MHS 4/18/19 Update

Congratulations to the MHS Forensics for dominating at State and bringing home the Excellence in Speech Award for the 11th consecutive year!  If that’s not a state record well then it should be.  MHS Forensics students and staff are rock stars!  Congratulations to our State HOSA, State FBLA, and State FCCLA competitors who all competed at high levels showing the entire state that we have so very much to offer as a school through our students and staff.  MHS Staff members were awarded gold transcripted credit recognition by CVTC.  Varsity Boys Tennis improved to a perfect 7-0 winning a home match this week and both boys and girls track teams continue to win events or place in the top 2 or 3 as a team.  The MHS and MMS Bands performed wonderfully with the UW Bluegold Marching Band for the annual Band-a-Rama event.  The sounds were truly amazing!  We recognized new National Honor Society inductees as well as NHS Seniors on Sunday which is always a great way to start the end of the school year.

Class of 2019 Senior Update – All the details for the end of the year

Dude Be Nice – Thank you for a great week – (sorry about the live mic in the office today — was an active day in the office)

[below from Mrs Ruchti]

Hey Staff,
Sorry for the music interruptions today if it was a bit noisy and distracting during passing time. We wanted to do something different this week in hopes kids would like it.
This week was a great week of different recognitions from adults to kids. We hope the students took away a message that simple, kind gestures can make a difference in our school/community. It starts with one person. So “thanks” to Mary Oehler and Student Council for the planning and partnering – it was a lot of fun!
I had technical issues during our FLIP activity Wed. and I wasn’t able to show this short video about Kindness. It’s less than 4min and has a great message. If you feel inclined sometime to show it in your classes, the company “The Harbor”, produced by Mike Smith, (the speaker we had a couple years ago for Dude Be Nice week) creates and includes a discussion guide for videos like this. It’s well done and engages students. Just wanted to share it with you for future reference.
*In case you didn’t travel down to the lunch room today, attached are a couple of picture of how the tables were moved into a new configuration. The kids really didn’t know what to make of it!! But sometimes rolling with change is a good thing!

MHS 4/12/19 Update

Interviews filled the last week and a bit at Menomonie High School for multiple positions including the Principal position, English/Theater position,counseling position, and Music teacher.  We’re excited to welcome so many talented educators to MHS!  We held the second of two Parent Teacher Conferences on Monday which also provided wonderful opportunities for meeting and communicating with families about their students.  The baseball team has enjoyed their best start to a season in many years.  All teams were about to ramp-up the start of the outdoor spring season when winter returned.  The vast majority of the week was spent on state testing for 9th and 10th grade students.  We look forward to the NHS Induction Ceremony on Sunday and we wish our State-Bound Forensics Team good luck as they head to Madison Friday and Saturday to compete.

Confirmed Days that I will be out of the building:

4/29/19 – half day starting at 1130 am

4/30/19 – All Day

5/16/19 – All Day

5/24/19 – All Day likely Legal Leave Day [tentative]

5/30/19 – All Day

6/12/19 – All Day

My transition has caused uncertainty for which I apologize and that I’d like to help with as much as I can with the above schedule and following statement.  Caleb Hundt will be in-charge if I am out of the district.  This is a change.  There is no deeper meaning here or anything being implied only a desire for absolute certainty during this transition.  I believe there was confusion and lack of clarity when I set the in-charge rotation up the last time.  I can be reached by phone, text, or email likely but if an emergency situation arises or a decision needs to be made that cannot wait for my return, Mr. Hundt will temporarily assume my duties.  The Superintendent and Law Enforcement are also aware of this and are supportive.

Thank you for your continued support and work for students!

David Muñoz, Principal

Menomonie High School



MHS 3/21/19 Update

The musical ‘Catch Me If You Can’ finished wonderfully Saturday with double performances to make-up for the snow day cancellation.  The students, staff, and community involved in this project should be commended for their commitment to excellence.  The MHS Track team opened the Spring Season Friday in the MHS Field house.  Congratulations to the Science Olympiad team for their 2nd place finish at the State Tournament on Saturday. The team medaled in all 23 of their events, but was not able to overcome Madison West’s 13 gold medals and finished 12 points from first place.  All MHS Musicians performed wonderfully on Monday Night for the annual Music in our Schools Concert.  The Track Team kicked off the Spring season with indoor meets at home last Friday and at Stout Tuesday and again Saturday.  Special thanks to the Special Education, Social Studies and School Counseling staff for all of the extra assistance with ACT accommodations and makeups.  The WI Forward Exam should also be completed by the end of Friday.   

Building Leadership Team notes including updates about new subbing model

MHS 3/15/19 Staff update

Catch Me If You Can was presented by the MHS Theater Department last week and this week as our students highlighted their talent.  Shows continue through Saturday which is the same day our top Science Olympiad Team competes at the State Tournament at stout this year for a chance to advance to New York for nationals.  The equally good Forensics team continues to prepare for state heading to sub-sectionals on Monday.  Springs Sports continue to practice indoors until things melt which should happen hopefully by spring break.  Our Track Team and parents shoveled the track last weekend to try and help the start of spring practice on the track.  Our Personal Financial Management teachers worked with students and community members during Mad City Money Thursday to provide real-life simulations for the students.  While my imminent departure was a distraction this week for many I’m committed to finishing with as much effort and energy as all have become accustomed to expect.  

