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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...

Nominations Open for West Salem High School Alumni Hall of Fame

The West Salem School District seeks nominations of distinguished alumni each year for consideration to the West Salem High School Alumni Hall of Fame. This program recognizes and honors School District of West Salem graduates as having achieved a significant degree of success in their pursuits of higher education and/or in their professional careers, and/or community service. The Honor...

Are you interested in part-time employment?

The School District of West Salem is looking for substitutes to fill in for staff when they are unable to be at school. The hours can range from 1 up to 8 hours per day depending upon the position.   Please note the below times are approximately when the shifts can take place. *Nutrition Services Substitute - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. *Custodial Substitute - 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m....

Veterans Day Programs

Our annual Veterans Day Programs will be held at the elementary, middle and high schools on Monday, November 11, 2019. Please see below for times. All veterans are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Come to the West Salem Fall Fun Fest on October 26!

The WSHS Show Choirs will once again be hosting their annual Fall Fun Fest on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26th. There will be lots of fun events for all ages, and admission is free! There will be a Holiday Craft Show beginning at 9 a.m., a Kids Halloween Party with safe trick or treating, games and activities, a bake sale and concessions and performances by our show choirs at noon....

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...

West Salem Community Flu and Vaccination Clinic

The School District of West Salem is partnering with La Crosse County Public Health to provide an Influenza Immunization Clinic on Tuesday, November 5  in the West Salem Elementary School Assembly Room from 4-6 p.m. They will be providing flu shots, as well as other recommended vaccines. More information can be found on the flyer below or by going...

Unity Day is October 23

Every year, our schools come together to celebrate Unity Day, a nationwide celebration hosted by the PACER National Bullying Prevention Center to bring awareness to bullying and lead the way for students to show kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Wear and share orange to color our community, and even the world, visibly showing that we believe that no child should be bullied. 

Jr. Singsations Kids Show Choir Camp

Click the link below for information on how to register your child for this year's Jr. Singsations Kids Show Choir Camp. Students will learn 2-3 songs and choreography for each one! The students will get to perform in the West Salem High School commons at the Kids Halloween Party and Holiday Craft Show on Saturday, October 26 at noon in the West Salem High School commons....

West Salem Schools Excel in State Assessments

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has released the results of the Wisconsin Student Assessment Exams from the 2018-2019 school year, and the School District of West Salem improved their results significantly in almost all areas over the previous year. Students at West Salem Elementary School, West Salem Middle School, and West Salem High School exceeded the state averages for all...

Bus Information for 2019-2020 School Year

Please see below for a list of Village Bus Stops and the Bus Lineup for the 2019-2020 School Year. If you have any questions regarding these, please contact the Bus Garage at (608)-786-4356. 2019-2020 Village Bus Stops 2019-2020 Bus Lineup  

Swarthout Pool Reopening August 14, 2019

The West Salem Swarthout Pool will reopen during normal hours on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Thank you for your patience these past few days!

National Honor Society Blood Drive on August 13th

The West Salem High School National Honor Society will be hosting a blood drive during registration on Tuesday, August 13, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the High School Library.  If you would like to book an appointment, please call 877-232-4376 or use the link: bit.ly/Panthers819  Anyone 16 years of age or older may donate.  16 year olds do need parent permission so please print...

School Supply List - 2019-2020

Click the list for a printable version.

Panther Den Road Closed for Paving

The road to the Panther Den is currently being paved and will be closed until paving is complete and the barricades are removed. The estimated reopening of the road is June 24, 2019.  People may park in the elementary or high school parking lots and walk to the facility. 

WSHS Drama & Music Departments Present "Annie

Join the West Salem High School Drama & Music Departments as they present "Annie" beginning Thursday, June 20 through Saturday, June 22. Tickets are just $8 and can be purchased at showtix4u.com or at the door the day of the show(s). Please see below for performance times and more information. We hope to see you there!

District Office Closed July 5 & July 12

The District Office will be closed Friday, July 5 for the holiday weekend and Friday, July 12 for office cleaning. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Summer Hours at the Middle School

The middle school office will be open the following dates and times this summer: June 10-June 27: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 28-July 15: Closed July 16-18: 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. July 19: Closed July 22-August 9: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. August 12-23: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Summer Hours at the High School

Please note the following changes to open office hours at the high school for the summer: June 10-June 28:   9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. July 1-July 21:         Closed July 22- August 9:   9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Anyone needing immediate assistance outside the posted hours may stop in the district office. The office will reopen August 12 with regular business hours.

