VFW donates flag to Windsor Elementary School Student Council

Representatives from the local VFW presented Windsor Elementary School Student Council members with an American flag on Thursday, Oct. 9. The five VFW members also taught students about flag etiquette, including how to properly fold the flag.


Annual Trick or Treat Night at the high school Oct. 30

Halloween 2On Thursday, October 30th, DeForest Area High School will be hosting its annual Trick-or-Treat Night.

On this night the high school will be transformed into a Halloween paradise. Classrooms will be decorated by student clubs and organizations, offering games, activities, and, of course, treats.

All community members and their children are invited to attend.  The event will run from 5 – 7 pm.

The event is hosted by students in the high school’s National Honor Society.  Several school and community clubs will be participating.

DeForest student advances to Special Olympics sectional bowling tournament

photo 2Special-Olympics-RegionalDASD student Kelsey Wendt placed third in the Special Olympics Region 6 Regional Bowling tournament held on Saturday, October 18th in Sun Prairie.  Kelsey now advances to the Western Sectional Tournament on November 1st, also held at Prairie Lanes in Sun Prairie.

Pictured at right are Ethan Bauer, 5th grader at the middle school, who placed 4th in the 8-15 division; high school student Kamriq White, who earned a 5th place ribbon in his division (16-21 year olds); and Kelsey Wendt.

More information about Special Olympics Wisconsin sports

Eagle Point Elementary earns Title I School of Recognition Award

State Superintendent Tony Evers announced in September that Eagle Point Elementary School has earned a Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition award.Title-I_recognition

The Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition awards highlight schools that have demonstrated success in educating students from low-income families. To be eligible, schools must receive federal Title I funding to provide services to large numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged children and meet other achievement criteria. (more below)

“The Eagle Point family is very excited and humbled by this honor. We are so very proud of our students, staff, and parents who have worked incredibly hard to provide the best learning opportunities possible. We continue to be committed to giving our very best and are looking forward to celebrating this honor with the entire DASD family as we all support each other and work together as a team,” said Eagle Point Principal Ann Schoenberger.

Superintendent, Dr. Sue Borden, also praised the EPES team, “As a district, this confirms that the hard work around curriculum and enhanced professional development is paying off for students. Thank you to the Eagle Point team for being representative of the outstanding work we do each day in DASD!”

The awards recognize schools as High-Achieving, High-Progress, and/or Beating the Odds. Eagle Point qualified as High-Progress.

Schools meeting the recognition award criteria received a plaque at an Oct. 13 ceremony at the State Capitol and $500 for use by the school.  This year’s 173 Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Award recipients include 133 elementary schools, 29 middle or junior high schools, and 11 high schools. One of 173 Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition awards.20141013_122305


Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition Criteria
All schools receive federal Title I aid because they have significant numbers of students from low-income families based on federal free and reduced-price school meal income guidelines. Also, all schools meet the state’s test-participation, attendance, and dropout goals.  Additional award criteria:

High-Achieving Schools

  • meet all Annual Measurable Objectives for achievement and graduation
  • have achievement gaps that are less than 3 points between student groups or show evidence of reducing gaps
  • demonstrate high achievement at the school level

High-Progress Schools

  • fall within the top 10 percent of schools experiencing growth in reading and mathematics for elementary and middle school students or the top 10 percent of schools with the greatest improvement in high school graduation rates
  • have achievement gaps that are less than 3 points between student groups or show evidence of reducing gaps

Beating the Odds Schools

  • are in the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state
  • have above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations, and poverty levels

Students from Germany visit DASD

German students visit Hillary Curwick's 3rd grade class.

German students visit Hillary Curwick’s 3rd grade class.

Seventeen high school students and their two teachers from Greven, Germany are currently visiting DeForest Area High School.  According to Lisa Manicke, DAHS German Teacher, “The program is sponsored by GAPP (German American Partnership Program), and is a short-term exchange program subsidized by the German and American governments and supported by the Goethe Institut.”   German students are staying with DAHS students and their families, attending classes, and seeing the sites of the DeForest area (and a little bit of Wisconsin) from October 3rd until the 17th.


