Kayci Younger receives Daughters of the American Revolution award

Kayci Younger-Nancy Lesh

Kayci Younger and Nancy Lesh

DeForest Area High School student Kayci Younger was awarded this year’s school-level Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award.  The program is open to all 12th grade students and is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. Winners are selected based on an essay, their grades, and letters of recommendation, the criteria being dependability, leadership, service and patriotism.  Only one student per school per year may be honored.

In addition to excelling academically, Kayci is a member of the National Honor Society, and is involved in extra-curricular activities, including Girls Basketball, Girls Volleyball, DECA, FBLA, and Spanish Club. Outside of school Kayci is actively involved in NSHSS (National Society of High School Scholars) and volunteers at the A+ After School program at Midwest Professional Karate.

Kayci’s essay for the DAR application was titled, “The American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It.”

Nancy Lesh, Honorary State Regent for the Wisconsin Society Daughters of the American Revolution, presented Kayci with a check for $100, a DAR pin and certificate.

Kayci is the daughter of Kelly Younger.

Summer Drama Camp registration now open

drama-100The DeForest Drama Club will once again be offering a Summer Theatre Camp for students in grades 1 – 9.  Students participating in this wonderful program will learn more about theatre while having a great time developing the many skills needed in order to perform a theatrical production!

The camp will run from June 22 to July 24.  Students will attend Monday – Friday, 9 am –12 noon, in the DeForest Area High School Little Theatre.  A trip to Kalahari Resort is scheduled for July 17, and performances will be July 22 and 23. The cost is $100 (second child in family is $60). The registration deadline is May 15, 2015.

For more information, contact Jan Williams at jwilliams@deforestschools.org or Brett Price at bprice@deforestschools.org.  Brochures (with registration form) are available at all school offices and DeForest Area Public Library, or may be downloaded from the DAHS web site at: www.deforest.k12.wi.us/district/dasd-news.cfm

Absentee voting open until Friday, April 3; three more Open Houses planned

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The DeForest Area School District will host three more Open Houses before the April 7 referendum to provide residents information about the proposed building projects. The election ballot is asking residents to borrow $41 million to renovate and expand facilities that will increase capacity, improve safety and security, address aging buildings and infrastructure, and improve learning spaces.

The Open Houses will be held on Thursday, March 26, 5:30-7:00 pm, at Windsor Elementary School and on Tuesday, March 31 at the DeForest Area Community & Senior Center, at 10:45 am-12:15 pm and 5:30-7:00 pm.

A brief presentation will be given at 5:30, followed by an Open House format until 7:00. Key individuals will be stationed at five different tables so that participants may visit one-on-one to learn more information and ask questions.  Stations include: overview of the project, opportunities for businesses, building plans and costs, financial information, and voting information.  A tour of Windsor Elementary School will also be available on the 26th.

Picture1Absentee Voting

Under Wisconsin law, voters do not need a reason or excuse, such as being out of town on Election Day, to vote absentee.  Any voter who prefers to vote by absentee ballot may request one.  Several options are available for requesting an absentee ballot and casting a vote.

In-Person Absentee Voting (Early Voting) – Vote absentee at your local municipal clerk’s office. For the 2015 Spring Election Absentee Voting is open from Monday, March 23 – Friday, April 3 until 5:00 p.m.

Absentee Ballot by Mail – Registered Wisconsin voters can download the Application for Absentee Ballot (GAB-121) at gab.wi.gov/voters/absentee. Applications must be received by the clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2.

Absentee Ballot by E-Mail or Fax – Regular Wisconsin voters may also request that a ballot be sent to them by sending an e-mail or fax to their municipal clerk. This request must be made no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday, April 2.

More information about polling locations, absentee ballot information, how to register to vote is available at http://www.DASDreferendum.org.

Bayer elected president of Wisconsin DECA; eight students qualify for nationals

by Joe Pruski, Associate Editor, DeForest Times-Tribune (published with permission)

Lauren BayerDeForest Area High School junior Lauren Bayer came into the Wisconsin DECA State Career Development Conference as one of more than 10,000 members statewide. Following a successful campaign, Bayer left the conference as the newly elected president of the state delegation.

Twenty-four students from across the state ran for the top spot during the three-day annual conference held in Lake Geneva on March 10-12. Following a formal application – which included letters of recommendation, resume, and portfolio – Bayer delivered two speeches, proposed a statewide initiative, and participated in both group and individual interviews with a 17-member selection committee. At the end of a rigorous process, Bayer was chosen as the 50th state president.

“I started crying when I found out. I definitely wanted this for a very long time. I told myself I wasn’t going to (cry), but I’m ecstatic, really. I am so excited. I think it’s going to be an amazing year and an amazing opportunity,” Bayer said.

Bayer, who joined DECA as a freshman (and qualified for state competition), was an officer in the DAHS chapter as a sophomore and is its president this year.

