|Frequently Asked Questions|
What is the SAFT period?
SAFT stands for Student Assistance Flexible Time. Possible uses of SAFT time for students include the following:
What if I have questions about a particular subject area?
Visit the academic department pages located under the Discover WHS menu or use the links below:
Career and Technical Education
English Language Learners
Math & Computer Science
Other Courses and Programs
Physical Education & Health
How do I get help accessing the online grades?
The Whitewater Unified School Distict has a student management system called Infinite Campus (IC). This will allow parents in the district to have a single login to access information for their family. (Students will continue to have their own individual accounts.) Through IC, parents and students can access automatically updated information on grades, attendance, lunch account balances, and fees, among other things. Usernames and passwords stay the same from year to year.
If you have not received your login information or are having difficulty with it please contact Naomi MacDonald at 472-8102 or for assistance. For security reasons login information will only be issued in person or through the mail.
How is class rank calculated?
Class Rank at Whitewater High School is determined as follows:
1) A GPA rank is calculated.
2) An Honor Point rank is calculated.
3) A student's class rank is the highest rank calculated from either the GPA rank or the Honor Point rank.
Honor Points are calculated by assigning a point value to each letter grade and then multiplying by the number of credits for the course in which the grade was earned. Point values are as follows: 4.0 = A, 3.5 = AB, 3.0 = B, 2.5 = BC, 2.0 = C, 1.5 = CD, 1.0 = D, 0.0 = F, 0.0 = E, and 0.0 = I.
GPA is calculated by taking a students total Honor Points and dividing by the total number of credits earned.
What can you tell me about the After School Study Center?
The After School Study Center is held Monday through Friday in the LMC from 3:15 until 4:30. The study center is open every day there is school. There is a bus on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday that drives students home at 4:10. (See more about bus below). The study center is staffed by two staff members each night and also has some college students and NHS student volunteers to help.
Who can attend the study center?
All students are welcome to come to the study center. Students are required to sign in for attendance purposes when they arrive at the study center.
Bus transportation: The bus transports home only students who are on a designated list with Nelson’s bus company. The bus makes about twelve stops and students walk home from one of those stops. In order to add a new student to the list, we need to contact Nelson’s Bus and we need to figure out how to fit the student on the route. Therefore, we need to know in advance if a student would like to ride the bus. A student could not simply show up to tutoring center and expect to have a ride home—we need a 24-hour turn around time to get a student added to the bus list. Once a student is added to the bus list they remain on the list for the entire school year. The bus also transports home the students who are in the after school-tutoring center at the middle school.
Who do I contact for questions on a particular topic?
How much computer access do students have?
All freshmen, sophomores, and juniors have been given a Chromebook to use for the duration of the school year. By the fall of 2016, all students will have Chromebooks. Whitewater High School boasts 6 full computer labs with at least 24 Windows 7 machines in each. Four of the labs are assigned to specific departments such as Business Education and Computer Science, while the other two labs are available for teachers to sign-in their individual classes. In addition to the full labs, many teachers have mini-labs in their classrooms and the LMC has a dozen machines. The LMC is open every morning at 7:30 so students may access computers at that time. The After School Tutoring Center operates in the LMC so that students have full access to computers from 3:15 until 4:30 each day. The high school building is outfitted with wireless. Students can "bring their own device" to school and connect to the wireless. Teachers are pushing their students to move their data to the cloud through Google apps for ease of access to files from home and through their personal devices.
How do I get a red card?
The criteria for seniors to earn a red card is listed in the Student Handbook. Check under the Resources section of this web site for an online version of the Student Handbook.