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School Board Meeting Live Stream

You can view the Live Stream for all of the regularly scheduled School Board Meetings here on our District YouTube Channel. Regular board meetings are held the second and fourth Monday of every month in the Heider Room in the District Office. Masks are now optional on school district grounds.  The next meeting will air on Monday, September 27th at 7:00 p.m.  

2021 Homecoming Shirts Now Available!

2021 Homecoming Shirts are now on sale! Thanks to WSHS sophomore Calvin Weber for creating this year's design! Shirts are available in both short and long-sleeved and kids and adult sizes. Click the link below or scan the QR code to access the order form. https://panther-plaza.square.site/product/homecoming-2021-shirt/295?cs=true&cst=custom Orders are due by the end of the day Friday,...

Return to School Plan Draft & Public Comments

A draft of the Return to School Plan for the 2021-2022 school year, as well as the public comments collected from our recent survey, are available here. 

National Honor Society Blood Drive on August 10th

The WSHS National Honor Society is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a critical community blood drive on August 10th.  .  We hope that you will consider the gift of donating in a time of URGENT NEED. When: Tuesday, August 10 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  West Salem High School LMC Anyone 16 years of age or older is eligible to donate, however, 16 year olds need a...

Elementary & High School Parking Lots Closed July 13-14

Both West Salem Elementary School and West Salem High School's parking lots will be closed on Tuesday, July 13th and Wednesday, July 14th due to resealing. If you are coming to campus for meals at the elementary school, please park in the West Salem Middle School parking lot located on East Ave. 

Alternative Open Enrollment for 2021-2022 Now Open

The alternative open enrollment period for the 2021-2022 school year is now open! Students and families interested in joining us here at the School District of West Salem can apply by visiting the link to DPI's website below.  https://dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment For more information on our district, please visit our Enrollment page here.  We'd love to have you join us as a...

2021-2022 School Supply Lists Available!

For those of you that would like to get a head start on preparing for the 2021-2022 school year, we have school supply lists ready for grades K-8. They can be found at the links below.  West Salem Elementary School Supply List West Salem Middle School Supply List West Salem High School students in grades 9-12 do not have a set list of supplies they are required to purchase, however, we...

Summer Drama Camp Registration for K-8

The WSHS Drama Department is excited to be bringing back their Summer Drama Camp for students in grades K-8! Students will be presenting "Seussical Kids." Camp will be held August 16-19, 2021 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Heider Center with performances on Thursday, August 19th and Friday, August 20th at 7:00 p.m. Cost is $30 per student and includes a t-shirt, snacks, script, and...

WSHS Drama Department Presents, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown: The Musical"

Please join the WSHS Drama Department as they present "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown: The Musical" on June 17 and June 18 at 7 p.m. at the Heider Center. Tickets will be available at the door and masks are optional. Please see below for more information.   

WSHS Summer Drama Camp

Join the WSHS Drama Department for Summer Drama Camp! The camp is open to students kindergarten through 8th grade. For more details, please see the flyer below, and if you have questions please contact Rhonda Andres at andres.rhonda@wsalem.k12.wi.us Summer Drama Camp Registration Form 

National Honor Society Blood Drive on March 19th

The West Salem High School National Honor Society will be hosting a blood drive on Friday, March 19th from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the West Salem American Legion. Appointments can be made online by using the link below. For more information, please view the poster below, or contact Jenny Stenberg at stenberg.jennifer@wsalem.k12.wi.us. Please consider giving blood to help save lives! ...

The Heider Center is Looking for a Business Manager

The Heider Center for the Arts is seeking a customer-service oriented, part-time fine arts business manager. Please click the link below to view the job description and more details. For more information on the Heider Center, please visit their website here. Fine Arts Business Manager  If you are interesting in joining our hardworking, enthusiastic team please send: (1) a cover letter...

Open Enrollment Runs February 1-April 30, 2021

Open Enrollment began February 1, 2021 in Wisconsin and runs through April 30, 2021. The inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend public school in a school district other than the one in which they reside. Any Wisconsin resident may apply. To learn more about Open Enrollment and to access the online application and paper...