She said that when she first decided to join the organization that she was unaware of the impact it would have on her life.

“It was the ‘fun club’ and people said it was a good way to go on lots of trips,” Bayer recalled. “So I just joined thinking ‘okay, everyone is doing it,’ but I really loved it.”DAHS chapter advisor and Wisconsin DECA board president John Webster said that he saw potential in Bayer from the beginning.

“I saw something special in Lauren freshman year. I’m like, ‘this girl is going places,’ and I’d like to see it happen in DECA,” Webster said.

Asked what that “something” was, Webster described Bayer’s drive in setting and achieving goals, and her ability to follow through once a goal is set.

“When she sees something she wants she’s going to work hard to achieve it,” Webster added.

In her new post Bayer’s top priority will be to increase the state’s competitiveness in international competition. In practice that will mean outlining the main initiatives of the state’s leadership team, leading the state meeting, and serving as a voting delegate for national offices.

“State DECA does a great job of grooming these kids, these young ladies and men, into leaders,” Webster said. “They get a lot of training and a lot of hands on that really turn them into professionals at a young age.”

Prior to joining DECA Bayer saw herself pursuing a career in music. The positive experience in the marketing organization, however, has altered her future plans. The goal now is to study international business at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

“DECA has changed my career plans. Before I wanted to go into music, and I still love music, but I used to think I’d never have a career in business. Now I want to study business, and that’s because of DECA,” Bayer said.

The DAHS chapter of DECA has previously had two state officers, but Bayer is the first ascend to the state organization’s highest post.

Webster sees Bayer’s rise as an important achievement for the organization and for the school.

“I think it says we’re in the game and heading in the right direction. We’re developing our students into leaders like we’re supposed to. The goal of DECA is working with emerging leaders and helping them develop all of their potential,” Webster said.

THE BEST OF THE REST

While Lauren Bayer’s election as state DECA president was a major highlight of the state conference in Lake Geneva, DAHS also had eight students qualify to compete at the International Career Development Conference in Orlando next month.

Cody Kramschuster placed first in the Accounting Applications category, Bayer placed second in Business Services Marketing, Clayton Gotzion placed third in Business Finance, Eric Fabian placed fifth in Principles of Business, Abbi Marks qualified for the Emerging Leaders Training, and Abby Williams, Abi Gardiner, and Kalyee Sadeghpour-Hess qualified as a group for their fifth place performance in the Advertising Campaign Project.

DeForest’s DECA chapter boasts a membership of roughly 200 students, 70 of which competed at the district level this year and 21 who competed at state.

The eight international competition qualifiers will travel by bus to Orlando on April 23.

MES students learn how to tap a maple tree

On the first of every month during this school year, students in Julie Harrier’s 1st/2nd grade class at Morrisonville Elementary School have posed in front of a maple tree near the school. They make observations about how the tree and its surroundings have changed each month.  Harrier then thought it would be interesting to tap this tree to show students what the sap inside looks like.  So, on Friday, March 20, volunteer Jim Hinner took the students back to the maple tree to demonstrate how to tap the tree.  The class collected several gallons of sap.  Hinner will boil it down with sap from his own trees and turn it into maple syrup.  The class will then have a pancake breakfast after spring break.

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DASD Early Learning Fair held March 5

On March 5 over 130 families with 4-year-old children attended the DeForest Area School District’s annual Early Learning Fair, held at the Holum Education Center.

Children had opportunities to play in the Purposeful Play Area, eat a healthy snack, as well as get their eyes and ears tested.  Parents learned more about the community-based four-year-old kindergarten program, called “Get Together 4 Kids (GT4K)”, and had the opportunity for private consultations with educational professionals to discuss early learning issues.

School/Community Relations Coordinator Debbie Brewster thanked the community partners who were involved,IMG_1505 including representatives from the local community 4K partners, DeForest Parks and Recreation, Essential Family Vision, Windsor Family Dental, DeForest Area Public Library, DeForest Police Department, Dane County Parent Council (Head Start), and UW-Health.

Each child walked away with a free t-shirt and book, thanks to generous donations from community sponsors. IMG_1498

NBC15 meteorologists help Windsor students learn about tornados

IMG_1553 IMG_1567NBC15 Meteorologist Brian Doogs and Weekend Weather Anchor Amy Carlson visited Windsor Elementary School on Friday, March 13 to talk to third grade students about tornadoes.

The visit was arranged by Reading Specialist Sherri Rogalla.  According to Rogalla, in March all third grade students will be reading the same fiction book called Disaster Strikes: Tornado Alley by Marlane Kennedy. “The teachers were interested in building some background knowledge around the content of this book.  We couldn’t think of a more interesting and knowledgeable person to present this to the kids than a meteorologist!”

The two meteorologists talked with students about the different levels of tornados and precautions to take during a watch or warning.  Then they presented each student with their own copy of the book.

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