Spring 2018, Issue 2 Volume 3
805 Cedar Street, Hartford
A Letter from Our
BOARD PRESIDENT & SUPERINTENDENT Dear HUHS Community, The District is governed by five (5), at large elected citizens from the community. For 2018 – 2019, we will see two members of the current Board stepping down, and two new board members replacing them.
School Board President email@example.com
Stepping down from the Board are Josh Schoemann, President; and Dick Clement, Treasurer. Josh was appointed to the Board in December 2014, and has served as a member, and then President for two years, 2016 – 2018. Josh is also the Washington County Executive. Dick began on the Board in July 2011 and has served for 8 years as a member, Treasurer, and Vice-President. Dick works for Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company. On behalf of the HUHS community, we thank them for their service and dedication to students, the high school, and the District. We count them among our very best! At the same time, we welcome our two new Board members: Jeff Becker and Scott Henke. Jeff is currently Board President in Hartford Joint 1 School District and is a manager at Walmart. Jeff is married and has a current HUHS sophomore and an incoming 2018 HUHS freshman. Scott, an HUHS alumnus, is the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, is married, and has two HUHS alum children. We welcome Jeff and Scott and look forward to their service to the District. Sincerely,
Attila J. Weninger, Ph.D.
Attila J. Weninger, Ph.D. Superintendent
Newly elected board members will take official oath on April 23, 2018.
FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS Muhammed Faza
Muhammed Faza, who likes to be called Faza, is from Indonesia and is living with the Grinwald family. Faza is an only child, and he got his passion to travel from his mom. Faza said the culture is so very different from his home since people here obey the rules. The thing he misses most from home is the food, “It is just not the same.” He is really loving his experience at HUHS. He loves all of the class choices and the options he has. In his home high school, the teachers move classes and the students stay in the same room all day. Faza is involved with the Robotics Club at HUHS and is hoping to join another club in spring. His hobbies include taking pictures, traveling, and cycling.
Elisabeth Prats I Valles
Beth is from Barcelona, Spain. She has an older sister, mother, and father back home. Beth knew she wanted to participate in the foreign exchange program since her sister was a foreign exchange student in Washington State. Beth really likes HUHS, and she said the people are very nice and friendly. Beth joined the swim team this year and said it is her favorite hobby. She misses many things from home, but she especially misses the food and living in the city. Something Beth was surprised at, “I thought my Spain winter in the 40s was cold, and then I came to Wisconsin, and I realized how terribly cold winter really was.”
Kanapat Chor. Arkarros Pat is from Thailand and a sophomore at HUHS. Back at home, she lives with her parents and 2 younger sisters, ages 13 & 10. Before living here, she never tried a sport. At HUHS she tried dance , track, forensics and wanted to try tennis but missed signing up. She really likes dance, track and forensics. She also joined Math Club. In Thailand, her school days were much longer and went from 7:00 am-5:00 pm. Pat really likes the variety of classes offered at HUHS, and everyone is very friendly. Pat’s future plans: she wants to be a computer network architect, and she is very interested in any kind of Algebra.
Our Associate STREAM-line into the Future You may know about the cutting edge approach to education called STEM which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, but you may not know that St. Gabriel Catholic Parish School offers a unique opportunity that includes Religion and the Arts in addition to STEM. This 21st century educational initiative is called STREAM. In realizing that the Arts go beyond art class, St. Gabriel School offers general music classes, public speaking opportunities, forensics, and instrument lessons. Teaching the Catholic faith continues to be at the core of our educational goals as we instruct 118 children in our 4K-8 St. Gabriel Day School and 175 children in our K-8 Christian Formation classes. Christian values are instilled across the curriculum every day and with this we continue to serve others in our school community, parish community and global community. Here is a sample of the service projects that the students take part in at St. Gabriel School: serving meals at St. Benâ€™s Community Meal program, making fleece blankets for the needy, collecting food items for the local pantries, collecting supplies for Wanakia Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, making treats for the Washington County Humane Society, making cards for the homebound and participating in the Catholic Relief Service Rice Bowl collection for the needy around the world.
Hartford Joint 1 School District FORENSICS The Central Middle School Forensics season was a huge success this year. The students attended four meets during the season, and even held their own meet that hosted over 600 students in attendance from 25 schools. Many parents, staff, and high school students helped to make the meet possible. Forensics students also performed for families during the sixth annual parentâ€™s night, which was an awesome opportunity to see various categories and performances. The season closed with twenty-two students qualifying to compete at the state meet.
