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.

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.