The Class of 2019 met this week as a group for one of the last times as a group before graduation. We provided updates and information for the end of the year which will also be shared with all Senior families. Advanced Placement Testing continues to keep several students and staff busy. The FFA banquet and Spring Swing filled last weekend for many students, staff, and community members. The End of Year Orchestra and Band Concerts are Monday and Wednesday Night respectively. The Boys Track Team took 2nd Place at the BRC Conference Meet and the Girls Team was equally competitive. The Boys Golf Team improved on their scores placing 5th at the conference meet. Special Congratulations to Coach Riley and the Boys Basketball Team for being awarded Academic All-State for the second year in a row! All of the internship students celebrated and thanked their respective employers in the community.
SENIOR TO DOS for the end of the year
BIG EVENTS NEXT WEEK:
WIAA Regional Track meet on Monday
Orchestra Concert – 7 pm
Band Concert – 7 pm
Senior Farewell Assembly
Softball, Baseball, and Soccer were all big winners highlighting a great start to the week for our student-athletes. Advanced Placement Testing filled parts of the school this week and next week to give students a chance to earn college credit and high school credit if they score high enough. We’re always excited to offer this opportunity for students which is also a small part in MHS being rated by US News and World Reports in the best school category in the state and nation. MHS has been rated by US News and World Reports 6 out of 9 years. This was a great way to celebrate teacher appreciation day and staff appreciation weekbecause you can’t have great schools without great teachers. We have always been very fortunate with having many great teachers at MHS over the years! I look forward to the FFA banquet that I’ll be speaking at on Friday Night and the annual Spring Swing event highlighting the MHS Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Ensemble Alumni. Stop out to Spring Swing if you choose. Students, Staff, and community members are welcome. There are dancing lessons, food, and a silent auction highlighted by the MHS Jazz Band and other groups.
Students and Staff celebrated most of the day and night with MHS Prom 2019 last Saturday. This was a great event for all involved. The week after prom is similar to the week after homecoming where we do our best to focus on the end of year period of time. The staff has done an outstanding job of keeping the students focused on school work and continually involved in clubs and activities. The Boys and Girls Track Teams held an invitational on Tuesday with both teams performing at a high-level against good competition. The DECA national competitors and FFA state competitors returned from their respective events having done very well in many categories. The Baseball, Softball, and Girls Soccer team suffered losses this week with Friday and Weekend events on deck for all teams. Stop out to the MHS Greenhouse Sale occurring every day next week after school at MHS.
New Principal Casey Drake reported that he was excited to meet everyone and start to dig in with some of the work on Thursday that he’ll be taking on.
Team Leader Notes from 5/2/19
My days out the week of May 6th:
I have a wake and funeral to attend for my sister-in-law who died suddenly last week. As a result, I will be out the second half of Monday for the wake and all of Tuesday for the Funeral.
I have a pre-scheduled vacation day on 5/8 which I will keep as it is for now.
The last day off for me before Summer will be 5/16 which is already pre-scheduled. I will likely have some legal time for house closing coming up but those dates are all being finalized.
Thank you for your continued understanding of the time off needed and I do apologize. I’m mostly available via email or phone with few exceptions.
Prom 2019 has arrived at MHS! The weather will hopefully cooperate but the show, grand march and dance will go one regardless. Special Thanks to Stephanie Taylor and her Prom committee for all of their hard work on this years event. The Counseling Team and Mr. Hasapopoulos continue to develop the schedule for next year which should be mostly completed by next week. DECA students traveled to Florida Thursday to compete in the national competition. The girls soccer team won another game Thursday at Superior improving their record to 3-4 with many shots on goal and overall goals compared to years past. JV Boys and Girls Track both won their respective meets on Thursday in Eau Claire. Baseball and Softball both lost games on Thursday. Mrs. Huppert was working with students at Hoffman Hills to repair treesand DECA students enjoyed their trip to nationals in Florida.
Principal Absences Next Week:
Saturday and Sunday – I will be out of the district at a college visit/orientation with Michael
Monday – I’ll be out of district for the second half of the day
Tuesday – I’ll be out of the district all day
Reminder: In my absence I’m available via email, text, or call for questions and assistance. If there are immediate/emergency concerns that cannot wait for my return, please see Caleb as he will be in-charge in my absence.
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]
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!
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
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.