2015-2016

  • Wausau East DECA student, freshman Bennet Gassner, placed 4th overall in the "Principles of Marketing" event at the International DECA Career Development Conference. Bennet was the only student in the state of Wisconsin to make it to the top 10 finalists in his category.
  • Wausau West DECA was awarded National Gold Re-certification for their school-based enterprise (school store), West-Side Connection, which has been operating for 14 years.
  • Wausau East DECA was awarded National Silver Certification for their school-based enterprise (school store), The Jack Shack. Only 12 school-based enterprises in the United States achieved Silver Level this school year.
  • Eleven elementary schools in the Wausau School District earned School of Distinction and School of Merit recognition for 2015-2016 from the Wisconsin RtI (Response to Intervention) Center for the tremendous work accomplished through the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
  • Greenheck made a $10,000 donation to the Wausau School District to sponsor the purchase of a 3-D printer for the manufacturing programs at Wausau East and Wausau West high schools.
  • Wausau West High School was recognized by the Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council (WAPAC) as a Level 3 Pacesetter School in Advanced Placement for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • District Art Specialist Jeana McGivern had two clay sculptures accepted into the juried exhibit at the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay, which runs through July 3rd.
  • Human Resources Specialist Julie Mieska, SHRM-CP, earned certification as Certified Professional from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  
  • West High Special Education Paraprofessional Krista Vendetti received the 2015 Community Based Big Brother/Big Sister Award from Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northcentral Wisconsin.
  • Wausau East seniors Alex Miller and Ellicia Myles were awarded scholarships for their International Baccalaureate (IB) Extended Essay presentations at UW-Marathon County Extension's Research Symposium.
  • Green Bay Packaging (George Kress Foundation) donated $25,000 to the District to purchase equipment for the new and expanded manufacturing spaces at Wausau East and Wausau West high schools.
  • South Mountain 4th Grade Teacher Jena Lawson received a 2016 Teacher Fellowship by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation. Mrs. Lawson also received a Resolution of Commendation from the Board of Education. 
  • Wausau East Social Studies Teacher Paul Clark received a 2016 Teacher Fellowship by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation. Mr. Clark also received a Resolution of Commendation from the Board of Education.
  • WSD Director of Pupil Services Dr. Jeff Lindell received The Educator Award from the Wausau Police Department at its first-ever Awards Banquet, which was "presented to an educator who best represents the Wausau School District and exemplifies excellence in their profession. This individual has made outstanding contributions to academic achievement and works hand-in-hand with the police department and other community organizations to keep our schools safe while educating youth and families."
  • Grant, G.D. Jones, Hawthorn Hills, and Thomas Jefferson Elementary Schools were named Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition by the Department of Public Instruction making it the seventh consecutive year for Thomas Jefferson and the fourth year for Hawthorn Hills.

  • Horace Mann Middle School was awarded a $2,340 grant from the Justin J Watt Foundation to purchase 100 new home and away jerseys for the school’s football team. 

  • Forensic Science seminar students at Enrich, Excel, Achieve Learning Academy wrote a proposal and received a $1,000 Innovative Educator Grant through Wisconsin Public Service Foundation to fund their "Realities of Forensic Science" project. The project focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math skills.

  • Christine Kadonsky, Wausau West Social Studies teacher, participated in the “Andrew Jackson and His Era” colloquium in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 30-November 1 sponsored by TeachingAmericanHistory.org, a program of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University. Kadonsky was selected to participate following a competitive national application process.

  • West High seniors Anusha Naik and Joshua Dvorak have been named semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. ​These academically talented high school seniors represent less than one percent of the highest scoring entrants on the Preliminary SAT or PSAT in each state. They will continue in the scholarship program process by working toward the designation of National Merit Finalist, which will be announced in spring. 

  • The Wausau School District was awarded a Wellness Improves Learning for Youth (WILY) grant in the amount of $6,500 from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to support the District's exemplary sexual health education, safe and supportive learning environments, and sexual health services.

  • Wausau Area Montessori Charter School received a $1,000 Green Gift from Cellcom to help fund classroom materials for an environmental science unit and an associated seminar at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Central Wisconsin Environmental Station.

  • Wausau School District was awarded a multi-year grant and will participate in the Wisconsin School Mental Health Project to improve students' well-being and to support students with mental health challenges. Franklin, Hawthorn Hills, and G.D. Jones elementary schools were selected as a result of being trained, or soon to be trained, at the Tier III level for PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports). These schools developed a Mental Health Coordination Team consisting of principals, pupil services providers, parents, teachers, students, and community agencies.

  • The 2014 Wausau East Boy’s Varsity Soccer Team, which also won the Wisconsin Valley Conference Championship, received The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team during the 2014-15 academic year. 

  • East High sophomore Siam Rezwan received honorable mention in the 2015 Distressed Children & Infants (DCI) International's Child Rights Essay Competition. 

  • Wausau West High School senior Clayton DeChamps took first place at the SkillsUSA Welding Challenge at the Advanced Welding Institute in Eagle River on October 3, 2015. The three-part challenge included a job interview, written test, and a welding exercise. Clayton's first place finish yielded him a wire feed welder, welding kit, and a $1,000 scholarship to Advanced Welding Institute.

  • John Muir Middle School received a Bronze Wisconsin School Health Award from the Department of Public Instruction for its "commitment to providing students with the knowledge and skills to make healthy decisions in a supportive school environment that will positively contribute to their academic success."

  • The Wausau School District received a $230,000 grant from the Walter Alexander Foundation, Inc., to modernize the WSD Planetarium.