Congratulations on all the hard work!
MUSIC Central students have many opportunities for music performances through band, orchestra, and choir. Performances include concerts, honors concerts, jazz fest, spring musical and, most recently, solo and ensemble.
In addition to the Arts and Religion, St. Gabriel Catholic Parish School will be offering First Lego League Robotics, Lego Explorers and Chess Club to our students next year in our new school facility, complete with a state-of-the-art STEM Lab. There are many great things happening at St. Gabriel Catholic Parish School, and it is through the dedication of the staff, the commitment of the students, the support of the parents, and the generosity of the parish that we succeed in working together as one body in Christ.
2018 Senior Associate School: Peace Lutheran Favorite Class: Veterinary Medicine and AP Government Favorite thing about HUHS: All the different co-curriculars - you can find out what you love to do. Activities: Cross country, softball, student council, NHS, FFA and math team Future Plans: Major in Animal Science at UW-Madison “Olivia is an outstanding young woman who does, and will continue to, excel in agriculture because she’s the kind of person who always pushes and challenges herself. She’s always willing to try new things. As her teacher and FFA advisor, I absolutely love knowing that I can ask Olivia to do something new and she’s going to be on board and excited about it. I’m excited to see where that positive opinion of change and challenge takes her in the future.” ~Kim Schadrie, Agri-Science Teacher
Junior Associate School: Friess Lake Favorite Class: Principals of Engineering Favorite thing about HUHS: Everyone works together and we have a great tech ed department. Activities: baseball, basketball, NHS and loves to fish Future Plans: Go to college for engineering “Lucas is the type of kid that challenges me to continue learning, and this is what I love about being a teacher. The best part about Lucas is that I often learn from him. He’s an intelligent young man, and I love to seek out his perspective. It doesn’t hurt that he’s got a great sense of humor and a quick wit. He always entertains.” ~Jessica Carter, English Teacher
2020 Sophomore Associate School: Erin Favorite Class: Law and Order and Physics Favorite thing about HUHS: Smaller community and everyone knows each other. Also how the community works together during tragedy. Activities: Football, basketball and track Future Plans: To go to Madison to play football and become a lawyer. “Jake is the type of kid that brings a smile to everyone’s face. His positivism and joy for life are contagious to others around him. I’ve known Jake for several years now, and he continues to be a leader in school, on the football field, and in the community. He’s the type of person that we as teachers are proud to represent Hartford.” ~Aaron Rusch, Phys Ed & Health Teacher
2021 Freshman Associate School: Central Middle School Favorite Class: Math Favorite thing about HUHS: Making friends with a variety of people. Activities: basketball, softball, choir “It has been a great pleasure teaching Riley this school year! She always has a smile on her face when she enters my classroom. Riley has such a wonderful demeanor that is infectious, and she is a role model to the peers around her. I am glad to have such a highly motivated individual in my English 9 class.” ~Jody King, English Teacher
COMMUNITY PARTNERS Our community partners represent partnerships that are mutually supportive, and for which we are deeply grateful.
The First United Methodist Church has been in partnership with Hartford Union High School for many years. First United Methodist Church provides their classrooms for our students to use during the make-up date of the ACT, students who need accommodations, and AP testing. Thank you for your help First United Methodist Church!
HUHS has partnered with Casa Guadalupe Education Center in West Bend to bring the Dream to Succeed: Latino High School Career Advancement Program to HUHS. The program offers Latino high school students added support for career and secondary-education options, including entering into the workforce directly after high school. We have about 15 students involved in the program, which meets once a month during resource. Thank you Casa Guadalupe for your support.
An In-Depth Look at our
OUR TEACHERS Mr. Jason Kraus, Department Chair Mr. Jeff Jilling Mr. Brad Dzikowski Mr. Doug Dimmer Mr. Corey McCauley Ms. Carmen DeBack
SkillsUSA is the club for students who like to work with their hands and minds. This year we created the first ever chomping Nile Crocodile for the homecoming parade, we carved pumpkins for the courtyard, and we hosted a very successful 6th annual Bag Toss Tournament. This year for community service, we made wooden hearts to decorate the doors of a local retirement home, and we cut out cardboard hearts for the teachers doors for Valentines Day, we also participated in competitions: District in Watertown and Regionals at UW Stout. We are looking forward to competing at State on April 24 & 25.
