DeForest Area Middle School receives funds for Fuel Up to Play 60


DAMS Physical Education/Health Teacher David O’Keefe and Physical Education Teacher Dean Becker with students Dean Rupert, Jhayvin Railey, and Rhett Parker.

DeForest Area Middle School has been chosen to receive $1,000 to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative. DeForest was selected from several schools that applied for funding across the state to help them jump-start and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. Wisconsin schools are eligible to receive up to $1,000 to help them increase awareness of and access to nutrient-rich foods and physical activity opportunities for students. Funding for this competitive program is provided by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board through Wisconsin’s dairy farmers.

This is the third year Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council (NDC) and the National Football League (NFL), with additional partnership support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 provide support for a variety of activities and tools, such as foodservice materials and taste-testing supplies, nutrition and physical education equipment.

More than 70,000 schools across the United States are participating in Fuel Up to Play 60. Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools.

“Fuel Up to Play 60 has really taken off in Wisconsin. Wellness champions and students in more than 1,700 schools have embraced the program, and these funds will help many of the participating schools to do even more,” said Laura Wilford, Director, Wisconsin Dairy Council.

Schools, parents and students can learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60 at

Fuel Up to Play 60 is sponsored locally by the Wisconsin Dairy Council, the nutrition education department of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, a nonprofit organization funded by the state’s dairy farmers, that promotes the consumption of Wisconsin dairy products.

Parent Round Table with Officer Johnson


Monday March 14, 2016
5:30 – 7:00 pm
DeForest Area High School

Ever have questions about what your kids are up to in the digital world?  Ever wondered what your kids are being exposed to? The Parent Round Table is an informal forum to discuss ways for parents to better connect with their children.  DeForest Police Officer and School Liaison Officer Brian Johnson will facilitate the discussion.

Topics will include, but are not limited to: digital communication, laws pertaining to youth, trends and actions of teens, etc.   “Participants can come with questions, and as a group we can share responses and provide answers to some of those tough questions,” said Johnson.


DAMS hosts 28th annual Geography Bee

Geography Bee

Sam Fischer moved one step closer to a $50,000 scholarship after winning the middle school’s 28th Annual National Geographic Society’s Geography Bee. Sam won the Bee on January 20 at the school-level competition. Sam took an online examination on January 27 to determine if he is eligible to compete in the state Geography Bee.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. for the state champion and teacher-escorts to participate in the national competition May, 2016.

Yahara art teacher wins Art Ed Blog of the Year

Kelsey-LapinKelsey Lapin, art teacher at Yahara Elementary School, has recently been awarded first place in The Art of Education blog contest.  Her blog, entited “The Artsy Fartsy Art Room,” was chosen by her peers in the Rising Star category.  The other categories were Elementary, Secondary and Wild card.

According to The Art of Education (AOE) website, “There are many amazing places to find ideas, inspiration, and encouragement on the web, and it’s no secret art teacher blogs are some of the best!  That’s why for the past few years we’ve been highlighting these talented and generous individuals in our annual Art Ed Blog of the Year contest, the web’s only contest that exclusively honors Art Education blogs.”  The contest is a way for art teachers across the world to recognize their peers for blogging excellence.

Lapin said that she writes in her blog about projects, resources, and daily things in the Yahara Art Room, as well as highlighting student work. She started the blog in October 2013 and writes on a pretty regular basis.

The Art of Education (AOE) was founded by Jessica Balsley as a means of providing relevant professional development opportunities for art teachers. AOE provides online classes for Art Teachers, an online magazine with daily articles, tips, tricks, video, and has the offered the first ever online conference just for art teachers.

First place winners in each category receive a $500 gift card to put towards AOE classes, an opportunity to speak at a future AOE conference, a $50 Blick gift card, and a customized badge to display.

“THANK YOU to The Art of Ed for shining lights on such talented fellow bloggers and running this contest!” said Lapin.

Breakfast brightens January doldrums at Community Center


Mild temperatures and a hearty breakfast greeted over 40 guests at the annual LINK-ages-sponsored activity held at the DeForest Community/Senior Center on Saturday, January 23.

Fifteen high school National Honor Society students and nine LINK-ages volunteers served guests, while they enjoyed musical performances by high school students Rachel Williams, Josie Brandmeier, Brenna Bernards, Rachel Williams, and Maggie Funk.

Lingering over coffee and second helpings, many expressed their pleasure in getting together for this annual event.  LINK-ages, a community/school service organization which promotes and recognizes inter-generational activities in the area, now is planning the annual Bingo party for March 6 at 1:00 pm.

2016 district spelling bee winners


Jamison Meier and Evan Romaine

Congratulations to Jamison Meier, 7th grader at DeForest Area Middle School, who will participate in the annual regional spelling bee in February.  Jamison won the district spelling bee after five rounds with the word deciduous. She will now compete with other students in the more challenging regional competition to be held in Stoughton.

According to Laura Salopek, 5th grade reading teacher at the middle school, it was an intense battle for second place.  “It took 12 rounds to get a second place winner, with a tight contest between 5th grader Kevin Jones and 7th grader Evan Romaine,” said Salopek.  Evan finally took 2nd place by spelling two words correctly:  tsunami and epiphany.  Evan will serve as the alternate for the regional competition.

High school accounting teacher receives grant for student career awareness activity

WICPADave Haas, an accounting teacher at DeForest Area High School, has been awarded an Accounting Careers Awareness Grant from the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA) Educational Foundation.  This past fall Haas, along with other high school accounting teachers from around the state, attended a workshop sponsored by the Foundation.  Teachers who attend this workshop are eligible to apply for a grant to promote accounting as a potential career for students. The grant application requires that a Wisconsin CPA partner be involved in the project or activity.Haas_Dave (TEA)

According to Haas, he received a grant for $936, which he plans to use to fund a student field trip to Milwaukee. On March 16,  Haas will take 33 students enrolled in his Advanced Accounting class on a tour of Miller Park and hear from accounting representatives of the Milwaukee Brewers. After Miller Park, they will travel to downtown Milwaukee to visit with a panel of accountants from Baker Tilly.  The panel will discuss their career and job duties, and answer questions from students.

This is the tenth year of the Educational Foundation’s grant program. “The Board of Directors is very enthusiastic about the program, and continues to be impressed with accounting teachers who are involved with promoting accounting as a career,” said Renee Johnson, CPA and President of the WICPA Educational Foundation.

According to Johnson, the Wisconsin Institute of CPAs has spent several years working to make young people more aware of accounting as a career. “In doing so, we have come to understand that high school educators play a leading role in this effort. The Educational Foundation instituted grants in order to assist high school educators who have direct connections with young people who are likely to choose accounting as a career,” said Johnson. In a letter announcing the grant award, Johnson said that the grants encourage recipients to collaborate with CPAs, parents, schools, universities or community organizations. Grants provide seed money for local needs and encourage lasting innovations that can be shared with other teachers. Recipients document their projects and report back to the Educational Foundation and WICPA.


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