EPES teachers receive fellowship grant

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and Fund for Teachers has recently announced that three teachers at Eagle Point Elementary School have been selected to receive a 2015 Wisconsin Schools of Recognition Teacher Fellowship grant for $9,285.

Bohlman-Knorr-GansterReading specialist Sharon Ganster, kindergarten teacher Alyssa Knorr, and fourth grade teacher Rachel Bohlman applied for the competitive grant.  They requested to participate in the Lucy Calkins Teachers’ College in New York for intensive training in “Reading Workshop.”  The opportunity to apply for the grant came as a result of Eagle Point’s designation as a School of Recognition, which was awarded this past fall by the Department of Public Instruction.

Grants are awarded by the Fund for Teachers.  According to their website, Fund for Teachers is one of the largest funders of teacher learning in the country, investing $24 million in more than 6,500 teachers since 2001. The program annually awards grants to preK-12 educators seeking relevant knowledge and learning experiences through self-designed summer fellowships.

In order to use the grant funding, the teachers needed to gain acceptance to the New York Teachers’ College training program. All three teachers were accepted. “We are very excited about this, not only for the three teachers who will benefit personally and professionally, but also for our school.  These teachers will help us develop teacher resources and demonstration classrooms as we begin learning about and implementing reading workshop next year,” said Eagle Point Principal, Ann Schoenberger.

Ganster, Knorr and Bohlman collectively thanked the Fund for Teachers, saying “We are grateful for the opportunity to attend the Summer Institute on the Teaching of Reading at The Teachers College in New York. The learning journey we are about to embark on will not only impact our own teaching, but as we share our learning with our school, district, and community, everyone will benefit.  What we are most excited about is the impact it will have on our students. Watching them grow as readers and become lifelong readers is why we do what we do each and every day.  Thank you Fund for Teachers!”

“The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and Fund for Teachers are committed to celebrating teachers who are passionate about their work and motivated from within. Teaching offers unique challenges and rewards to those who choose to work in the profession,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers in a letter to the three teachers. “We salute you and thank you for your dedication.”

“Fund for Teachers serves as a piggy bank of sorts, funding educators’ quests for deeper knowledge or mastery that transfers directly to students,” said Karen Webb, Fund for Teachers executive director. “We all learn by knowing, by doing. These grants offer teachers more than ‘one-size-fits-all’ professional development and it’s free for the district. Everyone wins, with the biggest winners being the students.”

This year the organization is awarding $1.8 million in grants to 487 teachers for self-designed fellowships.

The three teachers will attend an orientation meeting in May where they will receive information about their fellowship and receive their check.

Little Shop of Horrors comes to DAHS April 30-May 3

The DAHS Drama and Music Departments present . . . Little Shop of Horrors at the DeForest Area High School Performing Arts Center.  Show times are: 7 pm on April 30, May 1, and May 2, and 2 pm on May 3. A special performance and reception is available for older adults on Wednesday, April 29, at 4:00 pm in the PAC.

Little Shop of Horrors is a comedy horror rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh.  Does that sound horrible? It is actually done as a parody.  The authors were making fun of the horror and sci-fi genres. Students from grades 3-12 are involved  in the production​. Join ​DASD Drama and Music ​students for a night of fun!

Little Shop of Horrors Poster 2015

April 7 election results

Results of the two DASD elections on April 7, 2015:

FACILITIES REFERENDUM – Issue $41,000,000 in Bonds

Yes:  76.1% (2,961)
No:  23.9% (930)

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At-Large Seat:
Sue Esser:  64.2% (1,948)
Chris McFarlin (I):  35.4% (1,072)
Write-In:  .4% (12)

Uncontested Seats:

Village of DeForest:  Jeff Miller (I)

Towns of Vienna/Leeds:  DeAnna Giovanni (I)




(source: Dane County Clerk’s Office, http://goo.gl/CqLIyZ)

Results will become official following the Board of Canvassers Meeting on April 13th.



High school students raise over $3,000 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Pennies for Pasta program

Students and staff at DeForest Area High School have raised $3,051 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Deanne Lensert's advisory

Deanne Lensert’s Advisory class

Throughout the month of March, members of the school’s National Honor Society (NHS) partnered with the national Pennies for Pasta program to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

According to the Pennies for Pasta website, the program is “presented by Olive Garden as a service learning, character education and philanthropy program that gives students a unique experience by making a difference through teamwork—working together to aid thousands of children and adults in the fight against blood cancers like leukemia.”

Christian Ezell's advisory

Christian Ezell’s advisory

NHS advisor, Colleen Kollasch, said the group’s goal was to raise $2,000.  To encourage participation from the entire high school, NHS members created a competition among the 50 advisory classes at the high school.  Each advisory class of about 25 students was challenged to raise money over a three-week period. The class raising the most won a pasta party from Olive Garden. Since the school raised over $1,000, Olive Garden is now providing two pasta parties!  The top two advisory classes winning the pasta parties are Deanne Lensert’s class, where students raised $588, and Christian Ezell’s class, with $480.

Thank you DASD community!

Thank-you-pinned-note-2Thank you, community members, for your commitment to the DeForest Area School District and passing the April 7 referendum.  Whether you volunteered your time with the Community Advisory Committee, completed a survey, attended a listening session or went to the polls April 7th, your voice has been important to us.

We will now begin the full design phase to create spaces that will increase capacity, improve safety and security, address aging buildings and infrastructure, and improve learning spaces.

Stay informed during the design and construction progress!

Visit www.DASDconstruction.org and sign up to receive email updates.



Wolf earns top honors at Newton Math Meet

Ferris Wolf, a 6th grade student at DeForest Area Middle School, took home honors at the Greater Dane Co. Network’s Newton Math Meet held in March.  According to teacher Tammy Breitlow, fifth and sixth grade students from DeForest competed against other students from Waunakee, Oregon, and Sauk.  Honors were given to those earning top individual scores, and teams with the top two scores advanced on to the next round.Newton Math Meet Ferris earned a second place trophy for individual score and the top individual score for DeForest.

The Greater Dane Co. Network hosts the math meet each year for students in fifth through eighth grades to stimulate interest in mathematics and recognize exceptional mathematical talent.

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.


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