4th Annual Winter Camp
The TEE Department hosted itâ€™s 4th annual Winter Camp this winter. We invite 6th, 7th & 8th grade students from the area schools to come to the high school for a Manufacturing Experience. This year they created a snowman with plastic plug eyes, a welded rod to put in the ground and burned dark hat and colorful scarf which had a real carrot nose. They also printed their own camp t-shirt and a key chain. This camp takes about 4-5 hours and is always between Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Professional -Wisconsin Technology Education Association (WTEA) Summer - Teach the Teacher Colab - Physics Classes to Auto LAB
New Class Being Offered!
Power Energy Technology Class (PET)
This course is designed as an introductory class for students with or without previous mechanical knowledge. Students are introduced to the operation, maintenance, and repair of small mechanical systems. Class instruction will focus on four major areas: Internal Combustion Engines, Hydraulic Systems, Pneumatic Systems, and Industrial Controls. Students will learn troubleshooting strategies to identify and correct malfunctions. Students will be exposed to small engine theory while studying fluid power principles involving pressure, flow, and force. Preventive maintenance and safety issues will also be discussed. Coursework will include classroom instruction, hands-on lab time, and onsite activities with local industry partners.
COMMUNITY EVENTS WORKING TOGETHER
for all of our teachers
HOLY HILL AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
STAFF BOWLING, Feb. 13
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In March students from Plat Elementary, Friess Lake School, and Richfield Elementary combined to do a school dance. K-4th grade had a Shamrock Shuffle and middle school had the Lucky Charms Dance.
CULVERS FAMILY NIGHT
MEET OUR STAFF at Holy Hill Area School District
Middle School Staff
Hope David Terry Hamilton Jennifer Hink Denise Howe Tara Villalobos
John Engstrom, Aimee Akam, Jennifer Bailey, Laura Bartelt, Katie Bauter, Jennifer Becker, Laura Blanco, Jenny Blank, Gail Blau, Beth Brezonick, Jadon Burgos, Holly Carini, Laura Clark, Rick Croghan, Candace Doro, Kelly Downs, Kris Droese, Kristen Dummer, Amanda Einert, Donna Geier, Hannah Hamberg, Ann Harms, Sue Jahn, Brynn Jakubowski, Andrew Jocham, Stacy Klapperich, Leah Knop, Chrissie Konjura, Krista Kregel, Ryan Monacelli, Angie Neuberg, Mel Niess, Kara Nitz, Karin Pacetti, Karen Paff, Roberta Paquette, Paige Parish, Sandy Provencher, Julie Rocco, Judy Rozich, Kristine Roznowski, Michelle Rusch, Colleen Reichert, Paige Schneider, Jen Shattuck, Dautie Siegman, Nicole Siem, Debbie Thomsen, Jenna Thurin, Mitch Wagner, Corrie Zenner Jeff Carron, Aimee Akam, Brian Ardellini, Holly Bauer, Laura Blanco, Nancy Carr, Mike Cirillo, Heather D'Alessio, Kelly Downs, Cindy Dow, Katie Fedel, Debbie Gerkhardt, Michelle Hartlmeier, Krisi Harwood, Nathan Heinritz, Angie Hose, Janet Jocham, Jenny Kastner, Alyssa Klug, Kassia Kostuch, Lenni Large, Audrey Lawson, Heather Leffler, James Matheson, Becky McGinley, Steve Mork, Dana Murdock, Sharon Neely, Jackee Orozco, Lauren Radtke, Kali Restivo, Chris Schmidt, Angie Schneider, Paul Shelsta, Patty Thoma, Geri Waszak
District Office Staff PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF MCMANIGAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Denise Howe Business Manager
Tara Villalobos District Administrator
Jeff Carron Richfield Middle School Principal
John Engstrom Friess Lake Elementary Principal
Schools will provide every student access to a wellrounded education that meets their learning needs in an appropriate, healthy and safe environment.
Schools will provide professional growth and improvement opportunities for all teachers, principals, and other school leaders to further a high quality education for all students.
Schools will utilize evidencebased interventions and support services to ensure every student graduates from high school prepared for their college or career plans.
Schools will make progress on closing the achievement gap for all subgroups in English language arts, and mathematics so all students meet challenging academic standards.
Plan Objective HHASD
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December 2015, replacing No Child Left Behind (NCLB). This federal act requires each school district to submit their recommendations, best practices, and ideas on how the district can strengthen and improve their school programming. A summary of the HHASD plan is provided below.