All Schools Closed Thursday, February 4, 2021

Due to the weather, all schools are closed for Thursday, February 4, 2021. There will be no required virtual learning, as this day will not be made up. Stay safe, Panthers! 

School District of West Salem named One of Top Ten Most Equitable School Districts in Wisconsin

The School District of West Salem was recently named one of the Top 10 Most Equitable School Districts in Wisconsin by WalletHub! Their team evaluated 422 districts throughout the state by looking at average household income and expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools per pupil. Based on their methodology, the lower the score, the more equitable the district.  West Salem...

WSHS Youth Frontiers Warmth Drive

The WSHS Youth Frontiers group will be collecting new or gently used hats, scarves, jackets and gloves for Catholic Charities and blankets for the Coulee Region Humane Society this holiday season. For more details, please see below. Thank you in advance for your generosity! 

National Honor Society Trick or Can Fundraiser

The West Salem High School National Honor Society will be hosting their annual Trick or Can event to gather non-perishable food items for the West Salem Care and Share Food Pantry. The event will look a bit different than in year's past, with students located at seven different locations around West Salem to collect the items on Sunday, October 25th from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Please see below...

October 14th Now a Full Day of School

Due to the changes in our learning model and in order to have our students in our buildings as much as possible when it is safe to do so, the Early Release day scheduled for Wednesday, October 14th will now be a full day of school. A printable copy of our district calendar can be found by clicking on the calendar icon at the top of the page.

Homecoming Shirt Orders

The West Salem High School DECA chapter is once again selling their annual homecoming shirts! This year's shirt was designed by WSHS senior Reghan Sage. Orders will be strictly online this year. They can be placed using the link below, and are due by October 13th. Unlike past years, the shirts will not be delivered to classrooms, but instead, you will need to pick them up at the high...

National Honor Society Blood Drive on August 11th

Did you know that over 4000 blood drives have been cancelled this year due to our current pandemic?  This has resulted in 130,000 fewer units of blood being donated and a national blood shortage. The West Salem National Honor Society would like to help with the national blood shortage and has partnered with the Blood Center of Wisconsin to host a blood drive.   Here is the information...

2020-2021 School Supply Lists

Updated August 17, 2020-There have been revisions made to the K, 1st, and 4th grade supply lists. They can be found below. Revised Kindergarten School Supply List Revised 1st Grade School Supply List Revised 4th Grade School Supply List Updated July 13, 2020-The following changes were made to the 7th grade supply list - 3 ring binder WITH POCKETS  - 2 additional composition...

Feed Our Children Summer Lunch Program

Beginning the week of June 8, the Feed Our Children Summer Lunch Program will be assisting students and families in need by providing lunches and groceries. The meals are available for any child 18 and under within the West Salem School District.  The process for receiving meals is very similar to how the school district provided meals throughout the COVID-19 closure. In order to...

West Salem Elementary School Principal Job Posting

Link to WECAN job posting Link to informational sheet

Superintendent Community Forum Videos and Survey

On Wednesday, May 6, our three candidates for superintendent participated in a community forum answering questions submitted by parents, staff, community members, and students. To view a recording of the forum, please use the link below. The link will expire at 4 p.m. on May 7.  Superintendent Community Forum After watching, the school board would appreciate your feedback, and invites you to...

Skillz and Drillz Youth Football Camp Update

July 15, 2020-The annual Skillz and Drillz Youth Football summer camp has been converted to an online format and will still take place July 21-23. Please see the video below from Coach Jehn for the latest update      Coach Jehn  

School District of West Salem Announces Virtual Open Forum with Superintendent Candidates

April 28, 2020, 5:00 p.m.-The School District of West Salem announced today that the three finalists for the superintendent position will participate in an Open Community/Staff Forum as part of their final interview process. The Forum will take place Wednesday, May 6, 2020 beginning at 6:00 pm. In addition, for those who want to submit questions to the candidates prior to the May 6 interviews...