High school exchange students from Greven, Germany talk with students in Mrs. Marek’s class at Eagle Point Elementary School.


High school exchange students from Greven, Germany visit Mrs. Bohlman’s class at Eagle Point Elementary School.

On Friday, October 10, several of the German students visited with students at Eagle Point and Windsor Elementary Schools.

DeForest Area High School students also traveled to Germany, June 14-July 5.  Every other year, Manicke takes students from DeForest to their partner school in Greven, Germany, where they also live with host families and attend school for three weeks.

WES 3rd and 4th graders with high school students from Germany.

WES 3rd and 4th graders with high school students from Germany.

Students from Germany, Maria and Lara, talked with third and fourth graders in Mrs. Dederich's and Mrs. Egan's classes  The children learned the difference between school in Germany and school in Wisconsin.

Students from Germany, Maria and Lara, talked with third and fourth graders in Mrs. Dederich’s and Mrs. Egan’s classes The children learned the difference between school in Germany and school in Wisconsin.

DAHS to establish Academic & Graduate Hall of Fame

Thanks to a donation of $6,200 by the DeForest Area Foundation, the high school will begin establishing an Academic and Graduate Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame will complement the existing Walk of Honor on display at the high school.  While the Walk of Honor focuses on celebrating individuals who contribute to the schools and community, the Academic and Graduate Hall of Fame will honor each year’s graduating class’s top scholars and distinguished alumni (graduates).

In a few months, the school district will begin soliciting nominations for consideration into the Academic and Graduate Hall of Fame. The Graduate Hall of Fame program will recognize and honor former DeForest Area School District graduates who have achieved a significant degree of success in their pursuits of higher education and/or in their professional careers.

The Academic Hall of Fame program will recognize the cumulative body of a student’s work as it applies to academic achievements at DeForest Area High School.

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Pictured are DeForest Area Foundation Board members Brad Schroeder, David Grove, Sue Paulson, and Mary Christianson, along with DASD District Administrator (and Foundation Board member) Dr. Sue Borden and high school principal Machell Schwarz.

According to School/Community Relations Coordinator, Debbie Brewster, “The Academic and Graduate Hall of Fame recognition is being established to provide outstanding role models for the students in the DeForest Area School District and celebrate the outstanding achievements of our current students and graduates.”

Brewster submitted the application to the Foundation for display cases that will showcase the honorees.  Plans are to begin accepting nominations in January.  Until the Hall of Fame is up and running, the display cases will feature work of current students.

“This is a nice addition to the high-quality venue used by so many in the school and community,” said DeForest Area Foundation President Brad Schroeder.

According to Schroeder, the DeForest Area Foundation is dedicated to supporting charitable purposes and activities that benefit the DeForest area.  The Foundation has several areas of focus, which include, but are not limited to:  the Community and Senior Center, or organizations that support education, arts, culture, historical preservation, parks, families and youth.

In order to qualify for funding, an organization must have a 501( c ) (3) rating.  Applications are considered twice each year.  Interested groups may submit applications by March 1 or September 1 to The DeForest Area Foundation, 505 North Main Street, DeForest, WI 53532.

Community Blood Drive October 13

red corss logoNational Honor Society students at DeForest Area High School, with the help of the American Red Cross, will be hosting their bi-annual blood drive on Monday, October 13 from 9 am until 2 pm. The event will take place in the high school’s North Gym. All members of the community are invited to donate.

To donate blood, a few requirements need to be met: donors are asked to bring a photo ID and their donor card (if you have one), eat a well-balanced breakfast and drink plenty of water. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh more than 100 pounds, and be in good health. Those interested in donating may either show up during the allotted time or call to set up an appointment. For more information or to make an appointment, please contact Racquel at 842-6775.


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