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Curriculum cycle review Reading and Writing Workshop Balanced Literacy Framework Words Their Way for Word study Fountas and Pinnell for Word Study K-4 Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Mental health supports/training Literacy and Math Screeners and diagnostic assessment Response to Intervention (RtI) process Differentiated Instruction and Testing Environments
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Coaching support Professional Development Plan based upon Needs Assessment Paraprofessional training and access to Master Teacher CESA 6 ESSA Support Network with a variety of training opportunities CESA 6 ELL (Title III Consortium) with teacher professional development Professional Learning Communities Personalize Professional Development - study groups based upon literacy or area of interest/need Educator Effectiveness
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DISTRICT ELEMENTARY • PBIS • Sound Partners • Reading/Math Specialists • Words Their Way • Leveled Literacy Instruction and • Increasing Fluency small group interventions • SRA - Reading Mastery (primary grades) • Coaching services to classroom • SRA - Connecting Math Concepts teachers • Aleks (Accelerated Math Intervention in • Guided Reading Plus 3rd & 4th Grades) • WILSON/BARTON Reading & • AVMR Spelling System MIDDLE SCHOOL • IXL Math • SRA - Comprehension Skills (6th-8th grades) • Spring Math • Transition to Algebra ACP Career Cruising • Talk to HUHS to see what they have in place, and put a statement in the plan.
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Refined practices around RtI to enhance instruction for student who are on level, receiving intervention or receiving enrichment. WILSON/BARTON Reading & Spelling System AVMR District data retreats School Professional Learning Communities (PLC) Academic and Career Preparation (ACP) Achievement Gap Group (run by superintendent): review report cards/WISEData, site visits to schools that are doing a good job
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School Board Happenings
Thank you to our Joint Interim Board for all of their work and vision in moving toward consolidation. Your service is appreciated!
Stephanie Bunton, Ellen Duhamel, Chad Gartzke, Carmen Glime, Tony Kellicut, Ginny McGrath, Paul Propst, Blair Rogacki, Dawn Sericati, Christine VanDerGeest
ÂŤ Congratulations to our new HHASD board members! ÂŤ
Mr. Paul Bernard Ms. Stephanie Bunton Mr. Chad Gartzke 2 year term 1 year term 1 year
Mr. Tony Kellicut 1 year term
Mr. Paul Propst 3 years
Ms. Christine VanDerGeest 2 year term
Summer School June 18 - July 13 8:00 am - 12:00 PM School will not be in session July 4
Ms. Vicky Lear 3 year term
July 16-20, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 PM
Richfield Elementary 3117 Hwy. 167 Richfield, WI 53076
Friess Lake Elementary 1750 Hwy 164 Hubertus, WI 53033
Extended Care Available
All info at: hhasd.org
Students currently attending any of the Friess Lake, Plat or Richfield Schools through open-enrollment need NOT reapply.
Application Period The public school open enrollment application period ends on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 4:00 PM.
will be sent Hurry Apply Today! Notification to families in June.
All info at: hhasd.org Parent Information Tab Or contact us at 262-628-2380 Friess Lake 262-628-1032 Richfield
and our PE DEPARTMENT
OUR TEACHERS Mr. Steve Best Mr. Nathan Heinritz Ms. Angie Hall, Department Chair Ms. Christine Shelsta Mr. Aaron Rusch Mr. John Redders
SWAG State Champions
Our Physical Education Department continues to strive in creating physical education options to ensure student success in leading a healthy and active lifestyle. In recent years we have expanded student choice so that students can select courses that fit their unique individual needs. We have courses heavily focused on fitness and performance while others are focused on lifetime activities.
Individual & Dual
Lacrosse, Water Polo, Traditional Team Sports, Team Handball & Touchball
Canoeing/Kayaking, Disc Golf, Archery, etc.
Fit For Life
Students develop tool boxes for trends in fitness & create their own personal fitness plans.
Last year we won the SWAG Spring 2017 Challenge State Championship through Army National Guard. SWAG is a team building program that enhances physical performance.
Strength and Speed for the athlete High level performance based class for athletic conditioning
Career & College Readiness Courses in Physical Education
Coaching and Officiating
The Physical Education Department offers a unique opportunity in the Lifeguarding course. HUHS works directly with the Aquatic & Fitness Supervisor, Tyler Mentzel, from the Hartford Park & Recreation Center. The students are able to earn credit, as well as become certified as an American Red Cross Lifeguard. Many students completed the course and used their certificates to become employed in the community with places like the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center or the Signicast Aquatic Center.
