Wettengel Elementary School was named after Captain Ivan Cyrus Wettengel. Ivan Cyrus Wettengel (May 13,1876 – February 19, 1935) was a United States Navy Captain who served as the 25th Naval Governor of Guam. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Wettengel commanded a number of ships. He received the Navy Cross for his command of the USS Wisconsin during World War I. He also commanded the USS Texas and the Naval Training Station Hampton Roads. During his tenure as governor, he overturned many of the unpopular policies of William Gilmer. He also attempted to assemble a bull-mounted Guam Cavalry, but the initiative failed. A number of locations in Guam are named in his honor.
Wettengel Elementary School is one twenty seven (27) public elementary schools within the Guam Department of Education and is one of eleven (11) elementary schools implementing the Direct Instruction Reform Program.
The school operates on a 180-day calendar serving students from Kindergarten through Fifth grade. Wettengel currently supports two federally funded programs on the campus which are Head Start and Pre-school.
Wettengel's faculty is comprised of 34 classroom teachers, 11 instructional support teachers, 2 Direct Instruction Coordinators and a Registered Nurse. The staff is comprised of three (3) Para educators who provide one-to-one assistance to students with special needs, seven (7) school aides, eight (8) cafeteria workers, and a Licensed Practical Nurse, all of whom provide a variety of services to benefit the students. WES has a population of 750 students for SY 2010-2011.
Wettengel offers a variety of academic, co-curricular and student centered programs and/or committees for students. The committees and programs include: Student Council (STUCO), Spirit Committee, Geography Bee, Spelling Bee, Math Olympiad, Science Fair, International Reading Association (IRA) Read-a-thon, PBS Read-a-thon, GATE Music Choir,Isla Art-a-thon, Geography Bee, Science Fair and Technology Committee.
The school actively participates in various community/ organizational-sponsored essay or art contests that are offered throughout the school year. The school actively is involved with the I-Recycle Program, which includes the recycling program and also participates in the GTA Phonebook round-up program.
The Department of Education Extended Day (DEED) Program is a federally funded after-school program available to students with parents that work or attend school full time. Certified teachers and two coordinators are hired with the program emphasis on Reading, Language, and Math. The schedule for the DEED Program is from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.