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Hartford Union High School District Fall 2017, Issue 1







“My favorite part of homecoming was getting to dress up and create fun memories with my friends that I will have for the rest of my life.”

Julia Korducki, Class of 2018

“I love spirit week and all of the dress up days. Seeing everyone come up with different outfits for the days is always interesting!”

Avery Arndt, Class of 2020

Cover created By: Kaitlyn Kerrigan (Erin) Class of 2018


“My favorite part of homecoming would have to be going to the football game and having a packed student section that was hyped up and loud throughout the whole game.”

Ethan Shultz, Class of 2019


“The dance was really fun because I went with a big group of friends. Even though it got pretty crowded it was a great time.”

Isaiah Butler, Class of 2021

A Message From Our

BOARD PRESIDENT & SUPERINTENDENT Dear HUHS Community, Welcome to the 2017 – 2018 school year! This year is an important year for both planning and action. First, our planning includes developing our Strategic Plan (2020: Create Our Future!) by December for Board review and approval. Then, taking action in January to begin implementing it and achieving its goals. We will have 3 – 5 goals that will guide the District for three years, January 2018 – December 2020.

Josh Schoemann

School Board President

Second, we are developing a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for facility/grounds improvements, as well as a plan for non-capital items. The CIP framework was presented to the Board on October 30, and it will be completed by March, which will include ranking by needs, cost estimates, and timelines. As part of the CIP, the Board approved replacement of a major section of the building’s fire alarm system, as well as issuing RFPs for the renovation of our small gym. Both items are at the top of the needs list. Third, after much planning this summer, we launched a schoolwide literacy initiative to positively impact student academic achievement in every area. A core team of three teachers with expertise and passion for literacy lead a supportive team of 10 – 14 faculty. We are infusing literacy skills, tactics, strategies, etc., across the curriculum, as well as academic language used in standardized tests (e.g., ACT).

Attila J. Weninger, Ph.D. Superintendent

Finally, we are taking a “deep dive” into teacher evaluation using the highly regarded and researched Danielson Framework for Teaching. Faculty and Administration are receiving training in the Framework in six professional development days, and Administrators and Department Chairs are also being trained in how to use the Framework for observation, informing best practices, and evaluation. Thank you for your continued support of HUHS! We are proud to serve the community by preparing and developing our most important assets: students. Sincerely, Josh Schoemann, President Attila J. Weninger, Ph.D. Board of Education Superintendent


New District Leadership Team Members

HUHS is excited to welcome the following new members to our District Leadership Team.

Bob Avery Director of Business Services

Mike Corrie Director of Student Services

Frank Lord Buildings & Grounds Supervisor

Mary Lynn Christian Human Resources Supervisor

Rachel Janczak District Data & Assessment Coordinator

Friess Lake School

2017 School Wide Summer Reading Program

Our Associate


Fuel Up to Play 60 Kickoff Students at Friess Lake held the Fuel Up to Play 60 Kickoff to promote physical activity, sponsored by the NFL. Friess Lake received grant funds to intoduce this program.

Friess Lake School recently celebrated the success of participating in the school wide 2017 Summer Reading Program. Students who read over the summer and turned in their completed forms were rewarded with their choices of books, posters, and other prizes! Middle School students were also treated to a “Congratulations!” pizza party.

Erin School

The 5K students field trip to the Pumpkin Farm.

Kohl’s Wild Theater visited Erin School and put on an interactive presentation.

Erin School hosted a Trunk or Treat on October 13.

