DAHS yearbook showcased in Gallery of Excellence

Photo taken and edited by Alan Ligocki, DAHS Yearbook Advisor

Front Row: Syerra Rhodes, Brianna Molinares, Celia Blau, Jocelyn Reneau, Anaston Arnold, Lynzy Schnell, Kassidy Kleinert, Allison Green, Jina Glasgow, Zoe Applegate, Gabrielle Erstad, Taleea Lerum Back Row: Brandon Kenney, Abi Gardiner, Allison Hughes, Delaney Harding, Julie Rauls, Jared Gothard, Sarah Szepieniec, Makenzie Miller, Gabe Clist, Kylie Compe, Grace Scheel

The 2015-2016 DeForest Area High School yearbook was recently recognized as one of the best yearbooks published by Walsworth Yearbooks in 2016.  In October, students were told that their 2016 yearbook has been inducted into the company’s Gallery of Excellence, which is a prestigious collection that showcases the best yearbooks published  by Walsworth.   According to company president, Don Walsworth, only a small percentage of the yearbooks they publish are included in the Gallery of Excellence, which features  superior examples of coverage, design, photography and copy.

In a letter to DAHS Yearbook Advisor Alan Ligocki and the yearbook staff, Walsworth said, “Many people will see your 2016 yearbook throughout the year. Our yearbook sales representatives take Gallery books to schools and their  workshops as examples and idea generators, and they are displayed at regional, state and national conventions and workshops. Covers, spreads, photos and coverage ideas are also sometimes used as examples in Walsworth’s educational  materials, such as our Possibilities idea book and Idea File magazine.”

The high school yearbook is developed by students enrolled in the year-long yearbook class, and published by Walsworth.  Students take all photos, write copy, and design the layout and cover of each year’s collection of memories.   Over 700 students purchase a yearbook each year.

“Gallery books, including yours, ignite the creativity in other yearbook staffs. The induction of your yearbook  honors your staff’s (student’s) exceptional work and dedication to excellence, said Walsworth.  “I offer  my congratulations on this tremendous achievement.”


Door Creek Church donates books to Eagle Point students

door-creek-booksDoor Creek Church – North Campus has been an active supporter of Eagle Point Elementary School the last couple of years. When asked what they could do to help support teachers, teachers overwhelmingly said, “Books!” Getting books in their classrooms and in the hands of children was their top priority. With a generous monetary donation from Door Creek, students were able to choose books at the end of the school year to enjoy over summer break. Then, in July, Door Creek held a book drive. New and/or gently used books were donated to Eagle Point School for the teachers to add to their classroom libraries. Pastor Ross Kaellner and Rob McCartney delivered the books in August, and when teachers returned to school, they were thrilled that they got to “book shop” in the LMC. They were very grateful for the opportunity.

In addition to the book delivery, boxes of school supplies were also dropped off. Paper, folders, pencils, markers, scissors, etc. were awaiting families as they entered Eagle Point on Backpack Night. Teachers also filled their back-up cupboards with supplies they will need later in the year.


Middle school hosts Scoopie Night for PBIS

staffDeForest Area Middle School hosted their annual fall Scoopie Night at Culvers Restaurant in DeForest on Tuesday, October 4th, raising nearly $600 for the school.  The funds will be used to purchase student incentives as part of the school’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program.  All schools in the DeForest Area School District have been implementing PBIS since the 2012-2013 school year, focusing on  student behavior with the premise that “Norskies are safe, respectful, and responsible”.

The organizer of the event, 7th grade English teacher Laura Kruschek, thanked the educators who volunteered their time to serve food and clean tables during the evening.  They included:  Laura Salopek, Ann Higgins. Aimee Koppensteiner, Bill Black, Jessi Garrison, Travis Frey, Dana Broehl, Liza Hahn, Brea Skora, Julie Bernards, Tamara Weisbrod, Tammi Jansen, Sue Winckler, Becki Brethouwer, Tracy Biodrowski, Joe Packal, Molly Koslowski, Jen Brandl, Jen Parker, and Laura Shucha.


High school student mentors thank Officer Johnson

20161007_104954On October 7, the DeForest Area High School Norski Mentors hosted a celebration to thank School Resource Officer Officer Brian Johnson and our DeForest Police Dept for their service. “Our community is very lucky to have the men and women in our community that serve and protect us,” said Rebecca Schneider, school counselor and advisor to the group.
The Norski Mentors gave Officer Johnson and the police department some small tokens of appreciation, such as donuts, Pepsi (Officer Johnson’s favorite), healthy energy snacks and lifesavers.20161007_105418

The high school Norski Mentor Program is a school community-building program, where the experience of successful upperclassmen help guide and support freshmen students. At the same time, these upperclassmen gain leadership experience. The program aims to increase academic achievement and increase interaction among students in each grade level. Schools that have used this method have seen double digit percent reductions in freshman truancy, referrals and hazings.

The upperclassmen chosen for these positions are selected based on communications skills, responsibility, self-confidence, organization and enthusiasm.

October 12th DeForest Area High School STEM Ribbon Cutting & Open House



High school authors read their stories to elementary school students


On Thursday, September 15, students in the high school’s alternative education program, New Reflections, visited Eagle Point Elementary School. They were there to read stories they had written to the younger children in three classrooms: Amy Williams’ first grade, Sue Sonsalla’s second grade, and Lisa Marek’s fourth grade.

The stories written by the high school students were called “fractured fairy tales,” where they turned familiar stories upside down and inside out. They changed the characters, settings, points of view, or plots of familiar fairy tales.


Join the third annual Community Choir!

Join the fun!  The Community Choir is back!  This is a chance for singers from the DeForest Area of all ages and backgrounds to join together with students from the DeForest Area High School Choral Department and make some truly beautiful music. This year, the group will be performing Paul Caldwell & Sean Ivory’s Hope for Resolution. The piece will finish out the Winter Choir Concert on Thursday, December 8th.

Get more information HERE.