MHS 2/15/19 Staff Update

Congratulations to the Science Olympiad team for having two teams taking 2nd place and 7th place at the Eagle Invitational on Saturday competing against 40 teams from Michigan.  The MHS Forensics Team took 2nd place overall, losing to Hudson High School at the Prescott Tournament.  The Forensics team has their home tournament Saturday along with the Wrestling Team who is hosting the WIAA individual sectional tournament the same day. The Swim Team advanced several swimmer to the state tournament with Kevin Leach breaking his own school record in the process with the Gymnastics team and Orchestra performing on Monday night.  We continue to prepare for the ACT next week Wednesday which will be a Junior only day for students.  We were excited to meet with 8th grade students Monday in preparation for their registering for 19/20 classes which also continues for the rest of the high school students.  We released the updated schedule for the remainder of the year to add minutes and make other adjustments as necessary for the snow/cold days.  There are plenty of home events this weekend including Wrestling, Forensics, and the GEAC world tour.

Golden Apple to Anthony for being so very great at customer service for us all! 

Snow Day make up google doc 

JPEGs thanks to Kayla Schwarz 

Some Additional clarifications related to Teacher Time Off and snow/ice days:

January 30 & 31 are being made up on June 10 & 11. These are mandatory days and if they need these days off due to already planned events, they need to request that time from Joe
If they want to use paid (sick leave) to cover any of the three days of self-directed PD, they should put in time off requests for Feb. 4, 7, and/or 12.


MHS 2/8/19 Staff Update

Congratulations to the MHS Forensics Team for winning the first tournament of the year on Saturday with many students placing.  We were excited to send the Dance Team off with a police and fire escort as they headed to the state tournament on Saturday.  The National Ocean Sciences Bowl Team placed third at their annual tournament over the weekend also winning the sportsmanship award.  This is an amazing accomplishment for such a new team. FBLA was in Superior for Regional competition and FCCLA state officers were in Madison for state conference planning.  Happy School Counseling week to our MHS team who all celebrated with a presentation at the state convention this week about some of our programs and initiatives.  Congratulations to the Chippewa Valley Hooligans wheelchair soccer team especially MHS students Brett Boettcher and Daniel Herrmann.     


Thoughts from the principal about snow days this year:

I’ve been asked repeatedly as I go around have I seen anything like this and the answer would be no.  I often think about lack of continuity of curriculum and learning that we can’t do anything about but something to be aware of.  Students transferring and connecting concepts from a few school days ago is also 3 weeks ago which is crazy to think about.  Continue to be sensitive to this fact with regular re-teaching and re-learning of material likely necessary before progressing.  To end this snip it on a positive note I have seen the forecast for early next week and I’m sure it’ll be fine:) but I haven’t talked to Jay Stanley yet about it so I’ll reserve judgement. 

MHS 2/1/19 Update

A huge thank you to Anthony and the entire building and district custodial crew for keeping everything up and running including on the roof during the abnormally cold days off.  This is no small task and everything is running smoothly after many days off.  The High School Registration processes have been pushed back due to the weather with our annual Preview Night for current 8th graders now set for Monday.  The remaining students should have their initial selections in by Friday February 8th.  The MHS Dance Team took first in Regional competition in 2 events for the first time in many years.  Cabin Fever Week ended last Friday with a fun-filled assembly with many games and competitions.  The Wrestling team competed at a high-level last Friday night at their home tournament almost defeating perennial state power Wausau West.  There are several events this weekend including JV Wrestling tonight after school and Boys Basketball early Saturday afternoon.

My Schedule the next week:

Friday 2/1/19 – Vacation from 9 am – 4 pm – Interview 

  • Michael 

Monday 2/4/19 – all-day Vacation – Kenosha Interview 

  • Caleb

Tuesday 2/5/19 – all-day Vacation – Mauston Interview 

  • Michael 


MHS 1/25/19 Staff Update

Second Semester started Tuesday after a productive and informative professional development day on Monday.  The MHS Student Council organized and ran a fun Cabin Fever week with activities and games which kicked off with a school dance on Saturday night.  Thank You specifically for Mary Oehler and Terry Staupe for all of their efforts with student council and for the Dance Chaperones Saturday including Caleb and Michael.  The Counseling team worked with all Sophomores and Juniors in preparation for course registration for the 19/20 school year.  The MHS Counseling team was also excited to be working with our 8th grade students at MMS.  The boys basketball team won an exciting game against Altoona on Tuesday with the combined middle school/high school pep band highlighting the performance along with the MHS Dance Team.  The Boys Swim team capped their regular season with a win Vs. River Falls guaranteeing a winning regular season and the Gymnastics team held their Staff Appreciation Night during their competition against Chippewa Falls.  