For over 20 years, the Physical Education Department has been offering the career based course called “Introduction to Sports Medicine”. Students enrolled learn about the foundations of sport medicine with a focus on athletic performance and the prevention and care of injuries. This class is unique in that it is one of the only classes offered at HUHS where students get to work directly with health care professionals on a regular basis. Wisconsin Licensed Athletic Trainers (Jeff Dauss & Bryana Kudek from Froedtert Sports Medicine), assist the class by coleading lab sessions multiple times throughout the semester where students get hands on experience with treatment and preventive measures related to sports injuries.
Hartford Union High School’s Physical Education Department also offers a unique opportunity for students to take the course “Coaching and Officiating”. Students learn the fundamentals, as well as an in-depth guide to every aspect of coaching. This course is filled with great discussion, hands-on coaching experiences, and meeting experienced area coaches and officials. All students are able to take the certification test for Principles of Coaching, which can give students a certification to coach any type of sport at the high school level or lower. Many students have successfully gone on and received coaching positions at various levels.
Spotlight on Alumni
What does an HUHS Education Mean to You?
ERIN WILK, C l a s s
o f ‘97
Marketing Director, Grand Avenue Dental Care
Erin went to Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. She graduated with a degree in Health Science and a minor in Spanish, but she spent every spare moment in the theater department. After graduation, she moved to New Jersey to pursue acting in New York City. While on the East Coast, she married another HUHS graduate, Eric Kahle. She also did a variety of work from waitressing to nannying to managing promotions, all while auditioning, acting and participating in a theater company. They had the first of their two daughters in 2010 and decided to move back to Wisconsin to be closer to family. Since moving home, she has taken up the position of marketing director at her dad’s dental office, Grand Avenue Dental Care. She thoroughly enjoys the combination of helping their patients, planning community events and talking about what the office does. Erin also works with one of her best friends from high school, Jen Novotny, with her company Two Write Hands. They help local companies with their marketing and PR needs. Erin and Jen continue to challenge each other in their work and enjoy seeing local companies succeed and grow. Erin is currently the president of Pink Pumpkin Run, a nonprofit charity run that
helps local families affected by breast cancer. The idea for the Pink Pumpkin Run came about because her mom is a breast cancer survivor and she wanted to do something local that would benefit their friends and neighbors. The first event was in 2015, and they had just four volunteers organizing it. This October will be the fourth year, and they now have an 8-member board of directors and are officially a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Last year, they had over 370 people participate in the event and raised over $25,000. All of the money stays local to families going through breast cancer, in the form of gift cards for cleaning, groceries, gas, and restaurants. Erin cares greatly about the growth and future of the Hartford community. In the last two years, she has joined the Hartford Rotary Club and is the chairperson of the Hartford Chamber of Commerce Ambassador group. She believes that Hartford has a lot to offer. Erin hopes that younger generations continue to raise their families here and get involved in local organizations and events so that Hartford continues to flourish. What does a HUHS education mean to you? My education from HUHS was great. I had the opportunity to be involved in a variety of groups and organizations from the Math Team to Soccer, and many in-between. I always felt that my educators cared about me as an individual and that I was exposed to many different activities. My high school experience gave me the confidence to move out of state for college and pursue new dreams on the East Coast. It really is what you make it!
EUGENE & CHRISTINE GEHRING, Cl a s s Owners of Gehring View Farms, LLC Eugene and Christine Gehring both grew up on a farm and now Eugene is the 5th generation to run his family farm. Their whole family works on the farm. Their 2 sons, Derik and Jordan, work full time on the farm and daughter, Emily works when she is not in school. Christine works full time off the farm at Dave’s Electric, Inc. She keeps up the farm accounting and assists with chores if needed. Eugene started milking in the stanchion barn right after graduating from high school, the same barn that his Great Uncle Ervin and Aunt Lorraine Beine milked in. They built a freestall barn and parlor in 1999. Currently, they are milking 300 dairy cows, 3 times a day with help from 6 other employees. Eugene graduated from HUHS in 1986, Christine in 1990, Derik in 2014, Jordan in 2017, and Emily is a sophomore at HUHS.
