Graduation at MHS highlighted last weekend with the Class of 2018 center stage! Thank You to the MHS Staff, School Board Members, and Superintendent for taking time out of their collective weekend to help send off the Class of 2018. Special thanks to Juan Ramirez, Angela Ruchti, Kayla Hostetter, and Dani Allenstein for their extra efforts to make graduation a wonderful experience. Jeff Vandeberg and his outstanding crew should also be commended for their work as the physical work needed was no small task. The Lady Mustang Soccer Team ended their season in playoff action Thursday Night after their best season in years. Both Track Teams qualified several students to the State Track Meetheld Friday and Saturday in LaCrosse. The Tennis Team also qualified the number one doubles team to the State Meet where they lost a spirited match 6-3; 6-3. The outstanding staff members at MHS continue to prepare 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students for final exams next week Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The High School and Middle School will be having a joint end of year gathering next week which promises to be a cool event for all staff members able to attend.
The Class of 2018 highlighted the week as they completed their high school careers with the grace and high characterthat we’ve come to expect. Last Sunday Mrs. Hostetter and I were invited to a celebration of our foreign exchange students at a local home. We were both excited to have such a great group of exchange students from all over the world. The Noon Rotary group was also able to honor this group on Wednesday. Sports Teams continued to approach the end of their seasons with Track competing at Sectionals advancing Tyra Boettcher, Sam Zbornik, Kevyn Perkins, and Destiny Haldeman to the WIAA State Meet next week! Ethan Wurtzel and Victor Kaufmann also qualified to the WIAA State Meet in Tennis! The MHS Band performed wonderfully for our last day with Seniors Friday while holding an end of year concert Wednesday with outstanding performances by all involved. The MHS Choirs also performed wonderfully Thursday evening while honoring their Seniors in many ways including with a cool slideshow. The remainder of the weekend will be spent preparing for and graduating about 250 wonderful young adults moving onto the next stage of their lives. Graduation is at 2:00 pm Saturday followed by the all night Grad party starting at 9 pm on Saturday.
The MHS Jazz Band Spring Swing highlighted the weekend with wonderful music, dancing and fun had by many students, parents, and community members. The MHS Orchestra performed on Monday with all high school groups sounding great under the direction of Mr. Anderson. The Drug Dogs visited on Thursday which is a regular event to help maintain a drug free environment. We had a dozen athletic events going on after school on Tuesday including Track, Soccer, Softball, and Baseball which made for great fun in the sun for our student-athletes and staff. The Grad Committee and Parent Lock-in Committee continue to prepare for next weekends festivities which start this Friday with the Senior picnic followed by the Senior assembly on Monday.
Athletics and Activities- Caleb Hundt
It’s been a very busy spring with all of our rescheduling, but finally the nice weather has us playing and participating in some consistent events. We’ve been jammed packed with Fine Arts events to include the Orchestra, Spring Swing, and Large Group Choral festival. Additionally, our sports teams have been working hard to get as many games in as possible. Tuesday we hosted the BRC Conference Track and Meet at our Beautiful Sports Complex. Tyra Boettcher, Sam Zbornik, Madison Davis, Elle Hemauer, and Victoria Harmston all were crowned BRC Champions! You can see a picture of these athletes HERE. The athletics department continues to work towards the unification of all of our programming. We have collected and reviewed proposals from outside vendors to facilitate a seasonal and unified strength and speed training for our sports teams. We hope to finalize and lock in a provider as soon as possible. Additionally, this week we were able to bring in (2) phenomenal speakers to talk to our kids about work ethic, off-season determination, and being a multi-sport athlete. A big thank you to Mike Schmidt and Diane Schofield (Slinden) for speaking! Last, but certainly not least, we’re hosting our SENIOR PICNIC Friday! Graduation is NOT far behind!
BELOIT Superintendent Search ending details below
I will be dropping off my signed employment contract at ASC to be Menomonie High School Principal on my way to the Senior Picnic this morning. I’d like to apologize for the disruption that this has caused and any uneasiness especially at this time of the year. I will attach links to articles below for you to read about the situation if you so choose. Deanna and I are at peace with what has happened and grateful to have such a great place to call home for our family. Deanna and I have always centered our family through our concrete faith in gods will which is clearly now to be Menomonie High School Principal. Our family has always centered are lives around our faith which we will continue to rely on as we live and work in Menomonie.
