MHS Staff Update 10/19/17

The Mustang Football Team won the BRC Championship Friday evening at Chippewa Falls gaining the number 1 seed starting playoff competition Friday night at Home.  The Mustang Band had an extremely successful fundraiser [I heard 60 mattresses sold which is a wow] as they continue to prepare for their spring break trip to Florida and the Bahamas where they will perform at Universal Studios and on the cruise ship.  The Tennis Team advanced 2 to state where they won once and then were eliminated.  Wendy Hastings was celebrated at state for earning her 300th win which is in the top 5 in state history.  Give a shout out to Wendy if you get a chance for this huge accomplishment!  She led the Girls Tennis Team to their best season in decades.  HOSA students conducted a blood drive Tuesday and they were busy most of the time.  Students and staff were amazingly generous when being asked to save lives.  The advanced theater class advanced to sectional competition.   Great job Mr. Buhr and I even saw him driving the bus.  We developed an alternate PD plan for Thursday because of a last second change.  MHS staff provided input about their Educational Tech needs after which Professional Development was created based on these needs in a Hybrid Ed Camp style approach.  We look forward to playoff sports for all of the following:  Soccer, Volleyball, Football and Cross Country all competing within the next few days. A state qualifying event will be held this weekend Saturday at noon at MHS where many of our Cross Country athletes will attempt to qualify to state at the Sectional being held on our home course.  I’ll be at Volleyball, Football and Cross Country so don’t be a stranger and stop out if you are so inclined.  Volleyball is at Memorial tonight at 7 with the other 2 being home and Soccer is a bit of a hike today to the LaCrosse area.  Also a reminder for the Jazz Band Concert Tuesday Night at the Mabel — 2 tickets free for staff at the door if you’re interested.

David Muñoz


Menomonie High School

MHS 10/13/17 Staff Update

‘Under The Sea’ Homecoming 2017 was a great success with students dancing into the night Saturday at the largest dance in years.  The lightning storm that necessitated the cancellation of the homecoming parade was sad for many but understandable given the safety of all involved.  I attended a Data Leadership Summit and presented key elements to the building leadership team Thursday which highlight many of the good things occurring for students because of a great staff.  We hope to continue to use some of these data tools to improve learning at MHS.  Our PLC time Wednesday was spent delving into common assessment critical questions which is solely about improving and increasing the amount of learning at MHS.  Mrs. Krause-Kuchta in the Science Department continues to work with Orion’s Quest Program which provides opportunities for MHS science students to work with NASA.  Carol Ropella and Jennifer Smith were awarded a $950 grant For August 2018 work on the Romeo and Juliet Unit.  The grant will pay for stipends for an English and MHS counselor/school psychologist work team to meet in the summer review and revise of the Romeo and Juliet unit to include suicide prevention as well as discussing other English units conducive to embedded wellness topics.  Congratulations to Ryan Sterry for being awarded $4,000 for the purchase of 4 Project Lead the Way Robotics Training KITs @ $1,000.00 each.  The fall play continues to prepare for their opening.  All fall sports teams are moving quickly into end of season playoff competitions highlighted by the Girl’s Tennis team for advancing Lexi Hastings and Lindsey Johnson to state in doubles.  They even won their first match at state! The Cross Country Team is one week a way from hosting the WIAA Sectional Championship on home turf at MHS.

10/12/17 Building Leadership Team Notes

MHS 10/6/17 Staff Update

MHS Homecoming 2017 Under The Sea continues to be a runaway success.  The Band kicked off the week with a pep concert in the gym.  The students enjoyed a fun and active skit assembly on Wednesday before which they wall decorated and had many different dress up days.  I was impressed with the 9th grade as their skit appeared to win and they remained competitive in all aspects of the class competitions.  Ticket sales for the Saturday Dance have eclipsed last year which will make for the largest dance of the year.  The Tennis Team completed their season sending two to state after having the best season for Girls Tennis in Decades.  The Volleyball Team won the Mondovi Invite this past weekend coming from the 5 seed before having their annual Dig Pink event to support Cancer Research on Thursday.  The Girls Swim Team posed as Super Women which was fun as they competed against LaCrosse on Thursday.  The Boys Cross Country Team placed 3 in the top 10 at the New Richmond Invite including having Matt Kieffer win.  MHS students and staff will push through a busy and fun Friday and Saturday with the assembly, parade, game, and dance.