JIM GOTTFRIED, C l a s s
Project Manager, Tailored Label Products
o f ‘86 an d ‘90
The family is active in the St. Lawrence Eager Beaver 4-H Club, Hartford FFA, Hartford FFA Alumni, and Washington County Dairy Promotion. This year, the Gehring’s would like to invite the community to visit their farm, as they are hosting the Washington County Breakfast on the Farm. This will be their 3rd time hosting! It is on Saturday, June 9th from 6:30AM - 11:30AM. This is a great opportunity for people to see an operating dairy farm, enjoy a delicious breakfast and ice cream with lots of family fun. To find out more info visit www.washingtoncountydairy.com What does a HUHS education mean to you? HUHS education is very important. Dairy farming takes many skills with patience, dedication, leadership and team work skills. There are so many things to know: machinery skills, animal health, vet skills, problem solving, math and accounting. Classes that are very important are the agriculture programs, shop classes, business and accounting classes. Farming is important in providing delicious food for everyone. Farmers strive to make a good and nutritious product with healthy and comfortable animals.
o f ‘97
Jim Gottfried lives in Hartford and is married to fellow HUHS alum Heidi (née Shortt, 1998). They have two sons Harrison (13) and Stuart (10). Jim graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design from UW-Platteville. Jim has been working in the print industry for over 15 years and is a Project Manager for the Menomonee Falls based printing company Tailored Label Products, which produce harsh environment labels in the automotive, medical, and manufacturing industries. He manages accounts such as Honda Power, Kawasaki, and Tesla. Jim has been a member of the Florentine Opera Company since 2006 performing in over 30 productions. He has also performed in community theater in the Washington County area and is a board member and resident graphic designer of the Hartford Players. He is also very involved with activities and music at First United Methodist Church.
What does a HUHS education mean to you? I think the greatest part of my education was the discovery of all of my passions in life. I enjoyed playing the saxophone in the band, and Mr. Vandermuese and Mr. Kranjac helped to develop my love for instrumental music and skills at reading music. Singing is an essential component to my life, and Ms. Knoll cultivated a gift in me that I never knew I had. To this day, I still remember the many lessons I learned through her unceasing dedication to her students. And I even have the benefit of still getting advice from her from time to time after performances. Mr. Mohr and Frau Johnson brought the joys of theater into my life. The lessons learned I carry with me daily. The relationships that were built are some of the strongest bonds still holding in my life. My livelihood lives in printing and graphic design, and because of the patience and guidance of Mr. Lonergan, I continued my education into college am now able to provide for my family and enjoy a career where I can truly shine and make a contribution.
Educator of the Year Congratulations Dan Dobner!
FBLA State President
National Qualifier Our FBLA National qualifier was Annabelle Noyes who took 3rd place in Intro to Financial Math. Congratulations to Annabelle!
Congratulations to Mr. Dan Dobner, Hartford Union High School Principal who has been named the Educator of the Year. HUHS and our students are fortunate to have Mr. Dobner as their principal. Mr. Dobner received his Bachelor’s degree from UWWhitewater in Business Education. His first teaching assignment was in East Peoria, IL teaching Business while coaching football and track. After one year in Illinois, Mr. Dobner moved back to Wisconsin and worked at Waunakee High School, outside of Madison, for seven years as a Business teacher and coached football and track. Mr. Dobner has worked at HUHS for the last 16 years. He came to Hartford Union High School as an administrator in 2002. He has been an Associate Principal, and for the last eight years the principal. Mr. Dobner lives in Hartford with his wife Molly, and daughter Megan, who is a freshman at HUHS. His son, Jacob, is an HUHS alumni, and a freshman in college. In Mr. Dobner’s spare time you can find him on a lake! He and his family enjoy boating and all the water sports that go along with it. According to Mr. Dobner, the best part of being a principal at HUHS is making those connections and relationships with students, staff, parents, and community members. The biggest reward is talking to students that you have helped out over the years, especially when they come back after graduating, to hear how you have helped them with an issue, big or small. Mr. Dobner always has a positive attitude towards all students and staff, is a tremendous motivator at assemblies and school events, and is someone we can trust. “I always know he has my safety and more importantly the safety of the students and staff as his first priority. His leadership and ability to handle and remain cool in difficult situations is bar none. He is the best administrator I have personally worked with and taught many of us a great lessons to aspire to.” - Laurell Scholz, Health Technician HUHS is fortunate to have such a great person such as principal Dan Dobner!