COVID-19 Resources for Students and Families

Please click the link below for student and family resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 Resources for Students and Families

Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Update 5 April 16, 2020, 4:15 p.m. SD of WS Parents and Families – Governor Evers issued an updated and extended "Safer at Home" order at 1:30 p.m. today.  The order included the following language in regards to K-12 schools: "4. Closures. All of the following facilities shall be closed: a. Schools. Public and private K-12 schools shall remain closed for...

Now Hiring for Multiple Positions!

The School District of West Salem is now hiring for multiple positions for the 2021-2022 school year. Positions include: *Paraprofessionals in all buildings (positions range from 3.75-5 hours per day) *Bus Driver-4 hours per day *Nutrition Services/Cook-4 hours per day  To learn more about these positions and to apply, please visit WECAN. We'd love to have you join our team! ...

Swarthout Pool Now Open

The West Salem Swarthout Pool is now open for the 2021 season! For more information including pool hours and admission prices, please visit the Swarthout Pool page by clicking here. Pool memberships are available at the pool.  If you have additional questions, please contact Pool Director Abby Maliszewski at maliszewski.abby@wsalem.k12.wi.us or by calling the pool at...

WSHS Alumni Hall of Fame Livestream Induction

Please join us for a livestream induction for our 2020 West Salem High School Alumni Hall of Fame inductees on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. on the School District of West Salem YouTube Channel. This year's inductees include Mary Heider, Ph.D ('61), Karla (Selbrede) Huston ('67) and Theresa Lynn Davis ('84). You can access the channel by clicking here. The recording will also...

High School Athletic Events Livestream

Support your Panther athletics teams from home by tuning in via our livestream links. A weekly schedule and livestream links for all sports can be found by clicking the link below, or by going to "Schools" > "High School" > "Activities" > "Athletics" and scrolling down to the Livestream link.  West Salem High School Livestream Events

WSHS Yearbook Orders Now Open!

Yearbook orders for West Salem High School are now open. Please order your yearbook using the link below. Questions? Contact Ms. Armstrong at armstrong.andrea@wsalem.k12.wi.us http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A09445600

District Update from Mr. Rieber

June 23, 2020, 5:00 p.m.-We understand there have been a lot of questions circulating around what school may look like in the fall after the Wisconsin DPI issued reopening guidelines yesterday. Incoming Superintendent Mr. Rieber sat down to hopefully answer some of those questions for our parents, community, and staff. Please take a look at his video here for the most up to date information....

Class of 2024 8th Grade Photo Collages

Congratulations to the 8th grade class of 2024! Your teachers have a special message for you: "You are officially done and moving on to high school! We are proud of all your efforts during your 8th-grade year, especially when we went with online learning! Keep meeting your goals! Good luck, freshman!"

Swarthout Pool Closed for 2020 Season

Update on the 2020 Swarthout Pool Season: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and in the best interests of the health and safety of all village residents and pool users, the School Board has decided to close the Swarthout Pool for the 2020 season. Thank you for your understanding. 

Class of 2020 Senior Slideshow

A senior class slideshow is a tradition at WSHS and is shown on the seniors' last day during Senior Sing-Out. Unfortunately, our students were not able to participate in many of these traditions, but our journalism students still worked hard to create their annual slideshow. You can view it by clicking the link below. Class of 2020 Senior Slideshow

School District of West Salem Announces New Superintendent

May 13, 2020, 10:45 a.m.-The School District of West Salem announced today that Ryan Rieber was selected as the new superintendent effective July 1, 2020. The School Board began their search in March 2020 after Troy Gunderson announced his retirement effective at the end of the current school year. It included a rigorous application process as well as a virtual community forum, an interview with...

School Board Announces Finalists for Superintendent

April 23, 2020 3:00 p.m. The School District of West Salem has announced the names of the three finalists for their superintendent opening. The finalists were selected from an original field of 16 qualified individuals, including two internal candidates. The finalists are: Brandon Munson, currently the superintendent at the North Crawford School District in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin. Keith...

