DASD students perform with State Middle Level Honors Band

DAHS freshmen, Sarah Stouffer-Lerch (trumpet) and Jacob Chambers (percussion),  performed with the State Middle Level Honors  Band on Saturday, October 31 at Waunakee High School.  Both students auditioned as 8th graders.  According to DeForest Area Middle School band director, James Skaleski, the audition process is very competitive. “Only 10% of students that audition typically make it into the group,” said Skaleski. He shared information about the number of students who applied vs. the number actually accepted.

State-Middle-Honors-BandTheir conductor was Juan Tony Guzman, a professor at Luther College.

Madison Jazz Society announces 2015-16 Wisconsin School Grants – DeForest Area High School one of the recipients

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In November, the Madison Jazz Society awarded grants totaling $4,950 from its School Grant Fund to music programs in sixteen Wisconsin schools.  The grants are funding jazz centered programs designed to help students learn about and perform jazz.

In announcing the awards, MJS President Linda Marty Schmitz stated, “We are very proud that the money awarded this year and since the program began in 1989 brings the total amount of scholarships and grants awarded by our all-volunteer group to over $108,000.  We are pleased that these grants will assist students from all over Wisconsin now and in years to come.  We are thrilled to see that many schools throughout the state are working to provide opportunities for their students to learn about America’s original art form – jazz.”

One of the grants was awarded to DeForest Area High School (Brandon Bautz, director) – $325 to underwrite the jazz band’s participation in the Slinger Jazz Festival.

JazzOther grants were awarded to Fort Atkinson Middle School (Sam Fettig, director) – $270 to underwrite the jazz band’s participation in the Eau Claire Jazz Festival; Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School (Brenda Gauchel, director) – $400 to underwrite the costs of the Red Hawk Jazz Festival that the G-E-T Jazz Band will sponsor for smaller schools in their area; Jefferson High School (Rob Cunningham, director) – $500 to help purchase an upright bass for the school’s music department; Jefferson High School (Kathy Tuinstra-Schereck, director) – $200 to help their students participate in two vocal jazz clinics; Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School (Nate Amundson, director) – $275 to help purchase jazz books for an elementary school jazz performance project; Madison: Edgewood High School (Carrie Backman, director) – $160 to underwrite an all-school curricular collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center; Menomonie High School (Jacob Karkula, director) – $300 to underwrite cost of clinicians and guest artists for a jazz clinic for the jazz band students; Middleton: Sauk Trail Elementary School (John Becker, director) – $250 to underwrite the “Making Jazz Music Child’s Play” program; Pulaski Community Middle School (Timothy Kozlovsky, director) – $350 to help offer an after school jazz program at the school; Pulaski High School (Kayla Koch, director) – $350 to underwrite the cost of repairing and improving instruments for the jazz students; Reedsburg Area High School (Scott Bruer, director) – $320 to help purchase saxophone mouthpieces and ligatures for the school’s instruments; Verona Area High School (Paul Heinecke, director) – $340 to help purchase a Flugelhorn for the jazz band; Waukesha West High School (Tom Ajack, director) – $310 to help purchase repertoire for the school’s jazz choir and jazz ensemble; Wisconsin Dells High School (Matthew Roble, director) – $400 to help refurbish jazz band instruments and Wisconsin Heights Middle/High School (Gina Ademino & Aniela Haas, Jazz Band Directors) – $200 to help purchase new jazz charts for the jazz bands.

More information on the school grant program and the Society can be found at www.madisonjazz.com.  Formed in 1984, the Madison Jazz Society is a non-profit, all volunteer organization formed to encourage the performance of and education about jazz.  The group sponsors the broadcast of Riverwalk: Live from the Landing on Wisconsin Public Radio.  MJS will sponsor its 28th annual Capital City Jazz Fest in April 2016.