Our TALENTED PEOPLE Rich Schmidt
Family and Consumer Science Teacher
Mr. Rich Schmidt is one of our Family and Consumer Science (FACS) teachers. Mr. Schmidt is a Wisconsin native, however, he came to Hartford from Honolulu, HI, where he spent his first year of teaching. Mr. Schmidt lives with his wife who is an elementary school teacher and three boys ages 13, 11, 9. Mr. Schmidt loves to teach all of his classes, but students in the lower level Culinary classes always have endless enthusiasm and energy; and students in the upper level classes always amaze him with their creativity and the awesome things they make. Outside of the classroom, he loves to travel and experience new things when life permits. Mr. Schmidt is currently completing his 23rd year at HUHS! He loves coming to work and feels very blessed to work with incredibly talented and enthusiastic staff and to be part of the wonderful HUHS family.
“Rich Schmidt is the consummate character educator. He lives by his mantra, “Do the right thing,” and holds his students to it as well. He demonstrates his values of hard work, integrity, and diligence every day, in and out of the classroom. Rich realizes the importance of HUHS’s role in the community and takes great strides to grow that relationship. Rich’s dedication to his wife and three sons is inspiring. He takes his role in the family as seriously as his role at school. He has fully supported me since I came to HUHS, and it has been my great luck and a gift to watch, learn, and work with Rich.” - Ms. Mary Piskula, FACS teacher
Ms. Dawn Bloomer went into her first interview after college at HUHS and has been at here ever since. Ms. Bloomer has been at HUHS for 35 years. She has two children, Cassandra and Dylan. She has a big heart for animals and has a dog, cat, and some fish. In her free time, she likes to create art and garden. One of her favorite things to draw is portraits. Ms. Bloomer said that it is hard to say one class is her favorite, but she really likes teaching pottery, and AP Art Studio which is a very rewarding class: seeing the students grow in their subjects. One memorable moment: two of her students met in her jewelry class and later they got married. She designed and created their wedding rings. HUHS is lucky to have such a dedicated, caring person like Ms. Dawn Bloomer!
HUHS’s very own, Marley Kreger, was elected as the Wisconsin FBLA State President. The duties of the Wisconsin FBLA State President include presiding over executive board meetings and assigning duties as needed, serving as a liaison between the State executive board and the Wisconsin FBLA-PBL Foundation, reporting the Marley Kreger activities of Wisconsin FBLA to the National office on a regular basis and presiding over the State Leadership Conference. What an amazing opportunity Marley!
“Aside from over 30 years of teaching experience (which has greatly enriched the HUHS Art Department), Dawn is also known for being an engaging story-teller (especially when Halloween rolls around!), master of hospitality, and a spectacular cook of all things Italian.” - Ms. Kristen Kieckhaefer, Art Teacher
CELEBRATIONS Winter Sports Achievements Girls Basketball
Maddy Sieczkowski Second Team All-Conference
Honorable Mention All-Conference
Business FBLA Future Leaders of America
Hartford Union High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter had the pleasure of hosting the 2018 Wisconsin FBLA Region VI Leadership Conference on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Our Hartford chapter hosted over 700 students, advisers and judges from 24 schools who competed in and judged over 60 business, marketing, and information technology events. Conference attendees had the opportunity to learn more about PBL, the collegiate version of FBLA; get a taste of “adulting” by playing the financial literacy game Spent!; and discovered various career opportunities at our morning workshops! The afternoon’s entertainment was an improv show put on by ComedySportz. Competing members who placed in the Top 3 in their respective events moved on to compete at the State Leadership Conference hosted in La Crosse this April! Special thanks to our judges and volunteers; our sponsors; our Region VI Vice President, Marley Kreger; our local chapter officers and our local chapter adviser, Sara Sturm. We could not have put on this conference without you!
A throwback winter themed formal “These are the good old days” was held in the beginning of February at Hartford Union High School.
Honorable Mention All-Conference
SPRING PLAY- PRINCE CASPIAN The cast and crew of “Prince Caspian” - 40 students, in all - loved their journey back to
1st Team All-Conference
Narnia! A very successful two-weekend run in early March was met with great audience enthusiasm. Kudos to all involved! There was amazing personal growth and life-long friendships were made! – Teresa Hummel
2nd Team All-Conference
3rd Team All-Conference
3rd Team All-Conference
Annie Mularski 2nd Team All-Conference
Honorable Mention All-Conference
DECA The DECA
finalists from HUHS competed at the State tournament in Lake Geneva. All put in a lot of study time and preparation to do well on their role play scenarios as well as their written tests. Top 10 medalists in the state include Thomas Kellicut, Marley Kreger, and Sophia Stingl. One competitor, Thomas Kellicut, has merited a spot at the International competition in Atlanta this April. Mr. Kasza is exceptionally proud of the team and looks forward to them all competing next year.
