Elmer McLaughlin Memorial Band Concert

On Thursday, May 8 at 7 pm, the DAHS Music Department is hosting the Elmer McLaughlin Memorial Band Concert.  Elmer was the DAHS band director from 1933-1977.  Four former DeForest Band directors will be conducting at the concert including David Buehler, Nathan Pierce, Mark Sieger, and Richard Fellenz. Linda Meier and Claire Ma (former choral directors) will also be in attendance . The concert will highlight the rich history in music at DeForest.   Orrie Walsvik, Elmer’s grandson, will be the emcee at the concert.

Big Hill Work Night

The DeForest Area School District’s Big Hill Committee is sponsoring another work evening on Tuesday, April 22, 3:30-5:00 pm.

On this work night volunteers will be clearing the trails, cleaning the tracking boxes, clearing around the shelter and dragging brush from the north side of the Hill.

All community members are invited to join in the fun improving the health of this school environmental area.  This is a perfect public service project!

Volunteers are asked to wear work gloves, boots or old tennis shoes, and long pants. If you have gloves or clippers, please bring them! Tools will be available.

Then, enjoy Pat Feldman’s famous barbecue sandwiches!  Barbecue sandwiches, chips, cookies and beverages will be provided after the work night!

Directions to the Big Hill Environmental Center:

Take Highway 51 south toward Madison.  Exit Highway 19 toward Sun Prairie and continue until you see the Big Hill on your left.  Enter the business and park in the rear lot.  The address is 3950 Highway 19.

If you have any questions, please contact Barb Bauer at 635-2265.

FBLA students finish well at state conference

Anna Sausen waits to hear the results of her event

Anna Sausen waits to hear the results of her event

Several members of the DeForest Area High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) organization traveled to Appleton, Wisconsin April 7 and 8 to compete at the annual State Leadership Conference. The conference started with a motivational presentation by Justin Boudreau.  Justin encourages students to think vs. telling them what to think.  He is the co-author of the book for teens, “Gearing up: Inside & Out for a Great Life”.

During the two-day conference students competed in a variety of business-related events, as well as attended workshops and toured local businesses.

Students who place in the top three of each event earn the right to compete at the National Leadership Conference.  This year’s National Leadership Conference is being held in Nashville, Tennessee June 29-July 2.  According to FBLA advisor Erik Farrar, students have been working hard all year to prepare for the regional and state competitions and ultimately earn a chance to compete at the national level.

Four DeForest students placed in the top three of their event and will therefore travel to Nashville this summer to compete at the national conference.

  • Megan Pilecky & Olivia Schneider, Business Presentation, 1st place
  • Anna Sausen, Business Financial Plan, 2nd place
  • Amber Miller, Computer Applications, 2nd place
  • Kayci Younger, Desktop Publishing, 3rd place
  • Placing in the top 20 in their respective events at the state competition were:  Avery Williams & Sam Pink, Business Ethics; Cody Kramschuster, Business Calculations; and Alex Buccheim, Word Processing.
  • Michael Sausen & Jacob Buccheim also placed 8th in the Business Plan event.

FBLA is a national student business organization offered through the Business & Information Technology department at the high school.

DASD school board thanks outgoing members

photo of Jan Berg and Marty Palus

DASD school board president Jan Berg and outgoing board member Marty Palus

photo of Sue Paulson and Jan Berg

Outgoing board member Sue Paulson and DASD school board president Jan Berg

At their April 14 meeting, the DASD Board of Education thanked Sue Paulson and Marty Palus for their service as school board members.  Both are leaving the board after 18 years of service each.

Newly-elected board members Terri Treinen and Jim Pertzborn, both filling the Town of Windsor seats, will begin their term on April 28.  Dan Choi was also re-elected from the Town of Burke.