Fitness Friday with Mr. Mueller and HUHS H-Club Members for Fuel Up to Play 60



I’ve had Fitore in Medical Interventions and have her currently in Biomedical Innovation. Fitore always brings a positive attitude to class that is infectious to those around her. She has been working hard in Biomedical Innovation (year 4 PLTW) and AP Biology while being involved in both SMART team and Tennis. She is developing real-world skills that could make her an immediate asset in any lab setting. Miss Rrahmani continues to go above and beyond both in and out of the classroom! -Mr. Mark Arnholt, Science Teacher, SMART Team Adviser

Future Plans: Video Production with a goal of working on commercials Activities: Mock Trial, Video Productions



Sam is the student that walks in every day and asks me how I am doing, and whether or not he really cares, I feel like he does. Sam’s creativity behind the camera is that of a professional. His passion for creating videos and photography that draw in the viewer is second to none for a student that is self-taught. Working with Sam on video projects and watching him put into life different projects that are thrown his way is exciting, I can’t wait to see where he takes himself! -Ms. Jana Danay, Yearbook Teacher

Pano Theoharis Class of 2020

Pano is an excited learner and natural leader in the classroom. His positive demeanor makes being his teacher the highlight of my day. -Ms. Stevy Schliewe, English Teacher

Grace Peters Class of 2021 Friess Lake Favorite Subjects: Spanish, Biology, World Cultures Activities: HUHS tennis, Trinity Academy of Irish Dance Favorite Thing About HUHS: Being involved in a sport.


Erin Favorite Subjects: Civics & Home Maintenance Future Plans: To become a Manufacturing Manager Activity: Boys Golf


Hartford Jt. 1 Favorite Class: Yearbook


Samuel Wannow Class of 2019

Hartford Jt. 1 Favorite Subject: AP Biology Future Plans: Help the less fortunate all over the world. Favorite Thing About HUHS: The teachers and the PLTW program.




Fitore Rrahmani Class of 2018

Gracie is the type of student every teacher dreams of having in their class. A leader among her peers, she goes above and beyond on everything, no matter the task. Her enthusiasm for learning and her effervescent personality make her a fantastic member of the class. -Ms. Melanie Axford, Biology Teacher



Hartford Finishing/Steel Craft Corp Open GPS Educational Partners Site Pictured above (from left to right): Tristan Dittloff (Hartford Jt. 1), Dylan Kutz, and Holland Martin (Erin)

In August, Hartford Finishing/Steel Craft Corp held the ribbon cutting for the new GPS Educational Partners Site at their Hartford location. This signifies a partnership in education that allows students from local high schools, including HUHS, the opportunity to learn in a unique setting in the Hartford plants and then apply their skills in local manufacturing positions throughout Washington County. Students spend their mornings learning in a hands-on classroom, lead by a GPS instructor. Based on their strengths and skills, they then complete various rotations in positions throughout the site in which they are employed. This gives them the opportunity to learn in a setting where they are free from distractions and learning materials that are relevant to the positions that they are working in the afternoon. The on-the-job rotations allow them to experience various positions throughout each manufacturing site. The companies below are all employing students from HUHS through the GPS program. Thank you to GPS and all of the manufacturing companies in our community for giving our students this opportunity.

Thank You to the GPS Educational Partners in our Community!

An In-Depth Look at our


Our Family & Consumer Science course offerings provide well-rounded, career focused, and hands-on opportunities for all students.

Culinary Arts 1 Culinary Arts 2 Hunter Iding (Hartford Jt. 1), Rylee Villwock, and Megan Purtell (Hartford Jt. 1)

Maria Gordon, Mason Albrect (Erin), and Brandon Parks (H-N-R)

Brooke Lorbiecki (Peace)

Carley Mullman (Friess Lake)

Culinary Arts 1 & 2 covers basic preparation of all different types of foods. Students create culinary cuisine from all food groups, while practicing a variety of cooking methods, and learning how to garnish and present a plate professionally.