Special Thanks to Officer Zassenhaus for all of her efforts.  I know that most of you don’t work with her on a day to day basis but she is active and busy working with the high school often.  Her ability and willingness to assist in providing immediate city consequences for more serious actions like vaping and threats to the school to name a few things IS critical work to keep the school environment safe and functioning the way we need it to be.  

Building Leadership Team Notes from 1/23/19

MHS 1/18/19 Staff Update

The MHS Science Olympiad Team won the Medford Invitational over the weekend outpacing several state-level competitors including Marquette University High School.  Menomonie actually placed three teams in the top 10!  The Dance Team performed Friday Night at the Basketball Game won by the Boys v. New Richmond.  The Gymnastics team competed in their 3rd competition of the season Saturday with big goals on the horizon.  Congratulations to Jake Karkula for being awarded an Anne Marie Grant in excess of $3,000 for a digital piano! The MHS DECA performed at a high-level at Districts held at UW-Stout with multiple place winners.  Madison Rood, Alex Slaback, and Grant Koleski had some of the top test scores for Menomonie! The two highest test scores go to Maisah Wilson and Chloe Oehler! MHS DECA has already been recognized by National DECA for Thrive Level Achievement (the highest level) for our Community Service Campaign, and Promotional Campaigns! The Girls Basketball Team Won a big game on Thursday night while several staff including the Principal were honored to be recognized by students at the Girls Hockey Game.


Superintendent Search Update: 

Thank you all for your understanding in this process.  I assure everyone that when things are fully resolved that I will give a full accounting of all things that have occurred.  The nature of these sorts of searches is that confidentiality at the outset is required for many reasons only to result in public announcement toward the end.  This makes things feel less than upfront for which I apologize as that isn’t the intent but the only way the processes work.  Thank you again for you support and understanding as we explore these family opportunities.  I know regardless of what occurs that there is greatness at Menomonie High School and it’s you and because of all of you.  Anything that I talk about in interviews or publicly will be heavily laced with ‘I am blessed with a great team’ and ‘my MHS team made things easier because they’re great.’


David Muñoz, Principal

Menomonie High School


MHS Staff Update 1/14/19

Menomonie High School was filled with activity this week highlighted by our Cocoa and Cram Link Crew event for 9th grade students.  This event breaks down the final exam process at MHS for 9th graders to help them complete their transition to the high school environment with the end of semester next week.  Grant Ruegnitz continues to go above and beyond with all of his extra efforts in the Art Department at school and in the community.  Many outside of MHS groups regular work with Mr. Ruegnitz on projects including but not limited to the empty bowls event with Stepping Stones.  The Boys Swim Team continued to win events including in both LaCrosse and Rice Lake this week.  The Girls Basketball team won a game earlier this week against Regis and Wrestling lost last night but posted many individual top performances including from Senior Jake Boyette.  Former Agriculture Secretary Sheila Harsdorf visited this week with several community members joining the FFA for a presentation.  


Personal Principal Reflections from the week:

The popularity of my laundromat exploits led me to this reflective moment.  I’ve noticed the power of the occasional piece of paper in ones life.  I’m actually a paper-free advocate and still am but from time to time the occasional piece of paper like this mini-calendar can make small things easier.  I messed up some birthday this week and I thought it was because I was sick.  In actuality I just needed my little mini-calendar to keep certain aspects of my life moving.  Don’t stop using computers on my account, go paperless but the occasional piece of paper is ok:)


Manuel Scott – You’re a Great Teacher Inspiration 1 

Manuel Scott – You’re a Great Teacher Inspiration 2

January 4, 2019 MHS Staff Update

Happy New Year 2019!  The January 2019 MHS Newsletter arrived for families, students, and staff on January 1st highlighting the final exam schedule, cabin fever fun week, and the start of the second semester to mention a few things.  Everyone was in great spirits especially Mrs. Schmidt’s students at the Mabel, Mr. McMahon’s students who welcomed the MHS Trout, and Senior DJ Walker giving back to the community through his internship at the Menomonie Police Department.  All events were scheduled away for the week to help ease us all back into school activities but many teams remained active over break and during this week.  Boys and Girls Basketball won their share of games and the Wrestling team continued their ascension in the standings with a great showing at the Merrill holiday tournament.  The Boys Hockey team gained a few needed wins and the Girls Hockey team continued their winning ways with Gymnastics and Boys Swimming both competing in Eau Claire on Thursday.  The musical with a very large cast remains committed to a rigorous practice schedule while Science Olympiad continues to show why they’re the best.  Our equally great Forensics Team continues to practice as the bulk of their season occurs in January and February.