Vendor Registration for 17th Annual West Salem Holiday Craft Show

We know that summer is just kicking off, but for those of you that plan ahead, please see below for a registration form for the Annual Craft Show held in October. Please contact Amy Hanson at hanson.amy@wsalem.k12.wi.us with any questions. 2019 Craft Show Vendor Registration Form

Summer Drama Camp Registration for K-8

Mrs. Hanson and the WSHS Drama Department will once again be hosting Summer Drama Camp for students K-8th grade. New this year, there will be an opportunity to participate in two productions, The Lion King Kids and Frozen Jr.! Please see the link below for more information and a registration form.  2019 Summer Drama Camp Registration Form

2nd Annual WSHS Alumni Hall of Fame Induction

Please join us as we honor our 2019 WSHS Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees, Richard Schomburg, Duane Kneifl, and Dr. Michael Quinn. The 2nd Annual West Salem High School Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 17, 2019, in the West Salem High School commons, beginning with a reception at 4:30 p.m., followed by the ceremony at 5:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be...

Babysitting Training Course

Mrs. Jehn will once again be hosting the Red Cross Babysitting Training Course this summer. The class runs June 10-11 from either 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Children must be at least 10 years old to participate. To register, please click the click below, fill out the form and return to the Middle School office by May 15th.  Babysitting Training Course Registration

West Salem Fun Run 5K Race

The WS Elementary PTO and the MS Student Council are hosting a 5k and 1k Fun Run on Sunday, May 19, 2019 beginning at 8 a.m. This event is family friendly and features an exciting new route for the 5K! Registration is $10 per person, $35 for a family of four, and $7 for each additional family member and includes a t-shirt if you register by May 1! For more information and to register, please...

School is Cancelled for Thursday, April 11, 2019

Due to continued worsening weather, there will be no school for Thursday, April 11, 2019. 

Notices of Election / Referendum - April 2, 2019

Notice of School Board Election - April 2, 2019 (Click for printable version) Notice of Referendum - April 2, 2019 (Click for printable version)

Two Hour Delay and No A.M. 4K for Thursday, March 14, 2019

Due to intense fog, all schools will have a two hour delay and there will be no A.M. 4K for Thursday, March 14, 2019. Drive safely! 

Youth Football Camp Registration

Coach Jehn and the Varsity football players will once again be hosting a youth football camp for students that will be in 2nd-8th grade in the fall of 2019. The camp will take place June 17-20, 2019 at the Varsity practice fields behind WSES. To register, please fill out the form below and return to either: Your child's teacher at WSES, Mrs. Jehn at WSMS or West Salem High School C/O Coach...

Teens and Technology Use & Misuse Presentation with Dr. Justin Patchin

On Monday, March 25, Dr. Justin Patchin, co-founder of the Cyberbullying Research Center and professor of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will present on Teens and Technology Use at the Heider Center. His presentation will focus on need-to-know information for parents and guardians when it comes to teens and technology use and misuse. The event is free and open to the...

NHS Blood Drive on March 14, 2019

The West Salem High School National Honor Society will be hosting a Blood drive on Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the WSHS LMC (library). If you'd like to make an appointment ahead of time, please go to bit.ly/WestSalem2019 or call 877-232-4376. All donors will receive a t-shirt! Help us save lives! 

Registration Open for CNA Night Class Spring 2019

Registration is now open for the CNA Certification Class for Spring 2019. Classes will begin in March 18 and run through May 21. They will be held most Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday from 4:30-9:00 p.m. at West Salem High School. The class is open to all individuals ages 16 and up. For more information and a schedule of all classes and clinicals, please see the schedule below. Registration...

Free Teen Car Control Clinic

Gundersen Health will be offering a Free Teen Car Control Clinic on April 13 and 14 from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is open to all licensed drivers ages 16-19, but they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The course is free, however, they do require a $50 refundable deposit to secure your spot and you must be registered by March 29. You only need to register for one of the two days....

Two Hour Delay and No 4K for Monday, February 25, 2019

Due to inclement weather, all schools will have a two hour delay and there will be no 4K for Monday, February 25, 2019. Stay safe Panthers!

Cat's Pajamas Concert is Cancelled for February 23, 2019

Due to incoming winter weather, unfortunately this show has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

4K Classes Cancelled for Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Due to the weather, both A.M. and P.M. 4K classes are cancelled for Wednesday, February 20, 2019. All other schools ARE in session and will hold classes. Stay safe! 

Wheel Chair Basketball All-Star Game

WSHS Production of "Charlotte's Web" Rescheduled

Due to a lack of rehearsal time, the WSHS Drama production of "Charlotte's Web" has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 3 p.m. at the Heider Center. Please see below for more details.

Join Us for the Sweetheart Dance!

WSHS Show Choirs will be hosting a Sweetheart Dance for boys, girls, and their parents, grandparents and guardians next Friday, February 22, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the West Salem Elementary School Cafeteria/Multi-Purpose Area. Please see below for more information!