A special thank you to all MHS staff for your work and attention at the staff meeting.  The Inhaler training, Epi-Pen training, and AED reminders took a bit but they are all important small safety pieces.

I’ll continue to post homecoming happenings on twitter which you can follow via twitter @mhsmustang1, via this blog, and or through the high school website.

Thank You for a great Homecoming Week and for your understanding of the natural disruptions that occur as a result.



MHS 9/29/17 Staff Update

The state-ranked Mustang Football team continued their march through the BRC with a win at Superior.  The Girls Tennis Team is having their best season in over a decade finishing their regular season with a 2nd place finish in the conference behind state-ranked Memorial.  The Boys Soccer Team lost a close game to Hudson which was highlighted by several key saves including an amazing PK save by Mr Buhr’s son.  Good job dad!  The Girls Golf Team improved greatly from their first season to this year competing in the WIAA Regional.  The Volleyball Team visited a big ten event and the Cross Country Teams performed admirably considering 90 degree weather Saturday.  The MHS Counseling Staff conducted a Senior Meeting this week with the Class of 2018 to make sure we were focused on graduation and post graduation.  MHS staff and students should be congratulated for another solid year of ACT scores.  These number coupled wit  our low drop out and high graduation rate is a direct result of an amazing staff.  Several students attended a career fair at UW-Stout a day before we conducted our first Fire Drill.  The state FFA officers conducted a sectional leadership workshop at MHS Tuesday before which we toured both ConAgra and Alfalawn FarmsThe Breakfast Club started a cool tradition welcoming students Monday with the Mustang Mascot.  This is another example of the school being filled with spirit as we head into Homecoming Week.  The Homecoming festivities kickoff Monday with a Concert in the park followed by dress-up days, the skit assembly Wednesday, and the final coronation assembly on Friday.  A list of Homecoming Week activities can be found in the most recent MHS Newsletter.

I’d like to shout out another big thank you to all staff for their focus and work on Wednesday in the grade level meetings.  We continue to sort through the very good work done by staff.  A few takeaways from the meetings:  make sure to back schedule students when they’re failing and remember to mark 0’s instead of *’s in the gradebook for students which allows those of us looking at multiple classes to have a full view of how students are doing.

Optional Opportunity for Clubs and Activities below:

On Friday, October 20 the Dunn County Historical Society will host a Family Halloween event at the Russell Rassbach Heritage Museum. We will have kid games, pumpkin decorating and Trunk or Treat for the kids.

Any business or organization is invited to participate by decorating their vehicle / trunk where children can walk by and receive treats. Please keep all decorations kid friendly and not scary. We anticipate 100+ children so please come equipped with enough treats to pass out. You may also pass out promotional information about your organization in addition to treats. If your vehicle is a community service vehicle feel, free to participate without decorations.

The event is from 5:00-7:00, participants should arrive for set-up between 4:00-5:00.

If you would like to participate in the trunk or treat event, please complete the registration form below and return it to the Dunn County Historical Society by October 13th.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions 715-232-8685.

 PO Box 437 Menomonie,WI 54751,  715

 Name of business / organization:_______________________________________________________________________ 

Contact Person_____________________________________________________________________________________




Please return application to:

Dunn County Historical Society

PO Box 437

Menomonie, WI 54751

MHS 9/22/17 Update

The Mustang Choir held their annual start of year picnic at Wakanda Park.  The choir students managed to dodge the rain drops.  The Mustang Band continues to practice for the upcoming Homecoming activities including marching practice in sweltering late September heat.  Club and Activities meetings are in full swing with almost every club having met and set activities after welcoming new members.  The MHS Clubs and Activities are a sometimes hidden gem for students and staff. They provide connectedness to the school with many varieties of real-world activities.  The French and Spanish Clubs took the lead on officially welcoming our International Exchange Students with cake earlier this week.  They have all been a great addition to our building.  The staff tech coaches continue to work with the teachers on building their technological capacity.  We’ve developed an internal system for requesting a staff tech coach which is being regularly utilized.  The student tech team has gotten off the ground which has always been something that we were looking to implement as part of the 1:1 M-Powered Learning launch.  The Girls Tennis team continues to march toward the best record since 1993.  Even though they had a loss this week with over 20 wins as a team, they have been nothing short of amazing!  The Girls Golf Team is already moving into end of season tournaments with much improvement in their second year.  Volleyball continues to battle and the Cross Country Teams compete weekly in their march to the sectional finals which will be held right here at Menomonie High School in October.  The Boys Soccer Team has hit a few bumps in the road in the highly competitive BRC conference and the Girls Swim Team has won several meets lately at home and away.  The #5 State Ranked Mustang Football team remains undefeated headed into a tough road stretch in Superior and Rice Lake before the big Homecoming Game against State Ranked Eau Claire Memorial.





District Nurse RaeMalee McMahon


MHS 9/15/17 Staff Update


Seniors in Global Issues Classes were fortunate to have a brief overview of the award winning film ‘No Asylum’ by Director/Producer Paula Fouce followed by a presentation and Q and A with Holocaust Survivor Eva Schloss, step sister of Anne Frank.  Most students were completing their STAR tests this week which is an important reading and math measure that we use daily to better understand the needs of our students.  Thank you Math, English, and Special Education Departments for taking the lead on this.  The Cross Country Teams hosted a home meet at MHS Saturday with top finishers for boys and girls on a new and difficult home course.  The Girls Tennis Team dominated the competition both Monday and Thursday with the Girls Golf Team breaking records 2-times this week.  Girls Tennis held a staff appreciation night Thursday for teachers.  It was awesome to see so many teachers on the courts with the ladies.  They were honored to have you there and their parents couldn’t stop talking about it.  The Volleyball team celebrated Senior Night on Thursday and the callbacks for the fall play ‘The Mouse that Roared’ are complete with the first reading and meeting on Thursday.  We held over a dozen club and activity meetings Thursday during ELT with many new students getting involved.  I am proud of all of you for continuing to focus on professional learning communities including the increased use of the EduClimber data management system.  I will continue to lean-on the skilled Tyler Miller with EduClimber training next for the Building Leadership Team and then through PLC with departments.   Remember that your ID is good for entry into any game or event the whole year plus 1.  Stop out to the Game tonight if you like and bring your spouse or significant other.  It should be a fun atmosphere even if you’re not a football person.

David Muñoz


Menomonie High School




7:54 AM (34 minutes ago)

to me

Hulett without his piece:

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John P. Kitzmann
Teacher, Social Studies Department Chair at Menomonie High School
Phone 715-232-2609 #40226 
Mobile 715-563-5247 




MHS Staff Update 9/8/17

All MHS students and staff started the 17/18 school year in a smooth and highly engaged manner.  We ended the week with class meetings to help prepare for the Homecoming Activities which are only a few weeks away.  The fall play ‘The Mouse That Roared’ set auditions for the coming week with 30 roles available and many more opportunities for student involvement with set building and lights.  We’re excited about the fall play providing so many opportunities for students.  The Pep Band performed wonderfully Friday Night at the Football Game for their first event of the season.  The Football Team continued their winning ways last week with an away game tonight against EC North before the big home game next week against Hudson.  The Cross Country Team hosts the MHS Relays Saturday starting at 930 am.  This is a great event for our runners especially given that we will also be hosting the Sectional Final meet later in the season.  Volleyball held their annual Parents Night Tuesday highlighting many of our supportive parents.  The Soccer Team fell short on Thursday at Home and Swimming competed at a high level at the MHS Pool.  We’re very fortunate to be able to host Holocaust Survivor Eva Schloss next Thursday with our Senior Global Issues students.  Mr. Seguin was integral with both the MHS English and Social Studies departments working up a shared plan with UW-Stout and Eva Schloss.


I know the email came from Mr. Hulett but I’m thinking possibly he drafted someone to help him with this clearly altered grandparents day posting?  Just a guess…


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