David – 5/18/18
On Thu, May 17, 2018 at 8:15 PM, DAVID MUNOZ <email@example.com> wrote:
High School Staff:
The Beloit School Board President and I had a good conversation tonight about the Beloit Superintendent search. She and I agreed that putting an end to the search tonight with no interviews and no permanent superintendent which was the decision of the Beloit School Board was the best decision for all involved. To be clear, I am no longer a candidate for the Superintendent position in Beloit because there is no longer a search. The Beloit School Board fired the search firm they were using because of some allegations and controversies over a candidate from Missouri. As I mentioned at the staff meeting and in the message I shared with the staff via google doc, Deanna and I love our jobs in Menomonie which we are overjoyed to be continuing for the foreseeable future. I will not be involved in any other Superintendent searches for now and I look forward to graduating the Class of 2018 next week and starting to work on preparations for the 18/19 school year.
Menomonie High School
“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Vince Lombardi
I would like to share that the Beloit School District has formed an official public release (below) that I am one of three candidates remaining to be interviewed next week for the Beloit Superintendent position. I was contacted about my potential interest a few months back. I explored the opportunity and was asked to create a video for the Beloit School Board which led to an in-person interview on Wednesday May 23rd which I first found out about on the morning of 5/16/18. This is a two week process from this point on with 3 people interviewing next week followed by a final 2 the week after. Thank you for your understanding and support. As I mentioned at the staff meeting on Wednesday 5/16/18, Deanna and I both love our jobs in Menomonie but felt compelled to look into this opportunity.
Menomonie High School
BOARD OF EDUCATION NARROWS SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH
Posted by Jennifer Thompson on 5/16/2018
The School District of Beloit Board of Education names their selection for the top three candidates in the race for next superintendent. After a robust community engagement process, search firm School Exec Connect compiled a superintendent profile used to recruit and vet 35 diverse applicants for the school district top job. The top three candidates will interview face-to-face with the Board of Education on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.
The three candidates selected are Dr. Kevin Brown, Dr. Daniel Keyser and David Munoz. The three candidates bring strong experience, solid leadership and clear communication. “The board is excited to bring forth three highly-qualified candidates to this crucial leadership position,” said Board President Laurie Endres. “We are very grateful to all of the staff, students and community members who have been involved in this process.”
Candidates were vetted by School Exec Connect using the Superintendent Profile that was created based on input from community, staff, students and parents. After face-to-face interviews with the Board of Education, finalists will be invited back for final interviews with the board as well as a search committee that will be made up of members of the community, parents and staff. Individuals interested in serving on the search committee should contact Michelle Shope at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 608-361-4160.
The search for the superintendent is on track with a new superintendent slated to assume the position on July 1, 2018. The board plans to announce the new superintendent in early June.
About the candidates:
Dr. Kevin Brown currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education for Columbia Public Schools in Columbia, Missouri. His previous districts include Madison Metropolitan School District and Racine Unified School District. “In an effort to be transparent, the board is aware of pending litigation against Dr. Brown. We have been in conversation with his current district who assures us that internal investigations have shown allegations in the pending litigation are unfounded. His current district reports he is a highly valued member of their team. He is a very qualified candidate and we will continue to vet him as we move forward in this process,” said Board President Endres.
Dr. Brown received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.
Dr. Daniel Keyser currently serves as the Director of Secondary Teaching and Learning for the School District of Waukesha here in Wisconsin. His previous districts include Madison Metropolitan School District, School District of Monroe and School District of Janesville.
Dr. Keyser received his Ed.D in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College.
David Munoz currently serves as the high school principal in the School District of the Menomonie Area. His previous districts include Wausau School District, Central High School District of Westosha, and Manitowoc Public Schools.
Mr. Munoz received his Master of Science in Administrative Leadership and Supervision from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and his Wisconsin School Superintendent License from Viterbo University in LaCrosse.
