MHS 11/8-11/9 Staff Update

Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences started on Thursday and will be followed up with a second evening on Monday.  I know that these can be long days but let’s make them great by continuing to build relationships with families.   MHS Staff always provide a wonderful service working with not only the parents present at conferences but also through phone calls and outreach via email or phone calls to families.  The MHS FFA raised thousands of dollars through the corn drive donating the proceeds to Stepping Stones.  This is another great example of our students and staff providing a valuable community service while understanding the value beyond school of the material being taught.  Congratulations to Mr. Sterry for receiving the staff Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence and being an all around great human being who we are all honored to work with on a daily basis.  The Girls Swim Team qualified Melody Greenwood and Mille Lausen to the state meet.  The MHS Fall play opens this weekend and will run this weekend and next weekend.  Thank you to the MHS Pupil Services team for sending several members to Chippewa Falls Friday to assist them in their time of need.   While I will be out of the building Friday with my sons on a college visit [thanks for understanding], I will be at PT Conferences tonight and Monday.  

Big Events and Dates for next week:  Veterans Day Assembly Monday following the 1 hour assembly schedule

MHS 11/2/18 Staff Update

Mr. Hundt conducted the Winter Sports Meeting on Monday evening with hundreds of students and parents.  Professional Learning Community teacher groups reviewed common assessment data this week.  This regular review of our assessments provides a glimpse into each classroom while also increasing a common understanding about what we want the students to learn and how we know that they know it.  Continuing this conversation about what we want the students to know is critical for making sure we know that they know it and how we can help them if they don’t.  DECA, FBLA and NHS students held the annual Trick-or-Can event where instead of taking, our students actively looked to collect cans to donate to a local food shelf.  The Girls Swim Team hosted the BRC meet on Saturday which filled our facilities most of Saturday.  We were happy to host a State Senator early in the week where art was presented from a student to be on display at the state capital.  Those that were present were able to ask some very good questions and I thought the State Senator was very open, honest, and sincere with her responses. Additionally, the MHS admin team has had several requests for “Clubs” to be formed over the past few years. A newly defined club request process has been outlined for the convenience of the prospective clubs, the students and for the consistency of school procedures.

Big Dates to remember for next week or so:

MHS Staff Meeting  Wednesday 11/7/18 — 315 pm – Tiered Hall SEL/Mental Health Focus – MHS Counseling

Parent Teacher Conference  Thursday 11/8/18 – 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm – 1st Night!

Fall Play – Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11/9/18 – 11/11/18

Veterans Day 1 hour assembly schedule Monday 11/12/18 with Jason Church


November 2, 2018
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Educator: Teach students how to learn

Educator: Teach students how to learn
When students are taught how they learn best, they perform better in school, asserts Patrice Bain, a veteran K-12 teacher who used the research-based principles of learning science in her classes. In this commentary, she shares how this approach improved her students’ grades and gave them more confidence.

EdSurge (10/31) 

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Calif. invests in teacher-residency programs

California is investing $75 million in teacher-residency programs, which many experts believe can improve teacher preparation although the programs often face funding challenges. State districts and charter schools can apply for financial support if they partner with residency programs in high-demand subject areas, such as science, math, bilingual education and special education.

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Methods for MTSS & Using Whole Child Data
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Report: Shift needed to assess 21st-century skills

Schools need new ways to assess 21st-century skills, such as critical thinking, according to a report from the Brookings Institution. The report notes that these skills are more complex and should be assessed using “real-life and non-familiar situations.”

T.H.E. Journal (11/1) 

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NYC proposes $17B in spending to relieve school overcrowding

New York City officials said they want to spend $17 billion over five years to reduce overcrowding in the city’s schools. The proposal would cover 38,000 seats that haven’t already been funded, they said.

The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (11/1) 

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ICE partnerships curb Hispanic enrollment, study finds

Hispanic student enrollment declined by about 8% in US counties that have voluntary partnerships with federal immigration authorities, according to researchers from Stanford University for a study commissioned by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Local police officers in 55 counties have been trained to act as immigration agents in partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Education Week (tiered subscription model) (10/31) 

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Feds to hand out nearly $40M for telehealth, distance education

The Department of Agriculture has awarded nearly $40 million in grants for projects across 40 states and three US territories under its Distance Learning and Telemedicine program.

mHealth Intelligence (11/1) 

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More US youths visit the ED for mental health concerns

Researchers found that the prevalence of mental health-related emergency department visits among US youths ages 21 and younger rose from 50.4 visits per 100,000 in 2012 to 78.5 per 100,000 in 2016, with increases found across all races and ethnic groups, especially blacks. The findings will be presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics’ annual meeting.

U.S. News & World Report (11/2) 

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Grey New York urges teens to demand gun reform in yearbook

Grey New York urges teens to demand gun reform in yearbook
Grey New York and States United to Prevent Gun Violence have partnered on a campaign that encourages students to use their senior year high-school yearbook quotes to give their views on gun violence and call for legislative action. A “Donate Your Quote” spot features real students pledging to use their quote to call for “common sense gun reform,” and the campaign includes a site where high-school students can post quotes and yearbook photos.

