Former MHS Teacher Archie Abbott passed away this past week. Mr. Abbott was the main force behind FFA in Menomonie for decades while he was a teacher but also afterward in retirement. The Band performed wonderfully Monday evening. The combined bands was an impressive group and the largest in school history. The Girls Basketball Team had a great team win against EC Regis on Tuesday with the Hockey Team struggling in a loss but giving good effort. The Wrestling Team won a big match against EC North with both basketball teams playing Friday in the Barn in a double header. The expulsion monday brings closure to the school threat which was a relief to many in the MHS community. The National Honor Society continues to be very active in their service mission providing supplies to Positive Alternatives which is a group home in town as well as working on the Christmas for Kids event supplying gifts to the needy. Mr. Ruegnitz with his volunteer ceramic bowl makers has been actively constructing bowls for the Empty Bowls event which is still a few months away.
The MHS Science Olympiad Team took 2nd Place Saturday out of 59 teams only losing to a Pennsylvania team that qualified for Nationals last year! The 17/18 MHS Science Olympiad team will no doubt be one of our highest performing teams as they look to get back to the National Tournament this year after winning state three consecutive years before last year. The Boys Swim Team placed in the middle of the pack at Chippewa Falls over the weekend with most swimmers posting PR’s. They followed the weekend competition with a trip to Superior where they continued to swim well. The High School was packed all weekend with either the Holiday Classic Dance competition on Saturday or the Red Cedar recital on Sunday. It’s always great to have our wonderful facilities used so often by more than high school students and families. All are welcome! The Dunn County Truancy Committee met with many agencies in attendance. We are very fortunate to have so many partners in the community to assistance families, students and the schools to help encourage good school attendance. The Boys Hockey Team played Thursday night after starting the year with several wins to celebrate Senior Night. The Girls Hockey Team plays Friday Night Home as does the Boys Basketball Team where Dance will also perform as well as the MHS Pep Band. Stop out to support one of our teams or performing groups. Several students were surprised by a nice note from Congressman Ron Kind for a creation sent to his DC office from our student run Mustang Manufacturing business. The ornaments on sale in the main office on the tree are another creation from this student school business. I was excited to see Officer James Gates presenting in the community. Officer Gates graduated a few years ago from MHS and has followed up his high school career now serving our community in other ways.
Cool Picture of Vue Vang after receiving the Onion Rings that he wanted. This is in reference to my comments during the staff meeting.
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Mr. Taylor has rolled out the pilot HOPE program in the alternative school which is a competency based path to graduation for students not fitting into the GED or Credit Recovery umbrella. MHS Staff did an excellent job before Thanksgiving working on curriculum mapping and preparation for the ACP rollout. The students and staff did an equally great job with the inaugural 1 hour targeted approach to Academic and Career Planning at MHS. We will continue with several hour long sessions throughout the year in order to establish a baseline for the students in this important state initiative. The Mr Menomonie Contest won by Kevyn Perkins was a great success raising over $1800 for Stepping Stones and the FFA Corn Drive raised even more for the same charity with over $2700! I am very proud of our students and staff for continuing to engage with the community in a productive and educational manner while also giving to charity when possible. The Girls Basketball Team Won a close game by 1 point against Memorial with the Boys Team losing at home to Memorial by the same margin. The Mustang Wrestling Team also lost by 1 point to Chippewa Falls on Thursday in an exciting first home dual. The 6th Grade Band was in the building Thursday having a learning session with the high school band and staff followed by some pizza. Mrs. Staupe is holding a buy one get one free book sale in the library for students, staff, and the community.
The fall play ‘The Mouse That Roared’ finished its weekend run last week. The cast and crew did an outstanding job with the performance. The MHS Theater Department wasted no time in starting auditions this past week for the 2018 Musical the Addams Family which will be on-stage before spring break. The MHS Orchestra performed wonderfully on Monday Night. They sound awesome! If you have an opportunity, please take in their next performance as with all of our musical groups, the Orchestra is outstanding! Thank You to the assistance from ASC and Local Law Enforcement with the handling of the school threat earlier this week. We are always working to insure the safest possible environment for all students and staff. Rest assured that we are continuing to work this incident. Unfortunately there have been similar threats before our incident in Chippewa Falls and Memorial with threats after as well in other neighboring schools. Congratulations to the MHS Girls Swim Team for taking 17th at the State Tournament as a team. Winter Sports teams continue to prepare through practices and organized scrimmages with the first events for the season already underway with Girls Basketball. The MHS Guidance Department teamed with UW-Stout to work through the entire application process including on-site admissions to UW-Stout earlier this week. I attended a Western Wisconsin Principal Meeting which included several BRC schools on Friday where we discussed Academic Career Plans, school threats, RTI, and data wharehouses like educlimber and how each school is using their tools with staff.