Culinary Arts 3 Culinary Arts 4

Sophia Stingl (Friess Lake) and Andraea Theoharris (Erin)

Skylar Garza (Hartford Jt 1)

Payton Rettler (H-N-R)

Hailey Blonigen and Hailey Thiede

Reese Kolander (H-N-R)

Culinary Arts 3 is a year-long course where the focus is on serving guests. Students have the opportunity to experiment and taste-test food, and share their food at one of the events that we cater in the Hartford community. Students in this class also have many surprise lab challenges, like you might find on the Food Network, where they get to show off their talents and creativity! Culinary Arts 4 looks at the hospitality industry from the managerial perspective. One of the primary goals in the class is to run the events that the Culinary Arts 3 students serve food at. This provides our students a real-world opportunity to oversee an event and do employee evaluations. Additionally, the students get to prepare a variety of desserts, baked goods, and international cuisine.

Other Courses in FCS


Parenting class introduces students to responsible nurturing, basic applications of child development theory, prenatal care and development, heredity and environmental factors with regards to children. There is an emphasis on responsibilities of parents, readiness for parenting, and the influence parents have on children while providing care and guidance.

Child Care Services & Independent Study

Child Care Services is a two-hour blocked course that prepares students for work in the child care field. Students are able to earn their Assistant Child Care Teacher, Shaken Baby and Infant/Toddler certifications. A second level of Child Care Services (Child Care Independent Study) allows senior students to earn their Child Care Teacher certification. Students in this course may receive credit through Moraine Park Technical College.

Personal Style & Design


Personal Style and Design is a semester course where students will learn about fashion design, interior design, and cosmetology. Students demonstrate their individual styles using the elements and principles of design.

Health & Human Service Careers

Health and Human Service Careers is a semester course in which students identify careers in healthcare and human services fields through career exploration, personality profiles, and guest speakers.

Ms. Mary Piskula

Mr. Rich Schmidt



credits required for graduation

World Cultures Civics or AP Government & Politics Modern American History or AP US History

Social Studies Elective Courses

AP Courses Offered

The vital task of preparing students to become citizens in a democracy is complex. The Social Studies disciplines are diverse, encompassing an expansive range of potential content. This content engages students in a comprehensive process of confronting multiple dilemmas, and encourages students to speculate, think critically, and make personal and civic decisions on information from multiple perspectives. Social Studies prepares students for their postsecondary futures, including the disciplinary practices and literacies needed for college-level work in social studies academic courses, and the critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative skills needed for the workplace. This Hartford Union High School Social Studies Department encourages the development of academic skills that support students in (1) developing questions and planning inquiries; (2) applying disciplinary concepts and tools; (3) evaluating sources and using evidence; and (4) communicating conclusions and taking informed action. Each of these components represents skills that students will use in their roles as students, employees, and most importantly as informed and engaged citizens of the world.

Required Courses


and our

Government & Economics Strand:  Economics

History & Geography Strand:

American Military History

AP Government & Politics

Contempary Issues

Ancient Civilization

AP US History AP Economics AP Psychology

Law & Order

History of Western Civilization

Behavioral Sciences Strand:

Introduction to Psychology Sociology Minorities & Prejuidice World Religions

Unique Course Offerings Freshmen Cohort - World Cultures

AP Psychology/AP Biology Bundle

To kick off a unit on world history, the World Cultures classes went outside to construct a timeline of the history of the earth. Students had to calculate how many years each yard was equivalent to (45 million), so the timeline showed the correct relation between events. Students were amazed to realize all of written human history was the width of a piece of paper! Last year students in freshmen cohort (freshmen bundle) were tasked with creating a museum of human history. The students toured the Milwaukee Public Museum and then designed their own exhibits at the high school. The entire museum was on display at the HUHS Showcase in February.

Humanities Bundle (Civics & Modern American History)

Students in the AP Psychology/AP Biology bundle combine the concepts in both courses through lab work, lectures, and course discussions. Holly Beske (Hartford Jt. 1) works with AP Psychology Teacher Terry Wick to create a genetic mutation in a model of the eye to form improvements in vision. Sophomores in AP Government have the opportuinity to compete in the We the People competition each year. Last winter, the team made it to the State Competition and took 3rd Place at State.

