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Waunakee Public Arts Committee Sculpture Campaign

by: WCSD Classmunity Administrator

The Waunakee Public Arts Committee (WPAC), along with several active and retired business leaders, educators and volunteers, have come together to ask for your support in commissioning a major art work/sculpture to be placed at the Waunakee High School West entrance. The WCSD Board has approved the site. This will be an excellent location that families and residents in the school district and community will inevitably pass, attending events and meetings. It is, of course, the high school students’ daily path. The sculpture's theme is to celebrate teachers/staff and education excellence in WCSD. It may consist of bronze, metal, stone, etc., and may include LED or other light features. It will be a daily dedication for decades to come. Students in the Waunakee High School advanced art workshop drafted seven conceptual ideas for the project and presented them to us and the WCSD Board. Being advised by art and sculpture Professors Aris Georgiades and Gail Simpson at the UW- Madison, we will invite local/regional artists/sculptors to submit their designs and incorporate student ideas. From several finalists, we will select an artist, who will be an artist-in-residence with the high school art class to complete the project. Donations will be tax deductible thru our 501(c)(3). Thanks to Waunakee Community School District's reputation of being on the leading edge academically and performing above state and national averages for generations, the Greater Waunakee area has become a highly sought after community for families and businesses. We are asking all who have greatly benefited, to help create a legacy of "excellence in education" and symbolically honor all Waunakee Community School District (WCSD) teachers and staff for their hard work and dedication in making WCSD one of the state's top school districts. This sculpture will become a part of preserving the legacy of "excellence in education" and honoring the people that have helped make this community something our great grandparents are proud of and our great grandchildren will benefit and enjoy. It will also advance Waunakee area's nascent creative economy and become an arts destination.

Waunakee Community School District

Waunakee, WI

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Waunakee High School Innovation Center

by: Jeff Willauer

The Waunakee Innovation Center is a partnership between the Waunakee Community School District and the Waunakee Area Education Foundation. This will be a resource space that the school and community will be able to use to explore innovation, ingenuity, and creativity through technology. It will be a "YES" space where people can explore without fear in a safe setting. The center will also explore integration of curricular areas through collaborative projects and teamwork. With a planned opening date of early October 2016, the Innovation Center hopes to partner with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to become a certified Fab Lab. This partnership will allow the students of the Waunakee Community School District to become part of the global creative network by sharing their designs and knowledge with other Fab Lab's across the world. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (also known as STEAM) education represents a large portion of our students and the new frontier of exploration. According to the US Department of Education, STEAM career growth is projected to rise 14% by 2020. The Innovation Center will offer a unique space where STEAM education will be able to be experienced by students and community. Our students will be able to grow their STEAM skills through courses offered in the Waunakee Community School District and then expand those skills through the Innovation Center. The space will also offer a chance for community education classes to be offered to help introduce community members to new technologies becoming more prevalent in traditional areas. After initial set up of the Innovation Center, the possibility exists that the space will be able to be open to members of the community to use for work on projects, explore hobbies and learn new skills. With the focus of the future workforce on 21st century skills (soft-skills), the creative problem solving process will become more and more important. The Innovation Center will allow students AND community a place to test out the research and development process while allowing participants to embark on a journey from idea to physical model. This practical experience will also allow participants to hone critical skills needed in everyday life. This campaign will allow us to: -Finish renovatation of the current graphics lab into a state of the art Innovation Center -Purchase cutting edge equipment and technology to facilitate exploration of innovative ideas -Allow district students and the community access to equipment not normally available. -Implement new curriculum offerings . -Create a "YES" space for all district wide curricular areas to collaborate in. -Provide an attractive and comfortable space for gathering, collaborating, and community partnerships. -Host a wide variety of programming including educational programs, summer camps and other events for all Waunakee community members. -Build a community landmark. As part of our fundraising campaign we will also be installing a donation wall that will be placed along the hallway leading to the entrance of the Innovation Center and be an integral part of the design of this space. On the right side of this page you will see a rewards section with more details on this wall. To make a donation different than the predetermined amount simply click the "other" button and enter the amount you would like to donate. You may also choose to set up a recurring donation if you would like. Students, teachers and community members will all benefit from this space because users will be able to chase their dreams and explore their ideas without fear using innovative technology while collaborating with some of the brightest minds in Waunakee and the world. The Innovation Center will be a focal point that the community can be proud of.

Waunakee Community High School

Waunakee, WI

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Warrior Stadium

by: WCSD Classmunity Administrator

The Renew, Expand, Tradition (RET) community capital campaign is a partnership between the Waunakee Community School District and the Waunakee Area Education Foundation to include synthetic turf and LED lighting in the renewal of "Warrior Stadium". The district has allocated funds to reshape the crown of the field, improve drainage, replace the existing turf, upgrade lighting and replace the scoreboard. The additional cost to include synthetic turf and LED lighting is approximately $900,000 which includes 1/2 the subsequent cost to replace the turf at the end of it useful life (10 to 12 years). Natural turf is limited to 75 events or games per calendar year to maintain a usable surface. This limits the stadium's use to fall football events only as approximately 50 home scrimmages and games, for grades 7 through 12 leave the turf in disrepair. Synthetic turf can handle over 250 events per year, opening the stadium for use in the spring and summer for the more than 1000 soccer players and 300+ lacrosse players in our community. Physical education classes, band, lacrosse and others will be able to use the turf ILO sharing the gym when weather and wet natural turf would otherwise force them inside. Warrior Stadium will be a host site for non-Waunakee playoff games, in multiple sports, generating revenue for local businesses before and after these events. Booster clubs will generate profits through concessions during the activities. The school district will collect rental revenue for hosting. Upgrades to the stadium complement our excellent schools and parks in Waunakee. Visitors will take time to run errands and or shop locally. 1300 additional local youth will have access to a facility that is underused due to limitations of the natural turf.

Waunakee Community School District

Waunakee, WI