National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain, and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education. Becoming a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) can seem like an insurmountable task. In fact, only 3% of our nation's teachers complete the process as it is a process that pushes educators out of their comfort zones in a journey towards becoming a reflective practitioner. Whitewater High School is proud to announce that it has 3 teachers: Mike Tamblyn (Math), Tony Tautges (Science), and Paul Majors (Agriculture), who have completed the process and have become Nationally Board Certified.
Whitewater High School members of the Octagon Club worked at the UW-Whitewater/Community Optimist Club annual Breakfast with Santa. This event was held on Saturday morning in UW-Whitewater’s Esker Dining Hall. Families enjoyed breakfast and a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. This is the 25th year of celebrating Breakfast with Santa.
Students in Computer Concepts are completing their unit on Cybersecurity and Ethics and have been discussing ways to safely and securely send information over the Internet. On Friday, they acted out Public Key Encryption by exchanging plastic cups that contained public and private numbers of colored chips, and they were able to secretly send a number to another student without anyone else discovering the number. Today, the students paired up for a Cipher Scavenger Hunt where they found clues enciphered using Caesar, Substitution, Pig Pen, and Rail Fence ciphers. By deciphering each clue, they were able to find the location of the next clue.
The Whitewater High School Gymnastics Team had a great start to their season, placing second at the Jefferson Invitational with a 117.850 and placing sixth at the Janesville Invitational scoring 116.525. Competing at both meets were returning Seniors Co-Captain Sydney Treder, Co-Captain Autumn Lesar, Katherine Staniszewski, and Nicole Tomomitsu. Additional teammates were newcomers, freshmen Trinity Nickels and Anna Ejnik, sophomore Jenna Caldwell, and junior Hailey Prager. The highlight of The Jefferson Invitational meet was Trinity Nickels placing 3rd on Vault with an 8.3. Our next Invitational is Friday, December 14th, at 6:00PM at Elkhorn High School. Come out and support your Whitewater Whippets Gymnastics Team! Go, Whippets!
Great things continue to happen for the Whippet Boys’ Swim Team! Our team had a great meet at the Milton Invitational on December 8. We had several medal winning races, along with many best times. Earning medals for the Whippets were: 3rd place, Varsity 200 Medley Relay - Michael Kuhl, Devin Bazeley, Jack Mayer, Shawn Chan; 2nd place, JV 200 Freestyle - Wesley Salverson; 3rd place, JV 200 Freestyle - Antonio Aranda; 2nd place, Varsity 200 Individual Medley - Devin Bazeley; 1st place, Varsity 50 Freestyle - Jack Mayer; 3rd place, Varsity 50 Freestyle - Shawn Chan; 3rd place, Varsity 100 Butterfly - Devin Bazeley; 1st place, Varsity 100 Freestyle - Jack Mayer; 2nd place, Varsity 500 Freestyle - Michael Kuhl; 3rd place, Varsity 100 Backstroke - Michael Kuhl; and 1st place, Varsity 400 Freestyle Relay - Shawn Chan, Devin Bazeley, Michael Kuhl, Jack Mayer. Earning best times for the Whippets were: Wesley Salverson - 200 Freestyle & 100 Breaststroke (-2 seconds); Jon Manriquez - 200 Freestyle (-2.5 seconds); Antonio Aranda - 200 Freestyle (-5 seconds); Jovany Manriquez - 200 Freestyle & 100 Breaststroke (-12 seconds); Devin Bazeley - 200 Individual Medley; Jon Chan - 50 Freestyle (-8 seconds); Shawn Chan - 50 Freestyle (-.5 seconds) & 100 Freestyle (-1 second); Devin Bazeley - 100 Butterfly; Zach Tomomitsu - 100 Freestyle; and Michael Kuhl - 500 Freestyle (-5 seconds). Devin Bazeley was able to post 2 times to the Top 10 All Time list. He is now 6th in the 200 Individual Medley and 8th all-time in the 100 Butterfly. Jovany Manriquez dropped 50 seconds off his 200 Freestyle practice time while racing. Zach Tomomitsu was able to race well with the addition of some nice block starts and by using flip turns at all walls. Michael Kuhl raced hard into the 100 Backstroke finish touching out the 4th place finisher by just .06 seconds with a great finish. Jack Mayer continues to put in strong races, winning both of his individuals and a relay. The boys are really practicing well, and we are really seeing some great improvements from just a week ago.