Students excel at Stock Market Game


Hayden Rauls, Nick Maier, Jagger Lokken, and Keagon Kaufmann

Each year students in the DeForest Area School District compete in the Wisconsin Stock Market Simulation Game.  The game is offered to Wisconsin students through EconomicsWisconsin.  The Wisconsin Stock Market Simulation (SMS) helps students learn the costs and benefits involved in investing in the stock market without the fear of using real money. Student teams manage a hypothetical $100,000 investment portfolio as they compete against students from across Wisconsin for a trip to New York City to tour the New York Stock Exchange. Ten-week games are offered each semester.

This year, over 900 schools in Wisconsin participated in the spring competition. Schools are ranked at the end of the ten week game and the top ten teams in each division are invited to an awards banquet.

Four teams from DASD made the top ten in two divisions. A team of students from Jodi Acker’s 7th grade math class – Hayden Rauls, Nick Maier, Jagger Lokken, and Keagon Kaufmann – took  of took first place in the middle school division with a total of $126,277. Three teams from Dave Sisler’s fourth grade class at Windsor Elementary took first place with $112,631, second place with $105,344 and ninth place with $99,769 in the elementary division. Congratulations to all the teams that participated!

According to their website, Economics Wisconsin is a non-profit organization made up of business and professional leaders and teachers. Their goal is to help elementary and secondary educators gain knowledge and confidence in teaching about our free market economic system.


Dave Sisler with 1st place winners: Adam Trautsch,Easton Snow, and Kolby Tomkins 2nd place: Jaelyn Derlein, Maddie Chrisinger, Ben Belgen, Caleb Kavey 3rd: Alex Baio, Sam Bachman, Emalia Reiche

Big Hill Adventures for 1st and 2nd graders

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A student from Eagle Point Elementary School studies pond samples.

This spring first and second grade students throughout the district participated in educational activities at the District’s environmental outdoor classroom, Big Hill.

According to Sue Brockel, Big Hill Resource Teacher for the district, students participated in environmental education adventures studying three habitats:  the woods, the pond, and the prairie.  Students climbed the Big Hill to observe the plants and animals in the forest habitat.  Using their binoculars, they observed many birds on the prairie. During the pond study, they found many water critters.  Using two-way scopes, the students saw tadpoles, minnows, leeches, dragonfly nymphs, a water scorpion, and several small water beetles.

The activities are facilitated by Brockel and the two other Big Hill resource teachers, Sandy and Steve Kahl. “Students learned many facts about, and developed an appreciation for, their environment,” said Brockel.

Morrisonville Elementary and high school students team up to plant prairie at Big Hill

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A MES student spreads prairie seed.

Students at Morrisonville Elementary School spent time at the Big Hill this spring spreading prairie seed on a recently cleared hillside. According to teacher Julie Harrier, the activity concluded a year-long project with the Audubon Society.  Last year students at Morrisonville Elementary School received $579 for the purchase of binoculars and nature notebooks so that students could study wetland and prairie habitats at Goose Pond Sanctuary.  Harrier, who wrote the grant on behalf of the school, said the grant also covered the cost of prairie seed collection at Goose Pond for the Big Hill Environmental Learning Center, where students would reseed, restore and preserve the original prairie habitat.

With the help of a representative from the Madison Audubon Society, some high school agri-science students, and high school agri-science teacher Dan Kvalheim, Morrisonville students finished their project at Big Hill by spreading the seed they collected earlier this fall at Goose Pond.

Kvalheim talked to students about prairie plants, the controlled burn that took place a few weeks ago, and the proper way to scatter the prairie seed.   He had the first and second grade students make a long line across the hill and pair up with high school students. Then, with buckets of seed, they carefully made their way down the hillside scattering seeds.

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MES students spreading seed.

The Big Hill Environmental Learning Center is an area rich in diverse plant and animal communities and habitat: wetland, prairie, oak savanna, and woodland, owned jointly by the DeForest Area School District and the Town of Windsor.  Since 2004 it has been a Wisconsin School Forest.

Two students in top ten at Yahara River Writer’s Contest

IMG_20150513_113140274[1]Two DeForest Area Middle School students were top ten winners at the Yahara River Writer’s Contest, held at the UW-Campus on May 13.  Fifth grade student Erica Bodden, placed in the top ten for a poem called “Winter,” and eighth grade student Alex Grabowski placed for a short story called “One Last Moment”.

The Writers Anthology Project is a writing and cartooning contest for students in grades 5-8, sponsored by the Greater Dane County TAG. Students from several schools across Dane County submitted entries in the categories of short stories, poetry, editorials and cartooning.  The top ten entries in each grade are published in an anthology.  During the May 13 event, each student received a copy of the anthology and participated in a writer’s workshop in their category.

Students were accompanied by 7th grade Language Arts teacher Jen Parker. Noah Phillips, a writer, was the keynote speaker at the ceremony.

Mock Crash community event May 21st


DAHS swimmers earn all-state honors

DSCN6163[1]The Wisconsin Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association held their annual All State Swim Banquet on May 3rd in Hartford, Wisconsin for high school swimmers and divers who earned all-state honors during the 2014-15 school year.

Five received all-state awards from DeForest Area High School. Pictured (L-R) are Emma Blackdeer, Katie Burgener, Mikaela Barger, Coach Sue Winckler, Gabby Loeck, and Erin Fons. All senior members of the DeForest team earned All-State Academic honors. Earning this honor is Blackdeer, Burgener, Fons, and Mackenzie West (not pictured).

Seniors earn scholarships at Elmer McLaughlin Band Concert


L-R: Kirsten Koheler, Courtney Wassertheurer, Ethan Loney, Anna Parks, Erika Nelson, Emily Hill, Calvin Compe

The DeForest Area High School Music Department celebrated more than 80 years of music education on Thursday, May 7, with the second annual Elmer McLaughlin Memorial Band Concert.

The Concert Band performed Shackleford Banks by Jay Bocook, American Riversongs by Pierre LaPlante, and America the Beautiful by Samuel Ward. The Symphonic Band performed Semper Fidelis March by John Philip Sousa, English Folk Song Suite by Ralph Vaughn Williams, and Barber of Seville by Giachinno Rossini. A short video slideshow was shown from the Orlando Band & Choir trip during spring break.

Ethan Loney was the recipient of the Richard Fellenz Band Award.

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Katherine Kennedy

Katherine Kennedy received the Mark Sieger Scholarship. Amber Taugher, Cameron Soat, and Erika Perkins were awarded the summer music clinic scholarships from DeForest Area Music Boosters.

Kirsten Koheler and Courtney Wassertheurer were recipients of the Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award.

Erika Nelson received the Quincy Jones Musicianship Award. Calvin Compe received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award.

Anna Parks received the Patrick Gilmore Award and Emily Hill received the John Philip Sousa Band Award. All seniors received a special gift  courtesy of the DeForest Area Music Parents.


L-R: Amber Taugher, Cameron Soat, Erika Perkins

Szepieniec earns honorable mention in photo contest

DeForest Area High School junior, Sarah Szepieniec, earned an honorable mention award in Walsworth Yearbooks 2015 Photography Contest.  Her photo entry was in the School Spirit Category.

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Contest winners and more information about the contest

Honorable mention winners in each category can be viewed at Walsworth’s Facebook page.




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