American Red Cross Blood Drive scheduled for August 10th

Students in the high school National Honor Society are hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, August 10 at the Comfort Inn and Suites Conference Center (5025 Cty Hwy V, DeForest) between 12:00 noon and 5:00 pm.

All community members and eligible high school students are invited to give!

Students who wish to donate blood must bring either a valid driver license or two forms of other ID (with at least one with proof of age).

For an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit


DASD hosts first Girl’s Go! STEM Camp

IMG_20160720_083816756During the week of July 17th, 28 DAMS girls attended the District’s first Girl’s Go! STEM Camp. The camp was made possible through a grant written by Judi Walsh, School Counselor and Program Coordinator for College and Career Readiness, encouraging middle school girls to get involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related courses and careers.

IMG_0163The camp focused on three areas of the STEM field: robotics, biomedical science and computer science. The girls built and tested robots, solved a criminal case using forensic science, and created computer applications to be used on tablets. Each area was taught by DASD educators including Erica Malo, Sarah Shagam, Christine Rybak, Judi Walsh, Dave Matthews, Bill Jameson and Alan Ligocki.

In addition, the girls participated in team building activities led by Liza Hahn and Corinne Truxal. On the final day, girls presented their research project about a female in a STEM-related career.  In addition, Erica Malo (PhD – University of Wisconsin- Madison) and Megan Georgeson (Civil Engineering major at UW-Platteville) talked about their work in STEM fields.   Camp participants gave family members an overview of the projects they created throughout the week.

20160719_085450The girls were also introduced to the Project Lead The Way courses that have been implemented at DeForest Area High School.  Each of the three camp areas focused on one of the many career pathways available to study at both the middle school and the high school. According to Judi Walsh, “For our first STEM Camp, it was a huge success.  The evaluations were overwhelmingly positive and we hope that there will be more camps and STEM activities in the future for all of our students.  The staff did a great job of showing these girls how many opportunities there are and how exciting STEM careers can be.”


DAMS Chair Auction begins August 29!

Here’s a sneak peek at one of the chairs, designed by Whitney Volker, a 2002 DAHS graduate.

Volker-chair-back Volker-chair-frontWhitney majored in studio art from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.  Her current work has been focused around cityscape recycled paper collages. Her chair uses vibrant colors to depict a Madison capital summer cityscape with recycled paper.

The online auction will be available for two weeks, August 29 to September 10. All chairs will be on display on Monday, August 29 during the middle school’s Backpack Night, and again on Saturday, September 10 at the 7th annual Yahara Riverfest at Conservancy Commons Park.  Individual chairs will be on display at local businesses throughout the community before the auction begins, August 15-26.  We will also post photos of all chairs on the DASD Facebook page throughout August.

Check them out and begin planning your bidding strategy!  More information about the auction.


Students re-create ending to story

IMG_1357Students in Lisa Sebranek’s summer school class finished their reading of the book, “Because of Winn-Dixie,” with a re-creation of the ending scene. Students read the book as part of their summer school literacy curriculum.  They worked together on a novel study, and celebrated by re-creating the ending, which included a party.  The students’ party was complete with egg salad sandwiches, pickles, and Dump punch.  Some students also dressed up as characters from the story.

DAHS Cheer Team shines at UCA Camp

DSC02172 DSC02122The DeForest Area High School Cheerleaders attended the annual UCA Cheer Camp at Marquette University July 14-16th.  According to Coach Tonia Feldman, “The theme for this year’s camp was “Going for Gold” and that’s just what DeForest did!”  They received the following awards: 1st place Extreme Routine, 2nd place Cheer, 1st place Overall, Superior Award, Traditions Award and they brought home the “Banana,” which goes home to the most spirited team.  The DAHS team also qualified to perform at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

DSC02154All of the seniors (Kyana Killerlain, Tatumn Hutchings, Alexa Burmester, Autumn Jurkowski, Maggie Engeseth and Trinity Randle) were able to try out for the All American Team, and Kyana Killerlain and Trinity Randle made the team.  They have been invited to perform in the New Year’s Day Parade in London.

Online registration for the 2016-17 school year is now open

Parents/Guardians are asked to register their child(ren) for the 2016-17 school year using our online registration process.  This is available in Skyward Family Access, and opened on July 11.

August 4 or 8: noon to 7 pm, at DeForest Area High School  
Please stop in on August 4th or 8th at DAHS to have student pictures taken and to drop off/pick up other forms or documents (i.e., activity passes, high school parking permits, yearbooks, etc.); talk with food service, bus transportation, and other staff; and visit the Community Expo.

More information about registering and preparing for the new school year is available on the DASD website.

DAMS students adventure through Africa with ARIS

1-N7Q6oBxanJLndyrEVE20zwSeventh grade social studies teachers Beth Stofflet and Larry Moberly wanted to take their 250 kids to dozens of African nations — but since that wasn’t possible, they took them there virtually with a Field Day tool called ARIS.” (Medium, Field Day Lab, May 26, 2016).


Check out this story that was published on the Medium website



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