robot competes.  Read More

WSHS honors students with Extra Effort Award

February 12, 2015 3:00 pm  •  Ben Pierce Special correspondent   West Salem High School’s Extra Effort Award recognizes students for their continuous hard work and dedication to school-related activities. The award is given seasonally to students nominated by teachers and then voted on by the entire faculty.   This season’s Extra Effort...

MATHCOUNTS competition at UW-La Crosse

MATHCOUNTS competition at UW-La Crosse La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - In a competition at UW-La Crosse on Friday, athletes weren't the stars of the show—it was middle school “mathletes” who were. Read More and watch video on WXOW Middle school mathletes square-off for MATHCOUNTS February 12, 2015 3:00 pm  •  Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net...

Young artists are stars in Heider show

February 05, 2015 3:00 pm  •  Michael Martin Special correspondent   Creativity abounds at the Marie W. Heider Center for the Arts in West Salem this month as the Youth Art Month Exhibit for the West Central Region will be on display through Feb. 19. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Art Education Association, the exhibit is a preliminary to the State Youth Art...

Wish granted: WS teen to meet Bruins

Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net(0) Comments The thing about Jimmy Bjorkman is “he has a lot of heart,” according to his hockey coach and lifelong neighbor Marvin Lehmann.  Read More

Local artist gets exhibit at UW-Madison

February 05, 2015 3:00 pm  •  Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net For Onalaska artist Quenten Brown, painting provides an opportunity to explore the world around him.  Read More

4K students visit WS Terrace

Students in 4K sang songs and made Valentine's Day crafts with the residence at West Salem Terrace on Friday, February 6. The residence were able to keep the crafts for their homes.               

To the Citizens of our Communities:

To the Citizens of our Communities: Recent headlines from Madison indicate our legislature is focused on the topic of school accountability. As District Administrators of educational institutions in western Wisconsin, we understand the importance of accountability for our public schools. We accept the responsibility to closely examine our policies, procedures, and practices to ensure that...

2014-15 Fall Technology Survey Results

Click here for the 2014-15 BrightBytes Survey Results.   We have partnered with BrightBytes, an educational data analytics company,  to learn more about our students’ school and home technology use for learning.  In October 2014, parents, students and staff took part in our technology questionnaire.  The results are helping us form a complete picture of...

Healthcare Fair - 2/9/15

Come to a Healthcare Fair on Monday, February 9, at the West Salem High School Library! The fair runs from 5:30-7:00 pm, and it is a part of Mariah Arneson's Senior Exit Project. Anyone is welcome to come! There will be booths run by Gundersen Health System doctors and medical professionals for people to explore the healthcare field. The stations include: *a skin cancer...

West Central Youth Art On Display

The West Salem Art Department is proud to host the 2015 West Central Youth Art Month Exhibit.  K-12 Art teachers in the CESA 4 and CESA 10 regions can select 5 works of art to be displayed as a precursor to Youth Art Month.  From this show, selected works will be taken to the Capitol Rotunda in March.  We invite you to enjoy the student artwork in the gallery reception...

4K Fundraiser at Pizza Villa, 2/17/15

West Salem's 4-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K) has lovely artwork displayed at Pizza Villa for the month of February. There is a fundraiser for 4K on Tuesday, February 17 at Pizza Villa. Dine in or stop by and pick up a pizza to see the heartwarming murals!

WS Booster Club Bowling Fun Day

Booster Club Bowling Fun Day March 21, 2015 The day will take place at Features in West Salem. Shifts are noon, 3:00, 6:00.  $100 a team (5 bowlers per team,8 teams per shift, 8 pin tap) Winner of each shift will get there money back!!!  With $66.00 going back to a West Salem high school sports team of each Bowling teams choice. Meaning a Bowling team that signs up...

Preparation pays off for WS DECA

Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net   Increased preparation and participation paid off for members of West Salem High School's DECA chapter at the organization's district convention at University of Wisconsin-Stout.  Click to read more.   **ON TO STATE** The following students will go to the state DECA competition in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: Brennan Bahr,...

Severson's SEP all about opportunity

Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net   West Salem High School senior Ethan Severson has played a lot of sports. He’s been on his school’s basketball, football and soccer teams, and played baseball on three different teams in 2014.  Click to read more.

