The MHS Science Olympiad Team Won the Medford Invitational continuing their strong efforts this season. The weekend was so successful for our Science Olympiad Competitors that we not only won the event but our JV team took 6th place too. Congratulations to Jake Karkula and Jimmy Anderson for securing AnnMarie Foundation grants for a combined almost $3,000! The Boys Basketball Team won a big game this past week in what has been a bit of a trying season. We welcomed the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Menomonie Group on Thursday for their annual education day tour. It’s always great to collaborate with the business community in town. We also will welcome a small group of area Principals Friday for a collaboration and sharing session. The students started the second semester smoothly enjoying some fun with the cabin fever week dress up days and assembly. Special Thanks to ALL students and staff involved with student council for setting up and running the assembly.
Mr. LaRose has been very accommodating with emails and follow up questions concerning Social Emotional Learning which is something we will likely be piloting with some subgroups during ELT in the future.
Link Crew adult and student leaders provided a study session for all freshmen called Cocoa and Cram on Friday. This is a continuation of the Link Crew transition program that kicked the year off and is intended to continue the transition for 9th grade students to the high school environment including end of semester final exams. We were able to secure a Suicide Prevention speaker for early February working with another area high school to share costs. I will have more information out as the program develops but mental health is a student concern that comes up daily in many schools including MHS. I have worked with the presenter so that he actually presents to staff only first before the students arrive on 2/7/18. He agreed to abbreviate the presentation to insure time for Q and A with staff about this important topic. Our presenter Mr. Olson is a teacher and coach in Michigan who lost his son to suicide. During the Building Leadership Team it was strongly desired to have a staff aspect of this presentation which we have done. The 2018 New Year kicked off with multiple sporting events including two home swim meets on Tuesday and Thursday along with Girls Basketball and our first home Gymnastics Meet where Grace Braatz won the all-around vs. Eau Claire on Thursday. The Mike Fischer Family generously donated $6,000 to Menomonie youth hockey Thursday Night. The Boys and Girls Hockey Teams were in action on Thursday Night with the pep band and both teams will be home over the weekend again if you’d like to stop out the the ice arena.
Menomonie High School students and staff filled this week with several culminating service and outreach activities including NHS giving to Positive Alternatives, the MHS Optimist Club being thanked for their blanket outreach, and MHS DECA at River Heights working w/ our younger students to name a few things. We made Denisha Sanders aware with her mother of her selection as the MHS winner of the $10,000 Kohl Initiative Scholarship. [Note my Grinch shirt:( I’ll make sure to have an extra shirt around in the future.] Tyra Boettcher scored her 1,000th point last Friday evening which is an amazing accomplishment for an equally great young lady! Mason Platter signed his national letter of intent to play football for the Wisconsin Badgers. The FCA held it’s annual pancake breakfast for any MHS student on Friday at 7 am and the Forensics Team is ready to kick off it’s season per usual with the annual holiday party Friday after school. Our Athletic Teams moved into their holiday tournament schedule with Home Hockey and Home Basketball later next week. Thursday Night was packed at MHS with the Annual Winter Choir Concert, an Alumni Swim Meet, and Boys Basketball. The MHS Staff Christmas party has become a great yearly event for staff. It’s fun to see and talk to everyone outside of the work environment. The MHS Band highlighted the last day before break with some great music!
Words from Mr. Stanley earlier this week that may live on forever …….’Becky’s Christmas Tree looks like a thousand Jelly-Fish floating on the tree of life! ( A nice Hulettism for the holidays!)… ‘
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.