Student taste testers

This past month students in Mrs. Slaby’s and Mrs. Engel’s 4th grade classes participated in taste testing for the district’s lunch program.  Students tried orange chicken and a new homemade chili recipe.  According to Becky Terry, Supervisor of the Foodservice Department, both items were a success! The chili will be on the December 8th elementary school lunch menus, along with chicken nuggets.  “We hope students will try it and give us feedback on this new menu item,” said Terry.  Thank you to all the students who helped us with this taste test!

Police department and school district to host Internet safety presentation for adults

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DAHS Girls Swim Team shines at state competition!

Congratulations to the DeForest Area High School Girls Swim Team, who placed fifth at the WIAA State Championship meet this past weekend.

The team consisted of Senior Mikaela Barger, Junior Gabby Loeck, Sophomore Anna Pilecky, Sophomore Amber Taugher, Freshman Camryn Hargraves and Freshman Marnie Martin, as well as head coach Sue Winckler and assistant coach Holli Reckin.


  • 5th Place – 200 Yard Medley Relay
    1) Gabby Loeck,  2) Marnie Martin, 3) Mikaela Barger, and 4) Camryn Hargraves
  • 9th Place – 200 Yard Free Anna Pilecky
  • 8th Place– 200 Yard IM Gabby Loeck
  • 11th Place– 50 Yard Free Mikaela Barger
  • 2nd Place– 100 Yard Butterfly Mikaela Barger
  • 7th Place– 100 Yard Freestyle Camryn Hargraves
  • 5th Place – 500 Yard Freestyle Anna Pilecky
  • 2nd Place– 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
    1) Mikaela Barger, 2) Amber Taugher, 3) Gabby Loeck, 4) Camryn Hargraves
  • 5th Place– 100 Yard Backstroke Gabby Loeck
  • 12th Place– 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
    1) Anna Pilecky, 2) Marnie Martin, 3) Amber Taugher, 4) Camryn Hargraves

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October 2015 Students of the Month

High school principal Machell Schwarz recently announced Norski Students of the Month for October. Students are awarded a certificate and have lunch with principal Schwarz. This program recognizes 12 or more students per month — one from each high school department. Teachers nominate students based on such attributes as academic progress, attitude, effort, behavior, character and responsibility.


L-R: (front) Bailey Schwartz, Alex Peart, Zach Rau, Kyle Cass
(back) Jacob McCauley, Gift Chujor, Kelsey Hacker, Sophee Mink, Jen Todd, Taylor Kratochwill-Loomis, Lauren Olson

Schools celebrate Veterans Day

Windsor Elementary School

Students and staff at Windsor Elementary School celebrated Veterans Day on Friday, November 6.  The celebration coincided with the school’s monthly PBIS assembly, which focused on “courage.”  Students learned about how courage is displayed in so many ways by people of all ages.  Vietman Veteran Charles Hoffman, grandfather of Evie Lawton, a 3rd grade student at Windsor, and Sawyer Lawton, a 5th grader at DeForest Area Middle School, was the guest of honor at the school’s event.   Mr. Hoffman shared his experiences providing service to our nation.

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Mr. Hoffman was presented with a certificate of appreciation for his service to our country by Assistant Principal Kelley Novak and his granddaughter Evie Lawton.

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Windsor students created a Wall of Honor by designing a “star” for family members who are veterans.

Morrisonville Elementary School

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Lieutenant Colonel Robert Buettner visited with students at Morrisonville Elementary School on November 11.

DeForest Area High School

DeForest Area High School Student Council members sponsored their annual Veterans Day assembly on Wednesday, November 11 in the high school gym. The event was open to all high school students and community members to honor all military veterans.

Students learned why Americans celebrate the Veterans Day holiday and honor those who have served or lost their lives in the line of duty.  This year’s guest speaker was This year’s guest speaker is Second Lieutenant, Joshua B. Johnson. Johnson servied in Operations Iraqi Freedom and is currently working with 115th Fighter Wing Wisconsin Air National Guard.

Click HERE to view the high school celebration held on November 11.










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