Staffing Update:

MHS will be adding several staff members for the 19/20 school year which is in and of itself exciting to say for once including in our counseling department.  Altogether, 5 departments will see increases in their staffing going into next year and we have not lost any staff which is also in and of itself exciting to say and I see stability here in staffing in the future.  

3/13/19 Principal Muñoz resignation announcement 

It’s been a great honor in my life to serve as Menomonie High School Principal for the last 9 years so it is with a heavy heart for me to say that I have accepted, signed, and been board approved to be the next Superintendent of the Mosinee School District.  I will forward my resignation to Dr. Zydowsky later today effective the last work day in June 2019. While our time together is coming to a close please know that I will continue to love and honor you wherever I go with statements like, ‘I worked with the best and that made my job that much easier and fun.’ It’s in this same way that I’d like to strongly encourage that you all stay very open minded and involved in the process that the superintendent will be using to select the next Principal of Menomonie High School.  It’s important for me to stay disconnected from the Principal hire so that whomever you hire has the best chance of success. I will continue to give my best effort between now and June with a focus on transition and support of the next Principal of Menomonie High School. Dr. Zydowsky has insured me that he will be with you on Friday morning at this time to meet about the process that he will be using. Rest assured that there will be a substantial pool of candidates for this position which will be highly sought after by many current principals because they know that they will have the good fortune of working with the best.  


MHS 3/10/19 Staff Update

The musical ‘Catch Me If You Can’ opens tonight at 730 pm.  There will be multiple shows over the next week following an adjusted show schedule but no shows Saturday 3/9 and Sunday 3/10 due to the weather.  MHS FCCLA was at state conference with many awards and recognition.  DECA students competed for several days at the state competition with multiple students, programs, and the school receiving recognition.  MHS students heard from a motivational speaker mid-week from the Minnesota Vikings.  MHS GEAC students and AP Art students were involved in a cultural experience in the twin cities on Wednesday.  The Spanish and French clubs were active with their students this week with the Robotics Club competing.  We’re excited to have been part of the Mock Drug room and internet safety presentation held at MHS this past week for parents.  


MHS Families:

Tuesday March 12th will be our ACT exam make-up date.  This will be a Juniors only day.  9th, 10th, and 12th grade students will not be in school on Tuesday so that we can provide the very best test environment.  We have done the ACT test for Juniors in this manner for several years and have received great feedback that the testing environment is the very best which we are looking to continue.   

Juniors only should report by 7:30 am on Tuesday March 12th.  Breakfast will be provided as early as 7:15 am.  We will move Juniors to their testing rooms by 7:50 am. 

Juniors Only should remember to bring the following:

-photo ID

-#2 pencils

-approved calculator  

Room assignments have not changed and have been posted.  As Juniors come into the building on the 12th, we will take attendance at the tables in the front foyer.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Hasapopoulos at 715-232-2609 ext. 41003 or by email at

Thank you,

David Muñoz 


Menomonie High School

MHS 3/1/19 Staff Update – It’s almost Spring!

Menomonie High School students and staff responded quickly and without incident to a faulty fuse box on Thursday.  There was a short-term evacuation of the building but the Fire Department responded quickly as did the electrician to resolve the issue.  The Wrestling Team performed admirably at state with both Sam Skillings [2nd] and Andrew Fenton [6th] placing with Jake Boyette going 2-2.  Justice Quilling finished 5th at Sectionals on Beam advancing to state in gymnastics.  The Girls Basketball Team ended their season last weekend losing to River Falls.  Science Olympiad and Forensics both won their respective tournaments on Saturday leading up to their end of season tournaments.  Both Science Olympiad and Forensics regularly place at or near the top of the rankings almost every year.  The spring sports season officially started monday with the spring sports meeting.   

Grants for teachers — I saw $5,000 to $25,000 

MHS Staff Update 2/21/19

Please congratulate the team of Jaida Rojo, Sedric Yukel, and Journey Winsand for their 4th Place finish in the JA Titan Business Challenge at CVTC! They each won a $100 scholarship.  The MHS Forensics team won their home tournament Saturday with multiple place winners all linked in to this message.  The MHS Boys Swim Team competed at state this past week and the Gymnastics team continued their high-level of competition over the weekend at the conference meet.  Three Wrestlers – BoyetteSkillings, and Fenton – qualified in the MHS gym Saturday at the WIAA Division 1 Sectional Wrestling Tournament. MHS GEAC staff and students hosted the annual world tour on Sunday at MHS highlighting many of the different projects and global experiences they’re involved in.  Congratulations to the Band on another great performanceMonday night!  We look forward to another busy weekend at MHS with playoff girls basketball Friday and Saturday plus a boys basketball game mixed in, a home Science Olympiad Tournament Saturday and the Spring Sports meeting on Monday.     

I’m thinking this may end at 12 snow days but I’m not sure about it to be honest.  Looks like snow this weekend again.