Waldhart to conduct memorable all-state performance

 Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net   West Salem Middle School band director Ryan Waldhart hopes to do more than put on a performance as guest conductor of the National Band Association Wisconsin Chapter’s All-State Junior Band. He hopes to help students work some musical magic.  Click to read more.

DECA Club & Booster Club receive check

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Jump Rope For Heart event

January 16th through February 6th, the West Salem Elementary School PE Department is teaching jump rope/heart healthy activities leading up to our 6th Annual Jump Rope for Heart event.  Students will be participating in the JRFH event during school hours on Friday, February 13th.  Every kindergarten through fifth grade student will participate in the event, but raising...

WSHS Spring 2015 Sports Meeting

WSHS Spring Sports Meeting The West Salem High School pre-season sports’ meeting for all spring sports will be held on Monday, March 9, 2015 in the Second Floor Conference Room of the high school beginning at 6:00 P.M.  This meeting is for those athletes interested in participating in boys’ or girls’ track, girls’ soccer, softball, golf and baseball, and their...

Alumni & Community Members invited to participate in spring concert

The WSHS band and choir are again inviting alumni and community members to join us for the Spring Concert on Saturday, March 7th at 2:00 PM in the Heider Center.  We will have a rehearsal the morning of the concert from 9:00-Noon.  If you are interested please contact Dave Kies at kies.dave@wsalem.k12.wi.us with your voice part or instrument....

Tennis Fundraiser at Syl's Place, 1/23/15

The girls' tennis team will be working the "Gone Fishin'" fundraiser at Syl's Place on Friday, January 23.    We'd like to invite everyone to come out for fish at Syl's and help support the girls tennis team.  Syl's Place (W4160 Hwy. O in Barre Mills) will donate $1 per fish dinner sold that evening to the organization.  We're...

WSMS Staff

Some fun pictures of the results of the Food Donations (43 boxes collected) for the Lion's Club by WSMS students.  The donations were made before the holiday break.  If the students met their goal, staff members would either have their heads shaved or get colored.               

Referendum tax impact could be less than expected

Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net An estimated $31 million referendum proposed by the West Salem School District could raise the tax rate by as little as $11 per $100,000 of equalized property value, according to a report by the district’s accountants at Baird Financial Services. Click here to read more.

Elementary School Garden featured in a book

The West Salem Elementary School Garden was mentioned in a book published by the Hillview Urban Agriculture Center. Check out THE LA CROSSE AREA'S GROWING EXPERIENCE:  OUR AREA'S URBAN AGRICULTURE & LOCAL FOOD SYSTEM, PAST - PRESENT - FUTURE. If you wish to purchase the book, click here for a order form. Along with this, the West Salem and Bangor School gardens...

Open Enrollment 2015-16

Wisconsin Department of Public Open Enrollment Parents' Page The Open Enrollment Application Season for the 2015-16 School Year is February 2, 2015 - April 30, 2015.   If you have any questions, please contact the DPI at openenrollment@dpi.wi.gov

Shrek The Musical JR.

Looking for something fun to do on a cold day in January??? You and your family are invited to our Community Theatre production of Shrek Jr! It features many West Salem High School, Middle School and Elementary School teachers and students, West Salem alumni and community performers from Holmen, Onalaska and La Crosse.   The show runs approximately 60-75 minutes and is a lot like...

April 2, 2015 - School In Session

Due to the cancellation of school on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, the day will be made up on Thursday, April 2, 2015.

2015-16 School Calendar

Page 1 is the 14-15 calendar and Page 2 is the 15-16 calendar. Click to open the PDF. You may also click on Calendars in the menu bar and then PDF District Calendar.

BGC looks to move into WSMS

December 28, 2014 12:00 am  •  Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net   WEST SALEM — The West Salem Boys & Girls Club could start moving into the West Salem Middle School early next year.  Read More... April 2015 Referendum

April 2015 Referendum news articles

CLICK HERE FOR THE SCHOOL REFERENDUM INFORMATION PAGE Our view: Vote yes on West Salem referendum April 01, 2015 12:30 am  •  Tribune editorial board Most school referendums seek funding exclusively for school facilities and programs. In West Salem, voters will be asked Tuesday to support a referendum that will have a wide-ranging impact not only on schools, but also on...