Tricia Dresel has given me permission to share that she has resigned effective the end of the first semester.  Tricia has been a valued team member for many years and I fully support and respect this decision.  Thank you Tricia!!!  You will be missed.


[The below if fully meant to be funny but it did happen this way and I thought I would add some comedy to everyone’s lives with my troubles :)]


Confessions from your High School Principal in a laundromat for the first time in decades

I must confess that I don’t recall laundromat trips being such an event in my life during the college years and time before marriage to Deanna.  [Our Washer and Dryer died on new years after 9 years of service.  Not bad but I still checked the warranty.]   That being said thank you in advance to Mr. Wamboldt [Amy’s Husband] and his local Sears store for assisting us in resolving our dilemma of the failing washer and dryer  by this Friday afternoon.  The events below occurred during a 2 hour period of time on Wednesday January 2nd 2019 in Menomonie, Wisconsin.

‘I thought I’d try the closest laundromat to start which is right next to Leipnitz Dental.    This was a rookie mistake because I should have known that one guy, that’s right one guy would have taken up ALL the available washers with his pile of clothes.  I didn’t say anything that was on my mind like ‘come on man, really’ or ‘do you think you own the place’ or some other comments that I dare not even put down here although they never left the privacy of my own head.  I had other things to do anyway because my wife had said since you’re out could you do this and that.  I don’t mind and it got my thoughts off of the first laundromat being full and packed by a guy with a lot of clothes to clean at 7 pm on a Wednesday night.   I started driving downtown toward the laundromat next to St. Joes where I also do my Dry Cleaning.  This was another rookie mistake because apparently staffed stores have January 2nd off because it’s a holiday and we had school?  Who new?  I was not deterred because I recall a few other places on the north side next to great clips and also across the street between a parts dealer and a bar.  I don’t know why I tried the laundromat between the parts store and the bar.  Maybe out of curiosity or perhaps because I thought no one would go there so I could get this done and be on my way.  Regardless, this place between a parts store and a bar was packed with a line.  I smiled and waved at everyone most of whom I knew as parents, students or former students.  I’m quite certain this part of my adventure may live on in story from the several people who saw me come in and go out.  In any case, I needed to get this done so I crossed the street to the laundromat next to Great Clips which was open and empty!  I quickly moved in and started everything taking as many washers as I wanted with attitude.  It was at this time that I thought it odd that the smaller place across the street was packed and this place wasn’t.  I really started to think about this and perhaps overthink but seriously this was a decent place considering the establishments that I’d been in the last half hour and no one was there my entire time in the place which made it a bit odd.  Given this obscure feeling and my uneasiness I decided Marketplace would be a great place to use a bathroom instead of the laundromat and finish the extra tasks that I was given.  [Don’t judge, you would have done the same.]  I returned about a half hour later and the wash was done with no one in sight but instead of using the open dryers available I took a risk and went back to the first laundromat with wet clothes in order to dry them closer to where I live.  I thought there is no way that this guy would have filled ALL of the dryers like he’d filled all of the washers a short while ago.  This was another rookie mistake.  I had dryers and I should have used them next to Great Clips because the guy was now gone and his friend was there using all of the dryers save one.  I mean really!  Who does this!!! Is this the way laundromat’s work.  You come in, make yourself at home and do whatever you want to do regardless of how it messes with someone’s night?!  I was undeterred though.  I decided to stand my ground.  I said to myself I’m going full high school principal on this guy.  I was convinced that proximity awareness and my presence to shame the guy into you know not being so darn rude by taking all of the dryers would work.  Apparently the skills that I’ve developed and honed as a Principal are virtually useless in a laundromat because the guy just sat there and kept adding quarters while I put everything I had in the one remaining dryer and hoped for the best.  The truly great part of this adventure before I gave up and brought the cleaned but damp clothes home for the kids to hang up around the house was the advice from this guy which was:  ‘you know if you put less in one dryer and spread it out it’ll dry more quickly.’  The audacity of this guy was beyond me!!!  He was the reason I had to use only one dryer!!!!!!  I couldn’t utter anything other than thanks for the hint as I walked out the door with my wet but clean clothes enlightened about how one person should use an entire laundromat.’

ASCD Express


“A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead,” novelist Graham Greene wrote. We choose this moment to look back on some of our most thought-provoking articles of the past year (in no particular order) and imagine how these ideas might shape teaching, learning, and leading in the year ahead.

We look forward to another year of learning alongside you, dear reader.

Happy New Year,
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