Friday, February 1, 2013
Port PiraTech Robotics team hosting an open house on Monday at Port Washington High School.
As the counter ticks away with 17 days and hours remaining for the Port High School Robotics team to completely finish building their robot — another important date for the team is more quickly approaching. The Port PiraTech Robotics team is hosting an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Room 423 of the High School. "Come see what we've been up to and where your support has taken us so far!" the flier for the event says. The Port PiraTech robotics team formed at Port Washington High School for the first time ever this year. They meet from 6 to 10 p.m. four nights a week, and from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays; they have until Feb. 19 to build the robot for a competition to be held in March. The robots cannot cost more than $4,000, …
Friday, January 25, 2013
The Port Washington-Saukville School Board Personnel and Programs Committee offered support of a roughly $160,000 investment in the technology programs offered at Port High.
Port Washington-Saukville school officials are continuing their commitment to science and technology curriculum with plans for a roughly $160,000 investment to programs at the high school. The School Board Personnel and Programs and Committee met on Monday night to discuss the plans to hire an additional teacher in the tech department for the 2013-14 school year, as well as launch a biomedical sciences course, according to an Ozaukee Press article. Investments in technology upgrades as well as the cost of the teacher would add up to about $160,000, the article said, and the additional teacher will allow more students to take the class. The committee recommended approval of the plans; the School Board will likely take a vote at its next …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The Port Washington High School is participating in the FIRST Robotics competition for the first time this year, and students are spending lots of hours in preparation for the event.
While from the outside a high school robotics team seems like something that caters to science-minded students, FIRST Robotics volunteer Jim Valasek said the mentor-based program is about more than learning one genre. "(The students) are almost running a little business," said Valasek, who is also a senior project manager at Rockwell Automation. Students are divided into teams such as designing, building, marketing as well as fundraising as part of the project, he said. FIRST stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology," and the program has several levels of robotics competitions, offering opportunities for kids age 6 through high school. The Port PiraTech robotics team, formed at Port Washington High School for …
The Saukville business and Port Washington-Saukville School officials are very excited about this quick-moving partnership that offers solid opportunities for students in the near future.
With the harsh realization in mind that 50 percent of its skilled trade workers will retire in the next 15 years — and that new skilled workers are hard to find — a local manufacturer has developed a partnership with the Port Washington-Saukville School District to work with students on developing such skills and interests. Charter Steel Senior Human Resources Representative Erin Spaeth said the company became interested in the partnership after realizing the apprenticeship program it currently offers won't be enough to fill the gap when those retirements hit. "We know that the apprenticeship program is not the only way that we are going to (be able to prepare)," she said. "We've recognized the need (for outreach) and building the …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Dockside Deli and Port Washington State Bank were recognized by the PWSSD board for their nominations to the Wisconsin School Board Association 2012 Business Honor Roll.
Two local businesses were honored at the Port Washington-Saukville School Board meeting on Monday night with plaques recognizing their placement on the Wisconsin School Board Association 2012 Business Honor Roll. Dockside Deli and the Port Washington State Bank were two of more than 70 businesses nominated statewide for the honor. A representative from the Wisconsin School Board Association was present at the meeting to deliver the plaques. School Board member Brian McCutcheon was also recognized by the association for his commitment to students and the schools. Read more about why Dockside Deli and PWSB were nominated in the original story announcing the award.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
A roundup of school news from 2012 shows a number of awards as well as improvements planned in the Port Washington-Saukville School District.
With Christmas around the corner and a New Year on its way, it's time to take a look back at all that's happened in 2012. Inside Port Washington-Saukville schools lots was happening this year. Here's a look at top stories from the district:
Monday, November 26, 2012
The Port Washington-Saukville School District's STEM program is branching out, adding a robotics team and with a growing advisory board, furthering efforts to better prepare its students for life after graduation.
Recognizing changing trends in technology and employment opportunities, the Port Washington-Saukville School District is branching out its efforts to better prepare its students for life after graduation. The district is in its third year of being a part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Forward program — and the initiative's offerings are growing. "STEM Forward is a technical organization that provides and promotes education outreach programs that emphasize Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics," according to a press release from Port Washington High School Principal Eric Burke. "Their mission is to advance STEM talent in Wisconsin." Alec Belling, a technology and engineering teacher who works with…
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Students and educators say any stigma is fading from the nation's community colleges. A growing number of students are choosing 2-year programs to find high-paying jobs — in fields where businesses are actually hiring.
Though many graduating high school students have turned to university systems as their next career steps, it seems a growing number of youth are deciding that a community college education offers a cheaper — and perhaps quicker — path to entering the real world. About 8 million U.S. students attended community college in 2011 — up from about 6 million in 2010, according to the National Association of Community Colleges. And the skill sets being taught at these schools is shifting, too; Those in charge of community colleges say private companies are all but begging them to train more students to fill in-demand jobs, especially in growing areas such as advanced manufacturing, emergency response and medical fields. The Port Washington-…
Friday, August 19, 2011
Group of Port high graduates, students have been working hard to build their boat as part of the Cardboard Boat Regatta.
It’s coming down to the wire for participants of the Cardboard Boat Regatta as part of the Port Washington Maritime Heritage Festival. That’s right — cardboard boats — something not seen on the water too often, and exactly the reason one group of teenagers decided to take to the task of building a boat for the race. "It’s not every day you get to build a cardboard boat," said Eric Gardner, a 2011 Port Washington High School graduate. "This is a first time for all of us — it’s been a fun experience." The festival runs Friday through Sunday, with the boat race on Saturday, as long as the weather cooperates. Gardner is building the boat along with Port High sophomores Dan Gardner and Callum Toal and fellow 2011 Port graduate Jake Mueller. The…