Schlimgen's SEP Focuses on Family

Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net West Salem High School senior Roman Schlimgen wasn’t sure what to expect when he started his senior exit project, a benefit for his uncle, George Thompson, who was without a hip for eight months. Read More

REVISED - Coffee with the Superintendent

* * * * *Friday, March 13, 2015 has been reschedule to Friday, March 20, 2015* * * * * Coffee event boosts communication in WSSD ​01/16/2015 3:02 pm Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net   West Salem School District Superintendent Troy Gunderson spent about an hour Friday morning chatting with district residents at the Barre Country Diner in Barre Mills. Click here to...

Calendar Survey Results

The School District of West Salem asked parents to participate in a short 6 question survey regarding school calendar options. We had 558 participants in the survey. Click here for a summary of the results.

Student Artwork Displayed at Pizza Villa & Fundraiser

Currently, we have 25 pieces of FABULOUS elementary student's artwork on display at Pizza Villa on Leonard St., right here in West Salem. To promote this, Pizza Villa is offering A ONE day SPECIAL- Monday, December 15th- Buy any Medium pizza and get the second one for $8.00 or purchase any large pizza and receive the second for $10.00.  This special is good for dining in, delivery, or...

2015 School Board Election Documents

January 6 - Filing Deadline (5:00 p.m.) February 17 - Spring Primary (if needed) April 7 - Spring Election To file to be a School Board Candidate, you must complete GAB-1 - Campaign Registration Statement (this is a fillable form) GAB-162SD - Declaration for Candidacy - School Board Candidates Complete the forms and return to the School District of West Salem District Office...

December Art Student of the Month

Carter Mulder has been named the West Salem High School Art Department Student of the Month for December.  Carter's digital photography explores life in both Wisconsin and Costa Rica.  As part of his Senior Exit Project, Carter has been working with photographer Roger Grant.  It is this collaboration that will be on display at the Marie W. Heider Center for the...

Gearbox Heroes Team 5019 Newsletter

 robot in action Newspaper Article - Coulee News January 2015 newsletter-part 2 January 2015 newsletter Fall 2014 newsletter            

High School Senior donates money to La Crosse Police

High School Senior donates money to La Crosse Police Posted: Nov 19, 2014 11:04 AM CSTUpdated: Nov 19, 2014 11:04 AM CST By Stacy Shone   La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -A big donation to the La Crosse Police Department from a high school senior.  Krystal Burrows, a senior at West Salem High School, donated $1,320 to the police department Wednesday.   Click here...

WEB EXTRA: First day of West Salem boys basketball practice

…WEB EXTRA: First day of West Salem boys basketball practice……Senior Baily Williams and new head coach Jake Merrill talk about the upcoming season for the West… Last Modified: Nov 18, 2014 4:12 AM  Click here to view the WXOW news article

Assignment: Education - The Big Three: New Statewide Assessments

Assignment: Education - The Big Three: New Statewide Assessments The Wisconsin State Assessment System for public schools is getting an overhaul. Author: Lisa Klein, lklein@wkbt.com Published On: Nov 18 2014 WEST SALEM, Wis. (WKBT) - “Turn towards your computers,” said Kathy Hilby, technology integrator for the West Salem School District. “Sit up...

“La Crosse Area’s Growing Experience” Our area’s urban agriculture & local food system

“La Crosse Area’s Growing Experience” Our area’s urban agriculture & local food system – past, present & future   Hillview Urban Agriculture Center (Hillview) is creating a commemorative publication that will include information about the La Crosse area’s urban agriculture and local food system. Part of the publication will contain...

Community Fitness Center

Click for the December newsletter which includes the Holiday Hours.

No Shave November - West Salem High School's campaign against cancer

THIS JUST IN (11/19/14) Thank you. What started as a fun challenge from a student on Twitter evolved into a community-wide show of support for cancer. We set our goal at $725; some believed we wouldn't get there. In the end, we raised over $1,600 to benefit the West Salem Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. This was truly a team effort, and there are many people to...