Rescheduled Athletic Events and 4K Police Night for Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Due to today's school cancellation, the following athletic events and 4K Police Night have been rescheduled:  High School Girls Basketball @ Westby: Will be played on Saturday, February 16. Varsity only at 6 PM. Gymnastics home vs. Arcadia & Westby: Rescheduled for tomorrow at 6 PM at the high school. MS Girls Basketball vs. Longfellow: Reschedule TBD 4K Police Night 4K Police Night...

School is Cancelled for Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Due to the snow storm, all schools are cancelled for Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Stay safe Panthers! #WeAreWS

Rescheduled Athletic Events for Thursday, February 7, 2019

Due to today's school cancellation, the following athletic events have been rescheduled or cancelled: Varsity & JV Girls Basketball @ G-E-T: Postponed to Thursday, February 14 Varsity Boys Hockey vs. Reedsburg: Cancelled 7th & 8th Grade Girls Basketball vs. G-E-T: Postponed (makeup date TBD)

School is Cancelled for Thursday, February 7, 2019

Due to incoming winter weather, all schools are closed for Thursday, February 7, 2019. Stay safe Panthers! 

Have Questions about the April Referendum?

Do you have questions about our upcoming operational referendum on April 2? We'd be happy to help answer some of them for you. Check out our referendum page by clicking here.   

2019 Summer School Dates

2019 Summer School will be held July 22-August 9, 2019. Please see below for more information. Additional info will go home with your child sometime in April. 

School is Canceled for Thursday, January 31, 2019

Due to the continued dangerously cold temperatures, all schools will be closed Thursday, January 31, 2019. All high school activities scheduled after 2 p.m. will proceed as scheduled as of now. There will be no middle school or elementary school after school activities. We will be sure to update you with further changes. Thank you!

District Office Closed Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Due to the severe weather, the District Office will be closed Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Thanks for your understanding! 

Rescheduled Athletic Events for Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Due to today's school cancellation, several athletic events have been rescheduled. Please see below for more information. High School Girls Basketball Home vs. Luther - Rescheduled for Monday, February 4 (JV @ 6 PM, Varsity @ 7:15 PM) High School Varsity Boys Hockey Away vs. Aquinas - Rescheduled for Saturday, February 2 @ 4 PM at the Omni Center Middle School Girls Basketball vs. Logan -...

School is Canceled for Tuesday, January 29 and Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

Due to the dangerously cold weather, all schools will be closed both Tuesday, January 29 and Wednesday, January 30, 2019. These days will be made up on March 15th and June 6th.

School is Canceled for Monday, January 28, 2019

Due to the incoming winter storm, all schools are canceled for Monday, January 28, 2019. 

Bingo Night Fundraiser at the Middle School

Join senior Bria Fitzgerald this Saturday as she hosts a Bingo Night at the middle school to raise funds for an AED for the Panther Den! See below for more details. We hope to see you there! 

Rescheduled Athletic Events for Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Due to the school cancellation today, several athletic events have been rescheduled. Please see below for more details.  -JV & Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Central has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 31 at West Salem High School (JV @ 6 PM, Varsity @ 7:15 PM) -C-team, JV, and Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Osseo-Fairchild has been rescheduled for Friday, January 25 (C-team @ 6 PM in...

School is Canceled for Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Due to the impending snowfall, school is canceled for Tuesday, January 22, 2019. 

JV/Varsity Gymnastics Invitational Canceled for 1/18/19

Due to the weather, tonight's JV and Varsity Gymnastics Invitational at Viroqua has been canceled. At this time, a rescheduled date is yet to be determined. 

Street Changes Near Campus

We would like to inform you of some changes that will be coming to the streets near campus. The Village has informed us that the intersection of Mark St. and East Ave. will become a four-way stop beginning next week (January 21-25th). We are aware that the majority of our families use this intersection on a daily basis, and this change may take some time to get used to.  That being said, we...

Gr. 4 & 5 Robotics

First Robotics for grade 4 & 5 - please click here  for more information 

All After School Events and Activities Canceled for January 15, 2019

Due to freezing drizzle and the continued potential for icy roads, all after school events and activities are canceled for Tuesday, January 15, 2019. 

2 Hour Delay and No A.M. 4K for Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Due to icy roads, all schools are two hours delayed and there will be no A.M. 4K for Tuesday, January 15, 2019. 

All After School Events and Activities Canceled for January 14, 2019

Due to forecasted icy conditions later this evening, all after school events and activities are canceled for today, Monday, January 14, 2019. 