District Office and All Facilities Closed

In accordance with Governor Evers'  "Safer at Home" Order, the District Office and all school district facilities including outdoor fields and playgrounds will be closed for the time being. If you need assistance, you can call (608)-786-0700 and leave a voicemail for the person you need. The voicemail will be monitored every hour throughout the day. You can also email the...

Superintendent Search Survey Now Open

The West Salem School Board has begun the process of searching for the next superintendent for the district. As part of the search, they are working with the Wisconsin Association of School Boards to survey staff and community members. The results of the survey will assist the board in the creation of a profile outlining the skills and characteristics sought in candidates for the position, and to...

Superintendent Search Survey Coming Soon

The West Salem School Board has begun the process of searching for the next superintendent for the district. As part of the search, they are working with the Wisconsin Association of School Boards to survey staff and community members. The results of the survey will assist the board in the creation of a profile outlining the skills and characteristics sought in candidates for the position, and to...

Events for the Week of 3/9

This week's events include:  Monday, 3/9 High School Track and Field Practice Begins 1st Grade Music Concert @ Heider Center at 6:15 p.m. 3rd Grade Music Concert @ Heider Center at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, 3/10 Kindergarten Music Concert @ Heider Center at 6:15 p.m. 2nd Grade Music Concert @ Heider Center at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, 3/12 5th Grade D.A.R.E. Graduation @ Heider Center at 1:15...

Events for the Week of 3/1

This week's events include:  Monday, 3/2 Beginning of Read Across America Week for WSES. Please see here for a list of dress-up days. ES Science Night @ WSES Gym and Multi-Purpose Room at 6:30 p.m. All students must be accompanied by an adult  Tuesday, 3/3 ACT Assessment for Juniors-All Day Wednesday, 3/4 Early Release for All Schools-Students dismissed at 12:20 p.m., Buses depart...

Open Enrollment Runs February 3-April 30, 2020

The 2020-2021 open enrollment application period runs from February 3 to April 30, 2020 at 4 p.m. Open enrollment allows parents to apply for their children to attend public school in a school district other than the one in which they reside. Applications can be completed online by following the link here. For more information on Open Enrollment, please see the links below Wisconsin Department of...

National Honor Society Blood Drive on March 17th

The West Salem High School National Honor Society will be hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, March 17 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the HS LMC. To schedule an appointment, call 877-232-4376 or go to bit.ly/givemarch17 If you have questions, please contact Jenny Stenberg at stenberg.jennifer@wsalem.k12.wi.us

Events for the Week of 2/24

This week's events include: Monday, 2/24 7th & 8th Grade Girls Basketball vs. Winona @ Home at 4:15 p.m. Spring Sports Meeting @ WSHS Room 247 (Upstairs Conference Room) at 6:30 p.m. This meeting is mandatory for any student that has not yet attended a sports meeting and plans on participating in a spring sport.  Gearbox Heroes Pasta Buffet Dinner Fundraiser @ American Legion Post 51...

Events for the Week of 2/17

This week's events include: Monday, 2/17 C-Team, JV, & Varsity Boys Basketball @ Arcadia-C-Team and JV at 6:00 p.m., Varsity at 7:15 p.m. Spring Trap Team Meeting (Grades 6-12) at the WSHS LMC at 7:00 p.m. Students must be accompanied by a parent.  Tuesday, 2/18 7th & 8th Grade Girls Basketball @ Westby at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, 2/20 Freshman Boys Basketball @ Cashton at 4:45 p.m....

Events for the Week of 2/10

This week's events include: Monday, 2/10 JV Conference Wrestling Tournament @ Aquinas Middle at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, 2/11 C-Team, JV & Varsity Boys Basketball @ Tomah-JV at 4:15 p.m., C-Team at 5:45 p.m., Varsity at 7:15 pm. JV & Varsity Girls Basketball @ G-E-T-JV at 6:00 p.m., Varsity at 7:15 p.m. JV & Varsity Gymnastics Meet @ Arcadia at 6:30 p.m. 7th & 8th Grade Girls...

