Essay contest for students in grades 3-12

American_Legion_Auxiliary_LogoThe American Legion Auxiliary is once again sponsoring their annual “Americanism Essay Contest” for students in grades 3-12.

The topic this year is: “How does learning about government and our America help you become a future guardian of the liberties of our country?” Participants may download an entry form at

Entries are due by March 1, 2017 and can be submitted directly to ALA Unit #348, in care of Olson-Grinde Post 348, P.O. Box 180, DeForest, WI 53532.

Questions? Call Kathy Disch at (608) 846- 5393.

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4K parent informational meeting rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24

The 4K parent informational meeting has been rescheduled again for Tuesday, January 24. 


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Last chance to get free help completing the FAFSA


The DeForest Area School District is hosting the last available FAFSA assistance session (i.e. College Goal Wisconsin) on January 28th for graduating seniors and their families.  The event will take place at DeForest Area Middle School (404 Yorktown Road, DeForest) at 10:00 am.  Guests may use the main entrance on Yorktown Road or use the east entrance on South Cleveland Ave. Please note the new location, which was changed on January 19 due to facility scheduling conflicts.   Signs will be posted at both locations.
Click on the following link for the list of items students/parents should bring:  Items for FAFSA. For more general information about College Goal Wisconsin, click here: College Goal WI.
FAFSA is the form that colleges require students to complete to be considered for financial aid (scholarship, grants, work study, and loans).  Students will complete the FAFSA online at
College Goal Wisconsin is an event that families can receive free assistance in completing the FAFSA.  On January 28th there will be financial aid officers from the various colleges across the state to answer questions while the family is completing the FAFSA online.
General questions about the event may be directed to Debbie Brewster, 608.842.6581,
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DAHS Choir to perform at Carnegie Hall

img_4626How do you get to Carnegie Hall, you ask? Well, if you talk to the students of the DeForest Area High School Choir they will tell you, “Practice, practice, practice.” Which is exactly what they are doing in preparation of their upcoming trip to New York City to participate in a mass youth choir that will perform at one of the World’s most renowned concert halls, Carnegie Hall.
The great Carnegie Hall represents an elite level of achievement in music. The illustrious history of this great hall demands that only the highest standards be applied to all performers who take the stage.
According to Choir Director Maggie Condon, DeForest choirs participated in a competition in Chicago last spring in which their Bella Voce choir won the women’s division. This earned the group an invitation to perform as part of the exclusive festival in NYC.
Condon is excited for her students to have this opportunity. “To perform at Carnegie Hall is every musicians dream, and as a teacher to give my students this opportunity is really amazing. They definitely have their work cut out for them though. It is a heavy program.  Two of the pieces I actually performed with my advanced college choir when I was an undergrad student, so they are being pushed musically to a level we seldom get to achieve in the high school classroom. It is awesome to see them excited about this and working hard to rise to the challenge.”
Thirty students from DeForest Area High School will be performing as part of the National Youth choir. They will leave Thursday, March 23rd and return March 28th. While they have a pretty rigorous rehearsal schedule while in New York in preparation of their Sunday evening performance at Carnegie Hall, they will have some time to explore the city as well. “This is my first trip to New York City, so I am really excited to experience the sights and culture with my friends”, said Junior Isabella Oehme, “and I’m really happy we are able to see two Broadway shows while we are there too!”
Choir students will host a breakfast this Saturday to raise funds
The Choral department has been working on fundraising to help lower the cost of the trip and provide additional meals while in New York. They are hosting a Pancake Breakfast this Saturday from 8-10 am at Applebee’s East. Tickets are $8. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Maggie Condon at 608-842-6821.
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DAHS seeking gently used formal clothing

Formal attire clipartAre you done wearing that prom dress or bridesmaid dress? Do you have too many dress shoes? Consider donating those items that you no longer need. DAHS students could wear them!

If you are doing some spring cleaning and find some extra formal wear (dress, pants, shoes, accessories), please consider donating them to DeForest Area High School.

Please turn in any gently used/like new formal clothing to School Counselor Rebecca Schneider at DAHS. She will accept (female and/or male) items of all sizes year-round. All items are given directly to high school students for formal occasions such as prom and homecoming.

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4K parent informational meeting rescheduled to Jan. 17

The informational meeting for parents with children entering the four-year-old kindergarten program for the 2017-18 school year that was originally scheduled for Jan. 10, has now been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 17.  The January 10th meeting was cancelled due to weather conditions.  See more information below:


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Save The Date – DAMS Run/Walk is May 6th

5k-run-walk-clip-art-at-clker-com-vector-clip-art-online-royalty-lkgac9-clipartSave the Date!

DeFo Dash 5K Run/2 Mile Walk

Saturday, May 6th

All are welcome! This community event is sponsored by the DeForest Area Middle School PTO and proceeds will help fund the 7/8 library renovations. Look for registration information this spring.

Questions? Send a message to

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