MediaPost Communications (11/1),  Campaign US (free registration) (11/1) 

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How Leaders Can Shift Mindsets and Create a Trauma-Informed Student Support Form

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Jump-starting content-area writing in secondary classrooms

Writing is essential to thinking about content, whether you’re in an ELA class or a science class. But for teachers without an ELA background, designing engaging and relevant writing assignments can be intimidating. Here are some ideas to get students composing across content areas.

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MHS 10/26/18 Staff Update

Patrick Schwartz qualified for the WIAA Division 1 State Cross Country Meet on his home Menomonie course on Saturday.  He ran an amazing race against some of the toughest competition in the state.  The rest of the Cross Country team members finished their season Saturday running great races.  The Football Team also ended their season on Friday night losing a close game to 3rd Seeded Pulaski.  The MHS Washington DC trip students and staff returned on Sunday after spending several days visiting the site and having a wonderful experience in our national capital.  Special thanks to the chaperones for taking so many days away from their families to give our students a great experience.  The MHS Choirs performed wonderfully on Tuesday evening for their first formal concert of the year and the MHS Graduation Committee has already started planning for MHS Graduation 2019 with an initial survey to Seniors.  The Environmental Biology students worked with a local business removing invasive buckthorn from the property as part of their class.  The Winter Sports Meeting will run on Monday signaling the school transition from Fall to Winter Season.

MHS Team Leader Notes from 10/24/18 – Sub Teacher Idea; Upcoming Assemblies; Staff Devices; Strategic Planning Update; SEL and Mental Health

Below from Math Teacher Kristin Pelzel
Hey Menomonie staff!
I wanted to share a weekend event.  Last weekend, I went to Steel Magnolias at the River Falls Library at 7 pm and I thought it was pretty fantastic.   The acting was excellent and the lines are very funny and puny.    It’s a small show and in a neighboring town, so many of you might not have heard that it was going on. Hence, I wanted to spread the word because it’s great. Unfortunately, this  weekend (Oct 26th and 27th) is their last weekend.
This is a comedic drama about 5 women (young adult and middle age) living life together throughout the years.  The first half the the stage play is very similar to the movie Steel Magnolias and the second half is similar [yet better] than the movie.
If you are looking for some great laughs and a cheap excursion, bring a friend and check out the play (no singing) at the River Falls theater this Friday and Saturday at 7 pm.  I would not recommend this show for middle schoolers and younger. This is a PG show, but the content is adult. It’s a small theater and you can’t buy tickets online.  Thus, just show up at 6:30 pm and grab some seats. First come. First serve. Tickets are $13/each.

MHS 10/18/18 Staff Update

1 PM Staff Meeting 10/18/18


Pupil information employees obtain as the result of their employment with the District is confidential and protected by law unless such information has been designated as pupil directory data as set forth in Board policy: Policy 346-Rule – Guidelines for Maintenance and Confidentiality of Student Records . The law and respect for our students require that student issues are only discussed with employees and parents who need to know the information.

Federal Law – Privacy
AND — Guidance Copier – now restricted to counseling department and a few select other staff with regular confidential documents ALSO no students should be in upstairs copying areas – working on resolution to color copier in counseling.

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The MHS Girls Cross Country Team won the BRC Conference Championship over the weekend surprising regular state contenders Hudson and Eau Claire Memorial.  Menomonie will be hosting the Cross Country Sectional Championship at Menomonie High School over the weekend.  A big shout out congratulations to all of our Cross Country Coaches.  The Washington DC Trip students and staff headed off Tuesday after school to our national capital city visiting Gettysburg on the way.  The Football Team won their last game and earned a 6 seed in the Division 2 Playoffs v. Pulaski to be played on Friday.  Lexi Hastings and Lindsey Johnson completed their run at the WIAA State Tournament tied for 7th place winning several matches at state and capping an amazing year.  Boys Soccer finished their season Tuesday evening losing a close match with River Falls 2-1 in Regional Playoff action.  The MHS staff continues to work with students on a daily basis including on Ag Science Field trips and through the many clubs like FCCLA and HOSA regularly involved throughout our state and community.  A special thank you to the entire high school staff for working so well and collaboratively with our friends from Menomonie Middle School.  I was involved myself in several discussions which were all excellent on so many levels.  

