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Atwater Elementary School

Phone: 414-963-6962
Fax: 414-963-6970
2100 E. Capitol Dr.
Shorewood, WI 53211

Principal: Kayla Russick

Welcome to Atwater Elementary School! At Atwater, our highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals prepare students to meet the challenges of tomorrow by providing an educational responsive to each child's talent and abilities in a nurturing environment. Our innovative and energetic teachers and staff assist our students in developing the skills they will need to be life long learners. Atwater is fortunate to have an active parent organization that supports our school community through direct classroom volunteering, parent and student social activities, artists-in-residence programs, parent forums and so much more. Atwater also offers an English Language Learner (ELL) program for students in need of ELL service.

Click here to view Atwater's State Report Card.

Click here to view the 2017-18 School Supplies lists for each grade.

View the 2017-18 District Calendar
*Note: Changes to the calendar are sometimes made during the year which are not reflected on the PDF document. Please double check the events on the District's digital calendar found by clicking the "Calendars" tab at the top of the home page.

Principal Russick's Monthly Must Read

Click the below links to reach each month's newsletter:

December 2017

Back to School (September) 2017

Current News

DPI Releases Letter on Importance of Forward/ACT Participation
Posted 03/02/2018 01:27PM

The Deputy State Superintendent recently released the below letter concerning Forward/ACT test participation:

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Dear District Administrators,

With testing season upon us – and the ACT testing window about to open--it's an appropriate time for a reminder about the impact and importance of test participation, and call your attention to these expectations in our accountability systems.

Equitable testing is a priority because clearly knowing the performance of all students is the first step in closing Wisconsin's achievement gaps: we must understand exactly which gaps exist, the size of the gaps, and the persistence of the gaps.

Students, regardless of ability, regardless of family circumstance, should have access to all possible college and career pathways. When college readiness tests, like the ACT and WorkKeys, are given universally, students who would not have taken such a test discover they have more options than they and their families realized. Improving access to postsecondary options is one way we are addressing equity issues in Wisconsin.

We have a new federal accountability plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), recently approved by the U.S. Department of Education (ED). The federal expectation for test participation has not changed: schools must test all students. New for Wisconsin is how test participation factors into ESSA accountability calculations: non-tested students – regardless of the reason – will count against school and subgroup achievement scores in the federal accountability system.

Last year, we announced the removal of test participation deductions from the state Accountability Report Cards. At that time, we committed to monitoring test participation. As one form of this, we reported (but did not score) test participation rates by subgroup in the 2016-17 report cards. The department will continue to monitor test participation rates, paying particular attention to rates by student subgroups, and examining trends for schools and districts to determine if there have been unexpected changes in test participation. Going forward, DPI will contact schools or districts with significant decreases in overall or subgroup test participation rates.

Test participation matters for accountability, but it is also an issue of equity for our students.

You may view the letter directly on the DPI website here.

Atwater Calendar

    • TueApr03 2018 Spring Election
    • WedApr04 SHS Linkage 7:15 PMSHS Conference Room #116
    • ThuApr05 Shorewood Library, Senior Center, Connects, and Historical Society Linkage 1:00 PMSHS Conference Room #116
    • ThuApr05 SIS Linkage 6:45 PMSHS Conference Room #116
    • TueApr10 Student Linkage 12:00 PMSHS Auditorium
    • TueApr10 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
    • ThuApr12 Special Education Info Session 6:00 PMSHS Library

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