Athletics and Activities


HUHS Athletic Training Program Earns Safe Sports School Title

Hartford Union High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award for its HUHS Athletics and Athletic Training program. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment. Student Athletes, Athletic Training Staff, and Student Athletic Trainers pose with the new Safe Sports School Banner Athletic Trainer Bryana Kudek accepts an award from Dr. Weninger and Josh Schoemann The Athletic Training Department and Hartford Fire and Rescue held a combined training drill in August for HUHS Coaches

HUHS Athletic Trainer, Bryana Kudek, led the charge for the school to achieve this honor. With her application, and then receiving a grant from the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association (GLATA), she has been able to carry out the programming necessary to make this happen. Congratulations to our Athletic Training Program for making us a safe sports school!

Cross Country Grade School Challenge The HUHS Cross Country Team hosted the annual Grade School Cross Country Challenge on Friday, October 6, 2017. This year the challenge was held behind the school, and 190 runners competed for a number of awards and in various activities.

HUHS Joins the North Shore Conference Last year the state realigned the conferences in the WIAA. This realignment shifted HUHS to the new North Shore Conference. This fall was our first season as part of the North Shore Conference.

Student Athlete of the Month September August Ethan Chivas Andrea O’Bryon Girls Golf (Erin School)

Football (Hartford Jt. 1)

“Andrea O’Bryon “Ethan Chivas provided the Girls unselfishly Golf team with vacated his All steady leadership Conference OLB over the past three position to fill in years. On and off another spot on the course, Andrea our defense due to works hard to excel teammate injuries and is a positive and helped lead example for all golfers. Well done!” the varsity football team to a 6-1 start.” -Coach Matt Geracie -Coach John Redders

Giving back to our community through fundraising and service projects is important to us. Below are a few of the projects that happened this Fall at HUHS.

Hartford Rocks

HUHS in the


At the Freshmen Jumpstart orientation program, the Class of 2021 participated in The Kindness Rocks program. They painted and left inspiring messages on rocks to be placed around the community. During the week of Homecoming, Student Council placed those rocks around the Hartford community to continue the spirit of kindness. If you find a rock in the community, take a picture and post to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #HartfordRocks. Then find a new special place for that rock to brighten someone else’s day.

Caroline DeGroot & Elizabeth Gonnering (Hartford Jt 1)

Levi Everts (St. Kilian’s)

Powder Puff Football Game

Sponsored by Student Council

The annual Powder Puff Football games were held on Wednesday, September 27 at Gib Mahr Field. The sophomores beat the freshmen and the seniors came out on top after a tough fight with the juniors. Above all, $1,430.35 was collected for the Hartford Food Pantry and 500 items were collected for donation. Thank you to our Student Council for organizing a great event!

Coaches VS Cancer On Friday, September 8, HUHS Football played Slinger in the annual Coaches VS Cancer game. This was the 7th annual game that took HUHS on the road to Slinger this year. Donations poured in from individuals and businesses throughout the Hartford and Slinger communities. The remembrance game began in memory of Slinger Coach Kevin Wilkinson who suffered from colon cancer and organized the first fund raising event between the rival schools back in 2011. This year the Wilkinson-Redders Memorial Trophy was created, adding in the memory of HUHS Coach John Redders’ father who passed away last season. HUHS came out victorious in the football game, 24-21, and $12,483.71 was raised for the American Cancer Society. The HUHS Football team celebrates the win with the Wilkinson-Redders Trophy Photo taken by Alexis Frantl (Erin)

Dig Pink - Side Out Foundation Girls Volleyball

On Wednesday, October 4, the Girls Volleyball team played to support the Side Out Foundation that funds breast cancer research while encouraging teamwork and support for those that are fighting the disease. The team worked to raise $785.50 through various raffles and silent auction baskets.

HUHS Student Career

EXPLORATION OPPORTUNITIES HUHS offers students many opportunities to explore careers available beyond high school.