Washington DC Trip BLOG

MHS 10/12/18 Staff Update

The MHS Volleyball team helped raise over $5,000 for cancer on Thursday evening with Rice Lake which is simply amazing!  Great Job Mr. Davis and Team!!!  Mrs. Hostetter and I attended an international exchange student get-together Sunday at a local home with all of the students and families.  We have a diverse and active group of exchange students this year.  The Cross Country Teams are headed into their Conference Tournament this weekend but had fun and food cooking cakes which is a now an established tradition.  [Regardless of what anyone tells you I only had small pieces when testing:)]  MHS Students and Staff have settled into the 18/19 school year with many clubs and activities in full force including FBLA and Forensics with Boys Soccer playing to a 0-0 tie against Chippewa Falls.  Reminder to Staff:  Our connections to students in and out of the classroom are critical for keeping them connected to the learning.  Special Congratulations to Lexi Hastings and Lindsey Johnson as they continue their undefeated season winning their first few matches at state.  Multiple classroom teachers continue to construct active lessons that are engaging and fun to watch including a theater class I was in earlier this week followed by lively debates in one particular history class highlighted by the Environmental Biology Class helping the Optimist Club plant 20 trees at Hoffman Hills.  Keep posting on twitter if you choose @mhsmustang1 and I’ll continue to retweet all that you are doing in and out of the classroom with our students.  If you aren’t comfortable using Twitter which is perfectly OK feel free to email me pictures with a blurb about what it is and I’ll get it out via the high school account.  You will always be able to see the feed in this blog or the high school website.

TEAM LEADER NOTES from 10/10/18


– ACP Day with students moved to Tuesday October 23rd

– Thursday OCT. 18th PD – Morning is District time; Afternoon is Building directed [MHS Staff Meeting on 10/18 from 1-1:30 pm – other time not assigned by district or school is reserved for department time and/or work in your room]

***********SDMA PD Below for October 18th ***************

Greetings SDMA Staff!

Thursday, October 18, 2018 is our next PD day in the district.  For specifics, please consult the October 18 PD Day Schedule.

Below are some highlighted items for the day:

  • There will be a building level (main office) clerical meeting from 8 to 9 AM at the ASC facilitated by Director of Business Services, Leah Theder.
  • All K-5 staff will meet at River Heights unless specifically directed otherwise.
  • 4K-2 instructional staff will be working with Jessica Cabeen, author of Hacking Early Learning and 2017 MN Principal of the year from 8 to 11:30 AM, and K-2 with FOSS Science consultants in the afternoon.
  • 3-5 will be working with FOSS Science consultants in the morning and then with district staff related to state assessment updates by grade level, and technology support and facilitated work time in the afternoon.
  • 6-12 staff will spend the morning in vertical collaboration by departments and the afternoon in their assigned buildings in the afternoon for 6-8 and 9-12 specific PD. Please print the course outline from the “Print Course” link within BYOC in preparation for this time.
  • Previously identified staff will also be participating in NVCI training facilitated by Director of Student Services Tonia Kowieski.
  • Para Educators should attend sessions at the levels they serve unless scheduled otherwise by their immediate supervisor(s) i.e. those attending the NVCI training, or directed otherwise.

Please reach out to your building principal, immediate supervisor, or me if you have any questions related to the upcoming PD Day.

Thanks, and Go Mustangs!

Brian G. Seguin

Assistant Superintendent of Instruction

School District of the Menomonie Area

MHS 10/5/18 Staff Update

MHS Homecoming ‘Through The Decades’ 2018 was a great success highlighted by an active spirit week and assemblies followed by a ‘no thunderstorm’ parade this year and Dance Saturday.  Special thanks to Mrs. Staupe and Ms. Pellegrino for taking a leadership role this year working with the MHS Student Council!  The Boys Soccer team continues to compete at a high level against good competition and the Cross Country Teams had some high finishes at the always competitive Roy Griak Invitational held at the University of Minnesota campus Saturday.  Going to State for the Girls Tennis Team for MHS are Lexi Hastings and Lindsey Johnson still undefeated in doubles play after winning the sectional championship. The Girls Golf Team finished their most successful season ever as the MHS Volleyball team continues to move toward playoff action.  There were several great examples this week in the MHS twitter feed of our teachers working with students actively throughout the school.  Congratulations to Steve Jennings on winning the MHS Golden Apple award for teaching excellence and always working to connect students to our clubs, activities, and sports beyond the school day.


Kohl Awards nominations — Nominate a Teacher or Counselor 



Homecoming 2018 Through The Decades MHS Staff Update

MHS ‘Through The Decades’ Homecoming 2018 kicked off on Monday with a spirit-filled concert at Wilson Park featuring the Band and the Cheerleaders.  The dress up days started off a bit slow on Monday but by mid-day Tuesday over half the school was decked out in tie-die.  The Skit Assembly went a bit long but was so high energy in a good way that it was hard to hear.  The students and staff played games and generally had fun while also enjoying the class skits and dance team performance.  Student Council did an excellent job with Homecoming Week adding free tickets for dress up day winners this year which helped make it a little competitive and rewarding to the students.  MHS welcomed representatives from Japan on Thursday visiting and touring the building with city councilman Hector Cruz.  Our Japanese friends from our sister city enjoyed the tour and expressed great appreciation to the SDMA for allowing them to visit.  MHS Students and Staff look forward to the Homecoming Coronation Assembly on Friday 9/28 followed by the Parade at 4 pm Friday and Dance for the students starting at 8 pm on Saturday.  All sports teams had home events this week with the exception of Cross Country which made for a great all-inclusive homecoming week.  Please check out the many sports, activities, homecoming, and classroom pictures posted at the high school twitter feed @mhsmustang1 which is also be viewed on the high school website.


David Muñoz Homecoming 2018 Introductory Comments