DECA hosts red carpet gala for girls and their dads

two dads and their daughters On January 28th, 2017, DeForest DECA hosted their annual Dad ‘n Daughter Dance. DECA hosts this event each year for girls age four through fourth grade and an adult male “date.”

In addition to dancing, other activities include  face painting, a photo booth, and plenty of snacks. This year’s theme, ‘Red Carpet Gala,’ brought in 540 girls, meaning that over 1,000 people attended the event!

Brenna Bernards (high school senior) and Emily Chermak (high school junior) took the lead on organizing the event. “This is always such a fun event to be a part of, and it was an honor to lead it.  I loved seeing all the girls dressed up and enjoying the perfect night we put together!” Brenna said.

According to Bernards and Chermak, the girls who attended the dance gave positive feedback about the event. “My favorite part of the Daddy Daughter dance was trying to find my friends to dance with- besides spending time with my dad!” said McKenzie Brandl, a student at Windsor Elementary School.

“The DECA Officer team hosts the event each year in the hope that girls and their fathers will create valuable memories of a very special night,” said Emily.

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Local businesses connect with school district

On Thursday, February 16th, DASD partnered with the DeForest Windsor Area Chamber of Commerce to host an Inspire Networking Event at the high school.  The event offered Chamber members a chance to network with each other, tour the new high school STEAM  (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, and Math) area, learn more about the online Inspire program, and create their company profile. Over 25 local business people attended.

According to College & Career Readiness Coordinator, Kerry Johnson, Inspire – Madison Region connects students with businesses in the DeForest-Windsor area and throughout Dane County, and integrates with Career Cruising, the software program students use to develop their Academic & Career Plans.
Adrian Crabb, from Inspire Madison Region, kicked off the event by providing a brief overview, and helped get those in attendance get started using it.
For more information about Inspire or how to get involved, contact DASD School/Community Relations Coordinator, Debbie Brewster or College & Career Readiness Coordinator, Kerry Johnson.
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It’s FFA Week!

February 21
Yesterday was also Take Your Tractor to School Day!

February 20
Students at DeForest Area High School are celebrating National FFA Week, February 20-23.  According to their mission statement, “FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agriculture education.”

FFA advisors Gwen Boettcher and Dan Kvalheim announced the schedule for students and staff – watch for photos to be added each day!

  • Monday— Petting zoo during lunches with Easter Seal donation (any clothing item, shoes, jewelry, etc.)

  • Monday Night— FFA Meeting 6:30 PM— ICE CREAM SUNDAE BAR!! Yum! Come ready for dessert!
  • Tuesday— Wear your FFA t-shirt and get a treat during advisory! There will also be ice cream for $1 during lunches in the STEAM hallway!
  • Wednesday— Ag Olympics during lunch hours– come compete for prizes!! Wear Tye-dye for a treat!
  • Thursday— Breakfast on the Farm– Volunteers will deliver donuts to area businesses!
  • All Week-– Easter Seals Clothing drive, and Find the most emblems to win a prize!

On Saturday, March 4th, FFA will host their annual Family Fun Night for everyone in the community!  To attend you do NOT have to be an FFA member!  There is a home-cooked meal of shredded pork, scallop potatoes, cheesy potatoes, cheese, milk, and dessert! All of the food is made by the FFA Alumni and members.  Read more here.


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Haas awarded WICPA grant

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. haas_david

According to Haas, the grant will be used to take students in his Advanced Accounting class to Milwaukee to see how the Milwaukee Brewers organization is run and to tour their facilities. Students will also hear from team personnel about careers in accounting and business careers in the sports industry. The day will conclude with a tour of the Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP Milwaukee office and listening to a presentation from their staff.

This is the 11th 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.

“We are greatly encouraged by Wisconsin teachers’ interest in advancing high school accounting curriculum, networking with CPAs and professors, learning about accounting careers and higher education, and encouraging young peop0le to study accounting and become CPAs,” said Johnson.

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2017-18 DAHS Poms Tryouts

The DeForest Area High School Pom Pon Squad will be holding their tryouts for the 2017-2018 football and/or basketball seasons starting Saturday, March 4th, at 9 am. The Tryout Packet (linked below) is due no later than Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 to the high school and middle school front offices.

Tryout Packet Information

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Science teachers bring groundwater model and lessons to high school


DeForest Area High School science teachers Kelly Kramer and Caryn Odgers recently received a sand-tank groundwater model (valued at $700) and a chance to learn about groundwater and the sand-tank groundwater flow model through exploration, demonstration, and experimentation.

Kramer and Odgers were awarded the model and a chance to attend the workshop based on an application they submitted earlier this year. On February 1st, they traveled to Mount Horeb to see experienced users demonstrate the model and develop a demonstration appropriate for their students’ grade level.

As part of the work, they also toured the Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey (WGNHS) Core Lab, where they learned more about “wellhead protection.” WGNHS staff talked about important local and statewide groundwater issues, led a groundwater contour mapping exercise, and helped teachers build a 3-D model of Wisconsin’s geology using clay.

In a letter from Kevin Masarik, Groundwater Education Specialist for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, he congratulated Kramer and Odgers for their success, referring to groundwater as “Wisconsin’s buried treasure because the vast majority of Wisconsin residents rely on groundwater as their primary water supply?”  “I greatly appreciate the role that all educataors play in helping students learn about this important resource that isn’t easily observed or understood.  The models can be used to teach about a variety of earth science, math, chemistry, and even social science topics.  They are a valuable teaching tool for educating tomorrow’s future geologists, scientists, engineers, and future leaders. My hope is that the model and the professional development that recipients received will benefit the students for many years to come,” said Masarik.

According to Odgers and Kramer they truly appreciated the opportunity. “This was one of the most valuable workshops I have ever attended. Kevin Masarik, the DNR and WGNHS experts, along with the UW-SP students who build the groundwater models passed on a wealth of knowledge that will greatly increase our ability to educate students about the importance of groundwater and how we affect it.  This is a tremendously valuable addition to our biology program at the high school,” said Caryn Odgers.

“I loved learning about all of the groundwater issues in our state.  Wisconsin has a lot of water resources, but if we don’t learn how to protect them many aspects of our life could be affected,” said Kelly Kramer.



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100th day of school celebration


Last week students in Mrs. Kittoe’s Kindergarten class at Yahara Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school by coming to school dressed in their best “old” looking clothes!

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