Whether a student enters the workforce, the military, an apprenticeship, or a 2 or 4 year college/university, we provide courses and experiences to open those windows. Below, please find our current list. We encourage students and parents/guardians to take advantage of these. To see what individual departments/areas offer, visit our website ( and review the 2017 – 2018 Course Planning Guide. Finally, we are working to increase these opportunities, so be on the lookout for them!



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Technology Family and Consumer Sciences Technical Engineering and Education Agricultural Science STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Youth Apprenticeships/Cooperative Education Job Shadowing

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Academic & Career Plan (ACP) • Beginning Fall 2017, each student is required to develop an ACP • Career Cruising (a software program that supports the ACP) • INSPIRE (Washington County initiative to assist students in developing their ACPs and directly connects students with businesses

HADC - Hartford Area Development Corporation WCWFA - Washington County Workforce Alliance EDWC - Economic Development of Washington County MPTC - Moraine Park Technical College UW-WC - University of Wisconsin-Washington County

Other Programs • Counseling: 1:1 conferences in freshman and junior years

• Junior College and Career Fair • Senior Career Fair • Leadership Skills Certificate (part

of HUHS Leadership and Project Management Course; DPI issued) • Work Experience (juniors and seniors who are credit-needy for graduation; coupled with DPI Employability Skills Certificate) • Field trips/Business Tours (offered through individual courses) • Local Jobs for Students (on HUHS website:

Hartford Union High School celebrated its Homecoming week from September 25-30, 2017. The week’s theme was a Night on the Nile. The court members included: Standing (from left to right): Zach Braun (National Honor Society), Abigail Groppe (Girls Tennis), Olivia Pusch (FFA), Mike Faust (Boys Volleyball), Tessa Nicpon (Girls Cross Country), John Binns (Boys Cross Country), Melissa Bohn (National Honor Society), Tristan Bradley (Football), Seth Kuchinski (Football), Nicole Kern (Competitive Dance), AJ Driessen (Boys Soccer), Marissa Telderer (SkillsUSA), Sadie Stelter (Musical), Sophie Werner (Girls Golf), Nathan Melsheimer (Musical), Logan Hennes (Boys Soccer), Blake Lazaris (Football), Brooke Sothman (Girls Swimming), Miles Zymdars (Football), Kylie Grinwald (Girls Tennis) Sitting: Queen, Abby Hamilton (Girls Volleyball), and King Caden Benson (National Honor Society)

Business Services

2017-2018 UPDATES Budget and Fund Balance

Tax Information

• Last year the HUHS District tax levy was $11,732,151.

• The 2017-2018 budget is actually below the 2016-2017

This year, the projected levy is $11,474,039. This is a decrease of $258,112, or 2.2%.

budget and is balanced (revenues = expenses).

• The District’s Fund Balance is very healthy: $8,139,305.

• The mill (tax) rate is projected to decrease by 7.3%, from

This allows the District to operate without needing to borrow money during the year in order for the District to pay its obligations (payroll and bills), as well as to address one-time emergency needs if and when they arise.

$3.57 to $3.31 per $1,000 of property value. (Please note: the mill rate is a District-wide rate based on the state’s estimate of fair market value of property within the District. Homeowners’ tax rates are based on the assessed value of property.)

Tax Levy & Mill Rate History $14,000,000.00 $12,000,000.00




$3.92 $3.87



$10,000,000.00 $11,474,039












$20,000,000 $18,000,000 $16,000,000 $14,000,000 $12,000,000 $10,000,000 $8,000,000 $6,000,000 $4,000,000 $2,000,000 $$(2,000,000)

$4.50 $4.00 $3.50 $3.00 $2.50 $2.00 $1.50 $1.00 $0.50 $-

Budget and Fund Balance History 38.6%






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2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17

Mill (Tax) Rate (per $1,000 value)

General Fund Expenditures

Surplus / (Deficit)

Year-End Fund Balance

Fund Balance Percentage

For more information about the budget, please see the District’s website on the Business Services webpage:

Our Talented People Connie Darin

Tammy Rolsma

Student Services Project Coordinator

Ms. Connie Darin is celebrating her 12th year with us at HUHS. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a Biology degree and worked at the Medical College of WI for many years as a research laboratory technologist in the Physiology Department. After marrying an HUHS alum, she was blessed to raise three boys, spending a few years at home and many more on the bleachers. Upon joining HUHS, she worked in the Library Media Center for 10-years, trying in vain to read every new book before the students messed them up. Ms. Darin is now our Student Services Project Coordinator, a position that involves working with many different people to implement school events and projects such as the College & Career Fair and Summer School.