Bridging Brighter Smiles: School-Based Dental Care

Bridging Brighter Smiles will be holding their next dental clinic at West Salem Elementary School on: January 8, 2019 Bridging Brighter Smiles will be holding their next dental clinic at West Salem Middle and High Schools on: January 9, 2019   It is not too late to enroll!  Sign up online at: http://enrollment.bbsmiles.org/   Professional Dental Services Provided Right at School...

Walking Track Access During Winter Break

The main office of the high school will be closed during winter break- (Dec 24-January 1).  During this time, the walking track will not be accessible to the public. We apologize for this inconvenience. The track will open back up during regular hours on January 2. 

Holiday Hours for the District Office

The District Office will be OPEN the following dates: Thursday, December 27th and Friday, December 28th from 7:30-12:00 and 1:00-4:00. We will be CLOSED the following dates: Monday, December 24th-Wednesday, December 26th  Monday, December 31st-Tuesday, January 1st  The District Office will be open to take School Board Candidacy papers until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January...

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 

Additional Update on Potential Threat-December 10, 2018

Updated 12/10/18-7:07 p.m.    Good Evening Panthers, We would like to give you another update regarding the bomb threat received at West Salem High School earlier today. Law enforcement officials have confirmed that the threat originated from out of state and was not intended for West Salem High School. This incident is still under further investigation, but law enforcement and school...

4K Afternoon Session Canceled for Monday, December 10, 2018

All afternoon 4K classes are canceled for Monday, December 10, 2018. They will resume Tuesday, December 11, 2018 as regularly scheduled. 

Choir Concert for 12/1 has been Cancelled

Due to the weather, the Choir concert scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at the Heider Center has been canceled and rescheduled for December 15 at 7 p.m. Please spread the word. Stay safe Panthers!

Jr. Singsations Winter Kids Show Choir Camp

The WSHS choirs will once again be hosting a Jr. Singsations Kids Show Choir Camp! Students in 4K-4th grade will spend the week of January 22-25 practicing songs that they will perform at the Show Choir Extravaganza on Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26 at 7 p.m. at the Heider Center. Cost is $25 and includes a t-shirt. Please see below for the registration form....

Send in Your Nominations for the WSHS Alumni Hall of Fame!

Nominations are now open for the WSHS Alumni Hall of Fame, Class of 2019! This program recognizes and honors School District of West Salem graduates as having achieved a significant degree of success in their pursuits of higher education and/or in their professional careers, and/or community service. It's easy to nominate someone, just click the link below to access the form, print...

School District of West Salem "Exceeds Expectations" on State Report Cards

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recently released its annual school report cards, and we are proud to announce that our district as a whole "Exceeds Expectations" with a four star rating of 76.6, one of the highest scores in the area. Our individual school buildings all performed incredibly as well.  West Salem Superintendent Troy Gunderson released the following...

WSMS Presents, "Yes, Virginia" the Musical

Join West Salem Middle School drama students as they present "Yes, Virginia" the Musical November 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. at the Heider Center. Tickets are just $5.00 and can be purchased at the Box Office ahead of time or at the door the day of. We hope to see you there!

Tyler Marcou's SEP: A Forum on "Crime and Drugs in Our Community"

Join senior Tyler Marcou for his SEP highlighting crime and the use of drugs in our community. He will be hosting a forum with three local professionals to answer some common questions surrounding this issue. This event is free and open to the public and will take place this coming Wednesday, November 7 at 7 p.m. at the Heider Center in West Salem.

iFeed Penny War Fundraiser

West Salem Middle School students will be participating in a Penny War to raise money for the 4th Annual iFeed Fundraiser to alleviate hunger in the La Crosse area and around the world. Pennies will count for +1 point, and all silver coins and dollar bills will count for negative points (Ex: One dollar is -100 points). The object is to get the most pennies in your jar, while...

CNA Training Class for Students at West Salem High School

  Quality CNA Training and West Salem High School are partnering to offer Nurse Aide training to area high school students. These classes are available to students 16 years of age or older. The training includes both classroom hours and supervised hands-on clinical experience and will begin in January 2019. For more information and a tentative schedule, please see the flyer and link below....

Unity Day- October 24, 2018

Students and staff will be wearing orange this Unity Day, October 24, to come together in one giant message of hope and support to stand up against bullying. Let's show our community that "Compassion Lives Here" and we will all unite to end bullying in West Salem, our state, country, nation and world. 

2018 West Salem Community Flu & Vaccination Clinic

In conjunction with the La Crosse County Health Department, West Salem Elementary will be hosting a Community Flu & Vaccination Clinic this Tuesday, October 9th from 4-6 p.m. in the West Salem Elementary School Assembly Room. For more information, please see the flyer below.