FFA WEEK FFA week includes
activities for students to participate in during their lunch and flex periods. Milk chug/bottle stacking was the event for the first day, and poop the potato/sack race for the second. Thursday was mini bale stacking, and Friday was bean bags and also drive your tractor to school. There is also a fundraiser that FFA puts on to raise money that will be donated to the Hartford food pantry. FFA offers that the teacher who has the most amount donated to their bucket has to kiss a calf or goat, this year it was English teacher Nick Dobberstein.
HUHS in the COMMUNITY
Hartford Union High School’s first Day of Service will be held on Thursday, May 24th. In this time of school accountability focused mainly on test scores, the staff of HUHS have considered our philosophy and envisioned what we want to see our students achieve. We have claimed our mission, which is to engage and support all learners to discover their passions, achieve high academic goals, and contribute to a global society. It is our belief that students should reach beyond their school walls to explore their passions and give back to the community. The entire student body and staff, approximately 1,500 people, will be participating in this day. Some of the projects planned include cleaning up park trails, reading to elementary school students, playing games with senior citizens, and beautifying Hartford. Projects were planned with the goal of contributing to the positive spirit of our community. We are excited about this project and intend to make it an annual event with the community’s support. We are planning forward with the hope that we inspire our youth to continue their service after graduation. If you would like to get involved or have any general questions, please contact Ms. Stevy Schliewe, Day of Service Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 670-3200 x 444.
FBLA & DECA Miracle Minute
Winter Sports Achievements Boys Swimming
First Team All Conference -Jeromy Lofy, Santiago Cloud, Cory Maxwell, Jordan Christnovich (200 Medley Relay) -Jordan Christnovich (50 Free) -Jeromy Lofy (100 back)
Second Team All Conference -Santiago Cloud (200 Free & 500 Free) -Cory Maxwell (200 IM) -Jordan Christnovich (100 Free) -Jordan Christnovich, Cory Maxwell, Santiago Cloud, Jeromy Lofy (400 Free Relay)
HUHS’s FBLA & DECA club has successfully completed it’s annual fundraiser, and it only took a minute. During the month of March the club conducted the Miracle Minute fundraiser each Friday during eighth Athlete of the Month period. Teachers passed a collection envelope around November the classroom and students generously contributed their Olivia Meinberg (Swimming) change to a worthy cause. In all, HUHS FBLA & DECA raised over $1,000. All proceeds collected from the event were donated to the March of Dimes December and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Josh Much (Basketball)
NHS Spaghetti Dinner & Canned Food Drive The National Honor Society Spaghetti Dinner had a food and monetary collection for the Hartford Food Pantry. The NHS members delivered the food and collections.
Annie Mularski (Gymnastics)
February Jalen Spuhler (Wrestling)
NHS Habitat For Humanity
NHS volunteered this year through the Habitat for Humanity “A Brush with Kindness” program to help build a home in the Jackson area for a family in need. It was a large group activity that occurred on March 3rd from 9am - 3pm. Students did a variety of activities that included painting, installing flooring, etc.
StuCo Blood Drive Student Council did it's annual winter blood drive in
early February. Since 1998, HUHS has collected 8,559 units of blood, which has helped save thousands of lives. HUHS has been the number one district in the state for blood donations, and to carry on this tradition, we need students, staff, and community members to donate. HUHS blood drives were open to all students, staff, and community members.
-Team qualified for State (4th Place) -Emily Perkowski and Annie Mularski (All Around Competitors) All State Recognitions: Annie Mularski (1st team bars), Emily Perkowski (1st team vault), Myia Robinson (2nd team floor)
Wrestling -Jalen Spuhler (120)
-Santiago Cloud (500 Free) -Jordan Christnovich (50 Free)
2017-18 Conference Standings
-Gymnastics (3rd Place) -Boys Swimming (4th Place) -Wrestling (5th Place) -Girls Basketball (7th Place) -Boys Basketball (7th Place)
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