Attendance Office Manager

An employee like Connie Darin is hard to find. Her desire to learn and carry out the many tasks her position requires in an efficient and effective way, does not go unnoticed. In addition to her strong work ethic, her quick wit and sense of humor creates an environment that makes it fun to come to work everyday. -Ms. TC Motzkus, Director of Teaching & Learning

Even though Ms. Tammy Rolsma has only been employed at HUHS for the last three years, she has always been an Oriole. Ms. Rolsma is a third generation Oriole and enjoys working with high school students. She started working part-time in the Attendance Office and last year became our fulltime Attendance Office Manager. This year, Ms. Rolsma is also the Assitant Competitive Dance Coach. Outside of the school, Mr. Rolsma is happily married to another HUHS alum and is the mother of three children. She is very active in their activities and our community. She acts as the Secretary on both the Hartford Youth Football Club and the Hartford Baseball Club.




General Fund Revenues


Total Property Tax Levy

The Attendance Office is the busiest place in the building with many, many moving parts. Tammy Rolsma, as the Attendance Office Manager, wears various hats that include Counselor, Dean, Health Technician, Attendance Czar, Social Worker, Psychologist and the list goes on but the amazing part is she knows when to wear each hat. Tammy has numerous qualities but some of her best are compassionate, confident, respectful, multi-tasker, fun and optimistic. Tammy does an amazing job here at HUHS and we are truly blessed and lucky to have her. -Mr. Scott Otto, Dean of Students

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HUHS Faculty & Students Vote Brandon Strupp, DAR Good Citizen Brandon Strupp (Hartford Jt. 1) has been selected as the HUHS DAR Good Citizen for the Class of 2018. Brandon was nominated by the faculty and then selected by his peers for exhibiting the characteristics of a DAR Good Citizen: dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. This honor includes a scholarship opportunity; Brandon’s application and essay will be submitted to the local DAR Chapter for consideration. Congratulations on your achievement Brandon!

Congratulations Brandon!

Nondiscrimination Statement:It is the policy of the Hartford Union High School District, pursuant to s. 118.13, WI Stats., and PI 9 that no person, on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, sex (including transgender status, change of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity), pregnancy, marital or parental status, military status, genetic information, or physical, mental, emotional, learning disability or handicap, may be denied participation, be denied admission to any school in this District or be denied participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any co-curricular, pupil service, recreation, or other program. This policy also prohibits discrimination as defined by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (sex), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (race and national origin), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Hartford Union High School District has adopted a policy of nondiscrimination. In addition, the District has adopted procedures regarding the processing of discrimination complaints. Copies of the policy, procedures and complaint forms are available, upon request from any administrator. It is the policy of the Hartford Union High School District, pursuant to PI 41.04(1)(a), to provide for the reasonable accommodation of a student’s sincerely held religious beliefs with regard to examinations and other academic requirements. Requests for accommodations may be directed to any administrator. Questions or concerns regarding the District’s nondiscrimination policy and procedures should be directed to the Human Resources Supervisor or the Director of Business Services, Hartford Union High School, 805 Cedar Street, Hartford, WI 53027, (262) 670-3200. Camera graphic above, Natkacheva / Freepik. Backgrounds and graphics page 7, designed by Freepik.

HUHS Fall Ovations - Volume 2 - Issue 1 Fall 2017  
HUHS Fall Ovations - Volume 2 - Issue 1 Fall 2017  

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