Operational Referendum-November 6, 2018

Do you have questions about the Operational Referendum being held on November 6, 2018? Please visit our Referendum page here for more information and answers to some of your most frequently asked questions. Stay tuned for more information, including a video featuring one of our school board members. 

Children's Halloween Party and West Salem Fall Fun Fest

Join us for a fun weekend on October 26-27th! WSHS Show Choirs will be hosting a Halloween Party for children on Friday and the annual Fall Fun Fest on Saturday. The fest will include a pancake breakfast, fall craft show and much more! See below for more details. We hope to see you there!

Jr. Singsations Kids Show Choir Camp

Click the link below for information on how to register your child for this year's Jr. Singsations Kids Show Choir Camp. Students will learn 2-3 songs and choreography for each one! The students will get to perform in the West Salem High School commons at the Kids Halloween Party on Friday, October 26 @ 6:45 pm and Holiday Craft Show on Saturday, October 27 @ 10:00...

Kohl Teacher Fellowship or Student Excellence Scholarship

Nominate a teacher for the Teacher Fellowship Program or a principal for the Principal Leadership Award.  The deadline to nominate someone is Monday, October 8, 2018. Students are also able to apply for a Student Initiative Scholarship. Click the link to proceed:  http://www.kohleducation.org/ Student Excellence Awards 1991 - Kathy Niedfeldt 1996 – Heather Larson 1997 –...

Flood Relief Fundraiser

At the football game tonight, Panther and Blugold fans will be given the option to donate to the flood relief efforts or pay the standard entry fee.  Athletic passes will be honored tonight, as well.  Please join us in helping our neighbors!

Middle School Dedication and Open House

After a year of construction, including additions and renovations, a few setbacks, and lots of moving around and cooperation from our staff, our middle school is complete! Middle School Dedication and Open House When: Saturday, September 22nd from 12:30-3:00 p.m. Where: West Salem Middle School, 440 East Ave., West Salem, WI Why: To celebrate the completion of our brand new middle...

Flood Relief Donations at West Salem vs. Holmen Football Game

Panther Football plays at Holmen this Friday and our friends at the School District of Holmen are being kind enough to waive all admission fees to this game. They simply ask that you bring non-perishable foods, supplies, or a monetary donation to help out those that have been affected by the recent flooding. We hope to see lots of Panthers out there supporting our team and our community!

Athletic Updates for 8/28/18

Due to the excessive amount of rain over the last few days, the future forecast, and road closures, please see below for adjustments to the athletic schedule:

Varsity Football Schedule Change

Due to the threat of severe weather, kickoff for tonight's (8/24) Varsity football game at G-E-T has been moved up to 5 p.m. 

Family Archery Shoot at the OEC

Join us for a fun-filled day of learning and practicing archery at the OEC on Saturday, August 24th from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. For more details, see below. Questions? Contact Mary Callen, OEC Coordinator at callen.mary@wsalem.k12.wi.us

Fitness Camp for Kids-

For her SEP, senior Martha West will be hosting a Fitness Camp for Kids, this Saturday, August 18th, from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at Eupraxia in West Salem. She will be leading kids through a workout, helping them to learn various skills. Kids will also get to enjoy a smoothie from Oma after! To sign up, and for more information, go to https://fitnesscampforkids.eventbrite.com. ...

WSHS Drama Presents "Hairspray"

Please see below for info on WSHS Drama Club's presentation of Hairspray. 

NHS Blood Drive on August 14th

The West Salem High School National Honor Society will be hosting a blood drive this coming Tuesday, August 14th, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the High School LMC. The Red Cross is currently in a Blood Emergency and is really in need of more donations. Walk-ins are welcome, otherwise you can schedule an appointment at redcross.org. Anyone ages 16 and up can donate blood. 16 year olds will need...

School Board Meeting Update-7/30/18

The following includes a summary of the School Board Meeting held on Monday, July 30, 2018. On the agenda for the evening were reports from the Buildings and Grounds Committee, the  District performance reports from David McPheeters, Director of Buildings and Grounds, Shawn Handland, Director of Finance, Rick Kline, Director of Transportation, Kerri Feyen, Director of School Nutrition and...

Swarthout Pool Final Day-August 24th

The Swarthout Pool will be closing for the season on August 24th at 8:30 p.m. Please check the lost and found for any items you may have left behind this summer. 

Fall Sports Meeting

There will be a Fall Sports Meeting held Monday, July 30 at 6 p.m. in the Heider Center for all students interested in participating in a fall sport, including football, boys' soccer, volleyball, girls' tennis, girls' swimming and cross country. Athletes and parents will meet together and then break out into individual sessions to meet their coaches and get important dates for...