WSHS senior's exit project is all about helping

October 30, 2014 3:00 pm  •  Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net West Salem High School senior Damian Schwier has dedicated his fall to lending a helping hand.  (continue reading)

Area students join state's elite musicians

November 06, 2014 3:00 pm  •  Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net When West Salem senior Kyle Lang took the stage Thursday at the Overture Center in Madison with the rest of the Wisconsin School Music Association High School State Honors Band, he had to fight off some butterflies. (continue reading)

Exchange students give WSHS an international flavor

November 06, 2014 3:00 pm  •  Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net West Salem High School has four guests from afar this year. The school’s international exchange students this year include Ghofrane Chaabene of Tunisia, Girelle Luna of Qatar, Tameris Evirgen of Turkey and Yarik Kabralov of Russia.  (continue reading)

West Salem students help out at polls

November 06, 2014 3:00 pm  •  Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net Ashley Arndt remembers visiting West Salem Village Hall on Election Day with her mom when she was a little kid. (continue reading)

WS student takes on big project for metals class

October 30, 2014 3:00 pm  •  Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net West Salem High School student Sam Fellom was looking for a challenge this year. He found one in the form of a 10-foot-tall hunting stand. (continue reading)

Disney's Sleeping Beauty Kids - December 4-5

West Salem revisiting school building options

November 02, 2014 12:00 am  •  Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net WEST SALEM -- The West Salem School Board is reconsidering possibilities to address crowding in its elementary school and needed upgrades to its middle school.   Click to continue reading the Article

WSHS November Art Student of the Month

The West Salem High School Art Department is proud to announce that Courtney Garrels is the Art Student of the month for November.  Courtney's work in photography and painting shows her attention to color relationships found in nature.  Her work will be in the gallery of the Marie W. Heider Center for the Arts from November 1-30, alongside the multimedia work of Betty Mullenbach....

Wednesday, October 22nd is Unity Day in our Community (click for images)

Wednesday, October 22nd is Unity Day in our Community.  In celebration of uniting against bullying and building compassion, we would like to everyone to wear orange that day.     Unity Day will be celebrated throughout the Coulee Region among schools, businesses and all of our neighboring communities.  The tagline that we have adopted for this day is...

WSHS Winter Sports' Parent Meeting

West Salem Winter Sports’  Parent Meeting The winter pre-season sports meeting will be held on Monday, November 3, 2014 in the Heider Auditorium beginning at 6:00 p.m.  This meeting is for those athletes, and their parents/guardians, who are interested in participating in boys’ or girls’ basketball, gymnastics, wrestling, boys’ or girls’ hockey,...

Coats for Kids at USB locations

Donate to Salvation Army's "Coats for Kids" at both Union State Bank locations. Help kids stay warm this winter!  Through November 7, please drop off gently used or new winter coats that have been outgrown or simply not worn.  All Sizes Welcome! Gloves, hats, scarves, and other winter weather items for all ages are needed and appreciated.   West Salem...

Tennis Duo to Compete at State

WSHS Tennis Coach, Julie Kamla, announced that Sofia Clements and Sydney Dunham have advanced to state. Congrats to them both!!

JumpStart - Read for the Record

Tuesday, October 21 from 2:30-3:00 our elementary school will be participating in the National Campaign JumpStart - Read for the Record.  This year's book Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells will be read across the country in the hopes of beating last year's record as part of the world's largest reading experience.   For more information:...

2014 Referendum Survey Results

Two hundred thirty-eight district residents responded to our on-line survey. The mixture of those voting for and against the last referendum mirrored the election results indicating this to be a good sampling. Generally speaking, most who voted in favor of the last referendum believed the proposed new facility to be the best long-term solution and a great investment in our community. Those voting...

Elementary School Safety and Security Project

Room and office are now ready. January 12, 2015              The project is under way.  Remodel a classroom into a new secure entrance.  Constructing a replacement classroom to the south.             September 26, 2014        ...

PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) Videos Now Available.

Click here to check out the videos. Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is simple: We teach students the behaviors we expect to see. We don't assume that every student comes through our doors with the same understanding of what "good" behavior is, so we teach it. We make it explicit. We model, practice, re-teach, and re-model if necessary. And when students...