Events for the Week of 2/3

This week's events include: Monday, 2/3 JV and Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Mondovi @ Home-JV at 6 p.m., Varsity at 7:15 p.m. Middle School Parent Teacher Conferences (Drop-In Style) from 3:30-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, 2/4 C-Team, JV & Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Black River Falls @ Home-C-Team and JV at 6 p.m., Varsity at 7:15 p.m. Varsity Boys Hockey @ Baraboo-Pierce Park Hockey Rink...

Events for the Week of 1/27

This week's events include: Monday, 1/27 C-Team, JV and Varsity Boys Basketball @ Osseo-Fairchild-C-Team and JV at 6 p.m., Varsity at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 1/28 JV & Varsity Boys Hockey vs. Aquinas @ Omni Center-JV at 5:15 p.m., Varsity at 7 p.m. JV & Varsity Wrestling vs. Sparta @ Home-JV at 6:30 p.m., Varsity at 7 p.m. 7th & 8th Grade Girls Basketball @ Holmen Middle at 3:45...

Important February Dates for WSES

Please see below for a list of important dates in February for WSES students and families. February 5-Early Release, students dismissed at 12:20 p.m. February 11-Parent Teacher Conferences, 3:30-7:00 p.m. PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m. in the WSES LMC February 13-Jump for a Cause Fundraiser Parent-Teacher Conference, 3:30-7:00 p.m. February 14-No School February 27-3 Year Old Child Development Days,...

Important February Dates for WSMS

Please see below for a list of important dates in February for WSMS students and families February 3-Mr. Ringlien's Class to the OEC Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:30-7:00 p.m. February 4-Mrs. Czajka's Class to the OEC February 5-Ms. Fink's Class to the OEC Early Release-Students dismissed at 12:20 p.m. February 6-Mrs. Lassig's Class to the OEC February 7-Mrs. Kjos's Class...

Looking for Scholarships?

Seniors, are you looking to apply for scholarships? Click the link below to be taken to our Scholarships page where you have the opportunity to apply for a variety of scholarships worth thousands of dollars! Apply for Scholarships

Important February Dates for WSHS

Please see below for a list of important dates in February for WSHS students and families February 5-Early Release, students dismissed at 12:30 p.m. February 14-No School February 21-Third Quarter Mid-Term February 25-Grades Submitted for Third Quarter Mid-Term February 27-Parent Teacher Conferences, 3:30-7:00 p.m.  

All Schools Dismissed Early Friday January 17, 2020

Due to the incoming winter storm, all schools will be dismissed at 1:10 p.m. on Friday January 17, 2020. In addition, all after school and evening activities are canceled. We will be sure to keep you updated with any other activities changes throughout the weekend. Stay safe, Panthers!

Show Choir Extravaganza Concert-February 21 & 22, 2020

Join the WSHS and WSMS Show Choirs, along with our Jr. Singsations Show Choir Camp participants for a wonderful night of performances at their annual Show Choir Extravaganza! There will be two shows, Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22, both at 7 p.m at the Heider Center. Tickets are just $5 at the door and include desserts following the concert. For more information, see below or...

2019 Tax Information

As Superintendent Gunderson stated in his latest district newsletter, district residents will soon receive their 2019 tax bills. To help address some of the questions you may have in regard to your school taxes, he has created a document detailing the changes that occurred with the mil rate due to the passing of the operational referendum. You can access the document using the link below. If you...

Join Panther Nation!

Have you signed up for Panther Nation yet? Panther Nation is our new online hub for alumni, community members and supporters of the School District of West Salem. It features a directory to help you connect with former classmates and other supporters, the opportunity to volunteer, a blog, events, and more! It's completely free to join, and a great way to keep up with all that is happening...

WSHS Teacher Ryan Nelson Honored as Rising Star Under 40

West Salem High School social studies teacher Ryan Nelson was recently honored as a "Rising Star under 40" by the 7 Rivers Alliance. He received this honor for making a positive difference within the community. Read more about Ryan and his contributions below and click here to read the Tribune article. We are very lucky to have him as a member of our staff here at the School District of...

Notice of Educational Options and Accountability Report

Please see below attachment for our annual notice of Educational Options and Accountability Report  2017-2018 Educational Options and Accountability Report 

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