18-19 School Supply List

Below is the 18-19 School District of West Salem Supply list for grades 4k-8. There is no set supply list for grades 9-12. For a printable version of the list, click on the image below.

District Office Closed and Network Down June 22

On Friday, June 22, the District Office will be closed due to a planned network outage. This also means there will be no district internet or phone access. Skyward will also be updated beginning June 22, and will not be completed until June 24 at approximately 6 p.m. Please plan accordingly.            

Immediate Help Needed for Moving

The Buildings and Grounds staff is looking for immediate help to move classroom furniture and equipment in our middle school beginning Monday, June 18 for two to three weeks. Hours may vary. Must be at least 16 years old and able to lift and carry at least 50 pounds repeatedly. Rate is $13.72 per hour. If interested, please contact Mark Ledman at ledman.mark@wsalem.k12.wi.us or by calling...

Hairspray Cast List

Please see below for the Hairspray Cast list. Hairspray Cast List

Summer Drama Camp Change

There has been a slight change for this year's summer drama camp. Instead of "Honk Jr.," students will be presenting "Clowns: the Musical." Camp will be held August 13-16th from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Heider Center. For more information, please click the link below, or contact Amy Hanson or Rhonda Andres at hanson.amy@wsalem.k12.wi.us or...

2018 Swarthout Pool Info

For pool hours for 2018, please see below.  For more information about the pool, or any questions you may have, see their page at the below link or call 786-5309 http://www.wsalem.k12.wi.us/content/community/ws-swimming-pool

WSHS Drama Presents "Bye Bye Birdie"

West Salem High School Drama Department is presenting "Bye Bye Birdie" as their summer musical. Please see below for more information including dates and times. We hope to see you there!

Hairspray Jr. Auditions

Please see below for information and an application form for Hairspray Jr. auditions.  Hairspray Jr. Audition Form

Wrestlers Named to Academic All-State Team

The West Salem-Bangor wrestling team had five wrestlers named to the Wisconsin Academic All-State Teams. They are as follows: 1st Team Junior: Aaron Bahr  Honorable Mention Juniors: Dalton Schams, Joe Hess, Caiden Buehler ​Honorable Mention Sophomore: Carlyle Lyga Congrats to all!

Class of 2018 Honored at Scholarship Night

On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, the class of 2018 was honored at a scholarship night at the Heider Center. Over 50 students received scholarships to further their education thanks to our generous donors. We'd like to thank everyone that helped to make this night a success, including our generous donors including businesses, families, alumni and many more, as well as our Student Services staff,...

Event Updates

The following events had incorrect times printed in the newsletter. Updated times are listed below. We apologize for the incovenience. Wednesday, May 16, 2018: Scholarship Night @ 7 p.m. at the Heider Center Saturday, May 19, 2018: WSHS Choir Farewell Concert @ 7 p.m. at the Heider Center  Sunday, May 20, 2018: WSHS Band Farewell Concert @ 2 p.m. at the Heider Center   ...

2 Hour Delay and No A.M. 4K for Thursday, April 19, 2018

Due to icy roads, all schools are 2 hours delayed and there is no A.M. 4K for Thursday, April 18, 2018.

West Salem Youth Football Camp Registration

Coach Jehn and the West Salem Football Team will again be hosting their Skillz & Drillz Youth Football Camp June 18-21, 2018. The camp is open to students in grades 2-8. For more information and a registration form, click the link below.  Skillz & Drillz Youth Football Camp

School is Cancelled for Tuesday, April 3, 2018

In the best interest of the safety of our students and staff, all schools are closed for Tuesday, April 3, 2018 due to the impending snow storm. 

New Employment Opportunities for 2018-2019

Be sure to check out our employment opportunities page for our latest openings! We have a variety of positions available for the 2018-2019 school year!    Employment Opportunities Page Job Openings on WECAN.               See our certified staff postings See our support staff postings (Including coaching opportunities) **Don't forget to...

School Forest Open March 11 for Winter Activities

Please join us for a fun afternoon at the school forest (OEC) on Sunday, March 11, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. for hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Please bring your skis, snowshoes or good ole' boots. This event is free. There will be a limited number of skis and snowshoes available to borrow. Unfortunately, there will not be small-sized equipment for children under 8.  The...

2 Hour Delay and No A.M. 4K for Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

Due to the potential for slippery roads, all schools are two hours delayed and there will be no A.M. 4K for Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

Classes Will Dismiss Two Hours Early on 3/5/18

Due to the potential for heavy snowfall later today, classes for all schools will dismiss two hours early today at 1:10 p.m.

WSHS Saves over $30,000 on Energy Costs

With help from CESA 10, and the diligence of it's staff members and students, West Salem High School has been able to save over $30,000 in energy costs in a little over a year. Read below for the full press release from CESA 10.