Prom 2018 was a great success largely thanks to the committee led by Mrs Stephanie Taylor. Jimmy Anderson MC’d the Grand March which added a flare to festivities on the stage. Senior Awards Night Monday resulted in over $150,000 being distributed to our Seniors with a big shout out for a great job organizing everything to Mrs. Ruchti. We honored our GEAC scholars on Monday evening before awards night as well. The Track teams performed at a high level Monday at the Mondovi invite winning several events. The Softball team won both games of a double header on Tuesday and the Lady Mustang Soccer team played well against state-ranked competition losing to River Falls 2-0 at home on Tuesday. Teacher and Staff Appreciation highlighted the week. Gifts were provided for staff as a small indication of how truly important they are to MHS. The Jazz Bands are ready to go for their annual Spring Swing Dance on Saturday which is also a community dance. Feel free to stop out.
MHS Building Leadership Team Notes – Many end of year to dos to be aware of ….
Educational APPS from a different perspective – This is an interesting spin [pun intended] on blooms taxonomy!
The MHS Concert Chorus returned from their New York Trip including a performance at Carnegie Hall. The Concert Chorus students visited the major sites in New York while also sharpening their skills with clinicians. Spring Sports continue to compete at a fever pitch with rescheduled games plus the normal schedule. The Tennis Team was at home on Tuesday and the we hosted a JV track meet on the same day with several events having more than 20 heats. The Softball, Baseball, and Soccer teams were all at home on Thursday at the same time as the Middle School Track meet also held at the MHS Sports Complex. The MHS HOSA students and staff presented the Mock Prom Trauma event on Thursday with many community groups including Mayo Clinic, the Police Department, and the Fire Department. We periodically run the mock trauma event as an educational tool for our students in hopes of avoiding a tragedy. The 2018 Prom committee headed by Mrs. Stephanie Taylor is geared up for a great Prom 2018 weekend followed by the Senior Awards Night on Monday.
I was indirectly involved in another staff member helping improve Mr. Hulett’s room. I thought the best part was seeing the students and Mr. Hulett continue teaching and learning with tinfoil in the afternoon.
Erica Kinnard, Delaney Bignell, Ireland McRoberts, Ally Neidermyer, Corinne O’Dell, Mackenzie Brooks, and Emma Levendowski just returned from the DECA National Competition in Atlanta! This is the most MHS students ever making it to nationals. The MHS Wind Symphony earned the top rating at the Wisconsin School Music Association competition. The MHS Concert Chorus performed Tuesday evening and then departed early Thursday morning [3 am!] for New York City and Carnegie Hall. Denisha Sanders received the Kohl Initiative Scholarship from State Superintendent Tony Evers on Sunday. All 6-12 Band Studentsperformed wonderfully on Monday evening to a packed house at the MHS Gym including the Eau Claire Marching Band. NHS students participated in relay for life. The Tennis Team continued their winning ways and the Lady Mustangs Soccer Team lost a heart breaker to Rice Lake 4-1 although they were tied at half time. MHS Forensics learned this week that they won as a team the coveted Excellence In Speech Award which places MHS in the top 5% in the state now for 10 consecutive years! Several classes and groups including the FFA participated in earth day activities in a variety of ways.
Highlights and things to make a note of for next week:
Monday – April 30th – Flip It Forward Event – Normal Schedule – this is an event that we’ve done for several years to help bring different groups together
Tuesday – May 1st – Many Activities home and away – Normal Schedule
Wednesday – May 2nd – MHS Staff Meeting 315 pm – PLC High School Late Start; there will also be a big 600 person elementary school event starting at 2 pm in our commons – fyi
Thursday – May 3rd – 1 Hour Assembly Schedule for Mock Prom Crash – Junior and Seniors will be participating – 9th and 10th will have extended ELT during the mock prom crash drama – Many Home events scheduled
Friday – May 4th – Regular Schedule
Saturday – May 5th – PROM
The winter weather during spring continues to delay the Spring Sports season which will make May extraordinarily active at MHS. We were able to honor our outgoing Senior NHS members Tuesday night while also inducting new members. The National Honor Society formed in 1921 focused on Leadership, Service, Scholarship, and Character. This is a large group with Senior NHS members also being recognized at graduation. 7 Spring Sporting events were able to compete Thursday with the improving weather. The Forensics Team departed for state competition in Madison this weekend. MHS Forensics has been in the top 1% of all Forensics teams in the state for over half a decade. MHS DECA also departed for Nationals in Atlanta very early Friday morning and will be competing all weekend.