Building Leadership Team Notes from 11/15/17 – Please read as there is detailed information about:
- Wednesday 11/22/17 work plan for staff
- ACP’s and the plan moving forward
- Testing schedule for the remainder of the year
- Xmas Party voting google form for 3 possible days
- An idea about how to approach getting to know kids
The Mustang Football Team lost a hard fought State Quarterfinal game to Green Bay Southwest Friday night ending the season with only one loss and a back to back BRC Conference Championships. Girls Swim and Dive is still competing now as they qualified 5 to the WIAA State Meet including Carissa Henderson who qualified in 3 events! Our student-athletes transition quickly as Basketball started this week with the remaining winter sports starting shortly. FBLA, DECA, and HOSA continue to be very active clubs this week whether in the community or at events around the state and region. Clubs and Activities like these are all in full motion with multiple activities and events planned including with our award winning Forensics Team and Science Olympiad Team both preparing and practicing for their first events. ‘The Mouse That Roared’ opened a weekend run of our fall play. The cast and crew did a great job on opening night! We celebrated national signing day Wednesday with 3 athletes continuing to compete now at the college level. US Army working dogs presented to students over the lunch hour and for certain classes at the end of Thursday in a lead up to our Veterans Day assembly Friday. We celebrated Veterans Day Friday with members of the American Legion and members of a local Stout veterans group including their military science instructors.
The Mustang Football Team won the Level 2 Playoff Game in wintry conditions Friday to advance to the State Quarterfinal Football Game at home Friday at 7pm v. Green Bay Southwest. Mr. Hundt orchestrated the Winter Sports Meeting Monday evening. We were excited to welcome River Heights students and staff on Halloween so they could watch a movie. MHS DECA students collected over 1100 pounds of food on Halloween and donated it all to Stepping Stones to help the needy. Several MHS Staff had fun dressing up for Halloween including one who looked like a knight from the middle ages. We held the first of two parent teacher conference days on Thursday with many parents and students checking in with staff after the first progress report. We were pretty busy most of the evening across the building working with families. Thank you to Matt Riley and Kimberly Musser for presenting to the staff their approach to teaching reading to a diverse class of readers with a wide-range of reading levels. This was supported by district reading specialist Tera Ellison who will also be providing a cheat-sheet for staff to reference when differentiating in this way for students. [See Below Link] Congratulations to Shanen Stuart on the Golden Apple from last months recipient Angela Ruchti. [sorry about name mess up — old habits — I’ll get it]
The Mustang Football Team advanced to the second round of the playoffs in front of a packed crowd Friday Night. The Cross Country Teams competed at home Saturday in the Sectional Championships. The Girls and Boys Cross Country teams competed against sometimes Division 1 college-level competition and advanced no one to state ending a successful season for both teams. Senior Kelsey Leach orchestrated her GEAC project Connecting Cultures through Cuisine Saturday evening to a nice crowd with presentations, music, and wonderful food from many different ethnic groups. The counseling department worked with UW-Stout to present a financial aid night for Seniors on Monday. The Jazz Band performed their ‘Songs of the Century Concert’ at the Mabel Tainter Tuesday with music from Bruno Mars, Guns and Roses, and Paul McCartney. We added 4 large screen TV’s to the commons this past week which will soon be serving as digital signage in the high school. The MHS Choir performed wonderfully several songs from all of the choral groups at MHS on Thursday. We held the annual academic awards assembly on Thursday honoring students achieving at the highest level at MHS. It’s the largest academic award group that we’ve had in a number of years. We conducted our monthly safety drill with Drug Dogs on loan from several local law enforcement agencies. I was able to meet with two amazing groups of veterans in preparation for the Veterans Day Assembly tentatively scheduled for 11/10/17.
Building Leadership Team Notes from 10/25/17