NHS Blood Drive on March 13th

The West Salem High School National Honor Society will be partnering with the Red Cross to host a blood drive in the High School Library. The drive will take place from 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome! If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please use the link below: https://www.redcrossblood.org/rcbmobile/drive/chooseDonationTime.jsp

State and Playoff Athletic Updates

Our Panthers had a great weekend of competitions, and there's an even better one coming up! Both boys' hockey and gymnastics qualified for the state tournaments, Aaron Bahr took 3rd place at the state wrestling tournament, and boys' basketball has a sectional game this week as well. Check out the dates and times of all our upcoming games below.  Thursday, March 1, 2018-WIAA...

Girls' Basketball WIAA Sectional Cancelled for February 24, 2018.

Due to the potential for a snow storm, the girls' basketball sectional game at Wisconsin Dells on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 7 p.m. has been rescheduled for Monday, February 26, 2018 at 6 p.m.

WSES Student wins 2nd Place in Child Abuse Prevention Task Force T-Shirt Contest

Anna Flack, a WSES fifth grader, recently won 2nd place in the Coulee Region Child Abuse Prevention Task Force T-Shirt Design Contest. Each year, the task force holds the contest to help promote awareness of child abuse and prevention efforts in La Crosse County. They also use the contest as an opportunity to discuss being safe with students, and how families can spend time together.  Anna...

Playoff and State Athletics Updates

Both the West Salem girls' basketball team, and the West Salem boys' hockey team are moving on to the next round of playoffs after wins over Black River Falls and Reedsburg on February 20. The girls will play at WSHS on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 7 p.m. versus the winner of the Arcadia/Viroqua matchup on February 21. If they win, they will move on to the sectional semi-final on...

Athletic Events Update for the Evening of February 20, 2018

Despite school being cancelled for the day, tonight's athletic activities will go on as previously scheduled. Girls' basketball will host Black River Falls for a Regional Qualifying game at 7 p.m. at WSHS, and boys' hockey will host Reedsburg in a Sectional Semi-Final at the Meat Locker, also at 7 p.m.

School is Cancelled for Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Due to the weather and icy roads, school is cancelled for Tuesday, February 20, 2018. This snow day will be made up on Friday, March 16, a previously scheduled day off. 

All Evening Activities Cancelled for February 19, 2018

Due to the potential for freezing rain and slippery roads, all evening activities, including Driver's Ed, are cancelled for February 19, 2018.

West Salem DECA's Panther Plaza Recognized as an Outstanding School-Based Enterprise

West Salem DECA's Panther Plaza, also known as the school store, has earned recognition at the Gold Level for an Outstanding School-Based Enterprise from DECA, Inc. See the press release below. Way to go Panthers!

School Bus Driver Recognition Week, February 12-16, 2018

As declared by Governor Scott Walker, February 12-16, 2018 is School Bus Driver Recognition Week in the state of Wisconsin. Please take a moment to thank your bus drivers this week! They do so much to insure your children get from home to school and back safely each and every day. 

WSHS Health Occupations Students of America Host Fundraisers

The WSHS Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) group will be hosting two fundraisers this week. The first is a Sweetheart Dance on Thursday, February 8, 2018 for elementary students and a parent, guardian or special adult, and the second is a Parent's Night Out babysitting event on Friday, February 9, 2018, where students will offer an affordable night of babysitting elementary aged...

2018 West Salem High School Alumni Hall of Fame Recipients Announced

The 2018 West Salem Alumni Hall of Fame Recipients are Thomas Black ('59), David Friestad ('61) and Jay Johnson ('64). The recipients will be honored at a reception to be held May 18, 2018 at West Salem High School at 5 p.m. For more information on this event, check out the webpage below. We look forward to honoring these very deserving recipients.  West Salem High School Alumni...

Basketball Livestreams for week of January 29, 2018

KQEG will be showing a livestream of both the girls and boys basketball games this week. They play at the following times: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Girls: 7:15pm @ Luther Boys: 7:30pm vs. Bangor  Thursday, February 1, 2018 Boys: 7:15pm vs. Luther You can access the livestream using the link below. http://www.kqegtv.com/modules/web/index.php/id/341

Wrestling Live Stream for 1/27

If you can't make it to the home wrestling meet this weekend, you can watch live using the link below. https://thecube.com/event/776363

Used Prom Dress Sale this Weekend

Rebecca Michael, a WSHS senior, will be hosting a Used Prom Dress Sale for her SEP this weekend in the WSHS band room. For more details, see below or contact Rebecca. We hope to see you there!

