Three DASD alumni to be inducted into Hall of Fame Sept. 15

The DeForest Area School District is excited to announce three DeForest Area School District alumni who will be inducted into the 2016 Hall of Fame:
Patrick Rothfuss, Andrea Anders and Sean Anders  (more about each).
The public is invited to a reception and induction ceremony to honor these three DASD graduates and celebrate their accomplishments on Thursday, September 15 at 5:30 pm in the DeForest Area High School Performing Arts Center.
Please help spread the word!  Share this message and invitation to family, friends, and colleagues.

Patrick Rothfuss, Class of 1991


Sean Anders, Class of 1987


Andrea Anders, Class of 1993

Middle school chair auction begins this month

“Mid-Summer Dream,” by Dawn Burgess

“Mid-Summer Dream,” by Dawn Burgess

The DeForest Area Middle School 7/8 Library Chair Auction is scheduled for August 29 through September 11 (note new, extended date!).  This exciting fundraiser will support renovation of the library that serves 7th and 8th grade students.  According to librarian and auction organizer Laura Shucha, “the renovation project will bring student resources, access, and library furnishing up-to-date.” As part of this renovation, the current wood library chairs were retired. “It was decided that offering them for sale to the public would be a good idea, but offering them to sale as works of art would be an even better idea,” said Shucha.  “We have 22 local and regional artists who have beautifully redesigned over 25 former library chairs. We are looking forward to sharing these chairs with the public and fostering some spirited competition to win each chair via the silent auction.” All funds raised will be put toward the purchase of furnishings for the 7/8 Library.

The redesigned chairs will be on display from 4 to 6 pm on Monday, August 29 during the middle school’s Backpack Night.  An online auction will begin at 4 pm on the 29th and will be open until 4 pm on Sunday, September 11.  Online auction services have been generously provided by Sunrise Auction Company.  Chairs can be viewed and bid on at any time between the opening and closing at

Individual chairs will be on display at several local businesses throughout the community before the auction begins, August 16-26 (see list below).  In addition, all chairs will be on display at the 7th annual Yahara Riverfest at Conservancy Commons Park on Saturday, September 10.

One to three (or more) chairs will be on display at each of the following businesses for the two weeks before bidding begins.  Check them out and begin planning your bidding strategy!

Lake Windsor Golf Club, Parkside Village 55+ Community, Village of Windsor, Windsor Family Dental, Tricor Insurance, UW Health DeForest-Windsor, DeForest Area Public Library, UnityPoint Health – Meriter DeForest-Windsor, Bakke Chiropractic Clinic, DeForest Area Middle School, DeForest Area School District Administrative Office, Essential Family Vision Care, Settlers bank, and DMB Community Bank.

More information about the auction.



Local Teacher Completes National Food Safety and Nutrition Training

cropped headshotFrom Farm to Table, Teachers Explore the Science Behind Nation’s Food Supply

WASHINGTON, DC. August, 2016 – Brittany Vanderbilt, a teacher at DeForest Area High School in DeForest, WI was one of 32 teachers nationwide chosen to complete a food science training program developed and implemented in a partnership between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and Graduate School USA.  The one-week program for middle and high school science teachers, as well as family and consumer science and health education teachers, took place in Washington this summer.

The training is part of the FDA/NSTA Professional Development Program in Food Science, a sustained effort to train U.S. teachers to use FDA’s curriculum in their classrooms nationwide and train additional teachers in their area of the country. The goal of the program is to educate teachers and students about critical food safety issues such as foodborne illnesses by exploring the science behind them. The program arms teachers with a unique topic and curriculum with which to teach science. In addition, participants learn about nutrition, food allergies, cosmetics safety, and color additives from FDA experts. The teachers also receive nutrition education material to help teach their students how to use the Nutrition Facts label to make better food choices.

“Many teenage students have jobs in the food service industry or have food preparation responsibilities at home,” said Louise Dickerson, FDA’s Project Manager for the Professional Development Program in Food Science. “This program will better educate them about the importance of handling food safely and why precautions must be taken. From FDA’s perspective, our professional development program for teachers is an effective way to support our goal of reducing the incidence of foodborne illness in this country.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 6 Americans get sick from food poisoning each year.

During the training, teacher participants learned firsthand about the development and spread of foodborne illnesses; the vulnerability of at-risk populations; and the science behind safe food handling, storage, and preparation. These teachers also learned how to better use the Nutrition Facts label to assess the nutritional value of foods.  In addition, the teachers talked with scientists from FDA and conducted laboratory experiments at the University of Maryland at College Park to further increase their understanding of food science.

For example, teachers investigated how a single bacteria cell can multiply to millions in just a few hours, and they observed how different temperatures (heating, room temperature, chilling, and freezing) affect the growth of bacteria. The teachers explored these concepts by putting their culinary skills to the test.  After cooking hamburgers to various temperatures, the teachers tested them for bacteria and other organisms that cause disease.

“Though the teachers have completed the training, the professional development experience has not ended,” said Al Byers, Associate Executive Director of Services at NSTA. “They will implement the supplementary curriculum in their schools, conduct workshops for their teacher colleagues, and receive continuing online support beyond the onsite experience.  This program models sustained teacher support using the latest standards in science professional learning including local collaboration among teachers as part of an ongoing professional learning community.”

The food science program is centered on a standards-based curriculum developed by FDA in partnership with NSTA.  The Science and Our Food Supply curriculum is available at no charge to all middle-level and high school teachers; it explores the science behind the production, transportation, storage, and preparation of our nation’s food supply, and contains a video,

hands-on experiments and activities, and evaluation tools. Other parts of the curriculum explore little-known facts about food science that affect millions of people every day, such as how  a traceback investigation is used to stop the additional sale and distribution of contaminated food, the likelihood of certain foods to cause foodborne illness more than others, and reasons why salt serves as a good preservative.

For information on this exciting curriculum and information on how to apply to participate in the FDA Food Science Professional Development Program in Summer 2017, please email


CONTACT: Isabelle Howes Graduate School USA
(202) 314-4713

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.