MES celebrates Bookmobile/Library Week

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Morrisonville Bookmobile driver Todd Cox with Mrs. Harrier’s class at MES.

Julie Harrier’s 1st/2nd grade class from Morrisonville Elementary School recently celebrated National Bookmobile Day and National Library week with their Bookmobile driver, Todd Cox. The Bookmobile brings to the school a new bin or two of requested books every Friday during their Morrisonville stop. Mrs. Harrier’s students presented Todd Cox with a card that they made, thanking him for all the great books he had brought to the school this year!  They also toured the Bookmobile, and held a school-wide buddy read in the sun.

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DASD hosts Thai foreign exchange students

IMG955037The DeForest Area School District was recently given the opportunity to participate in a Thai foreign exchange program from April 16th to May 4th, 2016.

Students from Thailand came to DeForest to experience education and culture in a different country. Each student was assigned a host family from the DeForest Area School District, and participated in the normal, daily routines of the families, including attending school with their host sister or brother.

Here are photos from their time in the DeForest area, from their arrival at the Dane County Airport, to classroom activities, to a student/teacher evening going away party and presentation of Thai culture.

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High school students raise over $3,000 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Pennies for Pasta program

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(L-R) Isabelle Dreischmeier (Jr), Mackenzie Thompson (Jr), Taylor Olson (Sr), Lilia Tisch (Jr), Colleen Kollasch

Students and staff at DeForest Area High School have raised $3,275 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Throughout the month of March, members of the school’s National Honor Society (NHS) partnered with the national Pennies for Pasta program to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

According to the Pennies for Pasta website, the program is “presented by Olive Garden as a service learning, character education and philanthropy program that gives students a unique experience by making a difference through teamwork—working together to aid thousands of children and adults in the fight against blood cancers like leukemia.”

NHS advisor, Colleen Kollasch, said the group’s goal was to raise $3,000.  To encourage participation from the entire high school, NHS members created a competition among the 50 advisory classes at the high school.  Each advisory class of about 25 students was challenged to raise money over a three-week period. The class raising the most won a pasta party from Olive Garden.

DAHS Camerata and Bella Voce Choirs earn honors at WorldStides OnStage Festival

IMG_4583On Saturday, April 23rd members of DeForest Area High School’s Camerata and Bella Voce Choirs participated in the WorldStrides OnStage Festival in Chicago, Illinois.
The DAHS group was the only school to register in the 2A-Medium Sized School division, so they were moved up to the 3A-Large School division and, therefore, completed against larger schools.
Camerata received Second Place-Silver Rating in the 3A Concert Choir Division. Bella Voce won the 3A Women’s Choir Division earning a First Place-Gold Rating. As such, Bella Voce was also invited to perform for The Festival of Gold in 2017.
“This is quite an accomplishment for these students. As their teacher I could not be more proud of the work they have put in to receive these honors,” said Maggie Condon, DAHS Choral Music Teacher.
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Mock Crash simulation for community Thursday, May 26

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DASD students celebrate Earth Day

Yahara Elementary School student, Brinley Schwanke, dressed up to celebrate Earth Day.

Yahara Elementary School student, Brinley Schwanke, dressed up to celebrate Earth Day.

Fourth graders from Eagle Point Elementary School spent some time cleaning up areas around the Holum Education Center.

Fourth graders from Eagle Point Elementary School spent some time cleaning up areas around the Holum Education Center.

Advisors from local Edward Jones offices distributed a tree to each 4th grade student in the district.

Advisors from local Edward Jones offices distributed a tree to each 4th grade student in the district.

Representatives from Edward Jones gave an Arbor Day presentation to the 4th graders at Eagle Point.   They also gave each student a tree to take home and plant.

Representatives from Edward Jones gave an Arbor Day presentation to the 4th graders at Eagle Point. They also gave each student a tree to take home and plant.

Middle school students create biographies of local people

Students interview President of DMB Community Bank, Brad Schroeder.

Students interview President of DMB Community Bank, Brad Schroeder.

A group of students interviewed high school senior, Cody Kramschuster.

A group of students interviewed high school senior, Cody Kramschuster.

Barb spoke with students in three of the English/Language Arts classes.

Barb spoke with students in three of the English/Language Arts classes.

Earlier this month students in Laura Kruschek’s and Holly Mair’s 7th grade English/Language Arts classes interviewed individuals older than themselves about their lives and created biography presentations.  Students in six of the classes interviewed older adults in the community, while two classes interviewed local business people, and two more classes interviewed high school seniors.

After the interviews, students used their writing skills to create a biography about their guest.  Then, using their technology skills, created an electronic presentation.

Throughout the day on April 14, the volunteers returned to the school to hear and see the finished projects.  Students were able to hear about what it was like to have a party line for a phone, be the first woman to be hired by UW-Madison to milk cows, and have a grandpa who owned the “jot it down” store.  “We were reminded many times that we read about history, but these older adults have lived through history,” said Laura Kruschek.

At the end of the presentations, the guests shared information about their experience. One adult shared her thoughts, “I enjoyed my time with the students today.  I liked sharing all the information and having the time to talk to middle school students.  I didn’t realize my story was that interesting to share, but I guess it is.” A member of the local business group shared the following advice, “You should always assume positive intent and work hard.  You don’t have to be the smartest to show up on time and put in some effort.”  The seventh grade students enjoyed the wonderful advice they received from all the adults.

This project was facilitated by English/Language Arts teachers Laura Kruschek and Holly Mair with help from RSVP of Dane County and the DeForest Area School District’s LINK-ages Committee.

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