2 Hour Delay and No A.M. 4K for Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

Due to the weather, all schools are two hours delayed and there will be no A.M. 4K for Tuesday, January 23, 2018. 

West Salem SD Trap Team

"Happy New Year!  Hope your New Year and New Semester, are off to a good start!!!     This letter is to invite you to an informational meeting regarding our Schools' first official year as a member of the Wisconsin Clay Target League.  The team is open 6-12 grade students.  The meeting is on Friday January 26th at 7:00 PM in the High School Commons....

2 Hour Delay and No AM 4K for Monday, January 15, 2018.

Due to the weather, all schools are 2 hours delayed and there will be no AM 4K for Monday, January 15, 2018.

All Evening Activities Canceled for January 11, 2018

Due to inclement weather, all evening and after school activities for grades K-12 are canceled.

Afternoon 4K is cancelled today, January 11, 2018, due to the weather.

Afternoon 4K is cancelled today, January 11, 2018, due to the weather.

2018 School Board Candidates Announced

The candidates for this year's school board election on April 3, 2018 have been finalized. There are three seats available, with two of the seats being for a three year term, and one of the seats being for a one year term. Due to only three individuals filing for candidacy, all three will receive a seat, however, their term length will be determined by the number of votes they receive. The...

1/2/2018 School Cancelled

Due to a water main break, there will not be school on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.  The District Office will be open to accept School Board Member Candidacy papers.

WSHS Students Learn About the Dangers of Smartphone Use while Driving

As Wisconsin marks the 7th anniversary of its texting while driving ban this December, today our high schoolers learned about the importance of keeping their eyes on the road, and off their phones, during a presentation sponsored by AT&T, AAA and the Wisconsin State Patrol called "It Can Wait." They watched a video entitled, "The Last Text" about individuals and...

2018-2019 and 2019-2020 School Calendars Released

The finalized calendars for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years are now available. Please see the links below for PDF copies. Note that the days marked "SD" will be no school days UNLESS there are snow days to make up, which will be announced by Superintendent Troy Gunderson closer to the marked dates. 2018-2019 School Calendar 2019-2020 School Calendar

West Salem Schools "Exceed Expectations" on State Report Cards

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released its annual school report cards today, and we are proud to announce that our district, as well as all three of our individual schools received a rating of "Exceeds Expectations." Our district rating of a 79.9 is among the highest in the area.  West Salem Superintendent Troy Gunderson released the following statement: "We...

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...

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!

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, 2018.   Office...

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 this...

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 – 2017...

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 on...

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 closing...

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 immunization...

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...

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

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...

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


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 Wisconsin...

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 who...

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 and...

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 School Report...

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

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! 

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

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 driver. Applicants...

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: 1. Yearbook (formal...

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 middle...

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,...

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 judges. This was a...

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 the...

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 his life. So, I...

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 a...

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 considered a...

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.ʉۻ 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 a new place...

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 perhaps a future...

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 and Coach...

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 and...

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 dept....

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.   Though...

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 points....

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...

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 different...

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 home....

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...

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 findings showed...

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 edge of...

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 for free...

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 to the...

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 Conference to be...

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...

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 "Junior"...

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 one...

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 services.  There...

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 talent, but...

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 for the...

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 Farm2School...

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...

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 Code...

"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, wrapped...

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 influenced me to...

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 and...

2016-2017 Student Calendar

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.  They...

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 acronym....

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.

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 wrestling in...

West Salem Panthers help teammate fulfill dream

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

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 started!...

Assignment: Education - New Wisconsin assessment still measures Common Core

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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 7:25...

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: Go...

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 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 outstanding...

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 their second...

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.

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/

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 story.

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.

Parenting the Love and Logic Wayâ„¢

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, makes a...

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 children, and...

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

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

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 and Get The Next...

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 among a list...

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 PROCLAMATION   In...

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 need volunteers for...

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 Noll Kendra...

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 feeding. Choose safe, age...

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 hometown, West Salem,...

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 does not...

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 Development Secretary's Office 201...

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.   Do you need vegetable...

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 place...

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 all of the students and...

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 Capitol...

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 garden. If...

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, Matt Seeger, Janna Severeid, Justin Stockheimer, Noah Sweeney, Gabe Tamke, Bronson Thorn, Duncan Tiber, Ted   Also, the regional will have live streaming on...

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 of...

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 winners...

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 Read More 2015...

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 Exhibit at...

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

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 we are...

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 technology...

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...

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 may pick Wrestling...

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, Erica Craig, Erin...

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.  ...

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 and greenhouses...

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.

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 facilities...

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 read more.

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...

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 Arts.   He...

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 to continue reading...

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 straight.”...

“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 information on...

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...

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)

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...

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             October 27, 2014      

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