DeForest DECA’s haunted house raises money for MDA

Written by Kaylee Sadeghpour-Hess, senior at DeForest Area High School

group of students at haunted house image from haunted houseDeForest DECA hosted a haunted house on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 5-9 pm to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Internationally, DECA has been a sponsor of MDA for over 30 years! At the event, 45 volunteers contributed 384.5 hours to help prepare the Second Annual DeForest DECA Haunted House. The haunted house had 133 attendees, and raised $1,090.19 for MDA.

DECA member Kennedy West, a junior at DeForest Area High School, stated, “It went really well for the second year and it went better than expected!”  

Student organizers of the event were Kaylee Sadeghpour-Hess,  Kylie Rogers, and Nate Hill, with the assistance of Joseph Schauf, Emily Chermark and Clayton Gotzion. The group thanked the sponsors who helped make the event possible: Dairy Queen, JD’s Bakery, Mousehouse, Palace Cinema, Papa Murphy’s, Windsor Breads, Yo Fresh, Alliant Energy, BB Jacks, DeForest Self Storage, Clack Corp, Lake Windsor, Mary Schultz Century 21, Pick N Save, and Burrachos. “We really appreciate your assistance in supporting a great cause!” said Sadeghpour-Hess.

Seven DASD Teachers nominated for Kohl Fellowships

Kohl teacher nominees and board of education membersSeven DASD staff members have been honored by the district as nominees to the 2017 Herb Kohl Fellowship program. The Kohl Fellowship program recognizes and supports teaching excellence and innovation in the State of Wisconsin.

The group was recognized by school board members at their Nov. 14 meeting. Pictured left with Board of Education members are Aimee Koppensteiner, 5th grade teacher at DAMS; Colleen Kollasch, Social Studies Teacher at DAHS; Margi Wachowiak, Library Media Specialist at DAHS; Lori Billings, 3rd grade teacher at EPES; Jane Troz, Speech & Language Pathologist at EPES; Katie Ferkovich, 1st grade teacher at WES; and Jen Parker, 8th grade teacher at DAMS.

The seven applications were submitted to the Kohl Foundation selection committee, who will evaluate nominees from around the state on the following: (1) personal educational philosophy, (2) demonstrated ability to inspire students’ love of learning, (3) creation of innovative projects or programs, (4) commitment to community, (5) unrealized goals for their classroom or professional development, and (6) positive qualities they see in education, and changes they would like to see made to strengthen and improve teach.

Those chosen will receive a $3,000 grant and each recipient’s school will receive a matching $3,000 grant. Recipients’ professional accomplishments are celebrated at a recognition luncheon in the spring.

Wisconsin Teacher of the Year Program

The applications of the public school Kohl fellowship recipients will automatically be used as the applicants for the Wisconsin Teacher of the Year program. Four teachers will be selected, one in each of the four categories. These Teachers of the Year will come to Madison to be interviewed to select Wisconsin’s nominee to the National Teacher of the Year program.

DAHS students perform in Honors Band

Six honor band studentsSix DAHS students participated in the Badger Conference Honors Band on November 14 & 15.

The guest clinician this year was Dr. Craig Hancock, who is the Director of Bands at Warburg College in Iowa. Students spent the the two days in rehearsals with Dr. Hancock, and performed at 7 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Monona Grove High School.
According to DAHS Band Director, Brandon Bautz, “The Honors Band is a combination of exceptional students from all schools in the Badger Conference.” There were four pieces performed on the concert, said Bautz, including Bayou Breakdown, Rough Riders, Southern Hymn, and Vesuvius. Other schools that participated were Baraboo, Edgewood, Fort Atkinson, Milton, Monona Grove, Monroe, Mount Horeb, Portage, Reedsburg, Sauk Prairie, Stoughton, Verona, and Waunakee.
The DeForest Area High School students who participated were Erika Perkins on Flute, Sidney Bergeron on Clarinet, Erica Camarato on Clarinet, Sarah Stouffer-Lerch on Trumpet, Samuel Neuman on Tuba, and Anthony Haag on Percussion.

2017-18 4K informational meeting for parents

Parent Information Session poster

Windsor Elementary School receives grant from Exxon Mobil


Windsor Elementary School has again received a $500 grant from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program to help fund family math and science nights. Through a partnership with Harry Singh, owner of Windsor Travel Plaza, the school has received a grant every year for over six years.  Singh worked with Mr. Bernards, principal at Windsor Elementary, to secure the grant, which is one of 2,400 available to schools across the country served by Exxon or Mobil stations. The grants were made possible by funding from the ExxonMobil Corporation.

The ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program is designed to provide Exxon and Mobil retailers with an opportunity to invest in the future of their communities through educational grants to neighborhood schools.  ExxonMobil believes that, as members of the community, local retailers are best qualified to work with local educators to help identify schools and programs most in need of support.

Windsor Travel Plaza and Mr. Singh met stringent eligibility criteria before applying for and being awarded this grant, including having a commitment to provide a superior buying experience for customers.


DAHS One-Act brings home awards

img_0994The DeForest Area High School One-Act team took home several awards at the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival (WHSTF) on Saturday, November 19 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Pictured are Willow Williams, Gillian Staeven, Jenna Zimmerman, and Brett Price (representing the crew and advisor/coach Jan Williams). The group won five awards for their one-act play, Vanities – Outstanding Director, Critics Choice, and three for Outstanding Acting.

According to the WHSTF website, “One-act performances are a great educational opportunity for students to receive constructive criticism from theatre professionals to enhance their theatrical abilities.” During the festival students also watched other one-act plays and attended workshops.

This year, the festival’s 27th, UW-Madison partnered with UW-Stevens Point. The WHSTF provides students and teachers an opportunity to learn from trained theatre professionals and educators, to take the stage, and to watch their peers perform. All Wisconsin high schools are invited to participate.

WHSTF website

Students learn about bacteria from UW-Madison students

image8 img_5144 img_5148 image7Last week scientists from the UW-Madison Research Department visited Karly Kittoe’s kindergarten class at Yahara Elementary School to help with their study of bacteria.  According to Mrs. Kittoe, her students enjoyed using image4 image6some real science tools!