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

– SDMA OPTIONAL BENEFITS PRESENTATION WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 17TH AT 3:15 PM IN THE TIERED LECTURE HALL – DR. ZYDOWSKY AND MRS. LEAH THEDER PRESENTING

– 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 

 

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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 

MHS 9/21/18 Staff Update

The MHS Band continues to practice tirelessly marching and also preparing music for the homecoming festivities.  We are thankful to all of our music groups for always being so willing to share their skills with the school community during a variety of school events.  Both the Band and Choir will be assisting during our Veterans Day highlighted by Jason Church.  Mr. Kitzmann has connected with Jason Church to work with his class and Mr. Church has more interest to do so if you are interested. Several MHS athletic teams were largely away this week or postponed due to weather which should make next week extra busy with an already scheduled 10 home events.  The Boys Soccer team beat Chippewa Falls for their first conference win in many years and the Girls Golf Team set a new record before getting to the BRC Conference Meet being held Friday in Menomonie at Tanglewood Greens. The Band will be performing a Homecoming Kickoff Concert at Wilson Park starting at 7 pm with refreshments available starting at 6 pm.  We conducted an ALICE safety drill with a prepared scenario while collecting feedback from the staff and students to help improve our procedures.  The most recent MHS Newsletter for Homecoming Sept./Oct. 2018 identifies the new parade route on the back page along with day-by-day Homecoming dress up days and activity.  

Thank You ahead of time for the disruptions that have happened and that will happen with Homecoming 2018.

MHS 9/14/18 Update

Menomonie High School School Spirit filled most days and nights starting Saturday for the annual MHS Cross Country Invitational which is always a great early season race for many local teams fully run on MHS property.  I really have a great spot for cross country viewing if anyone is interested.  The Soccer team tied on Friday and played another great game losing 0-2 on Tuesday.  The students organized several group meetings in preparation for the fast approaching homecoming activities.  The students are actively planning and in the early stages of float construction, games, and dress up days.  New this year are free tickets to the dance for dress up day winners.  The students are excited and eager for homecoming.  The game club meeting Wednesday night was a good example of the energy as over 30 students showed up with Mr Taylor and gamed until 6 pm.  The RTI team and Building Leadership teams met this week establishing common grade level meeting times for the year and helping me form our Veterans Day ceremony which I’m excited to report will feature MHS Distinguished Alumni Jason Church.  The Tennis staff appreciation day and Volleyball Parents night were fun and heartfelt highlights from the week.  The Girls Tennis team even had their honored staff members run with them when they met the other team.  The mayor introduced MHS to South Korean business people whom I was honored to meet and tour around.  We have all away events this weekend as we look forward to a Home Football game against EC North where the Football game is eager to get back on track.

CLICK ME! Building Leadership Team Notes from 9/12/18

  • Grade Level Meetings
  • PLC notes reminder
  • Veterans Day
  • ALICE Drill date set
  • One-Time money

Several staff have been copying me in on email or phone contacts that they are making home that are positive which is just amazing for me to see.  For those that are doing this, excellent outreach and I encourage others especially now that it’s still early in the year to reach out to parents with something positive.   This will make the next call or email that much easier and more effective.  

 

MHS Staff Update 9/7/18

The first day of school at Menomonie High School on Tuesday filled the halls and classrooms with activity and learning.  You all, MHS Staff, always great, have continued to grow your capacity not only with our initial professional development but also through building high-levels of rapport with our students.  Thank You!  Thank you to our building tech coaches for the ed camp style staff meeting building educational technology capacity.   My perspective with this approach stems from ‘Bold School’ written by Weston Kieschnick.  This refresher video explains the perspective which is adamant about thinking backwards from that which your trying to accomplish THEN eventually getting to which strategy perhaps using Ed Tech to enhance the learning.  I stole this clip because it was free but his words resonate with being more accepting of the things we know work well while also keeping an open mind to new tools to help enhance the learning.

Thursday we held our first club and activity meeting day with hundreds of students spread throughout the building.  We believe this is a critically important time to continue to connect our students to the building in other ways than through the classroom.  If possible, it’s always beneficial for our students to see us all outside of the classroom when it is possible.  It truly makes what goes on in the classroom that much easier.  I encourage those staff assigned to grade levels for Homecoming to reach out to Mr Hundt with questions or examples of roles and activities during this time.  Most of the time our students just need a gentle nudge and direction.

The Girls Swim Team swam well against Memorial Thursday night with a high level of energy.  The Boys Soccer Team played an amazing game against state-ranked Hudson on Tuesday in the driving rain losing by a few goals.  The Football Team plays Friday night at River Falls in a decisive conference game and the Cross Country Teams hold their home invitation Saturday starting at 9:30 am.  I’ll be camped out at my favorite location below the sports complex scoreboard because you can see the kids several different times from that vantage point.

We have under 5 Chromebooks left to get to students which is better than last year but not as quick to be fair as we did the first time around.  We’ll correct this going forward.

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Matt Flug

 

MHS Staff Update 8/31/18 – Happy Start of School!

MHS Staff Members worked tirelessly this week in preparation for the start of school with 9th Grade Students on Thursday for which I am very appreciative.  Special Thanks for whoever tackled Mr. H and Mr. Hundt during the ALICE drill:)  It make me feel better about the Sumo Summer Pictures.  MHS staff members welcomed the Class of 2022 in grand fashion Thursday Morning followed by our Link Crew transition program.  Link Crew is a group of trained students and staff members whose sole purpose is to help transition Freshmen to the high school environment on the first day and then at several different times throughout the year.  Link Crew continues to improve and make adjustments but know that they are working to help 9th grade students know better how to be high school students.  The Class of 2022 showed up in force Thursday morning with less then 10 no shows which is the best attendance we’ve ever had!  We also welcomed many new students who were not 9th Graders on Thursday including several of our exchange students from many countries around the world including but not limited to Lithuania, Japan, Argentina, and Spain.  The football game tonight has been moved up to 5 pm due to possible severe weather with men’s soccer having a successful start to the season.  The Girls Tennis team continues to perform at or near the top of the conference in all of their competitions and the Girls Golf Team is regularly setting records and having a great time.  MHS Volleyball lost to Memorial last evening but they were highly competitive which they have been in most competitions early in the season.  Both our Cross Country teams continue to compete at a high level with the Girls Swim Team several meets into the season.  Thank you to MHS HOSA and Dani Allenstein for all of the work on the always important Blood Drive.

Please continue to reference the 18/19 MHS Start of School shared document.  I’ve reorganized a few things for the first day so that they’re bunched in common groups and added a few reminders for Tuesday including supervision lists, duty lists, info about the addition of a 2nd floor conference room, and a reminder how staff can login to guest WiFi during the school day.  [Gentle reminder that Guest WIFI is no longer accessible to students on their personal devices so please do not share the password which is only for staff or a presenter guest.  Students will only be able to access WIFI during the school day via their district issued Chromebook.]

Have a great LONG weekend everyone and let me know if you need anything at all in order to help transition back to school with all students on Tuesday.

David Muñoz, Principal

Menomonie High School

MHS 1819 School Year Opening Staff Meeting