Eighth grade students attend Youth Government Day

Photo of 8th grade students who attended Youth Government Day

Pictured are: Front row, L-R: Alaina Houghton-Chamberlain, Nicole Grams, Ben Nelson, John Koehler, Luke Gaston, Grace Fanson, Bryson Girten, Kye’jah White. Back row: Andrew Doucette, Camille Foss, Dylan Marquardt, Savannah Kind, Alexa Horkan, Philip Chujor, Mackenna Bauman, Riley Johnson

On April 8th, 16 eighth grade students attended the 49th Annual Dane County Youth Government Day in Madison.  The day is sponsored annually by the American Legion.  Two DeForest Legion representatives, Rich Hankins and Wayne Noltemeyer, along with social studies teacher Greg Vandehey, accompanied the group.  Students started at the Dane County Courthouse, along with students from several Dane County schools.  They were welcomed by Carlo Esqueda, Dane County Clerk of Courts.   Dane County Executive, Joe Parisi, also spoke to the students and emphasized the importance of local government.

Students learned about the history of Dane County, the organization of its government, and the current county officials.  Some of the offices students visited and learned about included:  Public Safety Building, Courthouses, District Attorney’s Office, Clerk of Courts, Treasurer, County Clerk, Medical Examiner, Sheriff, and Register of Deeds.  Students learned about the process for jury selection.  A deputy also talked to students about ways they can be role models to help prevent bullying at school, at home, and on the Internet, including the importance of reporting it to an adult.

The day concluded with a deputy from the Dane County K-9 unit, Keith Kelly, and his dog, Rico.  Mr. Kelly talked to the students about how Rico was trained, and described how Rico helps the Dane County Sheriff’s Department provide safety to citizens.  Hankins and Noltemeyer guided the tours and the local DeForest Legion made a contribution to cover a lunch from Subway for all DeForest students attending.

Hankins and Noltemeyer also shared information about opportunities they provide for students in DeForest including scholarships, Badger Boys and Girls State, Legion baseball teams, and various contests.

DeForest Band Student selected for 2014 High School State Honors Music Project

Rosie Hess, a 10th grade student at DeForest Area High School who plays the Clarinet, has been selected to perform in the Wisconsin School Music Association’s (WSMA) 2014 High School State Honors Band this year. This group assembles Wisconsin’s finest young musicians and in June they meet up for what could be the most rewarding musical experience of their lifetime.

photo of Rosie Hess

Photo by Sarah Szepieniec

The High School State Honors Music Project is designed to provide musically talented students with the opportunity to rehearse and perform with the nation’s finest conductors in a professional and highly disciplined setting. Students are challenged to perform at their musical best throughout the rehearsal period, which culminates with an inspired performance, celebrating the reach of music education statewide.

“This is more than a summer camp or an opportunity to perform. It is the opportunity for highly talented students to come together and be challenged in a way that is only possible in this intensive program. While there is no doubt they will grow as musicians, it is truly exciting to see them grow as people while they stretch to a higher level of achievement,” said Brandon Bautz, DeForest Area High School Director of Bands.

Auditions were held in seven sites across the state this past February. Of the more than 1,500 auditions, 428 students in grades 9, 10 and 11 were invited to be part of the WSMA High School State Honors Music Project ensembles.

Students selected to participate in the WSMA High School State Honors Music Project will meet for the first time at an intensive four-day summer camp at UW-Green Bay. The WSMA High School Honors Summer Camp is a unique and essential component to the High School Honors Project experience as it is the first opportunity the selected students have to see their music, meet the conductor, and rehearse as a newly formed ensemble. Camp dates are as follows: June 14-17, Band and Mixed Choir; June 18-21, Orchestra, Treble Choir and Jazz Ensemble. All Honors students reconvene in Madison in late October to perform at the annual Wisconsin State Music Conference. The Honors concerts celebrate the remarkable achievements of Wisconsin’s finest young musicians and are open to the public.

There are high costs involved to participate in this group. If you would like to make a financial contribution to help talented musicians at DAHS participate in this incredible honor, contact Mr. Bautz at 842-6822 or bbautz@deforestschools.org.

5K Informational Meeting April 17

gettingreadyfor5KkindergartenOn Thursday, April 17, DeForest Area School District is holding an informational meeting for parents and guardians of children who will be entering 5-year-old kindergarten in the fall of 2014.   The meeting will be held from 5:00 to 5:45 pm in the Holum Educaiton Center Gym (520 E. Holum Street), in DeForest.

DASD staff will be available from each elementary school to share information and answer questions about the District’s kindergarten program. Free child care will be provided at the Holum Center by students from DeForest Area High School. Contact Gayle McFarlane at 842-6200 to register for child care.


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